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It’s been full STEAM ahead this week as we held our first STEAM Day and made the final preparations for Project Week.

Thursday marked the beginning of a relationship with an artist in residence, Mr Procter who spent the day with fifteen of our most enthusiastic artists. The aim of this workshop was for students to learn to create creative pieces based on the techniques used by Mr Procter and the theme of traditional ‘Tile Cats’ from Yunnan, as well as to understand the historical relevance of ‘Tile Cats’ in Chinese culture. The students were all excited to have this opportunity and produced some impressive pieces of work. Courtney in Year 9 has written a reflection about her experience here.

This was only one of the activities taking place in school as part of our STEAM Day. There was a lovely atmosphere in C block as students participated in the Big Draw Competition and designed and made pylons and hoop gliders. The Big Draw activities started earlier this week when students helped Mr Thomas construct pieces of a Chinese dragon and on Thursday students from Early Years to Year 13 decorated them with their drawings. We look forward to seeing the final dragon pieced together!

Students had fun in the make activities, learning about and applying the principles of the design cycle which emphasised the iterative learning process. It was great to see improvements being made throughout those workshops.

Twenty- five students in Years 6 and 7 who had registered an interest in the MIT trip took home a paper tube this week. They have been asked to ‘hack the tube’ where they have to do something creative with the tube and present it to a panel of judges. Hacking on the MIT campus is like a practical joke so we are excited to see what they produce!

Project Week is next week! We hope that students are excited and prepared for the opportunities that this week brings and wish them safe travels and a wonderful experience.

Year 13 students will remain in school to work on their Extended Essays. They will end their week with another visit from the National Space Academy who will run a session with them focused on critical thinking.

We wish you all a lovely weekend,

Therese Andrews and Carol Camargo

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