French connection!

Geography Field Trip

Nineteen Year 11 Geographers visited the Arete Field Study Centre at Llanberis, Snowdonia to undertake outdoor activity work in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE exam. The students took part in river

profiling, examined flood risks, and carried out tourism studies. They did a gorge scramble, which provided active learning designed to reinforce upper river course landscape formations, went rock climbing to examine geology and walked through slate mines to learn about social history in a harsh environment. Simon Baker, Head of Geography said: “The highlight for me was seeing students who are usually quiet and reserved ‘coming out of their shells’ - the sense of freedom offered by fieldtrips is truly rewarding for all.”

In November Sibford School pupils in Years 3 – 7 were given the opportunity to see an early production of a new French play when they welcomed actors Sion and Laura from Onatti Productions to the school. Set in 1540, ‘Le Château’ tells the story of a young English knight who has been sent to France to find a beautiful French girl to be the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. Having found the girl, all the knight must do is paint her portrait and return to England. The problem is, he only knows a little French and has never painted in his life! Dolores Papin, Head of Languages at Sibford explained: “As a company,

Onatti’s aim is to boost pupils’ language confidence through amusing drama. “The play was performed in French and English but the pupils were

able to follow the plot and recognise many of the French words and phrases used. It was a fantastic performance and they really loved it.” Year 7 pupil Imogen said: “I really liked the play because it was very

funny. It has helped me understand French a little bit more and will help with my acting.” ‘Le Château’ is being toured nationwide until July 2018.

Big Bang at Banbury

All of Year 7 attended The Big Bang science fair at the Space Studio in Banbury. The fair aims to bring science and engineering to life for young people. Workshops included ‘Mini Medics’, ‘Can we Power Spaceships with Poo?’ and ‘The New Worlds VR Workshop’ (pictured left). Students also had the chance to

meet with scientists and engineers and ask questions about jobs and career routes.


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