NEWSLETTER 30th September 2011 MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER – MS FARR ‘Academic Success That Matters’ Bishop Perowne: Among the Top 25% of Schools Nationally During the past three weeks of this Academic Year, we have channelled our energies into further strengthening the already positive climate and culture for learning and attainment in order to build on our students’ success in Summer 2011 examinations. The majority of Year 11 have already achieved grades C or above in Mathematics and English; some are working towards achieving an A or an A* by Christmas, those who already have an A* or A “in the bank” are progressing to AS courses particularly in Mathematics. We are about to embark on our “support and intervention programme” which is tailored to the needs of individual students and will include some of the following:
Diagnostic marking and extra support in teaching and learning by the group leader; Mentoring by form tutors, community leaders and members of the senior leadership team; Extra support and revision lessons every morning, after College and during holidays; Revision and support programmes including students, parents and staff working together.
This programme had a striking impact on results last year. Students have already embraced the range of experiences on offer at Bishop Perowne which have included a successful exchange visit to Germany, visiting theatre groups, a plethora of practices and matches in the PE Department, participation in the Army 7s Rugby Tournament, sports and arts leadership opportunities, rehearsals for our forthcoming production of Hairspray and some charity events. Yesterday saw the launch of our Community Olympic Challenge and our Gardening Challenge. On Monday, staff from St. Richard’s Hospice will launch ‘Flourishing Fivers with Year 8’, an enterprise challenge which was highly successful and character building last year. A meeting has taken place with the Head and Senior Staff from our partner school, The King’s School, Worcester, to map out joint events for this year which will include:
The provision of Latin lessons - leading to a GCSE qualification. The Head of Classics from King’s will teach in our College every Tuesday; Public speaking and Inter-School Junior Mock Trial Competitions; A wide range of sporting activities (we have use of the Astroturf each morning, King’s use it in the afternoon, followed by joint use in the evening). Mathematics challenges and joint lesson observations to further enhance outstanding practice in both schools; A wide range of Arts activities including :- drawing classes, film festivals, Battle of the Bands; Student Council development; Joint Young Enterprise; Mentoring and coaching; Bursaries for Bishop Perowne students to study in The King’s School Sixth Form. Parents of Year 11 students th will receive details of this following a talk by Mr Keys, Headmaster, in an assembly on Thursday,13 October.
We are delighted to announce that three Bishop Perowne students successfully took up bursaries in September and that John Sansome, a former Bishop Perowne student who won a bursary, has been appointed to the role of Monitor
at King’s. We wish them every success. Our Worship Team are currently considering our Raising Attainment Plan. We enjoyed a talk from the Gideons and the annual distribution of Bibles. Our student Learning and Teaching Group are observing lessons in order to inform ways in which we can ensure that at least 85% of our teaching and learning (the national benchmark for an outstanding judgement) is consistently good to outstanding. Staff have received training on revising learning; this was rd supported by a programme of lesson observations on Friday, 23 September and gave us some powerful] evidence of best practice. We were saddened to learn of the death of Mr Bob Rayers, a highly respected and much loved former Deputy Headteacher at Bishop Perowne. We conveyed our thoughts and prayers to his wife at a very joyful celebration of his life, last Thursday. I extend a warm invitation to all parents/carers of current and prospective to our Open Day and Open Evening on th Thursday, 6 October (details can be found in this Newsletter). The saying “success breeds success” is a real touchstone for our work this term. May I thank you for your continued support. Ms Julie Farr – Headteacher
HEADTEACHER’S COMMENDATIONS The following students have been awarded a Headteacher’s Commendation and four Community Credits. Their contributions to the life and success of our College are greatly valued. *These students have received more than one commendation. Charlie
Rachael Ann Sharon
OUR VISION We seek to develop a caring Christian community in which we nurture individuals; encourage learning, creativity and endeavour; inspire all to excel and reach their potential and to help all young learners grow into active and responsible citizens who are able to make a difference in the World. To make our vision a reality we aim to:
Develop a faith- centred community based on a love of God, neighbour and self
Create a culture of learning and achievement in which study, enquiry, innovation and aspiration are highly valued.
Grow together to be the best that we can be.
Establish an orderly, happy, safe and caring environment in which all members of the College community can grow in confidence and self-esteem.
Provide access to a wide and varied curriculum that is appropriate to students’ needs and learning styles.
Support physical, social and emotional growth.
Develop a sense of responsibility and citizenship, and thereby shape the future.
In order to bring about the best we shall:
Provide excellent teaching, in rich and varied learning environments.
Create positive challenges.
Assess students learning and progress and report on this regularly to parents.
Strive to develop an enriching programme of visits and extra curricular activity.
Respond effectively to students pastoral needs.
Develop positive relationships between staff and students.
Promote good attendance.
Build a strong and robust College/parent partnership.
Develop effective links with the Church and wider communities.
Meet and support the needs of ethnic and minority groups.
Celebrate diversities and differences in our community.
