Today, 2 lucky S4 pupils got to make their own Reindeer Chocolate bark to sell to other pupils and staff to raise some money for local charity, DAWGS. Harrison and Lucy were making their chocolate with help from Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen.
The pupils had been down to Chloe’s shop on Main Street a couple of times in November to see how her business operates and ask her any questions they had about chocolate-making.
This morning, Harrison and Lucy made their chocolate Reindeer with some edible eyes, an M&M, a cinnamon pretzel and gold dusting before breaking them into pieces of bark.
Pupils can buy a pack of the delicious chocolate bark at the pupil entrance on Tuesdays and Fridays during break and lunch-time. The price of a pack is £1.50 with all money raised going to DAWGS.
A big thank-you to Chloe for helping us so much with this project, we are all really enjoying it!
It’s important that we celebrate the achievements of our young people this year. Please find the links to our virtual Awards Ceremony. Sincere thanks to all who made this happen.
Virtual Awards Ceremony
2021 Award Ceremony – Record of Prizes and Awards
Nominations are still being accepted for :
- a ‘Community Star’ award which recognises an outstanding contribution to the school or community e.g. volunteering/helping others in their community, acts of kindness/‘good deeds’, leadership or community / charity involvement.
- an ‘Award for Individual Excellence’ which recognises outstanding achievements or contributions to activities in or out of school. Due to the difficult circumstances again this year, please nominate pupils who were already competing at a high level i.e. district/regional/national levels, or were on track to do so.
Closing date for nominations is end of day 10th June. To submit a nomination please refer to parent email dated 31st May.
During term 2, S2 pupil Cody was working on creating a murder mystery treasure hunt around Alford as part of his skills for learning class, which was focussing on the community. The treasure hunt takes you around Alford, starting and finishing at the Community Campus. Along the way you must solve the clues to eliminate the suspects and potential murder weapons, while at the same time exploring Alford and finding out all about it. Due to lockdown Cody was unable to finish it after Christmas but since we have returned to school he has been able to complete the work and test it out. Cody said “I put a lot of work into this project. It was fun and I liked going round Alford best.” Cody has shared his Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt with other pupils in school so they could try it out too. One pupil who has completed the treasure hunt and solved the mystery said “it was very good, it was amazing!”
Congratulations to S1 pupil Theo who was commended in the Scottish Parliament for his efforts to help others. Great article in the local press which can be found here. Well done Theo!
Alford Academy took part in an exciting opportunity called “Build your Future Construction Challenge”. The aim of the challenge is to raise the profile of the construction industry and to highlight the range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities that are out there. The challenge was a huge success and pupils came away with a better understanding of what a career in construction looks like, and hopefully a bit of inspiration to pursue a career in construction in the future.
The event is a competition between other schools in Aberdeenshire and today pupils who had shown an interest took part in a virtual Construction challenge. They heard from local construction partners to find out and ask questions about the construction sector and took part in 3 challenges. A pupil who took part in the challenge said “ We were working as a team to design our own house. It had to be a 4 bedroom house with an upstairs, downstairs and double garage. We had to design the size and shape of the rooms and the event was really good fun”.
Mrs Munro who facilitated the event said “ The workshop this morning was very successful. The pupils enjoyed it, while still finding it to be a challenge. The activities were fast-paced and highlighted some real-world challenges that people in the industry face every day. Most interesting was the difficulty the pupils had in agreeing on the right candidate for a job, and in identifying reasons to justify their choice of applicant. When it came to the architectural drawing activity, pupils learned about all the factors that need to be considered when designing a family home. While the team finally agreed to submit plans that had all the features of a house – the right number of rooms, doors, windows, aspect, and the neighbours, to name a few – it was at the expense of a really beautiful shape for a house, which proposed a fantastic, huge, millionaire’s picture window that would overlook the city. All the pupils left the workshop feeling inspired and energised about the employment options available to them in the working world”.
The team did extremely well and are now in the final which takes place in January 2021. Well done to all pupils involved.
S2 and S3 pupils have been given the opportunity to get involved in Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s free online Cyber Security programme to encourage young people to consider a career in cyber security. Not only is it one of the most well-paid, in-demand sectors around, but it also offers young people the chance to forge a career doing something that matters.
Cyber Discovery is the most effective and fun way to master technical skills and security concepts, as a gateway to the industry or just improve your digital skills!
Some of our S3 pupils and our Cyber Security class were able to take part in a Cyber Security Virtual Workshop.
Euan tells us about his experience “On Monday the 21st of September, our National 5 Cyber Security class took part in an Interactive Quiz hosted by Cyber Discovery. We learned about types of cyber attacks and attackers before participating in a nation-wide quiz, where one student placed 3rd. The event was, all in all, a great experience for our class and we all had a great time.
Alex commented “We did a quiz, it was mostly an opinion-based poll thing where she asked what you thought of something and then gave an explanation like how many accounts you use, if you use secure passwords and what the difference between ethical and unethical hackers is”.
Hopefully this experience will encourage more people to think about a career in Cyber Security. Well done everyone!
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
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.
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
Alford Academy Senior Leadership Team