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St Peter's Academy 01 Students lead the assemly at Kingsland Primary School

25th March, 2019

Students lead the assemly at Kingsland Primary School

Kingsland Primary School Visit

Our students did a great job leading worship at Kingsland Primary school this morning ..... the bible encourages us to clothe ourselves in kindness so our message was simple ..... clothe yourself in ‘kind words, kind actions and a kind attitude’

 

Click here to see the photo album of their visit.

St Peter's Academy 02 Easter Raffle One of our year 10 form groups are raising money for the Open Door charity Stoke-on-Trent.

25th March, 2019

Easter Raffle

Form 10Peace are raising money for..   Open Door

 

Open Door is a local charity helping homeless people in our city.

It has 2 centres in our local community:

St Mark’s Church in Shelton

Christ Church in Cobridge

 

Click here to see how you can win an Easter Hamper

 

 

St Peter's Academy 03 SASCAL Youth Speaks Competition Final On Saturday March 23rd Gemma, Alicia & Abby delivered an amazing performance to come second in the regional finals

23rd March, 2019

SASCAL Youth Speaks Competition Final

 

Final photo

On Saturday March 23rd Gemma, Alicia & Abby delivered an amazing performance to come second in the regional finals. They were up against independent schools from Solihull, Bristol and Abergavenny. The standard was extremely high and they missed out by no more than two marks.
 

Well done girls!

St Peter's Academy 04 Christian Aid Sponsored Walk 2019 A group of students and staff joined the annual Christian Aid sponsored walk around Tittesworth Reservoir

23rd March, 2019

Christian Aid Sponsored Walk 2019

A group of our students and staff joined the annual Christian Aid sponsored walk around Tittesworth Reservoir on Saturday 23rd March.

Please click here to see the photos

St Peter's Academy 05 Students demonstrate our Core Value - Empathy A group of students came to see me on yesterday to ask if we could hold a minute’s silence for the people of Christchu...

22nd March, 2019

Students demonstrate our Core Value - Empathy

A group of students came to see me on yesterday to ask if we could hold a minute’s silence for the people of Christchurch. It took place today at 1200 and was observed impeccably by the students. Please see below the words that were spoken, by myself, over the Public Address system before the minute’s silence commenced.

“Here at St. Peter’s CofE Academy we are a family. Our strap-line is “Every Life Enriched” and through our core values we stand together proudly as one.

At about 1.40pm on Friday 15 March, 50 people were killed in al Noor mosque, and Linwood mosque, in New Zealand, after a gunman opened fire.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has spoken during a vigil today, She referenced The Prophet Mohammed, who said: 'The believers in mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain.'

The Imam from al Noor mosque, said: "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us. The attacks, last Friday proved that terrorism has no colour, race or religion.

Love will always overcome hate. Make today the day you tell your friends and family you love them, and remember that next Sunday is Mothering Sunday where we acknowledge the person who brought us into the world as an innocent child.

There will now be a one minute silence where as a family we will send our thoughts and prayers for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand and to the people around the world who have been affected by terrorism.

 

God Bless.

Michael Astley - Principal

Friday 22nd March 2019

St Peter's Academy 06 Scholastic Book Fair Arriving Thursday 21st March 2019, Scholastic Book Fair

21st March, 2019

Scholastic Book Fair

 

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Arriving Thursday 21st March 2019, Scholastic Book Fair

Click here to see more about the book fair

St Peter's Academy 07 Year 11 Sentinel Shield The Year 11 Boys Football Team sealed their place in the Quarter Finals of the Sentinel Shield Tuesday 19th March with a...

20th March, 2019

Year 11 Sentinel Shield

 

Y11 sentinel Shield campaign March 19th

 

 

The Year 11 Boys Football Team sealed their place in the Quarter Finals of the Sentinel Shield Tuesday 19th March with a comfortable 4.1 home win against Madeley High School.

