Nov 282013
 

We arrived at 9.00 at Wycombe Abbey Children’s Centre and we had to sign in and take a name badge.

 Soon the parents arrived and sat down to enjoy tea and toast and chat to each other.  Their children went off happily to play with the toys that were out for them.  We were just observing and learning about what goes on. 

After a while we joined in with the children and we led activities like play dough and sticking and glueing.  The children were lovely and we really enjoyed working with them.  Some of them were a bit shy to begin with but they got used to us as the day went on.  Others were excited to see us right from the start!  One little boy, James, wanted us to play with his truck. 

At lunchtime the parents and children went home and we spent some time clearing up all the mess.  You can’t believe how much mess 16 little children can make!!!  The play dough seemed to get everywhere.  When it was all tidy, we sat down for lunch with the staff and got to know them a bit better. 

Soon another group of parents arrived with babies this time- under 6 months.  We chatted to the mums and played with the babies.  They cried a lot and we tried our hardest to keep them happy and quiet. 

A lady called Rachel led a session on how to calm the babies using music.  This session was called Baby Beats.  The music was on her ipod and it seemed quite effective as most of the babies went quiet.  She also helped the parents to relax by focusing on positive thoughts.  We found her ideas very interesting and useful. 

When the mothers and babies had left we were able to talk to Rachel and help her tidy up.  Before we left, we had a cup of tea with Debbie and Kate and Mel and wrote up our feedback for the day.  We felt that it had been a really positive experience.  Debbie and Kate were very complimentary to us and said we would be very welcome to come back for work experience. 

We received a certificate and then it was time to go home and recover from our busy day!

Nov 242013
 

The pupils who have chosen to take part will look round your home to see what appliances are left on even though they are not being used.  They will identify which members of the household are responsible and monitor their actions over 5 days.  They have a form to record their findings.

 Hopefully parents and carers will get involved and ideally discuss what the family can do to save energy in the home.  If you want to take it seriously you can create a family pledge on The Pod website to be in with a chance of winning a super prize.

http://jointhepod.org/campaigns/pledges/pledge/29

 Alternatively pupils can return the completed form to Mrs Shorrocks to be entered into the draw for a small prize related to Road Safety week.  The form must be returned by 2nd December.

Nov 192013
 

What a wonderful fun day was had by Alfriston School Year 9 girls on Thursday 7 November 2013 at the South Bucks Special Schools Sports Association Tennis Festival at Halton Tennis Centre.   Other attending schools were Penn School, Chiltern Gate, Wendover House and Maplewood School.  

Morning sessions were indoors working on hand and eye co-ordination and during the afternoon outdoor session the main focus was on forearm.  The aim was to give the children a positive experience of tennis and possibly draw more children into the sport and see more children taking it up regularly.    Each participant will receive a certificate from the Centre.   Some of our girls already join our Tennis Club which is held after school on Wednesdays.   The girls were all very excited, and some a little nervous at first but determined to enjoy the challenge.   Quote from one student was “it was the best day ever”!

Oct 262013
 

Halloween is a great opportunity to dress up and have some fun, but parents are being reminded to make sure their children behave appropriately when they go trick or treating.

Halloween can be a nerve-wracking time of year for some members of the community, especially the elderly or vulnerable people who may be distressed by unexpected callers. Many houses will be displaying posters showing whether or not they are happy to be visited by trick or treaters, so look out for them to check if you’re welcome. If you would like to display a poster in your own window you can print one from Thames Valley Police website:
http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev/crprev-asb/crprev-home-hols-halloween/crprev-home-hols-halloween-people

If your children or teenagers are planning to go out trick or treating, the advice is to remind them to behave considerately. Trick or treating can be lots of fun, but it is not an excuse for irresponsible or antisocial behaviour. Tricks like throwing flour and eggs, graffiti, or other vandalism can be treated as criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.

Should you be affected by the few individuals who use trick or treating as an excuse to commit crime or antisocial behaviour, you can report it by contacting Thames Valley Police on 101. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Oct 262013
 

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 We are pleased to announce that we are now part of vInspired Schools, an exclusive programme which rewards our students for the time they spend volunteering.  Girls in years 10 and 11 have already been briefed on this and have registered on the site.  It will be highlighted to other girls after the half term break.

