Churchdown School Academy Newsletter 2015/16 - Issue 1

 

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ISSUE ISSUE 01 October 2015 Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents/Carers We have had a busy start to the new term with so many things to celebrate following on from our pleasing results in the summer. Over the summer there was much work completed on the school site. We were privileged to be able to open a brand new languages block. This led to a number of other developments which saw over 20 classrooms redecorated and fitted with new equipment. These physical improvements play a part in our commitment to giving our students the best deal possible. In September we welcomed new students in Year 7 and some new students from other schools into Year 12, and each settled in extremely well, making positive contributions to our school. Staff are working incredibly hard to ensure the students are given a positive experience and continually striving to deliver a great education. During last term we had a number of important events. Our Open Evening was extremely well attended with over 900 visitors shown around by students from Years 7 – 9. Our Achievement Evening shows during the last week of term had record numbers in attendance with over 1000 students and families celebrating the many achievements of our outstanding students. On the last day of term we held a rugby tournament to commemorate the fantastic Rugby World Cup. The students were absolutely exceptional and the standard of rugby filled the PE department with much hope for successes against local schools in the future. There were many other successful events and trips which took place and you will have the opportunity to read about them in this newsletter. Thank you to the parents who attended the Information Evenings. These events are important and only take place once a year and it’s important that parents attend and maintain good communication links between home and school. We simply cannot give your child the best education without you. There is much to look forward to over the next half-term. The school will be performing the annual production of ‘Oliver’ in December and there will be a Carol Concert with performances from the Year 7 Choir. We have Parent Consultation Evenings for Sixth Form and Year 11. Additionally there are a number of House events taking place with a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills and earn valuable points for their House. Finally, we are excited to be launching the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students in Key Stage 4 to develop a range of skills and give students the opportunity to experience a number of new challenges. 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

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ISSUE 01 October 2015 Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Finally, in order to continue improving our school we look to you for your support. We ask that as parents/carers you consider joining our ‘Friends of Churchdown’ Parent Focus Group. The purpose of the group will be to support school improvement and assist with fundraising. Working closely together we will be able to increase the rate in which we achieve our goal of becoming the best school in the country for your children. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. Yours faithfully 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 Christopher Belli Headteacher

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UNIFORM AND ATTENDANCE Uniform Students, on the whole, are looking very smart in their uniforms and this message is constantly being reinforced in tutor time, in lessons and in assemblies. Can we remind students and parents that hoodies and tracksuit tops are not to be worn in school and must be left at home. As it is coming into the autumn and winter months, a proper outdoor coat should be brought to school. There are school scarves available for £10 in the four House colours: red, green, blue and yellow. These look very smart and would make a good additional extra layer for the winter months. The students do take pride in their appearance and we will continue to reinforce this. Mobile phones should be kept in inside pockets and be switched off. Chewing gum is not allowed at all in school. There is a copy of the uniform guide here at the school if anyone is unsure. We have high expectations of ourselves and our students and it’s important that we all work together in what is a brilliant Churchdown community. Attendance Coming to school every day is important for your child. They have six hours of tuition a day by specialist teachers who take the time to get to know your child and to plan lessons where the students will have successful outcomes and have a sense of achievement. If a child is absent then they will ultimately lose out. So get them in to school. There is a school Welfare Assistant on hand if necessary but unless it is a serious ailment teenagers are resilient and therefore should be in school. There are lots of prizes to be won this year for students with high attendance rates. Not only receiving Haribos in tutor time, receiving House Points and getting a shout-out in assembly and in newsletters but also through termly attendance raffles. Last year there were fantastic prizes on offer such as Amazon Kindles, iPads and lots of smaller prizes. To be in with a chance of winning just be in school every day. Mr O’Connell Assistant Headteacher School Uniform Second hand skirts (various sizes and in good condition) are available to purchase Sale price 50% off published prices - eg 20"length £15.45 reduced to £7.70 Please contact Mr Tebworth in the Uniform Department for details

