The Royal British Legion Women's Section approached us last term to ask for our help to raise money, so they could help the many wives and children of the men who were killed in action. That was when we came up with the idea of 'Pocket Pals'. The little handkerchiefs that slotted into the blazer pocket, which could be made with many designs and colours. Each one was unique and the designs ranged from trains to ducks. We sold the Pocket Pals for £2.50 and they were worn by lots of people. Even the Headteacher Mr Spalding was seen wearing one with a blue train.
In total we raised £168.90 for the charity and they were extremely pleased with the money. Everyone at Aylsham High school loved the Pocket Pals and they were a sell-out.
By Scarlett Addison (Student Council member)
Charlotte Matless recently took some amazing photos, which were entered into a competition at The Forum in Norwich. We are very proud to announce that she won first prize in the 11 - 13 age group category.
Well done Charlotte, what a brilliant achievement!
During the autumn term, Year 7 students were set the task of taking a photograph for their Geography homework. The best photographs would be put forward for a Norfolk schools competition run by CPRE (The Campaign to Protect Rural England) called the Corbin Prize. The criteria for the competition were that the photograph needed to capture how the Norfolk landscape is currently being used or has been used in the past. Once submitted, the Geography department had the difficult task of deciding which 2 photos to put forward to the competition. After much deliberation, the photographs of Thomas Curtis and Coby Wilson were selected.
In January, the competition judges shortlisted the best photographs and we were pleased to hear that both Thomas Curtis’ and Coby Wilson’s photographs had been selected. The final prize giving announcement takes place in March and we have our fingers crossed for both boys.
Mrs Dobson and Miss Wharton
Go karting is a motor sport for all ages. It can be done just for fun or more competitively by racing on a track from 5 karts up to 36. I started karting when I was 9 (a little late as some start as young as three!) I began by going to Cromer Kart track one day just for fun and became hooked and wanted to do more so I joined the club there and used to race most weeks.
My Dad bought me a Project 1(Cadet) kart to see if I really did enjoy it, which I did. I then started going to races at Ellough Park in Beccles. The competition was more intense there and I really had to push myself to another level to compete. My dad was a bit rusty with the engineering side so that’s when a friend suggested Glen Gower who has mechanic’d for Oli Oaks who became European champion and then moved on to being a F3 driver for Red Bull. Glen has tutored me over the last 2 years.
To enter competitions, I had to get a licence called a National B licence which meant I had to do an exam and enter for 6 races as a novice, then I was able to get my National A licence and enter the Super One and LGM Championships, which is where some of the best drivers around the country gather to race. The tracks are all over the UK from Larkhall in Scotland, Glan-Y-Gors in Wales to PF International in Grantham which is the biggest and best known in the country for the most championships held. (and you can’t forget the special bridge they have on the track which no one else has!).
I have then joined various teams over the last few seasons which have all had British Champions in them. I am currently with the Mick Barrett Racing team and they have helped me to move up to a new class which is called ‘mini max’. These karts are a lot faster and can go up to 82 mph. Since I have been in these racing teams I have learnt many techniques like how to control the kart and to keep calm in any situation, how to judge the tracks and handle the kart in different types of weather. You have to be able to tell this in a matter of seconds due to the speed you are going!
To be able to jump into a kart you must wear the correct safety gear, a helmet, gloves, a kart suit and shoes. I find karting a thrilling and I would love to see more people involved particularly, from Aylsham High School as I really believe you can gain so much. I have been able to travel around the country and have met so many different people and learnt a lot technically.
I’ve learnt also that while you can do your best, sometimes, circumstances mean you don't always get what you deserve. But basically try your best and don't give up is what I always say! I don’t know how far I will get with this sport but I appreciate the opportunity I have been given and intend to make the most of it. Who knows where I may end up! Maybe F1 ? !
By Tom Bayley
We are always very proud to report on the exciting achievements of our students out of school.
Well done Tom!
On the 7th and 8th of December 2013, Henry competed in the Ardleigh Hall squash tournament in Colchester, winning two of the four games, although losing out on his first game to the competition winner, putting Henry in 10th place.
Henry then played in the local Rossi's Grand Prix on the 22nd December, winning all his games to crown him the overall winner of the tournament.
The competitions that Henry is entering are gaining him points for his overall National Ranking where he now stands at 97th in England for the boys under 13's.
Well done Henry, we are all really proud of you and look forward to reporting more good news in the future.
Just before the holiday we held the area trials for Years 7,8 and 9.
We had 64 swimmers, resulting in 187 swims from 4 high schools in North Norfolk and all schools will be represented at the county finals in March at the UEA.
