Issuu on Google+

Name………………………….. Form…………………………..


ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PAGE 2

Dear Parents/Carers I have been thrilled to attend a number of recent events with our children that have made my heart ‘sing’. The performance of our Macbeth, produced by Miss Clare McCrow, was an absolute pleasure to watch. Imagine the scene: our children on stage at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage wearing the most fantastic tee shirts (with minimalistic yet such effective words). I was so proud of them all! Then we had our Winter Music Concert, with our young people performing their hearts out with particularly memorable performances from our soloists (it’s hard enough performing in a group but on your own it is much more of a challenge). We went on to have our Macbeth Performances in school in the evenings and the children enjoyed explaining more about their roles in a slightly less overwhelming atmosphere. It really is an enormous pleasure to be headteacher at AMS when we can celebrate such success. I am still awaiting my own fate as Head Elf in the Staff Pantomimes, written by children at Arnold Middle School. I hope I do justice to my part as I don’t seem to be very good at remembering my lines or where they fit in with the rest of the cast! It will at least be fun to see the children’s work produced on the night. As usual, our hard-working staff are busy organising trips and events throughout the year. We are ‘booked’ for a number of visits in the New Year. Our children are very fortunate indeed to have so many extra opportunities at Arnold School. The numbers of ‘Restructuring and Redundancy’ messages that are coming from Central Bedfordshire Council are very depressing. I believe that these changes will have a significant impact on schools and in particular the provision of support services. To this end, the governors at Arnold School will be considering a number of ways to further ensure the best possible use of our limited financial resources and to prioritise the review of other alternative service providers for things such as Pay Roll, Human Resources, Health & Safety, Insurance, software licensing and building maintenance contracts. Everyone’s belts will be tightened even further than they already are. One member of our staff is off on maternity leave: Miss Rachel Truscott is expecting a baby in the New Year and we wish her well. We have been able to appoint a temporary replacement, Mr Kentaro Saito, who will be with us until Rachel’s return in July.


PAGE 3 In addition, we welcome Mrs Clare Newton as our part-time Science Technician and Mrs Alison Eversden as a Teaching Assistant in Chiltern Class. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas Break. Best Wishes Ann Payne

YEAR 6 PGL DEVON MAY 2011 We have a last minute opportunity for a year 6 pupil to join the fun week in Devon due to an unforeseen cancellation. If your child is interested please contact Miss Rachel Truscott at school asap for full details.

STAFF CONTACT This term we have held a trial period whereby parents/carers have had the opportunity to use email to contact the Senior Leadership Team directly. This has proven to be very helpful in ensuring swift contact. Due to the positive feedback we have received it has been decided to extend this opportunity to enable parents/carers to contact staff directly using their school email address. We know that the system will benefit all however it is important to advise parents/carers that this communication network is not for pupils to contact staff. If you wish to use this method the address is the initial letter of the member of staff with their surname followed by @arnold.beds.sch.uk to complete the rest of the address. eg. if you wish to contact Mrs Sides the address is simply lsides@arnold.beds.sch.uk The office contact remains admin@arnold.beds.sch.uk and the telephone is still manned from 8.00am to 4.30pm each day with an answerphone should the office staff be particularly busy. As always any feedback you wish to make on this improved communications system will be appreciated.


PAGE 4 “Thoughts from the Governing Body” With frost on the cars, ice on the roads and the odds on a white Christmas the lowest they have been for many years I always find the Christmas term brings out the strangest contradictory emotions. On the one hand you have the excitement in children’s eyes as they start talking about what presents they would like to get, the inevitable excellence of the Christmas performances and the general buzz of excitement that takes over the school. On the other you have the reluctance to get out of the house and brave the freezing morning air, the chill you can only experience from watching a children’s football match in a bleak field on a frosty day and the never ending sniffles and colds that tend to last from October to March. However, these barriers have not deterred my colleagues on the Governing Body who have been especially active this term. Highlights you may not be aware of include: •

Most of the Governing Body turning out in force to welcome prospective new parents to the school and to see the outstanding contribution so many children made in demonstrating everything that is good about the school. Steph Madden and Susan Edmunds visiting the school as part of the Global Citizenship day to speak about the role of the Governing Body. Steph Madden visiting the school for Values Day and helping out generally with the new Year 5’s. Clare Butler-Ellis and Susan Edmunds supporting our young musicians at the Winter Concert. A small working party of Governors (Tina Barbour, Owen Flack, Mark Jones, Greg Forder and Elinor Brown) finding the time to look at our roles and responsibilities to ensure we are equipped to lead the school moving forward.


