Thirsty Thursday Has Arrived!

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Nov 232018
 

The idea of Thirsty Thursday is for the Head or Deputy Head to invite pupils who have gone over and above during the week to share a hot drink and a chat together. It is an opportunity to spend time with members of the school who get on quietly and don’t always get the recognition they deserve. This special time will alternate each week between upper school (Y10, 11, P16 ) and lower school.

Our school council announced this scheme in an assembly and invited all pupils to vote on the question of whether this scheme should be implemented. When the votes were counted the result was conclusive, though not unanimous, with 90% of pupils in favour.

So today is the inaugural Thirsty Thursday and we are preparing to celebrate the dedication of the first set of pupils from Y7, Y8 and Y9, one pupil from each pastoral group. We are all eager to see who has been chosen…check the pupil portal to find out.

It so happens that today marks 50 days of this school term so what a great way to launch our latest initiative!

Anti Bullying Week 2018

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Nov 182018
 

Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The aims of the week were to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

The definition of respect
That bullying is a behaviour choice
That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online

At Alfriston, pupils have discussed these issues in their PSHE lessons and many have worked on producing their own Choose Respect posters.

We started off the week with Friendship Friday when we invited pupils to check with a friend what their favourite fruit was and submit an order form for that fruit. A week later we enjoyed Fruity Friday when older pupils had made up a fruit basket for each pastoral group based on the orders received.

When all the posters have been completed and handed in, they will be made up into a booklet to be displayed in our reception area and the message of Choose Respect will be reiterated throughout the year.

School Council Action

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Jun 202018
 

This week School Council are promoting awareness of two national campaigns.

 

 

 

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Pupils have learned about the plight of refugees through an assembly and in their PSHE lessons or pastoral time,

It is also the Week of Action for Send My Friend to School. Around the world there are a staggering 264 million children who cannot attend school and of these some 246 million children are out of school because of violence.

Alfriston pupils have been comparing safe and dangerous schools and completing posters which will be sent to our MP, Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, to lobby her about the issue.

Click on the pictures to learn more.

Sun Safety Tips

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May 172018
 

School Council have discussed the importance of being safe in the sun and have issued this guidance based on information given by Cancer Research UK

Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen.


When the sun is strong:

Spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK

Cover up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses.

And use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.

 

Shade

One of the best ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays is to spend some time in the shade.

 

You can find or create shade in many different ways. For example:

  • Trees and foliage
  • Umbrellas and parasols
  • Canopies and awnings
  • Tents and shelter
  • Going indoors

Spending time in the shade is a great way to protect your skin when the sun is strong. But UV rays can go through some fabrics and reflect off the ground so it’s still important to think about clothing and sunscreen.

 


Covering up

Along with shade, another way to protect your skin from the sun is with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and good quality sunglasses.

Clothes

The more skin that’s covered by your clothing, the better the protection you’re getting. Choose clothing that’s loose-fitting and deeper in colour. Also look for materials with a close weave- as a guide hold the material up to check you can’t see through the fabric. Clothing that’s dry also provides more protection than if it’s wet. This is particularly the case for cotton clothes.

Hats

Hats are great for protecting the whole face and head. Choose a wide-brimmed hat for the most protection. A ‘legionnaire’ style hat that has flaps around the ears and back of the neck also offers good protection.

Sunglasses

When choosing sunglasses look for one of the following:

  • ‘CE Mark’ and British Standard
  • UV 400 label
  • 100% UV protection written on the label or sticker


Sunscreen

Sunscreens will not protect us completely from sun damage on their own. However, they can be useful for protecting the parts of skin we can’t shade or cover. This is why we recommend using sunscreens together with shade or clothing to avoid getting too much UV exposure.

 

We recommend buying sunscreens with a:

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 (UVB protection)
  • High star rating with at least 4 stars (UVA protection)
  • UVA protection can also be indicated by the letters ‘UVA’ in a circle which indicates that it meets the EU standard.

 

Tips for using sunscreen properly

No sunscreen will give the protection it claims unless you apply it properly.

  • Make sure you put enough sunscreen on – people often apply much less than they need to. When your risk of burning is high, ensure that all exposed skin is thoroughly covered in sunscreen.
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly. Some products are designed to stay on better than others, but beware of sunscreen rubbing, sweating or washing off.
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to avoiding getting caught out by sunburn.
  • Don’t be tempted to spend longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.
  • Check your sunscreen has not expired before you use it.

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