The Senior Digital Leaders have been raising awareness of online safety

On Safer Internet Day, which took place on February 7th, The Senior Digital Leaders visited houses to give talks and raise awareness of their role in shaping Digital Policy and Online Safety in the school, with the aim of helping pupils to reach out.

They campaigned to raise awareness for this year’s Safer Internet Day theme: “Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.” They created a tutor discussion and competition Kahoot activity.

The Digital Leaders also gave a talk in Chapel to raise awareness of the benefits and dangers of life online, and that it is safe to talk about it. Their campaign was to highlight the 25% of British people who don’t feel comfortable talking about their life online, which they represented with blue tongue staining lollipops.

LAMDA pupils have excelled in their recent exams

LAMDA medal winners! Spike C achieved a Distinction for his Grade 7 silver medal Solo Acting exam, and Luca H and Seb W both achieved Distinction in their Grade 6 bronze medal Duo Acting exam. It is fantastic to see the pupils excelling in their exams.

Toby has used 3D printing to enhance the Auden Theatre play library

Toby used the Makerspace in the Dyson Building to 3D print some original alphabet dividers for the Auden Theatre’s play library.

Year 9 and 10 pupils participated in the Poetry Recital Competition 2023

The final of the Year 9 and 10 Poetry Recital Competition was held at the start of term, with five finalists impressing their audience through the mature and fluent delivery of their poems.

In Year 9, Scarlet H and Ilana B were awarded the Highly Commended category for their recital of Last Breath by Carly Dugmore and Dear Mum by Brian Patten respectively. Sam H was announced as the winner with his own poem Climate Change. In Year 10, Cerys D was Highly Commended for her recital of He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B.Yeats and the winner was Klara B with Save Our Earth by Jessica Roberts.

Burns Supper 2023

The Sixth Form History and English pupils gathered again for the annual Burns Supper. Alongside some delicious haggis, beef stew and cranachan the guests were entertained with readings by Georgie C, Cameron H, Grace H, and Toby P-R. The evening ended with some spirited reeling and great fun was had by all! 

Senior and Prep pupils enjoyed Chapel’s ‘Soul Space’

Senior and Prep pupils got to experience Chapel in a very different way this week. The historic interior of the chapel was transformed with stunning immersive light and sound for ‘Soul Space’. Soul Space contained thirteen creative, tactile ‘stations’ which gave the students an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and spirituality in a fun, open, safe and inclusive way.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Georgia has been appointed to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer

Georgia C has been leading the CCF RAF Section since May 2022 and, in recognition of her exemplary service, her appointment to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer has been sanctioned by the Contingent Commander, Lt Col Gates.

Her role in the CCF involves liaising with CCF staff, organising weekly activities, leading cadets, teaching lessons and, most importantly, setting high standards and maintaining morale when Friday afternoons are cold and wet!

She joined the CCF RAF Section in Year 10, having already attended a week-long camp at RAF Henlow in the summer of Year 9. At the end of Year 10 she was promoted to NCO and, to quote the then Flight Lieutenant Lawes, “Never have I seen a Year 10 pupil come in and smash it quite like Georgia.” In Year 11 she successfully applied to the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell. The course was sadly cancelled due to Covid but, not willing to sacrifice her cadet career to the pandemic, she completed the Leading Cadet syllabus online and returned (in person) in Year 12 to receive promotions to Corporal and then Sergeant. The highlight of Year 13 has been selecting, training and polishing a team of cadets to compete in the Royal Air Squadron Trophy competition, where the Gresham’s team were placed 4th overall (one place short of reaching the national competition).

By virtue of her involvement in the CCF RAF Section, Georgia has also been involved in the United Kingdom Cadet Rifle Team and has represented the British Cadets Rifle Team.

Georgia said of her achievement, “the CCF is a fabulous way to develop useful life skills and I can see now, as I think about life beyond Gresham’s, how valuable my many CCF experiences have been.

Introducing the Prep School’s Green Team!

A group of pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 have joined with Dr Rose to create a Gresham’s Green Team. They are aiming to help make the school an eco-friendlier place and have pledged to encourage pupils to turn off lights and waste less food, plant new trees around the school, organise a litter pick and create birdhouses.

Year 2 have been learning to fly drones

As part of Year 2’s topic, ‘Up in the Clouds’ they learned how to be a successful drone pilot.

Army and RAF Cadets spent a day at Robertson Barracks

A group of Army and RAF section cadets spent a day live firing the cadet rifle on the 25m range at Robertson Barracks, with some excellent marksmanship skills on display.