Work as a team towards our shared vision.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012 – APPROVED TERM DATES
AUTUMN TERM 2011 th
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Monday 24 October 2011 –
Friday 28 October 2011 TERM ENDS
Tuesday 20 December 2011 SPRING TERM 2012 th
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Monday 13 February 2012 –
Friday 17 February 2012 TERM ENDS
Friday 30 March 2012 SUMMER TERM 2012 th
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Monday 4 June 2012 –
Friday 8 June 2012 TERM ENDS
Friday 20 July 2012
Friday 6th April 2012
Monday 9 April 2012
Monday 7 May 2012
Whitsun Bank Holiday
Monday 4 June 2012
Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Tuesday 5 June 2012
Teacher Education Days th
Monday, 5 September 2011 th
Tuesday, 6 September 2011 st
Friday 21 October 2011 th
Wednesday 4 January 2012 th
Monday 16 April 2012
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY AT A GLANCE – AUTUMN TERM 2011 th
Open Day/Open Evening
College opens at 10am for all students
College closes to students for half term
Teacher Education Day
Battlefields trip to France
Second Half Term Starts
Year 7 parents evening
Year 8 females – HPV vaccinations 2
Children in Need
Rock School Gig
Options Pathway Booklets issued
Carol Service – Worcester Cathedral
End of Term Reports Issued
End of Autumn Term
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013 – PROVISIONAL TERM DATES Holiday
School closes on
School reopens on th
Wednesday 5 September 2012 th
Thursday 25 October 2012 th
Thursday 20 December 2012 th
Monday 5 November 2012 th
Tuesday 8 January 2013 th
Friday 15 February 2013
Monday 25 February 2013
Thursday 28 March 2013
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Monday 6 May 2013
Friday 24 May 2013
Wednesday 24 July 2013
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Good Friday - Friday 29 March 2013 st Easter Monday - Monday 1 April 2013 th Whitsun Bank Holiday - Monday 27 May 2013 Teacher Education Days are set for: rd
Monday, 3 September 2012, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 th
Thursday, 20 October 2012, Monday, 7 January 2013, Monday, 15th April 2013
Monday 3 June 2013
HOLIDAY AND ABSENCE As a college we would be most grateful, if parents/carers could ensure that holiday is taken out of school time. We are only able to grant authorised holiday in certain circumstances such as:
Is part of a treatment/recovery plan following injury or illness, Is part of a special family occasion e.g. wedding or funeral, Can only occur because parents/carers can only take a holiday together because work arrangements prevent holidays being taken during College holiday time. This would need to be supported by evidence from the employer that a holiday cannot be taken during College holiday time, Is part of a planned activity in which the student is a representative/participant in a sporting event and the student is representing his/her county or country, Is connected to the observance of a religious festival, Is part of a programme of respite for a student who is a young carer, Is in the judgement of the Headteacher, sought in exceptional circumstances.
Absence disrupts a student’s education. One absence is enough to miss the introduction of a key skill, or a vital piece of knowledge, that is the foundation for the next stage of learning.
Students who attend regularly:
Make faster progress than those with poor attendance.
Achieve higher results in tests and examinations.
Are more successful in maintaining friendships.
Participate more extensively in extra-curricular activities, social events, and extended day activities.
Are less likely to be involved in crime and anti social behaviour.
Parental illness, alleged bullying, shopping, visiting family, or simply not wanting to attend College are examples of unauthorised absence. Truancy is unauthorised absence. Students classified as “Persistent Absentees” whose attendance is below 85% attendance, in effect miss a whole year or more of their College career.
UNIFORM Our new pleated skirts are looking extremely smart and thank you to all parents who have made such an effort to ensure their sons and daughter are correctly turned out for college. The new jumpers become regulation at Christmas. These can be either a plain black v-neck (long sleeved or tank top) or the Bishop Perowne College design showing a blue flash which is available from School togs. Thank you, again, to all parents who have already purchased these items for their students.
GOVERNORS UPDATE The Resources Standing Committee and the Staff and Students Standing Committee have met so far this half term. Both Committees established clear objectives for this academic year. All Committees will be focusing on the review of policies to ensure that they are accurate and current. Copies of policies may be obtained from the Clerk to the Governors. th
The Board of Governors will be meeting on Thursday, 13 October. The election of Chair and Vice Chair will take place at that meeting. Governors look forward to welcoming Mrs Ann Mundy, Director of Education for the Diocese of Worcester, who will be attending to make a short address. John Bailey, Chair of Governors
Open Tuesday All parents/carers are reminded ‘Open Tuesday’ Every Tuesday between 3.00 pm-4.00 pm A chance to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team without a prior appointment Parents/carers are seen on a first come/first seen basis. The length of the meeting will depend on the number of people waiting to be seen
The Governors, Headteacher and Staff invite parents of Primary School Pupils to our
OPEN DAY/EVENING To be held on THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER 2011 The College will be open for visitors at the following times: 9.00am—12.00 noon and 7.00pm—9.00pm
See the work of one of the top 25% of High Schools Nationally
LEADERSHIP TEAM: TEAM BUILDING DAY AT TOP BARN FARM th
On Tuesday 6 September, our Year 11 leadership team all met at Top Barn Farm activity centre, for a day of challenges. This day was designed to bring everyone closer together as a team and practice vital skills that will be used throughout the year. The day consisted of being split into teams of four and circulating round various challenges, all led by a team leader. The morning’s activities consisted of balancing an uneven see-saw, low ropes courses, “island hopping” and bridge building, which left one member of the team much muddier than they were when they arrived! All of these activities required each team member to use skills such as communication, encouragement, leadership and the ability to try new things, all of which will be necessary to carry out tasks back at Bishop Perowne. The climax of the afternoon was raft building, where the team split in to two groups, to assemble a raft using four barrels, logs and pieces of rope. Everyone has to work together to construct a stable raft, that would be ready to race against the other group. When the rafts were constructed, they were taken onto the lake, mounted and rowed out, each team trying to circle the buoy, and make it back to the shore before the other. The whole leadership team were in agreement at the end of the day, that they had thoroughly enjoyed their day at Top Barn Farm, and that it had not only allowed them to learn new skills, and build their confidence, but also, to get to know each other ready to work together in the coming year. Assistant Head Boy, Aaron Bennet said: “I feel as if I know everyone a lot better, and that I am proud to be part of such a dynamic team!”
