MAGNUS February 2010 The Newsletter of Great Baddow High School Headmaster’s Letter The Autumn Term ended on a high with our annual Presentation Ceremony. The evening included the presentation of academic and sporting awards. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Tony Sach, presented the academic awards and our guest speaker was Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, who presented the A Level Certificates. Sporting awards were presented by our Chair of Governors, Mr Graham Mundy. The evening was an opportunity for staff and parents to celebrate the success of our students. Academic prizes were awarded as follows: The Carol Buck Prize for special effort and achievement: Katie Rolfe The Charles Cottey Prize for service to the community: James Braddy Governors‟ Prize for leadership within the sixth form community: Polly Kersys Overall A Level Prize: 1st Ryan Hamnett, 2nd Abigail Atkins, 3rd Liam Messin Physics Prize: Ian Cullen Mathematics Prize: Ryan Hamnett Art Prize: Harvey Brown ICT Prize: Harvey Brown Biology Prize: Ryan Hamnett Chemistry Prize: Ryan Hamnett Mathematics Prize: Ryan Hamnett Psychology Prize: Ryan Hamnett Business Studies Prize: Tom Acorn Design and Technology Prize: Paul Thorpe English Literature Prize: Jack Booth French Prize: Camilla Loxton German Prize: Camilla Loxton General Studies Prize: Sarah McIlwain-Bates Media Studies Prize: Lewis Scoging Physical Education Prize: Lee Stopher Physics Prize: Ian Cullen SPECIAL AWARDS Year 7: Todd Sewell; Year 8: Hannah Davies; Year 9: Lucy Matthams; Year 10: Jess Neary At the end of January the school was pleased to welcome children‟s author Linda Newbery, who spent the day working with our students. This was Ms Newbery‟s first visit to the school and the students thoroughly enjoyed working with her. We thank the school librarians for organising the visit. Many of our Year 7 students took part in a charity sleepover at the end of January to raise money for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Through sponsorship the students raised over £1,700. I would like to congratulate them and say a special thank you to Mrs Law, as well as her staff and student helpers, for making this possible. A further £1,600 was raised through our non-uniform day. Thank you to the parents, students and staff who supported the appeal. Roger Hunton IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR PARENTS School Attendance and Requests for Leave of Absence In an attempt to maintain and improve our attendance rate, we are aiming to reduce the number of holidays taken by students in term time. The DCSF has carried out studies which show a strong link between attainment and attendance. For your child to achieve their potential they must attend school regularly. Could I please draw your attention to the school policy regarding requests for leave of absence? We greatly value the positive relationship between parents and the school and we do not want the issue of holidays to create a conflict in this relationship. Parents do not have a statutory right to leave of absence during the academic year. The school will consider approving a leave of absence request only if there are exceptional circumstances, for example severe illness or family bereavement. Please do not put the school into the position of having to decline requests for leave of absence, which can result in a referral to the Education Welfare Service. We greatly value the success of our students and any absence from school can be to the detriment of their learning. Register Sweeps Please be aware that our school works in partnership with the Education Welfare Service and is committed to improving the attendance and attainment of all students in the school. As a matter of good practice, register sweeps will now be conducted and I would ask for your co-operation in following school procedures if your child is absent from school. Home visits may be carried out jointly by the Education Welfare Service and school staff if parents or carers have not contacted the school to provide a reason for a child‟s absence by 9.00 am on the morning of the absence. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further. Punctuality A small minority of students are late to school. All students should be on the school premises by 8:40 am. Morning registration starts at 8:45. Paul Farmer Deputy Headteacher Uniform Issues We need your support. Some students have managed to convince their parents that black „trainer type‟ footwear is acceptable to wear at school. Our uniform policy is quite clear that students must wear appropriate shoes. We will contact the parents of students who are wearing inappropriate footwear to school and discuss with them when they can replace the offending items. Also a reminder – no hoodies please. Thanking you in advance for your support. Mr P Farmer (Deputy Headteacher) and Mr A Degge (Senior Teacher) COVER ARTWORK Louise Aaron Year 13 For the first time, the Modern Foreign Languages Department organised a trip to the Christmas market in Lille in the north of France. Here is a brief summary of what we did that day. At 6am on Friday 4th December 2009, forty one Year 9 students and five members of staff (Mrs Mills, Mr White, Miss Wheeler, Susy our French assistant and myself) met at school. For some pupils it was their first trip to France, which was even more exciting - despite the fact it was very early in the morning. We boarded the coach at 6.30am and we set off on quite a long journey. We crossed the Channel by Eurotunnel and we arrived in Lille around lunchtime. The weather there was glorious, despite being cold. We were very lucky to avoid the rain. Students were given the opportunity to practise their spoken French by interacting with French people and asking them questions about the Lille Christmas market and their shopping habits. Five students, i.e. Amy Clark, Katie Rolfe, Lucy Kings, Celine Jennings and Hannah Davies, did really well with this activity and were presented with a certificate in an assembly. Students had about 3 hours and 30 minutes in Lille town centre to explore the market and other shops. They were able to experience French food and purchase typically French gifts for their family. We then headed back to the coach and left for the Cité Europe shopping centre in Calais next to the Eurotunnel Terminal. The students were able to purchase a hot meal there and do even more French shopping. We found that quite a lot of students were looking at French magazines in the shops and buying Milka chocolates and „bonbons‟. A lot of Euros were spent on the day. Unfortunately, this long but exciting trip had to come to an end. We left France around 9pm via Eurotunnel and arrived back at the school (in the rain!) at 10.30pm. We are hoping to run this trip again next year as it was such a huge success. Madame Sykes - Modern Foreign Languages Department Modern Languages Department visit to the Lille Christmas Market, 4 December 2009 I really enjoyed the trip to Lille and Cité Europe. There was lots to buy. Even if you did not buy lots of things from the market, there were plenty of shops to buy from. Anyone who is reading this who did not get the chance to go on the trip, I would advise you to go if you get another chance. Lewis Wilson 9N2 I enjoyed the French trip because there was a variety of stores in the market and elsewhere in Lille. I liked the worksheet that was given to us because it got us to interact with the French people. Cité Europe is like Lakeside or Bluewater shopping malls. There are shops to suit all needs. Overall, the Lille trip was great. Thank you to the French department and Madame Sykes. Nick Clayden 9W2 I enjoyed the French trip because we were allowed to go around by ourselves. We had a laugh and the shops were good. It was good because we also visited Cité Europe, which has good shops for everyone. Overall the trip was great. We all had lots of fun. Paige Holbard 9W2 I really enjoyed the trip to Lille, as it was a fun way to practise speaking French, knowing that you could buy something as well. We also went to Cite Europe which was good, especially in Carrefour to see how different their supermarket was to ours. I would definitely go on a French trip again as it was useful and an exciting way to learn and practice French! Laura Talbot, 9N2 living in either Great Britain HAITI SLEEPOVER or Haiti. And the twist was, we had to make it out of @ GBHS cardboard We were given 15 minutes in which to complete the challenge. By On Friday 22nd January 2010, forty one Year 7 then it was around midnight and everyone was students, thirty nine girls and two boys, came to the starting to get tired. So we all had another hot sixth form block at Great Baddow High School to raise chocolate and cake before snuggling down into our money for the people of Haiti that desperately need sleeping bags to watch a film and then went to sleep. food, water and medicine after the huge earthquake a few weeks ago. Most of us started to wake up at 6.30am. By 7.00am we were all sitting in our sleeping bags while „The Upon arrival, all of the sponsorship money we had Best...