Sports Relief Fundraiser: Huge thank you to all the staff and pupils who participated in all the sports relief events this week and to everyone who donated throughout the week. Thanks to your generosity we’ve managed to raise £471.12 for Sports Relief. Well done to the Interact Group for organising these events.
Senior Boys Football: The home match scheduled for Thursday against Ellon Academy has been called off. Our next game is at home to Mearns on Thursday 19th March.
Assessment Arrangements S4-6: All Alternative assessment arrangement letters have been issued. If you have not received a letter and think you should have one please discuss with Miss Murray in E1 50 by Friday 13th.
All letters to be signed by the pupil and parent and returned to school by Friday 13th March.
“Books train your imagination to think big” Taylor Swift
“We read to know we are not alone” C.S. Lewis
“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” Unknown
It is World Book Day today. A chance to take some time out and read; to experience new places; to learn something new; to discover that you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings….
Today we are launching our part in the “Share a Million Stories” campaign. We have until the end of March to share as many stories as we can with 1, 2, 10, 20… other people. Each time you share a story you can record your share on a book share slip – to be found in the library, near the pupil drop box or from a teacher. The forms can be dropped into special boxes in the library, the Guidance area or staff can use the box in the staff room.
Each week our shares will be tallied and submitted. Our progress will be displayed on a tally counter in reception. We have set a school target of 5000 shares – let’s get reading!
For any S4-6 pupil interested in Accountancy or Finance: The University of Aberdeen would like to invite pupils interested in studying Accountancy/Finance to attend a visit to the Shell office in Aberdeen on 18th March. The event is open to S4 to S6 pupils who are interested in studying Accountancy and Finance related subjects at University. If you are interested please see Mr Cookson for more details.
Senior Boys Football: Could you please meet at reception at 1:40 for the trip to Mintlaw today.
The Equality Group will meet today at lunch time in DO-64 today. New members welcome.
Good Luck to the Alford Ski Team who have qualified for the Finals of the SSSA races this Thursday at Glenshee – Alford Academy Ski Team of Euan, Anson, Matthew, Daniel and Finlay have qualified for the finals of the SSSA races this Thursday at Glenshee having come joint 3rd at the qualifiers last week. It was a wild day at the Lecht with blizzard conditions and race organisers only managing to get one run complete, however despite the conditions the Alford team delivered a great performance in challenging conditions. Congratulations also to the pupils for their individual successes – in the strongly contested S1-S3 category Anson secured a silver medal and Matthew 5th place and Euan came 5th in the S4-S6 category. Good luck to the team for Thursday’s finals and let’s hope the weather conditions are more favourable than last week!
Clubs at Alford Academy: Alford Academy has a wide variety of clubs ranging from football to songwriting, there is something for everyone. Please take a look at the list on the pupil area of our website https://alfordacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/activities/ and see if anything interests you. It is really important that you take all the opportunities presented to you at school so that you enjoy yourself and reach your full potential. Feel free to try as many clubs as you wish, but some require consent forms so make sure you fill them out if required. Thank you. The Student Council
Can any S4/5 pupils who are interested in taking part in the John Stuart Mill Cup please come to a meeting at 1.30pm on Thursday 5th March in D0-64. The John Stuart Mill Cup features teams of pupils from across the country facing off against each other discussing ethical issues of public concern. This is an initial meeting for pupils to find out more. You can bring your lunch.
Musical Theatre: Apologies to those involved but there will be no Musical Theatre rehearsal after school on Tuesday this week.
Numeracy Ambassadors: There will be a meeting for Numeracy Ambassadors on Tuesday 3rd March at 1.20 in C1-37. This is open to all year groups, and you don’t need to have been to the first meeting to come along. Bring your lunch with you.
S1 Learning for Sustainability (Mrs Rees-Jenkins Classes)
As part of our project researching the global goal ‘life under water’ we are making prototype greenhouses and ‘plastiki’ ships. We need 2litre plastic bottles so if you have any can we have them and we shall ensure they are upcycled rather than recycling 🙂
Please give them to Mrs Rees-Jenkins in lab B1-23 in Science
Thank you in advance!
School Transport: A reminder that pupils must have their bus passes with them every day. Also did you know that pupils can only travel on the designated bus on their bus pass. If a friend is coming home with you and does not have a pass for your bus, then parents have to make alternative arrangements – it is not possible just to get on a friend’s bus without a pass. The only exception to this is the Stagecoach bus that goes to Strathdon/Lumsden which is a public bus and can take fare paying passengers as well as school transport pupils, provided there are spare seats on the bus.
The Student Council reviewed your ideas from the Big Ideas posters. One of the key points was the availability of more clubs. Please fill out the form below with your suggestions so that we can gauge interest.
My World of Work Ambassadors: An exciting opportunity is available for pupils (S1-6) to take part in a leadership role in the school. My world of work is a programme from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) aimed at helping young people think about future pathways and careers.
We are looking for enthusiastic young people to become MWOW ambassadors to the school who will be trained to work with SDS and promote MWOW to other pupils/ parents and carers.
If you are interested in becoming a MWOW ambassador, please see Mr Cookson at 1:30pm on Monday 2nd March to find out more.
The Equality and Inclusion group will meet this Wednesday 26th February in D0-64 at lunch time. If you are interested in achieving the Anne Frank Award, which celebrates and recognises the work done by young people to promote Equality and Human Rights, please come along. All new pupils welcome and you can bring your lunch. If anyone is interested but can’t make the lunch time meetings, please speak to Mrs Gillan in D0-64.
MVP Mentors will be available for any S1/S2 pupil who wish to see them about any matter in D0-67 on Thursday lunchtime . Please come along and talk to them.
Chess Club Starting from next week, the Chess Club will be held on Tuesday’s in B1-25, 13:10 to 14:00. You can bring your lunches.
Senior Boys Football Team: We have an away league fixture against Mintlaw on Wednesday 4th March. Please pick up a consent form from Mrs Rae’s room (D1-44) if you are interested in playing. We also have 3 home fixtures in the following weeks of March vs Mearns, Ellon and Fraserburgh.
RGC & Albyn Cross-Country Championships: This event takes place on Friday 13 March at Balgownie playing fields in Aberdeen. We have some pupils who have already signed up for the championship but we need more so that we can enter teams for each year group.If interested please sign up before Wed 26 Feb as all entries need to be registered by Fri 28 Feb.