Showing posts from 2014

Talented Tesni Takes Silver in National Competition

A student from The Webber Independent School Milton Keynes has secured SILVER (second place) in the National ISA (Independent Schools Association) Schools Art Competition exhibited at The Autumn Head Teachers Conference held last month. Tesni Williams’ portrayal of “Childhood memories - chest of drawers” in the The Key Stage 5 3-Dimensional category, already secured her GOLD in the regional heats held back in October.
Here she received a second gong and was credited with a ‘Highly Commended’ for her exquisite piece ‘Grandmother’ in the Key Stage 5 Painting category.
Principal Sue Vig said, “We have some exceptionally talented artists in school who use their abilities as a fantastic way to portray their thoughts and emotions. We submitted a number of pieces so well done to all who took part. On this occasion our huge congratulations have to go to Tesni – it’s wonderful that the talents of such an inspiring young artist have been applauded on a national scale.”

Wacky Winter Woolies at Webber!

Students and staff at The Webber Independent School have donned their warmest, wackiest and most wonderful festive woollies to raise money for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.
The school driveway was awash with bright colours as children from the Nursery through to the Sixth Form arrived at school in their festive sweaters and Christmas accessories.
At break time and lunch time, Sixth Formers sold hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and candy sprinkles to add to the money already collected through the jumper donations.
An impressive total of £230 will now go towards helping save children’s lives around the world, from Syria to Liberia, Brazil to Bangladesh.
Principal Sue Vig said: “This is a really fun and festive way of raising funds for a fantastic cause. It has been wonderful to see so many creative Christmassy cardies being paraded around school today and it’s also certainly raised a few smiles.”

Magic Moira Made a Member

“Honorary Council Membership Awarded to Fundraising Extraordinaire!”
The exceptionally impressive charity fundraising efforts of one of Webber Independents longest serving members of staff has been publicly celebrated - Moira Staerck Director of Curriculum and who has been working at the School for 28 years, has been made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council.
Moira has been volunteering and raising funds for the NSPCC for over 18 years, in which time she has accumulated more than half a million pounds for the charity and says her avid support for the charity stemmed from realising how important a good start in life is for young people across the country.
Having raised large sums of money being sponsored to take part in multiple marathons and triathlons, in 1999 the determined sportswoman turned her attention to establishing Milton Keynes very own half marathon – a now annual event which has been taking place ever since.
The Honorary Council Membership was officially awarded a…

Hour of Code

Computer Science Week starts on December 8th 2015. This is the third year of an international event which is sponsored by Bill Gates, and to name a few!
Get involved and code for one hour this week.
Why not try to learn block coding using 'Angry Birds' - click on this link below:

Anybody Can Learn

Sea Horses

Occasionally, the simplest approach to a creative task works best. Here is a Year 8 student's creation of an extended metaphor through her own poem...
Sea Horses
As the storm moves closer, The horses try in desperation to pull themselves up the beach,  Rising higher and moving a bit closer each time, Only to be pulled back into the raging ocean.
By morning, when the storm has gone, The horses’ exhaustion shows, They manage a couple of steps, Then the sea takes them back.
The horses never give in though, Always trying to reach dry land. Day or night,  They run up the beach, away from the sea,  Never to succeed.
By Eliza Chinn, Year 8.

Works of Art Applauded at Webber

Students whose artwork was submitted in the ISA (Independent Schools Association) North London Regional Art Competition are celebrating exceptional success having entered work in the Key Stages, 3, 4 and 5 categories and were ‘noted’ in 6 of the 7 categories entered. The heat which took place in October as part of the ‘Head teachers Study Meeting’ announced the winners as follows:
The Key Stage 5 3-Dimensional category awarded first place to Tesni Williams for her portrayal of 'Childhood memories - chest of drawers', closely followed by Jenny Lui who was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ status for her ‘Mother Jug’ piece.

Fabulous Webber Bakers Contribute to WORLD RECORD BREAKING Longest Line of Cupcakes!

