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04/03/24

Fridays are GASP Motor Project in our Learning Support space. A selected group of Year 9 and 10 Students explore motor mechanics, engineering, and foster connections. Our Formula One team is making great progress with their sports cars ! Take a sneak peek at their work! pic.twitter.com/ZLCIii5ELY— Guildford County Sch () March 4, 2024

04/03/24

Excitement is building for "Wind in the Willows" . Dress/Tech Sunday, the cast and crew have put in tireless efforts. Opening night is just around the corner – can't wait! 🎭 pic.twitter.com/FLuV0EbTMo— Guildford County Sch () March 4, 2024

03/03/24

🎓 Year 12 students gained invaluable insights from City expert Jane Vessey on Finance, Investments, and Trading careers. Thank you for your wisdom and advice, Jane! #weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/vCfGtS1xkt— Guildford County Sch () March 3, 2024

02/03/24

Last half term we had a fun packed week where our curriculum was brought to life. This included a VE themed day in YR 6, Stone Age day in YR1, YR2 marching around dressed as Romans & YR4 turning galactic for their Space Day! pic.twitter.com/ODvfdfM8XF— Loseley Fields () March 2, 2024

01/03/24

Today atWoodkirk Academy Lincoln Minster School Waltham Toll Bar Academy George Abbot School HoeValleySchool Ewell Primary School pic.twitter.com/CYdrMYgo3c— Onatti Productions () March 1, 2024

29/02/24

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative teaching assistant to join us in our vibrant and ambitious primary school.For more information please visit:https://t.co/v4eBpzpq1M#Farncombe pic.twitter.com/2qOgYXOvP7— Loseley Fields () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

Year 12 Geography crew at Slapton Ley field centre are conducting field research on infiltration rates, soil characteristics, and carbon content in woodland and arable land. They also simulated storms to study runoff and infiltration impact. A hands-on learning pic.twitter.com/ssPS9t6p1z— Guildford County Sch () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

'How to earn 11 marks on the NEA2 Practical!' Mrs Hancock spent a couple of hours working with her students looking at equipment and techniques to boost grades when presenting food. Well done to those who attended, some fantastic products plated. pic.twitter.com/IfV7t5i4w2— George Abbot School () February 29, 2024

29/02/24

Great to see so many enthusiastic pupils at George Abbot School today. Thank you so much Carrie Dunn for an inspiring day of events all about the history of women's football and becoming a sports journalist. pic.twitter.com/gEsEcs1qvQ— Guildford Book Festival () February 28, 2024

28/02/24

Our stunning set for “Wind in the Willows” is in the final stages of production and getting ready for next week. A huge thank you to the art department, Mrs. Nicole, and our amazing Year 12 Students for all their hard work. The show is almost here! Have you bought your ticket ? pic.twitter.com/LfXsPwOmgN— Guildford County Sch () February 28, 2024

28/02/24

Year 12 Geography squad in Slapton hands-on learning! Analysing beach sediment, investigating size variations, roundness, and sphericity to understand beach dynamics. Rain didn't stop their Totnes exploration either!#weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/9xsQ9uFv5D— Guildford County Sch () February 28, 2024

27/02/24

Deeply honored to have Sophie Power, esteemed GB ultra runner, speak at our Year 13 assembly. Her captivating tales of resilience left a lasting impression, inspiring students to overcome obstacles. Grateful for her insights & eagerly await her future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/LVtKeXLOG6— Guildford County Sch () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Year 12 Geography field trip to Slapton off to a great start! Team trekked 8K along the bay, explored North Hallsands, analysed beach pebbles at Beesands,and delved into the historical significance of the 'swimming tank'- a UK Sherman tank recovery, linking History with Geography pic.twitter.com/3jvUBGvOl4— Guildford County Sch () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Great game tonight for the Yr8 netball team. A close game with the girls showing great versatility and playing a range of positions. Gabbot managed to just come away with the win. Shout out to Bella and Sophia for girls of the game pic.twitter.com/SFEqnb9GCu— George Abbot PE Dept () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

A pleasure to have Holy Trinity, Worplesdon, St Joseph's, Bushy Hill and Boxgrove join us for our first orchestra rehearsal. The hall was full of such talent and enthusiase. We can't wait to hear the music Lilja has written and arranged, on stage at G Live in March! Well done ☺️ pic.twitter.com/G2MvmIVgs3— Northmead Junior School () February 27, 2024

27/02/24

Great game tonight for the Yr8 netball team. A close game with the girls showing great versatility and playing a range of positions. Gabbot managed to just come away with the win. Shout out to Bella and Sophia for girls of the game pic.twitter.com/SFEqnb9GCu— George Abbot PE Dept () February 27, 2024

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The magical world of books

20th January 2023

Wednesday 18th January was the birthday of A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh. Hearing this on the radio, sent me back to my own childhood and considering the books I used to read. As a child I was an avid reader and every Saturday would go to the local library to choose three books. These would keep me going for the week. When I consider my own teenage children and the number of books they read, the difference is stark!

There is something magical about opening a book. The smell, the feel of the pages and the world that opens up. I cannot imagine my life without books and reading!

However, for some of our pupils the thought of reading is daunting, terrifying even. The data tells us that those pupils who leave school unable to read proficiently will have limiting life chances in the future. It is our collective responsibility to consider the role we each play in supporting our learners to become proficient readers.

It might surprise some colleagues to know that just before Christmas, we spent a day with our Secondary trainee teachers, focusing on phonics and early reading skills. Whilst this is embedded in Primary teacher training, it is a new focus for Secondary and one that they found very interesting. Our trainees will progress this term to consider how they can support literacy skills through the lens of their own subject and undertake a written project. They will consider adaptations that they might need to make to their lessons, to support those pupils who find reading a challenge.

There is significant research linked to the impact of reading and mental health. Those people who read regularly are less likely to say that they feel lonely. The connections that we make with characters in novels are just as powerful as the relationships we build in real life. Interestingly, people who have read at least one chapter of Harry Potter are more likely to believe that they could have a magical power and readers of the Twilight series believe that their incisors are more pointed than their peers!

In the last year, I have challenged myself to read books that I would not usually choose, for example I read my first ever science fiction novel when tackling The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. This book drove me to question stereotypes, my beliefs and further my thinking. What a powerful tool reading can be and how wonderful if every pupil leaving our trust had the capacity to enjoy reading and try new things!

Finally, I would like to reach out to anyone thinking of starting their journey into teaching. We have a number of information events coming up where you can find out more https://georgeabbottraining.co.uk/ or just call the SCITT team on 01483 888048. Remember, we now offer our Primary programme in partnership with South Farnham SCITT and secondary here at George Abbot.

Happy reading over the weekend, much better than being out in the cold!

Jo Jones, Director of ITT, Learning Partners

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