Winter 2021 Newsletter
Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents/carers for all your support and commitment this session. Hope you enjoy reading our Winter 2021 Newsletter – please click on link above:
Now its time to “switch off” from school and have a well deserved rest. Seasons Greetings!
S3 Admin were introduced to Spreadsheets recently by creating Christmas Pictures using the fill tool as well as inserting shapes and icons to make them more interesting.
Haven’t they done a great job?
The Business Education and Computing Science Faculty were very excited to find out that Finlay in S3 had won a prize in the DressCode Halloween coding competition. Finlay is pictured below with his prize. The only criteria for the Scratch coding competition was that there had to be a haunted house. Finlay said “My entry was a haunted house and it included a monster which was bitten by a bat and turned into a vampire – I’m really delighted with my prize and really enjoyed coding my competition entry”. Well done Finlay, we all hope you enjoy your prize which is a Divoom Pixoo Pixel Art digital photo frame.
A busy day at Alford Academy supplying festive hampers to some of our families. A huge thank you to Coop and Home Bargains for providing us with a wonderful range of products.
Our pupils have been busy writing goodwill messages for Christmas and gratitude to the community for pulling together during the recent storms. The messages are from Alford Academy ‘To all in our Alford community, after another challenging year we wish to thank everyone for their resilience and support shown to one another. ‘
The messages are displayed in the local Co-op window so please have a read when you are passing. Merry Christmas from all at Alford Academy.
On Tuesday 14th December S5 pupils had the opportunity to engage with real employers from various companies to participate in a mock interview. Employers from Mackie’s of Scotland, Neptune Energy, Subsea 7 and Serica Energy took time out of their busy schedules to interview our pupils.
After the interview process, the employers provided valuable feedback to our students on how they came across and how to improve for the “real” interview which will happen in the future.
Initial feedback from the employers was how polite our students came across and how well they managed to answer the questions, especially as this may have been their first virtual interview.
It was clear to see that students saw the value in this activity and there was a real “buzz” when they came out of the interview.
Some pupils said:
“I think it was a worthwhile experience and the feedback was really helpful. I feel I would know better what to do and not do. The interviewer was really nice and it has definitely given me confidence that I could do a real interview”.
“It was a really useful experience to help prepare me for the future. The person who interviewed me was very polite and reassuring”.
“The interviewer was very nice and helpful. I feel a lot more confident about any interviews that that may come up in the near future.”
The employer engagement event was very successful and we would like to thank all employers for giving us their time to help prepare our students for their future. We will look forward to repeating this event in the future too.
The S1 study and organisation class, with Mrs Anderson, have completed a kindness project based learning task to try and create a pandemic of kindness at Alford Academy as part of kindness week. We worked in groups to think of ideas to do with kindness. We also wanted to develop our organising skills and confidence by completing this project.
Our class had a discussion about kindness and what we could do to spread kindness around the school. We had lots of ideas but we picked the best ones and also the ones we could do within the covid regulations. We decided we were going to send staff a positive sticky note and leave it in their pigeon holes. We also left positive sticky notes on random lockers for the pupils. We designed signs to remind people to hold the doors open for each other and also researched and shared kindness tips and quotes in the school bulletin for 2 weeks.
The skills we learned during our kindness pandemic project were as follows:
We used teamwork when we wrote kindness tips for the bulletin. We used our numeracy skills when we counted all of the lockers and pigeon holes. We had to be confident when we asked the headteacher if we could put up our hand signs on the doors. We used our computer skills when using google docs when writing the blog, researching ideas and for making the questionnaire. We all worked creatively when we designed and drew our hand signs. Finally, we communicated with each other throughout the project to complete the work quickly and effectively.
Our questionnaire feedback included some really positive and heart-warming responses. Some examples were that the positive notes made people feel happy, energised, pleased, worthy, chuffed, excited, seen, and part of the team. Some people thought the tips in the bulletin were very helpful as a daily reminder to stay positive, have courage and be kind. One response said this was a nice idea by nice people and another thanked us for organising the project. Reading all the feedback has made us overjoyed and proud of our project.
Remember and always be kind!
S1 Study and Organisation.
Winter Pathways Week 13-17 December
Inspiration for your Future – career, job, pathway?
Daily schedules for DYW (Developing Young Workforce) Live Winter Pathways Week which takes place from 13th-17th December. All sessions can be accessed on our website here, no sign up required: