Collapsing Cans Experiment
One of the most enjoyable parts of teaching Science is the reactions on our students’ faces when they see the results of some of our experiments: the ‘collapsing can’ is a firm favourite with our Year 7s, and certainly not for the faint-hearted! Click the link above to see Florence, Joshua and Kerra-Leigh in full ‘mad scientist’ mode.
Owi Last Post
November is a month of Remembrance here, in which the whole community pays tribute to the sacrifices of our armed forces and those others who have suffered in defence of freedom.
Student contributions were front and centre of our whole school assembly. Morgan and Ellen in Year 12 set a reflective tone with readings of the classic war poems, ‘In Flanders Fields’ (McCrae) and ‘For the Fallen’ (Binyon) respectively. Later, Owen in Year 8 took up his cornet and delivered a beautiful, solemn rendition of The Last Post. Thank you to all three students for their contributions.
Alfie Thunderstruck AC-DC
Alfie in year 7, took to the stage for an uplifting and technically excellent performance of “Thunderstruck” written by AC/DC. This was a nice change of pace for our assembly performances and shows the range of skills our students are developing in their own time.
Joshua Main Theme From Amelie
There have been so many impressive performances by our students so far this year that it has taken us a while to report on them all. At the end of last month, Year 7 student Joshua wowed everyone with his skill and dexterity in performing the main theme from ‘Amelie’ on the piano.
Remarkably, Joshua is self-taught, and only began playing at the beginning of 2021! It is a testament to his drive and determination that he has reached such a high standard so quickly. It also demonstrates to us all the value of practice (and equally, revision) in harnessing our potential.
Thank you, Joshua. We thoroughly enjoyed your playing, and hope you will perform something else for us soon.
Mia Tomorrow From Annie
Another of our Key Stage 3 students, Mia, made everyone’s day with an uplifting musical performance: this time singing ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical, “Annie”. It is a demanding piece, which Mia delivered with great vocal range and tone. We look forward to seeing – and hearing - what Mia (and her peers) will entertain us with next.
The students continue to impress both staff and their peers not only with their musical talents, but with their confidence in performing in front of an audience. This is a key life skill we actively try to foster at St Gerard’s. Additionally, these morning assembly performances really set a happy, positive tone for the day ahead.
Xuan Can Can mp3
To kick off our musical ‘performances of the week’ section, Xuan in Year 8 bravely took to the piano in front of the school for a beautiful rendition of "The Can Can".