Churchdown School Newsletter 2016-2017 Issue 4

 

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Key Dates: 24 April - Start of term 5 (week B) 1 May - Bank Holiday (school closed) 8 May - Year 8 Parents’ Evening 15 May - Year 7 Parents’ Evening 26 May - End of term (29 May to 2 June - School holiday) This has been another packed term with much to make us proud of our school. The students have again continued to go from strength to strength, learning new knowledge and developing their skills. Their commitment to our community has been fantastic and the whole school is continuing its rapid growth. This past term we have had much to celebrate. Students have been successful at both local and national competitions and you shall be able to read the details of these successes in this edition of the newsletter. Over the past term we have received new support from a group of parents who have formed a ‘Friends of Churchdown’ group and this has already gained momentum with the size of the group rapidly expanding. The first organised event took place last Friday and I would like to publicly thank the staff and ‘Friends' members for their hard work and for all the parents who attended. The ‘Quiz and Curry’ night was a huge success and we were able to raise £750 which is going towards our school improvement fund for 2018. I would like to thank the teachers for their considerable efforts and commitment to our students. There have been an incredible amount of revision sessions and interventions; the house events have continued to increase in number and popularity; and finally the quality of lessons continues to improve and impress. As always I would like to close by thanking each of the parents and family members for your continued support. Have a happy and peaceful Easter 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. Please note: (KS3) Years 7, 8 & 9 - students must be collected from reception by a parent/carer. (KS4) Years 10 & 11 - students must provide a note before signing out at student services/reception. 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. 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 can be found on the school website.

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Attendance 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; 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 feels ill during the school day, they must see their Head of Year or Mrs Campbell. Please remind them NOT to call parents/carers directly.  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 Head) 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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Uniform As the summer approaches, we would like to give you a timely reminder of our school uniform policy: BOYS  School blazer with badge (only available from school)  Charcoal grey trousers (no patterned materials, cords, denims or jeans; no leggings or similar)  House tie (only available from school)  Blue shirt  Plain black socks  Black, traditional school shoes (of plain colour, not trainers; laces to be the same colour as the shoes)  Smart outdoor school coat (no hoodies)  V-necked school pullover with badge (optional – only available from school) GIRLS  School blazer with badge (only available from school)  Knee-length charcoal grey school skirt (only available from school)  Charcoal grey trousers (alternative to skirt – no patterned materials, cords, denims, jeans or leggings)  House tie (only available from school)  Blue shirt  Plain black socks or black or flesh tights  Black, traditional school shoes (of plain colour, not trainers; laces to be the same colour as the shoes)  Smart outdoor school coat (no hoodies)  V-necked school pullover with badge (optional – only available from school) We are very proud of our uniform and encourage all students to also show pride in our school whilst wearing the uniform. Please can you support us by ensuring that:  Skirts are an appropriate length (no more than a credit card width above the knee) and that the waist band is not rolled over;  Trousers are charcoal grey (not black);  Blazers are worn at all times (with the sleeves at full length). Uniform can be purchased directly from school with the exception of trousers and blue shirts which are available from: www.brigadeuniformdirect.uk.com Punctuality The majority of our students arrive at school in good time for the 8.35am bell and are ready for registration (the first lesson of the day) promptly at 8.40am. Whilst we are aware that the roadworks at the Elmbridge Court roundabout are causing some difficulties, please can we urge you to take account of this for your morning journey to ensure that all students arrive in school before the 8.35am bell. Attendance Good attendance for all students continues to be a priority at Churchdown School Academy. Our aim is for every pupil to achieve a minimum of 97% attendance. We cannot stress enough the importance of regular and punctual attendance to support all students in achieving their best. The graphic below illustrates just how quickly odd days add up and how much time can be lost. Research has shown that students with poor attendance often fail to achieve five GCSE’s in Year 11.

