GRIFFIN The WORD FROM THE HEADTEACHER

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GRIFFIN
FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2014
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FROM SOUTHBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
WORD FROM
THE HEADTEACHER
Niall Smith
“For The Love of George”
George Pantziarka was
a well loved Southborough
boy who tragically lost his
battle against cancer in
2011. His step-mother,
Irene Kappes, has written
a moving response to
his illness, which will be
launched in the Library
after school on Wednesday
19th November at 5pm.
All are welcome.
Attendance
I am delighted to inform you that
attendance so far this academic year stands
at 96.66%. This is a key measure of our
effectiveness and improvement as a school,
as can be seen by comparing these figures:
Academic
Academic
Academic
Academic
Academic
Academic
Academic
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
-
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
95.78%
95.06%
95.22%
95.16%
94.36%
94.38%
92.80%
Well done to all our students, staff, parents
and carers!
Kind regards,
Mr N. Smith
Headteacher
Sat 15 Nov / 8.30 – 10.30am
FOSH Gardening
Mon 17 Nov
Academic Review Day, Y13 Trip to the
Royal Geographical Society
Wed 19 Nov / 5pm
Book Launch in Library “For the Love of
George”
Fri 21 Nov
Y13 A2 English Literature Conference
Sat 22 Nov / 7pm for 7.30pm
FOSH Fund Raising Evening with Blind
Panic
Mon 24 Nov
Y12 A2 English Literature Conference,
Y10 Visit to Kingston University
Wed 26 Nov
Maths Day
Thur 27 Nov
7D/E/F Visit to the Science Museum
Fri 28 Nov
Profession Learning Day for staff—pupils
not in school
Mon 1 Dec
A2 Geography Study Day at RGS
Wed 3 Dec / AS Geography Study Day at
RGS
Thur 4 Dec / 7pm
Drama: James & the Giant Peach, 8A/B
Trip to Tower of London
Fri 5 Dec
Y13 UCAS Internal Deadline,
A2 Geography Tectonic Hazards Day,
8C/D Trip to Tower of London,
FOSH Cake & Hoc Choc [email protected]
7.30pm FOSH Social in the Cap in Hand
– all welcome
Wed 10 Dec
Y7 Trip to the Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe, Rose Theatre (pm)
Thur 11 Dec / 6.30pm
Christmas Concert with FOSH Raffle, Y10
Visit to Kingston University
Fri 12 Dec
Senior Citizen Christmas Party
Mon 15 Dec
Y7-10 School Exams (to 19/12)
Thur 18 Dec / 2pm
Christmas Carol Service at St Paul’s,
Hook, Y12 Trip to Hampton Court
Fri 19 Dec
Break Up at Lunchtime
Mon 5 Jan 2015
Professional Learning Day for staff—
pupils not in school
Tues 6 Jan / 8.40am
School Starts
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SOUTHBOROUGH STUDENT WINS
SCHOLASTIC COMPETITION
‘Scholastic’ is the world’s
largest publisher and distributor of children’s books
and its mission statement
is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of
all children through literacy.
A Scholastic Book Fair is a
wonderful reading event
held in schools for every
child to enjoy and Mrs Pike,
our librarian, ensures that
the school does not miss out
on this regular and highly
popular event!
For each Book Fair, Scholastic supply schools with mobile
bookcases packed with the very
best books to sell to students
to help them develop a life-long
love of reading. Indeed, each
Book Fair provides over 200 top
children’s titles from over fifty
publishers which are carefully
chosen to suit the tastes and
abilities of all our boys. As part
of their promotional campaign,
the company regularly runs a
number of special competitions
in order to engage the keenest
readers within each school.
Recently, the company ran a
competition that required students to design their own ride
for an amusement park. Year 9
student Dilan Khader was one of
the many hundreds of students
country-wide who entered the
competition. Dilan designed a
‘UFO’ themed ride, where riders, once seated, had a large
astronaut-like dome placed onto
their heads. Inside the dome,
space images would rotate, and
together with atmospheric music and flashing lights, the rider
would experience the sensation
of being up in space.
