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 Trust Astronomy Evening
Once again GCSE Astronomy students and Trust STEM Ambassadors worked with The University of Hertfordshire to run an evening for the community. All the places in the planetarium were booked and families were also able to observe the night sky through a range of telescopes. Students led a range of other activities including opportunities to build a rocket, a star chart and a clockwork model of the solar system. There was an interactive quiz and a range of practical experiments including flame tests and spectroscopy.
Well done to the students who were excellent ambassadors for the Trust and to the staff, led by Mr Western, who made it possible.
A fantastic sporting programme
This half term we have had all our regular clubs and fixtures and another six week block of trampolining for years three and four. Our sports leaders have been in action across the campuses once again and always impress staff and pupils alike.
Alongside all this we have been able to introduce new clubs for archery, fitness, football and gymnastics at Horringer Court, archery and table tennis at Westley and dodgeball and Saturday morning football at Tollgate. The numbers attending have been excellent demonstrating that fun and fitness go ‘hand in hand!’
The Trust in Performance Drama Festival
On the eve of St Valentine’s Day, the theme had to be Love! It provided the students across the campuses with a fun and engaging theme to work with. The evening featured pieces produced in lessons and drama clubs across the Trust. Some of the performances were devised and created by the students themselves while others were based on published scripts or poems.
During the day of the performance, students were able to work together on a joint piece and support each other in two workshops with professional facilitators.
The festival introduced the audience to the modern day Puck and Oberon from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ who guided everyone through all the pieces on our journey of love in order that Oberon could woo back Titania. Over one hundred performers took part. We congratulate them all on an excellent evening and thank Miss Cramer, Mr Morris, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Stoten, Mr Young and the show’s director, Miss Lacey for providing the pupils with such a valuable opportunity
National Music for Youth
As a former winner with both its swing band and wind band, County Upper has worked with Tollgate’s Choir to enable them to enter the primary competition. The hard work of all the pupils, Miss Brookman and Mr Jermy came together this month when Tollgate’s entry was recorded. County Upper formed a band to accompany the Tollgate Choir as they performed ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Naughty’ from Matilda.
We congratulate all who took part.
The national STEMM awards
STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. A new national scheme enables primary and secondary pupils to work towards bronze, silver and gold awards. Pupils have to build up hours spent developing their own knowledge and introducing others to the STEMM subjects. County Upper was one of the first thirty schools nationally to get involved and this term students working towards their silver award have run a special science and computing club for pupils at Tollgate campus. This allows the Tollgate pupils to be amongst the first to work towards the new primary award. The County Upper students have done an excellent job of planning and running the sessions while the Tollgate pupils have impress with their enthusiasm and ability.
We congratulate both sets of pupils and thank Dr Hanfrey for making it possible.
Music in the Community
Choirs and ensembles across the Trust have played their part in our town’s Christmas celebrations. During the weekend of the Christmas Fayre, the Tollgate and Westley choirs together with County’s Swing Band entertained the crowds from the stage on Angel Hill and were much complimented. The annual EACH carol service took place in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and included well-received performances from Westley’s choir and signing choir and County’s Chamber choir. County’s choirs and brass ensemble and musicians from Horringer Court represented the Trust with carol services at St Mary’s, the town’s civic church. Horringer’s Choir also performed for charity at the request of Tesco’s and entertained the residents of Glastonbury Court while Tollgate’s sixty-strong choir also entertained residents at Manson House and patients at Newmarket Community Hospital. We congratulate all who took part and thank the music staff across the Trust for providing both these performance opportunities and chances for pupils to see their Trust counterparts in performance. We look forward to our whole Trust concert at The Apex in March.
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