Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 14 December

Career information:  Police Force: Thinking about joining the Police Force? Police Scotland are recruiting.  They have two recruitment events coming up before Christmas and would encourage anyone thinking of applying to be a police officer to attend.  They have a candidate briefing session on 19 December at 6.00pm at Nelson Street office where officers will explain the recruitment process, the skills and attributes they are looking for in prospective police officers and they will also give tips on how to highlight skills on the application form and in interviews to maximise the chance of passing each stage of the process.  They are also holding a mock fitness test which takes the form of a ‘bleep test’ this week on Thursday (15 Dec) at 5.30pm and also at 6.30pm. The purpose of the fitness tests enable potential recruits to gauge their levels of fitness in relation to the national standards set by Police Scotland.   Anyone interested in booking onto either of these events should contact the North Recruitment team in Aberdeen. Tel: 01224 306684 or email policerecruitmentaberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Silver Duke of Edinburgh – Meeting and muffins!  Silver DofE participants and all DofE Volunteer Staff are invited to D-061 Thursday, morning break for juice/coffee/tea and Christmas muffins.  There will be an important letter to collect about next term’s expedition training so all should attend.  Thank you.

Choir: There is a choir meeting today at 1.30pm in the Music Room.  All must attend.

Christmas Concert: All pupils who are involved in the Christmas Concert must check the Music Noticeboard to see rehearsal times for each group.  Rehearsals begin at 08:40 and will run all day.  There are a small number of tickets still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Daily Bulletin – Wednesday 23 November

As of next week, the English Faculty will be running lunchtime revision / catch up sessions.

Nat 5 will be on a Wednesday and Higher on a Thursday.  These will take place in D1-44 (Mrs Rae’s room).  Bring your lunch with you.

Career Interviews Wednesday 23rd November – please check paper bulletin for appointment times.

Choir: Can all choir members (especially those attending the Light Switch On this Friday) please attend a meeting today (Wed 23rd) in the music practice room.

Prefects: are required to help at the S3 Parents’ Evening on Wed 30th.  Please put your name on the sign-up sheet outside the SLT offices if you can come along.

Duke of Edinburgh – NEW BRONZE GROUP: The fourth afterschool session will be held on Thursday 24th November in D0-69 starting at 3pm and finishing by 4.30pm. Please bring your enrolment form with you, if there is a problem, speak to Miss Shepherd (C1-34) before Thursday.

Prefects: Any prefects who would like to help out at the Community Campus 1st Anniversary open morning on Saturday 26th Nov from 10am-12noon, please put your name down on the sign up sheet outside the SLT offices.

Prefects: All prefects should be following the newly updated prefect rota.  If there are any issues, please see a member of the Senior Executive.

Daily bulletin – Friday 30 September

Careers Evening Prefect Helpers – Please pick up a consent letter from tray outside Miss McIver’s office today.

Young Musician of the Year 2016 Competition: Reminder that entries should be returned to Mr Trueman, with a copy of the sheet music by Friday 7 October (next Friday). No late entries!

All pupils:  Reminder – today is the last day to return the annual family update form.  Please check your bags and hand in any outstanding forms to the office via the drop box beside guidance.

Choir:  There will be a choir meeting today (Friday 30th) in the theatre at 1.30pm.  All choir members must attend.

Duke of Edinburgh – New Bronze Group:  Any S3 pupil who showed an interest last week must attend a short meeting where places will be allocated for this session. It will be held on Monday 3rd September (Room C1-34) starting promptly at 1.15pm.

Daily Bulletin – Friday 17 June

Career Interviews:  Monday 20th June

Please check paper bulletin for names and times of career appointments. The Careers Room is in the Medical Suite. Please make every effort to attend.  If for any reason you are unable to attend please let me know and another appointment can be arranged.

P7 pupils:  Ties will be delivered to your Primary School before the end of term.

Scotland Vs Iceland Trip: Could all those who attended the Scotland Vs Iceland football trip a couple of weeks ago please attend a short meeting at 1.45pm on Friday in the Games Hall. Due to the large numbers who attended this trip, we are able to give everyone £10 back. You must come along to this short meeting to collect this.

Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective:  World class musicians Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson will be giving a presentation in A1-08 at 1.30pm this Friday to promote music workshops that will take place next weekend in Glenbuchat Hall.  These workshops are open to all pupils and will be of particular interest to singers and songwriters, fiddle players, guitarists, pipers, flautists and whistle players.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the very best traditional musicians and could be a life changing experience for performers of all standards and abilities.  Please see Mr Trueman asap if you can come to the presentation on Friday.  Further information is on the music noticeboard.

Fringe Festival: Please could any outstanding Fringe Festival slips be returned to Mrs McQuaker in the Drama Studio at break time today.

We are unable to book tickets until all forms have been returned and shows are already selling out.

Duke of Edinburgh Award:  All 10 boys going on the qualifying expeditions on 2 and 3 September must meet in B1-22 today at 10.20am.  Important information will be discussed.

Digital Leaders:   A new opportunity is available for any S1-6 Pupil wishing to take on a leadership and responsibility role within the school.  Aberdeenshire has a program called Digital Leaders for all pupils wishing to play an active part in looking after the school’s technology and digital technology. Entering into the digital leader programme will count towards your digital leader certificates. If you wish to become a digital leader, please attend a meeting in C1-29 on Wednesday 22 June at 1:30 where we will explain how you can take part.

