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Year 9 News - 23rd September 2016

23 September 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 9

  • Y9 DT
  • 9a DT
  • 9C
  • 9C History
  • Art
  • French
  • PE

So much has been happening in Year 9 since the beginning of term. It really has been an exciting and upbeat start to the new school year with all students throwing themselves head first into school life. We have had so many of our Year 9 students turn out to sports trials, auditions for the school musical ‘Into the Woods’ sign up for CCA’s and apply to be student leaders.

As a Year Leader, I am proud of the positivity and creativity visible in the year group. House points are being snapped up by the students as they strive to collect as many as possible so that they can be rewarded at the end of term.

Of course we have many other exciting events on the horizon. Next week we will enjoy our International Week, which is one of the most popular weeks of the year. The community group and parents are working tirelessly to prepare for the school wide event. More information to follow later in the newsletter.

It was lovely to see so many of you at Meet and Greet evening last week. It was at this evening that we shared the details of this year’s project week trip. The Year 9 students will be traveling to Sanya in Hainan province where they will enjoy activities such as surfing, gorge walking and a visit to The Bright Connection centre. This centre is an orphanage for children with cerebral palsy and autism. The children have been busy in Guidance researching the centre and preparing for the visit. Everyone is looking forward to the trip. Please can I remind you to complete the jotform details using the link below if you haven’t already done so. The information is required to enable the tour operators to book the flights.

International Week Food Fair

A schedule for the Food Fair will be shared with students ahead of the event on Thursday 29th September. Please be aware that a reduced selection of food will be served during lunch time and that food bought during break and lunch will be payable by cash only (no lunch cards).

A view from the classroom  - Straw Bridges – DT – Shaun Mills

As a quick, collaborative team building project the students in Year 9 have been learning about building bridges.  This was a fun activity to strengthen the student’s science, technology, and engineering and maths skills.  It was also a reminder of the workshop expectations.

Before diving into our mini engineering project, the students were introduced to some bridge basics, for example the types of bridge there are;

  • arch
  • beam
  • suspension
  • cable-stay
  • truss.

They learnt about how each bridge design evenly distributes loads through specific points using a combination of forces (tension) and pushing forces (compression). They also were introduced to how weights and forces are distributed across a bridge e.g, in a cable stay bridge, cables direct the weight of the traffic and the bridge itself onto the support beams in the middle (called piers) and the supports on either end (called the abutments).

Once the students had an understanding of how bridges work, they were eager to jump in and start building their own miniature versions with straws, scissors and tape.

When the bridges were finished they were tested to destruction. The challenge was to build a bridge that could span a gap of 600mm and take the most amount of weight without failing. Straws and tape might not be very strong on their own, but it was amazing to see how sturdy they could be when they were combined together using the correct principles.

The winning teams gained house points and it was a very competitive and fun environment at testing.

Student Reporters

Art by Courtney Gill

Recently in Art, Year Nine has been focusing on proportion and drawing from life. We have been practising by drawing our classmates. First, we started to draw the basic human figure, later graduating to drawing with charcoal.

English by Natasha Niggli

During English this term we are studying the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. So far we have already read and analyzed chapter one and two. We have been focused on the characters and their personalities and if they are good, or bad people.

ICT by Kyle Fung

In ICT, we are looking at the different parts to Internet security. We found out how to tell if things were real or fake by looking at the serial numbers. Also, we learnt about viruses and how they could harm your computer through deleting your personal information. I believe that learning this topic will help us in the future when using computers. So far, I think the ICT lessons we’ve had were very fun!

History by Hannah Tan
This week in History, Mr Guiney has asked us to spilt up into pairs of 2 which will be the groups that we work in for the next 3 lessons or so. The aim of this is for each pair to research specifically on a certain country that took part in WW1, for example Russia. At the end of this research task we are to have a sufficient amount of information to participate in a debate. This includes the whole class siding with their country on why the rest of the countries are the one to blame for the war. The objective of this is that may the pair with the most evidence on their side win! Who knows what the outcome might be.

French by Danny Ren

In French we are now learning about good and bad qualities, and how to describe each other with the qualities we learnt (it is really fun). We get to communicate with other students and introduce ourselves to them. The new skill we learnt is really useful and also it is a good thing to new students who just came because they will get to know us better while improving their French.

Upcoming dates are:

26-30th September – International Week

29th September – Parade of Nations and Food Fair

30th September – Settling In Reports released

3rd-7th October – School Holiday

11th, 13th, 17th, 19th October – ARE (please delete as appropriate for your year group)

31st Oct – 4th Nov – Project Week

Jo Parrish, Year 9 Leader