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Many of you will remember Mr Pearce, one of our English teachers, who retired two years ago. On Sunday 26 April, he will be running the London Marathon, in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society. He will be coming into school to deliver an assembly to the whole school on Friday 17 April, where he will be able to explain the great work that this charity does for children with hearing impairment.
In the meantime, you can sponsor Mr Pearce via his Virgin Giving page: http: //uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristopherPearce2
Many thanks in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause: from personal experience, 26.2 miles is a long, long way to run!
The first set of Microsoft Office Specialist certificates have been awarded to fifteen students in year 9. The students all took the exam on 13th Jan and now hold an industry recognised qualification which demonstrates their ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint. The three highest scoring students were Rhiannon Flood, Lorna Garrill and Shannon Holden who all scored 871, well above the pass mark of 700.
On Friday 14th November, as you may or may not know, was Children In Need day. (Most people were walking round in their Superhero themed costumes!) And as always we raised money by setting up games and sales, with all the money going to Children in Need. There was; Bouncy Castles, Raffles with prizes in the form of cakes, Play Stations, Candy Floss Machines, Face Painting, Penalty Shootout, Lemonade and Coke, Hennas, Cake Sales, Egg throwing, Music and Finding Pudsey. (For those of you that go to CWCS it was in the fitness suite window!) The way it worked was the year 11’s were in charge of the entertainment and money collecting whilst the 7-10’s took it in turns to go around, the games would be set up lesson one, the year 7’s and 8’s lesson two, the year 10’s lesson 3 and the year 9’s lesson 4. And of course we could go round at break and lunch. Some of the teachers dressed up too! There were all sorts of costumes, including Batman, Catwoman, Spiderman, the Hulk, you name it! The amount of colours there was as people walked around was a sight for sore eyes! But (unfortunately (not!)) we still had most of our normal lessons, apart from the year 11’s though, they got away with that! I personally can’t wait until next year when get to do the fun and games all over again! Just thinking about all those cakes is making me hungry! Total raised…..£739.00…Well Done to all !
Tyler Archer Year 9
Visiting artist Mr Philip Cox spent the day with the Art department this week. Our BTEC Art & Design students are creating fictional book characters from
cardboard as part of the their course. Here are some examples of their amazing work!
Ebola Virus - Advice for Schools, Colleges, Childcare and Residential Settings
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting Ebola-affected countries.
Public Health England (PHE), in conjunction with the Department for Education, has produced advice for schools, colleges, childcare and residential settings to ensure people are properly informed about the Ebola virus. This can be found on GOV.UK.
Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate.
Advice for parents/guardians
Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. You may wish to use the following key points from the Public Health England advice to reassure them:
- The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.
- Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.
- It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.
- There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.
Further information on the Government's response to the Ebola virus can be found on GOV.UK.
Science Revision sessions are being held every Wednesday 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm in the Science Department. All Year 10s and Year 11s welcome (and biscuits are provided!)
Last week's football results:
Year 11: Cherry 3 vs SSPP 0 (John Chapman (2) and Zidane Disley with the goals)
Year 9: Cherry 2 vs SSPP 9 (Jake Blenkinsop and Harry Conlan with the goals)
Fixtures this week:
Tuesday: National Cup Round 2 Year 11
Cherry vs De Warranne Academy (Doncaster)
Wednesday: SSPP vs Cherry (Year 8)
Thursday: SSPP vs Cherry (Year 10)
Religious Studies students have got off to a busy start to the term. In the second week 19 Year 11 students visited the Houses of Parliament on the invite of Sir Edward Leigh MP after his visit to the school. After a really interesting tour around the Houses we were invited to a committee room to ask Sir Edward’s wife questions about the government’s business. Sir Edward was away from parliament due to one of the many important roles he now undertakes. It was an incredible insight into the government of our country and one students enjoyed – despite it being a long walk around.
Year 9 students have also had a lesson led by Tom from Positive Health about contraception and sexual planning. Obviously Y9’s are not of a legal age to act upon what they learned but it was stressed to them that when they are, it should be a choice that they make – they can and should say no if they are not ready – and when they do, they have considered what contraception is best for them.
Six former CWCS students received awards for their effort and achievement in their A and AS level studies this week. Joe Cooper, Jamie Taylor, Ella Wydrynska, Henry Watson, Patrick Adams and Isobel Bochel were all recognised for their success and hard work at the recent Lincoln Christ's Hospital Sixth Form Awards Evening.
We have our Open Evening on Thursday 18th September from 6pm until 8pm. This is an excellent opportunity for all Year 5 and Year 6 students and their parents to see what we have to offer them if they join our school. Please come along and meet us.
Years 8 and 9 had a fantastic day at the Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park. The students learnt about how the animals adapt to their environment. Information gathered on the visit will support the students in lessons for both Science and Geography classes.
Just about every student was brave enough to hold a python snake, touch a lizard and see the tarantula up close! We watched a bird show which involved a falcon swooping low across our heads; and were amazed at the butterflies in the Tropical House, huge and bright blue. The students experienced being in the dark bat enclosure, while outside students watched the tigers lazing in the warm sun and looked at the 9 week old baby monkeys.
A great visit that has really benefitted the students knowledege.
Mrs Sawyer - Geography Teacher
The outcome of the recent public inquiry into the stopping up of Hawthorn Road in connection with the building of an eastern by pass for Lincoln has concluded that the design of a proposed footbridge cycleway over the road was not safe.
The Secretary of State accepted the independent inspector’s conclusions that Lincolnshire County Council’s plans for a bypass did not make adequate or safe provision for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to access Hawthorn Road via a footbridge.
Although there was no objection to the building of the bypass, the County Council had proposed closing Hawthorn Road contrary to the wishes to most residents in Cherry Willingham, Reepham and the Carlton Centre and without any real consultation with those settlements.
Although a non-motorised user bridge over the by pass was added at a late stage, it was poorly designed and would not have connected with the existing cycleway used by students at the school. indeed it would have required walkers and cyclists to have crossed over Hawthorn Road at a point close to where traffic would have been coming off the bypass - possibly at fast speeds.
CWCS along with many other organisations raised serious concerns about the need to maintain a good and safe link along Hawthorn Road.
It is good news that the Inspector and the Secretary of State agreed - safety and the importance of ensuring a well designed link along Hawthorn Road are not matters for compromise.
The school has agreed to be part of a new learning experience based on an international partnership with school's in The Netherlands. The project will be led in school by the extra-curricular History Club. Students will be researching and learning about information connected with the story of the world's first humanitarian air drop that the RAF led over The Netherland's during World war Two.
To this extent, the project will be divided into a story of two parts; school's in each country recording the effect it had on them. The intention is that students would get to meet face-to-face and share their knowledge on the project.
From the Dutch perspective:
How did this crisis come about - The Occupation, Resistance movement, Allied Advances through the Low Countries.
The effect on the civilian population. Starvation and deaths Can you record oral histories of those who were there?
The Planning – how were the people told to expect the relief drops – cooperation.
Dropping the food – How was it received and distributed
What is meant to the nation
From the Lincolnshire perspective:
How did the emergency come about?
What was the weather like
Planning who would do the drops
Training – how low did they fly and how safe was the delivery
Which Sqns involved; what aircraft
Food – where did it come from. How could we afford to distribute our rations.
Where was it stockpiled
Crew reactions on delivering peaceful loads as opposed to bombs
Veterans thoughts – we have details of people who took part in it.
The theme for our collection this year was again taken from the GCSE exam paper and ‘Chrome’ developed into a military style collection as students studying Steampunk, various designers and were inspired by mechanical forms for their work. Waistcoat patterns were then made and adapted to create unique designs which yet again stunned the audience. Our choreography again was funky and fresh and stood out from the other 5 schools in the competition.
Well done to Jorji, Emma, Laura, Leah and thank you to Niamh who kindly modelled Yasmin's garment and Rachel who showed off a design by Katie. Miss Neal would also like to thank Year 12 student Emma who came in to help her with the choreography this year.
Miss Neal - Art Teacher
The week involved 17 staff and students visiting Cherry Willingham School from our Tobago partnership school in the Caribbean. Our visitors arrived on an overnight flight from Tobago, but were keen to see us and had a smile when we arrived to collect them.
On the way to school we (Mr Little and Mr Bell) drove the school minibuses around London on the M25, then North along the A1 road. We stopped for the drivers to have a break for 15 minutes at a Sainsbury’s supermarket at Biggleswade. A 15 minute driver stop turned into an hours long shopping experience with the Tobagan’s impressed by the size of the supermarket and the wide variety of products. Some came out of the store having bought gloves – this was the warmest day of the summer so far. On reaching school students were given a tour of the school buildings, our visitors were really impressed with the ‘Lifestyle Fitness, facilities in the school gym that they were allowed to use. At the end of the school day host families and students arrived in the school hall where they were introduced to the visitor who was to stay with them for the week.
