The Announcement of the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner was preceded by a pizza lunch in the LRC to celebrate the students’ commitment, determination and engagement with the Tring
School Shadowing Group and their task to read as many of the eight shortlisted titles as possible between March and June.
This year’s books were challenging and unusual in that half of the nominated titles dealt with themes of kidnap and captivity. As ever the students rose to the task, with two students, Ellie Storr and Aysha Watkins, receiving a prize for reading all eight shortlisted titles, quite an achievement – well done to them!
More prizes were on offer as the boys pitched against the girls for a fun, quick fire Carnegie inspired quiz which resulted in a win for the girls and chocolate for all.
Kevin Brooks’ The Bunker Diary was announced as the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner.
What is the best thing about being part of the Shadowing group?
- “Hearing different opinions of the same book” “Reading good books and having fun”
- “Reading books you wouldn’t normally pick up”
- “That you get to meet and talk about what’s good or not ”
- “Being able to share your love of books with other people”
- “Everyone having different views about the same book
Our Year 10 students spent a noisy and busy day working with Bright Green Enterprise, developing their business and enterprise skills. With their time as Year 10 coming to an end and a science exam scheduled for the next day, it was a day to be creative and try something new.
The aim of the day was to learn a range of business processes such as planning, marketing, budget management skills and product design. They were asked to design a model of a product with “green” attributes, eg it could be used to recycle something, save energy or be made of a recycled material. They worked together in small teams, with the promise of cash prizes to motivate ideas!
To help with creativity, Bright Green Enterprise set a series of small challenges and tasks to the teams during the morning. They also watched film clips and heard about a project in Africa which created skylights out of used plastic water bottles. Completely simple but which has changed lives for families in the poorest parts of Africa where windows are beyond their housing budget.
The afternoon was spent creating their models and putting together presentations. The photos say it all, there are hundreds of things you can do with cardboard, tape and coloured paper!
Congratulations to our winners, Team No. 6, Ascott. Second was Team No. 28, Waddesdon, Third was Team No. 17, Halton.
Congratulations to everyone for taking part.
Tuesday 1st July saw our first organised Year 11 Leavers’ Prom for over twenty years and 203 students were transformed into elegant young adults as we said ‘farewell’ at Shendish Manor. Students voted overwhelmingly for staff to be involved with the event and to oversee its organisation. The weather and venue were brilliant and our students arrived in limousines, vintage cars, a tow truck with sirens and even an ice cream van!
During the event we had an Oscar Ceremony with staff nominating the students for various categories including ‘most likely to become a WAG’ & ‘most likely to become a millionaire’. There were some very clear favourites; just goes to show how well we know our students. The photo booth was a fabulous addition to the night and was popular from start to finish with the staff having the last few turns at 11.00 pm.
It was a tremendous evening and all the students behaved impeccably; we were very proud of them and received excellent feedback from the duty Manager at the hotel. Thanks to all the staff who attended and supervised on the night especially Miss Stefan who worked tirelessly to ensure this event was a great success. Take a look at some stunning photographs!
The two weeks before half term were set aside for Work Experience for all our Year 10 students. It’s a really busy fortnight for everyone and lots of work is involved in getting students prepared and ready to join the world of work for a taste of life after university, college or school.
The aims of work experience are many, but it is really about giving students the opportunity to find out more about work and acquire some new skills in the workplace. The steps to get there are many, we have a huge database of placements for students to look at matching takes place from February onwards. It’s a “first come first served” which works well – students who are organised and who log on early get the best pickings! Students can also find their own placements through friends and family, we really encourage this because students are more likely to settle in quickly and get what they want from the experience.
Tutors, Heads of House and the Connexions team are all involved in visiting and telephoning students during the fortnight to find out how things are going and make sure everything is running smoothly. We take photographs and create a display in school afterwards which all years enjoy looking at.
There were lots of highlights this year as usual, it’s great to visit and see our students find their feet and really fly in their placements. Not everyone is academic and it is especially important if a student is struggling at school that we help them find a placement where they can grow in confidence and develop some new skills.
We always ask for feedback and it was good to hear from so many parents this year, we know there is lots of work involved in getting your children transported to the right place, looking the part and in the right frame of mind! So thank you for your comments and hard work.
Finally, a huge thank you to all the businesses who supported us this year, it’s great to have so many local businesses offering placements and many of you have been loyal to the scheme for a number of years.
We look forward to meeting our new Year 10 parents in December to start planning for Work Experience 2015.
Mrs D Griffiths & Ms S Atherton, Connexions
Head Teacher: Mrs S Collings
Tel: 01442 822303