Hello from Henry B! Edition 6 2021
10th February 2021
Dear Parent and Students,
With just a few days before we reach half term, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 weeks, whether you are a student completing all your work or a parent making sure that the work is being completed! You have all been amazing! Thank you too to your wonderful teachers and our support colleagues who have made all of this possible. A particular thank you to Mr Silsby and Mr Cheshire, our IT Network team, who have worked tirelessly to make sure you can access your lessons.
Enjoy a break from the screen next week but do keep sending in those photos of your new hobbies!
Year 11 have started the challenge of mocks online, pioneering this new Covid-19 approach. We will makes allowances for any technical disruptions that may occur during the mock period along with an understanding that typing a response will be more complex. We know you will try as hard as you can and that is all we ask of you.
So let’s look at some of the positive activities coming up in the next few weeks.
A Message from the Maths team
Sunday March the 14th (3.14) it is International Pi Day. Each year the Moscow department celebrate by having fun, in-class activities involving Pi as well as holding a cake baking competition.
This year we have had to slightly modify what we are doing. Instead of a student cake baking competition where they bring their cakes into school, we will be holding a ‘Virtual Pi Cake Baking Competition’ where students will submit photos via email. Please find attached all the details.
All year groups will also have the opportunity to show their amazing memorising skills when we hold our annual ‘recite the digits of Pi’ competition. The Henry Beaufort record currently stands at: 146 digits (Illana, 2020), let’s see if it can be beaten this year!
Finally, here are some interesting, fun facts about Pi:
- Pi is all encompassing.
- Pi is ancient
- Computers have been able to calculate Pi to 22 trillion digits!
- Humans have memorised vast stretches of Pi, the world record currently stands at 17,000 digits. Pi has a bit part in many books and movies.
- Engineers at NASA round Pi to 15 decimal places.
- We celebrate International Pi Day every year (using the American calendar of March 14th, 3.14).
- In basic mathematics, Pi is used to find the area and circumference of a circle. Pi is used to find area by multiplying the radius squared times Pi….
The Brilliant Club
The Scholars’ Programme is in full swing now with twelve Year 8 students attending weekly university-style tutorials with their PhD tutor, Dr Isobel Pinder.
Students have been discussing the causes of the French Revolution, focusing this week on the Marxist explanation. Below is a sample of work produced by Lucy R:
“What factors do you think were the most significant in causing the French revolution?”
The most important cause of the French Revolution of 1789 was hunger and the unfairness of the regime. Years of drought, poor harvest and disease in cattle meant food was scarce and expensive to purchase. The peasants could not afford the high prices of food, including the most basic groceries. On the other hand, the wealthiest aristocrats lived a life of luxury as they could afford the high prices. What is more, they used the peasants to harvest the food they could not buy. The nobles knew of this situation but did not act upon it, they left them to starve, not caring for their lives.
Another reason why the poor were ready to revolt was because of the fact that the kingdoms finances were in a terrible state due to the king’s mismanagement of it, meaning more money had to be taken from the peasants who were unable to pay the increased taxes and eat. Seeing as prices of food had increased due to lack of it in recent years, they were put at even more of a disadvantage. They became outraged that they could not afford the food that was harvested by themselves and thought that change was needed. They decided violence was the only way to be heard, murder was the only way that they could get their food. Also, how the nobles looked down on the peasants and thought they were all mindless tools that they used to get resources. The peasants rage had built up from all the neglect and spite thrown upon them. With all of these things piled up, it became too much and they could not put up with it anymore, so revolution became inevitable in the circumstances.
The last reason is that the age of enlightenment. They started thinking that everyone was equal and deserved more freedom. The peasants are just the same as nobles but are just at a disadvantage moneywise. This was spread worldwide and it started making the peasants of France more dissatisfied with their lot and they started to think they should be equal. The nobles disagreed with this so the only option was revolution.
Remote delivery of the programme comes with its own unique challenges but our students definitely rise to them! Our students continue to do us proud in these difficult circumstances!
A message from Mrs Naylor Teece
Mr Brown would like to thank Year 7 for their amazing response to the technology activities for Cultural Capital day last week.
