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OPEN DAY SUCCESS

We would like to thank students and parents for their support making our Open Evening a great success!

MISSED OUR OPEN DAY?
If you missed our Open Day and would like to have a guided tour to see the school in action during the day, please contact our Office Manager, Marion Sheppard on 01458 832943 to book an appointment.

Saving our Planet

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As part of Curriculum Enrichment Day, Year 8 students worked in groups and focused on sustainability and enterprise. The theme for the day was ‘Saving our Planet’. Students worked exceptionally well designing and making a new product – made out of recycled materials – that could help ‘save our planet’. This was followed by marketing their product and presenting their idea to other groups in Year 8.

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World Book Day

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On Thursday 2 March students celebrated World Book Day. Year 9 students ran an assembly on Wednesday 1 March with the theme of “Friends in Literature” – a lively interactive quiz involved the whole school and showed what keen readers our students are as they managed to identify all the characters correctly.

In the week leading up to World Book Day, Mrs Gregory – our literacy coordinator – set a tutor group challenge whereby each tutor group was assigned a book which they had to research and then use their findings to create a poster to represent their text.

On World Book Day itself, Mrs Gregory also set a “literary treasure hunt” around the school; it was great to see so many students rushing round, at break and lunchtime, trying to solve the clues. As well as the treasure hunt students had the opportunity to come dressed as a character from a book on World Book Day; George from “Of Mice and Men” rubbed shoulders with a werewolf from “Twilight” and “Serafina Pekkala” from The Northern Lights!

Finally, also on World Book Day, students ran a book exchange which was very popular. Students and staff brought in books for a “swap shop” style lunchtime event. Again, it was most pleasing to see so many students participate – their eagerness for books confirms what keen readers we have in the school. The only condition of the book exchange was that when students have finished the books, they pass them on to someone else who might enjoy them – a great way to keep the reading buzz going.

Well done to all concerned – a very successful celebration of books and reading.

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Progression Project – Whitefang

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St Dunstan’s have been working closely with local primary schools to develop a progression project between Years 6 and 7.  In English, students have worked on the first three chapters of the novel Whitefang by Jack London to explore how authors create atmosphere, description and dialogue.  Having understood how Jack London uses language and structure effectively, Year 7 have written their own creative pieces inspired by the novel.

Wells Literature Festival have very generously donated enough copies of Whitefang for the whole year group to enjoy.  We are very excited as many students this year have been keen to read the whole novel.  For next year and future years, students will be able to relish the story without having to wait for someone else to finish with it! 

Many thanks to the Wells Literature Festival.

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