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deFerrers.COMmuniqué Number 049 Christmas 2009

COMMUNICATING THROUGHOUT DE FERRERS SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE principal@deferrers Dear Parents, It is the time of year when events flow ‘thick and fast’ and the number of visitors to the college rises significantly. Celebration of Achievement evening was a huge success and I’m grateful for the tremendous support from parents. Year 11 have, once again, entertained, funded, cared for and designed the Senior Citizens’ Party, which took place on Thursday 10th December. Our two Carol Services have also been very well supported and help to really reinforce the seasonal spirits. The year ends with the Sixth Form pantomime – an experience that should never be missed!

All that remains is to wish you all a Happy Christmas, a belated Eid Mubarak, a very happy New Year and an enjoyable holiday.


On Friday 4th December, students celebrated their successes at the annual “Celebration of Achievement” evening. Over one hundred and fifty awards were presented for achievement, progress, service to the college and community and musical and sporting achievement. More than three hundred parents and guests were welcomed to the event by Chairman of Governors, Robert Fraser. The guest of honour was Ian Parry, Deputy Leader of the County Council.

Finally, we will be saying farewell to three long-serving and valued members of the teaching staff: Mrs Pearce, Mrs Briggs and Mrs Heape, who will be retiring this term. Their contributions, over many years at de Ferrers, have been significant. They will be missed and I’m sure you would want me to wish them a long and happy retirement.

M A York Principal


The evening lasted two hours and the theme was Celebrating Achievement to reflect the college’s success over the last academic year. A video prepared by BTec Media students, Amy Sarson and Harriette Evans, gave an impressive presentation of the

The current Head Students, Mohammed Ahmed and Amy Harrison reflected on how the college had developed since they

The College was delighted to welcome back last year’s Year 13 who also attended the celebration

On Thursday 10th December, Christmas came early for over 250 senior citizens from our local community when students from Year 11 hosted the traditional festive party.

The Young Enterprise team took part in the Tutbury Christmas lights switch on, on the 27th November to fund raise for their business campaign. They raised £188 from a tombola, using prizes brought in by team members.

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To fund the Party, students raised over £1,100 through a number of

The event as a whole was a huge success and the team members were congratulated by the event organisers for their hard work and the sales skills they used on the night. The money raised has been invested into their business which will be used for future product development. Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck in their future endeavours. If you would be interested in investing in the de Ferrers Young Enterprise team, please contact either Jamie Boast (S8) or Benjamin Nattrass (S6).


were in Year 7 and commented particularly on the increasing use of technology within lessons. They presented County Councillor, Ian Parry, with a celebration yellow rose and gardening manual.


Terrific Tutbury Switch-on


varied successes that students at the college had made throughout the year. Musical entertainment was provided by DeFJO, a Barbers’ Quartet and soloist, Natalie Brown.


events and activities. The senior citizens were entertained by a wide variety of musical and dance items, and had the opportunity to sing traditional carols.


Congratulations to all of those involved. It was great to see the senior citizens and our young people coming together in such a warm, friendly and supportive way.

Season’s Greetings from Governors, * * Staff and Students * ** * * of the College SS EE EE






The Nutty Professors have had a very popular and enjoyable term, carrying out experiments that are not within the normal Science Curriculum at KS3. Upwards of thirty students, every other Tuesday, have investigated plastics in milk, bouncy custard balls, made invisible ink (that was so good no one could see it), and have been crushing metal cans with just the power of the air. The studentsʼ experiments also available on the new use normal household FROG VLE. To finish the chemicals and equipment year off, a Volcano to extend their understandCompetition was launched, ing, and they take home an and with the entries being information sheet each ses- judged on the 8th sion so they carry out their December, results will be work at home - sheets are posted after Christmas.


INSPIRED AT THE The Design & Technology GCSE CLOTHES and A Level Textile students were SHOW totally inspired when they attended the Clothes Show Exhibition at Birmingham on the 7th December. Not only did students have the opportunity to see how the industry works but they were also treated to an inspiring professional catwalk and hands on advice from universities and colleges that offer further qualifications in this field.


