Dear Parents, Carers and Students, seeing you then. In the meantime, please keep your fingers
crossed that the new College can become a reality!
What tremendous news – a new College! Refreshments will be available for Parents and students in
Stucley canteen throughout the day. Please feel free to
Most of you will have read in the papers, heard on the radio use the services available and try out the new improved
or been told by your son or daughter about the plans for a cuisine!
new College. Devon County Council has supported the
proposal that Bideford College is the preferred choice for a I must point out that we shall continue to manage the
completely new secondary school. The next step is to current buildings to make sure that students here now get
check the practicalities of building on the current site in the the best opportunities. For this reason there will still be
open spaces and then demolishing the existing buildings to some minor buildings works – including the provision of
create sports facilities - in addition to retaining Moreton changing rooms to avoid problems during examination
Park. The alternative is to build on another site in Bideford - times. This may seem odd to be spending money on this
negotiations for this option are at a very crucial stage and I site but the students here now must not lose out and we
cannot give any further information at this point. The shall still be here for another 3 years!
funding is part of a Government ‘Building Schools for the
Future’ initiative. Counties have been put into priority order This is a critical time now for students in all year groups –
and Devon is not due to come on line until about 2016. The Year 7and 8 should be settled and making steady
12 Local Authorities at the end of the programme have progress. Year 9 students should be thinking about their
been given the chance to build one secondary school SATs examinations (English, mathematics and science)
before then and we are very fortunate to have been given coming up in May; Year 10 should be making the
this opportunity. The money available is for a 1200 student necessary arrangements for their Summer term work
school and we have 1700. Devon County Councillors have experience as well as making sure that they are getting on
agreed that they will meet the shortfall. well in all of their chosen subjects. Year 11, 12 and 13
In order to secure the money we are operating within a students, of course, have their final GCSE, AS or A2
very tight timescale and if we cannot deliver examinations on the horizon and coursework and other
within that time the opportunity will go to preparations for examinations should be in the final stages.
another Devon school. The next 2 months Year 11 students should also be completing their
are crucial. Parents can be assured that I applications to join the Sixth Form or thinking about where
will be working with Governors, staff and they will be in September. Clearly, staff are
students to make sure that we do all that we can to make there to support each and every one of our
this happen. Waiting until 2016 would not be good for the students. If you have any concerns they
College. should be raised at the Progress day on 27
I would really like to hear from any parent who has contacts
with any organisation that could help us either financially or A number of staff and students from the College are
in kind. Anyone with contacts with a sporting organisation working alongside the staff and pupils of East the Water
or other group who might like to be based in or near the Primary this week to help with their Science week. Events
College should also make contact. The vision is to have include: Kite Demonstrations, a Flight Simulation activity;
lots of organisations and groups operating from a single Parachute Investigations; a Paper Plane Investigation; a
location in order to take advantage of the shared use of West Country Falconer with Birds of prey giving a fantastic
facilities. display and a talk from their handler; a demonstration flight
of a model hot air balloon and the highlight, a Fly Past by
Parents might also like to know that every student is invited 22 Squadron Air and sea rescue helicopter.
to think about whether they would like to apply for the
opportunity to become part of the student design team and, I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable half term break.
from there, to be considered as a member of the central Best wishes,
design team. I intend to make sure that current students
really do have the chance to work alongside College staff
and the professional designers to decide what we all want
for the new College.
On Monday 27 February all parents are invited into the Principal
College for our Progress days and you should all have
received your appointment time by now. It would be helpful Dates for your Diary:
if you could allow extra time as there will be a display in
Stucley dining hall about the new site. I shall also be there Half Term: Monday 20 February – Friday
throughout the day with members of the County design 24 February
team who are working with me on the project. This is a Progress Day: Monday 27 February
really good opportunity for parents to talk about what they End of Term: Friday 7 April 3.30 pm
would like from the new College – both for students, Start of Term: Monday 24 April 2006
parents and for the wider community. I look forward to Bank Holiday : Monday 1 May
Half Term: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June
Progress Day : Friday 9 June gathered will be used to help us identify areas of College
End of Term: Friday 21 July 3.30 pm life and work which are going well and those which we
need to improve.
Other Spring Term events for your diary: If your son/daughter is in years 7-11 N1, S1, E1, W1, they
Year 7 and 8 disco – Thursday 16 February
will complete a questionnaire during tutor time. You will be
PTA Quiz – Saturday 11 March : in Stucley Hall at
asked to complete a questionnaire when you come into
7.30 pm Lots of fun! Teams of 4 - Adult teams are College on Monday 27 February for the Progress Day.
