More than 170 P7 pupils from Ellon and the surrounding area met for a transition event for the new academy intake.
The childrem, from 11 schools within the catchment area, got to know each other last Thursday in the Victoria Hall.
The feedback from staff, pupils and parents is that the day was a great successMorag Will Principal teacher (primary)
They were put into groups of four, mixing with their peers from other schools and were tasked with designing and building a model of one area of the new academy complex at Cromleybank, which will open in August.
They could choose from the library, ICT suite, swimming pool and the reception/social area.
Morag Will, principal teacher (primary) for the Ellon cluster, said: “The pupils came up with some very creative and inventive designs and we had swimming pools with sun loungers, flumes and slides.
“The feedback from staff, pupils and parents is that the day was a great success and provided a valuable opportunity for the pupils to meet some of their future classmates and relieve some of the anxieties they may have had about moving into secondary school.
“They are now looking forward to their whole week visit to the academy in June.”
During the day staff from Farrans, the construction and civil engineering company building the new school, gave encouragement during the task and presented prizes to the winners.
The winning teams will get a tour of Cromleybank.
Two engineering students, who have had work placements at the construction site, also took part. Ryan Mead, a former Ellon Academy pupil, gave support to his younger sister who was at the event with Ellon Primary School.