Online Activities Update: Weeks 3 and 4
Rachael Woollett, Deputy Head

It has been another busy couple of weeks filled with remote learning in lessons and a host of online activity sessions.

In addition to our usual online programme, we hosted an array of fun VE Day-inspired  activities last week in celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May. From dancing the jitterbug and baking a tomato soup cake, to enjoying an astounding cover of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' and a taking part in fitness bootcamp, there was something for everyone. The videos are still live on our Facebook page, so do check back and join in whenever you'd like. Members of the Bede's community have also sent in some wonderful stories and images of VE Day 1945 -- you can read them here.

In our online activities, pupils have been getting involved in a range of creative pursuits. In response to pupil demand for even more artistic activities, we launched 'Art Rocks' last week, and have already seen some lovely designs. 'Bede's Snaptastic' saw our photographers produce some beautiful artwork linked to the theme of Heritage (in honour of VE Day), and bright, bold tributes to frontline keyworkers were created in 'Mindful Colouring'. And in 'I'm a Celebrity, Sketch Me Out of Here!', pupils took on the challenge of drawing Will.I.Am in only one hour. Eric says, "This was really fun and I'm definitely doing this again!"

Mr Oliver's improv' activity resulted in 'Murder Most Hurried' - an online, totally improvised murder mystery -- featuring costumes, bad accents, skullduggery, a seance, and Freddie beat-boxing on a funeral-song about angling! A huge thanks to Mr Choithramani, Freddie, Max, Alyssia, Imogen, Charlotte and Abbey for taking part with such enthusiasm. The fun and games also continued in our 'Board Game' activity, in which an epic game of ‘Carcassonne’ resulted in another win for Sam -- stealing the pink team’s city with the penultimate tile really paid off!

Our budding chefs are getting better and better every week, with some fantastic talent being shown across the board in our cookery activities. The 'Great Bede's Bake Off' once again saw some stunning entries, with the tarts being worthy of a place in a French patisserie! Congratulations to all, and especially Jack for winning this week's Star Baker prize for his crispy flan base with intricate and creative design! Jess came in second place with her lemon, vanilla and chocolate tarts, which demonstrated excellent rolling and piping skills. And, even better, there were no soggy bottoms at all this week!

In Mr Cook's cookery class, pupils enjoyed making a delicious beef rendang, with one parent commenting: "It was very good. I was born in India and weaned on curries and spent half the last 35 years in the Netherlands with regular Indonesian meals." Praise indeed! And in Food for Foodies with Mrs Franks, pupils learned how to make a VE Day-inspired meal of corned beef hash and condensed milk cake.

In our Duke of Edinburgh Award activity, pupils were tasked with an epic 'Where's Wainwright?' challenge. They were asked to track down Ms Wainwright using only the knowledge that she was last seen in the Brighton and Hove area and some photos from her mobile phone to work out her location's grid reference coordinates.

As ever, we enjoyed a host of fitness activities -- from sport-specific strength and conditioning to live HIIT workouts. In a special VE Day-focused running activity, pupils and teachers ran 10k in the beautiful local surroundings, in memory of all the soldiers who fought and died in WWII so that we could be free today. We also welcomed Barry Scollo, Director of Team Bath Tennis and GB Universities Captain, for a talk and Q&A session with our tennis players to discuss opportunities available in UK universities. 

Our Bede's Legat Dance Academy pupils have been enjoying a wide range of strength and technique classes online, including this jazz workshop with music theatre extraordinaire and Legat teacher, Sherrie Pennington.

Well done everyone! Wishing you all a restful weekend before the last week of half term starts on Monday.

Learn more about our Summer 2020 Online Activities Programme