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YEAR 7 NEWS Students in Year 7 have had an absolutely fantastic start to the year and both myself and subject teachers have all been overwhelmed by their maturity and conscientious attitude. In just a few weeks many of the year group have contributed to a range of extra curricular activities and are well on their way to achieving their Novice Award in their Footprints passport. Many of the year group volunteered their time to help with the school's Open Evening and even though the students were new to the school, they proved to be excellent ambassadors and our visitors were immensely impressed by their confidence and loyalty to the school. In addition to Open Evening, Year 7 students have again showed commitment and positivity in the many extra curricular activities on offer. Attendance is further proof of Year 7's commitment to their learning with figures at 98%. This is a brilliant start and it is important that attendance remains this high so this year group can continue to make excellent progress. This term has been a challenging one for Year 7 as the transition from Primary to Secondary can be daunting. However, as I expressed to parents and carers in the Welcome Evening on 1 October, Year 7 have taken everything in their stride and the first few weeks have been relatively problem free. This is a reflection of the students’ maturity and of the support from parents. May I take this opportunity to thank those parents and carers who attended the Welcome Evening and I hope that the evening was useful in sharing with you our expectations and how we can all work together to ensure that your child maximises their potential and leaves Churchdown School as a well rounded and confident individual. Year 7 have already made me immensely proud and I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing all the successes this year will bring. If the first few weeks are anything to go by, this academic year promises to be an absolutely fantastic one for Year 7 students. Miss Hicks Head of Year 7

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YEAR 7 ACTIVITIES MONDAY World Drumming Boys Fitness 5-aside Football Basketball History help Break Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime K2 PE PE PE H1 DRAMA REHEARSALS: Please check your schedules regularly as there are rehearsals for the school play most days! TUESDAY Rugby Computing Boys Fitness 5-aside Football Science help Netball Archery Homework Club Girls Football Maths Club Boys Fitness After school Lunchtime & After school Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime After school After school After school After school After school After school PE C3 PE PE S7 PE Field LS PE M2 PE LIBRARY: Open to all students every day from 8.15am, break, lunchtime and afterschool club WEDNESDAY Guitar Ensemble Girls Fitness Girls Badminton Science Club Geography help Football Club Computing Break Lunchtime Lunchtime After school After school After school Lunchtime & After school K3 PE PE S6 G3 PE C2/C4 THURSDAY Science help Boys Fitness Trampolining Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime S7 PE PE FRIDAY Boys Fitness Girls Indoor Football Choir Lunchtime Lunchtime Lunchtime PE PE K2

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YEAR 8 NEWS A great start to the year, all of our pupils engaged in classes and motivated to improve. We have an exciting end of 2015 to look forward to, not least because of the introduction of footprints - ask your son/daughter for details! A big thank you to all the parents who attended parents’ information evening, thank you for all of your efforts - let’s work together to make sure attendance stays high so that attainment stays high. House Point Totals Term 1 C1 1907 C2 1743 E1 1660 E2 1912 H1 1066 H2 1478 K1 1066 K2 1242 100% attendance superstars!! Well Done to you all:Hannah-Jade Slatter, Sylvester Smiles, Daniel Smith, Jake Smith, Danisha Smith-Farquharson, Emily Spencer, Emily Sysum, Alys Thomas, Benjamin Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Amy Thomson, Oliver Tredgett, Matthew Walker, Harry Ward, Jade Watts, Jack Wilkins, Daisy Williams, Sinea Williams, Lauren Williamson. We are very proud of all of our pupils, but this month I’d like to pay special tribute to Lewis, Nathan, Blake and Maria (details below). Blake Ansell—8K2—Moto GP Superstar!! Blake competes in MotoGP (Mini 50 and Mini 70) He competes in the Fab Racing British Championship, and with one round of this year's championship is lying in third place. Two wins in the final round will see him finish second. The championship is shown on motorstv and there are several webpages devoted to his efforts (. Blake is a TV star too! Blake is an ambassador for our School and we are all very proud of him and his achievements, he is a role model to us all! Maria Asad— 8E2—Fundraising champion Maria has made us all very proud of her efforts working for The James Hopkins Trust—a charity that provides vital respite care for severely disabled, life limited and life threatened Children living in Gloucestershire. Maria manned and ran several stalls on Armed forces day raising valuable funds, giving up her valuable free time to make sure a worthy cause was looked after. She is an outstanding ambassador for us at Churchdown, and someone we are all very proud of. Thank you Maria! GAMERS CLUB!! Led by Nathan Brookes and Lewis Johns It’s not always easy in school to make new friends who share your interests, but Nathan and Lewis have decided they are gong to take action. They have created Year 8 Gamers Club which runs every Wednesday from 3.15-4pm. We had over 25 people come to it’s first session, and it offers a wonderful opportunity for those people who don’t want to play sports, act or make music to share their passion and make new friends. Well done Nathan and Lewis! Mr Chambers, Head of Year 8 However, We need to do better with attendance, too many days here and there being taken off. Every lesson missed is an opportunity to learn GONE.

