THE PRIORY SCHOOL
West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG
A Voluntary Aided Church of England School Tel: 01306 887337 Fax: 01306 888715 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Headteacher: A C Sohatski B.Ed.
Dear Parents So far this has been a very eventful half term. Work on our new Expressive Arts Building is now well underway and at the moment everything is on schedule to be completed in the spring of 2008. Please be aware that if you come to school you are very likely to meet some large lorries and car parking space is at a premium. I would be very grateful for your patience while the work is in progress and if you would remind your son‟s/daughter‟s that large lorries are operating in the school vicinity. Examinations are now taking place and it was pleasing to note how successful Year 9 students were in applying themselves to the SATs earlier this month. Their conduct during the examinations was exemplary and they were a credit to both the school and their parents. I am delighted to include with this newsletter the SIAS (Secondary Inspection of Anglican School) Report. We are all very pleased with the report as I am sure you will be. The summary judgement begins „The Priory Church of England Voluntary Aided Secondary School in a good, caring and supportive school, with some outstanding features.‟ This gives us along with the OFSTED Report a good foundation to develop the school and to enable students to gain even higher qualifications. I would like to thank everyone who supported the school during the two inspections. Mrs Dawson, who is Curriculum Deputy Head, will be leaving at the end of the Summer Term. I am sure that you will all join me in wishing her the very best in her new role as Headteacher of Epsom and Ewell High School. Mrs Dawson has worked tirelessly for the school with boundless energy and her promotion is well deserved. Interestingly Mrs Dawson is the second Deputy Head from The Priory School to go on to headship of another Surrey school! This half term ends on 25th May at 3:25pm and the new half term commences on Monday 4th June at 8:55. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. Yours faithfully
Mr A Sohatski Headteacher
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SCHOOL UNIFORM We are always grateful for the enormous support given by our parents and students in the wearing of The Priory School uniform and wish to ensure that all garments worn comply to the set code and that the very highest of standards are maintained at all times. In order to support this, the School Uniform requirements are printed below. Thank you. Girls logo White blouse with collar and sleeves (not sports shirt) School tie (compulsory for all girls) Black Shoes (sensible low-heeled, not trainers, not stilettos, not boots) Natural or black tights, or grey or white socks. Boys Black blazer with school badge Black school trousers White school shirt (not sports shirt) School tie Black shoes Plain grey/black socks Black blazer with school badge Black knee length pleated skirt (not PE) or Black tailored trousers with school
Optional for both boys and girls - Black V-neck school jumper (not sweatshirt) available from the school outfitters Apron (for practical work) New black track suit G & M Sports advise an increase in price of ties to £4.00. They very much regret the necessity for this. Physical Education Uniform Girls Emerald green polo shirt Black gym skirt (not school skirt) Black cotton/lycra shorts Emerald green sweatshirt Emerald green socks Optional Plain black jogging bottoms Optional black track suit
Boys Emerald green polo shirt Emerald green rugby shirt with white collar Plain black shorts Emerald green socks Optional Plain black jogging bottoms Optional black track suit
In the course of their PE lessons, students will need to have in addition to the above: White plimsolls or trainers Hockey Football boots As a reminder/school uniform items are available from our suppliers, G & M Sp Black swimwear (trunks for boys, one piece costume for girls) Towel Earrings/Studs Girls are allowed one pair of small, plain studs in the ear lobes and boys are not allowed any earrings or studs. If students wish to have their ears pierced, this should be done during the summer holidays, as earrings have to be removed for PE. No other jewellery is permitted.
Hair Extremes of haircut and dyed hair are not permitted at school. Boys and girls need to bear this in mind when having their hair cut.
