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19 JULY 2013

ISSUE 56 YEAR 6 INDUCTION DAY ARTS AWARD TRIPS - PARIS & SPAIN FRENCH FILM WINNERS BLACK COUNTRY MUSEUM DUXFORD TRIPS SPELLING BEE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE SPORTS DAY

SCHOOLS WILL ROCK YOU

.................................................................................................................................... Schools Will Rock You is a musical based on the hit songs of Queen and takes you on a journey with the rebel Galileo (Sebastian Quinn) who turns his back on the perfect world to try and find out what the dreams and words in his head mean. He meets up with another rebel who he names Scaramouche (Elle Taylor). They sing ‘Under Pressure’ as they realise what they are up against. The Killer Queen (Megan Spencer) heads up this perfect world with Khashoggi (Will Kennard-Kettle) her sidekick, arresting anyone who is different. Together Galileo and Scaramouche search for the real music and come across two Bohemians, Britney (Charlie Watt) and Meat (Louisa Orchard). They recognise that Galileo may be the Dreamer that they have been looking for and they take both of them underground to meet the rest of the Bohemians singing ‘Headlong’. Sir Paul McCartney (Kurt Widdowson) shares with Galileo and Scaramouche what they know of Rock and Roll and the stars that have died young. Meat sings the haunting song ‘No One But You’ as the other Bohemians join in. Together they celebrate with the song ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. Khashoggi arrives in the den and arrests all the Bohemians. Britney gives his life to help Galileo and Scaramouche escape to search for the dream. Act 2 opens with the Gaga kids singing ‘One Vision’. We find Galileo and Scaramouche slowly falling in love as they run away. This quickly turns into arguing ‘Hammer to fall’ as they try to outdo each other in finding the real music. Meanwhile the Bohemians are brainwashed by Khashoggi singing ‘The Seven Seas of Rhye’. (Continued Overleaf)


Killer Queen is not amused with Khashoggi losing the Dreamer and his chick and during ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ she kills all of her Super Yuppies as well as Khashoggi. The final scene reveals Pop (James Carter) an old hippie in the Seven seas of Rhye with the rest of the Bohemians ‘These are the Days’. Pop explains the history of rock to Galileo and Scaramouche, they find the statue that points the way to the place of living rock. Galileo releases the guitar while singing ‘We Will Rock You’ and unlocks the secret of rock music. The Bohemians and Gaga kids meet together to sing ‘We are the Champions’ and finally ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rejoicing in the new found live rock music. A cast of 170 students performed on three evenings and one matinee. We were lucky to get an audience for our first performance on Sunday afternoon as it clashed with the Wimbledon Final but they still came. We were sold out for the three evening performances and the audiences were keen to join in when they could. On our last performance the cast were pleased to receive two standing ovations for all of their hard work and exceptional performances. The lead roles were superb in their singing and acting, leading us through the story with their unique characterisation, comic timing and strength in their singing (some very challenging songs). The Core dancers playing the Super Yuppies danced around the Killer Queen with precision and energy. Poppy Spencer, Grace Price, Francesca Kennard-Kettle and Tilly Hall did an amazing job creating the choreography for all of the cast. The Bohemians brought style to the stage in their scenes through their costumes and dancing. The chorus sang with gusto to all of their songs and danced some tricky steps to create a formidable image on stage. Behind the scenes was a backstage and technical crew running all of the set changes as well as the sound and lighting. The technical support provided by James Macdonald and Daniel Bond brought creativity and experience to the sound and lighting which added an enormous amount to the sound and visual effects in the performance. The band, made up mainly of students, led all of the songs skilfully and was headed up by Matt Sammy and James Barlow. Marcus Houghton played the incredible guitar solos accompanied by Tom Law and Will Alexander led on the keyboard. Thanks to Andrew Parsons and Mel Potts for their support with the performance and to the many other staff and parents who supported the students before and during this very successful production. Mrs Mitchell & Mr Sammy More performance photos can be seen by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/catmosecollege


