Churchdown School Newsletter 2016-2017 - Issue 1

 

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Key Dates: 24-28 Oct - Half Term 31 Oct - School returns (Week B) 14 Nov - Y12 & Y13 Parents’ Evening 21 Nov - Y11 Parents’ Evening 2 December - School Closed 19 Dec-2 Jan - Christmas Holiday 3 Jan - School returns (Week A) Dear Parents and Carers, Following on from our record breaking GCSE and A level results this summer, it has been pleasing to start the new term even stronger than last year. Adding strength to our school have been the new teachers who joined in September. Each of them has made an incredible start and already their impact has been fantastic. The Year 7 students have settled really well, as have those students who have joined from other schools. We pride ourselves on the strength of the community, and the new uniform which incorporates the House colours has grown the feeling of solidarity, identity and pride. As always the standards set by the students are incredibly high and prove that the basics are so important to success. There have been a number of important information evenings which have been very well supported by parents and of course our annual Open Evening was a huge success, with over 1000 visitors attending. Each morning throughout the term we have had tours for prospective year 6 children and their parents. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive about our community and our students. As part of our continual drive for improvement this year, we are specifically focusing on improving the quality of our extra-curricular provision and you will notice a significant increase in the number of additional clubs and activities available to your children. We are encouraging all students to ‘sign up’ to at least one activity each term and of course commit fully to the ‘excellent’ House programme. There have already been a number of wonderful events this term which you shall read about in this edition of the newsletter. Finally, I would like to thank you for your support this term and wish your family a restful and enjoyable half term. Warm regards, Christopher Belli, Headteacher

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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. One of the key ingredients for this success is regular 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. With this in mind, please can I remind you of the following:  All students are expected to be on the school site by 8.35am and in their tutor rooms by 8.40am  If your son or daughter is ill please contact the school absence line (01452 713340 EXT 250 – dial 9 before dialling the extension number) where you may speak to someone in person or leave a message to explain their absence  Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details (email, phone number) so that we can contact you if your son/daughter is not in school and we have not had a message from you  Please use the ‘Application for Exceptional Circumstances Absence’ form if your son/ daughter needs to take time off school for exceptional circumstances. We will only authorise absences during term time in exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances will not 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 an application form which is available on the school website. School holiday dates are published well in advance in order to help parents plan their family holidays. These are available on the school website  If your son/daughter has a medical appointment we would ask that in the first instance this is made outside of school hours. In the case of a student needing to leave school for an emergency appointment, we would expect KS3 students to be collected from school by a responsible adult. KS4 and KS5 students may sign themselves out. All students who leave school for such an appointment should present appropriate medical evidence to Student Services before signing out  If your son or daughter is absent from school, Student Services will call home unless we have already been notified. Tutors will also make a welfare call if the absence continues. If we have been unable to contact home or the absence continues, parents may also be contacted by the Head of Year, Ms Hilton (Assistant Headteacher) or Mrs Colin (Educational Welfare Officer). Thank you in advance for your support and for working with us to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child. Ms J Hilton, Assistant Headteacher Attendance prizes were awarded at the end of the summer term to: Christian Wright, Sam Goodall, Dominik Skarda and Ben Spiller. Congratulations and Well done!

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CERTIFICATE COLLECTION DAY WEDNESDAY 14 December 2016 12.30pm to 3.00pm Come and collect your exam certificates and let us know how you are getting on. Certificates for exams taken in the Summer 2016 for all students, including those who have left. Collection will take place in the Curve. Unable to come? Send a representative in with your written permission and proof of ID and they can collect them for you. Mrs S Dinwoodie, Exams Officer 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. Please note that no other medication should be kept with your child in school. If other medication is required it must be handed in to Mrs Campbell together with a letter of consent to administer it. Forms relating to Asthma and Anaphylaxis Care Plans can be printed from the school website (click on Parents section) and sent in to school. Thank you. Mrs J Campbell, Welfare Assistant

