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Heathfield High School ISSUE 6 - 12th November 2010



Big Day of Science

September 17th 2010 was Heathfield’s Big Day of Science. Around 90 year 6 students joined us for a day of hands on experiments. With the help from colleagues from the Robert Smyth School and a representative from Starchaser Industries we ran a series of workshops, looking at rockets, the moon, mars and bubbles. This was a great opportunity for students from six local primary schools to make use of our facilities, meet our staff and work alongside our students. The feedback we have received shows that they all had a great time, learning and having fun.

New Year 7’s

Thank you to all year 6 parents who visited us during September on our open day. We hope you enjoyed your The new year 7’s have settled in really visit. Please get in touch if you have well and are enjoying school very much. Thanks to all year 7 parents who any questions.

. . Welcome! . .

This term we would like to welcome some new members of staff, Miss J Brice to the PE deptartment, Miss R Cooper to the English department and Mrs J Johnson to the Inclusion Centre.

attended parents evening and for all the positive comments made.

...we are a GOOD school... Ofsted Report 2010 see page 4 & 5


DID YOU KNOW? ...if you have been a Heathfield student over the last 5 years or at primary school, you will have been part of the School Sports Partnership. With my role as the SSCo (School Sports Coordinator) and funding from the partnership, via the Government, you will have had access to the following:

Cheerleading Sports Leaders Award leading to Primary school festivals and Competitions eg Netball,Gym, multi skills Yoga • A Gifted and Talented in PE Programme

Street dance • Quality coaching from top county coaches Eg: Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton • Fencing Inclusive Sports eg: Boccia Salsa • Sports Academies • Horse riding • Golf 3 OutdoorTable tennis tables Drama Studio refurbished to include: Rowing machine • Wii Dance, Fit & Sport • Table Football Body Combat

The Governments decision to cut the Sports funding for Primary and Secondary School PE means we could well go back to just the traditional sports eg football and netball! What a shame! If you feel stongly about this write to your local MP, contact the local press etc

Mandy Savage

(School Sports Coordinator) 2




AFTER SCHOOL 3.05 Rugby Practice Yrs 8& 9 RH

Monday Tuesday


TG Football Yr 9, 8, 7 RH Gym Club

Yr 7 & 8


TG Football Yr 9, 8, 7 RH SPLAT Club MS



TG Football Yr 9, 8, 7 RH Boys Basketball All Years

Boys Football Yr 7 RH Boys Football Yr 8 FT Girls Football All years JB Netball All years MS (Fixtures)

TG Netball Yr 7 MS

Sporting Achievements 'First netball match of the season saw us take nearly 40 girls to St Martins!!!! year 9 and 8 lost but yr7s made a great start and won!!' Year 7 also won against Redmoor 16-6. Local Area Trampolining Competition Results Lauren Smith – 9CC – won the Advanced Plus routine and the overall competition. Charlotte Wale – 7TW – came 3rd in the Advanced Plus routine.

Annabel Stocks – 8GH – came 3rd in the Advanced routine. Emma Warrington – 9CC – won the Beginners routine. All girls achieved highly and overall scores placed us in 3rd position. Many thanks, Jo Brice. Well Done 8MR winning the Year 8 Tutor Group Football competition, and to 8VS who were Runners-up.


what Ofsted 2010 said ... I hope that you will have had a chance to read our Ofsted report ( We are very pleased with the outcome and with all the great things the inspectors said about our students and the school. Heathfield High School has improved significantly since it was last inspected. Assessment data are used very well to track the progress of individual students and to identify where support is needed. Staff share an enthusiasm to move the school forward Students now make good progress as a result of good teaching. Teachers all now provide clear learning objectives that are shared with students.

on their current levels of attainment to determine what they need to do to improve their work.

2010 has seen greatly increased numbers of students achieving higher levels.

The school’s thorough analysis of assessment data shows that students meet or exceed their challenging targets.

