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Inside this issue: Children in Need Page 2

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

An afternoon with Paul Burstow Page 3 Food Technology Trip Page 4 & 5 Textiles Clothes Trip Page 6 French & Spanish Spelling Bee Page 7 Sports News Page 8 Sports News Page 9 Sports News Page 10 Sports News Page 11 Dates for the Diary Page 12

We’ve been busy preparing for Christmas over the last few weeks! We’ve been getting ready for our Christmas Tea Party for the elderly on Wednesday 19th December, when about 50 elderly residents from the local community have been invited to a Christmas Party. Pupils from the School Council have organised the whole event, from making and sending invitations, to organising the entertainment to baking cakes and serving the tea and coffee. According to Glenthorne tradition, pupils from all year groups have been bringing in hundreds of food items - jars of jam, chocolates and other treats - to wrap up in small hampers or party bags to give to the elderly as a Christmas gift after the party. Many thanks to pupils and parents for these gifts. We’ve also been getting ready for our Christmas Carol Service which will be held at All Saints Church, Carshalton at 6.30pm on Thursday 20th December. All parents, pupils and friends of the school are most welcome and it is always one of the highlights of the school calendar. Staff and Governors at the school would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents and pupils a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing all pupils back at school at 8.30am on Monday 7th January.

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GHS News

Children in Need Pupils really got into the spirit of Children in Need Day on Friday 16th November, dressing up in mufti on the theme of multi-coloured spots, making cakes with the Pudsey Bear logo and donating to charity through a variety of sponsored events. Congratulations to everybody who got involved and to everyone who made a donation; all the money raised will be given to the “Liam Hearne Tribute Fund� which in turn contributes its fundraising to the NSPCC.

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An afternoon with Paul Burstow On the 14th November, the entire 6th form had the opportunity to meet and discuss current issues with the former Health Minister and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam. This was a tremendous opportunity for the 6th Form as it helped to expand our political knowledge and heightened our awareness of local issues and political systems and procedures. After a talk from Mr Burstow, the 6th form had the opportunity to ask him many interesting questions and discussed a range of controversial topics; from the rise in University tuition fees, to understanding the formation of the Coalition Government and the notorious MPs‟ expenses scandal. The 6th form participated with great enthusiasm and absorbed all the information given to us from Mr Burstow as well as listening to each other‟s opinions. An issue of key importance to me was the following question voiced by a fellow student: “How do you feel about the cuts to the NHS?” Mr Burstow explained that personally he disliked the effect that cuts were having on the quality of health in the local area. However, he also explained that he was all for maximising the value for money that tax payers get from the NHS. He thought it was important to look for effective ways to save money. Despite this, he did make it clear that he was fervently against the closure of our local St Helier Hospital‟s A&E and Maternity wards. He felt that this closure could potentially jeopardise the health of his constituents. This summary of our afternoon with Mr Burstow is just a snapshot of the many controversial, topical and interesting discussions that were explored by the 6th form. The afternoon was no doubt a success and students and we were all pleased with interactive participation they were able to engage in with our local MP. We would like to thank Mr Burstow for taking his time to visit us and answer our questions. He made us feel like valued current and future voters. By Nico Mirhashem

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Year 10 Food Technology Trip to Borough Market, London & Choccywoccydoodah, Carnaby Street The Year 10 GCSE Food Technology students are currently completing a project on the “Best of British food” and needed to get some more inspiration of local and seasonal ingredients that they could use to come up with their own menu for a British restaurant. Accompanied by Miss Djemil, Mrs Puddy and Mrs Holmes, the first stop was by the riverside at London Bridge, where the students explored British restaurants to gain more of an idea of current meals, ingredients and prices. They discovered many restaurant serving foods from other cultures as well! The next stop was to Borough Market nearby, which for some was their first visit to a market of this size. With cheese, bread, oils, cakes, breads and meats available, there was something for everyone to try, including over 28 different varieties of tomatoes and more than 15 different types of mushrooms! Here the students were able to sample many different British foods include locally cured and smoked meats, home-made chutneys and sauces as well cheeses from not too far away in Sussex. Although a little bit more expensive than those in the shops, the students were so impressed with the foods that they bought some products as well. There were also Christmas biscuits and cakes using organic or fairtrade ingredients and some were even more adventurous and tried Venison burgers or spices and sauces influenced by Caribbean and other cultures. After having lunch by the riverside and to also try out more of their purchases, the group then looked at a variety of other restaurants, bakeries and food shops near Carnaby Street. Finally, they visited the one place they had been looking forward to all day and the shop that frequently is on TV, Choccywoccydoodah! Full of festive spirit , glitter and also a few fantastic chocolate cake sculptures, this store provided a great source of inspirational insight for future cake ideas. However if they wanted to order anything, the minimum cost would be about £400 for a basic cake and they would need to wait 6 months to even get on the waiting list! Some of the Year 10s were also lucky enough to meet Christine, the owner of Choccywoccydoodah, who told them a little bit more about the types of products they make and was also happy to have photos with them as well. With boxes of handcrafted Christmas chocolates, fresh ingredients from the market and “bagfulls” of inspiration, the students then made their way back home. They were exceptionally well behaved all day and have spoken about the trip much since!

