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Farra's Fab news team have done it again - here is our news day site, we hope you enjoy it.

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News team ready for the days reporting. Some cake at breaktime baked by Abby (we also had amazing muffins from Matthew C's 'secret' recipe!) News Team after a long day reporting news, learn more about the news team...

Todays report topic is online safety. Y7 have been studying this in ICT and we wanted to speak to parents about how important it is for them to know how to keep them safe.

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Primary News

Our primaries also came in to work with us this afternoon and here are their reports:


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At Farringdon we’ve had a big focus on WW1 as it is the 100year anniversary since it started. Our Y10 Media students made a film working with local film company Act 2 cam, which we used in assembly in November.
Recently two of our Y10s went on a new battlefield tour. They’ve made us two reports –one for the formal part of Newsday and the second about their adventure. See videos here.



MFL Project

In MFL a group of Y9 girls were asked to take part in the Great Language Bake Off and film a four minute video of them making a recipe but speaking it in the target language. There were two groups, one speaking French and the other speaking German. In April they will go to the University and share the films with some students from other schools.  How much French and German do you remember from school?  See videos here.

Reading Hack

Use drawing and collage, participants will explore a theme of their choice and will create their very own Fan-Zine to take home

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Should Creative Arts be valued in schools?

Creative Arts include Drama, Music, Art, Media and Dance. These five subjects are important to young learners because one of the five subjects can be used as a GCSE. But often the government undermine the Creative Arts category and say that they aren’t as academic as the others such as English, Maths and Science – without them we wouldn’t have theatre, film, music or art – and how dull would the world be?  All subjects have a relevance and importance to our development. Read more (pdf)


A few photos from a recent drama project.

Red nose day

Up and down the country many schools enjoyed taking part in a non-uniform day, on the 12th of February, for Comic Relief. Students were asked to wear something red and make a donation to help all the charities supported by Comic Relief. Soft Technology teachers organised a cooking activity with students. They made swiss rolls decorated with red noses.  They had fun with a photo frame in the library making their faces funny for money. In total the school raised a staggering...£423.96! Comic relief has been running for 30 years. As a county we raised an amazing £78,082,988! In the thirty years the charity has been running we have raised over 250 million.



 MP visit

Local MP Sharon Hodgson paid a visit to Farringdon to speak to Y9 and ASP students about how she became an MP and why. After the assembly one of the classes were taken in to the library where she did a presentation about politics and how it affects our daily life. She also told us about what happens at the Houses of Parliament and what it’s like to work there. They had the chance to ask her questions about being an MP and all of the students seemed very engaged in the presentation and very interested. After this she then took a tour around the ASP.


Mr Andrews’s cake

Mr Andrews our ICT technician had a cake donated for the Gambia project from his sister in law, who has to follow a strict gluten free diet. The cake, known as Walter,  raised £15 by selling him slice by slice to the staff. 



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Craig Bradley Author Visit

On Monday 16th March a poet/author Craig Bradley did a workshop with a Y7 English class. With his big bag of ideas and his ‘poetry pants’ we wrote a class poem/song which we are carrying on in class. We all had a brilliant time working with him and his poetry pants! After this we interviewed some of the students after the workshop Charlotte said, “Craig Bradley was so funny and he helped us a lot. As he is a professional poem and song writer I think that he helped us learning a fun way but no body knew, because he was so funny!” and Ben also said, “When Craig Bradley came into school he was very funny and he helped us learn some different styles of writing poems. He was the funniest I have seen in a while”.


Student Voice

Farringdon has introduced Student Voice.  This is a group of students who come together every half term.  There are two year group representatives per tutor group who get together every half term to discuss, with their Year Managers, certain ideas that their tutor group have put forward to them.  From this meeting with the year groups, two elected people go along to a meeting with Mr Kemp and Miss Johnson to discuss this further and decide what is going to happen in the future.

In the previous meeting we spoke about:
Feedback from lessons – We discussed feedback from lessons, and how often we will get feedback.  
Assessment and Targets – Whether we, as students, know our target grades, what they are, how many assessments we get etc.
Catering – What foods we like or don’t like, quality, what else we’d like to be provided.
Rewards – What we think about the rewards in school, what works and what doesn’t, what improvements we could make.

The next meeting for Student Voice is Monday 30th in this meeting our Director of Finance and our Catering Manager will come along to discuss matters outlined further.





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