PE Department News

After a fantastic performance by all of the Primary Cluster Schools in the Netball Festival back in January, each were excited at the prospect of competing in the Tag Rugby Festival held here at the Central Venue. Each school entered a team of 8 with at least 2 females in each team. To add a new exciting dimension to the festival all teams were informed that tries scored by a girl would be worth 2 points rather than the 1 point scored by a boy. As expected the competition was tough with each team fielding very strong sides. The level of support from parents, teachers and peers meant for a brilliant atmosphere with each match refereed to the highest level by our Year 9 Young Leaders. The overall winners were a very strong St Patricks side who just edged Colerne in the Final. Well done to all those involved. We wish St Patricks all the best in the next round. With the exciting Sainsbury’s School Games Kite Mark window opening in a couple of months all Primary schools in the cluster are working hard with their sports councils in preparation for submitting their application.

Level 3 Hockey @ Central Venue
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Level 3 Hockey Festival such a huge success. The young leaders involved in making the day happen played a huge role. With the weather throwing everything at the competitors it was great to have such a nice venue with help from the Corsham Campus. This is the first time Corsham has been used for such a big event in association with WASP and Sainsburys school games with schools all over the county attending. Each school attending had won their respective cluster festivals and were all competing for the chance to go to the Marlborough School Games in July. Although St Patricks the Corsham cluster winners played very well they were unable to progress, but a superb performance and great achievement to be involved.

Girls PE
The Under 15 cricket team have had their most successful indoor season in Corsham School history!! We took part in the county competition earlier in the year at Chippenham dome. We played Sheldon, Hardenhuish and South Wilts Grammar. We won all three matches and qualified for the final where we faced South Wilts Grammar for a second time (the first match being decided only by 3 runs!) In the final match, however, Corsham won convincingly and then went on to represent Wiltshire in the South West regional final held at UWE on the 22nd April. There were a total of 9 schools competing from all over the South West (including Wales!) We were in a group of three schools – Taunton school, Somerset and Sandown School, Isle of Wight. We had a very close game against Taunton, winning in the end by 5 runs on the last over. Second match was more a more comfortable victory. Having won all our group games we were placed in the top group for the afternoon session. We came up against 2 very strong schools from Devon and Cornwall. We lost both games narrowly but were thrilled to finish the competition as the third placed school in the South West of England and Wales. Very well played to all the pupils who took part.

Year 9 – Cerys James, Olivia Robson, Anouska Adam

Year 10 – Emma James, Melissa Story, Freya Bollen, Holly Trippe, Niamh Godley

Hockey Girls
Year 7 had a promising start to competitive hockey. We consistently had a good number out to training and were able to put out an A and B team to fixtures when required. All players made good progress throughout the season and were rewarded with our best performance the last game of the season against Malmesbury. A really exciting 2-2 draw, unfortunately Malmesbury equalized with virtually the last hit of the game!! Great performances from all the girls but special mentions must go to Amelia Weeks for some spectacular saves in goal despite never having played in that position before, Jas Stevenson, Molly Frost and Hannah Richards for their endless energy and running around in midfield and Emma Pillinger, Emily Robinson and Millie Lang for their excellent attacking play!!

The year 8 team with a special guest appearance from Harry Stanley had to wait til the end of their season for their first win but it was well worth it!! A convincing 3-0 win against Malmesbury meant that we ended on a real high and are now looking forward to next season being even more enjoyable. Again the whole team showed improvement throughout and played very well in the Mid wilts U13 tournament – only losing twice but unfortunately being the 0-0 draw specialists of the competition! Here’s to more goals and victories next season.

The year 9 Hockey team had an extremely successful season and played some impressive hockey throughout. Goals were scored by a number players with Elise Bessell finishing top scorer. Captain Katie Maggs led the side to victories against Sheldon, Hardenhuish, Grittleton, and Abbeyfield.

In the Mid Wilts tournament Corsham won three matches and drew against Malmesbury who went on to snatch overall victory in their final game. Next season promises to be an exciting one with many of the team making great progress by playing for local clubs.