Cakes baked by parents of Webber as part of the MK world record attempt – were delicately placed in line and helped to successfully secure a NEW WORLD RECORD for the longest line of cupcakes! Thank you to everyone who contributed or was involved.
The existing record was held by a company in Columbia, South America – at 607m …and because of all the amazing contributions by volunteers across the MK community we were able to smash the previous record by nearly 1000 metres – measuring a total of 1604.75m!
In addition to the cakes we donated to this cause, we also sold some cupcakes in school and combined with a number of other fundraising activities that took place in honour of Children In Need day, generated an impressive total of £251 for charity.
Below are some of pictures of children giving your baking achievements a good ‘send off’…as they went on their journey to join the record attempt and our 2 Year 11 Food Tech students Penny and Katie, who took part in the promotional filming …

Little Lives Door Design Winner

Students at Webber have been raising money for the 'Little Lives' Charity, the Neo Natal Unit at Milton Keynes Hospital. At the end of the Summer term the hospital offered us the opportunity for a student to design an image to go onto the entrance doors to the Neo Natal Unit. There were many fantastic entries but the staff at the unit decided the winner of the door design was Lola de Gorter, a student in Year 11. Lola will have her design painted or printed onto the doors of the unit. We look forward to seeing the results next year. Congratulations Lola.

Commemorative Wall

Parents, staff and pupils have been busy gathering information about their relatives who fought in WW1, WW2 and other conflicts.
The wall is expanding daily.  If you want to add to this display please email/hand in to School Reception any pictures and information for the attention of Mrs Staerck.

Crooks' Room brings alive Of Mice and Men for GCSE students

Saturday`s Open Day brought together dramatic talents within Year 11 who created and produced their own adaptation of Crooks` Room from their pivotal GCSE text Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. The description of the stable buck`s room was read with considerable accomplishment by Daniel Baquero Blucher (seated right), accompanied by Lola de Gorter (standing left) interspersing her own commentary on the text.
Naya Armour animated one of the stable buck`s horses with Bob Ejor taking a turn of one of several students who acted out Crooks` role. A stilled scene from the recent John Malkovich inspired film version of the text was projected behind the stage whilst bales of hay and straw, alongside Crooks` various day to day accoutrements,completed the effect.
The presentation was subsequently acted out in school for all classes who are or will shortly be studying the text.

Happy Halloween!

This pumpkin was grown by the school’s Gardening Club last term, swelling to a considerable size over the summer!

Art Study Visit to The National Galleries

At the end of last month Webber GCSE Art students made a study visit to both The National and National Portrait Gallery in London. They were able to make first hand studies of paintings towards research for the Year 10 'Faces' and Y11 'Contained Objects' projects. Watch this space for pictures of the final outcomes.

Another Wet Monday

Gardening Club retreated indoors for the second time in as many weeks today due to some very wet weather again this Monday. So instead of the usual outdoor activities the gardeners enjoyed pumpkin carving and Halloween card making indoors. The pumpkin was grown by the students last term and had swelled to a considerable size over the summer. Last week the students put together a seed bank for next year using seeds collected from the school allotment.
Earlier this term the students enjoyed a picnic and harvested produce from the allotment including chard, courgettes, runner beans, tomatoes and blackberries. Here are some photos of our gardeners' picnic and produce, what a difference a month makes!

Year 7 Word Wall

Year 7 have been learning key geographical vocabulary. As part of their learning the students have created a word wall with definitions of the various key terms.

Hanson Centre

Years 5 and 6 are visiting The Hanson Centre at Great Linford Lakes on Tuesday 14th October as part of their work in Science on Evolution and Inheritance. Watch this space for some photographs on pond dipping and spectacular views from the Centre.

Death Penalty in French

Our students in A level learn, write and debate about topics like Racism, Death Penalty, Democracy among other fantastic fun topics. Have a look at the MFL Blog to see some samples.

Extreme Sports

Spanish students in Year 11 learn and write about extreme sports. Have a look at the MFL Blog.

Ready Steady Grow!

As we start a fresh new school year we want your help to produce our best crop yet! From Friday 5th September - Thursday 30th October parents, students and friends can collect Let's Grow vouchers from Morrisons stores.
Every voucher will be redeemable against great growing equipment and will help get those green fingers into the school garden!

