New House CaptainsDuring May we witnessed the hotly anticipated House captain elections. To make the procedure as real as possible we introduced an electoral register to this year’s process which required form groups to sign, collect a polling card and in turn complete ballot papers. After weeks of competitive campaigning each house had the opportunity to vote for their new Captains and Vice-captains. This year we held individual House candidate debates on the stage in the hall which were recorded and shown to each House before they voted. The debates were extremely thought provoking and entertaining and thanks goes to Mr Richardson, James Rantell, Harry Holyhead and the Hurstmere News team, for their hard work in filming and editing the final films. I am sure this was an excellent showcase for the budding nominees. Additionally, all candidates spent time talking to form groups at tutor time and in the playgrounds. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who applied and despite only 8 being chosen for the captain roles, all those who entered can be extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to serve their individual Houses. Well done to you all. The 2017 results are as follows: Caxton House - Tristin Freeman (C) and Billy French (VC) Chaucer House - Matthew Smith (C) and Tom Horak (VC) Cobham House - Zal Motafram (C) and Alfie Wallace (VC) Sidney House - Sam Leamon (C) and Taylor Hawkes (VC) Mr Wright
Jack Petchey Speak Out ChallengeMatthew Smith (Year 10) missed 3rd place by a whisker at the Jack Petchey Speak Out public speaking competition. He was up against 14 other schools from Bexley borough, including the host school, Townley Grammar. The final speaker of the evening, he was confident and flawless, delivering a memorable and moving speech with a message that mattered on not screwing up your opportunities. His speech entitled 'Paper' was captivating and engaging. He really shook things up with the clever use of props, including a paper airplane that he threw into the audience! I was so proud of his performance, as were the strong crowd of supporters that he brought along with him. Well done Matt - you were a credit to Hurstmere and your family..........Mrs Murphy
Red Nose Day 2017During the week of March 20th – March 24th students took part in events to support and raise awareness for Red Nose Day 2017. Students took part in a joke writing competition, watched comedy during lunch times and took part in a mile run during their PE lessons. Students raised a total of £240 for Comic Relief which supports over 2000 charities. These charities range from local projects to international foundations.
Safer Internet DayTuesday 7th February 2017 was Safer Internet Day, promoted by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The focus this year was "Be the change. Unite for a better internet". The purpose of the day was to look at the way young people share images online, and ask them to reflect on the potential negative and positive consequences of this. We want to encourage young people to ‘be the change’ and to share, and to help others, share images positively to make the internet a better place. In the IT & Computer Science department a series of special one off lessons were run to inform the pupils about Safer Internet Day and to try and challenge them to think about what they share online and what the consequences of this can be. Throughout their time at Hurstmere the pupils are taught about the various aspects of staying safe online and using a day like this we can promote this cause even further.
Careers ForumApprenticeship Event Website Event Registration Bexley Apprenticeship Site Annual Careers Forum – Blackfen School for Girls Tuesday 7th March - 6.00pm – 7.00pm Open to Hurstmere School Year 11 students. The evening is an excellent opportunity for both students and parents to find out more about a wide range of careers and the choices available for Further, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. We look forward to seeing as many students and parents attend this exciting event! Confirmed representatives include: Apprenticeship Support Project Bailey Garner (Architects) Bexley College Bexley Council Big Creative Education College (Media & Arts) Bird College Blackfen School Sixth Form Bromley College Canterbury Christ Church University City University Dept of Innovation, Business & Skills Frontier (Gap Year) GSM London Hadlow College Holts Academy (Jewellery) Inspire Hair Academy Jacquelines Gems Childcare Services Kings College London Kingston University Learning Centre Bexley Lendlease Construction London Fire Brigade London & Quadrant Metropolitan Police Moat Housing North Kent College Oxleas NHS Pethealth & Therapy Prospects RAF Ravensbourne Rose Bruford College Royal Navy and Royal Marines Royal Veterinary College St Marys University Twickenham Theatre Street University of Essex University of Greenwich University of Kent University of Law University of Oxford University of Sussex
STUDIO FIX IMPRESS THE MUSIC FOR YOUTH JUDGESCongratulations to the three Studio Fix acts that wowed the judges at the recent Music For Youth 2017 regional heats. Well done to The Gas Tanks (Gary, Matt, Sam, Ed, Jake and Tom), TMT (Thabo, Daniel, Kaamil, Godswill, Wisdom and Israel) andSixth Senate (Thomas, Adam, Niall, Oliver, George and Joel) who each performed three songs for the judges. Each group have spent Studio Fix time writing and recording their own work in their aim to reach the National Finals in the Summer. The finalists will be announced by Music For Youth following the Easter holidays. The positive comments by the judges included songs having “great topical narratives”, “highly original songs really well performed by everyone” and their appreciation of the “guitar and drum solos” featured. Well done to the boys for all their hard work, along with the support of Mr Gilbert and Mr Robertson.
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