Churchdown School Newsletter 2016-2017 Issue 3

 

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Key Dates: 20 Feb - Start of Term 4 6 Mar - Y9 Options Evening 13 Mar - Y9 Parents’ Evening 20 Mar - Y12 & 13 Parents’ Evening 22 Mar - INSET Day 10 Apr - 21 Apr - Easter Holiday Dear Parents and Carers, Each term comes with its own challenges. In the first six weeks of the year we saw a significant impact on attendance brought about by some nasty illnesses. In many cases, students were clearly incapacitated. However, it was really encouraging to see the resilience of those students who weren't quite so seriously affected, as well as those who came back after absence and were keen to catch up on the work they had missed. This kind of resilience is part of who we are. We never stop in our efforts to ensure our students achieve the very best. Indeed, students have been focusing on their exams for some time now, but as we approach the exam season, it has been really encouraging to see classrooms filled with hard-working students working alongside teachers who are striving for them to achieve the very best, ensuring coursework is of the highest standard and exam practice is purposeful and effective. With these challenges and hard work, there was a fitting end to the half term with the house music event. The talent we have in abundance at our school is never in doubt, and neither is the way we support each other. What better way to show the community spirit which exists at Churchdown School than the sight of a music room packed to capacity with an audience keen to cheer on their fellow students as they perform. Well done to all that took part! Thank you for your continued support. I wish you all a happy and healthy break. Christopher Belli, Headteacher

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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 . Mr J O’Connell Senior Assistant Headteacher. LOST PROPERTY Please check with Student Services / Reception for lost property. Please remember to label items of clothing, PE kit etc. so that they can be quickly returned to owner. Unclaimed items are given to charity at the end of term. INVIGILATORS WANTED The Exams Office is looking for some more invigilators to help with the running of exams. Duties will include assisting with the setting out of the exam rooms, supervising students and dealing with exam paperwork. You would be working in a friendly team and helping our students achieve those allimportant grades. The majority of the work would be during the summer exam run which is May through to the end of June each year and internal exams and assessments which occur throughout the school year where maybe one or two invigilators are needed. Applicants will be CRB checked unless you already have a valid CRB. Pay scale is £7.55 per hour Details and application form on school website.

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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 leave a message to explain their absence, or email: attendance@churchdownschool.com  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 Our school now uses the 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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It has been yet another positive and rewarding term for Year 7. The year group has remained top of the league table for attendance with an overall figure of 96.6% just falling short of our 97% target. Thank you for your support with medical appointments. There has been a decline in students attending appointments in school time and where this has been unavoidable, students have attended school either side of the appointment. This makes a huge difference and allows students to have the maximum amount of class time as possible. 100% Attendance - The following students 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! 7C1 Ang, Zheng Brixey, Grace Clark, Sophie Clifford, Charlie Cooper, Harrison Davies, Amelia Ducker, Hannah Fritchley, Evie Turk, Anton 7C2 Bailey, Rebecca Boakes, James Butler, Lily-Beth Charles - Quebella Callum Harper, Emily Lane, Isabelle Lock, Georgina Morecroft, Nathan Salehbhai, Esmail Smith, Evan 7E1 Bennett, Phoenix Bowden, Rhys Chelu-Walmsley, Millie Ellis-Lee, Tahlia Gray, Phoebe Ludlow, Rhys Major, Jack Sharif, Mohammed Sparkes, Naomi Warren, Erin Warren, Oliver 7E2 Davis, Joshua Gobey, Dylan Gunn, Jenson Hetherington, Keira Locklin, Aaron Mabey, Jay'j Summers, Connor Underwood, Jack Vye, Oliver Warren, Holly 7E3 Armitage, Frances Davis, Evie Guscott, Adam Hall, Abigail Heywood, Theo Holman-Jones, Jacob Hornby, Amy Patterson, Kate Russell, Cameron Staples, Oliver Weale, Spencer Zitouni, Adem 7H1 Carter, Ellie Evans, Courtney Georgiev, Georgi Hurle, Lochlan Karayiannis, Christos McCarrick, Louis Prater, Arthur Spencer, Oliver Temple, Keane Trigg, Kayne 7H2 Ahmed, Kismat 7K1 Barwick, Finlay 7K2 Anstis, Charles Cook, Jordan Cook, Emma Brace, Rebecca Doig, Elizabeth Croft, Pierce Cross, Jacob Friis, Paulie Curtis, Morgan Emery, Lily Gregg, Aimee Ellis, Georgia Gwilliam, Heath Griffin, Liberty Gore, Samuel Heaven, Joseph Hutt, Joshua Gurwara, Jaswinder Singh Johnson, Izabella Kholwadia, Huzaifah Hyde, Freddie Jones, Caitlin Lawrence-Hooper, Denika Kelly, Aidan Pressey, Chloe Mansuri, Zakaria Panchbhaya, Jae Smith, Naquan Murdoch, Keaton Price, Natasha Stanley, Matthew Nembhard, Shanese Turner, Izobel Thompson, Harrison Sharp, Kaci Wood, Lois Wainwright, Molli Webb, Max

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Having had the chance to look over ISM2 before their release, I am extremely proud of the Year group and the progress that has been made in a relatively short period of time. Since the introduction of 'compulsory homework club' and increased use of homework club in Learning Support, there has been an improvement in homework and effort grades for many students. If you are interested in finding out more information about homework support, please email rlh@churchdownschool.com After the half term break, all Year 7 students will have the opportunity to reflect on their grades and through carefully monitored target setting with tutors and teachers, set themselves achievable goals to make further progress. Your continued support with engaging in learning conversations once you receive ISM2 is greatly appreciated. Year 7 have not just worked hard this term, they have played hard too. There have been many sporting accomplishments and it is fantastic to see students participating in several of the many extra curricular actives on offer. New clubs such as 'Gaming', 'Code breaking' and the Alice in Wonderland Dance Show has attracted huge support from Year 7. In this term's praise assembly I have been able to reward individuals for their diligence in lessons as well as over 100 students for their completion of their 'Footprints Passports'. Not only are Year 7 showing aptitude in school, they are showing that they are excellent community ambassadors. I am looking forward to all the achievements I know that next term will bring and to the Valentine's Party...a fitting end to a fantastic term. Year 7 Important dates  Year 7 Exams - Tuesday 4th-Friday 7th April  Parents'Evening - Monday 15th May  ISM3: 31st March  ISM4: 30th June Miss R Hicks, Head of Year 7.

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What a fantastic start to 2017 for Year 8; Having just recently taken the helm of Year 8, I am pleased to see that there is continuing growth both within Year 8’s academic abilities and extra -curricular ability. ISM 2 has shown areas of strength with many students exceeding their potential in lessons and completing homework to a good level however there are also areas to develop. Fresh starts and new beginnings come new goals and routines. All students will need to have their house diaries signed on a Monday for the week previous. Furthermore, all students will need to complete their numeracy or literacy booklets by Friday. ‘Show my Homework’ is a fantastic tool to enable all parents and guardians to assist students to complete their homework to the best of their ability. With regular checking and assistance I hope to see improved ISM3 homework grades. Together, I look forward to the successes and challenges of this coming year. Ms J England, Head of Year 8. Many of Year 8 have been competing in a range of house competitions this term ranging from trying to break world records to upcycling in Science. Thank you to Year 8 who regular given up their time for extracurricular activates, including STEM events, sports fixtures and music productions. Well done to the following that all took part in the Upcycling: Amelia Tindall 8K2, Ben Phillips 8K2, Emma Hutton 8E2, Evie Southall 8K1, Maya Bialoskorska 8H1, Joeden Rees 8H1, Matthew Clarke 8H1, Dionne Lucking 8H1, Igor Zbryski 8H1, Finley Neal 8H1, Christopher Jotham 8H1, with the eventual winner being Jack Jephcote (8H1).

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Congratulations to 8H1 for best attendance in the year - keep up the hard work. Well done to the following students who have achieved the highest house point totals in their tutor groups in Year 8 ( See next page for pictures). Jones Luke Beacham Jack Suresh Kumar Tarun Williams Thomas Howes Oliver Sysum Thomas Pukk Elin Summerell Millie 8C1 8C1 8C2 8C2 8E1 8E1 8E2 8E2 Apostolakis Serafeim Bakaniceva Melaia Northcutt Thomas Perkins Noah Southall Evie Hunter Morgan Tindall Amelia Powell Holly 8H1 8H1 8H2 8H2 8K1 8K1 8K2 8K2 Congratulations to 8C1 (Miss Green) who had the highest house point total, teamwork, leadership and dedication! Finally, well done to the following students that have become ‘graduates’ of their footprints passports. Adbdel—Fattah Zainab Austin Lily Bond Riley 8E1 8H1 8H2

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‘Attendance has a direct effect on achievement ‘ The first three weeks of term 3 had shown a considerable increase in attendance. Unfortunately, due to the dreaded virus, attendance in the last two weeks has taken a hit. As a result please can you try and book appointments outside of the school day; when this is unavoidable please can you ensure students are at school before and after appointments. Your continued support is vital as attendance does have a direct effect on achievement; thus students making the maximum progress and as a result exceeding their potential. Well Done to the following students that had 100% attendance up to the 31st January 2016. Bowen, Leon 8C1 Dunn, Charlotte 8C1 Hall, Ella-Mai 8C1 Jones, Luke 8C1 Seabright, Robyn 8C1 Smith, Millie-Jeanne 8C1 Smith, Samuel 8C1 Stephens-Smith, Holly May 8C1 Weir, Taye 8C1 Ballinger, Tierney Lewis, Mackenzie Headman, Olivia Holmes, Poppy Howe, Archie Jerome, Benjamin Kirby, Lucy Knapton, Millie Lancashire, Kira Walker, Katherine Midlane, Jason Moles, Joshua Obeng Somuah, Clarence Summerhayes, Lily Williams, Thomas Arkell, Oscar Banag, Aron Lawrence Bialoskorska, Maya Bloxsome, Finley Boast, Jack Burrows, Oliver Clarke, Millie-Louise Day, Tomos Fisher, Toby Hardwick, Benjamin Rees, Catherine Wyatt, Molly-Mae 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8C2 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K2 8K2 Ashton, Tia Dickinson, Alexander Hamblett, Laish Henry, Keisha Howes, Oliver Huntingford, Caitlin Mansell, Morgan Muskett, Natasha Owens, Millie Sysum, Thomas Tanner, Oscar Ward, Charles Whelan, Kian Bowden, Alexander Dariai, Aqeel Huntley, Jay Jones, Tristan Oakley, Katie Pukk, Elin Seddo, Abid Summerell, Millie Vucetic, Korina Wallace, Lauren Whitmore, Megan Whitmore, Sofie Harrison, Darcie Hunter, Morgan Lifton-Taylor, Ruby Martin, Toby Maximino, Daniel Metcalf, Thomas Nassor, Saleh Parr, Alfie Sprague, Kayleigh Tasker, William Nembhard, Aaliyah 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E1 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8-E2 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K2 Ciftci, Tutku Clark, Matthew Gay, Michaela Hambling, Jessica Hodgson, James Jephcote, Jack Lewis, Alfie Luce, Benjamin Neal, Finley Rees, Joeden Taylor, Callum Zbrzyski, Igor Drennen, Marcus Miles, Danny Millard, Callum Morgan, Kristian Northcutt, Thomas Perkins, Noah Pitt, Joshua Salmon, Rashawn Slade, Ethan Bond, Riley Hargreaves, Flynn Anderson, Regan Boot, Ruby Daniels, Toby Khalifa, Tawfiq King, Joshua Martin, Rhys Mitton, Ellie Mulraney, Baileyjade Munoz-Galdeano, Sofia Powell, Holly Roberts, Alexander Tindall, Amelia Tue, Kyran White, Korin 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2 8K2

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It has been another busy term for Year 9 students with all sorts of opportunities arising for them to get involved in school life and to fulfil their potential in their lessons. A number of students have stood out in each tutor group this term and have therefore been nominated as students of the term by their tutors. Huge congratulations to all those listed below: 9C1: Natalia Bialoskorska, Charlotte Thorne, Taylor Dallimore 9C2: Jadon Newell, Isabelle Ruffell, Lauren Williamson 9E1: Freya Merritt-Webb, Cameron Moody, Harvey Gillott 9E2: Navjot Kaur Padda, Daniel Smith, James Shillito 9H1: Ben Springall, Daisy Williams, Ethan Hartsoe 9H2: Tiegan Perry, Becky Price, Jacob Summerhayes 9K1: Alex Knapton, Lucy Jones, Robert Vizitiu 9K2: Jess Fairs, Bethan Ashurst, Josh Russell On 1 February six Year 9 students represented Churchdown in the national F1 in schools competition. Harvey Gillott, Roddy Kurn, Nathan Drew, Ben Springall, Coel Richmond and Sam Goodall (all pictured above) did the school proud. They won three awards in the competition: Best Portfolio, Best Team Identity and Future Stars. The boys actually produced the quickest car in the whole of the UK but missed out on winning the overall award due to a technicality, having breached a regulation over the size of the area around the CO2 cartridge. However, their performance as first time entrants was hugely impressive and the boys are rightly proud of their achievements. Well done to all!

