Churchdown School Academy Newsletter - May 2015 Issue

 

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ISSUE 06 May Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Some Key Dates End of Term 5: 22 May Start of Term 6: 1 June ISM 4 home: 26 June Year 10 Exam Week: 22 June Year 8 Camp: 6 - 10 July End of Term 6: 17 July Dear Parents and Carers The students have excelled themselves once again this term, with Year 7 holding a charity cake sale and raising money for children in Africa. The recent Year 7 Praise Assembly enabled students to receive the recognition so well deserved for their outstanding performances not only in class, but for their effort grades and ISM results. Year 7 and 8 Parents’ Evening were very well attended, enabling parents, students and staff to reflect on the hard work that had been undertaken this term and to discuss the future and GCSE options available to students in Year 9. Next term, Year 8 Camp will provide students with a range of sporting activities and plenty of opportunities for personal development. Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE Jarrod Hoffman in Year 9 was nominated by the Army Cadets to represent the region at the Should your son or daughter Young First Aiders Awards in London and attended St James’ Palace to meet Princess Anne. be away from school for any The hard work, commitment and dedication shown by all Year 9 students has been reflected in the excellent ISM3 effort grades in class. Well done to all! Year 10 students are now reason you must report the entering a very busy time of the year with exam week in June and work experience in July. absence to the school by 8.30am on the first and Can I thank all the students involved in the current public exams for their superb attitude every subsequent day of and excellent behaviour. There are many revision sessions taking place before and after school and I urge all students to attend when requested and to make use of the many absence by leaving a school and online resources available. Sixth Form students have also been very busy message on the school’s attending the recent CAFTA awards at the Guildhall and many will be looking forward to absence line. The line is their Prom on 20 June after a very busy period of AS and A2 exams. open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be accessed As Term 5 now comes to a close, I want to commend all the students for the hard work through the normal school they have put into making this term another successful one and to thank parents and carers for supporting their children and Churchdown School. I wish you and the students a telephone number 01452 positive and peaceful half term. 713340. Alternatively, you can inform us by emailing Yours faithfully attendance@ churchdownschool.com Christopher Belli Headteacher

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YEAR 7 NEWS By the time the newsletter is published the Year 7 students will have sat their exams. Exams can be a stressful experience, and the Year 7 students have approached them with a very mature and conscientious attitude. I know that many hours have been spent on their revision and I hope that all their hard work pays off. We yet again had a wonderful praise assembly at the end of Term 4. It is a privilege to see so many of the year group get recognised by their subject teachers for outstanding contribution in lessons. The winners of the most reward points went to Cameron Moody 7J and Caitlyn Hurle 7S. Well done guys and keep up the hard work. The tutor group who won the doughnut party for the highest number of rewards went to 7S, who achieved 333 in a term! The pizza party for the best attendance went to 7M. I hope you all enjoyed the rewards! I would also like to congratulate Rachel Pepperell in 7W for achieving the best ISM effort grades in the whole of the year group for the third time running. This is quite an achievement, and I hope that Rachel continues to work as hard through Term 5 to see if she can achieve a clean sweep and be the best for all four ISM results. Good luck Rachel! I would also like to say a huge ‘well done’ to 7J who organised a cake sale one break time, with the money raised going to starving children in Africa. The initial idea was developed by Conrad Sutherland, and the whole tutor group got behind him. Special thanks need to go to all the students and parents who baked some wonderful treats for our staff and students, and to the following students who helped organise and sell the cakes: Conrad Sutherland, Nathan Drew, Oliver Tredgett, Matthew Walker, Daniel Price, Harvey Gillott, Kian Fraser and Cai Cleaver They raised a fantastic £85.41. Mrs Kentish Head of Year 7

