Newsletter October 2010

Academy Status

The Governors have asked me to enter a formal consultation period with regard to Academy Status for The Corsham School. I will be posting a consultation document and other information on the school’s website on Wednesday 03 November. As part of the consultation exercise, I have arranged a Parents’ Evening for Tuesday 09 November.  I will write to you by letter soon after half term with more details.

Headteacher
Martin Williams

Exams Notice for Year 10 and 11 and 12

GCSE Science modules are scheduled on Thursday 11 November in the afternoon and involve Year 10 GCSE Science students only and Year 11 students doing re-sits.  Year 11 students will receive individual timetables and Year 10 students will each receive a copy of the schedule detailing to which exam room each class should report and the start time of the exam.

GCSE Maths exams are scheduled on 9, 12 and 15 November and involve Year 11 and 12 students. Individual timetables will detail these exams. GCSE English exams are scheduled on 8 and 10 November and involve Year 12 students. Individual timetables will detail these exams.

If there are any queries please contact the exams officer.

Annual Awards

Our annual awards evening takes place on Thursday 21 October. Over 130 students will receive trophies and awards in recognition of their achievements during the last academic year. We are pleased to announce that a new PE ‘leadership’ award will presented for the first time this year in memory of Daniel Cooper, an ex-student of the school who was tragically killed whilst on police duty in February. The names of all winners along with photographs of the event will appear on the school’s website after the holiday. Congratulations to all!

E-safety Evening

Mr Bodey-Jones (ICT Team Leader) and Mr Parsons (ELE-Manager)  held the school’s first e-safety evening for parents/carers of children in Years 7, 8 and 9 on Wednesday 13 October. The evening covered topics including how the school keeps children safe online and what steps can be taken at home to ensure their safety. Social networking sites were discussed and useful tips were provided on how to deal with and report cyber-bullying. The evening was supported by resources supplied by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Centre. If you didn’t manage to get to the evening there is an updated Online Safety page, in the Parent Portal > External Links section, containing all the advice, documents and website links that you will need. 

Link to THINKUKNOW website

Pupil Reception

HPV Immunisations for Year 8 girls

The first of these will take place in school on Wednesday 3 November. The second dose is booked for Tuesday 14 December and the third for Tuesday 17 May 2011

Autumn Outreach Art

Mazy Bartlett and artist Anna Mackie attended the Corsham in Bloom award ceremony on 7 October  and Corsham was awarded Silver Gilt for the overall floral displays.  Our peacocks were a part of the planting scheme.

Springfield School in Calne now has a run of Chinese flags up their driveway, and also 6 concrete slabs depicting the Beijing Olympic symbols to reflect their sports status, and twinning with a Chinese college. These projects started in the summer, and have recently been finished and the whole team involved appeared in the Gazette and Herald (Thursday October 14 issue.)

Family Learning at The Pound during September produced a truly enormous housefly, which is now being worked on by students from our school in readiness for it to grace our Biology room ceiling…

November session will see the creation of a vast spider, and web!

This month’s session was a Big Draw event and turned out some beautiful drawing of inanimate objects, which will be collated into a web encyclopedia.

After the half term holiday, Mazy Bartlett will be running lantern-making sessions at the school and the local Primaries, in readiness for the Christmas light switch-on.

 Look out for dates on the blog.

Finally,Art surgery is as popular as ever, and has produced a rather interesting Maths sculpture. Look out for it as it will be displayed shortly..

From the Making Room

In November, we continue with our free evening classes. We will be trying something a little bit different … cupcake decorating. We have asked Bryony Wadkin-Snaith, who makes cupcakes professionally, to demonstrate the art of icing them. Those interested will bring their own cupcakes in, and take them home perfectly and artistically decorated.

We will run 2 sessions, with 10 places for each session. There is no fee for these sessions, but Bryony will charge a small sum to cover the cost of materials she provides.

To follow this, we will also be running 2 sessions making packaging for these cakes, and gift bags for Christmas gifts too. Once again, there will be 10 places on each session.

