On Tuesday 22 March, Robert Gordon University delivered a workshop to the S5s on note taking and revision skills. This included identifying what type of learning style, what learning methods to use to be an effective learner as well as exam preparation tips. They also covered how to manage your mental wellbeing; what affects our mental health, what can we change and how we can find support. The pupils comments were:
Really helpful and in depth, I learned what learning style works best for me
It was interesting and useful
Very interactive session, good because of personal examples used
Helpful and informative
Project Trust also delivered a presentation on taking a gap year and volunteering with project trust overseas. Pupil comments were:
Great to hear about someone’s actual experience rather than an overview
I think what project trust is doing is amazing and I can’t wait to participate this year.
Definitely considering taking a gap year with project trust inspiring and informative
The presentation made me seriously consider going on a gap year with project trust. It seems like good life experience
The presentation I found really inspiring as it made me realise that there is maybe a good option of what to do after school as I still don’t know what I want to do after I leave school.
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.
“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”.
World Book Day is this Thursday, 3rd March. The theme for this year is “I am a reader” and we have a number of activities for our pupils, in school and at home, to take part in to explore the idea of them as a reader.
For the first time we will be holding a READATHON with our S1s.
Read for Good’s Readathon has been running in schools since 1984, motivating millions of children to read for pleasure. The money raised by schools is used to deliver brand new books and storyteller visits to all of the UK’s major children’s hospitals, as well as supporting school libraries.
“Readathon is a fantastic way to encourage reading for pleasure. Pupils can choose to read whatever they love which creates a brilliant buzz around books throughout the school. Focusing on reading for fun is a proven way of narrowing the attainment gap as we – like all schools – recover from lost teaching time. And we’re incredibly proud to play a part in bringing stories to children in hospital too!”
Information will be sent out to parents/guardians of S1s with the details of how to be involved with Readathon.
S2’s and S3’s will be populating their Reading Passports with stamps designed by themselves to reflect places they have visited during their reading.
This includes somewhere they have visited in a book shared with family – audio or physical – and the chance to choose where they might want to visit next.
Our seniors will also have the option to create their own Reading Passport remembering that reading lowers stress levels as well as raising literacy levels, so an ideal way to take a break from studying!
The library will also be hosting pupils for World Book Day with book jenga, book blind dates and a special display to help pupils choose their next destination and have plenty of material for their Readathons.
We would encourage you to speak with our young folk about what they are reading and what they’ve been up to in school for World Book Day. And, of course, to take the time yourselves to have a time out and pick up a book – virtually or otherwise!