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A message from the Headteacher ... Welcome to the June issue of the Deben News! As we approach the end of the term and academic year, I want to take this opportunity to look forward as we make the preparations for September. Parents/carers will know the work that we have been putting into the incredibly important issue of raising standards and achievement over the last few years and from September Deben High School will be consolidating all our work under the TEEP programme. As you know, the school vision lays out our aspiration to make major improvements to our “Product” as well as our work on our marketing and community (see School Vision reprinted on the back cover of Deben News). What is TEEP? It stands for the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (http://www.teep.org.uk). This programme was set up in 2002 by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to develop a model of effective teaching and learning drawn from available research and best practice.

The TEEP Model

What does this mean for our students? An improved and more motivating experience of learning which puts the emphasis on how to learn for life. Students have already been introduced to ‘learning how to learn’ methods through the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills, De Bono’s 6 Hats and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Many of the posters now appearing in classrooms have appeared in previous issues of Deben News this year and are included again in this issue. Fantastic news! We have finally received confirmation that we have achieved National Healthy Schools Status! Readers will remember I wrote about the work that went into this in March/April edition of the Deben News. Expect the logo on the left to appear in school and on the school notepaper. I am extremely proud of all of the staff, students and external agencies who have contributed to Deben achieving this milestone, particularly Ms Berry, Mrs Flint, Mr Ewers, Mr James, Mrs Pearson and Jan McGuire from Suffolk LA. This award will help us further achieve the Every Child Matters agenda which is recorded through every edition of the Deben News.


Some great news about our house system! We are introducing a seventh house in September as we move forward with our aim to reduce tutor group size. Our new house will be known as ‘Robson’ – named after Sir Bobby Robson and was the most popular in the recent vote by students in school. This means our houses will be as follows for September (with colours):

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I am very pleased that we will now be including a regular update on the Felixstowe Learning Trust - from Mr Brennan, Chair of the FLT - starting in this issue. Finally, thank you to all parents/carers who are supporting the school and its events. I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of our ‘parent ambassador’, Mrs Tink. For more information on the latest in our ‘Parent Power’ campaign, visit our website! Mr Cawley

A message from the Head of School

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term Monday 7th June – Staff training day Monday 14th June – Year 12 return from stand off Thursday 17th June – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am Tuesday 29th June – Summer Concert Thursday 15th July – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am

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Since writing to you all in the May edition of the Deben News, the time seems to have flown by for me in my new role as Head of School. I have been very busy leading a number of Year group and House group assemblies reinforcing the issues I raised with you in my previous message relating to uniform, MP3 players and mobile phones. Can I please remind students and parents/carers that making and/or receiving calls or text messages during lesson or tutor time is not permitted. Students are allowed to bring mobile phones to school but these must be switched off during lesson and tutor time and can only be used outside the school building, preferably on the back field. Students must not use mobile phones in the Lower School Hall (LSH) at breaktime or lunchtime and must not use them in the corridors. Staff have been asked to confiscate mobile phones if these rules are breached and the phone will only be returned to a parent/carer at the end of the day from the school office between 3.00 - 4.15pm (3.00 - 3.45pm on a Friday). If this is not possible the phone will need to be collected the following school day. Can I please ask that parents/carers who need to contact their son/daughter during the school day do so via the school office as causing their phone to ring or be used at such times will put them in a very difficult situation. There should be little need to contact students whilst they are at school, they are in a very safe and controlled environment. If there is an emergency and a need to contact your son/ daughter then please do so through the school office so that we are aware of what is going on and can be of help to offer our professional advice, care and support in such circumstances. I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents/carers who continue to support us in ensuring that our students, your sons/daughters, are properly equipped for school in terms of uniform and other necessary resources to ensure that they are ready and prepared for our primary aim which is LEARNING. Standards continue to rise and we want to maintain a consistent approach so that students, parents/carers and staff know exactly what is expected. The latest trend for the girls is to wear cardigans, in a variety of colours (black, grey, white etc), which are not part of our uniform, whilst walking around with blazers either in their handbags or draped over their arms. We have a very clear policy on uniform and therefore cardigans are not to be worn. I am also still concerned that a very small minority of students believe that the rules and high expectations of behaviour and of learning do not apply to them. I can assure you that our aim is to ensure that Deben is a safe and secure place for everyone who works here. Those who choose to try to stop us in achieving this should be under no illusions that this will not be tolerated and there will be consequences for inappropriate actions. This approach applies equally in our local community.

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I do not wish to see our students, your sons/daughters, sitting on the wall outside school smoking neither do I wish to see or hear about Deben students dropping litter either on the premises or on their way to and from school. Incidents of inappropriate behaviour in town at lunchtime at Tesco, or in the shopping area, which interfere with other members of the community are all issues which I hope, working in partnership, we can minimise and ideally stop completely.

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Since my last message I have spoken to several parents/carers either by phone or in person on a variety of issues. I am always pleased to be able to spend time meeting parents/carers, listening to any concerns and helping resolve issues which affect the smooth running of the school and the progress of your son/daughter as they strive to take advantage of the many opportunities we offer them to achieve their own potential.

Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd July – ARTSWEEK Thursday 22nd July – End of Term Thursday 19th August – A level results Y13 9.30-11.00am, Y12 10.00-11.00am – SFSC Tuesday 24th August – GCSE results 9.00-11.00am – SFSC

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I am aware that some parents/carers have genuine concerns relating to the fact that we have one or two members of staff on long term sick leave and the consequences this has for students in their classes. We have a number of full time cover assistants in school who are strategically deployed to minimise the impact of long term teacher absence. We have also found well qualified, and where possible, subject specific staff to cover in these areas. Our own staff, in these departments, do set work which is linked to the schemes of work where possible and heads of department and/or curriculum leaders are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that students in these classes are not unduly disadvantaged. To help resolve this, I will be looking into the issue of staff wearing identification badges, so that when and where we do need to bring in extra staff, students will know who is teaching them. I very much hope that you see this as a partnership and that we can work together for the best interest of everyone who works and learns here at Deben. I hope that I can continue to count on your support to do the very best for all who have an interest in making Deben an outstanding school. Mr A Salter

Felixstowe Learning Trust The phrase ‘Building the future of Felixstowe’ can be found on the logo of the Felixstowe Learning Trust (FLT). The FLT have been working hard since the launch on the 1st September 2009 to work with partners and the community to realise and raise the aspiration and achievement of all learners in the town. During this time the Education Improvement Plan (EIP) has been developed, based on the feedback received from partners and the community. Trustees of the FLT board were delighted to share the EIP at our first Education Open Forum held at the end of March. Jon O’Connor (Director of Development) gave the overview of the aims of the EIP as well as providing some specific examples of projects planned to take place during 2010. Projects such as the ‘Early Ambition’ and ‘Able Writers’ programmes would directly involve pupils (supported by FLT partners National Education Trust and Partnership Working). Others, such as the Every Child Matters Impact Survey, will provide very real and valuable information to the leadership teams of the participating schools (supported by FLT partner INTEC). Jon O’Connor also highlighted that the FLT is a proud member of the growing family of Co-operative Trust schools. During 2011 this is expected to grow to over 100 Trusts comprising of more than 200 schools. To be part of the Co-operative Trust family of schools the FLT will also establish a ‘Stakeholder Council’ to provide transparency and local accountability for its work. The Education Open Forum is an example of giving the community a voice in the work of the Trust.

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Trust members were very pleased by the number of people who attended the Education Open Forum and were greatly inspired by the open discussion and interest that took place during the event.

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Look out for further Education Open Forum events coming very soon. Make sure you have your say!   The Felixstowe Learning Trust working in partnership with the community ‘Building the future of Felixstowe’ here and now.   Tim Brennan Chair, Felixstowe Learning Trust   Email: info@felixstowelearning.org.uk

‘Free Your Feet Campaign’ - Monday 17th to Friday 21st May

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Students at Deben High School, from Years 7-10, pounded the pavement last week as part of the national ‘Free Your Feet’ campaign.  Schools around the country also signed up to take part in the lottery-funded campaign.   Having recently achieved Healthy Schools Status, we felt that by taking part in this national campaign, students are encouraged to commit to a lifelong appreciation of the huge benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring to many areas of their lives.  For example, students benefited from the physical exercise but it also gave them the opportunity to socialise with friends.  Last, but not least – our students arrived at school more mentally alert and ready to learn!   Students were each given a booklet to record how many minutes they spent walking to school during the week.  All the booklets received will be put into a national prize draw with the chance to win an iPod! I would like to extend a very big thank you to parents/carers and staff for their support in encouraging students to take part in this campaign. Mrs Pearson

New Fitness Suite You will be pleased to hear that a new Fitness Suite has been provided in order to enhance the range of PE activities offered for our students.  This need has been identified following consultation with various year groups as part of achieving our Healthy Schools Status. Mrs Flint

Keep Fit Class Come and join us as we keep fit at Deben every Wednesday from 4.30-5.30. No need to pre-book, just come along and enjoy! The cost is £4.00 per session. Mrs Millan

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Student Safety

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We take the safety of our students very seriously. Our new safeguarding posters are displayed around the school in classrooms and corridors. If students have a problem, they need to find Mrs Lambert, Student Support Manager, who will be able to help or find the right person to help. To ensure that help is always available for our students, not just during school times, we have put a new button on our website which looks like this: This button leads directly to the CEOP website where students can report a variety of issues online (such as cyberbullying, hacking, viruses, bullying or other problems through mobile phones, harmful content on websites and inappropriate sexual behaviour).

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Mr Cawley

Examination Results dates Results can be collected from the Sixth Form Study Centre on the following dates: A level – Thursday 19th August – Year 13 from 9.30-11.00am Year 12 from 10.00-11.00am GCSE – Tuesday 24th August – from 9.00-11.30am Mrs Grundy

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Post Examination Services and Re-sit Examinations Enclosed with all examination results will be a Post Results Information leaflet which contains information about having examination papers remarked or ordering exam scripts to be returned.  All these Post Results Services have deadlines set by the examination boards so it is important to adhere to them.  The leaflet also contains information regarding re-sit examinations. 

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Should students wish to re-sit an examination, they must collect a re-sit form from the Examination Office and submit it to Mrs Grundy by the set deadline.  Students are responsible for checking the examination notice-boards or speaking to Mrs Grundy for information and deadlines.  The Examination Boards impose late penalty fees which may be double or triple the original exam fee, dependant on how far past the deadline you are.  Please note that the school will only pay for the first attempt at an examination, re-sit fees will apply if students fail to meet any of the examination criteria. Mrs Grundy

Greenaway Shadowing Project This is the 7th year that we have shadowed the Kate Greenaway Medal award for best picture book of the year with Year 3 students from our feeder primary schools. The Deben team comprises students from the Year 7 and 8 reading groups.

