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.
SRUC Aberdeen will be hosting a series of online subject talks next week for any potential students interested in joining us, or finding out more about what SRUC has to offer.
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.
On the following Monday and Tuesday (13th and 14th) we will be offering tours of the teaching facilities and main student area at 11am and the teaching facilities as well as our Equine Facilities at Sunnybrae at 3:30pm to any students or family members who wish to see the facilities. Bookings for all of our events can be made here: Open days | SRUC
Monday 06th June
4:15pm – Agriculture
6pm – Wildlife and Conservation Management
Tuesday 07th June
4:15pm – Equine and Horse Care
6:00pm – Environmental Management
Wednesday 08th June
3:00pm – Rural Business Management
4:15pm – Vet Nursing
6:00pm – Distance Learning Wildlife and Conservation Management and Environmental Management HNC
Thursday 09th June
3:00pm – Rural Animal Health
6:00pm- Animal Care
Friday 10th June
4:15pm – Faculty and Student Support Overview
If you would like more information about these events or would like to book on to them, please head to the following web page: Open days | SRUC
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!