Amery Hill School Newsletter Autumn Term 2018

 

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Amery Hill School Newsletter Autumn term 2018 Amery Hill Remembers Students and staff at Amery Hill School were involved in a number of different projects to mark the Centenary of the First World War Armistice. It is customary for the school to mark the Armistice but this year saw a huge creative effort involving the whole school community, with the artwork produced by students displayed at Winchester Cathedral, the Winchester Discovery Centre, Gosport Museum and The Iron Age Museum in Andover. However, possibly the greatest honour for the school was being involved in ‘The Nation’s Thank you – the People’s Procession’ which saw students place wreaths at The Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on Remembrance Sunday. War Grave Commission (CWGC) headstones in Alton Cemetery. The initiative has been led for the past 18 years by local historian Tony Cross, former Curator of the Curtis Museum now on the staff of Amery Hill. With the assistance of students from Years 9 and 11, crosses were placed on the last resting place of 21 service personnel honoured with CWGC headstones and a number of other local men who were lost overseas who are also remembered on family memorials. Continued on page 11. Students also joined forces with the Royal British Legion to place crosses of remembrance on the Commonwealth Adventures to Liddington See page 3

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Welcome... Mr Mann, Headteacher Welcome to our Autumn Term newsletter 2018 As I come to the end of my first full term as Headteacher, it provides me with an opportunity to reflect on my first 75 days in leading this wonderful community. Many parents and staff mentioned to me how unique and special Amery Hill School was and while I initially dismissed this as the personal bias of local Altonians I have learnt very quickly how true these comments have been. Each day has provided me with further evidence that the opportunities Amery Hill provides for all its students is second to none. This newsletter bears testament to a small fraction of our offer and I hope in reading this newsletter you can share in the pride of what has been achieved over the last few months. What has also been especially pleasing to see has been the quality of the work being produced by our students each and every day. Whether it’s Year 7, now fully immersed into the Amery way, or Year 11 showing great perseverance and determination in completing their mock GCSE exams, all students have shown great tenacity and engagement in their learning which will no doubt bode well in the coming months and years. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and encouragement you have given the school. Your child's success will be borne out of a partnership between home and school and I look forward to meeting many of you throughout 2019 and at the various parents evenings and celebration events. The care and respect that permeates all areas of the school was epitomised during the Armistice Remembrance. Students contributed across the school in a number of different ways as can be seen within this newsletter. Their empathy and understanding of the sacrifices made by so many to allow our freedoms today was truly inspiring and I hope that the 100 Year Commemoration will be remembered for may years to come. Admissions for 2020/21 Amery Hill's proposed admission policy for 2020/21 is being brought into line with Hampshire County Council's admission policy. The main change will be moving the ‘Children of Staff’ criterion from number 7 to number 3, and including a reference to ‘Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (p1)’. It will be available to view on our website from early December for statutory consultation up to 31 January 2019. If you would like to comment on this proposed policy, please contact Mr S Mann, via contactus@ameryhill.hants.sch.uk or on 01420 84545. Wishing you all an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and every health and happiness for 2019. Mr Mann Safety in our Car Parks Please can we remind all parents that students should not be dropped off / collected from the school car parks at peak times. If there is a medical reason why you need to do so, please speak to Reception. Your co-operation in helping to ensure the safety of all students is much appreciated. Dining Facilities Project Update As announced in our September newsletter, the project to replace our kitchen and dining facility is progressing according to plan. Meetings have taken place to finalise the design and layout for both the kitchen and dining area to ensure the new building will provide us with first-rate facilities for many years to come. Detailed surveys have taken place to allow our architect to produce the final plan and by the time we go to print with our next newsletter we hope that our main contractor will be established on site and preparing for the building phase to begin. 2

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Forming Friendships, Making Memories Over 150 Year 7 students visited the PGL site at Liddington in October which was a great opportunity for them to bond with one another, strengthen their already blossoming friendships and have a lot of fun along the way. Students were able to take part in a range of problem solving and team building challenges, including abseiling and canoeing. “Abseiling was great fun and the sensory trail was a taste of something new! Overall it was a really fun trip and I really enjoyed it!” Thomas Y5 “I loved PGL because we got to do things that we wouldn’t be able to do normally. My favourite activity was canoeing because I had never done it before. I loved PGL and I hope more people will go over the years.” Jahanvi Y6 3

