Newsletter 30 September 2010

International Award

We are extremely pleased to announce that our school website has been given an international award by the Web Marketing Association for outstanding achievement in web development. All entries are judged against 7 criteria: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. Congratulations go to Charlie Parsons (ELE Manager), Irene Large (Deputy Head) and Richard Anderson from Boson Media for this amazing achievement. Other winners in this category were Disney English, Microsoft Student Experience, University of Bedfordshire and The Walker School.

Parent Portal

Year 7 Parents/Carers were invited along to a Curriculum/Parent Portal evening in September and were given the opportunity to see the new Parent Portal, launched just before the summer holiday to the rest of the school. Letters containing account details for Year 7 Parents/Carers and the Sixth Form will be sent out during the first week of October. If you already have a child at the school then any additional children starting will automatically be added to this account. You do not need a separate login for each child. If you haven’t received your account details then please contact Mr. Parsons at or Main Reception.

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Absence Requests

Parents and carers are reminded that term-time absences are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.
If you do wish to request an absence, it is essential that you complete an absence request form (available from Pupil Reception and the school website) giving full details. Supporting evidence may also be required in order that a fair decision can be made.

People & Community Studies Team
A big thank you to the mother of a Year 8 student, Mrs Warne, for bringing in beautiful saris from Nepal for the department. We will have fun using them when teaching Hinduism in Year 7!

PE Team

For the 3rd year running, the Corsham School entered the ISODE equestrian event at Stonar School on 25 September. As one of the very few Comprehensive schools to enter this event, the girls did extremely well and competed in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Kirstie Johnson continued her impressive form after a good season, while Kate Lomas and Amy Greenman showed determination and grit. All three girls thoroughly enjoyed the occassion.

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.

Calling speakers of other languages!

The Languages Team would be very interested to hear if students in the school have exceptional experience of speaking another language.  This may be because you have lived abroad or speak a language other than English at home.  
We would also be very grateful if any parents are willing to speak to our students about their experiences of using foreign languages in the workplace or abroad and the value of learning languages.
Please contact Miss Reece, Miss Fairbairn or another member of the team. 

European Language Olympics

Compete against your friends, for your school and for your country! Thousands of pounds worth of prizes to be won, including 32GB iPod Touch and iTunes vouchers!  Simply ask your languages teacher for your class code, log in at: and you are ready to go!  At the time of printing, The Corsham School is in 23rd position internationally. Our students have answered 35138 questions in French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian and Latin! The competition is open until 14 October so anything could happen!


The PTA has raised £2,500 for the school.

£500 has been donated to the development of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 
£2,000 will be allocated to subject teams.
Big thank you to all that have helped with our fundraising.

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Peru Expedition 2010

On 7 July 2010, 34 Corsham School students, split into two teams of 17, left Corsham to spend a month as part of a World Challenge Expedition, in Peru. Team 2 were accompanied by Emma Davies and Santosh Balu and Team 1 by Alastair McLeod and Anna Woodhouse.

The first couple of days were spent in the capital, Lima, before we headed to Huaraz to prepare and acclimatise before our main trek. We completed a series of mini acclimatisation treks, which helped with altitude, as well as fitness. 5 days later we were on the way to begin our 5 day trek in the Andean mountains. We were faced with many obstacles, but stunning views, which were very rewarding at the end of each day’s trek when we arrived at the campsite. The entire team completed the trek, and began travelling to different locations across Northern Peru, and participated in different activities such as white water rafting.

The next phase was the project phase. Our task was to re-paint a school in the Amazonas town of Lagunas. We spent 4 days on the project, starting with sanding down the outside walls, and finishing with murals. It was very hard work, especially as we were competing with the humidity of the Amazonas region!

After a gruelling trek, and hard work at the school, we finally made it into our dugouts in the Amazon basin. It was a fantastic experience, and we were lucky enough to see some of the most amazing wildlife, including pink river dolphins, and I think for most of the team, this was the best bit!

Finally we had a few days at the end for a bit of R&R in Iquitos, where we spent the days walking around the town and shopping, then we ate out at great restaurants in the evening. Then, on 6 August, we made our way to Lima airport to come home.

The whole expedition was a fantastic experience for everyone involved. I would strongly recommend anyone who has the chance to go on an expedition to go. These chances don’t come around everyday! A huge thank you to all the staff involved. It would have been impossible without them.

Dates for the Diary

October 4-6      A7 at Oxenwood

October 5          7.00pm Y8 Focus Evening

October 6-8       C7 at Oxenwood

October 6           Open Working Morning

October 6           7.00pm Y7 Focus Evening

October 7           Y9 History to Ypres- Meeting for parents

October 11-14   Y12 Geography Trip  

October 11          Y9 Diploma  Information Evening

October 13         7.00pm E Safety evening for parents

October 15         Y13 Geography fieldwork

October 18        Y11 Focus Evening

October 19        Y10 Geography to Bristol

October 19        5.00pm Y13 Parents Evening

October 20      6.30pm  GCSE Drama duologues Evening & Y12 Charity performance-Drama Studio

October 21      7.00pm Annual Awards Evening

October 22     Teacher Development Day

October 22    Term 1 ends