Learning to Blog

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Mar 042019
 

How to enjoy your first pet!

This is a blog that will help you when you get your first pet. I will tell you all of the top tips of having a first pet. Some people think that it is hard to have pets because they think that you will have to be hands on deck all of the time, but you don’t and it is all fun and relaxed.

Pets are fun, cuddly, fluffy and sweet. When you are crying, if you have a cat, then they will come up to you and they will sit with you and you can stroke them.

You should find information out about pets and make sure that you have spoken to your parents about it. Then you can start thinking about what animal you would like as a pet. Pets could be cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, guinea pig, Madagascar hissing cockroach, common leopard gecko, mouse, rat or a gerbil.

Top Tips:

> If you get a normal fish, then you could get a catfish as well.

> You will need to have a thermometer in the fish tank.

> If you want a dog, then you will need to get all of the things that you will need.

> If you want a cat, then you will need to have all of the things that you need.

> Annabel in Year 8 said, “Fishes are a great pet because they come in all different shapes, sizes and colour.”

The pet population in 2013 was 71 million and last year it only was 51 million.

There are 4,521 cats that have been abandoned in the UK and that is not nice and caring. If you go to an animal shelter, then you could get a pet there.

If you do, then you will be making a space free for another homeless dog or cat. There are 100,000 dogs that have been abandoned in the UK. So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you have a try today!

Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get your first pet!

Some people are worried about getting their first pet but it’s not so bad once you bring it home and have it for a bit. This is a blog to help you think of a nice pet to get, like if you want a guinea pig or another pet that isn’t so hard to handle. Also don’t worry because they are lots of things to help! Why don’t you look for an animal that’s cuddly, warm and fun to play with?

You may have noticed that one of your family members has a dog but your mum says you can’t get one because they need a walk every day. Some animals like a hamster are fun to play with when they are settled in. Hamsters come in all different colour and size.

One pupil in Year 8 suggested that, “Looking after some fish can be fun and they are nice to look at.” I know many of you love animals but your parents wouldn’t let you have a pet, so a fish could be a good idea for you.

Top Tips:

-Choose one animal that you like

-Get the food for the animal

-Get the cage if you getting an animal that lives in a cage

-Get some toys for the animal so it has something to play with.

– Think carefully about everything so you are sure

Why not get a pet today and play with it?

By Annabel

How to do well in secondary school!

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Jan 232018
 

Every kid around the world gets nervous when going to secondary school, no matter how cool or how confident they are. There is always a low point at that stage in life, but you don’t have to worry because this is a blog that is likely to answer all your questions, and all you have to do is read it.

Always try your best not to worry because big worries turn into lots of little worries that make things worse. You can ask anyone for advice or a little comfort to help you on your way.

It’s always ok to ask where you are if your lost or how things work when your confused. You could always ask a nearby teacher or if you’re feeling quite confident another student. Besides what is the worst that can happen?
The exiting thing about secondary school is all the new experiences. You never know what great things the school has in store for you!

Top Tips

  • Always ask where the toilets are first or else…
  • You don’t have to rush about making friends, it’s a good idea to let it happen naturally
  • You don’t have to be cool when making friends people will like you for who you already are
  • Always put your name on EVERYTHING you take with you, it’s so annoying losing something on your first day

Golden tip: I would encourage you to be friendly

By Gwen

 

To Rain Or Not To Rain

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May 162017
 

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
 

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
 

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.

 

wycombe museum

 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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