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NUNNERY NEWS December 2020


Issue 32





GOODBYE 2020, HELLO 2021!

AS 2020 draws to a close, we can reflect on a year like no other. Whilst life has not yet returned to normal, school life has been able to continue and as always, everyone has pulled together to support each other through these difficult times. We can still celebrate all of the achievements of our fantastic students. School has provided normality and routine which has been much needed. Since January and before March, students had the opportunity to take part in a range of opportunities such as skiing in Austria, visits to London museums and Parliament, sporting events and were just about to put on the school production of The Addams Family before the country was put into lockdown. During this time, students adapted to learning in a different way and took the opportunity to develop skills and talents that they would not usually have the time for. Art, baking and home workouts became hugely popular. Students and staff took part in charity runs for St Richard’s Hospice and raised over £2000. They also produced artwork and letters for residents at the

hospice during a time when they were unable to have visitors. Staff in school produced PPE equipment for the NHS and many staff and students volunteered to help in their local communities. When school returned after the summer holidays, students adapted extremely quickly to new rules and procedures. Their lessons have continued as normal and extra-curricular clubs are also on offer. Students can participate in these in year group bubbles, so whilst a little more limited than normal, the opportunities are still there. Assemblies are delivered in a virtual way, keeping year teams together. Epraise points and other awards and rewards have continued to be awarded and events such as Remembrance have still been acknowledged. The school parliament has also been able to meet and make plans for the future direction of the student voice. Virtual trips and speakers have taken place to take learning beyond the classroom. The final week of term in 2020 has been a festive affair and everyone is looking forward to a restful Christmas break and welcoming a

fresh start in 2021. Perhaps the most impressive feature of life at Nunnery Wood is the commitment, dedication and hard work that is demonstrated each and every day by students, staff,

governors and parents to allow our students to flourish and succeed whatever life throws at us. Bring on 2021!

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Amazing Students One of the most positive effects of having students in school learning is that they remember there are subjects other than Covid and that their futures are still bright. On that note, I won’t refer to the current circumstances other than to say our students have been amazing this term. Their understanding, consideration for others and sheer maturity in accepting that things must be different for now has been humbling to see. Thank you too. Although most families have not had a child asked to isolate, some have – and more than once. This must have been difficult and frustrating. We appreciate your understanding as we follow Public Health guidance. School Travel Thank you also to parents and carers who have adjusted their travel arrangements following

the change to pick-up and drop-offs, i.e. that cars are no longer allowed onto the school site between 8.00am and 4.00pm. Students can now walk around the school without a risk of a traffic incident and with clear lines of sight when crossing the road. They are happier and safer as a result. This arrangement will continue permanently since it would be hard to see why we would reintroduce this risk for students. Platinum Science Award Nunnery already has the Platinum Artsmark Award for excellence in the arts which includes the number of students taking an art subject, the outstanding results and the impact on the wider community.

the Platinum Science Award. Although several thousand schools have some level of Science Award, only 44 have reached the Platinum level. As with Art, the award reflects a wide range of excellence: results, extra-curricular, support for other schools and quality of teaching. Congratulation to Ms Higham, Curriculum Leader for Science, and the entire Science Department, including technicians and TAs. I hope you find a way to have a decent break over the Christmas period. Here’s to a better 2021! Stephen Powell

We are delighted that science at Nunnery has achieved the same distinction in the form of

Head Boy & Head Girl 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.

A Message from Miss Speechley... We have had a very different autumn term at Nunnery Wood to normal and have missed out on so many big events that usually take place this term, however, everyone has pulled together to make the most of it and do what we are able to. Despite changes and restrictions, we have still managed to have so much going

on in school as well as all of the normal lessons and learning that takes place. This has included charity events, Remembrance, sports and clubs as well as many trips moving to online formats. Year 11 students have been very busy with mock exams in all subjects, Year 10s completed English mock exams. It is always a great

pleasure to work with the student journalists in getting the news out to you and celebrating the success and hard work of the students and staff at Nunnery Wood. The team has worked really hard and have remained committed to the Nunnery News. A special thank you to Mr Morrison, Mrs Van Der Kleijn and Mr Hancock for all of

their help in supporting students in getting the Nunnery News to you. Enjoy a restful Christmas break and New Year break. We all look forward to a more normal year next year and remain positive that this will come quickly!

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Key Stage 4 Courses and GCSE Options Selection Process 2021 WE will begin our KS4 courses and GCSE option process with Year 9 students in January 2021.

on offer to students. Our options information videos will be made available to students and parents/carers in January 2021.

The start of the KS4 options process marks an important time for students in their journey through school, it is the first opportunity that students have to decide some of the subjects they would like to study. This is an exciting time to be choosing option subjects because never before have students at Nunnery Wood High School had so much specialist advice and guidance available to help them decide which subjects they can study.

In order to help students make the correct decisions at this vital time in their educational career, they will receive a ‘Future Focus’ booklet which not only outlines specific information about the courses on offer but also provides selfreflection activities designed to support them in the choices that have to be made. Students will bring this booklet home as we find that it also enables parents/carers to practically support their children throughout this decision making process. Each student in Year 9 will have a senior member of staff linked to them throughout the options process. The relevant colleague will meet with their allocated students, advise upon selections and confirm option choices. It is important to emphasise that our options process will follow a supportive ‘pathway’

This academic year we are unable to run our usual KS4 options evening. The event will be replaced with a series of KS4 options information videos. These will include an overview video outlining the whole options process and individual videos for each of the option subjects

approach. Each student has been assigned to a specific options pathway and this has been designed to ensure that each student selects GCSE courses that maximise their future potential. Full details about the pathways will be presented to students prior to the options process in an assembly, are shared in the ‘Future Focus’ booklet and, can be explained in person by a member of the senior leadership team during student option meetings.

Summarised below is a brief overview of the KS4 option process timeline so that students and parents/carers are fully aware of our planned actions. We look forward to assisting students with their KS4 options and the imminent decisions they will have to make. If you need any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Williams (Deputy Head) at the school directly.

STEM Competition Winners National Leaders Award the red lights are going to change to green and it can give information of what the traffic situation is ahead of them. It will alert the driver to

TWO Nunnery Wood High School pupils have been selected as National Winners in their category for the Central Region STEM National Leaders Awards.

Year 10 pupil, Abel Linas and Year 11 pupil, Jack Wales entered the STEM design competition in Year 9 and 10 respectively. They were among a group of pupils at Nunnery High who received recognition for their entries. However, Jack and Abel who were both awarded Distinction for their entries were also selected as overall winners in the Central Region. Abel said, “I designed an advanced traffic light app, which helps drivers to know when something is going to change ahead of them in the traffic. For example, it will alert a driver when

Anti-bullying week Head of Ethics and Philosophy, Mrs Budge said, “This year the anti-bullying alliance tag line is ‘united against bullying’ with a focus on the role that everyone can play in helping to stop bullying. The idea that there is simply a bully and a victim is often not the case and people who engage in bullying by laughing along, sharing pictures etc. are just as involved as the main bully. We are urging all students to think about how they can support those who are being bullied by not engaging with bullies and speaking to a member of staff if they see anything they think is bullying.” Throughout the anti-bullying week campaign, students engaged in various activities during their form tutor sessions.

ahead of the car too. I entered this amazing STEM competition to try to help drivers of all experiences in the future. I was incredibly shocked to hear that my design had won in my region. I am looking to go on to study computer design and engineering at college, so this is a great start.” Jack said, “I designed a grappling hook which could be used in emergency situations. For example, Firefighters and Mountain rescuers could use this. I was surprised to hear that I had been selected as one of the overall winners for Central Region. I am hoping to become an engineer and to go on and study engineering next year at college.” Miss Lott, said “In this year’s competition there was over 50,000 entries from across the country. Therefore it is an outstanding achievement that two students from our school have been selected as National winners. I was so proud to send away such wonderful ideas and designs from all our students who entered this competition and to see so many of our students be inspired by STEM.”