 

This programme brings with it a wide range of benefits for our students including:

  • Great experiences to include on UCAS/job applications and personal statements
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Develops life skills suitable for future employment e.g. problem-solving and creative thinking
  • Enhances learning in ICT, PSHEe and Citizenship
  • Strengthens employability skills
  • Introduces new experiences and new people
  • Provides focused goals with recognisable rewards, including certificates, and the chance to attend the national vInspired awards
  • Opportunity to discover, acquire and build on talents

 

For more information on how you can get involved speak to Mrs Shorrocks or visit http://alfriston.vschools.vinspired.com/

 

Oct 132013
 

Year 8 girls from Alfriston recently took part in a ‘Tag Rugby Festival’ at Aylesbury Rugby Club.
When they arrived at the Rugby Club they received a warm welcome from the event organiser Tim Holmes, Rugby Development Officer from the RFU, as well as the team of coaches from Bucks New University. There was expert coaching and then matches were played on a rotational basis, (in teams of 7) playing against other schools in the area, which included Penn and Wendover.
All the girls who took part were excellent team players. They gave their all to sidestep players from the opposing teams, trying to keep their 2 coloured tags on their belts.  Some showed that they were a ‘dab hand’ at taking the opposing teams tags and many made numerous dashes for the winning line!

All girls received a certificate for their participation in this exciting, fast-moving, fun event!

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Sep 222013
 

takeoverLast November I was proud to take a group of six girls from Year 9 along to an all day activity at Youth Space in High Wycombe.  They were there to work on a project to target the way young people are treated by health professionals.  It had previously been identified that young people, and especially young people with learning difficulties and other special needs, were disappointed with the way they were treated by health professionals.

The aim then was to give advice to health professionals and young people about how to manage their health consultations.  Along with pupils from other schools we set about identifying some clear messages and designing some posters and leaflets to carry this advice.  At the end of that first day the young people handed over their ideas to the adults to continue the process.  The young people were consulted at key stages but finally the posters were ready to be launched.

The official launch took place at the Judge’s Lodgings in Aylesbury.  Sue Imbriano, Strategic Director for Children and Young People in Buckinghamshire, was there to congratulate everybody involved and to make presentations to the young people.  Each pupil who took part was given an AQA Unit Award for contributing to a focus group.

We were especially pleased to see that the design elements created by Chanel and AJ were included in the final versions.  We were also very proud of Laura who gave a short presentation at the launch event.  Well done all of you!  And we shall look forward to seeing the posters in Buckinghamshire clinics soon…

 

 

Jul 102013
 

HomeSafe Challenge

Alfriston is working with TalkTalk and The Parent Zone on the HomeSafe challenge. It’s an opportunity to learn more about internet safety and what your children are doing online. We know that keeping up to date with what kids are doing with technology can be difficult which is why we have joined this TalkTalk and The Parent Zone initiative to bring you the best available information. It’s also a chance for you to help us win some prizes for the school.

 

How’s it going to work?

Each term we’ll look at a different area of your family’s digital life and give you up to date information on what you can do with your children to keep your home safe.

 

We’ll also set a fun challenge for you to do with your family – we’d like you to join in, find out more, and win prizes for school. You’ll take part through Alfie’s Zone and we need 25% of our pupils’ families to join in to help us win!

 

What will be covered?

We’ll provide a leaflet at the beginning of each term, (starting in the Autumn term), explaining what areas will be covered as well as what challenge we’ll be asking you to take part in. There will also be more information on Alfie’s Zone if you want to know more.

 

Do I need to take part?

 

90% of UK children aged 5-15 have access to, and over 80% of children use, the internet at home.   46% of UK parents agreed with the statement: “My child knows more about the internet than I do”

 

Staying safer in a digital world is a whole new set of lifeskills. We hope that by working together we can support you in keeping your children safer online and help us all to enjoy the opportunities technology offers.

Jun 272013
 

On the 26th of June, the pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 took part in a performance of The Merestone. It is an adventure story that found 3 children being transported to a magical forest and having to take on the evil crone that was Hagbane!  Luckily, with the help of the forest creatures, the children helped to get rid of Hagbane and restore the forest back to its former glory and the magical Merestone back to the forest.

 

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All of the pupils worked so hard to learn their lines and to try to remember where they had to be on the stage. It was a pleasure to welcome such a large audience on Wednesday; the reaction from family and friends was wonderful.

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The girls presented gifts and cards to all the staff who had put in so much of their time and energy to make sure that the performance was a success.

 

A wonderful afternoon and we all look forward to next year…

 

Jun 252013
 

Alfriston is once again taking part in the Send My Friend to School campaign to help put pressure on world leaders to find enough teachers and get every child worldwide into school.

United Nations estimates show that there is a global shortage of 1.7 million teachers, with 1 million professional teachers needed in Africa alone. In the year 2000, world leaders made a promise that every child would receive a quality primary education by 2015. However, there are still over 60 million children missing out on even a basic primary education, with millions more struggling to learn in oversized classes and with unqualified teachers.

To support Send My Friend to School the Student Council has enlisted the help of Mrs Chapman and the art department to make a large teacher cut out which we intend to make into an eye catching collage.  This week all pupils are completing an individual message to say why they think every child deserves a teacher and these will form part of the collage.