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WYEDEAN SCHOOL WEEKLY BULLETIN
|For the week starting: 26-09-2016|
Congratulations to Finley and Lyall wood who recently competed in the British Lead Climbing Championships this weekend.
Finley came 3rd and Lyall 14th in their respective age groups.
Finley was disappointed with his final result as he'd finished in first place after the qualifiers on Saturday having topped both climbs. Unfortunately things didn't go quite as well in the final climb on Sunday.
This is the end of big competitions for the year.
Finley's national level competitions this year:
BMC Open Youth Event 2nd place.
BMC Youth Climbing Series 1st place.
Scottish Lead Climbing Championships 1st place.
BMC British Lead Climbing Championships 3rd place.
Thanks for your continued support of his climbing.
Mr Dai Thomas
WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING WORKSHOPS
Wednesday 5th Oct 2016 lessons 3 & 4 (11.20am - 1.20pm).
The Sciences and Mathematics Learning Areas have invited outside speakers into Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre to specifically work with Year 10 girls who may be interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The interactive sessions are a unique opportunity to discuss possible STEM career options with experts in their field(s). This will mean students will miss two time-tabled lessons on Wednesday 5th Oct (one of which is probably Science). Students will be asked to catch up any missed work
People Like Me is an activity developed by a team at WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and uses a revolutionary approach which helps girls to explore their skills and strengths. The session is led by two professional scientists/mathematicians (Caroline John and Susie Jutsum). The girls will map their own personality traits, matching personality traits to STEMS jobs and will use female role models to discuss future careers and skills.
The aim is not for the girls to come out wanting to be scientists and engineers but for them to recognise their own skills and what careers are open to them.
More information can be found at https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/about-us/wise-projects/people-like-me.
Female students who have opted for Biology, Chemistry or Physics are invited to attend these sessions. In addition, more able female Mathematics students are also invited to take part.
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Stuart Motson (co-ordinating Science Teacher, 3ic Sciences)
The Gloucestershire Schools Christmas Lectures: Spectacular Learning for KS3
Mon 5th Dec 10am-12pm The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
The Science Department have arranged an exciting opportunity for Year 8 students to attend the above event on Monday 5th December 2016.
Sponsored by The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, the presentations begin at 10am (after introductions) and a second presentation starting at 10.45am. Students will leave Wyedean School at 9am and return at approximately 1.20pm in time for lunch. Students will miss lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will be asked to complete missing work during their own time to catch up. Science staff will supervise throughout the morning.
The presentations are as follows:
Jules Howard is a zoologist, non-fiction author, broadcaster and international ambassador for science. As well as writing regularly for The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine, Jules appears regularly on TV, including BBC Breakfast and Channel 4s Sunday Brunch. In the last five years, Jules has worked with 100,000 pupils across the UK, encouraging careers in science including palaeontology, zoology and genetics. So far in 2016 he has brought his unique cock-eyed sense of humour and wonder to audiences in the US, Canada and the UKs major science festivals, including The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.
10.45am Engineering For Life: From Cradle to Grave
How can engineering let us see inside ourselves, make our lives safer, and push the boundaries of science? From nappies to car safety, engineering affects every part of our lives. Find out how engineers are working to improve our quality of life from before were even born in this interactive, demo-filled adventure with Zoe Gamble from Science Made Simple.
Watch a live ultrasound scan, discover how engineers can 3D print a new hip joint, and even how we can preserve our bodies after death. Can you solve our 'magic trick' and could you be an engineer of the future? Zoe Gamble is a Science Communicator for science made simple. She travels the UK and abroad, bringing science to life with live science shows, making the topic engaging and entertaining whatever the audiences age or knowledge level. She is a regular contributor on the radio and has presented science videos for BBC Bitesize. Zoes favourite thing is to inspire people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
It is suggested that students bring a snack or drink with them as there will be no refreshments available.
Tickets are free to the school, but we are asking for the cost of transport to be paid for by students. If your son or daughter would like to go on the trip, please complete the reply slip on the letter issued to your child and return to the school Cash Office. Payment of £10.00 can be made online, in cash or with cheques payable to Wyedean School.
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Stuart Motson (co-ordinating Science Teacher, 3ic Sciences)
|For the week starting: 15-07-2016|
Sports day Today (15th).
Starting at 9.30am all students to come in PE kit. Parents welcome to come in and watch. A reminder if its hot can students should ensure they have a hat , water and sun cream.
Students in year 8 : A £10 payment for the Bristol zoo trip is needed ASAP. Payments can be made at the cash office or online.
If your child has lost any items in school please ensure they check lost property before the end of term. All items will be disposed of at the start of the summer holiday.
WYEDEAN SCHOOL HISTORY
Former Headteacher, John Claydon, very kindly compiled a history of Wyedean School to go on our website as a way of connecting Wyedean to its past and to give a sense of how we got to here as a school. Anyone who has pictures they can share it would be great to get them displayed illustrating times gone by.
