A brilliant afternoon was had at the RGU School of Computing and Digital Media Christmas Lecture. Pupils were shown demonstrations of a robot called Pepper who uses AI to communicate. He provided many entertaining interludes! The next live demonstration was Augmented Reality, a combination of VR and MR with Adobe Aero, very impressive technology. Next up was Ian who showed us a live cyber hack, in 3 countries, with each attack represented by a Minecraft character/turkey (see picture) and Kyle made us choose between a chatbot and a real santa to work out who was computer and who was human. Some pupils ate their own body weight in Quality Street and won some really cool prizes, it was a terrific afternoon at the awesome Sir Ian Wood Building and we were wowed by the amazing facilities and impressive architecture. We’ll be back next year.
Recently, N4/5 Geography students went to visit Whiteside Farm near Tullynessle. The trip was organised in conjunction with the RNCI (Royal Northern Countryside Initiative). The pupils study a topic on Rural Geography, where they learn about the characteristics of commercial farms in a developed country. They are then required to identify the changes that occurred and analyse the impacts of these changes. At the farm, pupils learned about new advanced technologies (including precision farming), changes to crops, government policies and restrictions that farmers face. They learned how farmers are trying to work with the environment to ensure farming is sustainable. The pupils got a lot out of the trip which was highly beneficial to their studies. Huge thanks go to the RNCI, Mr Mackie and staff at Whiteside Farm and the staff from SOYL Precision Farming.
On Wednesday 23rd November, National 4/5 Modern Studies students went on a trip to visit Peterhead Prison Museum. The trip was organised to support the pupils understanding of custodial sentencing, which is a topic within the unit called Crime and the Law. The pupils learned about conditions found in prisons, the types of crimes committed by inmates, rehabilitation programs in prisons, how prisons can help to deter criminals and many of the problems and successes of custodial sentencing, as well as why, sometimes, non-custodial sentences may be more appropriate or effective.
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.
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.