Blog week ending 7th February

Posted on: 07/02/2020

Year 7 Science students have been investigating metals and non-metals during a very hands-on practical lesson!  Students tested the conduction of heat, conduction of electricity and density of a range of sample materials including wood, iron, glass and plastic.

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Our Food Technology classroom had all the appearance of a professional kitchen as Y11 GCSE students prepared a menu of their design on a Valentine dinner theme.  The task is part of their GCSE coursework, our student chefs prepared a wide range of restaurant calibre dishes – delicious.

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Year 9 Physics students are continuing their study of electricity with a practical lesson concerning electrical circuits and electrical safety.  Students were required to wire a plug – stripping the cable, wiring the plug and replacing the fuse.

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Recent happenings in Squash!  Squash Club sessions are available three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school at Bexley Park Squash club with Derek Thompson our squash coach.

The large numbers of juniors playing meant we could field two teams at the recent Kent winter championships at Mote Park Maidstone. For many it was their first competitive squash matches.

Our B team, Reuben, George, Elliot and Benas beat St Edmunds in their first match but lost to two very strong teams, the eventual finalists, Bullers Wood A and Sevenoaks.

Our A team Alex, Ollie, Teddy and Ollie T did well beating Maidstone Grammar and Dane Court before losing to Sevenoaks in the semi- final.  It was a very enjoyable day out and the boys learned a lot from the experience.

This week we played Sevenoaks away with 2 junior teams and 2 senior players and though we lost overall, the games were often close and showed the boys the stamina needed to play a best of 5 games match. Particular credit goes to George in Y7 for winning his match with real determination.

The popularity of squash club means there are very few places available but if anyone would like to play on Wednesdays after School then let Mr Sexton know by contacting the school office.

Year 7 Art students are undertaking a project on animals and were looking at artists Henry Moore and April Coppini as drawing style stimuli.  Below, is a small selection of the wonderful sketches completed as homework.

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The School Council (Behavioural Team) delivered a powerful yet sensitive assembly for Youth Mental Awareness Day.  The team wrote and delivered a presentation highlighting positive strategies, tactics and advice for maintaining good mental health especially at potentially stressful times such as the run up to GCSE examinations.   It was a thoughtful approach aimed at reinforcing the message ‘you are not alone’ and to urge students to seek support for themselves and others they feel may need help.

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Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

 

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