Students and staff have started to ‘shadow’ the judging process for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards; reading, discussing and reviewing the books on the shortlist selected by CILIP’s panel of Librarian judges. Our Carnegie shadowing group is open to all – we meet on Wednesday lunchtimes in the LRC. Call in to the LRC for more information, borrow one of the 8 shortlisted books and start reading.
Huge congratulations to the 1st XV rugby team for playing their way in to the Schools County Rugby final.
The final will be held at the Old Albanian RFC (AL3 6BB) on 29 March. Kick off at 7:30pm. Supporters would be very welcome.
Eleven talented students attended the annual Rotary Club Design and Technology Tournament at Ashlyns School, along with pupils from 9 other local schools. Tring School fielded 3 teams from Years 9, 10 and 12. The challenge was to review and analyse a technical problem and then design, build and demonstrate a working model that solved the problem. This year the teams had to make a testing vehicle for crawling along inside a pipeline to clear debris stuck inside. The objectives become more complex for the older age groups.
The teams also had to compile a project portfolio containing all their design work and other information. and demonstrate to the judges how well their solution fulfilled the task objectives.
Congratulations to the Year 9 team who came 1st, closely followed by both the other teams coming in 2nd place.
An ex student of ours, who went to Newcastle University, asked to come and visit some students at Tring School to carry out a STEM activity day as part of the University’s Outreach Programme. Twenty students were chosen from Years 8/9 and 12/13 to take part in these activities.
The Year 8/9 students first challenge was to look at historical criminal cases and the items that were used to carry out the crimes. Students needed to think about how and why these particular items were used.
The next part of the day was to investigate who stole the ‘Stan Cavert Cup’. They started by translating the statement from a Portuguese witness. They then had to use biomedical science to work out which suspects to drop from their investigations. This included extracting DNA and working out base sequences from a hair sample.
The police had uncovered an email between two suspects and the students needed to decipher and use a code to read the encrypted message. Finally, they analysed the pH and moisture of soil samples to compare with the sample found at the crime scene. With this final piece of evidence, they made their judgement of who was guilty, before a video revealed the culprit. A lively Q&A session followed with the students finding out more about the visiting presenters and how they got into their fields of work.
In the afternoon session the Year 12/13 students listened to a talk on studying Medical Sciences. This was extremely informative and students received information about all the different types of Biomedical courses available to study at University. The presentation was expertly delivered by a Biomedical scientist who had recently graduated. She was able to give an insight into the application process from a personal point of view and gave the students some useful tips. The presentation started with the basic aspects of the various types of courses and how they all differ. Information about the differing styles of teaching and learning by different universities was explained. She also gave some useful points on how to link information in personal statements and how universities select students for interview.
The Sixth form students who attended the presentation found it extremely useful as it gave them a clear vision of how to apply for Biomedical Science courses.
A tale of abandoned babies, deceit & blackmail. This year’s school production was Coram Boy, a play set in the 18 century following the life of a baby boy, given up by his mother to be taken to the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital.
This play is particularly poignant as Ashlyns School was one of the Foundling Hospitals until as recently as the 1950s.
The students have been working on the play with Miss Cushnie for several months and put on four fantastic performances at the Pendley Court Theatre. Each night the packed audience was treated to outstanding performances from all the actors, dressed in full period costumes. They were accompanied by the equally talented students in the school choir and orchestra.
“Utterly absorbing” & “Incredibly high standard from the actors and musicians” were just two of the compliments from members of the audience.
I feel that when you get to properly experience parts of history it makes it a whole different concept. It’s much harder to remember everything you read in a text book, but being able to walk around and see the actual buildings that some of the key figures we learn about were once in, makes specific parts of what we learn so much more memorable. I find that I’m a very visual and auditory learner and I like to ask questions, the trip was a perfect way to incorporate all of this. The cafe was really nice too…
The Tower Of London gave me a great insight into what it was like to live in that time, especially in relation to the Tudors. It really puts the things we learn in perspective. The best part was to be able to see the Crown Jewels! And the film set was awesome – Holmes & Watson (new Sherlock film).
The Desborough Hall saw a packed house for this year’s Christmas Concert last week and the audience were treated to an outstanding evening of music performed by the students and staff. Some of the highlights of the evening were the Male Voice Choir & the Acoustic Band performing their version of an Arctic Monkeys song with The Swing Band closing the evening in spectacular style.
Head Teacher: Mrs S Collings
Tel: 01442 822303