This term, Writhlington Sixth Form hosted their first Inspire Day modelled on the TEDx conference we attended in Bath on 5th November last year. A variety of people from all kinds of professions and walks of life came to share their ‘story’ with us. The raw impact of the stories was sometimes hard to comprehend. We heard about different things happening in the world, from the entertaining life of an octogenarian actress to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan; surviving genocide in Rwanda to appearing on The Voice TV show. We entered the theatre hoping to be inspired and we certainly ... [Read More]
Writhlington students celebrated this week as they hosted their very first ILP Showcase. A new homework initiative has seen students across Key Stage three take part in Independent Learning Projects as part of their new homework scheme. ILPs offers students a range of tasks they can do that explore all different creative outputs, whether they are a creative writer, thinker, explorer or designer students can engage in something that inspires them to work independently and effectively. Deputy Head Teacher Clare England said: ‘ The ILPs were designed to cater for students of all abilities, we really wanted them to engage with the task ... [Read More]
Year Eleven is notoriously a tough year for students faced with exams and life changing decisions, but what would you do if you were also faced with the ultimate challenge: battling cancer? Brave and inspirational Year 11 student Lucia Robinson has faced more than your average troubles approaching her GCSEs. Diagnosed with astrocytoma, Lucia underwent a five hour operation to remove a tumour from her spine. After spending three weeks recovering at Bristol Children\\\'s Hospital and undergoing two courses of chemotherapy, Lucia decided that she wanted to give back, and so began a fundraising journey, a journey that has touched the ... [Read More]
Writhlington and Downside Schools have a long held tradition of hosting charity showcases celebrating the wealth of talent within their music departments. This year the schools will be performing a concert of well loved musical numbers played by their student bands; audiences will be treated to an evening of memorable performances from \'Every Little a Thing is Magic\' to \'Shrek Dance Party\'. The schools have chosen to support two charities: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance who provide vital services saving 100s of lives each year and Bath Mind, a charity that provides information and support to empower people experiencing mental health ... [Read More]
Writhlington School celebrated National Storytelling Week in the best possible style this year, with good old-fashioned story time in the library every day. Teachers from across the school volunteered to share a story to eager listeners and we were well and truly treated to some fantastic choices! Madame Knowles- better known for her French teaching than her knowledge of Ukrainian short stories- read The Importance of Having Warm Feet by Marina Lewycka (author of the well-known A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian). With the additional inclusion of a song, Monday’s reading was a real hit and got us off to ... [Read More]
There’s nothing our librarian loves more than the chance to boost the library’s bookshelves with new books and when it comes to acquiring them, a run of amazingly good fortune has resulted in us winning two sets of fantastic fiction books in as many months! Our ever-active Twitter account (@WrithlingtonLib) attracts followers including authors, publishers, journalists, libraries, schools, teachers, parents and young people. In addition to sharing news, reviews and recommendations, the account provides occasional opportunity for the library to enter into competitions and one such entry in January lead to a prize haul of fiction books from publishing giants, Penguin ... [Read More]
While most of us relaxed into the winter holidays loosening the buttons on our trousers in preparation for Christmas indulgence, Year 8 student, Rebecca Coombs, continued her strict training regime in preparation for the annual South of England trampolining competition. This year saw over 40 teams compete at the British schools’ Championships, aiming to steal a place in the top two in order to qualify for the UK Championship. The Writhlington team displayed routines of high calibre and technical difficulty in their set piece and voluntary routines, gaining a well-respected third place and narrowly missing one of the top places ... [Read More]
Writhlington welcomed the all male theatre company Propeller to its stage as they performed Shakespeare’s classic The Comedy Of Errors. The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare\'s funniest and smartest comedy. Two sets of estranged twins, separated at birth, find themselves in the same city 25 years later with hilarious consequences. A series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps bring a family crisis - so complicated that time itself loses the plot - into heart warming focus. Fortunately the audience is always one step ahead... Pocket Comedy is a sixty minute version of Propeller\'s acclaimed production of The Comedy ... [Read More]
