The reason we all chose Geography A-Level had arrived. After three hours of killing time, on a claustrophobic and overly humid plane, we were finally there. There had been so much anticipation about the trip and from the second we landed, it was clear that Iceland truly lived up to its expectations. Except from the smell of rotten egg everywhere – no one pre-warned us about that!
We were welcomed by an idyllic landscape and an extraordinary view of volcanoes, hot springs, lava fields and waterfalls which had become our home for the next four days. Everywhere had been painted like a blank canvas as far as the eyes could see thanks to the winter snow. Our first adventure was into a much darker world below the surface and caving through a lava tube.
The highlight of the trip was definitely the Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated geothermal spa situated in Iceland’s infamous lava fields. We were all taken aback by the natural beauty of the milky blue waters and the white misty skies. The low point, however, was the 30 second walk from the changing room to the lagoon in sub-zero temperatures!
The worst storm to hit Iceland in 15 years happened in the middle of our stay and the gale force winds blew the trip to another level, we even got a Domino’s delivery one night as the delivery driver risked his life getting it to our new hotel.
We did manage to cram in most of the sights including the stunning black sand beaches at Vik and Skogafoss waterfall that provided us with a cinematic view of highland snow-capped mountain ranges on one side and continuous low-lying fields of lava on the other. The trip was truly an amazing experience (shout out to Mr Buckland for making the trip run smoothly as possible despite the weather conditions) and we would all love to go back and partake in the activities we missed.
Ellie Basir Y13
MFL news this half term
This term students have really been getting a hands on experience in languages starting with Mrs Kallah’s and Mr Spada’s Y7 cooking lesson. During this lesson, 7AW had their French lesson in a Food Technology classroom where they cooked ‘Croque Monsieur’ (toasted ham and cheese sandwich). Our students thoroughly enjoyed this lesson and spoke lots of French while cooking and commented that it was good to put the language they have learnt to use in an authentic situation.
A really big well done to Bailey in year 7 who performed a rap (can be seen on twitter) which he wrote in Spanish about detentions. Lots of students have started following suit and are getting really creative! To add to their excitement for languages our KS3 students of French Spanish and German have entered a global vocabulary competition (22/03/18-24/03/18) run by thisislanguage.com. They have thoroughly enjoyed trying to knock ‘Demon Dante’ off the winning post all the while improving their learning of the most common words in French, German and Spanish.
At KS4 a group of 22 year 11 Spanish students took part in a conference run by Key Note at Bushey Meads School. The behaviour of our students must be commended as they behaved absolutely
superbly during our visit and are a real asset to Queens’ School. During the day, the students were given invaluable examination tips to prepare them for their forthcoming examinations. I wish them all the luck for their exams in the summer!
GCSE Easter revision classes will be running for Spanish on Tuesday 10 th April in room 69.
¡Feliz Pascua! Joyeuse Pâques! Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter!
This half term, we are very proud of our many Maths students who have represented the school in a whole host of competitions and enrichment opportunities. Two teams of Year 7 students travelled to Hemel Hempstead to participate in a Maths Challenge competition: our students acquitted themselves admirably; we are currently awaiting the results of these heats but we have high hopes of success! 120 Year 10 students also completed the UKMT Intermediate Challenge with record numbers achieving awards, and two students getting through to the next round. Additionally, 45 Year 12 students had the opportunity to visit St Margaret’s School, Bushey and attend a stimulating and inspiring workshop and lecture from Oxford University’s Dr Vicky Neale.
Hot Off The Press! One of our Year 7 teams has made it through to the County Finals which will take place in Stevenage on 27 April. The students involved are Krish Parikh, Luke Evans-Shield, Vebisha Karunakaran and Prathm Patel. Congratulations to all involved!
A quick round-up of news and information that happened too late to make it into the newsletter!
