On Friday 23rd March 2012 twenty of our students from years 11 and 12 attended a workshop in Braintree Sixth Form with Tina Korhonen.
Tina is a professional freelance portrait, music and editorial photographer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Kerrang!, NME and Rolling Stone. Over her career she has shot some of the biggest names in the music business, including Florence and the Machine, Kiss, Dave Grohl, My Chemical Romance and Amy Winehouse.
The first half of the workshop was devoted to Tina outlining the work of a professional photographer and detailing the variety of assignments and situations with which she has been faced over the years. She accompanied the discussion with many examples of her work, showing both the original files and also how they were transformed into final magazine covers. Tina also talked to the students about how she started in the business and what experience and qualifications she felt would be necessary to get your first big assignment today.
After a short break the second half had Tina doing a mini “photoshoot” using some of the students as models. She showed them what would be involved in a one light 5 minute shoot and then what changes she would make given more time and access to studio equipment. Some of the students were then given the opportunity to shoot their own set of photos under Tina’s expert guidance.
The whole event was a real education for our students wishing to pursue a potential career in the industry, especially as it demonstrated just how hard a job it can be at times. It’s rarely a stress free time in glamorous locations shooting beautiful people!
Our thanks go to Tina for taking the time out of her busy schedule to run such a successful workshop and to Hannah Warner and Lucy Pickering for agreeing to model at short notice.
For examples of Tina’s work, visit her website at www.tina-k.co.uk
Media Support Manager.
On Tuesday 27th March 2012 four students made it through to the regional final of the Year 7 Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Competition that took place in Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire.
The aim of the competition is to say and spell in the target language as many words as possible in one minute from a bank of 150 words given in advance to the students. All the contestants on the day were absolutely amazing. Our students put on a great performance and were a real credit to the school.
I would like to thank them for all the effort and work they have put into representing our school.
Stop Press: Next Bronze DofE dates are 20-21 April and 23-23 April.
The long weekend of 23 - 26 March saw 63 students from year 10 complete their Bronze DofE practice expedition.
For the expedition the students had to walk in groups of between four and seven from Pleshey to Roxwell on day one and Roxwell to Great Leighs on day two. The students had to be completely self-sufficient during this time and carry all of their provisions including tents, stoves, clothing and food.
All of the students who took part pushed themselves and worked well in their teams. We were really lucky with the weather, although it was a little cold overnight!
We now look forward to the end of April when the same group of students will attempt their assessment expedition.
Many thanks to all the staff who gave up their weekend to support and to the students for their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm.
Miss Bonny and Mr Burge
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinators
On Thursday 22 March 2012 twelve students visited Little Havens Children's Hospice in Thundersley, Essex. The purpose of the visit was to find out more about the hospice's work in preparation for our charity day in July. Two students from every year group were chosen by their Year Leaders to attend the trip and they will feedback to the rest of their year group about their experience.
The staff at the hospice were very friendly and commented on our student's excellent behaviour and thoughtful questions.
More information to follow in the next newsletter.
Many thanks to the students who attend the trip and to Mrs Edge, Assistant Year 7 Leader, for accompanying the students.
Our school Newsletter is now available to download.
Features include the Spring Concert, Term Dates for 2012-13, Reports on the recent PTB Day, the visit by Leslie Kleinman and much more!
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On Monday 26th March we welcomed Ian Rose, 5 time Paralympian and Silver medallist from the Athens games. Ian talked to students about the barriers that he faced being visually impaired and how Judo had given him the confidence to succeed.
Jonathon Purssey, Commonwealth Gold medallist and Paralympic Judo development officer worked with Ian to deliver some workshops to students and staff about visual impairment.
The second Planned Timetable Break-Out (PTB) Day of the 2011-12 academic year was held on Friday 16th March. Students participated in a range of activities designed to enhance their Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
For a full report on the day, please see the next edition of the school’s newsletter.
You can also see galleries of photos from the day by clicking here.
All 21 students have arrived and are attending lessons with their penfriends. Please make them feel welcome and practise your French with them. They will be visiting London, Colchester and Cambridge this week. They have already spent a weekend in their English families and everyone is getting on very well and really enjoying each other’s company.
We have had a link with the French school since 2008 and the organisation for the trip next year is already underway. We will be releasing the dates for the next French exchange very soon. We have already had a lot of interest for the 2012-2013 trip. Please check the next newsletter for dates or alternatively talk to Mrs Harris/Miss Cobb or any member of the Modern Foreign Language faculty.
The school will be having a non-uniform day this Friday, 23 March 2012 to raise money for Sport Relief. The money we raise will be spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries; from transforming the lives of people in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, or those living with poor mental or physical health, to protecting street children and providing life-saving healthcare abroad.
Students will be asked to make a £1 donation, but if they wish to contribute more they may do so. If you would like your child to bring in a contribution from you this would be acceptable also.
We hope that you are happy for your child to participate. Donations will be collected by tutors during morning registration.
Our Newsletter #321 is now available to download.
It includes articles on "Let's Dance 2012", Jack Petchey, World Book Day, Ski 2012 and much much more!
March 15th is School Report Day which is an annual event supported by the BBC. It allows groups of students from all over the UK to record news articles which are linked to the BBC website and some are given national news coverage on the BBC news programmes throughout the day.
A group of Student Voice students have been working with Miss Payne one of our Art and Media Studies teachers to develop news stories that they are interested in and film them around the school. Their topics include what Notley are doing to celebrate the Olympic games, how healthy are our school meals and what sort of activities they enjoy in the classroom.
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust
On 9 March 2012, 280 Year 9 and 11 students from Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Leslie Kleinman, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
Simon Thompson at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form said:
“It was a privilege for us to welcome Leslie to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Leslie’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Leslie’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.
“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”
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For more information about the Holocaust Educational Trust please visit www.het.org.uk
Working in partnership with the Braintree Primary Schools
The TANGO partnership aims to provide extension and enrichment activities for able and talented students in both primary and secondary schools within the Braintree area.
On Saturday 10th March, both primary and secondary students were invited to masterclasses hosted at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. One group of primary children were given the opportunity to be ‘history detectives’ for the morning, while another class looked at creative writing skills. Six masterclasses were organised for secondary students from Tabor Science College, Alec Hunter Humanities College and Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form.
The full report from the day can be found attached below. You can also click here to read about our Able and Talented Program.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the information evening about your child’s upcoming work experience.
Work experience is a fantastic experience for all students and it is important that you know all the information about the process in order for your son/daughter to get the most out of the experience.
The information evening will take place on the 8th March in the Braintree Arts Theatre from 6pm-7pm.
I look forward to seeing you at the information evening.
Miss A Wilson
Work Experience Co-ordinator
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Daffodil appeal in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. We raised £36.49 through selling the Daffodil and students donations.
Marie Curie has 2,000 nurses in the UK and last year they worked for 1,200,000 hours caring for terminally ill patients, including half of all cancer patients who die at home.
They also have nine hospices and are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. In total, Marie Curie spends over £80 million a year on its charitable activities of providing care as well as on research and development. The figure is overwhelming, but so is the comfort that the money can provide.
From the fun of Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' to the emotionally charged 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo, the choices on offer were endless for Year 7 and 8 students on World Book Day. The Notley High School Reading Scheme celebrates, encourages and guides students' reading through offering recommendations and rewarding progress. The colourful cards distributed on World Book Day allow Librarians and Teachers to track the reading process and students get to evaluate the books they choose. It also offers rewards! We want to acknowledge our readers and encourage others to get involved too!
So, get your Reading Scheme card out and get down to Notley High School Library today!
On Wednesday 29th February, Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form were the proud hosts of members from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The RPO's education outreach team included professional musicians who delivered presentations and workshops to able and talented students from Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, Alec Hunter Humanities College and The New Rickstones Academy. The session explored the use of music to describe paintings and visual images as well as other stimuli including sport. All students enjoyed the session and it was a pleasure to hear real professionals in the flesh!
Many thanks to Mrs Hanna for organising this event.
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