Friday involved an early start from Newark station to travel to London. In London we used the underground to travel between different tourist attractions. However, where possible we walked as he sun was shining and the temperatures were warm. Our route took us to see the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, Downing Street, Horse Guards parade, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the Guard, The Mall, Trafalgar Square then a picnic lunch on the grass in Leicester Square. After lunch we walked through Piccadilly Circus to Regents Street before dividing the staff and students into groups to explore the shopping area of Oxford Street. The agreed arrival time to meet again was to be at 5pm. Unfortunately, we had not considered the ‘wowww factor’ linked to Primark -a shop that the Tobagan staff and students were aware of and decided to visit en-mass. The size and scale of Primark’s Oxford Street meant that three hours was not going to be sufficient. The final grouping of students arrived back at the meeting point outside ‘SuperDry’ shop on Regents Street at 5.37pm. From here is an underground journey back to King’s Cross station where we took the 7.06pm train. After a day of warm sunny weather we arrived back to a rainy and cold (cold was relative, however our Tobago visitors thought that this described the temperature accurately) Newark station.
The weekend was given over to host families to spend with their guests. The majority of host families visited the School Gala on Saturday afternoon, where the Tobago students met up with each other. In the evening the host parents arranged to go ten-pin bowling. Other places that were visited by host families with their Tobago visitor included going to a local gym and fitness club, Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester and ice-skating in Doncaster at The Dome.
Monday was a day in school with both Tobago staff and students observing and being part of lessons. At the end of the day was a fundraising football match with students of both schools playing against a combined staff team from both schools. The game was played on the school’s third generation artificial football pitch, and ended in a 6-5 victory for the students.
Tuesday was the final day and involved visits to tourist sites within Lincoln. In the morning tours were arranged at Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, then there was an opportunity to walk through Lincoln and down Steep Hill to a reception at the Guild Hall to welcome the Tobagan visitors to Lincoln. We had pictures taken inside the Guild Hall’s Council Chamber before having lunch and returning to school. Lunch was bought by the Tobago staff members as a thank you for hosting them on their stay. In the evening students arrived at school at 6pm where the school had provided a farewell meal so that everyone had a chance to meet and talk with each other for a final time. The initial plan was to play a friendly game of rounders on the field, but with a rain shower we used the sports hall for basketball and badminton. At 9pm we watched the football where Germany and convincingly won against Brazil. Unfortunately, by 8am on the Wednesday morning they were once again at Gatwick Airport and ready to return home.
Overall an incredible cultural experience which has opened up new friendships and new experiences to both staff and students of each school.
Our Carbon Ambassadors attended a celebration event with Lincolnshire County Council. The school won £100 to use towards energy saving device for most improved school. Overall, the school has reduced its emissions by 4%. The students are looking to buy draft excluders with the money and are keen to continue to look at ways to reduce our emissions further. A big well done to the students involved.
Our Project Potato display and presentation came third out of twelve secondary school entries in the Lincolnshire Show School’s Challenge. We were sandwiched between Queen Elizabeth Grammar Schools of Alford and Horncastle in fourth and second with Axholme Academy coming first. The competition was high and we should be rightly proud of our achievement. Our display was vibrant, varied and creative. Considering that this was done by the pupils of Monday After School club in a one hour a week slot, then what was produced was amazing. We had the history of potatoes as presented by dressed up, goggly eyed, potato people, a hand crafted felt potato display which was praised for showing what happens under ,as well as above, the soil, and an impressive folder of work illustrating our research and including photos of our planting and cooking with potatoes. With a wordsearch designed by Kayne, a crisp logo worksheet ,some very healthy looking potato plants and some very enthusiastic presenters we did the school proud.
The pupils were outstanding. They were so smartly dressed, courteous and welcoming. They represented our school to the very best of their ability.
Join us on Thursday 3 July at 6pm for the launch of our new Microsoft Specialist suite of qualifications. These industry recognised qualifications are certified by Microsoft and cover the main office programs of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access databases. The school will also be showcasing other aspects of the curriculum so there should be something of interest to everyone.
Mr Snee - Deputy Headteacher
The school is organising a sponsored walk event on Wednesday 16 July in order to raise funds that will go towards the rebuilding the bike shed at the front of school.
The sponsored walk involves a 10 mile walk through fields and on footpaths to Langworth where a brief stop will be made for lunch. Children may purchase a cold drink and use the toilet facilities at the lunch stopping point before heading back to school. The walk is demanding and suitable for able walkers as it will take about 5 hours in total.
Recommended equipment includes strong walking shoes, 1 litre of water, picnic lunch, sun cream, lightweight waterproof jacket and plasters. Mobile phones are permitted.
A suggested minimum voluntary sponsored donation is £2 per participant Sponsorship forms will be provide dto students before the event. Additionally, a medical form needs to be completed before participation on the walk.