Newsletter 31 March 2009

Music

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Many thanks to those who supported the Spring Music Concert on March 26.  Once again we had a fabulous variety of solo, ensemble and concert band performances.  For the first time we played Bach on our handchimes and another first included the concert band playing to a large video display of film clips from the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ which worked very well indeed.
The pupils very much enjoy performing and I would encourage anyone who has not attended one of our concerts in the last five years to ‘give it a go’ in the near future.  The next concert is the Key Stage 3 Concert in July where the best of our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils will be 2009-spring-music-concert-1performing in S-Block Hall.  If it is anything like last year’s KS3 concert it will knock your socks off!

 

 

A reminder to parents who have written cheques for music lessons the last of the three cheques given to me last year will be cashed during April.

 

 

 

Website and ELE update

As you would expect, we are leading the way in the use of new technologies on our website. The latest application to be used is Microsoft Deep Zoom using Silverlight technology, which allows us to create more interactive photo galleries. If you would like to see for yourself, visit the Year 9 page and select the Plas Pencelli photo gallery link or select the link below. You will need to install Silverlight (free download) in order to view the pictures. See how far you can zoom in and if you can find the hidden photos!

Link to Silverlight Gallery

With the visits from Shaw and Aloeric Schools completed, all prospective Year 6 students should have been given an ELE account and had a go at logging in to our learning platform. The forum with frequently asked questions is proving to be very successful.

Holiday requests

Please remember that the regulations regarding holidays taken in term-time have now changed (details available on the school website and from the school office).
The first fine for the taking of an unauthorised holiday has just been issued to the parents of one child at the school (this is issued by the County Council to each parent and for each child)
Before filling in an absence request, please make sure that you understand the new regulations.

Link to Absence Request page on website

Maths

 
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Pi day14 March 2009

Congratulations to all who attempted the challenge of memorising digits of Pi.

Well done to this years winners. Zach Du Toit recited an amazing 280 digits of Pi and George Parsons came a close 2nd with 201 digits.

This was an amazing feat smashing last years record of 155!

Dance

Dance concert on May 13 & 14 at 7.00pm in the Dance Studio.
Tickets will be on sale after Easter.
Dances performed by pupils from Years 7 to 13

including GCSE and A Level

Sports Ambassadors

Each year until 2012, School Sport Partnerships across England will recruit two young people to take on the role of Sports Ambassador for two years. Congratulations to Katie Hall and Lewis Somerville who have been chosen for this role.

In their first year, they work in their local communities championing sport and the ethos and values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. In the second year they take on a mentoring role with the new Sports Ambassador intake.

By the time the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games reach these shores in 2012, more than 5,000 young people from across the UK will have been through the Sports Ambassador programme, which is managed by the Youth Sport Trust on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Half of all the Sports Ambassadors, which this year will total 898, are selected due to their sporting talent, while the other half are chosen due to their outstanding commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.

Drama

‘The Man Who’ Drama Performance.
Congratulations to the Yr 13 Drama and Theatre Studies group who performed their exam piece ‘The Man Who’ by Peter Brook on March 10th. All their hard work in rehearsals paid off as they wowed audiences with their interpretation of the play set in a hospital for Patients with mental illnesses. Thank you to all the Parents and Students who came to support.

History

March has been a busy month in the History Department!  Year 7 have been learning about Castles in preparation for their Chepstow Castle visit next term. Year 8 have been handling historical artefacts in class, linked to their study of Slavery (on loan to us from the Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Bristol) which they have done with sensitivity and care – Well done Year 8!  Year 9 have been studying World War Two and preparing their final Key Stage Three Home Learning Project (Life in Britain during World War Two) which is due in after the Easter break.  Year 10 have completed their first piece of coursework for their GCSE History – Well done for meeting the deadlines with this work Year 10!  Year 11 are commencing revision for their exams (lots of resources on ELE, Sam Learning and BBC Bitesize to support them with their revision)  We have every confidence in you Year 11 – go for it!  Years 12 & 13 attended a Conference on Nazi Germany in London, and visited the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust Exhibition they were great ambassadors for the school.  A big thank you to all year groups from the History Team, for all of your efforts in History this term.

Geography

Forthcoming Geography Field Trips
Year 9 May 13 – Big Pit Coalmine, South Wales
Year 10 June 3 – Bristol
Year 8  June 16 & 18 – Studland, Dorset
Letters will be given out shortly.
Get them back to your Geography teacher quickly, as places are limited

Outreach Art for March

Towards the end of February, Mazy Bartlett held a Family Learning session at The Pound. Julie Starks, a local artist, ran the workshop in which a wonderful patchwork hanging was created, with all the local landmarks sewn or stuck on. Congratulations to the family that succeeded in reproducing Corsham Court out of material!