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Well done to our Year 7 award winners for their outstanding commitment and diligence in different subject areas. Year 7 have had a tremendous start to the school year and as I wrote in my letter to you in September, I am genuinely amazed at how well they have all settled. The students have adapted well to the changes and there is a definite air of enthusiasm within the nine tutor groups. There has been resilience when they have been presented with challenges and the students are now used to the timetable, changeover of lessons and building strong and positive relationships with staff. In lessons Year 7 students are working extremely hard and some students have already reached 100 house points in their planners which is amazing! Now that the students are more familiar with the routines, there has been a surge of interest in the extracurricular programme and it is so fantastic to see so many of the Year group participating in clubs and activities. Many of the Year group have already taken part in their first sports fixture and the house events have been well supported. Recent Charity Events saw the Year 7 year group pull together to raise a considerable amount of money for charity through cake sales, guess the baby photos, nerf shoot out and other activities. This half term has been a fantastic start to the year and based on the last few weeks, Year 7 are set for success. We do however need to give attendance a push to reach the 97% target. I wish all of Year 7 a relaxing half term and thank you to all the parents who have shown their support by attending the Year 7 information Evening. Miss R Hicks, Head of Year 7.

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It has been a wonderful start to this academic year, with Year 8 showing me how amazingly capable, hard working and enthusiastic they are. I have enjoyed getting to know our pupils and parents, and I have no doubt that this year group has the potential to exceed to an exceptionally high standard. Please continue to support us with Show My Homework, literacy books and extra curricular activities, as we work towards giving each and every pupil “the edge” Mr Chambers, Head of Year 8. Shooting for The Stars Mentoring Programme We have had an overwhelming response to this programme, which commences shortly. Individual mentors will be in touch with the parents of all of those involved with more details. Attendance As those of you who made information evening will know, attendance is a key issue for me as I know what a profound effect it has on pupils’ attainment. As I said on information evening, please support us with this by making sure any non-urgent appointments are made during half term or late afternoon and when a child is out for a morning appointment, make the effort to get them in for the afternoon. Every lesson counts! Term one celebration assembly was an amazing opportunity to celebrate and showcase all of the wonderful progress and effort made by Year 8. The following won termly awards: Best attendance—8K2 P.E—Kian Whelan, Emma Hutton R.E—Lauren Gartman, Riley Bond Drama—Harry Johnson, Lucy Chandler English—Natasha Muskett, Luke Daniels DT—Serafeim Apostolakis, Tutku Ciftci Languages—Noah Perkins, Ellie Bence Maths—Daniel Maximino, Art—Jazmin Bailey, Evie Southall Holly May Stephens-Smith Music—Korina Vucetic, Elin Pukk ICT—Catherine Rees, Aaliyah Nembhard Geography—Danny Miles, Kristian Morgan History—Kristian Morgan, Catherine Rees Science—Louis Hatton-Davies, Matthew Clark PSHCE—Molly Clarke, Holly Powell Most house points— 8C2

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8H2 as a tutor group earned over £170—the highest total in school. They ran a combined Marathon—including tutor Ms Myers! Term one also saw fundraising house events across school, with Year 8 earning a considerable amount for good causes. Special mention must go to Louis Blackwell-Booth of 8H2 who used his little brother’s christening as an opportunity to get sponsors for a marathon he ran at school. He raised £225!

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Year 9 have made an incredibly positive start to this crucial academic year. Year 9 is so vital due to the options process and there will be more details to follow on this in due course. Students are working hard and getting involved in all the opportunities that the school provides. Year 9 students are heavily involved in the school play and preparations for ‘Annie’ continue apace. Many of the students are regularly representing the school at netball, rugby and football. I hope to see even more involved and seizing the chances that come their way. Each tutor group did a sterling job of raising money during our charity week, with special “thanks” going to 9K1 for arranging for myself, Mr Parker, Mr Waterfield and Miss Davies to get soaked to the skin in ‘Splat the Teacher’. There have been a number of students who have made an excellent start to the year and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise their excellent effort and commitment to success at Churchdown. Each student was nominated by their tutor and has received five house points as a result. They are: 9C1: Jack Fairs, Alfie McCauley, Charlie Thorne 9C2: Abbi Cooper, Max Canning, Holly Smart 9E1: Habibah Salam, Harvey Gillott, Ben Spiller 9E2: Alfie Dyke, Alicia Cole, Robyn Nicholls 9H1: Ethan Hartsoe, Harry Bamberger, Nathan Brookes 9H2: Jacob Summerhayes, Rebecca Price, Tiegan Perry 9K1: Esaa Mulla, Ella Nelder, Oscar Berry 9K2: Jack Probert, Bethan Ashurst, Lucy Croft Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Year 9 to maintain the high standards they have set so far as we strive for them to fulfil their potential over the next three years. Well done so far and keep it going ALL year! Mr Spooner, Head of Year 9.

