Newstead Wood School for Girls
Newsletter - End of Spring term April 2011
Newstead is an Academy from 1 April 2011. The Chair of Governors and I shall be writing to
students and parents very soon, detailing the benefits that come from being an academy.
I wish to express my thank to Mrs Penn and the Governing Body for their commitment and expert
help through the conversion process and to Mrs June Riley, our Bursar, who has borne the major
responsibility of getting Newstead ready.
Exam Results Days Prizewinner!
Although they seem a long way off, please St John’s College, Oxford, ran its first
note the following dates for collecting exam Classics and Ancient History Essay
results: Competition this year, open to Year 12
students in the United Kingdom. Students
18 August for AS, A2 and Level 3 Diploma could submit one essay of up to 2,000 words
25 August for GCSE and Level 2 Diploma on one of four titles.
The school will be open between 10.30 am Meryl Morant chose to write on “What is the
and 12 Noon on both days. ancient world’s single most significant
contribution to philosophy?” and won the
If you would like someone to collect results competition, receiving her prize at St John’s
on your behalf, please provide a note College during Enrichment Week. Meryl is
confirming this and ask the person to bring hoping to study Philosophy at university,
ID when they come to collect your results. hence her interest in this question. She
Or, if you want the results posted, please wrote about Socrates, noting how he pre-
provide an addressed label with £1 postage. empted other great thinkers (including Jesus
NO RESULTS WILL BE GIVEN OVER Christ) in many of his views. Many
THE TELPHONE OR BY EMAIL. congratulations to her for this superb
Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s Vouchers Needed
We are now collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and Tesco school vouchers. We
rely on these vouchers to purchase much needed equipment for the school so that we can
improve the variety of teaching resources available to the students.
Please ask your daughter to bring the vouchers in and put them in the collection box in
reception or by the main office.
Educational Visits MAMMA MIA!
Parents and carers will be aware that school By Newstead Wood’s Abba
places great emphasis on enriching and As part of the Brick by Brick fundraising
enhancing the taught curriculum through initiative, staff have got together to produce
educational visits. We continue to offer an their own cover version of the Abba song
impressive range of opportunities in contrast ‘Mamma Mia!’. Filmed by Mr Fleet and co-
to national trends. Parents and carers will directed by Mr Fleet, Mr Hunt and Mrs
also be aware from national media coverage McCormack, the DVD shows the staff as
of the attention which is rightly placed on never seen before!
ensuring appropriate health and safety
measures are in place for any such visits - Selling at the bargain price of £3.00 the
and staff work very hard in planning and DVD includes a 90-second trailer, then the
preparing such visits so that all such actual song, followed by five minutes of out-
standards are met, if not exceeded, and that takes – a truly professional production.
the most exciting opportunities are made Orders, with money, should be placed in the
available to our students. Many such trips box marked ‘Mamma Mia’ in reception.
can be over a year in the planning; others are The DVDs will be delivered in the first week
opportunities which arise at (sometimes back after Easter.
very) short notice. At this time of year,
following Enrichment Week and with the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Summer Term ahead, it is appropriate to The Year 10 Bronze participants are now
recognise the support parents and carers also well underway with their training for their
provide which enables these trips to take expeditions in the Summer term and have
place. This includes the timely completion made a good start on the other sections of
and return of consent slips and payments, the award. Our Gold pilot group undertook
keeping passports and European Health their training weekend in March in the South
Insurance Cards up to date, sourcing Downs and were rewarded with glorious
specialist equipment, arranging packed weather for walking and an induction into
lunches, dropping off and collecting students the art of sub-zero camping!
at often unsociable hours and sometimes
accompanying the trips. Without this support Over forty successful participants from Year
from parents and carers the scale and range 11 and 12 were honoured at a presentation
of trips and visits would not happen, and the evening last week held by the London
students' education would be diminished as a Borough of Bromley where their
result. commitment to volunteering and self-
improvement was recognised by the Mayor.
Every trip which takes place is planned to
ensure that maximum efficiencies are It's not too late for students in Years 11 to 13
achieved. One of these efficiencies is to to complete their Bronze award. Books
minimize the number of lessons requiring should be handed in before students
cover caused by staff being out, and staff disappear for examinations and their award
planning visits seek to minimize this. The will then be processed. Please dig out your
present straitened economic times mean that books and ensure that your achievement will
where a visit occasions cover to be bought in be acknowledged.
by the school, the cost of the visit will Miss Rawe and Miss Wright
include a contribution towards this. As such,
for some visits and excursions where entry is
free of charge there will nevertheless be a
Families in receipt of benefits may write, in
confidence, to the Headteacher for support.
Japanese shock of standing in a river and getting
Congratulations to Year 9 students, Shannon hands wet, students rose to the challenge and
and Tia for their poster and to Sophie and it was clearly a very enjoyable experience
Stephanie for their PowerPoint . These won with students quick to get involved at each
the Japanese category of the ATLAS site. Students will follow up this work in the
Olympic Competition organised by UCL. It classroom and use their data to present their
is a great achievement that the school has findings.
won for the second year running.
The department would also like to extend
Y10 Japanese students are also busy with their thanks to the students of the coach
their involvement in an e-mentor scheme which broke down on returning to school;
with SOAS Japanese students. This has led your co-operation and tolerance helped make
to them meeting up with their mentors dealing with the situation quicker and safer.
during a visit to SOAS following which
some of the students talked about the benefit Enrichment Week
of e-mentoring to Japanese teachers at the 14 – 18 March 2011
Japan Foundation in London. Tolu, This was a most enjoyable and rewarding
Charlotte and Martha will each receive a interlude in the school year as students rose
book token for doing a splendid to the challenge of new opportunities.
presentation. You can find out about the Creativity, team work and problem solving
events of the day and other activities at the were much in evidence and the week was
Japanese Newstead Wood website (link from particularly valuable in delivering aspects of
school home page). our citizenship and enterprise programmes
of study. Thank you to all parents for your
The new Y8 class has started well with thirty support for the activities and especially to
students now studying as well as two parents and governors who accompanied
members of staff, demonstrating the trips and professionals from the world of
increasing popularity of Japanese at work who conducted mock interviews.
Newstead. They are all involved with
fundraising for ongoing support for the History
victims of the recent devastating earthquake Somme Visit 18 March 2011
and tsunami. This was a new venture for the History
Department as Year 9 was the first year to
Geography visit the Somme Battlefields in France.
This half term has been another productive Anglia Tours ran the day and as ever their
one for the Geography department. guides brought to life the experience of
fighting on the Western Front and
A number of Sixth Form students particularly the horrific first day of the Battle
participated in extra-curricular lecture of the Somme. We visited a variety of sites
opportunities in London run by the Royal and students were thoroughly engaged and
Geographical Society and Act Global on the focused throughout the day. They were at
topics of Poverty in the United Kingdom and all times a credit to the school and the guides
Attitudes towards Migration. commented on the thoughtfulness and
intelligence of their questions. The day
As part of the their Geography course on ended with a moving ceremony
rivers Year 8 spent the day at the River remembering those lost at the Somme by
Tillingbourne in Dorking, Surrey. Students laying a wreath of poppies at the Thiepval
were lead by tutors of the Fieldstudies memorial to the missing.
Council in taking measurements of the river
in order to investigate how the river changes I should very much like to thank all the staff,
as you move downstream. After the initial parents and the governor who accompanied
the trip and particularly Mrs Vallely, our Russia. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and
curriculum assistant who dealt with all the informative day for everyone who attended.
extensive paperwork and organisation of the
trip and Mrs Smith for so ably leading Parliament Trip – Y10 History
Coach One. We arrived at Charing Cross at 11am and
Mrs Mackinnon, Head of History walked the short distance down Whitehall to
Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.
Y9 History We walked into Westminster Hall where we
In January students across Year 9 completed waited for the tour guide. We went to both
an assessment on ‘Interpretations’ whereby the House of Commons and the House of
they explored differing judgements of Lords, at opposite ends of the Palace of
General Haig’s leadership during the First Westminster. We passed many statues,
World War. The task was set in the context paintings and other rooms and learned about
of a letter to be written to English Heritage, what happens when the Queen visits and
the body responsible for the maintenance of other interesting ceremonies. This linked in
statues across London, exploring the with information about how things are run at
question of whether or not it is appropriate Parliament and how laws are passed which
for there to be a statue of Haig on Whitehall, was relevant to what we have been studying
almost adjacent to the Cenotaph. The letters in class.
having been duly assessed and levelled the
Department sent a sample to English The House of Commons is green and
Heritage. The students were delighted to very basic compared to the Lords.
