Churchdown School Newsletter - Issue 5

 

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Key Dates Term 6: 3 July - Year 8 Camp 6 July - New Y7 Induction day 15 July - Summer Fair 21 July - end of term (half day) Dear Parents and Carers, Despite the term being relatively short, we have certainly managed to pack in lots of activity. In the three years I have been at the school, this term has certainly been one of the most impressive. The students have been absolutely exceptional, applying themselves to the learning and making massive contributions to our community. We have had much to celebrate and be thankful for, as our school continues to go from strength to strength. Each term I am proud to write about the achievements of our students and the commitment and excellence of our staff and this term has been without exception. I would like to congratulate the students, you as parents and thank my colleagues for the enormous efforts that have gone into preparing the students for their exams. The intervention programme has been running since September and the provision over the Easter holidays and weekends was first class. May half-term is packed with sessions for students to attend and we hope to see everyone, as so far this support appears to be working. On another matter, the congestion issues at collection time on Winston Road is becoming dangerous. We have recently had a student in Year 9 injured as the driver of a car impatiently overtook a number of parked cars. I am sure the safety of your children is as important to you as it is us, so I please ask that you park legally and sensibly when collecting or dropping off your child and during busy times please do not drive on site to turn around. I understand the pressure of busy times and the tension this may cause, however we have seven hundred students leaving the site at once and their welfare is my priority. Please keep this in mind and that of the school’s reputation within the local community, as we have also received complaints from local residents about some of the poor language and anger shown towards them during ‘pick up’ time. In closing I would like to thank you for your continued support and I hope you enjoy reading this latest edition of the school newsletter. Have a safe and peaceful break with your family. With warm regards, Christopher Belli, Headteacher

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Dear Parents and Carers, As you are aware, Churchdown School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff, parents and carers to share this responsibility. We have a Child Protection Policy which details the policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard the students in our care and clear procedures which are followed by visitors to the school. We regularly review our school policies to ensure that they are ‘fit for purpose’ and support our students in every aspect of their school life. Having recently reviewed our attendance policy, and to further improve our safeguarding, I would like to inform you of a change in procedure for taking children out of school during the school day. Children in Key Stage 3 and 4 should not leave school during the school day unless it is for a medical appointment that has been arranged in advance. If this is the case we expect the following procedure to be followed:  The student should have a note in their House Diary (signed by their parent or carer) that they show to their tutor in the morning and to Student Services when they sign out. They should also show this note to their class teacher at the start of the lesson should they need to leave school during a lesson.  Parents / carers should email us on the day of the appointment to confirm that this is the case using the following address: attendance@churchdownschool.com and stating who will be collecting the student from Reception (we may contact you to confirm this).  The person collecting the student should present their photographic identification to Reception on arrival We do appreciate that there may be a rare occasion where a student may need to leave school due to unforeseen circumstances (eg illness) before the end of the day. In the case of such an emergency, we ask that you call us in advance so that we can ensure your child is in Reception for you to collect on your arrival. The person collecting the student should present their photographic identification to Reception. If your child is taken ill during the school day, contact with parents will be made by the appropriate member of staff or Student Services. Students must not call parents directly. All students must be signed out at Student Services. Please be aware that we will be following this procedure from Monday 5 June. Ms J Hilton 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 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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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 Deputy Headteacher School Buses: Advance Notice On Thursday 6 July next year’s Year 7 will visit Churchdown School for their transition day. Please be aware that on this day there wIll be no late busses and no extra-curricular activities for current Churchdown students. Attendance I would like to thank you for your support in ensuring that our attendance continues to improve year on year. Requests for planned absence have reduced significantly this year which has had a clear impact on the overall attendance for the school. With this in mind, I would like to draw your attention to the term dates for 2017 – 2018 which are now available on the school website. We ask that you ensure that you are aware of these before booking any holidays for the next academic year. Attendance Prize Draw Winners Over 700 students from Years 7 – 11 achieved 98% (or better) attendance in the spring term and were entered in the Easter Prize Draw: Congratulations to the following winners: 1st Prize (Kindle Fire): Charlie Anstis (7K2) and Angharad Price-Griffiths (10E2) 2nd Prize (£10 voucher): Izabella Johnson (7K2) and Tom Flynn (10K1) 3rd Prize (Easter egg): Sam Gire (7K1), Lucy Croft (9K2), Erica Ebanks (10E2) and Poppy Long (11E1)

