Churchdown School Academy Newsletter March 2016

 

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04 March 2016 ISSUE Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Term 5 Dates:20 April - INSET Day 18 April - Year 8 Parents’ Evening 2 May - Bank Holiday 9 May - Year 7 Parents’ Evening 16 May - GCSE & GCE Exams begin 27 May - End of term Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers, Despite being relatively short, there has been much to celebrate this term. The students have once again been fantastic in their daily approach to learning and our community. The school continues to go from strength to strength, and we recently received a letter from the Minister of State identifying Churchdown as being in the top 100 state schools in England for progress in GCSEs, especially maths and English, for last summer’s results. There have been a number of House events this term, and many students have put in some amazing performances in both the academic and practical disciplines. The Year 8 and 9 students worked very hard for and during their recent examinations, and in particular Year 9 have really moved up a gear as Year 10 gets ever closer. The Year 9 Options Evening was a real success and it was amazing to see so many parents and students attending such an important event. It was the first time since I have been at Churchdown that we have had over 500 people in the hall! Attendance is improving all the time and I thank parents for making this a real priority this term. There have been a few unsavoury bugs in the air, but we appear to have overcome these better than most. However, attendance is still short of the target of 97% so keep sending them into school. We have plenty of water and food to look after them. Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the uniform consultation. That period has now ended and we have selected the uniform ready for September. We shall be writing to you in the next few weeks with final details and the practicalities surrounding the changeover. Finally, thank you once again for all that you do in contributing to such a special community. We are continually striving to make Churchdown the best it can be, and it’s only possible with your support. Have a lovely holiday together as families and enjoy the break. 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 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 Head Teacher 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.’ LOST PROPERTY Please go to Reception to collect items of lost property. Please remember to label items of clothing, sports kit, etc. so that, if lost, they can quickly be returned to the rightful owner. Unclaimed items of clothing will be given to charity. Thank you 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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Year 7 Parents’ Evening 9 May 4.00-6.30pm YEAR 7 NEWS Despite being a short term, Year 7 have continued to excel and there have been many outstanding contributions from the Year group both in lessons and in extra curricular activities. A special mention goes to Emma Hutton, Evie Southall, Rashawn Salmon, Ethan Baldock, Lucy Kirby, Courtney Hawkins, Robyn Seabright and Natasha Muskett who are Year 7's top scorers with House points. Many of the Year group are now enrolled in lunch and after school activities and there have been some fantastic entries in recent House Competitions such as Music and Art. It is wonderful to see so much enthusiasm and community spirit. Year 7 are still topping the attendance charts with attendance consistently above 95%. Can I take this opportunity once again to thank you for ensuring that your child is in school every day. Over 130 Year 7 students have 100% attendance! Myself and the Year 7 tutors are looking forward to next term's Bowling Trip on 27 April which will be a wonderful opportunity to spend some very well deserved recreational time with the Year group. Miss Hicks Head of Year 7

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YEAR 8 NEWS Shooting for the stars! Dear All Year 8 go from strength to strength, taking on the challenge of examinations as we speak. I am delighted with the commitment and motivation they show, and thank all of their parents and carers for their support. We have begun a new mentoring program with Year 8 called “shooting for the stars” The aim of the program is to offer students who are consistently achieving to a very high level the chance to start thinking about their futures. What careers might they pursue? Can they turn a hobby into a profession? We currently have 15 students being mentored by various staff around school. To give you an idea of the variety, one evening we had one student practising the special forces fitness regime, whilst another was debating our membership of the European Union with their mentor. Our students are amazing and the world is their oyster! Attendance is on the up, but we still have a way to go. I have been so impressed by the desire of those who are off unwell—asking for work to do at home and keen to remain challenged and focused, even when they are under the weather! You will soon be receiving the latest student monitoring grades, ISM3. Please do take these grades as an opportunity to discuss how things are at school. Thank you for all of your support and dedication, our Year 8s are a special bunch and they make me and us all very proud every day! A reminder that Year 8 Parents’ Evening is on Monday 18 April from 4.00-6.30pm. We look forward to meeting you then. Mr Chambers Head of Year 8 Churchdown’s own Karate Kid! Alicia Cole of 8H2 is a master of the Japanese martial art Karate. She has an orange belt already, having been a fan for less than a year. In the last national championships (November 2015) she came 5th out of the entire UK!! When Alicia went to the qualifiers she earned silver in kumite (offensive fighting) and bronze in kata (all round) Alicia says “The best thing about Karate is it helps you learn discipline, which helps me concentrate more in class so I can do more work” What a star!!! Gamers Club being re-launched! Mr Babbage and Mr Jeffrey have started working with our gamers in their Wednesday afterschool club. I am told much is on the agenda, including some programming and retro gaming!

