Churchdown School Academy Newsletter - February 2015 Issue

 

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ISSUE 04 FEBRUARY Churchdown School Academy Winston Road REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE Should your son or daughter be away from school for any reason you must report the absence to the school by 8.30am on the first and every subsequent day of absence by leaving a message on the school’s absence line. The line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be accessed through the normal school telephone number 01452 713340. Alternatively, you can inform us by emailing attendance@ churchdownschool.com Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers As the winter takes hold and the cold weather continues to bite, I am very happy to report that Churchdown School Academy continues to be a beacon of warmth and energy through the hard work of our students and staff. As one very busy term ends, so another one starts. Students are continuing to work hard as can be seen from their second ISM reports. During the next half term our Year 9 students will sit their examinations and go through the options process. Both of these are important as the students prepare for the GCSE examinations, which are not too far away. There are two parents’ evenings for Year 9 and it is crucial that all parents attend. The dates are 2 March (Options Evening) and 9 March (Year 9 Parents’ Evening). Over the past two weeks Year 11 students were interviewed for Sixth Form places and it is so pleasing to see many of our students choosing to stay on and study at Churchdown for the next two years. Additionally last week we had a very successful Year 10 Parents’ Evening with nearly every parent attending to support their child. Two residential trips have already taken place in January, one to an outdoor activity event at Malvern and an educational visit to Barcelona. February continues to be a busy month including a visit to Gloucestershire Airport at Staverton, a geography trip to Bristol, a residential trip to Berlin in Germany and a ski trip to the USA. The school is proud to announce that it is hosting the national Flying Start Challenge on Wednesday 11 February 2015. This is a national STEM event being sponsored by Messier Bugatti Dowty, leading to a competition final being held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum where contestants are able to launch their gliders under the wings of Concorde. A number of schools will be attending to compete in the regional final and we have four teams entered from Churchdown. To celebrate the success of our students’ work, parents are invited to the KS3 art exhibition private view being held in the Curve Gallery on Tuesday 10 February from 4.15 – 6.00pm. Students across the three year groups have been working very hard towards it and have produced some excellent work. We are pleased to advise that work on a new classroom block started on 2 February and during the half term week of 16 February the large pre-built classroom sections will be brought onto the site. It is anticipated that work will be complete by 10 April 2015. For our Year 11 and Sixth Form students the next few months are extremely important as they prepare for the exams. Hard work and determination are required and students must not leave anything to chance or the last minute. Revision sessions are offered to students and as parents I ask that you ensure your child attends these without fail. The school is in a strong and thriving position and, as we begin to get ready for the coming springtime, I look forward to watching us go from strength to strength. Christopher Belli PARENTS’ EVENINGS Year 7 - 18 May Year 8 - 27 April Year 9 - 9 March Year 10 - 2 February Years 12 & 13 - 16 March Appointments can be made up to two weeks' prior to the event by logging on to www.churchdown.parents eveningsystem.co.uk A short guide is available on the website www.churchdownschool.com under Parents / Parents’ Evenings

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LOST PROPERTY: PARENTS YOUR HELP PLEASE As in all schools we have a large amount of students’ lost property. LESS THAN 10% IS NAMED! Named items can be returned to their owner very quickly but the remaining stock is rarely claimed. Please ensure all articles of clothing are named. Unclaimed items eventually go into the schools ‘Recycle with Michael’ clothes bank for charity Mr Tebworth YEAR 7 NEWS It has been great to see the Year 7 students return after the Christmas break with just as much focus and determination to do well and progress as demonstrated in Terms 1 and 2. We have already seen students nominated by their tutor for a praise award in assembly for their great start to the term. The following have won awards: 7B: Alfie McCauley and Jayden Danter 7H: Charlie Fox and AJ Doig 7J: Abi Lusty and Lily Hearn 7M: Liberty Turner-Walsh and Thomas Hill 7R: Cameron Hughes and Katie Mann 7S: Tiegan Perry and Alys Thomas 7T: Zia Cassim and Noah Harrison 7W: Mohammed Ismail and Molly Bennett I am sure that students are pleased to see their latest ISM data results. They will be able to identify the subjects that they have progressed in, and have conversations with subject staff to see how they may improve in others. Having written to 171 students to congratulate them on their previous excellent results, I hope to be writing to more this time around. Year 7 students have an opportunity to win our ‘Design a postcard’ competition. All Year 7 students will be writing a postcard to their previous junior school, to calm the nerves of the Year 6 students who will be starting to think of their secondary school transition. Mr Belli will be choosing our winning design, and then the writing can begin. We will post a picture of the winning entry in our next newsletter. Continue to work hard Year 7, and have a great term. Mrs Kentish Head of Year 7

