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Friday afternoon activities Initiative

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A parent of one of our pupils has very generously put a great deal of work into planning extra-curricular opportunities for young people in Brechin on Friday afternoons. She would now like to gauge interest for a similar initiative in Montrose.

 

In Brechin, volunteers willing to run a number of activities have come forward.  These range from dancing, music, arts and crafts to creative writing, book groups and economics.  Sports activities and walking groups are also being offered.

 

Should you feel that you would be able to offer an activity on Friday afternoons, we would be able to provide a venue in the school and would cover any costs related to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme and insurance.  Volunteers would however be required to complete risk assessments.  Please get in touch with the school and we will forward you the details of the parent who will oversee this initiative in its initial stages.

Developing The Young Workforce

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S1 and S2 girls spent a very interesting day at the Baker Hughes GE facility at Portlethen in Aberdeen recently. They worked with pupils from other schools from Aberdeen on an exercise in the morning which helped them learn more about themselves and their attributes. In the afternoon they received an informative presentation on how oil wells are drilled from the Chief Directional Drilling Engineer. They were surprised to learn that he could put an oil rig several miles from the school and direct the drill such that it would come up under their chair in the classroom!

They also toured the facility and learned about the down hole monitoring in which the engineers specialise. They met several female engineers throughout the day, who are promoting Girls Get Set and told the girls about the work they do and how they came to be doing their STEM related jobs.

MONTROSE ACADEMY –KILMAC CIVIL ENGINEERING PARTNERSHIP

PUPILS VISIT KILMAC ENGINEERS HARD AT WORK ON NEW SHOPPING FACILITY IN MONTROSE

A group of pupils responded enthusiastically to the invitation received from Eilis Elder of KILMAC to visit one of their sites in Montrose.  It was made during a presentation which Eilis made to an assembly last month.  The school looks forward to having a productive partnership with KILMAC.  Civil engineers and surveyors are due to visit the school on Dec 6th to talk about their careers to senior pupils.

“The pupils were a joy to have and were really excited to see what we were doing. We will look forward to having them again as the job progresses” Eilis Elder, KILMAC

 

DEVELOPING THE YOUNG WORKFORCE

S5 pupils hard at work in Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas headquarters Silverburn House in Aberdeen.  Under the guidance of Mentors from the company throughout this school year they are tasked with designing and constructing a model “Christmas Tree” – a system of pipes and valves which sits on the sea bed and controls the flow of oil from a well.  They have a lot to live up to – last year Montrose Academy won the competition which involves several schools from Aberdeen.  It is held under the banner of “Girls Get Set” encouraging girls into Science and Technology however this particular project also involves boys.

 

These girls took part in an S6 Girls Get Set “Personal Branding” workshop at Baker Hughes/GE headquarters in Silverburn House Aberdeen. Steve and Becky (pictured behind the girls) are from the Recruitment Department of the company and took the girls through how to best portray themselves in application forms, CVs, interviews etc.

This was their final GGS activity which is part of the school’s partnership with Baker Hughes/GE.   The girls had taken part in other activities throughout  S1–S5

It was an informative day where the girls learned lots – not only about the oil and gas industry but about themselves !

 

 

 

“Reach” At Dundee University for Medicine, Dentistry and Law

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Any S5/6 pupil who is interested in exploring the possibility of a career as a Doctor, Dentist or Lawyer can register with REACH at Dundee University. They organise a programme of events including visits and student shadowing and work experience opportunities.
 
Student shadowing
During a student shadowing day, a Reach pupil will accompany a current medical/dental/law student during their typical day at University. This will involve pupils attending lectures, tutorials, the library, clinical skills sessions and clinics (as appropriate) under the supervision of the medical student
 
Work experience
Work experience is an essential requirement of applications to medical and dental school, and highly desirable for law school applications.  Pupils require experience in their chosen profession prior to committing to study in that area.  Additionally, a work experience placement gives pupils a wealth of knowledge, experience and support to help them enter these challenging professions. 
 
You can find out more at www.dundee.ac.uk/study/widening-access/in-demand/reach
 
 
If you are interested please email
 
reach@dundee.ac.uk
 
They will then  email you back with a programme of opportunities. Please let me or your PCS teacher know if you have registered with REACH and which opportunities interest you.
 
Mr Dunbar

Royal Navy & Royal Marine Visit

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The S2 pupils at Montrose Academy have spent two days this week working with staff from the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

Jaffa, a chef from the Royal Navy, talked to the pupils about the benefits of eating a healthy diet and the importance of knowing exactly what is in the food they are eating.

The pupils then worked in pairs to cook meatballs and gnocchi, a dish that Jaffa had demonstrated how to cook first.

The pupils were made aware of the fact that a balanced diet is only one part of leading a Healthy Lifestyle. The Royal Marines then put the pupils through their paces to show just how important exercise is in maintaining a basic fitness level.

Judging by the faces of the pupils at the end of the activity, they certainly learned that exercise generates heat!

The pupils certainly seemed to enjoy the activities they were part of over the two days and we look forward to inviting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines to work with us again in the future.