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Mr Babbage going the extra mile in Business Studies. After all the preparation and quest to be “GCSE ready” in the summer Year 10 are now well into their studies for “GCSE reality”. In the main there have been some great reports feeding back to me as regards the attitude and approach demonstrated by the students, no more so than Maddie Kort and Corey Louchrey our inaugural students of the month. As reiterated at the well-attended information evening please keep a focus on supporting us and supporting your children, our students. Please keep checking the house diary and ensuring that attendance is as near to 100% as possible. Students have warmed to in-class activities; there were many examples of focused and meaningful progress being made in various areas of the school. There has been, under the inspirational Ms Wisbey, a reinjection of pace and vigour in the extra curricula activities within the house system. Year 10 have risen to the challenge with leg waxing, soaking the teacher and a cake sale. Evidence suggests that much fun was had! A well-focused and positive start to the GCSE journey. Mr Green checking planners and monitoring progress therein. Students warming to Leisure and Tourism with Mr Hall. Mr Fawcett, Head of Year 10. Active learning in drama.

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After 10 years in compulsory education the students have now reached their final year. I am sure many of the parents can remember their child’s first day in reception class and could never imagine the final GCSE year arriving so quickly. This academic year is very important for all Year 11 students and much of their success can determine the next path they follow in life. The Year group are aware that the rest of their lives can be mapped out by the success that they achieve over the coming months. Throughout the Year, students will undoubtedly experience high and lows and I am certain that at Churchdown School we have the correct support mechanisms to ensure that students can feel safe and flourish in this environment. I have challenged all students to ask themselves the question ‘How could I influence or improve the situation?’ If all students can do this and work hard alongside their hardworking subject teachers and supportive parents I am sure that all students will leave Churchdown School having reached their potential. This September we welcomed back the Year group to a number of changes. We wish Mr Hayman well in his promotion at Droitwich High School and Dr Masters success in his new post at Beaufort School. Joining the Year Team is Miss Owens as tutor of 11K1, along with Mr Burchell (11E1) and Miss Hughes (11E2). Students within this year group are truly lucky to have such hard working and caring tutors to help guide them through their final compulsory months at Churchdown School. Parents Information Evening Can I thank all parents and carers that attended the Parents Information Evening on Tuesday 27 September. The evening was a huge success with many parents showing their support of both the school and their child by their attendance. The evening was packed full of useful information on how we can all work together to ensure the success of your son/daughter. Mr Potter spoke in depth about the schools aspiration to drive the achievement of all students, Mr Cush spoke about the schools amazing new 6th Form centre and life after Year 11, Miss Wisbey discussed the schools rewards policy, Mr Coates gave information on how parents can support the new homework system (Show My Homework) and Mr Belli gave a superb overview of the great opportunity every Year 11 student has this Year. It is vital that everyone is ‘on board’ with the ultimate aim of all students achieving success within their GCSEs to be able to open doors to their future. The evening went a long way to achieving this.

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Nominated Sports Captain – Charlotte Leeman 11H2 Nominated Sports Captain – Kian Bayliss 11E1 Intervention Sessions To support the success of all Year 11 students we have put together an after school intervention timetable where students are targeted for extra support. These sessions are open to every student in Year 11, however if a student is targeted they must be there. It will most certainly benefit their development within the subject. Below is the timetable for this term. We ask that parents support us in ensuring students receive this valuable opportunity, by ensuring that they attend.

