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Today pupils and teachers in our Prep School were treated to a lively production of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress from Oddments Theatre Company.
Oddments specialise in lively retellings of Christian stories for children; combining high-energy drama with colourful sets and extensive props. The story of The Pilgrim’s Progress compares life to a journey. Together, the audience discovered how their lives are impacted – for better and worse – by the people they choose to listen to.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance which followed a morning of theatre workshops aimed to help build self-confidence and encourage the audience to think about what influence their actions have on other people.
New Geography teacher at The Park School, Dr Haydon Mort, is celebrating the publication of a scientific paper, which has taken five years’ worth of research and writing to complete. The study, looking at depth into the previously unknown mechanism for the formation of the Earth's crust in northern South America, was published in the Geological Society of London Special Publication in the summer. Dr Mort was part of a team of geologists contributing to this study.
Palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatic evolution of the intracratonic Parnaíba Basin, NE Brazil using GPlates plate tectonic reconstructions and chemostratigraphic tools.
The research was carried out in collaboration with multiple universities in Brazil, the USA, France and the UK, over a period of 5 years. The findings reveal a previously unknown mechanism for the formation of the Earth's crust in northern South America. This region is of great interest to the oil and gas industry and the Brazilian government, who is striving for energy independence. Implications of the research will be felt for decades to come as other scientists from around the world seek to understand and test the study's major findings.
Dr Mort also has a YouTube channel Geologize for which he makes and posts informative geology videos. The latest video on fossils follows the rich source of material to be found in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
With echoes of last term's Sports Day, the sun shone brightly upon The Park School's Inter-house Cross-Country, which was a fitting end to the first half term. The whole school put on a powerful display and both the Prep and Senior students performed well on our new course through the parkland grounds and woods. The Prep pupils put in excellent times for the single lap of the course and the seniors stretched themselves with a double lap. Well done to everyone for their effort and especially for cheering each other on so enthusiastically.
First for the Prep School was Alice, Y5 for Muller House
First for the Senior School was Abbey, Y11 for Slessor House.
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