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particularly enjoyable prom which was held at the Basingstoke Country Hotel in Welcome to this summer’s edition of News the evening. @ Cranbourne which I hope gives you a flavour of the variety of exciting events An exciting development this term is being that have taken place at college this driven by our Young Chamber group who term. are initiating a move for us to become a Fair Trade College. Whilst this might mean This term I have particularly enjoyed paying slightly more for a cup of tea, the watching our students working with their presentations they have made have primary peers, whether it be at the primary “ [T]his mixture of joint work aids schools for events such as sports days or student progression, helps the special projects like the art mural at Kings transition process from primary to Furlong and the curriculum mornings at Manor Field. Joint events at Cranbourne secondary run smoothly and allows have included taster sessions for Year 5 skills of collaboration, teamwork and pupils in Music, Science, Design and leadership to be developed.” Technology and Hair and Beauty, transition projects in Maths and History, convinced staff, governors and students Gifted & Talented workshops in a wide that paying people a fair wage in variety of subjects and, of course, the Year deprived countries is the right thing to do! 6 Induction Day and Parents Evening. I We look forward to hearing more from firmly believe that this mixture of joint work them in the Autumn Term. aids student progression, helps the transition process from primary to Following our GOOD OFSTED in 2012, a key secondary run smoothly and allows skills of focus for us throughout the year has been collaboration, teamwork and leadership developing our teaching to become to be developed. OUTSTANDING. A significant amount of Year 11 students approached their GCSE work has been undertaken on INSET days final examinations in a mature and and in after school sessions and the staff responsive manner. They worked hard in are looking forward to developing this the run up to the exams with many of work further next year to ensure even them attending extra revision sessions over more success in 2013-2014! the half term break. The climax of their time with us was the last Friday in June Betty Elkins when they had their Leavers’ Assembly in Headteacher the morning with their tutors and a

Newsletter designed and created by: Francine Brewin Printed by: Adline Group, Basingstoke ~ Front cover Day of Sport image by: Olaf Wawrzyniak


CONTENTS Student Enterprise and Achievement......... 4 - 5 Dutch Student Exchange............................. 6 - 7 STEM News………..........................................


Drama & Performing Arts….......................... 9

Enrichment Day, pages 10 –13

Enrichment Day Student Report.................. 10 -11 Enrichment Day In Pictures........................... 12 - 13 Sport @ CBEC……………............................... 14 Modern Foreign Languages…….................. 15

GCSE Photography Showcase.................... 16 - 17 MFL Winners, page 15

Duke of Edinburgh Award Update.............. 18 - 19

Library News……………................................. 20 LSU Update…….............................................. 21 Starting Secondary School…………………


Cranbourne Calendar.................................. 23 Pen pal Visit, pages 6 - 7

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STUDENT ENTERPRISE & Young Enterprise and Gifted & Talented students have all been very busy this term. The Young Enterprise students are celebrating their recent successes while the G&T students have enjoyed a range of trips and taken part in master classes with CBEC’s feeder schools. Read on to find out more!


The barns were amazing and very big, and All the fresh air and creativity made us hungry there were swallows nesting on the beams so we then had a picnic lunch and a rest. inside.

After lunch Mrs Parker took us around the two barns and garden full of different artworks.

We took part in a willow workshop with artist There Tim Jackson.




Her work was a

Then he showed us fluff from tumble dryer filters. It took her a long

nests from different birds around the world so time to collect all the fluff and lots of it came


that we could see the differences. After that from students and staff at the school. We all

On Friday 14th June a small group of year 8 students were taken to The Hackwood Art Festival in Tunbridge, just outside Basingstoke. The festival is open once every two years to raise money for charity. This year it was in aid The organiser

Amanda Aldous holds the festival in her own grounds, which include a large number of lovely barns and outbuildings. The barns have an interesting history as one is supposed to have been moved there from Chineham, and some bricks taken from the ruins of Old Basing were used in the structure of the buildings.

we started learning to make domed shelters thought that it was imaginative and creative, made from willow. We all had a chance to and it was interesting to see all the items that do the top, middle and bottom of the shelters get caught up in the tumble dryer fluff. and their different techniques.

