Y8 Bulletin 17.05.24

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This time last week a group of our musicians were making their way to Lodi in Italy to take part in a Youth Orchestra made up of students from a number of twinned towns across Europe. As ever Mrs O’Brien and Ms Lewis ensured that this was an inspirational weekend for the students, who not only grew as performers, but also gained a

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wonderful insight into Italian life and culture. The students were representing Richmond and we could not have asked for better ambassadors. Next year the Youth Orchestra will be coming to Richmond to celebrate the reaffirmation of the twinning so we can all look forward to enjoying a beautiful performance on our doorstep. This week Mrs Clarke and Mr Page took a group of Year 9 students to 4 of our local primary schools to lead a drama workshop. Students in Year 1 at Archdeacon, Twickenham Primary, Stanley and Trafalgar were treated to a performance of Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh participants had their training days for the upcoming expeditions after half term. They really enjoyed learning new skills, unsurprisingly in an age of Sat Navs, they found the map reading really challenging, but this will definitely prove useful. Yesterday Professor Jon Davis OBE, Director of the Strand Group at King’s College London spoke to our sixth form students. Before joining King’s, Professor Davis was Director of the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London. His major project partnerships included those with No. 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury. His research focuses on the contemporary history of the British central government. In an election year students were fascinated to hear his insights into our political system.

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and our partners at the Anna Freud Centre have shared a number of additional resources for students and parents to support their wellbeing. This includes a series of on demand webinars (details found on this poster) and a selection of online workshops which can be booked through the links below:

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It has been a very busy week at the school as there have been a number of different events taking place. Of course our Year 11s have embarked on their GCSE exams and our Year 9s are preparing for their DofE expeditions. Two events that in a blink of an eye, I could see our Year 8s partaking in. Students this week were delivered an assembly about the ever inspiring ‘Invictus Games’. The presentation by Ms Lane explained how the games were a great representation of resilience as wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women display their talents on the international stage. I hope the students took some lessons away about the resilience and grit shown by the competitors. We have 8EFR leading the way with epraise points this term with 815 points. They are followed by 8EMU with 717 and finally 8PWA with 663 points. Students are reminded that these points can be used towards the end of the year to purchase some items that are offered by the school. Students can be awarded these points for a number of different reasons. I do use it as an indicator of those that are trying to get the most out of their education, well done to those that are leading their respective forms! Looking forward we have one more week before the half term break. It has been an enjoyable term so far, it is lovely to see so many students enjoying the beautiful outdoor areas we have at the school. I do believe that everyone needs a chance to be outside and take a break from the classroom. Finally a reminder for Mr Reynolds’ frisbee club on a Monday after school. I will be joining in on Monday and would love to see a number of Year 8s involving themselves in a unique sport!







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Raven Winter by Susanna Bailey

I really enjoyed reading this book it’s really interesting and I learnt a lot more about what to do in certain situations. It is really quite emotional but an amazing read. I love how descriptive she is. If you enjoy this book you may also like another one of Susanna’s books, Snow foal.

~ Recommended by Poppy C, 7PUN

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