Students were asked this question, “If you were an engineer what would you do?” Find a problem, invent a solution, draw it, explain it and it could even end up being made!

ANTI-BULLYING week which took place week commencing 16th of November has always been an important event on Nunnery High’s agenda.

any congestion, diversions etc. It is designed to cross-communicate with other traffic lights

Students were shown a variety of Anti-bullying videos which were appropriate to their age group and invited to take part in discussions, write poems and interactive quizzes, class activities and debates.

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Rocking Around the Christmas Trees CHRISTMAS has not been ignored at Nunnery Wood this year. Many festivities have been able to continue and some new traditions may just have been started. Each year group was provided with a Christmas tree to decorate. The competition between year groups got very tense. Each year group approached the task in a different way. Year 7 students had their photographs as paper chains on the tree and St Richard’s Hospice decorations and messages as this is their chosen charity. Year 8 opted for a positivity tree, with heartfelt messages written onto home -made decorations. Year 9 also had photographs of students on their tree and a mixture of decorations. Miss Matthews and Miss Panchal appeared on the top of the tree. Year 10, who are based in the English block went for a literary theme on their tree, whilst Year 11 went for a traditional style decoration with Mr Rowley as the star on top of the tree. After much deliberation by an independent judging panel, the final winner was Year 8. The judges were very impressed with the design which focussed on ‘Positivi- Tree’ Students and Tutors wrote uplifting and thoughtful messages. the overall design was colourful and original. It also showed a high level of teamwork and creativity. The festivities continued when staff and students wore Christmas jumpers to spread some Christmas cheer, there was a huge range of jumpers on show! The normal Christmas video could not be produced this year. In previous years students have staff have danced and sung along to a popular Christmas song, but due to Covid restrictions we could not do it so opted for the reading of The Night Before Christmas. The video was shown to all students as part of their end of term celebration assemblies. Charities have also been supported at Christmas. Staff, students and their families are invited to join the Reindeer run for St Richard’s Hospice, whilst gift boxes have been made and delivered to Worcester Homeless Appeal and West Mercia Women’s Aid (See our charity pages for further details.)

Winning Christmas Tree - Year 8

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Christmas – A Different Perspective Toby Alexander YEAR 10

WARNING - Contains Opions! MANY people see Christmas as a Christian holiday; it is of course named after Jesus Christ. However, the way we celebrate it today is far older than Christianity, probably even truly ancient religions such Judaism and Hinduism. I am of course talking about Yule or The Winter Solstice, the celebration of cruel winter being half-way to its end and a general celebration of the beauty of the winter. Throughout time, nearly every ancient society with a winter celebrated in some way. People in ancient Scandinavia worshipped the god Odin and their word: ‘Jul’ (origin of Yule) refers to this. The people lit bonfires, told stories and drank sweet ale. They

also decorated trees with presents for the tree spirits, so they would return in the spring. In ancient Rome, Yule was celebrated as Saturnalia (god Saturn) to commemorate The Sun’s rebirth. It was celebrated in the 7 days following the 17th of December, when Roman people reversed roles, slaves dressed as masters and women dressed as men. In ancient Britain, druids would give away sacred mistletoe from sacred oak trees, signifying the dark months. The druids are also credited for the Yule log, which was not chocolate, but an ordinary log that they would burn, with bonfires for 12 days. This would supposedly admonish dark and evil forces, and usher in good luck the coming year. These ideas are all the origins of our Christmas holiday, a celebration of the winter and the coming year, rather than the birth of Christ, who

was born in Bethlehem, somewhere that probably doesn’t have a particularly harsh winter. My point is, that the thing that we call Christmas, is not some modern, consumerist scam created so that Primark can sell us more rubbish from Chinese sweatshops, and even less so some 2000ish year-old religious worship event from the Middle East. It is a genuine part of our winter culture: even Santa is an old idea, with Odin the Viking god described as a wanderer with a long, white beard, to whom children would leave their shoes out with hay and honey for his eight-legged horse! So I argue that Christmas, with whatever name, is a celebration – not necessarily related to religion – of joy, wonder, winter and a new year. And as Tiny Tim observed, “God bless us, everyone!”

Year 7

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Christmas Art Competition The art department encouraged all students to get festive and produce a piece of Christmas inspired artwork. They were inundated with beautiful and creative pieces. 5 winners were

selected from the entries, however we would like to thanks and congratulate all students who participated.

Georgie Guida - Year 11

Ellen draper - Year 9

Ellen draper - Year 9

Louis Gaston - Year 10

Jasmine Holden - Year 7

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Eco News from your Eco Team

Eco Club

ECO club are planting some bee and butterfly areas across the school. The first one is in the Year 7 zone. Plants and equipment purchased with funds raised through the pre-loved uniform store, so please support this if you can. It is important to attract bees and butterflies because they are an essential part of the wildlife living in the garden. They will help increase the amount of beneficial insects in the garden by pollinating plants, reducing soil borne diseases and providing insect houses.. As they move from flower to flower they pollinate garden and wild flowers,

enabling plants to reproduce. As well as helping flowers to pollinate, they provide population control for a number of plant and insect species by eating them, and they provide a food source for other animals. Butterflies and bees also make the world a little more colourful. Their presence, or absence, can tell us a lot about the local environment. According to the British Bee Keepers Association, about one third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees.

Switch Off Fornight

FOR two weeks during November, the Eco Team encouraged all members of staff in school to improve energy efficiency by switching off anything that is not in use. This included lights. smart boards, printers and computers. Improving energy efficiency is helping to support us in working towards an Eco School Silver Award. Lots of activities took place across the school that were are designed for our students to learn a bit more about energy, alongside saving some across the school too. These included quizzes,

competitions and form time activities. Energy consumption was measured during the two weeks and compared with normal usage, when we have the data, we will share how much difference we made. Did you know that schools account for around 2% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, with UK schools averaging an energy bill of ÂŁ31,000 per year.

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Eco Competition MRS Beard ran a competition for Year 9 to enter a question to attend a webinar for a live debate on solutions to plastic pollution of the oceans. Students were asked to submit questions to an expert panel about solutions to plastic pollutions. The winning students were then able to attend a live webinar with a panel of experts. This included Rebecca Pow MP Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Lucy Seigel - Author and Broadcaster , Dr Richard Thompson - Director of the Marine Institute, Plymouth University , Yuyun Ismawiti – International Environmental Engineer and campaigner and Michelle Norman – Director of External Affairs and Sustainability, Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I (formerly Lucozade Ribena Suntory) In addition to youth key listeners include representatives from: Exeter plastic-free schools (Surfers Against Sewage Plastic-Free Schools network) Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School (Keep Britain Tidy, EcoSchools network) Emergency Climate Change Team, North Tyneside (British Youth Council) COP Working Group (Youth Climate Coalition)

Over the festive period we often generate more waste than normal. Worcester City Council collects both rubbish and recycling. They are able to recycle a huge amount of materials now. Over the Christmas holidays you can also make a difference by putting your rubbish in the correct place. Top Ways to be Eco Friendly at Christmas 1. If you buy a real tree, buy a locally grown one and make sure you recycle it after-

