A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PEACEFUL ... - Charter Academy by wuzhenguang


									                                                      December 2011

                                                                          The Senior Leadership Team, Governors,
                                                                           Staff and Students of Charter Academy
                                                                                    would like to wish you

Dear Parent/Carer

                                                                                      A VERY
Your children have continued to work hard this
term. Most students have made far more
progress than students in other schools and are
catching up in areas where they fell behind in
the past. We’ve tested all students’ reading ages. Many students
have reading ages that fall a long way behind their real ages. We
                                                                          MERRY CHRISTMAS
need your help with this. Please encourage your child to read. It
doesn’t matter what they read, so long as they find it interesting
(within reason of course). Your child’s reading will improve quickly if
they read. If you would like to know what your child’s reading age is
please contact their Year Learning Manager.
                                                                              PEACEFUL 2012
This term, students have had the opportunity to take part in three
very different events. Events which for some have been life
changing and character forming moments.

As part of the Shakespeare in Schools project, a group of students            Our Christmas programme
from all year groups, produced and presented Macbeth. They were
able to take to the stage at the Kings Theatre and RADA in London,
where they gave really professional performances.
                                                                              14th December - Academy
Through the Lord Mayor’s Passport programme, students took part
in the Great South Run, either running or supporting the event
                                                                                  Christmas Dinner
through marshalling. Students spent several weeks preparing for
the race and on the day, all those taking part, finished with excellent    15th December - Parent Council
                                                                                Christmas Quiz night
Following on from the success of the 2010/2011 Duke of Edinburgh
Award Young Leaders Project, another group of students have                   16th December - Academy
started this programme for 2011/2012. Students have already
spent several sessions working on team building events and have
                                                                               Christmas Carol Concert
spent a weekend camping in the New Forest.

However, it’s not only through projects such as this that we give our
students the opportunity to grow as young people - enrichment
activities in and out of the classroom allow them to do things that
they may never have thought or dreamt about, and it is this that
makes us the Academy that we are.

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry
Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

                        Dates to remember
15th December 2011 - Parent Council Christmas Quiz night
19th December 2011 - 3rd January 2012 inclusive - Christmas holiday                     If you wish to comment on or
3rd January 2012 - school closed - staff INSET                                           contribute towards Charter
4th January 2012 - students return to school                                          Academy’s newsletter, we would
26th January 2012 - Parent Council meeting                                             love to hear from you. You can
13th - 17th February 2012 inclusive - Half Term                                                 contact us on:
13th & 14th February 2012 - Coursework catch up & exam school                         newsletter@charteracademy.org.uk
20th and 21st February 2012 - school closed - staff INSET
23rd February 2012 - Academic Evening
29th March 2012 - Parent Council meeting
A fantastic cast of Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils brought Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ thrillingly to life this term in
both Portsmouth and London, as part of the national Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Set in a savage, tribal society, Charter’s production made full use of its 20-strong cast, who were on stage
throughout. Bamboo poles helped create a multitude of scenes – battle, army camp, coronation and forest
all sprang quickly and imaginatively to life. The actors used considerable physical skill to create large, vivid
images of the play’s themes, murder, ambition and war being most prominent. The appearance of the
piece was given a real lift through the use of fur and leather for costume, as well as dramatic, Celtic-style
make-up, and an atmospheric sound track accompanied key moments. Last but not least, the famous
witches were portrayed by large, disembodied heads on poles, looming over the other actors, their long
hair falling almost down to the ground as they swayed menacingly.

Macbeth was a triumph for the whole company, but several individual performances are worth mentioning.
The witches, played by Bonnie Potter, Louise Snook and Danielle Robinson used their voices superbly to
capture mischief and malice; Callum Tickner was a theatrical and authoritative Duncan; David Tubbs a great
Macduff, superb in the emotional scene where he discovers Macbeth has murdered his wife; Zarina
Molchan and Tshibola Kabongo as two completely believable murderers; and towering central
performances from Lee Backhouse and Holly Sayer as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, showing the thought,
emotion and quality that marks out special work.

Having performed with distinction at the New Theatre Royal with several other schools, the production
then played at the Vanbrugh-Jerwood Theatre at RADA in London, as part of the ARK Shakespeare Festival,
along with other schools in the ARK network. Unsurprisingly, they lifted their performance, earning
excellent feedback from Sarah Gregory, Enrichment Programme Manager for ARK schools. Teamwork,
concentration and the response to Shakespearean text during the whole process was inspiring, and a credit
to Charter.

