N E W S SUMMER 2010 Farewell to Mr Bowen I’ve really enjoyed GCSE History. It’s good finding out about past times compared to modern day. I found it interesting learning about the history of Germany and the USA, rather than just British history. Mr Bowen always has a Powerpoint to explain a topic which makes it more fun. He also brings his own experiences when he is teaching which helps us learn better and remember things. I’ve enjoyed History so much I have decided to study it at A Level. We couldn’t have been luckier than to have a teacher like Mr Bowen and I hope he finds his retirement non-stressful and fun! I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all the staff and students at Maidenhill. Aleasha Rennolds 11CEM I N S I D E T H I S E D I T I O N : M O R E A B O U T M R B OW E N FAREWELL TO STAFF • YEAR 11 FUTURES • FOOTBALL POEMS GOVERNORS • SUMMER CONCERT • MATHS AND SCIENCE MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Headteacher’s Update I find it incredible that we are rapidly approaching the end of my second year at Maidenhill. It gives me huge satisfaction to see so much continuing to be achieved by our students in so many different areas. Many of those successes are highlighted in this newsletter. During this term alone, amongst many other things, I have had the pleasure of witnessing our students excel at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, seeing them receive awards at Stroud College for their contributions to vocational courses and presenting a variety of certificates to our Year 10 and Year 11 students for academic achievement. This edition of our newsletter will showcase many such achievements. What it does not necessarily draw to your attention are the efforts of a fantastic group of dedicated staff who underpin these remarkable achievements. I am indebted to all our members of staff who continue to strive for the very best for our young people and to the parent body for their continued support. I am particularly pleased to be supported and challenged by an increasingly strong and effective governing body in addition to a highly professional and committed leadership team. They, too, play a crucial role in pushing the school forward at pace. This term sees the end of an era with the departure of Mr Bowen after 29 years of loyal service. Mr Bowen will, I am sure, be fondly remembered by all those he taught, both of this generation and the previous two. His dedication and sense of humour will be sorely missed. I am sure you would like to join me in expressing our thanks for his efforts over the years and in wishing him well for the future. I am confident, once again, that our Year 11 will be rewarded by excellent examination results this Summer, heartened by the increased intake in our new Year 7 in September and excited at the prospect of new sports and drama facilities coming into use in the new year. Thanks to Mrs Walker for compiling such a splendid record of the achievements of our students, which I trust you will enjoy reading. Check out our website for more news. www.maidenhill.gloucs.sch.uk Mr G M Watson Why did you want to be a governor? Just to help the school improve. What do you have to do as a governor? Help Mr Watson and the school staff to plan for the future. Governors make sure that plans and policies are in place but Mr Watson is in charge of what happens in the school every day. What do you enjoy most about it? Meeting up with the other governors and the visits in to Mrs Thomson school. Is there anything you would like to change PARENT GOVERNOR at Maidenhill? Nothing at the moment as I am still finding out about the school. How long have you been a governor at Maidenhill? Since September 2009 when they sent out a letter asking for What are your hobbies or interests? new governors. Keeping fit by running. I recently took part in a charity run along the Cotswold Way which goes through Stonehouse. Have you been a governor at other schools? Yes, but never in Gloucestershire. By Taylor Wilson 7RWA 2 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 Governors Our Governors are special! David Drew Julie Goble David Hauser Community Community Community Governors represent all sections of the school Chair of Governors community including parents, teachers, staff, local Sue Weall Community government and local businesses. All governors have Lesley Williams Local Authority something in common... they are prepared to give their time to help support their school. Everyone David Dale Parent takes part in the main meetings at which the aims Alison Loveridge Parent and policies of the school are discussed and agreed. Simon Pickering Parent Paul Stephens Parent Together with the Headteacher, governors decide Wendy Thomson Parent how the budget is spent, how many staff are needed John West Parent and what we can afford to spend on the upkeep of the buildings and the equipment in them. Eric Dawson Partnership Most importantly, we need to understand what the Claire Squire Partnership students are learning and whether they are reaching Gary Watson Staff Governor the targets set for them. To give more time for Headteacher discussion of important issues, we have committees Richard Pender Staff Governor with particular responsibilities – School Development, Teaching Resources and Curriculum. Ian Jones Staff Governor We have recently increased the number of governors Support and we need more parent representatives. If you have Vicki Walker Staff Governor time to attend about one evening meeting per month Support and would like to get involved with the development Sue Hunt Clerk to the Governors of the school, please contact us about becoming a governor. You will be given training and support from other governors to help you learn how it all works! Vicki Walker Staff Governor Mr West PARENT GOVERNOR Mr West has been a parent governor at the school for just over a year. He had experience in governing nearly 30 years ago in the 1980s, when he was on the Town Council. He was Chair of the governors at Maidenhill. parents to choose it for their children. He used to work at Stroud College helping children and adults Mr West lives in Stonehouse with his wife and son. His who were unsuccessful at school or had special needs but hobbies include biking, camping, holidays and outdoor now he has retired. Since he had the time and interest, when activities. He is also a scout leader. He decided to send his the school asked him to be a governor again, he accepted with son here and when asked why, he replied, “I had visited other great enthusiasm. Mr West also works at the school as an schools and looked around but none of them were a patch on exam invigilator and as a volunteer helper taking students on Maidenhill. When I walked round the other schools it didn’t trips and visits. feel right, but at Maidenhill everyone was polite and helped me His role as a governor involves going to regular meetings to find my way. When I asked them questions they would answer discuss how to improve the school further, deciding on school truthfully and didn’t try to hide anything! I think Maidenhill is policies and helping the children get involved and be interested a fantastic school and as a governor I want to promote the in the future of their school. His main aim is to try and make school in every way I can.” Maidenhill School the best it can be and to encourage more By Sian Clements and Jade Tomkins 9KSI 3 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Farewell to . . . Mr Bowen Mr Bowen, our History teacher, is leaving Maidenhill School after teaching here for 29 years. He started at the school in 1981, after previously working at two other schools. He came to Maidenhill as ‘Head of House’ files collapsed, leaving him buried! Another amusing incident and also Head of History, which was his post for 20 years. was being in an assembly being taken by the head teacher, Next, Mr Bowen became Head of Lower School (Years 7 & when someone came in dressed as a gorilla! They sat down 8) which then led on to being Head of Key Stage 3 (Years 7, and pretended to take nits from a student’s hair. No one knew 8 & 9). For the last two years he has been a Head of Year 10 who it was and the assembly turned into chaos! and Year 11, so he’s been all through the school! Currently, he is also the Work Experience Coordinator, which means He has always enjoyed his students’ achievements at whatever he helps Year 10s with sorting out their work experience. level. He has been especially proud of the students who have Throughout his time at Maidenhill, Mr Bowen has taught gone on to study History at university. Another achievement History, Religious Studies and PE. He was also responsible for was when Mr Bowen taught a student who had never played the