Congratulations to Cosima, Tilly, Sam, Zofia and Lotte in year 9 who were chosen as one of 10 National design team finalists in this year’s Innovate competition. They won their category ‘Disrupt’ in the final, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Alongside the other finalists they spent the day at the museum where they attended workshops and pitched their ideas to the judges.
At CSG DT club, the girls worked hard on their concept to redesign ballet pointe shoes aiming to make them more affordable, longer lasting and more inclusive. The judges praised the quality of their design sheets, prototypes and professional pitch. They were also impressed with their ambition to challenge the design of this historical, niche product, identifying the issues surrounding the often elitist and exclusive world of ballet. The team used modern materials and methods to rethink the shape, construction and sustainability, producing a design solution that is more affordable, and takes into account racial diversity and all body types.
Here are their reflections on the day.
"Going to the V&A to pitch our product was an amazing experience! I developed skills in problem-solving, co-operation, public speaking and iterative design. I am glad to have seen the 9 other incredible designs fitting the theme Care, adapt and disrupt. It was inspiring."
"Listening to other people’s pitches was really interesting. It was amazing how diverse people’s ideas were.I loved the workshops and the people running them were really nice and friendly."
"I really enjoyed the day. The workshops were super fun and interesting. I loved working on our design, even though it was stressful."
"I really enjoyed my day at the V&A Innovate competition. I particularly enjoyed the seaweed workshop and listening to the ceramics lecture after our pitches."
"I loved the day at the V&A . The workshops were really interesting and it was really exciting to be in the V&A pitching our product. We put so much work in so it was nice to see it pay off. I was really nervous though."
Year 8 Classics - Medusa Competition
Year 8 have produced portraits of the famous Medusa, showcasing traditional, modern and their own interpretations of this ever-popular myth.
The overall winner in year 8 is Priyanshi in 8C, and the overall runner-up is Suni in 8T.
Well done to them, and to all the class winners and runners-up below!
Year 7 English
Earlier this term in English, Year 7s studied a range of short stories and then wrote their own as an end-of-unit assessment. This is Eva 7C's excellent short story titled The Silver Ware.
Learning Support Spring Term Round Up
We have had a brilliant spring term in Learning Support, full of fun, creativity and hard work from our fabulous students.
Unfortunately, this is also the last term for one of our amazing LSAs, Atena, who is leaving us to go travelling. Here she is tucked up under our weighted blanket in Learning Support.
We hope you enjoy your adventures, Atena - we will all miss you a lot!
Our Sixth Form Spectrum Society has been discussing many interesting topics this term, such as representation in TV and films. The club has also been working on a presentation for younger years about Neurodiversity which we are excited to share with students soon.
Leia 9C and Suni 8T have been showing extraordinary commitment and hard work in rehearsals for the play, ‘Women of Troy’. They created some brilliant movements on the theme of war which the full cast will be doing in choreographed sections of the play. Leia and Suni always give their best effort and have shown themselves to be kind, generous and confident members of the cast. Well done Leia and Suni!
We would like to share with you the work of some of our wonderful students. Here are some Haikus written by Year 7s. Brilliant work Frankie, Zeta and Sumaya!
Fire - Frankie 7R Fire. Beautiful, fierce
It never stops to wonder
The Water Ripples - Zeta 7T The water ripples
I look around, see colours
And the pink blossoms.
Pink Flowers - Sumaya 7R Loads of pink flowers
Blooming bright pink flowers blow
Bright blue sky, sunrise.
Finally, for some great Easter reading, here is the opening few paragraphs of Shyanne 9M’s novel. It is part of a wider fantasy series Shyanne is writing called ‘The Euphoria Decades’. We are really excited to share with you this first look at Shyanne’s book, and look forward to reading the full novel once it is ready. Well done Shyanne!
‘The Thundershields and the Storm of Annihilation’ by S. K. Anderson - Part 1
Elliott Jean Pipper was an awkward, clumsy but happy-go-lucky man from Britain. Elliott has fair skin, an oval shaped head and a long nose, a skinny build, plump lips, messy blonde hair, hazel eyes, an average height and square glasses.
