Newsletter July 2012

 Year 11 Ball

A wonderful time was had by all at the Year 11 Ball at Bath Racecourse on Thursday 28 June. Arrivals were spectacular with helicopter, horses, a tractor and Quad bike being some of the methods of transport. The students looked stunning – boys smarter than they have ever looked before and the girls in dresses long and short, blue, green, red and yellow, hair that must have taken hours to do. The venue was one of the best. The interior was themed black and white with flowers, favours and fairy lights. After a three course meal and cupcakes (homemade by the Year Team!) as dessert, the students danced the night away. Huge thanks must go to the Ball Committee who spent most of the year planning and organising every detail.
 
Information regarding issue of exam results
Years 12 and 13 can collect their exam results from 9am on Thursday 16 August.
Year 11 can collect their exam results from 9am on Thursday 23 August.
Students should report to Main Reception in L block. Any uncollected results will be sent out by first class post on these dates. Therefore, please ensure that the school has your current address on record.
Any queries should be referred to the exams office on 01249 702087.
Best of luck to all our students!
 
Maths
The overall winners of Maths Problem of the Term 2011/2012 are:
 
Year 7: Jack Liddiard (H7)
 
Year 8: Nat Holt (W8)
 
Year 9: Joy Wingrave (A9)
Congratulations.
 
Geography
Climate Change Conference and Model United Nations
Hardenhuish School 25-27 June
 
Four Year 9 students – Joy Wingrave, Anna Sellens, Jamie Wiltshire and Artem Protasavitsky represented Corsham School at this event.
 
Monday was spent learning about climate change and the working of the UN. Students also had to produce a video statement about climate change from the point of view of their designated country (we were Brazil).
 
Tuesday was spent in London visiting the London Eye and the Thames Flood Barrier and thinking about how climate change will affect London.
 
On the final day a presentation about the way forward was made to the General Assembly of the UN i.e the other 9 teams from various local schools. Each team also had to field questions from other teams for several minutes.
 
Corsham School was overwhelmingly judged to have won by producing the most thoughtful and thorough analysis.
 
Mr Balu will be looking for four outstanding geographers next year to repeat this success.
 
Well done
 
 
Languages
To anyone who studies German in the current Year 8 and anyone who will be opting for German in Year 10 next year. The initial information about the Berlin exchange for 2012/2013 is now available in the parents section of the Year Group areas on ELE. Please have a look! This is a fantastic opportunity! Deposits are not required until September but please email lholden@corsham.wilts.sch.uk if you would like to express an interest before the beginning of term.
Friday 13 July saw 75 students and 6 staff make the cross-channel hop to Boulogne. A fantastic time was had by all as we visited the hypermarket, the beach, the aquarium and the old town. The weather was kind to us and we all enjoyed speaking French! Many thanks to all the staff who accompanied the trip.
 
Media
 
Four of the animated learning projects are being showcased at The Brighton Digital Festival in September. In addition, Mr Norman has written a blog article for The Guardian Newspaper on animation at Corsham.
 
 
 
 
 
Science team
10 students took part in a Climate Science Project run by the Science Museum at @Bristol. The purpose of the project was to teach the students science journalism skills to help them produce an article on climate science for a national magazine. It involved 2 visits to the centre to be taught the journalism skills including how to write a science article. They also explored the exhibitions and took part in a punk science show. During the 12 weeks in between the visits, the students produced an article for the magazine about the effect on global warming of the methane produced by cows. The students had to avoid copyright issues by taking all their own photos and the article can be found on page 50 of the ATMOS magazine. The Corsham School’s article was actually was picked by science museums across the country to show how an article can be put together using a graphics software. This was shown on a loop on television screens in the museums.
 
 
Gold Duke of Edinburgh
 
“We all had a great time on our Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Brecon Beacons. We all are upset that it is our last expedition together as a team and are planning to keep in contact and meet up again soon.
We will all miss the laughs we had together including dreaming of the views from the highest point on the day before; when getting up to the top at 802 meters only being able to see the clouds; watching Harry and Meg having a competition to eat the most food the quickest at every meal time; Ellie saying at 7pm its time for bed now; watching George and Tabatha constantly falling over and Harry betting on who would fall next; seeing Meg’s spectacular fall and roll down a muddy hill.”
Georgina , Harry , Tabatha , Ellie and Meg
 
 Date for the diary
July 23 – Teacher Development Day Term 6 ends
September 3 –  Teacher Development Day Term 1 begins
September 4 – First day for students
September 4 – Y13 enrolment
September 5 – Y12 enrolment
September 10 – 7.00pm Y10 Curriculum Information evening
September 11 – C7 Challenge Day
September 11  – 7.00pm Y13 Applying for University evening
September 12 – O7 Challenge Day
September 12-13 – 4.00pm Y11 Minimum Expectations meeting
September 13 – R7 Challenge Day
September 13 – 7.00pm Y9 History trip to Ypres- meeting for parents
September 14 – S7 Challenge Day
September 15-16 – Duke of Edinburgh weekend
September 17 – 7.00pm Y7 Curriculum Information weekend
September 18 – H7 Challenge Day
September 18 – Y7 & Y9 Photographs
September 18 & 20 – 4.00pm Y10 Minimum Expectations meetings
September 19 – A7 Challenge Day
September 20 – M7 Challenge Day
September 24 – 7.00pm Y9 Curriculum Information evening
September 24-28 – Y7 CATs
September 25 – 7.00pm Making a success of Y12 evening for parents
September 27 – 6.00pm Open Evening
September 29-30 – Duke of Edinburgh weekend