Marquee Week - Creative Thinking Day

Once again the Marquee was a hive of activity for the final day of our Marquee Week celebrations. The morning of Creative Thinking Day was filled with different creative workshops for the children to enjoy. There were two different photography workshops - nature photography and portrait photography. The School's field mice were willing subjects for some of the nature photographs, and amongst other specimens, Mr Walmsley also organised an aquarium for the children  to photograph. The workshop gave the children the opportunity to try out a variety of lenses and lights. For the portrait photography workshop the boys and girls enjoyed getting dressed up to have their portrait taken by their friends. This workshop was led by an award-winning Bristol wedding photographer.

Alongside the photography workshops the Art Department also led a mosaic workshop. The children got involved with creating swimming and underwater themed mosaics which will be displayed in the Clifton High School swimming pool once complete.

In the afternoon the Senior School students listened to a talk from Mr Kevin Farrar for IBM on the interesting topic of how IT and technology can be used for innovation in business, and in our daily lives. To name but a few issues, technology can be usefully applied in the search for solutions to problems such as congestion, power usage and food waste.

Some Senior students then explored large scale 3D shapes in a session with Mrs Kathryn Vaughan, Teacher of Mathematics at Clifton High School, and Ms Laurinda Brown and Dr Simon Morgan from the University of Bristol. Laurinda Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol. Her experiences range from editing journals to working with other teachers and educators in many different countries. Simon Morgan is a mathematician with a career-long interest in the connections between mathematics, art and education. He has taught and researched mathematics in the UK and the USA, including at the University of Minnesota and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The session was extremely enjoyable and interactive.

Our fantastic week of events was concluded by two evening events. As part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, Year 6 delivered an outstanding 27 minute performance of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' to an audience at the Arnolfini gallery on the harbourside. Meanwhile, at school in the Marquee, Dr Phil Hammond delivered a humourous and engaging talk on the NHS and beyond! Great fun was had by both audiences. Two great ways to end the week!