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Winter 2019 Edition

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This year’s Attendance Challenge is a film theme with Mr Tyreman playing Indiana Jones, Mr Peters playing ShortRound and Mr King playing Professor Blackheart! It’s a race against time with Dr Jones looking to find the hidden treasures before Professor Blackheart. Student’s good attendance wins them Cody Crystals as they battle it out for the title of best attenders. 8BB currently lead the way but there is a long way to go in this treasure hunt! Winter 2019 In this edition: Attendance Update, Surrey Sports Park, D of E Update, Sports Leaders, Inter House Competitions, Student Council, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Metro-bank, Remembrance Day, Election Day, Brookwood Cemetary & Club updates Team Dickens on the attack. Team Austen doing it Usain Bolt style at this years’ Inter-house Handball contest. They were inspired by the world class sprinter as they went on to claim this years title of Handball Champions! 1


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It was great day when our Year 8 students got to learn about money in the real world with a visit to Metro Bank. Here they can be seen looking at how safety deposit boxes work and also meeting the Metro Bank Mascot! Club Updates The clubs in the table below will be running this term. Please make sure your club letters are returned before the deadline to secure a place for your child. Day Club Teacher Monday Dodge Ball KS3 Mr. Peters Monday Film Club KS3/4 Mr. Yeardley Tuesday Colouring Club Mr. Tyreman Tuesday Fitness KS4 Mr.Peters Tuesday The Band Miss Baer Tuesday Maths Games Mrs. Delmarko Wednesday Aussie Rugby KS3 Mr. Thornton Wednesday Railway Club Mr. King Wednesday Playground Games Miss Cook Thursday Circuits KS3/4 Miss Cook 2


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This year’s GCSE PE students had a different start to the year with a visit to Surrey Sports Park based in the University of Surrey. During the visit the students took part in a sports lecture on physiology focusing mainly on bones. Then in the afternoon the students got a chance to sample the amazing facilities by climbing and playing Squash. This year’s students going into Year 10 had the choice of a brand new option which was the Junior Sports Leader Awards. The students have come a long way since September developing their leadership skills and they have undertaken tasks such as refereeing handball games and then running a fitness session on their own. 3


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Well done to all those students who were elected onto this year’s student council. They have had lots of great ideas so far and we will be bringing the Code an update in the summer term on all their projects. Once again our students learnt about the democratic process of voting as they took to the voting booths on student council election day. 4


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This year our Year 11 students read out some moving pieces of writing in Assembly to remember all those who gave their lives in the Great War. On the 11th October Year 9 visited Brookwood Cemetery, as part of their work in English on the poetry of the First World War. It was an informative visit that allowed the students an understanding of the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the centenary of the end of the war. Students had a guided tour of not only the First World War graves, but also graves from the Second World War and more recent conflicts. They were given an insight into the lives of some of the soldiers that were buried at Brookwood and got to learn about the circumstances of their death. They were able to connect some of the events and poetry they had studied with the lives of soldiers who fought and died in the war. The maturity, interest and respect that all pupils showed for a sensitive issue made it an extremely worthwhile visit and they were a credit to the school. 5


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Over thirty pupils took part in two performances of the play version of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. After three months of rehearsals the cast produced two magical evenings where they played to audiences of over 100 people. Their performance was enhanced by the brilliant scenery that was created by our site manager Trevor. The cast came from every year group and many performed speaking parts for the first time in their school career. They were supported by a number of adults who gave their time to enable the play to take place. As a result of all the efforts over £300 was raised for the Naomi House Children's hospice which the school supports as their charity. Well done to everyone. 6


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14 pupils from Year 8 and 9 attended a whole day rugby event. They played with different schools and had coaching from Harlequins professionals. Both teams were fortunate enough to play games with Kieran Sassone who was signed to the Harlequins first team in April 2018. Each pupil received a project Rugby t-shirt, rugby ball and certificate The whole of Year 11 were invited to take part in a visit to the Surrey University as part of a Futures Week. The students were able to find out what the university offers to it students. The government expects all secondary pupils to have at least two visits to places that offer higher education. This enables young people to have a full understanding of what is on offer. They were given a tour by a student ambassador who told them about the courses on offer, types of accommodation, grants and jobs, etc. They were also able to eat in the university restaurants and take part in some activities. The time passed very quickly and the pupils felt it was a brilliant opportunity that everyone should have a chance to experience. 7



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