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Yellow Year News Mr Lewis, Year 7 Progress Leader Positive Attitude Abound As we come to the end of our first term at Amery Hill I would like to say how pleased I have been with the way our Year 7 students have settled in. The tutors and I have been mightily impressed with the students’ behaviour and conduct around the school, as well as demonstrating a fantastically positive attitude to their lessons. Earlier this term we were able to take over two thirds of the Year Group to the PGL Liddington site for a two day adventure. This was a great way to get to know our students and have a lot of fun along the way; the rain on the second day didn’t stop us! I was so impressed with the students’ determination to overcome challenges, learn new skills and work together, showing great camaraderie. Year 7 really got behind our whole school Children In Need event, organising a range of fundraising activities, with ‘Sponge and Gunge the Teacher’ a particular highlight! Thank you to those staff who participated and then had to teach in the afternoon in damp clothes. We also had a very successful cake sale, sweet pong Congratulations to our 100% attenders this term: Kaden Ballard-Smith, Jack Boorer, Evelyn Bryant-Patch, Charlotte Budgen, Ted Burt, Jamie Cameron, Rosie Carr, Freya Curtis, Lucy Downing, Alex Drysdale, Freya Fasey, Kyle Flux, Kilian Greve, Seb Harvey, Eliot Herrman, Connor Hopwood, Ellie Hurdle, Isobel Jewsbury, Toby Jordan, Evie Kercher, Ethan Magpantay, Anabelle Male, Katie-Anna McLoughlin, Rosalie Meers, Nancy Millar, Sophie Motyka, Sadin Nembang, Kiryl Nikishayeu, Thomas Orange, Joshie Pearce, Theo Pinyoun, William Plunkett, Isabel Powell, Rebecca Primrose, Gabriel Quinion, Charlie Reeves, Jacob Robertson, Hazel Robinson, Rachel Rogers, Lucas Standen, Rosie Stopford, Amber Sutherland, Hebe Swan, Orla Taylor, Bethany Turk, Matthew Twaite, Naomi Vine, Lilia Voller, Ruby Wakeford, Ethan Walsh, Oliver White, Caitlin Willcocks, Ellette Wright challenge and a ‘pay for perks’ auction, as well as lots of other mini challenges set up around the school. It was a great atmosphere at break and lunch time and really showcased the fabulous ethos we have here at Amery Hill. Year 7 are really throwing themselves into the life at Amery Hill and taking every opportunity available. It is impressive to see so many of our students getting involved in the wide range of extra-curricular clubs on offer, including sports, music and drama. Our Year 7 tutor reps have also just helped plant 80 saplings kindly donated by The Woodland Trust as part of our 80th anniversary. It was rather wet and windy but they did a great job. I wish you all a safe and restful Christmas Holiday and I look forward to working with you all in the New Year. 4

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Fundraising for Children in Need Amazing Day of Fundraising Well, what an incredible day of fundraising - your enthusiasm and ingenuity were instrumental in raising a massive £1,570.30 for the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal. The activities on offer ranged from sweet pong, a penalty shoot out, a cake sale, pay-to-view drama sketches, a perks auction and a staff vs students netball match. The event which drew the biggest crowd was ‘Sponge and Gunge the Teacher’! Thanks to Mr Lewis, Miss Joyner, Mr Severs and Mr Willcocks for being so sporting. Same time next year? This year the school held its first pumpkin carving compe- Joe Ackroyd, Y3, for carving the most enormous pumpkin! tition to raise money for the Rock Challenge performance; Students also sold Halloween sweet cones raising just there were some fantastic entries. Congratulations to under £100. Pumpkin Carving Competition 5

