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Alford Remembers on Armistice Day

Alford Remembers on Armistice Day

All through the campus we have been taking part in activities for Remembrance.

The school helped to sell poppies for the Poppy Scotland appeal and made just over £80.  We laid 100 painted poppy stones in the courtyard area to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poppy Scotland.  We also took pride in displaying our ceramic poppy which had at one time been in a display at the Tower of London.

   

Throughout the week the senior prefects read readings over the tannoy, thanks go to Miss Steel for her help with selecting these.  CLAN classes created a display of kindness poppies which were added to a beautiful display of vinyl poppies created by Miss Bradley and Mrs Watt.

On the 11th the school led various tributes to those who gave their lives, In Flanders fields by John McCrae was read over the tannoy followed by the 2 minute silence.  This was followed by a lone piper.

Our headteacher Angela Wotherspoon accompanied pupils and a piper to the Alford memorial where a wreath was laid on behalf of Alford Community Campus.

None of these tributes happen without the help of the whole school community, our thanks go to all the staff and pupils who continue to help and support us.

Interact Club.

Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2021

Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2021

Rotary shoebox appeal 2021! We did it!!!!!

Thank you to all the pupils and staff who have filled 50 shoeboxes which are to be sent to a variety of countries to spread a little Christmas joy round Europe. The 50 boxes were collected this morning and are now on their way.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Alford for organising the boxes and their collection.  Mrs Wotherspoon (Head teacher), Hamish (Head Prefect), Mrs Rees-Jenkins (Interact link teacher) and Mr Cookson (Depute Head teacher) helped with the delivery with John (Rotary club of Alford).

We were absolutely blown away by the generosity and enthusiasm of the school community for rising to the challenge.  Special thanks must go to the S2 CLAN classes who each filled a number of these boxes! The rest were filled by staff and interact members along with pupils who wanted to be involved in this worthy cause.  In addition to filling the 50 boxes we also donated £100 to cover the shipping costs as Rotary International are a charity organisation and do not have funds to cover this.    We have sent boxes to help all ages and families.  The group will let you know more about their journey as we hear it.

For more information check out this link:

https://www.rotaryshoebox.org/

MacMillan coffee morning success

MacMillan coffee morning success

MacMillan Coffee Morning 2021

We did it! We had an actual event! And made £273.71 so far and a good few IOUs to collect on Monday! This is enough to make a huge difference for those using the help MacMillan provide and we are absolutely delighted! This is the most we have raised in a coffee morning for years so we cannot thank everyone enough.

The Interact Club organised their first event of the new school year and with great delight we were able to take part in an actual event.  With covid still very present we did need to work even harder than normal to make the event happen and still be a success.  So what was different? We had to adhere to covid regulations as well as the normal food and hygiene standards; so there was less home baking but the fine pieces were just as good when it’s for a good cause.  We changed our event to reduce numbers and deliveries were opted for by many which helped manage numbers.  We still had the opportunity to meet face to face but in an open space and with distancing in mind.  What was the same; hard work, planning and preparation paid off.  The group have been working on this for 6 weeks and it has been the product of much careful thought from risk assessments to budgets to purchasing to advertising.  The team have been excellent especially as we have had a 2 year break and the club is running over 2 separate lunch times with many new interactors!

Initially we were apprehensive but we are absolutely delighted with how the morning went.  We were able to safely set up and prepare with ease, we had a great time delivering and meeting colleagues and senior pupils over a cup of tea and a tasty treat.

We have a few thank you messages to make as this didn’t happen without a big team! Firstly to Mrs Wotherspoon, our Headteacher, for supporting the event and being so enthusiastic.  To Miss McIver for helping us with the risk assessment and advising us how to stay safe throughout.  Thanks to Diane Forbes for helping with all aspects of the event and always making the impossible seem possible.  To Miss Lovelock and Mrs Wright for their baking expertise, advice and help throughout.  Thank you to Mrs Watt for your continued support of our club and for helping us to make our packaging look professional.  To Ali and the janitorial team for setting up the event for us!  But also thank you to all those that helped on the day and donated, ate and enjoyed; we applaud you! Every penny really does matter.

Hopefully this sees a start to a new normal and a little bit of hope.

Alford Academy Interact Club.

 

 

Rotary Shoe box scheme

Rotary Shoe box scheme

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme 2021

This year the Interact club are collecting items to fill shoe boxes to send to disadvantaged adults and children in Eastern Europe.

This month (October) the club are trying to spread a little happiness with the rotary shoebox scheme.  We are sending full boxes after the holidays to countries such as the Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.

We will collect items during junior lunch on Tuesdays in B1-23 and senior lunch on a Wed in B1-20.  Please collect boxes during these times or drop off items to these places.  Or you can see Mrs Rees-Jenkins, Miss Lovelock and Mrs Fraser out with these times in Science.

We have added a picture of the leaflet showing suggestions of what to add in each box.

This website has more information about what you can put in the boxes:  https://www.rotaryshoebox.org/

We are looking to fill boxes for: babies, children, young adults and adults.

You should not put food, sweets, chocolate, drinks, battery operated items, items related to conflict, aerosols or anything living (seeds etc) into these boxes.  Please avoid anything sharp for the boxes for children.

We also need to add £2 for the delivery of each box if possible, please consider this in your donations 🙂

Thank you so much for you support

Alford Academy Interact Club

S1 Scientists are GO

S1 Scientists are GO

Well done to our budding S1 Scientists who have all graduated from their ‘Introductory Science’ topic.  We are almost finished the practical assessments which are to ensure our pupils have the skills and confidence to conduct practical experiments safely.

What have we been learning? Well we have been lighting Bunsen Burners safely, identifying hazard symbols, making crystals, burning magnesium and learning skills such as graph drawing and equipment diagrams.

It has been a busy term already but all pupils have a google classroom and all materials can be found here so they can recap their lessons and build on their knowledge.

Well done S1!

Running club is setting the pace

Running club is setting the pace

Running club has started again this term, we meet every Thursday after school (3pm – 3:45pm) and meet in PE. We are currently doing our own version of couch to 5km and are all just starting out again!  If you would like to join us all you need to do is speak to Mrs Rees-Jenkins in Science or go visit our Active schools team!

You can book in online:

https://www.livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/sport-and-physical-activity/active-schools/active-schools-in-your-area/alford/

Everyone is welcome and all abilities of walker to runner can join in 🙂

Run club is just fun and a great way to relax after a busy day!

Mrs Rees-Jenkins (Science)

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