Launch of Lower School Essay Competition


The Lower School Essay Competition is open! This competition is open to all year 7s and 8s, and all students are encouraged to submit an essay. Essays should be between 900-1000 words. They need to be backed up with sources and should use Harvard referencing. After submitting a first draft (deadline Tuesday 2nd May), students will have the opportunity to work with a teacher to help them develop their ideas in a final draft (deadline 12th May). There will be prizes for the top entries.Students should answer one of the following questions, and email this to me in a word document by the 2nd May. Please also find suggested reading lists below – these are useful starting points, but you are welcome to use any appropriate sources.

There are current fears about a measles outbreak in Europe. Discuss how unscientific myths about vaccines have spread and how we could tackle the problem.

 How has our understanding of exoplanets developed over the last 20 years?

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

 Is there evidence of discrimination within the criminal justice system and if so, what can be done to combat this? Please focus on either race or gender.

Reading lists for each question can be found here:

Lower School Essay Competition 2017 – Reading Lists

Looking forward to reading your entries! Come and see me in S208 if you have any questions.

Ms Gazi

Inter House III Winners

Congratulations to Shelley for holding their position as inter-house champions. Shelley have dominated inter-house since September. Well done to all other houses. Here is the ranking for Inter House III.


Congratulations Shelley House and well done for demonstrating excellent teamwork.

Ms Lungu

Accelerated Reader reward trip to the Natural History Museum

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Twelve very keen readers visited the Natural History Museum in South Kensington at the end of the last term as a reward for their achievements in Accelerated Reader. After a tube journey to the Museum, and taking every opportunity to read, students visited the Cocoon Gallery where they were able to see scientists at work and view some of the millions of specimens held in the Museum. A quick visit to the dinosaurs was followed by the customary pizza, before more reading on the tube journey home. Congratulations to all the students involved: several members of the public commented on how they were a credit to the school.


Keep reading!

Ms Connell