tutor programme for many years and organised the Year rugby before how to play and they then went on to be an 7 Residential Trip to Plymouth and later Exeter for over 10 England International! A future achievement that Mr Bowen years. He thought the Residentials were always fun! Mr Bowen would like to happen is being able to talk like Donald Duck – was a member of the Senior Leadership Team for 5 years he has always wanted to, but can never do it! or so. When he finishes his time at Maidenhill, Mr Bowen is going Mr Bowen has enjoyed his time at Maidenhill, especially the to retire. His wife thinks he is going to redecorate the house relationships. He thinks one of the greatest things is the way from top to bottom! Mr Bowen is going to enjoy gardening the relationships between staff and students are so friendly and read all the books that he’s never had time to read before. and warm. He has very much enjoyed helping students enjoy He’d also like to develop an interest in photography and is History and develop skills within the subject. Also, helping going to prepare for his daughter’s wedding. Mr Bowen does students to overcome general problems has been very not really have any ambitions for the future – he just wishes to satisfying. When the National Curriculum came in, Mr Bowen enjoy good health and spending time with his family. was selected to work with teachers from all over the country Mr Bowen has been a fantastic History teacher who has to produce training materials for other teachers. made GCSE History an enjoyable time and I am now going to The programme lasted for two years and he felt privileged to study it at A Level. The way he incorporates his own personal be a part of it. experiences into the lessons makes the learning fun and Mr Bowen says that there are too many amusing things to breaks it down, which makes it easier! Mr Bowen will be a sad mention and that the funniest ones cannot be printed in this loss to Maidenhill School and will be greatly missed by staff newsletter! However, one of the funniest things for others and students! Good luck! was when he was sitting at his desk and a shelf of books and By Bethany Eager 11DWA Mr Beecher The project is still going on and he is looking Mr Beecher is leaving Maidenhill School to forward to seeing the finished film. move on to another job which is only 15 minutes away from his home. We asked Mr Beecher The job he will be taking up is Leader of Media in Isambard what he liked best Community School in Swindon. This enables Mr Beecher to about the school and he spend more time with his family but it is also an excellent step said “What I like best up in his career. is that it is small, which enables you to get to We asked Mr Beecher if he enjoyed his time working at know the students and teachers well. It’s also been nice to Maidenhill School. His response was, “Maidenhill has been have a tutor group as you get to spend regular time with them fantastic, as I have been able to introduce a new subject, and get to know them as individuals.” IMedia, to the school.” Mr Beecher’s favourite memory of Maidenhill School is the friendly environment that he has Mr Beecher worked at Maidenhill School for almost three been working in and he has enjoyed looking at the creative years, teaching English and Media Studies, and is extremely work completed by the students. One of the projects he sad to leave as he would have liked to have seen his tutor has enjoyed most was taking his class to work with Wycliffe group through to the end of Year 11. College students, making a film about Stonehouse. By Charlotte Taylor 9AME and Mackenzie Bradford 9LCO 4 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 Miss Mr Clarke Davidson Mr Clarke has been teaching at Maidenhill Miss Davidson for nearly a year. started teaching at He has taught Drama, English Maidenhill School in and Media Studies while September 2008. Miss Machers has been on She has been working maternity leave. He is now at this school for two moving back to Basingstoke years, teaching English. and looking for a new job. His ambition is to work in the USA Miss Davidson has been a tutor for 7DDA, she has done a BBC for a couple of years. His favourite event was We Will Rock You School Report with the Year 9s and she has been to ‘Nature which was tremendous for the whole school and his favourite In Art’ with the Year 7s. She has also played the main parts lesson was 8CST’s Got Talent with Neil Bond’s comedy act. of Cinderella and Princess Jasmine in two of the school staff He has really enjoyed teaching the students at Maidenhill. pantomimes. These are only some of the things she has done! Mr Clarke says, “This is the first school I have taught at and I Miss Davidson enjoyed working with the students, and helping couldn’t have asked for a more interesting and exciting start to them to excel and enjoy English. An achievement that Miss my professional career. It’s been emotional!” Davidson said she was proud of was teaching the Year 11s By Neil Bond 8CST through their GCSE exams. One particular event Miss Davidson has enjoyed was taking Year 9 students to work with reception children at Eastington Primary School; the reception children said that they really enjoyed meeting new people. An amusing Mr thing that Miss Davidson mentioned was this interview; she found it funny because we were sitting there trying to think of Goodbrand At the end of July questions and laughing! Mr Goodbrand will be Miss Davidson is moving to Newcastle to teach English and leaving Maidenhill. Drama in a new school (St Thomas More). She is looking forward to being near her family, and moving into her new He first came here in house which she thinks is gorgeous and big! September 2007 and Miss Davidson would like to be the Head of an English worked here until July 2008. Department one day and she would also like to go travelling. He then returned in September 2009. Mr Goodbrand has always taught English but We wish her the best of luck in her new school and hope she for the past six months he has been a One to One literacy tutor lets us know how she is getting on. and the Lead Teacher for Achievement For All (a government By Harriet Wright, Rebecca Smith strategy designed to help children achieve). He hasn’t always and Wednesday Pegler 7LBE been a teacher though; he has worked as: a roofer, an order picker, fork-lift truck driver, postman, delivery driver, technical Mr support and a health & safety manager. Mr Goodbrand is unsure about what he will do in the future; he might go back into health Peyroutou & safety. We interviewed Mr His favourite lesson when he was at school was Art and he also Peyroutou and asked enjoyed Metalwork (now known as DT). The lesson that he hated the most was Maths. His best friend at school and still is, him some questions is Joe, who is now working as a lawyer in London. about his time here. He started working at Mr Goodbrand has always wanted to write a book but would be Maidenhill three years ago, content with winning the lottery. The thing that he has enjoyed in September 2007. His most about working at Maidenhill School is working with job is to teach French and to cover for absent teachers. He also fabulous students and supportive members of staff. goes on the trips to France organised by the Modern Languages By Kelvin Woods 7RWA department. Mr Peyroutou is French and now he is going to move back to the sunny South of France. He is looking forward to spending time with the friends and family who he has missed part in an African drumming assembly for Year 8s last term. over the years. He will also enjoy a break from work and seeing The most amusing thing that has happened is when he has to the beautiful French scenery and being in the sunshine again. His take PE lessons and join in with the students. The best thing about ambition for the future is to start his own business, although he his job has been motivating students to learn. His final words to wouldn’t reveal his ideas yet! us were, “I’ll be back to visit!” We wish him all the best in his At Maidenhill he has enjoyed working with the friendly staff and new life and hope he does find time to come and see us. students. A particular event that he enjoyed was when he took By Laura Wells and Lauren Chandler 9DFO 5 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Year 11 Futures O ur Year 11 students always think carefully about their future intentions as they have so many options to choose from. Tanya Lowe When I leave Maidenhill, my We encourage them to aim for the best they intention is to go to Cirencester can achieve and staff advise them of the College to study A Levels. The subjects I have chosen are all best way forward. Nearly all students choose related to law and I would like to further