Our Last Blog at Airyhall!

It is said that “time flies when you are enjoying yourself,” and that is definitely the case this year. The year has disappeared and we have only a month to go at Airyhall.

On returning from a very exciting and exhausting residential trip at Dalguise we settled back into work again. This term is full of trips and visitors and we started off with our transition visit to Hazlehead Academy where we became more familiar with our way around , experienced different subjects and met lots of new friends. Others in the class have visited Robert Gordons, Cults Academy, Westhill Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School, ( we are hardly ever here all at the same time!)

Our topic so far this term has been that of Scottish/Local artists and we have had experience of a variety of media and learned a huge amount from our visiting artists.

Alan Herriot, a renowned Scottish sculptor shared his work with us and helped us produce our very own sculptures of inspirational Scots. We learned lots about the different sculpting techniques and even managed to get on the BBC News with our work!

Jane Jensen, a fabulous local artist,  also worked with the class on wildlife art, using pens to produce some stunning pieces of work.

Iain McNair an Aberdeen graphic designer also joined P7 to produce some fantastic, eye-catching Wordart. He explained how art and design is used in his job and the tools he uses to produce graphic images within business.

In conjunction with our inspirational Scots focus we have also been presenting our talks to the class. Our inspirational Scots have included Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Alexander Fleming, JK Rowling, Billy Connolly, Laura Muir etc,  all very well researched and shared with our peers.

We have also been lucky to have a visit from our local community policeman advising us on drug awareness. Representatives from the NSPCC also joined our class to talk about their work and useful information for us to know.

We also visited The University of Aberdeen for the Hydrographic Society lectures, where we learned about the work of underwater surveyors. Our ROV representative Callum also took part in a simulated underwater ROV race, unfortunately being pipped at the post by Mackie Academy!

Throughout this term and last, we have been working on our Greenpower Goblin Car, designing, building and test driving our 2 vehicles for the final Alford event on Saturday 15th June. We now have a 10 strong team of ace drivers ready to compete for the coveted trophies.

Our engineering skills have also been put to the test with the Lloyds Register STEM Egg Challenge with 4 successful designers representing the school on the 18th June.

On a rather miserable Thursday the P7s excelled themselves at Sports Day, both with their athletic prowess but also their responsible, helpful  approach to assisting Mrs Anderson and Mr McIndoe  – “Wow , you were amazing the best helpers I’ve ever had on Sports Day!” Mrs A.  Well done P7.

Not many days to go now as we go forward to the next stage , so long, farewell, auf weidersehen, goodbye!