Last week the children in Class 7/8 presented their independent projects to the school community.

The assignment was open - pick a subject, any subject, and create a project around it. The only fixed element was the deadline, and as a result we were treated to a reflection of the self-direction and self-motivation that our children grow into at the age of 13/14. The diversity of the Class 7/8 projects is always tremendous, in both content and approach, and this year was no exception...

We heard a history of cake-making, watched a cookery demonstration, sampled the results and bid for a beautifully decorated two-tiered chocolate cake. 

We heard about the life of Audrey Hepburn, her influence and legacy, and watched a short film extract of My Fair Lady performed by current and past pupils. 

We heard about falconry and the care of these magnificent birds, and heard about the experience of giving a demonstration with birds of prey in Gloucestershire. 

Dubai was the subject of the next project, and we were carried away by the enthusiasm of the speaker, his knowledge of and passion for the place. 

The next speaker took us to Space, and entertained us with the sheer 'bigness' of it all and sang that most memorable of Monty Python songs: Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving, and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour...

And finally we heard a talk on the history and techniques of poetry, and were treated to a recital. As part of his project the speaker had published a book of his own poetry and artwork and there were copies available to buy. 

Well done to all!