17/03/2020Yesterday, selected students from Years 8 & 9 took part in the Head Smart Wellbeing Ambassador programme delivered by Eikon. A fantastic initiative that will allow students, with help from Miss Fry, to raise awareness of mental health needs and the importance of personal & positive wellbeing. Going forward, our ambassadors will educate and equip other students through activities, events and whole school communication.
13/03/2020This week we have been celebrating National Science Week throughout the school and what a week it has been!
We have enjoyed so many great activities including a visit from the UK's National Space Academy delivering a Space Masterclass to our triple Year 10 students and a visit to Guildford University as part of the Widening Participation programme to explore the careers within the National Health Service (NHS) for some of Year 8.
We have also been making nylon with some of our Year 11 students as part of their GCSE chemistry course, Year 8 extracted chlorophyll from photosynthesising leaves to see if starch had been stored, we have been building new chemicals with our chemistry modelling kits in Year 9 and using the same kits to learn how to balance chemical equations with Year 7.
Such a diverse range of activities cutting across Biology, Chemistry and Physics aimed at investigating the world around us! It's been an amazing week!
13/03/2020Last Saturday, a team of 13 students ended twelve weeks of intense preparation and hard work at the Guildford Crown Court at the Mock Magistrates trial.
Taking on roles of magistrates, prosecution and defence lawyers and witnesses, a legal adviser, an usher and of course, a defendant. The students wrote cross-examinations, opening and closing statements, and were subjected to some rigorous questioning on the day when up against other schools in a real court.
Nine schools took part from across the county and many magistrates gave up their time in order to hold the competition and judge each round. There was also a Q & A with a judge, a solicitor, a police superintendent and a lead magistrate. The students were also given a tour of the cells beneath the court - somewhere that they all hope never to visit again!
The team performed brilliantly: clear, confident and professional behaviour. Although we did not win, it was agreed that the competition had been very valuable and has given many of the team several new career paths to consider.
Well done to all involved and thank you to the staff who have taken the time to coach and guide the team on their roles and who gave up their Saturday to attend with them.
10/03/2020Today's article for the BBC Young Reporter 2020 is very topical for any sports fans out there; 'Premier League Worries Over Coronavirus: What Does It Mean?'
Follow this link to see what our budding young reporter thinks on the subject.
9/03/2020Last Wednesday, selected Year 8 students took part in the BBC Young Reporter Competition 2020. Supported by three Year 10 editors, Mrs Ewing and Miss Rowley, they learned about copyright and fake news before completing their own research and interviews to write about their chosen topic. Students enjoyed working in a newsroom style and we are sure we have some future journalists in our midst!
This year the BBC are running the competition as a festival from the 9th to 13th March and to support this we will be publishing the students' articles on our website throughout the week. Today, in light of yesterday being International Women's Day, we kick start with a poignant article on sexism and then to show diversity in writing, a beautiful article entitled "Can you Beaver-lieve it?". Please follow the link below to read more.
3/03/2020We have received a letter from Thames Water about essential roadworks that will be carried out on Woolmer Hill Road from Friday 6th March until Wednesday 10th June. The roadworks will involve both temporary traffic lights and road closures.
They are aiming to keep disruption to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience but please be aware of the potential for delays on your journeys to school during this time.
18/02/2020Final few photos from yesterday’s visit to the Lava Centre at Raufarholshellir and last night the trip was rounded off perfectly when the students and staff were lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis! The group are now heading to Reykjavik with next stop home. #Iceland2020
17/02/2020The Iceland tour have ended a great day at Seljalandsfoss and the Lava Centre. What an amazing country, with so much to see, our students are very lucky to have experienced it.