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Year 9 visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place

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May 172016
 

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

What’s going on in the English Department? part 4

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Apr 202016
 

Student of the Half Term
Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their effort, commitment, contributions in class.
Year 7 Freya Smith
Year 8 Molly Bird
Year 9 Aneesah Quaser
Year 10 Ayesha Sadiq
Year 11 Lilly Berry
Year 12 Shabana Ramzan
A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

Year 9
Year 9 will be studying Shakespeare this term with each class looking at one of his plays. We are excited to be visiting Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford Upon Avon on Tuesday 10th May where we will look round the museum and see what life was like when Shakespeare was born. Watch this space for what Year 9 learnt from this trip!

The Three Peaks Challenge
Good luck to the team who will be attempting to conquer three mountains in 24 hours to raise money for the library. We look forward to a wide range of new books to get Alfriston girls reading! Thank you so much to the generous support we have already received- please keep giving to extend the development we could achieve.

Home Learning
If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

Do you know which members of staff are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge?

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Apr 182016
 

I want to donate

 

…And the staff who are participating are:

  1. Mrs Younge

Mrs Younge is Head of English at Alfriston.  She joined the school this academic year and she likes afternoon tea but not the washing up!

She signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge  because she thinks it will be great to have a new and wider range of books in school for students to learn a love of reading!  She has been preparing for the challenge with lots of walks, jogs and cycle rides.  She is really hoping to complete all 3 mountains but she is worried about losing her footing and slipping over!

Please encourage her.  Perhaps you could offer her a cup of tea if she doesn’t slip over.

2. Mrs Jones

Mrs Jones, teaches Home Economics, Art, PHSE and D of E at Alfriston and is pastoral tutor to 9J. She has always been quite outdoorsy and enjoys camping and walking; her passion for mountains came about after she completed World Challenge to Guyana with students from her previous school.  She says she is not the fittest of people but will always try things outside her comfort zone.   She has previously climbed Mount Kenya, Mount Meru, Mount Kinabula and Kilimanjaro.  She so enjoys the peace and tranquillity of the scenery and open space and she would really like to complete her mountain leaders training.

Ask her what’s so great about mountains because she’ll be able to tell you!

3. Mrs Knibbs
Mrs Knibbs has just taken retirement, having taught PE at Alfriston School for many years!!!! She will be continuing to work with the South Bucks Special Schools Partnership and do some Supply teaching for Alfriston, when needed. She obviously loves all sports and she likes to take on new challenges, so the Three Peaks Challenge is definitely for her.

However, she fears that she may have to ‘pull out’ at the last minute as she is nursing a skiing injury but she hopes to be able to reach the top of at least one of the Peaks and to have fun with the team.

Please tell her “She can do it” as we don’t want all her training to be in vain!!

4. Mrs Smith (Science)

Mrs Smith is an SSA supporting largely in science and home economics.  As she is a mini bus driver, she also gets to go out on trips and visits which she loves!

She enjoys walking, particularly in the mountains, running and swimming.  Since climbing Snowdon a few years ago, she has been itching to climb Ben Nevis, so being offered the chance to climb three peaks in one go was an opportunity not to be missed! Although she has trained hard, she is still nervous about the enormity of what the team are taking on, but hopes that, with a positive frame of mind and a good team spirit, everyone will rise to the challenge.

Help her to be convinced that she can climb all three mountains, no sweat!

5. Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown has worked at Alfriston for nearly 12 years. She worked for 7 of those in the classroom as a support assistant and now she is up in boarding as part of the residential team. She has worked with children most of her life as well as having 5 of her own. She enjoys most sports and goes to the gym regularly, mostly doing group activities/classes. She also walks her 10 month old German Shepherd/Border Collie pup and that takes up a lot of her time.

She is really looking forward to the 3 peaks as she’s never done anything like it before and she hopes that she will enjoy being part of a successful team!

Go Mrs Brown and the whole team.

6. Miss Leahy

Miss Leahy teaches PE and DofE at Alfriston, as well as visiting our partnership primary schools from the South Bucks School Sports Partnership to assist with the delivery of PE across all ages.  She loves all sports and adventurous activities, especially those that involve water and incorporate a social element.  As she spent much of last year on a physio’s couch, the challenge of the 3 peaks and the chance to train with a specific focus, provided the motivation to get her out and about and fit once more!

However she’s much more accustomed to a relaxed ride up a mountain via a chairlift before descending down at leisure either on a bike or a pair of skis.

Let’s hope she won’t need those skis on any of the 3 peaks.

7. Mrs Shorrocks

Mrs Shorrocks is Head of IT at Alfriston.  She has been at the school for many years and enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is not much of a sportswoman but does try to stay fit by walking and running and she has joined the Challenge because she wants to see the view from the top of Ben Nevis.  She is hopeful that the weather will be kind and that she will get a good photo from the summit but she is worried that her knees may give out before she is safely down from Snowdon.

