Art and Design & Technology Exhibition

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Oct 112016
 

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artex1 artex3 On a chilly Saturday morning we made the final preparations for the exhibition and opened the art and D&T rooms up to many visitors coming to see what the pupils had designed, made and created over the last year. Some of the highlights this year were the Year 7 Muppet drawings with oil pastels, the superb GCSE Photography and Art & Design work, the inspirational sketchbooks, a selection of Year 9 stools and some fantastic ‘Art around the World’ pieces from the block group.

 

When we stop and look, we are amazed at the range of materials the students use and the quality of final pieces they come up with. We are incredibly proud of the ideas and determination to create to the best of their ability.

We love it when the younger pupils ask when they can make something that they have seen, it is a wonderful way of inspiring them.

Well done to all Alfriston Artists.
Mrs R Chapman and Mrs S Jamieson

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Double the Skill – Maths and English

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Oct 072016
 

Year 9 have been studying newspapers and reporting this half term. In English, they have been looking at the type of language that is used, the layout and the content. However, this half term there was also an added twist! In Maths, year 9 also looked at the numerical aspects of newspapers. This included counting the average number of paragraphs and making bar charts on the length of words used. Chloe mathsandenglishsaid “I have enjoyed doing this because I have learnt I can use my English skills in Maths too”.

Oct 032016
 

Your daughter has brought home a leaflet about the Love in a Box campaign.  If you haven’t seen it you can see the leaflet here.  Schools, churches, other organisations and individuals collect and pack items into shoeboxes for the Mustard Seed Relief Mission to send to under privileged children throughout Eastern Europe. They have sent on average 40,000 boxes each year and each one is individually received by a child.

This campaign is endorsed by our Student Council and we really urge you to take part.  You can create your own gift box or you can donate something for a class shoebox.  Your daughter will tell you what age group her pastoral group has decided to support.  You can see some ideas for what to send in as your contribution in the list below:

Boys 3 ‐ 5 years old. Toy cars / Ball / Jigsaw / Picture Book / Soft Sweets / Crayons / Pencils / Soft Toy / Soap / Flannel / Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Hairbrush / Comb/ HAT / GLOVES.

Girls 3 ‐ 5 years old. Toy dolly / everything else as above.

Girls 6 ‐ 11 years old. Toy Dolly / Skipping Rope / Jewellery / Ball / Playing Cards / Sweets / Book / Felt Tip Pens / Pencils / Paper / Soft Toy / Flannel / Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Soap / HAT / SCARF / GLOVES.

Boys 6 ‐ 11 years old. Toy car / Yoyo / Everything else as above.

Boys 12 ‐ 15 years old. Marbles / Travel games / Juggling Balls / Baseball Cap / Playing Cards / Geometry Set / Note Book / Pens / Pencils / Soft Toy / Sweets / Soap / Flannel/ /Toothpaste / toothbrush / GLOVES / SCARVES.

Girls 12 ‐ 15 years old Hair accessories / Jewellery / Mew make up / Perfume Stick / Talc / Deodorant / Dolly / Skipping Rope / Everything else as above.

 

If you haven’t got time to go shopping then you could simply send a donation towards the postage as each gift box costs £3.00 to send on its journey.

If you make up your own shoebox there are a few points to note:

  • Please wrap the box base and lid separately as they will need to be checked en route
  • Hats, gloves and scarves are the only items of clothing allowed
  • Please attach the sticker part of the leaflet to the box
  • If you can, please enclose a minimum £3 donation
  • Place an elastic band around the box to hold the lid on
  • Christmas cards and messages are encouraged but do NOT include private addresses
  • Completed boxes must be returned to school by 4th November ready for collection by Mustard Seed Missions

Alfriston Cookery Book

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Sep 282016
 

Alfriston Cookery Book –  As you may know I have been trying to put together an Alfriston school cookery book to share our love of cooking.  I need pupils to cook their favourite food, and I need somebody to take photos of them doing this along with the finished dish.   Then I would be thrilled if you could send the photos to me along with a copy of the recipe.  I can then collate the information into our very own Cook Book like the ones shown below.

So come on, please get cooking !!

Contact Mrs Jones on: lisa.jones@alfristonschool.com

 

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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 2016

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Jul 062016
 

On Tuesday 5th July 2016 we had our Sports Day. It took place on our field. Everybody came into school in their Alfriston School PE kit and we were really excited for it. We went in our forms for registration, then we went down onto the field at 9.20. Sports Day started at 9.30. The races were 800m, 200m, 50m hurdles, 50m, and 100m. Also the teachers had a relay at the end. Mr V was really fast. We also had high jump, javelin, discus and long jump. After we finished everything we got in our year groups and got given medals. The weather was really nice as well.

We can’t wait for next year!

 

By Hannah

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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The Big Bang @ Bucks

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Jun 272016
 

Y 10 pupils had a very busy day at The Big Bang @ Bucks on Monday.  The day featured many workshops and activities for visiting primary school pupils all presented by many different organisations. One such organisation was five of our very own year 10 pupils from Alfriston: Courtney, Charlotte, Nadia, Ayesha and Hope.

They worked brilliantly in leading 180 primary school pupils through activities to excite their interest in physics. The Alfriston pupils guided the primary school pupils through fun experiences involving electromagnetism. For some the highlight was ‘thinking putty’ although the Gauss gun (led by Courtney) was also very popular. image1

Why don’t you see what you can find out about ‘thinking putty’ on the internet?

 

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