Newsletter 31st March 2010

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Year 7 Sports Relief /Space to Grow Charity Run

On Friday 19 March Year 7 used their afternoon tutor time to run a mile around the school playing fields in order to raise money for both Sports Relief and their chosen local charity ‘Space to Grow’.

The students designed their own sponsorship forms, with a prize for the best one from each tutor group. The overall winner, with a beautifully illustrated form, was Joy Wingrove from W7.

Despite the rain the students loved every minute and no-one complained about the cold and wet. They charged round the field, some in silly outfits and great fun was had by all. More importantly, they all worked hard to get sponsorship for the run and many students raised more than £30 on their own, bringing the grand total raised to £1100! Half the money is being sent to Sports Relief and the other half will be added to the growing pot of money being raised for Space to Grow, raising money to build a new Special Care Baby Unit at the RUH in Bath.

I would like to thank all the students and their parents for supporting this event.


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We would like to remind parents and students of the importance of keeping to our simple uniform regulations. Particular concerns at the moment are a number of boys who are wearing T-Shirts under their polo shirts and a few girls with ‘fashion’ cardigans instead of school sweat shirts. In addition coloured nail varnish has become fashionable.

Meetings with members of staff

As you know, school staff are always very happy to meet with parents in order to discuss issues of concern. However, we would like to remind you that all meetings must be arranged in advance and a proper appointment made so that a suitable time and place can be organised. The best way of doing this is to contact the school office by telephone or e-mail.

Philosophy students

Sixth form Philosophy students travelled to London on 26 February to attend an A level conference hosted by Heythrop College, Kensington. Despite boarding the coach very early in the morning, students led the floor by participating ably in several Q&A sessions during the day. Several contemporary philosophers delivered talks on topics ranging from utilitarianism to religious experience to the evidence for design in the universe. There was even time to take in diverse landmarks such as the house of John Stuart Mill (a famous British philosopher).

ELE and Website update

There is now an even easier way to get the latest news from The Corsham School Blog. You can sign up for email notifications by selecting the link on our website. Enter your email address on the right and click on Sign me up! You will receive an email with confirmation instructions and a link to alter your preferences. Every time any news is published you will receive an email copy. Alternatively you have the option of signing up for a Bloglines account and get notified directly on your computer taskbar. Just select the link Post Notifier for more information. There is no better way to get the latest news from School.

Look out for the new ‘Flash’ Gallery software called Wondershare that provides a rich user experience when viewing school photos. You can see a preview on the Year 9 Webpage containing photos from Pencelli.

 Link to Wondershare Gallery

Exam details

KS3 Tests

Year 9 students will be sitting KS3 tests in Maths and Science during the mornings of 6 and 7 May. Students will be notified of the arrangements for these tests after Easter.

Summer GCSE and GCE examination information

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 will receive final individual timetables before Easter detailing arrangements for their written exams. These should be checked carefully and any discrepancies reported immediately to the Examinations Officer.

Students in Year 10 will receive final individual timetables for their summer modular exams after Easter.

A Level Food Students

On Tuesday 9 February the A level Food students enjoyed two hours of working with Kevin Francis, one of the chefs from Guyers House, Corsham. They were given the opportunity to work with a range of different ingredients to produce some complex, delicious and top class recipes. This proved a very inspirational morning for the students and it has been agreed that he will return in the near future to work on developing skills and ideas for coursework.


Calling all speakers of French, German and Spanish. 
If you would like to support our Year students in preparing for their speaking exams by helping out at after school sessions (either on a regular basis as a one off) please contact Miss Reece, Team Leader for Languages, at the school.

French Exchange

To all involved in the French Exchange, please be reminded that the final payment of £60 (payment 4) should be in by Tuesday 20 April.  There is a meeting on this date at 6pm in H10 to go over arrangements and to answer any questions.  The meeting should last about 30 – 40 minutes. Ms Hawkins will send all the information in a letter as well.

