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S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust

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.     

Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

 

Apprentice Panel

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.

Register here: https://www.stemambassadors.scot/event-details/stem-ambassador-apprentice-panel-hosted-by-young-stem-leaders

Farewell from Mrs Milne

Farewell from Mrs Milne

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.

Moira Milne, Head Teacher (retiring ☺)

May Holiday Weekend for Team Alford

May Holiday Weekend for Team Alford

May Holiday weekend is here already! I can’t believe it’s the last day of April, it’s been a really busy first ten days of term!  Well done everyone.

No school on Monday, a long weekend to look forward to.  We must all continue to follow the Covid-19 restrictions and keep ourselves, our families and school community safe. Please take no risks at the weekend!

In general, at Level 3:

  • Indoors at home, you should not meet anyone socially who is not in your household
  • Indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant, you can meet in groups of up to 6 from 2 households
  • Outdoors in your garden or public place like a park, you can meet in groups of up to 6 from 6 households

Check out what you can and can’t do at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-3/

Now time to switch off, have a good weekend everyone.

Team Alford Update

Team Alford Update

We’ve made it – what a term, what a team! Never did I think that we would face a term like this, it’s been a tough time for pupils, parents and staff.  Thanks to everyone for working so hard and sticking together. Our pupils have been brilliant when they were in school these past weeks, it was great to see them and we’re looking forward to welcoming them all back to school on Monday 19 April.   All going well our First Minister will confirm this on Tuesday 6 April. Lets all make sure we continue to stick to the rules and stay local, not meet up with other households in their homes and when we are outside, the maximum group size for adults is up to four people, from up to two households and for 12 to 17-year-olds, the maximum group size is also four people – but they can be from up to four households.  Now let’s pack up for today and enjoy this Easter weekend and the holidays ahead!

 

Team Alford Update

Team Alford Update

End of term is racing towards us!  This week we’ve seen smiles and great work both in school and in remote learning.   All down to our amazing team of pupils, staff and parents/carers working together.  Thanks to all.  Keep going everyone and make the most of the four days next week (remember Friday 2 April is the Good Friday holiday).  Now for some well deserved down time, but a slightly shorter weekend as the clocks ‘spring’  forward one hour at 1 a.m. on Sunday so remember to reset your alarm ready for Monday morning!

 

 

National Day of Reflection

National Day of Reflection

Tuesday 23 March 2021, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown and a National Day of Reflection across the country.  Whether you are in school or at home please join in the 1 minute silence, across Aberdeenshire, at 12 noon when we will all pause to remember everyone and everything we have lost over the past year. Let’s all hope for a brighter future.

Well done Team Alford!

Well done Team Alford!

It’s been great to see our young people back in school this week and I’d like to thank them for working so well with us. Thanks also to all parents and carers for their support and for the messages of encouragement. I am amazed at what our pupils and staff, supported by parents, carers and our school partners and friends have achieved these past weeks.  I am a very proud ‘heidie’. It’s the weekend again and time to rest and relax.  Take care everyone and please stay safe.

 

See you all soon!

See you all soon!

We are all really looking forward to seeing you on the days you are in school next week – for almost all of you, the first time in 2021!

Make sure you check your email in-box for communications from school.

Enjoy the weekend and make sure you stay safe and well.

Mrs Milne

Head Teacher

 

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