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NUNNERY NEWS October 2021

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CONGRATULATIONS!

The class of 2021 achieved an excellent set of GCSE results this year, we are extrememly proud of them. As the students eagerly arrived at school to collect their GCSE results, the usual nerves and apprehension was evident. The nerves soon turned to celebrations of the success of this very resilient year group. Despite major disruption throughout their GCSE courses, our Year 11 students received an excellent set of results fully in line with their potential. Their grades were allocated using only the most rigorous in-school assessments including a final round of assessments that equalled GCSEs in their formality. Grades went through moderation at several levels to ensure fairness and accuracy. These are grades that stand alongside those from any other year and we are immensely proud of the students for battling through

two very difficult years to achieve them. There are no league tables of results again this year, however, we know that our students achieved their best and are now set for the next stages of their learning careers.

Constance Binding, who gained 10 Grade 9s, said “I am overwhelmed! I am so pleased and don’t know what to say. I am thrilled to have got these grades.”

going to Worcester Sixth Form College to study maths and sciences.”

Lola Brothwell who also gained all top grades said, “I am so pleased, it has been a very difficult time to be studying with much of it online and having to do things so differently, however, all of the hard work has paid off. I am going to be studying A Levels at Worcester Sixth Form College.” Anjuna Duke said, “I would really like to thank all of my teachers as I could not have got such good results without their support. I am so happy to have gained these results and am now

Mr Powell said, “On behalf of everyone in the Nunnery High School community, welldone. We are delighted with your successes, whether that is a set of qualifications at grades 9 and 8, or simply the grades you needed to get to college or an apprenticeship - all your achievements have come from hard-work and determination. You did it! Beyond the results, you have been brilliant role-models to younger students in school and I hope that the qualifications you’ve earned here take you forward to the bright futures you deserve. Thank-you for

Taylor Bescoby said, “I am just so pleased that I have my maths and English and my other subjects. I had been so worried and didn’t know what I would get. I am now going to college in September.” Former Head boy, Alex Martin said, “Congratulations to everyone collecting their results today, you have worked so hard for them. It has been incredible to be able to celebrate today and see everyone so pleased with their grades and able to go on to their college courses.” Former Head girl Jemima Thorpe said, “It was

all you’ve given the school.”

The students were able to celebrate their success, with lots of hugs and tears of joy. The excellent results have given the students a boost at the start of the year and something to aspire towards. However, there is so much more to life at Nunnery Wood than exam results. The new Year 7s have settled into their new school and routine and are loving their new school, especially after so much disruption last year. There are clubs and activities on offer to all students every day of the week, with something to appeal to all interests, whether sporting, musical, artistic or academic. The Eco Club is busier than ever with many projects underway already. The school parliament is already busy making

a year like no other and everyone has worked hard to achieve their GCSE results. Well done to everyone and thank you to all of the teachers for helping all of us so much.” Anna Hadley was thrilled to have achieved 10 top GCSE grades. Anna had only recently returned to school after receiving a heart transplant when Covid struck and school was closed. She said, “I am so pleased that I was able to keep learning and have got my GCSEs, I am so happy!” Harry Male said, “I have got exactly what I needed to be able to go on to college. I am looking forward to that. It is a relief that I have got my grades as I didn’t know what was going to

plans for the year and is being led by Head Girl Melanie Mariga and Head Boy, James Harrison. It has been a busy start to term for the Year 11 prefects, who have been supporting events such as open evening, as well taking on responsibilities on a daily basis. The term has so far seen an extensive number of trips and activities that are an integral part of school life. Already this term we have had theatre trips, geography field visits, dance trips, STEM and computing visits to name just a few! Don’t forget to keep up with the life of the school on a daily basis by following us on Twitter @NunneryWood and Instagram @NunneryWoodHS and Facebook @NunneryWoodHighSchool.

happen. We did assessments and exams as well as work in class and it has all paid off.” The students are now all excited to be heading off to the next stages of their education. Many of them will choose to study at Worcester Sixth form College or Heart of Worcester College. Others choose colleges further afield. Many will now take the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship where they can continue to learn, whilst they also work. This year group have shown determination and resilience, they now have the grades to take them on to bright and exciting futures. We wish them all every success.


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Return to extra-curricular Not being able to offer a full range of extracurricular activities was a sad reality of the pandemic. Getting students back into clubs and sports has been a priority for us this year. Mrs Scoby has a role as associate assistant headteacher to support staff and parents in this vital side of school life. The huge numbers of students signing up to lunchtime or after-school opportunities how much our students have missed learning and growing beyond the walls of a classroom. In traditional sports – netball, football – school teams are doing brilliantly with huge numbers turning out for training sessions. The PE team

offers something for everyone including use of the Fitness Suite, table tennis and badminton. In the arts, rehearsal and clubs running every day. Staff have been incredibly active in promoting these activities which are additional to their teaching load. Each morning, students are read the list of activities on that day – well over 40 on the daily notices that I’m looking at, Monday 18th. Please encourage your child to try something new. It doesn’t matter if they’ve not attended from the start of the year; they’ll be given a warm welcome. It’s during these activities that they build a different kind of relationship with the school and when they really find out about

their talents and ambitions. Open Evening Another aspect of Nunnery life that has been sorely missed is the annual Open Evening. Around two thousands visitors attended and sampled a huge variety of activities across the school. As ever, the inventiveness of staff was impressive – from trench warfare in History to shooting and printing photographs in Art. Stars of the night were our student helpers and guides who with their helpfulness and pride in the school, show Nunnery and its fantastic facilities off to the community.

Head Boy & Head Girl

THE term has got off to a busy start for everyone. We have enjoyed welcoming the new Year 7 students in to school. The life of the school is in full swing, with lots of clubs and trips happening. We have been working hard along side the prefect team. We have been into assemblies to explain how the school parliament works and to encourage everyone to have their say. Prefects have also been doing their duties each day. These involve helping with lunch queues and supporting in year group areas. The whole team

A Message from Miss Speechley... Welcome to the first edition of the Nunnery News in this school year. We are excited to be in the newsroom bringing you all of the latest stories and celebrations from school. The term has got off to a superb start and the news team has been able to bring you many stories of all

of the activities, visits and successes that we have already experienced already this year. All of this along side the day to day lessons and experiences that students get here at Nunnery Wood. We are delighted to have new members of the newsteam, everyone is welcome to join

helped out at open evening, mostly doing tours of the school to prospective parents. We have also helped to set up and run clubs, the Year 7 rugby club was very popular! The prefect team was also busy over the summer, helping out with summer school and getting to know the new year 7 students. We hope everyone has enjoyed this half term and hope you all have a good half term break.

and there are jobs for everyone from researching, interviewing, photographing and editing. Just come along to IT3 after school on Wednesdays. Don’t forget to check out or social media channels whre you can see regular updates of life at Nunnery Wood.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on: Twitter - @NunneryWood Instagram - @NunneryWoodHS Facebook - /Nunnerywoodhighschool


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Welcome to Our New Teachers! Mrs Stock

I am delighted to be a part of the community at Nunnery Wood as the new Curriculum Leader for English. It has been wonderful getting to know everybody. I have to admit, I’m still getting to grips with the school site as it is bigger than my previous school.

The staff members in my team are remarkable to work along. I feel honoured to collaborate with such excellent team members supporting students to achieve and maintain the outstanding teaching Nunnery No day is the same! Teaching and supporting students is rewarding for me, and seeing results when children are thriving is astonishing. Outside of school, I am a professional henna tattooist and candle decorator. I have attended numerous special events and many other charity events to raise money. One of them is Mental Health Charity for Children, Young People. I am also an Equality Officer, involved in projects for disabled members at work. I will be working on various upcoming projects with other Equality Officers in Worcestershire and West Midlands in the foreseeable future.

Mr Danvers

Wood. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the staff and getting to know the students. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, playing the piano and seeing friends and family. Ms Choudhary

Mrs Hughes

Miss Nixon-Hill

As you would expect from an English teacher, I love to read but my other interests include running, outdoor activities, music festivals, travelling off the beaten track, hiking and anything adrenaline based! My most memorable moments are when I swam with whale sharks in the Great Barrier Reef and sky-dived, freefall, from 14000 feet. One thing that has impressed me here is how much is on offer to students and how many interesting things go on around the school site. I am proud to be part Nunnery Wood.

ing Assistant. I have worked within Primary Schools and Special Educational Needs Settings for over 10 years working within different roles. Working in a secondary school is completely new to me, Staff and Students have all been very welcoming. I grew up in Cornwall and have lived in Worcester for the last 6 years. Outside of school I am an Athletics Coach, in my younger years I was rank no 1 in the Uk for Triple Jump/200m Sprint and part of the GB Junior Athletics Team and 2012 Olympic Training Squad.

I have joined Nunnery Wood as a Design and Technology teacher. I completed my training here last year and am very excited to be back in such a brilliant school. I love all things to do with designing and making. Outside of school I can normally be found creating something or exploring the local countryside with my Huskador, Isla.

I am Mrs Hughes and I have joined Nunnery Wood High School as a Teaching Assistant. I previously worked in a primary school also in Worcester as part of the Pastoral support team. I am excited to be part of a large school which offers so many excellent opportunities to students. I have felt very welcomed to NWHS by all the staff and students.

Hello! My name is Ms Choudhary and I have joined Nunnery Wood as an English Teacher. I have recently relocated from Birmingham. I am enjoying teaching at Nunnery Wood High School and all my classes have impressed me with their enthusiasm. I have a special interest in diversity within literature and love reading books by authors from different backgrounds. Outside of school I enjoy yoga and running for fitness and mindfulness. Miss Johnson

Miss Crawford

Mrs Dowson

I have joined Nunnery Wood as a Computing teaching. It’s great to part of such a large and diverse school where we can all discover and learn new things together. I am still learning everyone’s name! I am really enjoying teaching young people to how computers work and all the great stuff computers can do. It’s also fantastic to see so many doing their best when it comes to learning and understanding about programming. I have just started running computer club @NWHS as well.Outside of school I enjoy all sports particularly football and rugby. Ms Hoque

I have joined the Ethics and Philosophy (E.P.) department. . I am particularly fond of science fiction novels, medieval history, and other anthropological subjects. I’ve come from a small school on the outskirts of Warwickshire. I am therefore very grateful to those individuals who have helped me navigate around school over the last few weeks when I have got lost. I am having a wonderful term and have enjoyed getting to know the staff and students.

Hello, I am Miss Crawford and I joined Nunnery Wood in September as Subject Lead for Food & Nutrition. I am also the form tutor for 7.7. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month here and I already feel like I have been here a very long time! I have an interest in connecting the dots between Food and Science but, in my spare time a love all things baking, dog walking and going to the gym. I am very much looking forward to the rest of this academic year.

I am Miss Johnson, I joined Nunnery Wood as a Teaching Assistant. I have been a cover supervisor for the past year and before that did a PGCE in English teaching, and a degree in Creative Writing and English Literature, so love all things books, reading and writing! I am really enjoying being part of such a lovely, welcoming school community. I have never before encountered such kind and hardworking students and staff. Mrs Hubble

Mrs Dobbins

Miss Roberts-Clarke

Thank you for the warm welcome at Nunnery Wood High School. All the staff have been very supportive. I am working in the BASE.

