Anti Bullying Week 2018

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Nov 182018
 

Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The aims of the week were to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

The definition of respect
That bullying is a behaviour choice
That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online

At Alfriston, pupils have discussed these issues in their PSHE lessons and many have worked on producing their own Choose Respect posters.

We started off the week with Friendship Friday when we invited pupils to check with a friend what their favourite fruit was and submit an order form for that fruit. A week later we enjoyed Fruity Friday when older pupils had made up a fruit basket for each pastoral group based on the orders received.

When all the posters have been completed and handed in, they will be made up into a booklet to be displayed in our reception area and the message of Choose Respect will be reiterated throughout the year.

Nov 142018
 

Did you know that democracy was a Greek word made up of “Dem” meaning people and “Crat” meaning ruler? Have you realised that General Elections are held on Thursdays? At least they have been ever since 1931. Do you know the difference between Parliament and Government?

Women first got the right to vote in 1918 after some unrest by politically active women. In the early 20th century women didn’t have the same rights as men – they couldn’t vote in elections and the majority could only get jobs as house servants. The suffragettes were a movement that campaigned for equal opportunities for women. As part of their protests the campaigners let off bombs, smashed shop windows and set fire to buildings – which meant they weren’t popular with everyone. You may have heard of people like Emmeline Pankhurst or Emily Davison.

 

 

 

 

 

The school council has put up a display board in the reception area at school and launched a colouring competition for pupils. In addition, they are holding a secret ballot about an initiative called Thirsty Thursdays. We will tell you more about this if the idea gets passed in the ballot.

Be Safe this Hallow e’en

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Oct 282018
 

Take a look at this advice from Rosie and Chloe…

 

  • ‘trick or treating’ is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family and a responsible adult to supervise.
  • stay on the doorstep or driveway where the responsible adult can see you.
  • if you play pranks that damage property this could result in arrest and a criminal record
  • throwing eggs or flour could get you into trouble so best not to do it
  • Hallowe’en can be a night that some residents dread, so remember to be respectful and polite
  • it is possible to print out posters to show whether you want to participate in “Trick or Treating” or not so check if people are displaying such a poster before you knock on the door

You could visit these websites for more advice, posters to print and fun ideas:

Thames Valley Police

safe4autumn.com

BBC

And now the clocks have changed 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 start at 60p)

Our School Linking Project Update

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Jul 172018
 

We have now held the third and final meeting of this project with Beaconsfield High School.  On 4th July the whole of Y9 went to Becky High where we explored our community identities; where we live and our hopes for the future. The aim of this session was to discuss what our area could look like in 50 years’ time, taking inspiration from Martin Luther’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Pupils spent the day dreaming about their future but also sharing their fears for the future; asking questions like ‘Will there be an end to prejudice?’ ‘Will we ever become green and litter free?’ ‘Will the world finally understand the devastating impact of pollution?’  and ‘Will there be an end to bullying?’

After some initial awkwardness our pupils enjoyed a tour of the school in small groups which relaxed their nerves and they were happy to be placed in mixed groups. Pupils then worked in these small groups writing poems, stories, songs and creating illustrations but more importantly they spent time talking to one another and creating a connection.  The levels of cooperation between the girls was impressive  and the Becky High girls were excellent role models and leaders in the activities.

The highlight was when the girls presented their work and the ultimate success of this project was that many Alfriston pupils were able to stand up in front of the whole group and read out or describe what they had been doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project has brought two communities together that may have not met on their own. It has been a very valuable project and the girls have very much enjoyed working with each other and we are so proud of their commitment to the project. Both schools are very much looking forward to connecting again in the next academic year.

A few quotes from the girls:
‘It has been really interesting and nice to meet new people who we wouldn’t have met otherwise. We really want to continue next year’
‘It has been helpful to meet girls from other schools – a great opportunity to be kind to other people’
‘The Linking Project has been a great idea to meet people from different cultures and communities and it has been great to connect with other students from different schools’

 

 

School Council Action

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Jun 202018
 

This week School Council are promoting awareness of two national campaigns.

 

 

 

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Pupils have learned about the plight of refugees through an assembly and in their PSHE lessons or pastoral time,

It is also the Week of Action for Send My Friend to School. Around the world there are a staggering 264 million children who cannot attend school and of these some 246 million children are out of school because of violence.

Alfriston pupils have been comparing safe and dangerous schools and completing posters which will be sent to our MP, Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, to lobby her about the issue.

Click on the pictures to learn more.

Sun Safety Tips

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May 172018
 

School Council have discussed the importance of being safe in the sun and have issued this guidance based on information given by Cancer Research UK

Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen.


When the sun is strong:

Spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK

Cover up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses.

And use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.

 

Shade

One of the best ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays is to spend some time in the shade.

 

You can find or create shade in many different ways. For example:

  • Trees and foliage
  • Umbrellas and parasols
  • Canopies and awnings
  • Tents and shelter
  • Going indoors

Spending time in the shade is a great way to protect your skin when the sun is strong. But UV rays can go through some fabrics and reflect off the ground so it’s still important to think about clothing and sunscreen.