Year 9 Charity Fun Run

A group of Year 9 students organised a 1 mile fun run in aid of our Year 9 charity Well Child on Thursday 18 March.  The event was very successful and all the students had a great time dressing up and running around the school pitches. They raised just over £300 in sponsorship which was a fantastic achievement!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for running and to their families and friends for their generous sponsorship. 
Fastest Girl:  Sam Hobbs
Fastest Boy:  Alfie Cross
Best costume: Lauren Williams who dressed as the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz!

Stars in Their Eyes

Over 400 students and parents attended our 2010 Staff Stars in Their Eyes.  Sixteen performances by over 20 staff members produced a memorable evening. This was our most hi-tech ‘Staff Stars’ ever, with synchronised backing videos and radio mics!  We are very pleased to say that over £1000 was raised at this event – the proceeds of which have already been given to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. 

A DVD of the event is still available from Mr Day in the music department for only £3 – well worth it for a good laugh at us teachers!

Haiti Ribbons

The School Council has raised over £400 for the Haiti Disaster Appeal by making and selling ribbons. Based on a design seen at The Golden Globes, our team of helpers bought the materials, hand stitched each one and sold the red, blue and gold ribbons for £1 each. They are still available from the main office.

Year 7 students

Well done to the students who have acquired 200 credits:
Freddie Ross W7, Oscar Wilson O7 & Courtney Du Toit W7

Wanted! – Cameras

Have any of you got any old cameras lurking in your cupboards or lofts?
The Photography department needs film cameras, but very few shops sell these any more! If you have any film cameras in good working order, either SLR or ‘point and shoot’, which you no longer use, then we would love to take them off your hands! Donations are welcome but we have a small fund available to purchase some.
Please contact school reception if you can help us – Many Thanks


On the 11 March the Y13 group History travelled to London to attend a conference entitled “The Triumph of Elizabeth 1558-1603”. The speakers were excellent, and included well known Tudor Historians such as John Guy and Eric Ives. The lectures were very useful, and worth the early start!
History AS level students spent 1 March in London, attending lectures on Nazi Germany and visiting the Holocaust Exhibition at The Imperial War Museum.  The exhibition really brought home to students the reality of the regime they have been studying.  Thanks to all students (and also Mr Bolter who accompanied us) for their commitment during the day of intensive study, and their sense of direction on the London Underground!
In April two of our AS level students, Jonathan Schofield and Jack Kelly will be representing the school as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust on their ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme, which involves visiting Auschwitz in Poland.  On their return, they will be involved in planning strategies to help the school with its learning about the Holocaust.  We wish them well for their visit.
Local History for Local People! Years 8&9 have been encouraged to find out about their local and family History in two forthcoming Home Learning Projects. Based around the popular TV series ‘Who do you think you are?’ We have asked year 8 to research their family or community History and we are looking forward to finding out all about it when they hand in their projects at the start of May. Year 9 are researching life in World War 2 on the home front and we are hoping to read lots of local accounts from this important time in Britain’s past.

Corsham Cluster Hockey Festival report

March 5 2010 by Phil Smith SSCO

This was the first festival of the year for myself and the new team of helpers, teachers, team manager and coaches. The sports leaders from Year 10,( Alex Bray, Kalif Barnes, Adam Mitchell, Josh Hard, Louie Reynolds, Stephanie Law, Ben Treby, Callum Tonge, James Grogan) were grounds staff who marked out the pitches. There were 10 teams in total. Five teams from Corsham Primary, three from Neston Primary, one from Corsham Regis Primary and one from Lypiatt Primary all took part and really showed good spirit and team work.

They played a Round Robin tournament with the winning two teams playing in the final. The honours went to Corsham C who won by a single goal in the final against Neston A. However both teams will go to the County Finals on

24th March. Corsham D also won their 3rd 4th play off on goal difference with Neston B.

Thank you to Neston who supported the Lypiatt team with some extra players Also to Lypiatt who played so well considering their small numbers and lack of practice. They even won their first two games! Our Fair Play Trophy went to Corsham Regis,

Thank you everyone so much for making the afternoon very special and great FUN!

Link to more information and pictures on the SSCo Website page

Dates for the Diary

April 1st Term 4 ends

April 1st Teachers Development day

April 19th Term 5 begins

April 26th 7.00pm Y7 Focus evening