Showing posts from 2013

Google Maps Gallery

This new display in the Geography room showcases digital maps created by students in the senior school. There are maps about various topics studied so far this year. The maps include a Year 11 student's plans to redevelop an island following a volcanic eruption and research by Year 9 students into the global distribution of billionaires.

New Posts at the MFL Blog

As part of her AS course, Alice has learnt how to give instructions on a recipe on her Health and Fitness topic. Please enjoy!

Success at the ISA Art Competition

Congratulations to A Level Art student, Tesni Williams who represented WIS at the recent Independent Schools Association Art Competition Final in Stratford Upon Avon. Tesni won first prize for her AS Level examination sketchbook in the Eastern Region heat and went on to gain second place in the sketchbook category in the final. Well done Tesni. We look forward to having some more WIS winners in next year's competition.

Lean Machines

Following on from the Energy Talk by Mr Chinn a few weeks ago, some students may be interested in playing the following interactive game. click on the links below:

Topic 17 - Lean Machines

Identify key features of a production line process and consider how it can be made more effective using a simulated process to reflect on the concept of 'Just in Time manufacturing' and 'Lean manufacturing'.

Link to interactiveView Lean Machines 'How to Play' video

Around the World in Seven Continents

This year's quiz is on-line! Click the link below and take our seven continents challenge:

Take the quiz!
You'll notice that a few of the questions are about objects, these can be found in room 5.

Mi Instituto

The Year 9s are learning about the school in Spanish lessons. They have prepared presentations to explain about Webber and some of them are now on the MFL blog. Daniel Katechia and Rachel Tsiu came to visit the Year 7s to give them their presentation since the Year 7s are learning about school too. Some Year 7s were surprised to see how much Spanish they can learn in such a short time. Not to forget that Rachel and Sabeeh only started learning Spanish last year. They deserve to be congratulated.

The Little Match Girl

We are starting to practise in earnest for our Christmas performance of the Little Match Girl on Monday 16th December at Christchurch, Stantonbury. We hope the parents of children in KS2 will be able to join us. You are welcome to watch our dress rehearsal on Friday 13th at 2pm if you are unable to come on Monday evening. I will be sending letters out next week with more information.

Christmas Card Competition


Children in Need

A couple of weeks ago (11th - 15th November) was the annual appeal for Children in Need. Year 8 pupils, with the assistance of Sixth Form, organised charity events throughout the week.
The members of Year 8 were very eager to help out and performed their duties professionally and responsibly. Some of the events included: a Penny Mile, Guess the Teddy's name, Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar and Busking.

The whole school got involved and two Year 7 students won the sweets and teddy competition! Eliza Chin correctly guessed 'Kirk' as the bears name and Kavin Muhunthan was one sweet off the correct total - 373. Busking was also a great success as we had talented students ranging from junior school right up to the seniors treating us to their wonderful music and singing.

Chasing Ice

This week Year 12 Geography students visited The University of Northampton to attend a special screening of the award winning film 'Chasing Ice'. Chasing Ice is the story of environmental photographer James Balog and his team who headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of climate change.
The film features some extraordinary footage of glaciers including a calving event in Greenland that lasted for 75 minutes. See the clip from the film below in which the glacier retreats a full mile across a calving face three miles wide.

Can't see the video? Click here.

Webber Visit The Tate Modern

On Tuesday 19th November, GCSE and A Level students made an Art study visit to The Tate Modern. The aim of the trip was for GCSE and A level students to generate ideas for coursework projects. Students were able to view historical and contemporary works of art and make studies using traditional methods of drawing and creating artist copies using drawing apps on the iPad.

The Webber Independent School Christmas Fayre 2013


WIS Maths Day 2013

On Wednesday this week the Mathematics Department ran WIS Maths Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. Students were put into teams and participated in four different activities which were: cube puzzles, Blockbuster, a marble run and 30 problem solving questions. The teams were selected randomly which meant that there was a range of abilities within each group.

