Fundraising initiative...

Tennis Fundraising Class 6b


















Harkiran or Maximilian from Class 6b wanted to raise funds for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal, so they decided to do this by offering tennis lessons to anyone who would like them. So far they have raised over £550.00 which is also being match funded by a London company. Philip Beaven Class 6b Teacher

Olympics Info for Parents

Saturday 27th June - Opening Ceremony starts 7.30am  and the day finishes approx 4.00pm

Documents about the day below:-

Order of Events
Olympic Day Menu
Information for Parents & Visitors

VSO ICS has been an eye opener...

P1000612I would like to say a massive thank you to all those who supported me and my fundraising efforts last year. I have put together a little piece of writing about some of my experiences while I was volunteering in Tanzania.

I travelled out to Tanzania in January with 12 other UK volunteers, upon arrival in Dar Es Salaam we met the group of Tanzanian volunteers with whom we worked together for the three months.

My experience of volunteering with VSO ICS has been an eye opener on different levels. I feel I have learnt a lot in many different ways.

From Monday till Thursday every week I worked within a secondary school. Our aim was to encourage the teacher to be more interactive in their teaching and show them that creating teaching and learning aids is simple and cheap/free. We worked with the students to create a system for subject clubs (pupil led learning which was very important to the students given their school structure and routine). Every Friday all volunteers would meet up, each week a different pair bring a global issue for discussion on which they would facilitate a session. This was very interesting, and we were able to share view points, and ideas and often gain an insight into different cultural perceptions and results of this. P1000209

Over the three months we held three Community Action days- for example for the first one we liaised with a local NGO  to provide free HIV testing, advice, information, and talks from an ambassador working to reduce stigmatisation around this issue.

Through doing this program I have definitely gained a greater understanding of the complexities surrounding development: Who has the right to say what is best? How must we educate young people? What is the priority in the society? And who is to determine this?

In a region where rates of HIV positive cases are among the highest in East Africa, gender roles define the life of so many; and in a country where Albino killings are increasing, unemployment rates are high and corruption can be seen within the government, local hospitals and in schools; our work has not been easy and at times felt frustrating.

Cross cultural working and the cultural exchange are one of the most valuable things I have gained from my time in Tanzania. I have leant a lot about people, and team work. It is important to be clear, communicate well and be open to other perceptions; while at the same time having faith in my own opinion, thoughts and ideas.

Being on my own in a host home I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in much of the culture; this was at times very challenging but also rewarding.

To start with I have very apprehensive and nervous. The first encounter with my host family was difficult- they spoke very little English- I didn’t understand them and they didn’t understand me resulting in misunderstandings.  I was confronted with unexpected questions about beliefs and social norms. It took a couple of weeks for me to become more comfortable but slowly the rewards started, my host-home brothers started to draw pictures with me, and I started to play football and gymnastics with them outside. At times I got very frustrated by my host family- they are very traditional and the family roles play such a big part here. I am in awe of my host-home sisters who get up early to do chores before school time, come back from school at 6pm for more chores then do homework-yet they are always happy and smiling. It is strange; the children have a lot of freedom but at the same time so much responsibility.

Everywhere I went I was welcomed by people who have so little but are prepared to give so much.

Laura Selter, Alumni and Gym Teacher

Midsummer Night's Dream - Dress Rehearsal pictures

Class 10 will be performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' tomorrow at the Midsummer Festival.
Weather permitting, this will be performed on the the Open Air Stage (if not we will move into the Indoor Theatre).
To book tickets call 01342 822275 or purchase from the Information Stand tomorrow between 11 - 5pm

Midsummer Night's Dream

A4 Poster Use

Class 5 Olympics information for schools

For full information to visitors on the Olympics click here

Class 9 projects - photos

Jan Macbean has kindly taken photos of this years Class 9 Projects. Class 9 worked on fixing the well at the Iron Spring, re-landscaping, building a bridge, completing a new footpath, and building an outdoor shelter for study groups to keep dry and out of the sun.

EFL Students make a video about their experience here...

A HUGE thank you to Clea Maaser, Tim Oerter and Chiara Laske who produced this wonderful video about our EFL course here at Michael Hall.

‘No TV or computers before age 12’

Pierre Laurent, a former Microsoft and Intel marketing manager, is currently working on a Silicon Valley start-up. He has two daughters, aged nine and 15, and a 17-year-old son.

I love computers. They can do wonderful things, if you use them properly. But you can overuse technology, and become a slave to it.

We allowed screen time for our son until he was two. Then I read a book called The Growth Of The Mind, by Stanley Greenspan, which explains how we learn when we are small through our interaction with the world, and because of emotions.

We did some research, and started connecting with Waldorf schools – which all our children attend. We saw that Waldorf teenagers had a different way of approaching adults and were very interested in the world. We decided that there’s no harm in not exposing children to screens until they’re big enough. It can only be beneficial. Young children like stories, to play with things, sing, make things, build and be in nature. So that’s what we did. They haven’t complained.

There isn't an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged

You could offer an hour’s screen time a day, but media products are designed to keep people’s attention. It’s not that there’s an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged. In the late 90s, when I was working at Intel and my first child was born, we had what was called the “war of the eyeballs”. People don’t want you to wander and start playing with another product, so it has a hooking effect. It looks like it’s soothing your child and keeping them busy so you can do something else, but that effect is not very good for small children.

It stops them discovering the world with their senses. And there’s a risk to attention. It’s not scientifically proven yet, but there’s an idea that attention is like a muscle that we build. It’s about being able to tune out all the distraction and focus on one thing. When you engage with these devices, you don’t build that capacity. It’s computer-aided attention; you’re not learning to do it.

Our children start interacting with computers and smart phones at around 12. When they’re in the house, they put the phones to charge on the table in the hallway and don’t use them much. My son has a Facebook account and uses email, and he does some texting. He’s connected and engaged, but he’s not a slave to technology. He started getting interested in video games when he was 14, because that’s how he keeps in touch with his cousin in Europe – through a multiplayer game about the Napoleonic wars.

We’ve also had a no-TV rule, and they watched movies maybe once during the weekend, and we ease it out as they grow up. My son is pretty much free to watch what he wants now, but he’s good at self-regulating, partly because he has built other interests.


Oliver Twist tonight and tomorrow...

A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel that tells of the trials of Oliver as he escapes the workhouse only to find himself in the clutches of Fagin and Sikes!
Theatre 19:30 Wednesday 20th May and Thursday 21st May.
Sarah Wilson