This video was produced by Erin Wooster, in Year 7, as part of a Science Home Learning Project. It is an outstanding piece of work that we wanted to share with you all.
The Town Council approached us to make banners for the Town Hall, so we added a garland across the flagpoles as well as a small entry for the competition. Mazy Bartlett mainly worked with a Learning Support group who organised the peacock planters, planted them out and maintained them as well as sowing poppies on the Peace garden mound. When it became apparent that the poppies weren’t going to appear, we used Art Surgery to make some emergency paper poppies, to cover the mound in time for judging. Also the students had been working away, sewing and lettering the banners, which were put in place the morning of the judges’ arrival. Thank you to Tobi Richardson, Angel Witham, Hannah Bailey, Laura Curley, Amelia Lucas and Jack Seeger who took part.
A big thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the Pig and Jig. It was a great success and we hope to have raised lots of money.
UK Safer Internet Insider
Schools Out Special Edition
Advice for the Holidays
“The summer school holidays are almost upon us and many young people are looking forward to a full six weeks of freedom, sunshine and hanging out with friends (as indeed are most members of staff!)
Part of that freedom for many Facebookers, gamers and surfers is extra time online, checking out school friends, organising get-togethers and making brand-new friends too. It’s also often easy though to spend more time on the laptop, console or phone than might normally happen during term; gaming or chatting into the early hours; missing out on physical friends in favour of online ones.
Here’s a few pointers and reminders that may help to restore the balance…
For young people…
· Be aware of the amount of time you spend online. It’s easy to interrupt healthy sleep patterns and meal times if you are an avid gamer, blogger or social networker.
· Remember if you are gaming with people internationally (eg on Call of Duty) it is easy to forget they are in different time zones than you, especially if you have the pressures of a clan or guild to maintain.
· If you find yourself spending a lot of time at the device, give yourself regular breaks for at least forty minutes at a time. Keep hydrated, eat well and give your brain a break for a while. You’ll be a better gamer or online friend if you do!
· With increased time online there is more chance to come up against problems. If you do, then make sure you know how to get help; ask an adult you can trust for advice and support. If you can’t do that then use the “Report Abuse” button at www.thinkuknow.co.uk. This will put you in touch with a team of specialists who can help you.
· If you are being bullied online or on the end of some aggressive behaviour that you want help with and can’t find a trusted adult, then contact www.cybermentors.org.uk for help and advice. There will be someone there online who you can talk to.
· If you make new friends online who live in your area, and you want to meet up with them, then make sure you minimise any potential risk… meet in a public place, during the day and take some trusted friends (or an adult) with you who can hang around to make sure you are safe. Probably a good idea not to go off on your own on a first meeting until you know you can trust them.
For parents …
Be aware of how long your child spends online and be prepared to intervene if you think it may be too long, particularly at bedtime and in the wee small hours. When you have work the next day, it’s easy to go bed thinking everything is OK. Let your child know that you have the wherewithal to limit or monitor their online time… you can do this by:
o Physical monitoring, asking them to come away from the computer or console for a while to help you with things
o Have an internet curfew at an appropriate time
o Learn to change the settings on your router that limit specific devices on your home internet network to certain times. This might take a little research on your part but the feeling of control that you get back is amazing… and will tip the balance in your favour.
o Explore the parental control settings on your child’s console… they are getting easier to understand and simpler to access. These can limit time played and adjust access to content. A little knowledge goes a long way.
o If reasoning fails then unplug the router at night and march off to bed with it! Remember … the OFF switch is your prerogative!
Your child may come to you for help if things have gone wrong for them online; we know cyberbullying and online issues rise during the summer break as engagement increases.
o Try to have the right response; one that encourages them to come to you rather than drive it away beyond your control
o Let them know that whatever has happened, you will help them sort it out… even if it may have been their fault
o Be aware of how to report on their behalf eg how to report abuse on Facebook. There are some useful websites listed below
Young people’s engagement with the online world is both powerful and enabling but like everything else can cause issues when it runs to excess. Help your child navigate this resource safely by being an integral part of it.
