Newsletter 28 November 2008

Children in Need 2008

Children in Need Day

Congratulations to the Sixth Formers who organised an auction in aid of Children in Need. Students paid for the privilege to come to school in fancy dress and raised £1800 from this and an auction of promises. The highest bid was £105 for Mrs Utton’s brownies which was paid for by a group of Year 13 lads who pronounced them “well worth it “.

Election of Parent Governor – The Corsham School

This is to inform you that as a result of the recent election, Robert House has been elected to the Governing Body as a parent governor.


This year, sixth formers from Drama and beyond are working as an ensemble to stage ‘Woyzeck’ by Georg Buchner.

Performances will be in the Drama Studio on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 December, starting at 7.00pm (please note the earlier start time).

Tickets cost £3.50 for concessions and £5.00 for adults.

All are welcome. Please come along and enjoy the show!’


Problem of the term.
The results from the first term’s problem are in. 

Students with top marks in each year group are as follows:

Year 7

Jethro Large, Lauren Merrett, Jade Wilson,

Hannah Lias, Phillipa Mitchell.

Year 8

Amelia Lias, Robert Flather, Ashlea Delahunty.

Year 9

Sandra Baczek, Zachary Du Toit, Lucy Saunders,

Jasmine Vincent, Lauren Crookall-Fallon.

Each year group’s winners are entered into a draw for

£5 W H Smith gift voucher.
The next results will be out in January.


The first meeting of the Corsham School Film Club was on Thursday 13 November.  More than eighty enthusiastic students watched ‘Ironman’ in the S-block hall on the school’s brand new big screen. We hope to show a variety of films and documentaries over the coming months.  Our second film will be ‘Hairspray’ on Tuesday 2 December.  The films will start straight after school and will usually finish by 5.30pm.   

Update from the ELE Manager

I am in the process of transferring all the curriculum team resources onto ELE and creating mini subject Home Sites so that the resources are more interesting, interactive and engaging. Two new subject Home Sites to launch are Science and Art, with a brand new ICT design to replace the existing one. Year 6 students, in our feeder primary schools, will soon be issued their own ELE accounts, so that they can login prior to joining us next September. Work on the new Parent/ Carers’ portal will begin in the New Year. Please login to our website ( for all the latest information and sign up for a Bloglines account if you would like automatic notification of the latest news. Instructions can be found in the Download Centre.

Dare to Wear Pink!

On Thursday 23 October, sixth form students dressed in pink and made a donation to Breast Cancer Research for the privilege of looking so pretty! They also held a pink cake sale at lunchtime and raffled a special pink cake in the staffroom. A total of £282 was raised.

A big thank you to Lucy Rogers of O13 who organized the day and baked cakes along with Lucy’s Mother and Grandmother and other members of O13.

French Exchange 2009 Corsham-Montendre

Years 8, 9 and 10

There are still some places left. French students will be with us for the week 21-28/29 March and we will spend a week in Montendre 10-17 May.

The full cost is £300, which will include trips in both countries. A deposit of £75 is payable immediately.

Please contact Ms Hawkins if you are interested.

Year 11 Ballcake-makingcake-making1

On Thursday November 20, Year 11 made and sold cakes to raise money for their ball.

They raised over £130!!


The second of four Family Learning days, was held at The Pound on Saturday November 22.
All sessions are on a re-cycling theme, to coincide with Corsham becoming a Transition Community. Mazy Bartlett hopes to raise awareness of green issues, by designing projects that are made totally from scrap: previously cardboard boxes were turned into representations of homes, this time CDs and other plastics were smashed up and turned into mosaic pieces for sparkling 3D creations.
The next opportunity to attend a free craft day will be on January 24. Watch out for details on the ELE, under Community news.
Mazy Bartlett also helped a group of ASDAN students design and make a large exterior sculpture, to underline waste in our world. The plastic bottle spiral (inspired by Andy Goldsworthy) can be seen outside the back entrance to

L-block, and a further 5 are planned.


Christmas Music Concert on Thursday 4 December at 7:30pm in S-Block Hall.

It is free for all friends, family and pupils to attend.

Berlin Exchange

From November 3–9 a group of pupils from KS4 and KS5 flew out to Berlin on the first leg of the exchange. As ever they were warmly welcomed by their German hosts. During the six day visit the students spent some time attending lessons in the partner school, the “Schiller Oberschule”, in the centre of Berlin. We also visited many of the well known sites of Berlin. These included The Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the site of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial and Potsdam. There was of course also time for shopping and a visit to a well known chocolate shop! The weekend was spent with the families. The exchange will be completed when the German students return in the first week of July 2009. A selection of photos of the trip are now available to view on ELE. If you are interested in finding out more about the “Schiller Oberschule” please look at

Design A Bookplate Competition
The English team ran a competition, open to all KS3 pupils, to design a bookplate. The winning designs are going to be colour printed and used in the front of every new book bought for the library with the proceeds from the Year 8 Sponsored Read. Both of the winning designs came from Year 7 students. Becky Davis-Smith in O7 won first prize which was a £10 book token. Ben Candlin in H7 won second prize which was a £5 book token. Both prize winners will be receiving their prizes in their next assembly. The standard of the competition was high and some excellent examples of entries will be displayed in the library.

PE Department


There are two trips this winter.

February 13-21 Austria, Solden Otz Valley. Staying in 3 star Hotel Audere.

£625(all years)

April 3-11 Val D’lsere, France. Staying in 2 star apartments close to the centre of Val D’lsere. £679. (Year 11 and 6th form only)

Currently there are 3 places available on each trip due to cancellations. Please ask Mr Holden for more details if you are interested in either trip.

2010 – Bookings will start in the next week for a trip on April 4 to the famous Swiss Ski Area of Davos. The all inclusive package will cost £645. The Hotel is noted for its excellent food! Details will be posted on ELE next week and leaflets will be available from Mr Holden.


The Year 10 team have played exceptionally well and have reached the 5th round of the National Daily Mail Cup. On the way they have beaten St John’s Marlborough, Dauntseys, Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, Marlborough College and now meet Millfield School.

Their skill, bravery and determination have been amazing.

The Under 18 1st XV have also had a run in the Daily Mail U18 Vase. They beat Norton Hill School, Midsomer Norton

in the second round and play North Devon College, Barnstaple in the next round.

Sean Haggarty Year 10 Gymnast won the South West Inter Counties floor and vault Championships on November 6 in Plymouth for the 3rd year running: a fantastic achievement.

Dates for the Diary

December 1

4.00pm-7.00pm Yr 7 Tutor evening/interim reports

December 4

7.30pm Christmas Music Concert, SBHall

December 8-12

Yr 11 Mock Exams

December 8

7.00pm Y9 Focus Evening for Parents

December 9

7.00pm Full Governors Meeting

December 10

7.30pm Staff/6th Drama Production

December 11

7.30pm Staff/6th Drama Production

December 19

Term 2 ends

Holidays in Term-time

We would like to remind parents, once again, that the regulations have changed with regard to authorizing holidays in term-time. Despite these changes, the school is still receiving holiday requests which do not indicate any ‘special circumstances’.

Please be aware that the Headteacher will not be able to routinely authorize such absences and parents should expect future requests to be declined.

More details on the changes are available from school reception or on the school website. Link to Absence Request page

Parents who want further clarification about holiday requests should contact Mr. Staten at the school.