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A newsletter for parents, students and the local community

14 JUNE 2013

ISSUE 54 THE STARDOME EXPERIENCE MAKEWAVES AWARDS 2013 STITCH AND MAKE STUDIO PROM 2013 YR 11 RESULTS DAY OTHELLO SCHOOLS COUNTY ATHLETICS SCHOOLS WILL ROCK YOU

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TO THE CLASS OF 2013

....................................................................................... We joined Catmose together and like you I was nervous about joining a new school, whether I would make friends and be able to do a good job as principal. I look back now and wonder what I was worried about; Catmose has been a wonderful place to work, it has offered me so many opportunities and I have learnt so much as a result. I hope you feel the same way; we have very much been on this journey together. I hope that each of you has a number of experiences you will never forget as a result of your time here, perhaps attaining the Duke of Edinburgh award, a trip abroad, an elective, volunteering, taking part in a production, playing in an ensemble or singing in the choir. I also hope you have discovered a talent that you didn’t know you had that leads to career that you couldn’t have imagined before joining us. If we have done our job properly you will know what you are good at and have confidence to pursue your dreams to make them a reality. Continued Overleaf


Your next steps are of course important to you, they will be the ones that lead you to your chosen profession; I believe that you all have the confidence to take a few risks, the wisdom to accept when you have got things wrong and the resilience to pick yourself up and carry on when life is inevitably unfair in the challenges it presents you. These personal attributes are just as important as your GCSE results and your other academic achievements. You have been a wonderful year group to work with over the last five years and I have been fortunate indeed to have such a talented group of young people as my first cohort, I wish you every success for the future. Once you leave year 11, please don’t forget Catmose, stay in touch and if I can be of any help in the future please don’t hesitate to ask. Best Wishes, Stuart Williams

THE STARDOME EXPERIENCE

.................................................................................................................................... On Monday 10 June, Year 8 were given the opportunity to experience the StarDome, courtesy of the National Space Centre, Leicester. The two of us, along with most of our peers were very excited to see what was going to happen, as for some of us it was our first time inside a Planetarium. We felt very lucky that our science teachers had chosen our year! After queuing up outside the theatre, with lots of chat about what we were about to see, we were finally let inside and into the black dome. As all eyes were drawn to the single projector screen we watched in awe and wonder. The darkness made us feel as if we were in space! It was like the Tardis, bigger on the inside than it looked like from the outside! When we had discovered how our voices echoed inside the dome and showed each other our hand puppet skills (it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can’t resist making hand puppets!) the gentleman from the Space Centre started his presentation on the ‘Life Cycle of a Star’. It was intriguing to learn that stars live for billions and billions of years; red dwarfs in our galaxy have yet to have died as they live for the longest amount of time. With larger stars there are no planets around them, as the gravitational pull is too strong and the planets would be sucked into the star! He also explained the size difference between stars was dramatic, there is no gradual change. Next we were shown the constellation pictures which were projected all around the StarDome. The gentleman showed us the star signs and then told us the stories behind the constellation images we were seeing. Finally he showed us the stars we can see at the moment, without the images. He explained how whatever time of the year it is, the North Star does not move. He continued to prove his point by making us all dizzy from spinning the stars around the StarDome! We are certain that the rest of Year 8 really enjoyed our experience inside the StarDome, as it was something very different. We are very fortunate that we were given this opportunity so we would like to thank all of our science teachers! Yaznia Pourmozafari & Gemma Gregory 8C


MAKEWAVES AWARDS 2013

..................................................................... We have been using Makewaves, the safe social network, at Catmose College since 2009. Since then our students have created over 2810 multimedia reports and over 700 blogs. During the past three years, we were privileged to have been awarded the Best Secondary School Station in their annual awards and last year, four of our reporters were named the best secondary reporters of the year for the Network. During the past month, members of the Makewaves network have been placing their nominations and now, the winners for the 2013 awards have been announced. This year, Catmose College has been successful again – year 9 student, Thomas Ameer-Beg (aka Satnav) was awarded the Best Secondary Reporter in recognition for all his hard work reporting in College and at educational events around the Country. His work can be seen on his Makewaves page www.makewav.es/r/satnav Also in recognition for her enthusiasm and dedication in coordinating the Catmose College and Catmose Primary Makewaves sites, Ms Smith has been awarded best Publisher. You can view an interview between Thomas and another reporter by folloing this link: http://bit.ly/14ykuTa

