Well done to Jack in S2 who piped in the haggis for the Richmond Fellowship’s burns supper at lunchtime today. The residents were so delighted with Jack’s playing he was asked to play an encore….then another…then another….. Jack was proudly dressed in our school ‘Pride of Alford’ tartan.
On Thursday 26th January Four Pillars will be in Alford library to help anyone interested in finding out more information relating to LGBT+ community.
The session running from 1:10pm – 2pm is for students only and the afternoon session 2pm – 4pm is open to members of the community.
Given the recent events in the news, and our pupils not in school – it’s worth highlighting this local warning. Enjoy the weather and stay safe!
Well done to the Alford Academy Pipe Band who performed this afternoon with the Inverurie Concert Band at their Christmas Concert in the Thainstone Centre, supported by their tutors Ian Dallas and Scott Niven. Playing Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace and Celtic Crest to an audience of well over 200 people, the band were on top form. For the majority of pupils, this was their first formal concert and the standard of playing was exceptional. Three members of our school orchestra also performed with the band after missing out on our school concert due to its postponement last week. Many thanks to Ian Dallas, Scott Niven, Hamish Wood, Ben Light and Nicola Tierney for rehearsing the pupils involved and for their support of the performing arts at Alford Academy.
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!
As announced earlier today, due to the planned industrial action taking place on Thursday 8th December, the school will be closed to all pupils. As a result and with great sadness, our Christmas Showcase event which is due to take place on the same day, will be postponed until next term.
The majority of our concert programme can be performed in any season and therefore much of what the pupils have been preparing will be performed on the rescheduled date. Our orchestra have been invited to join with the Inverurie Concert Band for their concert on Sunday 11th December at 3pm in Thainstone Mart. This event is already being supported by Alford Academy Pipe Band and promises to be an excellent afternoon. Orchestra members who would like to play at this concert should let Mr Trueman know on Monday 5th December so that further details can be shared. Tickets for the Thainstone concert can be booked via the Inverurie Concert Band website: https://www.inverurieconcertband.co.uk/
Details of the rescheduled concert will be shared in next term.
We are running a swap event in the run up to Christmas to try to encourage the reuse of ‘preloved’ Christmas jumpers. Many of us don’t realise that these are usually made from polyester and other plastic fibres, and often end up being quickly discarded. A study in 2019 showed that many young people buy a new Christmas jumper every year. In fact, it highlighted that Christmas jumpers have become one of the worst examples of fast fashion, now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Two out of five Christmas jumpers are only worn once over the festive period, and one in three adults under 35 buys a new Christmas jumper every year!
Children quickly grow out of their festive jumpers, so this year we are asking our pupils and/or parents/guardians to bring in and donate Christmas jumpers that they have outgrown, or no longer wish to wear, into school by Monday 12th December 2022. These can be put in the ‘drop box’ at the school reception. Jumpers need to be clean and in a good condition for resale, please.
On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December, during break and lunch, we will be asking children to bring in a Christmas jumper to swap or to pay a donation of £1 to buy a new (preloved) jumper. The money raised from this will be donated to the Trussell Trust (food bank). There will be a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ run by the Interact Group, at school on Thursday 22nd December, allowing pupils to wear their newly purchased/swapped Christmas jumper, with all donations also going the Trussell Trust.
We hope that this event will save lots of Christmas jumpers 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 jumper to use this year and potentially beyond!
After a two-year break from live music, our Performing Arts Christmas Showcase will be held on Thursday 8th December at 7pm in Alford Community Campus Theatre. In recognition of the challenges facing many families this winter, there will be no ticket fee, but should you wish to make a donation to support Performing Arts groups at Alford Academy, this can be made at the door. Seats must be booked in advance via the following link (paste into your browser): tinyurl.com/aacs22. We are delighted to welcome members of Inverurie Concert Band to our event who will be supporting the musicians in our orchestra. The opener of the concert is sure to be a highlight of this year’s event and we would therefore advise a punctual arrival to avoid missing out. The pupils that are taking part will be issued with a consent form this week which should be returned to Mr Trueman no later than Tuesday 6th December. On the evening of the showcase, the members of the pipe band must arrive no later than 6pm and all other participants by 6.30pm. Pupils should report to the Music Department.
We are contingency planning for the possibility of disruption due to industrial action by SSTA members on 8th December. Consequently, if our Christmas Showcase has to be postponed, the rescheduled event will take place in spring 2023.
Remember to book your seats via tinyurl.com/aacs22 (paste into your browser). Row A is identified as “Disability Access” but should you require wheelchair access, please just send a message to the school and we will ensure additional seating is available at floor level. To cancel your ticket order, please login to Eventbrite and use the “cancel order” option. To return single tickets, please use the “contact organiser” option on Eventbrite or contact the school and advise which seat number is to be cancelled. Don’t forget to bring your E-Ticket(s) with you on the night.
We look forward to you joining us as we showcase some of our pupil’s amazing talent.
Alford Academy Remembrance Day 2022
“Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our freedom and way of life. It recognises the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community across the Commonwealth, as well emergency services and innocent civilians killed through conflict and terrorism. Remembrance honours people who have served and sacrificed, including armed forces and emergency services. It means stopping to remember people affected by war and hoping for a peaceful future.” (Taken from https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/)
This year we continued our traditions in remembering all those who have or who still ensure our freedom.
The Interact club recruited friends in the school to create a week of remembrance. We are always very grateful to all the support staff give us at this busy time of the year and special thanks goes to the English and Humanities faculties as well as the Senior Leadership Team and Mrs Watt who always help the group with absolutely everything.
CLAN classes used a presentation made by interact pupils in the club with the inspiration from Mr Ryland to share some history; then CLAN pupils made poppies to be displayed in the school. The poppies were decorated with memories and thanks. These have been displayed for all to read.
Each morning during the lead up to the 11th there was a tannoy message sharing a reading or poem about remembrance which pupils are supported in selecting by Miss Steel. During the weeks assembly our pupil senior executive shared their own thoughts with a few minutes of personal reflection.
On the 11th the school took part in a 2-minute silence led by Mr Cookson at 11am and listened to another reading followed by a piper. At the same time Mrs Wotherspoon represented our school community with a number of pupils, staff and a piper to place a wreath on the Alford war memorial along with the primary and chaplain team.
All week pupils were selling poppies for Poppy Scotland and were delighted to hand over a generous donation.
Thank you to all the pupils and staff who helped the group.
Alford Academy Interact Group
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: http://www.rotaryshoebox.org/
Alford Academy Interact Club