24th January 2012 From the Headteacher ... Welcome back to the Spring Term, and my very best wishes for the new year to everyone. It has been a busy start to the term with Year 11 students receiving mock examination results, and Years 10, 12 + 13 students doing modular public examinations. My congratulations to the twenty five students who passed their GCSE mathematics which they took in November. We enter these students early because they are predicted C/D borderline students who would have a second chance in the summer if they did not succeed this time. Over eighty per cent who were entered for the exam passed which is a great bonus for them because they now have additional time in the school day (time they would have spent in maths lessons) concentrating on their studies in other subjects. Those who did not succeed will be disappointed, but all of them were graded D and now know exactly what they need to do to pass with a C in the summer. For the past two years snow and freezing conditions have led to school closure. Fortunately this has not (touch wood!) been the situation this year although that could change next week. Learning from previous experience I want the school to communicate to parents as clearly as possible what is happening during the morning when snow falls heavily. We will shortly publish on the website where to hear or find out what the situation is during the early morning in the event of disruption through snow. Three key issues need to be addressed in the event of snow which will affect the decision to stay open or close: 1. Is there vehicle access into the surrounding roads and onto the school site? Over one hundred and twenty staff need to park their cars and at least as many students are dropped off by car every morning. 2. Have enough staff arrived in school to supervise one thousand and fifty students? 3. Does the quantity of surface snow on the school site allow for safe movement around the site for everyone? So it is not always easy to make a quick and early decision in everybody‟s best interests. Our aim is always to keep Issue 203 the school open but sometimes as time passes between 7.30 a.m. - 8.00 a.m. it becomes evident that staff cannot get to school and only then can a final decision be made. Andrew Fletcher Many, many congratulations Mrs Martin! Proving that learning does not just end when you leave school, we would like to congratulate Mrs Martin who recently completed the difficult PSHCE continuous professional development accreditation with distinction. Mrs Martin received her award from Bob Welch, Senior Education Advisor, at the Bracknell Forest Education Centre. Ms S Hunt Well done, David! Our congratulations also go to ex-student David Ashwood who recently graduated from Farnborough College of Technology with an upper second BSc honours degree in Media Production (Music). David received his degree certificate at a recent ceremony held at Guildford Cathedral and attended by the Right Honourable Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone, Pro Chancellor of the University of Surrey. We wish David every success in his future career working in audio and music production at a local recording studio. Science day out Thank you to all students who have already brought in gifts for Rwanda. A very exciting opportunity has arisen for a small group of students from Sandhurst School to attend a „Science Live!‟ conference. The day visit gives students a chance to hear from five of Britain‟s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms, including Professor Lord Robert Winston who has presented several award winning TV shows for the BBC and Discovery Channel and also appeared on „Jamie‟s Dream School‟. There will also be an opportunity for students to find out how to improve their GCSE results with a presentation on top tips on examination success from an experienced science examiner. The day will be fast-moving, exciting, thought-provoking and will give students the chance to raise issues with the scientists and examiners. The scientists are carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with students of this age in a direct and exciting way. The visit will take place on the Friday 3rd February and we will let you know how it goes. One thing‟s for certain, though – even if the students aren‟t overly excited both Miss Davies and I are bursting with enthusiasm to see Professor Winston! Emily (7Y1) can be seen here with the gifts she has brought into school We are still collecting clothing (baby and toddler clothes + clothes for teenagers), personal items (soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste), linens (towels and bedsheets) and school supplies (e.g. solar powered calculators, notebooks, pens and pencils, microscopes, magnetic toys, crayons, collage sets, sketch books and science sets) If you still have unwanted items you would like to donate, please bring them to the school reception as soon as possible. Thank you. Ms S Hunt Mr J Hibberd DO YOU WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL,BUT DON'T HAVE A TEAM ??? ARE YOU CURRENTLY IN YEAR 8? DARBY GREEN AND POTLEY FC ARE STARTING A NEW UNDER 13 TEAM WE STARTED TRAINING ON THURSDAY 5th JANUARY AT SANDHURST SPORTS CENTRE FROM 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. ONWARDS FA QUALIFIED COACHES : ALL ABILITIES WELCOME PLEASE CALL GRAHAM ON 07900 660 or ADRIAN ON 07748 76613 FOR INFO Sports scene Sandhurst netball teams had their first matches of 2012 against Edgbarrow (away). Each team played well, improving with every quarter. There was some fantastic linking passes into the shooting semi-circle. Our defenders played extremely well intercepting many of Edgbarrow‟s passes. On the whole some good netball was played. Well done to you all. Year 7 Kemi Gbadebo Jade Roskelly Hannah McGann Stephanie Aidoo-Sarkodie - Player of the Match Courtney Fallon Jaye Brown Sophie Hughes Year 8 Kennedy Bays - Player of the Match Chloe Moret Daisy Lance Georgina Coope Kayleigh Matthews Jessica Chase Morgan Whiting Ashanna Atkinson Year 9 Alice Knight Zoe Weir Zoe Cashmore Georgia Deacon Zoe Lamb Hana Ahmed Amber Jackman Year 10 Marli Holland (C) Eleanor Biggs Georgia Radford - Player of the Match Aanu Ajifowowe Chloe Shepherd Janessa Norman Faye Caterer Charlotte Birley Mrs Ferguson and Mrs Kent Sandhurst off to a flying start in the football leagues! Since the beginning of the school year in September the boys in all year groups are asking „when will the football matches be starting?