Aylsham swimmers in Year 7 dominated all strokes with Victoria Lloyd finishing first in all her races, as did Tom Curtis for Year 7 boys. Year 8 boys had Chris Haslam won 3 out of his 4 races followed by David Johnson winning the other race. Louisa Pike got a 1st in her backstroke for Year 9 with Tom Owen winning the butterfly. This was a very close race with Liam Blatch finishing two hundredths of a second behind Tom and was really exciting to watch.
We also held the Primary Year 4,5 and 6 trials with 95 swimmers taking part, resulting in 246 swims, from 15 different schools.
Our cluster schools did well with Aldborough qualifying with 3 swimmers, Bure Valley with 4 swimmers and Buxton with 4 swimmers also.
Buxton swimmer Jessica Curtis in year 5 dominated all her races finishing 1st in each with Emily Haslam a close 2nd or 3rd. Maddie Adamson in year 4 won her Backstroke race.
Tilly Meyrick from Aldborough finished 1st in 3 of her races with Mollie White from Buxton finishing 1st in her breaststroke race for year 6 girls. Harry Barwick also dominated the year 6 boys, finishing first in all his races.
8 schools had swimmers qualify to go through to the county finals.
Well done to all those taking part. We look forward to hearing news from the Finals.
Mrs Hudson has set a 'Smartie Tube Challenge' to all students at Aylsham High School. The aim is that as many children as possible will use their empty, stocking filler sweetie tubes to refill with money from friends, neighbours, family and anyone else they meet!
Will Byrne, a Year 11 student has made a brilliant start to this appeal by presenting Mrs Hudson with a Milky Bar tube containing £31.00 which was made up of coins that he had in a jar at home and another £10.00 of his own.
Thank you Will for this very generous donation.
This money is being raised to sponsor Mr Sweatman and Mrs Hudson run the London Marathon next April to raise £7,000 for The Meningitis Research Foundation.
Please make sure your son/daughter has a smartie tube in their stocking this Christmas! Thank you all and Happy Christmas.
We are immensely proud to congratulate our alumnus Ellie Burton who, in the eighteen months since she left AHS has become an international model, working on contracts such the Galaxy Chocolate TV ad (Ellie is Audrey Hepburn in the ad), Prada, Giorgio Armani, Hunger and magazine shoots with Marie-Claire the Sunday Times & Express plus many more. She has worked across Europe with well-known fashion houses and has an amazing future ahead of her! www.profile-models.com
Well done Ellie and best wishes from all at Aylsham High School
The making of mince pies for the Christmas Craft/Shakespearean Event was fully underway last night in the Catering Department (led by the very talented Mr Baxter). The Catering Captain Megan Nickalls offered to make the mince pies for this Saturday’s event here at Aylsham High School. Not sure that she realised she would need to make 100!!
I am so grateful to all the students involved (Craig Smith & Lauren Jewell) as there is nothing better than a homemade mince pie.
Look forward to seeing you all Saturday for a homemade mince pie & a glass of mulled wine.
The North Norfolk Table Tennis Competition took place on Thursday 28th November at Fakenham Sports & Fitness Centre to find the best 4 boys and girls to represent the Partnership at the County Finals in 2014.
14 boys and 11 girls from three schools (Alderman Peel, Aylsham High, Fakenham ) took part with both the boys and girls split into two groups and the top four of each group progressing to the 2nd round.
In the boys group ‘A’ Harley Dyson (AYL) went undefeated without losing a leg in all his six matches to win the group closely followed by Alderman Peel’s Jacob Hewson who won five out of six games. Evan Legrange (AP) and Olli Flint (FAK) came 3rd & 4th to qualify. In Group B Henry Geaves (AYL) won all his matches, only dropping one leg along the way which was against Josh Whittaker (AP) who came second in the group. Ben Portas (AYL) and Ben High Caston (AP) came 3rd & 4th.
In the second round Harley Dyson won group A ahead of Josh Whittaker and in Group B Henry Geaves took the group from Jacob Hewson, all four qualifying for the finals. To decide playing order, Henry Geaves beat Harley Dyson in three close games for the Number 1 spot, with Jacob Hewson edging out Josh Whittaker for the number 3 place.
In the Girls Groups Sabrina Rayner (AP) easily won her matches not dropping any legs with Tilly Betts (AP) finishing second only losing one match. Gemma Ridgway (AYL) came 3rd with Juliette Kelly (AYL) 4th. Carrie Last (AYL) also won her group winning every match with Hollie Betts (AP) coming second followed by Maddy Gomes (AYL) & Jade Hutchinson (FAK). In the 2nd Round Sabrina Rayner topped the group with Hollie Betts second, Carrie Last won her group with Tilly Betts runner up with these four qualifying for the finals.
In the play offs Carrie Last edged out Sabrina Rayner in three legs for the number 1 spot while Hollie Betts beat her sister for the 3rd place.
