Congratulations to Oakeley (Emily and Kate) on defeating the motion ‘This House would ditch the annual family holiday abroad forever’ against a strong Farfield team (Tom and Caspar) on Monday night. The debate rested on the merits of a resurgent Blackpool and the cosmopolitan charms of London against the appeal of skiing in the Alps and Brazilian ecotourism. This was a very funny but also very informative debate, which drew on geography, economics, environmentalism, culture, language, and history. The semi-final line-up is Howson’s, Oakeley, Tallis and Woodlands.
Year group singing continues and Brass Group have started rehearsals in a very socially distanced fashion making use of the split-level of the Auden Foyer. We plan to start up other ensembles after half term. Performances have taken place in Year group daily Chapel Services. It is heartening to hear music from the Auden or Chapel at the start of the day.
Gresham’s Girls and Guys continue to meet and prepare tracks in Year group bubbles ahead of their Christmas recording.
Congratulations to Kitty who has won a Top Commended Prize for The Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poets Competition for the third time in four years! Kitty who’s in Year 10 and Oakley House, was one of just 85 poets who received the top accolade out of 16,000 entries worldwide.
Her winning poem will be published in the Online Anthology and will be read out on their Youtube channel
The CCF has been pleased to return to training this term and continues to offer great opportunities to the cadets once more.
Yr10 recruits have focused on expedition training skills culminating in a full day of assessed challenges on field day including navigation, observation, campcraft and a realistic first aid scenario.
Yr11 cadets have caught up and completed their basic proficiency syllabus, including some assessed activities in shooting & section-specific training on field days and now move on to the advanced package.
6th form NCOs have spent time developing their skills and leadership potential with some seniors beginning to assist with delivering the socially distanced training.
We look forward to a junior leadership day at half term and to returning to afloat, airborne and more complex fieldcraft activity over the next months.
It has been a busy three weeks since pupils returned from Home Weekend with the emphasis on recordings for our large GCSE music cohort in Year 11. Over two days 23 pupils recorded the practical element of what will amount to 30% of their final GCSE mark. It was a joy to listen to the high standard of playing and singing and a testament to the hard work and teaching of our excellent peripatetic staff.