Year 10 Hand-Made Paper With Flower & Seed Implantation

Last week the Design and Technology Product Designers practiced making paper by hand while encasing seeds inside. This was something Mrs Barden first tried in the department last year after the lockdown with this years year 11s using dried pressed flowers inside. Below I will give you a step by step on how to do this process yourself and what tools and equipment you will need.

What you will need:

Elastic bands, a sponge, a frame and mesh of some kind, a an old food processor you no longer use for food, and finally, some items to encase into your paper for decoration. You will also need an absorbent towel as this can be a very messy process.

Here are some of our students outcomes:

Here is a photographic step by step of the process:

Updates On Our Growing!

Mrs Barden has brought in some of her crops that she began to plant throughout the Summer holidays for us to continue cultivating and we have begun to plant our radish this week using some old used paper cups as pots. Fingers crossed they will have progressed by next week for another update!

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Welcome Back All, From the D&T Department!

Welcome back all!

I thought I would take this time to refresh your memory on where were were at with our little growing green project at the end of term.

Below are a few images taken on the last day of school. We are happy to announce that they are still going strong and coming to the end of their fruit producing season and were looked after by a member of staff while we were off for the summer break.

We are currently in the process of planning our next seasonal crops and we cant wait to share with you how it goes!

We think our winter crops will be mostly winter greens, Calvo Nero kale and possibly some bulbs to brighten up the food room.

Stay tuned for our next post on Year 10’s recent paper-making practical where they implanted seeds and pressed flowers into their own hand-made paper.

Have a great week everyone!

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Hand-Made Insect Hotel + Weekly growing updates!

I thought I would end the year with a final post following on from last weeks discussion of Bees & Bee hotels where I promised to share a post on how you can attempt to make your own bee hotel from collected waste materials??!
As we are coming close to the summer holidays I thought I this would be a perfect time to provide you with an activities you can do over the summer break.

I found this activity on the RHS website so hopefully it works for you successfully.

What you’ll need:
You do not need to build it too large, you can simply use:
-Some kind of container or box with a base (9 – 15cm in size) A terracotta plant pot works well.
-Modelling clay
-Plastic straws, toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes or bamboo canes
-any other scraps of wood offcuts or tubing

I also added an additional few layers of ironed plastic bags to make the outside of my design a little more waterproof. if you are considering adding this to your design please make sure someone is at home to help you carry out this technique safely. you will need some plastic bags of your choice, an iron and some greaseproof or siloconised baking paper.

What to do:
-Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your container. If you are using bamboo canes you might need someone to carry out this part as it’s tricky.

-Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.

-Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the container and stick the bundle of straws or canes in to the clay.

-Add any other bits of wood or tubing scraps if there is still a lot of space between the tubes. Place the container horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.

You should also consider the placement it will sit in your garden, is it a covered sheltered location? Seeing as I have made my prototype from mostly card it will have to sit in a semi sheltered location.

If you are a St Marylebone student make sure to keep us posted on your progress and send in some images that we can share.

: Taken from the RHS website/ By Miss Dorman of her upcycled waste Bee hotel.

First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition – Core Values Winner 2021

Ms Barden ran her regular DT enrichment – ‘First Lego League Competition’ sponsored by Bechtel along with a group of students to put together this season’s Replay Project and Robot Mission! 

For the Project, students investigated alternative ways student activity could potentially power the school.  They were also delighted with the 140 points scored by successfully programming and completing their attempted robot missions.

Their teamwork paid off! They won the Core Values Trophy by showing the judges how effective they were at working together. 

Well done to Nikoo and Lea in Year 10 and Mia and Isabella in you 8 for their hard work and dedication making participation in the competition possible. 

We are hoping to welcome new Lego Roboteers in September to continue with our quest for the top prize!

The Final Growing Updates of This School Year!

As you can see below, our bell peppers are growing tremendously, our tomatoes are beginning to ripen on both types of tomato plants and we now have two aubergines coming in, and finally, our Basil and Rosemary plants that we planted in February 2020 just before the first Lockdown are still going strong!

Our urban cultivator has produced healthy green pea shoots, radish leaves and basil which some of the KS3 students have been using in their dishes. As we have come to the end of term, we have sent some basil plants home with some of the students so they can nurture them and reap their reward. Here’s Sala, Lexi & Ellie with their basil plants!

Unfortunately some of the plants will reach their peak during the Summer holidays, members of staff will be taking them home to look after during the summer holidays.

We cant wait to start our autumn crop! 

HAVE AN AMAZING AND RELAXING SUMMER HOLIDAY ALL! We will be back in September with more Growing tips, tricks and department updates!

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St Marylebone has won a very exciting bid to lead the Arts Council’s Creativity Collaborative for London!  

St Marylebone has won a very exciting bid to lead the Arts Council’s Creativity Collaborative for London!  

