On Friday 28th February, four of our top Key Stage 3 mathematicians visited Lancing College for the UKMT Regional Team Maths Challenge. The team had to compete in four different sessions across the day involving higher level maths questions and problem solving activities. Our team communicated excellently with one another and developed exceptional strategies for the different challenges, allowing them to continuously improve their score at each stage. In total, 28 schools from the South East area competed and our amazing team achieved 4th place, beating, amongst many others, the host team and were only preceded by 3 top independent schools. Originally being daunted by the clearly intelligent competition, our team was overcome with pride when the scores were announced. A fantastic day!
Richard Brookwell 9SBo, Edward Taylor 9LWo, Alex Linfield 8LMi and Carolyn Acevedo 8GLu.
On Tuesday 4th February, seven students from Year 8 took part in the Clear computing competition at Worthing College where they had to design their own social network site.
Below is an account of the day, from two of the students who took part.
“When we arrived at Worthing college we got taken up to the large office like area, where we were greeted by a team of local entrepreneurs and others who organised the event; our task was then explained to us and we had to make a website design (on paper) for people in education then later present it in the form of a pitch.
We really enjoyed presenting our pitch in front of the entrepreneur even though at first we were really nervous; after we presented it we were extremely pleased with our final design, it was also great being able to work in teams and we all ensured everyone got to input something into our final piece!
We feel that after this day we have gained a little more confidence from the pitch and have strengthened our team skills/creative skills when working in our groups on the first ideas.”
ICT teacher Nicky Hayes who attended the day with students said “The students did a fantastic job of designing their social network sites and presenting their ideas to a number of local entrepreneurs and many other students. Although the students did not win the competition, they showed they had some fantastic ideas for a future social network site designs as well as brilliant team work skills.”
Continuing with the theme of last week’s Computer Science Education Week, students have taken things one step further. The ICT department have created a Raspberry Pi and Engineering club where students can learn how to code, program, create games and control objects. Students range from Year 8-11 and have produced some great programs and codes this week. Below are some pictures of students using the Pi’s, if you want to come along please ask your teacher during your ICT lesson.
Watch this to see how coding is taking over the world this week! –
We (Emily & Katisha) did 74 lines of code today!!
This week is Computer Science Education Week around the world and Year 8 students at Durrington High School have been taking part in this in their ICT lessons.
Year 8 have been using a website called http://csedweek.org/learn and you can have a look and learn too! Anyone from 6-106 can take part. We hope you have a go and enjoy it like we did.
On Monday the 18th, the Student Leadership Team met with Mr Allison to discuss what we think are good learners and what are not so. We discussed the importance of having a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. A fixed mind- is where you avoid challenges, gives up easily when things get hard, ignores useful feedback and sees effort as a waste of time. As a group, we highlighted the issues linked to this mind-set. In contrast, a growth mindset is where a learner loves a challenge and keeps going when things get hard. They also learn from feedback and believe that hard work and effort is the key to successful education.
When asked what a fixed and growth mindset student would look like in the classroom, we came up with the following:
Often says ‘I can’t do it’
Not interested in working hard during lessons
Think they know it all
Not always interested in working with and learning from others
Boast a lot about their knowledge, but it’s just a front
Don’t need to try harder as they always get a good grade
As soon as something gets hard, they shut off
They become easily distracted from their work
They’ll make witty comments to hide the fact that they are stuck
Don’t take notes
Acts as if they aren’t bothered
Don’t ask questions, due to a fear of being wrong or laughed at
Don’t work hard to improve themselves outside school
Willing to give things a go
Will ask questions and respond well to the feedback
Participates in the lesson
When working in groups, will give ideas.
Well behaved and interested in the work.
Well presented work
Alert and hard working during lessons
Enthusiastic about the work they are doing and will ask for help if they are not sure.
Want to realise their potential
Will spend time on homework
Focused and concentrating during lessons
They want to excel
Advantages of a learner having a growth mindset are that they seek to expand their knowledge, actively engage in lessons and always improve based on feedback. The benefits of this are as follows:
• Always listening to feedback allows the learner to develop their comprehension and application of knowledge in all subjects. This allows the learner to consistently improve their results and eventually finish their education with grades they can be proud of.
• Actively working as part of a group will develop essential skills, such as communication and leadership, which can prove vital later on in life.
In summary, the Student Leadership Team discussed the main two mind-sets relating to education. As a whole, we decided that a growth mindset is more beneficial to the learner because it develops essential skills, expands your understanding and, most importantly, prepares you for challenges later on in life.
Tom Walker Head Boy
Alex Maraio Deputy Head Boy.
A group of Durrington High students won a Waterstones competition to meet British Novelist Michelle Paver on tour of her new book, The Burning Shadow. We love to give our students the opportunity to meet inspiring people, and one Year 8 winner has written an account of the day:
Meeting Michelle Paver
It was quite exciting, being able to leave school behind and get on a mini-bus for a lovely trip out to meet Michelle Paver.
The trip itself was very interesting. I learnt a lot, and made some great new friends. I spoke to a girl named Imogen about the length of the journey and the crazy things that people talk about when on a mini-bus! After what seemed like a very long drive, we reached our destination.
Once inside Mrs Baker signed us in and we headed down to the atrium, admiring the space-pod looking ICT suite, and had our lunch. The students there were fascinated by the Seahorse logo on our blazers and seemed to find it hard to grasp that we were from DURRINGTON High School, not Sea-Unicorn School!! I don’t know why!
When we had packed up, we made our way into the cinema-like room and made sure we picked the best seats. Of course, there was always one person who wasn’t happy their seating arrangements so we had to shuffle around so he could sit in the “decent” spot! More schools piled in, and then we were finally ready to start.
Michelle Paver began talking about her latest Gods and Warriors book (which I got a copy of on the day- signed!) along with the Wolf Brother Chronicle of Ancient Darkness Series (which I will get round to reading, when I’ve finished Duncton Wood… but that’s another story!)
She went into detail about how she swam with Dolphins and climbed erupting Volcanos just to write about how it would be for her characters in the story. To make it real for the readers, and to be able to write about it the best she could. She told us about all the things that inspire her to write her stories which I, being a writer myself, found very interesting.
Michelle then asked everyone to name any body parts of an animal that they could think of. She then told us what her characters would have use it for, based on what the hunters in Ancient Greece and the Stone Age may have used them for, or even more gruesome, what they taste like! Trust me when I say, we had some crazy suggestions – but Michelle knew her stuff and had answers for each and every one!
Once her talk had ended, and after having the chance to ask some of our own questions, we lined up at the Waterstones stall to buy copies of books to get signed.
While she was signing our books, I had a look at some of the amazing artefacts that she’d brought with her to illustrate her talk. I was impressed by the handmade rope that she had spun out of Nettles – just as Hylas would have done; and the Deer Antler that she had shown us, which really was the ancient people’s Swiss Army Knife, able to do so many different tasks. I spoke with her about how I really looked forward to reading Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series) while I had a chance to look through some of the original manuscript for her first book.
All in all, the trip went with a bang! It’s a day I’ll remember and I’ve got some great new ideas to write about. This has been my Author Trip blog, Emily Howard 8ATa – Signing out!
Tonight sees the beginning of an exciting week at Durrington High School – Prospective Parents evening, followed by several open mornings next week. We have made a video of our Year 8 students explaining how they have found settling into the school. They talk about their favourite subjects, clubs and just generally “what they get up to”. This is partly so that we can share what our students are doing in school, but also to allow students who are thinking of coming to Durrington an insight into what they can expect if they are to join us.
We hope you enjoy watching the clips as much as our students enjoyed making them.