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Blake Ansell with his bike and new sponsors Rockoil. Onto more motorsport achievement and the career of Blake Ansell of 9K2. Blake spent four days testing at the superbike track in Cartagena, Spain to prepare for the 2017 Team Green Junior Cup Championship. Blake also had success over the Christmas holidays in the annual Teesside Autodrome Moped Mayhem 4hr endurance race; bringing home his team in 3rd place from a field of 40. A fine achievement in his first endurance race! You can follow Blake’s career and stay up-todate with his latest achievements at https://www.facebook.com/blakeansellracing/ Finally, the week after half term is Year 9 exam week. This is a very important week for the students as it is an opportunity for them to show their progress so far this year. It is also a vital practice for the exams to come at GCSE. The exams will run from Tuesday 21 February up until Friday 24 February. It is essential that students revise thoroughly over the holiday in order to be fully prepared for the exams. Staff have been preparing them in lesson and revision guides have been provided directly to students and via ‘Show My Homework’. Please ensure that students arrive at school promptly and with the correct equipment for the week. Good luck to them all! Mr R Spooner, Head of Year 9.

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In January we were visited by Cameron Parker, motivational speaker. The students of Year 10 were taken through a life story which again and again emphasised how much value must be accorded education and the need to ensure that opportunities were taken here and now to ensure regrets are not felt later. To their great credit, Year 10, our students – your children – were fantastic on the day and responded in equal measure with enthusiasm and respect to the ideas and questions posed. It is a long haul through the GCSE process and any bit of motivation or advice can only be seen as a positive. Harvey Baldwin, who is setting down some wonderful standards of personal responsibility and in many subjects exemplary hard work in lessons, has even more reason to feel proud as he embarks on the new year. The letter below stands as a real testimony to the great hard work and dedication that he has put in to achieve something in martial arts that very few, if any, student in Gloucestershire or the whole country, have at his age. Congratulations, Harvey!

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Students of the Term In assembly it is always a privilege to highlight some of the stand-out students of the week which make up the cohort of students of the term. The following have all gained that recognition. Josh Earby. Josh is a great student who has achieved a robust attendance figure. His quiet manner does not distract from his tenacious and hardworking approach in lessons. His ISM grades were very encouraging with the gap between where he is now and where he needs to be come the challenges of GCSE exams is at a minimum. Good attendance coupled with an exceptional attitude has seen one of our hard working students making progress and looking to achieve. Josh conducts himself in an exemplary manner in his approach and uniform. A role model! Melissa Drennen. Melissa is an excellent example of a student in a thriving comprehensive school. With her perfect attendance level Melissa is taking opportunities and looking to make progress accordingly. Melissa works hard and can see a challenge as an opportunity. Outstanding in her personal appearance, Melissa wears her uniform with pride and has the respect of staff and students alike. Lara Jayne. Lara has the amazing personality and authentic approach in school that every member of staff that she deals with acknowledges and appreciats. Lara achieved ten “Excellent” grades on her ISM 1 with everything else being “Good”. These grades well flesh out a hardworking and tenacious student who is doing all she can to ensure that she is a high quality student. Lara has so many other amazing qualities and this modest, honest and beautifully presented member of the year group sets standards in all areas of the school that others would do well to follow. Callum Sandbach. Callum is a great example of a student who shows range and balance. Callum is a keen cricketer who is able to work hard as well as play hard. In his ISM grades Callum is closing in on his target grades and this is based upon his hard work in the classroom. Callum is excellent in his personal attributes and would showcase much that is good about the school and education in the 21st century generally. With a robust attendance figure Callum once again proves the rule that to succeed, first and foremost you need to engage with what the school is doing. Ella Cutis. In terms of hard work, incredible presentation of uniform and outstanding commitment to her own identity and potential, there are very few students that match up to Ella. In lessons she is constantly working hard and looking for ways to stretch and take ownership of her progress and achievement. Ella has a near perfect attendance record and she reacts well with staff and students. A wonderful example of the student of the week.

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