Friday, 9 February 2018

9 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

It was a pleasure this week for us to be part of the celebrations that mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act in February 1918.  This Act gave some women the vote following the tireless, and occasionally violent, campaigns led by the suffragettes. Five of our Year 9 students joined other Portsmouth students and dignitaries from Portsmouth City Council to unveil a plaque in honour of Portsea born Hertha Ayrton, an amazing woman and pioneering scientist who supported the campaign and worked alongside Emmeline Pankhurst.  You can read more about the event here. 

Last week Saturday, we hosted the annual Dance for Cancer event at school, organized by Kat Nutland and Jack Miller, which saw over 250 guests attend and over 150 dancers perform (4 of whom were our own Year 7 students).  Dare 2 Dance and KRS Dance raised £750 and won Fundraising School of the Year, and an amazing £4500 were raised in total on the night!

It was great to see our sports hall in action for competitive fixtures this week with an indoor 4-way football competition played against the Portsmouth Academy in which one of our teams won and the other placed second.  There was also a Year 7 match against St Edmunds which we lost 2-1 but I’m told our students fought really hard right up until the last whistle.

Learning Champions

This week I would like to celebrate some amazing homework completed by members of 7K1.  The attention to detail, care and effort here is amazing and so is the historical detail.  Well done to Shay Tobitt, Lila Mitchell, Katie Rigby, Connor Wiseman and Jessie Tyrrell for their achievements.

Year 11 started their second set of mock examinations this week with more to follow after half term.  You can see the exam timetable below.  As any student who has sat exams will tell you, preparation is crucial, so please encourage family members in Year 11 to complete some revision over the half term holiday as it will certainly help to secure the grades needed for further success in the future.  The following link can be used to view revision tips that will increase learning by retaining information.

This remarkable African drum below was designed and made by Sophie Barrett as a homework project which forms part of her studies of music from different cultures.  Sophie paid particular attention to detail and it even makes the correct sound!

Building Character, Shaping Futures

We are delighted that Helistrat, our partner in hosting the LionHeart challenge for Year 9 back in December, have invited eleven of our most enterprising Year 9 students to visit their head offices later this month.  They will meet with the Chairman and other senior members of staff, tour the building to understand their business and also get a free lunch.  The main aim of the day, however, is to discuss with the winning team the implementation of a live community action plan on which they will take the lead.  Once again, we are so grateful to Helistrat for the support and encouragement they are offering.

As part of our new Enrichment Curriculum, students have an opportunity to learn new skills that will teach them team work, resilience and patience.  Miss Marsh has been teaching students how to draw things that relate to the face, and below are just some examples of how perseverance and hard work pays off.

Key Dates
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
19-23 February     – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
20      February     – Year 9 Trip to Helistrat
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)



Sadly, we say goodbye to Mr Bixley today who leaves Planet Education to take a post at Redbridge Community School in Southampton.  Chris has been a great servant of PE at the school, using his expertise in a number of sports to enthuse and motivate students.  Chris has also supported the Maths team and played a big part in developing the Health and Fitness exam course at the school.  He will be replaced by Rachel Towler, a qualified teacher who will join us after half term and enable us to give a much needed boost to girls’ PE.

Miss Marsh's Tutor group gave an excellent assembly to Cedar House this week on e-safety.  The key points can be seen in this presentation and video.  If you are worried about your child's safety on line, please do contact Mrs Nancarrow or Mr Webb at the school for further advice

This is another weekly reminder to parents to park sensitively and to encourage your children to cross the road safely.

We break for half term today and return on Monday, 19th February when it will be Week 2.

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