All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally are adjusting to their recent move to a two-tier system, our schools are already established and very confident with 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.
The Football Festival
This half term’s focus has been on basketball and football. Younger pupils in the Trust have been much inspired by the success of the basketball teams in the middle and upper phases all through the season. Sixth form students have also given much encouragement to the primary phase footballers. Years four and five came together at County for a football festival to conclude the half term. They were excellent and had a lot of fun while the Westley Year 7 and County Year 9 and 10 Sports Leaders did a superb job of hosting it. The event was organised by Charlie Cook in year twelve. Well done to everyone involved and our thanks to Mr Marshall for co-ordinating this half term’s events.
The annual Diocesan Art Exhibition
All the Trust’s campuses were involved in the Respect 2018 exhibition, entitled Choices. It encouraged participants to focus on choices we make in life, both positive and those that are challenging.
Pupils worked collaboratively, creating their own 2D and 3D card and fabric designs to make shapes and symbols which were attached to floor standing screens. All the work was displayed in St Edmundsbury Cathedral in March and the Trust’s five campuses contributed a third of the work from across Suffolk. We congratulate all who took part and thank the Trust’s art staff who made it possible.
The Maths Problem Solving Day
This term’s day was held at Horringer Court and focussed on The Old Man’s Legacy from a book by Alan Parr.
It involved pupils from years four and five across Barrow, Tollgate, Horringer Court and Westley. Pupils were supported by year nine students from County Upper. In mixed groups, pupils completed some icebreakers before going onto the problems linked to the book which involved finding Blackbeard’s treasure. These required pupils to solve co-ordinate, logic, number and word questions.
The date was chosen to coincide with World Maths Day and the Trust celebrated it in true style. As always, all the pupils were a credit to the Trust and worked extremely well together. We thank Mrs Crichton for organising it.
More success in mathematics!
Trust pupils took part in the UK primary and intermediate Maths Challenges, gaining a number of bronze, silver and gold awards. We especially congratulate Peter Hyde on progressing to the next round of the primary competition and Riley Hutt, Marla Ind, Mario Saenz de Villaverde and Stella Wilkinson who progressed at Intermediate level.
The Science Festival
For the fourth successive year, the Trust, led by Mrs Payne, organised a two day Science Festival to coincide with National Science Week. Led by County Upper’s large team of STEM Ambassadors and a range of local STEM companies, Moyses Hall museum and Suffolk Wildlife, both days were superb with a full range of hands-on activities and introduction to careers in STEM fields. Over six hundred primary aged pupils from across Suffolk and Norfolk visited on the Friday while over eight hundred members of the community came on the Saturday. On both days we were privileged to welcome Dr Emily Grossman, the eminent scientist and well known TV presenter who gave an interactive talk entitled ‘Weird Wonderful Science Facts’.
We congratulate all who took part in this amazingly successful weekend.
Performing Arts news
Mr Jermy, the Trust’s music coordinator arranged a special music day at the Royal Hospital School. Following the middle phase’s very successful ‘Blast off’ day last year, this year our year four pupils at Tollgate got an introduction to brass instruments. Plastic instruments replicating trombones were used in a range of workshops. There was a lot of laughter as all the pupils tried to play the pbones and they created some interesting sounds!The day culminated in a performance involving all the children. They had a superb day and were excellent representatives of the Trust. We thank Mr Jermy for organising it.
The Trust’s most talented dancers had an excellent time at the Sudbury Festival. They entered a wide range of classes in ballet, tap, modern, music theatre and Latin styles. This included solo, duet, trio and group pieces involving pupils from across our age range. A huge number of awards were received and a number of our pupils were invited back to dance in the Mayor’s concert for outstanding pieces. We congratulate them all and thank Mrs Stoten for co-ordinating the Trust’s dance activities.
The STEM Challenge
A year eight Trust team from our Horringer Court and Westley campuses joined twelve schools from across Suffolk and Norfolk at RAF Marham to view STEM in Action and participate in a STEM Challenge. This involved building and testing an aeroplane using kits provided by the RAF. County Upper’s year nine team won the first of these events organised for the RAF 100 celebrations and so the Trust was given permission to enter a year eight team. They had an excellent day and despite being the youngest there, finished as runners-up. We congratulate the fifteen girls from across our middle phase who certainly did the Trust proud.
We thank Mrs De Jongh and Mrs Walker for making it possible.
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