Hello All. The Co-op are supporting the Parent Council’s fundraising efforts to provide outdoor learning facilities at the school. If you are a Co-op member you can nominate our fundraising as your chosen cause and a small percentage of your spend in store will be donated by the Co-op over the next year. It all adds up! If you aren’t a member of the Co-op, please consider it, as it is an easy and cheap way to support us. You can join in store, or follow the link https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/59492
Thanks, Alford Parent Council
Alford Academy Parent Council have a collection of pre-loved uniform items to pass on to families. If you need anything please come and visit us on August 10th at the Alford Campus Entrance between 4 and 6 pm. All items are free of charge but any donations to Parent Council would be appreciated and would go towards funding our outdoor gym/seating project. We have numerous small and large v neck jumpers as well as a few medium sized items. We also have a small selection of girls and boys’ blazers (for S4-S6 pupils). If you still wish to donate items (which should be washed prior to donating) there will be a drop off box at the collection table. Please see flyer for further information.
We hope you are well. Please see the poster below about our School Uniform Recycling Project. We cannot believe that the end of term is near and no doubt our cherubs will have outgrown some, if not all of their school uniform. Our aim is to reduce waste and we will be most grateful if you could support our School Uniform Recycling Project by either donating clothes, coming to our tabletop day(s) if you need clothes and by spreading the word/sharing the poster with your contacts who may be interested in supporting this project.
Thank you for supporting this project.
Amy, Charlotte, Ingrid, Sarah and Monica
School Uniform Recycling Sub-Group (Alford Academy Parent Council)
The next Parent Council virtual meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 12 May. Please see email sent to all parents via Groupcall on Friday 7 May for details of agenda and how to join.
The NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention team have developed a series of webinars to support parents to support themselves and their children during a time when we know anxiety is likely to be increased. A link to access these webinars can be found here.
The webinar topics include:
Episode 1: Welcome and meet the team
Episode 2: Body tools for anxiety
Episode 3: Thinking tools for anxiety
Episode 4: Managing anxious behaviours
Episode 5: Talking to your child about anxiety
Episode 6: Understanding the adolescent brain and impact on teen mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown
Episode 7: Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
Episode 8: Resources you may find helpful
Episode 9: Supporting your child on the return to school following lockdown
Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Aberdeenshire are offering financial support and signposting to anyone currently living in Aberdeenshire. They’ll be giving funding directly to individuals and families, currently living in Aberdeenshire who are facing financial difficulty. They can provide financial support with essential household expenses, consumables, and employment support.
You don’t need to be in receipt of benefits to access the fund: it’s there for anyone who needs support and you won’t be asked to prove your income. The process is not intrusive: your dignity and privacy is respected. Here are the steps you need to follow to apply:
Complete an online expression of interest : www.progressindialogue.org.uk/flexible-wellbeing-fund/
If you don’t have access to the internet, or would like support with the form, you can contact them directly by calling: 01356 630349
Your application will be anonymously raised at their weekly funding meeting. This meeting includes reps from Progress in Dialogue, Aberdeenshire Council and Tackling Poverty & Inequalities.
If you’re successful in your request for funding, one of their team will then contact you to discuss payment.
They ask that those supported through the fund take part in a short telephone call or email exchange to let them know how the funding has impacted them.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase.
The session is on Thursday 25th February 6:30-7:15.
For more information and to register for the virtual meeting please use the following link :
Please find below information that has been shared with us about a Facebook Live event about Online Safety, that is taking place on Wed 24 Feb, 7-8pm. As you will see from the information, questions should be forwarded prior to the event to email@example.com and these will then be answered during the event.
CyberSafe Scotland will be hosting a live Facebook event on 24th February 7-8pm to discuss online safety tips for children and young people. Annabelle Turner (CyberSafe Scotland) is being joined by Dr Kandarp Joshi from CAMHS and DI Lesley Clark from Police Scotland to answer any questions parents/carers or professionals have. Young people are also welcome to join this live event and ask any questions they might have.
Here is the event page – Online Safety Facebook Live | Facebook – it links through so parents/carers etc can get this in their Facebook diary if they are interested and then join live from there. You do not need a Facebook account to join this event.
Mr Cookson would like to share a proposed change to our S3 curriculum which fits in with Alford Academy’s vision to improve the learning pathways available for our young people.
The proposed change would impact our current S2 pupils as they move into S3 and we encourage and welcome your views.
Please join us for an Extraordinary Parent Council Meeting on Wednesday 24th February at 7pm.
We appreciate this is short notice but we look forward to sharing these ideas with you and receiving your feedback.
If you would like to attend please contact Alford Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with the meeting link.
Hope to see you there.
Online Information Session for Parents and Carers – Live Webinar
Join us for an information session to find out how you can help your child and learn what support is available through Skills Development Scotland. Open to parents and carers of School pupils in S1-S6 across the Grampian area.
Join our two local School Careers Advisers, Amy and Louise, for our 30 minute session on Thursday 18th February at 6.30pm as they take a look at:
- How you can help your child make plans for their future
- How Careers Advisers can help your child
- Find support that will help you and your child
- Brief Question and Answer time
Sign up to the event is through the following link: