Churchdown School Academy Newsletter July 2015

 

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ISSUE 07 JULY Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Key Dates: Wednesday 2 Sept 2015 Yr7 & Yr12 only—induction Thursday 3 Sept 2015 Whole school returns Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers As the end of year approaches we can reflect on a successful year. Since September the teachers and parents have worked together to ensure the students are challenged to better themselves and achieve. The first term brought much change, and I would like to thank parents and students on behalf of the school for the support and patience shown as things settled down. As I have always said, our students are truly fantastic and have been a real credit to Churchdown and their families – even those who make us work slightly harder! There has been much to celebrate from the fantastic Open Evening where 300 students from Year 7 and 8 were superb in welcoming almost 900 visitors. The Awards Evenings were a wonderful celebration of students’ achievements and delivered in true Ms Wisbey style. The 2015-16 Uniform Guide The Little Shop of Horrors saw some brilliant individual and group performances and was can be found on the school supported brilliantly by parents and families. We have raised almost £5000 for charity website: through various fundraising events. There have been a number of fantastic trips which have each broadened our students’ experiences. The Science and Technology departments have www.churchdownschool.com run a number of excellent STEM events. Our sports teams have all represented the school with flair, commitment and pride and we have won an important number of fixtures against local schools from both the independent and state sector. Recently we have had a very (click on ‘Parents’ tab successful Year 8 camp and students in Year 10 have excelled during work experience week. Uniform Guide 2015-16 The Sixth Form ‘Futures Week’ was really valuable for our students as they prepare for life is listed on left-hand side) beyond school. It was also a great opportunity to welcome the Year 11 students back to school for their induction into Year 12. Please regularly check the school website & twitter for Importantly all the students have shown academic improvements since the start of the year information/news/updates. and this has been evident in the ISMs. Students in Year 11 and Sixth Form all worked hard to prepare themselves for the challenges of GCSE and A level examinations. Credit goes to parents and teachers for supporting the students during the busy exam period in making sure We also regularly send out that they were prepared and ready. information via parentmails, As we prepare for the next academic year, it is important to note a few changes. From so please notify us of any September we are going to be setting students in the core subjects across the school. Once change of email address. placed in a particular set, students will be monitored closely through regular assessment. Students can move between sets depending on progress and effort. Every child counts, so Thank you whatever the set we are expecting each student to achieve their potential. Each of the sets in the core subjects will be named after a famous author as opposed to the traditional numeric value. SCHOOL UNIFORM

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ISSUE 07 JULY Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com We are introducing a new House System in September, which will allow the students to compete and represent their House in a number of varied activities and events. We are hoping this will create a real sense of community and healthy competition whilst giving students an opportunity to showcase their unique talents. I have recently written home to parents informing of the uniform expectations from September. A copy of the uniform guide will be sent home with students before the end of term. This information is also available on the school website. We say goodbye to members of staff who are leaving us to take up new challenges or are retiring. We would like to thank each of them for their wonderful years of service and wish them every success and good health in the future. Finally I would like to wish you all a good summer break and to enjoy the time together as families. I am sure your children will keep you busy but I shall be reminding them that the hard work starts now in helping out at home as well as having a good rest. Thank you for your continued support this year, we have had the odd bump in the journey but it has been incredibly rewarding and I am already looking forward to September. Yours faithfully Christopher Belli Headteacher

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EXAMINATIONS RESULTS INFORMATION A Level results will be available for collection on Thursday 13 August Year 13 students are invited to collect their results from 8.30am to 1pm Year 12 students are invited to collect their results from 10am to 1pm Results will be available from the Library GCSE results for Year 11 and Sixth Form re-take students will be available for collection on Thursday 20 August between 10am and 1pm Results will be available from the Library If you are in Year 10 or below your results will be available for collection when you return to school in September If you will be away or unable to come in and collect exam results, you have two choices: If you would like us to post them, please arrange to let the exam office have, by 10 August, a stamped addressed envelope (we are only sending out one piece of paper so a normal envelope will be fine). Your results will then be posted out to you. When you send your SAE into school, put this in an envelope addressed clearly "for the attention of Exams". Alternatively, if you would like to have a relative collect result on your behalf, you will need to send them in with a written letter stating that you are giving them permission to collect results on your behalf. Please remember to include your name and your relative’s name. Your relative will need to bring this letter together with a form of identification. I am sorry but we will not issue results based on a text message, telephone call or turning up without a letter of authority. Any problems, please contact Mrs Dinwoodie, Examination Officer.

