Friday 22nd March 2019

Good Afternoon,

I have just returned from Guildford where I went with the English team and a group of Year 9 students to see “Much Ado about Nothing”. It was a fabulous performance by a youth theatre company. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and now feel we understand the play a great deal better.  It was a pleasure to spend time with students who were good company and a credit to the school.

Thank you to those parents who met with me on Wednesday as part of the Parent Focus Group. We had a productive discussion about developments in the school and plans for the future. (I will just mention again that there are no plans to change the uniform at all.)

We also welcomed Year 6 students into the school this week for a coffee morning.  Our Year 7s acted as tour guides and did a superb job.  We look forward to seeing more Year 6 students next Thursday.

Our Year 9 students began preparations for their GCSE studies, with every student attending a personal interview with a senior member of staff yesterday. The whole process went very smoothly - well done to Year 9. Thank you to Mr Morey, Ms Sheedy, Miss Buckland and Mrs Costambeys for their support with the interviews.

Next week I will give you details of how the exam period will operate for Year 11, but in outline the arrangements are that students continue to attend school as normal up to and during the exam period. If they have taken all the exams in a timetabled subject they will then use that lesson time to revise and prep for remaining exams. This is slightly different in the final exam week.

Finally, I am pleased to be able to tell you about a new online parent evening appointments system which the school will be trialling next term.  Year 8 parents will shortly be receiving a letter and a parent guide as to how to make their appointments online for  their parents’ evening on Thursday 25th April.  We are hoping that this system will make the administration process for these evenings much more efficient for all our parents.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce, Headteacher

Sports Results

The year 7 girls football team won 6-1 against a Dove House team this week and the match was played in a great spirit throughout.  The Year 8 boys semi-final against Bishop Challoner is being played tonight after school and we wish our boys good luck - look out for the result next Friday!

Year Group Assemblies and News

Year 7 Mr M Duffy

On Wednesday, 50 of our Year 7 students were lucky enough to travel to The Globe in London to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet. The students were in the "Groundling" and stood for a 90 minute show in the yard. They were very close to the stage and during the performance some of the cast moved in and around the students. The show was amazing and the students’ reactions throughout was an indication of how involved in the performance they had become. This was particularly apparent with the gasps at the death of Mercutio! The students were immaculately behaved and a real credit to the school.

The focus of the Year 7 assembly this week was “success is not an accident”.  The students watched the video of Stephen Curr, an NBA superstar who worked relentlessly to be the best he could be. We then related this to the choices we all make around school, and how making these choices today will help us live our dreams in the future.

Year 8 Mr J Crees

The Year 8s looked at the impact of aggression. Students are trying to develop their understanding of triggers and how to deal with aggressive behaviour. Aggression can be channeled in the right way.

Year 10 Mr S Coomber

In the Year 10 assembly students were asked to consider how our habits impact our future and our character and by how working hard we can change our habits and therefore our success. We must work hard to achieve our goals and along the way we may find it difficult but that is how we learn.

Year 11 Mr A Morey

A number of the Year 11 students sat 2 of their final exams this week in PE and Food. I had the opportunity to talk to some of the students about the exams and many of them were confident they had performed well, which was very encouraging.

In Assembly we discussed the term 'procrastination'. With the last set of PPE's complete, it is important that students maintain focus with their revision and avoid distractions or putting it off!  I look forward to seeing as many of the Year 11s as possible at the Year 11 Revision Quiz next Friday.

Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson

Please encourage your students to join me next Friday, 29th March for a Revision Quiz.

I will be holding a revision quiz in the main hall from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Students can make up teams of 4 and will compete to win prizes. The quiz will be on Maths, English and Science topics. I hope to see lots of students there. They will be provided with refreshments and prizes for the winning teams. I’m hoping we can show them revision can be fun and can be done together.

 Upcoming events

Friday 29th March

3.00pm to 4.00pm

Year 11 Revision Quiz

Tuesday 2nd April

Lesson 5/

6.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 11 Performing Arts Exam

Friday 5th April

Lesson 1 and 2

Year 11 Progress Morning

Last day of Term

(finishing at the normal time of 2.40pm)

Friday 5th April to Saturday 13th April

Ski Trip to Zell am See

Tuesday 23rd April

Start of the Summer Term

Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19

APRIL

Year 8 Visit to Winchester University

MAY

Year 10 Research Matters Workshop @ The British Library in London

JUNE

German Exchange Students Visit to Basingstoke

Post 16 Information

BCoT

Open Evening

Discover our experienced staff, industry-standard facilities and wide range of courses!”

Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Interested in an apprenticeship? Meet a number of different companies looking for apprentices at one of the biggest Apprenticeship events in the South of England!”

Monday 13th May 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Monday 17th June 4.30pm to 7.00pm

QMC

Open Evening

“From questions about the best subject combinations to take to pursue your goals, to presentations from QMC students to give you the lowdown on College life, all aspects of QMC will be open to you on these evenings.”

Thursday 25th April 5.30pm to 8.30pm