Issue 20 March 2013
HEADITORIAL Dear Parents and Students, Yesterday was World Book Day. We had a special assembly where we were delighted to welcome Ros Barber who read an extract from her fascinating verse novel, The Marlowe Papers, and all the girls received their £1 World Book Day tokens. Interestingly, yesterday also saw the publication by Dundee University of a study that found that teenagers are selecting "easier reads" in their book choices, rather than more challenging classics. The study of reading habits of 300,000 pupils in 1,600 UK schools found many 13- and 14-yearolds opting for books with a primary school reading age. The report claimed that the average reading age of the books chosen by 13 and 14year-olds was only 10 years and that both high ability and struggling readers tend to read books that do not challenge them enough. The report authors argue that without guidance from teachers and librarians there seems to be a "slump" in the reading levels of books chosen by teenagers, who appear disinclined Issue 20 March 2013
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expedition Training 50 girls from Year 10 spent all day Sunday in school training for their forthcoming Bronze Award expeditions. Workshops included first aid, food and cooking, rucksack packing and equipment and perhaps most crucially of all navigation and map-reading. The Vicarage Lawn became a hive of activity as girls tackled tent pitching. Thanks go to Bob Rhodes and his team of DofE volunteers and also to Mrs Thomas and Ms Tyson for generously giving up their time. At the end of next week girls will put their newly acquired skills to the test in the navigation walk at Devils Dyke. Mr C. Condon
Individual Success Mia Battle Welch won the springboard drama championships for the third year running, Mia had to do a piece from Shakespeare, Mia performed Joan of Arch, a poem from D H Laurence, and did a sight reading from Great Expectations. Mia also won her class of prepared prose reading from “The Hunger Games”.
Pupils’ linguistic skills were put to the test in the Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Final hosted by Howell’s School in Cardiff on Tuesday 5th March. Year 8 and Year 9 pupils went head-to-head with girls from 17 other GDST schools from across the country, to prove their language skills. They were tested on the spelling and pronunciation of 140 words in rounds in five different languages French, German, Spanish, Latin and Mandarin. The final followed four semi-finals which took place across the country last month, involving 21 schools and over 370 pupils. The competition was one of a series of activities to mark the GDST’s 140th Anniversary which is being celebrated this year. It was designed to focus students’ attention on the importance of learning foreign languages as well as being a fun way to encourage students in Years 8 and 9 to actively improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills. Gemma Bovill, Lucy Ritchie and Katja Ward (year 9) have been practising non stop for the last few months and took part in the final with a lot of enthusiasm and passion. After travelling to Wales on Monday and spending a night in Boughrood they made us proud reaching second place (after a very close nail biting tie break…) We were made very welcome at Howells and were entertained in a very warm Welsh tradition with music, songs and poetry. A wonderful day to remember! Mrs G. Burnet-Smith
Year 7 and 8 Tea Party
email@example.com The Tickets for the BHHS Charity Fashion Show are available via ParentPay. We are looking forward seeing you on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm.
The Year 7 and 8 girls invited their primary school teachers to a tea party at Brighton and Hove High School on Wednesday. They had a delicious tea in our canteen and then the girls took their visitors on a tour of the school. It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces. The teachers were delighted to see their ex-students in their new environment and the girls were happy to be reunited with them. Thank you to all the staff and girls who attended, it was a jolly occasion. Mrs C. Schilt, Head of Drama 1
to try more complicated works. They also warn that by not engaging with more sophisticated books they fail to engage with bigger and more complex ideas: "They're not only not reading at a higher level; they're not thinking at a higher level." If you would like your daughter to broaden the range of her reading, encourage her to talk to her English teacher or have a look at the extracurricular clubs we run at BHHS on the Library Section on the Portal. You might also like to explore the World Book Day website which has lots of excellent ideas for reading for young people www.worldbookday.com Have a good weekend. Jennifer Smith
Calendar Monday 11th: p1-3 Fashion Show rehearsal Tuesday 12th: Y9 Canteen Committee meeting 7pm Fashion Show Wednesday 13th: Head Girl Hustings 7:30pm Springboard Concert (Dame Felicity Lott) Thursday 14th: Head Girl Hustings Spanish Exchange students arrive 6:30pm Ides of March lecture Friday 15th: Y10 Maths competition Sunday 17th: D of E Navigation walk
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Year 10 Drama Evening
The Mary Schofield House short story competition
Last Thursday the Year 10 Drama GCSE group performed their improvised exam pieces in the Drama studio. They were devised around the theme of power and used Pinter’s plays and status games as their stimulus. They performed to an exceptionally high standard and impressed their audience with their variety of ideas. They included sinister plot lines such as the family who were affected by a wish to bring evil to the family in the form of an abstract masked figure and the ghost story of the girl who died in a school fire. There were also elements of comedy in the drunken grandfather who ruined Christmas by sitting on ‘Sprinkles’ the cat! They certainly took their audience on a roller coaster of emotions! Mrs C. Schilt, Head of Drama
We were, once again, stunned by the talent on show when the Heads of House read the entries for this term’s House Short Story competition. Heads of House had the tricky job of selecting the shortlist but we were able to pass on the trickier task of picking the winners to Ros Barber.