People at Scholastic were
clearly very impressed with
Dilan’s ideas as it was announced earlier this week that
he had won first place in the
competition! The prize includes
a a full year’s pass for five peo-
ple to visit the London Dungeons
and £100 to spend on Scholastic
books.
Dilan
is
understandably
thrilled. He commented: “I’ve
never won anything in my life up
until now. This is amazing and
I really look forward to visiting
the London Dungeon with all my
family and friends. Mrs Pike has
already given me the list of Scholastic books that I can choose
from so that’s my next job! I
love books and now I’m going to
have a hundred pounds worth of
them to read in the near future!”
WORD OF THE WEEK: ‘CHAUVINISM’
I
n its original meaning, the term ‘chauvinism’ means an
exaggerated patriotism and a belligerent belief in national superiority and glory.
According to legend, a
French soldier, Nicholas Chauvin, was badly wounded in the
Napoleonic Wars. After Napoleon abdicated, Chauvin was a
fanatical Bonapartist despite
the unpopularity of this view in
Bourbon Restoration France. His
single-minded, blind devotion to
his cause started the use of the
term.
By extension, the word
'chauvinism' has come to include an extreme and unrea-
soning partisanship on behalf
of any group to which one belongs, especially when the partisanship includes malice and
hatred towards rival groups.
The word 'jingoism' is the British parallel form of this French
word, but its meaning has not
expanded beyond nationalism
in the same way that the word
'chauvinism' has.
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YEAR 11 STUDENTS RECEIVE
PRINCE’S TRUST AWARD
Southborough High School is committed to developing the
talents of every single student within its care and goes to
great lengths to deliver the appropriate courses to bring
out the very best from all its’ students. Last year, the Inclusion department introduced, on behalf of a small cohort
of students, a new XL programme from The Prince’s Trust
called ‘Personal Development and Employability’.
The programme, which is will stay with them on their Perregulated by Ofqual, is de- sonal Learning Record (PLR).
signed to give young learners
During Year 11 assembly
the chance to work together to this week, five students who
achieve goals relating to their took part in the course - nameeducation, training and future ly Charlie Lambert, Hubert
lives. By working towards a na- Niwinski, Jack Gadd, Karolis
tionally recognised qualification, Legerpusis and Rhys Edwards students are able to gain recog- were presented with their Level
nition for achievements which 1 Prince’s Trust Award by Head
of Year 11 Mr Needs. In order to
achieve this, the students had
to successfully complete three
rigorous units of work: Interpersonal and Self-Management
Skills, Managing Money and
Participating Sport. Each unit
was worth three ‘credits’ and
the boys went the extra mile to
ensure that they met all the requirements of each one.
Many
congratulations
to
these boys for all their hard work
and a big thank you to both Mrs
Lee-Potter and Mrs Pollicott for
organising and running such a
worthwhile course.
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A HIGHLY RESPECTABLE RESULT
BY SIXTH FORMERS IN THE UK
SENIOR TEAM MATHS CHALLENGE
Last Friday, four of our most
talented Sixth Form Mathematicians, namely Thajevan Mahendran, Tristan
Gregory, Minsoo Cha and
Jia Yu Lee, took part in the
London South Regional
Finals of the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team
Maths Challenge, held at
the Penrhyn Road site of
Kingston University.
This was the very first
time that anyone from
Southborough had taken
part in the competition and
it was clear on arrival that
the majority of the contestants were from Grammar
schools and independent
schools. Indeed, on questioning some of the contestants, it was clear that they
had been drilled relentlessly
with past papers and rigorous
tests before being selected
to represent their schools. As
‘newbies’, our students had no
such ‘training’ but they nonethe-less arrived with heaps of
enthusiasm and natural mathematical talent.
Twenty two schools took part,
including Tiffin Boys and Girls,
St Pauls, Hampton Grammar
and Kingston Grammar School.
In the first round of challenging
mathematical questions, our
Southborough team came in
the top 3, an amazing feat given
that this was entirely new territory to both students and staff.
