Parent Conference Event – Thursday 19th November 2015


“Learning Together”                        Parent Conference              

Save the date!

We plan to hold the first ever Mintlaw Academy Parent Conference on the evening of Thursday 19th November.  The purpose of this unique event is to give parents and carers the opportunity to find out ways in which we can all work together to better support pupils in their learning.  You will have the opportunity to hear a keynote address on current educational topics and to attend workshops on a wide variety of themes such as

Building Resilience                  Teenage Mental Health                                              Substance Awareness

Internet Safety                          Skills for Work – What Employers Want             National Qualifications

Study Skills                                 Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce          Modern Apprenticeships

Parents as Partners                 Skills Development Scotland                                  Wider Achievement

National Qualifications          Volunteering                                                                TRUST/Skills development

In addition there will be information available from every Department and Faculty in school, as well as representatives from the Parent Council and the PTA.   Performances from pupils from the Drama and Music Departments will take place, as well as a display of work from the Art Department. 

More information about this exciting event will be available soon, including information about how to sign up and make workshop choices.

Please check this website for further details.

Sponsored Walk – Wednesday 16th September 2015

Thanks to everyone who took part in the sponsored walk, fabulous effort from all concerned.  The first pupil back to school was Henry Cole, 5D who completed the route within 2 hours, well done Henry. 

 Sponsor forms will be re-issued to pupils and money will be collected in during registration on Wednesday 23rd September for S1-3 and S5-6 pupils, Wednesday 30th September for S4 pupils. 

 Our estimated total so far is just over £10,000 so a big thank you to all the family and  friends that have sponsored Mintlaw Academy pupils and helped us to raise monies for the school fund, your support is much appreciated.  Thank you.

Mintlaw Academy presents at Offshore Europe 2015

Please click the link below to see how working in partnership with Shell our “Engineering Girls” are inspired by their course.

Mintlaw Academy Wins Schools Litter Challenge 2015

The inception of the Schools Litter Challenge arose from research conducted by Keep Britain Tidy, which highlighted a general ineffectiveness of litter prevention.  Academies across Aberdeenshire were asked to take a creative and innovative approach and encourage their fellow students to reduce the amount of litter they create throughout the school day. Aberdeenshire Waste Team carefully assessed each entry and scores were given across a range of categories for effort, originality and effectiveness.

 After careful consideration they chose the best three entrants with the follow results;

 First Place:          MINTLAW ACADEMY

 Second Place:    Banchory Academy

 Third Place:         Portlethen Academy

Outstanding Exam Success for Mintlaw pupils

Yet again Mintlaw Academy pupils have gained some excellent grades in the latest SQA Exams.   The numbers of pupils attaining 5 or more awards at National 5 in S4 has increased again for the third year in a row and the S5 pupils who have achieved  3 or more Highers awards have risen to the highest ever!   Well done everyone.

Please see pictured below the pupils who achieved Grade A’s in ALL their subjects.

exam result photo

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-

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools and Online Payment Facility.

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.


Changes to the School Day

Please remember that as of 18th August the times of the school day will be:

 Mondays and Tuesdays – 8.40am till 3.50pm (interval 10.30-10.45, lunch 1.15-2.10pm)

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8.40am till 3pm (interval 10.30-10.45, lunch 12.25-1.20pm)

Award Assemblies – Thursday 25 June


Award Assembly



School Uniforms

Please note Academy Uniforms will be at Mintlaw Academy on Thursday 4th June 2015 for issue of any uniform items ordered previously.  Orders can be collected from the Academy from 3.30-6pm (pupils from the Academy can collect orders during the afternoon).  Following the 4th June, pupils may collect their orders from the front office of the Academy.

 Please note school knitwear may also now be purchased from Jazmayne (Clerkhill Road) as well as Donalds in Peterhead and Pomprint in Mintlaw.

 School ties are available from the front office for £2.50.

Aberdeenshire GIRFEC Website

I would like to draw your attention to the new Aberdeenshire GIRFEC website.  This is now the central way of containing information on GIRFEC for practitioners, young people and parents / carers.

It now means that information can be contained in one place and is intended to help everyone navigate through a complex landscape.

Please use the link below


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