After some heroic last minute organising on behalf of Gloucestershire magistrates, we were able to press ahead with the mock trial here at Gastrells. Both Eagles teams played against each other before our defence team went up against Woodchester. Despite a stern cross examination of our witnesses the court decided in favour of a not guilty verdict, meaning a courtroom victory for Eli and Leo! Results of the the actual competition (judged on quality of our overall presentation) should hopefully be available in a few weeks’ time, but well done to all who took part, including courtroom staff, solicitors, witnesses, reporters, magistrates and artists
Please be advised that tomorrow’s mock trials are going ahead, however at school instead of Novatis House. Our teams will play each other before our defence team take on Woodchester at 11am. Please come to school to begin at the normal time. Bring or wear smart clothes in and your Book Day costume in a separate bag (we will dress up as soon as the trial is complete!)
Although the venue is different we are very fortunate to be welcoming 3 visitors: the Lord Lieutenant, an Inspector from Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Chair of the Gloucestershire Magistrates, which will be a fantastic experience for Eagles.
2 visits in as many days for Eagles, as today we were visited by a practising magistrate who gave us an fascinating discussion on their role and how the British court system operates. Eagles fired off some excellent questions and got thinking about some of the complex legal and moral questions regarding crime and punishment. We are now keen to get preparations underway for the upcoming mock trial !
Eagles were visited this week by the NSPCC to learn about their rights as a child, how to keep themselves safe and how they can share worries and feelings. We were also able to have a mature discussion as a class following the KS2 assembly – thank you to Sheila for coming in to visit!
Today we spent an informative and fun afternoon learning how keep ourselves safe at Skillzone; where life scenarios are mocked up and explored with the help of a guide. Today we explored the home, roads, railways, safe and unsafe streets, the park, police custody and our own mental well-being. It was a memorable experience for staff and pupils alike !
On Thursday we were joined by Mark constabulary who taught Eagles a little more about the importance of staying safe on the internet and specifically what – and what not – to share online. It left us all thinking carefully about our digital footprint and Mark will be back with us later in the year for a follow up visit.
Well done everyone this was a superb assembly!