Diploma Games Week 1


The first week of The Diploma Games.

The event was block-building which focused on one of our 6 learning muscles, Aspiration. Every form had to work together to build the tallest tower using only lollypop sticks and blu-tack. This was quite a challenge as each group of five only had ten minutes to make sure their tower was the best.

All groups got off to a good start, thinking and sharing creative ideas. Some decided to build a sturdy base for the tower, while others just stuck the lollypop sticks straight to the floor with blu-tack.

After five minutes had gone, most teams had started to build their towers but some were still debating about how to build it. After another two minutes, every group had started building but some of them were having second thoughts about putting together the base.

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One minute left and some teams were cracking under the pressure! Some had adapted their towers to make them taller while others started from scratch. The minute soon went by and everyone was anxious to see the scores. Mr Walsh & Miss Rollings measured the height of each tower and told us that winners would be announced later on in the day during the Year 7 Shine Assembly.

But there were still more points up for grabs…

It was the Friday afternoon and everyone was in OLH waiting for the scores to come through. Then, to everyone’s surprise, Mr. Walsh announced that our form tutors could grab some bonus points for us! Each form started chanting their form tutors name and the atmosphere was brilliant as they supported their apprehensive form tutors walking to the stage.

The form tutors were told to line up on the stage and soon found out that they had to roll a foam ball along a thin plank of wood without it falling off and go into the hole on the wood at the other side. It sounded simple but little did they know it was a lot harder than they thought...

All ten form tutors were waiting for their go. The first form tutor stepped up and found this challenge a lot more difficult than they thought. The atmosphere was intense throughout and when all the form tutors had tried this challenge, only two out of the ten had done it! 7C and 7I all got extra points which shot them ahead of most forms. The crowd went wild when Mrs Myers (7I’s form tutor) ‘dabbed’ as she won the points for her form!

7A won the tower building challenge but the added bonus points have meant 7C are currently in the lead with 7I and 7A just behind!

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Only week 1 and the scores are so close already and it could all change next week. The forms are feeling competitive and we can’t wait to see what is going to happen next week!

This Friday…..Resilience…..which form will demonstrate determination when faced with the most difficult challenges!

Report by Tom Fiddler, SBSJ News team