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A newsletter for parents, students and the local community

19 APRIL 2013

ISSUE 51 GHANA MATILDA PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT 2013 ADMISSIONS WINNING REPORTER SCIENCE WEEK REPORTERS EXTREME PHYSICS TRIP SPORTS FIXTURES VACANCIES

GHANA

....................................................................................... During the Easter holiday, 26 Catmose College students undertook the adventure of a lifetime - a 10 day trip to Ghana to help build a new orphanage. Over the last 16 months students raised the money to go to Leklebi Duga, in the Volta Region of Ghana. During this time they: held car boot sales, bake sales, made jewellery and Christmas decorations, organised afternoon teas, stuffed envelopes, created a magazine, chopped over 5000 pieces of kindling and took part in many more activities to help fund this life changing adventure. The team left on Thursday morning, 28 March - all smiles and laughs. We flew to Amsterdam, had a quick breakfast and then started our 6 hour flight to Accra. Stepping off the plane we were hit with a blast of humidity and heat. It was a warm welcome from the snow we had left behind but soon after, the smiles left – the nervous reality of what we were undertaking suddenly hit us. We were met at the airport by George, the Venture Force in-country agent. His welcome hug and smiles chased any fear away that we might have had. The first night was spent at a hostel where we learned how to put up mosquito nets and use the water purification tablets (it took 20 minutes to purify so we took two bottles). The excitement of the night was a cockroach in the girls’ room; it was quite big, as were their screams. Upon arriving at the village, the adventure truly began. We put up our mosquito nets, divided into cooking groups and started on lunch - Ghana style – a stew. Throughout our time there we would help the cook and learned how to make Fou Fou, Banko, dandelion stew, red sauce (like salsa), rice porridge for breakfast and much more.


(GHANA Continued) The Eugomont Orphanage is home to 56 children aged from 8 months to 17 years of age. We were welcomed heart and soul by the children who readily asked to be held, hugged or played with. Being able to take extra bags meant that we could take things to help the orphans and those that helped. Our boys took 300 balloons to make animals; they were a hit as the children would get a balloon and then run around with it squealing with delight. Two little girls, about 7 years of age, asked if they could try on green dresses that Catmose Primary had donated. I said yes and they quickly put them on over their clothes. They fit. Smiles emerged as they asked how they looked. It was heart breaking to say the least. We then went in front of the village (about 400 people were there) and introduced ourselves. Natalie Hall and Olivia Tinkler played their tin whistles and the girls performed a dance. The boys were still busy making balloon animals for the children of the village and, again, became a huge hit. The village was very friendly in welcoming and encouraging the students in their volunteer work. Monday meant work. Pouring the concrete floor was intense due to the combination of the heat and equipment we had. It was about 33 degrees while the teams shovelled, poured, carried or dragged cement/water/gravel. It was a culture shock, with local knowledge being learned, such as using leaves in the wheel barrel to stop the water from splashing out. We carried water about a quarter of a mile to make the cement and fill our water bottles. Also, learning how to make cement without a cement mixer was a challenge, as it took over 40 minutes to mix up one batch of cement to pour. It was hot, sweaty work. After the work we would go swimming in the nearby river to get clean, relax and prepare for the next adventure. Venture Force organised a trip to the Mona Monkey Sanctuary where we were able to hand-feed the monkeys bananas. The monkeys would pop down from the trees, sit on your hand and then take the banana. It was amazing. We also spent time in the weaving village. People of this village make their living from weaving long pieces of fabric which are then sewn together to make traditional clothing. The string length was incredibly long - almost the length of one of our classrooms. Highpoints of our time included swimming under a waterfall while bats flew overhead, sharing a drink with the local chiefs, teaching at a school, dancing and drumming with the village, learning to cook on a homestay, washing in the rain storm, trying the local beverages, playing with the orphans and making many, many wonderful friends. There is just so much to say. This trip was life changing for the students and the staff. Most of the team want to go back and continue to help, as they know what they can achieve through their dedication and hard work. As team leader, I would like to thank Venture Force for this amazing opportunity as it has changed the lives of our students. I would also like to thank the leaders that Venture Force provided; without them our time there would not have been as successful. Finally, for the new friends in Ghana - thank you for making us feel at home and part of the village. Steph Gonda


