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NUNNERY NEWS April 2021
BACK TOGETHER, STRONGER THAN EVER!
With lockdown restrictions easing, we are all delighted to be back at school. Since the government announced that schools could re-open on March 8th to all students, a huge amount of preparation has ensured that this happened as safely and smoothly as possible. Lessons have resumed with our full curriculum being delivered to all students. Everyone has quickly transitioned back to the daily school routine and are thoroughly enjoying a more normal life. Lessons have been as exciting and engaging as usual and although some students are struggling with the early morning alarm calls, they are happy to be back with their friends and are enjoying learning! Clubs and extra curricular activities are also returning with more opportunities being available as more restrictions ease. Students have adapted incredibly well to everything they have faced this year and are to be commended for their resilience and community spirit. The government is confident that this is the last lockdown and so we are all excited for the term ahead and all that it offers.
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School Reopening All credit to our students for coping so well with the restrictions under which we’ve worked together over the past few weeks. Although it has been fantastic to be back under the same roof, the wearing of masks in classrooms has been the latest adjustment that keeps us from learning in the way we’d like. This said, just as with the testing at the start of this half-term, students have been sensible and calm meaning that we can make the most of the opportunities we do have. Wherever possible we have opened up school activities including at least some sports activities after school – albeit one year group per evening. Although trips and visits are still in the future, there are signs that the end of the summer term may see school operating close
to normal. We are optimistic, for instance, that we can end the school year with the traditional sports day and final assemblies. Year 11 Year 11 students have focused on the narrowed curriculum that will lead to Progress Checks, helping us to allocate the best grades we can. There outcomes of these will be combined with other data we hold. Our process for allocating grades will contain several internal steps to ensure fairness as well as external scrutiny. We are confident that the quality of evidence we use and the process will receive the same approval as for last year’s Year 11. Wherever possible, we will give these fantastic students a chance to celebrate their time at Nunnery with whatever celebrations the guidelines permit. We are
hopeful about a prom – although we are in the hands of the government about the timetable for opening up society. Thanks to Year 11 for their continuing hardwork during a difficult time. Communication Survey Over the next few weeks, you may be contacted to answer a few quick questions about school communication. Thank you in advance if you are able to spare a few minutes. We want to improve wherever we can and it will be good to hear your thoughts about school to home messages over the past few months.
Farewell and Best Wishes! Mrs V Jenkins Teacher of Ethics & Philosophy
After nearly nine years at Nunnery Wood, I have decided to leave to take up an exciting new promotion at Pershore High School. I have made some good friends here and I will miss the lovely people I work with in my department and especially the wonderful groups of students that I teach. I hope everyone has a relaxing break this Easter and wish you all every success for the future.
A Message from Miss Speechley... The news team hopes that you enjoy having the Nunnery News back in print form as well as the online version. Students were excited to be back in the newsroom, researching, writing and editing their articles and sharing ideas on future features. Despite so many restrictions still in place across the country, life in school
is slowly returning to normal. Whilst we don’t have the usual amount of activities, trips and clubs to report on, the news team has still found plenty going on in school to report to you on. The team is meeting in year group bubbles on Wednesdays after school. All students are welcome to join. Everyone is also welcome to
contribute by simply emailing their work and stories to email@example.com. If you haven’t been following our social media, take a look. We celebrate student achievement on a daily basis and share information. Find us @NunneryWood, NunneryWoodHS and Facebook/NunneryWood. We also have a YouTube
channel as well our website containing all of the important information that you might need. Stay in touch! A huge thank you to everyone for their help in bringing the news to you, have a lovely Easter break.
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Head Boy & Head Girl Alex Martin & Jemima Thorp HEAD BOY & HEAD GIRL
WELCOME back again, after another period of learning at home. We are proud of the commitment that everyone put in over the lockdown especially our fellow year 11 pupils who are working hard towards the end of our time here at Nunnery. The end is in sight; we can do it! Also well done to the year 10s who are working hard and getting ready for their exams next year even with the disruptions to their learning this year.
Although we haven’t been able to create as much as we originally planned as Head Girl and Boy this year due to everything that has happened, we have immensely enjoyed the time we have spent being able to help in any way we can. We would just like to thank everyone for giving us this opportunity and as our time at
Nunnery Wood is coming closer and closer to an end. Well done and thank you everyone! Alex and Jemima :)
All of you have now completed the COVID-19 tests in school and will now be completing them from home. We are extremely happy that we have the opportunity to continue coming into school all while being able to keep everyone safe. These tests make that possible, so a big thank you to everyone who helped us do our tests the in first two weeks.
Nunnery Wood Governing Body What do they do? The Governing Body’s role is to have strategic oversight of how the school is performing and to both support and challenge the Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team on how they are leading the school. The core purposes of the Governing Body are:
youngest is due to start Primary school in September and will hopefully attend Nunnery Wood in the foreseeable future.
I attended Nunnery wood many years ago and have many fond memories of the school. I formed strong friendship, many whom I am still in close contact with today. Being able to come back to the school as a governor is a privilege and honour. I hope that when leaving the school, not only will your children be leaving with the qualifications they deserve, but also long lasting friendships, positive memories and the confidence to strive towards future goals and aspirations.
1. Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school. 2. Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff. 3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent. During lockdown, the Governing Body has continued to meet virtually, using Teams, and has received copies of the Staff Briefing presentations as well as regular updates from Mr. Powell and other senior staff. Governor visits have continued to take place (also virtually for the most part), examining topics such as safeguarding, special educational needs, premises developments and finance. We are delighted that we have three new parent governors joining the Board this month and had to hold an election (also virtually) as we had several excellent candidates. We also have two excellent elected staff governors who make very valuable contributions to the work of the Board. Governors are unpaid volunteers who devote a great deal of time and energy to their role and they take their responsibilities very seriously. They are delighted and proud of how students and staff have coped with the very real challenges during this last year but also recognise that there is much still to be done to address some of the consequences of the pandemic. Sajeeda Begum My name is Sajeeda Begum and I am a 40 year old British Pakistani. I live in Worcester and have resided in the area for 29 years. I have three children aged 18, 13 and 4. My eldest is in his final year at Worcester Sixth Form and is hoping to attend University in September. My 13-year-old attends Nunnery Wood therefore I have an invested interest in the school and my
As a governor, I will show commitment, enthusiasm, and determination to make a difference whilst striving for academic excellence. I will also be a link for communication between governors and parents.
reach their full potential. I believe that education is more than academics, but considers the child as a whole, including their emotional and mental well-being. In my spare time, I am a bit of a crafter and you will generally find me behind my sewing machine, or paper crafting. If I’m not there, then I’m probably out walking Cassie, our lively chocolate labrador. Kay Kavanagh
I work part time as a Senior Supervising social worker for a Fostering charity and I have held this position for last 9 years. A key part of my role in working with looked after children and ensuring that their education, emotional and social needs are being met. I work within a multidisciplinary team which includes working closely with schools. Together we formulate and deliver a package support to help promote the holistic needs of individual children and young people. This often involves ‘thinking outside the box’ and being creative in the way with engage children and encourage learning. I believe in giving children maximum opportunities to meet their full potential through education and extracurricular activities. Over the last 6 months I have been setting up a learning support and confidence programme to provide extra educational and wellbeing support to young people who have struggled as a result of the current pandemic. Having secured funding, the programme will support 16, year 10 pupils within the local community (8 pupils identified from Nunnery wood) with 16 hours of Maths and science tuition. In addition several young people from all year groups at Nunnery Wood will have the opportunity to engage in confidence building activities to promote health, fitness, and wellbeing.
