School-Made Jam

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Sep 282016
 

School-Made Jam – the girls have been picking fruit and making various flavours of jam that will be sold at the Christmas Bazaar.  We would like to hold a competition for the girls to design a label for the jars that they think represents the school-made jam.

iphone sizeTo enter this competition the girls need to design a label on a piece of paper 160cm X 110cm (about the size of an I phone).  Please hand your designs to Mrs Jones before the half term.  Thank you.

Pokémon Go

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Jul 202016
 

Pokémon Go

 

The game is now available in the UK via Apple’s iOS and Google Play’s app stores.

 

So What do parents need to be concerned about?

 

The general lack of awareness players have for the world around them has led to accidents – running into things, falling and wandering into hazardous places.

You need a Google account to sign up to play the game and there have been reports that the app is automatically granting itself permission to access people’s Gmail and Google Drive accounts, which could leave them open to hackers. The level of permission required is currently being tweaked by Niantic, the game’s makers.

Security experts have spotted a malicious version of the Pokémon Go Android app that has been infected with a remote access tool that gives attackers full control over the victim’s phone.

There have been reports of muggers using the app to lure victims. The immersive nature of the game may make some players more trusting of strangers if they are fellow gamers, but children still need to apply the same safety rules that they would use for online gaming.

Is it safe?

 

A game that makes children exercise and talk to each other and one that adds a fresh perspective to familiar surroundings shouldn’t be demonised. But you need to ensure that your child is aware of the dangers before playing and remain safe while using it. There are some aspects of the game that many parents will want to talk to their child about before deciding if they will let them play it.

 

Parent Zone has not reviewed the game in an official capacity but here are some tips gathered from parents who have already played the game:

 

Give it a try yourself, or walk around with your child while they play it and ask them questions. If you are both playing together it could be fun!

If they want to venture out without you, make sure they do so with a friend or friends.

Let them know that they don’t have to walk around while staring at the map on the screen. So long as the game is open on their phones they can hold their mobile in their hand or even put it in their pocket while they walk. If a wild Pokémon appears in their immediate area, the phone will vibrate to let them know.

Let them know that you don’t have to visit a Pokémon’s exact location to capture it – you can stop at a nearby area where it’s safe (ie not in the middle of a busy junction). So long as it appears on their game map, they can capture it.

As with online gaming aliases, remind your child to choose a username that won’t identify either them or where they live. If your child captures a ‘gym’ their username will appear and anyone in the area who touches the gym to see the details of who is in control of it will see it.

Apply real world caution when visiting Pokéstops and gyms. Your child might make some new friends at these place – as they might in a shopping centre, park or cinema, but they need to be aware of the dangers. Make sure you know where your child is going who they will be accompanied by or, even better, offer to take them there yourself.

Be wary of ‘lures’. There is an item called a ‘lure’ that players can purchase with in-game tokens. They drop it at a Pokéstop and Pokémon are lured to that stop for around 30 minutes. You can tell when someone has dropped a lure at a stop because it will have confetti flying out of it on the map. There is the potential to capture lots of Pokémon, but this feature basically gives people the power to lure a group of kids to a certain spot for 30 minutes, so you’ll need to use your judgement and set rules with your child about how to handle this situation if it occurs.

 

 This is guidance previously issued by Parent Zone:

 

Pokémon Go – a parent’s guide

 

Within less than a week of its US release, Pokémon Go became a gaming phenomenon – the augmented reality game can transform familiar surroundings into adventure playgrounds and its simple rules make it accessible for families to play together. But with reports of accidents, muggings and even the discovery of a dead body, we examine what parents can do to combat Pokémon danger

 

What is Pokémon Go?

 

A smartphone game featuring the infamous 90s characters that allows users to interact with the real world using the phone’s camera and GPS capabilities.

 

This collaboration between Nintendo and Niantic Labs also uses augmented technology to allow players to catch Pokémon in real life.

 

Players will see a map of their current location that is super-imposed with their character and all of the game elements.

