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Highlights this Week
Mr Watkins and Year 10 Geographers were brave enough to survey coastal defenses in Portsmouth on Thursday this week despite weather that was less than summer like. They visited the University of Portsmouth to work with graduating Geography trainee teacher and our students rose magnificently to the challenge. They visited four sites around Clarence Pier and Old Portsmouth to practice essential fieldwork skills before returning to the School of Education to work alongside peers from Oaklands School. Groups collaborated and presented a series of decisions based on a limited budget for renewing coastal defences.
It all bodes well for our future research into coastal engineering at Swanage, next month, where we hope the weather will be kinder.
Congratulations to Shane May and Sophie Harrison who have had their works selected for the exhibition at the University of Southampton as part of the Young Leaders of Education award. Their designs show off their innovation and enterprise and will take pride of place in the exhibition. If you are interested in attending please follow this link.
"I loved that Maths paper, I could have married it!" So said one Year 11 student on exiting this week's GCSE Maths paper. She has gone a bit far but it does show you what hard work and preparation can do - if you prepare well then it makes a difference to how the exam goes. With that in mind, please remind Year 11 students of the excellent revision materials on our website and the opportunities to revise with the support of their teachers.
Well done to our Year 7 and 8 students who took part in the recent Junior Maths Challenge. The challenge is a national competition pushing students to demonstrate their excellence in mathematics and a number of our students really impressed. Well done to Ellis McDowell, Alfie Ayling and Oliver George who were awarded bronze certificates, Mason Olden who was awarded silver and Danny Kalinski who achieved gold and moves on to the next round later this term.
Miss Bedassie accompanied 10 budding scientists to the Winchester Science Centre this week as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Festival. There were a number of hands on exhibits as well as activities run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Students had the opportunity to explore the centre and the dozens of experiments on offer, plan how the HIOWAA could respond to an emergency call and watched a short demonstration of how the medic team would treat a patient. They were then treated to a private flyover by the Air Ambulance team before being rewarded for their participation. The students were excellent ambassadors for the school and we hope their interest in the STEM subjects continues to blossom.
Building Character, Shaping Futures
Congratulations to our Duke of Edinburgh award participants who successfully completed their practice expedition over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Lauren Turner said she slept for the rest of the week as a result of the experience as carrying all your camping equipment and clothes while walking up and down hills for several hours is no easy task. This is a brilliant achievement and well done to Lauren, Kara Collis, Lauren Cutting, Destiny Ramsey and Joanne McGiffen who all did so well.
For Your Diary
21 June: Year 9 Parents and Options Evening
30 June and 3 July: Insert days
3-4 July: Transition Days (parents meeting at 6:30pm on the 4th)
10-14 July: Careers Week
11 July: Awards Evening
19 July: Summer Showcase
21 July: End of Term (last day of school for students)
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We have all been affected terribly by the recent terrorist events in London and Manchester. Once again we held a minute's silence, which was done impeccably, to think of those injured or bereaved by the brutal acts. I know a number of children have been thinking and worrying about events and so we have been talking to children in assembly this week about how to keep yourself safe in public places and used this resource which you may wish to view.