A little about me…. I’ve lived in Worcester for the majority of my life and live with my husband, Neil, and our 3 boys: Jake who started in year 7 in September, and two others in years 2 and 4 of a local primary school. I am currently in my last year of a Foundation Degree in Early Years, through the University of Worcester and will be continuing with my studies in September and doing a top up degree in Integrated Working with Families and Children. I am a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school. I stood for parent governor as I am passionate about giving every child the opportunity to
Hello, I have a daughter in Yr7 who is thoroughly enjoying her time at Nunnery Wood High school. I am passionate about helping young people to achieve the best they can and look forward to being able to contribute the school via the governing body. I have previously been a Parent Governor and I now work in Governance as a career! I’m hoping that my extensive experience will allow me to be a proactive and supportive governor. Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending time with my daughters and love films, cooking, gaming and sewing!
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Students Brave the Shave for Charity YEAR 8 student, Asher Mackenzie-Wilson and her Mum took the brave decision to shave their heads in order to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice. They wanted to raise money for the Hospice in memory of two family members, Grandma Marie and Ernie who were looked after there. They originally set a target of £100 and have so far raised over £1,300! With generous donations from friends and family.
Family Fundraisers Darcey Gauler YEAR 9
DURING the lockdown half-term, my family organised a fundraiser to raise money for art resources for Nunnery. We did a scavenger hunt where you had to photograph specific things when you went on a local walk. Most of us have been going on lots of walks recently and it made it a bit more interesting! Here are some of the photos that participants took on their scavenger hunt, that were all connected to art.
who sadly passed away late last year. She studied art when she was at school and would have liked to support the fundraiser. The Art Department is going to use the money to offer art resources to students who want to get creative and do art at home, but may not have the right materials they need. If you have any ideas about raising money for this new fund yourself, contact your art teacher.
We raised over £170. My family has also donated some extra money on behalf of my Aunty,
The occasion was streamed on Facebook and it all went really well. They are getting used to their new look and the cold! Asher and her family would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported them and for their generous donations. Year 8 student, Molly braved the shave for Macmillan in order to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. She participated in Brave the Shave on Monday 11th January. Molly told her parents how passionate she was about raising money for charity and that she had considered braving the shave. She was very determined and her parents agreed that this was something they were happy to support Molly with. The family were aware that it isn’t an easy time for people to donate, so they initially set up a target to raise £100. They shared their plans along with a link to their charity page and have been overwhelmed by the support they have received. So far, the total is at a staggering £1,490! Molly’s family would like to thank everyone who has donated including friends and family and to extend their thanks to staff at Nunnery Wood High School for their generous support for this wonderful cause. Molly said, “I participated in Brave the Shave on 11th Jan 2021. I took part because I feel passionate about supporting the charity as I have had some close relatives die from cancer and Macmillan were amazing. I want to try to contribute to finding solutions and cures.” Molly’s Dad also took the decision to Brave the shave and has been sponsored by his Employer to double amount raised which is fantastic news!
Cameron Donates Money to Charity as I do. People shouldn't have to be alone and homeless at Christmas. I also wanted to help poorly children and their families.”
If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below. https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/ molly-tyrrell1
Well done Cameron! YEAR 7 student, Cameron Barnfield has generously donated his Christmas advent Calendar money to two local charities. Cameron doesn’t eat chocolate, so his Mum made his Christmas advent calendar into 24 little bags with a small amount of money in each for him to open each day. The amount totalled £30.00. When asked what he was going to buy with the £30 pounds, he thought for a while and said, “Nothing, I want to give it to charity. I want to give half to the homeless and half to Acorns Children’s Hospice.” So Cameron kindly gave £15 to Worcester Street Kitchen and £15 to Acorns. Cameron said, “I wanted to give the money to charity to help people who don't have as much
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Nunnery Celebrates World Book Day WORLD Book Day took place on March 4th and to celebrate, Librarians, Mrs Bennett and Mrs Goode held a competition to find the most unusual place to read a book! Students and teachers were asked to get photos of themselves reading their books in the most unusual place they can possibly think of, taking into account the current restrictions. Lots of entries were received and some of them proved to be very imaginative! World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading. As World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck, recalls “We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.” World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. They want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.
Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and its fun for all involved. That’s why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries. The announcement of winners was made on World Book Day. Mrs Bennett and Mrs Goode said, “Obviously at the moment, none of us are allowed to venture very far from home, but that did not deter a number of staff and students from using their imagination … so a big THANK YOU to all those who entered, including a very resourceful Mrs Marshall and the staff and students who joined in the Workout Wednesday on 24th February! After long deliberations … with photos being checked and verified, we are pleased to announce our World Book Day winners are … The amazing Workout Wednesday students… yay! CONGRATULATIONS!!! All the students who took part in ‘WOW’ on 24th February will be invited to the Library to choose a prize from a selection of books, once school re-opens.”
Careers Books Some of the new careers books available to borrow from the school library……… Choosing the right, A levels is crucial. Not only will it affect your enjoyment of studying over the next two years but it also has implications for your choice of career, further training or higher education options. The tenth edition of this student-friendly guide has been revised and updated and is now available for students to borrow from the school library. Find out what you will study, subjects to combine at A level, degree options, future career possibilities and other useful sources of information.
The video game industry is an exciting and expanding modern industry that is attracting many
creative people from all over the world. Due to the increasing competition for job roles it can be a difficult process. This book contains insider tips and advice on what you need to know to get your dream job working inside the video games industry. This book also includes information on becoming a freelance artist and setting up your own independent games company, including the legal considerations. Break into the video game industry today with this comprehensive insider's guide! Women in STEM Careers will spur reader's imaginations and introduce them to 26 STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn about STEM real-life superheroes from an environmental lawyer to a robot-
ics engineer. - see diverse women working in STEM and changing the world. Explore six superpowers important to STEM fields: curiosity, observation, problem solving, collaboration, data-collection and communication. Discover how dreams and imagination can lead to an exciting STEM career. The police force uses a number of breeds of dogs for a variety of duties. The type of dog sometimes depends on the job to be done, but the following breeds are the ones usually used in Britain: German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Doberman, Labrador, Belgian Shepherd, Springer Spaniels, Weimaraners and German Short-Haired Pointers. Searching and tracking are the main tasks of police dogs. A single police officer is no match for a police dog as they are able to search more quickly and in very constricted places. How
to become a police dog handler is an exciting new book that covers every element of the selection process and also provides practical advice on police dog types, police dog commands, the health of police dogs, dog handler laws and the training of police dogs and their handlers. If you need help finding information about the career you are interested in see Mrs Gwynne during the lunch time drop in sessions in the careers office, 1.30pm-2pm every weekday.
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Eco News from your Eco Team
ECO Club members have been hard at work getting our new eco Garden started! Lots of weeding digging and ground preparation over the last couple of weeks ready to start growing our very own fruit and vegetables here. We even have a family of robins who regularly join us too!
It can exist for a long period of time (up to hundreds of years) for it to degrade.
Interested in joining? Why not come along Wednesday (year 7) or Friday (year 8) afterschool. Eco club is back, and we have been really busy helping to brighten up the school with lots of litter picking. Please make sure you are using the bins located around the school. Why is litter so bad? It makes places look unattractive – This has a negative impact on a person’s viewpoint of somewhere if they see litter, including at or around schools. It creates negative impacts on the environment. It puts animals at risk.
Millions of people around the world came together to switch off their lights in support of nature and the planet. The event took place on 27th March, however, as that was a Saturday, in school we took part on the last lesson of the day
on 26th March. Readings were taken to see how much we reduced our electricity consumption by in that hour. We will share the findings when we have it.
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ePraise Leader Boards Students have been rewarded for their hard work during and since lockdown with Epraise points. This has meant that many have now reached milestones including their Bronze, Silver and Platinum Awards. Oska Baddeley, Year 8, is the first student to ever achieve his platinum awards. Congratulations to all students receiving these prestigious awards.
Oska Baddeley - Year 8, recieved his Platinum Award.
EPRAISE leader boards by year group (accurate as of 15/03/2021 Bronze= 35points Silver =45 points Gold=60 points Sapphire=80 points Platinum= 120 points YEAR 7 1. Annika Potter (7.01) (79) 2. Zihna Steers (7.10) (69) 3. Patti Wajda (7.09) (68) 4. Harry Ranford (7.09) (64) 5. Lily Jackman (7.07) (63) 5. Darcey Gauler (7.01) (63) 7. Scarlett Lippett (7.07) (62) 7. Jonathan Wheatley (7.07) (62) 7. Liam Ricketts (7.04) (62) 10. Kaiden Godding (7.08) (60) YEAR 8 1. Oska Baddeley 2. Alexander Mollov 3. Leah Ridge 4. George Taylor-Walker 5. Alfie Thompson
(8.10) (8.08) (8.09) (8.09) (8.04)
(121) (71) (69) (64) (61)
6. Holly Storey 7. Jack Yeomans 8. Finn Middleton 8. Hilmi Tekagac 8. Harry Carson
(8.07) (8.10) (8.03) (8.04) (8.03)
(60) (59) (57) (57) (57)
YEAR 9 1. Lee Sherwood 2. Abdelrahman Mostafa 3. Jay Miller 4. Anjes van der Kleijn 5. Olivia McFarlane 5. Hannah Raman 7. Zoe Bloss 7. Alec Woolven 9. Jenna Warner 9. Willow Bond
(9.06) (9.03) (9.07) (9.06) (9.02) (9.01) (9.10) (9.10) (9.10) (9.10)
(69) (60) (58) (57) (56) (56) (55) (55) (53) (53)
YEAR 10 1. Adai George (10.1) 2. Ayasha Steers (10.9) 3. James Harrison (10.2) 3. William Hammant (10.1) 5. Dominique Barnsley-Staight (10.5) 6. Cara Scarrott (10.3)
(62) (58) (54) (54) (53) (52)
7. Toby Alexander 7. Rufaro Gunundu 9. Sophia Astley 10. Grace Fuller
(10.4) (10.4) (10.8) (10.9)
(51) (51) (48) (47)
YEAR 11 1. Jacob Aris 2. Ellie Skerrett 2. Lola Brothwell 2. Keira Horton 5. Tianne Clifford 5. Hannah Mason 7. Lewis Anderson 7. Tom Gregory 9. Megan Evans 10. Phoebe Broughton
(11.X) (11.4) (11.5) (11.6) (11.4) (11.8) (11.4) (11.6) (11.2) (11.5)
(66) (48) (48) (48) (45) (45) (42) (42) (41) (40)
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KS3 Virtual Science!
Lana Quincey’s amazing fully edible cake solar system model
2nd Jack Yeomans’ experiment into combustion and the need for oxygen for the candle to burn.
Liam Woodbury-Gisbourne and his solar system model Last half term even though our science labs were closed, our virtual lab was open for business for key stage 3 who were set to challenge to undertake a scientific experiment of their choice.
in 3rd place in year 7 was Maisy Hibbard’s gerbil and maze experiment where she produced a maze for her gerbil to test if they could increase their completing time through learning as well as their identifying their favour foods.
There were some ineradicable projects submitted full of creativity, scientific discovery and amazing facts. Year 7 The year seven overall winner was Darcy Gauler with her incredible project looking into waves. She created a Jelly baby wave model across her lounge to show the nature of waves and their movement.
Other fantastic year seven entries were: Harley Merrell who carried out an investigation into density he produced a density column and videoed his experiment an explanation into different density liquids.
3rd Macy Holder who produced an amazing model of the heart
Maddie Walsh biscuit dunking experiment (with a chocolate hob nob being crowned as the most dunkable biscuit)
Other outstanding year 8 projects included: Lila Neaths fizzy drink experiment looking at which type of fizzy drink will fizz up the most
In second place in year 7 was James Sharman who completed not one but three practical’s looking at magnetism testing pH and diffusion! what an incredible effort.
Jerred Warrens lava lamp experiment Zihna Steers phases of the moon biscuit model.
It was also a great opportunity for students to develop their oracy with many entries recoding themselves explaining their experiment. There were also some amazing research projects carried out. Charlotte Baker-Bentley looking into fingerprint forensic analysis, Belle Gough produced a film on solar panels, Miruna Vald looking to whether we could live on Mars, Aneeya Ali researched the human body and Lauren Davies found out about the solar system. A brilliant effort from year 7 well done!
Michael Dickson’s cake model of the atom
Year 8 Ethan Lomax’s coke and mentos experiment
Wiktors Zagrodnik’s vinegar and baking powder reaction 1st Asher MacKenzie-Wilson completed a project into whether music helps cress grow. Asher sang to cress for 6 days to see if the carbon dioxide produced during singing would help the cress grow.
Some fantastic year 8 research was also cared out by: Keira Allen’s hoof project where she compared the human foot and a horses hoof. Oliver Tylers research project into astronomy Rebecca Sonusi looking at viruses.
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Modern Foreign Languages - Happy to be Back! THE MFL department were really happy to see classes back in school this term! The vast majority of students settled back into their language lessons quickly and were able to put into practice the learning that they did in their remote French, German and Spanish lessons. While working online over lockdown, Year 7 extended their newly discovered skills to talk about where they live, including the type of house and location. They were introduced to the skill of describing photos (which is important at GCSE level!) and made the most of their virtual lessons using Quizlet, which was great fun! We were so impressed with their keenness and confidence to practise their speaking skills and
pronunciation aloud in virtual French and German lessons, keep it up year 7! Year 8 Spanish and X band French groups covered these topics too with great success. In Year 8 French and German lessons, students made excellent progress talking about TV, films and music. Many classes were also introduced to using the past tense for the first time and made excellent headway with their use of a range of verbs in different tenses, we were really amazed! Year 9 Spanish and X band French learned about TV and film too and continued to work hard at their second language. Year 9 discovered the topic of healthy living, describing healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and
ALTHOUGH lockdown has been a very challenging time for all of us, it has also brought about many positives too. It has given many of us time to reflect on what we enjoy and the time to have a go at something new. Many people have taken to starting new projects to keep them busy. For example, people have started to become more active than they used to be, or perhaps adapted their exercise regime to account for gyms being closed. Whilst many have taken to the kitchen to bake and create wonderful food, others have started another new, creative hobby such as painting, drawing and sewing. 2 Year 9 students, Freya and Anjes both chose to start making jewellery.
Anjes said,” I started to make earrings during the winter months last year as a hobby. When I shared photos of them with my friends, a few of them bought them from me. I have also put them online to sell.”
talking about what you should and should not eat and drink. They are working towards GCSE level skills using past, present and future tenses and loads of them will soon be ready for the GCSE course! In Year 10, teachers were impressed with the engagement and enthusiasm of the vast majority of students. In French and German, students covered the topics of school or their local area, and in Spanish, talking about healthy living. Teachers explored new ways to practise skills remotely and found TeachVid useful for improving listening. Spiral was also a great tool for learning in lessons and we hope students are proud of how well they progressed!
Finally, Year 11 continued to amaze us with their resilience and determination given the uncertainty around their final months at Nunnery. In German, students studied the final topic of the syllabus, poverty and homelessness, and in French and Spanish, lessons covered some of the topics, skills and grammar that students missed out on during the first lockdown. Our aim, as a department, was to make sure that students have all the skills and knowledge they need to be confident linguists in the future. Learning a language is not just about passing an exam!
Being Creative During Lockdown
Freya said, “I started to make jewellery in December last year. I was interested in making jewellery as I have a relative who is in the business. I make wire ring and crystal necklaces. I have sold a few on Etsy. I got my ideas online. I enjoy it as a hobby.”
The drama department has had an exciting return to school this term with lots going on for each year group. Stage design contest year 7 and 8 last half term. Year 7 top 3 were 1. Zihna Steers, 2. Darcey Gauler, 3. Patti Wajda. In year 8 top 3 was 1. Leah Ridge, 2. Cerys Jones and 3. Isabelle Mann (pictures of winners attached) Year 7 Drama club has started again. This time exploring radio plays with our own treasure island twist, this will be available to listen to after Easter on the schools YouTube channel. Nunnery Wood High School has been given the Silver award from the Shakespeare schools foundation (picture attached) The Drama department have invested in some stage blocks to use in all practical lessons to help students use their creativity with stage space, levels and set design. After Easter there will be more opportunities for Drama clubs, more information will be on the notices, keep an eye out.
Ed Sheeran Congratulates Nunnery Students! DURING the recent lockdown music lessons were able to continue via Microsoft Teams. Ms Fox continued to teach flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons and was so impressed with the effort of Tom Palmer Year 10, Charlotte
Baker-Bentley Year 7 and Barnaby Jakeman Year 7 that she arranged for ed Sheeran to send them a special message to congratulate them for continuing with their music and working so hard in difficult circumstances.
Terrorism & Extremism. Why do they do this? Abdel Mostafa YEAR 9
Terrorism is the use or threat of action, both in and outside the UK, designed to influence any international government organisation or to intimidate the public. It has happened throughout history and has involved different groups. It is used for the purpose of advancing political, religious, racial or ideological causes, but when terrorism is brought up these days, it always links to Muslims and Islam. People always think that if there is a terrorist attack, it must be by Muslims. It is also because of the bad portray of the media of the Muslims. Since then, a word began to rise. Islamophobia. Islamophobia is the discrimination of Muslims all areas of life including housing, employment and education. Islamophobia has been on the rise since 9/11
people think that is always Muslims who do it. With ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organisations on the rise, it is absolutely horrifying. But it is Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is wrong to think that only Muslims do it. You just can’t paint a whole religion of 1.2 billion people for a couple of thousand people doing the wrong thing. They used the name of religion wrong, and because of this, everyone thinks that that it is Muslims who did it. Wrong because in Germany and Poland, last couple of years, people have been making protests to stop Muslim immigration to the country. So mosques where burned and vandalised. Some people sent death threats of repeating the Genocide that the Nazis did to the Jews. But still, we can’t say that all of them are bad. The tensions are rising everywhere in nonMuslim countries. Some people are trying to change this around the world but it is still, a fear that is resident in many hearts.
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Can You Name the Guinea Pigs? WE ARE very excited that three beautiful and friendly guinea pigs will be joining Nunnery Wood High School. They will be very pleased to meet students and are looking forward to lots of cuddles. They will do regular photos and updates, but currently have no names. We need you to choose their names. The winning suggestions will then be used to name our new friends. Simply submit your selection on the school portal. An independent panel of judges will decide upon the winner. When you submit your entry, your name and form is automatically recorded so that we know who suggested which name and can inform the winners.
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WELL done to all Year 7 students who have completed the Jitterbug Project this term. There were a great range of outcomes and students worked hard to improve their graphics skills to create bright and colourful designs. This was the first opportunity Year 7 students have had at NWHS to learn the process of soldering and all students used the soldering irons to solder a battery pack to a small motor. Well done Year 7!
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New Post 16 Qualifications T-Level T levels have been introduced as part of the Government’s plan to transform education in the UK. They will provide the knowledge and skills employers need in order to secure the successful future of the UK economy. If you know which career area is for you, a T level will give you the experience and technical skills needed to get a head start in your chosen area. T levels are designed for young people who are academically strong and provide the chance to learn what a real career is like whilst studying. You will be assessed by a range of methods including external exams and assessments. T levels are equivalent to three A levels and Level 3 Diplomas. During your industry placement you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication, research and project work. You will develop professional skills for industry as well as the personal, social and employability skills you will need for the future. As part of this placement, you will be assessed through an employer set project. Why choose a T-Level? CREATED WITH BUSINESS T Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need. More than 200 businesses – including Fujitsu and Skanska – have been involved so you can be confident your T Level will move you to the next level.
GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies. Your industry placement will last for at least 45 days – when and how you complete it depends on the T Level, college and employer. QUALIFICATIONS THAT COUNT When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved - pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship. AWARDED UCAS POINTS Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish. Available 2021/22 :• Childcare & Education • Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction • Digital Production, Design & Development • Digital Support Services • Health • Healthcare Science Follow this link to find out more www.tlevels. gov.uk Or speak to Mrs Gwynne your schools Careers & Work Experience Leader
Live Virtual NHS Healthcare Careers Work Experience Programme Take your first step towards a healthcare career with the U.K's only LIVE Virtual Work Expereince Programme created and delivered by healthcare professionals. You can select from one day or a full 6 months work experience where you will follow a patients journey from admission to discharge in the high fidelity simulation suite, designed to provide you with an immersive experience.
The work experience programme is specific for students intersted in Nursing Midwifery Paramedics Physiotherapists Occupational Therapists Radiographers Art, Drama and music Therapists Dieticians Operating Department Practitioners Radiographers Podiatrists Osteopaths Orthoptists Prosthetists and Orthotics Speech and Language Therapists Physicians Associate
No work experience day is the same and you will also be awarded certificates for attending each day.
You can register for just £10 a session and save £10 if you opt for the full 6 month programme.
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Apply for virtual work experience with UKs top employers closing date for April is 29th March 2021. Gain an insight into what it’s like to work in the finance sector, to work in TV & Film industry, to be a Vet, Dentist or lawyer. Over 20 programmes from politics and journalism to fashion and engineering. Receive a certificate upon completion. Great to add to your CV, college or 6th form applications.
The Choices BOOKLET Life Beyond School
This booklet will help you, the student and your parents/carers view and understand the options of Life Beyond School. Deciding on the next steps can be very daunting, what options are there? Are the options appropriate for your needs? Is there any additional support? The questions are endless; therefore, we have created this booklet to support and signpost you in the right direction. Follow the link below to view your copy: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/careersportal/downloads/file/575/choices_-_send_life_beyond_school
To secure your place create an account on SPRINGPOD https://app.springpod.co.uk/work-experience-sign-up?utm_source=campus&utm_ medium=email&utm_campaign=campusapplica tiondeadline_24_03_21 If you have any questions, please see Mrs Gwynne – Careers Leader A key time of year for apprenticeships Carolyn Savage, Head of NEET and Youth Engagement Dear Parents and Carers, As more pupils have started to return to school and colleges for the last few weeks of the spring term, we want to provide some great information to parents and carers to help inspire and encourage students to stay positive about their future. This month we share the details on the recent announcement on new sector specific traineeships and the new T Levels film. Throughout this edition, there are lots of quotes from apprentices from different industries who want to share how they have benefitted from their apprenticeship programme. The Chartered Institute of Housing has also provided information on completing an apprenticeship with them. Parents’ and Carers’ Pack Apprenticeship Information https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/03/Parent-Pack-March-2021.pdf • International Women’s Day • Preparing for a virtual recruitment process • The latest announcement on traineeships • An exciting new T Levels film • Understanding an apprenticeship in the fashion industry • Apprentice perspective: How a teacher can be an inspiration • Send Post-16 options • Apprenticeship standards you may not know about • Chartered Institute of Housing • No Room for Clichés - Event recording and competition To find out more about apprenticeships and traineeship opportunities follow the links below or speak to Mrs Gwynne your schools Careers & Work Experience Leader Find an Apprenticeship website https://www. gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship Worcestershire Apprenticeship website https:// worcsapprenticeships.org.uk
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#ChooseToChallenge: International Women's Day INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. It is one of the most recognisable days for celebrating the movement in women’s rights. It originally began in America in 1908, when a march of 15,000 women protested through New York, demanding shorter working hours, better wages and the right to vote. In 1909, the Socialist party of America made it the first Nationals Women’s Day. International Women's Day is a national holiday in many countries, including Russia where the sales of flowers doubles during the three or four days around 8 March. In China, many women are given a half-day off work on 8 March, as advised by the State Council, although many employers don't always pass the half-day on to their female employees. In Italy, International Women's Day, or la Festa della Donna, is celebrated by the giving of mimosa blossom. The origin of this tradition is unclear but it is believed to have started in Rome after World War Two. In the US, the month of March is Women's History Month. A presidential proclamation issued every year honours the achievements of American women. This year will look a little different because of coronavirus and more virtual events took place around the world. The UN announced their theme for 2021 as "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world". UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women's representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all." Here are just a few women who have changed the world: Jane Austen Let's start with a literary figure who has had more influence on British culture than she would ever have known during her relatively short life (she sadly died at the age of 41).
writer. It is widely accepted that she never got the credit she deserved until after her death.
