Year 7s go to Bhaktivedanta Manor!

Year 7 Students visit Bhaktivedanta Manor to explore Hinduism.

On the 12th June, 74 enthusiastic Year 7 students embarked on an educational journey to Bhaktivedanta Manor, a significant spiritual hub for the Hindu community. This visit was designed to deepen their understanding of Hinduism, aligning perfectly with their religious education curriculum.

Upon arrival, the students were warmly welcomed and given an opportunity to experience a range of activities that highlighted various aspects of Hindu culture and beliefs. The day began with an exciting ride on bullock carts, offering a unique glimpse into traditional transportation methods used in rural India.

The students then had the pleasure of feeding the cows, an activity that was both enjoyable and educational. This hands-on experience was instrumental in teaching them about the revered status of cows in Hinduism. These animals are considered sacred and are a symbol of non-violence (ahimsa), providing nourishment and support to human life.

Following this, the students attended an enlightening talk on the fundamental beliefs of Hinduism. They learned about the concept of the soul (Atman) and the cycle of reincarnation (Samsara), gaining insight into how these beliefs shape the lives and practices of Hindus around the world.

Midway through the day, the students enjoyed a delicious and authentic vegetarian meal, adding another dimension to their cultural experience. They savoured paneer curry, a flavourful dish made from Indian cottage cheese, paired with aromatic rice and puri, a type of deep-fried bread. This meal not only delighted their taste buds but also introduced them to the vegetarian dietary customs often observed in Hinduism, emphasising the principles of non-violence (ahimsa) and respect for all living beings.

This visit to Bhaktivedanta Manor was not just an educational trip, but a profound cultural immersion. It allowed the students to witness and understand the rich traditions and spiritual depth of Hinduism, fostering respect and appreciation for this ancient religion.

The experience left a lasting impact on the students, enriching their knowledge and broadening their perspectives. It was a day filled with learning, curiosity, and reflection, perfectly complementing their studies and bringing the curriculum to life in a meaningful way.

We are grateful to Bhaktivedanta Manor for their hospitality and for providing such an enriching experience for our students. This visit will surely be remembered as a highlight of their educational journey.

Miss Andreone

Year 8 Science through a pinhole

Year 8 learn about eyes and cameras in Physics with a camera obscura experiment

In Year 8 Science, we are learning about eyes and cameras. We made a pinhole camera and used it to show how an image gets inverted.

Here are the steps we followed:

1. Get a printout of a net diagram of a cuboid. Cut it out including gluing flaps. 2. Cut out a small square in one of the faces of the diagram. 3. Stick tracing paper on this square to act as a screen. 4. Fold and stick the flaps together to make a small box. 5. Make a small pin sized hole in the opposite side of the screen face. 6. Hold the pin side face to a bright light source such as a filament bulb. 7. An inverted image of the filament will show on the screen.

What we learnt is that at its core, a pinhole camera is a simple device that consists of a light-tight box with a small pinhole, on one side. When light passes through this tiny opening, it projects an inverted image of the scene onto the opposite side of the cuboid, where a piece of tracing paper can be placed to capture the image. This is known as the camera obscura effect. The pinhole camera is the basis of how lens and digital cameras work.

Maryam A, Aya J and Amaya S

Fact: Did you know that artists from the sixteenth century onwards used a pinhole camera to help them get the correct proportions for a painting?

Climate change challenges explored at the KS3 Climate Conference.

Year 8 scientists and geographers enjoyed attending the KS3 Climate Conference at the University of Herfordshire

On Tuesday 11th June, we attended the KS3 Climate Conference at the University of Hertfordshire, organised by the Science Learning Partnership. Our first event was a talk by the keynote speaker Dr Phil Porter who is an expert on glaciers and the effects of climate change. He showed videos of him abseiling into a glacier and lighting the methane that is being released from the ice because of climate change! An interesting fact that I have learnt from his talk was that “20% of the world’s main source of water is water from the glaciers.”

After listening to the keynote speaker, we attended a workshop on how computing and AI can be used to help in the battle against climate change. This technology will allow computers to remotely and quickly find the differences between a clean sea and a polluted one. The next workshop was centred around the car industry and how exhaust emissions are contributing to global warming.

