Posts

Showing posts from 2016

Prep Christmas Dinner

Image
Years 3 to 6 enjoying a traditional Christmas meal and having fun pulling the Christmas crackers.



Young Entrepreneur’s Club

Image
The Young Entrepreneur’s Club is a group of Year 6 and Year 8 students who meet twice a week to learn more about what it takes to come up with good business ideas and to execute these ideas successfully.
As part of this initiative, students have to come up with a small business venture that they can manage and run themselves for a short period of time in order to give them some experience of retail and commerce.
Today at lunchtime the groups set up their stalls in the foyer and were busy selling their merchandise.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Image
The finish touches were put on the Christmas tree this morning and it looks fabulous! A special thank you to FOWIS and bus drivers for their work on this.
This afternoon Pre-Prep are performing their Christmas Play for parents and teachers, break a leg!

First Prize for Webber Art Work

Image
Congratulations to Year 9 student, Om Sharma who was recently awarded First prize at the National Final of the ISA Art Competition 2016. Om's winning art work was entered into the Key Stage 3 3D category and the judges were very impressed with his decorated hand based upon the theme of American technology.
Well done Om!

Children in Need

Image
A great effort was made for Children in Need today with students raising £425 through non-school uniform donations and a cake sale.

What the Dickens!

Image
Accomplished Year 11 thespian Robert Beilby, centre, devotedly inspired and led performances of adapted scenes from Charles Dickens` Great Expectations for Webber`s annual Open Day on 5th November, followed by several ensuing performances for other year groups.  Here, ably assisted by Rochelle Dunne (as main protagonist Pip, left) and Stefano Beni (The Aged Parent, right), the humble clerk Wemmick introduces Pip to his geriatric father in a scene of comic idiosyncrasy ... one of several eccentric moments in the great Dickens landscape which our students relished with their own interpretations.
Year 11 are tackling Dickens'  masterpiece for their GCSE English Literature examination.
Photo by Daniel Katecha; background scenery by Charlie de Gorter.

Year 4 Roman Shields

Image
The Year 4s made Roman Shields during their Art lessons as part of their History topic.

ISA Art Competition Success

Image
During half term Webber took part in the annual regional ISA Art Competition. Students art work from EYFS to Key Stage 5 were exhibited in various categories. 
The judges awarded first prize to KS5 student Pia Jackson with her 'Nude' painting and she also gained a highly commended for one of her drawings. Om Sharma in Year 9 came first place for his 3D 'American Decorated Hand'. 
A highly commended award in the KS3 drawing category was given to Tate Kiveal in Year 9. 
Well done to all those who had their work displayed and good luck to Pia and Om for the Final exhibition at the end of November.

Gardening Club

Image
Gardening Club has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity this term. The students have been working hard to clear the summer holiday weeds and have been preparing the plots for their mini gardens.
This week one group were pleased to find their cabbage and brussel sprout seeds had germinated over the half term. Meanwhile, another group this were careful planning out and planting their spring bulb garden of daffodils, tulips and alliums.

Year 3 and 4 Webber Boys Football

Image
The Year 3 and 4 Webber Boys arrived for their first match of the season at Bushfield Primary School full of enthusiasm and excitement. A fiercely fought match resulted in a loss for The Webber with lots of exciting goals from both sides. Our boys displayed outstanding commitment and worked hard throughout the game. Congratulations to Lewis, Ayomide, Ethan, Jay, Farhad, Grisham and Elliott for a fantastic game with a special mention to Shakir for his spectacular goal.

Year 7 Boys Football Victory

Image
On Wednesday 2nd November the Year 7 Webber Boys Football team secured a superb victory against Sir Herbert Leon Academy. In a very exciting match the boys demonstrated excellent teamwork and consistently skilful play resulting in a 2:1 win against tough opposition. Congratulations go to the whole team with a special mention to the goal scorers Liam Conroy and Hugo Jackson.

Badminton Success in Denmark

Image
Nadeem, Lisa, Ashwati & Oliver went to Danish Cup. Lisa came home with two Bronze medals in the GS and GD.
The badminton scholars enjoyed a brilliant trip to Finland this half term. Lisa won GS, GD and MXD at U13, Nadeem won BS and BD at U13, Ashwati won GD with Lisa at U13 and Oliver won MXD with Lisa at u13. So a clean sweep of International titles at the U13 age group. Adam also got a Bronze medal in the U15 BD.
A very impressive performance from the guys! Well done all.

Prep School Big Pink Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

Image

Scrabble Club

Image
There are some new additions to the extra-curricular programme this term, including Scrabble Club! This popular club is a great opportunity for students to improve their spelling and practise mental arithmetic. The club is run by Mrs Marsden, on hand with the rule book, and each game is umpired by a Sixth Form student.

