NUNNERY NEWS October 2019
Progress Scores: Top of National Tables!
Once again, Nunnery is delighted that our fantastic class of 2019 students have gained a great set of GCSE results. Scores for English and Maths are way above national averages and almost a third of grades overall were at grade 7 or above. That is the old fashioned A grades or A*s. Attainment 8, which is the quality of grades across the board, is 52. This is significantly above the national average. However, more importantly, our progress scores, which across the board are superb, show that every one of our students and the progress they make matters to us. Progress 8, puts the school amongst the very
best in the country. Our progress scores, 0.57 in 2018 and 0.52 in 2019, are the highest of the Worcester schools and put us in the top 10 - 12% of schools in the whole country. We have an irresistible belief that every child can succeed and strive for every student, regardless of academic ability to get the very best that they can in order to access the next stage of their education, whether academic or vocational. These excellent GCSE results follow a great Ofsted report at the end of the last term and so Nunnery starts the new school year with a huge amount of positivity! Final progress scores will be published online at www.compare-school-performance.service.gov. uk. This will show exactly how Nunnery Wood
has performed against other schools locally and nationally. The excellent results have given the students a boost at the start of the year and something to aspire towards. However, there is so much more to life at Nunnery Wood than exam results. The new Year 7s have settled into their new school and routine and are loving their new school. There are clubs and activities on offer to all students every day of the week, with something to appeal to all interests, whether sporting, musical, artistic or academic. The new Eco Club is getting off to a flying start and the parliament is already busy making plans for the year. The new prefect team has been very busy, supporting events such as open evening, as well taking
on responsibilities on a daily basis. The term has so far seen an extensive number of trips and activities that are an integral part of school life. Already this term we have had theatre trips, geography field visits, dance trips, STEM and computing visits to name just a few! Trips to Boppard, France and a trip to New York and Washington go out over half term. Not to mention the exciting learning opportunities that take place in all lessons each day. Donâ€™t forget to keep up with the life of the school on a daily basis by following us on Twitter @NunneryWood and Instagram @NunneryWoodHS and Facebook @NunneryWoodHighSchool.
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Message from the editors
Editor: James Thatcher - I have enjoyed working in the Nunnery News again this term, especially with organising and helping the other students. We have got into a good routine this year and I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Deputy Editor: Nawal Jamshid -I have been getting to grips with being the deputy editor of the Nunnery News this term. I have really enjoyed producing each of the issues and look forward to even better ones in the future! We always welcome new contributions and meet in IT3/2 after school on a Tuesday.
Great Start The arrival of new Year 7 students at the start of an academic year is a rejuvenating moment for the entire school community. We have been blessed again with a fantastic group of young people who have injected energy and positivity into the school. We have managed the transition process a little differently this year, with our Year 7s spending break and lunchtimes in their own areas. By the time you read this, they will have been allowed access to the entire school site. However, we feel that the interim arrangements have given many of them a sense of security while they find their feet in our busy school.
New Art Block We are a few months away from our new Art facilities being opened. Work is progressing well and we are due to start using the new classrooms from the new year. One of the most exciting features of the block will be display areas that will showcase the superb work that our students produce. This will conclude the £2.25 million of investment that has been put into the school site. Open Evening If you attended this year’s Open Evening, you will know that it was extremely busy – we believe well over a thousand visitors. Our student-helpers promote our school brilliantly; their enthusiasm, courtesy and positivity saying everything we would wish to communicate about Nunnery.
Careers and SMSC You will sometimes receive letters about SMSC days, or careers events but may not realise quite how major part this part of school-life is for our students. Our most recent SMSC saw well over 40 groups or businesses coming in to work with our students in mock interview, CV writing or helping them with health or relationships. Over the year, over 70 organisations are active with students and in this way, we build their ability to thrive in the world beyond the school. If you were involved in these activities at any time, I’d like to thank you on behalf of the entire school. Students remember these experiences long after they have left school.
Eco has been something that has been left dormant for far too many years and, finally, with the brilliant enthusiasm of Mrs Beard we have begun looking at becoming a better school, both environmentally and socially, and there are many new schemes now in place to get as much as we can.
list of things to do covering all around the school. One thing is certainly for sure, we will definitely be having a lot to do in the next year.
Head Boy & Head Girl
James Thatcher & Lucy Evans HEAD BOY / HEAD GIRL
A Note from the Head Boy and Girl This has been the first half term for us as Head Boy and Girl and we are certainly beginning to get to grips with our new role in school life, but with most of a huge list of meetings over with it is only just the beginning for our plan of Nunnery. After years of promising we have finally sorted out the parliament and divided it into various sections to allow rules and ideas to be shared and passed more quickly and simply. These new subgroups include; charity, eco, justice, mental health, charity, the canteen, and sports and with a select team of representatives supporting each section it is sure to be great.
Each year group now has its own select charity to represent. Everything from, the Teenage Cancer Trust to Women’s Refuge is now being looked at in each year with the umbrella charity of St Richard’s Hospice being championed in each year. However, just because these are the set charities doesn’t mean that they will be the only ones being supported as various other charities, such as Oscar Bird or the RNIB will be popping up throughout the year for everyone to support. And these points are only the start of a whole
A message from Miss Speechley... We hope that you enjoy this edition of the Nunnery News. It is packed full of all of the achievements and successes of our students. The news has been brought to you by an ever expanding team of journalists. Led by James Thatcher, head boy, the team has gone from strength to strength and now are confident in planning and producing articles for the paper.
The team always has fresh ideas of what to include in the paper and are ever short of things to report on. Each term seems to have more and more events and celebrations to include, this edition is certainly no exception. The newsroom is a hive of activity on a Tuesday after school, in addition to other students choosing to write in their own free time and still be able to contrib-
ute to the paper. Mr Morrison is always on hand to spot any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors and has been encouraging student to carefully proof work before submitting it. As always a huge thank you to him as well as Mr Hancock for his production and Mrs Van Der Klein in supporting students in getting news and pictures for the edition.
As always, you can submit your stories by email to email@example.com. Keep up to date daily. Twitter: @NunneryWood Instagram: @NunneryWoodHS Facebook: @NunneryWoodHighSchool
A Warm Welcome from Nunnery Wood
I joined Nunnery Wood in September as a Physical Education Teacher, previously teaching in Tewkesbury for two years. The sport facilities at Nunnery Wood are fantastic, allowing the pupils to have a huge range of opportunity and choice. Outside of school I coach an u12 Girls football team, play football, badminton and rounders. Thank you to all the staff and pupils for making me feel so welcome and settled!
What seems to be an age ago, I decided to change from working as a Graphic Designer to becoming a teacher of Design and Technology. I really enjoy helping students to tap into their amazing imagination and creativity and my subject can certainly showcase this. I am so pleased to have moved to Nunnery Wood as it has amazing facilities, great staff and everything is student-centred. Outside of school, I particularly enjoy outdoor sports such as biking, surfing and rock climbing-as well as gymnastics and martial arts. I enjoy pushing myself and indeed others to be the best they can be.
Open Evening 2019
Open evening was another huge success. We received the highest number of visitors that we have ever had and they did not leave disappointed! Each department showcased what they offer to students and visitors were able to have either a guided group tour of the facilities or to wander around at their leisure. Students from all year groups were on hand to welcome visitors, to show them around and to answer any questions that they had. Visitors to the school were extremely impressed with the facilities that our students use, especially the state of the art theatre studio, top class sporting facilities including the fitness suite and all weather track, modernised DT and science departments along with a huge investment programme of more areas such as the art block, to keep the learning environment first class. Visitors were able to visit the languages department café and try continental treats, along with the cakes and bread on offer in the Food and Nutrition department. The experiments in science were popular as were the exploding volcanoes in geography. Harry Potter welcomed guests to the Library, which had become Hogwarts and the English and Maths departments showcased exciting activities, complete with costumes in the English department as always! The showcases by the performing
arts department impressed everyone, and the challenges in computing engaged adults and children. In history students helped visitors to decide on the most significant individuals from the past. The art department, despite being in temporary rooms exhibited amazing work and allowed people to have fun in their own interactive activities. The DT department encouraged visitors to get involved and have a go at making keyring, whilst there were musical performances around the school as well as within the music department. The EP department drew in the crowds, especially when they had the chance to take time out and meditate! When asked to give feedback on what they had seen, we were told “The facilities looked amazing and there were lots of helpful teachers. The students were a credit to the school.’ ‘All of it! Everything was superb’ “I wish I had facilities like this when I went to school, I love the fitness suite’. Open day was held the following morning and gave visitors the opportunity to tour the school whilst lessons were taking place to see exactly what goes on each and every day at Nunnery Wood. Again, these visits proved to be busier than we had previously experienced.
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I joined Nunnery in September 2019 as a teacher of MFL. I have a huge passion for my subjects; French and Spanish. I lived and studied in France (Montpellier) and lived and worked in Spain (Ibiza and Málaga). In Spain I worked in several primary schools and a high school where I was an English language assistant. Everyone here has been so lovely and welcoming since I started last month. Outside of school I enjoy cooking and have a golden retriever called Edward who turns two this October. I’m also trying to learn Norwegian!
My name is Miss Davis and I have joined Nunnery Wood as a Music teacher. I’ve been teaching at a small school in the Cotswolds, and am excited to be part of a much bigger community here. I am really looking forward to getting involved with all of Nunnery’s events, including The Addams Family and Young Voices! Outside of school I run a music club for primary school age children, and my two main hobbies are baking and walking in the countryside.
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'Heart Hero Awards'
all adults are Automatically 'Opted In' to the donor registration scheme, unless they choose to opt out. The evening provided an opportunity for Anna to thank Max in person for his campaigning, as the new law will increase the chances of Anna, and many others, receiving life saving organ transplants.
