Team Alford Update

We’ve made it – what a term, what a team! Never did I think that we would face a term like this, it’s been a tough time for pupils, parents and staff.  Thanks to everyone for working so hard and sticking together. Our pupils have been brilliant when they were in school these past weeks, it was great to see them and we’re looking forward to welcoming them all back to school on Monday 19 April.   All going well our First Minister will confirm this on Tuesday 6 April. Lets all make sure we continue to stick to the rules and stay local, not meet up with other households in their homes and when we are outside, the maximum group size for adults is up to four people, from up to two households and for 12 to 17-year-olds, the maximum group size is also four people – but they can be from up to four households.  Now let’s pack up for today and enjoy this Easter weekend and the holidays ahead!


Pilates for Teenagers during Easter

A fun and dynamic way to get young people up and moving during the Easter holidays.
TWO taster classes on 8th and 15th April at 10am!
We will then be opening up a block of classes over the summer term.  These will be on a Thursday 5PM (bookings not yet open).
🔹LIVE Online Class
🔹45 minutes via Zoom
🔹For teens age 12-16 years
🔹No previous experience required
🔹£5 per person per class.
Book your spot on our online class booking website

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

If you couldn’t make it to our first virtual applicants day, now’s your chance! Come along to our second RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day, taking place on Wednesday 31st March 2021 between 4pm and 8pm.

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.


There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

16:15 – 17:00 : Computer Science and Software Development

17:15 – 18:00 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

18:15 – 19:00 : Cyber Security and Networking Management

Team Alford Update

End of term is racing towards us!  This week we’ve seen smiles and great work both in school and in remote learning.   All down to our amazing team of pupils, staff and parents/carers working together.  Thanks to all.  Keep going everyone and make the most of the four days next week (remember Friday 2 April is the Good Friday holiday).  Now for some well deserved down time, but a slightly shorter weekend as the clocks ‘spring’  forward one hour at 1 a.m. on Sunday so remember to reset your alarm ready for Monday morning!



Webinars developed by CAMHS Early Intervention Team

The NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention team have developed a series of webinars to support parents to support themselves and their children during a time when we know anxiety is likely to be increased. A link to access these webinars can be found here.

The webinar topics include:

Episode 1: Welcome and meet the team

Episode 2: Body tools ​for anxiety

Episode 3: Thinking tools ​for anxiety

Episode 4: Managing anxious behaviours​

Episode 5: Talking to your child about anxiety​

Episode 6: Understanding the adolescent brain and impact on teen mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown

Episode 7: Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Episode 8: Resources you may find helpful

Episode 9: Supporting your child on the return to school following lockdown


National Day of Reflection

Tuesday 23 March 2021, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown and a National Day of Reflection across the country.  Whether you are in school or at home please join in the 1 minute silence, across Aberdeenshire, at 12 noon when we will all pause to remember everyone and everything we have lost over the past year. Let’s all hope for a brighter future.

Well done Team Alford!

It’s been great to see our young people back in school this week and I’d like to thank them for working so well with us. Thanks also to all parents and carers for their support and for the messages of encouragement. I am amazed at what our pupils and staff, supported by parents, carers and our school partners and friends have achieved these past weeks.  I am a very proud ‘heidie’. It’s the weekend again and time to rest and relax.  Take care everyone and please stay safe.


Friday 19th March 2021 : Celebrating Neurodiversity Week 15th – 21st March 2021


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse . ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn’t involve constant movement and fidgeting but does mean that the individual may lose focus. People with this disorder may have trouble managing time, being organised, setting goals and staying on task however, sometimes it’s just your perspective that needs to change as it also brings many positives………












To find out more about ADHD / ADD pupils can access the resources on the ‘ADHD/ADD’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site, which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

Thursday 18th March 2021 : Celebrating Neurodiversity Week 15th – 21st March 2021


Dyslexia is a complex condition causing an individual to process information differently, particularly around reading, writing and numbers. It does not negatively impact your level of intelligence but simply means that you learn differently.

People with dyslexia see the world differently and this unique perspective allows them to be creative and ‘think outside of the box’, finding inventive ways to solve problems.

Some of the worlds richest people are dyslexic and credit their difference for helping them to achieve this….they believe that being dyslexic is in fact an advantage.

To find out more about what it’s like to be dyslexic, pupils can access the resources on the ‘Dyslexia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site, which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme

We are pleased to inform you that the NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme is now available to support all of your aspiring healthcare students with work experience opportunities during the pandemic. Students now have access to their own specific work experience programme that will be highly relevant to the following healthcare careers:






Occupational Therapists


Art, drama and music therapists




Prosthetists and orthotics

Speech and language therapists


You can learn more and your students can register for the programme here:


Students will receive certificates upon completion, but places are limited and therefore they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to keep this fair. If you are interested you can register through the website link above. Places are just £10 a day to cover administrative costs.


You can also download the flyer at this link: