Frodo the Rabbit

We have a visitor in our classroom at the moment! Frodo the rabbit from 6th form is helping us with one of our ASDAN challenges. We are all helping to look after him by giving him fresh food and water each day, and cleaning out his hutch. Most of us love brushing his fur, and even the pupils that were unsure are becoming much braver around him. We will really miss him when he goes back to 6th Form!


Pupils in 10L and 11D are working on their athletics skills in PE this term. This week we have been testing our running skills in the Cooper Run. We had to see how many laps we could do in 1 minute. We all tried our best, and we all supported and encouraged each other.

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Making a Hindu Shrine

8W are learning about the religion of Hinduism in Religious Education, this term.

Today, we were learning about worship in the Mandir (temple).

We also learned that many Hindus have a shrine in their home. We decided to make a Hindu shrine in our classroom. We all placed images of Hindu gods on a table we had covered in a nice cloth. We then put some water, fruit and flowers on the table, as Hindu’s would do this to make offerings to their gods.

We lit some candles and incense sticks. The room smelt lovely. We put some Hindu puja (worship) music on, and thought about how it might feel to be part of a Hindu family with a shrine at home.

Mock interviews

We had a brilliant day last Monday when the Year Ten students participated in some mock interviews.  The students performed brilliantly to meet employers from a range of different sectors ranging from construction, engineering to the Army.  The students did really well and the feedback they received was outstanding with many of them saying how much they had enjoyed it and how they felt it had really helped them to develop their self-confidence.   It will also help them next year when it is time to start applying for and attending college interviews.


Up-Cycling Latest

We had another busy afternoon in the Up-Cycling group today.

Our rocking chair is finally complete and ready for delivery. We had to try three different types of paint on it before we were finally happy with the colour and quality of the finish. We think it looks great though – and is nicely finished off by the cushion a member of staff kindly made for us to fit the chair.  The fabric of the cushion was chosen by the new owner of the chair.

We started to paper our ‘Space Drawers’. It has taken several mixes of paint to colour match the paint for the edges of the drawers to the wallpaper. We are happy with the match now though – so hopefully, the drawers should be complete and ready for sale by half term.

We also started to decoupage one of the kitchen stools we have been asked to give a horse theme, by a member of staff. There was a lot of careful cutting to do, to get the edges of the stool the way we wanted it to look. We think it will look great once its dried and varnished though!

The rocking chair, before we started work on it.

The rocking chair today – with its new ‘made to fit’ cushion.

Preparing the side of the drawers for the first piece of ‘Space’ wallpaper.

‘Space’ wallpaper on. We think these drawers will look ‘out of this world’, when they are finished!!

Decoupaging the edge of the kitchen stool top is a very fiddly process!

The first horse picture on the stool top.

Nearly complete. A final coat of PVA glue to bind all the pictures together.

As the glue starts to dry – the horse images begin to stand out. They will look very vibrant by the time they are varnished next week!

FOTOS Coffee morning

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Gardening at Locomotion

The Year 10 Vocational Studies class started their visits to look after the garden at the Locomotion museum in Shildon today.

Each year, the option class visit the museum during the summer term, to complete some voluntary work as part of their course.

The garden has seven raised flower beds – each with a different theme. The flower beds were looking very tired, after the harsh winter months. Spring is clearly on its way though, as there were lots of weeds in each of the flower beds.

We tackled three of the beds today – which are now looking much smarter, and ready for a few extra plants.

Lavender bed – done!!

Rockery – done!!

Hosta bed (once the spring bulbs have gone!) – done!!

Former pupils

Lovely to see Laurie, Xanthe and Leanna today and Harvey, our latest “grandchild”! Lovely also to see Andrew who disappeared before I could take his photo!

10L Science: Making dog biscuits

10L have been making dog biscuits for our AQA Pre Entry Level in Animal Management.

We carefully measured the ingredients.

We stirred the ingredients as they went into the bowl.


 Our pre cooked product! We are very proud of them.