CHRISTMAS A time for celebration, family and (of course) presents! And it’s not that long away now, only a week until the 25th. But a lot of the presents and decorations will contain something: plastic. Every Christmas, the UK alone will throw away 250000 tonnes of plastic wrapping for food, 500 tonnes of Christmas lights and 4 million Christmas dinners. If you didn’t notice, that is a lot of waste! This is harmful because it could go into our oceans and pollute them. So here is 5 ways you can make your Christmas more environmentally friendly.

and My World, My Home Student (Friends of the Earth youth leadership network) The winning students were: Lucia Field Carys Slimming Henry Welsby Maryam Khan Olivia Chatterton

1, Reusable Advent Calendar – The majority of advent calendars advertised are the ones that you throw away at the end of Christmas but if you look hard enough you will be able to find wooden advent calendars, which you can use year in and year out. And they are just as easy to use as a normal one, just pop a treat into the doors and you will be ready to go. 2, Eco Tree – You might think that it is just as simple as buying any old Christmas tree and keeping it for a few years, but it’s not quite as simple as that. Getting a non-artificial tree is healthier for the environment because the plastic trees produce more oil which creates twice as much carbon footprint as a real one. You also have to check if your tree has a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and try to buy from a local retailer because that also reduces the carbon footprint. Make sure to also recycle it after you use it!!

Best Ways to Recycle RECYCLING collection have begun in school again and we are thrilled to be able to save waste from landfill. Representatives from form groups will be collecting green recycling bags from form rooms. We also have recycling bins around school. Please make sure that you recycle wherever possible All paper and cardboard should be recycled as well as cans and bottles. Think carefully about where your rubbish needs to go.

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wards. Wrap gifts in recycled or reused paper and avoid glittered papers which are harmful to the environment. You can use brown paper or even newspaper and with some creativity, make the gifts look beautiful. If you send cards make sure they have the forest friendly logo which ensures they are sustainably produced. Recycle them when Christmas is over or use them to make gift tags or pictures for next year. If you have a smart meter, keep an eye on it to see how much energy you are using. Could you turn off any light, TVs or game consoles? Invest in a reusable advent calendar that you can fill with your favourite treats. You may be able to pick one up in the sales! Reduce your food waste – it is easy at this time of year to overfill your plate and then waste it, put what you know you will eat, you can always go back for more!

3, DIY Your Christmas Tree – Sometimes homemade decorations look even better than the shop bought ones, and they definitely hold more meaning and sentiment. Why not make your own ones, and make them eco -friendly in the bargain! We recommend making old CD Christmas baubles, miniature recycled bottle Christmas trees or recycled greeting card wreath. 7.

Shop locally if you are buying gifts and try to but sustainable products, avoid single use plastics of novelty item that you will probably throw away. 8. Try natural decorations instead of more plastics and glitter. For example slice up an orange, bake on a low heat in the oven and the hang on your tree. 9. Avoid using disposable plates, cups and cutlery. We are likely to have less visitors over Christmas this year anyway, so use washable items instead. 10. Only buy clothes if you need to or try charity shops instead to reduce waste and damage to the environment.

Supporting the Homeless at Christmas YEAR 10 students Ewan Buchannan and Archie Spares have organised a collection of Christmas boxes to be delivered to Worcester Homeless Appeal. The boxes contain items such as toiletries and clothing and there are even boxes for animals. Ewan is a regular supporter of the charity and had organised collections in the past including Easter eggs and festive boxes last Christmas. He said that, “I have helped at the charity before and have seen what a difference it can make to people to receive these gifts. It is good to let people know that someone cares for them and to see them smile as they receive it. It is always nice to make other people happy. It has been difficult to help out in person at the moment due to current restrictions, so it is a

way in which we can all help.” Archie added “I wanted to be involved and help support this as I have been in a similar situation myself. When my mum, who was a single parent died, I was in a really difficult position and my old school supported me by giving me similar boxes and it was good to know people cared. I am now in a much better position and am keen to give something back to help others and let them know that there are people who care and can help.” The students have organised a collection of items and boxes from Year 10 form groups and they will be delivered to support the appeal at the end of the Christmas term.

4. Christmas lights – Christmas lights are a huge part of Christmas traditions and can be bought in a wide range of colours and shapes which can be jaw–dropping! Although they bring joy to many people, they don’t always bring joy to the planet. Many sellers and buyers don’t think about what makes their Christmas lights and the impact it has on our world. Using LED lights is better for the environment because they use 80% less energy compared to florescent and incandescent ones. 5. Gift Wrapping - Fabric, old material, even jars – you can put your presents in anything! Whilst colourful wrapping paper looks nice, 9 times out of 10 it’s made of – you guessed it – unrecyclable materials. But there are many alternatives to it and they will all still look nice under that magical eco tree with the DIY baubles and wooden advent calendar. You could even use your edition of the Nunnery News to cover your gifts… Remember to stay safe in the current global pandemic, stay eco and Happy Christmas!

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Reindeer Run for Charity MRS Telger has challenged not only Year 7, but the whole school to take part in the Boxing Day Reindeer run for St Richard’s Hospice. The event encourages everyone to get off their sofa and get active on boxing day by enjoying a run walk or cycle whilst wearing St Richard’s reindeer antlers and any other festive attire! The event can take place on any day between the 26th and 31st December, the important thing is to take part and have fun. ParticiMoomoos are encouraged to donate to the event themselves or to raise sponsorship to do so. We have set up a Just Giving account so that we can donate as a whole school. It doesn’t matter how small your contribution is, every penny will count and make a difference to this charity. The hospice relies upon donations and fundraising and this

is has been even more difficult this year. We would love to see as many staff, students and their families taking part as possible and please send us your photos or tag us on social media. Details of the event and how to get your antlers are here: https://www.strichards.org.uk/event/reindeerrun/?mc_cid=ecf8b73cc7&mc_eid=f7fe8dc7ab This is the link for the school Just Giving page so that we just have one account with all donations in. So far this year we have raised £2500 for St Richards, let’s keep that going! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nunnery-wood-high-school2?

West Mercia Women’s Aid YEAR 7 students have been supporting West Mercia Women’s Aid this Christmas. Each form produced gift boxes of items that were distributed to women and children who are in crisis this Christmas. Each Christmas box was delivered to the women’s refuge run by Women’s Aid in our area for women who will not necessarily get anything else this Christmas. Mrs Telger led assemblies to the year group where they learned a bit more about the work of this organisation and how they could help. West Mercia Women’s Aid employs 44 staff and 12 volunteers, running a 24-hour helpline, 3 refuges and a well-developed and expanding outreach service, which includes the provision of community support to families, group programmes and links to education and employment opportunities, as well as Inde-

pendent Domestic Violence Advisor services. The definition of domestic violence and abuse is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’. Research shows that domestic violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men, although men can also be victims of abuse in both gay and heterosexual relationships. Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. Domestic violence and abuse also affects children, who are almost always witnesses to the abuse. Often these women have only minutes to escape a violent partner and have to flee for their lives.

Careers Information

ticeships in traditional trade areas and much more!

The November Parents’ and Carers’ Pack looks at the regional Apprenticeship Awards, WorldSkills UK Live, Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, a Traineeship case study, appren-

For more apprenticeship information and advice for parents click on the link below: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2020/11/Parent-Pack-November-2020-1. pdf

They consequently sometimes leave home with only the clothes they are wearing. It is a sad fact that lockdown has increased the number of instances of domestic violence. Nationally, police recorded more than a quarter of a million offences flagged as domestic abuse-related from April to June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The 259,324 offences represent a rise of 7% from the same period in 2019, and an 18% increase from two years ago. In April, May and June roughly a fifth (21%, 20% and 19%) of offences recorded by police were flagged as domestic abuse-related. The number rose each month, with the biggest rise between April and May (9%). The crime survey for England and Wales in 2020 estimates that 2.3m adults aged 16 to 74 – 1.6 million women

and 757,000 men – experienced domestic abuse over the 12 months. The victim was female in 74% of domestic abuse-related crimes, and women aged 16 to 19 were more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than older women, the data showed.

