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The Regents Review Regents park Community College Newsletter

AUTUMN 2013

Centenary Celebrations See page 2

Dr Who Competition Winners page 4

Environmental Focus page 6

The Redheart Theatre Company page 8

Rock Challenge Team page 15


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CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

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Excerpt from timeline on display in the school hall depicting the history of the school.

S PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – [

1913 – 1945]

1922

• Insulin discovered

1916

Park Infant opens

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• Battle of the Somme

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• Easter rising in Ireland Boys class 1931

1918

1914

• The end of World War I

• Secondary department opened for older pupils – boys in upper floor/girls on ground floor. Miss Alexander appointed Head Mistress of Girls Department, Mr Howells Head Master of Boys Department • The start of World War I

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1921

• Alexandra College sold its 2 acre site & buildings to Southampton Town Council who incorporated the buildings into Regents Park Schools

1923

1924

• First Winter Olympic Games

• Mr Cutts becomes Head Master of Boys Department

1926

• A.A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh

1932 • Scientists split the atom

1930 • Miss Kenny becomes Head Mistress of Girls Department


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WELCOME

Head of School’s Welcome Dear Parent Welcome to ‘The Regents Review’, our new newsletter, I hope you find it gives a refreshing look at life at RPCC. It has been a busy term starting with the fantastic Centenary celebrations on 28th September 2013, where over 400 ex pupils and staff joined us. We have also had an extremely successful Green Fayre which raised over £400 for eco development at RPCC. The events this term have cumulated in the publication of the Department of Education (RAISEonline) report which validates the excellent Summer 2013 exam results. This has shown our improvement from the 69th percent ranking to the 33rd ranking. The school is now working hard to demonstrate this improvement in the

classroom and we look forward to welcoming Stephen Long, HMI, and his team early next term. This term has also been the start of our partnership with Susan Trigger, our Executive Headteacher, and Bitterne Park School. Reciprocal visits by staff have taken place and a joint ski trip for students will depart in March 2014. I look forward to this successful collaboration continuing in the new year. I wish you and your families a very peaceful holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Jonty Archibald Head of School

General News

Senior Student Leadership team Meet our new Senior Student Leadership Team. Our new head boy is William Hadaway and the new head girl is Lauren McCabe whilst the deputy head boy is Arron Baddams and the deputy head girl is Molly Biggs. This year’s senior prefects are Charlie Davenport, Charlie Dowse and Abigail McKeeman.

Star Veleky and Lauren Vickery. They will address the school needs from the students’ point of view.

The prefect team consists of Rehan Ahmed, Alana Broomfield, Martin Cleverly, Alice Colmer, Katie Hictchcock, Ray Horsfall, Charlotte Hunt, Kelly Jankowski, Fatima Kauser, Carrerra Lydon, Emily McKie, Zoe Miller, Emily Moore, Navid Nezhad, Alisha Parmar-Webster, Mohiba Quadir, Ciarra Scully, Amy Speed, Aimee Stevenson,

Active Parent News WEA run Card Making Session

Wednesday 4th December 10am-12pm

Active Parents Tea/Coffee Afternoon

Friday 6th December 1pm-2:30pm

Active Parents Tea/Coffee Evening

Wednesday 18th December 5:30pm-7pm

Final Active Parents Cycle Ride of the year – families to meet at the school with your bikes and a cycle helmets for a festive bike ride.

Saturday 21st December 10am-12pm

A huge thank you to Mr Haworth for organising all the cycle routes this year. If you want to get any further information about any of the above events please email active.parents@regentspark.southampton.sch.uk 3


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General News

Southampton’s Favourite book award 2013 A big thank you from the library to the following students who took part in reading and grading the books for the Southampton’s Favourite Book Award: • Zoe Thompson • Abi Flynn • Shannon Meek • Olivia Ebbutt • Crystal Turner-Brightman • Chloe Higlett Now we sit back and wait to see which wins!

The Library has been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, by holding a competition. Students were asked to design and draw an alien or monster for Doctor Who. We had a good response and on the 22nd November Mr Archibald found a winner.

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Congratulations to: Winner:

Dominic Green

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2nd Place:

Nicole Spiteri

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Runner Up: Suraj Sarker

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Runner Up: Mckenzie Ryves Rowling SM A special well done to the tutees of Branson VO for an outstanding number of entries. The winner not only won a goodie bag filled with Doctor Who memorabilia, but also the official BBC Doctor Who: The Essential Guide Book. As we did have so many fantastic designs, all students that took part will be presented with a small thank you prize.