PAGE 5 This last activity is in part preparation for a Full Governing Body meeting in the New Year when we will start the process of identifying what we think the strategic priorities for Arnold should be over the next five years. To help us do this we want to talk to pupils, staff and parents about what you think Arnold does well now, what it needs to do well in the future and where we need to raise our game. Our aim is to bring together the creativity, the energy, the ideas and the “could do better’s” into a challenging but achievable set of priorities to guide us moving forward. As a first step I will be writing to parents and carers in the New Year asking for your views. In the meantime if anyone has any ideas about how we need to improve please feel free to contact me at: rhys.chesters-lewis@arnold.beds.sch.uk Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Rhys Chesters-Lewis Chair of Governors

Dear pupils and staff of Arnold Middle School, Thank you all very much for helping with our Poppy Appeal. You helped collect £53.42 in one box and a whopping £106.85 in the other, giving a total of £160.27. Next year Mrs Dye will be taking over from Mrs Baker in running this very important annual appeal. All the money raised goes towards helping our soldiers who have been wounded in conflict or sadly to help those families who have lost their loved ones. I do hope that you will give generously next year and support Mrs Dye in her endeavours. Best wishes From Major Jake Baker


ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PAGE 6

Updates about Weather, Water and getting further information! The challenges of running a good school have never been greater: the g re at est b ei ng t he lack of co-operation received from Anglian Water. I have ‘copied’ the emails that I received, following the Anglian Water debacle. I await a response from MP Ms Nadine Dorries’ Offices as she wrote to Anglian Water Board about our concerns, as did Central Bedfordshire Ward Councillor Janet Nunn. Dear Ann Thank you for your email. I understand the concerns that you have, especially for your children: an unbelievable situation. This is a council issue but I will contact them and make sure your concerns are being looked into. I will also be contacting Anglian Water on this issue, as it is utterly disgraceful that the children’s education is suffering. Yours, Nadine

Anglian Water wrote (and they know this is being put in the newsletter):

‘Thank you for your recent email regarding the interruption to supply. Please allow me to take this opportunity to apologise for the great inconvenience this causes not only you but your staff and the parents of the children at your school. I hope our conversation 24 November has gone some way to ease your concerns for any future interruptions to the supply into Barton-Le-Clay.


PAGE 7 We hope to work a lot more closely with yourselves to assist in the decision to turn away pupils and I believe we have a way forward with providing you with my personal mobile number, so you can get an accurate estimation on restoring the supply. Long term, we have put forward to our asset management team a proposal to replace the section of main that fails along the A6 from Sand Lane Silsoe up to the Speed the Plough public house. This proposal consists of burst frequency, how many properties are affected and water quality issues, which is primarily our main concern. With this information we are hoping to have a positive reply and hope to gain the investment required to replace this section of main, which hopefully could be in place as early as 2012. If there is anything else I can assist you with please don’t hesitate to contact me on the number I have provided you. Many thanks Bob Stokes Network Technician’ The Barton floods were cascading down the High Street on Thursday 9th December (make a note of this date) and the school was able to open with very low pressure. However, the phone number (secret), provided by Bob Stokes to both myself and our Site Manager was not answered this morning so we had no idea whether the water would go off altogether. This meant that we had to confine the number of toilets that could be opened; provide hand gel to ensure that the children’s hands were kept clean and gather buckets of water in the hope that we could cook the school meals. This situation is intolerable! I am sure that you will agree that the response from Bob Stokes, Network Technician, suggesting the replacement of a pipe for a couple of kilometres along the A6 to be ‘as early as 2012’ as a satisfactory conclusion to the problem is disgraceful. The problems on the last two occasions have been due to ‘water falls’ appearing in Barton’s High Street. I would ask that parents write letters of complaint to: Jonson Cox, Chief Executive, Anglian House, Ambury Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE29 3NZ. Your frustrated Head Teacher.