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AS and A Level results – Thursday 17 August 2017 (time to be confirmed) GCSE Results – Thursday 24 August 2017 (time to be confirmed) Not going to be here on results day? There are two ways to get your results: 1. Give to the Exam Office, before 21 July, a stamped addressed envelope and your results will be posted to you. 2. Someone can collect on your behalf. To do this, the student must give this person a hand written letter confirming who they are, their candidate number and the name of the person collecting the results. This must be signed and brought in by the person collecting, along with proof of their ID. Please note: We will not give results out over the telephone, email or text message. Mrs S Dinwoodie, Examinations Officer. 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. LOST PROPERTY Please label items of clothing, PE kit etc. so that they can be easily returned if lost. Please check with Student Services for any lost property. Unclaimed items will be given to charity. 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 physical and mental wellbeing of your child is vital to their health and happiness both in and out of school. We would like to offer some simple tips to help ensure that your children get the most out of every day at Churchdown School: Eat well: Breakfast is often seen as the most important meal of the day as it provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast (the word itself originates from breaking the fast). Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol. However, not all students eat breakfast before they leave for school so our school snack bar offers a range of healthy choices that students can buy to get their day off to a good start. Alternately, try sending your child to school with a healthy shake (try the recipe below). Sleep: Sleep is vital to your well-being. It is as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you eat better and manage the stress of everyday life. It is particularly important for teenagers who need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function at their best. Most teenagers do not get enough sleep which can result in poor concentration, eating the wrong kinds of food and mood swings. Help your child get a better night’s sleep by following the steps below. Exercise: We should all aim to do 60 minutes of (moderate to vigorous) aerobic exercise every day to boost our metabolism, build muscle and keep our joints mobile. Exercise is important to keep our body healthy and also as a way of taking our mind off things that might be worrying us. It is also a great way to spend time with your friends or family. 60 minutes might sound like a challenge but there are many ways that you can fit this into your busy day. Connect: Talking with each other face-to-face is the best way to find out how you are feeling as emotions are often lost in translation when we send texts or e mails. Spend some time with friends and family listening to each other and sharing your feelings. Grow: Being ‘bored’ can often lead to unhappiness. It is important to think about your own personal development (learning new things, meeting new people trying new activities) to make sure that you are mentally stimulated and challenged. Trying new things can also lead to many other benefits such as new friends. Miss J Hilton, Assistant Headteacher.

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Sleep tight  Switch off all electronic devices and leave them downstairs an hour before bed time.  Make sure that your bedroom is cool, quiet and dark.  Have a bath or shower before bed to relax. Breakfast-on-the-go: Frozen fruit Smoothie  Frozen berries or fruits of choice  Orange juice or orange juice concentrate  Water  Yogurt  Frozen banana  Honey  Flax seeds and roasted nuts – optional    Connect  Smile at people when you pass them.  Talk to your friends rather than texting.  Switch your phones (and the TV) off before eating a meal with your family. Fit for Life Walk or cycle to school. Walk the dog. Join an extra-curricular PE club. Grow  Take part in a house event.  Work towards the ‘Footprints’ awards.  Join a music club. Useful websites: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/be-food-smart#Q5FfUF0PUVzSIvmU.97 https://youngminds.org.uk/

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Current State of Play The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award is now well and truly in progress with all participants involved in their activities. Some young people have already completed sections of their activities while others are close to the finishing line. With a few exceptions, the majority of participants will have completed their 3-month sections in the very near future and be concentrating on completing the 6 month section and preparing for their Bronze Award qualifying expedition over the weekend of 10/11 June 2017. Expedition Training – April 2017 Over the weekend of 1/2 April all of the young people involved took part in a full weekend of training in order to prepare them for the expedition phase. This training covered first aid, map and navigation skills, camp craft, cooking and stove safety, as well as various other topics to assist them in completing their expedition in safety. All participants and staff involved in the training. Creating Churchdown Fields Camping Centre. As part of the training all of the young people, accompanied by staff, took part in a practical navigation exercise up and around Churchdown Hill, walking from the school along a planned route and returning to school around 4 miles later. The purpose of this was to allow the young people to practise their navigation while gaining some experience of what it will be like to walk over uneven terrain whilst carrying everything they need for two days on their back. All groups successfully negotiated this exercise, with some minor navigational errors. Two of the groups involved in the navigation exercise, proof that most enjoyed the experience.