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GENERAL NEWS

Lates Thank you for your support with the late detentions. We have managed to cut down the amount of students arriving late by 75% over the last term due to detentions. This has had a big impact on the amount of education gained by so many students. As it is getting colder and darker in the mornings we can understand everyone wanting to stay in bed, however missing even those first ten minutes of a lesson can result in a grade change at GCSE. Remember, 10 minutes a day results in a whole lesson missed a week! Late detentions will continue to be after school every day until 3pm and then if they are missed they will be at lunchtime the following day. However, detentions will now take place in each Head of Year office. Many thanks for your on-going support with your child’s attendance.

Year 11 Yearbook and Prom Update This year the students have asked for a year book, so Miss Bishop and Miss Hocking have started to work with the company ‘Yearbook machine’ to create a new and vibrant year book for Year 11. Students will be starting to look at home for photos of school life and quotes that they would like to put in their year book. Prices are at a very reasonable £17. In July we will be hosting the most talked about party of the year – PROM. It will be hosted at Botley MacDonald hotel; there will be a buffet, photo booth and DJ alongside welcoming drinks for all students. It’s a great event to celebrate the end of a very hard year and the prom committee are working tirelessly towards generating funds for the big bash.

College Council College Council is well and truly up and running. We have two chair people (Head boy and girl) and a secretary (George Roberts). We also have five people who are specialising working with the Eco School Council and supporting the application of ‘Eco Silver’ from RPCC.

Literacy Mentoring Programme Regents Park Community College will be launching a Literacy Mentor Programme in December 2013. This programme will involve Year 10 and 11 pupils, mentoring a selected group of Year 7 pupils with the aim of improving their literacy skills. The programme will work in conjunction with the fantastic work that is occurring within English, SEN and other departments throughout the college. Charlotte Hunt and Fatima Kauser (Year 11) expressed their view on participating in this project, “This is an exciting opportunity to help younger pupils.”

Presentation Evening 2013 It was fantastic to welcome back last year’s Year 11 to celebrate the best results that Regents Park have ever had. Darcy Allen achieved the highest academic results gaining all A* grades in her core subjects and ten A* and one A in her 11 GCSEs. There were 14 cups and prizes awarded across the curriculum areas. Lucas Clements was particularly pleased to receive his PE Award from the Guest of Honour, Mr Jon Tilt. Jon coaches at the same athletic club where Lucas is a club member. Lucas will do well to emulate John who has won world age group athletic championships in 400m and 400m hurdles. He entertained the audience with his stories of beating testicular cancer twice before conquering the world! After the event students enjoyed posing in the photo booth with friends and family showing off their well-deserved GCSE certificates. Current Year 11 – are you up to the challenge of raising the bar in Summer 2014? A huge congratulations to the following students who have achieved awards: Drama Cup – Faye Momber Music Cup – Megan Brumby Creative Cup – Jodie Graves Lia Chance Award for Dance – Hannah Rapley PE Award (Hastings Sports Shield) – Lucas Clements Dr Kara Award – Tom Hill Science Shield – Darcy Allen Evelyn Stacey Award – John Zuniga Robinson Award for Business and Enterprise Areas – Georgie Rogers Antony Rees Award – Rehana Nurmahi Evans Cup – Tegan Sketcher Tomas Cup – Darcy Allen Southampton Cup – Faye Momber & Jack Gallagher

Tegan Sketcher with the Evans Cup

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Current Focus

New Environmental Focus for our school Regents Park are starting this new school year as we mean to go on – a great ethos and sustainable growth – We are aiming to become a green school working toward our Keep Britain Tidy awards which includes the nationally recognised Green Flag Award. You can find out more about this exciting programme on their website at http://www2.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools/

Many of you may have already been invited to find out more about the work we will be doing in the school grounds. We hope to develop the grounds to allow more outdoor learning to take place and to encourage more spaces to be used as outdoor classrooms. Your help and support with this work would be much appreciated and we will let you know when each day happens – weather dependant of course! If you would like to find out how to help, please contact me at susan.hoskins@regentspark. southampton.sch.uk or speak to Hayley Binsted. You don’t have to be a great gardener, someone has to make the tea, bake a cake for refreshments or bring in soup for the workers on a colder day! There will be the opportunity to fundraise, plan and design areas or help acquire materials as well as the manual labour involved in the development. I look forward to meeting you soon! We have also registered the school with The POD, a green resource website that the students can access from home at www.jointhepod.org. This site will give you an insight into the programme and tips and ideas on how to be

greener at home. Each student can register and log on to the site using the pupil invitation code which is; ogantn – you will be able to post blogs about your work, do research to help with science and geography homework and join in many of the activities. We have joined Switch Off Fortnight in school, this programme raises awareness of standby power, wasted energy and energy efficiency. Some great games to help you understand these issues are available on the site, including carbon capers!