Now, just over 200 years since she died, millions of people carry Jane around in their pockets every single day. That's because her face is now on the new £10 note as a way of marking just what an enormous impact her work still has today.
She was born in Florence - which was the inspiration for her name (fun fact!) - into a very wealthy family who frowned upon her entering into the nursing profession. She moved to London to work before receiving a letter from the Secretary of War asking her to put a team together to go to work in a place called Crimea during the Crimean War, and look after British soldiers. This was the first time that women had been officially allowed to serve in the army.
While she was alive, she actually published her books anonymously, so nobody knew her as a
In 1918, a law was passed which allowed certain women the right to vote. This was a big step in equality between men and women - and many would argue that, for a large part of this, we have Emmeline to thank. Marie Curie Marie Curie was a Polish scientist - and is probably one of the most famous scientists of all time. She was born in the Polish city of Warsaw, but later moved to France where she made an incredible discovery which would change the world.
Emmeline Pankhurst: Emmeline Pankhurst was a founding member of a group of women called the Suffragettes, who fought incredibly hard to get women the right to vote in the UK. They often used violent and extreme tactics to do this, and Emmeline was no stranger to a prison cell because of this. When World War One broke out, however, she recognised that she should help with the war effort, and she encouraged other Suffragettes to do the same. While the men were away fighting in the war,
an who changed the face of fashion forever. She was born in France and taught herself to sew at a young age - something that would certainly come in handy later on! She opened her first shop in the early 1900s, starting off by designing hats. She soon turned her attention to clothes too and, by the 1920s, launched her first perfume. Ever heard of the saying the 'little black dress', also known as the LBD? Yep, you have Coco Chanel to thank for that. She led the way in luxury fashion and today her brand - led by its creative director Karl Lagerfeld - sells clothes, perfume, handbags and watches. Almost 100 years after it was first created, Chanel No 5 is still probably the world's most famous perfume!
When she first arrived in November 1854, the army doctors wanted nothing to do with her. But she wouldn't go away and soon got to work cleaning up the awful conditions there. She quickly got the more able soldiers to work making them scrub the hospital clean.
Florence Nightingale completely transformed the quality of care in war and went on to improve healthcare all over the world, so that's a pretty amazing legacy to leave.
These were Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after she died - and they are loved all over the world. There was actually a seventh and final novel, but sadly she never got to complete it.
Coco Chanel From science to one of the most iconic brands in the fashion world - Coco Chanel was a wom-
The conditions there were terrible. For example, there weren't enough beds, everything was filthy, there weren't proper loos and there were rats everywhere.
She was welcomed home a hero. Even Queen Victoria wrote her a letter to say thank you for what she'd done. It's not every day that you get a thank you letter from the Queen!
These discoveries were also really important in developing X-rays, which are vital in hospitals today. It also meant that during World War One, Curie was able to develop a portable X-ray unit that could be used near the battlefront. So if you ever find yourself in hospital having an X-ray, you now know who you should be thanking.
Florence Nightingale: If there was ever a true hero who dedicated her life to helping others, Florence Nightingale is it. Born in Italy in 1920, Florence went against what was traditionally expected of her, by becoming a war-hero nurse.
She used to walk around the hospital at night to make sure the poorly soldiers were comfortable. This is how she became known as the lady with the lamp.
Jane Austen started putting pen to paper when she was just a teenager and went on to write six major novels which revealed what life was like in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Four of them were released within just four years of each other! That's some seriously rapid writing.
many women like Emmeline took on jobs that men would traditionally do. They earned lots of respect doing this and it showed just how much women contributed to society - and, therefore, deserved the vote.
All from one hat shop, Chanel is now worth billions of pounds, so it's safe to say she had one heck of an impact! Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson was a mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race. She was also black at a time of segregation in America. In France, she met her husband - a man called Pierre, who was also a scientist. Together, they built on work done by previous scientists and made discoveries which would earn them a Nobel Prize in 1903. As if that wasn't enough, Marie went on to win another Nobel Prize in 1911. She was the first woman in history to win it. So what was this amazing work? Well, the Curies made ground-breaking discoveries about something called radioactivity. Radioactivity happens when certain special chemical elements give off energetic particles when a part of them called their nucleus breaks down. This all sounds rather technical, but through this work, the Curies announced the discovery of two new chemical elements - polonium and radium. And why was that so important? Well, first of all, their work was used to develop something called radiotherapy, which is used to treat certain illnesses.
Johnson at that time was a “human computer,” a job title for people — usually women — assigned to do the complex calculations underlying scientific disciplines such as astronomy and navigation. As a Black woman in segregated America, she had to overcome countless barriers to win a respected place among a largely white, male NASA staff. Johnson also, in this case, literally worked backward. “Tell me where you want the man to land, and I’ll tell you
Nunnery News // 15 where to send him up,” she said upon joining the Project Mercury program. The engineers would give her the splashdown point, and she would tell them where to aim the rocket. In 1961, the Freedom 7 mission sent astronaut Alan Shepard, packed in an almost impossibly tiny capsule, hurtling up into space; thanks to Johnson, he also came down, safely. The historic flight would prove an important step toward the ultimate goal of sending an American to orbit Earth. At the time, In the world at large, Johnson was mostly unsung. But her reputation grew, and by the time she died at 101, she had become more widely known. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; in 2016, the actor Taraji P. Henson portrayed her in the film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book, Hidden Figures. She also represented a cohort of women who pioneered the STEM field in the mid-20th century, and who are only now beginning to receive credit. Adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book, Hidden Figures. She also represented a cohort of women who pioneered the STEM field in the mid-20th century, and who are only now beginning to receive credit. Jessica Ennis Hill: Many of us will have sports stars who we massively look up to. Jessica Ennis-Hill is one of those stars who inspired millions of people during the London 2012 Olympics.
Jessica was named as the main face of the Games in the run-up to the Olympics, so she starred in adverts and lots of campaigns promoting the event. Her face was plastered on billboards and screens up and down the country.
Now aged 20, Malala became one of the most famous schoolgirls in the world. As a young girl of 11, the Pakistani student wrote an anonymous diary about what life was like under the rule of an extreme group called the Taliban in north-west Pakistan. In the diary, she talked about how she wanted to stay in education and about how girls should be able to go to school. The Taliban wanted to ban girls' education. Lots of people read the diary all over the world and she became well-known for fighting for her right to an education. But the Taliban didn't like this. Because of what she said in her diary, in October 2012, she was shot by their soldiers - but she survived the attack.
So you'd have thought the pressure might have got to her - but not a bit of it. Jessica went and won gold in the heptathlon, before going on to win silver in the Rio Olympics just four years later.