Congratulations to all those who entered the Mary Schofield House Short Story; please enjoy their stories on the competition page of the English portal! Here are the results: BEST IN HOUSE Junior Grey: Scarlet Forrester; Gurney: Clara Browne-Amorim; Lyttelton: Agatha Steeles; Stanley: Alanah O’Rourke
Senior Lyttelton: Ella King; Stanley: Niamh Jones
SECOND PLACE Lyttelton: Ella King; Lyttelton: Agatha Steeles
Ros is a nationally acclaimed poet and experienced creative writing teacher. She runs workshops entitled: ‘How to Be the Writer You Dream of Being’. Her verse novel, ‘The Marlowe Papers’, has just come out in paperback and is a witty, powerful re-imagination of Christopher Marlowe’s life: no, he didn’t die in that duel in Deptford; yes, he lived on in disguise and wrote the plays of Shakespeare. Ros is due to debate the provocative and contentious Shakespeare authorship question in the Stratford Festival with Professor Stanley Wells! The novel itself is extremely clever and enormous fun....as Ros herself proved to be in the inspiring workshop on Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’ which she ran for our U6 English Literature A Level students. Mrs K. Ashdown, Head of English
WINNERS Junior CLARA BROWNE-AMORIM FOR GURNEY Senior NIAMH JONES FOR STANLEY BHHS Community Choir and Orchestra Concert Many thanks to the girls, staff and parents involved in last night’s Choral Concert. The evening was full of stunning performances from all choirs. The Community Choir is now a regular fixture in the school calendar and hopefully we will see even more staff and parents participating next year. The School Orchestra will be rehearsing as normal on Tuesday as the instrumental concert on May 9th is very early in the Summer Term. Mr Lloyd, Director of Music
Dance A massive congratulations to Eleanor Palmer, Lizzie Smith, Erin Tanyar and Ray Adams Row Farr who all successfully auditioned for The Place Centre for Advanced Training Satellite Programme last week. The girls were spotted through their performances at Momentum by the Dance development officer at South East Dance. In addition to this, Zoe Cartlidge and Olivia Fallon have also successfully auditioned for a place in the Brighton and Hove Youth Dance Company and spent half term working with Tony Thatcher (the programme leader for MA choreography at Trinity Laban) creating a piece which was then performed up at Laban as part of the CoLab project. Well done girls! A very proud Miss James, Head of Dance
Cross Country The senior school Cross Country teams have had a busy week. Last Thursday they competed in the Sussex Schools Year 7 and 8 County championships at Christs Hospital, Horsham. In the Year 7 race where there were about 120 runners, Almi Nerurkar ran very strongly to win and become County Schools Year 7 champion. Her team mates who ran very well were Alex Lange-Andrews, Abi Roach Penn and Phoebe Munro. In the Year 8 race Josie Grumitt had a strong run to finish in 8th place and she was 'followed home' by Carmen Adjare, Miriam Ritterband and Mia Roach Penn. As a result of these races, Almi and Josie have both been selected to run for Sussex Schools in an Inter- Counties match in Essex on March 23rd. The first Inter-house Cross Country event was held at Hove Rec on Monday and the senior team event was won by Lyttelton. Individual placings were: 1st Almi Nerurkar, 2nd Josie Grumitt and 3rd Eve Hull. Finally on Wednesday 6th the Year 7 and 8/9 teams competed in the Trust Championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Almi Nerurkar finished 2nd in the year 7 event and Ella Witt came 12th in the year 8/9 event. They were ably supported by Alex Lange-Andrews, Abi Roach Penn, Phoebe Munro, Eve Hull, Carmen Adjare, Elena Cooke, Mia Roach Penn and Josie Grumitt. Well done to all the runners. Mrs S. Thomas
U13 Netball Congratulations to the Under 13 B team who beat Windlesham House last week 18 goals to 11 we also beat St Christopher’s last night by 22 goals to 8 the team : Amelia Stentiford, Agatha Steeles, Charlotte James, Imogen Jones ,Hafsah Butt, Kimya Haji Sabagh, Ester Silva, Geny Hughes, Penny Majithia, Rosie Richardson and Alicia Phillips all played exceptionally well. The Under 13 A team also beat St Christopher’s 23 -16 in a very hard fought match. The team: Natasha Rustemeyer, Chloe Whitelam, Sophie Wolff, Maisie Robin, Lily Belton (who had her best match of the season) Mia roach Penn and newcomer to the team; who was brilliant Phoebe Mercer. The Under 13 team played Windlesham house last week in the Semi Finals of the Sussex Cup but sadly lost. However, they did exceptionally well to progress so far in this competition. Ms E. Osborne, Head of PE
