NUNNERY NEWS October 2020
Platinum Award for Science Department
WE are delighted to announce that the Science Department has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Science Mark Award.
Nunnery Wood is now one of an elite group of schools in the country to be holders of the Platinum Science Mark. The Science Mark Award is a quality standard designed to recognise and celebrate inspiring practice in secondary school science departments across the UK. Awarded at Silver, Gold or Platinum level, the year- long process requires an extensive written submission against 16 rigorous criteria and an accreditation visit.
Science Mark was created by STEM Learning to recognise and celebrate best practice in science departments across the UK. Schools and colleges receive the Science Mark when they can show that they are delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrate their department’s commitment to high-quality science education.
Being awarded the Platinum Science Mark is such a huge achievement because the assessment process is so rigorous, ensuring the programme is a true hallmark of quality science teaching. Nunnery’s science department has consistently demonstrated a real and ongoing
commitment to excellent science education in science and across the school.
Miss Higham, Head of Science said, “I am so proud of our Science Team: the teachers, technicians and of course all of the students. The importance of science is recognised by students across the whole curriculum. All our staff are passionate about excellence, and the importance and relevance of a strong STEM education.” The assessor commented that, “The evidence presented shows a department clearly focused on developing the science learning of all students, with much thought given to widening
horizons, as well as supporting attainment. It is also good to see the opportunity to do investigations both in class and as extracurricular activity and involvement in CREST awards. Collaboration within the department and wider school, along with working with other local schools is clearly a strength. It's good to see the work at national level informing practice. Clear links demonstrated with local schools and a national conference. It is so encouraging to see the emphasis you place on liaison with primary colleagues and building on students' prior learning. It's also great to see that at NWHS you regard science as a subject for all.”
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Almost normal We finish this first half-term with a great deal of pride in our students. Under many restrictions, they have made the most of time back in school and managed the many restrictions with maturity and resilience. Staff have been determined to deliver a full curriculum that both addresses the time out of school and pushes ahead. Every day, it’s a privilege to see every classroom marked by an intense concentration. Attendance is at a record level for this time of year which speaks volumes. Although no one wanted this, it has brought out the best in the school community. Year 9 You’ll be aware that one band in Year 9 had to isolate for two weeks following positive cases. We liaise with the local authority’s outbreak response team in these situations and follow
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their guidance when identifying possible contacts. The prompt communication of the family involved helped us enormously; it is this kind of responsible action that protects and helps us all. Unfortunately, we are likely to suffer more disruption of this kind which has been common to schools across the country.
some homes would need 3 devices to do this. Through modelling work, answering questions and demonstrations, live lessons will set up students for the one or two lessons of independent work that follows on in subsequent lessons. Students can reach teachers through the chat functions should they encounter problems.
During this term, students are building up their ability to use Teams. Each teacher of Years 10 and 11 have trained students by using Teams Assignments to set work. Students in Key Stage 3 are being trained in Computing lessons. We have prioritised teaching the curriculum during these first weeks given the sizeable gap last year but students will soon be well-versed in accessing and using online lessons. The number of live lessons has increased. We will never be in a position to teach every lesson as a live lesson;
To enable a greater frequency of Teams lessons, the school has obtained well over a hundred laptops from the government, a large proportion of which have gone to homes without devices. Mr Raistrick has been relentless obtaining and distributing this equipment which improved the chances of our students engaging enormously. Many thanks for your ongoing support. Here’s to a second term of progress and community support.
Parent’s Evenings Go Online! PARENT’S Evenings are currently not able to proceed as normal. However, as with all other aspects of school life, we have adapted. We are now able to offer parental consultations online. The system is very easy to use and has had very positive feedback from parents and staff alike. Year 7 parents and tutors were the first to try it out with their first form tutor evening. It is very convenient and manages to retain the personal touch achieved in traditional meetings. We very much value our parents as part of the school community and know how important regular contact between home and school is. We are optimistic that it will be as successful for all parents evenings as it was for the Year 7 tutor evening.
This allows parents / carers to choose their own five minute appointment time with their child’s teachers during the evening which usually run between 4.45pm and 6.345pm. Parents or carers receive an email confirming appointments after booking.
Clearly, stepping into a new virtual world for
In order to log in to the booking system, simply input: • Your title, forename, surname and email address • Student’s forename (preferred name), surname and date of birth. On the day of consultations, you simply log on and join at the designated time. You will have a live face to face chat with your child’s teachers.
parent consultation evening is a bold and exciting step forwards for us as a School. We would be really keen to hear of your experiences to help us improve any future provision. Please email: Mr Raistrick email@example.com
Welcome to Nunnery Wood! Ms Young I have just moved from Hackney, London, to take up the exciting role of Curriculum Leader for Drama. I have found Nunnery Wood to be a very welcoming and friendly place to work. I have taught Drama for most of my adult life, having taught in Italy, Australia, London and Gloucestershire and I have even worked in film and TV. I love all things Musical Theatre and cannot wait to be able to have the opportunity (after the current climate changes) to put on lots of exciting projects and shows. I think there is a lot of talent at Nunnery and I encourage all pupils to step out of their comfort shoes and be inspired by all Drama has to offer.
feel honoured to now be part of such a capable and supportive team. Outside of Nunnery I enjoy hill walking, rock climbing and running, and I’m looking forward to getting involved with the school’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.
Mr Pirrie After three years elsewhere, I have rejoined Nunnery Wood as a humanities teacher. I have returned to the school because it is a marvellous place to work, and it is great to once again work alongside so many talented and dedicated colleagues. The students here are keen to learn, they are respectful, and they are also a key reason why Nunnery Wood is such a brilliant school.
I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at Nunnery and already feel a part of this friendly and caring school community.
I enjoy cricket (I am a huge Lancashire County Cricket Club fan), reading history books, and going for long walks in the countryside (both local and further afield). Mr Philips As a Chartered Engineer who has previously worked in the defence and satellite communications industries, joining Nunnery Wood as a physics teacher has given me a fantastic opportunity to share my love of science, encouraging students of both genders to consider STEM careers when they leave school. The science department at Nunnery has recently been awarded a Platinum Science Mark for excellence in teaching and learning, and I
Mr Lane I have joined the geography department at Nunnery Wood having previously taught in Gloucestershire. I lean more towards the physical side of the subject and am interested in all things related to natural disasters including flood management.
Outside of school I enjoy playing squash and 5 a side football. I am also a keen golfer, however I am usually looking for the ball more than actually playing golf! Miss Richardson I have joined Nunnery Wood’s excellent science department after moving to Worcester from Leicestershire. I love science, but Biology is my specialism – I love looking at living things and where we came from. I absolutely love teaching, and the students at Nunnery Wood are great.
Miss Guest I am excited to join the English department at Nunnery Wood after four years teaching English in Japan. English has always been a passion of mine and I am really enjoying exploring the subject with the students here. Nunnery Wood is an incredibly welcoming and friendly place to work and I am proud to contribute to this warm atmosphere. Outside of school, I like reading books and am currently making my way through the works of Stephen King. Miss Panchal I have taken on the position of assistant year team leader to join the Year 9 team with Miss Matthews. Although I will miss being a form tutor, I look forward to new challenges and getting to know my new year group. This role will give me considerable experience of pastoral care and the chance to work within a team noted for its experience and exemplary practice with regards to care and safeguarding.
We are aware of the impact that these actions can have on your family and your working life, especially given the difficulty of obtaining a test in Worcester at present and the distance you may be asked to drive. Therefore, we would like to clarify the following points: Do not send your child to school if they are experiencing they any of these Covid 19 symptoms. • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need
What should I do if they have any of these symptoms? • Keep your child at home • Isolate members of your household for 14 days or until your child has a negative test result • Inform the school through the absence line, telling us specifically that your child is Covid 19 symptomatic • Ensure that the school is given the negative test result before sending your child back (if this is before 10 days have passed). We will need to see the text message or email that you received. N.B. We cannot accept antibody tests as proof. Other illness Given the pressure that everyone is under to
Mr Roleston I am very excited to be taking on a new role within the school which will allow me to work with students in all year groups. I am relishing the opportunity to be even more involved in the school community that I so enjoy being a part of. Miss Hunt I am delighted to be the Year Team Leader for Year 8. I am looking forward to working closely with the year group and learning more about the students throughout their time at Nunnery Wood High School. My priority is that students within the year group are happy and safe and get the most out of school life. My aim is for students to strive to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I encourage and welcome students and parents / carers to contact me and seek support when necessary. I am excited for what the future holds for this bright and talented year group and working with them throughout their journey through high school.
Alex Martin & Jemima Thorp HEAD BOY & HEAD GIRL
WE'VE had an excellent start back into what is the new normal and we hope that you're all settled in now, back into the school routine after a challenging last few months. So far, this half term, we have started work on the school Parliament team getting it all set up and running as well as working and sharing ideas with the Senior Leadership Team to keep our promises for the year. We're excited to make a difference this year with your help. Remember to get your ideas to your form Parliament Representatives so that they can be feedback to us. Well done everyone, let’s hope for another amazing year.
Outside of school, I am an avid Harry Potter fan and generally love fantasy or sci-fi movies. I enjoy everything arts and crafts, and enjoy using vinyl to personalise cards, stationery and gifts. Walking and hiking, along with regular bike rides make up part of my free time, and I help out with under 10’s football coaching each week.
to measure your temperature) • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) • A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell – this means that you cannot smell or taste anything or that things taste or smell different to normal
Head Boy & Head Girl
Updated COVID-19 Information THE response of students to the many changes to life at Nunnery has been magnificent. Staff have commented repeatedly on the maturity and cooperation being shown and we are proud of our students’ resilience. They seem to be enjoying having their own social spaces and couldn’t be more focussed in lessons. We are all glad to be back and keen to make the most of our time together. Our new Year 7 students have been a terrific addition to the school community and have coped impressively with the large site and hugely different feel of a school filled with older students.
