Blog week ending 5th October

Posted on: 05/10/2018

GCSE Music offers students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with plenty of opportunities for practical learning.  The course brings together theory, listening and composition catering for different learning styles and musical tastes and instruments.  Pictured, our Year 10 students working on composition during a practical lesson. 

Pictured on drums, Josh R and guitar Harry F

Pictured left, Giogios Z & Tom F on piano and right, William W on clarinet.


Thank you to all parents who attended our recent Year 7 and 8 Expectations Evenings, I hope you all found the evening useful.  If you would like to clarify any points or were unable to attend the meeting the presentation can be found on our website here.  Our Year 9 Expectation in scheduled for Thursday 11th October.

Year 10 Design for the Built Environment students (DBE) have been working on a design project using Revit software.  Students are creating 3D designs of their own homes and then developing extensions or conversions.  The software features include architectural design, structural engineering and construction tools and is commonly used within industry.



The house competitions are well underway this year with a large range of competitions on offer for the students to get involved in. The students are thoroughly enjoying the competitions and the older students have been on hand to referee matches.

Here are the results for the last two weeks;


Year 10 students took part in the English Schools National Cup 1st Round against St. Martins School (Essex) winning 12-0.  The Year 7s beat Meopham in the District Cup 7-2, this was a great result as it was their first game which is great for the team’s confidence levels. The 1st XI football team had a very tight game with a strong Ravenswood team, unfortunately they slipped to a 1-0 defeat. However, Ravenswood are notoriously strong, so some positives can be taken from this.

The year 7-10 rugby teams are looking forward to their games coming up next week against Saint Olave’s school.

Year 13 DEC students were visited by Alex Hill from WhiteCode Design Associates this week where he taught the students about wall structures and thermal properties. He even showed the students a mobile phone accessory which enables you to see the thermal activity of a room. The students are currently putting the final materials to their building they have designed on Revit and will now be working with WhiteCode to add in pipework for water and drainage.

We are immensely proud of students Thomas F of 10N, Samuel K of 10D and Twana S of 10B who have been attending special events commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force.  The boys are Air Cadets and have attended a number of celebrations to mark the anniversary including a special ceremony and parade in Saint Omer in France to mark the town’s long association with the Royal Air Force.


Additionally, the boys recently went to Nijmegan in Holland to complete four days of marching. They completed a marathon each day totalling 100 miles and raised over £2000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. They are pictured below presenting the cheque to the charity.

It’s Inktober!  Inktober is an art challenge to draw something every day using the inktober prompts. We think this is amazing way for students to use their imaginations and improve their drawing skills.  Any students who are interested in taking part please go to the Art Department for more information.

Update on the proposed new 6th form Centre and move to 6 form Entry.  As you may remember, we sought your feedback as part of the application process to the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) that we hope will enable us to create a new 6th from Centre.  Thank you to all those who gave feedback and attended the ‘drop-in’ session as part of the consultation.  All responses were considered, and informed the application which Endeavour MAT made to the SSEF in early August.  We hope to have news on our application by the end of November and will update you in due course.

Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie



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