Newsletter 29th January 2010

ELE and Website News

Many congratulations to Jess Ayliffe who has won the ‘Snow’ photographic competition and received a £5 WHSmith voucher. You can see all the amazing entries on the School website.

The website and Blog were used extensively, over the past couple of weeks, due to the adverse weather conditions. A record number of 4147 visits were recorded on Wednesday 13th January.

All Year 6 students who applied to come to The Corsham School, in September 2010, have had their ELE accounts created. The Usernames and passwords will be issued during the Primary School visits from January to March, with Corsham Primary School visiting us first on the 20th January.

The Parent Portal is near to completion and is undergoing further testing  prior to release to parents/ carers.

PE Team

County Cross Country Championships at Grittleton

Saturday 23rd January. Three of our Year 7 boys finished in the top 10 and helped the North Wiltshire team to their overall win.  James Angell 5th Aiden Daniel 8th and George Beavis 9th   In Year 11

Leigh Rogers was 9th and Tom Bowry 15th and in Year 12 Dan Sharp was 7th

Congratulations to all our runners in this very tough and demanding event.

British Qualifying Schools Biathlon event at Bath University on Sunday 24th January.

Bobbi Lang, Hannah Lias, Duncan Wilson, Victoria Lewis, Amelia Lias, Megan Trollope, Peter Ammel and Madeleine Malling all took part. Victoria, Amelia and Megan won gold in the Year 9 Girls event and may be selected for the National Championships.

Ski Trip 18th-26th February 2011

Full details on ELE Student Bulletin. Please return booking forms and deposit by Monday February 1st if you would like a place. Leaflets also available from P.E. staff and Pupil Reception.

Exams office

We are currently processing the summer 2010 GCSE and GCE examination entries.  We aim to distribute Statements of Entry for checking by students by the end of February for GCSE and the middle of March for GCE. These show the dates the exams are timetabled by the exam boards. Individual timetables will be issued to students before the Easter holidays when any clashes and rooming issues have been resolved. As a result exam times may vary and students are advised therefore to refer to their individual timetables when received. The final date for written examinations on the common Awarding Body timetable is 30th June 2010.  The majority of students will have their final exam before that date.  Please note that practical/art/language exams are not detailed on timetables as they take place at a time and venue arranged by teaching staff in accordance with awarding body guidelines.  Students should liaise with teaching staff regarding these exams.

Science Team

On December 18th Dr Parker took a group of Year 13 students to Bath University to work with Dr Gan Shermer.  The morning started looking at the Spectroscopy equipment used by students at the University and ended with a tutorial class on using the equipment.  The trip was highly relevant to their January exams and the students were able to show their knowledge as well as asking some probing questions about how the techniques worked and were used.  A good morning was had by all.

Students from Years 7 to 9 were invited to enter the Salters’ Chemistry Club code breaking competition.  Congratulations to Joy Wingrave from W7 who gave the first correct answer!

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

Foreign Languages trip to see the Flying Theatre Company by Year 8 student Maisie Peplow

On the 15th January 2010, 15 Year 8 students went to see a German production performed by the Flying Theatre Company.

It was a one man show with some help from a back stage helper. The main actor was brilliant. He spoke German clearly and got everyone to join in so we knew exactly what was going on at all times! Whilst we were there, he introduced us to words we had not yet learnt, such as weather words and more detailed describing words. He helped us when he knew we were not quite sure and repeated it in English. The performance itself was such a joy to watch. He got two members of the audience to help him and taught them some German words and dance moves! The actor mainly did lots of tricks, balancing on a plank of of wood that was balanced on a metal tube, juggling three large salami sticks and juggling five balls whilst walking around in circles. His most impressive trick was when he was on a unicycle. Firstly, he was on a standard short one but when he told us it was his birthday (Geburtstag) his friend brought in a very tall unicycle. The actor took one look at this and said no (nein).The audience then was shouting at him to ride it, but he refused at first and then was persuded. His friend brought out a ladder and he held it while the actor climbed up it. When he was at the top his friend could not reach the unicycle and let go and the actor shuffled the bottom legs of the ladder over the floor and tipped forward nearly hitting the floor but jumped off in time! It was a fantastic play with lots of excitement. 

French Exchange
Thank you to those who have already paid the January instalment of £80 and sent in passports. 

If you have not done so, please let me have both next week. 

Passports will be returned by mid February before half term.

Staff ‘Stars in their Eyes’

Corsham School presents ‘Staff Stars in their Eyes’

Thursday 11th February S-Block Hall 7:30pm

Tickets on Sale from the Music Department for £3.00

Advanced Ticket Sales Only – No admission on the door!


Starting on the 1st February, M9 will become cupid until 5th February! Two students from M9 will sit in the library with the Valentine’s letterbox.

For £1 you send a card of your own or buy a love biscuit with a heart message attached. If you would like to send flowers or chocolates, they have to be brought to Room H7 where two people will be waiting to collect them after 8.15am on Thursday 11th February. They also cost £1 to send and they will be delivered along with any other Valentines cards or biscuits on Thursday 11th February. All money collected from this event will go towards Year 9’s charity ‘Well Child’.

Christmas Food Hampers
On the last day of term Friday 18th December, the Year 7 tutor reps along with Miss Holly, Ms Davies and Miss Powell delivered 8 large Christmas food hampers to some of the elderly residents in and around Corsham.
The whole of Year 7 (as well as some thoughtful students from other years) had donated food over the month of December as well as creating some beautiful Christmas cards and poems to place in the hampers.
The hampers were decorated with Christmas paper and tinsel and looked wonderful. They were gratefully received. One resident in particular was extremely gracious and could not thank the children enough. She said that she felt very privileged and that it was lovely to see our children thinking of others at that time of year. A huge thank you to all involved.

Dates for the Diary

February 3rd    7.00pm Options Evening

February 8th    7.00pm Y8 Focus Evening

February 10th  5.00pm Y13 Parents Evening

February 11th  7.30pm Staff ‘Stars in their Eyes’

February 12th  Term 3 ends

February 12th  Teacher Development Day

February 14th– 19th School Holiday

February 22nd  Term 4 begins

February 22nd  Teacher Development Day

February 22nd-26th Y9 Pencelli Trip