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School Office: 01737 649000 Weekly Newsletter Issue No.18 – 2011/2012 rd 3 February 2012 The following items can be found within this week’s Newsletter: Whole School Music Department News (page 2) Uniform (page 2) Snow (page 2) Junior School Star of the Week (page 3) Golden Book (page 3) Senior School Badminton Tournament (page 4) Sixth Form Mentoring (page 4) Animator Visit (page 5) Examination News (page 6) Brain Game (page 6) Boosters (page 7) Table Tennis (page 7) Sports Results (page 8) Weekend Activities Sunday Activities Menu for w/c 6.02.12 THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK “Learning never exhausts the mind” Leonardo Da Vinci WHOLE SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS The Spring Concert is taking place on Friday 9th March at 7pm. Letters will be sent to those pupils who are taking part within the next week. REMINDER Whilst pupils are welcome to store their instruments in The Bothy, this is at their own risk – the store room is not locked. All instruments should be clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and must be collected at the end of each term. Alison Butler Head of Music UNIFORM There has been a substantial amount of shoes going missing around the school. Please can you ensure that all shoes are labelled correctly in order to help ease the problem. We have also had several issues with incorrect uniform. NO trainers of any kind are to be worn to school. Full details of correct uniform can be found on the school website. Jo Jacobs Secretary to SLT SNOW If it snows, we will update the School Website regularly with information as to what is going on and which procedures to follow. Paul Spencer Ellis Headmaster JUNIOR SCHOOL Star of the Week Spring Term Week 3 3S Sebastian Oliver For being a tidy, considerate and smiley member of the class. 4W David Wild For being a sensible and reliable member of the class. 5CD Willem Mann For being a helpful and sensible member of the class. 5S Joshua Cowen For always being reliable, helpful and willing to cooperate. 6L Rebecca King For being a pleasure to have in the class 6T Addie Knight For being a helpful member of the class and always a pleasure to have around. The Golden Book Spring Term Week 3 Max Anderson 3S For his quick and accurate mental arithmetic during challenging calculations this week. Oliver Grover 3S For his excellent focus and hard work throughout all lessons this week. Phoebe Tidy 3S For her increased confidence and challenging herself during numeracy this week. Joshua Last 4W For consistently working hard in literacy. Jamie Beck-Roberts 4W For contributing well during literacy discussions. Lester Baylie 4W For working hard to improve his handwriting and presentation in literacy. Declan O’Shea 5CD For his enthusiasm and interest in geography. Ana Carvalho 5CD For always presenting her work so beautifully. Joshua Thorne 5CD For producing a significant amount of writing in timed conditions. Anais Matthews 5S For producing work of a high standard in numeracy. Harry Bradley 5S For writing detailed sentences using time connectives. Katie Till 5S For making helpful suggestions to solve problems. Jonno Self 6L For excellent persuasive writing in literacy Abayomi Alao 6L For excellent persuasive writing in literacy Ava Yarwood 6L For excellent persuasive writing in literacy Addie Knight 6T For an excellently written balanced argument in literacy Lennox Williams 6T For being a maths superstar! Lily Evans 6T For working hard and giving her best in all areas of her learning. Mrs Moorcraft’s Focus Year For excellent work on persuasive arguments. Literacy Group 6 Cross country team For an enthusiastic attitude despite cold and muddy conditions. Yr 5 & 6 Football teams For trying hard in their game against St. Joseph. SENIOR SCHOOL GLOUCESTER VS. KENT YR9 BADMINTON TOURNAMENT Last Wednesday evening the year 9 boys of Gloucester and a combined team of year 9 boys from Kent and Edinburgh took part in a inter house Badminton Tournament. Although Kent House won, the scores of the matches were very close in most cases. It was a doubles tournament of four pairs and the teams scored three points for a win. The losing team scored a bonus point if they could score half or more of the winner’s score. The final result was Kent 44: Gloucester 16. Players of the tournament were Charlie Longley and Michael Antonetti. The next tournament will be Year 10 boys from each house on Wednesday 1st February 19.00 – 20.30 in the Sports Hall. A win from Gloucester and Kent having no help from Edinburgh may bring the overall score back to one all. Good luck all! Charlene Kaye Head of P.E SIXTH FORM MENTORING We are excited to announce a new Sixth Form Peer Mentoring Programme that is being piloted during February and March. Twenty volunteers across Years 12 and 13 were trained to mentor other students in the Sixth Form by an external organisation at the end of January. The programme is six weeks in duration; during this time, the mentor meets with their student once a week to discuss any concerns, issues that have arisen and to help with academic attainment. If the feedback is positive from the pilot, the programme will become more official and will run from September onwards to help new Year 12s make the transition into the Sixth Form. It is anticipated, all being well, that 30-40 Year 13s will be trained and assigned to incoming Year 12 students. Matt Pawson Head of Sixth Form AN ANIMATED ICT LESSON Sixth Formers at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School saw ICT come to life on Friday. Jamie Denham of Sliced Bread Animation showed students some of the animations produced by his company for clients such as Burger King, Sky and Sony. The visit was arranged so that students could gain an understanding of what is involved when producing an animated film. Jamie took pupils through the various stages starting with a briefing from the client, creating storyboards, revising the storyboards, and then agreeing the approach with the client. Once this is agreed, an animatic is produced which links the storyboards with the voice-over and/or music to give a better idea of how it will work and how long it will be. After gaining client approval again, the actual animation can start. So students saw how preparation takes around 50% of the time of producing the finished piece. Jamie also explained the role of technology in producing animations and how Maya and Flash are now the main software for producing animated films. He also explained how using Flash is a great way to get started in animation. This is a far cry from the stop-frame animations that were produced a decade ago when he first started in the business. Teacher Olivia Baxter, who is Head of ICT at the School explained “I invited Jamie to come and talk to Sixth Formers who are studying ICT because animation forms part of the ICT course. I wanted students to get an appreciation of the work that goes in to creating animations and to understand the role of the client. Jamie’s presentation really captured their imagination and they now understand the importance of planning before the actual creation of an animation.” Matt Pawson Head of Sixth Form EXAMINATION NEWS Students who are sitting a Mathematics paper in March 2012 should now have received a copy of their examination timetable. We will also be providing copies to parents. The majority of these will be posted this week but if you live overseas and it is unlikely that the post would reach you in good time we will be emailing you a copy of your son/daughter’s timetable shortly. Mr Steve Robinson our Examinations Officer for many years retired at Christmas, we would like to thank him for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the school and we wish him well in his future adventures. Following on from this we are very please to welcome Heather Richardson our new Examinations Officer to our team and look forward to working with her. If you have any queries or concerns over any exam issues or entries please do not hesitate to contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to help you. Chris Haymes Data & Examinations Manager RAAS STUDENTS COMPETE IN THE BRAIN GAME Last Thursday evening (26th January), five students representing year 7,8,9,10 and 11 went to Oakwood school to compete in the annual ‘Brain Game’ event. The afternoon consisted of a quiz comprised of literacy, mathematics, current affairs and general knowledge categories. Unfortunately due to a mix up with the transport the students arrived 20 minutes late and missed the first two rounds. Despite this they rallied in fine form. The students