Rocket Seeds Results

Rocket-ScienceAfter weeks of watering, turning and talking to we are finally saying goodbye to our rocket seedlings. Last week we did a leaf count – the average number of leaves per seed was 5.  Yesterday  we were asked to record how many were still alive. Our red seedlings surpassed the blues by only 6%.   We have 50% of our reds still alive and 44% of our blues still alive.
Our Y8 students concluded that the blue seeds were possibly the ones that went to space and were negatively affected by the lack of gravity.  We will hear in due course whether we were correct or not.  It will be interesting to see how all the other school experiments have fared with Commander Peake’s ‘Seeds In Space‘ !

Y8 Tackle Gradients

Last week in maths, Y8 students were investigating straight line graphs. We firstly discussed what the gradient of a line was, deciding which slopes have the biggest gradient and how to go about calculating it. The students were then allowed to go outside to take pictures of objects with different gradients, measuring the change in y and the change in x, recording the measurements on their iPads.

They then found the gradients of different objects around the school. This was a good way to help them visualise their calculations. Finally, they worked together in teams to complete a card sort which helped to consolidate their understanding.

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Visit To Wembley

Y10 Mimram student Luke McCurry was recently invited, with his football team, on a tour of Wembley Stadium – prior to the FA Vase Final between Morpeth Town and Hereford.  They were treated to views such as the iconic crossbar which, in a small way, helped towards England’s 1966 World Cup win as well a the home dressing room and other famous points of the stadium.

FA vase players q and aOne of the highlights was being able to ask questions of players from both teams about their careers and lives outside football.

I’m sure this proved an inspirational visit for these budding football stars of the future.  Morpeth Town ran out eventual winners of the tie 4-1.

Y8 Stencil Inspiration

This week in art some Y8 students were given a demonstration of working with stencils by our very own sixth form art student Emily. Y8 are currently studying a number of artists including ‘the elusive Banksy’.

The students have made their own stencils to experiment with. Emily’s speed and skill was impressive and will hopefully inspire our budding young artists and their current art work!

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‘May The 4th’ Be With You – Library Quiz

May4quiz 2To celebrate ‘Star Wars Day’ (also non-uniform day) we held another of our popular quizzes in the school library. Congratulations to Lewis H and Scott W (both Y8) on creating a superb ‘Galaxy Far Far Away‘ quiz to test our 40 participants. Jacob W (Y10) and Scott did a super job as question masters at the event.

May4quiz 1The winning team were Akseli and Callum (both Y12) with runners up George G and James M (both Y8). Well done to these teams and thanks to all who entered.

Another quiz is being prepared…..

Y10 MFL House Rap Competition

microphone mfl rapY10 French, Spanish and German students have been competing in a house rap competition on the topic of house, home and local area. The standard of students’ work was outstanding as always, so congratulations to all who took part. Please click on these links to hear some examples:

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Congratulations to the following students who have all received house points for winning in their respective language:

French:  1) Adam Tridgell   2) Darcy Brennan   3) Lucie Blackman

(Commended – Lexie Seiler, Olivia Veale, Daniella Banks, and Anya Daar)

Spanish:  1) Matteo Tontodonati  and Cami Alarcon-Mcallister  2)  Alfie Graham  3) Alexandra Heal  & Maddy Moulder

(Commended – Gregory Wraith and Giles Barnfather)

German:   1) Luke Brown 2) Lily Davis  3) Sebastian Toombs 10A

Y8 Table Tennis Competition

Y8 table tennisA few weeks ago students and their parents took part in the Grand Y8 Table Tennis Competition. The competition was an opportunity for parents to meet each other as well as competing for the pride of winning the trophy. I was delighted that we had entries from nearly thirty families.

The standard was very high with lots of quality shots being played and, despite the competitive nature, lots of laughs and fun.  Y8 finalistsAfter a very close semi final, the final saw Ingram v Martin. The atmosphere was very tense and both teams fought to the end. However, Team Ingram eventually took the lead, the match and the glory!

Well done to all students and parents who were involved and a big thank you to the Y11 students who umpired the matches and also to the PSA for providing refreshments.

GCSE Geography Trip

80 GCSE Geography students recently visited Norfolk to complete their fieldwork controlled assessment.

On the first day the students collected primary data in Norwich to help them investigate whether or not Norwich City Council are being successful in their attempts to be sustainable. All of the students completed traffic counts, environmental quality surveys and applied questionnaires. In the evening students worked on collating the data in preparation for the analysis write up they are currently completing in school.

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The following day was spent at the coast looking at a range of different coastal defences along the North Norfolk Coast. The students completed an analysis of whether the defences are successful at defending the coast.  A house competition was then held to see who could build the best sand castle and defences to protect the castle.

The last day involved a trip to the Sheringham coast and a visit to The Mo Sheringham Museum to learn about the local lifeboat history and the off-shore wind farms.

Well done to the Y10 Geography students for outstanding behaviour and hard work.