PAGE 8 Anti-Bullying Champions It was fun because it was interesting. We learnt about how people feel when they are bullied. Jessica 7AMG

It was fun because it was interesting trying in difficult situations and it was scary the way they were being treated by other people. Amy & Abi 7SD

I was impressed by the enthusiasm shown by all pupils. It was good to see different year groups working collaboratively. Mrs Dye

ABC thoughts about our E-ngage Live Activities as Cyber-Bullying Mentors We really enjoyed it and we hope that we helped children in other schools. Rhys & Ellie 5NP

We found it fun because it was a chance to find out about other peoples’ problems and how we could help, it means that in the future we will be able to help someone if they do have a problem. It was really good fun! Aimee & Lucy - 8JLS

It was really fun. I felt very responsible having to deal with peoples’ problems. I also felt trusted to be able to help! Charlotte Nicholls 6DP


PAGE 9 Keeping Safe Online With such amazing technology developing everyday and with gadgets such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad we need to be extra vigilant in protecting our children’s online safety. This site is designed for over 13s because it can create such disharmony when used improperly, however when used responsibly it can be a useful mechanism to stay in touch with friends. As with all things the system is open to abuse and individuals can be cruel to each other and may use any tool at their disposal to hurt, embarrass, or harass someone else. It is too easy for children to become a part of online issues which can develop into serious harassment and even bullying. This in turn impacts on their learning in school as children do get distressed from these ‘faceless’ issues. Facebook can provide a forum for unwanted comments from both friends and non friends, it can spark feuds that carry over into real life, expose photos, thoughts and feelings that once posted, are out of your teen’s control. What seemed important or funny in the moment may get you into personal trouble. There are safety and privacy issues to be aware of with Facebook when children post their location, stating where they are and inviting friends to join them. This feature can and should be disabled. Tips for talking to your teens about Facebook: • •

• • • •

Talk about controlling their information: encourage them to be selective about what they post. Set rules about what’s appropriate to post: thoughtful about their status updates, wall posts and comments to friends. Remember, once its posted, it’s out of their hands. Use privacy settings: Facebook’s default settings tend to keep information public until a user makes it private. Review the settings with your child and make sure they are set to ‘friends only.’ Teach your child about the anonymous friends. Disable location services: disable this service in the privacy settings of teens accounts. Create your own page: the best way to learn the ins and outs of Facebook is to create your own page. Try to monitor your child’s usage, they need independence but also need your advice and support.


ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PAGE 10

VLE News

There will be many benefits from our new learning platform with ITS Learning. A major consideration for the change is that we will be able to have a portal for parents. This will: • Include parents and carers by providing accessible information about your child’s day to day school work. • Show parents what your child needs to learn, how to learn and why. • Involve parents using tools for polls and projects collaboration. • Facilitate communication between teachers and parents with internal messaging and e-mail. Migration to ITS Learning completed last Friday December 3rd. Both pupils and teachers are still able to access the old platform at present as it remains active for 30 days after the change over. Homework / enrichment tasks can be accessed from the old platform or the school website at present and will be available on the school website in January until we start using the new VLE at the end of January or beginning of February after the teaching staff has received their training. We look forward to the exciting opportunities that this will provide as well as enabling further communication and collaboration between home and school. Mrs S Dye Leader of ICT

Global Citizenship Event by Lisa Purdue 8CMc This event was a great opportunity to work with others in our form. We had different tasks, the first was yoga which was really good fun as it made us relaxed and ready for the day. We also had to produce a poem about a value. We could choose any value of our choice. Mr Williams organised a fantastic searching game. He gave us a sheet with ‘I love you’ written in different languages. We had to look around the school to see if we could work out what language ‘I love you’ was in. Overall the citizenship 2 – day event was fantastic and everybody enjoyed it.


PAGE 11 Charity Fair 2010 A massive thank you to all the pupils staff and parents who made our recent Charity Fair such a success. We are pleased to announce that over ÂŁ1000 has been raised for our 4 different charities: Cancer research UK; Age UK; Unicef and Oxfam. As always, our Year 7 pupils designed every stall and worked hard to ensure their stall supported their chosen charity.

The Year 7 Charity Fair Raffle This took place in the hall near the canteen hatches. We still have unclaimed prizes. If you have these tickets and numbers, please claim your prize by sending your ticket into school in a sealed envelope with your name on it. We will send home your prize if you name a pupil who can deliver it to you. Unclaimed prizes are; Spice Rack; Pink ticket 734 Money Box; Pink ticket 745 Lavender Pot; Pink ticket 945 Spa Bottles; Pink ticket 975 Mug; Blue ticket 467 Handkerchiefs; pink ticket 756 Necklace ; pink ticket 747 Earrings and necklace; Blue ticket 468.


PAGE 12 SITUATIONS VACANT AT ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Librarian January 2011, for an immediate start (or as soon as possible) Hours: 23.5 per week [10:00 until 15:00 includes a 20 minute, unpaid, lunch break] Salary Scale: 3A [range 15 – 18]. Actual pay range: £8839 - £9449. • • •

Do you love books and other learning resources? Do you aspire to share your passion for reading with young people? Do you want to manage and promote the effective use of our library as a multi-media resource centre for children and staff?

