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.