Summer Reading Challenge 2014

This summer we opened out our annual Summer Reading Challenge to everyone in the school (including the staff) as well as to members of the wider community. This is reflected in the wide range of book reviews that were submitted and have been included in this year’s booklet.

We hope you enjoy reading the booklet and are tempted to try at least some of the books recommended in it.

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 – Book reviews

Results Day

Congratulations to everyone who was pleased with their exam results today – hard work really does pay off.
passed exams

If you did not get the results you were hoping for, remember there are people out there who can help you.

Members of Senior Staff will be available at Annan Academy from 9.00am to 12.00 noon on Tuesday 5th August 2014, and 9.00am to 11.00a.m. on Wednesday, 6th August 2014 for consultation with students and parents/carers on issues arising from these results.

A telephone service – SQA’s Candidate Advice Line (0345 279 1000) – will also be available from Tuesday 5th August to Friday 8th August. You can ring this for advice on the content and layout of your certificate.

Skills Development Scotland will also have an Exam Results Helpline.  The service will be available from 5th August onwards.  Details of the telephone number will be made available on the Skills Development Scotland website –

For more information click here.

Welcome to Annan Academy


We’d like to welcome the P7 pupils to Annan Academy and hope that you enjoy your 3-day visit.

As you make your way around the school with your S6 guides, meet your new teachers and get a glimpse of what life at Annan Academy is all about, spare a thought for your parents and carers who are even more nervous and worried than you are.

During your visit your Tutor will give you a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge booklet. We’re hoping that a record number of you will take up the challenge and read SIX books – of your own choice – during the summer holidays.

This year, for the first time, we are opening up the challenge to everyone in the school – including members of staff. Parents and members of the wider community can also take part.

You can download copies of the booklets and a special Summer Challenge leaflet by clicking on the links below.

Summer Challenge 2014

Summer Reading Challenge booklet for S1 pupils


Summer Challenge 2014 whole school

Summer Challenge 2014 – whole school

Summer Challenge 2014 adults

Summer Challenge 2014 – Annan Community



Good Luck!


We’d like to wish everyone sitting exams over the next few weeks the best of luck.

Of course, as a teacher I feel compelled to remind you that doing well isn’t a matter of luck but hard work.

Please make sure you revise and study wisely. Last minute cramming and staying up too late the night before an exam will not help you to do your best. Remember to build in some time for relaxing into your study timetable.

I hope the information on this blog is useful to those of you sitting an English exam.


End of Term – At last!

This has been a really long term but the end is in sight.

Tomorrow is Ms Brown’s last day as PT of the English and Modern Languages Faculty. We wish her well in her new job.

For pupils sitting exams in April and May, the holidays will be a time for study. The good news is – you can study and eat chocolate at the same time. Of course, as teachers, we want you to use the holiday time wisely to prepare for your exams but do remember to take some time off to relax. You might even consider escaping into a good book for a few hours.


World Book Day – Thursday 6th March

What will you be reading on World Book Day?

Tomorrow Tutors will be handing out World Book Day £1 Book Tokens. You can exchange your book token for one of the £1 books specially produced for World Book Day or use it when you buy a children’s book worth £2.99 or more.

We are running a competition to create a new character (in the style of Roald Dahl) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.  Prizes will be awarded for the best book title, character description and character drawing.

Willy Wonka

Click here for a copy of the competition entry form

Everyone visiting the school library during March will be given the opportunity to fill in a Roald Dahl themed bookmark to recommend a book. The bookmarks will be entered into a prize draw.

For more information about World Book Day check out the official website @


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


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