Now What’s Going On In The English Department?

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Nov 092015
 

Autumn 2 English blog

Hello and welcome back after half term! We hope you all had a restful week off and are now getting ready for the run up to Christmas. Take a look at the low down for English this half term.

Student of the Half Term

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their effort, commitment, contributions or progress.

Year 7                 Sophie Coleman

Year 8                 Alice Baldwin

Year 9                 Esme O’Connell

Year 10               Emma Crockett

Year 11               Chelsea Samushonga

Year 12               Iram Ali

 

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

 

Functional Skills November Entries

Good luck to some of our year 12 students who will be sitting their Functional Skills exams this November. This is a great opportunity to gain a qualification in the use of the English language in everyday contexts such as writing a personal statement or letter.

 

‘Word of the Week’ challenge

Each week you will be given a new ‘Word of the Week’ in pastoral time, which is also displayed in every classroom. Get talking about it with your pastoral group- how many times can you use it that week?!

 

‘Where will your book take you?’:

Thanks to those who have already got started with this by handing in some great photos of you reading in original places. Keep an eye out over the next year and bring in your pictures!

Here is a reminder of the project.

We are keen to see where your book takes you! Take a photograph of you reading your book in unusual places and hand in to your English teacher. This is an ongoing opportunity so keep thinking as you go out at weekends and on holidays. Check the board as you come up to English to see where books have taken other students and your teachers! How far round the world will we get?

Love in a Box

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Oct 222015
 

The Mustard Seed Relief Mission organises Love in a Box and it is one of the best known parts of its operations and has been running for over a decade . They begin collecting the boxes at the end of October every year. Schools, churches, other organisations and individuals collect and pack items into shoeboxes for them to send to under-privileged children throughout Eastern Europe. They have sent on average 50,000 boxes each year and each one is individually received by a child.

Please consider making up a shoe box of gifts to give to disadvantaged children this Christmas. You can choose to make up a box for a boy or a girl of differing ages. Please follow the instructions on the leaflet (see the link below) closely and please include a donation if you are able to. It is important that the box and lid are wrapped separately so that they can be opened easily at customs. love in box

Please send your completed gift box to school by 6th November.  Please click here to download the leaflet.

If you are unable to make your own, you may be able to contribute single items to a class box. Please check with your daughter’s pastoral tutor.

 

 

 

Sep 152015
 

On Thursday 17th September Mr Clawson is offering an Indian special in place of his regular week 3 menu option.  On this day, girls will be able to choose Beef Dopiaza or Spinach and Lentil Curry (which is a long standing favourite with staff and pupils alike).

These will be served with steamed rice, Madras potatoes, onion bhaji, cucumber raita and mango chutney.  For dessert he is offering mango sorbet.

 

Sounds delicious…INDIAN DAY

Sep 152015
 

Kiosk1 Kiosk2 Kiosk3During the past year Mrs Garlick has worked with a team of teachers to bring a trading kiosk to Alfriston to support the Enterprise curriculum.  This week all her hard work has paid off as the kiosk opened for the first time to sell healthy snacks during the morning break.

 

Every break time pupils are now able to purchase fresh fruits, oat snacks and cheese rolls to eat as a mid-morning snack.  This gives them the opportunity to practise their communication and money-handling skills as well as to develop good healthy eating habits.

They will be served by other pupils who are marketing, making and selling products through cross-curricular courses aimed at developing their business and enterprise skills as well as their functional skills in English, maths and ICT.

In the future we hope to develop the range of products on sale, extend our opening hours and expand our client base.  Christmas is likely to be a time of high activity!

It is important that we have adult support to ensure the success of the enterprise and the safety of our pupils.  Many teachers and support assistants are involved but if any parents or friends would like to get involved, we would be pleased to hear from you so that you can be included in rotas over the coming weeks.  Please contact Mrs Garlick for further details.

 

 

Feb 012015
 

 

 

Despite all the technological development that has evolved, the ‘unstealable’ mobile is yet to be designed, and with the increased functionality of our smart phones, comes an increase in mobile phone crime:

  • There are 2 million phone thefts every year, with children and young adults the most likely victims.
  • Mobile phone theft now accounts for about 45 per cent of all thefts on the London Underground.
  • Two thirds of robberies are committed by offenders working in groups.
  • About a half of all street robberies in Britain involve mobile phone theft and almost half of these victims are aged between 12 and 16.