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respond to possible Covid symptoms, it is vital that students who arrive in school are well enough to attend lessons for the entire day – unless, of course, their condition worsens. • If your child tells you that they are feeling poorly but that you decide that they are well enough to attend school, please reinforce the message that they should only report this to staff if they worsen significantly or develop specific Covid symptoms. • If, however, you feel that your child is too unwell to come in (but doesn’t have Covid 19 symptoms) please keep them at home and use the absence line to inform us. • Only send them back to school when you are confident that they can participate fully in their timetabled day. Residential Trips Unfortunately, we have had to respond to current guidance and cancel future trips to Sorrento, Llanruug and Euro Disney Paris. We know that this will be a huge disappointment to students who will probably have been hoping that the international situation would improve
in time. If payment has been made for any forthcoming trips, we are working to issue refunds to parents/carers as soon as possible. Because of specific terms and conditions associated with each trip we are liaising with the relevant tour operator and the school’s insurance company to determine the most appropriate way to facilitate this. Clubs and Activities Extra-curricular activities are restarting albeit in year group bubbles. Daily notices will inform students what is available; please encourage your child to get involve. Activities are starting in sport, dance and drama, amongst other areas.
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STEM School of the Year Finalist
IT'S been revealed that Nunnery Wood High School has been shortlisted for the prestigious National STEM Team of the Year award. They are among the top 8 schools in the country to have been shortlisted. The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Times Educational Supplement (Tes) Schools Awards 2020.
Awards. But this year, it felt more important than ever to run an event that showcased and celebrated the hard work that teachers and school staff do for children and their local community every single day. This has been one of the most difficult years in education, but – as ever – teachers continue to rise to the challenge. "We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those short listed should be very proud: it's an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist."
TES editor Ann Mroz said, “It is always a highlight of the education calendar to see the best ideas and people lauded at the TES Schools
Miss Lott, Associate Assistant Headteacher responsible for STEM said, “The STEM team at Nunnery Wood High School work tire-
lessly to raise the profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. By exposing our students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEMrelated concepts, we hope that they will develop a passion for STEM and consider pursuing a job in a STEM field one day in the future. I am very proud of the team at NWHS for being shortlisted for this national award”.
in life through the lessons and extra-curricular experiences they are getting. Nothing could be more important for all of us than bright, creative students working in this field.”
Mr Powell said, “The work that staff and students come together to do in STEM is one of the most exciting areas of Nunnery life. For some of our students, they will have found their path
To see the full list of who's in the running, pick up a copy of this week's TES or visit tesawards. co.uk
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.
speak to one of the STEM team…
STEM Ambassador Badges STUDENTS across the school were inspired to enter the STEM logo Competition. The winning design has been made into a badge for STEM ambassadors to wear around the school. The designs were judged by an SLT panel and STEM ambassadors. Miss Lott said, “I was so impressed with the effort and creativity shown by our students to design our STEM logo, choosing a winner was extremely difficult!”. The winning design chosen was created by Benita Augustin 7.9 and has now be made into a badge for STEM ambassadors to wear to help make them more noticeable for staff and students. Benita said “I am delighted to be chosen as the winner, I love art and design and therefore it was fantastic to be able to get involved in a competition that enabled me to show my passion for STEM through a creative competition”. Perhaps you have seen the term before, or maybe STEM is brand new to you. STEM is not
STEM Leaders Award EARLIER this Year, students from Nunnery Wood High School entered the 2020 Secondary Engineer Leaders Award.
The Secondary Engineer Leaders Award has evolved into a creative, problem solving, literacy and entrepreneurial project. Pupils were encouraged to look at the world around them to find problem solutions they could solve. Every entry was graded by engineers and educationalists. In this year’s competition there was over 50,000 entries from across the country. Student Grade Awarded Year 8 - Elizabeth Ford Distinction Year 8 - Caleb Price Pass Year 9 - Summer Gale Pass Year 10 - Abel Linas Distinction Year 10 - Aliyan Amin Pass Year 11 - Jack Wales Distinction
Miss Lott said ‘I was so proud to send away so many wonderful ideas and designs to this competition and to see so many of our students be inspired by STEM”. Aliyan Amin Year 10 said, ‘I really enjoyed designing my idea, the battery works by pulling back and releasing one of two very tense strings. This will make a small ball move back and forth, which is connected to a cog. The cog will subsequently spin copper wire around a magnet, generating an electric current. Once the cog stops spinning, the elastic band can be pulled back and released again, which restarts the process. Apart from the manufacturing of the parts and repairs, the battery, in theory, should be carbon neutral and will work indefinitely. It can also work at any scale/size.’ Abel Linas Year 9 said, “My idea came from
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 Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication. If you would like to get more involved in STEM keep an eye on the notices for future events, or
when we are in the car with my Dad. Whenever the traffic lights turn red, Dad tries to settle down my younger siblings, but this can often mean he isn’t paying attention to the traffic light and gets beeped when they have tuned green and we haven’t moved. I designed an APP for your phone that would work as a smart traffic light and it could beep to tell you when you move off. It could also tell you things like the weather, where the nearest service stations were and traffic levels/roadworks and delays. I entered this amazing STEM competition to try to help drivers of all experiences in the future!” Caleb Price Year 8 said “I designed a solar powered rocket. I designed it because it will save energy and be environmentally friendly when we travel to space. I like designing things because it’s fun, I can use my imagination, in the future I would like to design clothes!”.
TES said, “Sadly we cannot hold the awards night in person this year as we had planned. For the very first time, award winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday 13 November 2020.”
STEM Teacher Ambassadors Science - Mrs Mackay SC6 Food Technology - Mrs Dorman FO1 Design Technology - Mr Martin DT1 Computer Technology - Mr Stephens IT2 Mathematics - Mr Lord MA7 Careers - Mrs Gwynne Careers Office
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Year 11 Prefect Team has been Selected
THE new Year 11 prefect team is getting to grips with their new role. This year is very different to normal, but this has not deterred them. They have been involved in the virtual open
evening and have met as a student parliament. They are busy organising their year book and prom and are supporting teachers, students and charities wherever possible.
The head boy and hear girl lead the team, which consists of deputies head boy and girl, senior prefects, prom and year book prefects as well.
As well as taking on a variety of roles within school whenever they are called upon.
Ayasha Steers YEAR 10
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, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
skills, physical, volunteering and expedition. For the skills section you can do anything, from baking to playing an instrument, and this opens you up to a wider variety of hobbies and homes in on skills you didn’t realise you had. The physical section might seem daunting to some people, but to be able to complete the expedition you would need quite a lot of the skills the physical section uses such as teamwork and resilience. The volunteering section gives back to the community or the environment and makes a difference. Volunteering gives you the chance to gain experience in a working environment, test out a career, develop new skills, or build on existing ones. Communication, confidence, or building self-esteem are just some of the skills learnt from volunteering. The expedition section improves your communication skills, teamwork
skills, gives you a sense of independence and relies on commitment.
Year 9 - Markus Telger - Good Citizen Award For many years Markus has supported St Richard’s Hospice. Markus is quite often in town collecting monies for the charity on their coins for charity days, the last one being just before Christmas in the bitter cold. Markus will be up at 6am to complete the 11 mile Malvern Hall walk, which he has done 3 times. He has also completed charity runs, 5k fun run , fancy dress runs and much more. Markus has also supported and raised money for the Stroke Association, due to a family member suffering for many years from the disease.
proud to be nominated for my friendship and charity work.”
ing is too much trouble, but to offer his time coaching children with needs, is extra special. Well done James.
What has impressed the school has been his caring side toward others. During the warm summer of 2019, he checked on some elderly neighbours to see if they needed anything only to come back with their guide dog Gayle. The old gentleman was in hospital and of course his wife, who is blind was struggling to manage to take the dog out for the walks her husband usually does. Here started a great friendship. Sadly 10 days later, the elderly gentleman passed away but Markus has maintained his duties in walking the dog sometimes three times a day! Markus will always check in the elderly lady, taking her cakes at the weekend and her favourite custard cream biscuits. He helps wash that dog, look after the garden and any odd jobs and even helped putting up her Christmas tree. A true gentleman in the making. Markus Telger said, “I felt very happy and
They train once a month and play in tournaments against other teams.
Duke of Edinburgh Award THE Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is very popular at Nunnery Wood. The scheme is a life-changing experience, it is fun and an opportunity to discover new interests and talents. It is also a tool to develop essential skills for life and work and is a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers and colleges and universities. 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.
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. Year 10 students are working towards their bronze award. In the Bronze DofE there are four sections
Tryangle Awards YEAR 11 - Chloe Narbonne - Bravery When Chloe arrived at Nunnery Wood High school, she was literally carrying her mechanical heart in a rucksack! She was on the transplant waiting list due to a serious heart condition, whereby her heart could fail at any time.
Chloe remained on the waiting list for some time but eventually was offered a heart. The first operation was not a success but luckily the second one was. During the first operation, she suffered several strokes which has left her with a visual impairment as well as: • A weak left arm and hand • Reduced sensation in my left hand • Poor working memory skills as a result of my medical issues She also has no peripheral vision on my left side which means that she bumps into things, she struggles to remember information and it will take longer to process it, she will need extra support in practical subjects and will need support keeping up with the pace of lessons. Having said all that Chloe still completed her GCSEs at school, having missed over a year of schooling. She is a tremendous shining star of guts, determination and effort. We will miss seeing Chloe around and wish her all the best at College.
Year 9 - James Harrison - Sport Award James is a keen rugby player and plays for the school and local team. As part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award school, James is also the coach for football team for players with Downs Syndrome Football, giving up his time to train and coach players. He saw the advert online and decided to apply. He has been their coach for the last 6 months and is enjoying the challenges that it brings.