‟ prizes were awarded, starting with The Best each raised was given in and all of the bedding was Caterpillar (in a sleeping bag) - the winner being stowed in The Ark and S9. Charlotte Bennett! Then we sat and told each other scary stories, much better in the daylight, and then at We then had a talk about what we would be doing 8.00am we got up and cleared up the carpet of during the evening. After that, we had a spectacular squashed Pringles and popcorn, rolled up our disco with Mr Crowl who very kindly charged nothing sleeping bags and got ready to go home. for his DJ skills. We danced along to Thriller and YMCA and all in all had a fabulous time. Then, we By the end of the Sleepover we had raised just over settled down with a hot drink and a cake and £1,400. Our final total a few days later, when late watched some of the news on Haiti, during which sponsor money had all come in, was £1,709.64 for many tears of sympathy were shed. the Disasters‟ Emergency Committee Appeal for Haitian earthquake survivors. Thank you to all the When all the drinks and cakes had been finished and people who so generously sponsored us. Thank you cleared away, out came the newspaper and the also to the many staff who came in to make it such a sellotape. The challenge was to make designer outfits great night. for a bride and groom made entirely from newspaper! And, as expected, some of the things that the bride Ellie Grice - Year 7 and bridegroom were wearing were hilarious! The next challenge was very relevant. We had to make a weatherproof shelter for someone homeless Q. What do you call a gathering of students taking part in the Essex Book Award Scheme? A. Revved up readers! And that is what we had in the library at Great Baddow High School on Thursday, 28th January when author Linda Newbery visited us and enthused nearly one hundred staff and students from schools across the county about her recent book The Sandfather, which is one of the six new books shortlisted for this year‟s Essex Book Award, organised by the hardworking staff of the local Schools Library Service. There was a great deal of discussion about all of the books, but The Linda Newbery with a representative from each of Sandfather, a „heart stopping search for the ten schools taking part in the event. identity by a teenage boy desperate to find his father” provoked the most discussion. Our own teenagers fired a round of perceptive questions at the author, learnt how the idea of the story came into being and discussed the power of the image of the father-figure built in the sand, and slowly but inexorably being washed away. Some agreed with the author that the cover of the book did not do justice to the content and that a picture of the sand figure on the front would have been more striking. The Essex Book Award scheme for this year will end at February half term, all the votes from students throughout Essex will be counted and the overall winner announced. Meanwhile, if you are tempted to read The Sandfather, here is a taster: “Hal was trying to run – stumbling, floundering, his feet sinking into loose sand. Ahead, the Sandfather walked away, sure-footed, his outline blurred against the dazzle of the sea. He was made of the same stuff as the beach; fine, glittering grains, moulded into the man-shape. He belonged here. Hal tried to shout “Wait” but the word lodged in his throat. The Sandfather didn‟t pause, or look back. He splashed into the shallows, then waded deeper. The waves tugged at him, fretted and sighed, washed at him and over him. Dissolved him. Hal stood helpless on the shore. Now there was nothing to show where the Sandfather had been: only the sea‟s vastness, and the long curve of the bay.” Staff from the visiting schools commented on what an excellent job the Great Baddow students did acting as their hosts. Participating students came from: The Brentwood Ursuline School Moulsham High School Philip Moramt School Davenant Foundation School The Stanway School Sweyne Park School Hylands School KEGS Tabor Science College Finally, a note about the author: Linda Newbery Linda Newbery has published over thirty books, ranging from a picture book to teenage fiction. She won the Costa Children's Book of the Year Award in 2006 and, for CATCALL, the Silver Award in the 2007 Nestle awards. Born in Essex, Linda lives in rural Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats. She is an active speaker at conferences and regularly conducts writing workshops. The School Librarians CAKE SALE RAISES FUNDS FOR THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE APPEAL On Friday January 29th Great Baddow High School raised money for the devastation following the earthquake in Haiti. The Learning Support staff dressed up as Great Baddow students for the day. The students were able to give the staff uniform strikes but had to pay a minimum of 10p to the member