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ICT/COMPUTING NEWS YEAR 8 NEWS Having just finished the whole years' ISM reports it is now clearer in my mind than ever that this is a great year group. The consistent high standards of work and commitment in classrooms by your children, our students, is a real joy to behold. Year 8 have continued with positive experiences in and around school. The PE praise assembly was a real eye opener as a huge variety of students were recognised for their concerted efforts therein. It was also a great privilege to take 100 or so students bowling at the tail end of last term. The behaviour was, as expected, impeccable and many thanks to staff who helped to supervise. The school play was a thoroughly enjoyable production and Year 8 were very well represented. Huge thanks to the Drama department. Finally, on the penultimate day of December we had our Year 8 praise assembly. There were a huge variety of students who were acknowledged, some of whom are listed below. The two main rewards winners were Ellie Toy and Kabir Okunnu. Huge congratulations to them. Years 8 and 9 have started to complete their coding projects. Year 8 are designing a program in Scratch to draw shapes which are predetermined by the user, and Year 9 are starting to code in Python to create a multiplechoice quiz on a topic of their choice. Both years will learn the basic constructs of programming: Sequence, Selection and Iteration. They have started to design their code and represent the algorithm using flowcharts. Both years are enjoying and they are set to create some really clever pieces of code… A big well done to Richard Higgs Year 7 who gained 97% on his Internet homework, Tamzin Hayward Year 8 who gained 95% on her Software homework and Ellie Galling-Ireland who gained 96% on her Computer Components homework. ISM CHAMPIONS DECEMBER 2014 Mollie Gomer Robert Hopkins Rudi Freeman Amy Lovell Niamh Walker Emily Jones Amber Tyas Pele Bowen Amber Rivers Sophie Taylor Jade Bhurruth Sophie Bhurruth Erica Ebanks Kabir Okunnu Jacob Brown Ellie Toy Lauren Dennis Stockton Amy Lawman Melanie McCallum Abuzar Molla Ella Curtis Sian Hennessy Benjamin Walker William Kemmett Millie Webb Finn Bishop Jessica Lloyd Jessica Peacy Scott Jackson Hannah Schneider Joy Bixey Harry Franklin James Sinclair Tia Pickering Hollie Owen Mr Fawcett Head of Year 8

