Newsletter April/May 2012

Dance Concert

The Corsham School Dance Concert took place this year on 15th and 16th May in the Dance Studio.  Over 200 people came along to watch 60 dancers from years 7 to 13 perform. There was a full range of work from Key Stage 3 Dance Club Members as well as GCSE, AS and A2 dances.
There were penquins, a zebra and a monkey along with Demons and performers doing the Hand-Jive and Tango.

There was a fantastic atmosphere on both evenings and spectators and dancers all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Governor News

A new Clerk to Governors, Graham Chivers is now in post from March 2012 so all future Governor enquiries can be to be addressed to Graham . Graham has been attending the relevant training courses to ensure he’s up to speed.

A range of Governor activities have occured over March and April with individual governors (Jennie Hartless, Charlie Parsons, Nick Loake, Russell Cole, Niall Smiddy) being involved in staff interviews, attending training courses/OFSTED briefings. Additionally Governors have been visiting the school for a range of purposes.  Anne Turrell met Alan Bolter for a 6th form visit, Peter Robson had a meeting with the school Business Manager in his role as Responsible officer. Mike Large has received visits from 2 music students and their teacher at his studios. And 4 other Governor school visits have been arranged for the summer term for specific subjects .Governors are also regularly attending the School Council and continue to be impressed with the students’ commitment and ideas.

Business as usual has continued with good attendance at the Full Governing Body meetings the most recent one being on 2 May 2012. The other Governor meetings have also all been busy reviewing and commenting on key policy and performance documents for the school.

The Governors wish all students taking exams this term every success with their studies

French Exchange   Georgia Bozas,  Roz Coombe  Year 10

After an early start at Springfield, the 40 students arrived in Bordeaux airport, where we were welcomed by some gorgeous French sunshine.  We were all excited to meet the host families. The weekend ahead of us was spent getting to know the families through activities like visiting the beach, zoo, and going to Laser Quest. The school week began with two days spent at Collège Samuel Dumenieu in  Montendre, split into two groups we  spent time participating in lessons like Science, Handball, Drama, Music and visiting English lessons.

On Wednesday a trip for all involved in the exchange took place in La Rochelle, where we visited a range of museums and an exquisite aquarium. The next day we were lucky enough to have the privilege to meet the Mayor of Montendre for cake. Before this we roamed around their traditional Farmers Market. The school kindly organised an orienteering course, which covered a vast amount of Montendre.

On our last full day in France the English students returned to Bordeaux for a chance to shop in one of Europe’s largest shopping locations with a visit to a World War 2 museum, and a climb up a very large steeple, with amazing views of the beautiful city of Bordeaux.

We were all very sad to depart on Saturday after having spent such a lovely week with the families.

 Pop video award ceremony

A day that started off with a mad dash though pouring rain and gridlocked traffic to catch our (early!) train , ended in glorious triumph for our year 12 French A-level class.

 As you probably know, the six of us have been working tirelessly over recent weeks to create and promote our French Music Video; “Diversité et Égalité,” for entry into a national competition.  Having been shortlisted down to the last 4, we were very excited to attend the award   ceremony at the University of Exeter last Friday to find out the results.

The event itself was highly enjoyable, if a bit nerve racking.  Held by the government funded “Routes into Languages” program, designed to increase the uptake of languages in school; it is now a highlight of their annual calendar, being culmination of several prestigious competitions.  Anxiously, the six of us sat through the ceremony, watching some entertaining foreign language presentations being given by students for another competition that day.  After what seemed like an eternity; the time finally arrived.  Nervously we glanced and laughed at each other as a 30 second clip of our video was shown. Then the announcement came.  Our eyes homed in on the presenters lips, waiting for those magical words; “And the winner of the Routes into Languages best foreign language video as voted for by Online viewers is… “Diversité et Égalité.”  Sharing another glance of joy mingled with relief, we descended to collect our prize.  Soon after that, we ambled out of the lecture theatre, carefully holding a shimmering glass trophy and a cheque worth £100.  With a little bit of time left, we took in some of the sights of Exeter, before embarking on our train journey home.

 And it is the people at home – you guys – that we really have to thank for this magnificent success. For it is  because of your vast amount of votes and unending support that we won.  So thank you so much for watching our video and voting for us.  And if you still haven’t seen the video – it’s still available on Youtube at:

or  just type in “Diversité et Égalité.” 

 Julius, Paddy, Alex, Heidi, Mariana, and Vaughan of the Year 12 French A-level class


Two of our Year 10 Media students, Charlie Dewing and Peter Watts, attended a Film Making residential course at Kilve Court in early April. Here’s what they said about it:

Charlie “One of our tasks was to recreate a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, shot by shot, which we managed to do very well. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to follow a Film or Media career path as it really was very helpful.”

