May 202019
 

We are part of a programme to connect different schools again this year. As before we are linked with Beaconsfield High School and are providing opportunities for pupils in Year 9 from both schools to get to know each other and work together on short projects. So far we have met twice, once at the Film and Television School in Beaconsfield and just last week at “Becky High”.

At the first meeting we just got to know each other a little and spent time chatting and finding out names etc. At the second meeting the girls were reunited and happily sought out their partners to work in mixed groups. The Alfriston pupils were offered a tour of the High school and were struck with how big it is compared to here and they were very envious of the cafeteria system there.

The activities focused on rules and why we have them. It was fun to discover the rules from the two schools and to compare and criticise them. The girls also had a chance to write their own rules and to consider the mysteries of unwritten rules especially in relation to some of the difficulties facing young people on the Autism Spectrum.

It was great to see the girls interacting so readily with one another and these smiles say it all!

May 152019
 

What are Ecobricks?

Ecobricks are plastic bottles filled with lots of little pieces of plastic in it. They can be used as building blocks to make lots of cool things.

Who will make the Ecobricks?

The Eco ninjas will make these at lunchtime at Ecoclub.

Why make Ecobricks?

The reason the Eco ninjas are making Ecobricks is that they don’t want the plastic to end up in landfill or in the sea to harm the sea life.

How are Ecobricks made?

Ecobricks are made from 2L bottles and have little pieces of plastic inside them that has been cut up by using scissors and packed in using a stick.

What can you use Eco bricks for?

Ecobricks can be used indoors and outdoors. The things you can make with Ecobricks for indoors are stools, bookshelves and tables. The things you can make with eco bricks for outdoors are benches, a composter and a planter. Hopefully, in the future we can use these to make some exciting new additions to our outside areas!

 

By Honey

Feb 062019
 

A group of Alfriston students were invited to attend a Youth Voice event at The Hub in High Wycombe.

Eight of our students took part in a range of workshops and discussions with other school representatives. We were able to share issues and concerns that affect young people today and try to come up with solutions or ideas to help resolve these.

Topics which all the representatives thought were worthy of discussion were:

– Mental Health
– Staying safe
– Transport
– Ideas for teens (things to do)

Our ideas were then presented to the panel led by Youth services, Mind and the police force.

The girls came up with some great ideas for ways in which the youth services could evolve in the future, such as open air cinemas for the young and social spaces where they could gather safely with friends.

All the girls involved should be very proud of themselves, as am I.

 

Lisa Hance

 

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’

 

 

How to do well in secondary school!

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Jan 232018
 

Every kid around the world gets nervous when going to secondary school, no matter how cool or how confident they are. There is always a low point at that stage in life, but you don’t have to worry because this is a blog that is likely to answer all your questions, and all you have to do is read it.

Always try your best not to worry because big worries turn into lots of little worries that make things worse. You can ask anyone for advice or a little comfort to help you on your way.

It’s always ok to ask where you are if your lost or how things work when your confused. You could always ask a nearby teacher or if you’re feeling quite confident another student. Besides what is the worst that can happen?
The exiting thing about secondary school is all the new experiences. You never know what great things the school has in store for you!

Top Tips

  • Always ask where the toilets are first or else…
  • You don’t have to rush about making friends, it’s a good idea to let it happen naturally
  • You don’t have to be cool when making friends people will like you for who you already are
  • Always put your name on EVERYTHING you take with you, it’s so annoying losing something on your first day

Golden tip: I would encourage you to be friendly

By Gwen

 

Our School Linking Project

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Jan 172018
 

The Linking Network has developed a carefully designed school linking process which has been used across the country since 2007.

There is a local linking project in Buckinghamshire which uses this linking model and resources with local facilitators to bring together Bucks schools and pupils who might not otherwise meet.  We are delighted to be involved this year.  Here at Alfriston, our Y9 pupils have been paired with Beaconsfield High School and we are working together on an anti-bullying project.

We recently held our initial meeting at a neutral venue to get to know each other a little first, having previously exchanged letters. We are grateful to the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield for hosting us. The girls from both schools took part in a variety of activities and soon overcame their nervousness and began chatting eagerly. By the end of the session they were already planning and looking forward to the next meeting.

Next, we are hoping to take part in a performance and workshops around anti-bullying and we are delighted to host this at Alfriston. Later, in the summer term, we will spend a day together at Beaconsfield High.

Nov 202017
 

All vehicles are heavy and hard and can hit and hurt people. At higher speeds they cause more damage. At higher speeds, a driver has less time to react if a child steps out in front of them. They are more likely to hit that child and will hit them harder. Fast traffic is dangerous, frightening, noisy and polluting. It makes roads unwelcome and puts people off walking and cycling.

You can read all the facts about road speed in this handy fact sheet or watch this video to gain a better understanding of why speed matters.

Meanwhile don’t forget the importance of being bright and being seen in these long dark nights of winter. We are selling reflective items in the kiosk.

Star Clips £1.40
Zip clips 60p
Smile Badges £1.00
Reflective Laces £1.00
Reflective stickers 15p

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.