RICH AND VARIED CURRICULUM 2/11/16
TRIP TO ROME
In February, students from Hewens College, along with their peers from across the Trust, set off on a four-day residential trip to the beautiful and historic city of Rome. As one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world, students were able to observe and learn all about religious expression as they visited the Vatican City and the Papal museum. The Pope was home addressing the delegates at St Peter’s Basilica.
Students visited the Forum, the oldest part of the City and focused on learning about Rome before Christianity. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Coliseum where the Gladiators fought in Ancient Rome!
During the evening, students walked in the warm air to Trevi Fountain and treated themselves to ice cream at the famous ‘Gelatos’. Before returning home, the group went to the Borghese Park, Spanish Steps and souvenir shopping.
The weather, hotel and food were all excellent. The trip was an enormous success and as usual, the students behaved impeccably, being fine ambassadors of their College and the Trust.
French trip to Château d’Ebblinghem
During the spring term, students from Year 7 and Year 8 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Château d’Ebblinghem, Northern France. This was an amazing opportunity for the students to broaden their cultural horizons as they immersed themselves in the French way of life, food and language. The group was full of enthusiasm as they enjoyed a wide range of activities, ranging from a bread making demonstration in a traditional French bakery to making and decorating their own chocolate at an artisan chocolate workshop. From snails to crêpes, students got an authentic flavour of France as well as plenty of French language practice and an experience that they will never forget!
MODEL UNITED NATION CONFERENCE TRAINING
In January, a dozen delegates head off to the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. As part of the event, the eager group debated a number of daunting topics and discussed subjects such as child soldiers and refugees from Syria. As usual, all students representing their College did so with suitable composure and enthusiasm.
ENGINEERING SUCCESS - The ‘Tomorrows Engineers EEP Programme’
Following a successful trip to Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair earlier this year, Year 7 and Year 8 students then practiced hard for an exciting robotics challenge involving ‘space missions’ organised by The Tomorrows Engineers EEP programme.
The students learned how to build, program via a computer and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short missions. From assembling crew to launching the satellite, they demonstrated the skills required to work in real engineering settings.
Middlesex Rugby Tournament
In April, students from both Key Stages 3 and 4 at Hewens took part in the annual Middlesex Rugby Tournament at Ruislip Rugby Club. This two-day event involved schools and colleges from across the county of Middlesex and although the standard of opposition was very good indeed, our students quickly rose to the occasion and displayed their amazing rugby skills in a tough opening match. The Hewens teams did very well. Year 7 came second overall and narrowly lost to the winners by three tries to one. The Year 10 team (Hillingdon Borough champions) came third and during their group match against the eventual winners, lost by only two tries. This proved to be the most physically imposing team in the tournament! All those taking part played to the best of their ability. As fine ambassadors of the College, their behaviour was exemplary.
Sky Sports Olympic Sprinting Master Class
In June, students from Hewens and Rosedale College were invited to attend a ‘Sprinting Master Class’ organised by Great Britain’s Olympic Athlete. Abiodun Oyeptian. Abiodun specialised in 100 metre and 200 metre sprint races, competing in the London 2012 Olympics before retiring in 2014. During the Master Class, all those involvedm were taken through their paces as they focused on learning the different phases of the 100 metre sprint. Every student participated in specific technique drills lead by Abiodun, focussing on the drive and acceleration phases which culminated in a full 100 metre sprint race!
KEW GARDENS SCIENCE VISIT
To enrich the students’ learning still further, an exciting educational visit was arranged to Kew Gardens in November. Linking with the curriculum at Hewens in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, the trip covered the Ecosystem Process and Adaptations as part of the students' Schemes of Work (SoW). Around fifty students had the fantastic opportunity to 'journey around the globe’ from the steamy tropical rainforest to the arid deserts and temperate bogs, exploring the physiological adaptations which allow plants to survive in a variety of environments. They also had the opportunity to take part in a 90-minute workshop on Plant Adaptation and Photosynthesis.
The students showed their enthusiasm and engaged in an interesting question and answer session with the tutors at Kew Gardens. The students returned to College with a bank of knowledge which they put to good use in the science labs using the microscopes to identify the plant parts.
The students developed a better understanding of the topics taught as well as their scientific skills.
NATONAL SPACE CENTRE
In March, a group of AS and A2 Chemistry students went to the National Space Centre in Leicester. The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and science. The students saw rockets, satellites and also Martian surfaces. They enjoyed the many interactive galleries including the Weather Pod where they were able to demonstrate their skills in forecasting and presenting the weather. The students also enjoyed a Planetarium show where they were able to sit back and watch a film detailing the rigorous training and exercise that astronauts need in order to prepare them for life in space.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!
This year at Hewens College, Food Technology has become more popular with the students than ever. They have enjoyed cooking a wide variety of healthy dishes and desserts. These dishes have also reflected the diversity of cuisine enjoyed in the UK. Healthy soups and shakes, Christmas ginger biscuits, vegetarian stir-fry and curry have become firm favourites!
Robotic Engineering Club
All students in Year 7 are invited back after school to extend their experience in engineering. They are encouraged to use simple basic shape kits to construct popular machines before connecting up to a computer interface in order to programme the direction of the machines.
Food Technology Club
The Key Stage 3 Food Technology curriculum is designed to help the students understand the importance of healthy eating. However, after school, students are invited to participate in extra-curricular activities by making and decorating other foods which are also of interest. A favourite has been cupcakes decorated in the colours of the Hewens College logo!
Each term, Hewens College holds a coffee morning to raise money and awareness for international, national and local charities. The students are always keen to raise money to help those who are less fortunate. Over the years Hewens has raised money for Macmillan, Marie Curie and the local Children’s Ward at Hillingdon Hospital.
Ada Lovelace Day for Computing
Our Year 10 students were invited to Threadneedle Street, for the inaugral Ada Lovelace Day, organised by the Nationwide Bank. Ada Lovelace is not well known in history but a pioneer in terms of developing the systems we take for granted today to participate in code breaking computing activities. The event was organised with a clear aim to support future female programmers, engineers, mathematicians and innovative technologists around the country to think about a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based subjects. All concerned were fascinated to learn about the achievements of this woman and how her work has shaped the mathematics, computing and ICT studied today.
BATTLE OF ALLIANCES
During the Summer Term, Hewens College participated in a battle of the Alliances! The students and staff from the Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Technology Alliances pooled all available resources to create a Pop Up Café, resulting in lovely goodies being made availlable, such as cooked burritos!
In September, Hewens received the BBC Microbit programme; homage to the original BBC computer programme of the 1980s.
Back then, the BBC computer was the size of a modern keyboard. Fast forward 30 years to 2016, the computer has been redesigned and reduced to the size of a credit card. It is being rolled out to schools across the country with Hewens invited to test and trial its use.
Year 7 and 8 students have begun to programme the software to say their names! The Microbit can be used on a computer, tablet or mobile phone and once programmed, transfers to the small physical motherboard to execute the commands!