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term Monday 7th June – Staff training day Monday 14th June – Year 12 return from stand off Thursday 17th June – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am Tuesday 29th June – Summer Concert Thursday 15th July – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am

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On 30th April, 10 Year 3 students from each school came to Deben for the afternoon for an initial reading of the shortlisted books. Each pair on the Deben team read their book in rotation to groups of children during the afternoon. Some books were easy to read and share as they had a lot of text or a strong storyline. Others were more difficult and with these the interest and enthusiasm of the children was maintained by investigating things in the illustrations that might otherwise have been missed.

2010 Deben team Each primary school took back a set of books to look at in more depth. The second part of the process will involve a return visit to Deben to spend the morning with a visiting picture book author/ illustrator. Mrs Hicks

Homework Club Students in Year 7 and 8 can attend a Homework Club which takes place every Thursday from 3.00-4.00pm in the Library. For more information please see Mrs Barrett or Mrs Franks. Mrs Barrett and Mrs Franks

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Youth Speaks 2010 For the six students representing Deben High School, May 6th was significant for only one reason: Youth Speaks. The hubbub of Election Day was neither here nor there, as students, parents and supporters streamed into Christ Church, Felixstowe, for the annual event hosted by The Rotary Club of Felixstowe Landguard. Youth Speaks is designed to promote public speaking in our local schools. The topic this year was Diversity.

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Hannah Long, Nakirtha Ramaswamy, Rowena Brennan, Alice Sherwin, Imogen Warren and Jessica Ellery had to wait until almost the end of the evening to give their talks, while the younger students from the infant and primary schools went first. When it was finally their turn, my nerves were in pieces, but they looked cool and unruffled as they took their places on the stage. The wait was certainly worthwhile. They were a credit to Deben High, in their smart uniform, as they delivered thought-provoking and entertaining speeches on the topic of Diversity. I was very proud of them. Congratulations to them all. They could certainly give the politicians a run for their money when it comes to commanding an audience!

Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd July – ARTSWEEK Thursday 22nd July – End of Term Thursday 19th August – A level results Y13 9.30-11.00am, Y12 10.00-11.00am – SFSC Tuesday 24th August – GCSE results 9.00-11.00am – SFSC

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Mrs Spink

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Artist of the Month

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Ben Price has been awarded Artist of the Month for his exceptional drawing of a feather. This work was completed during the Year 10 Art mock exam. He has shown tremendous effort with this highly detailed and accurate pencil drawing. Well done Ben! A pack of water colour pencils are on their way to you.

Interested in advertising your business to a regular monthly audience via our school? Quarter page advert: £20 per issue Half page advert: £35 per issue Full page advert: £50 per issue Call Mrs Ryland on 01394 282602 for details.

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Summer Concert - Tuesday 29th June

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The Music Department are proud to present our Summer Concert which will take place at The Salvation Army, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe on Tuesday 29th June at 7.00pm. Tickets are available from Student Reception priced at £4.00 for adults and £2.80 for concessions. Please complete and return the ticket application form at the back of the Deben News. Please come along and help us celebrate the musical talents of our students. Mr Wren

Arts Focus Group Comedy Night - ‘One Night Stand’ Thursday 24th June

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On Thursday 24th June the Arts Focus Group is putting on a Comedy Night where both teachers and students are getting involved. The students are doing some improvised comedy based on the TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ whilst the teachers are getting up to dance! Tickets are available from Student Reception at £3 each. Arts Focus Group

Activities for All We would like to share with you some information that may enable your child/children to participate in new or existing after school activities. Some funding is available to help support children and young people to access more activities outside the normal school hours where economic or social circumstance has prevented them from doing so. It also aims to provide greater leisure and activity opportunities for Looked After Children. We know that children do better at school and within social peer groups if they can join regular organised activities after school or at weekends. These activities give children an opportunity to practise a sport, learn a new craft or skill, develop social skills or simply build confidence by having fun with other children.   One way that we can use this funding is to offer support to families who might need a little additional help to fund out of hours activities for their child.  Criteria which must apply before funding will be considered:• Eligible for Free School Meals • Young Carer • Homeless/Overcrowded accommodation • Economically Disadvantaged With SEN • Looked After Children • From EAL or Traveller Family If you feel you meet the criteria and would like to take up this offer for your child, application forms are available from school reception. Please complete and return your completed application form in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of Mrs Flint, School Business Manager, as soon as possible. Mrs Flint

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PE News

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Deben Jutes Basketball Club Sponsors and Awards – Sunday 25th April 2010 Felixstowe based Deben Jutes Basketball Club’s Annual Sponsors and Awards Day took place recently at Brackenbury Sports Centre playing hosts to local rivals Leiston Lynx with a rotation of games at Under 11, Under 14, Under 18, and Senior levels. The festivities got under way with an entertaining Under 11 game played with verve and passion by both sides. This was closely followed by a game which heralded the launch of Deben Jutes newly formed Senior team which will take part in the Suffolk Senior League Division in 2010/2011 season. The game was preceded by a formal presentation of the new playing kit supplied with a grant from a Suffolk County Council locality fund administered by Felixstowe North and Trimley County Councillor John Goodwin. He and his wife; the Lady Mayor of Felixstowe were on hand to formally present the kit to club coach Adrian Clarke. Further thanks go to Councillor Goodwin for his support in recent fund raising efforts that resulted in a substantial grant from The Suffolk Foundation Grassroots Scheme to support the club’s development. Councillor Goodwin has also cemented his links with the club by accepting the position of Honorary President. At the interval Andrew Stanhope, Logistics Director of long term sponsor Jutexpo confirmed their previous four years partnership with the club by presenting a cheque for £700 towards costs of staging next seasons home league matches at Brackenbury Sports Centre.

