After being in the Norfolk County Tennis Squad for the under 10s, Alex Tomkinson went through a selection process for the under 12s Norfolk County Tennis Squad. He was successful and will continue to train at County level for the next year.
Well done Alex, this is a brilliant achievement.
We are really proud to have been announced Sports School of the Year at the Broadland Sports Awards.
This award recognises the hard work and sportsmanship of our students and Mr Claxton and all of the other members of the PE department.
Thank you to Broadland District Council for this lovely endorsement of our work.
Friendly Face members helped to run a Year 7 anti-bullying day, as part of the whole school PSHE programme with Mr Sexton.
The day started with a carousel of activities led by the team. One session got students to think about what bullying is and how it can affect people. The second session thought about where bullying might occur in the school and the positive steps students could take to stay safe. The third session was a drama workshop role, playing scenarios and thinking about how students could respond. The next section of the day was a session on cyber bullying and safety led by our local PCSOs.
During the final session of the day, students had time to reflect on what they had learnt in the morning. They drew large pictures of bullies and then covered them up with positive messages or advice for beating bullies. Whilst this was going on, the Year 7 Eagles worked with Mrs Sexton on creating an anti-bullying song which we well be using during anti-bullying week in assemblies.
A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Sexton for their hard work in helping to organise and run the day and to our PCSOs.
Another brilliant effort by our Friendly Faces, championed as always by Miss Connor.
In half term the Friendly Face team were delighted to be invited to go along to the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, as finalists in the Education section for their work in running the peer support scheme and promoting anti-bullying across the school.
While they didn't win they were delighted to reach the finals and see all the awards presented. They were entertained by a variety of dance and singing acts, including a dance on stilts which included one of the members of the friendly face team, Millie Duniam.
Our picture shows the team with host of the awards, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Addlington.
Well done to all of our Friendly Faces. As always, we are really proud of everything that you do to help make our school a very special place.
Thank you to Charlie Stanley - Clarke for making Mr Spalding this wonderful cake, following our Ofsted inspection last week. Mr Spalding very generously shared the cake with other members of staff. It was lovely.
We are very pleased to announce that Alex Weyer has just competed in the Eastern Counties Gymnastics Association Competition and was placed 2nd overall and that she has been selected for the England Gymnastics squad.
Well done Alex. We will be a watching out for further news of your involvement with the national squad.
Lydia, Myles, and Billy have decided that for their Level 2 Project, they are going to organise a fantastic Valentine's Ball all in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation. Mr Sweatman is so thankful to everyone who has helped to raise money for this charity and is very impressed with this support from Lydia, Myles and Billy. This Valentine's Ball is aimed at Adults and will be held on the 14th February 2015 at Aylsham High School at 7pm. (You may arrive earlier at 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks.) Tickets will be available from 28th November Please contact email@example.com The tickets will be £30.00 per head. This will include a 3 course meal and arrival drinks. There will be a bar, an auction and live entertainment. Last year, the Valentine's Ball made over £10,000 so this year we are hoping to beat this. It would be great if there are any local businesses wanting to support this event in anyway. We would be very pleased to hear from you.
Get your heels out ladies and get your suits on men!
Many thanks, Holly Tyler, Year 11 Felbrigg Reporter.
Pupils from the outdoor learning groups had a fantastic opportunity to work with Rob Coleman from Sheringham Park (National Trust) to try and find and identify insects and other invertebrates on the school site. The highlight of the day was finding a nationally rare Great Silver Diving Beetle, which had probably been drawn onto our site by the flood lights. This huge beetle was a very exciting find, and Rob explained how the 'Silver' in the name was a result of the appearance of air bubbles trapped against the beetle when it swims. A huge thank you to Rob Coleman for an exciting day!
Outdoor Learning pupils have started a series of visits to Redwings to find out about the important work this charity does. Pupils have been learning about the five freedoms that animals are entitled to and how the charity helps horses to have them.
As well as this, pupils had an opportunity to experience working on the farm, helping to clear the fields for the horses. Staff at the centre were impressed by how much muck the pupils collected in the time they worked there!
We are all looking forward to going back in December.
Mrs Goodliffe, Outdoor Learning Teacher
On Tuesday 23rd September I was proud to present my two twin sisters to my music BTEC class.
My two sisters, Polly and Sophie Duniam have been professional dancers and singers for over ten years, they have performed in shows such as "We Will Rock You" and have been in music videos for Rita Ora, Pixie Lott , Duffy ,Pet Shop Boys.
They have toured the world twice with the Pet Shop Boys and Take That, and this summer they have been working at festivals all over England with Rita Ora, as her backing dancers.
Having appeared on X Factor as backing dancers, and as singers they have appeared with West Life.
For the past two years they have been touring the UK and Europe with their own band, and directing and producing music videos.
Polly and Sophie came into our class to give a talk on what it’s like to be in the performing arts business, and to give advice on what it takes, and the training involved to be a success in the Showbiz world.