The world was appalled by what happened to her and Malala quickly won the support of millions more people.
She has gone on to win more awards, and continues to campaign for girls' rights all over the world and inspire many generations.
Margaret Thatcher: Margaret Thatcher changed the face of modern British politics.
There have been protests about equality for women for years and years. Their safety also has been discussed. Through the decades women have often been pushed aside and seen as inferior, having to campaign for rights such as the right to vote. Unfortunately, Sarah Everard’s story is not a unique. 97% of women have been sexually harassed and on average one woman is murdered by a man, usually by men in their
Whatever people think, there's no question that her strong-mindedness certainly meant she left her mark on British politics.
In 1959, though, she won the parliamentary seat in Finchley and became Margaret Thatcher MP. But she really made history in 1975 when she
A Woman’s Position – What Next? AS YOU may have seen in the news recently, the role of women and their safety has been a big story. This occurred after a young women, Sarah Everard, was murdered by an off duty police officer as she walked home from a friend’s house.
As with most political figures, some people loved her, while others didn't. Some thought she saved Britain when it was having many economic problems. Others thought she ruined the lives of millions of workers.
She started her political career at Oxford University where she was president of the Conservative Association. She later ran for parliament to represent Dartford, but she lost out twice to her Labour rival.
But it was the London 2012 Olympics that really secured her spot in the history books.
Carys Slimming, Delfini Pagan & Eleanor Drew YEAR 9 & 10
She had some pretty radical views and even earned herself the nickname the Iron lady. She was forced to quit in 1990, but not before she'd become the longest continuously serving prime minister of the 20th century.
At 14, she became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. When she received it, she joked that she was probably the first winner who still fought with her younger brothers!
Not long after, she announced her retirement from athletics and was deservedly made a Dame in 2017's New Year's Honours.
She first got into athletics at school and took home her first official medal from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, back in 2006. This was to be the first of many medals to come and just three years later, she got her her first gold medal in the 2009 World Championships in Germany.
became leader of the Conservative Party - one of the two major political parties in the UK and later, in 1979, the first female British Prime Minister.
family or partners every three days in Britain. This has been highlighted by Sarah’s murder and has raised awareness of the issues. There have also been heated debates about how best to tackle these issues. Thousands of stories were shared of women being followed, harassed, catcalled, and assaulted. A vigil was held on Clapham Common, South London, which was where she lived, and was attended by hundreds of people. The Duchess of Cambridge was one of the several hundred who paid their respects. However, the vigil itself created more controversy. The police arrived and arrested many of the women, sparking criticism of them using violence. People at the vigil at Clapham Common said that the Police in London shouldn't have come in to arrest women holding a vigil, and shouldn't have used force to do so.
The Police said officers had to act because the people there were breaking the law and that it was dangerous to have people close together during the Coronavirus pandemic. Boris Johnson said he was "deeply concerned" by the scenes on Clapham Common. He chaired a meeting of the Government's crime and justice taskforce to "look at what further action we need to take to protect women and ensure our streets are safe". "The death of Sarah Everard must unite us in determination to drive out violence against women and girls and make every part of the criminal justice system work to protect and defend them," he added.
Mother’s Day Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday in the UK and Ireland, is a day to show love, gratitude and appreciation to all wonderful mums, and ‘Mum figures’ everywhere, through acts of kindness and the giving of Mother’s Day gifts and flowers. Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day both have different origins; although they represent the same meaning, they originated very differently. We all celebrate the day but very few people actually know its origin. The original meaning of Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day has been somewhat lost but it’s still a day to solely appreciate Mum. Mother’s Day celebrations date back as far as the ancient Greeks where they would celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses, every spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC. Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, in the UK and Ireland, since the 16th century. The date varies in other parts of the world. Many countries follow the US and celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, whilst other countries enjoy the day on March 8th which is International Women’s Day. Mother’s Day in 2021, like 2020 was very different for many people. No one was allowed out other than for a walk and bike ride and only essential shops were open. In some ways maybe this made everyone appreciate what really matters rather than material things and spending money. Hopefully people enjoyed spending time with their mums or people who are like a mum to them. For some people this was via FaceTime or Zoom, but the effort is what counts.
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Artistof the week Access to Art
Keen artists Evie and Darcey Gaulier realised that some students may wish to produce artwork at home but may be restricted due to a lack of art materials and equipment available to them. This prompted them to carry out some fundraising activities during the recent lockdown. With the monies donated, a new fund has been created which allows students to borrow a range of high quality art materials which they can use to pursue their artistic ideas and intentions at home. Working alongside the art department, Evie and Darcey are currently deciding on the type of equipment that will be of most benefit to our students. The equipment will be available after Easter. Students who would like to take advantage of this exciting new venture should speak to their art teacher for further details.
Creative Earth is an art competition for people aged 16 and under from across the UK, run by the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in collaboration with WWF. As part of the Together for Our Planet campaign, students are invited to get creative and show global leaders the world they want to live in. Whether it’s green forests and garden cities, clear skies and wind turbines or oceans teeming with life – we want you to paint, draw or design a piece of art that shows how you’d like our planet to look in the future. Enter the competition to be in with a chance of having your artwork displayed at COP26 and show the rest of the world your vision for the future! See your art teacher for further details. A selection of entries recieved so far...
The Foundation Stone Project The Foundation Stone Project is commemorative initiative run by Big Ideas and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. A new Holocaust education Centre is being built in London and Nunnery students have been invited to contribute. Students (and staff) have been asked to paint stones in remembrance of the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution. Each Foundation Stone will represent a commitment from individuals and communities across the United Kingdom to learn from the past and to build a future free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination and hatred. The stones will then be used to form a larger wall as part of the building. Students learned about the Holocaust and then created their stones to reflect their thoughts and ideas. They were given ideas and guidance before completing designs at home. Students were then able to complete their stones either at home or in school.
Harvey Daniel - Year 8, has begun work on his heart stone.
A selection of pencil drawings from Josie Ridge - Year 10
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Impressive Facilities Ensure Student Safety AS STUDENTS eagerly returned to the classroom on 8th March, extensive testing facilities had been set up in order to provide three lateral flow covid tests to every student upon their return. This was in order to ensure that students could confidently and safely return to the class-
room. The site was created by Mr Skyrme and Mr Hancock, who quickly set up the centre and produced a high tech method of recording and monitoring tests following ridged government guidance. Over 5000 tests were performed and processed in the first two weeks of term. Staff
Miriam Magalhaes YEAR 7
WE ARE all very happy to be back at school and the end of Covid is in sight. However, it is still very important that we all follow the rules to keep everyone safe. Here is a reminder: HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds and use soap. FACE - Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place. Here are a few answers to questions that people have asked on Google:
or sewage. Does the vaccine prevent transmission of Covid-19? There is emerging evidence indicating the vaccine does help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including studies out of Israel. One study found that the vaccine reduced infection, including asymptomatic cases, by 89.4% and in symptomatic cases by 93.7%. Can the coronavirus disease spread through food? Although it is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, as a matter of good hygiene practice, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
who usually work in other areas of school were quickly retrained to be able to do the testing. With over 1300 students on role, the task was mammoth but ran with incredible efficiency. The whole process was very easy for students and gave everyone reassurance to return to the
• after handling money • after touching high-contact surfaces, such as door handles • when moving between different areas of the school • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Coughs and sneezes should be caught in a tissue or the crook of your elbow Are there side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine? The two-dose COVID-19 vaccines have similar side effects, such as: injection site reactions, which can include pain, redness, or swelling. fatigue. fever. We should look out for others and make sure that we get through this together because together were stronger.
How can I reduce my risk of catching or spreading Covid? Wash or santise hands regularly, including: • before handling food
Always have a few masks with and stay safe.
WE spoke to students about their thoughts on returning to school.
