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Clifton High School Bulletin

010. 22 April 2013

010. 22 April 2013

A new school dog! Gromit arrives at Clifton High... There was much excitement in the first assembly of term as Dr Neill and Mr Ayers introduced the newest member of the Clifton High community. A peek of some familiar looking toes from under the cover gave a few eagle eyed children in the front rows an early glimpse of the most famous dog in Bristol who has come to visit the school as part of ‘Gromit Unleashed’, a city wide campaign supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal at the Children’s Hospital. Gromit is now guarding our front door for all to see and pupils are invited to submit a design for decorating the plain white sculpture and three winning designs will be interpreted by Clifton High student artists to be painted onto our Gromit. The deadline for designs is Tuesday 7th May and there will be a ‘mufti’ day on Thursday 25th April to raise the money for our entry to the competition which could win us a visit from an Aardman Animations model maker!

News - more pictures and full stories on the news pages at

Congratulations to the Y12 Student Robotics team who were top of the leader board after the league matches at the international robotics competition over Easter. After the first ever 3way play off, CHS secured a superb second place!

Years 8 and 9 had an exciting visit from Will Hill, author of the popular Department 19 series. Mr Hill read from his latest book, Battle Lines, spoke in conversation with Damien Kelleher and signed books for avid fans.

Year 1 have been busy again! Drawing life size diagrams of the body, making books about their growth, preparing the allotment and caring for their seedlings. Look out for the runner bean competition results! 1

Well done to tennis players, Ella (Y8) and Charlotte (Y6) who became the Avon Schools’ Doubles Champions at the weekend. The girls played brilliantly to hold on to CHS’s title!

Clifton High School Bulletin

010. 22 April 2013

Notices and reminders Midday Supervisor Vacancy

100 more new hi-vis jackets!

Creative Arts Evening

Two members of our excellent Midday Supervisor team are moving to pastures new next month so we are looking for some additional supervisors to join us.

We are very grateful to the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust who have kindly supplied one hundred ‘hi-vis’ vests to be worn by the younger members of the school when they are out and about. Barratt Homes also supplied a set of similar vests recently and we now have enough to allow us to take several groups of children out on the same day. Such support from the community is very much appreciated and will help ensure all the children are safe.

What do a Glee Club & a Techno Shamen jacket have in common?

Our supervisors work between one and five days per week, for up to 2 hours per day (between 1130-1330) depending on the age group, during term time only. Midday supervisors escort the children in Nursery - Year 6 to lunch, supervise them in the dining hall and playgrounds and also in quiet activities after lunch with the youngest children. They work as part of a team of supervisors. Supporting the children is rewarding and often highly entertaining! The current rate of pay is £6.46 per hour, with additional payment for bank holidays. Clifton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all staff are subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you would be interested in joining our dedicated team of supervisors we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email Mr Richards:

Letters and diary You may not be aware but all school letters and the school diary can be found on the school website: For letters, click on a department, then scroll down to Parents/Letters and log-in with the secure parent code. If you do not know the code, please contact the school office and they will supply it; 0117 973 0201.

The only way to find out is come along to the inaugural Creative and Performing Arts Evening. We can promise you an evening of wonderful songs and musical performances, tempt you with delicious canapés & amaze you with a fabulous catwalk show. The Glee Club will be performing for the first time along side the school orchestra, choirs and flute group. The GCSE Food Technology students will be serving a range of canapés during the interval and the GCSE & A level Textiles students will be revealing their garments and products made for their coursework in a catwalk show. All this entertainment will be crammed into one evening only! Are you interested in seeing this wonderful culmination of talent or just plain curious as to what exactly a Techno Shamen jacket looks like? Either way, this is what you need to know: Thursday 2nd May 2013 7.30pm start for around two hours. Free but we are supporting The Legacy Register, a Bristol based organ donation charity, with a retiring collection.

News - more pictures and full stories on the news pages at Well done to Gemma in Y12 for being one of 50 elite dancers in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the NIA for over 7,000 people for Stagecoach’s 25th anniversary. Gemma said her knees hurt from behaving like a cat for two days!

Jess North of Worldwide Volunteering dropped in for a series of Futures and Skills drop-in sessions for sixth formers interested in possible gap year and volunteering opportunities after their A levels. 2

Y6 were treated to a visit from dietician Mrs Turner to talk about the importance of nutrients in the body. They discovered that skimmed milk is one of the best drinks to have following exercise - a useful tip!

Clifton High School Bulletin

010. 22 April 2013

Ski trip 2014 A ski trip for Years 6-10 (current Y5-9) pupils is being planned for spring half term, February 2014. A letter with more details about the trip and about how to apply for a place on it are available from the school office. An information evening about the trip will be held on Monday 29th April at 7.30pm in the Main Hall and the deadline for place applications is Thursday 2nd May, 2013.

News - more pictures and full stories on the news pages at “I loved our trip to Brittany. The best thing was going to the aquarium and touching a shark! I also liked the ferry journey.” “A fabulous experience. Brittany was by far the best trip I have done. Everything that we did was thought out very well, and I wish I could do it again next year!” (Y7 quotes)

You will have read in the last issue of Highlights about Y2 wanting to raise funds to help the WWF save the polar bears - we thought you would like to know that they raised a fantastic £120 from their self-initiated cake sale to send to the bears!


Twenty CHS students enjoyed a fantastic tour of Catalonia over Easter. A jam packed trip included visits to the Dali museum, Girona, Parc Guell, Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia and the port in Barcelona as well as grape-treading at a vineyard and a local dance class!

Clifton High School Bulletin

010. 22 April 2013

Don’t forget

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23rd April Safeguarding Online Evening 25th April Family Fun Quiz Night 27th April Lads v Dads football social 2nd May Creative Arts Evening 6th May Bank Holiday 18th May PA Campfest 13th June Open Morning 22nd June Rose Day James Bond Ball 25th June Art and Design Open Evening 28th June Sports Day 29th June Summer Fair 3rd July House Challenge Day

Please ask in the School Office for a full size version of any of these flyers!

5th July End of Term

Remember to check the school calendars and website regularly for more details, news, events and dates.

Contact us: Tel: 0117 973 0201 Email: To report an absence: 4

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