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  • The Archers Lodge Experience – Sherfield School

    There are many reasons why a child would opt for a boarding school and in this day and age we are seeing children making this choice with their parents’ consent rather than the other way around. Whether it be for the academic focus, the chance to experience increased independence, make lifelong friendships (and boarders really do make these), live in beautiful surroundings, have access to facilities which would normally mean a trip to a sports club or gym, or a...

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  • Re-engage, Re-connect and Re-establish – Sherfield School

    As schools plan for reopening and they focus on social distancing, bubbles, one way systems, testing, ventilation, risk-assessments and much more, there is a narrative that there is no time to go slow; we must rush to help pupils “catch up” on all the learning they have lost during the lockdowns. As I watched the news on Monday I was struck by one commentator’s assertion that children will be behind in their learning and he even talked about closing the “gap”! What gap? Who says...

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  • Dragon Impact Amidst the Pandemic

    Within these uncertain times, we hear daily of the many members of our Dragon community who are working on the front line and behind the scenes to help overcome this pandemic, continuing to support the country, spread kindness in their communities, and keep the nation informed during these challenging times. The tradition of social and environmental impact is central to life at the Dragon and has never been more evident than in the remarkable efforts shown by members of our...

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  • Dauntsey’s Sets Up Production for Safety Masks

    Photograph shows: The Design Technology (DT) department at Dauntsey’s has been a hive of activity in its continued efforts to make face shields for frontline NHS staff. Efficient systems have been implemented for making the visors quickly and Head of DT, Alun Pickford, working with his two sons, has been able to make more than 100 masks in just two hours. Some 36 masks have gone to Devizes GP surgery which has a COVID-19 hub and a further 20 to...

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  • Cricket

    Eastbourne College pupil is Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for 2019

    Eastbourne College sixth former and cricket sensation, Tawanda Muyeye, joins an exclusive list as the Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for 2019. The announcement made today means Muyeye becomes the thirteenth winner of the title since it began. Wisden has long carried details of schools cricket. As far back as 1865, the second edition included an account of the previous year’s Eton v Harrow match. These days the coverage runs to around 200 schools over 40 pages. In 2008,...

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  • Dauntsey’s Pupils Cook up a Feast

    Pupils from Dauntsey’s have been cooking up some delicious treats thanks to several different cookery courses that have been running at the School in conjunction with Vaughan’s Cookery School. Led by Peter Vaughan, an award-winning chef and a member of the highly respected Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, a course for Years 10 and 11 has included the foundation skills a chef will cover at the beginning of their training.  Professional Kitchen Essentials offers Sixth Formers an internationally recognised qualification...

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  • How You Learn Not What You Learn Means Everything in a Global Crisis

    Every dystopian novel is not predicated on the main character’s ability to lecture on the comma splice or their mathematical know-how.  The main characters of the genre live by engaging in a dynamic relationship with their own nature; the attitude and beliefs with which they encounter and adapt to difficult circumstances.  From the characters in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Martian Chronicles’ adapting to the new reality of life on Mars, to the harsh challenges to self-belief and optimism faced by Meg and...

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  • Teaching carries on at St John’s

    The last week of the Spring Term saw schools’ transition to a new phase of learning, where technology and teaching skills were tested as never before. However, as always, students and staff at St John’s College in Southsea were up to the challenge! Following the announcement of school closures, teachers at St John’s College are now taking full advantage of Microsoft Teams to provide remote learning and virtual classrooms. Students from Year 3 to 13 can join their normal timetabled...

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  • National Youth Music Theatre selection for talented King’s Ely Sixth Form student

    KING’S Ely Sixth Form student, Billy Pinto, has been called-up by the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT). Billy, 16, will be starring in (subject to the COVID-19 situation) ‘Imagination’, by Timothy Knapman and Stuart Matthew Price. Directed by Richard Fitch, the production will be presented at CURVE Theatre, Leicester and for the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston in June and July. As a member of the NYMT 2020 Company, Billy will also be invited to participate in other events...

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  • School DT Department manufacturing 200 masks per day for the NHS

    Design Technology teachers at a Stamford School are manufacturing 200 protective face masks a day for the NHS, as part of the national effort to increase the availability of PPE for frontline NHS staff. Teachers at the Stamford Endowed Schools originally trialled using the Schools’ 3D printers to manufacture visors, but the process was too slow to meet demand. Staff worked over the weekend to prototype and refine a design for creating the face masks using laser cutters. The first...

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