Pupils return with a top award

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Members of Alford Academy’s Young Engineers Club, accompanied by Technical Teacher, Mr Joel Sande, attended the fourth annual North-east showcase event for Young Engineers at BP in Dyce.

Around 120 young engineers from schools in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City had the opportunity to showcase the work of their club and to compete in a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges set by local companies.

The team from Alford Academy, consisting of Cameron Cobben, Roy Cook, Cameron Henderson, John McGowan and Grant Noble achieved top marks in the challenges and was presented with a STEM Challenge Award.

Award

A group of pupils has received an award for the short film which they made to promote the Cairngorms National Park and how important it is to preserve it.

The film project started last session and involved pupils in script writing, casting, filming, acting, editing and working together.

On Friday, October 28, Christianne Youngson, Morwenna King, Hannah Scott, Finn Sims, Fergus Anderson, Murray Watt, James Muir and Fraser Pope attended their film premier at Boat of Garten.

Anti-bullying

At the end of last term, S1 pupils took part in an anti-bullying competition to raise awareness about cyber-bullying.

The competition complemented a series of lessons in PSE and coincided with a national competition organised by respectme, Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service.

Parents’ evening

A Parents’ Evening for pupils in S3 took place on Wednesday, November 9 in the Games Hall.

Parents’ evenings for S1 and S5/S6 parents are planned for later in the term.

Workshop

Last week, over 60 parents attended a study support workshop. During the evening, senior pupils and staff shared their experiences and gave advice on how to support young people to revise and study for national examinations.

In addition, S2 pupils gave an informative presentation on learning styles.

Parents also had the opportunity to explore the school website, online study resources and to complete a questionnaire which showed their own learning preference. Powerful message

Last week, senior pupils, along with Guidance staff, attended the hard-hitting ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ event at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

This event has run for seven years and sends a very powerful message to young drivers through film and real-life stories.