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Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 25 May

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 25 May

S1-S3 Summer Dance/Ceilidh Monday 30th May 7-9 pm

Tickets are £5 and will go on sale from lunchtime today from 1:30-1:55 at the pupil entrance. Pupils can pay for their ticket by cash (please have exact change) or cheque (made payable to Alford Academy). This will cover the cost of the ceilidh band and disco, juice and snacks. The dress code is informal.

Debating Club

Introductory session for S1-S3 only this Friday lunchtime at 1:25 pm in D0-65 (please bring lunch) with Mr Ryland and Mrs Niven.

 

 

Daily Bulletin – Monday 23 May

Daily Bulletin – Monday 23 May

For all pupils going on RNAS Mackie’s Education Day – Monday 30th May.

Registration 

You are expected to go to your class for the start of period 1 and be registered there. Then at 9am meet in the school reception area where you will be taken to the bus by your teacher leaders.

Do not go to the bus park first.

Uniform 

You are expected to attend in full school uniform, not sweatshirts/ joggers/leggings. Please make sure you bring a waterproof jacket with you as you are outside all day, and it may rain.

Food 

Please note you will be provided with lunch at the farm. If you prefer you can bring a packed lunch, but you will have to carry it with you all day. All foods can only be eaten in the allocated eating area. Ice cream will also be available on the day. You are not allowed to eat on the bus.

Footwear 

It is important that you wear watertight footwear like wellie boots as you will have to walk through a footbath with chemicals before you can enter the farm. You are advised to just wear your boots to school, or you would have to carry your belongings/shoes with you all day around the farm.

Bag 

We suggest that you do not bring a bag to school that day (unless you need to bring your packed lunch) for your own comfort as you cannot leave it on the bus or drop it at the farm – you will have to carry your belongings with you all day. If you need to bring materials to class for the start of period 1 then leave it with the teacher in that classroom.

If you have any questions please come along and ask Miss Lovelock, Mrs Niven or Miss MacRae this week.

Library

Book Club

Book Club is meeting on Monday in the library during lunch break to discuss A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

Library Assistant Wanted

We are looking for library assistants.  Pop into the library for more info.

Daily Bulletin – Thursday 19 May

Daily Bulletin – Thursday 19 May

NPLQ Course

We are running a National Pool Lifeguard Course in Alford Campus on the following dates.

Saturday 2nd July till Friday 8th July 2022 inclusive and 100% attendance is required.

The course is 40 hours plus Assessment. Students who wish to apply have to be 16 years of age at the time of assessment. The cost is £275.00 which includes all the course materials.

Any enquiries please E mail Christian.anderson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

 

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 4 May

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 4 May

Access to Pitch beside Primary School: Could all Academy pupils please NOT use the caged pitch at the primary end of the grass slope – it’s for supervised use by the Primary school only. Academy pupils are welcome to use the Astro or the grass pitch on the Academy side (up from the Astro) instead. Thank you.

S3 Monitors: Applications can still be made up until end of school day Thursday. Completed forms to go in box outside SLT offices where you can find blank application forms as well.

Daily Bulletin – Thursday 21 April

Daily Bulletin – Thursday 21 April

DofE update

The afterschool meeting on Thursday 21st April has had to be postponed due to staffing issues. The next two sessions will take place during study leave on Thursday 5th May (covering first aid) and Thursday 19th May (covering tents & trangias) at 3pm – 4.30pm. Please make sure everyone in your group is aware, this message has been put on the Google Classroom as well.

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 30 March

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 30 March

Active Schools – Lunchtime Dodgeball Session

Due to the success of the staff vs Pupils dodgeball session Active Schools are looking to run pupil vs pupil dodgeball sessions at a lunchtime during the week next term. We are looking for either a teacher who would be willing to supervise, or some senior students who would be willing to become Active Schools volunteers and run the sessions.  If you would be interested in helping with these sessions please contact myself (Fiona) or Kerry on the Active Schools Alford email address.  Activeschoolsalford@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

S5/6 Assembly: All S5/6 pupils must attend an important briefing on SQA arrangements in the Theatre today at 14:05 (please register in class promptly at 2pm before making your way to the Theatre).

S3 Monitors

We are looking to create a new leadership opportunity for our S3 pupils and put in place S3 Monitors next term. Monitors, like prefects, are ambassadors for the school at all times, ‘living’ and promoting our school values and promoting the well-being of all young people in our school. Responsibilities include working alongside staff in supporting and promoting the life and work of the school, particularly during study leave when your S5 and 6 counterparts are out of school. If you are interested please complete an application form by the end of this week – see link on blog & website – https://alfordacademy.edublogs.org/leadership-opportunities-2021-2022/

Student Executive

We are looking for applications from current S5 pupils for Head and Depute Prefect for next session. Details of how to apply can be found on blog/website under Pupil Leadership.

