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February 2020


Issue 27



Top of the Tables!

LATEST Department for Education official figures have recently been released and show that Nunnery Wood's GCSE results are well above average. Mr Powell said, "We’re delighted that Nunnery has come has come top in Worcestershire based on our students’ progress. Progress is the fairest way of judging a school, in my opinion. We say we believe that every child can succeed and these results are one indication that we are living up to our expectations; students stand more chance of thriving here than in almost any other school across the county. These kind of results come from everyone – parents, students and staff – working together and believing in themselves. It comes also from great pastoral care and enrichment – things that make students welcome and happy here. Here’s to a great year group who deserve every success in the future." The score is a measure of the progress students make between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school. It is designed to


encourage good quality teaching across a broad curriculum. The score is based on students’ performance in eight qualifications. These are English and maths, up to three subjects from the Ebacc list, and students’ three highest scores from a range of other qualifications, including GCSEs and approved non-GCSEs. English and maths are given double weighting to reflect their importance.

The Progress 8 score is calculated by comparing each student's Attainment 8 score to those nationally of other students who had the same KS2 SATs results. This is designed to measure how much progress each student has made from Year 6 to Year 11. In theory, all schools have an equal chance of getting a high Progress 8 score. A school’s Progress 8 score is usually between -1 and +1. A score of +1 means that pupils in that school achieve one grade higher


in each qualification than other similar pupils nationally. A score of -1 means they achieve one grade lower. The average Progress 8 score of all secondary schools nationally is 0. Schools with a Progress 8 score of below -0.5 are not achieving the minimum standard expected by the Government. A score of +0.5 of above shows that pupils in that school are making well above the expected level of progress. Nunnery Wood High School: Well above average 0.51 Hanley Castle High School: Above Average 0.37 Hagley Catholic High School: Above average 0.34 The Chantry School: Above Average 0.23

Bishop Perowne CofE College: Average 0.17

Christopher Whitehead Language College: Average 0.15 The Chase, Malvern: Average 0.05 Blessed Edward College: Average -0.1 Dyson Perrins CofE Academy, Malvern: Average -0.15 Tudor Grange Academy: Below average -0.25 You can see the results in full here: www. compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk

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Headteacher Mr Powell “We are top of the league tables for Worcestershire”


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/nunnerywoodhighschool Wolfson Foundation The new Art teaching and exhibition area is due for completion in the February half-term break. What was already looking to be a fantastic facility for our students was given an extra dimension when the school heard that it had been successful in a bid for state-of-the-art ICT equipment for this new teaching area. The aim of the Wolfson Foundation is, “to support and promote excellence in education, science and medicine, heritage, humanities and the arts…” They have decided to give Nunnery a generous grant of £75,000 which will allow 3 classrooms to be fully equipped with iMac computers, cutting-edge interactive teaching screens and photography equipment. This will give every Nunnery student the chance to take their creativity in new directions, as well as helping GCSE Art and Photography students use industry standard equipment.

The new block will have an official opening in the Summer Term by which time the large exhibition area should be packed with student work.

IN the final week of the summer term students in years 7, 8 and 9 participate in two days of free choice activities. The aim is to extend learning and opportunities beyond the normal classroom environment. Students choose from a wide choice of trips both in and out of school. There are over 25 activities. We have ensured that there are activities to appeal to every budget and every interest. No one will be left behind! The activities this year are more exciting and varied than ever and the week promises to be a great hit with everyone and a fantastic way to end the school year. These include

mountain biking, trampolining, The Space Centre, AirHop, a day at the seaside, computing, Workshop skills, Drayton Manor, West Midlands Safari Park, textiles, pottery, photography and many more. Teachers are currently planning the activities which will be launched to students very soon. We have launched early so that parents and carers can plan ahead if they want to opt for activities with financial cost.

League Tables I hope you feel as parents that the school wants more for your child than just good examination results. Through trips, assemblies, SMSC days and good teaching, we want to empower your child to be strong, confident and ambitious in their life – and to support you in giving them a strong moral code. However, it would be naïve to pretend that examination results don’t play a huge part in opening doors to our students’ futures. For many years, Nunnery has had great successes in terms of examination results but this year has seen us attaining a new high! The league tables for both

Message from Activity Week 2020 the editors James Thatcher - Well, it has been another great term for Nunnery Wood with lots going on which you can read about in this issue. I have loved producing every issue and being part of the news team. We have got a growing team and always welcome new contributors. Newspaper Club meets in IT3 on Tuesdays at 3.05pm

A message from Miss Speechley... As always, the term has flown by really quickly with a huge amount happening in school. We hope that you enjoy reading this issue that students have worked hard to bring to you. The news team continues to expand with more journalists than ever writing and editing articles. We also have teams that are getting to grips

with capturing perfect photos. James Thatcher has done a superb job of organising the team and ensuring that everyone has a job to do and a deadline to meet. Thanks to Mr Morrison for supporting students in their writing and his proof reading skills, to Mrs Van der Kleijn for helping to get information and pictures and to

A booklet with details of all of the available options will be emailed via Parent Pay. This will be available by 14th February 2020. There

Mr Hancock for putting all of the stories and pictures into the finished print newspaper and online paper. We love to celebrate all that goes on at Nunnery Wood. Remember that there are several ways that you can keep informed. Nunnery News is issued every half term, our electronic newsletter goes out at the start of each

Worcestershire and the country are based on a Progress 8 score in which every student’s results count; it is also the way in which the school’s “value added” – the extra progress they have made with us compared to other schools – is judged. This year, we are top of the league tables for Worcestershire, meaning our students made better progress at Nunnery than students made at any other school in the county. This is a superb accolade to our students, staff and to our parents and carers. This proves than when we are working together, there is no better place for students to thrive than here at Nunnery.

is no need to print this off. Students should then decide on which activities they want to do. On parent portal is a simple option form. A first and second choice activity should be selected for each day. Deadline for choices is 23rd February 2020. NO PAYMENTS are required at this time. Students will then be allocated places. These will be shown on Parent Pay by 2nd March with the cost shown (if any). All payments must be made by 19th April 2020.

half term and on a daily basis you can follow our social media accounts. @NunneryWood, NunneryWoodHS and Facebook @Nunnerywoodhighschool. You can also email us press@ nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk Get in touch with us at any time to share your stories and pictures.

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The School Reward System - ePraise EPRAISE is a digital system that allows rewards to be allocated, tracked and reported on. All students will work to a points system. Milestone certificates are awarded in year team leader assemblies as they are achieved through an accumulation of the number of points a student has received. Level of Reward Points Accumulation Bronze 35 Merits Silver 45 Merits Gold 60 Merits Sapphire 80 Merits Ruby 100 Merits Platinum 120 Merits

Layla Kousar year 9 Akhila Robin year 9 Hazel Homer year 8 Daisy Graham-Kevan year 9 James Thatcher year 11 Emily Andrews year 8 William Hammant year 9 Alfie Godfrey-Fletcher year 8 Jonathan Pritchard year 8 Maryam Khan year8 Abigail Goodman year 9 Amy Farrow year 9 Ethan Bullock year 8

The system works on a yearly basis and is reset at the beginning of each academic year. The points will be called merits. Congratulations to Sophia Astley, 9.8 who is the first student for this academic year to achieve the Sapphire merit award. And 15 students who have achieved their Gold award:- (Correct at time of writing article) Isabella Harmer year 9

Tea & Cakes with Mr Powell STUDENTS enjoyed tea and cake, as well as healthy option, with Mr Powell as part of our awards and rewards system. Students who reach milestones in the Epraise system are invited to join Mr Powell and celebrate their success.



































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Nunnery Launches Student STEM Ambassadors! PERHAPS you have seen the term before, or maybe STEM is brand new to you. STEM is not new, but it is gaining a lot of attention in recent years. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM education is far more than just sticking those subject titles together; it is a philosophy of education that embraces teaching skills. Rarely does a job require only one skill set; jobs in the real world are interdisciplinary. Picture an architect; they use science, mathematics, engineering and technology to design complex buildings.

At Nunnery Wood High School, we want our students to develop diverse skills sets and have a passion for exploration and growth. Learn how to think critically, evaluate information, apply knowledge, research and skills to problem solve. STEM embraces these skills as well as

the 4 C’s: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication.

