24 February 2017 | Ms Lucas
After our successful collection for the Portsmouth Foodbank last half term, we were delighted to recieve this update from local minister Tracey Ansell:
Thank you so much for your kind donation to food to the foodbank. You collected an amazing amount of food - 79.323 kgs to be precise, that is enough to provide 300 meals! It is very much needed as more and more people are needing to come to Foodbanks for emergency help, and already what you have given has been distributed.
Thank you once again, and do pass on our thanks to your amazing students.
Rev. Tracey Ansell
The last day of this half term saw students taking part in the second of two Personal Development Days at ALNS. PD Day 6 once again provided access to a wide range of activities in school and in the community. Over 50 Year 8 students are in Ypres on a history trip focussed on World War One, while another group spent the day travelling to the Gambia – full stories on both international trips will follow soon.
Year 7 – Safety & Wellbeing
Safety and Wellbeing day was made up of a carousel of hour-long sessions for students presented by external speakers, all based around personal safety and wellbeing, plus a session about life at university, delivered by Chichester University.
“These sessions focus on healthy relationships, and will help prepare our Year 7 students for the next chapter in their lives”
Katie Holness, Head of Key Stage Three.
Year 8 – The World at War
The two halves of the year group have swapped activities for PD Day 6, with those students that remained in school on PD Day 5 visiting the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (pictured) – plus the newly opened ‘Explosion!’, while the other half have remained in school and worked on literacy projects connected to war (pictured). Those students also got their opportunity to experience Rupert Mason’s performance of Mr Owen’s Pocket Book, which recounts the life and final hours of war poet Wilfred Owen.
Year 9 – Parenthood
The day was divided into five sessions covering aspects of healthy family relationships, which all combined to make an action–packed day for Year 9 students.
Year 10 – Creativity and Enterprise Challenge
The Unloc Enterprise Academy returned to school for PD Day 6 to give even more students the opportunity to take part in their chocolate enterprise challenge. The Unloc Enterprise Academy develops young peoples’ knowledge, skills and attitudes whilst developing entrepreneurial sensibilities. As with PD Day 5 students were designing their own chocolate brand. The winning team will get their chocolates produced over half term by local chocolatier Chocablock Limited.
Students have also been focussing on their creative skills, with a range of sessions based on their creativity option subjects (pictured).
“It’s been really inspirational to see Year 10 students getting so involved with their creativity option subjects, and the enthusiasm shown in the chocolate enterprise challenge was outstanding.”
Heather Freathy, Head of Year 10.
Year 11 – English, Mathematics and ECDL
Year 11 students have spent PD Day 6 focussing on English, Maths and ECDL subjects.
This year ALNS students will be taking part in the annual Rock Challenge competition. This event aims to promote a drug free high and allow students the opportunity to have a drug free high by performing to a live audience.
Students and staff have been working hard to choreograph a performance called 'If not us who, if not now then when?' which is based on the Syrian refuge crisis. As a rights respecting level 2 school we felt that it was important to use Rock Challenge as an opportunity to raise people's awareness of the crisis in Syria. We have tried to show in the piece how families are having to make life changing decisions in order to protect their family and are having to give up everything that they know and own. They then are faced with a terrible treacherous journey which can have fatal consequences. ALNS students will be performing on Tuesday 28th February.
Personal Development Days at ALNS provide an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in learning activities for a whole day and covers themes that are not necessarily addressed in subject areas of the curriculum. PD Day 5 was no exception with students from all year groups involved in a wide range of activities, both in and out of school and abroad.
Year 7 – Conflict and Resolution
For Year 7 Conflict and Resolution Day, students have looked at topics including Anti-Bullying, resolving conflict in teams, hate crime, and also had a session on Prevent, which is part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy.
Head of Key Stage 3 Katie Holness commented “Today gives Year 7 students a fabulous opportunity to develop their understanding of all forms of conflict and resolution, from bullying all the way up to international conflicts.”
Year 8 – The World at War
With more than 50 students travelling to Ypres, Belgium, on the annual trip to support their studies of World War One (full trip write up coming soon), half of the remaining Year 8 students have completed activities in school while the other half have visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (pictured) – plus the newly opened ‘Explosion!’.
Those students remaining in school have completed sessions in research, letter writing, poetry and drama, and have also been treated to a performance by Rupert Mason of Mr Owen’s Pocket Book, which recounts the life and final hours of war poet Wilfred Owen.
Tomorrow, students who have been in school today will visit the Submarine Museum and Explosion!.
At Explosion!, the story of naval warfare is told in dramatic style, in an interactive museum housed in the Royal Navy’s former Ordnance Depot at Priddy’s Hard. The Submarine Museum’s main attraction is HMS Alliance, the UK’s only surviving walk through WW2 era submarine and the memorial to 5,300 British submariners who have given their lives in service.
Year 9 – Stock Market Challenge
The Stock Market Challenge gives Year 9 students the chance to become a trader for the day, tracking, buying and selling shares over the course of a virtual week (one day per lesson) and also reacting to the market. The sessions give students an insight into the way business news is reported in the media and demands the ability to analyse information quickly and accurately. The Stock Market Challenge is about the experience of trading but more importantly it is about using and developing skills, the most important of which is teamwork.
“The Stock Market Challenge is an exciting, rewarding and competitive activity that gives our students the chance to trade like brokers do on trading floors and online all over the world every day.”
Claire Parsons, Director of Mathematics and Leader of the Stock Market Challenge Day
Year 10 – Design Trip and Enterprise Challenge
A coach full of Design students have visited Brighton today. As part of their studies, students must complete observational studies of a location, and Brighton is a fantastic destination for this purpose. Students have visited the Pavilion, and also the Brighton Museum, located at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.
Students in school have been taking part in an enterprise challenge, designing their own chocolate brand. Working in teams, students have designed their own chocolates and packaging, worked out the costs of production and also create a marketing campaign including a TV advert. The winning team will get their chocolates produced over half term by local chocolatier Chocablock Limited.
The GCSE Food students also completed a session based on developing a range of new skills and techniques, in order to improve and develop their food presentation skills (pictured, below left). Students were given a range of ingredients to choose from and worked in pairs to plan, prepare and cook their dishes.
“I was extremely impressed by the creativity shown and the professional finish of their dishes and the guest judges had a hard decision to make when deciding on the top three from each GCSE group.” Mrs Lisa Martin
Year 11 – Science, MFL and ECDL
Year 11 students are spending today focussing on specific GCSE subjects, with time for English, Maths and ECDL tomorrow. Head of Key Stage Four, Bethan Woodall Jones commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to spend some dedicated time with specialist Science, Languages and Computing staff, at a very important time in their education.”
Article 30: Children from minority or indigenous groups.
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
“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.
Do you shop in Sainsburys? If so, please help us by collecting the Active Kids vouchers.
The PE department will collect these vouchers and then put them towards new sports equipment. The more vouchers we collect, the more equipment we can order!
There is a collection box in the PE Department office, or hand vouchers to any member of PE staff.
Thank you in advance for your help.