During the month of December Interact will be selling Candy-Cones for 50p each every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtime.
The profits will be donated to local charities food banks. Please do not hesitate to get yourself a festive treat.
Social Group on a Monday lunchtime D0-67 bring your lunch come and chill and play games.
We are excited to announce that the Christmas dance is back after 3 years! The junior dance is on Monday 19th of December and the senior dance is on Tuesday 20th of December. Tickets will be on sale from the Monday 5th to Thursday 8th of December from 1.35-1.55 in D0-68 (junior dance) and D0-69 (senior dance) the cost will be £5 per ticket and includes food, drinks and music.
Developing the Young Workforce
I am Romana Richards the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Employer School Coordinator for Alford Academy. My job is to connect employers with Alford Academy. I am at Alford Academy on a Monday and Tuesday every week. At the end of each week I update the Alford Academy blog with careers information – this includes Job adverts, upcoming events, and resources. There are hyperlinks that take you to all of the relevant websites. This can be found in the Blog news section of the website https://alfordacademy.edublogs.org/blog-news/
In addition, I update the blog news with flyers and information of other exciting upcoming events and open days that you might find useful. Please do take a look it is a really useful resource and there are some amazing opportunities on offer for you to make use of.
S1-3 Lunchtime Drop-In
All S1-3 pupils are invited to attend a lunchtime drop-in session run by our Mental Health Peer Educators. This is an opportunity for you to socialise and take part in a range of fun activities and is a group for young people delivered by young people. The sessions will take place every Wednesday lunchtime in D068 from 1.15-1.45pm and you are welcome to bring your lunch.
Our Focus for Wednesday 7th December is a ‘getting to know you’ session with games and chat.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We are running a swap event in the run up to Christmas to try to encourage the reuse of ‘preloved’ Christmas jumpers. Many of us don’t realise that these are usually made from polyester and other plastic fibres, and often end up being quickly discarded. A study in 2019 showed that many young people buy a new Christmas jumper every year. In fact, it highlighted that Christmas jumpers have become one of the worst examples of fast fashion, now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Two out of five Christmas jumpers are only worn once over the festive period, and one in three adults under 35 buys a new Christmas jumper every year!
Children quickly grow out of their festive jumpers, so this year we are asking our pupils and/or parents/guardians to bring in and donate Christmas jumpers that they have outgrown, or no longer wish to wear, into school by Monday 12th December 2022. These can be put in the ‘drop box’ at the school reception. Jumpers need to be clean and in a good condition for resale, please.
On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December, during break and lunch, we will be asking children to bring in a Christmas jumper to swap or to pay a donation of £1 to buy a new (preloved) jumper. The money raised from this will be donated to the Trussell Trust (food bank). There will be a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ run by the Interact Group, at school on Thursday 22nd December, allowing pupils to wear their newly purchased/swapped Christmas jumper, with all donations also going the Trussell Trust.
We hope that this event will save lots of Christmas jumpers from entering landfill, being incinerated, or just being lost and unloved at the back of a wardrobe, and that the children will enjoy choosing a new preloved jumper to use this year and potentially beyond!
On Wednesday 23rd November, National 4/5 Modern Studies students went on a trip to visit Peterhead Prison Museum. The trip was organised to support the pupils understanding of custodial sentencing, which is a topic within the unit called Crime and the Law. The pupils learned about conditions found in prisons, the types of crimes committed by inmates, rehabilitation programs in prisons, how prisons can help to deter criminals and many of the problems and successes of custodial sentencing, as well as why, sometimes, non-custodial sentences may be more appropriate or effective.
Christmas Studio Recording
After a two year break, our Christmas studio recording is back this year. The song for 2022 is “Happy Xmas! War is Over”. If you and your friends would like to feature in the single, come along to the recording studio during any of the following times:
S1-3. 11:10 Morning break Mon-Fri and lunchtime on Tues
S4-6. 10:20 Morning break Mon/Thurs or any of the junior morning breaks
Attention for S3 – Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
We are starting up the new session of Duke of Edinburgh in Alford Academy. This involves a group camping expedition, volunteering, sports and other skills. It is a chance to show your independence and work towards an award that is both personally rewarding, helps the community and is great for your own skills and abilities.
