Year 12 UCAS Discovery Exhibition

On 10th June the whole of Year 12 went on a morning of ‘Discovery’ to the UCAS exhibition at the Norfolk Showground.

They are working hard on researching their next steps after Gresham’s and took advantage of chatting to over 100 university and apprenticeship representatives to find out more.

Hopefully this has inspired them to start work on their personal statements or CVs over the long summer break!

Gresham’s has once again submitted an application for the Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award is a prestigious international accreditation granted to schools participating in the Eco-Schools program. Administered by Keep Britain Tidy, this award recognises schools that excel in environmental education and sustainable practices. To achieve the Green Flag, schools must follow the Seven Step Framework and complete at least three themes related to environmental awareness, conservation, and community engagement. It’s a symbol of commitment to fostering eco-consciousness among students and promoting positive environmental impact.

Team Eco have been working hard this academic year to meet the requirements. This year they have recycled more, reduced both the school’s electricity cost and plate waste in the CFB. The biodiversity is improving on the school grounds with areas for rewilding, reconstructing the pond to have different depths to support more wildlife and also recycling crisp packets as well as clothes. Macey T and Tara G delivered a brilliant chapel talk to inform the school of achievements. Inez C and Jemima C helped to write the talk.  Team Eco recognise the importance of being positive and that everyone can make a difference to our natural world no matter how big or small. To quote Barabara Milkulski, “Each of us can make a difference, together we can make a change.

CCF Summer Field Days

The 17th & 18th June were action packed CCF days. The whole of the Year 9 recruit cohort were involved in assessment of their expedition skills with navigation, campcraft, first aid and trekking activities. They also had the chance to try archery, air rifle target sprint and clay simulator shooting.

Year 10 experienced military training according to section with the Royal Navy section afloat doing sailing qualification courses at Hickling Broad, the Army section completing field craft skills including blank firing battle simulations as well as live firing at Swanton Morley and the RAF section learning skills as varied as archery, rocketry, raft building and paddlesport. This also gave opportunity to see the senior NCOs develop their leadership skills, whether leading a section attack, coordinating a team or delivering a lesson. The full range of military and adventurous activities available through the CCF were on display over these two days.

Year 8 trip to the Ardèche

Year 8 leavers had a great time on their trip to the Ardèche! They enjoyed having fun in the trees doing high ropes and on the river kayaking!

Pupils have been benefitting from opportunities provided by the Careers Department

Trip to Norwich Research Park

Five current Year 12 pupils, Olga B, Iciar C-B, Rose T, Freddie B and Pearl Y, all with a strong interest in Science, Medicine, Technology and Research, attended ‘Enterprise Tuesday’ at the John Innes Conference Centre. They heard talks from the Earlham Institute, Quadram Institute, John Innes Centre  and UEA highlighting the technology platforms developed at Norwich Research Park, revealing their origin, and presenting case studies on their applications and discoveries.

Contemporary Art Lecture

We welcomed Celia from Art History Abroad to talk to all of Year 12. 

Celia gave a superb talk, giving a new perspective on contemporary art and making it accessible to all whilst showcasing the variety of careers within the creative sector such as Marketing, Finance, Event Management and Business.

We look forward to welcoming them back to Gresham’s for further insight and talks. 

Law Insight Day

Thank you to OG Katy Warren (k 2001 – 07) for flagging the opportunity of The Leap into Law Insight Day at global law firm Watson Farley & Williams to our Sixth Form pupils interested in a future Law career.

Eva O’D was successful in her application and enjoyed a day with Watson Farley & Williams hearing from trainee lawyers, taking part in workshops and learning the different routes into law.

Senior School Prefects 2024/25

The Headmaster was very pleased to appoint the new prefects for the next academic year.  Many congratulations to Albert and Emily our new Heads of School and Eva and Rory the Deputy Heads of School. They will be supported by Heads of House and School Prefects to carry on the exceptional work of the previous team.

Pupils enjoyed a Bell Ringing Workshop facilitated by the Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre

Last Saturday some of our Prep and Senior pupils were given the opportunity to learn about the wonderful world of bellringing at a special workshop in Chapel. Pupils had the chance to ring: handbells; electronic bells and the bells on a mini church tower which was constructed at the West End of the building. Those taking part also enjoyed learning about the ancient craft of bell rope making. A superb time was had by all.

Gresham’s marked the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Last week Gresham’s marked the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings together in Chapel. Members of the CCF laid a wreath on behalf of the school and Mr Kinder delivered a powerful talk about the life of Lieutenant Guy Napier Westley O.G. who died on Gold Beach that day.

Congratulations to Sophia who has been shortlisted for the Youth Art Award at the Norfolk Show

Art students studying at GCSE, A Level or Higher Education were invited to submit work to the competition, which was assessed by a small panel of professional local artists. A short list of 10 artists was generated, and after viewing original artwork, one winner & runner up will be chosen.

The competition aims to help promote youth art talent in Norfolk, help young artists get a foothold in the professional art market and boost the influence of new artists at the show.

Year 12 pupil Sophia did incredibly well to be shortlisted, and she has therefore been invited to exhibit two original pieces of artwork at this year’s Norfolk Show, which takes place at the Norfolk Showground on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June. We wish her all the best for when the winner of the competition is announced!

Cadet Clay Championships 2024

Two teams of Gresham’s cadets travelled to Cambridge Gun Club on both Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June for the National Cadet Clay Target Shooting Championships.

The Senior Team of Edgar A, Will N, Jack K and Joe G achieved Silver medals in both the ‘Down the Line’ and ‘Sporting’ competitions, missing the Gold by just one point. Will N was awarded an individual Silver medal for his ‘Down the Line’ score and Edgar A was the top shot of CCF competitors in the ‘Sporting’ and therefore represented the CCF in the prestigious inter-services national final where he achieved another Silver medal.

The Junior Team of Sam W, Toby W, Alec A & Max C took Gold in the Flurry Competition with an astonishing score of 79 points, a full 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals and a feat that was given special mention in the prizegiving ceremony. They also achieved Bronze in the ‘Sporting’ competition. Max C was awarded an individual Bronze medal, being ranked as the 3rd best CCF shot out of all the competitors present.

This was another outstanding performance at national sporting level for the clay target shooters.