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Report by Centre Leaders – Tuesday, 6 September 2011 - Bishop Perowne College On Confidence – Leadership, Being Part of a team, Trying something new and respect for other:14 students completed the questionnaire at the start of the day as to where they thought they were on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the fewest skills or experience and 5 meaning very experienced). They were then asked to repeat it on completion of the day:12 students thought that their skills had increased by at least one level. 2 students though they had increased their skills by at least two levels. At the end of the day, pupils on average, thought that they were at the following level:(1 being the fewest skills or experience and 5 meaning very experienced) Level 3 – 0 students Level 4 – 4 students Level 5 – 10 students Students were asked how they may be able to use the skills and experiences from the day back in every day College life. Replies included:
Better communication skills with each other Not to panic when in tight situation Everyone has equal role
Encouragement is a key factor How important thinking and planning are Relying on others for help and safety Leadership skills Ability to work better as a team – everyone has their part to play Trying new things Listening and giving support Plan carefully and think things out Support and motivation are essential To express, and listen to, opinions Respect each other – encourage/praise, not criticise Growing in confidence Understand each other better Mental strength – keeping going under pressure New Ideas Enjoyment is important factor in achieving tasks
Pupils were very responsive and undertook raft building, the low ropes challenge and island hopping and ravine crossing, see saw, spiders web and team ski-ing. All Top Barn Staff found the students very responsive and hard working to overcome all the challenges set and very willing to be involved in all of the activities undertaken. They were excellently behaved and well mannered and a credit to the College. A very worthwhile and productive day and would be very interested in the follow up. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with such excellent students. Some very interesting ideas in discussion. S.R.High/Centre Leader
ROTARY CLUB OF WORCESTER st
Letter dated 1 August 2011 Dear Ms Farr Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2011 On behalf of Worcester Rotary Club I write to thank Bishop Perowne C of E College for the assistance and participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) scheme this year. This helpful contribution made by Mr David Kling has been greatly appreciated. Faruq Gbadamosi was selected from a strong short list of students and he has just been on the course which finished yesterday. He enjoyed the experience and gained much from participating. He was selected to be the MC for the presentations which were the finale to the course yesterday with parents and friends in the audience. His father said that prior to the course this was something which Faruq would have been reluctant to do and thus this is one tangible benefit for him from RYLA 2011. He would like to make a presentation for Bishop Perowne C of E College in addition to that he is committed to for Worcester Rotary Club to report on his experience. Worcester Rotary Club invite Bishop Perowne C of E College to participate in RYLA 2012. We have not yet booked for 2012 but as places are already being snapped up we would also seek participation for 2013 if we can reserve a place. Yours sincerely Dr Murray Mylechreest
Photograph showing Faruq Gbadamosi at our Annual Celebration of Achievement in July.
APPRENTICESHIP FAYRE - WORCESTER GUILDHALL th
On Monday 19 September a dozen Year 11 students from Bishop Perowne were invited to represent our College at the prestigious opening of the Apprenticeship Fayre hosted at the City’s Guildhall. Local businesses were represented in force including those with longstanding commitments to apprenticeships and also those new to the employment and training of young people. The event was hosted by our local Member of Parliament the honourable Mr Robin Walker MP who spoke passionately about his belief in the ability of young people and the growing strength of local business. However pride of place went to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, one time leader of the Conservative Party, Mr Iain Duncan-Smith. Mr Duncan-Smith announced the government’s commitment to the apprenticeship programme and made a convincing case to the young people present that an apprenticeship offered the chance to “earn and learn” up to degree level qualifications without the associated debt of current higher education study. Our students were not only lucky enough to hear at first hand the views of a senior national politician but then spoke at length with local business representatives about employment prospects. Particularly popular was the range of choice proposed by the NHS but a firm favourite remained local engineers Worcester Bosch. New to the apprenticeship programme was fledgling bottling and spring water distribution company Holywell Water of Malvern who, as a tiny company of just two years trading and five employees, are looking forward to expanding with the support of local young people firmly on board. As one of our students put it, “I will definitely consider an apprenticeship- I like the idea of high level training and being at work at the same time.”
The Assembly Room.
MATHEMATICS/MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT The maths quad is ready for a makeover! It is ready to be re-designed as an extra outside classroom for use in mathematics lessons and by other subjects. It will also be used as a quiet space, and funds have been donated to help create a memorial area for Jason Williams, greatly valued former student who sadly lost his life in Afghanistan. Two year 8 classes are busy measuring up the space and deciding what the essential features of an outside classroom and a memorial garden should be. They will set year 7 the task of designing the garden and will be recording a video challenge. The school Eco-committee are also supporting the task to ensure that the final design is as eco-friendly as it can be and encourages wildlife to move in. By half term we will be choosing the winning features from all the designs, and these will be displayed on the website. Christine Watson
BISHOP PEROWNE AND NEW TECHNOLOGY We at Bishop Perowne Church of England College are pleased to announce that along with our partner school, King’s School, Worcester will soon be the only schools in Worcestershire to own a Hobart’s laser.
What can a laser do? Why should Bishop Perowne purchase a laser? How can a laser benefit Bishop Perowne? These and other questions have been asked, and now answered.
A laser is a wonderful equaliser, allowing students of all abilities to produce high quality work. It allows a class of 30+ to create and generate superior products in a single lesson. Complex students soon grasp the technology realising that they can make things relevant to their everyday life; ipod stands, mobile phone holders for example.
We have all seen James Bond in that rather precarious situation in the film Goldfinger. In simple terms a laser cuts and etches or engraves things. So what can it cut and etch? It would be easier to say what it cannot cut; it cannot unfortunately cut metal.
From fine lace detail, cutting patterns, or putting the pin-stripe in Armani suits in textiles, through card stencils in art, thin card/plastic nets for packaging in food technology, to acrylic and wood in resistant materials, it will cut and engrave most materials including, glass, leather, plastic, stone, ceramics, and rubber. The only limit will be our creativity – if we can draw it, we can cut it. Many schools run laser clubs increasing students’ understanding and making technology fun. It is so precise that numerous items can be produced quickly and more importantly accurately, economically, and drastically reduces the amount of waste due to inaccurate measuring. A quotation from a school in Canterbury; ‘No other piece of equipment that I have acquired over 39 years of teaching design and Technology has the same dramatic effect on our curriculum and the quality of our outcomes’. We look forward to working closely with both Hobart’s and King’s School to use the laser to its full potential.
