Civil War cooking

£9,000 presented to homeless charity Members of the Sealed Knot visited Sibford in October to help Year 8

with their studies of the English Civil War. Pupils were able to talk to musketeers, pikemen, cavalry and officers to gain an understanding of the nature of warfare in the Seventeenth Century. They also learned about food and cooking in the 1640s.

Make your own mummy!

Year 3 have been making mummies! Topic for the term has been The Ancient Egyptians, and pupils enjoyed a practical session learning all about the ancient art of mummification First they scooped out the inside of an orange (to represent the Egyptians removing all of the body’s organs, with the exception of the heart which was where they believed the soul was kept). Then they filled the orange with

PSFA used the occasion of the 175th anniversary Celebratory Music Meeting in October to present the proceeds of the May Ball to Banbury Young Homelessness Project. Lady Saye and Sele, Patron of BYHP, and Aline Shand, one of the charity’s trustees, joined the gathering to receive a cheque for £9,000. Lady Saye and Sele said: “This is an amazing amount and we are delighted to receive it on behalf of BYHP knowing that it will be extremely well received and put to very good use.” Musicians from both Sibford Junior and Sibford Senior School shared their talents in the meeting which was attended by pupils, parents, staff, old scholars and members of the local community. In addition to musical contributions, the meeting also saw the first

screening of a new video, produced to mark the 175th anniversary of Sibford School.

Media students attend film festival

Year 10 Media GCSE students were invited to watch the acclaimed 2016 film, ‘The Fits’, which was screened at the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury as part of the ‘INTO Film Festival 2017’. ‘INTO Film’ aims to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.


a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda to dry it out, and added sweet smelling cinnamon and cloves (at this point, the Ancient Egyptians would have left the body for between 40 - 50 days, before replacing the salty mixture with linen or sawdust; however, the children skipped this part and went straight to the final stage). They wrapped the oranges

in strands of cloth, and then secured them nice and tightly (the Egyptians would have wrapped the bodies of their dead with linen, before covering them with shrouds, and placing it in a stone coffin called a sarcophagus). Class teacher Helen Arnold said: “The children really engaged with the lesson and by having hands on experience ... all be it on oranges ... it really did help them to remember the details of what went on back in Egyptian times.”

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