Mar 242014

the big pictureI am dyslexic and used to struggle with reading. I was always getting behind on my work. To this day my spelling is terrible.

On the 18th March 2014, my friend and I and went to see a film at Tonbridge school, organised by KWDA (Kent West Dyslexia Association.)

If you are dyslexic, it is a positive thing to have, as well as a challenge. Many very successful people are dyslexic, including, the founder and owner of the Virgin empire, RICHARD BRANSON.

Richard Branson struggled at school, so he left at 16. When he went to his headmaster, he was told that he would either go to prison or become a millionaire.  He became a millionaire. This shows that dyslexia is a learning ability in the big picture, not a disability. The only thing that dyslexia can stop is spelling and reading, but it enables you to think big.

Dyslexic people can achieve great things for instance becoming a lawyer or a doctor, as we saw on the film. They can also be good at working out problems which opens doors to many other jobs.

I am looking forward to going to my senior school next year which, I hope, will take me a step forward into the future. I got a DT scholarship there. To get it I had to get around many problems to do with the table I was making. I also knew exactly what it was going to look like from the start. This was down to dyslexia.

Whatever I choose to do in the world I am sure the advantages of dyslexia, including being able to see the big picture, will help me a lot.

My advice to all dyslexics is to work on the difficulties and relish the advantages.

Chris (Year 8)

Mar 242014

Penshurst Place On Tuesday 18th March, Year 5 went on a school trip to Penshurst Place for the day.  It was very fun and exciting.  We first visited a Tudor maid who told us all about Tudor fashion and then Bella had to dress up in a Tudor dress, which she found most amusing!

After that we went to see a Spanish prisoner which was interesting. He gave us lots of information about Spain and how he got captured and how his ship came to an end.  Once he had finally realised that he should not be giving us that information, he told us to leave and we went to see the Pikemen who showed us all their weapons and let us hold some.

Next we went to the Tudor kitchen where we learnt all about Tudor food and what the sailors would have eaten or taken with them.  After that we saw a musician who played us some Tudor music, which I recognised. He was very talented and could play lots of different instruments.

Once he had finished, we went to see the barber-surgeon who taught us how the Tudors would cure injuries. Our final visit was to a man who taught us all the punishments and crimes you could commit..

Grace (Year 5)

Mar 232014

On Friday 7th March Year 5 had a school trip to The Golden Hinde.  We were told about how the ship would have worked and how Sir Francis Drake and his crew lived.

My favourite part of the trip was when we found out about the punishments and about Sir Francis Drake.

The punishments were mean and disgusting. For example, if you committed mutiny on board you would be murdered. Thomas Doughty committed mutiny but, as he was an important member of the crew, he was allowed to choose his death.

If you swore on ship or said bad things about religion, you had your tongue chopped off and if you stole something you would have your hand chopped off.

Florence (Year 5)

the golden hinde

Mar 172014

Today is St Patrick’s Day. It is celebrated in Chicago by making the Chicago river green !

It has attracted lots of people from all places and looks amazing doesn’t it ? I wonder how they do it…?


Issy (Year 5)

 Posted by at 1:28 pm
Mar 172014

grammer schoolsgrammer schols





On 3rd March (2 Mondays ago) all the children who passed the 11+ got allocated their grammar school!

Most children worked so, so, SO hard and have waited for the moment for one whole year! It is an exciting experience because you can meet lots of new friends ,have new lunches, do new clubs and much more. But on the other side many children may be nervous as they have been at a school such a long time and got used to the environment, they might not want to leave. They also might be a bit scared because they do not know what the school is like or what the children will be like. Some children will take the train or bus but the lucky ones will get dropped off by their parents. A lot of kids will have to travel a far distance and wake up early when before they had to do the exact opposite. For me it is closer and a shorter distance!

Rhea (Year 6)

Mar 102014

image-27ugvqv-300x210Blogging first materialised as a kind of on-line diary. People blogged about their lives, their interests, their work. One famous blog was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. ‘Julie and Julia’ tells the story of Julie Powell who took it upon herself to cook and blog about all 524 recipes from legendary chef Julia Child’s book, ‘Mastering the art of French Cooking’. She wrote the blog in the early 2000s and in 2009 it was made into a film.

Today blogging is booming. Just about every company, school and celebrity has their own blog. But what has made it such a phenomenon is the amount of ordinary people who are blogging, particularly stay-at-home parents. Britmums and Mumsnet are two of the biggest blogging platforms in the UK, hosting annual conferences, awards and drawing in celebrities like Caitlin Moran, Katie Piper, Jo Brand, Kirstie Allsopp and many more.

Brands have picked up on this and bloggers are now targeted by PR agencies with paid offers for reviews and links to their clients’ products.

Blogging is big and continues to grow in popularity. It has created its own genre and is now becoming a recognised and accepted form of writing. And so it should.

Hannah Skottowe (teacher)

 Posted by at 1:22 pm
Mar 102014

hedgehogIt is feared that many hedgehogs have drowned during the recent floods . Many hedgehogs are thought to have come out of hibernation early because although it has been raining a lot the temperature has been surprisingly warm. If they come out of hibernation too early there isn’t enough food for them and they may starve. Even before the bad weather over the last 10 years hedgehog numbers have fallen by a worrying 33%. Luckily though, lots of organisations are trying to help the poor hedgehogs.

Isabelle (Year 5)

 Posted by at 1:15 pm
Mar 032014

Working for year eight common entranceCan you cope with school life as a year eight? In some people’s cases they can and it is simple but other people are different and they can’t. It also depends whether the year eight is in a secondary school or whether they are in the end year of prep.

If you are in a secondary school the pressure is less as you are only in your second year at the school and you are just getting used to it with no major exams and a gentle start. If you are in your last year at a prep school there is a lot more pressure as you have to cope with it being the last year with those certain teachers, you have to cope with the fact that most of your friends will be going to different schools and you probably won’t see them as much as you normally do and you have to deal with the fact that you are leaving a school which, in my case, I would have been at for ten years overall starting with Kindergarten at the age of three. There is one major thing for prep school year eights that I still haven’t mentioned and that is the Common Entrance exam to get into your next school.

The Common Entrance is taken by pupils of a year eight class who want to go to a private senior school. Common Entrance is a group of exams which decides whether you get into your school of choice. The Common Entrance consists of eight exams (or seven if you don’t do Latin) the subjects are English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RS, French and Latin. There is also another down side and that is that in some of these subjects you have to prepare extra parts to your exam. In French you have to do four presentations with includes doing a speaking and writing exam that you have to learn them off by heart before the exam happens. Then you have Geography, in this subject you have to do a whole piece of course work. These two subjects for some people are the hardest and most demanding to deal with. The only good news about these subjects is that you get most of this work done in year seven and you finish it (normally) in the first half term back.

Good luck to everyone reading this and all people in Year 8.

Sam (Year 8)