Elthorne Park High School Newsletter
Issue 485 17th December 2009
Message from the Headteacher As we come to the end of the Autumn Term I would like to reflect on some of the events of this year so far. Last term the school celebrated its 10th birthday with a visit from the Right Honourable David Blunkett MP in February and a social evening in July which was attended by exstudents, staff and governors. In the summer our students received the results of their external examinations and we were very pleased that all their hard work had produced outstanding results for themselves and for the school. This term saw the opening of the school’s Sixth Form which has the largest number of students following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) in Ealing. In addition we have a number of students on a wide range of B’Tecs and other Applied Learning Courses. Several students who had started their post-16 courses elsewhere returned to Elthorne Park principally because of the school’s quality of provision and pastoral care. This term has also seen one of your best attended Open Evenings, and it was clear that the school’s new Sixth Form is a significant attraction to parents and primary school pupils. The school’s Sixth Form Open evening was also very well attended and we suspect that the next year’s year 12 will be over subscribed. The school recently achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark Award, and the IQM assessor was very complimentary about the school’s inclusive practices noting in his report that “the evidence showed me that this is a truly inclusive school, where everybody’s contribution is valued and everybody is valued. It is also a school which will never rest on its laurels but will always be striving to move further forward.” I would like to thank students and staff for their hard work this year and parents and carers for their support and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope that 2010 is a happy, prosperous and peaceful year for everyone. I hope you all enjoy the break and come back next term feeling relaxed and refreshed. End of Term Students will finish school on Friday 18th December 2009 at 12.20pm (with SLT detention taking place at that time) and will return on Tuesday 5th January 2010 at the usual time of 8.40am. Monday the 4th January is a staff training day. Non-uniform Day Tomorrow, Friday 18th December, is a non-uniform day. Students may pay £1.50 and come into school in non-uniform. Funds raised will go to Great Ormond Street hospital. IB Extended Essay Information Evening As part of the IB students complete an extended essay on a topic of their choosing. This is a great opportunity for our students to develop the academic rigour and depth which Universities expect in their applicants. We are holding an Information Evening for our IB students and their parents on Thursday 7th January 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please see Mr Grant. ToK course within the IB As part of their Theory of Knowledge course within the IB, our Sixth Formers have been exploring some of the issues around the way we think and the way we know about the world. This term they have been examining the ways of knowing and questions such as: Why does reasoning sometimes let us down?, Is reasoning a purely (cont’d)
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Message from the Headmaster End of Term Non uniform Day IB Extended Essays Tok Course CAS in the 6th Form Year 11—University Summer School Music News Day trip to Lille Ealing Readers Award BBC School Report Sports News - Year 7, 6-aside - Sportshall Athletics - Badmington - Interfrom Sports Merry Christmas from Poland Ski Trip April 2010 Les Miserables orchestra IT Functional Skills Exam Maths Notice Design and Technology Humanities help sessions
Friday 18th Dec Non-uniform Day 12.20 school finishing time Mon 4th Jan Training Day Students return on 5th Dec Thurs 7th Jan IB Extended Essay Evening
