School Closure – Work & Information
The school is now closed to the majority of our students as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
We remain open only to the children of key workers and to students in Year 10 & Year 12, as per the Government Announcement.
Our main method of contacting parents is via parentmail. Please take the time to read these in order to keep up-do-date. You can also view our Year Group, Boarding and Sixth Form Bulletins here.
We remain completely committed to the pastoral care, safety and continuing educational provision of our students and please reassure any children that we will continue to be accessible to our school community.
EXAMS: For information on the current situation regarding exams click here.
Teaching & Learning
Student’s in all year groups enjoyed a variety of events for STEM week which ran from 9 – 13 March. Year 7 enjoyed a trip to Hill End Outdoor Centre for a Sustainability Day looking at climate change and man’s imprint on the environment.
Showing great promise, our budding engineers produced an impressive selection of Marble Runs with the winners – Ava, Lottie, Darcy, Olivia and Megan producing a spectacular design!
Students in Year 8 experienced the weird and wonderful, wearing Virtual Reality headsets, those in Year 9 took part in the Crack the Code Cipher Challenge, Year 10 Computer Scientists visited the BMW Mini Plant to see robots in action and everyone enjoyed a Rocket Launch demonstration.
Business Breakfast & Young Enterprise
On behalf of the Governors and staff Mr Derek Grimsley, Chair of Governors, welcomed representatives from the business community to a delicious cooked breakfast followed by a presentation from the Young Enterprise and Tenner Challenge teams. It was especially encouraging to welcome so many new faces.
The Spring Breakfast is an opportunity for our Young Enterprise and Tenner Challenge teams to showcase their product and practice their public speaking skills in front of an experienced audience. The students made a fantastic first impression with their enthusiasm and professionalism. This year the teams were selling environmentally friendly Water Bottles @H2art_YE, Greetings Cards – VenusCardsWitney, and Bees Wax Wraps @beekindddd.
The presentations showed how they had developed their business models with environmental impact at the forefront, while documenting some of the challenges and successes they have experienced so far. This was followed by questions from the audience and a chance for attendees to purchase the products. Our students were thrilled to be able to market their products to a new audience.
These valuable business links allow the school to work alongside local and international businesses, to enrich the students’ education and understand the skills required to leave school equipped for life in the workplace.
If you would like to attend any of our forthcoming business breakfasts, please contact the Company Secretary, Mrs Suzanne Reeve at email@example.com.
Interactive Spanish Play at Tudor Hall
On Thursday 12 March, Mrs Iasisen from the MFL department accompanied fourteen students in Year 10 to Tudor Hall School in Banbury to see a Spanish play with the language used aimed at GCSE students. The actors were brilliant and used lots of visual clues to help comprehension.
Here’s what some our students thought of the performance.
Sophie: I really enjoyed the play. The actors were very interactive and funny!
Aria: in my opinion, the play was very entertaining and interactive, especially when they asked the audience to participate. Although there were only two actors on stage, they did a great job of keeping the story going and I understood everything!
Celia: I really enjoyed the play. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who studies Spanish at GCSE. It was very entertaining.
Our boarders continued their fantastic fundraising efforts to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs, this year’s house charity. On Saturday 7 March they based themselves at the Co-op in Burford and collected a whopping £193.00.
Other efforts have seen them collect donations for activities and lifts to school with a running total of £170.00, and carol singing in Witney before Christmas which raised £184.40.
Future events include a leg waxing night and bake off competition.
Linguists Beyond School
On Monday 24 February and Friday 13 March, Year 9 students had the opportunity to attend a talk by Professor Natasha Ryan from Oxford University on the advantages of learning languages for GCSE and beyond.
Professor Ryan focused her talk on how students acquire transferable skills when learning languages, the importance of linguists in a post Brexit Britain and the breadth of careers open to students who have studied a language at GCSE and how languages improve their employability in the future.
Students participated in question and answer sessions and we discovered some hidden talented linguists in the audience!
Storytelling at its Best with Michael Rosen
On Tuesday 10 March, we were so pleased to be able to join students from Chipping Norton School in welcoming the wonderful Michael Rosen to Oxfordshire to celebrate the recent publication of The Missing. After 30 years of searching for his missing Great-Uncles, who had disappeared during World War 2, Michael managed to trace what had become of them – both had sadly died in Auschwitz.
Michael brought his fascinating family story to life in his inimitable style. A born storyteller, working without notes, the students were completely caught up in this tale of war and loss and were keen to ask questions. Issy of 8RAL and Harvey of 9NBA were privileged to join Michael on the stage and ask him about his book and his research. Many had the chance to chat to him after the talk and collect copies of his books and have them signed.
Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!
The Library hosted a variety of events across Reading Week. Patron of Reading for Upper School and Sixth Form, Martin Stewart, visited to take writing workshops and to talk about his latest book “The Sacrifice Box” about five friends who find an ancient box and sacrifice something special, committed to the box forever!
Author Lauren St John, founder of Authors4Oceans talked about her passion for wildlife conservation and how it features in her latest book Kat Wolfe Takes the Case.
The busy schedule also included a daily Book Title Quiz, a Lunchtime Book Fair, Year 8 & 9 Literacy Parent Forum and the ever popular Non-School Uniform Day, with students dressed up as Peter Rabbit, Alex Rider and Arthur Dent from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Over £1,000 was raised for Book Aid International.
Memorable Trip to Berlin & Krakow
Sarah Adams and Megan Wargent report – Our trip to Berlin and Krakow has definitely been the highlight of our time in Sixth Form.
Our itinerary was packed everyday which meant we saw a huge amount of both of the cities and could piece together their history and culture. Our guide Steve was amazing and as well as telling us the facts about the places we were visiting, he really made us immerse ourselves in the history that was all around us, and think more carefully about the reasons for some of the events that happened.
In Berlin we visited historical sites and memorials such as the Reichstag, which we climbed all the way up one night, The Brandenburg Gate, The Olympic Stadium and the infamous Berlin Wall.
When we arrived in Poland, after a lengthy coach journey, we were surprised by how beautiful Krakow was given the history of its Nazi Occupation. We really enjoyed exploring the city and travelling by tram to historical sites such as Schindler’s Factory and the Jewish Quarter and spent our free time exploring the markets and tasting the world-famous hot chocolate in the main square.
Our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was a very moving day and none of us were quite prepared for what we experienced. All of us recognised the importance of visiting and learning about Auschwitz and other sites of the Holocaust, which were commemorating their liberation 75 years on.
We had the most amazing week away and learned many invaluable lessons. We would not have been able to have such an amazing and immersive experience on an average holiday to these cities and would really recommend the trip to any student, whether they study history or not.
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