The home side showed their strength from the onset with some slick passing around the solid Madeley defence. This persistent pressure saw shot after shot from the St Peter's front line but their defensive line stood firm with their keeper making some excellent saves. The home side continued to dominate throughout the first half with wave after wave of dangerous attacks but with no luck. Madeley had a clear plan to put their players behind the ball and managed to keep the score at 0.0.

The second half started like the first with St Peter's dominating possession which saw the Madeley keeper bombarded with shots but still no goal until 10 minutes in when Captain Sonny Bates fired a shot from 25 yards at the, up to now unflappable keeper and saw it slip through his hands and in the back of the net to make it 1 nil.

This small bit of good fortune although well deserved gave the home side confidence and it wasn't long before some great work on the wing and a great cross by sub Richard Ansah eased the ball onto the head of Bartosz Abratanski who made it 2.0.

St Peter's then found ways behind the defense that weren't there in the first half and 5 minutes on, Eren Alici went on a great run on the left wing and beat 3 defenders and slotted the ball home from 8 yards to give the home side a 3 goal cushion. Lewis Ibbs then stepped up with his fierce left foot and smashed a stunning half volley from 35 yards and into the bottom corner to make it 4 (unbelievable Jeff!)

St Peter's then took their foot off the pedal in the dying minutes which allowed Madeley a consolation.

St Peter's will now face Blythe Bridge in the Quarter Finals.

A stunning, patient performance from the whole team with some outstanding football being played with everyone playing their part but man of the match goes to Oliver Sukiennicki who was all over the park and kept us on the front foot.  Well done to all!

Team:

Kyrece Gordon, Owen Sproston, Daniel Allen, Halim Nadeem, Luca Gardipunchihewage, Sonny Bates (C), Lewis Ibbs, Jack Bradbury, Eren Alici, Oliver Sukiennicki, Cameron Causley, Bartosz Abratanski, Richard Ansah, Luke Cliff, Liam Atkinson, Kash Gill, Josh Evans

St Peter's Academy 08 West Midlands Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals On the back of success in the Youth Speaking Awards, St. Peter’s scores the highest marks at the West Midlands Enterpr...

19th March, 2019

West Midlands Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals

On the back of success in the Youth Speaking Awards, St. Peter’s scores the highest marks at the West Midlands Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals in Birmingham on Friday. Well done to the girls and also to Mrs Mustafa, Mr Proffitt and The Prince’s Trust for their help in preparing them.

Will this success appear in DfE league tables? No, of course it won’t, but the students involved will never forget that winning feeling and we recognise at St. Peter’s that improving the life chances of young people is about more than passing exams (although fulfilling your potential exams is fundamental to improving your life chances, of course).

 

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St Peter's Academy 9 GASP Lunch Club - Exloring Faith during Lent Students exploring faith during one of the GASP (God at St Peter's) lunch club

19th March, 2019

GASP Lunch Club - Exloring Faith during Lent

 

Sometimes in life we can easily become distracted by so many problems and difficulties …….but God wants to remind us that amongst the chaos if we have faith in Him he will be at the centre of all the problems and will help us through the difficult times.

       

                                                  Gasp exploring faith 1              Gasp exploring faith 2                          

 

      

St Peter's Academy 10 Medical Mavericks

19th March, 2019

Medical Mavericks

During a recent visit to Keele University with the Medical Mavericks department, our students took blood from a fake arm, recorded their own ECG, tried key hole surgery, looked inside their body with an ultrasound machine, took a picture of the inside of their eye and much more.

Every student got their own medical observation sheet to fill in during the workshop as well as a print out of their ECG.

They also checked out our Careers Wall that outlines dozens of different career paths as well as salaries and training routes!

What an amazing inspirational day. 

 

Mr. Simpson Technology Teacher

Please click here to see the photo album

St Peter's Academy 11 WISE PAY St Peter’s are excited to announce that very shortly we will be communicating to parents the details of our online pay...

15th March, 2019

WISE PAY

St Peter’s are excited to announce that very shortly we will be communicating to parents the details of our online payment system called ‘Wise Pay’.

