I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable weekend. The last week of this term has certainly arrived quickly!
I have quite a large amount of information to share with families so will also send another bulletin tomorrow evening. In this update we will concentrate on the feedback from Heads of Year along with a reminder about the end of this term and the start of next term. Tomorrow will focus more on information giving, especially testing arrangements for over Easter.
A reminder that school breaks up for the Easter holidays at 1.10pm on Friday. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals, they can come to the Main Hall at this time to collect a pack up. The buses have been adjusted to the early finish. School re-starts on Monday 12th April. As normal, we are asking students to arrive between 8.30 and 8.45, ‘drifting’ into their new form rooms.
We continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the systems of control in place at school are of the highest standards. There are seven control measures recommended by the Department for Education to keep schools safe and operational during the pandemic. There are
1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.
2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances.
3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.
6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
When school reopens after the Easter break we will continue to use all seven measures however we would like to clarify the change being applied to measure six. Students are currently restricted to zones across the school and taught within year group bubbles. Upon return students will continue to be taught within these bubbles however we will be removing the zones to enhance students access to different facilities. There will be no cross year activities and students will continue to wear face coverings in all communal areas whilst transiting to other locations. As part of this process we will have a full school one way system in operation and we will are explaining this week to support students to fully understand their routes to and from their form rooms and teaching classrooms.
Form Rooms: Please see the attached list of form rooms for after the Easter holidays, including the entrance they need to use. They need to use the hand washing facilities which are outside that entrance. Students will be provided with more detail this week in form time.
One-way system: We are currently putting together a video to show the one-way system to the students. In this week’s newsletter we will provide the link to the video and make it accessible on the school’s website. Students will also be shown the video during Thursday’s form time.
This week’s newsletter is available on the MAT website:
Head of Year Awards
|Year 7||Emma Guario||7Cm||Well done for you well-articulated and insightful description of your home country, it was lovely to head and definitely enriched our cultural capital. Miss Kincell.|
|Mary Cornforth||7Cm||Well done for you excellent extra-curricular Shakespeare work, keep it up- we can’t wait to see more. Miss Kincell.|
|Year 8||Cindy Xia||8MDn||For being fantastic in music, completing 6 episodes of the optional ‘Music Replay’ theory video worksheets. Well done! Mr Arthur|
|Harry Scott||8KMd||For showing great maturity and resilience on his return to school. Well done! Mr Arthur|
|Year 9||Rory Eckers||9Wb||For always working hard and representing the year group extremely well. Well done! Mr Avery|
|Pujani Perera||9CAl||For always working hard and representing the year group extremely well. Well done! Mr Avery|
|Year 10||Ellis Jolly||10MPe||Ellis is challenging other people’s thinking in RE with his insightful and mature reasoning. Excellent! Miss Turvey.|
|Lucy Fullard||10EMo||Lucy lived the school values into being with her contribution to improving the school environment. Well done. Miss Turvey.|
|Year 11||Jess Simpson||11ZDa||Jess has proved to be a good friend and to have acted with compassion . Well done Jess- Mrs Avey|
|Katie Hillyard||11Hm||Katie continues to combine hard work and conscientiousness with compassion for others. Well done Katie- Mrs Avey|
|Year 12||Hannah Townson||12Lv||Excellent performance on the Law exam – 100%! Well-deserved for consistent hard work – Well done . Miss Cox.|
|Anna Pattichi||12Lv||Excellent essay competition entry, interesting read on animal testing. Miss Cox|
|Year 13||Katie Fearnley||13Ala||Katie has been working consistently well across her subjects, working hard and making terrific progress. Well done Katie – Mr Charlton|
|Joshua Tobin||13Yg||For working hard and being a pleasure to have around the Sixth Form! Well done – Mr Charlton|
Head of Year Updates
Miss Kincell and Year 7
Well, what an unusual Term! This term has shown Y7 to have immense resilience and initiative and we have also seen an incredible increase in their independent learning skills. Year 7 have impressed us each and every day and we are so excited for them to expand their wings after Easter.