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Green Year News Mrs Mouland, Year 8 Progress Leader What an incredible start to Year 8 it has been. My little acorns really are maturing well. Our oak trees are currently standing about 30cms tall in my garden getting the much needed water following a hot summer. I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive well done to everyone who is playing their part, working their socks off, with high attendance and all with a smile on their face. I love to look through this newsletter and see the amazing opportunities that are available to our students. Thank you to those of you getting involved and supporting our school community. I would like to highlight 62 students with 100% attendance, well done and thank you. Green Year students track their attendance each week and for those of you not on 100%, remember to keep your attendance as high as possible between now and the end of the year. As I walk around Year 8 lessons this year I sense a real focus and eagerness to learn. With our foundation options process just round the corner (more information will be sent in the New Year), I ask that, over the Christmas break, you take the time to discuss careers and future pathways. It would be great for students to research jobs, find out what it is that interests them, or perhaps what subjects they enjoy and where those subjects can take them. There are a variety of different routes to achieving their dreams, of which an awareness is necessary. Students will be able to narrow down their curriculum, which is an important decision and one that needs consideration. I had the pleasure of taking Year 8 students to London on Remembrance Day to lay our wreaths as a part of the People's Procession (please see page 11). Our students represented Amery Hill wonderfully and behaved beautifully on quite a long and cold day. Congratulations to our 100% attenders this year: Douglas Armstrong-Field, Leeona Aspinwall, Harry Bale, Ryan Barnes, Simon Bell, Ruby Blair, Ethan Brooks, Alexander Canha, Myah Chivers, Ashanti Chiverton, Charley Chiverton, Noah Collis, Fyn Duncan, Anna Evans, Evelyn Hammonds, Mairead Cooney, Luke Crooke, Tom Eastman, Orla Gange, Malin Greve, Alice Guest, Sylvia Hamer, Maisie Healy, Grace Hedley, Joy Hodgson, Ollie Kavanagh, Anthony Lipas, Autumn Lloyd, Clyde Magpantay, Sadina Nemberg, Jasmine Nixon-Rogers, Dwayne Nobleza, Jonathan Parr, Freya Parratt, Pedro Poco, Mikey Port, Beth Read, Jake Rollings, Carenza Rome, Will Simpson, Erin Sinclair, Ruby Slone, Alexander Stratford, Ben Taylor, Ella van Heerden, Owen Wakefield-Smith, Ruby Wall, Oli Wellstead, Flossie Wightman-Wright, Will Wightman-Wright, Alexander Winwood Young Minds Fundraiser Green Year's tutors slaved away to make a fantastic range of cakes for our Bake Off. Students voted on which cake was the best - well done to the winner Mrs Miller. The cakes were then raffled off to the students that had voted for them. It was a brilliant event which raised £20.50 for Young Minds, a charity that works with young people with mental health concerns. 6

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Drama Department News Mr Gibbs, Head of Drama The World of Walliams We have been on two theatre trips this term. Years 9 and 10 visited Chichester Festival Theatre to see The Midnight Gang, a David Walliams book adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe. Forty students enjoyed this entertaining musical, appraising and appreciating the set and stage arrangement. Experiencing live theatre is essential for students studying Drama as their GCSE option so we were delighted to be able offer another trip to see a second David Walliams adaptation Billionaire Boy at the new Nuffield Southampton Theatre. Years 7 and 8 students enjoyed the ‘press night’ from the front row, with author David Walliams seated just behind! The show was absolutely brilliant and thoroughly entertaining. Forthcoming Productions In the New Year, we will be staging ‘The Crucible’ as a major school production. The play is dark and moody, with a chorus of witches from past and present to help visualise the story. The after school drama club will also be staging a play based on Bryony Lavery’s ‘Red Sky’ in the Drama Studio in January. Years 7 and 8 students are acting out key scenes from Act 1 whilst Years 9 and 10 students are devising their own ending to make one cohesive story about archaeologist interns and the ghosts from the tomb’s ancient past colliding in one tent! The cast of Billionaire Boy and David Walliams, Nuffield Southampton Theatre Student Hub News Mrs Oliphant, SENCo SEN Coffee Morning Thank you to all parents who attended our SENCo coffee morning on 22 November. It was wonderful to share the development of the Hub practices and processes with you all, with a particular focus of our new SEND Pupil Passports ensuring every student makes good progress. The feedback was brilliant and we intend to run a second coffee morning next term. Draft passports will be sent to parents of students on the SEND support list ready for them to go live in January 2019. Please do not hesitate to get in touch via our sen@ameryhill.hants.sch.uk. email 7