 Please ring the school after November 8 for dates and to reserve a place for either or both of these classes.

 Geography

Mr Balu and Miss West took 10 Year 12 students to the South coast for 4 days to investigate coastal processes and management.They visited,Barton-on-Sea,Hengistbury Head,Studland,Swanage,Chesil Beach and Kimmeridge.

 Maths

The first Problem of the Term for this academic year has been completed.  The following students achieved full marks in this:
Year 7: Oliver Padfield C7, Bethany Candlin O7, Thomas Plowright R7, Nathan Holt W7,
 James Phillips W7.
Year 8: Hannah Merrett R8, Joy Wingrave W8, Caitlin Murphy M8
Year 9: Bobbi Lang O9, Jack Daffin C9, Martyna Baczek H9, Benjamin Candlin H9, William Hughes H9, Jethro Large A9, Hannah Lias M9,
Isaac Sellens .W9
Well done to everyone!

PE

Lucy Hyde (8M) was awarded the Under 13 most improved player of the year by Corsham Cricket Club on the weekend.  She recently had county trials and has been a keen cricketer for some time.

Christmas

The Christmas Music Concert will be on Thursday 2  December in S-Block Hall.  Tickets will be available during the few weeks prior to it from Mr Day.

Dates for the Diary

November 1            Term 2 begins

November 1            7.00pm Y10 Focus Evening

November 1-3         M7 at Oxenwood

November 2            7.00pm Y9 Focus Evening

November 3-5         S7 at Oxenwood

November 3            Y8 girl’s HPV immunisations

November 10          5.00pm Y10 Parents Evening

November 11-12    Y9 CORS History trip Ypres Belgium

November 15-17    O7 at Oxenwood

November 16          7.00pm Ski trip information evening

November 17-19     H7 at Oxenwood   

November 23           5.00pm Y8 Parents’ Evening

November 25          Y9 HAMW History trip to Ypres Belgium

November 26          Teacher Development Day    

European Day of Languages – updated

Students across the school experienced a wealth of learning of and about languages on Friday 24th September in celebration of the annual European day of languages.

Many thanks to all the staff who participated in the event bringing Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Japanese, German and Welsh into lessons across the curriculum for the day!!

Students in year 7 have been competing in an inter-tutor group competition to recognize music from around the world and have been offered the chance to enter an individual competition about language to pit their wits against the rest of the year group.

For the first time this year, The Corsham School has entered the European languages Olympics and many students are enthusiastically learning vocabulary in a bid to beat other local and European schools (not to mention classmates).  Results are pending at the time of writing.

Here are some of the comments from students:

Adam Chapman

a good excersise because you can hear someone saying the word as well . Adam Chapman just completed a test on Language Perfect. Score: 100% (20 out of 20). Well done :)

James Davies

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Ellen Cann

I really like this website as it lets me win points and gives me the chance to win prizes.. Ellen Cann just completed a test on Language Perfect. Score: 100% (20 out of 20). Well done :)

James Davies

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Lily Fossett

I have found that this website is really useful, I have been determined to get them all right and I have also learned a lot of words on the way. Lily Fossett just completed a test on Language Perfect. Score: 100% (20 out of 20). Well done :)

Arran Haig-Williams

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Hannah Truelove

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Tom Plowright

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Meredith Piper

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Jake Lang

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Harry Davies-Ball

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Abi Grylls

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Joshua Hill

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Kelsey Cartwright

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Speaking Japanese

Mrs Hawkins taught some Year 9s Japanese on the European Day of Languages. She lived their for 18 months and can still speak the language reasonably well!

Some comments from the students:

“I thought Japanese was really good because it’s easier than other languages.” Jack

“Learning Japanese was fun and easy to pronounce. “  Cadena

“I loved learning Japanese, it was really fun.  I hope we do it again.” Issie

“ I think Japanese is easy to learn and really fun” Jordan

“It was fun to learn and a good laugh to learn something different.” Cody

“I found the Japanese fun and interesting to learn.” Brad