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Sixth Form Careers and Financial Awareness Week

The Sixth Form have had a two-week focus on life after school – first they took part in a Financial Awareness week, where the students learnt about earning, spending, saving and, of course, debt. They also focused on the emotional aspect of money. This was followed by Careers Week, resulting in a... guest talk from Tony Preston of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as talks from our own Mark McSweeney (software development), Eve Blackwood (working at the BBC) and Kathryn Sumner (Working in the TV, film and stage industries). It is fair to say that the students were inspired and enlightened by the various challenges and rewards of life after education.

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Treasure Hunt in Richmond Park

Today several students from Years 8-12 had a fantastic time solving a treasure hunt around Richmond Park. The groups had to have their Sherlock Holmes thinking caps on and they had to work together to solve a series of mysteries using the given clues. At the top of King Henry VIII’s mound, we peered... through a telescope through the bushes to see St Paul’s Cathedral which is over 10 miles away! There was a positive energy within the group despite cycling over 20km, including tackling some steep climbs.

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Cambridge Trip

Nine Y12 students took a day trip to Cambridge to visit a couple of colleges an get a sense of university life. We had a tour of Jesus College led by a current third year, Alex Rowe, daughter of our Head of Learning Support. We also saw her shared house with an impressively clean kitchen.

We then met... the school liaison officer at Trinity College for a comprehensive tour of the largest Oxbridge college. The visit included the college chapel, hall and library, including the impressive Wren library and their hand written Winnie the Pooh.

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Spanish Theatre Trip

Los estudiantes de español A Level tuvieron la oportunidad de ver ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’ de Federico García Lorca, en el Teatro Cervantes de Londres. La obra, representada en español, explora los temas de la represión, la pasión y el conformismo en una familia dominada por el matriarcado... de Bernarda Alba.

Los estudiantes de español A Level analizan la obra en preparación para su examen escrito y ver la representación profundiza en el conocimiento de esta universal obra maestra de Lorca.

Students of Spanish in Years 11 to 13 went to see ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ (The House of Bernarda Alba) by Federico García Lorca at the Cervantes Theatre in London.

The play was performed in Spanish and explored the themes of repression, passion and conformity through the depiction of a matriarch’s domination of her five daughters.

Students taking A level Spanish study the play in preparation for their examinations. By seeing ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ in performance, they have broadened their knowledge and understanding of this masterpiece by Lorca.

Image from website of Cervantes Theatre, London

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Y12 take part in UKMT Senior Maths Team Challenge

Congratulations to the Year 12 Further Maths students for taking part in the Regional Heat of the UKMT Senior Maths Team Challenge. They thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and although they did not come away with the trophy, they acquired new problem solving skills and a hunger to come back next year and improve their placing.

A level English Trip to ‘The Woman in Black’

On Tuesday 21 November, the A level English students spent the evening in the company of the Woman in Black. The play started playing at the Fortune Theatre in 1989 and has continued to terrify and enthral audiences since. Our students were no exception – many watched through barely open fingers and... it is a shame nobody filmed the moment Brynley jumped out of his skin after a particularly gruesome set piece.

The students are all exploring the Gothic genre, with modern examples all to hard to come by. However, Susan Hill’s 1983 novella, expertly adapted using a variety of meta-theatrical tricks by Stephen Mallatratt, conveys the essence of the genre brilliantly. It was evident that they will have lots to think about, especially as they will now have plenty of sleepless nights to fill…

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