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Moon Missions YEAR 9 space enthusiast Henry Welsby will have his name launched into orbit, after winning a competition. He said, “Amazingly I have successfully applied to have my name engraved on the side of a spacecraft called Peregrine which will land on the moon in January next year after being launched to the moon on the first ever flight United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket. Only about 1000 people will also have this chance meaning that only 1 in every 7,700,000 people will have this opportunity. It will carry many international science experiments including a rover built by the UK Space Agency. If successful it will be the first commercial space craft to land on a celestial body other than earth and the first ever British mission to successfully land on another celestial body after the failure of Beagle 2 in 2003”.


We look forward to seeing this when it happens!

Delfini Pagan YEAR 9

What Do Apps Do With Your Data?

Scarlett Lippet YEAR 7

up on google bike related questions, those apps would know you liked bikes then have that data.

WHEN on an app, you don’t really think about what you’re doing. Whether you are on a game, social networking system or even a browsing/ networking system, everything is monitored, gathered and recorded. For instance, if you were on tiktok and watched bike videos or looked

Why would they want that information?? It isn’t obvious why apps want your information or how apps make money but they are actually linked. Although it may seem like YOU are the customer to the app, you aren’t. The customers are whoever pays the app but what about the free apps? Even though it may seem like they

don’t make money, they sell your information to companies related to what you are clearly interested in. Since they would know you liked bikes, they would sell the information to bike companies, bike games and other products that may be of interest to you. Adverts from the companies would then appear when you were playing games or scrolling. The advertisers pay a lot of money for the apps too show their adds.

Ex Student’s Career Rockets! EX Nunnery student Catherine Regan is now working as a research scientist studying magnetic fields on Mars and will gain her Phd to become Dr Regan. Prior to lockdown in March, Catherine was due to visit students and discuss her journey from a student at Nunnery Wood to her role today. As this has not been able to happen, Catherine produced a video to be shown to all students as part of their assemblies. She will be hosting a virtual Q & A session with students next term and will come in to visit students as soon as this is possible. In Catherine’s video, she begins with her first days at Nunnery Wood and documents her journey to graduation. She aims to inspire and motivate students to be ambitious in their career choices, with a specific focus on STEM. She explains how her GCSE courses led her to take A Levels at Worcester Sixth Form College in Geology, Maths, Physics and Geography. That led her to do a degree in Geophysics at the University of East Anglia before completing a Master’s degree in Planetary Science at the University of Central London. Catherine explains that she took the opportunity to complete work experience during summer breaks. This included places at the National Grid and then the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey. This allowed Catherine to decide what she wanted to focus on . She is now working towards her Phd researching Mars,

we hope that she will be able to answer the question of if there really is life on Mars! In her video, Catherine encourages students to enjoy school, embrace their subjects and work hard to achieve what they want. She explains the importance of not comparing yourself to others and dispels myths about what scientists need to be good at and what scientists actually do. She encourages

students to be proactive in sorting out work experience placements, even if it is to rule out what they don’t want to do. Catherine said, “I decided to follow the subjects I was interested

ON the 6th October, the whole school had SMSC day. SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural and is taught in schools because it teaches you about things like internet safety, physical health and consent to inform you before you leave school. Overall, it teaches students how to be a good citizen and to do well in society. Carys Slimming (9.10) and I spoke to Ms Budge, the organiser, and some of the teachers in the EP department about how the day went: How do you think SMSC day went? “Overall, I think it was a very positive experience for both students and staff. Most of the content was targeted very well and the topics were also relevant.” Said Ms Jasper. What was your favourite part of SMSC day? “My favourite part of SMSC day was the body image lesson that year 10 did. Looking at the student’s reactions, I think the lesson made a real impact on them and they all went away with a different view on body image.” Said Ms Jasper. What do you think was the most important thing to take away from this SMSC day? “I think that the relationships and consent lesson was the most important part. I think students took away a better understanding of what it means which is very important for later life.”

Year 7 Poem

in and had a passion for, and now I am getting paid to do research on Mars using satellites sent by NASA and ESA!”

Julia Derdzinska YEAR 7 At the start I was scared, but now I am strong. I understand now what change is, Even though if things are new, I try to get good grades and always do my best. However, I have learned to just be myself, I understand there isn’t perfection. Nunnery Wood is a friendly place, Where education and friendships combine. My teachers, my peers and my friends Allow me to just be myself. Nunnery Wood is a special experience, Where performing arts, sciences and new languages meet. That’s why I love Nunnery Wood, Because it shows us just how to be ourselves.

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Remembrance Day 2020 DESPITE current restrictions, staff and students were still able to take part in Remembrance this year. Assemblies were delivered to each year group to explain the history of Remembrance as well as the significance of it today. The assemblies took the Royal British Legion’s theme of ‘Service and Sacrifice’ and took the opportunity to understand the role of our armed services and public today as well as at times of war and conflict. This was followed up in form time with a series of activities to allow students to discuss issues surrounding remembrance further. All Key Stage Three history lessons were dedicated to exploring Remembrance. This included looking at the origin of Remembrance

and the poppy, the contribution of different people around the world during wars as well as taking the issue of service and sacrifice further. The art department also encouraged students to produce remembrance themed artwork which is displayed in the foyer. Throughout October and November, they gave KS3 students the task of creating a piece of artwork to commemorate Remembrance Day.

The department was absolutely overwhelmed with the range of different materials and techniques that students chose to express their ideas ranging from collage, oil pastels and paint to lego and bottle tops. In addition, some students chose to include some larger scale pieces that really showed off some fantastic creative skills. All of the work has been put on display in the studio foyer area, please take a look if you are passing by.

They asked students to limit the size of their work to 15cm square with a view to putting them all together to create a large collaborative piece with maximum impact.

On Remembrance Day the school held two minutes of silence and Year 11 musician Tom played The Last Post in the main corridor, which travelled all around the school. Although

traditional ceremonies were cancelled, many of our students took to their doorsteps for the national 2 minutes of silence on Remembrance Sunday. Year 8 student Oska Baddaley would normally have taken part in a parade with his Scout group, so instead decided to complete his own parade around his street in his uniform. He was saluted by a World War Two veteran who was very moved to see that he had taken the trouble to remember.

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Love Cooking? Delicious!