Year 10 Student Anna Hadley attended the British Heart Foundation 'Heart Hero Awards' at the Globe Theatre in London and was presented with a Young Heart Hero award, for raising over £8000 since her diagnosis of heart failure. The money raised has been shared equally between BHF and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. At the awards Anna received the red carpet treatment and mingled with stars including host Vernon Kay, Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) Glenn Hoddle, Gaby Roslyn, Penny Lancaster and a host of sporting celebrities. Anna also met with Max Johnson, the little boy from Cheshire who received Kiera Ball's donated heart following a tragic car accident in Devon, in 2017. The game-changing "Max and Kiera's Law" comes into force in 2020 so that
The Worcestershire BHF Fundrasiing Group nominated Anna for her efforts in raising funds for BHF but also awareness of the lack of child donors. In 2018 Ann appeared on the front page of Worcester news several times, gave live interviews on BBC H&W radio, appeared on BBC Midlands Today and the Drivetime show on Radio 5 Live. There are currently plans for her story to be published in National Sunday Newspapers and appear on SKY News on 29th September for World Heart Day, so keep an eye out for Anna on TV and in the news. Ann has completed two sponsored walks, a sponsored bike ride and taken part in many charity collections. As such she was also commended by the Institute of Fundraising at theor national awards ceremony.
Worcestershire Good Citizen’s Award
Ewan Buchanan presented with A Worcestershire Good Citizen’s Award Year 9 student, Ewan Buchanan has been awarded a Worcestershire Good Citizen’s Award by the West Mercia Police. Ewan has been recognised for his tireless fundraising efforts for Worcester’s homeless community. Ewan was presented his award at a ceremony on Tuesday 15th October. Ewan was invited by West Mercia Police by letter to attend a special Awards Ceremony which took place at the Police Headquarters just outside of Worcester. The evening was held to celebrate the achievements of ten inspiring young people across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire who are doing great things in their local communities. The awards were presented by the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Edward Holloway, and was attended by the Assistant Chief Constable, Martin Evans. He was presented with a specially commissioned certificate and a voucher to the value of
£50 to thank him for his efforts. Ewan said, “I’m quite surprised to nominated for this award as there were so many people across 3 Counties who were nominated. I feel very proud. It was a very lovely evening to celebrate the hard work and dedication of young people across West Mercia. I am really honoured that I have been recognised along side others who are doing amazing things” Ewan’s Dad, Adam Buchanan said, “We are extremely proud of Ewan and it’s lovely to see all of his hard work recognised, alongside some really exceptional young people”
Year 7 Students Achieve Their Bronze Crest Award
The CREST award scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work. It provides enrichment activities to inspire and engage young people in STEM. CREST offers students the chance to participate in hands on science through investigations and enquiry based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges. One team Designed and Made their Own Fizzy Drink whilst the other team Designed, Programed and made their own Robot.
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30 Years Dedication to Youth Rugby PE teacher Mr Bannister has recently been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the England Rugby Schools’ Football Union. Attending a function in London, the award was given to acknowledge his service to schools’ rugby for over more than 30 years. Mr Bannister said “I knew something was being planned as over the past couple of years I have been regularly approached to attend several England internationals as a VIP guest but due to other commitments I have been unable to attend. Then earlier this year I was contacted by someone at Twickenham asking if I was attending the England Schools’ Annual General Meeting and was told that if I was, my accommodation would be paid for by the RFU. When I said I would be attending they told me that I would be receiving this award.” Mr Bannister first started coaching rugby at the school when he moved to Worcester from Manchester in 1988 and regularly prepared the year 11 team before the annual Floodlit Rugby Tournament held at Sixways where they would play against other local high schools. In 1992 when the school decided to extend the PE department from four teachers to five Mr Bannister was appointed.
Mr Bannister who up until recently was on the advisory board at Worcester Warriors, has coached, selected, and managed teams at regional, county, divisional, and national level and the award is in recognition of this fact. “I have enjoyed spotting local talent and remember seeing the likes of Matt Mullen, Joe Shaw, George Robson, Graham Kitchener, and Jordan Crane all come through the system. They have all gone on to greater things proving the system works. There will be several players at the Rugby World Cup this year who I coached at England Schools’ and if Joe Marler, Jamie George, and Kyle Sinckler play together it will be a sort of World Cup front row hat trick! Each one of them comes with a great story that I share with friends over a beer and although It makes me feel old it’s a nice way to finish my teaching career, and I am very honoured to receive the award”, he added.
Honours Board Celebrates Successes A new board of recognition has been installed in the main foyer at school. This board displays the names of all former and current head boys and head girls. In addition to that it also displays the names of students who have received the Adam Hussain Award.
The Adam Hussain Award recognises students who have shown care for others and a willingness to be involved in community projects. The award is a tribute to former Nunnery Wood student Adam Hussain. Tragically, Adam suffered an asthma attack and died. At the time he was training with the National Citizenship Service. He demonstrated care for others and was a very compassionate and dedicated young man. In order to receive this high accolade, students are nominated by their peers and teachers, a decision is then made to decide on the overall winners. We were inundated with nominations and overwhelmed by the level of community and charity work that students undertake. The awards this year went to Ewan Buchanan for his extensive work with helping the homeless, even meeting with his MP to make improvements to facilities available. He also organises collections of Easter Eggs and Christmas gifts for the homeless as well as being a regular volunteer at the homeless shelter. 2018’s winner was Anna Hadley, who has completed numerous charity events and events to raise awareness and funds for organ donation and the British Heart Foundation. Anna herself is awaiting a heart transplant, but is constantly campaigning and fundraising to help others.
Head Boy, James Thatcher said, "Becoming head boy is an honour. It is a highly coveted post across the county and I am privileged to be classed amongst some brilliant people who have held the post before me at our school. I couldn't be happier." Lucy Evans, Head Girl said that,” Being Head Girl is one of the best privileges you can be awarded. The opportunities that are offered are once in a life and rather enjoyable. Though the job itself requires a lot of responsibility, the sense of achievement awarded from acting as the student voice is beyond compare. I love doing what I do since it’s an opportunity
NUNNERY Wood aims to encourage and celebrate the success of all its students in all areas of school life, and to ensure that personal commitment and achievement is celebrated and rewarded. Since its launch with year 7 students in April 2018 we have used an online platform called ePraise to award merit points and achievement badges for students. Merits are awarded in subject areas for ‘commendable effort within the subject where students have gone above
and beyond our expectations’. Commendable effort can be recognised in lessons (e.g. Class discussion, work completed etc.) and also out of lessons (homework, service to the school, enrichment clubs etc.). Students also receive a weekly point for 100% attendance for the week. Teachers can also award achievement badges on ePraise to students for contributing in a particular event/activity. Students can collect these badges throughout the year and will form
to meet new people, get involved in the wider community and encourage students to improving their school environment. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity and feel a great sense of pride to be Nunnery Wood’s current Head Girl.” Ewan Buchanan (2019 Adam Hussain Award Winner) said "It was great to be nominated for two years in a row and really surprising to receive the 2019 award. It was really nice and I wasn't expecting it."
evidence to support coloured tie applications. This platform can be accessed by students through their portal page so that they can track the points and achievement badges that have been awarded to them by different teachers across the curriculum. Student’s progress can also be accessed through the parental portal so that parents/carers can track from home how their son/daughter is progressing.
Anna Hadley (2018 winner) added " I feel really honoured to receive this award and very thankful to be able to represent Adam Hussain for his loss. Thank you to everyone who nominated me." James Thatcher- "I think this is a very good award because it honours those who have gone the extra mile to do things for other people, otherwise, they may not have got that recognition they deserve and they are deserving winners."
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STEM: Creative Careers STEM: Creative Careers, Malvern Festival of Innovation Friday 12th October 2019 @ Malvern College
On Friday 11th October 2019, eager Year 10 and 11 STEM students went out to Malvern College to listen about the opportunities available in STEM careers. The Year of Engineering is a UK government campaign which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering during 2019. From spaceships to ice skates, the bubbles in chocolate bars to life saving cancer treatment, engineering touches every part of our lives. However, not enough young people think it’s a world for them. As a result, the industry is struggling to recruit future talent. What’s more, young people are missing out on the chance to make a positive difference to both their futures, that of the planet and everything that calls it home. Miss Lott took out a selection of year 10 and 11 students interested in science, technology, engineering, and design to hear about applying for these subjects in the real world to hopefully inspire them to pursue an exciting career in the all-important creative economy. Students also had the opportunity to hear from
the inspirational Dr Bal Choda from Aston Martin who delivered a presentation about how these iconic sports cars are designed for stunning looks and engineered for high performance. He spoke to students about career options in Engineering as well as what is was like to be an engineer. He stressed to students the importance of education, not being afraid to learn from their mistakes and having a dream to aim for. Dr Bal Choda shared with students some staggering statistics that by 2022 the UK will have a shortage of over 1.8million new STEM professionals needed in the sector. He also said that sadly less than 7% of engineers are currently female. Dr Bal Choda is the lead engineer and innovator with over 20 years’ experience at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, and described the design process, systems engineering, and innovation that goes into the creation of an Aston Martin sports car. @bchoda, @astonmartin If you want any further guidance about a career in STEM or engineering, please contact Mrs Gwynne.
