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P7 Link Day – Developing Skills in Science

P7 Link Day – Developing Skills in Science

This Tuesday (10th May) Alford Academy welcomed almost 120 P7 pupils for their Link Day. For part of their time all pupils spent 90 minutes in the Faculty of Science, learning about safely and developing essential science based skills. These skills were then used for several different activities.

Pupils made colour changing crystals by accurately weighing out chemicals, making solutions and then mixing these to start the crystal forming process. Because of the chemicals used the crystals start to change colour when the temperature changes. Below are some pictures of some excellent crystals made on Link Day.

Pupils also constructed viewers that when placed on a phone screen can produce a 3D Hologram image. This required precision and accuracy in the construction process.



We hope that all the P7 pupils enjoyed their time at Alford Academy and within Science as much as the staff enjoyed meeting them all.

Faculty of Science, Alford Academy.





Opportunity to enter a Geographical writing competition to celebrate the second edition of Val McDermid and Jo Sharp’s book ‘Imagine a Country’. 

For more information follow the link or speak to a member of staff in the Humanities Department.

The  deadline is the 24th June 2022.  The prize includes an invitation to a special event at Edinburgh International Book Festival and published entry in the RSGS Magazine, The Geographer.

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.     

National Qualification Easter Study Support -April 2022

National Qualification Easter Study Support -April 2022

Alford Academy pupils have an opportunity to register to sign up to live revision sessions in the Easter holidays. Please follow the link below if you are interested in attending these online revision sessions.


The e-Sgoil Easter Study Support programme runs between April 7th and April 14th, providing live interactive daytime webinars.

There will be eighty webinar groups covering sixty-six courses, ranging across levels from N4 through to N5, Higher and AH. Each group will meet for three different online sessions.

To view the full Easter Study Support timetable and find out how to register, follow the link to the Easter Study Support page HERE.

S1 – Learning about Ukraine

S1 – Learning about Ukraine

S1 Social Studies have been learning about the conflict in Ukraine and processing their thoughts. They’ve made posters to express their feelings on the conflict or try to explain what is happening. Here is some of their work from this week.

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

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.

Pupils said:

“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”.


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:

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight

Friday 25th  February – Fairtrade Fortnight Letter Hunt starts.  There will be letters in the windows of certain shops in Alford.  Collect an entry form from any of these shops or from the school reception and find all the letters to find the secret Fairtrade word.  Post your entry form into the drop box in the school reception.  The competition is open to Alford Academy and Alford Primary pupils.  The winner will be pulled out of the box and announced on Tuesday 8th March for a Fairtrade themed prize.


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