Newsletter October 2011

Operation Christmas Child Reminder

At the Corsham School we are well known for our charitable giving to a Christmas charity we’ve done every year. It’s called Operation Christmas Child and it’s all about giving children presents at Christmas who otherwise wouldn’t receive any presents.

In 2009 we got 200 boxes and this year Miss Fairbairn has set a target of 300, so if you could all go home, get a shoebox and make your own filled box, it would be highly appreciated by us.

So please do whatever you can to help us and them this Christmas. All boxes should be given to your tutor or Miss Fairbairn. If you need any more leaflets or information, please go to Miss Fairbairn in H17. The deadline for receiving boxes is Monday 7th November

Fund Raising

Last year’s year 9 donated £500 to the East African Famine Appeal, £500 to the RUH appeal, £200 to the African appeal suggested by one of students and £100 to the Indian family we support.



Maths Team
Students with Full marks in Problem of the Term (Term 1 2011/12) are:
Year 7: Holly Trippe (O7), Beth Ross (M7), Martha Stringer (M7), Anna Ross (W7), Ellie McDonald (H7), Jack Liddiard (H7), Ben Tanner (H7) 
Year 8: Nat Holt (W8), Oliver Padfield (C8)
Year 9: Joy Wingrave (W9), Lucy Watts (H9)
Well done to all, look out for Vivo prizes in assembly’s and lessons!

English Team

There were lots of activities around the school for National Poetry Day on the 6th October.  The theme this year was ‘Games’ and this was explored in poems displayed around the school.  In Maths, students tried their hand at writing Fibonacci poems.  In Modern Foreign Languages, students studied a poem by Jacques Prevert and produced their own responses.  In English, students wrote poems about their favourite sports.  In tutor times students wrote acrostic poems and poems inspired by the Olympic Games. Many thanks to all those who got involved!           

Paired Reading

This year’s Paired Reading Scheme is now up and running. Over 60 wonderful Year 12s have volunteered to be Paired Readers, which means that over 60 pupils in Year 7 now have the opportunity to meet with their partner once a week during afternoon registration and get a bit more reading practice. As well as the obvious benefits for the Year 7s, the Scheme gives the Year 12s something valuable and worthwhile to get involved in, and will look great on their CVs/UCAS forms! So thanks to all the Year 12 volunteers, and Happy Reading to all the lucky Year 7s involved

Geography Team

AS Geography Fieldtrip to South Coast

Eight students visited Christchurch, Studland, Swanage and Chesil over four days.
They looked at coastal erosion, dune succession and management, coastal flooding, landform evolution and the provision of rural services.

Music Team

Instrumental Practice Platform – Wednesday 9th November 4pm in H29

This is a friendly, informal opportunity for instrumentalists to play pieces they are currently learning.  It is also the perfect chance to test out examination pieces prior to a practical Associated/Trinity Board exam.  If you have an exam coming up and would like a practice-run of your pieces in a non-critical and supportive environment or would simply like to play something you are working on, please let Mrs Bond or Mrs Francis by Friday 4th November. 

Anyone fancy learning the Clarinet; Trumpet; French Horn or Trombone?

Wiltshire Music Service, who provides most of our instrumental lessons to pupils, has the above instruments that can be loaned out to pupils.  Details of instrumental lessons along with the costs can be found on the ‘music pages’ of the website or see Mrs Bond or Mrs Francis for more details.  There may also be space and / or instruments to loan in other areas.  Speak to us and we will see what we can do!

Year 9 Music Inspiration Day – Saturday 19th November, 9.30am-4.30pm

A unique day of music making for year 9 pupils of all abilities and to come and experience a variety of musical activities by some of the country’s leading musicians.  Workshops to include: African Drumming; Games and Gospel; Rhythm, Drums and Rock School and Instrumental Inspiration.  An opportunity not to be missed!All year 9s have been given a letter.  Reply slips along with £3.00 (This is a bargain considering the amount of expert tuition you will receive) must be handed to the Music Department by Friday 11th November. 


This term year 9s will embark on a project which has been inspired by the international smash hit show STOMP.  From plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink STOMP mesmerises its audience through a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy.  ‘Junk’ Donations please….The music department would love to take your ‘junk’ off your hands to help us create our very own STOMP orchestra!  If you can donate any household objects that you no longer require please get in touch with the music department.  The sorts of objects that we are looking for are: brooms; dustpan and brushes; wooden and metal spoons; bins (ideally with a lid!); empty paint tins; paint brushes; wheel barrows; garden pots; large containers; buckets; guttering; shower/hose pipe; saucepans; baking trays.

Diary Dates

November 2        Y8 girls HPV 1/3 (S Block Gym)

November 2        7.00pm ESafety evening for Y8 & Y9 parents

November 3-4     Y9 CORS History trip to Ypres

November 4        Y12 Geography river study

November 8        7.00pm December Ski Trip information evening

November 9        4.00pm Musical Instrumental Practice Platform H29

November 9        Area Cross Country Championships

November 10-11 Y9 HAMW History trip to Ypres

November 15      5.00pm Y10 Parents Evening

November 16    7.00pm April Ski Trip information evening

November 18    Y12 interim reports

November 19    10.00am-4.00pm Y9 Music Inspiration day

November 21    7.00pm Y9 Focus evening

November 23    7.00pm Introduction to 6th Form evening for parents     

Please note: You should have received the latest school magazine by Wednesday 9 November.