Despite Covid, despite lockdown and despite the usual heavy workload of year 12, the Bar Mock Trial group have kept meeting doggedly throughout the past year. In September we conducted auditions to select our barristers and witnesses, who would be appearing in the trial, and by October half term we had three groups who were working hard for the regional heats after Christmas:
Team 1: Charlie-Lee Hopkins, Oyin Adewale, Amelia Botting, Azaria Gayle and Amelie Wisniewska-Sadok
Team 2: David Grice, Libby Mardell-Lines, Maddie Hunter, Myfamwy Harlow and Jake Yilmaz
Team 3: Emily Mayes, Iona Dixon, Becky Kennard, Nyah Lythall and Libby Robertson
In the New Year, as we all know, the plug was pulled and both regional heats and national finals disappeared from the calendar. When we returned from lockdown, however, meetings resumed and soon we had been paired with the Boclair Academy from Scotland to go head to head with a partner school, remotely, on Saturday 15th May. Sadly Boclair had to withdraw at the last minute (because of the pressures of exam grading!) but we went ahead ourselves anyway, furnishing both prosecution and defence, in the presence of our local legal consultant Ash Hornby (an ex-Met Police Detective) who was fulsome in his praise of the standard of the performance.
The court case? Well, Sunny Peters (Maddie Hunter) was charged with causing criminal damage at a “Save Our Climate” demonstration at Juraxis Energy. She smashed the car window of a security guard Nav Hayer (Nyah Lythall) with her placard. The prosecution were able to argue that she had no ‘legal excuse’ and the jury found her guilty as charged despite the character witness of her best friend, Jaylen Adiche (Myfamwy Harlow) and the best efforts of her defence team. She is currently awaiting sentence.
Congratulations to all who took part – an excellent team effort!
Congratulations to the following students who are our PE Stars of the Month!
On Monday 17th May the first post-covid Presdales school trip was able to go ahead! 35 year 10 GCSE PE students spent two and a half days at The Lock Climbing Centre learning several rock-climbing skills as part of the practical element of their GCSE PE course. On the first day the girls learnt how to correctly put on their harnesses, how to tie themselves into a rope and also how to safely belay for each other. The second two days were spent attempting climbs on varied difficulty walls as well as the girls trying some competitive speed climbing. The girls were a credit to the school; they gave everything a go, were very polite and we discovered some excellent climbers! Well done to all of the girls who worked hard throughout the three days despite aching lots! It was a pleasure to spend time with them and we managed to get lots of video evidence for their GCSE! All in all, a very successful trip!
In Biology, 11B has been learning about genetic inheritance. We looked at how different alleles in genes determine the physical characteristics of offspring, and we welcomed our own marshmallow offspring to the world!