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YEAR 7 NEWS Year 7, I cannot believe we have reached the time that I have to say goodbye to you as your Head of Year. It has been an absolute pleasure being your Head of Year. You have been a wonderful cohort and Mr Chambers is very lucky to be picking up such a fabulous group of students. From day one you have approached your year with such a positive attitude and as a year group you have always supported each other. The praise assemblies are a testament to this as you always congratulate each other on rewards achieved. It has been a privilege to read through your ISM data throughout the year. The progress you have been making is outstanding, and all of you should be very proud of your accomplishments. I hope that this tremendous work ethic continues into Year 8 and the remainder of your time at Churchdown. I have also been blown away by the amount of extra-curricular activities you have undertaken as a year group. It was wonderful to see all the sports clubs represented by so many of you and especially the wonderful atmosphere that you created in the inter tutor competitions and sports day. I hope that you continue to explore the many options available to you in our extra-curricular timetable in Year 8, maybe even joining new clubs to increase your experiences! It has been a privilege Year 7! Have a wonderful summer. Mrs Kentish Head of Year 7 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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YEAR 8 NEWS Year 8 Camp 80 Year 8 students recently spent five days in the Forest of Dean on the traditional Churchdown Year 8 Camp. The students split into 18 tent groups and, from these groups, 6 activity groups were put together. In the activity groups, students took part in canoeing, caving, high ropes, archery, bush craft, team challenge and mountain biking on site. They all learned new skills, team work and coping strategies. A big thanks must go to all staff who assisted to make this a great and worthwhile week for all. Mr Oliver

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YEAR 8 NEWS Year 8 students represented the school magnificently at camp. Mr Carter has passed on some great comments, and experiences that will last a lifetime were created. Thanks, and an enormous amount of thanks, must go to Mr Oliver for his patience, hard work and drive. The camp remains legendary due to legends like Mr Oliver. Also encouraging was Sports Day where, in hot and sticky conditions, it was difficult not to feel proud of the tremendous effort and application by the year group. Thanks again must go to Mr Oliver for overseeing the whole process and the PE staff generally. Churchdown School were in the public eye and again they proved to be a superb set of individuals and tutor groups. Looking back over the year it has been a real privilege to be able to commend and reward students on a weekly basis. The easy times of year are sometimes the start in September and October when we are all fresh and the summer is still very apparent and the last few months when again the weather is nice and the school seems less hectic. It is the challenge of January and February and the dark November months in which we see the character of the group. This Year 8 group does not lack character in any shape or form. LOST PROPERTY PLEASE CLAIM LOST PROPERTY FROM RECEPTION BY THE END OF TERM Any unclaimed items will go into the ‘Recycle with Michael’ clothes bank for charity PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLEARLY LABEL ITEMS OF CLOTHING etc WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME THIS ENABLES US TO QUICKLY RETURN ITEMS TO THEIR OWNERS Thank you Mr Tebworth Highlights include Jess Peacey having a charity haircut, the magnificent contribution at Gloucester Cathedral, the positive mountain biking club after school on Thursdays, the buoyant numbers at bowling, the buoyant numbers at camp, the superb speeches on the voting assembly and the continued determination by students to make that effort to get into school at what seems an unearthly hour in the morning when they maybe feel that they would rather not. Congratulations to Katie Boyle, Ellie Toy and McCarthy Rogers on their successful campaign to become representative for the year group on the school parliament. Congratulations to those students below who deserve a special mention for their attitude and approach this year. Finally thank you to the tutors for their immense hard work and to the parents who have also supported the school. Niamh Walker, Christian Jerome, Sophie Taylor, Harry Morton, Amy Lawman, Sam Leigh, Niamh Dawson-Williams, Beres Nkiwane, Ellie Toy, Callum Sandbach, Ryan Schneider, Sian Hennessey, Joshua Earby, Jenna Townsend, Jamie Sinclair and Joy Brixey. Mr Fawcett Head of Year 8

