On Monday 18 March 2019, six members of Parks 3 visited Essex Dementia Care in Braintree. Essex Dementia Care is a charity that runs sessions for people with dementia for entertainment, friendship and support. Everyone at the charity was very kind and welcoming and we had the chance to talk to some of the carers and the people that they help.
Nominated by a member of staff: Sid recently went to Australia to take part in the International Scout Jamboree and was away for 3 weeks, leaving on Boxing Day.
The initial letter/application form for the Ski Trip to Austria in February 2020 is now available. You can pick up a copy from Mr Rowe in Media Support or download it from the Ski Notley website.
Report by Mia Randall and Sophie Runnalls.
On 14 February 2019, 36 of us boarded a luxury coach leading us to Austria. We would spend the next 21 exhausting hours, except the 2 hours we got to sit on a ferry, watching Mr Rowe’s favourite films – Chalet Girl being his most favourite*.
On Tuesday 5 March 2019, a group of Year 8 and Year 9 girls went to Harlow Leisure Zone, to take part in a Game of Our Own workshop, run by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with the Football Association. The aim of this programme was to give students the tools and personal skills needed to come back to school and share their passion for the game to promote girls’ football to students at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form.
Year 8 student, Maisie Speller T12, entered a cooking competition that covers the UK - Future Chef. It allows students with a passion for cooking to expand and challenge themselves. On 14 February 2019, Maisie took part in the regional finals - meaning she was in the top 10 students for the whole of the south east of the country, with over 13,500 applicants.
The Model United Nations (MUN) society at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form has continued to grow this year. This is an extra-curricular group led by Braintree Sixth Form students, who this year have worked with a number of Year 11 students at Notley each week to develop their understanding of the MUN and to help them prepare for a conference.The Model United Nations gives students the chance to assume the role of a representative of countries which are part of the United Nations, researching issues of global importance, debating in committees and general assemblies and putting themselves in the shoes of world leaders.
On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the Year 10, 11 and 13 Drama students travelled to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, in London, to watch The Unreturning by Frantic Assembly. We left in the early evening and eventually, after some rush hour traffic, arrived in Stratford.
Nominated by a member of staff: Maisie has been nominated for her passion and dedication to cooking. Maisie has been participating in and out of school in a food competition called Future Chef and reached third place in the National Finals which took place on Saturday 16 March 2019. Maisie is one of the youngest contestants to be competing at this level.
On Thursday 28 February 2019, the school once again became host to the visiting Colchester Food Roadshow, where our Year 10 Food students witnessed chef Martin Fordham demonstrate some of the more complex skills needed to deliver high quality dishes to restaurant customers. This is what some of our students had to say about the experience:-
“During Martin’s visit, I learned lots of things like how to cut up a chicken successfully with no wastage.” Mollie Marshall
The GCSE Geography to Walton on the Naze has now been rescheduled to Wednesday 27 March 2019.
Students should arrive at school before 8.15am as the coach will be leaving at 8.30am.
At 2.15am on Thursday 14 February, nineteen Year 13 students met to travel to Heathrow Airport to start our American adventure. In the week that followed, the group visited two cities and walked over 60 miles.
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Back in the Summer term, we auditioned some wonderfully talented students for our musical, Rock of Ages and they were so brilliant that we decided to keep them all in the cast! Most of those students stayed dedicated to the creation of this performance and spent 5 months memorising lines, understanding the plot, getting to know their characters, as well as remembering stage directions, learning song lyrics and harmonies. On 27 and 28 February 2019, we were all very excited that ‘show time’ had finally arrived!
On Friday 1 March 2019, eighteen Year 9 students visited Goldsmiths, part of the University of London, to graduate the Brilliant Club Scholar’s programme that they have been working towards since November. The students have worked with a Phd tutor, in small groups, for six weeks on a project based around “The Art of Essay Writing”, meeting once a week to cover topics that they wouldn’t usually encounter in school and have written an impressive 2,000 word essay as a result.
Nutrition and Hydration Week takes place 11 - 17 March 2019 and to get everyone involved, there will be a special offer that week of a choice of salad from our salad bar or a main meal, and get a bottle of spring water free of charge, for only £1.95.
On Wednesday 6 March 2019 and Friday 8 March 2019, a total of 56 students took part in a Jack Petchey Speak Out workshop. The workshop was run by Fiona Whytehead of The Speaker’s Trust and she guided our students through a series of games and activities designed to improve their confidence and their ability to speak out in public.
During the February 2019 half term, we were lucky to have the opportunity to work with and visit Real Madrid FC. The 49 students that we took with us all had a fantastic time, along with the 5 staff that accompanied them.
We recently ran a Dungeons and Dragons workshop to help students improve their game play. Here is a review from a few of our Dungeon Masters:-
On Thursday 7 March 2019, all Year 10 students were given the opportunity to visit the STEM Innovation Centre at Colchester Institute, Braintree Campus. As part of the careers curriculum provided in school, students were able to visit an apprenticeship fair, hosted by The Braintree Learning Partnership, comprising of seven schools and other learning providers.
The school will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 15 March 2019 to raise money for Red Nose Day and our house charities.
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. There will also be a range of activities arranged for students to take part in, so we recommend that students bring a small amount of change with them.
On Tuesday 26 February 2019, 40 A Level Psychology students took the opportunity to visit Bethlem Museum of the Mind. The museum offered a glance of the longest-running mental health institution in the world. While at one time it was known as Bedlam, a repository of the mentally ill of London, Bethlem Royal Hospital is a world leader in the treatment of both minor and severe mental disorders.
The Humanities Faculty took 50 Year 8 students to visit the Karamsar Gurdwara in Ilford on 25 February 2019. The gurdwara staff were incredibly welcoming and informative.
On Tuesday 5 February 2019, the catering team at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form celebrated the Chinese New Year with a menu selection of Chinese chicken wraps and crackers, a lovely Chinese chicken curry and freshly stir fried vegetables with noodles in hoi sin sauce.