As part of our commitment to this programme, the school will be taking part in Science into Schools, a programme of recycling clothing in exchange for science equipment. Science into Schools combines environmental education about waste and climate science with a textile recycling programme where schools get free resources and equipment to get their students excited about science and engineering. We will send out more details nearer the time.

And finally – we are collecting Morrison vouchers available in stores from September through October. Please bring in any you may have before the end of November for us to exchange for gardening equipment! Thank you!

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Departmental News

Mathematics Year 11 Mathematics Mentoring Scheme – Autumn term 1 From 7.30am on Thursdays you could smell breakfast and hear the sound of ‘maths talk’ in the lower corridor of South Block. We ran a six week student mentoring programme where volunteers from 11BW tutored their peers. The mentees benefitted from the individual explanation in ‘pupil speak’ and the mentors gained clarity as they explained a concept. A big thank you to the mentors: Chelsie Caine, Liam Chalcroft, Charlie Davenport, Dan Draper, Ryan Eyers, Charlotte Hunt, Dan Long and Lauren Mccabe. Also, well done to the mentees for attending these sessions! All participants showed an improvement in their October mock examination compared to the June examination. We will resume this programme later in the Spring Term when the mornings are lighter; new members welcome!

War Hammer Club – Can the roll of a die determine the outcome of a battle? Yes! Mr Goldsworthy is running a table top gaming club for all Year groups on Wednesdays during lunch time and after school until 4pm. Students have assembled their armies and use the laws of probability to determine how strong their team is, how far their weapons can reach and if any magic can be used! This club is growing in popularity and Mr Goldsworthy has been donated some action figures from a gaming store; so come along to room 37, build your own team and let the mathematics roll!

Year 11 rise to the challenge in GCSE Mathematics Following the fantastic results that the previous Year 11 achieved in August 2013 (a target-breaking 76% high grade pass rate) we have set the challenge for this year’s Year 11 to beat them! Year 11 have made a fantastic start to this academic year, consistently contributing towards Class:

11BY Mr Goldsworthy

a positive learning environment in lessons. This manifested itself in the October mock where, only five weeks into term, there was a 15% increase in the pass rate compared to June 2013. Rewards were given to the following students in each class:

11BW Miss Jones

11BZ Mrs Keenan

Top girl:

Joyti Taak

Top boy:

Jake Law

Liam Chalcroft

Josh Bond

Most improved from June to Oct:

Gabija Spalovaite

Andrew Alexandre

Jack Bridle

11GY Mrs Keenan

Charlie Davenport Lauren Vickery Abigail Jones

WELL D O YEAR 1 NE 1! 11BX Mr Winter

11GZ Mr Winter

Montana Allen Megan Orchard

Harry Weaver Mateusz Szerba Adam Waltham Arek Drywa

Megan Black

Kieran Gill

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Departmental News

English The Redheart Theatre Company comes to Regents Park On Thursday 24th October 2013, Year 10 students were treated to an afternoon of gothic mystery. The one man show kept the students enthralled with his performance of 3 of the most famous Victorian short stories. At the strike of a match, and in candle light, we entered The Red Room by H G Wells; a place of psychological panic. Actor, Rupert Mason, immediately transformed the hall into the house when he declared, “I can assure you”, said I, “that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.” He then proceeded to show case his talent as he created four very believable characters with ease. The light and sound effects used then turned the stage into the Signalman’s box, a story written by Charles Dickens. The period costume and the setting on the stage added to make the space believably Victorian. Halloa! Below there!" transported the audience; there was no mistaking the fact that the phrase was an integral part of this ghostly story.

But the most thrilling of the performances was the finale piece, The Tell-Tale Heart, written by the master of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe. We all watched as Mr Mason, using an authentic American accent, re-enacted the madman in the story. The man is driven to murder and is then haunted by the sound of his victims beating heart. With every beat the more manic he became. A crescendo sound effect, adding to the tension in the hall, caused the audience to jump with fright when the character on stage finally shrieked, “I admit the deed! – tear up the planks! here, here! – it is the beating of his hideous heart!”