£10, family teams £8, Sixth Form £8 and Junior teams The questionnaire is very simple and should only take a
£6. few minutes. If parents with children in other tutor groups
would like to fill in a questionnaire, spare copies will be
Family Science Day - Saturday June 24th from 10am. available in Stucley Dining Hall on Progress Day.
The day will feature the two Nick's. Nick Baker from BBC's If you have any queries please contact Mrs Rogers
Really Wild Show plus local resident and author of the (Assistant Principal) at the College.
Horrible Science series Nick Arnold. Entry will be free and
there will be lots of other activities, including competitions Examination Reminders
to win a range of prizes. No walkmans, mobile phones, pagers, MP 3 players,
or similar are to be taken into examinations. This is a
School Uniform rule of the examining boards for external
I am concerned with the number of students who examinations as well as being a College
are deliberately choosing not to wear PLAIN requirement for College examinations. Examination boards
black shoes/trainers. The College has a uniform always disqualify a student by cancelling any marks gained
policy and it an unexpected that all students take a pride in from any examination affected.
their appearance. Students who do not wear their College There are also a number of students arriving at
sweatshirt must sit in lessons in just their white polo shirts. examinations without the right equipment. Regulations
I thank all parents who ensure that their children leave the require candidates to write in blue or black ballpoint pen or
house every morning in the correct uniform. ink. No student should expect to write in an
examination using red pen or pencil.
Tackling Absence From School: ‘Every Lesson Counts’
Parents could obtain discounts and free child Textiles Technology : A level Product Design
places on family breaks taken during the school Congratulations to Charlotte Thorogood whose A2 Textiles
holidays as the Government has joined forces coursework has been selected as exemplar material to be
with the travel industry to launch ‘Every Lesson shared with all schools across the country. Well done,
Counts’, a new drive to tackle absence from schools. Charlotte!
The campaign will highlight incentives available to families
who book their breaks early for the school holiday periods, Year 11 Art Students
rather than opting for a trip during term-time which disrupts Year 11 Art students are advised to use the February half
their children’s education. term holiday to catch up on outstanding
It will also underline the importance of regular school coursework and to ensure that they can find all
attendance, encouraging parents to avoid taking their their exercise books and notes from Year 10 and
children out of school where at all possible, for example, by 11! Revision needs to start soon but without ALL
planning ahead to book routine appointments outside the information vital marks could be lost.
A dedicated website www.parentscentre.gov.uk/ Year 10 Work Experience
everylessoncounts will provide links to key early booking Parents of Year 10 students are reminded that work
deals on domestic and overseas holiday as well as offers experience for all of Year 10 takes place in week
specially tailored for the campaign by major holiday commencing July 10 . We expect all pupils to have
companies such as Thomas Cook, Airtours, BA Holidays, placements arranged by the end of April. Half term can be
Virgin Holidays and the Co-operative Group. a good time for placements hunting!
‘Every Lesson Counts’ has been developed by the
Department of Education and Skills in Partnership with the Revision Classes for Year 11 students
Association of British Travel Agents, the Federation of Tour Specific classes on ‘How to revise’ and getting organised
Operators and VisitBritain. Offers will be updated as the for revision together with various support mechanisms and
campaign moves forward. other information will be available to all Year 11 students
over the remaining few weeks. I strongly advise them to
Medical Issues: If your child has had an accident and has take advantage of every opportunity given – including
restricted mobility, for example requires crutches or has asking staff to go over the bits that didn’t make sense the
problems going up stairs, please make sure that you first time around!
contact the nurse or Mrs Warne, Senior Teaching Assistant
(TA): Physical Difficulties, before they come back to SIXTH FORM
school. This way we can make plans to accommodate Sixth Form Information Evening
your child's new difficulties immediately as well as saving This important annual event took place on
any embarrassment or confusion. Thank you. Wednesday 8 February in the Theatre
and Stucley building for all Year 11
Student Questionnaires students. The evening provided an
As part of our College monitoring and excellent opportunity for students to find
evaluation programme we are asking a out the wide range of courses that are available and to
sample group of parents (approximately have the chance to speak to subject teachers and Sixth
25% of years 7 – 11 and 25% of the sixth Form students. Individual interviews for students to join the
form) to complete questionnaires about the College and Sixth Form start after half term.
their son or daughter’s education. All questionnaires will be Exams and Results Day
anonymous (each year group will have a different colour Many Sixth Form students have been involved in important
paper to enable us to identify issues which may be external exams last month. Results are due out on
particular to a certain year group) although you may add Thursday 16 March.
your son/daughter’s name if you wish. The information
Year 12 Parents’ Evening Environmental effects long and short term. Positive
This will take place on Thursday 23 March in Stucley and negative effects.
starting at 5pm. Your son or daughter will shortly be given How can we slow it down/reduce Climate Change –
an appointments sheet. solutions.