Therefore along with a team of STEM teachers and Miss Lott our new STEM ambassador students will be responsible for developing STEM across the school. If you would like to get more involved in STEM keep an eye on the notices for future events, speak to your STEM teachers or Mrs Gwynne in the Careers office, or pop see Miss Lott in SC1. We will also be launching a STEM Club and STEM Competition to design a Nunnery Wood STEM logo – keep an eye on the daily notices for updates!

STEM Challenge athon day at the BP Upstream Learning Centre. They will collaborate with industry experts to see their designs turned into reality.

STUDENTS from Nunnery Wood High School have taken part in this year’s BP Ultimate STEM Challenge: Wearable Tech. Students nationwide have been learning about wearable technology and were challenged to use their imagination and develop a new device that could improve lives in the future. Entries from Toby Alexander 9.4, Abel Linas 9.6, Isaac Perks 8.4, Thomas Rhodes 8.4 and Matthew Blaikie 7.1 have submitted their ideas and are awaiting the results from the judging panel. The judges will select two entries from primary and secondary schools and invite those shortlisted to an all-expenses paid, exciting Hack-

Jill Douglas, UK Schools Education Manager for BP notes: “We at BP are proud to continue to invest in education in the UK. Initiatives like the Ultimate STEM Challenge help to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people and relate school subjects with future careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.” Educational experiences such as the Ultimate STEM Challenge bring core subjects to life and help students understand how important STEM is for all our futures. Gill Collinson, Head of Centre & Partnerships at STEM Learning says: “Students will have an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this new world and approach, not only by learning about wearable tech and its possible applications to improve lives in the future, but also by physically making their product at the end of the challenge.”


STEM Teacher Ambassadors

STEM Student Ambassadors


Mrs Mackay SC6

Food Technology

Mrs Dorman FO1

Poppy Ward 7.8 Olivia McFarlane 8.2 Samuel Caskie 8.1 Aliyan Amin 9.5 Elliot Fairyn 10.9 Emmanuel Adesola 11.7 Meth Pannilavithana 10.X Ella Ford 11.9

Design Technology

Mrs Owen DT2

Computer Technology

Mr Stephens IT2


Mr Lord MA7


Mrs Gwynne (opposite library)

The dates of the English Literature examinations are shown below; • Wednesday 13th May 2020 – English literature Paper 1 - AM session • Thursday 21st May 2020 – English literature Paper 2 - AM session We are very aware that success stems from a partnership between staff, parents and students.

GCSE Pod is an online revision aid that students are able to access via the school portal. The site contains revision videos and materials for all GCSE subjects. We have recently received a milestone by having downloaded an

It is important therefore that what we say about revision and learning at school is backed up and reinforced at home. To enable you to do this we will be running a parental ‘Year 10 English Literature Information Evening’ on Thursday 26th March 2020 from 7pm to 8pm. The information session will focus on the following aspects of exam preparation:

• How to support your child in the build up to the examinations? • Essential advice and preparation for English Literature examinations.

• The organisation of GCSE revision sessions and examinations for English Literature at Nunnery Wood. • Practical revision techniques that your child can use for English Literature.

I am confident that the evening will prove to be very popular, a letter of invite will be on its way soon. Please return the slip to reserve your place.

you to do this we will be running a parental “Year 11 Revision and Examination Evening” on Wednesday 18th March 2020 from 7pm to 8.30pm which will focus on the following aspects of exam preparation:

period? • Essential advice and preparation for English, maths and science examinations

The seminar will take place in the main school hall and will be led by Mr Williams and Mr Low.

Year 11 GCSE Information Evening Wednesday 18th March 2020 7pm

Year 11 students are entering the final phase of their education here at Nunnery Wood High School and will be getting lots of advice to help them prepare for the forthcoming examinations from staff in the school. As you are aware competition for college places, universities, jobs and apprenticeships is intensifying. We are very aware that success for students stems from a partnership between staff, parents and students. It is important therefore that what we say about revision and learning at school is backed up and reinforced at home. To enable

• The organisation of GCSE revision sessions and examinations at Nunnery Wood • Practical revision techniques that your child can use. • Time management and resources to support time management • GCSE Pod What is it? How do we use it? • How to support your child in the build up to the examinations and during the examination

Carys Slimming 8.10 Amber Knight 7.10 Markus Telger 9.5 Ewan Buchanan 9.7 Summer Gale 8.3 Oliver Styles 10.7 Toby Alexander 9.4 Iga Lotycz 9.7

Molly Tyrrell 7.1 Stewart Crowther 7.3 Henry Welsby 8.1 Alec Woolven 8.10

Revise, Revise, Revise!

Year 10 GCSE Information Evening A LETTER was sent to you earlier in the term confirming that the vast majority of year 10 students will be sitting GCSE English Literature examinations this summer.

Becki Fletcher 7.8 Sebastian Bennet 11.1

The seminar will take place in the main school hall and may include some small workshop sessions that focus upon the core subjects of English, maths and science. I am confident that the evening will prove to be very popular, a letter of invite will be on its way soon. Please return the slip to reserve your place.

incredible 50,000 streams or downloads so far! That is a lot of revision going on. Teachers put playlists together to ensure students access the most suitable materials for their courses, new resources are regularly added to the site.

Decision Time for Year 9

YEAR 9 students are currently in the process of taking their GCSE options. This is a very important time in their school career and a very big decision to take. Students have been allocated to different pathways to help guide them in their choices. Within lessons teachers have taken time to explain the options to students and then an options evening was held for students and their parents to attend. the evening was extremely busy, students and their parents were able to walk around the hall and the studio where each subject area exhibited information on the courses on offer. Teachers were on hand to explain the courses available and to answer questions about the courses, exams, topics and careers links. After the evening, all students have a one to one interview with a senior member of staff to ensure that the students have correctly selected subjects and they have considered their choices carefully. this was an opportunity to check that they have made the correct decisions and help and guidance is on hand for any who were undecided or who had particular career or future training specific needs or interests. Don’t forget that our careers officer, Mrs Gwynne, is available to all students in all year groups for advice. Her office is located next to the library. Feel free to pop by at any time. The library also holds information on colleges, universities and careers.

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Eco Club - Going Green THE environment is an issue that is very important to us at Nunnery Wood. Staff have been working with students to promote environmental issues in school. Part of student parliament is now responsible for all things eco and an eco club has been set up. The projects that are currently underway involve all students and staff in school and encourage us all to do our bit for the environment. Many students have expressed

concerns about climate change and eco issues and so this has enabled them to take action to make a difference.

The Eco Quiz

‘Staff have been working hard too to support our Eco actions. We have stopped using paper cups, bringing our own mugs along to meetings - saving on average 60 paper cups per session’

The Big Bottle Collection SINCE the beginning of January students across the schools have been collecting two litre plastic bottles. These have all been washed and are being filled with unrecyclable plastic to create eco bricks.

Q6 What % of the planet is covered by rainforest? 6% 8% 10% 12%

Q1 What important Environmental event is being held in Glasgow later this year? Q2 The population of the world is currently increasing at a rate of 8,600 people per Month Week Day Hour

Eco club are planning to build a greenhouse using both the eco bricks and clear bottles later this term. The competition between forms is heating up, with many students collecting plastic at lunch or arriving at school with contents for their bottles. We have managed to fill over 30 bottles during our first week of collecting!

Q3 What are the 17 sustainable development goals? Q4 What is the estimated population of the world in 2050? 3.4 billion 6.8 billion 9.3 billion 11.5 billion

Why not have a go at home – you will be amazed at how much you can get into a bottle! All completed bricks to be sent to MA4, don’t forget to tell us your tutor group too!

Q5 List the 10 locations of the water fountains here at school?

Q7 What is the number one cause of deforestation? Q8 How much of the world’s water is available for human use? 75% 35% 15% Less than 1% Q9 How many years does it take carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to disperse? 500 100 50 10 Q10 What is the most common type

All entries to Ms Beard (MA4) by the end of March; all correct entries will be entered into a prize draw

Herb Planters OUR herb and compost delivery arrived early January from St. Peters Garden Centre ready to be planted by the Eco club! Students keenly planted up the herbs into pots and planters donated from staff around the school. We are hoping to use our herbs in both our nutrition lessons and in the school canteen.

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Litter project- more information will be shared about how we are going to reduce the amount of litter around school and the local area. New Eco committee meeting to work towards our Eco Schools Bronze award We will announce the winners of the 3 minute climate change video competition to raise awareness of climate change. Building and maintaining allotments. Eco club- join us each Friday after school and keep an eye on the daily notices for details of extra activities.