– Bewerley Park is cancelled. It is with regret we are announcing that the Bewerley Park trip has been cancelled, students will receive a letter today outlining refund procedure- everyone will be refunded in full and we will be in contact with you, there is nothing further for you to do at this point.
– Transition into Main School: Up until now, students have had the luxury of the lovely new maths block all to themselves and haven’t had to leave the building for their lessons. This has been excellent for stability, and students not getting lost. It is now time for students to venture out into the rest of the school, and we are so excited for them to have their specialist lessons in specialist classrooms. Cooking in cooking rooms and science experiments in science rooms. In order to support Year 7 with this we have put the following support in place:
- Students will have a tour to each of their classrooms during their lesson over the course of the week. E.G During technology, students will walk to their new classroom for after Easter with their teacher.
- There will be three ‘buddies’ per form, they will be trained this week to have further insight into where all classrooms can be around the school.
- Students will watch videos in form time of the ways they enter and leave the buildings.
- Some individual students will have additional support walking around.
- Students will be able to leave each lesson a couple of minutes early to support them in getting used to moving around school.
- Access to lockers- you may purchase lockers via ParentPay and these will be allocated next week.
Students of the Week:
7Cm: Hollie Smith, 7Cy: Aya Harper, 7CAd: Mo Almasari, 7Bl: Juliana Nouh, 7Hf: Anurag Lokesh, 7Hv: Anton Morgenroth, 7Gr: Theo Parker, 7Cmp: Sol Van Der Zee, 7Mr: Otto Kearns, 7Nth: Ruby Overhill-Cossu, 7Wno: Karla Horrocks
Head of Year Award:
- Emma Guarino – Well done for your insightful description of your home country. It is so wonderful to hear about this and enriching our cultural capital.
- Mary Cornforth- Well done for your excellent extra-curricular Shakespeare work.
Do you know that it’s National Shakespeare day on Tuesday 24th? Some of you are reading Macbeth in English at the moment and I was lucky enough to be in a lesson where some of you were preparing a mock trial for Macbeth. All very interesting stuff. What you might not know, is that Will S was the forerunner of modern day hip-hop, spittin’ bars and droppin’ beats before his time. If you don’t believe me, have a look at the grid at the end of this newsletter and see if you can tell your Eminem and Kanye West from our Will-I-Am -Shake! Continuing with the theme of poetry/hip-hop/Rapp the Y7 recommendation for this week is Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Genre Poetry. Colour Purple. Level 4.3. Quiz 233708) It was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Rebound focuses on resilience, picking friends, and making good decisions.
“You put the wrong people on your team and you gonna lose every time, whether you mean to or not.”
Don’t let the fact that this is a poetry book put you off reading it. The book tells the story of Charlie Bell, packed off to live with his grandparents after getting into trouble too many times. You can see Kwame Alexander reading/rapping some of his book by opening the link below. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rebound+by+kwame&&view=detail&mid=E9F6E84D3C026C5B79DEE9F6E84D3C026C5B79DE&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Drebound%2Bby%2Bkwame%26%26FORM%3DVDVVXX
We have been delighted to see some of you in the library choosing books this week. What a lovely bunch you are, helping others select a book and chatting to me about what you are reading.
Please bring back all the books you have finished with as promptly as possible, especially if they are part of a series. Someone else might be desperate for the book lurking under your bed!
Don’t forget that if you would like to spend time in the library other than to choose/return a book, you must stay seated, and use the signing in sheet for your designated chair. Thank you for your assistance with this.
So, not only was Shakespeare the first master of hip-hop, he was also king of the one liner and insults. Have a listen to author Michael Rosen reciting his ten favourite Shakespearian insults, including one from Macbeth by opening the link https://youtu.be/Yf6VzuSlb3c
Thou cream-faced loon! Where got’st thou that goose look?
Have a go at writing a couple of insults in the style of William Shakespeare. I’d love to hear what you can come up with!
Usual reminder about literary links.