James has also made it into a family affair with family members also sponsoring the kit. James is a delightful young man to whom noth-
Ewan Buchannan was nominated for his charity work. He devotes a huge amount of time to working with homeless charities in Worcester and encouraging his peers to be involved in campaigns as much as possible. He has organised collections of food and seasonal gifts at different times of the year. He received an award from the High Sheriff of Worcester in recognition for his work, as well as the Tryangle Award. Ewan Buchanan said, “I was nominated by my form tutor, Miss White for my charity work with the homeless. I felt very pleased to be presented with my award from Mr. Powell.”
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Black History Month OCTOBER is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general. Black History Month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools. The curriculum at Nunnery wood is designed to include contributions of black people and to encourage diversity. However, October is a month that we can give special attention to it. Throughout history black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books.
Olive Morris was an important figure in terms of civil rights. Black people didn’t used to have the same rights as other people, simply because of the colour of their skin. Olive campaigned for the rights of black people in South London and Manchester, and was a founding member of groups like the Organisaion of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD) and the Brixton Black Women’s Group. In 1987, Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever to be elected to Parliament. Her career in politics began in 1982, when she was elected to Westminster City Council, before being voted into the House of Commons five years later. It made her part of the first group of black and Asian people to sit in Parliament for almost a century. She also started the London Schools and the Black Child programme, which aims to help black children to do well in school. She still serves in Parliament as one of the main politicians in the Labour party.
to ITN and went on to become one of the most successful journalists in the country.
Lennox Lewis is one of the most successful British sportsmen of all time and his name is known all over the world. He was a boxer who won 41 of his 44 profes-sional fights, which is a pretty amazing record.
Many people say that it’s important to remember the forgotten people who have helped to shape the UK. Many people take the time to do research into their backgrounds or find out more about black people who have made a difference to the UK. At Nunnery wood, we have held assemblies and have focussed some history les-sons on the topic, in addition to including this feature in our school newspaper. Here are some stories of some influential black people who have made important contributions to Britain.
We spoke to staff and students about Black History Month and asked them to share their experiences with us. Zadie Smith is an extremely successful author, having published her first book at the age of just 24. Her books, which are inspired by her experience of issues around race and what society is like, have received many prizes. She has also written essays and short stories, and now teaches at New York university.
Mary Seacole was born and grew up in Jamaica, but came over to England in 1854. She asked the War Office if she could go to help wounded soldiers who were fighting in the Crimean War (1853-1856), but she wasn’t allowed. So she raised the money herself and travelled to Balaclava, Ukraine. Here, she looked after Brit-ish soldiers who had been injured. In 2016, a statue of her was built outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Lilian Bader was born in 1918 in Liverpool and went on to become one of the very first black women to join the British Armed Forces. Starting out as a canteen assistant at an army base in Yorkshire, she eventually trained as an instrument repairer, before becoming a leading aircraftwoman and soon afterwards earning herself the rank of Corporal. Joan Armatrading was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. She went on to be nominated three times. She arrived in the UK at the age of seven, from the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts. She started writing songs at the age of 14. She also taught herself to play the guitar. Then, in 2007, she became the first female UK artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboards blues chart (which is like the top 40 chart for blues music in America).
Learie Constantine become England’s first black peer because of the work that he did for politics and racial equality. This means he was allowed to sit in the House of Lords and take part in important political debates. He was also a well-known cricket player. He settled in Britain in a town in Lancashire called Nelson after he played cricket there for the West Indies in 1928. “School children came out in their droves to see him because the only black face they’d seen before was a coal miner,” explained the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Tony Beckett.' Paul Stephenson was born in England and went to a school where he was the only black child. Even though it does not feel like that long ago, at that time he was a child, being black and being English were sometimes seen as two very different things. This is what inspired him to go on to dedicate his life to stopping racial discrimination and bringing black and white communities together. He became Bristol’s first black social worker, which improved the relationship between black and white people in the city. He spent his life leading important campaigns that made big changes in how black people were treated, and it is said that his work played a part in Britain’s first Race Relations Act in 1965. Sir Trevor MacDonald is one the most wellknown presenters on TV in Britain. He was born in Trinidad where he worked in the media, but came over to Britain in the late 1960s to work for the BBC in London. He later moved
Miss Panchal ASSISTANT YEAR 9 TEAM LEADER
in a steel factory, this was a common vacancy for the migrants of Asian or Black backgrounds at that time. In those days you would find that Black and Asian communities would live in close proximity and mix amongst themselves as they had similar stories to tell, whether it was from the Caribbean or India. When growing up my grandad would tell us stories about the British Empire the good, bad and ugly. Every night would be like a history lesson from the India Pakistan partition to his struggles when first visiting the UK in the 60s where there were clear guidelines that if you were of colour, there were certain shops and areas that you were not allowed to enter.
I am a first generation British; my parents came to England in the mid 1970s where they first settled in Leicester then Harrow. In the late 70s my parents moved to Dudley and started work
I was always fascinated to learn of his first-hand experiences as I would never learn this in my history lesson when I was at school. My grandad’s racial abuse always came from not being understood or being different. I am lucky that I haven’t experienced anything to the level that my ancestors did, however, believe that racism always stems from the naivety of others.
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Being Black in the UK WE spoke to some of our students about Black History Month and the recent Black Lives Matters campaign. We also asked them to share some of their experiences with us and their thoughts on how we can make positive changes.
Claudia Trindade Do Nascimento
Tell us a little about your background: My name is Claudia I was born in Portugal, but my parents and my brothers were born in São Tomé e Príncipe. In 2015, my mom and my brothers moved to England because my dad died, and we wanted a new start. My brothers and mom have worked very hard to provide for me since we moved here. I had a great time living here, but England is where I was introduced to racism. Tell us a little about your background: My name is Awa, I was born in a small country on the west coast of Africa, called The Gambia. My parents migrated with me and my twin brother to England in 2010, they believed that in the UK we would be provided with better education and that our family would be more united. My parents have worked hard to get us where we are and have always emphasised how important it is not to lose touch of our African roots and to work hard. Have you experienced any racism in the UK? During my time in the UK, I have become increasingly familiar with the term racism/racist both from children and adults. Unfortunately because of that, in my early years I developed a talent in laughing off casually racist actions. Experiencing this at a young age made me conscious of how I looked and sounded. At a point in my life, I hated my features that did not match with the Eurocentric beauty standards but now I’m proud of who I am and how I look. As a black person I find that we try to do everything to the best of our ability so that others won’t automatically assume the worst of us. I sometimes hear things such as ‘go back to your country’ no one has the right to tell me what my country is but for me. I will continue to fight against racism in society and I will no longer give people the excuse of ‘they are simply uneducated. What is your response to the Black Lives Matters Campaign? I thought that more of my fellow pupils would be aware of the injustices faced by black people however it seems as if some people have become more oblivious to the issue at hand. In the past few weeks, I have heard people mocking Black Lives Matter. A phrase I hear often that people don’t realise the significant impact of is ‘All Lives Matter’ which communicates to us as black people that you don’t see our pain and suffering. I also hear people saying things such as ‘It isn’t always about race’ however as a black person it is ALWAYS about race. Systematic racism is rooted in everything we do such as the lack of black authors we learn about in English or the hairstyle I can wear to school compared to my white peer. I remember an instance when I wore an accessory in my hair to school. To me it was just an accessory however to others it meant that I was affiliated with a gang. Not because of my actions as a person, but because I am black.
Have you experienced any racism in the UK? I had to realise that being black came with some fear. Being looked at in a peculiar way simply because of the colour of the skin. By witnessing that, I’ve always had to worry about how I speak or what I look like. This made me feel really uneasy about my hair, because since I’ve been wearing my natural hair out, I’ve always had people make covert racist remarks such as asking if it is my real hair or making assumptions regarding it. Although not all white people are racist, I receive more racist remarks from that race . As a black person I envy the privilege of others as they do not get a sense of fear, I live with a fear of being targeted due to my race. It is not something that should be the norm I know I’m not the only black girl to go through this feeling as it is a collective feeling. What changes would you like to see as a result? It is time for things to change in not only America but also the UK. We have seen in the media how the police have treated black people. The police are here to protect us but I when I look at the police I don’t feel protected and I know I’m not the only black kid that has felt like that. As a black person I do not get the same privileges as white person. Hannah Sonusi
Tell us a little about your background: Growing up as a Black British girl in the UK hasn’t been all rosy. My first recollection of some micro-aggressive things said to me are: “Where are you from?” I was confused as the only place I’ve known as home is Great Britain! Have you experienced any racism in the UK? Sometimes people come up to me and touch my hair, which I find rude and embarrassing. I once went to a store and I felt glaring eyes following me as I shopped for my mum who was waiting in the car park for me due to her migraines. I felt victimised because I personally think I was picked on because of the colour of my skin. I
think people should think beyond skin colour and focus on what good they can contribute to society. A quote I find encouraging is: “We must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth rather than a reason for destruction.” In conclusion, I think people should be educated more about what is acceptable in today’s society and people should not be judged by their skin colour but by what they add to society positively.
an advantage they didn’t earn, and black people get a disadvantage they don’t deserve”. However, I hope it’s clear that I am not a victim, I don’t want anyone’s pity. I am black and proud- and will never be ashamed of that. I am unapologetically me, and despite all the discrimination I face daily and will continue to face for the rest of my life, I will come out stronger every single time. Black is beautiful and powerful!
Have you experienced racism personally? Being black in Britain is difficult. Prime minister, Boris Johnson has even said that black people from Africa bear “watermelon smiles”. It’s hard to feel welcome when some people feel as if ‘we’ don’t belong here, even though I was born here. Britain has multiple religions and ethnicities, and as a whole country, we need to be aware that our society is a multicultural nation that advocates for equality and diversity. Unfortunately, the UK preaches it but does not always practice it. Britain tries to promote opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination. Whereas, the reality of being a black youth and British is being sent home for having braids, black boys in isolation for having a number 1 haircut and it being called an “extreme hairstyle”, everyone looking at you in class when they mention slavery, and oh don’t get me started on people touching our hair!