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Litter Project Recycling Did you know the bottle bins in the canteen can be used for any recyclable plastic (not just bottles) New mixed recycling bins coming early February – donated from our energy company Tutor group litter picking – March Look out for events to raise money to purchase litter pickers Get making some Eco bricks Great British Spring Clean – happening in March

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Standing Together - Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 HOLOCAUST Memorial Day on 27th January provided an opportunity for students to explore issues relating the Holocaust and examples of genocides including Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year was “Stand Together “ In history lessons all Key Stage Three students investigated the Holocaust and Genocide.

Students in history and EP lessons were also able to watch a live web cast of a Holocaust survivor speaking about her experiences of being in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Students in 9X1 history class had already been studying genocide and worked in groups to plan and prepare lessons for Year 7 and 8 students to learn about Holocaust Memorial Day. The class worked in groups and presented their ideas. The results were impressive, rather than taking one whole lesson, bits from several were selected to be delivered to the classes. Y10 GCSE Dancers performed some very moving and creative work, which was inspired by Holocaust Memorable Day 2020. The emotional piece is about the relationships between an Eastern European Family who are living in fear of what lies outside their front door. Miss Speechley said that, “It is vitally important that we ensure our students have an understanding of genocides that have taken place throughout history and continue to happen, which is why we have placed a big emphasis on Holocaust Memorial Day. It is important that misconceptions are challenged and that students are able to explore these issues fully.”


educating young people about the horrors of the holocaust as well as the dangers of intolerance and discrimination and she also spoke of the growing need that we have, as a society, to stand up against bullies and ensure that evil does not have a place in our lives. As the result of her relentless charity and her inspirational words, she was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honors List by the Queen and it only goes to show how powerful the words that she spoke were and the influence that she had on everyone who hears her story and the message that she has to tell.

Lucy Evans and James Thatcher attended a commemoration ceremony at the Guild Hall in Worcester. The 27th of January marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a place that bore witness some of the worst mass killings of the Holocaust. No one knows exactly how many innocent people were slaughtered in the camp, but it is estimated to be around 1.1 million people died with a total of 1.3 million people being sent there. But there were still some survivors, one of which was present at the Guildhall in Worcester at a commemoration event to honor those who dies and to tell her story to the county. Mindu Hornick MBE was sent to AuschwitzBirkenau at the age of 12 alongside her older sister and her mother. She was separated from her mother as soon as they entered the camp and she was left with her sister to try and survive the atrocities that would lie ahead of them. She

spoke of her time in the camp. Of the atrocious conditions in her, and hundreds of others, sleeping quarters. Of the hard and gruelling work they were forced to endure sorting through the belongings of the bodies that had become victims to the holocaust. And also of the happiness and relief she felt when the camp was liberated by troops. Her life had been a hard one. After the camp was liberated she was sent to some remaining family in Prague, but she was not out of harm’s way as she was again forced to evacuate when the Russians invaded after the war. She then moved in with family in Birmingham where she has stayed since. Despite the hardship and utter terror she had gone through during her life, she was undeterred to fight for her rights and to protect others. She has spent the last few decades

THIS term gave students in different year groups the opportunity to explore a range of important topics that are relevant to their ability to lead a fulfilling and active life in the wider community, both now and in the future. Each year group had a different theme. Year 7 students learned about healthy and active lifestyles. Part of this included getting outside and trying orienteering. Year 8 focussed on business and enterprise. Students were challenged to plan, design and pitch a business idea to the rest of their year group. Well known company Air Products ran this enterprise which is part of a national programme. Groups of students designed and presented a product made of recycled, metal canisters. The product had to be practical, popular and eco-friendly. Students were led through how to market their idea and were given strict criteria. They had to consider the marketing strategy, an advert as well as a social media campaign. Sophie Cockeram said “My product was a walking stick for the blind. We thought of this idea because it’s charitable as we would be providing aids for the blind.” There were many other great ideas being produced in the hall and the concentration levels were high. Miss Speechley who judged the presentations along with Mr Haywood said, “The ideas that the students presented were superb! Imaginative, innovative and creative. It was extremely difficult to decide upon a winner, but only one team from Nunnery Wood could go through to a national competition against other schools.” The winning team was FIND OUT We will keep you updated on how they do in the next stage of the competition. Year 9 students focussed on options and careers. They had sessions to find out about their options

process and what each subject involved. They had the chance to learn about which subjects were suited to different careers and what they could do post 16 with different GCSEs. Year 10 students tackled the issues of body image, gambling and abuse . This included a theatre company performing to them to highlight how people can become exploited and how to try to prevent this from happening. Year 11 students also looked at gambling and attitudes towards sex. Students in all year groups found the day to be interesting and useful and gained valuable knowledge and understanding. What is SMSC? SMSC is an important part of the curriculum. It is delivered through subject areas but also in special days set aside just for SMSC. Spiritual Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; useimagination and creativity; reflect. Moral Recognise right and wrong; respect the law;

understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views. Social Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' ofdemocracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. Cultural Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate therole of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

This is an important message for our society. With growing levels of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and homophobia in our society, we need to come together and unite against intolerance and fight for goodness and equality.

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Tea and Cake in the Library! On the first Wednesday back after the Christmas holiday, ‘top form’ readers from across KS4 were invited to the Library to enjoy tea and cake with the Librarians. Out came the best china as students (and Librarians) had a lovely time drinking tea (or hot chocolate) and eating cupcakes.

Come to Library Club! Imogen Heppner YEAR 7

The lucky students invited were Jasper Struthers 11.8, Ben Allen 11.X, Agnas Linas 11.2, Asumayyah Iqbal 11.1, Stephanie Dennis 10.2, Ayesha Abdus Salam 10.4, Josh Capewell 10.2 and Asjad Mehrban 10.2.

Harry Potter Book Night 2020

LIBRARY club is so much fun! Each week the club does different activities, or sometimes just take the time to read. . It’s a really good way to get people reading, and is clearly popular. Many students from all year groups attend. Why not come along? It makes people enthusiastic about reading. It’s on a Wednesday at lunchtime. You bring your lunch with you, make new friends and have fun. Hope to see you there!

School Survey to Hear Student Voice

NUNNERY Wood High School celebrated Harry Potter Book Night in true ‘wizarding’ style by holding a Harry Potter themed Library Club. The Library was transformed into Hogwarts with floating candles, owl mail, our very own sorting hat and students got in to character by bringing in their own robes and wands. The Triwizard Tournament from The Goblet of Fire was the theme for this year’s celebration. Students were able to choose from a selection of fun activities; completing wizarding word searches, colouring ‘House’ bookmarks and bedroom door hangers. Some students were happy to read one of the fabulous books from the J. K. Rowling’s magical series or sat quietly to watch round one of the Triwizard Tournament on DVD. Everyone enjoyed being immersed in the magical world, however, the spell was broken when the bell rang for PM Registration. Special thanks to all those students who brought along their costumes from home. The Library

truly felt like Hogwarts!

NUNNERY Wood Library Club has, in the past, participated in the Worcestershire Teen Book Award which was organised by the Worcestershire Schools’ Library Service. However, since SLS closed, we feel that our students are really missing out on following a local reading award so we’ve decided to hold one of our own…the NWHS Teen Book Award! Thirty fiction books (all published during 2019) were selected from our resources covering different genres and reading abilities. These books were then used for ‘speed dating’ during a recent Library Club session. The books were divided equally between five numbered tables, with groups of up to six

students sitting at each. Their challenge was to look at each book and rate it to ultimately find their top six favourites. Each session lasted for five minutes, before a timer sounded, indicating it was time to move to the next table. After half an hour of reading, judging and making notes, students then selected their favourite top six titles.

4. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr 5. Secret Weapon (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz 6. Summoner; The Outcast by Taran Matharu

So, the NWHS Teen Book Award 2020 shortlist is: 1. The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams 2. Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans 3. The Fear Zone by K. R. Alexander

Talented Student

Imogen Heppner YEAR 7

IN computing lessons at the moment all students are completing surveys about what they think of the school. The questions asked students what they think of all aspects of school life in order for the student voice to really be heard. The results of the survey will mean that changes happen and people will become happier with the school. I thought the survey was useful, what about you? When we know the results, we will let you know.

NWHS Teen Book Award…and Speed Dating!

