Academy excels for charity

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Alford Academy pupils and staff dressed as they pleased for Children in Need on Friday (November 18).

Pupils and staff rose to the occasion and came to school either in fancy dress or in casual clothing. S6 pupils adopted a common theme with each of them clad in a Roman toga and sandals.

A range of fundraising activities, co-ordinated by the S6 charities committee, have taken place over the last week, including selling Children in Need wristbands, a talent show, baking sales and challenges carried out by individual pupils. To date, well over £1,000 has been raised.

Careers talks

As part of their programme of vocational planning and support for pupils, guidance staff have organised outside speakers from a range of careers to go into school to share their experience and advice.

Former pupil, Gareth Hunt, has recently talked to pupils about oil industry apprenticeships while Henrietta Talbot, trainee solicitor at Burness, Edinburgh, has given an insight into a career in law. Opportunities in industry have also been explained by speakers from the Oil and Gas Academy and Subsea7.

Graphics competition

S4 pupil, Jodie Buchan, reached the finals of a national graphics competition run by Proskills and Print It Scotland.

The theme of the competition was Fairtrade and Jodie produced a chart based on product sales over a yearly period. In recognition of her achievement, Jodie received a certificate, digital camera and memory card from Mrs Linda McCourt of Print It Scotland. The Technical Department also received a Pantone colour chart set.

Photographic win

Congratulations go to Nicholas Alderton, S5, whose photograph, ‘A Drop of Life’ won a commended prize in the My Environment category of a national photographic competition, organised by Chevron North Sea Limited.

Nicholas has been invited to attend the awards ceremony at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, on December 14.

Study leave

S4 pupils are currently on study leave and are attending school when timetabled for preliminary examinations. Study leave for S4 pupils ends on Tuesday, November 29.


Senior pupils are addressing all year groups at assembly this week in order to promote the school’s basketball club. Senior pupils and sports leaders run the club on a Sunday and after school on a Tuesday. Professional coaches support the club’s training for league games.