Newsletter July 2011

Vivo has arrived!
We are very excited to announce that the school is introducing a new internet-based reward scheme for students in Years 7 to 11 from September. The award-winning ‘Vivo’ system will add a completely new dimension to the way we reward and motivate our students in all their endeavours at school. By earning points (‘Vivos’) for positive contributions made across a variety of categories, students can earn prizes obtainable from the Vivo ‘shop’ – they can even donate their ‘Vivos’ to charity. All rewards have been carefully chosen with the help of Year and School Councils and include a variety of products and privileges which we hope will further motivate our students to achieve their very best at all times.
After launch assemblies in September, students will receive their Vivo cards and be able to log on to their personal ‘Vivo’accounts. When they are logged into this area, they will be able to see their points total and all sorts of other information, including Year Group League tables and special opportunities to earn more ‘Vivos’.
There are many other exciting ‘Vivo’ developments that we expect to introduce over the coming months – so watch this space…Annual Commendation Assemblies

Special assemblies have been held during the last week of term to celebrate the achievements of our students in Years 7 to 10.
In these assemblies students received certificates listing the commendations they have received in individual subjects. It was pleasing to see so many achieving large numbers of commendations. Congratulations to all.
Each assembly was enhanced by some outstanding musical items provided by some of our talented musicians.
Staff will now begin to choose the names of students who will receive trophies for their outstanding academic achievement which will be presented at our Annual Awards evening in October.Uniform

A reminder about our uniform requirements has recently been issued with last day of term information. However we are concerned at the moment about a number of girls wearing unsuitable skirts which are not of a conventional and acceptable cut and others who have been arriving in ‘fashion’ cardigans. Please ensure that your child is correctly dressed from the start of the new school year.
If in any doubt about what is acceptable, please contact your child’s Year Learning Manager.
Exams Office
Summer 2011 examination results can be collected in school from 10am on the following days:
GCE Results – 18th August 2011
GCSE Results – 25th August
 
English
Miss Terry’s Year 9 English class has been working hard with Mr Peecock in the Making Room to produce a display for the school library entitled ‘Stories from Around the World.’ Each student read a story that was set in a particular country, then designed and made a 3D model of their book. Mr Peecock put all the 3D models around a world map and has installed the display in the library. It is hoped that it will encourage and inspire students to read books set in other countries as a way to learn about different cultures and to expand their horizons, as well as strengthening their Geography knowledge a little.
 
Foreign Languages
Y7 CORS Trip to Boulogne 15 July
From Ms Hawkins
Last Friday, 2 coaches left school at 6am for a trip to Boulogne. We had fantastic weather and a great time. Students visited Nausicaa Aquarium, the old town, a hypermarket and the beach – where we ate lunch. We arrived back in Corsham at 11.45 pm, still wide awake!
Many thanks to the teachers who gave up their time for this trip – Ms Fairbairn, Mr Tozer, Mr Thomas, Mr Curtis and Ms Georgieva.
Thanks also to Mrs Holden for all her help in organizing the event.
We are all already looking forward to next year’s trip!
Here’s what some of O7 said:
“ The best bit of the trip was the aquarium. I got to touch a sting ray.” Gemma Laver
“When we ate, the food tasted amazing” Eloise Owen
“We drove to the hypermarket. It was HUGE” Arran Haig- Williams”
“On 15th July we went to Boulogne, it was amazing!” Albany Golledge
“ I enjoyed the beach the most as we played volleyball.” Zara Dixon
“I really enjoyed all of it, but the best bit was the old town.” Holly MacKenzie
“My favourite part besides singing along to Bonjovi was the beach.” Aiden Hearne
“When we went to Boulogne I loved the whole thing but my favourite thing was probably the aquarium.” Alastair Burn
 
Physical Education
The A level Physical Education class along with a few keen cyclists had the opportunity to visit the Welsh National Cycling Velodrome in Cardiff on July 6th. The students were able to see at first hand what an elite training centre was like and then had the chance to cycle on the indoor track. A specialist coach delivered an exciting and challenging session which included using fixed wheel bikes (no brakes!). Bike skills were tested with manoeuvres through cones on various parts of the banking and finishing with a pursuit race. All the students and staff came away tired but far more appreciative of the fitness and bravery of top level cyclists!
 
On July 20, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Humphreys and Mrs Evans took twelve Year 10 girls to the Race For Life 5K in Swindon and raised over £400. All the girls had trained for the event in their Physical Education lessons with regular runs on the school field and to Corsham Court whilst some continued with their training out of school as well. The girls all completed the course with great enthusiasm and a number raised money for cancer relief. The girls were Kerry Gibbons, Rosie Lincoln, Emma Sheppard, Louise Smith, Ellie Lewis, Aimee Ramos Price, Krystal Gibbs, Jo Anne Jackson, Megan Starling, Jodie Vaughan, Jess Gill and Nadine Masson.
 