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YEAR 8 NEWS SUPERSTAR 8 These eight wonderful students received the very best overall ISM2 grades. Their commitment, determination and above all else progress is a testament to us all! They all received 20 House points each (their Heads of House will be very pleased). WELL DONE TO THEM ALL! Robyn Bailey Hannah Elwin Andrew Foote Maea Browning Noah Harrison Tyler-Ann Day Ethan Hartsoe Maaria Asad Mr Chambers Head of Year 8

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YEAR 9 OPTIONS EVENING We are so proud of our Year 9 students who have recently made their options for GCSEs. This is a really exciting time as we are looking to the future and helping them to choose subjects that will help them to fulfil their potential and to realise their dreams. The evening was extremely well attended, so thank you to all the parents who came with their children so show them that you support them with their education and that you fully support the hardworking staff of Churchdown School Academy to help secure positive outcomes for our students in the future. I wish all our students and their families a very happy and enjoyable Easter break. Mr O’Connell Assistant Headteacher

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YEAR 9 NEWS The most intense two weeks in the Year 9 calendar has just come to conclusion and make no mistake your children, our students, have more than risen to the challenge set. The Year 9 exams were anticipated and carried out with real tenacity and seriousness of intent. Students were really tremendous in their approach and focus and have really set down a bench mark in how they intend to approach and succeed in a formal exam environment. The Year 9 Options Evening was also a superb event and credit must go to those parents those massive majority of parents – who took the time to support their children by attending. This pivotal year relies on home school communication and support for the benefit of the students and this was most evident on the night. Finally thanks again to parents and students for the incredible Parents’ Evening a week later and for those crucial follow up interviews between parents, students and senior members of staff. This intense time has proved to be highly productive and the beneficiaries will be the students. There is a need for the school to convey our genuine appreciation to those parents who have and continue to buy into our desire to strive for excellence. Your immense support is invaluable and it does reinforce all the hard work done by teachers, tutors and the administration team here at Churchdown. From these foundations will next year’s doctors, games designers, detectives, vets, singers and actresses be forged. Tomorrow’s Heroes!

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YEAR 9 NEWS Other highlights of the last term have centred on House events and some stunning assemblies from Art, English and History. The task to express freedom through art was a challenge taken up with energy and innovation by students and the following examples would grace any exhibition. Congratulations to Ryan Schneider for his winning entry. 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 the pivotal year appears to be progressing with success and achievement. If we can keep this momentum going with resilience in ensuring attendance is buoyant, planners are checked and expectations are set high, then a year group of enormous potential should continue to flourish. Thanks to all parents and carers for your support and enthusiasm. Mr Fawcett Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS In such a short term so much has happened within Year 10. The Maths Challenge, leadership activities, extra-curricular, Duke of Edinburgh and controlled assessment activities are to name only a few. Carissa Street (10H2) has just returned from a successful Extreme Martial Arts competition at the Irish Open. The Irish Open is the biggest competition in Europe! Extreme Martial Arts is a non-contact mixture of kick boxing, dance and gymnastics. Carissa received two silver medals in the creative and extreme categories. Well done from all at Churchdown School! Josh Claxton (10K2), Brandon Clarke (10C2), Cody Dokic (10C2) and Morgan Davies (10K2) have been selected for the Gloucester Schools Under 15s Football team, for their upcoming National Cup competition. Good luck to these students who embark on a journey to hopefully represent the city at Wembley! A number of Year 9 and Year 10 students recently completed The National Intermediate Maths Challenge. The results that many Year 10 students achieved were outstanding. I would like to congratulate the following students on their achievement: Gold: Silver: Bronze: Jamelia Sullivan (Best in School) Bradley Wilkins, Callum Drew and Adam Hall Lewis Blacker, Sam Algar, James Lovell, Jorgi Agathangelou, Charlie Foster, Jack Barter, Sophie Tidcombe, Zac Harper-Emerson and Vasileios Apostolakis Carissa S treet 10 H2 The Year 10 leaders were given the privilege and experience of organising the Gloucester Primary Schools Hockey Competition, where 13 primary schools participated. The 28 students covered a range of responsibilities including coaches/managers, umpires and scorers. This was a great achievement by all involved and the students impressed so much that they have been asked to organise future primary school events! Well done to the students below for representing both themselves and the school in such an outstanding manner: Kiera Pedley-Mills, Lottie Cale, Brandon Wright, Libby Sharpe, Bridgette Fraser, Charlie Major, Ellie Lancaster, Gina Davis, Robyn Bailey, Antonia Bond, Carl Head, Rhys Price, Sophia Weygang, Poppy Long, Annabel Richardson, Ella Matthews, Megan Gill, Katie Poole, Bradley Wilkins, Charlotte Saysell, Caitlin Davis, Charlotte Leeman, Jarrod Hofmann, Darlington Obeng, Kian Bayliss, Megan Kenny, Archie Cooper, Ross Chevannes Year 10 ISM 3 results are issued this week and I am sure that there will be many success stories. The journey towards all Year 10 students achieving outstanding GCSE results in August 2017 is going well. Can I continue to encourage hard work, commitment and attendance within all aspects of school life. With this, combined with parental support, student’s attainment will move in a positive direction. Year 10 Leaders at the Primary Schools Hockey Competition I hope you all have a restful Easter break. Many congratulations to Charlotte Saysell (10K1) and Romy Burdett (10HR) for finishing 2nd at UDO British Dance Championships and qualifying for Six Nations, Europeans and Worlds Mr Jones Head of Year 10