This shows delicate butterfly wings made from laser cut heavyweight drawing paper. This top has been laser cut
A unique clock laser cut out of wood
Laser etched leather Air Jordan 1 sneakers Hobart’s range of VLS lasers
(ours is the blue one)
EDUCATIONAL TRIPS AND VISITS The Berlin and Krakow Trip by Emma Moore th
On the 11 of July a group of Year 9, 10 and 11 students and 4 teachers set off to go on a life changing trip. I was one of those students and I felt very excited! th
The trip started on the 11 of July at school and ended on the 16 of July in the very early hours. It was a very early start for us all so we were very tired but excited at the same time. We got on a coach and drove on a long drive all the way to Gatwick airport where we flew to Krakow. Once we got to Krakow we were all a bit tired and the hot temperature wasn’t helping! We then drove to the hotel to collect our packed lunches and then set of to go for a number of tours which were all very interesting. We then went to see a memorial which was very graceful. Once we had finished all the tours we went to the salt mines which I can say were brilliant! They were a good laugh as well as being interesting. After that we went for our tea the tour guide Trevor took us to a lovely little restaurant which the food served was different but nice. The next day was a very early start and was also a very emotional day. We went to the work and concentration camp Auschwitz/Birkenau. There was a lovely tour guide which took us around and explained the ins and outs of Auschwitz. It was quite upsetting and emotional but on the other hand it was very interesting and I would go again. In Birkenau Trevor (the tour guide) took us around and explained everything. We saw all of it the living space, the remains of gas chambers and more! At the end we al got a chance to buy some souvenirs for example books and postcards. After that we had free time in the centre of Krakow and then dined in a local Jewish restaurant where they provided good traditional food and live music. To lighten the day before the overnight transfer to Berlin we went bowling. After a long overnight transfer we had eventually arrived in Berlin, where we checked into the hotel, got changed and had breakfast. After all that we then set off for a long walking tour around Berlin (emphasising the long!!) to see the Reichstag, Brandenburg gate, the Holocaust memorial and the Fuhrer bunker etc. We then went to the Jewish museum. Then we went to have some tea in a traditional Italian restaurant and then set off back to the hotel by train which really was a laugh!! This day was very interesting and educational but was also very exhausting. After some very intense sleeping we then set by coach to visit the Plotezensee prison, the Wannsee conference house and then the Gleis 17Grunewald Bahnof (where they deported the Jews). Later after that we then went to see the Berlin wall and then had some free time in Berlin in Potsdamer Platz. After a long tiring but very good day we checked in for a relaxing journey home. We got home safely and everyone was exhausted I went home and slept till 12.50 in the afternoon! As an overall I think this trip was a very interesting, educational, inspiring, life changing, exhausting and brilliant!!! I really enjoyed it as I got on with everyone and the teachers were good fun and supportive when you needed someone. I would definitely consider going on another one!!! Krakow and Berlin 2011: Trip during Arts Week After having our flight delayed for about two hours we finally made it to Krakow. After picking up our lunch from the Hotel we went to a museum. The museum wasn’t a normal museum, rather than showing artefacts it told a story through pictures. After going to the museum we went into the city square and had a talk about Jews living in Krakow and how their lives changes under the Nazis. We also saw the area where they filmed one of the scenes for Schindlers List. After that we finally went into the salt mines which was a relief because it was absolutely boiling! Although I didn’t expect to have to do 54 flights of stairs. In the salt mine we were taught about the history of the mine. We finished the day by going to a restaurant before returning to the Hotel. The second day was when we went to Auschwitz and Birkenau. It was such a depressing sight to see the barracks, belongings, gas chambers and everything else. In Auschwitz there were 80,000 shoes in a cabinet which belonged to the Jews. There was also two tonnes of hair as the Nazis cut it off the dead bodies. The whole experience was depressing but at the same time amazing, trying to imagine the amount of people that were there and what they went through. At Birkenau there were a lot of buildings which had been destroyed but what was left standing was again horrific to see how they lived and how they died. Although the restaurant and bowling really lightened the mood. The restaurant was a traditional Jewish restaurant and had an interesting type of music playing. After an eight hour coach journey we finally arrived in Berlin where we stopped at the hotel to get changed and pick up our lunches. We then went around the City of Berlin site seeing famous buildings, land marks etc. Before going to a pizza pasta restaurant to end the day. On the last day we went and saw parts of the Berlin Wall which were still standing and learnt about the history behind it. We also saw the Olympic stadium and a few other buildings/places before returning to the airport to come home.
