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  • 23rd November 2014

    A huge thank you goes to Sarah Connelly, Dawn Freeman and all the members of the PFA for helping to organise the Christmas Gift Market today, Sunday 23rd November. Despite the atrocious weather, the Hall was bustling with activity and there were some fantastic stalls, all helping to kick start the season. We were also joined by pupils from Sedley Primary School, who sang a medley of carols from the stage. Well done to all involved for a wonderful event.

     

     

     

     

     

    On a less festive note, a couple of our students have participated in a sobering visit to Auschwitz, as part of a memorial project. Read below a recap of the Auschwitz trip from Luke in Year 13.

    ‘On the 12th November I was given the honour to represent the school on a trip to Auschwitz as part of the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ initiative, enabling me to experience the holocaust in all its horror to permit me to relay the experience back to my fellow pupils. The most harrowing aspect of this trip for me was definitely standing in one of many gas chamber, in which I stood fully aware that it was the location of death for some of the 1.2 million people believed to have died in Auschwitz’s camps. It was an exhausting trip, staring at 3am for me and ending at 12pm when I got home, with this exhaustion also coming emotionally via being further weathered away by the storm of emotions I was subjected to. These feelings came most notably after the gas chamber from the exhibition of 2 tons of female hair, being estimated to have come from 40,000 dead women killed in the camp, all of which was being used to make items such as socks or rugs. It shocked me by bringing to light the cold and methodical nature of the Germans action, with nothing going to waste. ‘

    M rs Ansell has been busy trying to promote reading as always. She has reported the following exciting news! ‘The Library has just received five free copies of a beautifully illustrated book, courtesy of Bloomsbury and Readingzone. The content is about friendship, love, loss and the power of imagination. The books will be used for a Year 7 book group starting Tuesday 25th in the library at lunchtime.’ I hope our students take advantage of the Book Club opportunity and that they are enjoying the books purchased by the PFA for their use at home as part of Book Buzz.

    Science club took part in the global experiment. They were required to make saturated solutions of different salts and leave these solutions for 2 weeks. As a result crystals grew. The students then compared the size and the shape of the crystal with those provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Once this was done, the data was put into the RSC website. As a group, we were able to see similarities and differences from other schools around the world. One thing that was noticed, was that in the United States of America there were often similar results. Our results differed with India and Thailand. The girls were able to conclude that it could have been a result of different batches of salts sold or it could have been the type of water in that area. The girls really enjoyed seeing how big they could get their crystals as well as looking at the results from other countries.

     On Friday of this week, students and staff  were able to wear non uniform to help raise funds for the trip to Thailand in the summer. It was very impressive seeing all the Ties for Thailand around school and it was lovely to see the Catering team joining in the fundraising, by selling a delicious Thai meal at lunchtime.

     

     Finally, can I send a big thank you to all the tutor groups wh o have entered the hamper competition! There have been some fantastic entries, including a giant snowman, an enormous cracker and a large and colourful train. Thanks for the generous donations and the time and effort spent producing such wonderful creations. Money raised from the raffle will help towards our plans to renovate the old cottage by the tennis courts, which we will be naming The Woodgate Centre, in recognition of the outstanding work carried out by Tony Woodgate, former Chair of the PFA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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