The time has almost come for what tends to be the most memorable week of the school year - Project Week!
Once again the pupils will be setting off for a week of service, activities and quality time with friends! As the pupils move through the school the service aspect of Project Week tends to progress and the trip to Guizhou is one that delivers in this aspect. The pupils are excited to be completing service in a local school where they will work on the appearance of the school and most importantly see and interact with the local students. Year 10 have taken this responsibility seriously during their preparation time. In guidance sessions they have worked on preparing quick, creative and fun games for moments of down time with the local pupils. Once the service elements are completed the pupils can look forward to seeing parts of the picturesque areas of Guizhou which are well renowned. We will also be able to work on our camping abilities as part of our preparation for the International Award. Aided by Insight we will be working on wilderness and camp craft skills which will provide a valuable challenge and learning experience for our students.
All details regarding packing lists and timings should be with you but should you have any last minute questions please contact me.
On a final note for Project Week I am extremely excited to spend the time with the year group to get to know the pupils further away from the classroom. I will aim to update you all via the Year 10 Tumblr blog Internet permitted.
As always I wish to keep people updated with the Award. I am pleased to announce that we have almost the full cohort confirmed for the Adventurous Journey in March. The next instalment of 1000 RMB is due on the 4th December.
All students have now begun their skill, service and physical recreation activities. It has been pleasing to see Year 10 students driving new opportunities for others in the school as part of this process. This has seen the start of a Primary homework club, an EAL club and History CCA. These are all now running due to the enthusiasm of some of our students.
In the week following Project Week we will giving the students the time to record and describe their progress in each of the three sections. This is vital way for pupils to reflect and plan their future weeks on the programme.
Thursday saw the collapsed timetable day for STEAM learning. Working on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics tasks the pupils gained the chance to work on various skills. In particular this type of approach develops the ability to learn away from the conventional classroom and certainly builds collaborative skills. Once again the vision for such days is to enable pupils to work closely on the IB learner profiles that they will need after their GCSE's. The students from Y7-13 demonstrated this collaboration by participating in the Big Draw where they illustrated a large dragon that will hang in C block. However in order to ensure that the pupils do not miss out on vital learning for GCSE's Year 10 are also combining the Big Draw with double Maths and Languages lessons to keep them fully up to speed. Once again the pupils from Year 10 have been contributing towards the success of the day with some budding artists in the Year helping Mr Thomas with preparatory artwork. In particular Aoki Camada, Hannah Scott, Cherry Mei, Nian Er, Amelia Haynes, Louise Way deserve special thanks for their efforts.
A final notice is of an opportunity this summer for those wishing to take part in the Les Martinets trip. This offers limited pupils in the year group the chance to take part in Alpine Mountaineering Expedition in the Swiss Alps. All pupils have letters on what sounds like an exciting yet physically challenging trip. Any questions regarding this experience should be directed to Miss Andrews on firstname.lastname@example.org.
31st October – 4th November – Project Week
11th and 14th November - No school
4th December - instalment of 1000rmb for Adventurous Journey.
Recently in Music, we’ve been analysing Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique, No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, including identifying the structure, rhythm, harmony, texture, etc. This is the second piece of music we learnt about, the first was Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach. We’ve also been composing a Ground Bass by breaking down chords and using techniques that we’ve learnt, such as coda, and learn how to make a composition worth an A* for the IGCSE course.
In Geography we have been studying tropical storms, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. We have been studying management plans for managing the aftermath of these natural hazards. We have been doing case studies of the Indian Ocean and Japanese tsunamis and Mt Vesuvius. We also did an activity about Montserrat restructuring, this took us a few lessons because we also produced presentations in our teams.
This week in Business, we just learnt about sole traders. We have learnt the differences between a sole trader and a partnership, understand the concept of unlimited liability and the pros and cons of different ownership type. I have enjoyed business so far and even though it is a new subject that we just learnt, everyone seems to be doing well, understanding it and having fun!
This week in Economics we learned what Price Elasticity of Demand and Supply is, how to calculate price elasticity and how to draw graphs for price elasticity. Today we read a case study about India and Romania and applied our knowledge of price elasticity to real life problems. It was interesting to try and apply what we now to different countries.