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The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College

Newsletter Grange Avenue, Wickford, Essex SS12 0LZ. Tel: 01268 471201 Fax: 01268 474494 Email: office@bromfords.essex.sch.uk Web: www.bromfords.essex.sch.uk

May 2013 Newsletter - Issue No.5 Dear Students, Parents and Carers As this half term comes to an end and we say farewell to year 11 and 13 students, it is good to reflect on a busy time and the excellent array of learning opportunities and events we have shared over the last few weeks. Most recently we have been celebrating achievement and endeavour with students through our annual Celebration of Achievement Awards evenings. Earlier this term we awarded Kindle Fire prizes to the Literacy Short Story competition winners and last week auditions got underway for our forthcoming production of Grease. As we prepare for the early start of the new academic year, our year 9 Conference took place to support students as they move into year 10 after the half term break. Thank you and congratulations to all the staff and students taking part in a host of trips and activities starting with the Ski trip and visit to China during the Easter holidays and including the year 10 Business Studies trip to Thorpe Park to learn about the internal workings of a business. Congratulations also go to Robert Stanhope, Year 10 for winning the Central Essex Regional Finals of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge and to the Under 13 National Handball team (all Bromfords players) who won the Finals for the South of England. Congratulations also to Stanley Martin, Rachel Fryer and Rebecca Almond who all won prizes for their entries into the School Poster Competition run by Essex Police and to all the students involved in drama Showcase events. We continue to have a great deal to be proud of. I wish all students in the process of sitting their exams the very best of luck and thank staff and parents for their support and guidance in preparing students for this important time. Please have a restful break and I look forward to our continual progress together next half term. Kind regards Mrs M Spinks Headteacher

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Dates for your Diary

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Drama GCSE

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Achievement & Endeavour Awards

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Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

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Kindle Competition

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Summer Examinations

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Duke of Edinburgh

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Prom Vehicles

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Bikeability

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District Swimming Gala

Parental Information Evening

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Student Absence - Reminder

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Join The Army Cadet Force

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Students Success Starts With Attendance

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Giving Nation - Football

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Bromfords School Uniform

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ATES FOR YOUR DIARY AND END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS Half term begins on Thursday, 23rd May. Students return on Monday, 3rd June for start of the new academic year. Teacher training day, Friday, 24th May. Tuesday, 9th July - Year 5 Day - the school is closed to The Bromfords students.

CHIEVEMENT AND ENDEAVOUR AWARDS Please refer to the table at the reverse of this newsletter, detailing the Spring 2013 Student Celebration Nominations.

Recently we celebrated achievement and endeavour with students through our Annual Celebration of Achievement Awards evenings. Sarah Kitchener Endeavour Award Nominees Year 7 - Aaron Bell – 7.8 Aaron independently set up a “Just Giving” page to collect money for Marie Curie, Carers UK and a number of other charities as sponsorship for his ‘Big Swim’ – swimming one kilometre for charity. This is further than he has ever swum before. Aaron did this because he wanted to help other people who are in difficult circumstances.

Year 8 – Jordan Clarke 8.7 I would like to nominate Jordan as he has a severe stammer and has worked very hard to find strategies to minimise the effects. Jordan took part in a session where he stood up in front of staff and spoke about the history and effects of his stammer. This had a very positive effect and was a very brave thing to do. He is cheerful, polite and always a gentleman. Despite the adversities he cases Jordan works extremely hard and is an excellent role model for the school. Year 9 - Kia Watson – 9.5 Kia always works very well in school and has complete commitment to her studies. Her dedicated attitude is second to none. She has become part of the Anti-bullying team and takes an active role in giving up her time to further this cause which is a passion very close to her heart. She is a very quiet, modest young lady and it is difficult for her to be in the spotlight, however on this is occasion she is part of a team driving the Anti-bullying week forward to bring this topic to the whole schools attention. Year 10 – Scarlett Anderson – 10.8 Scarlett is an outstanding student who gives up her time to help out with all manners of activities going on at school. She has an excellent relationship with staff and peers. She has represented Great Briton at the Junior World sailing Championships in Australia. She works hard in lessons and tries to achieve her best in everything she is asked to do. Year 11 - Lucie Healy – 11.1 Lucie has been nominated for her bravery and tenacity in overcoming severe health problems. However, Lucie is a fighter and is hard working and tries to succeed in everything she does. Recently, Lucie has had two operations on her skull, but still bounces back into school to complete her GCSE’s. Lucie is a prefect, undertaking roles of duty and helping at open events when she can. She endeavours to make the most of what she can and is ambitious and is hopefully coming back to sixth form in September. She is a lovely student who is always offering advice and support to others when she can. Her courage and upbeat nature should be an example to us all.