Tell us a little about your background: My name is Abdalrahman Mostafa. Abdul for short. I am 14 years old and in Year 9. I came to England from Egypt in 2019. I came in England because my father works here in the NHS. He works as an Orthopaedic doctor in the NHS, my mother worked as a professor of chemistry in Minia University, this was in the city that I used to live in it in Egypt. When I knew that I was coming to England I was excited but rather nervous because when you are in another country you don’t hear about the other country that much. I thought that England had racism to Muslims. England is a country with lots of things I never saw before and I really like it.
Our curriculum consists of 99% white history, and a lot of my friends and peers will never understand the sinking feeling of skimming through a textbook and not seeing someone who looks like you. I learn about all the amazing white people in history at school, but when it comes to amazing black people in history, I am taught about them via social media- which is great, but it shouldn’t be that way. Black history is British history. How have you been impacted by the Black Lives Matters Protests? I’m quite vocal about Black Lives Matter movement, my older sister Tanya, worked alongside Darian (ex-Head Boy for Nunnery) while organising the protests at Worcester Racecourse. The turnout was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for more, but I hope it’s clear that there were black people wrongfully killed before George Floyd, and as brilliant the publicity was and how many people’s eyes were opened, it’s still so disappointing that it took a global pandemic to make people sit down and listen to what we’ve been saying for decades on end. Black Lives Matter is not political, never has been, it’s about basic human rights. What changes would you like to see? I’m forced every day to accept that I’m different and I make up about 1 seventh of all the black people in my entire year group. I would never wish the kind of loneliness I feel being one of few black people in any given place on others. I just hope that people use this time to better the world, it’s key to be vocal about things like this and as Barbie once said, “white people get
Have you experienced racism? But what I feared most happened, racism and bullying. You may think why? I am a really kind person and I really hate violence, my religion has guided my way not to be violent. I always think that violence isn’t the right thing. Racism happens where a person thinks that he is superior and they can control everyone. But actually they are a weak person but acts strong and targets the weak people. Racism is a virus that has lived in the veins of men for far too long, there is no such things that are called evil people, but there are evil ideas. I have faced racism in many ways when I come here. One day someone said to me “All Muslims are terrorists”. It shocked me. It is not about me this time. It is about a huge number of people exactly 1.2 billion people. I can’t disagree that some of them are terrorists but not all of them. I hate when people think about us this way. That just really hurts me. Other racist gestures, like two people who look 19 or 20 years looking at me in a weird way, some people I don’t know swearing at me for no reason and a lot of looks that looks like I came from outer space or something. How I get on with that? Well, I ignore it and as time goes I just get used to it. What changes would you like to see? Overall, I think it is a great experience living in England. I especially thank the school for taking me in and caring of me. It really differs than the school in Egypt. What I suggest is people in school that were faced with bullying or racism just to talk to someone because if you just keep it in yourself, it will make you feel worse and it the bad memory will live with you longer and haunt you. If you talk about it, you take your pressure off you and you feel more relaxed about it. And I also suggest that the school should spread more awareness of racism and how everyone is just the same human race no matter what differs from skin colour, religion or anything, we are the same human civilization.
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Bright Futures Ahead for Ex Nunnery Students Grace Mosely, HEAD GIRL 2017 – 2018 After Nunnery, I went to Kings School Worcester on a scholarship to study English Literature, Politics, and Religion and Philosophy. I played for Kings first hockey team in both my lower and upper sixth years and was elected as Head of House in my upper sixth year. I achieved an EPQ (extended project qualification) as well as 3 B’s in my A Levels. In the year to come I am taking a gap year. In October I’m resitting 2 of my exams, with the hopes of 2 A’s. After this, I hope to apply to the political science university SciencePo, in France. If I am successful in my application, I will move to France in April 2021 and hope to start in September 2021.
of Worcester’s Black History Month as well as discussions on the future of Worcester Cathedral where I serve as an intercessor and steward. I am now going on to study History and Politics at Christ Church, Oxford.
also took part in the Young Enterprise Programme there. I am now going on to study Psychology with a placement year at the University of Bath this September which I am really looking forward to.
Harry Church After completing my time at Nunnery I went on to study Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science at A Level at Worcester Sixth Form college. In my first year, I sat and achieved an A in my AS Further Maths. In my second year I completed an EPQ in AI (Artificial intelligence) and achieved an A. At the end of my time at Worcester Sixth Form I achieved A*AA. I am now going to study mathematics at Nottingham.
Darian Murray-Griffiths, HEAD BOY 2017-2018
After I finished my time at high school, I studied Politics, Classical Civilisation, English Literature and Modern History at A Level and classical Greek and Latin at certificate level. As a speaker at college open events I honed my ability to speak in public which would later serve me well when I spoke at the local BLM rally. I am currently involved in the organisation
With the excellent guidance from Nunnery Wood High School, I was able to blossom as an academic student allowing me to realise my full potential. Following my expert education, I was able to join my dream college and study Biology, Chemistry and Religious Studies. Despite the current climate of COVID-19, I was fortunate enough to obtain the grades I needed to study natural sciences as a degree at Cambridge University. I am forever thankful to Nunnery Wood High School in allowing me to take the first step in to further education and for letting me grow and develop as a student, as well as an adolescent. I truly feel that this excellent high school has given me the foundations required to access my dream degree at my dream university. Carla Shipley After Nunnery Wood I went on to study Maths, Psychology and Sociology A levels, Further Maths AS Level and an EPQ in Psychology. I
Shakespeare Schools Festival 2020
Asarla Dib After completing my time at NWHS, I went on to take 4 A Levels, two enrichment courses including an EPQ in Law and a Maths AS Level at Worcester Sixth Form College. After starting an AS Level at Nunnery, I was able to finish my first A Level in my first year at college which is what allowed me to take so many courses. Alongside this, I chose to continue being a student ambassador (as I was at Nunnery) and helped out in multiple events. Despite not sitting my exams, I was able to achieve the appropriate grades to go to the best university for Psychology; Bath University, where I am about to start a 5 year MastersScience (MSci) course in psychology. I am intending to take a placement year in 2022-23 working within the mental health sector, as my ultimate goal is to come out of university with a First level degree and to become a counsellor. Nunnery helped me to be capable of doing these things as the teachers always treated us like young adults and offered a plethora of different supporting resources/ teaching methods and time and I am very thankful to the school for equipping me with all the necessary skills to
Lockdown Entrepreneur Success YEAR 11 Student, Phoebe Chan came up with an idea to paint a pair of trainers during lockdown and posted them on social media shop, Deepop. She was overwhelmed by the huge response to her designs and decided to set up a business from home selling bespoke designed trainers. Phoebe said, “I bought a pair of Air Force 1 Nike trainers and I decided to paint a design on them. I study Art GCSE and I love pastel colours, so I painted a design with the Nike logo using the pastel paints. I received a huge response from Deepop when I posted them. I started to receive requests for bespoke designs, so I sat down and worked out how I could make this into a business. I had to take into consideration the cost of the trainers to buy as well as my paints, shipping costs and my time to make the designs. I also researched other sellers and tried to pitch my prices accordingly.”
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Sophie Cockeram YEAR 9 THIS year for The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) we are performing Romeo and Juliet. Usually, each school would rehearse their chosen Shakespeare play, then perform it in Redditch theatre after a workshop with the SSF crew. However, due to Covid-19, theatres have shut so the organisers have decided that schools should submit a video of their performance instead. Nunnery Wood has decided to step things up a notch and are videoing the finished product in the style of a film. This means each scene will be filmed in a different area of the school to make it more interesting and easier for the viewer to following along with the story. For those who don’t know, Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story between Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) who fall in love despite the feud between their two families. Unfortunately, when they try to marry in secret, they begin a fight between family members and some lose their lives. This tale is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays - it has been a fantastic experience being a part of it and I look forward to submitting our performance in November.
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Year 7 Students Take on a Marathon!
YEAR 7 students were encouraged to get their running shoes on and complete a marathon during the month of October! Students as well as staff were keen to get involved in order to support St Richard’s Hospice. Mrs Telger, Year Team Leader of Year 7 is always keen to support the hospice and encourages her year group, including the tutors and other staff to do so also. The students could complete the distance in stages throughout the month and were given sheets to record their miles on. Many also chose to share pictures of them in action. Awards and certificates will be presented to all who take part. St Richard’s Hospice relies on donations to fund its vital work. Lockdown has made it especially difficult for many of their usual events to go ahead and their shops have been closed until recently. St Richard's Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. They also support their loved ones. The hospice cannot do any of this without donations. Miss Speechley said: “During lockdown we raised over £1600 for the hospice by completing a 100km run, walk or cycle challenge. We decided to go for the October marathon challenge in order to give our new Year 7 students
the opportunity to be involved in a charity event and work as a new year team. We have set the challenge of raising £500, but at only half way through the challenge at the time of writing we are already at £220 so we hope to meet the target and maybe exceed it. We understand finances are very tight for many people currently and the generosity of our community has been overwhelming. Every pound counts and
we have one JustGiving account that everyone can donate to, the amount is not important. Mrs Telger, Head of Year 7 said: “I became aware that charities were going to struggle during lockdown, so I decided to complete the 100K
Your Way challenge in June.The pressures on charities has not eased and so it is vital that we do what we can as a school to support St Richard’s. The amount raised so far has been super and will support St Richard’s with their palliative care.” There are still a few days left of the challenge and time to sponsor the students. https://www. justgiving.com/fundraising/nunnery-wood-highschool1
Eating Cake for a Good Cause STAFF at Nunnery Wood were keen to support the National Macmillan Coffee Morning. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective
that it continued each year. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £275 million for Macmillan. Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause. Despite Covid, staff were able to grab a cake and donate to this charity. They couldn’t get together to eat it due to social distancing measures and departmental bubbles, but the cake was very welcome.
There was an element of competition in some of the delight produced for sale! There was a treat to tempt everyone and it was a much needed treat at the end of a busy week. A raffle to win a voucher for M&S was also held which was won by Mr Delerenzo.