We learnt about the good and the bad bits of being in the business and what it’s like to do what they do for a living.
It was a privilege to have them come into our class!
Thank you Polly & Sophie!
As the Global-social media craze of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge swept the nation, our school decided to raise money for the ALS charity ourselves. Two of the Felbrigg House Tutors (Mrs Homewood and Miss Hogget) got nominated to do this. Mr Sweatman (Head of Felbrigg) then informed the house about this and suggested everyone donated some money and whoever donated the most got the pleasure of pouring the ice over the two unlucky teachers! After this, everyone began to donate and we raised a fantastic £50! The entire Felbrigg house got together one day during a house assembly and went onto the playground to watch Mrs Homewood and Miss Hoggett’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. After the ice had been poured over them they nominated all the Blickling Tutors.
So, good Luck Blickling Tutors and well done to Mrs Homewood and Miss Hoggett!
Holly Tyler Felbrigg Reporter
Year 7s opened the competition today with over 50 students competing for a place in the Grand Final in December. Of the fifty-plus student speeches, there were excellent efforts on a vast array of topics with each student speaking for two minutes and learning the value of standing up and speaking out. The judges were unable to reach a decision which has resulted in a ‘Speak-Off’ to be held at a later date.
Many congratulations to all our amazing Year 7 contestants. Each one made a wonderful effort to compete to a very high standard.
The remaining Year Heats will take place throughout October and conclude with the Final on Thursday 4 December at 7pm in the Main Hall, and in front of a panel of invited judges and members of the community.
Christopher Haslam gives an account of his experience at the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta
At the end of July this year, I represented Norfolk in the national schools sailing youth regatta. The event took place in deal, Kent.
There were 25 of us in the Norfolk team and about 250 competitors altogether, all sailing different boats.
I sailed my topper and this was my first time racing at sea.
It was quite challenging as not only did we have the wind to contend with but also the tide and that was after we had tackled launching in the surf.
The weather at times produced high wash with the surf reaching 2 metres, which was quite annoying as sailing was cancelled for 2 days even though passed the wash the conditions were good.
I was in the intermediate fleet and finished third out of 38 boats, with only 1 point separating me from second place.
Well done Christopher, we are really proud of your tremendous achievement.
In preparation for their post-16 choices, each of our Year 11s undertook a Mock Interview with a professional from Barclays LifeSkills. Students were tasked with preparing a CV, presenting themselves appropriately in formal interview attire and feed-back was provided verbally and in written form. For all Year 11s who are about to embark on a competitive college application process, this opportunity is invaluable in ensuring they approach their final preparations with self-confidence and an understanding of expectations.
Our sincere thanks to all the Team from Barclays LikeSkills and Talk Enterprise for their support and encouragement.
We are very proud to announce that Jasmine Campbell has been selected for the England golf under 16 training squad.
Jasmine says that she is proud of what she has achieved in the short time she has been playing and will be honoured to train and play with the England under 16 team and looks forward to more success.
Well done Jasmine, we know that you have worked incredibly hard to achieve this and we will be hoping to report further successes in the future.
Come and test your detecting skills at Aylsham High School on Saturday December 6th at 7pm.
Students will be performing a Murder Mystery play and you are invited to come and guess who killed the ‘Owner of the Manor.’
Tickets are £10.00 and this includes a selection of food and a bottle of wine for each table. (Guest are also invited to bring their own wine if they wish.)
There will be prizes for the table that solves the mystery.Teams of 6 to 8 people are ideal.
Tickets are available from the firstname.lastname@example.org or 01263 733270 Ex 126
Tickets for Sound of Music will also be available; this will be your chance to book the best seats!
On Thursday 18th September, the Outdoor Learning groups went on a Fungi Foray with Dr Tony Leech. After 2 successful hunts in challenging conditions, a number of interesting samples were found on the school site. Pupils then worked with Dr Leech to identify the species. We identified various boletes, agarics, brackets and puffballs as a group, and Dr Leech completed the identification work later, identifying even more examples of the Fungi Kingdom.
The Outdoor Learning groups will continue to work on identifying fungi species on site, in addition to working with more experts to look at other species as well.
