Armistice Week 2021

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This year our Armistice Week, 8th-12th November, focused on the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy – the first cloth poppies were sold in Britain on November 11th, 1921.

Pupils in S3 History classes had been busy making poppies, where were then displayed on windows across the school.

The poppies were predominantly red – which has always been a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future, as well as for fundraising. Alongside the red poppies, there were some of the other colours which people choose to wear in accordance to their own beliefs: purple (remembering animal victims of war), white (remembering those who died in conflict with a focus to end war) and black (remembering African, Black and Caribbean communities contributions).

Traffic Flow at Lochside

On Thursday students Advanced Higher Geography students were finding out about the traffic counting equipment used by the SIC Roads Department.

Many thanks to Colin Gair (Traffic & Road Safety Engineer) who showed us the setting up of the pneumatic tube counter near to the school and explained how the data is used.

Arwen Nield in S6 will be using the data collected over the next two weeks in her Advanced Higher Geographical Study.

TOTAL Robot Workshop

3 November 2021

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Advanced Higher Physics & Higher Engineering Science classes experienced a hands-on workshop with the Taurob Robots “Mario” & “Edward” today.

TOTAL specialists spoke about the role of the robots in the inspection process and in the detection of gas leaks. Each Robot is worth £330,000 and currently there are only 10 in the world.

AHS pupils were very lucky to participate in a race using the robots and link classroom learning on boilers and CIP systems to the uses of the Robots. Time was then spent talking about the different apprenticeship and graduate pathways within TOTAL as part of our Developing the Young Workforce programme.

Online Events for University Applicants

The North of Scotland Universities Collaborative Project will be hosting a number of online events this Autumn supporting school pupils from across the region in thinking about future careers and pathways. We will have input from 4 Higher Education providers, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, University of the Highlands and Islands, and Scottish Rural University College.

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AHS Newsletter #57 October 2021

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S1 National Spaceport Competition

S1 pupils participated in a National Competition on Tuesday 5 October.

The pupils participated in many tasks including Space Port Design and Dealing with Constraints such as safety laws, protected environments, hazardous terrain and planning restrictions.

The UK’s last launch vehicle Black Arrow flew from 1969-1971

The group were supported by two Space Champions – Daniel Cook from Lockheed Martin and Mr McGinlay from the AHS.

Well done to all involved!

Dogs against Drugs

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Well done to Carol (Police Scotland) and Michael, Hannah and Megan (Dogs against Drugs) for completing the education sessions with S2, S3 and S4.

Mrs Spence and Carol are pictured in S2 PSE class today.

Free School Meals and EMAs

Please see below links to recent posts which are on the ‘Shetland Islands Council – Coronavirus Updates’ Facebook page

  • Free School Meals
    In order to receive the Autumn Pandemic Payment and the Free School Meal Holiday payment, applications and corresponding documents must be submitted by Friday 1st October.
  • EMA
    Applications for young people with a date of birth between 01/03/02 and 30/09/05 must be submitted by Thursday 30th September in order to have their payments backdated to the beginning of term.  Any applications for young people in this date of birth bracket received after the 30th September will only be payable from the date the application is received.

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