Entertaining kids from London

Students research at Oxford Brookes

Eight Year 12 students visited Oxford Brookes University Library in December to undertake some in-depth research for their Extended Project Qualification. The EPQ, sometimes described as a ‘mini thesis’, gives students the opportunity to pursue a topic of study of their own choosing. Sibford students have enjoyed

In October half term, we entertained 13 children, between the ages of 8 and 11, from Phoenix School, an autistic school in East London. The children and their teachers stayed in Fielding, our Sixth Form

boarding house, and were buddied by some of our Year 11, 12 and 13 students.

Kids’ Camp offers the children a rare chance to enjoy a few days in the

country, and has been happening for more than 40 years. The children spent lots of time on the Junior School adventure

playground, went swimming, visited the Sibford calves and had a day at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Our buddies did a great job of looking after youngsters from Phoenix School, keeping them entertained and tiring them out so that everyone got a good night’s sleep! The Phoenix staff were very impressed by the great work our students did as buddies and hope that lots of them will help again next year.

Blooming in the potting shed

considerable success with the EPQ in past years and, with fierce competiton for places at the best universities, it is a qualification that enables students to stand out from the crowd.

Best result ever! In November, a team of four

Year 12 and 13 Maths students travelled to Wheatley Park School near Oxford to take part in a Senior Team Maths Challenge Heat. The students were set maths

problem solving questions against the clock, with rounds including a crossnumber ... where the students worked in pairs with each pair only having half the clues ... and a relay round ... where pairs had to solve problems then pass their answer to the other pair to use as part of their question. There were 24 teams from schools all over Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. Sibford came 8th – our best ever result. Meanwhile, some 30 Year 11, 12 and 13 maths students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge, a national maths problem solving competition.

Lee and Mingjing scored Gold,

Some of Sibford’s International students helped prepare Hyacinth pots earlier in the term, writes Horticulture teacher Harry Wragg. The pots, which were sold to staff and friends, contained a mixture of pink, white and blue flowering bulbs which should be in bloom in time for Christmas.


qualifying for the Senior Kangaroo follow on round which means they are in the top 7500 maths students in the country. Edward, Liliana and Pan got

Silver; and William, Will, Henry, Shin, Lorna, Tom, Alina, Max, John, Brian and Shae got Bronze.

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