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Practice Expeditions – May 2017 The practice expeditions took place in the Wye Valley over the weekends of 6/7 May for Year 12 participants and 13/14 May for the Year 10s. The young people, in groups of between 5 and 7, walked from Monmouth to Chepstow over the two days, camping overnight at a Scout Centre approximately half-way between the two towns. The weather was kind to us throughout; not too hot or too cold and mostly dry. The aim of this expedition was to ensure that they are as prepared as they possibly can be for the qualifying expedition and be comfortable in an environment with minimal adult supervision. I will include some photographs from these expeditions in the next newsletter. The Qualifying Expedition – June 2017 The qualifying expedition will take place in the Cotswolds, starting near the Oxfordshire border and finishing on the outskirts of Cheltenham. Once again, all of the young people will walk in their groups and be entirely selfsufficient for the duration of the expedition, carrying everything they need from tents to food. The only thing that the staff supporting the expedition can provide is water and encouragement. This is the culmination of their efforts from the training and through the practice expedition so should be an extremely rewarding, and tiring, experience. I hope to be able to provide a detailed report on the qualifying expedition, with photos, in the final newsletter before the summer break. Next Year Next year we will once again be offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award to our Year 10 students and hope to continue to grow the number of participants completing the Award during their time at Churchdown School Academy. We are currently investigating the possibility of offering the Gold Award to those participants moving up to Year 12 next year who have already achieved their Bronze Award, which is a very exciting prospect for all of those involved. If you require more information on this or anything else to do with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award please contact our DofE Manager, Mr D Martin, by email at DofE@churchdownschool.com or via Twitter on @ChurchdownDofE. Two more groups, with staff, from the navigation exercise, competing for that perfect group selfie.

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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

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Firstly may I take this opportunity to thank you for your support with the Year 7 Parents’ Evening that took place on Monday 15 May. It was so pleasing to see so many parents at this very important evening and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to share all the positive achievements your son/daughter has achieved over the last 8 months. This term has been short but incredibly busy. Year 7 students have received their results from the examinations sat before Easter and it has been a chance for both staff and students to reflect on progress. Besides the examination results, ISM3 has given students a chance to set targets to ensure that maximum progress is made. Once again I was extremely pleased with ISM3’s. Many students have already met targets in certain areas or are close to meeting them. In particular I would like to congratulate the following students for their outstanding ISM3 grades: 7C1: Holly Elliott Evie Fritchley Ollie Morris Lilly Trivess Hannah Ducker Zheng Ang Grace Brixey Sophie Clark Amelia Davis 7C2: Lily Beth Butler Ruby Germain Amy Hatcher Owen Howie Freya Jones Harry Leftwich Georgina Lock Ceri Prosser Email Saehbhai Evan Smith Rayan Vahed 7E1: Rhys Bowden Millie Chelu Walmsley Phoebe Gray Ethan Hood Louis Howard Andrea Lucca Kacey Mc Millan Naomi Sparkes Erin Warren Lily Williamson 7E2: Tamara Bishop Lyndon Daniels Emily Davis Joshua Davis Niamh Gage Jenson Gunn Keira Hetherington Jay j Mabey Sophia Mae Morris Parkes Demahrie Peart Genevieve Pert Thomas Sadler Connor Summers Oliver Vye Alarna Walsh Holly Warren 7E3: Angelica Bellacicco Katie Cox Evie Davis Adam Guscott Abigail Hall Danton Hawkes Kathleen Hearn Theo Hayward 7H1: Alfie Burrows Ellie Carter Emily Lewis Louis Mc Carrick Henry Roberts Elliott Rose Keane Temple 7H2: Kismat Ahmed Joseph Gay Aimee Greg Liberty Griffin Hamna Khan Huzaifah Kholwadia Shanese Nembhard Morgan Savage Kaci Sharp Paddy Whelan 7K1: Emma Cook Max Foster Daniel Hoffman Teagan Hughes Aidan Kelly James Moseley Jae Panchbhaya Amber Pearson Phoebe Pope Natasha Price Isobel Turner 7K2: Charlie Anstis Rebecca Brace Jacob Cross Lily Emery Jessica Fry Jakub Grzywna Heath Gwilliam Joseph Heaven Caitlin Jones Hollie Norman Davies Chloe Pressey Alyssa Rivers