The session was aimed at raising awareness of the Corsham Area Community Partnership and will go on display at The Pound shortly.

We will be running a session on April 25 11.30-2.00 in which we will be highlighting good and bad methods of transport by creating a Wacky Races style frieze of different types of transportation out of scrap. Hopefully we will go on to display it in Corsham too.

Year 11 Focus Evening

There was a targeted Year 11 Focus Evening scheduled for Tuesday 31st March, 7pm in the 6th Form Centre. It replaced the Focus Evening that was cancelled in February because of the snow.
The Evening theme was ‘How to Achieve Higher Passes at GCSEs’ and letters had been sent to parents/guardians of specific students, inviting them to attend.

French Exchange

On Thursday morning of March 26 we sadly said goodbye to members of our French Exchange school as they set off for the long journey home. They had spent a fun-filled week with us, during which they enjoyed a cricket lesson with Mr Evans and made replicas of traditional British meals in the making room with Mr Peecock. They also enjoyed a tour of Corsham with the Year 12 AS French group and a treasure hunt made by the Year 13 A2 French group. The French students visited the Roman Baths and both English and French exchange students enjoyed a visit to The Science Museum and Madame Tussaud’s in London.

Corsham students are now really looking forward to their return visit in May.

Dates for the Diary

April 1            7pm Governors Financial & Planning Mtg

April 2            Y8 & Y11 Interim Reports

April 3            Teacher Development Day

April 3            Term 4 ends

April 3-11       Ski/Snowboarding trip to Val d’Isere, France

April 20          Term 5 begins

April 20          7.45pm CSPTA Committee

April 21-24    A2 Textiles controlled test

April 21-24    AS Photography controlled test

April 27          7.00pm Y7 Focus Evening for Parents

April 28          A2 & AS Art controlled test

April 28          7.00pm Full Governors Meeting

April 29-30    A2 Art controlled test

April 29          A2 Textiles controlled test

April 30          Junior UK Maths Challenge

 

Pupil Reception

Email addresses – we would be very pleased to have more home email addresses from parents/carers.  This is a very useful way of contacting you for non-urgent matters and messages. If you wish us to have your home email address, please send it to pupilreception@corsham.wilts.sch.uk
Mobile numbers – Please don’t forget to let us know if you have (or change) a mobile number

 

 

In line with the School’s long term sustainable development initiative, to reduce the amount of paper and printing consumption, we would like to advise parents and carers that the paper newsletter will be phased out in the next few months and be replaced with an online, digital copy. Anyone who wishes to have a paper copy may request this from Reception. Please familiarise yourself with the School website (www.corsham.wilts.sch.uk) and in particular the Information Point’s School Blog, which contains all the latest news, including an electronic copy of the newsletter.

The Corsham School judged to be outstanding by OFSTED

Dear Parent/Carer

OFSTED Inspection 2009

As you will be aware our school was recently inspected by OFSTED.  The final report has been published today and has been placed on our school website for you to enjoy.  I have arranged for some copies to be produced in school, so if you would prefer to receive a hard copy just put a note in your child’s organiser and ask them to go to Main Reception where they will be given a copy.

Not surprisingly, I am delighted with OFSTED’s findings, as the school has received their highest categorisation and has been judged as outstanding.  The children have been written to and I attach their letter as I am so proud of them.

The input of the students and parents/carers was highly significant in the inspection.  The Inspectors received more than double the national average of responses to the parents’ questionnaire and commented on how very positive the feedback was.

I trust that you will enjoy reading the report, and I would like to sincerely thank you on behalf of the staff and governors, for both your written comments and your on-going support that you give to your children and their school.

Yours sincerely

M WILLIAMS

Headteacher

Link to see the full report

Olympic Young Ambassadors

young-ambassadorsSelection for Ambassador Conference – 09

Each Secondary School in the Mid-Wilts Schools Sport Partnership (MWSSP) chose two students to be their Sport Ambassadors. These students were either Gifted & Talented in PE and/or excelled in leadership & volunteering in Sport. Our Sport Ambassadors are pictured left.

