A tailored version of the YPI programme developed ahead of the school’s opening in August.

Senior pupils from Torry and Kincorth Academies are coming together for the first time over the month of June to take part in a special programme by the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

A group of 180 students from S5 and S6, who will share a school from August at the new Lochside campus, met for the first time yesterday (Tues 12th) and were introduced to the programme and local charities during an intensive day of activities. Thirty teams of six were formed, comprising of three students from each of the schools.

Each group will work together to develop a compelling presentation in a bid to secure a grant of £3000 for their chosen charity.

Neil Hendry, Head Teacher at Lochside Academy, 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.”

YPI is the flagship initiative of The Wood Foundation. Deputy UK Director 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 common purpose and work together as a team before the move to their new school in August.”

The teams will spend another day together on 19th June when six teams will be selected to present at a grand final at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel on 29th June, to a judging panel which will include Sir Ian Wood.