We worked in groups and proposed 5 ideas that could be lobbied in parliament to make our transport system more sustainable. We finished the day discussing sustainability and conservation with various exhibitors including representatives from Hertfordshire zoo.

It was a very informative day and showed how scientists and geographers are working together to try to minimize the problems occurring because of climate change.

Victoria S (Year 8)

English Poetry Anthologies

7Au have been creating unique poetry Anthologies in English

All Year 7 pupils study a unit on poetry in their English lessons. They learn to write a range of different types of poems, and then have to present these in an interesting and creative form. On Monday, pupils from 7Au brought in their Anthologies to present to the class, and had the chance to read out some of their poems. As always, there was an impressive variety of different creations, ranging from fire-places to mobile phones and letter boxes. Pupils clearly enjoyed the topic, and had put a huge amount of work into their art work and poems. The most creative have been kept aside to display at Open Evening in September 2024. Lots of house points were given out!

Mrs Williamson

Year 8 History Trip to WW1 Battlefields

Exploring the Legacy of WW1: A Journey Through the Battlefields of Belgium and France

On 7th-8th June, Year 8 pupils experienced a deeply moving and educational trip to the battlefields of World War I in Belgium and France. They had the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of soldiers who fought and died over a century ago, visiting some of the most significant sites of the Great War.

Our journey began in Belgium, where we explored the Ypres Salient. Our first stop was Bedford House Cemetery, a tranquil resting place for thousands of soldiers from the Commonwealth. The sight of row upon row of pristine white headstones was a poignant reminder of the scale of the sacrifice made by so many. At the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, we gained an insight into the soldiers’ experiences through artefacts, exhibits and the recreated trench system.

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing left a lasting impression on us all, with its nightly Last Post Ceremony serving as a solemn tribute to the fallen. This memorial stands as a powerful reminder of the soldiers from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations who have no known grave.

Traveling to northern France, we visited several key sites in and around Arras. At the German Military Cemetery, we reflected on the shared grief and loss on both sides of the conflict. The nearby Portuguese Military Cemetery highlighted the contributions and sacrifices of soldiers from Portugal. The Indian Memorial at Neuve-Chapelle commemorated the Indian soldiers who fought on the Western Front, underscoring the global nature of the conflict.

At the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, we visited the majestic monument, which honours the Canadian Corps’ valiant efforts during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Standing atop the ridge, we felt the weight of history and the contributions of soldiers from across the world.

Our journey concluded at the Ring of Remembrance in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. This French memorial is unique in that it lists the names of soldiers from all nations who died in the region, symbolising unity and remembrance beyond national boundaries.

Throughout the trip, we were reminded of the diverse backgrounds of the soldiers who fought in WWI. The memorials to fallen heroes from countries around the world highlighted the truly global impact of the war. This trip was an invaluable educational experience, bringing history to life and deepening our understanding of the sacrifices made by so many.

Tesco Careers event – Sustainable thinking by Year 7

Tesco deliver Careers workshop to Year 7 on food sustainability and how to improve it to protect our world

Tesco, one of our key corporate connections, came into school to deliver a workshop for our Year 7s last week. It was this cohort’s first interaction with a large business, these events are a commitment of Bishop’s Careers Programme to our pupils, as they embark on their seven year journey with us.

The morning was focused on sustainability and their “meal deal” range and how we can utilise wasted food and be creative in design. The 150 in the year group were in teams competing for some Tesco gift cards – so they were all very focused and competitive!

Each group had to analyse the waste products in the “meal deal” like milk, fruit and bread – our Year 7s were shocked by the statistic that over 24 million slices of bread are wasted every day!

The presentations of ideas on new “meal deal” options, costed and sustainability identified, were all delivered clearly and creatively by the team. Each team had kept an eye on time and the criteria that Tesco had set – and as it was a competition with prizes to be won – all our Year 7s delivered very articulately.

Paul Grogan from Tesco commented that ” the Year 7s were all very enthusiastic and had some great sustainable angles on our packed lunch range”.

This is the start of our Careers’ journey for our pupils, throughout their Bishops’ journey they will encounter different businesses and professions and have the opportunity to develop key career skills such as communication and team working.

Mrs Higgins, Head of Careers

Bishop’s students attend Hatfield D-Day 80th Anniversary Event

A moving service of remembrance of the D-Day landings 80 years ago

‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today’.

