The team travelled to Ellon yesterday and faced a well organised and composed Ellon side. After a difficult first half the team bounced back and worked hard to bring back the deficit, putting lots of pressure on the Ellon players and being rewarded by a goal from Leia (S1). However three late goals by Ellon led to a comfortable win for them. The team wore their new pink kit for the first time, this was purchased through fundraising by the players as well as a financial contribution from our parent council.
The senior boys football team travelled down to Fife to take on Levenmouth Academy in the 2nd round of the Scottish Shield on Thursday afternoon. The game was played at Bayview Stadium, home of League 2 side East Fife. Levenmouth took an early lead in the game, a corner to the back post was headed in by the home side with only 5 minutes on the clock. Soon after, Matthew made a great diving save low to his right to keep the deficit to 1. However, the Alford boys did not panic and managed to get the ball down and play some good football and created a number of chances before finally getting the equaliser after 40 minutes. Liam’s free-kick was flicked on by Harrison over the Levenmouth defence for Adam to latch onto and he drilled a low shot beyond the ‘keeper into the far corner of the net.
Alford came out in the second half and continued to dominate possession in difficult conditions with the wind and rain picking up. Alford’s second goal had a touch of fortune about it as the Levenmouth defence, under pressure from Harrison ended up putting the ball into their own net after the ‘keeper’s clearance hit his team-mate and bounced onto the bar then spinning into the goal.
The midfield three of Angus, Mungo and Innes were relentless in their pressing of the Levenmouth midfield which led to Alford getting a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Angus struck a peach of a shot that was heading for the top right corner but the ‘keeper got his hands to it but only managed to divert the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-1 to Alford.
With 25 minutes left, the Alford defence held strong and the whole team worked very hard to maintain their 2-goal lead. They handled everything that Levenmouth threw at them and looked comfortable throughout. Alford almost added to their tally in the final few minutes as Findlay and Harrison came close with efforts. A fantastic effort from the whole team with everyone playing their part in a well-deserved victory.
Alford face another trip down to Fife in a couple of weeks’ time against Beath High School or Woodmill High School.
Another good performance from our U15 girls this afternoon. In an entertaining match V Lochside in the Scottish shield we finished 7-3 winners meaning we progress through to the next stage.
Goal scorers were Abby (S1) who got two, Olivia (S2) who also scored two and Olivia (S3) with a hatrick. A huge thank you to Elanor (S2) and Amy (S1) who took a 1/2 each in goals.
The girls have made a superb start to their season and we look forward to further matches after the October break.
A highly competitive match v Turriff Academy finished 2-2 yesterday afternoon. The girls worked hard and impressed us with their workrate and positive attitude, and they are shaping up to be an exciting team to watch. Our next match is Friday 13th October v Lochside in the Scottish Shield.
The Dresscode annual coding competition is now live! This years theme has been revealed. Open to all Primary & Secondary pupils! Lots of prizes to give away dresscode.org.uk/competitions
See Mrs Czarnecki in the Faculty of Business and Digital Education for more information
S3 pupils visited the Legacies of Slavery exhibition at Aberdeen University library, as part of their ongoing PBL (Project Based Learning) on the theme of racism. The exhibition provided an interesting insight into the local connections Aberdeen has with slavery, allowing students to make real-world connections between their learning and their local area.
Pupils took part in a workshop, exploring the importance of a name and the impact on personal identity- something that was removed for slaves. They also looked into some of the names of streets and places in the local area with links to the slave trade (Jamaica Street, Sugarhouse Lane, Imperial Place). Also discussed was the fact that slave names have been erased from history, all record of their original identity has been lost/removed. However, the names of the slave traders remain famous.
The exhibition contained a variety of interesting materials including the stories of the slaves who lived and worked here. The economic impact of slavery was also explained- some famous Aberdeen landmarks were built with proceeds of the slave trade. Shockingly, the compensation paid to slave owners was such a large amount that the debt was only paid off in full in 2015- the abolition of slavery occurred in 1833.
Many thanks to all involved at the University of Aberdeen for the production of such an interesting and important exhibition- our visit was an eye-opening one and provided our learners with an invaluable learning experience.
Alford Academy works closely with RGU and an opportunity has arisen for any interested pupils to take part. This is open for S3-S6 pupils and is STEM based.
TedEd Aberdeen Promotional Graphic
Any interested pupils should register using the link below if they are interested:
TEDEd Aberdeen Registration Form
An opportunity has arisen for S5 and S6 pupils interested in a career in Technology to attend work experience. The events are in Glasgow but may be of interest to some S5/6 pupils.
Please use the links to learn more about the J.P. Morgan Work Experience Day and Application Masterclass events.
- JPM Work Experience – S5 and S6 students (no students over 18)
- JPM Application Masterclass – S5 (no students over 18)
Our young people have been discussing what skills and qualities are required for a leader particularly in the role of MVP.
They will be developing and using these skills in order to educate peers in topics such as social media use, friendship interactions etc and may have to use their leadership traits to deliver sessions on topics that people find challenging or have fixed views about.
The role and responsibility of the bystander is to speak up and interrupt inappropriate statements / behaviour : the standard we walk past is the standard we accept.
Today some of our senior pupils are undertaking training to become Mentors in Violence Prevention………we started with some ice breakers!