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LEAD SCHOOL IN THE NETWORK OF TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE Churchdown School has been recognised as a lead school for the subject of Computing for 2014/2015. This is recognition of the work which the department has done in the development of the new Computing Curriculum and our willingness to support local primary and secondary schools in their development of the Computing Curriculum and our contribution to the Computing at Schools local hub group. The status is also a public recognition, reflecting Churchdown School’s Computing staff's expertise and commitment to Computing and Computer Science and the opportunities which it presents from KS3 to post 16 Mr Mays Head of ICT YEAR 9 NEWS FAMELAB All Year 9 students took part in the initial round of Famelab. Everyone delivered a short science-based talk in their D&T lesson. They were talking to the rest of the group and a visitor from local industry. The topics ranged from ‘How penguins feet are designed to keep their bodies cool’ to ‘The development of F1 racing cars’. What is FameLab – the FameLab.org website says: FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world. FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. Working in partnership with the British Council, this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 23 different countries from Hong Kong to South Africa, USA to Egypt. In the USA, NASA is our FameLab delivery partner. After the first round FameLab semi-finalists are: Sam Hatch, Sophie Jebb, Toby Summerhayes, Zac Harper-Emerson, Kevinlyn Overson, Robbie Lloyd, Callum Drew, Ayla Hill, Megan Gill, Lily-May Fowke, Nikita Kavtaskins, Megan Tanner, Brandon Wright, Joe Meadows, Matthew Merritt, Joshua Copley, Adam Hall, Callum Prosser, Poppy Long, Joe Davis, Lizzie Medhurst, Katie Gosling, Rio Allen, Joseph Porter, Rebecca Lodge, Sophia Weygang, John Ayres, Jamelia Sullivan, Elliot Cowe, Ellie Galling-Ireland, Lily Holmes, Ben Hall, Tamara Randle and Donald Bisset. Well done to everyone. The semi-finals will be held and then the Churchdown FameLab finals will take place in the school hall with parents invited. YEAR 9 EXAMS Year 9 exams will be taking place after the February holiday. Be ready by revising and reviewing work done this year. Start now. Shorter bursts of regular revision are often more effective. Mr Wyman Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS Year 10 continue to make a really positive start to their GCSE courses. The latest set of reports show that the year group are making an excellent effort across the board. I would like to congratulate those who are working so hard. The reports show that there are still areas to work on and I would like to urge all students to maximise their efforts. Year 10 will be carrying out work experience in the week commencing 6 July 2015. It is really important that students start to think about where they would like to do this as placements fill up fast. If they would like help or advice about this then please contact Mr Burchell or Mr Spooner at school. Mr Spooner Head of Year 10 MILESTONES CHRISTMAS PARTY The Year 10 Work Skills students and a handful of Sixth Formers went along to the Milestone School on Friday 12 December with the aim of running a Christmas party. For the months leading up to Christmas they had all been hard at work planning and preparing for the event to provide the 80 KS2 children with a very enjoyable and memorable celebration. All of their hard work paid off, as the day proved to be one of the most successful Christmas parties to date. The hall and all of the activities were set up quickly thanks to everyone pitching in and as a result the party got underway early, providing the children with more time to play the games and win lots of prizes. Everyone commented on how well planned the event had been and how successfully our students had delivered it. Well done to all. Mr Hall

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WELFARE ISSUES Please be aware that Churchdown School does not employ a full-time school nurse. Mrs Campbell is the Welfare Assistant and we have a Medical Room for emergencies only. If your child is unwell before the start of school please make the decision whether to send them or keep them at home. They will only be excused from lessons in an emergency. If your child has asthma please insure they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Thank you for your understanding Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant YEAR 11 NEWS Following a restful Christmas break Year 11 have returned in determined fashion and have received their mock GCSE results. There was mixed emotions amongst students in the year group and each and every student now needs to give one final push to the finish line. There are only 15 weeks until the first GCSE exam and 12 school weeks! Everything is in place for all students to achieve their aspirational targets and further interventions will be available leading towards the exams. Can I urge all students to attend catch up sessions in their subjects and for students to hit the target of a minimum of 1.5 – 2.5 hours of homework per evening. Research has proven that this can have a positive impact of one whole GCSE grade! I would like to mention the following students who are achieving on average at least their aspirational target grades across all subjects: HILL MARTIN JONES HALL LUKHELE HIBBERD SEDDON CARPENTER CROCKFORD LEE SMITH HAINES THOMSON PUSKOVA COOKE CROOSE REED WOODMAN Jake Charlie Jake Cameron 11T 11J 11R 11S BOJCZUK DUNN BABBAGE JONES LAWRENCE RICHARDSON SAY BARRADINE AUSTIN-KNIGHT BATEMAN HARRIS SMITH GAZE SPARROW ACTON BRADFORD FERNEYHOUGH PINNELL Nicholas Oliver Harry James Megan Alex Hannah Lewis Molly Keiran Chloe Brittany Nathan Moschina Bethany Emma Jordan 11B 11M 11J 11B 11J 11B 11S 11B 11J 11W 11T 11B 11T 11T 11B 11H 11T Mphumuzi 11M Brandon Nicholas Emily Luke Jodie Ethan Ashley Jacob Juliana William Harry Shawn Robert 11S 11J 11W 11R 11S 11H 11H 11H 11H 11S 11T 11S 11T Christopher 11H I would like to remind students of the following…. MONDAY 0-11 TUESDAY 12-23 WEDNESDAY 24-35 THURSDAY 36-47 FRIDAY 48-59 SATURDAY 60-71 SUNDAY 72-83 You are here! What you do here can determine the rest of your life Mr Jones Head of Year 11

