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Issue 8 November 2012

HEADITORIAL Dear Parents and Students, On Tuesday all of our Year 8 girls took part in a science experiment involving around 2,300 girls from 26 GDST schools across the country to measure gravity in a bid to set the record for the world’s biggest practical science lesson in multiple venues. This event was planned by the Trust as one of many celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, but it was most timely given the recent disturbing statistic from the Institute of Physics’ report that nearly half of all co-ed maintained schools in England do not send even one girl on to do Physics at A-level. I was struck, while watching the lesson on Tuesday, by how evidently our girls at BHHS enjoy their science and it is a fact that in a girlsonly environment Science subjects in general, and Physics in particular, are hugely popular and successful. Around a third of girls at BHHS study A-level Physics, and they do very well at it, with 100% achieving an A* or A this year.

Issue 8 November 2012

Word Record Attempt

Physics of the Games

On Tuesday morning at exactly 11 am the whole of year 8 took part in a Trust wide world record attempt. 26 schools and over 2300 girls were trying to break the record for the largest ever science experiment over multiple venues. Through the dropping of hacky sacks and the timing of pendulums we attempted to measure the acceleration due to gravity. Physics experiments can be notorious in their failure, so I was truly amazed to see just how close to the true value of 9.81 m/s2 some of the girls got. So did we break that record? Well watch this space, as all of the evidence now has to be verified, but fingers crossed the GDST will appear in the next Guinness Book of World Records. Ms Scotcher

It was a lovely sunny Wednesday morning when 6 staff and 66 year 10 girls headed off to Sussex University. The purpose was to attend a lecture given by Sheffield Hallam’s department of sports engineering on the physics of the Olympic Games. The lecture focused on 3 sports: triple jump, track cycling and distance running. It showed us how Physics can be used both to analyse and predict an athlete’s performance. In theory at least, Usain Bolt is capable of jumping 9.9 m! We also learnt how everything from helmets to athletes to nuts and bolts can be streamlined to improve cycling performance, and that, despite all the advertising, running shoes could well slow us down! Physics and sport go together better than we might have previously thought and in the future perhaps one of our girls could be a sports engineer for team GB. Ms Scotcher

PE News A big well done to the swimming squad who competed in the Roedean Swimming Gala on Monday 12th November. Unfortunately due to illness and injury we had a much depleted squad, but our girls put up a good fight with many of them swimming in two age categories. Special mention to year 7 Alexandra Lang Andrews who competed in all three age groups and achieved some very pleasing results; including second in her heat for the U18 Fly. Keeping it in the family, Amelia Lang Andrews also achieved first in her heat for the U15 Fly. Mrs Mostran

A massive CONGRATULATIONS to the Under 13 and Under 14 Netball teams who both WON their matches in the 3rd Round of the Sussex Cup. It was an ‘easy’ 17 -0 win for the under 13’s but a ‘close shave’ for the Under 14’s who just won by going ahead in the closing stages of the game by 2 goals 12 – 10. Both teams were brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! Well done

U13 Netball Team

Ms Osborne, Head of PE

Congratulations to the Under 14 Netball team who beat Roedean last night 20 – 14

U14 Netball Team


It was also very gratifying to be told by the adjudicators how impressed they were by the commitment and attitude of our girls. Well done Year 8! We were also very pleased and proud this week to learn that the Privy Council has nominated our Chair of Governors, Juliet Smith, to serve as High Sheriff of East Sussex in 2015. Girls and parents will be able to congratulate Juliet this evening as she chairs our annual Prize Giving. Have a good weekend. Jennifer Smith

Calendar Monday 19th: AS RS trip AS/A2 Photography trip Tuesday 20th: Y9 Parents’ Evening at 5:30pm Thursday 22nd: GCSE Drama performance at 7:30pm Friday 23rd: Rotary Club City Youth Speaks Competition

Brighton Marathon 2013 BHHS has once again been asked to man the water station at The Hilton on Sunday 14th April. Last year a team of 40 enthusiastic volunteers had a fabulous day helping to hand out water to the marathon runners. If you are interested in volunteering this year please contact Liz Manning

Cross Country Cup

The Temple

On Saturday 10th November the Junior Girls Cross Country team competed in the Regional Final of the English Schools Cross Country Cup. It was held at Beths Grammar School Bexleyheath. We were the only Sussex team competing in our age group, and the 6 girls ran superbly against strong opposition from London, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire schools, to finish in 11th place. Almi Nerurkar (see photo below) ran an excellent race to finish 3rd behind 2 year 8 runners. Other placing as follows: Josie Grumitt (40th), Eve Hull (48th), Abi Roach Penn (67th), Carmen Adjare (73rd) and Mia Roach Penn (74th). Well done all of you. Mrs S. Thomas

Anyone walking past the Temple on Monday and watching two men crouching in the rain could be forgiven for wondering what was going on. They were surveyors measuring the Temple for an interesting piece of research being carried out on Thomas Read Kemp, the Temple’s first owner. Originally built in 1819, the Temple has always been considered to have been modelled on the ancient Temple of Solomon and it was to check whether the proportions really match those described in the Bible that modern laser technology was employed this week. The surveyors were commissioned by Michael Osborne, who has become interested in Kemp since acquiring his house in Sussex Square and is currently reappraising Kemp’s life. More news on Mr Osborne’s research to follow. Ms Dean

Prize Giving 2012

Our Guest of honour at tonight’s Prize Giving is one of our Old Girls – Karen Pickering MBE. Karen was a student at Brighton & Hove High School from 19831989. Karen Pickering’s achievements are quite remarkable. She represented Britain at a senior level for 20 years during which time she won more major championship medals for Britain than any other female swimmer and won the most Commonwealth medals for England of any female athlete in any sport. She was also the first British female swimmer to win a World Championship title when she took gold in the 200m freestyle in 1993.