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I’d also like to congratulate Callum Gomersall and Jamie Cowmeadow for their improvement in homework due to their regular attendance at homework club. This club continues to run on a Wednesday in C4 from 3.05-4.05. Please email rlh@churchdownschool.com for further information. Well done to the following students for achieving 100% attendance this term: Zeng Ang Charlie Clifford Hannah Ducker Oscar Knight Alex Steele Harry Wardrop Paul Croft Emily Harper Freya Jones Georgina Lock Esmail Salehbhai Drew Aubrey Millie Chelu-Walmsley Iestyn Hall Rhys Ludlow Naomi Sparkes Oliver Warren Lyndon Daniels Blake Field Jenson Gunn Aaron Locklin Connor Summers Frances Armitage Angelica Bellacicco Adam Guscott Theo Heywood Grace Brixey Sophie Clark Harrison Cooper Amelia Davies Holly Elliott Oliver Foster Ollie Morris Ewan Riddel Alex Thompson Lilly Trivess Simeon Axon James Boakes Rhys Flewitt Ruby Germain Amy Hatcher Ben Hayling Izzy Lane Harry Leftwich Ceri Prosser Joshua Rochester Rayhan Vahed Lauren Willcox Phoenix Bennett Rhys Bowden Tahlia Lee Phoebe Gray Ethan Hood Jaime Latimer Kacey McMillan Mohammed Sharif Noah Taylor Erin Warren Lily Williamson Paris Bourne Emily Davis Joshua Davis Bradlee Fry Dylan Gobey Finlay Jones Aiden Phelps-Lee Sophia Mae Morris Parkes Thomas Sadler Jack Underwood Holly Warren Matthew Baldwin Taylor-Lee Barrow Evie Davis Elizabeth Dempsey Abigail Hall Kathleen Hearn Robyn Hodges Jacob Holman-Jones

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Amy Hornby Niamh Macartney Kate Patterson Oliver Staples Ellie Carter Courtney Evans Georgi Georgiev Chris Karayiannis Ben Lovell Louis McCarrick Jake Pepperell Arthur Prater Oliver Spencer Keane Temple Jack Uzzell Kismat Ahmed Jordan Cook Charlie Danter Aimee Gregg Joshua Hutt Denika Lawrence-Hooper Zakaria Mansuri Keaton Murdoch Kaci sharp Max Webb Finlay Barwick Maria Caruana Morgan Curtis Freddie Hyde Jae Panchbhaya Sienna Spiers Rebecca Brace Lily Emery Kyrel Grant Izabella Johnson Kayla Mitchell Zubair Rhyman Saib Shanese Nembhard Finlay Tooth Kai Wells Eesa Battiwala Emma Cook Georgia Ellis Aidan Kelly Phoebe Pope Zofeyah Waite Jacob Cross Bradley Freemantle Heath Gwilliam Caitlin Jones Hollie Norman-Davies Freya Rimmer Finley Mihell Adem Zitouni Saphron Garvey Millie Lewis Luca Parry Henry Roberts Kayne Trigg Callum Chandler Joseph Gay Hamna Khan Daniel Webster Connor Rodway Molli Wainwright Paddy Whelan Freya Carr Pierce Croft Daniel Hoffman James Moseley Natasha Price Charlie Anstis Will Davis Jessica Fry Joseph Heaven Max Maguire Chloe Pressey Alyssa Rivers

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Y7 Students with the most house points Attendance has remained consistently around the 96% mark. Thank you for your continued support with ensuring that your son/daughter is in school every day. Please be reminded that students cannot leave school without a parent collecting them from reception. Students need to sign out in reception and absences must be accompanied with a note handed in to the tutor. There have been some fantastic ‘House’ achievements this term and once again Year 7 students have shown their tenacity and commitment. Besides the House Activities, several Year 7 students took part in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Dance Show. For those of you fortunate enough to attend I’m sure you will agree that it was absolutely superb. A huge amount of time and effort went into ensuring the production was of such a high quality. Well done to: Grace Brixey, Frankie Lee Jenkinson, Sienna Spiers, Zara Ruffle, Alyssa Rivers, Ceri Prosser, Georgina Lock, Phoebe Gray, Kismat Ahmed and Freya Rimmer. Y7 students hard at work: I hope you have a wonderful half term break and fingers crossed for lots of sunshine. Miss R Hicks, Head of Year 7.

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It has been a short but a busy and rewarding term for Year 8; not only academically while building on the success of ISM3, but also when pursuing extra curricular success. Thank you for sticking to the routine with signing house planners for a Monday, and also signing literacy booklets for a Friday. Furthermore, there has been a significant improvement in homework, due to parent diligence in checking ‘Show my Homework’. If you have any problems with your log in please contact your child’s tutor. It has been demonstrated that regular attendance and punctuality are essential for progress at school. It is the case that a 90% attendance rate means that a student is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half day every week. If your child is unwell and genuinely unable to attend school, please telephone Student Services to report the absence and continue to do this on a daily basis. On your child’s return to school, please supply a separate written note, addressed to the form tutor, detailing the reason for absence. Churchdown School’s expectation is that a student’s attendance is at least 97%. Students are not expected to go on holiday during term time. Additionally, can I thank you for attending parents’ evening, as it gives you the opportunity to discuss what your child is doing at school and how they are progressing. Attendance at parents evening gives an important message to your child that you are interested in their time spent at school. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or our child’s tutor if you wish to discuss their progress. Thanks for your continued support. Ms J England, Head of Year 8.

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