By John Byrd and Jack Gillam 08
On 15 May the Y8 French penpals from the school of Collège Jacques Prévert visited The Corsham School. There were 160 students – 80 French and 80 English. After the English students had met their French penpals and given them their souvenir, they asked the students to fill out an ID card and then decorate it. There was a prize for the best decorated. After they had finished and decorated their ID cards the teachers went round into the different teams playing French and English games, this was called the game roulette. Next just after they had break they did a quiz. There were 40 questions that were asked randomly in French & English so they had to work with their French penpals. Swiftly after that all the students left for Corsham Court while the weather was nice. Finally arriving at Corsham court they all sat down to have a picnic and then they left to get back to school. Once they arrived back at school they had a mini Olympics on the Corsham School running ground and there were many mini Olympic Games. Then the day had come to a close and we ended the day with a bit of afternoon tea and cakes that were made by the Y8 Corsham students for their French penpals. It was slow at the beginning of the day and everyone was shy but eager to meet their French penpal. It was nice to learn of a culture in more detail. Overall the day was great fun.
A level French
The award winning A level French group celebrated in style with a French meal at La Barrique in Bath.
Following their success in the regional Routes into Languages pop video competition 2012 Corsham School’s A level French group decided to spend their winnings in true French style – with a meal out. The restaurant’s owner Michel Lemoine was delighted to support young French learners.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition
James Angell, Edward Cross, Aidan Daniel, Danny Kirwan, Joseph Triki, Harvey Walton, Oscar Wilson, Sophie Ahmed, Eleanor Hayward, Isabelle Ingledew, Ceilidh Welsh, Joy Wingrave, Jade Hurn, Anna Sellens Hannah Smith and Katie Unwin, started in Neston and carrying 70 litre packs they walked South past Atworth and Melksham on winding footpaths to the Kennet and Avon Canal. They then walked along the canal to Sells Green in Seend where they camped overnight at The Three Magpies campsite. The proprietor was so pleased with their behaviour that he refused payment.
Y13 Rugby Ambassador
As Rugby Ambassador and in conjunction with the PE department this year we aimed to create greater sporting opportunities in rugby for both years in the sixth form. In September we organised the first varsity Rugby 7s game between Y13 and Y12, an event which could easily become an annual event with the right organisation and bring together even more people that it did this year. This is because 7s allows people who have never played rugby to take up the game as it is in a simpler form. In future, it could be expanded into a full tournament including 4 teams with regular games as well as normal 15 a side games against other schools as a whole sixth form. The interest from students is there to turn Rugby into a sport that is played regularly.
We also organised a fixture against Melksham Oak School which we won 38-12. This was a great success and brought together both year groups to create a team which would have challenged all schools in the local area. Foundations have been put in place next year to improve the amount of fixtures, as well as entering the sixth form in the U18s Daily Mail National Cup which will give the sixth form the chance to compete in a nationwide tournament.
Year 11 Football
by Tommy Foley M11
As captain of Woody’s army I was a very proud and happy captain of my team which led the school to being unbeaten in the league and winning the final against Melksham Oak. Melksham are a very good team and not easy to play against, as earlier in the year we lost 3-1 in extra time with no disgrace. But when it came to playing them again they thought it was going to be easy and we simply wanted it more than them. We played as a team and we never gave in, and that’s why the best team won the game, and it shows on the scoreline as we won 5-1. This was due to goals from Liam Harris who started it off. John Harding scored a very nice goal and then a typical goal poacher’s finish and bagging himself 2 in the game, and Tom Fowle and Nathan Baldwin running up and down always tormenting their fullbacks got on the scoresheet with a goal apiece. Lewis and Jenks were crucial in midfield as they never stopped closing down and putting pressure upon the other team. Cameron and Tom Chandler played really well at full back with nothing getting past them, they had a solid game and Cameron made runs which were simply class. Callum Morse centre back (partner of mine in defence) had a great game and was solid, making slide tackles when required. Gabe in goal didn’t have much to do but when he did he did his job and had a great game himself. The subs Liam Merrett, Jack Footner, Ben Dell, Max Shackleford and Nathan Hampson all played their part in helping us get to the final and all played a part in the victory over Melksham Oak. We were well guided thanks to Mr Wood who took us to games and was our manager who helped make us go a season unbeaten. it was a great season and we were rewarded in the end.
Professor Tim Harrison from Bristol University visited on the 7 May to give a science show to the whole of Year 8 on the gases in our atmosphere.
It included exciting experiments with liquid nitrogen, solid carbon dioxide, exploding hydrogen balloons and combustion reactions.