Give her some tips for staying awake and NO rain-dancing!

 

8. Mrs Stevens

Mrs Stevens has been working at Alfriston for almost three years. She works mainly in the PE department but also in Boarding and coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Before working at Alfriston she was an Outdoor Instructor so she loves being outdoors and challenging herself. She has walked a lot in the past but this is a new challenge and she is looking forward to tackling it with the team!!

Good luck Mrs Stevens and the team!

9. Mr Waterman

Mr Waterman is the science teacher at Alfriston and he’s worked here for ages!  He enjoys running, going to the gym and hill-walking when he gets the chance.  He hopes that the weather will give clear views but is happy to be going when there is snow.

Thanks for organising the whole thing Mr Waterman and let’s hope your GPS keeps working!

10. Mr Van Den Bossche

11. Mrs Male

 

 

 

…and who else????

Apr 142016
 

On the weekend covering 28th-30th of April, a team of 11 staff members will be travelling to Scotland, Northern England, and Wales in an attempt to complete the National Three Peaks Challenge.

The National Challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis (the tallest peak in Scotland), Scafell Pike (the tallest peak in England), and Snowdon (the tallest peak in Wales) within a specified time period. Our team will be attempting to complete the challenge, ie climbing all 3 peaks, in just 24 hours.

The team has completed 2 training walks in the local area, as well as a recent walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They are feeling confident and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

The team will be raising money as a part of the expedition to support refurbishments of the library at Alfriston School. This space is in need of an update in books, storage, and furniture. All monies raised through this effort will be used to fund the improvement of the library, which will have a huge impact on Literacy at Alfriston, as well as providing the pupils with a more enjoyable reading environment. The team is hoping to raise £1000 for this cause.

Below is the Just Giving link set up for this challenge, which will enable you to make any donations you wish to make online. Additionally, the link provides further information on what we hope to use the money for:

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/alfriston-schoolcombe hill

You will be asked to make an account, but that simply includes your email (so a donation receipt can be emailed to you) and a password for accessibility. We ask please that all voluntary donations be made through the Just Giving site in an effort to keep all donated funds in one place.

We very much hope you will be able to support us and we look forward to keeping you up to date with all the news form this expedition.

Why should we read?

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Feb 242016
 

 

Chloe in Year 8, explains why we need to read.

Do we have to read every day? Does it really matter if you read or not as you are not going to read every day when you are an adult as you will be too busy? Is it important to be able to read? If you don’t need to read now but you need to be able to read to get a job why can’t you read later?

A study completed in London has found out that the more you read the bigger your brain gets and the bigger your brain gets the smarter you get. 99% of people need to be able to read to get a good job. 100% of people who didn’t read or practise reading regretted it when they were older. Reading can help you with the littlest of things like going out for dinner, you need to be able to read to know what to order off the menu. Whilst it may seem easier to just go and play and read at school, you need to read at home, the more practice the better. I know it’s hard to fit reading in with relaxing but what is more important- reading or play? You might regret it! I have noted that most of you enjoy playing instruments and singing, you need to be able to read the words to the song or read the notes.

I now that for many of you this may seem boring, frustrating and a waste of time but reading can help you with the littlest of things.

 

 Here are a few top tips to make your life a little easier:

  • Start by reading for only 5 minutes, then when you’re ready then move up 10 minutes.
  • Choose a book to your reading ability. Don’t pick a book just because you like the look of it (never judge a book by its cover) as you will get frustrated as you can’t read the words and you will not enjoy books as you will struggle with it.
  • Have a set time for reading and playing for example read at 5:00 and play 6:00

So after finding out that you need to read every day to get a good job, you should try to read every day. Try it out you will be relieved you did. And remember it will help you so much later on. You may think your parents are not nice or kind for telling you to stop playing just to read but they are helping you for the future. Try it out. It maybe more fun than you think!

What’s going on in the English Department now?

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Feb 242016
 

Student of the Half Term
Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their
effort, commitment, contributions in class.

Year 7 Leia
Year 8 Molly
Year 9 Susannah
Year 10 Sophie H
Year 11 Georgia
Year 12 Tiffany

A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

Year 8 and Other Cultures!
Year 8 are looking at poems from other cultures this half term. First they will be looking at what makes British culture. For example fish and chips by the seaside or a roast dinner on a Sunday! If you have an object from another culture- bring it in to show your English class.

Year 9 and Texts Across Time
Year 9 are spending this half term looking at extracts written in different times for example the 1800s or 1900s. Do you have a favourite story from a different time? Do you have a letter or artefact from a different time? Bring it in to share with your English class.

Good luck to year 11
Year 11 are now in the final months of preparation towards either WJEC Entry Level qualification or WJEC GCSE Language. We wish them luck and encourage them to stay motivated in this time.

