Last Thursday we said an emotional farewell to our Year 13 students. Their leavers' events started with breakfast in the canteen and culminated in an emotional assembly in the Lecture Theatre led by Miss Tapscott. Sharing memories, a revealing game of Sixth Form kahoot, Mr John’s famous bespoke Googleleavers presentation and the traditional rendition of Women of the World. It was a fabulous occasion. They have been a superb year group and we wish them well for their exams. They have such bright futures and we are excited by the difference we know they will make to the communities they live in.
During the May Bank Holiday three netball squads competed in the PGL Netball Tournament in East Sussex. As well as the netball tournament the girls also had the opportunity to participate in a number of PGL activities, most at a great height! Well done to the Year 8 B team who performed well under the management of Mrs Last. The Year 8 A team progressed through to the final for their age group, narrowly missing out on gold medals. A huge congratulations to the Year 10 squad who only lost one game on day one; they were successful in the semi-final on day two and in an incredibly tense final game won by one goal! A great group of tourists, and lots of memories made.
Well done to all those students who entered the House Photography Competition. We set you the task of taking photographs of animals focusing on the themes of 'perspective', 'texture', 'arty', 'movement' and 'cutest' and you have certainly achieved that with great success.
All photos are now on display on the junior side corridor opposite A3.
The winners for each category are:
Arty: Sophie Bath 7K
Movement: Rowan Ward 10C
Perspective: Hannah Williams 7A
Texture: Liberty Ross 7K
Cutest: India Ruthven 9S
Overall winner is: Rowan Ward
The PSA have been working hard this term and you can read all about their fundraising in the PSA newsletter online here. I would like to draw your attention to the Garden Party which is being held on Saturday 13 July. Last year was the first event and it was a great afternoon of fun. Back by popular demand will be the dog show, along with all kinds of stalls and fun activities. I look forward to seeing you there.
Year 9 have been out and about completing their practice expeditions. Over 120 girls in the year group have been involved. We continue to push this excellent scheme and are delighted that the culture of the students is to engage in the volunteering and personal challenge of the expeditions. We continue, as a school, to have more students completing this scheme than in any state or private school in Gloucestershire, and this success is being translated into our Sixth Form where we now have the highest number of gold recipients in the county. We do not want these schemes to be exclusive or elitist and are delighted that they are becoming every day activities here at Stroud High.
Some students from Year 10 attended a medical trip to Bristol last week and took part in a number of activities, including speeches and workshops. Two students, Emily and Aoife, were involved in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and paramedic workshops. The trip gave the students plenty of opportunities to explore the variety of roles available within the medical platform. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and urge any aspiring younger medical students, to attend if they get the chance to in the future.
A big well done to our first ever GCSE Computer Science class who completed it in good spirit and who kicked off the exams this year by doing the first one! They have worked very hard to be successful in pioneering this new course and Miss Morris has enjoyed teaching such an enthusiastic and passionate class. Much fun was had in their last lesson when they revised sorting algorithms through dance, based on a video they had seen!
We have two separate groups of Y10 students who have been working with Tony Gee on a bridge design that is rather challenging and interesting. The students have been given the freedom to focus on any particular area of this bridge problem, which has allowed them to be creative. They have benefitted from meetings with Tony Gee engineers, and they have organised a week work experience, which will allow them to finish off the project in order to apply for the BA Gold Crest award. The other group are working on a nuclear engineering project linked with a STEM Ambassador who works for EDF. This group of students have met the engineer twice now in order to develop their project.
Science projects in the Sixth Form: There are a number of science projects being completed in the Sixth Form that have been imaginative and daring. One group is looking at how acid rain affects plant growth with Dr Astle and Dr McEllin as science links. The students have set up their experiment in Mr Murphy's lab, which provides a most enjoyable view for all being taught in S3. Another student is looking at black holes in our galaxy and how to count them. This student has had several meetings with Dr McEllin and is ready to get assessed for a BA Gold Crest award.
STEM: Nine other groups of students in Year 10 have been steadily developing their experience of completing a STEM project. This is a rather new and challenging aspect of project work. The students are either given an engineering problem or have decided on a particular science question they wish to investigate or research. We have a number of different projects on going from spaceship design to cosmic rays. We are fortunate to have the support of engineers from Tony Gee, and Dr McEllin. These sorts of projects always challenge students because of the planning involved and how to present back what they have done. Recently the students have presented their work to their links, gaining valuable presentation and organisational skills. These students will stop for a time to focus on their end of Year 10 exams, after which they will resume their work in order to get assessed for the BA Silver Crest award.
House Music has been taking place over the last two weeks of term with a variety of lunchtime events and the hugely competitive tutor group performances. We kicked off the competition with Year 9 who entertained the judges with music ranging from Abba to the Backstreet Boys, with the winning entry from 9G pulling off a mash-up of country and western Songs accompanied by a single guitarist. Year 7s went next and had fabulous costumes, props and face paints! The winning entry here was 7A with Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now! We ended the competition with the Year 8s who built on last year, with Arundel winning this competition as well! The whole event radiated a ‘Spirit of Fun’.
Rehearsals are well underway for our mini-musical in the summer. Junior Joseph will form part of the end of year Summer Concert on Tuesday 9 July, with over 70 students taking part! The singing rehearsals started in April, with choreography rehearsals just getting underway. There is also a student orchestra busily rehearsing to accompany the show. Look out for more details.
Erasmus – “a teacher’s point of view”: Mr Green took part in the Eramus Project Phase 3 with Miss Haigh. His experiences highlight the wide positive influence such projects have on teachers as well as students. He came back with a renewed enthusiasm for learning Spanish and visiting Spain again. He was able to practice his Spanish every day as he was hosted by the Deputy Headteacher of the school. He enjoyed working with all the students involved in the project and was impressed with their perseverance and dedication to learning English. The Spanish students were very warm and welcoming, and the staff at the school were one of the friendliest bunch he has ever experienced. All the teachers would greet him with warm affection. Miss Haigh works hard to make the Erasmus project a success for staff and students.
Reminder: Can we respectfully request that when you are dropping off or collecting your child that you please do not park in front of any driveways or access to the school site. The residents do need to have access at all times to their properties. The school needs to follow the correct safeguarding regulations and all non-staff members on site must have signed into the school to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff.
As ever, should you have any questions or wish to book a time to come and talk about the school and your experiences do not hesitate to contact me on email@example.com.