On Monday 10 July 2017, a group of 13 students from Years 7-10 took part in a Language Enrichment Day at Wymondham College. The day was aimed at students with a flair for languages, as well as native speakers of French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Eric Dias wrote the following report about the day:
First of all we did taster sessions in a variety of languages. These languages were: Portuguese, Japanese, Italian and Chinese Mandarin. Each student could do three languages.
After the taster sessions we had an activity called ‘play in a box’. We were separated into language groups with students from other schools (three Spanish, three German and three French). Each group received a box containing some items which we had to include in a play. However, there was a twist, we had to make the play in either French, German or Spanish. Everybody in the play had to have a speaking part; I was the narrator. We shared ideas, decided on a plan and then rehearsed, practised and improved our performance. We did have a break for a delicious lunch. Then, it was time to perform.
We performed our plays for the other groups and the judges. The judges looked at the quality of the language and the team performance.
Many students from Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form won a prize – including me and a few of my friends!
It was a long but enjoyable day of languages.
On Thursday 13 July 2017, Year 9 students spent their day examining issues of prejudice, discrimination and persecution with their History and Ethics teachers. There were activities which raised awareness of the plight of minority communities and which asked students to consider the reasons why minorities are often the targets of discrimination.
In the afternoon, the students attended a special assembly, where they met Mr Zigi Shipper. Zigi was born in Łódź in 1930 and was forced into the ghetto there in 1940. In 1944, when the ghetto was liquidated, Zigi was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau, before being transferred to a Camp at Stutthof. With Soviet troops approaching, the camp was sent on a Death March, arriving in Neustadt. A British air raid resulted in Zigi and his fellow inmates being rescued by British troops on 3 May 1945. Two years later, he came to the UK where he settled. Zigi came to Norwich from his home in Hertfordshire, accompanied by his wife.
Zigi spoke about his experiences for over an hour, to a rapt audience of students and staff. He also showed us some photos of his Father, his Mother and of himself after liberation. There was a particularly emotional moment when he shared photos of his wedding and of his own family. Zigi concluded with a message of hope, rejecting the politics of hate that many think is tarnishing today’s world. He received a huge round of applause at the end of his talk and he was given a booklet containing work by Year 9 History students as a memento of his visit to Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form.
A number of students stayed behind after the end of the school day to listen to Zigi as he continued to answer questions and to thank him for his talk.
Zigi’s visit was made possible with the support of the Holocaust Education Trust and the Friends of Thorpe St Andrew School.
This Year 9 Deep Thinking Day is one of a series of days in which students can get to grips with complex issues, discuss them and formulate their own responses to the concerns being raised.
Our Year 10 students took a head start on preparations for Sixth Form, College and Apprenticeship applications in two sessions led by the PSHEE Teaching Team: Mr Dewar and Mr Fish, supported by Miss Emmerson (Pathways Guidance Coordinator) and Technology teachers.
We were joined by two guest speakers, who shared their experiences of work with the students as well as giving some insider information on how to enhance a job application.
Laura Moore joined us from Lovewell Blake, an accountancy firm on the Business Park and our Local Enterprise Partner providing support with Business and Enterprise initiatives. Laura emphasised the need for a “can do” attitude and asked students to emphasise their interest and drive for the career that they want to pursue.
Noel Howes is a manager at Cooper Mini and a former Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form student. He described his career to date and gave a very clear message that local businesses value applicants who can demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. Students were able to talk with the guests about their experiences and gain some pointers for their own career plans.
Students were then led through the process of creating the content of a CV and Personal Statement, with a clear focus on how they should sell their skills, qualities and interests in writing. There was a very clear message of the importance of attendance at school and punctuality to school and lessons.
The students set targets for their Summer Holidays. They have set themselves tasks to enhance their CVs with enrichment experiences, to begin their revision notes to boost their subject progress and to carry out some research into a career path of interest. ‘What can you do over the Summer that will enhance your application chances?’ was the message of the day.
The students will develop their CVs and Personal Statements in PSHEE lessons in Year 11, as we support them with their applications and plans for the next stages in their education.
Please follow the link to the latest edition of the Sixth Form Magazine, courtesy of our Media Committee.
In April, seven Sixth Form students visited the Museum of London Archaeology. The Museum mentioned on this visit that they would be in Cromer recording the remains of the Steamship Fernebo as part of their Maritime Archaeology project to establish if a torpedo hit or a boiler explosion in 1917 caused it to sink.
The following students gave up most of their Sunday afternoon to visit and view the wreckage: Tara Hubbock, Marc Mills, Andrew Carver and Ella Regester.
Mr G Veeren
Teacher of Archaeology and History
We were invited to take a small group of students to meet Anthony Horowitz at OPEN on Bank Plain on 16 June 2017. After talking about his new book, students were able to ask questions and get books signed. All involved had a fantastic time and to quote one student, ‘the trip was very interesting and an amazing opportunity to meet such a worldwide recognised author so close to where we all live! It was amazing!’
We were extremely privileged to have journalist and author Sam Jordison run a journalism workshop for a group of keen students. Sam writes for The Guardian newspaper, has written several very successful book series and lectures at the University of East Anglia.
He talked initially about the importance of good journalism in today’s world, especially when there is so much fake news circulating in the media. Students were then taught about the elements involved in writing a successful news article and will be putting his tips into practice on sports day, when they will report on the events as they happen.
Over the course of his visit, Sam had lots of fantastic advice for our budding journalists, saying that it was really important to just write, read lots of books and keep up to date with what is happening in the news. With a wealth of skills to now draw on, this group of writers could well be the journalists of the future!