Here is a list of all of the varieties that we found:
|AGARICS and BOLETES|
|Amanita muscaria||FLY AGARIC||Scarlet with white 'spots'; under birch in wood|
|Armillaria mellea s.l.||HONEY FUNGUS||Scaly when young; ring; clustered on stumps|
|Boletus cisalpinus||RED-CRACKING BOLETE||Dry velvety cap, often cracked to show red|
|Hygrocybe insipida||(WAXCAP)||Small; orange/ yellow; on front lawn|
|Hypholoma fasciculare||SULPHUR TUFT||Clustered on stumps; dirty yellow|
|Laccaria laccata||DECEIVER||Chestnut brown; (we did not show this around)|
|Lepiota castanea||CHESTNUT DAPPERLING||Small; brown scales (we did not show this around)|
|Chlorophyllum rhacedes||SHAGGY PARASOL||Ring in woods; rotten|
|Marasmius rotula||COLLARED PARACHUTE||Delicate white; thin black stem; around base of privet|
|Mycena pura||LILAC BONNET||Lilac; smells of radish|
|Paxillus involutus||BROWN ROLLRIM||Olive-brown; cap margin inrolled; large|
|Psathyrella piluliformis||COMMON STUMP BRITTLESTEM||Cluste in wood; brownish with brown gills; rotting|
|Ganoderma australe||SOUTHERN BRACKET||Woody bracket in hollow stump|
|Scleroderma areolatum||LEOPARD EARTHBALL||Buff; potato-like with short stalk|
|Scleroderma verrucosum||SCALY EARTHBALL||Grey-brown with furrowed stalk|
|Peziza repanda||PALAMINO CUP||Around base of skip|
|Rhytisma acerinum||TAR SPOT||Black patches on living sycamore lvs|
|Hypomyces chrysospermus||BOLETE MOULD||Initially white, finally bright yellow, mould on rollrim|
|Microsphaera alphitoides||OAK POWDERY MILDEW||White powder dusting oak laeves|
|Monilinia fructigena||BROWN ROT (of fruit)||White patches on brown rot of apples|
|Nectria cinnabarina||CORAL SPOT||Pink spots on twigs and thicker dead wood|
|OTHER FUNGI (including rusts)|
|Phragmidium violaceum||VIOLET BRAMBLE RUST||Red blotches on bramble leaves|
Aylsham Show 2014 witnessed an amazing assortment of opportunities to showcase the raw talent of our pupils and staff! As in previous years, we opened the Food Theatre program with bacon rolls and sausages using local produce, then Mr Baxter did his own demonstration.
Assisting us this year were Dominic Borrett (Catering Captain), Matthew Clarke, Callum Adkins, Elaine Pike and Scarlett Addison, all of whom then volunteered to support Mr Baxter with his Gressinghall Duck practical after lunch.
Both events were to a packed marquee of over a hundred guests, who were also greeted with a flypast in the morning, then Matty and Dominic’s comic routine in the afternoon. One just has to love a wireless microphone!
The event also attracted media attention, with an appearance on Mustard TV, and in the local press.
Thank you to all of you who came along to support us, but the real stars have to be our pupils. You make me so proud!
This year, 12 young catering entrepreneurs set up a ‘pop-up restaurant’ during activities week.
After a brief insight into what was expected of them, including creating a menu, marketing the event and cooking and serving it, we travelled into town to The Blackboys Inn where we were treated to a behind the scenes tour, including accommodation, reception, bar, kitchen and cellars.
After a light lunch it was back to School to plan the meal which saw 30 guests including staff, visitors and invited family members enjoy a 3 course lunch in the Conference Room.
Many thanks to Matthew Miller and Gary Heffer from ‘The Boys’ as well as to Mrs Bacon and Mrs Elwes from our department. At the end of the week we all enjoyed a picnic in the park with a massive feast of cakes, pastries and salads made by the team.
Students from Aylsham High School have made new friends this week, as they have worked with the residents from Thornage Hall on a performance of Macbeth.
This new partnership has been a new and very rewarding experience for everyone involved. To put on this play in only four days, with only four days of rehearsals has been really challenging but all as gone so well.
Macbeth will be performed in a beautiful old barn on the site, which has been adapted for our needs. A stage has been built and seating installed. We hope everyone will come and support us on Sunday September 7th at 2.30pm. Our performance will form part of all the other activities which are part of the Thornage Hall open day.
Thornage Hall is a community of adults with learning disabilities who live and work together, in an environment that empowers individual strengths and talents. From working on the biodynamic farm or in the bakery, to making crafts in the weaving room, wood work or art studios there is a role no matter how big or small for everyone, and a focus on community life.
The ten days between 4 and 14 July saw 18 AHS families host youngsters from Darmstadt in the second leg of the 30th Anniversary German Exchange.
Apart from time spent in school, the Germans, along with their English partners and teachers, participated in a highly varied programme of activities showcasing aspects of life in north Norfolk. These included seeing the baby seals at Blakeney Point, meeting the new Lord Mayor at City Hall, punting on the River in Cambridge, and sailing on the Broads at Wroxham. In addition, members of the group took part in ten-pin bowling and scavenger hunt competitions, and some even had the opportunity of paintballing their teacher as one of the unofficial activities arranged by parents.
As the icing on the cake, this landmark Exchange happened to coincide with Germany’s victory in the World Cup on the last night, which helped to buoy the spirits of the party reluctantly leaving Aylsham for Heathrow Airport the following morning.
Now plans are already afoot for the 2015 Exchange.
We would like to offer Miss Hebditch our warmest congratulations and sincere appreciation for her commitment and support to this exchange over 30 years. There are hundreds of people, many of whom will now have children of their own, that have had the opportunity to explore another country through the eyes of their host family and will have benefitted hugely from the experience.
Thank you also to our wonderful partner school in Darmstadt where staff have been equally committed to providing opportunities for their students and staff.