Nevan I have been in school during lockdown. I enjoyed it and I was with a few friends.
Isabella I was a bit nervous to be coming back, but now I am excited!
Tom The school has done a good job in keeping us informed, especially as it got closer to us returning. They have helped to keep us on track with our work and welcomed us back into school on testing days.
Nadia I am excited to be back. I have missed my history lessons in class!
Gabriel We had difficulty with our Wi fi for a while, so it has been difficult with my online lessons. I am glad to be back and to spend more time with my friends.
Can the COVID-19 survive in drinking water? Currently, there is no evidence about the survival of the COVID-19 virus in drinking-water
Returning After Recent Lockdown
Georgia We were welcomed back into school by our Head of Year and Senior Leadership team. It is a change for the better to be back in the school environment. Michael It was kind of fun learning from home, but now I can see my friends.
George It feels good to be back- I am happy to be more active and I have missed seeing my friends. I have particularly missed PE, history and Maths lessons face to face. Iqraa It has been good to see my friends back in school. I prefer being in school to being at home as I have missed my friends and face to face lessons with my teachers. I have also missed my form time!
Joel I have been coming to school during lockdown. It was better to come in for me. I preferred it to staying at home as we were with some friends and we were active. Francesca I was in school during lockdown too. I was happy to be here but now it is nice to see the teachers and more friends.
classroom. Students and staff are now able to conduct two tests each week at home in order to quickly identify and isolate any positive covid cases and therefore stop the spread of the virus.
Thoughts on Coming Out of Lockdown? William Darby YEAR 9
FOLLOWING the recent coronavirus lockdown people have very different feelings about the slow easing of lockdown and the reopening of schools. The easing of lockdown was first announced in late February with schools planning to start opening on the 8th March. Primary schools opened first with the secondary schools opening other the course of the next week. At Nunnery Wood, Year 11 and 10 returned first followed by year 7, then year 8 and lastly year 9. I have interviewed some members of the school to see their opinion on coming back to school and the easing of lockdown. Gabriel Boxall said “I think it was clear that coming out of lockdown was a bad idea due to the fact that death cases are rising. I think it would have been better if we would have come out of lockdown once we had vaccinated most if not all people and developed a better track and trace system with more people taking tests and while in schools we are being provided with these tests, it won’t stop the spread because we are still in a school with thousands of people and mixing every hour does not help.” I also interviewed Kai Shankara who had this to say “I think that coming out of lockdown is good and bad. First of all, I don’t think enough people have been vaccinated to completely neutralise the threat and also people are being cooped up so long that people are starting to go out anywhere, this basically means that either way cases are going to go up.” The daily covid 19 cases continue to rise (at the time of writing) so at this time it is hard to say whether easing lockdown was a good idea or not.
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Easter Celebrations Around the World EASTER is a religious Christian festival that celebrates in the belief of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians worldwide. It is also celebrated by non-Christians too! In Christian countries Easter is often a public holiday.
From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. It's thought that we have eggs at Easter to mark the end of lent, and also because eggs are a symbol of new life, much in the same way that Christian's view Jesus' resurrection. As tradition has evolved, chocolate eggs are much more popular as gifts for children than real eggs.
a vase with decorated willow branches (known as paastakken). Hanging from this "Easter tree" are chocolate eggs and paper ornaments such as bunnies, butterflies, flowers, lambs and other springtime symbols symbolizing fertility, nature's rebirth and, perhaps, even ritual sacrifice. In some parts of the Netherlands, you can still find a traditional palmpaasch (a decorated stick topped with a broodhaantje, or "bread rooster"), one of the few folkloric bread customs to have survived to modern times. USA Like Christmas, Easter in the United States is celebrated in both religious and non-religious ways. In many communities, the Christian aspect of the holiday is combined with visits
Easter is celebrated in different countries around the world. Each country has its own traditional way of celebrating England In England, Easter it is celebrated through the exchange of Easter Eggs and other gifts. Easter bonnets or baskets are also made that have fillings like daffodils in them. Many people attend Easter church services. France France celebrates by making large omelettes. The world's biggest Easter omelette is made in
Germany Easter Sunday (Ostersonntag) in Germany annually celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection after his crucifixion on Good Friday, according to the Christian Bible. People mark the day by attending special church services, giving gifts and sharing festive meals with family members. Good Friday and Easter Monday are both
Each family breaks the eggs in their homes in the morning and they gather in the main square where the eggs are cooked for lunch and dinner as well as breakfast the next day.
Dutch children spend the morning of Easter Sunday decorating hard-boiled eggs with brightly coloured paint and hunting for hidden chocolate eggs. The Dutch Easter table is typically decorated with baskets of freshly painted Easter eggs, candles and spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. The centerpiece is often
Easter cakes Ingredients: 2oz coco powder, oz flour, 6oz margarine or butter, 2 eggs and 4oz caster sugar but normal is fine too, chocolate, cornflakes or shredded wheat, icing sugar, mini eggs Equipment: Sieve, bowl, spoon, cupcake cases, cupcake tray, 1. Place the cupcake cases into the tray 2. First cream together 4oz of the butter or margarine with the sugar. 3. Once that is done add one egg, mix that in
Spain Known in Spain as Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Easter is observed for an entire seven days on the Iberian Peninsula. Celebrations begin during the last week of Lent, and it is marked by huge and elaborate religious processions in nearly every single town and village across the country. People parade through the streets in costumes or in hooded robes, carrying intricate religious floats depicting difference scenes from the bible, while often accompanied by live music. Some of the most well-known take place in Zamora, Valladolid, Seville and Granada.
from the Easter Bunny, parades, and hunting for candy-filled eggs.
The Netherlands Dutch Easter is very focused on families and includes an extended breakfast or brunch (paasontbijt of paasbrunch) with families and friends. The table usually contains delicacies such as paasbrood (a cinnamon flavoured rich bread, studded with raisin and croissants and eggs.
It is also traditional in Germany to eat something green on Maundy Thursday, which is called Gründonnerstag - or "green Thursday". Spiced, sweet bread, enriched with eggs and dairy and dotted with almonds, candied peel raisins are also popular during Easter for breakfast and afternoon tea.
Treats such as torrija (similar to French toast), pestiños and cakes are all popular around this time as well. Italy The Pope leads the Easter celebrations in Italy, holding a huge mass on Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica where the Via Crucis, or Station of the Cross, is celebrated. During the mass, a huge crucifix made out of burning torches is raised in the night sky. In Florence, Easter Sunday is marked by the Scoppio del Carro, a centuries-old custom in which a huge and elaborately designed antique
public holidays in Germany, and they celebrate by lighting bonfires around sunset on Holy Saturday. Some places have turned the "osterfeuer" (Easter bonfire) into mini festivals with stands selling sausages, wine and funfair rides while other communities stuff huge bales of straw into a wooden wheel, set it on fire and roll it down a hill (known as the Osterrad). Other traditions include decorating an "Easter tree" with hand painted eggs, known as the Ostereierbaum. Usually, families hang the ornaments from a small household tree, however you can hang them from bigger foliage in your garden.
and then mix in the other egg. 4. Sieve the flour and coco powder into the bowl if you have a sieve but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Mix, in the flour and 1oz of coco powder gently and slowly. Stir it until all of it is mixed in but no longer because otherwise all the air will be knocked out and it won’t rise. 5. Pour the mixture into all of the cupcake cases and put in the oven at about 325 – 400 degrees for roughly 20 minutes. They might need longer or shorter depending on the mixture.
