Last Week at Blatch
In the week that England made it through the group stages in the World Cup and temperatures soared up to the high twenties, we were very busy at Blatchington Mill with our extra-curricular activities and trips!
On Monday morning all of our year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students descended upon Withdean Stadium for our sports day. A huge well done to all of the PE staff who did an amazing job in organising our best ever sports day and a massive congratulations to Demi in year 10 who broke our school shotput record that had stood since 1983! It was lovely to see our students being so supportive to one another and an extra shout out goes to our Blatch Sports Leaders who ensured that the day ran smoothly, supporting our PE staff as well as other students.
Some of our students were up very early on Tuesday as the year 9 MFL trip left for Cantabria at 4am! Our students soaked up the northern Spanish culture with trips to traditional towns and the more contemporary Guggenheim museum before returning home on Friday.
The week before, our MFL department also ran a day trip to Boulogne with our year 7 students which involved practicing their French skills, visiting markets and even making some bread and croissants in a traditional French boulangerie!
On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome Rob Eastaway to Blatch for a Maths Inspiration presentation. Rob gave a presentation to a group of year 9 students on the wonders and magic of Mathematics. The session was clearly enjoyed by the pupils who were actively engaged in a number of puzzles and problem solving challenges. Rob is an author who is active in the popularisation of mathematics and was awarded the Zeeman medal in 2017 for excellence in the promotion of maths. He is best known for his books, including the bestselling Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and Maths for Mums and Dads. He has also appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.
Wednesday also marked the start of our annual art exhibition which showcases amazing artwork created by our GCSE students. Take a look at some of their masterpieces below!
Thursday was a huge day at Blatchington Mill as we held our year 11 leavers’ assembly, followed by the biggest night of the year – the year 11 prom! We were delighted to see so many students and staff at Pangdean Barn for a really lovely evening of celebration. Our year 11 students have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves as they began their long summer break!
We also had five year 10 students who attended the Big Bang Fair at the South of England Showground on Thursday in order to collect a drone that they had won as part of the International Rescue Drone competition. Our students came second in the 15+ age group – losing out only to a 20 year old! We’re extremely proud of our students that took part and can’t wait to have a go with the drone!
As Friday rolled around we sent 20 year 9 students off to the University of Sussex to take part in a creative writing workshop led by university students. The workshops were varied, covering ideas about body language and tone using role-play; creating characters through props and artefacts; looking at structure and genre and trying to write fantastic opening lines. Miss Ewbank said, Teacher of English, said, ‘The students were great and were prepared to get involved, as well as enjoying the sunshine, food and beautiful campus that Sussex University generously offered us. These activities will pave the way for an exciting new creative writing initiative: setting up creative writing clubs at Blatch, initially targeting KS4, run by students from the university - watch this space!’
Blatch life doesn’t always stop at 3pm on Friday – we have some lovely news to share from the weekend too! Our year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students took part in an expedition over the weekend and received some incredible praise from one of the Duke of Edinburgh supervisors who said that our students ‘are a great bunch of youngsters. Their attitude throughout the two days was exemplary and for a group of that size, the behaviour on the campsite both Saturday night and Sunday morning was some of the best I have experienced.’ Our DofE students have done an amazing job of representing the school and we’re so glad that they had a great weekend despite the extreme weather!
Last but certainly not least, we also received some amazing news over the weekend regarding year 11 student Ted Jenks who has just signed a professional contract at Brighton and Hove Albion! Ted has worked so hard on his football career, especially over the past year after suffering a ruptured ligament. Ted had to go through surgery and extensive rehab to get to where he is now and Mr King, Ted’s Head of Year said, ‘the way he handled being stopped in his tracks is so mature’ and that ‘what has impressed the PE department, is that despite his training schedule and commitment to both BHAFC and England, Ted has never missed a school game and has also ensured that he has represented the school in both cross country and athletics when called upon.’ Congratulations, Ted and good luck with the future!
We’d like to thank all of the staff involved in the events above for giving up their time to make Blatch such a fun and exciting place to be, as well as saying a massive well done to our students who have shown incredible enthusiasm and maturity over the past week. We’re all looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks hold!