 

As players move around, different types of Pokémon (rats, snakes dragons etc) will appear, depending on where they are and what time it is.

 

Indoors or outdoors?

 

The idea is to encourage users to travel around the real world to catch these ‘wild’ Pokémon in the game. Different types of Pokémon can be found in different types of terrain and some types are easier to find in certain geographical locations.

 

If players want to hatch an egg (to produce a rare Pokémon) then they will need to walk: each egg requires 2 to 5 km walk before it will hatch.

 

When a player reaches Level 5 they also have the opportunity to unleash their Pokémon on ‘gyms’ – normally located at real-life local places of interest – to do battle with other people’s Pokémon characters. The people need to be at or near the same real world location.

 

What are Pokémon gyms and Pokéstops?

 

The gym is where players (known as ‘trainers’) go to teach their captured Pokémon to fight. At Pokéstops, trainers can pick up snacks and medicine for their captives.

 

The ‘real life’ location of these gyms and Pokéstops is likely to be a public place of interest – such as churches, shopping malls, water towers, museums etc. This is because the game was designed around geo-location technology and looking at what people have frequently typed into mapping apps.

 

Sometimes landscapes change quicker than technology can allow for, however, and there have been reports of players lured to inappropriate places of interest  such as sex shops – and of people living in converted churches complaining that their properties have been surrounded by hoardes of gamers.

 

One US teen even stumbled across a dead body when searching for a water-based Pokéstop near Wyoming’s Big Wind River.

 

Who do players interact with?

 

There’s no built-in chat function but the game does encourage you to interact with other players in ‘the wild’ and gamers are highly likely to encounter other real life people trying to get supplies from the same Pokéstop battling at their local ‘gym’ or just wandering around catching Pokemon in the same area.

 

Is there an age limit for players?

 

You have to be 13 or over to download the app, according to the app’s terms and conditions. In the US privacy legislation requires parents of under-13s to sign permission before any data about their children can be collected.

 

Is it free?

 

It’s possible to enjoy the game without making a single in-game purchase. However, as players progress they might require PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon Go, and this is how its makers look set to make a healthy return on their investment.

 

Players use PokéCoins to buy useful items, such as Poké Balls, which are needed to actually catch Pokémon.

 

There are ways to earn coins within the flow of the game, but the quickest way is to shell out the cash. In-app purchases: 79p for 100 PokéCoins to £7.99 for 12,000 coins.

 

Remind them to save some phone battery for the journey home. The game uses a lot of a phone’s power and will run out of battery faster than normal. Make sure they check their battery level and start heading back when it’s low. There’s a battery saving mode in the game settings, which will dim the screen and use fewer resources while they are walking around.

Sports Day is coming!!!

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Jul 042016
 

Hello Parents and Students,
As you may know Sports Day is coming round the corner on the 5th July 2016. There are lots of exciting events happening. Today we had trials for the different events that are taking place like 800m Race and High Jump. On sports day there will be lots of other competitions taking place:
• 100m
• 100m Hurdles
• 200m
• Javelin
• Discuss
• Shotput
• Long jump
• 800m
• High Jump
All our girls compete and challenge themselves to be the best they can be. Also parents can come along and watch their daughter compete. You can come between 9:30 and 12:30 and refreshments will be available.

 

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Travel Agent Challenge

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Jun 212016
 

What is your dream holiday? If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? These are the questions which we asked our Post-16 students in their English lessons.

But it didn’t stop there! The students had to arrange themselves into teams and were given the task of designing a dream holiday. They would then have to use their imagination to create stalls with posters, pictures, music and food tasters representing their holiday. They would have to persuade other students and staff why their dream holiday would be the most fun!

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Yesterday, the whole school received a golden ticket and throughout the afternoon pupils took turns to explore the different stalls. They tasted and tried exotic foods, they played lucky dips and questioned the group who wore flower headbands! Finally they had the hard task of deciding which dream holiday was their favourite! When they’d chosen, they placed their golden ticket in the box on their favourite stall. At last, after lots of daydreaming about golden beaches and even swimming with dolphins, we announced the winners!

