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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!

Environmental and Sustainability Shield

Environmental and Sustainability Shield

Harrison in S3 received an Environmental and Sustainability Shield from the school back in July for his efforts in keeping the school clean and tidy. As well as regular litter picks around the campus, Harrison spends 1 period a week going round the Academy collecting recycling from all the departments. Harrison is very proud of his work in keeping Alford Academy clean and tidy. He is very passionate about making the school look as good as it can, well done Harrison. Keep up the good work!


Enterprise and Creativity e-learning

Enterprise and Creativity e-learning

This term has been a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs but our pupils (and staff) have risen to the challenge! Staff have had to explore and familiarise themselves with whole new ways of teaching through Google classroom and online resources while pupils have had to learn to rely more upon themselves and use their initiative. The progress from when we started e-learning before Easter to now has been staggering. Quality of work has improved, confidence in using digital methods has increased and a mutual respect  for what everyone is going through these days has developed.

In Enterprise and Creativity we have set work to try and increase both fundamental practical skills and knowledge so pupils are primed to return to the Art rooms, workshops and kitchen! The work pupils have produced has been amazing. Below is a short video showcasing only a very small portion of the work produced. We wish to thank the pupils for their dedication and the parents for their continued support over the last term. Stay safe and have a great holiday!

Enterprise and Creativity Video

English as Additional Language Service

English as Additional Language Service

The EAL Service have created videos to help parents/carers to support their children learning at home. The videos are currently in English and translations in the most common languages used by bilingual families in Aberdeenshire.

Topics in the videos cover:

Supporting learning at home

Logging into Glow

Adding tiles/apps to Glow

Using Microsoft Teams

Using Google Classrooms

To access the EAL Service website please click here.


YPI Finals

YPI Finals

On Thursday evening, the Alford Academy YPI Finals took place.
The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme which empowers pupils to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Each participating school each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. Seven groups of S5 pupils stood on our theatre stage and presented compelling reasons as to why their chosen charity should receive this grant.
The judging panel, comprising of Councillor Latham, Tracey Latham and our Head Prefects, aided by Margaret Thompson from YPI Scotland, had a difficult decision choosing a winner. In his comments, Councillor Latham had praise for all groups and noted the high quality of all performances.
The ultimate winners – Mia, Leoni, Reiss and Caitlin, representing SAMH gave us a powerful, emotional and hard hitting presentation which resonated with all who saw it.
The final is the last, public step in a long journey that our S5 pupils have been on this year during PSE. Exploring and connecting with their wider community and the Third Sector, our pupils have developed skills in research, analysis, presentation, and communication, which all contribute to a student’s growth, and confidence.
YPI is managed and principally funded by The Wood Foundation. It’s Deputy Director, Jonathan Christie attended the event and commented:
“Without exception, each and every team delivered impeccable presentations, each unique in their style, content and creativity. Whether highlighting the scale and severity of issues such as youth mental health or advocating on behalf of young people impacted by severe, life limiting conditions, the manner in which each team talked about their chosen charities had grit. Real, genuine substance.
Despite over 275 secondary schools participating in YPI across Scotland, it is rare to attend a final of such quality. Over and above what unfolded on stage, there was so much else going on behind the scenes, whether that be mentoring, volunteering or fundraising across the school community.
Looking around the room you could not help but notice the many proud faces: teachers, parents & young people. This was a special evening whereby young people, empowered by their amazing teachers, demonstrated the power and importance of youth voice.”
We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who took part in this event. We thank you. You have all exceeded our expectations and shown real skills and qualities which will benefit you as you move forward in life.
We would also like to thank our Mentors who worked with the groups, Mr Trueman and his team who ran a fantastic evening behind the scenes, our Judging panel and to our charities and their representatives.
The Guidance Team
S2 Maths – Self Closing Nets

S2 Maths – Self Closing Nets

S2 Mathematicians were putting their problem solving skills to good use this week, working out how to make nets of 3D shapes close using string to pull the corners to where they needed to be. It’s harder than it looks – and there were some really innovative ideas. Well done all!

“Our Brilliant Bodies”

“Our Brilliant Bodies”

An event for the public focusing on human physiology hosted by the University of Aberdeen Medical Science staff — 16 June 2019 at the Aberdeen Science Centre.

This event would be particularly suitable for any pupils interested in human biology, and in particular those studying Biology at the National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher levels. Those in earlier years would also be very welcome. There is no need to pre-register, simply turn up on the day!

Our brilliant bodies

A public talk will also be taking place during the Physiological Society’s annual meeting at the AECC – “Hunger Games: The Control of Appetite” by Professor Lora Heisler of the University of Aberdeen. The talk is on 8 July, 6-7pm. Information on how to register can be found below.

Hunger games

Maths Easter Revision

Maths Easter Revision

The Maths Faculty are once again providing Easter Revision sessions this year for any pupils following a National Qualification (Nat 4, Nat 5, Higher & Adv. Higher).

These sessions will run from 10am to 2pm on each of Tues 2nd, Wed 3rd, Thurs 4th (Week 1) and Tues 9th, Wed 10th and Thurs 11th (Week 2) in March, with a half hour break for lunch (pupils are to bring a packed lunch and remain on site).

These are opportunities to access materials, advice and support to accompany pupils’ own revision schedule and staff will be available to assist.

Parental letters and consent form can be printed off and returned to school ASAP.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Wake

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