Go to: www.arnold.beds.sch.uk to download an application form and job details. Closing date for applications: noon Thursday 6th January 2011 Interview date: Tuesday 11th January 2011 Enhanced CRB clearance will be required of successful candidates. Arnold Middle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced CRB check will be undertaken on the successful candidate.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS I have been studying for a Foundation Degree in Educational Practice at the University of Bedfordshire for two years. The course is designed for Teaching Assistants and covers topics such as supporting development in Literacy and Numeracy, PSHCE, Inclusion, Behaviour Management and Creativity in the Curriculum. Having graduated I am now completing a one year top up course to achieve a full BA(Hons) degree at the end of this academic year - watch this space! Emma Jackson (pictured on the left) I’ve always wanted to work with children, so after a career break, I decided to retrain as a teacher. First I went to college to gain an access to Higher Education. Then I spent three years at the University of Bedfordshire studying for a BA(Hons) Education Studies degree which I have recently graduated from with a 2:1. As I have to juggle work, studying and a family, I have decided to take some time off before starting my teacher training. Lisa Nolan (pictured on the right)


PAGE 13 ARNOLD

‘ARTY’CLES ART Department The Art department has had a successful term, culminating in the ‘Relatively Artistic’ exhibition. This year’s display was smaller than last year, but nevertheless very beautiful, showing a wide variety of work by friends and relatives of the school. Please put this in your diary for next year and try and exhibit your work in this unique exhibition. Pupils have really enjoyed looking at the work and there have been many positive responses overall. Exhibits should be collected in the last week of this term. Many thanks to all those who exhibited. Our year 8 pupils have been very busy producing an art homework project on ‘Fruit’ in preparation for Upper School. Please check the pupil’s sketchbooks to see the mark sheets and please sign them, so that we are aware that pupils have produced this work and that it has been marked. It is very important that pupils produce this work and failure to do so may affect their overall levels for Upper School. Next term our year 6 pupils will be visiting the Northampton Shoe Museum, in support of their project on ‘Shoes’. It is to be hoped that all pupils will be able to attend. Letters have been sent home with a request for £9.00 which covers the cost of travel and the workshop at the Museum. In order for this trip to go ahead, it is important that it is well supported. If you have not received this letter, please search your child’s bags. The dates are 18th, 19th and 21stJanuary. Your child will be told shortly on which day they will be travelling and a short letter will be sent home to inform you of final arrangements. In support of this project, Art Club members will be decorating a giant shoe which will be displayed in an exhibition of clay shoes made by Year 6. The theme of the shoe will be ‘City’ and members of Holywell School Art Club will be making the other shoe of the pair, decorating it on the theme of ‘Countryside’. This will be the first time the Art Department has worked directly with another School, and hopefully this will be the start of more collaborations. The project is due to be completed by Easter. Note for your diary: The re-organised trip to see War Horse and to visit the Tate Modern for Year 8 pupils is now on the 20th January 2011. Mrs L Baker Leader of Art


PAGE 14 MUSIC Review AUTUMN CONCERT The first concert of the school year was held on Tuesday 23rd November. This was a very successful evening and saw a variety of different groups performing. The Wind Band, conducted by Jim O’Malley, started the evening with a rousing performance of “Chariots of Fire”. This was followed by solo items from pupils who receive instrumental lessons in school and further ensemble performances. The Recorder Group got us thinking about Christmas with a selection of pieces on a Christmas theme. This concert saw the first performance of the newly created Folk Band. They played an English folk dance tune “Davy, Davy”. There were other good performances by the Hand Chimes group and All Star singers. Among the solo performances was a piece written and performed by Emma Bush. This piece came out of the Year 8 classroom work on Ternary Form and was an amazing achievement for Emma. The Orchestra, now our largest ensemble group ended the first half and began and ended the second half with 3 great performances. They ended the concert with the Andrew Lloyd-Webber tune “Memory”.

INSTRUMENTAL EXAMS This term some of our pupils took exams on their instruments. Congratulations should go to our cellists. Abigail Denman passed grade 1, Ruth Linney passed grade 3 and Lauren Eagles passed grade 3 with merit. Mr C Cadd Leader of Music

SCHOOL RETURNS ON WEDNESDAY 5TH JANUARY 2011


PAGE 15 Festivals of Light The Winter season sees a number of religious festivals known as the ‘Festivals of Light’. Year 6 recently completed an enrichment homework where their task was to re-tell the story behind CHRISTMAS; DIWALI or HANNUKAH. Across faiths, light is used as a way of celebrating the awe and wonder of God and the miracles associated with these festivals.