YEAR 6 INDUCTION DAY

....................................................................................... On Tuesday 9 July the College was delighted to welcome our new starters for 2013. All but two of our new starters were in attendance on what was a great occasion. After being welcomed to the College by the Principal, students were quickly split up into their new forms – the start of many new and lasting friendships for the next five years at the College. Supported by a team of current Year 7 mentors, students enjoyed a wide range of activities throughout the day that was designed to give them a taste of life at the College. Selected highlights included a team building exercise in the sports hall, taking part in a ‘rainbow fizz’ experiment in Science, and testing their language skills in Modern Foreign Languages. The day ended with a performance from the School Will Rock You cast – a treat for both students and staff alike. In the evening, parents were also invited into College – this proved to be a great opportunity to meet new tutors, find out more about the wide range of extra-curricular activities available, and, of course, purchase the College uniform. Many thanks to those staff and students who were involved during the day. We now look forward to the start of the new term.

RECORD SILVER ARTS AWARD PASSES

............................................................................................. On Wednesday 17 July 40 Year 9 students passed their Silver Arts Award, this makes a total of 180 for the year. This is the highest number of candidates passing in one year. The Award is a cross curricular initiative involving Art and Design, Music, Drama, year 9 Tutors and English. It takes all year for the students to produce the evidence for their portfolios. This consist of a self set challenge in the arts, experiencing working with an artist, reviewing an arts event, researching careers in the arts and teaching a skill to a group of other students. The Award is a level 2 qualification worth the equivalent points to half a GCSE at Grade B. So our Year 9 students are already scoring points towards their overall point score in Year 11. The moderator once again was very complimentary. “The young people clearly challenged themselves and produced beautiful work. It is a real pleasure to see the artwork by each young person on their personal journey. Excellent delivery for this context of a large Year 9 cohort of mixed abilities”. Well done year 9 and congratulations from all the staff involved delivering the Award. We would also like to congratulate 2 Year 7 students Connor Elthorpe and Tom Morley who passed their Bronze Arts Award. Mr Pimperton Art & Design Team Leader


TRIPS

.................................................................................................................................... We see trips and visits as a crucial part of the Catmose experience, offering opportunities to develop independence and wider skills that go alongside experiencing a different cultures
and events that are not possible within the confines of a classroom. To allow parents and carers to plan for the 2013 – 14 trips, all students received a brochure detailing the visits available. For more information please follow this link: www.catmosecollege.com/trip-planner

PARIS TRIP

...................................................................................... On Wednesday 26 June the Paris trip began. We met early at the train station, nervous but excited. The train came and we got on, waving goodbye to our parents. A few trains and a speedy Eurostar later we stepped off into France. Specifically, the Gare du Nord - a bustling train station just a minute’s walk from our hotel. The weather wasn’t exactly scorching but a great deal better than England! Having strolled to our hotel we quickly unpacked and changed ready for the first meal out. The next few days were a blur of metro rides, museums, walking, restaurants and amazing cultural experiences. Although we never stopped, the places we visited were incredible. From seeing the Mona Lisa, visiting the Eiffel Tower, touring the river Seine to eating the biggest steak of my life, admiring the architecture and relaxing in many of Paris’ parks, this trip was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute and would recommend it to anyone. Will Alexander 10 M

SPAIN TRIP

...................................................................................... After an early start in order to arrive at East Midlands airport on time, a group of excited Y9 and 10s set off for Benalmadena on Monday 24 June. The first afternoon was spent on the beach soaking up the Spanish sun, ready for a busy day on Tuesday. The next day, a trip to Malaga involved visiting the Picasso Museum in the morning and the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro – an ancient fort and museum in the afternoon. We ate our lunch with stunning views over the whole of Malaga. The following day we spent the morning at the waterpark which was great fun and very welcome, in order to cool down. It was a fantastic trip, enjoyed by all and a great way for the students to practice their Spanish. Mrs C Williams