Initially we will roll this out for meals and then trips and other payments once we know that the system is working efficiently.

Parents/carers will receive a login, password and instructions in the post on how to use the system.

The first person on the contact list for your child is the person who will receive the login but if you want anyone else to have a login then this can also be requested.

St Peter's Academy 12 Free Breakfast Earlier this month we were told that we had been successful in our bid to become part of the national breakfast club pro...

15th March, 2019

Free Breakfast

Earlier this month we were told that we had been successful in our bid to become part of the national breakfast club program called ‘Magic Breakfast’.

This is a fantastic project and means that as an Academy we can offer ALL students a free breakfast each day. This will start after the Easter holidays on the 29th April.

On offer each morning will be bagels, 4 different types of cereal and porridge, all free of charge.

The current breakfast club will no longer run and all of the breakfast items will be served on the main counter in the Atrium dining area.

 

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St Peter's Academy 13 Head Boy and Head Girl make Sentinel headlines Red Nose Day - Charity events at St Peter's Academy, Haziq and Zahra make Sentinel headlines

15th March, 2019

Head Boy and Head Girl make Sentinel headlines

Message from the Head Boy and Head Girl

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Zumba activity and helped to raise money not only for Comic Relief but for The Donna Louise Trust too.

 

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Follow the link here to see the Sentinel article

 

Haziq and Zahra red nose day

 

St Peter's Academy 14 St Peter's Badminton players Well done to the St Peter's Badminton players, Elias Rahal, Corey Bristow, Ethan Brookfield, Brandon Teague, Blaine Batk...

15th March, 2019

St Peter's Badminton players

Well done to the St Peters Badminton players, Elias Rahal, Corey Bristow, Ethan Brookfield, Brandon Teague, Blaine Batkin, Tilly Atherton, Courtney Barwise, Manuela Delle, Libby Whitehead & Jasmin Mohemmedi. They all showed great service and Edurance achieving some impressive results last night in their 1st games of the season.

SPA v St Thomas More
Girls A Team won 5-0
Girls B Team won 4-1

Madeley v St Peters
Boys A Team won 3-2

Next Fixture is against Newcastle-under-Lyme School

 

St Peter's Academy 15 School Sports Partnership Dance Festival Huge congratulations to the twenty year 7 and 8 students who performed at the Victoria Hall Tuesday 12th March as part o...

13th March, 2019

School Sports Partnership Dance Festival

Huge congratulations to the twenty year 7 and 8 students who performed at the Victoria Hall Tuesday 12th March as part of their annual School Sports Partnership dance festival. They were absolutely fantastic and in my opinion they topped the show.

The dancers - Amy Rowley, Eloise O'Hara, Sophie Rushton,Leah Higgs, Celie Bates, Muskaan Wadhwa, Abigail Blurton, Catalina Avram, Jessica Sterne, Temi Omibeku, Beth Adams, Erin Roberts, Ariglesida Ferati, Morgan Tew, Faith Gidman, Alicia Hackett, Alicia Higginson, Lana Davies, Ellie Keates & Demi Hall.

Credit must be given to the wonderful choreography by our Year 11 dance leaders Jasmine Dibble, Ellie Foxall, Eve Baskeyfield and our own Mrs Lilley!

And what's more, Kim Moyo did a fabulous co-compering the whole evening introducing the 14 different acts and whipping up the audience.

You all made Mr Jamieson one very proud Head of Faculty!

 

Students dance Victoria Hall 12.03.2019

St Peter's Academy 16 Cocktails and Silver Service A group of year 10 Hospitality and Catering students went to The Moathouse in Acton Trussell Stafford. The visit was set...

13th March, 2019

Cocktails and Silver Service

A group of year 10 Hospitality and Catering students went to The Moathouse in Acton Trussell Stafford on the 7th March. The visit was set up to get a greater understanding of the industry and the roles the students could have a career in.