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Sophie Tidcombe (11 K2) cake sale What have the Year group been up to? Following a visit from the University of Gloucestershire offering an opportunity to take part in their Summer School residential, Kennedy Sia (11E1), Elizabeth Medhurst (11E2) and Daniel Lee (11H2) were been selected to attend. A total of 196 applications were submitted from schools all over Gloucestershire, with only 30% of these being successful. This residential opportunity allowed students to experience university life and a range of subject taster sessions. The feedback from the University of Gloucestershire about these students was outstanding. They were keen to get involved in sessions and as a group, they represented Churchdown fantastically well. Well done to Kennedy, Elizabeth and Daniel on this outstanding achievement. Cameron Rees (11E1) took part in some voluntary work experience in a home for people with dementia. This is a challenging job for anyone, but for a Year 11 to complete such work is a credit to themselves and their family. Kian Bayliss (11E1), Joseph Porter (11H1) and Declan Cooke (11K1) have all been selected to continue working with the Gloucester Rugby Academy, Kai Turner (11E1), Bradley Wilkins (11E1), Tukai Tuisavatu (11E2) and Lasarusa Frazer (11K2) have been selected for the Gloucester district Under 16s rugby team. Following on from this trial Tukai was selected to be part of the Gloucester Rugby Academy. Josh Claxton (11K2) has been selected as part of Swindon Town Football Academy and the County Under 16s School team. Carissa Street (11H2) has continued her success with representing England at Extreme Martial Arts, Ella Matthews (11C2) has been invited to numerous trials with the National Royal Ballet, Rebecca Mason (11E2) has recently returned from a National artistic roller skating tournament, Romy Burdett (11H2) and Charlotte Saysell (11K1) have been successful in qualifying for the World and European Street Dance Championships, Rhys Price (11K1) was crowned Welsh Under 16s skiing champion, Sophie Tidcombe (11K2) raised £150 baking and selling her own cakes to help towards the charity trip to Ghana she is completing in the summer, and Frank Huggins (11C1) appeared as part of a tug of war exhibition live on Blue Peter and received his Blue Peter badge! I look forward to hearing about more Year 11 successes outside of the classroom as the school year develops.

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Restaurant quality food being cooked in Food Technology Christian Wright (11H1) Tukai Tuisavatu (11E2) Ryan Patterson (11E1) Attendance Attendance is a huge aspect of every student’s success in education. Attendance is also a vital life skill that everyone must display. If your son or daughter achieves 90% in a GCSE exam they are likely to achieve an A or an A*. However, when this same figure translates into attendance it equates on average to ½ a day per week off school. Between September and the start of the GCSE exams this means 80 hours of missed learning opportunities in the classroom. A figure like this can have a negative impact on the student’s final GCSE grade and must be avoided at all costs. Congratulations to the all the students on the following page for 100% attendance. Toby Williams (11E2) Please do not forget the Year 11 parents evening on Monday 21st November. As always your attendance is expected. This helps to ensure that we can all work together to support every student throughout this year. Mock Exam weeks begins Monday 28th November for the whole of this week. I look forward to working with you all for the remainder of this year. Mr C Jones, Head of Year 11.