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Virtual Open Evening 2020 OPEN Evening 2020 was a very different experience to usual, just like so many other things this year. We were unable to welcome visitors into the school and so we had to use technology to bring the school to them. Normally we welcome about 1000 people into the school to look around. This year, we were able to produce a virtual open evening web page where prospective parents could access a wide range of videos and information. This included a video tour of
the school as well as presentations from Mr Powell, Mr Williams, Mr Hawley and Miss Speechley. They each speak about a particular aspect of school life with video images to highlight what the school has to offer. Perhaps most importantly, the students also feature in one of the videos and share their experiences of life at Nunnery Wood and speak passionately about their subjects and opportunities. This was the first time the school had produced an open
evening in this way. Miss Speechley, who along with Mr Hancock produced the videos and website said, â€œIt was quite a challenge to be able to show off the excellent facilities, curriculum and exceptional care that is on offer to students here at nunnery wood in short video clips. There is so much to include in a very short time. We hope that we have encapsulated a feeling of life at Nunnery wood and highlighted what it is to be a part of such a tremendous community. The
students who appear in the video were full of enthusiasm and were excited to be part of the web site. Hopefully we will be able to welcome visitors again soon, but in the meantime, the new part of the website is doing the job!â€?
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World Mental Health Day 2020 WORLD Mental Health Day is Organised by the World Health Organisation and is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma surrounding mental health.
So if you’re struggling with your mental health, or you know someone else who is, what can you do? The most important thing is to make sure this information is shared with a responsible and trusted adult.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s daily lives, many people have felt the impact of this on their mental health.
There are a number of other handy tips and tricks you can try out if there are times when you’re not feeling too great, and you can suggest these to friends and family too:
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Anxiety and depression are the most common problems, with around 1 in 10 people affected at any one time. Between one and two in every 100 people experience a severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and have periods when they lose touch with reality. People affected may hear voices, see things no one else sees, hold unusual or irrational beliefs, feel unrealistically powerful, or read particular meanings into everyday events.
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The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘mental health for all’ This could mean checking in on friends or family who you suspect may be having a tough time, talking about mental health issues more freely and openly, or being a good listener when it comes to those you care about.
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Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Spend time outdoors. Plan something to look forward to like reading a new book, baking something tasty, or taking part in a sport you love. Make sure your diet is healthy and balanced, which includes having the odd treat here and there too. Help others as giving back can actually help make us feel good. Take part in a physical activity. This can include things like walking, dancing, cycling and even a game of hide and seek or tag! Spend time with supportive people - these could be friends, family members or people at school and even if you aren’t able to meet in person, online hangouts can be just as beneficial.
Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can:
Make the most of your potential Cope with life Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
Many people who live with a mental health problem or are developing one try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s reactions. And many people feel troubled without having a diagnosed, or diagnosable, mental health problem - although that doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling to cope with daily life. In their PHSE lessons, year 7 students explored issues surrounding mental health and well- being and produced posters to advise people on how to enjoy good mental health.
Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life. There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling. Although certain symptoms are common in specific mental health problems, no two people behave in exactly the same way when they are unwell.
The Library is Still Here for You! THE library has adapted to Covid rules by opening to different year groups at different times and establishing a booking and delivery
service of reading books to students. This is done via Reading Cloud and is very easy to do. What will your next read be?
LIBRARY OPENING TIMES Open every break time and lunchtime for designated year group: Monday Year 8 Tuesday Year 7 Wednesday Year 9 Thursday Year 10 Friday Year 11
Open every day after school for Year 11 students only from 3:05 until 4:00.
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First Experiences at Nunnery Wood OUR new Year 7 students have taken to life at Nunnery Wood like ducks to water. Starting High School is always an exciting but also nerve wracking time and this year has added so many more challenges. We could not be more proud of the new year group. Unlike years before them, they were unable to attend intake days, Pyramid Days or other events that they usually would prior to arriving in September. Many had also had several months of limited lessons in school and lots of learning from home. However, they have transitioned with ease. They were able to meet Mr Powell, Mrs Telger and Mrs Binnersley in virtual intake days and were able to access all of the information that they needed via our website before starting the new term. They arrived full of enthusiasm and positivity in September hand have continued this throughout the term. They have taken the rules relating to sanitising and face masks in their stride as well as having their own entrance and social areas. They are enjoying lessons and have easily found their way around the school. Many are already joining in clubs at lunchtime and after school and are fully engaging in school life. Mrs Telger, head of Year 7 said, “Considering the challenge faced by our new students, Year 7 are shaping up nicely and enjoying being back in school after their long break. I have personally enjoyed meeting them every morning at the front entrance and saying goodbye at the end of the school day. I see so many happy and cheerful faces, it really is a delight to see. They have had to learn the school expectations really quickly and hot the ground running, but first impressions are very pleasing. I look forward to the next 5 years!” We asked some of our new Year 7s to share their experiences of starting at Nunnery Wood with us.
The school was big, I got used to it, however there is some changes here and there in school still.
from quarantine but there really was nothing to be afraid of and all throughout my day there was smiles.
My form tutor was nicer than I expected! My form tutor is Miss Mothershaw.
I was amazed when I heard that there was a computing club and I was eager to join. I really recommend that other kids should go here.
My favourite lessons are English and French currently. My first club I joined was Newspaper club. Scarlett Lippett I joined Nunnery this year. I went to Whittington primary which is a small school with only 210 students which is less than in just year 7. I thought that I’d be nervous when I first started but I was actually fine. The staff were really welcoming and not having the older years there for a day was really helpful. I like all my lessons but my favourites are English and music I’ve even started to enjoy French! Every Friday I go to the canteen and the food there is really good, they are a good time to catch up with your friends and talk about lessons.
Although there was a lot of things I was scared about, I was also quite excited. I was looking forward to loads of things like making new friends and having new experiences. I also want to go on different school trips when we are allowed! The teachers are really kind and helpful, and seem to care about how you are doing. My favourite subjects are art and English I am also learning things in completely new subjects compared to primary, like DT and German. Overall, this experience has been wonderful, and I enjoy coming to Nunnery Wood every day! Lilly-May Collins When I first came to Nunnery Wood, I thought it was a very big building. After a few weeks here I was kind of fluent with my lessons/classes. The school was big, I got used to it.
Jasmin Jones Starting at Nunnery Wood High School during this pandemic, I thought it would be different because for us it’s new but for all the other years it Is different. I’ve been here for a month now and am enjoying school, clubs are starting to set up and there are lots of different subjects to enjoy.
I’ve already joined the newspaper club and looking at getting guitar lessons. I I’ve really enjoyed my time at Nunnery so far and feel welcome and settled. Scarlett Bennell-Stringer I am a new year 7 and I started this school in a pandemic and I thought it would be bad but, it was OK. You might get lost a lot but you don’t get into trouble if you are a little late. Trust me eventually you stop getting lost in no time. I know it is hard to believe but you do get to know the school inside out much faster than you would think. I think that the canteen is nice. There is a lot of clubs to join and lots of extra-curricular activities to do. You will love Nunnery Wood.
Darcey Gauler When I first started at Nunnery, I was anxious about many things. Getting lost, getting in trouble, even what I was going to learn about! But I soon realized I didn’t need to worry. Everyone here is really nice and welcoming, and I know lots of my friends would agree that Nunnery Wood High is a lovely community.
DJ Smith I am loving being here at Nunnery Wood I have made friends. Year 7 is amazing. The new rules are because of the current pandemic are fair. The canteen food is wonderful and a wide range of food. I like the PE it was scary at first but it was fine when I made friends with.
Ellis Tripp At first I felt very worried and uncomfortable. I didn’t know anyone, but I know most the school for I had a family member go here so he told me where and when my classes where at so I got used to it. My favourite lesson is computing, art and English. I usually have food from the cafeteria and I love it. The teachers are very kind. My form tutor is very kind friendly and he is also my science teacher. Overall this the best school in my opinion. Shahed Noufal Nunnery Wood High School accepted me in their lovely school and that day I was very happy I cannot believe that I was accepted in Nunnery Wood! Six weeks of the summer holidays past, then it was time for me to go to high school. I was really scared when I went to school but in two or three days I have settled in okay. I was getting very lost in the school because it was huge but you should be proud of me because I have made so many friends. I have done well in all lessons and I have done them all and my teacher was really happy with me. I am enjoying learning new subjects such as German and DT. Angel Dowtin My first few weeks at have been extraordinary and I am still enjoying myself. On my first day here at Nunnery I had already made two amazing friends and I couldn’t ask for any other teachers because believe me when I say they are ALL amazing, they truly are! I am really enjoying my time here and I’m learning so much already. I was very scared after going into high school
I also found that the school was huge it felt like a maze twisting and turning to find your next class. I soon got used to it though. My first club was the newspaper club so this is my first post! I have taken a liking to art, DT and many others. So my first few weeks have been amazing! Harry Bloss “It’s been really good starting here. The teachers are nice and we do fun activities. Computing is my favourite subject and I have joined computing and football clubs. Before I came I was worried about getting too much homework, but it has actually been OK.” Ellie Nightingale “My favourite subject is Art. My teacher is Mrs Thomas. At the moment we are drawing tigers, which I am really enjoying. I was worried about making friends before I came, but now I have made lots of new friends. There is lots of variety with subjects. I have also joined rounders club.” Katie-Ann Kerrod “Before I came here I was mostly concerned about making new friends, but now I have and it’s good. I like that there are lots of different lessons, such as DT and cooking that we didn’t get to do at primary school.” Francesca -Maria Mole “I was also worried about making new friends, but now I have made lots of new friends. The teachers are really welcoming. Mr Pirrie is my favourite teacher. He is always really helpful.”