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YEAR 9 NEWS 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 ensure they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Thank you. Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant So far the Year group appear to have settled well into the new term. Already there have been excellent examples of superb classroom activities and learning. Ms Smalley recently mentioned that her Year 9 maths group is a privilege to teach. Rewards in assemblies have gone to Sophie Boakes, Ellie Rudge, Oscar Boot, Amber Rivers, Mollly Hornby, Jamie Fowke Pert, Scott Jackson, Tia Pickering and Eden Lawrence. Eden Lawrence deserves special praise as identified by The James Hopkins Trust in a recent letter following a recent fund raising event:“Eden was engaging, polite and worked extremely hard to ensure both stalls were a success. Eden was an excellent ambassador for her school and I wanted you to know so often people are keen to complain about children’s behaviour but do not always give credit where it is due. She is very welcome to support us with any future fundraising and volunteering opportunities.” In a similar way numerous letters and phone calls could have been made home to those students who gave such a phenomenal account of themselves at achievements evening. Parent after parent took time to stress what a great experience that they were getting from the students who were acting as guides. Although unfair to pick out one student Niamh Dawson Williams does deserve recognition for her maturity and delightful manner. Niamh is a great example to other students both younger and older. Thanks to everyone who attended Year 9 Information Evening on 6 October. Y9 is a pivotal year as students in collaboration with parents and teaching staff will be making decisions that will dictate the nature and texture of their future education at Churchdown and beyond. It is crucial that these decisions are made in an informed and balanced manner and that the curriculum that is carved out for the next key stage is relevant and challenging. All parties must be on board with the decision making process and at the heart of the whole procedure should be making sure that your child, our student makes progress and makes a success of their education. This is an outstanding year group and more than ever schools are rising to the challenge of providing a varied and creative GCSE curriculum . The impressive ISM grades, the driven desire to accumulate house points and the stunning environments that exist in so many classroom situations indicate a year group controlling their schooling and looking to make the most of this pivotal year. To support your child please do look to keep attendance as close to 100% as possible, please look to support the school by monitoring the House Diary and look to go through the upcoming ISM report with a view to consolidating success and challenging any shortcomings. Mr Fawcett Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS It is true that time flies. It only feels like yesterday that this year group started their life at Churchdown School and now they are beginning the two year journey towards their GCSEs. The year group has settled in extremely quickly and are demonstrating the standards expected of GCSE students at Churchdown School. The learning on show when I visit lessons on a daily basis is truly outstanding. This term we welcome back the year group to a number of changes. I have taken over as Head of Year from Mr Wyman, and can I firstly thank him from all students, staff and all involved with the year group for the outstanding job he has done as Head of Year over the past two school years. I can honestly say that I have adopted an outstanding year group to work with. We welcome to the year team Mr Martin (10C2), Mr McKay (10E1), Mr Hayman (10K1) and Miss Medway (10K2). These teachers add to the already outstanding tutor team that this year group has. Students are truly lucky to have such hard working and caring tutors to help guide them through their final two years at Churchdown. The outstanding work that is being displayed is also being rewarded by the new House point system. I would like to congratulate the following students on the positive impact that they have made towards their own learning. These are the top 10 students in the year group. What a great start to your GCSEs! Toby Morgan 10 Rebecca Lodge 10 Serena Brook 10 Katie Gosling 10 Benjamin Clinton 10 Jasmine Willcox 10 Joe Garfield 10 Kanisha Hendricks 10 Harrison Underwood 10 Korey Edwards 10 C1 H2 H2 C1 H2 H2 C1 C1 K2 C1 46 46 45 42 41 40 38 36 35 34 As well as the new House points system, we are also introducing a new initiative called Footprints. Footprints will help to promote the development of the whole person. The aim is to increase student participation in all aspects of school life to enable each individual to secure a deeper appreciation of their learning and become more ‘wellrounded’. I look forward to seeing the year group develop within this initiative, both as part of school life and outside of school life. On top of the outstanding work that has taken place in lessons, students within the year group continue to achieve excellence outside of the classroom. Rhys Price (10K2) has recently been involved in a number of international skiing events, where he has placed 2nd in Wales, 2nd in the Irish Open and 3rd in the Europeans. During the summer holidays Frank Huggins (10C1) represented the England Under 18s Tug-of-War team at the World Championships in Belfast. Carissa Street (10H2) has recently won an international competition in Extreme Martial Arts, which is a non-contact mixture of kick boxing, dance and gymnastics. Charlotte Leeman (10H2) has been representing Gloucestershire Under 16s Netball and has recently been part of the squad that has won entry to Regional Division 1.