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100% ATTENDANCE STUDENTS - WELL DONE! BRAHAMS, Luke 11K1 AGG, Liberty 11E2 AHMED, Azeem 11C1 ALGAR, Samuel 11C2 APOSTOLAKIS, Vasileios 11K2 ASHURST, Callum 11E2 AVERY, Abigail 11H2 BARNES, Hannah 11E1 BAYLISS, Kian 11E1 BISSET, Donald 11K1 BLACKWOOD, Matthew 11E1 BRENTNALL, Chloe 11C1 BRIDGE, Robert 11H2 BUXTON, Jacob 11E2 CARPENTER, Jack 11K1 CARR, Gabrielle 11K1 CERRONE, Jay 11C2 CLAXTON, Joshua 11K2 CLINTON, Benjamin 11H2 COOKE, Declan 11K1 COOPEY, Liberty 11C1 COWE, Elliott 11C2 DANIELS, Amy 11E1 DAVIES, Morgan 11K2 DILLON, Charlie 11E1 DOKIC, Cody 11C2 DOWNEY, Jennifer 11C2 ELLIS, Jack 11K1 ELSON, James 11K1 FOSTER, Charlie 11E1 FOX, Stephanie 11H1 FRAZER, Lasarusa 11K2 GAGE, Georgia 11K2 GARFIELD, Joe 11C1 GILL, Megan 11C2 GRIFFITHS, Oliver 11H1 HALL, Adam 11H1 HALL, Benjamin 11C1 HARPER-EMERSON, Ellie 11C2 HARPER-EMERSON, Zac 11C2 HARRISON, Rowan 11K2 HAYWARD, Joshua 11C1 HOPKINS, Bobby 11C2 HORNIBROOK, Thomas 11E1 HURLE, Natasha 11E1 JEBB, Sophie 11K1 JONES, Aimee 11K1 JONES, Benjamin 11K1 JONES, Harry 11E2 KAVANAGH, Lewis 11C2 KAVTASKINS, Nikita 11C1 KILIC, Irem 11E2 KNIGHT, Kaitlynne 11E2 LEEMAN, Charlotte 11H2 LLOYD, Robert 11C2 LONG, Poppy 11E1 LOVELL, James 11K1 LOWE, William 11H1 MARKS, Ebonie 11K2 MASON, Rebecca 11E2 MCLARRIE, Daniel 11E2 MEADOWS, Joe 11H2 MERRITT, Matthew 11H1 MORGAN, Toby 11C1 NASH, Alex 11C1 OBENG, Darlington 11H2 OVERSON, Kevinlyn 11C1 PARSLOW, Joshua 11C1 PATEL, Kishan 11E2 PEDLEY-MILLS, Kiera 11C2 PERRY, Matthew 11C1 PHELPS WOOD, Sarah 11E2 PIPERDY, Aalia 11E1 POOLE, Katie 11K2 PORTER, Joseph 11H1 PRICE, Rhys 11K1 REES, Cole 11H2 RICHARDSON, Annabel 11H1 RUSSELL, Tishaun 11C2 SANSOM, Kyran 11K1 SHEEN, Thomas 11C1 SHUKHRATOV, Sanjarbek 11H2 SIA, Kennedy 11E1 SMITH, Mark 11C2 SUMMERHAYES, Toby 11K1 TANDY, Carter 11H2 TEMPLE, Makenzie 11H1 THOMAS, Carlo 11C2 THOMAS, Joshua 11E1 TIDCOMBE, Sophie 11K2 TUISAVATU, Manueli 11E2 TURNER, Kai 11E1 WALKER, Marshall 11H1 WILKINS, Bradley 11E1 WILKINS, Kelsey 11K1 WILLIAMS, Lewis 11E1 WISDOM, Callum 11E2 WRIGHT, Brandon 11C2 WYATT, Liberty 11K1 YOUNG, Louis 11C2

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It has been an exceptionally busy six weeks at Churchdown Sixth Form. After the summer meetings with the Year 13s and the enrolment of the new Year 12s, all of the students have quickly settled down to work. Whilst there have been some changes in personnel there have also been some large changes to the infrastructure of the Sixth Form. This has revolved around the expansion of the main work room to provide a first class study area and a new Sixth Form Cafe. It is an exciting time to be part of the Sixth Form and the students have been thriving in their new facilities. The Sixth Form students have also made a positive start to the Enrichment sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. All students enjoyed a motivational talk from a visiting speaker which then followed them splitting off into their respective year groups. The Year 13s have been working on their personal statements and UCAS applications. This will be followed by a session on Apprenticeships on 2 November and then ‘Preparing for the Workplace’ on 9 November. In Year 12 students have been focusing on all important study skills. They have so far investigated Effective Reading, Mind Mapping and Critical Thinking. As always, the Sixth Form students have immersed themselves with school life at Churchdown. This has included house events, Year 7 Mentoring, helping at Open Evening and a staff student football game. There are some key dates that are important to note: Wednesday 2 November – Deadline for personal statement first draft Monday 14 November – Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 November – Sixth Form exams begin Mr A Cush, Head of Sixth Form.

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