On Monday 25th September, all Eaton Grange students attended a study skills session run by Elevate Education. The aim of these sessions is to help our students find effective ways of working and revising and to apply them in the classroom and in preparation for exams. The sessions are very interesting and informative and all the students agreed that they were very useful.
In our Friday morning assemblies for Years 9 -11, we have invited outside speakers to come and talk to our pupils about the world of work and their jobs and careers. We were very pleased to welcome today a parent who shared with us her career as a lawyer and demonstrated the wealth of opportunities that a career in the legal sector can offer.
It was a very interesting day, they were entertained by Olly Hicks, who has rowed alone from America to England and from Tasmania to New Zealand. He has broken many world records. He believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
This was followed by a talk by Dr Ellie Harrington who organized the American Presidential Campaign for the Democrats in Nevada in 2016. She talked about the challenges of leadership and dealing with failure.
In the afternoon, our students had workshop where they were challenged to different scenarios they might encounter in leadership.
On Wednesday 6 September Eaton Grange pupils from Years 7 – 11 were invited to take part in some Happiness Yoga. They had a session with Shonette Basonwood – the Happiness speaker about how they can take charge and have a positive approach to their life which will enhance their well-being. There was a lot of laughter and they all came away with a few exercises that they can do whenever they feel things are getting on top of them.
Welcome to our new Year 7! It was lovely to see our new Year 7 pupils in Eaton Grange today.
They started a day ahead of the rest of Eaton Grange so that they could get to know their new friends and the routine of senior school. They all looked very smart and enthusiastic about the new school year.
We wish them a very happy and successful start to their time in Eaton Grange!
Year 7 enjoyed the traditional Galette des Rois in their French lesson this week. This cake is eaten to celebrate Epiphany, 6th January in France. It is made of puff pastry and marzipan and hidden inside the cake is a bean or in modern times a novelty. If you find the novelty in your piece of cake, you are king or queen for the day and also then get to choose your queen or king!
Year 7 (Dickens) enjoyed the October sunshine to produce a rerun of the famous battle – 950 years on! The filming and editing team have worked overtime to produce this video: enjoy the story as they have retold it on film!
As with all good history – do watch out for anachronisms and and factual inaccuracies – not all sources are totally reliable!
On Thursday 5th May Yr 7 had a PSHE day based on the theme of healthy living.
Their day began with a guest speaker from Apples to Zinc who spoke to them on nutrition, eating less sugar and more fruit and vegetables. This was followed with a session on drugs and alcohol where some myths were dispelled and then they did some sessions on Healthy eating in cooking where they made delicious low calorie banana muffins!
They also had sessions on personal survival in the pool and the Healthy body and the right way to develop strength, toning and muscles.
Quotes from the Day
‘I really liked finding out about how much sugar there is in food and how little we should be eating!’
‘I really liked finding out what drugs were and the effects they can have on you!’
‘Personal survival in the pool was my favourite part.’
‘Whilst I enjoyed making the muffins my favourite part was eating them!’
‘I learnt a lot about how to develop my muscles.’
Austen have been learning how to prepare a 3 course meal this half term under the watchful eye of Mrs Harling. Many had very little experience of the practicalities of basic cooking including preparation and cleaning up afterwards! Nevertheless they managed to prepare and serve a delicious 3 course meal to ‘invited teachers’ before half-term which included a mozarella and tomato starter, chilli main course and dropped scone ,fruit and ice cream desert. Well done to them all, it involved a lot of hard work and a special well done to Mrs Harling for her help, guidance and support.
On Tuesday afternoon The Young Shakespeare company came and performed ‘Macbeth’ at Holme Grange. They began with a workshop where they demonstrated different techniques they used such as performing the same scene using different emotions; different interpretations of the three witches and the boys favourite – stage fighting.
At the beginning there was a workshop,
where they demonstrated the different ways you could present the same scene and Lady Macbeth presented a variety of emotional responses to Macbeth at the audience’s request – which was brilliant. It also enabled the audience to get to know the actors and the different techniques they used to portray their characters.
The actual performance was very loud and dramatic with some excellent performances particularly from Lady Macbeth played by Louise Torres-Ryan and Macbeth played by Harry Anton. The director, Paul Gladwin’s interpretation of the witches as Zombies added a whole new dimension of weirdness and kept the children riveted when on stage. Alex Stephanou stepped into the role of Fleance with only 10 mins notice and others joined in the banquet scene as ‘extras’.Overall it really helped everyone to picture the supernatural element, drama, blood and gore of Shakespeare.
Afterwards the children were able to ask questions of the actors regarding their performance and how it was to be part of the play and to act out Shakespeare. Overall it was an excellent afternoon which year 7 and 8 will be commenting on later.