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Newsletter December 08


  • En d of te rm n ew sl et te r D ec em be r 2 00 8 Community Cohesion November and December have highlighted the excellent work that students and staff undertake within the community, both at a local level and national level. Indeed, at a time when selective schools are being asked to integrate more effectively with the wider community, Churston is a leading light in community cohesion. In November Year 10 students hosted a Badminton Festival for almost 100 Year 3 students from our local primary schools. The all-day event was planned and led by the students and they displayed remarkable levels of maturity and great creativity. Students from Hayes Primary School were involved in our Poetry Evening, the highlight of which was a âgroup poemâ created by the two hundred strong audience. Drama students organised a healthy living workshop for primary students and numerous gifted and talented students from the local community have benefited from extension work in humanities, ICT and maths. Sasha Hare, Zanalee Jago-Barton and Charlotte Hussey took their campaign for greater consistency in diabetes care in schools to the House of Commons at the end of November. The three students spoke with passion about their positive experiences at Churston and their commitment to ensure that young people with diabetes receive similar levels of support in all schools across the country. The wider community was also brought together by two evenings organised by the Music Department. The Year 7 Concert held at school was a delight and gave us an insight into the musical talent that we will be enjoying for the next seven years. The Christmas Concert at All Saints Church in Brixham was superb and our thanks go to all those who contributed to the above events. Students have also strengthened our links with the international community. Stacey Kemp, Josh Callaghan, Shaun Gray and Caitlin Whytock visited Estonia for a week and established the ground work for our collaborative climate change project. Year 7 students have produced our Peru calendar and all proceeds from the sale of the calendars (please purchase one!) will go towards refurbishing our partner school in Peru. A sculpture design by Jessica Jones was selected by students to stand at the entrance to the Cube. The design represents our commitment to sustainable learning. Students have also raised money for Children in Need, the Macmillan Cancer Trust and Childline during November. Clearly those who suggest selective schools donât integrate effectively with the community have yet to visit Churston Ferrers! 2008 was another very successful year for all those involved with Churston and I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a successful New Year. R OWERS HEADTEACHER
  • ROWING SUCCESS CHURSTON CHAMPIONS On Friday 12th September 2008, three pupils from Churston Ferrers Grammar School represented the West of England at the third South Coast Junior Rowing Championships. This year the event was held in Plymouth. Richard Jeffs and Michael Tilley raced in the menâs under-16 coxed quadruple sculls. The crew were fast to start and continued to pull away to take the race by a clear lead of six lengths and give them the title of South Coast Champions. Samantha Tilley rowed twice in the ladiesâ under-18 level. In the double sculls Sam took the race by two lengths and in the ladiesâ single sculls she again gave an impressive performance to take the title by another comfortable win. Michael , Richard and Sam all row for Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club. Samantha has been rowing since 2002, with Michael joining in 2004 and Richard in 2006. The clubâs strict training regime paid off as the boys rowed in the Menâs under-16 coxed quadruple sculls in the West of England ARA Championship series, which consists of ten regattas. By winning the 2008 Championship they were eligible to represent the West of England at Plymouth. Sam rowed in several classes ranging from Womenâs Junior 18 to Open Adult races during the West of England series, eventually taking the Championship for Womens Under-18 Single Scull. Continuing their success of last year, West of England ARA Champions and now South Coast Champions â a fitting end to a very successful season. Congratulations to Matthew Machin, a Year 13 student at Churston Ferrers Grammar School for passing the Admiralty Interview Board at Gosport in September. This was a two day officer selection process for the Royal Navy, which included both mental and physical tests. Matthew will be joining the Royal Navy in 2012 after being sponsored at university where he will be studying Mechanical Engineering for 3 years. Churston Ferrers Grammar School students raised awareness of Anti Bullying week today by selling anti bullying blue ribbons to fellow students and staff, in excess of £150 has been raised for Childline so far. Thank you to everyone who supported this event. The theme of this anti bullying week âBeing different, belonging