At the beginning of the year the English department held an Inter-House Handwriting competition. Ishtar Parrish-Wain the school English captain (2014-2015) designed a poster to advertise the competition and visited all the school house assemblies to announce it, under the guidance of Mrs Bishop, HLTA of the English Department. Once the deadline had been met for the competition all the entries were judged by Ishtar and Mrs Bishop. There were over 100 entries of which standards were very high but finally a winner was chosen with second and third place, plus an honorary mention for a fourth student who had put a tremendous effort into her entry. Each winning student was awarded lots of house points for their school house.
The winners were as follows:
1st place – Megan Blair WTC
2nd place – So Lee Jung WJB
3rd place – Albert Salimov FCH
Honorary entry – Yaqi Highton FHH
There will be another handwriting competition next year so please keep a look out for the details.
Mrs Bishop, HLTA, English Department
On Monday 29 June 50 students from Year 7 were selected to take part in the annual Young Chamber BOOST Day. BOOST is an acronym for building on our skills together, it allows students to use and develop their enterprise skills whilst working on a real live brief. This year we worked in partnership with Aylsham Rotary to develop a brand strategy for the charitable activities that take place at Aylsham High School. This was our toughest challenge to date and really tested the students in the purpose, audience and overall aims for the brand.
But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the Year 7s thought:
My enterprise skills have improved a lot today, I have improved my teamwork especially, as all day I have been working alongside my wonderful group. As well I have worked on my communication skills after pitching my ideas.
The day has been an amazing experience, and I am planning to take all of my newly developed skills into much of my future work.
My name is Eve and I took part in the year 7 BOOST Day 2015. When I was chosen to take part in this day, I was quite privileged and proud because only 50 year 7 students were chosen. I was really excited that, with a group of friends, I could design our very own charity brand. I always enjoy enterprise lessons so I was looking forward to it. During the day I was one of the designers and took part in making the main logo and creating the Facebook page. I loved being able to do this. While taking part I thought me and my teammates worked really well together and our overall performance went quite well. I think I have developed my teamwork lots through-out the day and also being able to innovate our idea to a better one. Overall I've really really enjoyed BOOST day and being able to have this opportunity!
When I first found out that I was picked for BOOST Day, I felt really proud and I felt really privileged. During BOOST Day, I was one of the three designers in the group. My job was to design and make the t-shirt I also helped make the banner, the pen and the power point. I believe that our group did a great presentation and we were very creative. We used a variety of different enterprise skills like, creativity, determination teamwork and innovation.
After some very professional presentations the winners were announced, the group who will see their brand become a reality are The Marketing Unicorns.
I’d like to congratulate the Year 7s on their fantastic efforts during the day, they were absolutely amazing. This was my first event as Business and Enterprise Captain and I feel very honoured I was able to play such a big role in the day, I look forward to many more in the year ahead.
Business and Enterprise Captain
Norfolk to get its first child doctors as Children’s University awards its first ‘PhDs’
Alex Skinner from Martham near Aylsham, became one of the county’s first child doctors, when he received a doctorate from the Norfolk Children’s University. Alex has clocked up more than 830 hours of voluntary learning, making him the university’s most dedicated student.
The Aylsham High School student is one of more than 1,200 children who graduated at special ceremonies at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in June. Led locally by Norfolk County Council, the Children’s University aims to inspire children to develop a passion for learning outside of the classroom. The programme is open to anyone aged five to fourteen and gives children the chance to collect stamps in a special Passport to Learning, for each hour of approved learning that takes place outside school. Stamps can be collected in over 150 accredited learning destinations in Norfolk, or in hundreds of other destinations across the country.
Alex, who has been a Children’s University student for five years, received his doctorate from Louis De Bernieres, award-winning author and Chancellor of the Children’s University in Norfolk. At the event Alex showcased his achievements through a video he has produced to show the impact that the Children’s University has had on his life. He said: “I enjoy being part of Norfolk Children's University and I would recommend it to anybody under 14 years, I am hoping they will extend this age. "The Passport to Learning makes learning fun and attending graduations make you feel as if you have really achieved something. "I am pleased that I have reached my award at Doctorate level, and now want to go on and get to the highest level possible- Fellowship level."
Author Louis De Bernieres (who is the Norfolk Chidlren’s Unviersity Chancellor) said: "If you want to be successful and get the most out of life, you should go a bit further than you have to. That’s what the Children’s University does- it adds extra quality to children’s learning."
