- Annual Fund 2014-15 - ‘Riding the Rapids’
- Bus and Lift Share Update
- The Lauren Castello Award
I am delighted to formally launch the Annual Fund 2014-15, ‘Riding the Rapids’. In the next few days you will be receiving a brochure in the post with full details about his year’s fund and a report featuring the fantastic resources we were able to provide as a result of last year’s fund. It gives me great pleasure to be able to report that even though we are just at our formal launch point, we have been able to make a start on this year’s goals due to the early achievement of all of last year’s targets. We have been working on the hall over the summer, replacing the stage curtains and crest, but in particular providing an upgrade to the hall’s AV facilities, including AV equipped and height-adjustable lecterns. We have also been able to extend the sixth form private study facilities into an adjacent classroom, purchase a new practice piano and refurbish an old piano for the music department. However, we still have much to do and our remaining projects for this year include oscilloscopes for Physics, a ‘real’ periodic table for Chemistry, digital photography resources for Art, football goals for PE, and much more. For further details of the projects we aim to support this year please look out for the posted brochure or visit the website here. I would like express my sincere thanks to all of you who are supported last year’s Fund. To those who are still supporting, thank you again. If you haven’t yet ‘signed up’ to the Annual Fund, please consider doing so, we need you! You can donate online or download a donation form using the buttons below:
Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to reporting our progress throughout the year.
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I am delighted to share the exciting news that our R.E. Department has been awarded the national Hockerill NATRE prize for Innovation in RE Teaching. Mrs Melton and Mrs Smith (joint Heads of R.E.) submitted a plan of work dealing with questions around connections between sport and ethical and theological concepts in R.E., which they teach to Y8. It was hailed by the judges as being ‘profound… engaging… innovative and transferable’ and won first prize in the Secondary Education sector. Congratulations and well done to our outstanding R.E. department, who also won £600 for the school, as well as an Education Bursary of £600 for the staff. Please click here for full details.
Staff Admin Vacancy – Trips Administrator
Due to a recent reorganisation of our admin team, we are now looking to appoint a new Trips Administrator (part-time). The role involves organising all UK and overseas trips, working closely with staff, students, parents and travel companies to coordinate all aspects of trips planning, booking, record-keeping and compliance. The successful candidate will independently manage this function, whilst also working as part of the extended admin team. Please see the website (here) for full details and application form. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 23rd September at 4pm.
HOUSE MUSIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Rehearsals are well underway for House Music – Wed 24th & Thurs 25th September - which promises to be just as accomplished and hard fought as last term’s House Drama epic! Each House will compete in four categories - Best Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir, Orchestra and Band - and students in all year groups are invited to take part. Every year the students amaze us with their talent, creativity, wit and volume! Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £3 (students) and can be bought online from the website (here) or by paying cash / cheque via the school office using the attached booking form (here). We anticipate both nights to quickly sell out so please don't delay.
Important information for parents of Y9 students:
As many of you will be aware, there is a programme of government reforms to educational qualifications taking place over the next few years. The first of these changes will soon be upon us: in September 2015 all students taking English and Maths at GCSE will commence courses following the new specifications. In September 2016 most other GCSE subjects will follow. These changes are taking place nationwide and will affect everybody currently in Year 9. The one thing that you should be made aware of is that grades will no longer be awarded on a scale of A*-G. All new GCSEs will be reported at 1-9, with 9 being high. You may have seen in the news today that grades 7-9 on the new system will equate to the current A* and A, with there being fewer awards at grade 9 than there currently are at A*. Grade 4 will be equivalent to a C. The number grades do not correspond in any way to the National Curriculum levels that you have been used to seeing reported on your children’s grade cards.
We have decided that, in English and Maths, we will assess work this year using the 1-9 scale in order to get students used to the new system in good time for September 2015.
House Drama DVDs – reminder that they are now available from the Reception desk. Please remember to bring payment (£10 each) if you have not already paid.
Please click here for latest website news, including photo galleries from House Drama and the Senior Music Tour to Lille in the summer. Congratulations to Flo Pickles (Y13) on her phenomenal rowing successes, including the GB Women's Junior Quad Bronze medal at the Junior World Rowing Championships.
Y8 German trip LAUNCH – Bremen May 2014. This trip is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to put the language they have learnt so far into practice and to experience German culture and heritage for themselves. Please click here for full details and reply slip, which should be returned with a non-refundable deposit for £100.
Bus and Lift Share Update:
A parent looking to set up a travel share arrangements from the Swindon/Cricklade area;
Family living near Evesham Country Park;
Family in Cirencester or Cricklade area for liftshares home after CCF on Friday evenings (6pm);
Family in Stroud/Chalford/Cirencester area for liftshares home after Rugby on Wednesday evenings (5pm).
Finally, in assembly this morning James Wantling (Y11) was presented with the Lauren Castello Award in recognition of his triumph over adversity - maintaining the highest standards of achievement and attendance despite undergoing difficult and lengthy treatment for leukaemia. Lauren Castello was a Pate’s student who died from cancer when she was in Y7 and her parents are very proud to present this award annually – this year would have been Lauren’s 21st year and she is still remembered in school for her happy disposition and enthusiasm in everything she did. It was a privilege to spend some time with Mr & Mrs Castello as well as previous recipients of the award who came back to share their news. Well done to James who continues to be an inspiration to staff and students alike.