FRENCH FILM WINNERS

........................................................ Some of our Year 7 students were recently involved in a film competition called ‘Passage to Paris’, which was run by the Franco-British Council. They were asked to produce a two minute film about why they wanted to go to Paris or why someone should go to France. More detail regarding the competition can be seen if you follow this link:http://bit.ly/12w4U6S Two of our students Maisie Goddard and Harriet North did extremely well and came second for their entry. The Franco-British Council had received over seventy high quality entries from across the country so they were up against some very stiff competition. The judges felt that it was a very sweet film with a really strong sense of personality. They especially liked the dance routine and the use of different camera shots and angles and felt that it was well produced. They also thought that the girls were engaging and very good actors. Maisie wrote this statement about her and Harriet’s achievement: “I really enjoyed making my French film! It was a great experience to be in a competition which went across the country and coming second was amazing and I can’t believe we did that well! When we were making the film it was very interesting and exciting thinking about who was going to win and what we had to do to come in the top 3! When we found out why we came second it was good to find out what we could have done to come first! Just doing our film was fantastic but coming 2nd just made it amazing!” To view their film follow this link: http://bit.ly/1bnM1ey

MULTICULTURAL DAY

.................................................................................................................................... On Friday 28 June a group of Y8 students had the opportunity to work with students from CBEC and UCC at a Multicultural Day hosted by Uppingham Community College. The students had 3 lessons, one on Japanese Drama where they learnt the importance of the use of fans in comical plays, another in origami, where they learnt the art of paper folding in a tranquil setting and the third lesson was a Chinese Mandarin language lesson, expertly delivered by a native speaker. For lunch they tried some Chinese food and then the studnets presented what they had learnt in their groups to the rest of the students. It was an enjoyable morning and a lovely opportunity to work with other students in Rutland. Mrs C Williams

CHINA TALK

.............................................................. Recently the DSP students had a visit from Nick Labsvirs who had gained a six month scholarship to study Mandarin at Beijing University of Language and Culture. Once completing his time he made the decision to stay an extra six months to take further qualifications. He gained many experiences during his time in China, which he shared with our students including telling them about schools and education. He told the students their names in Chinese and also taught them how to write their names down in Chinese calligraphy.


BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

.................................................................................................................................... On Monday 8 July, 92 Year 8 Students travelled to the Black Country Museum, West Dudley. At 8:45am the 92 Year 8 students gathered at the Hellerup, excited for the forthcoming trip. Where were we going? The Black Country Living Museum of course! The Black Country Museum is a remarkable 26 acres of former industrial land uniquely placed for a realistic experience. Over 50 authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed brick by brick from where they stood. Standing in the sun, we waited for the arrival of our guide, but what we were not expecting was that our guide was dressed up as an early 1900’s civilian! We were soon given a basic tour of the facilities and grounds and also an outline of the history of the place and what was to come on our trip. The most popular exhibit by far was the mine. We were able to take a guided tour of the mine with sound effects and realistic features. Everybody could get a good feel of what it was like for the real miners who were down there not too long ago. We were also shown into one of the car and travel exhibits, where modes of transport from the time of the Black Country have been restored and preserved so visitors, like us, can view them. Vehicles included 3 wheeled bikes and old fashioned cars. In addition, we were shown into a storeroom filled with products made from cast iron from the trade. All sizes of chain were made by hand; it could take days. After all, the Black Country was so called because of the black dust and dirt from all the coal mines. After visiting the gift shop, where many historical and retro themed gifts were available, we made our way back to the coaches which were waiting for us. Overall, our visit to the Black Country Museum was very informative and definitely worthwhile as it gave us an insight into life in the Black Country. Matthew Hallgath 8O and Lily-Fleur Jackson 8O

DUXFORD TRIP

....................................................................................... The DSP students went to Duxford on Tuesday 9 July. We looked at WW1 trench warfare. We had an excellent talk about lots of things to do with life in the trenches and some of the DSP students were allowed to try on the French, German and British hats. One student even tried on a uniform. We saw loads of WW1 aeroplanes and bombers from WW1 and we got loads of information about trench warfare. We all had a brilliant day there. Gemma Graham 8S


