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Battle of the Bands

botb 2014Three piece girl band ‘Revival’ (Year 10 students, Hannah Mitchell, Katie Ware and Emma Pascoe) triumphed at this year’s Battle of the Bands. The judges felt that their performance of upbeat pop covers was particularly polished and went down a storm with the enthusiastic audience. The band won the chance to perform at the Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew this summer. Hugh Phillimore (Festival Director) commented “‘Revival were the best rehearsed, most fun and, for me, are exactly the sound of the summer that the Cornbury Music Festival audience will appreciate.” Chipping Norton School’s Jazz Band will also be performing at the festival which runs from the 4-6 July.

CNS announced winner of nationwide 'School We'd Like' competition

David Cameron congratulates staff and students at Chipping Norton School who can now turn their winning idea into reality

 

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Photographer: James Drew Turner

Chipping Norton School has been announced as the secondary schools winner of ‘The School We’d Like’ competition organised by a leading insurer of schools, Zurich Municipal.

The nationwide competition, run in conjunction with The Guardian, offered students and teachers the chance to develop an idea that would improve the quality of life for their school community. From over 300 entries, Chipping Norton School was announced the winner in their category and, after attending the national finals in London, have won £5,000 to put their plans into action.

A team at Chipping Norton School came up with the idea to build a laser gun obstacle course to teach maths. The "lock and learn" lessons would see a shed on the school grounds transformed into a maze with students forming into teams to navigate through. To successfully complete the course pupils must unlock a series of gates by solving a sum and firing their laser at the correct answer. As well as being a fun revision tool, the school believes the laser gun game will promote teamwork and help students think under pressure.

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CNS Victorious again in U16 Three Counties Rugby Cup Competition

u16 rugby winnersOn Saturday 22nd March, for the second year in a row, CNS took their place in the final of the U16 Stow RFC floodlit cup competition. Courtesy of wins against Farmor’s, Marlborough and Burford, in a closely fought semi -final, they lined up against new entrants to the competition Cleeve School.

In front of a large numbers of parents and supporters CNS went into the match extremely confident after an outstanding semi-final display. In a tough first half, where they played against the wind, the score was 3 points to 0 for Cleeve. Playing with the wind in the second half Cleeve found it difficult to get out of their own half. CNS came close to scoring the try they were after before outstanding number 8 and captain Jacob Lesley Turner picked up the ball at the back of the ruck and drove over the line. Fly half Ralph Watts kicked the conversion to lead 7 points to 3 with 15 minutes remaining.

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Chipping Norton Students reach final of UK Space Settlement Design Competition

photo 001A team of Year 11 and Sixth form students will be competing at the final of the UK Space Settlement Design Competition (UKSDC) at Imperial College, London on March 29th and 30th. This is an International competition where the students (Adam Urwick, Mark Ferguson, Jordan Eriksen, Zoe Foster, Joseph Jaffe, Maddie Cullen, Jake Burtonwood, Trystan Surawy-Stepney and Abigail Hollis) will compete to design a fully-functioning space settlement. The national final takes place on the 29th and 30th of March at Imperial College in London. If Chipping Norton School are part of the winning team of the UK competition then selected members of the team will have the honour of representing the UK at the international final in the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

School We’d Like Competition Update

photo 002We are delighted to announce that a team of students from Stour House have succeeded in reaching the grand finals of this prestigious national competition on March 22nd. Paul Tombs, Head of Education at Zurich Municipal, said "We have been especially impressed by the quality of entries received this year, but the ideas presented by Chipping Norton School stood apart from the rest."

The team will go to the offices of the Guardian newspaper where they will be taught the basics of journalism before discovering whether their idea, Lock and Learn (a way of making maths lessons more engaging by installing laser guns and a target range that displays answers to maths puzzles), has been chosen as the overall winner of the £5,000 prize.

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