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Chatter edition 8 - Easter

8ChatterEaster 250pxWho wants GIANT CHOCOLATE? Well, we'll get to that soon enough!
Firstly, Chatter is now officially one year old and the Chatterers have produced a truly bumper issue with all the events and activities they have been involved with - both in and out of school. They are a wonderful and ever-growing group of students who never fail to enthuse one another and get as much packed into every issue that they can. So do take the time to read this eighth Chatter and let us know what you think.
Ye gads! Another Mediaeval Banquet is done and dusted and the sawdust has finally been swept up. The Year 7s have a fantastic historical experience to remember thanks to Mrs Baker and Mr Baker and their Food and History departments. The photos, although wonderful, will never truly convey the cacophony that fills Dane Court at this exciting and inspirational event showcasing living history!
So, back to the GIANT CHOCOLATE. To win a Cadbury's GIANT Dairy Milk Easter Egg, simply design and colour an Easter egg (see back page) and bring to school by 1 May 2019 to be in with a chance. Best design chosen by a panel gets the egg.
The Chatter Team

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Inspiring Olympic speaker

IMG 20190322 WA0004 250pxOn Thursday 21 March, we had the wonderful opportunity to host Alex Gregory, two-time Gold Medal Olympic Rower, as he gave inspirational talks to some of our students. The Head Student Team and the House Captains had the pleasure of taking part in a special presentation after school, where they were given advice about conquering their upcoming challenges in the IB program as well as their responsibilities as leaders within the school community.

Alex related his success story to the pressures and trials that we face. He made it clear that "communicating the pressure that you're under is the key to success" and advised the students to seek help from teachers as well as from each other, especially in times of great pressure. Teamwork is a crucial part of success and communication is what keeps teamwork strong. He also encouraged students to "keep consistent" He counselled them that it was the consistent rowers that were the best - not the ones who only trained and performed well some of the time. The students were encouraged to keep consistent in their work and studies so that they could rely on it when it really counts.

Our gratitude goes to Alex Gregory for the wonderful opportunity that the students were given, and Mr White who helped arrange it for them.

Maths feast

Maths Feast 250pxOn Wednesday 13 March Mr Towe and Miss Neve accompanied eight of our best year 10 mathematicians to the Canterbury Maths Feast. The competition consisted of four rounds and students competed in teams of four. Our teams were; Team A: Oscar Phillips-James, Ben Jellett, Erin White and Christopher Nisan alongside Team B: Oliver Goult, Kirsten Hutchinson, Tom Askin and Ben Geraghty.

The first round involved a variety of maths topics and had to be completed in silence. Both teams made a strong start with high scores in this round. The second round required pupils to teach themselves an A level maths topic which they were then required to apply to a set of problems. Once again both teams put in strong performances putting them well ahead of most of their competition. Team A did particularly well in this round and were crowned champions. The third round was based upon ‘Play your cards right’ with teams being asked to solve problems and to determine whether the next answer was higher or lower than the previous. Team A once again managed to gain a top score. The final round was by far the most challenging with the top score for this round being 10 out of a possible 20 marks. In this round pupils were split into two pairs within their teams and sat at opposite ends of their table with an adjudicator between them. Each team then had five minutes to answer questions which pairs completed alternately. Added to this was the jeopardy that the second pair's problem could not be solved without the first pair's answer.

Both teams demonstrated excellent mathematical prowess as well as exemplary teamwork. Team B were also highly commended by the event organisers for their consistently high scores in all rounds, despite narrowly missing out of being round winners.
A special thank you goes to Mr Towe who drove us there and used his mathematical skills during the event, despite it being his day off.

WisePay's new mobile app

WisePay App Phone 250pxOur online payment service for parents, WisePay, is piloting a new mobile app and we have joined in.

If you would like to give it a spin, please follow the advice in the user guide.

Note that you will need to obtain the organisation code to set up the app. This can be obtained by logging in to your existing WisePay account in the usual way.

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Medieval Banquet 2019
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Kent Mountain Centre 2018