Year 8 girls Touch Rugby Tournament
After winning the School Games competition last year, this meant we went into the tournament as reigning championships of the South West. The girls had received first class coaching from Kim Oliver (Bath RFC) and Mr Derby, so went in with a positive attitude. Our flow was disrupted with an early try for John Bentley, but we managed to get our act together for the next games. It was a good team performance by all, especially by those who have not competed for the school in any activity previously, and the girls finished mid table. Unfortunately not progressing to the next round, but there’s always next year!!!!

Senior Netball report
The season started off with wins for both the year 10 and senior netball team at Grittleton. We had a few changes in positions which lead to an unsettled first half for the seniors, but they came back convincingly. Unfortunately our second games against Hardenhuish were a loss for both teams, but some good individual performances from Niamh Godley and Becky Davison-Smith, both players of their match. Year 10 won their next match against Abbeyfield putting them into a positive mind-set for their upcoming tournament, POM Holly Trippe. In the tournament, the year 10 girls played incredibly well and put up a good fight against some tough opponents, finishing respectably in mid table. Then came Sheldon with a mixed year 10/11 team. It was incredibly close and finished 17-16 in a loss for Corsham, but the girls could definitely hold their heads up high, with Emma James being selected as Player of the Match. Our final game of the season was against Malmesbury and the girls put on an outstanding performance, with Emma being nominated for POM again!!!! An impressive win to finish a successful season, well done to all the girls involved and a big thank you to Niamh Godley & Becky Davison-Smith for captaining the teams.

Year KS4 Basketball team
The year 10 and 11 basketball club ran from October until February and was well attended every week. We did, however, go one stage further this year and had our first ever fixtures. A home and away match against Malmesbury School. On arrival at Malmesbury the girls were almost psyched out by the posh electronic score board but were able to ‘clear the mechanism’ and won the match 24 – 18. Some great basketball played by all girls but a massive scoring contribution coming from Sheena Sherburn and new signing Carla Sarkissian. The home tie saw Malmesbury out for revenge but Corsham were not about to give up their unbeaten record and again came away victorious 30-22 – Well played girls!!!

Boys PE
Year 7 The year 7 football team has seen record numbers this term with approx. 30 boys all attending training and wanting to play apart in the league. With not one postponed game this has attributed to a fantastic season with the team finishing mid table in a very competitive league. During a very successful cup run the team were eventually knocked out by a Kingdown Team who went on to be overall winners. Every player deserves recognition for their commitment with notable stand out performances from Ed and Angus Bollen, Miles Littlechild, Joe Stonehouse and Michael Clarke.

Year 8
The team had a difficult season this year but all remained very positive. The support at training and in games was superb with a minimum of 14 players turning up every week.  The team was captained by Toby Gingell and supported by Lewis Hayes (vice).
Player of the season was Roy Bakudie who only joined the school in January. He scored two goals on debut.
We only won one game 6-1 v Devizes

The year 8 team played two games in the indoor league. One loss against Kingdown and a tie versus St Laurence. THE U-15 team played in the Wiltshire indoor finals .They played 3 games in the group stages winning all three against St John’s Marlborough, Trafalgar School and St Laurence.
Unfortunately they lost in the final game to St John’s but a good all round performance from the boys all day

Year 9 We opened our campaign this season with a tough cup fixture against Isambard School in Swindon. Despite losing 4-1, the boys demonstrated some great character in the second half and were unfortunate not to put any more goals away. This set ourselves up for what turned out to be a decent season. A few wins and some big improvement on results compared to last year. One in particular that sticks out is the 3-3 goal fest against Abbeyfield – a team that put 7 past us last season. Just goes to show how far they have come in a year. Onwards and upwards into year 10!

Year 10 Zac Hillier captained the year 10 football team to a solid mid table finish in the Mid Wilts league. In a very strong year group locally, wins against Malmesbury and Grittleton were the highlights. With the FA changing the rules regarding girls playing with boys up to under 16, Audrey Gunn had an impressive debut season at left back and Libby Forsyth was also part of the squad. Most improved player and Player of the Season will be announced at the next TCS Team Talk Assembly.

Year 11 An excellent season for the year 11 excelling themselves in both league and cup. With some great performances the team managed to reach the semi-final of the county cup. Unfortunately losing to a well-played Swindon team. These performances were mirrored in the league; the only game which the boys lost all season was the last game against Malmesbury which meant they finished the season as narrow runners up.

