Newsletter March 2012

Website and ELE News

The school blog and Facebook pages have undergone a major transformation this month to celebrate four years of digital news, with new themes, logo and page image created using Microsoft’s AutoCollage software. The new image features a photography student’s time lapse photo of breaking glass, photos of R Block and the entrance to S Block, Head Teacher spray graffiti in the style of Banksy, Girl with a Pearl Earring, by a Year 10 student in the style of Vermeer, Geography Home Site animation, 6th Form leaving party with Common Room in the background and the student ELE animation, from a picture by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Blog has also been moved onto a new domain to make it easier to find on the web. You can now type in thecorshamschoolblog.com and you will be redirected to the new site.

The School’s Facebook page has undergone a cosmetic overhaul,  due to the introduction of Facebook’s new Timeline Page and the logo has been reshaped to fit Facebook’s standard size.

There is a new student page on ELE, called Learning Skills, which has lots of useful information about improving the skills needed for learning. The page includes documents and videos, created by students, and also incorporates a spinning woman, to test out if students are left or right brain dominant. Why not have a go yourself?

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Our five intrepid explorers set out on a cold March morning to complete their practice expedition, walking a distance of 60km over four days, in preparation for the gold award in the Brecon Beacons in July.  Off to Exmoor they went, rucksacks brimming, with great enthusiasm and humour.  Little were they to know at that stage that the elements were not on their side. During the Saturday and Sunday they battled through high winds, rain and hail storms. Did this dent their enthusiasm?  I think not!  As we tracked their progress we were always able to hear their arrival long before we saw their approach, as the witty banter, lively chatter and cheery singing heralded their appearance.  It was not all plain sailing, and there were times when the route they walked was not entirely consistent with the one they had planned.  Our bubbly quintet did not let this get them down and the motto of the excursion soon became “When it’s boring you know you’re going the right way”.

The bitter cold lingered and Monday morning saw our group emerging from frost covered tents into a world of white.  However, it turned into four seasons in one trip, and by the end of Tuesday more than one member of the expedition was sporting a healthy glow from the sun.  The debriefing highlighted the memories of the trip that will feature in many a reminiscence, and the wild pig horse of Exmoor, the green bath and the bog are amongst the many – a wonderful trip which heralds a glorious success for the main expedition in July.  Well done to Tabatha Craig, Meg Thorne, Ellie Daniels, Georgina Rawlings and Harry Rawlings.

GCSE Drama Students perform for Corsham Regis

This term Year 10 GCSE students have been busy working on their Theatre-in-Education Project. They have been rehearsing extracts from two plays- ‘Gargling with Jelly’ and ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ for their Primary School audience.
The project included our students visiting Corsham Regis Primary School and performing for Year 3 & 4 students and their Year 6 students visiting our Drama Studios for a performance. The experience was enjoyed thoroughly by students from both schools.

Exams Office Notice

The summer written exam period runs from 14 May to 28 June. All exam students will have received their individual exam timetables from their tutors.  Students must keep their timetables in a safe place as they will need to refer to them throughout the exam period.  Any queries regarding the timetables should be directed to the Exams Office as soon as possible.  Students must arrive for their exams no later than 10 minutes before the start time indicated on their timetables. 

Results can be collected from school from 10:00am on the following dates:

GCE A Level: 16 August  

GCSE:           23 August      Any uncollected results will be sent out on Results Day by first-class post

 National Cross Country Championships.  Ilton, Somerset 17 March

Jacob Payne and Kirsty Stanley both qualified for this huge event. Each age group attracts fields of over 300 of the best runners from each county in England and the standard is very high.
Jacob finished 173rd out of 291 finishers and Kirsty was 100th out of 330 who crossed the line. Kirsty was a year younger than most of the runners, so will be looking forward to next year ! Congratulations to both!

Sport Relief

Year 8 students have raised approximately £650 for Sports Relief.

Elliot Wilson and Jacob Bacon raised £450 of this with a sponsored Bath to Bristol unicycle ride and Tom Branagh raised £35.

Very well done

The Pig & Jig

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Date for the ‘Pig and Jig’ has now been changed to Saturday 14 July 2012 at 7pm,
The committee are still looking for volunteers for the event.  Anyone interested in helping out or who would like more information about the event are very welcome to attend a committee meeting on Tuesday 1 May at 7.30, in The Quarrymans pub, Box.
All proceeds raised from this event go to teams within The Corsham School and local charities.

February in the Making Room

The build up to summer has started with a design project for Corsham in Bloom. The council have requested crown shape planters, so our ‘Crafty Saturday’ produced a series of designs that went on display in the ES Electrical shop in town.

