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Smoking UN-Hot

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 31 March, 2015 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Smoking UN-Hot

Despite worldwide media campaigns, tobacco smoking is still very popular in youths especially teenagers.

Tobacco contains nicotine which is a highly addictive drug. Just like heroin and other drugs, your body and mind can quickly become so used to the drug that it constantly needs a supple of it just to feel normal and function properly.

There are many reasons why people begin smoking; some think it’s cool and some are influenc...

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Dyslexia Doesn't Mean Dumb

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 31 March, 2015 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

Interview/Presentation, 26/03/2015

Interview by Leigh & Emma

Written by Emma & Leigh


Dyslexia Doesn’t Mean Dumb

On Thursday we went to a presentation by Fiona Dickinson from Dyslexia Scotland. Before we went we felt we had a fair idea of what dyslexia was, but it turns out we were wrong.

To start with she told us that she has dyslexia, but she wasn’t diagnosed until after she had left school. She then wen...

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Is Being Different Always a Good Thing?

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 28 March, 2015 at 16:00 Comments comments (0)

One thing that I have noticed about our school is that we are different in many ways from other academies, although one thing that has really stood out to me is our inability to be competitive over academic achievements. We are very good at being competitive over who has the best clothes or the latest new technologies but when it comes to actual school work the competitiveness that other schools use to allow themselves to strive and achieve great accomplishments is lacking.

This isn't t...

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School Celebrates Solar Eclipse

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 28 March, 2015 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

On the 20th March 2015, over half of the school excitedly gathered in the bus park to witness a truly epic occurence. The solar eclipse, which was the first one to happen in Britain in decades, began at half past eight as the edge of the moon started blocking the sun. It wasn't until around nine o' clock that the school gathered outside, by then around a quarter of the moon had covered the sun.

One of the school's science teacheres had oredered hundereds of pairs of UV sunglasses to ma...

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Young Scots tackle sectarianism through Theatre

Posted by Kathleen on 21 March, 2015 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

"The spark of first love across Scotland's New Divide in the incendiary week of the referendum. She's a Yes, he's a No, their parents are bigots, the Orange Lodge are gearing up to attack the square - what could possibly go wrong?"


Freedom Square is a play commissioned by Wigtown Festival Company for Ryan Youth Theatre. It was written and devised by Des Dillon and Ryan Youth Theatre themselves and was directed by Chris Taylor. This is a production that I was involved in alo...

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Think Before You Drink

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 20 March, 2015 at 9:00 Comments comments (0)

Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Although the number of 11-15 year olds who have ever drank alcohol has been decreasing since 2003, more than 2 out of 5 (43%) have tried alcohol and they are drinking twice as much as teenagers were in 1990.

Almost 65,000 young people every year are admitted to hospital for treatments related to alcohol abuse. Each day in 2009, thirty-six under-18s were admitted to hospital in England for excessive drinking. UK teenagers are ...

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Scotland Reads Project Success

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 19 March, 2015 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

It is not uncommon for children to have difficulty reading. An estimated 10 Million children worldwide find reading tricky, whether it’s due to missing a lot of school in their primary school years, dyslexia, visual problems, or simply a lack of practice. Reading skills dramatically effect learning in almost every other subject so it's important for schools to encourage reading as much as possible.

This is why in 2012 Mrs Gosling and Mrs Fay began ‘the Scotland Reads Pr...

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Let's Make a Fashion Statement

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 18 March, 2015 at 6:30 Comments comments (0)

Just a Wee Bit of Tartan


A stereotypical Scots man is seen to wear tartan kilts or skirts, but in reality we don’t really do that. However, what has been a common occurrence around school, and around town, is that wee bit of Tartan.


Winter is the time of year when reds, creams and very homely colours are brought to life in clothing and what has proved very popular is a Tartan scarf, which is something I’ve seen all over. Tartan scarves are ev...

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Head Girl visits European Parliament

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 18 March, 2015 at 6:25 Comments comments (0)

Interview with Lucy, 12/3/2015

Interviewed by Kathleen & Emma

Written by Emma

Stranraer Academy Head Girl, Lucy, recently went to France along with 26 others from Scotland to represent Britain in the European Parliament.


Lucy left on the 1st of March to go to Strasbourg, which is in the Alsace region of France. She was in the European Parliament for ten hours. The first part was an icebreaker then they were split into six...

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Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 17 March, 2015 at 17:15 Comments comments (0)

Labels. We all have them. And most of us, we let them define us. We don't break away from being the "sweat" or the "loner", we let these labels control us.

We don't like people stereotyping us, saying that all teenagers are "thugs" or "junkies", so why do we allow people to place us in social categories. Who has the right to say who is more or less important than others?

None of us show everybody exactly who we are. We all hide some part of us. Perhaps it's the "p...

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Top 5 Reasons to Study French

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 17 March, 2015 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

(1)More than 220 million people speak French over 5 different continents these being; Europe , North America , Africa , South America and Asia.


(2) French is the second most widely learned language (after English) with over 750'000 learners worldwide.


(3) French is not only an easy language to learn, it is a good base for learning other languages (Spanish, Italian , Portuguese, Romanian) as well as English since 50% of the English language is derived fro...

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Rugby Match

Posted by StranraerAcademyNewsTeam on 17 March, 2015 at 16:05 Comments comments (0)

43 pupils and 6 staff members went on a trip with the school to Murrayfield to watch the Scotland vs. Wales Rugby 6 Nations match which ended Scotland 23 Wales 26 with 2 tries each.

It all kicked off at 3 o'clock after a long journey from Stranraer. The atmosphere even just watching the players warm up was better than anything I've ever experienced before. It was great and we even got on TV!

After only 6 minutes Scotland gave away a penalty which resulted in Wales getting an early...

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