All these Sport Ambassadors from the various schools in the MWSSP were invited to Sheldon School for a selection process in early March ’09 to decide which two to four Sport Ambassadors would become Young Ambassadors, representing the MWSSP at the Young Ambassador conference. The selection process involved a short presentation by the candidates followed by an interview. The standard of all the presentations was very high and it was felt that all of the candidates were a credit to their schools. The interviewers were looking for individuals who could not only inspire other young people but show excellent communication and organisational skills.

I am pleased to report our two Sport Ambassadors (SA) from Corsham, along with one SA from Sheldon and one SA from Lavington School were successful in being chosen as the MWSSP Young Ambassadors. All four candidates will now represent the MWSSP in Oct 2009 at a Young Ambassador Conference.

Sharron Bates

SSCo Corsham

Further details of the Young Ambassador programme is outlined below:-

 Young Ambassadors

young-ambassadors-2Each year until 2012, School Sport Partnerships across England will recruit two young people to take on the role of Young Ambassador for two years. In their first year, they work in their local communities championing sport and the ethos and values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. In the second year they take on a mentoring role with the new Young Ambassador intake.

By the time the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games reach these shores in 2012, more than 5,000 young people from across the UK will have been through the Young Ambassador programme, which is managed by the Youth Sport Trust on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Half of all the Young Ambassadors, which this year will total 898, are selected due to their sporting talent, while the other half are chosen due to their outstanding commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.

Overview – Young Ambassadors 2008/09

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The Young Ambassador Programme outcomes are as follows:

  • To advocate the ethos and values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement
  • To champion sport within local communities
  • To create role models for other young people

• To aspire to inspire participation

Young Ambassador Role:

In their first year the young people selected will have a role as Young Ambassadors. There role focuses on three areas:-
1. Increase participation and healthy living of other young people
2. Promoting HQ learning in PE and Sport and across other subjects through the Olympic and Paralympic ideas/values.
3. Promote the 2012 Games

 Mentor Young Ambassador Role:

The second year (2008-09) they will be mentors for Young Ambassadors. There role will focus on three areas:-
1. To build the process for the selection of next year’s YAs
2. To build capacity of other young people through mentoring (i.e. of year 1 YAs) and supporting others
3. To undertake the YA role on a local, county, regional & national level (i.e. use on National platforms, YST to consult with year 2 YAs frequently etc)

Creativity and the Creative School Conference

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On 10th March the school presented a one day conference on the theme of ‘Creativity and the Creative School’. Held in association with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the event enabled school leaders to showcase the ground breaking work that the school is doing in this area of education. The conference was attended by delegates from as far away as Grimsby and Northern Ireland and was a resounding success. Although Headteacher Martin Williams and Deputy Headteacher Irene Large have presented at national venues before on the subject of creativity this was the first occasion when delegates could spend a day at the school seeing its work for themselves.

Delegates enjoyed multi-media presentations on the school’s approach to creativity, learning through making, and building a creative school. Charlie Parsons, who manages and develops the school’s Electronic Learning Environment and website, gave a demonstration of how the school creatively uses the latest technologies to support learning. Each conference session began with some inspirational singing provided by the students including a stirring and accomplished duet of ‘You Raise Me Up’. Delegates particularly enjoyed a visit to the cross curricular  Making Room and were impressed by the extent of the creativity evident in all areas of the curriculum. Irene Large said, “It was a wonderful day, sharing ideas with colleagues. There is already demand for us to repeat the event in the summer.”

Link to Creativity and the Creative School page

Corshams Got Talent results

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Wednesday night saw the culmination of a lot of hard work by Students and Staff to put on an exciting evening of entertainment with over 400 people in the audience.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and making the evening so enjoyable.

The overall winners, chosen by the audience, were:

1st place – Mel Guy

Joint 2nd – Connor Macleod and Jess Martin/Lizzy Piper

3rd place – Gina Tunbridge

A DVD is available from the Music Deapartment priced £3.50

Link to see a preview of the DVD

Newsletter 27 February 2009

SKI TRIP

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A group of 48 from Years 8-11 went to stay in the very comfortable Hotel Auderer in Imst, Austria. The group skied in Otz where snow conditions were exceptionally good. Three groups of first time skiers including Miss Powell and Miss Davies made very good progress and an intermediate group and an advanced group also skied hard and well for the 6 days.

The staff would like to congratulate the whole group on their excellent behaviour and progress.
Another large group of over 50 Year 11 and 6th Form will be leaving for Val d’Isere on 3 April.

Link to view the Ski Gallery 2009

The Corsham School is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Government Sportsmark Award 2008 (for the second year running) in recognition of the high quality of Physical Education provision at the school.