MATILDA PERFORMANCE

................................................................................ On Thursday 18 April, 180 Year 7 students took part in the Matilda performance. The Year 7s visited London in January to watch the musical Matilda and take part in a workshop run by members of the cast. Since then, each form group has been working on a different song from the musical in their Drama and Music lessons. They performed their songs to Primary school pupils in the morning and to their parents and guardians in the afternoon. 7C started with the song ‘Miracle’, bringing the stage alive with colour through their costumes. Alistair Gilbert (playing a clown) led the song confidently with his solo singing. The inventive choreography was created by Zina Cheikh and Harriet North. Four soloists then took to the stage to sing the song ‘Naughty’. Skye Bussingham, Amy Dodson, Charlotte Hawksworth and Holly Imison sang and acted mischievously through their performance which grabbed the audience’s attention. 7A used boxes with the Alphabet on to perform their ‘School Song’ to us with clever sequencing. Joseph Jones brought strength to this performance with his portrayal of a rather scary older student! ‘The Hammer’ was performed with enthusiasm by 7T led by Matthew Pierce as Miss Trunchbull who sang this very difficult song exceptionally. Amy Dodson joined in with her faultless solo. A very energetic 7S performed their song ‘Bruce’ with creativity and flair as Jack Humble playing Bruce ate a whole chocolate cake – with a chocolate covered face for proof! 70’s performance of ‘When I grow up’ blew the audience away with the strength and commitment in their singing and acting. All of the students who took solo roles were fantastic. Maisie Goddard drew the audience in with her superb rendition of ‘Quiet’. The incredible freeze frames which enhanced this piece were performed by Thira Blackbourn-Warr, Alistair Gilbert, Monty Hemsley and Harriet North. 7M’s song of ‘Revolting Children’ brought the Matilda performance to an energetic end. The complicated choreography was led totally by five students in the form: Skye Bussingham, Natalie Duncan, Jaymee Feely, Macy Walker and Tabitha Woolhouse. Well done to all of the students who took part in this wonderful performance, especially the narrators who knitted it all together by leading us through the story of Matilda. The talent this year has been outstanding and we look forward to seeing more of these students in future productions at Catmose College.


SPOTLIGHT 2013 .................................................................................................................................... On Wednesday 27 March, eighty-five students took part in the 2013 Spotlight Dance Show based at Uppingham Theatre. The day before the event the students performed their dances in front of the College, which made them all extremely excited to be performing the next day in front of a bigger audience. We had a mixture of dances this year, showing a wide range of skills from the GCSE dance group to a solo performance by Bethany Godfrey. All the dancers had practiced for months to choreograph, learn and perfect their dances and on the day all their hard work paid off. After a dress rehearsal in the morning to sort out the lighting and sound they were all set for the matinee and evening performances. I was very proud of each and every student for their hard work and for giving such a professional performance on the day. A dvd of the show is now available to purchase. Mrs Powell

ADMISSIONS TO THE COLLEGE ................................................................................................ For admission to the College in Year 7 for September of 2013 we were significantly over subscribed and unfortunately we were unable to offer places to all children whose parents applied for places. The College believes that by offering more than 180 places to each year group we would seriously prejudice the efficient education of students already at the College and that many of the most effective characteristics of Catmose College would be undermined. Our admissions policy was published in February of 2012 following wide consultation with our stakeholders in order to ensure it best reflected our College community. There was significant agreement by stakeholders with the criteria to be used in case of oversubscription and the policy was adopted by the College’s governing body. The consultation process and its results were also published and can be viewed http://bit.ly/13b68tj Parents whose children unsuccessfully applied for a place have the right to appeal; details of this process have been posted to the individuals affected, additional information regarding admissions can also be viewed http://bit.ly/17iFf3s Stuart Williams


WINNING REPORTER

.................................................................. For the fourth year in a row, a Catmose College student has been made the Makewaves Reporter of the month. Year 9 student, Thomas Ameer-Beg (aka Satnav) has been a reporter on Makeswaves since he was in year 7, using his page www. makewav.es/r/satnav to showcase his College work, upload interviews as part of the media team and also write about his various experiences outside of College which includes being a member of the Leicester Penguins swimming team. He also uses his page to undertake work for the BBC as part of the BBC News School Report Catmose College team. As well as taking part in Newsday 2012, he reported from the practice torch relay as it passed by the College in April 2012. In recent weeks, Thomas has used his experience to mentor year 8 students in interviewing and presenting techniques at BETT 2013 and the Whole Education Regional Conference in London, by interviewing the keynote speakers including Baroness Estelle Morris and Chris Holmwood, Senior Deputy Headteacher at Shenley Brook End School in Milton Keynes and Principal of the school’s Leadership and Training Centre. Beth Smith, Catmose College Librarian and co-ordinator for Makewaves within the Catmose Federation, said “I have been very pleased with the way that Thomas has developed as a member of the media team during the past year. He undertakes fully researched interviews with a maturity not often seen in a year 9 student. His writings about personal issues and opinions have also been impressive and written to a very high standard”. Stephen Creek, Senior Community and Schools Manager at Makewaves said “Satnav has been creating wonderfully varied, high quality content on Makewaves for a long time, but his work recently has been particularly impressive and he has made a great impact on the community. From writing insightful, mature articles about a range of different subjects, to honing his interview technique in front of the camera, Satnav has been consistently engaging with his stories and blogs. Makewaves thrives on the personalities and talents of its members, and Satnav’s unique character has shone through in his work, making him a stand-out choice for Reporter of the Month.” Ms Smith

