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Royal Navy Catering Services Visit

Royal Navy Catering Services Visit

On Tuesday 19th April, The Royal Navy visited the school to deliver an interactive Master Chef style lesson to a S2 Home Economics class.  The class was divided into teams and they had to work together to create a main course which was Lasagne and a dessert course which was Chocolate Brownie.  The class had a set time to complete their dishes and the Royal Navy Team then did a taste test to select the winning team.  The winners were Tyler, Alex, Ethan, Tom and Cameron.

The pupils really enjoyed the lesson and worked really well together in their teams.  The Royal Navy team commented that they class did really well and although the task was to create these 2 dishes in their teams, the pupils had to utilise communication, leadership and team working skills throughout the task in order to complete it.  The Royal Navy Catering Services Team also provided some career insight to their roles in the Navy and their own personal pathway since leaving school which provided some good discussion points.

Well done to the class and the overall winners of the cooking competition, the smell of chocolate brownies from the Home Economics kitchen was delightful.









Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.

The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.

The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.

After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.

Pupils said:

“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.

“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


Apprentice Panel

Suitable for: Secondary school learners

Tuesday 8 March, 11.00 – 12.00, Teams Live

Hosted by school learners who are part of the Young STEM Leader Programme, where you will have the opportunity to hear from four STEM Ambassadors currently undertaking apprenticeships.  The Apprentices come from Dounreay, GE Caledonian, Graham Construction and Rolls Royce.  This is a great chance to learn more about apprenticeships, what they involve and the opportunities that are available.

Register here:

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

S4 Chocolate Project – Donation to DAWGS

Harrison and Lucy (S4) have been working on an Enterprise project since August with an aim to make and sell their own chocolate to members of the school community.  They had a great online meeting with Stuart Common, Sales Director at Mackie’s, who gave an outline on where to start and the process Mackie’s goes through when creating a new product.  Harrison & Lucy did some market research, which involved tasting lots of different chocolate bars! They then created a Google Form to ask some pupils and staff what their preferences were.

Aimee Maitland (DYW) helped Harrison and Lucy get in touch with Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen Creations who kindly offered her assistance in making the chocolate with the pupils.  Harrison and Lucy went down to Chloe’s shop on Main St and saw the operation in full swing as they were making and packaging all the orders for the week – a little insight to their task ahead!

At this point, it was decided that rather than making chocolate bars, they would make Reindeer chocolate bark to sell in the run up to the Festive holiday.  Chloe came into school twice to help make the chocolate bark with Harrison and Lucy.  It was great to see the pupils get so involved and it really brought the project to life for them.

Harrison and Lucy decided early in the project that any money raised would be donated to DAWGS. They went to DAWGS yesterday to hand over a cheque for £120 to Heather Wakeling, manager at DAWGS on Main St, Alford.  Heather was thrilled that Harrison and Lucy had managed to raise so much money and that they chose to donate it to DAWGS.

Harrison and Lucy would like to thank all the people who helped this project become reality for them – Stuart, Aimee, the PSAs who helped make the chocolate, and everyone who bought their delicious chocolate.  Special thanks to Chloe for all her support and expertise.

S5 Mock Interviews with Employers

S5 Mock Interviews with Employers

On Tuesday 14th December S5 pupils had the opportunity to engage with real employers from various companies to participate in a mock interview. Employers from Mackie’s of Scotland, Neptune Energy, Subsea 7 and Serica Energy took time out of their busy schedules to interview our pupils.

After the interview process, the employers provided valuable feedback to our students on how they came across and how to improve for the “real” interview which will happen in the future.

Initial feedback from the employers was how polite our students came across and how well they managed to answer the questions, especially as this may have been their first virtual interview.

It was clear to see that students saw the value in this activity and there was a real “buzz” when they came out of the interview.

Some pupils said:

“I think it was a worthwhile experience and the feedback was really helpful. I feel I would know better what to do and not do. The interviewer was really nice and it has definitely given me confidence that I could do a real interview”.

“It was a really useful experience to help prepare me for the future. The person who interviewed me was very polite and reassuring”.

“The interviewer was very nice and helpful. I feel a lot more confident about any interviews that that may come up in the near future.”

The employer engagement event was very successful and we would like to thank all employers for giving us their time to help prepare our students for their future. We will look forward to repeating this event in the future too.



Today, 2 lucky S4 pupils got to make their own Reindeer Chocolate bark to sell to other pupils and staff to raise some money for local charity, DAWGS.  Harrison and Lucy were making their chocolate with help from Chloe Lawson, owner of Chloe’s Kitchen.