We had to

work as a team and we were in groups with There were lots of different styles of art, another school. It was great fun and creative. including painting, sculpture and ceramics. We







When we had finished Tim took us out to the vandalised bus shelter glass. It was good to privately owned woods where we worked in see real art because we could see the small groups and found safe and secret techniques and textures. It was very inspiring places to make nests. We were amazed that and encouraged us to try new things.


the family had their own woods and a had a really lovely day and all of us felt really fantastic home-made tree house too.

Working on the domed shelters

lucky to have been invited. I would love to go again another year.

Tim Jackson showing how it’s done!

Mrs Parker’s ‘Ritual Accumulations’



different baskets and pointed out the different patchwork quilt, which was made from the colours in the weave.

of St. Michael’s Hospice.


First he showed us some including Mrs Parker.

The finished product

ACHIEVEMENT @ CBEC SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR YOUNG ENTERPRISE STUDENTS Ten CBEC students are celebrating a successful year after their business, Time-Out, was awarded ‘Best Company Report’ at a recent competition. Their most recent success came when they attended the Hampshire finals in Southampton, which marked the 50th anniversary of Young Enterprise. The win marks the third time in the academic year that Time-Out have claimed a prize, as they also won the title of ‘Best Stall’ at both the Christmas and Easter Young Enterprise fairs that were held in The Malls in Basingstoke. After competing against six schools and sixth form colleges from Hampshire, the judges said they were impressed with their products and use of materials. Miss Young, who has coordinated the Young Enterprise team, said “I am so proud of the students. They have shown real commitment to setting up and running a company, working well as a team, producing quality products and presenting to the judges from the business world They have proved themselves worthy of being winners.”

YOUNG CHAMBER’S BID TO MAKE CBEC A FAIRTRADE SCHOOL We are Young Chamber and we are currently looking to become a fair trade school. We are the steering group and we will organise all the things we need to do in order to become a fair trade school. For CBEC to become a fair trade school we need to hold three events per school year; one during the fair trade fortnight, one in the community and another will be held on a Day 10. Some of the events we have planned are :  Swap Shop with the golden ticket

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Fairtrade competitions Fairtrade products in the canteen and staff room

So why should CBEC become fair trade? Here’s what we all think: ‘I think the events will be really fun to organize.’ - Lucy Swannell ‘Becoming a fair trade school will benefit us as it will give us a positive reflection for the community’ Grace Marsh

The Young Chamber team hard at work!

‘Fairtrade will improve the image of our school.’ - Dominic Palazacky ‘I am looking forward to going to the banana factory to see what they do for fair trade.’ - Cerys Crockwell ‘It’s good to help people who are struggling to make a living across the global community’ - Isla NG

You can find out more at The Fairtrade Foundation’s website:


CRANBOURNE STUDENTS Year 8 students have recently had the opportunity to meet their penfriends face to face. The scheme, which has been running for over a year, has been coorganised by Mr Kimber and Mrs Robinson. Mr Kimber said: “I have a family friend who is Dutch and teaches English in Holland. We arranged for her students to write to a group of students when they were in Year 7.” In April of this year, CBEC’s students travelled to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard to meet the friends they have been writing to for the past 18 months. After the initial apprehension of breaking the ice the students had a fantastic time, getting to know each other properly and learning a great deal about each other’s cultures. The day consisted of a thorough exploration of the Dockyard before they had the chance to do a little shopping at Gunwharf Quays. The day was then rounded off when everyone sat down for a meal. The excitement continued the following day when the Dutch students visited Cranbourne and sat in on some lessons. The cookery classes went down particularly well and the pizzas that the students made together were thoroughly enjoyed. The second day of the exchange also offered the students a chance to take part in PE lessons together, the results of which can be seen further down the page. “I’m pleased to report,” Mr Kimber added, “that CBEC welcomed the Dutch students warmly and the school community was particularly excited, knowing that our foreign visitors were present.” Following the success of the two-day exchange, CBEC students are anticipating their invitations for a reciprocated visit to the Netherlands. The positive impact the visit has had on both Dutch and English students is evident in the comments CBEC’s students have made. Take a look on the next page for their thoughts on the exchange.

“CBEC welcomed the Dutch students warmly and the school community was particularly excited.”

Netherlands - 1, England - 0! On the Friday of their visit, CBEC students and their penfriends


against each other with a game of football and Danish longball.


England were defeated this time but they hope to redeem



the near future, when Cranbourne students will travel to the Netherlands. News on this exciting trip will be available online and in our newsletters, so keep an eye out in the near future!


