May 262016
 
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I’m sure you’ve all been waiting anxiously for an update on our expedition earlier this half term.  With that in mind, I thought I’d answer two of the most frequent questions I have been asked.

How did you get on?

I would call our expedition a huge success.  We arrived at Ben Nevis to excellent condition, bar the snow that was covering most of the mountain.  It was a bit of a push, but all of us got up the mountain, which is a huge accomplishment.  One of us even had ten minutes on top by himself, making him the tallest person in the UK for a very short time.

Scafell Pike went a little less according to plan.  While a large group forged ahead, a smaller group at the back made the decision, based on the weather and safety concerns, to call it a day halfway up the mountain and return to the bottom.  So, 8 of 12 made the summit, which I would still say is an excellent achievement.

Last on our list was Snowdon.  Due to arriving later than planned in Wales, we packed our head torches and started our climb almost as soon as we arrived.  Although we made great time up the mountain, it was not to be.  Poor light, less visibility, and dropping temperatures forced us off the mountain.  In hindsight, this was an excellent decision and one that no one has second guessed.

So, there you have it.  Our Three Peaks Challenge that became a one and a half peaks challenge.

What next?

We started this challenge as a physical and mental challenge but it has become so much more.  It has given us an opportunity to help give back to the school library.  Our original target for fundraising was £1000.  Unbelievably, we reached that inside of 6 days.  So, we decided to be a little more ambitious and increase the target to £2500.  Incredibly we hit that target on the last day of fundraising.

We are now beginning the process of improving the school’s library.  A questionnaire has been sent to pastoral tutors to get ideas from the pupils and we are working to decide how best to use the funds now available to us.

To everyone who has donated, supported us, or followed our adventures on twitter, thank you.  Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and dedication to making Alfriston School a place where our students have to opportunity to learn and to grow.  Again, thank you.

Mr VanDenBossche

Three Peaks Team

A letter from the Headteacher

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May 262016
 
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Dear parents,

 

What an exciting time we’ve had with so many adventurous activities!

 

Thank you so much to all those of you who supported the staff in the 3 Peaks Challenge, we couldn’t have picked a better week for snow!!  However, thanks to their valiant efforts, we have raised an incredible amount to restock the library with lots of new books to encourage the girls to read even more.

 

The following week, the weather took a turn for the better and the sun shone on our year 9s during their week long residential in Wales.  They braved ropes, wild water, climbing walls and dark holes to find their inner strengths and to achieve challenges that they didn’t think they could do.  They came back somewhat muddy, but with a great sense of team spirit.

 

Most of our older girls have been practising for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and some are even going for Silver.  They spent a cold night in the field camping out after a long walk with a map and a compass, but all managed to find their way back safely.  We wish them luck on the actual expedition, and I hope it doesn’t snow!

 

Our next exciting adventure is making sure that Mrs Holmes has a night to remember when the whole school is taking her to see Mamma Mia in London as a special treat to mark her retirement as our Deputy Headteacher.  Mrs Holmes has been at the school for over 25 years, and just loves being with the girls at a live performance.  I do hope that all our girls can join us for this special event.  Please make sure that you return the invitation slip asap to help us with our planning.

 

After half term, we have more events to look forward to, and a highlight will be our lower school musical performance “Move It”.  We haven’t even mentioned sports day yet, or any fun goings-on or trips.  Keep an eye out for letters in your daughter’s bag over the coming weeks, and I hope to see you all in school to join us in our events.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jinna Male

 

Year 9 visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place

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May 172016
 
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On Tuesday the 10th May year 9 went to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon. We drove there in two mini buses. It took us about an hour and a half to get there.

We   went in to a room where we looked at a puppet of Shakespeare. We also looked at the hats that they would have worn and their bowls and spoons which were made out of metal.

We went inside Shakespeare’s home. We learnt that the best bedroom was down stairs and the second best bedroom was upstairs. We also learned that they did not have toilets so they had buckets beside their bed!

When we finished Shakespeare’s home we went into the gift shop and bought some things about Shakespeare. The budget of money we had to bring was £5.00.

Our favourite part was when we were finding interesting facts about Shakespeare and his life. Our favourite fact was that the best bedroom and the best bed was only for guests.

 

Ionie and Hannah