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.
As part of the Aylsham High School ‘So You Want to Be’ programme, working with Ambassadors from Inspiring the Future, Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North agreed to come in to school, to talk to students about politics and leadership and what she had learnt along the way.
The event was open to any student in the school and there were Year 7s present, as well as representatives from all other years. She talked us through how she worked her way towards a career in politics from her early years at Swaffam and Methwold High School and then on to the University of York. She did this with great enthusiasm and passion, which was very motivating for us, irrespective of whether or not we wish to pursue a career in politics. Having this opportunity to hear from people who have achieved their ambitions enables we young people to believe we too can work hard and achieve brilliant things
Aylsham High School
Today, the Student Council arranged ‘Gunge the Teacher and Cake Sale’ together with a Thailand Water project event, as part of Sport Relief and to support an ex Aylsham High School student. It was well attend by all students who really enjoyed seeing their favourite teachers get gunged.
The event raised £125.00.
Well done to the Student Council for working hard together to raise money for these two very worthwhile charities.
Gordonstoun Thailand Water Project 2014
In June 2014, I, along with a group of Gordonstoun staff and students, will be visiting northern Thailand. We will be working in the village of Ban Huay Nam Pee. The village has a population of 95 people, with 18 children. The village is made up of only 19 huts, with their only income from the rice that they grow.
Whilst there, we will be working together to provide a supply of clean water to a remote hill tribe. To do this, we will be finding a water source, over 2km away from the village, laying piping down to the village and then constructing a set of water tanks to store the water. This is going to be a very challenging and demanding task for myself and the rest of the group, mainly due the high temperatures that we will be working in, which we will definitely not be used to experiencing in Scotland!
Gordonstoun has been sending students to Thailand since 1986 and has a great track record with the project. I am very much looking forward to being part of a project that will truly improve the lives of a whole tribe
Any donation would be greatly appreciated and is going to a great cause.
Please feel free to contact me by email, email@example.com if you want to know any more about the project.
Michael SawyerStone, ex Aylsham High School student who gained a scholarship place to Gordonstoun this year.
We went on a trip to Gressenhall at the start of March. We did a series of activities and role plays for the purpose of expressing and reviewing opinions about developing the countryside. The whole day was thinking about whether they should build houses on Gressenhall farm or not. We went through 4 workshops. The first was from a man who needed a house, the second from a building developer who tried to persuade us and compromise to let him build the houses, the third a farmer who was in debt and needed ideas to make money on the farm and the fourth was an environmentalist protesting against the destruction of the biodiversity of the farm.
The whole day was fun and we learnt to develop our opinions. We explored a lot of different things from inspecting owl pellets to house pricing. I would recommend this trip as an educational but fun day out.
Eve White and Bobbie Wilson (8G).
Paula Harrison Prize: Trip to MedImmune Scientific Research Laboratories, Cambridge, on 25th February
Paula Harrison (nee Daniels) attended Aylsham High School from 1982 – 87. She went to Bishops Stortford College and then to Cambridge University where she studied biology. Sadly, Paula died last year. She had been working for the pharmaceutical company Medimmune where she worked in the field of drug discovery, with a particular emphasis on screening.
The Paula Harrison Prize has been established in her memory, and four of our year 8 students spent the day at Medimmune.
The day began with an introduction to the research carried out in the screening aspect of drug discovery. Students then went on to visit one of the labs, where they donned lab coats, safety specs and gloves, joined some real research scientists and got stuck in to some research.
They began by picking bacterial colonies so that they could be screened for useful antibodies, and then went on to perform an assay to screen for an active drug. The students learned aseptic lab techniques and how to use a micropipette. They then recorded their results and drew conclusions about which of the drugs were potentially useful.
Students were excited to be shown how to sterilise equipment using pure alcohol and a Bunsen flame, and loved watching some amazing robots in action in the lab; one of the robots has since been re-named ‘Wall-E’ as the students felt that it resembled the robot from the Disney-Pixar film.
Later, the students were given a tour of some of the other labs and made some model viruses and antibodies. The models really helped the pupils to understand how an antibody works.
The students had an amazing day and were inspired by what they had seen and done. They particularly enjoyed meeting the scientists, and hearing them talk so enthusiastically about their work; our students were delighted to find that real-life scientists are not geeky, aloof and intimidating, but funny, welcoming and just like ordinary people!
Some of our students recently represented North Norfolk at the Norfolk Partnership Skiing finals last Friday.
Claudia Hawes was placed 3rd in the individual u14 event.
The North Norfolk team, which included Rachel and Claudia won the U 14 team event and also won the team relay at the end of the event.
The photograph shows Claudia Hawes and Rachel Ling
There is a film too - it is the final for the pro-slalom relay - Rachel is the 3rd Skier and Claudie is the 5th, they are the dark blue team on the left hand side of the image.
