Last weekend, a selected group of students attended the YMCA centre in Windermere for the Lakeside Challenge, an intense outward bounds activity competition, involving schools from around the country and taking place over a number of weekends in February.
Over the weekend, a selection of Year 11 students visited Switzerland. During the trip they visited the United Nations building, but their main port of call was the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, commonly known as CERN. The students learned more about particle physics in the vast laboratory, as well as seeing the Large Hadron Collider.
Yesterday, eleven Year 9 students visited the Newcastle University Medical and Dentistry (M.A.D.) school to learn more about what it was like to study either medicine or dentistry at this university.
They experienced a variety of activities from lectures to practical sessions. They gave it their all with CPR, intubating Simon the SIMman, reassembling a pile of human bones and painting on specific facial muscles in the medical practicals.
They also looked at animal dentition, carving a replacement tooth and using disclosure tablets in dentistry. Well done to all students involved!
Yesterday, a group of Year 10 students visited Leeds Town Hall for a Science Live event. There they had the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.
The aim of the trip was to help improve GCSE Science results with top tips on examination success from an experienced science examiner and show students that Science really does offer solutions for many of the world’s great problems.
In a fast-moving, exciting, thought-provoking event, the students had the chance to raise issues with the scientists. with the primary objective to generate greater enthusiasm for science amongst GCSE pupils.
Well done for the exceptional behaviour of all students who went on the trip!
With our Year 10 and 11 ski trip to Alpendorf in Austria just a week away, we would like to share some important information to students, parents and carers regarding the trip and travel arrangements.
The following information from our travel company is also being sent home in a letter, but if you would like to discuss anything in person, staff will be available in school at 5.00pm on Tuesday 12 February.
27 Year 11 students visited Geneva this weekend, accompanied by Science and Maths staff. The main focus of the visit was to go to CERN to see the Large Hadron Collider and learn more about the standard particle model.
As well as that, they visited the United Nations headquarters, looked at art installations around the city and famous landmarks such as the Jet d’Eau. The students also experienced traditional Swiss cuisine and entertainment at the Edelweiss restaurant, plus a boat trip across Lake Geneva.
Thanks to all staff and students who made it a busy, culture packed weekend!
On Monday, Year 9 RE students visited Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery in Scotland, to learn more about Buddhism.
Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training, known for the authenticity of its teachings and tradition. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.
The students toured the grounds, visited the temple, practiced some meditation and sat in on traditional chanting by Buddhist monks.
This week we have been fortunate to have prayer spaces in the RE department. Prayer spaces is an opportunity for our students to explore their emotions and feelings, asking ‘big questions’, experiencing peace and stillness or thinking about self image.
There were a variety of activities set up, each one with a different focus. Our students prayers were collected on a ‘prayer wall’ and the amazing empathy, thoughtfulness and maturity once again shone through.
Whether students approached this with religious beliefs or as an atheist (or anywhere in between or beyond!) there is no doubt that this has been an valuable and memorable experience.
A small group of Year 9 students travelled to the Lake District for a weekend retreat, taking part in motivational team building exercises. Competing against other schools, they were the weekend winners and are currently the overall leaders in the schools challenge cup with just one weekend of teams to go.