Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Webber Independent Students exhibit at #MK50 Scrap Art Exhibition


Article by Ms S Anacootee
Wednesday 5th April 2017
As a school we have been using the resources of MK Play Association for many years to create exciting and inventive pieces of art work. The Webber Independent School teaches students across the whole school age range from Reception to A level so everyone has benefited from using MK Play Association’s resources in many different ways.
Reception students have used recycled objects and scrap papers to make sculptures and collages.
Key Stage 3 students have used cardboard, newspapers and scrap pieces of felt and buttons to create sculptures inspired by Piet Mondrian and Joan Miro. Bits of broken calculators and mobile phones were used to decorate a robot hand.
Key Stage 4 students’ creations include newspapers and old apple card containers transformed into a decorated face as well as a scrap brown parcel paper dress that was a GCSE examination final piece.

Key Stage 5 students are encouraged to work on various surfaces and on display is a painting produced on cardboard. 

The creative work of Amy D, Salmanali D, Samantha G, Christopher F, Tate K, Kenice C, Rachel T, Hannah M, Riya B and Lucy P is available to view at Gallery 200, 200 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LT from now until 18th April 2017, open 9am to 3pm.







Friday, 24 March 2017

MK Festival of the Arts

Pre-Prep and Prep choirs performed at the MK Arts Festival and achieved fantastic results in their classes.
Congratulations to Pre-Prep who achieved a first place and Prep were awarded second place with a distinction.


Monday, 20 March 2017

The Big Bang! A Teacher's View



















Article by Mr Paris
Monday 20th March 2017

As part of our commitment to providing our students with real world applications of what is taught in the classroom, everyone form Year 5 to Year 8 was taken to the Big Bang exhibition at the NEC last week.

The popular view of an engineer is a man in greasy overalls carrying a wrench, but our students now know this to be anything but true.  We spoke to engineers involved with aerodynamics, aerospace, hydrodynamics, robotics, motorsport, construction, geology, microbiology, defence and human engineering.  The students got to try their hand at engineering puzzles, building circuit boards, chemical engineering and got to converse with a robot.















































































We learnt how digital photography works and how data is transferred and stored, how all objects respond to unique resonance frequencies and can also be destroyed by them.  We saw mathematics in action, as we learnt about the power of Pi and wondered at the laws of motion as we watched a string of beads levitating as they tumbled out of container.  The students gasped as we learnt about the natural phenomenon of a fire tornado which turned a small waste paper bin fire into a three metre high inferno.

Just the day required to inspire the innovators of the future!

The Big Bang! A Student's View


Article by Niamh Bewick
Monday 20th March 2017

On Thursday 16th March, year groups 5 to 8 went on an inspiring school trip to The Big Bang in Birmingham. The show focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and is designed to inspire more children to get involved in these subjects. The exhibits looked like they had taken many weeks to plan and to make!

Personally, I really thought the High Speed Two (Hs2) and Rolls Royce exhibits were very eye-opening and encouraging. The Hs2 demonstrated how all the STEM subjects can apply, and this provides lots of different career choices that are available to you. The Rolls Royce exhibit was directed towards engineering, it taught us how the engine works and how they test its reliability.

The other thing that the Big Bang had to offer was an extremely clever performance called  'Do try this at home'. It taught us, in a funny and cool way, about maths, physics, and chemistry, as well as some scientific theories.

Another brilliant thing about our trip was that lots of exhibitors had quizzes that you could take to determine what kind of career you might be suited to in the future, depending on the type of personality you have and the kind of activities you enjoy the most.

Overall this trip was very, very inspirational, and it gave me ideas for what I want to do when I'm older. I highly recommend this to anybody who is thinking of attending next year, it's great fun and a good experience. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Celebrating International Women's Day - Sofia Bajerova in Local Youth Elections


















Today we're cheering on all the fantastic women, past, present and future, as we celebrate International Women's Day.  

We're putting the spotlight on one young lady that has been active within the youth cabinet in Milton Keynes for over three years. Sofia Bajerov is running in the local elections, and the results are to be announced in two days time on Friday 10th March 2017. 

The Webber Independent participated in voting for their choice of candidate on Monday 6th February 2017.



Commenting on running for the Youth Cabinet, Sofia Bajerov, comments:

"I’ve been an active and confident member of the Youth Cabinet for over three years, and a significant member in many campaigns and events such as the anti-bullying campaign. I know MK extremely well and have represented young people at a local and a national level.

If elected I will campaign to ensure Milton Keynes is a safe and welcoming environment for young people, and ensure that young people's voices are heard. In addition, I will improve intergenerational links with local businesses and organisations to create an environment for young people to be understood and included in decisions."

