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June 29th 2018

Final Week Fun

The last week of term saw the girls take part in a variety of activities designed to enhance their classroom learning, develop key skills and experience new things.

For Year 10, the week was spent gaining valuable work experience, and Year 12 spent the time wisely, working on their Extended Essays, Theory of Knowledge Presentations, and Mathematics Internal Assessments.

For girls lower down the School, the week was spent either in or out of school. Many girls were out of school on Monday, with Year 7 immersing themselves in languages at the Europa Centre, visited later in the week by Year 8. Year 8 meanwhile were at the Science Centre in Herstmonceux, whilst most of Year 9 were undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition.

Years 7 and 8 spent much of the week together, visiting Lullingstone Villa, taking part in a Model United Nations debate and learning Samba. They also hosted a group of visiting Year 5 children for a day of activities in our grounds. The week ended with Year 7 enjoying a pool party.  

After completing their expedition, Year 9 enjoyed an excellent workshop led by Nick Stewart, an artist who specialises in fountain pen inks for creative use. He combines this medium with bleach to achieve surprising dramatic visual effects. He is very passionate about the discoveries he has made and his enthusiasm for the materials and techniques were shared with the students and the art teachers. Mrs Walsh had some time to do a few experiments and is inspired to continue to explore these mediums.   After a series of demonstrations from Nick, the girls were making beautiful images. The process is very simple – applying water, then ink, then erasing and creating colour effects with the bleach. Head of Art Mrs Walsh said, “It was magical to see the works emerging and growing before your eyes. I imagine that the girls will use the skills they learnt in their journals, diaries and birthday cards. They have no excuse to create dull imagery and text after this workshop!”

Year 9 also went on to develop video games in Gaming and Technology Workshop, take part in a tennis tournament and learn shooting skills – Head of PE Mrs Hooper encouraged the girls to mimic Olympic Elder Kate French, by running a few metres and then shooting as in the Modern Pentathlon!

Students on our Intensive English as a Foreign Language Summer Programme didn’t miss out either, we a programme of excursions taking in London, Chartwell, and Rochester.

The week once again proved valuable, and we look forward to planning next year’s Curriculum Enhancement Week!

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