Churchdown School Newsletter 2016-2017 Issue 2

 

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Key Dates: 3 Jan - Start of Term 3 27 Jan - ISMs sent home 6 Feb - Y10 Parents’ Evening 13-17 Feb - School Holiday 20 Feb - Start of Term 4 Dear Parents and Carers, We have had another year to be proud of at Churchdown School. Our students have worked incredibly hard and have had some amazing academic and personal achievements. Our teachers have worked skilfully to ensure the students have learnt well, developed and been inspired. The support staff have given an incredible amount of energy and dedication and have supported the learning every day. Each year we set targets for improvement and, following the Ofsted Inspection, we aim to become a genuinely outstanding school within the next 18 months. In order to achieve this we require everyone to work together, each pulling in the same direction. We are fortunate to have such a talented group of students and committed staff, but I cannot thank you enough as parents and carers for providing the support network at home, and for your increasing engagement with all school matters. The end of term has been filled with mixed emotions. From the incredible elation of the school performances and last night’s Carol Concert at the Cathedral, to the devastating loss we felt on Monday of our much loved colleague and friend Mrs Sheena Burrows. As Headteacher I feel blessed daily to be working in such a strong community which feels like family, especially in times of difficulty. I would like to thank those of you who have offered words of support and kindness over this past week. I have visited Mrs Burrows’ family and they have been touched by the love you and your children have shown. Churchdown truly is a special school. I would like to close by wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas and wish you the very best for 2017. Yours faithfully, Christopher Belli, Headteacher

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You will already be aware of the very sad and sudden loss of Mrs Sheena Burrows. We will be meeting with family, students and colleagues in the New Year to arrange a fitting memorial service at school. Further details will be shared with you in January. In the meantime, a book of remembrance will be placed in reception for anyone who would like to add their thoughts and condolences. Students signing in and out of school Can we ask parents and carers as far as possible to make appointments outside of school hours, at the weekend or during half term. If this is not always possible, in most instances the children should return to school and sign in at student services immediately upon their arrival. If your child is ill during school hours we will contact you. If your child has a prior appointment can you please let the school know by writing a note in your child’s House Diary or phone the school and leave a message on the attendance line. Parking The children’s safety in getting to and from school is of the highest importance, but can I ask all parents and carers when collecting their children from Winston Road and Melville Road to park considerably and legally. Can I ask that you not block the driveways of our neighbours and prevent access to and from their properties. Please use the highway code when parking near the school. I thank you for your continued support and I wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mr J O’Connell Senior Assistant 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.

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As part of our continuous improvement to the school we are very keen to strengthen communication and relationships between, not only teachers and students, but parents as well. To aide this we have set up a group which will be called Churchdown School Friends. Our focus will be to help raise money for school projects with the first one being the school canteen, which we recognise is in desperate need of some attention. We are looking for other parents who may be interested in joining this group so if you have any ideas, or would like to be involved in any capacity, drop Mr Belli’s PA an email: jat@churchdownschool.com We very much look forward to hearing from you and hope that you support our fundraising efforts to continue to make our school a better place. Churchdown School Friends Your son/daughter should have brought home a letter recently providing your link code for our online payment system: www.scopay.com/churchdownschool. If you have not received your link code, please contact Mrs Roberts via car@churchdownschool.com to request one. We hope that this will make the payment of trips and school uniform much easier for you and avoid the need for students to bring money into school for these items. Please can you ensure that your son/daughter comes to the uniform shop the day following any orders submitted online so we can issue the items. Thank you. Mrs C Roberts, Finance Department 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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The first Poppy Appeal was held in 1921, the founding year of The Royal British Legion. Red silk poppies, inspired by the famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields, sold out instantly and raised more than £106,000. The funds helped WW1 veterans find employment and housing after the war. The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help the vital work the RBL do for the Armed Forces community. This year, a request was received from ex-para Chris Auker-Howlett, asking if Churchdown students would be willing join him in collecting donations at Churchdown’s local Tesco Express. After school on Friday 11 November 2016, Alfie Parr, Toby Martin, Oscar Arkell, Jack Barter, Lewis Williams and Aaron Banah, together with Mrs Ann Evans from Churchdown School, answered the call. The students warmly greeted local residents and accepted donations from many, many people. The evening was a great success and the students were a credit to the school. Churchdown School is proud to have raised £358.14 for The Royal British Legion. Ms L Wisbey, Assistant Headteacher.

