Newsletter 22 May 2009

Year 11 Leavers’ Day

Y11-leavers Students in Year 11 had a very enjoyable day to mark the start of ‘ Study Leave’. Resplendent in their smartest outfits, their behaviour was impeccable as they said their farewells to teachers and fellow students. A memorable series of performances took place as part of their final assembly. This included excerpts from ‘Fame’, a hilarious quiz show, some fantastic solos along with dance acts from various tutor groups. Miss Beaven leading the ‘A’ Team and Mr Cole joining in with H11 dressed in a pink tutu will live long in memory!

Miss Norton then handed out the ‘Bob the Builder Awards’ to a variety of students under categories ranging from ‘Biggest Heart’ to ‘Most likely to take over the World’!

A rousing performance of ‘School’s Out’ ended proceedings before the Year Group finally went home, some in tears, only to return this week for their GCSE examinations!

ASDAN Active Citizenship Award

Congratulations to the 43 Year 11 students who have just achieved this award. They are the first group to successfully complete the ‘Citizenship in Action Award’ which requires students to undertake two citizenship projects and submit a portfolio of evidence. Most tasks had a sustainability theme, such as re-cycling or saving energy and many were undertaken to support school-based environmental projects being coordinated by Mr. Balu. Other projects included a Junior School basketball tournament, recycling sculptures and fund-raising home-made food sales.

Link to a full list of successful students

We hope to increase the number of students achieving this award next year with the current Year 10 just starting to put their plans together.

Geography Field Trip

45 Year 9 pupils went to the Big Pit coalmine in South Wales on 13 May. They toured the fantastic exhibitions and went 300ft underground to see how coal was mined and to understand the effort that was required to do this job.

French Exchange

From 10-17 May, 25 students from Years 8-10, accompanied by Ms Hawkins, Mrs Holden and Mr Evans, made the return visit to our partner school in Montendre, France. We spent a very enjoyable week in Collège Samuel Dumenieu, attending lessons and learning new skills. Many Corsham students (as well as Mr Evans) proved themselves to be very talented at le handball. We also went on excursions to Bordeaux and to Futuroscope in Poitiers, which was fantastic. All of our students settled quickly into their French family and got along well with the French students. They enjoyed trying new food – including the wonderful school dinners! We were all very sad to leave and some are already planning their next trip! Photos can be viewed on the school website. 


Art Surgery will be moving from Thursday afternoon, to Wednesday 3-5pm. This will come into effect the second week of term. The first week there will be no session. People with vehicles to collect will be able to do this Thursday 3-5pm or any other Art Surgery session.
Saturday16 May saw the last Crafty Saturday at The Pound. We re-commence in September (see Pound programme). Kite-making was the mission for the day, and some really beautiful examples were made. These will be exhibited during the Corsham Festival, in The Martingate Centre, in an exhibition called Harness the Wind. There has been a good response to these sessions. We appeared in the Gazette and Herald and have a display of work in Corsham Centre and a wall-hanging in the cafe at The Pound. The Outreach department is also preparing for a big mathematical mosaic project immediately after the break. This is in response to a request from Neston Primary school and will involve all children. We have a really wonderful artist booked to run the sessions, Emma Leith, and some exciting designs from the children, so despite the ambitious nature of the project, we are confident it will be stunning as well as educational.


Congratulations to all those who took part in ‘A Night at The Musicals’ in May. The audience enjoyed scenes from Mary Poppins and Blood Brothers with the Year 7 Drama Club performing extracts from Oliver and Annie. Solos included Hannah Blackey singing ‘ On My Own’ from ‘Les Miserables’ and Fliss Seviour’s wonderful ‘Defying Gravity’ from ‘Wicked’. Other highlights included the concert band’s Mamma Mia medley and The Staff’s Grease Mega Mix. Thank you to all who came along to support

Link to ‘A Night at the Musicals’ Silverlight Gallery


Horse-ShowCorsham School had three entries in the ISODE (Inter-School One Day Event) equestrian competition at Stonar School this weekend. They all performed extremely well under poor weather conditions. The three entries were: Kirstie Johnson, Phoebe Arafas, and Poppy Clifford. This is the first year that Corsham School had competed in this event and all the girls did the school proud.

The British Inter-Schools One Day Event Championship (ISODE) took place at Stonar school over the weekend of 16th and 17th of May. The event attracted 84 schools from around the UK to compete. The riders must participate in Dressage, show jumping and cross country and are marked in each individual section.

More details about the event can be found on Stonar School’s website.

Well Done!

ACTIVE8 Club Programme

Tuesday 2 June 1:00-2:00pm

Body Conditioning and Fitness Yoga in H-Block Gym.

Tuesday 2 June 3:30pm-4:15

Spinning session in Springfield Leisure Centre.

Thursday 4 June 3:15-4:15pm

Pilates and Aerobics in Dance Studio

Monday 8 June 3:15-4:15pm

Circuit and Step Session

S Block Gym Tuesday 9 June 3.30-4.30pm

Body Combat and Body Balance Session in Springfield Leisure Centre.

Thursday 11 June 3:15-4.15pm

Salsa and Street Dance Session in Dance Studio.

Monday 15 June 3:15-4:15pm

Traditional Yoga in H Block Gym.

Tuesday 16 June from 1:00-2:00pm

Kick Boxing Session in H-Block Gym. Thursday 18 June from 3.15-4.15pm

Hip-Hop Dance in the Dance Studio.

Friday 19 June 9.00 – 4.30pm

Lifestyle Day at Bath University. On arrival you will receive free t-shirt.

Active8 Programme is open to all Year 10 girls to attend. Places are limited. This will run on a first come first served basis.
The programme is funded jointly by the Big Lottery and the Mid-Wilts School Sport Partnership. The purpose of the project is for the Year 10 girls to experience a range of fitness classes and be attracted to attending classes in the community.
The programme ends with a trip to Bath University where the students will experience a Lifestyle Day. On this day the students will mix with girls from Sheldon, Hardenhuish, Abbeyfield, Devizes, John Bentley and Lavington.

Dates for the Diary

June 1 Term 6 begins. Teacher Training Day

June 1 7.45pm CSPTA Committee

June 2 7.00pm Governors Personnel Meeting

June 11 7.00pm Governors Care & Guidance Meeting

June 15 7.00pm Y10 Focus Evening for Parents

June 16 Year 8 Geography Fieldwork

June 17 7.00pm Governors Finance & Planning Meeting

June 18 Year 8 Geography Fieldwork

June 18 3.15pm CSSA Committee

June 19 KS3 Music Festival Day

June 19 Year reports to Parents

June 19 North Wilts Area Athletics Championships

June 22-26 Y12 Biology Field Trip

June 22-26 Y10 Examinations


Teaching Assistant required for 15 hours per week, term time only.

Further details can be found on the School website or from Mrs Piper at the school

Link to Staff Vacancies

Tel: 01249 713284 email: 



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