Newsletter 30th June 2010

Outreach Art for May and June

The last stages of Basil Hill Community Centre makeover are happening. A magnetic world map will go up to join decorative sculptures and a tree of hands  as well as a series of A’ Level students’ framed prints.

Numerous adults and students have been involved over the course of months, so well done to them for making such a great impact on the space.

Mazy Bartlett has worked with Springfields School for the first time and with the help of costume designer Emma Williams (who made the costumes for Take Thats Circus tour!) will be turning designs from the students into huge Chinese banners. The boys have designed and cut the pieces already, and will begin the sewing next session.

More peacocks have arrived in Corsham. There are 6 altogether, all beautifully planted out with Petunias, Lobelia and Morning Glory. Please look out for them as we will be putting together a small display of the making of the peacocks, in readiness for the Corsham in Bloom judges. The display will be in the Town Hall from Year 10July 19, with some really interesting sketches and research provided by local artist Anna Mackie. Did you know that a group of peacocks was called an ostentation?

Art Surgery is currently working on pieces for Mr Holgate’s office windows. One design has gone up already, made by Harriet Day. It is a copy of a Hundertwasser piece, done in glass paint. There will be more to follow.

Regis School embark upon their project this week, to highlight Community Cohesion.

We have hooked them up with Oxfam, who will be showing the pupils how the charity works and who it benefits, followed by a ‘memories’ project that will be done using donated materials.

Jenny Gilks, an Oxfam volunteer and teacher, will be helping us with this. At the same time we will be painting a mural with Regis children for their library bearing Einstein quotation ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’

Academies Bill

Information regarding the Coalition Government flagship Academies Bill has been put on our website and we would welcome any questions or comments from our parents/ carers, on the form provided, at the end of the joint statement from the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

Please visit the new Information Point Academy Status page or select the following link.

Link to Academy Status page

Parent Portal

Many thanks to all the parents/ carers who attended on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 June for the launch of our Parent Portal. This exciting new development will provide electronic data and greater access to information for parents/ carers. The user accounts for Parents/ carers of years 7 to10 will be posted out to you in the next couple of weeks. Children coming up to us in September will have an opportunity to see the Parent Portal on 6 July at the new parents meeting. Their accounts will then be sent out in September. Sixth form parents/ carers will be given an opportunity to see the Parent Portal in September and receive their accounts shortly afterwards.

Next month we are planning to produce an electronic only Newsletter but paper copies will always be available on request from Main reception

Home Access – free computers and internet access

Last call for application packs to be requested by eligible families…

The Home Access has been very successful with over 200,000 grants awarded. Based on current application return rates it is unlikely that the Government will be sending out application packs for the main programme after the third week of June. We would strongly encourage any families who think they are eligible for a Home Access Grant to apply without further delay and anyone with an application form at home should complete it and send it back immediately…

Uniform – skirts

We would like to remind parents of girls that the wearing of  ‘fashion’ skirts is not allowed as part of school uniform. 
The style of short elasticated skirts that is currently popular is not appropriate for school.

May Day Fete

On Friday 28 May 30 Year 9 students planned, organised and ran a variety of stalls for a May Day Fete.  The students themselves volunteered and then decided their own stalls including a cake stall, bric-a-brac, The Queen’s Nose (Jack Daniel and Kieran Hard winning £5), Splat the Rat, Treasure Map, sweet stall, bowling, football target shooting, Hit the Cans and stocks. All 8 tutor groups were represented.


The Problem of the Term was very hard this term and so we didn’t have many students with full marks. The students who did achieve this are: Joy Wingrave W7, Hannah Lias M8, Amelia Lias O9, Becky Daniels C9, Nancy Lewendon O9

Very well done to those who achieved full marks and to everyone else who had a really good go at it!!!

School’s Third Specialism Falls Victim to Government Cuts

In March this year the school was told it had met the High Performing Specialist Schools (HPSS) criteria for a third specialism and was invited to submit plans to become a Leading Edge Partnership School with special provision for Able Gifted and Talented students.  The school is very disappointed therefore to announce that as part of the government cuts this programme will no longer be funded.

In an email from the DfE on 7 June Headteacher Mr Williams, was told, “As you will be aware, the government is committed to making urgent savings in the current 2010/11 financial year in order to reduce the budget deficit. The Secretary of State is announcing today a package of savings from the Department for Education’s budget. This package includes scaling back on programmes including the High Performing Specialist Schools programme. Against this background the Department is no longer able to fund new HPSS options for schools meeting this year’s HPSS criteria.”

Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Large, who coordinated the school’s plan, said that this was a real blow for the school as the criteria for the third specialism had been met in full. The school will not now receive the expected additional £75,000 which would have been used to support other local schools in raising standards, as well as focusing more resources on developing provision for Corsham students.

Corsham School  Keynote Address at National Conference

Headteacher Martin Williams and Deputy Headteacher Irene Large opened the National Learning Platforms Conference in Manchester on June 15 with a multimedia presentation on the work of Corsham School and its drive to develop creativity. They shared the platform with educationist and peer Lord Sutherland. The conference was attended by 750 delegates from schools all over the country.


