Easter 2019

Newsletter 6

AHS - aged 59 ⅔

In case you hadn't noticed, it's our 60th this year! This newsletter should whet your appetite to join us on 6 July for a memorable birthday party; thank you to the students, staff and alumni who have already been working so hard. If you (parents and/or students) haven't yet put your name forward to help in advance or on the day, please email Mrs Hamnett (nhamnett@ahs.bucks.sch.uk).

We have had a wide range of former students taking assemblies this year and I don't think a single one ended up in the career they had anticipated when they made their option choices - the would-be barrister who became a paralympian and BBC radio producer, the music and physics specialist who is now designing cutting-edge apps, the dancer who is now a sales manager for a fitness company, the would-be journalist who is now a court editor - and all really valued the various experiences they had had at AHS, whether inside or outside the classroom.

Speaking of classrooms, the planning for the Tower Block refurbishment is going well and we are sure the seven weeks of disruption after half term will be worth it when classes return in September. Don't forget the campaign to raise much-needed funds - numbers such as 42 (well known to people of a certain age as the answer to life, the universe and everything) or 109 (the number of different ways you can pay 30p in coins) are still available, and you may even fancy the country where every house has, apparently, a unique name (bonus fact, it also has the world's longest national anthem), or the country where sheep outnumber people by 9:1.

Meanwhile, thank you to everyone for all your hard work this term and I hope you all have a well-deserved break over Easter.

Alan Rosen

AHSFest Saturday 06 July 2019

Community Choir

Dear students, parents staff, alumni and friends!

As part of our 60th birthday celebrations we would are forming a community choir to perform at our festival on Saturday 6 July - and we’d love you to take part! We are hoping to include a whole range of people associated with Aylesbury High School - mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, etc. You don’t have to have actually attended the school.

We will be singing two songs - one from 1959 and one current song:

Personality by Lloyd Price

This is Me from The Greatest Showman by Keala Seattle

A Year 12 student will be arranging our very own versions of these songs, and we’ll be able to send you your specific part to listen to and learn. We will have some lunchtime rehearsals for students and staff involved, but we will need to have 2 rehearsals with as many people present as possible. These will take place at AHS in the Drama Studio on:

Saturday 8 June 9.00 - 10.30 am and Saturday 29 June 9.00 - 10.30 am

We will also have a rehearsal on 6 July itself before the performance.

If you would like to get involved please fill in this form to let us know by 10 April.

Mrs Harriet Queralt, Assistant Headteacher

AHSFest Saturday 06 July 2019

Summer Showcase

Our annual show, Movement, Music and Muses, has been renamed as Summer Showcase and will take place on Saturday 6 July 2019. This will be a seasonal celebration of the creative talent of AHS students from across the Arts. Items will include performances from Dance, Drama and Music.

Dance performances will include Year 7 & 8 Dance clubs, a contemporary performance piece by Year 9 & 10 dancers & a selection of choreography and performance from Year 10 GCSE Dance students. Music performances will include steel pans, chamber choir, solos, jazz band, newly formed groups Rock Club and Junior Wind Ensemble, and more! You are warmly invited to attend as part of a very memorable day.

Mrs Nette Hamnett, Deputy Headteacher

Whole School Photograph

We will be collecting the whole school together on Tuesday 7 May to take a photograph to record who was here in our Anniversary year. It is quite an occasion, as you can imagine, getting 1300 students and over 100 staff lined up and positioned correctly on the staging so let's hope for good weather.

The photograph is being taken by Gilman and Soames, who have a lot of experience of this sort of thing, and the resulting picture will be able to be bought by students and parents after the event from their website. One picture option will be a named version, so any one who may have issues or concerns about a student's name appearing on the photograph should please speak, in confidence, to Mrs Hamnett.

Mr Keith Marshall, Director of Support Staff

60th Birthday: Raffle Tickets

As you may be aware, the raffle forms part of our 60th Anniversary Celebrations to raise money for the refurbishment of the Tower Block. Our aim is to transform the ten 1959 classrooms into modern, attractive spaces for the best possible learning. Building work will start on 28 May 2019 and we anticipate the project will be completed by the Autumn Term. With your generous support, we hope to raise £75,000 to contribute to the costs! Thanks to everyone who has already contributed through regular giving and by 'buying' a country or number.

