July 2017

Headteacher's News

Dear Parents/Carers

Please see the school website for the Headteacher's end of year letter.

David Spence

David Spence

Year 11 Prom

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Year 11 showed off their finery at the traditional Promenade. There was the usual early-evening gathering at school with parents and friends for photographs, followed by a party at the Bristol Marriott Hotel.

The night was a great success and we wish all Year 11 students, whether they are here or elsewhere in September, the very best of luck for the future.

Arts News

PEA Summer Celebration

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In place of the Summer Concert this year, groups representing Music, Dance, Drama, Art and Photography showcased their work. The event was well-attended and a perfect way to celebrate the talents of our students. A very enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Thanks to all the PEA staff.

'A' Level Photographic Exhibition

'A' level photography students have been exhibiting their wonderful work in the newly created Mango Gallery in the Photography Department at Mangotsfield. Look out for future exhibitions showcasing our GCSE photographers too.

Since the private view, our Year 12s have sold hundreds of pounds worth of prints - a great way for them to earn some extra money for the summer! Next year we will be hoping to exhibit students' photographs further afield, perhaps across the region.

I look forward to welcoming another 64 Year 9 students to the subject in September, and also the growing number of Downend and Mangotsfield Year 12s taking up photography. Congratulations to our Year 11s also, the quality of ideas and technical skill shown in their work was outstanding this year. Our new Year 11s have their Bristol trips scheduled for September, so please encourage them to capture locations of all kinds over the summer!

Mrs Barber

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Douglas Farthing Visit

It was really fun and great meeting him. I was very nervous as I walked in but it was great, as I didn’t know what to expect. To be honest he was a really kind and friendly guy; very relaxed and chilled out. When we all sat down, he showed us that you can sit in different positions, which makes you feel more calm and ready. When we were all set, he gave us several pieces of paper and things to draw with, then gave us 2 minutes to draw whatever we saw on the board. (This was a video on war that we stopped on interesting bits that would be great to draw).

Douglas used to be in the Army and did lots of amazing short pieces of art that really showed thought and feelings. Some were paintings, pencil, chalk, or anything he could find to draw on or with. It was very entertaining as he could make some brilliant pieces in 2 minutes. We learnt many skills from him so we can grow up to act and be amazing—as sometimes even rushing or little scribbles can come out to look great.

Douglas was a brave soldier and an inspiring artist. He brought excitement to each and all our faces! As he began to draw everything came together, every little detail looked as if it was real.

I’m really happy he came to give us the experience of that lesson—’Drawing from War’!

Thank you.

Molly L.

Staff Potters

Members of staff have joined an after-school club to learn pottery skills. Staff have described sessions as 'inspiring and relaxing, especially at the end of a hard week'.

Student Achievement

Well done to Year 10 student Jack Lockwood who won first prize for his sculpture 'Under the Sea' at Frenchay Flower Show recently.

House News

Chase Win House Cup!

Chase house were the overall winners in this year's house competition. They will be celebrating with a fun fair on the school grounds. The competition was close and was decided by a final win on Sports Day. For this last competition there were only 4 points between Pomphrey and Chase, Siston was third and Rodway fourth.

Well done to all those students from every house who took part in any competition over the last year. A big thank you too to Mr. Jordan who organised all the events.

Miss Hawkins is stepping down from her roll as Head of Chase next year, but will still be part of the house team. Mr. Emery and Mr. Fear will be leaving us so the Heads of House for next year will be:

Chase - Mr. John, Pomphrey - Miss Vincent and Ms Davies, Rodway - Mr. Gilpin and

Siston - Mr. Bently.

Sports Day

There was a good deal of rivalry caused by Sports Day this year, as the outcome would produce the overall winner of the main House competition. All students were involved in some form of games, from athletics, tennis and Wi-Golf to board games.

The athletics finals were held after lunch. The weather was perfect and there were some close-run races.

The winners were Chase House followed by Pomphrey, Siston and Rodway.


Year 10 Work Experience

Recently 95% of our Year 10 students participated in work experience with a wide variety of businesses in the local area and as far afield as Swindon and London. These included some of our 'Premium Partners' such as the Kip McGrath Education Centre, Westbury Care, NHS, The DPD Group and specialist engineering companies Renishaws, Atkins Engineering and Arcadis Engineering. Many other local companies offered places including Bristol City Council, Gloucestershire Wildlife, Avon Valley Country Park, Top Groom and most of our local primary schools.

GCSE Results Day

Miss Phillips and a colleague from T2 Apprenticeships, will be on hand from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm on results day, to assist any students needing advice or guidance.

Can You Help?

The Design Technology department would be happy to re-home any clean, plastic take-away containers with lids. Students need leak-proof containers to transport their produce home safely and this is an ideal opportunity to reuse and recycle.

If you can help, please leave in the Visitor Reception area, clearly marked for the DT department.

Thank you.

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 1st September 2017 - INSET Day.

Monday 4th September 2017 - School open for Year 7 and Year 11 students only. Year 12 induction will take place all day at Downend School.

Tuesday 5th September 2017 - All students return to school (Week A).

Term Dates 2017-18

Term 1

Friday 1st September 2017 to

Friday 20th October 2017

Term 2

Monday 30th October 2017 to

Monday 18th December 2017

Term 3

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to

Friday 9th February 2018

Term 4

Monday 19th February 2018 to

Friday 23rd March 2018

Term 5

Monday 9th April 2018 to

Friday 25th May 2018

Term 6

Monday 4th June 2018 to

Friday 20th July 2018

Inset Days 2017 - 18

Friday 1st September 2017
Friday 20th October 2017

Monday 18th December 2017
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Monday 9th April 2018