Accelerated Reading Scheme Some students in year 7, 8 and 9 have been specially selected to take part in the Accelerated Reading Programme. The scheme works by assessing students’ reading levels and specifically targeting books to individual levels. After reading a book, students complete a computer quiz, which checks understanding. Every quiz successfully completed earns points. There are review points where reading levels are once again tested so that student progress can be measured. Parents can help by encouraging their children to read their books, or even listen to them read aloud. Points Mean Prizes Students who earn the most points will also be awarded stickers and prizes from the school librarian.

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Departmental News

Creative Writing in English This term has been an exciting start for creative writers at Regents Park. We have had several students work published in the Young Writer’s Ghost Stories and Tales with a Twist competitions. 7GX have all been entered into the Young Writer’s Power of Poetry competition. They produced some fantastic poems using what they had learnt in their first unit of work as Regents Park students. In tutor time students are working on creating a 100 word story with a twist. This can be an original story or an existing one with a modern twist. Creative Writing Club will be starting again this term. It has had huge success in the past with budding writers, having many pieces of work published. The club is open to Year 7 and 8 students who have demonstrated a flare for creative writing. All Year 7s have been engaging with reading for pleasure. Many students have completed Reading Passports, which give reviews of three books students have read. Some students are already onto their second and third! After completing three passports students will be awarded with a ‘Good Reader’ pin to wear on their blazers. This term’s poem comes from talented Year 7 student Emily Dowse whose depiction of the autumn season truly encapsulates the impending gloom of winter.

Autumn

The orange leaves glisten in the sunlight, haunted by the shadows of the summer. The cold is preparing to take its bite. Leaves falling to the beat of a drummer. A season of sadness, a time of love. Behind the curtain, they’re blind to the truth ready to unleash the haunting black dove, aspiring to rekindle damaged youth. The sunset of summer and love creeps in, the warmth of winter remains in their souls. Dark blood on his fingers displays his sin. Dry ice in his heart has taken its toll. Emotions have been torn apart with dread; My summer and relationship lay dead!

RPCC Poet Laureate 2013 – 2014 The school search is on! Which student will be given the first ever title of RPCC Poet Laureate? The talented student will represent poetry in the school. They could be commissioned to write official school poems, create anthologies and perform readings. At the time of going to press, students were still editing their poetic entries, so you will need to read the next newsletter to find out who has earned this prestigious title and also read their winning poem.

Emily Dowse, age 11

Year 11 Year 11 students have finally completed all controlled assessments for their GCSE English Language and Literature courses. Their attitude towards this part of the course has been excellent and there have been some truly outstanding results, with many students meeting or exceeding target grades. The English Department would like to thank the year group for their hard work – so far... Of course, national changes mean there is now a greater emphasis on exams in English, with more marks being awarded for the accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Year 11 will need to move their focus towards exam skills and writing under pressure. 9


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Departmental News

Science The Science Department has been a hive of activity over the past number of weeks. Students have become involved in a range of exciting opportunities to inspire and develop a love of Science. Here is an insight:

Stimulating Physics At the end of the summer term, the department had joined Institute of Physics (IOP) Stimulating Physics Network. The network supports the teaching and learning of physics. After some initial workshops with our network coordinator Trevor, it was time to get the students involved. On Monday 21st of October, Trevor joined us and delivered a fantastic workshop to Year 9 and 11 students. He showed the students some fantastic demonstrations before encouraging some audience participation. The willing students took part in some brilliant demonstrations including modelling the size of the planets within the universe, mind blowing optical illusions and sound experiments. The workshop had the students buzzing as they left the hall and returned to lessons.

Science Club Science Club was launched in September and has been popular amongst year 7 students. The students have been busy doing a range of exciting experiments, from making rockets to sparklers and fireworks for Bonfire Night. They have also tested their Maths and Technology skills, built bridges and roller coasters. This year we are lucky to have the support of 2 of our local STEM Ambassadors as well as 2 University of Southampton students who have joined us to help develop our Science club and enthuse the students by providing them with greater opportunities. Science Club runs every Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm in S2. All Year 7 and 8 students are welcome to attend.