Sports Week
During the penultimate week of term (11- 15 July) all years, including Year 12 had a Sports Day. For Years7, 8, 9 and 10 that comprised all the traditional Field Events (Jumps and Throws) and 1500 metres in which all runners scored a point for their tutor groups. Approximately 1000 students completed the runs – well done to all.
In the afternoons the Track Events were keenly contested and exciting with lots and lots of brave and determined performances – a lot of Personal Bests and lots of very fast times. Thanks to all competitors, helpers and spectators.
With the London Olympics fast approaching there will be various cross-curricular projects and activities happening throughout next year. Keep your eyes on ELE for details.
 
Judo
A Judo club will be starting in September. It will be before school on Monday mornings so get up early and give Judo a try! First lesson/taster session will be free. Full details on the Student Bulletin on ELE.
 
Corsham Football U14s recruiting new players
AFC Corsham Under 14s are recruiting footballers for the new season starting in August. Must be over 13 and under the age of 14 on September 1st 2011
School Year 9
Home matches in the mid Wilts League played on Sunday afternoons at Leafy Lane, Rudloe, Corsham, with weekly training sessions on a 3G astro pitch.
Please email david.acklam@talktalk.net or telephone 01225 851131
 
Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership
Rosie Fossett, Felicity Lynden, Kathryn Newbon, Jemima Pickering & Trisha Swift
All Year 12 students have successfully completed the award this academic year.
The arrival of this award onto the National Qualifications Framework continues this as a highly regarded qualification (for further information visit http://www.sportsleader.org)
This course is not specifically concerned with dancing ability, but instead helps to develop leadership skills, such as being able to organise others and to communicate with groups and individuals in a dance setting.
All the students delivered to either a primary school class or key stage 3 class, a series of 3 dance lessons under supervision of the normal class teacher.
Corsham Primary School (Broadwood ) ‘Really well structural session where the pupil successfully learned part of routine and choreographed their own part’
Box C of E Primary ‘A lesson thoroughly planned with good structure,’
‘This student has grown in confidence in these lessons’
Corsham School Dance Department ‘Good pace of lesson and pitched at the right level’
Congratulations to these students for their achievements and for being excellent ambassadors for The Corsham School.
 
Outreach
The search for Corsham’s local champions ended at the Annual Town Meeting on 7 April when the winners of the Town Council’s first-ever Community Awards were announced. The winner of The Arts award was Mazy Bartlett, Community Arts Outreach Co-ordinator, based at The Corsham School, for inspiring people of all ages to have a go at arts and crafts with her boundless enthusiasm and endless original ideas.
 
Corsham in Bloom 2011

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.
 
 
Music
Boys Singing Day
‘It was one of the best days ever to be witnessed and to be a part of. It was brilliant!’ Harry Beazer 08
On Tuesday 12 July a group of Year 8 boys travelled to Norton Hill School near Radstock for a day of singing. We were joined by boys from lots of schools in Wiltshire and B&NES. After some warm up games, we spent the whole day singing and learnt five songs which were recorded at the end of the day. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The day was filmed and as soon as we receive a copy, it will be posted on the website for everyone to see! There are already plans for another singing day next year, an opportunity for more boys to have a go at singing!
 
KS3 Music Festival Day
Lots of our talented musicians from Years 7, 8 and 9 performed at the annual KS3 Music Festival Day on the June 15. It was incredibly difficult to decide on a winner from each year as there were so many polished performances. Well done to:
Year 7: Luke Roberts
Year 8: Daniel Simonsen
Year 9: Evie Polson
Joint Ensemble winners: William Hughes, Bobbi Lang, Becky Schofield, Joe Stone and Jack Daffin, Charlie Dewing, Aidan Crookall-Fallon, Lewis Hancock
Special Mention Awards to:
Year 7: Amber Parsons and Jack Chapman
Year 8: Ed Cross and Isabelle Ingledew
Year 9: Bobbi Lang, Mia Macleod and Becky Schofield
 
Thank you to all of our musicians that performed at the Summer Music Concert on Thursday July 7.
 
Pig & Jig
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.
 
Dates for the Diary
September 1 –  Term 1 begins Teacher Development Day
September 2 – First day for Y7-11 Students, Y13 Enrolment
September 5 – Y12 Enrolment
September 6 – 7.00pm Focus Evening for parents
September 12 – 7.00pm Y10 Curriculum and Controlled Assessment information evening
September 13 – 7.00pm Y13 Applying for University evening
September 14 – 6.00pm Open Evening
September 19 – Y7 & Y9 Photographs
September 19 – 7.00pm Y7 Curriculum Information evening
September 20 – 7.00pm Y9 History trip to Ypres – meeting for parents
September 21 – 7.00pm Transition Information evening for Y6 parents
September 22 – 7.00pm Making a Success of Y12 evening for parents
September 26 – 7.00pm Y8 Curriculum Information evening
September 27 – 7.00pm Y11 Curriculum Information evening
September 28 – Count on us Maths evening
September 29 – 7.00pm Y9 Diploma evening