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Year 8 News - 28th October 2016

28 October 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 8

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STEAM Day was a massive success yesterday. Students across the school experienced a collapsed timetable and took part in various activities in their year groups. STEAM Day focused on collaborative learning and involved students working together on different tasks throughout the day. There was the Big Draw where students helped to design and illustrate a large dragon that will hang up in the C Block Foyer. Students in Years 7-9 also worked through the design process in order to develop hoop gliders and mini pylons.  As you can see from the photos, the students fully immersed themselves in the day and thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous opportunity to develop their creative and collaborative skills.

Project Week information

With just days left to go before we depart to Xiamen, I would like to wish you a good farewell and look forward to seeing you on the other side! The flight information for the week is below. Unfortunately as you can see, it’s an early flight. This will mean that students will need to be in school (C-block foyer) by no later than 4.10am!   We ask that your son/daughter goes straight to their trip leader when they arrive at school and hand their passport to them. By now, you will have received packing lists and other information regarding the trip, however if you have any additional questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact me;

Flights to Xiamen:

1.  FM9263    31OCT  SHAXMN    0805-0955          T2      Shanghai Airlines

2.  MU5666    04NOV  XMNSHA    1345-1530         T2     China Eastern Airlines

Lesson Updates and student reporters

Abe Zakhem 8B for ICT

In ICT, we learned about different code methods and ciphers in a Simpsons-themed murder mystery. The mystery was: Who Killed Mr. Burns? We used a variety of different ciphers such as the mobile phone code cipher, morse code, number to letter rearrangement and the cipher wheel. We had to use all of these skills to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Burns as the killer left clues using those codes. It was quite enjoyable as my team won but we didn’t get any house points. Overall, it was one of the more fun lessons and I would definitely do it again!

Angus Yang 8B for Mandarin
This week is a very interesting week, in mandarin, we learnt about a story (autobiography)
written by a very famous author in China's history. The author is called Xun Lo, he is humorous and he likes to satirize the old days. The story is very interesting, and the whole class enjoyed it.

Yvonne Chen 8B for Art
For art, the past few weeks, we were still working on painting our Roy Lichtenstein paintings. Despite missing a few classes, I was informed that we learnt about how to blend colours with the brush.

For example, if you wanted to blend blue and green together on your piece, you would paint your region blue and your region green, and while the paint is wet, use another brush, dampened by water to pull the colours into each other to create a nice blend. Ms. Proctor has been advising us over and over again about the cleanliness of our lines in our pieces so that it can look like it is really from a comic. We needed an even amount of paint and water in order to do this. With too much water it can spread too much and the opacity would be too high, while having too much paint would make it too thick, and it would be hard to drag across the canvas or paper in order to colour.

Warren, a boy in our class, has joined later than everyone else, but managed to finish his piece as one of the first in our class with a high quality standard and efficiency - quite amazing and astonishing, if you ask me.

We have learnt to make our own colours and it was very hard, considering we don't have much time in one lesson and that hue of paint can be lost easily, but we all managed pretty well. Compared to last year (Who used markers and paint for the black parts in their piece, I'm assuming, by looking at it with my eyes), we have did a splendid job and definitely could be in a competitive position against those on display. I can't wait until we can see our beautiful paintings filling the corridors of the third floor in the C Block Foyer!

My advice for the children next year is - don’t see the reference as a whole. Copy the squares and the grids piece by piece, see the black lines and colours as only shapes you have to draw. Turn the reference upside down would make you also see the lines as shapes better - it might seem hard and strange when you’re copying out at first, but the overall piece would look much better if you stop seeing it the way you think it is and start drawing.