Stage is Set for Lydia LYDIA Dimmock, Year 10, auditioned last summer to participate at a Performing Arts School in London and she was awarded a half scholarship. This is an exceptional achievement and a fantastic opportunity for Lydia. Lydia attended the school during the Christmas term of 2019 and she will go again during the Summer term this year. Lydia said, “It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s exciting to be in London and I get to work with industry professionals. I have had the opportunity to sing in front of Natalie May Paris who is currently performing in the musical, ‘6’. I have also had workshops with Nathanial Morrison who is performing in the musical ‘Waitress’ and Scott Harrison who is a BBC vocal coach.”

This reading award will be rolled out initially through Library Club and then ultimately to the whole school when students will be able to vote for their favourite title via the portal.

TALENTED dancer, Jessica Rich, took part in the Redditch And District Dance Festival on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January. Jessica competed in the dance festival, working hard to compete in various sections of the competition. Jessica gained 3 golds, 1 silver, a bronze medal and a trophy. She performed 10 dances in total.

Any student who manages to read all six titles will also have their name put in to a draw to win a prize. If you would like to join our regular ‘Library Clubbers’, Library Club takes place in the Library every Wednesday lunchtime. Why not come and join in the fun!

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Safer Internet Day 2020

ple feel the internet is not for them, are taken down and that others do not have to see them. A small step or action can make a huge difference to someone who has been targeted. Free to express yourself The internet is a place where you can express your ideas, thoughts and feelings. This is what makes the internet great! Being free to express yourself also means that you have the responsibility to be respectful so that everyone online feels free too. Only share what you are comfortable with and remember that your personality, interests and identity are made up of many different things – so make the most of it.

SAFER Internet Day 2020 was celebrated around the world on Tuesday 11th February 2020. In school students focussed on safer internet use in computing lessons and assemblies as well as in form time. The global theme is ‘together for a better internet’ and this year in the UK the focus is on how young people explore and express their identity online. Everyone has their part to play in making the internet a better place. Here are top tips for safer internet use. Let’s create an internet where we are.... Free to embrace difference Broaden your feeds by making sure you follow

a range of people who inspire, excite or interest you. You can also like and share posts from people who are not well represented online, or who are doing something to tackle this representation gap. Sometimes people worry what others will think if they like or share something a bit different, but there are lots of people doing great things online who we can all help to include and celebrate. Free to care Reach out to people or groups who are being targeted online. These are the people who deserve our attention, not those who are being mean. Report negative comments and show support to the person being affected. We can all help to make sure that messages, that make peo-

Nunnery Wood Pupils Beta Tests Games for Public Health England

In 2019, a collaboration was developed between Game Doctor Ltd (industry), Public Health England (healthcare) and Gloucestershire College (education) to develop a series of games on important public health topics for young people. The games are intended to educate young people on vaccinations and air pollution and will be used at science festivals, events and be installed in Public Health England’s new Arrival Zone at Harlow. Nunnery Wood was chosen to test the air pollution game due to our reputation in Computing and IMedia within the UK. Thirteen of our pupils from Computing Club were the first in the Country to play Attack of Toxins a 2D game that educates on how air pollution damages the lungs. Players play as

air pollutant and must invade lungs, avoiding defence cells and antioxidants in the lung. Once they had played the game pupils gave online feedback on the game so that it can be improved before launch . This is one of the many that the Department are engaged in with both Universities, Government Agencies, and National Cyber Security Centres.

Free to ask for help It can sometimes be hard to ask for help especially if you don’t know what to say, or what might happen next. Find someone that you trust and go to them if something happens online that makes you feel worried, upset or confused. Peo-

ple who care about you want to help you. Even if they don’t know all the answers, you can figure it out together. Asking for help is never a weakness and talking to someone can make all the difference. Free to explore and investigate The internet is a place with so many different types of content – from communities, videos and music, to apps, filters and information. You can use it to find information on pretty much any topic that you are interested in! We all have different sides to ourselves, and the internet allows to you to explore so much. Whilst it’s great there’s so much information, not all of it is trustworthy or helpful. Use your critical thinking skills and talk to those around you to figure out what is reliable, helpful and good for your mental health. For parents, are you aware of these apps and how your child might be using them?

Valentine's Kindness • • • • YEAR 9 students organised a Valentine’s Day card service to raise money for their selected charity ‘Ava's Angels’ Students designed, produced and sold Valentine's Day cards. The money raised was donated to Ava's Angels. For an additional charge of 20p the cards were also delivered on Valentine's Day. The idea was to make someone smile on Valentine's Day for a variety of reasons and not just the traditional sense of Valentine's cards. They decided that reasons to send cards could include:

Send a friend a card to say thank you for being a great mate Send a teacher a thank you card Say thank you to someone in school who has done something helpful or kind for you recently Tell someone who is going through a hard time at the moment that you care Any other reason you can think of to make someone smile!

This Valentine's Day was about spreading positivity and kindness, making people feel happy whilst raising money for this worthy charity. Ava's Angels is a charity that provided relief of sickness and suffering among children being cared for in hospital by providing items, services and emotional support for families to enable them to visit, spend quality time with and care for such children.

Prom Lending Scheme Gets Underway THE Year 11 school prom is a really exciting time for students and marks the end of their time at high school. With it can come the expense of outfits and accessories. A local mum from Pershore has begun an initiative to help students and parents keep the cost of going to the school prom affordable. There will be an evening at Pershore High School where students from schools across the county can come along to try on dresses/suits/ book hair/makeup and book out the dresses/ suits for prom, free of charge. They are encouraged to make a donation to charity in return. Mrs Owen is supporting the local community project. See her for more details on how to be involved.

more environmentally sustainable by re using clothing and accessories.

#This Girl Can IN March we will be getting involved in the national #ThisGirlCan campaign. This encourages girls and women to get active. This Girl Can is funded by The National Lottery. It promotes the ideas that believes that there is no “right” way to get active. So we will be jiggling, kicking, lifting, stretching, dancing, sprinting our way through this campaign. It is a sad fact that many girls and women do not regularly take part in exercise at all outside of PE lessons at school. Body image and fear of what they will look like and wear are all reasons given for not taking part.

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more physically active. We will be promoting all that our female teachers and staff do to keep active. We would love to see you in action too to feature in the next edition of the Nunnery News. Send us your pictures to press@nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk or Instagram@NunneryWoodHS or Twitter @ NunneryWood. Use the #ThisGirlCan. In the next edition of the Nunnery News we will share all of the sports that we got up to during the campaign.

The original This Girl Can campaign began in 2015 and in TV adverts showed women of all shapes and sizes sweating to get active. Five years on the award-winning campaign is seeking to encourage even more women to get into an active lifestyle. In the past five years the campaign has helped more than 500,000 women and girls to become

LGBTQ+ Imogen Heppner YEAR 7

IN this school, as with any other community, there are gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender people. The LGBTQ+ community is inclusive. It is not acceptable to make’ gay jokes’ as this is disrespectful and rude. It hurts every time bi or gay people hear them. There’s nothing wrong with being gay or bi this is only insulting the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, in 2010 The Equality Act was passed which means that it is against the law to discriminate against anybody on the basis of sexuality, gender

They are also looking for donations of dresses, suits and accessories that could benefit another student and save them the cost of buying new. This is a superb way to make sure that financial reasons do not stop a student from enjoying this special occasion. It is also a good way to be

What’s next for Labour? Louis Foreman YEAR 9

WARNING – Contains Opinion! Labour has received its worst result in a General Election since 1935, with the Conservatives (despite frequent blunders during the campaign) storming to victory with a 74 seat majority, smashing Labour’s ‘Red Wall’. The left has blamed the Peoples’ Vote campaign and their demand for second referendum (adopted as party policy at the 2019 conference) for alienating ‘Red Wall’ seats that vote overwhelmingly to leave. The centrists (often the ones backing a second referendum) has blamed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the party’s radical manifesto for the stunning defeat; I find their argument falls flat when the polling shows that things like renationalisation, a National Education Service, and a Green Industrial Revolution are very popular amongst all demographics and regions. Labour became one of the two main parties in the early 20th century, replacing the Liberals (now the Liberal Democrats), but now like never before that position in doubt; with social

democratic parties across Europe failing, creating voids then filled by the far-right (such as Lega in Italy) or by left-wing populists (such as Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain), will the Labour party be able to hang on? The next leader (who will lead the party at the 2024 election, when current Year 9, 10, and 11 will be eligible to vote) could make the difference between victory and oblivion. Jeremy Corbyn is on his way out, but will his politics leave with him? Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, a frontrunner for the leadership and Corbyn loyalist has declared she is committed to keeping Labour socialist. In an article for the left-wing Tribune magazine she writes, “we need a leader that can be trusted with our socialist agenda. A leader who is totally committed to the policies and has the political backbone to defend them. We need a proud socialist to lead the Labour Party, driven by their principles and an unwavering determination to see democratic socialism in our lifetime.” With party chairman and former General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, Ian Lavery, not standing for the leadership, the left has to back Long-Bailey to keep hold of the leadership.

Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, is currently leading in the opinion polls; although seen as a centrist in the party, his pitch affirms his commitment to keep the party left (whether the membership will believe this, especially after his involvement in the 2016 failed coup against Corbyn by Labour MPs, is another matter). A video produced for his leadership campaign puts his fighting for workers’ rights as a barrister front and centre, papering over his record as Director of Public Prosecutions. Born to a working class family but now representing an affluent London constituency, it is yet to be seen if he can connect with those in the North and Midlands that Labour so desperately needs in order to win an election ever again. The other contenders able to gain enough nominations from their fellow MPs are: Lisa Nandy (MP for Wigan and passionate advocate for the interests of towns), Jess Phillips (MP for Birmingham Yardley, committed feminist, and frequent critic of the Corbyn leadership), and Emily Thornberry (MP for Islington South, Shadow Foreign Secretary, and opponent of Brexit). It is yet to be seen if they are able to gain grassroots support among Labour and af-

filiated trade union members. Meanwhile in the race for Deputy Leader, created following the resignation of Tom Watson (who often had a strained relationship with Corbyn and was credited with keeping defections to the minimum after the creation of Change UK), a clear frontrunner and almost certain winner has been found in the MP for Ashton-underLyme and Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, receiving 88 nominations from MPs and being seen as the running mate to her flatmate, Rebecca Long-Bailey. The other contenders are Rosena Allin-Khan (MP for Tooting and Shadow Sports Minister), Richard Burgon (MP for Leeds East and Shadow Justice Secretary), Dawn Butler (MP for Brent North and Shadow Equalities Minister), and Ian Murray (Labour’s only MP in Scotland). Although we can’t be certain of who will be the next Leader and Deputy Leader, we can be certain that it will decide the future of the Labour party.

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DT students have been developing their design skills. Here are some examples of their latest projects, which show how they have designed and evaluated their ideas. They will then use these to make the products

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Natural History Museum Trip Carys Slimming YEAR 10

ON the 9th January Year 8 had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum in London. It was an early start, but the trip was fully booked within days. Once we got to London, everyone was split into two groups, and went our separate ways. First, we went to the earthquake section, where we filled out a worksheet. There was an earthquake simulator, and examples of different rock types. We learnt about rivers, erosion, and sediment as well.

Then, after a quick lunch, we got back to exploring the museum. We were first taken to the dinosaur section. We looked at their sizes, shapes and even fossils. Then, we went to the human biology section as well as the mammal section, the sea creatures section, and of course, the gift shop.

It was a great trip, which was full of interesting facts and amazing artefacts. Thank you to the Geography department for running this trip, which I hope the Year 8 next year will be able to experience!

Year 10 Birmingham Trip

YEAR 10 GCSE Geography students headed out of school for their field trip that is a compulsory part of the course. They visited three different locations and completed a variety of surveys. They had to speak to local people as well as complete other written tasks. They went to Birmingham city centre as well as Sparkbrook and Bournville in order to compare population, jobs, facilities and housing. They all managed to collect the data that they needed for their course, which they will use to in one section of their final GCSE exam.

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Love Cooking?

Flipping Fantastic Pancake Recipe! lent such as chocolate. A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are traditional toppings for pancakes, but anything can be added, sweet or savoury.American pancakes are thicker and often served with maple syrup. Why not make some pancakes and send your pictures of them to us? press@nunnerywood. worcs.sch.uk or Instagram @NunneryWoodHS or Twitter @NunneryWood

SHROVE Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on 25th February this year. This day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter and was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession at church. A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell� and is still rung today. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. I Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before starting a fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. People often give up something for

Ingrediants 100g plain flour 2 eggs 300ml semi-skimmed milk 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying pinch salt Put 100g plain flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Method Make a well in the centre and crack 2 eggs into the middle. Pour in about 50ml from the 300ml of semiskimmed milk and 1 tbsp sunflower oil then start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into the mixing bowl, return the pan to the heat. Leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

Hold the pan handle, ease a palette knife under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

STEM Food Science Club

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you enjoy cooking? o Are you interested in finding out about the science behind the making? See Mrs Dorman in FO2 to sign up Open to KS3 students Starting in March Places are limited!

Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen

Industrial Cadets at Mazak UK DURING January, a group of Year 10 students from Nunnery Wood High school attended the Industrial Cadets programme at engineering firm, Mazak. Students had to apply to take part and the successful applicants were then able to take part in the programme. There were a very limited number of places available and so a good application was really important. Students had a very realistic experience of the world of work, completing approximately 30hrs of work from 8:30 every morning until 4pm. When students arrived on their first day, they received some information about what they would be doing during the week. They were also given a proper uniform. When they were all kitted out, they went on a factory tour. The students listened to a talk about some of the machines produced at Mazak and what exactly they did. It was a real insight into the world of engineering. Many everyday items have been produced on a Mazak machine; they included the medical sector, aerospace sector and oil & gas sector.

Students were divided into groups and were set to work with different taks to do. There were a range of departments and tasks. These included working with sheet metal, electrical sub assembly and turrets, spindles and ball screws. An exciting part of the week was actually producing items from each department, which gave students the chance to really get hands on. Throughout the week the students worked on a presentation which was delivered on the last day. This was a big event as there are managers from Mazak watching as well as some teachers and parents. The presentation explained all that the group had learnt throughout the week and how it relates to the original information which they began the week with. The students were well looked after by two members of Mazak staff who guided them through the week. There was also time to speak to and learn from apprentices who are already at the company. This was a useful way to find out what it is actually like to be an apprentice. See Mrs Gwynne in the careers office for further details about this scheme, work experience, apprenticeships or any other aspect of careers advice.

Have You Lost Anything? ARE you missing anything? There is a huge amount of lost property that is stored in reception. Over each term all lost items are recored and stored awaiting collection from their owners. If you have lost anything in school, head to reception to see if it there Currently we have pencil cases, PE kits, shoes, coats, memory sticks and glasses waiting to be reunited with their owners! At the end of the term, un-

claimed property is donated to a local charity as we simply do not have the space to store it.

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Artistof the week

Mrs Stevens ART TEACHER "Artist of the Month - Imy Pinder Yr 11. Imy is one of our fabulous GCSE Art students. She is an extremely skilful artist who has worked tirelessly on her coursework portfolio, always experimenting with a wide range of different materials and techniques. Imy has used varied sources of inspiration in her work - we are particularly impressed with her drawings of Billy Eilish which have been completed for the music element of Imy's Identity project. Imy is a perfectionist with her artwork and is also very modest..... If you see her, please do congratulate her on her incredible achievements.

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Artistof the week As part of the yr 8 art curriculum, we look at developing drawing skills to focus on detail, form, tone and texture. All of these pieces

represent improvements that students made when trying to capture the qualities of various creatures. Well done!

Above - Iris James \\

Above - Louisa Parkes \\

Below - Jery Parmana

Below - Edward Darby

Below - Lily Salmon

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Media reviews Jumanji - The Next Level Eleanor Drew YEAR 8

Jumanji: The Next Level is the newest version in the series of the Jumanji films. The original Jumanji film came out on the 16thof February 1996, this film starred Robin Williams as the main character of the film Alan Parrish. In this film: A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who’s been stuck in the game’s inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good -- but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos! The next one in the series was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, this film was released in 2017 which starred Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, Kevin Hart as Franklin Finbar

and Jack Black as Dr. Shelly Oberon. Pretty big stars for the cast line up, this movie is a bit more up to date as it shows them playing a video game instead of a board game. In this film: Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

the game is now broken -- and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome.

