Wednesday 17th March 2021 : Celebrating Neurodiversity Week 15th – 21st March 2021

DYSPRAXIA

It is thought that 10% of the UK population have dyspraxia. Dyspraxia symptoms can vary depending on age…. difficulties may become obvious when learning to tie shoelaces, doing up buttons and handwriting and it tends to get picked up and diagnosed between the ages of 7 and 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although this is a challenging condition and presents difficulties for those with it there are many success stories :

Daniel Radcliffe (Actor), David Bailey (Photographer), Richard Branson (Entrepreneur) and Albert Einstein (Scientist) are all dyspraxic but haven’t let it hold them back!

Watch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv0O1-YR7vQ

There’s lots more information on the ‘Dyspraxia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which you can access via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

There’s lots more information for pupils on the ‘Dyspraxia’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

Tuesday 16th March 2021 : Celebrating Neurodiversity Week 15th – 21st March 2021

AUTISM

There are many positive features of an autistic mind, for example :

  • Attention to detail
  • Deep focus
  • Ability to absorb and retain information
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Resilient and Determined

Success Stories and Everday Heroes : To find information on different examples of how autistic people have used neurodiversity to their advantage, pupils can  access the ‘Autism’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

Monday 15th March : Celebrating Neurodiversity Week 15th – 21st March 2021

To celebrate Neurodiversity Week 2021 we will be sharing some information about neurodiversity with you each day this week.

According to the department of education 15% of pupils in UK schools have a learning difference and our aim is to recognise and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse.  To find out more about neurodiversity and the benefits it can bring pupils can access the ‘Celebrating Neurodiversity’ page which is a subpage of ‘Equality and Inclusion’ on our pupil support site which can be accessed via the tile on the GLOW Launch pad.

See you all soon!

We are all really looking forward to seeing you on the days you are in school next week – for almost all of you, the first time in 2021!

Make sure you check your email in-box for communications from school.

Enjoy the weekend and make sure you stay safe and well.

Mrs Milne

Head Teacher

 

S4, S5, S6? What Next? DYW information evening

The Developing the Young Workforce team (DYW), are holding a free online event to showcase a range of opportunities and pathways available to young people who wish to leave school.

Hear from the following local employers and further/higher education providers who have experience in supporting young people into the workplace in a variety of different pathways.

  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Bon Accord Care
  • Balfour Beatty
  • NESCol
  • RGU
  • Tullos Training

Suitable for pupils in S4-6 and parents/carers.  The event is next Thursday 18th March from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and if interested you should register online.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/s4-s5-s6-what-next-tickets-144467645617

Financial Support and Signposting

Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Aberdeenshire are offering financial support and signposting to anyone currently living in Aberdeenshire. They’ll be giving funding directly to individuals and families, currently living in Aberdeenshire who are facing financial difficulty. They can provide financial support with essential household expenses, consumables, and employment support.

You don’t need to be in receipt of benefits to access the fund: it’s there for anyone who needs support and you won’t be asked to prove your income. The process is not intrusive: your dignity and privacy is respected. Here are the steps you need to follow to apply:

Step 1:

Complete an online expression of interest : www.progressindialogue.org.uk/flexible-wellbeing-fund/

If you don’t have access to the internet, or would like support with the form, you can contact them directly by calling: 01356 630349

Step 2:

Your application will be anonymously raised at their weekly funding meeting. This meeting includes reps from Progress in Dialogue, Aberdeenshire Council and Tackling Poverty & Inequalities.

Step 3:

If you’re successful in your request for funding, one of their team will then contact you to discuss payment.

Step 4:

They ask that those supported through the fund take part in a short telephone call or email exchange to let them know how the funding has impacted them.

Science – Excellent Home Learning #10

This week our pupils and parents continue to enjoy and engage with our British Science Week projects, making biomes in a bottle, crystals and holograms. Please visit the following Twitter posts to see just some of the excellent examples that have been produced

 

@AlfordScience @ScienceWeekUK

 

Cyber Treasure Hunt Competition

This week, in Computing Science, our S2/3 have taken on the Cyber Treasure Hunt Competition run by Dresscode.  They have been challenged to see if they can solve the clues to find out who the cyber criminal is and stop them in their tracks.

Prizes for the competition are provided by AMS (Amazon Web Services) and every pupil who enters the competition is entered into the prize draw.  Good luck everyone taking part.

https://turingstesters.co.uk/secondary/

Happy World Book Day!

As a way of marking World Book Day this year, we are celebrating all the reading we did for World Read Aloud Day. Please take some time (5 minutes max!) to watch the attached videos giving book recommendations and responses to the challenges issued on the WRAD site.

WRAD Postcard Shout OUTS

https://youtu.be/6WidRMecfTY

       WRAD Challenges :

https://youtu.be/qXoY2JxkDzE

 Digital tokens have been sent home via group call and in our own classes, we have focused on non-fiction promotion this week.

 

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

Come along to RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day, taking place on Saturday 6th March 2021 between 10am and 3pm.

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.

 

There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

 

10:15 – 11:15 : Computer Science and Software Development

11:30 – 12:30 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

12:45 – 13:45 : Cyber Security and Networking Management

 

taking place on Saturday 6th March 2021 between 10am and 3pm.

 

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.

 

There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

10:15 – 11:15 : Computer Science and Software Development

11:30 – 12:30 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

12:45 – 13:45 : Cyber Security and Networking Management