Challenging attitudes

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FOUR pupils recently took part in an interactive workshop with motivational company, Tree of Knowledge.

The aim of the workshop was to challenge pupils’ mindsets and attitudes and to equip them with the tools and techniques to take positive action to plan their future.

The workshop is part of their preparation for prelim. examinations which take place later this month.

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On Friday, October 28 , Hannah Diab, Rozie Douglas, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Mhairi Webster took part in ‘Maths in the Pipeline,’ an event for able mathematicians in S4 which is organised by Techfest-SetPoint.

The Alford pupils joined pupils from around Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City in a series of workshops and challenges which aimed to demonstrate the value of Maths to the oil and gas industry. The morning workshops, designed and presented by industry professionals and lecturers, gave pupils the opportunity to apply their Maths to solve real-life problems such as subsurface, pipelines, platforms and optimisation. In the afternoon, pupils were set a business challenge. All four pupils found the day to be informative and challenging.

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Congratulations go to S5 pupil, George Watt, who was selected for the Scotland U16 Rugby League squad which won the European Youth Rugby League Festival in August, beating Russia 14-0 in the final. George currently plays for Deeside Rugby Club.

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Mr Rory Kerr joined the Mathematics Faculty at the start of term.

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It has been confirmed that residential trips to London, New York and Malta/Gozo will take place during Events Week in May, 2012.

A ski trip to Alpes d’Huez in France is arranged for January 2012.

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We thank the Alford community for sponsoring our pupils on their annual sponsored walk.

To date, £9,227 has been raised. Congratulations to 1FX who have earned House points for being the first class to hand in their sponsor money.

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Interhouse photo competition. The winning entries may be viewed on the plasma screen at the entrance to the Academy.