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YEAR 10 NEWS Ella Matthews (10E1) has continued to be tracked by the Royal Ballet School in London and remains working at Level 9. Well done to all of these students. I am sure I will be mentioning many more that will be doing both themselves and Churchdown School proud outside of the classroom. Rhys Price competing at the Irish Open Many of the year group’s attendance has been outstanding, and as a result they are giving themselves the best opportunity to achieve their potential. Attendance is vital to the success of our students. Research suggests 90% attendance not only means ½ day off per week, but 4 weeks and 20 days per school year! Research also suggests that 17 missed school days over 2 years = a potential GCSE grade DROP in achievement. It is vital that our students and YOUR child attend to ensure that they can fulfil their potential. Can I please bring to your attention some upcoming controlled assessment dates that are very important to all students’ achievement within these subjects: Creative iMedia - Creating a Digital Graphic (ongoing until Christmas) Travel & Tourism – revision sessions will begin after October half term BTEC Business – Finance exam (scheduled for October) I would like to thank all parents and carers who gave up their time to attend the vital Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 24 September. The feedback from the evening has been extremely positive, and I believe such events are vital in ensuring that we leave no stone unturned when dealing with the students’ education. We cannot underestimate the importance of the effective communication between Churchdown School, the student and the parent or carer over the next 2 years. If you could not attend the Information Evening, could you please contact the school to discuss further.

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YEAR 10 NEWS Yr 10 Homework Timetable Yr 10 A Mon A Tue A Wed A Thu A Fri Subject Option C/English Option D/Maths Option B/Science RE/English Option A/Maths/Science Yr 10 B Mon B Tue B Wed B Thu B Fri Subject English/Option C Option B/Maths/Science Option A/English/Science Maths/Science Option D/RE Yr 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Option A Triple Science Business GCSE Geography Business Enterprise MFL - German MFL - French History History History Spanish Spanish Yr 10 Homework Timetable HJW SEB NJB TSW RKK GCW MAK MAW DAR JPO KAG PAC Option B Geography Geography GCSE PE GCSE PE ICT Computing Media Studies Drama Drama ICT Creative Imedia Triple Science Fine Art Fine Art STH TSW CMJ RAO SJM DDP SRS RLH DAW Option C Geography History History Fine Art Drama DT Resistant Materials Business Enterprise ICT Computing DT Photography GCSE Business GCSE Business Travel & tourism DT Food DJC MAW RJS KAH KJP GEJ DDP SJM MIW ATE RKK AHA SAB Option D Fine Art History History Music DT Graphics DT Photography Geography Media Studies Media Studies DT Food GCSE PE DT Resistant Materials Fine Art KAH MAW RJS AMH BCG NRS DJC ATE DDP SAB JEO GEJ MIW • The timetable shows the days on which you should be set homework for each subject. If you do not have that subject on the day indicted then it should be set the lesson before so that it can be completed on the day indicated on the timetable. • All Year Groups have Maths homework on a Tuesday, separate to that set in lessons – your Maths teacher will explain more. • It should be possible to work out which subject you are taking for each of the Option Blocks by looking at the subjects you take and teacher initials at the bottom of the page (if you have more than one teacher for a subject only one of them is shown), if you cannot work it out then your subject teacher should be able to tell you which day homework is set the first time they teach you. I look forward to seeing this year group develop and flourish over the next two years and most importantly supporting them to achieve their potential. Regards, Mr Jones Head of Year 10