receive a response from Pippa Smith, the Throughout the Palace there are numerous
Head of Education at English Heritage. juxtapositions of the historical and the
modern. You notice many things that you
“I read the letters that you sent me with great cannot see on television, like the bullet proof
interest. They were well balanced and glass between the public galleries and the
thoughtfully written showing the complexity main chamber, the many microphones
of this type of discussion. They also hanging down from the ceiling and the
demonstrate one of the many quandaries an speakers in the chairs. In the centre of the
organisation such as English Heritage faces Commons there is the despatch box and the
regularly, as a hero to one person may be a Speaker’s chair. The Speaker basically keeps
villain to another… I felt that they showed a the peace between all the different MPs!
high level of historical understanding and an There are also two red lines down the centre
ability to see different points of view. This is of the chamber. This ensures the government
difficult for many adults to achieve and it is and opposition are kept two swords length
very heartening to see Year 9 girls with apart and dates back to when members used
these skills.’ to wear swords. To vote in the Commons
you have to physically walk through one of
Praise indeed – justified – for students’ two rooms on either side of the chamber,
perceptive and cogent understanding shown which is either for or against the issue being
in this work. debated. We got to see first hand how things
happen as opposed to sitting in a classroom
A level History Conference and learning about it from a textbook or
On 1 March 2011 Year 13 attended an A video. It was visually interesting and added
level History Conference on ‘Russia 1941- more detail, colour and depth to the topic as
1991’. Speakers included professors from we learnt things to secure and enhance our
the universities of UCL, Leeds and current knowledge and understanding.
Sheffield. The lecture on ‘The Fall of the Dina Asher Smith and Melissa Hinkley
USSR’ was particularly insightful as
Professor Simon Dixon relayed his
memories of this happening whilst he was in
English Finally and most creatively, Mrs
Poet in Residence Jay Bernard gave a McCormack has been producing a brilliant
successful performance at 'Words and staff DVD called Mamma Mia for the brick -
Music 2011'. Her twenty minute gig was by-brick fund.
much appreciated by the staff and students
who attended this year's show. ‘Words and Sport
Music` celebrates original works in music, Hayes Netball Tournament
poetry and dance at Newstead. Jay, who is On Wednesday 16 February the Year 7 A
presently at Oriel College Oxford, ran two Squad attended the Hayes Netball
masterclasses at the school earlier in the year Tournament. Fourteen different schools
and worked with over sixty students. Thank entered a team and we were placed into 2
you to Dr Parsons and Ms Fletcher for their pools. The squad had some challenging
marvellous contributions to the music competition and played extremely hard. In
section which embodied ‘Last words’ and our pool we won 4 matches and drew 2
included sections of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which enabled us to be placed second in our
Georgian music and Bach's last fugue. section. We then played the winner of the
other pool, Bromley High, who played
Enrichment Week saw the celebration of exceedingly well and sadly we were beaten.
theatrical company's visit called ‘Say Two’ We then played for third place against
performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Miller's Chislehurst and Sidcup and won. Colfe's
‘A View from the Bridge’ to the Year 11 came second in the tournament and we drew
cohort. Our Year 7 cohort was successfully with this team during the tournament so felt
entertained at the Churchill Theatre at a that we had achieved a good placing. A
performance of ‘A Midsummer Night's great time was had by all and the player’s
Dream’. player was Anastasia Davis. Congratulations
to her and the rest of the team.
The Department has worked successfully
with the Modern Languages Specialism to Kent Netball Tournamnent
produce poems on ‘Identity’ for the On Thursday 24 March the Year 7 Netball
Lebanese Minister of Education. Over 200 Squad attended the Kent Netball
entries were collated by Lana Shukir , Tournament at Rainham School. The squad
Martha van Bakel and Ese Chinosa. First played exceptionally hard and achieved
prize judged by the three students has been second place in the pool. We were then
awarded to Alice Clarke in 8N.Well done! through to the knock out stages and made it
through to the quarter finals before being
It has been a pleasure to work in a cross- defeated by Highstead. The students worked
curricular way with other departments and to well as a team and pulled out all the stops,
meet new staff, Haleh Razii-Ryall, whose even managing to beat Bromley High, a
enthusiasm and contacts have held the great victory as we lost to them in the Hayes
project together. tournament. Congratulations to the whole
squad for their brilliant efforts,
Ian Alston who works with Philosophy in determination and enthusiasm. The girls
the Classroom project was in three class were very supportive of each other and
discussions with 7N, 8N and a Year 10 should be commended for this excellent
group today conducting conversations on attitude.
identity and change.
