Newsletter 19 December 2008


Welcome to the Christmas edition of the Corsham School Newsletter. If you would like a printed copy then please contact us by email or phone and we will be happy to send you a copy. Link to Contact details


Tipi Making

Well done to all our Year 10 History students who ‘constructively’ engaged with their Tipi Making this year! Three classes besieged the Making Room to construct their ‘interpretations’ of the traditional home of the Plains Indians of the American West. The winning Tipis, after a lunchtime voting session, were crafted by Ricky South, Harry Allen, Darren Pegler and Tom Brentnall who received W. H. Smith vouchers.

Belgium 2008

Our annual visit to Ypres, to visit the historical sites of World War One, was particularly poignant this year since it was the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice.

The visit was a huge success, thanks again to the students, who as always exceeded our expectations regarding their conduct throughout the visit, even when we were very delayed by Le Shuttle!


A visual presentation of our visit by Year 9 Ypres visitor Mitchell Reynolds can be found on the website. A huge and well deserved ‘THANK YOU’ to all the students who took part, from the History Team.

Link to presentation

Pupil Reception
Year 10 Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio booster Immunisations

Friday 5 February 2009.
Information and consent forms about these, were sent to you

via your child at the beginning of December.  If you have not returned the consent form yet, could you please do so as soon as possible . We would still like them returned, even if you have decided not to have your child immunized, as
this is a way of us knowing you received the offer!  If by chance, you did not receive an Immunisation Pack, please contact Pupil Reception at school as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child
December 1, 137 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child went to children in Serbia. It is good to know that we will have helped bring a smile to the faces of this many children at Christmas.

Thank you to parents for their support.

Music Lesson Payments
A reminder to all parents/guardians that have paid for music lessons by cheque in 3 instalments that the second instalment will be cashed during January 2009.  Please contact the school if you have changed your account since September to ensure your payment goes through.

Library Department

You can help The Corsham School add some great new books to its classroom shelves with the Books for Schools promotion from The Times and The Sunday Times. By collecting the special tokens printed in The Times and The Sunday Times, from January 2009 you can help claim dozens of free books.

The ‘Books for Schools’ scheme will launch in January 2009 in The Times and The Sunday Times and tokens will be printed in both papers for a 12 week period. You can collect tokens during this period. Four tokens will be printed in The Sunday Times, three tokens in The Times on Saturday and one token each day in The Times from Monday to Friday. Please give any tokens you collect from the newspaper to your child to add to the school’s token collection. At the end of the first phase of the Books for Schools scheme your children’s school should have collected enough tokens to exchange for hundreds of free books.

Ask your friends and relatives – in fact anyone you know – to collect tokens for your chosen school.


On 9 December Dr Parker took a group of 11 Year 13 Chemists to the Chemistry Department at Bath University.  Dr Steve Roser and Dr Gan Niyadurupola showed them some of the very up to date analytical equipment in the department and explained how it worked and was used.  They then held a tutorial and the students practised analysing some spectra to identify unknown chemicals.  The students commented that it was really useful.  Thanks to Steve, Gan and Bath Uni for letting it happen.”


About 20 Year 11 pupils have just planted 80 trees on the school allotment. They have done this as part of their ASDAN Active Citizenship Award. They were also helped by Year 12 who work on the allotment every Wednesday. The trees were donated by Tree Appeal and the planting coincided with National Tree Planting Week.
The plan is to plant the cherry, oak, birch, beech and rowan trees in various locations around the school in the early spring. They will greatly add to the biodiversity of the school
grounds and help combat climate change.

Dates for the Diary

December 19

Term 2 ends

January 5

Term 3 begins

January 5

7.45pm  CSPTA Committee

January 6

7.30pm  A’Level Presentation Evening

January 7

7.00pm  Governors Curriculum Meeting

January 8

Y12 & Y10 Art Trip to ‘Tate Britain’ London

January 9

Y9 Reports to Parents

January 13

7pm Governors Personnel Meeting

January 13

7pm Y7 Focus Evening for Parents

January 14

Primary 1 visit

January 15

Primary 1 visit

January 16

Y13 Reports to Parents.

January 19

5.00pm Y9 Parents Evening

January 20

Primary 2 visit

January 21

Primary 2 visit

January 22

7.00pm Governors Care & Guidance Meeting

January 24

N Wilts Area Cross Country Championships

January  26

7.00pm Y8 Focus Evening for Parents

January 28

Primary visit 3

January 28

7.00pm Governors Finance & Premises Mtg.

January 29

Primary visit 3