‟. After a great season in rugby and basketball, the wait for our footballers is over! Training has started and the Year 7‟s seem to have come out of the woodwork to attend and show what they are made of. This is brilliant news and team manager, „Mr Kiss‟, is organising his squad for the first matches at the end of January. Year 11 played their first match of the season against Easthampstead Park on their fantastic new 3G astro turf surface. The boys got to grips with their surroundings straight away and the goals went flying in from Sean, Jack, and Robbie. The boys won the match 4-2 and played some very neat football. Year 10 are up and running too and have stormed their first two matches! The Sandhurst equivalent of the „El classico‟ is when we meet our old rivals, Edgbarrow. The boys held their nerve to win the match 3-2 in the dying minutes. Goals were put away by Tom Sansom, Jack Booth and Louis Howkins. Next up the team had to prepare for a difficult encounter with Charters. Being a Sports College and an experienced team, we could not take anything for granted. After a shaky the start the Year 10‟s soon came good with a cracking goal from captain Harry Wilcox. James Prudence was soon to add his name to the score sheet to give Sandhurst a 2 – 0 win. Man of the Match was awarded to Aaron Sheikh who was outstanding in midfield! T King Welcome back after Christmas - it seems such along time ago as we are now looking forward to half-term and preparations for Year 11 who have their Module 3 in June. This is their final exam and contributes 40% to their final grade. We have had our Module 2 results back and 80% passed at Grade C. This is a great achievement for our students. Most students have achieved their Module 1 target. However, for those that haven‟t, they will have the opportunity to resit Monday 5th March. These students have already taken letters home regarding this and revision booklets are available. The maths department is also running revision lessons after school. In most of our newsletters I mention equipment. It has been great to see that students are turning up fully equipped. Those who do forget can always buy equipment from the maths department. Mymaths homework is working really well with the occasional student forgetting their password. If this is the case then students just need to see their class teacher who will reissue it. This will avoid any letters going home for incomplete homework. When leaving the site remember to “checkout” otherwise work is not saved. A reminder of the website: Website: www.mymaths.co.uk Login: sandhurst Password: square Followed by students own password and login Our next milestone assessment for Years 7 + 8 is the week commencing Monday 20th February. These tests assess what the students have understood over the past seven weeks and it is important that students revise for these tests. Those who fail to meet their target will be asked to resit. On Wednesday 7th March we have World Maths Day. More information will be given in the February newsletter. Finally, if you have any worries or concerns please don‟t hesitate to contact the maths department! Mrs A Hourahane Numeracy Across the Curriculum GOSH what a good event!!! On Wednesday 14th December the Year 11 Hospitality group held a Charity Christmas dinner with a difference. They planned, prepared and served a three course meal for forty guests and organised everything from the table decorations to the coffee and mince pies at the end. The menu was : Chicken liver mousse served with a red onion marmalade or mini vegetable tartlets *** Beef stroganoff, mushroom stroganoff or Fish Pie *** A trio of desserts: Mixed berry cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate soufflé The guests were invited to give feedback at the end of the meal and the comments were that everyone felt like they were in a top restaurant, the food was delicious and the service excellent. Overall they raised over £300 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The picture was taken at the end of the meal and you can see how pleased and proud the students look. They have been an excellent group of students and a pleasure to teach. Congratulations!! Jess (11Y2), Jess (11Y1), Katie (11G2), Liam (11R1), Katy (11Y1), Matilda (11B2), Bradley (11Y2), Brian (11R1), Pabitra (11Y2), Susmita (11R1), Chris (11Y1), Stuart (11G2), Jack (11R1), Adelle (11R1), Dalma (11B2), Cieran (11Y1), Lucy (11B1) + Chloe(11B1) Year 10 Catering trip to Farnborough College of Technology Gallery Restaurant On Tuesday 17th January, fifteen students went to FCOT to experience the Gallery restaurant. It is run by Catering students from the college, and included Bruce Dobbie, ex-Sandhurst student, as Maitre D’ for the night. The meal was excellent and our students were able to see what it would be like if they move on to study there. They have also picked up some ideas for their Hospitality event next year. Mrs L Tudor An entertaining Christmas Concert On Thursday 15th December parents and friends were treated to an evening of music and singing from our very talented students from all year groups. The staff choir also played their part too. COMMON ROOM ECHO January 24th 2012 SANDHURST SCHOOL News - Steven Lawrence –By Nicole Totterdell Riddle 1 „Which word, if pronounced right, is wrong, but if pronounced wrong, is right?