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Bushey Meads News

Issue 105

28 April 2017 Editor: Mrs Armitage

Submit your articles to: Deadline: Tuesday for Friday’s edition

Miss Pattni, Teacher of Textiles Over the past few months, Year 11 GCSE Textiles students have been working incredibly hard to produce their controlled assessment projects. Each student selected a brief and came up with a client for whom they would be making a product. They have dedicated lots of time to researching, developing their design ideas, making their chosen products and the projects have now come to an end! This year students selected two different briefs: to make a children’s toy or an item related to British culture - and the results are fantastic!! They have all put in a huge amount of effort and I am extremely proud of all the girls for the amazing work they have produced! Please turn to page 6 to see examples of this work.

This piece completed by Thalia Russell, was made with careful consideration and great skill! Thalia had a great concept and has shown that she has a real talent in Textiles!

Thalia’s work is being entered into the Young Fashion Designer competition, where it will be judged alongside many other pieces from schools across the country. We wish her all the best of luck!

What’s On Monday 1 May Bank Holiday Tuesday 2 May STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY (no students) Wednesday 3 May Students return at 0840 Fri 5 – Sat 6 May Y9 DoE Bronze Award Expedition (Phasels Woods) Sat 6 May British Schools’ Karting Championship (Buckmore Park Circuit)

Monday 8 May Y11 GCSE Drama Performances (1800-2000) Tuesday 9 May Y9/10/11 Drama Trip (1715 – 2300)


JESSICA (09Beech) Jessica has been chosen this week for her consistent positive and enthusiastic approach to her education. She is a hard-working, polite and dedicated student with the highest achievement points in year 9, 100% attendance and high ATL scores in her most recent assessment. Jessica is also an active member of the school community and is always willing to help at events. Jessica you are a super star - keep it up!

GHAZAL (11Sycamore) Ghazal has been nominated for her exceptional efforts during the first Study Saturday session held in the Learning Resource Centre where she diligently worked for the entire four-hour session from 10am - 2pm. Mr Back was very impressed with Ghazal’s work ethic and we are both confident she will achieve at the highest level in the upcoming GCSE exams. Ghazal is an example to other students and I hope many more will be inspired by her hard work and commitment.

JASMIN (12Elm) Jasmin has been working hard on her EPQ topic area and has produced a wonderful literature review on the effect of social media on young people’s development. She has also been keen to support the Sixth Form at events with her cheerful nature. Keep up the great work Jasmin.

Tuesday 2 May, the day following the May Day bank holiday, is a Staff Development Day. Students therefore return to school on Wednesday 3 May at 8.40am. Study Saturdays for Y11/12/13: 10am – 2pm, every Saturday in the LRC until half term.

KS3 & KS4 School uniform: length of skirts. Please note that the rules on uniform posted on the school website states: The skirt must be no shorter than 5 cm above the knee and must not be tight fitting. Students who do not have the correct uniform will be sanctioned in line with the behaviour policy and parents will be contacted to rectify the infringement.

KS5 A reminder for KS5 parents: if your child is absent from school for any reason please ensure you have informed the sixth form team by 8:30 on the day of the absence.

The full uniform list can be found on the school website and on pages 7 and 8 in the student planner. SCHOOL UNIFORM SUPPLIERS: DJ UNIFORMS: 45 High Street, Bushey, Herts WD23 1BD. Tel: 020 84219488 e-mail: website: BEAT SCHOOL UNIFORMS: Tel: 0844 879 7288 email: website:

Ms Bowe, Lead Practitioner – English & Whole School Literacy

Mr Akram - Lead Practitioner for Maths

Miss Martindale, Teacher of Science

Mrs Armitage, Newsletter Editor / Assistant to SLT

We are pleased to introduce you to the following new staff who have just joined us on our return from the Easter holidays: ADAM LYLEY – Teacher of History and Government & Politics I am sure many of you remember Mr Lyley as he was with us during the last academic year under the Schools Direct training programme. Unfortunately we did not have any vacancies in his subject areas at the end of the year and so he left us to join Uxbridge High School. However, by last term we had a vacancy within the Humanities faculty – and the rest is ‘History’…… welcome back Mr Lyley – we all missed you while you were away and are really pleased to have you back again! Mr Lyley also says how pleased he is to be back too!!