Great Work by Catrin Ellis 6KB Well done Catrin on an outstanding piece of RE homework entitled ‘The story behind Christmas’. Catrin produced a beautiful booklet of the Christmas story and included pictures which she had made of the nativity scene from plasticine. Here are a selection below for you to enjoy.

An angel tells Mary she will have the Son of God

An angel appeared to the shepherds

No room at the Inn

Three wise men follow the star

Baby Jesus in a manger


PAGE 16 100% ATTENDANCE Congratulations to the following students for achieving 100% attendance since September to 3rd December 2010. Corey Andrews 5AW

Millie Anstee 8JCK

Christopher Arnull 5NP

Summer Bailey 7JH

Zak Barnaville 7MW

Georgina Barton 6SR

James Bavister 8PS

Abbie Bear 5AW

Tegan Blaxill 5AW

Chloe-Louise Bromley-Derry 7JH

Ben Brown 5AW

Rebecca Brown 6CK

Ben Bryson 5VW

Elena Bulmer 6CK

Lauren Bunyan 5JS

Kate Busby 7MW

Oscar Butterworth 5JS

Holly Byron 5VW

Danielle Callaghan 8PS

Emma Callaghan 5JS

Charlie Caulder 6CK

Joe Chidwick 5JS

Lauren Cook 8JSc

Samuel Cook 7JH

Chloe Corcoran 8SL

Luc Corcoran 6SR

Joshua Cox 7LB

Amy Cushen 6DP

Abigail Denman 6CK

George Dennis 5NP

Aimee Dimmock 8JSc

Jacob Dodd 5VW

Emma Dolling 7MW

Jack Dreyer 6DP

Charlotte Eagles 6CH

Caitrin Ellis 6KB

Billy Ennis 5JS

Alex Evans 8KT

Shannan Ewen 7AMG

Thomas Ewing 6CK

Michaela Finn 7LB

Laura Fitzgerald 8KT

Kieran Flack 5AW

Lydia Flack 7JH

Adam Foat 5AW

Rachel Forder 8JSc

Harry Frost 7JH

Emily Fryer 6KB

Jason Furr 6KB

George Gallagher 5NP

Jade Gallagher 5VW

Sarah Gendhi 5NP

Amy Gillard 8CMc

Joe Gittins 7SD

Charlotte Godino 5AW

Freya Green 7SD

Abbie Haestier 5VW

Esther Hall 5JS

Katie Hall 8SL

Matthew Hall 5NP

Bradley Hinkley 7MW

Mia Holder 7MW

Laura Holland 5AW

Summer Hopkinson 8KT

Josh Ireland 5NP

Aaron Jackson 8SL

Phoebe Jeffrey 6SR

Alexandra Jephson 5JS

Jessica Jones 7AMG

Sarah Kilby 6KB

Ellie King 6KB

Amy Large 6KB

Robbie Large 8JSc

Ryan Lee 5JS

Jamie Lousvet 7MW

Nathan Ludford Chiltern

Abigail Lugg 7JH

Ben Lugg 7SD


PAGE 17 Connor MacMillan 5VW

Oliver Malczyk 8KT

Joe Marney 6CH

Sarah Marshall 7JH

Jake Martin 7JH

Sylvie Masala 6DP

Alana McKenna 8SL

Sarah McMenamy 5AW Cameron Mockridge Chiltern

Megan Molyneux 5JS

Jack Murphy 5JS

Connor Naylor 7LB

Chloe Neill 8PS

Lauren Neill 5AW

George Nicholls 6SR

Ciaran Nippard 8CMc

Benjamin Parkes 8JSc

Amie Pedder 6CH

Jessica Pitts 7LB

Adam Potter 6KB

Jagjit Rai 8CMc

Charlotte Rattigan 7GD

Vicky Reid 8KT

Amy Robaszek 5NP

Alex Robins 8KT

Andrew Round 7GD

Matthew Rowe 7MW

Luke Sibley 7SD

Izzy Sims 7AMG

William Sims 5JS

Ted Skerman 6CH

Daniel Smith 6SR

Rebekah Smith 7AMG

Deanne Stevens 8PS

Hannah Stonier 7MW

Anson Tang 6CK

Jason Tang 5AW

Evan Taylor 7MW

Anna Treacher 8JSc

Lucy Treacher 6SR

Joshua Tredwell 6CK

Manayka Walia 5NP

Thomas Walker 5VW

Phoebe White 8SL

Lucy Wolfe 8SL

James Wright 6KB

VALUES AWARDS Congratulations to the following pupils who won values awards this term. BRUCE