SPORTS NEWS: PARTICIPATE TO REACH POTENTIAL
Year 11 Rugby vs. Nunnery Wood High School, Thursday 22 abandoned after 25 mins)
September 2011, WON 3-12 (Match
The Year 11 rugby team ‘hit the ground running’ last Thursday, notching up their first win of the season against a Nunnery Wood team that, as always, provided good quality opposition. The match started at a frantic pace, with Bishop Perowne slowly starting to gain the upper hand at both set play and the breakdown. Line outs, which had been worked on at last weeks training session, began well, with hooker Ben Russell throwing in well, and the jumpers, Andrew Tansell and John Hewitt rising well to secure ball. Scrummaging started well, with Morgan Hudson and Harry Miller ably assisted by the second row Andrew Tansell and Anton Preen. In the loose, the back row of John Hewitt, Harvey Ferguson (making his Bishop Perowne debut), and the ever reliable Joe Terry, worked hard to get to the breakdown, and provided a good platform from which the Bishop Perowne backs division could mount their increasingly effective raids on Nunnery territory. However, Nunnery were in no mood to lie back and submit to Bishop Perowne pressure, and in an increasingly open game mounted several good attacks into the Bishop Perowne half, testing the Bishop Perowne defence and in particular full back, Will Sowden. Fielding one speculative kick, Sowden secured the ball, looked up and set off downfield in a superb counter attack, which finally resulted in the first try, scored by winger Ollie Kendall. Fly half Nick MacPherson failed to add the extras from 5 metres in from the touchline. Nunnery Wood roared back at Bishop Perowne, responding well to this early setback, and in a frenetic series of exchanges which went back and forth, dragged themselves back into the game, after a series of penalties, the majority of which were for a lack of discipline to the match referee, which took Nunnery to well within striking distance of the Bishop Perowne posts. A penalty kick was duly despatched bringing the score to 3-5. There then followed perhaps the best patch in the game for Bishop Perowne. Scrum half Lewis Austin was working well, mixing up his game from sniping breaks around the fringe, to providing good quality attacking ball for fly half MacPherson. MacPherson himself was distributing well to the midfield duo of Jack Moore and Ashley King who ran good lines and tested the Nunnery defence by chipping in behind a rapidly advancing defence. With Nunnery attacking in the middle of the park, MacPherson made a superb tackle on his opposite number picking him up and driving him backwards, allowing the Perowne forwards to swarm to the breakdown and turn over good ball. Perowne surged into the Nunnery ’22, with a series of forward drives and with a huge overlap created to the right, the ball was sent left, but taking a great ‘out-to-in’ line, John Hewitt, having an inspired game at 7, scythed through the Nunnery defence to dot down right next to the posts – MacPherson striking the ball cleanly between the uprights to add the extras. 3-12 Bishop Perowne. Sadly this was to be almost the final actions of the game, as unfortunately due to serious injuries to both the Nunnery Wood scrum half and fly half, the game was abandoned – our thoughts and best wishes go to both injured players. A good 25 minutes, which is hugely encouraging for the Year 11 squad, who were without Marcin Zatorski, Ryan Davies and Chris Key, who had all made it to the County Second trial stage, held on the same evening. Discipline, set play and communication must now be the sides focus as they should aim to build on a positive start to their final season of rugby at Bishop Perowne. Squad: 15. Will Sowden; 14. Brennan Cross; 13. Ashley King; 12. Jack Moore; 11. Ollie Kendall; 10. Nick MacPherson; 9. Lewis Austin; 1. Harry Miller; 2. Ben Russell; 3. Morgan Hudson; 4. Andy Tansell; 5. Anton Preen; 6. Harvey Ferguson; 7. John Hewitt; 8. Joe Terry ©. Replacements: Joe Birbeck, Jacob Tett.
Simon Williams Year 11 Simon competed in the National Canoe Championships this weekend. The windy conditions were terrible, especially for those racing in lanes on the far side of the lake. Unfortunately this included Simon for most of his races! He was a bit disappointed with his performance, but he did get into the final for each race, and came home with two silver medals.
Year 9 Rugby v Nunnery Wood lost 15-14 In a game we dominated we ended up losing in the last kick of the game. The boys started well and strong running from Matthew Sowden gave us territorial advantage. This was capitalised on when Ollie Biddle and Charley Beesley went over to score 2 trys. In the second half the game drifted away and basic handling errors and missed tackles allowed Nunnery to get a foot hold in the game. With the final play of the game we gave away a penalty under the posts which tipped the score into nunnery’s favour. There was some really positive parts to our play and this was a game we should never have lost! Build up to Olympics – London 2012 rd
On Friday 23 September Bishop Perowne Sports Leaders ran their first Olympic event at Northwick Manor Primary School for 90 children from Year 5. The theme of the event was preparation for London 2012. Children were put into 9 teams of 10 and each team represented their country. These were China France Portugal Japan GB USA Germany Japan Australia and Spain. The children worked on their fitness recording their scores at each station to give their country an overall team score. The activities were run by Year 10 College students who did a great job in organising and motivating the children. They worked hard at sit ups shuttle runs Star jumps burpees skipping agility runs speed bounce and rebounds. Ms K Spink Girls Rugby through to West Midlands Finals in Army 7s tournaments The following girls went to Bromsgrove Rugby Club to play against other schools in Worcestershire. Close rivals, Blessed Edwards snatched a win in the first game 3 tries to 2. Thea Green was making her debut for the side and put out a high quality performance, which was noticed by Tamara Taylor, England Ladies number 8. Greatspeed on the wing by Lauren Williams helped to secure the first try. Emma Moore put in some much needed tackles even though she was suffering from an injured elbow. Tries were made by Laura Mitchell and Lucy Avery. Lucy Avery is currently the top try scorer for the team. Also making her debut was Lauren Heeks, she was given the ball and ran through the opposition gaining much needed ground for Bishops. Hooker, Shaunie Mellor came into her own both in the scrums and line outs providing many turnovers. Raha Eskafi was always in the right space and her support for players was second to none. Beth Giddings put on an excellent performance as always with strong running and tackling. The number nine, Lucy Berry showed her knowledge of the game with effective decision making throughout and made vital tackles to keep us in the game. The girls played extremely well and raised their game for the tournament. They looked the part in their new kit, and all girls were outstanding, representingthe school and themselves exceptionally. Looking forward to the finals on 13th October, where I am sure they will put on yet another performance to be proud of. Well Done girls, Miss Day. Laura Mitchell, Lauren Williams, Beth Giddings, Shaunie Mellor, Thea Green, Lauren Heeks, Lucy Avery, Lucy Berry, Emma Moore, Raha Eskafi. Year 11 Army 7’s V Kingsley lost 10 – 5 V Hanley Castle won 15 – 5 V Dyson Perrins won 25 – 5 V South Bromsgrove won 10 -5 Sports Results (Boys) Year 10 Football v Droitwich lost Year Football v Droitwich 3-2 Year 7 Football v Witton lost 3-0 Year 8 Rugby v Droitwich lost 48 – 0
ART FOR ALL EXHIBITION 2011 The Gallery, Bishop Perowne Church of England College, Merriman’s Hill, Worcester.
