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Hurstmere School Hurst Road Sidcup, Kent DA15 9AW Telephone: 020 8300 5665 Facsimile: 020 8300 2039 Email: Website:

Spring 2016 Issue 13

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On Tuesday 3rd November 2015, Hurstmere held its Annual Prize Giving, celebrating the success of the boys in all aspects of school life. Our guest speaker this year was Huw James, who is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and trained originally in space science. He is a presenter and active campaigner for public participation in science and the outdoors. Huw is an all-round adventurer and combines these interests with science to create his unique approach to enthusing all ages about the science of the universe and the natural world.

CIVIC CELEBRATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Three Hurstmere pupils, Lewis Hines-Street, George Fisher and Harrison Callard, received a Bexley Civic Celebration of Student Achievement award and enjoyed an evening of celebration. Pupils from Bexley’s primary, secondary and special schools were nominated by their teachers for their academic, arts and sporting achievement, and for progress and service to their school. In Year 9 George accumulated 137 volunteering hours at primary schools, sports events and his football club. He also works at a farm in Kent with young people with Special Educational Needs. Harrison has won awards in the British Schools Weightlifting Championships and achieved 3rd place in the London Youth Games 2015. Lewis, who has since moved on to 6th Form, achieved six A* and two A grades in his GCSE examinations. Congratulations to all of our pupils for their commitment and hard work. Mrs V Ahern - Administrative Assistant

The audience of invited guests, governors, staff, prize winners and their parents enjoyed the evening immensely. The speech given by Mr James was very inspirational and reinforced that questions and questioning are important to continued learning throughout life - and that if one sets one’s mind to it, anything is possible. Over 80 prizes were awarded on the night. Mr G C Stollery - Principal

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ts Dear PareI nhope you will enjoy the latest issue of the newsletter. It is our opportunity to showcase the vast number of activities and events beyond the main curriculum. As I mentioned to you before, the retirement of two of my Deputy Headteachers last summer led I am sure that all parents perusing this publication will once again be pleased to see the variety of opportunities that boys continue to take up in and around the school. In addition to displaying a positive attitude to their studies, students have benefited tremendously from the range of extra-curricular activities on offer. As we approach the

to a restructuring of our leadership team and their roles. Future financial restraints due to the flat funding for schools will also require me to make further changes in the management structure as staff retire. I have taken a far more strategic role in running the school, Trust and Company as Executive Principal and Mr Stollery the day to day management of the school as Principal. The governors have a clear succession plan for the school to ensure

continuity and financial stability in the future.

summer term a significant number of our older students will be looking forward to their residential trips, either to Iceland at Easter or to Zambia in July. Year 7 students will be equally excited about their sortie to Essex for the Mersea Island camp.

summer examinations and will hopefully realise that a few months of hard work and revision could reap some exceptional results in the summer.

We are yet again heavily oversubscribed and offered 218 places in Year 7 for September 2016. We will welcome 60 siblings, our highest ever—and a vote of faith in our continued success. Mr A Stringer - Executive Principal

Most importantly, Year 11 students are starting their final preparations for the


Mr G C Stollery Principal

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As well as academic and form prizes, and Science Ties (see page 9), the following special awards were made:

SPECIAL AWARDS Sandra Cochrane Prize for Art

Alexander Avis and Jamie Howatson

Lee Powell Prize for Music

Oliver Natusch

Lee Powell Prize for Science

Jordan Farris

James Herring Sportsman Award

Oliver Robinson

Sports Leader Award

Joshua Childs

Science College Award – Upper School

Jack Smith

Science College Award – Lower School

Billy Greef and Jack Smith

D&T Award for Design and Innovation

Jack Monksfield

Personal Achievement Award

James Gorman

Accelerated Reader Award

Kieran Lowe

Work Experience Award

Harry Powley

Valerie Hughes-Narborough Prize for English

Raagulan Umashanker

Year 11 Academic Achievement

Lewis Hines-Street

Governors’ Prize

Benjamin Dalton

For a full programme showing the complete list of prize winners please contact the school. All the photographs can be seen on the school website in NEWS & EVENTS/IMAGE GALLERIES.

