Archived News for March 2015

Solar Eclipse 2015
March 24, 2015
By Miss K Rockliffe, Librarian
We attempted to watch the Solar Eclipse but seems other parts of the Country & Europe had better luck!
House Drama Competition
March 20, 2015
By Miss C Garnish, Teacher of Drama
This term, Year 7 and 8 students have been working very hard on their House Drama competition.

We started the competition by sending House Captains out equipped with a questionnaire for Year 7 and 8 form groups to vote on their favourite Shakespeare play. The choices were, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. It was decided that students would perform a modernised version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Each house was given the opportunity to perform a five minute extract from the play, which would enable us to tell the whole story. The students who chose to participate in the event tirelessly worked on their performances during Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes - which was a bit hectic at times! But ultimately, everyone pulled through and created a fantastic performance, which they all should be very proud of! As the director, I had the pleasure to work with each of the houses on their extracts. A lot of students had already formed excellent ideas and were eager to get started on rehearsing for the main event!

I was extremely proud of each and every student who got up and performed this morning for the final performance. Lots of students were very nervous before they started, but once on stage, they wowed their very affectionate audience! There was a very tense moment whilst the panel of judges (Mrs Grant, Mrs Burke, Miss Saunders, Greg Peacefull and Robyn Wright) deliberated and the audience eagerly awaited the final judgement by adding their own drumroll. The winner of the House Drama competition was Arundel House. Congratulations and well done for working so hard on your performance! I would also like to say a huge well done to every student who was involved in the performances, Year 11 prefects who helped their houses and our lovely panel of judges!

"If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended, that you have but slumber'd here whilst these visions did appear". A Midsummer Night's Dream. Act 5, Scene 2.
Snowdon Trek for The Isabel Hospice
March 20, 2015
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On Tuesday the 14th of April, Mr Whitelock, Mr Hobbs and 14 sixth formers are climbing Snowdon, aiming to raise at least £2000 for The Isabel Hospice.

The Isabel Hospice is a charity providing care for patients and their families living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in Hertfordshire in the Welwyn Hatfield & East Herts Districts and Broxbourne Borough. The charity provides Home Care, Day Care, In-patient Care and Family Support, all free of charge. They rely solely on donations to stay active, so events like these are very important in supporting the running of the Hospice.

Please donate to this deserving cause by visiting the following website. Any donation large or small is greatly appreciated and moves us ever closer to our £2000 goal.

Alternatively, donations can be made by text by texting:

CSSF50 and an amount (£5, £10 etc) to 70070

To find out more about the work The Isabel Hospice does, please visit their website at

Thank you.

Drama: Year 7 Against Bullying
March 18, 2015
By Miss L Saunders, Acting Head of Drama
Year 7 have been exploring the issue of bullying in Drama, they have used Drama to understand the perspectives of the bully, the victim and bystanders. Their final assessment task was to create anti-bullying videos which they worked really hard on.

7B's Video

7M's Video

7A's Video

Focus on Humanities: RE
March 18, 2015
By Mr M Gorman, Teacher of RE
Year 7 students have just finished their unit of study on Sikhism where they have examined some key teachings and beliefs of the Sikh faith and applied these to their own lives.

The students’ end of topic assessment was to produce a poem incorporating what they have learnt about Sikhism and how this could be relevant to the wider world. Below is an example of the fantastic poems students have written.

Mr Gorman.

Equality brings peace to all

Being a Sikh is a gift,
It shows you love and care.
Being a Sikh is leadership,
You have a duty to teach and share.
Being a Sikh is respect,
Serving, believing and prayer.
Being a Sikh is responsibility,
Do not cut your hair!

But if all else fails,
The guru will lead the way:
‘There is neither Hindu nor Muslim’,
Only equality can save the day,

Equality brings hope to the world,
Where it seems as if there is none.
Equality is a serious thing,
But can never leave out the fun.
Equality brings happiness,
It can give love and kindness.
Equality heals the broken hearted,
It can destroy all the blindness.

Why do we need equality?
When we can do without?
Why do we need equality?
Where there is happiness,
Without a doubt?

In some of the world,
Peace is low.
In some of the world,
Our hearts need to grow.
In some of the world,
People’s feelings are hurt.
In some of the world,
We are treated like dirt.

Should it matter black or white?
Should it matter tall or small?
Should it matter where you live?
Should it matter at all?

We are entitled to our own opinions,
There should be no distraught.
We are entitled to our own opinions,
It seems Sikhs have already been taught.

Sikhs show equality by sitting at the same level.
They are the opposite of any devil.
Sikhs show equality by wearing the 5 Ks,
This shows respect in beautiful ways.
Sikhs believe God is in everyone,
This symbolises that we are equal,
Something to never be undone.

Equality brings peace to all.

