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Sele Students visit the Big Bang Fair 

Recently Mrs Lee took a group of Year 8 and 9 students to The Big Bang Fair regional event held at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Big Bang is a UK-wide programme led by EngineeringUK to bring science and engineering to life for young people.

The students had a great day exploring science, technology, engineering and maths! They dipped into the Heavy Metal Mayhem of the Marine World in ‘The Blowfish’ seminar. They attended the ‘Night School’ presentation by Professor Richard Wiseman where they explored the new science of sleep and dreaming. In The National Space Academy lecture they explored the ideas and concepts of space and what it is like to be an astronaut. In the ‘From Cradle to Grave’ dynamic and interactive presentation, engineers showed how engineering improves our quality of life from before we are born!

Ivy Waring from 8 Shire said I really liked the Night School because it was talking about how your brain reacts to different things and we got to look at illusions and we learnt more about what happens in your brain when you’re asleep.

Eni Banjoko from 8 Shire said I found the Royal Veterinary School information station really interesting because I like how the people informed us about the different animal bones and organs. We held sheep’s brain, pig’s brain and giraffe toe! I also held a horse jaw! The station was fascinating and the Vet at the stall was telling us about her research. It was great.

Sele Students meet Prince Edward

There was delight and excitement when five students from The Sele School were invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire, which took place in June. The event was run especially for Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who was there to see the excellent work that schools from Hertfordshire are doing for the Award. 

The Prince, who has taken over as patron for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, took a keen interest in the students’ performance.  After watching The Sele School students perform a dance which was based on the values of the Award; challenge, teamwork and independence, he then spent a few minutes speaking with the dancers about their experiences of doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  

Frejya Coltman-West, one of the Sele dancers, said ”We had an amazing experience performing in front of the Prince; it was an occasion I will never forget”. Josh Mockridge, Brooke Mills- Ward, Teagan Fossey, Freyja Coltman-West and Daisy Corbett, who are all doing their Bronze award, produced a flawless dance routine, which they had spent many weeks preparing under the guidance of their dance teacher Erin O’ Dell and with the support of Richard Eversley, Design and Technology teacher and Duke of Edinburgh leader, Richard Eversley.

For more images of the Duke of Edinburgh Exhibition Event please go to Galleries. 

Sele Students head for Japan

We are delighted to announce that the School had been selected and invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol to send two students to their 'Young Scientists Workshops' during the summer holidays. The Clifton Scientific Trust has been running these prestigious cultural and scientific events for UK and Japanese schools for over 20 years. 

The Head Teacher congratulates the two students who have been selected; Victoria Lear and  Jordan Russell. 

 

Jordan and Victoria are fund raising to pay for the trip and so far have organised several events and are on their way to the target.

If you would like to help please go to 

https://www.gofundme.com/uk-japan-young-scientist-2018-sele 

Sele Students in Regional Final of the UK Mathematical Trust Junior Team Challenge

Mrs Lee and a team of young mathematicians from The Sele School travelled to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, to take part in the Regional Final of the UK Mathematical Trust’s Junior Team Challenge.

Diogo Antunes (8S), Ivy Waring (8S), Bruno Antunes (9S) and Megan Shepherd (9S) represented the school superbly at this prestigious mathematical event.

The Challenge comprised of four rounds, the first of which required the four team members to work together strategically to answer as many of a set of 60 questions in 45 minutes as they could. In the second round, Cross Number, the team was split into two pairs with each pair only receiving half of the clues, the Across Clues or the Down Clues, with each pair passing their solution to the other pair through a supervisor in order to complete a Cross Number Grid again with a challenging time limit of just 45 minutes. 

The third round, Shuttle, again saw the team spilt into pairs, and this time, after an initial starting question, each pair could only answer their question once the other pair had correctly answered theirs. The day culminated in a Relay Round where the students, again in pairs, were alternately solving problems and then having to relay their answers to a supervising teacher, who then released the next problem for the team member to run over to the other pair, now located in a different area of the hall! It was great fun.

This annual event is very well attended and 30 schools took part at the regional final in Cambridge. The schools that take part are from both the independent and state sector and some of the competitors had even travelled from Europe to compete.

Unfortunately our students did not make it through to the National Final but they all really enjoyed the experience. Diogo said that he loved the day because the questions in the competition were very challenging and he loves being challenged. Ivy said that it was great fun because she was part of a large group of students all working on and enjoying Maths problems. Megan loved the atmosphere and the energy buzzing around the large hall at the superb venue. Bruno was our captain for the day and he said that that his team worked very hard and everyone was supporting each other to solve as many problems as they could; he was very proud of them. I echo that sentiment emphatically!