MEET DUTCH PENFRIENDS WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE EXCHANGE? COMMENTS FROM CBEC’S STUDENTS “It was amazing. Probably one of the best days of my life. I really miss them!” “Meeting the Dutch students was a great experience for all of us and it was really interesting to find out about Holland and show them what it’s like in England. They were really nice too.” “I had a really good time and I made good friends. I can’t wait to go to Holland and see them again.”

“It was just AMAZING! They were all so lovely and it was a brilliant experience. I have kept in touch with a lot of them.” “I had the most amazing time with our Dutch pen pals. It was such a good experience. It was great finally meeting them. Showing them England was nice and learning some Dutch was interesting. Meeting the Dutch students was an amazing opportunity. I loved showing them round the dockyards and making pizza with them.” “Meeting the Dutch students was an amazing opportunity and we were really lucky to meet them. It was great fun and by the end of the two days we made great friends. It was fun meeting people from a different country and we had to work hard to make sure they understood us. When we went up to Portsmouth it was a great day out and when we made pizza we got to bond with them more. We made great friends and I can’t wait until we get to go over to Holland and see them again.”

“It was really fun and interesting to meet the Dutch exchange students.” “Everything was great. I think everyone enjoyed it all!” “It was great to meet different people. It was very nice to meet our friends in person and everyone had a great time. The activities were fun and trying new things with new people was really nice.” “I really enjoyed being able to meet with people from a different background from me. I was really surprised by the way the students and teachers had such a laid back relationship with one another. It was all very friendly and informal.”

“Awesome. Super fun. The best idea ever – I’d do it again!”

“I liked meeting them in real life because we got to know each other better.” “I loved going to Portsmouth and going on all the ships and going shopping. I loved meeting my pen pal and talking to her. I also liked doing all the sport the next day. It was such a good two days and I can’t wait to see all of them again and keep sending letters to them. I miss my pen pal.”


STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths FOOD TECH: Day 10 Squashed Tomato Challenge

Dragon’s Den type scenario to the panel of STEM ambassadors.

The students were then able to show

the their teamwork skills as well as putting opportunity at the most recent Day 10 their D&T and engineering knowledge ev ent to work a lo ngsid e STEM and experimentation into practice. All ambassadors. The ambassadors work teams managed to produce a solution The

yea r


stud en ts

ha d

in allied professions and give up time to that ensured, in line with the challenge, work with schools to raise the profile of that there were no squashed tomatoes! the subjects.

The STEM advisors, when summing up

Each team had to allocate roles from the job descriptions provided; project manager, design engineer, finance manager


They then had deadlines





to work to tight produce system



model the


the day, said: “Considering limited resources, the students showed great imagination




produce a working solution. The best solutions were produced by teams who were committed and showed good communication skills.”

important box of cherry tomatoes. Basic equipment such as ramps and pulleys were then utilised to produce a solution which was presented in a

Tutor group 8Wh produced the winning team and they were presented


prizes from the ambassadors.

TeenTech STEM Event A group of ten year 9 students have recently visited the Hampshire Court Hotel to take part in one of TeenTech’s one-day STEM events. The aim of the day was to give students an insight into STEM careers by talking to a range of companies and watching talks, as well as taking part in hands-on activities. The students were divided into two smaller groups and then visited three areas for 15 minutes and two areas for 30 minutes each. Companies present on the day included NHS, Fujitsu, Balfour Beatty, Delarue, JVC, Wood and Douglas, AWC, Shire and Air Products. The day was opened and closed by Maggie Philbin, former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter, and students and staff rounded off the day by presenting their ideas on their app designs, which they CBEC students presenting their ideas

worked on throughout the day. Well done also to Emma Stewart, who won a prize from JVC. She is now the proud owner of a brand new stereo!

TeenTech events are designed to show teenagers how STEM subjects can be used in their future careers. For more information about the events they run, visit their website at


DRAMA & PERFORMING ARTS Performances, trips, rehearsals...the Drama department has finished the year as busy as ever, with the Year 10 performance evening on 2nd July inspired by our trip in May to see The Woman in Black, a West End trip to the long running hit The Lion King on the 4th July and the performing arts road show with Queen Mary’s College! For the autumn term we already have plans to see the sell-out Matilda The Musical in December 2013 (some tickets are still available so ask Mrs. Affleck-Cruise for a letter if you would like to go) and rehearsals, set/prop making continues for The Jungle Book performances which are now taking place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September 2013.

