Oxford Festival of Light

On Friday 16 November both schools were represented in the Oxford Christmas Light Festival. Students took part in the procession through the city with the lanterns they had created in workshops at school, and some of our Year 8 students had winning designs projected onto the Radcliffe Camera as part of a competition run by Dr Lorna Robinson in the Classics Centre.

All the children who took part were an asset to the school and it's safe to say they represented our school communities perfectly.

A night to remember - at the Royal Albert Hall

Last week, The Trust supported a group of students from Bayards Hill and Cheney to join the Buddy Choir at the Royal Albert Hall. The event brought together students with a wide range of special educational needs and our gifted and talented musicians. The students attended many rehearsals together and we learnt our 3 songs with Makaton signing and dance moves too! We are incredibly proud of our students as they all gave their heart and soul to the performance. It was a very emotional and unique event. We would also like to thank our staff who attended the concert and supported our students.

See the video below for a flavour of this incredible event.

Moments to remember

Both schools marked 11 November in their individual ways - to remember those who have fought for our country. Cheney honored 2 minutes silence and had some of their talented musicians play The Last Post at different points around the school. You can see a video of the moments here.

Bayards Hill had a remembrance assembly where Mrs Medley spoke about what the occassion means and also spoke about why we wear poppies - it's because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. Students also made some poppy lanterns which they will also show in the Oxford Festival of Light. You can see their masterpieces below.

Oxford University Outreach - from a Penguinologist!

This week students in Bayards Hill and Cheney had a fascinating talk from Dr Tom Hart who is a Penguinologist at Oxford University and is just getting ready to go on a 3-month expedition to Antarctica. Tom spoke about why he works in penguin conservation, what it's like to live in the remotest parts of the land for 3 months and covered important points like what kind of food they eat!

You can track what Tom and his team gets up to on expeditions here: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/penguintom79/penguin-watch

Tom has some great plans for further outreach - and wants to get other speakers with jobs equally as fascinating as his. We will look to stream the sessions from Cheney/Bayards to other schools in the local area to extend the opportunity.

Watch this space...

World Book Day

Students from across the Trust had great fun on World Book Day. Cheney Students 'dropped everything and read' for 20 minutes. This included students, teachers and support staff. It was great to see so many people have a dedicated time to read!

Students at Bayards Hill enjoyed a visit from Children's Author Ian Whybrow - he bought to life characters in his books for students of all ages. The Nursery children particularly enjoyed pretending to be robots!

Schools in the Community

Students from Bayards Hill and Cheney have been building relatons and lifting spirits at the John Radcliffe, in the form of Art.

Cheney Choir sang in the Children's Hospital at Christmas.

Bayards Hill students have created some beautiful Art for the Main Corridor of the JR.

Oxford Festival of Light

Both Schools took part in the Oxford Christmas Light Festival - and made some very impressive lanterns for the display. They even made it into the local press!

Anti-Bullying Week

Cheney School and Bayards Hill supported Anti-Bullying week 2017, wearing blue and donating £1 to a great cause

The wonderful world of Science

Cheney Sixth Form support Year 5 students from Bayards Hill with a Science workshop
Cheney Sixth Form support Year 5 students from Bayards Hill with a Science workshop

How to talk...well!

Introducing students to the fascinating world of debating
Introducing students to the fascinating world of debating

Cheney shares their football skills with Bayards

Some of Cheney School's Year 9 students held a football training session at Bayards Hill in the Summer Term 2017