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It has been an excellent term for Year 7 students who have continued to impress their teachers and peers with their effort and diligence. The recent ISM's are testament to their hard work and it was with great pride that I sent home over 50 commendation letters to students who had achieved mostly 1's 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. I look forward to seeing ISM2’s as I know students and the Year 7 team are working hard to make sure that goals are reached and potential is met. Currently over 200 students have earned themselves over 100 reward points and this once again proves how hard they are working and how keen Year 7s are to do their best. Some special congratulations to Jake Pepperell in 7H1 who has reached 256 house points and to Sienna Spiers 7H1 for reaching 212 points – amazing! Besides enthusiasm and hard work, attendance has contributed greatly to the success of the year group. Attendance for Year 7 is currently the highest in the school at 96% but we still have work to do if we’re to reach our target of 97%. I appreciate your continued support with ensuring that your son/daughter is in school every day. Students are regularly praised in assemblies for good attendance but the biggest reward is the benefit it has on their education. A huge ‘well done’ to the following students who have achieved 100% attendance up to 7 December 2016: Rhys Phoebe Lily Phoenix Andrea Oliver Lyndon Oliver Genevieve Jack Jenson Emily Joshua Bradlee Niamh Tamara Cameron Theo Abigail Elizabeth Taylor-Lee Frances Kate Robyn Evie Adam Bowden Gray Williamson Bennett Lucca Warren Daniels Vye Pert Underwood Gunn Davis Davis Fry Gage Bishop Russell Heywood Hall Dempsey Barrow Armitage Patterson Hodges Davis Guscott 7E1 7E1 7E1 7E1 7E1 7E1 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E2 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 7E3 Zheng Samuel Nomvelo Grace Oliver Oscar Byron Ollie Charlie Amelia Evan James Harry Rebecca Freya Nathan Rhys Ang Washburn Nkiwane Brixey Foster Knight Thomas Morris Clifford Davies Smith Boakes Leftwich Bailey Jones Morecroft Flewitt 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C1 7C2 7C2 7C2 7C2 7C2 7C2 7C2

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Kayne Sebastian Ellie Alfie Christos Jake Lochlan Georgi Kaci Kai Aimee Keaton Paddy Charlie Max Frankie-Lee Liberty Joseph Molli Lewis Trigg Jones Carter Burrows Karayiannis Pepperell Hurle Georgiev Sharp Wells Gregg Murdoch Whelan Danter Webb Jenkinson Griffin Gay Wainwright Earby 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H1 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 7H2 Max Aidan Izobel Sienna Samuel Zofeyah Natasha Freddie Teagan Jakub Naquan Chloe Hollie Alyssa Izabella Daniel Lily Bradley Caitlin Rebecca Harrison Joseph Charles Foster Kelly Turner Spiers Gore Waite Price Hyde Hughes Grzywna Smith Pressey Norman-Davies Rivers Johnson Webster Emery Freemantle Jones Brace Thompson Heaven Anstis 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K1 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 7K2 A fantastic number of students in Year 7 have contributed to the many House events that have taken place over the last few weeks. Students have participated in spelling bees, tug of war and other wonderful activities. Besides the House events all of the Year 7 Year group have now signed up to at least one extracurricular activity which is superb! Many of the year group are also well on the way to completing their footprints passport. A special thank you to all the Year 7s who have given up a significant amount of their time to participate in sport’s matches, STEM events and the recent production of ‘Annie’. Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope Year 7 have a well-deserved rest and enjoy the Christmas break. The following are some of the students who have received the most house points in their tutor groups. Well done to them all. See photos on next page... Katie Cox 7E3 Frances Armitage 7E3 Ellie Carter 7H1 Lochlan Hurle 7H1 Molli Wainwright 7H2 Frankie Lee Jenkinson 7H2 Amelia Davis 7C1 Esmail Salehbai 7C2 Max Webb 7H2 Joseph Gay 7H2 Tamara Bishop 7E1 Jay’J Mabey 7E1 Jaswinder Sing Gurwara 7K1 Sienna Spiers 7K1 Oliver Foster 7C1 Owen Howie 7C2