I have joined Nunnery Wood High as a Teach-

I am Mrs Dobbins and joined Nunnery Wood High School in September as a Food Teacher. I am from Northern Ireland originally, but I moved to England to pursue my dream of becoming a Food Technology Teacher. I attended Worcester University and then taught in a large school in Smethwick before joining Nunnery

I am Mrs Hubble and I have recently joined the EP department; having previously taught in a busy school in Winchester. I have enjoyed a warm welcome to Nunnery Wood and have been amazed by the fantastic facilities and opportunities on offer to students and teachers alike. I have a special interest in discussing the ‘big questions’ and have been impressed by the discussions we have had in EP so far. Outside of school I enjoy reading, listening to live music and walking in the countryside with my family and dog, Bridget.


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NUNNERY CHARITY

Swimming Challenge for Diabetes Research MISS Harper has taken up the ‘Swim 22 for Diabetes’ challenge to raise awareness and money for diabetes. The Swim22 challenge is an initiative which challenges people to swim a total distance of 22 miles, which is the full distance of the English Channel. In 2020, swimmers from across the country raised an incredible £700,000 to help fund life-saving research and the development of life changing treatments and raising awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to manage it through healthier choices day-to-day. There are currently 4.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths every week. Miss Harper said, “I decided to take up the challenge and ask for sponsorship due to knowing so many young people who are living with type 1 diabetes in our school community. I am swimming most days between 6-7.00am at Perdiswell

leisure centre. I have swum around 12 miles so far and I hope to complete the challenge by the end of October.” For more information or if you would like to make a donation: https://swim22.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising/fre ya2020?v=0.9422972433078243&tab=donatio ns#tabs

Recognition for Voluntary Work YEAR 11 student, Katie Lancaster has been recently awarded a 5 year volunteering certificate for her work at National Trust site, Croome Court. The National Trust protects and cares for places so that nature can thrive. They look after hundreds of houses and close to a million objects, along vast areas of coastline, countryside and green spaces, for everyone’s’ benefit. With their members, volunteers and supporters, they are the biggest conservation charity in Europe. Katie explained, “My Mum works at Croome and I decided to volunteer there 5 years ago. I have work in hospitality in the restaurant and

also serving in the gift shop. I helped out around 3 times per month. I also did it as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. It has been good for my people skills. It was good to get the recognition for my volunteering services.”

Cakes for a Good Cause

STAFF were more than happy to tuck into delious cakes to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support. Many staff were happy to put their baking skills to good use, whilst others donated cakes they had bought. The proceeds from the sales were an incredible £321.18.

Running for Vital Funds 9TH to 15th October was Baby Loss Awareness Week ( #BLAW2021) and as a family that have experienced this loss and know that others in our Nunnery Community have too we decided to join ‘Sands Ribbon Run’ on Friday 15th October. We added blue and pink ribbons to our shoes as that is the symbol for BLAW. Sands will use the money raised to support anyone affected by the loss of a baby and also to help their research as they continue to strive to reduce baby deaths in the UK so fewer families have to know the heartbreak of losing their baby. Although we chose to support SANDS, Baby Loss Awareness week is a collaboration of more than 100 charities including, Bliss, Tommy’s and the Miscarriage Association who are working together to break the taboo and drive improvements in bereavement care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the ‘Global Wave of Light’ when we light a candle to remember all babies who have died too soon.

To donate follow this link: https://sands.enthuse.com/pf/team-jack/ post/880005 For more information about SANDS and Baby Loss Awareness Week please visit: https://www.sands.org.uk/ https://babyloss-awareness.org/

Firewalk Challenge

MS.. Young (Drama) braved hot embers at a temperature of 1236 degrees Fahrenheit to raise money for the Cheltenham Animal Shelter, raising £230 and counting. She walked bare footed over the embers twice for the challenge. The Cheltenham Animal Shelter currently houses 81 animals who are all looking for their new forever home and they rely solely on fundraising as they get no government funding. Maybe you could take part in their next fundraising event?

Farewell Elephants

MRS Telger, who is a charity ambassador for St Richard’s Hospice, along with Year 11 Markus Telger were part of the team saying final farewells to the elephants. A huge number of people wanted to say a final farewell to the elephants before they retire to their permanent homes. For eight weeks in the summer , Worcester was brought to life by a perfect parade of beautifully decorated elephant sculptures. Elephants – both big and small – formed a stunning, free art trail through the city’s streets and open spaces, bringing together the community for one unforgettable event.

shire area or further afield. The Telger’s helped to meet and greet visitors who at the farewell event held at new Road.

Each sculpture was sponsored by a business and individually designed by an artist – either wellknown or just starting out, from the Worcester-

Santas Needed! CAN you join Mrs Telger and take part in this years’ 2 mile Santa dash to raise money for Join St. Richards Hospice? You can run, jog or walk around the river! This family friendly fun-run is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit and wearing a Santa Suit is a must! The event starts at Worcestershire County Cricket Club,

dashes around the river to Diglis and finishes at South Quay for festive refreshments! Your entry fee covers your Santa suit and sponsorship all goes to support this vital local charity. Further details are available from Mrs Telger.


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Welcome to Nunnery Wood THE new Year 7 students have got off to a fantastic start at Nunnery Wood. They arrived on their first day full of apprehension and excitement. They quickly got into the swing of things. They were the only year group in school on their first day, which gave them a chance to find their way around their new school. They had an assembly with Mr Powell and Mr Rowley before spending time with their form tutors. They were then straight into lessons. The year group has shown great enthusiasm and energy. They have thrown themselves into lessons and extra-curricular clubs. They are genuinely very happy to be here. Many offered to help out on our open evening, by taking tours of people around school and helping in departments to show visitors what future students can expect. Here is what some of them had to say about life at Nunnery Wood.

Lily Davies “I have made loads of friends in all of my lessons, they are always here for me. Even thought the Year 11s look big and scary, they are really nice and are not going to hurt you! If you ever need extra help there are always people here for you. There are really amazing staff in The Base.

Jack Tomboline said “My favourite lesson is science as you get to do lots of fun experiments. The teachers here are really nice. They always say that no question is a silly question and are always ready to help you.”

Hannah Brassington said, “I have joined art club, it is really fun. There are also lots of other clubs on offer every day for you to just go along to.

Kate Sutton said, “I most enjoy nutrition as I have already made a variety of different dishes. The teachers are really kind and are there to support you. Phoebe Perks said, “that she most enjoyed DT as she has been learning how to use the really cool machines.” Archie Burton said “I have made lots of friends, the students here are so nice. When I joined Nunnery Wood I was worried that I would get lost going to lessons but I soon learned my way and teachers and other students were always there to help me. Nunnery Wood is the best as there are lots of great facilities like Mac computers

Carys Brassington “All the children at Nunnery are really kind and nice. They will always help you. I was worried about the size of the school and all the people, but actually they are all so nice, kind and caring.” Amelia Day said “I have joined gymnastics club, photography and dance. They are all so fun. Nunnery Wood High school is the best because it is the best school on offer and it is also eco-friendly.”

Freya Harrison, Year 7 As a new Year Seven, when I entered Nunnery Wood, I was immediately hit with the bustling, new atmosphere. We were welcomed straight away by Mr. Powell with an assembly, explaining the school code: be respective, be cooperative, and be responsible. These are really significant and will help you throughout your time in high school. I was sick with nerves and getting lost, my heart wouldn’t stop racing. But I was soon calmed by the happy, educated people. I was memorizing my map and timetable, hoping the adrenaline would let me relax. After a few days, I felt at home. I was beginning to find my way around and learn where I was going. One of my favourite lessons is with Mr. Corns he is welcoming and always smiley. His Maths lessons are without fail, productive and we always get the task and extra completed. Another amazing teacher is Miss. Richardson, she makes learning fun and is always so happy and is definitely my favourite teacher. If I ever get lost, which I do, teachers and Year 11s are always ready to help. The older girls, always come over to me and my friends, and check we know where we are heading. Miss Wright is also a friendly face and she helped me four times in one day, showing me to my lessons! You are never alone! There are many opportunities to take on clubs too, I have started to take part in Netball, Badminton, Newspaper club, Drawing and Painting, Arts award club and Fitness. It is definitely worth doing clubs, it classes as extra curriculum and is so much fun. Isaac Broad, Year 7 At Nunnery Wood we have the best experience possible and hope everyone has a great time here. As we left Year 6s and began in Year 7 it was a big change. Students at Nunnery Wood are always kept safe, so that’s why we have Covid Testing for all our students. When I first joined here, I was very scared of getting a covid test, I thought it was going to hurt, but when I took it, it wasn’t even that bad! I felt fine. You shouldn’t be scared to try new things! Sam Jennings, Year 7 The day before I entered NWHS I sat in my house, bubbling with nervous anxiety hoping that maybe a giant rainstorm or a hurricane would delay the fateful day. After I repeatedly tried to convince myself that it would be fine and then making it worse the day finally arrived where I had to walk up to the massive schoolof-my-nightmares. As I wandered into the main entrance my heart pushed further and further up my throat and I almost instantly got lost when I couldn’t see my form tutor from where I was standing. Then started with high anxiety and worry. I found my place at the front. This put my head into a spin, but I sat and hoped that it wouldn’t be too obvious that I was terrified. As Mr Powell explained the school code (be respectful, be cooperative, be responsible) and the school motto: Aspire Strive Achieve, I managed to relax slightly.

Then he explained that we would be doing Covid 19 testing and my heart sank. I knew we would be doing them, but not straight away! After the testing, which wasn’t so bad after al, we went to our form room and Mrs Campbell explained our timetables and the student planners. We went on a mass school tour and we saw all the classes and departments and another dreaded knot came into existence (I am still unsure how I still have a stomach and guts). Anyway, after that we had our first lesson (Geography) and once again I nearly fainted with fear because I didn’t know if it existed in the school as it wasn’t on my map (it was upstairs and the upper floors aren’t shown) I wandered around a bit before I saw a line of people next to a place named GG2 Waiting area. I sighed with huge relief and joined the line. Chloe Hesketh, Year 7 I was counting down the days until school started. Getting all my uniform and stationery ready. Going back to earlier nights, and early wake up – getting back into the routine. Soon the summer holidays had gone. And now the parents (and really any adults your parents know) are all like... “Aww, my little baby, she’s growing up too fast.” And all I was feeling was I’m already nervous, I’m now going to high school, no need for the embarrassment! But, as most Year 7s joining, I bet they had that little thrill of excitement that just sparks in their head! It was a rush getting out the house on time, making sure my tie is perfect, I ran into the car! Walking through the doors, we made our way to the orchard. 8:25, the bell rings for lesson, my brain was empty. Where do I go now? What if I get so lost, I can’t get back out? Running around, I somehow manage to find my room. It was very quiet though, but I guess no Year 10 and 11s were there! I mean, it can’t be that hard, can it? I just need to fit in, right? I just can’t imagine what the day would be like tomorrow with everybody in... Tuesday comes rolling around, I’m walking with my friends, to the orchard once again! Soon, the bell goes for first period, and all I see are bags. Bags that are in my face. All I hear is chatter. It is manic! I wonder, now I’m part of this. My life now restarts, a new school, new life, new beginning. This is where I will now be for 5 years... My life is dedicated here from now onwards. And so, the chapter begins....