The SWGfL Online Safety Team”
Weblinks for parents
Connect Safely “Parents Facebook Guide”
Know IT All for Parents
Area Athletics Championships at Bath University on Wednesday June 15. We took boys and girls teams from years 7-10 to compete against 8 other local schools. Notable performances were as follows;
Elena Bateman Y7 girls high jump
Jack Burcombe Y7 boys 100m
Harrison Reynolds Y7 boys800m
Ross Gaisford Y7 boys high jump
Jack Utton Y8 boys 400m
Liam Harris Y9 boys long jump
Aaron Ward-Baptiste Y10 boys 400m
Milo Pearson Y10 boys triple jump
Jordan Dick Y10 boys Javelin
Lucy Hyde Y8 girls 1500m
Joe Tricki Y8 boys high jump
Kirsty Stanley Y9 girls 1500m
Ella Scott-Humphries Y9 girls javelin
Harry Smith Y9 boys 80m hurdles
Jake Munford Y10 boys long jump
Also we took some girls from years 8,9 and 10 to a Tag Rugby Festival at Bath Rugby club. We met members of the England Saxons team before hand then played several matches against other schools. The girls played some fantastic rugby and both teams finished runners up. Well done to all who took part; Year 8 team – Hannah Bilton, Milly Brown, Jasmine Adams, Ella Bunting, Megan Gallagher, Olivia Murray, Anna Sellens, Lucy Stanley. Year 9/10 team – Becky Davison-Smith, Milly Webb, Amy Leask, Tonicha Cottle, Ciara Smiddy, Kirsty Stanley, Bobbi Lang, Becky Anstee, Megan Gibson, Sam Hobbs.
Girls PE: 12 girls from year 7, 8 and 9 swam on the June 22 against St Mary’s, Sheldon, Devizes and John Bentley and did extremely well. The year 7’s came 2nd, year 8’s were1st and so were the year 9’s!!
Corsham School came first overall and big congratulations to all the girls who swam!
Charlotte Stubbs in C8, swam at the weekend in the South West Regional Championships and did extremely well. She won two gold and one Silver. She was also part of the 4 x 100m medlay relay team, whose time was 2nd in the whole country and therefore will hopefully compete at Nationals!
A fantastic achievement, well done Charlotte!
After winning the North Wilts area competition both the Under 13 and Under 15 girls cricket teams qualified for the Wiltshire final of the Lady’s Taverners competition. Both teams played very well, the U15 team narrowly missed out on a place in the final losing to South Wilts Grammar by 16 runs. They finished third overall after beating Bradon Forest School in the third/fourth play off. Well done to all those who took part.
Immunisation dates 2011/2012
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for Year 8 Girls – 3 doses needed
2 November 2011 / 7 December 2011 / 9 May 2012
Diphtheria Tetanus & Polio for Year 10 students 6 Feb 12
We shall be clearing the huge pile of unclaimed uniform, coats, PE kits and other items we have, before the end of term. Please encourage your child to visit us if they have lost anything!
Students in Years 7 – 11, who have lockers, will shortly be asked to empty them before the end of term. A £5.00 refund will be given. The locker codes will be changed during the summer holiday and any items remaining in the lockers will be taken to Pupil Reception. In September, Year 7 will be given priority to hire a locker before students in Years 8 – 11
Starting on the 9 September 2011, our school has been invited to take part in the largest online languages competition on the planet, the Language Perfect World Championships. This competition will run for one week.
Students compete for their class, school and country against other students from around the world, by earning points in a range of foreign languages on Language Perfect. Points count towards earning certificates, entry into prize draws (prizes include laptops, iPod Touch’s, iPod Shuffles & iTunes vouchers) and winning the competition!
The goal is to motivate students to get excited about languages, learning, and having fun at the same time.
