Academy celebrates its 50th anniversary

L-R: Depute Rector Pauline Buchan, Vice Captain Jordan Reid, Girls Captain Samantha Roger, Boys Captain Mark Buchan, Vice Captain Laura Scott and Bill Walker, who was the Academy's Head Boy in 1962.
L-R: Depute Rector Pauline Buchan, Vice Captain Jordan Reid, Girls Captain Samantha Roger, Boys Captain Mark Buchan, Vice Captain Laura Scott and Bill Walker, who was the Academy's Head Boy in 1962.

A Buchan secondary school is celebrating a milestone anniversary over the last two weeks.

Fraserburgh Academy is marking 50 years in its ‘new building’ with a string of special events.

John Black, who work in the Academy's PE Department from 1949 to 1983, and Sheila Black who worked in the same department from 1954 to 1961.

John Black, who work in the Academy's PE Department from 1949 to 1983, and Sheila Black who worked in the same department from 1954 to 1961.

The highlight of the school’s celebrations was an assembly and open morning which scores of former pupils and members of staff attended.

The assembly was led by Depute Rector Pauline Buchan and included an old film of the royal visit to the school which took place in 1962, the opening year of the new academy building. Mrs Buchan also recognised the many people who had taken the time to share photos, memories and artefacts of the school for the anniversary.

A former Rector of the academy, Mr Noble, and the current head boy and head girl were given the honour of cutting the celebratory cake.

The assembly was also packed with musical performances, which included music from each of the decades between 1962 and 2012. Current S4 pupil Ailsa Hendry played the violin. And a choir of nearly 30 pupils wowed the audience with four songs including Viva la Vida by Coldplay.

Following the assembly, guests were offered tea and coffee, and given a tour of school to see the changes which have taken place, including new technical equipment and science labs.

Commenting, the Academy’s recently-appointed Rector Mr David Innes said: “I am delighted that so many people associated with Fraserburgh Academy have been able to come and support the school.

“The community is rightly proud of the achievements of Fraserburgh Academy and events such as these give us all an opportunity to recognise the important role the school has played over a long period of time.”

Depute Rector Mrs Pauline Buchan added: “The 50th Anniversary Event was an extremely successful endeavour which brought so many people together in the school where the community is bound together by it’s history and traditions.

“Present and former pupils and staff were able to compare and contrast life at Fraserburgh Academy in 1962 and in 2012 and how the school has moved on to reflect an ever changing world in the 21st century.”The school’s anniversary celebrations were due to continue into this week, with a dressing up day, gunging day and talent show day lined up.