On Wednesday we had the pleasure of a rugby masterclass from Michael Owen, former Welsh captain and British & Irish Lion, who worked with the Y8 & 9 boys rugby teams. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the session with the Haileybury Director of Rugby, where they worked on offloading in the tackle and support play through games.
Our very enthusiastic Y7 Food Technologists have been working towards their ‘KS3 Food Passport‘, building their practical skills and developing their knowledge of ‘Healthy Eating’. All have done a brilliant job so far and have used a range of ingredients and techniques to create a number of savoury and sweet dishes.
This week they worked in groups to produce Vegetable Soup using a selection of vegetables and herbs to add flavour. All made constructive use of their iPads during the lesson; some to access the recipe and follow instructions using a video link, whilst other members of the group videoed or photographed step by step production of their soup .
The students continued to develop this task at home by editing and developing their work to aid them in their cooking in the future. Alex chose to create a Flipagram to answer the task http://flipagram.com/f/Ke5tQ5EvNb
We took Y10 and Y13 students to see a modern adaptation of Macbeth at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre last week. A review from Y13 student Emma is shown below – the full version will be in the next edition of newSBytes.
“This was an interesting interpretation which encompassed the tone and language of the original play, whilst addressing aspects of modern life and war; Macbeth and Banquo are dressed in contemporary military uniform.
The adaptation opened our eyes to the relevance of Shakespeare in the modern day, with its focus on the corrupting effects of ambition. This was an inventive production, which incorporated striking visuals and music.”
Many thanks to three members of the Lower School Book Club who presented at Speakers’ Corner on Friday in our Library. Jacob, Jasmine and Shanna spoke about the advantages of Book Club for anyone in Years 7-9 who loves reading and books. The students read excerpts from their favourite books and talked about the Red House Book Award testing of new titles and shadowing the Carnegie Medal.
Thanks to Mrs Townsend and Mrs Mayo who lead the Club in the Library on Wednesday lunchtimes – all Year 7-9 students welcome!
The SBS revision programme is already under way with all Y11 forms using one of their P5 lessons each week to revise. They have been supplied with a variety of resources to help. We know that starting revision in plenty of time for their mock exams in December will give them solid foundations to build on for GCSE success in the summer!
We were privileged to take some Y12 and 13 students to Loughborough University last week. Molly Smallwood-Conway reports below:
“We were treated to a full day of activities and workshops. In terms of their sporting ability, Loughborough is the most iconic university to be at. Their sporting facilities are world class and we all felt very privileged to be able to see and witness them first hand. After lunch we began the afternoon with a sports psychology session where we had to define certain aspects of sport psychology from our knowledge learned from our AS and A2 courses. This was then followed by a volleyball session.
The last session of the day took place in the sports science lab with one of the employed sport scientists. For the A2 students, this was the most important part of the day as it linked directly to an aspect on the A2 course; exercise physiology. Ben Moses and Sophie Rawlinson were lucky enough to be able to complete the VO2 Max Test which measured the maximum amount of oxygen that they could take in and use while doing exercise.
On the whole, it was a very inspirational day and was enjoyed by all students and staff! Thanks to Miss Jones for organising such a great day out!”
This 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!