The day was amazing with very informative talks about the business and how they have grown over the years. The tour was then lead by three managers, hospitality, bar and marketing, this consisted of visiting all areas of the hotel including kitchen, conference, facilities, administration and bedrooms first impression definitely gave a wow factor and students were visibly inspired by the visit.

We returned to the meeting room and got taught some specific skills. The students were split into two groups, one making Mocktails using all the cocktail equipment. The second group did silver service table setting, napkin folding and waiting.

We then got treated to a silver service two course meal to end the day.

 

Please click here to see the photo album.

St Peter's Academy 17 Afternoon Tea Year 11 VCERT Food and Cooker class prepare Afternoon Tea

12th March, 2019

Afternoon Tea

 

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Year 11 VCERT Food and Cookery class work hard in their 2 hour mock exam. Preparing products for an afternoon tea.

 

Click here to see the photo album

St Peter's Academy 18 Charity Week This week is Charity Week at the Academy. With budgets tighter than ever in education, many schools use bake sales and n...

11th March, 2019

Charity Week

 

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This week, Monday 11th March to Friday 15th March is Charity Week at the Academy. With budgets tighter than ever in education, many schools use bake sales and non-uniform days to bolster school funds. Here at St. Peter’s however, the Student Council are keen to ensure that any money we raise this week goes to the Donna Louise Hospice and Comic Relief.

The students themselves are organising a number of sales and activities, culminating on Friday, which is a non-uniform day and a fun run has been organised (for those who have collected sponsor forms and raised money).

Please encourage students to give generously and support others less fortunate than themselves.

St Peter's Academy 19 Year 11 Sentinel Shield Campaign The Year 11 boys football team started their 2018/2019 Sentinel Shield campaign last night, away to Endon High School an...

7th March, 2019

Year 11 Sentinel Shield Campaign

 

Y11 Sentinel Shield team March 2019

 

The Year 11 boys football team started their 2018/2019 Sentinel Shield campaign last night, away to Endon High School and sealed their place into a second round tie with Madeley High School with a hard fought 3.5 win.

Conditions were very tricky with heavy rain making the pitch a hard surface to play on but it wasn't long before the away side went 1 up. A long ball up field and a header up in the air saw the ball into path of Cameron Causley at the edge of the box who calmly ...stroked a side footed volley over the top of the Endon keeper and into the net.

The home team then piled on the pressure from the kick off and it wasn't long before a long range effort sneaked passed the St Peter's keeper (Kyrece Gordon) to make it 1.1.

The game then turned scrappy with the pitch playing it's part until a well worked corner saw Eren Alici tap it past the Endon keeper from close range to make it 2.1 to St Peter's.

The second half saw the home side push for the equaliser with long range effort after long range effort being fired at Kyrece but to no avail and it wasn't long before a great attacking move from St Peter's ended with Luca Gardipunchihewage slotting the ball into the bottom bin to make it 3.1.

Endon stuck to their game plan of firing speculative long range efforts at the St Peter's keeper and it wasn't long before they made it 3.2.

St Peter's never gave up however and it wasn't long before some great work by Owen Sproston on the right saw him sprint with the ball from his own half and then give a little 'one, two' on the edge of the box and then sent the ball into the net to make it 4.2.

Again, from the kick off, Endon showed great tenacity by piling on the pressure until again, they fired another ball into the net to make it 4.3 but it wasn't long before the away side restored their 2 goal cushion with some great work by Oliver Sukiennicki who weaved his way around the defence and send the ball past the helpless Endon keeper.

The lads showed great resilience throughout the game in really tough conditions with excellent performances all but the stand out player on the pitch was Captain, Sonny Bates who was all over the pitch battling hard. Well done to all.

Team
Kyrece Gordon, Luca Gardipunchihewage, Daniel Allen, Halim Nadeem, Owen Sproston, Sonny Bates (C), Jack Bradbury, Kash Gill, Eren Alici, Oliver Sukiennicki, Cameron Causley, Liam Atkinson

Mr Proffitt

 

St Peter's Academy 20 Ash Wednesday - 6th March 2019 Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Traditionally Ash Wednesday...

