Pupils from two Aberdeen academies who will join each other at a new school have come together as part of a charity initiative.
Students from Torry and Kincorth academies, who will move to the new Lochside Academy in August, are taking part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) in partnership with the Wood Foundation.
The YPI is an active citizenship programme which gives participating schools a £3,000 grant that they are responsible for awarding to a selected charity.
Neil Hendry, head teacher of the new school, said: “We are immensely proud to be partnering with The Wood Foundation and their YPI programme to offer our senior students a unique programme that will explore how they can develop as responsible citizens and use their skills and talents to make a lasting meaningful difference to the lives of others through philanthropy and charitable service in Aberdeen.”
Deputy UK director for the Wood Foundation Jonathan Christie said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the team at Lochside Academy from the get go.
“Their innovative use of our YPI programme to allow their new senior cohort to better understand their new school community and make a genuine difference is fantastic, and provides a meaningful opportunity for their students to find a common purpose and work together as a team before they move to their new school in August.”
At Lochside, 180 S5 and S6 pupils were split into 30 teams of six, with three pupils from each school. The teams were tasked with choosing a local charity to represent. The pupils will present their ideas today, hoping to persuade a judging panel that their cause deserves the £3,000 grant.
The six most persuasive presentations will advance to the grand final, attempting to convince judges, including Sir Ian Wood, to hand their charity the grant, at the Altens Hotel on June 29.