Academy joy in Energetica contest

Fraserburgh Academy pupils would have been delighted to hear that their entry into the Energetica Competition was chosen as the winner over competing schools in the area in October.

The winning chool is due to receive £250 in vouchers to spend on school equipment.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, rector John Noble spoke of his delight at the students’ efforts in the competition:

“The competition was open to all secondary schools in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

“Fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils played a lead role in the project, involving local primary schools, businesses and the community with the filming and production of the 10-minute documentary.

“I was particularly pleased at the enthusiasm of the pupils involved, that they enjoyed making the documentary and learning about the subject matter, but that they developed their skills, too.

“The students did this all in a very tight schedule - less than a month - and on their own time, so it is pleasing to find that we produced the most complete entry for the judges of the competition,” added Mr. Noble.

It is worth noting that in the Energetica Corridor, which runs from Peterhead to Aberdeen, Fraserburgh Academy were the only entrants not within the area.

It is, therefore, all the more pleasing for the local community that the pupils were able to fight off schools that may have otherwise had an advantage in the competition.

Energetica looks to, according to the project’s website, promote “a whole new way of thinking. One that’s defined by a history of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, yet inspired by a truly ground-breaking and sustainable vision.

“Energetica is an ambitious and exciting plan to create a new generation energy community stretching north from Aberdeen’s Bridge of Don area to Peterhead and west to the airport. Energetica differentiates itself because its aim is to create a renowned, world-class destination that will attract innovative energy businesses and highly skilled people as well as feature high quality housing and leisure facilities in an outstanding natural environment based on low carbon principles.

“Energetica is set to become the world’s leading destination for innovation, knowledge, learning and skills in current and future energy generation. Energetica will host the companies, organisations and research institutions that will collaborate to solve the world’s energy challenges, who will focus on the challenges facing the energy industry today such as the need to reduce demand through energy efficient design and the generation of energy from renewable sources.

“Energetica embodies the vision, inspiration and capability that will enable the region to firmly establish itself as the global hub for the energy sector.”

Fraserburgh Academy will show the 10-minute documentary to guests on Monday.