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DECEMBER 03 Churchdown School Academy Winston Road ISSUE BARCELONA STUDY TRIP 27 – 30 JANUARY 2015: PARENTS’ INFORMATION EVENING I will be holding a parents’ information evening for the parents of all students going to Barcelona on Tuesday 13 January 2015 in the hall, starting at 6pm. It is important that parents and students attend. During the meeting I will be going through the itinerary, explaining what students need to take, and explaining our expectations of students while they are on this study trip. Please bring EHIC cards to this information evening, so that we can complete our records Mrs Church Head of MFL Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers We have had a very busy term with much to celebrate. The students have continued to do well and for the most part are working very hard. The extra-curricular life of the school is thriving with many events taking place to compliment learning outside of lessons, including the Achievements Evening and the fantastic school production. We have also held many events which have raised money for some worthwhile charities. There have been excellent school trips which have deepened the students’ knowledge or have been a reward for hard work. It has also been great to meet so many of you at the extra-curricular events or parents' evenings. Since September we have had much to celebrate and had an increasing number of students receiving rewards for their approach to learning and contribution to the wider school community. Importantly, our students are coming to school each day happy and ready to learn. Attendance is improving with many students on 98% or above, but we can always do better. There is still much for each of us to do if we are to give your child the best education possible. I can guarantee that we will continue to work tirelessly to teach and support our students and strive to be even better. For your part I again ask that you support your child by backing the school 100% with all matters related to their education, from uniform to learning, and attendance at important events. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas on behalf of all the staff at Churchdown School. Regards Christopher Belli Headteacher

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YEAR 7 REP This term also saw the year group vote for their parliament representative. The standard of each tutor reps’ manifesto was outstanding, and some wonderful ideas were put to the year group. The voting took place at break time, and after a very tense time counting the votes I am pleased to announce that Ben Aldworth of 7H was voted the Year 7 Parliament Rep. Wil Mitchinson 7M will be our vice representative YEAR 7 NEWS Once again we end the term celebrating the wonderful work of the Year 7 year group. This term saw the first ISM data being sent home, and what a pleasure as a Head of Year to see so many students achieving fantastic results. In fact, I wrote 171 postcards home to congratulate students on their success, and hope to write many more next term. The following students deserve a special mention for having achieved some of the best ISM effort results in the year group: Rachel Pepperell, Nathan Drew, Ethan Hartsoe and Renee Thomas. We also held our end of term praise assembly this week. This was an opportunity for staff to nominate students who have been outstanding in their subject area throughout the term. Congratulations to 7J who won the doughnut party for achieving the most reward points in Term 2. Congratulations to 7S who will be having a pizza party for having the best attendance in Term 2. Congratulations also to Rachel Pepperell and Nathan Drew, who once again won the prize for most reward points in the term. Keep up the brilliant work! I would also like to mention the Year 7 students who took part in the school play “Little Shop of Horrors”. What a wonderful performance, and I was thrilled to see so many Year 7 students taking part, especially as they auditioned for roles in the first few days of being here at Churchdown – very brave! Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my year group for yet another fantastic term. Keep up all your hard work guys, you are doing great. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year. Mrs Kentish Head of Year 7 Ben Aldworth 7H