YEAR 7 SPELLING BEE CREATES A BUZZ ................................................................................ The English Team put their best spellers under pressure last week at the 2013 Year 7 Spelling Bee. Each form nominated their top four spellers to take part in the two competitions: one for forms C, A and T, and one for M, O and S. The competition got off to a gentle start to put the spellers at ease, with words like: women, future and unknown, but as the rounds progressed, the words became more and more difficult. The students had their spelling strategies put to the test with tricky-to-spell words such as: sincerely, vengeance, melodious, acquire and tremendous. Euan Holmes (7C) and Zoe Chamberlain (7M) won first place, each winning a £10 book token. Millie Appleton (7A) and Jamie Robertson (7M) achieved a close second place, and the third place winners were Jasmine Poole (7A) and Adam Cox (7S). The English Team would like to congratulate the winners and all the students who participated in the Spelling Bee; thank you for making it such a success. We look forward to running more Spelling Bees in the new academic year. Miss Winter

VISIT FROM A WAR VETERAN

................................................................................................................................... Sandy Saunders is a 90 year old war veteran who came and gave a talk to our DSP students about life during WW2 as part of their follow up from an excellent trip to Duxford last week. He was a student at Liverpool University studying engineering when he joined the RAF. He decided to train to be a glider pilot and landed behind enemy lines. Unfortunately, when he returned to England, he crashed his plane and was heavily burnt. Following nearly two years in hospital, 24 operations later and a deep fascination of the development of medical treatment of burns and wounds, he decided to return to university to train as a doctor. He has been happily retired for a number of years but still enjoys life to the full. When he was 80, he went up in a two seater Spitfire. Mrs Williams

UNIFORM SHOP

................................................................................................................................... John Cheatle uniform suppliers will be selling from the Gallery over the summer holidays. The dates and times are below.
 
23 – 25 July, 10.30-4pm
30 – 31 July and 1 Aug, 10.30 – 4pm
6 – 8 Aug, 10.30-4pm 12 – 15 Aug, 10.30-4pm
19 – 22 Aug, 10.30-4pm. 
They will be located in the Gallery. For information regarding uniform please follow this link: www.catmosecollege.com/news/uniform-shop

PARENTAL SURVEY

................................................................................................................................... As part of our on going quality assurance process, we would like to hear your views of the College provision as a parent / guardian. The information you provide is crucial and will help shape our plans for the forthcoming year. Please follow this link: www.catmosecollege.com/news/parental-survey-2 to take part in the short survey.


THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

................................................................................................................................... At 7am on Saturday 29 June, Miss Rawding our Multi Media Technician found herself standing at the foot of Ben Nevis, ready to start one of the biggest challenges that she will ever have to face. The mountain looming over her at 1352 metres high is the highest mountain in Scotland. She was part of a nine person team who were about to embark on climbing up to its peak as fast as they possibly could. The sun was shining and the climb was steep but they managed to climb to its peak in two hours, which had involved trampling through snow which was a very surreal experience with it being the end of June. But the views were amazing and well worth the climb followed by a scramble down to base where the van was waiting to take the team to the second mountain, Scafell Pike which is situated in the Lake District and is the highest mountain in England. Scarfell was the hardest mountain to climb as the weather was miserable and it was foggy with relentless and monotonous steps. Miss Rawding was fighting the will to stop and give up but with the support of her fellow climbers and also her stubborn determination, she kept going and was actually one of the first to get down off the mountain. The van then drove through the night and arrived at 3am at the base of Snowdon, the largest mountain in Wales. With head torches on, the team climbed along the ‘Pig Track’. By this time Miss Rawding was completely exhausted and was really struggling but with gritted teeth arrived at the top an hour and a half later to strong gusts of wind and fog but was so relieved that there would be no more climbing. They then climbed down the extremely steep ‘Miners Track’, which led them to a flat path where they ran the last stretch with aching feet and badly bruised toes to the finishing line, completing the challenge in 23 hours and 52 minutes, 8 minutes within the challenge. Miss Rawding was so happy that she had conquered the challenge and was so thankful to the many people who supported and sponsored the team. They managed to raise over £600 for two charities, Parkinsons UK and Hope for Justice. Miss Rawding was interviewed by our Makewaves reporters before: www.makewav.es/story/544958/title/thethreepeakschallenge and after her challenge: www.makewav.es/story/560700/title/successfulthreepeakchallenge

EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORT TERM 1, 2013/14

.................................................................................................................................... DAY