of how a supercar is manufactured as well as providing careers guidance for other routes such as apprenticeships” Audrey Struthers 10.3 said, “I never realised that there were so many components that went into making a car and all the career opportunities available in engineering and STEM” Youcef Barka 11.9 said “I never realised how important STEM was and how it allows you to
Emmanuel Adesola 11.7 said “this was an inspiring trip with lots of information about the development and design engineering process
STEM: Next Generation Innovators Day STEM: Next Generation Innovators day, Malvern Festival of Innovation Tuesday 8th October 2019 @ Three Counties Showground, Malvern
On Tuesday 8th October 2019, Year 9 enthusiastic STEM students went out to Malvern Festival of Innovation. A day showcasing creative science, technology, and entrepreneurship for senior school students. Students listened to a keynote speech delivered by Yasmin Ali a leading innovator in chemical engineering from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Students also had the opportunity to take part in some engineering games such as playing com-
puter simulated cricket and carrying out virtual reality dissections as well as working hydraulics systems to prevent a water flood. Students also worked in pairs to programme minicomputer boards to complete a hardware control task using Python code, see how many watts they could generate on a bicycle and were given the opportunity to explore galaxies through the Planetarium Dome, hearing about astrophysics from students at the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy. Thomas Pemberton 9.3 said I was inspired by the 360o space engineering dome and was now considering a possible career in engineering Isabella Harmer 9.8 said, I really enjoyed the
planetarium presentation learning all about engineering, it has made me realise that STEM is involved in all the technology we use today and how important it is. Nicole Bailey 9.X said “I was really motivated by the presentation given by Yasmin Ali, she has had an amazing career and it has made me consider chemical engineering in the future.”
get a career in this sort of industry” Ben Graham-Kevan 11.6 said “I am inspired, I never realised there were so many job opportunities in STEM, especially some of the more creative roles that can use design and graphics as well as science, maths and enginnering”
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Nunnery Selected to Host Prestigious Careers Event Nunnery Wood High School was selected to host a prestigious careers event in which the school was able to showcase the fantastic work that has been going on to develop careers education for all students. It was also an opportunity for The Careers and Enterprise Company, in partnerships with Worcestershire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) to gain an insight into the impact of the work taking place and how the school has responded to the National Careers Strategy, which was launched by the Government in 2017 and sets out mandatory careers education and training. This represents a very big change in how careers education is delivered in schools and how it forms a vital part of the curriculum. The event took place on Friday 13th September. Nunnery Wood was able to demonstrate excellent progress in careers education. Deputy Head teacher, Mr Williams said, “So far, we are very proud that we have achieved 100% completion of 6 out of the 8 new Gatsby Careers Education Benchmarks, and are looking to review our offer to achieve all 8 targets. The school has a superb record of offering excellent education and preparing students for their futures. For the last 3 years almost 100% of students who left Nunnery Wood progressed into further education, training or employment, a figure which is significantly above the national average. The school is passionate about fully preparing students for further education and employment.” As well has striving to achieve the best possible academic outcomes, the school employs a full time careers coordinator, Mrs Debbie Gwynne, who uses her extensive links with local industry and commerce to ensure students are prepared for life after Nunnery Wood. Visitors to the school included:
John Yarman, Deputy Chief Executive of the Careers Enterprise Company, Gary Woodman, Chief Executive, Worcestershire LEP Matt Tope, Careers Hub Manager, Worcestershire LEP Janina Neumann, Enterprise Adviser and owner of Janina Neumann Design.
The visitors were taken for a tour of the school, led by Head teacher Mr Powell and Deputy Head teacher Mr Williams. During the tour, the group was able to see the excellent facilities and education provided, whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the broad range of careers education opportunities available to all students, within lessons and though specialist support. They saw students excelling in science and English lessons and were put on the spot during a maths lesson when asked if they could solve a complex problem! They also saw the state of the art fitness suite in full use with Year 11 students. Later in the day the group met with students where they discussed the experiences they have had of careers education and guidance in school. The Year 11 students described and explained the enormous offer of extra- curricular opportunities available to them and how this helps to support future career choices, whilst the Year 10 students discussed the impact of careers lessons, options guidance, careers interviews and the Worcester Skills Show. Year 11 pupil, James Thatcher, Head boy said, “It was nice to discuss about what is open to us in terms of careers. I don’t think we realise how much is open to us.” Year 10 pupil, Nawal Jamshid said, “It was interesting to see how decisions were made and the stages that they have to go through to make them.”
recognition for careers support at Nunnery. Great results are important to us but so is giving students experiences and guidance that will motivate and inspire.”
Matt Tope said, “The visit was extremely informative and it was exciting to hear about how much “Meaningful” careers activity is being undertaken within the school as they work towards the achievement of the Gatsby Benchmarks’ John Yarham said, “I really enjoyed the visit and learning all about your great work on careers and enrichment more generally.” Debbie Gwynne said, “Working with the Careers Enterprise Company on achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks has enabled us to focus our careers delivery in school’. Students have many opportunities during their time at Nunnery Wood High School to learn more about future
Evesham College (Wcg) Thursday 21st November 2019 - 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 1st April 2020 - 5.30pm-8pm
Gary Woodman commented, “We were delighted to be able to show the Deputy Chief Executive of Careers and Enterprise Company just some of the exceptional work that is taking place here in Worcestershire’s schools. It was a pleasure to visit Nunnery Wood High School in particular to highlight how the Worcestershire Careers Hub is helping to deliver meaningful careers activity. This activity will certainly help to prepare schools and their pupils to thrive in the future world of work.” Janina Neumann said, “It has been great to work alongside Nunnery Wood to develop various career opportunities that act as stepping stones to help build their careers paths.”
Mr Powell said, “It’s great to receive national
College Open Days 2019 - 2020 Christopher Whitehead Sixth Form Thursday 24th October 2019 - 6.30Pm-8.30pm
employment & training options after Year 11.”
Monday 11th November 2019 - 6pm Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - 6pm Wednesday 8th January 2020 - 6pm Saturday 25th January 2020 - 10am Thursday 13th February 2020 - 6pm Thursday 12th March 2020 - 6pm
Hartpury College Saturday 12th October 2019 Saturday 9th November 2019
Hereford Sixth Form College Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 5pm-8pm Saturday 8th February 2020 - 9.30am-12.30pm Thursday 30th April 2020 - 5.30pm-7.30pm
Heart Of Worcestershire College (How) Saturday 19th October 2019 - 11am – 2pm Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - 5pm - 8pm Saturday 21st March 2020 - 11am - 2pm Wednesday 6th May 2020 - 5pm – 8pm
Herefordshire And Worcestershire Group Training Association (Hwgta) - Apprenticeships Tuesday 25th February 2020 - 4pm – 7pm Saturday 16th May 2020 - 10am – 2pm
Hereford College Of Arts (Hca) Saturday 12th October 2019 - 10am
Kidderminster College Monday 14th October 2019 - 5pm – 7.30pm
Tuesday 12th November 2019 - 5pm – 7.0pm Thursday 6th February 2020 - 5pm – 7.30pm
Royal Grammar School Worcester Saturday 16th November 2019 - 9am - 12.30pm
Kings School Sixth Form Worcester Saturday 9th November
Tudor Grange Academy Sixth Form Wednesday 5th February 2020 - 7pm - 9pm
King Edward Vi College Stourbridge Thursday 17th October 2019 – 6.15pm – 9pm Saturday 19th October 2019 – 10am – 2pm
Worcester Sixth Form College Thursday 24th October 2019 - 5pm -8pm Tuesday 12th November 2019 - 6pm - 9pm Saturday 9th February 2019 - 10am - 1pm
Malvern Hills College (Wcg) Tuesday 19th November 2020 - 5.30pm – 8pm Thursday 23rd January 2020 - 5.30pm - 8pm Tuesday 31st March 2020 Pershore College (Wcg) Saturday 23rd November 2019 - 10am -1pm Saturday 25th January 2020 - 10am -1pm Thursday 2nd April 2020 - 5.30pm-8pm
Can’t Find What You Need? Come To The Careers Lunch Time Drop In Session in the Careers Office With Mrs Gwynne.
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What are You Doing to Help the Environment? James Thatcher YEAR 11 The eco department needs your help. As we all know the past few years haven’t been the best for eco development in the school and certain measures have been forgotten and left aside, but now maths teacher Mrs Beard is taking the helm of the schools environmental issues and is launching a series of new ideas. The eco council has been relaunched after a considerable absence and this year it is full of new ideas (literally thousands) and with that
comes new projects to undertake. Each year now has their own project to do to cover as much of the school as possible and it is important that you help out in whatever year group you are in. The challenge for Year 7 is to design and create a greenhouse out of collected plastic bottles. Although this does sound an unusual thing to do it will reduce the number of single use bottles thrown away and will also get everyone involved with the school environment and recycling. There will also be a competition to see how many bottles each Year 7 form can collect. Next Year 8 will begin with doing litter collec-
tions around the school and with the litter they collect there will also be a competition to design and make a mural or piece of artwork that will be displayed in the new art block. Year 9 will be looking at collecting reusable bottles and containers to use in the canteen and they will be heading a new campaign to encourage those around school to get involved with bringing in their own containers. Again there will be a competition to get people involved which will mean that people design and create their own containers for the school to use. Years 10 and 11 will be joining together to create a second hand stall selling revision guides,
School Strike for the Climate
Delfini Pagan YEAR 8
On Friday 20th September, thousands of children across the world skipped school to protest the lack of action against climate change in the government. The movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden. It started when she was 15. Greta took time off school and stood outside Swedish parliament alone, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action. Since then, there has been multiple strikes all demonstrating how much students care for the climate and for their future.
the strike. Then we made our way down the street, shouting phrases like ‘no more coal. No more oil. Keep the carbon in the soil’ and many more. We marched around for a while then went back to the statue where students got to express
So everybody has something to do, but you have to make sure that you get involved and help out your year group. If you have any questions speak to Ms Beard in MA4 or your form eco rep.
Carys Slimming & Iris James-Smith YEAR 8
This years’ Pride festival, taking place in the heart of Worcester, was a spectacular sight. With everything from drag acts, to activist marches, it had it all!
