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Senior UK Maths Challenge

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We ran the Senior UK Maths Challenge on 5th November this year. It is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying mathematics. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes and is sat in school under examination conditions. In recent years there have been over 100,000 entries from about 2000 schools and colleges. Certificates are awarded to the highest scoring 60% of candidates.

Our Sixth Form Mathematics students took up the challenge in addition to our top Year 11s and one Year 10 student.
We are proud to announce the following results: Samuel Oram Jones: Bronze CertificateHatim Sachak: Bronze Certificate, Best in School and Best in YearRobert Beilby: Bronze CertificateGary Meadows: Best in Year
Congratulations to them all and an extra special congratulation goes to Robert Beilby for being the youngest student to take part and to be awarded with a Bronze certificate.

Save the Children Christmas Appeal

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Webber's very own Santa's Little Helpers raised £224 for Save the Children Christmas Appeal on Friday by wearing their favourite Christmas jumpers!

Students Get Creative to Welcome Visitors onto the Neonatal Unit

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Students at The Webber Independent School had pens and pencils at the ready earlier this year after being invited to design some new artwork for the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
The Milton Keynes based school have been supporting the hospital’s neonatal unit over the past few years, with activities ranging from a beat the goalie competition to a Christmas raffle and Valentine’s sweets sale. 
As part of this, the students were invited by Milton Keynes Hospital Charity to design artwork to brighten up the neonatal unit entrance doors – and they were only too pleased to accept!
Each year 390 babies are admitted onto the unit, which cares for babies born too early, too small or very ill – and so the artwork can offer a warm and friendly welcome for all its visitors.
The designs were submitted and a winner was chosen earlier this year and the doors have now been installed. The winning student, Lola, visited the unit today to see the finished doors and was really ple…

Webber Remembers

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The school community paid their respects and marked Armistice Day this week. 16 Army Cadets from our own 24th Webber Platoon, led by Colour Serjeant Pearman, paraded and presented the Poppy Wreath. The service featured bugler Mr Keith Jones.

Our Army Cadets have led the school on the British Legion Poppy Appeal by selling poppies, wristbands, poppies and stationery.
Students have been working in cross–curricular groups looking at the creating mixed media poppies in Art, trench poetry in English and trench artefacts and in History. Meanwhile in assemblies, PSHCE lessons and form time have learnt about the British Legion and the valuable work they do.

Student ambassadors from Years 3-13 also attended the Mayor’s Commemoration Service at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.

Prep Trip to Roald Dahl Gallery

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Everyone had a delumptious time yesterday, making dreams for their dream bottles. The staff at the Gallery were extremely impressed with how much our students knew about the books of Roald Dahl and about Roald Dahl himself. We were very proud of them.

Success at the ISA Art Competition

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Webber have had another successful year at the Regional ISA Art Competition held last month in London. Work was showcased by artists from Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School alongside other Independent schools in the North London area. Congratulations go to Lola de Gorter who was awarded second place for her GCSE sculpture 'Violin and Birds' and Aya Zade who was presented with first place for her silk paintings of flowers in the Key Stage 4 Textiles category.
Aya's work will now be exhibited at the National Finals to be held on Friday. Well done to all the students who had their work entered and good luck to Aya for the final.
Aya Zade - GCSE - Mixed media flowers 
Lola de Gorter - GCSE - Violin and Birds 
Hannah Murray, Mami Yamaguchi and Pia Jackson - GCSE coursework
Daniel Baqueiro Blucher - GCSE - Together
 Om Sharma and Matilda Evans - Yr 7 - Aboriginal Art
Emma Monaco - Yr 5 - Self portrait

Key Stages 2 and 3 Educational Visit to The Opal Coast of France

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Students from Years 4 to 9, along with Mr. Johnson, Miss Carles-Navarro and Mrs. McNulty had a 'fantastique' day out just before the October half-term.
We began at 5am with a coach journey from school to the Port of Dover, although the time flew by. We were through security and on the ferry by 8.30, just in time to get some breakfast and to look at the White Cliffs of Dover as they became ever-more distant.
After the channel crossing, our first stop was at a bakery in the small village of Wierre-Effroy. Here, we were entertained for an hour-and-a-half making croissants and rustic bread, before sampling some of the delicious pains au chocolat, too.
The food-themed day continued with a wonderful meal of 'steak haché et frites', followed by 'mousse au chocolat' at 'Restaurant Hamiot' in Boulogne.
After that, we had time to explore. We walked all around the old town, visiting its basilica, town hall and passing some of the little shops. There was also a ve…

Prep Visit to Roald Dahl Gallery

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Year 10 Recreate Lord of the Flies

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Taking advantage of the Think Pink day at the end of half term, the already attired Year 10 students took to the trees and foliage of the school grounds to recreate the intimidating environment of their GCSE text, William Golding's Lord of the Flies.


