Royton & Crompton School
A Specialist Science College
rocket‟s payload into space. Royton
Royton and Crompton and Crompton‟s cargo could be signed
School cards, models, mementos, names and
signatures of everyone in school.
There will be a competition in school to
decide what should be sent, with
winners having the chance to be
involved in viewing the launch in
September. The pupil who designs the
winning NOVA 2 Mission emblem
could win the opportunity to press the
“Blast off on a virtual learning journey
Newsletter July 2009 through space from Earth to the
farthest reaches of the known
Universe. Expand your educational
School Reaches for the Stars experience by taking advantage of
and Rockets to Success Starchaser‟s SPACE4SCHOOLS
fantastic and varied programmes,
covering subjects ranging from rocket
The largest rocket ever to be built and
propulsion to exploration of the Solar
flown in Europe was on display at
System” says Steven Bennett, founder
school on Friday 24th April, prior to its
of Starchaser Industries.
launch from Morecambe Bay in
“We are excited by the visit of the
Starchaser team to school. The school
Starchaser is Britain‟s only commercial
has a good reputation, offering a wide
rocket, R & D Company and has been
range of opportunities in a variety of
building and launching rockets since
disciplines. We are enthusiastic about
1992. It is working towards the
involvement in the Schools Fellowship.
creation of a totally reusable rocket
Royton and Crompton pupils are
system that can safely launch tourists
soaring to success and this rocket will
give a great boost to scientific study.”
The Starchaser team conducted a Sally Ogden – Assistant Headteacher -
number of presentations throughout Director of Science College.
the day whilst displaying the
Starchaser NOVA 2 at the school to
help raise the profile of science and
technology based subjects. The team
is offering school the opportunity to
become involved in sending part of the
Science College During the day the 270 eight and nine
year olds were engaged in a variety of
On Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July activities including street dancing with
two groups of Year 10 pupils were French flair. There was Latin American
privileged to attend the National salsa and flamenco dance classes
Specialist Schools and Academies delivered by the school‟s own
Trust Science Conference to act as Andalusian member of the Modern
guides to conference delegates. The Foreign Language Department - Miss
first day was held at the Museum of Lourdes Roldån Gómez. There was
Science and Industry, the second day Spanish art and competitive games of
at the Hilton Hotel. boules. Gourmet sampling of Spanish
specialities were provided by La Tasca
The pupils were wonderful Restaurant from Manchester. There
ambassadors for our school and were workshops on French and
conducted the tasks well and with Spanish culture with sample lessons in
pride. both languages. The finale took the
form of an X factor-style talent
We received many positive comments competition.
from both delegates and the
conference organisers. Representatives from the current Year
7 pupils were foreign ambassadors for
Well Done Year 10 ! the day.
“We are delighted to welcome our
potential future pupils to this exciting
Astronomical Gift day of cultural and linguistic pursuits.
We have a growing department with a
Thanks to Mr Cyktor we have recently significant increase in interest in
been awarded a 70mm telescope. foreign languages amongst our pupils.
This has been awarded by the Science Visitors will notice pupils in the school
and Technology Facilities Council and flourishing in a purposeful and orderly
the Royal Astronomical Society. environment. In an atmosphere of
The Society for Popular Astronomy is learning, there is a high level of
all about fun. There‟s so much achievement.
happening in the skies above. The
SPA brings the excitement of the We are keen to share our enthusiasm
universe to everyone. Whether you are and provide a memorable experience
old or young, a beginner or an for pupils in our neighboring primary
experienced sky watcher, you will get schools” said Mrs. Caroline McKinlay –
a great deal from SPA, Britain‟s Head of Modern Foreign Languages
brightest astronomical society ! Department.
Despite the challenges of the British
weather if you wrap up warm you will
be rewarded with some splendid sights
Lunch with an
Young Linguists Activity Day
On Wednesday 29 April pupils
from Year 4 in local primary schools From Thursday 21st May lunch had an
were welcomed to Royton and Italian flavour. For the following five
Crompton School – Specialist weeks a group of pupils and staff
Science College for a day with a spent their lunchtimes learning a new
different accent. language.
The Community and Lesser Taught Chinese. Lai In Pang from Year 8 has
Languages Project (COLT) was taken his GCSE and Can Sheng Tan
launched at Manchester Metropolitan from Year 11 has taken GCSE and AS
University last May. The aim is to level ” says Mrs. Caroline McKinlay –
encourage the teaching of community Head of Modern Foreign Languages
languages for example Arabic, Urdu Department.