So far the last one in the series and the newest coming out only on the 11thof December 2019, is Jumanji: The Next Level. This film still starred Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black but not as the same people. It also has some new people such as: Danny DeVito, Awkwafina and much more. In this film: When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But

Messiah Maryam Khan YEAR 8

Messiah was released on the first of January 1st 2020. This series was a real hit when it first began, but later caused commotion in several countries, one country actually accounts for a ban. The main character Al-Messiah is the leader of thousands of people, which gradually increases every day. A CIA officer is sent out to investigate this scene. His followers think he can perform miracles and replace god for him. His intention is to get many people’s attention and then manipulate them from their beliefs telling them they have studied wrong. Anyone who tries to stop him will eventually be dealt with. The followers are then driven to starve for many days on end. Al-Messiah is captured and later escapes from the local police and ends up on the run. Image result for Netflix messiah What will his followers think of him once they uncover the truth? Or will they ever uncover the truth, if Messiah tells them?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Asher MacKenzie-Wilson YEAR 8

Atypical Delfini Pagan YEAR 8

Recently I have been introduced to a Netflix programme called Atypical. The show follows a teenage boy with autism and his everyday life along with his family and relationship matters including love, friends and bullies in school.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out on the 16th November 2018 and was a huge hit to both Harry Potter fans and people who have only heard of it. This film is set in 1927 and is about a wizard called Newt Scamander who came to New York to set a magical creature free. Along the way he met lots of friends but also lots of enemies that try to kill and attack the weak. People who like magic and danger

His life is crazy, amusing, but every so often, we take a peek at what its really like to be a teenager with autism. These moments are touching, enlightening and creates a better awareness of somebody you may know with autism and autism itself. This show would definitely be relatable to people with autism and maybe even teach them a few things. I feel that it would definitely teach people who do not have autism

in a film should watch this film because both magic and life threatening people come and make the film what it is. There is a sequel called Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald which, at the end, has a huge cliff- hanger! This film has major Harry Potter characters including Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald so Harry potter fans that haven’t seen this film will love it! People who like magic and danger should watch this film because both magic and life threatening people come and make the film what it is.

about it as it truly touches his view and feelings about situations that maybe some people wouldn’t know anything about. Netflix rates it is a 12, some people who would find it unsuitable for younger audiences. Overall, I love the show, the quirky characters and the concept itself. I definitely recommend trying it out.

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference Asher MacKenzie-Wilson YEAR 8

This book is written by Greta Thumberg who is a 15 year- old climate activist from Sweden striking off school to persuade people with power in the government to do something about climate change. This book has both her writing for the book and her speeches. I recommend this book to people who don’t know very much about both her and also climate change because it explains what she is doing and what she wants to happen. The author of this book started the

school strikes and inspired many students across the world to do the same. Even though this book is quite short it is very interesting and even people who know lots about her will love it and find it very intriguing.

Because She Was Princess She Had a Pegasus Imogen Heppner YEAR 7

This book is amazing it tells a story of friendship and war. Sivil is a princess so she must be bound to a Pegasus she gets bound to one called ebon but they strangely they can understand each other even before they our bound and their friendship becomes to strong and threatens to destroy peace over the realms as his is not the way thing are meant to be.

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Lightning Mary book Asher Mackenzie –Wilson YEAR 8

The Star Wars Films; Worst to First Gabriel Boxall YEAR 8

“Ordinary is what most people are and I am not. I am not ordinary at all. I am a scientist.” Mary Anning was struck by lightning as a baby and somehow survived gaining her the nickname of lightning Mary which her father called her. As she grows up she starts to love fossicking even though being a scientist back in those days was something which people looked down on. Mary didn’t want to get married and have children despite how much everyone said she will. She wanted to discover how animals moved and how their joints worked. When she finds the bones of dinosaurs no one believed he because she is a woman. This book was a true story and she goes on to discover three dinosaurs proving despite a woman she can be a scientist. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy science and true stories.

Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker - The newest and final film is both the best and the most baffling, which is why it isn’t higher on this list. They basically took The Last Jedi and said that didn’t happen, which doesn’t help its case, but overall it is a great inclusion in the Skywalker saga and is a brilliant way to conclude the trilogy and saga.

The Poison Artist

Maryam Khan YEAR 8 The Poison Artist written by Jonathan Moore is a thrilling book about a man who met a woman when he was younger. As his life progresses he forgets entirely about his past as his memory has been erased, he finds himself thrown back to his childhood unknowingly until…. He visits the local gallery and sees the photo of this woman who died 100 years ago he feels this image is very familiar but doesn’t know where he’s seen this. He sees this woman at a bar and then invites her to his house but she keeps disappearing mysteriously! He ends up being arrested for murder and this mysterious woman helps him escape from the authorities and then, as usual disappears without a trace, only leaving a note saying ‘Soon Caleb. I will come back soon.’ This book is full of mystery and horror.

Episode 2: The Attack of the Clones - This film is appallingly bad for an action space adventure; it just revolves around intergalactic politics which would be fine if it wasn’t a Star Wars film. Episode 8: The Last Jedi - This is probably the most controversial film in the franchise and it managed to split the fan base in two, either you love it or you hate it. I, as you can tell, love it. It looks stunning and changes expectations a lot, but that isn’t a bad thing. All together I think that it is one of the best Star Wars films to date. Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back - Now before you shoot me I can respect that most people put this film as the best, which for a while I did to, but since 2015 my thoughts changed. This is still a masterpiece, however, and I still regard it as so.

The Assassin’s Blade

Maryam Khan YEAR 8

Main character, Celaena Sardothien is an assassin raised by Arobynn Hamel the king of the assassins. Haunted by her past Celaena must fight the memories in order to achieve the impossible. Being a slave with blood oaths means following orders and if one foot is out of line then there will be severe consequences. But this also means losing what she loves the most. Finding out the missing pieces to her past is crushing and life changing decisions are made but turning from a young assassin to a beautiful queen, some people are bound to be unsure and Celaena is bound to rid them. I really love this series as the storyline is continuously surprising me as a reader. I would recommend this to peo-

ple of 14-16 years of age. My favorite character is Celaena and Aedion who are both in line for two different thrones but of the same family, they must fight their way to the throne and be extremely cautious of their potential allies and court room.

Dante’s Inferno Sophie Cockeram YEAR 7

Written in the 1320, this is the horrifying tale of Dante Alighieri’s journey through hell. He describes each layer or ‘ring’ of hell (upper and lower) until you reached the centre of the earth. Each ring punishes those who have sinned in life in more and more excruciating ways. Although it is basically one long poem it does not rhyme. However, it does in Italian as this is

the language it was originally written in. Dante Alighieri has written a few other books like these, such as: Dante’s Paradiso and the Limitations Modern Criticism as well as Dante: The Divine Comedy.

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - Similar to the above, this film is incredibly slow and boring, very awfully written and the dialogue is terrible. Not to mention Jar Jar bloody Binks the epitome of dreadfulness. Rogue one: A Star Wars story - This film was the first of the Disney spinoffs and it was Okay. The last half, however, was brilliant; it’s just a shame to see the first half being as bad as it is. But at least it isn’t space politics or jar jar Binks. Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith - The last fifteen minutes, similarly to Rogue One, is brilliant and consists of some of the greatest scenes in Star Wars history, but the other 2 hours fall under the same tragic fate of the other prequels bad writing and stupid random irrelevant stuff. Solo: A Star Wars Story - This film is fun and I don’t care if you guys don’t like it. It’s exactly what you want to see in a Star Wars film, a fun action packed space heist. What more could you want? Episode 6: Return of the Jedi - The weakest of the originals still has its highlights and is regarded as a masterpiece. It has great ideas and a well thought out plot.

Episode 4: A New Hope - This film is still awesome to this day, it may have come out in 1977 but the effects are still groundbreaking and are better than a lot of features today. Episode 7: The Force Awakens - This film might be a bit bias as I experienced the hype, but I think this truly embodies what it means to be a Star Wars film. It has action, comedy and of course war in the stars. Which surprisingly you don’t get in a lot of the films.