– https://alfordacademy.edublogs.org/leadership-opportunities-2021-2022/

The closing date for applications is the end of this week and interviews will take place during exam leave.

Debating Society

Thank you to those who came along to discuss the Debating Club on Monday. There was a good turnout and a few more pupils who signed up later in the day. If you wanted to join but couldn’t make it, please ask a Humanities teacher to pass your name and year group to Mr Ryland. The first session will be after the exams in June, with the day of the week fixed once we have new timetables in place.

Inter-House Competition

The house captains have organised an end of term Easter Egg Hunt House Challenge.

Wednesday 30th March at 1.30

Meet outside Amphitheatre area, open to all year groups

Prizes and House Points

Library Wellbeing Space

There is now a wellbeing space in the library, created by the Mental Health Peer Educators and wellbeing supporters as well the new librarian Mrs Bronk-Mszk.

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 Bronk-Mszk or Mrs J Munro.

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

Daily Bulletin – Monday 21 March

Daily Bulletin – Monday 21 March

Drop-In Social Lunch Group

Meet every Monday in D0-67, bring your lunch with you, all welcome. See you there.

LGBTQ+ Group

Meet every Wednesday in D0-67, all welcome.

S4 Assessment Arrangements

The deadline for handing in S4 Assessment Arrangements forms is Wednesday 23rd March.  Please hand them in to E150 or place in the Drop Box.

Celebrating Neurodiversity

The 21st – 27th March is Neurodiversity Celebration Week.  The purpose of the week is to help the world to understand, value and celebrate the talents of neurodiverse minds and provides an opportunity for pupils, teachers and our school community to learn more about neurodiversity, and for neurodivergent people to develop a more positive perception of their own unique neurodiverse traits and skills.

Each day we will be sharing some information and resources to raise awareness and celebrate the strengths of being neurodiverse.

You can Find further information on : http://www.neurodiversityweek.com

 

Daily Bulletin – Monday 14 March

Daily Bulletin – Monday 14 March

Sports Relief Week (14th – 18th March)

Dress up as your favourite sport on Friday 18th of March and bring £1 to donate to Sports Relief. This could mean dressing in a football strip, team merchandise or simply sporty clothes.

Throughout the week Interact will be running a variety of sports for both juniors and seniors during lunch break. These will be run from 1.30 to 2.00

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, so donations are appreciated.

Basketball club

Every Monday S4-S6 boys and girls – 4-5pm in the school games hall, please sign up with school sports co-ordinator.

Eco-Group

Every Wednesday lunchtime in D061, 1.20-1.55pm.  Feel free to bring your own lunch.

Drop-In Social Lunch Group

Meet every Monday in D0-67, bring your lunch with you, all welcome. See you there.

LGBTQ+ Group

Meet every Wednesday in D0-67, all welcome.

Daily Bulletin – Friday 11 March

Daily Bulletin – Friday 11 March

Astro Daily Use – 1.25pm – 1.55pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday only

A member of PE or SLT will unlock the astro at 1.25pm and will return to lock it at 1.55pm.

If there is significant misbehaviour/disrespect/littering at break time/start of lunchtime each day from pupils wishing to use the astro then it will not be opened at 1.25pm for that year group.

Responsibilities of all Astro users

  • Only enter the astro if you are playing football, i.e. no spectators should be in the astro
  • Each year group to play only in their area of astro (as detailed above)
  • Food should be consumed before entering the astro
  • If any litter is left in the astro, it is the responsibility of all pupils using the astro to ensure this is cleared by 1.55pm
  • Each year group is responsible for their astro pitch each day as detailed above, i.e. ensuring there is no litter left in and no damage to the facilities
  • If any user has a concern about the mis-use/behaviour within the astro during lunchtime, they must alert a member of PE or SLT immediately
  • Model school values of Respect and Kindness

Basketball club

Every Monday S4-S6 boys and girls – 4-5pm in the school games hall, please sign up with school sports co-ordinator.

Eco-Group

Every Wednesday lunchtime in D061, 1.20-1.55pm.  Feel free to bring your own lunch.

Folk Band Rehearsals

Folk band Rehearsals will restart on Monday at 1.30pm.  This is for fiddlers of any age and stage as well as almost any other instrument but particularly ukulele, guitar, bass and drums.  It would be great to have all our senior fiddlers back to encourage the next generation of Alford folksters!  Speak to Mr Trueman or Mrs Hunter if you want to find out more and remember to pre-order lunch.

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