Careers Department kickstart Michaelmas Term

Y13 Law Trip to the Central Criminal Court

The Old Greshamian Club linked the Careers Department with OG Paul Mylvaganam (c & W 1977 – 84), practising Criminal Barrister, which resulted in Paul doing a Teams call in the summer term with five keen y13 pupils with a strong interest in Law study and career.

From the pupils’ keenness, interest and questions, Paul Mylvaganam offered the opportunity of a trip to The Old Bailey. The trip was organised and lead by Mrs Osborne, who together with Mrs O’Donnell, Teacher of English, took 5 x y13 pupils to meet Paul Mylvaganam, where we enjoyed a fantastic visit to The Central Criminal Court, Royal Courts of Justice, Middle Temple and Southwark Crown Court.

Pupil feedback from the day –

I learnt that every barrister in England is assigned to an Inn whose patron is a member of the Royal Family. Sitting in on the court I found a love for criminal law which is definitely what I want to go into now, my choice was confirmed by this trip and the excitement of putting forward a convincing argument. – Lara K 13/Oakeley

It was incredibly eye-opening to see the legal system within the UK in action, and it was enlightening to speak to barristers as well as a judge about the law. The trip reconfirmed my interest to become a solicitor and assured my longing to study the law, particularly the areas of European/International law and commercial law – Emil S 13/Tallis

I really enjoyed the trip and found it fascinating to be able to see a variety of court cases and see the barristers at work. It assured me that I would like to become a solicitor, however, it made me think of a change from family law to commercial as I found the fraud case especially interesting – Toby P-R 13/Tallis

It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Being able to go from one court to the next and seeing the different cases and barristers was amazing. It gave me a better understanding of how the legal world looks like and assured me that this is what I want to do. Talking to the judge was extremely helpful as it also gave me an insight as to what judges do – Xenia P 13/Edinburgh

I really enjoyed the trip and found the cases that we were able to listen to were very complex and interesting. I saw parts of the court procedure and the general working of court which I found very interesting. I enjoyed the civil case most of all as I understood what they were talking about but also it was interesting to see how much evidence there is involved in a large fraud case. I also really enjoyed listening to what the judge had to say about how court is changing with the use of technology by the court and jury – Henry F 13/Woodlands 

Gresham’s Careers

Several pupils did summer work experience to gain insight to the workplace and to broaden knowledge, contacts and build on communication and digital skills. This is some of their feedback –

Thomas L (F 2017 – 22)

“I headed to Norwich to take part in a structured work experience week at Barratt & Cooke Stockbrokers.

The week started off in the deep end with an interview-style meeting with Will Barratt, before I was able to spend time with different people, doing different roles throughout the business, over the course of the week. This allowed me to learn all about the specific services Barratt & Cooke offer their clients and more broadly, the type of work stockbrokers do.

During the week, I was able to see all aspects of the stockbroking industry, from the initial research into companies, all the way to the back-end processes. This has opened my eyes to the many career opportunities in this industry.

The work experience week concluded with me giving a mock presentation about two companies to the advisory team, using the skills I had learnt to determine whether or not they were good investments.

I would like to thank everyone at Barratt & Cooke for putting on such an amazing week and for making it all possible”.

Alice S 13/Queens’

Alice was successful in her application for the 4-day under-18 Pathology Summer School Placement at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital where she was able to gain further understanding and insight to help with her next step interest in studying biomedical science at university. Alice is particularly interested in diseases. This placement gave her great insight in to the differences between and NHS diagnostic lab and a scientific research lab.

She had a superb placement which will help her with insight and contacts for going forward with her next steps.

Rose T 11/Queens’

Rose is very interested in engineering and did her work experience placement with Canham Consulting in Norwich. Rose says she found her placement useful and inspiring and gives feedback

Over the summer holidays, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Canham Consulting in Norwich where I did two days of work experience. The first day was based in the civil engineering department where I learnt about the importance of flood zone maps in construction planning. I also looked at vehicle tracking on CAD, where I could manoeuvre various vehicles in different situations to see if they could operate there. This ranged from a standard sized British car to an Airbus A380.

My second day at Canham Consulting was in the structural engineering department. I created the floor plan of a house on CAD and then worked out the load on the ground created by the house, using the different densities of the materials used. I also drew the foundations for the house to support it, and learnt how this was a really crucial part in planning the construction of a house. My day in structures was really interesting because I saw the process of designing a house and how different elements had to be considered.

I’m really interested in engineering and I love maths and physics, so these two days were really great to see different opportunities and applications and I was really inspired and very thankful to Canham Consulting for the opportunity.

Ben R 13/ Howson’s

Marble Bar Asset Management

Ben secured work experience at Marble Bar through the help of OG Jason Berry (k & H 1989 – 91).  

Ben says, I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the Operations team who talked me through certain roles in connecting the hedge fund to the big banks. 

I also spoke to the marketing team which I found very fun, their job is to get investors to invest and to keep them at the firm. They talked me through how they got to where they are now which was very interesting and helpful.