Combating Gender Steroetypes Ann talked to pupils about her journey onto the board of O2 and that out of the nine board members five were female with responsibilities in marketing, HR, digital innovation, corporate affairs and finance. She talked about the importance of work experience whether this was babysitting, volunteering or paid positions that developed skills that could be transferred into the workplace. As no one knows what skills would be required in the ever changing digital
However, don’t think that the staff get out of it as they will all be making staff pledges about what they want to achieve in the school, and I am sure you students will be making sure that they stick to them.
their opinion on climate change and the government’s response to it. It was an enlightening experience for many and hopeful an even more enlightening experience for the government.
Worcester’s strike was one of the smaller strikes. Students such as Alfie Walsh from 7.10 and I represented Nunnery wood although there were many other schools who attended, some of them were from further away from Worcester . Mr. Powell was kind enough to allow us to leave and supported the protest. We met at the Elgar Statue and there were a series of motivational speeches made by the organizers of the event and some from politicians who supported
On Monday 15th July Nunnery Wood High School welcomed Ann Pickering the Human Resources Director for O2 UK into school to speak to their Year 9 and 10 girls on combating gender stereotypes in determining kids’ future ambitions.
equipment and parts of the school uniform at a lower price for people to get.
industry. Ann talked about taking opportunities to make yourself stand out to employers. People form an opinion about you in the first 30 seconds of meeting you so therefore she stressed that it was important that opinion is a good one. Ann spoke about the opportunities for women in Tech and engineering roles is growing. She highlighted that there is a shortage of female entering these job roles and O2 are one of the companies who are looking to address this issue. Nunnery Wood Students found it an inspirational talk that will make them think about interview techniques and career paths in the future.
Students said the talk was “interesting and inspiring. It helped me understand what it is like in the workplace and showed me how to achieve my full potential”
“I found it useful finding out more about apprenticeships with O2 and that there is more to O2 than just being a phone company and I think I would like to work with O2 in the future” “I thought the talk was very motivational and helped me realise that all experience in work is good and useful experience. It also helped me realise that there are more women in certain jobs than I thought.”
It kicked off with a march through the streets of Worcester, and wrapped up at the Corn Market car park, where the main stage, entertainment and stalls were. Pride events began following riots in Stonewall in America when there were a series of raids on the gay community by police, prompting upset. This event led to the Pride movement which has campaigned for equal rights and inclusion for members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Homosexuality was illegal in England until 1964 and the 2010 Equality Act says everyone must be treated equally in law regardless of race, gender, sexuality or anything else.
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EGX Trip On Thursday 18th October the Computing Department took over a hundred year 10 and 11 students (those that had opted for IMedia, Computing or Media in Key stage 4) to London for the biggest computer gaming show in the country. The trip gave Nunnery Wood students the opportunity to not only look at and play new games but to see the latest technology in action. The trip allowed pupils to meet the creative
people behind many of the games that they play and how these people started in the industry.
bring their portfolios of work to gain feedback and advice from employers and the Universities.
The show had many Universities there that were showcasing their courses and this allowed students to meet and talk to future possible educational providers to allow them to make informed A Level choices in order to gain places within the University and to allow them to gain positions in an ever expanding and highly paid industry. It was possible for our students to
As well as the academic opportunities all of the major gaming consoles providers were present and this allowed our students access to games often six months before release. Our students had the opportunity to experience both conventional game playing and Virtual Reality Gaming (including the latest Iron Man VR game â€“ not out until February 2020).
If Politicians Were Avengers! Gabriel Boxall & photos by Edward Darby YEAR 8
Though it was a very long day the feedback from students was very positive with Year 10 already asking if the trip was happening again next year! Only those opting for Computer Science or Imedia will be allowed to go on this trip next year.
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Commando Joes Comes to Nunnery High Nunnery was delighted to be contacted recently by the Outward Bounds Trust of Sheffield & Hallam University to take part in a research project which they are conducting. They were looking into the impact of outdoor education on student achievement and Nunnery was chosen to participate.
24, Year 9 pupils participated in a range of team working, problem solving challenges with a company called ‘Commando Joes’. Mr Haines said, “It was a great success. The pupils enjoyed the challenges and we hope that
they will take their increased confidence and resilience into lessons.”
Theo Jakeman, who participated in the program said, “ Earlier this year, some peers and I took part in activities organised and provided by Mr Haines and a company called Commando Joes. We took part in something called “Operation Blackout” which was a fictional blackout across the UK and the end goal was to get to the relief centre to turn the power back on. These missions where about 4 key attributes: 1, communication skills, 2, leadership skills, 3, team work and finally, developing self esteem
Geography River Trip 190 keen geographers completed a field visit as part of their GCSE geography course. They were investigating rivers from source to mouth. They were also learning to use geographical equipment and specific skills. They visited Leigh Bank in Suckley and Smith End Green. In Suckley they visited the Nappen paper Mill Nature Reserve. The weather was not kind to all of the groups as it was a particularly wet week, however, with wellies and waterproofs the trips went ahead and the students have now completed this part of their course.
and self confidence. These where the things we learnt over the course of the week. Over all, if Commander Joes does return to the school, and you’re selected, please go, it’s a really fun experience and you will enjoy it a lot.”
Melanie Mariga, who also participated said that,” My experience with Commando Joe was interesting. We did a series of activities based on the main mission: Great Britain suffers a nationwide power failure and we had to get power back within 12 “missions”. The last mission was a presentation, which teachers attended and watched as we presented in our given teams-
Jekyll & Hyde
Erin Bloodworth & Anjuna Duke YEAR 10
On Wednesday 11th September, a large group of Year 10 students went to the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to watch a performance of Jekyll and Hyde. Similar to the original novella, the cast was of only a few people, however unlike
The Woman in Black Trip
Nawal Jamshid YEAR 10
the man (Arthur) was incredibly boring at telling stories at his old age so the actor took over as Arthur.
The Woman in Black trip was a huge rollercoaster of scares and an ending that makes you question everything.
There was ear pitching screams which jumped scared everyone. There is also a point in his house where he took a flash light and then shone it on the woman in black’s face and shocked everyone.
On Thursday the 3rd of October, year 10 students went to see a performance of Macbeth at the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham. We arrived and settled in the theatre at around 7. The production of the performance was of a very high standard. It was interesting to see how they had adapted the play to be performed on the stage. We arrived in back in Worcester around half ten.
These incredibly talented actors only used a limited amount of props and there was only three of them!
Some opinions on the performance were: ‘i really enjoyed the performance and found seeing Macbeth really helpful’.
This is a play that is in a play, this seems confusing but the man who has suffered hired an actor to help him live out his story. However,
the original, this included two female parts. This changed the storyline rather a lot because it added a romantic side to the story which was interesting but not to our preference. Also, the addition of masks was quite confusing because we are still not sure as to what they symbolised. Overall, it was beneficial to have a visual representation on an interpretation of the text.
Macbeth Theatre Trip
Olivia Chatterton YEAR 8
Spoiler alert! If you are reading the Woman in Black, you may want to stop reading.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta team, I was a part of Delta team. One of my favorite activities was when we were paired with Charlie Team to build our bridge out of tires, planks and other materials. It was a fun experience but is something I’d only do once. Overall, it was an eventful week with some interesting people who I had not had chance to get to know before.”
‘One thing I really liked about the play was that
Banquo was played by a black woman but still had the same role. ’ ‘I really liked how they used music in the play it was different but also made it more modern and interactive.’ ‘ I thought it was really cool how they used the same set but made it seem like different ones through lighting and props .’
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Dying to Drive
Year 11 students attended a hard hitting course, which is a multi-agency road safety scheme aimed at reducing death and serious injury amongst young road users in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The event involved a realistic road traffic collision reconstruction followed by powerful interactive workshops. The scheme is attended by Year 11 students because they will currently be car passengers and soon become young drivers. In 2017, more than 3,000 year 11 students attended Dying2Drive - helping to prepare them to be safer drivers in the near future.
The session began with the reconstruction of a fatal road traffic collision involving all of the blue light services, their response and the ripple effect of such a collision. After the reconstruction, key safety messages were be reinforced through group activities. The workshops will focus on the causes of RTCs such as not wearing seatbelts, driving whilst impaired and driving with distractions.
Inspired by Languages Abi Hinton & Nicole Bates Y E A R 11
Languages students went to RGS Worcester to participate in a languages day run by Oxford University. There were lots of different activities to do throughout the day. The students learned about studying languages at university as well as the culture of other countries. An
Various skills are considered that may help young people to avoid potentially dangerous situations. The students all found the event extremely informative and challenged them to take the issues seriously. Although hard hitting, they also enjoyed the day.
Talented Artist - Ella Ford, Year 11
entertaining part of the day was watching the French Bake Off that was really funny. Even though it was in French, the group was able to understand parts of it. There was also the opportunity to learn about paintings and English language before looking at Italian and French. Overall it was a really enjoyable and useful day and gave students an understanding of what it would be like to continue study languages.
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A ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ Library Club to Celebrate Roald Dahl’s Birthday Library Club returned at the start of the new term with a ‘fizz bang whollop’ to celebrate the birthday of one of our favourite authors, Roald Dahl. Students from all year groups joined in with a fun selection of activities; from word searches to quizzes, bookmark colouring to creating BFG ears! An audio book of Matilda was on in the background for those who were happy to just sit quietly and relax. Students also had the opportunity to search the bookshelves for hidden ‘golden tickets’, which of course, was duly rewarded with chocolate!
When the bell rang bringing the party to a close everyone agreed they’d had a ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’ time! Erin Kemp 8.9 said, “I loved the Roald Dahl day at Library Club. We did loads of activities like colouring book marks, hunting for a golden ticket etc. It was the highlight of my day.” Isobel Bath 8.9 said, “I loved Roald Dahl Library Club because he is a funny author. On Roald Dahl day there were lots of activities and we learning about his books. This year’s theme was ‘Matilda’ and I think it was a great theme for his birthday.”
