Alfriston Pupils try Radio Controlled Racing Cars

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Jan 202016
 

The best RC racers from across the globe were there over the weekend  to decide the Reedy International Race of Champions 2016.  This event is  the biggest 1/12 event of the 2016 calendar with 94 entrants from over a dozen countries.  Support races were provided by the Porsche Carrera Cup, for 911 bodied GT12’s and F1’s, so there was plenty of varied action for all the RC racing community.

We were more interested in the ‘Have a Go’ track though and were delighted to have the chance to build and race our very own cars.

When we arrived we were presented with a bag of car parts, a few tools and a set of instructions.  It took a while to get our heads round it but eventually we had built 3 cars.  We had to take our cars to the scrutineer to be tested before we got the go-ahead to race them.  Soon we were all lined up on the track and the designated driver for each team took the controller and waited for the lights to change ( just like in the F1 Grand Prix!).  The Spanners were easily the winners leaving the Smarties miles behind and the Blue Flash team retired at the side of the track!

In the re-run, a handicap was imposed which saw the driver being blindfolded and guided by a team mate.  It made no difference and the Spanners won again.

We really enjoyed our racing and would like to thank everybody who made it possible, especially the team from Active Learning Support who assisted us throughout.CYxBKoqWkAAaiOl CYxGLKRWsAArHEJ CYyC0FXWMAEcLRF CYyDiRBW8AQbZE0

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What’s going on in the English Department now?

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Jan 172016
 

The English Department in 2016

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a peaceful holiday and are refreshed for a 2016. Take a look at the low down for English this half term.

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 or progress.

 

Year 7                 Elizabeth Mcguire-Wheately

Year 8                 Chloe Tuckwell

Year 9                 Melissa Donaghue

Year 10               Jemma McCarthy

Year 11               Kayla Chen

Year 12               Katie Lloyd

 

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

 

Year 8 get blogging!

Year 8 are learning how to write to advise this half term and some will have the opportunity to show off their skills and talents by posting their advice on the school blog. Look out for new blog posts coming up!

 

Year 9 get reporting!

Year 9 are exploring journalism this half term. Some will have the opportunity to interview some of the staff who will be attempting the ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ to raise money for the school library. More information to follow this half term.

 

Good luck to year 11

Year 11 are now in the final months of preparation towards either WJEC Entry Level qualification or WJEC GCSE Language. We wish them luck and encourage them to stay motivated in this time.

 

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.

 

‘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! So far we have got as far as Portugal!

 

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?

Fight the Fear Update

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Dec 282015
 

Year 8 student fights her fear at the Dance Festival!

“My fear was getting involved by dancing in front of everyone. I thought everyone might laugh at me but I just decided to go for it. Afterwards, I felt really proud. Next time I am in a new situation, I am going to fight the fear again!”

We Joined the Hour of Code

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Dec 142015
 

DSCN0080The Hour of Code is a self-guided tutorial to learn how to code and discover the basics of computer science. The campaign to promote it kicked  off from 7th December last week.  Some girls in Y9 and Y10 took the challenge and worked towards completing fun tasks in the context of Frozen, Star Wars or Minecraft depending on their interests.  Hopefully they enjoyed doing it and have talked about it at home so that you too can have a go!  If they didn’t mention it, or you’re not in those classes, then read on to find out how you can get involved anyway.

 

So why do we need an hour of it?

Because it’s a useful skill to have, particularly for parents, teachers and those who work with families, who may be able to help the children they look after if they know a bit about it themselves.

As the people behind the week-long campaign explain, an hour is enough ‘to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background.’

Fair enough. So, tell me what to do.

Log on to the website below to find out more. (It doesn’t have to be this week – you can do it any time.)

The Hour of Code is aimed at all ages, you don’t need any experience and you can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials to have a go yourself, or guide children through it. Go on – it’s fun.

Well, I’m always up for a bit of fun. What else do I need to know?

To find one of the tutorials, click here.

