Trip to Condover Hall


Trip to Condover Hall

Year 5 and 6 spent an adventure-packed long weekend at Condover Hall in Shropshire last weekend. The weather was beautiful and the girls took part in a whole host of activities from buggy building and high ropes to wacky and wet fun and abseiling. They had opportunities to develop their problem solving and team work skills in an initiative skills sessions, and a healthy level of competitiveness was evident during mini-olympics and the run around quiz. It was great to see the girls and the teachers challenge themselves to try all that was on offer and a brilliant time was had by all! A special mention too, to Mrs Carney who abseiled for the first time and thought she may need a little “help” off the edge, but she did it!

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Smooth Enterprise Day for Year 8


Smooth Enterprise Day for Year 8

This week the Year 8 students had their Enterprise Day challenge. This year, their task was to make, market and sell healthy smoothies, to kick start healthy eating week at School. The students also decided to donate all proceeds from the day to Liberty’s Legacy, a charity funding bone marrow research.  The students were briefed before Enterprise Day by Mr Fernando and Mrs Roberts on budgets and ingredients, so as to reduce food waste and keep costs per team low. Each group was given a budget of £8 to spend in total. The day started with the teams selecting their team leader and other roles, and then coming up with creative team names which included: Tropical Galaxy, Fruit Attack, Schmaker, Groovy Smoothie, Shnabelle and Onflavour. Once this was done the students had to make an A4 leaflet that promoted their company as well as healthy eating. The students were also required to make an infomercial and a jingle to go with it, which allowed them to use their ICT and media skills. During break time the students carried out market research by asking other students and teachers a myriad of questions to facilitate their marketing and production. With this information in hand, the teams were able to come up with reasonable pricing and appropriate marketing techniques to lure their customers. Afterwards, the teams were sent to the Food and Nutrition room to make their smoothies.  During the second half of lunch the teams began to sell! It was pleasing to see the teams using innovative methods to sell their product, which included charging different prices to different customers and taking the products to the customer when footfall was low.  All teams managed to sell out within the first 15 minutes. The girls managed to make £67.45 for their chosen charity. The students then presented their infomercials and jingles along with their powerpoint presentations on how they got on throughout the day. It was very hard for Mr Dodd to judge the teams as they were all exceptional.  Ultimately, team Groovy Smoothie beat team Tropical Galaxy by one point and emerged victorious. Well done to Sarah, Verity, Katie, Ambi and  Molly. Congratulations also go to all the teams for their hard work on a very competitive Enterprise Day.

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Building Bridges in Year 4


Building Bridges in Year 4

In their Thinking Skills lesson this week, Year 4 were busy constructing newspaper bridges. They worked in teams on the STEM task, which required a variety of skills to successfully complete the bridges, which had to be strong enough to hold 1kg. Some of the girls chose to focus purely on the structural side in order to achieve the strongest bridge, whereas others also included an aesthetic element in their design. Great teamwork, girls!

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Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove


Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove

On Tuesday Year 7 ventured southwest to the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. On arrival, they were met by an informative Lulworth Ranger who explained the main features of the area, as well as highlighting why the region is a World Heritage Site. Pupils then visited Stair Hole and Lulworth Cove itself, learning about the geology and formation of each landform. They were introduced to the idea of erosion and how it is constantly affecting the coastline. After a picnic lunch and a quick ice cream, Year 7 braced themselves for the uphill coastal path to Durdle Door. The views were breath taking and a welcome break was taken so that the famous arch could be sketched and appreciated. After the downhill walk back to the coach, we started the long journey home. Happy but tired after a busy and informative day.

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Runners up in National Carnegie Competition


Runners up in National Carnegie Competition

Congratulations to our Year 7 Carnegie Shadowing Group, whose video entry on their favourite book was chosen as runner up in this nation wide competition! The task was to create an 80 second video showcasing their favourite book from the Carnegie Shortlist. The girls chose ‘Wed Rabbit’ by Lissa Evans and used a camera drone to record their video.
The School’s library will receive a free set of     books as a prize. Well done, girls!

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