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YEAR 9 NEWS New Scientists On Tuesday 23 June a group of Year 9 students took part in "Girls for Engineering". The following girls spent the day exploring engineering possibilities: Lily May Fowke, Liberty Agg, Irem Kilic, Elizabeth Medhurst, Kaitlyn Knight Lillian Cerecaj, Rebecca Mason, Zoe Rudge, Sarah Wood, Courtney Jackson Thank you Miss Trowbridge. Swimming Honours Don Bisset of 9T, along with his brother Duncan 7J, have been invited to compete at the Scottish National Home Nations Swimming Championship. Don in four events and Duncan in three events. This will take place in Edinburgh at the end of July. Congratulations and good luck boys. Tennis Honours Toby Summerhayes has been selected by his tennis coach at Oxstalls to attend Wimbledon. Only a few young players are chosen and they have a special tour and meet some of the players. A once in a lifetime opportunity earned through commitment and hard work. Toby has spent several hours each weekend volunteer coaching. Year 9 “Flying Start Challenge” Congratulations to Lewis Blacker, Sam DaForno, Luke Abraham and Vaseilios Apostolakis who were the Y ear 9 team representing the school in this STEM event sponsored by Messier Bugatti Dowty. The challenge was to design and build a model glider to compete in the regional finals. As a result of their efforts, the boys have been invited to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. Y9 Parliament Elections Congratulations to Adam Hall and his deputy Harrison Underwood who have been elected to stand for School Parliament Thanks also to the other nominees: Charlie Foster, Rebecca Mason, Ellie Galling Ireland and James Lovell.

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YEAR 9 NEWS Hard work After the last set of ISM’s, I challenged the year group to improve the number of names highlighted as being students who’ve earned 7 or more “excellent effort awards “ for classwork. Well here they are: Yorgi Agathangelou, Liberty Agg, Sam Algar, Hannah Barnes, Kian Bayliss, Kayleigh Beddis, Kieran Berry, Destiny Brickley, Robert Bridge, Gabby Carr, Lillian Cerecaj, Brandon Clarke, Lauren Daffin, Amy Daniels, Andrew Davis, Caitlin Davis, Georgina Davis, Charlie Dillon, James Elson, Chloe Evans, Lily-May Fowke, Oliver Griffiths, Ben Hall, Ellie Harper Emerson, Sam Hatch, Natasha Hurle, Abbie Janes, Sophie Jebb, Aimee Jones, Lewis Kavanagh, Nikita Kavtaskins, Kaitlynne Knight, Irem Kilic, Daniel Lee, Poppy Long, William Lowe, Ebonie Marks, Rebecca Mason, Joe Meadows, Elizabeth Medhurst, Cody Miller, Hannah Newbury, George Nicola, Josh Parsloe, Kaajel Patel, Anne Patterson, Katie Poole, Joseph Porter, Rhys Price, Cole Rees, Annabel Richardson, Zoe Rudge, Kyran Sansom, Katie Say, Natalie Skardova, Chloe Smyth, Carrissa Street, Jamelia Sullivan, Megan Tanner, Sophie Tidcombe, Kelsey Wilkins, Christian Wright, Liberty Wyatt, Louis Young That’s 64 students compared with 45 in May!!!!! And these 23 students earned 10 or more “excellent awards for classwork“: Vasileios Apostolakis, Don Bissett, Romy Burdett, Charlie Foster, Stephanie Fox, Ellie Galling-Ireland, Megan Gill, Katie Gosling, Adam Hall, Pelin Kursun, Charlotte Leeman, Rebecca Lodge, James Lovell, Matthew Merritt, Kevinlyn Overson, Sarah Phelps Wood, Abigail Powell, Callam Prosser, Charlotte Saysall, Liberty Sharp, Makenzie Temple, Sophia Weygang, Jasmine Wilcox Stop Press I have just returned to my desk after witnessing a superb Sports Day at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Although this deadline doesn’t allow me to write a full review of Year 9 successes, and there were many, I think it worth noting that the school record was broken in both the boys and girls Year 9 4 x 100m relay race. Well done to the victors and those who pushed them all the way. What a year group!

