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Term Calendar 2017/2018

Term Calendar 2017/2018

Term Calendar 2016/2017

Term Calendar 2016/2017

School Windows Replacement Project

Windows Appeal

Internal Exams

Internal exams for all Year Groups will commence from Monday 22nd May.

Islamiat Exams - Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May.

Secular Subjects - Monday 5th June - Friday 9th June.

UK Junior Mathematical Challenge 2017

The school took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge (more info).

Helping you stay safe online

No doubt, everyone will have seen the recent attacks on many corporate IT systems, including numerous NHS health services. Though the ransomware looks to have targeted large corporations, the same attack could also hit home systems which generally are less protected. So, what should you do? Well the Al-Ashraf Schools IT Team (yes, we too had a panic, all hands to deck this weekend to check everything once over!!!) have put together a few tips, that hopefully will help you to stay that little bit safer. (read more)

Enrichment Week 2017

EnrichmentWeek 2017

Curriculum Enrichment Week 2017

‘Broadening Horizons’ – An outstanding initiative to enable pupils to experience a wide range of activities outside the classroom, develop key skills, enhance SMSC development and cross-curricular links.

Click here to find out more.

Fundrasier Dinner

Fundrasier Dinner

Al-Ashraf's Got Talent

Al-Asraf's Got Talent

Orphan Sponsorship

As part of work in Hadith lessons, Year 7 pupils have launched a whole school Orphan sponsorship appeal over the next six months.

We are working with Interpal, Helping Palestinians in Need (Registered Charity) and the money will be used to sponsor a young Palestinian girl in Gaza.

Click for further information.

Posted: 15/03/2017

St. James Church Visit, Friday 24th March

Year 7, 8 & 10 pupils will be visiting St. James Church, Upton Street as part of their KS3 RE work on Christianity.

Our thanks to Rev. Juliet Jensen - Vicar , Parish of St James and All Saints and Christ Church for kindly accommodating our visit.

Posted: 13th March 2017

Year 9 Visit to Kidney Research UK Awareness Display @ Kings Walk Shopping Centre

Thursday 9th March 2017

Al-Ashraf Pupils were invited by Geoff & Lilly Gidley (Kidney Research UK) to attend a display at Kings Walk Shopping Centre to raise awareness of kidney health and organ donation.

Mrs & Mrs Gidley came in to school for an assembly on this topic on Monday 30th Jan.

http://secondary.al-ashraf.org.uk/assemblies/KRUK.pdf

Posted: Thursday 9th March 2017

Year 10 Sports @ GL1

Year 10 pupils will have PE lessons during Term 4 @ GL1.

Activities will include:

  • Basketball
  • Self-defence
  • Indoor Gym Athletics

Posted: 9th March 2017

British Science Week

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-week

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

AASSG will be taking part through the following activities:

  1. Years 7 & 8 trip to "The Big Bang Festival" at the NEC on 15th March.
  2. 12 pupils in years 9 & 10 are taking part in the "Girls cyber challenge".
  3. Year 11 are attending the NEC Careers (including Scientific ones) Fair at the NEC the week before.
  4. Half of year 7 are taking part in the EDF Engineering challenge the following week.

Posted: 27th Feb 2017

CyberFirst Girls Competition

Teenage girls from across the UK are being invited to pit their tech skills against one another in a GCHQ competition to find the best and brightest candidates to protect the nation from future cyber attacks.

GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan said:

"I work alongside some truly brilliant women who help protect the UK from all manner of online threats. The CyberFirst Girls Competition allows teams of young women a glimpse of this exciting world and provides a great opportunity to use new skills. My advice to all potential applicants would be enjoy the experience and I look forward to meeting some of you"

12 pupils in years 9 & 10 will be taking part. We wish them good luck!

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/events/cyberfirst-girls-competition

https://www.gchq.gov.uk/press-release/national-challenge-will-develop-schoolgirls-cyber-security-skills

Posted: 27th February 2017

Engineering Challenge @ EDF Energy, Barnwood

Tuesday 21st March 2017

EDF Energy has invited our school to this year’s Engineering Challenge. This is an annual competition for year 7 students held at EDF Energy Barnwood.

The Engineering Challenge is a one-day event sponsored by the Adopt-a-School programme at Barnwood. The day involves students working in a team with other students from the Gloucester area to solve an exciting challenge. It is an opportunity for students to improve their team working and problem-solving skills and get an insight into engineering. It will also allow students to get an introduction to robotics and programming as well as inspiring them in the world of engineering!

