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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.

Watersports Trip 2019 – Photos

Watersports Trip 2019 – Photos

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Here are some highlights from our Watersports Trip.  All pupils who were on this trip are invited along to a slideshow of photos in the theatre this Friday at lunch (7th June).  Bring along a pen drive so copies can be made to take home to parents.

 

U15s Girls Aberdeenshire Cup Final

U15s Girls Aberdeenshire Cup Final

Now it’s the turn of our U15 girls to reach a cup final!
Alford Academy face Ellon Academy in the final of the Aberdeenshire cup. Kick off is 2pm on Tuesday 18th June at Lawsondale Pitches, Westhill.  Support would be most welcome!

U15 Boys Football

U15 Boys Football

The U15 Boys football team have played 2 important fixtures over the past week, coming out on top in both games.  On Thursday, a tricky away league trip up to Fraserburgh ended with a 2-1 victory to Alford with goals coming from Sean and Keigan either side of a Fraserburgh goal.

Despite being reduced to 10 men with half an hour still to play, the Alford defence stayed resolute under pressure and the team worked incredibly hard for each other to hold onto their 2-1 lead. A well-deserved stop off at the Mintlaw Chipper raised their spirits further!

On Monday, Alford faced Mackie Academy in an Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final at home.  After a shaky start, Alford took the league with a great finish from Marley after a lovely knockdown from Keigan.  Mackie got themselves back into the game a few minutes with a close range finish at the near post.  It was not long until Alford found themselves back in the lead, with another goal from Marley after some excellent work by the Alford midfield three.

The game was played at a frantic pace with a few tasty challenges from both sides.  Alford managed to get their 3rd goal of the game after some fantastic wing play by Keigan as he took on 2 men before firing in a cross that was converted by Ciaran sending the ball into the top corner.  Half time: Alford 3 – 1 Mackie.

Alford put the game beyond doubt midway through the second half with a penalty from Harvey.  Marley had looked set to score a memorable hat-trick before he was taken down inside the area for the penalty.  Alford had a number of chances to increase their lead but could not take advantage and it was Mackie who scored the 6th goal of the game with 5 minutes to go.

Full time: Alford 4 – 2 Mackie. The boys worked extremely hard for each other and it was great to hear them being so positive and encouraging one another throughout both games.  Well done boys!  They now face Banchory in the final, date TBC.

Mr McKay

Aberdeenshire Active Schools S1 Netball Tournament

Aberdeenshire Active Schools S1 Netball Tournament

The S1 netball team had a very successful day at the Aberdeenshire Active Schools S1 Netball Tournament held at the Beach Leisure Centre playing against 6 schools.  Setting out with 10 players but with one girl injuring her foot warming up we were down to 9. The girls really did play fantastically well winning all their matches 22-0, 13-5, 8-5, 14-0, 15-0 and 16-0 and going on to win the tournament.  Lovely to receive lots of positive comments from the coaches of other schools on the girls performance. Thank you to Leoni and Georgia for umpiring and coaching. Well done girls.

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