SCIENCE COMPETITION PUZZLE RESULT

....................................................... The results for the last puzzle to test our parent/guardian science knowledge are: 1) L E C N T N O L S T A I O

Constellation

2) M R T S A E S I

Asterism

3) N D O R A A D M E

Andromeda

Thank you for your contributions.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS

............................................................................................... The latest Scholastic Book Club magazine has arrived in College and the group order online has now been set up. This means you can now order all the books in your Book Clubs leaflet online and many more at http://clubs-school.scholastic.co.uk/catmosecollege and all your books will be delivered to school for FREE! You need to order your books by Friday 21 June 2013. After that date, all additional orders will be processed and the books will be delivered to College to be handed in tutor groups. For every £1 you spend, 20p goes back to our College to spend on books for our library! There are some great bargains with books costing as little as £1.99!

Ms Smith


YR 10 VISIT TO THE STITCH & MAKE STUDIO

...................................................................................... On Friday 24 May, Miss Hincks’ year 10 GCSE Art & Design students visited the Stitch & Make Studio in Northampton to work with textile artist Abi Jackson. From her studio Abi Jackson designs and makes one-off pieces of clothing for boutiques, private commissions and fairs such as the Selvedge Fair and the Renegade Craft Fair. This visit was to enable the students to work with Abi using a range of textiles techniques which could be applied to their still-life pieces which had already been started in class. The students were shown free motion embroidery, trapunto, applying surfaces and reverse applique techniques using the sewing machine as well as hand stitching and painting with Brusho and oil sticks. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. The students worked with such concentration and a positive attitude and all produced an excellent piece of coursework to add to their GCSE portfolio. Abi thought the students were ‘exemplary and wonderful to work with’. Miss Hincks

PROM 2013

.................................................................... Once again we are looking forward to a celebratory evening at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf & Conference Centre. Tickets are on sale now available from ‘Client Services’ at a cost of £20.00. When purchasing a ticket students will also be given information about the professional photographs that can be taken. Parents/guardians & spectators who wish to see the students arrive are requested to arrive before 6.30pm and stand in the designated area, to fulfil Health & Safety requirements. We have been asked to remind visitors to park at the bottom of the car park instead of lining the drive. The hotel is open to other guests during the day, so your co-operation with parking and remaining in the set areas will be greatly appreciated. Please remember to bring some money for soft drinks on the evening. The Hotel reserves the right to check bags to ensure that alcohol is not brought onto the premises. The Prom ends at 11.00pm so please arrange for students to be collected at or before this time.


YR11 RESULTS DAY

........................................................................ Results will be available for collection on Thursday 22 August. Special arrangements need to be in place if you are not able to collect your results in person so please read this information carefully: COLLECTION ON THE DAY College will be open between 10 am and 12 noon. We are not allowed to hand details to anyone else so please don’t ask a friend to collect them for you. If you would like a member of your family to collect your results on your behalf you need to write a short letter to Miss Carr giving permission for the results to be handed over. RESULTS BY POST If you would like your results posted to you please complete a stamped addressed envelope and hand it in to the main office before the end of term. Results will be posted on Thursday 22 August so you won’t receive them until Friday 23 at the earliest.

OTHELLO: A SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

................................................................................................................................... Setting the scene for the evening performance included a visit to the Globe Theatre on South bank, London and a workshop with the National Theatre Company. The well-informed instructor helped us understand the script using physical activities that could interest any slobbish teenager. For example learning relations of the characters by placing them in a photo together, or acting a scene of the text whilst repeating important phrases. As most of my classmates hadn’t seen the play before, the workshop really helped with understanding Shakespeare along with the basic storyline of Othello. Instead of verbal or reading exercises the Kinesthetic style worked perfectly in the confusing task of getting to grips with Shakespeare and definitely made the 7 o’clock showing much easier to follow. For example studying the section of text where Othello accuses his wife of cheating really helped me understand the storyline of Acts 4&5. “Othello: Desdemona:

Othello: Desdemona:

Are you not a strumpet? No as I am a Christian: If to preserve this vessel for my Lord From any unlawful touch Be not to be a strumpet, I am none! What, not a whore? No, as I shall be saved.”

