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.

Jun 172013
 

Some girls in school have been learning about mobile phone safety. Please help all young people to stay safe and keep their mobile safe by registering them on the website at www.immobilise.com

 

Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and with its sister site CheckMEND, the largest database of stolen property and blocked mobile phones.

 

According to the Mobile Life Youth Report three-quarters of young people have had their phone bought for them by their parents, while half have their calls paid for by their parents. If your child doesn’t already have a mobile phone then you may be considering purchasing one for them soon. When deciding which phone to purchase, consider their needs at this age and perhaps opt for a basic model, to make it less attractive in terms of theft or bullying.

 

6% of children aged 10 to 15 years reported unwanted and nasty emails or texts, or abusive postings on a website. [British Crime Survey, 2011]

 

1 in 5 boys and girls aged 6 to 9 years old reported being the victim of cyberbullying [AVG, 2011].

 

This is partly because children in the UK use social networks for longer than any other country and the advent of smart phones has made mobile social networking an any time, everyday pass-time. 1 in 10 of those questioned said they used Facebook, even though they were well beneath the minimum age limit of 13.

 

Mobile phones are stolen in about half of all street crime and in approximately a third of cases it is the only property stolen. [National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, 2010]

 

Registering your mobiles before they are lost or stolen, may help to recover the phone. In the event of loss or theft, the details of the handset will become available to Police and other agencies which may assist in its recovery, as well as provide those all important details for insurance purposes. Remember, however, that to have the phone blocked YOU MUST report the loss or theft to the network provider to ensure that it cannot be used to make calls by the finder or thief here in the UK. Call 08701 123123 for further advice.

Unfortunately blocking the handset from network use will not block access to personal information or online accounts which are not password protected, so encourage your child not to store sensitive personal information on their mobile unless it is password or PIN code protected.

 

A staggering 228 mobile phones are reported stolen every hour in the UK

[UK Technology, June 2010]

 

Remember to keep a note of your IMEI numbers and log on to www.immobilise.com for more information or to register your phones today.

 

Encourage your child to carry the pocket sized Watch it! Safety Tips and emergency numbers with them wherever they go, if this leaflet has not been given to your child you can download it from the parents section at www.outofyourhands.com where you will also find other useful information and support on mobile phone safety and cyberbullying.

Apr 232013
 

At a recent meeting of the Student Council, members felt that some of our pupils and their families may be interested in participating in a Police Independent Advisory Group.

The Wycombe Police Independent Advisory Group (IAG) allows interested individuals and community groups to meet regularly with the most senior local police Commanders and have their views listened to .

Meetings are held routinely about four times per year, with extra meetings arranged if and when necessary and the Group aspires to reflect the views of the local community. All communities should be involved; after all policing decisions affect us all. The IAG believes that we all deserve high quality policing services that are shaped around the needs of our community and community priorities should be local police priorities.

 The groups are based on the belief that policing must be open and transparent and that “consumers” should have more input into the process. If you agree, or members of your community agree, then why not join the IAG?

Wycombe Police  are seeking local volunteers who will help to reflect our community. Those from minority ethnic groups, those with all kinds of disabilities, ages, religions or faiths, with or without employment, of all political persuasions and of any sexual orientation are all welcome. Whether you live or work in Wycombe itself or one of the nearby towns, are a traveler or rural farmer ~ you may be able to really make a difference.  

The IAG is there to advise Thames Valley Police of the various views from the local community. There is no need to reach a consensus and the group is not responsible for the implementation or consequences of any of the recommendations. Differing personal views within the group are welcome ~ the police need to hear all sides. 

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity please complete the application form at the following web site:

http://www.wycombeiag.org.uk/Index.htm

Mar 252013
 

The team supporting the transition pathway are launching a new website but would like to consult pupils and their parents about the content.  They are inviting you (pupils with a Statement of Education Needs and their parents) to attend a session at Green park on Tuesday 9th April 10.00- 1.00 (including lunch).  You must register your interest as soon as possible.

 

See the flyer on Alfie’s Zone:  http://learning.alfriston.bucks.sch.uk/file.php/2/launch_flyer.pdf

Mar 232013
 

More people in Britain are concerned about websites showing the sexual abuse of children than other types of illegal, illicit or ‘harmful’ internet content. However, more than half of people in Britain currently say that they either wouldn’t know how to report it if they were to encounter it (40%) or would just ignore it (12%).

 

The ComRes poll conducted among a representative sample of 2058 British adults for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows the vast majority of people in Britain think that child sexual abuse content (“child pornography”) (91%) and computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse (85%) should be removed from the internet.

 

83% of people overall say they are ‘concerned’ about child pornography with 74% saying they are ‘very concerned’.

 

Other areas of concern:

  • 77% are concerned about computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse;
  • 73% are concerned about terrorist websites;
  • 68% are concerned about very extreme/violent pornography;
  • 62% are concerned about hate websites (racist or homophobic);
  • 61% are concerned about suicide websites;
  • 51% are concerned about eating disorder websites.

