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With many people creating new year resolutions, students have been looking into healthy eating and lifestyle choices this week. It's not just about feeling stronger, or more energetic, but ensuring your body gets the nutrients it needs and also building activity into your day.


Quote of the week: "Once the facts are clear, the decision jumps at you." By Peter F. Drucker


This weeks group read and discussion topics cover the recent news about Universal Credit and School budgets; articles by the BBC. Students will look at dissecting the main points of the articles, the issues raised and their thoughts on the topics.


Last night, as part of our A Level Dance course, some of our students enjoyed a great show Theatre, of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.


Countdown this week is a grand total of 298, using 25 1 75 100 2 50. Did you reach it? Students will also have 3 maths challenges within tutor time to try and complete.


Well done to Laila in Y8 who won last terms Weekly Math's Puzzle. This weeks is a magic square in which all rows, columns and diagonals, have the same total.


Book of the week is Montmorency, by Eleanor Updale. A thief leads two lives, one of a successful and elusive burglar, the other a wealthy gentleman. A complex character with a humorous undertone, makes this book a page turner.


This weeks word of the week is inconsequential. Students need to correctly use the word in lesson time and be the first person to use it!


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Sixth Form students are thinking about metacognition this week and improving their thinking towards learning. Metacognition: It is the ability of the learner to plan, monitor, redirect and evaluate how they think and learn.


Quote of the week: "The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post." By L. Thomas Holdcroft.


This weeks reflection programme covers the topic of New Year's Resolutions. Students will look at the history behind the New Year's resolution and why is it important to set goals and reflect on the year before?


Countdown is back for the New Year. Using 100 75 5 9 7 8, can you get to 204? Why not also try our other challenges.


This week’s must read book is ‘Little Women’, by Louisa May Alcott. A classic story that follows the lives of four sisters.


It is the first week back for the New Year and this weeks word of the week is laborious. New cards are available for collection!


Happy New Year and welcome back to our staff and students.


A polite reminder that school breaks up today at 12:40pm. Have great break and see you on the 7th January - 8:25am


Year 11's getting creative with their choreography moderation task, in festive gear

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Posted on May 14th 2018

Book Review - One Day

One Day, by David Nicholls


Dexter and Emma meet on their last day of college, in England, in 1988 and share experiences over their lifetime; sometimes together but mostly apart. Each chapter of this book tells the story of the same day over a twenty year period, July 15th, St. Swithin’s Day

The novel visits these characters lives, year on year, following their geographical relationship as well as their emotional one. The two are somehow always tied together, whether just thinking of the other or in some other tether. As with all stories with a similar theme, the reader knows that they should be together, long before this happens.

At first glance the story strikes a surprisingly similar note to that of ‘When Harry Met Sally’, with a similar format to that of ‘Same time, Next Year’. However, well before the half way mark, it is clear that this story develops away from these, becoming a story of its own; with descriptions and dialogue giving great laugh out loud moments.

Although a funny read, the actual subject matter is not uplifting as it often seems that the characters are determined to be unhappy – especially with the ending leaving me both shocked and unsatisfied (don’t worry, no spoiler alert).

‘One Day’ (a popular selection for club books), is an enjoyable read that is likely to keep you wanting to see how the story of Dexter and Emma plays out. The writing and characterisations are excellent. As long as you go into this book not thinking it’s an upbeat, heart-warming tale, you probably won’t be disappointed.

NB: The author has developed a screenplay from the book and the feature film ‘One Day’ was released in 2011 starring some recognisable actors.


By Melisa - Year 9