Year 11 Citizenship are running a campaign this week devoted to Mental Well-being. There will be activities for students and staff all though out the week. The aim is to get people talking about mental health issues like stress and anxiety.
12RG a sixth form tutor group organised and ran a charity quiz night in aid of Families against Neuroblastoma. The event was solely planned and executed by the students and was a great success, raising a total of £441 for the students chosen charity. Families against Neuroblastoma is a charity in aid of a form of childhood cancer, which sixth form felt passionate about supporting. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to work well as a team and develop
skills such as; problem solving, conflict resolution, organisation, customer service, communication, public speaking and interaction within the school community. The evening was a great success and the students were very proud to raise such a large sum for their chosen charity. Thank you to everyone that supported the event. Miss Greenstreet, their Form Tutor commented that “…All of the group showed a great level of maturity and I was so very proud of each of them for working so hard. The evening went without any complications and any issues that did arise were dealt with swiftly with no disruption to the event. A fun evening was had by all… Well done Form 12RG!”
The BTEC Level 3 Science students visited the Kent Resource Centre located on the Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne. It offered them the opportunity to experience the practical techniques associated with the theory learned in class. Individually they carried out Aspirin synthesis and different techniques to estimate the purity of the Aspirin made. The techniques that were used varied, these included: pH testing, melting point determination, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Infrared Spectroscopy. The students also conducted a paternity test using gel electrophoresis technique, looking at DNA fragments from a mother, child and two potential fathers. These practical activities gave our students the opportunity to gain first hand experience of using laboratory instruments and an insight into the world of practical science and what it is like to work in a laboratory setting. With guidance from the laboratory staff at the Resource Centre the students found this experience invaluable and helped make the procedures easy to understand and enjoyable. Overall, the day was enjoyed by all and they all gained some experience in this field of work for the future.
The Year 10 Geography class had a day looking at Urban Environments. After a train trip from Birchington (which seemed tiring enough for some) we first visited the sights, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, No.10, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. From here it was on to Covent Garden for a look at the market and the influence of other cultures, plenty of food for sale from all over the World! Then it was on to Leicester Square and finally China Town where some local delicacies were tested! This gave students a flavour of the variety of experiences London has to offer as well as a look at different cultural influences. The students were brilliant and even the staff had a good time!
Written by Molly, Beth, Nicola, Ellie & Jess from 8JR
All our rehearsals definitely paid off!
On the 22nd of December, we broke up for the Christmas term with scripts in our hands and determinations in our minds .we were ready. None of us could foresee how much work and effort would be put into the ‘Mini Dream’ a short extract from A midsummer night’s dream by Shakespeare.
Christmas brought a brief break for our group to learn and go through the script. Our first rehearsal showed us what we had achieved so far and with the help of Miss Spenner, we knew what was needed to improve and build on our performance– making it the best one yet!
A month till the show and we now focused on our staging and characterisation. As soon as we found out we were up against a stage school we strived to hold our title, from previous years.
Days before the show and we were ready. Our performance hit a blow when a key cast member unfortunately was taken ill. We were left with no choice but to drop out until thankfully a another talented pupil stepped in. we were all amazed at how fast Kallum Myhill learnt his lines to step in as the part of Lysander.
On the stage nobody let nerves get the better of them and we gave the best performance we had ever performed despite intimidating judges and spectators.
Our rehearsals definitely paid off when we were given 88 marks and awarded distinction! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and guardians that supported us by attending the festival and helping with props.
A second achievement came when we were awarded best improvisation piece, we were only given 10 minutes to prepare a piece titled ‘Desperate’. Overall we gave a humorous and confident piece of drama that we were proud of.
The whole experience was extremely rewarding and satisfying – BRINGONNEXTYEAR!!!