Link to more information on Sportsmark

MATHS

Students gaining top marks on Maths Problem of the Term, term 3 2008/9 are as follows:

H7

Joseph Stone

A7

Lauren Merrett

M7

Bethany Hart

M7

Riqtal Islam

M7

Hannah Lias

R8

Joel Culver

O8

Amelia Lias

R9

Zachary Du Toit

Well done to all.  Postcards and prizes to follow.

HISTORY

Over the coming months, the History Department will be out and about making visits with various Year Groups, including Chepstow Castle with Year 7, Bath with Year 10 and The Holocaust Exhibition at the IWM London with Years 12 and 13.  Look out also for our recruitment for Ypres, Belgium (December 2009) for our current Year 8 students.  In the meantime, if you wish to explore your topics with some complementary visits…
History Department Museum Recommendations:
The Museum of London, Barbican, London – Great for all periods of Key Stage 3 study from Romans to The Twentieth Century.
The Roman Baths, Bath – Great for Year 7 to complement their study of the Roman Empire.
The Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Bristol- Great for supporting our Year 8 study of Slavery.
The Imperial War Museum, London – Great for Year 9 and their study of the Twentieth Century World.

The American Museum, Bath – Well worth a visit for our GCSE Year 10/11 students to help their revision of The American West.

You could write a review of your visit and post on the ELE forum.

SCIENCE

Mr Brown, Mr White and Mr Thickett took over 30 A level Physicists and some year 10 triple science students to St. Mary’s school in Calne for an Astronomy Day Lecture as part of the International Year of Astronomy with Guest speaker Dr Alexander Martynov who works on the Russian space programme. The lecture was entitled ‘From Sputnik to Mars’ and discussed the problems involved in manned missions to Mars and explained what life was like in a space station. We also heard talks from other guest speakers which included presentations about CERN and particle detectors.

ART

The art teachers wondered if it would be possible to ask in the newsletter if anyone has old musical instruments eg guitars, violin, saxophone (doesn’t matter if they are broken), also any old unusual hats, feather boas, beads, bags, animal skulls or interesting shoes and small children’s wellies! They don’t ask for much do they!!

VALENTINE DISCO

On Thursday 12 February Year 7 raised £450 for their chosen charities by holding a Valentine’s Disco. More than 100 students attended the disco to help raise money for three worthy causes including a village in Africa and Bath Cats and Dogs Home. Students in Year 7 had been working hard to organise the disco and took on responsibility for tasks such as designing posters, selling tickets and preparing refreshments to be sold on the night. Georgina Wood and Meg Clist even took it upon themselves, with the help of Georgina’s Mum, to create fantastic decorations to give the hall a romantic feel! On hand to ensure the students had a great time were the local Community Police Officers. Three members of the Corsham team were present at the disco to help run things smoothly. They were extremely generous and provided the DJ for the disco as well as hundreds of glow sticks which were a huge hit with the students!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a great success.”

Y9 OPTIONS EVENING

This event, which was postponed due to bad weather, will be held on Thursday 5 March at 7.00pm in S Block Hall.

MUSIC

‘Corsham’s got Talent’ show is now Wednesday

March 4 at 7.30pm in S Block Hall.

Tickets are still available for £2.50

Dates for the Diary

March 2

7.45pm CSPTA Committee

March 3

7.00pm Full Governing Body Meeting

March 4

7.30‘Corsham’s got Talent’ SB Hall

March 5

7.00pm Y9 Options Evening S B Hall

 

 

March 11

7.00pm Governors Curriculum Meeting

March 11

Maths Primary Happy Puzzle Day

March 12

Y 12/13 A Level History Conference, London

March 12

5.00pm Y7 Parents Evening/Interim Reports

March 13

Y 12/13 A Level History Conference, London

March 16

Y9 Focus Evening for Parents

March 17

7.00pm Governors Personnel Meeting

March 23

5.00 Y12 Parents Evening

March 26

7.00pm Governors Care & Guidance Meeting

March 26

7.30pm Spring Music Concerts SB Hall

In line with the School’s long term sustainable development initiative, to reduce the amount of paper and printing consumption, we would like to advise parents and carers that the paper newsletter will be phased out in the next few months and be replaced with an online, digital copy. Anyone that wishes to have a paper copy may request this from Reception. Please familiarise yourself with the School website (www.corsham.wilts.sch.uk) and in particular the Information Point’s School Blog, which contains all the latest news, including an electronic copy of the newsletter.