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On Thursday 21st January 2016, 26 talented Year 10 students took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Led by a brilliant instructor, pupils learnt how to prepare, structure and deliver an engaging speech to an audience. For some, this was an opportunity to shine and for others it was a chance to step out of their comfort zone and have a go at public speaking, which is often voted the number one phobia of adults! Those that impressed most on the day were: Class Winners:

schools in the hope of reaching the Grand Final and speaking in front of the Mayor of Bexley and other special guests. Last year, Jamie Moreland (now in Year 11) was the runner up for Bexley. Jamie has been personally invited by the Jack Petchey team to judge at the Regional Final. Well done to those who attended the workshop. I was very proud of their attitude and speeches. The adjudicator’s and boys’ feedback included the following comments:-

Highly Commended:

James Rantell

Matthew Morley

Harry Longhurst

Aaron Hampshaw

Max Hooper

Billy Supple

Charlie Collins

George Collin

“A good day with a very able group of boys….. I expect a very strong Hurstmere competitor at the Regional Final at Townley Grammar. I am delighted Jamie has accepted as a guest of honour and student judge!” - Adjudicator “Loved it, would do it again anytime.” - Matthew Morley

The winners went on to perform their 2 minute talks to staff and pupils during a Y8 assembly. George Collins was selected as the best speaker closely followed by James Rantell.

“Really enjoyed. It was fantastic.” Aaron Hampshaw “Amazing, given me so much confidence.” - Max Hooper Good luck to George in the Regional Final.

George will now go on to represent Hurstmere in the Regional Final, on 28th April 2016 at Townley Grammar School. He will be competing against pupils from 14 Bexley

Above: Boys participating in the Jack Petchey Speak Out workshop.


Mrs L Murphy - Head of Media Studies

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A Look Back at Hurstmere 1960 Hurstmere recently introduced the Firefly learning platform which makes, among many other features, the creation and sharing of targeted information and resources easily available to students and colleagues. Whether it be classwork, coursework or indeed homework, work can be easily delivered direct to a student’s homepage and students can upload, deliver or store work directly in Firefly. Firefly integrates seamlessly with the school’s database which allows for attendance, behaviour and reports to be published directly to parents through their Firefly login. Apart from saving paper, time and effort, this prevents reports being lost in transit and makes it convenient to access key information from any device, at any time. This integration, along with the staff and student email services, means Firefly acts as a central portal for targeted communication within the school so parents can stay up to date with their child’s learning. It's easy to share homework and progress, along with other school communications and information. Based on our records in the school database, Firefly automatically issues accounts to parents that can be securely activated the first time you use them, using your e-mail address. And if you forget your password you can reset it online, without calling the school. Firefly's built in messaging makes it quick and straightforward to communicate. Not only is it simple for a teacher to communicate with a particular student's parents, it is easy to send group messages. Firefly's integrated tools means that parents can log in and see what work and resources their child has available, and also see recent grades and feedback from previous work. Rather than waiting for reports, you can get a much more continuous view of your child's progress. Full instructions can be found on the school website or by simply Googling “firefly learning”. Any problems accessing Firefly, please email: Mr C Richardson - MLE Manager

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During the 2015 Activity Week, Mr Whitmarsh and a group of Year 9 students (now Year 10) consisting of myself, Matthew Garner, Gary Landick and Chris Boyce started work on compiling a video of Hurstmere in the 1960s. The point of the video is to create a documented account of the school during that period as there was little accessible recorded evidence. The video is awaiting approval but should be available to view soon. If you are interested check out the Hurstmere YouTube Channel B Website for more information.


BBC News School Report Hurstmere is taking part in BBC School Report 2016 and as part of this event a team of pupils broadcast 'live' from school on News Day, Thursday 10th March. These pupils, the majority of who are studying GCSE Media, have been busy researching and filming broadcasts in preparation. The project allows pupils to develop skills in journalism, presenting and recording news.

The team, headed by Jamie Moreland in Year 11, have reported on the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph, more recently the cuts to Youth Services in Bexley, international news events and during half-term were at the Olympic Park researching and filming for BBC Sports Relief 2016 with CBBC presenter Ed Petrie. The team's monthly broadcasts, with news that affects young peoJames Rantell—Y10 ple, are available to view on the school's website:

Sam Nunn, a former Hurstmere student, is now a freshman at the University of Washington, Seattle on a rowing scholarship studying architecture. The rowing is going well for him so far. He has adapted well to rowing single oar in an 8 rather than with 2 oars in a single or double. The training is harsh and regularly lasts up to 3 hours but he is coping well (apparently there isn't much skin left on his hands!). He is still one of the best on the rowing machines and is looking to go under 6 minutes for the 2k. If he manages this it will be a great achievement! He has just made the freshman boat (first year) for the race season. The link below shows his biography: ViewArticle.dbml? ATCLID=210761527&DB_OEM_ID=30200

