Compton Verney Art Gallery https://www.comptonverney.org.uk/
Our Year 9 students are currently involved in an exciting collaborative project with Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire. All students in Year 9 have visited The Marvellous Mechanical Museum exhibition to see automata throughout the ages including the last made by Rowland Emett whose inventions featured in the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Students were captivated by the mechanical artworks and other visitors commented on how well behaved and engaged our students were. Year 9 also attended a workshop at the gallery where they had the opportunity to make their own automata and experiment with how movement is created in an artwork. This work has prepared our students well in order to complete the current scheme of learning in Design Technology Textiles.
Horley Scout Camp
On Tuesday 2nd October, Year 7 students visited Horley Scout camp for a brilliant day of teambuilding, through skills-based activities. Each college worked together in groups to create a den that would withstand the elements… luckily it was a dry day. They were armed only with string, some binbags and the resources that nature afforded them in the woods.
Next it was off for a 2 mile nature walk and then orienteering which proved a challenge to some – locating the letters that would spell out a mystery word that had been cleverly secreted across the whole site; achievement points were awarded for those who met with success.
Lastly was the most lively and arguably tactical event of Capture the Flag, which saw teams competing to ‘own’ their opponent’s. Ambitious assaults on enemy defences soon gave way to more subtle tactics of using bait, evasive manoeuvres and matching offensive with defensive strategies.
STEM ambassadors from DM Kineton came to Space Studio Banbury in September to kick off our Core Project work. All the ambassadors are engineers and they explained the design and structural engineering associated with the largest ammunition store in Western Europe.
Year 10 students were then very lucky to be invited in October to a controlled explosion demonstration, not something schools are usually invited to. Sergeant Stark laid on an engaging programme for the morning.
Zoe noted how helpful it was to actually go to the site and see the storage silos as it made it so much easier to understand the engineering principles. The students were impressed with the explosions; Harry particularly picked out the ‘Hollywood’ explosion with the added fuel and Victoria most appreciated the opportunity to work in the site classroom on research and presentation. Sgt. Stark gave the students 15 minutes to research one of the displays, then picked at random one of the group to present their findings. All students made progress in their presentation skills – a very useful skill for future employability. Students were also impressed with the army presenters who clearly explained the different types of explosive and talked to them about their training for all the different engineering roles at DM Kineton.
Vamos a Barcelona trip – July 18
Back in July we took 40 students and flew out to Barcelona for a week of fun, sun and sightseeing. We visited Camp Nou, Parc Guell, Port Aventura theme park, went shopping and to the beach.
We also got a taste of real Spanish life with churros and chocolate for breakfast, a visit to a famous market, La Boqueria, haggled on Las Ramblas and sped around the city on the metro.
Highlights were the colourful canaries and exotic birds flying around the city and the wonderful Magic Fountain on the last evening up on Montjuic hill. Some of us said ‘We don’t want to go home!’