You can still sign up to a free ten minute read by clicking on the link below. https://www.10minutereads.com/?fbclid=IwAR0xW-KHf0fDythHRiAT4BTh4st3vD2MYFYWi3CATrq-Qo-Y0fUEuF_UPu4
Don’t forget to complete a quiz for any books you have read. You can access Accelerated Reader quickly by using the following link https://ukhosted83.renlearn.co.uk/1893564
We hope you have a wonderful Easter and relaxing holiday.
Mr Arthur and Year 8
I would first of all like to express how wonderful it is to have Year 8 back in school and back in their classrooms – AHS has ‘life’ once again and it is marvellous to see the school as a hive of activity; as it well should be! Year 8 have returned exceptionally well, and there is certainly a palpable sense of relief at being back and regaining some semblance of normality. Students must remember that Year 8 is all about ‘Opportunities’ in their AHS Journey, and over time these will continue to grow. With the government’s announcement of the re-opening of schools, they also gave the ‘green light’ to reinstate Extra-curricular activities. Timetables of the activities on offer have been put up in form rooms, and this brings with it the return of lunchtime clubs as well as those after school. There are a wealth of opportunities on offer at AHS, and this will develop even further in the summer term – watch this space!
A big focus this week has been a school-wide discussion to raise awareness on the issue of bullying. During the period of school closure earlier in the Spring-term, our Deputy Head Mr Furniss invited volunteers to contribute to a ‘working party’ on updating our approach towards the issue of bullying and make it more ‘student-friendly’ and easy to understand. The outcome has been extensive, and posters on the working group’s outcomes have been placed all around school. Students will certainly have noticed the rising profile of our approach to bullying, and we have taken students through the key aspects of how we can collectively tackle this issue during our weekly Act of Collective Worship. Every student at AHS has the right to feel safe and happy in school, and we are committed to tackling bullying in all its forms within the school community. First, students were taken through a carefully worded definition of ‘bullying’, which we have set out as…
“the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.”
This definition comes from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, and we made sure we took the students through this carefully. Key aspects of this to highlight include the deliberate and repetitive nature of the behaviour which happens over a period of time, and how it usually involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrators and the victim. Further to this, we discussed the reasons why people bully and how this is important to tackling the issue. Whilst these reasons do not excuse the behaviour, they certainly help us understand the behaviour in a productive way to help tackle the issue effectively. If we understand why people engage in these sorts of behaviours, it is much easier for us to address directly and prevent it from happening in the future. Finally, we discussed the different roles that individuals have within instances of bullying, and this terminology is something we will continue to use when addressing these issues with students. There is the initial perpetrator who initiates these behaviours; referred to in this case as the ‘ringleader’. They are supported by the ‘assistant(s)’ who are also involved in perpetrating these unsavoury behaviours. Whilst these roles will be fulfilled by a very small minority of students in school, we also explained the importance of the role of ‘reinforcer(s)’ – these people will not stand up to bullying when they see it, and may even laugh or encourage people to continue their negative behaviour. It is important for students to realise that we need to work as a community to tackle these issues, and we ended with the quote to this effect from Archbishop Desmond Tutu…
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
It is vital that we have more students who perform the role of the ‘defender’ in these instances – someone who stand up for someone who is being bullied. This could be something as small as discouraging another student from engaging in this behaviour, or preferably telling an adult in school so the issue can be dealt with in a timely and productive fashion. If your child has been a victim of verbal, physical, emotional or social bullying, please do either get in touch yourself, or encourage your child to speak to an adult in school and we will work to get to the bottom of the issue.
Finally, a big well done to this week’s Head of Year Award winners…
|Cindy Xia||8MDn||For being fantastic in music, completing 6 episodes of the optional ‘Music Replay’ theory video worksheets. Well done! Mr Arthur|
|Harry Scott||8KMd||For showing great maturity and resilience on his return to school. Well done! Mr Arthur|
A £5 Amazon gift card is waiting for you in school when you return!
