Several S3-4 pupils at Mintlaw Academy have been working towards Youth Achievement Awards.
They have been participating in a project constructing picnic benches for the feeder primary schools.
Funded by Shell Small Grants Fund, the joint project between Mintlaw Academy Pupil Support and Community Learning and Development has provided an alternative way of learning- developing skills for life, learning and work. In participating in this project pupils have been instrumental in assembling, varnishing and delivering the benches.
From the outset, pupils decided it would be more professional to personalise each bench for each school.
Consequently, primary schools were invited to provide their school motto which was then burned onto the top of their benches. Schools without a motto were provided with a phrase created by pupils, reflecting the values of the particular schools.
In participating in this project pupils have had the opportunity to be responsible for each part of the process from the creation of benches to delivery. The positive responses from primary schools have been very motivational for those involved and we look forward to delivering more benches in the months to come.
Mrs Coull, headteacher of Pitfour School is pictured (above right) receiving the bench from former Pitfour pupil Martyn Ironside and with some of her pupils along with the academy boys who have been making the benches - Josh Robertson, Ryan-Lee Stewart, Martyn Ironside, Deacon Rae, David Antonio and Jordan Gillies.