Jul 222013
 

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This picture was taken by someone at Alfriston as our chicks began to emerge from their eggs in June. It gave us the idea for next year’s school calendar which will have a ‘wildlife’ theme.

If you think you could take a great picture over the summer holidays, you can enter our competition. The pictures we use will be chosen by the post 16 Enterprise group next term and there will be prizes for those selected.

Pictures can be of animals, insects, fish, plants; the more unusual the better. It is open to all girls, their families and staff too. Try to achieve the most interesting and best quality picture you can.

Please email your entries to Alfriston school office by 20th September. Please include your full name with your entry. Information about where the picture was taken would be helpful too.

Jul 102013
 

HomeSafe Challenge

Alfriston is working with TalkTalk and The Parent Zone on the HomeSafe challenge. It’s an opportunity to learn more about internet safety and what your children are doing online. We know that keeping up to date with what kids are doing with technology can be difficult which is why we have joined this TalkTalk and The Parent Zone initiative to bring you the best available information. It’s also a chance for you to help us win some prizes for the school.

 

How’s it going to work?

Each term we’ll look at a different area of your family’s digital life and give you up to date information on what you can do with your children to keep your home safe.

 

We’ll also set a fun challenge for you to do with your family – we’d like you to join in, find out more, and win prizes for school. You’ll take part through Alfie’s Zone and we need 25% of our pupils’ families to join in to help us win!

 

What will be covered?

We’ll provide a leaflet at the beginning of each term, (starting in the Autumn term), explaining what areas will be covered as well as what challenge we’ll be asking you to take part in. There will also be more information on Alfie’s Zone if you want to know more.

 

Do I need to take part?

 

90% of UK children aged 5-15 have access to, and over 80% of children use, the internet at home.   46% of UK parents agreed with the statement: “My child knows more about the internet than I do”

 

Staying safer in a digital world is a whole new set of lifeskills. We hope that by working together we can support you in keeping your children safer online and help us all to enjoy the opportunities technology offers.

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 252013
 

Alfriston is once again taking part in the Send My Friend to School campaign to help put pressure on world leaders to find enough teachers and get every child worldwide into school.

United Nations estimates show that there is a global shortage of 1.7 million teachers, with 1 million professional teachers needed in Africa alone. In the year 2000, world leaders made a promise that every child would receive a quality primary education by 2015. However, there are still over 60 million children missing out on even a basic primary education, with millions more struggling to learn in oversized classes and with unqualified teachers.

To support Send My Friend to School the Student Council has enlisted the help of Mrs Chapman and the art department to make a large teacher cut out which we intend to make into an eye catching collage.  This week all pupils are completing an individual message to say why they think every child deserves a teacher and these will form part of the collage.

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.

Mar 232013
 

More people in Britain are concerned about websites showing the sexual abuse of children than other types of illegal, illicit or ‘harmful’ internet content. However, more than half of people in Britain currently say that they either wouldn’t know how to report it if they were to encounter it (40%) or would just ignore it (12%).

 

The ComRes poll conducted among a representative sample of 2058 British adults for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows the vast majority of people in Britain think that child sexual abuse content (“child pornography”) (91%) and computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse (85%) should be removed from the internet.

 

83% of people overall say they are ‘concerned’ about child pornography with 74% saying they are ‘very concerned’.

 

Other areas of concern:

  • 77% are concerned about computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse;
  • 73% are concerned about terrorist websites;
  • 68% are concerned about very extreme/violent pornography;
  • 62% are concerned about hate websites (racist or homophobic);
  • 61% are concerned about suicide websites;
  • 51% are concerned about eating disorder websites.

 

4% of men – the equivalent of one million men, and 2% of women, the equivalent of 500,000, report actually having come into contact with it, or have stumbled across it.

 

So would you know how to report it if you stumbled across it?  The IWF have posted some very useful videos to take you through the necessary steps and these can be found on You Tube.  The link below will take you straight there so please take a moment to do so.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWqfmzWW3BA&list=SPJpo3oC1S14kwQi-jpmces-4pcAvNONmW

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Feb 042013
 

Tuesday 5th February is Safer Internet Day.  The slogan for this year’s campaign is Connect with Respect.  As parents I wonder if you are a good role model for your daughter; are you respectful and sensible on line?  Do you know how to make sure your daughter is safe and what you can do today to make her safer?

 The campaign is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre and their website has some really useful information and great resources to download.  There is also a quiz so you can judge just how much you really know about the Internet.  I recommend that you take a look to see what you can learn at: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

 The campaign is closely linked to recognising our online rights and responsibilities and the results of the “Have Your Say” survey of 24000 young people in the UK will be released during the day.  I will report on these findings in the Newsletter coming out at half term.

