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Dec 8

Success in ICT for Years 9, 10 & 11

Success in ICT for Years 9, 10 & 11

Working towards the OCR National qualification can be challenging. The pass mark is 100%! Here's how Year 9, 10 and 11 students can work with their teachers to be successful.

 



Nov 25

GCSE Science Live

GCSE Science Live

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On Monday 20th November 2011 our Year 10 and Year 11 Triple Scientists attended the GCSE Science Live event at the Colston Hall in Bristol.  It was an interesting and stimulating day for our budding scientists, with lectures from five top research scientists.  The highlights for me were....
- An insight into the importance of genetic by Professor Steve Jones
- Theories about time travel by Professor Jim Al-Khalili
- Exploring the complexities of chemical reactions by Professor Andrea Sella


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Nov 24

Farewell to Ikoba Visitors

Farewell to Ikoba Visitors

We have enjoyed the visit of Monic, Francis, Cyrus and Jenifer from our partner school, Ikoba in Uganda. 

Here is their farewell to us.



Nov 7

Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer

The annual Day of Prayer in school has become a focus for many students and some staff. It has proved so popular that this year for the first time, we are having two of them. The first was last Friday. The accompanying photos give an idea of what the students experienced. The very fact that the school sets aside a whole day for students and staff to bring themselves or the needs of others, before God, in such a focused way, demonstrates how seriously we take the spirituality of our community and the importance of, prayer. We have developed prayer "stations", areas to which the students can go to sit in silence, to meet with God, to light candles, to burn or dissolve confessions, to write prayers, to bring their burdens to the foot of the cross and leave them there. There are bean bags and holding crosses, bibles and prayer cards, all to enable and encourage,  encounter with God.  Lots of creative art work is produced by the end of the day.


For teens to be able to sit in silence, with quiet worship music playing in the background, is something many schools would not attempt. We facilitate an atmosphere conducive to helping our youngsters (and staff) to meet with God. We have those under severe stress because of school workload, or issues at home or between friends. This is a safe place to allow everyone to bring their concerns and worries into God's care and healing presence. We pray that they will leave renewed and refreshed. We invite and get, a lot of ideas and input from the students and try to find ways of improving for the future. We had very strong support from our sixth formers, and one former student has returned twice to assist.


 

Our Day of Prayer takes place in The Methodist Chapel and students may choose any one period to come in and pray as long as it's with the permission of the teacher of whichever class they will miss. We have had parents join us to pray, to help, or both. Please mark the next one in your diary, March 23rd, 2012. I would very much appreciate support from interested parties.

 

Blessings,

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Oct 7

My trip to Ikoba by Susie Dobson

My trip to Ikoba by Susie Dobson

Over the summer holidays, my family and I visited Uganda, and one of the places we went to was our partner school, Ikoba.  We met the Headteacher and some of the other teachers who are visiting us later this year.  Everyone was very welcoming.  We were given a tour of the school and saw the two dormitories, where the mosquito nets we provided money for were in use.  The sleeping conditions were very cramped, and some of the beds had three bunks.  It was very dark, and it was hard to see, and that was in the daytime!   Luckily they are building a third dormitory, so there will be more space for everyone.  The school has been doing some building work like us, and we were shown their new classrooms, and a toilet block which even had a ramp for disabled access.

The SMRT tree which was planted recently has grown, and the Headteacher said that some of the students liked to sit under it because it now provided some shade. Unfortunately, we arrived in the middle of their exams, but we visited a S1 (Year 8 but their first year secondary) class, which was the first class to have no boys in, where I was embarrassed trying to introduce myself.  We didn't have very much time, so we had to leave very soon, but we were persuaded to stay for a meal before we left.

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Headteacher Faith Francis Ssentongo Monique Karimonje


Francis (Physics) and Monique (Music) are visiting us in November.

Written by Susie Dobson, Year 9, Francombe. Photos by Susie's father Chris Dobson.