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Attendance rewards are given out three times a year to those students who achieve 98% or above. This term the prizes are: Key Stage 3:  2 x Easter Eggs  2 x £10 WH Smiths Voucher  1 X Kindle Voucher Key Stage 4:  2 x Easter Eggs  2 x £10 WH Smiths Voucher  1 X Kindle Voucher We will also be giving out prizes for improved attendance! Holidays Please can we remind you that 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 Head Teacher 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. Please use the ‘Application for Exceptional Circumstances’ Absence’ form if your son / daughter needs to take time off school for exceptional circumstances. 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 CHANGE OF DETAILS Please notify student services of any changes of address, phone number, email address, etc. 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. LOST PROPERTY Please check at reception/student services for lost property items. Unclaimed items are recycled for charity at the end of term. Remember to label items so that they can be quickly reunited with the owner. Thank you. 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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Year 7 Theatre Trip to see Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Year 7 have continued to work hard this term and with the Year 7 exams in full swing, I have been impressed with the diligence of students to ensure that they do their best. Whilst the exams have been a nervous time for some, the year group have taken the exams in their stride and I am sure that the results will reflect their hard work. Can I thank parents for your support in ensuring that your son/daughter was prepared and well equipped. As stated in the revision booklets, these exams offer students the opportunity to practise their exam skills so they are experts by the time they sit their GCSE's. Believe me, the time will fly by! In lessons Year 7 have continued to make good progress and on learning walks I am always in awe of the enthusiasm of students and quality of work. ISM 3 reflects the ability of the year group and seeing the progress of students is one of the most rewarding aspects of my role. Commitment to homework is consistently good and those students who attend 'compulsory homework club' have made considerable progress. If you would like more information about this club or homework support that runs in Learning Support, please email rlh@churchdownschool and I will be happy to give you further information. Many house events have taken place this term and Year 7's have not disappointed staff with their efforts. Events such as the Talent Show, Pottery Throw Down, Dance Competition and Mannequin Challenge have all seen wins from Year 7 who have set an example to other year groups. A huge well done to Genevieve Pert, Grace Brixey, Ceri Prosser, Georgina Lock, Lily Williamson and Zara Ruffell for their superb efforts and to all the other Year 7 students who have contributed to House Events this term. Many of these students have received individual recognition in assemblies. Year 7 with over 400 House Points. Year 7 Compulsory Homework Club.

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Attendance has stayed consistent this term but there is still work to be done in reaching our targets. Thank you to parents for all your assistance in providing tutors with notes confirming absence. Well done to the following students for maintaining 100% attendance: 7C1 Grace Brixey Charlie Clifford Amelia Davies 7C2 Rebecca Bailey James Boakes Nathan Morecroft Evan Smith 7E1 Phoenix Bennett Rhys Bowden Phoebe Gray 7E2 Paris Bourne Joshua Davis Jack Underwood Olli Vye 7E3 Frances Armitage Evie Davis Adam Guscott Theo Heywood Kate Patterson Cameron Russell 7H1 Ellie Carter Georgi Georgiev Kayne Trigg 7H2 Aimee Gregg Kaci Sharp Molli Wainwright Max Webb 7K1 Freddie Hyde Zofia Piezykolan Izobel Turner 7K2 Charlie Anstis Rebecca Brace Joseph Heaven Izabella Johnson Caitlin Jones Chloe Pressey Matthew Stanley Finally I would like to thank all the students who came on the trip to see, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.’ Five members of the public approached staff at the end of the performance to commend the students for their impeccable behaviour and presentation. The students really were a credit to Churchdown School. The show was fantastic! I wish all of Year 7 a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break and I look forward to seeing all of their successes in the exam results. Miss R Hicks, Head of Year 7.

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What a fantastic term Year 8 have had. They have shown maturity and excellence when facing the challenges of exam week, with some fantastic results. Their ISM3 grades show improvement from ISM2 and as a result more of our Year 8 students are reaching and exceeding their potential. Please can you ensure you are sticking to the now embedded routine of signing your child’s house diary for a Monday and signing that they have completed their literacy booklets by Friday. Furthermore, thank you for your continued support in checking Show My Homework, which is a great tool to enable all parents and guardians to assist students to complete their homework to the best of their ability. If you have not got your log in please contact your child’s tutor and they will issue a new one. Churchdown School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a growing concern, due to the increase in inappropriate use of Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, Facebook and other texting sites. Many of the issues that have been brought to our attention recently have involved the use of these accounts. Children are often creating ‘groups’ to which others are joining. This means that all information is shared with anyone who is in the group so privacy is lost. When monitoring your son/daughter’s internet use, please remind them of the need to use it responsibly. Thank you for your continued support. Ms J England, Head of Year 8.

