Twelve Year 9 students took part in the Buckinghamshire Science and Technology Challenge day.
They were put into teams of 4, with each team made up of students from 2 schools. They had to: program a robot; build a vehicle; use facial composite software and build a bridge.
Two of our students were on the overall winning team and have earned themselves and the school trophies. They will be representing Bucks in the next round in January. A couple of other students were in the team which came first in one of the challenges and also earned themselves plaques.
During the past week we have had the judo Paralympic athlete Ian Rose visit us and work with some of our Year 10 and Year 7 students. The intention of this program was to train the Year 10 students as mentors for the Year 7 's and help them adapt to a new school.
Ian told us about his experiences as a student, athlete and person. We had two sessions which focused on team building and the other on practicing Judo.
Many thanks to all participants who made this project a success.
There was great excitement on the coach as Dover Castle came into view.
Our first port of call was The Secret Tunnels of the Second World War. The students enjoyed the underground experience where they were able to watch films of the war and the evacuation of Dunkirk. We went down to the case-mate level, 100m below ground, which the Army and Navy occupied and into the Operation Dynamo control room in the Admiralty case-mate, which was where Vice-Admiral Ramsay masterminded the evacuation of the trapped English and French armies. Students saw the telephone and telex exchange, part of the communication centre in the tunnels.
Climbing the many stairs to the top of the Henry II Main Keep we had great views of the surrounding area and if the day had been clearer would have been able to see the 21 miles across the English Channel. Students were able to imagine how Henry II welcomed and impressed distinguished visitors to England and were were amazed to see how small the beds were in the King’s chamber. They were in awe of the rich colours and fabrics here. In the banqueting hall they saw how Henry II would entertain his guests and in the kitchens at the bottom of the stone spiral staircase could imagine the lavish banquets being prepared.
Some students were able to visit The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Museum which showed a collection of exhibits tracing the history of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, starting in 1572 and finishing with their most recent operations in support of the UN and NATO.
We then looked in the Roman Lighthouse which is the tallest surviving Roman building in Britain at 13 metres, down from it's original 24 metres and into St. Mary's church , built on Castle Hill in the 10th Century.
As we came out of Dover on the coach the students were astounded to see the lorries queueing for miles along the motorway. It must have stretched for approximately 20 miles along the M20. The students wondered how the drivers endured such misery!