On Thursday 6th June 2024, we were honoured to be invited to join a small group of dignitaries and members of the public to remember the D-Day landings 80 years ago. The service started with the music of a bag piper which set the tone of the event. Fr Darren Collins led the service which included readings and prayers. Hatfield Town Mayor, Councillor Shirley Asare read a poem which was followed by a two minutes silence. The service finished with prayers and the national anthem. Annie Brewster JP, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire spoke to us after the service and explained the rich history behind the role, which she will hold for 1 year. She said: ‘Your pupils were a complete delight and are enormous credit to you.’ Lord and Lady Salisbury also spoke to us and were interested to hear about the school and were very impressed with our students.

Beauty School at Bishop’s

Year 9 and Year 10 get a college taster workshop in hair and beauty

Last week, our Year 9 and 10 students had a great opportunity to dive into the vibrant world of hair and beauty through a hands-on practical workshop. Delivered by industry professionals who teach at Oaklands College, this event aimed to ignite creativity, and curiosity about potential careers in this vocational field.

The afternoon workshop began with an introduction to the hair and beauty industry and details of the course. Pupils learned about the various career paths available, from hairdressing and barbering to beauty therapy and makeup artistry. One of the highlights of the day was the practical session, where students rolled up their sleeves and got a taste of real-world techniques. Under the guidance of the team of stylists and beauticians, pupils participated in several hands-on activities. They learned basic hairstyling techniques such as colouring as well as fundamental beauty skills like makeup routines and nail art. This workshop was not just about learning specific skills, but also about understanding the importance of creativity, customer service, and business acumen in building a successful career in hair and beauty. Feedback from the students has been positive, with many considering pursuing a career in hair and beauty, while others appreciated the opportunity to explore their creativity in a supportive environment. One pupil remarked, “I had so much fun learning how to style hair and do nail art. I never realized how much skill and artistry goes into it.”

Thank you to Oaklands College for running the workshop as it was a memorable afternoon and opened up new 16+ possibilities for our pupils.

At Bishop’s, our Careers department is committed to providing our pupils with diverse opportunities to explore potential career paths. This hair and beauty workshop is just one example of how we look to prepare our pupils for their futures. We look forward to hosting more such events and continuing to support our students in discovering their passions and achieving their career aspirations. If you think your area of business would help our pupils shape their futures, please contact Mrs Higgins on jhiggins@bishophatfield.herts.sch.uk. We are always interested in work experience opportunities for our students, especially for our Year 10 and Year 12 (only 5 days every July)

Languages Discovery Day 2024

Year 10 Language Leaders run 144 workshops for primary school pupils

On Tuesday 4th June, the BHGS Modern Foreign Languages Faculty held its annual Languages Discovery Day which was delivered by 64 Year 10 Young MFL Leaders who shared their cultures, languages and linguistic interests with 120 Key Stage 2 boys and girls from Oak View and St Philip Howard RC primary schools. The primary school pupils had the opportunity to experience 20 different languages from all around the world reflecting our diverse heritages at the school. Also included were special workshops in Flamenco dance, Cyphers, British Sign Language and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The day was divided in 27 workshops with different language and cultural foci, with 9 sessions for the 16 groups of primary pupils.

Ileri A who had run an activity to share her Yoruba heritage stated: “I enjoyed making the students smile and this experience has enlightened a passion in me, even though it may not have been down my chosen career path. I also enjoyed teaching the pupils about my culture as they may not be taught it again.”

Maryam W said: “This was a first-time experience in teaching for me, and at first, I felt uneasy and unsure about how this was going to turn out. We played a short game of French ‘Guess who’ and I was filled with doubts about whether the children would actually enjoy the game or not. These doubts were cleared by the children themselves who told me they loved the game and wanted to play longer. I excitedly await the next visit, and I have many ideas of new language games to play with them.”

 

One of the local primary schools commented: ” Thank you so much to you, your staff and your Year 10 students for organising such a wonderful languages day on Tuesday. Our Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed the activities throughout the day, which were managed so well and so enthusiastically by your students. Our children certainly came away with a greater awareness of the many different languages that are spoken around the world. ”

By all accounts the day was a great success. Special praise is due to our Young Leaders for their infectious enthusiasm which gave the event a great buzz and celebrated the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of our school!

R J Taylor, Head of Languages Faculty