April 22nd is Earth Day

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Apr 202018
 

Plastic is threatening our planet’s survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our streams and landfills. Together, we can make a difference.

Earth Day is now a global event each year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

You will have heard that Theresa May wants to lead the way in the UK by banning plastic straws and cotton buds.

Here at Alfriston we have been profiling our use of plastic and highlighting waste. Some girls have been collecting the plastic waste from our lunches and snacks over a two-week period at the end of which we will weigh it all. P16 girls have carried out a survey and made recommendations to the Senior Leadership team about how we can reduce plastic use in school.

In English girls have been using the topic as a focus for their writing and we are looking forward to hearing more about their ideas.

In addition, we have been thinking about how wasteful our society is and some groups have been on visits to see what happens to our waste after we have binned it or flushed it. We have also been running a swap shop in school to encourage the idea that you can pass on things you don’t want anymore rather than throwing them out. There was a queue at the door on the opening day and lots of great items to swap.

Autism Awareness Week

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Mar 282018
 

What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

What is autism like?

Some autistic people say the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety.

In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family, school, work and social life, can be harder. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, yet can also struggle to build rapport with autistic people. Autistic people may wonder why they are ‘different’ and feel their social differences mean people don’t understand them.

Autistic people often do not ‘look’ disabled. Some parents of autistic children say that other people simply think their child is naughty, while adults find that they are misunderstood.

Watch this film to see what it is like yourself?

Find out more at: www.autism.org.uk

 

Alfriston Skiing Trip 2018

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Mar 282018
 

 

 

 

On our journey, we travelled through France, Switzerland then finally Italy.  When we arrived in Italy we stayed in a hotel named Roma.

We all felt nervous on the first day of skiing but excited to see what we could achieve throughout the week.

During the week we had lots of challenges, e.g. steep slopes, heights, jumps and even skiing backwards.  But by the end of the week we all overcame the challenges.

Skiing wasn’t the only good thing about the trip, we also made friendships with students we don’t usually talk to and that’s why it was extra special.

When we were in Italy of course we had Italian food, which was amazing and different!

After our day skiing we had an activity afterwards.  In those activities we went tubing which is where you sit on an inflatable ring and slide down a snow slope.  Also, we went for Italian ice cream, which was very tasty, then pizza night where we went out and a movie night.  We also picked up a few Italian words along the week.

At the end of the week we had a presentation where the instructors gave us each individual certificates and recognised all our achievements.  Also to say a little thank you to the instructors for all their hard work we presented them with a gift each.

The skiing trip was AMAZING and if it wasn’t for Miss Leahy, Mrs Walsh and Mrs Stevens we wouldn’t have had the privilege to go on the trip.

(written by Hope)

Electronic Homework Diary

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Mar 262018
 

Electronic Homework Diary

During the first part of this academic year 10 have been using an electronic homework diary that they have been accessing via the pupil portal. From the summer term onward this is being rolled out to all pupils. Video guides for parents and pupils have been posted on YouTube. Links to these videos are given below: –

Electronic homework diary – Parent’s guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upI_kBBLeZk

Electronic homework diary – Pupil’s guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAXUZPPsSg0

If parents have any questions about the electronic homework diary they need to contact their daughter’s pastoral tutor.

 

from Mr Waterman

UNITE Ambassadors for Peace and Cohesion

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Feb 202018
 

Teachers, Youth Leaders and young people from Estonia, Hungary and Buckinghamshire visited Alfriston School as part of a European Union Erasmus+ funded project initiated by Bucks County Council Youth Service. The group were based at Woodrow High House, Amersham for a week of educational workshops, discussions and team building activities. The trip to the school provided a great opportunity for the visiting students to work collaboratively with year 11 pupils and for the visiting teachers and leaders to learn about some of the innovative approaches used at the school. The project entitled ‘Unite Ambassadors for Peace and Cohesion’ aims to develop young leaders who will act as ambassadors for community cohesion in schools and with youth organisations across Europe. In this initial phase of the project training materials for the future young ambassadors are being developed with the input of young people. Following pilot studies later this year the initiative will be launched at a number of international conferences in Autumn 2019.

Safer Internet Day 2018

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Jan 312018
 

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’

Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the campaign sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.

As a result of this collective action Safer Internet Day 2017 reached 3 million children and 2 million parents across the UK.
Join the campaign to make Safer Internet Day 2018 the biggest yet!

Plans for 6th February
On the day, the campaign will create a huge buzz right across the UK and globally!
There will be national youth events, activities in schools across the UK, media coverage, a day of trending on social media, companies will spread the word to customers and employees, as we all aim to reach as many children and families across the UK as possible.

Here at Alfriston, we have decided to show our support for a positive Internet by wearing a ribbon in our hair that day, any colour will do. We will also be undertaking activities in school to explore our ideas of what a better Internet might look like and we urge all of our parents, friends and supporters to create, connect and share positive messages and use of technology. Also look out for a recent edition of Digital Parenting magazine coming home full of helpful advice and articles.

Together we can make a positive difference
As a result of hearing about Safer Internet Day 2017, an evaluation found that the majority of children spoke to their families about staying safe online while 79% felt more confident about what to do about any worries online. As a result of the day, 1 in 4 young people said they spoke up about something that had been worrying them online.

Together we can make #SID2018 the biggest campaign yet and make a real difference to the digital lives of children right across the UK.
Find out more and get involved! www.saferinternetday.org.uk #SID2018

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

 

Christmas Bazaar

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Nov 192017
 

DON’T forget that it is nearly time for the Christmas Bazaar on Friday 1st December.  There will be lots of fun events and games plus opportunities to buy lovely Christmas presents for mums, dads and grandparents.

There will also be some amazing festive foods or the famous Alfriston Hampers to try and win.

from Mrs Jones

Odd Socks Day

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Nov 132017
 

Odd Socks Day on Friendship Friday

Odd Socks day will take place at Alfriston on Friday 17th November or, as we like to call it, Friendship Friday.  There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes. All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school, it couldn’t be simpler! 

You do not have to raise money to take part – the most important thing is the message of Odd Socks Day – it’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! Please encourage your daughter to wear odd socks (for one day only!) to show her support for friends and her commitment to Anti Bullying Week.

We’re all different, all equal.

Check out this video on YouTube

Oct 192017
 

Be Safe This Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en can be a lot of fun but it can also be frightening for some people and there are some risks as well.

I suggest you don’t:

  • Go alone – ‘trick or treating’ is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses – stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property – this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people – Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Throw eggs or flour – it’s classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!

 

You can print out posters to show whether you want to participate in Trick or Treating or not.

There are several websites you can visit for more advice, posters to print and fun ideas such as:

safe4autumn.com

Thames Valley Police

BBC

And make sure you are safe on the roads by dressing to be seen – wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.  You can buy reflective badges and clips from the kiosk at school (prices range from 60p to £1.40)

By Katie on behalf of School Council