All in all a good afternoon of competitive Table Tennis, enjoyed by all who took part. Thanks to all the teachers and coaches who helped the smooth running of the competition and good luck to all eight players in the finals in 2014.
The students of the AHS Young Chamber have been working extremely hard to organise another Business Breakfast. The key date for your diary is Friday 13th December. The breakfast costs just £5 per head, which includes breakfast prepared by our award winning catering department, followed by a talk from Icarus Hines on the ‘Changing trends in high street retailing’.
Please contact us for more information and to reserve your place.
Aylsham High School Young Chamber
Last week was anti-bullying week and as a result friendly faces were really busy.
Friendly Face captains Finn and Abi went to London on Monday to the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors conference and got to meet other anti-bullying ambassadors from across the country and take part in a public speaking workshop run by TV presenter Carrie Grant and drama workshop with Actor Charlie Mills.
Year 10 friendly faces did an anti-bullying assembly to show off an anti-bullying week video filmed by James Hubbard, visited form groups to talk about anti-bullying week, sold anti-bullying wrist bands and made and got the student body to sign an anti-bullying pledge wall.
On Friday the team were visited by Kieran Stanbridge who works for the Diana award to see their work and film some short films to be used nationally to promote anti-bullying messages on @antibullyingpro
Anti-bullying week video can be viewed here http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_0PNRqQK2TI
Picture shows friendly face captains Abi and Finn at the anti-bullying conference in London
Well done Friendly Faces. We are extremely proud of your work and of your huge commitment to supporting others. You are tremendous role models at our school.
On Thursday 14th November we were privileged to be part of the Official Opening Ceremony of the newly constructed workshop. Our local MP Norman Lamb came along to join us in the ceremony.
During the summer the school rebuilt the workshop which was once an old rundown Aircraft Hanger. This was quite often cold and windy and full of holes in the roof which leaked rain and snow. The transformation has been immense. It now looks like a professional mechanics and construction workshop with better resources available and not only much warmer but has a roof that doesn’t leak anymore.
On the day we were in two groups working on our practical skills that we have learnt over the last year. Mr Norman Lamb came into the workshop and had a look around at the new facilities and had the opportunity to see what we do when we are at Sidestrand.
We were fortunate to engage in conversation with Mr Norman Lamb who asked us how much easier it will be to work in the new environment compared to the old hanger. He also asked us what we had learnt in the past year and said that he was really pleased with what we were doing and how far we have come over the last year on the course.
Not only has it made our course much more enjoyable, it has also made a huge difference for the pupils and staff at Sidestrand Hall School.
The Final of the competition was held on the evening of Thursday 21st November in front of an audience of over 80. The Finalists had been tasked with speaking on the subject of ‘How essential are shops and services to the future of the town centres in the UK?’ Each one prepared themselves with professionalism and style and delivered outstanding 3 minute speeches . The students, two from each Year group had taken part in earlier Heats and reached the Final which was kindly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aylsham. The Judges had a tough job in selecting the winners but the positions were justly deserved. We are proud of each of our wonderful students who took part in the competition, and huge congratulations to James Hubbard who took a well-deserved First Place, to Jessica Spooner who came Second, and to Calan Gray who earned a fine Third position. The prizes were presented to the Winners by Mrs T Greenfield.
Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the event, and in particular, to everyone at the Rotary Club of Aylsham for their continued support of our students.
Thank you to Mrs Wade for organising such a tremendous event and for supporting all of the students.
On Thursday 21st November, Year 8s spent their school day with colleagues from the Barclays life Skills Team, working on their understanding of financial capabilities, how to overcome challenges in life and ways to improve their confidence. As part of the tasks set, teams had to put together a plan for a large social event and work out expenditure and profit – some interesting ideas evolved!
We are most grateful to Nina for arranging this opportunity with us, for ‘Charles the Legend’ for delivering it with such panache and to the rest of the Team for their support and enthusiasm
I applied for the army and went through the selection process while I was in school. I Started my basic training in September 2012 at AFC (Army Foundation College) Harrogate, where all junior entry soldiers do basic training, I finished basic training in February 2013. During basic training we never had any time to play sport. After finishing basic training I started phase 2 at 11 training battalion, in Arborfield, where I am training to become a combat systems technician in the REME. Since starting phase 2 I began playing rugby again, for the battalion team who were last year’s army champions. Rugby in the army is amazing, we have been to Cardiff on a weekend tour and played there, we are going to Croatia next Easter on tour and we often get the opportunity to hold the flags at Twickenham when England are playing. The team manager sorts it all out and asks the lads in the team if they would like to do it, it gets rotated fairly so the same people aren't always doing it and so everyone gets the opportunity. I held the flags for the England vs Argentina game this month on remembrance weekend, and not only did I get to hold the flag on the pitch I got a free ticket to watch the game as well.
