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Neptune Energy ignites project with Alford Academy pupils

Neptune Energy ignites project with Alford Academy pupils

Calvin of Neptune Energy is standing to the left hand side of a large screen. A group of pupils are sitting listening to, and watching, his presentation.
 

S3 Chemistry pupils from Alford Academy are set to tackle an exciting project with Neptune Energy following a series of presentations from staff members during Scottish Careers Week (7-11 November 2022).

Pupils were visited by Neptune Energy’s geologist Calvin Roberts, metallurgist Bob Conder and communications advisor Jodie Kilminster. Each staff member outlined their career path and current job role, providing pupils with an insight into their backgrounds and day-to-day working life.

Calvin went on to talk about the geology of batteries, the use of lithium and associated environmental impacts. Bob’s presentation covered metals, alloys, corrosion and prevention, outlining why metals are useful for transport and how corrosion can be slowed or prevented. Jodie explained to the pupils how she helps Neptune Energy communicate with its internal and external audiences by managing the company’s website, social media channels and interactions with the media.

Having received some additional design and messaging tips from Jodie, pupils have been tasked with producing a poster to showcase the lessons learned from the presentations they heard during class. The finished results will be sent to Neptune Energy for feedback and review, with the best examples going on display at the company’s offices in Aberdeen.

“Having the opportunity to visit schools and share our knowledge is something we really value and we hope the students benefit from our support for their future careers.”JODIE KILMINSTER, COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR · NEPTUNE ENERGY

A group of pupils listening to a presentation from Jodie from Neptune Energy, who is standing at the front of the class.
 

Neptune Energy’s Communications Advisor, Jodie Kilminster, said: “We’re extremely passionate about supporting young people in our local community with mentorship, guidance, and advice. Having the opportunity to visit schools and share our knowledge is something we really value and we hope the students benefit from our support for their future careers.”

Stuart Cookson, Depute Head Teacher, Alford Academy was delighted to welcome the Neptune Energy team members to the school.

“We are so grateful to Neptune Energy for allowing Bob, Calvin and Jodie to come into Alford Academy to provide such fantastic lesson inputs to S3 chemistry pupils,” he said. “The sessions enabled pupils to understand how their learning at Alford Academy is transferable to future careers and the world of work.

“Feedback from the pupils has been really positive. They are looking forward to designing their posters to showcase what they learnt from Neptune Energy. Alford Academy is excited about furthering our relationship with Neptune Energy to continue to inspire and engage our pupils, who are the future workforce.”

Developing the Young Workforce director, Margo Milne, said: “This is an excellent example of contextualising classroom learning with the world of work – and exactly the sort of activity that we wish to celebrate during Scottish Careers Week.

“We are incredibly grateful to Neptune Energy for providing the pupils with such a meaningful experience. The follow-on activity is particularly important in terms of cementing the pupils’ understanding and I’m sure the poster challenge will produce some fantastic results.”

A group of pupils sitting in front of a large screen with a presentation. Bob from Neptune Energy is standing to the left hand side of the screen and pointing at it.
 

Scottish Careers Week runs from 7-11 November 2022. The initiative is led by Skills Development Scotland with the support of partners and employers, and focuses on all things skills, jobs and careers. Further information about Scottish Careers Week is available here.

Skills Development Scotland – Online session for parents/carers to help support with course choice

Skills Development Scotland – Online session for parents/carers to help support with course choice

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase.

The session is on Thursday 25th February 6:30-7:15.

For more information and to register for the virtual meeting please use the following link :

https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/news-events/2021/february/parent-and-carers-subject-choices-virtual-event/

Choices and Pathway Routes – how parents can support their child

Choices and Pathway Routes – how parents can support their child

Online Information Session for Parents and Carers – Live Webinar

Join us for an information session to find out how you can help your child and learn what support is available through Skills Development Scotland. Open to parents and carers of School pupils in S1-S6 across the Grampian area.

Join our two local School Careers Advisers, Amy and Louise, for our 30 minute session on Thursday 18th February at 6.30pm as they take a look at:

  • How you can help your child make plans for their future
  • How Careers Advisers can help your child
  • Find support that will help you and your child
  • Brief Question and Answer time

Sign up to the event is through the following link:

https://subjectchoices-and-pathwayroutes.eventbrite.co.uk

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Articulation Week Parent and Guardian flyer

Aberdeen University are hosting an event to promote the routes to degree studies through articulation from HNC/D courses.