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Ec o N e w s from your Eco Team

Nunnery Eco Garden IN September 2020 the Eco Club got its very own space to create a garden! It was a hidden piece of land behind the caretakers bungalow and a little bit unloved. It was the Eco Club’s job was to transform it! As part of our school aim to achieve a green flag status the Eco Club were really keen to have a space to grow our own vegetables. So our year 7 and year 8 members set to work in transforming it. As keen environmentally aware students we wanted to make use of anything we could find around school to create our space including bits of fencing, bricks, wood and other interesting objects. Rain or shine we have been busy weeding, planting, watering, painting and created our very own Eco Garden. We have discovered wildlife, new plants and eaten our own home grown vegetables which have all been created through fun and friendship. We hope you enjoy our garden as much as we do!

Journey of Our Eco Garden Lilly-May Collins YEAR 10

IN the beginning we started off with an empty unloved patch of dirt, we had to constantly dig and weed the garden – teachers helped us do it, so we weren’t alone. We dug in the rain, and even more types of weathers... There were gigantic tree roots found in the soil of the garden and there were many worms, that helped the soil. At times it felt impossible, we struggled to think the garden would ever be finished. On the days it had rained we had been building the walls of our eco-friendly greenhouse, which was being made out of plastic drinks bottles that was col-

lected in school.

Then Covid-19 struck and we were all at home for 3 months, so we couldn’t do a lot in the garden – but we kept in touch with each other on our Eco Microsoft Teams. As soon as we got back we had to plant many seeds for example, potatoes, strawberries, beetroot, swiss chard, cabbages, onions, radish, mange tout, sugar snap peas. We had year 7, 8, 9 plant and germinating sunflowers which had been put in the garden and we have to measure them weekly as a school competition. When the sun came out we use watering cans and reusable bottles, and the plants grew more every day.

When we work in the garden we love looking at the wild flowers grown in our wildflower area, and wild + rare insects, including a white-tailed bee, cinnabar moth, red-tailed bee, red admiral butterfly, shield beetle too! Then, in July we were able to start harvesting some of our tasty vegetables, at lunchtime we sold some to teachers at lunchtime to taste test. “I like coming to eco club because I enjoy gardening and have never been ever to make my own garden so it makes me happy to do and I’ve made friends with people like DJ, Jonathan and Skye.”


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Garden Competition AFTER months of hard work our Eco club decided to enter the Worcester Show schools garden competition. There were several requirements – to produce our own vegetable garden, a scrapbook of our journey and efforts, a students essay and the details our own very own garden aims. Having never entered before we were unsure of what to expect. The judges came to

Prize Visit

43 STUDENTS got a unique opportunity to visit Pershore College as their prize from the Worcester Show garden competition. The day trip included activities spread across four different areas within the college including; horticulture, animal welfare, health and social care, and the Lemmington Spa football academy. After lunch students were treated to a tour and were really impressed by everything from the vertical planting to the well equipped veterinary suite. The site also has a state-of-the-art AgriTech Research Centre, Fruit unit with commercial juice production facilities, Commercial plant nursery - field, container and production units, Extensive and landscaped gardens home to several national plant collections, Sport facilities, including outdoor pitches and sports hall and its own commercial garden centre open to the public all year. ‘It was loads of fun with some much to do in horticulture’ DJ Smith ‘We saw lots of interesting animals such as goats, donkeys, parrots, rabbits, ferrets, harvest mice, tortoises and snakes. We also learned about efficient ways to plant this using minimal space’ Daisy Lowe

see our hard efforts on the very last day of term in July. Several students went along with Ms Beard to the show and we were delighted to be awarded second place, with our very own trophy! For our prize the students were invited to a trip to Pershore College.

‘The college was amazing, holding the different animals; ferrets, snakes, bearded dragons and more was a great experience’ Amber Knight ‘The trip was fun, they had nice animals big bunnies and ferrets. The donkeys were really friendly’ Lucas James ‘The trip was amazing we had so much fun. The horticulture and tropical centre was fascinating, I love the animals it made me so happy for the rest of the day’ Molly Tyrrell ‘The trip was lots of fun with lots of animals, it was interesting and all the teachers were really nice’ Harry Ebbs

The Big Green Week

ALL students and staff were encouraged to complete activities that could help them to make a difference to the environment. Each form group was asked to do and record 25 different things. Each action could be small, but all add up to making a big difference. Some of

the actions completed included walking or riding to school instead of taking the car or bus to school, having a meat free day, collecting litter or recycling something extra to usual. Students and staff were quick to rise to the challenge and enjoyed making a difference!


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Open Evening 2021

OPEN evening was able to return this year and was a huge success. The evening attracted more visitors than ever before and the whole school was a buzz of energy and enthusiasm. Visitors were certainly not disappointed with what they saw. Each department showcased what they offer and many of our current students were helping out. They led activities and talked to visitors. Those who attended were able to have either a guided group tour of the facilities or to wander around at their leisure. Students from all year groups were on hand to welcome visitors, to show them around and to answer any questions that they had. Visitors to the school were extremely impressed with the facilities that our students use, especially the state of the art theatre studio, top class sporting facilities including the fitness suite and all weather track, modernised DT and science departments along with a huge investment programme of more areas such as the art block, to keep the

learning environment first class. Visitors were able to visit the languages department, café and try continental treats, along with bread on offer in the food and nutrition department. The experiments in science were popular as were the exploding volcanoes in geography. The history department reconstructed the Berlin Wall and challenged people to escape to the West! Audiences enjoyed watching performances in dance and getting involved in a murder style drama activity. The gym and fitness suite were very busy with demonstrations and visitors getting involved in activities. The rowing challenge proved to be especially popular! Musicians performed around the school, whilst in the music department students demonstrated their Imac compositions. The English department opted for themed room of Cluedo, spoken word and gothic games. There was an opportunity to experience VR, drones and other tech in the computing department. Ethics and philosophy

encouraged guests to build temples from lego as well as recreating Ancient Greece and hosting a hot air balloon debate. There was also the opportunity to play an ethics game. The art department showcased the incredible talent from Nunnery students in addition to exploring multi media techniques and photography skills. The maths department encouraged visitors to tackle the number maze as well as other puzzles and quizzes.The library demonstrated the ‘Reading Cloud’ and games such as chess, that are played in the library. When asked to give feedback on what they had seen, we were told “ My son highly enjoyed the open evening. Every department we visited had an excellent opportunity to take part in activities. The staff and children made the evening amazing. He enjoyed trying to solve the crime in drama, watching the dancing in dance, getting the chance to bake bread in food technology, admiring the talents of the artists in art, solving the maths challenges in

maths, answering the questions in geography while playing games and making his own volcano erupt! He said his favourite part was setting his hands on fire in science. He was gutted the time went so quickly and he had to leave. He thanked me for a fantastic evening and wished we could go back the following night. Every member of staff and student we spoke too were kind and friendly.” Another parent added, “Everyone involved was absolutely fantastic, thank you to all the children and staff.” Another parent also commented that,”All the pupils that were helping out in departments and outside in the corridors were amazing, polite, helpful and reassuring to my very nervous child that there’s plenty of help if she needs it. Well done Nunnery Wood High.”


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Three National STEM Winners for Nunnery! THREE Nunnery Wood High School students have been recognised as National Winners in their respective age categories and one student has been Highly Commended for the STEM Leaders Award which received over 51,000 entries across the country.

Students entered the Secondary Engineer Leaders Award competition which has evolved into a creative, problem solving, literacy and entrepreneurial project. They were encouraged to look at the world around them to find problem solutions they could solve. Every entry was graded by engineers and educationalists. Current year 10 student, Abdelrahman Mostafa, Year 11 2021, Erin Lowe, Year 8, Darcy Bridges were picked amongst the National Winners and Year 8 , Anna Szyfman was awarded Highly Commended. Abdel said, “I was pleased to receive this award. My design was based around solar

to problems and investigating how things work. I am now studying Design Engineering at college, and I plan to study it at university as well. I really hope that on graduation I can become an engineer. Anna said, “My design was about tracking pets with a collar which was set up with an app. I was very happy to hear that it had been chosen and given Highly Commended.”

panels which, when fitted into curtains would open the curtains and provide power around the home, thus saving on power and therefore more environmentally friendly. Darcy said, “My design was based around a swing device which would power a mobile phone. I was quite shocked to hear that my design had been chosen out of so many entries.” Erin said, “I decided to enter this competition because I enjoy trying to find practical solutions

Miss Lott said, ‘I was so proud to send away so many wonderful ideas and designs to this competition and to see so many of our students be inspired by STEM. The shortlisted student’s designs have been judged by a panel of STEM experts and out of over 51,000 entries three of our students have been crowned the West Midlands champion for their age category! Their winning designs may now be turned into prototypes. This is a fantastic achievement and I hope this inspires our students to consider engineering in the future!”.

Year 10 Girls STEM Opportunity THE University of Birmingham is committed to gender equality in STEM education and is partnering with a charity called the Smallpiece Trust to offered Year 10 girls a free online engineering course. The course included 4 days of activities exploring different areas of interesting and fun engineering and aimed to give girls the opportunity to discover that engineering might be the right career for them to consider. In addition, girls could experience virtual tours of the University campus and meet some female students in subjects such as mechanical engineering, metallurgy and materials, physics and electronic engineering

Primary Engineer, Joshua Pate said, “We want to thank you and your pupils for your hard work and amazing entries this year. It has truly been a pleasure to work with the school and see so many amazing designs. The hard work and creative thinking from pupils of all year groups really is inspiring, we couldn’t be happier with the success of the project and hope you have all enjoyed taking part. We look forward to welcoming the school to take part again next year! And finally, a huge congratulations!”

Welcome to Nunnery

THE arrival of Leonard and Sheldon, two African Land snails have caused excitement in the Science department. They have been rehomed from Jake Barnwell in year 8 and are now settling in nicely in SC3 for students to come along and see them. We will keep you updated on how they are getting along!

Music Award

Year 11 Student Awa Sanneh said “I attended the girls Into Physics course. It is really fun and informative!”

Ambassador Award for Emily YEAR 8 student, Emily Franklin has been given the Ambassador Award at school for her charity work. She was awarded this at the end of her year 7 and has just received her certificate and medal. Emily helps her Nan who works for a charity called Amicii Dog Rescue. Amicii Dog Rescue is a UK based charity, which was established to support a dog rescue shelter in Transylvania, Western Romania. The shelter cares for up to 200 dogs at any one time and is run by Asociatia Amicii Nostri, a registered NGO. The dogs that live at the shelter have come mainly from the streets of the towns of Viișoara, Câmpia Turzii and Turda. Some dogs are abandoned at the shelter, for example they have been thrown over the fence. Others have been abandoned by their owners and taken into the care of the shelter team, whilst some are taken from the state public shelter in Turda. The shelter was founded and is run by Dora Fodor, a highly dedicated school teacher. Dora and her small team look after the dogs 365 days of the year.