Well done Team Dominican Republic!

Overall, the event was a stunning success and we’d like to say a big well done to all the students who took part. They all put in loads of effort and learnt lots along the way too!

Mrs Dickins

Summer Update from the English Department

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Jun 152016
 

What a busy year we have had in English this year! Thanks to all the hard work of the students and staff. Year 10 have completed their OCR Entry Level qualification, year 11 have completed their WJEC Entry Level qualification, a group of students have sat their WJEC English GCSE and year 12 have finished their WJEC Functional Skills exams. 36 girls have been awarded Student of the Half Term. Year 9 have been out and about visiting Shakespeare’s Birth Place. We have had a new set of laptops to use in class and are well on the way to an exciting new library in September 2016.

A fantastic year and if we don’t get to say it in July, have a restful summer holiday and we look forward to what the new academic year will bring.

 

Student of the Half Term

Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their

effort, commitment, contributions in class.

 

Year 7    Katrina Osypiw

Year 8    Ella Kurgo

Year 9    Elisha Turner

Year 10 Nadia Kausar

Year 11 Georgina Toone

Year 12 Beatrice Gibbons

 

A huge well done to these girls who should be proud of this achievement and whose names are displayed in the English corridor.

 

Year 9

Year 9 visited Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford-upon-Avon last half term.  Two students have written a blog to review their trip. Have a read on the school’s main home page!

 

Year 12

Following their WJEC Functional Skills exams, year 12 have been preparing for the Travel Agent Challenge! In small groups they have been designing a dream holiday. On Monday 20th June, everyone in the school will be given a golden ticket. The Year 12s will set up stalls in the Careers Room. After each class has seen each stall, every student and staff member will give their golden ticket to their favourite dream holiday. Who will win..?

 

The Three Peaks Challenge and library refurbishment

A huge thank you to the team of staff and drivers who had a go at this challenge. We are also pleased to announce the Friends of Alfriston have generously matched the fundraising total. We are now receiving deliveries of new stock every day and an installation team is booked for August. Watch this space!

 

Home Learning

If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

 

A letter from the Headteacher

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May 262016
 

Dear parents,

 

What an exciting time we’ve had with so many adventurous activities!

 

Thank you so much to all those of you who supported the staff in the 3 Peaks Challenge, we couldn’t have picked a better week for snow!!  However, thanks to their valiant efforts, we have raised an incredible amount to restock the library with lots of new books to encourage the girls to read even more.

 

The following week, the weather took a turn for the better and the sun shone on our year 9s during their week long residential in Wales.  They braved ropes, wild water, climbing walls and dark holes to find their inner strengths and to achieve challenges that they didn’t think they could do.  They came back somewhat muddy, but with a great sense of team spirit.

 

Most of our older girls have been practising for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and some are even going for Silver.  They spent a cold night in the field camping out after a long walk with a map and a compass, but all managed to find their way back safely.  We wish them luck on the actual expedition, and I hope it doesn’t snow!

 

Our next exciting adventure is making sure that Mrs Holmes has a night to remember when the whole school is taking her to see Mamma Mia in London as a special treat to mark her retirement as our Deputy Headteacher.  Mrs Holmes has been at the school for over 25 years, and just loves being with the girls at a live performance.  I do hope that all our girls can join us for this special event.  Please make sure that you return the invitation slip asap to help us with our planning.

 

After half term, we have more events to look forward to, and a highlight will be our lower school musical performance “Move It”.  We haven’t even mentioned sports day yet, or any fun goings-on or trips.  Keep an eye out for letters in your daughter’s bag over the coming weeks, and I hope to see you all in school to join us in our events.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jinna Male

 

Do you know which members of staff are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge?

