Year 11 Textile students have been working extremely hard this term to complete their final products.
The students have produced some extremely technical and demanding products showing great creativity. They have worked from their own designs and through testing and modelling have created very individual pieces. Students have made dresses, tops, cushions and bags with care taken on the accuracy and detail. Their work will be exhibited at 'Arts on  Summer's Evening' in the summer term. We have been very impressed with their dedication and to high standard achieved this year.

Army ALD 1Advanced Learning Day for some of our YR9 students was spent at school with the Army who travelled up from Aldershot to be here. Weather conditions meant that we had to be in the Sports Hall rather than outside but that did not spoil a really good, fun day spent doing group problem solving and tasks set by the Army. Our students were fantastic all day long and loved the challenges thrown at them. Leaders came to the fore but team work was the order of the day. All the students were wholeheartedly and enthusiastically involved.Tasks included dismantling and rebuilding a bridge with students blindfolded with a sighted student calling instructions out to them. Another was a seemingly impossible problem of how to balance three short planks of wood between three barrels in such a way as to support the weight of an adult. The girls were particularly good at this, much to the boy’s embarrassment! Building a structure in the style of a wigwam with large wooden poles and ropes that would be strong enough to support the weight of the whole team was a challenge too.

DSC03806After lunch, the students were in a classroom and given the task of building a bridge using just a certain amount of card, string, thin wooden sticks and a metre of sellotape. It was a competition to see whose bridge supported the heaviest weight. The winning team were the excellent Michael Shrewsbury, Luke Stanton, Chetan Mistry, Joe Price and Callum Peyton-Bruhl with a bridge that held a whopping 16kg.

Many thanks to the Army for providing us with such a fun day. We’re looking forward to the next one.

During February half term 5 brave members of staff accompanied an enthusiastic crew of key stage 4 French and History students across the channel for 5 days of cultural and historic experiences. We were lucky enough to sample large amounts of pastries from the ‘Boulangerie’, delicious French and Belgian chocolates, waffles, crêpes, lots of cheese and even snails! History highlights included visits to the Tyne Cot and Langemark cemeteries, the Menin Gate War Memorial in Ypres and a memorable walk through a preserved First World War trench which gave students a realistic insight into the conditions faced by soldiers. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and as teachers we were really impressed with the behaviour of the students particularly their eagerness to use French and the mature and compassionate manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the entire trip.

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