Newsletter 31 March 2009



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



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 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.


‘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.


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.


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
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 ( and in particular the Information Point’s School Blog, which contains all the latest news, including an electronic copy of the newsletter.