On 16 March our Sixth Form students attended a presentation by Sue Bennett, Director of Student Careers and Skills at the University of Warwick. With a wealth of knowledge of the British higher education system, Sue talked to our students about the process of applying to British universities through the UCAS admissions system. The session provided important and useful information to our students.
Many thanks are in order to Sue Bennet, who has delighted us with her presence!
As part of the volunteering club the lovely Lower Sixth students have been out and about finding themselves volunteer work around Oxford.
Recent voluntary work includes:
Ella – helping with the Brownies every weekend.
Rachel – volunteering in a charity shop every week.
Linet – helping out in Oxfam every week.
Iris and Hannah – volunteering at the Museum every week.
Mina and Georgina – helping out in the Blue Cross charity shop every week.
At the same time, our Year 11 International Section students collected food donations for Asylum Welcome during 12-16 March as part of their Global Citizenship Community Project.
The charity’s aim is to support asylum seekers and refugees suffering in our local community by collecting non-perishable food. Asylum Welcome relies on local donations to enable them to carry out their good work.
We are very proud and impressed by the initiatives of our students, who assure us each day that a generation of involved citizens and leaders is growing and developing in front of us.
Nothing can be better than seeing geography in the real world!
During the first day, students collected field data such as environmental quality in Sandfields, an area of Port Talbot and used derive cards to follow routes at random through the area.
The second day was spent enjoying the delightful Welsh weather at its best on Pwillu beach – data on pebble size shape and beach profiles to investigate the process of longshore drift. The students remained enthusiastic and positive throughout.
Many geographical skills were learnt to help them with their coursework planning and data collection in the upper sixth.
All three teachers who went on the trip were delighted by how delightful the students were all throughout the trip and the hard working they put in, despite the unfriendly weather.
Head of Lower Sixth & Head of Geography
Extra-galactica. The History of Sand. Delirium. What if…?
These are the intriguing titles of some of the imaginary novels that students came up with this week during a dystopian fiction workshop with the acclaimed author, Francesca Haig.
Francesca is the author of The Fire Sermon Trilogy, a dystopian fantasy series published in more than twenty languages.
The Fire Sermon trilogy imagines a world 400 years hence in which everyone is born as a twin with a linked destiny.
In the plush and pleasant surroundings of the Sixth Form library at 333 Banbury Road, students came together from The International Section, Years 7 to 11 and the Sixth Form to take part.
Francesca conducted them on a short literary journey around some of the landmark titles of the genre, including 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games, texts that many students have read or studied as part of their English Literature courses. She reminded students that these post-apocalyptic novels, however futuristic, are often rooted in modern realities: the students were therefore asked to think of everyday niggles and then re-imagine them in a stricter or more extreme version of society today.
This produced some very interesting ideas, such as a world in which people are constantly rated via apps and segregated according to their popularity. Another student imagined a society in which children are treated as commodities – with the crying of infants being used to power machinery. Jonathan Swift himself would have been proud!
After this workshop and a break for refreshments, we welcomed a wider audience to watch Francesca being interviewed by a panel of five of our GCSE and A level students.
Anya, Ed, Anna, Gus and Anna-Maria had formulated some sophisticated and range-ranging questions for her and were calm and confident in their delivery.
Francesca herself provided some good-humoured practical advice, as well as some thoughts on the writing process itself.
This was the first event in what will become a regular literary programme of events in the library.
Many thanks to our Sixth Form librarians, Angela and Maria, for this initiative!
There was keen interest with 13 teams participating from:
• d’Overbroeck’s (2)
• Magdalen (2)
• King Alfred’s (2)
• St Gregory the Great
• St Clares
• Kingham Hill (2)
The afternoon was a great success and it proved to be a highly competitive tournament.
The 13 teams were separated into two groups, playing each group member once.
After all group games, four teams qualified for the semi finals: Bartholomew, Marlborough, St Clares, and King Alfred’s A. A close game emerged between St Clares and Bartholomew, with St Clares going on to be 1-0 winners. The other semi final was won by King Alfred’s on sudden death penalties. The eventual winners were King Alfred’s A, who were consistent throughout, not loosing a single game. They beat the St Clares in the final 1-0 with a late goal to secure the title.As for d’Overbroeck’s, the A team were unlucky not to qualify after a couple of wins and a draw. It was only good enough for 3rd in the group which meant they did not progress. The pick of the games for d’Overbroeck’s was the 2-0 victory over Magdalen.
PE & Activities d’Overbroeck’s
On Tuesday 20th March 2018, Sixth Form students alongside our departmental ensembles showcased their talents in the Sixth Form Spring Concert. Music from Bach to Mancini, Chopin to Schwartz and everything in between filled the Cohen Hall. Alongside an array of solos and small ensemble music, the evening was enriched with the addition of the dance group and the first outing of the Sixth Form String Quartet. Music occupies a very special role in the school in bringing together students and staff from each section together to make music and the concert was no exception as they stood side by side to tackle Mozart, Beethoven and much more!
Well done to all the performers!
Dr Philip Purvis
Director of Music & Music Technology
Last Friday, representatives from University College London, King’s College, London School of Economics and Imperial College visited us.
Our students were able to talk to them about the benefits of studying in London and received guidance regarding the application processes at these competitive institutions.
This visit is part of a series of university talks organised by Neula Kerr-Boyle, Head of Careers and Higher Education at d’Overbroeck’s. The aim of the talks is to provide students with content that will help them make informed choices for their future.
Many thanks to the representatives of these universities for their visit!
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh participants headed out to Wye Valley for their practice this week. Here are some photos from their adventure!
Keep up with our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and activities on d’Overbroeck’s Duke of Edinburgh Facebook page D’Overbroeck’s DofE / @doverbroecksdofe or Twitter account @dbx_dofe
This is a project that explores the elements of design throughout the history of fashion.
To support their research we visited the VA museum to see the Balenciaga exhibition.
His silhouettes and fabric design choices are still inspiring young designers today.
The expo was a journey through time of one of the infamous and inspirational fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Our students were then asked to sketch designs that inspired them. They prepared their sketchbooks with collaged paper before drawing so they had colour and shapes on the page to enhance their drawings!
We will soon be able to display the work our students have been doing and celebrate their creativity.