Absence from school It is a legal requirement that students attend school regularly and punctually. Frequent absences are reported to the Educational Welfare Officer. The Pupil Services Office will monitor and telephone parents daily if a student is absent via the automated Truancy Call System. Weekly meetings take place in school with the Education Welfare Officer to discuss poor attendance. Contact Details It is vital that the school always has correct up-to-date information so we are able to contact parents. Please ensure that changes to address and telephone numbers are given to the school as they happen. It is possible to ask Pupil Services to check details with you over the telephone. Illness Parents should telephone the Pupil Services Office on the first day of absence by 9.30am – direct line 01306 878784. On the student‟s return, a note must be sent for the attention of their Tutor, stating the dates of absence and the reason. If a student is absent without reason the Pupil Services Office will make telephone contact with parents via the automated Truancy Call system as above. If no notification is forthcoming then we must classify the absence as truancy. Lateness If possible, please notify the Pupil Services Office (01306 878784) if your child is expected to arrive late for any reason. All students arriving late must report to the Pupil Services Office to sign in. If this is not done the automated Truancy Call system will pick this up as an absence and parents will be called. Students arriving late are marked accordingly in the class register. Frequent lateness is reported to the School‟s Educational Welfare Officer. Letters to parents concerning absence Every five weeks the Educational Welfare Service conducts a screening of all students‟ attendance. If patterns or the level of attendance gives cause for concern letters are sent to parents.
NEWS FROM THE YEAR GROUPS
As we approach the end of the summer half term Year 7 students have continued to make progress in many areas of the school. Our recent parents‟ evening was a busy event whereby many parents had the opportunity to meet the staff responsible for delivering the first level of KS3. I hope that this evening was informative for all concerned but especially for students to receive the feedback that they deserve after such a challenging year. My thanks go to Hannah Cook, Hannah Burgess, Sophie Still, Alexis Hirchfield-Anderson, Katrina Elmes, Yasmin Oakley, Claire Weatherston, Gabby Coleman-Carey, Shellie Muncaster, Asher Wakefield and Elliot Robson for all their hard work helping me with the evening.
The half term has seen the completion of weather based projects in Geography and presentations within PSHE. Many students rose to the challenge and were justifiably proud of their achievements, as were staff concerned. Mr Martell, with the assistance of Asher Wakefield, organised the first chess competition of the year and the coveted trophy was awarded to Sam Church. Well done Sam. Mr Trewinnard and the PE Department continue to be delighted with the level of sportsmanship observed at extra curricular sports and at Kingston Athletics recently, where Year 7 achieved excellent placings at County level. Mrs Harrison is delighted with the expertise being shown in rounders and pleased with the positive comments made by staff from other schools who say how polite and well behaved the teams are. End of term examinations have been taken in most subjects. Whilst this may have been nerve racking for some, it provided an experience of working against the clock, with the spirit of competitiveness - all important preparation for the final examinations in Year 11! The results will be published in the end of Year Reports to be sent home next half term. Full reports will contain all details relating to results achieved and progress this year. This document will be sent home in early July. Next term brings an opportunity to participate in the Box Hill Geography Field Trip, the annual retreat at St Paul‟s Church and to end the term with a whole school sports day. Girls purchasing shoes need to be aware that only a full shoe complies with health and safety regulations. As we return to school on 4th June I would ask for your support in ensuring that uniform standards are maintained at the highest level, and that should you get the chance – peek into pencil cases – many students claim to be without the basic equipment to get through a lesson. The disruption that „borrowing‟ causes is significant! Please continue to check planners and to sign them on a weekly basis. Thank you for your support and I hope you all enjoy a super half-term.
Mrs D Gardiner Head of Year 7
YEAR 8 I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the pupils who turn up each day, wearing their uniform properly, equipped for lessons and who work hard every lesson. I rarely get the chance to speak to you directly, unless you are in my maths class, and I am very pleased with your efforts. I look forward to reviewing your end of year reports in a few weeks time!
Thank you to Ms O‟Sullivan for doing an assembly on her job managing a day nursery! We have also had an assembly on „Reduce-Reuse-Recycle‟ from Surrey Waste Management, so I hope the Year 8s are spearheading the environmental campaign at home. I would like to hear from parents who would be prepared to come and speak (or could convince a colleague to come instead) about the pros and cons of their job during year group assembly. This takes place from 9:00am to 9.15am on Mondays. Please write, phone or email me at the usual contacts for a no obligation chat about how you can help. Many thanks to those who have already offered – I will be in touch soon to arrange a date.
