Newsletter 20th October 2009

christmas-childOperation Christmas Child

Our schools target is 500 shoeboxes.

We would really appreciate students, parents and grandparents wrapping and filling a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. A shoebox filled with toys, educational supplies, toiletries and other items such as sweets or jewellery will make such a difference to a child on Christmas day.

As yet, we have not received many shoeboxes, so please bring in a completed shoebox to Miss Fairbairn in H7.

Your shoeboxes make a huge difference to children’s lives.

Boxes are being collected from School on November 26th.

Please can they be delivered by this date.

GCSE Science and Maths modular exams

These exams are taking place on Friday 13 November (Maths) and Thursday 19 November (Science). The exams involve all students in Year 10 and those Year 11 students who have been entered for resits.

Individual timetables will be issued to students after half term.


Come and get yourself in the festive mood with Christmas instrumental and vocal music performed by students of all years at the Music Christmas Concert, Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm 

S Block Hall.Tickets £2 on sale now available from Music Staff.
Everyone is welcome!
Jean for Genes

We raised over £530 for Jeans for Genes Day and Tia-jay Carr, Jake Allford, Jasmine Adams, Jesse Barrett and Kelsey Cartwright from R7 raised a further £51.55 from their cake sale.

Problem of the Term has begun again!  There is a new results board outside R12. 
This first term’s top problem solvers are:
Year 7 – Caitlin Murphy, 7M, Caitlin Mitchell 7A
Year 8 – Elinor Wood 8W, Samuel Ross 8A, Hannah Lias 8M, Jethro Large 8A, Charlie Baldwin 8A, Rebecca Schofield 8S, Bobbi Lang 8C
Year 9 – Amelia Lias 9O, Rebecca Daniels 9C
A winner from each section has been chosen and will receive a £5 WHSmith voucher in assembly.  The others will receive a postcard home.

Well done everyone!

Pupil Reception

Girls HPV Immunisations: Years 8,10,11,12,13

Just a reminder that the first of these immunisations will take place in school on

Monday 9th November

If you still have not returned the consent form for your daughter, please send it to Pupil Reception without delay.  This also applies even if you have declined consent, as there is a space on the form to indicate your decision. If you have any concerns about these immunisations, please contact our school nurse Sandy Squibbs on 01249 713282

Lost Property

Even this early into the school year, we already have a large amount of lost items, all of which are unnamed.  Please write your child’s name on garment labels, and inside trainers and PE bags, so we can return items to them quickly.


Four tutor groups in Year 7 have been on their residential trip to Oxenwood. They have all behaved impeccably and have thrown themselves into the activities, which have included mountain biking, climbing, archery and shelter building. All the activities are designed to encourage students to work as a team and get to know each other better as a result. The students also had to prepare for a talent show and they have sung, played musical instruments, juggled, performed comedy routines and generally had a lot of fun! Well done to all those who have taken part. Photographs will be on the website shortly.

Outreach Art

Grizzly masks for Halloween, pumpkin carving, and plaster bat imprinting, were the order of the day at the Family Learning session held at the Pound.  17 October Mazy Bartlett designed and produced a large print of historic Corsham, providing the background for a 200 year-old stone saw,   beautifully restored by Maurice Hancock. The whole ensemble will be presented to our twin town, Jargeau.
Box C of E Primary School received a framed print of paintings produced by their students in response to a healthy eating campaign- the pieces of work were very well observed, colourful and simple, and translated brilliantly into print.
Corsham school students involved in the ASDAN project have once again rolled into action- keep your eyes open for more sculptures on the`Recycle ` theme appearing round the school site.
Finally work has commenced with the ICT team to create a visual awareness and identity around our school, to draw attention to the breadth of possibilities presented by this subject. This will be a project led by the students.

Dates for the Diary

October       20      5.00-7.30pm Yr 11 Parents’  Evening (R Block)

October       21      Teacher Development Day

October       21      Term 1 ends

November  2         Term 2 begins

November  2-4     O7 at Oxenwood

November  3         7.00pm Y11 Study Skills Evening for Parents

November  4-6      H7 at Oxenwood

November  5         7.30pm Annual Awards Evening

November 10        7.00pm KS3 Drama Showcase Drama Studios

November 12        5pm-7.30pmY10 parents evening & interim reports  

November 16-18   M7 at Oxenwood

November 17        7.00pm Introduction to 6th Form for Yr 11 parents/students  

November 18-20   S7 at Oxenwood

November 25        Y7 Maths Happy Puzzle Day

November 30        5.00-7.30pmY7Tutor/Parents evening