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Outdoor Learning Groups working with National Trust gardens team at Blickling Hall

Outdoor Learning Groups working with National Trust gardens team at Blickling Hall

Both groups from the outdoor learning course have had the opportunity to work with Assistant Head Gardener Steven Hagon recently. This is the start of a series of visits to the gardens, and we had a tour round before getting involved in some work.

We had a opportunity to see the Walled Garden which is being transformed back to a productive site, and then we helped clear some laurels to open up spaces in the garden. Everyone worked really hard and we're looking forward to going back and seeing the garden as spring approaches.

Norfolk Badminton finals

Norfolk Badminton finals

 

Our students represented North Norfolk after winning the North Norfolk tournament at the UEA today.

The U16 were placed 3rd in Norfolk and the U14 were placed 4th.

U16- Freya Giles, Yaqi highton, gemma Ridgway, Lucy Maun, Megan Roberts.

U14 Emma Riches, Pheobe Nicholson, Anna Li Highton, Alice Saunders, Chloe Horner.

Brillant news of our pupils at the North Norfolk Cross Country Championships.

Brillant news of our pupils at the North Norfolk Cross Country Championships.

We were the first place team in 3 age groups- Year7 Girls, Year 7 Boys and Year 8 and Year 9 Girls,

We came 2nd in Year 10 and Year 11 Girls and Year 10 and Year 11 Boys

We came 4th in Year 8+9 Boys 

The following pupils qualified for the Norfolk Cross Country Championships @ Sloughbottom Park on Wed 28th Jan. 1pm:

Abbie Durrand, Tilly Meyrick, Emily Tuffin, Molly Bean, Millie Slack, Isabelle Swindells, Maggie Gentry, Alice Lines, Juliette Kelly, Annabel Daugaard Hansen, Hannah Cooper, Alex Skinner, Nathanial Cooper, Jude Booker, Fergus Kelly, Sam Whiting and Jordan Coldham.

Res- Evie Wright, Joe Plunkett, Ellie Bray, Hannah Richards.

Chloe and Dominic at the Future Chef 2015 Heats at City College, Norwich.

Chloe and Dominic at the Future Chef 2015 Heats at City College, Norwich.

Springboard UK, a charity that encourages young people to take up careers in hospitality, this week  hosted their annual ‘Future Chef’ competition at City College, Norwich.

 Catering and Food Technology pupils from Bungay High and Mildenhall College Academies along with Archbishop Sandcroft and Flegg High joined our own  Dominic Borrett and Chloe Smithson in a fierce cook off to produce a two course meal for two people to a food budget of just £7.

This was Springboard’s 10th year of FutureChef, a competition that has seen creativity rise from a simple  pasta and sauce offering at previous years, to the gastro-pub style offerings of today. Two industry chefs had been called in to give the technical eye and have the final say, as judges.

 Although this year we didn’t make it through to the next round, coming runners up to the son of an industry chef/ judge and a finalist from 2014, the standard was even higher this year and all were astounded by the high levels of presentation, creativity and attitude shown by the competitors.

Steve Thorpe, Head of Hospitality at City College, Norwich congratulated our students via twitter commenting it was ‘great to see the highest level of skills being developed in catering classes at local high schools’.

 Well done, Chloe and Dominic and fingers crossed for 2016!

Mr Baxter.

February 14th Valentine's Ball

February 14th Valentine's Ball

On Saturday 14th February, our annual charity event is being held in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation. We are organising this as as part of our level two extended project and in memory of Ryan and Joe Sweatman. We had to overcome multiple problems in relation to the organisation and preparation of the event, which made us work together as a team. We have had great success in the sales of tickets but there are still some tickets available from the box office, tickets are £35.00 per head which includes an arrival drink and a four course sit down meal, auction and disco.(Menus are available on our school website)

The email address for the box office is boxoffice@aylshamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk. A list of our auction prizes can be found on the school website, if you wish to place a sealed bid on any of our auction prizes please contact the box office.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to The Banqueting Hire Company, Keys Auctioneers and Dave Webster from Radio Norfolk for supporting the event.

Myles Neal, Billy Carrick and Lydia Hayman Year 11 D of E/ Project students.  

Carol Service in St Michael's Church, Aylsham

Carol Service in St Michael's Church, Aylsham

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.

Physics students visit to Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk.

Physics students visit to Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk.

 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.

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.

Outdoor Learning Pupils help out at Blickling

Outdoor Learning Pupils help out at Blickling

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.

Student Council Funky Tie & Shoe day

Student Council Funky Tie & Shoe day

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