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 You too could build a Star Wars galaxy or make a snowflake with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna.

 

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Alfriston School ‘Fight the Fear 2015’ Challenge

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Dec 092015
 

Welcome to Alfriston School’s very own ‘Fight the Fear’ Challenge 2015. This is a bid to prove to our students that fear does not have to get in the way of learning.

Where has this come from?
Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors that gets in the way of the success of students in their learning, and progress, is a fear of failure.

The theory
If students see teachers and staff prove that fear does not have to get in the way, then they too will be encouraged to take that risk in the classroom improving their learning experience and progress.

What are we asking students to do over the next year?
We are asking students to overcome their fears of failure or ‘getting it wrong’ by:
• putting their hand up to contribute an idea even if they are not sure it is correct
• trying out an idea verbally before writing (essential to rehearsing for writing technique)
• feeling confident to have a go at a piece of work even if it is not going to be right the first time
• taking feedback
• giving feedback
• understanding that getting it wrong is part of learning

What will Alfriston staff be doing?
To support our students, staff will be tackling their own fears. Photographs will be on display in the main corridor.

How can students/parents keep updated on the latest news and impact of the challenge?
All you need to do is follow our online updates on the school website. For example, check out the launch video- can you spot your teachers? We will also update you throughout the year with students’ testimonials as they face their fears inside the classroom and pictures/videos of staff as they face their fears outside the classroom.

Watch this space!

Laura’s Day at the House of Commons

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Nov 242015
 

My youth workers Carol and Sam met me at Amersham train station and we travelled up to London together with my fellow MYP Kate Jameson. We took the Underground to Westminster and made our way into the House of Commons.

It was amazing – I found the architecture so beautiful and the atmosphere was buzzing. Everyone was very excited and there were MYPs from all over the country.

We had to wait until 11.00 to go into the chamber when a doorkeeper walked us in in a very grand and formal manner. John Bercow introduced the day and other MPs spoke as well.

Then the debates began on a range of issues selected from the Make Your Mark consultation, including the need for improved mental health services and tackling racism and religious discrimination.

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Each debate featured a proposal and an opposition speech to open it. Then the Speaker asked MYPs from different regions to give their views and opinions. Each debate was eventually concluded with a closing speech.  When my friend Kate was chosen to speak I felt very proud and she did a really good job.

It’s R&E week at Alfriston

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Nov 132015
 

November 16th to 20th  is Inter Faith week and we are having R&E week at Alfriston. There will be quizzes, puzzles, a faith trail, songs from different cultures, a Hindu experience and lots more new activities taking place across the week. There will be a competition entitled ‘I believe . . . ‘ and prizes for each year group.

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.

 

 

 

E-Safety Week

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Oct 222015
 

This week all girls have been thinking about aspects of online safety in their IT lessons.

I have done my best to trick the older girls into giving away information, which they should know needs to be kept private, by sending them a phishing email.  “Phishing” is a form of Internet fraud where criminals aim to steal valuable information such as credit cards, social security numbers, user IDs and passwords.  Like me,  these criminals send official looking communications which urge swift action and threaten sanctions if the instructions are not followed.  They often contain links that direct you to a false website so that they can collect your information.  I’m pleased to say that my pupils, your daughters, quickly began to question why the information was needed and many declined to complete the requested tasks.  Some, however, divulged more than they should have and let’s hope that that is a lesson well-learned.

The younger girls have been discussing exactly what constitutes personal information and the steps we must take to protect it.  We have contrasted what we might do in the virtual world quite readily with how loathe we would be to do similar things in the real world.  They have been urged to check all privacy settings and to be sure not to leave the “front door” wide open.

Last week I attended the Parent Zone’s Digital Families digrepconference  where the results of some very recent research were published.  Some important findings I noticed were that 73.6% of parents feel that their children spend too much time on the Internet and 31.3% think their children put too much information online.  Click the link below to read the full report yourself and do get in touch with me if you have any concerns about staying safe online.

The Digital Family Report 2015