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National 4/5 Geography Fieldtrip

National 4/5 Geography Fieldtrip

On Monday 20th June, the National 4/5 Geography class conducted their annual river study along the River Don, as part of their River Landscapes topic and to give them a taster of fieldwork and investigations.  The pupils were investigating how river characteristics change from the upper and middle course of the river. They started at the source of a tributary of the River Don up at the Lecht Ski Centre and then compared sections of the middle course of the Don.  The fieldwork involved taking measurements of river depth and width, wetted perimeter, velocity, gradient, sediment analysis as well as making field observations and drawing annotated field sketches.  Thank you to Miss Shepherd and Mr Graham for accompanying Mrs Niven and the class.

Nuclear Fusion Visit

Nuclear Fusion Visit

Last week, pupils in National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Physics were visited by former pupil Callum to talk to them about current and future Nuclear Fusion research by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Callum spent much of his visit describing the process of nuclear fusion, explaining the two main ways fusion can be attempted, and exploring the challenges faced by scientists and engineers when conducting fusion.

Some of the most interesting parts of the talks related to the scale of nuclear fusion: both the size of the equipment being used, and the temperature ranges involved.

From discussions with the pupils both during and after the talk, it seems like a few more are invested in the idea of nuclear fusion research as a way of solving the future energy crisis.

Belgium Music Tour 2019 Gallery

Belgium Music Tour 2019 Gallery

Menin Gate Success

Menin Gate Success

What an unbelievable and unforgettable evening as the Alford Academy Pipe Band provided the musical backdrop to the wreath laying ceremony at Menin Gate.  Thousands gathered including 20 plus coaches of school pupils from all across Europe.  Dozens of complete strangers spoke to us afterwards to comment on how outstanding our school band were.  Many emotional onlookers came over to commend the band on the quality of their playing.  We now head back to Bruges tired but exceptionally proud of what we have been part of today.

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