Mrs Williams (Head of Year 8)
On Sunday 5th March, one of our talented Year 8 pupils competed in the South West Schools Tumbling Competition, representing Cranborne. Competing against 19 other girls from across the South West region and Guernsey, some more than two years older than herself, Katie had to complete three different tumbles of extreme difficulty. After a long and intensive day, she was awarded fifth place - a fantastic achievement. Well done Katie!
Mrs Williams (Head of Year 8)
Year 8 have been studying Gothic Literature, including poetry techniques with the help of "The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe. Now we get to see what happens when 19th Century literature meets modern day rap...
This week Year 8 have been applying their knowledge of the Shakespeare play from their English lessons and combining it creatively in their Art lessons. Over recent weeks as part of their History of Animation unit, they have been practising drawing in the style of Manga comic books and animated films. Pupils chose their favourite character from Romeo and Juliet and drew their face, creating expression and emotion in the face which would suit that character. A challenging but successful outcome for both boys and girls in Year 8, especially for those pupils who thought they couldn't draw! Mrs Everett
On Tuesday 21st February, Year 8 were lucky enough to receive a visit from Gillian Walnes, founder of the Anne Frank Trust. Here are two reports from our very own Year 8 pupils to give you further details...
On the 21st February, Cranborne Middle School was given a very insightful talk from Gillian Walnes, the founder and vice president of the Anne Frank Trust which focuses on defeating prejudice and discrimination in the UK through class and prison teaching. C.M.S was one of many lucky schools to receive an informative and influential speech on the life, death and legacy of Anne Frank.
Children from Year 8 learnt of Anne’s journey from a Nazi run, discriminative Germany to the impartial Netherlands. When the Nazis invaded Amsterdam in 1940, Anne Frank, her family and four others went into hiding in a secret room of an office building. The house can still be seen today along with the hidden annex. Unfortunately the families where discovered and sent to Auschwitz concentration/death camp and then later to Bergen-Belsen where Anne Frank died in 1945. Anne Frank’s father, however, survived and returned to Amsterdam to then discover Anne Frank’s diary. It was later published and it has now sold over 30 million copies and been translated into 67 languages.
Although upsetting, the talk was very inspirational and it was very easy to empathise with Anne’s thoughts and feelings, being of a similar age as her. Cranborne Middle School also won an award from the Holocaust Memorial Project for a high level of teaching of the holocaust presented on the 26th January. The school was also part of an event led by Henry Schachter based on his survival of the Holocaust which was also very interesting.
Each year, students from Year 8 are given the task of producing a creative project based on their response to what they have learnt about the Holocaust. The projects this year will be on display at Bournemouth Library for the public to see and admire.
On the 20th of February Gillian Walnes (founder of The Anne Frank Trust) came into Cranborne Middle School to tell us the story of Anne Frank. Anne Frank was born on the 12th of June 1929.The story really touched me. Anne Frank was a teenage girl that hid away with her family from the Nazi’s during the Second World War, in a secret hidden room. She stayed in one room for 2 whole years without leaving. Until one day a person spotted Anne peeking through the window and reported it to the local police. The police arrested the family and sent them off to concentration camps. Anne Frank recorded all her experiences in a note book she called Kitty. Kitty was the name of a character from a book Anne loved to read. The story helped us to empathise with Anne Frank as we are the same as she was when she wrote her famous diary. Gillian’s visit taught me a lot about how the world can be a sad place so we need to make sure for generations to come we can make people aware of the evil in the world and make a change.
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!
On Thursday 26th January Year 8 were invited to attend the Holocaust Commemoration event at Corfe Hills School.
As they are currently studying this topic in lessons, this was a fantastic opportunity for them to hear a survivor of the Holocaust tell his incredible tale.
We took part in the candle lighting act of remembrance, after which Henry began to retell his remarkable story.
It was such a privilege for us all and we were extremely moved by his account which was so thought provoking.
The experience will greatly help the students with their studies and afterwards they described the event using so many words and phrases including sad, amazing, horrible, and why and how could anyone do these things?
My thanks go to those who accompanied us on the trip - Mr Lees, Mrs Watson, Miss Riley, Mr Bracken and Mr Parker.
We all have a lot to think about after yesterday's event and it has helped the students to better understand the topic and see the reality of what happened during this terrible period.
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 8, along with Year 7, 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 in computing, Year 8's have started to learn how computers count and store data using Binary Code. We learnt that we count in a Base 10 method because we have ten fingers which means we have ten digits to use.
Computers work in a Base 2 method, using only 1's and 0's.
We then played the game below, how will you get on?
Fancy writing messages in Binary? Try using the Binary Translator Website!
Eight Year 8 Sports Leaders were lucky enough to attend the Dorset Leadership Academy last Thursday. Over 300 young people from across the county converged on Bryanston School to hone their leadership skills via a number of practical workshops. The opening address was given by Kate Grey, Paralympic swimmer, who inspired everyone to pursue their dreams and never give up.
A great day was had by all. The leaders then returned to school to deliver some of the games and activities they'd learnt to our Year 7 Playground Leaders. They will be putting their new skills and knowledge into action from Monday.