A Taste of our Week WIthout Walls 2021
For the MIT Sustainability Challenge, students were asked to develop a product that helped address a global or local issue, with the following goal - “to change minds, to change actions and try to make it fun”.
Working in groups, students were given less than two hours to complete their mind altering project and bring their ideas to fruition. Friday saw a number of well considered inventions and excellent videos, posters and presentations with fun and creative ways to recycle, reuse and even to regrow. As the 8B team stated in their presentation, “Innovation and Collaboration are the key to success”, and to see the whole of Year 7, 8 and 9 engaged in tackling the global issues of our time was genuinely inspirational. Look out for a full showcase of the winning entries in next week’s update.
Mr Luke Dyer, STEAM Coordinator
Outwards Bound Vietnam
Outward Bound Vietnam brought the great outdoors to us for this Week Without Walls. In a series of active and fun workshops, more than a hundred students studied Interpersonal Communication, Problem Solving and Leadership Skills. With the organisation’s decades of experience abundantly evident, Outward Bound’s professional instructors facilitated a highly engaging learning experience, leaving the students equipped with transferable skills that could change their outlook forever.
Mr Tim English, Mathematics teacher
Juilliard Music & Drama
This week, many of our Year 8 and 9 students were involved in the Juilliard Music and Drama project for Week Without Walls’ . Because we are now in the third year of the Band, Voice and Strings program in KS3 music lessons, every student in Year 8 and 9 can play an instrument or confidently sing, which gives the students an amazing platform to collaborate.
In this session, we focussed on ‘Film Music’. Half of the students worked on presenting a drama piece to go alongside a film track and the other half rehearsed this same piece on their instruments. The piece we used was the famous theme tune to the movie ‘Mission Impossible’.
At the end of the session, all the students came together to perform and record their final pieces. Successfully performing music and drama live in front of an audience is a difficult duo to pull off, but our students' enthusiasm and perseverance meant we were able to produce really fantastic pieces in the short time that we had. Well done to all those involved, we’ve had a really fun week!
Ms Emma Husband , Assistant Head of Music
Throughout our Week Without Walls programme, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 enjoyed visiting some lesser-known parts of Ho Chi Minh City. Whether travelling to Thanh Da Island by waterbus and learning more about life on the opposite side of the Saigon River to D2, or attempting to catch a fish and learning more about aquaculture at Dai Nam Farm, we were all reminded how fortunate we are to live in such a vibrant and diverse city. Our students enjoyed practising their Vietnamese with local people and returned to school with lots of exciting stories to tell!
Mr Lee Falconer, Assistant Head Teacher
Our students were the teachers this week. They planned a diverse range of Arts and Sports activities, created lesson plans and shared their exciting ideas with students from one of our community partners, Poussieres De Vie. Our students showed excellent leadership skills as well as collaboration and provided our visitors with a fantastic day. We were highly impressed with their confidence in explaining and demonstrating the activities and especially proud of our Vietnamese speakers for translating to the students. The PDV students left with tie dyed shirts, Tet gingerbread men, new sports and dance skills and BIG SMILES!
This time our year 7s became the teachers. They planned an exciting range of Arts and Sports activities for our visiting group of year 2 students from EY&I. It was great to see Secondary’s youngest year group collaborating with the planning, taking the lead and confidently sharing their experiences of “big” school. The year 7s were left feeling rewarded but also exhausted, with some students saying they have a new respect for their teachers who do this every day.
Ms Savannah Craig, Art Teacher
Poetry & Percussion
The Performance Poetry and Percussion session began with the students listening to and watching performance poetry by Harry Baker and Kate Tempest, two poets who began their careers whilst still in school. The students then read a selection of fables and legends from different cultures and discussed these as a group. Each group chose one fable, to use as a springboard into a free-writing task, which is used to create a group narrative or poem that will be performed. After a drum circle, to acquaint everyone with various kinds of percussion, the groups are allocated some time to create their own performance poems. And before we know it, each group has creatively collaborated, performed percussively and hopefully has a sense of accomplishment!
Mr Owen McDevitt, Head of Year 10 and English Teacher
Year 7, 8 and 9 students threw themselves wholeheartedly into the prop-building and set-design tasks this week in preparation for the school production of Bonny & Clyde later this year. A lot of teamwork, ingenuity, problem-solving and creativity was involved, together with whole days of physical effort in painting, cleaning, moving and transforming bland panels of wood and cardboard depicting backdrops from the 1930s. Students took away new skills like dry-brushing wood grain effects, paper-mache, cardboard modelling, machine cut props, and hopefully a whole lot of excitement to see their hard work, and art work, on display as part of the major annual school production.
Ms Yolanda Cottrell - Academic English Assistant
Grand Prix F1
“Self-Care” during Week Without Walls
Throughout the course of ‘Week Without Walls’ students in Year 7-9 had an opportunity to experience a range of self-care activities specifically designed to promote positive wellbeing.
Mr Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing), shares more about them and why these particular activities, building on Martin Seligman’s “PERMAH'' framework, were a great choice for ‘Self- Care’ during Week Without Walls.
Mock IBDP & IGCSE Examinations
A huge congratulations to our Year 11 and Year 13 students for successfully completing their IGCSE and IBDP Mock Examinations this week.
As I write this week’s update, the mock examinations are drawing to a close and the exam hall is empty. My congratulations to all our students for the exemplary approach they have shown sitting this series of mock examinations. The Mock examinations are designed to give an authentic experience in preparation for the final examinations in May & June this year, and allow each student to gain feedback in each subject area which they use to shape their studies in the term ahead. In conversations I have had with the Year 11 and Year 13 students this week, it has been great to hear how they have supported each other and gained from the Mock experience. My thanks to all Year 11 and Year 13 parents for your support in ensuring your sons and daughters were so well prepared and ready for the challenge of this week.
Virtual Young Musician of the Year 2021
Calling all of our young musicians. You have been invited to share your passion and creativity with all of us in the NAE global community.
Read the poster above and if you are interested, speak to your music teacher for details about how to enter. We look forward to hearing some performances from many of our talented students.