Another kiln load of Year 7 clay gargoyles wait expectantly to be fired in our kiln. Look at their little faces!
I wonder what their expressions will be when I open the door....
On Monday, the Year 7 students took part in five different workshops to do with their new topic, India. These five workshops were: Indian drumming, Bollywood dancing, Indian cooking, Indian art and fact finding.
Year 7 have been busy enjoying the many different workshops on offer throughout today. All pupils have experienced Bollywood dance, Indian drumming, an Indian cookery workshop, Indian drumming and a fact finding ICT lesson in preparation for a PLTS project. All pupils have engaged fully with all the activities and challenges and really enjoyed the day so far. All groups are still participating in their final workshop as we speak, so the day is far from over!
After a week off, Year 7 are thrown straight back into exciting workshops and activities as part of their India Day. Pupils will be off timetable all day, participating in a range of different activities such as Bollywood Dance, Indian drumming, Indian cookery and Art. Below is a taster of what Year 7 have been doing so far today!
Cranborne's top rowers headed to Canford school on Wednesday 25th February to battle it out for a chance to gain a place in the East Dorset team.
Schools were invited to send their strongest rowers to participate in the 2 or 3 minute challenge depending on whether they were in Yr7 or Yr8. They had just one opportunity to post their best distance.
It was an encouraging afternoon with the vast majority of pupils managing to beat their personal bests, some by a large margin!
All we can do now is wait and see how we have done in comparison to the other East Dorset schools.
Watch this space!
Year 7 have been very busy in Art lessons this year. In the Autumn term, pupils learned about the art of a group of artists called The Paper Cinema: a local company of artists, puppeteers and musicians who create hand drawn puppets and scenery and perform plays to audiences who watch the action through a live feed to a large screen. Musicians are grouped around the puppeteers and play live music to accompany the storyline.
After watching a trailer for one of their performances (they perform internationally) Year 7 were completely engaged. They worked collaboratively in groups to create puppets and compose and play live music to animate a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which they had been learning in English.
Pupils watched and listened to all performances and each tutor group voted for their favourite performance. Here is a film of one of the winning groups: a superb mix of skilfully made puppets, clever scenery and well thought out music which really matched the mood of the scene.
Yesterday saw the first round of the Year 7 Poole and East Dorset netball league get underway at Parkstone Grammar School. The excited squad of 9 arrived just in time for a quick warm up before taking their places on court to face their first opponents: St Michael's.
After a tense start, Cranborne pulled ahead by some great shooting from Aimee and Erin. St. Michael's came back strong and by half time, they were 7-5 ahead. After a team talk and some tactical changes, the team headed back into court fired up and ready to win.
Some lovely centre court link up play by Evie, Eliza and Lauren helped get the ball down to our shooters several times and they rarely
missed, taking the score to 10-9 and a nail biting finish to the game. Some super defending by Lizzie allowed more attacking play and the score finished 12-9 to Cranborne.
Well done to all 9 players. Next week we face local rivals- Allenbourn and also the unknown quantity- Purbeck. Let's see if we can keep that winning streak going!
Aesop's quote (above) was the inspiration for Mrs Williams' first assembly of the year where the new 'random acts of kindness' initiative was launched.
Year 7, along with Year 8, have been challenged to carry out random acts of kindness over the course of the week and record them on posters displayed on tutor room doors. The intention is that pupils begin to become more aware of other people in their year group and key stage and learn to recognise when someone needs help.
Lets see just how kind Cranborne can be!
This week we have started our new topic in Computing, which is Programming. We started learning a new language that we used in Python. Python is a scripting language that allows us to create computer programmes.
If you would like to explore Python Online then click the picture opposite.
After weeks of hard work in their English lessons, Year 7 finally reached the end stage in their Charity Speeches unit of work today. Pupils have been learning the art of persuasion and how to deliver an effective and powerful speech, linking to the charity of thier choice. The last few days have seen each pupil in each English set deliver their speech to the class, with classmates voting for their favourites. Today, twelve finalists stood before their year group and Mr Watson in the hope of convincing him to select their charity. This charity then becomes the one that CMS supports and fundraises for over the next twelve months. All twelve finalists produced some powerful speeches which were confidently delivered, making Mr Watson's decision all the more difficult!
He will be taking his time to arrive at a final decision and will be announcing the result in our end of term assembly next Friday. Watch this space!