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Matt Oldfield Returns – 1/12/21

After Matt Oldfield’s successful visit last year, he’ll be returning to school on Tuesday 7 December. Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be offered the opportunity to take part in a workshop on resilience, growth mindset and bouncing back after a setback.

Matt will be selling his books in the hall during break time, if you would like to buy a signed copy of one of his books, bring £5 on the day to purchase one.

Tuesday 7 December, Break Time in the Main Hall

Y12 Awards Cancelled – 30/11/21

Unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel the Year 12 awards evening due to be held this Thursday 2 December due to the changes in government advice regarding Covid. Please pass on the message to any friends/family who you may be aware were planning to attend.

Pewter Cast Jewellery and Oak Trinket Box​ – 3/11/21

Mr Sturla’s Year 10 Design and Technology group enjoyed getting back to “Practical Projects” last term.

Due to COVID regulations a lot of practical lessons were not allowed last year and students were delighted to be using a range of tools and processes again

They have designed and manufactured some stunning Pewter Jewellery  and Oak trinket Boxes with a swing lid. 

Students used a wide range of skills and techniques to make these, CAD/CAM, Laser cutting, pillar drills, forstner bits, filing, sanding and finishing skills.

The students really enjoyed making these and I think you’ll agree that they have done a fantastic job!!!!

Well done Year 10. 

Meet The Stars – 8/9/21

Space: meet the Stars! Sunday 19th September at 7pm (finish 8pm). ONLINE

With so many challenges closer to home, why do we continue to invest in space exploration? 

Our special guests will explain how space offers the most intriguing and exciting possibilities for the advancement of humankind. 

In “Space: meet the Stars” you’ll get the chance to ask questions and listen to our very special guest speakers discuss all things science fact and science fiction related to the exploration and commercialisation of Space. The speakers will be:

  • TJ Creamer – NASA astronaut on the International Space Station and NASA flight director.
  • Moogega Cooper – Lead of Planetary Protection for the NASA Mars Mission Perseverance Rover
  • Sophie Harker – BAE Systems senior aerodynamicist 
  • Jonathan Fernandez – Star Trek writer & story editor 
  • LJ Rich – and our host for the event and BBC ‘Click’ presenter 
  • Jaisha Wray – US space security policy expert 

This online event is just for Athelstan Trust Schools and all students are invited to join us on Sunday 19th September at 7pm (finish 8pm). Look out for the sign up link in a parents’ letter from the Headteacher this week.


Swim Success for New Year 7 – 2/9/21

Congratulations to one of our new Year 7 students, Niamh McGlade, who swims for the Tiger Sharks. Over the Summer, Niamh competed in a local gala at Wroughton and won NINE gold medals and one silver. Niamh swam a 25m butterfly in 19 seconds, which was  of her 9 races; all of which she achieved personal bests. We look forward to watching your swim career progress!

Celebrating African American Music Month – 16/6/21

African American Music Month is the annual celebration of African Americans’ musical contributions to the soundtrack of American life. Every June, in the USA, Americans are reminded of the important contribution African Americans make to American music, and to music around the world. In the UK we have close ties with American culture, so at Bradon Forest we will be celebrating too!

Staff and students have been invited to submit their contribution to a special playlist. What is your favourite song by an African American singer, band, songwriter, musician? There are so many genres to could choose from – pop, soul, r&b, jazz, gospel, hip hop, musicals…. Suggestions should be sent to culture@bradonforest.wilts.sch.uk. The music will be played around school for the last two weeks of June. Music is best when shared!


Celebrating Pride at Bradon Forest – 15/6/21

June is the month chosen to celebrate pride as it was the month of the Stonewall riots, the protests that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and beyond. It’s about people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far gay rights have come, even if in some places there’s still some work to be done.

Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality.

It calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be. It’s all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.

Free Online Summer Maths Club! – 26/5/21

Eedi has offered all Year 5 to Year 9 families free access to Eedi Summer Club, a maths summer program 100% free of charge that will help to boost your child’s confidence in maths so it’s sky high for the new school year.

Your child will first do a quick placement quiz to set their work and then get recommended topics that’ll help them improve the most over 7 weeks. Your child will get unlimited access to review questions, videos and live chat support with real teachers over the holidays. You’ll also get weekly reports on how they’re doing.

The minimum recommended work is 1 lesson a week, which should be around 30 minutes of work.

Each week, Eedi will hold competitions to boost motivation and engagement – from who’s given the most thoughtful explanation to a problem to what team has the highest amount of points 🚀… Plus there are real prizes up for grabs!

Signup deadline: June 14th (Get Eedi Summer Club for free until this date)
Summer Club Starts: July 5th
Summer Club Ends: August 23rd

Sign up on this link to get the offer automatically applied to your account.

If you have any questions, please contact family@eedi.co.uk directly.

ITV in School! – 20/5/21

ITV are on site filming our participation in the Dyson/Bath Rugby Try Engineering programme! This will be shown next week as part of the launch of Bath Rugby’s Women’s Rugby initiative. Thanks to Mrs Evans, Lewis Palmer and Tom Page for getting some of our young women involved in such an exciting programme.

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