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Sixth Form Open Evening
Thursday 20th November 2014
Starting with an Introductory Presentation at 6pm in the Main Hall given by the Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form and Senior Students
CNS triumph in West Oxfordshire U13 Rugby Tournament
Burford bruised, Box battered and Bartholomew beaten as Chippy storm to victory in the Under 13 District rugby finals. On Thursday 16th October on a blustery afternoon the squad came together to play some wonderful rugby, first defeating Marlborough with some brutal forward play and clever footwork from an inform backline. Next to succumb were Henry Box with a close match settled with only 1 try from Michael Evans. We finished with a tight derby match against Burford. A single try from Stan Norman proved decisive and secured us as champions for the first time since 2011.
Text courtesy of Joe Clarke (Year 8 Boys' rugby team captain)
Year 9 Girls are West Oxfordshire Hockey Champions
On Wednesday 15th October, Miss Pinfold and sixth form student Ellie Ravenscroft took a team of Year 9 girls to Wood Green School to compete in the West Oxon Hockey tournament. Despite the abysmal weather, the teams managed to play all the scheduled matches. The first three matches ended in 1-0 victories against Wood Green, Bartholomew and Burford. In the last match against Henry Box, the team were able to secure a 1-1 draw and in doing so took the title of West Oxfordshire County Champions. All the girls played really well and were extremely proud of their success.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Congratulations to Anna Jacobs, James Hastings, Abbie Hollis, Isabel Ross Vergara, Alistair Marshall, Jed Brown, Harry Melling, Leonie Young and Thomas Pearce on their fantastic performance of ‘Macbeth’ at The Chipping Norton Theatre.
Maureen Bennett, our Shakespeare Schools Festival Coordinator commented:
“Last night, the Extra Time Athena group from Chipping Norton School performed Macbeth, as part of Shakespeare Schools Festival at Chipping Norton Theatre. They have been working together since April and last night proved what a fantastic ensemble they were. They moved as a group with beautifully choreographed gestures. Every group movement was slick and sharp. When they circled Macbeth, with white masks and black hoods it was truly chilling.
The SSF director praised them on their ensemble work and innovation. They did all this on their own, without much outside direction. What I loved was their use of physical theatre. They didn't need sets or props. They used their bodies and black buckets to convey the castle, wood and palace. The black buckets were also used as witches seats, drums, walls, and a throne and in one scene to cover Macbeth's head. The audience were mesmerized by their performance. I felt that the story of Macbeth was the clearest that I had ever seen. They made the language accessible and clear. I really felt that the words were theirs and not just learnt Shakespeare lines. At the last minute Alastair had to step in to play Banquo, as Charlie was ill. What a professional he proved to be!
I felt so proud of the group. They should feel proud of themselves. They were true professionals.”
University of Cambridge Summer School
During the summer holidays, sixth former Tom McAllister had the opportunity to take part in a history summer school at the prestigious University of Cambridge. He attended a variety of lectures and seminars and was privileged to be able to handle many important historical artefacts and texts from the university’s archives and libraries including a first edition of John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’. He was greatly enthused about the prospect of studying history at university and will be applying to Oxford and Cambridge this year.
Twenty-nine Year 7 students took part in an event for able mathematicians. Working in small groups, they undertook a variety of challenges, including solving logic puzzles, code-breaking and negotiating a mathematical maze.
The students showed great enthusiasm and excellent problem-solving and team-work skills.