Well done Jack we are all so proud of your huge achievements. Keep up the good work.
Best wishes from all the Staff at Aylsham High School
I would certainly recommend the French Exchange. Not only is it excellent for improving your French ( I learnt lots of new words and improved my confidence in speaking and understanding ) , but it is also great for your confidence.
I learnt about daily life in France and tasted some fantastic food. I saw amazing sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame which I have never seen before.
Most of all, I have made new friends both French and English and had great fun.
AHS Young Chamber has been working with Woodgate Nursery in Aylsham to help them with their development plans for the future. Already the group has visited the nursery, conducted market research and held several meetings where many ideas have been discussed. Now the time has come to put our proposals forward to the owner and manager and hope that they come to fruition!
This project has been great for all of us involved in the AHSYC. We’ve got to speak to real people about real business situations. It’s been really rewarding as it improves our enterprising skills such as organisation, communication and initiative. It’s also been very profitable for the business as they get a young person’s view on how to update their business and make it as efficient as possible.
Young Chamber is a great team, full of brilliant people who all want to achieve their full potential. If you’d like to become a part of this group then please speak to any member of the Young Chamber or Mr Turrell.
Year 10 YC Member
The last day of last half term was Year 7 anti-bullying day. Our aim of the day was to make year 7 more aware of bullying and the various forms it takes and how to tackle it if they happened to come across it. We designed a variety of workshops with Mr Sexton to help us do this. In the morning the Friendly Face team led a carousel of activities which made students think about what bullying is and how to tackle it. This was followed up by a session to make students more aware about cyber bullying. The afternoon was for students to apply what they had learnt in the morning to create displays of bullies covered by and beaten with loads of positive messages and practical anti-bullying ideas. This was followed up by every student in the session creating a part of what will become an anti-bullying string of bunting to be put up somewhere within school. The aim is to keep adding to it year on year so that by the end of five years we have an anti-bullying display piece which declares our intention to keep Aylsham High bullying free which has been contributed to by every member of the student body. The final part of the session was the unveiling of a music video. While the rest of the student body was off working on the day The Eagles were working with Mrs Sexton to write and perform an anti-bullying song supported by two of our more musical friendly faces. The were stunning and it was a nice reminder and summary of why we had spent the day looking at anti-bullying.
A huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Sexton and Mr Askew who helped with the day and James Hubbard who photographed the event.
The Friendly Face Team
Thank you Miss Connor for your continuous support, recognition and ambition for Friendly Faces.
Last week the Year 9 Rugby team won the 12 a side Norfolk Shield at Wymondham College. All pupils played extremely well, with hard tackling in defence and creativity in attack.
The hard work and commitment of all of our teams makes us really proud. Well done Year 9s.
The annual East Coast Classic surf competition took place recently in Cromer.
The event, organised by the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club, attracted 18 competitors from all over Norfolk plus Devon, Wales and Essex, taking part in either long or short board events.
Each was judged on how many waves they caught and their two best waves. Points were awarded for manoeuvres used to ride the waves, involving techniques with names including carving turns, cut backs, and 360 degrees.
Winner of the junior section was Aylsham student, Eloise Thorogood.
Well done Eloise and all of our other surfers. This is a first for Aylsham High and a brilliant example of the wide range of sporting activites on offer.
Our students and staff were pleased to welcome visitors from The Royal British Legion and The Womens Section of The Royal British Legion at our annual Remembrance Service.
A wreath was laid by Head boy Ben Howes, Head Girl Elizabeth Cooper and History Captain, Jake Morris.
Thank you to Gabriel Askew for once again providing music for the ceremony.
Some of the Student Council have been helping The Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion to raise money for their cause. Their charity provides care and support to the Serving and ex-Service community, including their families. As a fundraising idea, we decided to make embroidered hankies that pupils could wear in their blazer pocket alongside their poppies. We called them ‘Pocket Pals’ and they have a variety of different motifs on including anchors, windmills, trains, ducks and tea cups that have been embroidered by Miss Norman’s new computer aided sewing machines. The ‘Pocket Pals’ are available in Room 15 every lunchtime for £2.50 and all money raised will go to the charity mentioned above. We’ve already raised over £100 so please help us to raise more by wearing a Pocket Pal in your blazer for the rest of November!
We are very proud indeed to announce that our brilliant, hard working, lovely Canteen staff have won the Pride of Norse, Best Team Award tonight, at a special awards dinner. Well done to Sharon and all the team. With warmest congratulations from everyone at Aylsham High.
Lydia Ross, Emily Buck, Harry Biss and Toby Jones inspired some teachers of the future yesterday, when they gave a lecture at the UEA with Miss Leeks, Mr Sweatman and Mr Bonnington.
After the lecture they recieved some very positive praise for their performance, with some of the PGCE students commenting about how much they had gained from the lecture and how it would help to shape their teaching careers.
