Newsletter February/March 2013

PE Team
Corsham Paralympian
On Saturday 2 March hundreds of people turned out in Corsham to watch and celebrate Stephanie Millward receiving the freedom of the town. The Year 9 Young Leaders at The Corsham School were given the opportunity by the Town Council to arrange and perform an opening ceremony for the event. The Young Leaders worked with 7 different Primary Schools to help make the occasion special and to get as many young people as possible inspired. The ceremony was a celebration of sport with a theme of Olympic/Paralympic values. The schools performed various sporting activities representing courage, opportunity, responsibility, sportsmanship, honour, achievement and MILLWARD! It was a day when many young people were inspired and excited about meeting an iconic Paralympian and being immensely proud to be part of her special celebration.

Link to read article in National Press

Senior Netball
So far the senior netball team is undefeated! We have had two very close fixtures against Hardenhuish and Grittleton and on both occasions the girls have won by one goal! Congratulations to all the girls involved and let’s hope we win our next match as well!

Year 9 boys on the hunt for trophies
The Year 9 football team are continuing to build upon an impressive start to the season with a further two wins in the Mid-Wilts league. An away trip to Devizes resulted in a 9-1 mauling of the opposition, with striker Damon Hayes bagging himself a 4 goal haul, the ammunition supplied by Shaun Paradise’s wand of a right foot. This was followed by an extremely impressive 3-2 away win at Hardenhuish courtesy of a late winner by captain Jon Bazley. The team are now hunting for silverware on two fronts after a 5-0 win over Lydiard Park sent the boys into the last 8 of the County Cup competition. These are exciting times indeed for the success-hungry Year 9s!

Ladies Cricket (Under 13 and Under 15 Lady Taverners indoor cricket competitions)
We took a squad to each of these competitions. The under 15 team failed to qualify for the county final but played well! The under 13 team which consisted of year 7 and 8 students won the Mid Wilts competition beating Sheldon and Matravers comfortably. Notable performances came from Freya Bollen (batting) and Emma James (bowling). They then went on to represent Mid Wilts in the county competition. There were 5 teams entered in total. The girls lost to Sheldon and narrowly to Hardenhuish (the eventual winners) but beat St Augustines and South Wilts Grammar to finish third overall. Well done and thank you to all those who played .Year 7 – Cerys James and Anouska Adam. Year 8 – Freya Bollen (captain) Emma James, Niamh Godley, Jade Day, Melissa Story, Libby Forsyth and Sasha Nugara .

Ski Trip
41 students enjoyed a fabulous week of skiing at Flaine in South west, France. There were copious amounts of snow, excellent tuition and super accommodation which led to a successful week. Significant progress was made by all participants from beginners to more experienced skiers. We stayed at the UCPA Altair, which is equivalent to a youth hostel in this country. The staff at the centre commented on the superb behaviour and politeness of all our students.

Link to view Ski Trip photo gallery

Drama Team

Rumble in the Jungle!

Work is now well underway in preparation for this year’s whole-school summer production, based on ‘The Lion King’. A hundred and fifty excited students from Years 7 to 10 are currently dedicating extra-curricular time towards different pre-rehearsal aspects of staging the show – from creating graphics and work on areas of stage design to making masks and shadow puppets and learning rousing songs as part of the ensemble chorus of performers.

The show is designed for a family audience and will be performed in S-Block Hall in the week commencing Monday 8 July 2013. We look forward to casting main roles from within the ensemble chorus in the next few weeks and really hope you can come along to see the work-in-action!

Our process is being hugely facilitated by lots of generous people – some very talented Sixth-Formers, staff in the Making Room and from the advice, ideas and perspective of our ICT team.

Please do subscribe to our ‘Performance Blog’ to find out more about the ongoing process, to see some of our previous work and to receive regular updates:

http://corshamschoolperformance.wordpress.com/

With thanks from the Drama team.

Theatre visit
A Level Drama & English students have visited Bristol Old Vic theatre on Monday 4 March to see their new and exciting production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Having last worked together on the internationally acclaimed War Horse, Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director Tom Morris and Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company reunited to tell Shakespeare’s inexhaustible tale. Trees, objects and tools all pulse and tingle with the possibility of existence in a world that, thanks to the magic of Handspring, are granted the right to life.

Foreign Languages Team
Mandarin Class
Mrs Chan has kindly offered to come into the school each Thursday afternoon to give students the opportunity to learn some Mandarin Chinese. The course started on 7 February, for Chinese New Year, and students have been learning how to count and greet each other in this difficult new language. There are still some places available for anyone else who would like to join. The sessions run from 3.30 to 4.30pm in H7a.

Printer Cartridges
The Corsham School has contributed to Green Source Solutions, raising £25,964 for charity through our continued support of environmentally friendly purchasing and recycling of printer cartridges.

History Team

This is Connor McCarron (year 12) and Jamie Basham (year 13) with Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Sloan’s ‘hero historian’ John Guy.


On Monday, 18 March, 32 A2 and AS History students attended a conference led by eminent Tudor historians. There were 4 lectures in total, each covering different aspects of the reign of Elizabeth I. It provided students with an excellent taster of university style learning and most were amazed at how many pages of notes they had taken! The students were a real credit to the school and some of them managed to construct some very good questions for the panel at the end of the day.

Maths Team

On 6 March a team of 4 of our strongest mathematicians in Years 8 and 9 represented our school at the Regional Finals of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. It was very closely fought through all four rounds with only 10 marks separating the top third of the teams. After the head to head third round, our team of James Phillips, Nat Holt, Holly Trippe and Jack Liddiard had lost only 15 points. The final relay race relied on speed and strategy as well as mathematical prowess. Our wonder team dropped only 4 of the 60 marks available. Overall we ended up 8th out of 24! All four should rightly be proud of themselves. However, we have vowed to go back stronger and better next year and take the title of ‘Maths Team Champions’!

Have a go at the type of questions they had to do under the pressure of competition…

Dynamic Dan walks up and over a hill walking 8km at an average of 3km an hour. Lazy Lou walks round the hill at the same average speed and arrives 10 minutes later than Dan. How far did Lou walk?

ABCD is a square and BCGFE is a regular pentagon, not overlapping the square. AB and BE are adjacent sides of a regular polygon. How many sides does this polygon have?

Geography Team
The Geography team have bought many new books for the library. There is a lot of material about global warming, international development and globalisation and there are multiple copies of some titles so that you don’t have to wait for books to be returned.

Pig & Jig
The Pig and Jig committee would like to thank everyone who supported last year’s very wet musical event. All the monies raised have been allocated to well-deserved departments within the school and also two very deserving local charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care and also Dorothy House Hospice Care.
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This year’s event will take place on Saturday 6 July on Box Common.

If you would like to volunteer, we are always in need of help. 

Dates for the diary

22 March Term 4 ends – Easter holidays begin

8 April Term 5 begins

24 April 7.00pm Y0 Focus Evening

26 April Y8 HPV 3/3 in S Block Hall