Year 10 Future Quest visit the Houses of Parliament

On Tuesday 10th July 2018, the Year 10 Future Quest group visited London for their final future quest trip of the academic year.

Leaving bright and early, students travelled up to London before finding the perfect location next to the London Eye, overlooking the River Thames, where the group watched the Royal Air Force centenary celebrations that were taking place that afternoon.

After taking some time out for lunch, students then took a sightseeing trip down the River Thames to observe the various buildings that make London’s skyline so unique.

Students then visited the Houses of Parliament, listening to debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, whilst a tour guide shared stories about the building’s past. Once the tour was complete, students took part in a Parliamentary workshop which ended with Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South visiting the group for a Q&A session about life as an MP.

Once the workshop ended, students hopped back on the bus for the journey back to Bristol.

It was a fantastic day out to London, which was enjoyed by all. A huge well done to Year 10, who were fantastic representatives of the Ashton Park school, as well as a big thank you to South Bristol Youth and Mrs. Jemmott for their support during the visit.

Mr. Poole.

Exam Results

GCE and Level 3 Vocational results can be collected from P10 on Thursday 16th August from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
GCSE and Level 2 Vocational results can be collected from the Dining Room on Thursday 23rd August from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon.

Gatehouse Community Project

Our Wednesday club for people in the local community has been running for four weeks now. Our visitors have enjoyed coming into the Gatehouse and school and getting to know some of the students here. Together they have been working on improving the area around the Gatehouse and in just a month have their first finished projects up and running. Well done to all involved.
If you know of any other retired people in our local area who would like to join us on Wednesdays at 2 pm, please let us know.

House charity donation

Following the successful Fun Run, Ian Riddell from Penny Brohn visited the school to receive the £790 raised by students and staff.

Jack and Grace were chosen to hand over the cheque as the top individual fundraisers with over £140 between them alone!

Thanks again to all that contributed to our Apollo House charity.

The Watersports 2018 trip

The Watersports 2018 trip has been busy since arriving in the resort – Azu Rivage. The journey was ok really and seeing the sunset as we docked in Calais was a nice touch.
After the 20 hours of travelling, as the coach approached our home for the week, we were welcomed with a tunnel of waving Rockley staff and after a quick breakfast and welcome, we were on the water for kayaking.
The lake is warm and very inviting.

Kayaking saw lots of going around in circles to start with, causing much hilarity, especially when kayaks were capsizing along the way. Everyone got the hang of it though, just in time to go through the crocodile-infested waters by ‘Pirate’s Cove!’ 😉
After a lovely lunch of fresh fruit, baguette and cheese, it was time for reapplying the sun cream and our next activity – biking. The flat, wide cycle paths took us through farming areas and we were able to practice ‘Bonjour’ to several passing local cyclists.
To finish the session by running straight into the lake for some splashing or playing volleyball in the grassy shade was good fun. For some, that was not enough activity for one day and they made use of the basketball/football area before dinner.

There are six schools at the Rockley campsite. All schools do their activities separately and spend the meal times together. The evening entertainment for Ashton Park was about how they could solve active problems by working together. These were all performed as an electric storm built momentum and lightning flashed through the sky. The torrential rain came at about 3am, along with loud thunder which woke several of us, but everyone this morning tells me it was quite exciting!
As I type Ashton Park are raft building. They will then see which of the rafts takes their weight and allows them to use it on the lake………… place your bets now.
Everyone has fully joined in with everything, eaten well and so far seem to have been semi-cautious with their money, and even cleaned their teeth this morning without being reminded​ – so they say 🙂

More updates when we are not having an amazing time. It’s windsurfing this afternoon
A Bientot!

Performing Soiree

Friday 6th July 7pm at Ashton Park Sports Centre
Showcasing the creative talent of our students
Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and the fantastic opportunity
to view Luke Jerram’s Moon whilst listening to a specially
commissioned piece of music

Tickets £6 Adults £3 Children available from Merchandise Shop on
School Website or Debbie Scroggs in E block

School of Food

‘Chefs Pedro and Pete came along from School of Food at Ashton Gate today to cook a lovely risotto with our year 10 Food GCSE class. Types of rice, where it is grown and different types of rice dishes were discussed while the chefs demonstrated the risotto. Our pupils then got stuck in and made their own. Many showing true potential as future chefs. Thank you School of Food for a successful lesson.’

Kenya 2018

The team left at 6am today and are on their way to Kenya. There are lots of projects lined up; the big one is building 2 more classrooms. So a big thank you to everyone who has helped and supported them over the last 12 months. We have a blog – the link on the web page is INSPIRATIONS
Please sign up and follow the team on their trip!​

Hot Chocolate with the Head

During Term 6 some of our year 9 pupil’s participated in supporting the local community developing an abandoned pocket park located in South Bristol. The Ebenezer Pocket Park is an abandoned urban space which was in need of renovation. The small group of year 9’s led by Mr Buchanan supported the local project by creating three brand new flower planters from old recycled materials. The pupils had to problem solve, show positive team skills and work together to create the fantastic planters. The project helped build self-confidence and a positive awareness of the importance of working together in the community.

The ‘Flower planters’ are available for everyone to see. They are located at the Ebenezer Pocket Park, North Street Bedminster Bristol. I fully recommend taking a look if you are passing by.