of staff to do so. Altogether we raised £57.09. During morning break the Learning Support department held a cake sale in Link 1. Cakes piled around the classroom, students lined up outside with money in their hands waiting to give their money for such a good cause. The cake sale raised £167.52. “By the looks of it, we had a successful day.” said Mrs Jones, Head of Learning Support. In total we raised £224.61. Thank you to all the students and staff who supported us. Adam Mayne 10N1 We are implementing a recycling scheme for mobile phones and printer ink cartridges in conjunction with Reciproc8™ Recycling. The scheme enables our school to do the right thing environmentally while at the same time gaining great benefits. We gain points for the items that we collect. We can then redeem these points against a range of products and services specifically for schools, which include: educational materials, sports equipment, conservation materials and experiences. These rewards will be used in the school‟s day to day activities and will help enhance the overall facilities and amenities for the pupils. While we are collecting, the children will also be learning about the three green Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We are collecting: Mobile phones Ink cartridges and toners, PDAs MP3s MP4s IPODs Satellite navigation units Please don‟t throw these items away. Recycle them and help us to not only help the environment but also get some great items and experiences for free. Take two minutes and see what‟s in that drawer at home that things only ever seem to go into but never come out of! Parents can help by not only sending in items from home but also asking neighbours and colleagues at work to donate on behalf of the school. Furthermore, why not ask your employer if they would consider registering their business? They can then donate their Reciproc8™ points to us. More information on the scheme is available at www.reciproc8.co.uk Thank you all for your support. Julian Butcher Recycling Co-ordinator ARRANGEMENTS DURING SEVERE WEATHER In the event of the school being forced to close because of bad weather, we will notify the local radio stations (BBC Radio Essex and Heart FM) who will broadcast this information early in the morning. I also have the facility at home to send Call Parent text messages to your mobiles (or BT voice text messages to your landline) advising you whether school is open. PLEASE ENSURE THE OFFICE HAS UP TO DATE CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS. Please also check the school‟s website: www.greatbaddow.com. Mrs P Bonner, Office Manager WORK EXPERIENCE Year 10 students will begin making their work experience choices on our next Pastoral Day, Friday 12th March. The provisional dates for the two-week placements are Monday, 6th September to Friday, 17th September 2010. Mr J Addicott Work experience Coordinator Sports College News CROSS COUNTRY: Congratulations to Sam Robinson who came sixth at the Essex cross country championships which took place on 22nd January. He represented mid-Essex and will now be picked to represent Essex at the National Cross Country finals. Remaining cross country fixtures : Wednesday 10th February: Year 7 and 8 Essex Championships Friday 5th March: Year 7 and 8 District championships ATHLETICS – THINKING AHEAD: After half term we will be starting off the athletics season with a “Throws Club” and indoor training at Melbourne Park. Indoor training at Melbourne will take place on Wednesdays between 4.00pm and 5.00pm and it is expected that all jumpers and hurdlers attend. You will be given a letter with more information, which you will need to return to the PE department. If you don‟t get a letter but wish to take part, then come and see a member of the PE department. We are also hoping to put together a sprint squad on Monday evenings between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. “Throws Club” will start on a Wednesday morning. The timetable that comes out after Easter will have the full programme and competitions will start during this term. Last year we won ten of the available district titles, all four national teams got to the regional rounds of the national finals, and the inter-boys‟ teams made the national finals, finishing eighth in the country. IMPORTANT DATES : Athletics Masterclasses : These will be for eight selected students from the following year groups: Monday 26th April Yr 8 Masterclass 4pm to 7pm th Thursday 29 April Yr 9 Masterclass 4pm to 7pm th Monday 10 May Yr 10 Masterclass 4pm to 7pm th Thursday 13 May – (TBC) Yr 7 Masterclass 4pm to 7pm th Thursday 13 May Junior (8 and 9) and inter trials (10 and 