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Head for the hills with New Oak Primary

Last Friday, Year 6 boys travelled out onto the Mendip Hills to carry out the next stage in their QE Award programme. Our boys were joined by pupils from Oasis Academy New Oak Primary School for a day of navigation skills. Over the last term, we have been building links with New Oak and it was great to see pupils from both schools enjoying the fantastic weather in such an amazing location.

Head for the hills with New Oak Primary

Last Friday, Year 6 boys travelled out onto the Mendip Hills to carry out the next stage in their QE Award programme. Our boys were joined by pupils from Oasis Academy New Oak Primary School for a day of navigation skills. Over the last term, we have been building links with New Oak and it was great to see pupils from both schools enjoying the fantastic weather in such an amazing location.

Last Friday, Year 6 boys travelled out onto the Mendip Hills to carry out the next stage in their QE Award programme. Our boys were joined by pupils from Oasis Academy New Oak Primary School for a day of navigation skills. Over the last term, we have been building links with New Oak and it was great to see pupils from both schools enjoying the fantastic weather in such an amazing location.

One of the key aims for the day was to improve teamwork skills and get on with each other, as well as people they had only just met, both of which were put into practice from the outset. After being put into mixed groups, pupils were tasked with working out what potential hazards they might encounter in this environment and the key values they would need in order to complete all the tasks during the day. This led to some excellent discussions and the ice was broken! The pupils were then given a navigation exercise to complete, before stopping for a well-earned lunch.

After lunch, it was onto the main activity of the day when each group had to navigate their way around a section of the Mendips on their own, with staff remotely supervising along the way. They all demonstrated the key values they had talked about at the start of the day and each group successfully completed the route, with no one being left out on the hills!

Many thanks to Mrs Hall, Mrs Russell and Mr Leighton for their help. Huge thanks also to the pupils and staff of New Oak who embraced the challenges with great humour and determination and made the day extremely enjoyable and memorable.

We hope this is the first of many joint activities and adventures between the two schools.

Ollie is a QEH 'lifer', as he joined QEH Juniors in Year 3, eleven years ago.  It's been great to watch his development through the years, both on and off the pitch.

Ollie signs for the Bears!

Huge congratulations to Mark who has joined the top 2% of the population as a member of Mensa. In typical modest fashion, Mark sat the test on a recent weekend and didn't mention it to any of his teachers!

Mark joins Mensa!

As well as being Head of Religion and Philosophy, Zak leads our digital vision. He was instrumental in developing our excellent online learning offering during lockdown, much to the relief of our parents, and is now leading the roll out of our school device programme.

On stage!

Year 11, 12 and 13 Art students went to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford for a tour by Clare Cory, the Learning Officer for Secondary and Young People. It was her first tour since lockdown so she was particularly energised and enthusiastic with the group!

Art Trip to Oxford

Since joining the school, we have been constantly amazed by the support and kindness given by the teachers, staff and other pupils and, above all, by the injection of fun that infiltrates throughout whether they're playing sport, completing a science project and participating in a school play.  No doubt there will be challenges ahead but we're confident the school will provide the support and guidance that has our sons' best interests at heart.
Michelle, Current Parent
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