PRACTICAL food nutrition lessons have continued this term with all ear groups completing practical lessons. Additional safety measures are in place that have allowed this to continue and f or students to experience a normal curriculum. Year 7 students have made rainbow pasta salad, Year 8 students have lbeen comparing home made to shop bought muffins. Year 9 have made Swiss rolls. GCSE students have complet-

ed their controlled assessment which required them to produce two courses. This combined their theory learning and practical skills. They all produced incredible dishes within a tight timescale. This will form part of their final GCSE grade. There was also the opportunity for Year 7 students to develop their festive cooking by producing Christmas Chocolate logs. Micah Broadbent - Year 7

ePraise Top 10 Merits

STUDENTS have worked hard throughout the term and have been rewarded with Merits, these are the students with the most merits in each year group. Scarlett Lippett and Siddhant Dubey in Year 7 have also achieved their Silver Award. Year 7 1. Scarlett Lippett 2.  Annika Potter 3.  Harry Ranford 4.  Damien Baker 5.  Oliver Leonard 6.  Harry Bloss 7.  Lily Jackman 8.  Esme Shankara 9.  Liam Ricketts 10.  Patti Wajda Year 8 1.  Oska Baddeley 2.  Alexander Mollov 3.  Lily Halford 4.  Leah Ridge 5.  Harry Carson 6.  Emily Kirkland 7.  George Taylor-Walker 8.  Joe Murphy 9.  Matthew Blaikie 10.  Isabelle Mann Year 9 1.  Lee Sherwood

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Kai Shankara-Ralph  Abdelrahman Mostafa  Sophie Cockeram  Jack Bradley  Gabriel Boxall  Anjes van der Kleijn  Isobel Bath  Zoe Bloss  Edward Darby

Year 10 1. Cara Scarrott 2.  Rufaro Gunundu 3.  William Hammant 4.  Adai George 5. Ayasha Steers 6. Sophie Chamberlain 7. Rebecca Troughton 8. Dominique Barnsley-Staight 9. Toby Alexander 10. James Lawrence Year 11 1. Tom Gregory 2. Megan Evans 3. Joel Rickman 4. Lewis Anderson 5. Georgia Satchwell 6. Tara Cogley 7. Samara Bromley 8. Ellie Skerrett 9. Natasha Finch 10. Asjad Mehrban

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Human Rights Day - Exploring Extrem- Top Google searches of ism and Intolerance

YEAR 10 and 11 Politics students attended an online conference and seminar organised by University College London’s Teaching school. The event was organised to coincide with Human Rights Day. The intention was to explain how terrorist attacks since 9/11 have impacted upon our world and how we can confront and prevent extremism. The event began with students seeing video footage of news reports on terrorist attacks including 9/11, London, Christchurch and Arianna Grande concert in Manchester. It was important to understand that these attacks were conducted by different groups of extremists with very different values and beliefs. Some were Islamic extremists, whilst other were white supremacists. There have been a number of attacks globally by a range of organisations. Students then heard from four speakers. Firstly the wife of a man who was killed in the 9/11 attacks who was living in America at the time but has since returned to the UK. Nicky Napier was living in New Jersey with her husband Alex and their three young children, when the World Trade Center was attacked. Alex, who worked at the top of 2WTC, lost his life that day. She took us through the seemingly ordinary morning routine on a day that not only changed her life forever, but that of the world. Following that, Sara Khan spoke. Sara was appointed by the Home Secretary in January 2018 as the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism. Prior to her appointment, she was a director of Inspire, an organisation she co-founded to challenge gender inequality and Islamist extremism.


inclusion as well as tackling extremism. Finally, Sir Simon Schama spoke. He is a University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University NY and a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times, author of nineteen books and the writer presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2. He explained the importance of tolerance and how together we can work to educate and inform. He highlighted the importance of thinking critically and not just sharing inaccurate information. He made references to genocides throughout history and how hatred and extremism were key factors in nations being complicit in these. There was then the opportunity for a Q & A session. Miss Speechley, who organised the event said, “It is extremely important that we educate students on issues of intolerance and extremism and provide them with the tools to tackle these if they experience or witness them as well as to learn how to think critically when presented with information online that may not be accurate. The issues and events discussed have certainly impacted upon the world and have changed the way in which we live. This was also an excellent opportunity to acknowledge Human Rights Day. We are a little restricted on trips and visits at the moment and so facilitating an opportunity for students to attend an academic lecture and seminar and collaborate with other students was a superb opportunity for them.”

HAVE you ever wondered what people are searching for online? Here we have compiled a list of the most popular searches of the year. In relation to the pandemic people wanted to know: 1. How to make a face mask? 2. How to make hand sanitizer? 3. How to make bread? 4. How to get tested for coronavirus? 5. How to cut your own hair? 6. How to cook eel? 7. How to cut men's hair? 8. How to boost immune system? 9. How to self isolate? 10. How to treat coronavirus? It's a question millions of people wanted an answer to in 2020… When? Here's the full list of the top UK search terms beginning "when" from this year. 1. When will lockdown end? 2. When will gyms reopen? 3. When does lockdown start? 4. When will schools reopen? 5. When does furlough end? 6. When will pubs reopen? 7. When does Eat Out to Help Out end? 8. When will the new president be announced? 9. When does Love Island start? 10. When will hairdressers open? Music has been a big part of our lives, these are the most searched for song lyrics: 1. Mood lyrics 2. We'll Meet Again lyrics 3. Godzilla lyrics 4. The Box lyrics 5. Rule Britannia lyrics 6. Dance Monkey lyrics 7. No Time To Die lyrics 8. Break My Stride lyrics 9. Land Of Hope And Glory lyrics 10. Savage Love lyrics

Sara is a government advisor and spoke of how schools can work to tackle extremism and how she works to advice government on policy relating to these issues. There was then a talk from Jeremy Hayward on how teachers can be educated to have difficult conversations in classrooms with students and how it is important to learn about these events. There was a poll to gain an understanding on students’ view on attitudes and education on tolerance and

Cleaning Water and Developing all Countries Abdel Mostafa YEAR 9 MANY people have misconceptions about global development. Many charitable groups are doing generous work to help developing countries. But global development extends far beyond charity and has a greater impact on the global economy than most people think. Strong economic growth in developing countries became an engine for the global economy after the 2008 – 2009 financial crisis, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all global growth. In addition, fully half of the United States’ exports now go to emerging market and developing economies. It is important to focus on just helping poor people lift themselves out of extreme poverty and on boosting the income of the poorest 40 percent in developing countries. To do that, we need to find economic growth strategies that help all segments of society in emerging markets and to create good jobs for

their people. First, countries need to invest in their people. Investing in education, health and social protection not only improves the lives of individuals, we now have evidence that it contributes to directly to economic growth and greater stability for their countries. For most poor people, a good job is the key to escaping poverty. To get those jobs, they will need good skills, a quality education, and years of good health as they are growing up. Having good skilled jobs, people earn more money, so they pay more taxes for the government, so the economy will increase. Secondly, every person deserves everything that a rich person has. In poorer countries people would want a good education to get money from this job and spend on leisure products and the Government takes taxes to spend it on infrastructure and healthcare and improve peoples’ lives. But people need to have a clean source of water. We can do this not by distillation or by any other method. A cheap method that only

involves three products. It is called coagulation and flocculation water treatment. It is rapid filtration of water. Coagulation is positive charged and dirt is negative so it attracts each other to accomplish neutralization. Then flocculation acts as a sack to attract the dirt so it becomes

more dense so it drops to the bottom. Then use Chlorine to kill 99.9999999% of the bacteria in the water. Then the process will be finished in approximately in 3 minutes.

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COVID - How Our Lives Changed WHEN schools first closed to most students back in March, schools quickly had to find new ways of working. A huge amount of work went on behind the scenes to facilitate this and everyone had a part to play. To begin with work was set on the homework zone and that soon progressed to live or recorded lessons via Microsoft Teams. Students of key workers came into school still, but the days in school were very different to normal for students. We maintained a sense of community from our online interactions as well as still some sense of normality with events such as awards evenings and charity events still taking place, albeit in a virtual way. Teachers worried about their students, not only in missing their learning or not being able to help them with their work as they usually would, but for them missing out on all of the other aspects of school life and how this was affecting their well-being. We never expected to have to assess GCSE grades because exams were cancelled, but again, found reliable and effective methods to do so. The summer holidays came and went and we were soon all back in school. The way in which lessons are taught retains many of the normal features that students experience and a full range of subjects and extra- curricular activities is on offer. However, there are many changes such as wearing masks between lessons, additional sanitising and social distancing. It is a real shame that many aspects of school life such as residential trips, celebration assemblies, shows and productions have not been able to go ahead as planned this year. Overall, the use of technology in teaching has evolved rapidly, but the basic principles of teaching and caring for young people has remained the same. It seems safe to say, we are all looking forward to a time when Covid is well and truly behind us.