Jasmine Hudson I am really enjoying being at Nunnery Wood High school! At first I was quite worried about a few things like not being with my friends from primary school and not knowing anyone. I still see my friends from primary everyday but now I have lots of new best friends that I hang out with. As soon as I walked through the doors everybody was so helpful and welcoming which made me feel like I was part of the Nunnery Wood community. My favourite subject is art because I love my teacher and I like the fact that it lets my creativity flow. All the teachers are really nice and helpful and are there if you need help.
Nevan Cook “I like it at Nunnery. I’ve made new friends. PE is my favourite subject. There are good sports facilities here. The teachers are all good and the lessons are interesting.” Gabriel Lapinski I really enjoy music and drama the most. I really like using the electronic music such as Garage Band using the Mac computers. We are doing a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in drama class at the moment. We are bringing in props for our performance. I am looking forward to it a lot. All of the teachers at Nunnery Wood are brilliant.”
My overall experience has been amazing so far. Nunnery Wood is beyond anything I ever imagined and every day I go home learning something new. I’m so happy I picked Nunnery. Roxy Alldrett I was really scared to start here. I thought I would get lost and never make it to lessons on time but , the teachers helped me learn to get around the school. Nunnery has the most amazing lessons . My personal favourite has got to be science. It is so fun to learn ,because we get to do fun experiments. The PE department is full of exiting things. One of my favourite things in PE is rounders. It teaches enthusiastic young adults the skills. The canteen food is so tasty. There is hot wraps, burgers, pizzas, milkshakes, fruit pots and that’s not even half .I enjoy eating it every single time I buy something. There’s no dealt about that. If you are yet to try it I say I should! Victoria Widdus On my first day of high school I felt quite anxious but I found that the teachers were welcoming as well as my fellow classmates. I also was very happy to find that the school had a library full of so many genres, unlike my old school that only had a limited amount of genres.
Nadaal Baber English is my favourite subject. My teacher is Mrs Guest. I really like writing. I have made lots of new friends and the teachers are nice. Before I came here I was worried that the school is so big, but now I don’t and I can find my way around.”
Year 7 Letters to Primary Schools MRS Kurkus’s Year 7 English class reflected on their first half term at Nunnery Wood. Some chose to write letters to their old primary school to let them know how they are getting on, other wrote their thoughts down to look back on in the future. Here are some of the contributions.
Tilly Griffiths 7.5 My first term at Nunnery Wood has been really positive so far. I have really enjoyed all of my lessons and I like all of my teachers. I was really looking forward to having different teachers for all my lessons. Having different teach-ers for each subject is really good and each teacher knows lots about their own subject. All of the subjects have been really interesting and all of the teachers have made the lessons really fun and fascinating. I have really enjoyed what we have been doing in all my lessons. I really enjoy my science lessons as they are fun and I learn loads of information. The best thing about starting Nunnery Wood has been meeting lots of new people who share similar interests that I do. I have met lots of new people and it has been a great experience. Another new experience I have had is having so many more children in the school, at my primary school there wasn’t many children, but now I have more of a chance to make so many more friends and meet loads of new people. Some advice I would give to a child who is starting year 7 in September is to be confident and don’t worry. I know that I worried a lot over the first few days but now I look back and realise that what I was worrying about is all fine. I would just say have fun, make sure that you don’t worry and be positive and it will all go well and you will have a great time. At first the school feels massive but as you get through the first few days you start to learn your way around. Everyone is very helpful within the first few days so they can always let you know when you need help finding
Before I started Nunnery Wood, I was looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things. Although it has been hard to socialise in school with COVID-19, I’ve managed to achieve both of these and my enthusiasm to learn has remained, if not increased.
As well as excitement, I felt a little bit nervous about getting lost in such a big school and getting to know my new teachers. With the help of my sister (in year nine) and lots of friendly teachers, I found my way to all of my classes without being late! My teachers are all really nice and I get along with them well. I have also learned some new subjects such as dance/ drama, nutrition and DT. My favourite subjects include P.E, dance, art and science. The opportunities at Nunnery are endless. For me the best thing about starting here was the independence to do things on my own such as making friends, walking to school and getting to know my teachers. For the students joining Nunnery in the future I would tell them to be positive, try not to worry and you’ll do great.
Charlotte Baker-Bentley Dear Mrs. Wheeler, I am really enjoying it at Nunnery Wood High School. During the six-week holidays I was getting worried on how all the lessons were going to work with being bubbled from the rest of the school. It is not that different from Nunnery Primary, apart from the fact that we must wear face masks in the corridors and until we sit down in class. My teachers are quite nice and the lessons are amazing. It was confusing at first to figure out where each class was and which route would be the quickest to get to next class. My advice to next years’ Year 7 would be, ‘do not lose your map’, otherwise they may end up in the wrong class!
Annika Potter Dear Miss Guyatt, I am writing to you to tell you about my first half term here at Nunnery Wood High School. I’ve really enjoyed it.
Kyle Doherty Dear Mrs Smith, I’ve nearly finished a term at my high school, so I wanted to tell you about it. I was looking forward to going to Nunnery Wood because I would get to make new friends, get to learn new subjects and have new teachers. I was nervous about getting bullied, how people would treat me and how different it would be to primary school. No-one bullied me or treated me badly and I find it a lot better than primary school! I find the teachers fantastic and the subjects fun. The best thing about starting Nunnery Wood is making friends, talking to people I have never seen before and some of the new subjects. I have had a few new experiences like I have done: Drama, Nutrition, German and Music. I would say to someone starting Nunnery Wood that they should not be nervous, everyone is nice to you, it is fun and it is a lot better than primary school.
Everyone should come to Nunnery Wood. It is an amazing and I’m so happy to be a part of.
Oliver Graham My first half term at Nunnery Wood High School has been exciting. My favourite subject is PE because we have done fun topics such as football, athletics and soft ball. At first when I started, I felt a bit nervous about getting to lessons but I have got used to the layout and the one way system. If I had to give a piece of advice to a year 6 student starting next year, it would be that the first few weeks are the hardest, and after that it’s like you’ve always been here. Sam Kelly At first, I thought I would not be able to find my way around the school, but it gets surprisingly easier over time. As you walk around to your lessons using the map you start to memorise the corridors, making it way easier to get to lessons quickly. To the year 6 students that are still at the school, don’t worry about going to high school as it isn’t as bad as you think. Just keep on top of your homework and do not mess around in lessons and you will be just fine. I thought that it would be SUPER HARD to do the work , but just listen to how its explained and you will be able to do its just fine.
Lucy Clarke Dear Mrs Wheeler,I am writing to tell you about my first term at Nunnery Wood High School. So far it’s going really well. Due to restrictions with Covid some plans have been cancelled such as residential trips. However, I am extremely pleased with the classes I am in. I The teachers are nice but very strict, I have made lots of friends here and I’m enjoying it a lot.I hope everything is going well back at the primary school.
Something that is new to me is when everyone walks between lessons it’s something I never expected to be as easy as it is, I thought it would be impossible to find lessons between the crowds of people but it’s really not you just have to know where you’re going and you will be perfectly fine.
Hope you are well and good, Dennis Popeila My first half term at Nunnery Wood has been fantastic. I got to learn about William duke of Normandy in history in DT we have been designing our headphone our headphone wraps overall my first half term has been amazing even though covid-19 is still a thing.
Alfie Watson My first half-term at NWHS has been amazing. I’ve made new friends and had brilliant teachers. My favourite subject is science because there are cool experiments to do all year. We do Bunsen burner licenses and learn about safety flames and blue flames. In English, we got to choose a book for book buzz. There was a variety of books like crater lake and the haven. Even though it has been a different first half-term to other people, it has still been incredible.
Jacob Rothwell I am getting on well in Year 7. At first the school seemed massive. Now it is getting more familiar and is getting easier to navigate around. I find that the subjects are great and are finding that the teachers are encouraging and want you to do the best work you possibly can. When I first started I was a bit nervous about finding my way but as I said I’m fine now.
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Ewan Wilson Dear Mrs Lee, I have so far enjoyed high school and have settled in really well. The lessons are significantly different but you get eased into them and the teachers are always prepared to help. The lessons are a lot harder and really push everyone to get better. You won’t get told off for being late or getting lost in the first few days, but they still have very high standards for behaviour. It’s a lot better at high school, as you get given more independence then you are at primary school and they let you try things on your own. Overall I think high school teaches you how to be organised, punctual, self-disciplined and of course more intelligent.
Lucy May Morris I think that Nunnery is an amazing school and everyone who gets a place is so lucky to get in. You get an amazing education no matter what school you last went to. They will make you a well-behaved child and young adult ready for college and university. The food in the canteen is delicious and worth the price. The school is so well laid out. You can also earn merits, a postcard home, a coloured tie, and lots more for astounding behaviour. There is lots of homework but it is not too hard. Every child gets to learn about 15 subjects for their curriculum for the year. The staff here at Nunnery Wood are amazing at their jobs and are all so kind. Due to Covid, you must wear a mask around in the corridors and you have to sanitise. Everyone has to space out as much as possible. Everyone at this school is amazing and so is the school.
Zuzanna Kosciolek Dear Perry Wood Primary and Nursery school, It has been very fun Nunnery Wood. It would have been even more epic if Covid didn’t turn up. I have to wear a mask in the halls and Social distancing. But I do understand why we need to do these things. I hope every-thing is well at Perry Wood and fun. I will make sure I will
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Computing Club COMPUTING Club made a cracking launch this month with Year 7 students. Running after school on Fridays this year, it continues to be popular as ever, with numbers oversubscribed. We’ve introduced new and exciting top tech and students are eager to get stuck in to learning computing in a practical and fun way. As a computing department, we have already spotted true talent amongst Year 7, coming up to Nunnery Wood with advanced skills in programming, video editing and even some Social Media stars. In a world where technology is even more vital for our existence than ever, it’s our next generation that are going to provide the innovation and genius to continue to move forward in our modern world. Through Computing Club students learn how to engage with the technical world in a fun and safe way.
and programming Lego Mindstorms robots, filming and video editing with a DSLR camera and blue screen, programming and flying drones, dismantling and building desktop PCs, experiencing Virtual Reality with the Playstation 4 and PSVR, creating Artificial Intelligence in Python programming, designing and creating websites, and learning a range of programming techniques through different means of software. Year 7s get the opportunity to experience all of these incredible activities throughout their time in Computing Club.
