Churchdown School Academy Newsletter February 2016

 

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ISSUE 03 February 2016 Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Term 4 Key Dates: 29 February - Yr 9 Options Evening 7 March - Yr 9 Parents’ Evening 14 March - Yr 12 & 13 Parents’ Evening Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers Whilst the term has been a relatively short, there has been much to celebrate. The students have performed exceptionally well since Christmas and the ethos of learning at school is constantly developing. It is a pleasure to walk around the school each day and chat with students about their learning and there is no better feeling than when a student shows you a piece of work that they are truly proud of. There have been a number of things to celebrate whereby the students have truly excelled. Currently our ‘Curve Gallery’ is displaying outstanding pieces of art work from students in the KS3 year groups. The Drama Department recently held the Sixth Form A level productions, which were spectacular and the Music Department spent a day recording with Sixth Form students with a first class end product. The House System has gone from strength to strength and the students and staff (especially the Heads of House) have given a really good account of themselves as each competes to ensure their House wins each event. The PE department has continued to be successful in both individual and team competition whilst numbers for extra-curricular sport grow, showing our continued commitment to ‘sport for all’. Finally, I would like to thank parents and families for your continued support of our students. The recent parents’ events have been wonderfully attended and there has been so much positive interaction about the students’ progress, particularly in the upper school. Over the next few weeks we have a number of very important information and parent consultation evenings and we look forward to seeing you. 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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ATTENDANCE Dear Parents and Carers Re: Good School Attendance As you are aware, we are continuing to work hard at Churchdown School to ensure that the young people in our care achieve their best during their time with us. You will also know that one of the key ingredients for this success is good, and punctual, attendance. Within this context I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the work we are doing to ensure high levels of attendance for every student. Our aim is for every student to achieve a minimum of 97% attendance. When it comes to making decisions re the authorisation of holidays during term time, we base our work on the government guidance which can be found by following the link below: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/overview As a result we will only authorise absences during term time in exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances will not ordinarily include family holidays or weddings. If it is essential for you to take your child out of school during term time you must seek permission from the Headteacher by completing the application form which is available on the school website. It is highly unlikely that permission will be granted for anything over four days in one academic year. We would also like to stress the importance of full attendance, particularly during Key Stage 4 and 5. In addition, when we deal with longer periods of absence for some students, we work with Gloucestershire County Council’s guidance to schools on this issue, some of which states that: ‘If your child is absent from school for 10 sessions in a ten-week period, without authorisation, you will be sent a warning letter by the school. This includes sessions where your child has arrived late after the school’s registration period has closed without an acceptable reason. If there are no further unauthorised absences in the next 15 school days, no further action will be taken. If there are further absences the Local Authority may decide to issue a Penalty Notice without further warning.’ Therefore, thank you for continuing to be behind us in supporting your child through their education, by ensuring that they attend school as often as possible. Thank you Ms Hilton Assistant Headteacher

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Student illness during school day - unhelpful use of mobile phones From time to time, students may become ill when in school. We have reminded students that if this happens, they should get a note from their tutor/teacher and make their way to our Welfare Assistant, Mrs Campbell, where they will be looked after. When Mrs Campbell is not available other members of staff are available for support. More often than not students are able to return to lessons and see out the school day without any problems. From time to time Mrs Campbell will deem it necessary for the student to be taken home and will therefore give you a call to discuss the best way forward. In order to avoid confusion, we have reminded students that they should not be making contact with parents using their mobile phones unless Mrs Campbell has made the decision to send them home. This will reduce confusion in school regarding a student's whereabouts and may even save you an unnecessary trip to school. Thank you for your understanding with this matter. Mr Horton Deputy Headteacher 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 emergency use 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 that they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Any other form of medication must be handed in to Mrs Campbell and not kept by students under any circumstances. Thank you Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant LOST PROPERTY We have lots of items of lost property waiting to be re-claimed. Please ask your son/ daughter to collect from Reception. Please label items of clothing etc so they can be quickly returned Thank you INVIGILATORS WANTED WE ARE LOOKING FOR ENTHUASTIC PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR INVIGILATION TEAM. THE MAIN SCHOOL EXAMS TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 16 MAY AND 29 JUNE 2016 WITH OTHER EXTERNAL EXAMS SCATTERED AROUND THE SCHOOL YEAR. INTERESTED? PLEASE LOOK ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE FOR AN APPLICATION FORM OR FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE TELEPHONE THE EXAM OFFICE