Last year we finished 8th in the world! Students reported a great deal of enjoyment as well as finding this an excellent aid to learning. This year, we are aiming to do even better and are urging all language students to take part. In order to be ready for kick-off on 9th September, we are asking students to enrol early! Registration costs £3 per student through your child’s language teacher from 4th July.
You are welcome to visit their website for more information – www.languageperfect.com. We hope that you can see the value for your child, and are prepared to invest in this excellent resource.
Sue Hawkins (Languages Team)
KS3 Summer Music Concert will be held in S-Block Hall on Thursday 7 July at 7:30pm.
Tickets are available from the music department or on the door
The A level art exhibition is on Tuesday 12 July in the S block gym. The viewing will be from 7.00pm till 8.30pm everyone is welcome. Work will include Fine Art Photography and Textiles.
As part of the GCSE Dance qualification, students are required to choreograph a solo as part of a controlled assessment. Our current and very enthusiastic Year 10 class took part in a workshop earlier in June to learn three dance motifs from Shobana Jeyasingh’s ‘Faultline’. (A style combining contemporary and bharata natyam dance. See www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk)
These motifs must be developed by the pupils to create a short dance with clear form and structure. Marks will be given for imaginative development of this material as well as successful integration and linking of the motifs into the composition. Pupils must analyse and evaluate their improvemnet of the piece during the process.
The whole of the Year 10 class took part and worked hard throughout the session to learn the motifs, and we successfully filmed the outcomes and with the support of the ICT Department were quickly able to present a DVD of the session for the pupils to learn from at home independently.
We all look forward to seeing the final solo’s in Year 11.
“An Evening of Dance Performance” was held on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May in the Dance Studio.
Over 200 people attended and watched dance work performed by 60 pupils. The evening showed examples of AS, A2 and GCSE work as well as performances by years 7, 8 and 9 Dance Club members.
Both evenings were a huge success and were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and performers. A big thank you to all the parents who wrote or rang in to congratulate everybody.
A number of the year 10 GCSE Dance class and year 8 Dance Club members attended a dance performance in the Pound Arts Centre on Tuesday 21 June as part of the Corsham Festival week. It was an enjoyable evening watching a mix of Indian Kathak dancing and Hip-Hop.
Website and ELE update
The school’s Facebook page has proved to be very popular with 22,508 post views since it went live and 225 active ‘likes’. We have had contact from ex-students who are now living abroad as well. Current highlights include a stop frame animated video, made by Hayley Jordan called ‘Spinster’, and a film on the School’s World Challenge Trip to Peru by Stefan Hunt. Both are worth checking out.
The My Books page on ELE has had an upgrade with additional tabs and a new interactive Word Search game.
KS5 Chemistry Wilts Network launch
Mr Robards ( Head of Chemistry) together with Wiltshire’s advanced skills teacher Emma Baker are to launch the first meeting of a new Wiltshire schools network for Chemistry teachers
Corsham school science team are hosting the meeting on July 8 which will involve the demonstration of the best creative and innovative methods of teaching chemistry. So far 15 Wiltshire schools have signed up for the launch
Maths Team (Mr & Mrs Cole)
Students with full marks in the final problem of the Term 2010/2011 are:
Year 7: Nat Holt 7W, Michael Harsley S7
Year 8: Joy Wingrvae W8, Syrie Gregory-Wood A8
Year 9: Isaac Sellens W9, Lauren Merrett A9, Hannah Lias M9
The overall winners for the year are:
Year 7: Nat Holt
Year 8: Joy Wingrave
Year 9: Hannah Lias Very well done to all!
Pig & Jig, Box Hill Common July 2 7-11pm
Entrance fee £3.00, free for under 12’s with an adult, £1.00 for 12-16 year old
Dates for the Diary
July 4-8 Y10 Work Experience
July 7 7.30pm Summer Concert SBH
July 15 Y7 Trip to Boulogne
July 12 7-8.30pm Art/Photography/Textiles Exhibition in S Block Gym
July 12-15 Y12 Geography field trip
July 19-20 7.00pm School production
July 22 Term 6 ends