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

Pre-match rainbow over Hurstmere School

Spring 2018 Issue 19


Civic Celebration of Pupil Achievement

Our students with the Mayor after receiving their awards.

The Bexley Civic Celebration of Student Achievement awards took place at The Orchard Theatre Dartford, and three Hurstmere pupils received well-deserved recognition—George Fisher, Josh Barton and Thomas Spooner. The awards were presented by Bexley’s Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Peter Reader. Pupils from Bexley’s primary, secondary and special schools are nominated each year by their teachers for the following categories:  Outstanding Academic Achievement  Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Arts or Sports  Outstanding Progress  Outstanding Service to the School Community George received the Outstanding Academic Achievement award for his dedicated hard work that helped him to gain outstanding GCSE results. He treated all subjects with equal importance and strived to achieve success. Josh received the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Arts or Sports award for being a reliable Sports Leader for Hurstmere and Bexley primary schools, achieving pupil representation in a variety of sports up

to county level. Thomas received the Outstanding Service to the School Community award for working hard and exceeding his personal targets to achieve an effective role in representing Hurstmere in many extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to all of our pupils for their commitment and hard work. Mrs V Ahern - Administrative Assistant

PRIZE GIVING 2017– Cont. page 2 29/03/18

In November Hurstmere held its annual Prize Giving celebrating the success of the boys in all aspects of school life. Our guest speaker was Mr Samuel Hazelgrove, a former pupil of the school who is now working for the Department of Trade as a Policy Advisor. Mr Hazelgrove gave the pupils an insight into his work advising the government on International Trade, particularly relevant in light of the current Brexit issues.

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Mrs S Bayar—Assistant Principal

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Last Day of Spring Term (Early closure 1.40 pm) Iceland Trip First Day of Summer Term (Week A) Y7 Parents’ Evening — 4 - 7pm May Bank Holiday - 01/06/18 Half Term Break

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Dear Parents

The middle of the academic year has passed once again and Spring Term Tracking grades are available in Firefly for students. Parents, students and teachers alike will be pleased that we have seen the end of the extreme weather and that spring is upon us. Year 11 students will have begun their revision programmes for the GCSE examinations, and have been taking the opportunities for taught group revision at lunchtimes and after school. I should like to commend them on their efforts so far, and encourage them to sustain and develop their work over the next few important weeks.

The school-based Easter Revision programme (10th- 12th April) will be an excellent opportunity to bolster boys’ prospects. Once again, this newsletter details the wide range of activities that have taken place both within and beyond curricular lessons. Thanks go to my colleagues who supervised the ski trip to Canada at halfterm, and those who will undertake the Iceland journey this Easter. I should also like to thank the large number of parents who responded to the request to provide feedback to the Ofsted team at the recent one-day inspection. Parents' responses were almost uniformly very positive in all areas, confirming feedback from Parents

Evening questionnaires that Hurstmere provides a safe and effective service for its students. As a result of the inspection findings there is no change to the 'Good' grades awarded to the school at the last 'full' inspection in 2014. As always, the staff at the school will reflect upon the findings of the team of two inspectors, reviewing and refining practice in the pursuit of providing the best possible education for your sons.

PRIZE GIVING AWARDS SPECIAL AWARDS 2016 – 17 Sandra Cochrane Prize for Art

Daniel Hammond

Lee Powell Prize for Music

Mason Pearce

Lee Powell Prize for Science

Nathan Sotunde

James Herring Sportsman Award

Jack Smith

Sports Leader Award

Ted Rackley

Science College Award – Upper School

Jack Parnell

Science College Award – Lower School

Camron Brown

D&T Award for Design and Innovation

Chan Jeffries

Personal Achievement Award

Jake Fairman

Accelerated Reader Award

Matthew Mason-Rogers

Work Experience Award (joint)

Sam Leamon Aaron Frost

Valerie Hughes-Narborough Prize for English

John Clark

Year 11 Academic Achievement

George Fisher

Governors’ Prize

Charlie Collins

For a full programme showing the complete list of prize winners please contact the school.

All photographs can be seen on the school website under -Menu/ News & Events/Galleries/Prize Giving 2017 2

Above, right and below: Some of the Special Award winners.

