The Senior boys football team travelled to Stonehaven for an Aberdeenshire Cup match on Thursday 13th October. The boys had performed well in their previous two games but had come away empty handed and were determined to put things right against Mackie Academy. Alford had the better of the first half and created a couple of chances but failed to hit the back of the net. The Alford defence of Blair, Angus, Frasier and Nicol were comfortable at the back and snuffing out any threats on Grant’s goal.
The second half started with a greater intensity and Alford took the lead after some determined play from Ben down the left wing, his outside of the boot cross went across the 6 yards box and Jack came flying in at the back post to strike the ball under the Mackie ‘keeper. Mackie equalised a short time later and then took the lead with 10 minutes remaining. Alford managed to get back on equal terms with 5 minutes to go after Ben had won a free kick on the left wing. Shay swung his free kick to the back post and Innes connected with a strong downwards header that nestled in the back of the net. Both teams tried hard to find a winner, but the full-time whistle went, and it was straight to penalties.
Mackie went first and Grant saved their first spot kick with a great save down to his right. Liam, Adam, Innes and Ewan all converted their penalties, but Alford missed the second penalty and it ended up going into sudden death. Harrison scored Alford’s 6th pen and Grant delivered a huge save on Mackie’s 7th penalty, so it came down to Shay who buried his penalty to send Alford through to the next round. Shay managed to block out a lot of noise from the Mackie fans, who numbered around 60 or so, to convert his penalty.
The boys worked hard, and this victory was well deserved after decent performances in the previous two games. We head to Banff on Thursday 3rd November for the 2nd round fixture. Well done boys, a great team performance from all 15 involved and I’m glad your hard work was rewarded with a victory.
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.
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.
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!