Year 7 and 8 - Author Visit
Matt Dickinson, intrepid explorer and author, entertained Year 7 and Year 8 students with tales of his expedition to the top of Mount Everest. He amazed us with accounts of bravery and extreme conditions. Students then used this as inspiration to create their own stunning adventure comics, travel documentaries and creative writing.
The day was a great success thanks to Mr Lynn (Head of Media), Mr George (our brilliant librarian), the English team and the inspirational Mr Dickinson. A number of students are reading his latest novel www.everestfiles.com. It explorers the bravery and exploitation of sherpas in the Himalayas. Perhaps one day some of our KLASS students will follow in Matt Dickinson’s footsteps to become explorers or authors.
MFL Poetry written by Elliot Cook, Year 8
All of us are fortunate, if not privileged, to attend an International School; the opportunity opens up new connections and branches – whether they be academic or social. One of the many things that our school offers are days which depart from the normal curriculum and are focussed towards working as a cohesive community, in Year groups, to collaborate and overcome various subject based challenges – The Wider Learning Day. On Wednesday 27th January 2016 we had our third Wider Learning Day, which was dedicated to the foreign languages, along with a very special visit from a ‘visiting author / adventurer / filmmaker’. The unique learning day was split into two halves; during periods 1 to 3 the whole of Year 8 joined together to create poems, all in different languages – such as French, Mandarin, English and many other mother tongues of our diverse community. After a quick introduction, in the music space, students were assigned workplaces and groups. For what seemed a very short 3 hours, the students immersed themselves in thoughtful connection and creativity after which, they started to mould their poems for presentation. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hear everyone’s poem, but I know ALL were fantastic in their own unique way.
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Year 9 - Flight Day
Year 9 were challenged to build a model airplane that would travel the furthest distance possible. Points were awarded for distance travelled, creativity of design, research skills and planning. At the start of the day each group had to decide who would be the Team Leader, Design engineer, Production engineer, and Systems analyst. Each team member had specific roles to oversee. Students had to consider, develop and test the following aspects of their designs:
- Wing and tail shapes
- Engine attachment
- Propeller mechanisms
- Stability during flight
- Centre of gravity/balance
The day was an incredible success with flight distances measuring up to 73 metres, an amazing feat!
Year 10 and Year 11 - SRE Work and Community and Charity
Written by Lisha Ponshke (KS4 Press Leader)
Two weeks ago, The Alice Smith School held one of their Wider Learning Days. WLDs set out to engage and teach students about the wider world outside of their daily lessons and normal subject criteria. They encourage students to embrace the school’s philosophies and develop further as people through a plethora of engaging activities while keeping a positive mindset throughout.
The most recent Wider Learning day brought up some interesting issues and aspects of life and sought to teach students about some very important lessons that would not only build their character but also help them understand the wider world to a greater extent. The Year 10s had a particularly fun time as their theme for the Wider Learning Day was “Sex and Relationships Education”. They not only learnt all they could about sex but they also managed to engage with the topic in a comfortable way. They did many interesting activities such as learning how to put condoms on vegetables and having a bidding war to create a so-called “perfect person” with the most “ideal attributes”. Both activities, as one student from Year 10 has said, were, “All in good fun, but simultaneously keeping us aware of the fact that these are important lessons to learn for later on in life”. This shows how students actively took interest in these events and managed to gain useful knowledge. Other activities too, such as learning about STDs and a very informative question and answer session, helped the Year 10s gain a deeper and better understanding about sexual education.
Meanwhile, the Year 11s also had a very engaging and useful Wider Learning Day. The Year 11s, prior to WLD, had been introduced to Wonder Works, a non-profit charity group formed by some of our very own school mums, aiming to aid young workers in Nepal, who are part of the ‘entertainment’ industry and face many harsh obstacles in their lives. The Year 11s were shown some of the stories of the poor women who had suffered due to their profession and were also shown how Wonder Works had aided some of those women and drastically improved their lives. They were then encouraged to make goods, crafts and other items in order to raise money to help the women in Nepal and aid the Wonder Works Programme.
So, on their wider learning Day, the Year 11s learnt about the importance of charity and giving as well as the significance of sharing and aiding in our community and the wider world. They spent a significant amount of time creating crafts, and other saleable goods, which they sold the next week to raise money. Students brought in their own materials, and used some school ones, to create some truly incredible crafts. The craftsmanship and dedication that the Year 11 displayed truly highlighted their passion for the cause. And they too, like the Year 10s, learnt some very valuable lessons which gave them a deeper insight into the importance of contributing in healthy ways to the world around them. Megan Bish and her group made some particularly incredible crafts. She said that, “I not only enjoyed creating the goods, but I also felt that we were doing a really good thing”. One student said, “The craft activity was great. It really gave us a purpose and direction in which we could actively help”.
Towards the end of the day, the Year 10s and 11s joined together in their respective house groups to partake in some physical activities. The students spent some time in the pool, and on the field, having friendly races which, despite the competitiveness and zest of the students, maintained the pleasant comradeship that they had demonstrated through the day. Claire Giblett in Year 10 also praised it saying how it was, “A great way to cool off and let loose after a day of learning.” So, all in all, both the Year 10s and 11s had an absolutely amazing day filled with fun activities and some very important lessons - truly an incredible event.
Year 13- SRE Work
Year 13s took part in a day aimed to raise awareness and assertiveness in the area of sex and relationships. The learning focussed around current, thought provoking and often controversial topics such as sexual consent, the portrayal of sex in the media and the way we present ourselves in the virtual world. In the morning the workshops were taught sessions, wherein teachers led discussions and activities around the topics. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and talk to their peers and teachers openly. In the afternoon students had the chance to feedback and present their learning in a way in that they felt they could effectively deliver their messages or in some cases, raise more questions for discussion. The afternoon session was particularly engaging and impressive; with students putting on brave performances and debating topics passionately and fearlessly.
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