education as a preparation for work, carry on to higher education and get a law degree. whether it be A Levels, vocational college I’ve had this ambition since I was young. I want to courses or an apprenticeship. We often prove that I am capable of going to university and receive news of students who have gone on benefiting greatly from the experience. In the future I to university and been very successful, for hope to have a career in law, possibly in criminal justice. example, Emily Dennis who achieved a First Class degree in Mathematics this summer. Thomas Quick Kieran Morgan I am intending to go to Duchy College in Cornwall to study for a I hope to go to Rednock Sixth BTec Diploma in Football Studies. Form to study A Levels in Music, This qualification will enable me Music Technology, Computing to pursue a number of sporting and History. After I have completed careers including being a PE teacher or sports this I hope to go on to university therapist. I chose this because I have a great interest to study History or Computing. Not too sure yet! in all sports, especially football. I chose to go to I don’t know what made me decide to study college in Cornwall as I want to take a huge step up history or computing, I just find the subjects very in terms of my career. Any job in sport will suit me. interesting! These subjects could also lead me into teaching or a job in ICT. My ambition in life is to Dannielle Stephens become a well known tuba player. I am thinking of going around the country, playing for different bands. I am going to Cirencester College I also hope to take my HGV licence so I can drive to study A Levels in Maths, trucks for my uncle. Photography, Business Studies and 3D Design. I am interested Melissa Prosser in designing buildings so I hope to study architecture at university and become an architect. I am going to Stroud College to do a BTec National Diploma Level 2 in Multi-Media. This is a practical Sam McMurtrie course learning how to design computer games. Later I would I am going to Hartpury College like to go to university to take a more advanced to do a BTec National Diploma in course. I enjoy working on computers and software. I Animal Management. I enjoyed my play a lot of games such as WOW and Perfect World work experience at Teckels Animal online. I find the environments, detail and gameplay Shelter and I would like to work very interesting. I would like to be a games designer with animals in the future. I might be a dog handler and tester and in the future start my own company in the Army or the Police or possibly an RSPCA creating games. inspector. 6 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 Richard Parnell Rachel Watkins I am going to Cirencester College I will be attending Gloucestershire to do A Levels in Maths, Physics, College at Cheltenham to do a Computing and Business Studies. Level 2 Catering and Hospitality I have always enjoyed these course for two years. After that I subjects and been successful in hope to continue to level 3 and them. Business Studies seemed fun and an interesting gain a chef’s diploma. When I have my qualifications I challenge. I hope to go on to university later and would like to join the army as a chef as I think this will decide on my career from there. help me gain confidence in life. I am not an academic person, I enjoy practical work so I think the army will Rachael Hill suit my personality. In the future I would like to be a chef in a restaurant or open my own cafe which I will I am going to Gloucestershire name “House of Cake”! College to study for a National Diploma Level 3 in Performing Arts Aleasha Rennolds (Musical Theatre). It is a two year vocational course. Then I would like I’m going to Rednock Sixth Form to to stay on at college to do a HND in Performing Arts study A Levels in English Literature or try to get into university or RADA. I love performing, and Language, History and two acting and singing and would like to continue doing from Drama and Theatre Studies, courses that I enjoy. My ambition is to have a career Psychology and Religious Studies. on stage, maybe in a London theatre. I’m hoping to become a secondary school teacher of either English or History. This has been my ambition since Year 7, when my Maths teacher told me, “Stick Jack Ponting to what you want to do and try to do your best to achieve it.” I have worked my hardest to be able to I intend to go to Cirencester choose the career that I want. College to study Journalism, Drama and Theatre, Photography and Psychology. I think all these subjects will link together well Bryony Loveday towards a career in the media which I hope will be fun and enjoyable as well as well-paid! I hope to I’m planning on going to Filton go on to study Journalism at university and have a College and learning to be an career as a newspaper or television journalist. air hostess. I will do a Diploma in Travel and Tourism and also a certificate in the Air Industry Annie Pickering Service. The course prepares you to work as part of airline cabin crew and helps you to learn how to help I am going to Downfield Sixth passengers. On successful completion of the course Form to do A Levels in French, I am guaranteed an interview with BMI and Thomas Drama, Politics and Economics. I Cook Airlines, provided I can meet their minimum enjoy travelling and learning about entry requirements. I hope I will have a career in this different parts of the world so I and plenty of opportunities to travel the world. would like to have a gap year to do this before going to university. To be fluent in another language will be important to me as I would like to work abroad either in politics or for a charity. I would like to help people and make a difference to their lives. 7 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Maths at Maidenhill is good because we learn a lot and Maths at Maidenhill if we don’t understand what is being taught, we can ask the teacher for help. I think that Maths is quite easy to understand although it can be confusing at times. Congratulations to Jordan Jones and Alex The good thing about Maths is that once you understand Morley for achieving full marks in their recent it, it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. I am very pleased with my Maths grades at the moment because I got full Maths GCSE exam. They are on track for A*s! marks on one of my Maths exam papers and they added up Here’s what they think of Maths at Maidenhill. to an A*. Maidenhill is a good school for Maths and I would recommend it to any Year 6s deciding on secondary schools. By Jordan Jones 10ROD I like Maths at Maidenhill a lot. It is one of my favourite and strongest subjects. The teachers who teach the subject make it easy to learn and they are always keen to help if you don’t understand. As I enjoy Maths so much, I am looking into studying Maths at university and further develop my knowledge and understanding of the topic. By Alex Morley 10RPE In Maths we have been doing our end of year tests. Mr Watson has been helping us with some revision lessons. We cover lots of different topics in our lessons. My favourite topic is shapes and angles. Mr Watson is a great teacher and I hope I get him next year. By James Lapidge 8SFR GCSE Revision Days Maths Enrichment In addition to the internal revision days held by the Maths department, many Year 11 students also took advantage of the opportunity of further support, via two Maths revision days… with a difference! The first external revision day took place at the Wilderness Centre at Mitcheldean. The day was organised by the county’s Maths advisors. Maidenhill students found the day to be extremely valuable and worthwhile. They responded really well to the On June 24th, Year 10 went on a trip to the University of different learning environment and enjoyed the outdoor activities. Here are some Gloucestershire to a Maths Enrichment Day for gifted comments made by Year 11 students: and talented Maths pupils from many different schools. “The best thing about it was that everything was explained to us in lots of detail.” The maths was challenging and we learnt a lot of new skills, such as how to make an unbreakable code. We also did David Holder 11KBU other Maths-related activities in the Maths Road Show. At “I learnt a lot about Maths in different ways! All of it was good.” the end of the day we did a quiz using remote voting and Emma Tyror-Taylor 11CEM the people with the highest scores won a prize. No one from Maidenhill won a prize; Liam Jones thought he did but was The second day took place at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. swiftly turned away! The day was run by Maths lecturers at This day was organised to support revision during the week prior to the final Maths the