The Sounds of Summer Music showcase took place last Wednesday evening and was well attended by parents, students and staff. The concert highlighted the musical talents of our College orchestra, choir and soloists.
Students from all year groups took part and proved once again just how skilled and talented our students are. Very well done to all performers!
Expressive Arts team
For the past few weeks Geography classes in Year 8 have been raising money for schools in Tanzania. We have raised money doing creative activities such as car washing, selling samosas, cakes and cookies; painting nails, lucky dips, raffles, guessing games and even sponging the teachers! Students in Year 8 enjoyed doing this. Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in these events.
We will inform you how much we have raised after half term.
Amrita Dhanda and Fahima Cassia 8.7
Young Enterprise Company ‘Ignite’ win the ‘New Media Award’ for the best advert.
The success of the Young Enterprise Company Ignite continued on Tuesday 20th May. They competed in the Leicestershire County Final at the Holiday Inn Hotel. They went through the same process as at the area final with setting up their trade stand, being interviewed by the judges and then giving a presentation about their experiences so far.
At the end of the evening the nervous girls sat down awaiting the results. Out of the six awards available they won the New Media Award for the best advert, the Environmental award and the best Financial Management Award. The announcement of the overall winner was then made and they are now the Leicestershire County Winners. They now go forward to the regional final to be held at the University of Nottingham on Tuesday 18th June to compete for a place at the National Finals.
The judges commented that they have a sustainable business and had taken social responsibility as a core theme for their business.
The girls have been absolutely fantastic so far this year and are reaping the rewards for all of their hard work.
On Thursday 16th May fifteen students attended a ‘start challenge’ workshop at the Energy Academy in Leicester. The workshop was jointly run by Young Enterprise and the Federation of Small Businesses. The challenge was to become entrepreneurs for the day. They worked in groups of five to decide upon and design a product which could be sold to the public. They then produced marketing material and the first page of a website for their business.
The groups came up with some fantastic ideas such as an environmentally friendly cosmetics range, animal based mobile phone covers and animal based furniture. They then had to pitch their ideas to two judges from the Federation of Small Businesses. All three groups produced superb presentations of their ideas and the judges scored two of them with exactly the same score. This meant that they had to go back to previous tasks undertaken earlier in the day. (Insert name) scored the highest on the business quiz and were declared the winners. They now have six weeks to produce a prototype, brochures, leaflet and a five minute presentation about their product. They will represent Leicestershire at an East Midlands business luncheon in September when they will compete against schools from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
On Tuesday 21 May we took a squad of 80 students to our local area athletics event. Once again Sir Jonathan North was amazing, both staff and students alike!
The Year 7 Sir Jonathan North girls were overall winners with 154 points; New College came second with 77 and Babington third with 43 points. Year 8 and 9 girls won with 161 points, English Martyrs came second with 70 and New College came third with 68 points.
The Year 10 and 11 girls won with 151 points with Babington coming second with 69 and English Martyrs at third with 68 points.
Sir Jonathan North 466 points,
English Martyrs 183,
New College 168.
Laine Lucas, Josie Chappell, Sana Badan, Katie Simmons, Charlotte Rainton, Anna Copping, Grace Jowsey, Freya Lewin Clarke, Fran Santy, Evie Loyal, Phoebe Pyatt, Eleutheria Brissett, Mugabi Musinguzi, Lucy Simmons, Sinead Fletcher, Rianna Kidd, Erin Kelly, Laura Richards, Ysabel Drewitt, Shahida Siraj, Ellie Daynes, Tasmina Rashid, Hannah Cramphorn, Tamia Peters, Desrea Taylor, Aisha Siddiq, Poppy Briggs, Hermoine Alston Edwards, Tafadzwa Chandenga, Riah Dogra, Beth Melia, Alice Cox, Natasha Dattani, Beth Taylor, Farina Rashid, Joan Kafaya, Amelia Harris, Taisha Thompson Gregory, Yaqine Drari, Shante Taylor, Monet James.
We have been selected to represent the West Area of Leicester at the County Sports event on Saturday 3 July 2013.
Well done everyone – a great team effort.
Curriculum Team Leader – Physical Education
Since October 2012, Sir Jonathan North students, Jordan Smith, Millie Sherrif, Jessica Maya, Mariya Abraham, Josie Stephens, Anastacia Moroz, Olivia Bennet, Tafadzwa Chadenga, Isabelle Bradley, Alicia Smith and Rosa Burston have been attending a Bronze/Silver Arts Award Dance programme based at De Montfort University.
The girls have participated in many workshops led by professional dance teachers and have also had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the BA Honours Dance course.
Last week the students performed in two final showcases at the Embrace Arts Centre. They performed a range of dance styles including: Contemporary, Street, Bhangra and Capoeira. The girls commented, ‘The shows went really well and we had an amazing time!’
The students also have to submit written portfolios which reflect their understanding of the practical process and these will be moderated and assessed in a few weeks. Following this they will find out if they have passed the award.
The students appeared on the This is Leicestershire website: http://m.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/story.html?aid=18956444 and will have the opportunity to perform the dances again in this year’s Summer Arts Festival.
Well done to all Moving2Bronze and Silver participants!
Ms Matthews, Expressive Arts Team
On Friday 10 May 2013, Year 7s participated in their second theme day entitled ‘Have you got what it takes to read creatively?’ The day was full of laughter and enjoyment. Students all took part in Bokwa sessions, board games and ‘Le Tour de France’ which involved problem solving, team work and French speaking! Also, some were lucky enough to meet, and be involved in a poetry workshop with creative poet, Jess Green.
Throughout the day students learnt various skills that also introduced them to spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning (SMSC).
Ella Harding in 7.5 said, ‘I really enjoyed theme day because we got to take part in lots of very fun activities. Bokwa was especially fun as it was very energetic!’
Ikra Mahmood in 7.7 said, ‘Theme Day was great because we got to meet new people and cooperate with each other.’
Overall the day was a great chance for everyone to explore creative reading and most importantly to have some fun!
Education Umbrella are running a competition, asking students to write a short story of no more than 1000 words on the theme ‘In The Future’. The submissions will be judged by acclaimed author Gillian Cross, with the winner receiving a signed copy of her new work, ‘After Tomorrow’and a classroom visit by the author. The top three entries will receive a selection of her works for their school library and a £20 voucher to be redeemed at Education Umbrella.
Further information on the competition and judge can be found atwww.educationumbrella.com/inthefuture.html.
Mrs Vyas, Librarian