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Apr 182016
 

I want to donate

 

…And the staff who are participating are:

  1. Mrs Younge

Mrs Younge is Head of English at Alfriston.  She joined the school this academic year and she likes afternoon tea but not the washing up!

She signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge  because she thinks it will be great to have a new and wider range of books in school for students to learn a love of reading!  She has been preparing for the challenge with lots of walks, jogs and cycle rides.  She is really hoping to complete all 3 mountains but she is worried about losing her footing and slipping over!

Please encourage her.  Perhaps you could offer her a cup of tea if she doesn’t slip over.

2. Mrs Jones

Mrs Jones, teaches Home Economics, Art, PHSE and D of E at Alfriston and is pastoral tutor to 9J. She has always been quite outdoorsy and enjoys camping and walking; her passion for mountains came about after she completed World Challenge to Guyana with students from her previous school.  She says she is not the fittest of people but will always try things outside her comfort zone.   She has previously climbed Mount Kenya, Mount Meru, Mount Kinabula and Kilimanjaro.  She so enjoys the peace and tranquillity of the scenery and open space and she would really like to complete her mountain leaders training.

Ask her what’s so great about mountains because she’ll be able to tell you!

3. Mrs Knibbs
Mrs Knibbs has just taken retirement, having taught PE at Alfriston School for many years!!!! She will be continuing to work with the South Bucks Special Schools Partnership and do some Supply teaching for Alfriston, when needed. She obviously loves all sports and she likes to take on new challenges, so the Three Peaks Challenge is definitely for her.

However, she fears that she may have to ‘pull out’ at the last minute as she is nursing a skiing injury but she hopes to be able to reach the top of at least one of the Peaks and to have fun with the team.

Please tell her “She can do it” as we don’t want all her training to be in vain!!

4. Mrs Smith (Science)

Mrs Smith is an SSA supporting largely in science and home economics.  As she is a mini bus driver, she also gets to go out on trips and visits which she loves!

She enjoys walking, particularly in the mountains, running and swimming.  Since climbing Snowdon a few years ago, she has been itching to climb Ben Nevis, so being offered the chance to climb three peaks in one go was an opportunity not to be missed! Although she has trained hard, she is still nervous about the enormity of what the team are taking on, but hopes that, with a positive frame of mind and a good team spirit, everyone will rise to the challenge.

Help her to be convinced that she can climb all three mountains, no sweat!

5. Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown has worked at Alfriston for nearly 12 years. She worked for 7 of those in the classroom as a support assistant and now she is up in boarding as part of the residential team. She has worked with children most of her life as well as having 5 of her own. She enjoys most sports and goes to the gym regularly, mostly doing group activities/classes. She also walks her 10 month old German Shepherd/Border Collie pup and that takes up a lot of her time.

She is really looking forward to the 3 peaks as she’s never done anything like it before and she hopes that she will enjoy being part of a successful team!

Go Mrs Brown and the whole team.

6. Miss Leahy

Miss Leahy teaches PE and DofE at Alfriston, as well as visiting our partnership primary schools from the South Bucks School Sports Partnership to assist with the delivery of PE across all ages.  She loves all sports and adventurous activities, especially those that involve water and incorporate a social element.  As she spent much of last year on a physio’s couch, the challenge of the 3 peaks and the chance to train with a specific focus, provided the motivation to get her out and about and fit once more!

However she’s much more accustomed to a relaxed ride up a mountain via a chairlift before descending down at leisure either on a bike or a pair of skis.

Let’s hope she won’t need those skis on any of the 3 peaks.

7. Mrs Shorrocks

Mrs Shorrocks is Head of IT at Alfriston.  She has been at the school for many years and enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is not much of a sportswoman but does try to stay fit by walking and running and she has joined the Challenge because she wants to see the view from the top of Ben Nevis.  She is hopeful that the weather will be kind and that she will get a good photo from the summit but she is worried that her knees may give out before she is safely down from Snowdon.

Give her some tips for staying awake and NO rain-dancing!

