I thought this would be a good opportunity to update you on how we are hoping things will be from September and a summary of some of our “Covid keepers” and things we will not be continuing with unless government guidelines instructs us differently.
The one-way system, split lunches and minimising movement between lessons in favour of teaching taking place in specialist areas will disappear but we will be keeping Tutor Groups in zones, parents evenings taking place remotely and increased hygiene measures to help protect us all more generally. We are currently planning how we will manage the on-site testing of young people as they return and will share details of this with you before the end of term.
It was lovely to spend time with Year 9 on Wednesday this week at the conclusion of the STEM Day hosted and organised by Siemens. The organisers were extremely complimentary about the attitude, engagement and manners of our young people, who they described as delightful and is lovely to hear as a Head. Please see the article below for further details.
I hope that Year 10 and 12 have found their PPCE and PSCE useful this week to provide them with focus for their return in September.
Thank you for your continued support as we go into the last week of term; the last Headlines for this academic year will be published next Friday.
Year 9 STEM Experience
Year 9 pupils have really enjoyed the STEM experience run by the Smallpeice Trust on Wednesday this week. Building confidence through a series of activities starting with a tower design, looking at forces on aircraft and how these apply to paper aeroplanes, the using art straws and paper to develop and investigate design ideas through to the final task to produce a balsa wood based aircraft powered by a small motor. These tasks required pupils to use resources carefully as all were costed and waste materials had to be accounted for. Some magnificent creativity was seen in the designs and ability to work as part of a team to develop not only the models but also present the ideas and reasons that this aircraft was the one the judging panel should invest in. Our thanks to Siemens who funded this event and to the Small Piece Trust for facilitating an excellent enrichment day of learning.
The winning aircraft from the distance trial is pictured below:
Fundraising Challenge for Cambodia
Abbie Durrant in Year 12 was part of the Team of students hoping to travel to Cambodia this summer. To fundraise for this trip Abbie set herself the challenge of cycling 5000 virtual kilometres! Despite the expedition to Cambodia being cancelled, Abbie has continued fundraising for a UK registered charity (Support Cambodia) that supports community projects in Cambodia. All the data for the virtual cycling has been logged on the Kinomap platform and she has covered just over 4750 virtual kilometres in 165 hours on the exercise bike to date. She is hoping to complete the final 250 kilometres by the end of this month and has raised over £500! Well done Abbie!
What’s On Information
Wednesday 14 July
Year 12 Induction Day – (Remotely)
Thursday 15 July
Year 11 Prom
Friday 16 July
End of Term 6