Before School 8.00am till 8.40am

MON TUES

Table-tennis

WED

THURS

FRI

Lunchtime 12.45pm till 1.30pm

After School 3.30pm till 4.45pm

Badminton

Under 13 and 15 Badminton (Invite only)

Badminton

All Years Netball All Years Football

Badminton

Year 7,8 and 9 Netball Fixtures (Girls) Year 7,8 and 9 Football Fixtures (Boys) Year 9 and 10 Volleyball Start: 14.20

Table-tennis

Year 10 and 11 Netball Fixtures (Girls) Year 10 and 11 Football Fixtures (Boys) Badminton

Year 7 and 8 boys and girls Sports hall Athletics All Years Boxing


SPORTS DAY ................................................................... On Tuesday 16 July, Catmose College held its annual sports day on a very hot summer’s day. The day began with an opening ceremony where the newly appointed house captains addressed their houses with motivational speeches. As well as this our current Year 10 GCSE dance group performed a dance. Over 250 students competed throughout the day in a range of athletic events. The day was a great success with many students excelling in athletic performances. A special congratulations go to Ashley Chamberlain and Isla Marshall who set new Catmose College sports day records for the 200 metres and 300 metres respectively. Ashley in the 200 metres got 23.94 seconds and beat the previous record from 1994. Isla beat the 300 metres record with 48.98 seconds which beat the 2008 previous record. For the first time this year each house won a year group, with Blue winning Year 7, Yellow winning Year 8, Green winning Year 9 and Red winning Year 10. However, overall, the winning House for Sports Day 2013 was once again Hambleton (Yellow House). Well done to all who participated. Mr Hajat

HOUSE

TOTAL

RANK

Hambleton (yellow)

612

1

Armley (green)

572

2

Barnsdale (blue)

569

3

Burley (red)

552

4


SPORTS LEADERS AWARD LEVEL 2 2013/2014

................................................................................................................................... This award is open to Year 10 students during their PE lesson next year. The Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification for learners aged 14 years and over who wish to develop their leadership skills. The aim of this qualification is to prepare responsible, motivated and confident people who can lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sport/activity sessions while under direct supervision. The Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership gives candidates the chance to develop their organisation, motivation and communication skills, whilst focusing on positive role models in sport, how to mentor others, and how to use leadership skills in a variety of situations. Students will have to complete ten hours of voluntary leadership hours in addition to written assignments. If on the course they will be allowed to purchase Sports Leaders polo shirts and should sign up to the programme at the beginning of the academic year. Mrs Powell

KEY STAGE 3 MULTI-SKILLS FESTIVAL ......................................................................

On Thursday 11 July some of our Year 10 Sport Leaders along with some Year 9 students went to Oakham rugby club to help deliver skill activities to KS 1 students from numerous primary schools in Rutland. There were 9 stations and each small group of leaders had to demonstrate, officiate and score their event that they had been given. As the children rotated around the activities it was very important that the leaders remained on task and full of enthusiasm and energy for each group that they were in charge of. In the afternoon a different school arrived and having gained experience in running the sessions in the morning it was noticeable how much more confident the leaders had become in such a short space of time. It was a very hot day and I was delighted how focused they remained and the positive feedback I received about their leadership qualities. My thanks go to all the students involved, for their punctuality in the morning and their conduct during the day. The Year 9 students were superb and I do hope they all become sports leaders next year. Mrs Powell

OVERALL HOUSE SCORES 2013

....................................................... The house points for the last academic year are as follows: HOUSE

POINTS

Hambleton

228

Armley

201

Burley

196

Barnsdale

170


INTRODUCTION During term 6, there was anticipation from all students in Years 7 to 9 as they were working towards science week. What was science week? What would happen? Would it be interesting? Would the students be inspired to learn more about science and look into roles within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and professions? Each Year 7 tutor group explored a strand of the science week theme – Journey into Space. During science week students investigated, researched and designed exquisite and incredible work for the different aspects for the journey to and from space. This included designing heat shields for the spacecraft, building moon rovers, developing parachutes and satellites, as well as launching rockets. We developed a cross curricular approach to the week, for example, with students exploring the Space Race in History, and learning about the ISS in French. The week climaxed in a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester, providing students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding through research and practical work.

