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Prom 2017 - posted 29th Jun

The Year 11 Prom took place on Thursday 29th June at Brunel University’s Hamilton Suite. Following a student vote, Head of Year 11 Ms Loizou announced Stacy, 11S as Prom Queen and Alex, 11S as Prom King.

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Adaptive ski trip - posted 28th Jun

On 28th June 2017, the LSF department took seven students to The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead for a skiing lesson. James, Year 11, James, Year 10 and Kavindu, Year 8 used adapted sit skis for a thrilling ride down the 160m high slope. Samantha, Year 10, Reece, Year 8, Satya, Year 8 and Ethayn, Year 7 had a skiing lesson with an instructor and gradually gained the confidence to ski on their own. This was an amazing achievement for them all and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Summer Fair 2017 - posted 16th Jun

Friday 16th June 2017 saw Ruislip High’s sixth annual summer fair. The sun shone as the school prepared to celebrate forty years of change, with each year group creating a stall linked to a different decade. Year 7 had the 1970s and had stalls celebrating flower power, whilst Year 8 had the 1980s and stalls included a silent disco of 1980s music and a celebration of the classic film ‘Labyrinth’. Year 9 focused on the 1990s and had lots of focus on the sporting events of the decade, although a very popular moment was 9F’s ‘soak the teacher’ stall when Head of Year 9 Mr Stent was repeatedly drenched by Year 9 students. Year 10’s stalls celebrated the 1960s with a ‘beat the goalie’ competition to reflect the 1966 world cup and stalls celebrating famous films of the decade. Molly in 7B commented that she ‘loved learning how people lived during the different decades’. The fair also included lots of rides, a BBQ, a DJ, ice cream van and raffle.

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Isle of Wight trip - posted 26th May

More than 130 students and 14 staff took part in the annual residential visit to the Isle of Wight from Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May. On the Friday, students had a Humanities day visiting the island’s famous chalk Needles then heading to the impressive Carisbrooke Castle. Students then had a fun weekend of outdoor activities at the PGL ‘Little Canada’ centre. Activities included dragon boating, aeroball, abseiling and climbing. Trip leader Mr Alison said, “It was another great year of this long-standing trip. The students loved seeing the Needles and castle on the Friday in such glorious sunshine and calm weather. They all made new friends and got to try out lots of activities they may have not experienced before. All the students racing dragon boats together on the Saturday was a real highlight.”

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Faraday Challenge - posted 17th May

On Wednesday 17th May, ten students from Year 8 went to Vyners School to participate in the Faraday Challenge, a day focused around engineering for students. Schools were asked to engineer two prototypes using their knowledge of coding and engineering.

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New York, New York (and Washington D.C.) - posted 1st Apr

On Saturday 1st April, thirty-three Year 12 students set-off on a whirlwind tour of New York City and Washington D.C.! Led by Ms Horton and Mrs Turner, the students got to enjoy a variety of sights and cultural experiences linked to some of their A-level subjects, such as: a sociology and history themed visit to Ellis Island to learn about immigration in the past and present; a psychology trip to the 9/11 Tribute Centre to find out about the effects the terrorist attack had on the first responders on the scene; a trip to NBC Studios to see where shows Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon are recorded (linking to media studies) and tickets to see Groundhog Day the Musical on Broadway, which since the trip, has received an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in April 2017.
 
Another highlight of the trip was Mrs Turner’s love of a good walk, which resulted in the students completing a four-hour walking tour (after all, the average New Yorker walks five miles a day) from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, all whilst Ms Horton and Mrs Turner entertained students with facts about the city – including some not-so-true facts, which students had to spot in exchange for a prize.
 
The trip came to a close on a gloriously sunny day in Washington D.C., where students walked along the National Mall and took in sights from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.
 
Over the five days the students were excellent ambassadors for the school, showing enthusiasm and interest in all the activities. Sophie, who attended the trip, said, “Our time on the trip went by too quickly. I loved the atmosphere in New York City and would love to go back one day, as there’s just so much to see and do.”
 
Meanwhile Mrs Turner said, “We had an amazing time on the trip and I was really proud to see students making the best of all the opportunities they were given whilst we were out there. Their conduct and team spirit was evident each day and after walking an average of 15 kilometres a day, it was great to see them also maintain a sense of humour! I hope the trip has provided them with memories they will treasure for a lifetime.”
 
Thank you very much to all the staff who supported the trip: Mr Alexander, Ms Horton, Mr Pritchard and Mrs Turner.

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Let's Think Science Games - posted 17th Mar

On Friday 17th March, twenty-seven Year 7 students visited Ruislip Gardens for the morning. The students were finalists in the Year 7 Let’s Think Science competition.
 
The design brief had been as follows:
 
A variable is ‘something that can change’ and its values are ‘how it changes’. The challenge is to design and make a game that teaches Year 6 students about variables and their values.
 
The Year 6 students from Ruislip Gardens thoroughly enjoyed playing the games. It was wonderful to see how impressed the Year 6 students were with the standard of the games and how the Year 7 Ruislip High students were role models and ambassadors for the school.
 
The overall winners were announced at the Year 7 Celebration Assembly.

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