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Art, Design and Technology Visit to Ravensbourne Art College – 15/12/2016.

Our students had a fantastic day exploring the incredible Ravensbourne College in Greenwich. They also had an opportunity to get expert advice on their own portfolios.

 

Wind in the Willows ( 14/12/2016) – A message from Miss Strachan:

From the beginning of September the Performing Arts Department have been working towards our Christmas Production. This year we chose to recreate the story of ‘Wind in the Willows’ which is a production unlike one we have done in recent years and it isn’t a play that many other schools do. Putting on a production at this scale is very tiring and takes a lot of dedication from the students as we have very high expectations for our students within the department.

For the performances on the 13th and 14th of December the cast and crew did an extremely professional job. They were very dedicated to the show from the beginning and I couldn’t be prouder of the work that they produced as an end product. We performed to Borough Green Primary school for a matinee performance on the 14th of December. Borough Green only had great things to say about the performance and some of the students said that they want to do the productions when they come to Wrotham School.

It is not only the performers who put in the hard work. There are other students who help behind the scenes with outstanding dedication to ensure the show runs smoothly and to assist the staff. I am very proud as the head of department for performing arts to be able to showcase and share the talent of the students that I am lucky enough to see every day in lessons.

We would like to congratulate and thank the cast and crew of the production for being professional and hardworking this year. The commitment from the cast this year has been overwhelming for us and it has been a pleasure working with such a talented group of students; their skill, effort and enthusiasm has made this a brilliant production to work on. This is one of the most professional casts we have worked with and we would like to thank all of you who supported us and came to see the production.

Food Technology 12/12/2016

Our year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed attending Christmas cookery club. They had great fun making and decorating their chocolate yule logs. They were very helpful and a lovely group to work with.

I have attached a picture of them with their final dish that they made yesterday.

 

 

Rock Climbing

 

On Friday the 9th December we took a small number of students from a range of year groups to the Chimera rock climbing centre in Tunbridge Wells. The trip was a reward for students who, at the start of the year, were identified as not being fully engaged in school life and their academic studies. Since students have been on the scheme staff have noticed a hugely improved attitude towards their studies, extra-curricular activities around school and their effort and attainment in class. The trip was a huge success with some excellent examples of teamwork and support for each other, as well as demonstrating the ability to overcome fears and adversity with all students attempting a variety of challenges and, importantly, not being afraid to fail; we hope this transfers into all aspects of their life as part of our focus of challenging and offering opportunity to all students.

 

Rugby

 

Saturday 10th December saw 33 Wrotham students attend the Allianz rugby stadium to watch current holders Saracens play Sale Sharks in the European cup competition. For what was a very wet afternoon, the rugby on display was of the highest class with lots of running rugby with lots of try’s scored. The students got to rub shoulders with the players as they passed them in the tunnel after completing some pre game entertainment where students were given the opportunity to take to the pitch with a 20ft Saracens shirt to perform some spins and tricks. The students had a great time and the energy that returned to school was amazing to see. The trip was all part of the building rugby academy through the school and was one of many rugby trips to come.

 

If the rugby trip or even reading about it has inspired you to give it a try, rugby club will be starting again with the Saracens coach the  first Wednesday back after Christmas, 3.05 until 4.30 on the middle field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Coffee Morning.

 

Below are the pictures from our remembrance lunch for our local community. This event was completely organised by our sixth form students (with absolutely no assistance) as part of their IB Service Learning Pilot. Residents of local elderly people’s homes and their carers’ were invited for an afternoon of food, refreshments and entertainment with a remembrance theme. We had excellent feedback from our visitors and the afternoon was enjoyed by all.

 

The following article was written by Shaun Fishenden, one of our 6th formers for the Kent Messenger see the pictures below with credited photos from year 12 photographer Thomas Gadd.  

‘Hard-working, kind and caring’ are not words commonly associated with the youth of today but year 12 students at Wrotham School proved they are exactly that when they invited residents from two local care homes in for an afternoon tea in recognition of Remembrance Day. On Thursday 10 November residents from the Harpwood and Westbank care homes descended on the school to find freshly baked cakes and sandwiches along with drinks, all of which had been organised and made by the year twelve students at the school.

 

The guests were entertained by live music put on by students; Katherine Stevens, 16 and Leanne Dibble, 17, with local magician Patrick Sweeney also volunteering to come in and do card tricks for the guests. Students not helping with the catering chose to mix with the elderly residents with the topic of conservations ranging from old memories to the recent victory for Donald Trump.

 

Harpwood’s activities co-ordinator Jean Miller said “the five residents that came really enjoyed the outing and commented on how hard the sixth formers must have worked in order for everyone to have a lovely afternoon”. After being impressed by the teenagers both of the homes have said they would be happy to have students there for work experience with three students looking to do this.

 

Head of Sixth Form, Angeline Hollinshead said “I am really proud of the effort the students put into organising the tea; its success was all down to them. I also really enjoyed seeing the students talking with the residents with many of the students coming to me afterwards to tell me about the conversations they had”. The only complaint received from one of the guests was that none of the male students offered to dance with her!

 

Written by Shaun Fishenden