Our Year 12 teams performed extremely well at the Milton Keynes round of the Young Enterprise competition, held at Walton High School on 25th March. Our teams were 'Charmed Away' who produce and market jewellery, and 'HESH' who sell speakers that they make from Coke cans.'Charmed Away' were awarded runner-up position in the Company Report section. HESH won the Innovation Award and Best Company Report; they also achieved runner-up position in the Trade Stand section and were Overall runner-up. HESH will now go throuhg to the County Final at the Open University on 9th May. Further details of their enterprise are available on the HESH website http://heshcompany.weebly.com/
On Thursday 20th March, the Music Department held their Spring Gala Concert. Big Band’s Little Brother started proceedings with a rocking performance of ‘Rock Around The Clock’. The ‘Youth Chorus’ danced and sung their hearts out to ‘The Cup Song’, ‘Dynamite’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, whilst Elizabeth Kinrade stunned the audience by singing her own composition ‘Love You More’.
The high standard of music continued after the interval, with Schumann’s ‘Piano quintet in Eb major’ in contrast to an arrangement based on the music of ‘Lady Gaga’ from our Brass Quintet. The evening was rounded off by superb performances from the school’s senior ensembles, ‘Encore Chorus’, ‘Anacrusis’ and ‘Ousedale Concert Orchestra’ performing a range of music from ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen to ‘Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves’ Theme.
Our thanks goes to all students who worked and rehearsed so hard to put on such a special evening, and to all parents who supported the event.
For video highlights and photos of the event, please see the links below.
The Music Department
Thank you to all parents who completed our annual questionnaire. We were really pleased with the positive response, both in terms of the number of replies and the overall results. The table below shows a summary of the results.
Scores over 85% are deemed to be excellent.
On Thursday 7th March, twelve students took part in the annual Milton Keynes Rotary Technology Tournament held at Denbigh School. There were about 24 teams in total: six advanced teams (Sixth Form), nine intermediate (Key Stage 4) and nine basic (Key Stage 3). This year their challenge was to design and build a gripping device so that a radioactive meteorite (tennis ball !) could be safely handled from a distance. The meteorite needed to be retrieved from a box that was 1500mm away and then placed centrally on a target area.
The level of difficulty of the task increased according to the age of the group and there were several things that their design had to do:● Grip the meteorite securely so as not to drop it● The grip needed to be operated by a trigger or lever● The grip was also to be operated by one team member only, from behind the 1500mm line● The final challenge had to be completed within a 30 second time limit
The KS3 group won the shield in their category and their design was so well engineered that it could have easily been entered into the intermediate group! In addition, our advanced team came second and our intermediate team third in their respective categories.
All students enthusiastically took part in the day and this was demonstrated in the excellent quality of their final designs. Well done to all involved.
Miss HearnDesign Technology Department
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