Year 10 Performances

CBEC students recently travelled to London to see the musical theatre production of The Lion King. Mrs Affleck-Cruise said “I thought it was wonderful that students could enjoy the show with staff and their families. It felt like a whole community trip.”

Tuesday 2nd July saw year 10 students performing work inspired by The Woman in Black and Dark Cinderella.

When asked what they thought of the show, the feedback from students was extremely positive. Here are just a few of the comments that were made:

The students were all fantastic and the performances terrifically chilling! One member of the audience even

Rosie: “It was really good, the way the elephant and the giraffes were built. The set design was really good, the costumes were amazing. The dancing was pretty good.”

Molly: “It was good when they came down the aisles at the beginning. The lion face on Simba was good.”

Tori: “It was fantastic and moving”

Megan: “It was really good with all the puppets.”

Ellie: ”It was an amazing experience.”

Olly: “It was stunning.”

remarked that the students “really created dramatic tension” throughout their performances. Well done to everyone involved!

The Jungle Book

A chance for you to be involved! Calling all soon-to-be Year 7s! Join the chorus of our whole school production at the beginning of term - see Mrs Affleck-Cruise or ask at reception for a leaflet. Forget about your worries and your strife and come and sing with us. It’s a great way to make new friends

Look out for future issues of Cranbourne Catch Up to see news on our next theatre trip to see Matilda The Musical!

and become part of the school community!

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Mrs Kay,

Are you interested in becoming involved in any of the drama department’s projects?

who has donated a range of costumes to the drama department which are suitable for plays set in the 19th and 20th Century. Some of them have already been in use when students worked on scenes from The Woman in Black.

Thank you from the drama

department and its students!

Contact the head of Drama, Mrs Affleck-Cruise, for more information! 01256 868600 Or simply pop in to speak to Mrs Affleck-Cruise to find out how you can get involved.


ENRICHMENT DAY 2013: Enrichment Day took place on Friday 7th June. The day allowed Cranbourne students who had earned 700 stamps or more to try out a range of activ ities. Our student press team documented the entire day, interv iewing students and staff at each activ ity. The student reporters were Maxim Hudson, Georgia Tomkins and Charlie Hill. Read on to enjoy their reports!

ZOMBIES INVADE OUR SCHOOL! Report by MAXIM HUDSON One of the activities on Enrichment Day was filmmaking, which was zombie-themed. I have to admit that some of the zombie outfits were amazing. Student Antony Holmes said: “It was really fun and I would do it again.” The outfits made were accurate and realistic and they were made out of old clothes. The make up and hairspray also made the zombies quite colourful as well as scary and realistic. It took a lot of preparation and hard work and I’m sure that the film will be amazing. The final film will be completed by the end of term and every student involved will get a copy of the finished production.

ART SESSIONS Report by CHARLIE HILL In the first three periods of Enrichment Day, students had the chance to try obscure kinds of art that they don’t usually do in art lessons. When interviewing Lydia Rayden, who took part, she told us that she opted for art as it was something different to try and she was interested in but had not done anything like it before. The main activity was making batik art using hot wax and paints to make fine work. She also added: “It’s a new material that was fun to use.”


Why did you choose to do filmmaking today? Interview by GEORGIA TOMKINS “My reason for taking part in zombie film making was because it seemed interesting, fun and completely different to anything that I had taken part in before. I enjoyed helping out with the makeup production team and creating the zombie look on some of the actors that took part in the film. Also, I am most looking forward to being behind the camera at some point today as I get to play around with the effects.” - Aaron Williams “I took part in film making as I thought that it would be an enjoyable activity and I wanted to try something new! My favourite part of today was getting my hair and makeup done by Georgia Tomkins as it made me get into my zombie role. I am most looking forward to progressing with the film throughout the day and I am excited to see the final product.” - Anthony Holmes

MOUNTAIN BIKING Report by CHARLIE HILL The mountain bikers had an enjoyable experience riding for eight miles. They went up to Hatch Warren then round to Queen Mary’s College where they did some time trials in the woods, before playing football at Crabtree. Jordan Russell, a student who went on the trip, said that it was something he would love to do again with the school and that the only thing he would have improved is that the day should have lasted longer. He said: ”The best part of the day was the time trials and other challenges throughout the day.” These were views that many of the others shared and all round it seemed to be one of the most enjoyable activities of Enrichment Day. Another fun part of the day enjoyed by others was the downfall of Mr Tibble, who fell off his bike midway through the session!

