Westhill Academy News

26 June 2017 – Highland Show Success.  Congratulations to Faye from 2E.  Faye got a 5th in one of her classes with a ewe lamb at the Highland Show in Edinburgh.  There were 25 lambs in the class, so she did really well.  Well done Faye.

Sheep 2

23 June 2017 – Staff Farewell Dinner.  105 staff, and former staff, gathered in the Hilton Treetops Hotel on Friday evening to say good bye to 4 long serving members of staff.  Garth McKain after 34 years. Margaret Thompson after 29 years, Donald Whyte after 27 years and Derek Thompson after 18 years.  A grand total of 108 years in Westhill Academy.  We wish them all a long and happy retirement.  Derek and Margaret Thompson are pictured below with their daughters, Shona and Lisa, who are also both teachers.


23 June 2017 – Michaela McRobb Award.  At the S6 Assembly Graeme McRobb and Karen Tremain presented the award to Emily Chan and Georgia Grieve.  Both have demonstrated enormous resilience following the passing on of parents.

14 June 2017 – Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders.  Congratulations to  Nathan, Chrissie, Louise and Sorcha who represented Westhill Academy at the HWBYL Celebration Event.  They did us proud and have done a great job in raising the profile of mental health within the academy and beyond.

HWB JUne 2017

14 June 2017 – “Kids Out!”  Around 30 of our senior pupils helped at the annual event at Craibstone.  The letter from the organisers is below:

Just a quick e mail to thank you and your senior management team once more for your help and support for Kid’s Out, and for  organising the participation of you senior pupils.

Again—I cannot speak highly enough of the enthusiasm,initiative and participation of your young folk. They were wonderful! Please pass on a huge “Thank you” to all who came along on the day.

They all seem to have had a good time (thankfully the weather was kind) and as I reminded them—–all good for their CV’s, and I do think it is good for them to meet and interact with the children who attend the event.

13 June 2017 – UK Mathematics Trust.  Congratulations to James  for reaching the UK Mathematics Trust “Kangaroo.”  James scored above than the national average in the test and did well to qualify for this competition from over 6 million students worldwide.  Well done James!


12 June 2017 – Taekwondo Update.  Marcus won a Silver Medal for sparring in the European Cup.  Congratulations!

Marcus Poland June 2017


8 June 2017 – Primary 7 Parents Guidance Evening.  7.00 pm to meet the Guidance Staff  followed by refreshments with the Parents Council in the School Library.

8 June – Industry Partners.  This afternoon Westhill Academy agreed, and signed partnerships, with SpecSavers and Hilton Hotels to help our efforts in Developing the Young Workforce.” (DYW)

7 June 2017 –  Staffing Update.  As always in summer we will be welcoming some new staff and saying goodbye to others.  More details soon of the “comings and goings!”

5 June 2017 – Taekwondo.  Marcus, from 5E, is competing in the Taekwondo European Cup this week in Poland.  Well done and congratulations!

5 June 2017New Timetable for S5/6 Pupils.  S6 pupils at RGU all day.

2 June 2017 – Parent Council Night Out.  A big thank you from Derek Thompson for his night out and very generous gift from the Parent Council.

2 June 2017Alison Reid is appointed new Head Teacher starting 21 August 2017.  Congratulations!

31 May 2017 – Youth Philanthropy Initiative  – Winners 2017.

Marie Curie Cancer Trust (Guidance group ‘E2’ – Meg Berryman, Emma Coull, Hannah Lorimer, Emma Smith) won the YPI presentation award of £3,000. There is a second award for NDCS (Guidance ‘D’ – Catrina, Caitlin, Ellie, Niamh.) of £50 from donations on the night. Well done to all the teams who presented and to all the teams whose posters are going to be up around school and in Guidance Classrooms and the library.

YPI Winners 2017

The Poster Competition winners  were Grampian Child Bereavement Network (Guidance Group ‘E1’ – Kirsty, Abigail, Gabrielle, Grace.) – £100, with a second prize of £50 to Alzheimer Scotland (Guidance Group ‘C2’ – Kiera, Brooke.)