Furthermore the department celebrated the Esme Flinders, Morgan Ivory, Ella Wingard
arrival of Ms Viggers' new son, Arthur, and (captain), Jenny Nandi, Anastasia Davis,
with it the arrival of Ms Apter to replace Ms Beth Carroll, Kirstin Clark, Judi Kasem,
Viggers while she is on maternity leave. Sankhya Ramanan, Anna Kelly, Emily
Carter, Ione Galpeer-Shade and Rochelle Year 10 Nightingale
Brant. Seniors Swift
Tag Rugby Hockey
Our new tag rugby club has to be one of the Year 7 Wren
fastest growing lunch time clubs in the Year 8 Falcon
history of Newstead Wood School for Girls! Year 9 Swift and Falcon
Only three weeks new and we already have
almost 30 girls from both KS3 and KS4. Athletics
What is even more exciting is our invitation On 2 March a Year 7 and 8 athletics team
to participate in the London Youth Games competed at the Bromley Indoor Athletics
for Bromley in the Tag Rugby event in July. Championships. The teams had been
In the run up to the London Youth Games selected to compete in a variety of jumping,
we will have two other competitions as well throwing, sprinting and paced running
as some friendly matches. activities and all athletes performed with
If you are interested in joining this fastest
growing lunch time club come along every We finished in the top two in many events
Wednesday at 1.30pm on the playing field. with our main rivals being Cator Park. In
the end we came second by two points
AAA National Indoor Championships which qualified us for the London Regional
Dina Asher-Smith, Year 10, went to the Finals. Unfortunately the finals were during
National Indoor Championships at the end of Enrichment Week which meant we could not
February and, against expectations, won attend but competing at the events has filled
both of her events. She set personal best us with confidence for the upcoming outdoor
times in both the 60m and 200m of 7.61 and athletics season.
24.67 respectively to become English Indoor
Champion. Well done to all those who competed at such
a high level and Mrs Eason is looking
Biathlon-National Schools Championships forward to seeing you out on the athletics
On Saturday 26 March Kate Curran, Year track in the summer.
10, competed in the National Schools’
Biathlon Final having qualified through two Sports Awards Evening
previous rounds. She had a brilliant run to Unfortunately this year, due to changes in
achieve 2nd place but was overtaken in the staffing, we will not be able to run our
swim, finishing 6th overall. This is an Sports Awards Evening next term.
excellent level of achievement. Apologies to parents, but all our sports
teams and individual athletes will still
Congratulations to both Dina and Kate on receive their colours and have their
their outstanding performances. achievements in school recognised through
special sports assemblies.
We have had the Netball and Hockey Tennis – special offer for Newstead Wood
Interhouse events over the last two terms In the summer term there will be morning
and all age groups have participated. The tennis sessions at Bromley Tennis Centre
students have put a huge amount of effort from 07.30 to 08.20 for just £5.50 per
into their play and the results are as follows: session. Mondays – Beginners, Thursdays –
Improvers, Fridays – Advanced.
Netball *More sessions available if demand is high.*
Year 7 Swift
Year 8 Swift After school and weekend junior classes in
Year 9 Falcon four progressive levels, 4 to 1, will be run.
Whether you are a total beginner or a future In June a visit to Barclays Capital for 25
star in the making we have a range of students in Year 12 will offer an insight into
sessions especially for you. Call the centre investment banking, again thanks to one of
on 01689 880407 for more information and our parent links.
to book your place!
Finally, please remember to come to our
Online Resources Careers in Media seminar that will take
Learning place on Tuesday 10 May at 7.00pm in the
Alan Percy the Clinical Director of the school hall and promises an insight into a
Oxford University counselling service said range of media-related careers. Students
in an article for the Times Educational from Year 8 upwards and parents are most
Supplement that many students often don’t welcome.
grasp the true meaning of learning. In his
words: “Learning is finding out something Middle School News
that you did not know and struggling with Year 8 - by Prerana Joshi, 8S
it”. There are various resources to help The past few weeks in Year 8 have been
students think about themselves as learners jam-packed and we've hardly been in school
available at: (not that we're complaining!). We have just
http://learningstudy.wordpress.com/ visited Osmington Bay and developed our
teamwork as well as having great fun. From
Careers and University Support braving the trapeze to screaming on the giant
There is a new course on Newstead Moodle swing, we were exhilarated by everything
– ‘Careers and University Support’. This we did. The chalets were interesting and the
offers much information and includes teachers' dancing at the disco was slightly
sections on exploring careers, university crazy, with Miss Morley's amazing
applications, taking a gap year and breakdancing and Mr Pitrik's farmdance!