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term Monday 7th June – Staff training day Monday 14th June – Year 12 return from stand off Thursday 17th June – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am Tuesday 29th June – Summer Concert Thursday 15th July – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am

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Player’s awards were made to members of the clubs U14 Bears side. Joint Players of the Year went to Will Jewkes (Year 9) and Henry French (Year 9). The Most Improved Player trophy went to James Casburn (Year 8) which complemented his recent selection to the Suffolk County U13 squad. A well deserved award of Club Player in her last year as an U14 was presented to Victoria Coleman. Special awards of merit went to three outstanding fifteen year olds, Tobi Baker, Ryan Scarff, and Elliot Chapman (all Year 10) who have supported the club “beyond the call of duty” acting as mentors, officials, and coaches to the younger players, in addition to outstanding performances for the Deben High School Under 16 side which is managed in partnership with the school. The hectic day continued with fast and furious competition involving over 60 players observed by a large crowd of spectators helping to celebrate the club’s achievements. Plaudits also go to Andrew Wildesmith and his Leiston Lynx club for contributing to what turned out to be a shining example of sport in the community. All the games were played in a spirit of fair play and friendship which made the game scores irrelevant. In addition to the support shown by the sponsors and the County Council, further thanks must go to the staff and management of the Brackenbury Sports Centre for their continued provision of their excellent facilities. The club’s long standing link with Deben High School continues by courtesy of Headteacher Mr Cawley and Head of PE Mr Ewers. As well as overseeing after school basketball it also provides coaches and management to the school’s basketball teams competing in the Ipswich and South Suffolk Competitions. With the club now able to offer progressive transition and outlets for Under 11 through to adults all bodes well for the future of basketball in Felixstowe hopefully for years to come. Mr Clarke

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Primary schools at Deben On Wednesday 28th April over 250 students from Trimley St Mary, Trimley St Martin, Causton, Maidstone and Colneis attended a Multi Skills Festival being led by 40 of our Year 10 Leaders. This involved a variety of activities from parachute games to relays and ladders and hurdles and throwing and catching drills to name but a few. All the girls were a credit to the school and led the groups in an exceptional manner. They grew in confidence as the session progressed and by the end of the afternoon were running the sessions to a very high standard. The younger students ranging in age from 5 to 7 appeared to enjoy all the sessions and the comments from the teachers of the primary schools was also high – to the extent that all the teachers from the primary schools said all the girls were welcome to assist at after school clubs in the primary schools.

Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd July – ARTSWEEK Thursday 22nd July – End of Term Thursday 19th August – A level results Y13 9.30-11.00am, Y12 10.00-11.00am – SFSC Tuesday 24th August – GCSE results 9.00-11.00am – SFSC

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Many thanks have to go to Mrs Scrine for ensuring all the leaders had sufficient training and expertise to lead the events and all the girls that attended have passed their level 1 Sportleaders award. Leadership Over the past month Leadership Academies in both Gymnastics and Netball have been running through the School Sports Partnership and Deben have been able to send students to both. On Wednesday 28th April Kodi Stagg, Danielle Perkins and Phoebe Smith attended a gymnastic leadership course. This was a whole day event and ensured the girls were qualified by completing an Introductory Judges Award from BGA to judge the Year 1 and 2 Gymnastics final being held at Pipers Vale Gymnastic Club. They were such a credit to the school they were asked to judge at the county final on Tuesday 18th May! On May 6th we hosted the Netball Leadership Academy which was attended not only by Deben students but also students from Orwell, Copleston, Northgate and Farlingaye. The students completed a Junior Netball Organisers Award and as part of their assessment they had to organise the School Sports Partnership High 5 Netball Competition. They had to umpire, score, time and run the results table for the event and this they did very competently. Congratulations to Rhiannon Babour for completing the Junior Netball Organisers Award and also Lydia Carey, Michaela Frost and Sarah Prowse for completing enough hours to gain their Young Umpires Award. Congratulations go to Kingsfleet who won the competition and will now go forwards to the County Final. Trampolining On Monday 10th May we entered the U14 SSP Trampolining Competition. The girls were very nervous as they had not competed in Schools Trampolining before and it is very scary to complete a 10 bounce routine in front of a set of judges. They were again a credit to the school in both the manner that they competed and the standard they showed. They had to complete two routines and everyone improved their scores in the second rounds once they had got over their nerves. Special mention has to go to Sophie Clarke who scored 10.5 out of a possible 10.8 in her second routine which was the highest score of the Under 14s. They were so good the A team was selected to represent the area at the County Final on 19th May at Stowmarket which is a great achievement as all these girls are also a year young for the competition. We will let you know how they got on in the next issue. Mrs Logan

