Pupils all shipshape

Competition winners from Aberdeenshire academies get a day's nautical training at Peterhead following a competition run by Banff and Buchan College and Schlumberger.
Competition winners from Aberdeenshire academies get a day's nautical training at Peterhead following a competition run by Banff and Buchan College and Schlumberger.

pupils who excelled at an engineering competition held by Banff and Buchan College and Schlumberger were rewarded for their success with a day’s’ training on the college’s fast rescue craft at Peterhead.

Winning pupils Edward Tucker and Kimberlee Thomson, Mintlaw Academy, Matthew Goodyear and Kirsten Glen, Ellon Academy, and Amy Innes, from Banff Academy, accompanied college staff on the craft from Peterhead marina to the Harbour. The pupils then joined the crew of Peterhead lifeboat and watched an exercise and received a tour of the vessel.

John Buchan, the college’s curriculum leader for nautical courses, said “The pupils have had a great day out. We are very grateful to the lifeboat crew for taking the time to speak to the pupils, which has just added to the whole experience.”

The competition engages more than 1,200 S2 pupils from Banff, Fraserburgh, Meldrum, Ellon, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff Academies). It introduces them to the skills relevant for an engineering career. The competition involved the students building a propeller racing car from a kit.

They were assessed on their ability to read and understand the instructions and how they worked as a team.