Community Links

Culturebox imageThis term, there have been some amazing developments with our links in the community and around the world.
On Thursday lunchtimes, students meet to share ideas for the CultureBox we are going to send to two schools in Pakistan. Elliott, Grace, Chloe, Callum and Eliza (Y12) are really keen to involve students in the other year groups to participate in this exciting project. Follow this link to see the list of ideas they have generated so far – Culturebox list
Students can bring any further ideas to Thursday lunchtime meetings in R3.
On Friday lunchtimes, Hope (Y13) and a group of dedicated Y10 students have been compiling ideas of projects to support the local community.
There have been many suggestions, and some projects are already being planned, but it would be great to have more! If anyone has any ideas for projects focused on supporting the elderly, young people and the local environment, or would like to get involved, come along on Friday lunchtimes in R3 to share your contributions.
Equally, if anybody knows of any local community projects that would benefit from future help, please let us know!

Y13 Create ‘The Scroll Of Power’

y13 geog picstitchY13 Geography students are currently studying the ‘Superpowers’ topic which forms part of the Contested Planet unit, in which students examine a range of contemporary issues.

They are creating a visual representation of the relationship between different nations over the past three hundred years, and using their knowledge to predict how this might change in the future.

Y12 Students Investigate How Science Is Used At A Zoo

Colchester ZooStudents studying A-level Applied Science recently visited Colchester Zoo to help them complete a detailed survey on how science is used in the day-to-day running of a zoo.  They attended 2 hour-long sessions with the zoo’s Educational Officer  where they were fascinated by the forensic science involved in tracing poachers and were able to handle rare items such as white rhino horn that had been confiscated by customs.   Students were also able to see how DNA analysis is used to maintain species diversity by careful selection of breeding pairs.

Despite the weather the students remained enthusiastic and managed to gather lots of useful information, interviewing a variety of staff and students.

House Sports 2014

Y7 inter house sports took place on Wednesday with all groups participating  in rugby.  This was a great success, results to follow on Monday. Today Y8 & Y10 are having their turn, followed by Y11 inter-house next week.

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Rugby far

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Passing

Student Parliament Elections

Congratulations to all the successful candidates for the school parliament.  Hustings were held over the last two weeks weeks with candidates having just 50 seconds to appeal for the mandate of their peers, who then voted via ballot paper.  Votes were then counted using the D’Hondt method of Proportional Representation and the year group informed of the result by Head Boy Nick Stokes and Alex Thomson, parliamentary chair.

Our parliamentarians for the current term of office are:

Y7: Anthony Corbett and Chloe Hill

Y8: Amir Hrustic and Emma Liddle

Y9: Ben Standon and Matthew Strange

Y10: Philippa Shattock and Alex Willis

Y11: Taro Craddock and Matthew Parris

Y12: Jess Pointon and Patrick Tarry

Y13: Isaac Daar and Ed Flanagan

Y8 Students Inspired At Hertford Theatre

MF at HCBFDuring Hertford Children’s Book Festival some Y8 students were taken to Hertford Theatre to see performances of reading, poetry and plays.  While at the theatre they met Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg as well as listening to readings by Holly Smale and John Hegley

The second half was devoted to an enthusiastic performance of Private Peaceful which the students found most enjoyable.  We would like to thank the organisers of HCBF for putting on such an inspiring event.

Casey Stoney Arsenal & England Visits SBS

Casey StoneyLast Thursday Casey Stoney, Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports for Living programme, worked with a number of students from different year groups.
In the morning she put on some work shops for the Y11 Girls who are currently taking part in the Sky Sports programme, where they take part in two different sports every week.
Casey then delivered a coaching session to some of the Y11 Football team and spoke to some of our girls who have aspirations of getting to the elite level of football.
In the afternoon Casey inspired our Y7 & 8 girls with a talk on how to succeed and then delivered a coaching session to the girls.
Casey captained Team GB in the 2012 Olympics and her story and journey really gave the students and staff something to think about.