Miss S Skennerton Head of Year 8
YEAR 9 We were impressed with the way that the whole of the year group prepared for and conducted themselves throughout the SATs. The invigilators made a point of saying how well behaved, polite and sensible the students were. The whole year group were considerate of each others nervousness and their individual needs. Well done to all. In the year group we have talked about the tasks each student should now be focused on after the exams and how important this time is in preparation for the start of GCSE courses. Many of the year group are using the time effectively, completing work and tests in the subjects not included in the externally assessed exams. It is an important time and each and every student should be using their time wisely in the run up to the summer holidays. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in sport within school. A rounders competition was held earlier this week with each tutor team putting out a girls‟ and boys‟ team. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The Duke of Edinburgh taster event is being held on Friday 29th-Saturday 30th June. Details have gone out to students. I would thoroughly recommend getting involved in the activities surrounding this well known organisation. Apart from the obvious benefits to develop our young adults and the enjoyment that can be had by being involved, employers and further education providers are always looking for their students to show initiative and involvement outside the pure educational experience. May I remind all in the year group about their conduct to and from school, be that on public transport, walking or cycling. We expect the very best behaviour from everyone at all times. We also expect our students to be properly dressed with the rules regarding make up and jewellery being correctly applied. Haircuts also need to comply with our regulations. The time for being different is the holidays not term time!
Mr R Tanton Head of Year 9
YEAR 10 This has been a tough half term for the Year 10 students as they now become the senior students in main school. This half term has seen the students receive the results for their modular exams they sat in March and, on the whole, they were very pleasing with a number of excellent results. Unfortunately some students did not do as well as I hoped they would and they should look at their results and speak to their teacher to see how they can improve for the future. The next set of modular exams is not far away, and the students should be preparing for these now in order to achieve their best possible score. Coursework is an aspect of the curriculum for all subjects now and the students have started in earnest on theirs. It is extremely important that they keep up to date with their coursework otherwise they will find themselves in extreme difficulty in managing their deadlines and completing the necessary work; this will only serve to put them under added stress that could so easily be avoided. If your child does have difficulty with their coursework then they should speak to their individual teachers for further help; staff are more than willing to help as they too want your child to succeed. With the Year 11 students going on study leave for their exams this now means I am looking at making some students Prefects for the remainder of this academic year and for next year. There is going to be only a small number of approximately 10 Prefects to begin with, although this may increase as the academic year progresses. I will announce in the next Head‟s Newsletter who has been made a Prefect; a letter will also be sent home before the next newsletter, to the parents of those students who have been made a Prefect.
As you are aware, the attendance of students is monitored both by the school and Surrey County Council through the use of Education Welfare Officers. It is extremely important that all students are in school, and are on time for registration, as their progress and level of attainment will be hindered if not. This next half term will be quite challenging as I know a number of subjects will be expecting coursework to be handed in before the summer holidays begin. It is therefore of paramount importance that your child is in school to allow them to receive the necessary support in completing their coursework, and preparing for their modular exams. Gift vouchers have again been given to three students this half term in recognition of their attendance or level of effort, behaviour and progress in lessons. The students receiving the vouchers were as follows: Rachael Bowyer and Scott Harnett both received a £5 gift voucher for their names being drawn out for merits. Chloe Paice received a £5 gift voucher for achieving 100% attendance last half term. Congratulations to these students for achieving these vouchers but also congratulations to all those students who were also achieving a lot of merits and 100% attendance but were not lucky enough to be drawn out of the hat this time. With the Year 10 now becoming the senior students in the school, it is up to them to act as a role model to the rest of the students. Students lower down the school will be looking up to the Year 10s to „show them the way‟ and I would hope that they will lead by example in terms of behaviour, level of effort and achievement. Keep up the good work Year 10 – show the rest of the school what you are capable of and let‟s be the best year group in the school in terms of effort, behaviour, attendance and, of course, achievement. Well done, have a great half term holiday and I will see you all again in June.