Eight Year 9 students from the Key Stage 3 Gifted and Talented Art Group submitted entries into the Design-alogo Competition for the Queenʼs Hospital Scanner Appeal. The students were very keen to take part as it was for such a good cause. The hospital is hoping to raise half a million pounds to buy a new Computer Tomography (CT) scanner. Two other schools entered and although de Ferrers didnʼt produce the winning design, Naomi Frostʼs entry was Highly Commended! The students were also invited to a photo opportunity with the Queenʼs Hospital Staff and the other schools who took part.

Frog VLE News

We are now entering our second month after the official launch of the Frog VLE and it has been a massive hit with staff and students. In the first four weeks we had over 350,000 hits on pages and lots of new features were introduced, including:

I E-safety advice and links for students I Submission page for the International Climate Challenge I Resources and revision-websites in many subjects I Mini-websites for the Learning Centre and Sign Language Club I Sign-up for student FrogJobs such as radio and sports reporters



Art students from Year 11 and 13 have been awarded prizes in a national photography competition organised by the charity Sightsavers. The annual competition is called i:click and this yearʼs theme was Body Language; When Actions Speak Louder Than Words. De Ferrers had four winners this year, but all of the entries were of an excellent standard. Sarah Coxon was awarded Regional Winner (15-16 age category) for her photograph “Happiness”. Angela Wheatley was awarded Regional Runner-up (15-16 age category) for her photograph “Thoughts”. Naira Mahmood was awarded Regional Winner (17-18 age category) for her photograph “Guilty”. Javeria Anwar was awarded Regional Runner-up (17-18 age category) for her photograph “Fearful”.

You can follow our progress on the de Ferrers FrogBlog we've even been put forward as a model of good practice for other schools! COMING SOON:


Parental logins to the VLE Frogbox: our voting and suggestion area Gifted and Talented pages and resources de Ferrers Sports and News pages

BTEC Exhibition at The Brewhouse

Students in the Year 10 BTEC First Group will be exhibiting a range of work at The Brewhouse Arts Centre throughout January. The exhibition will contain printwork, graphics and textiles from their “underwater” assignment. The Brewhouse is located at the back of the Sainsburyʼs car park in Burton-onTrent and admission is free. So pop in and have a look at the fantastic artwork in the “Open” gallery 11th -30th January 2010.

The Duke of Edinburgh candidates are currently busy raising money during December. The Bronze candidates start bag packing at Sainsburyʼs this weekend whilst the Silver and Gold candidates helped

tow Santa around Burton. All money raised is put towards buying new equipment for candidates to go out on expeditions. If you would like to track Santa, log onto


Team Tanzania

Since October half term the Tanzania team 2010 has continued to raise the money for the trip next July. As mentioned in our previous article we organised a Jazz and Soul evening on Friday 23rd October, which went down a storm and raised over £1,000. Also, we have started collecting old and damaged mobile phones, whatever the condition, and exchanging them for money. Our next collection date is Friday 15th January. All the phones are fixed and sent to good causes, so if you have any spare phones we will be happy to receive them. The total now stands at over £12,000 and on behalf of Team Tanzania I would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support - it is greatly appreciated!

HOMEWORK CLUB DOVE DB6 each morning. Learning Centre each evening. - for Years 7, 8 and 9

TRENT Learning Centre - for Years 10 and 11 Daily 8-15 to 8-50am 3-30 to 4-30pm

Everyone Welcome

Students lend a helping hand K ey Sta ge 3 s t u dent s h ave bee n w ork i n g w it h The Qu ali f icat i ons an d Cur r i culu m D eve lopm ent Agen cy on a na ti on al proj ect i n D es i gn an d Te chn ology over th e la s t tw o ye ars . On Friday 4th December a number of our students had the opportunity to help with the completion of the project and enjoyed contributing to audio and video work. Their projects will contribute to a forthcoming National Curriculum standards site which will show examples of work from Design and Technology. Only three schools in the whole of the country were asked to contribute to this project and the students have risen to the challenge admirably.

ROAD SAFETY ON DOVE SITE We are well aware that there are problems with traffic on Harehedge Lane at the start and end of the college day, which is making it difficult for parents to deliver and collect their children. In order to ensure the safety of our students, we do not allow parents to drive onto the site, and we would ask all parents not to drop off or collect students from the entrance to the de Ferrers and Outwoods site, which needs to be kept clear at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.