If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 8, related to bullying or not, please do get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mr Deamer (Pastoral Support Worker for Year 8) at email@example.com
Mr Avery and Year 9
I have been delighted to welcome back Year 9 to school, they seemed to have adapted to the new systems really well, and have displayed a very positive attitude toward their subjects. The attendance figures have been exceptional, showing the students are delighted to be back and ager to make up for their absence from the classroom. I have also been really pleased with the sense of community shown across the year group. This most recent lockdown has been very hard on all of us, yet the students continue to support each other’s wellbeing and happiness. I have been extremely proud to see this over the last two weeks.
In order to allow the students of Year 9 effectively, we have set them the 3 easy short term targets:
- Uniform – The students need to be in full school uniform. We have ordered a vast quantity into school to support the students and parents in achieving this target. Please let us know if you require any assistance with uniform.
- To be on time and work hard in lessons – the vast majority of students have excelled in this.
- To be aware of their own wellbeing, and ask for support where they require it – Miss Clark and I have been really pleased with this, and we have been able to help many students settle back into school. If you are worried about your child’s wellbeing, please contact us and we will do all we can to help in school.
Further to this, there is a big drive on anti-bullying in school currently. Students will be addressing this in collective worship, and there are posters dotted all around the school that we really encourage students to stop and take a look at. This has all been put together following a student consultation, and we really want students to understand and take ownership of this so we can all tackle bullying effectively in school no matter what form it presents itself.
Finally, a big well done to this week’s Head of Year Award winners…
|Rory Ekers||9Wb||For working really hard and representing the year group exceptionally well.|
|Pujani Perera||9CAl||For working really hard and representing the year group exceptionally well.|
Miss Turvey and Y10
Y10 have shown their resilience in the manner that they have conducted themselves over the past two weeks and I am sure are looking forward to an Easter break. Could I remind you that we do have a uniform policy and if there are items that you are unable to get hold of during the current lockdown then please let us know; Mrs Tomlinson has a comprehensive stock of spare new uniform. It would also save a certain level of conflict if you actively encouraged your children to leave their jewellery at home.
We are currently completing a data drop, based on engagement in online learning and assessment grades with reports due out after the break. As ever, if you would like any support then please phone or email.
Mrs Avey and Y11
It was good to welcome back our isolating students last week and we want to publicly thank them for their superb mature attitude dealing with the disappointment, frustration, inconvenience and challenge the situation afforded. In the year group ACW last week we shared the new AHS bullying policy , arrived at via a working party consisting of students and staff. Teaching staff continue to heap praise on the application and conduct of year 11 students in lessons. Homework for this week remains in line with the last 2 weeks where it is set by staff if necessary for the delivery of the particular subject, so as not to add any undue pressure on our students. The year group ACW this week will focus on recognition and reward and the student will receive further detailed information about the prom on the 15th July at the racecourse. The Parent Pay system has now been set up to accommodate allow part or full payments to be made.
Mr Williams and Post 16
From Easter, Mrs De Lashley will be returning to her role as Director of Sixth Form after maternity leave. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank both the students and parents for the last two terms. Whilst Sixth Formers have, undoubtedly, faced more challenges and setbacks than any normal year, the last two terms have still been extremely rewarding. Throughout this year, it has been a pleasure to support students through these challenging times and I have greatly admired their maturity and positivity. Even though I will not be leading the Sixth Form, I will still be involved with the students and will do everything I can to continue supporting students as they progress either to Year 12 or future destinations after Year 13. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss further.
Year 12 accessed an excellent assembly from OddBalls, a Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign. The talk focused on raising awareness of Testicular Cancer, breaking down the taboo and stigmas associated with young men talking openly about their testicles and encouraging young men to check themselves regularly. This assembly was appropriate for everyone. Fun, informal and got students thinking about really important health issues from a less serious perspective. All in all, a great way to start the day and evoke a conversation!
Monday 22nd March: Easter revision tasks set on Google Classrooms.
Friday 26th March: All students will break up for the Easter holidays. Students will also get a finalised timetable for the May assessments.
Monday 12th April: Return to school. Year 12 assessment week.
