Newsletter 18th December 2009


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Model United Nations 27 and 28 November
Philip Smith, Sean Marsh, Owen May, Joe Johnstone and Isobel Taylor (Year 11 students) represented the school at the Model United Nations event at St Lawrence School. There were about 150 students from many schools. Students had to debate in various committees, pass resolutions, make amendments and alliances, answer to the Security Council and make presentations to the General Assembly. It was a fantastic insight into the world of international decision making. These students also used the experience to complete their ASDAN course in active citizenship. If any current Year 10 students would like to take part next November, please let Mr Balu know.

Happy Puzzle day

On Wednesday 25 November all Year 7 students were lucky enough to take part in the Mathematics Happy Puzzle Day. Students were given a series of challenging puzzles to complete as a team race. Students’ highlights were the Piranha challenge and the laser beam puzzle. All teams did fantastically well and we all learnt that no matter how difficult nothing was impossible!


On the 10 December eight 6th form students attended the Young Enterprise Trade Fair at Nationwide Head Quarters in Swindon. These students were representing their business and selling their products which are calendars. The group had excellent feedback on the presentation of their trade stand and their selling techniques. They were very successful and sold over 30 calendars.

Senior UK Maths Challenge

Fifteen students from Year 11, 12 and 13 took part in the national senior maths challenge at the beginning of November.

Certificates awarded are as follows:-

Gold and Best in School– Year 13 Simon Lomas

Silver– Year 13s Rebecca Parker, Alex Gillespie

Jack Feltham, Ben Carley, Joe Gerard,

Catherine Hilliard, James Kenna, Year 12s Emma Roberts, Mathew Thomas, Year 11 Harry Allen.

Regional Heat of Senior Maths Team Challenge

Simon Lomas, Rebecca Parker, Emma Roberts and Mathew Thomas were our star team at this regional event at Hardenhuish School on 24 November. The teams were competing against 19 other schools, so we were pleased to come seventh. It really is the taking part that matters! The team really enjoyed trying to solve the challenging problems. We were in a really strong position after 2 events but ran out of steam on the last so we know what to practise next year!


Thank you to all those who supported the Christmas Concert. We had the largest ever audience and the whole evening was a great success. DVDs of the concert are available from Mr Day for just £3.50. Also, video clips of this, and other concerts, are available to watch on the Music Team Website. A reminder to all those who have paid the school three cheques for music lessons that the second of these cheques will be cashed in January. Please let Mr Day know if you have changed banks in this time to avoid problems.


Alpe D’Huez, France. February 18-26 2011. Booking now.

Full details on the Student Bulletin on ELE and leaflets available from Pupil Reception or PE Staff.

Deposits please by January 15 2010.


mask Mazy Bartlett continues to run Art Surgery after school on Wednesdays 3-5pm. On December 4 we entered our ‘Rubbish Christmas tree’ in the St Bartholomew competition and won. It is still on display in the church. Well done to all those makers that made such a wonderful effort! As numbers have steadily increased over this term the making room will be offering a second Art Surgery session on Thursday 3- 5pm, commencing after Christmas. Please could anyone that would like to come on a Thursday let Mazy Bartlett know at or 01249 713284 ext 258.

wicker man

 During November, Mazy went to St Patricks (one of the partner schools), to help with their Arts Week. Teachers were trained in plaster-carving and a willow artist was provided for the day. The school managed to produce 6 pieces of exterior sculpture over the week, effectively making their own sculpture park. A really impressive effort was made by all.

Mazy has also been running an after school painting and drawing class at Box C of E primary school every Tuesday. The children were asked to bring in fruit and vegetables that they had grown, and the end results will be made into a wall chart about healthy eating. Corsham Primary have requested an eco-sculpture, which will be started in the new year. Also, we are hoping to involve the children of Corsham primary school in the design and planning of the‘Community Orchard’, that Transcoco have confirmed will go ahead on their land. For further details of this project, contact Transcoco via their website.In our community, the Outreach department have been approached by Basil Hill Barracks, to provide help in refurbishing their community centre. This will begin after Christmas, and hopefully involve our Baccalaureate students doing murals and prints.Also, The Pound hosted our monthly Family Learning day, and this time we made an enormous 3D picture. It was a great show of teamwork and should be on display at The Pound soon.

Design and Technology Team

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.

Maths problem of the term 2

This term’s top problem solvers are:
Year 7: Caitlin Murphey A7, Ruth Moger M7,

Kes Krishnamma-Hillier O7, Hannah Merrett R7, Luke Wilson W7
Year 8:  Benjamin Candlin 8H, Jethro Large 8A,

Hannah Lias 8M, Lauren Merrett 8A, Elinor Wood 8W
Year 9:  Becky Daniels C9, Nancy Lewenden O9, Amelis Lias O9, Joseph Ross M9.  Winners from each year group will receive a £5 book token for WHSmith.  All others will receive a postcard home.Well done.

Foreign Languages

On Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December the Modern Foreign Languages Department welcomed several visiting speakers to their Year 9 classes.
As Year 9 begin their GCSE option choices the department wanted the students to hear different points of view concerning the importance of taking at least one foreign language at GCSE.One German speaking mum, as well as a Swedish native and French lady spoke to the classes about their own experiences, as well as the reasons why they should consider French, German and/or Spanish as an option.The students were very receptive and interested to hear the Swedish language, whilst appreciating the talents of speaking 5 languages and the benefits being able to communicate in at least one foreign language would bring.The MFL team would like to publicly thank these ladies whilst encouraging anyone else with similar experiences/talents to contact Miss Fairbairn at school. Merci/ Danke / Gracias!

Corsham Perspectives Exhibition

Head of Art Department, Jan Colomb (also known as Jan Byrne) is exhibiting her Ceramics work that is hand built with many layers of decoration, made primarily from clay with additional found or home made objects.There are two other artists currently living and working in Corsham. As well as exploring their individual journeys the exhibition will reveal three contrasting approaches to the visual arts.

Saturday 9 January-Saturday 20 February 2010

Open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am –,

Saturday,–5pm, Closed Sunday. Admission free.

Ice Skating at Cribbs Causeway

135 Year 7 students went ice skating at the temporary Christmas rink at Cribbs Causeway on the evening of 8 December. All the students skated, despite the poor weather, followed by a shopping trip in the Mall. Those students who didn’t manage to stay upright whilst skating got extremely wet, but remained cheerful and were perfectly behaved throughout. Huge thanks to Miss Holly, Assistant Year 7 Learning Manager for arranging the event.

Christmas Disco for Year 7

A Christmas disco was held for Year 7 students on Friday December 11. The event was funded and run by the local police and their kind sponsors, with particular thanks to Corsham Town Council. The disco was well attended and the children had a great time. Money raised will be put towards the RUH’s Space to Grow charity.

Year 9 visit to Ypres, Belgium

Link to History trip to Ypres page

Dates for the Diary

January 4 Term 3 begins

January 5 7.30pm A’Level Presentation evening

January 11 HPV Immunisations 2

January 11 7.00pm Year 7 Focus evening

January 14 7.00pm Year 11 Focus evening

January 15 Y11 Photographs

January 20 5.00pm-7.30pm Year 9 parents evening