He was putting on his long olive-green, silver buttoned trench coat and a high neck black sweater along with maroon-coloured trousers, and long black boots. He put on his blue coloured face mask and walked outside into the autumn-like atmosphere.
The leaf’s falling on the concrete, the sound of traffic and the smell of fresh air, the sound of people chatting. Elliott sat on a nearby bench looking at pictures on his phone. “Elliott!?” a voice spoke from not so far away. Elliott looked at someone walking towards him. He took off his mask and smiled. “Rue?” Elliott said as he got up from his seat.
We hope all our students have a well deserved break. We look forward to sharing more student success stories next term!
A big thank you to all entrants to this year’s portrait competition. There were 26 entrants in total across all year groups, in a broad range of media and styles, including paint, pencil and digital drawing.
It was a tough task to judge, but we arrived at a winner for each year group and an overall competition winner.
The winners are listed below and prizes were awarded in assembly. All entries will feature in a competition display in the school foyer.
Year 12 - Photography
Professional music photographer Eva Pentel talked to our current Yr12 photography students about her career. Starting as an assistant for Rankin, Eva is now freelance and shared her experience of owning her own studio and shooting on location. She also shared stories of working with Little Simz and Easy Life, photographing the NME Awards, Glastonbury Festival and recently touring.
Students were able to ask questions about the industry and any challenges she had encountered, such as gender inequality and how it's changing for the better and how much creative freedom she can have on a job.
Eva left them with the advice to always be flexible, how to be resourceful with materials and that it pays to be nice!
Head of Y12
Year 12 Trip to the Oxbridge Classics Open Day
On Monday 20 March, a team of passionate Y12 Classicists travelled to Oxford to take part in the 2023 Oxbridge Classics Open Day, beginning the important and exciting process of exploring their Classical options in higher education.
We enjoyed informative and supportive talks from the outreach officers at both Oxford and Cambridge, explaining the differences between the courses and demystifying the application process. Taster lectures followed: our first was an excellent mixture of linguistics and literature, exploring the idea of Alternative Futures in Epic by Emma Greensmith, which explored the powerful and unusual moments in Homer when possibilities are laid open by the question 'what if?'. Shushma Malik, who so recently visited CSG for a masterclass on Nero, delivered a fascinating overview of Roman conceptions of empire, very supportive for our Y12 students about to embark upon studying the Aeneid.
The (quite rainy) afternoon included a very engaging tour by current students of Brasenose College, photo opportunities included, and the chance to ask anything of current students and tutors and students at both universities. Our final stop was a guided tour by PhD students of the cast library at the Ashmolean Museum, a chance to examine up-close a variety of replicas of some of the most exceptional sculpture from across the ancient world.
We came home tired but excited, loaded up with Oxford and Cambridge tote bags and stickers - and with plenty of food for thought.
Sixth Form Classics Trip to UCL
On Thursday 9 February, the sixth form Classics classes were delighted to attend UCL’s production of Plato’s Symposium live on stage. And what an afternoon! In an interesting dramatic choice, the entire dialogue was performed by women, subverting the male tradition of Symposia. Drama ensued. Fights, fun and flirty debauchery all around. The set appeared to be inspired by the 1930s, with the actors in glamorous dresses and decked out in pearly accessories, with a naturalist take on the props-plenty of wine glasses that kept with the traditional take on symposia.
Although the year twelve class were yet to have studied the text, the humour and excitement in the play meant that it was enjoyable to anyone, even if they came in unsure on what Plato's Symposium was about. The denouement of the play was unusual too-the famous philosopher Socrates abandoned by his companions, left about to carry out another speech but cut off as the curtains closed. Overall the production served as useful revision for the students, but also caused questions to be raised about the original motivations of the text, due to the unconventional take chosen by UCL’s Classics department.
Many thanks to Ms Maguire who gave up her afternoon to make this trip possible, and then had to rush back to school in time for parents evening, and also the 253 bus whose route took us exactly where we needed to be.