Blog week ending 23rd April
Welcome back! Across our school students have scheduled PSHE classes (Personal, Social and Health Education). Topics are addressed based on development stage (or age) as well as reflecting external factors; providing support and life skills to help students navigate school life and beyond. The most recent sessions were wellbeing focused, supporting students as they adapt to a return to school and the relaxed Covid restrictions. Coming out of lockdown and returning to ‘normality’ is a huge event following a year that has been so far from normal, we will continue to work with our students, to listen to and to support as we move forward into the new Term.
One activity saw Year 7 students make their own “Kindness Rocks”. Mrs Klaentschi’s class have created an impressive array of Kindness Rocks including those featured below.
Easter Egg Mathematics! Before we broke up for Easter our Maths department delivered a very seasonal lesson to our Year 7 & 8 students. The specially themed quiz required students to solve a number of crème egg ‘problems’ including calculating their height in crème eggs and working out the fondant to chocolate ratio! .. and were rewarded with a crème egg. Oddly enough, these lessons were very popular!
This week, our Year 7 students took part in a special assembly to recognise, and celebrate their involvement with the Epistemic Insight Project. Epistemic Insight engages students’ intellectual curiosity and develops their cross disciplinary understanding allowing them to make connections within their learning building up as they move through school, university and beyond. In groups, our students created academic posters, detailing their research, findings and own conclusions to a number of ‘big questions’ including; is it nature or nurture that makes us human? and can robots be human? Their work has been exemplary, each student has made thoughtful and mature contributions to the project and created a series of detailed posters. Mrs Dhaliwal has awarded certificates to selected students in recognition of the excellent level of work produced. Of these, three teams were awarded prizes, and their posters will be included in a booklet produced by Canterbury Christ Church University.
The Project, which is running across a number of schools across the country was launched with coverage on BBC One, and can be viewed by clicking here.
The last photo is of the winning teams, whose posters will be included in a printed booklet
Mrs O’Donnell’s Year 7 Art students have been working collaboratively on a composition in response to the artist Beatriz Milhazes. Beatriz is a Brazilian artist known for her colourful abstract paintings and collages (such as the below)
Using a variety of materials students are working in groups to design and create their own interpretation of the artist’s work. The pieces being worked on are wonderfully colourful and vibrant, demonstrating great team work and understanding of the artist’s work. This task is a competition, Mrs O’Donnell is delighted with how the pieces are developing .. it’s going to be a tough job judging the competition!
Year 13 are completing revision dominoes and triminoes based on the organic side of the course. These activities help the students to learn together and from each other and apply their understanding to novel ideas.
Please join me in congratulating Ms Head (Teacher of PE) who has had a beautiful baby girl, Alba-Louise born on 8th April at 9lb 1oz. .. and isn’t she gorgeous!
We are currently waiting for our next delivery of lateral flow tests or the students and will be distributing them as soon as they arrive in school. Thank you for your on-going support with this as it has made a significant difference in us managing the return to school. Please click here for more information and to report your test results.