All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into the forward looking All-Through system. As a result, all the schools in our Trust are able to focus solely on our core mission of helping every pupil to reach his or her potential by providing a seamless education from 4-19. If you are interested in understanding our approach better, you can read more about how the Trust works. To visit a Trust school web site click on the links at the top of the page.
Concert at The Apex
Almost a hundred of the Trust’s senior musicians from our County Campus dominated the Eastern Region Music for Youth Festival at Snape on Saturday 6th February and received phenomenal comments from the international adjudicators. However, they had no time to reflect on their achievement as five days later they led the Trust concert on The Apex stage. With a theme of ‘around the world’, the audience was treated to music on steel pans, African drums and samba drums as well as pieces on a geographical theme from traditional choirs and jazz bands.
Year six students visited the University of Hertfordshire to see live the launch of astronaut, Major Tim Peake, into space. The pupils had a live question and answer session via Skype to NASA in the USA and then watched the launch itself live on huge screens. For the rest of the day, pupils made their own rockets; visited a radio telescope and had the chance to operate it; experienced some of the fitness training activities which astronauts undergo; watched a comet being made from dry ice and saw what it was like to be inside the space station. The pupils described it as, “terrific – a once in a lifetime sort of experience”.
Dance, Dance, Dance!
Students from across the Trust came together for the annual Suffolk Dance Festival. The dancers gained a huge number of awards with solo, duet and group pieces all being placed in the top three:
We congratulate Daisy Barker, Leah Barker, Sarah Burns, Sasha Campbell, Millie Cooke Wharton, Philippa Corley, Olivia Hammond, Charlene Moulds, Elizabeth Sanders, Mollie Smith, Grace Stoten, Emily Thomas and Megan Warnock.
The Chinese New Year Celebrations
As this year is the Year of the Monkey, pupils from Barrow and Tollgate explored the story of China’s endangered Golden Snub-Nosed monkey and enjoyed a range of creative craft and food themed events. The children made a dragon and monkey masks, they drew Chinese letters and sampled Chinese foods.
Master Chefs at Westley!
After heats in each campus, six talented young chefs came together at Westley to showcase their skills in a contest to cook a three course meal for two people in just two hours, spending a maximum of £15. The event was hosted by Abbey Rotary and the students impressed Pascal Canevet, Head Chef of Maison Bleue and Stuart Needham from Thomas Ridley who judged the competition. Mayor, Councillor Patrick Chung, and Rotary President Richard Curtis were on hand to present the certificates and prizes.
Isaac Wallace from Westley was the Trust’s winner, with Jack Bowyer and Daniel Wilson (County), Emily Waller (Horringer Court) and Mario Saenz (Westley) as worthy runners-up.
The Rolls-Royce Science Prize
A very special ceremony was held at The Science Museum on a November evening to present the awards for 2015. Guests included Mr Warren East, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, who was there with several of his senior staff, government ministers, representatives of universities, other science and engineering companies, the National Science Learning Centre and STEMNET. The Trust was represented by Mrs Payne, Dr Hanfrey, Dr Hughes, Mr Price, Mrs Neale and Mr Forbes from R C Treatt. It was amazing to see pupils from the Trust on the big IMAX screen, to hear the guest speaker, Dr Sandy Magnus, talk about her experiences in space and to see Mrs Payne collect such a prestigious award on behalf of our Trust.
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