2 Alford Academy pupils attended the Boccia Festival at Meldrum Academy on Thursday. It was great for the pupils to attend such events again and both Stuart and Harrison had a fantastic time playing games of Boccia and Indoor Curling.
The pupils and staff at Meldrum were very kind and welcoming. Stuart played some great shots during Indoor Curling and enjoyed playing it more than Boccia, Harrison has been playing Boccia for 4 years now and still rates it the best!
Thanks to Meldrum Academy and their Active Schools Team for hosting the event. We are already looking forward to the next event!
The newly established Senior basketball team played their first match against Aboyne Academy. The team won 71 – 49. The team played really well, especially with lots of inexperienced players, who were playing in a real game for the first time. Thank you to Aboyne for hosting the game, Andrew Porter for refereeing and Miss Baker for supporting the team. Next time they play, the team hope to have a brand new set of basketball strips, donated kindly by the Parent Council. The Senior basketball team is open to any S4-6 pupils (both girls and boys) and they train 4.00-5.00pm on a Monday, we are always looking for more keen and enthusiastic players of any level. More fixtures to come, watch this talented team grow from strength to strength.
Alford Academy pupils have an opportunity to register to sign up to live revision sessions in the Easter holidays. Please follow the link below if you are interested in attending these online revision sessions.
EASTER STUDY SUPPORT SCHOOL 2022
The e-Sgoil Easter Study Support programme runs between April 7th and April 14th, providing live interactive daytime webinars.
There will be eighty webinar groups covering sixty-six courses, ranging across levels from N4 through to N5, Higher and AH. Each group will meet for three different online sessions.
To view the full Easter Study Support timetable and find out how to register, follow the link to the Easter Study Support page HERE.
On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.
The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.
The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.
After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.
“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.
“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week
Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Suitable for: Secondary school learners
Tuesday 8 March, 11.00 – 12.00, Teams Live
Hosted by school learners who are part of the Young STEM Leader Programme, where you will have the opportunity to hear from four STEM Ambassadors currently undertaking apprenticeships. The Apprentices come from Dounreay, GE Caledonian, Graham Construction and Rolls Royce. This is a great chance to learn more about apprenticeships, what they involve and the opportunities that are available.
Register here: https://www.stemambassadors.scot/event-details/stem-ambassador-apprentice-panel-hosted-by-young-stem-leaders
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!