Caryl Taylor (left) and Caroline Bull (right) from the Aylsham Singers delivering the new Aylsham Singers Cup for Musical Excellence to a representative of the music department, current Music Captain, Bethan Phillip-Pritchard.
The new cup will be issued each year to any musician who has shown outstanding performance skills over their time at Aylsham High, with the first recipient a closely guarded secret until the Class of 2015, Year 11 Celebration of Success awards evening on Thursday. The cup was generously donated by the Aylsham Singers, organised and financed by retiring chairwoman Caroline Bull, which will be continued by new chairwoman Caryl Taylor.
Information about the Aylsham Singers can be found on their web page www.aylshamsingers.co.uk
Our Outdoor Learning groups have been busy learning how to light and extinguish fires safely. They have learnt to risk assess and manage hazards for themselves. They have sampled a range of fabulous campfire cooking including Damper bread, folded pizzas and of course marshmallows on sticks.
Aside from the delicious food, students are developing a wide range of skills including problem solving, teamwork, communication, numeracy and literacy skills. All of these are skills which employers say they need young people to have.
Outdoor Learning at AHS, good food AND improved employability!
AHS Outdoor Learning students have been on the first of their trips to Redwings. They had the opportunity to learn about Personal Protective Equipment, the five animal freedoms and how to understand horsey communication. This work contributes directly towards a qualification in working with animals. They also had a chance to get up close and personal with some horses, some worms and some poo, all in a days work for an Outdoor Learning Student!
The students were superb and as always, rose to the challenge. Thanks to our colleagues at Redwings for supporting this partnership.
More trips coming up soon.
My name is Mollie Smith and I am in Year 10 in FEA. I am a keen swimmer and I practice every week. I swim for North Norfolk Vikings and I compete regionally for them. Over the summer holidays I have been selected for the County International swim team (nationals). I got selected by swimming the fastest in Norfolk, this was an open event and I was competing against all age groups from 12-18. I am really happy to have been selected, I know this will mean lots more hard work and training but I am looking forward to the challenge.
Class of 2015 Scholarships
Many congratulations and Good Luck to all our Leavers as they take the next steps towards their futures. All students have offers of college places or apprenticeships. We hope all our Leavers will remain in contact via http://www.futurfirst.org.uk/
We are extremely proud to share with you the news that the following students have been successful in winning prestigious scholarships – in some cases, against international competition:
Hannah Cooper Harpreys College Rowing Scholarship
Pippa Randell Gordonstoun School Drama Scholarship
Millie Duniem Millenium Performing Dance Scholarship
Beatrice Little Laine Theatre Arts Ballet/Dance
Freya Giles St Felix School Shooting/Equestrian
To succeed in being awarded a scholarship requires talent and determination. We wish these amazing young people every success for their futures.
We are delighted to share the news that our Class of 2014 Head Girl Lizzie Cooper has been elected Guardian at Gordonstoun where she will begin her second year of A Level studies in September.
Following on from her Head Girls achievements here at AHS, Lizzie applied for and was awarded an Academic Scholarship to study at Gordonstoun. In addition, Lizzie won the prestigious Rank Foundation Award – a first for the prestigious school and awarded only to exceptional young people.
Lizzie will serve at Guardian for the first term of the academic year, alongside only 12 Colour-bearers (Prefects) making this an outstanding achievement for our former student.
Many congratulations to our Alumnus Lizzie. We look forward to hearing of the opportunities this position will undoubtedly offer.
CEIAG Coordinator/Scholarship Coordinator
And so our adventure comes to an end; 6 weeks of avid reading and reviewing, discussing and dissecting. We began scaling the books shortlisted in April, and from then on we were entirely engrossed in the writing of the 8 Authors. As a group, we were convinced without shadow of a doubt that ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness was going to win, and for weeks we scoured for a rival amongst the shortlist, but our vote remained unanimous; and the story of Seth in an abandoned hell was a clear victor.
Our little club visited Sheringham High school on the day of the announcement. We were welcomed with books, refreshments and quizzes- it was a wonderful afternoon. Our original hypothesis, however, was wrong! Buffalo Soldier, a fantastic read, penned by Tanya Landman, grabbed the title from the clutches of Ness; who would’ve made it his third Carnegie Medal in the 11-19 year old category.
The experience has been enriching and rewarding. Everyone was able to expand their reading palette and explore a diverse range of genres, each book offering an original plotline. The group is immensely proud that we created a page on the Carnegie website, http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/ and that we were able to represent the school in this memorable event, which showcased infinite talent.
What an adventure, a fabulous selection of books shortlisted this year:
Brian Conaghan When Mr. Dog Bites Bloomsbury (Age14+) ISBN: 9781408842539 (hardback) 9781408838365 (paperback)
Sarah Crossan Apple and Rain Bloomsbury (Age 11+) ISBN: 9781408853061 (hardback) 9781408827130 (paperback
Sally Gardner Tinder Orion (Age 11+) ISBN: 9781780621494 (hardback
Frances Hardinge Cuckoo Song Macmillan (Age 11+) ISBN: 9780330519731 (paperback)
Elizabeth Laird The Fastest Boy In The World Macmillan (Age 9+) ISBN: 9781447267164 (hardback) 9781447267171 (paperback)
Tanya Landman Buffalo Soldier Walker (Age 14+
The winning title ISBN: 9781406314595 (paperback)
Geraldine McCaughrean The Middle of Nowhere Usborne (Age 11+) ISBN: 9781409522003 (hardback) 9781409570516 (paperback)
Patrick Ness More Than This Walker (Age 14+) ISBN: 9781406331158 (hardback) 9781406350487 (paperback.
The group read all eight books within six weeks and produced an amazing Aylsham High School’s Carnegie website in the short space of time available. They all worked incredibly hard, constantly reviewing books they had read and adding their reviews.
Please take time to visit the site to find information on the shortlisted books and read the student reviews, watch their videos, and much more….
To all those students who took part in this year’s Carnegie Award, Well Done!
Mrs Walker, Librarian
Aylsham High School students rose to the challenge and worked really hard in pretty uncomfortable conditions, learning how to manage a habitat by controlling the spread of Himalayan Balsam.
Who knew you could experience the jungle so close to Aylsham? Congratulations to students from both groups who impressed the National Trust staff with their knowledge and their willingness to muck in.
Skills noted were teamwork, adaptability and communication skills. All used by Outdoor Learning students at Blickling, all skills that employer's say they look for in job seekers.
On Friday 10 July our Year 11 students met with colleges, training providers and employers who kindly came in to school to support our students with their post-16 plans. The students found the opportunity extremely helpful in beginning preparations for applications which will begin in September.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who attended and inspired our young people.
Marvellous in Ordinary
15 Fine Art and Graphics students from Years 9 and 10 were selected to produce work for the Cley 15 Contemporary Exhibition. These sculptures were made during 4 half-day workshops led by Jessica Perry, demonstrating techniques used in her own work.
All the sculptures were displayed and available for sale alongside Jessica’s figures as part of a collaborative sculpture presentation within the show, featuring a range of work by professional artists with links to East Anglia.
The exhibition was open to the public from July 2nd to August 3rd 2015 at St Margaret’s Church, Cley.