Straight after the Easter holidays, each student will be bringing home 2 books of raffle tickets. Please do look out for them and we would greatly appreciate it if you could sell them as part of our fundraising campaign. Further details will be included with the tickets but in the meantime, many thanks on behalf of all at AHS.

Mrs Nette Hamnett, Deputy Headteacher

Alumni

Reconnecting with our Alumni for our 60th Birthday Celebration Day

We are delighted to be reconnecting with so many of our former students and staff from the past six decades and having the opportunity to find out more about Aylesbury High School for our five 60th Birthday projects; including the Sixth Form Subject Ambassadors 60th Anniversary magazines, our AHS History Book 1959 - 2019, Living History filmed interviews and our first AHS Archive.

Through our website, social media, monthly Alumni Newsletters and word of mouth, we now have contact with almost 3,000 Alumni who live all over the UK and the world! However, we are aware that there are many more former students and staff that we may have missed and would like to include in our growing Alumni community.

Can you help us?

As we make our preparations for our 60th Birthday Celebration on Saturday 6 July, we would like to invite as many former students and staff as we can to join us in our festivities. If you are still in contact with Alumni (including former staff) from your time here at AHS, we would be very thankful if you could ask them to email Mrs Pexton with their contact details or invite them to visit our dedicated Alumni website page for more Alumni information and updates.

Mrs Alison Pexton, Development and Alumni Relations Director

2019/20 Cabinet

Congratulations to the newly appointed 2019/20 School Cabinet

Head Girl: Sharon Amuwo

Deputies: Emily Arama Sanchez, Francesca Baylis, Lucy Sallows & Eve Whittemore

We will update you on successful House Captain and Student (Wellbeing) Ambassador appointments in the next Newsletter.

A huge thank you to everyone who applied for a student leadership position.

Mrs Caroline Wilkes, Assistant Headteacher

Public Examinations 2019

With the exam season fast approaching, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents and students of a couple of important points. Students must not, for any reason, take mobile phones, smartwatches or other web-enabled devices into the exam venue, even if they are switched off. Any student choosing to ignore this could be disqualified not just for that one exam but potentially for the entire exam season.

All Year 11 students must be in school uniform, which includes the correct footwear, but jackets will not be permitted into the exam venues. School jumpers are allowed but PE jumpers or hoodies of any kind must not be worn.

There is an exam information document on the school website under curriculum: exams. I recommended that you take the time to familiarise yourself with this important information about the exams process and viewing some frequently asked questions. It also mentions the Contingency Day on 26 June which all students need to be available for - please have a look.

If you have any queries, please email me using the link below. It just remains for me to say that I wish everyone all the very best of luck this summer.

Mrs Kerensa Burchell, Examinations Officer

Uniform Sale

Thank you to parents and students who contributed feedback to the new school uniform material and potential skirt designs over the last couple of months.

Based on the feedback received, we have decided at this time not to make any significant changes to the school skirt and jacket design. However, the new material for the school jacket, skirt and trousers will be introduced which should provide a better colour match across the pieces and offer better durability. The school trousers have been further tailored for a better fit and the school skirt will now feature a kick pleat in the back with a stronger seam.

Due to current stock level in the school uniform shop, the newer material items will not come in until next year so if you do need to purchase any uniform in the meantime, please do so.

Mrs Julie Wanstall, Tel: 01296 388222

Parenting Groups

Please find attached the latest newsletter from the Family Resilience Service which contains information regarding the parenting groups being delivered next term.

Junior Ranger Days

There are upcoming Junior Ranger Days, for local families in and around the area, at Whiteleaf and Brush Hill Nature Reserves from 09 - 11 April 2019. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of conservation and nature related events, including learning bushcraft skills.

For more information visit the Chiltern Society website or see the promotional flyer about the ranger events here.

Fiona Bennett-Meere, Ranger

Vacancies

We seek the following:

1 Full-Time & 1 Part-Time Business/Economics Teacher (approx 0.4 but up to 0.6 with an additional subject) from September 2019

We offer the opportunity to join our team teaching Business and Economics from Year 10 upwards. The successful candidate will be able to teach the subject in an exciting and stimulating way; a second subject would be desirable.

Closing date: 9 am, Friday 26 April

Interviews: w/c 29 April (towards the end of that week)

For further information, please visit the website.

Mrs Hilary Osgerby, Head's PA