Choir:  Could all choir members please attend a meeting in the choir room at 1.30pm today (Friday).  This meeting is essential for all those who are wishing to perform at the awards ceremony.  If you cannot attend, please inform a choir leader.  Thank you.

Daily Bulletin – Monday 13 June


School Uniform Event: The uniform supplier Academy Uniforms Ltd will be at the Alford Community Campus on Tuesday 14 June in the Dining Area, Alford Community Campus. Open to pupils only 2:30-3:00 pm and parents from 3:00-6:15 pm. Academy Uniforms staff will be able to help with fittings, distribution of pre-order blazers, sales and replacements. Please see Alford Academy blog for full details of uniform requirements and additional information on how to order/pay for uniforms. Ties are available to purchase from the School Office Monday to Friday 08:30 to 4:00 pm term time.

Interhouse leadership team meeting:  There will be a meeting today at lunchtime for the newly appointed house leadership team (House and vice house captains).  The meeting will be in the textiles room, E156 at 1:30 sharp.

Come along to the library today to join in with the Lunch Hangout Group.  Play games, make jigsaws or just chill.

Alford Netball Club: The next training session is today Monday 13 June from 4-6pm for all year groups.  We are looking to enter the Scottish schools cup competition next term.  It is important that you attend the above training session if you are interested in being selected for the team(s).  This is for existing and new players.  More information about the cup will be given at the training session.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh: There will be a meeting for all Gold DofE practice expedition participants Monday lunchtime D0-61.  Please bring your own lunch.

Career Interviews: Monday 13th June

Please check paper bulletin for list of names and times to attend interviews.

The Careers Room is in the Medical Suite.   Please make every effort to attend. If for any reason you are unable to attend please let me know and another appointment can be arranged.

Choir:   Can all choir members please attend the rehearsal today at 13.30 in Mr Trueman’s music classroom.

Student Council:  There will be a Student Council meeting this Wednesday (15 June) at 13.30 in Mr Findlay’s PSE room.

Daily Bulletin – Monday 16 May

We are trialling sharing a version of our daily bulletin here on the Blog and on the schools social media sites.  It would be really good over the coming weeks to get your feedback on this.

Exams Monday: SQA exams are taking place in rooms D1-44 and D1-45 Periods 1-5. Please be very quiet going to and from classes particularly to other classrooms in the top floor of the D Block. Please avoid this area at interval. There are also exams on in the music classroom A1-09 in the afternoon from P5-P7.

Displacements Monday: Please see the internal signs for details of displacements.

Study Areas: Pupils may study in the Dining Area, Library, the tables outside SLT offices and any research areas away from exam rooms.

Health and Wellbeing

Monday 16 May: Mindfulness meditation in the library conference room from 1.10 – 2.00pm.  Come and join in the relaxation.  Also in the library puzzles, colouring, etc.

Tuesday 17 May:  Mindfulness meditation in the library conference room from 1.10 – 2.00pm.   Also puzzles, colouring etc. Come and join in the relaxation.  S1s come and play Dodgeball in the sports hall from 1.20 – 1.50pm.

Link Day Helpers – Meeting today:  Could the S3 pupil helpers please see Mrs Holt in room C1-29 on Monday 16-05-16 at the start of lunch break.  This will be a slightly longer meeting than last week to finalise the arrangements of the P7 Link Day event on Thursday 19-05-16.   Dancers and musicians are also requested to attend.

Choir today (Monday):  Due to exams taking place today in the music department there will be no choir rehearsal at lunchtime.

Come along to the library today to join in with the Lunch Hangout Group.  Play games, make jigsaws or just chill.

We Will Rock You: Any pupils still interested in being in the We Will Rock You chorus please sign up as soon as possible outside Mrs Sharp’s room. Please note, this requires a lot of commitment and there will be a lot of rehearsals – please make sure you can attend these before signing up.

There may be some small speaking roles still available. Please let me know if you are interested in these.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expeditions:  All expedition team members MUST return their completed parental consent forms to Mrs McDonald as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT REMINDER – Kit inspection and distribution of equipment for Seal Team 6, Team Pickles and The Originals will take place Wednesday 18th May during lunchtime in D061.  You may leave your rucksacks with your Supervisors.

For anyone who has completed any Duke of Edinburgh programme in the last 3 years:

We are looking for photographs of your training or expeditions to include in this year’s Award ceremony at the end of term.  Please put photos on a memory stick and include the names of anyone in the photograph.  Please go along to Miss Shepherd anytime and she will make a copy for the presentation.  Thank you very much.

Calling all Golfers:  Aberdeenshire are looking to send a team of golfers to the Scottish Schools Golf Championship at Murrayhall.  If you have a handicap of 6 or less and wish to be considered please give your name to Mr Cruickshank ASAP. 

Parkour Trip: A big thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Parkour Trip and apologies to those who missed out on a place! Could I please ask all those who took part to go and see Mr McKinnie as soon as possible to complete a survey on the trip. It would be great to run this trip again, but we require your feedback to let us know if you enjoyed it!