Acting…walking…and taking exams!
The Secondary School ended last term with a highly original exploration of the Book of Acts. Robin Howard wrote and directed a ‘mystery tour’ through the book, with various scenes cleverly juxtaposed, interspersed by mime and exuberant dance (choreographed by Katie Gamble). Sarah Lomas led a talented group of artists in portraying the stories on twenty seven panels which, when displayed together, provided a colourful and inspiring interpretation. Others worked hard on PA and Lighting, Graffiti Art, props and a wide variety of craft activities. ‘Acting Acts’ undoubtedly helped our pupils engage with these wonderful accounts of the exploits of the early church in a fresh way.
Twenty seven members of Years 5 and 6 braved the varied elements of a wet spring to visit the Brecon Beacons, and also enjoy a morning’s team building in the Forest of Dean. Despite inclement weather (low cloud and driving rain) all pupils from Years 5 and 6 achieved their goal – to climb Pen-Y-Fan. Following delicious food at Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel, it was straight into team challenges – The Great Egg Drop before bedtime; Archery, Blindfold Obstacles and Spider’s Web the following morning. Picnic lunch was enjoyed at Symond’s Yat before returning to school. Congratulations to everyone for demonstrating courage in adversity and encouraging others. Our thanks to parents Steve Neil and Stuart Larkin for organising a brilliant two days. Judging from these comments, all the pupils enjoyed themselves:
Everything was great and it was made better by being with friends'
‘My best memory was probably seeing everyone having fun
‘The most memorable moments were Jayesh’s cute snoring and learning that eggs go very well with parachutes!’
‘The best two days of my life, especially when we got on flat ground'
'My best moments were reaching the top and going to bed’
In amongst the variety of extra-curricular activities, many pupils have been hard at work with NFER tests, school exams and GCSEs. We trust all the efforts of our Year 11s will be rewarded in public examinations.