Monday 3rd May: Bank Holiday
Friday 30th April: A Level Assessments for Year 13 will begin in the Sports Hall
Friday 7th May: Assessment week for Year 13 A Levels finishes
Monday 10th May-Thursday 27th May: Final teaching of Year 13 subjects; enrichment and progression activities and leavers assemblies will take place during this period.
Friday 28th May: This is now a training day. This will take place to enable teachers to mark and moderate the May assessments. This is also the day that we break up for half term.
Monday 5th July-Friday 9th July: Year 12 Summer mocks
Friday 9th July: Year 13 prom (subject to government restrictions)
TBC: Sixth Form (Year 12 and 13) summer celebration
Head of Year Awards
Hannah Townson 12Lv- Excellent performance on the Law exam – 100%! Well-deserved for consistent hard work – Well done. Miss Cox
Anna Pattichi 12Lv-Excellent essay competition entry, interesting read on animal testing. Miss Cox
Katie Fearnley 13Ala- Katie has been working consistently well across her subjects, working hard and making terrific progress. Well done Katie – Mr Charlton
Joshua Tobin 13Yg – For working hard and being a pleasure to have around the Sixth Form! Well done – Mr Charlton
Sixth Form Shout Outs
|Eloise Reading||13||German||Been performing very well in class tests and overall in lessons keep it up||Richard Gibson|
|Marta Garofalo||12||German||Excellent dedication and quality of answers this week well done.||Richard Gibson|
|Charlie Fort||12||Applied Psychology||Excellent effort in RSM coursework – really good research and application.||Miss Cox|
|Josh Morritt||13||IT||Continues to work hard in and out of every IT lesson||Mr Gladstone|
|Molly Baker||12||Applied psychology||Really good effort in the LAB coursework assignment – well done.||Miss Cox|
|Brooke Crampton||12||Applied psychology||Really good effort in the LAB coursework assignment – well done.||Miss Cox|
|Brent Mellows||12||Applied Psychology/ HOY||Excellent motivation and engagement with home learning!||Miss Cox|
|Georgia Flecknor||12||Applied Psychology||Really good assignment for LAB – well detailed and applied, well done.||Miss Cox|
|Josh Lowe, Connor Simpson, Tom Jackson||12||Sport||Great effort. Working hard all of the time!||S Goldsmith|
|Isabelle Simpson||12||Applied Psychology||Excellent assignment for LAB, detailed write up and evidence of research. Well done||Miss Cox|
|Student leaders||12||Student leaders||Excellent start to the role, plans formulating! I’m looking forward to seeing them develop. Well Done team!||Miss Cox|
|Kiera Dougherty||12||HOY||Improvement in punctuality and for working hard in study periods to catch up on work. Well done||Miss Cox|
|Will Frost||12||Sociology||Excellent effort in sociology, active contributions to the lessons.||Miss Cox|
|Clionna Synnott||12||Sociology||Excellent effort and sharing of ideas in Sociology||Miss Cox|
|Gabby Moore||12||Maths||Wow! Homework completed and handed in within 3 hours of being set. Not only that, it was all correct too. Amazing trig work 🙂||Mrs Price|
|Emma Walton||12||Psychology||Excellent commitment to learning and enthusiasm towards psychology||Miss Cox|
|Aidan Clarke||12||Psychology||Excellent contributions in psychology lessons||Miss Cox|
|Aycan Akarsu||12||Arts Award||Impressive lemon art with thoughtful evaluation||Miss Cox|
|BTEC Sport class||13||BTEC Sport||Congratulations on your amazing Unit 2 exam results!||Mrs Beard|
|Alice Dungey||12||Business||Consistently excellent in all aspects of the course – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Jess Merrington||12||Business||Consistently excellent in all aspects of the course – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Tyler Price||12||Business||Working hard in all lesson – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Will Hyde||12||Business||Working hard in all lesson – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Harry Knight||12||Business||Working hard in all lesson – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Hannah Smith||13||EPQ||Well done Hannah for your consistent hard work in EPQ and perseverance.||Miss Kincell|
|Phoebe Wallis||12||Politics||Well done Phoebe for your engagement in lessons this week, keep up the good work.||Miss Kincell|
|John Thompson||12||IT||Continues to work hard in every lesson, SFS and Homework task. His work is always top notch.||Mr Gladstone|
|Tizzy Bridge, Rohith Raman||12||Maths||Showing good progress||Miss Bhogal|