Thank you Miss Hebditch for your hard work and also to those who have helped her in any way over the years, including a special thank you to Mr Govey. We are tremendously proud of what you have achieved.
Throughout this year’s Activities Week, a plethora of models have been produced by the group. Aeroplanes were the most popular and the week saw the construction of a showpiece Lancaster Bomber, a Hurricane, a Junker 88, a Tornado, a Red Arrow, a Folland Gnat, a Spitfire, a Messerschmitt and a Focker Wulf. Cars featured a Ford Focus RS WRC, a Mini Countryman and a Triumph TR4 (with modifications in the style of James Bond!). Two Land Rovers plus trailers featured on the list alongside a matchstick model of the unlucky Mary Rose Tudor warship which sank in 1545.
Molly Bean came first in the High Jump – jumping 1-35, which was a new school record. She also broke the school record for Long Jump- where she was placed 3rd. Earlier in the term she has also broken the school records for 1,500m and 800m.
Isaac Thornberry was placed 2nd in the 1,500m. Brendon Sutton came 3rd in the Shot Put and Juliette Kelly came 3rd in the 800m.
Kelsey Evans won a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m relay team.
There were also 4th places for George Mason in the Long Jump and Discus, Yaqi Highton in the Discus and Juliette Kelly in the 200m.
Well done to everyone who took part and enjoyed the honour of representing North Norfolk.
On Sunday 6th jasmine played in the Norfolk County Girls Junior Championships at Weston Park and won the Net and the Gross trophies and she is now the Norfolk Junior County champion for 2014. She has also had her handicap cut to 7.9 so she plays off 8. Jasmine has also been picked to represent Norfolk in the junior County Match Days at Bury St Edmonds.
Well done Jasmine, we are very proud of all your achievements.
We are so proud of our sports leaders,as they did a fantastic job in running the Norfolk year 3+4 partnership tennis finals at Easton College.
They all officiated to a very high standard and were a credit to the school.
Well done to everyone involved.
Well done to students in the North Norfolk Norfolk U13 and U15 teams who both won their event on Wednesday at the partnership finals. Mollie Bean and Chris Haslam were part of the North Norfolk U13 team.
Radioactive Meteor STEM challenge
Four of our cluster schools took part in a STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge last week. Their challenge was to was to design and make a mechanism which could pick up a 'radioactive meteor' and then carefully drop it through a narrow pipe leading into 'deep space and save the world.'
The students were given a tray of materials and a brief outline of the challenge before they set to the task of designing and making a solution to this big problem. All of the six teams were successful at the final testing with some very original ideas impressing the judges. The schools that took part were Bure Valley, Buxton, Colby and Erpingham with a team from Buxton ending up winners on the day with the best design and a high quality of construction.
The new RM and Engineering captains organised and ran the day which was a real credit to them. Thank you to all those who took part and helped make this a thoroughly enjoyable day.
I am very thrilled to be selected for the position of Eco Warrior Captain. Having studied Geography at GCSE I have gained knowledge on how to improve the environment of an area. I am passionate about improving the environment of our school and I hope that I will be able to achieve this during my time as Eco Warrior Captain. I look forward to beginning this work!
In taking on this position I hope to expand on the schools work with reducing litter and recycling, which I feel as a school we are already fairly successful with (especially the collection of litter around the field). I also hope to create a social networking page to receive feedback on our work and update followers with recent action. I hope to help make the Eco Warrior team a more recognised group of students within the school so that they gain appreciation from students, staff, the local community and wildlife for the great work that they are doing.
I really hope to achieve the goals I have set myself and welcome any ideas or suggestions from the local community, staff or students regarding any work that you feel that the Eco Warrior team could do to help improve the environment of our school.
Eco Warrior Captain 2014-15
One of the reasons that I wanted to be Eco Warrior captain was because I find the environment interesting. I feel that environmental issues are a huge concern for our future and it is something that we all need to act upon. I also have experience in encouraging others to be responsible for the environment as I was in the E-Switch team in Year 7.
As Eco warrior captain, I would like to help the school to change the way we think and to get everyone recycling, rather than just sending most of our waste to landfill. I would also like to bring up some problems which we have not yet tackled as a school, such as lights being left on when they are not needed. Overall, I feel that I can really give the school the push it needs to achieve the Eco Schools Award.
Eco Warrior Captain 2014-15
Many congratulations to our Engineering Captain Ben Wright who has successfully secured a Combustion Engineering Apprenticeship with British Sugar. Ben began his applications in November, and attended several interviews/aptitude tests and finally heard he had been successful. His study will take place in Middlesborough followed by the remainder of his training in Cantley.
We wish Ben every success in his future.
