Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School recently handed out its Parents’ Association Challenge Awards to students from the school. Every year the Parents’ Association invites students to apply for a grant to assist them in undertaking a project during the holidays (independently of the school) of educational value which requires initiative and has an element of challenge. The funding for this comes from the many activities organised by the Parents’ Association and the awards were handed out this year by Rebecca Coleman.
This year’s recipients are carrying out a wide variety of projects and challenges including: a musical tour of Spain, a PADI diving course, work experience at the UN as well as two students setting up their own sportswear business.
The 20th Anniversary of World Book Day was celebrated at QEGS with a variety of activities throughout the week. Here, some of the Library Assistants involved share their experiences with you.
Monday 27th February - all forms received their WBD £1 book voucher in registration
Monday 27th February - World Book Day Quiz
On Monday, the week of World Book Day, we wrote a quiz based on: books, characters, authors etc. We handed the quizzes out to anyone who walked into the library. People who decided to do the quiz had the whole of their lunchtime to complete the activity; it could have been taken out the library, but it had to be handed in by the end of lunch. There were 10 questions to complete and the questions were about specific books/characters/authors. We gave out the prizes to our quiz winners, who were Iffat Zareen and Lucy Robertson both of 7J, whose prizes were the choice of a book, a packet of crisps and a packet of sweets.
By Sophie Willis and Kate Munnelly 7J
Tuesday 28th February - LED whole school assembly
At the beginning of the World Book Day assembly, a song from Matilda (the musical) was played while we entered the hall. This linked to the topic of the assembly and reading as the author of the book which the musical was based on was then mentioned. We were told Roald Dahl wrote several children's classics that the majority of the people in the hall had read. Mrs Divers explained that the link from Matilda to World Book Day, other than the fact that Matilda was a book, is that Matilda is able to escape into a world of her own through reading. She explained that we could all enjoy reading and all use it as a means of enjoyment and should all enjoy the time we spend reading.
By Zoe Williams 9C
The Spring concert was a great finale to a busy music-making term. The wind band, orchestra, flute choir, string ensembles and the 4 choirs provided a wide range of music from Renaissance through to 2000s pop including Colonel Bogey's March, Price Tag, Satin Doll and Crazy for Cartoons. The students worked really hard with the music department staff and put on an excellent performance!
On Friday the 17th March a small but select group of U6 students went to Boston Grammar School to participate in a Sixth Form German Workshop on Life in the GDR and Memory Landscapes. Presentations were given on a variety of topics by Dr Anna Saunders of Bangor University and Dr Sara Jones of Birmingham University. They included a whistle stop tour through the rise and fall of the GDR, the history of the Stasi, the portrayal of the GDR in Film and samples of socialist/communist memorials in Berlin. There was also time to discuss some issues in small groups, of course in German. The day was not only informative but also provided food for thought and was enjoyed by all.