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Summer Newsletter and Term Dates

Summer Newsletter and Term Dates

Alford Academy wishes all our parents, pupils and staff a wonderful holiday. Hope you enjoy reading our summer newsletter

Summer Newsletter

Please also find below a copy of our term dates for next session.

2022/23 school term

Term 1

  • 22nd August 2022 – in-service day (school closed to pupils)
  • 23rd August 2022 – start of term 1
  • 14th October 2022 – end of term 1
  • 17th to 28th October 2022 – October holiday

Term 2

  • 31st October 2022 – start of term 2
  • 17th and 18th November 2022 – in-service days (school closed to pupils)
  • 22nd December 2022 – end of term 2
  • 23rd December 2022 to 6th January 2023 – Christmas holiday (NB Friday 23 December is an occasional day holiday for the Alford Cluster)

Term 3

  • 9th January 2023 – start of term 3
  • 10h February 2023 – occasional day holiday for Alford Cluster  (school closed to staff and pupils)
  • 13th February 2023 – mid term holiday (school closed to staff and pupils)
  • 14th and 15th February 2023 – in-service days (school closed to pupils)
  • 31st March 2023 – end of term 3
  • 3rd to 14th April 2023 – spring holiday

Term 4

  • 17th April 2023 – start of term 4
  • 1st May 2023 – May Day holiday (school closed to staff and pupils)
  • 5th June 2023 – occasional day holiday for Alford Cluster  (school closed to staff and pupils)
  • 7th July 2023 – end of term 4
  • 10th July to 18th August 2023 – summer holiday
Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

NESCOL are offering summer sessions to take part in their computing club, Codecraft, for 9 – 14 year olds.  A great chance for young people to gain computing skills while also learning teamwork and making new friends.

Cameron Walker, the College’s Head of Sector for Computing and Engineering Technologies, said: “We created this club to inspire young people and encourage them to think about the opportunities available to them in the computing industry in the future.  These fun sessions are open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’ve never tried coding or played Minecraft before.

To find out more and book your place go to: https://www.nescol.ac.uk/codecraft-a-summer-computing-club-for-9-14-year-olds/

 

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.

Daily Bulletin – Tuesday 28 June

Daily Bulletin – Tuesday 28 June

Football Celebration Meetings

 On Thursday at the time below, there will be meetings in the Dance Studio for the following football teams to celebrate their success this season.

Senior Girls who played in the Aberdeenshire Cup win – 10.40am

U15 Boys who won the Aberdeenshire League – 10.50am

All young people must be in full school uniform and bring their medals, if they have already received them.

Mr Lawson

Juna N Joey

Juna N Joey

This morning our S2, S3 and S4 pupils attended a live performance followed on with a talk on Mental Health, Body Image / Cyber Bullying & a live Q&A by upcoming duo “Juna N Joey”.

Juna & Joey are a singer/songwriter, brother/sister, Country Duo from the USA. The duo’s popularity exploded organically by posting covers on YouTube with almost 7.6 million collective views and a viral Tik Tok at 10 million views. Juna N Joey co-write all of their songs with hit songwriters in Nashville and LA and will release their Self Titled New EP later this year as well appearing in a Levi’s advert.

A big thank you to Juna N Joey for their amazing performance.

Basketball Development at Alford

Basketball Development at Alford

The amazing addition of the outdoor court at Alford Academy has lead to an increased popularity in basketball during leisure time.  It’s great to see the pupils using their break times to be active and practice new skills.  Basketball has also become more popular at the school, with both junior and senior clubs training on a Monday after school and practice times on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.  The school look forward to seeing more from the teams next year with more games planned as well as hoping to enter some leagues or tournaments.  The academy is also working closely with the basketball development officer and school sports coordinators to plan coaching qualifications and holiday camps.

Here you can see a couple of our senior team players modelling our new basketball kit, kindly donated by the Parent Council.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

The Eco-group were out on Wednesday 22nd June planting some trees in the school grounds.  These were left over from a planting scheme that was recently conducted at Murray Park and were provided by the Woodland Trust.  The Eco-group have been working with a local ecologist, Nicky Penford, who has advised the pupils on which trees will help with biodiversity.  The pupils planted around 50 trees, an assortment of oak, aspen and birch.  Aspen is shown to have a lush undergrowth for biodiversity and can help with water retention.  Birch supports a wide variety of woodland plants, birds and mammals.  Oak trees support the highest biodiversity, in fact, around 2,300 species of plants and animals.  Planting these trees is just the start of a programme of tree planting and wild flower meadows to help support biodiversity at the school.  Nicky is already impressed with previous attempts to support biodiversity at the school, including the dense shrubs near the road and bus park and around the SUD (Sustainable drainage system) Scheme pond. The Eco-group plan to plant more trees in the Autumn, as well as supporting an S1 project to build bird and animal houses to encourage nesting.  While planting trees today, the pupils learned about some of the wild flowers growing in the top meadow above the Astro pitch and learned about some birds that are nesting there, including willow warblers and yellow hammers.

National 4/5 Geography Fieldtrip

National 4/5 Geography Fieldtrip

On Monday 20th June, the National 4/5 Geography class conducted their annual river study along the River Don, as part of their River Landscapes topic and to give them a taster of fieldwork and investigations.  The pupils were investigating how river characteristics change from the upper and middle course of the river. They started at the source of a tributary of the River Don up at the Lecht Ski Centre and then compared sections of the middle course of the Don.  The fieldwork involved taking measurements of river depth and width, wetted perimeter, velocity, gradient, sediment analysis as well as making field observations and drawing annotated field sketches.  Thank you to Miss Shepherd and Mr Graham for accompanying Mrs Niven and the class.

Fairtrade Bakes and Sponge the Teacher Event

Fairtrade Bakes and Sponge the Teacher Event

On Friday 17th June the Eco and Interact Groups, organised a Fairtrade Bake Sale and a ‘Sponge the Teacher’ event.  The Fairtrade bake sale involved delicious products baked by our very own Eco-group members and generous contributions from staff.  The bakes included fairtrade ingredients and raised over £100 for the Fairtrade Foundation, which is part of the Green Flag Award Global Citizenship programme.  The Sponge the teacher competition involved some brave staff volunteers who were restricted by our homemade wooden stocks (made by our very talented Miss Bradley) and involved the pupils paying to throw a saturated sponge at the staff.  Mrs Wotherspoon and Mr Gardner were very popular choices, but all staff that took part were great sports and all sufficiently drenched by the end.  This event raised over £100 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which is part of the Green Flag Award Biodiversity programme.

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