Friday, 29 November 2013

The Little Match Girl

We are starting to practise in earnest for our Christmas performance of the Little Match Girl on Monday 16th December at Christchurch, Stantonbury. We hope the parents of children in KS2 will be able to join us. You are welcome to watch our dress rehearsal on Friday 13th at 2pm if you are unable to come on Monday evening. I will be sending letters out next week with more information.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Children in Need

A couple of weeks ago (11th - 15th November) was the annual appeal for Children in Need. Year 8 pupils, with the assistance of Sixth Form, organised charity events throughout the week.

The members of Year 8 were very eager to help out and performed their duties professionally and responsibly. Some of the events included: a Penny Mile, Guess the Teddy's name, Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar and Busking.

Penny Mile

The whole school got involved and two Year 7 students won the sweets and teddy competition! Eliza Chin correctly guessed 'Kirk' as the bears name and Kavin Muhunthan was one sweet off the correct total - 373. Busking was also a great success as we had talented students ranging from junior school right up to the seniors treating us to their wonderful music and singing.

Busking

Friday, 22 November 2013

Chasing Ice

This week Year 12 Geography students visited The University of Northampton to attend a special screening of the award winning film 'Chasing Ice'. Chasing Ice is the story of environmental photographer James Balog and his team who headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of climate change.

The film features some extraordinary footage of glaciers including a calving event in Greenland that lasted for 75 minutes. See the clip from the film below in which the glacier retreats a full mile across a calving face three miles wide.


Can't see the video? Click here.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Webber Visit The Tate Modern

On Tuesday 19th November, GCSE and A Level students made an Art study visit to The Tate Modern. The aim of the trip was for GCSE and A level students to generate ideas for coursework projects. Students were able to view historical and contemporary works of art and make studies using traditional methods of drawing and creating artist copies using drawing apps on the iPad.

Friday, 15 November 2013

WIS Maths Day 2013

On Wednesday this week the Mathematics Department ran WIS Maths Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. Students were put into teams and participated in four different activities which were: cube puzzles, Blockbuster, a marble run and 30 problem solving questions. The teams were selected randomly which meant that there was a range of abilities within each group.

These student’s comments show their enthusiasm for the day:

“It was really competitive because every team was really hoping to win”.

“Our marble run was 4.7 m long and we just beat the other team in the Blockbuster by seven seconds.”

“I enjoyed the marble building best because it was the most constructive.”

Thursday, 14 November 2013

ISADA Exhibition in Somerset

Three past and present pupils of WIS are currently exhibiting work at the Independent Schools Art and Design Association Exhibition. The work is being shown at The Sidcot Galleries at Sidcot Independent School in Somerset to coincide with an Autumn Conference being held at the school. The works will be on display until 7th December 2013. Well done to all those exhibiting.

Tesni Williams

Sunday, 10 November 2013

New MFL websites for all ages!

Have you recently visited the MFL blog? If not, it is about time. Your MFL teachers add and update the websites regularly to provide you with exciting learning. Have fun!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Map Monsters

Before half term Year 7 were given the task of designing a monster using just Ordnance Survey map symbols. Here are a few of their monstrous creations!

New Displays in the Senior ICT Suite

The wall displays in the Senior ICT Suite have been refreshed over the half term break. The new 'Get Ready to Google!' display features QR codes that when scanned, with a smart phone or tablet, show video tutorials about how to use different features of Google Apps. Over time new QR codes will be added and old ones updated to keep the display up-to-date.

A Level Work Through to the ISA Art National Final

Two WIS A level Art students' work have been selected for the ISA Art National Final to be held in Stratford Upon Avon this weekend. The students had their work displayed at the ISA Eastern Region Art Competition in Cambridge on Monday and the work was judged by the Harry Potter illustrator, Thomas Taylor. Tesni Williams won first place for her AS Level examination sketchbook and Narissa Postawa gained second place for her A Level examination piece in the Key Stage 5 3D category.

Well done to both Tesni and Narissa and good luck for the National Final.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Geopolitics of Energy

This new display in the Geography room showcases concept maps created by Year 12 students about the geopolitics of energy supply and demand. The students were challenged to find as many links as possible between the places and case studies they studied when we covered this topic before half term.

Dear Emperor...

This new display in the Geography room features some cross-curricular work produced by Year 7 students. The students imagined they were living in Roman London and writing a letter to Emperor Claudius. They had to write about the merits of Londinium's location and use their persuasive writing skills to encourage the Emperor to invest in the city. We also learnt how to write the date in Roman numerals!

Friday, 1 November 2013

ISA Art Competition 2013

Six works of art by past and present WIS students have been selected to enter the Independent Schools Association Eastern Region Art Competition 2013. The work includes 2D and 3D work from GCSE and A Level Art students. The judging will take place at The Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies on the 4th November and some students and parents will be attending the exhibition.

George Burgess - GCSE coursework