University and it gave us a real flavour for the University. GCSE exam. Year 11 students had the opportunity to work in small groups, revising We all enjoyed doing Maths in a different environment and it made us appreciate how useful and relevant the Maths that key topics for their Maths exam with lots of varied activities and support from Maths we learn in school actually is. The day was really good fun, specialists at the University. Once again, this was an extremely successful day which especially the code breaking, and I hope more trips like it will was very well received by Maidenhill students. be organised in the future. By Sam Knight 10RPE 8 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 Science CHARLIE YOLLAND-JONES After leaving Maidenhill in 2003, I took a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Exercise Science at Hartpury College. This was a great place for me as everything was so practical and allowed me to play sport and also learn how to coach. I had the opportunity to complete many certificates in coaching such as the Step Into Sport Award, achieving Gold for over 250 hours of voluntary coaching, RFU Level One award, working with Prince Harry to organise a Tag Rugby festival and the Higher Sports Leader Award, working with a range of age groups in the local community. This was where I made brilliant links with the local primary school who later accepted me as a student teacher. Year 10 Chemistry students excelled in their recent modular After achieving a Distinction for my National Diploma I studied for tests, scoring marks that were well above their target a degree in Sports Education. Many experiences with sport for the grades. These included Sam Knight who gained 48/50 disabled and more work with primary school children made my mind up and Megan Bullock who scored an amazing 50/50! Both of about studying for a PGCE in Primary Education, rather than Secondary PE. these marks were grade A*. Each of the students received I studied for a year up at Worcester University and had an a £5 gift voucher from Mr Watson in recognition of their amazing time. I taught a wide range of ages and gained invaluable experience. Having worked for what was, at the time, the most achievements. relentless year of my life, I took a much needed break on the other We enjoy Science because there is a great variety of interesting and exciting side of the pond, visiting Boston, New York and Washington. It was an experiments to do. We also have fascinating debates on modern scientific unbelievable few weeks that were filled with baseball, sight-seeing, sky dilemmas. The teachers seem really enthusiastic about teaching us scrapers and rowing boats in Central Park. which rubs off on the students. Many of us are thinking of pursuing a After completing my PGCE, I was given a teaching post in a small career involving Science. school in Woodchester called St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School, Sam Knight and Patrick Edwards 10 RPE teaching Year 3 and 4. There are thirty three ‘wonderful’ children in my class who are full of energy; even on a Friday afternoon after six I also enjoy Science a lot, especially the experiments. Mr Wade is always weeks of hard work! I was very fortunate to land on my feet here, as I coming up with new ways for us to learn things, which makes it more am surrounded by some very supportive colleagues that will help at a drop of a hat, but I would never have been here if my family, friends and enjoyable. All the Science teachers encourage us to do our best which is girlfriend were not so amazing. Trust me, a student teacher or an NQT reflected in our grades. It is because of the enthusiasm and attitude to is not a pleasant person after a long day and with ninety nine pieces of learning that I am considering a career in Science as a GP or similar. maths work to mark! By Megan Bullock 10GAP Maths success for Emily This summer, we were delighted to hear that one of our ex-students, Emily Dennis, had achieved a First Class MSc degree in Mathematics. Emily writes: This photograph from the school archives shows Emily Dennis with her Gold certificate and Charlie Yolland-Jones with his Bronze certificate in a Junior Mathematical Challenge in 2000. After leaving Maidenhill in 2004, I went to Cirencester College to study French, Maths and Further Maths at A Level. Further Maths A Level is useful if The education that I got at Maidenhill was everything that I needed to you enjoy it and want to continue studying it further. I also took AS Level Biology be in the position I am today, giving me a solid base to build on and and Chemistry. I then took a gap year. After working for several months, I went develop the skills I need to have fun in my classroom. Special thanks travelling the world, starting in Europe and continuing through Singapore, go to the PE department for instilling the enthusiasm I have for sports, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada. giving me the knowledge I needed to pass both my Diploma and I then went to Exeter University to study for a BSc in Maths. Last summer Degree; but also for the extra time they took to answer questions for I worked as a placement student at the Meteorological Office. This was a my dissertation, classes they allowed me to lead and advice they gave me throughout my training. good experience and I got to use Maths to study climate change. This project contributed towards my final degree. I am planning to do a Masters Degree and I am having a ball here at St Dominic’s but still have brilliant chats with perhaps a PhD one day. I am interested in the environment and would like to use my two brothers and sister reminiscing about our days at Maidenhill my Maths in research. School. Recently Emily won a competition for the best completed application form. A message I would like to get across is that as long as you work hard Emily is pictured receiving her cheque for £250 from Ian Hodges, Head of the and aim high, you can achieve whatever you want. Careers and Employment Service at Exeter University. Emily was judged to have Yours sincerely submitted the best entry to the competition which is run to encourage students Charlie Yolland – Jones to practise completing application forms. Year 3 and 4 Teacher at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School Former Maidenhill School Pupil 9 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Shadowing the Carnegie Medal O ur Library Book Group has been shadowing the Carnegie Medal again this year. The medal is awarded by children’s librarians to the best children’s book of the year. We have been reading the eight books on the shortlist and deciding on our favourites. We have put some of our reviews on the Carnegie Shadowing website for other students to read. www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/index.php The winner was announced on 24th June: “The Graveyard Mrs Walker and Mrs Heggie with the Library Book Group Book” by Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book Chains Neil Gaiman Laurie Halse Anderson The winner this year is “The Graveyard Book” “Chains” was a good book because it is really interesting by Neil Gaiman. Miss Davidson was looking and it makes you want to read on. Its all about slaves. If you for a special book to read with her English like books about slavery you will want to read this one. group, 7LBE, and the Stonehouse Schools’ The main characters are two girls who face a big Trust kindly gave us a grant towards buying a new class set for the challenge of trying to get free from slavery. It must be good because my group. 