Trust charity of the year:
You will be aware of the global focus on tackling prejudice and unconscious bias following the tragic death of George Floyd in the United States. As a Trust we have always worked hard to eradicate prejudice in all forms, as well as educate our children to be tolerant and respectful of everyone in society.
As a result of this awful event in the United States and the protests here in the UK, we have decided to adopt a charity for the year which is focused on tackling prejudice, but also supporting children to overcome disadvantage. I am pleased to announce that we have chosen the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust as our charity of choice this year.
We have selected this charity because of the excellent work they have done to support disadvantaged children, but also tackle prejudice and discrimination. We hope to run a number of events to fund raise, as well as increase awareness of the issues associated with prejudice, fairness and disadvantage -
Students from Writhlington and Mendip Studio School Sixth Forms recently took part in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. This is an extremely challenging event that we have been entering for several years. It is aimed at students who enjoy the challenge of problem solving and using the maths they know in an unfamiliar context. Around 2000 girls from around the country take part, mostly from years 12 and 13. It is so challenging that many students get less than 20% of questions correct so a special mention goes to Tallis who achieved a score just outside the top 10% nationally. Congratulations also go to Veronica and Carla who scored great marks. Preparation this year was harder than normal with all that is going on and the students should be proud of the effort they put into this event.
Senior Maths Challenge
Ten students in years 12 and 13 at our Writhlington site entered the Senior Maths Challenge which is the first round of a national maths competition. It is a challenging event and congratulations go to Bosco who achieved a gold certificate, Tallis and Barney who achieved silver, with Carla, Ben and James getting a bronze. Michael, Seth and Veronica also achieved good scores. Bosco qualified for the next round- the Senior Kangaroo- and achieved a good score which is an excellent result.
Black Lives Matter Conference
All students in Year 12 will be taking part in this; a valuable opportunity that we are proud to be able to offer.