all were really enthusiastic and had great fun, overall they gained 80 points giving them joint 5th, only 16 points behind the winning team from St. Bedes School. Belinda Gurung, from year 11, as the oldest member led the team; Annie Crawley, Natasha Patel, Josef Wilsher and Daisy Beck-Roberts all represented their year groups and together they worked as a great team. Everyone had a lot of fun and we look forward to competing again next year. Alistair Phillips English Department BOOSTERS All pupils in year 10 will be offered their final school boosters of Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio on Wednesday 29th February. Information and consent forms will be emailed/sent out this week. Please could you return these, whether or not you wish your child to have the vaccination, by Friday 17th February. Colette Newey Health Centre Manager TABLE TENNIS TEAM NEWS GATTON 1 – Congratulations on winning through to the quarter finals of the Carter Handicap Cup. Also an excellent win on Tuesday night beating top the league team GODSTONE 6 a convincing 8 – 2 win. GATTON 2 – At last we have beaten top of the league GODSTONE 8 THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON! A great win on Wednesday night 6 – 4 to GATTON 2. Prasant Chongbang has an excellent game. Mr Freddie Activities Co-ordinator FOOTBALL District League Year 8 vs St Bedes Lost 3-5 Man of the Match Jacob Overstall District Cup Year 11 vs Beacon Full Time 4 -4 Lost on penalties 5-6 Man of the Match Sam Collinson NETBALL District League vs Reigate Year 11 Lost 17-19 Player of the Match Janet Bunjo Year 9 Won 9-3 Player of the Match Desi Mamudu SWIMMING Junior District Swimming Gala - Team Results Lower Junior (Yr 7) Boys 1st out of 6 competing schools th Girls 4 out of 8 competing schools Junior (Yrs 8 & 9) th Boy 5 out of 6 competing schools th Girls 4 out of 8 competing schools Awaiting individual results. Swimmers please see Mrs King if you would like to know time and position Hazel Parsons P.E Administrator WEEKEND ACTIVITIES What? Where? When? Junior Pool 1pm – 2pm Swimming Club Senior Pool 2.30pm – Swimming 3.30pm Club Badminton Sports Hall 1pm – 3pm Club Duke of 2pm – 4pm Edinburgh Gardening Senior Cornwall House 3pm – 5pm Cookery Club Junior Arts Rank-Weston 2pm- 4pm and Crafts House Junior Sports Astro Turf 2pm – 4pm Army Cadets Activities Hut 1pm – 3pm Training Junior Albert House 1pm – 2pm Computer Club Yr 7 & 8 Albert House 2pm-3pm Computer Club Rugby Warlingham 9am – 1pm Training Club Open Bothy 6pm – 7pm Rehearsal Time Pop Band Bothy 7pm – 8pm Royal Alexandra and Albert School Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday LUNCHEON LUNCHEON LUNCHEON LUNCHEON LUNCHEON LUNCHEON BRUNCH Southern Baked Chicken Diced Beef Cottage Pie Roast Pork and Apple Beef Bourguignon Battered Cod Stuffed Gammon Steaks Sauce Smoked Haddock with a Bacon, Stilton and Sweet Roast Lamb and Homemade Lamb & Lasagne Rarebit Topping Potato Quiche Rosemary Gravy Mint Meatloaf in Onion Sauce Mashed Potatoes Minted New Potatoes Fondant Potatoes Dauphinois Potatoes Chunky Chips Dauphinois Potatoes Baton Carrots and Green Braised Red Cabbage Cauliflower Mornay Roasted Vegetable Mushy Peas Broccoli and Peppers Beans Stuffed Filo Basket Stuffed Tomatoes French Onion Puff Lentil and Bean Burgers Vegetarian Braised Non Spinach and Feta Pastry Tart Meat Ball Omelettes Pineapple Upside Down Banoffi Pie Creamy Rice Pudding Apple Cobbler with Apricot Bread and Butter Flapjack Cake Custard Pudding with Custard SUPPER SUPPER SUPPER SUPPER SUPPER SUPPER SUPPER Turkey a la King Pork Steak Penne Carbonnara Chicken Korma Turkey Provencal Sausage Meat Patties Roast Beef and with a Barbeque Sauce Yorkshire Puddings Lamb Bolognaise Chicken and Spinach Meat Feast with Tomato Lamb Goulash Meatballs with Rice and Basil Jacket Potatoes Sweetcorn and Grated Garlic Bread Onion Bhajis Parsley Potatoes Parmentiere Potatoes Roasted Potatoes Roasted Vegetables Carrot Two Colour Rice Green Beans Green Beans Brussels Sprouts and Carrot Medley Baked Vegetable Risotto Vegetable Dumplings on Quorn and Peppers in Stuffed Peppers Vegetarian Pastie Cheese and Potato Bread Lentil Moussaka a Sweet Chilli Sauce Mushroom Sauce with Mushroom Provencal Fresh Fruit Filled Scones Chocolate Brownie Toffee Mousse Cherry Clafouti Choux Pastry Buns Fresh Fruit Salad