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Year 7 PiXL Edge Launch 2016

PiXL Edge illustration

We would like to welcome all Year 7 Parents to a launch evening for the PiXL Edge programme on Thursday 21st January from 6.30 – 7.30pm, in the main school hall.

This is a combined event where we will be presenting 70 of our Year 8 students with certificates for completing their Apprentice level of the PiXL Edge programme.

What is PiXL Edge?

PiXL Edge is a programme that is becoming increasingly well-known and respected around the country and enable students to develop skills and attributes identified by employers as being important when students move into employment or further education. It is a modern, interactive, online programme that recognises the achievements of students as they complete selected tasks. Students are supported by teachers within school as they set about accomplishing challenges in one of the five skill/attribute areas.

For more information please follow the link:

http://www.pixl.org.uk/edge

New A Level Course - Government and Politics

We are offering a new course, Government and Politics, to students starting Sixth Form in September 2016. Download the course outline below.

PDF Government & Politics

Other information about joining Wallingford School Sixth Form can be found here.

 

Year 12 Assembly - 15th January

Year 12 Assembly

In our Year 12 assembly we were introduced to Ella's foster mum, Trisha, who had come in to speak to us about assumptions, stereotypes and prejudice.

She did this by presenting a number of different images of individuals and asked us to say one word that represented each person. The reactions to the images were stereotypical: chav, nerd, terrorist, slut, etc. We were then asked to value each person from 0 to 10.

At the beginning of the discussion, members of Year 12 were more opinionated and less accepting. However, towards the end individuals were questioning the concept of rating people's value and argued, "Why are we putting a limit on how much people are valued?"

It was clear that Trisha's aim was to make us think before we judge someone on their appearance which as a result can limit a person's aspirations. Overall the assembly allowed us to realise that stereotypes aren't realistic and there is more than one word to describe / associate an individual with.

Trisha showed us that Ella has proven that stereotypes and assumptions are false due to her being just as able as other students to experience an education in a normal school environment and accomplish other goals.

- Morgan, Year 12

Wallingford School Association Social Evening

Please come and join us for our informal WSA Social Evening and find out how fundraising helps support our children at school.

It will be held on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Common Room. We look forward to seeing you there.

A selection of events our WSA support each year below...

School production Founders' Day

Spring Concert Founders' Day

BBC South Today interviews Wallingford School Nasio Students

We are delighted to present a short clip from Adina Campbell's Nasio Trust documentary on BBC South Today, 21st December 2015. Adina interviews three of our students, who describe their experience with The Nasio Trust in Kenya, October 2015.

Copyright BBC South Today. Used with permission.

Show My Homework - New Apps Available

Show My Homework

Show My Homework, the site we use to record all subjects' homework, has released new versions of their Show My Homework apps for iOS and Android.

More information (offsite)

Sixth Form Opportunities - Dec 2015

Dear Students & Parents,

Well done to our students for another term of very hard work. The Christmas break marks the end of the longest stretch in the year and many of you should be proud of the huge parts of courses that you have completed so far.

The break is also a chance to reflect on longer term goals. More specifically, students should be thinking about what they can do to give themselves the best possible chance of securing a place at their desired destination, be it University, College, Apprenticeship or Employment.

Below is a fairly lengthy list of opportunities that students should be making the most of. If nothing else it highlights the huge range of opportunities available, although this is just a fraction and with a little bit of research you can find the right kind of thing for you. Just let us know if you need some help, which is most often provided by our careers advisor, Theresa Ward ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The best students from elsewhere in the country are using these types of opportunies to give them a step up - please don't be left behind!

Read more: Sixth Form Opportunities - Dec 2015

SOX Appeal

BBC OXFORD SOX Appeal poster

The School Officers are teaming up with BBC Oxford to help the homeless in our community this Christmas- and we need your help!

We are collecting new pairs of socks (in the main office) with the hope of raising 1000 pairs before school breaks up. If this target is reached, there will be a non-school uniform day on the last day of term: Friday 18th December.

Year 12 Chemistry Trip

Students at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Experiment at Rutherford Appleton laboratory

Recently, a group of 6th Form chemistry students spent the day at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory learning about current research in the field of chemistry. After a brief introduction into the work of ISIS, the world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, we had the opportunity to experiment with biological catalysts and make (or in our case attempt to make) alpha gold particles. We learnt about new polymers that are being developed synthetically and studied the intricate structures of natural materials that scientists hope to one day replicate. Amongst others, the opportunity to eat ice cream made with liquid nitrogen was indeed a highlight!

- Helena, Year 12

Oxford Parliament Day - 19th November 2015

Students standing next to the Magna Carta

The 4 of us (and not forgetting Mrs Mummery, of course) set off for the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, where we were greeted upon arrival with a ballot paper asking us, on a scale of 1 – 5, how good we thought Parliament was at holding the government to account, with 1 being that Parliament was very incompetent, or something along those lines. The result, from over 70 other students along with ourselves, was an overwhelming 2 out of 5 – not so good, then.

We were first tasked with answering whether Parliament should remain in Westminster, then received a lecture from Baroness Kennedy detailing the work that she does on select committees, particularly those surrounding Justice and the ECJ, outlining what the ECJ actually is and how it is different from the ECHR, and telling us of her work as a QC defending human rights, which was very informative and interesting.

We paused for a quick break and listened to the history of Oxford Parliament and how it sat during the Civil War, and how they'd decided that it was time to bring it back. We were then informed of the select committee hearing that was to be held after lunch, with rumours that Stella Creasy MP would be partaking.

The ballot from the morning was repeated to see if anyone had changed their minds drastically on how well Parliament holds the government to account, albeit the result was only a 3 out of 5 competency rating, up from 2 a few hours earlier.

Oxford Parliament Day Students at Oxford Parliament Day 2015

After lunch, we listened to a select committee hearing, chaired by Nicola Blackwood MP, surrounding Ebola (and what could be done to better a response to it were an outbreak like the one seen in the past year to happen again) and internet data (about who stores our personal internet data) which was the best part of the day, hearing from Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan and Walsall South MP Valerie Vaz.

In all, we came away more informed and enthused about the role of Parliament and the work that they do, even if Ms Creasy had not been able to sit on this select committee hearing.

- Sean, Year 12

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