We’ve made it! It’s been a good term. Thanks to all our pupils for working so well with us and to our dedicated staff team for all their work. Now EVERYONE switch off from school, rest and relax. Have a good two weeks, make sure you do your part to keep yourself and others safe from Covid -19. Take care, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 26 October. Mrs Milne
This year’s National Poetry Day focus was on vision. Last Thursday we set as many pupils and staff as possible the challenge of writing their own vision haikus. The effort put in was incredible so please enjoy a small selection for now, more to follow next term…
S2 and S3 pupils have been given the opportunity to get involved in Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s free online Cyber Security programme to encourage young people to consider a career in cyber security. Not only is it one of the most well-paid, in-demand sectors around, but it also offers young people the chance to forge a career doing something that matters.
Cyber Discovery is the most effective and fun way to master technical skills and security concepts, as a gateway to the industry or just improve your digital skills!
Harrison in S3 received an Environmental and Sustainability Shield from the school back in July for his efforts in keeping the school clean and tidy. As well as regular litter picks around the campus, Harrison spends 1 period a week going round the Academy collecting recycling from all the departments. Harrison is very proud of his work in keeping Alford Academy clean and tidy. He is very passionate about making the school look as good as it can, well done Harrison. Keep up the good work!
Need to get your bike fixed? Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered through Cycling UK and participating retailers, the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme provides free bike repair and maintenance work up to a value of £50.
Click here for more information. https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair
If you are interested in science and enjoy exciting science experiments, sign up for the Experimental Science Society. We will be doing fun experiments such as making bouncy balls and ‘Elephants toothpaste’ in a mix of pupil-conducted experiments and demonstrations (depending on how dangerous a particular experiment is).
The ESS is an S6 run group aiming to give students the opportunity to conduct experiments not available in class. We will be covering experiments from all three sciences as well as touching on the other STEM subjects.
There will be three sessions throughout the week held in B1-17 and B1-18:
Explore over 30 unis, colleges, and providers in one place at the UCAS virtual exhibition!
This is your perfect opportunity to meet unis, ask questions, speak to subject experts, and compare courses ahead of the deadline. If you’re looking at courses in any of the other subjects listed below, either in Scotland or England, make sure you book your place.
You’ll be able to:
ask anything to over 30 unis and colleges
get personal statement and interview advice from the unis you’re interested in
take part in seminars and live Q&As on student essentials, including subject-specific support and student finance
take virtual tours of different campuses and accommodation options
speak to course experts
meet current students, to find out what uni life’s really like
Some of our S3 pupils and our Cyber Security class were able to take part in a Cyber Security Virtual Workshop.
Euan tells us about his experience “On Monday the 21st of September, our National 5 Cyber Security class took part in an Interactive Quiz hosted by Cyber Discovery. We learned about types of cyber attacks and attackers before participating in a nation-wide quiz, where one student placed 3rd. The event was, all in all, a great experience for our class and we all had a great time.
Alex commented “We did a quiz, it was mostly an opinion-based poll thing where she asked what you thought of something and then gave an explanation like how many accounts you use, if you use secure passwords and what the difference between ethical and unethical hackers is”.
Hopefully this experience will encourage more people to think about a career in Cyber Security. Well done everyone!