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Mental Health Campaigner Natasha Devon Interviewed by TES Students

For five days in September we talked a lot about our mental health. While not the first time we’d opened these conversations (visitor Dick Moore got us started last year), it was the longest stretch of focused learning and discussion we’ve ever had. The experience was eye opening for many. We were fortunate to have Read more about Mental Health Campaigner Natasha Devon Interviewed by TES Students[…]

Looking After Our Wellbeing in Times of Uncertainty

In a time of uncertainty and with everything that is happening in the world right now, it can be hard to keep a perspective on things. In our work with executive coach Clive Leach we have been reminded that in times of adversity we often show surprising resilience and strength. It was Clive who introduced Read more about Looking After Our Wellbeing in Times of Uncertainty[…]

DEAR Time During the Closure (Drop Everything And Read!)

During the closure, maintaining a routine will be important for our students. DEAR time at school is from 12:30pm – 12:45pm. However, when they are at home, the students do not need to be so rigid about the timing, but instead find a time that suits them best. Enjoying a good story might be the Read more about DEAR Time During the Closure (Drop Everything And Read!)[…]

STEAM Week – Year 8 ‘Off the Grid’- Making a Solar Oven

The Year 8 students were tasked with producing a solar oven this week as one of their STEAM Week learning tasks. A solar oven is able to cook food by concentrating the heat energy from sunlight in a small box. Reflective material is used to capture as much heat energy as possible and the box Read more about STEAM Week – Year 8 ‘Off the Grid’- Making a Solar Oven[…]

STEAM Week – Can You Generate Enough Energy to Toast Bread?

Bikes can be used to generate electricity by connecting them to a generator. During lunch times this week our students attempted to find out how powerful they were.  The students used a bike which was set up in the Phase 1 Atrium to find out the power, measured in watts, that they could generate. This Read more about STEAM Week – Can You Generate Enough Energy to Toast Bread?[…]

H4 Biology Model Their Learning

H4 Biology students spent part of last Saturday’s revision session showing their knowledge of the kidney. Specifically, they had to make models out of Playdough to assist them in explaining the processes of ultrafiltration and reabsorption in the nephron of the kidney. This practical tactile learning experience is part of their preparation for their upcoming Read more about H4 Biology Model Their Learning[…]

H2 IGCSE Drama Students Complete Their Monologues

On Friday 6th March IGCSE Drama students in H2 prepared and performed their monologues as part of their practical assessment. Students chose individual pieces from plays ranging from playwrights such as Willy Russell, John Godber, Denis Kelly, Olwen Wynmark, Mark Wheeler and, many more. Each performance was unique and displayed the excellent preparation and commitment students had Read more about H2 IGCSE Drama Students Complete Their Monologues[…]

STEAM Week – Year 9 ‘Off the Grid’ Wind Power

Reporting on their learning during STEAM Week, here is an account from two Year 8 students, Summer and Lien: For STEAM week we completed various activities. Science is especially fun when we can carry out experiments with Ms Tsai. This year, we were required to build a miniature wind turbine out of building blocks. After Read more about STEAM Week – Year 9 ‘Off the Grid’ Wind Power[…]

HL Theatre Students Explore Criteria B from the Solo Piece

Higher Level Theatre Arts students explored “Criteria B” from their Solo Piece upcoming assessment. Students are preparing the practical section for their final component of the IB Theatre Arts course. Each student has chosen a Theatre practitioner from around the world and they have researched an aspect of that practitioners work to developing a new Read more about HL Theatre Students Explore Criteria B from the Solo Piece[…]

STEAM Week – Year 7 ‘Off the Grid’ Stop Motion Film 

The Year 7 Science students have spent the week planning and making a stop motion film with the theme of ‘Off the Grid’. The video had to explain the Science behind at least one element of living without power.  “STEAM week, one of the highlights of the year, is a week where we focus on Read more about STEAM Week – Year 7 ‘Off the Grid’ Stop Motion Film […]

Year 7 and 8 Students Have Taster Session in Robotics

As part of STEAM Week, students in Years 7 and 8 all attended a taster session in robotics. Throughout the day, small groups of students had the opportunity to construct the Lego “City Shaper” competition course. This involved eager students designing, constructing and programming their robotic creations. Students were excited by the ability to move Read more about Year 7 and 8 Students Have Taster Session in Robotics[…]

Year 9 Curious About Logic in English Lessons

Year 9 English students are working on logic and metaphor in relation to their work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a play by Simon Stephens. In this activity they had to put the words of quotes in the order they thought the character of Christopher would have said them. It Read more about Year 9 Curious About Logic in English Lessons[…]

World Building in Computing Class

For STEAM week, Key Stage 3 Computing classes have been learning what it takes to manage a village by playing Banished, a real time world-building strategy game. They have been learning the value of taking a balanced approach to gathering food, creating shelter and looking after their citizens.  There was a steep learning curve to Read more about World Building in Computing Class[…]

STEAM Week in Mathematics Lessons

During lesson times this week our students across all year levels took part in activities that allowed them to competitively apply their mathematical knowledge to practical STEAM-based problems. Here is a summary of what took place: Year 7: Countdown Students competed in houses to play the game Countdown. They had to combine six specially selected Read more about STEAM Week in Mathematics Lessons[…]

Peak Media Team Snaps STEAM Week 2020 

After the digital learning days, students and teachers in the British Secondary and High School were buzzing with excitement for STEAM Week 2020. We were determined to make sure that the COVID-19 restrictions didn’t dampen our spirits, which hopefully you can see from the many photographs on this week’s blog. All of the photographs were Read more about Peak Media Team Snaps STEAM Week 2020 […]

H3 Artists Inspired by Performance Tradition of Butoh

Here is more work from our H3 artists as they draw close to a conclusion for their second project this year. This project required them to delve further into performance and Art as a fusion. The evolution of their work was inspired by Botoh masks. Here is a student reflection on the significance of the Read more about H3 Artists Inspired by Performance Tradition of Butoh[…]