The Barclay School had its Open Evening on the 5th of October, where parents and students could take a tour of the school to really see if Barclay School is a good choice for them. The Headteacher Mr Allchorn made three speeches to prospective parents and student through out the night which can be downloaded below.
Our students have been working so hard over the last few months, giving up their lunchtimes and evenings to ensure that Aladdin was a spectacular show and we would like to thank them for that. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who have helped with the production, our Lighting and Tech Team, our costume makers, make-up artists and set painters. Thank you for making this show a huge success.
Our A-level Geographers spent the weekend in beautiful Box Hill in Surrey as part of their studies last week. The group, led by Mr Corrigan, teamed up with Thomas Alleynes and Barnwell students to travel to Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre for a bespoke programme to prepare them for the new Edexcel Geography course which allows students to conduct their own investigation into a topic of their choice. The programme at Juniper Hall (one of over twenty field studies centres situated around the country) aimed to equip them with the specialist skills and knowledge to begin their projects. There will be a follow-up trip next year to the same location to enable them to gather further evidence and material to complete their work, which is worth 20% of their final marks. We had a packed schedule, which ran from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., with breaks for home-made cake and delicious dinners served at the Hall. Students conducted fieldwork in a variety of locations – looking at town centre regeneration projects in nearby Leatherhead, measuring the beach profile (and pebble sizes!) at Newhaven on the South Coast and investigating flood defences in Seaford. We had a wonderful course leader, based at the centre, to give her expert input and teachers accompanying the group were also able to help students get the most out of the opportunity. The weather was very cold (minus 7oC in the morning, rising to minus 2oC) but lovely and sunny, which led to an interesting combination of outfits – woolly hats and sunglasses were de rigeur on the beach. Everyone enjoyed the trip and the chance to get to know students and staff from other schools.
The purpose of this event was to recognise and remember the Holocaust and Genocides worldwide. Our school was invited to take part in the event in October; I saw this as a fantastic opportunity as I was visiting Auschwitz on a school trip with some of my Year 11 R.S students. When we were there, we met Miroslawa Gruszynska who hid a Jewish girl during the Holocaust. We used her story for the inspiration of our piece entitled, ‘How can life go on’, in which the students retold the story of Miroslawa through words and freeze frames. The students performed this at John Henry Newman on Tuesday 24th January and retold her story beautifully. In the audience there were some other KS4 and KS5 R.S students supporting their peers and taking time out to reflect on the importance of remembering the past to prevent further atrocities in the future.
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust: Gemma Green-Hope’s film about Holocaust survivor Ivor Perl
You can read more about Ivor’s story, and watch film from Ivor and Gemma’s meeting, on Memory Makers website. – See more at: http://hmd.org.uk
On a cold Thursday evening in January The Barclay School hall was filled with the wonderful tones of Guitars and Drums. Our guitarist, vocalists and drummers from all age groups performed for family and friends. The standard of the performances were excellent and very enjoyable.
It was a great opportunity to see the amazing progress our young musicians have made. We are very proud of them for taking part. Thank you to our guitar tutors, Paul Fairey and Chris Moorhead for their support.
Watch the exclusive trailer of our Guitar and Drum Concert below