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New Science Building Official Opening

 
We were delighted to welcome Professor Francis Barr, EP Abraham Professor of Mechanistic Cell Biology at Oxford University, to Soto last Friday. Professor Barr gave a superb illustrated lecture about human cells to Year 13 Biology students and guests before formally opening the new building and unveiling a commemorative plaque in the foyer. Professor Barr was impressed by the questions asked by Soto students, several of whom are applying for Medicine or biochemistry at top UK universities.




Visit from Former Vice President of the European Parliament

Don Miguel Angel Martinez, Former Vice President of the European Parliament, spoke to Year 12 and 10 students on the 25th of April. Sr Martinez’s special responsibility in the EU was multilingualism, very appropriate for a man who speaks Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, French and Arabic, and has honorary doctorates from the universities of Cambridge, Berlin, Moscow and Aberdeen.

He took searching questions from the pupils on the possible Brexit, immigration, the refugee crisis, international conflicts, equality, the importance of languages, the EU’s role in the world and global development, and talked of his meetings with the queen, whom he greatly admires. Mr Rattue and the teachers of Economics were in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between such a distinguished international figure and the students.

Everyone was greatly impressed by his sincerity, fluidity and humour as well as his insights into the impact of Cervantes and Shakespeare on world culture beyond Spain.

The event was made possible by Luis S. in Year 12, whose family are lifelong friends of D Miguel Angel.





Representing “Don Quijote” (Year 8)

 
This year is the 4th century of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha. For that reason, our Yr. 8 G classmates prepared a production of the windmills chapter, done in Lengua with their teacher, Rebeca Pintos. The video, filmed by the Yr. 8 student Benjamin Orford, is going to participate in the EDELVIVES “Mi Quijote” competition. After many days of work, rehearsals and making costumes, the video was filmed last Wednesday the 4th of May. We wish them lots of luck!




Congratulations Yuan!

 

Yuan D.  (Year 11).

Huge congratulations to our very own Yuan, a Tenbury House boarder who has come second place in the Concurso de Primavera de Matemáticas, 2016. It’s a competition run by the prestigious, “Universidad Complutense de Madrid” and it’s a great win for Yuan who competed against 50,000 other students.

Yuan also came 81st in the recent Global Maths Challenge for which he received a Gold certificate!





Battle of Hastings (1066)

 

In our History lesson on 12th April we were asked to create two items of weaponry or armour that either the Norman or Saxon armies in 1066 would have had.  The next lesson we went outside and recreated the battle of Hastings ourselves. It was fun seeing the various pieces of armour or swords that everybody brought.  We learnt step-by-step how the battle happened and the tactics used by each army, such as the Saxon shield wall on Senlac Hill and the turning point in the battle when William had to show his army he was alive and stop them from retreating.  It was different and exciting to go outside and reenact the battle. Mr. Whybro explained everything in a very clear manner so that everyone understood what had happened.

Antonio H K and Dario V A





Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Team in Gredos

 

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze

On April 16th (Saturday) we left to Gredos on our practice adventurous journey and arrived on the 18th (on Monday).
During our practise expedition we had the opportunity to learn more about the  wider environment, develop our skills (eg navigation skills) and find our way in an unfamiliar environment using the bearings we previously had calculated and some directions which we were given. In my opinion this was probably the most challenging thing we had to do because you could very easily go the wrong way. In fact, at one point our team did get momentarily lost at, but managed to find our way back to the route quite quickly. At the campsite we put up the tents, “cooked”, and had lots of fun!
Overall it was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to go again in June.

Beatriz S – Year 10





Football Sala Tournament

King´s sent a strong team to the Hasting´s Futbol Sala tournament. We began with a tough match against the holders Kensington and were held 1v1 in a tense game. Next up was St. Anne´s who we beat 12v1, we finished as the tournaments top scorers with a 6v0 win against Montessori and with the same…

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Bunting (Year 7)

This year our Year 7s designed bunting to stand up against bullying not only in our school community, but bullying everywhere. During form time we discussed different situations in which bullying could occur. As a class we decided what we could do in those situations and how we could help others if we saw that…

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