A REPORT BY CBEC’S STUDENTS! STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT SELF-DEFENCE Report by GEORGIA TOMKINS and CHARLIE HILL The year 7 students of Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College took part in a self defence class as part of their enrichment day activity. When interviewing some of the students in their afternoon session we found that the self defence class, led by Ian Rand, helped them become more aware of dangerous situations and how to protect themselves in the different circumstances. It seemed as if the class was very useful and they gained much needed knowledge out of the session.

“The class … was energetic and full of excitement as there were many activities to enjoy and take part in.”

and Millie Hart, both 7CB, gave a detailed Awareness Programme) Instructor. He also summary of the 50-minute session and said teaches an afterschool club at CBEC every that “overall, it was a good idea to take part Wednesday night at 6.00pm. in for the entire year seven group”. They mentioned that it enhanced their self defence skills, as well as learning how to identify when an attacker is going to take action and how to prevent it from happening. The class, when observing, was energetic and full of excitement as there were many activities to enjoy and take part in. Miss Bridewell, their tutor, was keen to add that even she had learnt plenty about self defence from the sidelines of the activity. She said, “It was a useful session for the students to learn how to identify an attacker and stop them and it was one of the best sessions throughout the day.”

Ian Rand offers a range of self defence classes on a weekly basis for all age groups in order to enhance their skills in self defence. When asked, a large majority of the students said that they would take part in the class Ian Rand is the Chief Instructor at again as it was worthwhile and was a very Hampshire Self Protection and is a qualified good opportunity to try something new. British Combat Association & British Combat Karate Association Instructor as well as a Two year seven students, Gabbi Solomacha KEWAP (Knives and Edged Weapons

Further information about classes can be obtained by email: Or by visiting their website:


One of the activities for year 7 was hula hooping. We interviewed a couple of year 7s for their opinion on the activity. “It’s quite fun and enjoyable. I would love to do it again,” said one student. The students also told us that they chose to do hula hooping because it keeps them fit and it was fun.


At the start they were a little unsure about the activity but as they started to get into the hooping they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Mrs Cooper, who was leading the classes, told us that she was very pleased with how well all the students did and that it was great for her to have the chance to teach others how to do something that she loves.


Mrs Elkins was keen to give her view on the day and said that “it is days like this that make being a head teacher worth it.” She went on to say that she would consider doing it all again sometime, once she discovers more about what the pupils got out of the day.






SPORT @ CBEC The weather may not have been ideal in the lead up to summer but that hasn’t stopped Cranbourne’s students from excelling in their summer sports! Thankfully the weather did manage to improve in time for the beginning of our National School Sports Week and has remained pleasant leading up to Day of Sport. This term has been particularly busy for the PE department, with an array of trips and key events being held for students in all years and we are pleased to share some of those successes below.

Henry Whitby and Liam Cook were the winning students at the Hampshire v Surrey 20-20 cricket game in Southampton after they guessed the nearest batting totals. They won Hampshire Royals baseball hats which they wore with pride!

DAY OF SPORT Reflecting on Day of Sport this year has truly reinforced the ethos at Cranbourne. On Friday 19th the entire college arrived in their PE kit to participate in the day’s events and build upon the points awarded for the Swimming Gala, National Schools Sports Week and the athletic field events earlier in the term. On a very hot day four tutor groups became victorious in winning the competition for their year group. Congratulations goes to 7Ca, 8St, 9Co and 10At! The tone of the day was set when students emerged from their tutor bases carrying banners of support and some wore unified costumes and face paints to create an exciting environment that continued for the duration of the day.

Students worked

together to ensure that every event had a representative in it to score maximum points and those competitors who took on the 1500m did exceptionally well in the heat of the day.

Every student put in their personal best and some of these were rewarded not only

by finishing first but by smashing college records in athletics. These included 7Jg knocking two seconds off the 4x100m time, Cory Burton exceeding the long jump record and Tom Well done to Tom Greenland-Jones, who was

Went beating the shot putt record set 34 years ago!

recently a compere at the Hampshire Student Games!

