Newsletter 30th November 2009

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Miss Fairbairn would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the 206 Christmas shoe boxes that were received.
Lots of children will have a much nicer Christmas thanks to you.

More photos can be found on the Community Links page of the website.

Link to Community Links website page

Year 11 Mock Exams
These are taking place between 30th November and 16th December.  The general timetable can be found on the parents’ noticeboard.  All students have been issued with an individual timetable.  Further information can be obtained from the Examinations Officer.

Easyfundraising

Raise funds for The Corsham School when you shop online Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores, including Argos, Next, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 2000 other top name stores. Whenever you shop with any one of them using the links provided on the Easyfundraising site, you’ll generate a free donation for us of up to 15% of the purchase price every time! It really is that simple!

It’s completely FREE to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the Easyfundraising site. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give discounts, special offers and even ‘e-vouchers’ exclusive to Easyfundraising.

You can shop for holidays, flights, electronics, mobile phones, computing equipment, food, wine, pet supplies, finance, insurance and much more – and every purchase you make will raise funds for us at absolutely no cost to you!

All you need to do is register for free at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/corshamsch and use Easyfundraising every time you shop online. Visit our website page for more information at:

Link to Easy Fundraising website page

Annual Awards Evening

Over 120 students from across all Year Groups received trophies at the recent Awards Evening with two exciting developments making this year’s event very special. Firstly, the trophies themselves, many of them now made of glass, are now individually engraved with the student’s name. Secondly, the trophies can be kept by students as a lasting memento of their achievement.

Our guest speaker was Simon Williams of the Specialist Schools Trust and memorable musical performance were given by Claudia Holbrook, Keir Krishnamma-Hillier and Francesca Howard-Kyan.

In addition to the various subject and achievement awards, the following special awards were presented:

Diana More ‘Heart of Gold’ – Jess Martin

Kelly Oldman Art Award – Molly McCleod

Ernest Taylor GCSE Achievement Award –

Dalfino Madrigal-Keyte

Hays Education highest GCSE Results Trophy –

Sarah Hurst

The full list of winners can be seen on the school website and pictures of the event will also shortly be available. Congratulations to all winners for their fantastic achievement.

Link to Annual Awards website page

Ernest Taylor Donation

Ernest Taylor was Headteacher of The Corsham School until 1993 after 20 years service. After his death last year, his widow Audrey contacted us with the kind offer of a donation in his memory. After consulting her, we have decided to use this donation for two long-lasting memorials. Firstly, we have created a new annual award to be presented to the Year 11 student achieving the greatest statistical increase in their academic achievement from the time they join the school. Secondly, we intend to enhance the school site with a small arboretum of specimen trees to be located near the garden area at the edge of the school field. This garden has itself been recently renovated in memory of Assistant Headteacher Jon Ridler, who died this year.

History

Year 9 visit to Ypres, Belgium.
A reminder that your Passports and EHIC cards should be with Mrs Piper in preparation for this visit by the Friday before your visit.  The dates of the visits are CORS 3rd-4th December and HAMW 10th-11th December.  Please meet at the Springfield Centre at 5.30 am on the Thursday morning of your visit.  We return at approximately 9 pm on the Friday evening (traffic permitting!)  See the Power Point and Kit List (on the External Website in the Information Point) for further information.  We are looking forward to the visits with you! In preparation you may want to look ahead to our museum visit on the Friday morning http://www.inflandersfields.be/#

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 16th December 2009

Ticket only, £1.85 .

Please buy tickets by 8th December from a member of the catering staff in the S block hall.

Holiday Requests
Parents will now be aware of the changes to the regulations regarding holiday requests. However, we would like to emphasise the importance of making any special circumstances clear to the school at the time of the request.

Information supplied at a later stage cannot be taken into account

WellChild Fundraising

Year 9 are raising money throughout the school year for WellChild which is a charity that helps sick children and their families.

Their first event was selling tea, coffee and cakes at the Year 10 parents evening November 12, raising over £100 thanks to Blu Borgrom, Zachary Carson Amy Charlesworth, Jordan Henley, Charlie Hyett, Calum Johnstone,AnnaKing,Harry Lyons,Connor McCleod, Daniel Rigby, Joe Ross ,Holly Rush, Fiona Staniforth, William Young, Miss Fairbairn, Mrs Fairhurst,

Mrs Wheeler and Miss McGhee. Also W9 are selling WellChild Christmas cards ,cakes and homemade mincemeat at the Christmas concert 3rd December.

Please see information on ELE.