Congratulations to the Year 10 Netball ‘A’ team who were district Runners Up in their recent tournament winning all matches bar one. In the next few weeks, Year 7/8/9 teams have their tournaments coming up so we look forward to seeing how the girls do. On the 9th March, 60 students will be attending a PGL netball weekend where they will be taking part in a tournament as well as team building activities.
This term is probably the busiest time of the school year in Dance as we have all of the year 11 GCSE practical exams taking place along with the Dance Show. The Studio is full of students every lunchtime rehearsing for Dance Show auditions which are on the 8th and 9th of February, all hoping to be able to perform on Wednesday 28th March. The Dance Show is a selection of work created during class, some club work and successful auditions.
Sharing the space during Monday lunch is Junior Dance Club run by Abbie and Morgan, two of our committed GCSE Dance students who like the rest of Year 11 GCSE group are also very busy rehearsing for the performance piece and their choreography, to be performed and filmed in March.
The school has been invited to enter a team of three Year 12 students into the Schools’ Analyst Competition, a national event sponsored by the RSC and the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund. This is an honour and would be an excellent experience for any student interested in studying Chemistry at University. Teams are required to undertake various practical analytical determinations based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. These are judged for skill, understanding and accuracy and are intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory. Each competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or atomic and molecular spectroscopy. The first heat for the East Anglia region is held at the University of Hertfordshire on 18th April. Students interested in forming a team should speak ASAP to Miss Smith.
This half term, many of our sports teams have once again done Queens’ School proud!
In Boys’ Basketball, the Year 9 team has enjoyed success both in County and National competitions. They are on course to reach the play-offs in the County and are probably favourites to lift the trophy for a second year. They have also reached the quarter finals of the Nationals where they are looking forward to a road trip to play Blue Coats School in Liverpool. The Year 10 team remains unbeaten this season in both county and national competition.
In Girls’ Basketball, the Year 10 team became district champions, and are on course to make the county finals next month; the Year 8 team were runners up in the district. The Year 8s have won two and lost one match and have one more to play which will decide if they make it to the county final.
In the Football District Leagues, the boys’ teams in Years 8, 9 and 11 all won their respective leagues, with the Year 7 and 10 teams only narrowly missing out and coming runners up. The Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 A teams all got to the quarter finals of their County Cups and the Year 9s have progressed to the semi-finals where they will play Broxbourne School; the Year 9s have also made it through to the semi-finals of the National Cup for Elite Schools for the third year in a row. In our B teams, the Year 8 B team only just missed out on promotion and Year 7 made it to the quarter-finals of the county cup.
Girls’ Football has also had a great half term. Our Year 7 team went to Norwich this year to represent Queens’ at Regional finals. The girls finished 3rd overall, a great achievement and experience for them. The Under 16 girls are through to the County Cup final where they will try and defend their trophy.
Congratulations to all the students and staff for their dedication, passion and SUCCESS!
On Friday 2nd February, the Art department took 40 Y11 students to Tate Britain. As there is such a wide range of art there, students were given independence to look around at the work of their choice and explore ideas and techniques that they may want to try out in their examination project. This year there was a very interesting room of Antony Gormley’s work of three dimensional sketches (The artist who created the huge sculpture called “The Angel of the North”). After a few hours enjoying the gallery we walked along to Pimlico Pizza Express to enjoy food and some down time together with the art team. We thoroughly enjoyed the company of our year 11 students!
In the Art department we continue to open rooms at Lunch and after school for those who prefer to work in school and use our space and materials. We also offer supported study sessions for those students studying at exam level who would like extra help outside of lesson time.
KS3 Art club also runs every week.
On 12th January, over ten of our Year 10 Maths students were privileged to enjoy a fascinating Maths Enrichment day at University of Hertfordshire. Students took part in a range of activities, from problem-solving competitions and team challenges to workshops and lectures. They also had the opportunity to meet lecturers and students and see for themselves the innovative and diverse applications of Maths when studied at university level. We hope to have inspired mathematicians of the future and the Maths Department will be running the trip again in July.