The Upper Sixth Psychology students in their ‘leavers hoodies’, with our fantastic logo designed by Kate Stuart, who’s applying to study illustration at university next year. Why geese? Because they fly further together, as do we in the Psychology Department! #wearegeese #bestdepartment #hoodieenvy
Two more performances from our recent Winter Concert.
First, Michael Alchin sings ‘Sure on this Starry Night’ followed by the Vocal Group’s rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.
Student Carmel Amamgbo writes about a recent visit to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
“Today, with the assistance of the REP department at d’Overbroeck’s, we were able to visit the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire. The journey was long but so were those about which we learned once we were there. We were all enlightened by the staff and the first hand (virtual and spoken) stories of the children who grew up and survived the terrible conditions they were subjected to, just because they were Jewish.
We were able to learn about the victims prior to the mass murder. Everyone was quiet when faced with the realisation of them being individuals and seeing the family photos and prized possessions they held dear. This forced us to see how they transitioned from being communities of people to their capture and displacement. We saw the sources of propaganda that indoctrinated the masses to believe the false truth preached about the victims.
After a break, we were privileged to sit and listen to Robert Norton (pictured above), a witness to the destruction that occurred. He was a child born in the early 1930s who grew up in Czechoslovakia with Czechs, Slovakians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Hungarians. He spoke of the times before the genocide, then the acceptance of prejudices which turned into more violent forms of discrimination; leading to segregation and isolation and finally an attempt to exterminate the Jews. Due to the efforts of his Hungarian father, Robert was able to take refuge in England where he settled and later worked as an international salesperson for a textiles company.
Finally, we went through a series of rooms through the virtual re-enactment of a diary of a boy named Leo Stein. It began with an short introductory film about the journeys we take today, contrasting them with the Kindertransports. It allowed us to re-evaluate the long journey we made to the museum. We observed how the journeys of children like Robert had lead to the separation of families for decades; many never saw their families again. This put into perspective all they had suffered, how far we had travelled that day, and how much further we need to continue to go against genocide and its many consequences.”
Two solo performances from our recent Winter Concert.
First, Lizzie Neal performing ‘102’ followed below by Louis MacPherson playing Chopin’s ‘Raindrop Prelude’.
On 19 November, two d’Overbroeck’s staff excelled themselves in the Swindon 10k race.
Graham (Maths) and Rachel (Music) took part alongside over 500 other entrants from local running clubs. Despite the rather bizarre starting location of a go-karting track, the weather conditions were fine and calm and the course was fairly flat, meaning that both of them managed to secure some great times.
Graham completed the route in an amazing 37 mins and 46 seconds; overall he finished in 14th place. Rachel achieved 4th place amongst the women runners, finishing in 44 mins and 16 seconds. Huge congratulations to them both; they both provide real inspiration to students at the running club with their grit and commitment.
Graham and Rachel will be joined by other staff members and sixth form students on 10 December to compete again in the Andy Reading 10k race in Bicester. If any other sixth form students would like to take part they should sign up soon at https://race-nation.com/andy-reading-10km-2017. The course is flat and it would be great to see some of you there.
Two more performances from our recent Winter Concert.
First, Hattie Derry and Anna de Buriatte Moglia performing ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ by Mumford and Sons, followed below by our Gaudeamus choir performing ‘Song for Athene’ by John Tavener.
Our annual Sixth Form Winter Concert took place last week and was, as usual, a wonderful evening of entertainment, showcasing the diverse talents of our students.
Taking place in the brand new Cohen Hall, at 333 Banbury Road, the packed house was treated to a programme of over 25 performances, beginning with the school orchestra’s rendition of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and finishing with ‘The Jazz Band’s’ performance of ‘Red Clay’, originally recorded by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.
Over the coming days we will be posting videos of some of the performances, beginning below with the evening’s opening number.
Maths Olympiad for Girls
Four pupils at d’Overbroeck’s took part in this year’s Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. Over 1700 girls participated nationwide, with the top 25% receiving a Certificate of Distinction. Yujia Gao, Kerou Jin and Jingyan Lai all received this honour. The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is an event run by the UK Mathematics Trust, introduced in 2011, to help schools nurture the talents of enthusiastic young female mathematicians.
Senior Maths Challenge
On 15 November, four of our students competed in the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge. d’Overbroeck’s was represented by four Lower Sixth students: Kerou Jin, Yujia Gao, Jingjun Huang and Joseph Wakefield. Our students exhibited great mathematical maturity, team work, perseverance and diligence. They had great fun and managed to spread the joy, as demonstrated by their invigilator who spent the competition laughing. They came 7th out of nearly 20 teams in our county heat. Most importantly, the students enjoyed the challenge and the experience and have learned the value of working as a team.
UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
On 7 November, over 80,000 pupils from across the UK entered the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Maths Challenge. We had 79 students participate. The top 10% of students nationally receive a gold certificate, the next 20% silver and the next 30% bronze. In all, our students achieved 26 gold, 15 Silver and 19 Bronze Certificates. This is an amazing result with over 75% of all of our students receiving a certificate of some colour. Best in school honours went to Kerou Jin (Year 12), who also received Best in Year. Mirza Baig, Weicheng Xu and Jonah Milnes received the Best in Year for Years 13, 11 and 9 respectively.
On Wednesday 7 November the Lower Sixth Psychology students attended a conference held at the University of Warwick. They heard speakers on topics ranging from ADHD to neuroscience, and were amazed at the perceptual tricks performed by Magician Matt Pritchard. The real highlight of the day was the headline performance by Peter Lovatt AKA ‘Dr Dance’ who spoke about research into dance and its emotional and evolutionary advantages, and who even had us all up dancing in the lecture theatre!
A visit to London is never the easiest but when the opportunity arose to do two trips on the same day, our Upper Sixth and Lower Sixth Business students jumped at the chance. Some of our lessons have recently focused on the money in football, so first it was off to Chelsea Football Club for a ‘Business of Football’ tour.
Given the match day gate receipts, the TV money and £200m sponsorship deals, you’d think Chelsea were rich, but when you look at the no expense spared changing room and purpose built gym with indoor running track you can see why that isn’t the case.
From financials to operations and human resources this tour had it all. What could top it? Maybe a trip to a Brewery? On the way home we popped into Fullers historic brewery on the Thames for a one and a half tour which traced the operations of the how their beer is produced. Continuous innovation and investment in new capital are all required to remain competitive against the larger multi-national brewers.
Business gold dust included the importance of the family owners for a long term culture, paternalistic leadership style for fostering productivity and the importance of heritage for the brand. Thanks to all that helped in the trip… not least the businesses themselves for preparing such a thorough brief which allowed students to enjoy themselves but also to learn a great deal.