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This term has shown a considerable increase in attendance, with Year 8 having the best attendance across the school. Well Done to the following students that had 100% attendance up to the 27/03/2017 Apperley, Kimberley Bannister, Rudy Beacham, Jack Bowen, Leon Brown, Nathan Caruana, Jamie Gough, Olivia Haines, Natasha Hall, Ella-Mai Harris, Cheyenne Jones, Luke Kyubwa, Tyrese Seabright, Robyn Smith, Millie-Jeanne Smith, Samuel Villiers, Cerys Weir, Taye Williams, Lana Ballinger, Tierney Bodman, Izzy Dowler, Max Headman, Olivia Holmes, Poppy Howe, Archie Jerome, Benjamin Kirby, Lucy Knapton, Millie Lancashire, Kira Walker, Katie Oakey, Mia Obeng Somuah, Clarence Staples, Jessica Summerhayes, Lily Hughes, Owen Williams, Thomas Abdel-Fattah, Zainab Anderson, Regan Apperley, Morgan Boot, Ruby Chandler, Lucy Daniels, Toby Harrison, Dylan King, Joshua Martin, Rhys Moukrie, Araz 8C1 Abdel-Fattah, Zainab 8E1 8C1 Austin, Lily 8E1 8C1 Dickinson, Alex 8E1 8C1 Hamblett, Laish 8E1 8C1 Henry, Keisha 8E1 8C1 Howes, Oliver 8E1 8C1 Huntingford, Caitlin 8E1 8C1 Mansell, Morgan 8E1 8C1 Matthews, Chelsea 8E1 8C1 Meakin, Lewis 8E1 8C1 Muskett, Natasha 8E1 8C1 Owens, Millie 8E1 8C1 Parekh, Zaid 8E1 8C1 Powell, Brett 8E1 8C1 Ward, Charlie 8E1 8C1 Whelan, Kian 8E1 8C1 Croft, Molly 8E2 8C1 Folley, Josh 8E2 8C2 Green, Reece 8E2 8C2 Hawkins, Courtney 8E2 8C2 Huntley, Jay 8E2 8C2 Johnson, Harry 8E2 8C2 Jones, Tristan 8E2 8C2 Pukk, Elin 8E2 8C2 Seddo, Abid 8E2 8C2 Summerell, Millie 8E2 8C2 Taylor, Daniel 8E2 8C2 Vucetic, Korina 8E2 8C2 Wallace, Lauren 8E2 8C2 Whitmore, Sofie 8E2 8C2 Wilks, Elliot 8E2 8C2 Apostolakis, Serafeim 8H1 8C2 Ciftci, Tutku 8H1 8C2 Crouch, Freya 8H1 8C2 Gay, Michaela 8H1 8E1 Gosling, Jack 8H1 8K2 Taylor, Callum 8H1 8K2 Zbrzyski, Igor 8H1 8K2 Munoz-Galdeano, Sofia 8K2 8K2 Nembhard, Aaliyah 8K2 8K2 Parker, Beth 8K2 8K2 Phillips, Benjamin 8K2 8K2 Powell, Holly 8K2 8K2 Roberts, Alexander 8K2 8K2 Sterling, Milly 8K2 Tue, Kyran 8K2 White, Korin 8K2 Hambling, Jessica Hodgson, James Jebb, Chantelle Jephcote, Jack Locking, Dionne Lodge, Jason Luce, Benjamin Rees, Joe Taylor, Callum Zbrzyski, Igor Aydur, Nazli Howard, Ellie Drennen, Marcus Ferneyhough, Gabrielle Lewis, Charlie Miles, Danny Millard, Callum Morgan, Kristian Northcutt, Thomas Perkins, Noah Righton, Harvey-James Salmon, Rashawn Slade, Ethan Banag, Aron Bialoskorska, Maya Bloxsome, Finley Boast, Jack Capstick, Olivia Clarke, Millie-Louise Clarke, Molly Croucher, Courtney Day, Tomos Fisher, Toby Hardwick, Benjamin Harrison, Darcie Hunter, Morgan Lifton-Taylor, Ruby Martin, Toby Maximino, Daniel Metcalf, Thomas Nassor, Saleh Smith, Adam Southall, Evie Sprague, Kayleigh Tasker, William Young, Jessica 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H1 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8H2 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1 8K1

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Many of Year 8 have been competing in a range of house competitions this term ranging from the Pottery show down to Churchdown’s Got Talent. Thank you to Year 8 students who regularly give up their time for extra-curricular activities, including STEM events, sports fixtures and music productions. The Year 8 boys’ football team remain unbeaten all season. Year 8 have also made us proud outside of school, with raising money for charity events, cheerleading and one student even getting their handicap in golf so they can now compete. Katie Oakley and Lauren Wallace slept in a box to raise money for charity. Chelsea Matthews competing to a high level at dancing, coming second in the overalls. Holly Powell competing to a high level at dance.

