We are looking forward to welcoming parents and the wider community along to this year’s Performing Arts Showcase on Wednesday 27th March at 7pm.
The evening will follow the same relaxed format as last year, featuring various performances at different locations in the campus.
The event kicks off on our “Main Stage” (the school canteen) with a performance by the Alford Academy Pipe Band.
From 7.30 – 9.00pm, guests can freely choose which venues to visit, including further music performances at the Main Stage, drama performances in the Theatre and the Young Musician of the Year competition in the staffroom.
Tickets are priced at £2.50 and can be purchased from the Interact group from Monday 4th March at the pupil foyer. All proceeds are going towards the school fund and the Interact group to support future school concerts.
Consent forms for participants will be issued in the coming weeks, but there is still time for more young people to get involved! If your child is interested in being part of a music, drama or Young Musician performance, please get in touch with a member of the Performing Arts faculty.
We have had an amazing 35 teams from our Business and Digital Education S1 – S3 pupils enter the “Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” competition from the LoveLearning team within Aberdeenshire Council.
Pupils have designed a new workshop for Santa, in Minecraft, with 4 Success Criteria: –
- An area where the toys will be built.
- An area where Santa can relax.
- An area for Santa’s sleigh.
- An area where the reindeer are housed.
In all of these areas, there needed to be at least one innovative way where Santa can use technology to make things easier.
Competition entries consisted of a two-minute screen recording of the Minecraft world. During this challenge pupils have demonstrated collaboration, teamwork, hard work and determination.
Well done teams and we wish you all good luck!
Mrs Czarnecki and Miss Collett
On Monday 18th December, 65 pupils from our Business and Digital Education classes attend a “Christmas with RGU” event at The School of Computing, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. The session showed the pupils how easily we can be hacked, discussed the question “Why computers are not smart?” and demonstrated the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Feedback from the pupils has been really positive and definitely sparked interesting in computing and AI. Our pupils were particularly interested in “Pepper” RGU’s AI bot. It goes without saying the sweets were a highlight too!
We are very proud of the way our pupils conducted themselves and they were a real credit to Alford Academy.
We can’t wait until next year’s event!
Mrs Czarnecki and Miss Collett
Our Business and Digital Education classes have been invited to attend a “Christmas with RGU” at The School of Computing, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. The session will cover Cyber Security, Creative Design and Computer Science.
We will leave Alford Academy at 8.45am for the session at RGU 10-12pm, then return to Alford Academy at approximately 1.15pm. Pupils will have lunch at normal school lunchtime. There is a cost of £5 to cover the coach.
Letters and consent forms are being handed out in Business and Digital Education classes or can be collected from Mrs Czarnecki and Miss Collett and returned by Friday 15th December.
We hope you can make it!
Winter Dances : Pre-Loved Formal Wear
The dress code for the Winter dances is ‘smart clothing with appropriate footwear’ e.g. dresses, smart trousers, kilts, shirts etc. In order to promote sustainable living we have a small amount of pre-loved formal wear that can be borrowed, at no cost, by any young person, these can be viewed / borrowed during lunchtime on Wednesday 6th December in C1-30 (Mrs Taylor’s room). If you are unable to make this time then please come and speak with Mrs Taylor or Mrs Munro to make alternative arrangements.
Borrowed items should be returned to Mrs Taylor or Mrs Munro by Thursday 21st December.
Junior dance – 18th December (7 – 9.30pm)
Senior dance – 19th December (7 – 10pm)
Tickets cost £5 and will be on sale during the 4th — 13th of December in the PSE rooms from 1.30pm at lunchtimes.
They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
You will only be able to buy a ticket if you have completed the online consent form, which will be sent out to parents via email before the 4th of December. NO CONSENT FORM = NO TICKET
Please wear smart clothing to the dance with appropriate footwear. For example – dresses, smart trousers, kilts, shirts etc. You can also see Mrs Taylor in C1-30 to borrow pre-loved formal wear and promote sustainable living.
The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are open, and close at the end of this week.
Young people from Aberdeenshire are standing in a number of constituencies.
Young people aged 12 – 25 can vote in this online election.
Young people can vote at https://elections.syp.org.uk/elections/19/
Alford Golf Club are valued partners of Alford Academy and our pupils are increasingly working with the club throughout our curriculum.
Our S3 Business pupils are bringing learning outcomes to life with students working on the clubs advertising and marketing to improve their social media presence and office handling.
Our Hospitality Foundation Apprenticeship students have been working in the kitchen and front of house to develop their hospitality/teamwork and communication skills which has been very successful.
ALFORD GOLF CLUB
The Golf Club would like to invite all non golfing members to an introduction to golf taster session on Saturday 13th May.
Come along to this free event to learn the basics of golf with our coaches. Then into the clubhouse for a refreshment afterwards.
Young junior (12 and under) 11.00 – 12.00
Adults 13.00 – 14.30
For more details or to reserve a place, please contact the club on 019755 62178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 20th March, the Eco-group ran a Fairtrade Fashion Show and Fair. The event was promoting Fairtrade products, especially clothing and the issue with fast fashion and cotton production in developing countries. The clothes and other Fairtrade goods were provided by Fairtrade Formartine Fairtrade Formartine (formartinefairtrade.co.uk). A group of pupils and staff volunteered to model a sample of the clothes in a catwalk show (music and lighting arranged by Mr Trueman) and the audience were also treated to a performance from Alford Academy Pipe Band. After the show, the audience had the opportunity to browse and purchase Fairtrade goods.
On the theme of sustainability, the show also helped to promote a new scheme run by Mrs Munro and Mrs Taylor. Donations of formal wear have been given to the school and these can be borrowed by any school pupils for any occasion within or outside school. The scheme helps with issues with the cost of living, allowing children to dress up for formal events and by re-using second hand clothes, we are doing our bit to reduce the amount of clothing that goes to landfill sites. The pupils and staff also modelled a sample of this clothing, and the audience had the opportunity to see which clothes were on offer.
On Tuesday, S3 Geography students were lucky to have a visit from Ingrid Huldal, senior portfolio manager of oil and gas company, Expro. The S3 pupils have been learning about renewable energy as part of the unit on natural resource use. One area they did not look at in too much detail was geothermal energy. Ingrid and Expro have invested time and expertise in developing geothermal energy as they believe it can play a major role in contributing to global energy security while also tackling the problem of climate change and carbon emissions. The pupils gained valuable insight into how geothermal energy works and how it has been adapted over time to allow it to be accessible anywhere in the world and not just in areas of volcanic activity or along plate boundaries.