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YEAR 11 NEWS I am pleased to report that Year 11 have made an extremely positive start to their final year of GCSE studies. It has been fantastic to see huge numbers of students taking advantage of the catch up sessions being offered at breaks, lunchtimes and after school (please see the table). It is vital that they continue in this diligent manner so that they can maximise every opportunity to help them achieve the very best set of results come the summer. Added to this, their continued and regular attendance is key as they can ill afford to miss days as they then miss the crucial time in front of subject experts. Many pupils in Year 11 are attending regularly with 97 pupils having attendance of 98% or above for Term 1. For those whose attendance is lower than this I would urge them that they must increase this as low attendance will directly affect their results in the summer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who attended the Parents’ Information Evening and also to draw attention to Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Monday 16 November from 4pm until 6.30pm. I look forward to seeing lots of parents on this vitally important evening for Year 11 students. Congratulations to the following students who have collected the most house points in their tutor groups: 11C1: Ellie Jackson, 11C2: Eddy Buckland, 11E1: Tyler Jade Barwell, 11E2: Morgen Taylor, 11H1: Archie Rudge, 11H2: Harry Cooper, 11K1: Emily Poole, 11K2: Jack Lodge This year Churchdown School is launching a new initiative: Footprints. This will provide Year 11 students with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas across the school and gain recognition for their achievements within those areas. The aim is to increase student participation in all aspects of school life to enable each individual to secure a deeper appreciation of their learning and become more ‘well-rounded’. I look forward to reporting on the students successes in the following areas: Creativity and Enterprise, Community and Charity, Physical and Leadership and Culture and Communication. For Year 11 students we have also launched the Passport to Prom. This is an opportunity for pupils to be rewarded for their collection of House Points, their attendance at revision sessions, their attendance at school, their mock exam results and their ISM grades. They are awarded Prom Points for all of these things and when they have collected a certain amount we will pay for some of their ticket to Prom on 23 June 2016. I would also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the Year 11 Mock Exams which take place from the 7 December until 11 December 2015. It is vital that pupils revise thoroughly for these exams as they are a real opportunity to practise what they will experience in the summer. Attendance at the huge range of revision sessions will be key to this. Also, available on Parents’ Evening will be a booklet that will guide each pupil to what they need to do for each subject. There are also some revision tips in this booklet. Each pupil will also be given their own copy of this. Mr Spooner Head of Year 11

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YEAR 11 NEWS CATCH UP SESSIONS Day Monday Lunch Music DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Languages Business History (Mrs Whiting) Computing + I-Media (Mr Mays) DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Geography Science DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Languages Business English Music (coursework) Computing + I-Media (Mr Mays) Drama Media (MD1) Travel and Tourism Art (A1 or A4) Biology (Miss Frampton) DT(Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Languages Business History (Mrs Whiting) Computing + I-Media (Mr Whisby) Drama Media (MD2 – coursework) Physics (Mr Bayliss) Art (A1) RE DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Languages Business English History (Mr Spooner) Computing + I-Media (Mr Wells) Maths Drama Media (MD1) Art (A4) Science (BTEC) Languages Business History (Mr Spooner) After School Tuesday Wednesday Languages Business History (Mrs Whiting) Computing + I-Media (Mr Whisby) Geography DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Thursday Languages Business Computing + I-Media (Mr Wells) DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography) Geography Science Friday Languages Business Music Geography DT (Food, RM, Graphics, Child Care, Photography)

