Design your own demon!
Year 7 and 8 get your pens and pencils ready again for another National competition which could win Sir Jonathan North a trip from Taran Matharu and lots of free books. Taran Matharu, writer in residence is known for his bestselling Summoner series of fantasy novels full of all kinds of exciting adventures and curious fantasy creatures. Now he wants YOU to have a go at drawing your own demon.
Here are a couple of Taran's demons to get you thinking. For more information see Mrs. Vyas in the library. Every entry will be rewarded.
CLOSING DATE: WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2018.
Rotary 'Young Designer of the Year 2017'
The students were: Eleutheria, Chante, Aaishah, Evie, Danielle and Aafiya. The best design work from state and private schools in the Midlands district was selected to go on display at the University. All finalists were interviewed by a range of judges from design industries, the University and the Rotary club. Their performance was excellent on the day. All students received a certificate from Rotary as finalists.
Congratulations to Eleutheria who achieved an award for most commercial designer at school level.
Congratulations to Chante who achieved first place at school level.
A huge congratulations to Evie who achieved the award for ‘Most Innovative Designer’ at the District final!
Winning Harry Potter Magician!
Congratulations to Rachel 7.4 who has won the Bloomsbury Children’s 2017 Harry Potter National Schools competition. Rachel has won the opportunity for her and her form group to visit the Warner Bros. Studio – The Making of Harry Potter in London. She will also receive a children’s hardback box set of the full Harry Potter series, a Harry Potter tote bag, poster, bunting and a Jim Kay signed print.
Mrs Vyas entered over 20 entries from Sir Jonathan North to the competition, following an activity session in the LRC. Rachel’s winning Magical Professor was called Magical Careers Advisor and he advised young witches and wizards what to be when they were older.
Well done Rachel! We look forward to hearing about the class trip to London.
First Prize in Chemistry Competition
The Midlands Salters’ Festival of Chemistry took place at Leicester University on Thursday 8 June 2017.
The purpose of the Festival is to:
- Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
- Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations ‘like a real Chemist’
- Encourage team working and independent problem-solving skills.
We entered a group of four Year 8 students – Husna 8.4, Phoebe 8.3, Naomi 8.6 and Amy 8.6.
The students had to complete two tasks as a team in the university chemistry labs. The first task was a CSI investigation set by the Salters’ Institute and the second task was based on density which was set by the Chemistry Department at the University.
After completing the tasks, students were entertained by an exciting Chemistry Show whilst the judges deliberated.
The Sir Jonathan North team won first prize out of 17 teams from the Midlands in the Salters’ CSI investigation. They were commended for their excellent investigative skills, fabulous explanations and tremendous team work.
National Monologue Competition Winner
Jawhara 8.3 has won a monologue competition sponsored by the author Perdita Cargill with Simon & Schuster publishers.
This is what Perdita said about our students’ entries:
‘We were SO impressed with all your students' entries. We were very glad that it was up to Simon & Schuster to make all the hard decisions and not us because there were lots of entries and all to a really high standard. Massive congratulations to Jawhara Madani who was shortlisted for an exceptionally sophisticated and startling piece of writing!’
All four girls entered the competition having created very interesting characters and some quirky plot lines. We are now looking at bringing them to life on stage.
Simon and Schuster is a large reputable publishing company and we look forward to them coming in to talk to the girls soon.
Young Investigator of the Year Award 2017
Amazing success for Sir Jonathan North!
For the second year running Sir Jonathan North has triumphed in the Lord Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year competition. A huge congratulations to Dibjeet 10.7 who won the Young Investigator of the Year Award. Dibjeet’s winning entry was a short film about the history of the Fielding Johnson Building at Leicester University, which served as 5th Northern Hospital during World War 1. Congratulations also to Amber 9.1 and Izzy 9.2 who were the only other two finalists in this category.
Each of our girls produced a unique piece of research of outstanding quality and presented their findings in an individual, creative form. Their hard work was recognised and celebrated during the award ceremony that took place at Leicester County Hall on Thursday 27 April 2017. The girls have also been invited by Leicester University to access their archives to see the ‘Golden Book’, which contains records of the founding gifts from families in honour of their loved ones lost in WWI.
Well done girls! We are very proud of your fantastic achievement.
Reading Rampage - alternative book covers winner
Students are really enjoying the Reading Rampage initiative in the library. They have been creating wonderful alternative book covers and we are proud to announce Simardeep 7.7 as the winner.
Her fabulous multi-coloured, glitzy design for the book 'How to be a Blogger and Vlogger’ by Shane Birley won her a prize and some chocolate.
Well done Simardeep!
Heritage Schools Award
Following Sir Jonathan North’s great success over the past two years in the historically-themed Young Writer and Young Investigator of the Year competition, the History Team has been recognised for its achievements and has won the Heritage Schools Award.
Congratulations to all students and staff involved for their hard work!
‘I have enjoyed participating in the Lord Lieutenant’s award as it has allowed me to discover a fascinating side to Leicester that I never would have known about. Through this award I have definitely improved my technical and research skills by producing a short documentary on this subject,’ Dibjeet 10.7
SJN Poet Performs at Staffordshire Snap
Year 11 student Eleutheria was a finalist in the Staffordshire
Snap poetry competition and was invited to perform her poem earlier this month. As a result of her performance she has now been invited to a workshop ‘VERBAL’ to further her talent. VERBAL is a series of workshops with All-Star UK Poetry Slam Champion, Ben Norris taking place next month in Burton. Maya Whatton, Community Arts Management Intern at Staffordshire County Council who organised the competition, had this to say about Eleutheria’s poem:
'I really enjoyed your poem Nighttime, parts of it reminded me of Grace Nichol’s Hurricane Hits England, and it was beautifully read’.
Well done Eleutheria!