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By: Alex Parker, Jessica Doyle and Dylan Hamer – Year 8
Our journey started at 04:00 in the morning when we all met at the top of the drive ready for our trip to Iceland. 24 eager students and 3 tired teachers ready for an adventure!
After about an hour we got to Bristol airport. We all went to grab a quick breakfast and before we knew it we were going through security and boarding the plane. Everyone was really excited and no one seemed tired anymore … except Dr. Jones who slept all the way!
Three hours later we were in Iceland and on our way to the relaxing Blue Lagoon, with our bus driver, Paolo, at the helm. All of the group used the white silica mud on their faces during the spa experience.
That night we went out to chase the Northern Lights, but the weather wasn’t on our side. We did stop to have a massive snow ball fight instead which was great fun and Paolo played his accordion!
The next day we went to two waterfalls. One was called Seljalandsfoss and we were able to walk behind and ended up getting soaked! The other one we climbed to the top of to get a better view. Then we went to a black pebbled beach, which was due to the volcanic activity, with very powerful and dangerous waves. We went to a glacier which has reduced by 700m because of global warming! Our excellent tour guide, Eric, also told us about the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull as we travelled around its surrounding landscape.
The day after we went to the geyser geothermal park, which was awesome! When the biggest one, Strokkur, erupted several of us got soaked! As we walked back down we could hear the joyful accordion playing of Paolo again. Soon after, we visited the part of Iceland which was part of the North American tectonic plate. There were some beautiful views.
On Sunday we were all really sad as it was our last day. We said our last goodbyes to Eric and Paolo and set off to Keflavik airport. We all spent our remaining kroner and three hours later were back in the UK. It had been an amazing trip and we were all glad that we had gone.
During the trip, the teachers arranged a photo competition as there were so many amazing photos being taken. Here are the winners …
Alex Parker – 8DM – Snowy Landscape
Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss
Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock
Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests
These will all be sat in the Sports Hall. The whole year group will sit the test at the same time. Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.
The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period. The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.
The tests will be sat as follows.
|Wednesday 4th May||Lessons 1 & 2||Year 9 Procedural Numeracy|
|Wednesday 4th May||Lessons 3 & 4||Year 7 Reading|
|Wednesday 4th May||Lesson 5||Year 8 Procedural Numeracy|
|Thursday 5th May||Lessons 1 & 2||Year 9 Reading|
|Thursday 5th May||Lessons 3 & 4||Year 8 Reading|
|Thursday 5th May||Lesson 5||Year 7 Procedural Numeracy|
Our 6th form Open Evening on 10th March was well attended – with a packed hall.
All the information about option columns, subject choices and details about the 6th form can be found on our dedicated website (below).
We shared the following presentation with parents and prospective students.
We also shared the Russell Group’s guidance on subject choices:
You can download the Informed Choices document they referred to below:
The 2017 ski trip is now sold out with pupils on the reserve list. Details for the 2018 ski trip will be out soon!
Yasmin Thomas and Tamsin Penberthy have written this fantastic account of this years trip.
On Friday 12th February, 43 eager pupils set off on a 24 hour bus journey to Altenmarkt, Austria. After a box set of 5 Rocky films, the toilet being repeatedly blocked and hours of Mr Duggan’s snoring we finally arrived at the resort earlier than planned, thanks to our bus drivers Les and Skippy!
Whilst most people were recovering from the long journey and having had very little sleep, year 8 and 9s were busy building a snowman outside in the sun. After getting our skis and boots fitted in the chalet, which was a quick and easy process, we spent the rest of the day unpacking and exploring the local Austrian village of Altenmarkt.
Sunday morning was our first skiing day. We set off up the mountain listening to Mr Duggan and Tamsin doing a duet of the famous, Sunshine Mountain. Everybody joined in with ‘our faces all a glow.’ The more experienced skiers waved goodbye from the chairlift to the beginners who took to the snow like Bambi on ice. Although some did not get off to the easiest start (Gilly) the rest fell in love with the sport like every pupil before them. Both the conditions and weather were phenomenal and the food was the cherry on top of the cake.
