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

Summer Update from the English Department

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Jun 152016
 

What a busy year we have had in English this year! Thanks to all the hard work of the students and staff. Year 10 have completed their OCR Entry Level qualification, year 11 have completed their WJEC Entry Level qualification, a group of students have sat their WJEC English GCSE and year 12 have finished their WJEC Functional Skills exams. 36 girls have been awarded Student of the Half Term. Year 9 have been out and about visiting Shakespeare’s Birth Place. We have had a new set of laptops to use in class and are well on the way to an exciting new library in September 2016.

A fantastic year and if we don’t get to say it in July, have a restful summer holiday and we look forward to what the new academic year will bring.

 

Student of the Half Term

Congratulations go to the following students who were awarded Student of the Half Term for their

effort, commitment, contributions in class.

 

Year 7    Katrina Osypiw

Year 8    Ella Kurgo

Year 9    Elisha Turner

Year 10 Nadia Kausar

Year 11 Georgina Toone

Year 12 Beatrice Gibbons

 

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

 

Year 9

Year 9 visited Shakespeare’s Birth Place in Stratford-upon-Avon last half term.  Two students have written a blog to review their trip. Have a read on the school’s main home page!

 

Year 12

Following their WJEC Functional Skills exams, year 12 have been preparing for the Travel Agent Challenge! In small groups they have been designing a dream holiday. On Monday 20th June, everyone in the school will be given a golden ticket. The Year 12s will set up stalls in the Careers Room. After each class has seen each stall, every student and staff member will give their golden ticket to their favourite dream holiday. Who will win..?

 

The Three Peaks Challenge and library refurbishment

A huge thank you to the team of staff and drivers who had a go at this challenge. We are also pleased to announce the Friends of Alfriston have generously matched the fundraising total. We are now receiving deliveries of new stock every day and an installation team is booked for August. Watch this space!

 

Home Learning

If your daughter is in Years 7-10, she will be receiving regular spelling and reading homework. Please support your daughter with these tasks. We suggest 10-15 minutes a day. Both these tasks make significant contributions to students’ progress.

 

May 262016
 

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting anxiously for an update on our expedition earlier this half term.  With that in mind, I thought I’d answer two of the most frequent questions I have been asked.

How did you get on?

I would call our expedition a huge success.  We arrived at Ben Nevis to excellent condition, bar the snow that was covering most of the mountain.  It was a bit of a push, but all of us got up the mountain, which is a huge accomplishment.  One of us even had ten minutes on top by himself, making him the tallest person in the UK for a very short time.

Scafell Pike went a little less according to plan.  While a large group forged ahead, a smaller group at the back made the decision, based on the weather and safety concerns, to call it a day halfway up the mountain and return to the bottom.  So, 8 of 12 made the summit, which I would still say is an excellent achievement.

Last on our list was Snowdon.  Due to arriving later than planned in Wales, we packed our head torches and started our climb almost as soon as we arrived.  Although we made great time up the mountain, it was not to be.  Poor light, less visibility, and dropping temperatures forced us off the mountain.  In hindsight, this was an excellent decision and one that no one has second guessed.

So, there you have it.  Our Three Peaks Challenge that became a one and a half peaks challenge.

What next?

We started this challenge as a physical and mental challenge but it has become so much more.  It has given us an opportunity to help give back to the school library.  Our original target for fundraising was £1000.  Unbelievably, we reached that inside of 6 days.  So, we decided to be a little more ambitious and increase the target to £2500.  Incredibly we hit that target on the last day of fundraising.

We are now beginning the process of improving the school’s library.  A questionnaire has been sent to pastoral tutors to get ideas from the pupils and we are working to decide how best to use the funds now available to us.

To everyone who has donated, supported us, or followed our adventures on twitter, thank you.  Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and dedication to making Alfriston School a place where our students have to opportunity to learn and to grow.  Again, thank you.

Mr VanDenBossche

Three Peaks Team

A letter from the Headteacher

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May 262016
 

Dear parents,

 

What an exciting time we’ve had with so many adventurous activities!

 

Thank you so much to all those of you who supported the staff in the 3 Peaks Challenge, we couldn’t have picked a better week for snow!!  However, thanks to their valiant efforts, we have raised an incredible amount to restock the library with lots of new books to encourage the girls to read even more.

 

The following week, the weather took a turn for the better and the sun shone on our year 9s during their week long residential in Wales.  They braved ropes, wild water, climbing walls and dark holes to find their inner strengths and to achieve challenges that they didn’t think they could do.  They came back somewhat muddy, but with a great sense of team spirit.

 

Most of our older girls have been practising for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and some are even going for Silver.  They spent a cold night in the field camping out after a long walk with a map and a compass, but all managed to find their way back safely.  We wish them luck on the actual expedition, and I hope it doesn’t snow!

 

Our next exciting adventure is making sure that Mrs Holmes has a night to remember when the whole school is taking her to see Mamma Mia in London as a special treat to mark her retirement as our Deputy Headteacher.  Mrs Holmes has been at the school for over 25 years, and just loves being with the girls at a live performance.  I do hope that all our girls can join us for this special event.  Please make sure that you return the invitation slip asap to help us with our planning.

 

After half term, we have more events to look forward to, and a highlight will be our lower school musical performance “Move It”.  We haven’t even mentioned sports day yet, or any fun goings-on or trips.  Keep an eye out for letters in your daughter’s bag over the coming weeks, and I hope to see you all in school to join us in our events.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jinna Male

 

Year 9 visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place

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May 172016
 

On Tuesday the 10th May year 9 went to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon. We drove there in two mini buses. It took us about an hour and a half to get there.

We   went in to a room where we looked at a puppet of Shakespeare. We also looked at the hats that they would have worn and their bowls and spoons which were made out of metal.

We went inside Shakespeare’s home. We learnt that the best bedroom was down stairs and the second best bedroom was upstairs. We also learned that they did not have toilets so they had buckets beside their bed!

When we finished Shakespeare’s home we went into the gift shop and bought some things about Shakespeare. The budget of money we had to bring was £5.00.

Our favourite part was when we were finding interesting facts about Shakespeare and his life. Our favourite fact was that the best bedroom and the best bed was only for guests.

 

Ionie and Hannah