He has told me that you really embraced the day and the challenges. He had photos and videos of marble runs in action, videos of parachute drops, photos of crazy golf courses all made at home and all made by the students. ‘There were also pictures of amazing things being baked, it was just lovely to see.’
Well done Year 7!
A message from Mrs Ireland
There are a number of new resources available to all students in the Library Resources section of the Beaufort Working From Home folder on the website. I have added a Library Challenge called ‘Genre Bingo’ which you are free to complete just for fun. This is a great way to get yourself reading a variety of genres and I will welcome emails from anyone who completes the grid to let me know what titles you have read for each genre.
There is also a link for the fantastic Online School Library which has been created by the National Literacy Trust and Oak National Academy. Every week a new children’s author is featured, providing you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This week’s author is the brilliant and funny Konnie Huq.
In addition to these great resources we also have Recommended Reads and Audiobooks – all of which are available on the Henry Beaufort Wheelers ePlatform for free. Please see the Library section of the school website for details on how to log in.
Lastly, I’ve added a folder of Poetry Slam workshops which have kindly been provided by Hampshire School Library Service who are running a Poetry Slam Competition. Details of which can be found at the bottom of each workshop. Year 9 have been working on the workshop by local poet Dave Hubble this fortnight in English but all students are welcome to view the workshops by any and all of the excellent poets featured, and enter the Poetry Slam competition if they would like to.
Keep an eye on the newsletter after half term too, as we will share all the details of the exciting activities and competitions our Student Librarian team has organised to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March.
A message from Mrs Scott
This week we are thinking about our online safety. Tuesday 9th February was Safer Internet Day, Mrs Lewis sent out a Schoolcomms reminding all of our parents of the resources available to help you support your children in keeping safe on line. Please see link to our Website Click here
Online Safety is the focus of this week’s assembly from Mrs Scott. Please encourage your child to watch this assembly, it’s also an opportunity for you to talk to your child about how they keep themselves safe online.
Henry Beaufort 8 Peak Community Challenge
As a school we have launched a community challenge to see if you can virtually climb some of the tallest mountains across the UK, with the aim to see how far as a school community we can cover in distance and flights of stairs climbed before we break up for Easter. This challenge is open to Students, Staff, Support Staff and Families and we would love to see as many of you attempting to conquer some of the mountains and submitting your results via the QR Code. We would love to see students during their Core PE lessons using this time to attempt a challenge and these challenges can be broken into smaller challenges/distances and put together.
For more information about this challenge please see the Henry Beaufort 8 Peak Community Challenge Information PowerPoint on the School Website in the Beaufort Work From Home folder.
Please remember to submit any of your completed challenges via the Google Forms QR Code on the PowerPoint or via this link - https://forms.gle/svkkVbo6fuBiZVBx5
We would love to hear about any of your efforts and see any photos so please send them to Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday the 16th of February is Shrove Tuesday so there is no better recipe to share with you this week than one for pancakes! Thank you Mrs Golding.
And finally a message from me to you.
There has been much in the media of late about the negative impact of the lockdown on your education and your progress. Of course there will be some impact although I do believe that being able to provide online lessons to every one of you in our school will make sure that you continue to learn.
Thank you to those students who have joined me for a discussion on learning in lockdown. We have also talked about what would help when students do return to onsite working and I have been given some very useful advice on what would help both academically and in terms of well-being.
The learning journey for you may have taken a bit of a detour but we will together make sure that you get back up to speed as soon as possible. So when you hear or read about the gloomy predictions about your education I want you to think instead of all the things that you have learnt during this lockdown. Your IT skills , your ability to interact with teachers in a different learning environment, the emails you have sent us telling us about what you are doing, your ability to send in work on assignments and one note; your incredible enthusiasm for sharing new hobbies or meeting the challenges we set you on Cultural Capital day.
We have all learnt to do things in a different way and some of this is for the better and we need to make sure we do not lose sight of the positives.
You are amazing and a pandemic is not going to stop you being amazing now or in the future. You will fulfil your dreams and ambitions, and education now and in the future, will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to do precisely that.
‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ [Eleanor Roosevelt]
So continue to dream, to have ambitions; they are only on hold for a little while longer.
With my best wishes to you and your family.
Miss S Hearle