Thanks to Mrs Howard for her help with script work and costume, Mr Fenwick for his help with props, and
Year 11 Lee Willis for outstanding lighting operation (which he also did for other shows in the Festival).
Congratulations to Mrs O’Neill and Mr Robinson for directing and organising a show that really showed
what our students are capable of.
                    GREAT SOUTH RUN
    Congratulations to the students from the Lord Mayor's Appeal who
     were involved with the Junior South run. The event took place on
                    29th October at Southsea seafront.

    The runners included Kyle Wesley, Staci Oakes, Gabriella Walker
    and Lee Harman. They were supported by Edward Dunn, Lauren
     McDonald, Bonnie Potter and Shaun Taylor. Shaun was also a
                         marshal for the race.

          All monies raised went to our charity 'Save the Child'.


  Well done Jenna Street, Bonnie Potter, Lauren McDonald and David
    Tubbs, who supported the Warwick Crescent Housing Naming
 Ceremony on the 20th September 2011. The students were joined by
the present and past Lord Mayors of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Football
           Club players, local historians and other officials.

The new homes were part of the Somerstown regeneration project and
     our students were excellent ambassadors for the Academy.
S T O P           P R E S S . . . . . . . .
Charter Academy CYP National Champion - Mateusz Ziolkowski
   Thursday 24th November, CYP (Clubs for Young People) National Championships (GB),
    Class A (born 1995) Middleweight (70-75kg) Finals
   Venue: Harlow Greyhound Stadium, Essex
   Opponent: Dexter Thomas (West Leeds ABC)
   First Round: 3-3
   Second Round: 7-5 up
   Third Round: 8-8 (count back 12-12)
   Finally went to judges decision - Mateusz wins by 4-1.
   Returned to Portsmouth 02:30 - back to school following morning
   We are a group of parents and carers who meet monthly at Charter Academy, to support the school.

   We have children at Charter Academy in Years 7 to 11.

   We meet monthly on a Thursday from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.

   We meet members of the local community between 7.00pm - 7.20pm at our monthly meetings to share their views.

   We have planned activities for Spring 2012, including internet training, visitors and meetings with the Charter Academy
    Student Council.

   We help support issues within school.

   Attend and support school events such as Open Evenings and Academic Review Evenings.

   Come to meetings.

   E-mail the Parent Council with any queries, questions, concerns and issues.

   E-mail us at parent.council@charteracademy.org.uk

   Come along to a meeting. We meet from 7.00pm - 9.00pm in the Tech Block at Charter Academy.

   Speak to a member of the Parent Council at Open Evenings and Parents Evenings.

   Thursday 26th January 2012
   Thursday 23rd February 2012
   Thursday 29th March 2012

               A REQUEST
    Could parents/carers please refrain                                                BAGS
     from wearing Charter Academy                                 All students should ensure that they bring a
       uniform items (fleeces etc).                                bag to school. These should be black with
     Uniform should only be worn by                                             no visible pattern
      students or representatives of                                              or adornment.
            Charter Academy.                                     If students fail to meet this request, we shall
                                                                  have to enforce usage of Charter Academy
                                                                                     bags only.

                                            PARENT/CARER VIEWS

               Ofsted has launched a new website called parent view

   Year 8 students Paige Tate and Brittanni Carvell have spent several weeks
 this term with Mrs Kennedy working on their ASDAN Aim to Change project.
  They selected the topic “education through the ages” and with the help of
        teachers and support staff, researched the differences between
                  schooling today and previous generations.

The girls presented their findings to a group of staff and parents on Friday 2nd
   December 2011, in the conference room, where they gave an excellent
                     presentation showing their findings.
On Friday 2nd December Charter students took part in Number Day 5.

Number Day is a national fundraising event for NSPCC and students rose to the challenge of
completing sponsored mathematical activities. They kicked off with the inaugural inter-
house Times Table Rock Star Challenge. Four brave students and one braver member of staff
from each house faced the entire school while completing multiplication and division
questions. It was a close call but Conan Doyle led by Mr Chafiie were victorious. The team
consisting of Adrian Aldea, Liam Wigmore, Sam Steelsmith and Harry Bond Carpenter were
exceptional throughout the competition although it was Mr Chafiie's quick thinking
responses which secured the title.