After achieving a grade A in Graphic Communication at GCSE I discovered a newfound love for art & design, from this I knew that a career in the Graphics sector would be something I would truly desire. At the beginning of year 11 I was successful in being offered a place to study Art, Graphics, Sociology and Business Studies at Paston Sixth Form, however I was always determined to push myself that little further. I visited our careers guidance at Aylsham High School, Mrs Wade, who gave me support along the way of finding an apprenticeship perfect for me in our area. After applying for numerous placements I finally came across one that really caught my attention, an apprenticeship for a Graphic Design company in Horsford. With the information I needed to contact the business, Aerographics, I visited one of the lovely Art & Graphics teachers, Miss Porter, for guidance and support. After a phone call and sending my CV over I was delighted to be contacted back the very same day to request a meeting to view my art work and discuss what I am looking for. After this, I spent a number of Saturdays at the work place to get a feel for what they do and allow them to get to know me as a person. One Saturday, to my surprise, I was offered the placement which of course I grabbed the opportunity with open arms. To this day I have been working at Aerographics every Saturday to learn new skills that I will use in my future. I have been attending bike meets in Whitwell each Friday to promote the business which I thoroughly enjoy. I will be starting work full time in June just after all of my exams are complete, this will be the start of my 2 year training course with Aerographics, I will learn everything from general designing to vinyl graphics, printing, airbrushing and custom paintwork. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me on my exciting journey of gaining this wonderful opportunity. It took a lot of determination but to already have a foot in the career of my dreams at just 16 years old really does make it worthwhile, not to mention the thought of how bright my future may be because of it.
Some of our Design and Technology Department students recently Redwings horse sanctuary in Aylsham. The students made a total of 16 bird-boxes throughout the year and these will be mounted around the site to promote the growth of varied bird species in this area.
Two of the students, Connor Powell and Cameron Barwick are shown in the photograph, presenting team leader Sam with one of the bird boxes. The trip was very successful and the staff at the sanctuary were extremely impressed with how the students behaved and the quality of the bird boxes they produced.
We also had the opportunity to ‘adopt’ a small group of ponies called “The Gangsters” who were re-homed at the sanctuary after their previous elderly owner could no longer look after them.
Well done to all the students involved and to Mr Ecclestone for all his hard work with the students.
At the beginning of Year 11 I began to look at where I may want to go for my post-16 studies. I am a keen sports woman, Sports Captain for the school and have completed my Sports Leaders Award, so began to look for opportunities to take my interests further. After talking to Mrs Wade I decided to apply for a Sports Scholarship. I visited NHSG in November 2013 and I loved it there! Two months after my application I was so very excited to receive an offer of a full scholarship!
Thank you to everyone for their support & Guidance throughout my years at Aylsham High School.
Class of 2014
Very many congratulations to Emily on her scholarship success and our very best wishes for the future.
As Business & Enterprise Captain I have a very keen interest in how many businesses are run, and to complement my studies at Paston from September, I was lucky to be offered a six-week Internship at the Student Pocket Guide during the summer. I am sad to be leaving Aylsham High School but very excited to begin my chosen career in Business.
Class of 2014
Business & Enterprise Captain
Wishing Georgina every success for her future from everyone at Aylsham High School
On Thursday 5th June 11 of our students travelled to Hevingham to take part in the North Norfolk Partnership Games Angling competition where they were hoping to build upon their success of last year and secure their places on the area team. The competition was held at Cobbleacre Lakes and the teams fished AMY’s lake where students drew peg numbers from a bag to select their individual swims. The starting whistle blew at 10am and competitors fished through until the final whistle at 3pm. There were six places up for grabs on the area team and I am proud to say that all six places were secured by Aylsham High Anglers who now go through as a team to the Norfolk finals. Well done to all of the anglers for their positive attitude and respectful behaviour on the day, they were a real credit to the school. Thank you also to Mr Pitchers and Mr Monger for supervising the students on what was a very successful event.
2. Jack Clements
3. Jaden Wiles
4. Michael Tims
5. Ashley Holdsworth
6. Jordan Storey
I am Alice Ducker and I have recently been awarded the role of Student Council Captain and I am very pleased to have been given the role. I am a very enthusiastic student who can speak confidently to people of all ages and I love helping within the school.
As Student Council captain I run the meetings and organise the students into their next task for the school. Student Council is a group of excellent students from all Year groups. As a team, we meet every Friday form time for 20 minutes in Miss Norman’s room. It is a chance for the pupils of Aylsham High to get their voice heard and to get involved in the school, by sharing ideas, organising activities and taking part in school events.
We have different teams for different aspects in the school including, charity, school action and national groups. We arrange lots of different fundraising events throughout the school. We helped out in the very successful meningitis awareness week, which raised a huge amount of money.
We are very pleased with the achievements we have made and we hope there is more to come.
Alice Ducker- Student Council Captain
Aylsham High School Geography Captain – 2014/2015 – Cameron Bray
I decided to apply for the position of Geography Captain for the 2014/2015 academic year at Aylsham High School as I am passionate about geography. I have already taken GCSE Geography as an option – achieving a “Grade A” and I feel that I can support other students in the school who are currently studying the subject. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying geography throughout my school life; therefore I thought that becoming Geography Captain would be an excellent opportunity to gain additional geographical skills. Within the subject, I have particularly enjoyed learning various skills (such as mapping and data display methods). Having achieved this position, as Geography Captain, I am confident that I can bring lots to the role and I think that the experiences and skills that I will gain from this captaincy role should be really useful in the future. I look forward to running geography clubs and thinking up new and useful ideas to contribute to the department.