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YEAR 7 NEWS Charity Cake Sale by 7J On Friday 27 March 7J gave up their break time to set up a cake stall in the hall, with over two hundred unique homemade cakes that the majority of the tutor group had been hard at work making throughout the week. They managed to raise a massive £85.91 to help feed starving children in Africa. The idea was Conrad Sutherland’s after receiving a leaflet through his door asking for donations to the African Children’s Fund. Conrad pitched the idea to 7J and it wasn’t long before the group got behind him to help turn his idea into a reality. 7J initially set up a committee to plan what needed to be done and how to do it. The committee was chaired by Conrad Sutherland and also consisted of Nathan Drew, Oliver Tredgett, Matthew Walker, Daniel Price, Harvey Gillott, Kian Fraser and Cai Cleaver. The group got to work making advertising leaflets that were sent to every tutor group to drum up business, ensuring that everybody knew about it and brought in plenty of money. They found out what types of cakes each tutee was planning on making and how many, to make sure that they had a sufficient amount to make the event worthwhile. Thanks to the committee’s efforts it soon became apparent that the cake sale would be a success and they went ahead with it. They managed to sell every single cake, which is not surprising at just 40 pence per cake, to raise a large amount of money for charity. As their tutor I would like to express how proud I am of every student in 7J that was involved and would also like to give a special thanks to Mrs Pickering (7J’s teaching assistant) without whom the event would not have been possible. Well done everybody. Mr Hall Tutor 7J

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YEAR 8 NEWS The parents evening of the 27 April proved to be a fantastic endorsement of all that is good about this year group. An opportunity for good students to be reminded that their hard work is being appreciated and that the hard work of the teachers is paying dividends. Can I thank all those parents and carers who took the opportunity to come in and support their children. Not every interview and appointment was necessarily a totally positive one but education is a journey with many a twist and turn, and hard work and realism are required. Year 8 have many positives to look forward to with the French trip looming, the issue of GCSE options in Year 9, and Year 8 camp also providing opportunities for real personal development. It is important however to understand that a good year group – and this most certainly is a good year group – must maintain standards of attendance and focus in lessons to the last lesson of the last day of the last term. This year group should make the most of the opportunities offered. Your child’s schooling is by no means a dress rehearsal but the one chance they get in life. Mr Fawcett Head of Year 8 MEDICAL INFORMATION If your child suffers with Asthma please can you ensure that they have their Ventolin on them at all times, or logs one with me. We are now legally allowed to keep one in the Medical Room with their name on it, where this was not previously the case. However, they must have their own. We are not allowed to give someone else's as it may be a different dose. Please also complete and return the form: ‘ASTHMA—INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE PLAN’ This form can be downloaded from the school website (under Parents/Parent Information) or alternatively you can request a copy from school. If your child has allergies or is at risk of Anaphylaxis please complete and return the form: ’ALLERGIES & RISK OF ANAPHYLAXIS’ available on the school website or from school, as above. Care plans for students with Diabetes or Epilepsy should be completed in consultation with your child’s nurse and a copy logged with the school. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure this information is made available to me at the school. Thank you. Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant

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YEAR 9 NEWS Young First Aider Jarrod Hoffman 9S was nominated by the Army Cadets to represent the region at The Young First Aiders Awards. Jarrod travelled to St James’ Palace London to meet The Princess Royal (Princess Anne). Well done Jarrod, something to be very proud of. Commitment and Dedication Ben and Adam Hall along with Don Bisset swim competitively for Gloucester City Swimming Club. As the boys move up through the age groups they increase their effort in training. They have now moved up from training for 13 hours per week to 15 hours. Some early mornings as well as evenings. Good luck for future competitions, boys. Let us know how you get on. More Hard Work and Commitment Looking at the latest ISMs I decided to sift through and find students who had earned 7 or more “Excellent” awards for effort in class. ISM3 showed that the following students earned 7 or more “Excellent” grades for effort in class: Hannah Newbery, Kevinlyn Overson, Megan Tanner, Megan Gill, Ellie Harper Emerson, Ella Matthews, Lewis Kavanagh, Hannah Barnes, Andrew Davis, Tamara Randle, Yorgi Agathangelou, Lily-May Fowke, Kaitlyne Knight, Rebecca Mason, Elisabeth Medhurst, Zoe Rudge, Lauren Daffin, Oliver Griffiths, Anne Patterson, Joseph Porter, Annabel Richardson, Kate Say, Chloe Smyth, Jamelia Sullivan, Christian Wright, Romy Burdett, Abbie Janes, Daniel Lee, Joe Meadows, Cody Miller, Cole Rees, Carissa Street, Jasmine Wilcox, Caitlin Davis, Georgina Davis, Sam Hatch, Rhys Price, Kelsey Wilkins, Liberty Wyatt, Lewis Blacker, Raquel Guerreiro, George Nicola, Katie Poole, Liberty Sharp, Sophie Tidcombe And these students earned 10 or more “Excellent” awards for effort in class: Ben Hall, Katie Gosling, Sam Algar, Charlie Dillon, Charlie Foster, Pelin Kursun, Sophia Weygang, Sarah Phelps-Wood, Stephanie Fox, Adam Hall, Matthew Merrit, Callam Prosser, Makenzie Temple, Ellie Galling-Ireland, Charlotte Leeman, Rebecca Lodge, Abigail Powell, Donald Bisset, Sophie Jebb, James Lovell, Charlotte Saysall, Vasileios Apostolakis Very well done people. Let’s see if the list can grow even further next time. 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 9 visit to Gloucester Crown Court Mr Burchell took advantage of an opportunity, made possible by the High Sheriff of Gloucester , for students to visit the Crown Court. A group of 17 pupils, who had expressed an interest in Law, enjoyed the experience and were commended for their smart appearance and the way they conducted themselves on the day. A credit to Churchdown School. Mr Wyman Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS Firstly, I would like to draw your attention to some important dates: Year 10 exam week is the week commencing 22 June. This is a very important week for the students as it will give them a chance to sit a range of GCSE papers and a great idea of what they are currently achieving. It is vital that they start revising for these exams (if they have not already). Year 10 students will be conducting their work experience in the week commencing 6 July. There are several students who still have not organised a placement; if assistance is needed with this please contact Mr Burchell. Students who have been working incredibly hard were again recognised in the end of Term 4 Praise Assembly. Staff nominated 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. The following students were nominated by their subject teachers for awards in the lessons listed below. Congratulations to them all! GEOGRAPHY: 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 Ellisse Stone, Jae Woodman, Alex Duncan, Jenny Southall, Georgina Gardner, Alex Duncan, Tyler-Jade Barwell, Sam Bishop, Oscar Hales, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Tom Davison, Rachel Gill, Caitlin Hall, Dan John, Alice Jones, Micki Peacock HISTORY: Konstantinos Apostolakis, Will Fox, Alice Jones, Josh Chapman, Micki Peacock, Harry Lodge, Shawn Butler, Kate Wilstead, Alia Newton, Jordan Smith, Morgen Taylor, Leah Stanley, Matt Phillips, Emma Collins, Toby Jones CREATIVE I-MEDIA: Alex Gardner, Jess Lane, Connor Garfield, Aimee Leigh-Cushings, Nick Lodge, Rob Matthews PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Sam Brinkworth, Callum Gardner-Wilce, Chloe Glanville, Joe Hattrick, Alia Newton, Lauren Kent, Micki Peacock, Lauren Brobyn, Rosie Williams, Megan Richings, Rachel Gill, Tyler Malcolm, Chris Tarantino, Jas Cheape ENGLISH: Justin Bhurruth, Dom Huber, Megan Richings, Tom Barker, Jasmine Ford, Will Frith, Annaliese Barley, Tianna Hamblett, Alex Gardner, Paige Alderman, Jade Honeywell, Matthew Phillips, Sandra Howes, Lauren Kent, Nick Lodge, Katelyn Williams, Emma Baldwin, Ben McInerney, Emily Springall, Anna Woodman, Aaron Lawrenson, Anthony O'Malley, Jordan Smith, Tyler Malcolm, Jack Kirkhope, Oscar Hales, Joe Hattrick