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Presentation Evening Mr Lewis, Ex-Year 11 Progress Leader Our annual Presentation Evening was held at the Alton Maltings at the end of November with the current Head Girl, Gemma Porter, and Head Boy, Zac West, welcoming all the students and guests. Students were presented with their well deserved GCSE certificates and special Subject Achievement Awards were announced by Heads of Department; effort, contribution and achievement were celebrated throughout the evening. Particular mention has to go to Ben Williams for achieving 100% attendance throughout his five years at Amery Hill and Annia Grey for achieving full marks in her English Literature GCSE. Talking about the evening, Mr Lewis, said "A massive thank you to everyone who supported the evening; it has been lovely to see so many former students and to hear about their current studies and ambitions for the future. Thank you also to those who donated to the retiring collection for MIND, a charity supported by the year group while studying at Amery Hill. We look forward to hearing about this Year Group’s progress in future years and wish them every success." Award Recipient Art D&T: Electronics & Control Systems D&T: Resistant Materials D&T: Food Technology Florence Wall Thomas Jenkin Elliot Knight Lauren Swain Drama Tabby Morgan English Language English Literature Freya Kedge Annia Grey Geography History Computing ICT CiDA Additional Maths Maths Media Studies Isobel Munckton Luca Moris Brighan Collins Ethan Stone Ben Williams Brighan Collins Megan Bird Award Creative Digital Media Production MFL: French MFL: German MFL: Spanish PE Religious Studies Science: Biology Science: Chemistry Science: Physics Outstanding Attendance Head Girl Head Boy Progress Leader Prize Governors' Prize Recipient Daniel Lewis Henry Collins Oscar Thomson Joie Cheli Macasa Katherine George Yuqi Liang Sam Seymour Josephine Adeyemi Sultan Ishmail Ben Williams Florence Wall Holden Williamson Daniel Lewis Scott Plumridge Ex-Yellow Year Subject Achievement Award Recipients Photo available from the Alton Herald ref AD49-139-18 8

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Orange Year News Mr Board, Year 9 Progress Leader Year 9 has started the term in typical enthusiastic fashion. All students have opted to study certain subjects and have therefore begun to embark on their GCSE journey. Many have welcomed this opportunity. winning the Basingstoke and District Badminton League Junior Restricted Tournament. Both have developed into versatile and tactically aware players with high levels of skill in a range of shots. “Since joining Year 9 I have been particularly enjoying Drama. My teacher has really helped me with rehearsing and planning stages. I just love acting in general.” Josh Holloway Celebrating effort, excellent attitude and achievement are part of everyday life at school (see below) with teachers awarding tokens to students for entry in to the Orange Year Christmas Prize Draw and the chance to win vouchers to various high street stores. Congratulations to both Daniel Micklefield and Max Neville for Our congratulations also to Erika Booth, 9O4, and Yzzy Rawlinson, 9O2, for their success in a number of recent rowing competitions. Yzzy rows with Guildford Rowing Club and took part in the British Indoor Rowing Championships on 8 December, securing a personal best finishing 37th in her class. Erika also rows with Guildford Rowing Club and has competed over one Summer Regatta season as Junior Girls U13 reaching the finals in a Quad and Double scull over 500m. This Winter Season she is Head Racing (set off at timed intervals) and at The Burway Head Race meet on 1 December, (a challenging 3000m upstream course on the Thames), Erika won first place in the Junior U14 Quad and also in the Double over 3km. Performing at this level takes a huge amount of training, determination and commitment - well done girls. Excellence in Attitude and Effort ENGLISH Beatrice Vickery Chloe Wotherspoon Josh Holloway HISTORY Rhys Hooker Anna Munckton Jessica Potter Beau Podbury SCIENCE Cedrick Ortega Angel-Marie Bevan Lilia Szydlowska PE Henry Christer Max Neville Scott Wilson MATHS Monty Austin Selina Benford Esme Doyle “Lottie Hayward has worked really hard this year and recently achieved a Level 7 on her first ever attempt at an actual Year 11 mock paper. Mr Lacey, Geography “The whole of my 9X2 maths class are outstanding! Particularly Olivia Osgood and Reece Graham.” Mr Jelfs, Maths DRAMA Cailan Landsheit Charlotte Nightingale Niamh Thomson GEOGRAPHY Bear Crawford Olivia Osgood Amber Pattinson MFL Will Hare Joshua Nunn Megan Stratful William Twining DT Selina Benford Erin Mills Sophie Richards RS Ella Budgen Jess Clarke Lewis Kelley Emily Patten-Hall FOOD TECHNOLOGY Lauren Billington Izzy Malatesta Arabella Wilson ART Eleanor Ford Edward Maton Erin Mills Anna Munckton ICT Hannah Davies Oscar Grey Hannah Swain Congratulations to our 100% attenders this year: Immie Ashley, Charlie Baker, Karina Barwick, Max Bateman, Selina Benford, Matthew Blundell, Lottie Brown, Christian Brzostek, Jacob Cameron, Henry Christer, Jessica Clarke, Ellie Cumner, Hannah Davies, Sophie Dore, Hannah Frost, Maia Fuller, Charlie Hancock, Fred Harris, Jacob Hayes, Josh Holloway, Rhys Hooker, Sophie Housley, Edward Iordache, Harriet James, Chloe Jenkin, James Jewsbury, Kazzy Jurado, Megan Lane, Evangeline Leach, Izzy Malatesta, Edward Maton, Dan Micklefield, Anna Munckton, Max Neville, Charlotte Nightingale, Credrick Ortega, Olivia Osgood, William Perry, Luca Reid, Alice Shaw, Archie Swain, Grace Thorne, Beatrice Vickery, Josh Watts, Scott Wilson, Dan Worth 9

