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25 May 2023
by Ferdinand Steinbeis

SPOTLIGHT - What's new at our schools?

Hello and welcome to SPOTLIGHT!
In this brand new feature we will bring you the latest news from our partner schools. This won't be any old news, however. Instead, SPOTLIGHT will focus on the exciting, the unusual and the amusing.
We hope you enjoy!
Beekeepers courtesy of Framlingham College, Kilgraston School and Gresham's School
World Bee Day was on Saturday 20th. Right on cue our Spotlight inbox was flooded with amazing pictures from our schools showing pupils inspecting bee hives, even tasting honey fresh off the beehive frames! Many of our schools keep bee colonies as part of their extracurricular activites, or to make biology lessons even more interesting.
Greenpower racers courtesy of Wycombe Abbey and cars in the making at St Swithuns and Frensham Heights School
May kicked off with the first of several Greenpower Car Races. For this exciting boarding school challenge, pupils design, build and race electric cars against other schools. The beauty of this challenge is its versatility: teams pool their creative-, maths-, technology- and engineering-skills to build electric cars from scratch. Then they race. Here's a quick account from two girls at Wycombe Abbey School about their first race:
“We had a fantastic day filled with racing, fixing, and delicious burgers to re-fuel us between races. It was our first time driving the cars, so we were quite scared at first, but we found them easy to drive since they are very well made. We began the day with a hectic race where we switched out drivers every few laps and everyone was trying to get into the rhythm of it. Then, there was a race for over sixteen drivers that did not stop racing for an hour which was crazy. We were particularly excited when we were told that we could start the last race because it meant we had to concentrate hard with so many cars filling the track. This race was much smoother than the first as everyone knew how to help the next drivers get ready in the pit lane. Overall, the day was extremely fun and active because of our team’s amazing drivers and all the teachers supporting us and organising everything.”
The next race is on 17 September. Watch this space!
Pupils off expeditioning
One of many things that makes Gordonstoun amazing is its unique location in rural Scotland. Inevitably the school makes ample use of this and is one of a handful of schools in the UK with a dedicated, specialist outdoors-team. Last week-end pupils from Y9 and Y10 set off on an outdoors expedition, complete with hiking, camping and time by the North Sea. Bliss!
The photo in question ;-)
A blurry aerial photo with a few vague descriptions of landmarks in red pen. This is what Joss Buchanan, former headmaster of King William's College on the Isle of Man, found in the post a few days ago. An accompanying note lifted the mystery: The picture showed King William's College from the air. It had been taken from a plane cockpit by Carl Luebbert, a former pupil at the school a few days earlier.
10 years ago Carl had signed up to one of King William's more exotic activities - flying lessons at the local airport. Henceforth he had spent his boarding school Saturdays flying between Belfast and Liverpool under the tutelage of an instructor. Carl had fulfilled himself a childhood dream.
Fast forward a few years, and Carl is taking his first flight as a captain for British Airways. And the route takes him back to where it all began — he flies from Heathrow to Belfast, directly over the Irish Sea and King William’s, a tiny speck on the Isle of Man. Appreciating the symbolism of the moment, Carl takes a quick picture of the school from the cockpit, and sends it to Joss, who is sitting thousands of feet below in his office at school!
We thought this tale was a beautiful vignette of what a monumental impact a boarding school stay in the UK can have on the life of a pupil.
SPOTLIGHTS from March/April 2023
BRY.RADIO in action!
At von Bülow Education we know and love Bryanston School as an especially innovative school. So it came as no surprise when we found out that the school launched its very own radio station BRY.RADIO. The station is live 24/7 and broadcasts a variety of shows, including music, interviews, debates and even the weather! BRY.RADIO is played in the School Shop, Café, Sports Hall and in the school's Common Rooms. We love that it's produced by pupils for pupils! Check it out here!
Rendcomb post office
A news nugget as eclectic as our schools themselves: Rendcomb College has bought the local village store and post office, a long-standing destination for pupils to spend their pocket money. But buying chocolate and sending postcards home won't be the only things pupils will be doing. Rendcomb plans to use the shop as a real-life case study for business studies students in how to run a small business. What a coup!
A design reel of Haileybury's SciTech Center
It's been in the works for a good three years. In September it will finally open its gates: Haileybury's SciTech Center. The school will unite the natural sciences and astrophysics, design technology, computer science and its innovative Stan-X research programme under one roof. We can't wait to see what pupils will do here! We know that the focus will be all on actually practicing the above subjects by experimenting, coding, building and researching. If only WE could go back to school....
The Gordonstoun Cook Book
What do you do if you want to raise money for good causes and have happy, hungry pupils from 60 countries in one place? Exactly. You publish a cookbook with recipes from around the world! Truly a very Gordonstoun product! The book is a creation by Gordonstoun's Young Entrepreneurs Team and the pupils of Gordonstoun School. The money from sales will go 100% to sponsor individual children in Africa and Asia. Interested in buying a copy? Then please get in touch via thecookbookco.gordonstoun@gmail.com.
Geeks at work: Sevenoaks students building a robot
For a good 10 years now, Sevenoaks has had its state-of-the-art own design technology center and pupils are putting it to good use. The school's ZETA team is currently in maker-mode: they are designing and building a robot from scratch, which will compete in the First Robotics Competition. And as if building a robot isn't tricky enough, the team has to raise funds, build a team brand and organise outreach events to spread STEM. W/r to the latter, pupils teach coding to children in primary schools and Ukraininan refuges.
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