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Textiles Clothes Show Trip 2012 On the 8th December we visited the Clothes Show in Birmingham. Years 10, 11 and 12 were fascinated by the amazing sights on view at the show. At the Clothes Show there were university and college stands with work on display to inspire ideas for our coursework. We were also able to seek advice from both course leaders and current university students which was invaluable for deciding our route into fashion and textiles. There was also a catwalk show that gave us an insight into the fashion industry. Fantastic designs from graduates demonstrated to everyone that they could also aspire to show their clothes on a catwalk one day. It also included stunning dance routines that created an electric atmosphere within the arena. Overall it was a truly inspiring trip and a brilliant day out! Written by Molly Sandford, Y12.

GHS News

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French and Spanish Spelling Bees

The MFL Spelling Bee in our class took place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December. Mrs Lopez and other MFL teachers held a Class Competition, which meant that everyone in the class would have a go and the three people with the highest score would go through to the School Competition! Glenthorne High School is not the only school entering, there are plenty of other schools such as Carshalton Girls. A lot of people enjoyed this! Some pupils said it was fun and challenging but a bit scary! We thought it was fun and everyone had a laugh. In preparation for the Spelling Bee, everybody was given booklets with all 50 words which they had to learn; also on Tuesday lunchtimes there was Spelling Bee Club with Mrs Sentamil and Year 8 Language Mentors Aaron Baker and Alice-May Dutfield. You had one minute to translate as many words as you could from English into Spanish and then spell them in Spanish. Some of the words were “Hola”; “por favor” and words like that! In Mrs Lopez‟s class, once you had finished you would get a sweet! In our class we had four top spellers: Jessica Williams, Archie Jennings, Nia Charles and Cristina Vuolo but only 3 could go through so there was a really exciting round of “Sudden Death”. This involved elimination if any of the contestants incorrectly spelt a word! We personally thought it was really fun! It tested us and others to the max! Although it was hard to learn the 50 words it was all worth it in the end! By Callum Dann and Sonny Esser-Winson 7L Well done to the winners so far – competitions are still going on! Spanish

French Name


Shaina Amate


Sampanna Thapa


Grace Norwood


Adara Bridgeman


Ellesse Trimmer


Michael Seaton


Daniella Elliott


Hannah McGinty


Michael Sabuagueiro Aviles


Archie Jennings


Cristina Vuolo


Nia Charles


Aakash Patel


Lucie Pitts


Ben Drake


Name Tom Wells


Thomas Bell


Kaylee Mynot

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Sports U15 Floor and Vault Gymnastics competition „A

big well done to the U15 girls; Nancy Devonport, Ashleigh Blenkinsopp, Samantha Mills, Lauren James, Rachael Stepney and Kelsey Morris for 6th place at the Surrey Floor and Vault gymnastics championships on the 29th November 2012. The girls‟ scores were collated to provide an overall mark for the team, therefore it was fantastic to see the girls working hard as a team and putting all effort in to represent Glenthorne. Independently, Nancy Devonport received a fantastic score of 8.2 out of 10 for floor and 9.0 out of 10 for vault, achieving 2 nd place overall out of 55 gymnasts! As a whole, the girls worked extremely hard every day in preparation for the competition and accomplished a great achievement!

GYMNASTICS TUMBLING COMPETITION On the 12th November 2012 the gymnastics squad competitors were required to compete in the Surrey Schools tumbling competition. Glenthorne showed excellent representation by having three whole teams enter the competition. The U13s‟ team included Grace Allen, Megan Ashby, Megan McAndrew, Anna Merca, Ellis Stokes and Ellie Trayfoot. In the U15s‟ team was Nancy Devonport, Ashleigh Blenkinsopp, Samantha Mills, Lauren James and Rachael Stepney. Finally, the U19s‟ team included Hannah Ainge, Sarah Wallis, Jamie Morris, Natalie Rumbelow and Danielle Swan. The girls certainly had an enjoyable day and definitely gave massive support to each other. All the teams performed really well, achieving 8th (U13), 4th (U15) and 6th (U19) place overall – Well done girls! U19



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Sports Year 7 Athletics

To the following Y7 boys who beat John Fisher, Sutton Grammar, Stanley Park and Cheam in an Indoor Athletics competition at Sutton Grammar in November WELL DONE!! Year 7 Boys Charlie Kift Liam Harvey Rob Lynch Scott Walker George Walker Nathan Ross Josh Tully