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Mr Cross, DofE Co-ordinator A Walk in the Woods After a settled spell of dry conditions, a few days before our walk we were affected by the tail-end of storms and the threat of wet weather for the activity which was designed to introduce the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze participants to the finer points of navigating in the local countryside. Four groups with accompanying staff set off from school to undertake circular routes with the intention of showing how individuals need to work as team to achieve an aim. Using map, compass, pre-route descriptions, pacing and timings they came to appreciate how a successful expedition is constructed. The staff were impressed at the effort of the students and although the rain began before we returned to school, no one was more than slightly damp. In addition it was remarked that some of the students were introduced to identifying different species of trees from the different leaves, bark and seeds; handfuls of acorns and conkers were collected and re-distributed in a bid to encourage trees to grow in new places. Lots of pheasants were encountered as well as the pleasing sight of grey squirrels foraging in the woods with buzzards and red kites circling and wheeling over the delightful Autumn countryside. Freeman Library News Gary drops in at the library In October, the Library began a Creepy Reads promotion. As well as displaying some new spooky books, the Librarians ran a competition highlighting the Skulduggery Pleasant series of novels. The task was to draw a new villain for Skulduggery Pleasant to challenge. There were five main winners who each won a t-shirt and some goodies: Nicholas Walker, James Sharp, Lara Casula, Jasmine Nixon-Rogers and Lottie Emes. Because the level of entries was so good, there were also eleven runner up prizes awarded: Meeka Cullum, Chloe Parratt, Oliver Hunt, Violet Hill, Sophia Niblock, Anabelle Male, Georgia Lane, Tarique Farry, Charlie Osgood, Connor King and Luis Maldonado. Well done to everyone! And a huge thank you to the Science Department for the loan of ‘Gary’. 10

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Centenary of the First World War Armistice Continued from front page The inscriptions tell something of the widespread nature of both wars including a son lost at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, one who was lost off the north of Scotland when HMS Hampshire was sunk and others who lost their lives from enemy bombing of Alton. Mr Cross said “On the centenary of the Armistice, as every year since the Great War ended, it is appropriate to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to ensure the details from this period of our history are passed down to future generations. The Art Department has led Amery Hill's contribution towards the county-wide Art project, ‘Hope Peace and Remembrance’ which was recently installed in Winchester Cathedral, as well as a magnificent display at Amery Hill. The school art installation was inspired by the artist Jennifer Collier who works using collage and in particular empty teabags. Over a six month period, both students and staff have produced a teabag containing images or words they associate with World War 1. Many even decided to link it to their own personal family histories which opened up discussions with families at home, discovering how previous generations were involved in the war. These have been added to collaged poppies and doves, all of which were made using WW1 poetry. The display is truly amazing and a poignant reminder of the events which occurred 100 years ago. The Unremembered The Big Ideas project was lead by Year 8 students and was titled ‘The Unremembered’. This community engagement project was a national campaign which aimed to raise awareness of the contribution of the Labour Corps in WW1. Two students from each tutor group were selected to be wreath representatives. They chose a theme and created a design for their wreath, merging their creativity and knowledge of history to commemorate the dedication of WW1 soldiers and their families from across the Commonwealth. The students worked well together, coming up with some amazingly creative ideas and designs. The wreaths were taken up to London and were placed at The Cenotaph on Whitehall as part of ‘The Nation’s Thank You - the People’s Procession’ on Remembrance Sunday. It was an amazing experience. The creativity of students has not stopped there though, with students in Years 7 and 8 being involved in designing and creating wreaths as part of a DT and Big Ideas Project. 11