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SIXTH FORM NEWS We have now completed and had the results of the Sixth Form mocks. The results are reflected in our latest ISM reports which all parents should have received. The closing date for UCAS has now passed, and all students should be busy constructing detailed revision timetables they can stick to in order to get them through what can be a stressful period if they don't manage their time properly and fail to prepare. The mocks should have thrown up areas in subjects that need more attention and revision—for example, Year 13 Media students who didn't quote theorists had their grade seriously affected. Hopefully they won't be making that mistake again. A polite reminder that students should not be doing any more than 8 paid hours work a week. Year 11 interviews for Sixth Form begin this week, with record numbers of Year 11 students requesting an interview. Students need to have an interview to get a place offered, although this isn't legally binding and they don't have to accept the place! Students in Year 12 currently doing a one year Level 2 course should also arrange an interview if they wish to continue into the Sixth Form to do Level 3 courses. A date for Prom has now been arranged - 20 June at 7pm at the New County Hotel, priced at £16.50 for a sit-down meal. Be careful how you plan your holidays - you won't want to miss this! Ms Wisbey Head of Sixth Form

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MEDIA STUDIES NEWS The department is thrilled to announce the date for the CAFTAs - the Churchdown Academy of Film & TV Awards. This highly prestigious event will take place on Thursday 20 April at 7pm at the Guildhall in Gloucester. The event is invitation-only for the parents of Sixth Form Media students and is free of charge. The A2 students are already speculating who will win best trailer, with some real rivalry brewing between SAMARA WOOD and TERMINAL PSYCHOSIS. Year 13 are developing their brand identity and designing posters and magazine front covers to complete their marketing campaign. Year 12s are editing their opening title sequences with mixed success at the moment! The deadline for completion is 13 February. After half-term they start studying online news. The Sixth Form mock produced some outstanding results in Year 12 with Ben Tarrant, Gemma Dooley, Gabby Marriott, Emma Wallace, Kiera White, Nathan Wilton, Kyle Dimond, Liam Ednie, Laura Rust, River Boliver, James Marshall, Alfie Poulter and Georgina Turnock all achieving A grades - an incredible result for the written paper at this stage of the course. Year 13 results were less impressive and there is work to be done here, but well done to Cameron Billingham and Tom Booth who both achieved A grades. Year 10 have produced some outstanding coursework with Mr Edwards, who believes they are our most talented cohort yet. Year 11 are making final tweaks to coursework and pop videos - our favourite is still Deegan Hayes' which he green-screened all by himself of him walking the streets of London and looking lonely. Keep up the good work everybody! Ms Wisbey Head of Media