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Sixth Form Diary Dates: Sponsored Horrormovieathon Friday 13 November Year 13 UCAS application deadline 18 December SIXTH FORM NEWS I hope your sons/daughters are settling in to Sixth Form life. Many thanks to those of you who attended the Parents’ Information Evenings for Year 12 and Year 13. If you couldn’t make it, both presentations are available on the website and outline our new work expectations for Sixth Form students, including Supervised Silent Study for all students and also the arrangements for Year 13 students who didn’t do as well as we hoped at AS. These lessons will appear on their timetables shortly so you know exactly when students need to be in school. I strongly advise you to read the presentations or contact me directly if you require more information. We’ve had a really positive start to term, with many students already receiving cause for praise letters home. I’m delighted with the way the new Year 12 students are working hard and there have been some really great comments from staff about our new cohort. A huge thanks to Chloe Knight, Eve Davies and Chloe Hayden who have volunteered regularly to help out at the Information Evenings and have done an excellent job in helping with parents. Many Year 12s are also involved with the Achievements Evening and have been great to work with. A huge thanks to Head Boy and Girl Jade Harrison and Matthew Stevens who have also helped in the evenings and Matt has even been teaching Media and Computing lessons. Many Sixth Formers also made an outstanding contribution to the successful running of Open Evening. Can I please remind you that Year 12 students are entitled to leave at lunchtime or after lesson 5, providing they have permission from you, if they have no lessons or study lessons in the afternoon. Please make a note in the student planner. All students are also permitted to visit the shop, but not permitted to gather in groups outside the front of the school. All Year 12s should be registering every morning for tutorial. All Year 13 students should also be registering, unless they have agreed with you and their tutor “home study” sessions. Wednesday afternoons are now our “enrichment” sessions where students have the opportunity to either do sport, work experience or voluntary work. If they are going off-site we must have written permission from parents, proof they are undertaking the activity and full knowledge of where they are and what times. A permission slip form is available on the website. Again, please contact myself or Mrs Orchard in the Sixth Form Office if this is not clear. There is some superb work going on, from working for the British Heart Foundation to Clara Dailey teaching dance, and in-class support help sessions going on across the school, including Shelby Moore in Maths and Tahreen Ahmad in English. Dan Gill and Jamie Morgan have done an excellent job organising the football. We are all looking forward to the forthcoming “spook-walk” on Tuesday 20 October organised by Year 13s for Year 12s, and for the first time we are also inviting Year 11s. The price is £2 and students get a free hotdog afterwards as a reward for their bravery! The event is from 7pm till 8.45pm. Year 13s are working hard on their Personal Statements at the moment in preparation for their UCAS applications. We have been meeting every Friday morning to offer support and encouragement to one another, and to have a laugh at some of the amazing statements students have made about themselves! They are all coming together nicely now and we’d like these applications sent off as soon as possible as Universities are already allocating places. Ms Wisbey Assistant Head & Head of Sixth Form

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Rewards@Churchdown The introduction of the House system has encouraged many students to strive even harder than last term in an effort to gain House points. This is fantastic news for individual students and tutor groups as : House points = Rewards points = Prizes! The Rewards shop has undergone a revamp this term with many new prizes being introduced at the students request. In addition to chocolate, sweets and stationery, students can now exchange their rewards vouchers for: A place at the front of the dinner queue! Free sports equipment Free food Gift cards Special rewards are also given out for attendance at the end of term raffle!

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This term we are introducing an exciting new initiative aimed at encouraging personal development and offering opportunities to contribute to the whole school community. Through participating in a number of activities, students can gain a Footprints Award at Novice (6 areas), Apprentice (10 areas) and Graduate (15 areas) level. The opportunities fall into four Challenge Areas: We would like to encourage all of our students to take full advantage of these opportunities and to record their achievements in their Footprints Passport.

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