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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 10



November 2020

Notices for the month: 

Praise postcards

These will now be sent electronically, so please check your inboxes regularly for little snippets of good news! 

Privacy notice

We have recently updated our privacy notice to explain when we may need to share some personal information with public health agencies.  Individuals have a right to object to such data sharing.  Full information of these changes can be found here: Pupil and Parents Privacy Notice 2020

Notice from the Warwick Youth Council:

'We are the Warwickshire Youth Council, a group of young people standing up for age 11-18 year olds and those up to 24 years old for special educational needs. You may have heard of us in the Make Your Mark campaigns and the elections held each year.

We are campaigning on the environment this year, which has proven to be a groundbreaking  for young people across Warwickshire. We are keen to promote eco friendly lifestyles alongside systemic change and to do this we have decided to hold a competition which rewards green habits.

Schools are a vital communication link between the young people and their youth council and we would appreciate it if you could share the competition email to your students and encourage them to participate. We will be using a variety of challenges such as baking a vegan cake and planting a tree. We will be handing out rewards in January.

If there are any questions feel free to email us on We will send out an example which can be used for your students when the competition begins on the 2nd November.'

Face masks

Disposable masks are an expense that we can all do without and they are not good for our environment so I would encourage everyone to wear cloth masks that can be regularly washed. Many families are already taking time to make their own and I’ve include a link to a website resource that offers simple patterns and ideas.‚Äč

In addition Mrs Hutchings is organising a mask competition for our students to create safe, school appropriate textile designs that will brighten up the day and reassure those around us. The competition is being judged by Mark from the Great British Sewing Bee 2020. The winner will receive a Billionaire Boys Club t-shirt and there will also be prizes for runners up. I have posted more details in the links at the bottom of the page. 

Unfortunately, the cost of disposable masks means that from Wednesday 15th October we will not be able to continue to supply disposable masks free of charge and a fee of 0.20p will be charged if students forget to bring their own, this would be added to your parentpay account. Please may we ask that this is avoided and only used as a complete last resort should your child lose their face covering on the way to school or in case it breaks.

School Transport

Many students are already playing their part in trying to keep the levels of infection at bay whilst using school transport. We have now had notification that this is essential for any student that currently doesn’t wear a facemask to ensure that they now do (except in the case of being exempt due to a medical reason). 

Warwickshire Youth Council Elections

The Nominations for Warwickshire Youth Council elections are now open!! 

Young people matter now more than ever 

2020 has been a challenging year for most, especially young people, who are worried about the impact that Covid19 is having on their lives from schooling, universities, job prospects, mental health, and wellbeing.  

Our social, economic, and political environment today is rich with opportunity with the potential for incredible change. However, it’s all too easy for the political agenda to overlook young people. 

The voice of young people is important to be able to build a coherent and fair society, but it is underrepresented Therefore we are asking you to help represent those voices by encouraging them to be heard through nominating themselves to become a Warwickshire Youth Councillors. 

A nomination form and a powerpoint of information is attached in the links at the bottom of this page. 

Nominations close on 27th November 2020 



At the time of writing, it is the middle of the half term holiday. I do hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy break, and we look forward to a purposeful second half term in school, in the run up to Christmas.

Mrs Reeves

Meet the Year 10 team 

Mrs Wilson (10WLS)   

Mrs Sahota (10SAH) I am a Maths teacher at Aylesford School.  I have 2 daughters aged 15 years and 10 years.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking and football.

Mrs Robbins (10RBB) I am a teacher of Science and have been at Aylesford for over 15 years. It's the best school I have ever worked in! I  love practical lessons (especially ones with Bunsen burners!)

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)

Resources for you, your parents and carers: 

Family Information Service (FIS) provides 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 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.  

If you are a student and want to talk to someone outside of school about a problem: Childline 0800 1111 Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007 MIND 0300-123-3393

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.

24/7 Crisis Line Number for Children and Young People.

For urgent calls for children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis contact the Rise Crisis team between 8am-8pm on 02476 641799 or call  0300 200 0011 outside of these hours.

During the COVID response, this is service is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with an advice-only service outside the core hours of 8am-8pm

The link to the Ed Psych support and also Flourish (for girls) is at the bottom of this webpage.


@2022Aylesford is the Year 10 Twitter feed. 

Guidance was sent out to you all about how to safely access this. I have also attached this at the bottom of this page. 

Joke of the month:

Why do seagulls fly over the sea? 

Because if they flew over a bay, they would be bagels!