Year 7 Boulogne Trip 2015
On Friday 12th June, at approximately 4:20am, the Y7's who have been learning French this year, trudged onto one of the two coaches parked in the bus bays. The main aim of this trip was for us to practise our French, as well as seeing what France is like. When we were all on the coach we were given a booklet, which contained questions that we would find the answers to throughout the day, we were also given Wallingford School wristbands in case we got lost.
As the journey to Dover was going to take at least three hours, some people took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep while others chose to chat. Everyone who was awake seemed very excited, perhaps because some of us had never been to France, been on a ferry or perhaps just something as simple as spending a whole day with their friends. About half way there, we stopped at a service station in order to get some fresh air and eat our second breakfast!
Finally, we arrived in Dover, where we saw many other vehicles queuing to get onto a ferry. What felt like quite a while later, the coaches started slowly moving forward onto a bridge, which was attached to the ferry. Once we had boarded the ferry (at about 8:15am), we were told to make our way up some very steep steps and follow our group leader. We were then allowed to have a wander around the ferry in groups of three for the next hour.
The boat transporting us to France was managed by P & O Ferries, it was called the Pride of Kent. 8:25am, was the approximate time that the Pride of Kent departed the Port of Dover, headed for Calais. There were many places to explore on the very crowded ferry: shops, cafés, the deck and quite a lot of other places. We came across a lot of other children who were also on a school trip.
On arriving at the Hypermarket, which was absolutely massive, our group leaders told us a time at which we should meet them, then we set off to do some shopping and to use our French. Situated in the Hypermarket was a humongous supermarket and many small shops. Whilst doing our shopping, we noticed that the majority of items were a lot cheaper in France than they are in England. Many very different and interesting products were bought.
Next, we piled ourselves back onto the coaches with our new purchases and set off for Boulogne itself. Boulogne was boiling! Our first activity was to fill in the answers for a couple of questions in our booklets. Because we were all starving, we made our way up onto the ramparts to eat our lunch, from which we got amazing views of small towns located on hills in the distance.
Afterwards, we continued our walk along the ramparts, we were almost the same height as the trees; by looking over the walls we could see some tennis courts surrounded by trees, a maze and many cobbled streets. Soon we approached the main castle, which was built by Count Philippe Hurepel, it was completed in 1234. There were many windows in the circular courtyard of the castle,too many to count!
Our time in Boulogne flew past and soon it was time to leave. On our way back to the coaches, we saw the cathedral; we also bought souvenirs and ice creams (which involved us speaking a bit of French) from a street full of shops. As it had been so hot all day we had been longing for some respite and just as we were getting on the coaches it started to rain!
When we arrived at the port, unlike last time, we had to go through border control which took quite a while; we were then stuck in a queue to get onto the ferry, again. We embarked at about 6:45pm in French time; it was raining a lot whilst we were on the ferry, meaning the windows started to steam up. However, we sill got to have a glimpse of the white cliffs of Dover. On the way back to school, most people were exhausted due to the fact that we had had to wake up incredibly early, so the coaches were reasonably quiet.
All our parents were standing by the bus bays waiting for us to return. We finally arrived back at school at about 10:15pm, only 45 minutes later than expected – not bad. We shuffled off the coaches, taking all our belongings with us. Our day in Boulogne was a great experience, a fun, but tiring day out and we all really enjoyed it!
- Martha, Year 7
Our Trip to the Houses of Parliament
On Wednesday 17th June, we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Europe House and the Houses of Parliament. It was a really enjoyable and beneficial day for everyone involved.
We began our day by visiting Europe House, home to the European Parliament and the European Commission. We were all given lanyards which showed a Member of European Parliament and information about their country, we used these to complete Europe bingo, an undoubtedly competitive event, by filling in facts about countries in the European Union. We also chose a picture from those scattered around a room which we believe most represented the EU and explained why. Pictures ranged from hedgehogs to blood vessels. We then had a talk from Asher who taught us about what countries are in the EU and how the European Parliament is run alongside background context of why the EU formed. Our final activity at Europe House was to organise into our political parties and make a speech on whether Turkey should be allowed to join the EU. Fantastic speeches were made by all the parties but after casting our votes the decision was made against Turkey joining the EU.
After we left Europe House, we travelled to the Houses of Parliament where we all had to hand in our phones, something very stressful for us teenagers! We began by watching a debate which we all found very exciting and coincidentally made by the Henley MP, talking about colleges and apprenticeships, something very fitting for those of us soon contemplating leaving school. We then had a tour of the building and learnt about how the government is made up and ran. We then were split into political parties where we had to create a manifesto and try to win seats for our MP's. We learnt a great deal about the political system in England such as methods of voting, including, first past the post and proportional representation. We cast our votes within our constituencies and failed to reach a majority so formed a coalition between the APT Party and the Civic Party. Finally, we were able to meet our MP, Ed Vaizey. He spoke to us about his role as both an MP and in government as well as happily answering any questions we had for him.