On Friday 1 July, Bishop Perowne Church of England held a private viewing of the work from various artists from two community art groups who meet at Ronkswood & KGV Community Centres. Both groups are run by Worcester College Of Technology in conjunction with Worcester Community Trust. The ‘Art for All’ course is for those who have always wanted to learn how to paint and draw but never got around to it. Currently the courses are free of charge. The sessions are held on a weekly basis, during term time, and they provide the opportunity for individuals to enjoy a mutual enthusiasm for the visual arts and to develop their own creative skills. All classes are led by an experienced tutor and are open to all levels of ability – complete beginners to the more practiced. The private viewing was well attended and visitors were very complimentary, ‘An excellent display of work and a thoroughly enjoyable exhibition’. An exhibitor from one of the groups said ‘Thank you for such a lovely display of our work. It has been very encouraging for us to have our work exhibited! It has done a lot for our confidence. Also it has been so inspiring to see everyone’s achievements. All so different and fun. I am inspired to continue’. The gallery space where the work has been exhibited will be officially opened at Bishop Perowne Church of England College in September and the College will be seeking artists and community groups who wish to use the space or to exhibit work there. For further information please contact Bishop Perowne CE College on 01905 746800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOPS AT BISHOP PEROWNE CHURCH OF ENGLAND COLLEGE Two community printmaking workshops have taken place at Bishop Perowne Church of England College. Both workshops were free and were funded by E On as part of their community fund grants that the College was successful in being awarded. The art work will be exhibited in the first official exhibition to be seen in the Colleges new community gallery which will be officially opened in September.
BISHOP PEROWNE CHURCH OF ENGLAND COLLEGE STUDENTS’ EXHIBIT IN THE NATIONAL STUDENTS’ ART EXHIBITION IN LONDON Alice Collins and Sophie Eastwood, both in Year 8 at Bishop Perowne Church of England College have had their work exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London as part of the National Students’ Art Exhibition. This is the second consecutive year that Alice has had her work accepted in this national exhibition, exhibiting a piece of her artwork last year when she was in Year 7, a fantastic achievement. The exhibition is organised by The Dover Federation for the Arts and artwork is selected from all over the country from specialist arts schools. Well done to both students for their significant achievement.
Alice Collins Year 8
Sophie Eastwood Year 8
Photographs courtesy of the Collins family.
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We are delighted to be able to offer Latin to our students again this year starting on Tuesday, 27 September. Last year Latin was very popular with our students; those who studied it found it both rewarding and enjoyable. Latin is available to all students within the College regardless of age or ability. Students who take part will find this enrichment opportunity beneficial when studying other languages. They will also learn more about ancient Roman civilization as well as satisfying their natural desire to learn something new. Importantly this year, we hope that students from Bishop Perowne will gain recognised qualifications in Latin. It is our hope students will be able to achieve two separate qualifications; one in Ancient Roman Studies and one in Latin Language, both of equal value to a GCSE. Any further qualifications a student can achieve will only be of great benefit to them when applying for College or University placements, and for employment later in life. Latin will take place in PCS4 and PCS5 after College on a Tuesday from 2.45 - 3.45pm. This opportunity is only available to Bishop Perowne students due to our partnership with the Kings School, Worcester. Their Latin Head of Department will join us every week to ensure our students receive the best possible support. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new, with specialist support, which can result in further qualifications that will give our students an advantage in what is now a very competitive world.
Bishop Perowne will be running Worcesterâ€™s first Primary School Film Festival Please visit the website for further updates.
ARTS COLLEGE UPDATE The Shakespeare Schools Festival - 8th November 2011 As in previous years, the Drama Department are entering a group of students into the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This year the production is 'The Taming of The Shrew' and is being directed by Ms Davis. The group of students are made up of those attending after College clubs and Year 10 option students. The group have already attended a workshop with the National Youth Theatre at North Bromsgrove High School and will be performing, following an afternoon technical rehearsal, on Tuesday, 8th November at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove.
Hairspray - The Musical The next full scale College Production is the musical Hairspray due to be performed on 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of February. Rehearsals have already begun and it promises to be an excellent production. There are more than sixty students in the cast with many more involved in the band, backstage, front of house and every technical aspect of the show.
CarnaudMetalbox Visit For the past several years we have received generous funding from CarnaudMetalbox. Last year we used the funding to purchase an Intaglio Printer for the Art Department and two SLR digital cameras for use across the curriculum. On Thursday, 29th September Julia Duckworth from CarnaudMetalbox visited Bishop Perowne to have a look at the way in which the resources funded have been used by and for our students - this will also form part of their consideration as to where to place support for the coming year. During her visit Mr Hewson ran a workshop in the Art Department, delivered by the mother of one of our former students, Mrs Moore, and which will make full use of the Intaglio Printer. At the same time Dan Morgan, our new Creative Advisor, ran a cross-curricular session in the Mathematics department where they used the SLR digital cameras for the purposes of beginning a project to build the new memorial garden in one of the Quads.
African Drumming This year's African Drumming sessions will be led by some of our former Year 11 students. This gives the previous students an opportunity to keep in touch with the College and for our present students to have role models and to encourage them to try and aspire to similar achievements.