Head of Year 10 Mr P Harrison
YEAR 11 The GCSE examinations are now well under away. I can not stress the importance of good and thorough preparation that is needed for every exam in order to be successful and be pleased and proud with your achievements. If there is any reason why you can not make an exam it is imperative you telephone the school office immediately this is known. The revision days were a great success and well received from the Year 11; they have now left with a wealth of knowledge and ideas of what is needed to be successful in their forthcoming exams. There were many great performances in the Art and Drama exams and this is a credit to the preparation that was put into them. The Leavers Assembly which took place on 11th May was a wonderful afternoon and one I will certainly remember for the great atmosphere and togetherness which was shown amongst the whole year group. I would like to thank everyone for the role you played in this, and especially those who took part in various acts, and the many lovely comments you have written in my year book. Finally I and the tutor team would like to wish everyone the very best in their exams this summer and we look forward to seeing you all at the Leavers Ball on 27th June, and then celebrating your success on results day on Thursday 23rd August.
Miss H Taylor Head of Year 11
It has been a very busy half term in the Sixth Form. All students have been busy completing coursework and preparing to sit exams in June. For Year 12 this is the first step in their A Level career and they will be back in lessons on the 18th June to begin their A2 courses. In preparation for next year and beyond, students visited Surrey University in April and had the opportunity to speak to over 150 universities. UCAS Applications will begin in the summer term and a special parents‟ evening on university funding and the application process will be run in early July. In the summer term we also have outside speakers from Africa and Asia Adventures, Aim higher, Arrive Alive and the Magistrate‟s Court. Year 13 however, will leave us for the last time after 7 years at the school. They have undoubtedly been one of the most successful year groups the school has seen and if predictions are correct, will achieve some excellent results. Consequently 20 students have got offers to take up university places on courses ranging from Business Studies to Government and Politics. Andrew Posner and Lauren Williamson as Head Boy and Head Girl have been a credit to the school and have been excellent role models for future students. Andrew embarks to Aberystwyth University having achieved a scholarship and Lauren, having accepted a place at East Anglia University, is taking a gap year to do charity work in Kenya. Applications and elections for next year‟s Head Boy and Head Girl will take place on 5th July; these positions bring a heavy workload and a great deal of responsibility. They are though well respected roles within the school and undoubtedly help with university application forms. Also on 5th July the present Year 11 will join us for their 6th Form induction day and will be introduced to their new courses and given tasks to complete over the summer with the intention of easing them into their new programme of study. Examination results (A Level) are due in August, and I will be here to assist students on Thursday 16th August to ensure they get into their chosen University and to answer any issues that may have arisen from both AS and A2 results. Enjoy the half term holiday sensibly; while this is a stressful time the payback for doing revision now is the extended summer holiday when they are all over. On a final note, both The Ashcombe School and ourselves have noticed a marked increase in the number of minor, and indeed more serious, accidents involving young drivers this year. Please think carefully about your driving and the driving of others when you are travelling as a passenger.
Mr D Aldridge Assitant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form
NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENTS
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES As we enter the final half-term of this academic year, the Modern Languages department barely stops to take a breath! Please find below a list of trips and dates plus further information that may be of use to parents and students: AS French exams are on Tuesday 5th June (am) The GCSE German exams are on Thursday 7th June (am) The GCSE French exams are on Friday 8th June (am)
We leave on the German Exchange to Bavaria on Saturday 16th June until Friday 22nd June from Heathrow Airport. A letter containing further details has already been given to parents. We expect to have a fantastic time in Königsbrunn with a full itinerary of educational and cultural visits planned every day.
The Year 8 trip to Cologne leaves on Tuesday 10th July. There will be a meeting for all parents and students on Tuesday 26th June in the Main Hall at 7pm. This is important as we will be discussing final arrangements for departure, rooming, what to pack and our expectations during the trip. Contact numbers in case of emergencies will also be given out. Our annual Year 5 visits start in June, where we invite local feeder primary pupils to come and visit us in the MFL department for a morning of teaching and learning – all conducted in the foreign language of course! This year we have more visitors than ever coming and we always look forward to seeing colleagues from our local primary schools who work so hard delivering French or German in Key Stage 2. For the past two terms we have had the good luck to have Lee Falconer training with us. Lee has been completing his PGCE with St Martin‟s College in London and has been an absolutely marvellous addition to the department. He has gained a job for September and we would like to wish him all the best in his teaching career.
