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18/05/22

Day 3 of the GCSE exams…well done for what you have already achieved Yr 11s and ‘Good luck’ for today!! https://t.co/qFy0B2CjLE

13/05/22

The day has finally come to say farewell to our amazing year 11 students. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow into the wonderful young adults that you are today. You will be greatly missed! GOOD LUCK WITH ALL OF YOUR EXAMS!! https://t.co/qVlmCxYB9X

13/05/22

GCSE and A-level exams 2022: What you need to know... https://t.co/JySkwqv3qu

11/05/22

Aureus Year 9 Rounders team enjoyed an away fixture at Gillotts. They played several teams, losing three and winning two against Wallingford and Ickneild. We had some great hits against Ickneild from Charlotte, Zarah, Isabella, Morgan and Nandini. https://t.co/eybN2CPUYg

11/05/22

Now that the caterpillars have stored enough energy, they have climbed to the top of the cup and attached themselves to the underside of the lid. There they will hang in a "j" shape, moult one last time and harden into chrysalises. https://t.co/KnYC7Z2f4e

10/05/22

Our year 10 students were fortunate to have a guest speaker in school today; Lorraine Ousley gave them an introduction to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying. https://t.co/VnkVaWg7af

06/05/22

The tents are up and there are plenty of smiling faces, all ready for the evening ahead! The Yr 9 DofE practice run is well underway! https://t.co/XfvE7FLIlZ

06/05/22

Students travelled to Trinity College, Oxford University to experience a lecture in a brand-new auditorium this was followed by question and answers from current university students. https://t.co/xeFpAcKGn5

06/05/22

This week, our Key stage 3 students enjoyed a day in Oxford seeing iconic sights and taking in the culture They experienced a private viewing of the Tutankhamen Exhibition and were then treated to a roof top tour, taking in the Oxford spires. https://t.co/Za4RN2KBrJ

06/05/22

This morning we waved goodbye & good luck to 54 of our Yr 9 DofE students. They will be camping out overnight; hopefully the temperature won't drop too much for them! https://t.co/sufEL7PF4p

03/05/22

We are currently studying caterpillars in Science and observing how they transform into butterflies. Over the next few weeks they will be growing up to 10 times their original size and then forming chrysalis. We will update you on their progress. https://t.co/7yTMv8C4MP

29/04/22

Our talented Yr 10 GCSE artists are currently doing studies of tea cups and tea pots as part of their Alice in Wonderland project. They have been using different media to create stunning observational drawings in their sketch books. https://t.co/x7kq6oaq6K

29/04/22

Mrs Bakers' Yr 9 science class have been busy dissecting and identifying the different parts of a sheep's heart. https://t.co/DURAZjBGvy

26/04/22

Adrian Griffiths CEO of Recycling Technology, joined us this morning, courtesy of the 'Speakers for Schools' programme and talked about his engineering career and how this is being used in the recycling business. He also touched on how important being an empathetic employer is. https://t.co/DYuMqs9L3X

09/04/22

Last Saturday, April 2nd, eight of our courageous and talented Aureus students performed at the Mayor's Ball at the Civic Hall. The students, not only have amazing talent, but they showed great maturity & respect at such an important event. They are true Aureus ambassadors! https://t.co/lhIxSVb84K

08/04/22

A special prize was given to Gabby in Yr11 . Gabby has had 100% attendance to all of our Tuesday/Wednesday Period 6 sessions, he was awarded a brand new laptop and headset kindly donated by ASDA. This is the third laptop we have gifted to our Year 11 students this academic year! https://t.co/jYttmdigLZ

08/04/22

Congratulations to all our worthy winners at this week's Celebration Assemblies! There were lots of amazing certificates and awards given out, including gift vouchers for those students that had the highest positive points, 100% attendance and were overall exemplary students. https://t.co/rLUxNG6UuP

07/04/22

Congratulations to our two star bakers: Isabella (Yr9) and Ellie (Yr7), who entered the Spring baking competition to design and decorate a spring themed cupcake. They did a fantastic job! https://t.co/MolKDyKWk6

01/04/22

Well done to our DofE students for making it through their first night of camping. Despite the cold weather, they are in good spirits and are ready for day 2! Well Done! https://t.co/YmZyVXi20m

01/04/22

We attended a session this week on 'The Camps; Spaces and Places of Nazi Persecution and Murder' with Helen McCord from UCL. https://t.co/JKbT1Cv5WN

Posted on: 19/10/2021

Nicki Thornton relaunches our library

Nicki Thornton opening our libraryWe were delighted to have welcomed Nicki Thornton, an international bestselling children’s author known as the ‘Queen of magical crime’, come to visit us at Aureus.

Nicki not only read to students, she also talked to them about how to become a writer and  reopened our library, which has recently been restocked and reorganised. We have invested significantly in the library in terms of updating the books so that the newest titles are available to the community. Mrs Liptrot, our new librarian, is available to support students with their reading.

Nicki is the author of popular novels for young children including The Bad Luck Lighthouse and The Cut Throat Cafe.

Her debut novel, The Last Chance Hotel, won The Times Children’s Fiction Competition and the Ealing Junior Book Award and was translated into fifteen languages.

Her most recent novel for children, The Howling Hag Mystery, was made best book of the month by Waterstones.

Nicki, who lives in Oxfordshire, led a book talk with Year 7 and 8 students during her visit, and said: “One of the best gifts you can give any child is access to a library and the chance to become inquisitive about books and develop a love of reading. 

'It's an absolute honour to be asked to officially open the library at Aureus and meet a knowledgeable librarian ready to take every step to nurture an enthusiasm about reading books for pleasure in all the students.”

She added: “It was also wonderful to get the chance to talk to children about my love of reading and how that led to my own writing journey. 

“It's a school full of enthusiastic and smart students and I hope they will all make the most of their wonderful library.”

Mrs Murcutt, Lead Practitioner for English at Aureus, helped arrange the visit.

She is a regular visitor to the bookshop in Abingdon which Nicki used to run, and had stayed in contact with the author.

She said: “It was fantastic to welcome Nicki into our school. 

“The students were incredibly enthusiastic during her talk and had a plethora of questions to ask at the end of her session. 

“We are so excited to have reopened our library for our school community to enjoy, and to have had such a successful author cut the official ribbon.”