Browsed by
Tag: Session 2023-2024 term 2

Ending the Term on a Festive High Note

Ending the Term on a Festive High Note

Well done to S3 pupils Christopher, Logan and Katie who took their fiddles down to The Richmond Fellowship in Alford to play some festive tunes on the last day of term.

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is a charity which supports around 2500 people across Scotland with a broad range of needs to live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities.  They are the largest provider of social care services in Scotland, providing personalised, high-quality community-based support services for those who require support in their lives.

Well done to our three musicians who delighted their very appreciative audience with a selection of festive music.

“Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” Computing Competition – Winners

“Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” Computing Competition – Winners

Congratulations to Shea and Oliver in S3 who took first prize in the LoveLearning Aberdeenshire Minecraft Santa’s Challenge competition.  Their entry had all 4 areas of innovation and they put together a fantastic recording to represent their creation.

Second place went to Team Mrs Clause of Ava, Samantha, Ava and Isabella – an excellent presentation covering all the requirements – we hope you enjoy your prizes.

Third place went to the well deserving Team Charlie with members Riley, Charlie and Dominic producing a top quality representation of their Minecraft world.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone that took part in this keenly contested competition across our BGE.

Miss Collett and Mrs Czarnecki

Alford and District Mens Shed Website Design

Alford and District Mens Shed Website Design

The Business and Digital Education faculty is delighted to be working with Alford and District Men’s Shed.  Our Higher Computing Science class have been meeting with Alan Rowe and are currently developing a new website for the shed.  Planning is well underway and we are looking forward to presenting the Men’s Shed with ideas for a home page and being able to build the website for this very important local group.

       

“Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” Computing Competition

“Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” Computing Competition

We have had an amazing 35 teams from our Business and Digital Education S1 – S3 pupils enter the “Minecraft Santa’s Challenge” competition from the LoveLearning team within Aberdeenshire Council.

Pupils have designed a new workshop for Santa, in Minecraft, with 4 Success Criteria: –

  • An area where the toys will be built.
  • An area where Santa can relax.
  • An area for Santa’s sleigh.
  • An area where the reindeer are housed.

In all of these areas, there needed to be at least one innovative way where Santa can use technology to make things easier.

Competition entries consisted of a two-minute screen recording of the Minecraft world.  During this challenge pupils have demonstrated collaboration, teamwork, hard work and determination.

Well done teams and we wish you all good luck!

Mrs Czarnecki and Miss Collett

   

“Christmas with RGU” Computing Trip

“Christmas with RGU” Computing Trip

On Monday 18th December, 65 pupils from our Business and Digital Education classes attend a “Christmas with RGU” event at The School of Computing, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. The session showed the pupils how easily we can be hacked, discussed the question “Why computers are not smart?” and demonstrated the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Feedback from the pupils has been really positive and definitely sparked interesting in computing and AI. Our pupils were particularly interested in “Pepper” RGU’s AI bot. It goes without saying the sweets were a highlight too!

We are very proud of the way our pupils conducted themselves and they were a real credit to Alford Academy.

We can’t wait until next year’s event!

Mrs Czarnecki and Miss Collett

Red Dot Day for Academy pupil!

Red Dot Day for Academy pupil!

As part of Techfest, one of our fifth year pupils recently completed her own TedEd talk on the famous red dot.  Isabella, was one of only 12 pupils chosen from across Aberdeenshire to take part in the programme.  TedEd Aberdeen is a new initiative created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to inspire, educate and share “ideas worth spreading”.  Isabella’s talk was on ‘Underappreciated women in STEM’.   Well done for all your hard work!

Careers Fair Alford Academy – 15th February 2024

Careers Fair Alford Academy – 15th February 2024


 

Alford Academy Careers Evening 

After the success of Alford Academy’s careers evening held in March we are organising another to take place on Thursday 15th February 2024 from 6-8pm.  The Careers Evening will be a community event where everyone is welcome to attend.

If you work for a company or organisation who would like to get involved and have a stall at the event please contact Alford Academy.

Bebras UK Computing Challenge 2023 – Winners Announced

Bebras UK Computing Challenge 2023 – Winners Announced

A massive congratulations to everyone who took part in the Bebras UK Computing Challenge 2023 within the Business and Digital Education Faculty.  The results are in and we are delighted to announce that 234 pupils in S1 – S3 took part with 65 Certificate of Distinction being issued and a further 58 Certificates of Merit were also awarded.  There were also 111 Certificates of Participation given out.

There are 4 pupils who have been successful in coming in the top 10% of their age group in 2023 in this UK wide competition.  These students are also invited to enter the Oxford University Computing Challenge in January 2024.  Very well done to Yana in S2 (Best in School), Brodie in S3 and Jamie and Dominic in S1 who will all go through to the OUCC.

Well done everyone.

Skip to toolbar