Another two rounds followed,
involving ‘cross numbers’ and a
‘shuttle’ round which certainly
tested everyone’s capabilities!
After a pretty intensive three
hours of tests, Southborough
came a highly respectable ninth
out of twenty two schools, a fabulous achievement given that
this was the very first time that
Southborough had entered and
that no one had any real idea of
what to expect beforehand.
One un-named teacher
from another school commented: “The Southborough team has put many of
our seasoned competitors
here to shame!”
Whilst our four students
had entered the competition feeling rather nervous
and unsure, they all came
out ‘buzzing’! Suffice to say,
strategies for winning next
year are already being put
together and our team know
that the competition better
watch out for them next time!
Many thanks to our Head
of Maths, Mrs McIntyre, for all
the amazing support and encouragement that she gave the
team and well done to the students, who performed so well.
FOSH CORNER
FOSH events this term:
Gardening – you can come
and help us weed the Southborough garden this Saturday
morning 15th November – 8.30
– 10.30am.
Entertainment - the LIVE
BAND EVENT on Saturday 22nd
November, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm
start. The band Blind Panic will
be entertaining us with live mu-
sic, there will be food on sale,
a Licensed Bar and a ‘Fun and
funky’ stall. Tickets at £5 for
adults are available on Parentpay. You can also come and pay
on the door. It promises to be a
great evening!
Cake and Hot Choc sale – for
the boys at lunchtime Friday 5th
December.
Thank you to everyone who supports FOSH, your
contribution is most welcome, and it also enables
us to provide extra equipment to the School.
Social – come for a drink
with us on Friday evening – 5th
December from 7.30pm, at the
Cap-in-Hand pub – everyone is
welcome!
Christmas Hamper – come
and buy raffle tickets for our
wonderful Christmas hamper
at the Christmas Concert on
Thursday 11th December.
If you have any comments
please contact us through
[email protected]
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Book of
the week!
The Fellowship of the
Ring – Book 1
by J R R Tolkien
The Fellowship
of the Ring is the
first part of the
Lord of the Rings
trilogy. There are
two books in the
Fellowship of the
Ring.
The main character or hero in this
story is a young
man named Frodo
Baggins who is on a
mission to get rid of
a magical ring that
rules all the others, but young
Frodo cannot go by himself,
he needs a team to
get to Mordor, the
home of the orks, to
be able to toss the
ring into the main
volcano.
My favourite part in
this book is probably the expected
party (first chapter).
I like this part because of how unexpected it is how Bilbo disappears at the
end of his speech
and how the crowd reacts.
Jack Kemp (7GWA)
SCHOOL BOOK CLUB
November Teen Book Club
leaflets will be given to students in Years 7,8, and 9 this
week. Extra leaflets will be
available in the Library for Key
Stage 4 students. The leaflets
are packed with lots of great
offers and discounted titles
and commission on all orders
placed earn the school free
books for the Library. Orders
should be given to Mrs Pike
in the Library by Friday 21st
November.
MUSIC
CLUBS
MONDAY: 12.50
MUSIC 1 – YEAR 7 ‘PLAY TIME’
For those who would enjoy getting
together with others on a variety
of instruments and producing performances of various songs.
TUESDAY: 12.50
MUSIC 1 – JAZZ BAND
At present we have 3 trumpets,
1 trombone and 1 baritone – any
other competent brass players
(at least Grade 4) would be very
welcome.
WEDNESDAY: 12.50
MUSIC 1 - UKULELE CLUB
If you have already played or you
would like to improve your skills,
come along to make music!
THURSDAY: 12.50
MUSIC 2 – MUSIC
PRODUCTION CLUB
Aimed at Year 9 pupils who are
interested in working with technology/ sound production for the
music industry.
FRIDAY: 12.50
MUSIC 1 – SINGING CLUB
Singing for everyone – all
ages welcome!
MATHS CLUBS
The maths department offers help after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays. Please come along. If you’d like to develop your thinking
skills, why not join us at chess club or puzzle club?
