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Independent Evaluation of Community Mental Health Supports

Independent Evaluation of Community Mental Health Supports

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to carry out an independent evaluation of the mental health and wellbeing community support services implemented by local authorities.

There are two surveys, one for young people (aged 12-25) and one for parents/carers of young people who have accessed community mental health services.

Letter Parent Carer MH Survey

MH Evaluation – info sheet (parents&carers)

MH Evaluation – info sheet (young people)

 

Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

NESCOL are offering summer sessions to take part in their computing club, Codecraft, for 9 – 14 year olds.  A great chance for young people to gain computing skills while also learning teamwork and making new friends.

Cameron Walker, the College’s Head of Sector for Computing and Engineering Technologies, said: “We created this club to inspire young people and encourage them to think about the opportunities available to them in the computing industry in the future.  These fun sessions are open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’ve never tried coding or played Minecraft before.

To find out more and book your place go to: https://www.nescol.ac.uk/codecraft-a-summer-computing-club-for-9-14-year-olds/

 

Pre-Loved Uniform Event

Pre-Loved Uniform Event

Pre-Loved Uniform Event : On behalf of your Alford Academy Parent Council

Previously we have collected and organised pre-loved academy school uniform and redistributed it for others to use. This worked well and many in our school community benefitted.

Our next table top event will take place on Thursday 9th June (3-5pm) and Saturday 11th June (10-12 noon), in advance of this please can we request for you to donate any uniform items that you no longer require.  These can be dropped off in the metal cage in the foyer of the community campus. Please see the attached our poster for full details.

We would also welcome any revision /success guides for SQA exams (any subject) that are no longer required as we will also be able to re-distribute these to our young people.

Thank you in advance for helping the environment and supporting our school community.

P7 Link Day – Developing Skills in Science

P7 Link Day – Developing Skills in Science

This Tuesday (10th May) Alford Academy welcomed almost 120 P7 pupils for their Link Day. For part of their time all pupils spent 90 minutes in the Faculty of Science, learning about safely and developing essential science based skills. These skills were then used for several different activities.

Pupils made colour changing crystals by accurately weighing out chemicals, making solutions and then mixing these to start the crystal forming process. Because of the chemicals used the crystals start to change colour when the temperature changes. Below are some pictures of some excellent crystals made on Link Day.

Pupils also constructed viewers that when placed on a phone screen can produce a 3D Hologram image. This required precision and accuracy in the construction process.

 

 

We hope that all the P7 pupils enjoyed their time at Alford Academy and within Science as much as the staff enjoyed meeting them all.

Faculty of Science, Alford Academy.

@AlfordScience

Welcome back Jasper!

Welcome back Jasper!

Alford Community Campus are delighted to welcome Jasper back to his customary spot outside our main entrance. Jasper suffered a wee injury last year but is now fully recovered and looking better than ever after receiving some TLC from sculptor, Helen Denerley.  We thank Helen for looking after him so well. It is so good to have Jasper back with us  and he is enjoying getting lots of pats on the head again – he is such a Good Boy!

Clothes Recycling Collection Points

Clothes Recycling Collection Points

Clothes Recycling Collection Points: For information, we wanted to share with the community that if using clothes recycling points such as the one in the Alford Campus carpark (to help raise funds for Alford Primary School Fund) to please not leave bags of clothing/textiles outside the container when it is full as these are not collected by the organisation responsible for emptying the containers and therefore it is effectively fly tipping. To ensure your textiles are recycled, please take them to an alternative recycling point when the container is full. Please spread the word in the local community. Thank you!

Celebrating Neurodiversity : 21st – 27th March

Celebrating Neurodiversity : 21st – 27th March

Friday 25th March 2022

Dyslexia is a complex condition causing an individual to process information differently, particularly around reading, writing and numbers. People with dyslexia often see things in a different way and have strong problem-solving and creative skills.

 

Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination. It causes difficulties with fine and gross motor skills and can affect the ability to carry out daily tasks.

 

To find out more about Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, how they impact our lives and the strengths that they bring then access our ‘Celebrating Neurodiversity Google site’ :

https://sites.google.com/as.glow.scot/celebratingneurodiversity/home

 

Library Wellbeing Space

Library Wellbeing Space

There is now a wellbeing space in the library, created by the Mental Health Peer Educators and Wellbeing Suporters as well as the new librarian Mrs. B.M.

This a space anyone can come to relax, learn about Mental Health and Wellbeing or take the opportunity to socialise.

It’s open every lunchtime, feel free to stop in!

If you want to request any resources and activities, please speak to MRS. B. M. or  Mrs J Munro.

Starting Next Term there will also be two Mental Health Peer Educators available each lunchtime for you to chat with.

Celebrating Neurodiversity : 21st – 27th March

Celebrating Neurodiversity : 21st – 27th March

Thursday 24th March 2022

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Autism may allow individuals to have excellent memories, be resilient and determined.

         

ADHD and ADD can affect your ability to organise and get started on tasks, your focus, the ability to regulate your alertness and let yourself relax when you need to, and to deal with emotions. Individuals may be energetic, spontaneous, hyperfocused, creative and inventive.

 

To find out more about Autism and ADHD / ADD, how they impact our lives and the strengths that they bring then access our ‘Celebrating Neurodiversity Google site’ :

https://sites.google.com/as.glow.scot/celebratingneurodiversity/home

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