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UNITED KINGDOM MATHEMATICS TRUST Congratulations to all of the Sixth Form mathematicians that participated in the recent UKMT Senior Challenge, in direct competition with other Sixth Formers around the country. The following were awarded certificates: Gold - George Gillott Silver - Coby Andrews Bronze - Harry Bevins, Harrison Curtis, Jacob Elwin, Sufyan Hariff, Aaron Hutton, Nathan Jefferies, Jamie Nash, Joshua Nelson, Matthew Say and Aidan Wiederhold Additionally, George Gillott qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition, designed for the most able mathematicians nationally well done George! The following YEAR 8 students made excellent progress in Maths last year: YEAR 8 NEWS As we draw towards Christmas it is with some pride and satisfaction that as a Year Head I can look back over the first two terms. There have been a great number of positives to take out of the first four months, and students have shown themselves in a very positive light. The whole year group saw the performance of “Sophie’s Choice” and although the subject matter was challenging and at times disturbing, the group, on a last lesson on a Tuesday, responded magnificently. A smaller number of students attended yet more live theatre in Oxford when the school provided an opportunity to see the stage show musical “Shrek”. Once again it was a privilege to share the company of such a well-behaved bus load of outstanding students. In assembly only this morning I was able to rattle off the names of numerous students scattered across the year group who had achieved a vast amount of positives in their lessons and had the determination to ensure that their attendance figures were buoyant. The school play was a superb performance and Year 8 contributed well with Sian Hennessy one of the stand-out figures on the first night. Inter-tutor has proved to be taken in the right spirit and the grades that went home to parents in November tell a story of a good year group that is looking to make the most of opportunities offered. It is, however, in the day to day business of school life where great students are really stepping up to the mark. Wandering from lesson to lesson there are countless examples of high quality learning experiences being met by conscientious and enthusiastic classes. That your children, our students, are maintaining these standards into the dark and cold part of the academic year speaks volumes about their strength of character and tenacity. Students who have with their attendance and fortitude really set a blazing trail to follow include: Christian Jerome, Amy Lovell, Connor Walker, Niamh Walker, Pele Bowen, Livia Hales, Amber Rivers, Lauren Barter, Mollie Gomer, Samuel Leigh, Humaira Piluja, Jade Bhurruth, Sophie Bhurruth, Erica Ebanks, Daniel Hunter, Kabir Okunnu, Joy Bixey, Luke Parkhurst, Lauren Dennis Stockton, Adrien Kronig, Ellie Toy, Sophie Boakes, Finn Bishop, Sian Hennessy, Eden Lawrence, Owen Hatten, Madeline Kort, Jessica Peacy, David McGeogh, Felicity Nobes, Tia Pickering and James Sinclair. Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year. Lizzie Rhodes, Daniel Wells, James Duffton, Rhys Prosser, Jade Bhurruth, Lara Jayne, Hannah Schneider, Harvey Baldwin, Connor Warren, Hollie Owen, Niamh Walker, Mr Fawcett Kabir Okunnu, Oliver Lake Head of Year 8 and Sophie Bhurruth

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YEAR 9 STUDENTS “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” A big thank you to those Year 9 students who were involved with the play. I came on the Thursday evening and was duly impressed by Callum Drew in the main role of Seymour, but congratulations to the supporting cast members Kaitlynne Knight, Tamara Randle, Toby Williams and Sophia Weygang. I’m sure there will be more about the play in this newsletter, but also at the event Elizabeth Medhurst and Sarah Wood were selling Christmas products that they’d made in a group with Miss Hornby YEAR 9 NEWS Lizzie and Sarah selling their excellent selection of cards and gifts WELL DONE – HARD WORK PAYS OFF Following the publication of the first the first set of ISMs (attitude to learning grades) these students earned letters of commendation from the Head of Year acknowledging positive involvement with their studies: (Students who had achieved 5 or more excellent grades for classwork then had homework grades counted as well. Those with 10 or more in total were congratulated on their excellent involvement) YEAR 8/9 ENTERPRISING STUDENTS A small group of Year 8 and 9 students have been beavering away in afterschool Art Club creating a range of exciting Christmas cards and gifts. The high quality products were much admired when they went on sale during the interval of the school play. They managed to raise nearly £70 for their chosen charities: The National Heart Foundation and Cancer Care. Well done girls you have done a wonderful job Robert Lloyd, Ayla Hill, Poppy Long, Kaajal Patel, Michaela Puskova, Zoe Rudge, Lily-May Fowke, Rose Hitchman, Destiny Brickley, Anne Patterson, Chloe Smyth, Romy Burdett, Joshua Copley, Matthew Edwards, Jarrod Hofmann, Abbie Janes, Charlotte Leeman, Cody Miller, Cole Rees, Jasmine Willcox, Gabrielle Carr, Chloe Evans, Georgina Davis, Samuel Hatch, Aimee Jones, Lewis Blacker, Joshua Claxton, Ellie Lancaster, George Nicola The following students had earned 10 or more excellent awards: Katie Gosling, Benjamin Hall, Nikita Kavtaskins, Kevinlyn Overson, Megan Tanner, Megan Gill, Robert Lloyd, Louis Young, Charlie Foster, Charlie Dillon, Pelin Kurson, Tamara Randle, Sophia Weygang, Kaitlynne Knight, Sarah Wood, Elizabeth Medhurst, Kieran Berry, Lauren Daffin, Stephanie Fox, Oliver Griffiths, Adam Hall, Callam Prosser, Matthew Merritt, Joseph Porter, Makenzie Temple, Deven Capstick, Daniel Lee, Ellie Galling-Ireland, Rebecca Lodge, Abigail Powell, Donald Bissett, Caitlin Davis, Sophie Jebb, Charlotte Saysell, James Lovell, Kelsey Wilkins, Vasileios Apostolakis, Katie Poole, Liberty Sharp, Sophie Tidcombe Very well done people. Let’s see the list grow next time. Mr Wyman Head of Year 9

