Meet A Teacher – Miss Maughan

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

This week on the school blog we are presenting a new section which is when we question teachers and get to know them a bit. This week we have also interviewed Miss. Maughan, music teacher. Here is what she said:

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Q1. What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I’ve always been interested in performing arts and when I was at school I was involved in a lot of music, drama and art. When I went to University I decided to focus on music because I feel like music is inclusive for all and it allows everyone to be involved and have a go. Whoop, whoop!”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching for?

“I’ve been a teacher for 9 years but I only wanted to be one for 11 because I really wanted to work in prisons but I thought if I couldn’t handle secondary schools I couldn’t handle prisons.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Teaching is my first major profession. YES!”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject for a GCSE?

“Practice makes perfect!”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes I do, but who knows what life will bring?”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“I try to go for the genre that everybody likes and that’s mainly pop music, I try to find ways of getting that involved in the music. Whoo hoo!”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“I just want to say thanks to my Mum, because she’s my biggest inspiration. I just can’t believe how far I got, without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. Oh, and I like to thank my dog too.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/ help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. Clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I do quite a lot of different clubs around the school like Choir, samba band. But right now I’m working with Miss Isham on our amazing production of Evening at the West End, which you should totally see in April. I also cycle with a helmet and a brightly coloured coat to promote healthy living whilst doing a daily 8 mile cycle round trip between home and school. I would also like to point out that I recently raced Mr. Ramasami into the school and I beat him, he even had a motor on his bike. Yeah!”

Meet A Teacher – Mr Ramasami

Lara Beal & Keeley Burton

This week on the school blog we are presenting a new section which is when we question teachers so we can all get to know them a bit more. This week we have interviewed Mr Ramasami. (an SME teacher)

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Here is what he said:

Q1. What interests you in the subject you teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I like the idea of helping students become more connected to the people around them. I believe SME is the perfect lesson for doing it.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I’ve been teaching since I was 24 so that means I have been doing this for 170 years (not a typo!). I wanted to make a difference, it made a difference for me.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Yes, it is.”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject as a GCSE?

“Hang in there kids. It will soon be over and you can start smiling again.”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“I do”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have have an interest in your subject you teach?

“When planning my lessons, I try to prepare things like a good chef; quality materials, a bit of enthusiasm and gas mark 5 for twenty minutes.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Meeting other teachers who were great people.”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I have only been here this year so far, so watch this space.”

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Evening at The West End

Lara Beale & Keely Burton

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On Monday 30th January (INSET day) some students from all year groups came to school for a rehearsal for Durrington High School’s amazing end of year production of ‘Evening at the West End’. With Mrs Isham (Head of Performing Arts) being the Producer and Miss. Maughan (Music Teacher) being the Musical Director. In this fantastic show the students present three different West End shows, these being Matilda, Grease and The Phantom of the Opera. The show is already looking superb because of all the hard work and effort the students have put into the show over the last few weeks after school and in their spare time on their INSET day. I know Durrington High School is going to live up to expectations and create yet another exceptdrama2ional performance!

 

The show itself takes place between Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th April 2017, so please feel free to purchase tickets and show your support of Durrington High School’s performing arts department. In the show the students show off their unique talents of singing, dancing, acting and more. Everyone involved has worked so hard on this performance and we all hope it is a huge success.

 

Maths

Abdul Matin Y7

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First in the lesson, our teacher Mr Down explained to the class how to look at 3D shape in a way that showed us the shapes plan and elevation. The whole class understood the explanation very well and the teacher left us to get on with the work. Some people that didn’t get the explanation were talked to one on one with the teacher so they could get a better understanding of what we were learning. This is something the teachers do a lot to help you out if you do not understand something.

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Here is a picture of my book that shows my work from the that lesson. If you look to the left of the book you can see some coloured writing. The coloured writing is a rule or a piece of information that tells you how a particular parts of maths work which can be useful when revising for future tests. To the right of the page was some work that Mr Down gave the class to do. As you can see I got all the questions right like most people in my maths class. I am sure you will agree, a tick in a book is always a nice thing to see 🙂

 

Science Y7

By Chloe Holmes

In Science we are learning about Space and all the other planets that are also in our solar system.

In this lesson we are learning about planets and we have some data that we have used to put together some work.

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Our Science teacher is called Mr Downs which is teaching us in this picture. In this lesson we had to draw a table down into our books. After that, we wrote key facts that where on the board. There were 6 facts that we needed to write in our books, facts that were really interesting. Next we had to think about, What planet would you go to, why and what would you take with you? There where some really interesting answers in the lesson.

Here are some students working and at the same time having fun and learning about planets. This is such an interesting subject when you get to learn about all the other planets picture2

Here is some work that some students have produced during lesson. We are always proud of our work we do in the lessons, Amazing or what?

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Form Time

by Lara BEALE and Keely BURTON

If you are planning on coming to our amazing school, it is a good thing to have an idea on how it works with regards to form time where you do registration. Form time is done first thing in the morning from 8.40am to 9.05am and afternoon 2pm to 2.10pm.

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In form time at our school, we have different activities to do with our form tutor. Each company has a different rota, we are in Da Vinci so our weekly timetable is:

* Monday = 4P check

* Tuesday = 4P and litter (week 2 only) and tutor lead activity

* Wednesday = 4P and DEAR

* Thursday = 4P and Assembly

* Friday = 4P check

The 4P check is checking you have you pen, pencil, planner and paperback book (also your calculator)

DEAR time is dedicated time to reading your paperback book in silence.

When you go to Durrinton High School you get separated into different forms in different companies with different company leaders. There are 7 different companies, these companies are, Da Vinci (purple), Hawkin(pink), Roddick(green), Franklin(white), Shelly(gold), Mercator(blue) and Coubertin(red). The colour represents the colour of your seahorses on your tie. Each one has their own assembly on different days. As you saw above Da Vinci has assembly every Thursday.

We all have form tutor who you see every morning and every afternoon. Our form tutor is Mr.Ramasami (SME), he is very humorous and loves a laugh. We always have fun in our form and in every form class throughout the school has a form tutor who is their for the good and the worst times in your high school experience. Your form tutor is always around to help you should you need it and if possible, you have the same tutor from Year 7 all the way through to Year 11 which is a nice thing to have.

Computing Y9

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In this segment of computing this year we have been looking into music festivals and what is needed to create our own festival. We have been using various types of software to create spreadsheets, business letters, logos, and tickets. This week we have been designing our posters for our festival, here are a few photographs of students working on their work:

 

Throughout this term we have learnt new skills and new programs with new tools, we have used Adobe a lot and the software we use is used by professionals such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This has expanded our knowledge and we know that different software is used for different tasks, for example, Illustrator could be used to create a logo and Photoshop for the ticket.  Also, when working on the project given by Mr Paul, we have always tried our hardest to do our best and to produce our best work. If you put a lot of effort in to your work, the work you produce is always really good and something to be proud of. Throughout the lesson people are quiet and working hard on their posters; we get work done and enjoy computing lessons. During this 2 lesson project, Mr Paul let us listen to music whilst we worked on our posters to help with some inspiration, the class is in absolute silence and everyone is creating some really good posters. Looking forward to January and our new project which involves some programming.