The opportunity follows his work as a

Sports Leader at Cranbourne.

Students competed in rounders, football, basketball, athletics and tug of war before coming out on to the front field to support the staff events. Congratulations to the SLT team for winning the silly relay and the staff football team beat the Year 10 boys by three goals to two in a hard fought contest. To finish the day the presentation assemblies were made to each year group, revealing the winners of the trophies.

Congratulations to Michael Holmes who won a signed photo of Reading FC player Mikele Leigertwood, for his consistent and o u t s t a n d i n g performances this year for the school team.

The respect that students showed each other was

outstanding. A resounding appreciation for the winners of each event as well as the day as a whole made this year’s Day of Sport unforgettably positive.

QMC SUPERSTARS Twelve PE Gifted & Talented students from years 7, 8 and 9 competed against all of the other Basingstoke schools at Queen Mary’s College on Thursday 2nd May. Their skills and fitness were seriously examined as they were put through their paces in swimming, sprinting, target throwing, curling and a series of gruelling fitness tests.

Year 8 student Cory Burton came first in long jump

They all performed very well and notable performances

with a fantastic 5.48m jump at the Hampshire

came from Cory Burton, year 8, for coming 7th out of 22,

Schools Athletics Association in June. Well done,

and Charlie Ward, year 8 and Verity Jackson, year 9, both


coming 8th out of 22. Well done to all for their efforts on a long and exhausting day!


MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES Language Perfect World Championships CBEC Scoreboard

Between the 20th and the 30th May 2013, 26 keen linguists from Years 7-10 signed up to compete in the Language Perfect World Championships. Students spent over 220 hours completing online exercises which tested their reading, listening and writing skills

Gold Certificates (3000+ points) These students were placed in the top 2% of 225,000 competitors.

in several different languages.

 The







vocabulary and as they reached certain thresholds they earned certificates and were entered into a draw to win some exciting prizes.

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Erin Kirk, with a personal score of over 6000 after answering 17,120 questions! Leon Cooke Henry Whitby

Cranbourne students managed to earn 28,569

points and answered over 85,000 questions. In our category we were ranked 29th out of 249 schools. Students had the opportunity to develop their vocabulary not only in the languages

Silver Certificates (2000+ points) 

Megan Harmon

taught in college, but also in some others including Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Italian.

Bronze Certificates (1000+ points)

We are very proud of all the students who took part in the 2013 World Championships

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and hope to improve our ranking next year. Bravo!

Comments from the participants:

Anna Higgins Andrew Hignett Isla Ng Monika Gurung

“Language Perfect has been great as it helps my spelling and pronunciation.” - Jessica Appleby “Thank you for choosing me to represent the school. I am very proud of myself.” - George Alexander “I am now better at listening to my vocab due to this website. I can easily understand what it is saying. It makes me understand each word better.” - Alice Mountstephens

SPANISH RECIPES The year 8 Spanish students - Jasmine Stanley, Louie Homola, Precious Ncube, Molly Dane, Ella Horton, Sol Sherlock, Matt Croucher, Mahfuz Ahmed and Scott Williams - proudly show off their culinary skills!

Year 8 Spanish groups have been working on recipes and have learnt how to bake a chocolate cake. They worked in groups in their Spanish lesson to translate the ingredients and stages of the recipe and their homework was to bake the cake for the following week. It is the most successful piece of homework we have had this year and students really loved eating their homework!


GCSE PHOTOGRA This is the first year that CBEC has run a lens and lightbased media photography course. The students have all completed their portrait portfolios and they are currently working on their landscapes. These pages showcase just a few of the great examples of work that the students have been producing. We are lucky to have forged a great link with the world renowned landscape photographer, Gary Jackson, who is based in Northern Ireland. Student Dan Searle said: “I have actually emailed Gary some of my images and he has given me invaluable advice on how to improve them.� Gary has been voted Landscape Photographer of the Year.

By Aimee James

By Aliscia Martin

The students have been using digital SLR cameras and bridge cameras in their lessons and are learning how to manipulate and enhance their photography in Adobe Photoshop CS3.


By Maria Abrentes


By Beth Squires

By Louise Dorn

Comments from the students: “I love photography!

