Headteacher Weekly Update 25/2/19 - 1/3/19

On Friday a group of our pupils celebrated diversity and inclusion in Alloa Academy. Our Wellbeing worker, Miss McCrae, has done a great job of supporting the event and our young people.

February, 2019 was LGBT History month and on the last Friday of the month we celebrated Purple Friday - a day to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for LGBTI equality.

It was a fun event and great to see so many pupils and staff signing the rainbow flag.

The flag will be displayed in our social area to remind everyone of our commitment to support diversity and inclusion.

UNICEF - Rights Respecting School

In 2017/18 Alloa Academy was awarded a UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award and this year we are fully committed to work towards the Silver Award.

The heart of the work is to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all of their rights.

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

Pupils have been doing the majority of promotion and leadership, however Miss Grant, Mr Robertson, Miss Walker and Mr McGhee have been working together to promote the rights, and they have made some outstanding materials.

Please click on the links to see Mr McGhee's video on Article 38, Rest and Play. Miss Walker has focused on the Article 22, Crisis.

Thanks for your work on these important Rights.

There will be more videos to follow as staff sign up to share their most important Children Right. Get involved!


Assessment is for Learning (AIFL)....is fun!

I visited numerous lessons this week and in every lesson I could see clear Learning Intentions and Success Criteria on display. On top of that, Active Learning was visible across every faculty.

From the English Active Literacy Tasks, ASDAN African Snail Project, EASN Music Project to exciting Science experiments - the school was buzzing with fantastic learning experiences for our learners.

I really see the Tapestry 'Teaching Learning Community' (TLC) work making our lessons more active and engaging. In short, the Learning and Teaching seems to be going from strength to strength across Alloa Academy.

Let's keep this up, I could not be prouder of all of this amazing work.

Revision tips for parents and staff.

Mrs Paterson has developed a fantastic online resource that teachers can use to support pupils and parents. Parents, carers and pupils can access the supportive material by clicking on the following link. It will take you to resources that can best support learning from home. This is very important as we approach the SQA exams.


Tweet of the Week

'Tweet of the Week' this week goes to Science. It was hard to pick from two excellent Science tweets. Well done.

I am now due prizes to Art, Science, Mr Lynch........I'll get to it!



On Tuesday, I will be working with colleagues and parents to Interview for the PT EASN position. Miss Wheater will remain in position up to the stage that a new appointment is working in Alloa and she will continue to support the staff, pupils and parents to ensure we have a smooth transition.

This week a F/T permanent music position will be advertised. This is to replace Mr Kennedy, who will be moving on to a new position in Edinburgh Council. He will remain in Alloa until Easter.

School Improvement Plan

Thank you to the PT's who have returned the SIP return from their Faculty on Friday, 1 March. Great to see staff working together to keep the school moving forward.

Have a good week.

Kind regards,

Colin Bruce




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