Beeline Storytelling Festival
On Tuesday 15th October, 60 Year 7 students attend the Beeline Storytelling Festival at the University of Worcester. We had an exclusive performance from the amazing story teller Ben Haggarty who took us on a journey through ancient Greece with a story about Kings and Greek Gods. Ben finished off with a gruesome but very entertaining story from Scotland reminding us that we should always think about the consequences. This year we also visited the Hive and took part in a Book Blitz session where the students were able to explore a wide variety of genres and
vote for their top six books: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins was the most popular! Did you know there are over 270,000 books in the Hive? Here are what some of the Year 7s had to say about their visit: ‘I enjoyed the storyteller because he told us very funny stories about people who lost their feet and then have warm them up by the fire. After the storytelling we went to the Hive and we did some activities where you could read the blurb of books and rate how much you liked them.’
Join the Brand New Bananagrams Club! Bananagrams is an exciting word game and now you have got the chance to join with students around the globe and play to win top prizes. The new club is run by Mrs Kurkus in the English department. Since 2015 250,000 students throughout the US and UK have Gone Wild With Words in their classrooms. Join thousands of students around the world in a quest to have fun, make friends, and most importantly, develop a love of word play. Bananagrams began as a small family-run board games company based in Rhode Island, USA. At Nunnery Wood, Mrs Kurkus was keen to encourage students not only to enjoy play-
‘I really enjoyed the festival, I thought it was very imaginative and exciting. My favourite part was when the story telling took place. The man was very funny and I think he told his stories very well. I had the chance I would definitely go again.’ ‘I really enjoyed the storytelling festival and my favourite part was when the storyteller told the story about the man who chopped off a dead man’s feet so he could steal his boots!’
Cowell Book Signing
ing games together, but to develop their word power! The club is already attracting many students and looks forward to growing, with everyone welcome. BANANAGRAMS, is played by millions worldwide in over 30 countries and in 16 different languages. So why not give it a try? See Mrs Kurkus for further details on how to get involved.
Sophie Cockeram YEAR 8 Hundreds flocked to Worcester as there was a booking signing with the legendary author and illustrator, Cressida Cowell! She is the author of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series which is now a major motion picture and TV series, although I believe you cannot beat the books themselves. She has been on a tour of the UK, meeting fans and signing books. A few primary schools went
on school trips to meet her and get a photo with her. Most people, however, wanted to get their hands on her new book which is the third book in her most recent series ‘The Wizards of Once’. These fantasy tales follow the adventures of ‘Xar’ who is the rebellious son of the great wizard enchanter ‘Encanzo’; and ‘Wish’ who is a timid warrior princess hiding powerful magic from her magic-hating mother, ‘Queen Sycorax’. Who knows what will unfold in her next intriguing story.
Everyone Gets Behind Oscar!
Rose Williams and Eleanor Drew YEAR 9
The staff and students at Nunnery Wood have joined the local community and have got behind a local appeal to raise funds for local boy Oscar Saxleby-Lee, to raise vital funds for him to receive life saving medical treatment in Singapore. The family needed to raise £500,000 for his treatment after this failed in the UK. The family appealed to the public locally and nationally to help. People have been selling wrist bands, badges, cakes and raffle tickets. Local businesses held events. Oscar will be having life saving treatment with the fund raising the community has done. In school different year groups raised money in different ways.
With all of this support, the target of £500,000 was reached thanks to the whole community. Oscar has already had one stem cell transplant but unfortunately it failed and the type he needs is very specific and rare. He is needing this money that, the whole community have been raising to have this specific treatment in Singapore, which then hopefully will save his life. Oscars parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie lee are shocked because of how much that the community has helped. Even though Oscar has already reached his target, all extra money will go to the charity to help other children requiring treatment. The school library club raised money for Oscar by organising a book sale. Books from a price range of 20p and £1 and a grand total of £129.22 The sale was an absolute hit with tutors encouraging students to donate or visit the book sale.
Supporting Local Charities Mrs Telger and Markus Telger, Year 9, have committed a huge amount of time and effort to supporting St Richards’ Hospice, which is one of the schools chosen charities this year as well as other local charities. Since September the pair have been unstoppable. In September they completed the Pershore Plum Cycle Challenge, which raised money for local charities. They completed 23 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes, which was a team best. They followed this up with the Donought Dash for St Richards Hospice. This event was also attended by other members of staff, including Mrs Coggind and Mrs Dawson, who achieve a personal best time for the 5km race. The event raised over £6000 for the hospice. Not content with this, Mrs Telger and Markus took to the streets of Worcester to collect money for St Richards Hospice. Watch this space to see what they will be up to next!
Charity Runners Sophie Cockeram YEAR 8
Coming in at 18 minutes, Iris James Smith, Sophie Cockeram and Delfini Pagan completed the Worcester Run for charity. Wearing their purple DEBRA T-shirts, they ran 3.2 kilometers to raise money DEBRA (a charity that supports children with EB).
What is EB? It’s a life-threatening disease which affects hundreds of children. This means, from a young age, the poor children have very sensitive skin which develops large blisters whenever anything touches them. The treatment is very expensive and there is no cure. Sophie’s 5-year-old cousin has EB so he encouraged the whole family to get up and running.
The student librarians were selling the books at lunchtimes Another was Caleb who said that “there were goIsabella Harmer said, “I’m glad that we have been able to raise that much for him. It was an all-round enjoyable event. Erin Kemp added “I enjoyed taking part because it was for a good cause. Also, my friends took part in this event and we had a good time.” Joshua Capewell said that “It was an amazing atmosphere with lots of chatting and negotiating, discussing prices and recommending books. With so many people helping and contributing to this wonderful charity occurrence.”
During the summer holiday Summer Gale in 8.3 decided to do a courageous thing. She decided she was going to chop her curly locks for her dad and all the children who have cancer. She also sent her 9-inch chunk of hair to the Little Princess Trust. She decided to set up a sponsor page up for the cause. She initially aimed to raise £150 but instead she raised a whopping £655.50. She said that: “I thought that the causer was a good need. I also have a great friend who is going through the same thing right now so I did it for the both of us and I hope in the future all of this suffering will end for everyone in the world.”
Did we inspire you to start raising money for other fantastic charities like DEBRA? Come on, get moving!
Delfini Pagan 8.6 said, “We raised a total of
Mrs Binnersley was very moved by this so turned to her year team for help! She gave an assembly to year 11 about having hope for yourselves and giving hope to others and launched a year 11 competition for each form to produce a card and all sign it. Some year 8 forms heard about it and also created a card. Mrs Binnersley said ‘The cards produced and the messages he students sent were incredible so heartfelt I thought it would be fantastic for him to receive well wishes off those his own age’.
Sponsored Silence Carys Slimming YEAR 7
We did it! Although it was challenging, and it took an insane amount of self-control, Carys Slimming, Sophie Cockeram, Delfini Pagan, Iris James-Smith, and Alec Woolven, managed to complete a whole 24 hours silent! In addition to this, we raised almost £200 for the Oscar Fund! Oscar Saxelby-Lee has an aggressive form of leukemia, which has returned after his stem cell transplant in May. People around the world have been striving to achieve their goal of £500,000 for his treatment in Singapore. Fortunately, they have reached their goal, but that only covers the cost of the treatment. It doesn’t factor in the flight there, the after treatment and accommodation in Singapore. There have been multiple fundraisers around the school, including the book sale in the library, a few cake sales and, of course, our sponsored silence. If you would like to give donations, there is a mobile number, which you can text to give to this fund. It really is a good cause, as he is only five years old.
Let Them Eat Cake!
more than £3000 for children with EB, it was a complete success. It was worth the struggle of the run!”
Cards for Charity Year 11 and Year 8 students have been producing birthday cards to cheer up a teenager who they have never met who has a rare and life limiting illness. Mrs Binnersley, Year 11 assistant year team leader, saw an article in the newspaper about the 13 year old boy from Bolton. From birth, his parents had no idea whether he would ever reach his teenage years. He is now confined to a wheelchair because of severe epidermolysis bullosa, which results in painful skin blisters, sores and has even caused his fingers to fuse together. Rhys says he wishes “a butterfly would come and take him away” and his devastated mum is desperate to show him he has something to fight for. His mum said: “The last few months, he’s had enough of life. “He’s had enough of being in pain with the sores. He just wants to give up, he doesn’t want to fight anymore. What do you do as a mum?” He is turning 14 on 21st Sept and his mum made a plee to people to send Rhys birthday cards and well wishes to try and show him there is still hope and something to live for.
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The staff at Nunnery Wood did not take much persuading to participate in the McMillan coffee morning on 27th September. This is a nationwide event that raises money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Staff either bought or baked cakes for the event. There was a competitive spirit in the staff room, with members of staff competing to be crowned bake off champion. It was a close race won by Miss Lott, closely followed by Mr Raistrick. A raffle was also held with Mr Kurkus taking the prize. A total of £140 was raised.