On January 23rd 2014, 40 students from Years 10 and 11 began their journey to New York for the Business Studies and Maths school visit. This was the first time the school has ever organised a transatlantic school trip and the itinerary looked amazing.
We left the school at 2am and spent some 14 hours travelling before reaching our destination. Over the course of the next 3 days, the group visited all the sights of New York from Macy’s, the expansive department store, to Columbia University, where they attended a lecture and took a tour of the illustrious campus (leaving many students wishing they could attend school there). Visiting the 9/11 memorial was a sombre and sobering experience which was treasured by the group – it is a truly beautiful reminder of the sacrifices that were made and the lives that were lost. We went on a historical tour of renowned Wall Street, guided by real traders, before visiting the Deutch Bank. We walked across Brooklyn Bridge at a piercing temperature of -15°c and saw the wonders of New York at sunset from the Rockefeller Centre observation platforms. From the gloriously picturesque Central Park to the grand hotel featured in Home Alone 2, we saw it all. We ate at fantastic restaurants and we loved being genuine New Yorkers for the time we were there.
The whole experience has opened our eyes to the world, seeing how both the subjects of Business Studies and Maths impacts upon the global stage.
But what made the trip especially poignant was the fact that Mr Palmer, was leaving school very soon after the trip. Many photos were taken and memories were made, cementing the trip in the minds of the students forever.
As one of the students who went on the life-changing trip that Mrs Auber and Mr Palmer organised, I would just like to say that I am so grateful for all the hard-work and effort they put into the trip. Even if we didn’t know everyone when we left on the coach from school, we all managed to talk to everyone on the trip and as a group I feel that we’ve bonded due to the experience. We will forever remember this trip and the staff that supported us on it, so thank you from all of us.
Georgina Rowe, Business & Enterprise Captain, Year 11
After a 12 hour delay at Dover, the wait was all made worthwhile with an amazing week skiing, in amazing accommodation with an amazing view.
Firstly the teachers thought it would be nice to take us out to a bowling alley in the evening, which was quite an experience as it felt like we'd stepped back in time to the 1970s. Despite the funny looks from Austrians and the room being filled with smoke we still managed to have a great time.
Another evening out was spent at the spa pool in BKK which consisted of us jumping in and out of the outdoor pool, into the 2ft of snow, which was definitely one of the highlights of the week.
So many little things such as sledging, snow ball fights, playing cards in the evening really added to the holiday.
And last but not least, the skiing. Not only were the mountains breath taking with their views and the snow perfect but our instructors truly made our skiing experience one to remember. They brought laughs and smiles to us on the slope and entertainment and music on our last night (Alfred on his accordion) This trip would not of been such a memorable week if we didn't have our teachers to thank. If it wasn't for them we would not have any of these memories.
Megan Kett-Brodie and Charlotte Springett.
Thank you to Mr Clarke, Mr Keats and all of the other members of staff who supported the trip.
Thank you too to all of our students for your brilliant behaviour, patience and ability to cope with all of the challenges.
We are delighted to announce that our year 9s and year 10s who undertook the Intermediate Maths Challenge have secured some excellent results.
Across both years a they achieved a total of 7 Silver Certificates and 16 Bronze certificates. Results are listed below.
Best in year
Best in school
Notable achievements go to Eleanor Dallain and Peter Ashdown for achieving a certificate in year 9, and to Joel Hunter for being best in School. Joel was only 3 marks away from a Gold certificate and very close to progressing to the next stage of the challenge.
These are an excellent set of results and we in the Maths department are hugely impressed with the students performance given that this was the first year we have entered this level of the competition.
We'll done to all.
Next up is the Team Challenge on 12th March 2014 for years 8 and 9, followed by the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge on 1st May 2014.
Students watched an amazing performance of Henry V by the all-male cast Propeller. We were very lucky to have them to come and perform for us at Aylsham High School. It was to support the Drama GCSE students whom needed to see a live performance to evaluate for their coursework.
Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company which seeks to find a more engaging way of expressing Shakespeare and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance. Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, they have been influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages. Productions are directed by Edward Hall, designed by Michael Pavelka with Lighting designed by Ben Ormerod
Propeller has toured internationally to Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA.
The students and staff where all totally blown away by this performance and have all learnt so much from this experience.
Pippa Randall Year 10 student
On Thursday 13th February, children’s author, D.J. McCune paid a visit to Aylsham High School. The visit was organised by Mrs Walker, the School Librarian.
Debbie (D.J.) McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus. Her books, The Mortal Knife, Death & Co are Epic Adventure books written for young teens.
Students were given the opportunity to take part in writing workshops and talk to her about her books and the writing process. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions, purchase books and get them personally signed by the author.
“What inspires your writing”?
