Newsletter February 2012

Staff Stars in their Eyes

The Staff once again impressed it’s audience with their impressive range of performance skills at the end of last term. We were lucky enough to have band such as JLS and One Direction, soloists such as Ed Sheeran , Christina Perri and Lady Gaga grace the Corsham School Stage. It was a fantastic evening of entertainment enjoyed by all. The proceeds raised of just under £500 went to Dorothy House.

Link to article in The Gazette and Herald

Thank you to all the staff involved both on and off stage and to all the students and parents that came to support.


The work of 9 Photography and Textiles A level students has been selected to be part of an exhibition at the Corsham Pound Arts Centre. The students are: Emily Long, Felicity Lynden, Audrey Tietz, Amy Greenman, Sam Coombs, Rosie Scott, Sammie Wiltshire, Andrew Stott and Polly Vigus.

The exhibition is called ‘Connecting Cultures’ and showcases the work of an award winning photographer and fim-maker, Lou Hamilton. She was very keen to include the students’ work, which supports her work very effectively; highlighting the many different aspects of various cultures and societies.

The exhibition runs from 2nd February to 21st April.


Maths Team (Miss Calvert)

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

Year 7: Holly Trippe (O7), Ellie McDonald (H7), Jack Liddiard (H7), Ben Tanner (H7), Kit Mascall (H7),

Year 8: Michael Harsley (S8), Nat Holt (W8), James Phillips (W8), Holly Reid (A8), Jack Chapman (O8), Katie James (O8), Tom Plowright (R8), Graham Christmas (R8), Charlotte Organ (W8)

Year 9: Ruth Moger (M9), Kes Krishnamma-Hillier (9), Oscar Wilson (O9), Chloe Lintern (A9)

Well done to all, look out for Vivo prizes in assemblies and lessons!

Intermediate UKMC Team challenge

On Tuesday, 31st January, four of our top KS4 mathematicians represented the school at the UKMC team challenge held at Abbeyfield School. The team included Bobbi Lang and Isaac Sellens from year 10, and Amelia Lias and Joe Ross from year 11. They trained hard (in preparation for this event) and the team, plus a number of other KS4 students had put in extra time to attend lunch time sessions to brush up on their understanding of the binomial expansion and its use in solving probability questions. The team made a promising start despite some very taxing countdown puzzles and were strong contenders all the way through. However, they couldn’t quite hold on to a medal position, finishing fourth out of a field of 11 teams.

Well done to the team and all other Year 10 and 11 students who attended the lunchtime sessions in support of this event!


‘The English Department is working with Mr Norman, to use animation as a creative tool for exploring Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Other subjects using animation include Science, Geography and Philosophy.’



Girls’ Animation Club

‘The girls animation club has started really well, and runs parallel with the boys club. The girls are making 2 projects on the theme of pollution and sustainability. The boys are close to completing their interactive animation, ‘Journey through the Weird Forest’.



Berlin Exchange

From the 20th to the 27th of January a group of 22 students from Years 9 and 10 flew out to Berlin on the first leg of the exchange. As ever they were warmly welcomed by their German hosts. During the seven day visit the students spent some time attending lessons in the partner school, the “Schiller Oberschule”, in the centre of Berlin. They also visited many of the well known sites of Berlin. These included a guided tour of The Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the site of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial and the TV tower. For many, one of the highlights of the trip was the visit to the world famous Berlin Zoo where the weather was very suitable for the polar bears and penguins as it was well below zero! There was of course also time for shopping and a visit to a well known chocolate shop! The weekend was spent with the families. The exchange will be completed when the German students return in March. A selection of photos of Berlin and the trip is now available to view on ELE. If you are interested in finding out more about the “Schiller Oberschule” please look at


What has knitting got to do with Geography?

Good question. Well, at Corsham School a knitting club has recently started. Every Thursday lunchtime, a group of children meet in the Geography Department in R22. Almost as many boys as girls gather for an informal session over their sandwiches. Out in the community Knitting Graffiti, an inoffensive form of guerrilla art, is springing up in unlikely places. Let Mrs Gathercole know if you see any. Vivos wiil be awarded for photos of any sightings. Come and join us; we have plenty of free wool etc. to get you started. More information from Mrs Gathercole.

A grey day at Diamond Hill in Ireland’s Connemara National Park is lit up by this whimsical pile of knitted cairns.

Geography website revamped

The Geography website has had a makeover, with lots of images from around the world and popular film clips such as ‘Shift Happens’ and ‘Time Bomb.’ Take a look.

Dates for the Diary

March 6 7.00pm Full Governors Meeting

March 12- 17 Exchange to France

March 15 5.00pm Y12 Parents Evening

March 16 Y9 Interim reports

March 21 Y7 Parents Evening

March 23 Y11 7 Y13 Interim reports

March 30-7 April Ski trip

March 30 Term 4 Ends