Silhouettes – New Book Out!

•June 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment


Congrats to my Year 9 class. They put together a book of short stories last year, and I’m happy to announce its availability. All profits go to the school charity, and it’s a great read – well worth a fiver of your money!


Animation Club – Mr Meltz

•October 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A slightly destructive one from last year.

Turned out nice, I reckon!

Mr Meltz from Mr Prestney on Vimeo.

Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda

•October 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

via sniffyjenkins.

Welcome back, y’all

•September 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed In one self place, for where we are is hell, And where hell is there must we ever be”

Christopher Marlowe, Dr Faustus. Possibly describing the start of a new school year. Possibly.

Welcome back, one and all. A new term, a new year, and a new beginning. If you are dropping by for the first time, welcome indeed – I will be posting all sorts up here, from exam technique to small flights of fancy, so stop by frequently. Please feel free to comment on anything you wish – I do censor to stop spam, yet I censor but lightly. I am always keen on your opinion, things that you’d like to see here, and ways in which I can help you. So let me know – I’m all ears.

GCSE Coursework: Richard III Presentations

•June 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Your homework is to construct, in pairs, a presentation on your given scene (or scenes) for presentation next week. You will have two further lessons to prepare for the presentation, as well as a homework. You need to ensure that you touch on the following subjects:

more after the break

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Y9 Homework – Writing to Argue or Persuade

•May 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

For your homework, please do either question 3 or 4 from the June 2006 paper. These are as follows:

3 Write a letter to a magazine called The Explorer arguing for or against expeditions to dangerous places. (27 marks)
4 A group of students from your school or college wants to go on an adventure trip abroad. Write the text of a speech to local business people persuading them to sponsor the group. (27 marks)

Essential advice after the break. Don’t attempt this question unless you have read it.
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Why be good at English?

•May 8, 2009 • 1 Comment

Some of you will want to be doctors. Or physicist. Or fireman. Or magicians, or stand up comedians, or management consultants. You might look at any of these jobs, and think, “Why bother with English? How’s it going to help me?”

I can promise you, being able to write and communicate will be one of the most important skills you will ever carry with you through life. Whether it’s writing a letter of application, or the simplest email, having a mastery of the language, and being able to communicate precisely what you want, will serve you better, and make you seem better at your job, than virtually any other single skill.

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