If you are in S3 and would like more information and an application form please come to D068-9 on Wednesday Lunch time at 1:35.
Social Group on a Monday lunchtime D0-67 bring your lunch come and chill and play games.
LGBTQ+ Group on a Wednesday lunchtime D0-67, bring your lunch
We have a fun display in the library to mark Movember. Match the name to the picture and claim your prize!
Also, a reminder that our Lego Club meeting is today. I have a challenge for you this time!
Could all pipe band members please attend a lunchtime rehearsal meeting today at 1.30pm in A1-09 (feel free to being your lunch). You will be issued with a letter which must be taken home today.
We are excited to announce that the Christmas Dance is back after 3 years!
The Junior Dance is on Monday 19th December and the Senior Dance is Tuesday 20th December. Tickets will be on sale from 5th – 8th December. More details to follow in the next few weeks. Interact.
Girls only Basketball Taster Session
Mrs Niven is offering a taster session for any girls of any age to come and try basketball. Basketball in Britain is poorly represented by girls and women, so we would like to see Alford take a step in improving this situation for the future. As well as our own school clubs and teams, we also have links and contacts with many clubs outside school who are always looking to recruit more female basketball players. If you are interested, please come along to the sports hall on Friday lunchtime (25th November) at 1.25pm.
Book Club & Board Game Club
Just a reminder that our Book Club and Board Game Club members meet today at lunchtime in the library.
We will be discussing They Saw Too Much at the Book Club 😊
I’m looking forward to seeing you after the long weekend!
S5/6 MVP Mentors
Could all MVP Mentors please attend a short meeting today Monday 21 November at 10:30 outside Diane’s office. Thanks.
The newly formed U18 Boys Basketball Team have recently been gaining match experience. The team were entered into the Scottish Cup Tournament and had to play Robert Gordons College in the first round. The were required to play a home and away fixture. The first home fixture showed the teams lack of experience and, unfortunately, they had a considerable loss against the much more experienced RGC. However, the team saw the benefit of this match experience and dealt admirably with the loss.
The Away fixture took place at the Beach Leisure Centre in Aberdeen on Monday 14th November. The team went into the game holding their heads high and with an excellent attitude of not worrying about the scoreboard but focussing on specific aims throughout the game quarters. Although the team were defeated, the score was much closer, with the team showing a much stronger defence and taking more control of the pace of the game. The team was led by their captain William and vice-captain, Ben, and the top game scorer over both matches and so earning ‘man of the match’ was Charlie. Huge thank you to Miss Baker for accompanying the team with Mrs Niven and to our referee, assistant referee, and table officials (pupils in the school) for allowing Alford to host a match. The team will not make it through to the next round of the Scottish Cup, but we have more friendly fixtures organised to gain further experience and hope to enter the tournament again next year. The team’s dedication means they are prepared to extend their Monday training session from 1 hour to 2 hours and they have some new highly experienced and qualified coaches coming in to work with them each week. The team wish RGC the best of luck in the next round of the Scottish Cup.
Book Week Scotland
This week is Book Week Scotland and we will be marking the occasion by having a Drop Everything and Read session each day. There will be a tannoy announcement and then the opportunity to read for 15 minutes following the tannoy. You can read a novel, non-fiction, graphic novel, poem, news article… The list is endless. The theme for Book Week Scotland is “Scottish Stories”, so perhaps you can find something Scottish to read.
Please remember to attend the lunchtime rehearsal with chanters and pads on Wednesday lunchtime (16th November) at 1.30pm in A1-08. Feel free to bring your lunch.
The Young Musician of the Year is being postponed to March 23 due to low turnout. Thank you to everyone who signed up. See you all in 2023.