It never ceases to amaze me how much ‘stuff’ Wycliffe staff and pupils manage to cram into the days and weeks here. I write (on Friday 10th March) with fewer than three weeks completed since half-term and we have already seen:
• A fantastic International Fair with large, proud stalls representing nations like Nigeria, Latvia, China, Spain, Hong Kong and Ukraine and smaller, but no less proud, stalls with just a single pupil representing Iran, Syria and Japan.
• Two Parents’ Evenings and an informative evening talk for parents on self-esteem and mental health from Natasha Devon MBE.
In January 2017, parents, pupils, staff and friends of Wycliffe College experienced the full spectrum of emotions as they watched this year’s school production of Made in Dagenham.
Tears, laughter, suspense and a great deal of awe was felt by the audience in Sibly Hall, as the pupils performed to an incredibly high standard and with an understanding of their roles that was well beyond their years.
Made in Dagenham was chosen by the Head of Drama, Andrew Golightly, who also directed the piece, and it was an inspired choice. With a cohort of senior
Daisy Bing Lord Lieutenant Cadet Function
HRH Princess Anne visited Minchinhampton Church to see the development that was being undertaken on the church towards which she contributed funds.I escorted The County Lord Lieutenants, Dame Janet and opened the car doors for both Princess Anne and the Admiral and led them into the church after saluting them and having a quick chat. I got to meet the bodyguards of the princess who were very lovely! The event lasted around an hour and a half and there were speeches at the end. My next event was the 3rd of March where I accompanied Dame Janet at the Minchinhampton Rugby Club opening.
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pupils that included an array of strong girls - many of them with individual star quality - this production allowed an opportunity for each to shine and bring their personality to their roles. In equal measure, the boys worked hard and performed naturally and with ease, embracing their characters and clearly enjoying every moment.
The pupils on stage clearly did enjoy the production – there was not a trace of nerves or uncertainty in what they were doing.
They radiated fun and a great sense of togetherness as well as a sense of pride in what they were achieving – a truly remarkable performance.
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Daisy, Year 13
Silver Training Day Walk,
Forest of Dean
When pupils open this year’s GCSE results, alongside the usual A-Gs, will be some grades shown as numbers. In English and Maths, 9 will be awarded to the (very few) top performers with 1 as the new lowest new grade. From summer 2018 most other GCSEs follow suit with Business Studies, Japanese and DT changing the year after.
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Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Welcome to the new ‘edu-speak’;
Spring term is early in season for overnight ventures but for the new Bronze intake of 36 Year 9 pupils, this was the first opportunity to put classroom skills to the test on a day hike in the local area, navigating in teams, with a member of staff per group. Although the weather was abysmal, pupils seemed to take great relish in getting stuck into the muddy conditions, showing impressive spirits and enthusiasm! We look forward to their first expedition in April. The weekend also included a First Aid course as well as camp-craft skills training.
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Seven pupils took on the cold and windy conditions, with low visibility as they walked the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Great conditions, however, for developing outdoor skills!
Bronze Training weekend
For many of the new intake of 22 Silver level pupils (mostly from Years 11 and 12) this one-day hike in the Forest of Dean was their first experience of navigation, and for those international pupils, a chance to explore the English countryside. Although conditions were cold and a little wet there were periods of brilliant sunshine. Participants will now prepare for their first unaccompanied expedition in the same area and Wye Valley.
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