Our Pre-Prep children brought their brave teddies, dragons, monkeys, unicorns, snakes, dolls and superheroes to a special Teddy Bear Zip Wire event at St Andrew’s Church in Holt. The soft toys all survived their exhilarating ride, and the children had a wonderful time. The event was arranged by our Senior School Charity Committee, raising funds for good causes in our local community.
“Jiaozi” (dumpling making)
To conclude the academic year, all Year 9 and 10 Mandarin pupils have participated in making Chinese dumplings. It is the first time for most pupils and they made some dumplings beautifully. Jiaozi are made of a thin sheet of wheat flour with a finely textured filling made of vegetables or meat that can be boiled, steamed, or fried. Jiaozi was bought to Japan in World War II when thus the ‘gyoza’ was born.
Design for the Mandarin theme T-shirt
As part of their end of academic year project, pupils from Years 9 to 12 have designed some fabulous clothing with Chinese themes. Chinese written knowledge alongside creativity and their artistic inspiration has enabled some outstanding outcomes.
Chinese characters are the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. Chinese characters have been adapted and included amongst other East Asian languages, such as Japan and South Korean.
Pre-Prep Year 2 Mandarin teaching
Year 2 have been learning Mandarin with Miss Wang for one year and it is amazing that they are so confident at presenting all the Chinese songs they have learned so far. Thank you Miss Wang for all your hard work this year with the pupils.
The Year 9 Inter-House Debating Final took place in Big School on Thursday 23rd June.
This was a four-way final in which each team championed the importance of one ‘Great Elizabethan’ alive in 2022: David Attenborough (Oakeley) against Tanni Grey-Thompson (Queens’) and Malorie Blackman (Tallis) vs Banksy (Woodlands).
This debate involved 12 debaters going head-to-head and never knowing from where the next Point of Information was going to be fired. Each team set out the case for their Great Elizabethan but also suggested criteria by which their significance might be measured against the other contender. This was an excellent spectacle of debating and there was very little between the four teams.
Tallis were declared runners-up with this year’s winners deemed to be Oakeley who are this year’s holders of the Carolyn Thomas Debating Trophy.
On Tuesday, 21st June 2022, the Prep School once again welcomed Mr Rob Panter, Managing Director of Canham Consulting, to deliver his third talk on engineering this academic year. Following his talks introducing engineering and engineering disasters, this time Rob delivered a practical workshop to pupils in Year 8 introducing structural design and some complex mathematics that he and his team use daily. The pupils were challenged to analyse a simple structure, assessing the load and load path in addition to calculating the bending moment, shear force, bending stress, pressure and deflection. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore these areas with Rob. Gresham’s Prep School wishes to thank Rob for the time and engineering expertise he has given our fortunate pupils this year. We look forward to welcoming him back in the future.
Two teams of Gresham’s cadets, comprising shotgun shooters from every year group, represented the school at the National Cadet Clay Target Championships held at the Cambridge Gun Club over the weekend.
On Saturday the ‘A’ Team of Will A, Ned P, Arthur W and Charles A won Gold medal in the Flurry, with the ‘B’ Team of George B, Will N, Jack K and Sam W picking up Bronze medal in the same event. Gresham’s also won Silver & Bronze in the sporting competition.
On Sunday, after another very early start, the ‘B’ Team won Gold in the ‘Down the Line’ event, with the ‘A’ Team picking up Silver. Overall Ned P was ranked the 3rd best shot amongst all competitors.
This was an outstanding performance, reinforcing Gresham’s position as a school with some of the best CCF clay shooting teams in the country, and with some excellent shots in the younger years, we look forward to maintaining that reputation for many years to come.
It has long been the plan for the Music Department to have its own record label to channel the large output of music created by several of our talented pupils. The aim is to develop and promote young artists. Strathmore Music will have a proper launch in September but on Wednesday 15th June, friends and staff celebrated the launch of the label’s first EP; 4 tracks written and produced by Year 12 pupil Linda T with the assistance of Mr Cooper and Mr Myers. As well as the music, Linda provided the artwork for the sleeve. It was a well-supported and fun evening in the Cairns Centre and Linda’s music can be found on all main digital music platforms. Search for 4entrial (artist), EP title Cruiser. The EP is also available on CD.
