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Scottish Space School

Scottish Space School

Scottish Space School

Virtual Programme

University of Strathclyde

13 – 17 June 2022




Applications Open Friday 4 February 2022


Following the success of our virtual Scottish Space School programme in June 2021, the University of Strathclyde, in collaboration with Wood Plc, are delighted to be offering the programme again in 2022 for school pupils in S5.


Given that restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic still remain in place for the University, the 2022 programme will also be going ahead online and will be running from Monday 13 – Friday 17 June 2022.


We have developed an online offering which will provide an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading figures in space travel, including NASA Astronauts and engineers. There are 100 places available on the programme and we ask that you bring this to the attention of S5 pupils who have a talent for mathematics and physical sciences.


The programme will run throughout the week beginning 13 June 2022 with virtual sessions taking place as follows:


  • Monday 13 June 2022:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Tuesday 14 June 2022:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Wednesday 15 June 2022:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Evening session: 18:00 – 19:00*


  • Thursday 16 June 2022:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Friday 17 June 2022:

Afternoon session only: 14:00 – 16:00


*The evening session on Wednesday 15 June 2022 is our annual ‘Evening with NASA’ presentation which will be open to the public to also attend online. Further details will be published and advertised on our website in due course and we can also circulate the details to yourselves.


Throughout the week, participants will hear from staff at the university and Wood Plc who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering, as well as hearing from colleagues at the NASA Johnston Space Centre. Participants will also take part in a group project throughout the week which they will present to a panel of judges made up of staff from the University, Wood Plc and NASA on the final afternoon with a prize awarded to the winning team. Participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions as listed above.


Further information and the online application form are available on the Space School website:


The deadline for applications is Monday 28 February 2022. The selection panel will meet early in March and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 25 March 2022. In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Monday 7 March 2022, in order for the application to be considered.


Unfortunately, given the current situation and uncertainty in terms of travel out with the UK, we will not be running the week-long ‘Learning Journey to NASA’ trip in 2022.


Whilst we recognise that the online offering will not replicate the on-campus event we have offered in previous years, we very much hope that you and your pupils will show the same enthusiasm for the online programme as you would have, had we been able to host on-campus.


I would really appreciate your support in highlighting this opportunity to your S5 students.


If you would like any further information on the programme, please contact us by email at:

HSBC Apprenticeships

HSBC Apprenticeships


Investing in Futures:

Apprenticeships play an important role in our business, and provide people an alternative route into a challenging and rewarding career with HSBC. We believe apprenticeships opportunities are one of the very best ways to equip people with the skills they need to succeed.

HSBC Foundation and Degree Apprenticeships will be going live within the upcoming National Apprenticeship Week (8th February 2021). These opportunities will be available on our UK Apprenticeships page.

HSBC 2021 Work Experience opportunities are live now and students can apply via our Work Experience page.

“A taste of success” bite-sized virtual events

The Early Careers team at HSBC have created a series of bite-sized virtual events and supporting material, all designed with the aim of developing your soft skills. These are all geared to give confidence on current and future employment prospects, mythbust common recruitment misconceptions and target key employability skills to give you an advantage when looking for a career.

Find Out More

The webinars will all be free to attend, and will be hosted via Meet & Engage or Zoom. Please register in advance through the following links. Spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

National Apprenticeship Week, exclusive virtual events:

8th February at 6pm – 7pm – HSBC & You


Uncovering the culture, benefits, mission and breadth of opportunities available at HSBC.

10th February at 6pm – 7:30pm – Do I need a degree to enhance my career?


An exploration of various career routes that are available, with an emphasis on what you need to consider when trying to choose the correct one for you. You will also get an opportunity to ask question to our panellists and hear their professional journey.

You can register for both or either of these exclusive webinars via the following link:

11th March at 10am – 11am – How to stand out?

A session dedicated to applications. This will include a breakdown of CVs in general and aim to demystify online applications. We will also include application hints & tips from an employer’s perspective to give you an insight into what is looked for.

Register for this webinar:

22nd April at 10am – 11am – How to be the best you?

An exploration of the different type of interviews, alongside their purposes. This will cover what signs to look for, and how you can maximise your chances at success. We will also include different tips and tricks from an employer’s perspective to give you an insight into what is looked for.

Register for this webinar:

We will be sending newsletters monthly on a variety of key topics. Please see below for a runway of expected topics over the next few months:

May – Wellbeing

June –  Classroom to boardroom, A day in a life?

July – Progression stories….

August – Resilience ‘so what now & moving forward’

Financial Education

Financial Education team at HSBC UK has worked with schools for over 30 years, helping young people to learn about money and give them access to the skills they need for everyday life. For further information and resources please visit:

Ginetta Junior Championship

Ginetta Junior Championship

May be an image of car

Breakell Racing Make Ginetta Debut In Juniors

Well Done Fergus! (You’ll be needing some time off? – better be nice to your Guidance Teacher 😆)

Every Race Live on ITV4 alongside British Touring Car Championship:

Rounds     Date Venue/Circuit
1,2,3 8/9 May Thruxton
4,5,6 15/16 May Snetterton (300)
7,8,9 12/13 June Brands Hatch (Indy)
10,11,12 31 July/1 August Oulton Park (Island)
13,14,15 14/15 August Knockhill
16,17,18 28/29 August Thruxton
19,20,21 18/19 September Croft
22,23,24 25/26 September Silverstone (National)
25,26,27 9/10 October Donington Park (National)
28,29,30 23/24 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)
Environmental and Sustainability Shield

Environmental and Sustainability Shield

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!


How to Contact Your Guidance Teacher

How to Contact Your Guidance Teacher

When you return to school this week (or are coming for the first time!) you hopefully will appreciate that some things will work a little differently than they used to. One of these things is how you can contact your Guidance teacher if you need help.

We absolutely still want to see you and help you out, but we can’t just have you dropping by on the off-chance that we are free anymore. So, we are going to come to you..

We’ve set up an online form – one for each of the houses. If you wish to see your Guidance teacher, and if it can’t wait until we see you in PSE, then fill out the form. It’s totally confidential and only your Guidance teacher will see it. You’ll get a confirmation that the form has been sent and we’ll get an email letting us know.

You can fill out the form from home or during the school day. (You can also still ask any of your teachers to contact us if you feel you need to see someone urgently)

Once we get your request, we’ll come and find you and have a chat. We won’t be making appointments as our day can change very quickly.

Craigievar Form

Forbes Form

Glenbuchat Form

Kildrummy Form

You will also find links to these forms in your PSE Google Classrooms (or Transition Classroom if you are in S1)

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