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Suffolk Basketball Trials James Casburn went to the Suffolk basketball trials recently after he was encouraged to do so by Adrian Clarke and was selected for the county squad. After 4 weeks training he was selected for the county team and subsequently travelled to Hertfordshire to compete against teams from Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. James represented Suffolk on Saturday 16th May and the team were quite successful finishing 3rd out of 8 teams. The teams were split into 2 groups of 4 - Suffolk beat Essex 38 -14 and Bedfordshire 66 - 8 but narrowly lost to the overall winners Hertfordshire A team 26 - 20. This put Suffolk in the 3rd/4th place play off against the Hertfordshire B team which they won convincingly 54 - 14.   James enjoyed the day and at the finish he found out that he had been selected for the East Region Squad. 18 players were selected and will train at Shenfield in June and July. After that a team of 10 will be selected to take part in an inter region tournament that takes place at Lilleshall in September.   Congratulations and well done James. Mr Ewers Suffolk Track and Field Competition Congratulations and well done to the following students who came first in their given sport on Sunday 9th May. Rebecca Cox

1500m

Sophie Leigh-Pearson

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Jake Moore

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Term Dates Summer Term 2010 – ends on Thursday 22nd July 2010 (Staff training day: Monday 7th June 2010) Half term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2010 Autumn Term 2010 - Monday 6th September 2010 - Friday 17th December 2010 (Staff training days: Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September 2010) Half Term: Monday 25th October - Friday 29th October 2010 Spring Term 2011 - Wednesday 5th January 2011 - Friday 8th April 2011 (Staff training day: Tuesday 4th January 2011) Half term: Monday 21st February - Friday 25th February 2011) Summer Term 2011 - Tuesday 26th April 2011 - Friday 22nd July 2011 (Staff training day: Friday 27th May 2011) Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2011 Half term: Monday 30th May 2011 - Friday 3rd June 2011

Intake Mornings Intake Mornings for Year 6 students joining Deben in September 2010 will take place during the second half of the Summer term. Parents of Year 6 students will receive information from their primary school shortly. We look forward to welcoming all Year 6 students into the Deben community. Miss Saiko

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Intake Evening

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As part of building a partnership with parents/carers of Year 6 students, we are holding our Intake Evening on Wednesday 7th July at 6.30pm in the Upper School Hall. The evening will provide an opportunity for parents/carers to meet members of staff who are going to play a key part in your son/daughter’s first year at Deben, along with members of our Parent Teacher Association and representatives from our Governing Body.  We will explain the teaching and learning groupings and academic support systems designed to help your son/daughter succeed at Deben. Please note that due to the capacity of the hall we can only accommodate Year 6 parents/carers on Intake evening.  We look forward to meeting you on the evening. Miss Saiko

General Election 2010!

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You may have noticed that a photograph of the front of Deben High School was used in the general election literature of one of the local candidates. Whilst we are extremely flattered that Deben is seen in such high regard that a candidate would want to be associated with the school, I want to reassure parents/carers that this was taken without our knowledge and therefore any support for a particular candidate should not have been assumed from its use. We do wish our new MP Therese Coffey the very best and look forward to her fighting for the community of Felixstowe and Suffolk Coastal in her new role at Westminster. Mr Cawley

School Council Our year long commitment to support Youth Interactive (CYAG) recently resulted in members of the School Council proudly handing over a cheque for £2,667 to Youth Interactive representatives Natalie White and Nathalie Gensac. Fundraising events over the past 12 months have included the Launch event, Christmas Craft Fayre, Mrs Selley’s TGO challenge, special assemblies, tutor group activities, cake stalls, the ‘Fill the Smartie Tube’ challenge and a non-uniform day. The students chose to support this charity because it was an opportunity to really make a difference in the world. Working on the project has enabled them to gain a greater understanding of global issues and, through organising fundraising events, to develop skills and knowledge related to business and enterprise. They have also learnt the importance of appreciating the every day things that we sometimes take for granted, like schooling and education, family, friends, food, and water. Natalie White, Operational Director from Youth Interactive said: “Deben students have certainly been Youth Interactive’s most dedicated and innovative fund raiser. Deben leads the way by donating the most money of any school in the UK. Every pound they have given will all go directly to the children of India. This money will pay for a teacher for a small village school and purchase computers that will allow students in India to connect with Deben students and the rest of the world. Without their generous contribution, this would not be possible.” Miss Williams

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Locker key refunds for Year 11 Locker deposits will only be given out from the Finance Office any day after 2.50pm with the form at the back of the Deben News correctly completed. Please also ensure your son/daughter returns the key – no key, no form, no refund. Mrs Collins, Finance Office

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Token News

Please keep sending in the Tesco for Schools and Clubs vouchers which are available in store and with online grocery orders. We need parents/friends and any relatives to collect these and send into the school. We are also still collecting Nestles box tops for Books tokens which are on many Nestles cereals like Shreddies, Nesquik, Cheerios, Clusters Golden Grahams etc and we are saving for the cash option so each one is worth 10p to us.

