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 Evening of Dance
This has been the centrepiece of our Sports Trust programme for this half term. Alongside the work of our PE staff, Mrs Stoten, the Trust’s Dance Co-ordinator, once again pulled together an amazingly slick show with pieces from every campus, joint and cross-phase performances and an opening and closing number involving all two hundred pupils. The quality, discipline, variety, visual effect and professionalism were well up to the standard we have come to expect and the audience was left wanting more, having thoroughly enjoyed the evening from start to finish. We congratulate all who took part and thank the numerous staff who helped.
We especially thank Mrs Stoten for putting together such a highclass show.
The Able and Talented Languages Day
Students in year seven of our middle phase were joined by their counterparts at Moreton Hall and South Lee Schools to enhance and broaden their language skills in a special day at County Upper. In mixed groups, pupils improved their Spanish and Latin as well as learning some basic Japanese. They all participated in a range of activities and enjoyed improving their language skills in a fun way.
Our middle and upper phase Latin classes have all continued this half term. The joint club for the middle phase has continued to be very well attended and the pupils have just successfully completed their first external test. We look forward to presenting the certificates before Easter.
The Trust’s Astronomy Evening
This has become an annual event organised by County Upper and the University of Hertfordshire. STEM ambassadors from across the middle and upper phases ran a series of activities for young families. Year thirteen student, Billy Riddick, gave a presentation and there were opportunities to view the night sky through powerful telescopes. The University’s pop-up planetarium was also extremely popular and was fully booked. In total, over a hundred visitors had a fascinating evening and were very complimentary about all the students involved.
Well done to all who took part.
Life on Mars
Year seven pupils enhanced their knowledge of space by looking at life on Mars with the help of an expert. They got the inside view from aerospace engineer, Adrzej Stewart who spent a year with five other astronauts in the HI-SEAS dome in Hawaii. This simulated living on the red planet. Pupils emailed Mr Stewart with their questions and had a Skype session with him. Mr Stewart also sent some videos of his experiments and his experience. Like the HI-SEAS team, the pupils grew plants in a confined environment and compared their results.
We thank Mrs Korth for making this unique experience possible.
Two great musical opportunities
Pupils from the middle phase enjoyed a rock day at County led by their senior guitarists and drummers. All the pupils are well aware of County’s renowned swing band and were keen to develop their skills in the hope of working up to the upper phase standard. The pupils worked in mixed groups and, having enhanced their techniques, put together compositions which they performed to each other at the end. All the pieces were recorded to make a permanent record of a very successful day.
Brass pupils from the middle phase travelled to the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich for a special playing day with their pupils and those from South Lee. The day was entitled ‘Blast off Day’. Specialist brass and percussion tutors led the day which was designed to provide an opportunity for talented young instrumentalists to make rapid progress together. At the end of the day, the pupils played their pieces to an audience of parents and friends.
The Golf Academy
Our Trust Academy has had a very successful programme of coaching from Steve Hall and, former County Upper student, Adam Trett who are both based at The Suffolk where they teach professionally. We are very grateful to them for offering a winter training programme to prepare pupils for the summer competitions at both Western Area and Suffolk level. Coaching will continue weekly during the second half of this term.
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