Cameron Bray – Aylsham High School Geography Captain – 2014/2015.
Being offered the position of Futures Captain is very exciting and I cannot wait to get started. I look forward to creating and developing new ideas to bring to the role. I am also looking forward to help inspire students to recognise their skills and abilities and show them how this can help them in their future. I feel that this year will be a brilliant learning curve and will benefit me immensely in many ways such as developing my own skills that I will be using within the role from now and into my future. I am aware how the previous Futures Captain Jack Would has brought the role to a new level and created extremely high standards. I feel that Jodie and I will make a great team, maintaining and if not exceeding the standards Jack has created, along with a few new and exciting ideas.
I am positive that as a team we can make Aylsham High School proud. I look forward to working with Mrs Wade and other organisations that I may be involved with.
After taking part in a rigorous selection process, Rio & I were selected as this year’s Futures Captains.
I am determined I will try our best to support students in school with their CVs, Work Experience, college queries, u-explore etc by holding weekly Careers Surgeries and going in to school assemblies to talk to them. I am hopeful we can go out into the community, to our feeder schools and talk to them about our work also.
It is a privilege to be Futures Captain and to be able to support and guide our students and represent Aylsham High School
I took the role of Health and Social Captain because it’s my favourite subject and I wanted to be more involved with the subject. Outside of School I volunteer for Nelson’s Journey. A charity that supports bereaved children and young people, who have lost a family member. I got involved because I like the idea of helping and supporting people. I believe that being Health and Social Captain I could be there to support people taking the course and help them when needed. Hopefully it will help to boost my confidence and help me with my charity work.
I am really looking forward to my final year at Aylsham High School, supporting other students studying Health & Social Care and hoping they will enjoy it as much as I do.
Duke of Edinburgh
As the new Duke of Edinburgh Captain at Aylsham High School I am very excited about this new challenge and to working alongside Mrs Wiseman. I have done many things similar but never been given a leadership role, this means a lot to me. I have done lots of hikes including 5 days in Derbyshire which is a competitive competition with lots of other teams. I have been in the Scouts since the age of 6; I am now 15 so I have been doing things like this my entire life. The practice Expedition is July and the Final is September 2014.
Since starting my D of E I have:
- Put up tents and put them down
- Cooked on Trangia
- Maps and bearings
- Highway code
- Team building
- Health and safety
- First aid
All of this will go towards my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Students at Aylsham High School practising putting up their tents before their Practice Bronze Expedition in July. Shown In the photo.
Matthew Clarke - Year 10, D of E Captain
Four budding young Engineers returned to Broadland High School to defend their first place shield which they had won at last year’s tournament. This year’s challenge was to design and make a long arm which could pick up a tennis ball from a clear acrylic box and place it carefully down onto a target. Marks were awarded for the quality of design work, originality and accuracy of build and the successful completion of the test in under 30 seconds. The Aylsham team made up by Luca Wedge-Clarke, Cameron Payne, Charlie Brown and Pip Kirkham worked exceptionally well as a team developing a fine solution to the problem and managed to win first place for a second year running. Well done for all of their hard work.
Mr Whiting - Smith
With the help of Mrs Wade, I began to research scholarships at the beginning of Year 11. I chose a couple of schools which I felt would be best suited to me and where I could have the best opportunities for sixth form.
I first visited Gordonstoun in October and I immediately loved the atmosphere and the overall feel of the school. I was invited to the scholarship weekend in January when I sat exams and interviews and participated in other activities, even including climbing. I have been offered an academic scholarship and will now be joining them in September 2014.
I am looking forward to the once-in- lifetime experiences the school have to offer and can’t wait to make the most of every moment I spend there while completing my A levels. After this, I hope to go to university to become a veterinarian.
I would certainly recommend this opportunity to anyone up for a challenge as it has been a very rewarding process and I am now much more confident and ready to move on to sixth form at Gordonstoun.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout this process and given me advice, as I am so pleased to have been offered the scholarship at such a brilliant school.
Well done Zina. We are all tremendously proud of your success which comes aa a result of hard work, determination and great ambition. We wish you every success in the future.
Elizabeth Cooper reflects on her success, after being awarded a scholarship at Gordonstoun and winning the Rank Foundation's School Leadership Award!
Upon approaching year 11, I began to think about where I was hoping to go on and study further.
