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Tanzania Update – Monday 21 July - July 2014

The latest news from Tanzania is that everyone is well. Alison Blofeld reports that they have just finished the construction project and the classroom is now built. They have been camping with 22 primary school children for a week and said sad farewells yesterday (Sunday). Today they are in Moshi preparing for climbing Mount Meru tomorrow. All the students are having a huge experience and are learning about African culture and history. Now comes the physical and mental challenge of the mountain! ... [Read More]



Students Raise Awareness Of ME - July 2014

Over two hundred and fifty thousand people in Britain suffer from ME with thousand of people undiagnosed or suffering in silence. Writhlington students took part in a Mufti day raising £660.11 for the charity Tymes Trust The charity supports ME sufferers and their families and provides a network of professional services to advise and assist those affected. In some the effects may be minimal but in a large number, lives are changed drastically. In young people schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted and employment becomes impossible for many individuals. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or even years. Assistant Head Mark Bridges said: This is a commonly misdiagnosed illness that affects roughly 1 in every 250 people. Our school has almost 1,600 students, which is potentially six or seven students faced with this challenging illness every day. We wanted to make the students aware of the effects, how some of their fellow students could be struggling and give them strategies to help each other. ... [Read More]



Girls Make National Finals - July 2014

On Wednesday 9th July, the Under 15 girls cricket team represented Somerset in the South West regional rounds of the Chance to Compete cricket competition at Bristol Grammar School. Eight other teams from different counties competed in three pools of teams. Writhlington got off to a great start against Abertillery (Wales) before defeating Bournemouth Grammar (Dorset) in the 2nd pool game, topping the pool and progressing the team into the finals against the highest scorers on the leader board. Two thrilling matching saw the team beating Kings Winchester (Hampshire) off the last ball in our semi-final, before taking on and beating South Dartmoor (Devon) with just 2 balls to spare in the final. Huge congratulations to the team who will be playing in the National Finals held in September in Birmingham. The girls had fantastic spirit - every player conducted themselves in a polite and respectful way, showing great sportsmanship throughout all 4 games. The teamwork and encouragement really stood out over the whole day. The girls were presented with the trophy by current England Women\'s Cricket Captain, Charlotte Edwards ... [Read More]



Outstanding art at The National Students Art Exhibition 2014 - July 2014

Seven pieces of art from Writhlington students were selected from thousands across the country to be exhibited at the Mall Galleries London. Emily Farebrother’s “My Beautiful Dream” was selected for scholar status. Here are the other six fantastic pieces. From left to right: Holly Powney, Year 13 (“Nelson Mandela”, oil on canvass); Madelene Robertson, Year 12 (“Mum”, oil on canvass); Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Fantasy Landscape”, mixed media collage on canvass); Rosanna Mohn, Year 13 (“Sylvia”, oil on canvass); Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Tribal Influence”, mixed media and oils on canvass) and Emily Savage, Year 12 (“Monochromatic Woods”, watercolour on canvass). ... [Read More]



Emily Farebrother awarded RBA Art scholarship - July 2014

The National Students’ Art Exhibition 2014 has been held at the Mall Galleries, London. This is the twelfth year of the exhibition held under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). It features work from the best young artists in the country aged 11 to 18 years of age from Schools, Colleges and Academies. Many thousands of artworks are submitted to the gallery and only around 350 from across the country are selected to exhibit. As in previous years, the very high standards and outstanding talent of Writhlington art students resulted in a number of pieces being selected for this year’s exhibition: Emily Farebrother, Year 13 (“My Beautiful Dream”, oil on canvass); Holly Powney, Year 13 (“Nelson Mandela”, oil on canvass); Rosanna Mohn, Year 13 (“Sylvia”, oil on canvass); Madelene Robertson, Year 12 (“Mum”, oil on canvass); Emily Savage, Year 12 (“Monochromatic Woods”, watercolour on canvass) and Alicia Chambi-Trowell, Year 12 (“Fantasy Landscape”, mixed media collage on canvass and “Tribal Influence”, mixed media and oils on canvass). The six students travelled to London accompanied by Head of Art, Caroline Slater, to see their art on show in the prestigious gallery. To have six ... [Read More]



Young Scientists Win Grant - June 2014

Three Writhlington Students aged twelve and thirteen have won a £600 research grant from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) for their project studying the laboratory conservation of the common spotted orchid. Emily Therle, aged thirteen, explained, \"We are working to isolate and grow the particular mycorrhizal fungus associated with common spotted orchids growing in the gardens of Ammerdown House, near School and then using this fungus to germinate seed collected from the same plants. We are hoping to find that this approach will select and grow plants that are best added for local conditions and therefore more successful when used for introduction into nearby habitats for conservation.\" Chloe, aged twelve, added: \"The techniques we are using in the laboratory are quite complicated but we have carried out a lot of research and are very excited with the way our work is going so far. We collected root samples from orchids in the lawns at Ammerdown House and have isolated several fungal isolates which we are now testing with orchid seed to see if we get germination.\" The grant from WWCT allows the girls to buy the specialist scientific equipment they need for the work and to scale up their production for ‘full ... [Read More]



