GCSE Science Live in Sheffield

The week before half term we had the pleasure of accompanying 30 students from Y11 and Y10 to a Science Live event at Sheffield City Hall. 

They were given an insight into the lives, research and experience of 5 internationally eminent scientists including Professor Lord Robert Winston and Maggie Aderin-Pocock (Sky at Night successor to Sir Patrick Moore).  

Along with lectures on subjects such as sustainable agriculture using hydroponics; pat, present and future of the Moon and embryology they also got some top tips on exam technique from the Chief Examiner. 

Spanish Residential Trip

All students have returned safely from Spain and have been incredible from start to finish. 

Throughout the week they have had the chance to practise their Spanish, learn new skills on the water, explore Barcelona and the surrounding area and have learnt so many new life skills. They have had to manage their money, try new foods, work with new people and persevere with an action packed itinerary. They have done all of this with smiles on their faces and we haven’t had even one complaint about how tired they were! (Not sure how we managed it, but Kian Hatfield slept for about 21 hours on the way home!) 

In the hotel they did us so proud and the hotel staff were amazed at their excellent behaviour and the perfect state in which they left their rooms at the end of the trip. 

The beach and PGL staff fell in love with their unique, fabulous personalities and commented on how much they had enjoyed working with our young people. 

There have been so many firsts for the students and it has been a pleasure to watch them explore new environments with such excitement. In many activities they have shown huge amounts of courage and the majority of students found themselves very far out of their comfort zone yet they still gave it their all. I think Jensen Sidebottom used the phrase “I am going to die, help me Miss!” about a million times yet always came out the water saying it was the best experience of his life. 

On the way home we asked the students to summarise their trip on a piece of paper and this is what they said: 

“This trip has been humorously eye opening and exciting and completely worth the 26 hour journey” Amelia S

“The time of my life” Jordan B 

“Time flies when you’re having fun” Keisha K 

“A sporty, sun-soaked, sandy experience that went swimmingly well” Abigail F 

“Best trip ever” Taylor H   

Sports Residential

This weekend Alex, Gill, Adam and myself had the pleasure of taking Y7 students on our annual sports residential in North Yorkshire, luckily the weather held out and students had a brilliant time. Carlton Lodge staff and instructors were really impressed with our students who were excellently behaved and supported each other really well. Students got the chance to take part in lots of different challenging outdoor activities which included:

  • Kayaking
  • Raft building
  • High ropes
  • Leap of faith
  • Problem solving
  • Bush craft

Bush craft proved to be a firm favourite, students got the chance to work together to build outdoor shelters, start camp fires and toast marshmallows. Team work skills were really tested in raft building when students had to work together to build a raft from scratch and then paddle around the lake on it with the whole team on it. Overall a very successful Y7 sports residential.

SHE CAN Visit To London

We had an amazing, day accompanying the girls from the HEpSY SHE CAN programme to London yesterday. After a tour of the Urdang Academy for Musical Theatre and Dance where they learned of alternative ways to study at degree level rather than through a University, we were treated to seats to see ‘School of Rock, the Musical’ to see where graduates of Urdang progress to in employment. Our girls conducted themselves exceptionally well and were a credit to Clifton.

Year 9 Trip to the Holderness

Year 9 Geography Students went to the Holderness Coast on Friday 17th May. Students visited the Seaside town of Hornsea and Mappleton. This is the first of 3 Fieldwork experiences our GCSE Geography students will have over their 3-year course. Students were investigating Coastal Erosion and the Sea Defences put in place to try to reduce the erosion. They will be completing a project on their findings that they will be able to use both in their Paper 1 and 3 of their GCSE exams. Students were a credit to the Clifton and enjoyed the day many sampling the local Fish and Chips or Ice Cream.

A Story of Motown at RCAT

Last night 12 musicians from Y10 and Y11 visited RCAT to watch the first year L3 BTEC Music students perform their first show, ‘A Story of Motown’. The pupils were a credit to Clifton, and really enjoyed watching musicians in the next stage of their musical studies. We also had the pleasure of seeing some ex-Clifton musicians performing on stage! Pupils also had a talk from Music staff at RCAT about the L3 BTEC courses on offer to raise their aspirations.

A brilliant night, and we are looking forward to going to more shows in the future!

Y8 Tapas Trip to The Olive Lounge In Wickersley

On Thursday, thirty Y8 students visited ‘The Olive Lounge’ in Wickersley as part of their module on Spanish food.

The students were extremely well behaved and were a credit to Clifton. The waiters called out the dishes in Spanish and the students were very enthusiastic about using Spanish to order further dishes (and ask for the dessert menu!).

A really great afternoon was had by all involved. The students returned very excited by the experience!