Rotary Club Photography Competition Winners

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Rotary Club Photography Competition winners
Well done to all those pupils who entered the Rotary Club Photography Competition. We had a great selection of photo’s on the theme of ‘Through my eyes’ which made the judging very difficult.
Congratulations to the overall winner, Oliver Milne, who took a great picture down at Montrose waterfront.
1st place : Oliver Milne ; Picture of Montrose waterfront
2nd Place : Eloise Cook
3rd place; Cameron Kennedy

Montrose Academy Arts Festival

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Montrose Academy Arts Festival, featuring live performances by pupils and staff; an art exhibition; displays and raffle prizes, takes place on Tuesday 27th November in the school assembly hall.  Doors open at 6.30pm, with the Festival starting at 7.00pm. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at £4.00 adult/£3 concession including refreshments. Free entry: children under 6 & Family Ticket: £1 off ticket price p.p.

Rotary Club Photography Competition

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Congratulations go to Christos Ntailakis who is this year’s winner of the Rotary Club Photography Competition.  Second place went to Emma Gunn, with Ciara Robertson coming third.

The Rotary Club & Montrose Academy photography competition was based on the title ‘The Beauty of Nature’ and this year’s Higher Photography pupils were given the opportunity to put forward their best photos which illustrated the title.   This is the first year of the competition and it is hoped that it will now become an annual event on the school calendar.

Christos is pictured with his winning entry of an autumn leaf, alongside runner-up Emma and judges Mr Neil Werninck from Montrose Rotary Club and Mr Peter Allan, Principle Teacher of Performing Arts.

Winning photos are displayed below:

Carnoustie Camera Club Photography Competition

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As part of the annual Carnoustie Gala, which this year is to be held on 7th July, Carnoustie Camera Club hold a photographic competition which this year is open to all persons under the age of 18, living in the Angus area.  For the first time this year we are accepting digital entries online.  Details of the competition can be found on our website at:

Photography Comp

Angus College Art Competition Winners

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Congratulations to Becky Littlewood and Alex Czarnecka who have both won prizes at an art competition run by Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath campus. Becky won first prize – cash prize of £75 plus Art Materials Pack and Alex won 3rd prize – cash prize of £25 plus Art Materials Pack.

The competition was an all-day event open to pupils from across Angus schools.  Montrose academy entered the maximum of 6 pupils; Zarah Frost , Becky Littlewood, Daisy Paton, Rebecca Codona, Morven McLeod and Alex Czarnecka. Well done to all those who took part. The competition was fierce and the art works produced were deemed gallery worthy by the judging panel. The college lecturer judges took into consideration all the pieces of work produced throughout the day and agreed that Becky’s work was the most successful. Well Done everyone!


Montrose Academy Arts Festival

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The Arts Festival was a fantastic success, thanks to those that participated. The performers and exhibitors produced an eclectic mix of art and music for visitors to the evening show to enjoy. Compere, Mr Thomson, ensured the night’s entertainment flowed seamlessly, or at least, seemingly seamlessly! There were two halves of lively music performed by the talented pupils of Montrose Academy. A mixture of modern songs and classical music by soloists, groups, choirs and orchestra ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy. There was even a performance of ‘Teenage Dirt Bag’ by the teacher’s band which put a few smiles on faces in the audience. At the interval everyone was able to enjoy some refreshments at their beautifully decorated tables courtesy of Mrs Innes. There were art displays, potter’s wheel demonstrations and S2 stop-frame animations on display throughout the break. Ceramics produced by the pottery club were available for purchase and raffle prizes were also available. Quite a few people went away with early Christmas presents, we thank them for their support.

A big thank you to everyone who took part in, helped out with or came along to support us at the Arts festival, you all contributed to the success of the night. Thank you!

Pottery Club

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The school Pottery club have been experimenting with ‘Japanese Raku’ firing techniques recently. Raku is a very traditional process involving smoke and fast acceleration of temperature, it allows for unique effects and must be done outdoors under controlled conditions. It should not be tried at home!


Mr Needham & Mr Bratt

Mr Needham & Mr Rae


Bi-Centenary Artwork

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 In 2015 Mrs Robertson and  the Bi-centenary Committee approached the Principal Teacher of Expressive Arts Mr Allan and the Art Department to commission a permanent art work to celebrate 200 years of Montrose Academy. Nearly one and half years later it has finally been completed. It was the intention to complete the art work in the bi-centenary year, however due to the long processes involved in making the work, it has been delayed somewhat but the wait has been worth it!. The new art work has been hung on the wall in the reception area of the school so that pupils, staff, parents and visitors to the school can view it easily.
The art work was created by staff and pupils at the school. Mr Allan and his S3 class of 2015 started to make the main building at the beginning of the Bi-centenary year and from then on many others have lent a hand. The ceramics club have helped with a large part of the construction with help from technician Mr Needham and former pupil Amber Gordon. The finishing touches have been added by Mr Allan’s present S3 class.
The large art work is 6” high x 8” wide in size and is a mixed media piece depicting the front of the school and its famous gold dome. The original architects drawing of the school was used as the blue print for the final image. Most of the main image has been made from ceramics made from clay, fired and stoneware glazed in the art department’s pottery kiln. The background has the edition of mosaic tiles and computer components while the frame has been created from assorted photographic copper lithographs and low relief printing plates from the school archives depicting staff and pupils from the past. The gold dome has been finished in genuine 18 Carat gold leaf just like the real thing. There are a number of photographic images that have been applied to the ceramics using transfers that depict images and memories of pupils and staff from the school in the bi-centenary year. There are a number of references to the history of the school including all the year dates of the last 2oo years and a commemorative badge from the battle of Waterloo (1815) the same year the school opened. As well as the past and present being represented the addition of mirrored hard-drives has meant that future pupils and staff will also be represented with their reflection becoming part of the art work.
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