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“I want to do it again.” "It's hard but fun" "Enjoying it" MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS Year 7 lessons are re-sounding to the sound of brass as students learn the theory of music through playing the trumpet or baritone. A class set of instruments is on loan from Gloucestershire Music this term and students are keen to practise and perform as their range of notes increases. Students also have the opportunity to borrow an instrument and put in some extra practice at home before possibly continuing lessons with Mrs Currie, the school brass teacher. Congratulations! Cameron Ayres 7W began the clarinet in September and has already gained the Bronze Award for progress. Mrs Lythell "I look forward to music" "Easy to learn" "Good hobby" "Exciting"

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CLUBS IN THE LEARNING SUPPORT DEPARTMENT – ALL STUDENTS WELCOME! Club Day Breaktime Club every day LS2 every day LS2 Monday Wednesday Thursday LS5 Tuesday LS5 Lunchtime Club SUPPORT DEPARTMENT CRAZY CRUSTACEAN NEWS!! There was an exciting spectacle in the Learning Support department on Monday this week, when it was discovered that Rambo - our Red Claw Crab - had moulted! Rambo has been interesting the students since his arrival in early October. He is expected to moult every quarter, so his moult on Monday came right on time! The process of moulting is very interesting… When it is time for Rambo to moult, a hormone is produced in his eye stalk to induce the moulting process. Rambo then bloats himself by absorbing large quantities of water causing his carapace (shell) to split. The split is usually near the rear end. After the split has formed, Rambo will have to expel all of the water he has absorbed in order to make himself as small as possible, then he will back out of his old shell. Once Rambo is out he will again absorb large amounts of water to help him to stretch his new shell whilst it is still soft, and give him some growing room before his next moult. In the wild after moulting, crabs will often hide for nearly a week. This is because they are vulnerable to attack until their new shell is fully hardened. As a result, we have covered Rambo's tank for the week, only opening the lid to feed him and change his water. Rambo and our other pets - gerbils Cookie and Oreo - are available to come and see every break and lunch time in LS2. Mrs and Miss Donaldson run a Pet Club on a Tuesday break time in LS5! Feel free to come along for some interactive learning about different pets and to meet occasional pet visitors!! Sewing Club with Mrs Donaldson Pet Club with Mrs & Miss Donaldson Homework Club with Miss Donaldson Tuesday LS2

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ART DEPARTMENT NEWS YEAR 11 ART & DESIGN COURSEWORK s The Year 11 students have been finishing their final pieces for their coursework based on Cities. There was a buzz in all of the after-school clubs as the deadline approached. It was fantastic to see the different approaches that students had taken, showing what talented art students we have. Archways seemed to be a common theme as the students had taken photographs of Gloucester Cathedral including the Cloisters vaulted ceilings. The students have to complete their own research and planning with photographs and drawings and so it is great that they have such a wonderful resource in their own city. All of the students were inspired by artists, such as John Piper and Brian Elwell. It is great to see the students developing their own style as the course progresses. Well done Year 11! KEY STAGE 3 EXHIBITION It is always very exciting at this time of year to see the Key Stage 3 artwork going up in the school’s Curve Gallery. The students have worked in a lot of different materials such as clay, wire, card and paper, making this show so special. It has been remarkable the way that students so young can tackle quite emotional projects such as World War 1. This anniversary year has stimulated work that is a fitting and yet thought-provoking tribute to the loss of lives. It is particularly poignant when students write about and discuss what it must have been like in the trenches. This is when the students make real connections with the past. THERE IS A PRIVATE VIEW FOR THE EXHIBITION ON TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY AT 4.15 - 6PM IN THE CURVE GALLERY. ALSO PLEASE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A LOOK WHEN YOU ARE PASSING. Mrs Belinfante Head of Art