Home Learning
If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

Safer Internet Day 2016

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Feb 092016
 

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Here at school we have been comparing the effects of posting nasty messages compared to kind messages.  We have been put in the “hot seat” to see how it feels and we have made our own pledges to use the Internet in a positive way.  You will see our shareaheart tweets all week as we continue with this theme.

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In addition, older pupils have been considering the more dangerous side of the Internet and have learned about the sad and worrying story of Breck Bednar as told in the BBC’s Murder Games.  You can read about this in the latest newsletter from school but also you can still watch the programme via BBC iplayer.

 

How will you play your part?

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Alfriston Pupils try Radio Controlled Racing Cars

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Jan 202016
 

The best RC racers from across the globe were there over the weekend  to decide the Reedy International Race of Champions 2016.  This event is  the biggest 1/12 event of the 2016 calendar with 94 entrants from over a dozen countries.  Support races were provided by the Porsche Carrera Cup, for 911 bodied GT12’s and F1’s, so there was plenty of varied action for all the RC racing community.

We were more interested in the ‘Have a Go’ track though and were delighted to have the chance to build and race our very own cars.

When we arrived we were presented with a bag of car parts, a few tools and a set of instructions.  It took a while to get our heads round it but eventually we had built 3 cars.  We had to take our cars to the scrutineer to be tested before we got the go-ahead to race them.  Soon we were all lined up on the track and the designated driver for each team took the controller and waited for the lights to change ( just like in the F1 Grand Prix!).  The Spanners were easily the winners leaving the Smarties miles behind and the Blue Flash team retired at the side of the track!

In the re-run, a handicap was imposed which saw the driver being blindfolded and guided by a team mate.  It made no difference and the Spanners won again.

We really enjoyed our racing and would like to thank everybody who made it possible, especially the team from Active Learning Support who assisted us throughout.CYxBKoqWkAAaiOl CYxGLKRWsAArHEJ CYyC0FXWMAEcLRF CYyDiRBW8AQbZE0

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What’s going on in the English Department now?

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Jan 172016
 

The English Department in 2016

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a peaceful holiday and are refreshed for a 2016. Take a look at the low down for English this half term.

Student of the Half Term

Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their

effort, commitment, contributions in class or progress.

 

Year 7                 Elizabeth Mcguire-Wheately

Year 8                 Chloe Tuckwell

Year 9                 Melissa Donaghue

Year 10               Jemma McCarthy

Year 11               Kayla Chen

Year 12               Katie Lloyd

 

A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

 

Year 8 get blogging!

Year 8 are learning how to write to advise this half term and some will have the opportunity to show off their skills and talents by posting their advice on the school blog. Look out for new blog posts coming up!

 

Year 9 get reporting!

Year 9 are exploring journalism this half term. Some will have the opportunity to interview some of the staff who will be attempting the ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ to raise money for the school library. More information to follow this half term.

 

Good luck to year 11

Year 11 are now in the final months of preparation towards either WJEC Entry Level qualification or WJEC GCSE Language. We wish them luck and encourage them to stay motivated in this time.

 

Home Learning

If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

 

‘Where will your book take you?’:

Thanks to those who have already got started with this by handing in some great photos of you reading in original places. Keep an eye out over the next year and bring in your pictures! So far we have got as far as Portugal!

 

Here is a reminder of the project.

 

We are keen to see where your book takes you! Take a photograph of you reading your book in unusual places and hand in to your English teacher. This is an ongoing opportunity so keep thinking as you go out at weekends and on holidays. Check the board as you come up to English to see where books have taken other students and your teachers! How far round the world will we get?

We Joined the Hour of Code

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Dec 142015
 

DSCN0080The Hour of Code is a self-guided tutorial to learn how to code and discover the basics of computer science. The campaign to promote it kicked  off from 7th December last week.  Some girls in Y9 and Y10 took the challenge and worked towards completing fun tasks in the context of Frozen, Star Wars or Minecraft depending on their interests.  Hopefully they enjoyed doing it and have talked about it at home so that you too can have a go!  If they didn’t mention it, or you’re not in those classes, then read on to find out how you can get involved anyway.

 

So why do we need an hour of it?

Because it’s a useful skill to have, particularly for parents, teachers and those who work with families, who may be able to help the children they look after if they know a bit about it themselves.

As the people behind the week-long campaign explain, an hour is enough ‘to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background.’

Fair enough. So, tell me what to do.

Log on to the website below to find out more. (It doesn’t have to be this week – you can do it any time.)

The Hour of Code is aimed at all ages, you don’t need any experience and you can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials to have a go yourself, or guide children through it. Go on – it’s fun.

Well, I’m always up for a bit of fun. What else do I need to know?

To find one of the tutorials, click here.

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 You too could build a Star Wars galaxy or make a snowflake with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna.

 

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