Mr S Terry Head of Modern Foreign Languages
HISTORY AND POLITICS Greetings from all the staff in the History and Politics Department. The main focus at the moment is preparation for examinations with Years 11, 12 and 13 all off now on study leave. First of all we would like to wish all students good luck. Secondly we would like to emphasise how important it is for students to get down to work and make the most of the time they have for uninterrupted study. All History and Politics students taking exams are equipped with their own textbooks to revise from and need to be making sure that they do a variety of revision activities including making notes, writing practice questions and testing knowledge. To help History students the following websites are worth looking at: www.bbc.co.uk/history www.schoolhistory.co.uk www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk www.wikipedia.org
To help Politics students the following are worth looking at: www.politicsunlimited.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/politics
In addition Mr Tattershall and I are running sessions for the students to do extra revision and as well we are happy to help students or check practice questions when we have a free minute. In other years important work is still continuing with Year 10 students working on their Dover Castle coursework and about to go on a site visit with two trips to fit all students in on Wednesday 6th June and Friday 8th June. If you require any further details please contact me at school or on the email address at the bottom. In Year 9 students are starting to investigate the Home Front in World War Two so any stories or anecdotes from friends and families will be much appreciated. In Year 8 students are now working on the French Revolution and will be looking at the great stories associated with that period. Finally Year 7 students are looking at the impact the Normans had on this country with work looking at every aspect of life from the Battle of Hastings to the Domesday Book to village life and castles being covered. The cartoon (with a very silly joke) is for Year 7 students.
Mr Davies Head of History and Politics
FOOD TECHNOLOGY Students in Year 7 have continued to investigate the theme of Healthy Eating, understanding the need to eat less fat and sugar. Associated practical work included making spaghetti bolognaise, rock buns and Swiss roll. These dishes further develop individual confidence, use of a range of equipment and increased sequencing. The students achieved good quality results overall. Year 8 are fast becoming experts in the field of snack foods. They disassembled the dreaded Pot Noodle and then made their own homemade version – this included stir frying vegetables and sauce making – no packets or jars allowed!! Cheese and tomato spirals were an opportunity to adapt the scone recipe conquered in Year 7. This dish was popular as it is basically a pizza flavoured filling incorporated into a mouth-watering spiral – great for lunch boxes and good for the freezer. Many will have made a pasta dish of choice for the Year 8 examination and will go on to make fresh pasta. Year 9 have now completed their KS3 Assessment and had to design an edible casing suitable for „food on the move‟. This task employed all of the skills developed in Years 7 and 8 including new skills in making spring rolls made from rice wrappers, sausage rolls, pitta bread and samosas, just to get the design juices flowing!! The final task was to select a casing and filling that was individually designed and then make to a high standard. Nutritional content, portion size and cultural influence were only some of the aspects that had to be considered and justified and eventually assessed as part of the design cycle. Year 10 have continued to develop their knowledge of a range of techniques; looking at emulsions, designing and making Mothers‟ Day cakes, all with a variety of success. All sat a 2 hour examination paper which will go some way to preparing them for the final paper in just over a year. A lot has to be achieved in that time and that includes a project worth 60% of the final grade. No-one has an excuse for having „no homework‟ as the completion of projects will fully employ all students. We wish Year 11 lots of luck as they sit their exam in June. They deserve to do well. „Revision is the key to success‟!!
Mrs D Gardiner Head of Food Technology
DRAMA All GCSE and AS/A Drama performances were extremely successful and we await results with high expectations. Coursework has been submitted. For Sixth Form students, the last leg-their written examinations-is now looming. They need to adopt an organised approach to revision throughout their study leave and maintain close contact with me.
The Expressive Arts block is progressing well. The shell and foundations are well established and we understand the work is ahead of schedule. Plans will be drawn up in the autumn term for a gala concert in late spring/early summer as an opening celebration. On 2nd June, The Priory School Street Theatre Group will be appearing at Redhill Carnival, presenting a version of “Romeo & Juliet”. The stage will be outside The Harlequin Theatre. On 6th June, Sixth Form Drama and English Literature students will be going to see Sir Ian McKellen in “King Lear” at Stratford-upon-Avon.
