Students in 11i took part in a "Civil Rights Leadership Conference" in which each person represented an individual that was important to a civil rights movement in the past. These placards represent a few of the leaders that were chosen and the short biography that was presented at the beginning of the conference. Students then engaged in a discussion which covered the advantages and disadvantages of various strategies when fighting to make a change in society. They discussed the roles of passive resistance, violent opposition, legal changes, and social media in relation to different movements. It was a great conference and all the students exhibited respectful behavior and an interest in promoting a more peaceful future
The Year 9s have been investigating the concept of revolution. Part of this was to look at political revolutions and particularly the French Revolution. Below is a description of the source based assignment and below that are examples of two pieces of student work.
The students in Year 11 have been investigating different Civil Rights movements from across the world.
The students in Year 8 have been looking at how the continent of Africa is perceived by their peers. Below are two extended pieces of writing which outlines their findings.
The Year 8s have been investigating different tribes that can be found within the continent of Africa. To share their knowledge the class were put into teams and were asked to create presentations.
During the penultimate week of term the students in Year 7 visited Geneva to find out how the city first developed. They also researched various historical buildings and learnt key skills. One of those skills was the 'My Stop Motion'. The students were asked to stop every few steps and take a picture of what they could see. When they came back to school they put all of their pictures together to create a snap shot of life in Geneva.
The Year 8s participated in a Medieval Journey over two days in May. The trip brings together a number of elements of the course content such as the importance of the medieval times to the utilisation of natural resources. On our return from the trip the students were asked to use an online mapping tool called arcGIS to record their adventure.
The students in Year 7 have been completing their final unit on Ancient Greece. Part of this unit has been to investigate how people live and how the different city-states have been designed. Below is a series of aerial plans for a typical Greek Polis.
On Tuesday 12th June the year 12s and a few year 11s took part in a Q&A Alumni evening. The purpose of the event was to give them an insight into what to expect at university and how to choose both a course and a university. The students were eager to learn from first hand experiences and asked lots of questions.
The Nations Alumni represented a good mix of countries and courses, which meant that for every question there was a rich variety of responses and opinions. One of our alumni had gone to the USA, but found his choice was not for him and our students benefited from seeing his pragmatism about his choices and lessons learned. Another alumni studying law in London had done a gap year and despite not getting into Yale, Stanford or Oxford was very happy with London and her course. A third from Leiden University, the Hague studying liberal arts was very open about the emotional side of going to university and how lonely it can be. All alumni offered lots of ideas as to how to overcome this. One alumni studying film in London fascinated our film students whilst another had already completed her bachelors, an MA and a PGCE (at 3 different universities) so could offer a more reflective perspective. Finally a student studying sustainable development at Edinburgh was able to contrast her peers experiences of England to the Scottish university system and was able to calm fears about maths studies!
For 45 minutes the students were engaged and at times we had up to 10 students with hands up to ask questions. Once the official event was over around 25 students remained. We continued the panel style Q&A until refreshments were served and we moved to an informal format.
We'd like to thank the year 12 PTA for supporting this event and our 6 alumni for giving their time for a very productive and informative evening.
The Year 12s have been investigating the aspects of population that can have an impact on the development of a country. To do this they were put into groups and asked to investigate how gender equality and the issue of human trafficking can be addressed at different scales.