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February
2019

Choir Club travelled to Manchester

On Sunday 10th February 2019 our Choir Club travelled to Manchester along with Samantha, Jean-Seb and Kirsty. 

As part of the IPC topic 'Different Places, Similar Lives', we visited a school in the UK, shared lessons, assembly, playtime and lunchtime  and had a choir rehearsal together. Everyone had lots to learn from each other and both children and staff made new friends. Later in the day we travelled to the Manchester Arena to take part in the Young Voices Concert. We had been busy rehearsing for months and were very excited to be part of the largest children's concerts in the world. Everyone sang and danced all evening and the atmosphere was amazing!
 
The next day we went to the Blue Planet Aquarium and enjoyed a fascinating workshop. Looking at all the different creatures was really interesting and we especially liked travelling through the Underwater Shark Tunnel which is home to Europe's largest collection of sharks. Afterwards we went to Freedome, an aerial freestyle park where we jumped on the trampolines, crawled across ladders and swung into cargo nets. It was a brilliant challenge and everybody had lots of fun!
 
Later in the evening we shared a delicious meal at a lovely restaurant in the City Centre and then made our way to the Manchester Opera House to see a fantastic performance of the West End hit musical, 'Annie'. It was a wonderful end to our visit to Manchester. 
 
We hope you enjoy watching our Manchester movie!

Categories: School Trips

19
February
2019

Mountain dinner

The students have enoyed the activities this term and the evening activities have been a lot of fun. Last week the students enjoyed going up the mountain by ski-do and having dinner with their friends, before driving back down and returning to school. It has been a busy term so far!

Mountain dinner

Categories: Boarding Life

19
February
2019

Cooking club

Yesterday our youngest students participated in their first cooking experience out of school. There was of course no better way to start than by making chocolate and of course, eating their work at the end. It was a fantastic experience and we are lucky to have Swiss chocolatiers who were patient enough to spend time doing so with them!

Cooking club

Categories: Boarding Life

15
February
2019

Year 1 and 2

In Science we have been learning about light and dark as part of the IPC unit: Seeing the Light. We planned fair tests to find out what seeds need to grow into healthy plants and to investigate how important light is for plant growth. We loved seeing how our seeds grew and found out that the seeds did grow without light, but they did not look very healthy. We have also been finding out the difference a light source and reflection and testing different materials for their reflective qualities. In IPC we practised our mapping skills, drawing maps of the school grounds where we will record the light sources we have discovered in this area.

Our fractions learning in maths became a feast as we ‘shared’ cakes and investigated halves and wholes using cookies!

We worked in pairs to plan our own stories based on the Three Little Pigs and then we wrote our creative versions in Big Writing, Our characters included a range of animals including elephants, mice and even a rhinoceros.

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Year 1 and 2

Categories: Academic

14
February
2019

'A Journey to Space'

In Literacy, Year 5 have been writing stories entitled 'A Journey to Space'. This was a great way to link with our IPC topic 'Space Explorers', getting the children to imagine what it would be like as an astronaut and then to convey this descriptively in their writing. Their writing included some elements of fantasy, alongside real life descriptions of the planets and what it might really feel like to take this journey. They were also asked to use a wide range of vocabulary, including similes and adverbs for effect.

Eliza Arthur

'A Journey to Space'

Categories: Academic

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