As we approach the start of International Week, the air around the Year 7 form rooms has been electrified with the anticipation of next week! Already the students have been talking of their authentic, traditional costumes that they will wear and regaling tales to the new students of what to expect. They’ve been boasting of the delicious food that is on offer and are super excited to taste the delights next Thursday 29th September. I am sure it will be a huge success like it has been in subsequent years [see the photos from last year’s event].
Also our very own Naina Jaiswal from 7A has been rehearsing a traditional Indian dance called Bharatnatyam, which she will perform with students from other year groups. She has explained that the dance originates from southern India and involves using signs throughout the dance that have significant meanings. We are looking forward to seeing her performance next week too.
James Cartwright from 7A writes: ‘I am really looking forward to International Week, as it is a great opportunity to get a feel for different cultures and beliefs. Within our classes we learn about a specific country, which is always exciting, informative and fun. I think it's really important to have international week as we need to embrace our variety of nationalities within our school. An added bonus is the food fair, where the food is always scrumptious.’
Emma Lubrano from 7B also wrote a long article about her home country – Italy. She detailed many traditions and her form are looking forward to her presenting this to them in next week’s Guidance lesson. Thanks Emma.
As well as thinking global, we should act local and no-one has acted more selflessly than Anya Lu from 7C who cleared up litter from the field in order to improve the environment around us. A massive thanks goes out to Anya who sets as example to her older and younger peers [see the photo above].
Every week we hold a form challenge on a Wednesday morning. The results are collated and displayed on our year board – well done to 7A who are beating the other forms hands down. Next week’s challenge should help the other forms to regain some valuable points, to tighten up the competition to see who is the best form of the first term!
Housepoints are also being earned in lessons too for some fantastic pieces of work. Our year 7’s seem to be the top earners so far, with Dao house winning overall in this two week cycle.
And finally, I would also like to say a huge thank you to the parents and students who have made an impact on the climate for learning by ensuring the students have been fully equipped for school. I know the tremendous effort you have gone to in securing those thesauruses and I appreciate all of this wholeheartedly.
A polite reminder that the Year 7 students will be re-assessed during their Science lesson, Period 6 on Wednesday 28th September. This assessment will focus on Safety, Cells and General Science which will enable them to be set accordingly.
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).
Through the Classroom Keyhole
Seeing our students learn is a wonderful sight to behold and I had the opportunity to visit their Maths lessons this week. Here the students were learning about probabilities & geometry. It was great to see them learning the skills of drawing some complex shapes and then seeing them solve the problems. Some photos are included above.
These are from 7B this time, who have given us an insight into some of their lessons.
This week I really enjoyed PE. We did long jump and high jump. We did some competitions and had tons of fun. We got some medals; and lost some. But most importantly, we were winning housepoints for our house team.
In DT last week, we started learning how to sew. We all learnt how to sew in straight lines and zigzags. Then we got to do different stitches to practice on our chickens – we designed our chickens and I can’t wait to make them and I think everyone else is excited too.
Mandarin can teach you some Chinese knowledge, reading some Chinese books and also about Chinese culture. I like Mandarin very much.
I am really enjoying Science and learning about cells as it helps me to learn about my body. It is a tough topic but the teacher helps us to understand by giving us activities and videos to watch and now I know all about cells.
Coming up in the next newsletter will have student reporters from 7C. We look forward to reading their highlights from Geography, Drama, German, Guidance, Maths and Science.
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
17th & 19th October – ARE
31st Oct – 4th Nov – Project Week
Hope to see you at the Parade of Nations and Food Fair. Have a wonderful weekend.
Paula Alderson, Year 7 Leader