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03/02/23

Here are just a couple of the Yr5 masterclasses that we have going on next month. If you have a child who is currently in Yr 5, why not give them the opportunity to Explore Aureus in the best way possible! Book their place now. Scan the QR codes for details. https://t.co/lBRcv5vsMc

26/01/23

The Teaching Awards Deadline for entry: 24th February The Teaching Awards is a fantastic way to raise the profile of the outstanding work that takes place in schools and colleges across the UK. https://t.co/Tt0v6U146W

20/01/23

This term Year 7 Dancers are learning choreography from Christopher Bruce’s “Swansong” 1987. They are enjoying exploring how they can incorporate a chair into their trio dance, whilst developing ways of using characterisation in the dance studio. https://t.co/RD8acRgA2d

19/01/23

Our Magistrates’ Mock Trial team are currently observing proceedings in Oxford Magistrates Court to help prepare for their upcoming debating competition. https://t.co/3hEkSShTdw

19/01/23

This week, a group of Yr10 girls went on a trip to the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.The girls had an opportunity to speak to Oxford students about their experiences. https://t.co/ZBApNrVLF4

17/01/23

Year 9 Parents and Carers! Please join us for year 9 Options evening tomorrow at 6.00pm in the main school hall. We look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/Q8p9kKN5BP

17/01/23

Brilliant Club, Scholars Programme launch visit to Oxford University. https://t.co/ijhjrGhudc

17/01/23

Taking students to Oxford University for the launch of the Scholar’s Club! The students are super excited! So proud we are able to offer these provisions! https://t.co/T4bGZRFuUX

15/12/22

The Bookbuzz 2022 books are here! The Book Trust have selected a wide variety of titles, from non-fiction reads for curious minds to fast-paced page-turners to make sure that Bookbuzz has something for everyone. https://t.co/w5MWjsiCRv

08/12/22

Congratulations to our Yr11 boys' football team! They came out on top this week, in their first fixture this year against UTC. The final score was: 6-2 to Aureus https://t.co/SwMR7OzhEi

08/12/22

We welcomed year 5s from Aureus Primary School yesterday morning. They took part in a clay workshop with our Art Department. To tie in with their curriculum, they created ancient Egyptian themed trinket bowls. It was an absolute joy to work with such lovely students. https://t.co/cRkhPK3dtH

07/12/22

Just one day to go until our Wizard of Oz performances on Thursday and Friday evening! Refreshments will be available on both nights - cash only. https://t.co/QTEG7sPQFd

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.”