Over the month of November, staff at Alford Academy have been fundraising for Movember. Movember is a charity that supports men going through a difficult period due to poor mental health; testicular cancer; or prostate cancer.
Staff had the option of undertaking two possible challenges: a moustache growing challenge or a Move-It challenge. Those who embarked on the Move-It challenge were to walk, run or cycle 60km. This is to highlight the 60 men who die by suicide, every hour, globally.
The staff has been hugely successful in their fundraising efforts, sitting with a total of £920 raised.
Creative Writing Club
“Every clock had stopped…”
“We buried it but it was back…”
“The sun hadn’t risen for five years…”
You have 100 words to describe the glitch…
Come along and exercise your imagination in D1-46 from 1.30pm every Thursday.
Watersports Trip May ‘24
Could all pupils who have signed up to the water sports trip next year, please attend a short meeting on Thursday 30th November, at morning break, in D0-69. Trip letters and other information will be handed out at this time. Any pupil who would be keen to attend and has not yet signed up, please attend the meeting and we can answer any questions you have.
Alford Bulls Basketball Club
The newly reformed Alford Bulls basketball club will hold a fundraising table at the Side entrance next to D wing each break and lunchtime this week. There are various activities to take part in and prizes to be won. This is to help raise money for the basketball club’s new club kit and much-needed equipment.
Christmas Selection Box Donations
Interact are looking for donations of selection boxes to go in the Christmas hampers that get delivered to some families. We are also hoping to deliver to the Alford Sheltered Housing and surrounding care homes. Please give any selection box donations to Mrs Munro / Mrs Rees-Jenkins or Mrs Fraser.
Girls Basketball Club
Girls after school basketball club. Basketball training will start this Friday from 3pm – 4pm in the sports hall. This is a girls-only training session. Please sign up with the school’s sports coordinators as well as Mrs Niven.
Our Christmas Concert this year has been rebranded as a “Christmas Celebration and Review of 2023”. This event will take place in the theatre at 7pm on Thursday 7th December. Tickets priced £5 (£2.50 for a concession) will be on sale every lunchtime between 1.30pm and 1.50pm inside the pupil entrance. There will be an initial limit of 4 tickets per pupil and those who are taking part should try to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
Interact Club are happy to announce that we have raised £500.65 for Children in Need this year. Thank you for dressing up and for your donations. Well done everyone.
‘Drop-In’ Session’s to be held in the Library on the following dates
Friday 24th Nov
Friday 1st Dec
Friday 15th Dec
Iceland trip meeting
Could pupils coming on the 2024 Iceland trip please attend a meeting in D061 on Wednesday 29th November at 1:35.
Edinburgh Residential Trip
All pupils going on the Edinburgh Residential Trip in May 2024 need to attend a very short meeting on Wednesday 22th November at 1.35 pm in B1-18. Important documents will be issued.
Chill and Spill Group – D0-65 – 1.10-1.50pm Starting on 23rd November
Exciting New Lunchtime Club for all year groups, chill out space to have your lunch and play games.
The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are open, and close at the end of this week.
Young people from Aberdeenshire are standing in a number of constituencies.
Young people aged 12 – 25 can vote in this online election.
Young people can vote at https://elections.syp.org.uk/elections/19/
On Monday 13th November the Alford Bulls basketball club hosted a home game against Meldrum Academy. The U15 team played first and the U18 team played straight after. Scores were:
Alford Bulls U15 vs Meldrum Academy
Home: 28 : 9 Guests
Alford Bulls U18 vs Meldrum Academy
Home: 23 : 42 Guests
The U15 girls faced Peterhead Academy at home in the league this afternoon. After giving away an early goal they worked hard to compete fiercely in difficult conditions. Two goals from Olivia (S2) and one from Abby (S1) brought us level and the score stayed at 3-3 for the majority of the second half, however Peterhead scored with a minute to go to make it a 4-3 win for them. The girls impressed us with their positive approach and worked effectively as a team and are making progress every game.
The team travelled to Ellon yesterday and faced a well organised and composed Ellon side. After a difficult first half the team bounced back and worked hard to bring back the deficit, putting lots of pressure on the Ellon players and being rewarded by a goal from Leia (S1). However three late goals by Ellon led to a comfortable win for them. The team wore their new pink kit for the first time, this was purchased through fundraising by the players as well as a financial contribution from our parent council.
Children in Need 2023
Next Wed is our Children in Need event (15th November); we are going to partner with World Book Week 🙂
The theme for the dress down day on Wednesday is: Adventure character or genre. So please dress up as your favourite adventurous character or book.
Interact will be round classes P1 and at break on Wednesday so please donate if you can.
School Christmas Dances
We are looking for a small team of S4/5 pupils to help our S6 team with the organisation of the school Christmas Dances.
If you would be interested in helping please see Mrs Wotherspoon by Friday to pass on your name.