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INDLE COMPETITION The importance of literacy was evident as we recently ran a short story competition for all students where they had to submit a story of 500 words or less on a topic of their choice.

From the entries submitted the final winners of a Kindle each were: Eliza Anderson from Year 7 who wrote a lovely story about a girl learning to deal with the fact that she was “one of the children of the full moon. A werewolf!”; Lewis Gatland in Year 9 who wrote his whole story as a conversation between two friends discussing a problem one of them is having which is revealed through a surprise twist at the end; Lauren Waller in Year 11 who wrote about a relationship given “ a fresh start ... A new chance”. All entries were of a good standard so the winners are to be commended for beating off the opposition. Ms Y Goddard

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UKE OF EDINBURGH On the 27th and 28th April, fifteen Year 10 students took part in their practice expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. They had to camp over night and carry all their equipment with them over the two days and navigate themselves around Danbury. Whilst they were tired by the end of the weekend, all the students who took part were a credit to both the school and themselves in the way they conducted the expedition. They will now be going on to complete an assessed expedition just before the Summer holidays.

IKEABILITY

Three Year 7 pupils, Rachael Fryer, Charlie Beacham and Mason Lewsey, have just completed a Bikeability course provided by Essex Council. They have learnt how to be safer on the road, coping with difficult roads and weather conditions, whilst also generally improving their bike riding skills. The instructors were full of praise for the three pupils with regards to their behaviour, attitude and the improvements that they have made over the sessions.

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ARENTAL INFORMATION EVENING

Following on from our first very well attended information evening, at the end of last half term parents came into school to discuss assessment and reporting with senior staff. Among the discussions we had were the style of reports and how to help parents to better understand the assessment information we provide. The school really values the views of parents and where possible works to makes changes for the better following the sharing of ideas. Following this parental information evening we made some adjustments to the remaining reports that were distributed, but we will be looking at significantly changing our style of reporting for the coming academic year. Thank you to all those who attended. Please email any suggestions about way that we can improve to parentvoice@bromfords.essex.sch.uk.

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OIN THE ARMY CADET FORCE

A new Army Cadet Force Detachment now open in Wickford! Open every Tuesday and Thursday 7.00pm to 9.30pm. The Army Cadet Force covers a variety of military themed activities, adventurous training, BTEC qualifications and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. If you are interested in joining visit the detachment at The Downtowner Youth Centre, Irvon Hill Road, Wickford, SS12 0AQ or ring 01702 523982 to discuss.

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IVING NATION - FOOTBALL

On Wednesday 15th May, 8.1 put on a football tournament for all Year 7 forms as part of their contribution to Giving Nation. The competition was run by Brandon Gillard-Ellis, Jonty Edmondson, Ethan Brown and Charlie Webster respectively and proved to be a massive success with all year 7 pupils. Each Year 7 form had to nominate 5 players per team as well as an extra player in case of an injury. Each pupil was required to donate £1 per form, while refreshments were available for other year 7 pupils to purchase during the event. The form managed to range in excess of more than £100 with form tutor Mrs Hurst stating "I am delighted with the success of the event and how well the boys worked together towards the overall contribution to such a great cause". Although primarily a Charity event, once the competition got started, competitive house rivalry was evident to be seen by all who were taking part. Not only the players themselves it is important to point out, as they were all extremely well supported by form members as passionate spectators. 7.1 - 7.4 were put in group A and played 3 games each other on 2 pitches, while 7.5 - 7.8 battled it out on the other 2 pitches during the event. Group A finished with 7.4 storming to a three wins out of three 100% record, while 7.1 finished second and 7.3 and 7.2 finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Group B proved to be just as competitive with 7.6 taking the spoils in another tight group with maximum points. 7.8 were second, and 7.7 and 7.5 also finishing a respectable 3rd and 4th. With the group games complete, the real excitement was in the placing matches, winners of each group played each other followed by 2nd vs 2nd, 3rd vs 3rd and 4th vs 4th from both groups. If the groups games were competitive, this took the competition to an even spicier finale, everything was to play for in the final standings. 7.4 pipped 7.6 to the post in the 1st place play off where at full time both teams couldn’t be separated so it went to a dreaded penalty shoot out. All 3 penalties were missed from either side, apart from Tommi Dornan's who stepped up and slotted it away with consummate ease to the delight of the rest of his form and Ennis house. Well done to everyone who took part and contributed to a fantastic event.