|Katie Fearnley Hannah Dalgliesh M Leites||13||French||Merci de m’avoir fait tellement rire mercredi dernier!||Mrs Armes|
|Madia Harvey||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Bailey McBride||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Dan Mercer||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Maria Oprea||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Siobhan Osman||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Roong Saiyut||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Nico Sanchez Jagger||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Josh Tobin||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Harriet Watkins||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Katy Weld||13||Maths||Exceeded target percentage in the Conditional Probability assessment. Well done!||Mrs Price|
|Brad Lightfoot||12||Maths||Well done for completing such great homework well before the deadline.||Mrs Price|
|Year 12 Applied Law||12||Applied Law||Fantastic results in their Unit 1 exam. 100% pass rate with 80% achieving Distinction!|
|Hannah Townson||12||Applied Law||Not dropping a single mark in her Unit 1 exam. Achieving 60/60. Brilliant!!||Mr Skelton|
|Gaurie Sunil||12||Psychology||Doing really well in Psych. Answering every question with a serious amount of knowledge stored in your head! Well done.||Mr Young|
|Paris Coop||12||Psychology||Working really hard and doing well in Psych. Well done!||Mr Young|
|Suyork Rai||12||Psychology||Excellent level of knowledge and understanding shown, as well as passion for the subject! Well done.||Mr Young|
|Oliver Vas||13||Business||For continued, outstanding effort in lessons – well done!||Mr Charlton|
|Ella Hatfield||13||Sociology||Doing really well with your revision already. Your knowledge is excellent. Well done.||Mr Young|
|Amy Birchall||13||Sociology||Last few pieces of work have been excellent. well done Amy.||Mr Young|
|Evin Blundell||12||Sociology||Storming through with that subject knowledge and deep level of understanding. Well done.||Mr Young|
|Will Frost||12||Sociology||Well done on making more effort and progress in the subject. Keep it up!||Mr Young|
|Amandi Silva-Kalinga, Kate Coupland, Michael Joyce, Faith Battersby, Carissa Jones, Betsey Knight, Harry Rogers,||13||Business||For their mature approach and dedication to their studies – well done!||Mr Charlton|
UCAS – Student Finance
The window for applications for student finance is now open, and is available here:
Student Finance England have a really helpful YouTube channel which is a useful source of advice.
Online Enrichment: Speakers For Schools – Live Talk
|Mon 22nd March 5-6pm|
SPONSOR BROADCAST – Luke Ellis, CEO, Robyn Grew, Group COO and General Counsel, Man Group
For KS3-5/ S1-6
|We are looking forward to hosting a Green Skills Week broadcast with our Primary Sponsor, Man Group. We will be speaking to Luke Ellis, CEO, and Robyn Grew, COO and General Counsel, about Green Skills Week, the importance of green skills and how green skills are currently used at Man Group, and how the world of finance is becoming increasingly green.|
|Tues 23rd March 5-6pm|
In Partnership with Sky, Steve Backshall MBE, Conservationist, Explorer, Author and Television Presenter
For KS3-5/ S1-6
|Want to find out how you can help nature and more about Green Skills, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Steve Backshall is a Conservationist, Explorer, Author and Television Presenter who you may have seen on your screen in Deadly 60 and BBC’s Natural History Unit. Hear from Steve on how we can tackle climate change and help our planet.|
|Wed 24th March 5-6pm|
|Sarah Coleman, Illustrator, Inkymole|
For KS3-5/ S1-6
|Are you always drawing? Ever considered becoming an illustrator? Tune in to hear from leading commercial illustrator, Sarah Coleman. Sarah will be sharing her story and insights into working for large clients such as Coca Cola, Tiffany Jewellers, Disney and hundreds of book covers. She’ll share the top tips you’ll need for success in a creative sector.|
|Thurs 25th March 5-6pm|
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, CEO, Green Finance Institute
For KS4-5/ S4-6
|Join us for a broadcast with Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Finance Institute. Rhian was formerly the Global Head of Green Banking and the founder and chair of Barclays Green Banking Council, which has developed and launched Barclays’ suite of green finance products and services. Rhian will be speaking about what Green Banking is and the work that is being done to build a resilient and low carbon economy.|
