Inspiring Visit with a Former Pupil

Pupils were left feeling inspired by yesterday’s visit with Heritage alumna Chloe Chapman, from the first class of Year 11 Leavers in 2016. Chloe, who is currently studying Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts, shared her amazing collection of natural objects with Juniors in Year 5 and 6. The pupils were thrilled to examine her carefully curated vials of plants, insects and other items that she has collected over the years. Year 6 also took some time to sketch pieces from her collection of animal bones in their nature journals. Chloe discussed with them the idea of a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and encouraged interested pupils to start their own collections by finding objects in nature that appeal to them, and storing them in household jars. 

Chloe also met with Year 11 pupils in the Art Loft, where she talked about her experience studying art at university and shared her portfolio of drawings and paintings. She spoke to the class about the inspiration that she receives from the objects around her, using the patterns she observes in everyday life to create the vivid graphic designs in her paintings.

A huge thank you to Chloe for energising our pupils with her work; we hope she comes back soon for another visit! 

To see some beautiful photographs of Chloe’s collections, go to her account on Instagram.

Heritage Alumnus Competes in University Challenge

Heritage alumnus Harry Alderson was part of the winning team from the University of St Andrews during its recent competition against Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the BBC2 quiz programme University Challenge. Harry, who attended Heritage from Year 4 and was in the first class of Leavers in 2016, is currently studying Physics at St Andrews. His team claimed a close victory during the exciting match, with a final score of 140 to Emmanuel College’s 135. Well done to Harry and the St Andrews team; we wish them the best in the next round!

You can watch the episode here:

2021 Exam Results

A message from Headmaster Jason Fletcher: ‘Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils on their outstanding IGCSE results received today. We are very proud of all of them for what they have achieved throughout their exam courses, especially given the severe disruption of the past two years. They have worked very hard and have demonstrated impressive resilience throughout. Our teachers, too, deserve praise for maintaining highly effective teaching amidst the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic. The strong results our pupils received today are thoroughly deserved and we wish them all the best as they get started on their A Level courses next month.’
 
A summary of our 2021 results can be found at www.heritageschool.org.uk/information-for-parents/exam-results.

Taking to the Stage Again

This half-term was full of drama. Drama performances, that is! During the final two weeks, classes performed their chosen  play before a small group of socially distanced family bubbles in Panton Hall on separate evenings. Each pupil played a part in the performance, with some of the  major characters changing between scenes in order to give everyone the opportunity to exercise their acting chops.

Year 7’s  performance of Shakespeare’s famous love story Romeo and Juliet was an abridged version that the pupils had whittled down to a mere 45 minutes in rehearsals (or 30 minutes for the live performance, when the adrenaline kicked in!) They  did a fantastic job of ‘dissecting it and giving us the quintessence’ of  the play, as Mr Burden noted afterward. Mrs Dingley, who worked with the class on their preparations, commended them not just for the performance itself, but also for embracing ownership of elements like the lighting and set as well.

During that same week, Year 8 delivered a thought-provoking performance of An Inspector Calls, written by JB Priestley and set in 1912, a mere two years prior to the start of WWI. The theme of the play was summed up in the chilling lines delivered by the titular Inspector: ‘We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.’ Mrs Dingley noted that, although this was a ‘challenging text, normally done at GCSE,’ the children understood it and were able to carry the story well.

Mrs Parkinson directed Year 6 pupils in an excellent performance of Macbeth the following week. The pupils opened the play with reminders to the audience cleverly delivered in Shakespearean language: (‘Stay in your bubble bubble or there will be toil and trouble.’) The abbreviated adaptation of the play was expedited by the use of a series of narrators who explained certain plot points to the audience, while the pivotal scenes were performed splendidly by the actors playing the part of each main character.

Restrictions on live musical performances compelled Year 5 to pre-record their musical, Greece Goes to Pieces, which was then shared with their families to watch at home. The story is set in Athens around 400 BC, telling the story of a pot maker named Peta who introduces us to famous Athenian scholars like Socrates, Plato, Hippocrates and Aristophanes. The lively tunes, sung beautifully by the children, contain tongue twisting lyrics like ‘Peta Potter picked the perfect spot upon the top of the Acropolis’ and ‘It’s the Pelo, Pelo, Pelo, Pelo, Peloponnesian war again.’

Sports Days

We are pleased that we were able to hold our Sports Days at the Leys’ outdoor sports facilities this year. Although this annual event had not yet returned to normal (Infants, Juniors, and Seniors competed on separate days, and the customary whole-school picnic was notably absent), parents were happily able to spectate this year, within their class bubbles. Older pupils provided support and helped to record the results for each event — Year 6 with Infants, Year 9 supporting Juniors, and Year 11s for Seniors — allowing an opportunity for interaction between age groups that everyone has been missing this past year.

Infant events included running, relay races, bouncing, jumping and throwing. Juniors competed in races of different length, as well as athletic events like the shot put and long jump. Seniors participated in running races, shot put, javelin, high jump, long jump, discus and javelin. Pupils were divided into teams competing for the top spot in each event, but despite the spirit of competition, good fun and festivity prevailed.

The final results, as well as a gallery of images, are below. Mrs Eastwood writes, ‘Congratulations Red Team, but well done to everybody for amazing effort across all three sports days!’

 

Red Team Blue Team Green Team Yellow Team
Infants 624.4
Second
624.6
First
599.7
Third
597.7
Fourth
Juniors 243
First
183
Third
181
Fourth
195
Second
Seniors 220
Third
230
Second
241
First
194
Fourth
Total 1087.4
First
1037.6
Second
1021.7
Third
986.7
Fourth