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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

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Year 8

Welcome Year 8 to your area of the school website

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 (photo's to come)

Lisa 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.

Paula 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!)

Kirsten 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. My Birthday is the same day as the Queen Mum's was and when I was a little I thought everyone had the national anthem played on their birthday! I have read a book a day since lock down (all the same series).

Zahbaria 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!

Brad Banister


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

Carmelina 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."

Sam 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?

Darren Bainbridge                                                            


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.

It is as important to look after your mental health as it is to look after your physical health. For guidance on ways to keep it in good shape visit the NHS page, Every Mind Matters.

If you are struggling with mental health issues then the Time To Change website is a good place to find out ways to get help and support.

Apps that might help you are: 

Mindshift - designed specifically for teens and young adults
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.
Smiling mind - helps young people de stress and stay calm
Superbetter - builds personal resilience 
Forest - this is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones!  You plant a seed in the ground.  Within 30 minutes, the seed can grow into a tree but if you exits the app the tree dies.  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.
Stop, Breathe and Think Kids - this can help you to de-stress and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. You select words and images that illustrate your state of mind then the app gives you a list of appropriate exercises to do.  
Pomodoro apps - these are time management methods that focus working in blocks of time, usually 20 to 30 minutes.  There are several to choose for all age groups. 
The podcast by Fearne Cotton is great too.

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:


This weeks pastoral focus is...

Friendship and staying connected.

Hello Year 8, It is so important during lock down to try and stay connected to others even if we can't see them physically. I guess it's something we usually take for granted, for you coming into school and seeing your friends and for me coming into school and seeing my work colleagues, many of whom are my close friends.

It is important for so many reasons; friends give us perspective, by that I mean, they can offer advice, see things from a different angle and support us in decisions. They make life more fun! A study published showed, by having a friend to talk to we produce less cortisol (the stress hormone) and your sense of self worth is higher. They provide comfort and support, which is never more needed than now in these strange times. Most of all they make us laugh and laughter really is the best medicine. So I hope you are all doing your best to reach out to a friend.

There are many ways to do this, especially in this age of social media. You could text, email and even (this may be out of fashion) write them a letter!. Zoom is a great way of seeing your friends face to face, organise a quiz, music night, movie night, just stay connected. Most importantly, remember we are all here for one another and we need to keep the lines of communication open. Your Tutors, Mrs Riggs and I have been ringing some of you over the last few weeks and our aim is to make sure we speak to everyone in Year 8 over the next few weeks. That is because we miss YOU and want to keep our lines of communication open with you!

You are are a wonderful year group, stay safe and check in with your friends.

Miss McLean

This week's quiz (just for fun)

Click on the attachment at the bottom of the page for this week's quiz!

You can email your answers to our Year 8 email address which will just be for competitions/news and anything to do with this page.

Joke of the week!     by Mrs Riggs

 What do you call a cheese that doesn't belong to you?          Nacho Cheese!

Coming soon....Quiz answers and winners, student achievements and news.