The ‘War Horse’ trip was a real success. The students behaved impeccably and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company were incredible and so convincing, bringing breathing, galloping and charging horses to life on stage. It certainly made the bond between the horse, Joey, and the main character, Albert, even more emotive and I have to admit a few of us shed some tears! An unforgettable theatrical experience that captured the hearts and minds of all.
The Work of a Paramedic
Students had the pleasure of meeting a paramedic in their Health & Social Care lesson on Tuesday. Jenessa Allen, left Winston in 2009, having achieved a merit in her course. She went on to attend Guildford College, succeeding in the National Diploma, which gained her entry to Surrey University to take a degree in Paramedic Practice. Mrs Vadi said that Jenessa always knew what she wanted to achieve and really focussed to achieve her goal. We are delighted that she was able to find time to support the learning of student on a similar pathway.
Making Revision Work for You
Students and parents had the opportunity to participate in some revision workshops on Thursday. A number of Year 10 and 11 students enjoyed learning techniques that will support their revision over the coming year. Our guest speaker helped to motivate our students and fostered a 'can do' approach. Students reported that the techniques were helpful as they used relevant triggers which could be used to remember key information for examinations.
RE and the Holocaust
This lesson explored the Holocaust, which is a very challenging subject to teach and to study. The materials are both complex and emotionally sensitive. Many of our students find these sessions compelling, as well as containing important lessons for us today.
Plan the Prom!
This week in English lessons, Year 11 students have been busy planning their dream prom and pitching their ideas to fellow students and staff. The task assesses a range of skills for the Speaking and Listening unit of GCSE English Language. While Speaking and Listening marks no longer contribute to the final GCSE grade as of this year, we still have to submit marks and believe the skills utilised give students an understanding of what exactly goes into the organisation of such an occasion. Students work in groups and have to decide on the theme, costings and details such as security and catering; they then have to deliver a 5 minute pitch followed by questions to the rest of their class. As you can see from the pictures below, students from 11WL pitched their ideas using a range of visual aids and a variety of themes including: The 80s, Harry Potter, Austin Powers and Las Vegas.