During my automotive course this year I have been working on building my own racing car. This has been really enjoyable, and I have developed a lot of good skills such as teamwork and learning about car mechanics.
In one of the pictures you can see me and my classmates racing around the racetrack at the transport museum. By Cody (S4)
Wishing all our school community a Happy Spring Holiday. Please find a link to our end of term newsletter.
Watersports Trip Newtonmore
Final payment is now due for the watersports trip in May. Please share with home and see Miss Steel or Mrs Williams if you have any questions. Thank you.
Activities Week – Aberdeen Football Camp
URGENT. S1 – S3
For all those who have signed up for the Day in Aberdeen and the Football Camp during activities week. There is a meeting in GAMES HALL FRIDAY 24th March, at 13.30. Please do not arrive before 13.30.
On Monday 20th March, the Eco-group ran a Fairtrade Fashion Show and Fair. The event was promoting Fairtrade products, especially clothing and the issue with fast fashion and cotton production in developing countries. The clothes and other Fairtrade goods were provided by Fairtrade Formartine Fairtrade Formartine (formartinefairtrade.co.uk). A group of pupils and staff volunteered to model a sample of the clothes in a catwalk show (music and lighting arranged by Mr Trueman) and the audience were also treated to a performance from Alford Academy Pipe Band. After the show, the audience had the opportunity to browse and purchase Fairtrade goods.
On the theme of sustainability, the show also helped to promote a new scheme run by Mrs Munro and Mrs Taylor. Donations of formal wear have been given to the school and these can be borrowed by any school pupils for any occasion within or outside school. The scheme helps with issues with the cost of living, allowing children to dress up for formal events and by re-using second hand clothes, we are doing our bit to reduce the amount of clothing that goes to landfill sites. The pupils and staff also modelled a sample of this clothing, and the audience had the opportunity to see which clothes were on offer.
Last week our S1 basketball team won their first match as an ‘S1 only’ team. They beat Bridge of Don Academy 19:6 points. The team worked brilliantly and were led by their captain Lance and the top point scorer and ‘player of the match’ for sheer determination was Dakota.
The S2 team also played brilliantly, but unfortunately lost their game, against a very strong defensive team, by only 4 baskets.
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.
We look forward to seeing you there!
S3 Geography pupils have recently been carrying out presentations to their classmates in order to win contracts for their allocated renewable energy company. The pupils were tasked with putting forward their ideas for their company and worked in groups to win votes from the other classmates. The classes had representatives from wind, hydro, solar, tidal and biofuel energy. The winning group was the representatives from wind energy and included Callum, Ethan and Rocco.
On Tuesday, S3 Geography students were lucky to have a visit from Ingrid Huldal, senior portfolio manager of oil and gas company, Expro. The S3 pupils have been learning about renewable energy as part of the unit on natural resource use. One area they did not look at in too much detail was geothermal energy. Ingrid and Expro have invested time and expertise in developing geothermal energy as they believe it can play a major role in contributing to global energy security while also tackling the problem of climate change and carbon emissions. The pupils gained valuable insight into how geothermal energy works and how it has been adapted over time to allow it to be accessible anywhere in the world and not just in areas of volcanic activity or along plate boundaries.
We are still looking to increase ticket sales for the Fairtrade Fashion Show. Currently, we do not have enough to make it viable, so if you haven’t purchased a ticket, please do so, via your child, as soon as possible. As a reminder the Fairtrade Fashion show takes place on Monday 20th March from 7.00-9.00pm and tickets cost £2 (money will go to the Fairtrade Foundation).
DON’T FORGET THE FAIRTRADE FASHION SHOW.
Remember to get your tickets for the Fairtrade Fashion Show. The show is £2 per ticket and takes place in the school theatre on Monday 20th March from 7-9pm. There will be a catwalk show, pipe band performance and after show stalls to purchase Fairtrade items. Please purchase tickets via your children who can get these from the Humanities Department. There are also tickets available to buy in the Alford Bistro.
We are looking for more models for the Fairtrade Fashion Show. We are looking for adults or pupils to volunteer to model our fairtrade and used clothing. If you are interested, please pass your name to the school office and we will give you more information. This is to show off the products and raise awareness of Fairtrade but is also just for fun – invite your friends and enjoy being in the spotlight.