HOUSE NEWS UPDATE
Our houses have been taking part in dodgeball this week, with Y7 and Y8 competing this week to get the ball rolling. Both year groups played some great stuff and it has been lovely to see the competitions played in a positive spirit with all houses cheering each other on and fully appreciative of the high quality stuff on display. You can see some of the pictures.
Phoenix took first place in the Y7 competition after a hotly contested final round of games saw them win by just one point. The same margin saw Griffin come out victorious in the Y8 competition, and as they had enough to field two teams, they came out with more points than anyone else. This week, Y9’s have their dodgeball competition followed by Y10, Y11 and 6th form and staff the following week. Remember the final week of the term we will have our Lip Sync Battle, where plans are well under way and staff are furiously rehearsing to put on a really good show!!
In sporting news, the Y11 boys won their heat in the Coventry School Games in basketball on Wednesday. They won both of their games, beating Cardinal Wiseman 8-4 and Foxford 10-8. The boys showed outstanding workrate and their leadership qualities were also praised by the organisers of the competiton. The boys will now represent Coventry East at the regional finals in January.
Next week, Y9 play football away to Blue Coat in a friendly fixture and our 6th form team will be in cup action against Grace Academy, hoping for a safe passage into the next round.
Dr. Nick Barker demonstrated a series of Science experiments to year 7 focusing on ‘How Science Works’. The year 7’s were very enthusiastic. Dr Barker was impressed in the question and answer sessions and believes that Stoke Park has future Scientist in the making. Well done Stoke Park.
A Week of English Enrichment – 27th November
On Monday 27 November, the AS and A Level English Literature students travelled to London to attend a series of Othello lectures in the heart of the city. The students listened attentively and took notes during the talks about a number of importance areas including Shakespearean tragedies, language and characterisation and the 'sound' of the play. They were also treated to a session on how to engage with extract and unseen text questions, something that will stand them in good stead when they write their exams in the spring. By listening to the academics, students will be able to engage with the wider issues of the play and were able to start to draw correlations between themes and texts in the breaks between lectures.
After the lectures finished, they traversed the city and ended up at the Imperial War Museum for a contextual lesson in the second half of the course - World War One and its Aftermath. Once inside, students enjoyed a number of artefacts including a coat owned by Kaiser Wilhelm, first hand written accounts by combatants, artillery and the after effects of war on the human psyche. Many of the students commented whilst they were there that they felt a deeper connection with those involved with the course and that seeing items in the flesh, made the context of the Literature seem all the more real to them.
Wednesday of that same week saw some of our Year 10 High Attaining students attend an English and Creative Writing Day at the University of Warwick. There, students were exposed to a range of English in various forms from Shakespeare to video games design. The sessions went a long way in ensuring that they saw the importance and relevance of English in today's world and the future and challenged them in terms of how they engaged with the subject. The final session on Macbeth actually saw some of our students acting in front of a lecture hall full of their peers whilst exploring Shakespeare's use of rhythm and stagecraft in the play. The students were fully engaged with the day and a number commented on how much they loved the experience of the sessions and being able to attend a world class University like Warwick.
In the evening, some of our Creative Writing and Literature Sixth Formers arrived for some evening lectures, which allowed them to speak with an author and discuss elements of writer's craft. They also got to experience sitting in a lecture hall a few months before they start to do it 'for real'!
Finally on Thursday, our Year 11 High Attaining visited the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to participate in a seminar about their exam text, Macbeth. The topics of the session were extensive and included the historical context of the Jacobean era, the early modern theatre experience and how Shakespeare used stagecraft and proxemics to engage and enthral his audience. Students were treated to short performances of key scenes which were then analysed by the actors who performed them. This interactive session allowed students to test the boundaries of their knowledge of the text as well as how they interpret it. We were also able to quickly pop over to Shakespeare's birthplace where they saw the room in which he was born and took a few photos for memories of the day.
This week has been a very rewarding experience for English staff and students alike and will go a long way to ensuring our success in the coming months.