‟ Inside this issue: True or False 2 Missing word Quiz 2 Celebrity Gossip 2 Celebrity Gossip 3 University here we come 3 Sinking 3 European cities 4 In South East London, 1993, Steven Lawrence, a young, black student, tragically lost his life waiting at a bus stop to return home. Steven was the victim of a racial hate attack. Five white youths stabbed him to death whilst shouting racist abuse. These five were at the centre of this investigation for 18 years. Their names were Gary Dobson, David Norris, Luke Knight, and brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt. New forensic technology, developed over the last 20 years, has made it easier to prosecute criminals. At the time of the murder such technology was not available. However, in May 2011, a cold case review announced that Gary Dobson and David Norris were to stand trial because of new evidence discovered. Fibres from Steven‟s clothes and hair were matched to both Dobson and Norris, with a 99.9% chance of matching to Steven. However, there was not enough forensic evidence to convict Luke Knight and the Acourt brothers. The trial began in November 2011 and, after little deliberation, the jury came to the decision that both men were to be found guilty of the murder of Steven Lawrence. They were sentenced on the 4th November, 2012 to a life sentence, with the minimum terms of 15 years and 14 years. These sentences would have been much longer. However, the murder was committed when they were juveniles so they had to be sentenced as juveniles by law. The judge describe this as a "terrible and evil crime". The Police say they are determined to get justice for Steven‟s family by working to convict the other three also. COMMON ROOM ECHO Page 2 True or False? During the French Revolution, the blade of the guillotine was coated with a mixture of hair powder and pig fat. This was seen as a final, well- Riddle 2 „What ends in a “W” but has no end? deserved insult to the extravagantly-coiffed aristocrats who were being beheaded. Answer : False Missing Word Quiz If 7 D in a W = 7 Days in a Week, what are these :QE2 99 R B S W and the 7 D 3BM P of 8 Celebrity News– By Shandhya Rai CONGRATS TO BEYONCE & JAY-Z I‟m sure everyone has heard but Beyonce gave birth to their beautiful baby daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7th 2012. Beyonce and Jay-Z are very happy to be blessed with a magical gift. Blue Ivy Carter was only born less than 2 weeks ago and she is already the youngest person to make it down in Billboard chart history EVER!! Just like her parents, we are all sure that Baby Blue is destined for success. COMMON ROOM ECHO Page 3 Justin Bieber gets a new tattoo of Jesus! Justin Bieber showed off his new tattoo of Jesus‟ face on the back of his calf while out with his friends and family. The 17 year old has made it clear that he is religious stating “I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins... He‟s the reason that I‟m here.” Aww God bless him, no wonder people love him. So any of you guys have the Bieber fever? What do you guys think of his new tattoo? Yay or Nay? University here we come!! Many Year 13 students are waiting excitedly, to find out if they have been offered places at the universities of their choice. The main application deadline date of January 15th has now passed and so the offer of places is currently underway in earnest. Students who applied early have already had offers of places, conditional upon achieving certain grades in their A-Levels, and it is highly likely that the University of London, The University of Bath and The University of Surrey will be amongst the institutions teaching Sandhurst School students in September this year. Competition for places at the top universities is high, so it is vital that students not only achieve good academic grades, in their A-Levels and BTECs, but that they can also show the universities that they are well-rounded young people, who are capable of rising to challenges and taking on responsibilities, independently and positively. Sandhurst School prides itself on the wide range of activities that our Sixth Form students can easily get involved in, or develop for themselves, and I am sure this helps our students to develop into just the sort of person that top universities are looking for. Sinking—By Nicole Totterdell On January 13th the Costa Concordia cruise ship took a detour from its normal route on the Mediterranean ocean. This led to the vessel crashing into rocks on the Tuscan coast. The bottom of the vessel was ripped open. The ship was carrying 4,200 passengers on a week‟s cruise. Panic set in as the vessel began to turn on its side. Some of the passengers were able to swim to the Island of Giglio, metres away from where the vessel turned. The angle that the ship was positioned in made it impossible to launch the lifeboats. As a result of the accident 11 people have been pronounced dead and 22 are still missing. Search and rescue missions have got under way, but the vessel has shifted, escalating the situation; rescue missions have become increasingly difficult. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino was arrested after having been accused of causing the accident, by going off route and deserting the ship, leaving his passengers stranded. There are now fears that the vessel is leaking fuel from its tanks. This is a big environmental problem. It has rested on the Tuscan Archipelago national park where there is said to be rare species of frogs and birds, as well as important plants that contribute to the eco-system. The plan now is to try and get the vessel upright and towed out of the ocean as quick as possible in order to prevent further damage. Riddle 3 „Mike is a butcher. He is 5‟10” tall. What does he weigh‟? COMMON ROOM ECHO Page 4 City Search– By Jessica Davies Can you unscramble the letters to find ten European cities? - By Jessica Davies SAGLOWG PAIRS UPBEATSD EVINCE BMEOULXEGR MADARMEST LOREFECN SNATHE DRAMID ALBACOREN Answer to Riddles : Riddles 1 - Wrong / Riddles 2– Rainbow / Riddles 3 - Meat Answers to the European Cities will be in our next issue!
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