Summer school work 2021

We’ve been so impressed by the quality and creativity of the work sent in by our virtual summer school participants in response to the activities! Here is a selection of some of our favourite pieces:

Shakespeare: From Page to Stage

Tia-Lana (Year 10 & 11 Programme) was inspired by the Shakespeare activities to create a poster for a production of Henry V.

Tia-Lana writes, ‘Due to Henry V being the protagonist his silhouette is at the forefront of the poster. In this silhouette, he is brandishing a crimson sword. I have designed this sword to correspond with the three in the background which together forms the flag of St George. Finally, in the title I have made the ‘Y’ in Henry represent the roman numeral of 5 which appears as V.’

Creative writing workshop with Arvon

The creative writing workshop with Ashley Hickson-Lovence generated lots of brilliant work focusing on identity. Read some of our favourite pieces in the gallery below:

Investigating Portraits with the Ashmolean Museum

The masterclass with the Ashmolean Museum generated thoughtful work analysing paintings. Charlotte (Year 10 & 11 Programme) wrote a fascinating piece on ‘The Ugly Duchess’ by Quentin Matsys. Read Charlotte’s essay here. Amaani (Year 10 & 11 Programme) researched and recreated Youseff Sida’s painting ‘Hindiya’.

Some budding artists even took up the challenge to create their own portraits!

Public speaking masterclass with Noisy Classroom

Noisy Classroom offered pupils a virtual masterclass on how to plan and deliver a persuasive speech. Click on the links below to read some of our favourite speeches:

Why dance should be considered a sport by Caitlyn, Year 10 & 11 Programme

The dangers of social media by Basmala, Pre-GCSE Programme

Abigail (Year 10 & 11 Programme) sent in an excellently reasoned and delivered speech on the problems with the education system.

Big questions with Oxplore

Are humans ruining the earth? by Tejuspreet, Pre-GCSE Programme

Click on the links below to read some of our favourite essays in response to Oxplore’s Big Questions.

Are humans ruining the earth? by Francesca, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Are humans ruining the earth? by Edward, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Could we live without laws? by Oscar, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Could we live without laws? by Jo, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Is fantasy better than real life? by Jade, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Is fantasy better than real life? by Su Nay, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Is fantasy better than real life? by Su Nay, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Is it ok to ban certain books? by James, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Is it ok to ban certain books? by Jessica, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Should insects be on the menu? with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

We received many compelling arguments for and against serving insects in the school canteen. Harvey (Year 10 & 11 Programme) was even inspired to draw an ‘at home cricket farm’!

By Harvey, Year 10 & 11 Programme

Why are poems like spells?

Click on the links below to read our favourite mini essays in response to Sammy Wright’s English session.

Inspector Calls and ‘Magic Numbers’ by Francesca, Year 10 & 11 Programme

The significance of magic numbers in ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Ashwini, Year 10 & 11 Programme

If you are participating on the Inspire Summer School, remember that you can access all the activities till 23rd September.