Year 12 Biology Field Trip

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.

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The 2017 Golden Goat and Silver Sheep

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.

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12 A.R.C

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.”

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Sixth Form Ski Trip – February 2017

This February half-term 24 Sixth Form students, accompanied by 3 members of staff, skied in the Italian resort of Courmayeur. With plenty of snowfall in the weeks leading up to the trip, we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine for the majority of the trip. A fantastic time was had by all with lots of falls, laughter and progress made by all.

It is hoped that February 2018 will see a similar trip go ahead. Watch this space!

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Mala PictureOn Friday 27th January, some Y13 and Y9 students were lucky enough to listen to a live webcast from Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich. This was an event in which over 500 schools were involved, not just in the UK, but globally. Mala told the emotive story of her life in the Jewish Ghetto and later in two different concentration camps. The students found the experience very moving, especially the story she told of her cousin who went missing and Mala never found out what happened to her. Y9 ended the session by saying their main message to others is for everyone to appreciate how serious the Holocaust was and how it should be remembered today.

Christmas Jumper Day update

Thank you to everyone who supported 13 Theresa and Udayan by taking part in last Friday’s Christmas Jumper day.  We raised £423!

Pictures of our winners can be found below:

https://drive.google.com/a/joa.herts.sch.uk/file/d/0B-MUsT3UbT8Zbk44ZTFSdDZUOUU/view?usp=sharing

Most festive forms: 7 Bede and 8 Ward

Individual winners: Year 7: Charlie Baird 7 Clare and Jenna Campbell 7 More

Year 8: Harry McVeigh 8 Bede and Freya Trendell 8 Frances

AND.…Mr Dwamena and Miss Fouhy – joint staff winners!

Thank you all! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017 from 13 Theresa