7LBE have really enjoyed studying the book and looking mum read it as well! at the illustrations. The story is about the adventures of a normal By Sarah Hoskins 9KSI boy who has been adopted by the ghosts in a graveyard. Each ghost has his or her own advice and help for Bod as he tries to escape the clutches of the man who murdered his parents. Revolver Marcus Sedgwick Nation Sig’s father dies and he is left alone to protect his family in the frozen Arctic wastes. His father has left a Colt Terry Pratchett automatic revolver in the cabin and Sig thinks he may have to use it. The book gradually reveals the story of his “Nation” is about diversity in different father’s past which leads a desperate man to their door. This book is sharp, countries, focusing on the battle between cold and thought-provoking. Not a relaxing book but brilliantly written. knowing who you can call friends and who By Mrs Walker are your enemies. The main character is a boy called Mau who is from a small collection of islands similar to the Caribbean. His country has many rituals and whilst he is away Fever Crumb completing one of them, there is a huge wave that seems to cover Philip Reeve his whole world. When he gets back to his island everything is in shreds and there is no-one there to meet him. Mau gets “Fever Crumb” will be interesting to all those people who messages from his ancestors telling him to return the island back have enjoyed the “Mortal Engines” series because this is to its normal state but he isn’t sure what to do until he meets the exciting prequel. I found “Fever Crumb” an interesting Daphne. She is a rich English girl who has been shipwrecked on book because although it is set in the future, the world the island. They fall in love without knowing it and have to face a it describes is not more advanced than ours. In fact, lots of technology has high price to be together forever. Will they pay it? been lost so that the characters are coping without things we take for granted. This book is fantastic and a real page turner. It gave me a new view It’s an exciting read with an escape in a hot-air balloon, a chase through an on the world and showed you the future. I highly recommend it underground tunnel and a fire which threatens to destroy London. This is to anyone who likes reading. certainly a different book but one that’s fast-paced and highly imaginative. By Siân Clements 9KSI By Mrs Heggie 10 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 World Cup Fever! Mini-Sagas I n April, all Year 8 students entered a Young Writers Mini-Sagas competition. They had to write a short story on a theme of their choice in 50 words. They discussed ideas in their English lessons and produced a great range of stories. 55 of our entries were chosen to be published in a book to be on sale next September. To find out more go to www. youngwriters.co.uk - Here are some of the winning stories. Catching stars To celebrate the World Cup Football competition, Mrs Walker invited the Stroud Football Poet, Ally and Jack gaze at stars. Ally wants a star. Jack’s making a Crispin Thomas, to visit the school library to spaceship. Ally cries, “Goodbye,” as Jack shoots into space. Jack perform some of his poems and lead two poetry catches the star but breaks it. He gets back in. Jack sobs, thinks and workshops. 7LBE came to the library during flies back to earth. He hugs Ally. He’s Ally’s loveable star. By Molly Yeomans lessons 1 and 2, followed by a group of Year 8 students during lessons 3 and 4. In lesson 5 7RWA Where’s Jenna? and 7DDA met Crispin and also heard some of the Boom! The window exploded out, struck the car; glass everywhere. poems written during the workshops. He opened his car door, grabbed Jenna and pulled her in. Gunshots “On Tuesday 15th of June, a world famous football poet visited Maid- flew past them. Wheels screeched as Torrert tried to catch them. enhill School. Crispin Thomas has the most famous football poetry He wanted the love of his life back. Roman and Jenna drove off into website in the world. He arrived at the school willing to show us a few the sunset. of his poems. We saw him first in the library during lessons 1 and 2. By Philip Aylmer For the first 5 -10 minutes he introduced himself and told us what he had done. He has been performing poems to people at Forest I’m doing this for them Green Rovers and his latest appearance was at Nottingham Forest 200 down, 700,000 to go. I’m doing it for them, the people that Football Club. died y’know. Everyone I kill is 100 lives saved. People respect me wherever I play, part behind our lines or behind enemy lines. I can’t He amused us with his attempt at playing the vuvuzela, and then mourn my friends. War is upon us. Till the end I fight. performed his football rap (Football Stuff) to us on his 1980’s portable By Blake Squibb keyboard. Then we composed a group poem from our feelings about the World Cup from “greatest ever” to “an expensive piece of metal”. The Three Little Pigs A little while after that he made us sit down and think about what the Three pigs built houses. One out of straw. A wolf blew it down. World Cup meant to us, then write a poem about it. At the end he Pig ended up as a bacon butty. Next pig built it out of wood. asked some of us to read our poems out to our tutor group. Also Miss Wolf came and blew it down. Pig ended up a sausage sandwich. Last Davidson asked us if any of us wanted to go to the library lesson 5 to pig used stone. Wolf couldn’t blow it down and died. perform our poems in front of the other tutor groups. By Tom Jarman The workshop was funny, and very entertaining! Hopefully he will come back next year, to do some more poetry with us.” By Beth Graham 7LBE An Expensive Find it fun Billy Danter We are very proud of Screaming at a stranger Piece of Metal I’ve never understood Billy Danter in 7RWA I’ve never understood And probably never will who is the first student And probably never will Why millions around the world at Maidenhill School to Why footballers Are enticed be awarded a Travellers’ Get paid so much By an expensive piece of metal Award for his excellence For kicking a ball By Poppy Knight 7LBE in English. This is the I’ve never understood And probably never will opening paragraph Why people of Billy’s sequel to the short story, “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” Students had been asked to try to copy Rudyard Kipling’s style of writing and Billy The crowd are going Their country, crazy, Their cultures, coped admirably. I hear them, All together as one. The sun rose over the creamy caramel horizon. All was quiet People screaming, except for the croaking of frogs, the singing of birds and the rustle Vuvuzelas sounding, A Mexican wave, Passed across the crowd, of leaves in the wind. Suddenly, a song filled the air. It was Darzee, All around me. Means only one thing… the tailor-bird singing his morning song. The whistle blows, Screams, shouts and cheers, “Morning to all the garden!” he sang. “Everyone sing their song!” Chaos erupts, England has scored. Men in kits, He flew throughout the garden singing, singing and singing. Then Sprinting after a ball, One nil, And the whistle blows, he suddenly stopped in mid-air in complete shock when he looked Two teams in a battle. People from all around We have won, at the melons in the melon-bed, former nest to the cobras, Nag the world, That’s three points for us, and Nagaina. They weren’t touching the ground but floating in Come to see them play, C’mon England! water, two feet above the floor! By Amelia Ribbens 8RFI 11 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Summer Concert This F resh from their success in coming 2nd at the Cheltenham Festival, the school choir sang summer “Adiemus” and “Electricity,” the latter featuring a solo by Billy Perry who also impressed with his version of an appreciative “Can you feel the love tonight”. The choir also sang audience of “Pie Jesu” with the solo part being sung by Kimberley family and Steele. It was Kimberley’s last performance at Maidenhill as she is now going on to study Performing friends were Arts at Cirencester College. Kimberley also sang a treated to one duet with Jessica Weaver, “Letter Duet” from “The of the best ever Marriage of Figaro”, the song which won them 1st prize at the Cheltenham Festival. Jess and Kim joined musical concerts with singing teacher, Mrs Jackie Jones, for a stunning at Maidenhill. performance of “Send in the clowns”. The concert also featured many of the singers who had received Macbeth Honours and Distinction at the Festival. Two Year 7 girls, Megan Hobson and Harriet Wright, at the Globe showed themselves to be stars of the future with their confident performances. As well as singing there were a variety of instrumental items. The concert was opened with a rousing drumming At the May Fair in Stonehouse on 1st May, a exhibition from the crowd gathered on the Green in front of The Globe Samba Ensemble and Inn to watch seven of our Year 10 Drama students continued with drum solos from Alex Allcock and Greg put on the Scottish play with great effect. Bonnette. The Jazz Ensemble played “Summertime” Luckily the rain held off and the performance went ahead followed by individual performances by Ryan Morgan without fear of electrocution from the sound equipment! The (Trombone), Kit Page (Saxophone) and Kerry Robbins actors had microphones which generally allowed them to be (Tenor Horn). Several students were playing their own heard above the passing traffic. They did very well to hold the compositions including Lewis Brain (piano) and Alex attention of the audience in an open air situation with people Lake, Jordan Jones and Michael Thompson (guitar and cars passing by and the bustle of the May Fair. It was and vocals). Accompanying the choir on piano as well amazing to see a performance of this type taking place on as playing solo was talented pianist, Year 10 student the Green