More People Who Help Us

The Squirrels and Hedgehogs in Reception have loved learning all about different people who help us this half term. Recently, we have been lucky enough to have some more special visitors.

Isaac’s daddy Namik came in to talk to us about being a postman. He told us about the journey of a letter and what he has to do in his job. The children then had the chance to write their own letters to their friends which Namik delivered for us. Thank you Namik – the children have been inspired with letter writing ever since and loved hearing all about being a postman.

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Summer’s daddy, Stuart. He is a dentist and taught us all about how we can look after our teeth, and what he does in his job. He kindly gave all of the children a timer so they know how long to brush their teeth for. Thank you for the wonderful visit.

To finish our topic, the children have also been for a visit to Hertford Fire Station, where they enjoyed learning about all of the things that a firefighter has to do, and how they can help us. The children had a go at squirting the hoses and even got to sit in the fire engine.

Please enjoy some of the photos from our trip, and also of our visitors!

Cross Country February Update

Last weekend the Herts Cross Country Championships took place at Verulanium Park, St Albans.

In the Senior Girls race, Elspeth G was defending her title from 2017. After a steady start she worked her way through the field to finish in an excellent 5th place and will now represent Hertfordshire at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championship in Leeds during March.

In the Pre-Junior girls (Y7) race, both Simon Balle girls, Lily H and Niamh S ran well to finish in the top 25.


Y13 Mock Exam Results

Last Friday we held the Y13 students mock results afternoon.  As you can see from the photos, it was set up to mirror the experience they will have in August.

They gained some excellent results and I am encouraged as we move forward towards the Summer 2018 exam window.

I would like to thank all of the teachers for their continued support and all of the Sixth Form team for their hard work.

Well done to all of the students – we will be tracking their destinations with interest all too soon!


Outstanding GCSE Art

The Y11 Fine Art students have recently concluded their project based on the theme of ‘Portraiture’ and have produced some sensational work. We have been absolutely blown away by their talent!  You can see some of the examples below.

The art rooms were filled with incredible portraits created in a range of media from the humble Biro to oil paints and mixed media, each one communicating their personalities to the viewer.

The Y11s are now busy generating ideas and exploring techniques for their exam project titled ‘Fragments.’ We are already seeing some exciting and skilful work being produced in the art rooms and we cannot wait to see what they create in the final ten hour exam in April.

We wish them every success!

Giant-Sized Maths Task

This week in maths 8D2 were presented with a giant-sized hand print that had been found somewhere on the school grounds. We asked them to create an ‘actual size’ giant so that we could help those trying to work out whom – or what – could have made the handprint.

They were told that there had been sightings and that the ‘giant’ had the same proportions as a human body. Y8 used the handprint and their knowledge of proportion to find a scale factor (about 1.5), from human to giant size. This allowed them to then use their own body measurements to create all of the body parts for the giant.

I think you can agree that, from the photo evidence below, it’s quite a scary creation!

Old £10 Notes

You may be aware that the old style paper £10 bank notes are ceasing to be legal tender from midnight on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

So from Thursday 1st March 2018 we will no longer be able to accept the old £10 note for any cash payments in the school.  You can still exchange your old notes at your bank.

We urge you to ensure that any payments made into the finance office or canteen are made with the new polymer notes!

Y12 Medicine Congratulations

Y12 student Beth Emsley has secured a place with Oriel College, Oxford’s Medicine Outreach Day. There were over 250 applicants for the 80 available places and Beth was chosen due to the strength of her application.

This is an outstanding achievement and will provide Beth with some excellent experience moving forward for her chosen pathway of Medicine. Well done!


Y7 Castle Day 2018

Y7 excelled themselves in the annual castle competition this year, bringing in the historically accurate castles they had constructed or drawn over the Christmas holidays to show off to their peers and teachers. The standard of castle was exceptionally high and there was fierce competition to win in the Best Model, Best Cake and Best Artwork categories.

Y7 have been studying William the Conqueror’s use of castles to control England, from the original wooden motte and bailey structures to the more elaborate stone keep fortresses, and demonstrated their historical understanding as well as their artistic skill through their creations. It was clear that countless hours had been spent baking, drawing or constructing at home, and the results were testament to the dedication, knowledge and talent of the students.

The winners in each category, as voted for by the teachers who visited the exhibition throughout the day, were as follows:

Best Model Best Cake Best Artwork
A Amelia Law A Lily Hepburn A Sophie Preston
B Grace Hamilton B Sophie Sugarman B Jessie Tappin
L Connor Randall L Georgie Robins L Rhyanna Byford
M Matthew Brooks M Maisie Jollyman M Lennon Pearse
N Matthew Heath N Lola-Rose Prior N Georgia Tsekoura
R Seb Fioravante R Jack May R Charlie Weston

You can see all of the entries below – well done to our Y7 students!