1st - 7.4 - 80 points 2nd -7.6 - 70 points 3rd - 7.1 - 60 points 4th - 7.8 - 50 points

5th - 7.3 - 40 points 6th - 7.7 - 30 points 7th - 7.2 - 20 points 8th - 7.5 - 10 points

Overall: 1st Ennis 130 points, 2nd Wiggins 90 points, 3rd equal Farrah and Simmonds 70 points

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RAMA GCSE

Well done to Mrs Ollett and Miss Huet who hosted the Year 11 GCSE showcase evening. Congratulations to the Year 11 groups who demonstrated outstanding skill, commitment and creativity in their work. Thank you to parents, friends and family who came to support them. Year 12 Performance Studies Showcase The Year 12 pupils performed their Community Performance Project titled: The Final Chapter of the Essex Witch Hunts in the CLC on Friday, 3rd May. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic musical theatre display from the students, with some coffee and cake on the side. Thank you to Miss Struth for her musical directing and support and to Rachel Voller and Charlotte Barclay for technical support on the night. Well done Year 12! Year 13 Performance Studies Showcase Well done to the Year 13 students for their originality, commitment and tenacity in terms of their practical work. Family, friends and staff enjoyed their hilarious and poignant performances of Godber’s The Office Party and their commission titled The Grail, based around the Cat and Mouse Act of 1913 and the Suffragettes fight for women’s right to vote. The students have truly progressed into great performers. We are very proud of you all. Viva La Drama Mrs Hörmann

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ACK PETCHEY SPEAK OUT CHALLENGE

We are proud to announce that Year 10 student, Robert Stanhope, was awarded overall winner of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Robert competed in the Basildon and Chelmsford regional finals with his speech on “Doors”, dealing with the importance of doors opening and closing in our everyday life. He competed against 13 other students from 11 different schools in the area. For winning this prestigious competition Robert won an ipod touch and has the opportunity to compete against other regional winners at the grand final on 1st July at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in London which offers a prize of £2000 for himself and £3000 for our school.

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UMMER EXAMINATIONS

Please refer to the attached list detailing Summer examination dates.

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ROM VEHICLES

Please could we draw your attention to a letter from Basildon Council which you can refer to at the reverse of this Newsletter regarding the licensing laws for stretch limos and other novelty vehicles.

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ROMFORDS GIRLS DIVE RIGHT IN AT THE DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA!

Our Year 8 and 10/11 girls swimming team made a big splash at the District Events calendar by claiming the title as District Champions for their year groups! In Year 8 Charlotte Jordan won gold in OVERALL TEAM POSITIONS the Butterfly and Individual Medley, Holly Tyler won gold Year 7 Girls Team 4th in the Breaststroke and the Mixed Relay Team also won gold. In Year 10/11 Alex Drysdale won gold in the Year 7 Boys Team 3rd butterfly and there were silver medals for Lily Mann, Year 7 Team 3rd Morgan Day and Amy Summers. Year 8 Girls Team CHAMPIONS Our girls were not the only students to make impressive Year 8 Boys Team 3rd performances. Matthew Cahill won Year 8 Team 2nd gold in the Year 8 Year 9 Girls Team 3rd Backstroke to reclaim his title of Year 9 Boys Team 4th District Champion Year 9 Team 4th that he had held last year. Thomas Year 10/11 Girls Team CHAMPIONS Bryan reclaimed his Year 10/11 Boys Team 3rd gold for the Year 8 Front crawl and Year 10/11 Team 2nd Individual Medley, Girls Team 2nd whilst also setting a new Year 8 District record. There was also an impressive performance from Luis Cowgill in Boys Team 3rd the Year 7 Breaststroke and he took home a gold medal. The Bromfords School 3rd The Year 10/11 mixed relay team were also awarded a silver medal for their efforts in a convincing team performance. These are just a few of our talented swimmers who claimed medals at the Basildon & Billericay District Gala, held on 13th February, the extensive list of all the medals our students won is shown below. An impressive five new district records were set by our students, with them swimming their events in the fastest times. There were also team successes for the mixed Year 10/11 who finished as runners up and also the mixed Year 8 team who claimed silver. As a school we finished 3rd in the District, equalling our best result since the records began! It was a very successful afternoon and all the students that swam or were part of the squad, represented our school well, cheered loudly and made us all proud to be part of The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College.

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Newsletter Continued from page 6 DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA RECORDS (50m)