Pantaleo Giovanna YEAR 7

Covid 19 has affected everyone in a different way. My family is particularly sporty and I play a lot of hockey. I usually play and train about three times a week. I play at county and club level but sadly everything had to stop midseason. I found it really hard during lockdown not being able to play hockey as it makes me happy and I really struggled without that. After lockdown things started to change but it wasn’t the same. Then the second lockdown came and it stopped again. I am really happy that school is open and we get to do sport in PE and in some clubs. Hariba Eaman Bi YEAR 7 I have been affected by Covid in a big way. When Covid started I was in Spain and then moved to England. I didn’t get to say bye to my friends and had to have my birthday without them and in a new country. I miss my family and friends who are in Spain and because of Covid I am unable to travel to see them. My dad is working very hard and has done during the pandemic. We don’t like Covid and want it to stop! Eleanor Drew YEAR 10 During this pandemic there have been over 50,000 deaths from or related to COVID-19 in the UK. Being at high risk can mean many different things: like not being able to wear a mask, having underlying health conditions and some people who are over 60. Having lived with someone who is high risk I know quite a lot about this subject and so should you. Being

high risk is very scary, I’ve learnt that from seeing and living with it. My dad is high risk, he has multiple conditions so he would be badly affected by this virus, I decided to ask him some questions about what it’s like. What’s it like going out in public? ‘There is constant worry, I am always sceptical, I’m very anxious when walking towards or by someone. I also find it annoying when somebody doesn’t follow the 2m guidance, considering what this does to people.’ How often do you go out? ‘About twice a month, I need to reduce the risk mostly for myself but also for my family, I would hate to pass it on. I do not want to get this virus.’ What do you do to keep on top of this virus? ‘I stay away from as many people as possible, every time I leave the house I’m sanitizing as much as I can. Whenever I should, I will wear my mask to keep others safe as well as myself.’ Is there anything you want to say to people who don’t really bother about the virus?

‘It’s real. The threat is real, the serious illness is real, if you are in a position like me where you’re high risk then the fear is very overwhelming. Don’t be stupid, take it seriously and please wear your mask!’ Scarlett Lippett YEAR 7 For months now, all our lives have been different but now Christmas is drawing nearer. By the time you read this, we may have a better idea of what Christmas might be like. Tomorrow, we going into our second lockdown.

Schools will still be open and many jobs too. Thinking about it, when we were in a strict lockdown, when you could only go out for one hour a day for exercise and schools were closed, people still died only a daily basis so I can’t see how this will prevent the spread of covid. I know it’s so the NHS aren’t over-run but I think more drastic movements should be made. For instance, some counties go into a lockdown for 2 weeks with even essential shops being closed. I don’t think we can do this but I think something needs to be done and soon. We are now 2 weeks into the lockdown. It’s pretty much the same: wearing masks, sanitising and social distancing but shops and gyms are closed meaning weekends and after school are a lot more boring. Doing the weekly shop has become the most interesting thing I do other than walking the dogs and going to school. People are finding it hard to do Christmas shopping because it’s almost all online now. On the positive side, we have found a vaccine which is 90% efficient. The government is now trying to figure out whether it is safe and how to give it out. I think to celebrate, Britain should burn their masks the day the vaccine is given out (if it’s given out). On a positive for America, Jo Biden is now president of the U.S.A. since he believes in climate change, has 2 dogs and made a good speech about wearing a mask and protecting each. Although the covid-19 has just caused problems, annoyance, financial issues and sadness for everyone, it has been good in ways for the environment. Instead of millions of people driving to work, people have been working from home and saving many carbon-omissions. It has, however, been bad because there is now an increase of disposable things such as things such as masks, cutlery, bags and protective wear.

2020 Timeline - A Year That Won’t be Forgotten January The first cases of Covid were recorded in Wuham were recorded. Five days later the first case of the virus outside of China was confirmed in Thailand.Wuhan went into a strict lockdown.

February Three people in the UK tested positive for coronavirus. The government declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” March On March 5, the first coronavirus patient died in the UK. The woman in her 70s, who also had underlying health conditions,. The World Health Organisation declares coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. The first social distancing measures on March 16. People had to start working from home if they can, to avoid ‘pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues’ and to avoid all unnecessary travel . All schools across the UK closed from March 20, but stayed open for children of key workers. On March 20, Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, theatres and gyms must close. On March 23, the prime minister announced a full lockdown. Under the new rules people could leave their homes for essential shopping, for exercise once a day, for a medical need or to go to work if they cannot work from home. April Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on April 5. The following day, he was taken to intensive care. He was discharged on April 12.

On April 23, the first human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine begin at Oxford University. By the end of the month, Boris Johnson announces that we were ‘past the peak’ of the virus. May On May 4, a pilot scheme of the new NHS contact tracing app was launched. Boris Johnson said that lockdown restrictions would be eased in stages and set out a timetable. The government also changed its ‘stay home’ message to a new slogan - ‘stay alert’ On May 28, the government launched NHS Test and Trace. June On June 1, further restrictions were lifted in England which allowed people to meet with up to six others from separate households in outdoor places. Schools were allowed to reopen for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils, and car showrooms and outdoor markets open their doors to customers too. Support bubbles were introduced, shops reopened and threat level lowered. July On July 4, pubs, bars and restaurants were allowed to open their doors again, along with cinemas, museums, art galleries, bingo halls,

community centres, hair salons, work canteens, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms, hairdressers and barbers.

From July 24, new rules came into force that required everyone, apart from a few exceptions, to wear a face masks in places such as shops and banks. August On August 1, the government’s shielding programme paused allowing thousands of vulnerable residents to leave their homes and get back to work September Schools, colleges and universities returned. Class and year groups formed bubbles. There were lots of Covid cases in universities and many students had to self isolate. New rules meant that pubs and restaurants had to close at 10pm. October The number of positive cases continued to rise as did death rates. November The country went into another 4 week national lockdown. Schools and universities remained open but people were expected to work from home if they could. Lots of university teaching was online. Non essential shops were closed. On 9th November a vaccine was approved, being seen as the road out of the pandemic. Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine was one of several vaccines being developed. December The first patient Margaret Keenan, was the first

patient to recieve the new vaccine. The second was William Shakespeare! It was the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine up to four million more are expected by the end of the month. The government has said that 3 households are able to meet over Christmas for 5 days but that they should think carefully and take great care. Despite a year of uncertainty and restrictions, the pandemic also saw the best of human nature. Weekly clapping for the NHS took place each week, many people took to supporting charities or vulnerable people. Many people also took the opportunity to take up new hobbies or make time for old ones as they had more time at home to do so. The summer months allowed people to get out and enjoy nature more and it was a period when a lot of people learned how to use technology to stay in touch and keep themselves entertained! Many felt there was a greater sense of community. So whilst it has been a tough year, perhaps it is also a time to look for the positives and look forward to a better time to follow.

