Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Senior UK Maths Challenge

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 Certificate
  • Hatim Sachak: Bronze Certificate, Best in School and Best in Year
  • Robert Beilby: Bronze Certificate
  • Gary 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

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

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 pleased with the finished result!


Neonatal unit manager Karen Rice, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Lola today. This has been a very exciting project for us and has made a big difference to everyone that comes onto the unit. Thanks to The Webber Independent School for continuing to support us!”

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Webber Remembers

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.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Prep Trip to Roald Dahl Gallery

Ken and William pretending to be Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I dreamed a dream for the BFG
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

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

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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


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 very French display featuring a giant snail!

For most people, the highlight of the day was the 'Becasuc' sweet factory, where we saw a variety of confectionary such as jellies and boiled sweets being made.

There was just time for everybody to buy some samples in the shop there before we began the long journey home.

We all had a great day out. On the lower senior school corridor, you can see a display with some of the best photos, as well as what the people who attended had to say about it.

Let's hope that we can do it again next year, to a different destination, and with an even larger group of people!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Prep Visit to Roald Dahl Gallery

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Years 3 to 6 are visiting the Roald Dahl gallery in Aylesbury next Tuesday. They are hoping to learn lots about the books of this popular author and will be making dream bottles as part of a creative activity. More to follow...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Year 10 Recreate Lord of the Flies

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. Year 10 will be presenting further responses to Lord of the Flies at the school's Open Day on 7th November.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sky Sports Living for Sport

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.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Webber Independent School's Student Librarian: Shivum Shah

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.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Jeans for Genes Day

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.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Summer Expeditions

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.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Vocab Express

We are now using Vocab Express in our French, Spanish and German lessons:


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.

Friday, 10 July 2015

New MFL and Classics Blog

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

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

End of Year Art Showcase

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.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Robert Beilby Drama Performance

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.


Monday, 8 June 2015

End of Year Art Showcase

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.

Self portrait - Lola de Gorter

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Nepal Tuck Shop

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 calculate change quickly.

In total we raised an amazing £458.35!

Well done to Year 3 and 4 and thank you to everyone who shopped at the tuck shop!

Friday, 22 May 2015

RHS Budding Gardeners Competition 2015

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.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hunt on for Dark Matter

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 technique used to detect dark matter: photons. If you smash photons into an area suspected to contain dark matter it will glow if there is any there!

Robert Beilby, Year 9

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Derbyshire Expedition Photos

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

Please remember to bring to school your 'Bag 2 School' bag filled with:
  • Good quality Adults' and Children's Clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together)
  • Handbags, bags
  • Hats
  • Scarves and ties
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
 by 3rd June.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

New DofE Notice Board

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

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

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest

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 at Mr Johnson`s next production!

Lola de Gorter and Laurie Allan, Year 11

Monday, 20 April 2015

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.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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

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.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

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 performance is something our whole school community should celebrate.  We are privileged to share in the successes of our talented and passionate young people and I am delighted that their time at Webber has given them a sound platform to their future careers.  Congratulations to all students who’ve worked so hard for their excellent grades.”

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Beginners Guide to Converting a Classroom into a WW1 Trench

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 HQ. Mrs Willett, Rochelle Dunne's mum built trench ladders and the dugouts; Mr Elston, Ben Elston and Mr Mott were all able to come up with a solution for almost anything required involving wood, sandbags and chicken wire: they were the engineers behind putting together the trench superstructure on the first day of construction. Mr Elston and Ben returned on subsequent days to help with securing the pallet floor and putting in the roof over the Officer’s HQ. Large quantities of hessian were used to provide door flaps, cover roofs and anywhere where there was a need to cover over the twenty first century. Mrs Staerck and Mr Marshall were largely responsible, staplers in hand, for covering the sides of the Officer’s HQ based on a superstructure made from two large office cabinets!

The original design for the front of Whiz Bang Alley

Mr Hutchinson and Mr Nash dragged in the very heavy railway sleepers from the garden for the fire steps. Mr Nash will never underestimate the work of the railway navvies ever again! We filled a sandbag with sand so that we can see and feel the real weight of one of these things, it was heavy... The other 120 sandbags used to complete the trench were filled mostly with newspaper brought in by students and parents, plus some with old bedding and pillows.

At back of the room we created an illusion of no-man’s land and constructed a ladder against one of the trench walls to enable the students to visualise what it would be like to have to go over the top of the trench into battle. Sight and sounds of WW1 were projected onto a screen made from a bed sheet pinned to the wall and 20 battery powered candles were installed to give the effect of star and candlelight.

The original plan of Whiz Bang Alley before it was built

Once the main construction was up it was time for the artists to get creative with making sandbags and scrunched up paper for the ground area above the pallet walls. Fences were made with “Hallowe'en barbed wire” to give a look of authenticity and desolation. The floor of pallets was given a wash of brown paint and then scattered with soil, sand and leaves for a damp underground feel. Silver lamps were transformed into rusty looking gas lamps and polystyrene blocks were revamped into ammunition boxes. Lighting was subdued with tracing paper covers and various WW1 memorabilia was carefully placed around the trench for the finishing touch. The blasted stumps of trees and bare branches were made from material brought in from her garden by Mrs Kirwin who also kindly donated the lamps and boxes which helped give the trench such a feel of the First World War. A number of parents gave canes to support the barbed wire pickets, others gave chicken wire without which the roofs of the dugouts could not have been made.

Our trench was completed within 30 days, by the 10th November, phew… THANK YOU to all students, parents and staff that were involved from the Whiz Bang Alley design and build team!

Ms Anacootee (Head of Art), Mrs McNulty (Enrichment) & Mr Nash (Head of History)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Celebrating Our Feathered Friends

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 Sue Vig said: “We have taken part in this observation event for a number of years which reminds our children of the importance and beauty of nature that surrounds us every day. Our popular garden guests are sometimes overlooked so the Big Garden Watch reminds us of the great variety of birds we're fortunate to see, as well as celebrating the wonderful contribution they make to our environmental wealth.”

Sunday, 25 January 2015

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

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!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

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

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 Break of Day in the Trenches with its haunting reflection upon the harsh mortality rate of the First World War. Following on were a simple, blunt representation of Siegfried Sassoon's Suicide in the Trenches, emphasising the shocking fate which awaited many innocent and barely capable young soldiers; a quieter and poignant reading of Charles Sorley's thoughts about the enemy, To Germany; and - as the climax - a full and dramatic rendition of Carol Anne Duffy's Christmas Truce 1914.

The participating students devoted time in and out of lessons to ensuring one of the most special and memorable contributions to school life which their audiences were privileged to share. It was fitting that those who attended the Christmas Evening took part in the traditional carol singing around the tree where Stille Nacht (the original hymn) and its English translation Silent Night were sung.

Martin Roper
Head of English

 Break of Day in the Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg

Remembering Historical Conflicts and the Impact of War


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 passion for learning about the events of the past is evidence of how by bringing learning to life you reignite an interest and desire to learn.  We shall be keeping the exhibition in situ into the next term and we would welcome anyone interested in viewing it to drop by at any time.”

Concept Mapping in Geography


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.