Term 6
SSCO – Primary Year 3/4 Kwik Cricket Festival and Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket Festival

Area Athletics Championships Bath 10th June 2015

Term 5 clubs

TCS Athletics Club – All years welcome. A chance to practice for sports day, get fit, try new activities and meet new people. Wednesday afternoons, H block, 3-4pm

Boys Softball Fixtures
There will be softball fixtures against local schools for boys in years 7-10. See H block noticeboard and Twitter for training and fixtures.


Congratulations to Jack Utton (Yr12) for representing Bath Rugby and scoring a try against Exeter. See @CorshamPE for pictures. James Utton, Yongsoo Jung (yr10) also represented Dorset and Wilts rugby in their win against Somerset.

Zak Tobin represented Somerset at full back in April, a superb achievement.

Good Luck to Ed Bollen and Joe Swain who have both been selected for the under 12, Wiltshire Cricket Team.

Well done to Cerys James, Melissa Story, Freya Bollen, Emma James, Anna Eliot and Anouska Adam on being selected for Wiltshire County Cricket.

Comic Relief Bake Off

Comic Relief Cake6th Form students organised a Comic Relief Bake Off sale today. Over 40 cakes were created with all sorts of designs including red noses, rocky road cakes and some truly imaginative pieces.

Cakes were sold for a minimum donation of £10 and others were sold for 50p a slice to raise money for today’s Comic Relief.

Carole Waller Art Workshop

Year 13 Art Textile students visited the local Textile Artist, Carole Waller in her Studio in Box. They spent the day experimenting and exploring application of dye and colour. The students produced a large textile piece linking individually to their project work. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were all very inspired by the work and ideas taught by Carole.

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Students sum up their experience of the day:
‘The workshop was a fantastic opportunity and experience. I really enjoyed learning about application of colour and dye’
‘We really enjoyed working with Carole in her studio’
‘It was fun being experimental’
‘I was inspired by the workshop and Carole’s expertise’

KS3 Music Concert

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After a very long and successful day last Thursday, we were finally able to give the results to the musicians on Monday.  Everyone performed to a very high standard but a special congratulations to the musicians below.  They will all be taking part in the KS3 Music Concert on Thursday 19th March.

Year 7
Phoebe Iacono – Piano – Overall Winner
Jenny Pfundner – Piano –  Highly Commended
Hannah Richards – Flute – Highly commended
Ashley Davey – Voice

Year 8
Lydia Colomb – Flute – Overall Winner
Ashleigh Hussey – Voice – Highly Commended
William Hurst – Voice and Guitar – Highly Commended
Kyle Condon – Voice and Guitar
Reuben Stringer – Saxophone
Amy Richards – Piano

Year 9
Hannah Welsh – Piano – Overall Winner
Matt Hughes – Drum kit – Highly Commended
Katie Terry – Voice – Highly Commended
Surya Battenburg – Saxophone

Katie Maggs,  Naomi Large, Ruth Mitchener – Overall Winners
Joe Hill and Ben Lammin – Highly Commended

The KS3 performance concert is on Thursday 19th March, 7pm in S Block Hall. Tickets will be available on the door only. It would be lovely if we can have a large and supportive audience for them all!

Mrs Bond

University Fair

The school held its second hugely successful University Fair on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. The event was aimed at Years 10, 11 and 12 and we were delighted that over 35  Universities  responded to our invitation to come into the school, in order to show our students and their parents the vast range of degree level opportunities open to them.

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Universities attending included: Oxford , Bristol , Cardiff, Leicester, Bath, Goldsmiths, Exeter and Brunel along with representatives from Student Finance Service. Gap Year opportunities were on show with organisations specialising in gap year travel and volunteering opportunities also attending. The hall was packed all evening with excited parents and students who found it both informative and extremely well organised. Parents commented:
‘A very useful and informative evening’
‘We get wiser every year!’
‘A wonderful insight of what could be – Thank you’
We also had lovely comments from our students who found the evening a valuable and informative evening. One of our students commented:
‘I found it incredibly useful, especially for finding out different pathways’
Another commented:
‘Attentive, friendly and helpful representatives giving a clear explanation of what’s on offer’
We also had fantastic comments from the University representatives:
‘Students and parents were enthusiastic and it was refreshing that they are so focused’
‘A delightful event, students were all focused and parents were very supportive’
‘A very well organised event with polite and interested pupils and parents’
‘Best HE fair yet’
This unique event built on last year’s success will continue to inspire the next generation of University graduates. We are already looking forward to next year University Fair.