GREY

CONQUEST

ST JOHN

Manayka Walia 5NP

Holly Fish 5VW

Ashleigh Eaton 5NP

Megan Molyneux 5JS

Maddie Barnes 5VW

William Sims 5JS

Grace Marshall 6CH

Atlanta Milbourne 6CK

Aria Patel 6SR

Jason Tang 5AW

Liam Abrahams Chiltern Class

Matthew Wood 6CH

Daniela D’Isola 7LB

Sylvie Masala 6DP

Lucy Wolfe 8SL

Jessica Jones 7AMG

Milly Badham 7AMG

Thomas Hutchins 7CMc

Nasar Khan 8KT

Jessica Pitts 7LB


ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PAGE 18

REWARDS Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving 10 Merits. Matthew Hall 5NP

Adam Foat 5AW

Emily Silk 5AW

Sarah McMenamy 5AW

Oscar Butterworth 5JS

Jack Szeto Chiltern Class

Callum Norman 5AW

Holly Fish 5VW

Holly Byron 5VW

Megan Mardell 5JS

Emilia Allen 5JS

Charlotte Godino 5AW

James Mann 5NP

James Wright 5NP

Kia Dohertty 5VW

Sam King 5AW

Chloe Silk 5AW

Tegan Blaxill 5AW

Megan Molyneux 5JS

Connor MacMillan 5VW

Victoria Young 5AW

Josh Ireland 5NP

Lauren Neill 5AW

Emma Brown 5VW

Abbie Bear 5AW

Megan Watts 5JS

Kieran Flack 5AW

Sarah Gendhi 5NP

Yasmin Eves 5NP

Anna Goodall 5JS

Emma Callaghan 5JS

Amy Robaszek 5NP

Sahil Sandhu 5NP

Scott Stevens 5NP

Edward Simpson 5NP

George Gallagher 5NP

Nathan Jones 5AW

Devon Wheeler 6CK

Amy Dougan 6CH

Aria Patel 6SR

Chaandne White 6SR

Peter Stimson 6CK

Tom Ewing 6CK

Catrin Ellis 6KB

Katie Williams 6KB

Izzy Martin 6SR

Aoife McDonagh 6CH

Francesca Powell 6CH

Megan O’Rourke 6CK

Bella Nardi 6KB

Kyle Humphries 6CK

Charlie Caulder 6CK

Ellie Sands 6SR

Kira Peacock 6KB

Tmara Miller 6CH

Lana Jefcoate 6KB

Naomi Smith 6CH

Libbie Orsborn 6CH

Louis Brandham 6CK

Luke Hill 6CK

Sarah Marshall 7JH

Hannah Underwood 7AMG

Taylor Fowler 7LB

Abbie Watts 7AMG

Liam Abrahams Chiltern Class

Holly Luff 5NP


ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PAGE 19

Bethany Stonier 5JS

Olivia King 5NP

Connor Tomlinson 5JS

Georgina Burgess 6CH

Maddie Barnes 5VW

Tristian Maxen 5VW

Remi Pachnanda 5VW

Ashleigh Eaton 5NP

Dean De-Matteis 6DP

Abigail Denman 6CK

Charlotte Nicholls 6DP

Kianne McCreery 5JS

Abbie Campbell 5JS

Emily Groves 5NP

Charlotte Johnson 6SR

Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving 20 Merits. Laura Holland 5JS

