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Over the month of November, staff at Alford Academy have been fundraising for Movember. Movember is a charity that supports men going through a difficult period due to poor mental health; testicular cancer; or prostate cancer.

Staff had the option of undertaking two possible challenges: a moustache growing challenge or a Move-It challenge. Those who embarked on the Move-It challenge were to walk, run or cycle 60km. This is to highlight the 60 men who die by suicide, every hour, globally.

The staff has been hugely successful in their fundraising efforts, sitting with a total of £920 raised.


Winter Woolies Swap For Charity (no longer just Christmas jumpers)

Winter Woolies Swap For Charity (no longer just Christmas jumpers)

Children quickly grow out of their winter woolies, so this year we are asking our pupils and/or parents/guardians to bring in and donate any winter clothing that they have outgrown, or no longer wish to wear, into school by Friday 16th December 2022. These can be put in the ‘drop box’ at the school reception.  Clothes need to be clean and in a good condition for resale, please.

On Monday 19th until Wednesday 21st December, during break and lunch, we will be asking children to bring in an item of winter clothing to swap or to pay a donation of £1 to buy new (preloved) winter woolies. The money raised from this will be donated to the Trussell Trust (food bank).

We hope that this event will save lots of clothing from entering landfill, being incinerated, or just being lost and unloved at the back of a wardrobe, and that the children will enjoy choosing a new preloved item of clothing to use this year and potentially beyond!

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme 2022

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme 2022

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme 2022

The Interact club wanted to fill more boxes this year than last; and we are delighted to announce that we succeeded!!!

Over 50 boxes were collected after the holidays and will be sent to disadvantaged adults and children in Eastern Europe to help support those with a need greater than our own.  CLAN classes were involved again this year and rose to the challenge of filling at least 3 boxes each.

The boxes will be sent to countries such as the Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.  Our thanks extend to the Rotary Club of Alford for involving us in the scheme and collecting them for us.

If you wish to find out more information about the scheme then this website has more information:

Alford Academy Interact Club

MacMillan Coffee Morning 2022

MacMillan Coffee Morning 2022

MacMillan Coffee Morning 2022

By the Alford Academy Interact Group

We did it! We had an actual event! And made £232.52 in cash donations and we received with £47 in online donations making a total of £279.52. This is enough to make a huge difference for those using the help MacMillan provide and we are absolutely delighted! This is the most we have raised in a coffee morning for years so we cannot thank everyone enough.

The coffee morning is the first organised event by the Interact Club, this year we were able to use the facilities in HE to bake our own fine pieces to sell to staff. Diane Forbes helped pupils to create a delicious array of tray bakes and ensure we had enough to go around all staff. The staff met in the school staff room which the pupils decorated and set up with their fine pieces and the urns with hot water to make plenty tea and coffee.

The pupils had to plan the event from scratch, order ingredients which Mrs Watt ordered for us and with the help of Mrs Harper set up ready for baking. Once baked the pupils labelled all the ingredients and set up the event.

This year we were grateful of online banking which helped everyone to contribute.

As ever the group is very grateful to everyone who donated this year and we are already looking forward to a bigger coffee morning next year.

The Alford Academy Interact Club

Fairtrade Bakes and Sponge the Teacher Event

Fairtrade Bakes and Sponge the Teacher Event

On Friday 17th June the Eco and Interact Groups, organised a Fairtrade Bake Sale and a ‘Sponge the Teacher’ event.  The Fairtrade bake sale involved delicious products baked by our very own Eco-group members and generous contributions from staff.  The bakes included fairtrade ingredients and raised over £100 for the Fairtrade Foundation, which is part of the Green Flag Award Global Citizenship programme.  The Sponge the teacher competition involved some brave staff volunteers who were restricted by our homemade wooden stocks (made by our very talented Miss Bradley) and involved the pupils paying to throw a saturated sponge at the staff.  Mrs Wotherspoon and Mr Gardner were very popular choices, but all staff that took part were great sports and all sufficiently drenched by the end.  This event raised over £100 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which is part of the Green Flag Award Biodiversity programme.

Comic and Sports relief 2022 by Interact

Comic and Sports relief 2022 by Interact

The senior Interact club also took part in the fundraising to support the National incentive for Comic Relief (or red nose day) and Sports Relief.  During the week 14th – 18th March the group led several activities to have fun and raise funds.  Sport Relief is now a year-round celebration linked with major sport events and partnerships throughout the year.  Comic is an annual event, returning every March across the UK.  We decided to combine both as we have already completed so much fundraising already this year.

