Newsletter January 2012

Christmas Hampers

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Christmas hampers. It was a great success. We were able to deliver a hamper to everyone on our list, all 21 of them! It was a great experience for everyone involved. And an extra big thank you to all the year 7 tutor reps that helped us deliver the hampers.

Maths Team

Students with Full marks in Problem of the Term (Term 2 2011/12) are:

Year 7: Holly Trippe (O7), Beth Ross (M7), Ellie McDonald (H7), Jack Liddiard (H7), Ben Tanner (H7), Kit Mascall (H7), Luke Curtis (A7)

Year 8: Michael Harsley (S8), Nat Holt (W8), James Phillips (W8), Holly Reid (A8)

Year 9: Joy Wingrave (W9), Syrie Gregory-Wood (A8)

Well done to all, look out for Vivo prizes in assembly’s and lessons!

Outreach

Reindeers come home to roost! Christmas reindeer sculptures are now to be seen grazing in our school gardens.

The Making Room’s doors have been transformed by Art Surgery members, using paint kindly donated by Mrs Everson’s husband, they painted a patchwork design which really brightens up the area.

So far this term, approximately 100 primary school children have been making Monarch butterflies that will be displayed in our school eventually. We think there is a nice correlation between the butterflies migratory journey and the children’s moving up and on.

Year 12 students have been beavering away at two art pieces for outside, which will finish off the series.  The students themselves initiated the work and we were happy to accommodate them. They have produced two very eye-catching pieces,each with a strong ecological message.They should be installed after Easter.

Screenprint artist Adam Calkin came into school early in the term, to help our textiles students learn, and produce a screenprint. Adam gave his time voluntarily, for which we thank him, as the process is a complicated and time- consuming one. The results were really sophisticated prints that will help the students in their A level exams.

It is worth taking a look at Adam’s website, to marvel at his beautiful hand-painted wallpapers that are his trade.

ICT team

Type and Test

Despite the continued rise of touch enabled device such as smart phones and tablets, the keyboard still remains the main method to enter data into a computer.  Touch typing is an essential skill in the modern day workplace and in school.  The ability to be able to type and enter data quickly allows students to concentrate on the work at hand without being slowed by a ‘hunt and peck’ technique.  It gives student greater confidence at the keyboard and allows them to focus on the main learning tasks.

To help improve their keyboard skills, all pupils in Years 7-9 will shortly receive a login and password to type & test via their school email.  This specialist website provides dedicated software that helps children, students and adults learn touch typing online, at home or at school. The type quick program leads the field in training to learn touch typing. Over 6 million people of all ages around the world have used type quick to learn to touch type. 

I hope that you will be able to encourage your child to login into the type & test website at http://kbdlessons.appspot.com/tfs.html and start improve their keyboard skills.  On the site they will find a range of activities and games that take them through the practice needed to improve their typing skills.  It is recommended that pupils practices ‘little but often’.  Short bursts of 10-15 minutes are ideal.  In addition to improving an important skill pupils will also be rewarded with Vivos for regular participation and improvement.

If you have any question please contact Mr Bodey-Jones at school.

PE Team

Rugby

The Yr 9 rugby team won the final of the Dorset & Wilts  Schools Cup. They defeated Wootton Basett  24-17 at Supermarine Rugby Club. Corsham started well with two early tries from Simon Emery and Jack Utton. Jack converted one try aswell.  Wooton Bassett replied with a try to leave the score 12 -7 at half time.  Jack Utton scored a try early in the second half and converted it to make the score 19-7. Wootton Basset then stepped up gear to put Corsham under pressure . They scored again. With 10 minutes to go it was 19-12. Corsham scored again through Jake Golledge which meant Wootton Bassett had to score two trie to win. They scored another which made the last 5 minutes quite tense. In the end Corsham held on to win.
Both teams put on a really good show for the crowd of parents watching.

Girls Cricket

Wednesday 18 January Charlotte Edwards,the England ladies cricket captain was at the The Dome, Chippenham Sports Club watching the Ladys Taverners tournament Under 15 girls indoor cricket team. The girls played 3 games and won 2, beating Hardenhuish and Kingdown.They have now qualified for the County final and will play again Wednesday 1 February. The girls were: Year 10 – Becky Davidson-Smith, Ella Scott-Humphries, Kirsty Stanley, Amy Leask, Ciara Smiddy, Tonicha Cottle and from Year 9 – Lucy Stanley, Lucy Hyde, Anya Taylor.

Dates for the diary

February 1       5.00pm Y11 Parents Evening

February 6       Y10 Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio immunizations

February 6       7.00pm Y10,11 Focus evening

February 9       Y12 reports to parents

February 9       Staff Stars in their Eyes – tickets on sale now

February 10      Teacher Development day -Term 3 ends

February 10-17 School Holiday

February 20      Term 4 begins

February 20-24 Y9 Pencelli trip