Dear Families, Friends, Students and Staff
We've done it! Half term here we come. A huge well done to EVERYBODY - we have all been magnificent and truly deserve this break. Although poor Year 11 won't be having that much of a break as they will be doing final revision for their mock GCSEs which begin on Monday 22 February. Sorry Year 11s, but there is no other way. Do get some rest and down time though - and by that I don't mean staring at a screen. Get outside and feel the sun on your face. It will do you the world of good.
The mock examinations run from 22nd February to Friday 5th March. This enables us to then hopefully open up the building to the rest of the school on Monday 8th March. As we all know only too well, things change. I therefore intend to leave you in peace and only email if arrangements do indeed have to change. Thank you for your continued understanding.
Well done to Reenie for creating the amazing acrylic painting at the top of the Newsletter. It took her three days to do. It really is stunning Reenie. Don't forget if you are also busy being creative at home, send Mrs Smith a photo.
Do enjoy the next week off. Please do get some much-needed rest and relaxation time. Stay safe, stay calm, stay well.
Matthew, Alex, Liz, Logan and Brendan for their hard work on fractions this week.
Angus, Chloe, Layla, Thomas, Freddie, Evia, Olivia and Karim for their determination to grasp algebraic graphs.
Karim for his hard work on news reading and continuous enthusiasm when learning. Well done Karim.
Zac, Adam, Orlanda and Ross for excellent algebraic fractions work.
Wonderful enthusiasm and participation from the Year 10 Spanish students: Matthew, Ain, Harry and Larry as they prepared GCSE role plays.
Everybody in the Year 10 GCSE English class who engaged in a great class discussion, listening and responding to each other with care and respect. Well done to all of you. Such mature work.
Excellent work on compound percentage changes in Mathematics from Otti, Larry, Matthew, Shaaiyon and Phoebe.
Armani (despite being ill) has been busy at home working on her digital art and animation skills. Well done Armani your hard work is paying off!
Emily and Joe have done some great work dividing polynomials in A level Mathematics this week, which as we all know, is long division involving algebra! Great work you two.
And now for something completely different.....
Year 9 had a great form time on Wednesday sharing and recommending TV programmes, films, games and hobbies that they have enjoyed watching and playing during lockdown. Check out the Jam board they created below. We found out that Mr Barnett and Mrs Smith had enjoyed watching Lupin, lots of students had been enjoying watching Friends, Orlanda won the award for most watched TV and she particularly enjoyed watching The Dig. Lots of students shared that they were keeping active with various sporting activities and there was also quite a lot of game playing going on too - both traditional and digital.
In safe hands - let's keep communicating in lockdown.
Go Greek! club proves a hit.
Mrs Bowen has been having a very interesting time sharing her Greek Cypriot heritage at her Go Greek! club. The following students share their experiences of what they enjoyed:
I enjoy coming to learn all about my mother's Greek Cypriot ancestors. I also enjoy learning all about the Greek food culture. Karim
I am enjoying learning the Greek language and able to greet all at our Go Greek Club. I also enjoy the different kinds of food that Greek people eat. Flora
What is interesting about this Club, is learning about the Greek Alphabet and the Greek origin words linked to my Science and Maths lessons. Phoebe.
Congratulations to the following students for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Kahoot House Quiz. We all know, HPs mean prizes!
2nd: Matthew T
Meanwhile, there's no excuse not to get involved in the next House Competition. Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is next Tuesday 16th February. Mr Bourgi and Mrs Veacock want you to get busy in the kitchen, beating up some batter and making the most delicious, creative, yummy pancakes you can . Fillings and toppings can sweet or savoury - or both. The competition runs from today, Friday 12th February to Tuesday 23rd February - the day after we return to school. Before tucking into your creation(s), please do send a picture to Mrs Veacock and Mr Bourgi. Deadline is lunchtime on Tuesday 23rd February.
Clancy's Cookey Citchen - it's time for the famous no bake cheesecake!
Clancy's Cookery Citchen is back the first Monday we return to school. If you would like to join Ms Clancy for the session at 3.45pm, please email her directly and she will send you the link. Please note - you may wish to prepare dinner first, as this is a sweet treat and not a dinner substitute.
Either a spring loaded cake tin or a foil baking tray (that's the easiest one to do) https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/293639580 (here's an example).
Medium sized saucepan (to melt the butter)
Electric hand-held mixer
Large glass mixing bowl
Small sharp knife (for the careful and sensible slicing of strawberries)
Small chopping board
Space in the fridge to set the cheesecake
300ml double cream
Tub of mascarpone
Packet of digestive biscuits
225g of unsalted butter
1 packet of Hartleys strawberry jelly powder 23 gms (sugar free optional)
1 punnet of strawberries.
And talking of baking, we are drooling over these photographs of Mrs Porter's efforts in her kitchen this week. She is just teasing us, how delicious do they look?! Bravo Mrs P!
Created with images by RitaE - "pancakes crepe pancake" • RitaE - "pancake schaumomelette omelette" • Tabeajaichhalt - "pancake crepes eat"