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Successful Trip

Willow Bank Students Enjoy Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the end of year and leaving celebrations, students at Willow Bank were invited to go on a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park on the 26th of July. Around forty students attended the day and enjoyed a quiet park that was full of great rides and attractions.

Many thanks to Mr Jeffcote and Mr Sowman who organised the day.

STEM Activity Trip

Willow Bank Students at the Caterpillar Factory

 

On Monday 22nd May, eleven of our Year 10 and KS3 students visited the Caterpillar Learning and Inspiration Centre at Desford. Students took part in a variety of activities. Dressed in high-vis vests and glasses the students not only looked the part but participated in a guided factory tour and then undertook a real hands on challenge to construct a brake pedal for a Caterpillar Backhoe Loader. The groups were super impressive and all completed the task in record time! The final task was the lego challenge.

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 Teams had to work together, communicate ideas confidently and all take an active role-every student participated and the groups were commended for their excellent teamwork. The visit was fantastic, really enjoyable but also provided a valuable insight in the world of engineering!

Adventurer Visits Willow Bank

Audience With Alex Staniforth

Students at Willow Bank took part in a talk given by 'Adversity Adventurer' Alex Staniforth last week. Alex is a young veteran of mountain expeditions who has previously suffered from a number of issues. The students at Willow Bank heard all about life or death trips climbing Everest and how Alex managed to overcome his challenges.

Alex Stanihope

 

Return to the Recording Studio

Willow Bank Students Record New Original Songs

Soft Touch 2017 recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish off another successful run of music sessions offered by Soft Touch Arts, two groups of Willow Bank students have recorded original compositions. Taking place on the 21st and 28th of March, the students made their way via bus to the recording studio on New Walk Leicester. Both sessions were very productive with songs 'Not A Good Day' and Scratchcards and Cigarettes' being recorded and mixed in the time available. Many thank to Steve, Peri and Joe for making the whole experience a success for all.

 

Parents and Carers Group

Drop-in Sessions for Parents at Willow Bank

Curriculum Assistant Manager Tracy Bowler and HLTA Emma Thorpe will be offering informal drop-in sessions for parents and carers to discuss support at the school and to share common experiences. These will take place between 9:30am and 11am at Willow Bank School on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 8th February
  • Wednesday 1st March
  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 29th March

For any queries please contact Tracy or Emma on 0116 2298137.

Successful Climbing Outings

Willow Bank Students Work to Gain Qualifications in Bouldering

A group of students have had the opportunity to visit The Climbing Station in Loughborough as part of their enrichment afternoon on a Monday.  The students have been learning how to boulder; this is a type of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses!  As part of these visits, the students have studied for the  National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) Level 1 qualification which involves learning basic climbing moves, knowing the names for different kinds of holds and moves, as well as being aware of how to boulder safely.  All of the students have thoroughly enjoyed their visits and their climbing skills have improved greatly over the 6 weeks.  This has been a fantastic activity for developing self-confidence, team spirit and communication skills.  Well done to everyone for taking part.

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Soft Touch Arts Recording

Willow Bank Students Record Original Song

 

A group of five Willow Bank students have recorded an original song using the recording studio based at Soft Touch Arts on New Walk in Leicester. The song titled 'Colours' was written over a number of weeks at Willow Bank and features the students performing drums, guitars, bass, vocals and sample pads. This was part of an all day trip during the last week of the summer term and was the perfect event to end to a number of delivered sessions that focused on music writing and performing.

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Recording was a very rewarding experience for the students and marks the first time in a studio for most. Many thanks to Steve, Dimitris and Joe from Soft Touch Arts for making this possible!

School Kitchen Turns Three!

Site produced meals continue to make an impact

 

The school kitchen at Willow Bank has recently celebrated its third birthday. The kitchen was introduced during the BSF project that tranformed the school and replaced the previous method of outsourcing lunch orders. Rapidly becoming one of the most popular features of Willow Bank, the kitchen provides subsidised breakfasts for students, a huge range of lunch orders and a selection of snacks for break time. Catering Manager Catherine Rice also provides meals for functions and events at the school, the most recent being a mammoth buffet for the 2015/16 leavers assembly.

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To celebrate the anniversary, free cake was greatly received by students. From now on, the kitchens birthday will be an eagerly anticipated date in the school calendar.

CHS Chain Story

CHS Chain Story

Students at the Children's Hospital School have created a chain story that was built in sections across all of the school sites.

Outreach started with a gripping opening, Willow Bank added a complication, Ward Three described a crisis and the LRI resolved the story.  Each base was allowed a maximum of 400 words.

 

The basic idea was that the story started with a given opener of:

 

The sound of breaking glass stopped her.

 

The story can be viewed by clicking HERE

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