Given that an increasing number of younger children are using mobile phones and apps, often carrying mobile phones for personal safety and keeping in touch, we need to ensure that we are not in fact endangering our children.  We need to educate ourselves and our young people about the risks and how to reduce it and perhaps we should all be more diligent when using mobile phones.

The Out of Your Hands campaign offers some good advice.

To stay safe when you are out with your phone:

  • Try to keep your mobile separate from your keys, purse or wallet.
  • set your phone to silent and keep it in a pocket.
  • In busy public places, keep your mobile in an inside pocket or hold it inside your bag.
  • Don’t use your mobile in a place where you feel unsafe, unless it is an emergency. Move to a safer place if you can.
  • Avoid alley ways and short cuts that are away from main roads – especially if you are alone.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be home.

Take special care anywhere crowded:

  • On buses, trains and the underground
  • Concerts
  • Entering or leaving rail and tube stations

If you are buying a secondhand phone:

visit a site such as CheckMEND to find out if the item you’re buying has been reported lost or stolen. www.checkmend.com/uk

Register your phone

Your mobile network should have a way of blocking your phone within 48 hours of you contacting them, so the phone is then useless to anyone else.

Also special websites such as www.immobilise.com  help to fight this type of crime and work to return property to its rightful owner.

When a mobile phone is made, it is given a unique electronic serial number known as the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity.  By registering this number with Immobilise, your mobile handset can be blocked if it is lost or stolen. This makes it unusable on any network.

Here’s what to do:

1.Dial *#06# on your mobile phone to display your unique IMEI number.

2.Make a note of it on the front of this booklet, then use it to register your mobile phone at www.immobilise.com

3.If your mobile phone is lost or stolen and you don’t know the number of your network provider, call 08701 123 123 for further information.

 

Even with the help of Immobilise we can’t stop thieves accessing the web from wifi enabled handsets, or more importantly, from accessing your personal details. So make sure you password or PIN protect sensitive information, or better still store it away from your handset in a password protected email account. You can also download the technology to track and even communicate with perpetrators using apps such as ‘Find My iPhone’, ‘lookout mobile security’ and ‘Norton mobile security’.

Make sure you stay safe when you are using your mobile phone!

www.outofyourhands.com

 

Nov 132014
 

Everyone can make the Brake Pledge. It’s a Pledge to do simple things to protect you and people around you, build happier communities, and help save the planet.  Perhaps you will be inspired by one of these ideas and when you are ready perhaps you will visit http://brake.org.uk/pledge to make your pledge…

 

pledge2013

 

 

Slow

Drivers – I’ll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I’ll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.
Everyone – I’ll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.

Sober

Drivers – I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.
Everyone – I’ll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I’m with, can get home safely and I’ll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I’ll speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.

Secure

Drivers – I’ll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I’ll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it’s maintained.
Everyone – I’ll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.

Silent

Drivers – I’ll never take or make calls or texts when driving. I’ll turn off my phone or put it out of sight and on silent, and stay focused on the road.
Everyone – I’ll never chat on the phone to someone else who’s driving.

Sharp

Drivers – I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them. I’ll take regular breaks and never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving.
Everyone – I’ll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they’re fit for it, and rest if they’re tired.

Sustainable

Everyone – I’ll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I’ll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.

 

Don’t forget to visit http://brake.org.uk/pledge

Oct 232014
 

road safety posterThis weekend the clocks go back and we all realise that summer is over.  We can enjoy an extra hour and start looking forward to Hallowe’en,  fireworks, and dare I say it, Christmas.  However, the sudden change to dark evenings makes for a very dangerous time on the roads.

