23 Oct 2008 by fionan


The Bishop Bell Church of England
Mathematics & Computing Specialist School

Aiming for Excellence Believing in Partnership Caring for Quality
No. 455

Weekly Newsletter
23 OCTOBER 2008 CONTACT is coming home a day early this week because, with our Academic Development Day on Friday involving some pupils on trips, I wanted to ensure you all received the update about the Causeway Partnership. T S Boatwright Headteacher IMPORTANT UPDATE: CAUSEWAY PARTNERSHIP GCSE MATHS REVISION CLASSES In preparation for the GCSE Mathematics exams which are on 6 and 12 November, the following revision sessions will take place over the half-term holiday: Mon 9.00-11.00 Mr Berhane Mon 9.30-11.30 Mrs Inch Tues 9.00-11.00 Mr Berhane Tues 10.00-12.00 Miss Leach Tues 10.00-12.00 Mr Fielding Weds 9.00-11.00 Mr Berhane

October 24 Last Day of Term 1 November 3 First Day of Term 2 14 Y7 & Y8 School Disco, 6.30pm—8.30pm 19 Awards Evening, 7.30pm 21 Academic Tutoring Day

ICT PUPILS GO TO PARIS A report from Ben Phelps and Sophie Oarton, Year 10 pupils: On the 2 October, 27 ICT pupils went on a trip to Paris. We visited the Sacré Coeur, spent a day at Disneyland and a day at MGM Studios. We enjoyed all the great rides, parades, shows, shops and cheesy music! Whilst there, we saw the different ways in which ICT is used within the parks, particularly with the rides using the ‘Fastpass’ systems. On our last morning we went up the Eiffel Tower, with six of us actually walking, enjoying the beautiful views over Paris and beyond. We returned to Bishop Bell happy and reflective on the great trip we had and, as in the words of the Great Disney Parade song, it was “just like we dreamed it!”

I saw all pupils this week to update them with important information regarding progress of the Bishop Bell Causeway Partnership and am using this opportunity to update you. Firstly, in terms of timing, I take over as Executive Headteacher of the two schools from Monday 3 November 2008 (ie from when we return after the October holiday). Secondly, as a result of my role across the two schools, each will have a Head of School appointed who will have operational control, under my leadership, for the dayto-day running of the school. I can now announce that the Head of School at Bishop Bell will be Mr Ross, who has worked very closely with me for many years and, indeed, is responsible for many of the great initiatives we have implemented here. I am confident that these changes will ensure the continued development of this school into a great school.

‘FREE’ HEALTH AND POSTURE CHECKS FOR PUPILS Lushington Chiropractic Clinic is working with Barnardo’s to help with their fundraising. They will be carrying out ‘FREE’ Health and Posture checks for school children during half-term. These consultations are normally charged at £30. However, during the half-term holiday they will be waiving fees in return for a donation to Barnardo’s. If you are interested, please contact the Clinic for details. (Tel: 01323 722499).
Pictured below: Disneyland, Paris. ICT Pupils at

SCHOOL BAND A report from Mrs Gibson: The School Band has been very busy in the last couple of weeks. We were invited to perform at the Eastbourne Citizenship Ceremony at the Town Hall, where all foreign nationals who wanted to become citizens of the UK were sworn in, and played at St Luke’s Church, Stone Cross on Sunday 19 October. We were made very welcome at both events and the pupils were a credit to the School and deserve to be congratulated on the pleasure they gave to both audiences. I received an e-mail from Father James which read: “Just to say a huge thank you to yourself and members of the band for playing so well at our Patronal Festival this morning. The children's playing really enhanced our worship and made it a really special day. The Venerable Phillip Jones (our Archdeacon), who was preaching, was quite overwhelmed by the Holy and Joyful atmosphere at St Luke’s, and much of the credit for this is due to the professionalism, skill and joy that children from Bishop Bell brought to the service. Thank you once again for making it such a great day. The children did us, themselves and their school proud.” I was pleased to receive a letter from Cheryl Miller, Chief Executive, County Hall, which read: “Thank you so much for coming to the Citizenship Ceremony—the band did the School proud. They played very well and the pupils were extremely well behaved. It made the ceremony very special both for the dignitaries and the new

citizens and their families…..” A report from Georgina Baulcomb, Year 11 pupil: On Monday 13 October, the School Band played at the Town Hall for the Citizenship Ceremony. The band played extremely well considering we only had a couple of weeks to practise! Well done to the whole gang and thanks to the adults who joined in: Mrs Inch, Mrs Lockyer, Father James and, NETBALL NEWS Reports from Miss Wood: YEAR 9 Congratulations to the Year 9 girls who beat Willingdon 9-5. They proved to be a tough team to beat! Well done to all of you for not giving up and showing great determination. A special mention to Girl of the Game, Paige Yarwood, for marking their most experienced player and nullifying her from the game. YEAR 11 Congratulations to the Year 11 girls who eased their way to victory, winning against Ringmer 8-3. All girls played well with a special mention to Captain, Sophie Edwards, who played with a great attitude and scored all 8 points. Girl of the Game goes to Jasmine Hendrick who made her debut appearance and gave 100% effort and excelled in all areas of play.

YEAR 11 BOYS FOOTBALL A report from Mr Watts: Huge congratulations to the Year 11 boys football team who won 2-1 against a solid Seaford team. The boys were dominant throughout the game, with the score line flattering Seaford. They displayed excellent passing and movement on and off the ball creating chances throughout the game. Man of the Match goes to Jack Haffenden for his dominance in defence. Another huge well done to the Year 11 boys who continued their unbeaten run, winning 4-0 against a competitive Hailsham Community College team. The boys seem to be improving every game, playing some ex c el l en t fo o t b al l . Th e y demonstrated maturity, patience and let the football do the talking. Special mentions go to Jack McLean, who tore the HCC defence apart setting up two goals, and winning a penalty in the final few minutes; also to Jake Adams who was solid in defence, winning every ball and keeping the back four organised. Hopefully, the team can carry on their unbeaten run in their final two games to become league champions.
Pictured below: Football Team. Year 11 Boys

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