Newsletter 30th April 2010

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South Africa trip

Ex-student Beth Atkins is out in South Africa volunteering as an assistant teacher at both the High and Junior Schools in the rural town of Philippolis. She and the rest of the group including fellow former Corsham School student Harriet More have settled well into African life and are getting stuck into the teaching and helping in the local community. Outside of the teaching the group have been involved with two painting projects – one at the adult learning centre in Bergmanshoogte and a second at the high school painting the science laboratory.

Exams notice

KS3 Tests for Year 9

These are due to take place on 6 and 7 May and involve all students in Year 9.  Students have each been issued with a sheet detailing the time they are sitting the tests.

Final summer exam timetables

Individual examination timetables for written exams have been issued to all students in years 10,11,12 and 13.  Any queries relating to these timetables should be directed to the exams office in the first instance.  Students are reminded to keep their timetable in a safe place as they will need to refer to it throughout the summer examination series.  If an original is lost a duplicate may be obtained from the examinations office.

Further general information regarding exams can be viewed or downloaded from the examinations page on the school external website.

Results can be collected from the School from 10am on the following dates:

GCE – 19 August

GCSE – 24 August

Please contact the examinations officer, Carole Whittingham, if you wish to make alternative arrangements for collection of your results.  Any uncollected results will be posted on results day by first class post.

ELE and website update

Birchfield Interactive contains a wealth of multimedia interactive content and games for each subject. It is particularly useful for students who are off school for any reason or need additional support in a particular subject. Recently we have purchased the Art Games module so that students can have fun whilst answering questions on everything from Art techniques to Guess the ‘isms’. Why not have a go yourself?

Over the Easter holiday a new virtual tour of the school was completed on ELE. This was primarily designed for Y6 students, who will be joining us in September, but is relevant to anyone who needs to find their way around school. To accompany the images, three of the galleries contain music created by GCSE students which are well worth listening to.

A new page with information about the Governing Body has been published on the website. The School Blog has been given some additional categories to help you when looking for specific information and don’t forget that you can sign up for email alerts.


Students with full marks for Problem of the Term, term 4 2009/10 are as follows:
Year 7 – Luke Wilson W7, Joy Wingrave W7, Kes Krishnamma-Hillier M7, Caitlin Murphy M7
Year 8 – Eleanor Acornley O8, Ben Candlin H8, Hannah Lias M8, Joe Stone H8, Alison Taylor H8, Jethro Large A8, Samuel Ross A8, Charlie Baldwin A8
Year 9 – Amelia Lias O9, Bethany Finch M9, Joseph Ross M9.
Winners will receive a £5 book token in assembly and all others will receive a postcard home. 

Well Done!!!


On 21 March a team of Y12 Chemistry students (Davey Hamlen, Ryan Thrower and Matt Thomas), attended an Analytical Chemistry Competition at Bristol University.  Tasks included analysing the copper content of a penny and the amount of vanillin in vanilla essence, finding the concentration of sugar in given samples and identifying unknown solutions.  The practical work was followed by a Whizz Bang lecture with lots of fire and liquid nitrogen.  The students said that it was “great fun” and that they had learned a lot from the experience.  They ended the competition as one of the top State Schools. Well Done to them all! 

Religious Studies A-level trip

At the end of February, 10 Sixth Formers studying Buddhism at A-level spent the weekend at Sharpham House in Devon. They travelled down on Friday night to be met by Joanna, Sharpham House’s housekeeper, who cooked delicious vegetarian food from the gardens all weekend and told lots of interesting stories…
Students stayed in grand accommodation (some rooms had four-poster beds!) in the beautiful house and gardens on the River Dart. During the day, they were taught Buddhist ideas and lifestyle by Alan Lewis, an ex-Buddhist monk who now works in IT. ‘Buddha Alan’ (as he is now known at Corsham) also led them in meditation sessions.
We hope to run the trip to Sharpham again next year.

Sunday 25th April-The London Marathon

Two Food Technology teachers Alison McGhee and Lysa Fairhurst have been training since last year, getting up at stupid o’clock and running for miles in the frost.

Alison has unfortunately suffered a leg injury (torn muscle) and had to withdraw from the marathon, which left Lysa to run it alone.

It has been a raft of emotions and hardships and they are both remarkable people.

Well done Lysa who completed in under 4hrs (3 hrs 53 minutes)

All money raised to go to Well Child


On Thursday 22nd April, 20 students from Years 7-9 went off-timetable for the day and took part in a fun Handwriting Workshop organised by Miss Terry and Handwriting Consultant, Mrs Cali Norton. They learnt to spot problems with their own writing and then were shown different ways to make their handwriting better. There was also time for lots of games and activities that got them out of their seats and moving around! In the afternoon the students even tried calligraphy – the art of beautiful writing. They each took away with them a folder of their best work, an activity book to practise what they learnt on the day, and the confidence to make their own handwriting better in future.


At the National British Schools Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace…Peter Ammel came 18th.

During the Easter Holidays Adam Jamieson played for the South West against Munster and Italy

South West v Munster 24-0 &

South West v Italy 18-10

Bad luck for Tim Norton who would also have played if he had not broken his leg.
(Injury prevented Adam from attending the Final England Trial.)


Congratulations to Year 8 team on winning the Mid Wilts league.

The party of 53 skiers had a very successful trip to Davos in Switzerland during the Easter holidays.

2 days of blizzards were followed by four days of sunshine. Congratulations to the 26 who went as “beginners” but are now skiers!!

Dates for the Diary

May 3        May Bank Holiday

May 11      Y8 Salters Festival of Chemistry

May 12      Y9 Geography field work- Big Pit

May 13      HPV Immunisations 3 

May 14      Y12 Study Leave begins

May 17      7.00pm Y8 Focus Evening

May 24-28 Y10 Work Experience

May 25-27 Y7 History day trips to Chepstow

May 28       Term 5 ends