 

8. Mrs Stevens

Mrs Stevens has been working at Alfriston for almost three years. She works mainly in the PE department but also in Boarding and coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Before working at Alfriston she was an Outdoor Instructor so she loves being outdoors and challenging herself. She has walked a lot in the past but this is a new challenge and she is looking forward to tackling it with the team!!

Good luck Mrs Stevens and the team!

9. Mr Waterman

Mr Waterman is the science teacher at Alfriston and he’s worked here for ages!  He enjoys running, going to the gym and hill-walking when he gets the chance.  He hopes that the weather will give clear views but is happy to be going when there is snow.

Thanks for organising the whole thing Mr Waterman and let’s hope your GPS keeps working!

10. Mr Van Den Bossche

11. Mrs Male

 

 

 

…and who else????

Safer Internet Day 2016

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Feb 092016
 

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Here at school we have been comparing the effects of posting nasty messages compared to kind messages.  We have been put in the “hot seat” to see how it feels and we have made our own pledges to use the Internet in a positive way.  You will see our shareaheart tweets all week as we continue with this theme.

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In addition, older pupils have been considering the more dangerous side of the Internet and have learned about the sad and worrying story of Breck Bednar as told in the BBC’s Murder Games.  You can read about this in the latest newsletter from school but also you can still watch the programme via BBC iplayer.

 

How will you play your part?

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Alfriston Pupils try Radio Controlled Racing Cars

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Jan 202016
 

The best RC racers from across the globe were there over the weekend  to decide the Reedy International Race of Champions 2016.  This event is  the biggest 1/12 event of the 2016 calendar with 94 entrants from over a dozen countries.  Support races were provided by the Porsche Carrera Cup, for 911 bodied GT12’s and F1’s, so there was plenty of varied action for all the RC racing community.

We were more interested in the ‘Have a Go’ track though and were delighted to have the chance to build and race our very own cars.

When we arrived we were presented with a bag of car parts, a few tools and a set of instructions.  It took a while to get our heads round it but eventually we had built 3 cars.  We had to take our cars to the scrutineer to be tested before we got the go-ahead to race them.  Soon we were all lined up on the track and the designated driver for each team took the controller and waited for the lights to change ( just like in the F1 Grand Prix!).  The Spanners were easily the winners leaving the Smarties miles behind and the Blue Flash team retired at the side of the track!

In the re-run, a handicap was imposed which saw the driver being blindfolded and guided by a team mate.  It made no difference and the Spanners won again.

We really enjoyed our racing and would like to thank everybody who made it possible, especially the team from Active Learning Support who assisted us throughout.CYxBKoqWkAAaiOl CYxGLKRWsAArHEJ CYyC0FXWMAEcLRF CYyDiRBW8AQbZE0

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We Joined the Hour of Code

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Dec 142015
 

DSCN0080The Hour of Code is a self-guided tutorial to learn how to code and discover the basics of computer science. The campaign to promote it kicked  off from 7th December last week.  Some girls in Y9 and Y10 took the challenge and worked towards completing fun tasks in the context of Frozen, Star Wars or Minecraft depending on their interests.  Hopefully they enjoyed doing it and have talked about it at home so that you too can have a go!  If they didn’t mention it, or you’re not in those classes, then read on to find out how you can get involved anyway.

 

So why do we need an hour of it?

Because it’s a useful skill to have, particularly for parents, teachers and those who work with families, who may be able to help the children they look after if they know a bit about it themselves.

As the people behind the week-long campaign explain, an hour is enough ‘to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background.’

Fair enough. So, tell me what to do.

Log on to the website below to find out more. (It doesn’t have to be this week – you can do it any time.)

The Hour of Code is aimed at all ages, you don’t need any experience and you can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials to have a go yourself, or guide children through it. Go on – it’s fun.

Well, I’m always up for a bit of fun. What else do I need to know?

To find one of the tutorials, click here.

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 You too could build a Star Wars galaxy or make a snowflake with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna.

 

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