Amicii Dog Rescue also has a team of volunteers in the UK, who work tirelessly to raise funds and to rehome as many of the dogs as possible. In 2014/2015, over 250 dogs were successfully rehomed in the UK, including a few to Germany and 3 to Holland. The charity also runs a ‘spay and neuter’ programme for the dogs of Romania, funded by generous donations. The current rescue shelter is situated on a piece of rented land, with a large damp barn attached. The shelter remains very much at risk, with the owner constantly threatening to evict the shelter dogs back to the streets. We are working to raise money to build a new shelter for the Association, on a piece of land that will be owned by the charity and which will give it a long-term future. Emily said, “I enjoy helping my Nan to walk the dogs regularly. My Nan sometimes fosters the dogs so I enjoy going to visit so that I can see them. Some of them are very nervous to begin with. Over the past two years, I have helped to raise money for the charity by doing charity walks and other fundraising activities.”

Well done to year 8 student, Charlotte BakerBentley. Charlotte has been playing clarinet for about 5 years now and she recently took her Grade one exam and passed. Charlotte said, “I was nervous about the exam and really pleased to have passed. I really enjoy music and I hope to take it as a GCSE subject.”


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iMedia Trip & Opportunities

ON Friday 8th October those pupils at Nunnery Wood High School that had opted for Imedia or Computing in Year 10 and 11 headed off to London to the country’s biggest Computer gaming exhibition. In total 154 students attended with three coaches leaving school at 7.30 in the morning. The exhibition gave our students an opportunity to look at and play many new computer games before their release and play on old retro games in order to see how games and consoles had developed over time. Students also had the opportunity to talk to leading software developers from the industry to look at how both the art and graphics are developed and how the game engines are used to create great game play. Students also had the chance to meet and talk with leading Universities in the field and to understand the career paths they may take in order to gain employment in one of the highest earning and expanding worldwide profession. The students had a great day and are eager to go again next year when they will be joined by those in Year 9 that opt for iMedia and/or Computing in Year 10.

Robotics Challenge THE 2021-2022 Year 8 robotics challenge team has been selected and have joined forces to enter on behalf of Nunnery Wood again this year. After a year off, we’re excited to be building our robots afresh and employing computational thinking skills and logical thought to solve complex challenges using these robots. The team got straight to work from their first sessions, building the robots with motors and sensors to complete the tasks. This year’s team are: Harry Bloss from 8.7, Gracie Lee from 8.6, Tomas Stevenson from 8.9, Patti Wajda from 8.9, Levi Adusei-Hillel from 8.4, Zihna Steers from 8.10, and Lilly-May Collins from 8.10. As part of the challenge, the team will head off to the semi-finals competition day at The RAF Cosford Museum later in the year to compete

CEOPUK

WE were delighted to host CEOPUK’s Education Team to help them pilot new lessons with our year 9 students that will be used all across the country to teach children about being safe both online and offline. Our students will help shape lessons on healthy relationships, and preventing negative attitudes and behaviours. You can find out more about CEOP Education at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

against other school’s teams by presenting their robots and explaining how they designed and programmed them, completing team based tasks, racing their second robot against other designs and presenting on how technology can help the environment. We’re very excited to see how they get on!

Computing Club is Back!

WE are now able to start computer club again this term offering a range of computer activates to club members. Yes, club members, this time round we setup a little challenge for those really keen to join computer club, one for each year group. Challenges get the mind working and solving puzzles is fun isn’t it! Well if you think it is then computer club is definitely for YOU. Our first session saw our enthusiastic members program their microbits using text-based coding. Great computing skills to have used and learned about. Other activities we are going to explore are: • Learn, practise and improve skills in Micro:bit coding

• Learn, practise and create Python code or any other language they may know…. • Examine PC’s– how hardware is linked and remove hardware to understand computers • YouTube… Learn, discover or update your YouTube profile… • Be creative. Use school applications to design, edit and produce digital graphics of your choice • Produce your emoji … • Hoop descending target challenging drone flying • VR challenge • Video &, Photoshop editing, plus any new shared ideas the club may have.


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SMSC Day

STUDENTS in all year groups enjoyed participating in the first SMSC day of the year. SMSC is spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is a very important part of the curriculum at Nunnery Wood. SMSC is taught through subject curriculums, but also through specific days dedicated to it. It covers a whole range of topics that are integral to the development of young people and to help them to prepare for life. The spiritual development of students is shown by their: • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life • knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them • use of imagination and creativity in their learning • willingness to reflect on their experiences The moral development of students is shown by their: • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues. The social development of students is shown by their: • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. The cultural development of students is shown by their: • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities

• knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities Mrs Budge, who organised the day said, “SMSC day was jam packed with key messages this term. Many topics were covered across different year groups from relationships and sex education, how sexist language impacts our treatment of others, how to positively impact our mental health and what radicalisation can look like. Students in year 7 and 8 took part in group tasks designing their own business ideas, creating presentations and developing their oracy skills. Year 11’s had a chance to take part in a mock interview with local employers who kindly gave up their time to support the school and students. Year 7, 8 and 9 discussed the damage being done to the planet and made pledges to help improve the environment and slow down the damage that is being done hopefully this is something that they have already discussed at home.” Year 7 student, Chloe Hesketh said, “It was a very interesting day. It makes you think and focus on the important issues in the world. We covered topics on bullying and also on the environment. We worked in groups to come up with ideas on how we could recycle car tyres. My group came up with the idea of making fruit bowls. We presented our ideas to the class. I have done a little bit of presenting in primary school, but to get more confidence, I have also signed up as a Parliament rep at school.” Year 7 student, James Barrett said, “The main focus of the day for us was the environment. We learnt that 19 million car tyres go into landfill per year and our group task was to come up with recycling ideas to reduce this number. My group and I worked in depth to come up with ideas. Our final design was an outdoor sofa for the garden. We presented our ideas to the rest of the class. We also had to include profit and benefits of the product. I enjoy presenting. Everyone in the class did a great job, talking and sharing ideas. It was a great day to learn and share ideas.” Year 8 students, Harry Bloss and Ayesha Tabbasam worked on eco issues and discussed climate change. Harry said, we worked in groups to encourage us to discuss things in teams with different people who we may not always work with in different classes. We came up with eco

ideas and shared them in a presentation to the class.” Ayesha said, “We had an assembly and then our first lesson covered the topic of verbal abuse. We discussed things and it was interesting and helpful to share thoughts and ideas. We also covered the climate change topic and we talked about the younger generation. It was good to talk and work with people who I don’t usually see in other classes because we were with our form groups. Year 9 students Harry Knight and Anita Lukose said, “We covered relationships and social harassment in some of the lessons. Anita said, “It was informative and important for young people to be able to discuss these types of topics. In the afternoon, we had a visit from 2 ‘medical mavericks’ which was really interesting and helpful. We learnt how to take blood pressure and there was even a fake arm which was used to demonstrate injections. It was fun and practical.” Harry said, “The topic about relationships and how important it is to be respectful and have honesty in a relationship is important. Although it is quite a difficult thing to cover, it is important to be able to discuss these topics at a young age.” Year 11 student, Noah Collett said, “I found the SMSC to be very informative and it helped to clarify career choices for me. We had some mock interviews which were really useful, as we were given feedback. As this was my first interview experience it helped me to work on areas for future interviews such as expanding on my responses. We also had a visit from two teachers who were representing 6th Form College. Their talk helped me to decide to go to this college where I hope to take computing related subjects, but I haven’t decided exactly which subjects to go for yet.” Year 11 student, Lauren Williams said, “The mock interviews were really good as they gave me an insight into what to expect when I go for a job interview in the future. I now know which areas of my interview to improve on. The sex education was about relationships which was also really helpful. The careers talk from Worcester 6th form college was helpful too. I would like to be a paramedic and I am considering going to 6th form college.”


Black History Month 2021 OCTOBER is Black History Month, an event that has been celebrated in many countries around the world for more than 30 years. It is part of a global event that many countries take part in. It is a month we can celebrate the contributions and achieveents of black people. The month was originally launched as many people argued that people from black African and Caribeean backgrounds were excluded from society and had been missed out of the history books. The month is an opportunity to explore Britain’s diverse history and celebrate this. The curriculum at Nunnery Wood is designed to include contributions from all people, however, this month is an opportunity to really explore diversity and inclusionion. Students will have opportunities to explore Black History in their form groups, they also had assemblies on Black History Month and some history classes have also explored the issues in more depth and detail. 2020 and 2021 highlighted the extent to which racism and inequalities are still evident in society Firstly the murder of George Floyd in America triggered global protests. In 2021 we saw black England footballers racially abused online after they missed penalty shots. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka’s social media pages were flooded with racist comments after their penalty shootout misses, leading the FA to release a statement condemning the “disgusting behaviour”. England manager Gareth Southgate also condemned the abuse, saying it is the antithesis of what the national team’s values are and the “togetherness” that the squad has shown.

How many of these stories to you know? Mary Seacole - Mary Seacole was born and grew up in Jamaica, but came over to England in 1854. She asked the War Office if she could go to help wounded soldiers who were fighting in the Crimean War (1853-1856), but she wasn’t allowed. So she raised the money herself and travelled to Balaclava, Ukraine. Here, she looked after British soldiers who had been injured. Despite all that she did, not many people knew who she was or the amazing work that she had done after she died. Most people remember Florence Nightingale, who helped many people too. However, people have campaigned to make sure that people remember everything that Mary Seacole did. In 2016, a statue of her was built outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Lilian Bader - Lilian Bader was born in 1918 in Liverpool and went on to become one of the very first black women to join the British Armed Forces. Starting out as a canteen assistant at an army base in Yorkshire, she eventually trained as an instrument repairer, before becoming a leading aircraftwoman and soon afterwards earning herself the rank of Corporal. Three generations of her family served in the armed forces. When she left the army to have children of her own, she retrained and got a degree from the University of London to become

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serves in Parliament to this day as one of the main politicians in the Labour party. Learie Constantine - Born in Trinidad, Learie Constantine would go on to become England’s first black peer because of the work that he did for politics and racial equality. This means he was allowed to sit in the House of Lords and take part in important political debates. He was also a well-known cricket player. He settled in Britain in a town in Lancashire called Nelson after he played cricket there for the West Indies in 1928. It caused a bit of a stir, as people were not used to seeing black people around. “School children came out in their droves to see him because the only black face they’d seen before was a coal miner,” explained the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Tony Beckett. “But he endeared himself to them and would come out and play cricket with the kids in the street.” Sir Trevor Macdonald - You may have seen his face on the television before, as Sir Trevor MacDonald is one the most well-known presenters on TV in Britain.He was born in Trinidad where he worked in the media, but came over to Britain in the late 1960s to work for the BBC in London. He later moved to a

different organisation called ITN and went on to become one of the most successful journalists in the country. In 1999, he received a knighthood from the Queen for his work. Lennox Lewis - In the world of sport, Lennox Lewis is one of the most successful British sportsmen of all time and his name is known all over the world. He was a boxer who won 41 of his 44 professional fights, which is a pretty amazing record.

