Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day may have brought out the romantic in me, or I might just be going a bit soppy, but I do love our school! As we approach half term, I can’t help but look back over the past six weeks with a sense of wonder; how on earth have we managed to squeeze so much into such a short space of time? The answer, of course, is simple: the fabulous commitment of staff and the amazing energy of the students.
Last week, the Tuckwell student leaders organised a brilliant set of events for their charity fundraising day. Tilly and her team put on a great funfair in the sports hall at lunchtime and it was lovely to see so many students taking part. The creativity and organisational skills of the students to be able to put on such a successful event is really quite remarkable.
There have been a number of exciting visits for students over the past few weeks too. Miss Buckland, following the successful Poetry Live visit, took a group of key stage 4 students to see a live performance of Macbeth. Seeing Shakespeare performed is always so much better than reading it and I am sure that the students who went on the trip will have been inspired.
Last week, Mrs Christian and Mr Freemantle took the year 10 artists and photographers to Tate Modern and London Zoo. Despite some slightly naughty spider monkeys, the day was very successful and, again, no doubt provided some welcome inspiration for the artists’ projects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Freemantle for his excellent work with our photography students over the past year. We said goodbye to him this week as we welcomed back Mrs Hamilton from her maternity leave.
This Tuesday, we welcomed the parents of year 9 to the options launch evening. We were delighted by the turnout and, as ever, thoroughly impressed by the amount of thought that students have already given to these important choices. We look forward to the more detailed conversations we will have about subject preferences in the guidance appointments after half term.
Finally, to cap the half term off, Mr Barfoot delivered on his promise: he came to see me this morning wielding a trophy! Huge congratulations, therefore, to the year 11 boys’ basketball team who won the district cup in a fiercely contested final against Weydon School.
I hope everyone has a good half term. I think staff and students will welcome the opportunity to draw breath after such a busy half term!
Thank you for your ongoing support.
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Art and Photography News
A Trip With Added Colour
So on Feb 6th February, 71 of our year 10 artists and photographers went out for their annual GCSE trip. The photographers were dropped at the London Eye and walked the embankment taking unique photographs for their structure topic. Meanwhile, the artists went to see the Pierre Bonnard exhibition ‘The Colour of Memory’ as well as classic work by prestigious artists such as Lichtenstien, Barbra Kruger and Picasso. In the afternoon, we had an exciting trip to London Zoo to take some photos for the ‘Animal and Habitat’ topic. I don’t know whom was more excited, the year 10 students or the animals…! We saw the sublime splashing penguins exhibit their synchronised swimming; the feeding of the spider monkeys; the new arrival, Asmin, the tiger; the giant, gentle gorillas. We even fed the giraffes and pondered with the pigmy hippos! One of the highlights was the rainforest and the baby sloth, Peanuts, and the baby tamanduas that where climbing all over. Mrs Christian would like to thank the staff who helped run the trip as well as the students for their excellent behaviour and company on the trip.
The English department took 50 pupils from year 11 and a year 10 to see Shakespeare’s Macbeth performed in South Hill Park’s Wilde Theatre. It was an engaging production which stuck pretty close to the original version that the pupils are familiar with from having studied in class. It was a tale of witches, cutthroats, ghosts, ambition, murder and madness. The cast were incredible and the whole performance was tied together beautifully by a chorus group (aka the witches). Our students were fantastic members of the audience even giving the cast a well deserved cheer at the end. Hopefully the students enjoyed the production as much as their teachers did and the whole experience will have served as a little bit of extra revision for their Literature exam on the 15th of May.
Bletchley Park Trip
A group of 44 students visited Bletchley park and took part in a code breaking workshop. The students all had a great time working together to decipher different messages. All students also had the opportunity to use a working enigma machine. The groups then toured around the site learning about the history of code breaking and how Bletchley park helped to save millions of lives. The students were fascinated and all really enjoyed their day.