Mr G C Stollery—Principal


Zambia The Hurstmere in Zambia team have been busy with our fundraising efforts. Among the events were a Quiz Night held at Sidcup Rugby Club. Ten teams took part in 7 rounds of questions and 2 table rounds. Fun was had by all and the winners were decided by a game of Giants, Wizards and Elves as there were three teams tied at the end of the quiz. A big thank you goes to Mrs Bevan who organised the event and Mr Robinson for being quiz master for this very successful event. The event raised over £600 towards our fundraising efforts. The Hurstmere in Zambia team also hosted a Year 7 school disco. The event was supported by our sister school Blackfen School for Girls. There were over 200 Year 7 students ready to dance the night away to the rocking tunes provided by the one and only DJ AYO. The support for the event was

LGBT February saw the nationwide celebration of LGBT month. Its creation was to celebrate diversity amongst people’s sexuality and to encourage them to be themselves and be proud of who they are. In assembly, form and citizenship, students were encouraged to challenge stereotypes and to reflect on the use of derogatory language. They looked at the history of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom and the challenges that the LGBT

On Friday December 15th the pupils were given the option to come into school wearing a Christmas jumper instead of their

outstanding and the Year 7’s had a great night. A big thank you to all the staff who helped promote or supervise the event. Special mention goes to Mr Taylor for organising and doing all the paperwork.


With only a few months until the tour the students will be working very hard to reach their fundraising goals and will be developing their Tag Rugby coaching skills. Please support the cause by donating any clothing, especially school uniform, as one of our goals is to provide a school with a set of school uniform. Also, you can donate a prize or make a monetary donation via ‘Justgiving’ —search ‘Hurstmere in Zambia 2018’. Mr B Maher – Teacher of Geography/ Head of Year 10

community continue to face, with reference to Alan Turing the infamous WW2 code cracker. This was supported by the Anne Frank exhibition that the Year 8s and 9s attended, which highlighted the discrimination that still exists in society today; whether it is racist, sexist or homophobic. The overall message from both being not to judge, not to discriminate and not to preach hate or inflict violence.

A Successful Tradition The Hurstmere Year 7 Carol Service had a fabulous turnout again in 2017, with parents, staff and Governors hearing over 200 boys sing as a whole year group. As usual the service was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Hurst Road and featured a variety of traditional carols and popular Christmas songs. The Year 7 pupils were in fine voice and sang ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ and finished with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. There was also a gentle and thoughtful performance of Pink Floyd’s, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by the school band, allowing everyone a moment for reflection. Special praise goes to the Year 7 readers who read so well and also to Mrs Herterich for her support of the event. All pupils performed brilliantly, and thanks go to Mr Stewart and Mr Monks for their time and support of the pupils and for their hard work in preparation for this successful event.

Ms S Gallagher - Associate Senior Leader

Mr C Ballard - Head of Music

school jumper and blazer for a donation of £1. The money raised went towards Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day Fund which was established in 2012. Quite a few pupils took us up on this offer and it was great to see so many different types of Christmas jumpers. Lots of the staff got involved as well!

Thanks to all who took part and thank you to those pupils that did not take part but still donated to this very worthy cause.


Mr S Waghorn Head of IT & Computing

New Hurstmere Rewards System Hurstmere House Report We are changing the way we reward you for your hard work at Hurstmere.


Why are we doing this?




We know so many of you work hard every day and have been gaining lots of Class Charts points. You’ve been told we value this and we want to show that to you.





We want you and your families to know we value this.





We want your form tutors and Heads of Year to be able to see when you are putting in the effort.





We want you to value the House Competition and see your house’s points going up through the year.





We want your hard work in lessons to have a direct impact on the results of the House Competition.



As you reach certain milestones within an academic year you will receive an award.

The Graphic Novel Club is a new group started last term and runs on Thursday lunch times in the Art Department (Room 20). The aim is for boys, from any year, with an interest in comics and graphic novels to contribute to writing, drawing and publishing their own original graphic novels! The club currently has three titles in production which we hope will be completed for printing before the end of the academic year. If you would like to join in please see Mr Blower for further details or come along on Thursday lunchtime.

 50 points – Bronze Award – A certificate sent home to parents, 2 House Points and 1 ticket Prize Draw ticket

 150 points – Silver Award – Certificate, 5 House Points, 2 Prize Draw tickets

 300 points – Gold Award – Certificate, 10 House Points, 3 Prize Draw Tickets Pupils who have already achieved the Gold award will then be considered for the Principal’s Commendation. This will be reserved for the very best students in each year group.

 Certificate, 25 House Points and a Gift Voucher.

Year Team Reward Trips Last year we started to run reward trips based on Class Charts points. We will do the same this year.

Mr D Blower - Head of Art

LEGO MASTERS CLUB - Years 7, 8 & 9

 The top 20 for a set

This is held on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes in Room 14. Come and build on your imagination.

period of time will be invited on each trip. Your Head of Year will select you based on your positive achievement.

- Open to all years This is held on Monday lunchtimes in Room 14. Experience the fun.

 We will still be displaying and recognising the efforts of each week’s “Top Ten”.