He announced his retirement from the sport in 2004, after his final fight on 21 June 2003 against the Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko. We hope that you have been inspired to find out more. Check out programmes, films and inter-

Celebrating Diversity

These tweets have led to police investigations and prosecutions. With this in mind, we can take a look at history and dispel any myths surrounding race. You may have heard people say things that are inaccurate or untrue. Many people say that England is a white country, but this is not true. Black people have been in Britain for a lot longer than previously thought. Archeologists found remains of people from thousands of years ago dating back to the stone age as well as from Roman and Tudor times. So black people have always been a art of England. You may here people telling black people to go back home. Well this is there home! Many black people and their decendents arrived into Britain from the Caribbean after World War Two. They were invited to come by the government to fill in jobs as there were not enough people here to do the jobs. These included working in transport, industry, construction and the newly formed NHS. Those people gave up everything to move a long way from home and faced racism and discrimination when they arrived. People from the former British Empire also arrived in the UK to help fill labur shortages and had a legal right to live and work here, so Britain became their home and the home of their children. So Britain has become their home. There are countless stories of indiciduals who have contributed and made a difference. How many of these have you heard of? Why not try searching Black History Month and see what you can learn? The BBC is broadcasting and producing programmes, interviews and reports as well as having many resources available to access. You may have heard it said that we don’t have white history month so why black history. This is because much of history has focussed on white people and so they don’t need to be a focus. Black people have often been missed out of history and have received racism and so Black History Month allows us to hear these stories.

a teacher. Olive Morris - Olive Morris was an important figure in terms of civil rights. Black people didn’t used to have the same rights as other people, simply because of the colour of their skin and Olive was one of many people who worked tirelessly to change that. She campaigned for the rights of black people in South London and Manchester, and was a founding member of groups like the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD) and the Brixton Black Women’s Group. She passed away at the age of just 27, but even by this age she had contributed an enormous amount to black communities across the country. Diane Abbott - In 1987, Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever to be elected to Parliament. Her career in politics began in 1982, when she was elected to Westminster City Council, before being voted into the House of Commons five years later. It made her part of the first group of black and Asian people to sit in Parliament for almost a century - but back then, only men got the jobs. She also started the London Schools and the Black Child programme, which aims to help black children to do well in school. She still

Celebrating Diversity in English with Benjamin Dean and his amazing book: ‘Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow’ Destiny Munyaneza, Year 7 What is the book about? Benjamin Dean is the writer of ‘Me,My Dad and the End of the Rainbow’. This is a wonderful story for 10–14-year-olds that explores family life in relationships, with Pride as a backdrop. Archie Albright’s parents are splitting up. So far, so unhappily normal - but Archie senses

his parents are hiding something from him. His mother seems angry but also sad, and yet his parents still seem to care for each other. It’s only when he overhears them arguing that he learns the truth – his dad is gay. Why Did Benjamin Dean write his book? Benjamin Dean wrote this book because he wanted to see LGBTQ+ representation in stories so he’d know he wasn’t alone. Do you feel represented in the books you read?


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Year 11 Geography GCSE Field Trip to Worcester IN September and October, Year 11 geography students visited Diglis Basin and Cathedral Plaza, Worcester as part of the GCSE field work component of the course. Students were investigating whether ‘The changes that have occurred recently in the urban centre of Worcester have made the city more sustainable’. Students collected many types of primary data; including asking survey questions to members of the public. For the students this was their first experience of field work due to the pandemic and associated restrictions and they were a credit to themselves and Nunnery Wood High School.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities BEING successful at Nunnery Wood is not just about academic success. There is a wealth of enrichment activities, including international and national visits, music, drama, dance and sporting opportunities. These are essential in creating a vibrant experience at Nunnery Wood. We are committed to the idea that the more someone is willing to try, the more potential they have to become confident, resilient young people, able to participate in society. Our extra-

curricular provision, therefore, encourages pupils to do more; there are opportunities for everyone and we encourage all students to get involved.

Nunnery Wood follows an enrichment programme that supports and develops character in line with our expectations of students, which is to be respectful, cooperative and responsible. Through a wide range of exciting and varied

opportunities, our pupils develop a range of skills and qualities from leadership to empathy, as well as learning new skills, embracing fresh challenges, and realising their ambitions. Our extra-curricular opportunities go hand-in-hand with pupils’ pastoral and academic development. Often confidence and skills obtained outside the classroom support a pupil in their academic development. This term has seen the introduction of many new and exciting clubs

and activities. Several trips have also taken place this half term. We encourage all students to participate in activities. Each day the clubs are published on the notices, they are also on the portal and web site which is regularly updated. We hope to see you all getting involved very soon.


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Love Cooking?

STUDENTS have enjoyed getting to grips with their food technology lessons this term, with some amazing results!

Year 7 have started learning about the importance of safety and hygiene when using and preparing ingredients and have been putting this into practice with their first practical dishes;

pinwheels and pizza toast.

·Year 8 have been busy applying their understanding of key nutrients and healthy eating guidelines to allow them to imagine they have been appointed as a pizza designer for a busy company and have created wonderful dishes to support their ideas.

Year 9 have been delving into the world of Food Science, exploring the role protein plays in our food, where they then applied their understanding of this to experiment with foam formation and go on to create meringues! Year 10 have been learning about carbohydrates and the Eatwell guide. Students were given

basic recipes for bread and soup which they adapted to meet the Eatwell guide. Year 10 also learnt about the function of fibre in their diet and how digestion works. They thoroughly enjoyed this STEM Activity where they could make their own poo!


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of the Month

YEAR 7 had their first experience of design technology in the workshop this term and have started to learn how to use the tools and machines in the workshop to make an acrylic whale.

In the first part of the term students learnt about the importance of health and safety and staying safe in the workshop during practical lessons. Year 7 were able to clearly identify the risks

when using the tools and machines and how to take precautions to reduce these risks and work safely and confidently in design technology lessons.

Aanya Rahman

Chloe Hesketh

Dhyan Binu

Elizabeth Lee

Freya Harrison

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Izzie Faull

Maroosh Akhtar

All Year 7 students were given the challenge of designing a health and safety poster to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the risks. Well done to all of the Year 7s who took

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Staying Safe - Body Image Advice IN this issue of Staying Safe we are looking at body image. You may have heard people talking about body image online or in the news. But what do we mean by body image? Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically. Sometimes, we worry about how we look or what friends think about our body. What can impact your body image? When we talk about body image there are lots of ways we can think about our body and the way that we look. You might find there are times when you like your body, or parts of your body and times when you struggle with how you look. Body image is not just about our weight it can be things like: • Comparing yourselves to others on social media • Feeling as though your shape is not represented in the media • Struggling to find clothes for your body, particularly if you have a physical disability • Birthmarks, surgery scars or acne affecting how you feel about the way you look • Feeling as though your body does not match your gender. These thoughts can be hugely impacted by things going on around us. It can be what we see every day on social media, what characters on TV look like or adverts about ‘improving how we look’. What can you do if you are worried about how you look? Be kind to yourself: Try not to compare yourself

to the many images you see online. Notice how social media is affecting the way you feel about your body: Unfollow accounts that make you feel bad. Focus on the good things: Focus on the things you like about yourself. Spend time with people who make you feel positive: You may want to write down nice things people say to you, not just about how you look. Remember people value you for many reasons. What would you say to a friend: Think about the advice you would give to a friend if they told you they were struggling and remember that advice. Talk to someone you trust: It could be parents or wider family members, a teacher, neighbour close family friend etc. Body image has been discussed in the news recently as it emerged that Facebook, the social media company which also owns Instagram, had accrued data suggesting the platforms were harmful for young people and in particular teenage girls. The impact of social media on body image. It is probably not a surprise to many that this data shows that social media apps such as Instagram, Facebook, snapchat and twitter make body image issues worse for many young people. In 2017 research carried out with almost 1,500 young people aged 14-24 named Instagram as having the most negative impact of young people’s mental wellbeing. These platforms can have such a negative impact as they surround young people with constant images of the ‘perfect life’ and what seems like ‘perfect bodies’, this makes it very hard for young people not to compare themselves to these accounts. How can we improve young people’s experi

ences of social media? Whilst we know that social media may not be good for young people it can have its benefits and help young people to feel connected. These sites are also incredibly popular so we need to help young people navigate these platforms. Social media platforms in the UK require young people to be over the age of 13 if they wish to open an account. It is also worth sharing these tips to help ensure social media is as positive as it can be: • Unfollow or mute accounts that annoy you, upset you or take up too much of your time. • Delete social media apps- remember you don’t have to be on every channel. Try deleting one app a week and see what happens. • Limit your time online- try limiting your time

on social media before you go to sleep and when you first wake up. Encourage young people to leave their phones downstairs before bed. • Think before you post. Ask yourself am I doing something positive for myself and the people who’ll see this? Do you have a question or a topic that you would like to be covered in the advice section? We want this section of the Nunnery News to be as useful as possible. If you have a question or would like some advice then please send an email to smsc@nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk and we will choose a different question to answer in each edition of Nunnery News.

STEM Step into the NHS Competition STUDENTS from Nunnery Wood High School have entered this year’s Step into the NHS National competition.

Students were challenged to research and select an NHS career and once selected, create a job description to capture key responsibilities of the role, along with any qualifications, skills and experience needed. Entries were then sent away to be judged nationally by a panel of medical industry experts. Judges were looking for understanding of role in job description and what it involves such as duties and tasks and understanding of entry routes to chosen career including qualifications and skills needed. With the recent outpouring of support for the NHS from young people in particular, there has never been a more prominent time to increase awareness of the many careers on offer. Results from the competition are below: Jonathan Wheatley , 8.7 Highly Commended - Accident & Emergency Doctor

Tomas Stevenson, 8.9 Pass - Prosthetics Technician Maryam Khan, 10.5 Pass - Midwife

Jonathan Wheatley’s entry was shortlisted in the 10 top for the West Midlands region. Jonathan said, “I was interested in the role of an Accident and Emergency Doctor and some of the horrific things they have deal with. I conducted my research on the Internet and wrote about their job. I also included photos within my write up to show the different aspects of their work.” Maryam said, “My Mum is a student midwife and I was really interested in what she does. She has a mentor so I asked if I could interview her mentor to get a better understanding about the role of a midwife. I pieced together all of the different aspects of the role in order to get an overall understanding of it. I enjoyed doing the research as it helped me to understand my Mum’s work better.” Tomas said, “I studied a prosthetic Technician’s

International Space Station Oska Baddeley YEAR 9

NASA are planning to take the international space station out of space. They have been discussing a safe way to get the space station out of space and now have a plan on where it is going to go. The international space station is going to be sunk in the Pacific Ocean and is

pretty much the farthest place from any human civilisation you can find. It took NASA 25 different rocket flights to get all of the pieces of the International Space Station up into space. They aren’t going to have the space station in space to do research. They they are going to make a new space station called the Gateway the first two parts of it are going to be taken up by Elon Musk’s Space X Rocket.

role because I am fascinated with how prosthetic limbs are made and also by how much they have evolved. They used to be very basic but now with better technology have become really good. I did my research online.” Miss Lott said “During this pandemic the NHS has been the backbone of this country, I was so proud to see our students inspired by the work

of the NHS and enter this competition. The NHS has over 350 career options available linking in a variety of areas of STEM, for further information please search for https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/


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Artist of the week Former Student Returns Freya Harrison & Chloe Hesketh YEAR 7

NUNNERY Wood is lucky enough to have Jasmine Thompson, a professional artist, to visit our school to produce a mural in the newly built art department. She was at Nunnery Wood so loved the opportunity to come back. Jasmine is now a Bristol based illustrator and designer. Her work embodies using illustration to capture stories of people and places. Amongst her recent work are murals for Royal Shakespeare Company and Pervasive Media Studio. She has created many beautiful pieces about politics. If you have not yet had the chance to notice, she has now completed a masterpiece in the art block, which includes all of the teachers who work in the art department. We particularly love the section that includes the students of Nunnery Wood High School. The students are sketched doing art, taking photos and just having fun. It really is a work of art!