We are all routing for Sofia and look forward to the outcome of the results.

We have many inspirational young men and women at our school and we can't wait to see how they help shape the future #BeBoldForChange

We would love to hear about your inspirational stories - please feel free to share your stories in the comments.




Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Year 7 Breaking Barriers with Alistair Patrick-Heselton, Sky Sports and Youth Sport Trust


Today, Year 7 experienced the motivational prowess of Alistair Patrick-Heselton, Paralympic Silver Medallist.

The Living for Sport initiative, delivered through Sky Sports and in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, is designed to help young people develop valuable skills that will help them in and outside of school.

The day started with an inspiring talk about the six keys to success (featured below), where Alistair talked through the skills and behaviours that can be applied to any area of life. In this session he led a thought provoking discussion about the hows and whys, which resulted in a lively, animated and engaging debate.


1.      Mental toughness
2.      Hunger to achieve
3.      People skills
4.      Sports and life knowledge
5.      Breaking barriers
6.      Planning for success

In the afternoon our students participated in interactive skills based training; they worked together to agree on how they would approach tasks, and used a combination of problem-solving, communication and people skills - focused on the success of their shared goals. This presented interesting thoughts and interaction as well as frustrations and challenges, teaching them the power of embracing different perspectives and the importance of teamwork. Tasks were time limited to enhance the learning outcomes, create intensity and encourage speedy decision-making.

We asked our students what they gained from the day, here's what they said.

What's your most important piece of information you'll take with you today:
‘It’s always good to plan and never give up’ Sam G
‘It's good to communicate with your team’ Elizabeth B
‘Always listen to what others have to say’ Amaya S
‘Be confident in yourself’ Jaanvi K

How would you describe today:
‘It was a fun, active day’ Sophie S

What was your favourite part of the day:
‘The zombie game was fun because we learned to work together and plan’ Ruby R

Alistair Patrick-Heselton describes what it was like working with our students: 
'I’m always enthusiastic to work with The Webber Independent, it’s a great school and the groups are very diverse and excellent to work with. I’m amazed at the difference in perspectives but the students always come together to work towards one common goal.’

It was a brilliant day, and we were honoured to have such an inspiring role model share his time with us.

For further information on the Living for Sport initiative, please visit https://livingforsport.skysports.com/ 

For background information on Alistair and why he became a mentor, please visit https://livingforsport.skysports.com/mentors/alistair-patrick-heselton

To find out more on all initiatives supported by the Youth Sport Trust, please visit https://www.youthsporttrust.org/


Monday, 6 March 2017

The Webber Independent Netball Team Narrowly Miss Out on Nationals


On Friday 3rd March our Year 7/8 Netball team took part in the ISA London North U13 Netball Championships in Ilford. The weather conditions made play challenging and the competition was tough; our girls played strongly, winning 4 out of 5 games in their group, which took them through to the semi-finals. 

The team worked well together, showing great determination and defence skills. They played like champions, giving it their all; however, the fierce competition saw our players narrowly miss out on qualifying for the Nationals, finishing in 4th place.


We're really proud of how the team performed and we want to congratulate their efforts and skill. As a once famous actor said: We'll be back.


Well done Alison, Aaliya, Sophie, Jaanvi, Amaya, Jaydie, Sam and Elizabeth.


Photo (from left to right):
Back row: Alison, Lily, Aaliya , Sophie, Jaanvi
Front row: Amaya, Jaydie, Sam, Elizabeth

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day - Review from Niamh Bewick


Article by Niamh Bewick
Thursday 2nd March 2017


Today lots of schools across the UK came together to celebrate a mutual love, the love of books!

In my school I saw so many amazing costumes and characters that I felt as if I was in a giant Where's Wally! I saw costumes ranging from the mad hatter to Gandalf the grey - two costumes that popped up regularly. Personally, one of the best costumes was worn by my maths teacher, the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland!

If you didn't come in a costume today you weren't left out as the primary school also had a poetry competition too.