The frightening theme of Trouble in Paradise was clearly represented as civilised values inexorably slipped into savagery on the fictional idyllic island where young schoolboys struggle to survive in an adult less world, following their abandonment in a fictional 1950s war.
Charlie de Gorter, atop a branch, presented the fearsome Jack who 'made one cheek and one eye socket white, then rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal from right ear to left jaw' whilst his 'sinewy body held up the mask that drew their eyes, appalled and compelled them'. Sofia Bajerova and Stephanie Liney are slightly less scary, below, whilst other bemasked participants complete a sinister improvisation. Yea…

Sky Sports Living for Sport

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On Thursday 8th October Alistair Patrick-Heselton worked with the Year 7 and 8 students at The Webber Independent School developing their self-confidence, improve their self-esteem as well as practising their social skills and learning to work together in order to become successful.
Alistair Patrick-Heselton is a Paralympic Footballer who gained a silver medal in the 7-a-side 2012 Paralympic World Cup.
Alistair is part of the ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ team who use sports role models and the skills learnt through sport to help build confidence and develop life skills in young people. At the heart of the initiative there is a team of over 90 world-class Athlete Mentors who are developing relationships with schools to deliver a life skills programme known as the Six Keys to Success.

The Webber Independent School's Student Librarian: Shivum Shah

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Year 9 student Shivum Shah has assumed responsibility as principal Student Librarian, following his tireless work throughout the last year as one of the student assistants in a team which looks after the Library environment and its resources on a daily basis.

Shivum electronically collates all book resources whilst ensuring that shelves are tidy, desks and chairs straight, and enquiring students are pointed in the right direction in terms of materials and their location. 
“Do we have a copy of this book in the Library, Shivum?” Teaching colleagues now benefit from the Student Librarian`s unerring knowledge of the fiction and non fiction shelves, following his loyal apprenticeship last year.
Shivum now has a new team of assistants from Year 7 in the senior school to help support his work throughout this coming year.
Shivum is pictured above, with (seated) Al Hassan Zade, Year 11 (centre); Aaliyah Etti and Maddie Templeton, Year 7.

Jeans for Genes Day

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Today students and staff at The Webber Independent School supported Jeans for Genes Day raising £161 for the charity.


The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children and families affected by genetic disorders.

Summer Expeditions

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The Webber DofE group enjoyed an expedition to Northumberland during the summer break. There were four groups in total with bronze, silver and gold expeditions taking place during the week away. Some were practice expeditions while others were being assessed.
The weather was atrocious but the participants all did extremely well considering the very wet conditions. Everyone completed their routes and we had no dropouts!

All the groups, bar bronze, experienced wild camping where they set up camp in Kielder Forest in the grounds of a bothy. They had to collect their water using a filter and not sleep inside the building.

Vocab Express

We are now using Vocab Express in our French, Spanish and German lessons:
www.vocabexpress.com
This is a really great interactive online learning tool. It will enable the students to practise vocabulary at home in a fun way, including a guide to pronunciation. We hope that it will also prove useful to parents!
Students are being given a username and password in lessons this week, which can be changed to something easier to remember on first login. It is accessible as a desktop website and as a smartphone / tablet app for use on the move as well as at home.
The school code, when prompted, is UKGWIS.

New MFL and Classics Blog

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Dear all, you might wish to take a look at the new MFL and Classics Blog, newer, better, just Webber!

End of Year Art Showcase

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A big thank you to all those who have visited the End of Year Art Showcase in the past month. The exhibition displayed imaginative art work from GCSE and A Level students. The final pieces displayed skills with a range of media and some of the sketchbooks were works of art in themselves. Well done to all the students involved.


Robert Beilby Drama Performance

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Webber would like to congratulate Year 9 student, Robert Beilby on a fantastic recent drama performance at Leighton Buzzard Theatre. 
The production was called The Factory Children, set at the time of the Industrial Revolution with a poor family against a rich family. The poor family's children worked at the factory which the rich family's father owned. Robert played the oldest 'poor' child, a part that included a lot of singing, both solo and duets.

End of Year Art Showcase

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We would like to invite you to join us for the End of Year GCSE and A Level Art Showcase. This exhibition displays the talents and hard work of Webber’s Art students so please bring your friends and family along to help celebrate the Class of 2015. The event will take place on Wednesday 10th June, 4.30 – 6.30pm in the Drama Studio. We look forward to seeing you there.

Nepal Tuck Shop

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This week, our Year 3 and 4 students organised and ran their own tuck shop to raise funds for Water Aid’s Nepal appeal.