This week de Ferrers received outstanding news from the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The college has been awarded the International School Award. This is official recognition for our continued work in raising the international awareness of our students.

The DCSF International Schools Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculumbased international work in schools. It is regarded as a significant award that contributes to giving schools a distinctive character. It is also recognition of our developing work with partner schools across many different curriculum areas and in a variety of countries.

The award could not have been achieved without the huge efforts made by students and staff alike. The awarding of the ISA, together with the IB World School Status, has really put de Ferrers on the international map.

Well done!

Congratulations to Mrs Glover and Mr Grady for completing the nine month voluntary Leading from the Middle Gifted and Talented programme.

The programme is self directed in nature and involves attending five training sessions. Mrs Glover and Mr Grady have also taken on a whole college initiative, the life span of which will go beyond that of the course. The college is committed to supporting staff and we currently have a further eight participants on a similar course entitled ʻGrowing Leadersʼ.

In November the PSFA put a bar on at the very successful Talent Show at Trent. It was a very entertaining night with a truly awesome display of talent from the students (and a couple of teachers..). It was also extremely well supported by friends, family and students to the point that we had to make not one but two trips to buy more stock!! Great night!! Then on the first of December we held our annual Christmas Fair on Dove. This year we were most fortunate to have the tenor, Thomas SpencerWortley open the fair for us after singing one of his songs whilst his equally talented brother, Oliver played the piano. He also donated a prize of two tickets to his concert on 21st at Birmingham Town Hall, together with coach travel from Burton, to our Auction and brought our total raised at Auction to £230! Santa was there in his sleigh, there were many sidestalls and four magnificent hampers which were full of donations from staff and PSFA committee members. Although the money is still being counted we will have raised somewhere in the region of £1400 on the night which is a fabulous effort! Every single penny raised will be spent on the college and the students. I would like to thank all the PSFA committee members who helped out both before and on the night. Also thanks to all staff and parents and friends who gave up their time to help. Thanks finally to all the students who helped out, in particular Sonia Hussain, Mehwish Khan, Ben Lee, Hannah Flavin, Sean Flavin, Jade and Laura Bailey, Arthur Bailey, Phoebe Jay, Ellen Grimmett and Chris Horner. Just a quick word of thanks to Sam who always provides consistent encouragement (some would call it nagging) to write these words for the Communique every half term.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year! STOP PRESS: Will you be doing your Christmas shopping online? Do you shop at Amazon, M & S, Next, Direct Line, Screw Fix, Argos, iTunes, John Lewis,, Debenhams, Halfords to name but a few? Would you like to help raise funds for the PSFA at no extra cost to yourself? Then please follow the link below: /deferrerspsfa , register and then follow the links to your normal retailer. A percentage of sales will be donated to the PSFA which in turn will be spent on items for use by students in the college. Thank you!

de Ferrers Goes Green


DE FERRERS SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB AND CHOIR This yearʼs Sign Language Club Choir has been very busy and the new year will hopefully continue in the same vein. We currently have twenty two students who have had a busy half term as they rehearsed for their performance of The Snowman.

The timeless Christmas story was told in sign language at the Senior Citizensʼ Party including a signed performance of ʻWalking in the Air.ʼ This was a totally live performance with Amy Harrison providing the vocals and Emma Margetson on keyboards.

formed at both the Carol Concert and the Carol Service at St Johnʼs, performing Walking in the Air.

It has been great to see so many students embracing this language skill. With all the rehearsals this half term we have not learned a lot of general sign vocabulary which we will start to focus on next term. We have managed to fit in the learning of The Greatest Day by Take That which was very successful.

There will be a full report in the next Newsletter.

During the final week of the term, The Snowman was also be performed at the Year 7 Christmas Assembly. The Sign Language Choir also per-

Over the last term there have been some small but important changes around both Dove and Trent campuses to help us do our bit to save the environment.