 


Covering up

Along with shade, another way to protect your skin from the sun is with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and good quality sunglasses.

Clothes

The more skin that’s covered by your clothing, the better the protection you’re getting. Choose clothing that’s loose-fitting and deeper in colour. Also look for materials with a close weave- as a guide hold the material up to check you can’t see through the fabric. Clothing that’s dry also provides more protection than if it’s wet. This is particularly the case for cotton clothes.

Hats

Hats are great for protecting the whole face and head. Choose a wide-brimmed hat for the most protection. A ‘legionnaire’ style hat that has flaps around the ears and back of the neck also offers good protection.

Sunglasses

When choosing sunglasses look for one of the following:

  • ‘CE Mark’ and British Standard
  • UV 400 label
  • 100% UV protection written on the label or sticker


Sunscreen

Sunscreens will not protect us completely from sun damage on their own. However, they can be useful for protecting the parts of skin we can’t shade or cover. This is why we recommend using sunscreens together with shade or clothing to avoid getting too much UV exposure.

 

We recommend buying sunscreens with a:

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 (UVB protection)
  • High star rating with at least 4 stars (UVA protection)
  • UVA protection can also be indicated by the letters ‘UVA’ in a circle which indicates that it meets the EU standard.

 

Tips for using sunscreen properly

No sunscreen will give the protection it claims unless you apply it properly.

  • Make sure you put enough sunscreen on – people often apply much less than they need to. When your risk of burning is high, ensure that all exposed skin is thoroughly covered in sunscreen.
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly. Some products are designed to stay on better than others, but beware of sunscreen rubbing, sweating or washing off.
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to avoiding getting caught out by sunburn.
  • Don’t be tempted to spend longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.
  • Check your sunscreen has not expired before you use it.

April 22nd is Earth Day

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Apr 202018
 

Plastic is threatening our planet’s survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our streams and landfills. Together, we can make a difference.

Earth Day is now a global event each year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

You will have heard that Theresa May wants to lead the way in the UK by banning plastic straws and cotton buds.

Here at Alfriston we have been profiling our use of plastic and highlighting waste. Some girls have been collecting the plastic waste from our lunches and snacks over a two-week period at the end of which we will weigh it all. P16 girls have carried out a survey and made recommendations to the Senior Leadership team about how we can reduce plastic use in school.

In English girls have been using the topic as a focus for their writing and we are looking forward to hearing more about their ideas.

In addition, we have been thinking about how wasteful our society is and some groups have been on visits to see what happens to our waste after we have binned it or flushed it. We have also been running a swap shop in school to encourage the idea that you can pass on things you don’t want anymore rather than throwing them out. There was a queue at the door on the opening day and lots of great items to swap.

Challenging Negative Body Image

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Apr 192018
 

On the 18th April  Chloe joined young people from across the UK to attend the FIXERS day conference exploring how to support young people around body image.  The day included workshops to do with body image at school, in the health service and in the media and concluded in a panel lead by Positive Body Image Ambassador and Coronation Street Actress Melissa Johns.

Fixers is an initiative-led Public Services Broadcasting Trust that inspires young people to make a change and raise awareness of issues that are important to them. ‘Young people using their past to fix the future.’ The content certainly gave everyone a lot to talk about and food for thought on how we could challenge negative body image stereotypes in our lives and maybe some ideas about our own Fixers campaign in Bucks.

Check out the website here

Autism Awareness Week

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Mar 282018
 

What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

What is autism like?

Some autistic people say the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety.

In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family, school, work and social life, can be harder. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, yet can also struggle to build rapport with autistic people. Autistic people may wonder why they are ‘different’ and feel their social differences mean people don’t understand them.

Autistic people often do not ‘look’ disabled. Some parents of autistic children say that other people simply think their child is naughty, while adults find that they are misunderstood.

Watch this film to see what it is like yourself?

Find out more at: www.autism.org.uk

 

Alfriston Skiing Trip 2018

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Mar 282018
 

 

 

 

On our journey, we travelled through France, Switzerland then finally Italy.  When we arrived in Italy we stayed in a hotel named Roma.

We all felt nervous on the first day of skiing but excited to see what we could achieve throughout the week.

During the week we had lots of challenges, e.g. steep slopes, heights, jumps and even skiing backwards.  But by the end of the week we all overcame the challenges.

Skiing wasn’t the only good thing about the trip, we also made friendships with students we don’t usually talk to and that’s why it was extra special.

When we were in Italy of course we had Italian food, which was amazing and different!

After our day skiing we had an activity afterwards.  In those activities we went tubing which is where you sit on an inflatable ring and slide down a snow slope.  Also, we went for Italian ice cream, which was very tasty, then pizza night where we went out and a movie night.  We also picked up a few Italian words along the week.

At the end of the week we had a presentation where the instructors gave us each individual certificates and recognised all our achievements.  Also to say a little thank you to the instructors for all their hard work we presented them with a gift each.

The skiing trip was AMAZING and if it wasn’t for Miss Leahy, Mrs Walsh and Mrs Stevens we wouldn’t have had the privilege to go on the trip.

(written by Hope)