Well done to Lydia,Emily,Harry and Toby who all worked really hard to prepare for the lecture and delivered it with great confidence. We are very proud of you all.
As part of our Enterprise curriculum students undertake 6 projects across Year 8 and Year 9 in their specialist Enterprise lessons. Indeed Project 5 is usually the one that contains most effort and buzz, when students research, plan and run their own business.
However for one student they have taken their Project 1: Enterprising Skills, to new heights of initiative and determination.
Olivia Hill in Yr8 decided for her Enterprising Person task to research the successful entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, famous for running a plethora of businesses under the Virgin brand.
For this project students are required to produce a study of a person that has successfully used enterprise skills, with evidence demonstrating how they have used them and explaining how the person has been an inspiration.
To fully demonstrate Sir Richard's own enterprising skills Olivia decided to contact the man himself to ensure she had her facts straight. And much to her surprise he returned her email, with an incredible insight to his own business experience and detailing the enterprise skills he believes are vital to success.
Good independent research skills are essential for work and school, Olivia has successfully demonstrated how a positive attitude and good levels of effort can bring about amazing experiences.
Sir Richard decided to tweet and share his advice to Olivia through his Twitter and LinkedIn account. This has been shared with some 3.5 million followers and been seen by over 100,000 people. Many of the people to view Olivia's email have left words of encouragement to herself and supporting the Enterprise education we deliver at Aylsham High School. Comments from as far as Australia, America and Singapore have been sent to us.
We are immensely proud of the initiative Olivia has taken with her Enterprise studies, indeed we have seen many fantastic personal 'enterprising person' projects from our Yr8 students. Another clear example how the students of Aylsham High School are truly unique and enterprising!
Head of Business and Enterprise
On Saturday students from Aylsham High School were invited to the grand reopening of the new Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.
They were asked to attend because over the last academic year they have been working with the museum service on an interactive timeline which is now on display as part of the collection.
Over a year ago a small team of gifted and talented historians were put together to work on a project for Norfolk Museum Service. They were students who had gained high grades the previous year whilst studying for their GCSE in History over one year and headed up by our History Captain Jonathan Sutton.
The team went for an initial meeting at Norwich castle to meet the curators of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum which had just been closed to the public on Shirehall Plain and see the space within the castle that was going to be transformed into the new Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. The team were asked to be involved to researching and writing extracts that would be used as part of an interactive timeline about the history of the regiment aimed at primary school students. Over the next few months the team spent time researching and writing extracts and were then invited back to Norwich Castle for the next stage. The next stage involved students being taught how to use a piece of online software to add their work to a database so the software development team could create the timeline.
It was then decided that it would be nice to add a picture of a cartoon character to each of the parts of the timeline called Reggie, a soldiers from the regiment dressed in the uniform the regiment would have worn at the time in question. The team asked Miss Stickland, who is famous for drawing her own cartoons on her whiteboard, to help out with this task. She produced a range of colour cartoon depicting Reggie in all the different uniforms of the regiment and these were entered into the timeline alongside the students work.
Four students were selected to represent the team at the grand reopening of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. We were welcomed with drinks and once all the esteemed guests arrived the Head of Norfolk Museum Service gave a speech about the project. The ribbon was then cut by Norfolk County Council Chairman Hilary Cox and we were allowed to see the new displays for the first time and mingle with the other guests who included the Norwich Mayor, several leading councillors and current and former servicemen of the Royal Norfolk Regiment. This was followed by food and drink inside the castle keep and we were later entertained by the Royal Norfolk Regimental band who plays several songs in the keep.
It was a fantastic evening and a brilliant opportunity for our most talented young historians to work first hand on a project with museum staff and see all that is involved in presenting a hugely important part of our history to the public. We are honoured to have been involved and extremely proud of the work produced and would encourage everyone to pop into the castle and see the exhibition for yourselves.
Pupils invited to the event (and pictured)
History Captain 2012/13 Jonathan Sutton
History Captain 2013/14 Jake Morris
Other pupils involved
The Duke of Edinburgh participants started painting and taking down the old ‘Crazy for You’ set in preparation for the next Aylsham High School musical in 2014 “Carousel”.
These students are all helping out on set of Carousel to enable them to complete the30 hours of volunteering needed to help complete the Bronze Award. They are working with the very talented Mr Bonnington, Mike Springall and Lee Wiseman who always support us with set design and painting.
The students worked very hard on Saturday morning and along with staff achieved a huge amount work on the set. A big thank you for all those involved for your hard work.
Carousel runs from Wednesday 12 March 2014 to Saturday 15 March 2014. Tickets will be on sale from December 2013.