During the week, casualty rates peak between 5pm-6pm for adults, and 3.30pm-4.30pm for children. There is another peak in the morning, 8-9am, but the afternoon peak is higher for all ages. These times coincide with the morning and evening rush hours and school runs, which are already dangerous due to the volume of traffic, and even more so in the winter months when the evening journeys are made in the dark.  Road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker evenings and poor weather. For example, in 2013 there were more than twice as many pedestrian deaths in December as in June. It has been observed that each year from when the clocks go back in October, the peak in evening road casualties shifts so it falls in the hour after sunset. Research has also found that serious and fatal pedestrian collisions increase 10% in the four weeks after the clocks go back.

The Student Council have talked to the whole school about this and the importance of taking extra care on the roads at this time of year.  They have urged pupils to wear something white, bright or reflective as our black uniform makes us very difficult to spot in the dark. School coats do have reflective strips in the design but adding a sticker or badge to bags will help improve visibility.

The student Council are also running a competition to design a sign or poster to promote road safety around school.  Look out for the leaflet in their school bags this half term.  Please encourage the girls to enter as this will help them to remember that roads and motor vehicles can be very dangerous.  The closing date is 14th November and winners will be announced during Road Safety Week which begins on 17th November.

 

 

Oct 232014
 

Internet-Document-icon All of these stories serve to remind us that sadly, the Internet can endanger, as well as enrich, the lives of our children.

All ICT lessons this week have been given over specifically to e- safety and responding to the concerns about what we are hearing in the news. Older pupils are discussing the pitfalls of sexting and, indeed, posting any photo that might be compromising. This is particularly relevant given the Snapchat news which has underlined the fact that once your photos go online it is very hard to control what happens to them or who can see them. Other pupils are learning that it is not safe to assume that you know who you are talking to online and therefore you should never meet up with somebody you only know through online communications. Our new pupils are learning the SMART rules which still offer good sensible guidance on what to do or not to do online.

The girls are bringing home the latest edition of the Digital Parenting magazine to help reinforce these messages. Please take a look through the magazine; it is full of really useful advice.

Of course if you have any concerns about how to help your daughter or ward stay safe online please contact me at school.

 

Mrs Shorrocks

 

If you want to follow up on some of the news items, please try these links:

Snapchat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29569226

Trolling: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29678989

National Crime Agency: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29692685

May 142014
 

 Alfriston School has been awarded a Gold Democracy Award by UK Youth Parliament.  This has come about because we achieved 88% participation in the 2013/14 Buckinghamshire Youth Parliament Elections.  The presentation event will be held on June 10th.

 

Our pupils voted in the South Bucks and Chiltern constituency where the following young people were appointed:

MYP             Faiyaz Amin

Deputy MYP Kate Jameson

Deputy MYP Becky Mohr

 

We also took great interest in what happened in the Wycombe constituency where our very own Laura Gonsalves was a candidate.  She received a fantastic 1824 votes and was duly confirmed as a Deputy MYP.

 

The new MYPs will continue working at a local level and will also attend district and regional meetings.  We are looking forward to a visit from Faiyaz in the coming weeks.

Feb 102014
 

We have already started thinking about Safer Internet Day in school and pastoral groups are discussing what they can do to make the Internet even better than it already is. Our Monday assembly focused on this and some rules for staying safe on the Internet.

The day itself offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet and that includes you!

Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. But it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so why not take a look at the really useful advice from the SID website:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

The website also offers these top tips for parents and carers:

  1. Talk to your child about their favourite websites. Starting a conversation on a positive foot can lead nicely into a chat about online safety.
  2. If your child loves to use social networking sites, teach them about protecting their personal information by thinking about what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with. Show them how to use privacy settings, and how to block and report – and advise them to only accept friend requests from people they know in real life.
  3. Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online.
  4. There are lots of ways you can advise your child about cyberbullying, if they are worried remind them to save the evidence and to always tell an adult they trust if something upsets them online.
  5. SID2014Logo-croppedThere are ways in which you can help to prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content online. Have you considered parental controls and filtering in your home and also on your children’s portable internet enabled devices?

Additionally, SIDtv will be streamed live from the website on Safer Internet Day. Tune in to the parents’ hour at 3pm or 7pm.

Your daughter will be asked to talk to you about making the internet better and she will be bringing home some conversation starters to get the ball rolling.  Please let us know how your conversations go.