Houses of Parliament

10338715_879302102095188_2034237961079876197_nAfter a project that involved dramatising the gunpowder plot and debating lots finally the Juniors were able to visit the Palace of Westminster itself.

Getting there on the underground and posing with Big Ben was just the start!

We were taken around and learned a lot about our ancient democracy. Some of us nearly incurred the wrath of Black Rod by “nearly” sitting down in the Commons. Phew that was a close one.

We also had fun trying to work out who the statues were of the prime ministers in the lobby. It made Emlyn feel very old as he could remember a  few of them. He found Margaret a bit scary but was reassured by Harold and Edward.

Then to St James’ Park for lunch and a viewing of the pelicans.

The Big Bang Fair

IMAG0270 (1)On 14th March 2014, Year 10 pupils attended The Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC – a huge display of the many varied aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths.  Designed to widen students’ awareness of possible careers and to discover the role of these subjects in perhaps some unexpected places.
There was almost too much to cover, but among the activities our students tried controlling a nuclear power station, saw chemical reactions used to create special effects for TV and admired some fine engineering from the likes of Rolls Royce and JCB.  IMAG0259
For some reason the stalls for welding with chocolate and building with marshmallows and straws were particularly popular with the crowds.


School Log April 2014

Year 9 Shadow Play

Year 9 Shadow Drama

At the time of writing the sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are enjoying some down time after what has been a very full half term. Our drop-in Open Afternoon on Wednesday 2nd April proved to be very popular with prospective families.  Don’t worry if you missed it, our next Open Day is on Saturday 10th May – 10 am until 1pm.  Alternatively, please telephone the school office to arrange a tour at a mutually convenient time.

The Eisteddfod Festival was amazing.  Congratulations to everybody involved in this festival of culture and to everybody who attended.  Well done to Year 9 for winning the Group Performance Section with an incredible shadow drama á la Attraction from Britain’s Got Talent.  Caroline from Year 7 was our overall winner and was crowned Bard.

The hard work truly paid off and we all felt very proud. Our Lower Juniors visited the Mayfield Farm Bakery, meeting the baker Nick Anderson and learning all about the history of the bakery, before trying their hand at some bread making.  Our Upper Juniors met with Chris Simons at the Broad Oak Farm Sausage Factory.  After an enlightening tour of the factory they came away with different sausages to cook and share in school.  Yum!

The Senior School were also busy during the term – Year 8 visited a teapot factory and made teapots; Year 10 visited the NEC Birmingham for The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineering Fair; Year 10 and 11 French and History students enjoyed a long weekend in France and finally, at the end of the term, our Year 10 Spanish students had a week-long visit to Spain.

In the middle of it all, a surprise afternoon tea party was held to celebrate Emlyn and Sue’s 25th wedding anniversary.  Sneaky!

The Friends of The Christian School (Takeley) are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 10th May.   Tickets cost £7 per person and include a chicken or fish and chip supper.  Bring your own drink and nibbles.  If you can get together a team of no more than 8 people and fancy testing your brain cells, please telephone the school office on 01279 871162 for a booking form and further information.

Tree Planting Event @ Wethersfield Diamond Wood

013As part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Wood Project MDPGA Wethersfield is creating one of 60 special Diamond Woods.

60 years is how long the Queen has been on the throne.The Woodland Trust will be planting 60 million trees over the country,
and we the juniors have been apart of this special event!

We learnt more about trees, the types of wood and how to find out the age of a tree, without cutting it down. We had fun in the woods making a nest like a bird and how clever they are.

It was a bright very cold day with ice in muddy puddles. We learnt how to plant the trees and the trees we planted were oak.

When we finished we enjoyed hot soup and rolls before returning to back to school.