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Michaela Gay becoming a leader at youth club. Callum Millard has taken part in an inspirational show. Kristian Morgan has now got his handicap in golf so he can compete—congratulations! Darcy Harrison and Courtney Croucher with Mr Waterfield undertook a bake sale, raising money for Race For Life. Well done to all!

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Well done to the following students who have achieved the highest house point totals in their tutor groups in Year 8 (pictured below). Jones Luke Suresh Tarun Austin Lily Pukk Elin 8C1 Apostolakis Serafeim 8H1 8C2 Perkins Noah 8H2 8E1 Croucher Courtney 8K1 8E2 Tindall Amelia 8K2 Congratulations to 8K1 (Ms Patel) for best attendance in the year—keep up the hard work.

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Term 4 has been really busy, beginning with the Year 9 exams. The students conducted themselves fantastically throughout the week which was an invaluable preparation for the challenges to come over the next two years. Many of the students performed exceptionally well in the exams as their hard work, dedication and revision paid off. Listed below are the top performers in each of the subject areas: English Connor Galling Caitlyn Hurle Ellie Green Conrad Sutherland Natalia Bialkorska Jacob Summerhayes Emily Sysum Maths Navjot Kaur Padda Ellie Green Jacob Summerhayes Emily Sysum Nathan Drew Harvey Gillott Sam Goodall Jake Harper Science Sam Goodall Ellie Green Hannah Elwin Ben Spiller Nathan Drew History Connor Galling Jacob Summerhayes Emily Sysum Tiegan Perrry Navjot Kaur Padda Sam Goodall Natalia Bialkorska Geography Noah Bews Ellie Green Connor Galling Jacob Summerhayes Caitlyn Hurle Modern Foreign Languages Connor Galling Jessica Money Jayden Danter Ben Aldworth Charlotte Thorne ICT Sam Goodall Ben Thomas Ellie Green Daniel Ewart Holly Smart DT Daisy Hulland Freya Merritt-Webb Ben Spiller Ellis Heath Ethan Hartsoe Art Emily Sysum Freya Merritt-Webb Cameron Moody Coel Richmond Sam Goodall Music Ethan Hartsoe Sam Goodall Jacob Summerhayes Ellie Green Hannah Elwin Drama Jacob Summerhayes Emily Sysum Caitlyn Hurle Coel Richmond Nathan Drew Tiegan Perry Many congratulations to each of them on their outstanding results.

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The exams were then followed by the very important options process. Turn out at both the options talk and parents’ evening was absolutely fantastic and I’d like to thank parents for their support of the school with this crucial process. The forms have all been submitted and now we begin to sort through them and take the time to ensure students are matched to their preferred options and the courses which are most suitable for them. This process will take some time so please be patient in anticipation of finding out if students have got their preferred options. Going forward for the remainder of Year 9 staff will be teaching students the skills and techniques that they need to be successful over the next two years. Therefore, it is crucial that attendance of all students in the year group is good in Term 5 and Term 6. As discussed at options evening poor attendance is directly linked to underachievement at GCSE. So, let’s aim for all students to hit 100% over the next two terms. Those listed below have achieved 100% attendance throughout Year 9 and have all been awarded 10 House Points. Well done to them and keep it going for the next two terms! 100% Attenders: 9C1: Alex Jones, Sophie-Louise Metcalf 9C2: Sam Goodall, Lauren Williamson 9E1: Kyrell Gaspard, Cameron Moody, Joana Simoes 9E2: Ellie Bailey, Tom Hill, Robyn Nicholls, Daniel Smith, Harry Ward 9H1: Ethan Hartsoe 9H2: Tyler-Ann Day, Alys Thomas 9K1: Courtney Craze 9K2: Stanley Adlam Mr R Spooner, Head of Year 9.

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