These student’s comments show their enthusiasm for the day:
“It was really competitive because every team was really hoping to win”.
“Our marble run was 4.7 m long and we just beat the other team in the Blockbuster by seven seconds.”
“I enjoyed the marble building best because it was the most constructive.”

ISADA Exhibition in Somerset

Three past and present pupils of WIS are currently exhibiting work at the Independent Schools Art and Design Association Exhibition. The work is being shown at The Sidcot Galleries at Sidcot Independent School in Somerset to coincide with an Autumn Conference being held at the school. The works will be on display until 7th December 2013. Well done to all those exhibiting.

New MFL websites for all ages!

Have you recently visited the MFL blog? If not, it is about time. Your MFL teachers add and update the websites regularly to provide you with exciting learning. Have fun!

Map Monsters

Before half term Year 7 were given the task of designing a monster using just Ordnance Survey map symbols. Here are a few of their monstrous creations!

New Displays in the Senior ICT Suite

The wall displays in the Senior ICT Suite have been refreshed over the half term break. The new 'Get Ready to Google!' display features QR codes that when scanned, with a smart phone or tablet, show video tutorials about how to use different features of Google Apps. Over time new QR codes will be added and old ones updated to keep the display up-to-date.

A Level Work Through to the ISA Art National Final

Two WIS A level Art students' work have been selected for the ISA Art National Final to be held in Stratford Upon Avon this weekend. The students had their work displayed at the ISA Eastern Region Art Competition in Cambridge on Monday and the work was judged by the Harry Potter illustrator, Thomas Taylor. Tesni Williams won first place for her AS Level examination sketchbook and Narissa Postawa gained second place for her A Level examination piece in the Key Stage 5 3D category.

Well done to both Tesni and Narissa and good luck for the National Final.

The Geopolitics of Energy

This new display in the Geography room showcases concept maps created by Year 12 students about the geopolitics of energy supply and demand. The students were challenged to find as many links as possible between the places and case studies they studied when we covered this topic before half term.

Dear Emperor...

This new display in the Geography room features some cross-curricular work produced by Year 7 students. The students imagined they were living in Roman London and writing a letter to Emperor Claudius. They had to write about the merits of Londinium's location and use their persuasive writing skills to encourage the Emperor to invest in the city. We also learnt how to write the date in Roman numerals!

ISA Art Competition 2013

Six works of art by past and present WIS students have been selected to enter the Independent Schools Association Eastern Region Art Competition 2013. The work includes 2D and 3D work from GCSE and A Level Art students. The judging will take place at The Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies on the 4th November and some students and parents will be attending the exhibition.

GCSE and A Level Art Visit to The National Portrait Gallery

In conjunction with the projects currently being undertaken by Year 10 and Year 12/13 Art and Design students, a study visit to The National Portrait Gallery and The National Gallery in London, took place on Monday 7th October 2013.

The aim of the trip for GCSE students was to generate ideas for the first coursework project ‘Faces and Features’. In The National Portrait Gallery students had the opportunity to make first hand studies of historical and contemporary portraits which will help them produce a personal outcome for the coursework project. Year 12 and 13 students made first hand studies in The National Gallery to help develop AS and A2 coursework units.

Library Catalogue

You can now access the school library catalogue any time on-line by clicking the 'Library' link at the top of the homepage.
It is possible to browse the catalogue by subject or search for specific authors or titles. The catalogue includes book covers, content summaries, class numbers and also shows whether or not a book is currently in stock or out on loan.

Trip to the Suffolk Coast

On Monday 23rd September a group of GCSE and AS Geography students visited the Suffolk coast. While in Suffolk we visited Dunwich and toured the nuclear power station at Sizewell.

We visited Dunwich first, a village largely lost to the sea after many years of coastal retreat. The students learnt a little about the history of Dunwich and how much of the village has now been lost to the sea. At its peak Dunwich was home to around 4000 people compared to only 50 today. After lunch on Dunwich beach we headed to Sizewell.

