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ZOE LAFFERTY, LAURA COWELL AND WILL HUDSON CLIMB THE RIGGING

Sailing Venture

Eight Sixth Form students experienced a week on board the sailing ship 'Jolie Brise' during the Summer. The ship belongs to Dauntsey’s School which is also in The Mercers’ Family of Schools and The Mercers’ Company kindly sponsored their voyage.

Under the guidance of the Captain and crew, Amelia Reynolds, Oliver Strothers, Jack Leech, Rebecca Percox, Jessica Tonks, Will Hudson, Laura Cowell and Zoe Lafferty sailed the boat from the Solent around the Channel Islands and Northern French coast, returning via the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

During the week long adventure the Sixth Form students were fortunate to have calm seas and fantastic weather though the lack of wind meant that the engines were used more often than the sails.

REBECCA PERCOX FISHING FOR LUNCH

Concert Band Up to Silver

In November the Concert Band performed in the Regional Heat of the National Concert Band Festival for the second year. The event, held at the Northampton School for Boys is the arena for bands from Midlands Schools, Music Centres and Universities.

Band members were congratulated for their excellent deportment and presentation and were actually heralded as ‘the smartest band present during the whole day’. Adjudicator Guy Woolfenden (a renowned Concert Band composer) commented that the Band's sound was rousing but that the students also played with great care during the softer moments and, as a result, the Band came away with a Silver Award this year, an excellent improvement on 2008's Bronze Award. Congratulations to all 60 students involved from across all year groups!

Year 10 Business Studies raised almost £1,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation in November.

SOME OF THE COLOURFUL ITEMS PRODUCED FOR SALE BY THE STUDENTS

As an Enterprise Challenge, groups of students were set the task of designing, producing and selling products of their choice at the Christmas Fayre. They sourced supplies, set up production and completed marketing resources ready for sale. All of the businesses were successful with a range of products sold including Christmas cards, candles, bath salts, homemade chocolates and hampers. Students had to fund the project themselves (an extra incentive to make a profit!) and each one donated 20% of their profit to charity.

National Concert Band Festival

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