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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 9

Welcome Year 9 to your area of the website 

Hello, Year 9 

As I write this, you are facing nearly 12 weeks before you return to school, and you have already had 8 weeks off. This webpage is under construction! My lockdown project has been learning how to do this, so hopefully you will soon see pictures, quizzes and competitions!

In the meantime, you have had your options subjects and working online from now on you should be focusing on your core subjects (English, maths, science and PE) and your 4 options. Mrs Scopes has sent a letter out detailing what you should be doing from the start of next term. 

We will still be setting Year Periods so that you can access your citizenship curriculum, and on this website I will be posting more ideas to help to keep you safe and well in the weeks ahead. 

One thing which is true, is that THIS GIVES YOU A HEAD START ON YOUR GCSE'S! You have a golden opportunity here to complete so much study towards your options subjects, which you wouldn't have had in school. If you took photography, go out and take photos! Food tech - cook at home! Child Development - get more involved with your younger siblings! Art - spend the time creating... the list goes on. If you are doing Drama, there are so many theatrical productions which are showcasing free online instead. You have time to read, to research and to enjoy your interests - I urge you to make the most of it to give yourselves a head start for when you return. 

On this section of the webpage we will be running quizzes and competitions - please do check in each week to see what has changed. I will not be doing my weekly notice on Show My Homework anymore. Instead,  I will write to you here. 

Mrs Reeves 

reeves.k@aylesfordschool.org.uk

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

Mrs Reeves I am the Head of Student Progress for Year 9. I have a toddler called Nancy who is keeping me super busy and entertained during lockdown.  I teach English at Aylesford, and in my spare time I love running (very slowly.....)

Mr Dhesi: Assistant Head of Student Progress Year 9 

Miss Benbow

Mrs Robbins

Mr Orme

Mr Sigmundsson 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.

Mrs Purcell I am Head of Drama at Aylesford School and a Year 9 Tutor for the fabulous students of 9PRC. I have two daughters. Apart from drama, I like cycling and playing the bassoon in my spare time.

Mrs Cannell 

Resources

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/learn

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.

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

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.

 https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/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 you to 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 exit 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: 

https://www.childline.org.uk

https://www.safeline.org.uk

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk

https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people

https://www.mind.org.uk

If you are having harmful thoughts, try the apps: 

Calm Harm and Stay Alive: both are free and packed full of distraction strategies to help resist urges to self harm.  Plus, Calm Harm helps you to ride the wave until the urge fades through not just distraction activities but activities to provide: comfort, release of emotions, breathing and expressing self.  There is also a GET HELP quick button which directs you to contacts such as: Childline, Young Minds or Papyrus' Hope line.

 

This weeks pastoral focus is...

Your wellbeing! After weeks of lockdown it is very easy to get stuck in a rut. We will be posting ideas to help you mix things up a bit, very soon.

I will also post a link to the monthly wellbeing calendar here.

This week's quiz

We will be posting a quiz for you to ponder each week. This depends on Mrs Reeves learning how to upload a picture to this website! You're not the only ones at school! Watch this space!

Joke of the week by Mrs Reeves (In the future, every joke will be by Mr Orme as he is the JOKE KING... get it? Joking?)

On what side does a chicken have most feathers? 

The OUTSIDE!!

Coming soon...

I am working on a Year 9 Twitter so that you can submit competition entries. I will be running a Bake Off; best art work; silliest sock combo.... all sorts over the next few weeks so try to make sure someone in your house is able to submit your entry and I will let you know Twitter details once I have it up and running.