SCIENCE WEEK NEWS

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Our aim was to inspire our students, allowing them to investigate scientific topics in a fun and an exciting way. To build up the anticipation to the week, all Year 8 students had the opportunity to experience the Star Dome from the National Space Centre when it visited the College. This enabled the students to learn about the night sky, the names of different constellations of stars as well as asking many probing questions of the presenter. Miss Odedra

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SCIENCE ACTIVITY DAY On Wednesday 19 June, a selection of students from Years 7, 8 and 9 participated in a day full of experiments; led by a group of four young scientists from Southampton University. To get the day started, the four scientists introduced themselves and told us what they had been studying at university; they boasted degrees from advanced engineering to photonics and space science.

On Monday 10 June, Year 8 were given the opportunity to experience the Star Dome, courtesy of the National Space Centre, Leicester. The two of us, along with most of our peers were very excited to see what was going to happen, as for some of us it was our first time inside a Planetarium. We felt very lucky that our science teachers had chosen our year! After queuing up outside the theatre, with lots of chat about what we were about to see, we were finally let inside and into the black dome. As all eyes were drawn to the single projector screen we watched in awe and wonder. The darkness made us feel as if we were in space! It was like the Tardis, bigger on the inside than it looked like from the outside! When we had discovered how our voices echoed inside the dome and showed each other our hand puppet skills (it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can’t resist making hand puppets!) the gentleman from the Space Centre started his presentation on the ‘Life Cycle of a Star’. It was intriguing to learn that stars live for billions and billions of years; red dwarfs in our galaxy have yet to have died as they live for the longest amount of time. With larger stars there are no planets around them, as the gravitational pull is too strong and the planets would be sucked into the star! He also explained the size difference between stars was dramatic, there is no gradual change. Next we were shown the constellation pictures which were projected all around the Star Dome. The gentleman showed us the star signs and then told us the stories behind the constellation images we were seeing. Finally he showed us the stars we can see at the moment, without the images. He explained, how, whatever time of the year it is, the North Star does not move. He continued to prove his point by making us all dizzy from spinning the stars around the StarDome! We are certain that the rest of Year 8 really enjoyed our experience inside the StarDome, as it was something very different. We are very fortunate that we were given this opportunity so we would like to thank all of our science teachers! Yaznia Pourmozafari & Gemma Gregory 8C

THE STAR DOME EXPERIENCE

The reason that the scientists had come to our school was that they were planning on helping us to send a camera up into the earth’s stratosphere and depict the curvature of the earth. To achieve this we needed to experiment with various components like the camera, the parachute and the 10ft by 30ft balloon. For the first experiment we had to design and make a parachute from plastic bags and other recycled materials that would fall slowly and protect an egg when dropped from a balcony. This activity proved very competitive and very very messy. For our second experiment we were testing how change in pressure affects different objects; for this we used a coke can. We found out that if you hold a can with a bit of water in, over a Bunsen burner, its particles expand. Then when you put the can of boiling water into a water bath ‘BANG’ the particles quickly contract so the coke can crushes itself. Finally, we had the chance to play with one of Southampton University’s infra-red cameras, we all had great fun writing on walls with our fingers then looking at it showing up on the wall from the heat of our hands. We’d like to say a big thank you to our guests from the University of Southampton for spending the day with us, and after all of the fun we had, we can’t wait for the launch that is planned for the 1st July this year. Freya Menzies 9O


WEATHER BALLOON On the first day of Science Week visitors from Southampton University came into College to work with our science team. They provided us with excellent technical expertise to help launch a weather balloon with two cameras attached to the payload, in addition to temperature, pressure and UV sensors, from the sports field. We were interested to see how high it could climb before it expanded and burst. Classes from year groups 7 and 8 gathered onto the field to watch the experiment. When the balloon was set off, within around thirty seconds it was out of sight. The camera performed brilliantly, capturing footage from 37km high and we successfully captured stunning images demonstrating the curvature of the Earth. The balloon was later tracked digitally and found in a parsnip patch near to Peterborough. Miss Odedra was probably glad it wasn’t too far away as she had to go and retrieve the equipment! Lexie Meade 9T