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human activity?, Is what we see real or our mental construction of reality?, How does language hinder the acquisition of knowledge?, Would we want unambiguous, value-free language? Which should we seek to develop more Emotional Intelligence or Cognitive Intelligence? CAS in the Sixth Form All Sixth Form students undertake Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) activities to balance with their academic studies. This term has seen a very successful launch of CAS with fortnightly sessions of Parkour, Photography, Cookery and Fashion and the establishment of a voluntary work and charity fund raising body, Interact, which has already had some successful events raising money for Fair Trade. The IT for the Elderly group is very successful often attracting over 20 people to learn new computing skills. Next term, a Sixth Form football team will be established, and additional activities include Yoga, Gardening, Supporting Primary School Literacy and Numeracy and the launch of a Film Club. The Summer Term will see activities such as Martial Arts and Salsa/Tango dance lessons and there will be larger charity events, such as the 3 Royal Parks Walk in support of the Shooting Star Children’s’ Hospice. Students can also make their own proposals for CAS activities. For more information please contact Mr Morgan. Year 11 – Chance to go to University Summer School We have made a link with the London School of Economics, one of this country’s foremost universities and arguably the most prestigious for some subjects. We are looking to nominate four students to spend a week at the LSE this summer. This course will be at no-cost to the students and include meals, course materials and travel costs. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience University life at first hand and we encourage all our Year 11 to at least consider this. Students must: Have no family history of higher education, Be predicted to achieve 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE, Be interested in either Law, Mathematics, Psychology or Business and Finance, Be committed to attending the full week 5th to 9th July 2010. If you are interested and meet this criteria, please see Mr Grant for more details. Music News Congratulations to the following who achieved great results in their violin exams last week! Mattie Tucker – year 8: Grade 5 Merit, Lizzy Phillips – year 10: Grade 4 Merit, Lucy Griffiths – year 11: Grade 6 Pass Day trip to Lille 35 EPHS students of French are going on a day trip to Lille. I am delighted that so many students have chosen to take part and thank the parents for your support. This is a follow up the long standing French exchange. Many of the participants will see their penfriends again. Our aim is always that the exchange students stay in touch with their exchange partner. The students will have lunch at the College Lazaro and will then go into Lille to see the historic town centre, festive lights, elegant ferris wheel and traditional Christmas market . It is a very long day for both staff and students with a 5am departure and a midnight return. - S. Kahan, MFL ERA Ealing Readers’ Award – a new award from KS3 (Year 7,8,9) students in Ealing - If you are in Y7, 8 9 and you are into books and reading – read on. Which do you think is the best book of 2009? Your nominations are wanted. There are many book prizes – but few are chosen by students – the School Librarians from Elthorne - Cardinal Wiseman – Dormers wells – Drayton Manor – West London academy, & Acton have decided we are fed up with this and have created our own Ealing Readers’ Award - which students will decide. All you have to do is simply nominate the book you think is the best fiction book of 2009 – one you have read this year – it can be part of a series, a graphic edition or Manga book - first published in 2009. Forms will be given out in January. The closing date for nominations will be 14th January and the winning book is simply the book with the most votes. Every student’s vote counts, as long as it fits the criteria. The winning book from each school will go on a shortlist to be announced 21st January. To ensure fairness the choice each school has made will remain confidential. A Readers’ Panel (6 students – 2 from each Year) will then be selected and the Panel will read the books on the shortlist. The Panel will later represent the School at a Presentation and Judging Event in early March.
Academic Year 2009-2010
……………………………………………… Autumn Term Thurs 3rd Sept 2009—Fri 18th Dec 2009 Autumn Half Term Mon 26th Oct 2009—Fri 30th Oct 2009 Winter Holiday Mon 21st Dec 2009—Fri 1st Jan 2010 Training Days Thurs 3rd Sept 2009 Mon 2nd Nov 2009 ……………………………………………… Spring Term Mon 4th Jan 2010—Thurs 1st April 2010 Spring Half Term Mon 15th Feb 2010—Fri 19th Feb 2010 Easter Holiday Fri 2nd Apr 2010—Fri 16th Apr 2010 Good Friday 2nd April 2010 Easter Monday 5th April 2010 Training Days Mon 4th January 2010 ……………………………………………… Summer Term Mon 19th April 2010—Wed 28th Jul 2009 Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2010 Summer Half Term Monday 31st May-Friday 4th June 2010 Training Days Tues 4th May 2010 Fri 25th June 2010 Occasional Days Mon 26th July 2010 Tues 27th July 2010 Wed 28th July 2010 Summer Holiday Commences Mon 26th July 2010 ………………………………………………
