Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a fabulous Carol Service at St Michael's Church in Aylsham this week and we hope that this will become a tradition. Thank you to Revd Andrew Beane for making us all feel so welcome and for leading such an enjoyable service.
This week, year 11 students visited Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk. The visit was planned to enrich the P2 topic 5 work we have been doing this term, helping the students to see how the physics we have been learning about is actually happening in the real world!
We had a warm welcome from the staff at EDF visitors centre which included revision about nuclear fission and how it is used to generate electricity. We were divided into smaller groups and kitted out with all the protective equipment needed to tour a working site, some students seemed to really enjoy the whole dressing up experience! We were given a guided tour of the power plant which gave us a chance to see the size of the generators, turbines and current carrying wires as well as ask questions. For some, the highlight was placing our hands on the turbine to feel the vibrations as it spins to turn the generator and generate electricity for the National grid and for others it was seeing how the water from the North Sea is filtered before being used in the condensers - there were lots of fish!
We had some time to explore the visitor centre and award the prizes from the pre-visit competition task. Well done to all the students who entered the competition. Our winners were Kent Matthews, Florence Crass, Daisy Maunders and Georgia Parker.
I would like to thank Mr Calvert and Mrs Goodliffe who supported the visit. I would also like to thank all the students who represented the school so positively. The staff at the visitor centre were particularly impressed with the questions they were asked and their comments made me feel so proud!
Alumnus Michael Sawyer-Stone has been awarded the Guardianship (Head Boy) at Gordonstoun School for the Spring Term of 2015.
Many congratulation to our Class of 2013 Alumnus Michael Sawyer-Stone who has been awarded the Guardianship (Head Boy) at Gordonstoun School for the Spring Term of 2015. Michael secured an academic scholarship to study at Gordonstoun following his GCSEs at Aylsham High School and is hoping to further study Mathematics at the LSE on completion of his A levels in June.
We wish Michael every success in this prestigious role and in his future career.
Both groups of pupils in Outdoor Learning have spent time with the Estates team at Blickling National Trust Estate. Pupils had a great time helping remove rhododendrons from a woodland area to reveal a medieval track. Pupils managed used tools and their own strength to remove both the plants and the roots to prevent the plants growing back.
Pupils enjoyed themselves and thrived on the challenge of beating this plant!
A huge thanks to the team at Blickling for supporting us in this.
Well done to everyone involved for your really hard work.
Aylsham High School Student Council held a Funky shoe and Tie day to raise money for the Aylsham Care Trust (ACT). We were allowed to wear a different tie for the day or whatever shoes we liked instead of school uniform. But we did have to pay 50p for this. We all had a fun time being able to wear a different tie or shoes for the day, but at the same time raising money for the ACT centre at the old St Michaels hospital.
Mr Holland the manager from the ACT came in today and collected the cheque from the Student Council. He was really touched from all the efforts and grateful for the £190 that we all raised together.
We are very much looking forward to working with the ACT in the New Year and visiting the ACT for us to sing and play games with the Friday luncheon club .
Jessica Hope Year 11
We are very proud to report the news that the 3 girls in the team representing Aylsham High, on Saturday 13th December at Lime Kiln Farm, Thursford, came 1st in the 2' 3" and received a fabulous trophy which will be brought into school.
The team consisted of Lydia Hayman on Joules, Stephanie Howes on Trixies Silver Wynsana and Kimberley Johnstone on Legacy’s Champion.
The team competed against 10 teams from other schools and showed great determination and skill. Well done to the team, we are very proud of your achievement.
Emily Spencer in year 8 BEC has just been selected for the U13 Norfolk County Hockey Squad. She will be training with the Junior Academy in 2015 and representing Norfolk in matches and tournaments at U13 age group.
Well done Emily, this is a tremendous achievement and we will follow your next steps with great interest. We are really proud of you.
Following weeks of highly competitive Heats for the students of Aylsham High School, the Finals of the Tony Greenfield Memorial Trophy Public Speaking Competition took place on Thursday 4 December supported by the Rotary Club of Aylsham. The invited judges, who included The Chairman of the Rotarians Mr Ian Graham, Marian Williams and the BBC TV & Radio Presenter Nick Conrad listened to the students three-minute speeches on ‘Democracy-How Does This Affect Us’. As Year 7s went head-to-head with Year 11s, the competition was fierce and the speeches astounding. Huge congratulations to the Winner, Year 8 student Gus Cringle, in Second Place was Year 7’s Abigail Durrand and Third Place went to Emily Sidnell from Year 10. All the Finalists must be extremely proud of challenging themselves to stand up and speak out in public, and on such a tough subject. Congratulations to each of them.
Our sincere thanks to The Rotary Club of Aylsham for their sponsorship and support, to our judges for the evening, and to everyone who joined us in listening to such remarkable young people.
Mr Richard Burr, ex Aylsham High student, came to speak with year 10 and 11 physics students today. Richard will be Norfolk's first space tourist having secured his ticket on the Virgin Galactic commercial spacecraft. Only 547 people have been into space and Virgin Galactic is aiming to open an experience of space to people like Richard.
Richard explained to the students why he wanted to be a part of this project and described some of the training activities he has been involved in so far. He showed the students a video taken during the training he completed in September, preparing his body for the extreme g forces he will experience during his space journey. He explained how using breathing techniques and control of your muscles helps you to cope with the forces involved on take off and re-entry. He lead a question and answer session with the students, who all had a variety of interesting questions to ask including 'when the SpaceShip Two rocket blew up in mid-air at the end of October, did you reconsider being one of the first space tourists?' To 'what is the dress code for space?'!
Richard inspired the students to think about how physics might change the tourist industry and the employment opportunities that might exists for them in the future as a part of this.
Liz remained a very strong supporter of our school all her life and always promoted our successes and achievements. She was proud of her school. Liz provided many opportunities for our students to be involved in the work of the community and we were privileged that she was able to attend the Slow Food Festival Dinner in October, only a few weeks before her death.