OUR MEDALLISTS Yr 7 Breast

Luis Cowgill

GOLD

Yr 8 Breast

Holly Tyler

GOLD

Yr 8 Front

Thomas Bryan

GOLD

Yr 8 Fly

Charlotte Jordan

GOLD

Yr 8 IM

Charlotte Jordan

GOLD

Breaststroke

Yr 8 Backstroke

Matthew Cahill

GOLD

Yr 8 IM

Thomas Bryan

GOLD

Yr 8 Relay

Matt/Tom/Charlotte/Holly

Yr 10/11 Fly

Backstroke Year 7 Boys

Matthew Cahill

43.03

2012

Year 8 Boys

Matthew Cahill

38.81

2013

Year 10/11 Boys

Alex Edmunds

36.86

2012

GOLD

Year 8 Girls

Holly Tyler

44.13

2013

Alex Drysdale

GOLD

Fly

Yr 7 Fly

Samuel Bryan

SILVER

Year 7 Girls

Holly Tyler

42.34

2012

Yr 9 Front

Chloe Wing

SILVER

Yr 9 IM

Chloe Wing

SILVER

Year 8 Girls

Alex Drysdale

35.47

2012

Yr 10/11 Back

Scott Duffy

SILVER

Year 8 Girls

Charlotte Jordan

36.62

2013

Yr 10/11 Front

Harry Girling

SILVER

Front Crawl

Yr 10/11 Back

Lily Mann

SILVER

Year 7 Girls

Courtney Skeggs

37.92

2012

Yr 10/11 Breast

Morgan Day

SILVER Year 7 Girls

Thomas Bryan

35.70

2012

Yr 10/11 Front

Amy Summers

SILVER

Yr 10/11 Relay

Scott/Harry/Amy/Alex

SILVER

Year 9 Girls

Amy Summers

31.88

2012

Yr 7 Fly

Meghan Wild

BRONZE

Year 8 Boys

Thomas Bryan

32.55

2013

Yr 7 Back

Matt Rush

BRONZE

1 Metre

Yr 7 Front

Niamh Moran

BRONZE

Samuel/Luis/Megan/ Niamh

Holly Tyler

1.34.88

2012

Yr 7 Relay

BRONZE

Yr 8 Back

Isabel Richardson

BRONZE

Yr 8 Front

Courtney Skeggs

BRONZE

Year 7

1.08.48

2012

Yr 9 Breast

Charles Omer

BRONZE

Holly Tyler Courtney Skeggs Matthew Cahill Thomas Bryan

Yr 9 Front

Jensen Shortt

BRONZE

Yr 9 Breast

Megan Scarborough

BRONZE

Year 8

Thomas Bryan Matthew Cahill Charlotte Jordan Holly Tyler

1.02.20

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Year 9

Alex Drysdale Amy Summers Harry Girling George Gay

1.01.30

2012

Year 7 Girls Relay

Huge congratulations and thank you to every student that was there on the day. THE PE DEPARTMENT

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TUDENT ABSENCE - REMINDER Illness: If your child is going to be absent due to illness then please call our 24 Hour Student Absence Line on 01268 474500 on the first day of absence by 8.30am or text 07624 810849. Your message should include the following details: •

The date

Your name

Student’s name and form

The reason for absence

A return to school date

If you do not indicate how long your child will be absent then you must call the Absence Line each day that your child is not in school. On your child’s return to school a letter, addressed for the attention of the Attendance Officer, stating the dates of, and reasons for, absence should be handed into the School Office. Lateness: If you know your child is going to be late for school, where possible please call the Absence Line on 01268 474500 by 8.30am or text 07624 810849. Your message should include the student’s name, form and reason for lateness. Medical Appointments: If you know in advance that your child will be late for school or absent due to a medical appointment please either send in a letter, addressed to the Attendance Officer, the day prior to the appointment or call/text the Absence Line. Early notification of absences/lateness helps you avoid receiving unwanted phone calls/texts enquiring as to the whereabouts of your child. Holidays in Term Time: There is no legal right for parents to take children out of school for holidays in term time. Any leave of absence must be applied for in advance. Taking a holiday in term time means that children miss important school time both educationally and for other school activities. It may be difficult for them to catch up work later on, and so will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Holidays will not be authorised at the start of the academic year (June or September), as this transitional period is so important, or during exams; or if attendance is below 93%. Thank you in advance for your support.

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TUDENTS SUCCESS STARTS WITH ATTENDANCE If you have any queries please contact Mrs S Williams, Home School Attendance Officer on 01268 471201. Remember: 90% attendance is equal to 1 day off each fortnight

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

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ROMFORDS SCHOOL UNIFORM

All of our school uniform is available from our current uniform supplier Emblem, 18 The Broadway, Wickford, Essex 01268 768797. Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm, Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Emblem staff will help with all your requirements for uniform including assistance on sizing.

Uniform is also available from TrutexOnline (www.trutexdirect.com, password LEA00316SD). note that the PE kit is only available from Emblem.

Please

Please make sure that your child’s uniform is marked with their full name. Please ensure that when in doubt refer to the school planner for our school uniform requirements. Please note that blue chino (style)/jeans are not acceptable and trousers must not be tight legging style. The only jewellery permitted is a watch and a small pair of metal studs (in the ear lobe). Shoes must be black and not made of canvas. Black trainers are not acceptable.

This is the correct uniform style we require our students to adhere to. Kindly modelled by our Year 7 Duty Reception Students, Emily Heddle and Jake Howard

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