artefacts, statues and olive branches through main squares. One of the most popular foods on the peninsula
during this period is the Colomba di Pasqua, a traditional cake which is similar to a panettone. Easter in Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia Across central and Eastern Europe an ancient tradition exists which sees people try to drench each other with water buckets of water, usually men soaking the women, on Easter Monday. Known as Smigus-dyngus (Wet Monday) in Poland, Watering Monday in Ukraine, Watering in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Sprinkling in Hungary, the ritual is supposedly based around womens' fertility, with the water having a cleansing effect in an effort to make them healthy for the upcoming spring. In Hungary participants will often dress up in folk costumes and the men will douse the women with buckets of water or perfume. In Poland, traditionally the women get soaked but today it has become more of a country-wide water fight. After the soaking, usually the women then provide the men with food and alcohol. Another Easter tradition exists these countries in which men whip women with a special handmade whip made from willow and decorated with ribbons. Not intended to be painful, it supposedly helps women keep their youth, health and fertility throughout the year. Finland and Sweden In a centuries-old folk ritual that looks remarkably similar to Halloween, children in both Finland and Sweden dress up as Easter witches (påskkärring) and go door-to-door in their neighbourhoods in the hope of receiving chocolate. The youngsters wear decorated headscarves, paint their faces and carry bunches of decorated willow twigs, paintings and drawings which they exchange for sweet treats.
wagon full of fireworks is set alight by a doveshaped rocket after being hauled into a small square by oxen and hundreds of people in 15th century dress. Elsewhere in Italy over the course of the three days, religious processions are held in which people dress in ancient costumes and parade
6. Whilst the cakes are cooking make your nests using your cereal and chocolate. Melt the chocolate and mix it into the cereal. Place, into the cupcake cases but make sure to push it to the edges and sides creating a bowl shape. 7. Put the nests into the fridge and take the cakes out to cool. 8. Make the buttercream by mixing the rest of the butter, coco powder and icing sugar until it resembles buttercream. 9. Once the cakes cool assemble them by put-
ting some buttercream on top and then the nest. Make sure you have taken the nests out of the cases. Place three mini eggs into the nest and you’re done.
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Media reviews Young Bond Book Review Edward Darby YEAR 9
Sophie Cockeram YEAR 9
THIS is there first book in the young bond series by Charlie Higson. James Bond has started a new school and is trying to fit in. The main villain in this book is Lord Randolph Hellebore, the father of a boy at Eton with James. Lord Randolph Hellebore is trying to make a super soldier by giving a man serum from eels that make them bigger and stronger. The book is based in Scotland, the location of Lord Randolph Hellebore estate. James, with the help of his friend Kelly and Wilder Lawless, will try and figure out what caused the death of Kelly’s cousin. This book is interesting and people who like Alex Rider will enjoy.
THEY Both Die at the End is a breath-taking novel set in a society where you get a phone call informing you when you have 24 hours to live. It follows two teenagers who both get their call. They have led very different lives and have different views on death but, when they meet, find out that their opposing mindsets can actually help each other come to terms with this shocking news.
‘A Promised Land’- Barack Obama Book Review Connie Poole YEAR 9
IF his stint as president is anything to go by, Barack Obama’s book ‘A Promised Land’ should be a thoughtful insight into his time in politics. In the book, Obama talks about the aspirations he had as a child to his recent triumphs in his two terms as president.
I would strongly recommend ‘A Promised Land’ to anyone with even a slight interest in politics. A book with about 700 pages could seem a little daunting however his eloquent style of writing makes this book easy to read.
Strawberries are disgusting, who can think this? Strawberries are overrated but not disgusting that is so wrong. To most people strawberries are the best thing that ever lived. Another classic cream and then jam or jam and then cream on scones? This is less of an opinion
Mateo gets his call when he is alone. With his mother living elsewhere and his father in a coma, he lives quite a lonely life with not many friends to turn to. His best friend (Lidia) is a new mother and, not wanting to burden her with the news of his approaching death, decides to keep it to himself. He isn’t sure how he wants to spend his last 24 hours; he was never very adventurous and doesn’t think he has lived an interesting enough life but has no idea how to change that. Rufus gets his call whilst he is involved in a fight. He is currently living in a children’s home as his parents both passed away. His friends at the home are angry with him for getting into a fight and he runs away into the night, unsure of what to do with his final evening.
Kai Shankara YEAR 9
Though his journey wasn’t easy. The book shows Barack questioning his motives; was he just another megalomaniac or was there something deeper- a long-awaited need for change? He struggles with this through the whole book.
SO, let’s start off with the classic: pineapple on pizza. I mean personally I hate pineapple on pizza, but every man to themselves, I guess. This is such an unpopular opinion because the combination is just straight up wrong, like pizza good pineapple good but the two together ew no thanks.
When Mateo and Rufus meet on an app for bringing dying people together, they form an unlikely bond- teaching each other how to be more like themselves. But even a bond this strong cannot help them escape their inevitable death….or can it?
Skulduggery Pleasant Series Book Review
This is Barack Obama’s third book after the ‘The Audacity of Hope’ and ‘Dreams From My Father’. His background in literary meant this book should be well written- and it didn’t disappoint. The autobiography describes landmark moments in USA’s history, including the Wall Street Reform and strategies in Afghanistan. But instead of reeling off his achievements, Obama focusses on the reasons for these decisions: the effects on his family and his desires for a better America. This idealistic approach to politics is constant throughout, which makes it both engaging and uplifting.
Tori Osborne YEAR 8
They Both Die at the EndBook Review
and more of the most known debate of all time. I think cream then jam but a lot of people think jam and then cream. I just found out that Her Majesty the Queen has jam and then cream but you’re not changing my opinion. I’m going to stop talking about this because I have already defined a classroom. Chocolate ice cream is disgusting. I personally agree with this but there isn’t a lot of people who do. I just find that its way too rich and sweet I don’t really like anything chocolate flavoured apart from actual chocolate. So all in all the overall opinion is chocolate ice cream is nice. But there is a few people like me who think it’s disgusting.
EVERY year I wait for another of these books to come out. Unfortunately, we are now into the final trilogy. What with the funny yet sarcastic lines from the two main characters, the elements of mystery, and the massive amounts of action in the fight scenes (as well as a bit of humour from Skulduggery) it has been a good run. The first of these books came out in July 2007, and the 14th comes out in April this year, the penultimate horror/fantasy/action book in this series, which will be called “Skulduggery Pleasant: Dead or Alive”. This series has given all it’s readers a hell of a whirl. As the legend himself once said “Embrace your inner lunatic, Fun Times Guaranteed!” This series is about a young girl called Stephanie Edgley who becomes a badass warrior girl called Valkyrie Cain. In the first book the main character, Valkyrie Cain/Stephanie Edgley/Darquesse, was amaz-
ingly inadequate at both combat and magic, but now, she is one of the most feared sorceresses in the world. This woman is a national favourite and because of her, Derek Landy has become a international bestseller!
10 Useless Facts DJ Smith YEAR 7 1. 2. 3.
Playing dance music can help ward off mosquitoes. The King of Hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache. “Dreamt” is the only word in the English language that ends with “mt.”
A Greek-Canadian man invented the “Hawaiian” pizza. 5. Alaska is the only state whose name is on one row on a keyboard. 6. The average adult spends more time on the toilet than they do exercising. 7. Pogonophobia is the fear of beards 8. A “jiffy” is about one trillionth of a second 9. Dragonflies have six legs but can’t walk 10. Apple seeds contain cyanide.
STUDENTS have been able to fully particpate in their PE and dance lessons since returning to school. They are experiencing a full curriculum and are enjoying their lessons. Sports and dance clubs are now up and running for each year group and are displayed on the notices each day. Teams will be ready and prepared for when fixtures can resume. Workout Medals Students and staff who participated in Workout Wednesday during lockdown recieved their medals for participating each week. TAs we reported in the last Nunnery News. The workouts encouraged everyone to keep active during lockdown and were delivered with a different theme each week by Mrs Marshall.
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
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