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Headteacher Weekly Update 17/9/18 - 21/9/18

It was the Scottish Learning Festival 2018 this week and I was delighted that some of our pupils and staff managed to get along to share our fantastic 'Pupil Led Enquiry' work.

This work was developed in partnership with The University of Strathclyde.

It's main aim was to develop understanding of Health and Wellbeing in the Broad General Education (S1-3) and a key feature of the work involved Alloa Academy pupils leading lessons to other peers in school and in local primary schools.

The lessons included pupils giving examples of positive and negative peer influences using cartoon/celebrity characters as examples. The tasks promoted our learners awareness of peer influences and encouraged them to think of the positive attributes. For the students who delivered the lessons they gained in self confidence and demonstrated key leadership qualities.

Mental Health First Aid

It was nice to see our senior pupils work in partnership with other young people from Lornshill and Alva Academy. They were learning about Mental Heath First Aid and you can find out more here.

https://nhsforthvalley.com/lessons-in-mental-health-first-aid-2/

Prefects

The Prefects stepped up to the mark this week with their support at break and lunch. School service is really appreciated and it helps promote a positive ethos. The Prefects done a great job in supporting other students to keep the dinner hall area tidy. What great role models!

Mobile Phones

During my classroom visits this week, I noticed that a number of pupils were distracted from learning due to their mobile phones. We must not let this happen.

Mobile phones are only permitted to be out at break/lunch or if the teacher has instructed their use as part of the lesson. (photographing notes, voting systems, timers etc)

During lessons, phones and headphones should be in pupils bags and switched off. By doing this we are best preparing pupils for the world of work and ensuring that the focus is on learning.

Should any pupil not follow this request please notify Pupil Support/DHT so we can contact pupils home and work in partnership with parents and carers.

I hope you enjoy the week ahead.

Colin Bruce

@AlloaAcademy

@colinbruce1980

#achievingatalloa

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