Newsletter 30 April 2009


A big ‘Thank you’ from the History Team to Year 7 students who baked wonderful ‘Castles Cakes’ to raise money for their Year 7 charities including Bath Cats & Dogs Home. Over £120 was raised from the auction of the cakes – thanks to everyone who supported this and in particular to Mrs Howard and the Food Technology Team for their time and their baking and decorating expertise.

Thanks also to Year 9 students who were ‘an audience for Mr & Mrs Blazey’. Mr Blazey is a World War Two veteran, who enthralled us with his account of his evacuation from Dunkirk. Mrs Blazey was an evacuee in World War Two. The students’ questions to our visitors were intelligent and sensitive. Thanks also to colleagues who supported this event.

And finally, two of members of our 6th form have just returned from a visit to Auschwitz in Poland. They have been working with a project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, and will be working on projects in school to ensure that ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ continue to be remembered. 


Congratulations to Amelia Lias, Emma Simonsen, Joe Ross and George Parsons who represented our school at the Maths Team Challenge event held at Wootton Basset school at the end of last term. They did a fantastic job and really enjoyed the day. Their highlight was the relay race in which they gained one of the top scores!

The following students achieved full marks in the Maths Problem of the Term, term 4 2008/9:
Year 7 Jethro Large, Lauren Merrett, Samuel Ross, Jade Wilson, Hannah Lias
Year 8 Jamie Vennard-Tierney, Rebecca Daniels, Kyle Krishnamma – Hillier, Amelia Lias, Oliver Cannings, Bethany Finch, Miles Pearson, Samuel Plowright, Joseph Ross, Ashlea Delahunty, Giles Skeates
Year 9 Hannah Little, Nicholas Schofield.
An impressive number of students! Well done!

All students will receive a postcard in the post except for winners of the £5 WHSmith vouchers (presented in assembly)

The Science Team has been fortunate to have two Undergraduate Ambassadors for Science in school for the last few weeks. This scheme places final year Chemistry degree students in schools to promote Science. Miss Murray provided 6th form students with extra revision classes and Miss Rooksby was able to run a Science club for selected Year 7 students on aspects of flight. Many thanks to all involved and to the two students for their time and effort.

Pupil Reception

The last dose of the HP vaccine was given to the girls on

27 March. If your daughter missed any of the 3 doses, you should have received a letter from the school nurse advising you to contact your GP to arrange for the missing doses to be given. We would also like to pass on the praise given by the immunisation team to all the girls. They were very impressed by their behaviour and bravery!

We shall be offering this immunisation to our older girls in the future-details to follow when we know more.

Dance Concert

Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May at 7 pm in the Dance Studio.  Entry is by ticket only.

Tickets are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. They are available from Mrs Vosper and are selling fast.

Free Art Classes

Bath-based artist Mark Wheleham will be teaching on our next adult evening Art class. Mark teaches sculpture at Bath University and for 7 weeks from 3 June he will be here on Wednesday evenings to teach those interested how to use plaster to create sculpture, with an emphasis on creativity and imagination-no previous experience necessary.

These classes will run from 7.00pm-9.00pm in the Making Room. Tuition is FREE, but there will be a charge of £10 towards the cost of materials.

There are only 12 places available. Don’t delay.

Ring the school to book your place now.

Outreach Art news

The wall-hanging made during the last family learning session is now on display at The Pound, in the cafe area. It really is worth a look, not least for the insane sheep, but also as a good way of getting an over-view of our area.
Corsham Community Area Partnership has been established by our new Wiltshire council as a way of all our voices being heard within this particular patch of Wiltshire. They will be having regular events at local venues, at which we will have the opportunity to have a grumble about whatever issues are bothering us, and put in requests for change. Watch out for CACP or Corsham CAN meetings.
A transport themed workshop was held on 25 April. The results of which will be displayed around Corsham, possibly in shop windows. Keep an eye out!
Finally, during the Easter break, Mazy Bartlett, our Outreach Artist, painted a mural at the top of H-Block stairs outside the Music department. The result is a large and vibrant relief piece, in the style of Joan Miro. What works particularly well is that the porthole window directly above the mural casts a sun spotlight onto either the moon or the eye, depending on the time of day. The mural is a depiction of a band, but in a surrealist fashion. See what you can pick out in the design.
Art Surgery in The Making Room every Thursday commencing 30 April after school 3-5pm onwards. The Making Room will be offering a 2 hour ‘open house’ for anyone in school, or the local community, to come and use our resources, space and brains. So if you have any ideas, homework, or projects that you would like help with, or just the space and time to do it, drop in.

