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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

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Year 8

Welcome Year 8 to your area of the school website           12th June 2020

Hello Year 8.  Welcome to your area of the Aylesford School website. We have designed this area as a place for you, where we will share the numerous achievements and successes within the year group as well as a place to reference things that we feel could be useful to you. As you as a year group also have a great sense of fun we have included some more light hearted sections such as joke of the week (we can't promise they will be good!) and a weekly quiz!
We will have a focus of the week, which will aim to raise your understanding of a topic which is likely to have some impact on you.  Some times there will also be useful links that can help you get more information or help on this topic.  If you want any more support or guidance with a particular theme then do get in contact with your Tutor, Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs.
We hopefully will also be able to share the Kudos/Behaviour Points Winner of the week on this area of the website too.  
Having designed this area to involve all the tutor team and students within year 8, we would welcome any ideas you have about any additional features you might like to see within our section. The webpage is a work in progress, so keep checking in to see what we have added.
We hope you find our year 8 page fun and informative. Check in weekly for updates!
Mrs Riggs and Miss McLean

Meet the Year 8 Team (pictures kindly drawn by friends, family or students!)

Mrs Riggs                                                                                                                    

Head of Student Progress Year 8  

Not surprisingly I like to cook/bake!!  Which means I also like to have get-togethers with friends and family on a regular basis to enjoy some nice food! I can sail and ski (despite not being overly keen of water or heights!) The one claim to fame that I will share is that my grandmother was a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor (an old actress!) in a movie a long time ago.

Miss McLean                                                                                                 

Assistant Head of Student Progress Year 8/8MCN

I love to spend time in my garden, going on walks and I also enjoying cooking. Listening to music is one of my favourite things to do, especially going to see live bands. Friends and laughter are really important to me and make me happy. My little bit of a claim to fame is that I used to run a school choir and we sang on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall and I also performed on stage in a teachers choir at the Genting Arena singing along side well known Opera singer Laura Wright (Google her!)

Miss McMurray                                                                              


I love to travel and some of my favourite places I have visited are; Canada, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Ecuador, NZ. I want to go Patagonia, Nepal. I have tried to read a book a day since lock down.

Mrs Mahmood                                                                                                                            


I am a smiley, spontaneous, Scottish loving teacher, who loves going for long walks with her children. Fun facts about me, is that I love painting. I have had my work displayed in a gallery many many moons ago.  I dislike any form of creepy crawlies. I once had a beetle crawl up arm at 5am in the morning, I had to do a funny dance to shake it off. I have no pets, but lots of kids instead!

Mr Banister      


Best described as follically challenged, music loving, crazy-daisy, the original BNS


Mrs Costanza                                                  


Things I enjoy doing are; running, cooking, baking, gardening, travelling, spending money!!! My favourite quote is "Life is a stage and you only get one performance. Make it a good one."

Mr Nunn                                                                                             


I am a modest(!) rugby playing PE teacher. I like travelling,History and coaching. I also enjoy cooking and I am good at making a Jalfrezi. I am not keen on buttons... Have I ever mentioned I once scored for AC Milan?

Mr Bainbridge                                                                      


"If it isn't football, sharks, food, boxing, music, travel, design, art, films or dogs then I'm not all that interested."

Useful Resources                                                                      l

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Family Information Service (FIS) We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

Useful Apps: 

Forest - I love this idea! (I pinched it from Mrs Reeves sshh!) ! This is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones! One of the worst habits for destroying concentration and ruining quality time is constantly checking your smartphone – whether to play games, look at social media or stay up to date with endless group WhatsApp threads. With this App, you plant a seed in the ground and within 30 minutes the seed can grow into a tree, you simply need to ignore your phone to allow the seed to grow.  While the tree grows the App displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.  I really need to get my 20 year old son to download this!

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.
Calm - linked to Calm Harm (the self harming tool) but Calm provides guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes and relaxing music.

If you are a student and want to talk to someone about a problem while Aylesford School is closed – why not phone:

Childline 0800 1111

Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007

MIND 0300-123-3393

Or try one of these websites:

New for parents: See leaflet below. Sessions for week beginning 13th July.

This weeks pastoral focus is...

Healthy Eating

So…hands up if you been eating your way through lock down? And I don’t mean your 5 a day either! Yep me too!