Cheering Their Way To The Top - June 2014

Writhlington’s very first cheerleading team have come out on top following a trip to the British Cheerleading Associations Southern Schools Championships n Guilford. Seventeen students from Writhlington represented the school in their first big Cheerleading competition held annually by the British Cheerleading association. Made up of skilled gymnasts and dancers, the two teams competed in both the junior level 2 and the senior Level 3 sections. Writhlington All Starz junior team performed an impressive routine, against five others schools from the south. Performing a brilliant display of skill and enthusiasm, the team took top marks finishing in First place. Year 8 student said: ‘We have to wait in a holding bay before we perform so you never get to see the competition. It’s good because it means you don’t get freaked out but its hard because you have absolutely no idea if your routine is going to be good enough.’ Writhlington All Starz Senior team performed a complicated level 3 routine with some spectacular performances from individuals. With eight impressive teams to compete against , Writhlington finished in second place narrowly missing first by just 0.04 points out of 100. Special mention was received for ... [Read More]



Bike Project Launch a Success - June 2014

Students have been given the opportunity to Join Writhlington’s first Bike Project coordinated by inclusion manager Andrew Padfield. With the launch of the Bath and North East Somerset Cycle scheme, cycling has never been more popular. Hundreds of employers across the Uk offer employees the opportunity to buy a bike with a discount of up to 42% and pay for it over a period of time to break down the cost and to encourage people to switch from cars to bikes. Inspired by the Scheme and the success of last years big twenty-five mile cycle during activities week, Writhlington set up their own Bike workshop, teaching students basic level to advanced bike mechanics giving them the opportunity to learn how to restore and fix old bikes. The project aims to inspire students get more involved in school community. Andrew Padfield said: ‘ The project encourages students who prefer a more vocational approach to learning, to get involved and acquire new skills. They are in a safe and encouraging environment and so feel comfortable expanding their knowledge. We have already seen a remarkable change to student attitude back in mainstream classes- we couldn’t be more pleased.’ The first batch of bikes were kindly donated by Bath ... [Read More]



Dressed to impress! - June 2014

Last week over two hundred and sixty Year 10 students took part in a Mock Interview and Careers day. Through out the day an array of activities were set up to imitate the job seeking and applying process in order for students to get first hand experience with the working world. Students took part in ‘application’ writing seminars, hosted by Edwina Thomas from Norton Radstock College and Steph Hoddinott from Bath Spa University. The seminar showed students how to format their application and write a convincing and passionate cover letter. With the keys skills firmly in place, students wrote letters of application to a career specialist, who then matched them up with an appropriate employer. All students arrived dressed in their smartest ensemble and assigned an interview time with one of the many professional volunteers who came to take part. Careers day co-ordinator said: ‘It is a great opportunity for students to experience a real interview, with a working professional. They had a formal interview and were given the opportunity to receive feedback. This is a great stepping stone for most students, who at this age are probably looking to apply for their first jobs.’ As well as Interviews, students attended talks on ... [Read More]



Race For Life - June 2014

If there is one thing that students at Writhlington are passionate about it’s Fundraising for charity and this year has been no exception. Writhlington supports a number of Charities throughout the year, but none are more popular than the Race For Life and Movember Fun runs hosted by Writhlingtons Learning to lead Fundraising teams. Every year, students from across all year groups don their PE kits and Pink t-shirts to take part in the nationwide popular event ‘Race For Life’. Last year saw over one hundred and fifty student’s raise almost £1000 for Cancer Charity. Event Co-coordinator and Year 10 pupil Rebecca Pink said: ‘ Last year was brilliant. It was amazing to see students come together to raise money for a worthy cause. This year we have no doubt it will be bigger and better than ever. It takes a lot of organizing, we use the CCF to martial the event and the fundraising team for logistics.’ Students will run, jog or walk the 5k route designed by students. Although not a competition last years fastest time will be available for the competitive students to compete against, set at 23 minutes by year 8 student Chloe Derrick. The event takes ... [Read More]



Year Ten Take Victory - June 2014

The year ten girls rounders team played in the B&NES district tournament on Tuesday last week at Norton Hill school. The girls began the games focused and determined to secure a win as they beat St Greg\'s and Wellsway convincingly in the first two games. The next two proved more challenging as they took on local rivals Somervale and Norton hill; both swept aside with some excellent fielding, and giant hits. The group stage results saw the girls pitched against Hayesfield in the final. A fierce match played closely with Writhlington narrowly securing a win 6-5. All teams play approached the tournament with enthusiasm and professionalism, and a real asset to their school. Congratulations to Writhlington girls who finished victoriously. ... [Read More]