Above: Holly Storey, Year 9 // Below: Rosie James, Year 11


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Above: Will Darby, Year 10 // Below: Zoe Bloss, Year 10

Above: Tyler Haycock, Year 10 // Below: Evie Gauler, Year 10

Below: Dorian Lankiewicz, Year 10


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Goodbye Class of 2021! WE were delighted that Year 11 students were able to have their prom as usual this year. The glitzy event took place at Stanbrook Manor. Students arrived in an array of cars and other vehicles and took the opportunity to fully glam up. They all looked wonderful and it was fantastic to see the year group back together to celebrate the end of their time at Nunnery Wood. After their meal, students danced the night away and enjoyed having the opportunity to let have fun with their friends and teachers. Anna Justice said, “It was lovely to see everyone again, the best way to leave High School before everyone moves onto their new schools. A beautiful venue, amazingly decorated! I loved the extra touch of the photo booth and will keep the pictures forever!” Anna Hadley added, “A very memorable night out, a brilliant way to finish High School as a whole. The best part was arriving to the venue and watching others get out of their cars. Very well thought and a lot of effort put in!” Former Head Boy- Alex Martin told us “I had a lovely time at prom and hope everyone else there did as well. It was amazing to see everyone dressed up and looking so incredible. Truly a night I won’t ever forget and an amazing way to finish year 11. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. I’d also like to wish the new year 11s good luck with their exams, you’ll smash it!” Mr Rowley, who was their Year Team Leader added, “It was great to see them all back after a really difficult year. They deserved this chance to celebrate and to leave Nunnery in style. I wish each and every one of them happiness and success for the future.”


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World Comes to an End! Lily Halford, Year 9 Shortly after 5pm on Monday, the 4th of October - Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went down. This sparked a massive conversation online as to how and why social media was at a halt. For nearly 7 hours, people were left to their own devices. Alex Hern, ‘The Guardian’ UK’s editor stated on Twitter that “Facebook runs EVERYTHING through Facebook.” This means it was especially difficult to diagnose and treat the issue. Facebook and Instagram employees were reportedly unable to access their company accounts, and some weren’t even allowed into their work buildings.  Moreover, there were several reports of the Facebook Technical Team having to manually reboot the servers in California - right at the root of the issue. A faulty misconfiguration

meant there was ‘no path’ to reach servers. Now, was the timing a bit suspicious?

The day before the first outage, former Facebook Civic Integrity Manager, Frances Haugen, went on 60 Minutes and exposed the media mega-giant. She said the “version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and is causing ethnic violence around the world.” A week prior to the outages, Facebook paused their plan to launch a version of Instagram - for kids. This was due to leaked Internal Research that showed how the company was aware of how the online platform could affect (specifically young girls’) mental health.  Haugen finished off her ‘exposé’ by stating that “Facebook prioritizes growth and profit over public safety.”

Fuel Crisis

IN the weeks of the 23rd of September to the 4th of October, there was a national shortage of fuel that begun to affect the students of Nunnery Wood. Many began to walk to school and home again as parents were not able to drive their children to school due to this crisis. This all began with the issues with transporting fuel from distribution terminals to forecourts. The reason there were transporting problems was because of the staffing issues. Coronavirus and Brexit has made staffing issues and prompted thousands of EU drivers to leave the UK the transportation problem began. As word got out that there was small difficulty getting petrol people began to panic buy not unlike from the panic buying of toilet paper back in 2019 when the covid pandemic began. However, eventually it all began to ease as less

children walked to school once more. People were even finding fuel in the station just down the road from this very school. Although there were many negatives to this crisis, students realised they enjoyed walking and said they found it refreshing and energising. This means that there will be less air pollution due to the amount of people walking. Just like during covid, there were some positive outcomes to a situation that would mostly be considered as negative, such as families realising that they should truly spend their time together and stay in contact much more. It goes to show that not all situations that are seen so negatively that they could even be described as ‘devastating’ always have at least a few positive outcomes that make people happier when thinking of.

Vaccinating British Youth Sophie Cockeram YEAR 10

A decision has been made to vaccinate 12-15 year olds with the Pfizer Covid jab. Some people may think this is a good idea but some disagree, in reality its very difficult to tell if the pros out-way the cons. An upside of vaccinating children is it would

limit the spread of Coronavirus throughout schools, meaning less students will have to isolate and miss valuable lesson time. In addition, although Covid doesn’t affect young people as badly as older people, some children have died or become extremely ill from it. As well as this, since the beginning of the pandemic, 7.1 million Covid cases have been reported among 12-29 year olds.

Murder Shocks Society Lilia Neath YEAR 9

ON the evening of the 3rd March at around 9pm, Sarah Everard was walking back from her friend’s house in South London when she was abducted. She was kidnapped by a police officer, Wayne Couzens, who falsely told her she was breaking COVID-19 regulations so he needed to arrest her. However, this was not true and instead of driving her to the police station he drove her near to Dover and then attacked and killed Sarah in a car park.

After 9 days of Sarah Everard had been reported missing, her body was found in a Woodlands near Ashford. When police watched a dashcam footage from a passing car it showed Couzens arresting Sarah. Later on, on the 13th of March the police officer was charged a life sentence for kidnapping and murder. This crime shocked the nation and the police have now got to work hard to rebuild public trust in them. It has also raised many questions about how women are treated in society and how to avoid things like this happening again.

DJ’s Random Facts: DJ Smith YEAR 8 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

There Are 3,686 Species of Snakes. They Have Unique Skeletons. 1.1 million People Own Pet Snakes worldwide. They Can Drink Water Without Lips. Snakes Hiss as A Defence Mechanism.

Suicide Awareness September Maryam Khan YEAR 10

ALTHOUGH this has been published well after September, it is still important to talk about this topic as many people are affected by suicide or feel alone or talking to others about it. Suicide is a topic that many people won’t know much about or don’t think about. Suicide is the third leading cause of death of people from ages 1524. In 2019 there were 5691 registered deaths by suicide in England and Wales. Young people with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia and many

more are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts. About 95% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder at the time of death. Causes of suicide may be a product of these events: distress, irritability, or agitation hopelessness and worthlessness that often come with depression a previous suicide attempt

a family history of depression or suicide emotional, physical, or sexual abuse lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, social isolation struggling with their gender identity and/or sexuality in an unsupportive family or community Within the school there is so much to help people who might be worried about their mental health and how they are feeling. There are different teachers that you could go to for help, Mrs Warren, Mrs Robinson and Mr Chambers all who help with mental health and wellbeing. As well as that, the other teachers within the school are all there to help, head of years, form

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Inland Taipans Are the Most Venomous Snake In The World. 7. Snakes Do Not Have Eyelids. 8. Snakes smell with their tongues 9. Snakes hear using vibrations in their jaw bones 10. They shed their skin between 4 and 12 times a year. 11. Snakes have hundreds of ribs! 12. Lifespan between 5 and 30 years.

tutors and subject teachers. If you aren’t comfortable with talking to teachers in school, talk to an adult you trust, your parents/guardians, family, friends anyone that makes you feel safe. If school and family isn’t an option there is the national suicide prevention hotline: 0800 689 5652, ChildLine 0800 1111, SOS Silence of Suicide 0300 1020 505- 4pm to midnight every day, Papyrus 0800 068 41 41 9am to midnight every day, Campaign against living miserably 0800 58 58 58 5pm to midnight every day and the Samaritans 116 123.


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Do Introverts Have Space in an Extroverted Society? Carys Slimming, Year 10 Humans love to put labels on things. Whether it be gender, race, sexuality, and in this case; personality types. There are three main categories, introvert, extrovert and ambivert. The MyersBriggs personality test says that introversion is “A tendency to derive energy from time spent alone; times spent around other people may be experienced as emotionally or psychologically draining” whereas “an extroverted individual tend to derive their energy from being actively involved in events and activities with social interaction. They tend to enjoy moving into action and energizing other people around them” and an ambivert has traits of both. 50.7% of Americans identify as an introvert, compared to 49.3% who say they are an extroverted, however it is estimated that extroverts outnumber introverts 3 to 1. There is no objectively better personality to have, however extroverted ideals are pushed onto us from an early age, always learning in groups, being told to make friends, talk more, speak louder etc. It affects you more than you’d think.

The extroverted ideal can be traced back to 19th century America, caused by the urbanisation of America and the need to become a better salesman; it was thought that you must project confidence to succeed. However, this then

changed to selling yourself, being a well-liked person didn’t mean anything anymore unless you were also loud and enthusiastic, willing to take risks and work well in teams. This was apparent in 1920’s adverts, which sold their products by promising a miraculous change in personality, from threatening social pressure: “All around you people are judging you silently”- a Woolworths advert from 1922 warned viewers, to showing you who you should be: “How can I make myself more popular?”- a 1931 Lux laundry detergent advert. During this time, self-help books were becoming more and more widespread. These used to be focused on religion and how to be a better person but they had evolved to be about changing our personalities to make themselves more likeable. Naturally, people wanted to change how they acted to fit in, some paying hundreds for seminars and private sessions. This all contributed to the suffocating of the introverted population. Nowadays, it is definitely a lot more subtle, but is still so prevalent. Introverts are only acceptable if they have become billionaires off their quiet intelligence, such as Stephen Wozniak, who co-created the first apple computers, or Bill Gates- who is a co-founder of Microsoft. Otherwise, they are made to change who they are, put on a façade of extroverted-ness for the

benefit of others. Additionally, introverts are often deemed as less intelligent as extroverts as they tend to think about their ideas and what they want to say before speaking, meaning that they can more easily spot flaws in plans and can create thoughtful ideas. In one study, a group of people were asked to solve a maths problem together, and then rate each others intelligence and judgement. It was shown that the participants who spoke first and most often were given higher ratings than the ones who were quieter and didn’t talk as much, even though they all had the same maths scores. This could be that little overt involvement signals a lack of enthusiasm or interest, which we see everyday throughout the world, in workplaces, social interactions and schools. In Harvard, one of the most prestigious schools in the world with thousands of the smartest students, you’d be lucky to spot an introvert. The school is “Predicated on extroversion”, according to one Harvard student, all pupils meet with their “Learning Team “ for an hour and a half everyday. Everything is done in groups, all findings to be shared with the class, having to think on the spot and deliver information with conviction. Of course every introvert is different, some may enjoy speaking in front of others, or find it less difficult than others, but in Harvard there is little space for downtime in peoples diaries, they are constantly

surrounded by others, always doing the most they can to improve their grades and social status.