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YEAR 9 NEWS Goodbye, Good Luck and Thank You It seems very strange for me to be writing this paragraph, but the time has come to hang up my “teaching tools”. I feel very proud and privileged to have been a part of this school for so long. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Churchdown. Over the years I’ve met and worked with many great characters and talented young people. In recent times, many of them are sons and daughters of former students— and that is a great thrill. The current Year 9 (soon to be Year 10) cohort are equally as exciting and I will still have to keep track of their journey into “grown-up life”. As always, I look forward to being out and about meeting you. That applies to those of you who have recently, and those not so recently, been here, like me, learning from the environment that is Churchdown School. Thank you for your work, support and company. Andy Wyman Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS Y10 Mock Interviews In June all students were given the opportunity to find out what it is like to be interviewed for a job by a professional. The school welcomed more than 30 people from various local businesses who were responsible for putting the students through their paces in a 25 minute interview. The students responded magnificently, both in what they wore and how they conducted themselves during the interview process. Much confidence was gained and the students can now look forward to their first real interview with relish! Mr Burchell Head of Careers As we near the end of Year 10 I would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and effort throughout the year. When we return in September they will be entering the most crucial phase of their compulsory education. It is vital that they return ready to work hard and strive for the very best that they can achieve. Year 10 exam results will be given to the students in the final week of term. If they have worked hard for these then they should be a timely confidence boost. If they have not achieved as well as they would like then it is a reminder of the essential hard work ahead. Students have been on Work Experience and the reports received have been overwhelmingly positive. Once again, Year 10 have been doing the school proud. Congratulations on an excellent year. Have a wonderful summer break and see you all in September. Mr Spooner Head of Year 10

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YEAR 11 NEWS What an absolute pleasure it has been to have worked with this year’s Year 11. The students should be extremely proud of the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the school year and in particular the examination period. The work ethic was of an extremely high standard and the attendance of revision sessions during study leave was pleasing to see. I am sure that this will have a positive impact on students’ results. As always the final day of school was an emotional time for many. It was great to see the year group in their leavers’ assembly so smartly dressed and enjoying the experience. The students spent the day re-living the memories of the last five school years at Churchdown, signing leaver’s books and school shirts and saying their final goodbyes to staff and peers. They were dedicated to their learning and preparation for their exams to the end and the lessons I visited on the final day were still highly focused. A real credit! I am sure that with the work the students and staff have dedicated to the GCSEs this year, grades will be of a high standard. On that note, I look forward to seeing students’ smiles when they receive their results on GCSE results day, which is Thursday 20 August. Students can collect their results between 10am and 1pm. Can I finish by thanking everyone who has been involved with Year 11 this school year. It has been a pleasure working with every student and seeing them progress and develop. I am sure that in the future, I will be hearing of the successes the students have achieved in their lives. Have a great summer. Mr Jones, Head of Year 11 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