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YEAR 10 NEWS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Britney Webb, Anna Woodman, Hannah Betteridge, Julia Hartsoe, Lauren Koloda, Toby Jones, Jenny Southall, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Alice Jones, Paul Gil, Rhydian Cleaver, Callum Gardner Wilce, Nathaniel Humphreys, Brian Johnstone, Jamie Hopkins, William Frith, George Williams, Harry Cooper, Ross Duncan, Tianna Hamblett, Jessica Lane, Samuel Bishop, Chloe Archer, Oscar Hales, Ben Cox, Chloe Glanville, Alex Gardner, Lauren Brobyn SCIENCE: Will Frith, Alice Jones, Micki Peacock, Kyle Ellison, Dan John, Thomas Munoz, Jacob Seddon, Tyler Martin, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Emily Gammon, Grace Hitchman, Jessica Lingard-Nutt, Julia Hartsoe, Sam Russell, Chloe Glanville, Alia Newton, Chloe Thomas, Jessica Lane, Justin Bhurruth, Rob Matthews, Willem Fox, Nicholas Lodge, Caitlin Hall, Laura Gardner, Joe Hattrick, Ben Cox, Dom Hebbron, Sophie Barnfield, Paige Alderman, Mollie Berry, Harrison Dyke, Jasmine Ford, Jordan Hatten, Tyler Malcolm, Fernanda Oliviera, Akash Gurung, Katelyn Williams, Georgina Gardner, Sam Bishop, Dom Huber GRAPHICS: Ellie Bodman, Eryk Kilianek, Matthew Phillips, Emily Springall, Kyle Ellison, Tyler Martin, Jack Rees ART: Ellie Bodman, Sandra Howes, Georgina Gardner, Sam Brinkworth, Emily Carter, Macey Evans, Katelyn Williams, Tyler Martin, Jade Honeywell, Caitlin Hall, Emily Springall, Leah Stanley SUPPORT DEPARTMENT: Robert Matthews, Ross Duncan, Jason Hawtin, Jamie Hopkins, Willem Fox, Paige Alderman, Robert Thorne BUSINESS: Tyler Malcolm, Megan Richings, Jess Dangerfield, Millie Wordley, Emily Springall, Joe Broady, Jordan Smith, Jae Woodman, Aimee Davies, Tom Barker, Rob Lane, Kathryn Wall, Josh Baldwin, Fran Gribble, Becky Conway, Sam Bishop, Amber Chisholme, Aaron Lawrenson MATHS: Amber Chisholme, Ben Cox, Bryony Burt, Caylee Brown, Emily Carter, Jamie Hopkins, Jasmine Cheape, Joseph Broady, Josh Chapman, Konstantinos Apostolakis, Kyle Ellison, Lewis Bourne, Megan Bennett, Nathan Groves, Sam Bishop, Shawn Butler, Tianna Hamblett, Will Robb MEDIA: Laura Vucetic, Leah Stanley, Shannon Gwilliam, Jenny Southall, Willem Fox, Grace Hitchman, Macey Evans, Sam Russell Mr Spooner Head of Year 10

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YEAR 11 NEWS It has been an incredibly tough term for all involved with Year 11, and on the whole I am constantly amazed by the year group’s resilience, attitude to learning and their quest for better grades. The standard of work that I have witnessed when walking around lessons and revision sessions has been outstanding - Drama and Art final pieces, the work that students are creating in Technology and the drive evident throughout is a credit to all involved. I am sure that, if students continue with this work ethic, they will achieve over and beyond their expectations when GCSE results are published in August. Keep it going! A huge congratulations must be given to all Year 11 students with the outstanding grades that have been achieved in both their English Literature and Language coursework. This, combined with effective student revision, will I am sure create great grades throughout the year group. The English department have organised a Walking Talking Mock exam on Monday 1 June. This will offer students a valuable experience in preparation for their formal exam. Year 11 will be offered revision sessions within many subjects during their study leave. A timetable has been created (see below) to ensure that students can attend as many sessions as possible. As a school we want to ensure that our Year 11 students are supported as best as possible all the way through to their exam. This is a very important opportunity within the process and I urge all students to utilise this. The students now have a new range of opportunities ahead and I want them to confidently embrace each of these. Whether they have chosen work, apprenticeships, college or sixth form, I sincerely hope that the education they have received at Churchdown School has laid the foundations to ensure they feel equipped to achieve whatever they want from life! I am confident that the class of 2015 will create members of society that will cover a cross section of jobs—from doctors to mechanics, air hostesses to engineers and the military to perhaps even teachers! Whatever they choose from this moment on I hope they can look back fondly on their time here. I can honestly say that during the past academic year and my short time as their Head of Year they have been an absolute pleasure to work with! I hope that I have been able to support them in their learning and I wish them all the very best for the future. It will be what they make it! Mr Jones Head of Year 11 REVISION SESSIONS 2015 MONDAY 01.06.15 P1 + P2: 11A Maths P1 + P2: 11B English – Gym P3 + P4: 11B Maths P3 + P4: 11A English – Gym P5: Final English Intervention MONDAY 08.06.15 TUESDAY 02.06.15 P3 + P4: 11A/B Maths (Sets 1,2,3) P4: Geography (non maths) P5: ICT WEDNESDAY 03.06.15 P1 + P2: Geography P3 + P4: Maths THURSDAY 04.06.15 P3: Chemistry P4: Biology FRIDAY 05.06.15 P1 + P2: 11B Maths P3 + P4: 11A Maths TUESDAY 09.06.15 P1: History P2: History P3: History WEDNESDAY 10.06.15 P3: OCR RE GLW – G2 P4: OCR RE JMC – RE1 P5: OCR RE CAE – G1 THURSDAY 11.06.15 FRIDAY 12.06.15

