Our brilliant Year 10 French students delivered a fantastic French Masterclass to Year 5 students from St Matthews C of E Primary School.
As part of our commitment to ensuring that the school has fair access for pupils from a range of backgrounds, we work closely with local primary schools to showcase the opportunities that are available at our school.
Our Year 10 pupils designed and taught this masterclass with evidence of really careful thought and planning. We are so proud of them all and the feedback from the pupils and staff at St Matthews was incredible – one Year 5 pupil said “I’ve learnt so much and can’t wait to share it with others” and the teacher from St Matthews said “There was great delivery from the students, clear explanations and the students were so involved with the children especially when help was needed”.
I need to look out – they will be after my job soon!
Thank you so much Year 10, it was so lovely to see you in action in the French classrooms
The Shine School Media Awards is a free national competition that rewards a diversity of talent from secondary schools across the UK who work on the writing, editing, design and fund-raising for a school newspaper, magazine, podcast or website.
The annual culmination of each year’s Shine Awards is a gala ceremony held in central London every summer with student workshops and incredible guest speakers.
We had a wonderful day at the Shine School Media Awards in London on Monday 27th June.
Justine (Features Writer) and Eliza (Editor) from The Beacon team in the academic year 2020-2021 had the opportunity to attend workshops led by media industry professionals before lunch and the awards ceremony itself.
We came home with 3 awards:
- Highly Commended: Editor of the Year (Eliza)
- Winner: Best Magazine
- Winner: The Terry Mansfield CBE Award for Tomorrow’s Talent – Eliza
Eliza has been invited back as the Keynote speaker for next year. This is an absolutely fitting testament to our wonderful school magazine and the hardwork of the team involved. Learn more about The Beacon here.
With high levels of demand for this trip, we were very lucky to secure both Brasenose College and Worcester College as venues for this trip, and we are very grateful to Joe and Claire, the outreach officers at the two colleges.
Leaving school at 7.30am was clearly a shock for some of the 60 students we took, but once arrived in Oxford and split between the two Colleges, they engaged fully with a packed programme of talks and tours. They grappled with interview-style questions and from this learned that it’s not the answer you give but the way you give it which really matters. They had bespoke tours from current undergraduates (including two Handsworth alumnae) to really get to know what a College is and what student life is like. The input on admissions covered the technicalities and also the best practice for applying and, after lunch in the impressive dining halls of the colleges, they traveled to the other College to compare and contrast
As always, a trip such as this has confirmed some students in their feelings about applying to Oxford or Cambridge, and it has made some more confused (“I thought this wasn’t for me, but maybe I need to think again”), but either way it has provided much food for thought.
Year 10 produced some stunning work alongside renowned artist Ian Murphy this week. We were so impressed by their engagement, enthusiasm and the fast pace at which they worked.
Pupil accounts of the day:
Not long ago, we met with an artist- Ian Murphy. He specialises in first hand realistic drawings of nature and features of today’s world. His art consisted of fine liner art, oil paintings, pastel paintings and many more. The art style ranged from as small as A4 to sizes larger than I could express. As the workshop began, he informed us of his favourite drawing locations including the rivers of Venice and the cathedrals of Barcelona. However, his art was not architecture style- it zoomed into the key features which he felt was most predominant in those places. An example is, is in one of his artworks portraying a temple in Shanghai- he did not proceed to draw the entire temple, instead a lock which he particularly found interesting. This style of drawing really attracted me, as the interesting and intricate designs created a lot of detail along with realism.
Throughout the day, we created many pieces of artwork, the first being one completely produced in pen. We each created 5 different surfaces on which to work on using tissue paper and newspaper. The drawing we created was to do with our topic. Later in the day, we used the same surface, but created a piece using water soluble ink. This allowed us to create an artwork with a dripping effect, imitating the work of Ian Murphy.
Our last piece was an A2 drawing. We created a surface using tissue paper and used graphite and tissue to create our piece.
Overall, the experience with Ian Murphy was a treat! We learnt how to create different art styles, and experiment with different mediums we may have not used before. We had a closer look at his art and got an insight into the process of how his masterpieces were created!
Ian Murphy’s workshop invited us to explore a mixed media buildup of colour and texture that allowed us to intricately illustrate our observations onto interesting surfaces. It started off with an in depth analysis of Murphy’s own work, with details of certain techniques he frequents as well a thoughtful insight into his creative process. We were given copies of his sketchbooks to view, each heavily detailed and accompanied by a series of notes – communicating his initial ideas of the subject matter, the inspiration behind it, his goals for the piece, and materials used.
Upon seeing examples of his work, we got to learn about how long his process took and were given tips on how to search for inspiration around us. The experience was quite engaging as well as it was interactive and we got to ask personal questions about Murphy’s art. It really inspired me to attempt to implement some of the techniques we had learned into my own work to produce a unique outcome. The process of shredding different papers and sticking them together to create the base for my outlines was time-consuming and difficult at first, but once I had gotten the hang of it the result was satisfactory. Coating the paper with washes of ink and covering it with an alternation of pencil, biro, fine liner and graphite was the most complex part for me as I was not used to fashioning a piece out of such a diverse range of tools. However, I was delighted by how the final product came out and I have even started to implement that style of art into my own work at home. The overall experience allowed me to have a taste of a different style of art and gave me the confidence to find more ways to make my outcomes more intricate but still diverse with a variety of tools and materials, not to mention I received tips on how to find inspiration by going places and observing my surroundings.