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The Great Outdoors! A GROUP of adventurous students from Years 8, 9 and 10 students spent the last week of term (before Christmas) in Llanrug in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, on the annual outdoor activities week. The weather was wet and there was a lot of mud, but that did not stop them from having an amazing time. The students worked in small groups to try their hand at a range of different outdoor activities. These included: water rafting on the lake, Winter mountain day, evening walk to Castle Beaumaris, slate mining, orienteering, zipline, water rafting on the Menai Straits (the sea), gorge walking/ scrambling, obstacle course and abseiling. There was also rock climbing. The students were kept busy and active all day each day. The activities really pushed students to their limits to achieve more than they thought they could. Everyone tried all of the activities and supported each other to do so. It was a real team effort. The food was also fantastic! Mr Russell, who organised the trip, which runs each year said, “ It’s amazing! Letters are now available via the Parental Portal for this year’s trip, which is now proving very popular.” There are also opportunities throughout the year to be involved in outdoor activities through the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and with the PE department who organise a range of sports clubs each week.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme AT Nunnery Wood, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE). This has been offered for many years and continues to grow and attract a large number of students as well as staff. Miss Humphries, Mrs Westhead, Miss Gonzalez, Miss Ledbury, Miss Young and Mrs Scoby are all involved in running the award. What is the DofE? A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, train-

ing for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business. The DofE licenses organisations that work with young people to run DofE programmes, such as schools, colleges, youth groups and clubs. Through the Licensed Organisation (LO) young people (or their parents / carers) pay for a Participation Place and are supported by Leaders who support them through their programmes, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE. There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to start at Bronze and work upwards.

Bon Voyage!

OVER February half term we have the annual ski trip and Disneyland Paris trips taking place. You can follow what they are up to on Twitter @NunneryWood or Instagram @nunnerywoodhs, or our Facebook page. Over Easter students will be travelling to Italy to explore the culture, geography and cuisine of the country. In May, Year 9 and 10 students are heading to Berlin to learn about Weimar and Nazi Germany and the Cold War to support their studies in class. We offer an extensive programme of overseas trips to all students at Nunnery Wood. However, we also ensure that there are extensive opportunities for free and low cost trips and visits as well as a range of speakers and performances that come into school to enhance the curriculum.

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THIS summer is going to be an exciting time for a number of Nunnery Wood’s pupils and expupils as they will be performing in WODYS (Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society Youth Section) spectacular production of Shrek The Musical. Molly Phillips, Anisa Westbury, Lydia Dimmock, Georgia Satchwell, Molly Tyrell, Adam Bourke, Olivia Lee, Haydn Jenkins, Alfie Thompson, Anjes van der Kleijn and Kaitlyn Norwood will be among the cast of 70 youngsters at Worcester’s Swan Theatre for the sixperformance show from Tuesday, August 4 to Saturday, August 8. Based on the story from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious musical is set in a mythical ‘once upon a time’ sort of land and turns the world of fairy tales upside down.

with them. I have made many friends at WODYS over the years and it is such a wonderful opportunity to be performing alongside them. I hope everyone will enjoy watching the show as much as we enjoy performing it!” This jubilant musical will surely make everyone believe in the power of love and the meaning of inner beauty. It is destined to be another blockbuster for WODYS so put the show dates in your diary and buy your tickets early because the youth group’s productions usually sell out.

Each year the interval raffles at WODYS shows go towards the youth group’s chosen charity. This year it will be Bonterre, a part-time alternative education provider on a 15-acre smallholding at Top Barn Farm, Worcester, which helps youngsters who are struggling to stay at school for a variety of reasons including autism, ADHD or because of complex backgrounds.

the theatre box office in CrownGate on 01905 611427 or via wodystickets@hotmail.co.uk Nunnery Wood students in Shrek: Olivia Lee, Kaitlyn Norwood, Georgia Satchwell, Anjes Van Der Kleijn, Molly Tyrell, Molly Phillips, Adam Bourke, Lydia Dimmock, Anisa Westbury, Hayden Jenkins and Alfie Thompson.

Shrek is sure to be another blockbuster for WODYS so put the show dates in your diary and buy your tickets early because WODYS shows usually sell-out. Tickets are on sale at

Shrek, an unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey join forces and set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. On their way they encounter the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairy tale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude. It’s an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Molly Phillips, who was last year’s Nunnery head girl, said: “I have been a member of WODYS since I was eight years old, and I am thrilled to be playing the part of Princess Fiona. I am currently studying A-levels at King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge, as well as training in contemporary dance in Birmingham. David Humphries, the director, and the team are amazing, and it has been a privilege to work

Poetry Live!

IN the glorious surroundings of The Birmingham Symphony Hall, a group Year 10 students had the pleasure of listening to a collection of poems read by the poets which they themselves have been studying in the lead up to their GCSE exams. The day was full of well-known poets such as Gillian Clark, Carol Ann Duffy as well as Owen Sheers and Daljit Nagra. The day gave students the opportunity to hear poets share their poems and the stories behind the poetry, giving students an insider’s view into the inspiration for some of the poems that they have to study for their examinations in May. Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage was also in attendance, sharing his comical, honest and yet thought provoking poems with the crowd as well as his inspiration behind why he became a poet and the important job that it serves to society.

As part of the course, students do need to tackle unseen poetry and this element was catered for on the day with a talk from Examiner Peter Buckroyd, who gave advice on how to approach these poems in the exam. The day came to a close with the final poet John Agard entering the stage to a standing ovation and the eruption of applause. Agard recited his famous poems, ‘Checking Out Me History’ and ‘Half Caste’ to the 2000 students who had been

waiting in anticipation for his arrival all day as well as sharing his love for language and how he sees it as his ally.

Dance Careers Trip

Overall it was a truly inspiring day for all, with fantastic opportunities for Nunnery Wood students to experience and hear poetry read aloud and how different it is to reading it from a page.

YEAR 9 Dance Careers trip last Friday. The Dance careers event was held at Wolverhampton University. It’s a unique opportunity for young people interested in pursuing Dance as an examination subject, to find out about Post 16 and Post 18 Higher Education Career routes, to meet first hand a range of people employed in the Dance Industry and to participate in a variety of workshops led by Colleges, Universities, the Centre for Advance Training (CAT), and industry professionals. Our year 9s were amazing and were complimented by the professional artists delivery the workshops on their high ability and enthusiasm!

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Young Voices Miss Harper MUSIC TEACHER

IT was another year of Young Voices and an excited coach of KS3 students made their way to Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday 28th January. It certainly blew the January grey skies away and reminds me why I’m now in my sixth year of either running or attending this trip. The power of a large group of students singing is palpable. As Jo Brighouse, writing for the TES, after attending a Young Voices concert for the first time this year reports, “What’s not to like about collective singing? It can give confidence to troubled pupils, and it brings communities together”. Our students always have a wonderful time and feel a part

of something bigger than themselves; there is a real sense of “belonging “to the Young Voices choir. It’s always wonderful for our students to work with a professional choral conductor and be inspired by the note perfect live band who always sound amazing. Although aimed at primary schools, our KS3 students still enjoy following “Andy” with his Urban Strides dance group in the dance moves, and this year all the adults enjoyed watching Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) revving up the students in the Queen medley. We were also the first coach out of the carpark and back to school by 9.30pm. Result! A huge thank you to all the staff and students who year on year help to make the trip such a success.

Community Festivities IN the final week of last term, after the Nunnery News had gone to press, we held our annual party for local OAPs. This year we had a great turn out from local senior citizens who joined us for this popular event. They were entertained by the school choir who gave a hearty rendition of classical carols as well as popular seasonal tunes. Many of the guests were joining in and singing along.

who arrived and gave out gifts to all of our guests. If you know of a local resident who would appreciate an invitation next year, please give their name & address to the school reception.

During the afternoon, refreshments were served by Year 10 students who offered a range of beverages and seasonal nibbles to the guests, as well as an opportunity for a chat. It was a delight to see people from across the generations taking part in such a sociable event. Entertainment continued with a dance presentation from several dance groups who performed impressive pieces which delighted the audience. Guests were also treated to the much anticipated bingo and raffle. No christmas party would be complete without a visit from Father Christmas

Show Poster Competition

Carol Concert Sophie Cockeram YEAR 8

ON the 17th December, Nunnery Wood High School held their traditional Christmas Concert in the Main Hall with music performed by students in Voices, Brass Band and Orchestra. Soloists included Alfie Thompson, Isobel Webb and Rebecca Troughton. The choir, conducted by Miss Harper and Miss Davis, sang well known pieces such as ‘Mary did You Know’, ‘Drummer boy’, ‘O Holy Night’ and Carol of the Bells’ and the string group, led by Mr. Poll, played a beautiful arrangement of ‘In the Bleak Mid-winter’. The programme was chosen to evoke the Christmas spirit, and readings were given by several students and staff, telling the Christmas story. Mr. Powell praised the students for their excellent efforts at the close of the evening, and wished everyone a well deserved holiday over the Christmas period. Nunnery brass, led by Nicky Dawe, provided further entertainment with playing of traditional carols in the canteen whilst parents and students partook in mince pies and refreshments.