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

Dec 032012
 

 

At this time of year when the nights draw in so quickly, the Student Council wanted to stress how important it is for us all to make sure that we can be seen by motorists in the fading light and after dark.  If you are a driver you will know how difficult it is to spot the pedestrian who nips across the road in front of you dressed in dark colours from head to foot.  Therefore the Student Council once again chose to encourage pupils at Alfriston to wear something bright on their coats or bags.  To this end, during Road Safety Week last month, every pupil was given a hi-viz reflective sticker to wear.

 

The main campaign for Road Safety Week this year was to cut speed in local communities where children, pets and families are travelling between home, school and shops. The Go20 campaign  reports that 20mph is much safer for people walking and cycling because drivers have far more chance to react in an emergency and avoid hitting someone: your stopping distance at 30 is nearly double than at 20. Where 20 limits have replaced 30 limits, there have been reductions in casualties.

 

Lower urban speeds are particularly good for kids. Research shows children struggle to judge speed when vehicles are doing more than 20mph, yet many drivers expect them to simply keep out of the way.

 

Every day seven children and 19 adults and are killed or seriously injured while walking or cycling on UK roads. Every death and injury is devastating for families involved, and entirely preventable.

http://go20.org/back-the-campaign/

 

Oct 262012
 
Mary Berry celebrity chef alfriston bake off

Following up on our very successful Annual Fun Day, where with your help, we raised a  magnificent £1,919.17, we are delighted to announce that we will be having another Bake Off at the school’s Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 from 11.00am to 12.30 pm.

We are thrilled that Mary Berry (a celebrity chef who recently judged ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC2) has agreed to come and judge – how lucky are we?

We will be running two competitions with prizes, presented by Mary Berry.

 Six Seasonal Cup Cakes, Presented on a Plate is purely for our girls but  the ‘Friends of Alfriston’ Bake Off – Yule Log is open to all staff, family, ex-pupils and friends of Alfriston.  No rules just create and bake!…except that we would ask you, please, to follow the ingredients listed to ensure that everyone’s entry is the same.   However, you will  be judged on presentation, so be as creative as you like!

 RECIPE FOR THE ‘BAKE OFF’                  

 YULE LOG by Mary Berry

Ingredients

4 large eggs

100g caster sugar

65g self-raising flour

40g cocoa powder

For the chocolate icing and topping:

275g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

450ml double cream

4 tbsp apricot jam

Icing sugar for dusting

Holly and red berries to garnish (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°/gas mark 6.  Grease and line a 33 x 23cm Swiss roll tin with baking  parchment, securing the corner with metal paperclips.

2. For the sponge, place the eggs and sugar together in a larger bowl.  Using an electric hand whisk, beat the mixture until it is pale, light and frothy.

3. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully fold into the egg mixture, using a metal spoon and taking care not to beat any of the air out of the mixture.

 4. Pour in to the lined tin and spread out into the corners.  Bake in the middle of the oven for about 8 -10 minutes until pale golden and the sides are shrinking away from the edge of the tin.

 5. Place a piece of baking parchment bigger than the Swiss roll on the work surface.  Invert the cake on to the paper and remove (and count!) the paperclips and peel away the baking parchment.

 6. Trim the edges of the cake with a sharp knife and make a score mark 2.5cm in along the longer  edge.  Roll up (from the longer edge) using the paper, rolling it up with the paper inside.  Set aside to cool.

 7.  While the cake is cooling, make the icing.  Melt the chocolate and 300ml of the cream in a bowl over  a pan of simmering water.  Refrigerate until cool and thickened.  Whip the remaining cream. 

 8. Uncurl the cold Swiss roll and remove the paper.  Spread a third of the icing over the surface then spread the whipped cream on top, and re-roll tightly.  Cut a quarter of the cake off from one end, on the diagonal.  Transfer the large piece of cake to a serving plate and angle the cut end to the side of the large cake to make a branch.  Cover the surface of the cake with the melted apricot jam.

 9. Put the remaining chocolate icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.  Pipe long thick lines  along the cake, covering the cake completely so it looks like the bark of a tree.  Cover each end with icing or, if you wish to see the cream, leave un-iced.

 10. Dust with icing sugar and decorate.

Prizes:

Girls –   1st Prize   – A signed book by Mary Berry & £10 Shopping Voucher

             2nd Prize – £10 Shopping Voucher

             3rd Prize  – £5 Shopping Voucher

 ‘Friends of Alfriston’ Bake Off – One Prize – A signed book by Mary Berry.

 Everyone who enters will receive a certificate.

 More details will follow in November – but please do start practising now.