Specialist Intake Group The Specialist Intake Group now consists of 39 students in Years 7, 8 and 9; they have already begun their programme of events for this year. Greg Clarke, our theatre manager, is delivering a five week series of workshops on Technical Theatre to the Year 8 students, Dan Morgan (Creative Advisor) has worked with the Year 7s on a video production to launch the Primary Film Festival and there are a range of activities planned for the group throughout the year. (Please see following page)
Specialist Intake Group - Timetable of Events: 2011 - 2012 Event Description
Term 1 - Full Day Workshop focusing on specific performing arts skills
Years 7 & 8
Thursday 24th November 2011 9.00 - 3.00pm In The College Theatre
5 One Hour Sessions focusing on aspects of technical theatre - lighting, sound, staging etc
6 Week Performance Project ending in a Christmas 'Site Specific' Performance.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Primary Film Project - To produce a short example film for use in Primary Film Project.
Every Monday for five weeks beginning Monday 19th Sept 2011. (3.00 - 4.00pm) In the College Theatre and TV Recording Studio
Every Monday for six weeks beginning Monday 24th October. (3.00 - 4.30pm) in The Drama Studio
A half day project to produce a short film to be used as an example of film making. (First full week of term)
Term 2 - Full Day Workshop focusing on specific performing arts skills Term 3 - Full Day Workshop focusing on specific performing arts skills
5 One Hour Sessions focusing on aspects of technical theatre - lighting, sound, staging etc
Tea and Coffee Meeting with all parents/carers/students and staff involved in this year's Specialist Intake Programme.
Years 8 & 9
To Be Arranged
Years 7 & 8
24th November 2011
Every Monday for five weeks (3.00 - 4.00pm) In the College Theatre and TV Recording Studio (Starting Date To Be Announced)
Years 7, 8 and 9
Date and Venue to be announced later in the year.
Years 7, 8 and 9
One to One Music Tuition
For Individual Students
Every Monday and Wednesday Morning in P30 Varied.
There will be many more opportunities which arise throughout the year - information concerning these will be sent out as and when available. E.g - Vamos Theatre Company Workshop.
Vamos Theatre Company The Vamos Youth Theatre Auditions took place in the Drama Department on September 26th. There were several students from Bishop Perowne attending the workshops, Rachael Maltby and Chloe James were successful. In past years students from the College have been extremely successful in gaining entry to the Youth Theatre and have been involved in some excellent projects as a result. On Tuesday, 11th October Vamos Theatre Company will visit Bishop Perowne to perform their new production of 'Much Ado About Wenlock'. This will be shown to all of our Year 8 students and followed by a workshop for 60 of our students including the Specialist Intake Group. Last year the company performed 'Nursing Lives' in the College Theatre and the event is always a tremendously successful one which supports the learning of students in the Performing Arts. Primary Film Festival As part of his role as Creative Advisor, Dan Morgan has recently launched the first ever Primary Film Festival for Worcester. This gives the Primary School students, in KS1 and KS2, an opportunity to produce their own film and to have this shown as part of a culminating festival which will take place at Bishop Perowne Church of England College on Tuesday 22nd November. It is then hoped that we will be able to link with the University of Worcester in giving the primary students an opportunity to work with third year university students in their new Creative Media suites. Greg Clarke - Theatre Manager Since beginning work at Bishop Perowne Church of England College Greg Clarke has made an enormous contribution to the general running of the Performing Arts Department, the operation of the facilities, the creative aspects of our work and has become an extremely valued member of staff. Following is a summary of some of the things he has been working on:
Maintenance and renovation of storage facilities within the theatre and Performance Arts Departments. Serviced all lighting and sound equipment in Theatre, Drama Studio, Mac Suites and the Performing Arts Studio. Sourced, ordered and installed new equipment including the stage cyclorama, sound devices and lighting. Created risk assessments to comply with advances in equipment as well as updating current policies. Overseeing booking of facilities - establishing booking procedures to ensure hires are efficiently handled.
Supporting outside bookings with technical requirements - often at weekends and evenings. Maintaining TV studio facility. Delivering green screen workshops to primary schools. Updating software in creative media suites. Drawing up proposals for future projects which will maximise the use of the current facilities - such as a possible online radio station for students. Full technical support for major College productions - 'The Tempest' and 'Hairspray'. Full support to the Creative Media students in the practical elements of their 'Performance' and 'Festival' units of work. Delivering technical theatre workshops for the Specialist Intake Group of students.
Dan Morgan - Creative Advisor Following the work that Dan has done with us over the past years as a member of C & T Theatre Company, working in College two and half days a week, we are fortunate to have Dan working for us full time as our Creative Advisor. Dan has become an innovative and invaluable member of the Department in only the few short weeks that he has been with us. Since beginning his work this September he has put into action an enormous number of different projects and is continuing to look for further opportunities. Below are some of the activities, projects and workshops that he has been running and organising since September.
Community DramaComm adult drama group has re-started with Specialist Intake Year 7 & 8 helping Primary Film Festival has been launched with Year 7 Specialist Intake working on the promo film.
Extended Day The Key Stage 4 Drama Group has started. Cross-curricular support Drama Group begins on Thursday evenings - this will take themes from other curriculums and support learning through practical drama workshops based on those themes - which will be decided in consultation with Subject Leaders.
Maths project launched with 8Y1 & 2. Working with CWA and in-turn, the whole of Year 7 to design the Memorial Maths Quad. Creative Crafts with Year 11 starts this week, looking at engaging students in Teaching & Learning and working on pastoral/intervention issues. ICT Film unit with selected 11B7 for their GCSE coursework. Year 11 English R&J controlled test prep work (groups tbc) Year 11 English prose coursework (groups tbc) rd Involvement with Geography, upcoming. Planning/strategy meeting on 3 October. ICT/English film units after Christmas.
Cheltenham Cantilena Orchestra On the 18th of September students from Bishop Perowne College performed at Cheltenham Town Hall in 'Dream Children' as part of the Cantilena Orchestra program conducted by Stephen Belinfante. The Wireboyz Dance Group performed to the Promenades of Mussorgsky’s 'Pictures At An Exhibition' and the joined up with other dancers from the College to perform in 'Gnomus'. Twenty of our students from Years 8 to 11 took part and led the finale - 'The Great Gates'. As well as the dancers Penny Ashmore brought her fantastic vocal talents to the event and sang the solo soprano part in the fourth Movement of Mahler's Fourth Symphony. It was a hugely successful event and there was a great deal of feedback from our parents as to how talented and professional our students are.