Jacob Dodd 5VW

Danielle Burns 5AW

Nathan Ludford Chiltern Class

Thomas Walker 5VW

Ryan Lee 5JS

Georgia Orme 5AW

Charlotte Godino 5AW

William Sims 5JS

Brodie Pearson 5NP

Sarah McMenamy 5AW

Holly Byron 5VW

Harry Shortland 5VW

Sam Stacey 5VW

Emily Silk 5AW

Samuel Adams 5VW

Abby Haestier 5VW

Anaya East 5JS

Adam Foat 5AW

Amy Rowe 5VW

Abbie Bear 5AW

Sienna Taylor 5AW

Olivia Crichton 5VW

Lauren Bunyan 5JS

Olivia Phillips 6CK

Charlotte Eagles 6CH

Megan O’Rourke 6CK

Caitlin Gamble 6SR

Amy Cooper 6CK

Charlie Caulder 6CK

Kyle Humphries 6CK

Fraser Bangs 6KB

Colleen Ryan 6CK

Cameron Mockridge Chiltern Class

Jack Brooks Chiltern Class

Jack Szeto Chiltern Class

Amy Dougan 6CH

Luke Hill 6CK

Louis Brandham 6CK

Aoife McDonagh 6CH

Manayka Walia 5NP

Lauren Neill 5AW

Megan Elliott 5VW

Bethany Stonier 5JS

Georgia Dean 5JS

Emilia Allen 5JS

Billy Ennis 5JS

Jack Murphy 5JS

Neave Sheppard 5NP

Maddie Barnes 5VW

Remi Pachnanda 5VW

Holly Luff 5NP

James Wright 5NP

Holly Fish 5VW

Megan Molyneux 5JS

Ashleigh Eaton 5NP

Aria Patel 6SR

Dean De-Matteis 6DP

Charlie Dennis 8JSc

Josh Ireland 5NP

Emma Brown 5VW

Bella Nardi 6KB

Charlotte Johnson 6SR

James Mann 5NP

Sahil Sandhu 5NP


PAGE 20 Congratulations to the following pupils for achieving 30 Merits. Danielle Burns 5AW

Sienna Taylor 5AW

Anaya East 5JS

Joe Chidwick 5JS

Anson Tang 6CK

Kelsey Martin 6SR

Jack Szeto Chiltern Class Megan O’Rourke 6CK

Amy Rowe 5VW

Jack Brooks Chiltern Class

Cameron Mockridge Chiltern Class

Nathan Ludford Chiltern Class

Charlie Caulder 6CK

Louis Brandham 6CK

Ryan Lee 5JS

William Sims 5JS

Laura Holland 5AW

Samuel Adams 5VW

Jacob Dodd 5VW The Pantomime Trip by Olivia King 5NP On the bus, I was sitting with some of my best friends, Ellie, Yasmin, Manayka, James and Chris. When we got there we had to partner up so I went with James and Chris went with Henry. In the show the Prince was lively and Snow White was very graceful and gentle. She had a lovely singing voice. The best person was Herbert the vegetarian; he is the person who looks after Snow White.

KS3 Skiing Trip to Passo Tonale in the Italian Alps Easter 2012 Great snow record Insurance Evening entertainment Karaoke

Included in the package: Lift pass and equipment Bum boarding All abilities catered for INTERESTED? Contact Mr Davis for more information gdavis@arnold.sch.beds.uk

3 places left!

6 days skiing Disco Swimming


PAGE 21 Winter Physical Education at Arnold It has once again been a highly eventful and enjoyable term within school sport at Arnold. With boys and girls fixtures continuing across a number of sports, our pupils have been enjoying all the benefits that sport has to offer. We’ll start with our highly successful basketball teams. The year 8 boys have been absolutely fantastic in both their application to training and performances during matches. The boys have played 6 fixtures to date and impressively have won 5 of them with the 1 defeat coming in a hard fought encounter at Robert Bloomfield. Well done to you all, you have been fantastic this season. Meanwhile our year 7’s have recently played their opening match, in this their first ever basketball match the boys beat Henlow 50-8. The boys have worked very hard in training and can now look forward to their other 2 league games. The year 6 rugby team have been looking forward to following on from their fantastic success at the Bancrofts Rugby Festival and their recent friendly win against Goldington Middle School. Unfortunately, both the Rushmoor Trophy and the County Contact Festival have been postponed until after Christmas due to the weather conditions we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been enjoying the dodgeball club on offer on Monday lunchtime. The club, which is led by an outside coach, has provided a great deal of enjoyment for all who have attended. Our year 7 boys have also been enjoying a football intra-school football tournament after school. Open to anyone in year 7, the boys enjoy a one and a half hour tournament after school in which they were able to choose their 5-a-side teams and play a number of small-sided matches. Both highly competitive and highly enjoyable, the boys played some good football and enjoyed the evening. It is a new style tournament that we will be looking to offer other year groups in the future. Our year 5 football team has also been eagerly awaiting their fixture versus Robert Bloomfield. Unfortunately due to the school being shut due to the water shortage this game was postponed. However a congested calendar and