11). Students will need to attend these to be selected to represent mid-Essex at the Essex Championships. Thursday 20th May Year 7 trials. Year 7s will need to attend these to be selected to represent mid-Essex at the Essex Championships. Wednesday 23rd June DISTRICT ATHLETICS Friday 18th June SPORTS DAY NATIONAL COMPETITIONS : Middle of May: first round of the nationals Middle of June: regional round of the nationals First weekend in July: national finals NETBALL Congratulations to the U16 girls who have just reached the national netball finals. This will take place at Roedean School in Brighton on March 20th. The girls won the regional round of the national schools competition last Saturday, winning all of their pool matches, their semi final 14 to 9 and the final 12 to 11. The tops worn in the photo were bought from part of the prize money that Christie Simpson received from winning a Jack Petchey award. Christie was given £100 from East Essex Netball Association for the Jack Petchey Award initiative and chose to put it towards warm training tops for her team. Back row : Jess Dawson (captain), Sophie Hankin, Ellie Miners, Christie Simpson, Gabriella Oxlade. Front row : Megan Parrott, Abbie Wardle, Rebecca Roberts, Charley Barrell, Ellie Summer. We are fast approaching the final stages of many of the competitions we take part in. Progress so far in all the sports can be seen on the school website and a list of all the major dates for the next half term is below: DATE YEAR GROUP BOYS/GIRLS COMPETITION th Wed +-24 Year 7/8 Girls Hockey tournament at Redbridge Feb Th. 4th Mar Various Girls/Boys Essex and East region gymnastics floor and vault comp. th Sat 20 Mar U16 Girls National netball finals at Roedean School, Brighton Sat 20th Mar U14, U16, U19 Girls/Boys NSBBC finals at Nottingham Wildcats st Sun 21 Mar U13, U15 Girls/Boys NSBBC finals at Nottingham Wildcats Mon 22nd Mar U13, U15, U18 Girls Essex basketball finals at Eastwood th Wed 24 Mar U13, U15, U18 Boys Essex basketball finals at Eastwood Th. 25th Mar Various Girls/Boys Gym and dance Display th Mon 29 Mar U12, U14, U16 Girls Essex basketball finals at Eastwood Wed 31st Mar U12, U14, U16 Boys Essex basketball finals at Eastwood st Wed 31 Mar Various Girls Essex Cup netball finals at Gloucester Park Sat 24th Apr U13 B U14 G Boys/Girls NSBBC finals @ Nottingham Wildcats Sat/Sun 8/9 U14-19 Girls/Boys EBBA National basketball finals May We have updated the website to also outline the sports that will be happening after Easter. BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN SPORT This is a new sixth form course which got off to an excellent start with students not only completing coursework to a high standard but 50% of them qualified as FA Level 1 coaches and several being first aid trained in the first term of the course. All students have been taking part in various work experience placements, ranging from the Essex Outdoor Pursuits Centre to Essex County Cricket Club. Lewis Coldham and Jack Titchard have, based on their experience, been given the role of Essex Youth Ambassadors in outdoor education. Lewis has also been given the opportunity to work with the Essex Cricket Club‟s first XI (Alastair Cook and Co.!) on strength and conditioning sessions. The class are currently recording films on coaching roles and responsibilities for use with younger potential coaches. Mr C Persey INTERHOUSE NEWS The house system is going to be re-launched following a series of house assemblies that will take place in the spring and summer terms. Rather than having year assemblies, students will assemble in house groups: Monday - North Tuesday - South Wednesday - East Thursday - West The aim of the assemblies is to pass on information on such items as fixtures; competitions and events. The assemblies will be followed by a series of events weekly through to the summer term. These events will be run by various departments within school (not just P.E.). Students should check the house notice board for a list of all events and up to date scores. The new Interhouse scoreboard will be revealed in Primmer Dining Hall after half- term. Keep your eyes peeled - you will be impressed! Mr C Persey The Chelmsford Rhinos U12 Rugby Team has made it to the shortlist for the Young Team of the Year sports award run by the Essex Chronicle. A number of Great Baddow High School students are members of the team and they would be grateful for your support in voting for them. The deadline for votes is 22 February and if parents, staff and friends would like to vote they should use the forms (original entries only can be accepted) in the Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette.