You have reached double figures, Sophie – hope you have a lovely day!
Skyla-Grace has mislaid her new PE hoody. It has her name inside so please could everyone have a look in their bags in case it has been picked up by mistake from the Sports Hall, where it was left on Wednesday after netball? If you find it, please return it to Reception and we can hand it back to Skyla. Thank you!
In our final look at the science topics chosen by our Year 9 girls for their Bronze CREST awards we see Alia, Sophie and Issy exploring animal adaptations. What changes go on in the cells of a chameleon when it camouflages itself by changing colour? How does a ‘mimic octopus’ know what creature to impersonate to get out of danger, and how does it do it? These and many other questions were explored by the girls, who told me, “We found out so much! It is great to be able to choose your own topic for CREST… we chose this because we all like animals and thought this would be fascinating and have lots of different aspects.” The girls also said they enjoyed working as a team and developing their presentation and research skills.
Polly (Year 1) had a very exciting ski trip to Switzerland at half term. She took HOHS’s very own Barnaby Bear with her (we all know he likes to travel and see different places to tell us about!) But Barnaby got left on the plane home from Geneva by mistake, leaving Polly very upset. Luckily, the adventurous bear turned up at Polly’s grandparents’ house complete with a new t-shirt and a label tied around his neck explaining that he had been found and posted back. So everyone was happy!
Here is Polly (below left) with Barnaby and her friend Sophia (also Year 1) , who is holding the fantastic diary Polly’s mother helped her to create while they were on holiday. You can see Barnaby looking a bit sorry for himself with his label on!
Before half term each Year 1 pupil planted an amaryllis bulb in one of three different colours. Just look at them now – what a beautiful, colourful display they make for the classroom!
Not quite as colourful, but tasty, will be the mushrooms that are planned. The children have planted mushroom spores in ‘spawning casement’ – they will be kept in the damp and dark for two weeks and then we will see how they grow!