As part of their IPC topic, ‘On Tap’, the Year 3s and 4s had been learning about how some people around the world do not have access to clean water. They had been considering how to help to improve the lives of people in poorer countries. In light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, they decided to help to raise funds for the Nepalese people to have access to clean, safe drinking water.
The children planned, advertised and ran their own tuck shop, all the while showing great empathy for the people of Nepal. They brought in food, drink and stationery donations to sell and encouraged students across the school to bring in money to spend.
The children took their roles as ‘shop sellers’ seriously. They all demonstrated enthusiasm and a responsible attitude. We were very busy at times and the children coped extremely well under the pressure to sell, count coins and calcu…

RHS Budding Gardeners Competition 2015

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Yesterday our Key Stage 2 gardeners visited RHS Wisley to take part in the Budding Gardeners Competition. We took with us a selection of plants our own budding young gardeners have been growing at school and also various props to complement our 'Alice in Wonderland' theme. There was plenty to do once we arrived at RHS Wisley and the students worked enthusiastically to construct our mini show garden. Our 'Webber Wonderland' garden will be on display throughout May half term week at RHS Wisley.


Hunt on for Dark Matter

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What is dark matter? In space where there is nothing visible there is a source of gravity. Scientists call it dark matter. It is the theory that there is matter there it is just invisible and nearly undetectable.
How much is there? A billion sub-atomic particles of dark matter pass through your outstretched hand every second, in fact 95% of the universe is dark matter/energy. Also as the universe expands so does dark matter.

How can you find it? In Canada the biggest dark matter detector is currently being built in search of the Anti Social WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles) Dark Matter. DEAP ( Dark matter Experiment using Argon Pulse-shape discrimination) is on the hunt for these WIMPs using the nuclei of argon atoms to collide into suspected dark matter. On the other side of the world , France and Switzerland, they are using the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in CERN ( Counseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléarire) to do the same thing as DEAP. However, there is another techni…

Derbyshire Expedition Photos

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Here are some great photos taken by Daniel Katechia on a recent DofE expedition to Derbyshire.

We are having another Bag 2 School Collection on Wednesday 3rd June

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Please remember to bring to school your 'Bag 2 School' bag filled with:
Good quality Adults' and Children's ClothingPaired shoes (tied together)Handbags, bagsHatsScarves and tiesBeltsSoft toys  by 3rd June.

Thank you for your support!

New DofE Notice Board

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Next time you're passing by the Drama Studio look out for the new Duke of Edinburgh's Award notice board!

New House Notice Boards

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Next time you're passing by the Drama Studio look out for the new Oak and Cedar notice boards!

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Last week, one of our teachers at WIS starred in an Oscar Wilde play - The Importance of Being Earnest. A production by Wootton Country Players, our very own Mr Johnson performed in the role of John Worthing, a witty, upper-class Victorian.
The play, greatly humorous and cleverly written, was entertainingly performed. The costumes were well suited to the Victorian era, and the set was inventive; although only an amateur production, everything was of a high quality.

A ‘Trivial Comedy for Serious People’, Mr Johnson performed his role with utter professionalism and succeeded in making the whole audience laugh, from the youngest children to the most mature spectators. We certainly found him to be an immensely amusing character.
As two students who have read and appreciated the text, we thoroughly enjoyed this theatrical production of the play. It was highly useful in bringing the characters to life and gaining a better understanding of their deeper personalities.
We hope to see you all …

Readathon Result

I am delighted to announce that we have raised £544.10 as a result of the recent Readathon event. This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank everyone who took part.

Theatre Visit: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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On the last afternoon of term, 26th March, a substantial group of Year 9 and 10 students saw an excellent stage adaptation production of Mark Haddon`s famous modern text The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, at The Royal Derngate Theatre, Northampton.
The in depth story of Christopher Boone, a teenager at the extreme edge of Asperger`s Syndrome autism, was brought to life through excellent performances, the experience of which complemented Year 9`s full study of the text last half term and those of Year 10 who had undertaken the book as wider reading.
Some of the party (below with Mr Roper) showed their appreciation of the production immediately afterwards, on the steps of the theatre, photograph by Georgie Keech and Rochelle Dunne.

Readathon

The Pre-prep and Prep sections of The Webber Independent School are taking part in the Readathon sponsored reading event this year which supports worthwhile charities such as 'CLIC Sargent', 'Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity' and 'together for short lives'. The children will be sponsored for reading as much as they can and this will be followed by a chance to dress up as a favourite book character in order to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.

We will be holding our annual Poetry Assembly on Tuesday 10th March which will showcase our very best poetry readers in Primary.

Webber Celebrates Number 1 Spot for GCSE & A Level Performance

Validated data from the Department for Education has confirmed students at the Webber Independent School have maintained an exceptionally high performance at KS4 (GCSE) by achieving 73% 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.  Proudly sitting in the number 1 spot as the highest performing school in the town, The Webber Independent School recorded an impressive 100% pass rate overall and hopes that its continued rise in student outcomes will  progress long into the future.

