Pupils travelled to the Yorkshire Dales to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards

News > Pupils travelled to the Yorkshire Dales to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards

On Sunday 26th June, 61 pupils began their silver and gold DofE expeditions in the Yorkshire Dales. They worked very hard over the coming days to carry out the tasks necessary to complete the awards. Well done to all involved!

Biology pupils travelled to the coast to complete their fieldwork

News > Biology pupils travelled to the coast to complete their fieldwork

Our Biology Department completed their annual fieldwork days in June, taking all pupils in Year 12 who study Biology (at A level or IB) and Environmental Systems and Societies (for IB) to local areas to carry out key practical work. These days involved sampling two areas at Warham camp to calculate and compare species diversity between two areas, as well as carry out statistical tests to see if specific species were more likely to be found growing together. Pupils also studied succession at Burnham-Overy-Staithe and rock pool ecology at West Runton, as well as carrying out a transect across the rocky shore to see if there is a correlation between distance from the shore and abundance of specific species of seaweed. The weather was good for both days and the pupils really benefitted from being able to practically learn ecological field techniques in the beautiful North Norfolk coastline that is right on our doorstep. 

Well done to Hal and Alfie who have received a Gold and Silver Physics Olympiad award

News > Well done to Hal and Alfie who have received a Gold and Silver Physics Olympiad award

It has been a great year in Physics and has been finished with the news that Hal S and Alfie K have been awarded a Gold and Silver Physics Olympiad award. The Gold award is achieved by the top 8% of pupils taking the hour paper nationally and puts Hal in a select group. Closely followed up with Alfie who won a Silver award in the same competition putting him in the top 18% nationally. Congratulations to them both, after a year of consistent effort.

Year 12 pupils presented Murder Mystery evening to raise money for charity

News > Year 12 pupils presented Murder Mystery evening to raise money for charity

For One Night Only, a company of 12 Year 12 pupils presented a murder mystery with larger than life characters in a period piece evoking the romance and glamour of the 1930s and paying homage to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. With 1 brutally murdered victim, 8 suspects and a Great Detective, the clues came thick and fast as the tension mounted. This was a visually engaging production with the audience close in on the action armed with drinks and a willingness to take the journey with company. Tickets were free with donations going to the charity Ukraine 24. The generous crowd donated just under £400 to help provide medical supplies to those innocents caught up in the conflict.

Collaboration with the Urban Soul Orchestra and Norfolk Music Hub

News > Collaboration with the Urban Soul Orchestra and Norfolk Music Hub

In February 2022, Stephen Hussey, Musical Director and Founder of the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) came to Gresham’s to meet, and begin a composition project, with our six Year 12 A Level Music pupils. Over the course of the next few months he revisited the school and worked with them arranging well-known dance tracks as part of their academic requirement, which would ultimately make up the first half of the concert on 18th July 2022 during the Greshfest Weekend. Running alongside this, an orchestra collaboration brought together pupils from Norfolk Schools and Gresham’s, to learn the music and perform with USO in the concert. Stephen, along with members of the orchestra and Gina, one of the main singers, also spent time in school working with Gresham’s pupils at orchestra and vocal workshop days. 

The results were quite remarkable and on the night of Saturday 18th July, Freddie S (trumpet), Noah W (cello), Johnny D (violin), William J (trombone), Jethro H (electric guitar) and Jake O (piano), not only took their place alongside the USO on stage but were able to enjoy the experience of having a well-known, professional orchestra play their arrangements. Callum R, Nureyn M, Ruby S, Tavi P, Tamsin S and Oliver B provided vocals. Pupils from our Prep and Senior schools, as well as pupils from schools around Norfolk, played in the orchestra.

Hussey and his orchestra were extremely impressed with all the pupils and they are keen to work with the school in the future. The value of this wonderful opportunity, from a both academic and co-curricular standing, cannot be underestimated and the A level musicians have been invited to play with USO once again, during their rehearsal at Blicking Hall at Classic Ibiza in August. What an honour!

The Music department enjoyed participating in concerts and celebrating the jubilee

News > The Music department enjoyed participating in concerts and celebrating the jubilee

Blake Fundraising concert

On Saturday 11th June, 11 pupils from the choir were invited to sing with the success classical vocal Trio Blake as part of a fundraising evening. Blake member and OG Humphrey Berney had organised the evening picnic event in aid of the Rose Berney Memorial Fund, supporting mental health and suicide prevention, Rose being the sister he had tragically lost due to mental health issues several years ago.  Despite the subject matter, it was a wonderful evening in the grounds of the Berney home and our pupils accompanied Bake on several tracks as well as singing in the interval as the large audience picnicked. Special mention must go to Tavi P who sang Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu with Humphrey.

Jubilee Celebrations

As the Country celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, Gresham’s too staged a memorable day of events in the Theatre in the Woods in recognition of this once in a life time event. A Chapel Service in the morning was followed by the CCF Parade which included our newly formed CCF Marching Band.  All credit to them as, for the first time, the musicians looked the part with reduced copies of music held in ‘lyres’ on their instruments. Pupils enjoyed sausage and mash in a street-style lunch in the very patriotically decorated CFB.  At 3.30pm musicians, singers and pupils from the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools came together for a concert to celebrate all things British. It was a spectacular event, mirroring a proms-style concert and one which allowed the whole Gresham’s family to come together to watch and perform. Concert Band, Orchestra, Choirs and solos provided a rousing programme including the theme from James Bond, a Beatles medley and music by Elgar and Warlock. The audience was treated to the world-premiere of Joe P’s Music A Level composition Trio im Sommer, while Year 13s Kate W, Oliver B and Oliver T performed solos as one of their final contributions to the Music DepartmentMr Girling led the audience and choirs in singing The National Anthem, I Vow to Thee my Country and as a finale Rule Britannia, amid much flag waving.

Fishmongers’ Trip

Musicians at Gresham’s had the honour of singing for the Fishmongers’ Company Election Day Service last week. This is a prestigious event that occurs only every two years. 24 pupils embarked on the exciting day trip to London, rehearsing hard all day ahead of their performances during the evening service in St Magnus the Martyr Church. This was a fantastic experience and a good preparation for Choir Tour in October.

Music and Munch

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.

Mandarin pupils have been making gyozas and themed T-shirts

News > Mandarin pupils have been making gyozas and themed T-shirts

“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.

Year 9 Inter-House Debating Final

News > Year 9 Inter-House Debating Final

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.

Well done to our cadets for their performance at the National Cadet Clay Target Championships

News > Well done to our cadets for their performance at the National Cadet Clay Target Championships

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.

Year 12 pupil Linda has released her first EP

News > Year 12 pupil Linda has released her first EP

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.