Friday, 3 February 2017

3 February 2017

We were very fortunate this week to have a number of local employers visit year group assemblies to describe for the students the opportunities that await them when they leave school. BAE Systems and COLAS talked to Year 7 and 8 students, while South Downs College and the University of Chichester talked to Years 10 and 11s.

Andrew Marsh from COLAS shared the interesting story of his career history, allowing students to see the various paths they can take and how the choices we make affect us in so many ways. The assemblies were part of our programme of Careers Education Advice and Guidance and were coordinated by Mrs Sear. Mrs Sear would be happy to talk with you if you have any questions or concerns about your child's plans for the future.

Unfortunately, there was a road traffic accident just after 8:30 on Monday morning. This was a reminder of the need for all road users to take care and to ask parents and family members who drop off at or pick up from school, to be especially careful and to be thoughtful about how and where you park. 

Mrs Sisk and Miss Richardson have been discussing uniform with a number of students and their parents recently and have asked me to remind you that if, for any reason, your child does not have the correct uniform on, you please send them to school with a note. We understand that there are occasions when families can't comply with uniform standards but this mustn't be the norm. If you inform us of your situation, it makes it easier for us to identify those students who aren't complying.

I am showcasing some fantastic work in History and Geography this week. Year 10 historians have impressed Miss Williams with the progress they made on their American West test. Every student improved dramatically as a result of thorough revision and answering practice questions. In Geography, Year 7s have been putting their research skills to good use, using their iPads to prepare and present high quality information regarding the structure of the Earth. Work and presentation skills were peer-assessed, using student-generated criteria such as appropriate use of key terms, correct sequencing and clear voice.

Congratulations to Oakley Brunnen who recently completed Level 5 and has now finished the Lexia programme. Kane Gallagher has completed Level 4 and has one more level to go before he also finishes.

Thank you very much to the three Year 9 students (Tori Campbell, Ellie Batchelor and Morgan Barham) who prepared so thoroughly for this week's e-safety information evening. The girls gave talks on the way on-line cruelty can affect young people and some of the strategies students need to know to keep themselves safe. The next stage is to present this information to Year 6 students from local primary schools.

A group of Year 8 students spent some time this week training as anti-smoking mentors. Representatives from the Portsmouth Public Health team worked with the students on issues related to smoking and got them to think about the risks involved to others when smoking. Their next task is to use their skills and knowledge to discourage others they know from starting to smoke and then report back on their impact.

We have seen some tremendous sporting successes recently:
Brandon Davies was a recent semi-finalist at the Year 7 and 8 table tennis tournament at Admiral Lord Nelson with Harvey Tazewell as a quarter-finalist.  Two Year 9 teams placed 1st and 4th out of 5 competing teams at a five-a-side football tournament at Rocco with two Year 10 teams placing 3rd and 5th out of 6.  

As mentioned last week, a number of our Year 10 students went to the Anne-Marie concert at the Kings Theatre as part of an attendance reward event sponsored by Capital Radio. In case you haven't seen the story in The News, you can read it here.

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