Group one got off to shaky start, losing their instructor in the first ten minutes, their communication skills only improved from there on in. After an eventful day, everyone began to bond as one big family! Sunday night consisted of an intense game of bowling between pupils, followed by a well-deserved victory from the Donkey of the Day’s team: Jordan Quinn and a short trip to hospital for Alex Potter who’s first day of skiing turned out to be his last.
Monday turned out to be a snowy day making the conditions slightly more challenging, which of course the experienced skiers loved. After exchanging the days antics on the bus journey back to resort, everyone looked forward to the ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ themed quiz that evening. This included a menu of mealworms, crickets and locus’ enjoyed by Izzy Hallett, Ben Robinson and Ben Sutton.
By Tuesday/Wednesday the beginners were finally getting to grips with skiing, despite the snowy conditions. Tuesday evening involved a trip to the thermal baths and treating ourselves to a delicious pizza on the way home. Wednesday evening was a night tobogganing down the Alpine slopes which was enjoyed by all.
Thursday’s skiing was in a neighbouring resort called Wagrain where the ski race took place in sunny, blue skies. After wipe outs, a skidoo rescue and multiple snow ball fights, all the pupils completed the course and eagerly awaited to find out the rankings later on that evening. The presentation evening took place in the chalet where pupils, teachers and instructors all came together. The awards were as followed; best boy skier went to Liam Dando, best girl skier was a joint award between Tamsin Penberthy and Yasmin Thomas and donkey of week went to a well-deserved Thomas Chudley.
Friday, was our final day on the slopes spent in Flachauwinkl. Marc, the top group’s instructor, planned to wipe-out M-Kat (Mr Muscat) as he skied with them for the day. Mr Muscat was a first time skier on this trip and by the end of the morning he was incapable of skiing any longer with the top group – he disgracefully had to make his decent from the slopes via a chairlift! Even though he was the youngest member of staff on the trip, he was by far the most tired at the end of the week.
Later on that evening, we made our departure from the resort after a tasty final meal at the chalet. Another smooth journey on the bus which left everyone fast asleep due to the action packed week. We arrived back at school 4 o’clock the next day with everyone sad to be returning to the rain and cold weather of Wales. This was another fantastic ski trip and we would like to thank the staff for organising and coping with us for the week. Bring on 2017!
Please find below information about the Easter and Whitsun revision sessions which the school will be offering for pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are sitting external examinations.
Our staff work extremely hard to help our students achieve the very best results and we are extremely grateful that they are volunteering, yet again, to give up part of their holiday to support students during these sessions.
Places at these sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can book slots by mailing the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state your child’s name, year group and the session / sessions they wish to attend. A reply email will then be sent to confirm their place.
If at any point you find you are unable to take up the place, please contact us immediately to let us know as we anticipate waiting lists for most subject areas.
These sessions are always enormously successful, and we are certain pupils will find them extremely beneficial.
Well it’s finally over. Ten months of hard work by the pupils and staff from Performing Arts and Little Shop of Horrors played its final show to a packed audience at the Muni last night.
More Photos from the Show
Here’s a sneak preview of The Little Shop of Horrors filmed by Chris and edited by Scott – both in year 11.
Remember you can get your tickets to see it next week from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/muniartscentre
Our Key Stage 4 options website is now live with all the information year 9 pupils, and their parents and carers need to make informed choices about their options.
The Key Stage 4 Options Evening will take place in the Main Hall on Thursday 28th January. Year 9 parents are invited to attend one of the two sessions which will run as follows:
- Session 1: 5.30pm
- Session 2: 6.30pm
There will be a short presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions with members of the senior leadership team. Each session will take approximately 30 minutes.
You may be aware that due to building work the school only has a single track drive in operation. To avoid congestion, can I request that parents attending the early session leave promptly, and parents attending the second session do not arrive too early. You may wish to consider parking in the top carpark and walking down.
Please do not hesitate to contact either Mr I. Dyson or the Head of Progress, Mrs S. Burnell, if you have any queries.