Who would have thought that a table of scrumptious cakes would cause such a stir among teachers in a staff room?
On Thursday 17th June, the school held a staff fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, who support people with dementia. We successfully raised an impressive £311.60 (+Gift Aid) from generous donations by the wonderful teachers and support staff at our school. We would like to thank everyone involved for supporting a cause that is close to the hearts of many people in our school community. We look forward to planning more fabulous fundraisers in the future.
This term, students in Year 10 have been learning about what it means to be British. Students have been reading a range of texts which explore the experiences of black British men and women, and the prejudice encountered by those who were invited to Britain to re-build the country after the Second World War as part of ‘The Windrush Generation’.
Students were asked to research and create a presentation on a moment of significance in black history which they then delivered to the class. Many focused on Mary Seacole and her contribution to medicine and healthcare during war; the Bristol bus boycott of 1963 which pushed through legislation to make it illegal to discriminate someone due to their race and ethnicity; and Malcolm X and his famed visited to Smethwick in 1965.
We were incredibly proud and impressed by the hard work that our students put into this task and the inspiring, positive message that was spread through acknowledging and learning about moments in black history that have helped to shape the world we now live in, where diversity and multiculturalism is celebrated.
Students in Year 7 have been learning about cell biology in science this term. Students have been learning the function of the different parts of plant and animal cells and were asked to build a model cell in a medium of their choice.
Jack and Charlie made an incredible model cell with cake as the basis for the cell. It was decorated with strawberry laces as photosynthesising chloroplasts, a donut nucleus to store the DNA and a mini-marshmallow cell wall to control the movement of substances in and out of the cell. A yum-yum for the vacuole and chocolate sprinkles for the mitochondria topped off this excellent project.
We were incredibly impressed by the effort that the boys put in, and are reliably informed that the cake tasted as good as it looked. Congratulations boys for putting so much effort and creativity into your learning!
Teagan Aston, a talented Year 7 student, has really made the most of her time at home during the Covid-19 lockdowns to complete her Bronze Arts Award. To achieve the award, she had to complete a wide range of activities including building a portfolio of her own artwork, exploring the arts as a visitor, researching other artists and sharing her skills with others. This saw her take part in a world-record-breaking online art challenge and visiting the Harry Potter Studios, as well as teaching her friends origami and creating both traditional and digital artwork.
Teagan shared her portfolio with her Art teacher Mr Nesbitt, who commented:
“Teagan is a very talented student, but what she has achieved here is exceptional!”
Teagan was presented with a certificate and Arts Flash by Head of Art, Mr Hickman. Congratulations Teagan, we are all very proud of you!
We are delighted to be able to safely re-launch our programme of extra-curricular activities, beginning this week with year 7 bench ball. We are really proud of the variety of clubs we offer at The Earls, as there really is something for everyone; sports, dance, drama, music ensembles, chess, history, eco-leaders, D of E, photography and much more, and we have missed being able to work with the students on these activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mrs Booth, from our PE department, led a group of students in an enthusiastic (and very loud!) game of bench ball this week. Year 7 students Jay, Sahara and Emily described the experience as ‘the best – I’ve missed this during lockdown’, ‘amazing, fun and enjoyable, it makes me happy’ and ‘really exciting – I am so happy we have more activities again’.