Italian and Chinese with no distinction
made between them and European
Languages. It works with existing
language networks in schools and in
The project also supports those hit the Airwaves
teachers planning to introduce these
languages. It hopes to build bridges
On Friday 19th June a group of pupils
between supplementary and
at Royton and Crompton School –
mainstream schools and to build on
Specialist Science College
existing research into attitudes to
experienced broadcast technology by
preparing their own virtual radio report
for Radio Key 103.
COLT student ambassadors Elena
Davitti & Malgorzata Gasior delivered
Oldham Aim Higher have partnered
language sessions including games,
with Key 103 to showed pupils across
cultural quizzes and homework tasks
Oldham how they can have their
with prizes galore as rewards for
dream careers following a university
degree. The Key 103 bus is a roving
classroom equipped with radio
The staff from different areas of the
technology. Workshops were provided
school as well as the Languages
in Math‟s and English, helping pupils
Department have been brushing up
to gain grades they will need in order
their Italian, ready for their holidays.
to progress towards higher education.
The pupils who would normally be
learning French or Spanish were
interested to discover another tongue.
Twelve pupils from the Gifted and
It was fun for all involved.
Talented and Oldham Aim Higher
group engaged in a creative writing
“We are delighted by how well
task using the modern technology of
received these taster sessions have
pod casting. They prepared a script,
been, thanks to Elena & Gorcha. We
recorded it and added music. Within 4
have a growing department with a
hours there was a finished product
significant increase in interest in
which potentially could be heard as a
foreign languages amongst our pupils.
Next year we are offering Italian as
Mrs Ogden – Assistant Headteacher
part of the KS3 options. Visitors notice
who organized this activity said-
pupils in the school flourishing in a
“This was an exciting opportunity to
purposeful and orderly environment. In
work in an innovative way. Working
an atmosphere of learning, there is a
with creative professionals using
high level of achievement.
cutting edge technology continues to
broaden the experiences we offer at
We are keen to share our enthusiasm
school. In an atmosphere of learning
and provide a memorable experience
there is a high level of achievement.
for all. This year we are delighted to
Our pupils flourish in an orderly and
have been able to enter two
candidates for public examinations in
The Lionheart Challenge Credit Crunch Game to play with
pupils from Blackshaw Lane Primary
On Thursday June 18th all Year 9 boys School. On Thursday the RAF “flew”
took part in an event sponsored by in to speak to groups of Year 9s & 10s
Lionheart Challenge Business Coach. about careers in the service using
Every pupil was provided with a math‟s skills. There was an „al fresco‟
demanding project diary which math‟s trail for Year 7s. Visiting
involved them individually and within a speakers from “Teach UK” brought
team in an exacting series of tasks to inter-active involvement of pupils into
produce a product that would help the their presentations on Personal
public to become healthier. Finance, linking in with the Careers
Dept. The Liverpool University Math‟s
The tasks included a business Society rolled out their fun –filled
analysis, decision-making and delivery roadshow with prizes galore for those
of a presentation to the whole group with mathematical prowess. There was
plus a panel of three judges and the a ”Math‟s Alive” display with a poster
Head of Year Mr Mather. competition throughout the week. Year
10s learned about the Golden Ratio.
Congratulations to the winning group –
Michael Muir, Nathan Mumford, Ben Mrs Julie Ball – Head of Mathematics
Nakoneczyj, Thomas Needham, Oliver says
Norris, Jordan Nuttall, Lewis Pawley, “As a Science College we specialise in
James Payton & Kieren Percy who will Science & Mathematics which are
now compete against schools from important, necessary and highly
across the area in Liverpool on July marketable skills. This has to be good
6th. news for our pupils and their parents.
They will take part in a demanding
entrepreneurial challenge, accessing This special week is for all staff to be
leading edge ICT and business involved in mathematics related
expertise, ultimately delivering a series activities whatever their usual
of key business outputs before an specialisms. In this school pupils
eminent panel of commercial judges. flourish in a purposeful and orderly
Good luck to the boys. If they win they environment. In an atmosphere of
will go forward to the finals on July learning, there is high level of
Mrs Garner – Enterprise Coordinator.
It all Adds up to Success Spectacular
Commencing Monday July 6th the A Summer Music Spectacular was
focus of the whole school curriculum staged in the hall on Thursday July
was mathematical. The launch of a 9th. The show featured performers
week of special events was in the form from all year groups in the school.
of an inter-school quiz – an on-line link
between Breezehill & The Radclyffe This year the show will leave the “X
schools involving Year 9s & 10s. A Factor” and “Britain‟s Got Talent” in
financial planning activity was based the shade. The first half of the evening
appropriately on organising a holiday took the form of a talent competition.