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YEAR 11 NEWS This has been a short but hectic term for Year 11 students with just 6 weeks left to go before the GCSE exams begin. I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage the students to continue to work incredibly hard in all of their lessons in the remaining weeks and take advantage of all the support and help on offer from their teachers. In order to encourage students to work hard and stay focused in these final weeks we have booked and planned a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park after the end of the exams in June. This is taking place on Friday 24 June. The school is paying for all Year 11 students to attend this trip. This is the very first time that the school has offered this; we hope that it will act as extra incentive during this final push. Attendance in this trip is subject to students maintaining a positive attitude to their studies and good behaviour over the final few weeks; as well as attendance at the after school catch up sessions that continue to be organised by staff. Finally, I would like to congratulate Robert Thorne in 11H2 for his efforts in the pantomime ‘Princess and the Peastalk’ put on by Badco at EDF Energy during February. Robert was star performer taking on several roles in a very enjoyable production. Well done Robert! Pictured centre left, Robert Thorne: star of Princess and the Peastalk Mr Spooner Head of Year 11

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YEAR 11 EASTER REVISION SESSIONS There will be a range of revision sessions available for Y11 students over the Easter break. We hope they will take advantage of these opportunities. Further details, including what to do if a student wishes to attend more than one session at any given time, are available from their teacher. I would like to thank those teachers giving up their time to lead these revision sessions, and I hope you (as student or parent) will do the same. Stefan Horton, Deputy Head Date Monday 28th March Tuesday 29th March Time 9am – 1pm 9am – 1pm 9am – 12pm 9.30am – 2.30am 12pm – 1.30pm GCSE Music RE Revision session Easter Monday –school closed English: Aspects of language and unseen poetry (D-B grades) Science English: Romeo and Juliet (D-B grades) English (Unseen poetry)(A*-A revision) Maths – Grade C revision Science Maths – Grade B revision Maths – Grade A/A* revision Media (Session 1) Media (Session 2) ICT and Computing PE Spanish German Business Wednesday 30 March th 9am – 11am 9am – 10am 9.30am – 2.30am 10.15am – 11.15am 11.30am – 12.30pm 10am – 11.30am 11.30am – 1pm Thursday 31st March 9am – 3pm 10am – 12.30 10am – 1pm Friday 1 April st 9am – 3pm 9am – 3pm Wednesday 6th April 9am – 10am 10.15am – 11.15am 11.30am – 12.30pm Maths – Grade C revision Maths – Grade B revision Maths – Grade A/A* revision Photography ICT and Computing RE Science Art Geography Resistant Materials and Graphics Science Drama Thursday 7 April th 9am – 12pm 9am – 3pm 9am – 1pm 9.30am – 2.00am 10am – 2pm Friday 8th April 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9.30am – 2.30am 10am – 3pm

