Oct 012013

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre has revealed that in the past two years, 184 children from the UK became victims of sexual blackmail online, with several self-harming or taking their own lives as a result.


The organisation warned that the offenders are getting bolder – in some cases, children are not just forced to send sexual images and videos of themselves, but also perform sexual acts live on webcam.


Pupils in the upper school have been discussing the issue and have watched a short film called Consequences which describes one possible scenario.  The girls were given a fact sheet which details the potential problems and the best ways to stay safe.  They were asked to share this with their carers at home so please encourage them to do so.


The key message is:

The best way to stay safe is by never doing anything on webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see.  BUT it is never too late to get help.

Sep 222013

takeoverLast November I was proud to take a group of six girls from Year 9 along to an all day activity at Youth Space in High Wycombe.  They were there to work on a project to target the way young people are treated by health professionals.  It had previously been identified that young people, and especially young people with learning difficulties and other special needs, were disappointed with the way they were treated by health professionals.

The aim then was to give advice to health professionals and young people about how to manage their health consultations.  Along with pupils from other schools we set about identifying some clear messages and designing some posters and leaflets to carry this advice.  At the end of that first day the young people handed over their ideas to the adults to continue the process.  The young people were consulted at key stages but finally the posters were ready to be launched.

The official launch took place at the Judge’s Lodgings in Aylesbury.  Sue Imbriano, Strategic Director for Children and Young People in Buckinghamshire, was there to congratulate everybody involved and to make presentations to the young people.  Each pupil who took part was given an AQA Unit Award for contributing to a focus group.

We were especially pleased to see that the design elements created by Chanel and AJ were included in the final versions.  We were also very proud of Laura who gave a short presentation at the launch event.  Well done all of you!  And we shall look forward to seeing the posters in Buckinghamshire clinics soon…



Jun 272013

On the 26th of June, the pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 took part in a performance of The Merestone. It is an adventure story that found 3 children being transported to a magical forest and having to take on the evil crone that was Hagbane!  Luckily, with the help of the forest creatures, the children helped to get rid of Hagbane and restore the forest back to its former glory and the magical Merestone back to the forest.


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All of the pupils worked so hard to learn their lines and to try to remember where they had to be on the stage. It was a pleasure to welcome such a large audience on Wednesday; the reaction from family and friends was wonderful.

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The girls presented gifts and cards to all the staff who had put in so much of their time and energy to make sure that the performance was a success.


A wonderful afternoon and we all look forward to next year…


Jun 172013

Some girls in school have been learning about mobile phone safety. Please help all young people to stay safe and keep their mobile safe by registering them on the website at www.immobilise.com


Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and with its sister site CheckMEND, the largest database of stolen property and blocked mobile phones.


According to the Mobile Life Youth Report three-quarters of young people have had their phone bought for them by their parents, while half have their calls paid for by their parents. If your child doesn’t already have a mobile phone then you may be considering purchasing one for them soon. When deciding which phone to purchase, consider their needs at this age and perhaps opt for a basic model, to make it less attractive in terms of theft or bullying.


6% of children aged 10 to 15 years reported unwanted and nasty emails or texts, or abusive postings on a website. [British Crime Survey, 2011]


1 in 5 boys and girls aged 6 to 9 years old reported being the victim of cyberbullying [AVG, 2011].


This is partly because children in the UK use social networks for longer than any other country and the advent of smart phones has made mobile social networking an any time, everyday pass-time. 1 in 10 of those questioned said they used Facebook, even though they were well beneath the minimum age limit of 13.


Mobile phones are stolen in about half of all street crime and in approximately a third of cases it is the only property stolen. [National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, 2010]


Registering your mobiles before they are lost or stolen, may help to recover the phone. In the event of loss or theft, the details of the handset will become available to Police and other agencies which may assist in its recovery, as well as provide those all important details for insurance purposes. Remember, however, that to have the phone blocked YOU MUST report the loss or theft to the network provider to ensure that it cannot be used to make calls by the finder or thief here in the UK. Call 08701 123123 for further advice.