Local artist Clare Baker judged the best and the best for purpose (they can be seen at The Pound currently). We will begin the making process in earnest, very soon!

Also on display at The Pound is a scene reminiscent of The Little Shop of Horrors. Some truly amazing plants were made at the weekend, well worth a look.

Mazy Bartlett, the Outreach artist, has a group of Year 7 students designing new flags for our flagpoles. We are hoping to re-create something along the lines of Angus Watt’s silk flags, very abstract and colourful.

Manga club has moved into the Making Room for this term. Some really beautiful artwork is appearing. The school has been offered use of a publishing company’s facilities – this is an amazing opportunity and if anyone has an interest or an idea, please email Chris or Mazy in the Making Room.MBartlett@corsham.wilts.sch.uk

This is a good time to remind all that Art Surgery will recommence after the Easter holidays, but this time on the second Wednesday back (25 April).

We have our first 3 applications for Vivo reward sessions here in The Making Room.

I can’t wait to see what appears!

Maths

On 20 March, 15 top Year 10 mathematicians went to an enrichment day at Hardenhuish School. They learnt about the history of numbers and had a group competition with students from other schools. Corsham students were in the top three teams!

Well done to Isaac Sellens and Will Hughes (1st place), Dan Dipper and Joe Stone (2nd place) and Bobbi Lang and Molly Iacano (3rd place).

 May Day Jazz

Wiltshire Music Service is running a Jazz Workshop on 7 May 2012 (Bank Holiday Monday).  It will take place at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon and is open to any young musicians (age 10 – 18, Grade 3 and over) who would like to attend.  The cost of the course is £15 and will end with a concert at 4pm.  If you like further information, please contact Lesley Meredith on 01225 713871, or collect an application form from the music department.

 Instrumental Practice Platform

We heard a variety of performances on Wednesday, 29 February in our Instrumental Practice Platform.  This was an informal opportunity for anyone who plays an instrument or sings to come and play a piece of music that they have been learning.  Well done to Kira Wrintmore (Y7), Darcy Thomas (Y8), Jess Maggs (Y8), Abi Grylls (Y8), Charlie Basley (Y8) and Dan Reed (Y13). 

The next Practice Platform will take place on Wednesday 13 June.  Look out for details. 

GCSE /A Level Recital Evening

All of our GCSE and A Level musicians performed to a small audience on Wednesday 14 March.  All of the performances were recorded as part of their Performance Coursework.  Many congratulations to all involved – it was a super evening!

The Corsham School Young Musician of the Year      

The Music team are on the lookout for this year’s most talented performer from

Years 9-13 in a competition to find our Young Musician of the Year 2012.  Have you got what it takes? If there is anyone still wanting to audition please email us as soon as possible with your name and instrument.  Auditions will be held as follows

Vocal                                                                                                         Monday 20 April 3pm

Strings including acoustic / electric guitar and brass          Monday 23 April 3pm

Woodwind                                                                                               Wednesday 25 April 3pm

Piano / keyboard                                                                                 Thursday 26 April 3pm

Percussion                                                                                              Friday 27 April 1pm

Successful preliminary auditions will result in the opportunity to perform in the final on Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm in S Block Hall.  The final will be judged by Mrs Bond, Mrs Francis plus an independent visiting professional musician.  Will it be your name on the first ‘The Corsham School Young Musician of the Year’ trophy?  Further details to follow. 

 VIVO News

We have now launched 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. You will have received your introduction letter and log in details via your child.

We are always coming up with new ways to earn and redeem Vivos for example by choosing the Healthy Eating option of the day in the dining hall students can earn 10 Vivos and for purchasing a piece of fruit 2 Vivos. Students can now redeem Vivos to spend either at the snack shack or in the dining hall and purchase 2012 Olympic Goodies in the VShop!

Vivo charity donations
So far students have donated 7670 Vivos to their nominated year group charities. We have also added Sport relief for all year groups to donate to so a big thank you to everyone who has already made a Vivo donation to Sport Relief.

500 Vivos could buy new clothes for a child living and working on the streets of Nepal.

1000 Vivos will help give expert advice and guidance to a person living with dementia in the UK and their carer to improve their quality of life.

2000 Vivos would cover the cost of vital medicine for 16 children in Uganda who have severe malaria. The medicine would help them survive the long journey to hospital..

Dates for the Diary

March 30                   Term 4 ends

March 30-April 13      School Holiday

March 31-April 7        Ski trip

April 16                      Term 5 begins

April 16                       7.00pm Y10 & Y11 Focus evening