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Moffat Fundraiser Walk

Well done to the students who took part in the 5K Sponsored walk on Wednesday 5th June raising money for local cancer charities in Moffat. Please hand in any donations or sponsor money to Mrs Ayling by Friday 14th June. 
Thank you to Anne and Doreen from MacMillan Cancer Support who came along to help out and for providing us with t-shirts, pens, banners and balloons.

Senior Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday 24th April 2019 Moffat Academy staff, pupils, parents and many of the community partners celebrated the successes for session 2018 –19 with the senior phase pupils. The evening began with a Powerpoint display of the school's events from the past year, a welcome from Curriculum Depute Mr Williamson and a speech from our Head Teacher Mrs Macfarlane. The Faculty awards were announced by faculty representatives Mr Armstrong, Miss Gaines, Miss McNaughton and Mr MacBeath. Mr Williamson presented the S4/5 Prize Winners followed by a Musical Interlude by the very talented senior pupil David MacDonald. The Special Awards & Wider Achievement awards were presented and Mr Jeff Brown presented his 'Jeff Brown Achievement and Enterprise Award'. Our guest speaker for the night was former Moffat Academy Emily Atkinson, now a successful professional singer/songwriter. The evening was rounded off with a display of the S5&6 leavers and their plans for the future. It was a night of great celebration for all and for some an emotional end to their years at Moffat Academy. Thank you everyone involved in the making of the event, to our guest award presenters and to Mr Williamson for arranging the evening. Thank you also to our sponsors Benmar Services and Mrs C Dignan.

Senior Induction Days

Senior pupils have been taking part in two Induction days where they engaged will lots of different team building activities as well as several talks including Interview Skills and CV Builders with Ms Lauder, Communication Skills with Mr Leyva and Mr Williamson, Survivial Cookery, rounders and Leadership Skills and many more.

Senior Trip

As part of their induction to senior school, pupils from S5 and S6 enjoyed two days at Dalgusie Adventure Centre in Perthshire last week. This trip provided pupils with opportunities to enjoy a wide range of both team and individual activities, from hiking to abseiling. Fortunately, the weather was kind and pupils enjoyed the sun in beautiful surroundings. As the sun set, pupils gathered round the campfire before completing a quiz. As pupils embark on another challenging academic year, this trip helped to promote wellbeing whilst encouraging a positive, collective ethos among senior pupils. 


Short Tennis

A massive well done to our Moffat Academy junior Tennis team today, who competed at the National Short Tennis Challenge at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

 Amy, Catie, Tess, Lewis, Brandon and Lochy were among over 120 pupils from across Scotland who competed in the event. Our team had to face up to far bigger schools with Moffat being the smallest in the competition by a long way.

 Amazingly, we qualified for the Plate finals and came away as Runners Up. A fantastic achievement in our very first attempt at this competition.

 Each of the pupils were a credit to the school and should be very proud of themselves, well done!



S1-S3 Awards Ceremony

The S1-S3 Award Ceremony was held on Thursday 20th June. Thank you to our guest speaker PC Irons for delivering a fantastic motivational speech. Special Award winners were:

Mark Walker Trophy - Boys Cross Country Champion - Dylan W.

S1 Girls Sports Champion -  Honey

S1 Boys Sports Champion - Arthur

S2 Girls Sports Champion - Simone

S2 Boys Sports Champion - Kit

S3 Girls Sports Champion - Megan

S3 Boys Sports Champion - Ciaran

Senior Gymnastics Cup - Honey and Morgan

Junior Gymnastics Cup - Amy

S2 Chemistry Performance Award - Grace R

S3 Chemistry Performance Award - Lucy J

S1 Champion Reader Award - Thomas

S1 Outstanding Reader Award - Matt

S2 Champion Reader Award - Liam S

S2 Outstanding Reader Award - Abbie M


Congratulations to all.


