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NEWS AND EVENTS
NEWS AND EVENTS
Robert Clack sports centre preview
YEAR 8 SCHOOL REPORTERS ANDREW AND FATOUMATTA 10TH MAY 2017
Robert Clack are getting ready to open the doors to the new state of the art sports facility which has been built on the Green Lane site. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek before the much anticipated opening.
Deputy Head Teacher, Mr Richardson, and Social Inclusions Manager, Mr Argent, took on the role of tour guide as they showed us around the impressive £4,000,000 development.
The first thing that struck us at the front entrance was how modern and impressive the building is. The walls had been freshly painted a cool grey and everywhere smelt of freshly cut pine; we took this as a good sign that things were nearly finished.
Once we were inside, there were two separate paths. One to the fitness and dance studios complete with wooden floors, floor to ceiling mirrors and lots of room to move around freely and enjoy the space. The other to the changing rooms and the main attraction: the sports hall.
We were amazed at what we saw. It was magnificent. It was pristinely painted powder blue and court lines had been painted on with precision. Basket Ball hoops were already hung and the space looked ready for its first of many exhilarating games! There is an impressive large window as you enter the hall that looks like a television screen and we were told the heating is all underfloor, which makes it very cost effective. There are also springs in the floor to make it easier to run on and to help protect your feet and legs from the impact of running.
We felt genuinely privileged to have been allowed the first look at the new sports hall and we are sure it will be a fantastic addition to the facilities at the Green Lane site. There were still workmen busy adding the finishing touches on our visit, so maybe there will be some surprises that we didn’t get to report on. Like the rest of you, we are very excited about the official opening.
Louise and Mojoy BBC School Reporters
World Book Day was celebrated on the 2nd March 2017. Robert Clack seized the opportunity to promote reading to the students and staff of the Green Lane site by holding its first ever Robert Clack World Book Day fair in the lower site library.
The fair was a huge success, with participants enjoying the tombola, photo booth, ‘guess the number of words’ game, Miss Hamid’s popular ‘Catch the Snitch’ challenge, a buzzing book swap and a delicious cake sale.
Adeyinka, a year 7 pupil who attended this event, said “the event was well run
and the games were really entertaining”.
The school librarian, Mrs Monk, who helped run the event alongside teachers from the English department, proudly commented, “The library was overrun with hundreds of students!”
As a result of all the hard work, the event raised over £200, which the year 8 charity representatives decided to invest back into the lower site library.
The event was a huge triumph and the number of students that took part in the day exceeded expectation. It highlighted the importance of the library and demonstrated how reading can be fun and exciting.
The English department and the year 8 charity representatives put on a fantastic event enjoyed by all of key stage 3.
Robert Clack’s First Ever Spelling Bee – A Great Success!
On Monday 13th March Robert Clack held its first ever Spelling Bee on the lower school site for KS3 students. The event ran from 4:00-6:30, and consisted of three separate competition rounds (Year 7 Spelling Club, Year 7s, and Years 8 and 9). There were snacks and treats for sale, and prizes to won. All prize money went towards improving and refining the library facilities on the lower school site. In total, we raised approximately £40.
The event was a fantastic success with over 40 participants. It began with an outstanding start. The Year 7 Spelling club competed in the first round, presenting an impressive display of their spelling progress. Next, the Year 7s took to the stage. This year group was extraordinary; they revealed their hidden spelling skills, successfully spelling all the Year 7 word list as well as words from the Year 8 and 9 word lists. The teacher panel, consisting of Miss Fuggle, Miss Sacre, Mr.McNickle, and sixth former Megan Haxell were incredibly impressed. Finally, the Year 8s and 9s competed, spelling some of the toughest words in the whole competition.
Our winners were:
Year 7 Spelling Club:
1. Michelle Beattie
3. Chante Nelson
1. Sidni Abdul
2. Mojoy Olatunbosun
3. Anais Amrous
1. Sia Shauman
2. Leah Fryers-Fogarty
3. Naglis Cizeika
1. Chimmy Mwanza
2. Shahzeen Sheikh
The event would not have been possible without the help of the English department and the planning committee. A massive thank you to: Miss Fuggle, Miss Zuccaro, Naana Morrison-Arthur, Hardiya Kaur Nandhara, Sarah Haxell, Maddie Landers, and Logan Allen.
Stay tuned for more information about the next upcoming Spelling Bee…PUPILS vs. TEACHERS!
Robert Clack welcomes Alex Dunn from The Bank of England
On Wednesday 8th February we were very happy to welcome Alex Dunn, from the Parliamentary Affairs Group at The Bank of England. Alex came in to speak to Sixth Form Economics students about the workings of the Bank and the changes that have taken place since the economic crisis. Students were interested to hear that Alex is part of the team that advises the Governor of The Bank of England when he presents to the Treasury Select Committee. Harris in Year 12 said:
‘Meeting Alex Dunn was an exciting opportunity that I am happy I took. Before I met him I didn't know as much about the Bank of England as I do now. This was helpful to me and everyone else who attended as it gave us extra knowledge for our Economics A-Level. It was especially valuable to me as in the future I would love to work in the Bank of England myself. Alex told us about the history of the Bank, its main aims and the Treasury Select Committee. He also gave us insight into his role in the bank and told us how people from all sorts of educational backgrounds worked there so we should not restrict ourselves. It was great meeting him and I hope to take advantage of these opportunities whenever and wherever possible.’
28th February 2017
Proposed Expansion of Robert Clack School
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Year 7/8 French Theatre trips to All Saints Catholic School
On Thursday 8th December and Thursday 19th January, 120 of our Year 7/8 students attended a French Theatre Performance at our neighbouring school, All Saints. The school had some tickets to spare and kindly offered them to Robert Clack students. We watched an hour-long play entitled ‘Le Café’ delivered exclusively in French on the 8th and a bilingual performance entitled ‘Shipwrecked’ on the 19th. Many of the students were worried they wouldn’t understand any of it, but they were, in fact, surprised by how much they could comprehend – five of our students, Aastha Subba, Sahat Chowdhury, Anika Anjum, Toni-Ann Barron and Oluwaseye Amakor even got pulled up to participate in the play!
Year 9 Spanish Food Tasting Event
On Friday 24th February 2017, 32 of our Year 9 Spanish students spent their Period 5 lesson trying some authentic food from across a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. Mrs Allen cooked an array of dishes including paella, refried beans, quesadillas, burritos, Cuban black beans, tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa which students thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, Matthew Elsom’s Mum was kind enough to make a type of Spanish cheesecake full of ‘dulce de leche’ (toffee / caramel) which Justin pretty much ate by himself, and a Russian salad which Daniil was upset to learn wasn’t Russian at all! Wesley decided to try something new – cheesecake wrapped in a tortilla and Shane ate so much he struggled to move for Period 6! It was a great experience for all and hopefully they will now be inspired to try to cook some authentic recipes of their own.