EMA’s – Education Maintenance Allowance Alternative energy production pros and cons.
All students who are eligible on the grounds of good Sea level models. Relationships between CO2 and
attendance and meeting academic criteria, will receive a temp.
£100 bonus this month in line with the Government’s Gulf stream effects.
policy. For further information, please contact Mr Neill or Atmosphere and water cycle.
Mrs Boyne. Local examples.
Update on University Applications
Up to date, easy to interpret, graphs and data.
The majority of Sixth Form students have received many
Copy right; free to use resources.
offers from universities they have been applying to since
last term. For some professions, such as teaching and Files that do not take a long time to download/film
nursing, students have to attend either group or individual clips etc.
interviews as part of the selection process. Meanwhile for
those students who are planning to study Art, they are now ExplorOcean, the new science centre due to open at the
busy completing their portfolios prior to interviews that take National Marine Aquarium in Easter 2006, is a showcase
place shortly. for Climate Lab, the newinteractive display.
What goes into Climate Lab will largely
Pilot Project: Investigating Marine Issues with Climate depend on the outcomes from these
Change meetings with staff and comments from
Bideford College are one of 10 partner schools working students.
with the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth on Friday 3 February saw a group of 30 students from
developing a Climate Lab which students, teachers and Bideford College travel to Plymouth. As a partner schools
visitors from around the world will be able to use to see the students were allowed first access to these resources
impact of the changing world on the future climate. and in order to try them out and evaluate them. This
The project will investigate the provision for allowed staff at the aquarium to modify resources and
climate change topics within formal teaching, make it more user friendly for the target age group of 9-15
examine the links between informal and formal year olds. Jonathan Brewer, Assistant Principal said ‘this
science teaching and improve provision for is a fantastic opportunity for Bideford College students to
educators to address the difficulties experienced in be involved in the development and evaluation of an
engaging young people with science. international project. Becoming a partner school in this
The project counts on different activities: project builds on our recent links with Plymouth Marine
- research into the educational curriculum, through the Aquarium and very much fits our second year topic of
collection of news, articles and studies, Specialist Science status, managing the environment’.
- contacts with academics and universities, Caroline Johnson, Educational co-ordinator for the
-activities with schools: pupils aged from 13 to 16 years old aquarium commenting on the project said:
(KS4) will be invited to visit the Aquarium and will be ‘All the schools involved were excited about this project
involved in exhibits and websites evaluation. and looking forward to the potential uses. There is a need
The project will culminate in the creation of “Climate Lab”, a to address important issues such as Climate Change in a
one-stop shop for teachers, pupils and science centres fun and informative way to inspire the young people of
dealing with the topic of climate change. tomorrow. Teachers need support and materials that they
Impact understand and work. Time inside and outside the
The focus will be on presenting science - climate change in classroom are always an issue for teachers so if
particular - as dynamic, contemporary and controversial. the resources are already curriculum linked and
Facts will be replaced by opinions and evidence. The instant to use it will help. Getting the teachers and
student will be in control of the learning experience – students onboard now will only aid the project to
choosing their own route through the topics presented to be a more informed and useful resource for many
reach their own conclusions. more schools other than our partners’.
Concepts/topics that should be addressed in Climate Lab
are largely related to the list given from the schools
curriculum search. Below are some of the suggestions: Emily Trapnell (Yr 12) represented the College at the Zonal
Southern Schools Trampolining Champion-ships held in
Are the public getting the same story as the
Enfield, Middlesex. We were one of 123 schools who
entered trampolinists who had qualified in previous schools
Politics/economics of climate change.