Writhlingtons Youth MP campaign success - June 2014

Thanks to the campaigns by Youth Parliament representatives, children and young people across Bath and North East Somerset will now be able to travel on the bus with up to a 50% discount. Writhlington Sixth Form student and Elected MYP for B&NES Ed Joseph, has won his campaign to lower the price of travel for young people across his constituency. Representing over 14,000 young people, Ed has successfully secured a reduction of 50% for people aged 5-15 and 30%for those aged 16-21. Young people will be required to purchase a First ID Card in order to receive the discount, costing just £10. There will be no cost for young people still in full-time education. The news comes as part of the results of the regional wide consultation by First Group carried out earlier this year, where they asked local people for their views on service fares. Ed commented: \\\"This is fantastic news for children and young people. For so many years the price of public transport has prevented us from travelling across the area and spending time with friends outside school hours. It has also meant that people with part time jobs often arrive at work after spending well over an hours ... [Read More]



Student Receives Highest Award - June 2014

Year nine student Rhiannon Bramley is celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award. Fourteen year old Rhiannon had to complete five ‘zones’ entitled healthy lifestyles, global awareness, skills and relationship, celebrating diversity and discovery before taking part in a residential event organised by her district. Rhiannon said: ‘ It was a really great experience. There were lots of components to the award so I had to be organised and at times it was really challenging. Before receiving the award we had to go on a residential with other Guides who had received the award already, it was great to hear their stories and get an insite into how other districts run.’ In recognition of her achievement, Rhinannon met District Commissioner Michelle Bowell who congratulated and presented Rhinanon with her award. ... [Read More]



Boys Football Team Go The Extra Mile - June 2014

Year Seven and Eight sport students, Mason Harrison and Harry Barter, went that ‘extra mile’ when they travelled to Holland for an international football tournament. The Akiko Cup involves teams from across the UK and Europe in a Challenge Cup challenge competition and gives sporting teenagers the opportunity to play against some of Europe’s most promising players. On the first day both under 11 teams and the under 13s made excellent progress with some great attacking flair and strong defending from both teams. The under12s played up an age group and just missed out on goal difference against some very strong opponents in their competition. The boys were all rewarded for their performances with a trip to the swimming park before settling down to watch the Madrid Champions League Final. It was an early start on Sunday for the older age groups but the under13s put in an impressive performance to win their opening match 3-0. A draw in their next game meant that wins and goals were crucial if they were to take the 2014 title. A dramatic last-minute strike in their final game proved to be decisive as Bath and Wiltshire Boys were crowned overall winners. ... [Read More]



Students to perform West End Classic! - June 2014

First the staff marched and then the students. All the way to the Prospect Theatre for Writhlington’s production of Les Miserables. Following the popular Les Miserables promotional video performed by Writhlington staff; which received over five and a half thousand hits in less than two weeks, students braved the stage auditioning for some of theatres most sought after parts. Director James Moore was inundated with emails from students across all year groups and most surprisingly from prospective year seven and sixth form students wanting to audition. James said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the response, it was great to see students coming to the school in September eager to get an early foot in and Sixth form students applying purely on the reputation of our Drama department. We have some exciting projects coming up with Les Miserables and I can’t wait to showcase what talented students we have.’ Students went through a rigorous casting process, where they performed in front of various panels including Head of Music and Musical Director Fiona Langley and Director and Assistant Director Helena Greenlees. Fiona said: ‘It’s a hard process for anyone to go through and we saw such high standards of performing, it was nearly impossible task for us to cast ... [Read More]



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Tanzania Update – Monday 21 July

The latest news from Tanzania is that everyone is well. Alison Blofeld reports that they have just finished the construction project and the classroom is now built. They have been ...

Students Raise Awareness Of ME

Over two hundred and fifty thousand people in Britain suffer from ME with thousand of people undiagnosed or suffering in silence. Writhlington students took part in a Mufti day rai...

Girls Make National Finals

On Wednesday 9th July, the Under 15 girls cricket team represented Somerset in the South West regional rounds of the Chance to Compete cricket competition at Bristol Grammar School...

Outstanding art at The National Students Art Exhibition 2014

Seven pieces of art from Writhlington students were selected from thousands across the country to be exhibited at the Mall Galleries London. Emily Farebrother’s “My Beautiful Drea...

Emily Farebrother awarded RBA Art scholarship

The National Students’ Art Exhibition 2014 has been held at the Mall Galleries, London. This is the twelfth year of the exhibition held under the patronage of the Royal Society of ...