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.

Oct 262012
 

Dear Parents,

The school year is well under way and the new pupils have settled in well and are fast becoming used to our routines and expectations.  The girls are enjoying using the refurbished food technology room, and many have made positive comments about the refurbished toilet block too!  The hens have had an extension built to their run to accommodate the chicks (who are now as big as the others) and seem to be enjoying the extra space.

Plans are in hand to start the pool build in January 2013.  We know that this will cause some disruption, and quite a bit of mess, but the end     result will make it all worthwhile.  Hopefully, the build will be complete within the year and we can celebrate with a grand opening ceremony in Spring 2014, before diving in.

We were honoured to have several  special guests in the school last week, to join in with our tree planting ceremony courtesy of the Woodland Trust.  The girls can now enjoy watching a beautiful cherry tree growing in our  recreation area between the benches, providing shade in the summer and  blossom and fruit throughout the year.  We’d like to give many thanks to Lady Howe for coming along to help us to plant the tree, and to Dilys Machin from the Woodland trust for providing it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now that the colder weather is setting in, may I remind you to ensure that your daughter has a warm coat with her name in it.  Coats should be in a plain dark colour, but hats and scarves can be any colour you choose.

 We have lots of activities and events planned for the run up to Christmas, and I hope to see many of you at the school during the term.  I would  like to thank all those of you who have supported our fund-raising activities, and who have attended the Friends of Alfriston events.

Kind regards,                             Jinna Male

 

 

Read the whole newsletter on Alfie’s Zone; you’ll need the enrollment key which you can get by calling the school office on 01494673740.

http://learning.alfriston.bucks.sch.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=1895

Aug 032012
 

We have been sent details of a FREE course for young people aged 14-19 by Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.  The week long course will run from 13th -17th August and will include a number of activities including:

  • Firefighting Skills
  • First Aid Training
  • Police Experience
  • Team Building and Career Options

 

For more information please contact Kate Watson on 01494 675224 or kwatson@bucksfire.gov.uk

 

Jul 182012
 
spiders on jacobs ladder longridge whole school event

Our whole school trip to Longridge was a tremendous success despite the weather today.  I think everybody did something to be proud of; some facing up to challenges, some encouraging and inspiring others and some just showing the right spirit and a willingness to participate.  I can only comment on the activities I saw and there were many I did not but these deserve a special mention from me.

  1. A couple of spiders hanging from Jacob’s Ladder;
  2. At least two girls who went up to the Leap of Faith like mountain goats;
  3. Several girls who completed the Leap of Faith against all the odds – we watched with bated breath!
  4. Ten girls paddling as a team;
  5. A couple of stars who epitomise kindness and caring;
  6. One girl for her coaching skills and words of encouragement – you’re a born leader!
  7. Two teachers who gave a new meaning to Project Splash and
  8. Everybody for being there.

The level of cooperation, shared values and sense of fun was an outstanding feature of today.  Well done to you all and thanks to everyone who was involved in the organisation.

leap of faith longridge whole school event

 

Jul 172012
 
Sports Day 2012

We were doubtful that it would go ahead but against the odds the sun came out and the rain stayed away so we were able to run Sports Day 2012 as scheduled today.  Parents and friends turned up in numbers to cheer on the girls, strawberry cream teas were on sale, and thanks to Mrs Knibbs and co everybody knew what they were supposed to be doing.  Just as an extra boost Abi turned up with her Olympic torch (as you do!) and led the girls in a warm up lap of the school field.  All the girls did their best in both track and field events and soon the reults and the points came tumbling in.  The girls proudly collected stickers at the end of each race and in the assembly at the end of the day they were presented with certificates and medals.  Well done everyone!

Jul 122012
 
CG website

“Send My Friend to School” is a campaign that has brought together hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in the UK who want world leaders to keep their promise and make sure that every child can go to school, no matter where they live. We want world leaders to pay attention, to make plans and give money to education. They can do this by working together.

Here at Alfriston the Student Council urged each pastoral group to think about the plight of children around the world and to record messages on a gold medal template.  These were duly sent to our Local MP Cheryl Gillan.

She enjoyed reading our messages and was so impressed by the work we had done that she decided to post a picture of our medals on her own website: www.cherylgillan.co.uk

Some countries still need to provide the aid they promised, others need to make sure the aid gets spent on education, and many need to spend more of their own money on schools and teachers.  We need education to be a top priority because time is running out. With only three years until the 2015 deadline 67 million children are still missing out on school.

Jul 112012
 
alfriston-school-beaconsfield-olympic-torch-relay-2012-bbc.jpg

When Abi signed up to join the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills course with Mrs Shimmen, she wouldn’t have dreamt that it would lead to her running through Maidenhead carrying the Olympic torch. But that’s what happened!

Mrs Shimmen became aware that Jamie Oliver was sponsoring the Olympic Torch Relay and nominated Abi because of her enthusiasm for cooking using fresh ingredients which led led to her family adopting a healthier diet. There was much form – filling to be done but we were all delighted when finally the news came through that Abi had been accepted.

Her big day came this week when she took up the torch at 11.20am on Tuesday 10th July and ran through Maidenhead with the biggest smile you can imagine.

Y10 and ACE pupils turned out in force to cheer her on and to share her moment of glory. Although her sister said she was nervous at first, she was clearly excited to have the crowd looking at her and she engaged with them and waved like a true celebrity. Abi’s family were also there and they were all wearing Tshirts and hats and waving banners specially made for the day.

Abi’s mum said: “I’m really excited, I can’t believe it’s happening. She’s achieved so much and we’re so proud of her.” And so say all of us!

Well done Abi; you have made the London Olympics really special for Alfriston and given us a day to remember.

alfriston-school-beaconsfield-olympic-torch-relay-2012-bbc.jpg

Abi and the Torch

Mar 182012
 
Alfriston School - First Fun Run

Adrian Moorhouse, the former Olympic gold medal swimmer, opened the Beaconsfield Fun Run on Friday 16th March.  The event which is sponsored by Savills has been a regular event but it is the first time that we have joined in. The event will raise money for the schools involved; Alfriston, The Beaconsfield School and Beaconsfiled High and we will be putting our sponsorship money towards the cost of building our much anticipated swimming pool.

Mrs Male set the dress code in wearing a pink tutu and all staff and pupils followed her lead, including Mr Waterman, who ran the full 5km through the Hall Barn Estate with our elite athletes.  Other pupils followed an adapted course but everybody took part, participating to the best of their ability.

Well done everybody and we shall look forward to learning how much it has helped our Splash fund.

 

Alfriston School - First Fun Run

Alfriston School - First Fun Run