On Friday of last week the school held a Music Festival Day for Years 7 – 9.  There were over 50 performers who played music to each other.  Awards were given to the best performers in each category.
The winners were…
Year 7 Best Solo Performance – Jerome Smith
Year 8 Best Solo Performance – William Hughes
Year 9 Best Solo Performance – Kyle Krishnamma-Hillier
Best Ensemble – Amy Charlesworth & Laura Manners
The winners, along with many of the other performers will perform again in the KS3 Summer Music Conc  ert on 8th July.
Summer Concert

On Thursday 8 July you are welcome to attend the Key Stage 3 Summer Music Concert.  It is FREE to attend and all family and friends are welcome.  There will be a variety of solos and ensembles performed by students from years 7,8 and 9. Just turn up at 7:30pm at S-Block Hall

Bugsy Malone
Over 80 students are currently rehearsing for this year’s school production of Bugsy Malone.  With custard pies and splurge guns at the ready it promises to be a fantastic show!
Duncan Wilson (Yr9) is playing Bugsy Malone with Alex Francis (Yr 7) and Paddy Benedict (Yr 10) playing opposing gang leaders Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Kate Lomas and Charly Bacon, both in Yr 10, provide the girl power and show tunes as Blousey and Tallulah.
The performances are on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 July. Tickets will be on sale at the end of June. We hope to see you there!

Travel & Tourism Modern Languages day by Charlotte Rowley C8

Along with three other Corsham students and students from other schools I visited Bath on a Travel & Tourism Modern Languages day where we recorded The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and the Fudge Shop! On June 28 we rejoined our groups at Hardenhuish School to edit our film and produce a leaflet that we presented to a panel of judges which included a lady from Bath Tourist Office. We were presented with awards for our efforts, Most Original video, Best Film, Best Story Boarding, Best use of French Language and Best French Narration.

Both days were an amazing experience and not only did we use and learn a lot of French but we also made friends with students from other schools.

Thanks to Miss Fairbairn for giving us this opportunity.

The Pig & a Jig

‘The Pig and a Jig” is being held on Saturday 3rd July, on Box Common between 7 – 11 pm.

French Trip

Year 7 Boulogne Trip Friday 16 July
There are still a few places left on this trip for students in Tutor Groups CORS.  The cost is £50 and students will need their own passport.  Please see Ms Hawkins H10 if you are interested.

Expedition to Northern Peru

After many months of planning, preparation, fund raising and getting fit, the expedition to Northern Peru set will off on 8 July. 34 students from Year 11, 12 and 13 will be away for 30 days. They will be doing some high altitude treks in the magnificent Andes mountains, exploring the Incan ruins at Kuelap, visiting the Gocta waterfall which is over 700metres and trying some white water rafting in Tarapoto. They will also spend some time in the Amazon community of Lagunas working at a kindergarden helping locals complete a perimeter fence. There will also be time to visit the Pacaya Samiria Amazon reserve in dug out canoes before a slow boat trip down the Amazon to the town of Iquitos. They will be accompanied by Miss Woodhouse, Mrs Davies, Mr Balu and Mr McLeod


Athletics:Area Championships at Bath University 16 June.

Congratulations to the following.

Year 7       Lucy Stanley            2nd      800 metres

                     Luke Reynolds        2nd`     200 metres                           

                     Alex Moores              2nd      75 metres hurdles               

                     George Beavis           3rd      800 metres           

Year 8        Kirsty Stanley            1st        1500 metres

                    Liam Harris                 1st        Long Jump           

                    Amelia Webb               2nd       Discus

Year 9      Alexander Hillier      2nd       High Jump           

                   Aaron Ward-Baptise 1st            400 metres

                  Serena Nelson               1st            200 metres

                    Milo Pearson               1st          Long Jump

                    Zach Carson                2nd          80 metre hurdles 

Year 10     Brently Roberts        2nd          800 metres                           

                     Lucy Saunders           2nd           High Jump

                    Leah Brown                   1st           100 metres         

                   Abi Footner                   1st            Javelin              

                     Zahra Hunt                  1st            Discus                               

The Year 10 Boys 4×100 metres relay team of Kalif Barnes, Ross Tunbridge, Joe Beavis and Elliot Rae finished 2nd and broke The Corsham School record with a time of 47.96 seconds. Congratulations to everyone who took part for their efforts contributing points to our overall 3rd position in the Championships.    

Congratulations to the girls swimming team, who won the swimming gala on Wednesday 23June at St Mary’s Pool in Calne. The Year 7 and 9 girls came first and the Year 8 girls came 2nd, narrowly missing first by one point! We were overall winners by quite some margin. Well done to all the girls who were involved. 

Generous donation

A huge thanks to Platinum Hyundai Garage, London Road Chippenham for their donation of 35 special England footballs for the PE Department.

Well Child fundraising by Mrs Reynolds

My 14 year old grand-daughter Amy Charlesworth made 80 scones and prepared cream teas for 40 people at a Camping & Caravaning weekend of the Folk Dance & Song Group, South West Area and raised £60 for WellChild.’

Dates for the Diary

July 6              Y7 Induction day & evening

July 8              7.30pm KS3 Music Concert S B Hall

July 13-15     7.00pm School Production

July 19-22    Year Awards Assemblies

July 23           Term 6 ends