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Earlier this summer the year 12 biology students visited the Amersham field studies centre to carry out different sampling techniques in woodland and in open ground. The data obtained was analysed using several different statistical methods. The weather was kind and we had a good day practicing techniques that could be examined in the A level exams next year.
On Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July our Year 10 and 12 Geography students visited different sites along The River Chess to explore the changing characteristics of the river and different areas of St Alban’s Centre to study changing land use. Despite the rain on Tuesday the student’s all did a fantastic job of collecting data using a range of methods that they will be tested on in their Geography GCSE next summer.
After school on Tuesday 27th June the Geography Department hosted the Year 7 and 8 World Wise Week Geography quiz where over 30 students battled it out to become St Joan of Arc Geography champions! A huge congratulations to the winning teams:
Year 7: Cristina Gonzalez, Jenna Campbell Byrne, Ruby Beck and Gellian Legaspi.
Year 8: Gianluca Hill, Sebastian Bond, Sean Gubatanga, Matthew Huertas and Russell Coleman
A huge thank you to the generosity of pupils in year 7 and 8, they have collected over 144 Kilos of food for our local food bank and they have helped to reduce the shortages of items of food which families over the summer will be particularly grateful for. In addition the support in vouchers for shoes will help many to buy school shoes for their children for the new school year. Also I would like to thank our year 12 pupils who have organised for this to take place and donated the items on behalf of the school. It is truly great to witness our pupils living out the Gospel teaching ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ Lk 6:31.
Congratulations to all who entered the 2017 Golden Goat (Y7) and Silver Sheep (Y8) photography competition. The standard of images was incredibly high and all the judges were very impressed. Next year’s competition will no doubt raise the standard even higher!
Year 8 – The Silver Sheep
Best photo of an object from a story: Naomi Drury 8 Ward (runner up Patryk Smus 8 Alban)
Best Photo of a character in a book: Lucy Bishop 8 Ward (runner up Bella Thomas 8 Alban)
Most original and creative: Sebastian Bond 8 Ward (runner up Brandon Kavanagh 8 Clare)
Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Jack McMillan 8 Clare (runner up Ben Pearson 8 More)
Overall Winner: Zoe Sotto 8 Frances
My photo is inspired by the story of Snow White by the Grimm brothers. I included the iconic and infamous poison apple which causes Snow White to fall into a deep sleep after she takes a bite and I added some black to the apple to make it appear as poisoned. I wanted it to by the main focal point of the image so the only the apple itself is in focus. Snow White is shown lying on the grass to represent when she ate the apple and collapsed. I dulled the colour to show a more dismal and melancholy atmosphere, as if colour was her life.
Year 7 – The Golden Goat
Best photo of an object from a story: Becky Raymond 7 More (runner up Alexandra Woolnough 7 Ward)
Best Photo of a character in a book: Emily Glynn 7 Campion, Holly Lynott 7 Francess, Jessica Blake 7 Frances
Most original and creative: Grace Barham 7 Bede (runner up Emily Wilcher 7 Campion)
Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Alex Girdvainis Brown 7 Clare (runner up Alessandro Accogli 7 Theresa)
Overall Winner: Mia McPhillips 7 Ward
My photograph was inspired by Anne Frank’s time spent locked away in a top floor dark and damp secret annex owned by Otto Frank’s Company. In 1942, the electricity had to be turned off on the whole of Amsterdam during the night to prevent enemy aircraft bombing the houses. This meant that every evening Anne would write her daily diary extracts by candlelight. I have demonstrated this in my photograph by setting the candle alight and aimlessly placing matchsticks around the candle.
The photograph that I have taken also shows my Great Grandad’s original identity card which had been passed on through many generations. The identity card was required in order to collect daily food rations. The card was to be kept on you at all times throughout the war, although Anne was never permitted to leave the premises due to her Jewish faith.
A huge thank you to year 12 who have been bringing in items on a weekly basis to support the local charity Alternatives which offers support to young families and to people who have had experienced a miscarriage offering them counselling. It is great to see our pupils recognizing the plight of others and being so willing to offer help and support. They are truly putting into practice the teachings of the Gospel’s Lk 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Staff and students (who are not on the school’s network) can watch the speeches by clicking HERE.
Voting for staff, and students in Years 11, 12 and 13 takes place in the Sixth Form Common Room during TCT, break and lunch on Friday 24th March.
From 21st-24th February Y8 students went on a History trip to Windsor Castle. This was an enjoyable and educational day for everyone. The day included going round the State Apartments, a tour of the Chapel and a session from the educational team. Some students were invited to dress up as the wives of Henry VIII and try on some costumes. On two of the days the students saw the changing of the guard and on every day there was a lot of enthusiasm for pictures with the guards! The Queen was in the Castle on the Friday, but sadly she was not seen by the students.