I really enjoy going out

shooting and using the techniques of professional photographers.” “Taking photography at CBEC gives me really good experience for the job I want to do in the future. I want to be a photo journalist.” “Photography is my favourite subject. I have learnt key skills

to enable me to


take really good

I have used these techniques to

teach my family.” “It’s a great course and Mr Fleeman is a great teacher.

He makes everything enjoyable and I’m

By Daniel Searle

going to use these skills in my dream job, which is a zoologist.”


CRANBOURNE DUKE OF Year 10 students have been working hard this year to earn their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. To achieve the award they have had to take part in a range of


activities which enable them to develop a number of “The expedition was a great learning experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

essential life skills. The four sections that must be completed before the

“It was definitely the best part of DofE and I brought my harmonica to keep the team’s morale high.”

students can receive their award are:





“Never before have I been so tired, painful, annoyed but happy and pleased with my team and myself in my life!” “It was a good laugh and fun to do it with the people who were in my team.” “It was good to get to know everyone on my team and work together to complete the expedition.” “It was a fun time and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

The students have recently completed the expedition section of the award and details of the weekend can be found on the opposite page.

STUDENT PROFILE Leon Cooke is one of the students working towards achieving The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. We asked him to tell us about his experiences so far.

“Really fun and I learnt a lot.”

What made you decide to join D of E? I wanted to build on skills that I was lacking in, like teamwork. It’s an exciting new adventure and it will also improve my CV as it prepares me for working life. Can you name one challenging aspect of the award that you overcame? The camping. I found it really hard carrying that massive backpack full of stuff and getting around with it on the expeditions! I’m not used to that but I was determined to keep going because my team wanted to get to the end and I didn’t want to give up or let them down. What are you most proud of achieving so far? My volunteering. I did babysitting and it was hard work as I’m not used to looking after younger children. I’d never done it before so I was proud of doing a new challenge and trying something out of my comfort zone. I could have chosen to learn a new language, which I know I’m good at, but I went with something more challenging instead. What three words would you use to describe your overall experience? Exciting, tricky and rewarding. What advice would you give to students who may be thinking about doing the award next year? You must be prepared to work in a team and concentrate on teamwork, and don't do it if you don’t want to give up some of your time. If you stick to the rules and times they set it’s really rewarding. Although it’s hard at times it’s worth it and don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone.


EDINBURGH 2013 UPDATE D of E STUDENTS COMPLETE ASSESSED EXPEDITION Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June, 17 Duke of Edinburgh students went to the New Forest near Lyndhurst with Mr Duffy, Mrs Absalom and Miss Mercer to complete their assessed expedition for their DofE bronze award.

the weight of their rucksacks and the extra pressure of meeting their DofE assessor at various points along the way to check they were on track and demonstrating the necessary skills to pass the expedition, resulted in a very difficult weekend.

This involved walking a total of 24km over the They had to make sure they paced two day period - or a little bit more for those themselves, and one of the most important who got lost on the way! things for them was finding a nice spot for lunch. The walks themselves were challenging They had been working hard planning their but very rewarding. The students were always routes and creating their route cards for a relieved to arrive at the next checkpoint. They number of weeks in the run up to the were also extremely pleased with how far they expedition weekend and all the groups were had walked and how well they were doing. feeling confident and ready for the adventure. At the campsite the teams put their tents up However, they had not been expecting such and made dinner on their trangias. Although high temperatures and that combined with supervised by the teachers and assessors from

a distance, students were left to their own devices. “The two days were tiring and physically demanding, yet it was still one of the best times I’ve had,” said Tom GreenlandJones, one of the students who took part. Most of the students were exhausted after such a long day of walking and found falling asleep in their tents easy! We are extremely pleased to announce that all three teams had a positive debrief with their assessors and passed their final expedition which goes towards their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. Congratulations to all of the students involved and a huge thank you to Mrs Stanley, DofE coordinator, for making it happen.

Message from D of E coordinator Mrs Stanley to this year’s students and staff: “Thank you to Miss Mercer and Mr Duffy for all their hard work this year, as well as Miss Conroy and Mrs Absalom for helping with the practice and assessed expeditions. All your help is greatly appreciated! “The students have thoroughly enjoyed their training and I can see that they have found the experience extremely rewarding. As the school year has progressed, the students have demonstrated an increased level of confidence and maturity towards their DofE award and this is very encouraging to see. I hope they find the skills they have gained to be useful in their future endeavours. Well done to you all!”