Year 12 pupil, Alana E, joined the Norwich team of Pinnacle Consulting engineers for two days at half term to see what it’s like to work as an engineer. During her time, Alana learned how to use AutoCAD Civil 3D to 3D-model a proposed surface and completed a basic drainage design. The Norwich team were very impressed with her work.
Pinnacle Consulting said, “We always welcome the opportunity to shine a light on what being an engineer really means, showing younger generations how engineering can be a varied, challenging and rewarding career”.
Year 12 Post Sixth Form Options Conference
The event took place in the Britten Building with all Year 12 pupils and parents invited to attend a variety of talks giving information, advice, and guidance about some of the options available to pupils after completing sixth form.
Pupils attended four talks of their choosing from the following –
- Sourcing and choosing your degree and university
- Oxbridge – aiding their application
- Applying to Medical School
- University Tuition Fees
- Degree Apprenticeships
- Music Degree courses
- Writing a good personal statement
- Introduction to Sports Degree courses
- Applying for Art and Design courses
- Gap year information
- Performing Arts / Drama School opportunities
- Studying Physics at Queen Mary’s London
For advice or queries on university study/applications, please contact Mrs Katrina Mousley, Gresham’s UCAS coordinator email@example.com
For careers information, guidance and advice on subjects, courses, work experience, future employment contacts, gap year providers, apprenticeships and the Armed Forces, please contact Mrs Sue Osborne, Gresham’s Head of Careers.
OG Clare Mawson (c & B 2003 – 14)
It is always so helpful to the Careers department to embrace the vast and varied OG career paths. Thank you to Clare for giving up her time to talk to a current Year 12 pupil interested in a career with the Royal Navy.
Clare is currently serving in the Royal Navy as an Assistant Marine Engineering Officer on an Astute class submarine. She is about to go to sea where her role involves keeping supervisor watches on a nuclear reactor and managing a team of engineering technicians who maintain mechanical and electrical systems on board, both at sea and alongside.
OG Paul Mylvaganam (Barrister-at-Law) (c & W 1984)
It was super to welcome Paul back to give a virtual talk to Year 12 pupils interested in a future career in Law or as a Barrister. Paul gave a superb insight into the study of Law, giving tangible advice and insight to the prospective Law pupils.
Prep School Careers morning with Year 7 & 8
The Careers Department organised a half day programme with the education facilitator 8billionideas to give both year groups the opportunity to explore, with an interactive programme, their individual strengths, skills, passions and unique personality and to learn self-awareness and strategies to present well at future interviews.
Pupils then had the opportunity to speak with a range of representatives from a diverse range of occupations. It was super to have support from Old Greshamian speakers, Pre-Prep and Prep School parents and the community.
The U15 A cricket team travelled to Norwich School for their County Cup semi-final against Framlingham Earl on Monday 13th June. The team began strongly with Josh K (76) and Rory R (26) putting on 112 for the first wicket. The team ended on 152-6 in their 20 overs. With the ball, Emerson G (1-32) and Fergus R (1-22) started well, reducing Framlingham Earl to 56-2, but they eventually chased down our total inside 18 overs. This meant the team progressed to the 3rd/4th play off against Langley. We bowled first and Hector L was outstanding with 3-10. Alex M also picked up 2-26 and Grace H-K 2-13. Grace was also exceptional in the field with 2 run outs. It was easy going with the bat as Josh K (52 not out) and Will B (51 not out) cruised to a 10 wicket win.
The final Music and Munch of the academic year was a resounding success! A wonderfully supportive audience listened to eight vocal and instrumental performances, with music ranging from Mozart and Schumann to a rendition of a pupil’s original composition, Joel Philpott’s ‘Trio im Sommer’.
This brings us to the close of the informal concert series this year. Music and Munch will return on Friday 30th September.
The Senior School celebrated the festival of Pentecost (or Whitsun) during the second week in June, in Chapel, with a variety of activities. Our Chaplain Rev Jack gave a lively retelling of the story using indoor fireworks and air powered rockets during the Sunday service. Then in a change of pace, a large Labyrinth was created at the West End of Chapel, giving pupils the opportunity to unwind with a reflective walk during the busy exam season.