Massive congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters in S3, Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh, who won the Aberdeenshire secondary school Minecraft Sustainability build competition. Feedback from the judges was that their entry had:
- Impressive scale of build
- All sustainable materials/blocks
- Clear explanation and excellent use of time
We are delighted for the boys and winning the competition means they go on to a day at Abertay University in Dundee for a Minecraft showdown with Dundee and Edinburgh Schools on Thursday 23 June.
Good luck to The Sustainable Swagsters!
2 Alford Academy pupils attended the Boccia Festival at Meldrum Academy on Thursday. It was great for the pupils to attend such events again and both Stuart and Harrison had a fantastic time playing games of Boccia and Indoor Curling.
The pupils and staff at Meldrum were very kind and welcoming. Stuart played some great shots during Indoor Curling and enjoyed playing it more than Boccia, Harrison has been playing Boccia for 4 years now and still rates it the best!
Thanks to Meldrum Academy and their Active Schools Team for hosting the event. We are already looking forward to the next event!
We would like to share with you the opportunity for all current S3, S4 and S5 pupils to apply for a Prefect position commencing this term (please note session 2021/22 S5 Prefects are to reapply for an S6 Prefect position should they wish to continue). This year, we are delighted to offer the Prefect position to new S4 pupils as well as S5/6. An application form can be found below and paper copies will also be available on Tuesday morning. The deadline for applications is end of school day Thursday 9 June.
Prefect Application Form
SRUC Aberdeen will be hosting a series of online subject talks next week for any potential students interested in joining us, or finding out more about what SRUC has to offer.
Scotland’s Rural College can offer a wide portfolio of rural and land-based related courses from college access to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In Aberdeen, we currently offer courses in Wildlife, Conservation and Environmental Management, Rural Business, Animal Care, Vet Nursing and, of course, Agriculture. Our unique progression routes allows students to combine a love of animals & the outdoors with science and technology, inspiring them to become the next generation of leaders in their field.
On the following Monday and Tuesday (13th and 14th) we will be offering tours of the teaching facilities and main student area at 11am and the teaching facilities as well as our Equine Facilities at Sunnybrae at 3:30pm to any students or family members who wish to see the facilities. Bookings for all of our events can be made here: Open days | SRUC
Monday 06th June
4:15pm – Agriculture
6pm – Wildlife and Conservation Management
Tuesday 07th June
4:15pm – Equine and Horse Care
6:00pm – Environmental Management
Wednesday 08th June
3:00pm – Rural Business Management
4:15pm – Vet Nursing
6:00pm – Distance Learning Wildlife and Conservation Management and Environmental Management HNC
Thursday 09th June
3:00pm – Rural Animal Health
6:00pm- Animal Care
Friday 10th June
4:15pm – Faculty and Student Support Overview
If you would like more information about these events or would like to book on to them, please head to the following web page: Open days | SRUC
Pre-Loved Uniform Event : On behalf of your Alford Academy Parent Council
Previously we have collected and organised pre-loved academy school uniform and redistributed it for others to use. This worked well and many in our school community benefitted.
Our next table top event will take place on Thursday 9th June (3-5pm) and Saturday 11th June (10-12 noon), in advance of this please can we request for you to donate any uniform items that you no longer require. These can be dropped off in the metal cage in the foyer of the community campus. Please see the attached our poster for full details.
We would also welcome any revision /success guides for SQA exams (any subject) that are no longer required as we will also be able to re-distribute these to our young people.
Thank you in advance for helping the environment and supporting our school community.
This Tuesday (10th May) Alford Academy welcomed almost 120 P7 pupils for their Link Day. For part of their time all pupils spent 90 minutes in the Faculty of Science, learning about safely and developing essential science based skills. These skills were then used for several different activities.
Pupils made colour changing crystals by accurately weighing out chemicals, making solutions and then mixing these to start the crystal forming process. Because of the chemicals used the crystals start to change colour when the temperature changes. Below are some pictures of some excellent crystals made on Link Day.
Pupils also constructed viewers that when placed on a phone screen can produce a 3D Hologram image. This required precision and accuracy in the construction process.
We hope that all the P7 pupils enjoyed their time at Alford Academy and within Science as much as the staff enjoyed meeting them all.
Faculty of Science, Alford Academy.
One of our committed Eco group members and climate change ambassadors, Leah, recently attended a talk with naturalist, explorer and writer Steve Backshall MBE. The talk took place at Aberdeen Music Hall and was titled “Ocean – Bringing marine dreams to life”. Leah has a keen interest in the ocean environment and learnt more about what we need to do to save our seas from one of her nature loving role models. Leah will feedback all she has learned to the school Eco-group. Leah stuck around after the talk to get a signed brochure and a picture with her hero.
The Eco-group would like to make you aware of the Big Plastic Count. Households, community groups, schools and businesses are being encouraged to take part in order to show the government that it is time to commit to reducing single use plastic by 50% by 2025 by switching to reusable options that work for everyone – and ban sending waste to other countries. This is backed by the school’s Humanities Department who are carrying out the big plastic count in the faculty. The count takes place for a week and we would like you to do this between the 16th – 22nd May. Follow this link to find out more and to sign up. https://thebigplasticcount.com/
Alford Community Campus are delighted to welcome Jasper back to his customary spot outside our main entrance. Jasper suffered a wee injury last year but is now fully recovered and looking better than ever after receiving some TLC from sculptor, Helen Denerley. We thank Helen for looking after him so well. It is so good to have Jasper back with us and he is enjoying getting lots of pats on the head again – he is such a Good Boy!
THE ECO-GROUP AND HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT TAKE ACTION ON PLASTIC
The Eco-group recently collected surveys from the S1-S3 pupils and found that most plastic bottles purchased by the pupils were for fizzy and sugary drinks; the most popular being Coca-Cola.
To help reduce these sugary drink purchases, the Eco-group have worked together to produce a lesson to educate pupils on the health issues associated with sugary and fizzy drinks. The aim is for this strategy to, not only educate pupils about healthy diets, but also to help reduce the amount of plastic that must be recycled from the Academy classrooms each day.
The Eco-group are working on the principle that ‘REDUCE’ is better than ‘RECYCLE.’
The Humanities Department will deliver a 10-minute lesson during Social Subjects and BGE classes.
In future the Eco-group will be looking at ways to promote the use of refillable water bottles.