Students are off timetable today and the school has been abuzz with visitors. Year 9 students are exploring the world of work getting an understanding of the wide choice of careers they could choose to follow. The day started with an inspiring presentation from David Maxwell of Aberystwyth and Warwick Universities and students have then attended a series of workshops on different careers including genetics, plumbing and construction, computing, motor vehicles, fashion and design, veterinary nursing, coding, health, engineering, catering, public services, the army and police.
Many thanks to all guests for taking time to come and talk to our students today.
A group of 9 students visited The Dassett Primary School on the Friday before half term to take part in a reading and poetry day. Students prepared a poem to share with the primary pupils and also listened to students reading.
Congratulations to the winners of our interhouse indoor athletics competition Adl/JST. Well done to all the participants who came along at break and lunchtimes to compete for their tutor groups and houses.
An amazing effort was put in by all the turkeys (sorry sixth formers) to raise a fantastic £6440 in the annual charity bonanza during the final weeks before Christmas. It takes a lot of planning, organisation and effort and all while the students are in the midst of lessons, revision and of course university and college applications.
On Friday the 14th December, they hosted their annual Charity Auction to raise money for four chosen charities: UNICEF, Clic Sargent, WNAA and Macmillan Cancer Support. The team had worked extremely hard gathering lots ranging from 4 Tickets to Stratford Butterfly Farm to a 4×4 Land Rover experience and overall they raised over £1,200 on the auction alone. The night consisted of alternating rounds of a quiz devised by Ellen Turner and Emily Ward and the auction that was led by our auctioneer Steven Bruce. They also had a refreshments stall that was stocked and ran by Megan Carter, Jack Seaborne, William Venables and Peter Stockbridge, and a very festive batch of mulled wine thanks to Mrs Venables. All the team worked extremely hard to make the night a success and we would like to give special thanks to all the companies and contacts that donated lots for the auction.
The Charity Show is definitely the highlight of the year for any sixth former. Whether they took part in the show, helped make the set, worked backstage, worked on the tech or helped run the show on the day all the sixth formers took part in one way or another. This year the show was based upon a group of turkeys who before Christmas steal the Christmas dinner in order to save themselves. Without the Christmas dinner Father Christmas cannot deliver the presents to the children! It turns out that Heinrich the German reindeer manipulated the turkeys so that he could have a night off. Confusing? Yes. However it was all highly entertaining. There were some top performances, special recognition to Peter Stockbridge who played Sheldon Cooper brilliantly! Other top performers were; James Cutts as the silent turkey and George Smith as Roxanne in Jeremy Kyle. A huge well done to all those that performed you were all brilliant. Although rehearsals were intense and had some ups and downs, everyone pulled together and worked as a team and made the show fantastic. Arguably their best performance and the one they enjoyed the most had to be the Tuesday evening performance which was open to the public. The crowd were ecstatic and the performers fed from this energy and gave everything they could. Thank you to all those who came on the Tuesday evening and to all students who bought tickets for the charity show on the Friday. You all made it worthwhile and the sixth form raised a huge amount of money for our four chosen charities.
And of course the Charity Week events were also a great success, each break and lunch the hall was filled with excited students getting into the spirit of Charity Week. Some of the most successful events during the week were the Wheel of Misfortune and Strictly Come Dancing, which saw members of the sixth form as well as the teachers all joining in to raise as much money as possible. Other events included Stars in their Eyes (both student and teacher editions), The Teacher Rap Battle, Gladiators, Miss World and Would I Lie to You? The sixth form worked well as a team to organise each event which all managed to raise around £150-£200 each!
We will be shortly be presenting the money to the chosen charities.
Some excellent hockey played in very cold conditions recently!
Year 10s beat Aylesford 8-2 (it could have been more) last Tuesday 13th January.
The Year 9s won 2 (Alcester Grammar and Shipston) and lost 2 in the South Warwickshire tournament on a snowy evening in Stratford on Tuesday 20th Jan – they played very well on a very cold night!