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Summer Music Recitals 2019

Pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 1 performed in their Summer Recital on Monday 1st July. Soloists from the Early years sang and performed pieces on the recorder, violin and piano, demonstrating weeks of hard work and practise in the lead up to the concert itself. Each year group came together to sing... one piece in French and one in English which had been rehearsed and developed in their music lessons with their music teacher Aleksandra, their form tutors and their French teachers. The theme of the concert was ‘Animals in the jungle’ with pupils dressed as different animals and a colourful jungle-themed set.

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019 our pupils from Year 2 to Year 13 performed in their end-of-year recitals. Recital one was for younger years with groups from Year 2 to Year 6 singing songs as a group in both English and French. Soloists and groups performed pieces from a variety of genres with performers from different year groups coming together to create memorable performances such as the duet by Byron in Year 8 and Dorian in Year 4. The highlight of the first recital was the stirring rendition of Bjork’s famous piece ‘Joga’ by Year 5 who performed the song alongside a video that had been especially created by our Head of Art, Eve. In recital two it was the turn of our older students who each performed a solo which had been meticulously rehearsed and developed during hours of rehearsals at home and in their music lessons at school.

It was a lovely way to end the year with all our families and teachers.

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Middle and Upper Years Sports Day 2019

The sun was shining on another successful Middle and Upper Years sports day yesterday. This year the event was held at school with a selection of new events for pupils and their families to enjoy. Our school houses; Garrick, Halifax, Twining and Wright competed in track and field events for years 5 &... 6, 7 & 8, and 9 to 13 heats and finals. Old favourites like the 200m relay, javelin and sprint races were accompanied by new competitions such as shot put relay, 60m sprint and triple jump. The focus of this year was not on results and medals but on technical merit with prizes awarded to individuals who demonstrated the best technical competency irrespective of their place in the competition. The highlight of the day was the final event, the five minute run, which was new for 2019. Four representatives of each house ran as many laps as possible for five minutes with points distributed for the amount of laps run. The competition was nail-biting as the narrow point difference between each house meant there was a jostle for places throughout the afternoon but as the final scores were announced it was clear that the winning house was Wright with 637 points.

Technical certificates were awarded to:
Javelin – Maya Y7
Discus – Saurin Y8
Discus Bowl – Ben T Y6
Shot – Ulvi Y8
Baton change – Ben Y6, Mohammed Y6, Filip Y6, and Cora Y5
Triple Jump – Freddie Y10
Long Jump – Anna Y6

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Y8 Rube Goldberg Machine Project

After their 13+ exams, Year 8 have been undertaking a project across the sciences and art to make Rube Goldberg machines- intricately complicated machines that accomplish very simple tasks, named for American cartoonist Reuben Goldberg. British artist W Heath Robinson is also known for similar work.... Year 8 are working in small groups to make machines of their own, accomplishing a range of tasks such as squeezing a lemon, and icing a cake. Machine steps they have invented include a domino pushing a car carrying a lit candle to burn through a piece of rope, and a balista made from molly sticks launching a projectile to pop a baloon. Next week they will be videoing their machines in action and in the last week of term they will be presenting their work.

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Y6 pupil selected for Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show

Marcus in Year 6 has been selected as one of only 139 young artists to have artwork exhibited in the 2019 Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Marcus’ work ‘Wandsworth Roofscape” was chosen from over 6200 artworks submitted for consideration f0r the show. The Young Artists’... Summer Show will recognise artworks made by talented young artists from ages 7-19 years. The selected artworks will be exhibited at the Royal Academy or online with special prizes also awarded.

The artworks will be judged in groups based on the age of the artist by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, curators and RA Schools students.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be online from 10th June-31st December 2019, and a selection of these artworks will be on display at the RA from 13th July to 4th August 2019.

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China Trip 2019

Pupils from the Middle and Upper Years set off from Heathrow at 5am for ‘a trip of a lifetime’ to China. Their itinerary was to spend 10 days exploring different cities, cultures and sites of historical importance, the activities and interactions along the way enabled the pupils to put their Mandarin...

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Middle Years Floating Garden Competition

During Science Week, Middle Years students were invited to take part in the ‘Floating Gardens Challenge’ set by the charity Practical Action. Students learnt that crops can often be wiped out because of long term flooding of croplands in places like Bangladesh. Their challenge was to use recycled... materials to engineer a solution to this. Students thought carefully about the many facets of this problem:


– the weight (light as possible) and strength (able to hold several kg of weight without breaking) of their materials
– the stability of the design in water
– how to plant and grow cress seeds with minimal watering
– material and adhesives that could cope with getting wet.

The designs would be judged on the amount of cress growth and also the amount of weight that could be loaded onto the garden before it sank. Filip, Cyrus, Nathaniel and Ollie used moss to keep their soil moist and achieved the most impressive cress growth:

For the test of buoyancy we enlisted the help of our sixth form physicists:
The winning design was simple but very effective, made out of plastic bottles and corks, and using clever proportions to allow it to balance evenly and hold the greatest weight. Mohammad, Ben and Benjamin were the overall winners with a design that held 1.8kg of weight and grew an impressive amount of cress. Well done!

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Middle Years Adventure 2019

Pupils from Years 5 to 8 enjoyed an action-packed weekend of mountain biking, climbing, activity trails, and kayaking when they went on their Middle Years adventure at Avon Tyrell in the New Forest. Pupils and teachers took part in activities that encouraged them to step out of their comfort zone and... socialise across the various year groups as they learned new skills from the Avon Tyrell instructors. In the evenings the group would gather round the campfire to share stories and on the last night of the trip they were treated to a disco in the Grade 1 listed house that plays host to the outdoor activity centre. Despite the cold and blustery weather the middle years pupils demonstrated grit and determination as they tackled the outdoor pursuits. They would cheer each other on during the obstacle courses and wall climbs and help one another in and out of boats and to find their balance during kayaking. Most importantly the students returned to school having created lifelong memories.

 

 

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