On Monday 19th
January Year 7 pupils at Steyning Grammar School displayed proposals for events
to ‘Celebrate the parish they live in’ to a group of councillors representing
the local surrounding parishes. This
event was the culmination of this terms Project Based Learning task to research
the area they live to come up with proposals for a celebration.
Headteacher said: “Project based learning underlines our commitment to
embedding the key skills for success into our students’ curriculum alongside
subject-based learning. It is also an excellent opportunity to work with our
local community, very directly in this instance with all our catchment
parishes, following on from our collaborative curriculum work with Steyning
Strikers and Steyning Downland Scheme.”
This project began with
a talk given by school Governor Jan Hobson and Lindsay Thompson Head of Key
Stage 4 who explained the thinking behind the schools own 400th celebration.
Steyning Grammar School, Project Based Learning teacher said: “Students were asked to present their
research in a way that was creative and interesting with a display for
councillors to judge. Students were
asked to include a cost analysis and conduct some market research into the
viability of their proposals. Pupils
worked individually as well as in teams, coming together in parish groups to
discuss and compare their research and critique each others work.”
The students themselves
selected the best pieces of work to go forward and be judged by parish
councillors. On the day each pupil had
to present their proposals to the councillors, who were asked to judge and give
feedback to the students.
The overall winner of
the Henfield parish was Freya Taylor-Lester’s whose idea was a video to capture
‘A day in the life of Henfield’. The
judges thought that this idea and the display were first rate, and they liked
the presentation showing how the video would be made.
Ben Neal received
a joint second award with his very
original idea for an event called ‘The Big Comparison’, councillors
particularly liked the ‘Now’ & ‘Then’ idea and the chance for residents to
add in their own pictures. Also joint
second was Maisie Munns with her ‘Upper Beeding Mosaic’ councillors were very
impressed with quality of research and thought given into what might be good in
the community. Cerys Nicks received a
third prize with her popular idea for ‘Lancing Movies’.
Judges thought the
range of ideas were fantastic with a ‘Bramber Scavenger Hunt, La Tour de
Steyning’, a ‘Picnic to Celebrate the Railway’ in Henfield, Partridge Green Dog
Walk, Upper Beeding Woodland Sculpture, a rather practical idea for a welcome sign for Small Dole, along with
a very original idea for a ‘St Cupcakes Day!’ – a good play on words for a St
Cuthman’s day celebration which judges thought would make a great annual event.
Student Jodie Tyler who
had the idea for an ‘Upper Beeding Tea and Walk’ said: “I enjoyed being able to decide my own ideas
for a celebration on where I lived. I
did a little bit of research each day at school during lesson times and I
really enjoyed it.”
Catherine Bowlan, Parish
Councillor from Upper Beeding said: “We were very impressed with Jodie and her
knowledge and research on our parish.
She had a lovely idea for a ‘Tea Party’ in the village hall. We have invited all students to take part and
run their idea at the Upper Beeding Primary School Summer Fete, which is a
great opportunity for students from this parish.”
“This project has really excited the students who have come up with a variety
of very interesting and unique ideas.
The opportunity for the Year 7 students to interact with representatives
from the Parish Council has been an important part of this project. To have a real and respected audience to give
some feedback on the projects has been a valuable part of the experience for
our students. The councillors showed a
great deal of interest in the students work and were very rigorous in their
judging, which has made the experience very worthwhile, and is an important
part of their learning.”
About Steyning Grammar School:
A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19
set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to
Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a
successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International
Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are
extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.
School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts
some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding
school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding
was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement
and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country
to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework. The inspection report reinforces the
popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as
overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with
just the very modest boarding costs to cover.
Full details can be
found on the school’s website www.sgs.uk.net
School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year
2014, visit our website http://www.sgs.uk.net/SGS-400
for more details or to register your interest in the events.