Pre-Prep and Prep Harvest Festival Assembly

Image

NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon and 10k 2016

Image
The Webber Independent School successfully hosted the NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon again this year. The race moved from July to September this year and there is now a 10k race which a number of our own staff and students took part in.

All monies raised from this event go towards supporting the NSPCC Schools Service which helps children to understand different types of abuse and how to protect themselves.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Image
Last Friday the Webber community baked, faked and ate cake together to raise a fabulous grand total of £316 (up from £79 last year) for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nifty Netball Win

On Tuesday 4th October the Webber netball squad of Year 9, 10 and 11 played an exciting game against SHLA, where they defeated the opposition by 20 goals to 13. The win was a result of their hard work together with consistent communication and teamwork throughout the game. The girls all gave 100% effort and should be proud of what they achieved.
A special mention goes to two of our Year 7 players, Sophie Shrimpton and Samantha Gomez who played in this game and although played out of position, played really well! Also another mention should go out to our star shooters, Lavinia Stevens and Eliza Chinn who both scored some amazing goals. Congratulations girls! Well done!

Visit to The Natural History Museum

Image
Yesterday Webber students visited the Natural History Museum in Tring which houses six galleries on four levels. The day was very successful, Biology students were able to observe the vast collection of stuffed, preserved mammals, fish, reptiles, birds and invertebrates. They learnt the scientific names (binomials), observed and studied animal features up close and read about the geographical home locations and the types of habitat in the different environments.
The galleries also provided an excellent opportunity for Webber students to be inspired and practise their artistic skills. The specimens were an excellent chance to study colour, pattern, texture and shape.

Reflective Materials

Image
Year 6 have been investigating reflective materials in their science lessons.

Investigating Circuits

Image
Year 4 investigating which circuits work successfully and which do not.

Webber Wears Jeans for Genes

Image
Students and staff swapped their smart suits, kilts and school trousers for jeans today.
The children raised £220 for the Jeans for Genes charity which funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life for families and children affected by genetic disorders to fund extra care and support to transform children's lives.
Headmistress, Mrs Marsden said ' I am very proud of our caring School community. Our 3 to 18 year olds care passionately about making a positive contribution to our local and global community. Organizing this fundraising event is just one of the many ways that they demonstrate their Global Citizenship.'

Jeans for Genes

Image
Don't forget to wear your jeans tomorrow and donate in support of Jeans for Genes!

Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball Vs. Ousedale

Image
In their first match of the season the Webber girls displayed fantastic commitment, enthusiasm and skill during their match against Ousedale. Although the girls narrowly lost the game 6:4 it was a fiercely contested match with several superb goals from Samantha and Sophie. Determined performances were recorded from Lily, Jaanvi and Ali in defence as well as consistent performances from Aaliyah playing Centre and Emma in Wing Attack.
Well done to all the girls who played in this exciting match: Samantha Gomez, Sophie Shrimpton, Sumaiyah Kuthubriya, Aaliyah Etti, Lily Tatum, Aaliya Chaudhry, Emma Monaco, Elizabeth Barnfather and Jaanvi Katechia.

Webber Celebrates Excellent GCSE Results

Image
Congratulations to our Year 9, 10 and 11 students who received their excellent GCSE results yesterday.
92% 5 A*-C grades, up a terrific 10% on last year!
Congratulations to our highest scorers Hatim Sachak and Alhassan Zade who scooped 20 A* / A GCSE subjects combined!

Well done too to our Year 9 and 10 GCSE Latin students Charlie de Gorter, Sulaymaan Ahmed, Tharsan Baskaran , Eliza Chinn and Ayoko Yebovi with their 100% A* record across the board you are off to a great start keep it up!
There were also some great results for Harvey Dunn and Robert Beilby who achieved A grades in GCSE German in Year 10 in their ‘spare time’.
To all the students and parents who collected their results yesterday a heart-felt congratulations and take the time to savour the moment!

Webber Celebrates an Incredible 100% A* - C A Level Results

Image
A2 and AS students from The Webber Independent School are rejoicing, having received an impressive best ever set of A Level grades. Months of hard work and dedication culminated in 100% of students achieving A* - C grades at A Level with 58% achieving A* - B grades.
This is up an incredible 19% on last year’s results as the school continues to go from strength to strength as the number one performing school in the new city.
Most importantly 100% of the students have successfully secured their first choice university place.

Head Boy, Sammy Oram-Jones was delighted with his confirmed place at Durham University to read Business and Management. "Webber has invested so much time and energy in helping me to  gain this top UK university place and giving me so many other fabulous opportunities along the way."

