Dillons weaving

Dillon made this beautiful piece of work in D+T today. Using the peg loom he made a gorgeous woven sampler using neutral colours of taffeta, leather and cotton.

Later we placed some pieces of metal to contrast against the softness of the fabrics.

Well done Dillon.

October 12th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Jewellery making

Making jewellery from recycled materials is one of the themes for D+T this year and today Duncan made his first 2 pieces. The earring on the left is made from the cutaway piece from another piece all made out of old silver spoons from the charity shop. Considering the spoons cost 50p for 3, I think we may have stumbled across a neat way to make in expensive jewellery from junk.

Well done Duncan.

October 11th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

3D modelling

The multimedia group started working in 3d modelling  today. The subject was a pencil sharpener and Gary, Sam and Michael all did extremely well and produced great first models.

Well done to everyone.

October 11th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Cycle Group

The SLC cycle group continue to try out new ideas. Last week they decided to leave the bikes behind and go to the outdoor Green Gym at Weymouth. Stephen and Darren tried out the various fitness machines, exercising the different muscle groups. Mick wisely decided that he was already fit enough and watched from the sidelines, giving advice. I bet the next day they ached in places they didn’t know they had places!

October 10th, 2011 by Ian in curriculum, Links for students


Keeping safe online and with new technology (such as just about every kind of new phone coming on the market), otherwise known as e-safety, is becoming increasingly important. Know IT All for Parents is a great website for information about all aspects of what your child may or may not be up to!

Also available is this Guide for Parents, Carers and Teachers about Social Networking Sites, available as a pdf download.

October 3rd, 2011 by Ian in curriculum, News

Cycling in Puddletown Forest

The SLC cycling group decided to try something a bit different. Instead of our usual pleasant cycles through the local countryside, we attempted some more strenuous and skillful off-road cycling at Puddletown Forest. As you can see, the students led the way in “getting air” over the jumps; the best that staff could manage was to slowly roll along, and Mick couldn’t even manage to stay on his bike doing that! A great time was had by all, and everyone is asking “when can we go again?”

October 3rd, 2011 by Ian in Links for students

Somerset Art Weeks visit

Today we took advantage of one of the fantastic free art events taking place during Somerset Art Weeks and visited an exhibition of animation.

The venue was the home and studio of artist and animator Kate Noble. We were treated to some truly wonderful animations in the simply exquisite private cinema belonging to the artist.

The day was inspiring and entertaining and we urge everybody to make the effort and get out and about in Somerset during SAW to experience some Art.

Next weeks ‘Night of Light’ looks to be a beautiful event in a gorgeous place.

For more information visit

http://www.katenoble.co.uk/ and http://www.somersetartworks.org.uk/

September 23rd, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Stunning Silhouettes

Today in multimedia we looked at how to create stunning images using two photos. By turning everyday pictures into silhouettes we could create dramatic shots that look very realistic.


Michael and Gary delivered the goods very early on with these great shots of birds and skaters.


Well done.

September 20th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Peg looming

Sue got to work with a peg loom today, a traditional weaving method, and produced a beautiful piece of work.

Well done Sue

September 14th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students


Multimedia sessions started again today and Gary, Michael and Sam got us all off to a flying start with some digital colouring.

Gary particularly impressed everyone with his ‘Skull and Bones’ image (left)

Well done to all.

September 13th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students