Aberdeen University have organised a 1 hour presentation and Q&A session for school pupils (in the senior phase) and their parents/guardians that will focus on Articulation – how it works and the opportunities that are available. This session will take place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday the 25th of November.

 

Pupils and parents/guardians can sign up for the session at the following web link: https://app.geckoform.com/public/#/modern/21FO00fiqj87hk006d9obxh2bg

S3 into S4 Course Choice form

S3 into S4 Course Choice form

S3 pupils now have their S4 course choice forms for session 2020-2021.

Following feedback from parents who attended the course choice evening in December, the above information evening will be repeated at Alford Academy.

You are invited to a Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 11 February at 5:30pm in the Academy. During this evening, there will be presentations on the planned S4-S6 curriculum, local job market intelligence, employability skills, flexible career pathways in Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships and Work Placement Apprenticeships and one-day-a-week College courses in partnership with Nescol.

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of the evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:15pm.

This evening is open to all parents of S3, S4 and S5 pupils.

The course choice forms for S3, S5 and S6 pupils will be distributed to pupils very soon.

Alford Senior Phase S3 into S4 2020-21

 

S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2020 – 2021

S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2020 – 2021

The Course Choice Consultation forms are live and can be accessed via the link below for your child’s correct stage.

S3 into S4

S4 into S5

S5 into S6

Pupils can complete the consultation forms at home in discussion with parents / carers but they will also have the opportunity to complete their course choice consultation in school.

Please complete the relevant form above by Wednesday 18th December.

A reminder that parents and carers are invited to the S3 – S5 Parents Course Choice and future Pathways information evening on Thursday 12th December, 6pm – 6:45pm. Please see more information regarding this on the blog post dated 3rd December 2019.

Many thanks.

S3 – S5 Parents’ Course Choice and Future Career Pathways Information Evening – Thursday 12 December 6pm – 6:45pm

S3 – S5 Parents’ Course Choice and Future Career Pathways Information Evening – Thursday 12 December 6pm – 6:45pm

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:45pm.

In order to help us to plan for the evening, I should be grateful if you would complete the reply slip at the URL below. This will automatically register your interest with the school.

 

Register of Interest

S5/6 Course Choice Support 2019

S5/6 Course Choice Support 2019

Course Choice forms for all s4 pupils going into S5 and S5 pupils going into S6 have now been issued. Supporting documents are available to help with the added choice available on the course choice form. This information can be found on the Alford Academy Website on the pupil area under Course Choice.

For information regarding our course choice evening for S5/6 pupils and parents please see the S5/6 Parents evening letter which was recently issued.

S4 going into S5 Course Choice Form February 2019

S4 going into S5 Course Choice Form February 2019

Dear S4 Parent/carer,

Your child has been issued with their course choice form for next year as they progress into S5. This year the form contains more options to choose from to ensure they are on their correct individual learning pathway.

New pathways include National Progression Awards (NPA’s) and Foundation Apprenticeships (FA’s). NPA’s are equivalent to higher level without an exam at the end and FA’s are higher level without an exam and include a work placement in their chosen field.

I have provided information regarding all the choices available on the Alford Academy website which can be found at Alford Academy Website: Pupil area: Course Choice.

As highlighted in the recent S4 parents evening letter, a course choice information session will be delivered at the academy on Tuesday 19th February, at 5pm or 7:30pm, whichever is most convenient. 

I look forward to seeing you there to provide more information,

Many thanks,

Stuart Cookson

DHT Curriculum.

 

S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2019 – 2020

S3-5 Course Choice Consultation 2019 – 2020

In 2019 all S3, 4 and 5 pupils will make informed decisions about the learning pathway that they wish to take as they progress to the next stage of their education at Alford Academy. In order to help with their planning for the future all S3 – S5 pupils will be asked to complete the online course choice consultation to provide information about their desired learning pathway.

The Course Choice Consultation forms are live and can be accessed via the link below for your child’s correct stage.

S3 into S4

S4 into S5

S5 into S6

Pupils will have the opportunity to complete their course choice consultation in school and they are  encouraged to discuss this at home with parents and carers.

Please complete the form above if you haven’t already done so. An opportunity to do this in school will be provided this week.

Many thanks.

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