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 262012
 
Mary Berry celebrity chef alfriston bake off

Following up on our very successful Annual Fun Day, where with your help, we raised a  magnificent £1,919.17, we are delighted to announce that we will be having another Bake Off at the school’s Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 from 11.00am to 12.30 pm.

We are thrilled that Mary Berry (a celebrity chef who recently judged ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC2) has agreed to come and judge – how lucky are we?

We will be running two competitions with prizes, presented by Mary Berry.

 Six Seasonal Cup Cakes, Presented on a Plate is purely for our girls but  the ‘Friends of Alfriston’ Bake Off – Yule Log is open to all staff, family, ex-pupils and friends of Alfriston.  No rules just create and bake!…except that we would ask you, please, to follow the ingredients listed to ensure that everyone’s entry is the same.   However, you will  be judged on presentation, so be as creative as you like!

 RECIPE FOR THE ‘BAKE OFF’                  

 YULE LOG by Mary Berry

Ingredients

4 large eggs

100g caster sugar

65g self-raising flour

40g cocoa powder

For the chocolate icing and topping:

275g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

450ml double cream

4 tbsp apricot jam

Icing sugar for dusting

Holly and red berries to garnish (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°/gas mark 6.  Grease and line a 33 x 23cm Swiss roll tin with baking  parchment, securing the corner with metal paperclips.

2. For the sponge, place the eggs and sugar together in a larger bowl.  Using an electric hand whisk, beat the mixture until it is pale, light and frothy.

3. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully fold into the egg mixture, using a metal spoon and taking care not to beat any of the air out of the mixture.

 4. Pour in to the lined tin and spread out into the corners.  Bake in the middle of the oven for about 8 -10 minutes until pale golden and the sides are shrinking away from the edge of the tin.

 5. Place a piece of baking parchment bigger than the Swiss roll on the work surface.  Invert the cake on to the paper and remove (and count!) the paperclips and peel away the baking parchment.

 6. Trim the edges of the cake with a sharp knife and make a score mark 2.5cm in along the longer  edge.  Roll up (from the longer edge) using the paper, rolling it up with the paper inside.  Set aside to cool.

 7.  While the cake is cooling, make the icing.  Melt the chocolate and 300ml of the cream in a bowl over  a pan of simmering water.  Refrigerate until cool and thickened.  Whip the remaining cream. 

 8. Uncurl the cold Swiss roll and remove the paper.  Spread a third of the icing over the surface then spread the whipped cream on top, and re-roll tightly.  Cut a quarter of the cake off from one end, on the diagonal.  Transfer the large piece of cake to a serving plate and angle the cut end to the side of the large cake to make a branch.  Cover the surface of the cake with the melted apricot jam.

 9. Put the remaining chocolate icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.  Pipe long thick lines  along the cake, covering the cake completely so it looks like the bark of a tree.  Cover each end with icing or, if you wish to see the cream, leave un-iced.

 10. Dust with icing sugar and decorate.

Prizes:

Girls –   1st Prize   – A signed book by Mary Berry & £10 Shopping Voucher

             2nd Prize – £10 Shopping Voucher

             3rd Prize  – £5 Shopping Voucher

 ‘Friends of Alfriston’ Bake Off – One Prize – A signed book by Mary Berry.

 Everyone who enters will receive a certificate.

 More details will follow in November – but please do start practising now.

Oct 262012
 

Dear Parents,

The school year is well under way and the new pupils have settled in well and are fast becoming used to our routines and expectations.  The girls are enjoying using the refurbished food technology room, and many have made positive comments about the refurbished toilet block too!  The hens have had an extension built to their run to accommodate the chicks (who are now as big as the others) and seem to be enjoying the extra space.

Plans are in hand to start the pool build in January 2013.  We know that this will cause some disruption, and quite a bit of mess, but the end     result will make it all worthwhile.  Hopefully, the build will be complete within the year and we can celebrate with a grand opening ceremony in Spring 2014, before diving in.

We were honoured to have several  special guests in the school last week, to join in with our tree planting ceremony courtesy of the Woodland Trust.  The girls can now enjoy watching a beautiful cherry tree growing in our  recreation area between the benches, providing shade in the summer and  blossom and fruit throughout the year.  We’d like to give many thanks to Lady Howe for coming along to help us to plant the tree, and to Dilys Machin from the Woodland trust for providing it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now that the colder weather is setting in, may I remind you to ensure that your daughter has a warm coat with her name in it.  Coats should be in a plain dark colour, but hats and scarves can be any colour you choose.

 We have lots of activities and events planned for the run up to Christmas, and I hope to see many of you at the school during the term.  I would  like to thank all those of you who have supported our fund-raising activities, and who have attended the Friends of Alfriston events.

