An eventful week at Stowupland with sport, a trip to Norwich Castle, Year 11 Results Day and the Sixth
Form Open Evening.

Many thanks to Year 7 parents who enabled six very committed students to travel to County Upper
School to take part in a Year 7 Girls’ 5-A-Side Football Competition on Tuesday 28th. The girls
accumulated ten points across their games which placed them in the playoff against Thurston
Community College. Unfortunately, the final game was lost, but the team was awarded 3rd place based
on points and goal difference. An excellent performance!

On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th November, almost 200 Year 7 students stormed Norwich
Castle as they took part in a Maths and History “hands-on” activity day. The theme for the visit was
attacking and defending the castle with students taking part in four different activities requiring them
to draw on their Maths and History skills and knowledge.

They were assisted in their tasks by characters from the time of the 1216 siege of the castle. Lady de
Burgh, defender of the castle for King John, helped the students investigate the water supply and play
strategic games for the defence of the castle, while the Master of Arms provided a hands on
opportunity to measure and assess the weapons used to attack and defend the castle. Lady Bigod, wife
of one of the besieging nobles, helped the students to budget for the costs of besieging and defending
the castle and students were also able to mint their own souvenir coin as well as touring the keep to
find the best place to mount an attack (via the garderobe or toilet!). Finally, Blanche of Castille, wife of
the chief French attacker, guided the students in measuring the castle keep and the keep model in
order to calculate scale and help prepare the attack.

Many thanks to Mr Edgar and Mr Clarke for their superb organisation and congratulations go to all of
Year 7 for surviving the siege of Norwich Castle and showing such enthusiasm and knowledge.
Year 11 students have also impressed us greatly this week. Tackling a full programme of mock
examinations in November (six months before the final GCSEs) is a challenge in itself. Having
completed this, students received their results on Thursday 30th and then worked for the whole day
with a company called “Humanutopia”. The day’s workshop encouraged students to be reflective and
to share their thoughts about self-confidence, happiness, relationships and employability. Staff and
students alike found the day to be inspirational and highly beneficial.

And finally, we held our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday on this week. There was a general
presentation, subject-specific briefings and information stands. We were delighted to welcome
students from other schools as well as our own Year 11s. The Open Evening is just part of the process
for transition to Key Stage 5 and there will now be interviews, taster sessions and a whole series of
activities and events. If anyone would like to talk to Mr Hill about any aspect of the sixth form, please
do not hesitate to contact him at: [email protected] Applications are due in by
2nd March, 2018 and the prospectus can be found on the website.

Mrs K Grimes

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