On Wednesday 20th June a group of Key Stage 3 pupils took part in the SESSSA Athletics Tournament at Basildon Sporting Village. It was a very warm day but despite this every pupil managed to return to school with a medal and many pupils came first and second in their events. Overall Cedar Hall School came 2nd which was a fabulous result. Well done to all who took part!
Year 11 Prom
On Wednesday 13th June the Year 11 pupils attended their Prom. They arrived in style in Limousines and had their photographs taken on the red carpet. Once inside they were entertained by a magician and were served a drink from the Cocktail Bar. During the evening they sat down for a meal together and then enjoyed time dancing and having some more photos taken with props etc. A lovely night was had by all!
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
A huge well done to the group of Year 10 pupils who completed their Bronze expedition recently. The pupils walked for miles during the day, cooked their own dinners with trangias (outdoor camping stoves!) and then camped out overnight in tents. They even had time to have some fun, rolling tractor tyres down hills and hiding in tree trunks! Despite the hard work everyone had an amazing time whilst creating some lovely memories with their friends.
Year 11 Arts Award Trips to First Site
Two groups of Year 11 pupils, taking part in the Arts Award qualification, visited First Site in Colchester, Essex earlier this year.
The first group, studying for their Silver Award, had a great day and all wrote reviews of the event they attended – an exhibition of work by artist Gee Vaucher followed by an artist-led workshop. Here is a selection of quotes from their reviews:
“When we did the workshop we got to do collage a bit like Gee Vaucher. Jackie Davies show us all the material we could use . I thought the workshop was very good. At the end of the workshop Jackie Davies showed us some of her art work and it was very interesting.”
Deana France, year 11
"The best part of it all was doing collaging at the workshop at the very end we hung all our lovely work on the white wall. We even had our photo taken at the end”
George Cooper, year 11
“I would recommend everyone that likes art to go and see First Site. It was a fun place to be because I was able to look at whatever I wanted when I was given a tour around the place plus I wished that we could go back one day.”
Harrison Hunter, year 11
“…I was impressed by the big building it was massive. It took place in Colchester . Our artist Jackie Davis showed us around the Gee Vaucher
exhibition. Her art work was very creative.”
Jemma Irons, year 11
“…Then we had to do some work and we used embellishing which really got my brain thinking…”
Lex Westray, year 11
The second group of pupils, studying for their Bronze award, saw an exhibition of work by Turner Prize artist Grayson Perry entitled “The Life of Julie Cope”, a fictional woman from Essex. They then participated in an artist-led workshop in which they designed and printed their own tote bags, inspired by the work in the exhibition. Here are some quotes from the reviews of the day written by the students:
“The thing I liked best about it was all of the art work made by Grayson Perry”
Adam Brown, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was the story of Julie Copes life, I found it sad and interesting at the same time”
Adam Rivett, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was the how they had old items from history. I found out that Grayson Perry’s work is interesting and colorful”
Aaron Victory, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was the artwork made by Grayson Perry. It showed lots of emotion and it was made using tapestry”
Daniel Brown, year 11
“My favorite work was the family picture of Julie cope by the artist Grayson Perry”
Emily Mason, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was I printed my own bag it was fun doing it”
Emily Mennell, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was the tapestries. I like the model of Grayson Perry’s colorful house and I enjoyed the workshop”
Jamie Cantwell, year 11
“The thing I liked best about it was printing on the bag and taking it home”
Stewart Wallis, Year 11
Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremony
On Tuesday 27th March an award ceremony celebrating the Year 11's Duke of Edinburgh achievements took place at the school. The Mayor of Castle Point attended along with parents/carers and families of the pupils. Each pupil received their Bronze award and staff took time to praise all of their hard work. A huge well done to all of them.
In DT lessons at the moment some pupils have been making bike lights as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. In the picture below we can see some lovely examples of their work.
Growing Communities Competition
Our older Secondary pupils were set the challenge of designing a plot to grow their own healthy packed lunch. All of the entries were submitted to the Growing Communities competition and we were very pleased to hear that Owen in Year 10 won first prize! The prize is £750 of allotment equipment and an opportunity to turn the winning design into reality by planting it with the help of a gardening expert. A huge well done to Owen!
Mrs Bruty's Maths Lessons
Pupils in Mrs Bruty's Maths lessons have been learning all about weight. They have been testing some mystery bags to see which was the heaviest and which was the lightest. Some pupils also tested their strength by holding out a kilogram weight and seeing whether it got heavier the longer they held it! Adam explained that just because something is bigger it doesn't mean it is heavier as it depends on the item's mass.
Each Friday Mr Sankey, Miss Stone and a Year 10 class spend the day at Writtle College near Chelmsford. Writtle was established in 1893 and offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. Our Year 10 pupils spend time each week in various areas of the college doing interesting things such as gardening, woodwork and working with the animals.
Y.E.W Trip 2018
This year's residential trip took place in the week beginning 25th June 2018. A group of pupils visited Truleigh Hill, Brighton and Medway and experienced some fantastic sights and activities such as The Seven Sisters Walk, riding bikes, going on a toboggan and seeing Chatham Docks to name but a few! A very successful trip for all.