We all found the day very interesting and it improved our knowledge on the running and formation of parliament. We are all very grateful to have participated in the trip and had a really lovely day.
Salters' Festival of Chemistry 2015
The Salters' Festival of Chemistry is a series of Chemistry competitions organised by the Salters' Institute and hosted by University Chemistry departments around the country. Teams of 4 students from independent and state schools compete in two practical challenges. The Year 8 team of Stuart, Marita, Tobiah and Hollie showed excellent Chemistry skills and great teamwork and were awarded with first prize in the 'University Challenge'. The students were then treated to a demonstration of explosions and fun experiments and got to sample ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.
Sixth Form Taster Days
All prospective Sixth Form students who have recently finished Year 11 are expected to attend the two Taster Days on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. Students should arrive to school and meet in the Sixth Form Common Room by 8.40am. External students who are not familiar with the school site, should go to the main reception to be directed to Sixth Form.
These two days provide students with a chance to experience what life will be like when they attend Wallingford Sixth Form in September. They will attend lessons in their chosen subjects, complete independent tasks in Study Periods, meet new staff and students and take part in some student-led activities.
It would be sensible to bring the usual equipment required for lessons and a bag in which to keep resources that are given out during lessons. Students are not required to wear school uniform. Food and drink can be bought at the school canteen or off-site at lunchtime.
I very much look forward to welcoming students next Tuesday and hope that they gain a great deal from the experience.
- Mr N Lamb, Director of Sixth Form
BTBYCB Celebration Evening
Wednesday 24 June 2015, 6.30pm
All parents of Year 9 students are invited to come along and see their child receive their certificate for taking part in the programme. We will be talking about the highlights of this year and the achievements of the students.
We will also welcome back Mike Mullen, a pro BMX halfpipe rider and UK champion who launched our event in September.
We look forward to seeing you.
- Mrs M Paterson, Head of Year 9
Expressive Arts Evening 2015
Founder's Day Celebration & Prize Giving 2015
As you will be aware, this year's Founder's Day celebration is on 25 June, starting at 7pm in the sports hall.
The event usually lasts around 90 minutes, a pimms and hog roast reception in the Quad afterwards.
All year 11 students are invited to attend, with their families, as are prize winners and their families (any other students/family members are welcome to attend should they wish).
Tickets are available from the school office.
We are pleased to announce that the school has organised a textile collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for the Nasio Trust.
By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults' and children's clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. Please note bedding, curtains, and household linen cannot be accepted (refer to www.bag2school.com for details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.
A bag will come home with your child on 1st June. If you fill the donation bag and still have more then, you can use any other bag to donate your items and don't forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!
Bag2School will be collecting from Wallingford school on June 5th. Please bring your bag (or bags) to the grass fenced areas by the main office at the front of school on Friday 5th June 8am-8.45am. Thank You.
We are unable to accept bags before or after the 5th June.
Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.
- The Nasio Trust Exit 7 Team. Wallingford School
Art & Design Exhibition 2015
You are warmly invited to a public viewing of our Art & Design Exhibition from 3.30-7.00pm on Wednesday 17th June and Thursday 18th June.
We will be showcasing a selection of A-Level, BTEC and GCSE artwork, as well as work from Key Stage 3 students.
We look forward to seeing you.
- Wallingford School Art Department
Art Stars Trip
"We went to Oxford to look at some art galleries. My favourite gallery was Poseytude because it had lots of different styles of painting. In this gallery there was a painting of a blue flower which I like because it had big brush strokes. We also went to the O3 gallery which was very good and full of textiles. They had a painting which was about a castle with red roads and on the red roads were cyclists. It was a really good day."
- Izzy, Year 9
"My favourite gallery was the O3, the last one we went to. I also really like the Poseytude gallery, where there was a huge range of art. There was one piece I really liked at the O3 that had a painting of a castle; it was amazing and hidden in the windows and doors were characters like Alice in Wonderland. The castle was made up of different buildings and colleges in Oxford."
- Tasha, Year 9
"For our art trip we visited three galleries in Oxford; The Old Fire Station, Poseytude and the O3. My personal favourite was the O3 as it was very simple but clever. It was an excellent place for an exhibition.
My favourite piece of art was the Oxonian Castle, this was a castle made from all the colleges of Oxford mixed with things linked with the college. The reason I liked it was because it was one of those pieces you can stare at and never get bored of, as there were all these hidden details in the art.
In my opinion it was a great trip."
- Kameron, Year 7