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October 2022 Roedean Round-Up

October has seen sporting success, spooky treats and much much more!
31 Oct 2022
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Junior Roedean Academy

At the beginning of the month, we launched the Junior Roedean Academy as part of our Community Action Programme for Year 12. The Academy will see 80 Year 5 pupils from two local primary schools (St Margaret's and City Academy Whitehawk) come to Roedean for seven weekly visits. Over this time some of our Year 12 stduents will be learning how to deliver activities and share their interests and passions. 

Congratulations to Meghan (Year 8)

Meghan has won the Royal Society of Biology's Nancy Rothwell Anatomy Drawing Competition in the 12-14 age category. This award celebrates artwork that captures the details of anatomy and is sponsored by the Royal Veterinary College. This year, more than 550 pieces were submitted by young artists from across the globe, so winning it is an exceptional achievement.

I'm really interested in Art and Science, and this project combined these interests. I was absolutely overjoyed when I saw the notification about winning the award. It is a great honour for me to receive it.

 Year 7 Re-Enact the Battle of Hastings

Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed getting out into the sunshine to re-enact the Battle of Hastings, bringing history to life as Mrs Mitchell directed the two armies through each stage of the battle. The girls were armed with armour they had made in Prep, and they used their activing skills with spirit!

More sporting success!

Congratulations to everyone who represented the School in sports teams in October. The Hockey season is in full swing and the teams have enjoyed excellent wins against Ardingly, Mayfield and Christ's Hospital. The U15A team are also now through to the next round of the Sussex Cup after a 2-1 victory over Eastbourne College.

There have also been some fantastic indivual successes. Mollie and Alice have both being doing fantastically well in the pool. Alice took part in her club's annual championships, coming away with a Gold, Silver and Bronze, plus a number of PBs. Mollie was selected to represent Sussex at the National County Team Championships in Sheffield. The team did fantastically well and finished second overall in their division, winning promotion to division one for next year.

Katherine in Year 7 took part, and ran brilliantly, in the London Mini Marathon, taking victory by 18 seconds.

Jasmine (Year 8) has been doing incredibly well in show-jumping, coming 3rd in the jump off at the National Amateur Second Round, which means she will be going to the National Championships in Liverpool.

Scholars' Workshops

Our Art, Dance and Sports Scholars have all enjoyed fantastic workshops. The Key Stage 3 Art Scholars took part in a brilliant portrait masterclass with painter Reem Acason. Using a Zorn palette, they learned how to mix and apply flesh tones from a limited palette, and how to apply and build form through their use of colour.

The Dance Scholars took part in an exciting workshop, with many working on dance techniques which are not part of their normal specialism. The workshop was run by ZooNation, and focused on expanding their knowledge and skills in Hip Hop. 

Meanwhile, the Sports Scholars heard from Olympic Swimmer Kate Haywood. She shared her experiences of the ups and downs of sport at the highest level, and how the preparation in the weeks immediately before an event are different from normal training.

House Cross-Country Race

120 girls from the four House Teams took part in our inaugural House Cross Country Race. The gruelling course took the pupils around the spectacular Roedean campus, getting gradually more demanding. The Juniors ran 1.5km, the Intermediates 2km, and the Seniors ran 2.3km. There were some closely fought races in each category, with House Points available for the number of runners from each house as well as for the top 10 finishers. 

House 2 had the most entrants, but it was House 3 who took the overall win with the most runners in the top 10. 

Halloween at Roedean

To mark the end of the half term, and to celebrate Halloween, there were lots of spooky activities at Roedean. On the last Monday before the break, the Sixth Formers set up their now traditional Halloween Horror Maze in the Cloisters and the Blyth. The maze was open to all students, and started with spooky games in the Blyth before they were guided through the maze, with Sixth Formers in fancy dress ready to scare them at every turn.

This was followed on the Tuesday with a Halloween Silent Disco for Years 8 and 9 in the Cloisters, and a social for the Year 7s, both accompanied of course by delicious themed treats from the Catering Department. 

The Houses also joined in the spooky fun with Halloween decorations and crafting.

Boarding Round-Up

The Boarding Team have continued to arrange an incredible range of activities for the Boarders. This month the girls have enjoyed making Gratitude Journals, waffle-making, board games, leaf-printing, Halloween decorating, World Mental Health Day reflections, watching the Lionesses play at the AMEX Stadium, bingo, mug decorating and Mean Girls Day (whch saw they all dress in pink and eat a cake designed to look like the 'Burn Book' whilst watching the film. 


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