LIBRARY Mrs Cooper is the librarian at Cranbourne and below is her update on all that’s new in the library: “The library is beginning to take shape after being redecorated during the Easter break. The freshly painted walls are now adorned with lots of new posters and new displays are emerging throughout the library as well. Keep a look out for our competitions. We have one where you can win a chance to have a piece of your writing published. Come and see me if you are interested!”

On and around 13th September, we will be celebrating


the work of children’s author Roald Dahl.

information about what the day will entail will be

Over 2800 fiction and 3500 non

available at the beginning of next term so keep an eye

-fiction books to take out

out for news!

Com puters



We have plenty of Roald Dahl’s books in the library if you

classwork and homework

would like to refamiliarise yourself with these wonderful stories.

DVDs to borrow

Ample seating for classes and studying during breaks and after school





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The library will also be hosting a Scholastic book fair the week beginning the 23rd September. Students will have the chance to purchase many popular titles at a reduced price and just some of the books available to buy are: 

Ratburger by David Walliams

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Diary of a Wimpy Kid,: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Revision resources U ni ve rs i ty


education information



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LSU We listen

We mentor

We counsel

We teach

The Learning Support Unit (LSU) at Cranbourne is a place of contrasts. It can be a very busy environment that buzzes with activity but it can also be a calm sanctuary for those in need of solace to the strains of a string quartet playing chamber music.

LSU NEWS This has been an incredibly exciting and busy year for the LSU team with many changes and improvements being made to the department.

New computers: we now have six very high spec machines that enable us to run a wide range of support packages. Students who have used these packages have made excellent progress.

This year we welcomed a new member of staff, Mrs Ennison, who has slotted happily into the team.

The LSU is now beautifully illuminated thanks to our new lighting.

We were also pleased to welcome back one of our ex-students, Ben Murphy, who joined us for a period of work experience.

The LSU is delighted to provide support for those students who qualify for examination access arrangements.

We were highly

impressed by the sensible and industrious manner in which our students approached terminal exams this year.

LSU provides an excellent support service to our students but don’t just take our word for it - see what the students have to say! “It’s good to be in LSU. All the LSU staff are willing to help and they are always there for you.” - Fabiha Kalam, Year 10

“The LSU staff always have a smile on their faces when you go in.” - Year 8 student

“All the people in LSU are friendly and supportive. It is easy to talk to them and they really understand my particular needs.” - Leon Cooke, Year 10


INFORMATION FOR NEW YEAR 7S Year 6 Induction Day and Parents Evening A message from Mr Duffy, the new Progress Manager for Year 7: “Friday 5th July saw 146 new and excited year 6 students come to Cranbourne for Induction Day and the start of their journey with us at Cranbourne. The day provided the opportunity for students to meet with their tutor and tutor group, whom they will grow with over their time at CBEC. The students also took part in lessons (particular favourites included Design & Technology and Science) and gained stamps, just like they will when they start in September. “Throughout the day the tutors and tutor groups were supported by year 10 ambassadors who did an amazing job. They helped to make the year 6 students welcome as well as supporting the tutors. One of the highlights of the day came towards the end when we had a whole year group photo. This is a memory that will stay with me along with, perhaps, their leavers assembly in five years’ time! “Parents and carers of our new students were invited to attend a parents meeting on Wednesday 10th July. This was another well attended event, providing information to parents about key aspects of life at CBEC. Thank you to all who were involved with this event and helped to make it happen. “As the new year 7 progress manager I am excited about the challenges that lay ahead; working with parents, tutors and most importantly the students to help them have a successful and enjoyable time at CBEC. I look forward to learning more about all of the students in September.”

School Checklist What to remember for your first day of secondary school! 

School Uniform and PE Kit : Double check you’ve got it all by visiting

Jewellery is not allowed (including earrings) and nail varnish must not be worn.

Don’t forget to bring your summer project with you!

Equipment: Make sure you have all the necessary equipment, including stationery.

Back to School 

Autumn term 2013 begins for new year 7s on Tuesday 3rd September, 10.30am.

Have you packed pens, pencils, a ruler, rubber and calculator?

For years 8 - 11, term begins on Wednesday 4th September, 8.25am.

And last but not least, remember to bring positivity to everything you do at Cranbourne!



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News @ Cranbourne - Summer/Autumn 2013  
News @ Cranbourne - Summer/Autumn 2013