The last session I spent with Trader, David Kirk about his role, he gets sent messages on which stock to buy then carefully picks an optimum time to buy to maximise potential profit.

All in all, I very much so enjoyed my time at MBAM and maybe sometime in the future can get a lengthy internship there. Thank you to Mrs Osborne and Jason Berry for organising this opportunity.

Academic Enrichment Talks

The start of the new academic year has seen a new timetabled Enrichment slot for sixth form talks to broaden knowledge and inspire thought with a diverse range of speaker talks.

The new slot began with an exemplary and fascinating talk from Mr Kinder, Gresham’s Head of History on OG Lord Reith to mark the BBC’s Centenary year and to give insight to the enormous importance of this Old Greshamian, Founder of the BBC.

Mr Kinder’s talk was superb giving insight into Lord Reith’s early life, his career at the BBC, his life post BBC and his deep allegiance to Gresham’s culminating and giving reason to the name of the Reith Block.

The second talk was from OG Siam Kidd (T 1999 – 04), The Realistic Trader https://www.therealistictrader.com/ who gave a talk about the Wealth Generation and Crypto. Siam talked about his journey of trading and investing to grow his crypto portfolio.

Year 12 complete science project for their IB Award

On Wed 14th September the Year 12 IB pupils completed their Group 4 Project in Science.

This project is a collaborative investigation where students are placed in groups and work together to design and carry out a scientific experiment into a given theme. This is a compulsory part of the IB qualification, teaching valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, presentation and the scientific method.

This year the theme was ‘Power and Energy’. The students can interpret this theme however they wish and unlike other lessons where they are given a protocol, with this project they design their own experiments. They were given 2 hours on the Saturday before the practical day to do this and submit their requests and carried out the investigation on the following Wed. This year we had a variety of different experiments on this theme, including:

  • Which fruit/vegetable makes the best projectile?
  • Does a wind tunnel increase electricity output?
  • Do the angle and shape of blades on a wind turbine effect electricity generated?
  • Which foods contain the most stored energy?
  • Which fuels contain the most energy per gram and are the most efficient to use?
  • How does changing the layers of cling film in a home-made solar pizza oven affect the time to prepare a melted marshmallow biscuit?

The students then prepared a presentation and presented their data in a ‘symposium’ style, with students from across the school coming round to discuss their investigation with them. The students then celebrated completing the project with a pizza evening with Mrs Futter. This was a huge success and the students worked fantastically well together, producing some excellent projects in such a short period of time. It was a great opportunity for the new IB cohort to get to know each other and new friendships were made. Well done to everybody involved and thanks to the Science teaching and technical staff for all of their hard work in making this such a success.

The winners of our STEAM outreach programme have been announced

Since January, we have been inviting Year 6 pupils from local primary schools into the Dyson Building to complete STEAM activities. In total, over 550 pupils from 25 different local schools competed in teams to navigate different challenges, where they were scored on success, teamwork and design. The winning teams were invited back for a final competition day on the 4th July. During this day, teams competed with each other making air powered rockets, rocket powered cars and completing tasks using the Sphero robots. At the end of the day, the points were totalled and Erpingham Primary School were the winning team, taking home a trophy donated by the James Dyson Foundation. This outreach project enabled a large number of children to work with our staff in the Dyson Building, inspiring them to consider STEAM subjects as future careers. It has been a very popular event, one that will also happen next year with the hope that even more schools will take up the offer to come and compete.

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!

Field Days – June 2022

The June Field Days saw our pupils enjoy a range of activities.

Year 9 CCF

All Year 9 pupils who are enrolled in the CCF were involved in basic expedition & skills training on the summer field days. It involved a skills assessment based at school plus a half day practical navigation assessment on a walk in North Norfolk. The aim was to develop the skills required in the CCF proficiency syllabus as well as complete some of the requirements of the DofE Bronze award for a practice expedition

Services

80 pupils and staff volunteered in the local community, giving their time, energy and enthusiasm to make a difference during the Field days.

Here are some snapshots from the activities:

A great pile of clothes, about the size of a car, needed to be shifted out of storage and then sorted into piles according to age, size and gender. This will become the stock for a new clothes bank in Holt.

Yards of fencing, made up of pallets or panels, located at two different sites, required painting. It took 18 pairs of hands over two days.

Four Year 12 pupils paid some older people a visit and put a smile on their faces as they shared experiences and stories whilst playing Bingo.

An organic vegetable garden and orchard was worked on as shovels and wheel barrows were used to move a mound of woodchip, which was spread thickly as a mulch to suppress weeds. Picture a hay meadow, recently been mown, also undergoing a process of transformation from a daffodil field to a habitat for turtle doves to breed. The hay needed to be raked into piles and then cleared.

An outdoor community space was given a new lease of life by pressure washing jets and brooms. The outdoor furniture that is made of pallets was painted a sky blue. In a nearby churchyard, there was a roar of engines as mowers and strimmers cut back the invasive weeds and long grass. New paths were created and outdoor courtyards were spruced up.

