Apprenticeship success – Future Engineer
Huge congratulations to our Year 11 student Gemma Ridgway on securing a prestigious National Grid Apprenticeship. Gemma was one of over a thousand applicants, the youngest candidate to reach interview stage and also the only female, which is a huge testament to her dedication and abilities. We look forward to watching Gemma climb the engineering ladder and wish her every success in her future
I began using the school library when I joined Aylsham High School in year seven. It was a place I felt comfortable and at ease. In fact I spent all my spare time there, reading my favourite fiction, researching and doing my homework. I became a fixture.
As I approached year eight, the librarian spoke to me and told me I would make a fabulous pupil librarian. Following some initial instruction, I was soon issuing books and dealing with returned books. Getting my hands on as many new books as possible, in fact my library book loan quota had to be increased.
As time progressed Mrs Walker, the school librarian, gave me more responsibility. I found myself meeting and hosting author events in school, researching and helping purchase new library stock. Advertising library events, for example, Bookbuzz, World Book Day events, book sales and generally promoting the library, plus helping students to find books, research materials and recommending books to read for pleasure.
The library is somewhere I feel comfortable, my second home. I love historical fiction, or as I sometimes call it, “Hysterical fiction”.I have many authors who I love to read, Mary Hoffman’s, The Stravaganzer series, being one of my favourites, Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland and V111 by H.M. Castor are others I have enjoyed.
In October 2014 Mrs Walker told me she would like me to write a short statement in order to enter for the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award. Receiving the news that I had been shortlisted for the award, was a wonderful feeling. I had put together a statement with the encouragement of the librarian and really didn’t think I would be shortlisted, so I was a little excited.
Following a long journey from Norwich we arrived in London about 12.30pm and made our way to the BT Centre, where we waited to be collected for the event. We were all pretty nervous. After about a half hour we were led to the room where the event was to be held. There I was greeted by Barbara Band and many others, I felt a little strange and uncomfortable. We found our seats and someone tapped my shoulder. It was Caroline Lawrence, she told me she was my author for the day and was going to speak on my behalf. We exchanged many details, which she shared with the audience which included the other finalists and librarians, plus authors, sponsors and CILIP members.
Winning the award has given me confidence and I feel as if I could now achieve anything I set my mind to. I look back on this achievement, and know that my future is bright.
As the announcement was made, I felt like a star on winning, not quite able to believe I had won. Walking towards Charlie Higson, to collect the award it felt rather surreal, Me! Abbie, a winner, meeting Charlie Higson. My knees went weak and my mouth dry. Mum and Dad joined Mrs Walker, the librarian, my sister and myself to the award. Mum had tears in her eyes, Dad was speechless and Mrs Walker looked as if she was going to burst with excitement.
The award was stunning, a glass engraved book, I could hardly believe this was for me. Then I was presented with a fabulous illustration by Chris Riddell, which he had drawn especially for the winner, this now hangs in pride of place beside my stock of 300 books, with the award displayed on the very rare space on my shelf.
My mind reeling, the other six finalists joined me at front stage, where we all received a bag of books from one of the sponsors, Macmillan Books. After the presentation we mingled with authors, sponsors and other finalists and were given books from the attending authors, who then signed them.
When I returned to school I couldn’t pass anyone without them congratulating me. Staff and students alike were happy for me. I left Aylsham High School this year, starting college in September, studying Horticulture.
Over the final months at Aylsham High School I was regularly introduced to prospective students and parents which gave me the opportunity to support and demonstrate what our library has to offer and the wonderful places they are.
My time at Aylsham High School will always remain a positive and productive time of my life, where I learned to work in a team, both working and socially. It has helped me grow as a person and realise my potential. Winning the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year award was the highlight of my school career.
I think this award will change attitudes toward pupil librarians, recognising their valuable input to our school libraries and the importance of libraries. I know school librarians appreciate the help students give them. This award is a wonderful way to celebrate students’ help and participation.
I want to thank CILIP, the sponsors, authors and Mrs Walker, Aylsham High School Librarian, for believing in me and giving me the chance to shine.
My name is James Chare and I am in the year 7 Eagles at Aylsham High School.
I ran a tombola stall in the Aylsham Town Hall on the evening when the Christmas lights were turned on. This was to make our community aware of the affects of meningitis and to raise money for the research foundation.