DEBATE CLUB - Years 7 & 8 Held in Room 6 on Tuesday from 1.10pm — 1.35pm Can we convince you of the benefits of joining?

WARHAMMER has been running for a year with Year 7, 8 and 9 boys taking part, as well as Mr Sheehan and other staff; numbers are regularly in the 20's. We meet twice each week and it is a very friendly group that is welcoming and supportive of new members. We teach you how to build, paint and play from scratch and then the battles start. We have already had one club trip to Games Workshop, and are waiting for some other local schools to be brave enough to challenge our club in the schools’ league. A number of our boys have already won regional painting competitions and the club is going from strength- to-strength. If you are interested then pop along, and discuss joining in, any Thursday lunchtime. More trips are planned this year.

Please look out for these on the display board near the school hall. Mr T James - Teacher of French/i/c Rewards


Mr J Sheehan – Head of Science

Year 8 Autumn Reward Trip 2018


In January I had the pleasure of taking a group of twenty Year 8 boys to Quasar in Bromley; these boys were selected for their hard work and diligence throughout the Autumn Term. We excitedly boarded the school mini buses and headed to Bromley to let our hair down. As their Head of Year I could not have been prouder of these young men who exhibited exemplary behaviour whilst on the trip – the staff at Quasar could not have been more complimentary!

January– British Values February—Extremism March—Healthy Relationships April—Street Safety

‘Parenting in the Digital Age’

- a workshop for parents Hustmere hosted this event for the parents of our students. Part 1 looked inside the teenage brain to take a close look at the key changes taking place, the impact of technology, and hear 3 key ideas from youth culture. Part 2 was more practical and focused on how you can support healthy development, safe boundaries and life-giving relationships for young people. It included lots of top tips and suggestions for identifying your own values and successfully tackling key issues like pornography and sexting. Below are some comments from parents who attended this event, which was a great success: The boys pose for a photo opportunity before preparing for war!

“An informative and honest workshop. It helped me to deal with situations regarding my son in an open way”

I definitely learnt a lot about these young men whilst on the trip – judging by the skills of leadership and strategic expertise we have got a few budding army sergeants amongst us. Spending time with these young men was an absolute pleasure and I cannot wait to organise our next reward trip.

“Very glad I attended, an inspirational event that has helped me to support my son in making sensible and informed decisions” “As a parent, you always think that you know best and what’s best for your child. When the school invited me to attend the presentation, my immediate thought was ‘do I really want to go? After all, there are so many other things that I could have been doing during that time.’ But, I’m so glad I did! The evening was interesting, informative and thought provoking. It certainly opened my eyes to a number of issues. This is a ‘must attend’ for any parent with teenage children”.

Thank you to the boys for making it a very enjoyable afternoon and thank you to the staff that volunteered their time to ensure we could arrange this trip. I would love to see competition for places on the next trip so, Year 8 keep trying hard to collect those Class Charts points. Miss R Parris - Head of Year 8

If you have any questions about this event please do not hesitate to contact me on the usual school number. Mr M Wright - Head of Citizenship/Head of Houses

The Anne Frank Trust is a UK education charity, empowering young people through education to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

Anne Frank Exhibition Hurstmere hosted the Anne Frank Schools' Exhibition. This is a project run by the Anne Frank trust whose mission is –

For more information you can visit the trust's website at

'To use Anne's life and inspirational message as an anchor to educate people about damage caused by all forms of prejudice and discrimination. The Trust enters the lives of young people across the country when they are likely to be at their most vulnerable and impressionable and imbues in them the importance of positive attitudes, personal responsibility and respect for others.’

The exhibition was on display in the main hall for 2 weeks. For this event 15 Year 9 pupils were trained as peer guides to lead others around the exhibition. Classes from KS3 visited the exhibition and attended workshops on such issues as: 

Human rights

Understanding prejudice

Identity and diversity.

This is the second year we have worked closely with the Anne Frank Trust and it provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to develop their public speaking skills and for students to link History to current societal issues. 5

Mr E Bourke - Teacher of History

SPORTS NEWS Year 10 Football – Fixtures and Results

Year 10 Football Round Up The Year 10 Hurstmere football teams have enjoyed a great season to date. At the time of writing, both the ‘A Team’ and the ‘B Team’ have some exciting games coming up.

20th September Haberdasher Askes Knights Academy (h) B ESFA

Both teams have played a number of inter-school fixtures against a variety of opposition. The success of both teams has been down to the boys’ commitment and willingness to play as a team. The togetherness of both teams has been pleasing to see and the boys are maturing into very competent footballers, learning lots along the way.

