What a busy term!
Heads are down focusing for the summer exams, for which all the entries have now been made, but it hasn’t stopped our amazing staff and young people keeping themselves busy with so many
extra-curricular events and opportunities.
‘Bugsy@ was absolutely amazing last night – if you are going tonight, you are in for a real treat! All of the hard work put in by the cast, crew and staff has certainly paid off.
I wish you all a restful February break and with the lighter mornings and evenings look forward to some bumper Headlines next term.
Michelle Donelan Visit
On Friday 8th February, local MP Michelle Donelan visited the school to give pupils an insight into the life of a politician and to answer questions on the routes into politics as a future career. The talk was very informative and highlighted the various functions Michelle undertakes as MP within her constituency and her duties as assistant whip to the Conservative Party. Pupils were very good at asking questions ranging from whether Michelle supports the idea of lowering the voting age to what her future aspirations are. Politics students from both Year 12 and 13 were present and the opportunity to further build on their visit to Parliament was well received. The event was organised by Maya Skelton, member of the School Parliament, who helped promote the experience around school and conduct the questioning. Curriculum Leader for History and Politics, Mr Arkinstall said, “It was a wonderful way to engage with local and national politics and show pupils how easy it can be to make change happen in their own country”.
Senior Rotary Public Speaking Competition
Congratulations to the Senior Rotary Public Speaking Competition team who competed in the Semi-Finals on Wednesday night. Our team of Menna Yeoman, Aanya Verma and Katie Prowting did the school proud with a passionate speech on university fees and the financial implications for their generation in a well-argued and well-delivered performance. While not progressing any further in the competition, they should be very proud of how they did. Well done!
As another term comes to an end, here is all Rupert’s News.
Resource Centre News
Term 3 has seen a wide variety of reading and research lessons here on everything from Romeo and Juliet to Victorian England, library challenges, Book Group meetings, ‘Blind Date With A Book’ to mark Valentine’s Day yesterday and a brilliant selection of the latest novels. These have included the highly-anticipated new Angie Thomas novel ‘On The Come Up’, latest releases from Sara Barnard, Ross Welford, Lisa Thompson, Alice Oseman, Michael Grant and Cassandra Clare, and many of the longlisted books for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Term 4 however will be even busier with a huge number of high-profile events to look forward to.
The first Thursday in March will see staff across the school dressing up as literary-based characters on World Book Day, with competitions linked to this special event, whilst the following week sees the return of our annual Scholastic Book Fair. This is your chance to buy some of the latest fiction, modern classics, activity packs, posters and stationery, often at discounted prices compared to in shops.
From gaming world records to the newest novels hot-off-the-press, there is always something for everyone, with loads of special offers to take advantage of. Every book purchased helps us buy more books for the library, so look out for more details in library/English lessons straight after half-term for full details and make sure you get saving over the coming weeks to ensure that you don’t miss out on a bargain! The Book Fair runs from Tuesday 12th March through to Monday 18th March in the Resource Centre.
Straight after that, performance poet Ash Dickinson will be visiting to run workshops with Year 8s – always a highlight as he unleashes his wordplay wizardry – before the final week of March forms our Hardenhuish Literature Festival, with visiting authors lined up to speak to KS3 students during the week. These include acclaimed children’s writer Steve Voake and local author Geoff Hill. More details of all these exciting events will follow in English lessons as we head through next term. In the meantime, enjoy your half-term reading!
Year 10 Health and Social Care pupils were joined this week by Simon, a paramedic from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service. Simon talked about the work of the Air Ambulance as well as engaging pupils in crucial CPR training. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the session and Simon was very impressed with how they coped with the practical tasks and asked some really thought-provoking questions. Well done everyone, and thank you to Simon and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service.
English Youth Ballet Auditions
On Wednesday 13 February, Year 8 pupil Macy Fosker auditioned for the English Youth Ballet and was selected to perform in Swan Lake in Cardiff in August 2019.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 25 February 2019
Monday 25 February
TERM 4 STARTS
Year 13 Mocks
Astronomy Night Sky Event – Resource Centre – 6.30 pm
Tuesday 26 February
Year 9 & 10 Design Museum – London
Spanish trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm
Wednesday 27 February
Make up and Effects for TV Talk – A6 – 3.15 pm
Battlefields trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6 pm
Thursday 28 February
Year 11 Drama – Woman in Black – London