Newsletter November/December 2011

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Operation Christmas Child

Thank you for all 253 Christmas boxes we donated to ‘Operation Christmas Child’. You have made 253 children very happy at Christmas time.

Children in Need

Friday 17 November saw a host of superheroes, cartoon characters and movie stars descend on the school. The 6th formers arranged their own fancy dress charity auction for ‘Children in Need’. Students volunteered to collect donations from local retailers who were very generous in their offerings. Staff and students alike donated cakes, books and prizes to auction.

A fantastic amount of money was raised, so far totalling £1,111.00 – and there are IOUs still to pay of just over £900.  The IOU money is expected over the next few weeks, which will mean a final total of over £2,000 will be raised.

Link to view Children in Need photo gallery


Our new ‘Vivo’ reward system is proving to be a great success with students across the school enjoying this exciting way of receiving praise and encouragement from their teachers. Even Year 11 students are getting involved as they try to reach the magic 70 Vivo target to be allowed to attend the Leavers’ Ball! Younger students have started spending in the virtual shop and have bought swimming sessions at The Springfield Centre. The animal shaped key rings are also quite popular. The highest value item purchased is a Dolphin notebook and pen set for 210 Vivos. Students have also been donating Vivos to their chosen charities with a healthy figure already being reached. The total amount of Vivos rewarded, since the start of the school year, is an amazing 68,272.Congratulations to Martha Benedict, Holly Trippe, Benjamin Candlin, Courtney Du Toit and Duncan Wilson who all received a 200 Vivo prize for collecting the most Vivos last term. We are shortly going to launch direct parent access to students’ Vivo accounts so that you can keep a close eye on your child’s account and join in with this fantastic motivational tool – details to follow soon.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to Eleanor Daniel, Georgina Rawlings and Tabatha Craig who all received their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards this month. They were presented with their certificates by Mike Large, who is one of our new elected Parent Governors, during their assembly.

The school has also heard from ex-student Octavia Moules, who was presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, at St James’s Palace, where she met HRH Prince Philip and John Blashford-Snell. More information on Octavia can be found on the Corsham Inspirations page of the website.

Business team

10 Business and Economics students worked with Oracle UK LTD on a project to develop a new marketing strategy for the company. This involved students visiting their site in Reading to research the company. On their return visit they gave presentations in groups on their ideas for the business. The judges were very impressed by their presentations skills and creativity, and are keen to work with our students again next year. Three students have also been offered the opportunity of work experience with this company.

Christmas Carol Service

Join us for an evening of Christmas Celebrations on Thursday 15th December, 7.30pm at St. Bartholomew’s Church. A variety of musical performances and readings will get you into the Christmas spirit. Tickets are available from school, but numbers are limited.

 1001 Nights

6th formers from across subjects will be welcoming-in the festive period by performing ‘1001 Nights’ in the Drama Studios on Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14December 2011 starting at 7.00pm.  This follows a making process involving students from all year groups and combines lighting and shadows, acting and nonsense!  All are most welcome to attend and tickets are available via the Drama department at £3.50 for adults and£2.50

for concessions.  Please contact Miss Stephens or Mrs Armsby for further information.  To whet your appetite, in the meantime check out some of the work-in-progress on our performance blog at:

Art, Photography & Textiles team

On Monday 28 Nov Katrina Shillaker and Claire Elmer took 20 Art, Photography and Textiles students to Creative Process Lectures at the London Institute of Education.
We listened to lectures from prominent printmakers, animators, designers and photographers who discussed their diverse work and their career paths. It was a really informative and inspiring day and well worth the early start!

Languages Team

On Monday 14 November and Wed 23 November, Year 9 students, during their languages classes had some people come to speak to them about why languages are important and why they should seriously consider taking a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE.

We found out that having the knowledge of one language can help you abroad. For example, French can help you in Spain. We also learnt that you may need a language to get into a university; you may also need a language to get a job abroad or one in the UK that does business abroad.  Mrs Luff explained how she uses her languages for a Swiss company that deals with carbon footprint and that her brother is a physicist who works in Austria using his four languages!

We really enjoyed it when the three ladies came in and spoke to us; it changed my mind about taking a language. Overall it was very helpful and we would like to thank the speakers for giving up their time and coming to speak to us about languages. Thank you!

French Exchange 2012 Ms Hawkins

Thank you to everyone who has applied to go on the French Exchange.  There has been an excellent response.  However, there are fewer students on the French side so unfortunately not everyone will be paired.  All forms have been sent to France and the teachers there will select the most appropriate matches for their students. Anyone in Year 8 or Year 9 who has applied this year but who does not get a place will have priority next year so long as the trip goes ahead. 