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REGISTRATION READERS Mrs Fenton and our wonderful Year 12 and 13 students have started a Reading Club during registration this term. Lots of our younger students are benefitting from the extra help with their reading skills and thoroughly enjoying engaging with a wide range of books. Thank you to Mrs Fenton for all her hard work and, in particular, to the following Year 12 and 13 students: Brandon Hutchinson, Steven Rust, Emma Ball, Caitlin Fenton, Ben Long, Sam Dix, Sarah Bojczuk, Ranim Adler and Connor Dokic

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ART: Tyler Martin, Alia Newton, Nanda Oliviera, Caitlin Hall, Josh Chapman, Lucy Harvey, Kayleigh Farrell, Sandra Howes, Georgina Gardner, Jade Honeywell, Laura Gardner MUSIC: Sandra Howes, Rhiannon Bailey, Jordan Ward BUSINESS: Rob Lane, Joseph Broady, Romanie Andrews, Josh Baldwin, Lauren Kent, Annaliese Barley, Becky Conway, Georgina Gardner, Jordan Smith, Amber Chisholme, Sam Bishop, Aimee Davies, Willem Fox, Anthony O‘Mallley, Millie Wordley, Harry Cooper, Charlie Dyke, Kayleigh Clarke, Harry Pitt, Caitlin Hall, Tyler Martin, Jack Rees, Dan John, Nick Lodge, Tianna Hamblett MATHS: Lewis Bourne, Will Frith, Connor Garfield, Jasmine Cheape, Micki Peacock, Laura Gardner, Tyler Martin, Jacob Seddon, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Lauren Hands, Harry Lodge, Grace Hitchman, Katelyn Williams MEDIA: Lauren Brobyn, Jasmine Cheape, Willem Fox, Aimee Davies, Lewis Angel, Jenny Southall, Sam Russell Lauren Stanley, Leah Rust, Kia Harrison, Britney Webb, Shannon Gwilliam YEAR 10 NEWS Year 10 have continued to work tirelessly at their GCSE studies and this was recognised in the end of the Term 2 Celebration Assembly. Staff were asked to nominate those students who had really stood out in their subjects. Rewards were also given out for the best attending tutor group and most rewards received both for individuals and tutor groups. A number of Year 10 students also starred in the production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and the sports teams continue to succeed, with last year’s all-conquering rugby team back in good form once again. The following students were nominated by their subject teachers for awards in the lessons listed below. Well done to each of them and keep it up in Term 3! GEOGRAPHY: Sam Bishop, Georgina Gardner, Anthony O'Malley, Oscar Hales, Jae Woodman, Dan John, Alice Jones, Micki Peacock, Megan Richings, Tom Barker, Shawn Butler, Jess Dangerfield, Will Frith, Emily Gammon, Laura Gardner, Caitlin Hall, Jacob Seddon HISTORY: Micki Peacock, Willem Fox, Alia Newton, Jordan Smith, Toby Jones, Jamie Hopkins, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Max Heather, Matt Phillips, Joe Broady, Lauren Kent, Nathan Humphries CREATIVE I-MEDIA: Sam Bishop, Matthew Phillips, Connor Garfield, Rob Matthews ENGLISH: Becky Conway, Jess Lane, Joe Broady, Jae Woodman, Leya Robb, Dom Hebbron, Lauren Kent, Matthew Phillips, Jacob Seddon, Tyler Martin, Micki Peacock, Robert Thorne, Byron Lloyd, Alice Jones, Nathan Groves, Laura Gardner, Willem Fox, Aimee Davies, Megan Bennett, Konstantinos Apostolakis RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Chloe Glanville, Jamie Mayall, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Jacob Seddon, Aimee Davies, Morgen Taylor, Leah Stanley, Nathan Humphries, Rhydian Cleaver, Alex Duncan, Matt Wasley, TJ Barwell, Jae Woodman, Kayte Wall, Alia Newton, Lauren Kent, Matthew Phillips, Jordan Smith, Jenny Southall, Lauren Koloda, Toby Jones, Julia Hartsoe, Joe Hattrick, Britney Webb, Hannah Betteridge, Jamie Hopkins, Sam Russell, Harry Cooper, Shannon Gwilliam, Joseph Broady SCIENCE: Ellie Jackson, Morgen Taylor, Tyler-Jade Barwell, Shawn Butler, Jacob Seddon, Joe Poole, Nick Lodge, Josh Chapman, Justin Bhurruth, Jess Lingard-Nutt, Lauren Kent, Julia Hartsoe, Alice Jones, Jack Lodge, Leya Robb, Emily Springall, Joe Hattrick, Emily Gammon, Rob Matthews, Lauren Brobyn, Kayleigh Farrell, Bradley Worrall, Megan Richings, Dan Wood, Willem Fox, Tyler Malcolm, Kyle Ellison dos Anjos, Daniel John, Jordan Smith, Alia Newton, Leah Stanley GRAPHICS: Morgen Taylor, Eryk Kilianek, Matthew Philips, Emily Springall, Tyler Martin, Tom MunozGaldeano, Marcus Rhodes