Key Stage 4 Revision Science revision is run every Thursday for Year 11 students in preparation for their upcoming exams. Sessions take place in S3 (Miss O’Brien), S4 (Miss Callen) and S5 (Mr Wynne) from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. The teachers are delivering specific sessions to address all target grades. All students are welcome to attend. Sign-up sheets are on the doors of each lab and attendance is encouraged as all aspects of the curriculum are being covered throughout the year. 10

Railway Project – The Smallpeice Trust Tuesday 22nd of October was an exciting day for 60 Year 9 students. Thea Wilson from The Smallpeice Trust delivered yet another fantastic STEM project. It was difficult to keep the day a secret from the students until that morning, but it added to the excitement of the project. The day began with discussions revolving around what engineering is really all about. The main challenge of the day was for students to work collaboratively with in their groups to plan, design, and cost a railway bridge before building it using some simple resources of paper, sellotape, string and some paper fasteners. The aim was to build the strongest structure which would hold a piece of railway track. As always, our students took the day in their stride and worked tirelessly to make some fabulous bridges. Teamwork was evident throughout the day with students pulling together to complete the tasks in the time frame. Students used skills from their Maths, Technology and Science lessons to complete the project. Miss O’Donnell and Mrs Chudley were really impressed with student’s positive attitudes and resilience during the day and their finished projects. Well done Year 9!


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Departmental News

Parents & Student Information Evening The department opened its doors to Year 11 students and their parents on Wednesday 23rd October for an information evening. The purpose of this evening was to involve parents in supporting their children prepare for their upcoming Science GCSE examinations. The evening was broken into 5 sessions with 2 guest speakers, Trevor Plant from IOP and Nicola Jefferies from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. Miss Cooper’s “Top tips – How to revise” sessions provided students with a variety of ways to revise for their exams. It also gave parents strategies to help their children with their revision. Mr Wynne’s session outlined the route that the students are studying to achieve their Science. Miss O’Brien provided students with a range of resources to support their preparation, including revision workbooks, specification, revision guides and exam papers. The packs cater for all aspects of the Science course and can be easily broken down. Nicola joined us to extend the students learning journey into A- level at Richard Taunton’s. She shared some success stories with us as well as what the students could expect from the Science Department if they continued their education at Richard Taunton Sixth Form college. Trevor delivered the fun session getting both parents and students involved in Physics. He demonstrated some simple experiments associated with every day phenomena. This was an all-round favourite with students, parents and the department. We would like to thank the parents and the students for taking the time to attend the evening.

Science Museum, London Friday 8th November saw 96, very excited Year 8 students visit the Science Museum in London under the watchful eye of 10 members of staff. It was an early start to the day for the eager students, who had been counting down the days for weeks, followed by a long bus journey. The anticipation built as we grew closer and the countdown was nearly over. The students spent the morning exploring some of the museum, looking at the exhibitions and having a go at some of the interactive exhibitions. One of the popular highlights was IMAX cinema. The screen alone is the height of 4 stacked double decker buses. During the 3D showing we were taken on an adventure to space to see the on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station, which is travelling 220 miles above the Earth. We saw some fabulous views of the earth from space. The afternoon allowed the students some more time to explore the amazing exhibitions as well as some time in Launchpad. The hands on exhibitions in Launchpad captured the students’ interest and they had to be dragged away as the end of the visit drew close. The visit to the Science Museum was a huge success. Despite the early start and the long bus journey, students and staff began their weekend inspired but exhausted after a great visit. Miss O’Donnell would like to extend a massive thank you to the staff who accompanied the students on the visit and helped make it a success – Mr Wynne, Miss Callen, Mr Holloway, Miss Moore, Mrs Jarvis, Miss Early, Mrs Corrigan, Mr Marchment and Mr Davenport (Governor).

Year 7 Science and Maths Project On Friday 25th October, Miss O’Donnell and Mrs Chudley delivered a cross curricular workshop to 36 Year 7 students. The students had a lovely, but busy, afternoon using their Maths and Science skills to make bath bombs from scratch before creating the packaging for them. Mr Holloway joined us for the latter part of the workshop and contributed some of his Business and Enterprise expertise to help the students make their packaging more appealing. Mrs Dadswell was also on hand to support the students in the creating their perfect packaging. The students left at the end of the day with some beautiful smelling and colourful bath bombs in lovely boxes.

