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Prefect Applications

Prefect Applications

We would like to share with you the opportunity for all current S3, S4 and S5 pupils to apply for a Prefect position commencing this term (please note session 2021/22 S5 Prefects are to reapply for an S6 Prefect position should they wish to continue). This year, we are delighted to offer the Prefect position to new S4 pupils as well as S5/6. An application form can be found below and paper copies will also be available on Tuesday morning.  The deadline for applications is end of school day Thursday 9 June.

Prefect Application Form

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.

S1 McDonald’s Challenge

S1 McDonald’s Challenge

S1 Business & Admin have been learning about the internet.  They have been learning about copyright, branding and competition and staying safe online.  At the end they had to create a presentation about McDonald’s.  They looked at the history of McDonald’s, Branding and Competitors as well as their Social Media Presence.  They were asked to use the knowledge from the unit to give McDonald’s advice on how they could improve their business.

Well done S1!

Kindness Pandemic

Kindness Pandemic

The S1 study and organisation class, with Mrs Anderson, have completed a kindness project based learning task to try and create a pandemic of kindness at Alford Academy as part of kindness week.   We worked in groups to think of ideas to do with kindness.  We also wanted to develop our organising skills and confidence by completing this project.

Our class had a discussion about kindness and what we could do to spread kindness around the school.  We had lots of ideas but we picked the best ones and also the ones we could do within the covid regulations.  We decided we were going to send staff a positive sticky note and leave it in their pigeon holes. We also left positive sticky notes on random lockers for the pupils. We designed signs to remind people to hold the doors open for each other and also researched and shared kindness tips and quotes in the school bulletin for 2 weeks.

The skills we learned during our kindness pandemic project were as follows:

We used teamwork when we wrote kindness tips for the bulletin. We used our numeracy skills when we counted all of the lockers and pigeon holes. We had to be confident when we asked the headteacher if we could put up our hand signs on the doors. We used our computer skills when using google docs when writing the blog, researching ideas and for making the questionnaire. We all worked creatively when we designed and drew our hand signs. Finally, we communicated with each other throughout the project to complete the work quickly and effectively.

Our questionnaire feedback included some really positive and heart-warming responses.  Some examples were that the positive notes made people feel  happy, energised, pleased, worthy, chuffed, excited, seen, and part of the team.   Some people thought the tips in the bulletin were very helpful as a daily reminder to stay positive, have courage and be kind.  One response said this was a nice idea by nice people and another thanked us for organising the project.  Reading all the feedback has made us overjoyed and proud of our project.

Remember and always be kind!

S1 Study and Organisation.

 

 

S2s create a maths-bonfire night display

S2s create a maths-bonfire night display

S2 pupils in maths have been working on 2D shapes, and this week have been constructing Triangles and polygons using rulers, protractors and compasses.  Some of the classes put their new-found skills to good use today, creating a bonfire and fireworks display with their constructed triangles.  Well done S2 – They look Fantastic!!

S1 Mathematicians are ‘blasting off’

S1 Mathematicians are ‘blasting off’

S1 pupils in Maths have had an excellent start to their academy journey and for the past three weeks have been taking part in a project centred around Black History Month and Space Week.  The pupils watched the film ‘Hidden Figures’ which is the story of 3 amazing black, female mathematicians who worked for NASA  in the 1950s, and their involvement in early space travel.  The pupils then carried out some research on one of the main characters in the film, or on Maths in the Past, Present and Future of Space Travel.

We have been really impressed with the conversations and understanding shown by the pupils, they have really engaged with the project, and we have had some really interesting responses to our questions about the film.

Pupils had a choice of how they wanted to present their research, and we have received a wide variety of, reports, powerpoints, posters and hand drawn artwork that pupils have used to share their research.  A small selection are shown below, we hope to find a way to share the learning wider after the October break.

Well done S1!!

S1 Scientists are GO

S1 Scientists are GO

Well done to our budding S1 Scientists who have all graduated from their ‘Introductory Science’ topic.  We are almost finished the practical assessments which are to ensure our pupils have the skills and confidence to conduct practical experiments safely.

What have we been learning? Well we have been lighting Bunsen Burners safely, identifying hazard symbols, making crystals, burning magnesium and learning skills such as graph drawing and equipment diagrams.

It has been a busy term already but all pupils have a google classroom and all materials can be found here so they can recap their lessons and build on their knowledge.

Well done S1!

Engineering the Future for Girls

Engineering the Future for Girls

Strathclyde University Engineering

Following the success of our virtual Engineering the Future for Girls programme in June 2020, the University of Strathclyde are delighted to be offering the virtual programme again in 2021 for school pupils in S3.

The University, BP and BAM Nuttall recognize the challenges school pupils have faced this year and it’s important to us that the current S3 cohort are given the same opportunity to engage with us as those who have attended the programme in previous years. We have therefore developed an online offering which is designed to inspire female pupils to discover the excitement and personal satisfaction that comes from a career in engineering. We ask that you bring this to the attention of S3 girls, particularly those that have a talent for mathematics or physical sciences.

Virtual sessions will run over three mornings on Monday 7th,, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th June 2021 from 10.00am – 12.30pm each day. Participants will hear from staff and students at the University and colleagues from BP and BAM who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering. Participants will also take part in a group project throughout the week. There are 100 places available on the programme and participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions as listed above

Further information and the online application form are available on the Engineering the Future for Girls website: https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls/

The deadline for applications is Monday 15 March 2021.

S1 Literacy Home Learning

S1 Literacy Home Learning


S1 parents – we have launched our personal reading programme for S1 – Book Bingo. We’re asking learners to complete at least one task by the end of term & submit via their Google Classroom (it will be assigned to them on there). This will be their only piece of homework / home learning across the school this first term as we ease them back in #literacy

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