PRIYA SELLIAH – Teacher of Mathematics Mrs Selliah joins us from Elstree UTC where she also worked as a Maths Teacher. She originally comes from an insurance underwriting background, but while her son was young she took up a role as a teaching assistant at the London Academy where she focussed on maths with SEN students. Mrs Selliah then progressed through a teacher training programme and qualified as a maths teacher while still at the London Academy where she remained for some 12 years. Mrs Selliah belongs to a local choir. Through her conductor, who is a member of the Guildhall Alumni Choir in London, she also now sings in the Guildhall choir in London and performs at St Bart’s Hospital Chapel. (Music Department take note of this new talent we have in the school!).

DEIDRE CARROLL – Teaching Assistant Mrs Carroll comes from a banking background but wanted to move into a career where she could help children and make a difference to their lives. This was sparked by her helping out at her two daughters’ primary school – her children are 6 and 9 years old. She says, although she has only been on board for a week she already feels settled and is loving the variety of lessons she is attending in order to support students with special educational needs. In her spare time Mrs Carroll is training for the 10K Vitality Run through the London Parks which takes place at the end of May. We all wish her well with that challenge!

MARK WHYTE – Teaching Assistant (Physically & Neurologically Imparied students) Working in education is a new venture for Mr White. He attended Hemel Hempstead School, joined the Royal Marines from Sixth Form, and will soon complete his training as a volunteer Special Constable, which he will continue on weekends and evenings. He explained that he wants to work in an environment where he can help others and make a difference to people’s lives. Mr White enjoys sport and is a member of Dacorum and Tring Athletics Club, where he often competes in events representing the club. He is also a keen Arsenal fan!

Do take a look at the pieces below and on the next page, all of which were made by the following Year 11 Textiles students:

Emily Aldersley, Keeley Geraghty, Samantha Goode, Mollie Humphrey, Lily Jarvis, Samantha Read, Thalia Russell, Hannah Spriggs, Militsa Stefanov, Ella Ward and Ellie Wilkinson.

STAFF VACANCIES AT LITTLE REDDINGS SCHOOL Little Reddings is advertising for the following staff positions: Nursery Teacher (Maternity cover) KS1/2 Teacher English Subject Leader Teaching Assistant 1-2-1 Behavioural Support Assistant Admin Assistant Further information can be found on their school website: under ‘Vacancies’, or you can phone the main office on 020 8950 5388.

Maximising Achievement Students in years 11, 12 and 13 will be receiving their copies of the Maximising Achievement Timetables in the next few weeks. Year 11 are having a special assembly on Friday 5th May where the timetables will be explained and distributed to students, with Years 12 and 13 receiving their copies the following week. The timetables have been designed to give students special revision sessions just before their external exams to maximise their learning opportunities. Lessons continue as normal throughout the examination period to give the students the dedicated time and focus to revise and prepare. Mrs Ash, Assistant Headteacher

Oak house has continued to work both in and out of school, getting involved in a number of different activities. A new food bank has officially opened in Bushey. The food bank, which runs every Friday at Church House, next to St James’s Church in Bushey High Street is run by the charity The Red Trust. Anne Underwood works for the charity and was so pleased to see Bushey Meads School arrive with a large delivery for the food bank. I would like to thank all students from Oak House who contributed to the large amount of food delivered. This will help people in the Bushey area who need to use the food bank.

Mr Hawkins, Head of House (Oak)

I would like to congratulate Marvin Akaki, Tom Clarke, Dylan Lacy, Sarah Mannering and Khushali Pabari for being selected to take part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. They will be going to both Phasels Wood and Braid Wood over the next couple of weeks to complete their practice and qualifying expeditions. Over the course of the expedition weekends the students will have to set up tents, cook using a trangia and complete a walk on each day using a map to reach a number of different checkpoints. I am sure these students will do Oak House proud, completing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award successfully.

Please note: The House Music Competition has been postponed – revised date will be announced soon.

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