togetherâ provided teachers with the opportunity to explore and celebrate all our differences. Students have been involved in making their own Anti Bullying Posters during PSME lessons and anti bullying assemblies have taken place over the last few days. At Churston there are many fiction books that deal with bullying available for the students to borrow from the study centre. The topic of this weeks reading group will be Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson, which deals lightly but sensitively with the terrible pain suffered by a 10 year old girl when she becomes the victim of vicious bullying at school. Should students wish to discuss any matters that have been raised, Listeners and Prefects are available for informal chats during break and lunchtimes everyday. W h at is B oo ks f or S ch oo ls ? Each day during the school term in 2009, readers of The Times and The Sunday Times can collect tokens that can be redeemed for free books. With books available for as little as ten tokens, our school could benefit from hundreds of books next year. With some fantastic titles available for as little as ten tokens, one person reading The Times and The Sunday Times could put up to 43 books into a school library during the promotion. Please give any tokens you collect from the newspaper to your child to add to the schoolâs token collection. At the end of the first phase of the Books for Schools scheme we should have collected enough tokens to exchange for hundreds of free books. National Anti Bullying Week 17-21 November 2008 âBeing different, belonging togetherâ
  • Churston Ferrers Grammar Schoolâs goal of achieving the full International Schoolâs Award has made considerable progress over the last few weeks. On 7 November we ran an International Day for years 7 and 8 to both promote the importance of learning about global communities and to develop skills in teamwork, resourcefulness and adaptability. The day centered mainly on our link school in Peru and our students had the opportunity to learn something about: the geography and culture of Peru, international food cocoa/chocolate production and how Fair Trade works the Spanish language. The week commencing Monday 10 November saw the Heads of Years 7 and 8, Dr King and Mr King respectively, together with four students from Year 12 â Stacey Kemp, Caitlin Whytock, Shaun Gray and Josh Callaghan â fly to Estonia to spend the week in the capital Tallinn. This trip took place as part of the Comenius Partnership Project, working with our link countries Spain, Finland and Estonia. The four Year 12 students are members of our Lead Learners team of 21 students who will be working with Year 7 and 8 students on a two year project, centered on climate change, in conjunction with students at our partner schools. Later in November, a further day took place, heavily involving both our Year 11 GCSE Drama students and 24 Year 4, 5 and 6 students from some of our feeder schools â White Rock, Eden Park, Collaton St. Mary and Galmpton. The aim of the day was to help the primary school students understand the meaning of Sustainable Living through the medium of drama, and was led, in the main, by the Year 11s. The whole day was hugely successful, a comment from one of the primary school children was âit has been lots of fun and I have learnt what sustainability is and what I can do to help the worldâ. All of the above activities are, additionally, instrumental in enhancing the very important key skills needed in later life â leadership, team work, presentation, confidence, risk-taking, creativity, decision-making, enterprise and resilience. BINGE: There Must Be More Than This? On Friday October 24 Saltmine Theatre Company visited school with their new production âBinge: There Must Be More Than This?â This new play follows on the success of Saltmineâs drug awareness production âEcstasyâ- The Leah Betts Storyâ which has been seen by over 17000 pupils nationwide. Students saw the Leah Betts production and the impact was amazing. Saltmine Theatre Company are committed to producing professional theatre that raises awareness of issues facing young people of today. The show follows a group of individuals, all with different problems concerning alcohol and each discovering the effect it is having on their lives. After the performance Drama students took part in a workshop run by the theatre company. Christmas Shoe Boxes This is the fourth year running that Churston students have helped disadvantaged children throughout the world. Some of these children have never received a Christmas gift in their entire lives. Overall 46 boxes were donated and are currently speeding their way by plane, boat, lorry, and camel to countries such as Swaziland, Kyrgygstan, India and Ukrane just to mention a few. This was part of the schools âChildren In Needâ fundraising events. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile cause. Army Sixth Form Scholarship Henry Lyne, a Year 12 student has just qualified for an Army Scholarship. Henry attended a 24 hour assessment at the Army Officer Selection Board in October with other students from all over Britain. The assessment comprised of educational interviews, a formal board interview, a planning exercise, aptitude tests, an assault course, command tasks and a 500m run and Henry was the only student from the South West to receive a scholarship. Henry said âI have always had ambitions to be an Army Officer and I was recommended to apply by my Army Careers Officer. As an Army scholar I am guaranteed a place at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, after I graduate from Universityâ. Scholarships are awarded on merit, irrespective of background or method of schooling. There are two Army Scholarship Competitions each year, and you need to be aged between 16-16 years 6 months to apply. The 100 scholarships are highly sought after with over 500 students applying each year. Article written by Henry Lyne 12X If you are interested in learning to play the Violin, please contact Mrs Susanna Burnett 01803 862940 for further information. Fir Trees Fir trees rattle off snow White snowflakes whistle their merry winter tunes onto the muddy ground where they are trodden by the ever jolly Santa and his coffee brown reindeer As you can guess this is no ordinary time of year. Why? It's Christmas Laurence Pettitt 8A Relationships and Sex Education lessons take place for every year group as part of the Personal, Social, Moral and Economic Education Programme. It is the School's policy, approved by the governing body, that all students attend these lessons. The Head of the PSME department Mrs Mills is available to discuss the programme in detail if felt appropriate.
  • 2008/2009 Academic Year - School Term and Holiday Dates January 5th Non pupil day January 6th Start of Spring Term February 16th to February 20th (inc) Half Term April 1st Last day of Spring Term April 2nd and 3rd Non pupil days April 20th Start of Summer Term May 4th May Day May 25th to May 29th (inc) Half Term July 22nd End of Summer Term. Students dismissed at 1.30pm. Absence Reporting If your child is absent from school due to illness, medical appointment etc, please leave a message on the 24 hour absence line number 01803 845781 before 9.30 a.m. Please also âphone on each day of absence. Thank you. Mrs B Pargeter (Attendance Officer) Imperial National Open Tae Kwon Do Championships Jordan Rowland a Year 7 student took part in the Imperial National Open Tae Kwon Do Championships in Reading. Jordan won a Silver medal in her first Sparring competition and a Gold medal in Patterns. The Championships were open to all Tae Kwon Do clubs in the UK. Jordan is a yellow tag and competes in the Cadets section, 8-12 years. She has been learning Tae Kwon Do for nearly 2 years with Mr Grant Churchward at Torbay Tae Kwon Do and hopes to grade soon for her yellow belt. Article written by Jordan Rowland 7A Mrs Mary King a Study Centre Assistant completed 25 years service at Churston Ferrers Grammar School in November 2008, she was presented with flowers at a surprise presentation in the seminar room on Thursday 20 November. Mary has had a varied career at Churston, she started as a Meal Time Assistant and has worked as a Cover Supervisor, Invigilator and now her place of work is in the new study centre. 25 YEARS SERVICE 2009 Life in the Andes Calendars Following on from the success of last yearâs Life in the Andes calendar, we are pleased to announce that the 2009 calendar is now on sale. Last yearâs calendar was a big success and we were able to distribute the proceeds amongst our partner schools in Peru. The money was spent on buying resources for teaching and for class- rooms and all of the Peruvian teachers and students were thrilled that their drawings had been used to produce such a professional product. The project this year has been a student-run initiative and lots of the ideas for the design and the marketing of the calendar came from the students. A team of year 11 students organised meetings and sponsorship and our editors worked extremely hard to put together the pages of the calendar. This year we have focused on the theme of the âEight Doorwaysâ to achieving sustainability in our schools. On each of the monthly pages you will find information about our views and the views of our peers in Peru regarding different aspects of sustainability. It is interesting to compare the ideas and pictures provided by students from different sides of the world. The drawings have been selected from pupils in Peruvian schools and from pupils in our partner primary schools in Torbay. There is also a selection of photographs from Peru. The calendar is not only a very useful Christmas present; it also represents the dedication and enthusiasm of our students and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. We really hope that you enjoy looking at the 2009 calendar and we hope that you will support our project by purchasing one. The cost is £3.50, and you can also fill out a Giftaid declaration form, enabling us to donate £4.48 from the sale of each calendar to the Peruvian schools. All of the money raised from the sales of the calendars will go to Peru. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please see Miss Matthews, Mr Lewis or one of the calendar sales reps at school. Parent Pay ( The online payment system, credit or debit card is now established for new events and activities and is the preferred method of payment. If you have lost your activation code and unable to access your account please e mail for a replacement number stating student name and form. Churston Times The newspaper front page project has invited students from each year group to work as a team in gathering a range of news stories and reworking them for âChurston Timesâ. Three editions are available to view via a link from the homepage of the schools website. Students here said they âenjoyed the group discussionâ needed to arrive at the selected news agenda for their day. One needed to be an international story and others had to cover national and local topics. One participant wrote afterwards âI was surprised by how much a picture can affect the importance of an article. Iâve learned some of the qualities needed to be a newspaper editor.â Sophie Morris (who was the Editor of that edition) Adam Edwards and Dulcie Fenton
  • The School Network The ICT facilities continue to be upgraded. The following act as a reminder of some important issues we feel you need to be aware of: Illegal and inappropriate material It is illegal to download music without paying for it. Jokes and personal images may also be inappropriate and should not be brought into school. Music or any executable file must not be loaded on to the school network. We are duty bound to ensure that we, as a school, adhere to both the data protection and copyright acts. To this end we ask that you encourage your son/daughter to be mindful of our request that only educational material should be stored on the network. Any member of the ICT team is available to advise on the suitability of material, if in doubt leave it out. Any suspect files found on the system, without permission, will be automatically deleted after an investigation has taken place. Backups We encourage the students to save their work and have backups. Recently a number of substantial pieces of work have become corrupted. It is essential that your son/daughter takes ownership of their own work and makes regular copies to reduce this potential risk. The industry standard is to make three copies; these are alternatively saved onto, thus reducing the amount of important data that might be lost. Can I ask you to encourage your son/daughter to look after their USB pen sticks and keep them safe. Placing them on a key ring with house keys on usually stops the USB pen being left in school. E Safety â Do you help protect your child at home? Start here for an overview And here Keeping your child safe and monitoring their use on the internet A great place to start is an honest conversation with your child. It is important that you agree a set of principles and rules. The following website; it provides free clear and realistic advice on a range of issues. Despite and regardless of the mutually agreed rules, there will come a time when more obtrusive methods are required. Before allowing your son/daughter to use the internet we recommend a stepped traffic light system: Green · Discussing an agreed use and website activity set of rules · Whenever possible placing a computer in a public part of the house · Restricting access to clearly designated times of the day Amber · On a first offence remove the privilege of computer usage for a set period of time in the same way you would deal with any toy/privilege. We have computers available before school, break-time, lunchtime and after school and thus the âI have to do my school workâ is not a valid excuse. The easiest way to remove the privilege is to take the power cable away. Alternatively you can change their login password in Windows if you use usernames and login passwords. Red · Repeat offences may require more drastic methods such as monitoring and controlling internet use using specialised software. There are two options available: Recording software â keeping a record of their use. There will be a cost for this option. It is also a policing tool rather than preventative and should be seen as such. A comparative guide to a range of such software can be found at http://monitoring- Restriction software â the time, websites and access to the computer. Windows Vista has a parental control option. Alternatively start at where you can find reviews on a range of products and excellent information. Crash If the difficulty continues the ultimate sanction is to remove the computer or logon privilege for good. You should not feel that this will affect your childâs education. We have enough computer availability in school to compensate for no computer access at home. Access is available in rooms 19, 20 & the study centre before school, at break time, lunchtime and after school until 4.30pm.