Ten very lucky students at Writhlington School were recently rewarded for sharing their love of books with exclusive proof copies of forthcoming novels from Bloomsbury Publishing. The competition was the idea of Writhlington’s Patron of Reading, Huw Powell, whose books are published by Bloomsbury- the publisher that also brought us Harry Potter. Competition rules required students to condense their love of books to just 140 characters, Twitter-style, and share with Huw why they believe- like him- that books are so blooming brilliant! Author of space-pirate adventure series Spacejackers, Huw then had the very tough job of deciding on his ... [Read More]
Five Writhlington school students have been representing Intel at the prestigious BETT show at the ExCel London. The students from year 10 and year 12 have been working on Intel\'s Intenet of School Things project, an initiative to develop use of the new Intel Galileo programmable electronics board to enhance learning in schools though the capture and analysis of live web streamed data. Year 10 student James Stewart worked with staff from local electronics firm ScienceScope to design Robotug a digital force meter that uploads data to the Internet of School Things Website. \"We completed our designs over the Christmas holiday ... [Read More]
BANES member of Youth Parliament, Ed Joseph joins with MPs and Lords to celebrate 750 years of Parliament. On 22 January, The UK Parliament hosted a special event to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the parliament, called first by Simon De Montfort, in January 1265. Forty members from the Houses of Parliament including Writhlington student and member of Youth Parliament, Ed Joseph, gathered together to celebrate this momentous occasion. The 1265 Montfort Parliament was called together for first time with representatives from both towns and shires to discuss matters of national concern. This gathering of all towns became the major stepping stone ... [Read More]
From frisky cocktails to fruity mocktails, students and parents gathered together in style last week to celebrate their exam success at the school’s annual certificate evening. For our A-level students, it is the end of an era. An accumulation of seven years’ hard work at Writhlington and the opportunity to reflect and share new experiences with their teachers. With many students beginning their university careers, apprenticeships or new jobs, the staff relish the opportunity to catch up with students and wish them well in their future endeavours. Assistant Head, Mark Bridges said: ‘We love hearing how students are getting on after they have ... [Read More]
Writhlington student and member of Youth Parliament for Bath and North East Somerset, Ed Joseph MYP, has rallied over 4,500 votes in this year’s ‘Make your Mark’, the UK’s largest youth led ballot style campaign. The campaign presents young people with ten issues – and they are asked to vote for the five that should be debated in the House of Commons where Members of the Youth Parliament meet for their annual sitting. All secondary schools in the local authority were sent ballot papers, and every single teenager is asked to make their views known. Across the country, over 865,000 young people ... [Read More]
Writhlington School is committed to ensuring high standards of education for all students using the very best of new technologies allied to successful traditional teaching and learning. The school’s success has been recognized by the elearning Foundation with an award as a regional champion for the school’s achievement in providing one to one mobile technology in school. Every student in the school is provided with their own iPad to be used as an integral part of their learning experience. The school uses a range of 21st century IT devices to support traditional teaching resources and enable students to access and ... [Read More]
Year 8 students welcomed a very special guest to Writhlington School recently when author Tracy Alexander paid us a visit to talk about her brand new book, ‘Hacked’. Tracy spoke to students about her life as she revealed her teenage dream of becoming a sprinter before real life took over and she worked in several jobs in banking and marketing before finding herself in the enviable position of being a published author. Tracy explained that a small flyer in a bookshop window, advertising a local creative writing class, once caught her eye so she cycled straight to it on a ... [Read More]
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This term, Writhlington Sixth Form hosted their first Inspire Day modelled on the TEDx conference we attended in Bath on 5th November last year. A variety of people from all kinds ...
Writhlington students celebrated this week as they hosted their very first ILP Showcase. A new homework initiative has seen students across Key Stage three take part in Independ...
Year Eleven is notoriously a tough year for students faced with exams and life changing decisions, but what would you do if you were also faced with the ultimate challenge: battlin...
Writhlington and Downside Schools have a long held tradition of hosting charity showcases celebrating the wealth of talent within their music departments. This year the schools ...
Writhlington School celebrated National Storytelling Week in the best possible style this year, with good old-fashioned story time in the library every day. Teachers from across...