Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Our first bloom this year

Flowers, in January!













Already around the school site you can see daffodils and narcissus appearing. They add a lovely splash of colour and make a great start to this year’s Polygon in Bloom. 


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

4SK wins the treble!

 
 
4SK Tutor Group breaks Polygon School record
 
 
Last Friday the 4SK tutor group created a new Polygon record by winning all three celebration cups in Assembly. No other tutor group has won 'the treble' in Polygon history!
  • Improved Attendance
  • Doddle Cup
  • Highest Overall Attendance
Come on Blue team! Well done Boys

Morocco Expedition 2018

In October, six of our boys took part in a personal development expedition to Morocco. 
This was an amazing opportunity for our boys, many of whom haven’t travelled outside Hampshire or stayed away from family.

Much work had been done preparing the team for the challenges that lay ahead, including a Moroccan cooking and food tasting day and teambuilding at Marwell Zoo, also an exciting opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of a Souk in Marrakech using cutting edge Virtual Reality technology thanks to Freemantle School.

The overall aim in organising the expedition was to give the boys experience of different cultures and religions, increase independent living skills, communication and resilience. The expedition itself is bespoke to the Polygon school. It has been designed with our students in mind to incorporate the right level of risk and challenge. 

Phase 1 UK residential
As part of the build up to the expedition itself, the team went on a UK residential in the New Forest. During this time the boys were able to gel as a group by facing trials on high ropes, practice trekking, campfire cooking, and general wild camping skills
Boys preparing food for dinner






Nice Onsie Jack!




Someone didn't want to get out of bed!








Reece making it to the top of the climb whilst being belayed by the team
















 The Expedition

During  the expedition, The team flew in and out of Marrakech but travelled around while  in country.



We had a detailed and action packed itineary for the week which included visiting the High Atlas Mountains near Aroumd and living amongst local Berber communities, camel riding and spending time on the  coast in  Essaouria. Of course a trip to Morocco wouldnt be the same without a visit to the famous Souks aand spice markets of Marakesch ! 
















The team had amazing experiences including visiting a local Berber school, Argan oil cooperatives and even a traditional Hammam!



High Atles in Imlil you can see the snow capped mountains

Trekking with our guide Abdul







Yes ... Cobras and Pit Vipers!



Lewis loved the traditional sweet mint tea- he even took some home!


Exploring outside our mountain gite

Cheers Spence!





Just about to tackle the busy markets





Breath taking scenery


Textile quater in the Souk

Learning about Saffron in the Souk




The local football pitch will be covered in snow by now!

Wooden chess pieces carved using feet!



Go Mrs Thomas!





Camel riding on the coast
Spencer syaing goodbye to our cooks



 Build up and preperation
An amazing opportunity to experience to sensory overload of the Souks from the UK- Virtual reality headsets as part of our build up preperation


View from our camp - beautiful listening to the call for prayer during sunrise
 

A feast!
Shaun cooking Moroccon food as part of our build up preperation
Delicious!




The team had an amazing experience and have made memories that will last a lifetime. Well done boys for showing relilience and great teamwork.