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There’s been a murder in Alford!

There’s been a murder in Alford!

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!”

 

Build Your Future Construction Challenge

Build Your Future Construction Challenge

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.

S2/3 Tackle Cyber Discovery

S2/3 Tackle Cyber Discovery

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!

Cyber Discovery Virtual Workshop

Cyber Discovery Virtual Workshop

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!

Enterprise and Creativity e-learning

Enterprise and Creativity e-learning

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

Virtual Awards Ceremony 2020

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

First Minister’s Reading Challenge

First Minister’s Reading Challenge

Some of our BGE pupils have been producing some fantastic responses to their personal reading tasks. Mrs Mackenzie is working hard to put together a submission for The First Minister’s Reading Challenge and we couldn’t do this without the engagement from our BGE pupils with their personal reading so thank you to them. Here’s a small selection of some of their work and we’re also sharing via our new English Faculty twitter feed @AlfordEnglish #personalreading #readingispower #readingforpleasure

YPI Finals

YPI Finals

On Thursday evening, the Alford Academy YPI Finals took place.
The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme which empowers pupils to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Each participating school each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. Seven groups of S5 pupils stood on our theatre stage and presented compelling reasons as to why their chosen charity should receive this grant.
The judging panel, comprising of Councillor Latham, Tracey Latham and our Head Prefects, aided by Margaret Thompson from YPI Scotland, had a difficult decision choosing a winner. In his comments, Councillor Latham had praise for all groups and noted the high quality of all performances.
The ultimate winners – Mia, Leoni, Reiss and Caitlin, representing SAMH gave us a powerful, emotional and hard hitting presentation which resonated with all who saw it.
The final is the last, public step in a long journey that our S5 pupils have been on this year during PSE. Exploring and connecting with their wider community and the Third Sector, our pupils have developed skills in research, analysis, presentation, and communication, which all contribute to a student’s growth, and confidence.
YPI is managed and principally funded by The Wood Foundation. It’s Deputy Director, Jonathan Christie attended the event and commented:
“Without exception, each and every team delivered impeccable presentations, each unique in their style, content and creativity. Whether highlighting the scale and severity of issues such as youth mental health or advocating on behalf of young people impacted by severe, life limiting conditions, the manner in which each team talked about their chosen charities had grit. Real, genuine substance.
Despite over 275 secondary schools participating in YPI across Scotland, it is rare to attend a final of such quality. Over and above what unfolded on stage, there was so much else going on behind the scenes, whether that be mentoring, volunteering or fundraising across the school community.
Looking around the room you could not help but notice the many proud faces: teachers, parents & young people. This was a special evening whereby young people, empowered by their amazing teachers, demonstrated the power and importance of youth voice.”
We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who took part in this event. We thank you. You have all exceeded our expectations and shown real skills and qualities which will benefit you as you move forward in life.
We would also like to thank our Mentors who worked with the groups, Mr Trueman and his team who ran a fantastic evening behind the scenes, our Judging panel and to our charities and their representatives.
The Guidance Team
Another win for ‘Team Alford’?

Another win for ‘Team Alford’?

This a win with a difference however.  Yesterday was the 2019 Alford Netball Challenge which saw a select group of staff take on our pupil netball teams.  All matches were close fought, but in the end… and we can’t quite believe we did it…. the staff won, by one point.  We are very proud of our pupil netball teams, and we thank you all for being such great sports!  A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers who have faithfully invested so much of their time in developing the teams.

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