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Ellie Carter Pupil of the Month - December Max Webb 7H2 – Max is working on a production at the Bacon Theatre as part of his footprints award. Joseph Gay 7H2 Mascot for Bristol Rovers Grace Brixey 7C1 –Parliament Representative Year 7 ‘Potential Plus’ group meet every Wednesday after school. This week the group make their own paper. Year 7 students involved in the school production of ‘Annie’... Phoebe Gray, Teagan Turner, Frances Armitage, Rebecca Bailey, Millie Chelu-Walmsley, Amber Pearson, Phoebe Pope, Chloe Pressey, Izobel Turner, Kismat Ahmed, Lizzie Doig, Jessica Fry, Frankie-lee Jenkinson, Georgina Locke, Ceri Prosser, Sienna Spiers, Lois Wood. Miss R Hicks, Head of Year 7.

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Well what a start to year 8 it has been. I have been blown away by the ability and tenacity of our pupils, and the superb support we enjoy from home. Our aspi- rations are high and I make no apology for that—our pupils can achieve ANYTHING they put their minds to. All it takes is hard work and support you us all. ISM1 shows us that in many cases progress has been exem- plary. We are getting there with attendance, and mak- ing good progress with homework. I thank you for your support this year and wish you a wonderful Christmas SHOOTING FOR THE STARS MENTORING and a happy new year PROGRAMME Mr J Chambers, Head of Year 8 This programme is up and running! If you Attendance have any questions, please ask your son/ daughter to speak to their mentee and I am pleased to say that your efforts have paid they will contact you with more details off, and attendance has been up over the last 3 weeks. I have noticed the number of pupils who are coming into school before appointments, or coming back to school after them. This makes a huge difference and allows them to have access to the maximum amount of class time as possible. Attendance really does matter, and working to- gether we can keep on improving—which will mean the children keep on making the maximum progress. Thank you for your continued efforts! 100% Attendance The following pupils have not missed a single school day since we started in September. This has a direct effect on their attainment, and is an achievement worth celebrating. Well done! Serafeim Apostolakis, Daniel Maximino, Harriet Jelf, Ruby Lifton-Taylor, Joeden Rees, Rhys Martin, Toby Martin, Keisha Henry, Matthew Clark, Alexander Roberts, Cheyenne Harris, Jessica Staples, Aron Lawrence Banag, Noah Perkins, Callum Taylor, Robyn Seabright, Tutku Ciftci, Taye Weir, Toby Fisher, Ethan Slade, Ellie Howard, Leon Bowen, Sofia Munoz-Galdeano, Oliver Howes, Morgan Hunter, Jessica Hambling, Tia Ashton, Charlotte Dunn, Freya Crouch, Evie Southall, Charles Ward, Lily Summerhayes, Callum Millard, Maya Bialoskorska, Natasha Muskett, Benjamin Jerome, Benjamin Luce, Joshua Moles, BaileyJade Mulraney, Kian Whelan, Kira Lancashire, Kayleigh Sprague, Thomas Northcutt, Holly May Stephens-Smith, Aaliyah Nembhard, Araz Moukrie, Millie-Louise Clarke, Zainab AbdelFattah, Sofie Whitmore, Joshua King, Benjamin Phillips, Lucy Kirby, Jason Midlane, Dylan Harrison, Clarence Obeng Somuah, Thomas Williams, Nathan Brown, Finley Bloxsome, Chelsea Matthews, Megan Whitmore, Tarran May, Korina Vucetic, Luke Jones, Jack Gosling, Brett Powell.