My Favourite Movie from Year 9 Students at the Modern Foreign Languages Blog

Year 9s have been learning about Media in Spanish. Some of them have shared their favourite movie at our MFL blog.

Have a look and enjoy! If you like the same movie, leave a comment!

Celebrating Outstanding Exam Results

We are celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 74% of our students achieving the quality benchmark of five or more A* - C grades including Maths and English Language. This is a magnificent achievement for students who range from the extremely able to the more averagely able but committed student, representing a very significant measure of positive value added.

European Day of Languages

On Thursday 26th September, students at WIS celebrated The European Day of Languages. This was marked with a whole week of lessons in the MFL department looking at the European Union and its member states.

Students were given a 'Passport to the EU' with stickers of flags, money and landmarks to match with information about the many EU countries.

Over £300 Raised for the Little Lives Appeal


Webber Outclass Stantonbury In Derby

The Webber football team came from 2-1 down to defeat Stantonbury Campus 5-3 in their opening game of the season.
Webber started the match the brighter of the two teams, with Sam and Nigel a constant threat in behind Stantonbury's defence. With Ben and Sammy pulling the strings in midfield, it was only a matter of time before they picked the lock of the opposition. Precisely that happened in the 5th minute when Nigel was played through one on one with the goalkeeper, and executed a delightful chipped finish.

Chinese Visitors Pictures

Have a look at the International Hub blog to see some more pictures that our Chinese visitors have sent us. They all loved our school. Well done everybody for the big effort.

WIS Arts Festival 2013

Last week saw the end of a very creative year at WIS. The Heartsand Minds Festival celebrated the Arts and gave the opportunity for secondary students to showcase their visual and performing Arts talents through an art exhibition, drama and music performances and an English workshop.

Google Apps Student Survey

Recently we asked Webber students to evaluate the use of Google Apps for Education since the service was rolled out earlier this year. The feedback from the survey has been very positive and will help us further develop the use ICT at Webber next academic year.
The prize draw is now closed and the winners have been notified by email. Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey!

Chinese Visitors at Webber

Have a look at the picture from one of the Chinese groups that came to visit Webber at the International Hub blog. They were delighted with the staff and with all the students. Thank you to everybody for making them feel welcomed.

GCSE and A Level Art Class of 2013

The talents of WIS artists were on display last week at the GCSE and A Level Art End of Year Exhibition. Work on display was in a variety of media including painting, chicken wire sculptures and conceptual installation. If you missed the exhibition, then you have an opportunity to see some of the fantastic art work at The Arts Festival to be held at WIS on Monday 15th July. This showcase will celebrate the Arts at WIS through Art, Music, Drama and Literature performances.

Police Dog Visit

Click the link below to read the article on MKWeb:

Spike in school's lessons

Fabulous Phonics Treasure Hunt


GCSE and A Level End of Year Art Exhibition

To celebrate the work of GCSE and A Level Art students of 2013 an exhibition viewing will be taking place on Wednesday 19th June in the Lodge. You are welcome to attend between 4.00pm - 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you.

Landscape in a Box

For the climax of their work on the Fantastic Places topic students in Year 7 and 8 researched their own choice of landscape. Over half term the students made models of their chosen landscapes in shoe boxes.
As part of their assessment for this topic the students each gave a talk about their landscape and answered questions from their peers. A selection of their finished models can be seen below.

Google Apps Student Survey

Google Apps accounts rolled out to students in the secondary school earlier this academic year. To help further develop the use of the Google Apps services I would appreciate some feedback from students on how they've used their WIS Google accounts so far.

Take the survey!
By completing the survey you will be automatically entered into a prize draw!