Mrs T Wiseman Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader
Wednesday 16 October was Employability Day for Years 9, 10 and 11 who were fortunate to work with a team of professionals from Barclays Life Skills. The sessions involved looking at the key employability skills of preparation, self-promotion and presentation, alongside CV workshops and interview do’s & don’ts. The sessions were brilliantly led by Charles Graham, and supported by Nina and the team from Barclays. Our students are now more informed on the additional personal skills required, alongside their qualifications, to compete in the world of work.
We would like to say a HUGE thanks to Nina, Charles and the Barclays LifeSkills Team.
Henry Geaves in year 8, was selected to play for Norfolk under 13's in the East Regional Squash Championships, on the 12th October.
Norfolk competed against Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex for Henry's debut for the under 13's. Despite losing the best of five 3-0 to the number 32nd England seed with the results 11-8, 11-7 and 11-5 Henry put up a very good fight and, with probably the best performance yet, Henry upped his game. Henry has only been playing for 10 months and was up against players who have been playing for 4-5 years! We will all be following his progress very carefully.
Well done Henry, we are really proud of your achievement.
(The photo shows Henry with his Norfolk Junior squash coach Liam Nolan from the UEA.)
We are enormously proud of our students, who performed to welcome the visit of The Duke of Edinburgh this week. It was a huge honour for them and a moment that they will always remember. The dancers are members of the Broadland School of Dance, which is based at the St Michaels Care Complex
The Duke of Edinburgh had flown in especially to see the new Centre. He met members of staff, volunteers, residents and dignitaries, including Rees Coghlan, Founder Trustee of Aylsham Care Trust.
For more information and photos click the EDP link below
Our students cooked and served a wonderful dinner for over a hundred guests on Friday evening as part of The Aylsham Food Festival: http://www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk/foodfestival.html
We are honoured to have been so highly praised by Steve Thorpe, head of the catering and hospitality school at City College, Norwich, who in his after dinner speech, said of the students “As a professional I am very impressed. You can be extremely proud of the skills shown here today.
Please also see this link to find out what he said on Twitter:
You can see more about this wonderful evening here:
Thank you so much to Aylsham Slow Food for supporting us to be part of this weekend. We are so proud to be part of such a notable event in Aylsham's annual calendar.
Thank you to Mr Baxter and his brilliant team and thank you to all of the students involved. We are all tremendously proud of your achievement.
During the past two weeks, over 70 students from all Year groups took part in the Heats of the Tony Greenfield Memorial Trophy Public Speaking Competition
The competition is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aylsham. Speeches ranged in variation, from Potatoes to Lacemaking to Dragons! The judges had a challenging role in selecting two students from each Year Group to go through to the Final. Well done to all who took part and huge congratulations to the following, who will go head-to-head in the Final on Thursday 21 November @ 7pm in the Main Hall, in front of Mr K Simpson MP:
Please join us to hear our young people Stand Up and Speak Out!
Mrs D Wade
Friday 27th September
Year 8 rugby team played in the Norfolk County 12 aside tournament at Wymondham College. During the day they played 7 matches, winning 6 and losing just the 1.
The photograpgh shows the Year 8 team.
Monday 30th September
Year 9 rugby team travelled to Wymondham High in their first County Cup match of the year. After a fantastic performance Aylsham won 12-24
Wednesday 2nd October
Year 8 rugby team travelled to Sheringham in the County Cup. A slow start left Aylsham conceding early in the game, but with some positive team spirit. Aylsham progressed to win the game 22-41
Well done to all of our fantastic players. We are really proud of you all.
We are tremendously proud of our canteen team and are delighted to announce, that they are finalists in The Pride of Norse Awards in the Best Team category. Well done to Sharon Smith and her brilliant team, who provide fabulous food for our students every day and are so helpful and supportive. We will have our fingers crossed for you at the Awards evening on Friday 25th October.
Thank you for everything that you do for us all.
On Sunday 15th September, I ran the 13.1 mile Great North Run. Reputably, the biggest half marathon in the world, with about 54,000 runners sprinting, running and jogging or plodding the route through Newcastle; on to Gateshead , to reach the welcome sight of the beautiful coast line of Southshields.
I have been an armchair admirer of marathon runners for many a long year, but last year decided that I really did want a piece of the action. Setting off in a £7.00 pair of trainers off ebay, I set off to complete 2 miles on my first run. I was very impressed with myself but totally exhausted and spent the rest of the day on the sofa! I soon picked up momentum and 2 miles became easy and I worked my way steadily up longer distances but often wondered how on earth I would achieve 13.1 miles.
Having got up to running 10 miles, I then twisted my knee, just 4 weeks before the half marathon which did not do my confidence a lot of good and I wondered whether my knee would actually get through, what to me was still, an impressive distance to run. But I did it. I set a target to complete the run in 2 and a half hours but actually completed it in 2 hours 25.
