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Year 7 News - 18th November 2016

18 November 2016

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Year 7 Newsletter – 18th November 2016

It felt like forever to organize the trip to Yangshuo and then it was over in a second! Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed their service week away by pushing themselves to the limit and doing things they had never done before. The whole year 7 team pulled together to show you exactly what our students were up to and I hope you enjoyed reading the tumblr blog. If you haven’t had chance to look at it, then please visit this link. I have included some of my favourite photos from the week away. I will never forget it [or the rat!] and I’m sure our students will have made memories that they also won’t forget.

Upon our return from project week, the students have been busy preparing a summative video of their experiences which will be shown in a secondary assembly on November 28th. I am super confident that my year group will shine like the stars they are whilst up there on the stage reliving their experiences. On the last night of project week, the students had to come up with their rock, stick and leaf; which meant something they found challenging, something that would always stay with them, and something they would leave in Yangshuo, here are some of the best entries from the year group:

Luca (7A) My rock is definitely going into the cave because it looked so cool, my stick was by far the most muddy mud-bath and finally, my leaf was mostly the same as everyone's, the disgusting putrid, rat.

Sasi (7A) My rock is gonna be caving because it was very adventurous. My stick is gonna be biking and the mud-bath. And my leaf is going to be Matt, Matt (British guide), Xiao Ming and Tilly.

Jai (7C) My rock is the climbing because when I was abseiling down it felt really weird. My stick is the biking because it was long and exciting off road biking. And like others my leaf is the poor little rat.

Anya (7C) My rock was getting covered in paint at the community service and getting to know people in a different perspective. My stick was my birthday because it was the most fun day and the leaf was the rat.


In this newsletter, I must congratulate James Cartwright (7A), Ciro Verni (7A), Anya Lu (7C), Lindsey Ren (7C), Garance Roule (7C) and Angelina Nazavian (7C) for achieving 50 housepoints so far this term. This is a fantastic achievement – well done! All students were presented with their certificates during today’s assembly.


Eight Year 7 students had to present their “Hacks” to a judging panel this week. Some students were very nervous about the process but overcame these to do a some great presentations. We are all looking forward to seeing who – out of year 6 and year 7 – has been picked to attend the event in Boston in 2017. Only 4 students are able to go, fingers crossed there are some from year 7!

Important information

As you know the first assessment cycle is approaching, which will last 2 weeks. Please find attached to this newsletter the cycle. Students should have been given revision material by their class teacher, which may or may not be on the moodle site. Your child will know where this information is whether it be a paper version, moxtra or online.

View from the classroom

This week Mrs Platt shared some photos of her class investigating the properties of solids, liquids and gases by looking at cornflour and water mixed together.

I have also shared some photos of the density experiment that set 1 did whilst we were doing the same topic.

Student Reporters

These are from 7B this time, who have given us an insight into some of their lessons.

Mehar Parmar – Science

Please see the attached pic-collage

Emma Lubrano – DT

Please see the attached Image of the funky chickens.

Grace Shen – English

This week in English, we have still been learning about Greek mythology. Our monster posters were due in this week. We got to hear everyone’s facts about their monster and have others guess what monster it was. We also got to vote who’s poster was the best. It was interesting to see what other people had done and the good ideas they had to make their posters look interesting. We were also told to write a piece of writing for the fan fiction competition. It sounds really interesting but it will be hard as the word count limit is only 500 words.

Mahaut Barral – Drama

In drama we are making a play of Greek theatre and it'll be marked in our drama assessment. We learned earlier about Greek theatre and it was a great topic. For our play I'm in a group with Emma, Grace and Amelie. To make our play we have three steps, number one is to decide who does what in the play and practice second one is to design our costume and makeup, the third one is all technical.

Amelie Zou – ICT

In ICT we made awesome powerpoint presentations about internet safety. We put hyperlink, images and much more. I really like ICT, we also did good and bad points for the powerpoints and planned it all out on paper, then word and last but not least powerpoints. We also needed to make eye catching powerpoints. It was very fun.

Alexander Hansen - History

In History we started off with an activity where we had to walk around the classroom finding the answers to the questions. In this lesson we were learning about the harrying of the north. The harrying of the north was when King William of England punished the north for rebelling against him. We sat down and heard a lot of stuff about the harrying of the north. Then we had to copy some facts about the harrying of the north in our books. I thought it was really interesting.

Coming up in the next newsletter will have student reporters from 7C. We look forward to reading their highlights.

Upcoming dates are:

21st Nov – Start of Assessment Cycle 1

27th Nov – Christmas Bazaar

9th Dec – CCA’s finish for Term 1

16th Dec – School closes at 12pm for the holidays.

9th Jan – School re-opens for Term 2.

I hope to see you at the Christmas Bazaar on 27th November.

With best wishes,

Paula Alderson

Year 7 Leader