Enterprise and Creativity e-learning

This term has been a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs but our pupils (and staff) have risen to the challenge! Staff have had to explore and familiarise themselves with whole new ways of teaching through Google classroom and online resources while pupils have had to learn to rely more upon themselves and use their initiative. The progress from when we started e-learning before Easter to now has been staggering. Quality of work has improved, confidence in using digital methods has increased and a mutual respect  for what everyone is going through these days has developed.

In Enterprise and Creativity we have set work to try and increase both fundamental practical skills and knowledge so pupils are primed to return to the Art rooms, workshops and kitchen! The work pupils have produced has been amazing. Below is a short video showcasing only a very small portion of the work produced. We wish to thank the pupils for their dedication and the parents for their continued support over the last term. Stay safe and have a great holiday!

Enterprise and Creativity Video

Active Schools Online – Summer Update

With the end of term now upon us, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some resources and opportunities that we have / will be releasing on our social media sites and on the Live Life at Home website during the summer to help keep children active during the summer holidays.

Our main challenge for the holidays is our “Virtual Distance Challenge”. We will send out further details on this challenge later this week.

We will also be continuing our #MindfulnessMonday theme with videos of activities to take part in thanks to our partnership work with Mindful Stonehaven.  Keep an eye out for these on Facebook and Live Life Aberdeenshire’s YouTube channel.

Finally, you can find all the Active Schools resource cards on the Live Life at Home website, which you can download and use at any time alongside many other resources from across the service – bit.ly/LLAhome.  Also, if you enjoyed our weekly challenges and sports day videos then these are available on the Live Life Aberdeenshire YouTube channel at any time to have a go at- https://bit.ly/LLAyt

We hope you enjoy our summer content on social media and, if the weather allows, a fantastic physical activity filled break.

Please feel free to share our social media pages with your friends and family and we’d love to see you getting involved in some of the challenges.

Kind regards


Kerry Barlow
Active Schools Coordinator – Alford

Good morning. Bonjour. Buonjiourno. Madainn mhath.

“Together, together, together everyone 🎵🎶”

How are you?  I hope you are doing okay.  I can hardly believe that today is the start of the last week of school session 2019-2020 and I’m sad that we can’t all be in school and taking part in our usual end of term events.  However, it’s how it has to be just now and we can still celebrate your achievements in a different way, watch this space for some premieres this week!

I want to reassure you today that we are working hard preparing for your return to learning in school in August and very much look forward to seeing you.  We will share more information as soon as we can, but at the moment are waiting for more guidance from the Scottish Government.

As always, we really value your views.  This week as you finish off school work please also look out for a survey we are sending you in the next day or two.  Take time to share your feedback and ideas.  Remember ‘we’re all in this together’ and need to work together to keep everyone safe and learning to be the very best they can.

Have a really good week everyone.

Mrs Milne

Hello to everyone

I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend and you’re back now to your learning.  I’m taking time today to share what two of our pupils are busy doing.

Firstly Stuart who won the AberDreams Got Talent competition judged by Emeli Sande. The competition invited everyone to share a video of themselves showing off their talent (singing, dancing, playing an instrument, magic tricks etc).  A huge well done to Stuart for winning , up against some other great talent.






Listen to the announcement below.

Aberdeams Got Talent Winner 2020

🌟 IT’S TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER🌟 Firstly… a HUGE well done to our FINAL THREE…. Stuart Veitch, Jaxon Milne and Paige Ellis. You were all incredible! We also gave Emeli a “Top Five” so she could pick a runner up.. these included the above three PLUS Sam Stephen and Callum Geddes. (We added this in because those who came 3rd, 4th and 5th had three votes between them.. it was SO close!!) A HUGE THANK YOU to every person who took part and who voted. The past few days have been incredible. You have raised £2,728!Finally, to our celebrity judge Emeli Sandé.. your kind words, support and encouragement for this competition and our work will never be forgotten. Thank you 💜. So.. on my birthday.. it gives me enormous pleasure to post this video to announce the Winner and Runner Up of ABERDREAMS GOT TALENT 2020… #nochildshouldgowithout #yourtalent #yourkindness #ourcommunity

Posted by AberNecessities on Sunday, May 31, 2020


The event also raised £2334 for AberNecessities, a local charity who are working to provide essentials to underprivileged local families who are currently finding life even tougher during the pandemic.

And well done to Hazel too.  Hazel has been volunteering her time and been busy sewing face masks.



A huge well done to both for their creativity, hard work and kindness.

Keep sharing what you are doing, there is some amazing work and effort going on.  Take care everyone, please stay safe.

Have a great week.

Mrs Milne


UK University & Apprenticeship Search Live Webinar Wednesdays

UK University Search are hosting free, live webinars with experts from across the country. They will be there to give you advice, to talk you through how to make decisions in the next few months, and to answer your questions.

3 June – Applying for University: UCAS Personal Statement

10 June – Studying around the UK

17 June – UK University Search Virtual Fair

24 June – Clearing and 2020 Admissions

1 July – Student Life: 2020 Freshers

8 July – Studying Art & Design: Portfolio Advice

For more information and to register please click here.


School Leavers Webinar

A fun & informative series of short 30 minute webinars to support you with the next steps of your career journey!

We understand everyone is facing challenges just now and your plans may have changed or seem unclear due to the current situation.  We want to let you know we are still here to help and provide you with the career information and guidance you need for your future.

Join our advisers, Hilary & Erin for our first session on Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm as they take a look at:

  • Acknowledging the current situation
  • Looking at the positives
  • What skills could come from this?
  • Understanding how Skills Development Scotland can help you
  • Learn about the future sessions we will be running
  • Some actions & links to resources that you can do yourself
  • You can also get involved through the poll questions and comments

Click the link to join – JOIN CAREERJAM SESSION 1

We hope you can join us!

Skills Development Scotland

Online oil and gas technology webinars

Inspire20 is a series of 20-minute online webinars presented by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) team. They have been created for young people aged 16 – 24 who might be missing out on work experience and intern opportunities due to the coronavirus measures. The aim is to help young people understand the energy transition and the range of career opportunities. There are also masterclasses on metaskills, applying for jobs and interview skills.

You can find out more and register for the events you are interested in on https://www.theogtc.com/culture-of-innovation/stem/inspire20/

BEng Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeships – Information webinar Thursday 28 May, 3-4pm

The University of Aberdeen is offering 15 BEng Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship places for September 2020.

Our School of Engineering is hosting an online information session about the Graduate Apprenticeships programme on Thursday 28 May, from 3-4pm.

Although it is aimed primarily at engineering employers and their staff, we would welcome any school leavers, parents and/or teachers as well.

Here is a link to the event with all the details, or this PDF has information on the Graduate Apprenticeship programme and the webinar.

Anyone with questions about either the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme or the webinar can email graduateapprentices@abdn.ac.uk (Jill Rettie).