We encourage all our pupils to join in the many activities which The Academy offers both at lunchtimes and after school. Some of the clubs which meet regularly are Scottish Country Dancing, chess, the choirs, string and wind groups as well as numerous inter-house activities.
From P5 upwards, pupils have a weekly activity time during which they can choose from a range of Co-Curricular activities. These activities include art and craft, adventure orienteering, computing, debating, karate, netball, patchwork and puppetry. Over the years, our technology group has done very well in the national Young Technologists' Competition, winning it on one occasion.
Regular instrumental tuition for Prep School children can be arranged with visiting specialist teachers. The String and Woodwind Groups often play at morning assembly and give annual musical recitals.
Sport and Games
At P5 pupils begin timetabled sports sessions in addition to their PE lessons. The main games are hockey for girls and rugby for boys. Children enjoy the excitement of competition, and P5 offers them the first few competitive matches in these sports against schools in the area. By the time girls and boys reach P7 many can expect to be playing in regular Saturday morning fixtures against schools as far away as Edinburgh and even Aberdeen.
Prep School Show
A keenly-awaited part of every Prep School session is the annual musical which usually takes place in the spring. Productions such as 'Treasure Island', 'Ali Baba and the 33 Thieves' and 'The Wizard of Oz' have been put on over the last few years. These are always mammoth undertakings involving more than 100 people on stage and behind it. There is a job for everyone who wants to be involved.
Abernethy and Northumberland
Educational excursions are a normal part of our pupils' experience at The Academy. Two special trips do deserve a mention, however. In P6, as a normal part of the summer term work, pupils are given the chance to go to Abernethy Outdoor Centre in the Cairngorms where they experience many exciting outdoor activities such as orienteering and abseiling. Also in the summer term, P7 have a week's residential visit to enjoy a range of activities as part of their environmental studies work. In recent years they have visited Northumberland and York.