Straight after Enrichment Week we went on
News from Careers the River Tillingbourne field trip for
On 11 March a group of Year 12 Geography and most recently, a few of us
psychologists visited the Bracton Centre, a (mostly form captains and deputies) went to
medium-secure unit that helps rehabilitate the Bromley Youth Conference to discuss
offenders with a range of psychiatric and important aspects of growing up such as
psychological disorders. This was an Cyberbullying, Mutual Respect and Drugs
excellent opportunity to gain an insight into Awareness. We presented what we learned
a whole range of health-related professions to our forms in a PSHE session last week.
all working together in one facility. Overall we are so pleased to have been given
so many great opportunities in such a short
Interesting presentations and QA sessions period of time.
were given throughout the morning from
occupational therapy, psychiatry, nursing, Stop Press.... Priya Wasu is in the under-13
business management, social work and Kent hockey team. Well done!
clinical psychology. Students also gained an
insight into the effects of drug and alcohol Year 9 - by Zaynah Nayeck and Danielle
on mental health in the UK from one of the Hassoon, 9S and members of 9W
lead psychiatrists. This opportunity all came We have done many interesting activities
about thanks to a parent on our careers during this half-term such as going on a
committee; the work of the careers tiring but fascinating day trip to the Somme.
committee is invaluable in supporting the We all found this trip deeply moving and it
careers work of the school. really helped us to understand more about
World War 1, to enhance our History
lessons. This was during Enrichment Week,
which we experienced for the third time; we Eco-House Captains
also learned about the Houses of Parliament, We are the new Eco-House Captains and we
weapons through the ages and, during a hope to continue the amazing success of last
session on the Model United Nations, all year’s captains who, along with many other
about refugees and asylum seekers. The achievements, won a STAR (Sustainable
'Rapid Response Challenge' really improved Travel Awards Reception) award for the
our problem-solving and team-working ‘Most Innovative Curriculum Project’ in last
skills, especially while building the tents. week’s award ceremony at Bromley Civic
During the half-term holiday a number of us
went to Saas Fee on the school ski trip. To introduce ourselves:
Everyone who went thoroughly enjoyed Megan McCluskey 12/7 – Nightingale
themselves. Unforgettable memories were Sarah Warrington 12/7 – Wren
made and we will forever treasure them. Comfort Jarrett-Cocker 12/6 – Swift
Naomi Gettins 12/8 – Falcon
We congratulate those who received a Nancy Ellis 12/4 – Griffin
Bronze, Silver or Gold Certificate for the
Intermediate Maths Challenge and both 9F We are hoping to have a productive year and
and 9S who came joint first in the interhouse are currently investigating the way students
hockey tournament. We are now starting to travel to school. We hope to encourage
prepare for next term, with end-of-year more sustainable methods of transport whilst
exams, the IFS exam and, of course, our last raising the profile of the Eco-House. We
Performing Arts! look forward to updating you all on our
The latest Engineering Newsletter is being
distributed by ParentMail and is also
available on the school website
Year 9 Independent Projects
After their exams are over in May, Year 9 students will be working on individual independent
projects. This will give them an opportunity to explore a question or a problem which they are
interested in, but which perhaps is not covered by the school subject curriculum. It will also be a test
of their organisational, planning and thinking skills. Year 9 students will not be set any homework
for the two weeks between 16 - 27 May, instead dedicating all their independent study time to
developing and producing their projects. Students will also be giving presentations about their
projects on the evening of Wednesday 15 June. Year 9 parents will receive more information about
the projects via Parentmail at the beginning of next term. Please take the opportunity to talk to your
daughters about their plans and ideas! We look forward to seeing what they come up with.
I wish all of our families a happy and restful break.
Please return the reply slip to the form tutor by 7 April 2011.
Mrs E Allen
Term Dates 2010/2011
Tuesday 26 April – Friday 27 May
(Royal Wedding 29 April)
(Bank Holiday 2 May)
Half-term 30 May – 3 June
Monday 6 June – Friday 22 July
The School will be closed for Professional Development on:
Wednesday 20 July 2011
Thursday 21 July 2011
Friday 22 July 2011
(NB: CPD Days may be subject to change)
The school will be closed for Selection Test Day on Friday 11 November 2011.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE FORM TUTOR
PLEASE RETURN BY THURSDAY 7 APRIL 2011.
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