Thought of the Week
Thought for the week beginning Monday 21st December
Peace on Earth and Good Will to All
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Pre-recording day is over! BBC School report pre-recording day is over! We are now going to edit our films to make them look professional We had an amazing response to our request for interviewees. We spoke to a whole mixture of people and went to some outlandish places including; Houses of Parliament, Thames Barrier and St Mary’s University. We interviewed Greg Clark MP Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Dr Sharar Ali from the Green Party, Virginia Fassnidge from Friends of the Earth, Timothy Sunday from the Environment Agency, Hannah Beharry UK’s champion female boxer, Prof. Dick Fisher from St Mary’s and shopkeepers from Northfields! Plus Radio One’s DJ Tim Westwood on Thursday this week! Special thanks to: Ms Laura Olivieri, Ms Gill McInnes, Mr Paddy McCann, Ms Siobhan Bryar Thanks also go to: Mrs Selma Boyd- for all her hard work behind the scenes, Ms Sue Davidson- for her special contacts, Finally…Ms Samuel and Ms Balawender for making it possible to go at all! We shall keep you posted and let you know when our films are on the website! - Ms. Wells Sports News— Year 7 - Girls 6 aside Tournament (Thursday 10th December) The girls have started the year with an amazing win. The girls who took part played some beautiful football with Chloe Kelley getting 3 hatricks in the tournament and being top goal scorer, plus Elthorne as a team were the leading goal scorers. The team played the following schools: League - EPHS v Twyford, WIN 6-0 (Chloe 3, Tia 2, OG 1), EPHS v Cardinal Wiseman, LOSE 1-2 (Chloe 1), EPHS v Greenford, WIN 7-0 (Chloe 3, Tia 2. Gabby 1, Phoebe 1), EPHS v Villiers, WIN 5-0 (Gabby 2, Tia 2, Chloe 1), EPHS v Dormers Wells, WIN 4-1 (Chloe 3, Tia 1) Semi-Final - EPHS v WLA, WIN 4-0 (Tia 2, Chloe 1, Gabby 1), Final - EPHS v Acton, WIN 4-0 (Chloe 2, Tia 2) Congratulations to the following girls who put up a fantastic show of how the game should be played, with some beautiful link up play on the pitch, lots of hard work and the will to win. Well done to the following; Chloe Kelley, Tia Prior, Gabby Bishop, Phoebe Williams, Faiza Hanik and Kyla Gillespie. Sportshall Athletics- Year 7 Sportshall offers an ideal format (enjoyable and warm) for competition in which young people may develop their skills ahead of the track and field season. Many schools are adopting Sportshall as a great means of promoting intra school competition whilst local areas and partnerships are staging competitions over the winter months in preparation for their summer programmes. Fixture 1—December 10th, This is the first of 3 fixtures comprising of: Track-Relays of 2 laps, 4 laps, 6 laps and 8 laps with 2 to 4 competitiors each. Field-Shot putt, standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump and speed bounce. Girls Squad - Whitney Olumese, Georgia Dee, Rhianna Spearing, Tia Bogle-Holas, Miya Booker-Brown Boys Squad - Lewis Graham, Spencer Pisano, William Willis, Oliver Flanagan The year 7 team travelled to Featherstone High last Wednesday performing admiringly with the girls placing 2nd and the boys 3rd in the 3 strong event against Featherstone High and Dormers Wells. In the boys event Lewis Graham performed superbly during an exhausting day competing in 5 of the 6 running events! Special mention to Spencer Pisano also who filled gaps in the team. The great team spirit was epitomised by William Willis helping Lewis with his technique in the triple jump and Oliver deciding to compete here instead of football inter form! In the girls event, Georgia won the jumps and ran well in the relays ably supported by Whitney, Rhinna, Tia and Miya. Well done to all in their first taste of indoor athletics! Fixture 1 Results Girls SCHOOL 1. 2. 3. Dormers Elthorne FHS 1st Fixture 77 61 57 POINTS TOTAL 77 61 57 SCHOOL Dormers FHS Elthorne Boys 1st Fixture 86 69 58 POINTS TOTAL 86 69 58
Future Fixtures Match 2: Jan 27th @ Elthorne Park High Match 3: Feb 4th @ Featherstone Sports Centre Indoor Trials Trials for the next fixture will be held: Jan 8th Sportshall Lunchtime
