To Rain Or Not To Rain

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May 162017
 
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In the English Department, we are delighted to be going on several trips over the next couple of months! In June, the Year 8s are going to the Roald Dahl Museum to inspire their creative writing. Hopefully, it won’t inspire their cooking, as we’re not sure Mrs Jones will be too pleased if they swap their spaghetti for worms like Mrs Twit! This will support work they are doing in the classroom learning about one of Roald Dahl’s novels and hopefully- will inspire a love of reading too!

As well as this, the Year 9s are going to the Globe Theatre, London this week to tie in with their work on William Shakespeare. It will be interesting to find out what it was like to go to the theatre in Shakespeare’s time – it was a little different from our trip to the pantomime each Christmas! Interestingly, the middle of the theatre doesn’t have a roof. This is where the ‘Groundlings’ stood, the cheap tickets, so they always got wet!

We will all be wondering if it is to rain or not to rain? That is the question!

Mrs Dickins

Billy Bob Buttons is coming to Alfriston

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Apr 262017
 
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On Monday 22nd May award winning author Billy Bob Buttons will be coming to Alfriston School to do a range of creative writing workshops with year 7. This will be supporting the creative writing year 7 are doing this half term based on Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’.

He is the author of sixteen very popular children’s books including ‘Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop’, the bestselling ‘Muffin Monster’, ‘Tiffany Sparrow Spook Slayer’, The Cool Kids Book Prize winner ‘WIDE AWAKE’, and the UK People’s Book Prize winner and bestseller ‘I think I Murdered Miss’. Last year, this book sold over 100,000 copies in the UK alone and won the 2014 UK People’s Book Prize.

Every year, he meets with approximately 150,000 primary school children to deliver his popular literacy workshops. Throughout the afternoon, he will be delivering workshops to year 7 focusing on planning a story, adventure writing and characters.

There will also be an opportunity for year 7 students to have a question and answer session with Mr. Buttons and buy a signed and dedicated book.

Parents- if you wish your daughter to buy a signed book, please put the money in a marked envelope (the author will have change with him) with your daughter’s name and the name of the book, labelled FAO Mrs Younge Author Visit by Friday 19th May 2017. A letter will go home this Thursday 27th April providing details of books which will be available on the day.

Collaboration on Conflict

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Feb 242017
 
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In the Spring term, year 9 had to connect their English, Art and History skills during an activity day on conflict.

They had already explored the theme of conflict in their English lessons, and written some fantastic poems. This helped them as they explored WW1 artefacts in a workshop led by Wycombe Museum.

 

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They also explored the local monuments, helping us remember conflict, in a mini bus tour of the local area.

In the afternoon, they then participated in an art work shop to produce their own visual expressions of conflict, and why we should remember key historical events, to make sure we have a better future. Some really thoughtful work- well done year 9!

What Do Y8 Think About The Internet?

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Feb 212017
 
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How can you be safer on the Internet?

Year 8s talk about how to be safer on the Internet.

 

Many of you will use the Internet every day, because some of you can look up some good things. The internet is a fantastic tool to chat with your friend. Some people can find different pictures like boys and drawings. Some of you lot can chat to your friends and face time them on the Internet.

 

Whilst the Internet is a good tool, you need to be careful about other people who are using it. Weird people can say rude things about your body. They can try to find your number and your address. Mrs Shorrocks said that “We should report the person if they being rude and you can block them.”

 

Some of the teachers are worried about us using the internet, they want to make sure we are being careful. We can find pictures and we can play games. It has been found out that 70% of people are being rude. Emma said that “We can talk to our friends but we can’t talk to weird people.”

 

Here are a few top tips to be safe:

. You can block them

. You can report them

. Don’t put pictures up of your body

 

So  remember to be safe. Don’t forget to show what you are doing to parents or teachers.

 

Louise

Our library is open!

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Nov 032016
 
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library1In November, we officially launched our new library with special guest Sophie Christiansen.

Sophie did a fantastic assembly about her life, the difficulties she has overcome and her success winning gold medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics. Students asked some really thoughtful questions and we were all really encouraged by Sophie’s message of determination and always keeping a sense of humour!

Each student took home a special cake to mark the occasion. These, and the fabulous book cake in the picture were fabulously made by the Food Technology team. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the library and launch.

Keep reading!

Double the Skill – Maths and English

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Oct 072016
 
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Year 9 have been studying newspapers and reporting this half term. In English, they have been looking at the type of language that is used, the layout and the content. However, this half term there was also an added twist! In Maths, year 9 also looked at the numerical aspects of newspapers. This included counting the average number of paragraphs and making bar charts on the length of words used. Chloe mathsandenglishsaid “I have enjoyed doing this because I have learnt I can use my English skills in Maths too”.

Sports Day 2016

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Jul 062016
 
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On Tuesday 5th July 2016 we had our Sports Day. It took place on our field. Everybody came into school in their Alfriston School PE kit and we were really excited for it. We went in our forms for registration, then we went down onto the field at 9.20. Sports Day started at 9.30. The races were 800m, 200m, 50m hurdles, 50m, and 100m. Also the teachers had a relay at the end. Mr V was really fast. We also had high jump, javelin, discus and long jump. After we finished everything we got in our year groups and got given medals. The weather was really nice as well.

We can’t wait for next year!

 

By Hannah

May 262016
 
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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
 
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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

What’s going on in the English Department? part 4

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Apr 202016
 
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Student of the Half Term
Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their effort, commitment, contributions in class.
Year 7 Freya Smith
Year 8 Molly Bird
Year 9 Aneesah Quaser
Year 10 Ayesha Sadiq
Year 11 Lilly Berry
Year 12 Shabana Ramzan
A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

Year 9
Year 9 will be studying Shakespeare this term with each class looking at one of his plays. We are excited to be visiting Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford Upon Avon on Tuesday 10th May where we will look round the museum and see what life was like when Shakespeare was born. Watch this space for what Year 9 learnt from this trip!

The Three Peaks Challenge
Good luck to the team who will be attempting to conquer three mountains in 24 hours to raise money for the library. We look forward to a wide range of new books to get Alfriston girls reading! Thank you so much to the generous support we have already received- please keep giving to extend the development we could achieve.

Home Learning
If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.