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Posted on: 16/12/2015
Highworth HighlightsBelow are some of the highlights since September and we must not forget to mention our regular events such as the hugely popular Friends’ discos, all the triumphant sporting events and the many inspiring trips and visits.
?Art: Congratulations to Niamh Hejsak Yr13 who won the Bronze Award for her painting ‘The Secret’ in the 17-18 year age group at this year’s highly prestigious John Downton Arts Awards which were held at Maidstone County hall. Her work will now also be exhibited at the Turner Contemporary over the Christmas period. Other Highworth students whose work was exhibited include Julia White Yr12, Beth Riley Yr12, Anna Bobeldijk Yr13 and Grace Connolly (previous Yr13 from last year).
Dance: Over 100 students auditioned for this year’s dance companies. There are now 8 dance companies that will all be performing in the show on 4th and 5th February. The department plans to be involved in this year’s Red Cross dance competition ‘Make Your Move’ on 18th June and ‘The Great Big Dance Off’ in May. During Sixth Form Open Evening the department will be advertising a possible trip to New York in April 2017.
Maths: The United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) provided two competitions for our senior students. 73 students participated in the Senior Mathematical Challenge on 4th November. Year 13 achieved 10 Silver and 17 Bronze certificates; Year 12 achieved 1 Gold Award for Benedict Allen, 12 Silver and 11 Bronze. Molly Barker, Amy MacCormack and Annabelle Trew (Yr12), took part on the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls; this was a two and a half hour paper for which Molly achieved a Distinction.
Highworth String Quartet (Molly Boot, Giselle Overy, Olivia Burt, Ed Lawlor) performed at the Central Hall, Westminster as part of a national celebration event of PiXL schools.
The new Studio in Gower House is open and is already enhancing the music-making of the department. It is also a fine new space for drama and dance.
Our most recent Band Stand event attracted a large audience and some talented performers from Years 8 to 13.
The Sound of Music, our senior musical, was a huge success.
Year 7 Enrichment has been focussed on the performing arts. Students performed in the Year 7 Christmas Show on 3 December to a huge appreciative audience
Our joint Highworth and NKS Christmas Carol Service by Candlelight was held in Ashford Parish Church on 15 December and included carols traditional and modern, with the traditional readings of the Christmas story threaded through the evening.
DT: Denise Maiden, Head of Design Technology was asked to consult on food teaching in the Secondary Schools’ Framework which has been acknowledged in the report produced by Public Health England.
Science: Beth Thornton Year 10 went on a 5 day engineering course at RAF Cranwell sponsored by The Smallpeice Foundation and 15 students from year 9 went to KCX in Ashford for an engineering day.
Mock Bar Trial: A group of Year 12 and 13 took part in this year’s Mock Bar Trial at Maidstone Crown Court. Although they did not win, they performed to a high standard in the competition.
Peer Mentoring: Following on-line training, peer mentors have delivered anti-bullying assemblies to all mentor groups, encouraging students to “make a noise” about bullying. A dedicated Y7 assembly was devised to launch a competition to create a song, rap or poem about bullying. The winning group from each Community enjoyed a special lunch.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
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