Fun into Food

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‘On Your Marks, Get Set, Cook’


Students at The Corsham School attended a ‘Fun into Food’ roadshow. Compass, our school caters worked interactively with the students. Two teams of students and teacher’s competed against the clock in front of an audience of fellow pupils to create the best healthy dish they could from a selection of mystery ingredients!

While the students were competing against each other, the audience were being educated about the importance of healthy foods and eating well and provided students with hands on cookery experience.

The sixth form students also attended the road show where they were given advice and recipes on a ‘Survival Guide to University’

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Year 9 Trip to see War Horse

67 Year 9 students and 7 members of staff attended an evening performance of the theatre production of ‘War Horse’ at the Bristol Hippodrome on Monday 26th January.

Year Learning Manager Mr Threlfall, who led the visit, said that the students were a credit to the school ‘like taking 67 adults.’

Student remarks (Georgialaice Matthews and Emma Wood)

‘War Horse’ was a great trip. It was filled with excitement mixed with emotion and sadness.’

‘There were many tears across the theatre, but also a lot of laughter.’

‘War Horse made you speechless from the start until the end, not only were the actors great but the puppets were extraordinary. The story was told brilliantly by the theatre production. It has inspired many students to take Drama and History for GCSE next year.’

‘Truly an unforgettable experience.’

Team Talk Sports Assembly

PE Presentation 2The exceedingly popular team talk assembly was held on 17th Decemeber in Room 1 of the new Corsham Campus building. Over 200 students were present to celebrate the termly achievments of all teams and individuals since September. We were delighted to intoduce, through our Director of Rugby Mr Evans, Springbok and Bath Rugby forward Francois Louv as our guest to hand out the awards for Player of the season and Most improved player in all Rugby, Netball and Hockey teams. The participation and sucess of our Boccia team, Badminton teams, Table Tennis teams, outstanding Cross Country team and Cricket teams were also highlighted and applauded by students, staff and our guest, Mr Louv.

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Please find live Twitter updates of the Team Talk Assembly on the PE department Twitter page @CorshamPE. Here, you will also find fixtures, updates, links and news.

Chris Smith
CTL for PE
KS4 Mentor


Recent News

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Our 6th Form Ambassadors volunteered to help Somerset Care wrap presents and write Christmas cards at the Springfield Campus for the elderly. The 6th Form Ambassadors organised and co-ordinated this event. Somerset Care said the 6th Form Ambassadors “were all a credit to their families and the school”. One 6th Form Ambassador commented “Thank you very much for organising the event today. Everyone seemed to be having fun and all the presents were really well wrapped so I’d say it was a wonderful success!”

Sports Presentation
Our annual sports celebration assembly took place at the Springfield Campus. Francois Louw, Bath and International South Africa rugby player was our guest of honour.
This was a celebration of the sporting participation, accomplishments and success of those students, from all year groups who have represented the school since September.

Presentation Evening
GCSE Presentation Evening is our annual event to celebrate the achievements and success of Year 11 students. They were invited along with their families and friends to receive their certificates. This year we were delighted that Jamie Barrow – British Snowboarding Champion presented the certificates.

Christmas Carol Concert
To end our term we held our annual Carol concert at St Bartholomew’s church. The audience enjoyed a variety of musical performances and readings. After the concert we enjoyed refreshments, and donations were made to the Corsham Food Bank. It was a lovely start to the festive season for all involved

University Fair
We are very pleased to announce that The Corsham School will be holding its second University Fair on Tuesday 3rd March for our Year 10, 11 and sixth form students. We have over 30 Universities attending, many from the Russell Group, along with expert student finance and UCAS advisors.

Forthcoming Events
Thursday 22nd January – Year 9 Options Evening
Monday 2nd February – School Shop – T Block 3pm-3.30pm
hursday 5th February – Fun into Food Roadshow
ednesday 11th February – KS4 Focus Evening
Tuesday 3rd March – University Fair (Corsham School Year 10, 11 and 6th Form students only)
Thursday 12th March – Year 8 Focus Evening
Thursday 26th March – Year 7 Parents Evening