The Ballad of the Sad Café challenging impressions

Year 13 A2 English Literature follows the theme Literature of Love.  Your starting point for the course is Carson McCullers` novella The Ballad of the Sad Café.  It will give you a dramatic and unusually challenging impression of love ...  it has been called a 'grotesque trinity of human relationships ...'
Look at the artistic representation of the three characters (right).  They are misaligned with attentional gazes not focused upon one another.   Marvin Macy (left); Miss Amelia (standing); Cousin Limon the hunchback (right).  Now look at the medieval depiction of The Holy Trinity, by icon painter Andrei Rublev.  How do you feel that his impression of God (the Father, centre; the Son, left; the Holy Spirit, right) compares with the impression of the Sad Café?

The MFL Blog has New Websites

Dear all, keep visiting the MFL blog since we are constantly adding new websites for you to enjoy languages even more!

Geography Games

There is now a games area on the Geography site. There are games for testing your knowledge of various topics and you will find old favourites such as 'Fling the Teacher' and 'Walk the Plank', enjoy!

Institut français de Londres

Dear all, whether you are learning French or are interested in French culture or  the country, have a look at the web site from the French Institute in London at the MFL blog.

Fantastic Comic Strips

In Geography this week students in Year 7 and 8 created comic strips to show the life cycle of a sea stack. The students used modeling clay to make the physical features and the Strip Designer iPad app to put together their comics. Here are some examples of their finished work...

The Big Bang

Here's a short video of last term's trip to The Big Bang, enjoy!

Can't see the video? Click here.

Nuestro Colegio

Go to the MFL blog and look at the short video filmed and produced by some Year 9 students in Spanish. Thanks to Daniel Baqueiro-Blucher for editing the video.

International Hub Blog

If you have not visited the International Hub blog yet, it is worth having a look. Although it is still under construction, there are already some interesting things going on. I would like to specifically mention and thank Mrs Inoue who has kindly translated the School Information into Japanese.

If you are involved in any special festivals or celebrations (Diwali, Hanukkah, Wesak, Eid, any Christian celebrations...) that you would like to share by bringing pictures to put in our blog, please come and tell me.

Garden Party Photos

This weekend a group of parents, students and staff got together to give the pond area behind the main building a makeover. Here are some photos of our efforts, unfortunately we forgot to take a 'before' photo!
Thanks to Mrs Boyd and FOWIS for organising the morning and to Mrs Weaving for the sandwiches. A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Saturday, the garden is looking much smarter now!

International Week

As you remember, in February 2013, we celebrated the International Week at the Webber Independent School and all of you learnt different interesting things about countries around the world. You also participated in an African drumming workshop and came to the World Exhibition where our amazing mums from all over the world, shared their time and skills with all of you as well as their own traditions, artifacts, dishes and many other interesting facts about their countries.

Big Brum Theatre Workshop

We are all looking forward to the Big Brum Theatre visit on Monday 29th April. This should be a really enjoyable and exciting workshop.

Western Expansion Area Maps

Last term Year 7 students were investigating plans for the expansion of Milton Keynes. As part of this work the students used Google Maps to create interactive maps of the proposed Western Expansion Area (WEA). Harvey Dunn's finished map is shown below.

View WEA in a larger map.

Harvey has added different placemarkers and shapes which you can click on to learn more about the plans. Links to more of the students' maps can be found here.

Webber Shake

Before the Easter holidays a group of Webber students (and a few teachers) gave up a lunch break to 'perform' our very own 'Harlem Shake' to help raise money for Comic Relief.

This video was originally shown during the Webber Come Dancing show. Thank you to all those who took part and for the generous donations!

Can't see the video? Click here.

Geography Site Update

Lots of new resources have been added to the Geography site this week, including revision materials for Year 11 students sitting GCSE exams this June. For each of the GCSE units students will find background reading, videos, useful links and past exam papers.

New House System

It has been decided to re-launch the house system to encourage even greater participation and competition within all aspects of school life.

For further details please see the letter from Mrs Vig. Click here to view the letter on-line.

