Oct 032016
 

Your daughter has brought home a leaflet about the Love in a Box campaign.  If you haven’t seen it you can see 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.

This campaign is endorsed by our Student Council and we really urge you to take part.  You can create your own gift box or 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 £3 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 4th November ready for collection by Mustard Seed Missions

The Big Bang @ Bucks

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Jun 272016
 

Y 10 pupils had a very busy day at The Big Bang @ Bucks on Monday.  The day featured many workshops and activities for visiting primary school pupils all presented by many different organisations. One such organisation was five of our very own year 10 pupils from Alfriston: Courtney, Charlotte, Nadia, Ayesha and Hope.

They worked brilliantly in leading 180 primary school pupils through activities to excite their interest in physics. The Alfriston pupils guided the primary school pupils through fun experiences involving electromagnetism. For some the highlight was ‘thinking putty’ although the Gauss gun (led by Courtney) was also very popular. image1

Why don’t you see what you can find out about ‘thinking putty’ on the internet?

 

May 262016
 

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

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

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.

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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Sep 152015
 

Kiosk1 Kiosk2 Kiosk3During the past year Mrs Garlick has worked with a team of teachers to bring a trading kiosk to Alfriston to support the Enterprise curriculum.  This week all her hard work has paid off as the kiosk opened for the first time to sell healthy snacks during the morning break.

 

Every break time pupils are now able to purchase fresh fruits, oat snacks and cheese rolls to eat as a mid-morning snack.  This gives them the opportunity to practise their communication and money-handling skills as well as to develop good healthy eating habits.

They will be served by other pupils who are marketing, making and selling products through cross-curricular courses aimed at developing their business and enterprise skills as well as their functional skills in English, maths and ICT.

In the future we hope to develop the range of products on sale, extend our opening hours and expand our client base.  Christmas is likely to be a time of high activity!

It is important that we have adult support to ensure the success of the enterprise and the safety of our pupils.  Many teachers and support assistants are involved but if any parents or friends would like to get involved, we would be pleased to hear from you so that you can be included in rotas over the coming weeks.  Please contact Mrs Garlick for further details.

 

 

Feb 012015
 

 

 

Despite all the technological development that has evolved, the ‘unstealable’ mobile is yet to be designed, and with the increased functionality of our smart phones, comes an increase in mobile phone crime:

  • There are 2 million phone thefts every year, with children and young adults the most likely victims.
  • Mobile phone theft now accounts for about 45 per cent of all thefts on the London Underground.
  • Two thirds of robberies are committed by offenders working in groups.
  • About a half of all street robberies in Britain involve mobile phone theft and almost half of these victims are aged between 12 and 16.

Given that an increasing number of younger children are using mobile phones and apps, often carrying mobile phones for personal safety and keeping in touch, we need to ensure that we are not in fact endangering our children.  We need to educate ourselves and our young people about the risks and how to reduce it and perhaps we should all be more diligent when using mobile phones.

The Out of Your Hands campaign offers some good advice.

To stay safe when you are out with your phone:

  • Try to keep your mobile separate from your keys, purse or wallet.
  • set your phone to silent and keep it in a pocket.
  • In busy public places, keep your mobile in an inside pocket or hold it inside your bag.
  • Don’t use your mobile in a place where you feel unsafe, unless it is an emergency. Move to a safer place if you can.
  • Avoid alley ways and short cuts that are away from main roads – especially if you are alone.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be home.

Take special care anywhere crowded:

  • On buses, trains and the underground
  • Concerts
  • Entering or leaving rail and tube stations

If you are buying a secondhand phone:

visit a site such as CheckMEND to find out if the item you’re buying has been reported lost or stolen. www.checkmend.com/uk

Register your phone

Your mobile network should have a way of blocking your phone within 48 hours of you contacting them, so the phone is then useless to anyone else.

Also special websites such as www.immobilise.com  help to fight this type of crime and work to return property to its rightful owner.

When a mobile phone is made, it is given a unique electronic serial number known as the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity.  By registering this number with Immobilise, your mobile handset can be blocked if it is lost or stolen. This makes it unusable on any network.

Here’s what to do:

1.Dial *#06# on your mobile phone to display your unique IMEI number.

2.Make a note of it on the front of this booklet, then use it to register your mobile phone at www.immobilise.com

3.If your mobile phone is lost or stolen and you don’t know the number of your network provider, call 08701 123 123 for further information.

 

Even with the help of Immobilise we can’t stop thieves accessing the web from wifi enabled handsets, or more importantly, from accessing your personal details. So make sure you password or PIN protect sensitive information, or better still store it away from your handset in a password protected email account. You can also download the technology to track and even communicate with perpetrators using apps such as ‘Find My iPhone’, ‘lookout mobile security’ and ‘Norton mobile security’.

Make sure you stay safe when you are using your mobile phone!

www.outofyourhands.com

 

Nov 132014
 

Everyone can make the Brake Pledge. It’s a Pledge to do simple things to protect you and people around you, build happier communities, and help save the planet.  Perhaps you will be inspired by one of these ideas and when you are ready perhaps you will visit http://brake.org.uk/pledge to make your pledge…

 

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Slow

Drivers – I’ll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I’ll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.
Everyone – I’ll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.

Sober

Drivers – I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.
Everyone – I’ll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I’m with, can get home safely and I’ll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I’ll speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.

Secure

Drivers – I’ll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I’ll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it’s maintained.
Everyone – I’ll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.

Silent

Drivers – I’ll never take or make calls or texts when driving. I’ll turn off my phone or put it out of sight and on silent, and stay focused on the road.
Everyone – I’ll never chat on the phone to someone else who’s driving.

Sharp

Drivers – I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them. I’ll take regular breaks and never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving.
Everyone – I’ll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they’re fit for it, and rest if they’re tired.

Sustainable

Everyone – I’ll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I’ll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.

 

Don’t forget to visit http://brake.org.uk/pledge