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Visit from Ben Sparham from Highland One World

Visit from Ben Sparham from Highland One World

Last week Social Studies pupils and the Eco-group were lucky enough to receive a visit from Ben Sparham from ‘Highland One World’.  He came to speak with the pupils to gain valuable information about their passions in life and how they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals.  They then decided which Global Development Goal was most important to them and produced vision statements to show how this goal could be achieved, especially in the Northern Cairngorms.  The Eco-group used this information and will include this in their Green Flag Action plan for 2023.  Alford is one of a small number of schools working on this project and Ben plans to work with the school to help the pupils and staff continue to inform future environmental and community projects in the Cairngorms in the future.

This video clip helps to explain the project Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 – YouTube

Trip to RGU School of Computing Christmas Lecture

Trip to RGU School of Computing Christmas Lecture

  

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.

Faculty of Performing Arts Christmas Showcase Update

Faculty of Performing Arts Christmas Showcase Update

As announced earlier today, due to the planned industrial action taking place on Thursday 8th December, the school will be closed to all pupils.  As a result and with great sadness, our Christmas Showcase event which is due to take place on the same day, will be postponed until next term.

The majority of our concert programme can be performed in any season and therefore much of what the pupils have been preparing will be performed on the rescheduled date.  Our orchestra have been invited to join with the Inverurie Concert Band for their concert on Sunday 11th December at 3pm in Thainstone Mart.  This event is already being supported by Alford Academy Pipe Band and promises to be an excellent afternoon.  Orchestra members who would like to play at this concert should let Mr Trueman know on Monday 5th December so that further details can be shared.  Tickets for the Thainstone concert can be booked via the Inverurie Concert Band website: https://www.inverurieconcertband.co.uk/

 

Details of the rescheduled concert will be shared in next term.

 

MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session One

MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session One

On Friday 11th November we welcomed Angie Shearer from Full Colour Coaching (www.fullcolourcoach.com) into school to deliver session one of her peer coaching programme to our S4 Mental Health Peer Educators.  We focused on identifying what the difference is between a coach and a mentor, practised our communication and listening skills, identified directive and non-directive guidance, identified qualities required for a coach and role-played a range of scenarios to practice our coaching skills. We are looking forward to participating in sessions two and three over the next two weeks.

 

Senior Boys into Semi-Final

Senior Boys into Semi-Final

The Senior boys football team travelled to Banff Academy for an Aberdeenshire Cup quarter-final tie on Thursday afternoon and prevailed after another tense match that went to penalties.  Banff took an early lead after a long through ball was latched onto by their pacy forward, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Alford started to get the ball down and play some good football with Adam and Jack causing problems for the Banff defence on either wing.  The equaliser came courtesy of Adam’s excellent corner, met with a strong header from Innes, which the Banff keeper parried, and Harrison was quickest to react as he scooped the ball into the net.

Both teams created a couple more chances in the first half in an entertaining game, but it remained 1-1 at the break.

Alford started the second half slowly and lost a bit of momentum but managed to assert themselves more as the half went on and the game opened up.  Banff re-took the lead on the hour mark just as Alford were looking the stronger team.  A few injuries resulted in a change of shape for Alford which seemed to help as the boys pushed for an equaliser.

The back three of Liam, Angus and Blair were composed on the ball and building attacks from the backline, finding Ben and Adam on the wings as Alford pinned Banff into their defensive third.  With just 5 minutes left Adam swung in another dangerous corner and once again Innes met it with his head as he glanced the ball into the bottom corner to send the Alford bench wild!

Alford almost snatched victory in the final seconds of the match but Innes’ shots were blocked twice in quick succession by the Banff defenders in the six-yard box.

For the second fixture in a row, the game went to penalties.  Both times Alford came from behind to give themselves a chance of victory.

Banff missed their first spot-kick and Grant saved brilliantly down to his left for the third Banff penalty which meant that Alford needed to convert four penalties for the win.  Harrison, Jack, Adam and Innes all converted their penalties with aplomb to send Alford into the semi-finals.

Another great team performance, with all 14 boys involved playing really well and showing great commitment and determination to seal their place in the last 4.  It was a very competitive match and we wish Banff all the best for the rest of their season.

Under 15 Boys Football

Under 15 Boys Football

The Under 15 Boys football team had 2 away cup fixtures on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  The first fixture was in the Scottish Shield away to Lossiemouth and Alford ran out 5-2 winners to take them into round 2 of the national cup.  Alford started the game brightly and were playing some good football, but it took until the 20th minute for the breakthrough.  Thom finished off an excellent team move with a left foot finish after the keeper had blocked the first shot.  It was not long until Alford doubled the lead with a terrific strike from Ethan at the edge of the box on the right-hand side assisted by a defence splitting pass by Mungo.  Alford made it three just before half-time with Aiden scrambling the ball home after the Lossie defence failed to clear the initial corner.

The second half was barely underway when half-time sub Joseph scored an absolute screamer from 25 yards into the top corner with pretty much his first touch of the game! Lossie got a goal back shortly after and were pushing hard to get back into the game until Mungo settled it around the 70-minute mark with another top drawer finish from 25 yards beyond the Lossie keeper to cap off a fine individual performance at the heart of Alford’s midfield.  Lossie scored their second goal of the game with a few minutes left.  A great team performance from all 16 boys involved and a well-deserved victory.

Thursday’s fixture was a little closer to home against Banchory in the Aberdeenshire Cup and went to penalties, with the home side coming out on top.  Alford took an early lead through Ethan’s top corner front post finish from a well-weighted through ball.  Alford were playing into the wind during the first half and struggled to get the ball down and play.  Ewan made a number of great saves before Banchory finally managed to score past him after a scramble in the box.  Banchory went ahead a few minutes later after another scramble and a scooped shot beyond Ewan.

Alford started the second half strongly with the wind behind them and Ethan scored another great goal from the edge of the box, rifling his shot into the top corner after an excellent through ball from Mungo.  Ethan was at the heart of the action 5 minutes later when his run down the right-hand side split the Banchory defence and Ethan fired in a ball to Findlay at the edge of the box whose first time shot flew into the far corner of the net.  Banchory equalised a few minutes later with the match going from end to end and big spaces appearing in the middle of the park.  Alford made it 4-3 from Findlay’s corner as Samuel found himself in space to head home at the front post.  Unfortunately, Alford could not hold onto the lead for long as Banchory broke through the defence to score and take the game to penalties.  Banchory won 4-3 on penalties and we wish them all the best for the next round.  It was a hard-fought game and both sides played some excellent football at times.

The boys put in a tremendous amount of effort playing 2 games within 24 hours and their determination, drive and teamwork was clear for all to see.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them and they should feel very proud of these 2 performances.  We go into the league campaign and Scottish Shield second round in fine fettle.  Well done boys!

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.

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