The atmosphere was amazing, the weather pretty awful for the spectators but the wind followed the 54, 000 runners and was a welcome help to us all.
By the time I had crossed the finish line, my legs had gone to jelly and despite my utter delight at completing my first half marathon, I could not imagine, in my wildest dreams, turning around and running the 13.1 miles back to make a full marathon!
That is my next goal. And just as my first two miles exhausted me, I am fairly confident I will build it up to complete a full marathon next year. I will!!
The support and sponsorship I have had from friends, family and colleagues has been fantastic and I will have raised close to £800.00 for the Meningitis Research Foundation, a charity that the school have supported whole heartedly since Mr Sweatman’s younger brother died of the illness around 2 years ago. Since his death a massive £38,000 plus has been raised which will go a huge way towards eliminating this dreadful disease. If you would like to support the Meningitis Research foundation and make a donation please go to my Just Giving page which is http://www.justgiving.com/Jayne-Hudson1. Thank you!
Finally, for anyone that has found this in the slightest bit interesting or inspiring and would like to start running, come along to The Cromer Beach Runners Club where you will receive a very warm welcome and all the encouragement you need to get started. I am relying on them to get me up to running that second 13.1 miles in about 8 months’ time.
Aylsham High School Henry V
Once again we have been invited to perform on the stage at Norwich Playhouse, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. We are very proud and honoured to be returning, this time performing Henry V, with a twist of course!!!
We have an all-girl cast who have been rehearsing hard during the summer holidays and after school for another outstanding performance.
We are performing at the Norwich Playhouse for one night only: Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets are only available from the Playhouse on 01603 612580 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be a matinee and evening performance at Aylsham High School on December 7th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. This will coincide with our Christmas Shakespearean Day where there will be Christmas craft stalls and refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door for the Aylsham High School performances.
This will be a fabulous performance, which I am sure will not disappoint; tickets are limited at both venues.
Quote from Norwich Playhouse:
Norwich Playhouse is delighted to welcome the UK's largest Youth Drama Festival to our stage.
The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with over 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays. Come along and celebrate the achievements of your local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment.
This year we have taken part in a course called ‘NCFC Enterprise Academy’ which was led by the Sport and Education Manager of Norwich City Football Club, Stevie Bramble. During the course, we learnt a number of business skills. We were involved in looking at how the business operates and businesses that support and work with NCFC. We felt this course was educational and beneficial in developing skills we hope to use in life. The course focused on business sectors, advertising and jobs in the club. At the end of the course, we especially developed innovation and creativity whilst preparing our pitch for the Sporting Light Appeal. The Sporting Light Appeal is a charity which supports disabled people and encourages them to take part in sports. We were set the challenge to show the skills and knowledge that we had advanced whilst coming up with a unique fund raising idea for the Sporting Light appeal. We all came up with different ideas, ensuring that we met our target market as well as keeping true to the values of NCFC and the Community Sports Foundation. We took part in the school heat and we were picked in the top three teams from Aylsham High School. With the two other groups, we are going to present our ideas to a panel of judges at NCFC. We are also competing alongside groups from other high schools in the local area. We were thrilled to take part in this course and we would like to thank Norwich City Football Club for the opportunities they have provided us with.
By Daisy Maunders, Florrie Crass, Jess Spooner and Megan Harris.
Further to this the Norwich City FC Enterprise Academy held their finals at Carrow Road on Tuesday 23rd July. Aylsham High School was competing against other teams from Flegg High School and City Academy Norwich. The teams from Aylsham High School performed superbly; they were professional, articulate and passionate about their ideas.
The results of this year’s event were:
1st Let’s Break It - James Morter, Jess Spooner, Ashlynn Sparrow,Daisy Maunders and Megan Harris
2nd Step Up - Toby Hadlow, Joel Hunter, Dominic Kelly, Tom Clitheroe, William Buchan and Sam Stubbs
3rd Canaries Charity Chasers - Philippa Randall, Bethany Morton, Florence Crass, Emily Butchers, Emily Gasparro and Matilda Bailes
The winning team will now represent NCFC in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2013. This is another reason why we are extremely proud of the students at Aylsham High School, a fantastic achievement from all the groups that participated in this year’s Enterprise Academy.
We are all having a fantastic time in Bude, the weather has been amazing and the activities have challenged us all. Mr Boyce for example was not convinced that mountain boarding was his sport but still launched himself down a ramp with probably more confidence than skill. The students have been amazing, many have overcome nerves to try new things and conquer their fears. All have approached every activity (with the possible exception of room tidying) with enthusiasm and a smile on their faces. It has been an absolute pleasure to take them away.
We are so proud of all of our students who are currently completing their work experience placements. We have had some very positive feedback from staff who have been visiting placements this week and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employers who have supported this very important learning experience.
