Happy Holidays and Enjoy Lots of Reading

Happy holidays and enjoy lots of reading from Mrs T  and junior assistants : Joshua, Patrick, Jennifer, Carrie and Alex. (And Madiha!)

Leanne, our cleaner

Give it up for our smiley, lovely (and long-suffering) cleaner Leanne! She got engaged at the weekend💕. Happy news…😄 and she liked the flowers. Real ones soon!

Aberdeen University Library Visit

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen


S6 Advanced Higher students, with Mrs Toonen and Mrs Forster, enjoyed a visit to the University of Aberdeen Library on Thursday 5 October to research and borrow resources for dissertations. They discovered that The Sir Duncan Rice Library is a lot bigger than any library they had been in previously. The large variety of books and journals was amazing and gave a large choice for everyone to choose from. This was a great experience for both student learning and for research. A great day was had by all.

Last book club of term was on Wednesday 4 October

Last book club of term was on Wednesday 4 October.

The new reading postcards (designed by Charlotte) were completed and displayed and there was lots of chat about holiday reading and plans for next term.

Lots of cake🍰 with the chat too J.

Comic Characters Club – Oct 2017

Comic Characters Club 4 October

The last meeting before the holidays was a busy one, with great fun and chat. All enjoyed comparing drawings, sharing books and having a good time.

Book Week Scotland


EA Library and S3 Home Economics Cook Book Launch

Our First Edition Nourish! Cook Book

For Book Week Scotland in November 27 Nov – 3 December, we are creating the first-ever Elgin Academy Recipe Book.

The Book Launch will be on

Wednesday 29 November in the school assembly hall at 6.30pm.

We shall enjoy food samples from the book – tested by the authors.

All will enjoy our recipes for food that will

Fuel your brain!

Fuel your body!

Or Just stick to your ribs!

Planning and Creating…..

The pupils had lots to chew on & plan for our project. The last week of term saw them delivering invitations to staff, downloading logos, PLANNING… 📚💜🍲.


Book Week Scotland – making connections between food and stories.

Authors Live

Authors Live: Authentic Teens in YA

S3 pupils submitted great questions for Melvin Burgess, Non Pratt and Jean Menzies for the Authors Live event on Wednesday 4 October.

They were focused & engaged with the BBC Authors Live broadcast of Authentic Teens in YA event There were lots to listen to from the panel and all enjoyed listening to them and hearing their answers to questions from pupils from a range of schools.

Marcelina’s question to the Authentic Teens in YA panel was answered! Cheers all round👏

S2 Book Talks


S2 – October – Juno Dawson

The S2 book talk programme focuses on authors – not themes as in S1 – and the focus in October is on Juno Dawson.

Say Her Name

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear…But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror – five days – but what does it mean? And who left it there?


Under My Skin

Sally Feather is a shy seventeen year old who secretly longs to be wild, so when she’s offered a free tattoo she agrees. But before the night is over, the tattoo, Molly Sue has started talking to her. Sally is about to learn that beauty and popularity come at a very high price…

Margot & Me

Margot and Me Fliss’s mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss’s stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot’s wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back. But Fliss soon discovers Margot’s life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery… and even passion. What’s more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart…


Mind Your Head

We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt.


All of the Above

A funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery.


Cruel Summer


A year after the suicide of one of their friends, the rest of the group decide to spend the summer together in a holiday villa in the Mediterranean. They’re hoping to get over the terrible events of the previous year, but then a new guest arrives – claiming to have evidence that the suicide was actually murder. When she is found dead, it becomes clear that the killer must be one of them – but who is it? And will they strike again?


Hollow Pike

Something wicked this way comes…She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid – after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark – and a twig snaps…


Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

Our Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018 project began in the last week of term. In our first library session, the S3 group enjoyed discussion, a look at the authors’ videos and the books! All of us are very excited to be part of this Scottish Book Trust project.

The groups will begin to use the library for a weekly dedicated session, with Mrs Toonen, at the start of the winter term.

Poetry Day 2017 – The EA poet

Staff Poetry Competition for

National Poetry Day 28 September

Our very happy winner of our Staff Poetry Competition:Mr McWhirter.

He struck Gold with ‘Parental Freedom’. Judge Mr Meisner’s comments are in a poem:


A tough decision, but all our poets are winners,
For taking free time and putting pencil to paper.
For is there greater freedom than to share one’s own thoughts?
Maybe there is…..but I think not.
So in bronze medal place………is the poet who suggests,
How to be “Free  From” online junk in “39 Steps”
It was funny, a rollicking read, and it’s only my view,
Reminded me of the “Choose Life” scene from Trainspotting 2.
In second place silver we have…………. “Not A Number”
Who gives their passionate views of the Brexit blunder.
Where the freedom to vote and our freedom of voice,
Wil limit freedoms to trade, to work and limit freedoms of choice.
The gold medal gong, our poetic first prize,
Goes to a touching poem that could bring tears to eyes.
Whether parents are here or long gone, there’s a time when we all need ‘em,
Elgin Academy Staff winner 2017 is………..”Parental Freedom.”

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