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Posted on: 16/07/2018

FUN AND FACTUAL FIELD-TRIP

On 25th and 28th of June, the GCSE Geography students went to the river Mole to carry out their GCSE fieldwork case study, here's a report from some of the students who took part. "At each of the six study sites, we had to measure the depth, width and speed of the river. We also had to measure the sediment size and spherity. Personally, I enjoyed the sense of teamwork and the river, which helped cool us down on a hot day. The teachers who went with us made the day very enjoyable; they allowed us to walk from some sites to others in the river. At the end of the day, we were allowed to go to a local café so we could cool off and copy up the data from our group.  Overall, it was an educational yet very exciting trip, which will help further our GCSE grades." - Emily Cross and Sophie Nicole Watkins recalls, "On Monday 15th June, year 10 geography students went on a natural geography field trip to River Mole in Box Hill, Sussex.  As part of our GCSE course we had to record width, depth and velocity at different points of River Mole, as well as recording different pebble sizes, river observations and the variety of flora and fauna around us. This was to prove if our hypothesis that these three measurements will increase as you go down the river was correct. Upon arrival, we went straight into the river with our metre sticks and tape measures and as a team wrote and recorded different measurements both upstream and downstream. It was a hot day and majority of year 10 were more than happy to get straight into the river and get a little dirty with our clipboards and wellington boots. The trip was very educational and a great end to the natural geography aspect in this gcse course."  
Posted on: 16/07/2018

INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW WITH HEADTEACHER

On Tuesday 3rd July, Fleur Felton, Isla Betts and Megan Neall, all from Year 7, interviewed Mrs Duncan on the topic of Inspirational Women, because they believed that women are important to society. Here's how it went: Who inspired you growing up and why? Mrs Duncan explained that she thought her primary school teachers were her inspiration. From a young age, they inspired her to become the Headteacher she is today. What made you want to become a Headteacher? In her opinion, school is an important place; it is about society in the future. She wanted to become a Headteacher to benefit society and help others. Have you faced any problems during your teaching career? How did you deal with them? Mrs Duncan has faced many problems: when she attended her first teacher’s meeting, she wore a black skirt and a white blouse. Due to the fact that she had arrived late, another Headteacher asked her for a coffee, thinking that she was a waitress! Another problem she faced was when she went to manage Springfield School. Several parents said that they needed a ‘strong, brave man to lead them’. However, Mrs Duncan strongly disagreed with this claim, since she thought that all they needed was a determined woman. How did it feel to be the first pregnant Surrey Head teacher? Mrs Duncan thought that it was really strange! Due to the fact no one knew what to do, many other Headteachers would either fuss over her or just ignored the fact that she was having a child. Not only that, but having a hungry infant at school events was a huge challenge. Who do you consider to be an inspirational women today and why? Due to the fact that she thinks politicians don’t put others before themselves, Mrs Duncan feels that it couldn’t be any of them! Instead, Malala is her inspiration. This is because although she is young she continued to persevere with her beliefs, which was to fight for women’s education in Pakistan. She also feels that Carrie Gracie (a journalist for the BBC) is inspirational, because she resigned from her job after she found out the men were being paid double for doing the same job. After receiving the money she deserved, she gave it all to a charity that focuses on improving women’s rights. How did it feel to appear in a national woman’s magazine? Mrs Duncan said that it was so embarrassing and really bizarre. She thought that she was just doing her job, but didn’t mind doing it if it inspired others. An important message from Mrs Duncan is: “Do anything you want girls! You can do anything!”  
Posted on: 16/07/2018

COLLEGE TASTER DAYS

Year 10 Students at Sunbury Manor School took part in the Brooklands & Strode’s College taster days on the 26th June and 10th July. The College taster days are designed to help students in Year 10 that are currently considering applying for College places when they leave Sunbury Manor School. The visit was designed as an introduction to what the local Colleges can offer our students and to enable them to experience life as a sixth form student. The college taster days gave our students the opportunity to sample a range of interesting, active learning experiences, including A level and vocational courses, provided by the colleges. The subject sessions were accessible to a wide ability range, so that all students attending could benefit.  Both students and staff commented that the college taster days were very enjoyable and informative to all the students. Casey Brockbank said "I really enjoyed the Taster Day at Strode’s College because it gave me a clear idea of what college is really like. I think it’s very important that schools attend these day trips because the students can have a good feel of the place and see what subjects would be best for them when they apply. I really enjoyed following the timetable that was given to me; it gave me confidence and independence. The Student Ambassadors were always on hand to help, which made me feel reassured and calm. The Taster lessons were of a good, substantial length and the staff were very helpful and informative. Strode’s College, for me, was very successful in giving me an insight into what college life is like and I now feel more prepared for 2019." Likitha Yadav recalls "My experience at Strode's was impressive. The college ensured that all of us got a real essence of what the lessons and the methods of teaching were really like. The staff and teachers were really co-operative and helpful. The lessons were very interactive and gave us a clear outlook of what A-levels will really be like. The classes were fun and interesting. The best part about the college is that it offers us more than 48 courses to choose from, giving us an opportunity to pursue a variety of careers. Overall it was a delightful experience!!" Joe Levy said "I had a really good day at Strodes, we had to choose four subjects that we were interested in taking after school so I chose: Music Technology, Drama, English and Geography. My favourite subject was Music Technology; I got to use a certain music software on the computer where I had to make my own drum rhythm. I found it really interesting as this is something that I haven’t done at all at GCSE.  I now have a lot more insight in to what this subject is all about. It was also really good to speak to students from other schools who have similar interests to me. Overall I thought the day was really helpful for me in understanding what subjects are for me and also taking in everyday college life." ... and finally Stan Bear shares his experience, "I was very excited to go to Brooklands because I saw all of the activities and opportunities the college had to offer and I got an idea of how college is and what kind of subjects you can take at Brooklands. Everyone got to choose what course they wanted to do for the day and I chose Business. When we arrived we got a pep talk by the Principal of the college, Gail Walker, and were given a tour of campus and shown each building and their purpose. The campus is huge and has over 20 subjects.  We were then introduced to Nicole and Yardenna who taught us Business, it was a fabulous and very educational experience for me."  

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