Health Week

S1 and S2 pupils at Moffat Academy have been enjoying Health and Wellbeing week. This has involved a huge range of activites in school, from yoga to rounders to gymnastics to volleyball. Additionally, the week has been very well supported from partners within the local community, with inputs from Moffat Gym, Beechgrove Tennis Club, Moffat Golf Club and Beechgrove Bowling Club showing pupils the variety of sporting opportunities available in the town. As well as sporting activities, Health and Wellbeing week has also provided pupils with opportunities to further their understanding of Mental Health, particularly focusing on healthy relationships with technology. Furthermore, sessions on healthy cooking have been led by the Home Economics department, helping to equip pupils with skills that are necessary in order to support a healthy lifestyle. Pupils have also enjoyed a range of trips throughout the week; some pupils undertook a forest walk, others visited Snowfactor in Glasgow, a huge number visited Alton Towers and New Lanark, and pupils ended the week with a trip to the trampoline park and bowling alley in Carlisle. Overall, the week has         provided a great opportunity for pupils to enhance their health and  wellbeing while building positive relationships across the school and community. 


Secondary Sports Day

Rain does not stop play.


Moffat Academy held their annual athletics events on the school playing fields on a wet but warm day.  Throughout the year pupils from all year groups have been honing the skills to qualify for this prestigious school event.


All athletes demonstrated an excellent positive attitude and did not let the rain spoil the day.  Although the conditions under foot were not ideal, the pupils still managed a high level of performance to break nine school records.


Due to feedback from parents and pupils from previous years we arranged for some open events on the day that pupils did not need to qualify for which added extra excitement and more participants to the event.


The trophies were presented by Ms Gains who has successfully taken up a post at another school in the region and will be leaving us at the end of term.


Thank you to all staff and pupils who assisted with the organisation of this event and to all parents and spectators who came to support the competitors.


New records for 2019 (starting from 2011, in the new school) were as follows:




Honey 400m (70 seconds)

Alesha Shot Put (7.39m)




Dylan W. 400m (68 seconds)

Kit long Jump (4.45m)

Herbie High Jump (1.55m)




Erin T. Long Jump (3.65m)

Nelija Discus (15.92m)

Ethan Discus (22.50m)

Simone T. Javelin (16.28m)

Individual year group sports champions are:

S1 Girls: Honey

S1 Boys: Arthur

S2 Girls: Simone M.

S2 Boys: Kit

S3 Girls: Megan

S3 Boys: Ciaran S.

Senior Girls: Catriona P.

Senior Boys: Brodie


The sports day total for Queensberry was 176 and for Hartfell 224 meaning the athletics shield was won by Hartfell.


The house shield was won by Hartfell House scoring 460 points to Queensberry’s 394.  Hartfell has now won the house shield five years in a row.

Dine & Democracy

All S1 students participated in a Dine ‘n’ Democracy session in Term 1. This provided them with a forum within which they could express their opinions on, and ideas about, the recent Secondary Health Week. In response to several prompts, they are asked to consider the structure of the week, the benefits of each activity, as well as being asked to discuss which activities they enjoyed, and other activities they would have liked to do. They were provided with breakfast pastries, fruit and fruit juice to further fuel the conversation. Students produced thought-provoking responses, which will be examined by their pupil council representatives, with a view to continuing to improve the opportunities we offer young people during Secondary Health Week.


Work Ready Day

On Wednesday 18th September Moffat Academy hosted a Work Ready Day in association with DYW (Developing the Young Workforce). All S1, 2 and 3 students attended workshops and events aimed at making them aware of all the careers available to them in Dumfries and Galloway.

Some of the contributors were: The Care Training Consortium, where students learned how to save peoples lives and take their blood pressure. CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) who showed the students all the different careers that are needed within construction. The Royal Bank of Scotland, who explained how careers in banking are changing. Community Windpower, who had interactive demonstrations showing the careers in the renewable sectors. Loreburn Housing Association showed the students the vast array of different types of job in the housing sector. Scottish Engineering, who made the students aware of the wide variety of engineering opportunities available. There were many more contributors from the Army, to the SQA and Skills Development Scotland. We even had the Battle Bus, who provided a digital and virtual reality input!