French Exchange 2011

There is a refund from last year’s French Exchange and cheques will be with you shortly.  Thanks to all parents who were involved in this.

30th Anniversary of Twinning between Corsham and Jargeau

Students from The Corsham School and their families visited Jargeau, in France, over the October holiday  to celebrate the twinning of our two towns. The students are all members of the Corsham Youth Council who meet regularly to discuss issues relevant to the children of Corsham. In Jargeau, everyone was treated to a celebration dinner with the ‘Frou Frou’ show (the Can Can and other dances!). The Corsham Wind Band played in the town and at the dinner. There were visits to Sancerre and Guedelon Fort (a medieval fort in the making). Joy Wingrave in Year 9 (chair of the Corsham Youth Council) gave two speeches in French and English during the hectic weekend. Families from both Corsham and Jargeau played archery and darts to compete in the annual town competition. Corsham managed to win both the Henderson and Junior trophies. Everyone had a really great time with their families and practising their French. Please visit the Foreign languages Home Page, on the Parent Portal, to find out more.

Drama team

Year 7 Drama students have been in the making Room creating  A Midsummer Night’s Dream masks. Last term they were introduced to the play and its characters. This term we looked more closely at the world of the fairies. We explored the characters of The Fairy King Oberon and Fairy Queen Titania along with the mischievous fairy Puck. Each student then had the opportunity to create a mask for their character of choice. At the end of term they will perform a short monologue in role with their mask. Huge thanks to Mr.Peecock in the Making Room for all his support. 

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies ‘Afternoon of Theatre’ by Izzy Taylor 

On Thursday 24th November we were lucky enough to experience an afternoon and evening of theatre. This included two reimaginings of Shakespeare’s plays, an exclusive post show talk with the actors from Filter Theatre Company and treats of pizza and hot chocolate!

The first performance, a dynamic interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Filter Theatre Company at Bristol’s renowned Tobacco Factory Theatre, was outstanding. The performance included live music and dance, and much audience interaction. This included Puck offering around fish and chips to the audience and allowing us to join in on a huge food fight when Hermia and Helena’s argument gets out of hand.  Seeing such a unique version of one of Shakespeare’s classics has given us much inspiration for our Unit 3 devised work.

After the performance we were given the opportunity to have a Question & Answer session with the actors. This was exclusive for the students for our school so we felt very lucky and found the experience very interesting.

To add to an already brilliant evening, the A level drama students and their two dedicated teachers were treated to some tasty pizza in-between performances. This was a great opportunity to chat and review the production we had already seen and prepare for the next.

We then moved across town to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Here we watched, no-experienced– Tim Crouch’s one man show, I, Malvolio. Crouch wrote and carried out an hour’s worth of incredible theatre which not only gave a different outlook on Twelfth Night but also tackled controversial subjects. His interaction with the audience kept us all on edge – especially when two of our own group members were brought on stage and thrust into the action!

Many thanks to Mrs.Armsby and Miss. Stephens for a wonderful trip.

Outreach Team

November in the Making Room has seen the run up to Christmas commence. Local primary schools and Corsham Youth Council have come in after hours to help create a herd of reindeer that will light up Corsham town centre throughout December.  Mazy Bartlett has been working in Broadwood Avenue primary school’s community room where she and local volunteers have created a sparkling forest for the Town hall.
Crafty Saturday Session at the Pound was responsible for the partridge made out of recycled metals and Art surgery members not only made a deer but also the golden pears that will finish off  the display.
All of this sculpture has been run through with fairy lights and presented throughout Corsham to make the season twinkle!
Dan Reed achieved a certain amount of fame when his photo of the Royal Crescent was displayed during a TED talk that took place in Bath’s Egg Theatre. This was a series of inspirational lectures that will go on YouTube, the internet, and hopefully BBC TV.
Displayed alongside his work were the poppies made earlier this year by students, and a photo by Sophie Cruse of a neon-outlined figure. The day itself was written up really favourably in a half page article in The Guardian, and proved truly inspirational to all who attended.
A series of ‘stars’ invented by pupils out of school materials; paperclips, pencils, scissors, glitter etc. have been photographed and turned into school Christmas cards.
They will be in packs of 8 and cost £3, and available at break time from the Art Office. Watch the blog for further details.

