Peterhead Academy and Children’s University
Peterhead Academy supports the work of Children’s University and a number of first and second year pupils have enrolled so they can earn credit for the time they spend on learning outwith the school day. (Any S1 or S2 pupil wishing to join should contact Mr West, DHT)
The central idea behind Children’s University is that recognising all of the learning that happens outside of the school day will help to motivate, boost achievement and encourage a love of learning in our young people. It seeks to build upon young people’s interests and abilities to help them progress and succeed in the future.
Children’s University activities are all voluntary and can take place before or after school, at lunchtimes, weekends and during the school holidays. They could include sports clubs, cubs or brownies, music or drama, visiting an art gallery or museum and lots more exciting opportunities.
By taking part in a variety of activities, each pupil gain stamps in their Passport to Learning which are converted into awards at bronze (30 hours of learning), silver (65 hours) and gold (100 hours) levels and beyond. Children are rewarded for their achievements with a national certificate. When they achieve their certificates they will be invited to an official Children’s University graduation, held at the University of Aberdeen, to which proud family and friends are invited.
The current list (Sept 2016) of clubs and extra-curricular activities at the academy that count towards Children’ University credits is:
Art Club (afterschool),
Art Club (lunchtime),
Eco Committee Club,
S1 Football (boys),
S1-3 Football (girls),
Young Engineers Club.
Further information about Children’s University, including the full list of learning destinations across the whole UK, can be found at www.childrensuniversityscotland.com.
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Changes to method for receiving school alerts
Aberdeenshire council has changed the way parents receive online alerts about school closures and changes to school transport. You can now sign up for these notifications through myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website – if you currently pay for school meals online, you will already be registered.
myaccount is a simple, secure way of accessing a range of Scottish public services using just one username and password and 13,000 parents across Aberdeenshire are already enjoying the benefits of it.
As well as being able to sign up for alerts, your home page will
automatically give you handy information such as your bin collection days, where your nearest recycling centre is and the names of your local councillors.
So, if you want to be kept up-to-date and take advantage of the other myaccount benefits, sign up to the new system by going to the Aberdeenshire Council website and clicking on the red register button in the top right-hand corner.
Adult Learning Courses
Leslie Murison is a Development Officer based in Inverurie looking at establishing Adult Learning Classes in the Peterhead area and beyond. To determine which classes will start in Peterhead, depends on evidence collated by engaging the community through completing the attached Adult Learning Survey link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AberdeenshireLife which will evidence the interest and need. Paper copies are also available at the Library.
Please click here for the latest Scholar information.
Parent Council Constitution
The parent Council’s Constitution is available for review here.
Improvements to Online Payment for Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools
A letter has been sent out to all parents and carers of pupils registered at Secondary schools across Aberdeenshire in relation to the payment for school meals. School meal payments should be simpler following an upgrading to an improved system for online payments. This will help reduce administration and cash handling in schools and to improve the customer experience for parents and carers paying into the system, allowing balances and account history to be viewed.
The new system will require one off registration. See important details by clicking on the following link-
As far as the pupil experience will be concerned, there will be no difference for Secondary school pupils and online payments for Primary school pupils will be introduced during the coming academic year through a phased roll-out programme.
All Secondary schools have been transferring to the new system over the Summer holidays and this will be operational for the start of the new term. Any balances remaining at the end of the last school year (2014-15) will be automatically transferred across to the new system.
Peterhead Academy has been part of the Career Ready programme since 2013. This programmes gives a group of students the opportunity to transform their lives by providing them with the real-life skills and knowledge they will need for work.
The programme involves pupils attending a number of master classes, meeting regularly with a mentor from the world of business and going on a five week paid internship. Please click here for more details.