PAGE 22 poor weather conditions have meant there has not been a chance to reschedule this fixture before the Christmas holidays. I know the boys have been looking forward to this game, which it is hoped will be played in the not too distant future. Meanwhile our year 7 boys football team can look forward to the next round of the County Cup in the new year. The netball season is winding down with some fantastic showings from the girls at Arnold. Our year 6 girls played extremely well coming third in their division this year falling just shy of the County finals. They played very well as a team which made for exciting and competitive matches against the other schools. Well done girls, I look forward to more great results next season. Our year 5 girls have really come together as a team in netball and played extremely well in their first season together. Their best showing was against Alameda where the girls won 10-0 and showed a real team effort. The six of them have become a really strong unit and have even created their own Arnold cheer! Unfortunately the year 8 County finals for netball were delayed due to extreme weather around the region. The rescheduled match should be happening some time in the New Year. During our open evening we had a great group of year 7 & 8 girls and boys who represented the school to a high standard. The year 7’s demonstrated many games of basketball with little rest during the three hour event; they really showed their commitment to the school and sport at Arnold. The year 8’s were responsible for speaking with parents and pupils as well as taking part in some table tennis demonstrations. Thanks for all your help to everyone who was involved! Our year 8’s recently enjoyed an evening of indoor athletics at Robert Bloomfield Middle School. It was an opportunity for pupils who have been involved in sport at Arnold for several years to showcase their talents in events such as: the obstacle relay, running, long jump, speed bounce and shot put. The girls finished 5th and boys 6th overall in the competition, well done everyone. Mr K Tfifiha Miss J Scobie


ARNOLD SCHOOL DIARY 2010-2011 Tuesday 4th January Staff Training Day Wednesday 5th January Spring Term Commences Year 6 trip to Northampton Shoe Museum Tuesday 18th January Wednesday 19th January Year 6 trip to Northampton Shoe Museum Thursday 20th January Year 6 trip to Northampton Shoe Museum Thursday 20th January Year 8 trip to War Horse & Tate Modern w/c Monday 24th January Mock SATs – Key Stage 2 Monday 24th January Parents’ Forum Evening (2) Thursday 3rd February Year 6 Parents’ SATs Preparation Evening Mock SATs – Key Stage 3 w/c Monday 7th February Thursday 10th February Drama Performance Friday 18th February Staff Training Day (no pupils in school) st Monday 21 February Half term week – return Monday 28th February World Book Day Thursday 3rd March Thursday 17th March Parents’ Awareness Raising Evening (2) Monday 14th – Friday 18th March Science Week and Earth Hour Tuesday 29th March Music Concert th Wednesday 6 April Yr 3 / 4 Parents of Children with Additional Needs Meeting Friday 8th April Spring Term Ends (last day of term) Training Day (Parents’ Day - pupils not in school) Tuesday 26th April Summer Term Commences Wednesday 27th April Wednesday 27th April Parents’ Evening (16.00 – 21.00) Royal Wedding – Public Holiday Friday 29th April Monday 2nd May May Day Bank Holiday – school closed Monday 9th – Friday 13th May Key Stage 2 SATs Week Year 6 PGL Activity Week Monday 16th – Friday 20th May Sunday 22nd – Saturday 28th May Year 7 French visit Monday 23rd May – Friday 27th May Enrichment Week Arts Performance (Drama, Gym and Dance) Tuesday 24th May Arts Performance (Drama, Gym and Dance) Wednesday 25th May th rd Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June Half Term Week – return Monday 6th June Tuesday 7th June Year 8, Music and PE photographs Wednesday 8th June Year 4 Maths & Rounders Day Thursday 16th June Parents’ Forum Evening (3) Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June G&T Grafham Water Sports Drama Performance Thursday 30th June Friday 1st July Training Day (pupils not in school) Tuesday 5th July Music Concert Year 8 Curriculum Induction Day Thursday 7th July Friday 8th July All Pupils Induction Day Tuesday 12th July Parents’ Awareness Raising Evening (3) Friday 15th July Multi Activity Day th Monday 18 July Multi Activity Day Monday 18th July Year 5 Intake Evening Thursday 21st July Year 8 Leavers’ Celebration Friday 22nd July Year 8 Day Trip Friday 22nd July Summer Term Ends th Tuesday 6 September 2011 Autumn Term commences


PAGE 24

f r om

20p t 60p o

t ble a a l i a s Av time k a e br

Bacon, ham or cheese rolls Cheese on toast Drinks ENU M E L SAMP

Chicken & sweetcorn pie Potatoes or pasta Vegetables or salad Fruit sponge or cookies for dessert ONLY £1.90

Tuna, cheese or chicken mayo salad £1

SANDWICH ES £1

Pizza

Me sand al deal £1 wich , des .90 s a dr ink ert &

& ch i ps on Frida y!

Thursday is roast dinner day!

WE OFFER GOOD QUALITY INGREDIENTS, LOCAL PRODUCE AND HOMECOOKED FOOD. WE ARE GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY AS WE ARE SURE YOU WILL AGREE.


December 2010 Newsletter