Milton Keynes Hospital Door Design

This year at Webber we have been fundraising for the charity 'Little Lives' at Milton Keynes Hospital. After a recent visit by Year 11 to the hospital, the Charity Team asked if our talented Webber students could create a new door design for the entrance to the Neo-Natal Unit at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Brazil Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Hatim Sachak who was the highest scorer in the international week Brazil quiz!

English Literature Trip to Camden

Year 9's end of term English trip to Camden and its famous market, on Tuesday, was conducted entirely on foot, exploring the settings of their recently studied novel Stone Cold, by Robert Swindells. The students walked straight from Euston Station to Camden, recreating the footsteps of the homeless young character Link, observing the environment and mixture of people which make Camden a diverse and exciting cultural experience but also reflecting upon the less fortunate situations of some of the habitual individuals in the Camden Lock area, featured in the novel.

Class of 2014 - Art Showcase

If you have not viewed the fantastic art work of the GCSE and A Level Art students then please come along to the exhibition in Drama Studio this week. This is the last week to see all the sketchbooks and final outcomes by our talented Webber students. Well done to all the artists on a brilliant end of year show.

Brazil Quiz

Here is the link to the quiz that was on the Brazil stall at today's international fayre:

Take the quiz!
Participates will be emailed their score and the answers next week, there are Brazilian themed prizes for the top scorers!

The quiz closes on Monday 7th July.

First Sunflower of the Summer!

Today at gardening club we discovered that one of the sunflowers had finally flowered over the weekend, much to the delight of the gardeners. Apart from admiring the sunflower, we also planted three courgette plants and a butternut squash in one of the raised beds. There was of course plenty of weeding and watering to do too!

International Week Programme


“Designs Fit for a King”

Students are celebrating royal success after entering a competition to design Prince Georges 1st Birthday commemoration card. Launched by Fat Chilli cards, the national competition invited students of all ages to design a card for the Princes upcoming birthday on 22 July 2014.

Coastal Change Stop Motions

Year 7 recently made stop motion animations in Geography to show how coastal headlands change over time. Here are a selection of their finished videos!

Mind the Gap!

Here is a display of some of the work done by Year 8 and 9 students in Geography last term. There is a variety of work on the display relating to world development including a concept map, infographic, reports and digital maps.

International Week at The Webber Independent School


Physical Geography Photo Competition 2014

What physical geography can you spot in your local area? This is a competition for students aged 11-18 organised by the Geographical Association. To enter you must take a photo of the physical geography in your area and submit your shot with a caption describing the photo.

The theme is: ‘physical geography around where I live’. We know that physical geography is all around us wherever we go, but often we don't stop to notice and really look for what can be found in the neighbourhood - so here is the perfect opportunity to go out in your local patch and discover some physical geography near you.

Mi casa / Mi dormitorio

The Year 7s have been learning about the parts of the house in Spanish and have produced amazing 3D and 2D houses and bedrooms. Have a look at the PowerPoint on the MFL blog.

Webber's Roman Feast

Year 7 enjoyed a Roman feast in History this afternoon. There were a selection of foods on offer that would have been enjoyed by ancient Romans including olives, dates and honey among other things. We had to substitute garum (a sauce made from fermented fish guts) with the modern equivalent of Worchester sauce!

Senior and Year 10 Girls Tennis Tournament at Stantonbury – 6th May 2014

The girls played in our first tennis match of the season at Stantonbury Campus on Tuesday 6th May.
In glorious sunshine the senior girls’ team of Alice Bailey and Penny Dunn made an impressive start winning 3 sets to love against Walton High and gaining first place.
In the year 10 team, consisting of Patricia Sampedro, Katie Haines and Pia Jackson, they had a mixed set of results, a win, a loss and a draw, gaining them third place overall.
Well done to all the girls who showed great enthusiasm throughout their games.

Landscape in a Box

As part of their work on the Fantastic Places topic students in Year 7 have researched their own choice of landscape. For homework the students made models of their chosen landscapes and prepared a talk about the landscape for their classmates. A selection of their finished models can be seen below.