competitions throughout the southern region. Emily, who
Satellite technology. gained a bronze medal at the South West Schools
Atmospheric physics. Championships held in Wellington last month, bounced two
Citizenship issues and local responsibility for our advanced routines but the competition was fierce with all
environment. competitors desperate to qualify to the next round in
On line experts so children can ask questions. Birmingham for national squad selection. However, even
Global warming/ greenhouse effect. with an excellent combined score of 47.8 and only 0.1 or
nothing in the majority of cases separating competitors The College library is a “dual use” library which means that
placing, Emily was only ranked 11 in her U19 age group. it is our College library for most of the week (funded by us)
Congratulations to Emily for getting that far! Emily trains and a public library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3pm –
with Sue Furniss at Bideford Bouncers Trampoline Club 5pm and Fridays 5pm-7pm throughout the year (funded by
which is sponsored by the Bideford Bridge Trust. County). It is the public hours that the County are
Devon Schools’ Cross Country
Championships We have had meetings with County Councillors and
Everyone ran well in the freezing cold at Grenville County Library Services and we are making a case to
College recently. Erica Woolgar, Jack Langford retain our library as dual use. We believe that it is important
and Kirsty Hamilton won medals for finishing in the top 3 of as this designation enables us to do a great deal of work
their races and will run for Devon with Davey Platt and Tom with partner primary schools and have the library open for
Langford who achieved top 10 places. Full results are:- use during school holidays. This encourages young
Year 7 girls Leanna Fay 12 , Chelsea Crawshaw 19 children to use the library and visit the college
Year 7 boys – Andrew Glass 35 , Liam Shaxton 40 which stands them in good stead when they are
Brandon Neal-Reidy 45 , Freddy Blick 46 of an age to transfer to secondary school. It is
Junior Girls – Erica Woolgar 3rd, Alice Kitto 35 , Sarah also an important facility for our community as
Vanstone 36 for some people, a journey down into town is very difficult.
Junior boys – Jack Langford 2 , Sean Downing 20
Inter girls – Jessie Giddy 22nd If any parents would like more information please contact
Inter boys – Davey Platt 7 , Craig Bellew 14 , Dan Mapp Mrs Rogers, Assistant Principal at the College and if you
30 , Sam Bissett would like to write to the Council to support our case, I
Senior girls – Kirsty Hamilton 2 should be most grateful. Letters should be sent to Mrs S
Senior boys – Tom Langford 5 Shambrook (Librarian) c/o the College.
Badminton Bideford Film Society
Congratulations to Tom Shapland Year 9 who is the 4
ranked U15 Badminton play in Devon. Friday 24th & Saturday 25th February
‘Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire’(PG)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, David Tennant, Emma Watson,
Netball Eric Sykes, Mark Williams, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes,
Congratulations to Alice Rees, Sophie Littlejohns Robbie Coltrane, Rupert Grint, Timothy Spall
(U16) and Charlotte Staddon (U14) who
represented North Devon in Netball. They were Harry faces a dangerous challenge as an under-aged competitor in
all members of the recent team who won the Inter Counties the multi-wizardry school competition
Netball Championships which took place on 5 February at
Bideford College. Also well doe to Alice Rees who was Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March
‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ (PG)
invited to play for Devon against Gloucestershire in a
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest, Judi Dench, Kelly Reilly,
recent Netball fixture. Will Young
On the cusp of the second world war, an eccentric widow busy an
Dance old theatre in London and re-launches it as a venue for nude
The Senior Dance Club will be performing at the Landmark revues
Theatre in March as part of the National Trust ‘Coastline’ Coming Soon : The Constant Gardener, Narnia,
project. Tickets are available from the Landmark or King Kong
Queens Theatre box offices. Doors open 7.00 pm Film Starts 7.30 pm
Having been invited to the ABA England Boxing squad Recycling
training camp at Crystal Palace, Tom Langford (Yr 12) has MOMO Theatre Group visited Bideford College on Friday
been selected to box for Young England against Young 27th January.
France in Lowestoft on 15 February. They gave a performance about recycling to year 8
Contact Information The performance was excellent and it certainly got the
Can I please remind parents of the importance of the important message across about the amount of rubbish
College having accurate contact information that we throw away and the possibilities of recycling and
for students. Please ensure sure that we are reusing items. The pupils were very interested in what they
advised of any change of address or phone saw and the humour in the performance reinforced the
number (including mobiles) as soon as point nicely!
possible. The free performance was organised by Devon County
Council and offered to Bideford College through Sophie
Library Consultation - Coleman in recognition of the work that she has done
As you may know from the local press, the county are alongside students on recycling and other
reviewing the library service across the whole of the region. environmental issues.
As part of the review they are considering the Bideford For further information about the theatre
libraries, one of which is down in the town and the other group please visit www.momotheatre.co.uk
which is the College library, based on the Geneva site.
Reply slip : It is clear that not all students remember to hand their newsletter to their parents once they get home! In order to help us and to
make sure that more parents see the newsletter we have included a reply slip which should be returned tomorrow to your son/daughter’s tutor.
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