With anti-bacterial wipes and separate activity stations around the room, students had the opportunity to get hands on from day one of Computing Club. IT3 was transformed into a hub of Computing activity including creating
Educational Game Testing
DURING lockdown Nunnery Wood High School Computing Department was one of the schools chosen in England and Scotland to conduct testing on an educational computer game (due to our outstanding reputation in Computing and IMedia) that will be free to download for Apple OS and Android. This was run by a Scottish-based studio that focuses on developing games and interactive technology for science and health education (along with the University of Sterling, Glasgow and Queen’s University Belfast). The game will educate players on how coronavirus infects different individuals, and how vaccines work to combat the virus. The aim of the game is to reduce anxiety associated with COVID-19 and improve adherence to guidance throughout the pandemic. Students logged onto the beta test for the game and gave their feedback on what they thought of
the game and how it could be improved. Many of the schools selected only had a handful of students give feedback however Nunnery Wood students did themselves proud with over 150 giving valuable feedback to the company. For their feedback 20 students were picked to receive a £10 amazon voucher each and the department was given an equivalent amount to spend on equipment. The Department has since purchased two programmable drones that can be used to teach coding. The drones will first be used by Year 7 in an after school club on Fridays and hopefully other year groups will also get to use the drones in order to understand coding in a more real world environment.
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Artistof the week Izzy Mann YEAR 8
Joel Penkman YEAR 8
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Media reviews Console War - PS5 vs Xbox Series X William Darby YEAR 9
A console war is about to begin following the announcement of two new systems. The details of the Xbox Series X were recently leaked and confirmed later on by Microsoft.
only (£399). Whilst the Xbox and PS5 are the same price, the Xbox will be more powerful and its lower cost version $100 cheaper making it the better choice. However, Sony has a lot more games and players having won the last console war.
Hazel Homer YEAR 9
There will be a cheaper console called the series S (£299) which is digital only. The more expensive version is called the series x (£499) which will have a higher spec, more storage, and a Blu-ray drive. The top spec PS5 will cost the same and there will be a cheaper version which will be digital
Bill And Ted Face The Music review Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9
This is the third instalment to the ‘Bill and Ted’ franchise, which was famous in the 1980s to the 1990s. They are a laugh-out loud comedic series of films, and are not to be taken seriously. Many people were worried about this film, as comedy sequels are infamous for being bad and a discredit to the original, but not this one, this one in many ways improves upon its predecessors. The premise of this film revolves around a much older Bill and Ted, and we hear that they have been told for many years that they will write a song that will unite the world and bring world peace. However after many years, they
are running out of ideas, and their music is slowly getting worse. This causes problems for Bill and Ted, as they are losing time to write the song. Before I continue, I will note that the first 10 minutes of the film are hilarious, and you will continue to smile throughout the whole film. The future people are divided, and are unsure whether to continue to trust Bill and Ted to write the song, or to kill them, to see if that causes world peace instead (if you are reading this, then you will probably be a bit confused, but trust me it makes sense). So the people in the future make a robot (who is probably the funniest part of the film) to go and kill Bill and Ted. Meanwhile Bill and Ted are travelling through time to visit versions of themselves,
and try to see if they have written the song, which they plan to steal. Also while this is happening, Bill and Ted’s children are going round finding legendary musicians to help play the song. They enlist people such as Jimmy Hendrix and Louis Armstrong. This film is one of the funniest movies you will probably ever watch, if you like hilarious nonsense! I for one do enjoy that, and have been a fan of the movies for a while, Death (yes the grim reaper) also makes a reappearance here, similar to his appearance in the second film, and is as funny as ever. So all in all it is definitely worth a watch, but if you haven’t watched any of the other movies in the franchise, then definitely watch them first, as they also hold the same humour and storyline.
Next up, we have the “Justice League Snyder Cut” trailer. The original film came out in 2017, but was the victim of backlash from fans, and even one of the directors ( Zack Synder) who claimed he filmed a “better version”. Warner Brothers took over creative control and hired another director (Joss Whedon), which is how we got the hot mess that is Justice League 2017. Since that time, Zack Snyder has been begging Warner Brothers to release his version of the film, and they have finally said yes. It is apparently over 4 hours long, has better special effects and will have more character development. Whether this film will be good is another question, as it could just be an attempt to put lipstick on a pig!
information, we can see that it will revolve around a thrilling mystery and will feature many famous Batman villains. In my opinion, Robert Pattinson already looks like a contender for one of the better Batman actors.
DC FANDOME Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9
On August 22nd, during lockdown, in order to boost their popularity, DC (a famous comic company) hosted an event for fans online, and released loads of info, trailers, and future plans for their upcoming films. Prior to Fandome, DC had not been very successful in the film industry, as they tried to follow in Marvel’s (very successful) footsteps, by trying to make a cinematic universe. Unfortunately for them, they failed horribly, with most of their films flopping at the box office, and making little profit. However, Fandome could have changed this entirely. To start off with, they released an in-depth look of the sequel/reboot to “Suicide Squad” - “The Suicide Squad”, which will be taking a completely different approach to the former (which is famously one of the worst superhero films out there). DC have hired director James Gunn, who, has previously directed Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, and” Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2”. This bold decision will probably be a step in the right direction, to making an enjoyable film, thanks to James Gunn’s definitive style. The teaser gives us a first look at all the characters, and includes: Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, Flula Borg as Javelin, David Dasmalchian as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Idris Elba as Bloodsport and Peter Capaldi as Thinker, to name a few. We don’t yet know much about this film, but I have very high hopes.
Then we have “Wonder Woman 1984”, which is the sequel to the 2017 film “Wonder Woman”. Prior to Fandome, we already had a trailer, as the film was meant to come out this year, but obviously never did. It is set in (unsurprisingly) 1984, and will hopefully use that to its advantage with references, and puns. But if I am completely honest, I’m not really looking forward to this, as it looks like a bland unoriginal sequel, due to its clear plot copies from the first film, though I really do hope this film does blow me away. Now we have the one which I am probably most looking forward to, “The Batman”, which will be another reboot of the popular character Batman. This version of the character will be portrayed by popular actor, Robert Pattinson, who will turn the role into a much darker iteration, as the film is rumoured to be a 15 certificate. While the trailer doesn’t give away much
The Wars of Magic Witches Property
Finally we have films we know very little of, such as “Flashpoint”; all we know is that Ezra Miller will return as the Flash, in his own movie, which may be good, as his performance in Justice League, was one of the stand out parts in the film. Another is the movie “Black Adam”, which in the comics is a Shazam villain, though in this film, it looks like he may be more of an anti-hero. Dwayne Johnson had been cast as Black Adam since all the way back in 2013, but hadn’t been confirmed to get a film until now, and we have seen a little teaser, hinting at the background of the character. 2020 has not been a very memorable year for film, for obvious reasons, with the closure of cinemas in lockdown. However, the teaser trailers offered by DC show a very promising future for movies of the genre and will hopefully give audiences of all ages something to enjoy in the months to come.
Chapter 1 – The Cottage It all started one sunny afternoon in May. Jake, Freddie and I, (my name’s Billy by the way) were wandering across a field behind our school looking for a great place to play tennis - as there were no good spaces in the village. Tennis is my favourite game! Most boys are seen to like football best, but not me I love tennis. Unexpectedly, Jake woke me from my daydream (I had been dreaming about playing – and winning – at Wimbledon) and pointed to a cottage at the base of some rolling hills. “I wonder if, whoever lives in that cottage knows where we can play our game of tennis!” Freddie cries so excitedly that the three of us charge towards the cottage like bulls in a bull ring. The cottage was a small squat building with a thatched roof and creepers covered in purple flowers climbing up around the door. Opening the gate, we walked along the old crumbling cobbled path to the faded red door and knocked… Chapter 2 – Witch Malanda The person who opened the door to us was a women with long grey knotted hair; a short dark green top covered in small white flowers; a flowing lilac skirt with many layers and, to complete her look, a pair of high heeled pointed red shoes. “Come in, come in,” she said speaking in that way all old ladies do and beckoning us into the house. I stepped in boldly trying to ignore the prickle of fear running through me. We were led along a dark passage and ended up in a living room with an old fashioned telephone and a small sofa with two matching armchairs complete with a coffee table holding a vase of flowers. “Cake?” she asked offering Freddie a plateful of little home-made fairy cakes. Freddie took one with a blue sugar fairy lying on green grass and munched at it happily. “Pardon my asking,” ventured Jake twisting his hands in his lap, “Who are you? We haven’t seen you around the village.” “I am a ...” Witch Malanda started but stopped abruptly looking at us suspiciously. “What I am going to tell you is SUPER SECRET and will probably shock you.” she breathed deeply before continuing as though deciding whether to tell us. “My name is Witch Malanda and you haven’t seen me in the village because I don’t go out very often. I make everything myself with MAGIC!” “Cool!” Jake breathed “Can you teach us?” “Maybe,” Witch Malanda said staring dreamily at the light “Come back here after school on Wednesday and we will see. Bye now.” she stated ushering us hurriedly out of the door as though suddenly regretting her decision. She waved at us from the doorway as we walked down the path talking excitedly about Wednesday completely forgetting our tennis match!
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Year 9 Remote Work DESPITE having to self isolate, Year 9 students continued with their food technology lessons. They were prepared for a practical lesson and so when they were not in school, they were able to still cook their dishes. Here are a selection of the meals produced.
