News and Notices
Year 8 STEM morning - 1st and 2nd July, 2021
As part of learning about STEM subjects, Year 8 students used cardboard and templates to create "anti-gravity" tensegrity tables.
Tensegrity is a fantastic and futuristic construction technique, which can create a unique illusion of 'floating'. The competition was generously supported by our local Amazon fulfilment centre at Lyons Park, who donated cardboard boxes for the projects and £240 in Amazon vouchers for the prizes. Thank you, Amazon!
The winning six teams from the 340 students who took part received vouchers and the top two teams overall will have a tour of our new building to learn more about construction in the real world.
Students had to work as a team to draw out the shapes, cut them up, construct the component parts and then, the tricky part, balance up the tension on the lines to hold the model 'floating' in place!
This was an exciting challenge which inspired students to think more about how school subjects have a real-life application in design and construction. We also explored how forces impact on structures and how tension can be used to support this captivating design.
Well done year 8!
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'Shark', 'Kachow', 'Vicked', 'Amazon', 'Stemberry', and '4-Unknown'
Year 9 Enterprise Day - Monday June 16th 2021
Year 9 students had a brilliant day taking part in The National Enterprise Challenge, in collaboration with NatWest. They were challenged to create their very own social enterprise project to address a common issue affecting their daily life, school, family or their local community. Lots of very important themes came up throughout the day, for example students wanted to create a business that would help teenage mental health, improve local habitats for the wildlife and we even had the fabulous idea of creating packaging that dissolves eliminating the need for recycling.
From each class The National Enterprise Team chose a winner who will get the chance to compete in a national competition where the teams will work to be crowned The National Enterprise Challenge Champions 2021. The Grand Finals are at the ICC in Birmingham – coronavirus permitting – in July.
This was a fantastic opportunity to help Year 9 students develop an array of employability skills, such as leadership, delegation, communication and teamwork.
Giving our pupils the opportunity to be enterprising helps them to foster a positive mindset and it gives them the confidence to take charge of their path in life.
Architecture Club Visit Our New-Build
Architecture club were fortunate enough to visit the new languages block at the start of this month. They were given a guided tour to see what progress has been made and to help gain inspiration for their own ideas.
They were particularly impressed with the way some of the walls had been designed to create organic shapes and had lots of questions about the materials and processes that had been used.
Interclass were fantastic hosts and the students were even provided with a goody bag to take away with them following their visit which included a range of different elements to help them design in the weeks to come
Coundon Court Secondary School
We are now fully open for all year groups. Remote learning, where still required for students who may be self-isolating, will be delivered as Assignments on Teams.
Mr Daniel Clarkson
Mr Samuel Mohomed
Coundon Court is a distinguished and progressive school whose aim is that every student embraces “challenge” on their journey towards personal and academic success.
We are committed to preparing our students for their futures, by ensuring they are:
Happy and caring;
Outward facing citizens.
Our staff build positive relationships with students and we ensure that everyone has personal support, so that each student can fulfil their potential, whilst also aspiring to be the best they can be. At Coundon Court we have a purposeful learning environment, one that produces well rounded individuals. We expect our students to embrace many challenges: to volunteer; to mentor; and to engage with extra-curricular activities.
We expect our students to be excited, coming to school knowing that they will enjoy each day. We want them to have a thirst for knowledge and be keen to develop their skills and attitudes. We encourage them to ask questions; to be inquisitive; and to be prepared to take their place in the world.
We both feel privileged to lead Coundon Court through the next steps of our school’s journey.
We invite you to explore our website in order to find out more about what makes our school special.
Mr Daniel Clarkson and Mr Samuel Mohomed