Year 9 into 10
WELCOME TO YOUR AREA OF THE WEBSITE!
Break up for the Summer Holidays!
It was lovely to see so many of you for the certificate collection on Thursday 16th July. You've all grown so much! I sincerely hope you have a super, safe summer.
One thing you will all be busy doing is buying your smart new uniform!
Please make sure you do this from Stitch-tech - you can find all of the guidance on the Aylesford School website: https://www.aylesfordschool.org.uk/page/?title=Secondary+School+Uniform&pid=117
Stitch-tech have a dedicated Aylesford School area on their website too: http://www.stitchtech.co.uk/product-category/school-uniforms/aylesford-sec/
Please ensure that your shoes are leather, and logo-free. They must not be a trainer-shoe (looking like a trainer) or pump. You all know the rules already about socks, haircuts and jewellery but the parent/carer handbook is also on the Aylesford site if you need guidance: https://www.aylesfordschool.org.uk/page/?title=Parent+%26amp%3B+Carers+Handbook&pid=64
One thing you will need to prepare for September, is equipment. We will not be able to lend equipment and nor will you be able to share yours so you must have a full pencil case including your pens (black and blue, and alternative colours for self and peer assessment) pencil; ruler; sharpener; eraser; calculator and any other Maths equipment like protractors. You will need a bag large enough to carry your school books and kit because you will be asked to take more responsibility for your exercise books in the new term.
A letter is coming out to all of you about the arrangements for the new term, but if you have any queries please e mail me.
Meet the Year 9 team. We will soon be posting some pictures and more information about all of your tutors.
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: A list of places to find support over the summer should you need to
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 about a problem while Aylesford School is closed:
https://www.childline.org.uk Childline 0800 1111
https://www.safeline.org.uk Safeline for Young People 0808 800 5007
https://www.mind.org.uk 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.
This weeks pastoral focus is from Mrs Wilson, your new Assistant Head of Student progress
In the spirit of supporting our local community, and adopting an “we’re all in this together” approach to enduring the recent Coronavirus lock-down, I thought it might be nice to continue that attitude for a little longer and give you something charitable to do over the Summer which will make you feel good about yourself and impact someone else’s life dramatically.
Isolation over lock-down has been an issue that many have suffered with, and being given an opportunity to have a social outlet is a vital support system for our mental health. For most of us lock-down is easing and the restrictions are becoming less severe however for those more vulnerable individuals who are in care homes, lock-down is still very much a necessity.
The Dof E approved, award-winning charity 'Kissing it Better' has set up links with local care homes: Leycester House and Park View, and the aim is to help support residents through the remainder of lockdown but writing to them and receiving return communication to try and help alleviate some of the time in isolation.
Over your six-week Summer holiday, Mrs Reeves and I would love some volunteers from the year group to give up a very small amount of time to become a pen pal to a member of one of these care homes. You don’t have to produce long pieces of writing but what might take you five minutes to write could be an important life-line to someone else. You could send anything from a letter, poem, postcard etc.
Caty Oates from the charity Kissing it Better will process your letters via email and send them to the care-homes on your behalf. She will also process the responses you get.
Her email address is: email@example.com .
If you’re interested, email her directly, explaining who you are and that you go to Aylesford School, and you can attach your first communication.
As you won’t initially know who your pen pal will be, you could begin with a short letter introducing yourself and your interests. Then, when you have a return correspondence, you will know who you’re writing to and a little bit about them ready for your next communication.
There is a letter from Park View Home attached at the bottom of this webpage so that you can see how well received the letters are.
I hope some of you get involved in this very worthy cause.
@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 week:
Why couldn't the pony sing a lullaby?
She was a little horse!