01 December 2016 | Ms Firth
30 November 2016 | Mrs Etherington
Admiral Lord Nelson School is the first secondary school in Portsmouth and one of only 6 secondary schools in the South East of England to be accredited with the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award at Level 2 standard. UNICEF award level 2 status to schools who demonstrate that they have fully embedded the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into their ethos and curriculum.
Following a rigorous inspection process, our report from UNICEF praised ALNS for its commitment to student welfare and wellbeing, for having an ethos that puts the UNCRC at the heart of the school and the staff for their dedication in embedding the UNCRC into the daily life of the school. We are incredibly proud of our ALNS students are ambassadors for UNICEF, helping other schools develop their work in educating young people about the UNCRC and UNICEF’s Global Goals for Sustainability.
Achieving the Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award comes shortly after a Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review in which ALNS was accredited as having an Area of Excellent Practice in SMSC, the Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural education of our students. ALNS also holds the Artsmark Platinum Award from the Arts Council England in recognition of the school’s commitment to providing quality Arts experiences for its young people.
We are delighted to have gained these awards that recognise our excellent curriculum at ALNS, based on principles that place the personal development of our young people firmly alongside ensuring their academic success, which is equally impressive at ALNS too!
Are you able to spare a few hours on the morning of Tuesday 7th March (between 8.30am to 12.30pm)?
If so we are looking to recruit a number of volunteers to help with the ‘mock’ interviews for our Year 10 students in preparation for their work experience. This is the part of the day that students find the most terrifying but equally the most rewarding given the feedback that they receive afterwards.
If you are able to help with this and would like more information on how the event is run and what we would like you to do please email email@example.com with you contact details.
Article 34: Sexual exploitation.
Governments must protect children from all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.
“Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.
ALNS was the first secondary school in Portsmouth to achieve the Level 1 Unicef Rights Respecting Schools award. This means our ethos and values are based around the human rights of all children as written in the UNCRC (see below) in 1989. Our school community has devised our own ALNS Charter in which we have selected the articles relevant to us that we all strive to uphold every day through respectful and responsible behaviour.
Goals for Global Sustainability:
Global Goal 5: Gender Equality
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
On Tuesday 22nd November, ALNS held its Annual Awards Evening celebrating the achievements of children last year from all year groups. Over 280 children and their parents together with Governors, staff and VIP guests joined us for an evening showcasing some of our best performing talent at ALNS alongside the presentation of awards to congratulate our top achievers across all aspects of school life in 2015-16!
As always, it was a wonderful evening and we were delighted to welcome Lauren Steadman as our VIP guest speaker, who talked inspirationally to a packed hall of over 500 people. Lauren studies at Portsmouth University, she has already completed a degree in psychology and is just finishing her Master’s degree this year. At the same time as all that studying, Lauren also managed to win a silver Paralympic medal in Rio in 2016 as well as having been world champion for many years in her chosen sport of paratriathlon. Lauren spoke incredibly passionately to our students, giving them some excellent advice about never giving up, having self-belief and putting in the hard work that is needed as you strive to reach your goals in life. We hope to welcome her back to ALNS again soon!
I finished the evening off with a few words and finished by paying tribute on behalf of ALNS to every member of staff who has given the school more than 10 years’ service, which meant reading out a very long list of over 50 current staff who have altogether given around 700 years of service to Admiral Lord Nelson School! Quite an astonishing level of personal commitment, especially given the fact that the school is itself only 21 years old!
The January edition of FundEd Magazine has a feature on Katrina's Garden inside. Written by our own Mrs Keen, the magazine will be out in January. The text from the article can be found below.
‘Our small courtyard garden was built 10 years ago, as a memorial for a pupil who sadly passed away. Since then, the garden has become a beautiful oasis for staff and students in our busy secondary school.
The garden consists of a series of allotment plots, as well as a small orchard. We also have a wildflower meadow, a willow-growing area and willow structures, a pond, a tyre-wall for flowers, and flower borders at the front and rear of the school. Andrew, a dedicated volunteer runs a weekly after-school gardening club, which becomes more popular each year. He is the husband of one of our retired teachers and came in to work on our garden following his retirement. The children help him with any jobs that need doing, including planting and weeding. They also take part in cooking lessons, looking at a new recipe each week and using the produce they have grown in the garden.
The garden is a great way to teach our students about self-sufficiency by growing their own produce, nutrition, the importance of a balanced diet, the seasonality of food production, as well as teamwork. They’re also developing an interest in wildlife and the environment, and learning about the benefits of composting and recycling. All these skills link with the school’s curriculum, too.
Our produce is used in the school canteen and by the Food Technology department, which saves us buying ingredients elsewhere – the school’s extensive herb garden is especially popular. The children also fundraise by selling seeds, compost and tools, as well as vegetables, homemade jam and chutney, and plants. Local gardening schemes and other schools also buy bundles of cut willow from our willow-growing area. We raise around £150 a year, which may not seem like a lot, but the club is less about making money and more about teaching pupils new and valuable skills.
We are very proud of our garden, and it has even won us five gold awards in the last two years at the Portsmouth in Bloom competition. It truly is a little piece of heaven amongst the hustle and bustle of a successful school.’
Anne Keen, Medical and Safeguarding Support Worker, Admiral Lord Nelson School
Year 10 Graphics students have had a wonderful opportunity from the university of Portsmouth. Students from the university who are currently studying for a degree came and delivered two workshops over two weeks based on branding and the idea of positive and negative images and words.
Maddison Casemore said ‘I got to experiment with ideas that I would not have done before, the university students gave us a wide range of creative tasks to complete in either a positive or negative way (based on a brand).’
Billy Milner ‘It was practical and was good as the people from the university are still in education’.
On the 2nd and 3rd of November Karl Rudziak, a local artist visited our school for the 4th year running to complete a demonstration of how he paints. This is an excellent and valuable experience for our students to emulate work of such a high standard. We cannot thank Karl enough for the work that he does with our students and ensure him that his influence is positive and helps students understand the painting process.
Students are currently using this demonstration to work on their own realistic portrait which will be available to view in the Summer Art/ Design show.