Barton Hills River Study

On Tuesday 11th March Year 11 and 12 Geography students visited Barton Hills Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. On the visit the students carried out a practical investigation into the chalk stream there, investigating aspects such as cross-sectional area, discharge and sediment types.
The students used a range of specialist equipment, such as flow and pH meters, to gather data for their investigations. They also practised their field sketching skills and learnt about the area's geological history as part of the Chilterns.
An enjoyable and productive day was had by all. The GCSE students are have subsequently written about their investigation for the controlled assessment, while the AS students have used their own findings to help them prepare for next term's examinations.

Flood Management in Milton Keynes

On Wednesday 12th February our Year 12 Geography students visited Willen and Caldecotte Lakes in Milton Keynes. On the visit we investigated the hard engineering strategies that have been put in place to protect the Milton Keynes from flooding.
The students made notes about the flood defences in use and despite the blustery conditions managed to draw field sketches and maps which they have since used to produce a case study of river management.

The Big Bang 2014

Here are some photos of our visit to this year's Big Bang Fair which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. The students had the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering, take part in hands-on activities and see live shows such as Stefan Gates' 'Gastronaut Extreme'.

Sport Relief 2014, Year 9

This year, Sport Relief runs from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd of March, so the Year 9’s planned their charity week from the 17th Monday – 21st Friday March.
The year thought up some fantastic ideas for fundraising, fully engaging with the sports themed charity. Some of the events that took place were a raffle, and a sports related news quiz which Mr Nash’s Form of year 10’s won, with their sports motto ‘Never Fear, Webber is Here’. The dodgeball tournament between years 3-6 was won by the boys.

World Book Day in Prep


Years 3 and 4 had a fantastic time making their volcanoes explode!


Prep Enjoyed their Pancake Race


Spanish Trip to The Europa Centre for Languages

On Wednesday 26th February, Senior school Spanish students visited the Europa Centre in Hornchurch, a mock-European indoor village. They were accompanied by the Modern Languages staff, and worked with native Spanish speakers throughout their time at the centre.
Working in small groups, differentiated for age and ability, the students began the visit with lunch in a Spanish cafe, then toured the village with its shops and services. These included a butcher's, a bakery, a grocery store, a cinema, a train station and a tourist information office.
Everyone involved enjoyed the experience, and Mr. Johnson is already planning future visits for different languages and age groups.

Mi Familia

Year 7s have been learning about "my family" in Spanish and have produced amazing Family trees that you can see in Mrs Carrillo's class. Here are pictures of some of them.

Shrove Tuesday

The prep school are preparing for their pancake race along Soskin Drive on Shrove Tuesday, 4th March.

Age UK Charity - Year 7

Age UK runs through from January to February, and so the Year 7's took the lead with some assistance from Sixth Form and Form Tutors. The year created an informative PowerPoint and performed a fantastic drama piece displaying the struggles of elderly people in winter months who can't afford heating bills. Sixth Form right down to Pre-Prep thoroughly enjoyed the enactment - the little ones were especially enthusiastic!
We also had visitors from Age UK - Sally and Paul - and they were very impressed with the assembly and grateful for the Schools contribution, not only this year but in previous years.
Friday 7th was bobble day / Webber's 'Wear it Wooly' mufti. Competition winners for 'The Warmest Dressed' were brothers Milo (Junior) and Charlie de Gorta (Senior). Their seriously woolly taste in fashion must be genetic...
In total, the school raised an excellent £168, along with bags full of warm clothes and blankets! Very well done to the Year 7's, their…

Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts 2014


World Book Day 2014

The Prep School will be dressing up as their favourite book characters for World Book Day and reciting some poems in their assembly.

新年快樂; 新年快乐. (Happy Chinese New Year) / 2014 The Year of the Horse

Our students at the junior school, celebrated Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the horse. They produced fantastic art pieces and amazing writing. If you have not visited the junior school, please do and admire the fantastic display they have put on.

Introducing the Pre-Prep Blog

You can now keep up-to-date with the latest news from Pre-Prep by following their new blog.