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Boccia Festival

Boccia Festival

2 Alford Academy pupils attended the Boccia Festival at Meldrum Academy on Thursday. It was great for the pupils to attend such events again and both Stuart and Harrison had a fantastic time playing games of Boccia and Indoor Curling.

The pupils and staff at Meldrum were very kind and welcoming. Stuart played some great shots during Indoor Curling and enjoyed playing it more than Boccia, Harrison has been playing Boccia for 4 years now and still rates it the best!

Thanks to Meldrum Academy and their Active Schools Team for hosting the event.  We are already looking forward to the next event!

Big win for u14s

Big win for u14s

The U14 boys team played their first home match of the season against Turriff on Wednesday afternoon.  The team had been narrowly beaten up in Turriff back in November so were keen to make amends for that loss.

Alford started the game perfectly, scoring after just 90 seconds.  Darroch picked up the ball at the edge of the Turriff box and arrowed a shot across goal that nestled into the top corner.  However, Turriff got a goal back just a minute later and got a quick second to lead the match 2-1 after just 5 minutes.

Alford played their way back into the game, creating numerous chances but it took until around the 20th minute to get the equaliser.  Darroch picked up his second of the game, with a fantastic free-kick from the right-hand side of the box, into the top corner.  Thom, Samuel and Findlay had been working hard up top and putting a lot of pressure on the Turriff backline.  Finn, Joseph and Mungo were picking up loose balls in midfield and driving the team forward at every opportunity.  Thom & Samuel both created a number of chances for themselves and were duly rewarded with a goal each before half-time.  Half time: Alford 4 – 2 Turriff

The message at half-time was simple: keep up the hard work, get the next goal and enjoy the second half.  Findlay duly delivered with a swerving shot past the Turriff ‘keeper to make it 5-2.  Aidan made it 6-2 just a few minutes later after a driving run down the right wing, he cut inside and blasted it high into the Turriff net.  The Alford onslaught continued with Joseph scoring a peach of a lob from 25 yards.  

Turriff had a couple of attacks in between, with a goalbound shot flashed across but Ewan made a great save to push it out to safety.  The Alford defence of Gregor M, Gregor C, Logan and Harris grew in confidence as the match went on and were calm and composed on the ball, especially in the second half.

Darroch completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to play with a close-range finish after some excellent work from Aidan down the left-wing.  Ryder got himself on the scoresheet next, with a composed finish from 6 yards into the bottom corner after a nice turn.  James, Finn and Mungo were controlling the midfield and setting up attack after attack in the second half.

After some lovely footwork in the box, Mungo scored Alford’s 10th goal of the game with a composed right-foot finish from 12 yards out.  Aidan got a well deserved second and Alford’s final goal of the game with 2 minutes remaining after some fine work from Findlay down the right-hand side.

Full time: Alford 11 – 2 Turriff

It was very impressive to see the boys displaying such great teamwork throughout the match.  They supported and worked hard for each other and got the performance and result that they deserved.  We have a big league and cup double header next week at home to Inverurie and the boys will be full of confidence ahead of that match.  Well done boys!

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

Harrison and Lucy (S4) have been working on an Enterprise project since August with an aim to make and sell their own chocolate to members of the school community.  They had a great online meeting with Stuart Common, Sales Director at Mackie’s, who gave an outline on where to start and the process Mackie’s goes through when creating a new product.  Harrison & Lucy did some market research, which involved tasting lots of different chocolate bars! They then created a Google Form to ask some pupils and staff what their preferences were.

Aimee Maitland (DYW) helped Harrison and Lucy get in touch with Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen Creations who kindly offered her assistance in making the chocolate with the pupils.  Harrison and Lucy went down to Chloe’s shop on Main St and saw the operation in full swing as they were making and packaging all the orders for the week – a little insight to their task ahead!

At this point, it was decided that rather than making chocolate bars, they would make Reindeer chocolate bark to sell in the run up to the Festive holiday.  Chloe came into school twice to help make the chocolate bark with Harrison and Lucy.  It was great to see the pupils get so involved and it really brought the project to life for them.

