Academy bids farewell to Mr Strachan

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A long serving Guidance Teacher at Peterhead Academy has retired after 41 years and 2 months.

Staff and pupils at Peterhead Academy threw a retirement party for Allistair Strachan on Friday, December 18 to mark his final day.

Mr Strachan started his teaching career in the Maths department in 1974 and then moved to History shortly after.

In 1980 he became principal teacher of Guidance where he has supported pupils since.

Some of his highlights over the years include ski trips to Italy and Switzerland; skiing at St Moritz and visiting Monte Carlo; heading up the Prefects’ Charity through the 80s and 90s and being taken on a helicopter flight over the north east; golf at the Old Course with his golf team and seeing pupil Lawrie Phillips win the Scottish Schools’ Golf Championship; managing the legendary First Eleven football team in season 2003-04; an epic yacht trip to Stonehaven; the Belgian football trip; Activity days to Edinburgh, Old Trafford,  Alton Towers and paintballing, and also Rock Challenge at York and Grimsby.

However Mr Strachan said: “The real highlight has been working with the finest of colleagues – teaching and non-teaching and being part of the lives of the best pupils anywhere.

“Their successes on whatever level are what makes this job so special and rewarding.”