|Fri 26th March 11-11:45am|
|IntoFilm with Kingsley Ben-Adir|
For KS3-5/ S1-6
|Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join a broadcast with Kingsley Ben-Adir, breakout star of One Night in Miami. Kingsley has been making headlines with his captivating portrayal of Malcolm X. The film has received three Golden Globe nominations, with Kingsley picking up the prestigious ‘Breakthrough Actor’ Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the ‘Breakthrough Performer’ by the New York Film Critics. He has also been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Leading Actor’ category for 2021. Kingsley will be speaking about his career journey as an actor and is looking forward to answering your questions.|
To register for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the approximate number of students you would like to attend, and you will be sent the link to join.
HOW TO JOIN THE LIVE BROADCASTS
- Join 10 minutes before the broadcast to be ready
- You can join without needing an account – Watch how here
- For full speaker descriptions visit the Broadcast Schedule here
Reading Recommendations from Mrs Short
Y7 – Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Genre Poetry. Colour Purple. Level 4.3. Quiz 233708)
Don’t let the fact that this is a poetry book put you off reading it. The book tells the story of Charlie Bell, packed off to live with his grandparents after getting into trouble too many times. You can see Kwame Alexander reading/rapping some of his book by opening the link below.
Y8 – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. (Genre Poetry. Colour Green. Level. 5.2. Quiz 236183)
Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. In Harlem her fists and fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets. Her feelings for a boy in her class, the book of poems written by her that she keeps under her bed, and a poetry slam that will put those secrets in the spotlight.
You can listen to Elizabeth Acevedo talking about the book, her writing, and watch her perform some of it, by opening the link below. It will make you realise that poetry and song lyrics are one and the same.
Y9 – A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Genre Poetry. Colour Purple. Level 4.3. Quiz 233755)
This is an award-winning book. The author wrote it to reach out to those who claim not to like reading. It is focused on a moment of decision. It happens in an elevator — teenaged Will is on his way to take revenge for the murder of his brother, but his plan is interrupted by a few visitors on the way down to the ground floor. You can watch a trailer for the book by opening the link below.
KS4 – They came on Viking Ships by Jackie French
When Vikings raid and destroy a small coastal village, Hekja and her dog Snarf, are captured and taken to Greenland. In this harsh and cold land, Hekja becomes a thrall, a slave – to Freydis Eroksdottir, daughter of the infamous Erik the Red. Hekja’s fiery determination earns her the respect of her mistress. But Hekja’s journey was just the beginning, as she and Snarf join their leader of a voyage where more perilous adventures await them….
KS5 – Monarchy
So many of us will have an opinion as to whether we should or should not have a monarchy. With recent events shining the spotlight on the British monarchy and its role in society, Simon Jenkins gives us his thoughts…
Collective worship for the wk commencing 22nd March 2021
Throughout Lent we have explored our Pilgrim Pathways theme in Form Tutor Collective Worship. The final item needed on our pilgrimage is food and nourishment. In both tutor time and our daily quotes we are reflecting on the theme of serving others.
Monday – “You have not lived today until you have done something or someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan; 17th C. English writer and preacher
Tuesday – “The measure of a men’s greatness is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves.” – John Hagee; American pastor
Wednesday – “You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” – Amy Carmichael; Christian missionary in India, established orphanages
Thursday – “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” – Sally Koch; American author
Friday – “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr; Civil rights campaigner