Senior UK Maths Challenge

On Tuesday, 22 November the Maths department sent a brainy crew of 4 sixth formers along to compete in the Senior Maths Challenge at Hardenhuish school.  The team comprised two Y13 students, Kirsty Evans and Harry Allen, and two Y12 students, George Parsons and Jarno Wolf.  The team battled hard but were up against some stiff opposition.  They found the first round hard going but clawed their way back to contention in round two.  Despite their best efforts and perseverance they ended the day with a respectable 9th position out of 20 teams.  Well done to the team!

Pig and Jig Event

The Pig and Jig team would like to thank everyone who helped and/or supported their event this year. We raised a staggering £3,060, which has been given both to individual departments within the school and local charities. Charities supported this year are St Johns Ambulance, Swift medics and Dorothy House. 
Dates for your diary: volunteer/committee meeting on 6th March 7.30pm at the Quarrymans Arms (new volunteers always welcome)
The Pig and Jig  Event, Box Common 7th July 2012 at 7.00pm

Pupil Reception

A reminder to parents and carers that children feeling unwell at school must report to Pupil Reception, who will contact parents/carers to arrange for the child to go home, if necessary.

Students should not contact home themselves to make arrangements to go home. 

TEDx Youth Conference in Bath

25 Sixth Form students, accompanied by Ms Beaven, Ms Bartlett and Mr Bolter, went to an inspiring conference in Bath at the Egg Theatre on Thursday 17 November. The Conference was organised by Charlotte Calkin based on the structure of TED conferences.  TED stands for Technology Entertainment and Design, and inspirational speakers are invited to talk about subjects relevant to global and cultural development.

The day was structured into 3 sessions:

  • Breaking Boundaries – where speakers talked about unconventional career choices and what inspired them to choose them.
  • Entrepreneurship – critical in the current economic climate.
  • Fresh Fields – how volunteering and determination can inspire social change.

All the speakers were excellent.  One of my favourites was Midge Ure OBE, who talked about how he and Bob Geldof wrote the Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas.  We also heard Jamie Fielden, who has set up a working farm in Box to develop the self-esteem of young people from challenging backgrounds. The Sixth Formers from Corsham loved participating in the event.  Ria McBarrons’ (Y12) favourite speaker was Deena Gornick, a life coach who engaged the students and got them to think about the challenges they face.  “’Without Fear You Can’t Have Courage’ was a quote from Deena’s workshop that will help me face up to the decisions I will need to make in my life.” It was an excellent day and the Sixth Formers represented the School very well.  Also, Mazy Bartlett showed off the fantastic artwork and photography students do here in a display that was on the stage.

Link to article in the Guardian

PE Team

Area Cross Country Championships at Grittleton on 9th November 2011.

Competing Schools: Abbeyfield, Brandon Forest, Corsham, Grittleton,  Hardenhuish, John Bentley (Calne), Malmesbury, St Mary’s, Sheldon, Wootten Bassett.

(Minor- Year 7, Junior-Years 8 & 9, Inter- Years 10 & 11)

Year 7 Girls:
3rd Sasha Nugara, 4th Nancy Hayday, 7th Emily Dee, 14th Issy Hawkins,17th Emma James,24th Niamh Godley,25th Martin Stringer,43rd Molly Griffin.

The Year 7 Girls Team won overall by 22 points.

Year 7 Boys:
1st Luke Curtis

Junior Girls:
4th Lucy Hyde, 11th Lucy Stanley, 21st Lucy Cotton

Junior Boys:
6th Jacob Payne, 9th James Angell, 13th Aiden Daniel

Inter Girls:
2nd Kirsty Stanley, 20th Tonisha Cottle

Inter Boys:
11th Louise McCarran, 25th Max Shackleford

Athletics selected for the Wiltshire Championships on January 21st at Grittleton School 

(Top 10 runners selected)

Sasha Nugara, Nancy Hayday, Emily Dee, Luke Curtis, Lucy Hyde, Jacob Payne, James Angell, Kirsty Stanley & Issy Hawkins,Lucy Stanley,Aidan Daniel, Louis Mc Carren are reserves.

Congratulations to all who took part and good luck to above in the County Championships.

The Year 9 team beat St.Laurence School,Bradford on Avon 52-7 in the semi -final of the Dorset and Wilts Cup.They will now play Wootten Bassett in the final. Congratulations to Georgia Phillips in Year 9 (check) who has just been selected for the South-West squad

Dates for the diary

December 1-15           Y11 Mock Exams
December 13,14         7.00pm Staff/6th form production 1001 Nights – Drama Studios
December 15              7.00pm Christmas Concert at St Bartholomew’s Church
December 16              Carol Services, Term 2 ends
December 16-24         6th Form Ski Trip