Students were out of lessons on Wednesday 24 March for the second Curriculum Day of this academic year. The day saw each year group participate in a variety of talks, workshops and projects related to a specific branch of Manor’s Work. World. Wellness. curriculum programme.
Year 7 – Work: Natural disasters
Year 7 spent the day looking at a variety of situations relating to natural disasters to help understand the demands of these events. This included designing and building a prototype bridge to reach and bring supplies to a cut-off community, developing mathematical models to predict the spread of disease through a population, and investigating methods to make cleaner water & produce electricity.
Year 8 – Work: Young Enterprise
Year 8 students took part in the Young Enterprise Launch Pad challenge, a fast-paced engaging enterprise challenge which provides an introduction to employability skills. Through a series of hands-on fun activities, students worked in teams on the early stages of launching a fledgling business, balancing a budget as well as creating a brand identity and marketing strategy. At the end of the day, students presented their business proposals and sought investment from their teachers.
Year 9 – Wellness: Wellbeing
Year 9 participated in a series of activities exploring how they can look after their physical and mental wellbeing. This included discussing how being online can affect mental health, taking part in breathing exercises, playing rounders, meditation, and learning how to apply a bandage. In the afternoon students then used the knowledge they had gained to design a wellbeing product or programme to help students.
Year 10 – Work: World of Work
Year 10 students were introduced to a variety of potential careers by attending workshops throughout the day. After an introductory session on post-16 pathways and employability skills, students then attended four workshops in areas that they were interested in. These included the Armed Forces, construction, creative and media, engineering, hair and beauty, health and medical, law and accountancy, police and fire, and sport.
Year 11 – World: Politics
Year 11 students learnt about what happens in a general election and the definitions of various political terms. They then heard from a number of guest speakers from different British political parties, where students had the opportunity to ask questions on the topics that matter most to them such as unitversity tuition fees. They went on to develop their own party and manifesto, spending the afternoon campaigning and voting in an election.
Years 12 & 13 – World: Preparing for life after Manor
The Sixth Form Executive selected three focus areas for Year 12 students to focus on for the day - gender inequality, isolation in a rural community and physical wellbeing. After discussing these three topics, students worked in teams to develop projects and activities to make a difference in these areas. At the end of the day they pitched their ideas to staff, with the best ones selected to be implemented in the near future.
Year 13 students attended workshops on student accommodation, budgeting, relationships, university life, career entry routes and cooking skills.
Anti-bullying ambassador training
On Tuesday 23 March, 21 students from across the school completed training with the Diana Award. This is an organisation with the belief that young people have the power to change the world - a view that we share.
The focus of the morning’s training was to create student Anti-bullying Ambassadors who can provide students who may be experiencing difficulties at home or elsewhere another outlet to speak to. Therefore, students learnt about what bullying entails, the different types of bullying that exists, as well as some practical advice about how they can improve the school community.
We will be working closely with these students over the coming weeks to find out what they believe the priorities for the future should be and how we can all achieve this together.
Finally, if your child would like to become an Anti-bullying Ambassador, please contact Mr Andrews via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Year 8 Parents' Evening
We will shortly be inviting parents/carers of Year 8 students to book appointments for our next Virtual Parents' Evening which is due to take place on Thursday 22 April. Please check SchoolComms communications carefully for instructions.
If you have any queries regarding appointments or how the evening will work, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
PE kit and blazers
Please could all students ensure they are wearing their blazers over their PE kit when then are required to wear PE kit for either PE or Dance.
Please also note that students should not be wearing grey jogging bottoms or black leggings. Only navy blue leggings are allowed, or alternatively black or navy tracksuit bottoms.
Sixth form update
We are delighted to have received over 100 applications for the sixth form for the 2021-2022 academic year. Parents and carers of students who have applied for the sixth form will receive an email in the coming days to confirm their place. After Easter, we will also be sending out more information about our exciting transition plans to prepare all students for post-16 study.
Academic Writing Masterclass
Students in Years 12 and 13 are being invited to take part in an Academic Writing Masterclass. This programme is completely free for students and aimed at those who struggle with essay writing or those who want to write with a more academic style.
We will run two masterclasses after school on Wednesday 14 and Wednesday 21 April. These hour-long masterclasses will be held in school and led by an academic tutor. The masterclasses will be followed up with bespoke one-to-one sessions to support students to improve their essay writing style.
If this is something you feel your son/daughter would benefit from, please ask them to register their interest by completing this form.
Year 11 English Easter tuition
We are offering the opportunity for a virtual one-to-one session over the Easter break to support Year 11 students with the remaining literature components of their English course.
Students have been emailed details of how they can book a session.
Mr Whatley, who has previously worked with our students in English, is providing 30-minute sessions between 9am-1pm on Wednesday 31 March and Wednesday 7 April.
Students must use their Manor School email address to sign up. All sessions will be on the school's Microsoft Teams platform. Sessions work best if students have a camera and microphone, but this is not essential.
There are only a limited number of sessions available, and they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Elevate Education webinar
Elevate Education are an external provider we have worked with before to help students in Year 11 achieve better marks in exams. They have also provided workshops for parents/carers to discuss revision and other ways to help students achieve their potential.
On Tuesday 30 March they will be teaming up with London Interdisciplinary School (the UK’s newest university), to discuss the new and exciting university options that students will have from 2021. The webinar will cover:
- how LIS is making its curriculum practical and engaging by having students solve real world problems for real world people
- how LIS ensure its students graduate as polymaths with knowledge across science, maths, social science, arts and the humanity rather than just one silo of knowledge
- how LIS is enhancing future employability by ensuring students have relevant work experience through paid internships with London’s leading companies and not for profits
They have an exciting panel of speakers for the evening, including Ed Fidoe (Chief Executive of LIS and Founder of School 21), Professor Carl Gombrich (Head of Teaching and formerly Professor of Interdisciplinary Learning at UCL), as well as students and some of LIS’ corporate partners for 2021.
The webinar is suitable for parents/carers and students from Years 10-13 and starts at 6pm. If you are interested and would like to register, please visit their website.
Manor Maths Challenges
It's another census-themed week for Mrs Radd's maths blog. This time it's a bit more detailed and she would like both students and parents/carers to complete it. When all the data is gathered in, we will be able to form a picture of the composition of the Manor community and therefore will be better able to meet its needs.