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MATHS DEPARTMENT NEWS Year 10s Encounter Further Maths! The FMSP (Further Maths Support Programme) were at Balcarras School on 29 February and invited schools to go there and inform them about doing further maths at AS and A Level in an intriguing, interactive and humorous way. Churchdown School was one of many schools who didn’t pass up this opportunity, with about 15 students from the top maths set of Year 10 attending. After School Revision Year 11 revision sessions take place every Thursday after school until 4pm. On a week A, Maths has been given priority over other subjects. Firstly, projected on a screen at the front of the school hall, were starter questions testing the quizzical knowledge of the students, with groans passing through the hall as the tough to guess yet obvious answers were revealed. One of the people from the FMSP showed us a video on the screen of a man flying down a slide into a children’s paddling pool, with a distance of 50+ feet, and he explained the maths behind it all, showing that maths is useful in everyday life. We then worked with people from different schools to answer mathematical questions which would soon win prizes for the students at the end. Finally, we had a lecture on “The Creation of Number” with a different man from the FMSP explaining that no-one really knows how numbers were created, maybe “they were just there”. He got all of the students involved in the lecture to make it humorous whilst teaching all about further maths and whether it would be the right route to go down or not. Overall, it was a really fun day and we hope that there will be further opportunities like this for us to engage with maths and have a deeper insight of it. Callum Drew, Year 10 MyMaths Tuesday A reminder that homework on MyMaths continues to be set every Tuesday across the whole school. The task is expected to be completed by the following Tuesday. If there are any problems completing this work, then please contact either Mr Treagus or Mr Bayliss Mr Bayliss Deputy Head of Maths Congratulations to Kieran Berry and Vasileios Apostolakis who won the team event!

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MATHS DEPARTMENT NEWS The Intermediate Maths Challenge was taken on Thursday 4 February. This is a national competition run by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and University of Leeds. The top 10% receive a gold certificate, next 20% silver and next 30% bronze. Churchdown students did particularly well and the results are as follows: Year 10 1 x Gold Jamelia Sullivan (Best in Year and Best in School and 1 mark off next round) 3 x Silver Bradley Wilkins, Callum Drew and Adam Hall 9 x Bronze Lewis Blacker, Sam Algar, James Lovell, Yorgi Agathangelou, Charlie Foster, Jack Barter, Sophie Tidcombe, Zac Harper-Emerson and Vasileios Apostolakis Year 9 2 x Silver Abuzar Moolla (Best in Year) and Dan Wells 3 x Bronze Ed Blackburn, Imogen Dangerfield and Finn Bishop A very well done to all the students (NB Junior Maths Challenge for Years 7 and 8 will take place on Thursday 28 April) Mrs Smalley Mathematics

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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT NEWS Science Club University of Gloucestershire and Science Department Initiative An exciting opportunity for some Year 10 students has been developed in collaboration with the School of Natural & Social Science at the University of Gloucestershire. Science Department students at Churchdown will be coached in key scientific skills in presentation and environmental monitoring by University and Science Department staff. It is hoped that the work produced will be presented at an event at the University. Year 11 GCSE Science Year 11 are coming to the end of the science curriculum and are well under way with their revision. Revision sessions are after school each Tuesday, with priority day for science Tuesday week A. These sessions are well attended, which is encouraging to see. The revision sessions have been tailored to the weaknesses of each individual student in terms of curriculum area and question type. Each student has been issued with a RedAmber-Green Personalised Learning document that should be in their science books should you wish to see. However, students must not be under the impression that revision after school once a week will be sufficient for exam success in the summer. Each evening students need to be spending up to half an hour on science revision to ensure that they have the best chance of success. By the time of publication our Head of Science, Mr Odedra will have presented an exam success seminar for the benefit of parents and carers to facilitate your continued support. Sixth Form Focus: BTEC Applied Science Along with the traditional A Level subjects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology the Science Department offers Level 3 BTEC Applied Science. Students carry out practicals, such as titrations as shown in the photo. The academic content of the course is on par with the A Level disciplines. However, the students also cover vocational aspects associated with working within the science industry such as laboratory design and understanding the importance of Laboratory Information Management Systems. The whole course is assessed via coursework and students can either go on to A Level Sciences next year or continue with additional modules either in Health Care Science, Engineering, Environmental Science or Forensics. Mr Waters Science Science: follow us on Twitter @ScienceCHDN

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