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ATTENDANCE PRIZES As you are aware, at Churchdown School, we aim for the highest standards in everything that we do and attendance is no exception. The following tutor groups have been rewarded for having the best attendance this term: 7K2, 8E2, 9E2, 10E1, 11C1, 11C2 Good attendance is vital if our young people are to achieve their full potential. All students who have 98% or more for their attendance in the Spring term will be entered into a prize draw for the following prizes: 1st Prize = £50 Voucher (1 x KS3, 1 x KS4) 2nd Prize = £10 Voucher (1 x KS3, 1 x KS4) We will also have a prize draw for the most improved attendance with a £50 voucher as a reward. Rewards We believe that our young people should be rewarded for their hard work and effort. Students are rewarded daily with House Points for their excellent work and their effort which they can exchange at lunchtimes for prizes in the Rewards shop. The following tutor groups have received rewards this term for collecting the most number of House Points: 7C1, 8H2, 9K1, 10C2, 11C1

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YEAR 7 NEWS It has been an excellent half term for Year 7 students who have continued to impress their teachers and peers with their effort and diligence. The recent ISMs are testament to their hard work and it was with great pride that I sent home over 40 commendation letters to students who had achieved mostly 1s for both effort and homework. As Head of Year 7 it has been extremely rewarding to see how much progress many of the students have made in such a short space of time. Currently over 200 students have earned themselves over 50 reward points and this once again proves how hard they are working and how keen Year 7s are to do their best. Special congratulations to Robyn Seabright, Molly Clarke, Amelia Tindall, Louis Blackwell-Booth, Natasha Haines and Zainab Abdel-Fattah for receiving the most House points this term! A fantastic number of students in Year 7 have contributed to the many House events that have taken place over the last few weeks. I was so impressed with the confidence and commitment shown during the House Drama competition where Year 7s performed monologues to a large audience. There has been 100% participation from 7H1 in the History House event and I am looking forward to seeing some of the photographic entries from this competition as well as the musical performances taking place as part of the Music House event. Many of the year group have started Dance Club, Cheerleading and Drama Club this term and it is wonderful to see so many students participating in extracurricular activities. Besides enthusiasm and hard work, attendance has contributed greatly to the success of the year group. Attendance for Year 7 is the highest in the school at 97% and I appreciate your continued support with ensuring that your son/daughter is in school every day. Students are regularly rewarded in assemblies for good attendance but the biggest reward is the benefit it has on their education. 134 students have 100% attendance for this term in Year 7 Miss Hicks Head of Year 7

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YEAR 7 NEWS A poem for Valentine’s Day, written by one of our Year 7 students... What is Love? Love is a stream Of joy and laughter Love is a cloud of hearts Raining on a boy and girl Love is a puddle of emotions Waiting to be stepped in Love is a love-filled man Waiting for the moment to make the first move Love is a wonderful spring day Full of heart-warming kindness.

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YEAR 8 AWARDS

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YEAR 8 NEWS Well done to Year 8 for all their hard work, diligence and dedication this term towards their studies. They have made real progress and have achieved lots of excellent ISMs across the full range of subjects. It’s great seeing the students being recognised for their hard work by their subject teachers who see it as being a privilege to teach your children. In lessons they are working hard and are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that they are given here at Churchdown. I would like to thank parents for your continued support. Mr Chambers Head of Year 8 Mr O’Connell Assistant Headteacher

