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Connect Principal: Stuart Williams

A newsletter for parents, students and the local community

22 JUNE 2012


Radiowaves News P 2 The Prom


Olympic Torch


Ghana Fundraising P 4 Elective Choices


PTA Award


Sports News

P 5-7

Sports Day T-shirt




JUBILEE PICNIC AT BURGHLEY HOUSE I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Laurence Howard, last week when the Queen visited Burghley House in Stamford. It was a lovely occasion and she took time to speak to a number of guests who were invited to the Rutland county tent. Pupils from Catmose Primary joined the picnic and enjoyed looking at the stalls, listening to the excellent bands, watching the performers and seeing the flypast, all whilst hoping for a glimpse of the Queen. One of the College Radiowaves reporters, Rohan Mehra, joined the Catmose Primary pupils and staff to record the occasion. His report, along with other news stories on Radiowaves can be found on the College website Stuart Williams RADIOWAVES REPORTER ATTENDS JUBILEE PICNIC Last Wednesday, Rohan Mehra was asked to assist with reporting duties with the competition winning pupils from Catmose Primary as they attended the Jubilee Picnic at Burghley House. They spent the day taking pictures and videos and watched the Queen as she arrived by helicopter and later as she left in her Range Rover. They were in prime position to wave to her as she left. During the day, they visited the various exhibitors within the park including St John Ambulance and also (Continued overleaf)


RADIOWAVES REPORTER ATTENDS JUBILEE PICNIC (CONTINUED) Wally Goldsmith – Rutland’s contribution to the Jubilee Pageant. The pupils from Catmose Primary had created bunting to go on the boat and they were really pleased to see their hard work on display, and have their pictures taken. They also saw a flypast from the Red Arrows and an aerial display from the Blue Blades. Overall an enjoyable day was had by the pupils and staff. Ms Smith

RADIOWAVES NEWS CATMOSE COLLEGE RADIOWAVES AWARD WINNERS For the third year running, our Station on Radiowaves has been awarded the Best Secondary Station. This is a great achievement and is all down to the hard work that our reporters do with the interviews and reporting. Their profiles have become digital portfolios that can provide evidence of their progression. As well as best secondary station, we also have four reporters who have been jointly awarded the Best Reporter of the Year Award:- These are Anni Jackson, Georgia Farr, Harvey Stafford and Rohan Mehra. These reporters have also been recognised as Radiowaves Ambassadors for their hard work within the network and with their attendance at various educational shows during the past year. ‘We have 924 Secondary Stations and have our flag planted in 55 countries! Catmose College use the Radiowaves platform as a way to motivate and engage their students. Their use of technology in the classroom and the commitment of staff and pupils at the school  has meant that they have won the  accolade of Best Secondary Radiowaves station 3 years running.  Showcasing the work that the pupils do in and out of school throughout the year provides inspiration to other schools and they are at the forefront, demonstrating how harnessing technology can have real impact.   The student media team at Catmose College are very unique and have been invited to report at lots of events throughout the country.  Their dedication, commitment and professionalism in reporting and interviewing is second to none and the team have created some inspirational videos and interviews over the past few years.  The team are well thought of by the Radiowaves community  as they continue  to actively support and engage others.’ Michelle Adamson (Radiowaves Headquarters) Well done to the Team Catmose Media Team. Stuart Williams RUTLAND YOUTH COUNCIL On the last Friday before half term, members of the Rutland Youth Council and from the student councils from Catmose, Uppingham and Casterton held a surgery at the Rutland County Council offices with Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton. They asked him questions on important issues within the Young People Surgery that are important to them. The answers to all the questions can be found on the Rutland Youth Council channel on Radiowaves - https:// 