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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2020

THE Drama department has managed to retain some sense of normality to their students this term by continuing with extra-curricular clubs. They signed up to take part in the ‘One Night of Shakespeare’ online festival hosted by Shakespeare Schools Foundation and performed not one, but two adaptations of both ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Macbeth’. The adaptations were streamed on YouTube on Friday 20th November so that all students and the wider community could watch. They decided to mix things up by performing scenes in various areas around the school site and turning them in to a short movie. Ms. Young, the new curriculum leader for Drama, wanted the students to have fun with the process and create a social network that they will have been missing out on over the past few months. She said, ‘I think students all over the country

have found lockdown and certain restrictions tougher than they like to let on. It was nice to be able to provide a fun, creative and safe space for them to focus and engage on such exciting projects. It was a tight deadline to meet due to the current situation, but Nunnery Wood along with 56 other schools in the country all managed to produce wonderful shows for the festival.”

Year 9 student, Harrison Thorne played Mac Duff and Ross in the plays said, “We have been practising for the plays since we started back to school in September. I enjoyed the experience. I take Drama as a GCSE option as I really enjoy it.”

Show Goes On WE aren’t able to do much extra curricular at all in music at the moment due to COVID restrictions on singing/playing, split lunches and not being able to mix year group bubbles. However, we are doing the nest we can during this time to keep music alive at Nunnery Wood. A music department with no music at Christmas is a very sad thing indeed! We are able to do some Christmas singing with a very small, socially distanced group of year 10s, two lunchtimes a week. They have been practicing Christmas Carols to be recorded and sent to local care homes to help spread some festive cheer. As soon as restrictions are able to be lifted, watch this space for all of the clubs, performances and shows that are available to all students in school. Year 8 band rehearsals are also able to continue and run after school on Tuesdays. They are currently practising drumkit, bass guitar, piano and electric guitar skills by doing their own covers of rock and pop songs.

To catch up on Nunnery Wood’s contributions click here https://shakespeareschools.org/livestream

Talented Musician

Nunnery Wood High School Delivers Five Star Performance The performance was appraised by Jessica Moffat, from the Shakespeare Schools Foundation. “I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Nunnery Wood High School for your exceptional production of Macbeth as part of the 2020 Shakespeare Schools Festival, One Night of Shakespeare. Against all odds you have shown the world that theatre can be created in the darkest of times, demonstrating the best of yourselves. It was a wonderful performance, and I’d like to highlight a few aspects that really stood out. The opening of this play was eerie, atmospheric and set the tone for the dark and powerful performance that was to follow. The audience were captivated and drawn into the world of your play right from the start. I love the way you used the medium of film to your advantage and took the audience on a journey around the school. I particularly loved the dark, autumnal colours and the use of nature in this film to create a dark and barren landscape. The various locations you chose were perfect to depict the chilling, gloomy world of Scotland. The whole film was visually interesting and exciting to watch. The prophecy scene was particularly scary and spine-chilling. I loved that you chose to film this in black and

white, it made it all the more powerful! You used your physicality and voices beautifully to set the eerie tone to the scene. The battle scene at the end captured the drama and intensity of this performance perfectly and was a fantastic way to finish!

Your characterisation was outstanding – you had clear motivations, actions and displayed the intensity of these characters emotions with confidence and ease. You displayed the tension between the characters and families well. As a result the audience were totally invested in these characters and captivated by the story. “ I want to commend you all for your performances. You brought so much energy and commitment to your characters, and you displayed their complex and intense emotions with confidence and ease. You clearly had an excellent grasp of the Shakespearean language which allowed you to tell your story with clarity and confidence. This was a dark, bold and powerful Macbeth told by an accomplished and talented cast. I am in awe of your boundless creativity, talent and determination. This was the year for experimentation and you rose to the challenge

of performing Shakespeare for the camera with bravery, resilience and ingenuity. This demonstrates a great deal of maturity as actors, and innovation as theatre makers. I know you will look back on 2020 with a great deal of pride at what you have achieved especially in light of the challenges you have faced. You all deserve a round of applause and standing ovation!” “You had excellent command of Shakespeare’s language and as a result the story was told to the audience with total clarity. We saw dramatic, well-choreographed fight sequences which generated a tense atmosphere throughout. It takes a great deal of focus and commitment to pull this off but you did so with ease and flair. Well done for adapting your play so professionally for the medium of film. The audience were treated to a visual spectacle as they were guided through Verona in an exciting promenade style performance. The performers used corridors, balconies, outside areas, and the drama studio to brilliant effect. The film was well paced and consisted of dynamic and varied shots which were visually interesting and thrilling to watch.”

YEAR 7 student Sam Kelly was previously taught cornet through Severn Arts at Lyppard Grange Primary School before joining Nunnery Wood this September. Severn Arts contacted the music department to let us know that Sam’s old cornet teacher has nominated him for their new Furthering Talent programme. This will mean he will get fully funded 30 minute cornet lessons every week for 2 years, access to termly Get Together music making events with the other pupils on the programme, as well as a personal bursary to achieve his musical goals of £150 per academic year. This is a fantastic achievement for Sam and we are really proud of him. Sam has shown a keen interest in curriculum music lessons at Nunnery since September and is looking forward to continuing his cornet lessons after Christmas. As soon as our brass band is able to start rehearsing again we will also be inviting him along to this, to enable him to make even more use of his talents within school!

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Media reviews Book: We Were Liars

Sophie Cockeram YEAR 9

want a short book you can finish quickly, I can guarantee it will leave you speechless.

We Were Liars is a moving, powerful pageturner that grabs your attention from page one. It tells the gripping story of Cadence Sinclair, a young girl who lives with her family on Beachwood Island, and her battle with a traumatic brain injury after crashing against some rocks off the shore of Beachwood. It teaches the reader that, however rich and privileged a family may be, they still face hardships like deaths, addictions and life-changing tragedies. This novel has received the Goodreads Choice Award for The Best Young Adult Fiction, which I believe is well deserved. It was also listed as an ALA Top Ten best fiction for young adults in 2015.

Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9

In my opinion the best Christmas film is, by far elf. This film combines all the best elements of all good films, let alone Christmas films, it focuses on the human elf Buddy (played by famous comedy actor Will Ferrell). During a Christmas a young Buddy, crawls into Santa’s sack without him knowing, and has lived had been raised in the north pole by Papa Elf ever since. While he has found certain aspects hard, e.g. him being taller, he embodies Christmas fun and spirit, and he aims to spread it. The plot of the film, involves Buddy’s desire to meet his father, so Buddy sets out to spend time with him, and to have fun with him. However, he finds out that his dad is on the naughty list! While this does hurt him for a bit, all in all it makes him want to spend time with his dad even more.

Delfini Pagan YEAR 9

Enola Holmes is a mystery film starring Millie Bobby Brown, known best for her role as 11 in stranger things, as Enola Holmes and Louis Partridge as Tewksbury. It came out on Netflix on 23rd September 2020 and was enjoyed by millions as they stayed at home whilst isolating. It contains humour, some heart-wrenching moments and a script that will make you think. Enola Holmes, as a character, is a hard-working, determined and an unusual young woman who pushes gender stereotypes of the time (the late 19th century) and is, therefore, someone to look up to for girls today. I personally love her character as she adds comedic value to the whole film. Mycroft and Sherlock are well thought out as they are similar to their characters in the book and tv show but are seen in a different way to make them seem ignorant and sexist. I found this interesting as the books were written

Carys Slimming, 9.10 says “I loved this book. It had many twists and turns. My favourite character has to be Gat Patil as he is caring and compassionate towards Candance.” Although quite heavy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this phycological thriller and could not put it down. I would recommend it if you

Film: Elf

Film: Enola Holmes

Film: Home Alone

William Darby YEAR 8 many hilarious encounters, including such as a raccoon, used gum, Peter Dinklage and a coffee shop. While he is coming to terms with his dad’s intolerance, as to accepting him as his child, he gets a job in a shop called Gimbles, and falls in love with a store employee called Jovie. The rest of the film follows Buddy getting into all sorts of tricky situations and shenanigans, and ends with him trying to escape the central park rangers, while helping Santa gather Christmas belief so his sleigh can fly. This film is hilarious, and has all the elements of being the best Christmas film, if you can honestly say you don’t like this film, then you hate Christmas! All kidding aside, this is the perfect family Christmas film, and since its release has become an instant classic.

