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Owen Miller MBE/Paralympian Visit

Owen Miller MBE/Paralympian Visit

On Wednesday we had the privilege of Owen Miller visiting Alford Academy.  Owen won Gold in the men’s T20 1500m category at the Tokyo Paralympics in September 2021.  Owen brought his Gold medal along for pupils to see as well as the MBE he was awarded in June of this year.  Owen spent time chatting with two Prince’s Trust Achieve classes, a Nat 5 PE class and an S3 Study & Organisation class.  The pupils got to see and hold Owen’s gold medal and his MBE as well as ask any questions they had for him.  Thank-you very much to Owen for coming to visit Alford Academy and share his story with some of our pupils.  Hopefully the pupils have been inspired to dream big and follow their passions in life.

Success at Minecraft Scottish Championships

Success at Minecraft Scottish Championships

Another almighty congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters for grabbing second place in the Minecraft Scottish Championships at Abertay University last week after winning the Aberdeenshire competition last month.  It was an intense 2 hour design and build session for S4 pupils Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh with the teams being judged on both their design matching their build plus their team work, communication and collaboration throughout the very busy morning.  There were IT issues for all teams and credit to them for coping really well and working together brilliantly and calmly even when being asked questions by the judges throughout the morning.  The afternoon allowed the team to be given a tour of the University with the new £18 million Cyber Quarter Research and Development Centre blowing their minds with it’s very impressive facilities.  The boys scooped loads of Minecraft goodies at the prize giving and deserve lots of credit for their performance throughout the competition.

The team are pictured receiving their prize from Professor Gregor White, Dean of Design & Informatics and Professor of Applied Creativity.

Basketball Development at Alford

Basketball Development at Alford

The amazing addition of the outdoor court at Alford Academy has lead to an increased popularity in basketball during leisure time.  It’s great to see the pupils using their break times to be active and practice new skills.  Basketball has also become more popular at the school, with both junior and senior clubs training on a Monday after school and practice times on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.  The school look forward to seeing more from the teams next year with more games planned as well as hoping to enter some leagues or tournaments.  The academy is also working closely with the basketball development officer and school sports coordinators to plan coaching qualifications and holiday camps.

Here you can see a couple of our senior team players modelling our new basketball kit, kindly donated by the Parent Council.

Aberdeenshire Minecraft Competition Success

Aberdeenshire Minecraft Competition Success

Massive congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters in S3, Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh, who won the Aberdeenshire secondary school Minecraft Sustainability build competition.  Feedback from the judges was that their entry had:

  • Impressive scale of build
  • All sustainable materials/blocks
  • Clear explanation and excellent use of time

We are delighted for the boys and winning the competition means they go on to a day at Abertay University in Dundee for a Minecraft showdown with Dundee and Edinburgh Schools on Thursday 23 June.

Good luck to The Sustainable Swagsters!

 

 

Minecraft Build Challenge

Minecraft Build Challenge

A Minecraft competition begins on Monday to build a “Sustainable by Design” Minecraft world.  Any pupil wishing to get involved should contact Mr Cahill or Mrs Czarnecki for details.  Entry is open to all year groups.  Pupils can build their entry in the faculty during class time, lunchtime or at home.  The competition begins on Monday 9 May and entries must be submitted via your teacher by Friday 20 May.  You could win some Minecraft swag!  Check out the guide below and good luck!

Build Challenge Guide

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.     

Fairtrade

Fairtrade

The ‘Hunt the Letter’ Fairtrade competition that took place during Fairtrade Fortnight, was won by Harrison  in S4.  Here he is with his Fairtrade Easter prize, kindly donated by the Co-Op in Alford

Big win for u14s

Big win for u14s

The U14 boys team played their first home match of the season against Turriff on Wednesday afternoon.  The team had been narrowly beaten up in Turriff back in November so were keen to make amends for that loss.

Alford started the game perfectly, scoring after just 90 seconds.  Darroch picked up the ball at the edge of the Turriff box and arrowed a shot across goal that nestled into the top corner.  However, Turriff got a goal back just a minute later and got a quick second to lead the match 2-1 after just 5 minutes.

Alford played their way back into the game, creating numerous chances but it took until around the 20th minute to get the equaliser.  Darroch picked up his second of the game, with a fantastic free-kick from the right-hand side of the box, into the top corner.  Thom, Samuel and Findlay had been working hard up top and putting a lot of pressure on the Turriff backline.  Finn, Joseph and Mungo were picking up loose balls in midfield and driving the team forward at every opportunity.  Thom & Samuel both created a number of chances for themselves and were duly rewarded with a goal each before half-time.  Half time: Alford 4 – 2 Turriff

The message at half-time was simple: keep up the hard work, get the next goal and enjoy the second half.  Findlay duly delivered with a swerving shot past the Turriff ‘keeper to make it 5-2.  Aidan made it 6-2 just a few minutes later after a driving run down the right wing, he cut inside and blasted it high into the Turriff net.  The Alford onslaught continued with Joseph scoring a peach of a lob from 25 yards.  

Turriff had a couple of attacks in between, with a goalbound shot flashed across but Ewan made a great save to push it out to safety.  The Alford defence of Gregor M, Gregor C, Logan and Harris grew in confidence as the match went on and were calm and composed on the ball, especially in the second half.

Darroch completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to play with a close-range finish after some excellent work from Aidan down the left-wing.  Ryder got himself on the scoresheet next, with a composed finish from 6 yards into the bottom corner after a nice turn.  James, Finn and Mungo were controlling the midfield and setting up attack after attack in the second half.

After some lovely footwork in the box, Mungo scored Alford’s 10th goal of the game with a composed right-foot finish from 12 yards out.  Aidan got a well deserved second and Alford’s final goal of the game with 2 minutes remaining after some fine work from Findlay down the right-hand side.

Full time: Alford 11 – 2 Turriff

It was very impressive to see the boys displaying such great teamwork throughout the match.  They supported and worked hard for each other and got the performance and result that they deserved.  We have a big league and cup double header next week at home to Inverurie and the boys will be full of confidence ahead of that match.  Well done boys!

British Physics Olympiad

British Physics Olympiad

In November 2021, four of our senior pupils from Alford Academy took part in the British Physics Olympiad. The Olympiad is a a competition open to all schools, in which pupils across the UK produce written answers to several challenging questions in theoretical physics. Their answers are sent to Oxford University for marking and results are released later, once all papers in the country have been reviewed by markers.

Our pupils worked hard to prepare for this extracurricular activity and developed their problem solving skills and their confidence to deal with new tasks. This year, 2,300 pupils from 393 schools across the UK took part in the competition.

Our pupils were awarded two bronze II awards and two commendations for their performance in the written exam.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club in Alford for sponsoring us to take part in this competition and to everyone in the academy for their time and effort in helping us.

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”.

         

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