An Eco-Action Group has been created to plan ways to reduce the collegeʼs impact on the environment. As a result, ʻSave a Flushʼ devices have been installed in all staff toilets to reduce our water usage. Students on Trent Campus have also been involved in sharing their opinions about climate change, which have been sent to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference where important decisions about the future of our planet will be made. The Eco-Action Group is now looking at reducing our energy consumption and increasing the amount of material we recycle. All of these small steps are helping de Ferrers to become a more environmentally friendly college.


Look out in the New Year for a different way to pay for some school trips and events. De Ferrers is signing up to Parentpay which


Booked Up is a national programme run by Booktrust and supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Booked Upʼs goal is to encourage and support reading for pleasure by providing each Year 7 pupil in England with a free book from a list of twelve specially selected titles.

All Year 7 students have enjoyed receiving their free book and swapping books with each other. A free set of the twelve titles is available in the Learning Centre for all year groups to borrow. You can log on to the

Booked Up website and complete the Year 7 survey Year-7-Survey and take part in competitions and book related activities. Check out the Booked Up Blog! Displays in the Learning Centres this term have included: Dyslexia Awareness, Creative Writing Workshop, de Ferrers Goes Green, Armistice and Booked


Science Live

On 9th November thirty one Year 11 Science students attended the "Science Live" conference at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. They were enthused and inspired by the well chosen speakers for the day. Topics ranged from human fertility to the exploration of space. All of the speakers were leading specialists in their fields, providing the students with insights into their careers as scientists. One student commented "A thoroughly enjoyable experience that inspired us to take science further and into the future. It was great to listen to prestigious scientists talk about subjects they were passionate about and see science used in everyday life."

will allow you to access letters regarding trips, give your permission and pay for them over the internet by credit/debit card. More information will be available shortly.



After last yearʼs success of the Sixth Form Basketball Team winning the County Cup, it seems their thirst for success has grown even stronger and expanded to football as well as basketball. Both the Basketball and Football teams have been entered into the National Cup this year as well as the Staffordshire County Cup. Both teams are currently undefeated and are growing in confidence as the tournaments progress.

The Basketball Team members (pictured below) who have been undefeated in college Basketball since they formed in Year 9, have yet again, been storming all competitions so far this season. They have won their opening district league game and all three of their National


De Ferrers students were invited to take part in a Swimming Gala at St Mary & St Annes school in Abbots

Cup group stage fixtures. The Sixth Form Football Team has shown that they too can live with the competition at National Level. They are currently in the fifth round of the National Cup (last sixty four in the country) and the semi final of the Staffordshire County Cup.

Bromley. Year 10 finished third overall, Year 9 finished third overall, Year 8 finished second overall and Year 7 won their competition.

Left to right - Georgia Woodyet, Hannah Berwick, Rosie Jarvis, Lauren Sleigh


For the past twelve weeks a group of approximately forty Year 7 and 8 students have been training on Monday nights in the de Ferrers Basketball Academy. From these dedicated individuals, a team of thirteen Year 8ʼs (pictured below) was selected to represent de Ferrers in the Year 9 Basketball League. They are currently undefeated, winning three out of three games! This is after twelve weeks training, just think in twelve months??

Success in Basketball is catching at de Ferrers. The current Year 10 team is undefeated, as is the current Year 11 team. Year 11 set a new de Ferrers Sports hall record last week destroying Paget in a league fixture 180 – 8. Iʼm sure the Sixth Form will want to break that record at some stage this season! Well done to everyone, players and staff, who have been involved in such an amazingly successful term for de Ferrers sport.



YEAR 10 de Ferrers BEAT Thomas Alleynes (39-24) de Ferrers BEAT William Allit (38-22) de Ferrers BEAT Granville (663) de Ferrers BEAT Robert Sutton (66-44)

The Year 10 football team is also through to the semi finals of the Staffordshire County Cup after two thrilling victories in previous rounds.