Harrison and Lucy decided early in the project that any money raised would be donated to DAWGS. They went to DAWGS yesterday to hand over a cheque for £120 to Heather Wakeling, manager at DAWGS on Main St, Alford.  Heather was thrilled that Harrison and Lucy had managed to raise so much money and that they chose to donate it to DAWGS.

Harrison and Lucy would like to thank all the people who helped this project become reality for them – Stuart, Aimee, the PSAs who helped make the chocolate, and everyone who bought their delicious chocolate.  Special thanks to Chloe for all her support and expertise.

Choc-Elite

Choc-Elite

Today, 2 lucky S4 pupils got to make their own Reindeer Chocolate bark to sell to other pupils and staff to raise some money for local charity, DAWGS.  Harrison and Lucy were making their chocolate with help from Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen.

The pupils had been down to Chloe’s shop on Main Street a couple of times in November to see how her business operates and ask her any questions they had about chocolate-making.

This morning, Harrison and Lucy made their chocolate Reindeer with some edible eyes, an M&M, a cinnamon pretzel and gold dusting before breaking them into pieces of bark.

Pupils can buy a pack of the delicious chocolate bark at the pupil entrance on Tuesdays and Fridays during break and lunch-time.  The price of a pack is £1.50 with all money raised going to DAWGS.

A big thank-you to Chloe for helping us so much with this project, we are all really enjoying it!

Crisp Packet Project

Crisp Packet Project

The Prince’s Trust group are currently leading their Community Project unit. They are trying to collect crisp packets to make into sleeping bags for the homeless.  The foil on the inside of the crisp packets can be used to create insulated sleeping bag liners.

All you need to do is put your empty crisp packets into the specific bins set up around school. These bins will be pointed out to you by posters on them.  We will clean, dry and then send the crisp packets to a homeless charity for them to turn the packets into sleeping bags.  Here is what our bins look like:

Thank-you for supporting our project and please feel free to bring in empty crisp packets from home so we can make as many sleeping bags as possible!

 

Maia,

On behalf of the Prince’s Trust class

Great win at Gordonstoun

Great win at Gordonstoun

The Senior Boys football team played their first match since February 2020 on Thursday afternoon in the second round of the Scottish Cup against Gordonstoun.  Alford won the match 2-0 thanks to 2 goals from Marley.

The opening exchanges were fairly scrappy as both teams got used to the heavy pitch and Alford struggled to find the space to get the ball down and play.  Alford struck first through a very well taken free-kick by Marley.  He curled the ball into the keeper’s bottom left corner from 25 yards, a great finish. The rest of the first half was highly competitive but mostly played in the middle of the pitch. Half-time Gordonstoun 0 – 1 Alford.

The second half started brightly for Alford as we controlled the ball and started to stretch the Gordonstoun defence, leading to more space for our midfield to play in.  In the 55th minute, Cameron took a quick throw-in to Ewan, who arrowed a 50-yard ball across the pitch to the on-rushing Marley, who calmly slotted the ball beyond the keeper to make it 2-0 Alford. A peach of an assist from Ewan and composed finish from Marley.

From then on, Alford controlled proceedings and had a number of chances to add to the lead.  Good strikes from Shay & Thomas went narrowly wide, Marley had a superb volley ruled offside, Arran had a shot deflected wide and Callum came close to scoring a third, too.  There was a bit of a stramash in the Alford box in the 90th minute but it came to nothing for the home side. The Alford defence stayed strong and resilient throughout and Devon did not have a save to make throughout the game.  Full-time Gordonstoun 0 – 2 Alford.

A very encouraging performance from Alford and great way to start the season, the boys all worked hard for each other and showed a lot of quality during the 90 minutes.  We go into the 3rd round and are looking forward to taking on Mintlaw in the league next week.

Thank you to Gordonstoun for a good game and the added bonus of feeding us after too!

 

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