The play itself was extraordinary. Director Nick Hytner did a brilliant job of setting Othello in modern times but incorporating the original humour, action, suspense and misery in the Shakespearean play. He directed it so well the modern audience picked up on most jokes although spoken in, what seemed, a different language. The main character Othello, acted by Adrian Lester (a well-known star in TV and Shakespearean Theatre) completely dominated his part, clearly communicating with the audience but never tripping up on any 17th Century phrases. Although a few times his actions differed to that of the script, there was nothing noticeably poor and he kept performing realistically; for example when acting angrily he knocked some paper off the table but rather than looking silly it added effect, especially as he then knocked over the table. Overall the performance was interesting, well-rehearsed and gripping, the actors played their parts excellently and I truly believed I was watching Shakespeare at his best! The only down points were that of the script which was confusing at times, however this couldn’t really have been adapted as it was a Shakespearean play. Despite this, I think the acting made up for a lack of understanding and I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the National Theatre, London. Lewis Clark 10S


SCHOOLS COUNTY ATHLETICS

................................................................................................................................... On Saturday 8 June, the Schools County Athletics took place at Saffron Lane in Leicester. A team is selected from the five secondary schools in Rutland to compete in this competition ranging from the seniors to the under 13 age groups. Twentyfive students from Catmose College were selected to attend and, although not all could participate on the day, we had some outstanding performances. We have four Rutland and Leicestershire County Champions: Tabitha Woolhouse won the 100m under13 sprint with a time of 14.6 secs. Ben Higgins won the 70 metres hurdles under 13 with a time of 11.8 secs. Josh Limbrick was part of the winning relay team who achieved a new record of 45.2. He also gained a silver in the 100m with a time of 11.7 secs. Douglas Hempkin missed out from getting through to the final of the Junior 100m by 0.1 second but got his revenge by participating in the winning relay team with a time of 49 secs. Two students gained a silver medal: Jessica Guy threw a personal best in the Under 13 discus with a throw of 17.6 metres. Chelsea Lucas came second in the final of the Junior 100m with a time of 13.7 secs. Eve Orton gained a bronze medal in the final of the Under 13 High jump with a personal best of 1m 20. Emily Broughton ran an excellent Under 13 800m race but just missed out on a medal coming 4th. Ben Buckby ran in the 100m under 13 with a time of 14.8 but was not selected for the final Charlie Dalby come 6th in the final of the Under 13 800m, with a time of 2:51:6. Sam Wilkinson came 7th in the Under 13 shot 6m 70. Jessica Curtis ran in the 200m Junior event and came 7th with a time of 31.10 secs. Alice Lucas in the Under 13 100m came 4th in the heat and just missed out on getting through to the final with a time of 16.10 secs. Georgia Whittemore, Tabitha Woolhouse, Alice Lucas and Jessica Guy took part in the relay and came 5th with a tie of 59.4 seconds, missing out on a medal by 0.6 secs. Mrs Powell


LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND COUNTY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS, LEICESTER

................................................................................................................................... Two of our students recently took part in the Leicestershire and Rutland County Club Championships at Saffron lane, Leicester. Ben Higgins from year 7 is now triple county champion in Hurdles, 200m and Long Jump. He equaled the county record in Under 13 boys 75m hurdles with a personal best. of 13.05 seconds. In the long jump he achieved 4m 48 and in the 200m another personal best with a time of 28.04. Ben gained a silver medal in the 100m, just 11 hundredths behind the winner with a time of 13.5 seconds. Ben’s goal is to be selected for the All England Championships in ideally the hurdles and we wish him every success in achieving his ambition. Chelsea Lucas, a year 9 student won a Bronze in the same competition with a personal best time of 28.13 in the Under 15 girls 200m. Both students are dedicated to achieving their true potential in athletics through hard work and training and we look forward to hearing more about their successes in the future. If any other students have achieved success outside of school, the PE faculty would welcome the opportunity to celebrate with them. Ben is currently ranked in the UK in the following events 60m Hurdles 11th 75m Hurdles 33rd Long jump 30th 60m sprint 23rd 200m 62nd 100m 106th Chelsea Lucas is currently ranked 326th in the 200m Well done to both students in achieving uk rankings

Mrs Powell

THE LOCKING OF CHANGING ROOMS IN SPORTS .................................................................. Pupils are reminded that the changing rooms are only locked during Core Physical Education lessons. For Electives and Extra-Curricular PE pupils are advised to leave their valuables either in their lockers or in the Stevenage Leisure lockers which require a ÂŁ1 deposit. If you have any questions regarding this matter please see a member of the Sports Team. Mr Teasel


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