MANGOTSFIELD SCHOOL BULLETIN
27th November Issue 3
After a longer than usual half term I am keen that we continue to review key aspects of our work at Mangotsfield. We spent some time before the holiday looking at important aspects of school life such as inclusion, the Student Experience generally and issues to do with the ethos.
The decorators were very busy over the holiday and the result of their labour is a vastly improved Sixth Form Block. We want to make the experience of Post 16 study here to be enriching and fun, and in a professional environment. It befits what is now a fully entwined Sixth Form between us and Downend School. Students will benefit from more courses and, clearly, more choice. It was good to see so many of our Year 11 students at the recent Open Evening, which I know they found informative and useful.
We are also looking very closely at how we best organise the timetable and curriculum structure next year, including our curriculum offer and Options and Guidance, as well as considering some potential new subjects! Any major changes will, of course, be made public.
Finally, you will know that I am keen to review our uniform. I want our uniform to be smart and reflect a school which is ambitious for itself and its students. We have put out a questionnaire to parents and the many prospective parents from partner primary schools, the results from which will be published as soon as we have all the information to hand. That will then give us a clear steer regarding the next stage.
There is so much concerted hard work from staff and students currently. I am delighted by our year so far.
P. T. A.
Summer 2015 exam certificates are now available to collect from the school reception office between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm.
On Thursday 8th October I took a group of Year 8 students to Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground to take part in an event called Teen Tech. This event gives young people an opportunity to engage in practical engineering, technology and science. They were also able to design a product that they think will make people’s lives easier.
The group thoroughly enjoyed the day and I was able to witness our students represent the school and show their competitive edge against their peers and other local schools.
The students spoke to people in industry, programmed robots and tested simulations and games. This gave the students the opportunity to experience what it is like working in these industries and have some fun whilst doing so.
We did not leave empty-handed after winning an award for 'Best Pitch' for our invention ‘FFW’, a fast food app that can deliver popular food like KFC, McDonalds, Burger King etc right to your door at the click of a button.
I would personally like to thank Mr Elkington and Ms Lambden for their support on the day and, most importantly, the students for their engagement and enthusiasm during the event.
The ‘Time 4 Reading’ scheme is a reading challenge initiated by South Gloucestershire Council designed to encourage everyone to read as much as possible for their ‘Year of Reading’. Whether 9 months or 99 years old there is a book for everybody.
To this end three ‘standards’ for secondary schools have been established; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Our School Librarian, Mrs Wells, is pleased to announce that Mangotsfield School, along with Marlwood, Castle, Downend, Bradley Stoke, Brimsham Green, Winterbourne International and Yate International have all achieved the Bronze standard and hope to gain the Silver standard by the end of January.
The criteria for the Bronze award included promoting reading to the whole school community. As part of this we established a staff book-swap shelf in the staff room and provided more book posters for classrooms. The World Book Day fancy dress event encouraged students and staff to share their favourite book characters. We also had to have read at least 50% of the titles on the Time4Read top 100 books. All these books will be part of a new display in the LRC shortly and students will be able to put their names against any book they read. For the Silver standard we have further criteria to achieve which include reading 75% of the titles and 100% for the Gold.
For more information regarding the booklist and a ‘Time 4 Reading’ Booklet, visit
Reading Hack Volunteers Needed
Become a Reading Hack Volunteer and meet new people, learn new skills and inspire others to read....
South Gloucestershire Libraries are seeking young people aged 13 to 24 to take part in their exciting new volunteer scheme. Getting involved gives young people the chance to meet new friends and learn skills including: marketing and promotion, creative skills, team working, communication skills and many more. Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and there are a range of volunteering opportunities available depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests.
This new, year round volunteering scheme is part of Reading Hack, a programme led by young people who do reading activities and volunteering to gain skills and experience. Reading Hack helps young people increase their confidence, employability, well-being and enjoyment of reading. One 17 year old Reading Hacker said, “It’s an amazing idea in that it tries to actively engage teenagers to read and get involved with changing their community for the better.”
It will be a great opportunity for students to learn new skills for their CVs and personal statements or as volunteers towards gaining their Duke of Edinburgh Award for example. For an application form or more information, students can ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org / 01454 868451.
South Gloucestershire Children and Young People's Librarian
Year 8 won their recent National Cup match at Lydiard Park Academy in Swindon 1 - 0 with a goal by Louis Short. This means they are now in the last 64 teams left in the competition. We will let you know how they get on in our next bulletin.
Year 9 are through to the last 16 teams in their Nationals Cup competition. Bailey Sloper was 'Man of the Match' scoring 2 goals in the 4-1 victory over Gosford Hill school, Oxfordshire. The other goalscorers were Max Williams (penalty) and Jai Macleod.
County Cross-Country Trials
Football Leadership in Action
On our Inset Day, Monday 2nd November, some of our Year 10 and Year 11 students came into school to attend a Junior Football Organiser Course.
The course, organised by Miss O’ Donnell and Mr Hawkins, supports students in developing their football knowledge, coaching and leadership skills.
As part of the six hour course students organised warm-ups, drills and refereed each other in a game. They covered an awful lot of theory work as well - rules, football coaching pathway, structuring a good training session, risk assessment and types of competitions.
The course tutor, Dave Tanner, was very impressed with the students saying “ A very enjoyable course helped by enthusiastic students who all took part and participated superbly and showed great potential for their future“.
We hope that all the Leaders will put their skills to work in their football club and help run and organise our Primary Football Tournaments next year with Miss O’ Donnell.
Quotes from a few of our students:–
“I thought today was insightful and made me want to ref games. It was amazing!”
“learnt a lot, great day”
“like school but 100 times better”
Miss O’ Donnell
Contact e-mail addresses
To ensure your emails get quickly to the right member of staff, and to respond to parental feedback, we have created the following dedicated e-mail addresses:
E-mails to any of these accounts will be directed immediately to the department concerned who will reply via that e-mail address. If you know the name of the teacher you wish to contact, please add it to the subject line to ensure a prompt reply.
Year 10 Work Experience Week
Year 10 Work Experience Week is 13th – 17th June 2016. This is an exciting opportunity for students to obtain experience in the workplace, build their skills and gain an employer reference for the future. Information, example application letter and advice for students are all available on the school network.
Miss Phillips is your contact at school. Ensure you apply early to secure placements.
Our World Challenge students are in action again raising money towards their adventure next year. They are organising a disco for our Year 7 and Year 8 students during the last week of the Christmas term.
The event will be held in the main hall on Tuesday 15th December from 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm. Tickets will cost £2.50 in advance or £3.00 on the door and can obtained by contacting Sixth Formers Emily Cadden or Sam Redfern. (See poster for details).
Goodbye and Thank You
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thursday 10th December: Year 12/13 Parents' Subject Evening
Wednesday 16th December: Christmas Concert
Friday 18th December: Last day of Term 2, school closes at 12.45 pm
Monday 4th January: INSET Day
Tuesday 5th January: School re-opens for all students, Week B