Thank-you to all the people who gave up their time to share their passions with our young people. A special mention should go to Justin at DYW, who helped to get a wide variety of sectors and employers to attend this event. The students thoroughly enjoyed their day and have a lot of new ideas to help them plan for their future.

Anthony Nolan Charity Drive

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently supporting the Anthony Nolan National Charity which saves the lives of people with blood cancer - a partnership that was formed in 2009. To this end The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have now extended their search into Dumfries and Galloway for volunteers to help cure blood cancer.  This is the 10 year anniversary of the national campaign and there have been 14,000 recruited as potential donors with 45 going on to donate.

Kenny McClurg, Watch Manager Prevention and Protection, has been given the local project to approach schools to recruit volunteers between the ages of 16 and 30 who are in good health.

 Further information on the Anthony Nolan Trust can be found by visiting the website at

Moffat Academy was delighted to welcome Kenny and his colleagues from The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who talked to S5 and S6 students about taking the charity forward through registering to become potential stem cell donors. An initial input/presentation was given by Watch Manager McClurg who works with many others promoting Anthony Nolan on behalf of the fire service nationally.

On Tuesday 24th September Kenny and his colleagues - Watch Manager Andrew Wilson, Crew Manager Anna Grace -  came along to Moffat Academy with Amy Bartlett, Regional Development Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland for the Anthony Nolan Trust to register those students and staff who wished to be added to the UK donor register - an event that we hope will continue.  The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are trying to roll out the presentation and donor registration event to all secondary schools within Dumfries and Galloway.


Ten students from Moffat Academy attended the Live showing of the Romeo and Juliet Ballet on Tuesday the 11th June. The trip provided many students with their first experience of ballet, whilst also enabling them to develop their understanding of one William Shakespeare's myriad tragedies. Students commented on the

intricacies of the footwork, and were impressed by the quality of the storytelling throughout the 135 minute-long performance. Overall. it was a trip enjoyed by all, and perhaps marks the first of many ballet trips to come!


West of Scotland Schools Boccia Championships

Following the regional schools Boccia Festival, eight pupils were selected to represent D&G at Easterhouse Sports Centre in Glasgow. Among them were Reece Paterson and Abi Johnston from Moffat Academy. Both pupils played very well in all their games, Abi finished in second place overall and won the silver medal. They are pictured below with their certificates of achievement. Well done to them both.


Jupiter Artland

Kenya Expedition

End of Term Quiz photos by Louis Morris

Maths Challenge

On Thursday the 26th of September, Cairn, Elliott, Erin and Abbey represented Moffat Academy at the Regional Enterprising Maths Challenge held at Wallace Hall Academy. The pupils competed against eleven other school and came fourth overall!

Mock Interviews




On Wednesday 18th September all Higher Biology students had a visit from Lucienne McCallum from Timstar. 

Lucinne  showed the pupils how to carry out the process of Polymerase Chain Reaction, using unfamiliar equipment such as the thermal cycler, micro pipettes and the electrophoresis machine. 

The process of PCR is a method widely used in molecular biology to make several copies of a specific DNA segment. The amplified DNA can be used for forensics, paternity testing or identification of genetic diseases. 

The visit allowed the pupils to apply their theoretical knowledge to a practical setting. The pupils were praised for their ability and confidence during the session. 

Photography Workshop

Nat 5 and Higher Photography took part in portrait photography workshops in Edinburgh - they worked with professional photographers to create some amazing work.


Regional Athletics

Our Moffat Academy Athletics Squad braved some miserable weather at the annual Regional Athletics Competition held at the David Keswick Centre, Dumfries. Whilst the rain did its best to dampen spirits, our determined athletes gritted their teeth and each and every one of them performed and behaved superbly. Some fantastic results were witnessed with our team           comfortably competing with the best at Regional level.

 Our overall medal haul was 8 GOLDS, 1 SILVER AND 2 BRONZE.

 A massive well done from all at Moffat Academy.