Posted: 22nd Feb 2017

The Big Bang Fair, NEC, Birmingham

Year 7's and Year 8’s will be visiting the The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 15th March 2017.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops, exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. Giving the pupils the chance to become a rocket scientist, create their own lie detector, meet a range of unusual animals, experience bouncing across the surface of Mars and take part in over 150 more hands-on STEM activities and workshops!

Posted: 22nd Feb 2017

Careers, Apprenticeships & Universities Fair @ The NEC

Year 11 will be visiting The What Career Live show at the NEC, Birmingham, on Friday 3rd March 2017.

The What Career Live? show takes place in London and Birmingham in 2017 and will help school leavers decide what to do next, whether it's an apprenticeship, training programme or heading to university after A Levels.

What Career Live? is co-located with its sister show, What University Live? which will help school leavers identify and select which university they wish to apply to, and give parents the opportunity to find out more about how much it will cost, whether it's 'value for money' and the truth about student fees and debt.

https://www.whatcareerlive.co.uk/

The Royal British Legion -
Support Poppy Appeal 2016‎

UPDATE: A total of £81.26 was raised.

JK & Thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.

The Royal British Legion helps war veterans, their families and dependents all year-round. Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion's work through the Poppy Appeal, coinciding with remembrance events during the second week in November.

As in previous years, the school will again be supporting the British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal in aid of war veterans and their families. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Poppies, wristbands & reflectors are available to purchase from the school office and we encourage all pupils to support this worthy appeal by purchasing any of the following items:

  • Poppys
  • Wristbands
  • Reflectors

Boxfit Sessions for Year 9 and Year 11 Pupils at MY:UK

As part of their PE lessons, Year 9 and Year 11 pupils are attending boxfit sessions over the next few weeks at MY:UK. A specialist trainer has been arranged to deliver the sessions.

Posted: 01/12/16

Dementia Event at Friendship Cafe - Year 11

Year 11 pupils will I.A be attending and presenting work at an event organised by the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning group which hopes to inform BME communities about Dementia on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

The event will address the myths, facts and fears about Dementia and how to seek help and support. The pupils’ role on the day will be to inform others about their participation in the Intergenerational Dementia Project and how their perceptions of Dementia have changed as a result of it.

We will also be presenting why both, Islamic values and British values, hold a great onus of care in the community and how that has been one of the contributing factors which lead the school to participate in this ongoing project.

The event is due to be held at the Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge, on Painswick Road.

Citizenship Day 2016 - Thursday 20th October 2016

Following a very successful day last year, we have organised another fun-packed day of different venues/activities to give our pupils opportunities to experience life outside the classroom. The visits also tie in with work studied in Citizenship and other subjects. (read more)

School Boiler System

Updated 25/08/16: Alhumdulillah, new boiler system has been installed. Jazaakallah Khair to all those who donated.

ICT Suite

Updated 05/05/16: Alhumdulillah, we have raised the required money and received delivery of computers. Installation will take place during summer holidays, Insha-Allah. Jazaakallah Khair to all those who donated.

Prevent Session for Year 10 & 11 Pupils

Wednesday 27th April 2016

PC Julian Dickens & PC Kelly Mansell delivered an interactive presentation on preventing extremism and radicalisation.

The presentation included a short video called SMART which integrates internet safety, vulnerability in relationships, the importance of talking with parents and the sometimes negative effect that peers can have on ones behaviour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2FwazQSBpw&feature=player_embedded

The presentation was well received by pupils who responded very positively to the informative session.

Our thanks to PC Julian Dickens & PC Kelly Mansell for taking out their time and coming in to speak to our pupils.

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Bishop Rachel visited the school on Monday 18th April. She met staff & pupils and delivered a short assembly. We thank Bishop Rachel for very kindly accepting our invitation.

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

http://www.gloucester.anglican.org/the-bishop-of-gloucester

Latest News from the Diocese of Gloucester

Bishop Rachel visits Al-Ashraf School

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, spent some time at the Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls this week.

Headteacher Mufti Abdullah Patel showed Bishop Rachel around the school and introduced her to the 75 students who currently study there.

Mr Patel was one of the founding members of the school, in 1994 when the school was set up by people wanting to encourage young Muslim girls’ aspirations. Many girls from the school now go on to take up places at the local grammar schools and the academic results are above the national average.

Bishop Rachel talked to the girls about her role including her position in the House of Lords, where she acts as an advocate for people of all faiths.

The girls asked her a number of questions, including whether she had ever met the Queen and how she became a bishop.
Bishop Rachel said: “I would like to encourage you to become the person who you were created to be, to know how loved you are by God and how special you are.”