I've always been someone who is willing to challenge themselves and I've never really been afraid of pushing myself to try my very best so I began to think of applying for scholarship opportunities for schools outside of Norfolk, in order to discover what I could do in the wider world. In September/October at the start of year 11, I started to research colleges and sixth forms all across the UK. By November, I had applied for a scholarship at a sixth form college in Oxford. Mr Spalding and Mrs Wade gave me plenty of advice and assistance with the interview process, which I found incredibly useful. I then travelled down to the city in order to sit the scholarship exams and attend the interviews. To tell the truth, I was extremely nervous and pretty new to the whole experience, but I tried my best and reminded myself throughout the day and the weeks afterwards that 'you'll never know if you never try'.
A couple of weeks later, I received a letter telling me that although I had gained a place at this sixth form college, I had not been successful in obtaining a scholarship. Due to my family's financial position, I wouldn't have been able to attend this sixth form college without a scholarship or bursary, as I would have been boarding for two years. I was, as you might expect, quite disappointed that I hadn't received the award. However, I decided that I was going to learn from this whole experience by listening to the feedback the college had given me.
Within another two weeks, I had applied for a scholarship at Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland - I had already met Mr Chris Barton (Head of Sixth Form) and had received a great impression of the School and what it stands for. Aylsham High School has had many links with the School over the years, having sent over 7 students to study up in the Highlands. I sent off my application with a bit less confidence than before; I didn't exactly want to fail again.
On the 17th of January 2014, I found myself walking down the driveway of Gordonstoun School, armed with eight portfolios and a tummy full of butterflies. By the end of the second day of interviews, exams and tours around the campus, I was completely won over by the School. I wanted to attend this school for my sixth form years more than anything!
Not long after, I returned home from school to hear that I'd achieved a scholarship from Gordonstoun School! I also received the exciting news that the School had put me forward for the Rank Foundation's School Leadership Award. The Award meant that I could become a Fellow of the Foundation, attending conferences in London and taking part in Community projects all over the UK. There aren't many Fellows for this Award, (a mere 1300 young people have been beneficiaries of the Award since 1978) so this opportunity was very exciting!
Months later, I found out that I had been selected as a beneficiary, and had won the Rank Foundation's School Leadership Award! I was overjoyed at the news, knowing that I would be about to embark on many new adventures in the world of leadership.
All of the successes - and the failures - that I experienced on my scholarship journey have taught me an awful lot about trying new things, even if they seem different and daunting at first. My advice to anyone in years 9 and 10 would be to start thinking about colleges early - who knows where a little bit of curiosity will take you? I'm off to Scotland this September, along with a fellow classmate Zina Wells, to carry on the fantastic education we've received at Aylsham High School - this fact alone proves that you never really do know until you try!
Elizabeth, we are all enormously proud of your achievements, which have come as a result of tremendous hard work and tenacity. Thank you for your great service to our school.
Just before Easter a team of 15 of our students, along with students from four other local schools, took part in the 7th Annual run by Cambridge University in conjunction with Aylsham High School. This year, we returned to Acle to investigate the Medieval, Anglo-saxon and Roman evidence of habitation. Carenza Lewis and Kat Ransome, both Time Team regulars, oversaw the dig which yielded some very useful evidence for the timings for and the density of occupation in historic Acle. Pottery evidence for our students’ pits was able to firm up the incomplete information from previous digs which seemed to confirm the absence of human occupation between the leaving of the Romans and subsequent reoccupation around 350 years later. Carenza was most complimentary about the abilities of our students to excavate and get to grips with undergraduate grade work.
After the dig our students spent a final day at Cambridge University examining the finds and placing the results in context with the previous finds. We have rewritten history – and that’s official.
Former student Evie Maskrey, from the Class of 2011 has a wonderful career ahead of her in Fashion Design.
After leaving Aylsham High School, Evie joined Paston College where she studied A levels and and then moved on to Nottingham Trent University to study Fashion Design. Having completed her first year, Evie has been successful in securing a prestigious placement at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
We wish Evie every success in her future
It is always brilliant to hear news of our ex students and every year they go off and achieve tremendous success and are a real credit to our school. Here is an extract from a message from Fabian Jackson who left us in 2012 to take up a scholarship at Gordonstoun to Mrs Wade:
Dear Mrs Wade
..... As my time at Gordonstoun is shortly ending I wanted to thank you again for getting me here. The things I have experienced as part of the Sixth Form have been truly great, although I was very sad to leave Aylsham, I couldn't have moved on to a place that suited me better, and I now cannot imagine having gone somewhere else! Here's a bit of what I've been up to. I've been able to gain a National Pool Lifeguards Qualification as part of my Service, doing three voluntary shifts a week. I went to Romania on an International Service Project in the summer, running a summer school in an orphanage for children with physical and mental disabilities, one of the most moving experiences of my life. I spent a term as the Captain of the Round Square Committee, fund raising to sponsor two boys in Kenya to attend the Starahe Boys' Centre, a Round Square school in Nairobi, as well as for various UK biased charities. I helped organise the European Round Square conference held at school in September. I took up Hockey and managed to play for the school's hockey team, something I would never have seen me doing two years ago! Being made a Colour Bearer this year has also been a great privilege. On the Performing Arts side, I have managed to peruse my love of acting by taking part in numerous varying performances and being a part of the Chamber Choir, with lots of out of school performances has been great. Being here has also rekindled my passion of dance. As a member of the Dance Company we've had amazing opportunities to perform all over Scotland and in school regularly. This year I was made the captain of the company and I also received a place and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds next year for a foundation course. The friends and memories I've made here will hopefully stay with me forever, and I just wanted to say a big thank you again! Fabian.
ps. the sailing, expeditions and Scottish dancing have been brilliant!