By Jasmine Burdass 7B
Oxford Trip
March 18, 2015
By Neville Proudlove, Year 12 Student
On the 11th March, 8 Year 12 students went to visit Oxford to learn what life at university is like from Kate Kettle and one of the students at Balliol College, one of Oxford’s oldest colleges.

The college itself was very impressive, with the founding of it dating back to 1263. The presentation from Kate Kettle was very informative, giving us information about what life at university is like, the application process and tips and tricks of what a good application involves. We then were taken on a tour by one of the students, Charles. He took us to the common room, the great hall and the chapel. This gave us a good experience of what life at Oxford is like, and what we could expect if we were to go there. Mr Hobbs then gave us an hour of free time, where we could look around the town to view what other colleges are like, or just to go shopping!

On behalf of all the students that went on the trip, I would like to thank Mr Hobbs for organising the trip for us and transporting to and from, especially with his impeccable timing of how to beat the Oxford traffic.
Netball Success
March 16, 2015
By Mrs N Seabrook, Head of Girls PE
We have had an amazing year this year with all of our girl’s teams doing extremely well in their respective Netball leagues.

The PE department are pleased to report that all of the Year group ‘A’ Teams are through to the final of their District competitions with the matches to be played in the next couple of weeks. 7A, 10A and 11A are playing Owens at home on Monday March 30th, 9A are playing Bishops away on Wednesday 25th March and 8A will be playing Queenswood - date and venue to be confirmed. Our year 8B team will be playing against Yavneh, again the time yet is to be confirmed. Please feel free to come along and support.

Our Year 9 County team have completed all of their league matches now and have a 100% win rate, beating Sandringham and Goffs in the last couple of weeks to crown them County League Champions. This coupled with winning the tournament back in October means they well and truly are the best in the County and we are very proud of their achievements!!

Very soon we will have played all of the District Tournaments and we will once again update you on the results, but we hope to have finalists in lots of those competitions too!

Mrs Moore, Miss Lynch, Miss Todd and I would like to congratulate the players this year and look forward to next season with hopefully continued success.
Quiz and Bingo Night
March 15, 2015
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On Wednesday 18th March the Sixth Form hosted a quiz and bingo night for fellow sixth formers and governors.

There was a vast array of questions at hand, with numerous stimulating rounds, ranging from song lyric trivia to the typical general knowledge questions. All rounds proved to be challenging and got everyone thinking.

Well done to the Top 5 and Mr Whitlock who won, and we would like to thank everyone for their support and making it another great event!
Red Noses, Raisins and Bananas
March 13, 2015
By Xavier Guerra, Year 13 Student
On Friday 13th March, the school took part in Red Nose day, raising money for Comic Relief.

This is a charity, set up in 1985 by comedy writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry, to raise money to support communities in poor countries such as Ethiopia.

The Sixth Form again stepped up, to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief. Students came dressed as their favorite superhero or villain, producing some vibrant and original costumes. Red Noses were sold throughout the day, with a lucky dip as to which of the nine designs would be picked out of the mysterious packets.

At lunchtime, the Sixth Form held a Man vs Food challenge. Eight of our best, and most hungry, Sixth Formers, plus two teachers, engaged in three foody challenges. The first was to eat as many bananas in one minute, won by Miss Bergman. The second was to eat as many raisins in one minute using only a cocktail stick, won by Mr Whitelock. The third and final challenge was to place as many marshmallows as you can in your mouth and say the words “chubby bunny”, with the victory going to Aditya Maroo in year 12.

On behalf of Comic Relief, the Sixth Form is gracious for the donations that have been received and the immense enthusiasm from the students.
RE: Organ Donation
March 12, 2015
By Shriya Ruparelia, Year 11 Student
We are currently studying our last topic of the GCSE course in RS, and it is one that has caused quite an uproar of emotions and opinions.

We are looking at Matters of life, and one of the sub-topics of this unit is Organ Donation. It is never something I had given much thought to, as I have been fortunate enough never to have known anyone to experience this issue. But, with RS being a reflective and expressive subject, I found it very interesting to hear stories of classmates and their experiences. We also had a number of heated class discussions and looked at some religious case studies surrounding this matter too, which really opened my eyes to the complex ethical nature of organ donation.

This all led me to think about my organs and what would happen to me after my death. Within a week of these class discussions, more than 8 of our class members signed up to become organ donors. I think this is pretty amazing that, after just a few hours in class people were thinking about it, researching it, and talking to family and friends about it; showing what a thought provoking subject R.S is. I personally see no point in keeping my organs in my body after I die as they would be of no use to me. I also really like the idea of helping many people to live more happily and healthily, should I die.

Early last week I received my organ donor card and letter in the post and was very excited that I was now officially registered. The NHS also send a leaflet supplying lots of information and help for people considering organ donation too. Death is often such a taboo subject in our society but I really think donation is something people should research about and consider. It is a very kind and selfless act and could potentially save someone whose last chance it is to live.