U14 Netball Congratulations to the Under 14 team who also managed to go through to the semi-finals of the Sussex Cup; we played Hurst in this semifinal and despite been ‘neck and ‘neck’ all the way through this match we lost. Well done to all these teams, and good luck to the under 14 Netball team who play in the Sussex Independent Schools tournament at Roedean on Saturday. Ms E. Osborne, Head of PE Issue 20 March 2013
JUNIOR EDITORIAL Dear Parents, What a wonderful week this has been. The activities this week have really inspired the girls and this culminated in a memorable suffragette march around the school. I was particularly struck by the way the year 5&6 girls truly engaged in the role play and their passion and enthusiasm. World Book Day also prompted some wonderful outfits and activities. We hope that our art installation based on the butterfly theme (inspirational women) will be on display above the entrance to the hall early next week for us all to enjoy and remember a truly memorable week. Best Wishes Sian Cattaneo
Calendar Saturday 9th: U10 Netball - B. Hill 9.00-12.30pm Monday 11th: Yr 2 visit to Paradise Park Swimming Gala - Eastbourne (4.30pm) Tuesday 12th: Fashion Show - Senior School 7pm Wednesday 13th: U11 Cross Country – Lancing U10 Netball – Brighton College Parents’ Evening 5.30pm Thursday 14th: Maths Challenge Yr 5 Brighton Museum & Royal Pavillion Parents’ Evening 5.30pm Friday 15th: Last Yr3 & Elite Swimming of Spring Term
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FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT As part of the city’s Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations Henry Matenda, a sugar producer from Malawi, visited the Jubilee Library on Saturday. He gave a fascinating talk about his work and described many of the benefits that the Fairtrade premium that he and the other 483 small farmers in his Co- op receive provides. He spoke about bore holes which have brought fresh water to the village, and how electricity now makes it possible for everyone to use computers and watch television, and to connect with the wider world. Henry also described how The Fairtrade premium has enabled a school to be built in the village, which now provides an education and life opportunities to its children.
After his talk Henry spent some time looking at the exhibition of artwork that Year six have mounted. He was very impressed and he asked Mrs Hadfield to send a message to the girls. He said that this was the first time he had ever left Malawi, and he had learnt many new things, but the thing that had touched him most was learning how Fairtrade is promoted not by advertising but by word of mouth. He had never expected to find out that schoolchildren like our Year Six girls would be involved in spreading the word about how choosing Fairtrade products for our weekly shopping can change lives. For this he sent them very warm and heartfelt thanks and an assurance that their work meant a great deal to him. He took a set of their lovely posters to put up in his village shop in Malawi.
Yr1 GET ON THEIR BIKES!
WORLD BOOK DAY Yesterday BHHS Juniors celebrated ‘World Book Day’, as usual there was a wide range of interesting and varied costumes which we admired in a parade in assembly- thank you for all the hard work in putting these together! To keep within our ‘Women’s Week’ theme each year group focused on a different inspirational female writer, which included: Julia Donaldson, Shirley Hughes, Beatrix Potter, Grace Nichols, Anne Fine, Carol Ann Duffy and Christina Rossetti. Girls learnt a little about the history of the writer and their achievements then explored some of their poems and stories. Jo Rees and Sasha Dugdale joined us for the morning, running writing workshops for some of the Key Stage Two classes. We would like to give them a heartfelt thank you for their continued dedication to the school. All girls have been given a book token which they can redeem at most children’s book stockists. We hope that yesterday has continued to inspire the girls to read and explore different authors and poets!
On Friday the girls in Year 1 brought their bicycles to school as part of our “On the Move” topic. They learned about the environmental and health benefits of cycling while having lots of fun! The girls donned their helmets and cycled around easy and more challenging circuits, and found out about the different parts of a bicycle.
The fun continued on Monday when Scout’s mum, Kirsty, told Year 1 all about her job as a train guard. The girls were fascinated and have been chatting about it ever since! Many thanks to Y1 parents for bringing in all the bikes and to Kirsty for her inspirational talk.
MEDICATIONS Just to remind parents that if their child brings any form of medication into school, this includes lip balms and lotions, please provide a letter giving the school the authority to administer the medication.
