“Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our freedom and way of life. It recognises the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community across the Commonwealth, as well emergency services and innocent civilians killed through conflict and terrorism. Remembrance honours people who have served and sacrificed, including armed forces and emergency services. It means stopping to remember people affected by war and hoping for a peaceful future.” (Taken from https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/)
This year we continued our traditions in remembering all those who have or who still ensure our freedom.
The Interact club recruited friends in the school to create a week of remembrance. We are always very grateful to all the support staff give us at this busy time of the year and special thanks goes to the English and Humanities faculties as well as the Senior Leadership Team and Mrs Watt who always help the group with absolutely everything.
CLAN classes used a presentation made by interact pupils in the club with the inspiration from Mr Ryland to share some history; then CLAN pupils made poppies to be displayed in the school. The poppies were decorated with memories and thanks. These have been displayed for all to read.
Each morning during the lead up to the 11th there was a tannoy message sharing a reading or poem about remembrance which pupils are supported in selecting by Miss Steel. During the weeks assembly our pupil senior executive shared their own thoughts with a few minutes of personal reflection.
On the 11th the school took part in a 2-minute silence led by Mr Cookson at 11am and listened to another reading followed by a piper. At the same time Mrs Wotherspoon represented our school community with a number of pupils, staff and a piper to place a wreath on the Alford war memorial along with the primary and chaplain team.
All week pupils were selling poppies for Poppy Scotland and were delighted to hand over a generous donation.
Thank you to all the pupils and staff who helped the group.
Alford Academy Interact Group
S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust
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.
Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
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.
We’ve made it! Thanks to everyone for working so well together during this challenging year. My final farewell now….
I am now retiring and leave with many happy memories and that’s down to this amazing school community, our pupils, staff, parents and all our business partners and local organisations. I am very proud of all we have achieved together. Thank you!
lt has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be Head Teacher of Alford Academy. Sincere thanks to everyone for the amazing send off.
Now time to relax and have a great holiday. Warmest wishes for the future.
Thank you to families and pupils who have sent in their World Read Aloud Day activities; we are looking forward to sharing some of these, along with pupil work, next week as part of World Book Day. There is still time to add a submission via the form by the end of this week. Many thanks!