Website and ELE update

There are two new areas on our external website for you to explore. Firstly, Corsham Inspirations is a page designed to profile ex-students who can be an inspiration to our existing Year Groups. We are looking for more entries, so if you know someone who has an interesting story to tell, please ask them to complete the form and we will get in touch. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a story about their job, they may have worked against the odds to achieve something or raised a lot of money for charity in an unusual way etc

Link to Corsham Inspirations website page

Secondly, the Easy Fundraising page allows you to help raise funds for the school just by searching the internet or purchasing items from online retailers. Visit the page to find out more.

Link to Easy Fundraising website page

Website Menu:

There has been an ongoing fault on the website menu which cannot be fixed until the New Year. In the meantime I am switching to a different system called the Accordion Menu to ensure that you can navigate to the page that you need. Please remember that a quick and easy way to navigate through the website is by using the SITE MAP at the bottom of every page.

Parent Portal:

We have reached the testing phase for the new Parent Portal which will allow all Parents/ Carers to individually login to ELE and access attendance data and a whole range of useful information specifically designed for you. When all tests are completed, you will be invited along to a special evening where we will issue your username, password and login instructions.

Design and Technology Department

The Resistant Materials area of Design and Technology would really appreciate any timber donations from parents. This would really help the students with their practical work. We would be interested in pine, hardwoods, clean MDF and plywood but not chipboard or any painted or laminated materials or materials with nails, screws etc in them. Collection could be arranged. Please contact us through the main reception 

Christmas Concert

Thursday December 3rd Tickets £2.00

There will be mince pies and mulled wine for sale too.

Children in Need

Last Friday saw the culmination of a lot of hard work to put on this year’s Children in Need auction. Members of the Sixth Form were allowed to attend school in fancy dress and an auction of items and promises was held in the Sixth Form Centre.

Lots included a cruise on a canal boat, Smurf cookies,  a giant bunny, USB memory sticks, a half price skid pan ticket at Castle Combe and a hug a day; to name but a few.It was an amazing event raising lots of money for the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Mr Bolter said “We raised over £1200 in the auction and more from the fancy dress. The money is still coming in. The office will have a total shortly and I guess it will be around £2,000!” 

My trip to the Falkland Islands

Year 9 student Jack Anstee

On 1st November I flew out with Bath Air Training Corps to the Falkland Islands. Although I attend Melksham ATC and play trumpet, Bath who are National Marching Band champions invited me and a few other cadets to go with them to attend Remembrance Sunday parade at Port Stanley. We flew from Brize Norton to the Ascension Islands 8hrs (it was sunny & warm) after refuelling it was another long 8 hours to The Falklands, where it snowed most days.

As well as the main parade, we also played concerts at The British Legion and The Community School. There is only one school and it has a total of 250 children.

There are lots of minefields, including the beach at Gypsy Cove, but we were able to see some of its penguins. The island has 700,000 sheep, no trees and about 3000 people. We boarded a Royal Navy frigate and flew in a Hercules. The ramp was lowered and we saw two RAF Typhoon jets fly close behind us – it was great!

Although the people are British, the islands are different to Britain – I really enjoyed the experience.

Dates for the Diary

December 3rd 7.30pm Christmas concert

December 7th 7.00pm Y9 Focus evening

December 15th 7.30pm GCSE Presentation

December 19th Term 2 ends

Pupil Reception

Immunizations

The first dose of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccines were given to the majority of girls in Year 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13 on 9th November. If your daughter was due to have this immunization, and for some reason did not receive it, you will be sent a letter by the Area Immunization Team in Salisbury.This will explain and advise what you should do next.

The next doses are booked for 11th Jan and 13th May 2010 in school.

The Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio immunizations for boys and girls in Year 10 are booked for Thursday 12th February 2010. Information packs and consent forms will be sent out in the New Year.

School Uniform

Following strong representations from the Whole School Council on behalf of our students, the school and Governors are considering a slight change in the school uniform regulations which would make the wearing of a shirt and tie optional and the wearing of the school polo shirt permissible throughout the school year.

Comments from parents regarding this potential change are invited before a final decision is made. Please write or email Mr. Staten (RStaten@corsham.wilts.sch.uk) at the school if you wish to make a comment on this issue. NB: If this particular change is agreed, it will not involve any extra cost to parents.

PE Department

Area Cross Country Championships held in Grittleton.

Minor Boys:

3rd James Angell, 6th George Beavis

8th Ben Hayday 9th Aiden Daniel,

12th Luke Reynolds

Team 1st Minor Girls 9th Lucy Stanley

Junior Girls 5th Kirsty Stanley

Team 3rd Inter Boys

4th Tom Bowry,

5th Leigh Rogers

Team 1st Senior Boys 1st Simon Lomas,

2nd Dan Sharp

All runners finishing in the top 10 places will be selected to run in the County Championships on Saturday 23rd January.