Notable results are as follows:

 Elliot H - S2 - Shot Put - GOLD

 Dylan W - S2 - 400m & 800m - GOLD&GOLD

 Kit A - S2 - 75m Hurdles - GOLD

 Herbie C - S2 - 75m Hurdles - BRONZE

 Herbie C - S2 - High Jump - GOLD

 Baillie J, Kit A, Elliot H, Dylan W - S2 - 4x100m relay - GOLD

 Ethan N - S3 - Shot Put & Discus - GOLD & GOLD

 Skye B - S1 Hurdles - SILVER

 Rebecca V - S2 Long Jump - BRONZE


Scottish Disability Sports

Five pupils took part in the Scottish Disability Sport Athletics Championships last week. Everyone performed exceptionally well and three pupils came back with medals. Shay was first in the 1500m and Abi was first in the club throw and wheelchair push. Well done to all the athletes.


Football Success

U14 Cup Final Report by Mr Meola

On Tuesday 14th May 2019, Moffat Academy’s U14 Football Team travelled to a sunny Palmerston  Stadium in Dumfries to play Langholm in the    Dumfries and Galloway U14 Small School’s Cup  final. Through to the final after a long, successful season and a very tight 4-3 win in the semi-final against Kirkcudbright, the boys were full of         excitement and confidence. The game started and Moffat were instantly on the front foot with Kit (S2) playing the ball across goal for Cameron (S1) who narrowly missed.  From that moment on, Moffat dominated in possession and attack. Before long they were 1-0 up thanks to a wonder goal by Dylan B (S2). Perfect technique and timing saw the ball nearly burst the net from 25 yards. Simply           outstanding!  Inspired by this opening goal, Moffat used this momentum to run into an early 4-0 lead before the 15 minute mark.  Fantastic passing play by midfield maestros Dylan and Joel (S1) opened up the Langholm defence time and time again with shots raining down on the opposition goalkeeper. At halftime, Moffat Academy were 8-0 ahead. The game was now beyond Langholm but Moffat knew not to allow themselves to become complacent and began the 2nd half in the same fantastic form as they displayed in the first. A huge amount of credit should go to the young Langholm team who started the 2nd half sharply and created a few good chances. However, the strength of the Moffat defence, led by ‘Captain Fantastic’ Elliott (S2), proved too strong. Taylor (S1) was amazing in defence as he appeared hell-bent on preventing any ball from breaking the defensive line with an insatiable thirst for clearing his lines and regaining position. Protected by his staunch defence, Dylan W (S2) never looked troubled and assumed the role of a fifth defender in playing as a ‘sweeper keeper’, using his anticipation and pace when required. Yet another clean sheet for the ever-reliable young goalkeeper!  Ruairidh (S2) and Callum (S1) ran their socks off all afternoon as full backs and were a nightmare for the opposition wingers with too much pace and desire to win every ball. They linked up excellently with Ewan (S1) and Cameron (S1) on the wings. Both wingers attacked relentlessly and found some brilliant passes and creative runs. Ewan scored a fantastic goal in the second half which was    thoroughly deserved after a performance in which he barely put a foot wrong. Cameron continuously provided Kit with        well-weighted passes and had a helping hand in many of the eventual 11 goals that Moffat scored.

A special mention must be given to Kit (S2), who scored an incredible 6 goals. His composure, poise, decision-making and pace combined perfectly on the day and was almost impossible to defend against. It was also a mark of the player and man that he is becoming that he could have had more goals had it not been for his admirable acts of sportsmanship in attempting to       provide moments of glory for his teammates instead of taking goals himself.The other goals came from Dylan B (S2) (2), Ewan (S1) (2) and a very deserved goal also came from Joel (S1), who appears to find space in the very tightest of gaps.