After several months of model training and alongside their intense GCSE schedule, ‘The Class of 2014’ presented their Prom Fashion Show on Friday 4 April in front of a packed audience. The twenty-three girls and seventeen boys modelled prom & ball gowns from Exquisite Boutique and day wear from Blossom & Green and Roys of Wroxham. The hair and make-up was managed by AHS Hair & Beauty students and the event co-ordinated by a team of students from Year 8 and up-wards.
As is the case with live events, hiccups occasionally occur. Our Opening Performer fell ill twenty minutes before the Show was to begin and in her place, our Fashion Show Business Manager Milly Sawyer-Stone stepped in and blew us away with her stylish rendition of ‘Valerie’, supported by Joe Bonham on drums, and with only five minutes of rehearsal!
The AHS students of The Slanted Dance Team also performed with a definite wow factor.
Behind the scenes, students took on their roles as Director of Sound & Lighting, Camera Crew, Front of House Team, Back-stage Manager etc with professionalism be-lying their years. A brilliant team effort.
In total, the event raised over £1000 for the Year 11 Prom, which will take place on Saturday 28 June at Wolterton Hall and magnificently organised by Miss S Hebditch & Mr P Govey.
The DVD of the Show is now available at a cost of £3 from the Finance Office or email@example.com
Our sincere thanks to all who supported us, donated raffle prizes, joined us but especially to all our business Partners who not only worked with us on the catwalk but also those who supported in the Business Auditorium. Their continued engagement is invaluable and enables us to not only raise funds but give our young people an inspiring experience.
Mrs Dianne Wade
Please come to see our Drama GCSE plays that are being performed next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Drama Studio from 6pm. The students would love to see you all there and have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience before their Exam Thursday and Friday next week. Performances will include Henry V, Comedy of Errors and Of Mice and Men.
The year 11 triple physicists started their GCSE revision programme with 2 different visitors over the past 2 weeks.
On Thursday 27th March, Mike Ling, a retired ophthalmic optician, visited both year 11 groups to tell them about how he had trained, about his career and his experiences in the job. Mike bought interesting examples to pass around the students and reviewed ideas from the extension physics topics with both groups.
On Thursday 3rd April, Dave Willis, a medical physicist who currently works at the university hospital in Norwich, presented ideas to both groups about how nuclear radiation is used in diagnosing and treating conditions like cancer. He also explained to the students his route into his current job and also brought along a selection of interesting things for the students to see and handle.
It was wonderful to be able to invite both Mike and Dave back after they were kind enough to volunteer their time last year. It was great to hear the positive feedback from the students after each visit this year and to see again the positive impact for our students when they see that the physics they are learning about in the classroom is used out there in the real world!
If you use physics in your job, we would love to hear about it. Perhaps you would be happy to discuss some ideas for inspiring our students to think about studying physics beyond GCSE? Maybe you would be willing to visit us for a lesson and help us build on the success that Mike and Dave have started? If so please contact Ruth Macpherson via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 28 March Year 11 Master Class went to Gonville & Caius College Cambridge as part of our research into the Russell Group of universities and to help us to choose which A level courses we may wish to take.
We had the opportunity of spending time in a lecture theatre and heard from the Liaison Officer and Admissions Tutor who both spoke to us about the collegiate system, admission requirements, how an interview is conducted, amongst other helpful information. After lunch, in the historic Refectory, we were set tasks to encourage us to think more laterally about our subjects, which was very interesting to learn. We also had a tour of the college – the highlight of which was undoubtedly both the Archive Library and the student Library, followed by Stephen Hawkin’s office!
We are very grateful to Ingrid and everyone at Gonville & Cauis for the experience of spending the day in the historical surroundings and which we may aspire to attend ourselves, one day!
Catrina Woolridge & Alex Cabre
Year 11 Master Class
We recently took four students to the regional final of the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge, held at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham.
The UKMT has been running this Team Competition since 2003 and last year’s event was very enthusiastically received by all those schools who participated in both the Regional and National Finals. The competition combines mathematical, communication and teamwork skills and offers students another way to express and develop their enjoyment of Mathematics.
Our intrepid mathematicians gave the competition a really good go and things heated up considerably in the relay towards the end of the day. Unfortunately, we did not progress to the national finals this year, but the students all had a good day and, we have learned a lot in readiness for next year’s competition.
Well done to Peter Ashdown, Rebecca Welsh, Ellen Feistner and Joshua Tovell.
Next up is the Junior Mathematics Challenge to be held on 1st April.