Mrs Lee - Mathematics Faculty

Sele Trampolinists Spring Success

The school trampoline season began at Hertfordshire Sports Village in on a snowy day in December 2017 with the East of England Schools Championships.  The Sele School entered sixteen competitors and three teams from Year 7 to Year 12 but snow related travel problems meant that only nine competitors and one of the teams made it to the venue on time.

Six gymnasts succeeded in going through to the next round with a brilliant showing in the Under 14 Boys Cat 1 Elite as Sele took the top four places - Ryan Storey  with 47.8 the winner, Eddie Barton second and Mason Hill third in the individual competition. All three were also members of the Under 14 Boys Intermediate team that included Kenzie Ashby-Cumberbatch who finished in fourth place. Dom Harvey in his fourth Regional Schools was given a  wild card as his category competition was completely called off  and he had made a qualifying score in a previous year.  

The next round was the Central UK Schools Championships in Chesterfield in  January.  Once again Ryan was victorious with a score of 46.9.  Kyle Williams was added to the Boys team which was victorious with a total of 126.7 beating the team from Monmouth, Wales into second place   As individuals Mason and Eddie finished 9th and 10th scoring 23.3 and 23.2 respectively.  Dom jumped well in a high standard field to finish 6th with a total of 37.6.

And so to Newtownards in Northern Ireland for the National Schools Finals in March; the event started with an early flight from Stanstead Airport to Belfast. Then time for a little sightseeing before orientation training in preparation for the competition.    

The students were accompanied on the trip by Sele PE Teacher and High Performance Trampolining Coach Robin Atkins, who has coached Great Britain Teams and whose experience is greatly valued by the school and by the gymnasts competing for the school. Sarah Moore, former World Age Group Champion and Senior Club Coach, was also in attendance as was much valued volunteer coach Steve Storey. 

Sadly, in spite of excellent preparation and support the Boys Team Event did not go quite well as hoped although a final place of fifth overall with a score of 124.5 gives plenty to build on for this young team who greatly enjoyed the challenge of national competition. There was a change of fortune for Ryan Storey in the individual competition; although only in Year 9 he's a seasoned campaigner in his third season in schools competition for Sele; his experience shone through as a total score of 45.9 over his two routines gave him victory, making him the U14 Boys Category 1 Elite National Champion!

The Sele School has links to trampoline club Levitation, based at Hertfordshire Sports Village and encourages promising gymnasts to benefit from the additional training that an out of school club can provide. This also provides a route into club competition where Ryan is a seasoned campaigner, taking part in both the national Club League and British Gymnastics' National Development programme. Mason and Kenzie are now also members of Levitation and hope to go on to further success.

Ryan has recently qualified, along with his older sister, ex-Sele student Chloe, to represent the East of England in the NDP team finals at the Arena Birmingham in  June, where he hopes to both help the region to a team medal and qualify for the NDP individual Championships in July.   

The Sele School Young Enterprise Team wins two awards

Seven months ago a group of 13 young individuals embarked upon a journey to discover their entrepreneurial side. From energetic board room meetings to bustling trade fairs, they have discovered how business works from the inside out. The Group now comprises of six hardworking business people who have achieved so much in such a short space of time.

“During the course of Young Enterprise we came across many trials and challenges but at the end, we can recognise many skills and attributes that we have accumulated along the way” – Naomi Robins (Year 11)

The Sele School Young Enterprise Team, named ‘Sur De Soi’ has been successful in winning two awards so far. For the whole team there was the award for ‘Best Business Acumen’ and an individual award to Louise Bateson of Year 10 who was Star of the Day at an event that took place at The Howard Centre in Welwyn garden City. 

The competition isn't over yet! The next round takes place at County Hall on Tuesday 20 March and Sur de Soi will be competing against all of the other Young Enterprise teams in the North East Herts division. Two winners will be chosen to be the North and East Hertfordshire Companies of the Year and will go on to compete in the final held at Hertfordshire University.

This journey has been a rollercoaster ride, with lessons learnt and pride gained. Asked about their experience of the Young Enterprise competition one of the team members said “As a team we work well together and all pitch in to ‘get the job done’. We will all miss Monday nights Young Enterprise Team meetings but will be on hand to provide advice to next years’ teams”.

Special thanks from all of the team members to Ms Topliff who has given them superb help and guidance and to their external Business Adviser, Elliot Mannering, who has provided many inspirational ideas. Elliot Mannering is local film director with his own company who volunteers his time to work with students on the Young Enterprise scheme.

We congratulate Sur de Soi on their success in the competition so far and wish them well in the next round.