It was the perfect start to a day of mathematical activities in a range of subjects including
ICT, MFL, Geography, English, Science and of course Maths.

A huge thank you to all the staff and students who took part in the day and a plea to all the
students who were sponsored - sponsorship must be handed into reception in an sealed
envelope along with the sponsor form by the end of term.
  Charter Academy
Times Table Rockstar
      Winners          Doyle
                                                 A group of students with
                                            representatives of Charter Academy,
                                           attended the Portsmouth City Council
                                           Remembrance Day Service on Sunday
                                                   13th November 2011.

                                              Coralie Camp, Holly Sayer, Tyrone
                                                Baptiste and Jake Grice, were
                                                 supported by Dave Barker,
                                               Jo Sayer and Jason Grice of the
                                              Charter Academy Parent Council.


Thank you for supporting this year’s ARK Year 8 Mathematics Challenge. It was excellent that every
secondary academy in the network fielded a full team. Every student represented their school very well.

Individual Champions
 Gold          Mudhar Gupta – St. Alban’s Academy

 Silver        John Seraphyn-Whyte – Ark Academy

 Bronze        Alex Nicholson – Globe Academy

Team Champions

 Gold          Ark
 Silver        King Soloman
 Bronze        Walworth
 4th           St.Alban’s
 5th           EGA
 6th           Globe
 7th           Charter and Burlington Danes

Best wishes,

Dr Helen Drury - Director of Mathematics - ARK Schools
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To parents, carers, students and staff

Thank you very much for all the contributions towards the Christmas shoebox appeal.

We filled 37 boxes with toiletries, toys, felt pens, gloves, scarves, sweets and surprises for

We are very grateful to Margaret Shaw from Samaritan’s Purse for speaking to us in
Assembly in September. Margaret told us that for most of the children who received the
shoeboxes this would be the only gift they would ever get in the whole of their childhood.
This spurred us on to collect and pack as much as we could.

It will be great to know on Christmas morning that Charter
has managed to touch children’s lives so far away from

Happy Christmas.

Activities and Success in the PE Department – Autumn Term 2011
Students continue to take part in a variety of exciting and alternative sports within PE. Year 10
girls have been horse riding at the Lavant stables in West Sussex for their PE lessons every
Wednesday afternoon. Kayaking sessions have been running for years 8 and 11 on Mondays,
with our specialist instructor. Rosie Hart in year 8 is now able to roll the kayak and several year
11 students are successfully working towards their British Canoe Union Level 1 Award in
Kayaking. Year 11 boys have been attending ROKO for their football lessons and students in
years 7, 8 and 9 have had 3 weeks of specialist tennis coaching from the Portsmouth Tennis

Students in year 10 and 11 are working towards a BTEC in Sport qualification during their PE
lessons and year 10 students have been developing their leadership skills in sport, assisting
with primary school activities and organising and running events.

The PE staff are very proud of students who have recently represented their region in their
designated sports:

Adam Riabi - Year 9 - is going from strength to strength in representing the county in
Basketball. Adam played in Southampton for Solent Kestrels. He scored double figures to
contribute to his team winning. Adam was the only player on the team to play in 3 out of the 4
quarters compared to all the other players playing 2 quarters.
Lamin Ndoye and Albie Scotney - Year 9 - are developing their Football skills further in the
Portsmouth Academy and Albie has been the ball boy for Pompey’s home games in the

Well done to all!
As mentioned previously we have started this academic year with the launch of a new pilot project by adopting a
whole school approach to raise awareness with regards to issues that we believe affect young people today.

Last half term we focused on knife crime, the students completed a questionnaire at the start of the term and the same
questionnaire at the end of the half term. The results tell us that overall there has been a significant rise in pupil
awareness particularly with regards to the dangers and law around carrying knives.

Over this half term we have started looking at healthy relationships and teen parenting. We have worked closely with
the Health Improvement and Development Service (HIDS) tackling issues around risk taking behaviour, and also
facilitating age appropriate group workshops. We will be revisiting some of these issues again at the end of the
summer term.