The pupils had been down to Chloe’s shop on Main Street a couple of times in November to see how her business operates and ask her any questions they had about chocolate-making.

This morning, Harrison and Lucy made their chocolate Reindeer with some edible eyes, an M&M, a cinnamon pretzel and gold dusting before breaking them into pieces of bark.

Pupils can buy a pack of the delicious chocolate bark at the pupil entrance on Tuesdays and Fridays during break and lunch-time.  The price of a pack is £1.50 with all money raised going to DAWGS.

A big thank-you to Chloe for helping us so much with this project, we are all really enjoying it!

SRUC Virtual Open Days

SRUC Virtual Open Days

Are you interested in working within the thriving rural sector?  SRUC offer Virtual Open Days which run until the 9th of December.  Scotland’s Rural College can offer a wide portfolio of rural and land-based related courses from college access to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  In Aberdeen, we currently offer courses in Wildlife, Conservation and Environmental Management, Rural Business, Animal Care, Vet Nursing and, of course, Agriculture.  Our unique progression routes allows students to combine a love of animals & the outdoors with science and technology, inspiring them to become the next generation of leaders in their field.

We are also delighted to be offering you the chance to attend an information session which has been designed with careers advisors, guidance teachers and other influencers in mind to give a broad overview of the courses and study paths we offer at SRUC Aberdeen.  To register go to


Thursday 2nd December@ 4:00pm


Thursday 2nd December @ 6pm

Environmental Management

Monday 6th @ 4:00pm

Campus and Student Support Overview

Monday 6th @ 6:00pm

Animal Care

Tuesday 7th @ 4:00pm

Wildlife and Conservation Management

Tuesday 7th @ 6:00pm

HNC Environmental Management and Wildlife and Conservation Management Distance Learning

Thursday 9th @ 4:00pm


Thursday 9th @ 6:00pm

Vet Nursing

New for 2021, we are excited to be introducing an HND in Equine Studies, which will be taught in conjunction with Aberdeen Riding School, a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and a PDA bridging qualification which will allow students short of the entry requirements for the BSc in Veterinary Nursing to access the degree.

Anyone interested in attending the events should register at Following registration a link and joining instructions will be emailed a few days before open week.

S3 Career Expo – November 2021

S3 Career Expo – November 2021

On Tuesday 23rd November, all S3 pupils took part in a virtual Career Expo, which was organised in partnership with The Wood Foundation. Pupils from Alford, Banff, Portlethen and Kemnay Academies interviewed national, regional and local employers across 12 different sectors to help share information which would be beneficial to young people who may wish to enter that career. Out of the 12 sectors, pupils chose 3 sectors which were of interest to them to explore further.

The event was designed for S3 pupils to encourage thinking about possible career pathways and in turn begin to think about course choices for next year.

On the day, pupils were engaged in the event and initial feedback from pupils and staff was positive, providing vital information about the careers within each sector.








S6 Horizons: Virtual Mock Interviews

S6 Horizons: Virtual Mock Interviews

Our S6 pupils took part in a Virtual Mock Interview with employers as part of their Horizon programme. We were delighted to virtually host employers from Neptune Oil and Gas, SubSea7, Mackie’s of Scotland and Acumen Financial who kindly gave up their time to interview our young people.

The event ran successfully and there was a real “buzz” when pupils came out of the virtual interview. The feedback from the pupils was extremely positive:

  • The experience was really good and it helped me prepare for a real interview. I was nervous at first but they didn’t make it awkward and I felt at ease.
  • They were really friendly and they gave me great feedback to work on. This was a really useful experience.
  • He was nice, calm and quiet, it was a useful experience because of the feedback and the environment of an interview. I was told to expand on my answers and talk about what I do at school more but really valuable to do as a practice.
  • The interview felt natural and they gave good advice.
  • The feedback I received was to draw more from my experiences and talk about my passions more. They made me feel really comfortable and less nervous. I will definitely use their advice when being interviewed in the future.
  • I found the whole process interesting and effective. It helped me get over my nervousness and I was able to get feedback on how to improve in a real interview.
  • I found this really useful because it gave me an insight into what a real interview would be like. I now feel a lot more confident and feel I would be much less nervous now I know what they are like and what employers are looking for.
  • It was good. I felt as if I was in a real interview and I felt relaxed. It is a good experience.

My thanks to all the employers who gave up their time to accommodate this valuable experience today. We are planning to repeat this event for our S5 pupils during Horizons and more information will be shared in due course. This will also be open to any S6 pupil who did not manage to take part today.

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