A £20,000 cheque was presented by the school to the Holt Youth Project, our school charity. This represents 10 months of work. It is the fruit of ingenious fundraising ideas and a generous school community who have supported each event.

Every pupil contributed and made a difference. They were warmly praised by those they worked with at Thornage Hall, St Andrew’s church, the Holt Youth Project, the Felbeck Trust, the Treehouse community café and Age Concern in Sheringham.

Absolute Defence

The pupils conducted the final part to the Intelligent Self-Protection course. Following on from the soft skills lectures covering Personal Security Management, Avoidance, Behavioural Analysis and Confrontation Management, they covered the Law of Self-Defence and a comprehensive physical skills component including defensive actions against the most prevalent and current threats.

REME

The BTEC Agriculture group teamed up with REME for a Field Day fence building experience; the new fence around the recently developed Cairns Sixth Form social area adds an outdoor space to this and at the same time provided pupils with a valuable chance to develop their Estate Skills. A great job all round!

Ten Minute Play Competition 2022

The Ten Minute Play Competition took place on Friday 29th April.

This year was another incredible competition with nine plays submitted including a ten-minute musical.

Five plays made it to the stage thanks to the sheer grit and determination of the companies who invested a huge amount of creativity and time in rehearsal to realise the playwrights words.

This was an evening that had everything – 6 world premieres – if we include an excellent mockumentary trailer for Little Shop of Horrors thanks to Larkin Armstrong, magic, comedy, heist, a Pineapple god and a hard hitting domestic drama.

Truly an evening to remember.

The House Cup for Best Play went to Spike C and  “?” for Woodlands, judged by local Playwright James McDermott purely for the written text.

The Best Director going this year to Tobias N of Howson’s with his play The Mischievous Gildary Grape awarded by our very own Mrs Futter.

Theatre pupils took to the stage at Wells Maltings as part of the Sea Fever festival

Gresham’s Lower Sixth theatre pupils took to the stage at Wells Maltings as part of the Sea Fever 6 festival of poetry and prose May 2022. The pupils performed extracts from two plays from the 1930s which were collaborations between OGs W H Auden and Benjamin Britten, The Ascent of F-6 and On the Frontier, in a one-off performance that concluded the festival on Saturday night. These were demanding pieces brilliantly directed by Bridget O’Brien, Gresham’s Director of Drama, and the actors performed very impressively in the varied roles they undertook. Historical context was provided by commentary from Anwen Hurt and Simon Kinder, Gresham’s Head of History. 

Jim Ring, director of the Sea Fever 6 festival, commented: “the students produced an astonishingly accomplished performance of material both theatrically and technically challenging. It was hugely creditable to all concerned at the school and really remarkable that they dealt so brilliantly with such ambitious pieces.”

Classic Ibiza workshop afternoon

As the weekend of Greshfest draws ever closer, Stephen Hussey and his principal singer Gina Burrows from the Urban Soul Orchestra came to school on Saturday 21st May to work with orchestral players from the Prep and Senior School and players from other schools across the county. Gina spent the afternoon putting vocalists Ruby S, Tamsin S, Callum R and Nureyn M through their paces to learn the music to sing lead vocals.  All these lucky pupils will perform with the USO in the first part of the Greshfest Classic Ibiza evening on Saturday 18th June. 

As if this isn’t exciting enough, the Year 12 A Level Music cohort, consisting of 6 boys, have been working with Stephen over several weeks on their own arrangements, and these too will be performed on the night. What an extraordinary opportunity for our pupils to see their work move from page to stage and be performed by professional musicians and their friends.

Visit www.greshfest.com for tickets and further information on the Greshfest weekend – Classic Ibiza on Saturday 18th June and The Big Sing on Sunday 19th June. 

CCF Summer Term Activities

The CCF has enjoyed a busy term so far with a Biennial Review, Royal Navy afloat at Hickling Broad and a formal dinner to say farewell to the U6 SNCOs. This has been in addition to usual training programme for Year 10 cadets and the start of the basic expedition training programme for an intake of 98 new Year 9 recruits. We look forward to marking the Queens’ Jubilee with another full parade including music from the newly re-formed CCF marching band, and a busy field day with the Army section due to complete both live firing on the ranges and a blank firing field exercise. The summer camp this year will offer a 48 hour military battle scenario, followed by an adventure training package with kayaking, powerboating, rafting, climbing and biking. It promises to be an action-packed summer.

Sixth Form pupils enjoyed a jazz night

On Wednesday 4th May, our Sixth Form pupils were entertained by a jazz night, organised by a group of Year 12 IB pupils for their CAS project. It took place in the newly refurbed Cairns’ Centre bar, running from 9 – 10.15pm, with the addition of jazz and £3 tickets supporting this year’s School charity, Holt Youth Project. Nearly all of the brilliant musicians were pupils, and massive thanks go to Mr Cooper and Mr Myers for their accompaniment. The pizza and drinks systems were a great success, with appreciation for the great Sixth Form doormen who kept out any juniors. The evening was a welcome break from studies and raised over £200 for the school charity.