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Headteacher Weekly Update 01/10/18 - 04/10/18

It is brilliant to see our pupils and staff travel to some of the most amazing destinations, both at home and abroad. This past week forty seven Alloa Academy young people and five staff visited New York and Washington in the United States of America.

I really enjoyed following the regular updates on twitter.

https://twitter.com/AlloaAcad_NYC

I'm looking forward to hearing all about the trip from our travellers. This experience provides those involved with an amazing learning experience, I'm sure the memories will last a life time.

Learning Festival 2018

Alloa Academy hosted the 2018 Learning Festival, on Thursday 4th October, in Alloa Academy’s Assembly Hall. The Learning Festival was delivered by S1 pupils, and welcomed Primary 7 pupils from Park Primary, Redwell Primary, St Mungo’s Primary and Sunnyside Primary. Pupils from these Primary Schools were given an insight into the type of work they can expect when they reach S1.

The Primary 7 pupils were split into small groups and visited at least 5 workstations, for 5 minutes per workstation, taking part in activities which they were guided through by our current S1 pupils. The primary pupils all enjoyed the learning experience.

Alloa Academy would like to thank the valued sponsors, Tesco Alloa, Morrison’s Alloa & B & M Alloa.

Well done Mrs Murray.

ASN Fayre

On Saturday 6th October, Alloa Academy hosted the Clackmannanshire, first ever, ASN Fayre. The Fayre involved both public sector and third sector partners, coming together to offer community support, to meet our young peoples needs.

As you can see from the pictures below there was an incredible range of partners involved, including Lochies, Clacks Educational Psychology Team, Play Alloa, EASN Alloa Academy and many, many more.

Netherlands Visitors

This week a group of Educational Psychologists from Holland spent time visiting the Clackmannanshire Educational Psychology Team.

https://twitter.com/ClacksEPS

The visitors were learning about the 'Ready 4 Learning' (R4L) and Neurosequential Model of Education (NME) which the Clacks EPS team are gaining great recognition for.

On Thursday morning, the visitors came into Alloa Academy to see what has been happening here. They spent two periods in the Hub talking to pupils and staff. Of particular interest to them was the strategies being used to help pupils to regulate their emotions and become more ‘ready to learn’.

They were very interested to hear positive feedback from pupils and talk to staff about ideas they could take back to Amsterdam. They then went on a tour around the school looking specifically at Extended ASN and the ASDAN room. Staff and pupils in EASN/ASN made the visitors very welcome. They were very impressed with the amount of work being in done in Alloa Academy to support the needs of our pupils. Lesley Taylor from out Clacks Educational Psychology team said they were ‘blown away’ by their visit to Alloa Academy.

Thanks to everyone involved in supporting.

Active Girls Day

There was a real buzz around the school on Friday with the Active Girls Day taking place.

The girls relished the self defence lessons that were delivered in partnership with the Community Police, and they seemed to love the cheerleader activities.

It was great to see staff also get involved. Miss McEwan and Miss Gibson have polished up on their self defence techniques and are taking no prisoners!

Great work!

I hope you enjoy the week leading up to the October break.

Colin Bruce

@AlloaAcademy

@colinbruce1980

#achievingatalloa

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