On the last day we held a ‘dress up’ as your favourite sport, we asked pupils and staff to pay £1 to donate to Sports Relief.  We enjoyed seeing staff and pupils dressing in a variety of sports from football strips, team merchandise and sporty clothes.  Also Mr Wake helped to add some laughter to the building by telling jokes on Friday morning, this was brilliant and we are very grateful to him for making the time to help us.

Throughout the week Interact were helped by the PE department to run a variety of sports for both juniors and seniors during lunch break. The following were completed:

Monday – Hockey

Tuesday – Football

Wednesday – Capture the Flag

Thursday – Staff vs Pupils Dodgeball (seniors only)

Friday – Basketball

All sports will be to raise money for Sports Relief and we were delighted to raise £418.77.

What happens to our fundraising: (from

All year-round, the money donated to Comic Relief works hard to support some incredible projects making a change to people’s lives across the UK and around the world.  In fact, over the past two years, Comic Relief funding has helped to support 11.7 million people, including:

  • more than 750,000 people in the UK experiencing financial and material poverty to access advice and support.
  • more than 29,000 people who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse to access safe accommodation and specialist services.
  • more than 46,000 children and young people in the UK, and more than 8.1 million internationally.

We would like to thank everyone who helped the group with this project.  The Interact staff (Miss Lovelock, Dr Chirondojan and Mrs Rees-Jenkins) helped the group run the events.  The PE faculty were amazing and supported the organisation and the actual lunchtime events which couldn’t have happened without their help.  Mr Wake was brilliant in helping make the day fun.  Also Mrs Watt was critical in the advertising of the events.  And of course, thank you to all staff and pupils who got involved!

JDRF Fundraising update by Stuart in S3

JDRF Fundraising update by Stuart in S3

JDRF Fundraising update by Stuart in S3

The Alford Academy Interact group did some fundraising for the charity JDRF last term and we wanted to let Stuart tell you in his own words how important the support from the school community has been in terms of the funds raised.  Stuart was keen to share some facts about diabetes and the work of this brilliant charity.  Stuart is an active member of the school Interact club and we are delighted to share his words below:

Thank you so much to Alford Academy for all your kind donations. A total of £342 was raised and this will help JDRF create a world without Type 1 Diabetes.

Recently The New York Times and the Sunday Times reported that the first person with Type 1 Diabetes to take part in a clinical trial for Stem Cell Therapy, saw their need for insulin disappear almost entirely. Both papers reported that the participant was ‘cured’ of his Type 1 Diabetes. Although this is not quite true, it is a huge step forward for the Type 1 community. And that’s why JDRF has invested in Stem Cell research since 2000 and are currently supporting hundreds of researchers around the world who are developing insulin producing cells in this way. We still have a long way to go before we can consider Type 1 Diabetes cured. Participants in the trial still must take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their life. That’s why JDRF continues to invest in research so we can find ways to restore insulin production without requiring a lifetime of further treatment. Your money will help to make this happen.

I am diabetic, and I live with the challenges it brings every day. I wear a machine attached to my stomach 24 hours a day, 7 hours a week. I cannot take it off. It pumps insulin into my body and keeps me alive. Insulin is made in your pancreas and it helps to control your body’s blood sugar levels and turns the food you eat into energy. Without it, your blood would eventually fill with sugar and turn to acid. Unfortunately, my pancreas has stopped producing insulin. This happened when i was seven years old, I have been injecting lifesaving insulin into my body ever since. Every day, I work to keep my blood sugar at a safe level. To do this I need to do about 8-10 finger pricks a day to measure the amount of sugar in my blood. Everything affects this. The weather, my mood, excitement, what I eat and how much exercise I get. If my blood sugar levels get too low, I become hypoglycaemic and this makes me feel tired, weak and I might faint. If my blood sugar levels get too high, I become hyperglycaemic and this makes me feel angry, upset and very tired. It is hard work to keep my blood sugar at a good level. Every time I eat, I use my pump to inject insulin into my body. Before I do this, I have to weigh my food and calculate the amount of carbohydrates it contains so I know how much insulin to take. Living with Diabetes often leaves me exhausted. I cannot leave the house to meet my friends without taking a bag of medical supplies with me. I can’t wait for the day there is a cure. JDRF don’t receive any direct funding from the Government towards their research, so they rely on supporters like you to fund their work. I am personally grateful to everyone who donated.