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term Monday 7th June – Staff training day Monday 14th June – Year 12 return from stand off Thursday 17th June – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am Tuesday 29th June – Summer Concert Thursday 15th July – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am

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We are also collecting the 2010 Active Kids Vouchers from Sainsburys. The campaign runs until 8th June and vouchers are available from Sainsbury Stores, Petrol Stations and with on-line groceries. There is a website for more info at: sainsburys.co.uk/activekids. There will be a collecting box in the main office and one in the PE department. You can also send tokens in to either Student Reception or Mrs Macpherson. Mrs Macpherson

Support Group for Parents and Carers of Children with ASD The Oaks Children’s Centre, Grange Road, Felixstowe holds a Support Group for parents and carers of children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) on the last Tuesday of the month during term-time from 10.00am-11.45am. A Family Support Worker from Autism Suffolk usually attends. For more information contact Autism Suffolk on 01473 632700. Mrs Burn

Attendance The 100% attendance for the four weeks up to 7th May 2010 are as follows: Year 7 Joe Cuthbert Year 8 Tom Hunwicke Year 9 Elle Gillan

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Year 10 Megan Fitzgerald Year 11 Calum King

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Mrs Baker

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Year 11 Revision Timetable

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Year 11 students have been issued with a Revision Timetable which informs them which lessons they are required to attend between Monday 17 May 2010 and the end of the examination cycle. After half-term, if your son/daughter has taken all of the exams and/or completed the coursework for a subject, they no longer need to go to those lessons. However, they are to use this time to study at home for examinations still to be taken.  In addition, they must continue to go to the lessons for their other subjects until they have taken those exams as well. Some teachers have also requested that certain students still go to lessons to improve coursework but these people will know who they are as they will have been invited personally.  Attendance at these lessons has been shown to improve performance and achievement (remember that attendance = learning = achievement). Please note that Year 11 students are required by law to attend school until the last Friday in June so non-attendance at required lessons as per the Revision Timetable  constitutes truancy.  As well as this attracting the attention of the Education Attendance Officer, it could also affect your son/daughter’s achievement. Your son/daughter’s tutor will have been through the timetable with them so that it is personal to them. However, if they are still not sure about which lessons they need to attend, please ask them to come and see me.  

Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd July – ARTSWEEK Thursday 22nd July – End of Term Thursday 19th August – A level results Y13 9.30-11.00am, Y12 10.00-11.00am – SFSC Tuesday 24th August – GCSE results 9.00-11.00am – SFSC

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Does your Child have a Part-Time Job? If so they must have a Work Permit - this includes Year 11’s that have had their 16th birthday! Without a Work Permit a child is working illegally and therefore not covered by any employers’ liability insurance. A child working for a family member’s business including their parents requires a permit. Application forms are available from the school office. The form needs to be completed by prospective employer, parents/carers, child and school and then sent with two passport photos to the address on the form. The hours that school children may work are regulated by Suffolk County Council bye- laws. • No child shall start work before 7am or work after 7pm on any day of the week. • School children can work a maximum of 12 hours a week in term time. • On a school day a child may work a maximum of 2 hours - either 1 hour between 7am and 8.30am and 1 hour after school but before 7pm, or 2 hours after school. • On Saturdays 13 and 14 year olds may work up to 5 hours and 2 on a Sunday. • On Saturdays 15 year olds may work up to 8 hours and 2 on Sundays. If a child has below average school attendance or poor punctuality then a Work Permit will not be issued. If a student’s attendance or punctuality falls a Work Permit may be withdrawn. For further information, contact Suffolk County Councils Child Employment Officer on 01473 584772.

“The best learners in the world walk through our doors.”


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There was a different feel to the PFG meeting which gathered in March.  Instead of a set agenda, we were given the chance to meet some of that fine body of men and women who make up our school’s governing body – a mixture of parents, and individuals appointed by the Local Authority.  Governors and parents introduced themselves and then began an informal question and answer session, with the governors posing their questions first. Mr Carpenter, a community governor in charge of the Finance and Buildings committee, explained that he had been moving amongst the student population of the school, asking them about what would make their learning experience more enjoyable. Now he was canvassing our opinion on what would have made a difference to us in our school days. Whilst some of us struggled to remember back to a time of slates and blackboards, others came up with constructive ideas.  Reminiscences of happy and not so happy school days poured forth.  Why did we always learn about geological features in Geography, and not where Andorra is, or what the Polish flag looks like?  We need more sense of our place in the world and more of an idea of where other countries are and what happens in them. To promote learning enjoyment, it was suggested that in some subjects, learning through stories and myths and legends would help.  There was a general feeling around the table, that students have much more pressure on them now, in a results driven culture.  Education could be more fun!

