Blog week ending 6th March
To celebrate World Book Day the Library ran a number of activities including a Book Swap, a Book Hide and Seek competition and a Top Reviewer competition. Students also took part in a book quiz during form time.
The joint winners of the Top Reviewer competition (and a £5 Book Token) are Rakhmat M of 7C and Moyosola M of 7H.
Well done to all the students who entered the Book Hide and Seek competition. They had fun trying to find the 100 hidden book covers around the school, including Harry Potter under the stairs and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Reception
1st Place – Hollie C of 8H who found a whopping 75 book covers
2nd Place – Niamh H of 7B who found 72 book covers
A big THANK YOU to the Library Assistants who helped to set up the competition and run the Book Swap.
Esme and Violet (two of our Library Assistants) also designed and created a new display in the Library to celebrate reading.
Students also had the chance to take part in the annual National Book Token Design a Book Token competition, which this year had the theme ‘Share a Story’.
If successful, their design will be made into a National Book Token which will be available to purchase in shops in time for Christmas. They will also receive a £100 National Book Token.
Some of the entries can be seen below:
A Level WG6 Art students visited the Emmanuel Conference Centre; in Central London to take part in the TTP conference “Art in Action”. These were a series of undergraduate lectures from contemporary artists discussing how they create their art work and the concepts supporting them. Students took part in a Q&A session with the artists, hosted by the TV presenter Pascal Anson.
Students were particularly enthralled by the presentations by leading artist and photographer Simon Norfolk whose work is internationally recognised and has won multiple awards. He uses the lens to explore life’s big questions including the effect of conflict upon people, society and the natural environment. Turner Prize winning artist Cornelia Parker also presented her installation work to the students and explained how she transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary in her work. One of Britain’s leading portrait artists Stuart Pearson-Wright presented his work and discussed his methods and the inspiration behind each painting and he also took time to speak with art students at the end of the lecture. A superb day was had by all and the A Level Art students learned new strategies and ways with which to approach their own art work.
Below, photographer Simon Norfolk images. Further information can be found here
Below, Cornelia Parker OBE installation art, for more information please click here
Images by portrait artist Stuart Pearson Wright, more info please click here
Ms Cregan, Head of Art
Year 8 ‘Designing the Built Environment’ students are currently working on a project to design and build a bridge. Students acted as land surveyors, using a topography model to survey the proposed site of the bridge in order to help inform suitable construction methods and structure type. Prototype bridges are being modelled and will be tested in future lessons.
Year 9 Biology students are studying the composition of blood and its transport system. In this lesson students used microscopes and bio viewers to examine human blood in order to identify the plasma, platelets, red and white blood cells.
Congratulations to all students who have successfully completed their LAMDA examination – all passed with either a Merit or Distinction. LAMDA qualifications help students build confidence in public speaking and find their voice! In addition, grades 6, 7 and 8 are also worth UCAS points.
Tristan S - ACTING G4 - DISTINCTION
Lily J - ACTING G4 - DISTINCTION
Zara D - ACTING GOLD MEDAL - MERIT
Hawaa A - ACTING G2 - MERIT
Samual C - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL - MERIT
Karanjot S - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL- MERIT
Andrey B - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL MERIT
Amy D - ACTING G3 - MERIT
Victoria O - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL - MERIT
Fatima K - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL - MERIT
Zak W - PUBLIC SPEAKING GOLD MEDAL MERIT
Lucy P - ACTING BRONZE MEDAL - MERIT
Victoria B - ACTING BRONZE MEDAL - MERIT
Below, students with one of our LAMDA teachers during their lesson. For more information and to book lessons please contact Kelly on Kellywoods500@outlook.com
Calling all Year 9 & 10 Girls! Come along to the PFA ‘Girls Night at the Movies’ for a special screening of Mean Girls. Tickets are priced at £5 and include popcorn, drink and a raffle ticket. Other refreshments will be on sale. All are welcome, bring your friends! Film starts at 4:30pm but if you are staying at school we will be meeting at 3:30pm – don’t forget to bring clothes to change into. A copy of the letter can be found on our website here