Pupils in year 7 and 8 didn't take part in a competition but did perform their poem in front of a big audience, so well done to everyone who took part, as performing to a crowd - takes guts! Also a big congratulations to the winners of the competition:

Year1
1st Okiki
2nd Teniola and Salmanali

Year2
1st Shona
2nd Rebecca
3rd Ambika and Elliott

Year 4
1st Ayomide and Luna
2nd Daisy

Year 5
1st William
2ndAyaan
3rd Harry and Ritvik

Year 6
1st Leith

2nd Rishabh and Daniel

World Book Day Prep & Pre-Prep






Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Prep and Pre-Prep Pancakes Make the High Life



The much anticipated annual Pancake Race took place today. The children were in high spirits and the crowd was roaring as our Prep and Pre-Prep students made their pancakes fly. Our race moderators did a fantastic job of watching the racers flip their pancakes twice as they sprinted to the finish line. Our young people displayed skilled flipping techniques, and the finalists beat of some stiff competition to get through to the final race. As you'll see from the pictures some of the pancakes just about stayed in the frying pan. A fun event for all.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Be Sure Before you Post - Stay Safe Online

Sharing knowledge and teaching young people the skills to stay safe online

Our internet safety week started on Monday evening with a talk delivered by Police Community Support Officer,  Josh Read of Thames Valley Police (TVP). The seminar delivered information and statistics around the less positive side of the internet; it covered what to be aware of and the tools/tactics parents can use to ensure their children stay safe online.  

The three main principles from TVP are:
  1. Educate
  2. Empower
  3. Engage

Simple yet effective principles, which we have applied throughout this post.

The worldwide web is an amazing place that is full of positive experiences with information readily at our fingers - you can find anything you want, and quite often don't want! Harmless words can bring up results that are not harmless or age appropriate, that's why taking a few simple steps can help limit the risk to your child.

Tips for staying safe - Parents
  1. Be aware of the dangers that exist and what sites your children engage with
  2. Have open conversations with your children
  3. Ensure security settings are set to the right level (and regularly check they've not been changed)
  4. Set up password protection for app downloads (change these regularly)
  5. Limit data usage
  6. Set up safety blockers, blocking inappropriate websites
  7. Create time limits for device usage and check-in regularly (once week) with your children
  8. Follow their social feeds - this is not about being intrusive but having an open relationship, being understanding and building two-way trust
  9. Read and share resources with your children about internet safety (a useful list can be found at the end of this post)
  10. Report inappropriate websites or behaviour to CEOPs or your local Police (see website links at the end of this post)

As part of our continued efforts to raise awareness about staying safe on and offline we supported today's #SaferInternetDay and their #giveasmile campaign. The UK Safer Internet Centre has made positivity the core focus of their campaign, working with schools throughout the UK (and internationally) to ask our young people 'To Be The Change'.  The campaign focuses on the Power of Imagerepresenting the growing trend of sharing visual content. The aim is for our young people to create change and help contribute to a positive online experience, helping to lift each other up, be kind and support each other.  

Images of some of our young people involved in raising awareness through their positive smiling faces.







All too often young people adopt an 'It won't happen to me' attitude, so it is vital that together we keep awareness high, not just today but continuously.  

We have lots of activities taking place throughout the week, designed to engage, educate and empower our students, giving them the right tools and information.  

The Webber Independent School has a no mobile phones policy during school hours, we feel this helps keep our students safe, focused on their studies and removes unnecessary peer pressure. We regularly run educational talks for parents and students, deliver lesson based activities and promote safeguarding and wellbeing throughout the school.  There are lots of resources widely available on the internet (links at the end of this post), which can be valuable when helping your children understand the risks of being online. 

Below you'll find some videos that demonstrate the real dangers, please be aware that you may find the content difficult to watch - however they provide powerful knowledge.

Amanda Todd



Kayleigh Harwood – Kayleigh’s Love Story




Coby Persin – Social Media Predator Experiment



Tips for staying safe - Young People
  1. Think before you post - is this appropriate? Would I want my parents or grandparents to see it? Would I want anyone else to share it?
  2. Don't share private contact details - home address, telephone number, email address, it's a big NO NO, and so is geotagging (tagging your location can lead anyone right to you)
  3. Private mode - put your profiles on private mode so only friends and family can see you
  4. Reduce friends - limit the number of 'friends' you have on your social sites
  5. Report bad behaviour - sites or images that are not appropriate, report it
  6. Speak up - if you experience any negativity online speak to someone
  7. Block it - if in doubt, block unwanted communication straight away
  8. Passwords - don't tell anyone your passwords, and change them regularly 
  9. Would you say it in person - your comments can affect you and others, don't make it hard for your future self
  10. Don't know them, don't meet them - it's better to be safe than sorry

Popular Social Sites
  • WhatsApp
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • ASK.fm
  • Facebook
  • Kik


Resources

Below you will find a list of useful web resources, please take the time to click through and read.





https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/             





We hope you found this article interesting and useful; please share to raise awareness or tag us in your photographs - together we can make a difference. 

Enjoy the wonderful worldwide web and all its positives. Just remember to stay aware and stay safe #giveasmile #SaferInternetDay