The Sele School's 'Team Inferno' Triumphant in Dragons Apprentice Final 

Congratulations are due to Team Inferno, The Sele School's Dragons Apprentice squad who were crowned Overall Winners for East Herts and Broxbourne on Monday 5 March. Competing in the final against Simon Balle, Richard Hale, Freman College, Haileybury Turnford, Bishops Stortford and Herts & Essex School  'Team Inferno' showed great confidence, collaboration and cohesion throughout the process and their final presentation to local 'Super Dragons' was outstanding.

The Team, consisting of Gemma Caruana, Ben Borlase, Amy Skidmore, Jacob Collins, George Ellis and Kyle Blackaby, also won an award for Best Managed Project and Gemma Caruana won the most Outstanding Individual of the whole competition. To say the teachers who had supported the team throughout their title run were delighted is an understatement; thanks go to Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Foster, Mrs. Deroe and Mr. Eversley for their assistance. 

About 100 hopeful young entrepreneurs took part in the Dragons Apprentice Challenge, which involved organising charity events during a 12 week period starting in October 2017. Team Inferno's project was to raise money to purchase kit for Bury Rangers All- Inclusive Football Team and they used a variety of strategies to reach their objective, including a Halloween Disco for younger students at The Sele School, selling sweets at Ware's Dickensian Evening and organising a successful Quiz Night. 

The Dragon mentoring Team Inferno was Richard Morris, Founder and CEO of online fundraising platform TheGivingMachine, who they thanked from the podium for his invaluable advice and insight. Mr. Morris is on the record as being impressed by the business acumen, team work, determination, ambition and organisational skills of Team Inferno.  

Please go to the Galleries page www.sele.herts.sch.uk/News/Galleries/ for more pictures from Team Inferno's triumphant awards evening.         

Sele hosts 'Destination Russia'

During half term The Sele School played host to Pitch International, a London based media company which produces sports films and documentaries and sells them around the world. Filming a World Cup preview show called Destination Russia to be shown on Sky Sports, and many other channels  worldwide, from April was former Sele student Tyler Lingwood. 

Fortunately picking one of the few sunny days of the half term break Tyler and his team made use of The Sele School's superb football pitches for filming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

   Baking success for Sele Catering Team

Congratulations to Manager of the Sele Catering Team, Kirsty, whose Christmas baking won her second prize in a competition. 

The Catering Team, part of Hertfordshire Catering, put on a fantastic Christmas Lunch on the last Friday of term, with superb home made cakes taking centre stage.   

For more pictures please go to the Galleries page and click on Christmas Lunch 2017. 

 

Sushi, Sumo and Science for The Sele School Students!

Two sixth form students from The Sele School, Hertford, have returned from a prestigious scientific and cultural exchange to Kyoto, Japan. The School had been selected and invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol which has been running 'Young Scientists Workshops' for UK and Japanese schools for over 20 years. The students attended the University of Kyoto, where they worked collaboratively with Japanese students and professors to undertake cutting edge scientific research. The aim of the programme is to enable students from both countries to discover, by living and working together, a new vision of the world they are entering. The organisation aspires to show the challenges and opportunities science and engineering offer to young people, and prepare them for their own futures as global citizens in that world.  

Set on the shores of Lake Biwa, Kyoto is the former imperial capital of Japan and the university is the second oldest in the country. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners in the sciences.

Micky Dear, a Year 12 student, said “It was such an amazing trip to a place I had always wanted to visit. I spent the week in the lab trying to find breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical industry. My highlight was seeing the monkeys at Arashiyama park”. 

As well as undertaking their projects the students had time to explore Kyoto and experience Japanese culture. They also spent a day at a tsunami research facility. Jack Climpson, also in Year 12, investigated how the colours of pigments affect the biochemical properties of materials and organisms. “I really enjoyed making friends with the Japanese students and visiting the shrines and temples around the city. Also feeding the sacred deer at Nara was really fun ”. 

Mr Grinter, science teacher at the school, also attended the program. “The Clifton Scientific Trust is an excellent organisation that offers this great opportunity to a select group of students in the country. The boys had a fantastic week in Japan culminating in delivering outstanding presentations to a distinguished audience of professors and guests of the University”. 

Neil Dunn, Headteacher  was pleased that students at Sele were offered this opportunity.  "Cultural exchange visits are increasingly important in today’s global world; to be able to participate in the prestigious Clifton Scientific Trust workshops at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research was an amazing opportunity for Micky and Jack. We are now keen to establish this partnership going forward to enable as many of our A Level science students to gain similar experiences in years to come.”

An international group of students in Japan, including Mickey Dear of The Sele School (first left).