In our first STEM Food Science club we investigated how raising agents work by comparing different types of raising agents. Pancakes - like every other recipe hide a story of chemical reactions that create new flavours and textures. With pancakes the chemical reaction is between a raising agent such as baking powder and an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk or lemon juice. When mixed these ingredients produce bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. These bubbles form throughout the pancake and are trapped as the batter cooks and sets – giving you a light and fluffy pancake. Our experiment concluded that baking powder produced the fluffiest pancakes!
BAT cookies or sweet pumpkin shaped snacks are the perfect treat to make and then enjoy at home over Halloween.
Soda Bread Recipe
Ingredients 100g (4oz) butter, softened 50g (2oz) caster sugar 150g (5oz) sifted plain flour 2.5ml (½ tsp) ground mixed spice
STEM Food Science Club HAVE you ever wondered where the bubbles in your pancakes come from?
Method 1. To make this cookie recipe, place the softened butter in a bowl with the caster sugar and beat until pale and creamy. Stir in the sifted plain flour and ground mixed spice and mix to a stiff dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 mins. 2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and stamp out about 10 bats and 8 pumpkins, re-rolling the dough as necessary. Place on a large lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 12-14 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack. 3. Decorate the cold cookies with thinly rolled-out coloured fondant and attach with a little glacé icing. Pipe faces and eyes with icing or cut out faces with the tip of a small knife.
Lemon juice/citric acid
Ingredients 500g wholemeal flour 2 tsp salt 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 400ml milk 1 lemon 2 tsp honey Equipment Baking tray Large bowl Lemon juicer Table knife Measuring jug 1) Heat oven 190C. Grease baking tray. 2) Juice the lemon. 3) Weigh 500g flour in large bowl. 4) Add 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda to flour. 5) Mix together the milk and lemon juice in a jug, and wait for a minute as it magically turns into buttermilk! 6) Stir 2 tsp honey into the flour mixture. Stir with a knife. 7) Tip onto a floured work surface, shape into a ball. 8) Put the ball on a floured baking tray and, using a sharp knife, make a deep cross on top. 9) Put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
In our second week we made loo roll rockets! Bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice were the fuel! We used the same ingredients to produce CO2 in our soda bread - with excellent results from everyone.
Bicarbonate of soda
SMSC Day THIS term we ran the first SMSC day of the year with a focus on Relationships, Sex and Health Education. The current situation with COVID meant that this SMSC day was a little different to normal with no visiting speakers or theatre groups but staff made sure the day was packed full of learning for all students involved. Year 7 experienced sessions focused on relationships and peer pressure as well as considering how screen time can affect their own mental health and well-being. In year 8 bullying and how to respect others was looked at as well as considering stereotypes and how they may impact people and their choices.
Year 8s also considered the impact of alcohol and drugs and their wider well-being including their eating and sleeping habits. In year 9 students were given a session on sex education and considered the implications of sexual activity and looked at relationships and consent in line with this. Students built on the work that they had done in previous years about relationships and considered what would make a relationships abusive. Prejudice and stereotypes were also looked at with students considering the everyday assumptions people can make and more importantly what we can do to stop this.
Year 10 students also took part in sex education sessions and were able to discuss different methods of contraception and look at some of the different examples. Talks were given on the importance of regular health checks and testicular and cervical cancer. Students also considered body image and how the media can influence people’s perceptions of themselves and others. In year 11 students considered how pornography can alter people’s views of sexual relationships and the importance of consent. The looked at body image and mental health and also looked at the importance of online safety. Online safety in this year focused on the dangers
of sharing information through gaming sites and how grooming can be subtle and over a long period of time. The next SMSC day will run in January, so look out for a letter in the new year with further details.
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College Open Evenings CHASE HIGH SCHOOL SIXTH FORM https://www.chasehigh.org
KING EDWARD VI COLLEGE - https://www. kedst.ac.uk
CHRISTOPHER WHITEHEAD LANGUAGE COLLEGE 6TH FORM https://christopherwhitehead.co.uk/sixth-form
KINGS SCHOOL WORCESTER SIXTH FORM - https://www.ksw.org.uk
DYSON PERRINS SIXTH FORM - https:// www.dysonperrins.worcs.sch.uk HALESOWEN COLLEGE - https://www. halesowen.ac.uk HANLEY CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL SIXTH FORM - www.hanleycastle.worcs.sch.uk HARTPURY SIXTH FORM COLLEGE https://www.hartpury.ac.uk HEART OF WORCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE - https://www.howcollege.ac.uk HEREFORD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE https://www.hereford.ac.uk
KIDDERMINSTER COLLEGE - https://www. kidderminster.ac.uk
PERSHORE COLLEGE ( Warwickshire college group) â€“ https://wcg.ac.uk THE ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL WORCESTER - https://www.rgsw.org.uk/ worcester/academic/sixth-form THE STOURPORT HIGH SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM CENTRE - www.shs.worcs. sch.uk TUDOR GRANGE ACADEMY SIXTH FORM - https://sixthform.tgacademy.org.uk WORCESTER SIXTH FORM COLLEGE https://www.wsfc.ac.uk
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Apprenticeships DOES your son or daughter want to complete an apprenticeship after they leave Nunnery Wood High School? Do you need more information so that you can support them? Published by Amazing Apprenticeships the September Parents’ and Carers’ Pack looks at T Levels, Careers in Coding, supporting disabled individuals to access apprenticeships, Life as a Healthcare apprentice, Apprenticeships with Travis Perkins and much more. Follow the link below to learn more: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2020/09/Parent-Pack-September-2020.pdf
NEW CAREERS BOOKS PROVIDED FREE FROM HOW2BECOME……… Mrs Gwynne CAREERS LEADER THE careers section of the school library has received £300 worth of books, free of charge, from How2Become.com an online careers and educational specialist. The free books will enhance the careers resources already available for students to borrow; helping to research specific job roles and learn more about writing CVs, preparing for interviews and assessment processes. Here are a few examples of the new editions:
Remember, the books below are also available for you to borrow from the library - if you enjoy or are good at a particular subject and are interested in finding out which jobs you could do!
Students will be able to reserve these books via the link on the portal. Enjoy!
DUE to Covid, the usual range of matches and fixtures has not been possible.
AFTER months of online training, drills and exercises, practice finally began with the Worcester Bears Basketball team outside 4 weeks ago. Markus had been promoted to the U16 squad and enjoyed training with new faces and a coach.
All students have enjoyed a full PE curriculum and have participated in their normal range of lessons. Extra curricular clubs are available to each year group. The only real difference is that year groups are in their own bubbles and so cannot mix. However, attendance has been excellent.
Due to Covid-19 and the new basketball England rules, matches were postponed until last weekend. Markus was proudly selected as one of the younger U16 players to join in their first match.
Everyone from the year group are welcome to join in the sports clubs and we would love to see as many students take up this opportunity to be active and have fun at the clubs. After school clubs will be after school and run until 4 - 4.15pm.
No spectators were allowed during the match , usual health checks were made, and he made it to the startling line at the Stourport LQ Arena against the Spartens on Sunday 4th October. The game ended in a 65-43 win to the bears. A great start to the new season.
Term dates - 2020 / 21
AUTUMN TERM 2020 Term Starts - 3rd September Half Term - 26th October - 30th October Term Ends - 18th December SPRING TERM 2021 Term Starts - 4th January Half Term - 15th February - 19th February Term Ends - 1st April SUMMER TERM 2021 Term Starts - 19th April Half Term - 31st May - 4th June Term Ends - 16th July OTHER DATES Good Friday - 2nd April Easter - 5th April May Day - 3rd May Whitsun Bank Holiday - 31st May INSET DAYS 4th December 2021 19th July 2021 20th July 2021
School Shop The Finance Office have a wide range of items for sale, including stationery, equipment and revision guides.
Cycling to School Bike Helmets ONE of the positive benefits of recent months has been an increase in walking and cycling. If you cycle to school, please ensure that you wear a cycle helmet at all times while travelling to and from home. We are reinforcing this message in school and will be asking students without helmet not to bring bikes in until they wear one. Helmets are now compulsory for all students riding to school, as they will reduce the risk of receiving major head or brain injuries in an accident, and they are especially effective for children in accidents which do not involved a collision with a motor vehicle. Reasons to Get on Your Bike! Cycling is a cheap, environmentally-friendly way to get about – and it keeps you fit. Your bike Check your bike regularly yourself, especially before taking to the road. Here are four things to do regularly: 1. Check brakes and brake blocks or discs to ensure safe stopping in wet and dry weather 2. Clean and oil moving parts to keep the bike working smoothly 3. Tighten nuts and bolts to prevent any parts working loose 4. Make sure lights are working properly and that reflectors are clean. Replace any batteries that don’t give a bright light.
Be seen, be safe Wear bright clothing, preferably something fluorescent and reflective, to help other road users to see you more easily. Always use lights and reflectors in the dark and in poor visibility. Plan your routes Use cycle paths and quiet roads as much as possible; this will make your ride more enjoyable as well as safer. Your council may have a map of local cycle routes. Take Care on the road Take extra care at junctions and give timely, clear signals. Roundabouts are particularly dangerous for cyclists. Always obey traffic lights and signals. Give lorries and larger vehicles plenty of space and avoid riding along the inside of them, especially near junctions – the driver may not be able to see you. Lorries turning left at a junction present a particular problem to cyclists, as they have a difficult job manoeuvring and have blind spots in their mirrors. And finally – give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid rushing and not taking enough care.
The Finance Office is open... Monday to Thursday: 8.15am till 3.30pm Friday: 8.30am till 3.15pm Our current price list is as follows: Stationery Pen 10p Pencil 10p Ruler 6” 10p Ruler 12” 15p Rubber 5p Protractor 10p Set Square 10p Compass 25p Small Pencil Case 85p Art Pencil Set £1 Stationery Set £2 Art Sketchbook A3 £3 Art Sketchbook A4 £2 Student Planners £4.50 16GB Memory Stick £3.30 Calculator £8.40 Year 11 Tie £3.20 Water Bottle £1 Revision guides only available on ParentPay