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Christmas Bake Off 2014
Students and staff have been challenged to produce Christmas-inspired biscuits and cakes as part of this year’s Christmas Bake Off. On December 8th and 9th, Year 7 and 8 students baked Christmas biscuits. Students were able to enter as an individual or as a pair and the challenge was to 'present a plate of 6 Christmas-themed homemade biscuits in 60 minutes'. Over 35 students took part and the results were thoughtful, imaginative and very festive. Hopefully the staff on Monday the 15th will live up to the creativity of the students with their Christmas roulades!
The Mathematics of a Zombie Virus!
On Monday 8th of December thirty Year 9 students attended the Oxford University Christmas lectures at the Natural History Museum. The lecture was especially relevant to everyday life as it was on the mathematics of a Zombie virus.
The lecture started with some explanation of swarm behaviour and how the science could be applied to the real world, then moved on to zombies. The spread of an outbreak was modelled by diffusion and introduced the concept of derivatives and even second derivatives to explain the change in number of zombies. It modelled other variables such as the rate of killing of humans and zombies and showed ultimately that zombies will be bad for the human race.
We were given some survival strategies; run, don’t try to slow them down, if you double the distance between you and the zombies you have four times a long before they get to you. Ultimately the best way to survive is not to interact with them and as they can turn people in to zombies it might be best not to be in a building with 1200 small people who will be easy for the zombies to get. We then had time to look around the museum and interact with some of the exhibits; Harry’s face was when holding a cockroach not at the impending invasion of zombies!
Year 7 Family Focus Maths
Congratulations to our Year 7 students and their parents who came along to our Family Focus Maths Workshop on Thursday 4th December.Miss Kearns and her colleagues in the Maths Department invited selected Year 7 students with their parents to come and do some Maths. The session provided opportunities for parents and children to work together on a variety of games, puzzles and other activities designed to improve numeracy skills in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Parents play an important role in the development of their child’s numeracy skills; so well done to those parents who came along and supported their children. Your support has a big impact on your children’s learning.
A Very Hollywood Christmas
On December 7th, following the resounding success of 'A Very West End Christmas', Emma’s Trust once again teamed up with stars from London's West End and Chipping Norton and Cotswold Schools to present a night of movie magic with 'A Very Hollywood Christmas'.
The audience was ‘wowed’ with songs from a whole variety of Hollywood blockbusters, including Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing, and Back to the Future. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this fantastic event, especially Chipping Norton School students Molly Presly, Georgia Juckes, JJ Simpson, Sienna Franklin, Arianne Bennett, Eleanor Taylor and Keara Koterwas.
Emma's Trust (http://www.emmastrust.com/) helps young people who, like Emma, are interested in sports and performing arts. They offer financial support to young people in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire who may be restricted in undertaking sports and performing arts due to financial restraints.
Emma’s Trust also supports asthma research. An annual 10% donation from our award fund goes to Asthma UK, the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.2 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.
Chipping Norton cap season with victory in Oxfordshire U18 Cup Final
Chipping Norton School 1st XV end a fine season with victory in the County Cup. On Thursday 5th December CNS took on Abingdon School at Henley RFC in the final of the revamped County Cup Rugby competition. Following wins over Bartholomew School, d’Overbroecks and Henley College, a final appearance against Abingdon would prove to be a much more difficult task.
The first half was very even with both teams electing to kick possession away and a number of mistakes meaning a very tense opening. As a result of a well -planned backs move the half time score was 7 points to nil in favour of Abingdon. Chipping Norton came back with a bang in the second half, turning the ball over a number of times and putting huge pressure on Abingdon’s game plan. Excellent scrum half Matt Wheeler wriggled free over the line to score the first try and then a terrific rolling maul over 40 metres meant the second decisive try went Chipping Norton’s way. It was left to outstanding captain Jordan Eriksen to kick the ball out at the end and Chipping Norton School became the first name on the new trophy courtesy of a 17 points to 10 win.
The victory capped a fine season for the boys, with an appearance in the final of the West Oxfordshire District competition ending in a narrow 24 points to 19 defeat to rivals Burford School. Rugby continues to go from strength to strength and the fine season comes on the back of a successful sports tour to South Africa earlier this summer where the school competed against and were billeted by local schools In Cape Town and Durban in Hockey and Rugby.