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As Graham has described in his Principal’s blog today, this week has been overshadowed by the shocking news about our lovely colleague, Tracy Lowe. I have worked alongside Tracy for many years and I had absolute respect for her. Tracy always had time to talk and time to listen – she was one of those people who would ‘always be there’. Tragically, this will no longer be the case – she will be sorely missed. I am unable to express the devastated feelings of all of us within the New Bridge Group who knew and cared for Tracy as articulately as Graham has done, please click here to read what he has said.

My blog this week has mainly been written by Thomas in Year 7, although I’m not sure if he volunteered or had his arm twisted by Mrs Millard. (Either way, he has classed it as ‘child labour’!)  I’ll hand you over to him now for his report describing some of the hard work that has been going on in Mrs Millard’s class this week..

“ICT – In ICT, Year 7 have been using Scratch to make a bat shooter game. They have followed a script to create it..

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Reading – In Reading, top set have been looking at The Hunger Games and analysing quotes and have read the first chapter..

Maths – In Maths, top set have been looking at shapes and identifying 2 and 3D shapes and finding volume of prisms..

Science – In Science with Mrs Dunkerly, Year 7 have been looking at evolution and adaptation and have moved onto classifying plants into 4 categories using a microscope..

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History – In History, Year 7 made presentations on a wife of King Henry VIII and presented them to the class..

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Geography – In Geography, Y7 have been looking at 4 and 6 figure grid references and plotted locations on a map for a partner to find..

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MFL – In Spanish, Y7 have been looking at Spanish sports and translating them into phrases and eventually sentences..

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Swimming – In Swimming, Y7 have been playing water polo competitively in teams against each other. They have also practiced skills and drills to improve passing and shooting.

Intervention – In Intervention, the Year 7 students each teach a lesson, and this week, Diego taught the class about Devil May Cry, a video game. Everyone enjoyed the lesson..

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PE – In PE this week, all of KS3 took part in a dodgeball tournament against New Bridge and the Radclyffe School. They all played against different teams and tried their best..

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English – In top set English, Y7 have been looking at Touching the Void and writing in the author’s style. They have written stories creating tension and suspense..

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Drama – In Drama, Y7 have been rehearsing a short production in small groups about a Merchant and a Beast. They have had to work together to perform the piece to the class.

Art – In Art, Y7 have been looking at still life and natural forms and creating observational drawings on twigs, logs and stones. They have shared constructive feedback with each other..

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Music- In Music, Y7 have been using Minecraft, a sandbox game, to input music into the game. This week, they completed The Ash Grove, an old traditional song..

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RE – In RE, Y7 have been learning about Islam and the Qur’an. Each student was given a tale from the Qur’an and had to place it into a simplified story board..

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Food Tech- In Food Tech, Y7 are making pizza dough and this week, making a pizza. They all enjoy pizzas!

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Science- In Science with Mr Fieldhouse, Y7 have been looking at simple chemical reactions, and solving many pointless experiments”

That just leaves it to me to identify this week’s ‘Star of the Week’ awards which have gone to:

Mrs Dunsdon’s class – Bronson for super sentence writing..

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Mrs Lomax’ class – Thomas for doing lots of good shape learning in Maths..

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Mr Corrigan’s class – Lewis H for making huge progress with his teen numbers..

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Miss Parkinson’s class – Ellie for trying her hardest and doing independent work..

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Mrs Halkyard’s class – Karl for super listening and doing some great independent work..

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Mrs Mayall’s class – Tobias for trying hard with his work and being considerate of others..

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And my ‘Head Teacher’s Awards’ go to:

Bronson who has made tremendous progress in literacy and is now writing his own sentences. He has also shown a great improvement in his attitude towards learning and this focus is paying off in terms of the progress he is making. Well done, Bronson!

Bronson Headteacher
Tobias who has worked extremely hard for his awards this week. He has recognised that good things come to those who persevere and keep trying their hardest. Well done, Tobias!

Tobias Headteacher

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Take time to treasure your loved ones. My thoughts will be with Tracy’s husband and their three daughters.



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