Posts tagged ‘Poppleton High’

July 2, 2012

On Balance

by 3arn0wl

The scholars at the Little Sniffy CofE Primary School are studying averages.   They’ve worked out that June is the median month,  that today is the median day of the year,  and most excitingly of all,  that the most important moment in this portentous day is in a few minutes:  lunch time!

Meanwhile @ Poppleton High Murray Merryweather seized the moment to pivot to balancing loads.  Taking his classes outside,  he got the Year 8s on seesaws,  measuring where they had to sit on the pivot to balance.  Some saw it as an end of year doss lesson, but Oli and Justin enjoyed it.

Today’s a turning point for lorry driver Ray Burns too.  No more seemingly impossible reversing maneuvers with the tanker,  he’s been head-hunted to join a think tank.

And the twins?  Well Janus-like: Rose continues to look back at her ancestry,  whilst Evan looks forward to the new season with the Chorley Wanderers:  he’s joined their youth squad.

June 14, 2012

Hugh goes there?

by 3arn0wl

The History Department @ Poppleton High had decided to stage a re-enactment of one of the crucial moments in the English Civil War The Battle of Poppleton – the siege and subsequent taking of the Keep.

It wasn’t how the Sealed Knot would’ve done it though:

  • not because they’d ‘updated’ it to a Laser Quest;
  • nor that the re-enactment by the students of Poppleton High bore little resemblance to what had actually taken place there;
  • it was more that Ivy Newbrush had insisted that the students wear high visibility vests over their camouflage uniforms – ‘for elfin safety reasons’.

Good job there were no breeches, or there might’ve been a real revolution!

May 10, 2012

It’s all in the mix

by 3arn0wl

They’d been working on a flashmob performance for weeks. Poppleton High’s Vocal Ensemble plus some beatboxerz and instrumental vocalisers had arranged a medley of market stall related ditties.

They’d assimilated themselves for the morning with the market traders,  and were all set to go at lunchtime.

Unfortunately however, the radio mics they’d equipped themselves with from the Drama Department, just happened to use the same frequency as the one Fr. James Dean of St. Nick’s was using to broadcast the midday prayers in the Minster.

And so it came to pass that the response to “Lord, in your mercy” was “Yes! we have no bananas.”

April 29, 2012

In tent on gold

by 3arn0wl

The kids from Poppleton High were on a very wet DofE weekend in Lower Snodding:-

  • Hugh got the Bronze for the five-mile walk wade;
April 27, 2012


by 3arn0wl

Opposite the castle bailey, where the audience had thrown throws and uncorked bottles of Snodding’s Plonk, lay moored: a raft. A stage upon which a boudoir Grand was precariously perched.

The Barbershop Quartet scatted some Liszt;

A young pianist from Poppleton High played some Beethoven; and

Hezekiah Pratt conducted a beautiful arrangement of Christina Rossetti’s poem, Remember Me.

But as the firemen began the Handel Overture, the platform began to sink. And what started out as Firework Music, ………………

March 28, 2012

Sowing seeds…

by 3arn0wl

The staff and pupils of Poppleton High seem very keen to grow sunflowers all of a sudden.

Poppleton Council have given them permission to take over a roundabout,  and Moh Ahmeddoh and Juan Mann have been helping them plant a van Gogh scene right at the heart of Poppleton.

“We’re keen to look at the Fibonacci sequence in nature, and see how it’s used in other areas too,” Murray Merryweather said.

Year 11 Student Maria was unavailable for comment – she was busy listening to her MP3 player and wielding her trowel.

March 22, 2012

Still not a couplet

by 3arn0wl

The kids at school had spent much of their time
Composing 5 paired couplet lines in rhyme.
For March the 21st the UN say
Should be designated poetry day

And once the students got the hang of it
Their rhyming couplets did become less shbad:
They got their weak/strong syllables to fit
And even messed around with rhyme a tad.

Some wanted just to write a simple ode.
Some enjoyed the limerick, so I’m told.
The sonnet was approached by three or four
Though sadly Oli’s Haiku, no one saw.

So what did students get out of the day?
Well of course, their poems to take away.
And maybe they thought more about a word
They’d used, or one that they had heard.