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Year 8 News - 16th December 2016

16 December 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 8

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Message from the Year Leader

Doesn’t time go fast?! It seems only yesterday that we were starting term one, and now it’s Christmas! The students have had a jam-packed first term; many house competitions, school performances, the Christmas Bazaar, Academic Review evenings, Project Week and more!

I personally would like to say how impressed I am with the efforts and involvement of the students in the house competitions. Last week I gave a roundup of what has happened so far in the House system at school and so I would just like to mention the House Christmas tree competition that took place last week. Students brought in decorations for their tree over the week and then had the opportunity to decorate it in a timed competition against all the other houses. The collaboration that went in to decorating the trees was fantastic and I would like to thank all the students who brought in items and helped on the ‘Judgement Day’ of the competition. Please look at the photos to see the decorated trees. De house took home the points – I think it was the Christmas lights that swayed the judges!

Soon after Christmas will bring Chinese New Year and we can look forward to many events and happenings during that time. The fantastic Iceland trip will be taking place during the CNY holidays and I am lucky enough to be on this trip also. This will be a fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity for the students. More information will follow about other events and competitions happening after Christmas. It just leaves me now to wish you a Merry Xmas and a fantastic new year!

Lesson updates

Josie 8A for Science

In science so far we have been investigating the factors of heating a cup. This is where you take a cup and wrap some tin foil around it. Then you pour water in but it has to be the same temperature each time. You get a thermometer and time for 5 mins and every 30 seconds you check the temperature. We have done this with many types of material. I have really enjoyed these science lessons. They have been fun and really interesting.

Ciara 8A for History

In history this week and last week we were mainly just revising for our assessment. Many of us were very successful in those assessments, achieving at least 15 or up. In the past week we have been learning about the investigation case about Jack the Ripper. We are writing a newspaper report from that time about the murders and why it was so hard to catch him/her.

Zena 8A for PE
This week in P.E we started a new sport and it is swimming. During our first lesson of swimming we were doing a hundred meter swims. In our first a hundred meter swim we used the kick boards but for the rest we didn't. Overall we did five, a hundred meter swims (five hundred meters overall). I really enjoy doing swimming and I'm looking forward to the next lessons!

Jack 8A for Science
During science, we learnt about solubility. We learnt in a practical, that in different water temperatures, a different amount of sugar could go in. In this practical, the water was the solvent (the liquid) and the salt was our solute. We found out the hotter, the more sugar could be dissolved. This is because the hotter, the faster the water particles will move which creates space for sugar particles to settle in.

Axel 8A for English

In this week’s English our class has been doing creative writing pieces. Right now we are studying the play Macbeth by Shakespeare. We have all chosen our writing style and the topic of our writing and we are all finishing them for homework. After that we are doing performances of a special scene in the play in groups of three people. I choose the scene where the witches are making spells; I choose this because it shows what the people believed of witches at that time. Now we are looking into our own characters and how to act like them.

Asher 8A for English

In DT we learnt how to sew a neck pillow it was so fun to do our task that Mrs. Procter set us to do. We all managed to make our own neck pillows and we design them with different type of materials like felt and wool etc.