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SIXTH FORM NEWS We are delighted to report on the amazing successes at the highly prestigious CAFTA awards that recently took place at the Guildhall in Gloucester. There were over 200 people who attended - very special guests including parents, staff, teachers, the director of education from the British Film Institute and of course our very glamorous and stunningly dressed winners. Special congratulations must go to the production team of ALICE, who won best opening title sequence and IMPERCEIVABLE, who won best trailer. Well done to Brandon Battye who won best corpse and also Georgina Matthews and Holly Frost who won best actress and Solomon Harrison who won best actor SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, and also Jake Woolstoncroft who also won best actor in an opening title sequence. In fact, Jake has been on a roll this week; he also performed in the practical drama exams and a huge well done must go to all the drama students who have been simply spellbinding with their performances. We welcome Ms Orchard this term as Sixth Form Manager - an almighty force of nature who has already had a huge impact on attendance and progress in the Sixth Form. I'm sure many parents have already spoken with her - she is a great first point of contact for parents regarding anything Sixth Form. Prom is on Saturday 20 June. Tickets are £16.50 and it's taking place in town at the New County Hotel on Southgate Street. See Ms Orchard if you would like to come or bring a partner. If money is a problem, please see me - I don't want anybody missing out on a key event and marker in a young person's rite of passage. With exams imminent, may I take this opportunity to remind you there IS NO STUDY LEAVE in the Sixth Form. When AS exams finish, A2 immediately begins. It is imperative lessons aren't missed at this crucial stage. We have had the last Year 13 ISM data in, and if students achieve what is currently being estimated by their teachers we stand to achieve the most amazing set of results ever in the Sixth Form's history. I want you all to be a part of that - let’s absolutely focus on achieving those estimates and maximising our potential. Good luck everybody A very proud Ms Wisbey Head of Sixth Form

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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT NEWS Year 11 Year 11 students have been working incredibly hard this year in preparation for their exams. Students were recently given their coursework and speaking and listening grades, which were very impressive: the majority of students achieved their aspirational target grade or even higher in some cases! Their final exam for English Language is on Tuesday 2 June at 9am. Good luck to all involved and well done for your hard work so far! Year 12 and Year 13 Our AS and A2 students have also been working hard to achieve their aspirational target grades. They have recently completed their coursework with almost 100% of students achieving A*-C in this component! Well done to them for all their hard work. The Year 12 exam took place last week; the A2 exam is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday 11 June 2015. This exam (in part) is based on The Crucible by Arthur Miller, which the students went to see way back in September in London. Good luck to all students involved! Keep up the hard work! Miss Wild Head of English

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MFL DEPARTMENT NEWS Year 7 French Breakfast This term Year 7 French learners enjoyed a petit-déjeuner à la française. The French Breakfast is an annual event in the MFL department during which Year 7 students enjoy croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches and tartines along with chocolat chaud and jus de fruit and a quiz about France. All of this is served by our Year 8 waiters and waitresses in our cafés de Churchdown. At the start of term, the Year 8 waiters and waitresses applied for their jobs in French either by letter, email or interview. The successful applicants were: Ella Curtis, Mollie Gomer, Emily Jones, Millie Medcroft, Amy Lovell, Amber Tyas, Luke Parkhurst, Amy Lawman, Peter Laidlow, Niamh Dawson-Williams, Robert Hopkins, Niamh Walker, Ben Parsons and Humaira Piluji We practised the phrases needed in Year 7 and Year 8 lessons to ensure that everybody was prepared for the event. On the day the serveurs did a wonderful job welcoming the very exuberant Year 7 pupils, taking their breakfast orders, serving and finally clearing it all up afterwards. It gave them a good insight into customer service and what it is like to work in a busy café. Well done to them all. Amy Lawman and Ben Parsons did a great job as café managers. Year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed their petit-déj and the quiz proved quite a challenge. Question 1: “How many croissants is it possible for Year 7 to eat?” Coming up: The Year 8 & 9 French Trip This term we have been getting ready for our trip to Paris (Monday 18 - Friday 22 May). The students have been attending ‘Paris-Ready’ sessions on Wednesday lunchtimes to get to know each other and to ensure that they have some key phrases ready to use when we arrive. We are all really looking forward to the trip. Thank you to everyone who attended the Information Evening, it was lovely to meet you all. More details about how our trip went to follow next term. Mrs Kelly MFL Department