Well Done Alex!
North Norfolk Gifted & Talented Challenge
Year 11 Gifted & Talented students were able to spend a day at Paston College exploring their future options and taking part in a Challenge. The students had an informative and enlightening opportunity, attending AS level classes of their choice which will undoubtedly support their decisions for post-16 plans.
We have both attended Aylsham High School for four years now, and I definitely think one of the most striking things about this extraordinary school is the enormous team of people that go together to make Aylsham High what it is. This team helps to hold an amazing connection between students and teachers, and creates all sorts of fantastic opportunities for students to get involved with activities inside and outside of school. As well as this, mainly due to our cluster community, we have a strong connection with the primary schools in Norfolk which we found extremely helpful when going through the nerve-racking process of moving from primary school to secondary.
As head boy and head girl, we are so incredibly grateful to be key ambassadors for the school, and are looking forward to inputting our own skills and ideas to help this school carry on thriving in the way that it already is. We both feel extremely proud to be part of the community that is Aylsham High School.
Maddy Gomes and Liam Blatch
This year’s contribution to the GoGoDragon Trail by 26 of our students at AHS. Our Yr7 and Yr8 students were led by our Art Captain Lydia Whiting and Graphics Captain Matty Shirtcliff in after school club sessions. Students liked playing on ideas with the word Dragon which led to combining ideas with the work of contemporary artist Grayson Perry and his alter ego Claire. Grayson’s own work explores identity and recent televised series include ‘Who do you think you are’ and ‘All in the Best PossibleTaste’. Students took a section each of DRAGon-Perry and used the space to say a little about themselves. Their combined efforts have succeeded in capturing the multi-layered and complex visuals celebrated in Grayson’s work.
DRAGon-Perry will be displayed in Chapelfield Shopping Centre from July 4th and will be part of the 80 large and 120 baby school dragons on this year’s trail. See the following link to download a trail map.
On Wednesday 17 June the school were asked to give one of the key note speeches at the Norfolk Enterprise for All Conference at the John Innes Centre. This conference was aimed at increasing links between business and education and the audience included many teachers, senior leaders of schools and colleges, and many successful entrepreneurs. We were asked to talk about what we do at Aylsham High School and how our students are incredibly enterprising. I was quite nervous at first but as soon as I started I loved every minute of it. It has really improved my confidence and if the opportunity were to arise again I would happily accept it. All of the team performed really well, especially the Year 8 students, Elizabeth Meyer and Fenton Roberts as it was their first time performing a speech to a large audience in a magnificent auditorium. The other students who took part were Liam Blatch and Amelia Sawyer-Stone. We received lots of great feedback from the people who attended the conference.
Congratulations to Aylsham High Student Emily Spencer who made it into the last 16 of the U13 Norfolk Hockey Squad. The team played in the Eastern Regional tournament last weekend and the Norfolk team won the county Championships - Well done Emily!
Aylsham High School held a mufti day last week to support two different charities, one charity we chose was MnaraniAid for a school in Kenya which is called Matsanagni. We donated £670 for the students of this school. They will now be able to buy 150 text books to support their learning.
We are looking forward to receiving some photos from the Matsanagni School of them receiving their new text books.
Also on the same mufti day we raised £200 for the people of the Nepal Earthquake. This will enable the Rotary Club of Aylsham to buy a Shelter Kit for a family in Nepal and this will then last 2 years.
Thank you to Mr Ian Graham the Chairman of Aylsham Town Rotary Club and the Chairman of MnaraniAid.
Student Council Aylsham High School
Our students have really enjoyed being involved in the Aylsham Afloat project this term. With names drawn from a hat, four students were selected from each Yr7 and Yr8 class to work with community artist, Jessica Perry to create some wonderful lanterns. Based on the current year 7 architecture project, an extended activity developed where students created designs of all the Aylsham Town shop fronts on to paper bags. These bags were later dipped in paraffin wax and floated on the school swimming pool. Lit purely using tea-lights, the visual effect of 'Aylsham Afloat was magical and sublime. Synchronised swimmers, Charlotte Nash and Delilah Mitchell helped to arrange the floating shops. Students, Millie Sawyer-Stone and Jasmine Kelly recorded the event with a journalistic approach and James Hubbard took video footage.
Local professional photographer Debby Besford brought the floating town to life in her beautiful images.
Well done to all the students involved and thank you to Jessica Perry, Debby Besford, Callum Morgan for their hard work and support.