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DRAMA DEPARTMENT NEWS This term has been another busy one for the Drama department. Following on from the huge success of the school production, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in December, Year 13 students performed their exam piece to an audience of staff and GCSE students. Their performance was a devised piece of drama that focused on the role of women, inequality and feminism. Whilst the performance was abstract in its style, the group succeeded in delivering a very thought-provoking and challenging piece of theatre. Last term was extremely busy in regards to theatre trips with all three key stages being offered the opportunity to view live performances. More trips have been planned, with a visit for Year 9 and 10 to see the musical 'Blood Brothers' in April and AS and A2 groups to see some more abstract theatre. Year 11 are busily preparing themselves for their final exam which will take place next term. The students have shown dedication in ensuring their written coursework is of a very high standard and now the focus is on their practical pieces which are already looking very promising. Some students have opted to do a technical skill involving both make-up and set design. These students are being supported by some very talented AS students who are inspiring their designs that are based on horror and the play ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Now that rehearsals for the school production have finished, Drama Club has re-started and takes place after school on a Wednesday in the Drama studio. All year groups are welcome and last week over 30 students attended. It is hoped that the group will be able to stage yet another performance in the summer term - watch this space for more details! Mrs Hicks Head of Drama

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CLUBS        netball hockey rugby football—girls/boys kick-about football fitness fitness—girls only trampoline basket ball dance Year 7 indoor cricket Year 7 football team     PE DEPARTMENT NEWS Despite the poor weather and dark evenings, extra-curriculum clubs and fixtures have still been very busy. The Year 8 girls travelled to Shrewsbury Town FC for the regional finals of the 5-a-side tournament, with teams from all League 1 and 2 clubs. They won the right to represent Cheltenham Town FC after winning the Cheltenham and Gloucester event comfortably. Our girls did us proud, just missing a semi-final place on one goal difference and only losing one game to the eventual winners. A great day with a stadium tour thrown in as well. Well done ladies! Please note timings vary See PE staff for weekly update Twitter@CHURCHDOWNPE The Year 7 football team travelled to Ivybridge Community College in Plymouth for the quarter-final of the English Schools Cup. Ivybridge has 420 pupils to choose from in Year 7 and although our boys battled hard, Ivybridge proved too good an opponent. A good day and very good experience for next year! The Year 10 boys continue to beat all-comers at rugby and take on Sherborne in the quarter-final of the Nat West Cup. Churchdown is the only comprehensive school left in the competition, so to date a great achievement. Gloucester City Schools tournaments start now in all sports. Please stay up to date using Twitter, weekly meetings and notice boards. The current fixture list follows. Mr Oliver Head of PE AS A RESULT OF THEIR SUCCESS LAST TERM MANY STUDENTS RECEIVED AWARDS IN THE END OF TERM PE PRAISE ASSEMBLY

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BOYS FIXTURE LIST Gloucester Schools 2015 Gloucester Academy St Peters N/A 5 Feb H 12 Feb A* 26 Feb A* 5 March A* N/A rugby v Balcarras 12 March H rugby v Bournside A&B 19 March A rugby v Chosen Hill 26 March football v Chosen Hill 27 January H football v Chosen Hill 27 January H 7 3 Feb H 5 Feb H 12 Feb A* 24 Feb H 3 March H 8 12 Feb A* 4 Feb H 10 Feb A* 25 Feb A* 3 March A* 9 10 3 Feb A* 5 Feb H 10 Feb H 24 Feb A* 5 Mar H 11 N/A 5 Feb A* 10 Feb H 26 Feb H 5 Mar A* Beaufort Millbrook Severn Vale The Crypt FRIENDLIES GIRLS FIXTURE LIST Year 10 netball v Severn Vale (A) Thursday 22 January Year 8 & 9 football v Pittville (A) Thursday 29 January Year 8 & 9 netball v Severn Vale (A) Thursday 5 February Year 7 A&B netball v Severn Vale (H) Thursday 12 February Year 8 & 9 football v Ribston (A) Thursday 26 February U16 Netball Tournament (A) Thursday 5 March Year 8 Netball Tournament (A) Tuesday 10 March Year 7 Netball Tournament (A) Wednesday 18 March Year 9 Netball Tournament (A) Thursday 19 March

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