Eating has probably been our comforter for the past few months, helping us to get through the monotony of day-to-day life in lock down. I know…I’m with you on this. I haven’t been watching how much or what kind of food I have been eating, and I have sometimes been eating because I am bored!

This kind of eating pattern is not good as it contains some very bad habits that can be very hard to shake off. We all know we should be eating our “5 a day”. No…that’s not 5 different cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars we can fit in a day! It’s at least 5 different pieces of fruit or vegetables. Our dinner plates should also be taken into account when thinking about healthy eating. Half of our plate should consist of vegetables and/or salad, 1 quarter of lean protein including chicken, fish or eggs and 1 quarter of carbohydrates including pasta, potatoes or rice. 

Not only this but you should also think about the amount of sugar you consume. The NHS (heroes) recommends you should consume no more than 30g or 7 cubes of sugar in a day. Now, that sounds like a lot, and it is, but if you take a look at the picture below…it really is an eye opener!

Healthy eating also impacts on your brain and how it functions. This is important to keep you focused on your schoolwork and to complete it to the best of your ability.

Click on the links below to watch/read up on healthy eating to give you a more detailed look on how it affects our day-to-day life.

Stay safe, keep smiling, we will see you again soon.

Eating and our brain -

Sugar and our brain -

Healthy Eating -


Mr Banister

Last week's quiz (just for fun)

Year 8 observation round!       **ANSWERS NOW ADDED BELOW**

So, just how much have you been listening this year? In assemblies, discussions and tutor time. We are about to test your knowledge of Year 8! Email your answers to or send them in to Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs on SMH. Kudos points for the winners :) 

1. What was the focus of our enterprise day this year?  Smoothies/making money

2. Who won the Christmas nomination for the next Ant and Dec?    Jamie and Jaden

3. Which Tutor always includes the animal song in their assemblies?   Mr Bainbridge

4. What is the name of the Year 8 Boy Band?          The Geog Boys

5. What place did we all have to take a citizenship test for in one of our Year 8 assemblies?                      Nunderland (NUN)

6. Which tutor group room has the lowest number in their room number?   Miss McLean G15

7. Which student's name has the most letters in it (based on our class registers not Show My Homework names)?  Scarlett Ellise A

8. How many children do Mrs Riggs and Miss McLean have all together?   4

9. How many Kudos points do you get awarded every time you complete office duty?    5

10. What job/career did Miss McLean ask you to do in a task she set you recently?    Journalist

Well done to all that had a go in the quiz!

The winner (by half a point!) was.... Evie M -8NUN. Well done Evie!

See below for next weeks quiz.

Ok, another observation round as you seem to like them. I have taken some photographs around school at unusual angles. How many places/items can you identify? I want the item and where it can be located. Bonus points if you can guess who the shoes belong to in picture 10!

As always, email your answers to or send them in to Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs on SMH. Kudos points for the winners :) 




Joke of the week!     by Miss McGreavy

What do you call an elephant that doesn't matter?

An irrelephant!

Last week I set Year 8 a challenge to become journalists for the week. They could share any news, photos, achievements, or anything else they wanted to write about that has been happening in the last few months. Many of you rose to the challenge and it was lovely to read everything you sent in. So as promised, each week there will be a selection of news that you have written. So, keep your eyes out for yours. Obviously, I will not be able to use every piece, but I will do my best to use as much as I can and will change it every week.

So over to the Year 8’s for this week’s news…





In other news...Year 8 'Clap for Kindness' and more

Continuing on from last weeks theme, we have been hearing more about how kind and generous our Year 8 students are. It makes us all so proud to hear about all the lovely things that you are doing during this difficult time.

Evie M-8NUN "I am raising money for Alzheimer’s Society because my grandma has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I felt like I wanted to do something to help so I decided I would challenge myself to cycle 100 miles in a month. I have set up my own just giving page and am so happy with the amount of money raised".

Abbey P-8BNS "During lock down I have been learning to use a sewing machine and have been making things like face masks and drawstring bags".

Well done girls! We are proud of you. Every week there will be more stories of kindness and charity from our lovely Year 8's.

Please let your tutors know about anything you would like to share that you are proud of. I update the page each week.


Warwickshire Music Hub are holding free taster sessions for instruments. Please see leaflet below and click on attached website to book.


Here is next month's 'Jump Back July' calendar. It includes a daily tip for how to respond to situations and how to work on our resilience.