The Longest Swim

Ashton Park students were once again out in force to show off their aquatic skills at the Portishead Lido. The sun broke through as they entered the pool for their 30 minutes of endurance swimming in the 33m outdoor pool. This annual event held on the longest day of the year broke the previous fund-raising records with all the proceeds going towards the Raj Soni legacy Trust http://rajksoni.org.uk/.

The 13 Ashton Park students swam over 18km between then and raised an amazing £620. With school and community groups visiting throughout the day, the final total is likely to reach £10,000. Well done to Logan, Luka, Will, Oliver, Isabel, Lily, Elsie, Lucy, Ethan, Hugh, Eve, Kitty, Sophia and of course Mrs Scroggs.

Physics Video Competition

Our year 7 scientists took up the challenge to make a 2-minute video to answer a physics based question. Questions ranged from ‘What happens if you don’t wear a space suit in space?’ to ‘Why do boomerangs come back?’. The students were allowed to choose their question and film the answer in any format they wished. There were over 45 videos produced and each teacher had to select one video per class to be entered into the official Ogden Trust Physics Video Competition. We are eagerly awaiting the official results but the producers of all eight chosen videos will be having hot chocolate with the head this term. The 8 videos will be available to view through the school website but here are links to 2 of them. We hope you enjoy them (and perhaps learn some physics along the way).

Time, in Physics: https://youtu.be/q0mgZRtnZoM

What would happen if you went into space without a space suit on?: https://youtu.be/N61TamdZ_G8

Apollo house prefects visit Penny Brohn house

On Monday 26th June 2019, the newly appointed Apollo house prefects visited Penny Brohn house to gain a further understanding of how the trust support people living with cancer. After a tour of the facilities and grounds by members of their staff, students took part in a mindfulness session, to help manage stress, particularly useful for the students who are in the middle of their GCSE’s. The visit ended with the passing over of a cheque totalling £1043.50, which was raised during the recent Fun Run event and the non-uniform day held in school last term.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all the students, family members and friends who helped contribute and take part in these events, which help support this fantastic local charity.

Mr. Poole

Inter Milan Academy come to Bristol

Last week Inter Milan CF visited Bristol as part of a coaching tour. Six year 7 students were invited to take part in a variety of coaching activities led by 3 coaches from Inter Milans youth academy setup. Thank you to InspireSport and Inter Milan for organising the event, which was enjoyed by all!

Ashton Park School Summer Soiree 2019

What a lovely way to start the festival season with our Summer Soiree on Thursday 6th June. A thank you to Muse for the warm up the day before at Ashton Gate, and feeling like we were preparing for Glastonbury with the Spice Girls playing the following Monday it was a great week of celebrating the musical talent we have here at Ashton Park.

It was lovely to welcome back Handfuls of Harmony the community choir which started their life here at the school several years ago and have just grown from strength to strength. Handfuls of Harmony is made up of parents, staff from schools in the Gate House Trust and people from the community who have developed a love of singing. They sang a range of songs and kicked the night off in style.

We the audience, were treated to an absolute cracker of a night with several solo singers, original pieces of music composed by our pupils and rocked out at the end to up and coming rock duo ‘Hitchhiker’s Thumb’. Again with original songs written by them.

Our wonderful singing teacher Katie came in and the girls she has been working with sang Rose. Nia, Grace and Lola have developed their singing so much and the confidence has certainly grown since ‘The Moon Soiree’ of last year.

A definite highlight was our very own Rocket man Malachy who performed an improvised piece on the piano, this was defiantly a show stopper!
Several of the GCSE Music students played pieces they have been working on for their course and the talent was mind-blowing. I know some were quite nervous but they absolutely blew the crowd away with their amazing piano skills.

We had several solo singers mainly from Year 7 which I have total admiration for, they got up on stage by themselves and sang wonderfully. Lola sang a great song from Heathers the Musical, it was like having our very own episode of Riverdale right here in Ashton. We also had several duets singing accompanied by ukuleles. This felt like being back at Woodstock (I imagine!). Then Zoe singing Adele stole the hearts of the crowds.

Our headlining act ‘Hitchhiker’s Thumb’ absolutely stole the show. Adam and William make up the rock duo. They played three songs, ‘20p Tony’ which is their own song followed by two covers ‘Dammit’ by Blink 182 and ‘She’ by Green Day. This left the crowd up on their feet rocking out before heading home. Well, Miss Johnstone and Kiera’s little brother were certainly rocking it!

We have some extremely talented young people and Mr Britton and I are looking forward to building on this in the Performing Arts Faculty next year.

Hot Chocolate with the Head – official opening of E block courtyard

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a group of pupils who were nominated for Hot Chocolate with the Head by Mrs Bicknell to acknowledge the work they have done towards achieving an ‘Eco-schools’ Bronze Award.

They took part in activities which included; attending meetings to share their ideas about how to make our school a more eco-friendly place, helped get new ‘plastic and cans’ recycling bins in corridors and classrooms, took part in litter picks, planted trees for a future ‘Forest Schools’ area and helped to refurbish E block courtyard where we held the official ‘opening’ this morning during tutor time.

Well done everyone!

Eco-schools Bronze Award

Congratulations to all the pupils who have helped our school achieve the ‘Bronze Award’ for their work on litter, waste, outdoor space and biodiversity this year.

Presentation below shows all their hard work.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

The Ten Tors Team celebrated their success today by having Hot Chocolate with the Head. The team have had 7 months of training followed by the competition in May. The team did amazingly well and completed their route in the fastest time ever for Ashton Park. An impressive achievement and well done to everyone taking part.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Taylor who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Mr Mantegna to acknowledge that he has been nominated for a Princes Trust Award as he is doing so well on the programme. Well done Taylor!