On Tuesday 21st January, the Science department took Year 7 pupils to Flamingoland zoo. We had a fantastic day looking at many different animals, investigating their diet, habitat and adaptations. All pupils took part in an “animal detectives” workshop, where points were scored for correctly identifying skins and bones.
Eskdale School students put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test in a one-day challenge supported by Tomorrow’s Engineers and set by educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust. Working in small groups, the event was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for lateral thinking, design and engineering and was especially geared to complement to the National Curriculum.
The sixty pupils worked on the Sustainable Island Project where students worked in small teams on developing electricity from a renewable source and helping to sustain the island’s water supply. The 13 and 14 year old students designed and built a wind turbine to produce the greatest amount of energy. They were also challenged to design and make a dam system that prevented water leaving the island and joining the sea to avoid wasting water and to reduce the need for an extensive desalination programme. The project not only had time constraints, but also budgetary and aesthetical requirements.
Education Officer for The Smallpeice Trust, Josh Payne said, “We are most grateful to Tomorrow’s Engineers for supporting these inspirational events. The migration towards low carbon energy and a more sustainable way of life requires technological change, which is why it is important that we enthuse young people to consider engineering as a viable future career.”
Over 130 local Primary School pupils took part in the annual Key Step 1 Gymnastics events at Eskdale School. The Year 1 and 2 pupils from the cluster of 19 local Primary Schools participated in the event held over two afternoons. Year 9 students from Eskdale School developed their own leadership skills by running the event and coaching the youngsters in body management, floor, vault, balance and rhythmic gymnastics skills. The aim of the afternoons was to give the younger children a positive experience of gymnastics with many of them trying the sport for the first time. Many thanks go out to all who contributed to making both afternoons a success.
1953 – The new Elizabethan age,
I am born – A strong modern school,
Facing the future, confident and serene,
Ready to guide hoards of young minds.
A whirr of concentrating pupils,
Numbers like lace on the blackboard,
End of lesson, eager footsteps surge,
Enticing aromas emerge from the kitchen.
Beautiful melodies float from music,
Murmurs from whisperers in the library,
Quick sketches grow into brilliant pictures,
Silence envelops the examination hall.
I stand tall and proud in all weathers,
Torrential pouring rain, wild whistling wind,
Bleak mysterious mornings, bright summery evenings,
My walls glow with the thoughts of my young minds.
I grow older – My diamond jubilee,
Children come and go, like darting ephemeral swallows,
I hear many changes are to come,
I am pleased with my school and never regret being Eskdale School.
(From the point of view of ‘The Eskdale School Building’)
By Frances Quantrill