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Departmental News

Creative Arts Department Clubs Choir: The choir meets up every Tuesday for an hour or so after school in M1. We are currently working on three very different songs originally performed by artists such as The Fray and Michael Jackson. Art: KS3 Art Club is always looking for more budding artists. We create lots of different pieces of art from paintings to pencil. If you fancy having a go at building your artistic skills then come along! Band: The band is always growing; we have members from every year group who come together on Friday after school to play as a large group of musicians. We always want more musicians to join, so come along. We are currently working on ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me!’ from Toy Story. Great Fun! Drama: ‘Musical Theatre’ Club – The Creative Arts team – Mrs Freeman, Mr Barron and Miss Bishop have started to rehearse the annual musical production, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Auditions have taken place, the show is cast and songs and lines are being learnt. If parents have any spare time to help with the building of the set – namely a fountain and some castle steps – please get in touch, or if you are a dab-hand at sewing we need your expertise! PERFORMANCE DATES – April 1st and 2nd 2014.

Arts Showcase This term Art Key Stage 3 has been focused around developing key drawing skills. Year 7 students have become mini Van Goghs, creating beautiful landscapes in pencil and paint. Year 8 students have been creating some incredible oil pastel drawings in the style of Lisa Milroy and Van Gogh. This term they will be taking their masterpieces and using them to inspire clay sculptures. Year 9 students have been getting down to detail; looking at bags to create interesting textural collograph prints.

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Departmental News

Trips Year 9 Lion King On the 23rd October Miss Bishop, Miss Hocking and Mr Barron took 71 year 9 students to London for the day to see Disney’s Lion King. We had an amazing day. All Year 9s were overwhelmed by the incredible scenery and production of the Lion King. As we arrived a little early, all 77 of us went to Covent Garden and watched a magic show- three of the students even got involved! The Magician thanked RPCC for being so polite and well behaved! We had a fantastic day and cannot wait for the next trip! Year 10 Art Photography’s Visit to Bitterne Park On the 21st October Year 10 students took a trip to Bitterne Park to learn about sports photography from Mark Pain, the sports chief photographer for the Daily Mail on Sunday. The lecture was very inspiring; Mark showed us some amazing photographs he had taken of famous footballers and golfers. We even got a sneak preview of his kit! We hope that we have the opportunity to work with Bitterne Park again as we found the trip a huge success!

GCSE Art Photography Be afraid, be very afraid; GCSE Art Photography just got scary! This term the talented photographers will be creating gruesome photographs for their module on horror.

GCSE Art students are getting cultural in their current project, creating beautiful embellished artworks around their chosen country.

Photograph taken by Ruby Taylor.

GCSE Music GCSE music pupils have been working hard on their 1st piece of coursework, their ensemble performances. They are about half way through their allocated hours for this piece and they are gradually beginning to sound fabulous! We have a range of pieces being worked on including Goyte ‘Somebody that I used to know’, and Coldplay ‘Paradise’.

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Departmental News

Physical Education A big thank you to all students who have been contributing to the extra-curricular PE programme. Many students will be congratulated in the end of term assembly for making it onto our wall of fame! I look forward to seeing the results of the inter-learning community challenge – will anyone be able to knock Branson off of the top spot? I would like to personally thank some fantastic young leaders who have coached at our trampolining clubs. Adam Harris, Faith Matupa, Ray Horsfall, Alex Horsfall and Chloe McArthur.

PE Kit Policy It has been great to see a massive improvement in student organisation in terms of kit, student attitude in PE and progress. The new curriculum map has been popular with students and we look forward to more exciting changes ahead. Please can parents be reminded that students are expected to get changed into full and correct PE kit even if they are injured or ill and therefore excused from practical activities. In the winter months we are also encouraging students to bring additional layers to remain comfortable when taking part in lessons.

Southampton Schools’ Gymnastics Gala On Sunday 15th December at 11.30am Regents Park gymnastics club will be performing in the Southampton Schools’ Gymnastics Gala at Southampton Guildhall. This is an annual event where we perform with all the other Southampton schools. The students have been practicing hard and are looking forward to performing. Tickets to watch the event are available from the Southampton Guildhall box office.

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Help us to celebrate your children’s success… Here at Regents Park we have a large number of students who experience a great deal of success in sport outside of school. Once again we are looking to recognise and celebrate these achievements and create an ‘outstanding achievements’ board. Please can parents encourage their sons and daughters to send through to the PE curriculum area details of the sport, level of achievement and/or details of competitions, results and rankings along with, wherever possible, pictures. In forthcoming tutor sessions students will be encouraged by their tutors to pass this information on. However, any additional information would be appreciated. We are incredibly proud of many of our students and we are looking forward to making an impressive achievement board!

