Disneyland Paris (12 images)
Europa Centre Trip 2013 (4 images)
Ski Trip 2013 (20 images)
Annie by Portland Place School (13 images)
Normandy Trip 2012 (53 images)
Salamanca Trip Year10 (10 images)
Psychology Trip Our Sixth Form Psychology students attended the Science and Pseudoscience conference this week, where they had the opportunity to hear from various accomplished speakers. Phil Banyard dismissed many of the Government supported 'myths' that we believe in these days; such as eating our 'Five-a-day', drinking eight glasses of water in a day and Brain Gym, saying that none of them are supported by any scientific research,. The writers of the AQA Psychology book that we use, Cara Flanagan and Mike Cardwell, spoke about Lab experiments and whether Psychology can save the world. The highly accomplished and entertaining Richard Wiseman is a professional Magician and Psychologist who showed the students the psychology of magic tricks, illusions and luck. Lastly, the most enjoyable aspect of the conference was the Hypnosis session which left the students bewildered and in fits of laughter, all at the same time. The session was led by the world renowned hypnotist, Andrew Newton, who has made over 5,500 public and television appearances. A lucky few were hypnotised on stage as the rest of the audience watched them in amazement. In their state of hypnosis, the volunteers happily believed that they were on a beach relaxing, started to lick an imaginary ice cream and then flinched when the hypnotist told them that a boy was kicking dirt on them! All in all, it was a highly entertaining ending to an enlightening day out.
Flamenco Workshop in Portland Place (35 images)
Last Friday we had a Flamenco workshop in Portland Place. Students from Lower School took part in it. They learnt not only the steps but also the history behind this popular Spanish dance. They all had a wonderful time!
Tapas Meal for Yr 5 & 6 (5 images)
Year 12 Trip to Cookery School (17 images)
Battlefields Trip 2012 (4 images)
Year 11 Battlefields Trip Year 11 took part in a week long cross-curricular tour of Belgium and France. The focus was on the impact of the First World War, but looked at through the lens of History, English Poetry, Geography, Classics, Art and Science. Staff gave talks throughout the week and students took part in memorial ceremonies at Polygon Wood, Menin Gate and Tyne Cot. Luckily the weather was beautiful and the students bonded well as a group making it an interesting and thought-provoking week.
Languages Day (5 images)
Edinburgh 2012 (41 images)
Duke of Edinburgh Trip 2012 (15 images)
Lower 6th Science Trip to The Natural History Museum
Year 10 Historical Workshop (13 images)
Year 9 Imperial War Museum (20 images)
Year 6 Trip to the Tower of London (17 images)
Pastoral Team at Portland Place (4 images)
The Producers 2012 (25 images)
Sixth Form Trip to United States Dec 2011 (9 images)
Geography- Volcanoes 2012 (4 images)
Graphics (6 images)
Sports- Open day (71 images)
Design and Technology- A level 3D Design (16 images)
The New York and Washington Sixth Form Trip (87 images)
Christmas Concert 2011 (32 images)
Rex Walford Award- Imogen Riley (9 images)
Year 7 to Epping Forest 2011 (21 images)
Year 10 Walton On the Naze 2010 (24 images)
Year 7 Volcanoes 2011 (36 images)
Italian and Classics Tour to Naples 2011 (41 images)
Trip to the Olympic Park 2011 (15 images)
Year 12 and 13 Psychology Trip (12 images)
Year 12 and Year 13 Psychology students were taken to the London Zoo on 25/11/11 to conduct an observational research study on the behaviour of Meerkats and to attend two Educational sessions delivered by a Clinical Hypnotherapist on Phobia triggers and responses. During the Educational sessions on Phobias, they were able to practically learn about treatments given to patients with Phobias and experienced a hypnosis session themselves. A brave few also volunteered to hold Maggie, the tarantula, to overcome their fear of spiders!
Banking and Budgeting Workshop for Year 11 (2 images)
Banking and Budgeting Workshop for Year 11 Ed Flack from WizeUp came in to deliver workshops to Year 11 about the importance of savvy banking and sensible budgeting, two crucial life skills for the future. Further workshops will follow in the New Year to cover CV writing and Interview Skills. The PPS login for students to explore the website is PPS251111, password year1011 www.wizeup.me
Year 11 Trip to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Year 11 visited two historic London landmarks as part of their GCSE course. Two students give their views of the trip. Westminster Abbey, one of Britain's greatest and well-known Protestant churches. Even though it appears small on the inside, it is a place of truly majestic architecture that took hundreds of years to complete. Our tour guide showed us the history of Westminster Abbey through the famous people who are buried there. That includes Elizabeth I, Sir Winston Churchill, Handel and William Shakespeare. It was an interesting experience that taught me that this is one of Britain's greatest treasures. John Sperling I enjoyed the trip to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament because I have never been to either before. I preferred the Houses of Parliament because we got to see how new laws were passed, met the MP of Westminster and got to go through a secret passage. The architecture in both buildings was phenomenal. In Westminster Abbey we got to go to the tomb of Edward the 1st which is normally closed off to the general public. This was an unexpected surprise. Phoebe Rowe
Upper School Production of Richard III (36 images)
After storming the Shakespeare School’s festival at the Unicorn Theatre, the Music and Drama Departments presented their second annual Portland Place Evening of Music and Drama at the wonderful Drill Hall Theatre. After a spellbinding first half of music, showcasing some of the best talent at PPS, from a ukulele solo to the wonderful soul band, we were spellbound by the Upper School Production of Richard III. With standout performances from Ali Wilson-Goldsmith, Heidi Blackaby and many others, this moving, funny, and bloody production earned itself a standing ovation, and some fantastic reviews! This really was an unforgettable evening. The next stop for the cast will the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, from the 3rd till the 12th August. More details to follow!!