6th March, 2019

Ash Wednesday - 6th March 2019

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Traditionally Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer and takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.

On Wednesday 6th March, St Peter’s CofE Academy held an Ash Wednesday Service led by Reverend Canon Andrew Wickens, Rector of Stoke Minster.

Many students from each year group including the Year 10 GCSE Music class participated in the service and everyone was provided with the opportunity if they so wished to experience ‘Ashing’. 

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of ‘ashes’ on the foreheads of participants as a sign of getting in touch with your own mortality…. "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."] The ashes are usually prepared by burning palm crosses from previous year's Palm Sunday celebrations.

 

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St Peter's Academy 21 LENT 2019 As we have heard Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, and a time where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jes...

6th March, 2019

LENT 2019

As we have heard Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, and a time where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many Christians think of the forty days of Lent as an opportunity to change their daily lives for the better and become closer to God.

In Lent, many Christians commit to some type of fasting, in a way of giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days. ...

In GASP we have been looking at ways in which we make small changes to our daily lives which will help and serve others and together created a Lent Calendar as a guide for us to follow in school.

Father Tommy is also delivering a 4 week Lent Course which gives us the opportunity to read and explore the scriptures together….this week we discussed what faith is and what it means to us.

Hannah Marshall, Youth worker from Potters House also set us a challenge during Lent….. not to be discouraged and to think of the positive rather than the negative. We all wrote down a prayer request and created a paper chain in the shape of a cross. Each day during GLAM we will remove one of the chains and pray to God regarding the prayer request.

 

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St Peter's Academy 22 Lent Challenge Students have been working on a Lent Challenge Calendar in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please take a look and encoura...

5th March, 2019

Lent Challenge

 

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GASP (God at St Peter's lunch club) students have been working on a Lent Challenge Calendar in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please take a look and encourage everyone to take up the daily challenge. 

Father Tommy will be delivering a weekly LENT course with GASP students in OASIS starting this Wednesday lunchtime.... if you know of anyone else who you think may benefit from attending please let me know.

Mrs Rubin - Worship Coordinator

Click here to see our Lent Calendar

 

 

St Peter's Academy 23 Sascal NATIONALS! Miss Bowler from the English Faculty is absolutely ecstatic to announce that Gemma Brindley, Alicia Hackett and Abby Jah...

5th March, 2019

Sascal NATIONALS!

 

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Message from the Principal

I am delighted to announce that Y8 students, Gemma Brindley, Alicia Hackett and Abby Jahallori have gone through to the Regional Rotary Club Youth Speaks Final. They have already won the Stoke-on-Trent finals and then the District finals. It is also worthy of note, that St. Peter’s are the first state school to have ever made it to the Regional Finals for our District. Evidence of how amazing the girls were and indeed are.

The finals take place on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at North Leamington School and we are all very proud of their achievements. A special mention should also go to Miss Bowler and Mrs O’Connor for supporting the girls throughout the process

 

 

 

Picture - winning semi finals

 

Comments from Mr C Freeman, organizer for the Rotary Club of Stoke-on-Trent SASCAL Youth Speaking Competition:

Many congratulations on your team's wonderful success last night.  All three of the team performed at a very high level and the performance was captivating from start to finish.  Although to my mind the St. Peter’s team were the obvious winners it was very close and Ormiston Horizon pushed you very hard.  Talking to the judges at the end of the evening it was clear that the "difficult decision" was centred on whether Ormiston or St. Peter's were the winners - rather than either of the other two teams being in the running. 

I thought Gemma was a superb main speaker - she held the audience in the palm of her hand and used a range of communication techniques – she is clearly a natural.  She answered the question particularly well.   Alicia and Abby were strong supporters and brought their own personalities to the presentation.  They are to be congratulated and, I’m sure, will do well in the regional finals.  I have now sent the entries off to Cressida Dickens (last night’s organiser) and she will forward the details to the regional organiser.

