Student meets the Duchess of Cornwall

Cake cuttingCongratulations to Jaret who met the Duchess of Cornwall recently when she visited the opening of Community First’s new offices in Devizes.

After receiving a gift from 12-year-old Jaret, who won the charity’s competition to design an emblem for its half century celebrations, she said: “I give my congratulations to Community First on their 50th anniversary.”

“The charity helps such a diverse amount of people across Wiltshire. The volunteers do great work and, as I always say, without them the country would come to a standstill.”

Please select these links to find out more:

http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/community-first-news/1821-hrh-opens-community-first-offices

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2966931/Royal-recognition-Camilla-smiles-presents-Ruby-dog-certificate-tour-Dents-glove-factory.html

 

Parking Difficulties

Dear Staff, 6th form, Students and Parents

I am writing to remind you all of the rules concerning parking, particularly in relation to the Campus.

  • The campus car park is for campus users only
  • School drop off and pick up is permitted (hence the crossing), but not long term parking
  • The current parking regulation is for a maximum of 4 hours for campus users only
  • This will soon be enforced with an electronic surveillance system

It is becoming increasingly clear that large numbers of school people are using the Campus car park. I have been asked to remind you by the campus that this is not permitted. We have also been informed by campus staff that, if the situation does not improve, penalising poor parking will be introduced.

Today, there were more than 20 “school related” cars in the Campus car park all day. Whilst building work and the creation of new parking facilities are in progress, there is extreme pressure for spaces. This is causing poor and dangerous parking on the grass verge by the pedestrian crossing into school which is putting our students at risk. It is in all of our interests to protect the safety of our students by parking sensibly and legally.

The school site has 110 parking spaces for an even higher number of staff, we also have to ensure safe thoroughfare and emergency vehicle access on the school road at all times by managing parking on the school site. Unfortunately, this means that we can’t permit 6th formers to park on school grounds.

Corsham has other streets where parking is permitted just a short walk from school. If 6th formers have to drive to school, they must find parking away from both the school and campus.

We always encourage all students to adopt green and healthy ways of completing the school journey (walk, cycle, bus). Please give serious thought to these alternatives.

The contractors have also informed us that the new safe path to school behind the campus opposite the fire station is now open.

  • All students walking to school should now use this new path
  • This path avoids the traffic of the school drop off and pick up and is therefore safer
  • The temporary pedestrian crossing near the doctor’s surgery will shortly be removed

I hope you will all be able to follow this simple advice and work towards a safer environment for all of our students.

Regards

Marcus Chapman, Assistant Head

Have your say on designs for the new children’s play area at Springfield Community Campus

Play-area-blog

Corsham Town Council is currently working on designs for the new, outside children’s play at Springfield Community Campus, and they want the views of local people to help determine the final designs.

Proposed designs will be on display at the campus from 9 – 22 February in the area between the library and the climbing wall.

Please pop in, browse the designs, and leave your comments. Your views will help Corsham Town Council to shape the final designs for the play area, which will include an area for under 5′s and is due to be completed this summer.

For more information, please call Corsham Town Council on 01249 702130.

Former student Zoella on Celebrity Bake Off

Zoella on Bake Off

Zoella (third left) joins Jonathan Ross, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Abbey Clancy, Gok Wan and Bake-Off presenter Mel Giedroyc

YouTube star Zoella will join A-listers like Michael Sheen, Dame Edna Everage and Joanna Lumley in a Comic Relief edition of The Great British Bake Off.

The 24-year-old, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, will drag down the average age of the competitors, who also include Jonathan Ross, Lulu, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah.

“I was genuinely a little bit shocked and very excited when I was asked to take part,” she said.

The series begins on 11 February.

Link to read the full story on the BBC website

Former students join Band Aid line up

band aid 30

Exciting news that former students Zoe (Zoella) Sugg and her brother Joe (You Tube video stars) are both to be part of Band Aid 30. Find out more about them at Femail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2846670/What-YouTube-superstar-Zoella-reveals-teenage-girls.html

Link to read BBC coverage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30074650

You can download the track from any online music store and all proceeds go towards helping with the Ebola crisis.

Students become the teachers at Springfield Community Campus

Corsham School students have become teachers after sharing their IT skills with their community.
The role reversal has seen 18 sixth form students volunteer to help at the new IT club launched at Corsham’s Springfield Community Campus.
The internet savvy teenagers will be teaching people about sending emails and browsing the web, as part of a Wiltshire Council initiative to reduce social isolation, particularly among the elderly, and increase IT skills in our communities.
Students are given a weekly ‘enrichment slot’ on their timetables to attend the IT club at the Springfield Community Campus and offer one to one support and advice.
The club will be run by volunteers every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm and will be supported by Wiltshire Online.
Students received training from the Wiltshire Online team to prepare them for working with a range of potential learners.
Volunteering for the initiative will increase their confidence and communications skills, enhance their CVs and encourage different generations to come together for activities at the campus.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for campuses, said:

“Young people often lead the way with digital skills and are the IT experts of tomorrow.”

“This is the campus ethos in action, bringing our communities together to improve lives and help each other.”

For more information and to register for the IT club visit Wiltshire Online at http://www.wiltshireonline.org/

Parent Portal Accounts for new parents/carers

Dear Parent/Carer,

Instructions for how to login to the Parent Portal have been emailed to all registered users. In order to be kept up to date with the latest information from school, please ensure that we have your current email address. Instructions for receiving your password can be found by selecting this link: New User / Password Reset

If you didn’t receive the instructions and would like a copy emailed to you, please contact Charlie Parsons at itstrategy@corsham.wilts.sch.uk requesting the Parent Portal instructions.

Kind regards,
Charlie Parsons
IT Strategy Manager