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February news round-up

Published on 06/03/15

A round-up of all the latest news from Orchard School ...

Ricart in the community

As part of a community project tutor group Ricart 3 prepared cakes for a local old people’s home. The old people were delighted; one lady declared ...’you have made my day!’

Motion House

Dance group Motion House ran a workshop for a group of students who were then able to go and see them perform their new show; ‘Broken,’ in Swindon. Students attended a question and answer session about their tour.

Adventure sports

GCSE PE students have been exploring their adventurous sides this term with trips to Ashton Park mountain biking with Pedal Progression, and indoor climbing at St Werburghs. The students have been attending outside of school hours.

Philosophy Club

Orchard School Philosophy Club hosted a talk from Dr. Julian Baggini recently. The group had a lively discussion about the ethical issues around global poverty, and tackled thought experiments designed to highlight the consequences of ethical views. The students in attendance were also each kindly given a free book on ethical dilemmas by Julian.

Julian is the author of many philosophy books written for a general audience, including The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten and Should You Judge This Book By Its Cover?, and is a founding editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine. He also writes for The Guardian, Independent and Financial Times, and regularly appears on BBC radio.

VIVO Rewards

Vivo was launched as a positive behaviour reward system in November. Students gain points for positive contributions and hard work at school and they can then purchase prizes from the online shop. Some students are receiving a range of prizes from key rings to magic tricks whilst others are saving their Vivos for larger items.

Ten Tors

The new recruits for the 2015 Ten Tors Challenge took part in their first training event on a chilly day on the Mendips. Students are training for an arduous 35 mile hike taking in an overnight wild camp. They are currently learning the navigation, teamwork and leadership skills required for the Challenge. It’s not too late to join!

Pamper Evening

Parents, staff and the wider community enjoyed a bit of well deserved pampering at Orchard’s first ever pamper evening enjoying a range of beauty treatments including massage, reiki and manicures. Watch out for future events.

Former student news: 

James Brankin

James achieved 15 GCSEs at Orchard; 2 Cs, 6 Bs and 7 As. He then went on to North Bristol Post 16 Centre and applied for several Software Engineering and Computer Science courses at several universities, but settled on BSc Games Technology at Bournemouth University. James is creating a programme that helps users recall Japanese vocabulary by using psychological research on how human memory works. He came back to Orchard to test out his research on some Year 7 students.

Suzana Marie

Former student Suzana Marie, who is studying for her A-Levels at Bristol Post 16 Centre, has been selected to shadow Stephen Williams MP for the day in the House of Commons as part of International Women’s Day 2015.