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YEAR 9 NEWS Year 9 Options Evening: Monday 29 February For Year 9 students in their pivotal year I would suggest that we are about to embark upon the pivotal part of the pivotal year. Looming large on the horizon are the Year 9 exams and then in quick succession Year 9 Parents’ Evening and Year 9 Options Evening. These crucial school events are focused on one thing and one thing only and that is ensuring your children—our students—do make progress and are developing into independent lifelong learners. Lots of work and many hours have already been invested in this process and with teacher and parental support targets will be set, attainment evaluated and informed decisions that will empower families will be made. The analysis of the data from the last ISM (Individual Student Monitoring) grades has been done and for a vast majority of students it was a case of opportunities being seized. An enormous number of commendation letters were able to make their way home for students who were impressing teachers with their conscientious efforts both in the classroom and in independent study. As always we are looking for students to build and improve in preparation for the next set of reports. Attendance is also crucial and again there are encouraging trends with recent improvements and 9E2 earning themselves whole tutor group rewards for topping the attendance list three weeks in a row with a 100% turn out in the last assembly presentation. Year 9 Parents’ Evening: Monday 7 March Sebastian Zbrzyski 100% attendance – well done Seb! A real rock of dependency in 9H2 Sian Hennessey 100% attendance. Sian is an awesome actress as well. Well done Sian! Some of the 100% attenders from the mighty 9E2 Well done Miss Biscoe Finally to a young lady who has yet to miss a day of school since the start of Year 7 - Jenny Francis A great example to us all and pride of 9K1

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YEAR 9 NEWS We have enjoyed some powerful assemblies with Mrs Belinfante raising the issue of freedoms and Mrs Whiting using the Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January to reinforce the timeless message of treating others as you would like to be treated. Strong messages delivered in a strong format. Mr Carter also took one of house heroes and presented on integrity. All these qualities are central to reinforcing the close knit and positive environment that Churchdown School is. Finally we have had House events running to underpin much of the school ethos. To open a window on the power that these events can have I leave you with Connor Allen and his experience of the Drama challenge: “In January, the Drama department held a competition to perform a 1-2 minute monologue which we could choose ourselves or get given one. I chose to challenge myself to find my own monologue to perform. So I went home one night and thought of monologues, then I thought to myself, why not perform one of the greatest speeches from Doctor Who, The Zygon Invasion speech. The speech tackled an anti-war theme referring to all the casualties, anger and sorrow and even guilt. So when I managed to find the monologue on the internet, I learned it over and over for weeks, sometimes having to watch a clip of how it was performed in the show. When the day of the competition finally came, I was second-to-last to perform my monologue. I was nervously waiting to go up and perform this great bit of dialogue. I remember the faces of everyone watching in the Drama Studio as I performed it. There is no greater feeling than that of when people are captivated in your performance. The next day: I came into tutor that morning and sat down awaiting the news from my tutor. When Mrs Gardner told me the news that I had won for King House, I felt a great feeling of pride and the whole tutor clapped and cheered. So all of the time I spent rehearsing it must have paid off!” Mr Fawcett Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS The Year 10s have had another outstanding term. The past 5 weeks have been relentless, but the Year 10 students have risen to the challenges. Classwork and coursework has been completed to high standards and the opportunities that extra curricular activities and school trips have provided have been priceless. The talent in the year group is constantly on show, from Cody Miller (10H2) playing the piano in assembly, to Rebecca Mason (10E2) who will be competing in the Spring Solos, Artistic Roller Skating National Championships on 21 February. ISM2 data once again proved that students have been engaging in lessons and making every moment of their education count. In particular the students below, who stood out as excelling across all subjects. To see many names repeated from ISM1 is an outstanding achievement. Their continued effort in lessons will ensure that they have a firm foundation when sitting their exams in 2017. 10C1 Callum Drew Ben Hall 10C2 Brandon Clarke Megan Gill Ellie Harper-Emerson Bobby Hopkins Megan Kenny Robert Lloyd Ella Matthews 10E1 Charlie Foster Tamara Randall Sophia Weygang 10E2 Harry Jones Kaitlynne Knight Elizabeth Medhurst Natalie Skardova 10H1 Kieran Berry Lauren Daffin Adam Hall Joseph Porter Makenzie Temple Christian Wright 10H2 Ellie Galling-Ireland Jade Glanville Charlotte Leeman Josh Copley Cody Miller Carissa Street 10K1 Don Bisset James Lovell 10K2 Vasielious Apostolakis Katie Poole I would also like to congratulate the following students who are working to or above their target grades in all of their GCSE subjects: Jack Barter, Robert Bridge, Samuel Hatch, George Jones, Irem Kilic, Don Bisset, Serena Brook, Nikita Kavtaskins, Christian Wright, Natalie Skardova