I am really keen to support the foundation because my Uncle contracted meningitis 20 years ago and my teacher Mr. Sweatman lost his two brothers to the deadly disease.
I raised £43.85, which I am very proud of and I hope to do more for the charity in the future.
We are proud and delighted to announce our first scholarship success for the Class of 2016.
Thomas Owen has been awarded a swimming scholarship at Mount Kelly School in Exeter where, alongside his Level 3 studies, he will be working towards his Olympic dream! Thomas trains for several hours daily and is currently on the cusp of reaching his dream.
We wish Thomas every success in his future and look forward to hearing of his achievements at Mount Kelly and beyond!
In addition, we have a record number of Year 11 students competing for prestigious scholarships at schools across the country, and in Drama, Art, and academic studies. I wish to take this opportunity of wishing each one of them Good Luck and it has been a great pleasure to work with such tremendous young people.
We are proud to have supported 68 students with successful scholarship applications so far in our history.
Guidance Adviser/Scholarship Coordinator
Congratulations to ex-pupil Mary Harmer who has landed a new role as Referee Development Officer at Suffolk FA.
Please click on the link for the full article: quirk of fate leads to Mary's new role
Results from North Norfolk trials
Table tennis – Thomas Mountain and Fletcher Dyson selected for A team
Fergus Kelly and Alex Tomkinson selected for B team
Rowing- selected for team
7G- Emily Haslam 7B George Durrand
8G- Tilly Meyrick, Abi Durand 8B Sam Blair
9G- Cheyenne Turbett, Victoria Lloyd 9B George Farrow Green
10G- Mollie Smith, Charlie Cooper, Amy Cooper 10B Jacob Catterall
Trials were open to all 7 schools in North Norfolk.
16 out of 32 places in the team were won by AHS pupils.
Students from years 9 and 10 have secured places on this years Ogden Physics course. The sessions are aimed at students who show enthusiasm, motivation and an aptitude for science.
Our students will be working with staff from Norwich school. They will be involved in a range of hands-on lab sessions and/or sky-watching sessions which all take place on Saturdays, starting this month and running through until May next year.
Our students will have the chance to learn about the connections between Usain Bolt, window panes, Britain’s first Cosmonaut and smashing sweeties in the first session. They will go on to learn about how some professional astronomy is done and how citizen scientists are helping to beat diseases. They will get the chance to listen out for ET, model the Large Hadron Collider and predict climate change. It is hoped that the mysterious, bizarre sub-atomic world will unfold in one session and that the students will try and answer the question "can you blow your own sail?", when this and other myths are explored in the final session.
The students are looking forward to this amazing opportunity.
We are delighted to congratulate our Year 11 student Kyle Buck on successfully completing training to be awarded a Black Belt First Dan in Martial Arts.
Well done Kyle on such a tremendous achievement!
Year 8 Life Skills Day
On Wednesday 4th November, all Year 8s took part in the Barclays Life Skills Day, working with a team of advisers from the Life Skills Team and on the crucial soft-skills every young person needs to develop, to progress into a future of their choice.
Each session involved topics such as Body Language, Personal Presentation, Non-verbal communication, Tolerance etc. The majority of students had the opportunity to stand up and speak about themselves, therefore developing in confidence.
Our sincere thanks to Charles, Nina and the Team from Barclays Life Skills for their continued support and guidance
Guidance Adviser/CEIAG Coordinator
We are delighted to announce Jasmine Campbell’s success in the recent Telegraph Junior Golf Tournament. Jasmine finished the tournament 3rd in the girl’s competition and 9th in the overall tournament.
Jasmine said “It was a fantastic experience, I learnt so much about playing abroad and the differences from playing in the UK. I am really happy with my finishing position and with my overall performance during the tournament. The girls I played with all had more experience than me, the winner being 14th in the world! I only had one bad hole that cost me a few shots so I can honestly say I played my best. Now’s the time for practice during the winter and I will start competing again next March. This was a great end to the year and I really enjoyed the whole experience in Quinta Do Lago.”
Coverage of the tournament will be aired this weekend on Sky Sports 4, the programme starts on Saturday 7th November at 6pm.
This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud of Jasmine’s success.