Wyedean School and Sixth Form receive nine new bench power units from Magnox.
Above: Wyedean School and Sixth Form A-level Physicists Matthew Trail, Caitlyn Powell and Rhian Player with one of the nine Bench Power Supplies paid for by Magnox.
The Science Department are thrilled to announce that Magnox have donated £945 to pay for nine AC/DC variable power supplies for use in Science across all Key Stages. The bench power supplies are vital to supply safe electrical power for A-level practicals, GCSE Electricity and KS3 topics. Stuart Motson (3ic Sciences) said: “We are very grateful to Magnox for their incredible generosity. This gift enables us to equip our labs with the very best possible apparatus and ensure that practical, hands-on Science learning is maximised right from Year 7 to Year 13”.
Oldbury Closure Director, Mike Heaton, said: “At Magnox we are committed to supporting our local communities. We were happy to help Wyedean School who provided us with a perfect opportunity to encourage participation in STEM activities at school. The power station at Oldbury has always supported local projects and we will continue to do so during our decommissioning phase.”
This is yet another innovative example where a local business has supported Science, Technology , Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre. Wyedean is always on the lookout for opportunities to engage with local employers and bring Science to life in the real world and improve our superb GCSE, Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-level results even further.
Plastic bottle tops requested for Science Display.
Inspired by the brilliant Wyedean School and Sixth Form Creativity Festival, over the Autumn term the Science Department and KS3 students are going make two colourful displays using plastic bottle tops. We will be asking students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to vote for which two scientists they would like to make the display about.
Student choice ranges from Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, Jane Goddall and others
We will need thousands of clean coloured plastic bottle tops which will be attached to large wooden boards and attached securely to form large, bright, bold images of the two chosen scientists. These will be put up on the wall in the Science corridor near S6. Please collect any colour plastic bottle tops over the summer and bring these in to Main Reception.
Many thanks. Stuart Motson (3i/c Sciences) and Chris Jones (Physics).
|For the week starting: 4th July 2016|
Gloucestershire County Council has launched a new portal to enable parents and carers to apply online for Free School Meals. This is a quick and efficient way to apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01452 425390 if you have any queries.
Wydean's Road to Rio.
Students are going to invited to compete with or against staff across of range of Olympic events from Monday 11th July - Thursday 14th July during lunchtime.
West End Workshops: The West End Workshops based upon the musical "Wicked" will take place next week on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July. Students involved should have received all information they need. If anyone has lost their information they need to see Mrs Allard on Monday to confirm on which day they will be working with the leading lady (Michelle Pentecoste) from the London production of the show.
1. x30, Yr9/10 Languages leaders successfully achieved their Foreign Language Leader Award this week, having been teaching Yr 6 at Offa's Mead since January. Huge congratulations to all involved!
2. Mandarin will finish in school from Weds 6th July - it has been hugely successful this year - we have done so much re; Mandarin and China that Confucius Institute are looking to make us a Confucius Classroom in the Autumn term. It has already finished in Adult Education.
3. Due to the quantity of international activities that Wyedean School has offered in lesson time and celebrated throughout this year, we have applied for the International School Award - we should hear within 6 weeks if we have achieved it!
Wyedean student Kate Connolly has asked me to pass on her thanks to all students at Wyedean for the amazing support she has received from the whole school. She writes:
"I cannot express how much your help will impact on my life."
She has received some amazing news; a surgeon from London, Mr Marcus Reddy, saw her on-line appeal and has agreed to waive his fee for the operation, in return for being able to use her as a case study. This means that Kate now has enough money for her operation to go ahead. This will mean the world to her and her family.
I'd like to extend a message of thanks to all students who have helped us in our efforts to redecorate the Sixth Form building. There's much to be done but with your help we've made an excellent start. Thank you in particular to Matthew Dare, Isabel Chamberlin, Holly Payne and Ieuan Griffiths for their excellent painting skills!
We've had 10 applications for our positions of Head Boy and Head Girl and are looking forward to their presentations next week. All the best to Kate Connolly, Sophie Jones, Coral Smith, Molly McGuinness and April Howard for the girls, and Sasha Sharpe, Matthew Grindle, Matthew Dare, Terris Prottey and Sam Brown for the boys. Their suggestions regarding how to improve Sixth Form still further are most welcome.
Sixth Form students have been encouraged to undertake extra- and super-curricular work in preparation for their personal statements. We had an excellent tutorial whereby students were taught the finer points of writing exemplary statements. These can be worked on over the summer ready for submission in the Autumn Term.
We're very much looking forward to having our New Year 12 students in for Induction Week, starting on Monday 4th July. The week will be enjoyable and stimulating in equal measure, I'm sure.
Director of Sixth Form.