¿Qué le duele? by Some Rather Crazy Year 9s in Spanish

Have a look at the MFL blog. Some of our amazing Year 9s have created verses for a Spanish song about feeling poorly. You can also hear the original track.
You can also find new websites that have been added to the three languages links (German, French and Spanish).

Where's Webber?

Can you spot the Webber students and staff in the queue for The Big Bang yesterday? Click on the photo to take a closer look!

To see more photos from the first day of The Big Bang head over to their Facebook page.

Trip to the Safety Centre - Hazard Alley

Year 3/4 visited the Safety Centre and learnt all about safety and hazards both in the home and outside.

They learnt how to perform basic First Aid and what to do in an emergency. The children were put to the test when they had to make emergency calls after witnessing a number of accident scenarios.  It was a fantastic trip and they learnt a lot.

Pet Project

Years 3 and 4 presented their information text titled Pet Project during the Key Stage 2 assembly this morning.

As part of the project, the children learnt to carry out research using books and the internet and found out a lot of information about pets. They structured the information that they had collected and put their ideas together in the form of a booklet.
Please feel free to pop in to have a look, you will be most welcome.

Ben Builds a Cardboard City at Milton Keynes Gallery

Year 8 are currently working on a project in Art to create Hundertwasser inspired cardboard buildings. A few weeks ago Ben Elston went on a workshop at Milton Keynes Gallery run by local artist Aaron Head. With other students, Ben helped to create a sprawling cardboard metropolis. Ben got the chance to build ‘big and bold’ by creatively re-using a variety of cardboard boxes and sculptural techniques.

Over the course of the day Ben's cathedral was part of a dizzying maze of tunnels, bridges and towers that emerged and spread across the room. As a culmination of the workshop participants ‘activated’ their city with the clever use of lights and torches to create shadows and depth.

Ben said that he thought it was a fascinating day and gave him lots of ideas for his own cardboard construction at school. Examples of the finished houses by Year 8 will be posted on the blog after Easter.

Comic Relief Fundraising Week

The Webber Independent School will be supporting 'Comic Relief' on March 15th and the Sixth Form are leading the school in a Comic Relief Fundraising Week. We aim to achieve as much success if not more as the last fundraising event (Pink Week) where we managed to raise £400! We hope to involve the whole school community in this series of events.

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK that strives to create a just world free from poverty. Their mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. They raise millions of pounds through two big fundraising campaigns: Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. They spend that money in the best possible way to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice, also using the power of their brand to raise awareness of the issues.

Comic Relief Red Noses will be sold throughout the week Monday 11th – Friday 15th March during form time and in the foyer for a suggested donation of £1.50.

During the week from 11th Mar…

Students v Staff & Parents Netball

The students won last night's netball match with a final score of 8-4.


'Stepping Stones to Success for Little Ones' A talk by Professor Pat Preedy


After-School Booster Cancelled

There will be no after-school booster, for Year 10 and 11 Geography students, on Wednesday 13th March due to staff training.

Key Stage 1's Trip to Aspley Woods


Sports Club Cancelled

Really sorry but there will be no sports club for the next two Thursdays owing to the Parents v Pupils Netball and Football matches on the 7th March and the Big Bang Science trip on 14th March.

School News

Please click the link below to find out more information about some of the events that will be happening this half term, including a talk by Professor Pat Preedy and a talk by Dr Martin Stephen.
School News

'Getting Your Child into the Top Universities' A talk by Dr Martin Stephen


World Education Games 2013 - Take part in this year's events and be part of history!

The World Education Games already holds one world record- for the largest online Mathematics competition. This year they are making three world record attempts, to smash their Mathematics record as well as set a new record for the world's largest Literacy and Science competition.
The warm up for these events have begun. KS2 and KS3 students have their personal login code and password. If you are KS4 or KS5 and would like to take part please see Mrs Molnar-Smith for your code. Remember these important dates: World Literacy Day is on 5th MarchWorld Maths Day is on 6th MarchWorld Science Day is on 7th March
Visit this website and get practising!