Our high flying Head Girl, Monika Vashani, was over the moon with her results securing her place at Bath Spa to read Human Geography, "Oh my goodness I can’t quite believ…

Year in Review 2015/16

Image

Year 5 and Year 6 - El Tiempo (Spanish Weather Forecast)

Image
Year 5 and Year 6 have been learning about the weather in Spanish. Here is a selection of a few of their weather forecast videos from Jack Jones, Amaya Sokhi, Elizabeth Barnfather and Christopher Ford.



Class Swap Day

Image
This week children in the Pre-Prep and Prep have enjoyed class swap and transition days. This was a great opportunity for the children to meet their new teachers and for children joining Webber in September to meet their classmates.
In Mr Jeacock's Year 4 lesson the children created their own runes of their name as part of the History topic 'Anglo Saxons, Romans and Vikings'.

Chemistry at Work

Image
Year 8 Science and Year 9 Chemistry students recently attended a Chemistry at Work workshop at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. They saw eight different demonstrations, including experiments with oxygen and how snails, slugs and worms use chemistry to live. The students also learnt about how chemistry is used in the cosmetics industry and much more. The trip showed them how Chemistry is used in the ‘real world’ and that it isn’t just a subject you learn about in school. The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and hope to go back to the Discovery Centre again next year.

United Colours of Webber

Image
This week Pre-Prep have been celebrating their International Week, this has involved:
Celebrating our place as World CitizensHighlighting our rich international variety of languages and cultures during this cross-curricular week of learning and celebrationRecognising that we are all unique and special but that we are also all the sameBeing adventurous and trying some new and delicious foods by sampling and eating their way across continents and around the world on a plateParade of Nations in international dressStudents presenting their home learning research projects to each otherGuest presenters with staff and parents sharing their experiences of travel and living in many countriesSharing and enjoying international music and danceParental engagement session with two of our Japanese mums demonstrating and teaching students the intricate Japanese art of origami paper folding

Improving Catching Skills in Cricket and Rounders

This week in PE lessons Year 7 and 8 were developing their catching skills. Here are some slow-motion clips of the students working on their catching skills in cricket and rounders this week.



Years 1 and 2 go Shopping for Spanish Food

Image
Years 1 and 2 have been having great fun recently pretending to go food shopping. We made videos of some of their role-plays in the Drama Studio!


Poetry Success

A poem is just the beginning…….
We entered a number of students from Year 9 into the Young Writers’ latest competition, The Poetry Trials. This nationwide challenge gave students the opportunity to pen a poem in either a restrictive poetic technique or a poetic style of their choice. 
Three of Webber’s students, Devon Watson, Ella Neate and Rhys Fourie rose to the challenge and displayed their poetic flair and now have their poems published in The Poetry Trials – Southern England Anthology.
Poems were chosen for publication based upon style, expression, imagination and technical skill. The result is an entertaining collection full of diverse and imaginative poetry. We hope this success will inspire them to continue with their creative writing. Well done to the budding poets.

Bedfordshire Festival of Music

Image
The Webber String Players recently took part in a day of music making at the Annual Bedfordshire Festival of Music. All the string groups played in the Bedford Corn Exchange in the open non competitive group and enjoyed nearly an hour of practical support and encouragement from the adjudicator who joined in and played each part in turn.

Well done to Robert Beilby, Alex D'Silva, Isaac Newman and William Rogers also performed solos. It was an inspiring day for all the string players. Many thanks for all the support from parents and staff.

Year 11 at Poetry Live Conference, London

Image
Year 11 students, accompanied by Mrs Margrave, Miss Chessum and Mr Roper, attended the annual Poetry Live Conference in Tottenham Court Road, London, on 4th March.
Their study of poetry for the forthcoming GCSE English Literature examination was burnished by hearing many of the set poets themselves reading their own poetry and discussing it, including the Poet Laureate Carol Anne Duffy, Oxford University Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage and other outstanding poets including John Agard, and Imtiaz Darker. Additionally, the AQA examination board`s Chief Subject Examiner presented unseen poetry with specific advice upon how to approach it in the examination room.
The day was a vital asset for all attendees who appreciated the quality of input and returned with enhanced insights and confidence in their material.

A 'Take Away' Performance

Image
Budding Webber actor, Robert Beilby, a Year 10 student has just completed a run of evening performances of 'Take Away' with The Leighton Buzzard Youth Theatre. Robert played the role of Tyrese who is described as angry young man! As well as having the 'home performances' this week, Robert and the theatre group will perform the play in Northampton on 1st May. Representatives from the National Theatre attended the shows this week to give the young performers feedback. 'Break a leg' for the Northampton performance Robert!


Victoria and Albert Museum Visit

Image
GCSE Art and Design students enjoyed a creative study visit to The Victoria and Albert Museum in London earlier this week. They were able to see some fantastic pieces of art and craft in the Fashion, Jewellery, Glass and Ceramics Galleries. Students made first hand studies which will inspire them towards some exciting final outcomes for the current GCSE Art Units.








