Weekly Blog

1st May – 5th May

Year 9 “Bake-Off”

During the Summer Term, Year 9 pupils will be taking part in a ‘Bake-Off’ competition.

On Friday of each week between now and the end of June, three or four pupils from each tutor group will be bringing in a cake for their tutors to judge. The two winners from each group will then be asked to bring a second cake in on Friday 14th July. These final eight cakes will be judged by all four tutors, Mrs Osborne (Year 9 Coordinator) and Mrs Cross from (Food Technology) in a final Bake-Off.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Ayla Eddery who baked a delicious cake last week which was much appreciated by staff at break time.

Paralympian Visit

On Wednesday, Year 9 pupils attended a workshop led by Claire Harvey, a Paralympian volleyball player, and Emma Miller-McCaffrey. The workshop started by discussing what bias and self-awareness are and how people can be prejudiced about other people based on what they can see or hear about them. Pupils then discussed how we form our opinion of others, being included or excluded from a friendship group and how this feels. The workshop finished with pupils writing down ideas about how they can be more accepting and inclusive of people’s differences.

Following the workshop, Claire ran a ‘seated volleyball’ session for pupils and staff. After some rigorous training (and a few bruises from stray balls) we formed into two teams and played a game. It was a great deal of fun but it will be a long time before any of us will be up to Olympic standard! Well done to the pupils’ who won 25-18.

KS1 Movement Festival

Last week, four local primary schools attended our KS1 Movement Festival which involved seven fun activities all linked to the theme of movement.

Twenty-three Years 7 and 8 Young Sports Leaders worked with the Personal Best Education coaching company to host the activities and make sure the KS1 pupils all had fun. Activities included the gymnastic “Air Track” which is always very popular and is an inflatable running track.

Trampolining and the parachute team building were also popular activities.

All the pupils were presented a Well Done medal (sponsored by Hildon Water) to them by the Young Sports Leaders. Certificates were also issued to be presented at their school assemblies next week. An excellent and fun morning for all.

Maths Challenge

As part of the Test Valley Challenge the Maths department have put together a series of Maths Challenges for both pupils and staff to participate in. These appear on a fortnightly basis and can be entered by individuals. Key Stage 4 pupils are encouraged to participate as well and will get the same achievement points as Key Stage 3 pupils.

For a bit of fun, why not have a go yourself…

A census taker approaches a house and asks the woman who answers the door:

“How many children do you have, and what are their ages?”

Woman: “I have three children, the product of their ages are 36, the sum of their ages are equal to the address of the house next door.”

The census taker walks next door, comes back and says: “I need more information”.

The woman replies “I have to go, my oldest child is sleeping upstairs.”

Census taker: “Thank you, I now have everything I need.”

What are the ages of each of the three children?