Each student self-generated their placement and many secured wonderful opportunities in the real 'world of work'. Millie Martin is working with a curator at The Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge in her pursuit of a future career in this sector. Well done Millie. We are very proud of your success and are looking forward to hearing all about your exciting week!
Thank you also to Mrs Wade who has co-ordinated the week and has supported students with their applications.
Lovely to hear news from Miss Hammond this morning, that the students visiting Normandy this week are enjoying themselves and also having good weather.
This week is Activities Week which means that our students are all taking part in a wide range of activities, some in school, some going out on daily visits and some on residential activities. Our first news report for the week is from the trip to Bude:
'We (48 students and 5 staff) arrived for our week of activities and adventure in Bude on Sunday evening. We were greeted by amazing sunshine and have quickly settled into life at the centre. This morning half the group have body boarded and half have completed the team trail. All students have done superbly well.'
We look forward to having more updates during the week.
On Friday 12th July, Year 11s began preparations for their post-16 choices by meeting with colleagues from many of the local colleges and training providers, alongside STEM Ambassadors, NNUH Ambassadors, Scholarship Ambassadors, the Armed Services and businesses. Parents/carers were also welcomed to the event which enabled our students to ensure their preparations are well thought out and all opportunities are explored.
I recently took a North Norfolk primary school team to the Finals of the Norfolk Schools Swimming Gala.We finished overall in a respectable 4th place out of 8 partnership teams.
There were some brilliant swims, two 1st places for Tom Curtis from Buxton Primary and a 2nd from Emily Haslam with another Buxton pupil Jessica Curtis coming 4th. Bure Valley was also represented by Harry Barwick, finishing in 3rd place as did Isobel Davison and also a good swim from Cameron Jeffreys. Representing Erpingham, was Luke Babbs, swimming a very hard fought Butterfly race.
Well done to all the swimmers.
Aylsham High School
On Friday 5th July, 90 Year 9 students took part in the 3FF day; to learn more about Interfaith and how to get the most out of asking questions about religion. The group was split into 3, each group taking a 3FF ambassador; all eager to learn and excited about the day ahead.
The day began with a quick introduction to what 3FF (Three Faith Forum) is. But soon, we started to get an idea about what the real content of the day would be. Our first session was all about how to empathise with people, and learning more about our own identities. Each student was given an A4 piece of people to make an identity closet; writing what people will first learn about us when they see us for the first time, what they would learn about us in a first 5 minute conversation with us, and finally what only our closest friends and family would know about us. We then learnt about how to empathise and ‘CLICK’ with people, by listening to a Hindu girl who grew up in, for most of us, very different circumstances compared to ourselves, but by using ‘CLICK’, we found we could relate to her in many ways.
In session 2, we learnt more about how to ask questions, that wouldn’t offend anyone, but got a full answer. We started off by seeing some ‘Oops, Ouch!’ questions, and seeing the reactions from the people who were asked them. We were all genuinely shocked by some of the questions asked, and weren’t that surprised by the answers given. After viewing some of these questions, we learnt how to change them into better phrased questions that would get us a better answer. We got a chance to try it out for ourselves, before breaking up for lunch. However, we all knew that session 3 still lay ahead of us.
The bell rang and we flooded into the hall, all anticipating the great afternoon that was about to take place. We heard from each of the three ambassadors again, this time talking about their own religions. After their quick 5 minute introductions, we were able to ask any question we wanted, well, any question provided that it was phrased so it wasn’t offensive. This I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave us a chance to put our new skills to the test!
Overall, I think the 3FF day was a fantastic learning experience which was very enjoyable, and would strongly recommend other people to try it out for an interesting way to learn about Interfaith!
Report written by Rebecca Welsh
We had 20 Aylsham high school students who qualified for the North Norfolk Athletics team as part of the Norfolk Partnership Games. Many of our athletes ran well in their heats qualifying for their finals. It was a hot day so they had to work extra hard to battle the elements as well as their competitors.
The picture shows some of our medalists.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Norfolk Partnership Games.
Design and Technology Students have been working really hard with Mr Ecclestone, to transform our old benches into really colourful new ones.
Thank you and well done to some of our Design and Technology students who have been learning how to renovate some of our very old wooden benches and paint them in bright colours. Thank you also to Mr Ecclestone who has been teaching this group.
We are very pleased to see our newly painted benches looking so fabulous.
Each of the 8 partnerships in Norfolk selected their best teams to compete in the partnership games competition held at the UEA Sportspark on Monday. The Aylsham High year 7 and 8 Girls team represented North Norfolk.
The girls played well, each scoring baskets. During our pool games, we were often able to score more than our opponents in the second half, but not enough to avoid being beaten. We proudly finished 6th amongst some excellent basketball talent of Norfolk.