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Science Week 2018

The students at Athena school have thoroughly enjoyed Science week this year. Monday began with the library taped off as a crime-scene; a mess had been made and clues had been left behind. It was down to the students to discover who had committed the crime – the theft of Mr Smallcombe’s precious Star Wars toys.

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Hill Holt Taster Day

Year 10 had a taster day at Hill Holt Wood on Wednesday 18th April 2018 and enjoyed different team building activities as well as getting a good understanding of what is on offer to them at Hill Holt Wood as a post 16 provision.

The staff at Hill Holt Wood were really impressed with the pupils and the group set a new time record for the Hanoi Tyre challenge, beating the lead time previously set by the Mercedes Benz managers!

 “Just wanted to say how impressed I was with your guys during the visit to Hill Holt Wood. I was impressed by their attentiveness during the talk about our company and received some excellent relevant questions as I went along. Your guys were very well behaved on the whole and I thought they did brilliant with the shelter building and fire lighting.” – Gavin Warhurst, Park Ranger at Hill Holt Wood. 

World Book Day 2018

For world book day 2018, Athena School welcomed a Native American experience into school. A traditional Native American family, Alan and his wife and daughter, joined us and demonstrated to the children lots of traditional Native American clothing, stories and dancing. Native America has been an interesting topic for the children due to the importance of storytelling in the Native American culture.


Each class had a slightly different experience; some were able to wear the traditional clothes and hear the stories behind it – A real, preserved wolf skin was worn and used as a game for Native American children to play, as well as us all being able to see how feathers were used in headdresses and clothing, and how all parts of animals are used when creating Native attire. We learned that women who wear their hair in two plaits are traditionally unmarried, and only allowed to wear their feathers either side of their head, whilst a married woman would wear her hair in a single plait and only able to wear their feather at the back.

Alan was full of exciting and interesting stories, which allowed the children to understand and appreciate the cultural differences that are involved in being a Native American. The year ten class heard a story about how an eagle feather is traditionally caught by climbing a mountain and plucking the feather from it by hand!

The children were able to watch and join in with traditional Native American dancing and singing, using hand-made instruments which they thoroughly enjoyed. We learned that in a traditional dance each person would be encouraged to add their own dance move to make it personal to them.

After a week of learning about the Native Americans through story-telling and writing, as well as a number of crafts, involving making mini tipis and our own feather and bead headdresses, the children were thoroughly enjoying the topic and truly engaged with Alan and his family, making the day truly delightful for all students and staff involved.

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Athena Book Day 2017

Friday 3rd March saw Athena celebrate its 3rd Annual Book day.

Pupils and staff took part in a range of activities such as a Book Quiz, Lolly making, Alien creating and Guinness World Records.  As a permanent reminder of such a wonderful day, each class group created an Author Arch to celebrate a specific author or series of books.  These wonderful and individual creations now take pride of place in our school library!