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It was agreed that learning skills are changing, with a lot more problem solving and thinking skills being employed, rather than the more old fashioned approach of writing things down in a proscriptive way. It is a slow process, but change is afoot! Mr Barnsley, wearing his community governor’s hat, asked us what we felt about community cohesion, i.e. how the school fits into the area it serves.  Do parents feel involved, how are they engaged by the school?  It was agreed that the problem centres around how to gain the attention of uninterested parents.  What would work to encourage more parental involvement – letters home, questionnaires, meetings at school, perhaps a school cafe where all parts of the school community could meet, breaking down barriers between school and home, and by extension the wider community.  The conclusion drawn was that many parents do not feel the need to get involved in what their secondary school is doing as disengaging from their children’s education as they get older, is part of the growing up process for the student and parent alike!  There were differing opinions as to whether this was a good thing or not. Leading on from parental involvement (or lack of it!), Mrs Jewkes, a parent governor, posed questions regarding how easy it is for parents to contact the school with a problem.  Members of the PFG came up with the various ways they communicate with the school; via the telephone – we all commented on the excellent treatment we get from the reception staff as first point of contact, always doing their best to link a parent with the teacher concerned as soon as possible.  Where time constraints make the telephone system more difficult for parents at work, then the email is a viable alternative.  Writing in the school planner also works sometimes, if only to set up an initial meeting.  It was agreed that texts work well for general information and reminders.  Some parents commented that information about which teacher to contact could be clearer. The Chairman of the governors, Mr Brennan, then invited parents to pose questions to the governors. Mr Carpenter and Mrs Harland, as they were appointed by the local authority, were asked what led them to want to be on the board of governors. They told us of their long established links with the school and what they enjoyed about their contact with running Deben and their endeavours to get as good an education as possible for Felixstowe children. Questions were then asked of the governors about what they saw as their role in the running of the school, which ranged from improving the toilet facilities, to deciding on the length of the school day, to appointing the right Headteacher – all vital in different ways!

“The best learners in the world walk through our doors.”


The governors have to be behind initiatives to improve the school for all students, in terms of the fabric of the building, ensuring that the curriculum is being delivered and that the school is serving its purpose for students, teachers and wider community.  It was commented on that the governors are the school’s ‘critical friend’, supportive yet constantly monitoring.  Governors come from all walks of life and pool their varied resources to achieve the best for the school.  The governors were all agreed that their role was vital and rewarding.

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Mr Brennan turned the tables and asked the PFG about their effectiveness on issues to do with the school.  We felt that our voice was being listened to in many ways.  Topics ranging from new teaching methods and homework policy, to the implementation of the new school uniform, have had PFG input.  The PFG has been used as a sounding board for a range of issues within the school.  We all agreed that parents were given every opportunity to have their say, whatever the outcome, and we all appreciate hearing from a wide range of school personnel at our meetings.

Monday 19th Thursday 22nd July

A most informative meeting closed with mutual thanks from parents and governors. Our appreciation goes to Mr Brennan, Mr Carpenter, Mrs Harland, Mr Franks, Mr Barnsley, Mrs Jewkes and Mr Tink, for giving up their time, and as always to Mr Cawley and Mrs Cumberland (whose notes once again have been the mainstay of this report).  There was also mass approbation for the refreshments on offer. Could it be that our hardworking governors are more used to meeting on a diet of dry biscuits and water, whilst we at the PFG wallow in cakes and tea!  Ah well, the secrets out now! Mrs Tink

“The best learners in the world walk through our doors.”


Summer Concert – The Salvation Army, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe - Tuesday 29th June Ticket Request Slip: Please return to the Student Reception Number of tickets:

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Name of Parent/Carer ……………………………………… (please print) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Midsummer Mexican Madness PTA Event - Saturday 10th July in USH Ticket Request Slip: Please return to the Student Reception Number of tickets:

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Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term Monday 7th June – Staff training day Monday 14th June – Year 12 return from stand off Thursday 17th June – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am Tuesday 29th June – Summer Concert Thursday 15th July – Parent’s Open Forum 8.30-9.30am

Dates for your diary

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Notices -Friday 28th May, Year 13 leavers assembly and BBQ -Monday 14th June, Year 12 return from study leave

-Friday 18th June, Year 12 visit to University of Essex -Thursday 1st July, Year 13 prom Sixth Form Newsletter Edited by: Emily Rowe Photographs courtesy of Jenny Arroud and William Tink

day of walking. There were a lot of hills – and a large plateau with no real paths and endless lot of sheep, but I speak for everyone when I say miles of muddy bog. Several people, including it was a thoroughly pleasant experience. We myself, got stuck in the mud. Luckily, we all got even found various out intact! Navigation was key to our escape elements of a sheep skull from Kinder Scout, which led us on to Jacobs (christened Ashley). A hike Ladder – a far steeper and more foreboding of 20 kilometres took us to prospect than its Felixstowe equivalent. I have our first campsite. It was never been more pleased to see Mr James’ here that lots of things got happy smiling face than when we finally made it done. I learnt to light a off Kinder Scout. trangier. Mr James learnt to For the final night, a bit of wild camping was in put up a tent! Everyone order. A field, inhabited by several sheep and turned up at a reasonable time and Andrew more than their quota of sheep poo, with only Down (expedition leader) could not have one toilet, was our accommodation Team ‘Chadsaw’! looked more pleased with himself. for the night. This was not It seemed that he had achieved the camping for the light-hearted impossible. (or those with a sheep The first night in the tent was not a phobia!). comfortable experienced. Having The last day came as a relief pitched our tent on a slope, the after a week’s exhausted whole night was a battle against walking. The walk to Hayfield gravity to stop ourselves sliding to was shorter (a measly 12 the end of the tent. kilometres) – and, despite an The six o’clock start the following injury, our group (‘Chadsaw’) morning was not easy either, but we managed arrived right on time. After this, it was shower and we were soon off again. This time we were time – much needed – and then time for home. venturing unaccompanied, but Andrew assured Despite our exhaustion, a round of word games us he would always be watching. The and reading of trashy magazines followed. It disconcertingly large sheep that followed us was a great experience – one that I can highly around for the whole day struck me as a recommend to anyone who can live for five days pretty poor disguise. The day itself was not without a shower. exciting. We didn’t get lost, it didn’t rain, and Thanks again to Andrew, Ollie and Helen, our D we turned up at campsite number two at a of E leaders – and to our committed teachers, reasonable time. Subsequently, we were moved Mr and Mrs Leeke, Mrs Bennett and Mr James, to a much nicer campsite (with SHOWERS!). even if he can’t take a bearing! We are all Mr James bought us all a box of chocolates, looking forward to our qualifying expedition in which was much needed! July. By William Tink The next day was a climb up to Kinder Scout, a