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Year 12 I have been delighted with the attitude and commitment in school of virtually all our new A2 level students, and particularly impressed with their desire to get involved with and help out with events and students lower down the school. They have volunteered to help with Sports Day, Camp, the Macmillan coffee morning, Mentoring, Year 7 Induction Day and Parliament assemblies to name but a few; worthwhile activities that will help them develop “the edge” in terms of UCAS or job applications next year. It is also brilliant to see students taking advantage of University Open Days and Summer School – great opportunities to explore future choices. AS level results, published on Thursday 13 August, will be available in school from 10.00am – 1.00pm. If you can’t make this date or time you can drop an SAE into the exams office for posting, but this may incur a slight delay. Unfortunately, we cannot give results over the phone due to data protection. Also, if someone collects results on a student’s behalf, they will need written consent from the student and a form of identification. We have amended our admissions policy and it is important you are aware of the timetable commitments in Year 13: Admission into Year 13 The majority of students in Year 12 continue with their studies into Year 13, dependent upon the entry criteria outlined below. The school has places available for external students who wish to join Year 13 dependent upon the entry criteria outlined below and places becoming available following our over-subscription criteria. All offers of a place in Year 13 will be made on condition of students meeting the school entry requirements laid out below: 1. All students wishing to complete their advanced level studies in Year 13 must achieve a pass grade or better in each of their AS subjects examined in the summer of Year 12 that they wish to continue studying. OR 2. In the event of exceptional circumstances and a student not meeting the condition in Point 1 above then the relevant Head of Department may agree to a student progressing into Year 13 to continue the subject at A2 level. This will be a conditional offer and subject to review.

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Admissions Process for Year 13 Following receipt of summer AS examination results students who have met the entry requirements above are automatically offered a place in Year 13 to continue their studies. Students who do not meet the entry requirement into Year 13 will be given guidance about a change of pathway and relevant courses available or be subject to Point 2 above. Appeals against Non-Admission In the event of a place not being offered students and their parents have the right of appeal. Appeal Papers and Guidelines for their use are available from the school. An Independent Panel will be established in accordance with the Government regulations for Foundation Schools to hear all appeals. Students will be expected to contact me on or around 13 August to let me know of their intentions regarding staying on in the Sixth Form and what courses they intend to do, or if they are leaving. After the holidays, we are planning a weekend residential team-building trip the first weekend of October to Croft Farm near Tewkesbury. We will meet there at 5pm and do supervised evening activities, eat dinner, spend all day Saturday and Sunday morning doing land and water-based activities and finish at 5pm. The cost will be £120 and include all meals, accommodation and activities. Students will have to make their own way there and back. We consider this a valuable bonding experience so students can fully integrate into the Sixth Form and we don’t want cost to inhibit anyone from going, so please contact me if you need financial assistance. Please let me know if you are interested in participating so we can get an idea of numbers. Year 13 students will return to school on Thursday 3 September. The new school day will be operating then; students will still be allowed home early to do home study after lunch providing they have no lessons, and the start and finish times of the school day remain unchanged. Finally, may I wish all students the best of luck with their forthcoming exam results. If your sons/daughters tell you they have no homework or preparation for Year 13 to do, please don’t believe them! They should be hard at work processing their notes and using their time wisely.

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Year 13 Many thanks to all of you that came along and made Prom such a success – it was a lovely send off and you all looked fantastic. If you haven’t done already, check out the photos on the Churchdown Rhino’s Facebook site. Congratulations to our prom king and queen – Dan Stafford and Becky Turner. I would like to invite you all to have breakfast with myself, Yvonne, Sally and the Headteacher Mr Belli on the morning of results day at 8.00am in the Sixth Form Study. Results will be available from 8.30am in the library. There will be access to phone lines and pcs if you need to log into Track on the UCAS site if you have applied to University. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to say what a delightful year group you have been these last two (in some cases three or four!) years and how much I have enjoyed getting to know you and watching you grow and flourish into the wonderful young adults that you are. Stay Rhino, and stay in touch. See you in the summer! Ms Wisbey Head of Sixth Form

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Macmillan Cancer Support We raised £200.14 for this very worthwhile cause this year – thank you to everybody who made cakes, bought them and ate them! Mr Wyman won the Spot the Cake competition guessing 580 spots and the actual number was 576. For this game we raised £20 and the total was to be split between the charity and the winner, but Mr Wyman has kindly donated his half back. So a BIG thank you to him for his generosity. Mr Adcock bid £13 for the winning cake which was donated by Alison Peeters, which he then donated to the Sixth Form students instead of taking it home! The Sixth Form Charity Committee

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