PHYSICS PRESENTATION BY DR NIGEL BANNISTER On 2 July Dr Nigel Bannister, a lecturer from the University of Leicester, came into our College and gave us a lecture on space, and specifically the planets. To kick-start his lecture, he explained his first experiences with telescopes and how viewing space interested him. This was all part of our Science Week, which was on the theme of space, and Dr Nigel Bannister grabbed the attentions of the Year 9s he was lecturing, with fascinating information and experiences in a very detailed speech. His main part of the speech was on Project JUICE, a project aiming to launch a satellite into space to orbit Jupiter, finding out about it, and its moons. This is due to start in 2022, when the satellite will be launched, and they hope it will reach Jupiter in 2030. So they hope that it will travel 601,000,000 miles in 8 years. But, of course, the satellite won’t be able to hold 601 million miles of fuel in one tank, so they are relying on magnetic pulls from planets to thrust it along. Also, Dr Bannister had shown us a camera that he had made which was able to take pictures of space and come back into the atmosphere, without breaking. The camera has proof of its journeys as it has acquired a bit of wear and tear, with blue marks where it had got very hot re-entering the atmosphere. It was a very clever camera, as it was no bigger than a rucksack but it was able to store all the equipment it needed, and it worked properly. It’s strange to think that something so small and robust can make people understand a whole lot more about our Solar System.


PARACHUTE JUMP On Wednesday of ‘Science Week’ at Catmose College, the students from Years 7 through to 9 went outside during their tutorial time to watch an exciting demonstration of how gravity works. The students had been briefed to expect a skydive onto the College campus fields so anticipation was high. We were not disappointed! To the delight of the spectators, skydivers descended from a plane and parachuted down to earth – bang on target. The display was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students and the skydivers were rewarded with applause as they reached the ground. The parachute jump was a spectacular demonstration of gravity in action and helped to reinforce this scientific principle for everyone. Lexie Meade 9T

SCIENCE FAIR On Monday 15 July, several groups in Year 7 had the opportunity to take part in the Science Fair. Our group’s mission was to produce a parachute which would allow a rover to land safely on another planet. Prior to the fair we investigated the science behind parachutes, and had the opportunity to look at Mr Macdonald’s parachute. We used this research to design a parachute, which we subsequently launched from the Hellerup. As our parachute landed incredibly slowly we were one of the groups who managed to progress to the fair and with a telescope at stake we were determined to beat the competition! We had a week to improve our design, and my team had to put a lot of extra work into this, staying behind most days after school for an hour, as well as doing work towards this for homework. On the day of the Science Fair, we stood next to our design board, and provided students from Year 7 and 9 with information about our unique design. During the judging round, Mr Williams and Dr Wright asked us many questions about not only our work we produced, but the science behind it. During the presentation ceremony, Mr Williams told us how impressed he was by the quality of work produced by all of the groups, however there could only be one winner. Amazingly, my group came first. Although the process was hard work, I enjoyed doing it very much, and would love to have more opportunities like this in future. Zoe Chamberlain, 7M