Kind regards,                             Jinna Male

 

 

Read the whole newsletter on Alfie’s Zone; you’ll need the enrollment key which you can get by calling the school office on 01494673740.

http://learning.alfriston.bucks.sch.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=1895

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.

Aug 032012
 

We have been sent details of a FREE course for young people aged 14-19 by Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.  The week long course will run from 13th -17th August and will include a number of activities including:

  • Firefighting Skills
  • First Aid Training
  • Police Experience
  • Team Building and Career Options

 

For more information please contact Kate Watson on 01494 675224 or kwatson@bucksfire.gov.uk

 

Jul 182012
 
spiders on jacobs ladder longridge whole school event

Our whole school trip to Longridge was a tremendous success despite the weather today.  I think everybody did something to be proud of; some facing up to challenges, some encouraging and inspiring others and some just showing the right spirit and a willingness to participate.  I can only comment on the activities I saw and there were many I did not but these deserve a special mention from me.

  1. A couple of spiders hanging from Jacob’s Ladder;
  2. At least two girls who went up to the Leap of Faith like mountain goats;
  3. Several girls who completed the Leap of Faith against all the odds – we watched with bated breath!
  4. Ten girls paddling as a team;
  5. A couple of stars who epitomise kindness and caring;
  6. One girl for her coaching skills and words of encouragement – you’re a born leader!
  7. Two teachers who gave a new meaning to Project Splash and
  8. Everybody for being there.

The level of cooperation, shared values and sense of fun was an outstanding feature of today.  Well done to you all and thanks to everyone who was involved in the organisation.

leap of faith longridge whole school event

 

Jul 122012
 
CG website

“Send My Friend to School” is a campaign that has brought together hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in the UK who want world leaders to keep their promise and make sure that every child can go to school, no matter where they live. We want world leaders to pay attention, to make plans and give money to education. They can do this by working together.

Here at Alfriston the Student Council urged each pastoral group to think about the plight of children around the world and to record messages on a gold medal template.  These were duly sent to our Local MP Cheryl Gillan.

She enjoyed reading our messages and was so impressed by the work we had done that she decided to post a picture of our medals on her own website: www.cherylgillan.co.uk

Some countries still need to provide the aid they promised, others need to make sure the aid gets spent on education, and many need to spend more of their own money on schools and teachers.  We need education to be a top priority because time is running out. With only three years until the 2015 deadline 67 million children are still missing out on school.

Jul 112012
 
alfriston-school-beaconsfield-olympic-torch-relay-2012-bbc.jpg

When Abi signed up to join the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills course with Mrs Shimmen, she wouldn’t have dreamt that it would lead to her running through Maidenhead carrying the Olympic torch. But that’s what happened!

Mrs Shimmen became aware that Jamie Oliver was sponsoring the Olympic Torch Relay and nominated Abi because of her enthusiasm for cooking using fresh ingredients which led led to her family adopting a healthier diet. There was much form – filling to be done but we were all delighted when finally the news came through that Abi had been accepted.

Her big day came this week when she took up the torch at 11.20am on Tuesday 10th July and ran through Maidenhead with the biggest smile you can imagine.

Y10 and ACE pupils turned out in force to cheer her on and to share her moment of glory. Although her sister said she was nervous at first, she was clearly excited to have the crowd looking at her and she engaged with them and waved like a true celebrity. Abi’s family were also there and they were all wearing Tshirts and hats and waving banners specially made for the day.

Abi’s mum said: “I’m really excited, I can’t believe it’s happening. She’s achieved so much and we’re so proud of her.” And so say all of us!

Well done Abi; you have made the London Olympics really special for Alfriston and given us a day to remember.

alfriston-school-beaconsfield-olympic-torch-relay-2012-bbc.jpg

Abi and the Torch

Mar 182012
 
Alfriston School - First Fun Run

Adrian Moorhouse, the former Olympic gold medal swimmer, opened the Beaconsfield Fun Run on Friday 16th March.  The event which is sponsored by Savills has been a regular event but it is the first time that we have joined in. The event will raise money for the schools involved; Alfriston, The Beaconsfield School and Beaconsfiled High and we will be putting our sponsorship money towards the cost of building our much anticipated swimming pool.

Mrs Male set the dress code in wearing a pink tutu and all staff and pupils followed her lead, including Mr Waterman, who ran the full 5km through the Hall Barn Estate with our elite athletes.  Other pupils followed an adapted course but everybody took part, participating to the best of their ability.

Well done everybody and we shall look forward to learning how much it has helped our Splash fund.

 

Alfriston School - First Fun Run

Alfriston School - First Fun Run

Oct 142010
 

This year saw Alfriston School’s first School Fashion Show, comprised totally of clothing made by students from recycled materials.

There is some more post text that goes here, but for now, I’ll draw this blog post to an end.

Thanks for listening, and viewing!

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