It was a similar triumph for the Webber Sixth Form cohort where 88% of students attained at least 3A*-E A-Levels, again placing them number 1 in the town and 100% progressed onto their first choice university.
Principal Sue Vig said, “We are incredibly proud of our students performance and this truly reflects the dedication shown by the children, supported by parents and of course the staff here at Webber, to their everyday learning and preparation for exams.  To be number 1 in the town for both GCSE and A Level p…

The Beginners Guide to Converting a Classroom into a WW1 Trench

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It’s a wonder how some 30 pallets, paper, sacking, soil and lots of brown paint could make Whiz Bang Alley, such a fantastic replica of a WW1 trench – all in 30 days! With the help of parents, Year 7, 9 and 10 Art students and staff we were able to turn a classroom into a dark and dingy area that is a recreation of a trench, home to so many soldiers during the First World War. The idea behind the design was to simulate the look, feel and even the smell of the trenches – indeed some of the material came from Mr and Mrs Dunn’s farm. The name Whiz Bang Alley comes from the well regarded 1980s WW1 comic strip Charley’s War. The trench installation looks fantastic and it was great to see Webber staff, students and parents working together on such a poignant project.
Pallets were kindly donated by parents and the main construction was assembled in one weekend with staff, parents and pupils all at hand with screwdrivers and saws to create the main trench, Whiz Bang Alley and the Officer’s H…

Celebrating Our Feathered Friends

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Students from The Webber Independent School, Milton Keynes, braved the winter elements on Friday 23rd January to undertake some bird watching in recognition of the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Officially the event was celebrated over the weekend 24th- 25th January, so remembering what they had learnt in school, the children got family and friends involved by keeping watch on their gardens and local nature reserves to record the highest number of each bird species seen outside at any one time.
A wide selection of popular garden birds were observed as well as some rarer species, more often seen in woodland areas – students then took to the online recording survey to share with the RSPB the variety of feathered friends who had paid them a visit.
Originally launched by Blue Peter over 30 years ago, the event has grown in popularity – with over half a million people now taking part in the annual RSPB bird counting scheme, aimed to help assess and measure UK wildlife changes.
Principal …

A-Level and GCSE Students at the BFI (British FIlm Institute)

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Our French and Spanish A-level and GCSE students enjoyed a fantastic workshop about Spanish and French cinema. It was an amazing opportunity to show students the work of French and Spanish directors and enjoy a movie in original language. All students coped amazingly well with the fact that the whole workshop was spoken in Spanish and French only. It provided them the opportunity to enhance their Language skills and prove to themselves that the Language learning can go beyond the normal lessons.
Most of them agreed they want to watch some of the movies shared during the workshop. So, we will definitely find time to watch some of them!
I am very pleased to say that our students were amazing and I feel very proud to teach them!

Watch Year 9 War Poetry Performances from the Webber's own Trench

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Year 9 students marked the one hundredth anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce with a sustained, high quality dramatisation of selected World War One poetry, performed in and around the school's own trench construction within the Drama Studio. Several performances were given to various in house groups and classes whilst three separate run throughs were given during the Christmas Evening celebration on 15th December, for especially invited guests, families and visitors.
The dramatisation was filmed and posted on YouTube.
The overall look and feel of the readings and improvisation is deliberately one of darkness and twilight, particularly with the poems which started with the small Christmas lights as the only source of illumination. The darkness forces the viewer to concentrate on what is said before the main lights come on.
The opening poem of the sequence featured a realistically hand crafted rat and a symbolic poppy, to dramatise the key elements of Isaac Rosenberg's Brea…

Remembering Historical Conflicts and the Impact of War

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An impressive life size replica War Trench built by students of the Webber Independent School has been applauded by parents, staff and visitors alike.  The creation which combined the students English and History class curriculum from the last term, has been opened up to the public and other local schools to share with others its magnificence as well as the great depth of knowledge the students have learned as a result of its construction.
Before the School broke for the close of term, students, staff, parents and guests, gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate ‘Christmas 1914 Ceasefire’ by singing English and German carols and listening to works from ‘The Soldier Poets, performed by Year 9 students.  Following the carols all visitors entered the Historical Conflicts Exhibition and were given a tour of the life-size Trench before finally viewing the Commemoration Wall.  
Principal Sue Vig said, “What our students have achieved is simply incredible – their enthusiasm and passi…

Concept Mapping in Geography

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When revising or reviewing topics in Geography a method often used is concept mapping. Students are given key terms, graphs, maps and photos relating to a topic and are then challenged to find and explain as many links as possible between them. This is a useful technique to use when revising a topic or developing understanding of a concept such as interdependence. This method can work well for individual revision or as a group activity. On a recent school open day students collaborated on a concept map about conflict in Sudan, the finished concept map can be seen on display in room 6.