SCIENCE WEEK REPORTERS

.................................................................................................. Are you passionate about Science? Would you like to share this passion with others? If the answer is YES to both questions and you are in years 7-9, YOU could be who we are looking for. Miss Odedra and Ms Smith are looking for enthusiastic and committed students who are good communicators and flexible, innovative, creative and hardworking teamplayers to join a Science media team in readiness for science week in July. The media team will be reporting on activities throughout science week, in class and around College and the role includes recording, editing, interviewing before, during and after College hours, with the possibility that your work could be featured on the BBC News School Report website. We would like the team to include one student from each teaching group. So how can you join this team? We would like you to submit an application using Makewaves and this can be a written report or an audio or video recording, telling us why you are suitable for the role. The deadline is Friday 17 May. When you have completed your application, please post the link in the comments box on this Makewaves page - www.makewav.es/story/509555/title/sciencereporterswanted Without the link, your application is not complete. Ms Smith


EXTREME PHYSICS TRIP

................................................................ Over the Easter holidays, myself and three other students ventured to Stowe School, Buckinghamshire to take part in the ‘Extreme Physics’challenge. Here we completed numerous challenges, however, we also got the opportunity to try indoor skydiving and rock climbing. Once we arrived, we were greeted with an orienteering challenge requiring us to find our way around the extensive grounds, using only a photocopied map and clues in which we received at each given point. At each station we were also required to collect a ‘wiki clue’ which was required to answer the ‘wiki trail at the end’. We also faced the one minute timer challenge in which we were given a box of random objects such as string and bottles etc. and we were required to make a timer lasting as close to one minute as we could. Being brave we went straight for fire, we did well and won the challenge as we were only 1 second off the allotted minute. ‘The one man and his sheep’ challenge was more entertaining than anything. Three team members were blindfolded and one was the shepherd; the shepherd could only use whistles and claps to guide the ‘sheep’ around the classroom and into different pens. It is fair to say we failed miserably at this challenge and most of the team members can no longer walk due to their collisions with tables but it was still extremely fun. ‘Exoplanets’ consisted of us producing a model of the universe and calculating the orbit and mass of three gas giants. Once we had worked out the mass in terms of earth, we scaled them down and created plastercine planets in which we smothered in glitter. Finally, we calculated the goldilocks zone, providing us with the knowledge that none of these planets will fall in the habitable area of the universe. This was very challenging but we worked well together and created a fairly accurate and very sparkly model. We were also faced with a challenge in which we had to measure the time it took different masses to complete a certain number of osolations, then enabling us to calculate the mass of our alien (which was at this point also covered in glitter). Challenge 5 was called ‘catapults’ where we were given instructions to make catapults out of lolly-sticks. Whilst we were doing this unbeknown to us, the teachers were busy producing castles that we would be let loose at. Sometime later we were lined up against the other schools ready to fire (earlier that day two of us had to answer a set of physics questions which earned us firing time) knocking down a knight, we took the lead and from that point on we were invincible. Throughout our stay we also listened to two fascinating lectures about liquid nitrogen and non-lethal weapons, they were both entertaining and interesting. However, the real challenge came when we were informed that each school had to give their own presentation – our subject Edwin Schrodinger. Our presentation consisted of our own Schrodinger, experiments with a knitted cat and a balloon filled with an assortment of sparkly items that, when burst, covered the lecture hall in a sheet of glitter that earned us the ‘excessive use of sparkles’ certificate. The final results were in and at this point we had a total of seven rosettes. In the end we came in second place by one point, earning ourselves a trophy and a certificate each. Overall, it was a fantastic experience that we were all very fortunate to be invited on. We would like to thank Mrs Drake especially for looking after us for the three days and for her continual support. We shall wear our new physics hoodies with pride!

Georgia Farr

SCIENCE COMPETITION QUESTION

................................................................................. This is a chance for you as a parent/guardian to put your science knowledge to the test as well as having the opportunity to earn points for your child’s house. Science Riddle: I’m yellow and cloudy and super hot. Look low in the sky, I’m easy to spot. People call me the ‘Evening Star’. From planet Earth, I’m not very far. If you think you know what the answer is, please e-mail Miss Odedra hodedra@catmosecollege.com by Tuesday 30 April, along with your child’s name, form and house.


DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARD PRACTICE EXPEDITION

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Recently twelve Year 10 students spent the weekend in the Derbyshire/Staffordshire Peak District. There were two expedition groups who investigated a variety of interesting sites on their venture e.g. Thor’s Cave, Ilam Hall, Dovedale, The Tissington Trail, and even a disappearing river! The groups also tried out new tents in very windy conditions, and walked on snow left over from the severe storms in the area in March. The venture was very successful and everyone performed well in preparation for the qualifying expedition in July in the Dark Peak. Charlie O’Neill (A6 Awards)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

................................................................................................................................... The latest Scholastic Book club magazine has just arrived in College and has been handed out to students. Also, the group order has been set up online and this means you can now order all the books in your Book Clubs leaflet and many more at http://bit.ly/17GvBdW and you’ll be able to have your books delivered to school for FREE! You need to order your books by Friday 26 April 2013. After that date, I will place all manual orders and then the books will be delivered to school for me to hand out in College. Take a look at what’s on offer here http://bit.ly/17GvBdW there are some great bargains with books costing as little as £1.99! Ms Smith

SPORTS FIXTURES - TERM 5

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BOYS CRICKET

DAY

GIRLS ROUNDERS

Tues 23/04/2013

Yr 10 v Belvoir (A)

Wed 24/04/2013

Yr 8 & 10 v Belvoir (A)

Thurs 25/04/2013

Yr 8 v Belvoir (A)

Wed 01/05/2013

Yr 7 & 9 v CBEC (A)

Tues 30/04/2013

Yr 9 v CBEC (A)

Wed 08/05/2013

Yr 8 & 10 v CBEC (H)

Thurs 02/05/2013

Yr 7 v CBEC (A)

Wed 22/05/2013

Yr 7 & 9 v John Ferneley (A)

Tues 07/05/2013

Yr 10 v CBEC (H)

Thurs 09/05/2013

Yr 8 v CBEC (H)

Tues 14/05/2013

Yr 9 v John Ferneley (A)

Thurs 16/05/2013

Yr 7 v John Ferneley (A)

Tues21/05/2013

Yr 10 v John Ferneley (H)

Thurs 23/05/2013

Yr 8 v John Ferneley (H)

DAY

FIXTURES

Wed 24/04/2013

Under 15 Tennis Boys v Belvoir (H)

Mon 29/04/2013

Oakham School Athletics (Relays) 4.30pm start

Wed 01/05/2013

Under 13 Tennis Boys v CBEC (A)

Wed 08/05/2013

Under 15 Tennis Boys v CBEC (H)

Mon 13/05/2013

Year 7 and 8 Girls/Boys Athletics @ Oakham School 4.30pm start

Mon 20/05/2013

Year 7 and 8 Girls/Boys Athletics @ Oakham School 4.30pm start

Wed 22/05/2013

Under 13 Tennis Boys v John Ferneley (A)


VACANCIES

............................................................................................. DEPUTY NURSERY MANAGER APT & C Scale 4/5 points 18-25 £17,161-£21,519pa FTE Required from June 2013 Full time, 37 hours per week, all year round We require a qualified Nursery Nurse to deputise for the Manager of our busy nursery where we have the equivalent of 28 FTE places for pre school children. Applicants need the ability to work as a team member and willing to work hard to continue the excellent standard of child care offered. The nursery is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm throughout the year. APPRENTICESHIP – CATMOSE NURSERY Apprentice rate of £98.05 per week (37 hours) One day each week will be spent at College in order to cover the theories of the training programmes. These posts will last for the duration of the qualification, which will be approximately 12 months. There is a paid entitlement to 8 Bank Holidays and 26 discretionary/annual leave days. The postholder will follow The Children and Young People’s Workforce Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework. CRB clearance will be required before the post can be taken up. For more details, or to apply, please visit CatmoseCollege.com/vacancies

ADVERTS

................................................................................................................................... BRITISH CYCLING British Cycling Young Volunteer course at UCC on Monday 29 April (3-6pm). Are you aged 14-17 and have a keen interest in cycling or would like to help run cycling activities in a school or at a community club? If you are and would like to find out more information then please visit the following site: http://bit.ly/13j3SfW LIFE SAVING A life guard position has arisen for students in year 11 who hold a current Life Saving Certificate. It will involve an hour each week 4-5 pm. For more information email Barbara Watt barbarawatt@ me.com COLLEGE REUNION 1983 There’s a 30 year reunion for those that left Catmose College, formerly Vale of Catmose College, in 1983. The event will be at Victoria Hall, Oakham on Saturday 13 July, from 7:30pm until midnight. For more details, please contact Maria Gaskell by email: maria.gaskell@gmail.com  


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