As part of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Mrs. Stringer took two pupils, Year 13 pupil Sophia and Year 10 pupil Rose, to have a look around the training academy at Lotus. They were able to discuss careers and hear about the experiences of female Lotus staff. Sophia and Rose really enjoyed trying the dexterity tests and one of the technicians explained how Lotus chassis were assembled using glue then ‘baked’ before QA testing using computers. We were all hugely excited by the cutting-edge methods and loved finding out more abut them. We are so lucky to have such innovative and leading technology on our doorstep.
Urban Soul Orchestra and Classic Ibiza come to Gresham’s
Stephen Hussey, Musical Director of Urban Soul Orchestra has begun working with Year 12 Music A-Level pupils to arrange music from the Classic Ibiza set list for a project involving musicians from across the county, who will play the pupils arrangements in a live concert on Saturday 18th June. The pupils are working in the Strathmore Studio using Logic to arrange the orchestral parts which will be distributed to pupils for workshops in the summer term.
Wicked Theatre Trip
36 pupils studying music at KS4 & KS5 went to see ‘Wicked: The Musical’ at London Victoria Apollo Theatre. Defying Gravity is a set work on the GCSE Syllabus, the musical links to the A-Level Music for Film & Media, and the broader approach of the IB for exploring music outside of their own personal context, pupils were able to experience the joy of live theatre once more and see the work studied come to life.
Music and Munch
This month’s Music and Munch celebrated string instruments. Some of our finest string players performed their pieces to a packed Tig’s in this Strings special.
Two soloists performed the well-known pieces Partita in E for violin by Bach and Sicilienne for cello by Paradis, in addition to the two duet pieces, a Mozart Divertimento for violin and viola and a Pleyel Duet for two violins. The String Ensemble completed the concert with an exciting performance of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart.
There is no Music and Munch next month due to the school holidays but we look forward to welcoming an audience on May 6th for more musical treats!
15 pianists from across the Prep and Senior Schools had the opportunity to play the school’s Steinway A grand piano in the Fishmongers’ Recital Hall for the Piano Recital. They wowed the audience with lots of piano favourites, with pieces ranging from Chopin Nocturnes and a Beethoven Sonata to an Elegy by Einaudi and a Scott Joplin ragtime. It was an amazing showcase of the school’s pianists, and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
Thank you to Heidi Shinn, our Lead Keyboard Tutor, for putting together a fantastic programme.
The Gresham’s Enterprise Team have now received shipment of Gresham’s pins with the new design and have started selling them at all events. They have also set up a pop-up shop in Tig’s Café, located in the Britten Building, every Saturday.
Year 13 pupil Aidan gave his legendary Chapel talk, promoting the new product, which boosted their sales.
Further, Year 12 pupil Willem has created a new order form for all Enterprise products. To access the form, and place an order, please click here.
Make sure to order while stocks last!
Georgie Coles, a member of The Paper Birds Theatre Company, came to Gresham’s on February 23rd to host a drama workshop with Year 12 Drama A Level and IB1 Theatre pupils. As A Level pupils, they have chosen to use The Paper Birds as the practitioner for their first performance exam piece exploring the dangers of social media. The workshop was an excellent way of giving all pupils involved an insight into how the theatre company create their plays. It also allowed them to generate scenes and ideas that can help to develop their performance exam piece. In this workshop, they did a wide variety of activities: from choreography, to verbatim by using each other’s opinions on social media and creating a performance using those exact words. With the skills they gained, they made a scene which would work really well in their exam piece. The pupils found The Paper Birds workshop extremely helpful, allowing both A Level and IB pupils to fully engage and further develop their acting skills.
Pupils from across the School have been contributing to a mass participation art installation which features around 800 paper doves suspended above the West end of the Chapel.
Last week every pupil in the school was given the opportunity to write messages or prayers for peace onto a paper dove as we discussed the current situation in Ukraine. Together these doves have created a stunning display and a wonderful visual point of reflection for our community.
It has been wonderful to welcome back Old Greshamians to talk about their post Gresham’s career journeys and give inspirational talks to current pupils.
OG Lucy Bethell (c &O 1986 – 98) talked about her study and career journey to her role as Environment Consultant with Mott MacDonald.
OG Grace Pitkethly (c&E 2003 – 15) talked about her studies post Gresham’s, degree study of Anthropology to her role from 2020 as a statistician with the Civil Service. She talked about the multitude of roles and opportunities with the Civil Service, an employer of over 450,000 people and the number one graduate employer.