On 21st June, Year 7 students will be performing their Murder Mystery plays as part of a special Music and Drama evening. Then casting will begin for “Cinderella”, due to be presented in the second half of the autumn term. ALL interested students and staff will be included in the cast. If there are any parents who would like to join in or just help out, please let me know.
Mr F Greaves Head of Drama
MUSIC Summer Concert On Tuesday 17th July, bands and singers of all varieties will perform from an original and well-known repertoire to entertain parents and pupils. The evening will begin at 7:30pm to finish by 9:00pm, and refreshments will be available. We are just beginning to line up the list of performers, which we hope will include a few guests as well. There should be something for every musical taste, and a great way to celebrate the penultimate week of the summer term! Year Seven actors and musicians forthcoming special evening Drama, Music, and Art are all on the menu on Thursday 21st June, when Year 7 pupils will be taking the stage to show some of the work they have been doing in classes, lunchtime activities, and peripatetic lessons. The event will begin at 7:30pm in the school hall, but will have an extended intermission that gives parents the opportunity to view art exhibitions from Years 7, 12, and 13. Performances will include a massed arrangement of Beethoven‟s „Ode to Joy‟, and will spotlight soloists that are emerging from this talented year group. The impressive level of work that has emerged from the Lunchtime Drama Club will be featured, so you can say that you saw the stars of tomorrow when their promise was first apparent. Cheese, wine and other refreshments will be served. Our expectation is that the evening will be finished by 9:00pm. We hope that many parents will take this opportunity to spend a pleasant evening demonstrating support for their children‟s development in the arts.
Mr B Musser Head of Music
NEWS FROM THE LRC This term we have been shadowing the Carnegie Children Book Award 2007. following six books have been shortlisted for this award: Road of Bones - Anne Fine Road of The Dead - Kevin Brooks My Swordhand is Singing - Marcus Sedgwick (Local author) A Swift Pure Cry - Siobhan Dowd Just In Case - Meg Rosoff Beast – Ally Kennen At the moment the two top reads are „A Swift Pure Cry‟ and „My Swordhand is Singing‟. Both books are a great read and worth borrowing from your children. However the best read of the year so far is „The Boy in Striped Pyjamas‟ – once read never forgotten. Ask your son or daughter if they have read it? Students have shown great enthusiasm for this project and I have had great difficulty keeping up with the demand for books! Some students have submitted book reviews on the Carnegie Website. Here is the website if you would like to see what your offspring have been reading www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk Our other project this half term has been Book Crossing or the act of leaving a well-loved book in a public place for others to pick up and read. We discovered www.bookcrossing.com when a member of staff arrived in school with a book she found at a National Trust tearoom in Nottingham. She logged the book onto the Bookcrossing website and discovered it had travelled around the Nottingham area for quite some time before arriving in Surrey. This fired the student‟s imaginations and we released one of our favourite books into the wilds of Dorking (well - actually the flower shop - Dorking Flowers). Our book of choice was Darren Shan‟s Cirque Du Freak, a story about a schoolboy vampire. Our Star Reader this half term has to be Lacie Howarth 9RAH for her commitment, enthusiasm and achievement. Well done Lacie! Looking Ahead Readathon - The Priory School is starting a Readathon on the 18th June and will continue for three weeks. In this time students undertake to read books or other literacy-based activities, in return for pledges of money from family and friends. The money raised goes to the charities, CLIC Sargent and The Roald Dahl Foundation. More information will be sent home later. The Priory School’s Reading Club has been selected by the magazine „Booktime‟ to review the new book, „Here Lies Arthur‟ by the well-known author Philip Reeve. A few enthusiastic readers will be selected to read and write reviews for this book.
Davida Hall LRC Manager
DUKE OF EDINBURGH The last weekend of April saw 38 Year 10 and 11 students hiking around the Downs area, with their homes on their backs, to undertake the Practice Weekend for Bronze Award. The weekend went like clockwork and we were blessed with the good April weather. The assessed weekend is at the end of June.
Miss S Skennerton