Harley Ryan, Year 7 As I arrived slowly onto the island, waves crashed onto the wreckage of the ship I was on just a few hours ago. I stared hopelessly into the blue sky while the sun blinded me by its rays of light. Suddenly, I felt a thud as if there was a giant walking towards me. I rolled off the piece of wood and lay on the golden warm sand. Where am I? As I was lost in my thoughts a loud battle call interrupted my train of thoughts. I was startled and my eyes widened…I jumped up and drew out my sword. I held it out ready to defend myself and attack.

playing a sick joke on her or something? The messages had been going on all day and one by one seemed to get more and more sinister than the last. It started with a simple, “Hello! How are you?” to which the victim chose not to reply. She had simply ignored what she thought to be your average scammer looking for money. As more and more messages went by, they seemed as though they would never stop. A flood of messages kept on coming through. Panic was pulsating through her veins. That simple “Hello!” which Emily thought nothing of had somehow grown more and more ominous as the day progressed.

Celebrating Creative Writing in KS3 DURING English lessons this half term, Year 7 have been developing their creativity in writing for a particular purpose. We are incredibly proud of the work produced by our classes and have included a sample of some of the amazing pieces produced by our talented students. A key focus has been on using interesting vocabulary to create imagery where their use of adjectives, adverbs and exciting verbs have enabled them to produce mood and atmosphere in their descriptions.

Pheobe Troughton, Year 7 After seeing Sir Charles Baskerville drop down onto the floor, she stood there, eyes prickling. A heavy breathing and growling noise came from the corner of the alleyway. What was it? All she could see was its eyes, as orange as burning flames, staring at her. Its ears pricked up. What was this beast? Was he the cause of Sir Charles’ death? Was this creature the devil’s agent? She had no time to think. She ran desperately, ran for her life, trying to get away from the Father of Evil. She did not want to be another victim of that deadly beast. As she arrived home, she jumped into bed and pulled the covers over herself. The wind was breathing loudly, just like she was. Her curtains flapped in the wind. A shiver climbed up her spine, goosebumps appearing on her limbs. She felt a cold, damp hand that was placed on her shoulder. A small bright light shone on her face. She screamed at the top her lungs. Was there a reign of terror in her room? Or was it just her imagination? Nobody will ever know.

Evan Robbins, Year 7 Breathless and gasping, she woke up. A reign of terror overhung her. She had the same horrifying nightmare every night over and over

again she couldn’t get this “thing” out of her head. It always began the same way, escaping from the father of evil in the bleak darkness. It always ended with images of the dead. Then her brothers grave. Ferociously assassinated a few months back. Petrified she gazed at her alarm clock counting down the hours until dawn. She tried and tried but couldn’t get back to sleep Eventually, hours later she fell asleep again. As she lay uncomforted philosophizing about her haunted family the door creaked open something entered her room. She awoke and screamed in terror looking at the ghastly and ominous shadow. Maddie Slimming, Year 7

Of course, being an extrovert isn’t a bad thing. Extroverts are some of the greatest leaders and creators, they are good at thinking on their feet and taking risks. But in the same way being an introvert isn’t bad either. Introverts are good at remaining calm during a crisis and listening to other people. Some characteristics in both are more favourable, but neither one is objectively better than the other. So here’s the question; do introverts have space in an extroverted society? In some respects, yes. There are many highly successful entrepreneurs and businessmen who are also introverts and are not persuaded to change who they are to fit this extroverted ideal. However, the average unremarkable introvert is usually pressured to become a whole different person to please others. This type of double standard instils a feeling of inferiority in many, and induces self-doubt. All studies in this article are sourced from “Quiet” by Susan Cain.

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Death was chasing her. Getting closer and closer. The deadly hound’s blood-red eyes glared at her, following her every move, unwavering. A quick glance and she could see the brute’s razor-sharp claws shining in the moonlight and its murky yellow teeth let of a horrifying smell that filled her nose and left her disgusted. The hairs stood up on the back of her neck, goose bumps covered her entire body. Her chest pounded faster than ever before. The innocent girl could hardly spot the bleak, black hound. Although she knew it was there by the sound of light footprints following behind her. She could feel the dampened air hit her face. She was running out of fear. She was running for her life. Breathless. She woke up to a shock. She glanced out the window watching the bats take flight. She curled back under the lukewarm blankets hoping to never return to that vivid dream.

Ellie Saunders, Year 7 She lay awake. Tossing and turning for what seemed like hours. Who was it? Who was the unknown number who had been sending her messages all day? Should she text back? No, too dangerous. Perhaps it was someone she knew

The messages went on and on for hours until one of which caught Emily’s eye. It was a photo. She opened it. As she gazed at what was on the screen in front of her, she trembled in fear. It was taken from inside her room. Someone was in there with her. What could she do? She could stay put and pretend she hadn’t seen it and try and discreetly escape later on. Or she could make a run for it outside the house. She slowly looked up out the corner of her eye and saw a ghastly figure towering above her holding a sharp object.


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Year 11 Dance Workshop Brillant Biology!

YEAR 11 GCSE dance students participated in a Worcester Sixth Form College A Level dance workshop as part of their post 16 career development in dance. The workshop provided

them with opportunities to further educate them about what is on offer to them in post 16 dance education.

Pre-Loved to Re-Loved!

STUDENTS at Nunnery Wood High School did their bit to reduce waste and recycle by organising a prom wear recycling scheme for their prom this year. Students could hire outfits to wear to their prom and in doing so did their bit to help the planet. The school takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, having been awarded two green flags in recognition for this and so recycling and re using prom wear was the next logical step. Prom dresses and suits are usually only worn for a few hours and then are often left unloved in the back of wardrobes or in loft spaces. Nunnery Wood was very lucky to have had over 200 beautiful dresses donated to them, mostly brand new with tags on still. We have every colour, style and size, so there is something for everyone. Not only does it reduce waste, but also costs too. It takes a lot of energy to produce clothing; every item goes through a complex manufacturing process that uses an extraordinary amount of electricity and water. By recycling clothes when they are no longer wanted, we can ensure that all that energy doesn’t simply go to waste. Sadly, many items of clothing also end up in landfill, which often lacks the oxygen needed for organic materials to break down. Recycling 100 million pounds of clothes has an effect on the environment equivalent to removing 26,000-35,000 cars from the road. Mr Powell said, ”It’s great to see two of our priorities – celebrating our great students and sustainability – coming together in this way.” If you have any prom dresses, suits or accessories that you would like to donate to the scheme,

simply drop them off at the school reception. The scheme will be running again next year for the current Year 11s, so please take a look at the dresses and outfits. Further details will be shared nearer to the time. We charge a hire fee of £15 to cover the cleaning costs after the dresses have been worn. In the event of there being money left over, it is donated to charity.

MISS Richardson’s 9Y1 and 9X4 classes have been looking at onion cells in topic B1 Cell Biology and created these fantastic slides. Students learn the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics in Key Stage Three and have the option to study combined or separate sciences for their GCSE options. Students learn all of the exciting knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They then use science to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Students leave Nunnery Wood equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


Media reviews

Cruella Movie Review Julia Congera YEAR 8

Zombieland star Emma Stone took on a new role as playing Cruella in the new 2021 film Cruella, here is how I think the actress took on the role of the fashion obsessed Disney villain. Usually, you see Emma playing roles as good characters e.g., Zombieland, La La land but even with this new role as the villain she still did an outstanding performance. She did the British accent on point and her evil laugh ran shivers down my spine.

job. The baroness sees her work through a window that she destroyed and hired her. She soon comes to a realisation that will change her life. So, Estella disguised herself as the fashion queen Cruella and supreme villain.

Over all, Cruella was an outstanding movie that was greatly filmed amazingly casted and most of all fun to watch. I rate this movie a 10/10.

We also saw another Emma playing a main role in this movie. Emma Thompson played the physco Baroness who steals other peoples fashion ideas and disguises them as her own. As well as Emme Stone she played her role brilliantly. I am sure she is a really nice person in real life, but after watching Cruella I just can’t picture her being kind to anyone.

Cruella is a movie about a girl named Estella who had a unique feature of black and white hair. She runs away after she sees her mum die from the Baronesses’ dogs. She stops at a fountain where she meets 2 boys that live a life of crime and stealing and they take her in as one of their own. 10 years later they are living in a house together and they get Cruella a fashion

What I loved about the movie was that they flashed back to when she was a child, so it makes us sympathise for Cruella and see her as one of the good characters. The producer’s music choices were outstanding from “feeling good” to the rolling stones “sympathy for the devil”.

Liv Wheeler YEAR 8

around the setting that the movie was mainly set at just brought a particular edge to the movie

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The Northern Lights

Having never read this book before I was instantly hooked by its interest and curiosity. The Northern Lights is the first book in the trilogy written by Philip Pullman, set in a universe like ours but different in many ways. The follows the life of Lyra Belacqua a 11-year-old girl, who is brought up in Jordan College, Oxford where the scholars, professors and servants treat her as an adopted daughter. Together with the daemon (animal companion) her life gets changed when her uncle Lord Asriel plans an expedition to the northern pole. His objective is to find a possible gateway to another world. Here Lyra meets Mrs Coulter a calm and fascinating woman who decides to take her away from Jordan college. Equipped with an alethiometer (a device that finds truthful answers to one’s answers) she must find her friend Roger and stop her uncle from reaching the gate way to another world.

Knives Out Movie Review

This is an amazing movie full of wonderful twists and turns that you would never have seen coming. This is a great movie about the circumstances surrounding the death of novelist and family member Harlan Thrombey and when Detective Blanc (James Bond star Daniel Craig) is hired, things only become more and more suspicious. I loved the whole plot of the movie and was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the whole film. This movie had me hooked from the beginning. i think that the whole atmosphere

I particularly loved how the suspense was built up while still being a very exciting and fast pacing movie. I personally think that the cast choice for this movie was absolutely perfect. I thought Chris Evans’s character was particularly great because while this movie was a triller, he brought some comedy into it as well making it Overall, this movie brought comedy, action and thriller and executed them all perfectly. It was funny, mysterious and could not have been better. One of my favourite movies of all time and I would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Suicide Squad Review Gabriel Boxall YEAR 10

and a man who kills people to get peace, but that isn’t the most bizarre thing you will see in this movie!