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English Department Mrs Pretsell Year 10 in Court! Indictment in the court at Guildford Case no 2354xcf: Amery Hill v All the Sixth-formers Amery Hill Students are charged as follows: COUNT ONE: Participation in the Bar Mock Trials Competition COUNT TWO: Being excellent in this competition and being excellent ambassadors for Amery Hill M'Lord, I wish to bring to your attention, the very serious and most excellent participation of the Year 10 students of the Amery Hill School educational establishment, in the Law Society's “Bar Mock Trial” Competition on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at Guildford Crown Court. These students were given two lawyer's briefs to prepare for trial. These students had to take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, usher, court clerk and the members of the jury. These students had to prepare: opening submissions, witness statements, examinations in chief, cross examinations, closing remarks and ensure that the court procedure ran accordingly. These students have worked tirelessly since September, ensuring that their case was well prepared and challenging, often working late into the night to ensure they made that one point, just perfectly. And finally, M’Lord, these students did all of this knowing that they would be in competition against students from sixth form colleges, in some cases, students who were four years older than them. Now it is true, M’Lord, that our magnificent students did not win this competition. However, their confidence and enthusiasm was especially noted by the barristers of 18 Red Lion Court who assisted in the competition; some of our arguments and advocacy was called “brilliant”! This is quite an achievement for students who have no law training and facing much older and tough competitors. I leave it with you, M’Lord, to make your mind up about how well these students did; how professional, brilliant and scary they were in competition; how well they represented the school and themselves. But if I may guide you in any way at all – it will be to the conclusion that they were truly and totally excellent. Congratulations to our 100% attenders this year: Millie Ackroyd, Aleezah Aspinwall, Holly Boswell, Emily Burr, Harry Clarke, Dominic Drewe, Emily Duguid, Joseph Duncan, Fleur Eastman, Ilona Hentea, Bonnie Hodgson, Jack Howard, Dan Jennings, Isabelle Jones, Jessica Jones, Fred Kavanagh, Joseph Male, Archie Mulligan, Henry Pine, Thomas Pine, Emily Neil, Naomi Read, Kieran Robinson, Holly Samways, Finley Sinclair, Megan Southgate, Shane Tomiczek, Fay Warburton, Mack Wellfare 14

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Blue Year News Mrs Winch, Year 10 Progress Leader As we approach the end of the first term of Year 10, I have been impressed with the way the Year Group have approached their studies. The latest report data shows that Year 10 's average attitude score is 1.6: a very tough act to follow in the coming terms! Blue Year as always apply this attitude to extra-curricular activities too. The girls continue to thrive in competitions in rugby and netball and the boys in football. There have been trips to see 'Macbeth' and students have also participated in another successful Army Experience day, opportunities for students to check out career opportunities in the Army and there have been students performing in mock court room trials - giving up a lot of their free time and competing against other schools. Other students in Year 10 have won Art competitions and also worked in partnership with St Lawrence Church and Wootey Junior School by helping out at the Christmas Fayre. were there students had the opportunity to speak to serving military personnel as well as getting hands on in a range of workshops to show them how much the Army has to offer for a potential career. Some of the activities students completed were: bricklaying, surveying, welding, bridge building and problem solving. The students also learned all about bomb disposal techniques, got to sit inside a tank and try on heavy equipment. At the end of the day, the students had said they were surprised to see the wide range of courses, careers and qualifications that the army can offer. A special mention goes out to Jake Croucher, Jack Bonham, Ben McArthur and Josh Shearman whose bricklaying skills were the best they had seen that morning! I think that Blue Year are a real credit to the school and I look forward to next term when we will be looking ahead to Prefect applications. In the meantime I hope you all have a very peaceful and relaxing holiday. Engineering Excellence Twenty Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit the Royal School of Military Engineering at Brompton Barracks in Kent for an Army Engineering Day. Whilst we Resilience and Teamwork Year 10 students were fantastic when taking part in their Army Activity Day 2018. Students battled the cold and muddy conditions to run a timed ‘cannon assemble’ obstacle course, Army drills such as casualty retrieval and competed against their peers in very competitive tug of wars! All students demonstrated huge amounts of resilience, perseverance and teamwork to overcome these physical and mental challenges! Well done Year 10 you did yourselves proud! Mr White, PE Teacher 15

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