W hat’s on over the week end… Until the 23rd December: Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th: From Thursday 15th: Friday 16th & Sunday 18th: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th: Issue 8 November 2012


JUNIOR EDITORIAL Dear Parents, Our Sporting focus this year is to develop opportunities for more girls and I was particularly delighted that on Wednesday this week some 52 girls represented the school in Netball and Hockey matches. We will continue to endeavour to offer this breadth but are aware that many of the schools we play have a limited number of girls so they cannot always offer us the fixtures. I am sorry that I have not been in school for the past couple of days but I have been attending the GDST Junior Heads’ Conference in Shrewsbury. This is an ideal opportunity to compare notes and based on previous years a source of new ideas and initiatives often emerge which are always exciting! Best wishes Sian Cattaneo

Calendar Wednesday 21st: U11’A’ & ‘B’ Netball Triangular with Burgess Hill and St. Christopher’s Away, 2.30 p.m.


Year Two’s trip to Drusillas

We would like to share with you below an extract from the BBC South Website regarding parking. With the arrival of the dark evenings, parking outside school has been very hazardous this week and we hope you will continue to take the opportunity to park responsibly. “Brighton traffic wardens in school parking crackdown. Motorists who park or stop illegally on roads outside schools in Brighton and Hove could face an instant fine under a new crackdown to improve safety. Traffic wardens with cameras are looking out for people who stop in Keep Clear zones or on double yellow lines. Anyone seen committing an offence, no matter how briefly, will have their vehicle photographed and a £70 fine will be sent to them through the post. Brighton and Hove City Council said it was agreed by the all-party transport committee last year after consistent reports of "near misses" involving children outside schools. Up to 40 wardens will monitor the roads outside the city's primary and secondary schools.”

First performances


Budding musicians from Years 2 and 3 demonstrated their talent at assembly this week by playing a variety of tunes for us on the piano. For some girls it was their first performance, but they didn’t show any signs of first time nerves. Mrs Roberts is hoping that both new and experienced musicians will put themselves forward to perform at the “Informal Music Concert” in the Music Room on Monday 3rd December after school. Please see Mrs Roberts for a letter.

The conditions were perfect for the Phoenix athletics club meeting at Preston Park last Sunday. Congratulations to all the girls from BHHS Junior School who took part: Lola Baker, Bessie Pratt, Charlotte Hausdoerfer, Hannah Dalgleish, Jessica Hunt and Rebecca Main. Particular congratulations go to Lola Baker who finished 8th in the U11’s 1600m in a very close finish and to Rebecca Main who finished 5th in the U9’s 800 m race. Don’t forget you can register for the mini mile at both the Brighton half marathon which is on Sunday 17th February 2013 and the mini mile at the Brighton Marathon which is on Sunday 14th April 2013. Please register through the web site for each event: and respectively.

NETBALL Two Under ‘9’ teams were away to Copthorne Wednesday and whilst the ‘A’ team fought well, they were outplayed. The ‘B’ team, in what was their first match, had a superb result being narrowly beaten 5-3. Well done to both teams and a good experience all round.

U11‘C’ Netball v Windlesham , Home. 2.30 p.m. U9 ‘B’ Netball v HPPS Away, 2.30 p.m.

On Monday, as part of this half term’s ‘Ice’ topic, Year 2 had a wonderful trip to Drusillas Park. The girls had a great time, despite the rain and learnt a lot more penguin facts to add to their ever expanding collection! They had a session in the classroom there and particularly enjoyed stroking a Chinchilla and a snake. The girls also watched the penguins being fed and marvelled at how fast they could swim! Well done Year 2 for behaving so beautifully all day and a big thank-you to the parents who kindly helped out.

Eco Newsflash: Switch-Off Fortnight 19th November – 2nd December Once again we will be taking part in Switch-Off Fortnight, focusing on working together to reduce the amount of energy we use: ‘Switching on to Switching Off’.

WINNERS OF GIFT WRAP SALE Sydney Oswald, Year 3.1; Maddie Cooper, Year 5.A and Lauren Wills in Reception. Their prize will be awarded in assembly next week

FORTHCOMING CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS: Tuesday 4th December: Year 1 & 2 event 2.30 in the Hall Friday 7 December: Nursery & Reception Christmas Celebration 2.30 in the Hall th Monday 12 December: KS2 Carol Concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. th

Issue 8 November 2012


Issue 8 November 2012  

Brighton and Hove High School Newsletter