Partial Solar Eclipse
Despite quite thick cloud being present throughout most of the eclipse, the 105 minute CNS live feed went ahead successfully and was followed by the majority of students in school and also many of the children at our partnership primary schools. Thank you to Mr Conduct (Physics teacher) and John Vincent (Governor) for all their hard work setting up the live link.
If you were unable to follow the live stream you can still watch it at:
Red Nose Day
On Friday 13th February, the Chipping Norton Student Council held a non-school uniform day in aid of Comic Relief. The overall theme was ‘Wear Something Red for Red Nose Day’ and it was good to see that nearly everyone participated in it. There was also a ‘funny faces’ competition. Congratulations to all the students and staff members for throwing themselves into the spirit of the day. The winners of the ‘funny faces’ competition was a team of Year 7 students who were awarded with a fabulous cake (Thank you Ms McSwiney).
The day was a great success with a grand total of £1625 being raised for Comic Relief.
Chipping Norton Town Sports Awards 2015
Congratulations to the following students you were awarded Sports Awards this year :-
11-17 joint winners – Matilda Donaghy (Athletics) and Danny Molyneux (Cricket)
U 18 Team awards:
1st – CNS U16 Boys Rugby Team
2nd – CNS U14 Girls Hockey Team
3rd – CNS U13 Girls Indoor Cricket Team
Mrs Phillips, Community Learning Leader, received a certificate as recognition for the outstanding contribution that she and her team have made to local sport.
The ’Chippy Trixters’ Skater Hockey Club have had a fantastic year and picked up the Club Award; they were crowned national champions recently. Many of our students are members of this terrific club.
Photo courtesy of Don Davidson.
The Apprenticeship Launchpad
Year 10 students attended the Apprenticeship Launchpad session at Abingdon & Witney College on 26th February. The Apprenticeship Launchpad aims to raise the profile of science, engineering and technology careers and to promote apprenticeships as an alternative route into STEM-related industries.
The first half of the session was held at ICE (Innovative Cryogenic Engineering) in Witney. Students froze Cadbury’s Cream Eggs and then broke them up and ate them. They also froze flowers to see how brittle they became using the latest technology. For the second half of the session they were given the opportunity to talk to young people who started as apprentices and then gained an engineering degree through the Army.
Mock Trial Competition
On Saturday 7th March, 13 Year 8 and 9 students took part in a mock trial competition at Oxford Magistrate’s Court. Each team member was given a role as magistrate, defence lawyer, legal adviser, prosecution lawyer, defendant, witnesses or usher. After studying a set of comprehensive preparation materials the school teams faced each other in the court room.
We were ranked in the top 3 out of 7 other schools. All our pupils did exceptionally well. Georgina Housby won the best defendant award, and Harry Marsh was declared the best witness. Georgina said afterwards "I learnt how to argue my point and stand my ground against people I hadn’t ever spoken to before. I learnt to work as part of a team; we all got really close. It was an experience unlike anything I had ever done before."