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The “I wont take a whole day off for a medical appointment” stars The following pupils have all either come into school before an appointment at the doctors, dentist etc., or have come back to school after. This shows real commitment to their learning and makes a huge difference. Well done! Morgan Apperley, Jaidan Adams, Jazz Bailey, Shayla Bee, Izzy Bodman, Ruby Boot, Alexander Bowden, James Carpenter, Molly Clarke, Nathan Ellis, Darcie Harrison, Courtney Hawkins, Chantelle Jebb, Tristan Jones, Millie Knapton, Tyrese Kyubwa, Lewis Meakin, Madison Parkin, Katie Walker, Elliot Wilks, Molly-Mae Wyatt. Superstar 20 ISM1 The following pupils achieved the best ISM1’s in Year 8. This takes into account their efforts in class and with homework; their attainment and progress in subjects; their participation in house and tutor events and their attitude to learning. Superb—we are all very proud of them all! Korin White Chanetelle Jebb Noah Perkin Tia Ashton Emma Hutton Lucy Chandler Evie Southall Zainab Abdel-Fattah Luke Jones Katie Oakley Tutku Ciftci Kristian Morgan Lucy Kirby Courtney Hawkins Elin Pukk Nathan Brown Jaidan Adams Sofia Munoz Callum Millard Luke Daniels School doesn't end at 3.05…. We are a year group packed full of young people making a real difference and achieving in all sorts of ways outside of school. Here are just a full key examples…. Luke Daniels took part in “100 years of Cubs” helping setup events and playing a key role. Well done, Luke, for being a key part of a national institution! George Meadows took part in the 21st squadron Marine Cadet March with the Gloucester Marines. He did us all proud! Kian Atkinson represented his rugby team with pride as they made it through to the Rugby Final cup. Next England Captain to win the World Cup vs the All Blacks? Oliver Howes took part in the 11th Scout March—and he did so with great pride! Tia Ashton was a real hero as she rescued a stranded hedgehog—a wonderful and caring act! Natasha Muskett is an archery heroine, taking part in various competetions and always doing herself proud.

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School doesn't end at 3.05…. We are a year group packed full of young people making a real difference and achieving in all sorts of ways outside of school. Here are just a full key examples…. Kian Atkinson represented his rugby team with pride as they made it through to the Rugby Final cup. Next England captain to win the world cup vs the All Blacks? Oliver Howes took part in the 11th scout march—and he did so with great pride! Tia Ashton was a real hero as she rescued a stranded Hedgehog—a wonderful and caring act! Callum Millard has completed his Drama Lamda exam early and has made outstanding progress. Chelsea Matthews of 8E1 took part in a national dance contest at Pate’s Grammar School. Taking part in three events, she came away with three medals! She came third in her duo, fifth in her solo dance and third again in the mixed (and much higher ability than usual) stage. Well done, Chelsea! Noah Perkins has qualified for the South West regional swimming championships. Lauren Gartman participates in Club Active. She got the chance to visit Gloucester Academy and participated in a Boccia tournament in which they won! Ethan Slade took part in a remembrance ceremony with Army Cadets. He brought in the video to show 8H2 and we were all very proud and impressed. Hardwicke Platoon enjoyed it as well, and Ethan encourages others to join!

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Nazli Aydur– Has a new baby brother and has enjoyed taking care of him in his first month. She doesn’t like when he cries though! Harriet Jelf achieved a gold medal in tumbling (gymnastics). She is a South West, 13+ gold medalist.