It was only 100 years ago, in 1921, when Frederick Grant Banting discovered insulin. Before that, Type 1 Diabetes was a deadly condition, there was no way to treat it. Banting went into the children’s ward of a Toronto Hospital; 50 young patients lay dying in a diabetic coma. One by one, the children were injected by a substance, later known as insulin. As the last of the children were injected, the first started to wake from their coma’s. This was a medical miracle, and in 1923, Banting received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of insulin.

Even since I was diagnosed at 7 years old the treatment for diabetes has improved. I used to inject insulin using a needle up to seven times a day. My legs would get swollen red and sore. But thanks to advances in research and technology, I was one of the first four patients in the Royal Aberdeen’s Children’s Hospital to be offered a brand-new insulin pump that works without requiring the patients to be attached to it from a tube. It is life changing. So, thank you once again. Your money will directly make a difference to my life. I can’t wait to see a world without Type 1 Diabetes!

Thank you to Stuart for sharing this with us.

Alford Academy Interact.

Ukraine and Afghanistan Humanitarian Appeal

Ukraine and Afghanistan Humanitarian Appeal

Ukraine and Afghanistan Humanitarian Appeal: £1438.55 raised!

In response to our school community wishing to support the global refugee crisis we held a dress down day on Friday the 11th March.   Donations given on the day were used to support the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) who bring together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas.   The DEC are currently supporting the Ukraine humanitarian appeal and the Afghanistan crisis appeal which are currently highest in the priority for any funding.

The idea was brought to Interact by an S4 pupil who felt that something should be done to help those affected by the crisis.  The school backed her request and the Interact club helped to support the event and make as much as possible.  We were overwhelmed to raise £1438.55 which is the most we have ever raised in a dress down day.

If you have any questions about the DEC please have a look at their website below:

The Interact club meet twice a week and if you want to get involved please see Mrs Rees-Jenkins or Miss Lovelock.

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

Harrison and Lucy (S4) have been working on an Enterprise project since August with an aim to make and sell their own chocolate to members of the school community.  They had a great online meeting with Stuart Common, Sales Director at Mackie’s, who gave an outline on where to start and the process Mackie’s goes through when creating a new product.  Harrison & Lucy did some market research, which involved tasting lots of different chocolate bars! They then created a Google Form to ask some pupils and staff what their preferences were.

Aimee Maitland (DYW) helped Harrison and Lucy get in touch with Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen Creations who kindly offered her assistance in making the chocolate with the pupils.  Harrison and Lucy went down to Chloe’s shop on Main St and saw the operation in full swing as they were making and packaging all the orders for the week – a little insight to their task ahead!

At this point, it was decided that rather than making chocolate bars, they would make Reindeer chocolate bark to sell in the run up to the Festive holiday.  Chloe came into school twice to help make the chocolate bark with Harrison and Lucy.  It was great to see the pupils get so involved and it really brought the project to life for them.

Harrison and Lucy decided early in the project that any money raised would be donated to DAWGS. They went to DAWGS yesterday to hand over a cheque for £120 to Heather Wakeling, manager at DAWGS on Main St, Alford.  Heather was thrilled that Harrison and Lucy had managed to raise so much money and that they chose to donate it to DAWGS.

Harrison and Lucy would like to thank all the people who helped this project become reality for them – Stuart, Aimee, the PSAs who helped make the chocolate, and everyone who bought their delicious chocolate.  Special thanks to Chloe for all her support and expertise.

Alford Remembers on Armistice Day

Alford Remembers on Armistice Day

All through the campus we have been taking part in activities for Remembrance.

The school helped to sell poppies for the Poppy Scotland appeal and made just over £80.  We laid 100 painted poppy stones in the courtyard area to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poppy Scotland.  We also took pride in displaying our ceramic poppy which had at one time been in a display at the Tower of London.


Throughout the week the senior prefects read readings over the tannoy, thanks go to Miss Steel for her help with selecting these.  CLAN classes created a display of kindness poppies which were added to a beautiful display of vinyl poppies created by Miss Bradley and Mrs Watt.

On the 11th the school led various tributes to those who gave their lives, In Flanders fields by John McCrae was read over the tannoy followed by the 2 minute silence.  This was followed by a lone piper.

Our headteacher Angela Wotherspoon accompanied pupils and a piper to the Alford memorial where a wreath was laid on behalf of Alford Community Campus.

None of these tributes happen without the help of the whole school community, our thanks go to all the staff and pupils who continue to help and support us.

Interact Club.

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