Miss Croud


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Departmental News

Year 7 and 8 Rugby Day at Millbrook Rugby Club – Thursday 24th October Twenty Year 7 and 8 boys attended a fantastic rugby day at Millbrook Rugby Club. The day was a joint venture by Regents Park, Millbrook Rugby Club and the RFU. Regents Park is currently participating in the RFU Schools Programme which is a national initiative to raise participation in Rugby Union in the lead up to the Rugby Union World Cup in 2015. The day consisted of understanding the core values surrounding the game and how they can apply them to a wider context; nutrition and healthy lifestyles and learning the rules and techniques of rugby. All students enjoyed the day and have subsequently participated in the extra-curricular club held at Millbrook Rugby Club on Thursdays after school. Any students wishing to join please see Mr Sinclair. There will be exciting opportunities to represent Regents Park against Oasis before Christmas and to compete for a whole day at Winchester Rugby club in the New Year against Southampton and local Hampshire schools.

Humanities History Mentors from Southampton University are available to help with revision on Wednesday Evenings. All GCSE students are encouraged to attend these sessions to help prepare for upcoming exams. Please speak to your History teacher for more information. The New Forest National Park will be setting up a Sustainable Development project with school students across the city. We would like volunteers from all Year groups to come together to learn all about the National Park and issues surrounding it. This would be a really good project to get involved with if you are thinking of studying Geography, Leisure and Tourism or just have an interest in the environment. A volunteer Geography student from Southampton University will help run this group on Wednesday afternoons. Please see Mr Drewery for more details. The Year 11 Geography students had a really successful visit to the New Forest collecting data for

their controlled assessment. Well done to all students for a fantastic, hard working day. Humanities and Science in the news! Every term Regents Park Community College will host a ‘Meet the Expert’ event, where a selected number of pupils will be given the opportunity to ask subject specific, or other pertinent question, on a range of topics to a host of experts. The first ‘Meet the Expert’ event is scheduled to occur on the 13th December 2013 and will be on ‘Science and Medical Ethics’. The expert attending this event is Dr. Hafizi, Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth. Dr. Hafiz’s areas of interest are: cancer cell biology, growth factor action and molecules involved in psychiatric disorders. More news to follow in the Spring Term edition of the newsletter. 15


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Departmental News

Modern Foreign Languages Do you find your Languages homework a challenge? Do you struggle to complete it? Help is at hand. Come back after school on Wednesdays (Mrs Loubier and Mrs Sturdy) and Thursdays (Mrs Mayor) for some assistance. We are also lucky enough to have some volunteers from the University of Southampton (from the Schools Plus scheme) to help out on these occasions. This is also a good opportunity if you have missed lessons through absence to get support to catch up.

A little reminder about GCSE examinations... MFL GCSE Examination weightings: 20% Listening; 30% Speaking; 20% Reading; 20% Writing. Speaking and Writing is assessed through Controlled Assessments. The deadline for submission of Controlled Assessments to the exam board for current Year 11 students is 7th May 2014; students should be aware that Mrs Loubier and Mrs Sturdy will ensure you have completed this aspect well in advance of this date.

Spanish partnership In the Summer term, Regents Park students had the opportunity to meet and interact with Spanish students, who were in Southampton to learn and practice their English skills. The group came from Vigo in the north-west of Spain. They took part in lessons and we look to possibly continue such a partnership in the future. The images are the flag of Galicia (the region) and some work completed by the Spanish students.

European Day of Languages On the 26th September students celebrated “European Day of Languages”. It is a day when languages and diversity are celebrated throughout Europe. Regents Park students participated in a fun quiz linked to languages during morning registration and some students were able to get a taster of a different European language. Do you know which European language gave us the words “cookie”, “nitwit” and “sleigh”?

Schulfahrt nach Deutschland! Mr Brown and his team of (fifty!) intrepid travellers are visiting Germany at the end of November. We look forward to hearing about this trip upon their return. News and photos will follow in the Spring Term newsletter.

Learning support To support your learning, why not try www.languagesonline.org.uk You need neither a username/password and there are lots of vocabulary games to practice with. This is suitable for all Year groups and abilities.

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ICT and Technology Year II Leisure and Tourism Students have been busy researching their local area in order to complete their controlled assessment for Leisure and Tourism. Students were given a lecture on how the Novotel meets the needs of its customers (see picture) before going on a guided tour of the hotel. Students have also experienced the call centre at Red Funnel and been invited on to the bridge of the ferry as well as visits to the Boat Show and other leisure facilities in and around the city.