Girl Guides Fund Raising
Year 10 student, Maddy Hadley and 11 of her friends from Girl Guides are busy fundraising so that they can visit Romania next summer to teach children to speak English. Maddy and 11 other Girl guides walked the Malvern Hills on September 28th for their 9 mile walking challenge to raise funds for their planned trip to Romania next year. Maddy said, “We thought it would be fun to dress up as Vampires to complete our challenging walk from one end of the Malverns to the other. Maddy has raised £150 so far towards her groups’ target of £1,800. If you would like to support the Girl Guides, please use the link below to donate:
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Biology Week Biology week took place nationally between 5th-13th October. We decided to celebrate this week in the biology department in school. Year 7 and 8 students entered a poster competition all about the importance of bee populations. They researched the importance of bees and why their numbers are declining. They were invited to create a poster displaying the information. The posters have been judged and the two winning entries can be seen in the pictures. Jack Bradley’s (year 8) poster won because it was clear that he had done a lot of research and found out lots of detail. Amy Knights (year 7) poster won because it was both eye catching and informative! Both winners received a biology book,
some honey and some wild flower seeds that they will hopefully want to plant to help encourage bees in their own gardens! On Monday, Mrs Gwynne and Miss Hunt organised for a visitor to come into school to chat with students about possible careers in biology. Neil Middleton who is a nurse in the Royal Air Force volunteered to meet our students and inspire them to potentially pursuit a medical career such as a nurse, physio therapist, midwife or a career in the forces. He brought in heart rate and blood pressure monitors for students to try out and gave students a detailed insight into the tasks performed day to day as a nurse. The students that attended came up with some
excellent questions and went away with a better understanding of the sorts of careers are available to them if they have a passion for biology. On Wednesday students were invited to partake in a hands on frog dissection. 25 students from different year groups signed themselves up to dissect a number of frogs so that they could see with their own eyes the intricate details of the insides of the body and how all of the organs are positioned inside. Students and staff were fascinated by what they could see and there was a definite buzz in the room as students were filled with enthusiasm at this rare opportunity to get so hands on. Finally, on Thursday students in years 7 and 8 were invited to come and make
Preparing for Life with SMSC Day SMSC day in October was a huge success. SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This involves exploring beliefs, understanding right from wrong, developing social skills and appreciating democracy, liberty and freedom. SMSC is delivered consistently throughout the curriculum, in addition to days set aside specifically for SMSC. Each year group has a slightly different and age appropriate focus. Year 7 focussed staying safe and making good choices on issues surrounding relationships drugs, alcohol and energy drinks as well as a session that focussed on E Safety. Year 8 were kept active with rugby sessions run by the Worcester Warriors in addition to sessions on E safety bullying, alcohol and drugs. Year 9 students explored issues surrounding
relationships and consent as well as respect and abuse and lessons on financial budgeting. Year 10 and 11 students had a focus on careers. This included experiencing mock interviews from local employers as well as preparing their CVs. They had sessions surrounding choices after GCSEs and part time jobs whilst studying. In addition to these sessions the girls and boys each had sessions relating to testicular or cervical cancer and developing an awareness of gender specific health issues. The day proved to be hugely successful, students enjoyed the range of activities on offer and felt it was useful. This was the first SMSC day for the new Year 7s and they were very positive. Benita Augustin, Year 7, said that she really enjoyed the online safety session and learned how to keep her personal
details private. Leah and Lexie from 7.9 said that they found the day useful, adding "I found the day interesting and useful. It made me aware of the destructive effects of drugs, alcohol and energy drinks." Another student from 7.9 added that they really enjoyed the singing and learning about healthy relationships. Skye Simmonds said that she found it really interesting to hear about personal experiences of people in the lesson about drug use.
some bee houses to encourage solitary bees to come and live in our own back gardens! Mr and Mrs Kowalik kindly chopped down lots of bamboo from their own back garden for students to make their bee houses from. The students who took part were really enthusiastic and the houses the students produced were the ‘bee’s knees’! The following boys took part in building Bee houses: Joshua Walters, Harvey Daniel, Daniel Heath and Daniel Hipkiss.
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Music: Dates For Your Calendar The music department has an extremely busy program of events between now and the end of the Autumn term.
Thursday 28th November 2019 Young Voices, Voices, Soul Bandand GCSE Musicians:
Year 7 Music Evening in The Studio at NWHS 6-7pm
Victorian Fayre Carol Singing in Bell Square Crown Gate 5-6pm
A fantastic opportunity for the new cohort of Year 7 musicians and singers to showcase their talent. Whether seasoned performer or novice, this is an evening that enables students with an interest in music (and their parents!) to meet each other. Students who play an instrument or who have a passion for singing will be encouraged to take part.
Nunnery singers will be performing well known Christmas songs and carols which the students will have been practicing. There are lyric booklets available if parents/guardians wish to join in with the singing. The NWHS traditional performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is not to be missed! A collection for Acorns Worcester children’s charity will be held.
Saturday 16th November 2019 Soul Band only: St. Mary’s Church Winter Fete, Kempsey 1-3pm Come and see the superb soul band at this free event, you won’t be disappointed as they have exceptional talent and will have you grooving away!
Friday 29th November 2019 Soul Band Only: Victorian Fayre Performance, Cathedral Plaza, Main Stage 5.30-6.30pm Performance slot is 5.45pm -6.15pm. Again, this is a performance not to be missed. You can also get in the spirit of Christmas at this festive fayre.
Four students from Nunnery Wood High School are members of a local theatre group called WODYS, Year 10, Georgia Satchwell, Year 9, Lydia Dimmock and Haydn Jenkins and Year 8, Anjes van der Kleijn. Several former Nunnery High students are still members too.
year was a great success and they are looking forward to performing their latest production, Shrek the Musical at the Swan theatre in July next year.
Back to the 80s
WODYS (Worcester Operatic Dramatic Society) is a local theatrical group. It is oversubscribed with a healthy waiting list. Each year, youngsters audition for their places and if they are offered a place they commit to an intense rehearsal schedule, giving up their Saturday and Sunday mornings before delivering 6 consecutive performances! Last year, their production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers earned a National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) award for best youth production in the region, as did their production of Les Miserables in 2017. Their latest production ‘Back to the 80s’ was performed at the Swan theatre in July this
Thursday 5th December 2019 Young Voices, Voices, Orchestra, String Group, Brass Band, Soul Band, Rock Bands: NWHS Christmas Show: Studio Theatre 6.308pm
All extra curricular groups will contribute to the programme, performing pieces they have been practicing during the Autumn. Term. This is an ideal opportunity to see all of the talent showcased together in this festive treat. Again, an event not to be missed, you won’t be disappointed. Tuesday 17th December 2019 Carol Service 7pm This is a free event for family and friends to attend, and we would welcome you to enjoy this very special evening. Our Carol Service choir, orchestra and brass band fill the hall with beautiful music and singing, and our student readers narrate, amongst others, an excerpt from Charles Dickens’s, ‘A Christmas Carol’. There is also the opportunity to join in with congregational carols.
Tuesday 28thJanuary 2020 Young Voices attending the B’ham Concert. This is an event attended by 1000s of students with stunning results. Thank you to all NWHS students and the parents who support them. Merry Christmas from all the Music Department! Any queries regarding the events, please email Miss Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.uk
Anjes van der Kleijn said, “I enjoy being in the shows. Shrek will be my fourth show. I have made lots of new friends through WODYs.” Georgia Satchwell said, “I’ve done WODYs for 3 years now and every year it gets better and more exciting.” Lydia Dimmock said, “It’s great for making friends who have the same interest as you and it’s also great if you are thinking of taking musical theatre and for gaining experience for what it will be like in the real world.” Hayden Jenkins said, “It’s my first show with WODYs and we have lots of fun in the rehearsals.”
Inspirational Scientists Students were challenged to take part in a cross curricular competition between English and Science to research a scientist who they believe to be an unsung hero and did not gain recognition for what they did during their life time. Students were able to apply their skills and knowledge from both curriculum areas to produce their impressive final pieces. The entries are part of a national competition and we will report back on whether we have any winning entries. Here is a selection of their entries.
In the Spotlight
Year 9 student, Haydn Jenkins is enjoying his first year in local youth acting group, ‘WODYs’. Haydn auditioned to be part of WODYs in September 2018 and then took an audition for one of the leading roles as ‘Alf Bueller’ in the play ‘back to the 80s’. He said, “I didn’t think that I would get the role as there were other WODYs members who had been there longer than me also auditioning. I was really happy to be picked. We had lots of fun in rehearsals.” Haydn has also been invited to take a role in the forthcoming show ‘Singing in the Rain’, which is performed by the cast of ‘WODs’, the adult acting group. Haydn will be sharing the role
Wednesday 18th December 2019 All Carol Service Singers OAP’s Christmas Party Singers will be perfoming a selection of songs from The Victorian Fayre in the Main Hall to invited local senior citizens.
with another boy from WODYs. They will be playing the role of ‘Young Don’ in the flashback scenes. Haydn said, “It is a different experience working with adults in a play, but I am enjoying it.”
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Activity Week Memories
Summer may well be a distant memory, however, the trips and activities that were organised in the last week of term during activity week will certainly not have been forgotten. Students were able to choose from the highest ever numbers of trips and activities that we have ever been able to offer and had some amazing experiences. There really was something for everybody. There were trips that had run in previous years such as Airhop, Drayton manor, Bristol Zoo and the Safari Park, alongside new offerings such as the Space Centre, Harry Potter Studios and fitness classes and activities in Malvern. There was the opportunity to go to France, or to stay in school and learn new art, DT, photography, dance or sports skills. Bake off remained a
New Year 7
Edward Darby YEAR 8
Year 7 students have completed their very first term here at Nunnery Wood, it has certainly been action packed. They have got to grips with new timetables and finding their way around, most have joined extra curricular clubs and activities and of course, a whole lot of learning has taken place! Many have also been out on trips already and they have all made new friends. Mr Roleston, head of Year 7 said “I am delighted with how the new year 7s have settled into life at Nunnery Wood; they have made a very positive first impression and I am looking forward to seeing them develop even more over the course of he year.” We interviewed some of the new year group and this is what they told us.
favourite and the new gaming workshops were also hugely popular. Students wanting excitement opted for the thrill of indoor climbing, The Snowdome, WaterWorld or mountain biking. Those with a competitive edge attended a Lazer Battle Conquest. For those seeking a less adrenaline fuelled day, there were options to critique the latest blockbuster films as well as take on STEM challenges or to challenge each other to traditional board games. There were also visits to the National Football Museum, Birmingham sights and museums as well as the opportunity to see real court cases in Worcester courts. Miss Speechley, who organised the event said”It is hugely valuable as well as enjoyable to take learning beyond the constrains of the classroom.