Wire Youth Dance Company Directed by Rachael Alexander and resident in Bishop Perowne Performing Arts Studio - the company held their open auditions in the studio on 8th September. Five students from Bishop Perowne auditioned and all were successful in gaining a place in the company.
Motionhouse Dance Theatre Company Motionhouse Dance Theatre will be visiting Bishop Perowne College on 19th October 2011. The company will work with Year 11 GCSE Dance students on their Performance in a Group examination module - worth 20% of the final examination. The practice of having a visiting company to support student learning in this way has been highly praised by the AQA examinations board who took copies of Bishop Perowne dance moderation work to use as exemplar material.
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On Tuesday, 19 July Students from Bishop Perowne along with Pendock and Claines Primary presented the end of term Summer Dance Gala 2011. The show devised and run by students presented the Year 9 choreographies to mark the end of their Dance Leaders Award Level 1 run by the Sports Council of Great Britain. With a full audience the student presented twenty different dance items to very proud Mums and Dads, Aunties and Uncles, Nana and Grandpas Pendock and Claines Primary Schools visited Bishop Perowne earlier in the year as part of the Worcester Dance Festival and made a very welcome return, presenting their work ‘Out of India’ and ‘it aint what you do’. We look forward to further partnerships with the two schools and sincerely thank the students and staff for all their hard work. The standard, as usual, was very high with Wireboyz presenting their new work ‘Internet Connection’ choreographed by Adam Rutherford
DRIVING LESSONS AT BISHOP PEROWNE We are pleased to invite Year 10 and 11 students aged 14 years and over, to participate in an after school Driving rd Club. This is a one hour per week over a six week period starting on Monday, 3 October from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. It is offered at the cost of £10. 00 per session. During this course students will learn the basics of car control including moving away, stopping, steering and gear changes and will have the opportunity to drive around the playground. They will gain the understanding of the challenges that face the modern driver. The course is offered by Alan Fairbrother a qualified driving instructor with over 23 years of teaching experience, who holds an enhanced police check. As this is a pilot scheme we are expecting this to be very popular so would appreciate a quick response as the places th will be limited to begin with. In the case of oversubscription places will be allocated by ballot on Monday, 9 May.
Parents will be invited to a certificate presentation at the end of the six week course, tea and biscuits will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Thomasson (Home Liaison Support) 01905 746800 or Alan Fairbrother (Driving Instructor 07763572373) who will both be happy to answer any queries you may have.
EXTENDED DAY TIMETABLE: 2011 - 2012 The extended day programme is designed to offer a wide range of opportunities to all students. It provides support for curriculum learning as well as fun activities, sports, the arts and many others. It also gives students the chance to be a part of the Bishop Perowne Church of England College community and to make a positive and valued contribution. MONDAY
Name of Activity(s)
ICT Access Homework Club Maths Extra (Open Door Session) Flute ensemble
Times 8.30 9.00am 1st/2nd Break
Staff Running Activity
Year Groups Invited
Max No of Students
Date of First Meeting
3.00 - 4.00
Mr Morris Miss J Tyler, Miss E Tyler
3.00 â€“ 4.15pm
All All Min Grade 4
Name of Activity(s)
4.00 - 5.00
2.40-3.00 1st/2nd Break
Staff Running Activity Miss Alexander
Mrs Morris Mr Annis / Kings
Year Groups Invited
Max No of Students
Date of First Meeting
Name of Activity(s) KS3 and KS4 Drama Groups DT GCSE Intervention Food Technology Choir
3.00 - 4.30
Staff Running Activity
Dan Moran Mr Jeeves/ Ms Stevens/ Mr Shepherd Ms Thompson
Year Groups Invited Termly Rotation
Max No of Students
Date of First Meeting
20 Per Workshop
9.00am GCSE SPANISH FAST TRACK KS3 and KS4 Art Group
All With Prior Knowledge of Spanish.
3:00 - 4:00
All Year 9, 10 and 11
3.00 - 4.00
Ms Curtis Ms E Tyler/Ms J Tyler
Library Sports hall and Courts
ICT Access ICT Intervention NVQ catch up
Boys Football Girls Football
African Drumming Library:
3.00-4.00 1st/2nd Break
Ms Welchman Mr Kelham/Ms Stevens
Ms Day Mr Preece/Mr Hodgkins Karen Spink Jennie Nicholls, Helen George
Library Activities information- such as reading club and opening times to follow shortly. Students will be notified via Form Groups and notices outside the Library. THURSDAY:
Name of Activity(s) Cross Curricular Drama Group Chamber Choir GCSE Catering ICT Access GCSE French Masterclass Homework Club Girls Football
Staff Running Activity
Year Groups Invited
Max No of Students
Date of First Meeting
8.30 - 9.00
All by audition
3.00-4.00 1st/2nd Break
Mrs Raggett Mrs Haughtey Mrs Morris
3.00 - 4.00
3.00 - 4.00
Ms Curtis Ms E Tyler/Ms J Tyler
Ms Day Mr Preece/Mr Westrip/Mr Hodgkins
Aerobics Flute ensemble
All Min Grade 4
Max No of Students
Date of First Meeting
Name of Activity(s)
Wire Boyz KS 3 Dance Club
3.15 - 4.15
ICT Access GCSE Drama Catchup
3.15 - 4.15 1st/2nd Break
Staff Running Activity Adam Rutherford
Yr 7 and 8
Year Groups Invited
Rehearsal schedules for the many Arts activities and performances that take place throughout the year will be given to students involved at the beginning of each of the projects. They will also be published on the College Web Site.