It is great to see the S1's relishing their learning this week as shown in the photo (above). The photo shows our Numeracy Ninjas being awarded different coloured belts. The colours awarded depended on the progress being made. I'm sure our Numeracy Ninjas will be 'black belts' soon. Thanks for the photo Mr West and it looked great fun.
Importantly, the picture above shows how celebrating success of our learners and rewarding good effort, behaviour and progress is vital to our positive ethos in Alloa Academy. This week I will be discussing with the Senior Management Team how we enhance the current Merit and De-Merritt system in Alloa Academy to ensure we are rewarding the many of the good things our young people do on a daily basis.
i encourage each faculty to make real effort to consider how they reward the positives in class and celebrate the success of our learners.
Parent Council - AGM
On Monday 29th October, the Parent Council held the AGM. It was great to have new members take lead roles within the Council. We covered many topics including the Senior Coffee Shop, Alice's Alloa Adventure Panto, Charity Bingo night, website development along with discussions on the updated tracking monitoring and reporting system.
The Parent Council are pleased with the efforts our staff have went to improve our tracking, monitoring and reporting system. 'Progress-Didbook' (tracking, monitoring and reporting system) is being regularly used by parents and they feel that this will help learning conversations at home as well as in the classroom.
To support parents understanding about CFE Levels, I have shared the following image to help demonstrate progress within the Broad General Education. It maybe helpful to have a copy at parents evening.
Teaching staff, I thank you for all of your efforts to have information on S1-S6 now live. I encourage you to continue with regular updates to support learning conversation both in school and at home. There are real benefits in comparison to 'once a year' summery report.
This week, senior students Lewis Mulheron and Rachel Young joined Miss Walker to take part in an visit to Auschwitz. Along with paying their respects they learned about the horrors of the holocaust . This trip was planned in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Lewis and Rachel shared the tour with First Minster Nicola Sturgeon who was also paying her respects.
Lewis and Rachel explained that they have lots of ideas about how they want to share their experience, knowledge and insight with other Alloa Academy pupils, and the will share their experiences in the weeks ahead.
Both Lewis and Rachel have appeared on national news this week including a broadcast from BBC Radio Scotland.
Alloa Academy welcomed Principal Teachers Mr Mutch and Mr Martindale from Larbert High School who came to our SLT meeting on Wednesday 31st October. This was planned by Miss Giuliani (DHT) and was designed to support any potential HMIE inspection. It helped our discussions and planning around school improvement and it was great to have their insight into the inspection process. I'm sure PTs in attendance found it beneficial to help their faculties target areas for further development.
Our seniors have worked with partnership with Parent Council to open a coffee shop here in Alloa Academy. The pupils invovled also visited the Lornshill Academy coffee shop, to gain some insight into the challenges ahead.
The coffee shop is not only aimed to help our seniors develop knowledge and skills in customers service and running a business. It will also see our seniors trained as Baristas. These are valuable skills that could be supportive as they move toward the world of work.
The coffee shop enhances our school ethos where we want all learners, partners and staff to work in a comfortable learning environment which inspires young people to learn and stay in Alloa Academy for senior school.
NEWS - Alice's Alloa Adventure
Alloa Advertiser ran good article this week on our School Panto 'Alice Alloa Adventure'. The newspaper also had a section on how our Parents are supporting the show.
Thanks to all of the staff, pupils and parents supporting the work.