Gabbie King (OG) spoke to staff and pupils about her career at Accenture as a technology and innovation consultant. Having worked with some large companies world wide including HSBC, Coca Cola, Sky and Virgin Money since graduating with an Economics degree, Gabbie has helped them use technology to better connect with their customers (sustainability is a large part of this as well as product enhancement). She joined Accenture’s graduate scheme eight years ago and enjoys using different skills to those that pupils might commonly associate with an Economics degree and is a STEM for women mentor within the company.
This was an engaging presentation for those interested in this area.
Pupils and staff enjoyed a very helpful and inspiring talk from OG Angus Clogg on his study pathway to becoming a qualified Architect and now working for a large London practice.
Angus explained that the pathway to becoming an architect is a three-part study programme. Part one is to study a bachelor’s degree at a RIBA-validated university. After which you will need to do a year’s work experience. Part two involves studying a postgraduate degree, with further work experience required. Lastly, part three involves taking a course at a final RIBA validated institution. If you would like to to chat to Angus and have further questions, please contact Mrs Osborne who will put you in contact.
Careers / UCAS
All of Year 13 had a presentation on Applying for University Finance.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs Mousley, Gresham’s UCAS coordinator [email protected]
Gap Year information
Sixth Formers has a Gap Year Information Session on organising a gap year post Covid /the impact of Brexit, together with companies talking about the opportunities they offer. If you would like further information please contact Mrs Osborne, Head of Careers at [email protected]
The annual small-bore target rifle match, between Gresham’s Rifle Club and Cambridge University, took place for the first time in two years on Friday 11th February. This is normally a very tight contest, often coming down to a matter of just a few points, and this year’s match was no exception. COVID restrictions, in the Cambridge Range, are still very strict and the match had to be restricted to teams of VI, rather than the usual VIII. There was some fantastic scoring by the Gresham’s team, with all members of the team doing their upmost to secure the victory. Hannah B was the Gresham’s top shot, with a very impressive 194 out of 200. She was closely followed by Georgina B and Georgia C who scored 192 and 193 respectively. The top individual, from both teams, was a member of the Cambridge team who managed to shoot a 195. We were delighted to have the company of several parents at the match and it was wonderful (despite COVID restrictions!) that they were able to support their children. The final result in the match was Gresham’s Rifle Club 1144, Cambridge University Small-Bore Rifle Club 1139. Victory to Gresham’s Rifle Club by just 5 points. Gresham’s currently lead the series by 10 wins to 4. We thank Cambridge University Small-Bore Rifle Club for a very enjoyable fixture and we wish them every success in the Varsity Match in a couple of weeks’ time. Well done to everyone involved in the match.
UN Inter-faith Week Service
On Saturday 5th February we marked UN Inter-faith Week with a special service which celebrated the rich religious diversity of our Gresham’s family. Pupils from a variety of religious backgrounds shared prayers from their own faith traditions and Anton delivered a fantastic talk about his Sikh faith.
The historic interior of the chapel was transformed with stunning immersive light and sound as ‘Soul Space’ returned this week. The Chapel was filled with creative, tactile ‘stations’ which gave the pupils an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and spirituality in a fun, open, safe and inclusive way.
HM The Queen Accession Service
The Senior School marked the 70th Anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne this week with a special service in Chapel. Formal prayers were said for Her Majesty; the choir sang Parry’s Coronation Anthem ‘I was Glad’ beautifully, and the congregation sang Jerusalem and The National Anthem with great gusto.
Eight runners from Gresham’s made the journey to Mousehold Heath in Norwich on Saturday for the second fixture in the East Anglian League Cross Country against Norwich School, Ipswich and RHS. On a perfect day for cross country running, runners in all age categories performed strongly, despite problems in the squad with injury and covid isolation. In the intermediate boys, Sam G finished a creditable third place. The Gresham’s girls all distinguished themselves with Grace H finishing second, Maya P third, Lily C 4th and Molly P 5th. In the senior boys’ race, Ned P notched up his second consecutive victory and there were also strong runs for veterans Joe O (4th) and Archie K (6th).
Congratulations to Ben W and Ben P for remaining on the Nottinghamshire Cricket Academy for another year. Year 12 pupil Ben W is a ‘batting all-rounder’ cricket player and has made seven appearances for Notts’ Under 18s. Year 11 pupil Ben P is a ‘fast bowler’ and was a consistent threat for Notts’ Under 18s in 2020, finishing the season as his side’s third-highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps across ten matches. Both players have proven themselves during appearances for the team in previous years and their continuation with the academy sets them up for further improvement within the sport.
Charlie H has also excelled in securing a place in the Northamptonshire Academy Junior Pathway and will be on the team for the first time this year. With all three pupils working hard to secure their places on the teams, we look forward to watching them develop as players throughout the year.