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Open day at Orwell High, Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 17:35 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THE whole of school life was on show when Orwell High at Felixstowe threw open its doors to visitors and parents of children who will be joining it next year.

THE whole of school life was on show when Orwell High at Felixstowe threw open its doors to visitors and parents of children who will be joining it next year.

There was plenty to see as pupils and teachers took part in a wide variety of demonstrations to illustrate what the school can offer to its students today – both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.

Year 6 pupils at junior and primary schools around the area will be moving up to high school next September and parents are making the choice for their children, who nowadays have the option to apply to schools other than where they would automatically go next.

Orwell in Maidstone Road has to compete with Deben High in Felixstowe and private schools outside the town for students and was keen to show off its courses.

Activities taking place during the evening included a debate by Year 11 pupils, judo lessons by Mike Pearson, and a visit to the newsroom of the Orwell Times where students worked under the experienced eye of English teacher and Head of Year 11 Jo Dyer.

The New Rock Café was set up in the Music Hall, and students performed short pieces of music, dance and drama as entertainment for the customers, who could also visit a European Cafe set up in the modern languages department.

In the library, students were working on the Orwell High website, which is in the process of being upgraded, and the careers officer, Joy Colicott was on hand to offer advice.

Every department in the school was open to show off the skills being taught and examples of the work being done.

Deputy headteacher David Taylor, who had overseen the arrangements for the evening, said: "I am very pleased that the staff and students, who had worked so hard to prepare the evening, were rewarded by the obvious enjoyment and interest of so many parents and friends of the school."

Headteacher Dave Forrest added: "The evening involved excellent collaborative work between students and staff and was a great success. Visitors were, rightly, impressed by the skill, involvement and enthusiasm of all those in the school and many of the students due to join us next September left wanting to start the next day!"

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