 

4% of men – the equivalent of one million men, and 2% of women, the equivalent of 500,000, report actually having come into contact with it, or have stumbled across it.

 

So would you know how to report it if you stumbled across it?  The IWF have posted some very useful videos to take you through the necessary steps and these can be found on You Tube.  The link below will take you straight there so please take a moment to do so.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWqfmzWW3BA&list=SPJpo3oC1S14kwQi-jpmces-4pcAvNONmW

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Dec 072012
 

Dear parents,

 

It’s December and we’re starting to look forward to Christmas!  The decorations are up and we have lots of festive activities planned starting with the Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday 12th December, when Mary Berry will be our special guest to judge the baking competition.  The girls will be going on our traditional visit to the Pantomime later in the term, which is “Aladdin” at the Elgiva Theatre and is kindly sponsored by Happy Days Charity.  Apart from the usual Christmas lunch and parties, we also have the annual     Rotary party and Christmas disco, with the option of a quieter activity for those who  prefer a more relaxed time.  I’m sure Christmas at Alfriston will be a time to remember for everyone.

 

The hens are happily enjoying the extension to the run, and keeping us well supplied with eggs.  Two of the chicks have turned out to be cockerels and are now fully grown and crowing.  Perhaps we’ll have more chicks in the Spring!

 

Plans are going ahead to start the pool build in January 2013, and although we know that this will necessarily involve some disruption we are extremely excited at the prospect of having our own indoor pool on site.

 

Please could you check that we have a current emergency contact number for you as we have had several unobtainable numbers recently and it’s vital that we can contact you should an emergency arise.

 

I hope to see many of you in school during the run up to Christmas.  Please join us at the Christmas Bazaar next week and at our Carol Service on the last day of term.  I wish you all a very happy Christmas time.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jinna Male

Nov 252012
 

Takeover Day is a national initiative started by the Children’s Commisioner.  The premise of the day is that children and young people are invited to takeover adult roles for the day.  Six girls from Alfriston’s Y9 took part in this year’s event at Youth Space in High Wycombe, organised by Buckinghamshire’s Participation Team, along with pupils from other schools .

Previous consultations with young people have identified that children and young people, especially those with special needs, felt that health professionals spent more time talking to their parents or carers than they did to them.  So, the young people were charged with the task of producing a leaflet aimed at health professionals to make this point and also a poster to encourage young people to speak up for themselves and to make sure that their voice is heard.

The girls arrived at Youth Space ready for action and, once they had got to know everybody, they soon got to work.  The initial stage was to identify the key areas of concern and suggest ways forward.  Then it was the fun bit; generating ideas and experimenting with colours, images and text.  The room was soon alive with creative thoughts and some inspired samples started to emerge .  Next it was a question of agreeing what worked and what didn’t before adapting the ideas to the specific purpose of being used with and by health professionals.

By the end of the day there were some truly fabulous ideas taking shape and these were handed over to a professional artist to finish the job and make the ideas a reality.  We hope to be involved in approving the design as it progresses and hopefully you will soon see the leaflets and posters being used by a health professional near you!

Oct 022012
 

3rd September 2012 – 10th September 2012
Wow what a wonderful summer full of sport we have had with the Olympics and Paralympics, but it did not stop there as a group of girls selected from year 10 and year 11 have been involved in the Spirit in Motion – Finland Project. In the past Alfriston have successfully worked on projects with Green Park and once again a bid had been granted for a group of pupils from a disability school in Finland to spend a week at Green Park with eight of our pupils to engage in a programme of activities with a focus on the Paralympics and to follow the Paralympic values.
Our Finnish visitors arrived before the start of our new academic year, so Alfriston group gave up some of their holiday to engage in a programme of activities which included:
• A visit to Stoke Mandeville to see the Paralympic exhibition which told the
story of how the Paralympics began, along with a taster of Wheelchair
Tennis and the Ability Bikes. The press were there to report the visit and
Meridian TV recorded the occasion of the unique Project – you may have
seen either or both of the reports.
• Numerous activities at Green Park from low ropes, archery, climbing,
cargo nets, challenges and orienteering.
• The Finnish group had a visit to Alfriston School and joined in with the
preparation sessions for the day at the Paralympics, followed by a day at
the Olympic Park with Alfriston school which they thought was awesome.
• A cultural visit to Windsor Castle and a demonstration with samples of
making fudge.
• A tour of the Olympic and Paralympic Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake.
• A visit to Wycombe Museum to sample some of our local history and a
session on Paralympic Logo Felt Making.
• A visit to Odds Farm.
• An evening at Aylesbury Disability Youth Club
• Sessions of 1:1s throughout the Project to work on personal development.
• A celebration of the Project concluded with a party at Alfriston School
with the groups sharing their experiences.
Alfriston pupils appreciate that they have had an amazing experience and are now working towards the second part – they are awaiting confirmation of going to Finland to meet again their Finnish friends to engage in snow activities and to visit their school in Kuopio.