Year 7 & Year 8 Athletics Team

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Sports Year 7 and 8 Netball Date 24/9

Against Beacon


Home/Away H

Year 7 Result Lost (6-2)

Year 8 Result Won (13-3)

5th Won – 1, Drew – 2, Lost - 2

Tournament @Cheam




Drew (4-4)





Lost (7-1)

Lost (9-8)


Stanley Park


Lost (10-3)

Lost (22-9)




Lost (8-3)

Lost (12-10)

Year 10 and 11 Netball Date



Year 9 Result

Year 10 Result





Won (16-6)




Lost (13-10)

Won (18-10)


Stanley Park


Lost (1o-6)

Won (14-2)




Won (9-7)

Won (10-9)

Current Positions in the Sutton Schools netball League: Y10 - 1st Place Y9 - 4th Place Y8 - 3rd Place Y7 - 7th Place Trampoline Fixture Scores 21st November Year 10 Competition Voluntary


Megan McAndrew Yr 7

Set Routine Max 18 15


50 -2nd Overall

Callum Stoneman Yr 9



91 -1st Overall



Sarah Wallis

Set Routine Max 18 14


38- 6th Overall

Dylan Lee



30 -7th Overall

Winners: Glenthorne. Year 11 Competition

Winners: Carshalton Girls

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Sports Football Results Teams

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Carshalton Cheam

Year 10 Lost 6 - 4

Won 4 – 1

Won 5-0

MOM – Sid Dack

Greenshaw Overton Stanley Park Wilsons

Drew 2 – 2

Won 7 - 3

Won 5 – 1

Lost 4 - 3

MOM – Sid Dack

MOM – Charlie Kift

Lost 7-3

Year 7 Football Sutton Cup and Surrey Cup Well done to the year 7 football team that has been successful in both Cup competitions. On Wednesday 24th October, the team beat Sutton Grammar 6 – 1 with George Walker scoring a particularly memorable overhead kick from an accurate cross by Scott Walker. The Surrey Cup game was played on Tuesday 3rd December against a strong Collingwood team. The score was 4-1 to Glenthorne at half time and after an early goal in the second half from Josh Tully, completing his hat trick in style, it looked like the game was over. However, Collingwood did not give up, making a late surge in the second half, resulting in a final score of 6-4 to Glenthorne. Year 9 Fixture Results


Competition London Cup

Man of Match Joyce



Surrey Cup








Lindsay (2), White (2), Mpofu, Kugaths Kugathas, Mpofu, Keane










ADVANCE NOTICE: Could parents please note the dates for the academic year 2012/13 and 2013/2014. Please avoid booking holidays in term time. All holidays taken in term time will be classed as unauthorised absence. SPRING TERM : Half Term:

TERM DATES 2012/2013 Monday 7th January 2013 to Thursday 28th March 2013 Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2013

SUMMER TERM : Half Term :

Monday 15th April 2013 to Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2013

INSET Days Monday 15th April 2013 Friday 28th June 2013

AUTUMN TERM : Half Term :

TERM DATES 2013/2014 Monday 2nd September 2013 to Friday 20th December 2013 Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2013

SPRING TERM : Half Term:

Monday 6th January 2014 to Friday 4th April 2014 Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2014

SUMMER TERM : Half Term :

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 to Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Monday 26th May to Friday 30th May 2014

Key Dates 8th January 2013 - 8G & 8N RS visit to Church (Period 5) 11th January 2013 - Y10 GCSE Visit to the Royal Ballet 14th January 2013 - 8R & 8S RS visit to Church (Period 5) 15th January 2013 - 8C & 8H RS visit to Church (Period 5) 17th January 2013 - 8L & 8T RS visit to Church (Period 5) 18th January 2013 - Y11 Mock Exam Results Afternoon 22nd January 2013 - Y7 visit to Natural History Museum (7H, R, S & C) 23rd January 2013 - Arts Careers Evening 24th January 2013 - Y7 visit to Natural History Museum (7G, L, N, T & O) 25th January 2013 - Y8 Shakespeare Event 28th January 2013 - Y11 GCSE English Performance Poet Event 29th January 2013 - Y10 GCSE English Performance Poet Event 30th January 2013 - Y11 Parents Evening with Subject Staff, 4.30 - 7.30pm 31st January 2013 - Y7 & Y8 Swimming Gala 1st February 2013 - Y11 GCSE Photography Visit 4th February 2013 - Y11 GCSE Art Visit 6th February 2013 - Y7 Parents Evening with Subject Staff 4.30—7.30pm 14th February 2013 - Y7 & Y8 Valentine’s Disco 15th February 2013 - Y10 GCSE History Visit Y11 BTEC Science Visit 18th - 22nd February 2013 - HALF TERM

GHS News December 2012  

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