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Red Nose Day

red nose day 2015On 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

sports awards 2015Congratulations to the following students you were awarded Sports Awards this year :-

Individual sportsperson:
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

apprenticeship launchpadYear 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

mock trial 2015On 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."

Valentine’s Day Enterprise Project

valentine enterpriseThe Year 10 Life Skills students were asked to come up with an enterprise project that they could run with a Valentine’s Day theme. The aim of the project was to get students to work together as a group and to understand the concept of income/expenditure/profit.

The Red Roses were sold at break times with additional option for a short message to be included on the rose before being delivered on Friday the 13th.

In total they managed to sell 146 roses and make a small profit. They intend to use the profit raised on the start-up costs of their next enterprise project.

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