Parents and pupils go hands-on at Nailsea School

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:44

People of all ages braved the cold weather to experience the 'hands-on' technology event at Nailsea School this month.

The event built on the success of last year's interactive evening with children bopping along to  a silent disco, playing giant games, designing computerised bridges and trying out archery with Gordano Valley Archers.   

Fashion fans were well catered for, with a competition to design an outfit for the future and fashion shows were held throughout the evening by textiles students modelling their outfits made on the theme of film characters.  

Teaching assistant Dennis Leach manned Nailsea School's laser cutting machine making personalised key rings for eager children.   

Nailsea School has introduced fused glass into its technology curriculum this year and from September is offering a unique GCSE in modern jewellery.  

Teacher Natasha Allright gave children an opportunity to make their own fused glass tile - an activity that proved even more popular with parents.

Nailsea School students were awarded during the evening for outstanding work in the previous year in technology. 

Trophy winners were:

  • Year 8 students Natalia Jarvis and Megan Walker;
  • Year 9 students Hannah Simms and  Charlie Hogg; and 
  • Year 10 students Beth McNaughton and Chloe Parsons.

Headteacher David New, who is leaving at the end of the summer team to work with Ofsted. said "It was wonderful to see parents, grandparents and children from Nailsea School and local primary schools working together to solve technology problems either hands on or virtually on computers. 

"With the Gordano Valley Archery Club demonstrating the technological developments of the long-bow, from Robin Hood to Olympics 2012, a silent disco and a fashion show of costumes, designed and made by the students of Nailsea School, among many other exhibitors, there was a real sense of occasion.  

"Thank you to the technology faculty for a fun and educational evening for all ages."

Nailsea School, which has Technology and Media Arts College status opened in 1959 as a grammar school with 90 pupils. 

In 2010 the school moved into a £32 million new building on the same campus which includes a state-of-the-art all weather pitch with floodlighting.

Currently the school has 1,042 pupils and converted to an Academy in September 2012. 



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