Mental Health Workshop 9 October

We are very pleased to be able to offer a workshop specifically for parents to help them understand the mental health issues many young people face. Delivered by mental health charity Mind, the workshop will cover topics including:

  • Basic introduction of mental health issues and the importance of maintaining good mental health for your child
  • Spotting potential warning signs and hot spots (eg exams and other stress points)
  • Helping to prevent potential problems developing
  • How to approach conversations with young people and understanding why young people don’t seek help
  • The benefits of physical activity for maintaining mental health

Please note this workshop is only open to parents of students at Aylesbury High School.  If you would like to book a place and for more details, please visit:

https://www.leapwithus.org.uk/events/mental-health-awareness-workshop-private-workshop-ahs-parents/

House Drama

This year’s entries were based on Malala Yousafzai’s famous words:  ‘We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.’  This inspired some spectacular interpretations and performances from  Stowe’s powerful call for an end to shootings in America to Waddesdon’s imaginative portrayal of  forced happiness in a ‘dystopian utopia’.  Congratulations to Ascott’s Sophie Roberts, who won Outstanding Performer and to Claydon for winning overall with their humorous take on three fairytale princesses.

Activity Days

We have recently enjoyed two whole school activity days, where Year 7 participated in a Creative Olympics and constructed wind turbines in a STEM day.  Year 8 visited the Black Country Museum to find out more about the Victorian period for work in History and English and spent a Day in Ashridge.  Year 9 did Geography fieldwork in Docklands and took part in an Enterprise Day where they completed an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge.  Year 10 put on an International Day for local primary schools and then took part in wellbeing workshops, while Year 12 looked to their future, visiting Nottingham University’s open day.

Handballers Fourth in the Country

Our U15 Handball team played brilliantly in the national finals this weekend, battling to the semi finals and ending up in fourth place.  Congratulations on all your hard work!

England Basketball

Congratulations to Grace and Onyi for being selected for the England Squad and good luck to Grace who is off to represent England in Copenhagen!

D of E Expedition

Congratulations to the 86 students who completed their Bronze D of E practice expedition at the weekend and thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to help.  Here’s an account by Esha in Year 10:

Our group started in Haddenham and trecked 14 km to Ellesborough guide camp. On our journey there, we encountered lots of wildlife, including cows and goats and after getting lost in the middle of some fields, we finally arrived at the camp. Needless to say, we were all thrilled at the sight of the camp and we were glad to be able to relax.

The time we spent at the campsite was a lot of fun! We played cards, cooked, and ate a lot of food. Our group decided to make spaghetti with tomato sauce and then we all drank some hot chocolate.

Despite being tired, we were excited to leave the next day and get to our finishing point. Our second day was definitely more eventful than our first – we got lost and ended up at Chequers where some kind policemen helped us out, which was followed by an exciting walk through a forest where there was no footpath so we had to climb over fallen branches and trees. After playing through the entire High School Musical soundtrack on our kazoos, we finally arrived at Great Hampden Cricket Green where our parents were waiting for us and we were very happy to be able to go home.

Overall, while challenging, the experience was a lot of fun and we learnt a lot about ourselves during the process and we are very excited for our qualifying expedition in June!

 

Silver Success

Congratulations to our U16 and U14 basketball teams, who both came second in the country at the national finals this weekend.  They join our U19 team who also won a silver medal last month.  A huge well done to all the students involved and to Mrs Arber and Coach Jenner for their hard work and dedication.  See the next edition of Highlights for more details!

U15 Handball Team in National Finals

On Wednesday 9 May the U15 Handball team travelled to Surrey to compete in the regional round of the competition. Their first game was against previous Regional Champions, Surrey. The AHS team took a while to find their form, ending the game in a 4-4 draw. They then followed quickly with a 10-1 win against Berkshire. Tournament favourites were up next, and after a hard fought game AHS came out with a 1-3 loss. It was now down to goal difference as to whether AHS or Surrey would progress through to the finals to play Kent once again for the Regional title. AHS had to win their final game against Hampshire by 9 goals in order to secure a 1 goal lead over Surrey. Aylesbury started well, taking the lead early with goals from Olivia J, Grace and Poppy, and with secure goal keeping from Natalia to stop any attempts for a comeback from Hampshire. With 1 minute left on the clock AHS needed 2 more goals to secure their place in the final. These came in quick succession, both from Grace, and placed AHS in second place after the rounds. The Aylesbury team upped their performance in the finals, working as a team in attack to work the ball round, and a solid defence to stop Kent’s attacking play meant the Kent team only got 3 goals passed them. With 2 goals from Poppy, 1 from Ella, 1 from Grace and 1 from Olivia J the AHS team took victory, and the regional title, to represent the South East at National Finals on the 9 June!