THE PROM - THURS 28 JUNE Students will only be able to buy a Prom ticket if they have returned library books and no longer owe any money at Client Services.   Once again we are looking forward to a celebratory evening at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf & Conference Centre. Tickets are now on sale from ‘Client Services’ and cost £20.00. When purchasing a ticket, students will also be given information about the professional photographs that can be taken.    Parents/guardians AND spectators who wish to see the students arrive are requested to arrive before 6.30pm and stand in the designated area, to fulfil health and safety requirements.  We have been asked to remind visitors to ‘park down at the bottom of the car park instead of lining the drive’.  We need to remember that the Hotel is also open to other clients as well, so your co-operation with parking and remaining in the set areas will be greatly appreciated. Please remember to bring some money for drinks.  The Hotel reserves the right to check bags to ensure that alcohol is not brought onto the premises. Mrs Townsend

WORK EXPERIENCE During the past week, work experience paperwork has gone home to parents and also employers. Please ensure that the parental and student agreement is signed and returned to Ms Smith in the library as this is an important document.

OLYMPIC TORCH The Olympic Torch will visit Oakham on Tuesday 3 July. It is our intention that all students and staff enjoy this once in a life time opportunity to see the torch go past. We have purchased flags for every student, and staff will accompany students to the path leading into Oakham in time to see the event take place. Stuart Williams

SCHOOL NURSING SERVICE The school nursing service remains open during the school holidays. If you wish to contact them please do so directly on: Melton – 01664 502505 Rutland – 01572 772013 For direct health questions please call NHS direct 0845 4647


GHANA FUNDRAISING Olivia Tinkler from 9O has thought of a creative way in raising the £1370 that she needs to volunteer in Ghana in 2013. She has been busy creating beautiful earrings and funky key rings made from wire and coloured film. She has sold to family and friends and has so far raised £300. Olivia will be selling the jewellry around College, priced £3 per pair of earrings or 2 pairs for £5 and £1.50 for a key ring. She will also be taking part in a sponsored cycle.

ELECTIVE CHOICES The electives booklet is now available and can be viewed if you go to this link: The process for students to submit their eight different choices is fully explained and easy to use. Option forms must be submitted through the VLE by 3.30pm on Friday 29 June. Parental consent forms need to be returned by 13 July. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. Mrs Stapleton

PTA AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY This is a new award, from the PTA, for a student in each year group, to acknowledge a student who has voluntarily contributed to better the community in some way. This could be by helping to run a group or club out of College hours, or by helping an elderly person improve the quality of their life. This could be part of the Elective programme or involve an out of College activity. Students can be nominated by a parent/guardian or teacher, or can nominate themselves by writing an application to the PTA explaining their contribution. Nomination forms can be found on the website or collected from Client Services. Closing date Friday 29 June. Awards will be given to students at the end of term assemblies.


CHARITY SWIM Philip Godfrey, father of Bethany Godfrey, will be swimming across Lake Coniston on the 21 July to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The JDRF is trying to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes in children.  If you would like to support this worthwhile cause, you can donate by following the links given below.  

SPORTS NEWS PRIMARY ATHLETIC LEADERS On Thurs 14 June, 11 Sports Leaders assisted at the Rutland Primary Schools Athletics Competition at Rutland Athletics Club.   Yr 10 Leaders Yr 8 Leaders James Rosillo Fern Spencer Nick Houghton Willow Spencer Lewis Perry Morgan Hodgkin Rhys Smith Charlotte Cramphorn Troy-Lee Stafford Josh Limbrick Seb Quinn   The Year 10 leaders were put in charge of the throwing and jumping events and had to run the entire event with support from teachers, which included registering all the competitors, organising them into order, measuring their throws and jumps and calculating the final positions. The Year 8 leaders were put in charge of the finishing line on the track where they were responsible for organising all the competitors into the correct order once they had finished their races.   The sports leaders were a credit to the College and they ensured the event ran smoothly. Many teachers who attended the event congratulated the leaders on how well they did their jobs and how mature they were throughout the afternoon.   Well done to all.   Mr Thomas LECESTERSHIRE YEAR 9 GIRLS’ ROUNDERS TOURNAMENT On Thursday 14 June, ten students went to the under 14 girls’ rounders tournament in Leicester at Judgemeadow Community College. There were eight schools attending from Leicestershire and Rutland. The girls got through the first round into the semi-finals. Unfortunately they lost in the semifinals against Judgemeadow. However, they played a great game and really improved game by game. Well done to Davina Patel, Phoebe Booth, Amy Burditt, Chloe Simpson, Jenna-Marie Charlton, Sophie Joyce, Francesca Kennard-Kettle, Beth Baker, Georgia Farr and Natalie Hall.