ICT and Technology This academic year students in Year 9 will be completing a new Regents Park Computing Award in their lessons. The new award has been designed to bring in new areas of study linked to changes that have been made to the National Curriculum. These changes move students towards studying the computer science elements related to technology alongside developing the digital literacy skills that have been taught for many years. Areas covered in the award are: Computer Hardware, Software, Logic, Computing in Society and Programming. Each unit is assessed according to specific criteria and students are working towards achieving a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award linked to their attainment. At the end of the academic year students will be awarded with a lapel pin badge that can be worn on their blazers in school to recognise their achievements. Students will be studying the computer programming unit in the Spring Term. The software that is used to teach students is downloadable online for free. If any students or parents would like more information on the programming language we will be using and where you can download the same software, please ask your child to contact Mr Strange, the Curriculum Leader for ICT and Technology.

Cambridge Nationals GCSE ICT Students in Years 10 and 11 studying the Cambridge National GCSE in ICT now have a new ‘mobile’ revision source available. The OCR exam board has officially launched their own mobile app that covers a range of their courses. The app is free to download via ‘itunes’ and provides revision based questions for the examined unit of the GCSE ICT course. Students are able to select the area they wish to revise; choose the number of questions they wish to answer and receive feedback on how many they answered correctly as well as identifying areas where they made mistakes.

Students who have IOS based iphones can search for “Cambridge Nationals” in the ‘itunes’ store and should look for the orange app pictured in this article. Students may need to enter their ‘itunes’ password to download the app but will not be charged as it is a free purchase. Please be warned there may be similar apps that claim to cover the exam content however the app featured above is the only official app launched via the exam board. The app is being developed for use on other ‘Android’ based mobile devices, it is likely that it will appear very similar in appearance to the ‘itunes’ icon but please make sure that it

is officially released by OCR before downloading; as with ‘itunes’ this should appear as a free app. If you have any questions on how to access this app for smart mobile devices, or any further questions regarding the course, please contact Mr Strange, the Curriculum Leader for ICT. 17


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Sailing Mr Drewery is offering students a chance to participate in off-shore sailing activities. The sailing training company, Adventures Offshore, will teach students basic sailing skills and create opportunities for personal development. The course is also expected to allow students to improve teamwork skills and skills of seamanship. One weekend trip costs ÂŁ110 and will take place between the 9th May and 11th May in Southampton. Anyone aged 12 and over can apply. Another trip will be held in Ipswich and there could also an opportunity for one in Calais. This will take place between the 2nd and 5th May and cost ÂŁ150 + transport costs. A variety of evening sails will be available between 5th May and 22nd May on weekday evenings, however these will only be available if the weekends are filled first. More details about all these trips and opportunities can be found on www.adventuresoffshore.co.uk If you are interested, though, do not hesitate to contact Mr Drewery.

Skiing in the Alps 8 students are joining Bitterne Park School on a ski trip to France on March 7th. This will be the launch of an annual Regents Park school trip which will run alongside the Bitterne Park School trip to ensure that there is a viable group. If you are interested the cost is expected to be about ÂŁ800 so start saving now for March 2015!

To register your interest please contact Russell Brown at info@regentspark.southampton.sch.uk

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Diary Dates for Parents Term Times Autumn Term (2nd half) Spring Term (1st half) Spring Term (2nd half) Summer Term (1st half) Summer Term (2nd half)

School opens 4th November 6th January 24th February 22nd April 2nd June

School closes 20th December 14th February 4th April 23rd May 23rd July

Bank Holidays (not in school holiday time) May Day

5th May

Inset Days 6th May 27th June

Early Closure (school will close at 12.30pm) 29th January 25th February

Academic Review Day 30th January

Students to only attend for their tutor appointment – Parents also welcome

Extra Curricular Events 28th November 21st January 3rd March 7th March 15th March 19th March 21st March 1st April 2nd April 19th May 18th June 3rd July 9th July 10th July 11th July 17th July

German Market visit departs Y7 Creative Arts / Percussion Day Y8 English/Poetry Recital Ski Trip departs at approx 4.00pm Ski Trip returns at approx 10.00am Lang/GCSE Master Classes Swimming Gala (all years) Musical Production – ‘Beauty & The Beast’ – 7pm Musical Production – ‘Beauty & The Beast’ – 7pm Y9 English/Shakespeare Production Y11 Celebration Assembly [am] Y11 Prom at Botley MacDonald Hotel Awards Evening Y7/8 Awards Evening Y9/10 Centenary Sports Day Creative Arts Centenary Evening – 7pm

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