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Saturdays, after school, whenever needed! The following have been giving up their time for weeks now, coming in to rehearse after school, on Saturdays and even on School INSET days. Bravo to them! Michaela Gay, Elin Pukk, Chantelle Jebb, Lucy Chandler, Emma Hutton, Zainab AbdelFattah, Lily Austin, Darcie Harrison, Charlotte Money, Korina Vucetic, Tia Ashton, Robyn Seabright, Lauren Wallace, Megan Whitmore, Sofie Whitmore. YEAR 8 CAMP Year 8 camp will run this year. Year 8 camp is a superb opportunity for pupils to try a multitude of new activities, and is a mainstay here at Churchdown. Register your interest with Mr Oliver ASAP

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Year 9 continue to work incredibly hard in their lessons across the school. This was reflected in ISM1 with 73 students receiving praise letters due to their excellent efforts. These are: 9C1: Natalia Bialoskorska, Jennifer Eveleigh, Jake Harper, Isabel Marsh, Alfie McCauley, Emily Spencer, Charlotte Thorne 9C2: Ben Aldworth, Maea Browning, Sam Goodall, Laura Magor, Coel Richmond, Davina Sansom, Holly Smart, Lauren Williamson 9E1: Nathan Drew, Harvey Gillott, Ellie Green, Lily Hearn, Freya Merritt-Webb, Cameron Moody, Joana Simoes, Ben Spiller, Katie Stanley 9E2: Hannah Elwin, Daniel Ewart, Kasey Griffiths, Navjot Kaur, Robyn Nicholls, Daniel Smith, Jake Smith, Liberty Turner-Walsh 9H1: Lucy Baldwin, Ethan Hartsoe, Ellis Heath, Dorota Pregowska, Emily Sysum, Daisy Williams 9H2: Robert Bartlett, Keziah Bashford, Elissa Blackburn, Tyler-Ann Day, Amelia Gabb, Connor Galling, Richard Higgs, Caitlyn Hurle, Rebecca Price, Megan Rees, Vanessa Schmitz, Jacob Summerhayes 9K1: Noah Bews, Lily-Ella Byard, Javene Campbell, Mohammed Cassim, Milly Chant, Courtney Craze, Lauren Cusano, Katie Davis, Noah Harrison, Lucy Jones, William Lane, Ella Nelder 9K2: Molly Bennett, Tom Bicknell, Jessica Fairs, Roxy Gregory, Daisy Hulland, Brandon Jebb, Rachel Pepperell, Hannah-Jade Slatter, Brandon Vance Years 9s have been involving themselves in all sorts of activities across the school through House events such as the Business Studies event and the Geography “I’m a Celebrity Challenge”. Not to mention the fiercely contested tug of war – won by 9E2! Also, the following pupils took part in the outstanding school production of Annie: Molly Bennett, Emily Sysum, Daisy Williams, Lauren Williamson, Ethan Harstoe, Brandon Jebb, Charlotte James, Lauren Cusano, Emily Spencer, Daniel Price. Well done to all as the show was a great success over three nights. Congratulations must also go to Javene Campbell of 9K1 for her involvement in and dedication to street dance competitions. As part of the Coady Crew, Javene came first in a Glocuseter wide street dance competition recently. She also finished in an impressive fourth place in the individual event. Javene has been dancing for seven years and hopes to go onto study Dance at GCSE. Well done on your achievements Javene. We, at Churchdown, are proud of you! Attendance: I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of good attendance at school. Many of the Year 9 students have 100% attendance and this will significantly increase their chance of success. However, there are a significant number of students whose attendance is well below this figure. All the evidence suggests that missing days from school severely harms a child’s chances of achieving good GCSE grades. In the New Year I hope to see that each Year 9 student aims to maintain a high level of attendance at over 95%. Finally, I’d like to congratulate Year 9 on their hard work and positive attitude so far this academic year. Have a restful and joyful Christmas. See you in 2017 to keep the high standards going. Mr R Spooner, Head of Year 9.

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