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City Table Tennis

City Table TennisThe Farnborough Academy have dominated the 2015-2016 City Schools Table Competition Circuit. Our players have collected an impressive four gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal. We are particularly delighted with our Year 9-11 Team Gold Medal in January – a well deserved achievement for Jamie Lawson, Liam Bramley and Dominic Lambert.

The season ended on the 11th February with the Nottinghamshire English Schools Table Tennis Association Competition. All the top table tennis players in the county gathered to compete for a place in the National Finals. Jessica Widdowson took up the challenge and played her best table tennis to date gaining bronze and an excellent GCSE practical assessment under immense pressure – well done! Liam Bramley rose to the challenge playing some superb shots, raising the bar for his own play – he then took on the challenge of umpiring the intense final . Dominic Lambert showed magnificent focus, superb in defence with some well selected attacking shots. Jamie Lawson completely overshot his goal for the competition making his way with awesome play and hard work through to the final. Here he took on our Nationally ranked number 6 player and we all watched with extreme pride as he took Silver medal and seven points– a magnificent achievement!

Mrs Straker said "it has been a privilege to work with all our players this season because they put in such a huge amount of effort into their training always supporting and inspiring each other. Thank you to you all for shining so very brightly - you know who you are!!".

Pupils meet local author

author001As part of this year’s Nottinghamshire’s Brilliant Book Award, some of our pupils met local author Kim Slater at Ellis Guilford School this week. Kim Slater’s debut book Smart is one of 6 shortlisted titles for this year’s award. It tells the story of Kieran Woods, a 14 year old autistic boy investigating the death of a homeless man pulled out of the River Trent. Set in The Meadows, this clever and moving tale is about trying to fit in, about love, family and friendships and about dangerous secrets... Kim Slater talked to our pupils about how she became a writer and how she came up with the idea of Smart. She also told us a little bit about her upcoming book, Seven Letter Word, which will be published in March. She then did a Q&A session and signed copies of Smart.

Pupils still have the chance to read all 6 nominated titles for the Brilliant Book Award. They can be borrowed from the library. Voting takes place week beginning 7th March with the winner announced the following week. The Brilliant Book Award book club meets on Wednesday lunchtimes. All pupils are welcome.

The other nominated titles are:

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

An Island Of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

Would The Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? by Rob Stevens

Tate Gallery Visit

GCSE Fine Art and Photography Year 11 Students visited the Tate Modern, London on Wednesday 20th January. This was an exciting day out, where students viewed famous artworks in a world renowned art gallery surrounded by iconic architecture.

Students collected invaluable information for their exam project and were able to see artworks in context such as the 'Weeping Woman' by Pablo Picasso. The weather was perfect and students captured spectacular views of iconic architecture such as the Millennium bridge and St. Paul's cathedral for further inspiration. Some students even captured a selfie with a celebrity! Look out for this inspiration in students' future masterpieces which will be on display in the summer term.