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YEAR 10 NEWS Year 10 students have also been excelling within individual subjects and I must congratulate the below on being identified by their subject teachers as stand out performers in their classes. History Vasileios Apostolakis George Seyers John Ayres Josh Parslow Deven Capstick Harry Jones Matt Perry Abbie Avery Robbie Lloyd Cody Dokic Callum Drew Natalie Skardova Romy Burdett Poppy Long Hannah Newbery Josh Copley Don Bisset Shaney Ellis Tom Hornibrook Ross Chevannes Megan Tanner Lottie Cale Nikita Kavtaskins Liberty Sharp English Destiny Brickley Tommy Hulse Romy Burdett Tamara Randall Georgina Davis Joe Evans Carlo Thomas Toby Williams Christian Wright Sarah Phelps-Wood Kevinlyn Overson Usman Malek Ellie Galling-Ireland Chloe Major Natalie Skardova Katie Poole Tamara Randle Josh Thomas Tukai Tuisavatu Sophia Weygang Callum Wisdom Drama Jack Barter Serena Brook Romy Burdett Ben Clinton Bridgette Frazer Zac Harper-Emerson Kaitlynne Knight Cody Miller Chloe Smyth Josh Thomas Sophia Weygang Liberty Wyatt Maths Liberty Agg Kieran Berry Don Bisset Benjamin Clinton Marissa Cook Maisie Cummings Lauren Wilkinson James Elson Tom Hornibrook Frank Huggins Irem Kilic James Lovell Rebecca Mason Alex Nash Food Technology Poppy Long Christian Wright Stephanie Fox Libby Coopey Business Zoe Rudge Sarah Phelps-Wood Georgina Davis Harry Jones Rebecca Mason Chloe Smyth Joe Tyler Georgia Gage Ellie Galling-Ireland Joe Meadows Nikita Kavtaskins Ellie Lancaster Brandon Clarke Keeley Bell

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YEAR 10 NEWS Geography Morgan Davies Azeem Ahmed Kelsey Wilkins Liberty Wyatt Zac Harper Emerson Aimal Naeem Chloe Brentnall Megan Gill Sam Algar Lewis Blacker Joe Garfield Adam Hall Rob Bridge Ben Clinton Charlie Dillon Charlie Foster Will Lowe Josh Parslow Physical Education Gemma Tanner Charlotte Leeman Aalia Piperdry Kaitlynne Knight Ella Matthews Annabel Richardson Robyn Bailey Libby Sharp Kelsey Wilkins Rose Hitchman Charlie Foster Charlie Dillon Josh Thomas Callum Drew Kian Bayliss Declan Cooke Darlington Obeng Harry Underwood Tommy Hulse Kieran Collier Music Rebecca Lodge Cody Miller Aimee Jones Elliot Cowe Ross Chevannes Callum Ashurst Travel Zoe Rudge Aalia Piperdy Michaela Puskova Katie Gosling Bobby Hopkins Carissa Street Resistant Materials Matt Perry Cole Rees James Elson James Lovell Kishan Patel Lewis Williams Photography Christian Wright Aalia Piperdy Liberty Coopey Kaajal Patel

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YEAR 10 NEWS Year 10 have been working hard in the classroom to ensure that they can achieve their potential in all subject areas. Art work of Azeem Ahmed Mr Hall’s Travel & Tourism group working on visas and passports Mr Spooner’s History group working on The Great Plague Miss Medway’s English group working on Romeo & Juliet Mr Smiths’ Photography class were asked ‘what piece of work are they most proud of?’ Daniel McLarrie, Lily Holmes, Tiegan Powell, Taylor Hankins, Aalia Piperdy, Joe Davis, Christian Wright, Luke Chubb, Jade Glanville, Keeley Bell, Destiny Brickley, Chloe Brentnall, Michaela Puskova A collection of Miss Whitson’s Art group work On show is the work of Courtney Jackson, Tamara Randall, Kaajal Patel, Mikey Mezaros, Rebecca Mason and Callum Prosser

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YEAR 10 NEWS Cody Miller & Rebecca Lodge rehearsing in Mrs Humphries’ Music lesson Some Year 10 GCSE Physical Education students have been excelling in their leadership, delivering PE lessons to Early Years students at St Mary’s Primary School Megan Kenny & Kian Bayliss Caitlin Davis & Darlington Obeng Robyn Bailey Ellie Lancaster & Charlie Major Georgina Davis & Antonia Bond Charlotte Saysell & Ross Chevannes

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