On Wednesday the school was taken over by our Year 5 and Year 6 suffragettes! During the week Year 5 and Year 6 have been learning about the women’s rights movement and many have been captured by tales of courage and determination. The topic has inspired pupils and teachers alike and has been part of our Women’s Week. Pupils were particularly interested to find out about the many links to the suffragettes and the GDST! The sister suffragettes spent the morning preparing banners, sashes, chants, speeches, posters and decorative hats. It was a fantastic team effort which was embraced by all, the morning felt very purposeful and industrious – several girls commented that they couldn’t wait to re-enact the famous suffragette slogan of ‘deeds not words’. The march was a great success, as the sister suffragettes stormed through corridors and classrooms urging other pupils to listen to their cause and stand up for their rights! The girls were unfazed by the film crews and photographers as they seemed completely immersed in their new roles. Miss Berlin said ‘I am delighted that the girls have taken this project on with such passion and have enjoyed the day so much. I hope it has been a memorable learning experience, which will inspire them further’. See photo on the left 4
U9 NETBALL TOURNAMENT A huge congratulations to the U9 Netball teams who played in the tournament that we hosted for the first time on Saturday. Both teams really did the school proud. The ‘B’ team who were playing in an ‘A’ team standard tournament played some of their best Netball and held their opposing teams to some very respectable score lines. The ‘A’ team played their socks off throughout the tournament, they were unbeaten throughout the group stages and secured some very convincing wins throughout the morning, including; LOGS – 5-1, Farlington – 5-3, Burgess Hill – 9-0 and St. Bedes – 6-0. The team went on to win their semi-final and gain a place in the final. Again the team put on a fantastic team performance and at half time were 3-2 up. In the second half of the game the team conceded a couple more goals and narrowly missed out on the shield, but achieved a very respectable runners up position in their first ever tournament! A big thank you to all the staff and parents who came to support the event.
KS2&3 CROSS COUNTRY EVENT Well done to all the girls who participated in our first of many inter-house cross country event on Monday. We were really pleased with all the girls’ effort and determination in all of the races. All of the girls who participated in the fun runs gained house points for participation and for the competitive races, points were awarded for their positions and scored towards the overall house results, which were as follows: KS2: 4th Grey, 3rd Gurney, 2nd Lyttleton, 1st Stanley KS3: 4th Stanley, 3rd Gurney, 2nd Grey, 1st Lyttleton A big congratulations to the girls who won a medal. These included; Year 3&4: Bronze – Daisy Lampard-Sawyer, Silver – Liberty Gardner, Gold – Esme Boden Year 5&6: Bronze – Berniya Hamie, Silver – Bessie Pratt, Gold – Lola Baker KS3: Bronze – Eve Hull, Silver – Josie Grumitt, Gold – Almi Nerukar. Once again many thanks to all the parents and staff who contributed to the organisation and support of the event.
In-house Gymnastics Competition: A big congratulations to all of our competitive gymnasts who participated in this event. We were very pleased with the standard of Gymnastics that the girls produced. All 23 girls took part in both a floor and vault competition to battle it out for 6 positions at our Trust Gymnastics Rally. The results were as follows: Best in year 3: Jaia Sahota-Lyons & runner up: Hannah Dalgelish Best in year 4: Scout Adams & runner up: Isabel Mostyn CLUB CANCELLATIONS Best in year 5: Ella Sahota-Lyons and Hannah Briscoe & runner up: Freya Mainprize th Monday 11 Best in year 6: Sadie Mitchener & runner up: Olivia Crosby Hockey Squad for years 5, 6 and Best overall Floor: Sadie Mitchener some yr 4s Best overall Vault: Scout Adams Th
Wednesday 13 (Parents’ Evening) Study Support for years 3 and 4 Ceramics for yr 5 Design & Technology for yrs 3 and 4 Maths Games for yr 2 th Thursday 14 (Parents’ Evening) Art Club for yr 4 Netball clubs for yrs 3 and 6 Issue 20 March 2013
It is Grandparents’ Afternoon on Friday the 22nd March. Even though Friday afternoon may not be the normal day for your daughter to attend Nursery, she is very welcome to come and join us in the Nursery after lunch and show her grandparents around the Nursery and school. Please see me if you decide to do this and I can give you more details. It is important we know the numbers in advance so that we don’t run out of cake and tea for the adults!
A few weeks ago the girls decided they would like to create their own marching band. So they chose their instruments and marched in time to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” complete with vocals. After a few marches around the Nursery garden, they moved on to parade around the main playground. Rousing stuff for the whole of Radinden Manor residents!
Do you have a hobby or skill you could share with the children? Or maybe you could tell them about your job. Please come and talk to me if you would like to do this. Spring was in the air this week and we certainly made the most of the good weather.
We have now put up our ‘kindness tree’ on the wall in the Nursery (many thanks to Miss Page for making the tree). When a child is being especially kind or helpful, we make a note of it on a laminated leaf with the child’s name and it is placed on the tree to celebrate.
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