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Reflexiones, consejos y emociones que a diario nos asaltan en este trabajo que supone dirigir un centro docente / Thoughts, advice and emotions that occur to us as we work every day to achieve academic excellence at our school.

Tag: Secondary education

Exhibition by Year 11 and 13 Artists: Observe, Seek, Challenge

By Ms Charlotte Owen, Head of Art in Secondary

Our Year 11 GCSE Fine Art and Year 13 A Level Fine Art students are taught how to critically analyse the artwork of a range of relevant art movements and artists. They learn to master applying subject specific vocabulary to create in depth artwork analysis, giving their opinions about the effects of the formal elements applied, whilst also comparing and contrasting the work of one artist with others. These critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills are highly transferable and beneficial to many other subjects and careers.

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UK Mathematics Trust Challenges

By Richard Ellis, Teacher of Mathematics in Secondary

This year has been a record breaking one in terms of the overall number of certificates and particularly Gold certificates won by our students sitting the UKMT Challenges. Of the Senior Challenge students, four of the Gold certificate winners, Diego D and Minanga J from Year 13, and Kethan F and Carlos L from Year 12, gave up their lunchtimes to became Student Mentors of Mathematics (SMoMs), planning and teaching lessons for our Key Stage 4 students to build their confidence and enable more of them to achieve certificates. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Diego and Minanga were interviewed for Oxford University this year: proven problem solvers are highly sought after by the top universities and employers.

Maggie W and Steve W from Year 11 achieved near perfect scores in the Intermediate Challenge and qualified for the Olympiad this year, and two of our Year 10 students, Claudia S and Hortensia F, joined the SMoM team and taught our Key Stage 3 students every Tuesday in their lunchtimes.

Of the students who took part in the Junior Challenge, 14 were awarded Gold certificates, of which 10 would have qualified for the follow-on Kangaroo round. Ari H, Alexandru C and Karen W in Year 8 were very close to qualifying for the prestigious Olympiad, the highest level of competition.

We celebrated these fantastic achievements in Awards Celebrations and the students were in high spirits. It is very promising indeed that our students are achieving such fantastic results, but more importantly, they are excited about being involved and working together as a community across year groups. We should feel very proud of our students and our community and continue to promote academic excellence and celebrate achievements!

Circular History: Secondary Trip to Berlin / Historia circular: Viaje de Secundaria a Berlín

By Carlos B, Year 11 student

Eighty years ago, my great-grandmother found herself and her young family in Berlin at the height of the Second World War. The British had been bombing the capital of Nazi Germany since their first daring raid against the capital of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in August 1940, and in 1943 a massive raid by Royal Air Force bombers caused the virtual destruction of one of the most iconic landmarks in Berlin, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This neo-Romanesque church was gutted by fire bombs, and the spire partly collapsed. My great-grandmother had a photograph taken in front of this landmark in the summer of 1944, just before she fled Berlin for Spain with my Spanish great-grandfather and baby grandmother. This photograph has been in our family ever since, and stands as a testament to our connection with an important moment in history.

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Día Mundial de Pi / World Pi Day

Ganadores del concurso de Pi 2024 con Ms Bruce y Mr Demello

Por Mr. Terry Demello, Profesor de Matemáticas en Secundaria

Pi (generalmente representada por la letra griega π) es una de las constantes matemáticas más conocidas. Representa el cociente entre la circunferencia de un círculo y su diámetro. Para cualquier círculo, la distancia alrededor del borde es un poco más de tres veces la distancia que la atraviesa.

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Mary Poppins: éxito rotundo de nuestro Musical Escolar / Mary Poppins: Resounding Success in our Secondary Musical

Un año más, nuestro alumnado del Club de Teatro de Secundaria, con el apoyo del departamento de Arte y Música, y bajo la dirección de Ms Shaw y Ms Nugent, han puesto en pie un musical de una belleza extraordinaria y una calidad interpretativa asombrosa.

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Alentar a futuros innovadores / Fostering Future Innovators

Computing teachers with the three highest scorers at Caxton College: Nicolai, Xinyu and Carson

Por Mr G. Balbuena, coordinador del departamento de Computing & Robotics

Estudiantes de Key Stage 3 participan en el concurso británico BEBRAS de pensamiento computacional

En esta era digital, en la que la resolución de problemas y el pensamiento lógico son habilidades cruciales, todo el alumnado de Key Stage 3 (aproximadamente 300) demostró su valía en el concurso BEBRAS del Reino Unido. Este evento anual, organizado en más de 60 países, desafía a los estudiantes a enfrentarse a una serie de problemas computacionales que requieren una mezcla de creatividad y pensamiento analítico.

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Concurso artístico Drawtober / Drawtober Art Challenge

Por Ms Sarah Taylor, Profesora de Arte en Secundaria

Drawtober tiene sus orígenes en Inktober, una iniciativa presentada en 2009 por el artista Jake Parker para promover y fomentar hábitos positivos a través del dibujo. Desde entonces se ha convertido en un proyecto mundial con miles de artistas que aceptan el reto cada año. En Caxton, decidimos darle nuestro propio giro a esta idea e incluimos temas específicos del colegio vinculados, sobre todo, a nuestro lema “One School, One Community” para estimular la imaginación de los participantes.

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