Peter “One of the best things about this course is that we had complete freedom to film anywhere and we did not have the boundaries of having to stay in one place. I would recommend this course to anybody who’s interested in film making and to people who just want to have a go at making a film. ”

If you are interested in attending a residential course to enhance your learning, have a look at

Year 7 Readathon              

All Year 7s were encouraged to participate in a Readathon last term (organised by Miss Terry), with lots of Vivos on offer as prizes. The Readathon was launched on World Book Day (1st March) and ran for a whole month. During that time, pupils had to read as many books as they could. Every pupil who took part received 5 Vivos, and there were also ‘Top 3’ prizes awarded to the three pupils who read the most books in their English class.

The pupils who won First Prize (25 Vivos!) from each class were:

James Garrett

Jack May

Holly Trippe

Tyler Willcox

Hazel Luff

Emma Ingledew

Charlotte Beard

Abigail Rylance

Sasha Nugara

Libby Forsyth

Alex Cornfield

Cearn-Regan McDonnell

Jamie Le Cornu

Well done to all Year 7s who took part, and keep up your reading!


Sport Relief

Three girls Eloise Copping,Josie Hansford Holt and Holly Moxham in Year 8 raised £103 for sports relief running 3 miles in Victoria Park dressed as 3 little pigs.


Key Stage 3 Music Finale

There will be a variety of performances from our Key Stage 3 musicians on Thursday 31 May starting at 7pm in S Block Hall.  Tickets are £2 and will be available on the door. 

The Corsham School Young Musician Final

Following our recent Instrumental Rounds we are pleased to announce the line-up for the Final. 

They are:

Rachel Lamerton                       Clarinet

Bobbi Lang                                  Flute

William Hughes                          Piano

Ed Cross                                      Piano

Kyle Krishnamma – Hillier      Drums

Abigail Finch                              Voice

Charlotte Parker                       Voice

Gareth Dinsdale                         Voice

Congratulations to everyone that auditioned.  We thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone.  There will be a presentation for all participants along with commendations at The Final. 

The Final is on Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm in S Block Hall.  Tickets will be on sale nearer the time. 

Music Exam Success

Congratulations to the following students who have recently passed instrumental music exams.  If you have taken an exam and your name is not listed below, we would really like to know of your success.  Huge congratulations to everyone. 

Year 7:

Martha Stringer                  Grade 5 Clarinet (Jazz)                  Distinction
Harry Truelove                   Grade 3 Trumpet                            Distinction
Will Matthews                   Grade 2 Piano
Charlotte Beard                  Grade 1 Flute
Izzy Ledbury                       Grade 2 Sax (Jazz)
Abi Chapman                     Grade 4 Oboe                                   Merit

Year 8:

Nat Holt                             Grade 1 Piano
Grace Alexander                Grade 2 Sax                                      Distinction
Tiana James                      Grade 1 K/Board                               Distinction
Holly Moxham                   Grade 4 Clarinet                               Distinction
Holly Leake                       Grade 1 Piano                                   Distinction
Jack Chapman                   Grade 6 Trombone                            Merit
Amber Parsons                 Grade 3 Singing                                 Merit

Year 9:

Caitlin Mitchell                 Grade 4 Flute                    
Bonnie Twine                    Grade 1 A. Guitar                             Distinction

Year 10:

Ben Candlin                       Grade 5 Sax                                       
Lily Fossett                        Grade 5 Violin                                   
Hannah Lias                       Grade 5 Flue                                   Merit


Some excellent results at the Area Athletics Trials at Bath University on May 16th

Year 7 Sasha Nugara 1st 1500 metres
  James Utton 1st 200   metres
  Luke Curtis 1st 1500 metres
Year 9 Jack Utton 1st 200   metres
  Jack Utton 1st High Jump
  Jacob Payne 2nd 800   metres
Year 10 Kirsty Stanley 1st 1500 metres
  Konrad Murawick* 1st Long Jump
                        In Year 9 but competes as Year 10*
Year 11 Milo Pearson 1st 100   metres & Triple Jump

 All the above selected to compete in the County Championships at Salisbury on 16 June 2012.

Good Luck!

Dates for the Diary

June 1          Term 5 ends

June 4-8      School Holiday

June 11        Term 6 begins

June 11        Year 12 return

June 13       4pm Music Instrumental Practice Platform –H29

June 26      1pm Olympics Sports day