SIXTH FORM League: de Ferrers BEAT Thomas Alleynes (77-44) National Cup: de Ferrers BEAT St Josephʼs College (117-27) de Ferrers BEAT King Edward Stafford (96-46) Year 11: League: de Ferrers BEAT William Allit (56-19) de Ferrers BEAT Paget (180-8)

YEAR 9 de Ferrers BEAT William Allit (32-24) de Ferrers BEAT Thomas Alleynes (25-24) de Ferrers BEAT Robert Sutton (48-10)

SIXTH FORM County Cup: 1st round: Bye QF: de Ferrers (6 – 2) Walton HS National CUP: 1st Round: Grove School (0 – 6) de Ferrers 2nd Round: William Brookes (3 – 6) de Ferrers 3rd Round: de Ferrers v Countesthorpe (Win by default) 4th Round: de Ferrers (3 – 1) Kinghurst College

YEAR 10 County Cup: 1st Round: de Ferrers (3 – 3) Cheslyn Hay (de Ferrers win on penalties) QF: de Ferrers (3 - 3) St John Fisher (de Ferrers win on penalties)

Hat-trick of County Team Table Tennis Titles for de Ferrers!

Our tradition of success in Table Tennis has once again continued this Year with three of our teams being crowned Staffordshire County Team Champions.

The teams travelled to Stoke and Stafford to take on schools and colleges from across the county. The college proved successful in winning the Under 13 Girlʼs, Under 13 Boyʼs and Under 19 Boyʼs competitions and as a result all teams qualify for the English Schools Regional Final on Sunday 24th January in Bradford. We wish them well as they attempt to qualify through to the National Finals! An update of the teamʼs achievements in Bradford will be in the

next newsletter. Congratulations and good luck to all! Under 13 Girlʼs: Bekki Lycett, Sophie Richardson, Milly Bowering, Grace Winfieldale, Fiona Valentine.

Under 13 Boyʼs: Joe Byrne, Andrew Heathcote, Liam Burt, Liam Callender-Welsh. Under 19 Boyʼs: James Ward, Edward Freeman, Joe Byrne, Jamie Boast.


De Ferrers were undefeated and are therefore champions. (left to right - Freddie Ford, Katie Robinson, Amy Sarson, Victoria Jone, Erin Hughes, Jenny Heathcote). The girls wore the new dresses which were provided by the PSFA.




On a cold, wet and miserable afternoon in November, thirty four enthusiastic students accompanied by Mrs Briggs and Mr Pearson descended on the Dunstall Estate at Barton-Under-Needwood for the District Schools Cross-Country Championships. The wet, hilly and certainly very muddy course proved a challenge for all competitors but despite the conditions our students produced a host of fantastic performances.

In the Year 7 race, our girls team finished a very credible third place in the team competition, aided by a fantastic individual run from Ellie Poyser who finished third in the race. The pressure was on for the Year 8/9 Girls team who had won the team competition last year as Year 7ʼs. The team did not fail to disappoint and once again claimed the District Team Title, which was made up of the following individual performances: second Lucy Roach, sixth Bronwyn Miles, eight Danielle Coltman and eleventh Phoebe Jay.

Our Year 10/11 teams showed excellent strength-in-depth and was made up of GCSE PE students looking for a good performance to help gain them marks for their practical assessments. Both boysʼ and girlsʼ

teams ran superbly well to both finish as runners-up in the team competitions. The boysʼ team was aided by a great run from Niall Dawkins who won the race, ably supported by Alex Roach (fifth), Jon Lovatt (sixth), Adam Smith (ninth) and Sam Keen (tenth) cruelly meaning the team missed out on the team title by just one point! The girlsʼ team ran equally well in finishing second overall. The team consisted of - Shannon Golaub (third), Vicky Brood (fifth), Kirsty McQuillan (tenth) and Natalie Gould (eleventh).

As a result of these fantastic individual performances, nine of our students have been selected to represent East Staffordshire in the County Championships in Stoke in February. Well done to them and all who competed on a miserable, autumnal afternoon!

Basketball has had a long tradition of success at de Ferrers for many years, and we have enjoyed much success at the sport. This year, for the first time, Years Seven and Eight have been given the opportunity to get involved with the sport following the introduction of the de Ferrers Basketball Academy, which started in September. Forty students, boys and girls, have been training for two hours every Monday night at the sports hall. From the very first session, the students have been really enthusiastic and this has been evident in the improvements they have already made. The academy is run by Keith Morant, Head Coach and founder member of Burton Tornados Junior Basketball Club, He was also voted East Staffordshireʼs Coach of the Year in 2003. The students have been privileged to receive additional coaching from Emma Pass, a local girl from Swadlincote, who plays for the Nottingham Wild Cats and is a former Great Britain and England International.

