Totally Thames - Rivers of the World!The Rivers of the World project is run by the British Council, and aims to connect young people across the world with their local rivers and global partner schools. Hurstmere Art Department was successful in securing funding for our pupils to participate in this year's project. Twenty of our 'gifted and talented' pupils from year 8 and 9 took part in a two day Art workshop led by the visiting artist Shona Watt. The boys tackled the theme 'Resourceful River' - they investigated the range of fish that inhabit the River Thames and considered the issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans. They then produced an impressive body of sculpture in response - working to recycle waste plastic water and drink bottles into art work. The resulting work was digitally recorded by Shona and combined into a photo mural. This has subsequently been exhibited as part of the Totally Thames Festival - in the GLA City Hall and on the South Bank in front of the Tate Modern! Our photo mural has also been sent electronically to be exhibited in Lagos Nigeria along side the work of our 'Rivers' partner school New Hall Academy. The project continues into 2018 when Hurstmere boys will get another opportunity to work alongside a professional artist - this time responding to our partner school's river '5 Cowrie Creek' in Lagos. Well done and thank you to this year's participants - Louis Dunk, Harry Turner, Alfie Peacock, Max Kelsey, Sam I'Anson, Sami Salih, Sebastian Neofitou, Joe Greenfield, Ben James, Frankie Svoma, Harrison Prangnell, Scott Durden, Louis Clark, Andrew Fastiggi, Sam Parsons, Jesse McKenna, Marcelo Pita, Luc Hulf, Max Boles and Oscar Davies - their conduct, attitude and creativity made them exemplary artistic global ambassadors for Hurstmere School. Mr D Blower Head of Art
British Council 'Rivers of the World' ProjectThe artwork produced by year 8 and year 9 pupils as part of the British Council 'Rivers of the World' Project has been selected for display in a prime location, river side of the Tate Modern, as part of this year's Thames Festival. It will be on show from 17th Aug until the end of September - keep an eye out for it if you're passing by on the Southbank or visiting the Tate. The boys did themselves (and the school) proud, and were highly commended for their conduct, effort, commitment and quality of outcome by the British Council artist they worked with.
Book Donation to School AidThe Mathematics and Science departments donated 250 educational text books to School Aid. The books were no longer of use in the departments due to the new GCSE curriculum changes. School Aid is a non-profit organisation that sends school books and other educational resources direct to schools in need (www.school-aid.org). School Aid relies heavily on the support of volunteers and on donations by schools to make the project work. Hurstmere dropped the books to a centre in Bexleyheath and they will be sent to schools in Africa to be used in classrooms and school libraries. Hurstmere was happy to be able to make the donation and hope to make many more in the future.
Hurstmere's Summer Short Story Competition 2017Hurstmere ran it's final Short Story Competition in the summer term and we were again impressed by the standard of writing from the entrants. We choose a very difficult genre for the boys, comedy, but they didn't disappoint. The runner up and the winning story were both extremely entertaining. The runner-up received a set of books of his choice and the winner took home a new Kindle. Please click here to see the winning story...
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
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