Events Happening Around the School
World Book Day
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and the Senior School was abuzz with festivities. This year, all pupils had the chance to dress up to celebrate and we had some truly amazing creations from all year groups ranging from some amazing anime characters to Dickens' Oliver and even Mrs Twit! Forms were also challenged to design and decorate the most inventive book-inspired form room door and they did it in style with some brilliantly personalised and excellently executed displays. The teachers got involved too, with lessons being taught by Lewis Carroll's white rabbit, Draco Malfoy and even Cruella De Vil! It was a brilliant day and great testament to our students' creativity, sense of fun and, above all, love of books.
The Great Geography Bake Off
Last month the Geography Department launched the Great Geography Bake Off and gave all the challenge of baking and decorating a cake with a geographical theme. They did not disappoint! There were 22 entries and it was pleasing to see that girls from all year groups in school participated, and the cakes were amazing; there were volcanoes, rainbows, three tier waterfalls, pyramids, rocks, flags, wonders of the world and of course, globes.
The judges were astounded by the high quality of all entries, the girls’ skills of innovation, creativity and all things Geography is to be commended. However, it was a competition and so we had to declare a winner. The cakes were judged by our very own Paul and Mary, Mr Ashworth and Miss Tomkinson, along with the Geography Prefects. Marks were awarded for three categories: taste, appearance and of course, geographical content, to give an overall score.
Three entries tied in second place, only one point behind the winner: Beth Edmondson for the Geode; Rebecca and Rachel Kay for the Waterfall;-Sienna Nash for the natural Wonders of the World
The winning cake and Geography Cake Off Champions 2017 were a globe by Alex Dallimore and Isobel Lewis.
Taking the Steps for the Bursary
Year 10 have collaborated as a year group to raise money for the school’s bursary fund. They courageously decided to walk the equivalent of Lands End to John O’Groats, which is approximately 686 miles. In order to achieve this, they have started a walking club every Wednesday in which they all walk a mile towards the total distance, sometimes extending the walk to a Friday in form time.
So far they have walked an amazing 328 miles. The girls are raising money by filling out sponsor forms and the money they will receive will go to the Bursary Fund. The girls also have a Just Giving page where if you would like to donate please follow the link:
Our Rocking Geographers Shake up the Competition!
It has been a very busy half term for the whole school – in particular, for our geographers. Last week four Sixth Form geographers boldly entered the National Schools Geology Challenge. The team, comprised of Lucy Jackson, Charlotte Carter, Moni Ahmed and Georgia Willets researched the likelihood and impacts of a Vesuvian eruption in 2018, delivering a presentation and producing a research poster, both of which were deemed outstanding by a panel of judges, including Professor Mike Burton, who happened to be the Chair of Volcanology at the University of Manchester. No pressure! Both the presentation and the poster were declared first class and winners in these stages of the competition, with Professor Burton comparing the standard to that of his undergraduate students. Unfortunately, the girls were pipped to the post in the final round Geology quiz and were awarded First Runner Up. An amazing achievement of which the Geography Department is very proud!