LUNCH
Monday Tuesday Wednesday ThursdayFriday
Chess club
Chess club
Chess club Chess club
Chess club
(B7) (B7)
(B7) (B7)(B7)
AFTER
Maths help
Maths help
Maths help
Maths help
SCHOOL
for all years
for all years
for all years for all years
(B8)
(B7) (B6)(B5)
Puzzle club
(B5)
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WEEKLY FIXTURES LIST - W/C MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Fixture Date
Staff
17/11/1
Mr Jordan
18/11/14
Mr Jordan
Y11 Basketball V Hollyfield – Away 3pm
Borough Cross Country – Richard Challoner – re-arranged from abandoned event last Tuesday.
Y8 Football v Rutlish – Away
& Mr Scales
19/11/14
Mr Colbert
6th Form Football v Hinchley Wood – Venue BC
19/11/14
Staff
member TBC
U13 and U15 Cricket @ Richard Challoner 6pm
21/11/14
Mr Cooper
MENU w/c MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Chicken Korma
Pizza
Roast Chicken
Lasagne
Battered
Onion Bhajji
Veggie Pizza
Veggie Quiche
Vegetarian
Pollock
Burgers
Potato Wedges
Roast Potatoes,
Bolognaise
Veggie
Rice
Peas & Carrots
Yorkshire
Garlic Bread
Sausages
Green Beans
Meringue Nests
Pudding
Sweetcorn
Chips
& Carrots
& Gravy
Angel Delight
Baked Beans
Fruit Crumble
Mixed Veg
& Custard
Raspberry Jelly
Rice Pudding
Jacket Potatoes, paninis, bakes beans, salad, fresh fruit and a variety of sandwiches and rolls are also served
every day.
TEAM ALPHA
ATTENTION!
We are ‘Team Alpha’ a Young Enterprise
Company at Southborough High School and
starting this Sunday, every week we are
hosting a car wash at the school!
Where: Southborough High School
When: Sunday 16th November 2014
Cost: £5 per Car
Hot drinks are also available for £0.50p
We hope to
see you there!
Team Alpha
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Southborough High School / PE Department
Key Stage 3 & 4 Extra
Curricular Programme Autumn Term 2014
Lunchtime
Monday
Tuesday
After School
Gym - Table Tennis Club – No Clubs – Staff Meetings
up to 20 participants JCO
Astro –Y7
Astro – Y8 Basketball –
Yrs 7/8/9 CJO
CJO / KSC / JCO / ACO
Wednesday
Astro – Y9 Thursday
Astro – Y10 Y 7/8 cricket bowling machine – 6th formers
Friday
Astro – Y11
Rugby Club - All Years
Football Club
ADU / JCO / KSC / ACO / DJO
+ Coach
Basketball – Squad players only –
KS4 & 5 CJO
Cricket Y7/8 – astro - Darren
Badminton – Gym JCO / DDE
Personalised training programs
OPEN TO YEARS 10-13
THE WEIGHTS ROOM
WEDNESDAYS
3:20-4:30PM
THE
MUSCLE
PROJECT
STRENGTH
MUSCLE
WEIGHT LOSS
DIET ADVICE
Weights room & Fitness suite Extra
Curricular Programme
Monday
Lunchtime After School
Y 11 Weights gym & Fitness suite JCO
Staff Meetings
Tuesday
Y 10 weights gym & Fitness suite* CJO
Ys 10/11/ 6th form weights gym
& Fitness suite* Wednesday 6th form weights gym & fitness suite* KSC
The Muscle Project- MHA
Key Stage 3 self defence - GSR
Thursday
Y10 Core PE
Y10/11 & 6th form weights gym
& Fitness suite* JCO
Friday
Y11 Core PE
Ys 10/11 & 6th form weights gym
& fitness suite*
MHA
* Due to the popularity of this club there will be limited entry into the weights room & fitness suite.
Epsom Coaches
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Excellent excursions and holidays
Call 01372 731700 for a quotation or visit
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MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
SOUTHBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
ACADEMIC REVIEW DAY