Thursday 20th September saw the arrival of Richard Lander School’s Annual Open Evening. Year 6 students and their parents were invited to visit the school to partake in a wide range of taster activities provided by each subject and to listen to a talk by the Headteacher which featured the many opportunities and successes enjoyed by current students.
Over 400 students helped the dedicated staff team on the night; Year 7 students gave tours of the school whilst the older students helped to demonstrate different aspects of each curriculum subject, and newly appointed Head Boy, Tom Whitworth, gave his first speech to a packed hall of year 6 students and their parents. Everyone on the staffing body agreed that the students “did the school proud” and that it would have been impossible to put on the evening without their tireless enthusiasm and support.
Among other activities, visitors had the opportunity to try out Stop Frame Animation, Lego Mindstorms, the new Raspberry Pi, and Scratch game design in the IT classrooms and to solve puzzles, make origami strawberries, break codes and crack the Crystal Maze in Mathematics.
As well as exhibiting exemplary student work the English department provided a quiz, a Times Spelling Bee activity and the opportunity to be interviewed and filmed in the way a celebrity would be.
Anyone with concerns about needing extra learning support could talk to Mrs Hooper and Mrs Clarke about the way Richard Lander School can help to enhance literacy skills and confidence.
In Creative Arts, Year 10 students allowed the public to drop in on their “The Taming of the Shrew” rehearsal which they are preparing for a performance in the Hall for Cornwall in October. Visitors could also listen to rehearsals by the schools renowned choirs, Jazz Band and developing student rock bands throughout the evening. Dance specialist Maz Dawson ran a dance workshop; while in Art, guests batiked a giant wall hanging, or added a clay leaf to the Collaborative Exhibition piece.
To the delight of the public, many departments laid on edible “taster” opportunities. Humanities supplied Medieval, Victorian and 1960s treats entitled “Puddings from Time,” whilst Modern Foreign Languages launched the Richard Lander French Patisserie, serving croissants and crepes. Not to be outdone, DT Food students provided live cooking demonstrations which supplied fresh bread rolls with an array of exciting added ingredients and scones to the visitors.
Anyone needing to burn off the extra calories they had consumed could head down to PE to try out the Health Related Fitness Room, trampolining or many other sports.
The schools extra-curricular activities were keen to demonstrate their skills as well. Craft Club made members of the public beautiful button pin badges while they waited, whilst the Greenpower team spent the night building the third car in their fleet from a kit.
Greenpower students were expected to use skills acquired from the building of RLR1 and RLR2 to do this as much as possible on their own. This whole process is being captured with time lapse photography and will be posted on the school website as soon as the car is completed.
However, the busiest department of all was Science! Unsurprisingly the opportunity to hold Henry the python, dissect a heart, witness the launch of an alcohol rocket, engage in CSI Lander, play a Bunsen Burner pipe organ and detonate a methane explosion proved irresistible to the year sixers!
Everyone agreed the evening was a resounding success!
“Once again, our students were the real stars of Open Evening, running activities and giving tours. Special mention deserves to go to year 7 student – Ruby Leeson - and Head Boy, Tom Whitworth who both represented the school magnificently speaking to a capacity crowd of parents and students about their experience of Richard Lander.”
(Mrs J Griffiths – Assistant Headteacher)