This film is a Christmas classic which I always watch at Christmas. The film is set in Winnetka, Illinois (America) and is about the McCallister family, who are preparing to spend the Christmas in Paris. The night before they leave Kevin McCallister (one of the youngest children) accidentally ruins the family dinner after he argues with Buzz, resulting in him getting sent to the attic of the house as a punishment. During the night, there is a power cut, which resets the alarm clocks, causing the family to oversleep. The next morning there is a rush to get to the airport, and Kevin is left behind. When Kevin wakes up and realises his family

has disappeared his is overjoyed. However, he comes to realise that life isn’t good when he realises that there are two burglars targeting houses on his street. When the burglar’s deicide to try and break into the McCallister’s house, however Kevin defies the burglar’s attempts to break in and ends up humiliating them. I would recommend this film hugely as it is immensely funny and I think it was a massive success. The actors show off their acting abilities and I think that Kevin MacCalistar (played by Macualay Culkin) displays his acting skills very well as a main child actor and lights up the film with marvellous and hilarious facial expressions. Harry (played by Joe Pesci) and Marv (played by Daniel Stern), the robbers were hilarious and comical and I would definitely recommend this film.

While he is looking for his dad in New York (who is in the Empire state building) he has

Is Disney plus worth it? Gabriel Boxall YEAR 9

Disney plus has been available to subscribe to for almost a year, and with all their shows coming out, it seems like the perfect time to get Disney plus, or is it? Disney plus costs £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year, which compared to Netflix’s’ hefty price of £8.99 a month doesn’t seem too bad. While this does seem like a no brainer (in favour of Disney plus) you may want to consider some things first. Disney Plus offers all of Disney films, including Star Wars and Marvel and also films from the recently bought studio fox, that they have ever released (bar a few) and offers exclusives and originals such as the critically acclaimed “the Mandalorian” It is soon to have

more exclusive shows, form universes like marvel, and more Star Wars content is to be announced. While this does seem like a lot of entertainment, I find that a lot of the films are extremely low quality, and feel like rubbish rip-off films. Unlike Netflix, which I feel is still the superior streaming service, it offers more variety, more interesting films, and tonnes of tv shows, including originals such as popular series’ such as “Stranger Things”, “Titans” and “The Umbrella Academy”, among others. It also is home to popular tv icons “Friends”, “Sherlock”,” Doctor Who”, comedy classics and many more. While it does depend on what you are looking for, I think Netflix (while quite expensive) is the better choice this Christmas, but no matter what you prefer, they are both worthy services.

Film: Arthur Christmas Arthur Christmas is a popular, funny and wellknown family film. This new found BritishAmerican classic was made in 2011 by Aardman Animations and Sony picture Animation as there first collaboration project. This film, set on Christmas eve, tells a story about Arthur Christmas (Father Christmas’ 2nd. son) who discovers that Santa’s high-tech ship has failed to deliver a present to one girl, Gwen. It is up to Arthur (James McAvoy) along with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to deliver a present to Gwen, who has been forgotten. However, Arthur has to use the long-forgotten reindeer “Dasher, Dancer,

Prancer... what are the rest? I can never ruddy remember, B-b-b-Bambi? John? You with the White Ear, and You, and You? “as Grandsanta calls them in the hilarious interaction near the beginning of the film.


Benefits of Biking Owen Jeynes YEAR 11

IN our last issue of the Nunnery news we informed you of the benefits of cycling and included some top safety tips. At Nunnery Wood, we are also very keen to promote sustainability and caring for the environment. Here Owen Jeynes explains how cycling to school has impacted upon him. “I have been cycling to school for a few weeks now. I have noticed a few things and feel that it should become more accepted as a form of transport to school, and perhaps for other journeys in the city. There are many benefits to cycling, for example the environmental advantages. A bicycle produces no carbon dioxide or particulates, therefore doesn’t pollute the air or contribute to global warming. This is a crucial issue at our time. By cycling that would decrease our carbon footprint. Also, at the moment a change like this could contribute to resolving the climate crisis. A bike is great low carbon solution for the environmentally conscious, as many can’t afford electric cars. Cycling also has a very low upkeep cost compared to cars. Secondly, cycling is one of the safest forms of transportation. If two bicycles collide there will not be as much damage done

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compared to if two cars were to collide. If the appropriate infrastructure was in place then I strongly believe that most children and teenagers would cycle to school. This includes creating two-way cycle lanes separate to the footpaths for routes going to school. Two-way cycle lanes would be ideal as they create a feeling of safety for cyclists. The normalisation of using cycling more to get to and from your destination would also increase the number of children cycling to school. We can see this happening more in London and the rest of Europe especially the Netherlands. By creating a cycling positive attitude you can normalise cycling. Another reason cycling to school should be a more prevalent form of transport is that it contributes to daily exercise.

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range of ages and abilities due to the ever evolving improvements. It is much more convenient and faster for people to cycle in many circumstances; you just get your bike and leave, and it’s free – no fuel costs! When going in a car it is more time-consuming to leave. To go to school or the shops taking a bicycle is typically quicker than a car for somebody of my age as it will only be me travelling. I strongly believe that more people should cycle to school. I also believe that the council should do more to encourage cycling by investing in cycling infrastructure. Change starts in school, and the situation could be vastly improved”. The school eco team is looking to see how we can promote safely cycling to school and how we can work alongside other school and local groups to promote and support this.

The NHS suggests that people should do at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. On a typical trip to school it takes me about 15 minutes to travel there, so you can already knock a sizeable proportion of weekly exercise off the list.

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This will reduce levels of childhood obesity, heart disease, and other diseases caused by lack of exercise. It is also a low impact form of exercise so more accessible to a greater range of people. Cycling is open to a wide

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STUDENTS in all year groups have been experiencing a wide range of sports in their PE lessons. Physical and mental well being is extremely important right now and PE lessons help students to achieve this. Extra curricular opportunities are also available for all year groups . For now, these are taking place in year group bubbles.Attendance has been excellent and everyone is welcome. Take a look at the PE notice boards or speak to your PE teacher to find out what opportunities are available.

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Esme Shankara & DJ Smith YEAR 7

WE have all been spending more time at home and likely using more technology. Here are some funny answers to questions to Siri. What is your favourite movie? I’ve heard that ‘Blade Runner’ is a very realistic and sensitive depiction of intelligent assistants”. Where is Elvis Presley? “I believe he has left the building”, “My sources tell me Area 51. But that’s classified”.

What is zero divided by zero? “Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends, how many cookies does each person get? See, it doesn’t make sense and cookie monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends”.

in a chicken hatching from said egg. Hope that helps” and “Interesting question. You can set an egg timer but not a chicken timer. I don’t know if that helps”. How much do you earn? “The work is my reward”.


Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Siri has a few smart answers for this one. “I checked their calendars. They both have the same birthdays”, “Chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken, egg. Oops. overflow”, “Some believe an ancient ‘proto-chicken’ laid an egg containing a DNA mutation that resulted

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happiness. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. If Pinocchio says “My Nose Will Grow Now”, it would cause a paradox.

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Nunnery News - Issue 32 - December 2020  

Nunnery News - Issue 32 - December 2020