following on from many years of tradition of street Harry Vallender. entertainment in Stonehouse. The audience were entertained and impressed by “I enjoyed doing the play “Macbeth” in Stonehouse on 1st the quality and enthusiasm of the students. Special May. It was a bit nerve-racking, but we pulled through in the thanks must go to Mr Kevin Howlett, Performing Arts end! We put together the piece of Shakespeare for our BTec Technician, who organised the sound and lighting Performing Arts course and had lots of rehearsals in school, and made sure all the equipment worked perfectly and after school. It was a good performance, it didn’t rain, throughout the performance. The Headteacher, and we all enjoyed ourselves. We messed up a few times, but Mr Watson, thanked everyone for their dedication, nobody noticed. We did another performance of Macbeth at especially Music teachers Mrs Ball and Mrs Jones for school as well, which went really well.” their hard work. By Jade Cook 10GAP 12 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 The Cheltenham Festival At Maidenhill it’s a Time passed and lots of different schools came up and took their place on stage. All of the schools tradition to enter the were really good and talented and before we knew Cheltenham festival every it, it was our turn to go on. As we stepped up onto year, and this year was no the stage, I turned to Kim Steele - she looked pretty exception. relaxed, she gave me a smile that made me feel more The choir entered and also some individual students. calm and relaxed. We sang our first song, “Adiemus”, It was Wednesday the 5th of May, the day of our it was great! Everything about the song was great, we competition, we were all so nervous, our hands were sang like winners, and then we sang “Electricity”, that shaking and our stomachs were aching. Everyone was even better because we more relaxed. In the got to the Cheltenham Town Hall early, so that we end we came 2nd - it’s not 1st, but we are all very could rehearse our songs with Mrs Jones our singing proud of what we achieved and we hope next year teacher. As a whole choir we were singing “Adiemus” that we can make it 1st. The competition was a lot of and “Electricity”. This year we were all so much more fun for the choir and the soloists, and it has been a nervous because last year we came in 3rd place and memorable moment we will never forget. this year we hoped to get maybe 1st or 2nd. By Vanezza Avinante 8SFR We came into the huge hall where we were to perform. Everyone was excited and scared at the Choir members were Jess Weaver, Hannah Jones, same time, including Mrs Ball. As we took our seats Natasha Webb,Vanezza Avinante, Katie Robbins, Sian everyone was whispering how excited they were, Gardiner, Kirby Young, Kim Steele, Jordan Tiley, Lucy we all had sweaty hands and the people who had to Steele, Janneke Bax-Pratt, Shannon Burford, Chloe sing a solo were pretty scared too. Looking round we Hornsby, Molly Yeomans and Aisha Williams. Other could see a lot of schools; most of them were really singers were Willow Driversharp, Perdie Ashenford, posh and looked like they had more experience than Charlotte Rigley, Rebecca Crabb, Brogan Roche, us but we were determined to not let that get to Julianne Thomson, Abbie Platt and Billy Perry. us. However, a few minutes before the show started, we found out that one school had the same song as Many students won Honours, Distinction and Merit us; that frightened us so much because it looked like for their singing. they could sing it much better than we could. 13 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 ATHLETICS SPORTS DAY O n Thursday 8th July we held a very successful sports day involving students from Years 7 – 10 competing in new Houses. The Houses were each led by a member of staff with the support of student In this year’s Stroud District Athletics Championships, held at captains. The overall The captains from Dean House the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham, our most successful group was the Year 8 boys, (pictured) who won their section. with Mr Watson winners on the day Ryan Hampson 8RFI – 200m, 400m– new school record were Dean House followed by Baker in 2nd, Cline in 3rd Lewis Quigley 8SFR – 100m, Long Jump and Marley in 4th place. Many school records were broken. Shaun Grange 8RFI– 800m Lance Rennolds 8FRI– Shot putt Details of these will be published on the website. Harry Widdowson 8RFI – High Jump, Javelin (new school records in both) Oliver Osborne-Shill 8CST – 1500m Brad Powell 8CST - Discus ROUNDERS SPORTS RELIEF Maidenhill students made a wholehearted effort to raise money for Sport Relief on Friday 19th March. Head of PE, Laura Bell, encouraged every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 to run a mile around the school grounds. No exceptions were made, even if they had forgotten their sports kit, students still made the effort to run the mile! Simon Clements, Head of Year 11 and Kevin Day, Assistant Head. Year 8 Team Staff also took part, with teachers Simon Clements and Kevin Day leading the fray dressed as the characters from the 118 advert (pictured). T h e eve n t w a s t a ke n ve r y seriously with competitors being given a slip telling them their position in the race. First over the line for the Year 9 girls were Kirby Young, Stephanie Chapman and Naomi Dyer (pictured) and the Year 9 boys’ winners were Tom Young and Ben Jones (pictured). Many students were sponsored and hope to raise lots of money Year 7 Team for this good cause. 14 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 boxing We have started boxing lessons at school with John from the Fight Factory in Gloucester. John teaches us all the exercises, punches and defence techniques. He helps us learn fitness and self-discipline. We start with skipping and then do press ups and other exercises. Horse Riding We can use our skills for self defence in a sensible way – not to show off to mates or to look big. Mrs Halliday organised it for Year 10s and now some Year 9s have joined and we have a laugh and a joke as well as learning. Boxing is really fun. John gets us to do the “ton up” which is ten of each exercise and I struggle to do that. I think boxing is a great idea to help us learn self-discipline and I hope more students will be able to get involved soon. I have been going horse riding for about a By Daniel Baldwin 10DBE year now. I go to the Summerhouse Equitation Centre at Hardwick every Thursday. Tom Moore Award I ride different horses and I enjoy it because I like trotting, it’s fast. I would like to do jumping. My favourite horse is Porthos, because it is very big and black. E very year the PE Department awards a prize in memory of I went to a competition at Bristol. It was very hot, and there were a lot of people there. I did Dressage and the Country Challenge. I had to ride around obstacles and pick up objects. Tom Moore who died In Dressage I won 1st place and qualified to go to Hartpury while he was a student College for the Riding for the Disabled National finals in July. at Maidenhill in 1995. By Taylor Johnson 9AME This award is for a boy Tae kwon do who has taken part in a variety of sports in school, is a committed team player and sets a good example for others. This year it was a very Hi, my name is Stephanie Chapman and I do difficult choice as there were quite a few excellent sportsmen, so the Tae Kwon Do. It is a good sport to get into; award is shared between Tom Birch and Charlie Novoth. I have been doing it for seven years. I have Both Tom and Charlie studied BTec Sport at Maidenhill and are hoping made so many friends from it. I do it at Cashes to progress to the BTec National Diploma at Hartpury College. Green school from 6 to 8 on Wednesday and Friday. Also I do it at Tom has played for the school at football, cricket and rugby. Out of Thomas Keble School from 7 to 9 on the Monday and Thursday. school he has played football for Ebley Youth from U12 to U16. He In Tae Kwon Do I do many tournaments, just this month I have done has also attended Cheltenham Town Development Team for fitness three! I find tournaments so much fun because you meet new people and coaching. His favourite sport is cricket and he is a fast bowler and sometimes I win my events. I am a 2nd Dan Black Belt in the for Frocester on a Saturday and Chalford on a Sunday! When he has Under 16 category. In the European Championships in May, I got 3rd in Patterns and 2nd in Continuous Fighting but in the second finished his course at Hartpury, Tom hopes to attend university and tournament I didn’t do as well. There were people from become a PE teacher or a sports coach. He enjoys helping others to the USA there and they were so good it was unbelievable. In the benefit from sport. Welsh