The Gas Tanks - MFY Finals, Saturday 8th Julyhe Gas Tanks did Hurstmere proud on Saturday at the Music For Youth national finals. They were up against some very strong competition, but were called "a very exciting band, with a real diversity in their approach". Gary Landick and Matt Morley (Year 11), Ed Demi-Ejegi and Jake Chen (Year 10), Sam Ward (ex-pupil) and Tom Monks were joined by two girls from Blackfen Year 10 and three boys (including Will Morley) from the Guildhall School of Music playing brass. They performed their three songs brilliantly and received the following comments from the judges: "vibrant and engaging performance style "good stylistic awareness" "a real sense of identity" "bold, tight and control rhythm section playing" "fun, catchy and very memorable melody and lyrics" We now wait for the outcome, announced in August, but fingers crossed!
Inter-House Athletics Field EventsThe throwing and jumping events took place on the Games Fields today. Excellent performances were recorded by many of the athletes, whilst others simply tried their inexperienced best in pursuit of precious House points. Fortunately the sweltering heat had subsided in time for the competitions, and Form Tutors’ team selections were examined strenuously. The track events take place next Wednesday afternoon.
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
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