Mr Patel said: “I want to highlight to you how humble Bishop Rachel is, despite her role. This is something that we encourage in Islam.”

Source: Diocese of Gloucester

School Choir

The school choir has been invited to sing at the Citizenship Ceremonies, Coroner's Court on Tuesday 3rd May.

We are grateful to Ruth FitzJohn, Deputy Lieutenant for inviting Al-Ashraf Secondary School.

Cake & Savoury Sale In Aid of Alzheimer's Society

Year 10 pupils will be organising a cake & savoury sale on Thursday 4th & Friday 5th February to raise money for Alzheimer's society.

This ties in with the work they've been studying this term on Dementia.

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer

Alzheimer

Police Visit - RE: Citizenship Year 8

On Monday 22nd February 2016, community officers, PC Hannah and PC Julian, visited our Year 8 pupils for a Q&A session as part of our Policing in the UK module. The pupils had many questions to ask having already learnt about police duties and powers, policing regulations and having discussed about pupils' own views about their attitudes towards the police. The officers very kindly answered all of our questions, including questions on youth rights during stop and search, police job requirements, tackling racism in the police force, and general policing issues.

We look forward to having PC Hannah and PC Julian at the school again for further lessons on policing issues in the UK.

Intergenerational Dementia Project Assembly

Last term, our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils participated in the GHLL Intergenerational Dementia Project. The pupils were very fortunate to have many guest speakers to facilitate the project and they learnt a great deal on the topic.

As part of the project objective, Year 10 & 11 pupils presented a very informative assembly on Monday 7th March 2016 to staff, pupils and guests. 

Congratulations!


Compliments

Dear Maryam,

I hear the assembly went really well- I'm so pleased.

The girls are a fabulous group of conscientious, thoughtful young ladies and are a credit to the school.

It was a pleasure to spend time with them and I happy that they will spread the word regarding dementia!

Rachel Peak
Dementia Education Facilitator
2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Sherbourne House
Charlton Lane centre
Cheltenham

First Aid Course

Pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 completed an accredited First Aid Training course delivered by St John Ambulance on Monday 15th February 2016.

The Themes covered were:

  • Primary Survey
  • Resuscitation Adult Child & Infant
  • Recovery Position Adult Child & Infant
  • Choking Adult Child & Infant
  • Bleeding
  • Chest Pains

GCSE Maths Revision Sessions

Revision sessions will take place on Saturday mornings from 11am – 12.15pm commencing from Saturday 6th Feb.

Sponsored Silence in Aid of Bluecross for Pets

Some of the more talkative Year 10 pupils will be doing a Sponsored Silence on Thursday 28th January 2016 for Blue Cross for Pets.

£166.50 was raised.

Blue Cross Charity is an animal welfare charity helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897. It also treats sick and injured pets when their owners can't afford private veterinary.

https://www.bluecross.org.uk

Intergenerational Dementia Project
KS4 - Term 3

Intergenerational Dementia Project Letter

The overall aim of this project is to work towards the development of dementia friendly communities. The project will raise a greater awareness of dementia and the challenges it brings. We aim to help pupils appreciate the importance and difficulties associated with caring for people with dementia by looking at the significance of dementia on an ageing population and the negative attitudes towards the condition.

For more info click here.

Chelsea’s Choice Play on 25/11/15

The school will be hosting a theatre production called 'Chelsea's Choice' on 25th November to highlight the serious issue of grooming & Child Sexual Exploitation.

The play has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective in:

  • Promoting Safe Internet Use
  • Identifying Risky Situations
  • Raising Awareness of The Grooming Process & the differing forms that it can take
  • Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing forms that it can take
  • Sign-posting relevant services

AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person's life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse. speechbubbleright

– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Safeguarding & Prevent Training

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy Head) attended a training session delivered by GSCB on Wednesday 14th October.

The training included:

New regulations including update on Disqualification by Association regulations

CSE - new protocol and screening tool

Children Missing Education (CME)

Prevent

FGM protection orders

WRAP Training - Workshop for Raising Awareness of Prevent

Brief history of the school building

Al-Ashraf Secondary School is located in the Old Widden Primary School building.

Click here to read a brief history of the building.

King's School Careers Fair

Friday 13th November

Our Year 11 pupils will have the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of companies as part of the popular King's School Annual Careers Fair to be held on Friday 13th November.

Careers

Pupils making decisions about post 16 and post 18 education and employment choices are given the chance to talk about what qualifications you need to do specific careers along with other routes into a career, such as apprenticeships, work placement and on the job training.