6th October The Gateway Academy (h) ESFA Rd 2

The ‘B Team’ was unbeaten and were very much looking forward to their National Cup semi-final fixture away at Hampton School. They had put together a run of fine performances to reach this stage of the competition (they got to the final in Year 8) but unfortunately on the day they were out played by a determined Hampton team and ended up losing 6—1.

P – P Welling conceded the fixture on the day.

4 – 2 (Padonu 2, Fisk 2) 29th September Erith (h) ESFA Rd 1 8 – 1 (Dyer 4, Dolding, Hughes, Roast, Jenkins (p)) 6 – 0 (Dyer 3, Roast 2, Gibson) 10th October St Columbas (h) Kent Cup Rd 2 6 – 1 (Dolding 3, Davey, Gibson, Parrot) 18th October Welling (h) North Kent Cup 7th November Mossbourne Academy (h) ESFA Rd 3 3 – 3 (AET) (Leek, Parrot 2) Hurstmere win 4-1 on pens (Jenkins, Roast, Edmunson, Stuart) 10th November Tunbridge Wells GS (a) B ESFA Rd 2 0 – 3 (Padonu 2, Warner)

The ‘A Team’ has been on a fine run of form reaching the last 16 of the National Cup (Round 7 of a competition that started out with over 650 teams). Unfortunately they lost a very close encounter with Finchley Catholic School 3—2. The boys battled until the very end and the picture below shows just how close we came to an equaliser. A game of fine margins.

14th November Haberdashers Crayford (h) Kent Cup Rd 3/North Kent 8 – 0 (Ash, Parrot 3, Gibson 2, Stuart, Edmundson) 24th November William Edward (h) ESFA Rd 4 2 – 0 (Roast, Jenkins (p)) 12th December Garrard Academy (a) Kent Cup Rd 4 3 – 6 (Leek 3, Jenkins, Parrot, Gibson) 18th December St Josephs (a) ESFA Rd 5 1 – 1 (Roast) Hurstmere win 4-1 on pens (Roast, Dyer, Stuart, Jenkins) 11th January St Pauls (a) ESFA Rd 6 2 – 3 (Leek 2, Jenkins) 12th January Samuel Whitbread Academy (a) ESFA Rd 4 1 – 2 (Warner, Padonu) 13th January St Georges C of E (a) Kent Cup QF 1 – 7 (Leek 3, Dyer 2, Jenkins, Roast) 29th January St Pauls (a) B ESFA QF 1 – 5 (Warner 2, Lodge, Padonu 2) 2nd February Finchley Catholic School (h) ESFA Rd 7

So close….Hurstmere hit the bar with the last attack of the game against Finchley Catholic School.

2 – 3 (Leek, Dyer) 5th February Dover GS (a) Kent Cup SF

Learning from defeats is always important and the boys had a great chance to reach a County Cup final for the first time in their four years at Hurstmere. Not wanting the season to drift away from us, we travelled to Dover Grammar School in good spirits albeit with some tired legs from the boys busy football schedules. It was very much a game of two halves with the score level 1— 1 at half time. With the wind behind and a sense of urgency and belief Hurstmere’s quality began to shine through with the game finishing 5—1. We will now play St Pauls in the final, with details to be confirmed.

1 – 5 (Leek, Jenkins 2, Dyer, Chapman)

Year 7 Kent Cup Football The Year 7 journey started back in September with a 9—1 home win against Harris Falconwood. The following round drew a tough fixture in Harris Beckenham at home which ended in a 5—1 Hurstmere victory. Progressing through the rounds, the boys were really starting to gel as a team and a 4—0 win against a good Leigh Academy side showed the potential that the boys have. Now in the Quarter Finals, the games are played on a Saturday morning and the boys were drawn away to Beths Grammar School, and an excellent display earned a 5—2 victory. In the Semi Final Hurstmere put in a superb performance to beat a Woolwich Poly team, who had been very dominant in previous rounds, 3—2.

In the North Kent Cup we are awaiting the quarter final draw and hope to have some further success in this competition. Once more it has been a pleasure working with this group of players; over 30 boys have represented the school with pride and in an exceptional manner. Follow our twitter page @HurstmerePE for regular updates. Mr J Ball - 2i/c PE

Well done on a great year so far and good luck in the final. Mr J Eiffert – Teacher of PE


SPORTS NEWS Year 9 Rugby Rugby continues to be popular with the Year 9’s and once again this season, we have managed to select an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.

Kent Shield Final Hurstmere 10 – Norton Knatchbull 15 We have had a very successful season this year by reaching the Kent Shield final. The school have only reached this stage of the competition once before which puts this achievement into perspective. The semi–final was an away fixture at Oakwood Grammar in Maidstone where the team battled to a convincing 35 – 0 win. The final was played at Gravesend Rugby Club, under floodlights in late November. Trailing 15 – 0 at half time, Hurstmere saved their best play for the second half but unfortunately just fell short and ran out of time, after having been much superior for most of the second period. Despite the result, the players, captained by Lucas Tsolakides, should be extremely proud of not only their achievements but also their conduct throughout the season. Well Done! The team has also been well supported by staff and parents this year and we would like to thank them all for their efforts. In particular we are very grateful to Mr Bird (LMG Managed Services) for providing a sponsor and a fabulous new kit for the squad. Mr M Wright – Teacher of PE/Head of Houses/Citizenship


Year 8 Football Round Up The Year 8 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams have had a very successful season to date. In Mr Jones’ absence, Mr Ball and Mr Eiffert have taken interim management of both teams and the boys have responded very well. The ‘A’ team have reached the final of the Kent Cup for the second season in a row. They will be looking to retain the Cup that they won last season. The final will be at Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm.

Ryan Slater, Year 8, has played squash for Kent over the past 3 years and he is also a member of the Bexley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. He plays in the No. 3 slot in a 5 man Kent U13 Squash team. In November they played in the National Inter Counties in Nottingham. What a great achievement to be in the county set up.

In the ESFA National Cup the boys unfortunately lost in the last 16 (Round 7 of a competition that started with over 650 teams). The boys travelled away to Cardinal Newman School in Brighton and found themselves 1-0 behind at half time in very wet, difficult conditions. Their response after half time was excellent and Hurstmere quickly turned the tide to lead 2-1. Unfortunately a couple of quick goals were conceded and at 3-2 and chasing the game, Cardinal Newman added a fourth goal.

Mr G Joyce - Head of Year 9/PE Teacher


The ‘B’ team made excellent progress in the B ESFA Cup by reaching the semi-final, which was played at Ivybridge Community College, Plymouth. All players involved had contributed to a successful season so far and, with fingers crossed, the boys went on the long trip down to the south-west, only to be beaten 6—4 in extra time after a hard fought game. Still, all things considered, a fantastic cup run for both teams.

Louie Lynch, 7 Caxton Y, has just become U12 Great Britain Schoolboys Boxing Champion. Congratulations go to him on this brilliant achievement, and the school look forward to celebrating Louie’s future successes.

Our congratulations to all the players for getting so far in these competitions. We are now looking forward to building on these experiences for even greater success next season.

Mr G Joyce - Head of Year 7/ Teacher of PE

Mr J Ball – 2 i/c PE Department


SPORTS NEWS SPORTS LEADERS Secondary School Games Sports Hall Athletics Competition Schools from across the borough competed in the School Games Year 7 and Year 8 Boys Sports Hall Athletics competitions at Hurstmere in January. The event was run by Hurstmere’s outstanding team of Year 11 and 10 Sports Leaders who officiated the field events – standing long jump, speed bounce, indoor shot putt and vertical jump— as well as timing the various track races. Once again the boys carried out their role in a professional manner and were a real credit to the school.

Hurstmere Junior Leadership Academy 31 Year 6 and 7 Students from 6 Bexley Schools attend the Junior Leadership Academy held at Hurstmere School as part of the School Games Programme throughout the spring term. This exciting programme brings together students from KS2 and KS3 to work together to extend their Sports Leadership skills and undertake specific training to enable them to organise sports festivals for other young people. The JLA is attended by students from Hurstmere, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar, Birkbeck, Burnt Oak Juniors, Dulverton and Holy Trinity Primary School. The sessions focus on teamwork, leadership skills and qualities, goal setting and the importance of reflecting on leadership and volunteering experiences in order to improve. Throughout the term the group will plan and deliver a Change4Life Festival for Year 3/4 primary school children from across Bexley and also complete volunteering hours within their own school.

The competition was closely contested and some of the races were extremely close; thankfully photo finish technology ensured the leaders could examine the video footage to establish correct timings and positions. Congratulations to Harris Academy Falconwood who won the Year 8 competition and Hurstmere boys who won the Year 7 competition. Both schools now go on to represent Bexley in the London School Games qualifying event.

Hurstmere Sports Leaders run Primary Panathlon Event 14 Sports Leaders worked with the Panathlon Association to deliver the Bexley School Games Primary Panathlon Challenge this week. The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for young people with SEND. During the morning the Sports Leaders received training from the Panathlon Asssociation in the various sports activities and once the schools arrived they delivered 8 different sports ranging from Indoor Kurling, Boccia to Table Top Cricket.

Miss S Allsop - School Games Organiser

Senior Leadership Academy

The event was a great success and proved popular with children and teachers alike. Kieran, a pupil from Hook Lane School, said "It's the best day of my life", while Mr Pullen from St Thomas More Primary, said "Of all the fixtures that I have taken throughout my career, be it in secondary or primary, I can honestly say that today’s was the most enjoyable and rewarding for me as a teacher. The activities served as a platform to showcase how much sport can reach out to all ability levels."

Hurstmere hosted the first session of the Bexley Senior Leadership Academy on Monday the 15th of January. 25 Sport Leaders from across Bexley are working together to extend their leadership skills and share good practice.

It was not just the event that received praise; Ms Foster, ASD Provision Leader from Hillsgrove Primary School, said "The Sports Leaders were great ambassadors of Hurstmere School. They were polite, supportive and engaging with the children, and were an asset to the running of the day."

The session was run by Richard O'Sullivan from Teach School Sport, who shared his extensive knowledge and experience of coaching. In groups, the Sports Leaders looked at different areas of coaching such as giving positive feedback and analysing techniques. It was a really enjoyable session and great to meet and work with other Sports Leaders from Bexleyheath Academy, Townley Grammar, Trinity and Welling School. Henry Lawrence - Yr11 student


Ms S Allsop - School Games Organiser

CANADA SKI TRIP 2018 For the next few days we went to a different mountain where the skiing was a whole new ball game. Ice was covering the snow so speed became my new best friend. Some of the instructors could be classed as mad as they would chant and scream with enthusiasm as we followed them over jumps, moguls and through the trees. But that was one of the best moments of my life and probably for others as well. During the course of the trip, dehydration did take a toll on a couple of people as first Max was hit with sickness in the morning and could not ski, then Archie who suffered the worst out of the kids and finally, to top it off, was Mr Davis who was the best skier until he got the worst of the sickness.

The 2018 Ski Trip was a trip of a lifetime. The pure excitement was picking at the minds of the students as we bounded onto the coaches leaving for Heathrow. The drive wasn’t too bad as most just gazed out the windows waiting for the minute someone announced they could see a plane. At Heathrow we were herded into the airport like sheep by shepherd Daveo, our rep for the trip, who became a key asset in our group. We splashed our cash in the duty free before it was time to boarded the plane. We were all really hyped up for take-off as we waved goodbye to England and prepared ourselves for the strenuous 7 hour flight. The first thing we saw was the white lands; we knew we were close as snow is all that met the eye. As we collected our luggage; well, all except one of us! Sam’s bag was no longer with us. It’d been accidentally shipped off to Toronto where the schools final destination was going to be on the trip. Heaped into the corner of the airport we waited and waited and waited... only to realise Sam still didn’t have his bag. The long drive to the hotel was filled with tension and confusion as some joked and some showed concern about Sam’s luggage. In the end Sam did get his bag 3 days into the trip but after Mr Wright kindly bought him new ski equipment, because I don’t think he would have lasted just in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt!

As skiing came to a close, we travelled to Toronto where we stopped off at Niagara Falls, which was breath-taking and mindblowing. We are able to read about a woman who went down it once in a barrel with a cat and lived to tell the tale. We also visited a huge shopping centre where Daveo gifted us with a sheet of vouchers and this is where many boys’ faces glowed with excitement. My personal experience of the shopping centre was not so good as I was to regret going into a hot sauce shop. This was where my friend Harry and I tried one of the hottest sauces in the world so we could go up on the ‘Wall of Survivors’. It is unbelievable that anything can be made that hot and not be classed as a weapon!

Every day after skiing we came back more tired than the last, as we were pushed to our limits with the thrill of the mountain. The third night was the best one; the night skiing. The mountain was literally just as it was in the day but the flood lights consumed the darkness as we created shadows and ski marks going down the mountain.

The drive back to the airport in Toronto could be said to be filled with disappointment as many wanted to stay in Canada. For most of the people this trip will never be forgotten and it means something very special to the people at Hurstmere who went to Canada in 2018.

The day of the Ice Park was filled with fun and enthusiasm as we went down Himalayas, Everest and many more mountains as they were the name of the slopes; pure adrenaline consumed us as we slid down the slopes on rubber tubes.

By Andrew Fastiggi – Year 10 student


Ben Bleksley, is Third in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Bexley Regional Final 2017-18 Introduced to the stage as a future Prime Minister of Great Britain, Ben Bleksley triumphantly secured 3rd place for Hurstmere in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out Challenge”. Ben was up against 16 other local grammar and comprehensive schools in a fiercely contested public speaking competition, held at Trinity School in Belvedere. His speech entitled 'The Value of Education' impressed the panel of local dignitaries with his confident delivery, sophisticated content and mature message. He urged pupils to work hard and take the opportunities that going to school provides as well as the friendships and life lessons that go with it, a vital message for all. Congratulations to Ben who represented Hurstmere impeccably and conveyed all the attributes that will make him a successful student and star of the future. To watch his talk and all the other winners visit:-


A group of talented Year 7 pupils from Mrs Murphy's English class responded to their reading of the sci-fi novel 'The Boy in the Tower' by writing and starring in their own fake news bulletin this week. Mrs L Murphy - Head of Media

The Gas Tanks, a Hurstmere Studio Fix band, were one of the support acts for Madness at the Butlin’s ‘House of Fun Weekend’ recently. The band, made up of Gary, Matt, Ed, Jake, Sam, Evie, Megan and Tom, performed a 45 minute set at this sell-out event. The Gas Tanks’ memorable and catchy lyrics follow an anthem style and show their sense of identity. They received praise and respect from fellow performers saying “they were amazing and it’s a first for us to have a school band in this kind of show.” The Gas Tanks originate from Hurstmere and the school’s collaboration with Blackfen School for Girls has added the female flair! Mr Gilbert, Hurstmere’s Musician in Residence, says “this is a fantastic achievement, following months of dedication and hard work by the pupils.”

The broadcast forms Hurstmere's entry into Bexley's Children's Literacy Award, where pupils were challenged to interpret the social and moral significance of a novel they had read. The boys were keen to not offer a diary entry or a book review, but respond in a creative and engaging style. Their broadcast is based on the idea of young men endeavouring to save their school and local community from alien invasion, which is closely linked to the plot of the novel. From this, they have also learnt how to write a script and perform on camera. We hope that you enjoy their efforts.

The Gas Tanks now famous ‘Chicken Shop’, ‘Taking Care of Business’ and many other songs can be heard on YouTube, Soundcloud and Mrs V Ahern - Studio Fix Administrator

The Gas Tanks at Butlins.

STOP PRESS—Update on Bexley’s Children’s Literacy Award Bexley council wrote to say, ‘Unfortunately, there has been some significant change to personnel managing the project, which led to a delay in judging the entries. This has meant the timeframe for the awards ceremony needed to move back and we were hoping to advise all entries of the outcome and the date of the award ceremony in one communication.’ We are still waiting… 10

Mrs L Murphy - Head of Media

Imperial War Museum Visit

It was a fresh, cold morning in February when 49 eager Year 8 Hurstmere boys (along with equally eager members of staff) boarded the coach to embark on what would be a fantastic trip to the Imperial War Museum. With Year 8 spending the last half term studying War Poetry, the purpose of the trip was to enhance their understanding of the First World War and to support them with their study of World War One Poetry. In a unique way, the IWM allowed the boys to experience the war through the eyes of people in Britain and its empire. They gained insight into how the war started, why it continued for so long and how the Allies eventually won.

Being recently refurbished in 2014, the museum features a new hands-on exhibit that allowed the boys to engage with over 1,300 objects drawn from the First World War. These exhibits ranged from weapons and uniforms to diaries, letters, photographs, film and art. Each object on display gives a voice to the people who created, used or cared for them; they reveal stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love. During our visit the boys used a fantastic workbook that was put together by Miss Paris in the English department. This allowed them to document their learning and explore the conditions the soldiers were living in during the First World War. It also provided a space for them to reflect and write some of their own poetry about World War One, many of which were fantastic. It was a personal highlight that in an age of technology and distraction the boys were able to pause and reflect for a moment and use their creativity to respond with pen and paper. It was no surprise that the boys behaved impeccably with both the IWM staff and our coach driver who took time to tell me how impressed they were with the students’ conduct and overall manner. I was particularly impressed with the respect they showed and the discussions they had about what they had learnt. As always, it was a pleasure to take the boys on a trip for the day and to see them engage with such important content - ‘Lest we forget’.

Year 7 AR Word Millionaires The following Year 7 boys have excelled in Accelerated Reading by reading over 1 million words.     

William Terry Oliver Simpson Jamin Hammond James O’Connor Ben Walker

They each received a gift voucher as a reward and their names have gone onto the AR wall of fame, which this year is based on the Winter Olympics. So far the total number of words read by all Year 7 students is 32,021,936. They need to make a concerted effort over the next term if they want to beat last year’s cohort who managed to reach an incredible total of 67,993,998 words read. Calling all Year 7s to read more and set a new AR record! Mrs E Tubbs and Mrs J Dowse - Librarians

ACCELERATED READER AWARD - presented at Hurstmere’s Prize Giving

Mr J Macnamara - Teacher of English

‘CHECKING OUT ME POETRY!’ Twenty-eight Year 10 and 11 pupils attended the Poetry Live event in February along with Miss Bradley, Miss Bali and Mr MacKenzie-Ingle, held at the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, as well as Gillian Clark, Owen Sheers and Imtiaz Dharker read out some of their poetry and participated in a short question and answer session with the pupils. Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage then delivered a variety of his work along with his usual amusing anecdotes, explaining his influences and many of the ideas behind his poems which are in the AQA GCSE Anthology. Each poet also discussed how certain writers had influenced their own creations.

The AQA examiner also took to the stage for a time and gave a masterclass in “how to achieve a Level 4, or above, in your English GCSE.” He took the pupils through an essay, explaining what the examiners are looking for in a pupil response to poetry. The Hurstmere boys furiously scribbled down notes which will hopefully aid them in their revision and success in June. The star of the show was, as always, John Agard. Greeted like a rock star by the pupils, his enthusiasm for and joy of writing poetry is infectious and he had everybody in the audience clapping and shouting along to his poetry. A very worthwhile day! Mr K MacKenzie-Ingle - Teacher of English


Matthew Mason-Rogers won Hurstmere’s Accelerated Reader Award 2017 which was presented to him by Mr Hazelgrove at the school’s Prize Giving. He was selected by Mrs Tubbs, the Librarian, due to his commitment and dedication to reading and for his participation in Hurstmere’s entry into the Bexley Libraries Carnegie Book Awards Presentation where he and 5 fellow students from Years 7 and 8 gave an exemplary performance. Mrs J Dowse - Assistant Librarian

ALUMNI Sachin K. Patel (Class of 1997)

Euon Brown (Class of 2003)

Sachin attended Hurstmere from 1992 to 1997 and was always part of every sports team - football, cricket, basketball and athletics. Whilst Sachin went to Orpington College and achieved A levels in Mathematics, Graphical Communication and Sports Studies, he is happy to admit that he did not flourish academically but stayed true to sport.

When Euon left Hurstmere in 2003 he signed a contract to join QPR's Professional Youth Football Team. Euon was also offered an England U16s school boys trial, but injury halted his opportunity. Following his recovery and an offer from Grenada's U17s Youth Team, Euon played for their U17 team through to the U21 team.

Whilst on holiday in the USA in 1999 Sachin took up a trial to play football at Augusta State University. Injury cut-short his football career so he decided to study and in 2002 graduated with BSc Computer Science and BSc Mathematics. After working at the Medical College of GA, Sachin returned to the UK to study at Oxford where he gained a Masters in Bioinformatics, a new field of study related to Human Genome. Following his Oxford graduation in 2006, Sachin returned to the USA and worked for a financial company developing software to file on-line income taxes. He founded a software company called where, at one time he had 20 employees and a portfolio of $1 million. Since 2012 Sachin has worked as a Faculty Research Instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is responsible for data management and software programming for health technology applications. In 2014 Sachin founded, and is currently running, a mobile health company called Patient Guided Health Solutions, LLC. Sachin was an ECB and MCC Professional Cricket Coach from 1997-2000. He has been a UEFA Professional Soccer Coach since 1998 and he is still heavily involved in coaching within his local community. Sachin was keen to mention that Mr Jones and other Hurstmere PE staff were a huge part of his formative years and were supportive mentors in many ways.

At a professional senior level, Euon had stints in Sweden, Finland and Denmark before ultimately being called to represent Grenada at Senior International level in 2009 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Unfortunately, after succumbing to a number of injuries at a young age, Euon suffered continuously and he consequently had to retire from professional football in 2012, after failing to recover from a Euon challenging Roger Espinoza. Grenada vs. Honduras - CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009 lower back issue. During Euon's stop-start football career he developed a love for music and managed to achieve a top 5 Channel U (now Channel AKA) hit called ‘Snares and Kicks’. The song also featured on the first ever Channel U The Album CD. Since retiring from football and chilling with music, Euon has moved away from the entertainment industries, and on to find a career in mentoring, programme and project management.

FAIRTRADE - CITIZENSHIP VIDEO COMPETITION Last year during their Citizenship lessons students from Year 8 studied Fairtrade and how it helps the lives of the cocoa farmers in Africa. The students made posters to promote the sale of Fairtrade goods, focusing on Fairtrade chocolate. They finished the project by creating a promotional video for Fairtrade with groups producing Fairtrade raps, news bulletins and even a Lego stop motion video to show the bean to bar process. The best 8 groups made it to the final where they presented their Fairtrade video to their peers and staff. They were judged on their knowledge of Fairtrade, facts/statistics and the creativity of their video. All the videos were excellent but Ore, Quincy and Abdul finished as worthy victors with their video and on stage rap sealing them first place in the year group. Mr A Davis Head of Year 9

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