tournament I got 1st in Patterns and 2nd in Point Stop and Charlie started playing football for Ebley Youth teams. Then he 3rd in Continuous Fighting. In the most recent tournament I got played for Bristol Rovers FC for 6 years. He moved on to Forest 3rd in Point Stop, 2nd in Continuous Fighting and 3rd in Patterns. Green Rovers Youth where he will be moving into the U18 side next season. Charlie will be taking part in Excellence in Football at I really enjoy my sport and I am proud of the successes I Hartpury and hopes to become a professional footballer. He would have achieved. also like to become a PE teacher or coach. By Stephanie Chapman 9SBL 15 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Pembroke Trip In May the Year 10 Geography students spent a number of days in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The purpose of the trip was to collect information on tourism in order to judge whether people visiting this beautiful area of Wales are good or bad for the county. The students carried out questionnaires in Tenby with the local people as well as those visiting the town. They also visited some of the beautiful coastal sites in the south of the county including Freshwater West, The Green Bridge of Wales, and St Govan’s Head to assess the impact of tourists on the countryside. The students enjoyed lunch on the beach at Freshwater West, as well as visiting Oakwood Park for some exhilarating white knuckle rides. French Students visit Maidenhill French Play In April, Year 9 students, along with some Year 8 and Year 10, were treated to a comedy A t the beginning of June a group of 45 students and teachers from our partner school in Issoire, France were staying with host families in Gloucester and came to in French called ‘La Chambre de Jean-Paul’. The two French actors worked hard to create Maidenhill to experience a slice of English school life. a convincing story of a boy looking for a After a brief tour of the school led by some of our Year 9 girlfriend and being advised by a range of and 10 students, there was time for a lively game of different ‘super girls’. handball/softball in the sports hall organised by Mr Day There was a happy ending to the story, but not before some and Mr Peyroutou, followed by a demonstration of French fantastic participation from audience members, including kick-boxing and break-dancing! The afternoon was rounded Alex Lake, Jack Rochford, Aaron Eagles and Jack Young – off with a picnic tea, complete with delicious cakes from the some superb playing, dancing and cool walking, guys, well catering group, conversation and lots of exchanges of e-mail done! We hope to have Onatti theatre group back again next and Facebook addresses. Everyone had a good time, and we year with a new production in French. Your language teacher hope to see another group of students here next year. will let you know if we have been able to book them again. Linguists of the Term - for excellent effort in language lessons CHLOE SMITH 7DDA LEANNE WOODS 9DBA AMY HARCOURT 7RWA CHELSEY PECK 8CST TERM 4 TERM 5 ETHAN WILLIAMS 7DDA MEGAN BULLOCK 10GAP JAMES HANNAFORD-HILL 7DDA SIAN CLEMENTS 9KSI MEGAN HOBSON 7RWA LEWIS BRAIN 10RPE SOPHIE BERRY 8RFI SCOTT HARRIS 9DFO NATASHA WEBB 8RFI ABIGAIL GLENDINNING 11EWE KELLY PROSSER 8SFR ALICE ORGAN 10GAP AMBER STANLEY 8RFI BETHANY EAGER 11DWA ADAM CHANDLER 8SFR LUCY DAVIS 8ASM KIM STEELE 11DWA BEN D JONES 9DBA ANNIE PICKERING 11CEM 16 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 SCHOCIL O L COUN H i, I’m Alex Lake and last term I won the opportunity to become Student President, meaning I would lead a team of people to help and change the school for the better. I Peer Mentors Back left to right: Daniel Baldwin, Jordan-Eva Tiley, Amy Long, Georgina Moore Front left to right: Mrs Weiss, Amelia Glendinning, Janneke Bax-Pratt, Kaya Underhill stood for election because ever since I was in Year 7 I wanted Peer Mentors are a group of students who help others in school who are to see changes in the school that never happened, so when I worried about bullying. The scheme was set up by Mrs Weiss and Mr Day to had the chance to change the school I jumped in and grabbed help students who could be vulnerable to people picking on them. Mrs Weiss the opportunity. So far we have produced an idea for the KS4 set up a training session with Mandy James who arranged some activities to help students to have a new journal with more space for coursework us learn to be peer mentors. We also met up with Year 7 and 8 students to talk about what we can do and where help is needed. We have regular meetings to and homework. We have made lockers into a long term project see how things are getting on and make sure everyone is OK. I think that peer which will end in the students being able to have access to mentors are a good thing because we can help students speak to someone if lockers to store their PE kit and books, to make it easier to they have any worries. look after their personal things. We have very recently agreed By Daniel Baldwin 10DBE the idea of outside seating areas and would hope to have I wanted to be a peer mentor because of my past experiences with bullies. I’d them this term or by the start of the next school year. We are hate to know other people were going through bad experiences like me and some of my friends. Becoming a peer mentor was interesting and fun. We had also working on a space on the Maidenhill website for the a few training sessions and are now talking to and helping students who need school council latest updates on what we’re doing. As Student our support. I enjoy being a mentor because I am helping people, which makes President I feel all the ideas the school council and students me proud of myself. I would recommend other students to consider becoming a mentor. It is enjoyable, helpful, fun and makes you feel special by helping come up with are possible and I would like to explore them as others. If anyone would like to find out more, ask Mrs Weiss and she will tell you deeply as I can and hope to achieve them. everything you need to know! By Alex Lake 10ROD By Jordan-Eva Tiley 10GAP YEP Project At the moment our school is at the bottom of the energy rating chart, meaning we are not very energy efficient. To improve this we need to consider options such as installing double glazing and more insulation in the roof and walls. Also we need to stop wasting energy when it is not needed, like leaving on lights when no-one is in a room. We looked at the energy bill for our school from October 2008 – September 2009. This showed we spent £23,624 on energy at the day rate. We also spent £3,202 at the night rate which is cheaper. We need to try to reduce this. We found that even in August when we’re not in school energy is still being wasted, so we needed to find the reason for this and try to stop it. YEP stands for Young Energy We have produced a report of our findings and our recommendations People. Our job is to research and will be presenting this to the governors at the end of term. After this our review will be on the website for everyone to see. energy use around the school. We have enjoyed going to these meetings because we are learning a Natasha Iannaccone is our project supervisor; her job is to train us lot, and are able to have positive input on how the school can improve to be a ‘School Energy Management Team’ teaching us basic skills and change. If what we have done in our school is successful it will help of surveying the energy situation and instigating a programme of reduce CO2 released into the atmosphere, and help to cut back on improvements on the basis of our observations. global warming. Next year we hope to continue the project to make Our Energy Team is: Rebekah Teixeira- Energy Team Manager, Maidenhill a “green” school. Leanne Woods- Marketing Manager, Eve Uzzell- Project Manager, Jess By Leanne Woods, Eve Uzzell, Rebekah Teixeira Jones- IT Manager. and Jess Jones Year 9 17 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Celebrating Education We were asked if we would like to represent the school at the Celebrating Education exhibition at St Lawrence Church in Stroud. This is a huge display of the best work from schools all over the Stroud area. Mrs Furnival, our Art technician, created a brilliant display of art work from our students. There was a display of the set design work by Year 10 Art students for ‘We Will Rock You’ and also the Year 10 project on ‘Faces’, featuring masks and skulls. There were also examples of our students’ work from the Japanese workshop held at Stroud College. By Kit Page and Perdie Ashenford Year 10 BTec Art and Design Hospitality Staff and visitors alike were very impressed with the creative work of our BTec Art and Design Diploma