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Wishing all of our pupils a wonderful summer holiday - see you all again in six week's time! :)
And that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun today - we hoped you all enjoyed yourselves... we certainly did! Watch this space to find out how much money we ended up raising for The Ranch in Southmead!
Wishing all of our students a wonderful and relaxing summer holiday - we shall look forward to seeing you all in September, and welcoming the new Year 7s! Also, the best of luck to all of our Year 11s who have now flown the nest - we wish you every success for the future :)
The Anti-bullying Training Workshop hosted at Orchard on Tuesday was very successful - it was attended by 19 delegates, a mix of primary and secondary staff, from various school in the South West.
Orchard sports leaders have been working very hard preparing for next week's sports day which they are running and organising for Year 4 pupils from local primary schools.
We are hosting an anti-bullying training workshop (through Achievement for All) on Tuesday 24 June. It will be held in G27 and will run from 9am-4pm. This workshop will be led by Marius Frank and we are expecting approximately 20 staff from other schools to attend.
Year 10s are fundraising for the British Heart Foundation - they're going to be taking part in a non-stop skip next week! Watch this space...
Some more great news from Orchard - our Year 10 girls rounders team has got through to the quarter finals of the Bristol School league. They will be taking on City Academy.
Orchard pupils had the opportunity to visit a Roman Museum last week in Cirencester. The museum's education team challenged the students to carry out an investigation into the lives of four people who had lived in Cirencester (or Corinium as it was named by the Romans) more than 1600 years ago. Through examining replicas of the everyday objects which these people would have owned, and by decoding the Latin inscriptions taken from their tombstones, OSB's classicists were able to form a detailed understanding of what life was like for their individuals. Ellie Boyd, Lewis Bullock, Michael Loffler and Ayanleh Said duly brought their discoveries to life when they were transformed into these ancient citizens of Provencia Britannia, complete with togas and sandals!
Over 300 children from 5 local schools enjoyed hearing about the power of books to inform decisions and to transform lives from Joffre White (named after a WW1 French General). Joffre used the example of JK Rowling the author of the Harry Potter novels, an ordinary woman who had a brilliant idea and persevered despite repeated rejection to becoming one of the world’s bestselling authors.
Kim Kheing has been selected to represent South West England at Basketball at the Gniezno International Tournament in Poland in July. Players from the squad will be eligible for selection in the Under 16 National Team. Good Luck Kim!
#FairtradeFortnight in Bristol was greatly enhanced by the visit of Margarita Espinoza, Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua. She met students at Orchard, highlighting the incredible impacts of Fairtrade on her community; funding education, cancer screening and insurance against the coffee rust disease. The Fairtrade team has been busy baking for our weekly Fairtrade Friday cake sales to fund Enrichment sessions, ingredients and trips as well as take part in community events in the future.
Don't forget... IT'S CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY THIS FRIDAY!
3aaa - a training provider of apprenticeships - is coming in tomorrow to do workshops with Years 9, 10 and 11 about finance, accounting, marketing and IT, and providing information on apprenticeships that are available.
Year 11 Art students will be sitting their mock GCSE exam this Wednesday. We wish them the best of luck!
This Thursday (17th), our Year 10/11 GCSE art students will be visiting London's Tate Modern, with lunch in Covent Garden. The students will be leaving at 8am and returning at 5.30pm.
The cast of Orchard students who performed Macbeth as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival will be performing to our Years on Tuesday. In order to prepare for this, the cast will be rehearsing tomorrow during tutor time and lesson 5.
Continuous rain and muddy conditions didn't stop a group of Orchard students taking part in the cross country trials on Thursday. This year, four of our runners have been selected to represent Bristol on the 16th January. A special mention goes to Liam Jordan who was placed 38th last year, and 6th this year, securing him a county place. Good work all!
Tomorrow, Year 10 will be taking part in a mock interview day. We have business professionals coming in from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Thrings Law, STEM, the Army, Ernst and Young Accountants, Highways Agency, Carillion and many more. It will give the our students a taster of what it is like to have an interview and the professionals will be providing students with constructive feedback on improvements for future interviews.
Tomorrow, Santander is coming in to Orchard School to do interviews with six students who are interested in a career in banking - they will be doing interviews as an application process for work experience.
Today, students from Years 7, 8 and 9 will be completing their training to become Reading Buddies. It is part of a project, which involves our students reading with Year 2 pupils at Filton Avenue Infants. There will be 15 of our students taking part in the project this year.
Years 7, 8 and 9 will sit their bi-annual Suffolk Reading Test on Thursday 3rd December. This test is essential in gaining an up-to-date reading level for all our KS3 students.
In the build-up to Christmas, a festive question will be posted daily on the board outside Mr Coxon's office... two winners will be selected each day to win 25 Vivo points! Good luck!
Between 8.30am-12pm tomorrow, Year 11s will be having their meningitis vaccines.
Year 11s formal mock exams will be starting this week. The timetable is as follows: Monday 30th November Lesson 1 (8.30am): Maths (1 hour 45 mins) Tutor (1.30pm): Science Core (1 hour) Tuesday 1st December Lesson 1 (8.30am): English (1 hour) Tutor (1.30pm): RE (1 hour 30 mins) Wednesday 2nd December Lesson 1 (8.30am): Option B - French, Spanish, Geography, Engineering (1 hour 30 mins) Lesson 3 (10.50am): Option C - PE, Performing Arts, Business, Engineering (1 hour 30 mins) Thursday 3rd December Tutor (1.30pm): Option A - Geography, History (1 hour 45 mins) Friday 4th December Lesson 3 (10.50am): Science Additional (11X1, 11X2, 11X3)
Congratulations to all of our Year 10 students who picked up awards at their celebration assembly yesterday - some really fantastic achievements!