There will be scintillating singers,
A fair trading game for Year 9 also dazzling dancers nimble - fingered
had a financial theme with an ethical instrumentalists and choral
context. Year 8 pupils designed a performances by outstanding GCSE
music students. The panel of judges Year 9
adjudicated performances and the Nicole Lamont – Silver in the discus
winners reprieved there performances
to entertain their families, friends and Mixed fortunes in the track events but
guests. well done to all the girls who
Acting Head of Music – Miss Sarah represented school.
“The school has a long tradition of
excellence in music, setting a standard Special congratulations go to :
for others to follow. There are many
talented pupils who are given a Daryl Burgess Year 7 Oldham
showcase in which to perform. They Schools Hurdles Champion
know that they will receive rapturous
appreciation from their friends and Emily Shaylor Year 8 Bronze
families. This is a wonderful way for medal in the 800m
pupils at Royton & Crompton to
demonstrate what they love to do and
what they are successful at. ” Tennis
The girls took part in the Nestle Team
Competition and the Oldham Schools
GCSE Results Day Tennis Tournaments. Although school
did not win, the girls played to the best
GCSE Results Day is Thursday 27th of their ability. Well Done !
August 2009. Pupils can collect their
results from the Hall at 10am until 12 There has also been a tennis coaching
noon. session held every Thursday at
7.30am by a coach from Milnrow
If Pupils cannot attend they can Tennis Club „Peter Tetlow‟. Thank you
nominate someone to collect their to the 14 boys and girls from Years 7
results on their behalf providing the and 8 who have supported the
nominated person has a signed letter sessions.
authorising them to do so.
Alternatively you can send a stamped, Rounders
self addressed envelope to Mrs.
Greenwood, Exams Officer. Teams from Years 7, 8 and 10 have
played fixtures throughout the season.
Although the teams have not reached
Girls P.E. the Cup Finals, they have improved
their skills throughout the season.
In the Senior Rounders Rally the Year
The Oldham Schools Field and Track 10 team finished in 6th place.
Championships were very early this
year. In the field events congratulation In the Junior Rally both Year 7 / 8
to all those girls who represented excelled themselves. Both teams
school and particularly the medal reached the final remaining unbeaten
winners. throughout their sections.
Unfortunately both teams lost their
Year 7 respective finals but they have made
Danielle Partington - Silver in the fantastic progress this season. Well
School Uniform emblems or slogans, no baseball caps
or other similar headwear.
Many thanks for your co-operation in
maintaining our high standards of PE kit – Girls & Boys
Please note sensible plain black Navy blue shorts; plain white t-shirt or
shoes only; no trainers, no white t-shirt with school logo; plain
platforms, no boots and no logos. white socks; suitable footwear
Please do not purchase black Velcro (trainers, football boots, plimsolls);
trainers or trainer type footwear as towel for showering;
these are not acceptable for wearing in tracksuit/sweatshirt may be worn
school. outdoors with the permission of the PE
Girl’s school uniform codes:
Black box pleat Trutex skirt - knee General:
– code Trutex J00716 Jewellery or badges are not permitted.
Please note this is the only skirt Studs and ear rings, including all body
permissible to wear in school. piercings are not allowed, even when
Black tailored Trutex trousers Make-up is not permitted
- code JWT446 Extreme hairstyles should be avoided
Please note these are the only Advice is always available from your
trousers permissible to wear in school son/daughter‟s Head of Year about
and have the Royton and Crompton any uniform issues.
logo on the waistband.
Black or white socks or plain opaque
tights; patterned tights are not School Holidays
acceptable. 2009 / 20010
Boys school uniform codes: School Opens School Closes
Black tailored trouser
- code TVT776 Wed 2nd Sept 09 Thurs 22nd Oct 09
Mon 2nd Nov 09 Fri 18th Dec 09
Black socks Mon 4th Jan 2010 Fri 12th Feb 2010
Mon 22 Feb 2010 Thur 1st Apr 2010
Both boys and girls: Mon 19th Apr 2010 Fri 28th May 2010
Mon 7th June 2010 Fri 16th July 2010
Plain white school shirt with top neck
fastening button - not a polo shirt. On Monday, 3rd May 2010 school will be
closed for the May Bank Holiday
Years 7 to 10 – Jade green, Trutex
crew neck sweatshirt with the school School opens to pupils on
logo. Please note that the wearing of Wednesday 2nd September 2009
the sweatshirt is compulsory.
Year 11 – black, crew neck school Year 7 8.30am
sweatshirt with the school logo. Please Year 11 9.00am
note that the wearing of the sweatshirt Years 8, 9 and 10 10.00am
Plain dark coat; no leather or denim Wishing you all a well and
jackets or hooded tops. No large worthy break