If you are interested you can find out more via Facebook where you can get updates from "Washington Rowing" or on Twitter@UW Rowing. Another Hurstmere sporting success! Mrs S Allsop - School Games Organiser

4 extra_curricular/ BBC_news_school_report In preparation for the BBC School News Day, Hurstmere welcomed Lauren Page, a BBC broadcast assistant, who spent time with our School Report team providing them with some excellent tips about what to include in their reports and how to make them appealing to young people, as well as the rules of copyright and impartiality. Lauren was clearly impressed with the team’s professionalism and said that their monthly broadcasts are the talk of the BBC School News Department. She added, “It was fantastic to meet the students and I love how enthusiastic they are. They have some brilliant ideas.” A big thank you to Jamie and his team of BBC School Reporters for their enthusiasm and hard work, and to Mrs Murphy, Head of Media Studies for her continued support. Hurstmere’s contribution to the BBC School News Day will be covered in the next edition of this Newsletter. Mrs V Ahern - Administrative Assistant

Hurstmere’s PEER MENTORS Our team of excellent Year 11 Peer Mentors have now stepped back to concentrate on their GCSE preparation. They have provided valuable support for a number of our students and been a real asset to Hurstmere’s Pastoral Support Team. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their efforts! The newly trained Year 10 Peer Mentors are now actively working alongside students supporting them in a variety of issues. They are trained in positive listening skills and have worked through examples of difficulties some young people may face, like friendship issues or trouble with school work. Our Mentors know when to ask for adult advice and support to ensure our young people are safe. Here are some quotes from our students. ‘He helps me a lot because older people don’t understand me but my mentor does. He makes me feel better about myself.’ Year 7 Mentee ‘I like Peer Mentoring and I look forward to seeing my mentor. I can tell him what’s bothering me and he can help. He helped me a lot when my mum was ill.’ Year 9 Mentee

Our current cohort of Peer Mentors

‘I believe that Peer Mentor training has helped me understand people better. I can use my personal experience to make things easier for someone else.’ Year 10 Mentor

‘My training has helped me understand what other people may be going through. A Peer Mentor is someone you can talk to and trust.’ Year 10 Mentor “Peer mentoring is a brilliant thing to do, and is also very rewarding. In a way, you are not only helping others, but helping yourself. As an ex-student of Hurstmere School, I know what it is like advancing through the year groups, and the set of challenges that come as

each year goes by. It is great to share your experiences with people and to warn them of the path ahead. You can listen to their story and discuss what path of action they should take. Whether your student has a major or minor issue you can always help improve their situation. I would encourage anyone to become a Peer Mentor as it gives you a set of knowledge of life skills that will prove to be invaluable.” Jack Monksfield – Ex-pupil If you would like to speak to a Peer Mentor please see Mrs Bennett or Mrs Knapp. Mrs L Bennett - Vice Principal

CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME - Y9 TALK ON DRUG ABUSE On Tuesday 24th November as part of our Citizenship programme we invited Paul Hannaford to talk to our Year 9 students about the effects and consequences of drug use. Paul is a former gang member and drug addict who has turned his life around after reaching rock bottom. He now has dedicated his life to educating young people about the realities of drug taking,

and has received national recognition for our students received was vey clear: we his inspirational work. are all responsible for the choices we Our Year 9 students listened to his hard make. hitting presentation which tackled issues Many of our students went on to post of peer pressure, involvement in gangs feedback on Paul's website which can be and knife crime. He spoke about his viewed at experience of drug taking and the imMrs L Bennett - Vice Principal pact it had on him and his family. Our students responded by asking mature and thoughtful questions. The message Below: Year 9 students with Paul Hannaford


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SPORTS NEWS — More Football Success for Year 8 Squads ‘A’ Team - The Year 8’s are building on last

The competition rules on player eligibility are strictly enforced by the English Schools FA, and the sixteen students who have represented the 'A' team this year are, by definition, unavailable for selection for the ‘B’ squad. This highlights the staggering depth of the Hurstmere football talent pool which is also well evidenced by the successes enjoyed in the competition. We wish both teams all the best in their next games.

year’s successful season. The ‘A’ team are through to the semi-final of the North Kent Cup. They successfully reached round 5 of the ESFA Cup where they were beaten 3 - 0 by a very strong team from Whitgift School. In the Kent Cup they reached round 4 where they were beaten by Beths Grammar School 2 - 9, having led 2 - 0 early on in the game.

‘B’ Team - On 25th February the Year 8 'B' team reached the Final of the English Schools 'B' team (National) Cup with a hard-fought 1 - 0 Semi-Final victory at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy in Bromley. In their sixth game of the competition, the boys survived a number of scares early in the game to progress courtesy of a James Ash winner. The Final may well give the boys the chance to play at a well-known football ground, a fitting privilege for an incomparably committed group of players who make up what we can now call one of the best two Year 8 'B' teams in England.

Results to date: ‘A’ Team have played 13 games—won 10 and lost 3 games ‘B’ Team have played 7 games—won 7 games All fixtures and results can be found on the school website. Mr J Ball - 2i/c P E Dept./Y8 Football Manager

Year 7 Football Joint Kent Cup Winners

Badminton On 11th February our KS3 Badminton team represented Bexley in the London School Games Level 3 Competition at Redbridge Sports Centre. Hurstmere won the Bexley Championships to progress to this round, but they found this level of competition was far more difficult. The boys had to play seeded singles and doubles games, and they had a very close opening match losing the opening games by just a few points. They won the last 2 games in the match, just falling short of winning the match outright. In the second match, the 2nd seed player from the opposition school was preparing to attend an England Badminton training camp during the half term break. It does not need to be said that the competition was far more difficult and we lost the second match. The third match was a similar story and the boys were convincingly beaten. However, it was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to play a very good level of the sport and we are very proud of each one of them.

The very talented Year 7 ‘B’ football team entered this year’s Kent Cup very optimistically. With early round victories against difficult opposition and scoring plenty of goals along the way, the boys had managed to get themselves into the business end of the competition with ease. Hurstmere were dealt a very difficult semi-final draw against Tunbridge Wells Grammar School. However, the boys showed great endeavour throughout and deserved their 2-1 victory. The final took place on 26th February at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium against Borden Grammar School. After a very close first half the game was level at 0-0 at the break with Hurstmere having the better chances. After the break Hurstmere took a deserved lead with a good finish from Ben Greenslade. Borden then came back into the game and with two minutes left equalised from a free kick. The final finished 1-1 and the Cup will be shared. Congratulations to the boys on a fantastic season!

Team: Gavin Chana Olatubosun Anise

Final Team:

Sports Hall Athletics

Sam Clarke

Luke Christie (C)

Adam Cronin

Oliver O'Sullivan

Isaac Jones

Max Tinkler

Imre Sandford

Sonny Andina

Ben Greenslade

Joe Clarke

Lewis Senner

Sam Messer

Robert Farrell Tariq Edwards

After winning the Bexley Indoor Athletics Championship our Year 7's went to the London Championships with high hopes. Each pupil raced at least two races and competed in at least one throwing or jumping event. The London games were a significant step up in ability and unfortunately we were not able to continue the heroics of the Bexley Championships. We finished the competition in 8th place with all of the boys putting in a commendable effort on the day. It was a great day for the boys to experience racing against other students of an exceptional standard. The teacher in charge for the day was Mr Eiffert.

George Bird Teachers in charge: Mr Eiffert & Mr Davis

Mr J Eiffert - Teacher of PE

Team: Quincy Oshodin Jacob Whittaker Daniel Butt

Luke Christie Luca Treadwell Matthew Johnson Sonny Freeman Elliot Hill Mr M Robinson - Head of PE

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SPORTS NEWS — Hurstmere Sports Leaders

Junior Leadership Academy As part of the School Games programme, Hurstmere is running a Junior Leadership Academy. The programme aims to support Year 6 Sports Leaders’ transition into secondary school

Sports Hall Athletics Leaders A group of Year 9 and 10 Sports Leaders ran the Level 2 School Games Secondary School Sports Hall Athletics competition in January. Their responsibilities ranged from officiating and recording results for the standing long jump, speed bounce, vertical jump and shot putt to timing the relay races. Some of the races were so close that photo finish technology had to be used to determine the winners! Once again the Sports Leaders undertook their roles in an extremely professional manner and were a credit to Hurstmere; well done boys!

leadership and sees children from Year 6 working alongside Year 7 students. A group of 30 children from Birkbeck, Dulverton and Holy Trinity Primary schools attend, alongside those from Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar and Hurstmere, where they undertake further leadership training and are mentored by our extremely experienced Year 10 Sports leaders. The leaders at the Academy are set a range of challenges to help them develop their leadership skills and they get rewarded for the leadership and volunteering hours they complete within their own school. They will also organise Change4Life festivals for children in Year 3 and 4 so they have the opportunity to experience competition in a relaxed and fun environment. Not only is the Academy providing young people with the opportunity to develop as future leaders, it is also great to see them all working well together and supporting each other’s development.

Sports Leaders Tee Off at Birkbeck Seven boys from Year 10 visited Birkbeck Primary School this term where they coached Tri Golf and ran a Level 1 School Games competition for Year 3 children as part of their Sports Leadership programme. During the afternoon Peter Allen, Josh Barton, George Fisher, Matt Morley, Shaun Piddington, Tom Spooner and Jamie Su delivered a warm up, taught children how to use the putter correctly and then helped the children to complete a range of Tri Golf challenges. The Year 3’s were extremely well behaved and attentive with many learning new skills and making great progress during the afternoon, all thanks to the help and support given to them by the Hurstmere boys.

Ms S Allsop –School Games Organiser


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I am very pleased to see that so many pupils cycle to Hurstmere each day. Nationally, only 2% of school children do this and at Hurstmere this percentage is much higher...nearer 20%.

Reasons to cycle to School     

Good exercise Makes you more alert and ready to learn Encourages independence Environmentally friendly It’s fun!

Top tips for cycling safely Protect Your Head - Wear a helmet. This will literally save your life.

Stay Visible - If drivers can see you, they are less likely to hit you. Use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.

Don’t Get Distracted - Don’t listen to music or talk on the phone while riding.

Obey all Traffic Laws and Lights Plan the Route - Plan your safest route to school using interactive online mapping: Work out which are the quietest roads or best cycle paths. Always let someone know the route you take.

Do a Quick Bicycle Test - Check your brakes and your wheels. Make sure that “quick release” wheels are properly secured. Make eye contact – if you are crossing the road in queuing traffic – make sure you make eye contact with the driver letting you pass, and say thanks! Hurstmere School is committed to practice which protects our children and young people from harm. Safeguarding and Child Protection are sensitive areas but by working closely with our young people, their families and external agencies, we aim to support their needs enabling them to reach positive outcomes.

If you have any questions or need advice then please come and ask. Mr J Sheehan - Head of Science

ROMANCE ACADEMY During March, Hurstmere’s Citizenship will focus on the theme of developing healthy relationships. As part of this, Hurstmere has invited a National project called 'Romance Academy' to run workshops with all pupils in Year 9 to help support them in developing the values and skills that are needed to build healthy relationships. There will be a special focus on using social media and associated technology safely. This event will take place on the morning of Wednesday 23rd March.

Safeguarding means making sure that everyone can feel safe while at school For our students: You can tell us anything and you will be doing the right thing! If a friend says something that causes you to be concerned about them, we need to know. We can help! If you are worried about something in your life, at home, or at school, please let us help you.

For our parents: Please let us know if you are concerned about the well-being of any of our students.

In addition, Romance Academy is hosting an event for the parents of Hurstmere’s students, Years 8—11, on the same day. This will be a frank and informative evening with the aim of supporting parents in dealing with tricky parenting issues such as relationships and the safe use of social media and technology. This event will start at 5.00pm and finish at approximately 7.00pm and will take place in the main Hall at Hurstmere School.

We cannot promise confidentiality, but we can promise to do our best to support you.

NEVER go home thinking that you will tell someone tomorrow. That may be too late! You can talk to Mrs Bennett (Vice Principal) or Mrs Day (Director of Studies) our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

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Mrs L Bennett—Vice Principal


Key Stage 3 Geography During their Geography lessons the Year 7's have spent their first term here at Hurstmere studying Rocks and Coastal Landforms. This culminated in all of the boys being asked to make a model, as part of their Christmas project, of the things they had studied. There were a large variety of models varying in shape, size and materials, ranging from very simple designs to some masterpieces of design and production. Here are a few pictures of boys in Year 7 with their models. Well done to all the boys who made an effort. Mr T Baston - Head of Geography

Above and right: Some Year 7 boys with their coastal landform models.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous writer, once declared that ‘Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.’ Although it sounds cliché, it cannot be disputed that developing the ability to persuade, convert and compel will hold any young person in good stead as they move forward.

Autumn 2015 Kings College London Medical Day Years 9 and 11 Doctors and Medical Students from Kings College London delivered an interactive workshop on key clinical skills required for a career in medicine and related careers. Information and advice about medical school and other healthcare options were made available from the visiting Doctor and Medical Students.

The ability to be able to adequately express your thoughts and opinions is one that every young person needs to develop. That is why we are starting this new and exciting Club! Starting from the first week back after the Easter Break, Speakers’ Corner will gather once a month on Tuesdays after school. Students who attend will be asked to prepare a presentation on any topic of their choice that lasts approximately 5 minutes (although they will not need to present every time). In each session we will listen to some presentations and provide opportunity to discuss some of the issues and themes that arise.

Mr J Sheehan - Head of Science

Science Gold Ties This year, Hurstmere Science Department proudly recognises the achievement and commitment of the following students towards their studies in science. The following boys were awarded Gold ties:

Speakers’ Corner is open to anyone who is in KS3 and will be run by Mr Macnamara and Miss Parris with help from some Key Stage 4 students. It will provide students with an opportunity to practice and hone the invaluable skill of speaking in front of a crowd on a range of topics.

Matt Stock

Dan Atkinson

Harry Barnard

Ryan Beck

William Barron

Jack Agius

Alex Hastie

Joe Marshal

Sam Ousby

Alfie Mulvey

Jamie Moreland

Khieran Dhooper

Devan Patel

Isaac Mitchell

Johnny Eades

Jack Agius

Ryan Middleton

Nishil Patel

Henry Collins

Sam Ward

Oli Natusch

Will Branscombe Well done gentlemen, and we hope that you continue to work hard for your exams in the summer.

If you have any further questions or would like some more information about Speakers’ Corner, please get in touch with either Mr Macnamara or Miss Parris. We are excited about this new activity and are very much looking forward to the first session after the Easter Break.

Mr J Sheehan Head of Science

Mr J Macnamara—Teacher of English/RE


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REMEMBRANCE ASSEMBLIES 11th November 2015 On Friday 18th December the school held a nonuniform day for all pupils to allow them to take part in National Christmas Jumper Day. Pupils and staff were invited and encouraged, but not forced, to wear a Christmas jumper on this day and donate £1 for charity. In total a sum of …


...was raised and sent to ITV's Text Santa who this year have joined forces with Save The Children to promote National Christmas Jumper Day and introduced two more charities to benefit from the funds raised - Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thank you to all those who participated and thereby supported these worthy charities. Mr S Waghorn—Head of ICT

Cookie & Cake Sale for Zambia

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) is a memorial day in tribute to the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to Moina Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, who on reading the poem "In Flanders Fields", written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, swore to wear a red poppy in memory of those who gave their lives during World War One, and her tireless work to promote the cause has meant this tradition has continued to this day; their brilliant red colour is a symbol of the blood spilled in war. Over the 90 years since that time the poppy has raised large amounts of money to help ex-servicemen and women in need of physical and mental welfare support. The school collected for the Poppy Appeal, and students and staff held a minute’s silence at 11 am on the 11th November during year assemblies dedicated to the day. These assemblies ended with the ‘Last Post’ being played and were a solemn reminder to the boys of the cost of war and conflict to the armed forces and their families.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, …”

We Shall Keep the Faith

There was a Cookie & Cake Sale on Wednesday 9th December to raise Funds for Zambia. Cookies and cakes, homemade and shop bought, were donated by staff and were greatly appreciated. We completely sold out and made a grand total of ....

by Moina Michael, November 1918

£204.00 All proceeds are going towards our Zambia fund. We would like to thank you for your continued support. Special thanks to Mrs Ritchie for all her help with the sale.

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet - to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith With All who died.

Ms S Allsop - School Games Organiser

We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valour led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders Fields. Once again the boys and staff supported Movember by sporting a moustache (grown or stuck on) to raise funds for men’s health - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. All

And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honour of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.


together… ...was collected for this very worthy cause, and in the process helped in “Changing the face of men's health”.