Representatives from local colleges, the Police, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the British Army as well large companies such as GE Aviation, GCHQ, Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and Lloyds Bank, and representatives from professional organisations for accountants, geographers and linguists attend and offer professional careers advice.

The Equality Act 2010

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls complies with relevant legal duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. It promotes equality of opportunity and takes positive steps to prevent any form of discrimination, either direct or indirect, against those with protected characteristics in all aspects of their work.

Click here for policy.

Identifying Radicalisation Early and Ensuring the Protection of Vulnerable Children Within Schools

The school in keeping up with its obligations under the prevent duty has established formal links with the local Prevent Team. (PC Adam Large, Prevent Officer, Glos. Constabulary).

The Prevent Duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

We will be liaising closely with the Prevent Team for advice & support.

The school held a prevent training workshop for staff on Tuesday 1st September, which was delivered by Mrs Shahnaz Maqsood, Educational Consultant.

Our headteacher will be attending a session dedicated to Identifying Radicalisation Early and Ensuring the Protection of Vulnerable Children Within Schools on November 25th in Birmingham.

Topics covered during the presentation will include:

  • Safeguarding against radicalisation – working alongside schools and parents
  • Establishing a Young Leaders Programme to create community leaders amongst local youth
  • Combatting extremism in social media: ‘See it; Report it’
  • PEARLS (Positively Empowering And Reaching Limitless Strengths) a multipronged initiative that aims to engage vulnerable women in the community
  • Educating children about the dangers of radicalisation

Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales

Channel Duty Guidance - Protecting vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism

The Prevent Duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers

An Introduction to PREVENT

Prevent On-Line Training

Certificate - Channel General Awareness Module

The e-learning includes information on how Channel links to the government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme.

New Common Inspection Framework

Our Head teacher will be attending (I.A) an important conference about the changes to the way Ofsted will inspect from September 2015.

The event will be held at:

The Bristol Hotel
Prince Street
Bristol, Bristol
BS1 4QF

From September, Ofsted will be introducing the new common inspection framework. This can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/common-inspection-framework-education-skills-and-early-years-from-september-2015. This builds closely on the changes made in school inspection over the past few years. When we consulted on the new framework last year, around eight in ten of the schools and parents who responded supported this approach.

The common inspection framework emphasises the impact of leaders’ work in developing and sustaining an ambitious culture and vision in the school. Inspectors will continue to place the effectiveness of safeguarding at the heart of every inspection. When considering pupils’ outcomes, inspectors will want to see that the pupils currently at the school are making good progress.

There will be a new judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare. This will include a focus on pupils’ confidence and self-assurance as learners, their pride in achievement and the impact behaviour has on outcomes. Inspectors will also look at how the school helps pupils make choices about the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training as they prepare for life and work in Britain today. 

The judgements about the effectiveness of early years provision and sixth form provision are now aligned with judgements on similar provision in other settings so that pupils and parents can make informed choices.

As ever, judgements made under the new framework are informed by judgements about compliance with the independent school standards. You will be aware that DfE introduced revised independent school standards in September 2014 and January 2015. It is DfE’s expectation that, in order to continue to be registered, every school must be compliant with the independent school standards.

British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.’ (Read more)

Online Safety Advice

At Al-Ashraf School we take the issue of Internet Safety very seriously and on these pages you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.

Safer Internet Day

Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

On Friday 17th July 2015 section 73 Serious Crime Act 2015 was enacted and FGM Protection Orders (FGMPO) came into force.

FGM is a criminal offence in the UK. It is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls, involving procedures which include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time the mutilation is carried out, and later in life. (Read more)

Britain’s Lost Women

Tuesday 14th July marks an Annual Remembrance Day for ‘Britain’s Lost Women’, those killed as a result of honour based violence/abuse. This is a memorial day led by Cosmopolitan magazine and Karma Nirvana but is supported by a range of partners including national bodies. (Read more)

Remembering Srebrenica

During the Balkans conflict of 1992-1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was declared a UN Safe Area in 1993, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act”.

In the days following Srebrenica’s fall, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported and a large number of women were raped. It was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. (Read more)

Ofsted & Curriculum Update

The Action Plan submitted following our emergency inspection in January still requires improvement in a few areas and Ofsted will be re-inspecting us next term.

School Governors met on Saturday 27th June to plan for the inspection and to ensure key areas identified for development, are ready in time for the inspection. We are also seeking guidance from Mrs Maqsood (our school development consultant & serving Ofsted inspector).

We request your duaas in this regard. Furthermore, we will be replacing Aqaaid lessons from September to R.E. where all major world faiths will be taught. This is to promote religious tolerance and to promote a better understanding of the communities we live with.