SPORTS NEWS (CONTINUED) PRIMARY SCHOOLS TENNIS On Friday we held the Level 2 Primary tennis tournament involving 58 year 3 and 4 students. The aim of the afternoon was to select a team to compete in the next round for the County School Games Competition alongside running an inclusive tennis tournament. The students from Catmose Primary, Brooke Hill, Langham and Whissendine enjoyed competing in a round robin singles competition which was officiated by Alex Durno, a year 10 sports leader, and five year 7 and 8 students who are keen tennis players; Chloe Chambers, Alice Radford, Rohan Mehra, Connor Boylan and Jamie Maxwell. Our students demonstrated great leadership skills encouraging, controlling and organising the students on their particular court. A raffle was organised with a prize of a short tennis racket and the winning team from Whissendine receiving medals whilst all competitors received certificates for demonstrating the Olympic values during the course of the afternoon. Many thanks to R2R tennis at Oakham tennis club for their support along with the young leaders whose presence made the competition possible.   Mrs Powell INCLUSIVE ACTIVITY DAY   We were very fortunate to have three coaches delivering inclusive sports activities to 36 students from across the year groups. The students had an opportunity to try wheelchair basketball, sitting down volleyball and curling. They learnt not only the skills but some of the rules and as a result we are hoping to select a volleyball and wheelchair basketball team for round 3 of the Schools Games Programme. Many thanks to Mr Elson and Mrs Skinner for helping to organise the students and the support of staff on the day. Mrs Powell

LEVEL 2 ATHLETICS COMPETITION AT CORBY We had a very successful and exciting area athletics at Corby Stadium last term in which the competition could not have been closer. Although students perform as an individual, it is a whole team effort that ensures a win overall rather than a few individual performances. However, there were some excellent performances which deserve a mention. In year 7, Jess Curtis, Viktorija Sulaine, Holly Kirk, Alice Radford, Zoe Smith, Amy Saville, Yaznia Pourmozafari, Jasmine Woodhouse, Georgina Cramphorn, Daniel Cousens, Bradley Johnson, Zac Kennard Kettle, Tom Dryell, Charlie Ripley all finished in the top three in their events. Year 8, Chelsea Lucas, Fern Spencer, Charlotte Cramphorn, Charlotte Bell, Sophie Joyce, Sam Waddle, Jack Astill, Dougie Hempkin, Rory Madelin, Louie Miles, Sam Watchorn, Ollie Elliott, and Cameron Ferguson and in year 9 Penny Skipper, Amy Burditt, Charlotte Bell and Ellie Firth. At lunchtime we were in the lead by only a few points but we knew that we still had everything to compete for and complacency was not an option. Going into the last event we were only told that the relays could make a difference to the outcome. Both year 7 and year 8 boys’ teams won and the year 8 girls’ team came second by a whisker. We were on a high and with year 9 boys finishing 2nd, felt we were in with a chance. I was extremely proud of the team spirit and determination of our students to perform to the best of their ability and it was only 8 points which unfortunately was the difference between us coming second instead of first. After comparing our results from the day with Uppingham and Oakham School, congratulations must go to twenty of our students who have now been selected to represent Rutland at the County Athletics at Saffron Lane Leicester. I do believe that next year if we maintain our determination to get the trophy back we are in with a strong position to do so but more will need to make the most of the training after school. Mrs Powell


