Check out a selection of the events that happened this half term.
Ashbourne Adventure Day
The term kicked off with an immensely fun Activities Day for all new students. Students were taken out and treated to spectacular views of London on a fleet of Duck Buses; these buses became boats and students experienced London in all its sunlit beauty. Everyone had lunch in the crypt beneath Trafalgar Square, and spent the afternoon playing games in Kensington Gardens.
Musical – West Side Story
A group of students went to see the popular and longstanding West End Musical. Students were given a taste of London’s theatre-land, and thoroughly enjoyed this finger-clicking trip
Oxford Open Day Visit
James Wykes and Rob Kocho, assistant directors of studies, took Ashbourne’s group of Oxbridge hopefuls to Oxford Univeristy to give them a feel for what they might expect from Oxford’s dreaming spires.
John Wilson, Director of Studies, explained every detail about the formidable UCAS application process to an audience of 50 parents. He went through everything from choosing the right universities, to how to write a personal statement. Parents found this session useful and enlightening.
Art Trip to the Tate Britain to see the Lowry Exhibition
Lawrie Quigley took Art students to see one of the stand-out exhibitions of the year at the Tate Britain. Students were fortunate enough to see a never-before assembled collection of paintings by Britain’s greatest post-war artist.
Visiting Speaker from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York
Lindsay Wolkowitz, a visiting speaker from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design In New York came and spoke to a number of Ashbourne’s art students about applying to Art School, working in the arts, and being artists. She also conducted one-to-one sessions with the students and looked at their portfolios.
Computer Game Workshop
This two hour workshop was organised by Ruchi, Ashbourne’s IT teacher, and introduced students to methods of making and designing their own computer games. Students found this a really fun and interesting workshop.
Visiting Speaker from St George’s Hospital for Medicine applicants
Ashbourne’s hopeful Medicine students were given a helpful talk by a doctor who works at St George’s Hospital in South London. Students were given an insight as to what to expect from studying medicine at university and life as a doctor.
Drama and Music Auditions for applicants to Ashbourne College
Ashbourne hosted another set of music and drama auditions for hopeful applicants to the college. They witnessed some interesting and well-prepared monologues and pieces. Ashbourne’s current drama students were on hand to make sure applicants were comfortable and warmed up.
Ashbourne Allstars Beat Lansdowne 2-1
After a shocking first match defeat against CIC, the 8-aside Allstars proved themselves in a spectacular display by beating the previously unbeaten Lansdowne team 2-1. Managers Fabio and Steve were brimming with pride and they believe the league is now theirs for the taking.
GCSE World food exchange
Rupert, Head of Middle School, organised a day where the GCSE students could bring in food from their own backgrounds and share it at lunchtime with their classmates. A huge amount of food was shared and much fun was had.
Art Trip to Tate Modern to see the Paul Klee Exhibition
Lawrie took students out again to see this exhibition at the Tate Modern of Paul Klee’s work. This crucial figure in the development of art in the 20th century provided students with an avant-garde framework for approaching their own art.
London Academy of Trading Trip
John Wilson and Astrid took students to a trading floor where students were given a glimpse into how the stock market functions on a day-to-day basis, and we’re given a snapshot into the heady life of trading.
Drama Trips – to the Young Vic, the Arcola, the National, Trafalgar Studios and The Royal Court
The Drama department, as usual kicked off the year with a flurry of theatre trips all around London. Students have already been to see productions of Shakespeare, Brecht, alongside a host of contemporary playwrights and productions at some of London’s most renowned and experimental theatres.