The December 2013 edition of the school magazine is now available. With reports on the latest events, student activities and achievements, this month's publication includes:- Year 13 Geography students see the Northern Lights- Charity Week report- Bar National Mock Trial at Birmingham Crown Court- MK Schools Cross Country triumph- Handball: Champions at Bedfordshire tournament
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Report by Year 11 students Charli Twyford, Andrew Chen, Matthew Goble and James Poultney.
Students from both campuses came together to put on an evening of musical entertainment and festive readings. Performances came from a wide variety of ensemble groups including Guitar and Flute Ensemble, Brassworks, Highly Strung String Quartet, Concert Band, BBLB and several different choirs. The whole evening went smoothly and the audience seemed to enjoy a great variety of performances from Christmas carols to ‘Legends of Rock’, put on by Ousedale’s Concert Orchestra. Lots of work was put in behind the scenes by both teaching staff and students to produce a wonderful evening of entertainment. The mince pies and mulled wine served at the interval proved a hit and many donations to the church and the school’s charities were gratefully received.
The Music department and Religious Studies department would like to thank parents for their continued support. Thanks also to St Peter and St Paul Church Olney, for once again allowing us to overrun the vicinity with students (some of whom were in the church from 11am in the morning to after 9pm that evening), and our wonderful students for proving once again how talented they are. A final thanks must go to all who attended, resulting in a packed church, making the event very special indeed. We would also like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
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Ousedale School is well known for the importance it places on creativity and the Arts and this is regularly displayed in the outstanding productions, musical performances and events that punctuate the school year.
Art is also a huge part of the creative aspects of our school community and we are delighted to have further developed our provision to support students and share the great work that students produce, across the school and beyond.
In September we were delighted to appoint Charlie Scowen as our Artist in Residence. As a former Ousedale student, Charlie fundamentally understands our ethos and shares our passion for art. As well being a superb role model through allowing students to see an artist at work, Charlie also works hard with students of all abilities to enable them to progress further. As well as supporting in lessons, she is a significant addition to our extra-curricular programme.
In addition, Charlie supports the Art Department in their day-to-day work and in raising the profile of art across the school. Visitors will notice that celebrating our students’ artwork is becoming an increasingly visible part of our community. A growing number of display sites and the first phase of the murals project have been implemented, with many more opportunities planned.
To support this we have also developed an Arts strand to this website which will also provide a vehicle for the talents of our students to reach a wider audience. Why not visit the link now by following the 'LEARNING' tab above followed by ‘Arts’ to see the murals that have appeared at the Newport Pagnell Campus: http://www.ousedale.org.uk/artworks
We were delighted to be able to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students at both GCSE and A Level on Friday 15th November.
In the afternoon, over 250 students joined us in a celebration of their success during Year 11, receiving GCSE and BTEC awards, subject awards, and awards for contributions to the school and community. The evening celebration recognised achievement in Year 13 and we were delighted with the number of students who made their way back from universities across Britain to join us for this event.
Many thanks to all the parents and family members who attended events, this really helped to create a wonderful atmosphere. Your support has enabled these young people to achieve such great success, and we could see how proud you were of your children!
Special thanks must also go to the guest speakers, David Hilliard and Catriona Morris, and the local dignitaries who continue to support the work of the school and recognise its importance in our community. We were so pleased to welcome the Mayors of Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell and Olney to our school.
Chris WhitingAssistant Headteacher
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