It has been a very strange year and our pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard to continue learning throughout these challenging times. Everyone has their personal story to tell and the one thing that stands out for us is how everyone has remained resilient and worked together to keep going.
Our S1 Clan pupils and S3 Positive Education and Wellbeing (PEW) pupils took part in an activity to write a message of kindness or thanks to everyone in our Alford community for doing their bit to keep us all safe. The messages are inspirational and say it all. They are on display in our local Co-op so please take a minute to read them the next time you are there.
All at Alford Academy wish our community a very Merry Christmas and please keep safe.
Below is the link to the Book Week Scotland author line-up of virtual pre-recorded talks. This year the Library Service has decided to focus on crime authors (2 of which are journalists – non-fiction and fictions writers) as this is our most borrowed genre (over 150k titles borrowed in the last 18 months).
The link provides a brief introduction to the authors, their careers, links to their social media should anyone wish to follow etc. along with members of the library team reading excerpts from their books (these can be accessed now).
The actual talks will be released daily from Monday 16th November at 2.30pm each day on the Live Life at Home link (as per below). Starting off with local author Eric R Davidson on the Monday, followed by Jane Eddie, SG MacLean, Douglas Skelton, Theresa Talbot and Carol Ramsay. We also have local storyteller Jackie Ross telling 2 legends, these will be released on Sunday 22nd.
The talks will be remaining on the web page for the week of BWS and the following week too.
CALLING ALL ENGINEERS – The Performance Arts Faculty needs your help in designing/making a revolving stage for our Higher Drama Performance Exam! We have initial design ideas, but we are still trying to figure out a pulley mechanism that would allow the stage to revolve and be operated by a single pupil from offstage. Ideally it should be able to hold 4/5 pupils at a time and be able to start/stop safely when in use. If you would like to help with this ambitious project, please get in touch with Miss Murray via email: email@example.com
Alford Community Campus are holding a community Book Swap on Friday 22nd November in the community library. The book swap is to encourage reading and literacy and all are welcome to swap an old book for a different one.
Optional donations of £1 to swap your book will be gratefully received to raise money for the Scottish Book Trust.
The event will run from 09:30 – 15:00. We look forward to seeing you there.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Across the Grain festival returns for a second year with almost 100 events and performances.
See YouTube promotional video here: https://youtu.be/YhmiuWlSVPU
Follow link for full programme here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/62767395/across-the-grain-october-2019-online-programme
Events are taking place all across Aberdeenshire from Aboyne to Peterhead and Laurencekirk to Huntly. As well as numerous music and singing workshops, there are opportunities to hear authors and specialist speakers, contributions from local musicians, storytellers, award-winning performers and composers and a range of fun challenges for all the family at Live Life Aberdeenshire museums and libraries.
The festival is supported by local community groups, arts organisations, arts partners, academics and students who have all come together around a shared love of the Doric culture and language, and the north east’s musical roots.
The full programme of events can be found in our Across the Grain 2019 Programme.
We would like to take the opportunity to remind parents and visitors that, for safety reasons, there is a 10 mile per hour speed limit in the Campus Car Park and it is reverse parking. Particular care should be taken at busy times of the day ie drop off and pick up times. We ask all drivers to please be patient and considerate when using the car park, to give other drivers the space and time to reverse park and to give way to pedestrians. If you are using the drop–off area immediately in front of the main campus entrance please drive in parallel with the building to drop off your passenger/s (to avoid reversing out into the flow of traffic). Please note the drop-off area is a no parking/waiting zone at all times.
A number of spaces are clearly marked as disabled parking. These are solely reserved for campus users and visitors with disabled parking permits or for drivers/passengers with a mobility issue. The disabled spaces are designed to not only be near to the building but also to provide extra width to enable wheelchair users to be able to manoeuvre in to/out from a vehicle.
Thank you for your consideration and support with helping us ensure the campus is safe and accessible
Alford Youth Café are holding a Christmas Special on Friday 14 Dec 7.30 – 9.30pm. Tickets will be sold in the pupil entrance area of the Academy on Thursday lunchtime and cost £1.00. Tickets must be bought in advance for this event.