Odd Socks Day

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Nov 132017
 

Odd Socks Day on Friendship Friday

Odd Socks day will take place at Alfriston on Friday 17th November or, as we like to call it, Friendship Friday.  There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes. All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school, it couldn’t be simpler! 

You do not have to raise money to take part – the most important thing is the message of Odd Socks Day – it’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! Please encourage your daughter to wear odd socks (for one day only!) to show her support for friends and her commitment to Anti Bullying Week.

We’re all different, all equal.

Check out this video on YouTube

Oct 192017
 

Be Safe This Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en can be a lot of fun but it can also be frightening for some people and there are some risks as well.

I suggest you don’t:

  • Go alone – ‘trick or treating’ is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses – stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property – this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people – Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Throw eggs or flour – it’s classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!

 

You can print out posters to show whether you want to participate in Trick or Treating or not.

There are several websites you can visit for more advice, posters to print and fun ideas such as:

safe4autumn.com

Thames Valley Police

BBC

And make sure you are safe on the roads by dressing to be seen – wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.  You can buy reflective badges and clips from the kiosk at school (prices range from 60p to £1.40)

By Katie on behalf of School Council

Please Support Love in a Box 2017

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Oct 132017
 

Once again the School Council has voted to support the Love in a Box campaign.

 

Your daughter will have been given a leaflet to explain what this is and how it works.  If you haven’t seen it you can download the leaflet here.  Schools, churches, other organisations and individuals collect and pack items into shoeboxes for the Mustard Seed Relief Mission to send to under privileged children throughout Eastern Europe. They have sent on average 40,000 boxes each year and each one is individually received by a child.

 

There are two ways for you to get involved:

  1. You can create your own gift box;

or

  1. you can donate something for a class shoebox (your daughter will tell you what age group her pastoral group has decided to support).

 

You can see some ideas for what to send in as your contribution in the list below:

 

Boys 3 ‐ 5 years old. Toy cars / Ball / Jigsaw / Picture Book / Soft Sweets / Crayons / Pencils / Soft Toy / Soap / Flannel / Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Hairbrush / Comb/ HAT / GLOVES.

 

Girls 3 ‐ 5 years old. Toy dolly / everything else as above.

 

Girls 6 ‐ 11 years old. Toy Dolly / Skipping Rope / Jewellery / Ball / Playing Cards / Sweets / Book / Felt Tip Pens / Pencils / Paper / Soft Toy / Flannel / Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Soap / HAT / SCARF / GLOVES.

 

Boys 6 ‐ 11 years old. Toy car / Yoyo / Everything else as above.

 

Boys 12 ‐ 15 years old. Marbles / Travel games / Juggling Balls / Baseball Cap / Playing Cards / Geometry Set / Note Book / Pens / Pencils / Soft Toy / Sweets / Soap / Flannel/ /Toothpaste / toothbrush / GLOVES / SCARVES.

 

Girls 12 ‐ 15 years old Hair accessories / Jewellery / Mew make up / Perfume Stick / Talc / Deodorant / Dolly / Skipping Rope / Everything else as above.

 

 

 

If you haven’t got time to go shopping then you could simply send a donation towards the postage as each gift box costs £3.00 to send on its journey.

 

If you make up your own shoebox there are a few points to note:

 

  • Please wrap the box base and lid separately as they will need to be checked en route
  • Hats, gloves and scarves are the only items of clothing allowed
  • Please attach the sticker part of the leaflet to the box
  • If you can, please enclose a minimum £4 donation
  • Place an elastic band around the box to hold the lid on
  • Christmas cards and messages are encouraged but do NOT include private addresses
  • Completed boxes must be returned to school by 3rd November ready for collection by Mustard Seed Missions.

Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day

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Oct 092017
 

Alfriston School is raising vital funds for Buckinghamshire Mind on World Mental Health Day, 10th October, by donating the takings from the kiosk that week.

To help pupils understand the issues and to support their wellbeing, Buckinghamshire Mind will be delivering a uniquely designed mental health awareness assembly.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people, which is as many as three children in every class. However, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Buckinghamshire Mind aims to address this by raising awareness of mental health within schools, promoting mental health wellbeing for children and tackling stigma by helping children to understand what a mental health problem is and to talk about mental health.

Buckinghamshire Mind provides a range of services for schools to support mental health wellbeing.
Look at these positive comments made by children and young people in schools who have benefited from the Peer Mentoring in Schools Service:
“This service gives you confidence to be who you are in a safe and accepting environment.”
“It gives people a place to talk and be comfortable being themselves. It’s also very fun and helpful.”
“I’ve loved having a safe environment to talk in and be free, to have a place of security is invaluable.”

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year. However, World Mental Health Day on 10th October, is a great day for schools, communities and individuals to show support for better mental health and for everyone to start looking after their own wellbeing.

To find out more about Buckinghamshire Mind and the mental health services it provides, please visit www.bucksmind.org.uk

 

Supporting Victims of the Mexican Earthquake

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Oct 052017
 

When we heard about the earthquake in Mexico, we decided that we wanted to do something to help.  We had already planned our Non-Uniform days and other charity events but felt that it was important to squeeze this in as an extra.  So what could we do that was different to our existing plans?

