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

Feb 042013
 

Tuesday 5th February is Safer Internet Day.  The slogan for this year’s campaign is Connect with Respect.  As parents I wonder if you are a good role model for your daughter; are you respectful and sensible on line?  Do you know how to make sure your daughter is safe and what you can do today to make her safer?

 The campaign is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre and their website has some really useful information and great resources to download.  There is also a quiz so you can judge just how much you really know about the Internet.  I recommend that you take a look to see what you can learn at: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

 The campaign is closely linked to recognising our online rights and responsibilities and the results of the “Have Your Say” survey of 24000 young people in the UK will be released during the day.  I will report on these findings in the Newsletter coming out at half term.

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

Dec 032012
 

 

At this time of year when the nights draw in so quickly, the Student Council wanted to stress how important it is for us all to make sure that we can be seen by motorists in the fading light and after dark.  If you are a driver you will know how difficult it is to spot the pedestrian who nips across the road in front of you dressed in dark colours from head to foot.  Therefore the Student Council once again chose to encourage pupils at Alfriston to wear something bright on their coats or bags.  To this end, during Road Safety Week last month, every pupil was given a hi-viz reflective sticker to wear.

 

The main campaign for Road Safety Week this year was to cut speed in local communities where children, pets and families are travelling between home, school and shops. The Go20 campaign  reports that 20mph is much safer for people walking and cycling because drivers have far more chance to react in an emergency and avoid hitting someone: your stopping distance at 30 is nearly double than at 20. Where 20 limits have replaced 30 limits, there have been reductions in casualties.

 

Lower urban speeds are particularly good for kids. Research shows children struggle to judge speed when vehicles are doing more than 20mph, yet many drivers expect them to simply keep out of the way.

 

Every day seven children and 19 adults and are killed or seriously injured while walking or cycling on UK roads. Every death and injury is devastating for families involved, and entirely preventable.

http://go20.org/back-the-campaign/

 

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