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Senior Department News

Public Speaking

Our Top Form Public Speaking team had a practice run with Year 7 as their audience ahead of their participation in the District round of the Youth Speaks next week.  The team triumphed in the Harpenden heats before Christmas, and we now wish Logan, Ben and Matthew well as the progress further in the competition.
Rotary Youth Speaks, a long-standing nationwide competition run by the Rotary Club across the UK, aims at giving young people an experience in public speaking that will benefit them forever.

Teams are drawn from senior schools and, depending on their age, compete in junior, intermediate or senior categories. Each team has three members – chairperson, proposer and opposer – who have 15 minutes to debate a subject of the team’s choice.


Year 6 Maths

Year 6 have been designing some fabulous Games of Chance as part of their Probability Projects – and thank you to Wilfred for supplying the medals for the winners of the Higher / Lower probability game that he designed with co-creator Oscar.

Year 6 Maths Probability Project 11 March 2022

From the Science Labs…

Ms Begley and Mr Darcey are very much looking forward to next week’s British Science Week, and have lots of activities planned for their classes.  The focus next week will be on animal classification – keep an eye on the Science Department Twitter for photos of lessons and activities.

In preparation, it has been a busy week in the labs…

Year 6 have been learning about chemical reactions testing substances to see if they are acid or alkali

Year 7 have been investigating the digestive system..

From the Science Lab 11 March 2022


From the Art Room

Senior Department artists have been hard at work this week; Year 6 have been continuing to “build” their own beetles, Year 7 have been exploring the work of John Piper and Top Form have continued to produce some fantastic wax resist masterpieces.  Have a look at this week’s gallery below:

Senior Department Art 11 March 2022

Private Peaceful

Key dates for your diary:

Technical & Dress rehearsal 2 + photographs with Michael Carver: Saturday 19 March, 1000 -1600

Dress rehearsal performance to Year 5 & 6 + Top Form non drama pupils: Monday 21 March, 1430 – 1600

Evening performances to parents:  Thursday & Friday 24 and 25 March, 1900 – 2030

Reminder: All of Year 7 are involved in the play but ONLY those who opted for Drama in Top Form.

Rehearsal Schedules

Year 7

Top Form

Thank you

Mrs Hegarty

Congratulations to Stanley

Well done to Stanley L in Year 6, on a fantastic result in a recent trampolining competition.

Stanley took part in the Eastern Region Trampolining Tournament in Harlow, competing in the 11 and 12 year old boys category. After a stunning routine, Stanley won his age group, coming away with not only a gold medal, but also a place in the South of England finals to be held in Cambridge in June. His achievement is every more impressive given he was competing against some boys a year older than he is.

Well done Stanley, we can’t wait to hear how you get on in the finals!

From the Senior Library

Furthermoor by Darren Simpson

The real world is a hostile place for twelve-year-old Bren, his school days stalked by vicious bully, Shaun, and his family life fractured at home.

Ever since his sister Evie died in an accident, Bren’s only safe space is Furthermoor – an imagined world of mechanised trees and clockwork animals within which Evie is still alive.

In Furthermoor, no one can hurt Bren, that is until the mysterious Featherly arrives. Now Bren is forced to confront his deepest fears and decide if his place in the real world is worth fighting for. Enter a world as vast and dark as your imagination, in this unforgettable rollercoaster story about courage, friendship and finding your voice.