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YEAR 10 FOOD TECHNOLOGY: Lauren Brobyn, Rosie Williams, Tyler Malcolm, Megan Bennett, Lewis Bourne, Jordan Hatten SUPPORT DEPARTMENT: Abbee Bircher, Grace Hitchman, Rob Matthews PSHCEE: Emily Carter, Yasmin Dailey COMPUTING: Connor Garfield, Kyle Ellison Dos Anjos, Sam Bishop PHOTOGRAPHY: Britney Webb, Jessica Lane, Kieran Cole, Oscar Hales TRAVEL AND TOURISM: Andrea Prusova, Alex Gardner, Lucy Harvey, Jordan Hatten MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Emily Springall, Julia Hartsoe, Oscar Hales, Joseph Broady, Lauren Kent, Georgina Gardner, Callum Gardner Wilce, Richard Lojkasek, Laura Gardner, Aimee Davie Clearly, huge numbers of Year 10 students are impressing in a huge range of lessons. Well done, have a great Christmas, rest well and keep up the fantastic work in Term 3! Mr Spooner Head of Year 10 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY Design & Technology has been a very positive and busy area over the last term. The coursework for Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Photography is well under way; the coursework for Food and Nutrition and Child Development is going to start again just after Christmas. The next term from the New Year until February half term is a very important time for the students in DT. The coursework deadline for Resistant and Graphics is the half term (Friday 13 February) therefore it is very important that the students take advantage of the extra coursework sessions we run. Every week we are open at break and lunch for students to come and work, but more importantly every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we are open until 5pm, for the late buses at 4pm and then for those that want to really achieve the highest grades. These sessions can be attended by anyone completing DT work (not just for those with looming deadlines). Finally I would like to wish all reading this a Happy Christmas and New Year Mr Smith Head of DT SAINSBURY SCHOOL GAMES On Monday 8 December Lewis Doughty, Marcus Rhodes, Connor Garfield, Lewis Kavanagh, Lizzie Rhodes and Jess Peacey represented the school at the Sainsbury School Games Level 2 BOCCIA Competition. For those of you who are asking ’what is Boccia?’ it is a form of boules/ pentanque that you play sitting down. The team won two out of three of their matches placing second on the day behind Barnwood Park School. They have now been selected to represent Gloucester district in the Level 3 county finals to be held in February. Mr Lawrence

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YEAR 11 NEWS With two terms completed, there are now three terms left until GCSE examinations start. That is only 17 school weeks! The Year 11s are working hard towards their aspirational target grades and many students are utilising the extra opportunities available to them at catch-up classes. These students have commented on how useful the classes have been, allowing students to both consolidate and further their knowledge of key topics. I would like to urge parents to encourage their children to use this opportunity to ensure they can develop towards their full potential. WEEK A BREAK Geography LUNCH ICT Leisure and Tourism Work Skills History ICT RE History ICT RE Science History ICT History AFTER SCHOOL MONDAY TUESDAY Geography ICT Food Tech Art English Graphics History MFL WEDNESDAY Geography ICT Science Art Maths Graphics Technology Photography Art ICT MFL Technology English Drama Photography Art History THURSDAY Geography FRIDAY ICT Science History WEEK B BREAK MONDAY Geography LUNCH ICT Leisure and Tourism Work Skills History ICT RE History ICT RE Science History ICT History AFTER SCHOOL TUESDAY Geography ICT English Food Technology MFL Art ICT Science Maths Graphics Photography Graphics History Art Technology WEDNESDAY Geography THURSDAY Geography ICT English Drama MFL Photography Technology Art History FRIDAY ICT Science History