Kinder Scout

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Take yourselves back to the second week of the Easter holidays, when I am sure that the grand majority of the Sixth Form were ensconced in revision. However, from the 11th to the 16th of April, a band of lucky souls were detached from the stresses of ordinary life on an expedition of a very different nature. Indeed, the D of E Practise week in the Peak District was an experience not to be forgotten. The prompt 8 o’clock start was not quite as prompt as planned, owing to certain people forgetting certain crucial items of clothing, kit etc… However, we still achieved an early start. The journey up involved much singing and playing of complicated word games. Arriving at our bunkhouse, we were greeted with a pungent smell of cow droppings. In the background, the view of rolling hills sustained us through the stay. Our two days at the bunkhouse were mainly uneventful, although I did learn how to play ‘Black Jack’ (badly!) and ‘Cheat’ (very badly!). Never play cards with Mrs Bennett – you will lose! Meal times were ‘an experience’. Mixed views were expressed about the curry cooked on the second night. Washing up remained an entertaining spectacle, with vocal renditions of Queen’s Greatest Hits. After that, it was time for an early night. The next few days would be tough. It was an early rise the next morning – and an early breakfast before we prepared to go. We divided into our groups and set off on our first View from Kinder Scout

-Thursday 17th June, Higher Education Convention at UCS trip for Year 12

The 2010 General Election has been one of the most significant and exciting in recent years. With much of the Sixth Form eligible to vote for the first time, this election’s outcome was important to their lives as they approach the critical time of universities and graduate employment. In Suffolk Coastal there were five candidates: Adam Leeder standing for Labour, Daisy Cooper standing for the Liberal Democrats, Therese Coffey standing for the Conservatives, Professor Stephen Bush standing for UKIP and Rachel Fulcher standing for the Green Party. Felixstowe Sixth Form was fortunate to have three of the five candidates attend a husting, held in the study centre; on the 28th of April during a guidance session. All three candidates started with an enthusiastic introduction explaining both their parties and themselves. Questions from students were prepped beforehand and included topics such as: education and universities, the environment, the economy, Suffolk Coastal, the youth and immigration. The

candidates each had two minutes to answer the questions and the session became heated at times as the three candidates debated over issues. The candidates finished the husting with a conclusion of what they hoped to achieve in the constituency of Suffolk Coastal. The opportunity to have parliamentary candidates come into the Sixth Form was a privilege that was grasped by the Sixth Form students. The husting provided students with answers to make a rational decision on their voting choice, especially for the ‘floating voters’. On the 6th of May the electorate in Suffolk Coastal chose Conservative candidate Therese Coffey as their new MP. Daisy Cooper for the Liberal Democrats came in 2nd place (for the first time since 1992) with a 2.9% swing from CON to LIB, Adam Leeder came 3rd, Professor Stephen Bush came 4th and Rachel Fulcher came 5th.

By Coralie Frost

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5 strands of Every Child Matters run through the whole vision

This document sets out the vision for the school from September 2008. The vision for the future of the school is based on three main development foci (P - M - C). P - PRODUCT - ‘Improving those elements which make up our core purposes’; M - MARKETING - ‘Increasing positive image and interest in / take-up of the school’s product’; C - COMMUNITY - ‘Involving stakeholders in / and preparation for transformation’.

COMMUNITY

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MARKETING

Engagement of Stakeholders

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PRODUCT

Creation and Use of a Deben ‘Brand’

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Improving Learning and Teaching

Foundation School / Trust Status

Building Schools for the Future

Central / Leading Role in Future of Education in Felixstowe

Local / Regional Reputation for Excellence

High Performing Specialist School

Training School Status

Improving Positive Image of the School in the Community

Integrity – soundness of moral character; Equity - fair / just and impartial; Honesty – transparent and tactful; Accountability – responsible; Commitment – to the vision.

Our Core Values:

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Increase School Roll / Oversubscribed

Increased Positive Media Engagement

Raising Standards and Achievement

An ‘Outstanding’ School

Fun, Relevant, Personalised and Engaging Curriculum

e-Strategy /Arts at the Core of Developments

High Performing Core Subjects

Focus on ‘Whole Child’

Professional Investment

Through our outstanding capacity to improve, we are aiming to: o ensure learning is at the heart of everything we do; o be an outstanding school with a reputation for excellence; o improve the image of the school in its community; o be the local school of choice and therefore oversubscribed; o be actively engaged in 21st Century learning methods with high performing core subjects; o be a High Performing Specialist School with Training School status; o become a Foundation Status school, giving us greater autonomy; o take a central role in the development of education in Felixstowe through Building Schools for the Future.


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