The Creativity Collaboratives programme emerged from the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education, a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role creativity should play in the education of young people. £2,780,000 has been committed nationally to this three-year pilot by the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants programme and Freelands Foundation. 

In June this year, schools were invited to submit a bid to lead one of eight possible Creativity Collaboratives, spread out across the country, ensuring geographical and socio-economic reach. The St Marylebone CE School in Westminster is one of the eight successful schools nationally, following a rigorous application process in which we demonstrated our excellent record in creativity across the curriculum, development of teachers, successful outreach and collaboration, and overall vision for the promotion of creativity in education.

St Marylebone’s outstanding Performing and Visual Arts offer certainly makes a huge contribution to this – and this win was also based on how creativity plays a vital role in learning in all subjects and beyond the curriculum at the School.  Creativity is as important in the Science lab as in the Dance studio, as vital in Geography as in Music.  This aligns with the vision of the Arts Council and Durham Commission.  

Winning this bid means St Marylebone will lead a network of schools across London to develop teaching for creativity, focussing on school culture, values and shared language.   The London Creativity Collaborative network will include schools across all phases, including special education and 6th Form, and will tackle social and economic disadvantage, where creativity is needed most.  The bid has secured approximately £320,000 of the available funding to enable this. Following St Marylebone’s success as a Teaching School and region-wide leadership as a Maths Hub, to now become a Creativity Collaborative is an exciting and fitting next step in St Marylebone’s creative and collaborative growth.  

“This is a brilliant opportunity to put creativity at the heart of school culture, by developing the skills, experiences, confidence and courage of teachers and school leaders,” says St Marylebone Headteacher Kat Pugh. “Young people can do amazing things if their creativity is nurtured.  Never before have they and their schools been in greater need of this opportunity and we are delighted to have been chosen to make it happen.”

Nicky Morgan, Director, Arts Council England says “I’m delighted to see the launch of the Creativity Collaboratives national network where we will work closely with teachers, their school networks and with the wider education sector to test approaches to teaching for creativity which all schools can adopt.

“This innovative work reflects Arts Council’s commitment to reach children and young people across the country and in all phases of education to nurture their individual curiosity and creative potential which we know has a crucial impact on improving their life chances.

“We want to highlight the professionalism and determination of teachers who work so hard to support and care for their students and look forward to sharing their work and the impact of the Creativity Collaboratives programme over the next three years.”

The St Marylebone CE School

Arts Council Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

Creativity Exchange

Wallace Collection Workshop

We really enjoyed the Workshop by artist Mark and education department’s Bronwyn from the Wallace Collection. This event was part of the creative festival and offered to students in Y8 and Y7. The students very much enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the Wallace collection.

Royal Academy Young Artists Show 2021

Well done to Stephanie, Farah and Glenys for your successes in the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show, with Farah and Stephanie in the Gallery itself, and Glenys in the online show. It was a real achievement, there were 33000 entries… We are very proud.

Insect Hotels + Window-Box Growing Updates

Welcome back to school, I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

‘Growing Green’ is not only about growing your own plants, although this is a large part of it, but it is also about transforming every part of your life to make it as sustainable as possible, this includes keeping our wildlife thriving. Today’s discussion is ‘Garden Companions’, with a focus on Bee & Insect Hotels.

Photos: 1) By Sian Dorman of a bee hotel in a local park 2) By Ms Spieler of her very own Bee hotel

I have been spotting a number of different bee hotels in my local area recently so I thought I’d share some of my findings in the photos above. These photographs show you different designs you can purchase from any garden centre/garden & hardware store or online.

Bee numbers are falling fast, so by giving them a home you’ll be encouraging nature into your garden and helping the bee population.

As part of the D&T KS3 Curriculum our year 9 students make their own bird and insect houses with Ms Barden within their Resistant Materials rotation.

As part of the D&T KS3 Curriculum our year 9 students make their own bird and insect houses with Ms Barden within their Resistant Materials rotation. The x2 insect houses above are very impressive products made by Year 9 students in Ms Barden’s class last year. These have been made from MDF, Plywood and bamboo, but you yourself can make one from waste items at home using minimal tools and equipment and to any scale your garden can hold!

Next week I hope to share with you a quick and simple way that you can make your own from waste, offcuts and bits found around the home!

Window-Box Growing Updates

Our upcycled scrap wood window boxes that Technician Mr Tao built us have really began to thrive! Here’s a photograph of Ms Spieler tending to the vine tomatoes.

If you’ve been following our weekly Growing Green blog updates then you’ll remember when these babies were first planted in early March by our lovely Year 10 Food & Nutrition students… I posted some photographs of them two weeks into growth not too far back. Look how far they have come!

You can see if you look closely that we have a couple of mini bell-peppers and tomatoes coming through! We have some flowers on our Aubergines and Cucumber but unfortunately they are not providing us with fruit yet. Our basil from before Lockdown-1 is growing tall despite us being away for two separate Lockdowns, working from home.

Check back in next Monday for more! Have a great week.

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