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YEAR 11 The Year 11 mocks exams have now been completed and given the year group an insight into what to expect when they face their formal GCSE examinations. The year group have experienced a formal setting that will ensure they can effectively manage their exams and their exam preparation. It is now vital that the hard work and preparation that has taken place over the past weeks continues through to the New Year to give every student the chance of achieving success. With so much to juggle, every student has been introduced to basic time management techniques. All students have completed a time management timetable during tutor period and I encourage them to continue this throughout the year. It is important that every day and every subject is managed effectively to ensure students can fulfil their potential. Research suggests that an extra 1.5 – 2.5 hours of school work per day will increase your GCSE by ONE GRADE! MEDIA NEWS We are delighted so many students at both GCSE and A-Level are on track to achieve their target grades— congratulations to those students for all their hard work. Year 11 are working hard on their exam topic, TV news and Year 10 have completed their first formal assessments on media language and deconstructing the opening title sequence of film. At AS, students have completed their filming for their opening title sequence and boy do we have some interesting projects, from clones gone crazy to dolls being possessed and exorcisms going wrong! Year 13 are approaching the completion of their trailers and we are really impressed with their standard of work; the trailer of George Percy, Georgina Matthews, Lauren Tyler and Joe Pratt-Flynn is particularly outstanding and we look forward to showcasing this work at the CAFTAs which will take place in April Ms Wisbey Head of Media Can I wish everyone involved with Year 11 a restful Christmas break and I look forward to working with you in 2015! Mr Jones Head of Year 11

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ICT / COMPUTING DEPARTMENT NEWS YEARS 7 TO 9 KS3 homework for Computing is set up through Doddle. Can you please remind your sons/daughters that they need to ensure they access Doddle and complete the homework. Computing is shown on the homework timetable and on all these days parents/ carers should check to see the homework in their Doddle account. Your support would be greatly appreciated with this. If you have any problems with Doddle please contact Mr Mays or your ICT teacher YEAR 11 Year 11 have been working extremely hard completing their Digital Video Unit which will be submitted to the exam board in the first week back after Christmas. Year 11 also have their real R081 Pre-production Unit exam on the morning of 8 January. The ICT/ Computing department wishes all the students the best of luck and looks forward to seeing the excellent results which will be gained from the result of their hard work and revision. Year 12 Computing students have started to code their project in Python and are showing really strong coding skills. Year 12 students were excellent at supporting the Sixth Form Open Evening and a big thanks to Matthew Stevens, Jon Smith, Rebecca Moore and Ryan Chevannes. Picture at top of page - Jon Smith Year 12 building the Lego Mindstorm Robot

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The Sixth Form charity committee raised just under £100 earlier this term with the first presentation at lunchtime in the hall of Take Me Out and 6 lucky Sixth Formers went on a burger and chips date in the canteen. They also took part in the "sponsoredhorrorathon" a journey through the genre culminating in a terrifying climax at midnight on Friday 14 Nov. Finally - congratulations to ex-Sixth Former Dan Seamarks who won Young Ambassador for Gloucester of the Year at the prestigious Believe in Gloucester Awards held at Kingsholm with local dignitaries in November. I was proud to be a finalist at the event for Mentor of the Year. Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year. May 2015 bring everyone the successes they deserve Ms Wisbey Head of Sixth Form SIXTH FORM NEWS We hope parents enjoyed receiving the new style of reports - the ISMs - earlier this term. Students are now using them alongside their target grade to discuss with their teachers how they can reach their target if not already there, and then they are meeting with their tutors on a 1-1 to discuss their strategies and efforts to achieve higher effort scores and higher grades. The mock exams start on the first Wednesday back after the holidays. These are an important tool for students and teachers as they provide information about current progress. Students can use this feedback to improve their knowledge and skills. Additionally they give valuable experience of sitting A-Level exams. They are therefore to be taken seriously. All students have received revision packs to ready them for this important exam practice and they should prepare thoroughly. Sixth Form Open Evening was a real success and I'm extremely grateful to all the Sixth Formers who helped at the event and for all who attended. If you are in Year 11, please ensure you have handed in a request for an interview; only interviewed students will be offered a place. We are confident we have courses for everyone returning to the Sixth Form to enable them to gain the best possible life chances. The university entrance deadline via UCAS is looming fast. I am delighted that so many of our students have already received multiple offers - testimony to their hard work and the opportunities they have embraced whilst in Sixth Form to develop that edge over other applicants. This week Year 13 experienced £2500 worth of Road Safety Training, kindly sponsored by EDF Energy who entered us into a competition which we went on to win. There were talks by Kwik Fit on basic car maintenance and the AA School of Driving on what to expect in a test. Some staff were surprised to learn tyres should be checked fortnightly to avoid fines of up to £1,000 a tyre! Students drove go-karts wearing ‘beer goggles’ to experience how driving impaired really is very dangerous. There were many casualties and fatalities (dummies on the course). The day finished with a talk by the Gloucester Road Safety Partnership, the police and the fire and rescue service. The message was clear - don't drink and drive ANYTHING if you don't want to risk going to prison, a criminal record and a staggering fine, and driving with anything that impairs your ability carries the same penalties as driving drunk.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS Year 13 Rock School Music Practitioners students are now practising their 25 minute sets for the Live Performance Unit they will be staging early next year. They have already completed a comprehensive unit on the uses of copyright and are currently planning how to make a music video. Congratulations to Dan Capon (Yr 13) and Laura Vucetic (Yr 10) who took part in the Gloucestershire Youth Choir’s premier performance of “Street of Bugles” – written for the war centenary - accompanied by Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra in Cheltenham Town Hall. The choir also performed “The Snowman” with narration by Richard Atkins of Radio Gloucester. Congratulations also to Ben Dovinson who performed as part of the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra who were at one stage conducted by the Snowman! Year 7 were offered taster lessons on drum kit and guitar recently which were very successful and resulted in several students taking up lessons. Rebecca Lodge (Yr 9) began the clarinet with group class lessons provided by the county last year. She has just taken her Grade 1 and passed with a MERIT in her clarinet exam. Mrs Lythell

