Hello everyone. It was lovely to catch up in person with so many parents this week. Thank you for your time and for sharing ideas on how best to support the students. We are proud to announce the awarding of the following leadership roles for Year 6. Mr Bailey has already noted that we have a year group with an extremely strong sense of responsibility and we look forward to seeing the girls continue to grow in all aspects of leadership throughout the year.
– School Councillors, giving a guiding presence to the younger years on the council, will be Isabelle, Moriah, Poppy and Caitlin.
– Eco Council, working alongside the Senior School students to protect our environment, will be Lexie and Lydia.
– School Librarians, working to ensure that younger students learn to love books as much as they do, will be Niamh, Isabella, Shireen and Ammara.
– Digital Leaders, training us all how to be safer online and clever tricks with computers, will be Millie, Sherain, Himaya and Ahriana.
– School Magazine Editors, using their creativity to craft a termly magazine for us all to enjoy, will be Hania, Isla H, Alexi, Isla N, Lillybella, Chanan and Vheneka.
Just a reminder for next week; please could all girls bring in warm clothing, waterproofs and wellies for a Forest School session during Enrichment on Wednesday afternoon.
Thank you so much for your time and have a lovely weekend!
Karen Fordham and James Loveday
A selection of our student voices:
“On Wednesday we went to Oxford University for a GDST Maths conference. When we arrived we looked at an infinity pattern, it was really cool and interesting! We went into a lecture hall and listened to a teacher who talked about data and if the GDST were a village. Then the teachers went out of the room and we were put in groups with different schools and we made videos of data that was collected from the GDST Schools. Then we had lunch and went on a small tour. After that we did a Maths Quiz.”
“We really enjoyed visiting Oxford University on Wednesday. The Mathematics Institute was amazing – we walked up their Escher inspired staircase and across a beautifully paved courtyard which was decorated in a pattern that never repeats itself. It was great to work with girls from 23 other GDST schools and the activity really made us think about the importance data will play in our lives in the future and how it can help us to save our planet.”
“On Wednesday all of us were in one class so we did rotational problem-solving where you sit at one table and solve a challenge and once you solved it you would go onto a different table. It was soooooooooo fun!!!!!”
“In English we have used our 5 senses to write detailed descriptions of our mythical creatures. We cannot wait to write about the battle between our creature and Greek hero next week!”
“In Humanities we have been looking at the Ancient Greeks. This week we did our first “Spin it to win it” quiz. A ‘spin it to win it’ sheet is a sheet with fun questions facing different directions. At the end we played Hangman with our key words for Ancient Greeks”.
“During Enrichment we really enjoyed working on extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – it was great to be given the opportunity to be really creative!”
“We are learning about expanded noun phrases, we are going to make a story of our own. In Prep we designed mythical creatures”. When asked to describe their designs; “My creature was half lion and mermaid”, “My mythical creature was a cheetah and a robot, it was called the Deadly Trident” and “My mythical creature was a mess!”
“Lexie, Chanan and Indi’s highlight of the week was Science. We went outside and were looking at different plants. We examined and picked leaves for our homework. If we could invent a tree, we would have a money tree!”
“During our Maths Investigation we really enjoyed exploring magic triangles, domino patterns and matchstick squares – at first the problems looked really easy but we soon discovered they were not. By the end of the lesson it was a good feeling to realise that we had jumped into The Learning Pit and managed to climb out the other side through discussion and great teamwork.”
“In Drama we have been recreating some scenes from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. We have also been trying to make our own chocolate machine. My group was making chocolate flavoured gum!”
“In Science we have been looking at the importance of photosynthesis and how it is connected to our survival and the survival of our planet. We really enjoyed finding a variety of leaves in the school grounds and thinking about how they are adapted to ensure that they can effectively make their own energy and survive in all types of weather.”