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MEDIA STUDIES NEWS All coursework for GCSE and A level is now finally in and moderated. The media team are delighted to report outstanding results - all down to the exceptional hard work of all our brilliantly committed students. At GCSE these coursework folders represent 60% of the students' overall GCSE so we are delighted with so many A* and A grades. Particular congratulations must go to Matt Hardy who achieved 98% for his incredible 6000 word folder (the board's guide is about 2000 words!). I would personally like to thank Mr Edwards who came new to the media team one year ago and has absolutely raised the standards at GCSE. Good luck now to Year 11 revising television news for your controlled assessment. At AS and A2 the work represents 50% of the course so again we are delighted all 58 students achieved A grades for their practical projects. Their work can be seen on our website, churchdownmediahub.weebly.com. Good luck to them now in their exam on online news, analysing TV drama and social media. Ms Wisbey Media Studies

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ICT NEWS Year 7 Year 7 students have been learning about the worlds Illegal Downloading problems. They have learnt what has been done to tackle these problems, the laws which exist and the consequences for people who download illegally. The students are using this information to create a radio advert warning of the issues and dangers associated with illegal downloading. Well done to Emily Spencer who achieved 92% in her recent homework for visual programming. Year 8 and Year 9 Year 8 and Year 9 are currently looking at trends in computing and current emerging technology. So far they have learnt about technology such as Google Glass, Driverless Car, Smart Home, Smart Watch, 3D printing and others that they have added to the classroom discussions. Year 8 have concentrated on the Driverless Car and Year 9 have been free to pick a technology of their choice, explore it and present their findings. Well done to Niamh Walker and Madeleine Barnett in Year 8 who achieved 100% on their recent coding homework and Archie Cooper in Year 9 who achieved 92% in his coding homework. Year 11 The Creative iMedia R081 Pre-Production skills exam is on 3 June. Students are reminded that the revision pack has been issued to them, which contains theory notes, checklists and two past exam papers from 2014 which also have the mark schemes attached. These should be used as part of revision. Since the revision pack was printed the department has now obtained the Jan 2015 exam paper and mark scheme and four completed exam papers from the exam board. These additional resources are on Moodle and should be downloaded and used alongside the revision pack. Good luck to Years 11, 12 and 13. Mr Mays Head of ICT

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS Last half term saw the Year 13 Music Practitioner students complete their Live Performance unit in the Curve Gallery. They performed a diverse set list and each had their stamina tested to the maximum with a 25 minute programme. Setting up a gig in the Gallery was a great learning curve for the group; balancing levels for a Jazz Trio is no easy task! Students performed with great confidence and received some very positive feedback from audiences. There are several different extra-curricular opportunities taking place this term for students to attend. On Monday break time, we have World Drumming in K2 – this is open to any student – no prior experience necessary just enthusiasm for learning new drumming skills on a variety of world percussion. On Wednesday lunchtime in K3 is our Guitar Ensemble. This is open to all guitarists – you don’t have to be having lessons in school to take part. On Friday lunchtime in K1 we have the Brass and Woodwind Group – open to any student learning. Students are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities to develop their musicianship. Mrs Humphries Head of Music

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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT NEWS The Science Club is still running strong and continues to evoke a full range of emotions. We have “wowed” the club by making sparklers and had a smelly time analysing different samples of urine. However, one of the most memorable sessions was surely the gruesome dissection of a rat. This was definitely not to everybody’s taste when the scalpel cut into the cold flesh. Science events will be continuing throughout the year. For example, in June a selection of Year 8 and 9 girls will have the opportunity to build their own functional robot as a part of a “Girls into Engineering” event. In July the science department is holding a Science Fair for primary schools. This is a taster of secondary education for the young students with the emphasis on fun. The students will create some (safe) explosions and will be able to ride through the school corridors on a homemade hovercraft. During the penultimate week of school, Year 7 students can look forward to a fun engineering day. They will have the chance to experience how much hard work is required to keep a light bulb on if you are making your own electricity. Students will build their own jet powered car, but unfortunately the vehicle will be too small to drive them home! Mrs Trowbridge Science

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