“We are all extremely proud of our students and are grateful to them for their many talents and commitment to school performances. It is a very special evening in the Arts calendar” Miss Harper said. Delfini Pagan, 8.6, said, “It improved my confidence, singing on stage. I have never taken part in a carol concert but this was very exciting and enjoyable.” This showcase is an annual event that highlights the talents of students at Nunnery Wood, if you would like to take part please attend rehearsals at the beginning of September every Tuesday at lunchtime in MU2.

Sixth Form Musical Trip Sophie Cockeram YEAR 8 ON Tuesday the 10th of December, Miss. Sharpe and Mr. Burford took a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students to Worcester Sixth Form College. They watched their interpretation of the musical ‘Into The Woods’. Carys Slimming 8.10 said: “It was extremely enjoyable, the songs were very catchy and the

actors were all brilliant. Especially Sophie Nixon playing Cinderella.” For those who are unaware, Into The Woods is the story of all your favourite fairytale characters if they lived at the same time. It tells of Cinderella and her ugly step-sisters; Jack and his beanstalk; Rapunzel with her witch of a mother and Red Riding Hood with the Big, Bad Wolf. This version of the story was found to be innovative, interesting and hilarious

IN order to promote the school production of the Addams Family, a competition was launched to design a promotional poster. Students were invited to design a poster which would be eyecatching and informative to promote the forthcoming performance. Year 7 Amber Knight has won the competition and her winning design can be seen around school and on all school social media. Amber said, “I enjoy art. It was as good experience and worth doing for the amazing prize which included a big bag of chocolates and sweets.” For tickets: www.nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk/events

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Motocross Champion Kurt Evans YEAR 8

KURT has been racing motocross since the age of 6. After winning at club championship level Kurt has moved on to compete at both British national and European championships. Whilst training in Spain 2018 Kurt was approached by an ex GP rider who now coaches

Seconds Out! YEAR 10 pupil, Ryan Jones who trains with Worcester City Boxing Club recently fought in Ireland and won title ‘Best British Boxer’ at the championships which took place in Ireland 15th-17th December.

Ryan also competed at Kingshurst WMC in December 2019, entering the ring against Ethan Fletcher. Both started the fight with similar records of 18 wins and 3 losses. Ryan picked up a unanimous points win. Ryan said, “I was pleased to get this title. I am now training for my next championship after Christmas. My goal is to go professional in boxing.” Ryan’s younger brother, Tristan Jones, Year 8, is also celebrating his recent win. Tristan competed at a competition in Kent on Saturday 11th January, winning all 3 of his rounds unanimous-

up and coming riders along with professional GP riders, to become part of his academy. Since joining the academy Kurt has travelled all over Europe training and competing against riders from all over the world. One of Kurt’s most memorable achievements was competing in the Arena Cross Tour. This gave Kurt the opportunity to be one of only 12 competitors in his class, race in arenas across the uk and Ireland in front of up to 10,000 spec-

tators per night. Kurt fully enjoyed the experience of being part of a professional show along side professional riders from as far as Russia, America and Australia. The 2020 outdoor race season will begin in March so Kurt is training hard both on and off the bike and is hoping for some good results this year.

Basketball Debut

YEAR 9 student Markus Telger has been training hard and has recently played this debut match for Worcester Bears Basketball Team. Although they didn’t win the match, it was well played by all and gave Markus great experience of the game. He will continue to train and play for the team. Do you want to find out more? Check out the team http://www.worcesterbears.co.uk/or https://www.facebook.com/pg/WorcesterBears/

Year 10 Boys Rugby Joel Rickman & Oscar Vickers YEAR 10 ly and walking away victorious with Gold. Tristan said, “I felt really happy to come away with the Gold trophy. It made the long trip worth it.”

FOR the second year running, the Year 10 boys’ rugby team found their way to the Year 10 Rugby Cup Final.

Tyler Bryce year 9 pupil who also trains at Worcester City Boxing Club took Silver at a tournament at the Riviera Box club in Torquay and a Gold at his most recent tournament which took place at Moseley Rugby Club in December.

Harry Male stepped in as captain to lead the team against Prince Henry’s High School. Some of the highlights included Ned’s fast feet evading some strong tackles made by the opposition and some incredible kicks from members of the Nunnery team.

The opposition played well, excelling in side stepping. Nunnery were up against a tactically strong and determined team and played the game with good spirit. Some intense training for the final paid off. In the end, Nunnery lost to a well prepared Prince Henry’s Team – Congratulations to them. Well done to Oscar Vickers, Nunnery’s man of the match. Thanks go to Prince Henry’s High School for hosting the game and also to the referee.

Ryan said, “I feel really passionate about what I do. I train 4 times per week and I run an average of 2 miles per day which really helps me in my fitness training. I would like to continue boxing and look to do this for a career.”

Couch to 5K Challenge

STAFF have been encouraged to get active and complete a ‘Couch to 5km’ running challenge. Mrs Coggins, who is a qualified running coach, encouraged staff to take to the challenge and has been training them to make the distance. They have been running on Fridays after school and have been given homework to do in between each session! The group have got different levels of running experience and fitness. Some have never run at all before, whilst others have been out of it for some time and wanted to get back into it. The programme is tailored to meet the needs of everyone and make sure that they all succeed in getting to the 5km distance.

The sessions have included bursts of walking, jogging and running, gradually increasing the running time and reducing the walking time. We will keep you updated on how they all get on.


Year 7 Girls Football

Term dates - 2019 / 20

AUTUMN TERM 2019 Term Starts - 4th September Half Term - 28th October - 1st November Term Ends - 20th December

A HUGE well done to the Year 7 Football Girls in their tournament with The Chase and Hanley Castle last Thursday. In total there were 6 Football teams which allowed the girls to play plenty of football. The standard of football was fantastic along with the respect and sportsmanship from every player.

SPRING TERM 2020 Term Starts - 6th January Half Term - 17th February - 21st February Term Ends - 3rd April

Thank you very much to the year 8-11 girls who helped coach, refereed and supported on the afternoon of the tournament, Your help, time and commitment is highly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

SUMMER TERM 2020 Term Starts - 20th April Half Term - 25th May - 29th May Term Ends - 17th July

Miss Wright said, “A special thank you to Jemima Thorp, Ellie Green, Cleo Markland and Lyba Aktah who refereed until 6pm, giving up their own time to ensure the tournament ran smoothly.”

OTHER DATES Good Friday - 10th April Easter - 13th April May Day - 4th May Whitsun Bank Holiday - 25th May

Want to get involved in football? Come along to Football club on a Thursday after school, 3:05 4:15. Change at the Sports Centre.

Finals in Sight for Year 7 Footballers

NUNNERY Wood’s Year 7 boys football team continued their good run of form this season with a fantastic win and team performance in the 1/4 final of the schools County Cup. In what proved to be a full squad effort, led by captain Zac Watkins and a hat trick from Ashton Doyle, Nunnery Wood progressed to the semi final with after an impressive 6-0 win. 1.GK 2. CB 3. CB 4. CB 5. RM 6. LM 7.CM 8. CM

Zac Watkins Cody Bolton Jaiden Gwynne Henry Hilditch Alex Vickers Harry Knight Harley Irish Ashton Doyle

SUBS: Toby Thorp Louis Hudson Hilmi Tekagac Nashon Munn-Powell Fin Goodman

Worcester County Cricket Club Tips PLAYERS from Worcestershire County Cricket Club came to Nunnery Wood to meet students and to share their tips on training and getting into cricket. The team began by demonstrating a training session to the students. This included warm ups, stamina and endurance exercises

as well as stretching. Following the training session, the players took questions from the students and also got their autographs. Year 8 student Erin Kemp said, “I went along as I really like cricket and so does my dad. I play outside of school and want to keep on doing so. I got

all of their autographs. Isobel Hunt, also Year 8 said,”They were really friendly and it was fun to watch them train. It was really interesting to see what they did to trainI really like sport and now definitely want to get more into cricket.”

OPEN EVENING 2nd October 2019 INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd September 2019 25th October 2019

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Nunnery News - Issue 27 - February 2020  

Nunnery News - Issue 27 - February 2020