Students were able to try things that they may never have had the opportunity to do before and perhaps develop a new hobby or skill. They have had to develop their resilience and independence as well as work as part of a team. The students all had a fantastic time as did the staff!. It is a lovely way to round up the term.”
Nunnery Wood? I have settled in to Nunnery Wood well and I really like the option of are the clubs and the layout of the school
Have you joined any extracurricular clubs and if so which ones? I have joined lots of clubs including football club, and Newspaper club, Homework club on some days I go to programming club and Gym club (fitness club) Are you enjoying the school canteen service and do you like the food? I am quite enjoining the new food as the food at my old school was not very good. The food is very good but I am a vegetarian so have less options than other people.
First of all, we asked Oliver Jones in year seven about his involvement to the school so far. He thought quite highly of the school and here is a few of their ideas.
Are the lessons enjoyable and have you got any favourites? I like all the lessons that we are doing but mostly I quite like maths and Nutrition, science and DT.
First of all, how have you settled into the
Then we asked more year seven students about
Liyang, Kiera and Amber What’s the best thing about being at Nunnery Wood? The best thing about being at Nunnery Wood is that there are lots of really cool adventures that you can have. The best thing is that the school is really big! The best thing is the teachers, they are really friendly. Evelyn, Kobylorz and Alfie What have you enjoyed the most so far? It is just really friendly and really nice here! I have enjoyed meeting loads of new friends as well as new teachers. I have enjoyed the facilities, the music, sport, DT and computing facilities are incredible. Olivia, Deeshma and Harry What has been your favourite thing so far? Everything really! There are so many clubs and Nunnery Wood gives you every opportunity. Science is good, you get to do so much. I like the canteen, the food is really nice!
Liyang, Kiera and Amber What is your favourite subject? My favourite subject is art, my teacher is really nice and you get to spend time on it. I enjoy PE as we have loads of good facilities. I like science as I have enjoyed doing experiments. Sophie, Lily and Ethan Have you made new friends? I have made lots of friends, the pupils are all really nice. I have made lots of friends. It is easy because there are lots of people here. I have made lots of new friends across all of my different subject classes.
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Winning Photographer Year 11 GCSE art student Liam Challacombe has recently won a prestigious photography competition in which his photograph was selected to appear as the front cover of Haven Holiday Park's brochure. The photograph was taken at Tenby Harbour. Liam said,"We often
holiday there as a family and on this day, there was a storm. I decided to go down to the front to see if I could get any interesting photographs. I was really pleased with the photograph so I entered it into the competition."
Teachers Get Crafty!
On Tuesday and Wednesday, staff were invited to take part in a macrame workshop organised by The Art Department. Despite getting in a bit of a tangle, everybody made a fantastic start on
the plant hanger! They've taken it home now to complete in their own time, with assistance if they need it.
Year 7 student, Hollie Williams played the lead role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz just before the summer holidays.
The Wizard of Oz played at the Norbury Theatre from 25th-27th July and was a huge success.
Lead Role in Wizard of Oz for Year Student Hollie decided to challenge herself about 1 year ago and apply for her local theatre group ‘Lollipop theatre’. When the auditions came up for the forthcoming performance of the Wizard of Oz, she decided to give it a go and audition. Hollie said, “I have always been quite shy and I wanted to improve my confidence. I was quite nervous about having the role, but I also very excited to be playing the part of Dorothy.” Hollie was invited to be interviewed on the local Herefordshire and Worcestershire radio station on 15th July.
Singing Not Just for Students
Nunnery Wood has a life after hours! The facilities are available to hire for members of the local community. Recently a local WI group, Worcestershire Belles took advantage of the superb facilities when Miss Harper led a session of singing and ukulele playing. They learned to play and sing Emelie Sanders and The Beatles ‘Let it Be’. The group had great fun and maybe
they have found a new hobby! Miss Harper said @They all did so well, it was a fantastic evening. Everyone got involved and was keen to learn a new skill’. For further information on lettings of the facilities contact email@example.com. sch.uk
Well done to Hollie and the rest of the cast.
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Artistof the month
Top Left - Amilia McGarvey \\ Top Right - Emily Steele \\ Bottom Left - Harley Boon \\ Bottom Right - Isabelle Sha
Bottom Left - Soraia Da Silva Pereira
Bottom Right - Tyrel Booton-Asante
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Artistof the month
Top Left - Jacob Perks \\ Top Right - Emily Williams
Working with Textiles We had bumper numbers this year in the textiles sessions during Activity Week. Students worked hard to design and make some really fabulous creations, all made using fabric. These included sock puppets, pencil cases, tote bags, t-shirts, decorative wreaths and customised trainers.
School provided all the materials, all students needed to bring were their ideas, imagination and creativity. We were so impressed with the results - well done textiles team!
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Key Stage 3 students have been working hard on research and creative designs for a variety of projects. Year 7 have been producing ideas for an acrylic whale so they can learn how to use a range of tools including a jigsaw and pillar drill. Year 8 have been designing a USB electronic mood light that will introduce them to electronics and Year 9 have been investigating designers and design movements in order to manufacture a laminated clock using CAD CAM.
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Love Cooking? Food & Nutrition STEM Learning
As part of their studies in Food & Nutrition, students learn about the science of food and how ingredients perform; from the application of cold and heat, to the use of processes and ingredients in the preservation of food. This is an important aspect of what they study at GCSE level. To support this learning and to make crosscurricular links with other STEM subjects, Year 8 have been investigating and testing the importance of pH.
KS3 Food Technology
Buttercream Cake Recipe
Oska Baddeley YEAR 7
Ingredients For the cakes 350g/12oz unsalted butter, softened 350g/12oz caster sugar 4 passion fruit, pulp and seeds scooped out 250g/9oz rice flour 2 tsp xanthan gum, available in many large supermarkets or online 4 tsp gluten-free baking powder 6 large free-range eggs 100g/3½oz desiccated coconut For the buttercream 150g/5½oz unsalted butter, softened 200g/7oz icing sugar 2 unwaxed limes, zest only, grated 2 tbsp coconut cream
2 tsp white coconut-flavoured rum (optional)
one egg to the butter and sugar mixture, beating in thoroughly. Add the rest of the eggs, one by one, adding a spoonful of the flour mixture each time. Fold in the rest of the flour, and then fold in the desiccated coconut.
For the syrup 2 passion fruit, pulp and seeds scraped out 2 limes, juice only 100g/3½oz caster sugar Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/170C (fan)/Gas.
2. Lightly butter 2 x 20cm/8in springform cake tins and line with baking parchment. 3. Using an electric hand-held whisk, cream the butter, sugar and passion fruit in a large mixing bowl. 4. In a separate bowl, sift together the rice flour, xanthan gum and baking powder. 5. Add a spoonful of the flour mixture and
Divide the mixture equally between the two tins and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
While the cakes are in the oven, make the buttercream by creaming together the butter, icing sugar and lime zest in a bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the coconut cream and coconut rum (if using) and beat until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Shortly before the cakes are ready, make the syrup. Combine the passion fruit juice with the lime juice, then add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. ( You may need to heat in a small pan or give it a blast in the microwave in a heatproof jug.) Strain the syrup but reserve the passion fruit seeds.
10. When the cakes are baked, remove from the oven and prick them all over with a wooden skewer. Pour over the strained syrup and leave to cool in the tins. 11. When the cakes are cool, turn out one of the layers onto the serving plate and spread or pipe over the coconut buttercream. Place the other cake layer on top. 12. Scatter the passion fruit seeds in the middle of the cake, and cut into slices to serve.
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Media reviews Book: Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
When the first Twilight book of the series was published on the 5th of October 2005, it quickly became well known and a source of conversation for millions of people across the world. The cause of its fame is unknown, but it is clear to see, by the 5 movies produced that it was a sensation!
By Carys Slimming YEAR 7
I absolutely loved this book. It has ups and downs, twists and turns, and all at the same time managed to make me laugh. It follows the story of two terminally ill teens, falling into a forbidden love.
Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant has Cystic Fibrosis. She has been in and out of the same hospital for most of her life, her condition getting in the way of her childhood. She needs everything to be in order, to be in control. When Will Newman, an unruly teen who is itching to get out of the hospital turns up, Stella is determined to stay away. But now Six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What harm could five feet do?
Book: The Maze Runner Sophie Cockeram YEAR 8
as the world around them falls to pieces?
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
“Teresa looked at her best friend and wondered what it would be like to forget him”
Friendship, love, highly contagious, deadly viruses taking over the planet, these books have got them all! While WICKED strives to save the world from “The Flare”, Thomas has to make a difficult decision: should he join WICKED in their endeavors to find a cure to the spreading virus, or protect his friends from the blood-thirsty creatures roaming the streets? Can Thomas and the other Immunes survive the
Just remember: “WICKED is good.”
I love this series; I have read it many times- it never gets old. These gripping novels are impossible to put down, as Carys Slimming 8.10 said: “This series left me on the edge of my seat, I kept wanting to read more.” I would rate these books 4.5/5. WARNING: they are not for the faint hearted!
Why James Cordon is Right on ‘Fat Shaming’ Olivia Chatterton YEAR 9
James Corden and Bill Maher got in to a disagreement about fat shaming. Bill thought that fat shaming should “make a comeback” he said this since he thinks it encourages people to lose weight.
I strongly agree with James Corden since it is a horrible thing to make fun of people about their weight. I think that it pressures people to lose weight not encourage them. This can also lead them in to depression, self-hate, self-harm or even lead to them thinking they need plastic surgery.
On the other hand, James Corden responded, “It’s proven that fat shaming only does one thing it makes people feel ashamed and shame leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behaviour. If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there’d be no fat kids in
However, Bill Maher suggests people should be skinny since it will be better for people’s health since a world of no obese people will reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and a fatty liver.
