Congratulations to Emilia in 7S who helped the Bucks team reach second place in the National Cross Country finals!
We are very proud of 8 of our Sixth Form students (Daisy Williams, Ashleigh Stent, Megs Woodward, Julia Barker, Ellie Hardings, Beth Arrowsmith, Holly Harper and Niamh Austin) who are on the Leaderboard of the School Leavers Challenge run by Target Careers. This is a national competition that tests students on their strengths and work readiness. They are among 100 students who have now been invited to the Challenge Final at the BT tower next week. They will be pitted against other competitors across a number of challenges to find an overall winner. We wish them the best of luck!
Year 13 Business Studies students spent a fun and educational long weekend in Barcelona this Easter. They got behind the scenes insight into such businesses as the famous Escriba patisserie and the Torres vineyard, as well as being able to contribute the Spanish economy themselves in the markets of Las Ramblas!
Former High School student Katy Roberts, who set up a children’s charity Child Aid Gambia www.childaid.gm with her father Chris in 2011, has been awarded Honorary Citizenship of the City of Banjul in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contributions to the people of Banjul and surrounding areas.
Katy, who is on a gap year doing voluntary work at the PACE Centre after being accepted to Lancaster University, won the 18th Jane Brownlee Scholarship last May. Jane Brownlee was a teacher at Aylesbury High School from 1978 until 1998 and Head of Geography. The Scholarship is in honour of her memory and is awarded in the spring every year to a student who wishes to travel abroad. The money Katy received was put to good use in the Gambia this month to improve the living conditions of Gambian street children hit by the recent political crises which saw over 45,000 people leave the country to seek safety in neighbouring Senegal since last December.
Mr. Sandigie Njie, Clerk to the City Council, said that Katy’s hard work and personal sacrifice is instrumental in supporting and working with destitute street children and those suffering great hardship because of personal circumstances in The Gambia. Katy and her father Chris’s charity Child Aid Gambia had funded the D 300,000.00 (£5,525.77) Ndangan Water Project which was started in 2011 and completed in July 2014, which meant that the children and their families living at the shanty town of Ndangan are now able to drink clean safe drinking water which will greatly improve the health and sanitation of the children and the community as a whole.
The mayor Mr. Abdoulie Bah said Katy is an inspiration through her work with disadvantaged children. Her father, Chris said he was immensely proud of all that Katy has achieved with her charity work in the Gambia.
Katy thanked the people of Banjul for their hospitality, and commented that she felt honoured to receive the award and will continue to help support the poor and destitute children of The Gambia through the charity for many years to come.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a child through Child Aid Gambia can do so by contacting them through their website www.childaid.gm It costs just £38.00 per year.
AHS students joined other teenage girls from across Bucks at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to kick start the Youth Sports Trust’s ‘Girls Active’ programme. The aim is to get teenage girls more involved in sport by making PE lessons more appealing to them. Read more about it in the Bucks Herald article here
Congratulations to Jess Trueman, Freya Payne, Laila Shah and Elena Brooks all in 10S, who have been selected for African Adventures’ nationwide School Geography Challenge Live Final. As part of their Geography topic of international development, they created an Aid Action Plan in response to the impacts of El Nino flooding in Nakuru, Kenya. They will be competing on 28 March for a trip to Kenya this summer – good luck girls!
We are grateful to Aylesbury Youth Concern for coming in to school this week to deliver our assemblies. Our mufti day on Friday will be raising money to support their important work in Aylesbury, which includes a counselling service, a drop in centre a night shelter and projects for young people such as music recording. For more details about Aylesbury Youth Concern and the services they offer, please see their website.
Students at our Student Voice meetings requested clearer guidance on what they could wear on mufti days – you can find this here.
We were treated to a wonderful joint concert on Friday night at St Mary’s church. The joint symphony orchestra opened the evening with a Suite from Bizet’s Carmen and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, starring Catrina Shutter. This was followed by a host of other ensembles, such as the flute choir, an acapella group and a violin solo from Julia Raj. The concert finished with the joint choral society singing Faure’s Requiem ably accompanied by Michael Ng and with a superb solo by Freya Firth-Robinson. We are very grateful to all students and staff who put so much time into a fantastic concert.
We were pleased to welcome Unifrog into school this morning to talk to our Y12 students about options following their studies at AHS. This was arranged ahead of our HE Evening next Tuesday 14 March.
On Tuesday we have representatives of more than 50 universities, employers and organisations here between 6.30pm and 8.00pm for an information fair. This will be followed at 8.00pm by an introduction to the Higher Education application process at Aylesbury High School.
We are expecting a high number of visitors and there is limited parking on the school site so if you are planning on attending, we would encourage you to park away from the school site if possible in order to minimise congestion.
Congratulations to Annabelle Denly, who has been selected by England Hockey for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence. The aim of the AASE is to ensure that hockey’s performance athletes of the future are supported, motivated and inspired to maximise their talent development and potential. Annabelle will attend four centralised national camps to receive coaching and performance support including nutrition, psychology and lifestyle advice underpinned by the AASE qualifications. In addition, all athletes will benefit from 15 high quality technical and tactical coaching sessions. There are currently over 33 other sports delivering the programme with 2,500 athletes benefiting nationally each year and ambassadors include Rebecca Adlington, Tom Daley and Jack Wilshere. This is a fantastic opportunity for Annabelle to gain an insight into what it takes to become an elite athlete and we wish her every success with this programme.