 

In the end we thought it would be really easy to ask people to bring in their loose change to see if we could complete a money mosaic on the playground.  We decided to send our money via Save the Children so thought an out line of a child would be good.  In the end we arranged several child figures in a circle and went about laying out the coins; everything from pennies to two pounds had been handed in.

Everybody joined in and it got very busy on the playground and soon the outlines were completed and we set about filling in the shapes.  They looked great!

 

When all the coins were laid down, the Maths department very kindly offered to sweep up all the money and count it and we made an impressive total which currently exceeds £180 and still more change promised.

 

Thank you to everyone who donated and took part and let’s hope we make some difference for the people affected by the earthquake.

Jul 052017
 

You have probably seen the press coverage about Snapchat’s new feature and the potential risks for young users but what will you do about it?

 

As ever it is important that you understand the features of Snapchat yourselves and that you discuss the risks with your daughters.  The most important thing is to make sure that the settings your daughter is using will keep her safe.  It is easy to change the settings and this advice from NSPCC is very clear.

Additionally the NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is a very useful resource for parents who want to know more about the most popular apps currently available.

 

 

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/snap-map/

Be Safe in the Sun the Summer

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Jun 152017
 

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Sun safety tips

Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

Make sure you:

  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • make sure you never burn
  • cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • take extra care with children
  • use at least factor 15 sunscreen

Don’t rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest.

When buying sunscreen, the label should have:

  • a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect against UVB
  • at least four-star UVA protection

UVA protection can also be indicated by the letters “UVA” in a circle, which indicates that it meets the EU standard.

Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.

Don’t spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.

 

How to apply sunscreen

Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. As a guide, adults should aim to apply around:

  • two teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck
  • two tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume

If sunscreen is applied too thinly, the amount of protection it gives is reduced. If you’re worried you might not be applying enough SPF15, you could use a stronger SPF30 sunscreen.

If you plan to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice:

  • 30 minutes before going out
  • just before going out

Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

This includes applying it straight after you’ve been in water – even if it’s “water resistant” – and after towel drying, sweating, or when it may have rubbed off.

 

For further guidance, advice and instruction please check the website

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx

 

To Rain Or Not To Rain

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May 162017
 

In the English Department, we are delighted to be going on several trips over the next couple of months! In June, the Year 8s are going to the Roald Dahl Museum to inspire their creative writing. Hopefully, it won’t inspire their cooking, as we’re not sure Mrs Jones will be too pleased if they swap their spaghetti for worms like Mrs Twit! This will support work they are doing in the classroom learning about one of Roald Dahl’s novels and hopefully- will inspire a love of reading too!

As well as this, the Year 9s are going to the Globe Theatre, London this week to tie in with their work on William Shakespeare. It will be interesting to find out what it was like to go to the theatre in Shakespeare’s time – it was a little different from our trip to the pantomime each Christmas! Interestingly, the middle of the theatre doesn’t have a roof. This is where the ‘Groundlings’ stood, the cheap tickets, so they always got wet!

We will all be wondering if it is to rain or not to rain? That is the question!

Mrs Dickins

Parenting in a Digital World

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May 052017
 

Unsure how to support your teenager to be safer and enjoy their digital world?

We’ll be running a session to help you!

Thursday 25th May, 6pm at Alfriston School

Come along and find out about the digital life skills you can teach them that will help them stay safer and get the most out of everything technology has to offer.

The session will be led by Sophie Linington, Deputy CEO of Parent Zone, experts in tech and families.  There will be opportunities to ask questions and understand how you can best prepare your children for their digital future.

As this is such an important topic, we are extending this invitation to other schools.  Additionally, please feel free to invite other family and friends who might be interested and who could benefit from this information and training

Please contact Charlene Cheung, Head of Wellbeing on 01494 673 740

Charlene.cheung@alfristonschool.com to confirm your place and the place of any additional attendees

 

 

 

May 032017
 

How to bid: In order to place a bid you must contact Rachel Hutchinson via postal or email bid. Details can be found below on the bidding slip. There are two separate items for auction.
Item 1 details: Signed England Cricket Shirt from the England v Sri Lanka Test Series 2016 including certification of authenticity from the ECB.

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Item 2 details: Signed England Cricket Bat from the England v Pakistan Royal London ODI Series 2016 including certification of authenticity from the ECB.item 2 aitem 2 b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both items have been acquired and kindly donated by Waitrose for the South Bucks School Sport Partnership. The money raised will go directly into the partnership and will be used to buy new equipment, the cost of venue hire for events and certificates and medals for competitions.

Payment: After the closing date the highest bidder for each auction will be contacted and asked to make payment to the Alfriston School bank account via BACS, cash or cheque within one week. Once payment is received the item can be collected or hand delivered if within 25 miles of Alfriston School or alternatively via signed for parcel at Royal Mail.
Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2017 12pm midday

Contact Rachel for further details:rachel@alfristonschool.com