STUDENT ACCOUNT Science Week was very exciting. I’m sure it wasn’t just exciting for me, for my form, but for the whole of KS3. We had the topic of Space linked into all our lessons. In History, we looked at how America and Russia fought with no fighting to create great events, including the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin and first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. In Geography, we looked at the Earth at night from space, and how all the major cities were lit up. In English we found out about Bill Bryson, a man who writes about Science, to help us understand more about the subject. In French we looked at what you could do, and what you couldn’t do in space, as in sports and activities, as well as the International Space Centre. In Design and Technology we designed and made Mars Rovers, to collect data from the red planet including air pressure, temperature, acidity levels and samples of rock. In our first Science lesson of the week we had to design a parachute and then make it in preparation for Thursday’s parachute drop. Myself, Zoe and Jacob were in a group and made an OK parachute, but it was certainly a design that could do with some renovations. We measured the height of the Hellerup then launched the parachutes off it. In our next English lesson we looked at various videos about/in space, and then used them as inspiration to write about space. Work included aliens, rovers, rockets, amazing feats, tragic deaths and more. In Maths we looked at the differences between Mass, Weight and Gravity, then made a poster about it. In Art, we drew aliens which had to be adapted to certain conditions. In Music, we used Logic Express to make a Sci-Fi style of music. In I.C.T. we made Prezi presentations about what we had done during the week, and what was going to happen. In R.S. we looked at people who have applied to go to Mars in 2023, and decided whether they should go or not. In the final Science lesson of the week, we finished off making the parachutes, improving our design and adding the final details. We tested them off the side of the College’s balcony, which is the same height as the Hellerup. Our parachute was one of the slowest, allowing us to go forward to the Science Fair. For the final day of Science Week, we went to the National Space Centre to find out more about Space, in a more interactive way. At first we got directed to a zoned off area in the big open Centre, where we learnt about Mars Rovers. After hearing about what they did, we put our skills to the test and used Lego Mindstorm NXT to program some Lego Rovers, and the best two got to go into the ‘Mars Zone’, a room which replicates Mars, to see who could get closest to some aliens. Ours didn’t win unfortunately, but it was still very fun. Afterwards we went round the corner to the Planetarium. It was great! The Planetarium was a giant dome where you could watch 360 degree films. We watched one about astronauts and the dangers of space. It made you feel like you were there and you were moving with them! Finally, we went on a hunt to answer all the questions in our booklets about planets, exploration and more, with loads of interesting ways to learn about these facts. Unfortunately we started heading for the coach, and before I knew it, I was heading home, and Science Week was over. It was a very fun week, and a good example of how time goes fast when you’re having fun. I hope we get more opportunities like this in Year 8, so we can throw away our textbooks every so often. Well done to all the teachers, especially Miss Odedra who led Science Week, the Media Team for all the reporting, interviewing and recordings, and all the staff and students for creating a fun atmosphere for everyone. Jamie Robertson


CROSS CURRICULAR ENGLISH Stars and planets were buzzing around in English during Science week. The classes read the extract ’Building a Planet’ by Bill Bryson where they learned the intricate ways planets were created. The students were presented with two activities. The first one was to describe their planet. Using ambitious vocabulary, planets of all imaginations were written about. This extract from Luke Wadding illustrates the creativity of our `Year 7 classes; ‘ Hundreds of small magnetic fields surround the planet, embracing it like a mother holding her child .’ The second task was to create a haiku. This is an example of the work, by Elke De Vries, ‘ Dark, lonely, empty/Where no one can hear you scream/ No wind, no air, dark.’ It was a great week of space and creating. SPORT As part of Science Week the Sports Team decided to look at how Astronauts train. In their core Physical Education lessons Year 7 students performed the official NASA Crew Strength Session. This intense circuit consists of many exercises designed to improve strength and stamina in both the upper and lower parts of the body. As an extension task, students were also encouraged to think about: other ways an astronaut might physically prepare for a space mission; how living in space for a sustained period of time would impact upon an astronaut’s physical condition; and reasons why exercising aboard a space shuttle might be problematic. ART & DESIGN In Art and Design, students were set the task to produce creatures that could survive on a set of different types of planet (if it was plausible for it to sustain life). Students considered what features creatures have on earth and how they have evolved to survive in different climates and environments. Using that knowledge, and their imagination, students then used the skills and techniques they have developed over the year to produce a design for their very own creature. In Design and Technology, students had to create a model for their very own Mars Rover. Using a variety of modelling materials, students considered what types of data the rover would need to collect and what kinds of terrain the rover would need to contend with and produced different attachments. Working in teams, students then reviewed their designs against others and looked at what the existing rovers use. FRENCH In French on Wednesday we learnt about a person that went on a space shuttle and sang a song. We also learnt about what you can and can’t do on the international space station. Did you know you can go to the gym in space even though there is virtually no gravity. The international space station was made in space and can be used by many countries for research. We also learnt lots of words to do with space in French, such as L’astronaute which means astronaut and espace which means space. I thoroughly enjoyed space week and hope there is another themed week soon. Finlay Gabbert and Lauren Gear 7S


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