Next half term we will be focusing on bullying issues and also highlight the importance of Internet Safety. We will be
offering a session for parents/carers looking at how to keep children safe on the internet. Please let me know if you
would be interested in taking part in this or would like some general information by calling the school and asking for
myself. Mrs V Lewis

    Cyberbullying is when one person or a group of people try to threaten or embarrass someone else using a mo-
     bile phone or the internet. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as bullying in the real world. If you see it happening,
     report it. Don't ignore it.
    Email, blogs, online discussion forums and websites can all be used to bully and make fun of someone. Even if
     the bullying seems to be coming from someone you don't know, that doesn't mean that you can't stop it hap-
    If you think that bullying is just a part of everyday school life, you're wrong. No-one deserves to be bullied and
     you shouldn't ignore the problem.
    You may think teasing people at school is a bit of harmless fun, but for the victim, it can be no fun at all. There
     are lots of organisations and useful websites that can help if you want to stop bullying someone.
    Bullying isn’t something that just happens in the real world. More and more teenagers are being bullied online
     through social networking sites. If you are getting threatening messages online, there are a number of ways to
     get them stopped.
    Receiving a rude text message or a threatening call on your mobile phone from a bully isn't just upsetting. It can
     be a criminal offence. If you are being bullied on your mobile phone, don't reply and let someone know as soon
     as possible.
    Whether you or someone you know is being bullied, make sure you tell someone who you trust what's going on.
     There are also a number of things you can do if you're bullying others and you want to stop it.

    The internet can be a wonderful resource for children. They can use it to research school reports, communicate
     with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. children who are old enough to punch in a few letters
     on the keyboard can literally access the world.
    But that access can also pose hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with
     just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of web-
     sites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.
    That's why it's important to be aware of what your children see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and
     what they share about themselves online. Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your children about
     your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.

    To support anti bullying week 2011 - please complete a short survey at
                    to share your views as a parent/carer on bullying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 EXTENDED DAY ACTIVITIES - SPRING TERM
                                                                                                                                                                                  All activities run after 4.00pm, except those stated in the first columns. The Library is open every lunchtime and Explore and Readathon events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     will be taking place throughout the term - see the Library for dates and times!
                                                                                                                                                                                 Monday                                Maths             Horticulture      Badminton Club       Table Tennis                          Homework Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Homework Club           Year 7             All years             Club                              All years in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All years           Mr King            Mr Szefer            All years                                Library
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Maths staff                                                 Mr Rojek                               Mrs Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday            Choir       School Council Horticulture Year           Science Catch        Spanish Film       40K Table Top      Homework Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                   All years       All years        Year 8                       Up             Club & Crafts       Gaming Club       All years in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms Farmer       Ms Storey         Mr King                Years 9, 10 and        All years           All years            Library
                                                                                                                                                                                               8.30am - 9.15am 8.15am - 8.45am                                   11              Ms Frame            Mr Davison         Mrs Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ms Storey &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mr Punnett
                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday       School Council                                             Swimming Club       40K Table Top                          Homework Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                   All years                                                  All years         Gaming Club                           All years in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms Storey                                                    Ms Fry             All years                                Library
                                                                                                                                                                                               8.15am - 8.45am                                                                   Mr Davison                             Mrs Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                                   All years
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms Farmer
                                                                                                                                                                                               8.30am - 9.15am
                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday         Swing Band          Adult Spanish     Science Catch       RE Film Club         French Club        Every Place in     Homework Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                   All years            All staff            Up               All years           All years       the World Chal-     All years in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mr Carpenter         Miss Frame       Years 9, 10 and       Mr Hook &          Mrs Paston             lenge               Library
                                                                                                                                                                                               8.30am - 9.15am                               11            Miss Loveridge                             Year 8            Mrs Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms Storey &                                                 Mrs Paston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mr Punnett

                                                                                                                                            Well done to Jordan Dabell Year 9
                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday                            GCSE PE and      Boxing Club           Basketball Club     Maths Revision       Maths STEM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BTEC Sport Club    All years               All years             KS4                 Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Years 10 and 11 Boxing Coaches           Mr O’Donnell        Maths staff        Invitation only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mr Chafiie                                                                      Ms Steer

                                                                     Jordan has managed to clock up 3,000,000 words and is still reading.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday         Swing Band        Debate Training                         Aim to Change         Rock Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                   All years          All years                            Invitation only        All years
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mr Carpenter        Ms Storey                              Mrs Kennedy          Mr Otteson
                                                                                                                                                                                               8.30am - 9.15am        8.00am

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