This film is the soft reboot/sequel of the not so popular 2016 film “suicide squad” and features some returning characters (including Harley Quinn) from the old movie, but mainly new ones. This movie was directed by the director of the Guardians of The Galaxy movies, so was already bound to be good, and certainly better than the first suicide squad, but it was so much better than it has any right to be. It already has a pretty goofy premise, with the main characters consisting of a talking shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) a woman who controls rats,

I really loved this movie, as it had so many unique scenes and ideas, with stunning moments on screen for example, often the landscape would form a sort of commentary on the movie just like you would see in a comic. Another amazing scene in the movie was at one point Harley Quinn walks down a hallway killing people, and suddenly 2d animated flowers and birds appeared, as a representation of her mind and insanity, which looked amazing. I really would recommend this movie, as I felt

November 1.10pm MFL3 like it did something new, that no other superhero movie has done before, and creates a really fun world in which the US government enlists criminals to carry out certain death missions. Overall, I would give it a 4.5/5!

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Careers Information HOT Jobs slides are displayed on daily slides and big screens in school. These are updated every two weeks and give a snap shot of labour market information (LMI), skills needed and training routes. Students can find out more detailed information about these roles by researching on The National Careers Service website https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explorecareers or speaking to the school careers advisor – Mrs Gwynne. Careers drop in sessions – every weekday 1.30pm -2pm in the careers office. Careers websites to help with planning and research can be accessed from the Nunnery Wood High School website by clicking on the careers icon The school library has a wide variety of careers related books that students can borrow by booking via: Reading Cloud Recent additions include: Jo Hardy – Tales from a young Vet Anna Brett – Worlds coolest Jobs Alison Dixon – Which GCSEs?

11 students the opportunity to take part in an interview. Feedback is given, by the employer, to the student at the end of the interview to help them to reflect on their experience. Apprenticeships, Traineeships & T levels Published by National Apprenticeship Service/ Amazing Apprenticeships & ASK apprenticeships there is everything you need to know about these training options. Open the link below to read September addition.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/09/Parents-Pack-September-2021-1. pdf https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN YOU’LL NEED TO PASS AN AUDITION.

What is a T Level?

You’ll play two pieces of music and complete a sight reading and music theory test. You will also need to pass all standard Army entrance requirements.

T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the career you want. You can do T Levels as an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships, or other post-16 courses. They bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

T Levels are ideal if you have finished your GCSEs and want to gain qualifications which provide both the knowledge and workplace experience to take your studies to the next level within a college environment. With a T Level you’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement with an employer, giving you the skills and knowledge companies look for and allowing you to trial the workplace whilst at college.

START EARNING OVER £20,000 AFTER BASIC TRAINING.

- Caitlin, Army bassoon player

You could also gain qualifications in performance, conducting and more, including subsidised Bachelors / Masters degrees, diplomas from the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music and BTEC Level 2 Qualification in Music.

If you have any questions, call us on 0345 600 8080 or visit your local Army Careers Centre.

Computer games developers make games that can be played online, and on mobile phones, PCs and games consoles.

Skills

This week’s

Hot Job…

> Cornerstone Sectors – these sectors are central to our local economy and represent large volumes of jobs across the county and crucial to the future sustainability of Worcestershire’s economy

Advance Manufacturing

Construction

Health and Social Care

Digital / Creative / I.T

Agriculture / Agri-Tech

Business Administration and Professional Services

> Business Administration and Professional Services.

> Which education pathways and qualifications should you consider as one of your next steps towards achieving these job roles? > Identify which local employers from these sectors you could approach to obtain vital experiences of the workplace. > Identify individuals who work within these sectors who you could speak to who could provide you with an insight into specific job roles and the tasks they undertake.

> Construction; and > Health and Social Care > Opportunity Sectors – these sectors have significant potential for high-value growth, contributing to increased economic output for Worcestershire’s economy (GVA – Gross Value Added, which is a measure of economic output) > Advanced Manufacturing. > Cyber Security, IT and Defence; and > Agriculture/Agri-Technology

Both categories are equally important and do not diminish the role that other sectors not listed here can play in the growth of our economy. Targeted interventions are needed for all sectors to boost growth and provide valuable local employment opportunities. These activities will provide these sectors with the opportunities to grow, scale-up and provide local employment opportunities to meet employers needs now and in the future.

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Year 11 – Mock Interviews AS part of SMSC day, Year 11 students all had a mock interview. Many local employers kindly gave up their time to support us in this and givew the students a realistic experience. We were overwhelmed by the number of offers of help and the feedback from students was extremely positive. As students apply for their post 16 courses they will be aware that part of the selection process for college, 6th form or apprenticeships they will need to attend an interview. A mock

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interview helps students learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies and improve their communication skills. Each student received written & verbal feedback from employers to help them in the future. The students were very positive: ‘‘It was really helpful; I need to stop fidgeting so much.’’ “I was really nervous but the employer was really nice.” “I need sell myself more.”

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When developing the economic strategy for Worcestershire, there is a need to understand which sectors make up the economy of our county. Once they have been identified, we can then begin to understand the number of businesses within each sector, the number of different jobs roles and the numbers of people who are employed within those sectors.

These six key sectors are split into two categories as follows:

> What are the specific job roles that need a talent pipeline of young people?

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For example, the financial sector can be broken down into several different industries such as banks, asset management companies, life insurance companies, or brokerages.

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The term SECTOR often refers to a larger, general part of the economy, while the word INDUSTRY is much more specific.

Having completed this exercise the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has identified SIX “KEY GROWTH SECTORS” which are considered especially important to the future growth and sustainability of the Worcestershire economy.

This information could potentially help you understand:

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The terms INDUSTRY and SECTOR are often used to describe a group of companies that operate in the same segment of the economy or share a similar business type.

Learning more about Worcestershire’s key growth sectors will enable you to understand a variety of important information which could aid you in the decision-making process surrounding your potential career pathway and the choices you make during the remainder of your journey through education.

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Once a clearer picture of the sectors has been developed we can then start to consider the growth potential within these sectors. To do this we look at both the opportunities and challenges they face. This is based on a number of factors including the current make-up and nature of businesses in Worcestershire within these sectors, the role technology will play in the future, skills shortages and / or availability of potential employees, LMI demographics, existing and future customer markets, and innovation, amongst others.

Speakers for Schools Experience offer a wide range of virtual work experience opportunities, across many sectors, to find out more go to https://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/ students can create their own account and apply for opportunities that they are interested in.

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Next Stop, Olympics YEAR 11 student, Jessica Morris is a keen swimmer who has her sights set on competing in the Olympics.

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Annika who plays in Goal Defence and Goal Attack positions said, “I was so happy to be

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She said, “I tried lots of different clubs when I was younger but I chose to pursue swimming because it was the sport I enjoyed the most and I found that I had a natural ability for it.” Jessica’s goal is to compete in the 2024 Olympics in Paris and if not, the 2028 Olympics.

All three girls were nominated to trial for Worcester County Netball teams and have been selected for their respective age groups. Annika and Mia who both train with netball team, Worcester Reds in Bromsgrove were nominated by the school attended a two- day trial session in Stourport and were picked to represent the County.

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Jessica has been swimming for 6 years now and trains five times per week. She is a County Swimmer and a member of Worcester swimming club. Some mornings, she will get up at 4.30am in order to train before school and she also trains during some evenings.

CONGRATULATIONS go to Year 10 pupil, Lois Crawford and Year 8 pupils, Annika Potter and Mia Hudson for their recent Netball success.

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YEAR 11 Students, Markus Telger, Dan Zaman and Hayes Davies have successfully qualified to represent the U17s Worcester Wolves Basketball team in the Nationals. After two tough days of Try outs, both Dan and Markus were informed that they had made it into the Nationals team. They will now play matches around the West Midlands as well as continue training with Worcester Wolves. Dan who has been playing for Worcester wolves prior to the try outs said, “I was happy to find out that I had been picked after two days of qualifications.” Markus who had played for the Worcester Bears and then Worcester Wolves said, “I was happy to qualify as I worked really hard in the try outs.” We look forward to hearing how they get on and where their basketball career leads them!

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picked from 80 people at the trials.” Mia who plays in Goal Defence and Goal Keeper positions said, “I was pleased to get in as leading up to the trial dates, I had been unwell.” Lois who plays in Goal Defence and Wing Defence has been playing netball since year 3 at Primary school. She previously attended trials and was successful last year. She too was nominated by the school to attend this year’s trials. Lois attended the 1-day trial at Stourport and was pleased to picked to represent the County.

Jessica said, “I compete regularly. I recently competed in some local competitions at Perdiswell, where I achieved some personal best times. I really hope to continue with my studies but to also compete professionally in swimming.”


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Alfie Wins British Nationals Water Skiing Champion 2021 YEAR 10 student, Alfie Godfrey-Fletcher has just won with the title of British Nationals U14’s water skiing champion for 2021. Alfie, first started water skiing four years ago when he was encouraged by his Grandad (who was also a keen water skier). Alfie said, he loves the sport and has been fortunate enough in previous years to train on a lake in the USA where he visits his family throughout the year. Over the summer period, Alfie has entered a number of competitions in the UK in which he has managed to win each event. Despite recovering from a back injury, Alfie took the decision to enter the main event which was the British Water Ski Nationals (bwsw.org. uk), held at Oxford Wakeboard and Ski club between the 12th-15th August. He competed against the country’s best skiers in

the U14’s category and although it was a very tight final, Alfie won by the finest of margins and as a result, Alfie is now the current British U14’s water skiing champion for 2021. Alfie said, “I was buzzing with excitement when I won the competition and I was also a bit emotional. I love the sport and my intention is to work towards the U 17s competition in the future. I’m studying GCSE sport and my goal is to go to study sports in the USA.” Alfie’s Dad said, “As a parent I am very proud of Alfie’s achievement. He has only been water skiing for 4 years and it’s been an unbelievable accomplishment to win the U14’s British Nationals. Alfie is so determined and pushes himself to the limits to progress to the next stage of his development. He is so excited for next year already as he will be competing in the U17’s category at the top speed of 58kph.”

Congratulations Year 11 Netball Team! CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 11 netball team who recently finished second in a recent tournament. They beat local rivals Blessed Edward’s and Bishop Perowne as well as Tudor Grange. They lost only to a very strong team from hosts RGS. Miss Chalmers said it was “A

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YEAR 8 students, Lily Jackman and Annika Potter are celebrating their recent football success. Both Lily and Annika who are members of the school football club, were put forward by their P.E Teacher to take part in the County football trials.

The Year 7 football team has already been training hard and have secured an impressive 4-1 win against local rivals Bewdley high School.

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great afternoon with some brilliant performances and teamwork from the players.”

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The girls took part in two trials during the Summer holidays and they were among 30 girls from a group of 70 to represent the County in their age group. Annika who has played in her football team, Nunnery wood girls U14s since she was 7 years old said, “I was really happy to get into the team to represent the County. We will be training and playing matches and I am looking forward to it.” Lily who has been playing football in her team, Worcester City since she was 10 years old said, “I was so pleased that I cried when I found out that I had been picked. I am looking forward to training.”

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