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RUM GRADING The Music Department must say a special thank you to John Simmons (our drum teacher) for his fantastic work with our students. The boys achieved the following results:

Music for Youth Regional Festival Heats We wish The Gas Tanks, 5th Lyrik and Fitz good luck in the Music For Youth regional festival on 29th February. The three Studio Fix acts will be competing to win through to the summer final and a place at the MFY showcase at the Royal Albert Hall later in the year. Good luck to all the boys taking part. Mrs V Ahern Studio Fix Administrator

Grade 1: Jamie Ward - Merit Joseph Jeffery - Pass Daniel Jackson - Pass Ben Luxford - Distinction Ben Crispino - Merit Aaron Davy - Distinction

Left: Fitz Below: The Gas Tanks

Grade 2: Billy Winter - Merit All of the boys will be progressing onto the next grade coming up in the summer. Well done to them all! Thanks also to Mrs Bakewell, Administrative Assistant, and Mr Everson, Maintenance Assistant, for helping out with the organisation. Mr I Robertson – Teacher of Music/Teacher i/c of Performance

STUDIO-FIX - Out and About “The children loved the songs and they could be heard singing them long after the end of the show.”

Studio Fix performers have, this half-term, visited Old Bexley and Sherwood Park primary schools to present an entertaining showcase of their songs. Their performance made a lasting impression on the pupils and staff of both schools. 5th Lyrik performed ‘Hash Tag’, with the audience joining in with the chorus and actions, Ollie and Sam sang ‘Sail Away’ and the now famous ‘Chicken Shop’ was performed by The Gas Tanks.

“A big well done to all of the boys and staff involved and we look forward to collaborating with Hurstmere again in the future.” A massive thank you goes to Mr Gilbert and the Music Department for their hard work and support; and to the pupils for the excellent way in which they represented the school. Mrs V Ahern - Studio Fix Administrator

Hurstmere has since received fantastic comments and appreciations for the Studio Fix performance. “Not only was it a pleasure, but such an inspirational experience for our children, who clapped and sang along.” “The performance yesterday was amazing. The boys represented Hurstmere impeccably as always. They are so polite, well-mannered and smart.”

Above: The group 5th Lyrik.


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Schools in Zambia are desperate for desks. A desk costs £50; help us by getting involved in our ‘Donate a Desk’ campaign. By donating £5, £10, £25 or £50 you can make a difference to a Zambian child’s education. For more information see the school website: Miss S Allsop—School Games Organiser

Zambia Ball 2016


On Saturday May 14th the Zambia team will be hosting another Zambia Ball to continue with our fundraising efforts in the lead up to our July 2016 tour. Our previous ball was an extremely successful event and we are looking to repeat that success with a very enjoyable night for all who attend. The event includes a 3 course meal, served by the students going to Zambia, as well as a raffle, auction and other fundraising games. The night will conclude with a DJ playing classic hits for all to enjoy.

23/10/14 - Collecting for -Zambia Quincy Oshodin 2 million + Frankie Svoma - 1 million + Finlay Mulvaney - 1 million + Leon Corcoran - 1 million +

LIBRARY FUNDRAISING To help buy books for the school’s library we have opened an account with:-

Donations of prizes for our auction or raffle would be greatly appreciated in helping us to achieve our fundraising target. - Hurstmere School Library Easyfundraising will pay us money if items are purchased via their website. The process is simply explained when you log in. It only takes a minute to create an account and then each time you think about purchasing an item you log in and go to Hurstmere Library before typing in the site you want to purchase from. Once the item is bought a small amount will be credited to us; it costs you no extra and every little helps!

Mr B Maher - Teacher of Geography

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You can also donate to the school’s Zambia fundraising using this site. Please help us to resource your son’s education.


Y8 Parents’ Evening — 4 - 7pm Last Day of Spring Term First Day of Summer Term Staff Development Day (School closed) Bank Holiday Y7 Parents’ Evening — 4 - 7pm Half Term Break

Many of our boys like to play chess in the school Library during their break times, and although we have several chess sets we would appreciate any donations of unwanted sets or even spare chess pieces as, try as we do to prevent this, some get lost! Also the boys are keen to have a Chess Tournament at the end of this academic year and we do not have enough chess sets or expertise at present to organise this. If anyone can help please contact Mrs Tubbs the school Librarian. Mrs E Tubbs - Librarian and Mrs J Dowse - Assistant Librarian

ELECTRONIC/ON LINE EDITION— Designed and Produced by Mrs J Dowse A Specialist Sports and Science Academy

School photographs by Mr C Richardson and staff


Printed by F M Litho

Hurstmere newsletter spring 2016  

Hurstmere newsletter spring 2016

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