The Academy has already been successful with a team of Year Eight boys competing in and winning the Year Nine District League. We will be competing in another tournament towards the end of term and de Ferrers will, be entering three teams - two boys teamsʼ and one all girlsʼ team. Plans are being made to continue the Academy throughout next term, so hopefully more success will be enjoyed by the students.


Mrs Briggs and Miss Walton trained in Self Defence in the Summer Term which enabled them to put on a Self Defence Option for the Year 11 curriculum. So far it has been a great success especially amongst the girls.



Students in Year 11 take part in an alternative provision whereby every Monday they go out of college to take part in a variety of activities. This is an accredited course run by the Connexions services and equips the students with skills for their future life.

Year 10 and Year 11 KS4 Salon Services have taken part in A.H.T (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) Competition at Bretby Conference Centre. Over two hundred and fifty Burton College students took part in the event and the winners taking first and second place will now go forward to the Regional Finals in Lincoln next year. Georgine Boothman (Year 11) came second in the Evening/Bridal Hair Competition. Her style was chosen for its originality,

creativity, neatness and finish. Georgina is currently studying in the second year of Salon Services at Burton College and her tutor Jay Wagstaff says "Georgina has been an outstanding student from the start. She has a natural flair and ability." This is the second year Georgina has won a competition. Last year the standards were so high that the students were entered into National Competition.

Prestigious Award For Mr Pearson

Mr Pearson has been named as Derbyshire Sport Veteran Sportsperson of the Year at the Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Mr Pearson received the prestigious award following his wins at the English and British Shooting Championships and as a result of his selection to represent Great Britain at the European and World

Championships. He was presented with his trophy at a ceremony at Derbyʼs Pride Park Stadium attended by more than two hundred and fifty people.


What a fantastic first term itʼs been! We started back in October with the Soul & Jazz Evening in aid of Team Tanzania, which helped the students to raise over £1000, as well as being a fantastic night.

The college Jazz Orchestra, DeFJO was invited to play at the Town Hall as part of the Burton Mailʼs ʻCelebrating Musicʼ festival. DeFJO were the very last act of the four night event and played a half hour set for the Mayor and other local dignitaries. The band received a fantastic ovation and pupils from the other schools taking part were dancing in the aisles! Comments such as ʻI canʼt believe thatʼs a school bandʼ go to show that all the hard work really pays off!

The main event of this term, however, has been ʻTalent of Tomorrowʼ. Four nights of heats after college saw eighteen acts chosen from over sixty to perform in the Grand Final that took place on Friday 20th November. Nearly three hundred people crammed into Trent Hall and they were treated to an evening of superb variety.

The judges had some very difficult decisions to make, but the eventual winner was Natalie Brown from Year 12 with her stunning rendition of ʻWishing You Were Somehow Here Againʼ from Phantom of the Opera. The Dove Award went to the Year 8 dance group ʻDownloadʼ.

Weʼd like to say a massive ʻThank youʼ to everyone that took part (including all the judges and backstage

crew), as well as all the supporters. We canʼt wait for next yearʼs event!

As well as participating in the Celebrating Achievement Evening and the Senior Citizensʼ Party, we now have the Carol Concert to look forward to on Monday 14th December, in collaboration with our Partner Primary schools, as well as our annual traditional Carol Service at 7.30pm in St Johnʼs Church on Rolleston Road, which you are more than welcome to attend. Merry Christmas from Mrs Glover, Mr Aston, Mr Goldstein and Miss Burroughs

Forthcoming Dates for the Spring Term:

Friday 26th February – Evening of the Arts – Trent Hall – 7.30pm

Sunday 7th March – Regional Festival of Music for Youth – Birmingham Conservatoire

Tuesday 9th March – DeFJO at Derby Music Club – Derby High School – 7.30pm

Wednesday 31st March – Spring Concert – Trent Hall – 7pm

de Ferrers Specialist Technology College Principal: Mr M A York BA (Hons) BEd MBA

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