I tend to write about characters who feel different in some way or who are torn between the life they are living and the life they want to live. I think a lot of teenagers (and adults) can relate to this.
“How did you become an author”?
I wrote my first ever ‘book’ when I was a kid. It was a thriller about an aboriginal man called Bill who lived in Northern Ireland and had his wallaby stolen. I even stapled it together. Three years ago I decided it was time to have a real go at writing. I joined a writing class, which spurred me on, and I had huge encouragement from my tutor, the writer Bernie McGill. I managed to finish two books.
What advice would you give to budding writers?
Keep at it! Writing is hard work at times, especially around the middle of the book-but it is an amazing feeling knowing that other people are going to read about the characters you love and hopefully love them too
At the end of the visit students taking part thanked Mrs McCune for coming and asked her if she would come again. A wonderful day for students and staff.
Thank you Mrs Walker for organising this visit.
On a sunny February half-term day, the Production Team of the ‘Class of 2014’ Prom Fashion Show took part in a photo-shoot at Wolterton Hall in preparation for their up-coming Show. Our fabulous Year 11 Model Chelsie wore gowns from Exquisite Boutique in Drayton - one of our sponsors, the wonderful photographs were taken by Year 11 Graphics student Millie and both were assisted by Beth.
Aside from their most important GCSE studies, the boys and girls taking part in the Show are rehearsing to ensure the catwalk event is the glamorous evening it looks set to be. Fashions will be provided by Exquisite Boutique, Blossom & Green and Roys of Wroxham. Our sincere thanks to these, and to Lady Walpole for the run of Wolterton Park for the photo-shoot. We will also be working with businesses selling fashion-related goods, beauty products, gifts, and much more, in the Business Auditorium. Tickets will be available from 17th March at school Reception or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our amazing Year 11s for supporting each other in raising funds for their Prom, The Meningitis Trust and Water Aid
Please join us and see our wonderful students at their most gorgeous!
Abigail Mogie has won one of only 26 places on a residential course titled "How the universe lives and dies". The course, sponsored by the Ogden trust, is to be held at the start of July near Cambridge as part of their "inspiring excellence" programme. Applicants from 30 schools competed for places. The course will include seminars and practical workshops that are designed to stimulate thought and discussion.
Abigail will have the chance to work independently and in a group to research and present her ideas. There will be guest speakers and an organised visit during the week. Abigail has a very keen interest in Astronomy. She is currently studying triple science and working on her extended project about dark matter and dark energy. She has gained a place to study Physics, Mathematics, Further mathematics and Chemistry at A-level and is already clear that she wishes to study Physics at degree level specialising in Astrophysics in her final year. This opportunity should expand Abigail's experience and knowledge of Physics and Astronomy and provide her with an insight into what it means to be a research physicist.
We are really proud of her and look forward to hearing about the experience when she returns.
Aylsham FC Under 12s
The fantastic U12s won the league title by 5 points, scoring nearly 100 goals and finishing the season with an 8-1 away victory. All 17 of the squad are in Year 7 at AHS and have been exceptional all season.
Well done boys!
Last Friday the Friends of Aylsham High organised a disco for Year 7 and 8 disco. Our Friendly Face team were pleased to help with this and helped everyone to join in and dance the night away.
On Monday Friendly faces held an event for students from Reepham High school to
train to be peer supporters. Students were trained through a variety of activities, designed and led by our Friendly Faces team. They were very pleased to be able to share their knowledge and skills to help other
schools with their anti bullying work.
We are very proud to announce that our senior Friendly Face team have been awarded the Diana Award for work done over 2013 to promote anti-bullying. The team have been involved in a huge variety of activities over the year including supporting year 7 discos, running a year 7 anti-bullying day and activities during anti-bullying week in addition to their day to day Friendly Face duties.
Thank you to our wonderful Friendly Faces for everything that you do.
On Monday 10th February, our gifted and talented mathematicians in Years 9 and 10 at Aylsham High School entered the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is the first time the school has entered this level of competition. The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions.
In preparation for this event, both classes were given challenge papers from previous years. It is a very challenging task that encourages students to think differently about the problems they face as these are not straightforward GCSE style questions. The general consensus on completing this year’s event seemed to be that it was indeed very challenging. Any students achieving a certificate of any level in this challenge can consider their performance to be outstanding. We aim to continue to offer our gifted students opportunities to excel in this way, and as such are also looking forward to our Junior Maths Challenge, open to gifted year 7s and 8s, that will take place in school on 1st May this year, alongside the Team Challenge event on 12th March where 4 students from years 8 and 9 will compete directly with other schools (this event takes place at another venue).
High performers in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by students from over 30 countries worldwide.
High scorers may additionally be invited to participate in one of the UKMT summer schools. Students who obtain the top score in their school may be invited to one of the UKMT "Best in School" events.
Fingers crossed now while we await our results…