Finlay (S2), Tobey (S2), Liam (S2), Ian (S2) and Baillie (S2) also had brilliant performances. Each rose to the occasion perfectly and enjoyed an afternoon of reliable, sharp and well-rounded performances, with Liam and Baillie filling in the defensive line in the 2nd half and frustrating the opposition strikers with strong defending right up until the final whistle. Finlay made some brilliant passing in the centre of midfield and gave 100% commitment from start to finish. Finally, no more could have been asked of Tobey and Ian who played very well and made a strong argument for breaking into the starting ‘11’ next year with solid passing, tackling and awareness of the highest quality in midfield. The game finished 11-0 to Moffat.  Coaches, teachers and family members in attendance were truly treated to a performance of the highest quality. Not only was the football on show a spectacle to be proud of, the attitudes of each and every player in the team was equally as pleasing to watch. The    manner in which the players conducted themselves throughout was exemplary and a true credit to themselves, the school, and the town. Moffat Academy have now won this trophy two years in a row, an unprecedented achievement. It is made all the more impressive given that five of the team are only in their first year of secondary school. The team appears to be in safe hands as the rest of the squad move into U15 competition next year, in which we wish them the best of luck.

From all staff and pupils at Moffat Academy, huge congratulations are due to all involved.  Team:

S1 pupils:Ewan, Joel, Callum, Cameron, Taylor,  

S2 Pupils: Dylan W, Elliott H(C), Kit, Dylan B, Baillie, Ruairidh, Tobey, Finlay, Ian and Liam.


Season Report by Mr Sergio Meola 

The Moffat Academy U15 Football team started the season as champions and full of confidence. A supremely well-rounded squad, Dylan W(S2) had a fantastic season in goals, conceding only 5 goals in all games. His confidence in his      kicking game had really come on and was     instrumental in preventing Moffat losing a 3 goal lead in an eventual 6-3 win over Langholm. The ever-imposing figure of Elliott (S2) had graduated from the U14 Team and became a force to be reckoned with in the centre of     defence, putting fear into the most experienced of strikers. In his last season with the U15 Team, Keiron (S4) enjoyed a brilliant year    thundering up and down both flanks with boundless energy and fantastic work ethic. The centre midfield duo of Ben J (S3) and Ethan (S3) once again proved their class with dazzling passing play and the ability to read the game. A real asset to the team, this pair could be the backbone of any squad.  The performances of Dylan B (S2) and Bart (S3) on either side of midfield were exceptional also. Both players equally comfortable running with the ball as without, they seemed to have it attached to their boot. Dylan added a number of goals to his tally with his signature move of cutting in from the left of midfield and firing a curling shot past any goalkeeper. Bart’s effortless skill and composure on the ball turned       defences inside-out and improved strength on the ball made it near impossible to tackle him. Up front, Kit (S2) benefitted fully from the quality of his midfield teammates and scored numerous goals in 10-2 and 11-0 wins over Dalbeattie and Sanquhar wins. Kit cut a more rounded, composed and mature figure in front of goal this year and his achievements made even more impressive given that he is a year younger than the vast majority of his counterparts. A hugely influential member of the squad, Scott (S3) accompanied Kit up front. Blistering pace and an innate ability to find space, Scott scored some very important goals and provided the team with an extra attacking option. 

Lochlan (S3), Oliver (S3) and Tobey (S2) also had very impressive seasons, each developing their games and demonstrating new-found maturity, confidence and reliability. Lochlan had a fantastic end to the season, becoming near-impossible to beat in central defence whilst the tenacious defensive displays from Ollie had defenders wishing he would leave them alone. Tobey rose through the ranks from the U14 squad and featured on a number of occasions for the U15s cementing his starting place in the team for next season.

Finally, a special mention must be given to David (S4). The imperious captain of the team for the last two years, David has lead his team to back to back league titles. This is an incredible achievement and is thoroughly deserved. His attitude to the game is one of respect, hard work and determination and has been an exemplary figure in the squad for his younger team mates to look up to. David now moves up to captain the U16 squad for next season full of support and gratitude from the rest of his team.

The team would also like to thank Mr Jim Douglas for all of his hard work in training over the season, his knowledge of the game invaluable to the team.

On behalf of all staff and pupils at Moffat Academy, I would like to offer huge congratulations the U15 squad for retaining their league title this year. Such is the humble nature of the team; they could be forgiven for perhaps being unaware of the         magnitude of their achievements. A credit to the school.

Mr S Meola 


Dylan W, Elliot H, Keiron N, David J, Lochlan F, Ben J, Ethan N, Bart B, Kit A, Dylan B, Scott L, Oliver R, Tobey F