Year 4 have spent some time looking at the way in which to manage and compile data. In lessons they learnt how to collect, organise and present data through surveys that they have designed themselves.
Year 7 pupils were given the rather formidable challenge of producing a play in just 2 days… And not just any play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
With guest director, Ian Murchie, pupils were taken on a roller-coaster ride of consolidating their knowledge of the text studied in English lessons, learning lines, developing character and projecting their voices.
They worked brilliantly as an ensemble to create a lively, emotive and engaging piece of tragic theatre which blended contemporary music, modernised lines and original Shakespearean text to great effect. Well done, Year 7!
On Monday 31st October, Mr Dempster (retired teacher and local bird expert) treated Year 6 to a lesson on bird identification. Everyone benefitted from Mr Dempster’s fantastic knowledge and enthusiasm, and they were successful in identifying 48 different species of bird.
Prep art club have been up to a multitude of activities this term, exploring with different mediums and creative styles. Pupils have been making props, painting, drawing and mask-making! We look forward to seeing more amazing artwork from everyone this half term!
Year 6 Solve the Mystery of the Stolen Candlesticks!
Transported back to 1865 with Queen Victoria on the throne, Year 6 met an array of costumed characters who gave them a taste of workhouse and farm life from the time, whilst they also tried to discover who had stolen Mrs Clackett’s precious silver candlesticks. Could it have been the school master who had drilled rote times tables into the children? Maybe it was Alice, the overworked and resentful washerwoman, or perhaps Plowright, one of Gressenhall’s habitual returnees or even Mrs Clackett herself, furious that her husband had given them to the chapel. Only Year 6 know the answer!
Congratulations to a group of our Prep pupils, who make up the team ‘Custom Forces’, for getting through to the International Finals of the ABE endorsed Kids MBA Future Entrepreneur of the Year competition! Their innovative idea for a trainer renovation company has secured them a place in the final alongside nine other schools from six different countries. Click here to read more about the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme.
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.
On Thursday 19th May, Year 8 parents and families were welcomed to the ‘Shark Tank’ event which marked the conclusion of the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme. Every pupil in Year 8 presented their start up business idea to our guest judges consisting of Douglas Robb, Headmaster of Gresham’s School, Paul Marriage, governor, Mr Paul Devlin and Mrs Dee Whyatt, Prep School parents. There were a wide range of excellent business concepts, from affordable advertising to beehive rentals amongst the confident pitches. However, the winning group’s company, ‘Custom Forces’ – a trainer renovation business – was a hit with the judges.
By presenting at the Shark Tank, all Year 8 pupils have now completed the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme and we look forward to delivering it again next year to our current and new Year 7 pupils.
On Saturday 14th May, a group of Prep pupils participated in a ‘Gliders’ competition, to try and win the coveted “Gresham’s Powered Gliders Trophy”. During their Saturday activities, the pupils have been spending time in the Dyson Building to build the “Smallpeice Powered Glider Think Kits” from a company called Lockheed Martin. This was a brilliant STEAM project that offered the pupils the chance to participate in a fun and engaging challenge. Well done to the winning team, Corin H, Will B and George J, whose glider flew a record-breaking 77 metres!
Our music scholars have been busy learning from excellent musicians this week. On Saturday 7th May, they were treated to a masterclass by the flautist Scarlett Askew, who is a recent graduate of the postgraduate course at Trinity Laban. This is the first in a termly series of masterclasses designed to immerse our pupils in the possibilities and opportunities that can be found within the performing arts, working alongside skilled performers and professionals. Scarlett worked with Kate W (Yr 13 E), Grace H (Yr 12 O) and Jemima A (Yr 7), all of whom performed beautifully and were warmly supported by their peers. A special mention must go to Jemima who was incredibly brave to take part as a Year 7, playing in front of the Senior School scholars.
Following on from Scarlett’s masterclass, the scholars attended a lunchtime recital in Chapel. A professional ensemble, including the School’s own Mark Jones, Head of Chapel Music on piano, performed a Piano Trio by Dvorak to the captivated audience. It was a musical treat and a wonderful way to inspire our pupils to continue practising hard!