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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 9



Week ending 10th July 2020

Hello, everyone!

Next Thursday 16th July between 1 – 3 pm I would like to warmly invite you to come in and pick up your Kudos certificates. You can check your own Kudos totals in Show My Homework (under ‘behaviour’) 100 + is a bronze certificate; 200+ is a silver certificate; 300+ is a gold certificate; 400+ is a platinum certificate. There are only 4 platinum certificates in the year so if you have earned one, VERY WELL DONE!!!

The collection will be done from tables in the bus layby outside the front of the building.

You must attend during your allotted time slot for your form and observe social distancing rules. I will be wearing a face covering and gloves, and hand sanitiser will be available. Your tutors may also be able to pop down depending on whether they have classes – I know they will want to say hello if they can!

The slots are:

PRC 1 – 1.20

RBB 1.20 – 1.40

ORM 1.40 – 2

SGM and DHS 2 – 2.20

YRD 2.20 – 2.40

BNW 2.40 – 3

Stay safe and be sensible, and as always, if you are worrying about anything you must message a teacher through Show My Homework (now called 'Satchel One') or ask a parent or carer to make contact with me. 

Mrs Reeves

Meet the Year 9 team. We will soon be posting some pictures and more information about all of your tutors. 

Mrs Wilson (10WLS)   Assistant Head of Year 10

Mrs Sahota will be replacing Miss Benbow (9BNW will become 10SAH) 

Mrs Robbins (10RBB) 

Mr Sigmundsson (10SGM) I teach Maths at Aylesford. I believe that I am the only Icelandic Maths teacher in the whole of the UK. I have been in your country for 10 years and absolutely love it.  I my spare time I enjoy long distance running, reading books and playing the piano.


Miss Dubrava (10DBV)


Each week I will share a different resource for parents and pupils which I hope will help you through until we can return to school. 

For your studies:

The BBC Bitesize - Revision app

The updated BBC Bitesize - Revision app for 14-16 year olds is now available to download to both your tablet and your mobile phone (iOS and Android).

The app includes GCSE Flashcards for Maths, English, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Geography, History and PE. Just edit your preferences in the menu to add them to your app.

The Bitesize - Revision app for 14-16 year olds is available across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, giving you flashcards and revision materials, whenever you want, wherever you are.

Download the app now from the link above and take brilliant Bitesize revision tools with you everywhere you go.

For parents and carers: 

Help your family stay safe online:

For you: 

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:

As always, if you feel at risk or are having harmful thoughts you can contact Childline
Here is the Jump Back July calendar, for everyone to enjoy!


This weeks pastoral focus is...

Screen time and Social media

Summer is here! For many teens, the unstructured days of summer break often mean hours spent lounging around scrolling through social media or vegging out in front of the television. In fact, the average teen spends around 9 hours every day consuming some form of media. Did you know there is a strong correlation between social media usage and increased rates of depression or anxiety in young people?

According to the PEW Research Center, 92 percent of teens go online every day. This is a concern because social media use may be harming their self-esteem and confidence as children experience:

  • cyberbullying
  • fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • pressures to keep up with friends
  • unrealistic expectations

In addition, youths may place too much value on their number of online friends, comments on posts, and likes on social media at the expense of building strong real-life relationships.

As children heavily rely on digital communication, they use social media presence to measure worth, popularity, and their value among peers. Teens actively monitor who sees their posts, who shares their photos, who is left out, and how posts can portray a “perfect” life, leading to how a child perceives him or herself. This can result in sadness and learned helplessness, then to psychological disorders including phobias, depression, and anxiety.

Teen-Friendly Summer Activities

To help combat the negative influences of social media this summer, let’s encourage our children to moderate their social media intake. To help them find a healthy balance, suggest alternative ways for your teen to enjoy their summer break.

Volunteering. Get kids involved to enrich the lives of others and accomplish something worthwhile over the break. Encourage teens to engage in activities such as helping elderly neighbours, walking dogs, fetching shopping, cleaning cars, weeding driveways... the ideas are endless!

Becoming an Entrepreneur. Many teens want to get a job and make money. Unfortunately, laws strictly limit employment available for teenagers. Instead of waiting for a certain age, foster them in creating their own business now. Whether it is mowing lawns, babysitting, crafting, or selling produce at the farmer’s market, children can learn valuable life skills running their own enterprises.

Joining a book club. Over the summer most children experience a learning loss of up to two months.  Prevent this seasonal regression by enjoying a good book with them and encouraging conversation about what they got out of the book. Find reading groups through local bookstores or libraries, or start your own!

Taking a class. Summer is a great opportunity to explore a vast range of topics: coding to painting, small engine repair to cooking, accordion playing to zoology! Contact local libraries or community colleges to find a range of options (many will offer online alternatives, and of course YouTube can teach some interesting new skills you could learn as a family!) Local forums may also provide links to online classes in your area. 

Getting outdoors. The average person spends 90% of their lives indoors. Not surprisingly, there is mounting evidence that being outside in green spaces is beneficial for our kids. Teens can benefit from the vitamin D, improved concentration, and physical activity as they walk the dog, visit the beach, or hit the skate park. For family bonding time, consider camping or fishing. 

Developing their green thumb. Encourage them to pick out new vegetables or varieties of flowers to plant and cultivate. Besides taking in fresh air, children gain a better understanding of where food comes from, the value of work, healthy eating, and reducing carbon footprints.

Hosting friends. Provide teens with an ideal outdoor hangout at your home by helping your teen build a fire pit, create an outdoor theatre, or set up hammocks in the shade. This will give them a safe place to meet as well as providing new experiences. 


Answers to last week's quiz were: 

Rome; Kuala Lumpur; Dubai; London; Berlin; Stockholm; Paris; St Petersburg; New York. How did you get on?

Your next quiz is general knowledge on the attached powerpoint. The answers are on the final slide so that you can mark yourself at the end! 

Joke of the week:

Why are green beans the most Zen of all vegetables? 

Because they’ve found their inner peas.