Unfortunately blocking the handset from network use will not block access to personal information or online accounts which are not password protected, so encourage your child not to store sensitive personal information on their mobile unless it is password or PIN code protected.


A staggering 228 mobile phones are reported stolen every hour in the UK

[UK Technology, June 2010]


Remember to keep a note of your IMEI numbers and log on to www.immobilise.com for more information or to register your phones today.


Encourage your child to carry the pocket sized Watch it! Safety Tips and emergency numbers with them wherever they go, if this leaflet has not been given to your child you can download it from the parents section at www.outofyourhands.com where you will also find other useful information and support on mobile phone safety and cyberbullying.

Jun 172013

Nobody wants to spend the entire summer indoors, and indeed some sunshine, below sunburn level, can be good for us, helping the body to create vitamin D and giving many of us a feeling of general wellbeing, as we enjoy taking walks in the sunshine and enjoying outdoors summer activities.

However, all too often we over-do our sun exposure which can lead to a range of skin problems, the most serious of which include skin cancer.


Ultra Violet radiation from the sun is in three wavelengths – UVA, UVB and UVC.

  • UVA causes the skin to become leathery and wrinkled as well as causing skin disease
  • UVB, causes sunburn, which has strong links to skin disease
  • UVC does not penetrate the earth’s atmosphere, so we don’t need to worry about that so much.

When you are buying suncreams or sunglasses you should check what they are supposed to protect against –  UVA or UVB or both?


When you are buying a sunscreen cream you should look to see what sun protection factor it offers.  This is called SPF.  New labelling will state whether the SPF is low, medium, high or very high:

New label SPF
Low protection 6 to 14 (i.e. SPF 6 and 10)
Medium protection 15 to 29 (i.e. SPF 15, 20 and 25)
High protection 30 to 50 (i.e. SPF 30 and 50)
Very high protection 50 + (i.e. SPF 50+)

Exactly what sort of protection you need will depend on your skin type


But there are other things you can do to stay safe in the sun and protect yourself from skin disease:

Wear loose, cool clothing

Spend time in the shade – especially between 11 and 3 – the hottest part of the day

Drink plenty of water


And how about those words?  How are they supposed to help?  The messages they are designed to prompt give good sound advice as shown below.

  • SQUIRT on some sunscreen
  • SLURP some water
  • SLIDE on a hat
  • SEEK the shade
Mar 032013

Dear Parent


Buckinghamshire County Council is looking for your support to participate in a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Consultation survey. The Consultation, which relates to the principles behind SEND, has been live since 25 October 2012 and closes on 31 March 2013.


You can access the survey by visiting www.buckscc.gov.uk and clicking the following from the Home Page:


About your Council > Have your say > Current Consultations > Buckinghamshire County Council’s Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Strategy


Alternatively, the direct URL is below:




You will also find two accompanying documents before accessing the survey which provide some context around the current SEND Review and the purpose of the Consultation.


Your input will ultimately directly influence future SEND services in Buckinghamshire. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey by 31 March 2013. The results of the Consultation will be made available online in due course.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at SENfeedback@buckscc.gov.uk.


Thank you for all of your support thus far!




Jenny Pearce

SEN Lead and Principal Psychologist

Buckinghamshire County Council

February 2013





Jan 292013

Well done to all the girls from Alfriston School who attended the 2013 Inter-Schools Annual Elite Swimming Gala kindly hosted by Wycombe Abbey School on 24 January 2013.


Alfriston School Swimming Gala 24 Jan 13

The races were keenly fought and Alfriston Girls came home with the winning shield for the Overall Girls Event – what a fantastic achievement.   In the final race, a nail biting finish between Penn School and Stony Dean School with only one point between them, Stony Dean won the Junior and Senior Boys event, whilst Penn School won the overall competition.    In the afternoon the girls stayed on to participate in the 2013 South Bucks Inclusive Sports Partnership Swimming Gala where they again excelled themselves and achieved lots of personal best times.   Fantastic effort by everybody in the pool and all of Alfriston Girls were excellent ambassadors for Alfriston.

 Posted by at 8:48 am
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