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.

It was really interesting and cool to hear young people like myself speaking in this magnificent arena.IMG_1005
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

 

Sep 212015
 

Hello and welcome back to a new term! We hope you all had a restful summer (parents included) and are looking forward to the new term. This half term the English department is launching several new opportunities:

 

English Logo Design Competition:

Calling all designers! The English Department needs a logo to represent English on displays and publications. Submit your design to your English teacher by Friday 25th September. It should be in black and white on A5 paper. Prize available for the winner!

‘Student of the Half Term’:

This half term will see the first round of awards given for ‘Student of the Half Term’. One student will be selected per year group who deserves recognition for hard work, commitment, outstanding clasBooks-1-icons contributions, quality of homework or classwork, or progress. Nominees will have their photograph displayed on the celebration wall, as well as recognition in assembly and prizes awarded. Could it be you?

‘Where will your book take you?’:

We are keen to see where your book takes you! Take a photograph of you reading your book in unusual places and hand it 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?

Sep 152015
 

On Thursday 17th September Mr Clawson is offering an Indian special in place of his regular week 3 menu option.  On this day, girls will be able to choose Beef Dopiaza or Spinach and Lentil Curry (which is a long standing favourite with staff and pupils alike).

These will be served with steamed rice, Madras potatoes, onion bhaji, cucumber raita and mango chutney.  For dessert he is offering mango sorbet.

 

Sounds delicious…INDIAN DAY

Sep 152015
 

Kiosk1 Kiosk2 Kiosk3During the past year Mrs Garlick has worked with a team of teachers to bring a trading kiosk to Alfriston to support the Enterprise curriculum.  This week all her hard work has paid off as the kiosk opened for the first time to sell healthy snacks during the morning break.

 

Every break time pupils are now able to purchase fresh fruits, oat snacks and cheese rolls to eat as a mid-morning snack.  This gives them the opportunity to practise their communication and money-handling skills as well as to develop good healthy eating habits.

They will be served by other pupils who are marketing, making and selling products through cross-curricular courses aimed at developing their business and enterprise skills as well as their functional skills in English, maths and ICT.

In the future we hope to develop the range of products on sale, extend our opening hours and expand our client base.  Christmas is likely to be a time of high activity!

It is important that we have adult support to ensure the success of the enterprise and the safety of our pupils.  Many teachers and support assistants are involved but if any parents or friends would like to get involved, we would be pleased to hear from you so that you can be included in rotas over the coming weeks.  Please contact Mrs Garlick for further details.

 

 

Jun 082015
 

Send My Friend to School

 

2015 is the year that could change the lives of the 58 million children who are still missing out on school.

 

This year we are asking pupils to consider what they would do if they were world leaders.

 

Actually a lot been achieved since 2000 when the campaign started. World leaders have definitely been listening, and Send My Friend to School has made sure that the UK is one of the biggest donors to education. Here are a few of the achievements:

  • 50 million more children are in primary school than in 2000.
  • There was strong progress between 2000 and 2008 – if this had continued, all children would have been in school by 2015.
  • The number of girls in primary school has increased. There are now 97 girls in school for every 100 boys.
  • Rwanda and Vietnam have all increased children in school by at least 85% since 2006.
  • Ethiopia is sending 2.2million more children to school, and India is sending 5.5million more than in 2000.
  • In the UK around 5 million school children have taken part in Send My Friend to School, reminding world leaders to keep their promises. Students have persuaded over 1,000 MPs to go ‘back to school’ for a day.

 

However there is still much to do and the figures in these facts need our attention:

  • 58 million children are missing primary school, and a further 68 million are missing secondary school. That’s 126 million children not in school today.
  • 1 in 3 children missing out on school have a disability.
  • Nearly half of children out of school live in conflict areas.
  • There are still 31 million girls of primary school age who have never been to school.
  • If the current pace continues it will be 2086 before all children go to primary school, and 2111 before they complete lower secondary school.
  • About $26 billion is needed every year to pay for the extra schools and teachers needed to educate every child.

 

 

 

So what about the girls?World-leader-1

 

 

In the past 15 years, billions of pounds have been spent on giving education to girls, and huge improvements have been made. But much more has to be done. At the United Nations General Assembly in August and September 2015, world leaders must renew efforts to get ALL children into school, including girls.

Facts

Of the 781 million illiterate people in the world, two thirds are female.

In the developing world, 31 million girls do not go to school.

Three countries have over a million girls out of school: In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls.