For the first time, our NUS President was new to school in Year 12
The NUS Committee are the Sixth Form’s organising group. Without them, all sorts of important social events (for example, mixer events, the Transition and Induction Days mixer, Year 13 Prom) simply would not happen. They are also integral in assisting at official school events, and you will always find a representative in evidence at Year 12 and 13 Consultation Afternoons, the Post-16 Open Evening as well as the many Information Evenings that we host as a school for the benefit of our Post-16 students and their parents.
The Committee is voted for by both Year 12 students and staff, and this year’s competition was as fiercely contested as ever. Following an introductory assembly, students were asked to apply, and those that did were then invited to detail their “manifestos” at Year 12 assembly on Monday 3rd July. Following the vote on July 6th, I am delighted to announce that the Committee for 2017-18 will be (from left above) Adia Quiggin, Hannah Reed, Joe Radford, Tadhg Hussey (President) and Tyra Bhaggan (not pictured). It is an outstanding team who I am sure will represent their peers and the school well. It says everything about the inclusive nature of our Post-16 that a student who was new to school in September 2016 has managed to make such a huge impression on staff and peers and become the NUS President less than a year later. Well done to all of our Committee members – we very much look forward to working with them in the near future.
Every year the Model Flying Club organises a trip to Tollerton Airport where the students get to fly in a Piper Tomahawk.
This year ten students, accompanied by Mr Green and Ms North, were on the trip. After a short minibus journey we arrived at the Airport and were greeted by our instructor for the day, Francis. He gave us some basic housekeeping information and then we all went outside for a Safety Briefing. After this was over the flying started, First to go was Eddie Trigg from Yr 10 who has a great deal of experience and skill with his own R/C model aircraft, but who had never been on the trip before and had never been in a light aircraft. Half an hour later he landed and the smile on his face said it all. This was to be repeated throughout the day as Francis worked his way through the flying list. During the day visiting aircraft were arriving and de-parting adding to the experience and we also got to see several Helicopters and a much rarer Gyrocopter.
As in previous years the weather was very good with excellent visibility, which allowed the best possible view of the area. Most students flew near the school, but found it difficult to pick it out in the conurbation.
When all the flying was done there was a tour around the visiting Fire Engine. We also got a tour round the Hangar and were able to sit in the four seater aircraft owned by the company.
Finally it was time for the group photograph and home to tell parents and anyone who would listen what a great day they had.
Ramadan starts on 27 May and last for 30 days. This is a time for our Muslim community to come together and consider how much we have and think about those less fortunate. Some of the ways we do this is by fasting from sunrise until sunset, at which points we read the prayers to close and open the fast.
During the time of fasting I remember to appreciate the things I have and the people in my life, as well as give time to God.
School gives us support by putting a reflection space in the Learning Centre for students who are observing Ramadan. This is a food-free area and students are invited to sit and have some quiet time with a display of artwork and information put together by students and religious objects such as prayer mats and the Quran. It is also a time for others to learn about this special observance.
Good things everybody could do to show support is to give to charity, do simple acts of kindness towards others, be supportive and encouraging towards your friends who might be fasting, and share your positive knowledge about Ramadan.
At the end of Ramadan we have Eid-al-Fitr. This is a time to celebrate and come together with family and friends to enjoy all we have given up during Ramadan.
Some comments from students observing Ramadan:
“This year I am fully fasting. It makes me feel appreciative and stronger” L Mellahi
“A priority for me is not wasting food and remembering the less fortunate. It makes me feel happy and proud” Z Shah
“I am partially fasting and makes me feel more grateful for the things I have particularly for those people who feel hungry all the time”
Canvas artwork and article written by A Hussain
Year 11’s ‘official’ last day is a ‘rite of passage’ which was anticipated with a range of emotions by students and staff alike. On Friday 12th May, there were lots of smiles as the students arrived for their last day of lessons before the study leave and exams period commences in earnest.
There were also, however, tears and hugs as the year group, head of year, tutors, teachers and support staff came together to share memories and reflect on everything that had been achieved over the last five years at the Celebration Assembly at the end of the day lead by Mrs McKee- Head of year 11. Following this, the hall was cleared for year 11, giving all students an opportunity to have their shirt signed, take photos and say their goodbyes to staff.
There was tutor time as normal in the morning, where students and tutors were given the opportunity to have photos taken with their respective tutor groups and say thank you’ s and goodbyes.
Four lessons followed, after which the students had lunch and then made their way to Celebration Assembly in the hall where they were greeted by music and a display of photos of them ranging from year 7- 11! The student awards/prize giving began, followed by a magnificent film showcasing the suberb media skills of Jonathan Metcalf 11a and Tanisha Basra 11a. The film combined photo and video memories from the last five years as well as a collection of clips from staff wishing students well, including a song written and performed by Mr Elston and a poem by Miss Toms.
Nikita Sahni 11d was presented with a special gift for all she has done to help organise the Prom, and student, Niamh O’Sullivan 11g, was given a prize for outstanding punctuality and attendance. Oliver Latham 11a and Jasmine Pole 11a were commended for always giving 100% engagement & enthusiasm to school life and always going the extra mile throughout time at WBS.
Head of school, Mr Peacock, commended the class of 2017, saying he knew they would make everyone proud this summer and wishing them all the very best now and in the future.
We now look forward to seeing students all dressed up in their finery at the Prom on 22nd June at Colwick Hall.
The Forest Vase Final was finally upon us and after a tough route to the final, there was both nervousness and excitement among the lads.
After settling into the game it was Nottingham Academy who had the first chance of the game and if not for a great last ditch challenge from Toby Hullis would have taken the lead. From this point forward the first half was dominated by West Bridgford with Matt Floyd leading from the back and Josh Steer and Alex Swallow playing some beautiful passing football in the middle of the park. It looked as though it was only a matter of time before we took the lead. Nottingham Academy held on till half time and we went into the break at 0-0.
The second half began and 10 minutes in Nottingham Academy took the lead with a long ball from the back, evading our centre halves leaving the opposition centre forward with an easy finish. 1-0 down and 20 minutes left on the clock West Bridgford once again started to apply pressure and got back to their passing football. With the game becoming more stretched chances were being created at both ends of the field, although it was once again the West Bridgford lads who looked the most dangerous with ball after ball, being put into the Nottingham Academy box. The best chance possibly came in the final seconds of the game with a corner being put into the box again and all the players, including keeper Elliot Seaton, looking to get their head on the ball. The ball broke loose on the edge of the box and a controlled half volley just went over the bar.
A massive credit must go to all the boys who played last night in terms of the way they tried to play football and also how they conducted themselves throughout the evening. A thankyou also goes out to all staff , students and parents who came to show their support last night and throughout the year.