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Badminton Trials Year 9/10 Tournament @ Dormers Wells January 21st - 4 girls and 4 boys to be selected. Trials will be held early next term. Anyone interested to see Mr Nevins before end of this term. Badminton Yr 7 & 8 Tournament @ Dormers Wells 10th December 2009 - A hotly contested tournament and with 3 schools entering at the last minute this meant matches were played to a best of 5 games. Highlights included Ranti Ehinmola winning the girls singles. Good performances from Sebastian Kowalewski, Jordan TrubyMartin and Yasmin Rufo (all in year 7) finishing 3rd, 4th and 4th respectively. This all bodes well for next year! Results— Boys - Alistair Keith- 2nd, Jordan Truby-Martin- 4th, Sebastian Kowalewski- 3rd, Arsalaan Butt- 4th. Boys Overall- 2nd Girls - Dasharna Halliday- 3rd, Ranti Ehinmola-1st, Emily Waters-3rd, Yasmin Rufo-4th, Girls Overall- 3rd Interform Sports Since September we have had two interform competitions organised by the PE Department. Each competition normally takes place in the last week of each half term. The first competition was basketball and the second was football. All of the events have been very closely contested with most tutor groups from year 7 – 10 getting involved and lots of fun had by everybody! Next term we will have netball and hockey interform and in the summer term we will have cross country, pentahlon and sports day. The aim of these interform competitions is to create a positive ethos around the school and to build skills of teamwork, co – operation and fair play within tutor groups but also to create a little healthy competition with the tutor group getting 0 points if they fail to participate All the points for each of the seven events are added up at the end of the year to produce the overall winning tutor group in each year. The current leaders for each year group are as follows: Year 7- 7H and 7O with 110 points each, Year 8 - 8E with 110 points, Year 9 - 9H with 100 points, Year 10 - 10R with 110 points Thank you to all Heads of Year, Senior Management PE Department and Tutors for supporting and helping with interform and most importantly thank you to all the students’ who have participated and helped make it successful.
- Miss Curley
Year 7 winners - 7H
Merry Christmas from Poland A group of year Y7 enrichment students have been involved in exchanging e-mails with students from a school in Warsaw. The idea behind it is that Polish students practise their English and learn about the English culture, and that Elthorne students learn something about the country where a lot of pupils in our community come from. The head teacher and pupils from the school in Warsaw have sent us a beautiful Christmas card and a fantastic illustrated book about Poland which is now on display in our Library. Well done to those students who are taking part in this very enriching cultural experience! Ski Trip – April 2010 A reminder to parents of students who will be going on the school’s Ski Trip next Easter organised by the PE Department. The fifth instalment of £150 was due to the school on 10 December 2009. If you have not forwarded this payment to the school as yet please do so as soon as possible. The remaining payment dates are as follows: 10 December 2009 - £150, 10 January 2010 - £150. Payments should be handed in to the Finance Assistant in Reception between 8.15 and 8.45am. Thank you.
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Les Miserables orchestra Please note that after Christmas the Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals will be 3.30 - 5pm. There will also be an extra rehearsal each Friday after school: 3.30 – 4.30pm. Please look at the notices in N Block to check whether or not you are needed. IT Functional Skills Exam Y12 and Y11 students doing IT Functional Skills will be sitting their exam on the morning of Thursday 28 January 2010. Letters about this have been sent home this week. Maths notice to Students/Parents/Carers—Change of password for Mymaths website Please note that the password for mymaths has now changed. The new log in details are: Username: elthorne, Password: square. Towards end of term all year groups will have mock exams and tests in maths. We recommend the use of mymaths as an extra revision resource to help students be fully prepared. Design and Technology The following students have won the designer of the month award in Design and Technology and will be receiving a prize including a £5 gift voucher. Year 7 Natalie Procaccini-Martin, Year 8 Alex Tunstall, Year 9 Lisa Khan, Year 10 Luke Jones and Year 11 Aroma Patwal Humanities Help Sessions Humanities help sessions run every Thursday evening between 3.30pm and 4.30pm in room 3.9. Any student who needs help with their History, Sociology or Citizenship coursework can come along for support. Attendance is compulsory for any student who has missed their coursework deadlines!