Any questions, call Mazy Bartlett 01249 713284 ext 258 or email

Year 9 Alternative Activities Trip

alternative-activities-tripForest of Dean, Friday 20 March 2009.

Ten students from Year 9 attended a two day trip to the Forest of Dean at the end of March supported by Mrs. Evans, SEN and Sharron Bates, Corsham SSCo. They were joined by forty students from four other secondary schools in the Mid-Wilts Schools Sports Partnership.

All the students thoroughly enjoyed the team building, problem solving, high ropes, climbing wall and zip wire course. The instructors at the centre commented “All the students were a credit to their respective schools.”

The Partnership Development Manager, Laura Phillips, went on to say “The trip was a great success and we are hoping to run this next year with a similar group of students”.


Skiing /Snowboarding Trip to Val d’Isere, France

April 3-11 2009.

45 students (6th formers and Year 11) enjoyed 6 days of fantastic skiing/snowboarding in the world’s top resorts. They enjoyed mostly sunny weather, great snow conditions and amazing scenery. Excellent progress during the week saw the first time skiers coping with some long and challenging runs while the ‘experts’ pitted themselves against some of the resort’s famous, leg-burning black runs.

Mr Holden and the other staff would like to again to congratulate the group on their very mature and reliable behaviour throughout the trip.

Next trip- December 26 2009-January 3 2010 to Austria. Booking currently being taken. 6 days skiing £648. See details on the PE web site or ask Mr Holden for a leaflet. (This trip is for current Year 11 and 6th formers)

Dates for the Diary

May 1 Y10 reports to Parents

May 4 May Bank Holiday

May 5-8 Y9 National Curriculum Tests

May 8 Y12 Study Leave begins

May 8 Y10 GCSE History to Bath

May 11 Y8 Focus Evening for Parents

May 11 7.45pm CSPTA Committee

May 13 Y9 Geography Fieldwork

May 13 7.00pm Dance Concert

May 14 7.00pm Dance Concert

May 18-22 Y10 Work Experience

May 18 Y11 Study Leave begins

May 18 7.00pm Y9 Focus Evening for Parents

May 19-21 Y7 Trips to Chepstow Castle

May 20 North Wilts Area Athletics Trials

May 22 Y13 Study Leave begins

May 22 Term 5 ends

ELE update

To celebrate the first year of our Electronic Learning Environment we ran an ELE Easter Egg Hunt over the holiday. Hidden throughout the pages were pictures of Easter Eggs containing letters. When all 10 were found they spelt the words Jelly Beans. Congratulations to Keileigh Birkett, in Year 7, who was the overall winner receiving a £10 voucher. The Year Group winners who each received an Easter egg were:

Year 7 – Thomas Carling

Year 8 – Megan Gibson,

Year 9Mitchell Reynolds

Year 10 – Miles Gilmore

Year 11 – Paige Stiles

Year 12Sadie Coleman

Thank you to everyone else for entering the competition and making our first year with ELE so successful.

Another very exciting development is our recent purchase of Birchfield Interactive learning platform resources. Students can now access a wealth of multimedia subject resources through the Learning Centre for most subjects. Each area is broken down into topics with fun interactive games to test what has been learnt. Mr Parsons will be demonstrating the software in the student assemblies over the next few weeks.


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 (and also this term First News) by collecting the special tokens printed in The Times and The Sunday Times from April 2009 for a 12 week 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 to your child to add to the school’s token collection in main reception. At the end of the first phase of the Books for Schools scheme we collected nearly 500 tokens, so please ask your friends and relatives – in fact anyone you know – to collect tokens for our school. 


Mr Alec Brown gave a talk to Year 8 Geographers
about the changing lives of people in China.
A series of short movies and some photographs were used
to show how old traditions are being affected by globalisation.

Feedback from Year 11 Focus Evening
Thanks to parents who attended the targeted Focus Evening on Tuesday March 31 in the 6th Form Centre.
Part of the session included parents feeding back on how the school could help more, and how students, parents and teachers can all work together for exam success.
As a result of this feedback. Year 11 tutors have run sessions on learning styles in tutor times, and teachers will be reinforcing this in their revision lessons.
Additionally, there is a new page on the external website with GCSE topic checklists. Parents asked for more information on what Year 11s should specifically revise: please go to Year Groups / Year 11 / Revision Checklists, for specific lists of subject material.


Jon Ridler

It is with great sadness that we pass on news of the death of Jon Ridler Assistant Headteacher.

Jon passed away on Saturday April 11 following a battle with cancer.

Donations to Dorothy House Hospice.