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Year 10 lighting up the lab

Year 10 girls took on an interesting challenge in their last science lesson at the end of term, working in pairs or small groups. The task? To create a working model lighthouse, the taller the better, using only newspaper and a few other specified bits and pieces.  They were halfway through the challenge when these pictures were snapped, so we’re not sure which team won, or what scientific principles were applied… but the concentration levels and competitive spirit were certainly in evidence!



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Year 10 Visit Sainsbury Centre

Year 10 girls had a fascinating visit to the Sainsbury Centre  earlier this month.   With the help of a guide,they explored first the Paul Nash,and then the Rana Begum visiting exhibitions on display there. Begum’s work (pictured) blurs the boundaries between sculpture,painting and architecture and we found it very interesting indeed!

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The fluorescent coats  the girls are wearing were designed to be interactive with the colours in the exhibition.

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An installation piece constructed from a series of coloured modular architectural components.


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What are you doing today…?

Looking for things to do with the family over the last few days of the half-term break? The Forum in Norwich is hosting Makers’ Month with plenty for all the family to enjoy and have a go at – and it’s free entry (face painting £3 per child).

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There be dragons…!

On Wednesday, Years 1 and 2 visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The children spent the morning with guide Michelle who told them all about the ancient Chinese sculptures in the SCVA collection. They loved the figures of the dancing ladies and the mythical beast! After this, the children took some time to sketch some of the exhibits. The ballet girls even practised standing in fourth position like Degas’ Little Dancer! In the afternoon, we took part in a workshop, led by SCVA artist Doo. We used boxes and mixed materials to create some amazing Chinese dragon head sculptures. The minibus was very quiet on the way home as most of the children had fallen asleep! Clearly, they had a wonderful, busy day at this fabulous gallery. 

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Half term activity suggestions

Looking for things to do with the family over the half term break? The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich has a stunning exhibition entitled “Magnificent Obsession: The Artist as Collector” which will appeal to adults and children alike. Alongside major artworks, you’ll find model elephants, Punch and Judy puppets, glass eyes and graphic medical illustrations, soviet space dog memorabilia and more! Go to www.scva.ac.uk for opening times and details.

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