Aberdeen Grammar Fundraiser

CHALLENGE COMPLETE  

We still need you!

We are fundraising money as we would like to give back to Aberdeen Grammar School. We want to raise money to support pupil wellbeing through participation in extra-curricular activities. More information is on out Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aberdeen-grammar-school-senior-prefects

The challenge:

We wanted to challenge our whole school community to travel to New York in 4 weeks by running, cycling or walking a combined 5,189.08 km! Our challenge started on Monday 7th March and was due to end on Sunday 3rd April. however we are pleased to tell you that we have already reached our target with a few days to spare!!

How will the money raised by used?

Firstly, we have all agreed that through participation in extra curricular clubs offered at AGS, we have benefitted greatly and we want to help ensure pupils in future get the same or even better experience. Therefore all money raised will be used for 2 things:

Buy some of the equipment for a new Fitness Suite located in the ‘French School’ (which will officially become part of AGS in 2022).

Establish a Extra Curricular Fund. Club leaders will be able to apply for grants from this fund to buy new equipment or resources that will benefit current and future pupils. The fund will also be used to support pupils to participate where there may be barriers, for example financial.

Thank you!

Troy Hayton, Hayleigh Ironside, Ava Kennedy, Valyla Rodrigues, Callum Kelsey and Jonny Wiseman

School Captains 2021/22

OPITO Networking Event 24.5.22

In partnership with OPITO, TechFest is hosting a career networking event for all S6 students:
OPITO”s Career’s Networking Event. At this event S6 students will have an opportunity to attend a career networking session with industry professional volunteers and STEM Ambassadors where students will get a chance to connect with numerous volunteers and have the chance to:

  • learn more about potential career interests
  • gain invaluable skills needed for job interviews
  • begin to understand the importance of building your
    network, both in person and online

Date: Tue, 24th May, 2022

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM

For more details and to register, please see the attached flier. 

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Chew at sarahchew@techfest.org.uk

S1 Art Club & RGU Digital Tapestry Project

RGU’s Art and Heritage collection has inspired Aberdeen Grammar School S1 pupils with an out of space artefact from NASA.

“Aberdeen school children are using virtual reality to connect with an out of space artefact from NASA’s Get Away Special programme as part of Robert Gordon University’s (RGUs) innovative Digital Tapestry Project.

The group of S1 pupils from Aberdeen Grammar School’s Art Club are exploring the NASA artefact ‘The Get-Away-Special’ as part of RGU’s Digital Tapestry Project.

The Digital Tapestry Project is led by RGU’s Art and Heritage Collections in collaboration with the Gray’s School of Art Mobile Art School.

The project is being funded by the CV19 Museum Development Fund awarded by Museums Galleries Scotland to the RGU Art and Heritage Collections as part of a drive to build resilience and address challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The school children involved are taking part in an eight-week series of workshops led by RGU Art and Heritage and Mobile Art School, who have created a bespoke space themed orientational game and who are using virtual reality headsets to engage the children.

The Art and Heritage Collections team and the Mobile Art School are now running the remaining workshops to encourage the children to create alien life forms, first with drawings, then modelled in clay which will be 3D scanned, 3D printed and experienced in AR/VR.

The group is also designing a ‘mission patch’ that will be attached to a space suit that they will design for themselves to wear. Ultimately, it’s hoped an exhibition will be held to showcase the children’s work.

Mobile Art School Co-ordinator, Craig Barrowman, said: “The Digital Tapestry Project aims to take the museum beyond the walls of the campus and to make RGU’s Art and Heritage Collection more accessible to the public.

“The collection is a bit like Indiana Jones for kids in that we bring them a treasure trove of artefacts to choose from and they can build stories around them using imagination and creative problem-solving. It is all part of RGU’s drive to engage and foster relations with the wider community and to promote arts and culture across the region.”

Aberdeen Grammar Teacher, Elaine Nicol said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this project. Our extra-curricular activities have just started to recover following the pandemic and we feel this has been an amazing opportunity to engage our pupils. Our pupils are enjoying developing ideas and creative outcomes based on the NASA Get Away Special payload, and we are excited to see how this project evolves. So far, a particular favourite was the VR experience.”

“The enthusiasm the pupils have shown for being involved in this extra-curricular project has been inspiring. The pupils have responded so well to being involved in something creative out-with the school curriculum – the imaginative drawing, construction and VR experiences have been thoroughly engaging and their commitment to the project has been commendable.” AGS Teacher, Jo McIntosh.

RGU Art and Heritage Collection Co-ordinator, George Cheyne said: “This pilot project allows our University Museum project team a wonderful opportunity to work with the community in new ways, raising awareness of some of the surprising collection objects held in RGU, sharing knowledge, stimulating imagination through a diverse mix of scientific, engineered, designed and created objects and artworks. It is all part of our drive to connect the wider community with RGU’s extensive Art and Heritage Collection and to make this more accessible to the public.”

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said: “We’re delighted to support the RGU Art and Heritage Collections team and partners with the Digital Tapestry Project. This project is helping to break down the barriers to engaging with RGU collections in a fun and meaningful way that connects with different generations of their community.”

The Digital Tapestry project team is also hosting workshops at the Catherine Street Community Centre Craft Group in Aberdeen. The group, which is made up in mostly of older people, come together once a week to create work together. They have been approached to give their perspective of the pilot project and to see how their interactions with the collection items and the Space themed VR experience, might compare with that of the children’s experience.

Project co-ordinator, Fi Loveday explains more: “We are working with younger people at school, as well as a group of older people at the Catherine St, Community Centre, as a key aim of the project is to engage inter-generationally with members of the public who have been severely affected by the CV19 pandemic.”

Links:

RGU’s Art and Heritage collection inspires Aberdeen school children with an out of space artefact from NASA (agcc.co.uk)

Digital Tapestry helps Aberdeen school children explore RGU’s Art & Heritage | April 2022 | News | RGU

Space-mad Aberdeen youngsters connecting with NASA artefact in RGU-backed scheme – Aberdeen Live

Farming in the Field

On Friday the 29th April a group of our S2 & S3 Life Skills pupils had a visit to Burn of Balmakelly Farm, Laurencekirk,to take part in farming in the field workshops. The weather remained settled and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

They took part in Plant Care where pupils were shown how to plant and crop rhubarb, raspberry’s, take cuttings of blackberry’s as well as crop and taste asparagus. All pupils were involved in planting some onions to help deter the carrot fly from our carrots and sowing some peas directly into soil in the field.

Pupils then took part in an Animal Care lesson, calling and racing against their two kune kune pigs in their field to check senses and mobility in their health care checklist. Pupils also lead training donkeys around their obstacle course using the commands, ‘walk on’, ‘right’, ‘left’, ‘halt’ and ‘standing’ over the fence. 

https://farminginthefieldeducation.co.uk/