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ART DEPARTMENT NEWS The Art department has been very busy. All the Year 11 Art students have had their final coursework day and now have an extra 5 hours of lessons to complete their final pieces. The current theme for Fine Art and 3D students is Cities and students have been encouraged to take photographs of Gloucester to incorporate into their work. Many of their images are really exciting and beginning to lead to some impressive paintings and sculptures. At Churchdown School Academy the Art department encourages students to study the work of well-known artists such as John Piper and Brian Elwell. This gives them the confidence and skills to experiment with different materials. Textile students have produced coursework inspired by nature, looking at artists Angie Lewin and Tracey Bush. They have created some beautiful screen-printed and quilted pieces that show they are really developing their skills. It is really wonderful to see so many students at Art Club and working through their lunches to achieve their best. Well done Year 11! Mrs Belinfante Head of Art

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YEAR 12 GEOGRAPHY RESIDENTIAL WEEK IN DEVON The students worked incredibly hard and were a real credit to the school. They were long days: up at 7.30am and working through until about 8pm in the evening, and the weather did not always make collecting data straightforward; but they all got stuck in and have come away with some great case studies for their summer exams and a clear understanding of how to carry out fieldwork for their Unit 2. It was quite early on during the river day that Gemma Dooley realised one of her wellies had a hole in it, and she was unimpressed. If only she had known then that by the end of the day her wet foot would make her the driest of everyone, she may not have minded quite so much. Best fall of the day needs to go to Joe Phillips who pretty much submerged after losing a battle with a branch that had fallen into the river. The whole episode was captured on video and I’m happy to show it to anyone who wants to see it! Morgan Chappell misjudged the depth of the bog up near Haytor in the driving rain and fog and managed to get stuck in the mud to such an extent it took two of us to finally pull her out.

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YEAR 12 GEOGRAPHY TRIP The weather improved a bit for the coasts day and we were able investigate the management and changing processes as we spent the day walking from Start Point lighthouse back to the Field Centre. Whilst some took it in their stride, others couldn’t quite believe how far they had walked in a day. We slept well that night. Our final full day saw us heading to Plymouth to compare three very different areas of the city. We also had lunch at the historic Barbican harbourside with many choosing to eat at the famous Captain Jaspers, with Owain Thomas and Jacob Lawrenson managing to win the Half Yard Jasper Hotdog Challenge – they have the badges to prove it! A very full and busy week, with the students acquiring a lot of new skills, from learning how to accurately survey rivers and beaches using theodolites and clinometers, to using iPads and GIS to compare urban areas in Plymouth. They can accurately explain methods of data collection and sampling techniques. We spent our evenings working out statistical tests on the data we had collected. All the Year 12 Geographers had a great but hard working week and were an absolute credit to the school. Here’s looking forward to what should be a very successful set of results in the summer exams. Mr Carter Head of Geography

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