Europa Centre Trip (17 images)
On Friday 11th November (11.11.11), most year 8s studying French enjoyed a visit to The Europa Centre, in Upminster where they managed to practise the French they learnt this term on food and shopping. The Europa Center is a recreated French market town where the students visited selected shops (a bakery, a grocer, a chemist, a clothes shop, a fruit and vegetables stool…) in order to interact with the assistants in French; purchasing goods, making reservations etc… They thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the point that they did not want to leave! A massive well done to Joy Crookes who impressed everybody with her drama and French skills, entering the chemist asking for tablets as she had a broken heart. Other students who did particularly well are: Carola Marsella, Natalie Spencer, Ilyas Massaoui, Ricardo Fernandes, Ella Pepovic, Isabella Weintraub, Adam Reeves Well done to all year 8 who made a big effort to speak French! Your French teachers are proud of you!
Prize Giving (4 images)
The year 5, 6 and 7 students have had a fantastic first half term at Portland Place. Mr Cook was delighted to be able to hand out lots of certificates celebrating their achievements in assembly. Prizes included achieving the most merits, and recognition for great work in geography, history, maths, english and drama. Well done everyone!
Emma Walker, semi-finalist in the BBC’s Junior Apprentice 2010, came to talk to Year 10 PSHE students at Portland Place on Friday 23 September. She now runs two businesses and is in full-time education, so she had a great deal to share with the students about her experiences on and off the small screen. She encouraged the Year 10s to think carefully about their Work Experience placements which the students have to source themselves.
Year 9 Flour Babies Egg Baby Project (18 images)
Year 9 Flour Babies Egg Baby Project On October 14th 2011, Miss Wilson’s English class took up the challenge to take care of a hard-boiled egg all day as if it were their own child. They had to keep it safe and take it with them to all their lessons. If they could not take them to a particular lesson, a suitable baby-sitter had to be found! This project is based on the play Flour Babies that we have been studying, in which a science class of boys have to take care of bags of flour for two weeks in order to learn the responsibilities of bringing up a child. At the end of our day-long project, only four eggs out of ten returned in one piece! Well done to Jordan Akester, Nathan Perlman, Alex Stedman and Edward Trebilcock who proved the best Egg Parents!
Year 9 Harvest Festival 2011 (12 images)
Year 9 Harvest Festival 2011 Patricia Townsend from All Souls’ Church, Langham Place came to receive our hampers and bags of Harvest donations which will now be distributed to local needy people.
Prom Fundraiser Gift Sale (15 images)
Prom Fundraiser Gift Sale Year 11 spent a PSHE lesson working on pricing and marketing for a gift sale to raise money for their end of year Prom. The gifts were all kindly donated by NPW www.npw.co.uk and so far we have raised over £150 in just two lunchtime sales!
PSHE and Careers trip to WorldSkills 2011 at the ExCEL Centre, London Year 10 and 11 visited the WorldSkills 2011 event where they got to see and try hundreds of different career ideas, with brilliant hand-on demonstrations including a DJ booth, an ice rink, digital animation and even leg waxing!
International Children Book Day (39 images)
Book Character Costumes Winners of the fancy dress competition Overall Winner - Anton Solodchenko - Poirot Junior School Winners - Cecilia LaFarle - The fantastic Mr Fox, Lucas - Augustas Gloop Male Winner - Bastian Yr 7 - Caveman Female Winner - Emily Willis Yr 7 - Dorothy Group Winners - Hogwarts kids - Yasir Yr5, Aimee Yr 6, Victoria and Caleb Yr7, Liam Yr9
Year 9 Fairytales 2011 (22 images)
Singing In the Rain (73 images)
GCSE Art Work (86 images)
A Level Art Work (93 images)
Portland Place School Ski Trip 2011 (63 images)
The ski trip to Prato Nevoso, Italy was a big success where beginners learned to ski and experienced skiers enhanced their skills. With activities such as bum boarding and the disco we had as much fun off the slopes as we did on!
Year 7 Trip to Isle of Wight July 2011 (54 images)
After a hard year of work, the year 7's got to spend 3 nights on the Isle of Wight. They were introduced to many outdoor activities such as Kayaking and Climbing. The children undertook activities that challenged their courage, fears and determination.
U14 Westminster Champions (26 images)
Year U14 netball team were crowned Westminster Champions 2010/2011. As a result of this they were invited to the Central London Games to represent Westminster. They were named the Westminster Wildfire. This was the first time Portland Place had been invited to these games and we definitely l proved our place. We won all our games taking us into the finals where we met Wandsworth Wizards. Portland Place fought until the end but lost out by two goals.
Year 5 Trip to Cyber Candy (38 images)
On Tuesday Year 5 went on a 'market research' trip to Cyber Candy and M&M World in Covent garden. Children were researching the amazing variety confectionery available from all over the world, looking at their names, slogans, packaging, ingredients, displays and of course taste! Plans are in place to work together with the world famous sweet shop to create their own products. Watch this space! Miss Coles
Year 5-7 Trip to Woburn Sept 2011 (29 images)
Portland Place students at Woburn on a day trip