students. Their final project work ranging from shoes, landscapes and architecture to sculptures and models, was exhibited in the hall and Art rooms. Earlier this year Maidenhill was successful in our bid to offer the new Hospitality Diploma. From September 2011 students will have the opportunity to Tavis Glynn Ellishia Francis study for the Hospitality Diploma at Foundation ‘My Natural World’ ‘My Man-made World’ (Level 1) or Higher (Level 2) This is an exciting opportunity for staff and students. Levels I and 2 will be taught at Maidenhill for pre-16 ear Cooking with Y 3 students, including students from other secondary schools in the Stroud area. Archway School will be delivering O n Friday the 14th May, four Year 9 students, Siân Gardiner, Olivia Aylmer, Siân Clements and Ellie Hayward helped out in a cooking post-16 Level 2 and collaborating with the Royal project with some Year 3 children from Lakefield Primary School in Agricultural College for Level 3 courses. Frampton. They have visited our school on two other occasions for Miss Fry to talk to them about food hygiene and healthy eating. Miss Fry Plans for the course involve lots of practical activities and Miss Scotford also visited the primary school to do some practical and projects linked with local industries. We hope to run work with them there. As part of their project, they came to Maidenhill hospitality events inside and outside school to give the to make some healthy, appetising sandwiches with a choice of fillings. students real experiences to extend their knowledge and There were all different types of fillings such as tuna, sweetcorn, ham, salami, mixed salad, tomato, cucumber, cheese and some of the pupils understanding of the industry. We are presently in the had crispy duck or chicken. They also process of furthering our links with our local industry had some potato wedges and seasoned and are seeking funding for an ‘internet café’ that the them with seasoning of their choice. hospitality students will run as a business as part of the At their school, they were given course. homework to produce a poster about hygiene and We are also offering the Creative and Media Diploma. cross-contamination. They To find out more about Diplomas visit the website at are all enthusiastic children http://yp.direct.gov.uk/diplomas/ and I had a great time www.hospitalitydiploma.co.uk/learners/ working with them. I think they all enjoyed it too. By Olivia Aylmer 9LCO 18 MA ID E N H ILL N E W S : S U MMER 2010 Learning in a Vocational Environment A small group of our students attend Stroud College every week accompanied by Mr Cook. They take a variety of vocational courses and are often very successful. This year was no exception and we were proud of the number of our students who scooped the Outstanding Student Awards at the presentation evening on 15th June. OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS (Maidenhill Students) Y10 Brickwork - Michael Chapman Y11 Plumbing - Nico Gardner Y11 Carpentry - Daniel Harris Y10 Electrical work - Jake Rimmer Y10 Electrical work - Daniel Baldwin (Progress) Y10 Hairdressing - Roxanne Day Y10 Beauty - Lauren Merrett Y11 Hair and Beauty - Georgia Mann and Emma Bateman Y11 Hair and Beauty - Jessica Spring (Progress) Y11 Early Years - Nicole Snell (Progress) Y11 Health and Social Care - Jessica Byrne (Progress) Y11 Health and Social Care - Katy Anns and Leanne Williams Y10 Uniform Services - Jamie Walker (Progress) Y11 Uniform Services - Kelly Stojek (Progress) Y10 Uniform Services - Jack Hynes Year 10 Student of the Year 2010 - Jack Hynes In Year 10, I chose to do the LIVE course at Stroud College. I go all day every Tuesday to study Uniform Services. This involves learning about police work and the armed forces. We have done army drill and a lot of out door activities such as rope work and fitness. I was very pleased in June to find that I was awarded Outstanding Student in Uniform Services and the Year 10 Student of the Year overall. I will be carrying on with the LIVE course in Year 11. In the future I hope to join the Royal Marines Commandos and become an assault engineer. By Jack Hynes 10MMA STO N E H O U S E YOUNG PERSON MOCK INTERVIEWS OF TH E YEAR Victoria Millross T his term all Year 10 students had mock interviews from local business A t the Stonehouse Town Council Civic Awards this May, people. Their interviewers’ feedback was very positive. Our students came across as honest, friendly and happy to express themselves. Many of the the Young Person of application forms were of a high quality and students have the Year Award went to clear visions for their future. The whole day was well-organised Victoria Millross. Vicky and calm. set up the Dynamic “When Mrs Halliday told us about our mock interviews, we had Dance Club for Year 5 to complete an application form as if we were applying for a real children at Park Junior School and has been running this job. It was quite scary going into an interview not knowing what every Friday for the past two years. She is also a member you were going to be asked. I was interviewed by a lady called of the Itchy Feet Dance Group. Vicky has been involved Hilary. She asked me what sort of skills I have and if I work well in performing arts activities throughout her time at as a member of a team. I was asked what my life’s ambitions Maidenhill and intends to go on to Cirencester College are and what sort of job I hope to go into. I hope to join the to study BTec Performing Arts with a view to becoming Navy and become a submariner. The mock interview was useful practice for the real thing!” a professional dancer. By Jack Lewis 10GAP 19 MA IDE NHI L L NE W S : SU M M ER 2 0 1 0 Visit to Charity Money St Rose’s School The list is as follows: HELP FOR HEROES £105.05 BIKES FOR LIBERIA £532.65 KILAMANJARO PROJECT £372.00 ROTARY CLUB - POLIO £428.26 ST ROSES SMILE APPEAL £340.00 SPORT RELIEF £614.60 HAITI APPEAL £169.22 WINSTONS WISH £40.70 COTSWOLD HOSPICE £26.81 RAPID UK BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION CANCER RESEARCH £303.04 £7.00 £6.10 S t Rose’s is a special school that the ASDAN group visited on the 30th March. The age group ranges from 4 to 19 year olds. There are two sites: one for 4 to KIDS INSPIRE £27.50 16 year olds and one for 16 to 19 year olds. The people GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUNG CARERS £209.95 who go there have physical disabilities. Totals £2,839.24 They have amazing technology like doing maths on interactive whiteboards. One child had this computer that if he looked at a certain place on the Year 11 Leavers' Ball screen the mouse would follow it, and if he kept his eyes there for a certain amount of time then it would click on it. On our tour we went into the main building which was the school. There was an We had a occupational bed downstairs and only James and I went on them. The bed gave you a lovely, sunny massage. It felt very weird. The children use it so it relaxes their muscles. evening for Then we went to the adult section and they had a Nintendo wii. Their kitchen our Year 11 units are moved down to the height of the wheelchair users so they can reach dishes and cook and other kitchen stuff. Leavers’ Ball. We gave them a cheque for £436 for a hydrotherapy pool which we raised by doing a non-uniform day. 115 students Altogether the school has raised over £1000. attended which I felt really guilty because to me it feels like I take everything for granted. I just do certain things without thinking about it and they can’t even do was the largest some of the things that I do. To me it looked like they loved everyone and everything around them, even though they haven’t got such a good quality group ever. of life as I have. By Mason Chapman 10MMA To match the students, there was also a record number of staff joining in with the celebrations. The event was held at the Barn at Cattle Country and everyone enjoyed a meal and Have you got dance. The girls were more beautiful than green fingers? ever in their special dresses and the boys W e are starting a new Gardening Club in school. It will start in September and we are hoping that lots had suddenly grown up into handsome of students will get involved in growing produce to use in catering and food lessons. We are hoping for support young men. There was the usual variety of from local garden centres and if there are any keen gardeners out there who could offer interesting, quirky and stylish means of some help we would love to hear from you. transport to arrive at the ball. Mr Clements, The club will be organised by Miss Fry, Mr Burns and Ms Scotford from the Head of Year 11, declared it the most Design and Technology Department. successful ball so far!
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