the 2020-2021 Student Guide “Your Coursework – What you need to know” is now available in digital form by following this link

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Your-coursework-2020-21.pdf

It is vital that all students who will be submitting coursework this session are familiar whit he contents of this guide and understand the declaration that they are required to make when submitting work.

Printed copies of this are available to collect from Mr Gardner.

 

 

 

 

Link to request a locker

The schools lockers have now been cleared, cleaned and sanitized for pupils to begin using them again from Monday of next week.

It is important that parents do not request a locker on behalf of their child.  You are welcome to support them in applying, but it must be the pupil who accepts the conditions of use.  It also prevents both parent and child both requesting lockers!

We will continue to use the paperless request system we piloted last year.

We recommend that S5/6 pupils request top row lockers, and S1/2 pupils request bottom row lockers.

To request a locker pupils must complete an online form which can be found by clicking here.  Pupils should only begin to use the locker when they receive a confirmation email.

This session, lockers may be shared by members of the same household, and we would ask that families coordinate who applies if there is a plan to share.

It is important to make use of the lockers to store school bags during social times.  Pupils must not leave bags unattended on or off campus. 

Your support in reminding pupils that leaving bags unattended is socially unacceptable is appreciated.

SDS Results Helpline Extended

The SDS (Skills Development Scotland)  Results Helpline service, originally scheduled to close on 12 August, will remain open until 28 August.

The helpline will continue to offer support to young people (including school leavers) and their parents and carers for this extended period. Our expert advisers can provide reassurance as well as information and advice on Confirmation and Clearing as well as other options available.

  • The SDS Results Helpline service is now open until 28 August. Whatever your results, pupils, school leavers and parents and carers can speak to expert advisers about options. Call 0808 100 8000, 9am-5pm weekdays or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk .
  • You can also speak to your Skills Development Scotland school careers adviser about your next steps. Contact Inverurie Centre on 01467 623623, Peterhead Centre on 01779 479345 and Aberdeen Centre on 01224 285200

SQA Results 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

If your child undertook SQA qualifications in session 2019-2020 their SQA exam results will be released on Tuesday 4 August 2020.  Your child’s Scottish Qualification Certificates (SQC) will arrive by first class post on this date to the address we shared with you in the entry confirmation report issued on the 13 May by email.  If they have signed up for MySQA they will receive their results via text or email from 8 am on 4 August.

The SQA operate a candidate advice line, available from 4 to 7 August for help regarding the results certificate.  You can contact the SQA using any of the methods below.

             0345 279 1000

             customer@sqa.org.uk

             Candidate enquiry form (https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/38676.html)

             Tweet to @sqasupport

             Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ScottishQualificationsAuthority/)

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also provide an Exam Results Helpline. The SDS Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8 am on results day, the number to call is 0808 100 8000. The helpline offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers. The helpline’s careers advisers have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern, Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs or volunteering.

On results day and in the days following, Alford Academy will be operating a call back service where you have one of the following queries

  • My child didn’t get their certificate or MySQA text and need to know their results.
  • I think something is wrong or missing from child’s certificate
  • One or more of child’s results looks wrong

To request a call back, please complete the form below in full and we will contact you as soon as we are able to discuss your query.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=BpPZ_i1NCUSVndDttzBKC825dlG6Iv5PtWncW1ilrmdUM1pBQTBORENZM1JMQU5WV0FTWkE5WDMzRyQlQCN0PWcu

 

Regards

 

Struan Gardner

SQA Coordinator & Depute Head Teacher

Alford Academy

 

Virtual Awards Ceremony 2020

Dear Parents, Carers, Partners and most importantly our Pupils,

Virtual Awards Ceremony 2020

We are delighted to now share the link for our 2-3pm Premier of this year’s celebration of our pupils and the community they represent.

https://youtu.be/cFn6P7MkFfQ

The Programme for this event is as follows:

  • Alford Academy Pipe Band
  • The Head Teachers Address: Moira Milne
  • Keynote Address: Jasper Tissen – Dutch Olympic Team and Former Pupil
  • Awards for Endeavour and Attainment
  • Awards for National Qualification Prizes
  • Awards for Individual Excellence
  • Awards for Team Excellence
  • The Chaplaincy Team: Euan Glen
  • Trophies and Shields ( Including the Chaplaincy Team: Sheila Mitchel & Alford Academy ‘Virtual’ Pipe Band)
  • Leadership Awards
  • University of Aberdeen – Principal’s Aware for Excellence (S4 & S5)
  • School Dux Shields for Overall Excellence
  • A Message from our Senior Exec and Vote of thanks
  • The Chaplaincy Team: John Cook – The Blessing
  • Alford Academy Staff Video: We are all in this together
  • Acknowledgments

Alford Academy Senior Leadership Team

Alford Academy Inspection

Dear Parent/Carer,

Alford Academy Inspection

Alford Academy was due to be inspected from Monday 16 March 2020.  On Friday 13 March 2020, Education Scotland informed us they are pausing all inspections until the Easter break. This is due to the changing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Scotland.

We will update you when we receive notification of a rescheduled date.

Yours sincerely,

Moira Milne
Head Teacher
Alford Academy

 

Alford Academy Pupil Kiera needs your help!  Read on for more information.

 

What is Junk Kouture?

Junk Kouture is a fashion competition using recycled materials, which challenges young people to design, create and model high end couture from everyday junk!  It’s been running for 10 years and is one of the premier calendar events in Ireland.  For instance, Louis Walsh is a big supporter and is one of judges in the Grand Final.

 

Background to Kiera’s Dress

So the dress needs to be made entirely from junk.  What Kiera did was salvaged leather the car seats from old Jaguar cars, from the Overton scrapyard in Dyce.  She spent 3 months making her dress, and she’s there’s only one other girl from Scotland who’s qualified for the regional finals.  She’ll be showcasing the dress on 27th Feb at the live event, with the 70 other qualifiers, in the largest theatre in Ireland.

 

Please VOTE !

This is public voting week.  The scores from the public vote count towards the final scores.

https://app.junkkouture.com/design/693?fbclid=IwAR1kHpoTZJiJ_mxncXlGhwUQGzGwXlfUMnilN5LaWCH6ZZAM06phLg_2AV4

 

You can vote every day this week.

 

She’s up against the Irish schools.  Very tough to compete with them for votes as they’re very organised!  Kiera is currently in the top 15, but we’d like to see her do even better!