The regional finals are on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at North Leamington School, Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Royal Leaminton Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6RD.  I do not yet have a start time or any other details but will get these details to you as soon as possible.  You are welcome to take any staff, parents, friends that you wish to the regional final.

Thank you for confirming that the St. Peter’s team is able to come to the Rotary Club's presentation evening where there will be another opportunity for the team to give the presentation and have their success acclaimed.  It is at the Grand Hotel in Trinity Street on Monday 1st April starting at 5.30pm and will finish at around 6.15pm.  The welcome is extended to your Principal, the pupils, school staff, parents and friends.

I have always found Gemma, Alicia and Abby to be receptive to constructive comments.  As I say they were outstanding and will do well anyway in the regionals.

Charles Freeman

(Organiser Rotary Club of Stoke-on-Trent SASCAL Youth Speaking Competition)

 

St Peter's Academy 24 Year 7 Assembly - Stafford Gideons

5th March, 2019

Year 7 Assembly - Stafford Gideons

On Monday 11th March we had the pleasure of welcoming Bruce and Peggy from the Gideons Bible Organisation into school to deliver an assembly to Year 7 students.

Each year representatives from the Gideons  kindly volunteer their time to visit us at St Peter's CofE Academy and gift each year 7 student with a New Testament Bible.

The Gideons do an amazing job throughout the country bringing hope and comfort to thousands of people.

For more information about the Gideons please click here

 

Message from the Principal

When we have visitors to the Academy or our students are involved in an educational visit, I am always proud to hear and read the positive feedback. Students know that how they conduct themselves on educational visits or in assemblies is paramount to the ever-improving reputation we now have and will ultimately benefit them when they are applying for jobs. 

Every week, we get positive feedback, such as the ones we got from the Moat House, Acton Trussell, the NHS, Stoke City FC and the Youth Sports Trust last week, but I was particularly pleased to get this from Stafford Gideons on Monday 11th March:

 

“First of all thank you for helping to arrange the visit from The Stafford Gideons to St. Peter's CofE Academy this morning.  It is always a pleasure and privilege to get invited back to the school on an annual basis.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.

As soon as we entered the building we were felt welcome by the students with smiles, greetings and offer of help with our trolley.  During the assembly the students were very attentive, well behaved, disciplined and interactive.  It is an indication to the tireless effort made by The Principal, the teachers and support staff in guiding the students’ behaviour, teaching them disciplines and create the safe environment for them to flourish, besides conveying them the knowledge they need in the present world.  I trust that the students benefited from our brief visit and it fitted in well with the schools’ Vision and Values.

Please pass our thanks to Mr Astley, the Principal and other teachers who were present this morning.  We look forward to coming back to the school in the near future.”

St Peter's Academy 25 Update on our 'Keep it Clean' Campaign 2019 You will be pleased to know that there has been a reduction of litter since we launched Rocky’s ‘Keep SPA Clean’ L...

15th February, 2019

Update on our 'Keep it Clean' Campaign 2019

You will be pleased to know that there has been a reduction of litter since we launched Rocky’s ‘Keep SPA Clean’ Litter Campaign 4 weeks ago.

On 14th January the Year 11 environmentalist students Daisy, Charlotte and Shyen collected a total of 199 items of litter ranging from sweet wrappers, crisp packets, plastic cartons, paper, bottles, cutlery, cigarette packets, chewing gum and food. The main items collected included paper, plastic bottles and gum.

On 12th February Rocky and a number of his helpers collated a total of 84 items of litter. The number of plastic bottles discarded has reduced by half and there is a significant reduction in paper and food. However, chewing gum remains the same.

Well done to everyone for their efforts but we still have a long way to go!!!

Keep up the good work and help Rocky to Keep ‘SPA Clean’ !!

Students: Lewis Roberts, Eloise O’Hara, Jessica Sterne, Hannah Salt, Josh Rokovesa

 

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