SPORTS NEWS CONTINUED COUNTY ATHLETICS On Saturday, a number of our students selected to represent Rutland, attended the Rutland and Leicestershire County Athletics Championships which was held at Saffron Lane in Leicester.  I am pleased to say that despite the wind and sometimes rain we had some personal best performances and championships winners. Ben Boulton-Smith became County Champion in the Under 13 200m with a time of 29.00   Silver Medals went to Bradley Johnson Under 13 High Jump Daniel Cousens Under 13 400m Daniel Cousens, Bradley Johnson Ben Boulton-Smith and Luke Bailey in the Relay Under 13 boys Josh Limbrick Inters 200m and relay   Bronze medal Viktoriya Sulaine Under 13 Javelin   The following students just missed out on medal positions coming fourth in their chosen events Charlotte Bell  (Year 9 )  Junior Long Jump Ashley Chamberlain Junior Long Jump Tom Dryell  800m Will Durno Triple Jump   Other students who were selected to represent Rutland but despite some good performances did not finish in the top three were: Yaznia Pourmozafari, Jess Curtis, Alice Radford, Harrison Wiles Bull, Jasmine Woolhouse  and Joel Turnbull.   Congratulations to all students for being selected and representing the College and area in such a professional way.     Mrs Powell

Ben Boulton-Smith

NOTTINGHAM OPEN - JUDO The Under 16s competition attracted a large entry, with many players preparing for the upcoming Kent International next week. Vale Judo’s Holly Newton competed in the U63kg category, winning all four pool fights by full score to qualify for the medal fight offs. A further two wins saw her take the gold medal in a convincing manner, having used a different technique in every contest.


SPORTS DAY T-SHIRT COMPETITION At the end of term, five students in year 7 had the opportunity to enter a competition to design a t-shirt logo for their house on sports day which had an Olympic theme. The PE team judged the t-shirts and the overall winning design to be featured on sports day t-shirts 2012 was by Caitlyn Palmer (7C) from the yellow house. Runners up prizes will go to Jennifer Stewart (7M) as we are using her slogan idea ‘Go Yellow, the closest colour to Gold’ on the t-shirts. Alicia Saffron-Taulli (7M), Alice Singlewood (7M) and Eleanor Bland (7T) will also receive a runners up prize for the best t-shirt design for their house. These T-shirts can be worn for future house events. T-shirts will be on sale till lunchtime on Monday 25 June and will cost £6 and to be paid at the main reception.  

Design for the front of the t-shirt



Green Machine

The Closest Colour To Gold



The Sky’s The Limit

Too Hot To Handle

Wording for the various house teams which will go on the back of the t-shirt


VACANCY KS1 / KS2 TEACHER Full Time or Part Time Required from September 2012 MPS We are a small, successful primary school. Our pupils are particularly well motivated and eager to learn. Due to the school's increasing popularity, we wish to expand our current staffing and welcome applicants who are interested in full or part time employment. We would also consider applications from GTPs (with funded places) or NQTs. We are looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated teacher who has a passion for developing the best in all pupils. You will be working as a member of a successful and experienced team. Standards are high and we strive for excellence. The closing date is noon on Friday 29 June 2012. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. For an application form and job description for the above vacancy please contact the college on 01572 770066 or follow this link:

LOCAL EVENTS MELTON CICLE CHALLENGE 2012 Sunday 1 July 2012.   ‘Ride the route of the Champions.’   This year's Rutland - Melton CiCLE Classic won by Alexander Blain of Endura was described by 'Cycling weekly' as "tougher than Paris - Roubaix". Are you up to the challenge.???   Places still available for the Sportif version on Sunday 1 July run off over two classic distances of 100 and 180 kms.   Choices of  'off road' sections or 'on road detours' exist so the courses are suitable for ALL. But is still possibly the most challenging sportif held in the popular Rutland and Melton area each year.   Facilities include; - Changing accommodation and showers at start and finish. - Safe off road parking for cars during the ride. - Fully signed course. - Two feed stations supported by High 5 race nutrition - Following vehicle - CiCLE Doctor available if needed.   Entry forms can be found online at www.eastmidlandsciclechallenge   Will we see see you on 1st July???? 

ANGLING TRUST EAST MIDLANDS JUNIOR LEAGUE The East Midlands Junior League offers young people a brilliant introduction to competitive angling. Open to young people aged between 14 – 17 years of age, the league creates a great opportunity to see what it is like to compete with other young anglers. If interested see PE notice board




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