Stephano Dennis YEAR 7
Now for Mr Roleston’s thoughts “I am really excited for the rugby World Cup because it is a mixture of rugby and Japanese culture”.
The Rugby World Cup is one of the most important events in the history of rugby. It is being played in Japan and 20 countries are taking part. This is the first time that the event has taken place in Asia. On Saturday 21stof September New Zealand won over south Africa by 10!!!!
I am excited to see who wins and wish every team good luck.”
Rugby World Cup
Delfini Pagan YEAR 8
The story followed a young 17-year-old girl called Isabella Swan. Bella to her friends. She moves to a new, dismal town and a new life. She doesn’t have high hopes for the town as it is gloomy, unkempt and its always raining but, on her first day of school, she spots a group of unusual students sitting in the hall. She befriends one of them (Edward) who soon tells her his
dark secret. He’s a vampire! Bella decides that she wants to carry on with their friendship even after many warnings from Edward that he could be very dangerous even though he doesn’t eat humans. They fall in love but soon after, three more vampires come to town, the ones that do eat humans, one of them hunts down Bella for a long time but when it looks like there is no more hope for Bella, Edward saves her in the end.
I love this book because it’s emotional and complex. It’s quite different from the film as well as its from Bella’s point of view which creates a suspense and a feeling that you want to read more. I really recommend this book series to people in high school and the films too. Happy reading!
Film: The Lion King 2019 Gabriel Boxall YEAR 8
As you know Disney likes remaking their classics and the result isn’t always the best, however The Lion King was a complete success in my mind and director John Favreau nailed each and every part. If you don’t know then this film is basically a carbon copy of the original, but in many ways succeeds the classic. This film has a cast almost entirely made up of A-list actors (like Beyonce, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen) and even features the original voice of Mufasa James Earl Jones. One of the many ways this film improves upon the original is the animation (I’m not saying the original animation is bad) as it captures the look of real life animals and is just astonishing to look at, sometimes you feel like you are actually in the savannah. Also they do a great job
of fleshing out the scenes and making them less rushed which adds an overall astounding effect. A particular highlight for me was timone and pumba and their almost surreal sense of humor. In one part they sing a song from beauty and the beast and make other references that Disney fans will be sure to pick up on. However, the question does come to mind, whether it was necessary or not, to which I can respond no, however it doesn’t mean it’s bad, quite the opposite actually. So, this film all together really surprised me and will surely have the same effect on you, so if you are looking for a good film to watch definitely give this one a go, and be shocked by how brilliant and extravagant this film truly is.
Film: Blinded by the Light’ Nawal Jamshid YEAR 10
‘Blinded By The Light’ is a film, based on the memoir ‘Greetings From Bury Park’ written by Sarfraz Manzoor, about a boy called Javed . This film is about his love of Bruce Springsteen’s music, the relationship he has with his family- in particular his dad, but it is also about so much more. Javed is a Pakistani teenager who lives in Luton in 1987. He writes poetry to escape the intolerance that he and others are constantly experiencing. He gets introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen through his classmate Roops and he begins to see the parallels between Springsteen’s lyrics and the working class environment that he’s living in. The film was directed by Gurinder Chada who is very well known for her work in the film industry due to the way she conveys what it is like to grow up feeling different or out of place from everyone else.
A scene that I found really powerful was Javed standing in front of a ‘United Britain’ Thatcher poster after finding his dad attacked by a member of the National Front on the day of his sister’s wedding. Films with these messages become even more important when we live in a country that is being lead by a man who thinks it’s okay to describe Muslim women who wear a burqa as ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letterboxes’ and say that BAME people come from ‘bongo bongo land’ . These kinds of comments led to a 35% increase in reported anti-Muslim hate crime. It’s sad to realise that there is a similar type of intolerance now to what was experienced in the 80’s. The film is incredibly moving, not only can it touch people are own age but also resonate with our parents and older members of our family. It is something that I would recommend everyone to watch.
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Best Foot Forward!
The dance department at Nunnery Wood has been extremely busy already this half term. A bran new club for boys has been set up where they have been learning popping, the results look like they have been learning for years not weeks! Dancers also performed incredible pieces at open evening which visitors were suitably impressed with. However, GCSE dance also involves a significant amount of written
work and student shave been working on stage design. In order to add some fun and creativity, students made models of their sets, this was run as a competition with students voting on their favourite design that met all of the criteria. There are numerous dance clubs and opportunities available to all students all week, see Miss Sharpe for further details.
Cricket Success Several Year 7 students have achieved cricketing success by winning the County Cup T20 Finals. Mo Ali, Toby Thorpe, Fin Goodman and Henry Hilditch were all part of the Under 11 Worcester Cricket Club (who play at Norton Barracks) this year. They have been County Champions for the last two years and are
unbeaten in any competition since starting hard ball cricket. Henry Hilditch said, “I have been playing cricket with the same team since I was 5 years old. I enjoy playing in a team with my friends.”
Sights on Football Career Year 11 student Daisy Wickett attended Wolves Football ground last year for their trials and she was one of just 2 girls out of 80 who took part who were selected to join the Wolves Regional Talent Club at U16 level as part of the FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway. Daisy has been playing football for 6 years now. She used to play with her local team, Warndon Villages up until last season. Daisy now trains twice per week and takes competes in matches most weekends. Daisy said, “I felt over the moon to be picked at the trials. Football is something I would love to do as a career.”
Taking to the Ice
Year 11 student Ella Ford has continued to work hard at her ice skating and has recently taken two tests which she passed with flying colours. This means that she has now completed her her NISA level 1 training. In addition, Ella took part in a Spin, Spiral, Jump contest at the start of October and she won her category. Ella will continue her skating activities at the weekend, but will now put competitions and tests on hold until after her GCSEs so that she can fully focus on these, but will continue once these are completed.
Olympic Dream James Harrison, Year 9, is celebrating his recent Judo success. In September this year, James competed with his current Judo club, ‘Kidderminster Samurai Judo Club’ in a competition which was being held in the Netherlands. It was James’s second year of competing in the Netherlands but this year he was really pleased to be bringing the Bronze medal home with him. James who competed in several fights over the two days said, “I was pleased that this year I came away with a medal. I really enjoy Judo and would like to pursue it as a career. I am aiming to compete in the Olympics.”
Term dates - 2019 / 20
AUTUMN TERM 2019 Term Starts - 4th September Half Term - 28th October - 1st November Term Ends - 20th December
Year 7 student Zac Watkins has his sights firmlyset on a career in football. He has been selected to travel with his team to Spain in order to train with prestigious team, Real Madrid.
SPRING TERM 2020 Term Starts - 6th January Half Term - 17th February - 21st February Term Ends - 3rd April
Zac plays in the local Junior Premier League for Worcester City and has now been selected to be part of the squad to train in Madrid. The trip will involve 6 days of training, including playing in 2 matches. There will also be a tour of the Athletico Madrid Stadium. Zac has also managed to secure tickets to watch an Athletic Madrid game. Zac has been playing football for 7 years and trains twice weekly in addition to playing matches at the weekend. He very much hopes to be able to play for Manchester United in the future.
SUMMER TERM 2020 Term Starts - 20th April Half Term - 25th May - 29th May Term Ends - 17th July OTHER DATES Good Friday - 10th April Easter - 13th April May Day - 4th May Whitsun Bank Holiday - 25th May
We wish him every success for the trip and his future football career.
Dragon Boat Racing Ryan Bushell YEAR ?? Ryan has been rowing with the Worcester Dragons rowing club for 2 years now. During the weekend of 21st/22nd September, Ryan and his team took part in a two-day competition. Ryan’s team won Silver in the 200 metres race and they were awarded a Gold for helping with another team too The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China’s ‘Dragon’ culture, with each Boat having an ornately carved dragon’s head at the Bow and a tail in the Stern. The Hull is painted with the Dragon’s scales. The paddles symbolically represent the claws. In IDBF Sport Racing there are generally 18-20 paddlers per Standard size Dragon Boat and 8-10 paddlers in the Small Boat, plus a drummer and a helm (Steerer). In Traditional Festivals the boat designs and crew numbers can vary from 10
up to 50 or more paddlers, plus of course the Drummer and Helm.
OPEN EVENING 2nd October 2019 INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd September 2019 25th October 2019
The races are a colourful spectacle, with at least two boats competing against each other over distances from 200 to 2000 metres and above. Not only are strength, endurance and skill important but teamwork and harmony of purpose.
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In ancient China the Dragon Boat was used for religious purposes as a way of appeasing the rain gods. Later Qu Yuan, the great warrior poet, committed suicide in the river Mi Lo, as a protest against the political corruption of the day. To commemorate this sacrifice the people began to organize Dragon Boat Races in his memory. Since that time over 2000 years ago, Dragon Boat Racing has become a major part of Chinese culture, representing patriotism and group integrity. However, it is now a modern sport that is enjoyed by many people of all ages.
Evelyn Clark YEAR 11 Netball is proving to be a hugely popular sport this year with well over 50 students attending each practice. On Monday afternoons year 8 11 train, while Mondays are dedicated to year 7. Year 11 students have been developing their coaching and leadership skills by helping to coach younger students. They have been doing warm ups, drills and umpiring matches. This has given them the opportunity to develop their own skills and has been very rewardable and enjoyable. Miss Chalmers said “The Year 11 girls have been fantastic, we have had so many attending practices and games that without them we would not have been able to accommodate everyone. Thank you to Evelyn Clarke, Millie Crawford, Millie McCormick, Lucy Barnes and Emily Jenkins.” Everyone is welcome to join in, see miss Chalmers for further details.
Check PE notice board for details of all clubs and fixtures. You can also follow PE on instagram @NWHSPE
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