Webber Loves Books!

Image
The students and staff at The Webber Independent School today donned their favourite book character costumes to celebrate World Book Day.
The children celebrated this event with peer to peer reading from 3-18 year olds sharing, dressing up and talking about their favourite books.
Principal, Mrs Hilary Marsden said  "We are very fortunate at Webber to be a community of bookworms!  World Book Day helps us celebrate this but our children read each day to their teachers and read every evening at home with their parents. We encourage all our learners 3-18 to join their local library and to develop the habit of reading for relaxation and pure enjoyment. A passion for books and reading is a life-long gift we aim to develop in all our children. World Book Day is great fun and the staff and students enjoy dressing up as their favourite book characters too!"

New Student Librarian heralds World Book Day

Image
Rhys Fourie of Year 9 (seated, centre) amongst fellow Key Stage 3 students, has taken over as Student Librarian, with responsibility for the cataloguing and good order of the Library environment, its books and other resources on a day to day basis.
In good time for World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March), the Library and a wide range of both class based lessons and tutor periods will be emphasising the value of reading throughout the whole week surrounding Book Day. Whilst Primary students and teachers will dress up as their favourite literary character, secondary year groups from Year 7 up to Sixth Form will be enjoying dedicated periods of quiet reading for pleasure as well as anecdotal sharing of reading experiences across the full spectrum of quality. Mr Roper will be promoting and provoking thoughts and responses around the theme of 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' in terms of our reading habits and experiences, where your views will be welcome for discussion. Here are a f…

Volcano Erupts in Year 3/4!

Image
As part of the Year 3/4 IPC topic this year we have looked at natural disasters. The students have studied earthquakes and volcanoes and have carried out a number of scientific experiments. In the photographs they are looking at what happens when a volcano erupts.

Webber Pancake Race

The Webber Independent School annual Pancake Race takes place tomorrow February 9th at 9am. The race, which is becoming as well-known as the famous Olney Pancake Race will take place on Soskin Drive and competitors from EYFS, Pre-Prep and Prep will be running, armed with frying pans and pancakes. Watch this space for up to date pictures!

Year 8 Fantasy Hands

Image
Year 8 have recently completed a project based upon the theme of Fantasy Hands where they had to design an imaginary piece based upon mechanical, human or animal imagery. Students used a range of two dimensional relief materials and here are some of the amazing outcomes. You will be able to see the rest of the decorated hands in the school Gallery very soon.

Spring Term Newsletter

Image
Dear Parents/Guardians
Happy New Year and our best wishes to your family for a healthy and happy 2016.
It was lovely to welcome the children back to school today and to hear their stories of travel, fun and family time together.
We start this week with the Extra Curricular sign up and I would encourage every student to make the very most of the excellent range of clubs and activities on offer. With 50 to choose from there is something for everyone. In the New Year we often make resolutions and I would encourage our young people to resolve to be fit and active and to try something new. The academic Booster Classes for the GCSE and A level students are highly recommended and regular attendance throughout the year will undoubtedly reward their commitment with an enhanced final grade.

I would also like to thank you for your generosity last term, together as a school community we raised a fantastic £2,166 for charity including : Jeans for Genes, Cancer Research and Breast Cancer, Chil…

Thought Provoking Lectures at the Open University

Image
Year 11 and 12 Webber students were treated to 4 interesting and thought provoking lectures at the Open University on Monday 16th December 2015.

The first talk described the work of and OU scientist who had spent time studying the temperature of water near the ice shelves on Greenland. The effects of rising sea levels and the mixture of warm water speeds up the melting of the ice sheet. This was a really topical talk because of the flooding experienced in the UK recently as storm Desmond passed over.
Biology was up next and Dr Ellie Dommett gave a really good talk on Neuropharmacology. This is the study of drugs on the nervous system which proved to be useful revision for GCSE Biology Unit 1.

Poetry Competition Success

Recently Webber entered Year 9 English students into Young Writers' 'The Poetry Trials' competition. We are pleased to announce that three of our students have been successful and will have their poem published in 'The Poetry Trials' - Southern England Anthology.
Congratulations to Rhys Fourie, Ella Neate and Devon Watson whose work was chosen based upon their perception, imagination, expression, creativity and use of language in an Abecedarian poem, a type of acrostic where each line or verse begins with a successive letter of the alphabet.
The book is scheduled to be published in March and will be sent to the British Library and libraries across the UK providing a lasting record of their achievement. There is also a chance for the three students to become a finalist where they will be invited to make a video for The Poetry Trials final. We will keep you posted on this and hopefully we will have a Webber finalist showcasing our excellent writing talent.