We are delighted to announce how much has been raised for 2 of our fundraising events:
Today, students and staff had the opportunity to ‘Wear a Christmas Jumper for Lottie‘ – raising funds towards the cancer treatment for an ex-pupil. We have raised over £1070 so thank you to everyone who has contributed. A huge variety of jumpers can be seen around school, with only a few ‘doubles’ – amazing for nearly 1,200 people!
Staff have also been signing a large Christmas card and donating what they would have spent on cards to each other to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Donations towards this have topped £330.
Thanks to all students and staff who have supported Library events this term. Book Banter involved 5 visiting authors and 1 journalist. 3 bookshops sold a wide range of books: Books@Hoddesdon, Brenda Parkhouse and the Leaf Cafe. There were 6 winners in our first Writing Challenge and 4 Highly Commended winners. Melanie Taylor, Festival Writer-in-Residence, led 4 workshops and a Poetry by Heart session.
There were 12 Speakers’ Corner sessions including 1 by an alumna working at the War Memorials Trust, 170 Y7 students all received a book through the BookBuzz programme and we now have a helpful team of 17 Student Librarians and Y12 Library Supervisors. We hosted an author event as part of the Hertford Children’s Book Festival too….
Just in time for Christmas, Y8 have been designing a new box of chocolates in their Maths lessons – as part of the house competition. They had to document every stage of the design process and calculate the volume and surface area of their box.
A number of students were highly commended by the judges, Mrs Pope and Mr Allred, and four were nominated to win. They were Megan Spragg, Ben Kenway, Maddy Durbin and Oliver Scorey.
The overall winner was Maddy Durbin, look out for her ‘Midnight Feast’ box among the images below.
Yesterday the Y8 boys’ football team played Edwinstree School in Round 5 of the National Cup. This was a tightly contested match with the score poised at 2-2 at half time with goals from Jack Smith & Albert Nwahba. The score stayed at 2-2 until the final 10mins when Jack Smith scored two more goals – another goal from Albert Nwahba made it 5-2.
The boys will now play away to Shenley Brook End School from Milton Keynes in the New Year.
Last Wednesday Y11 completed their five hour ‘mock’ exam. The theme was “The British Museum” and the students created a truly eclectic (and in some cases beautiful!) mix of work.
Students had benefited from their trip to the British Museum a few weeks’ earlier, gathering resources and, it seems, much inspiration. I’m sure this experience will stand them in good stead when they are preparing for their “real” GCSE exam in the not too distant future.
Today students got into the festive spirit when they attended the school carol service at All Saints Church before returning to enjoy their Christmas lunch back at school.
As always, students were served their meals by the staff in the decorated canteen whilst they pulled crackers and were able to enjoy music played by our students.
Special thanks must go to my bunch of amazing helpers who created the Christmas atmosphere – a group of creative, hard working students who were an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you James, Jude, Lilli, Lily, Louise, Molly and Oak.
Y10 have been learning about Fractional Distillation in chemistry. They have been using an App called “thing link” to explain how crude oil is separated into its fractions based on boiling points and intermolecular forces. Take a look at the images created via the links below.
Y13 Psychologists truly took on a challenge and put their interest in a topic before their reliance on being given materials by teachers when they chose to study BiPolar disorder as a part of their Clinical Psychology topic this year.
Not phased by the lack of information in the A Level textbooks they sought out other reliable sources of information; from documentaries, to medical and charity websites and even undergraduate level textbooks to research a given subject area about their chosen topic in pairs. Once they had done this they designed and delivered some very engaging lessons to their peers, using an impressive range of teaching and learning techniques – including setting and marking homework!
To top it all off they produced their own BiPolar textbooks, taking responsibility for a chapter each and even including possible mark schemes for exam style questions.
Well done Y13 – You set yourself a tough challenge and produced some high quality work as a result.