Newsletter June 2011

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.

Pupil Reception

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

Lost Property

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

Language Team

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 – 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.

Dance Team

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

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. 

Link to view the Dance photo gallery

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!  

Hog Roast

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