Welcome Year 8 to your area of the school website
Meet the Year 8 Team (photo's to come)
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.
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!)
Best described as follically challenged, music loving, crazy-daisy, the original BNS!
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."
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?
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:
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
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.
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 Mr Hodgson
What did the mother onion say to the baby onion at dinner time when she asked for more food?
Coming soon....Quiz answers and winners, student achievements and news.