Year 11 Prom
With the GCSEs finally coming to an end the Year 11 Prom was held on Thursday at Farleigh Court Golf Course. It was excellent to see the students letting off steam and celebrating in style. They were a credit to their AC, Mr Rees, who has worked so hard with Mr Hammond (AAC), Miss Filer (Assistant Head Teacher) and a dedicated team of tutors to support them over the years and to ensure that the Prom was a success.
With GCSEs and A level examinations completed, Year 12 will now be sitting internal examinations to assess their learning over the past academic year. With A levels now examined only after the completion of the full course in Year 13, this is an opportunity for Year 12 to see where they are at and ensure they know exactly what to do when they return after the summer. They then begin two weeks of work experience and we wish them well with this.
G&T Showcase Event
On Wednesday we held our annual Gifted and Talented Showcase event. This allows us to celebrate the varied talents and achievements of our students across a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular areas. Part 1 included a dance piece entitled Skyscraper by four very talented Year 7 pupils (Rebecca, Sophie, Amelie and Rebekah). We then heard Hannah’s entry to a competition held by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge as she shared what she knows about the fascinating world of quantum biology.
Freya, Nerin and Zak shared three examples of their brilliant creative writing arranged by Miss Vos.
Imogen spoke to us about gender inequality. This was a speech she gave which was awarded third place in the Jack Petchey Bromley Speak Out Competition earlier this year.
Lewis and Harrison, who have both just completed A level Government and Politics, shared their alternative political visions for the country.
During the interval we were able to view examples of our school student magazine, the Woodpecker. There were displays of Art and Textiles, Year 12 students Melissa and Hannah showed the results of their Geography fieldwork from Dorset and there was the chance to see what the students get up to at the Rough Science Club. Year 12 Psychology students were available to challenge us and to discuss why they find this subject so fascinating.
In Part 2 we had the pleasure of watching Hannah’s short film, ‘The Days of the Week’ and then listened to members of the Brilliant Club speak about they successfully engaged in a national programme that aims to support places at top universities.
Ella and Grace from Year 10 danced brilliantly to themes of ‘Gravity’ and ‘When the War is Over’.
The evening ended examples from our fantastic audio blog, arranged by Mr Chappell but most certainly the stars being the students who have been involved over the last two years. This even included a sneak preview of their planned serial drama to be set in a fictional comprehensive school.
Year 12 Work Experience
Year 12 will be out of school on work experience from Monday, 1st – Friday, 12th July. All placements requested by the deadlines have now been approved. Students with approved placements have received information packs and work experience diaries which they must complete during their time on work experience. If your son/daughter is attending a work experience placement, it is important that the electronic final consent form is completed. The link has been sent in a previous email to all parents/carers of students attending an approved work experience placement. Please ensure that you complete the consent form as soon as possible. If the form is not returned, students will be unable to attend their placements. Thank you to those who have submitted the form already.
This morning, during assembly, Mrs Collier presented a Health and Safety presentation as well as highlighting important information for students attending work experience placements. During the two week period, students will be visited by members of staff at their work experience placements. Where this is not possible, staff will telephone placements to speak with the student and supervisor. During the work experience period, any feedback or issues should be directed to Mrs Collier during normal school hours and on 07810 754 831 outside of these hours. Please inform Mrs Collier immediately of any changes regarding your son/daughter’s work experience placement.
When students return from work experience, they will participate in debriefing activities to reflect on their time spent at their placements. We look forward to hearing about their encounters in the world of work.
If your son/daughter has not secured a work experience placement during the work experience period, they will be expected in school as normal. If your son/daughter has not secured a work experience placement for some of the work experience period, they should attend school as normal on days when they are not attending their work experience placement (with the exception of students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award). When attending school, your son/daughter should sign in with Mrs Healy in the Sixth Form Centre at 8.35am each day and can sign out at 1.15pm. Your son/daughter will be directed to an available space to study during these times. Please note that facilities provided by Independent Catering will only be available in the Main School Canteen during this period.
Tuesday, 2nd July 7.00pm – Summer Concert
Wednesday, 10th July 7.00pm – Sports Awards Evening
Monday, 15th July 7.00pm – Dance Production
Wednesday, 26th June is Book Return Day for Years 11 and 13. To facilitate this, pupils in other years do not attend until the later time of 9.45am.
Parents/Carers are reminded of that tickets for the Year 7 Foam Party (Friday, 28th June, 7-9pm) are still available to buy on ParentPay (price £6.00).
Parents/Carers – Don’t forget to do your homework…