Jane Gaherty

Film and TV Special Effects Careers Event

Our Year 8 students recently participated in a virtual Film and Special Effects event hosted by Escape Studios.  The event illustrated the wealth of career opportunities available to students including coding, engineering, digital compositing and design. Students heard from recent graduates and experts from Industrial Light and Magic who have created effects for Star Wars, […]

Careers in Graphic Design

In December, Alex Chaplin, Head of Design at Dixons Carphone, joined us to deliver an inspiring careers talk to Years 9, 10 and 11 on graphic design and working in the creative industries.  The session was split into two parts; the first included tips on how to become a Graphic Designer, the importance of sketchbooks […]

Champion of Young Chef Competition

Wednesday night saw the return of the Dacorum Rotary Young Chef Competition with the finals hosted by Kings Langley School. 13 students representing their school’s battled it out to be the top chef of the night and the standard was certainly high – with an impressive array of wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented dishes. The overall winner on […]

Film Production Careers Event

This week Year 10 students had the chance to participate in a virtual careers event with Warner Bros Studios. The interactive event gave students an insight into film production using props from Harry Potter and covered the variety of roles available in the film industry and the skills you need for each.  Job roles covered included the […]

The Great British Book Bake Off

Our Year 7 students were all ‘Star Bakers’ this week creating a stunning variety of cakes for our LRC Great British Book Bake Off.  This popular annual event at Ashlyns tasks the students to create a cake in the shape of their favourite book or character.  The LRC was turned into the Book Bake Off […]

Year 7 Book Gift

In partnership with the BookTrust’s reading initiative, Ashlyns has given Year 7 students the opportunity to select a book gift to celebrate their first term at school.  The LRC has been turned into a mini pop-up book shop with 16 exciting titles on display which students have been able to choose and order from during their LRC […]

LRC Harry Potter Event

Yesterday our Year 7s were transported to Hogwarts for a fun-filled afternoon of Harry Potter activities.  The scene was set with Head of English, Professor Harvey, performing a reading from the Philosopher’s Stone with a cascade of magical sparks.  Each student received their own bespoke wand from Ollivanders which they had great fun decorating. Some spell-duelling […]

Spooky Reads – Creative Writing

The LRC recently ran a creative 500 word spooky writing competition for Year 7.  We had a fantastic selection of stories; the short-listed winners had their work performed by our English department at a lunchtime Halloween event.  Congratulations to Ella D, Jaya C, Cora B, Caiden F, Kolbi B, Carolina B R.

LRC Author Event with Peter Bunzl

Our Year 7 students recently had the chance to meet the author Peter Bunzl.  The inspiring presentation covered Peter’s journey as an author; from his childhood interest in writing and producing his own comics, to his initial career in animation and his life-long love of storytelling.  Peter explained his inspiration for his Cogheart book series; how his interest […]

STEM Careers Event

Students in Year 8-13 had the opportunity of participating in a series of dynamic workshops led by aviation safety specialists Martin-Baker and organised by our Careers Team. The hands-on sessions gave students an insight into STEM career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities.  Students had the chance to sit in a demonstration fighter-pilot’s ejection seat and also […]

Net Zero Heroes

Our Year 7 Team has reached the final of this national school project which aims to help students understand the impact of greenhouse gases on the planet. This is  based on the UK government’s law requiring the UK to reach net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. By getting involved in this competition, it […]