Students are proud to belong to the school and their attendance is high.

...particular strengths in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, and in the school’s specialist subject, technology. The support provided for students with special


...behaviour is , and they are polite and thoughtful when moving about the building and in class. Activities often involve students in interesting paired and group activities.

educational needs and/ or disabilities means that they make similar progress to that of their peers.

Students all know their targets in every subject, and frequently reflect

Tutors play a key role in using data to drive up standards.


They value their teachers and the support they receive. ...students enjoy good relationships with each other and with staff, contribute much through year and school councils, and actively support the wider community through extensive charitable work. ...improvements in teaching, learning and students’ progress indicate the school has good capacity to improve further. Students’ personal development is good. ...numeracy and literacy skills when they leave and their high levels of attendance fit them well for their future life in education and employment.

Students enjoy school. Student participation in sport is good, with a broad range of activities on offer. The school’s good teaching typically features well-structured lessons. The school’s arrangements for safeguarding students are well organised and taken very seriously by governors and staff. Transition from primary school is effective.


enjoy their lessons,

work hard and


the way teachers support their learning. The large majority of parents and carers expressed their support for the school.

The school takes a strong line with bullying … As a result, there is very little bullying in school.


Tutor Groups with the best attendance for Sept/October were....

Year 7

7EC 98%

Year 8

8RH 98.3%

Year 9

9CC 96%

• If your child is absent from school, please phone us on the first day of absence before 9.30 am, and then write a note in the student planner for when they return. • We would encourage parents not to take their children out of school for holidays in term time. It is very difficult for students to catch up on the work they miss and could affect their achievement. If unavoidable please let us know at least two weeks in advance, by filling in a Holiday Application Form. • If your child has to visit the Doctors, Dentist or Opticians, please try to arrange these after school hours or during the holidays. Sometimes it can’t be helped but please ensure that you let the Attendance Manager or Form Tutor know in advance.

Contact number for Attendance: 01455 842149 option 1



Guess the number of Sweets in the Jar! 20p a go WIN the sweets! ...on all week 15-19 Nov Winner annouonced Friday afternoon see Mrs Macfarlane in Reprographics

Lots of free or cheap software is available to download or buy. Check out the link on the school website for details. Some of these are used in ICT lessons and it would be helpful if pupils could also use them at home. These include "Sratch", "movie-maker", "artrage" and "audacity". If you do not have microsoft office on your computers it is worth checking out the open source software that is fully compatible with office software.

Voice in a Million On Thursday 11th November Mrs Timms took a group of students to sing at the ‘Voice in a Million’ concert at Liverpool. Hundreds of schools take part and sing together in a huge choir. Full review and pictures in the next Newsletter!

Design Technology Club Join Technology Club in order to: - Solve today technological problems . - Explore and develop your creative potential. - DIY (CAD/CAM, Electronics, Product Design )

Every Wednesday 12:15-1245

For Details See Mr Wonzeri Design 1

New Members are welcome



Sam Clark (aka Ringo Brown) from the hit Aussie soap Neighbours visited Heathfield on Tuesday 26th October! Leading up to the UK debut release of his brand new single Devastated, Sam has been featured in “OK“ magazine. Devastated will be released in the UK as a double A-side single, featuring the bonus track Suddenly, as performed by Sam’s onscreen character, Ringo Brown on Neighbours during the much anticipated wedding of Ringo & long-time sweetheart, Donna. Along with guitarist Pete Vlanes they entertained pupils with some acoustic versions of his singles and a DVD presentation of his latest video. His debut album ‘Take Me Home’ is soon to be released, this co-insides with Sam currently touring UK schools, promoting The National Blood Service as part of an awareness campaign aimed at young people, although you cannot give blood until you are 17, he would like to encourage parents, teachers, grandparents etc. to Give Blood! For more information on giving blood please look on the website: Check out Sam’s website: So, if there are any budding singers or entertainers out there - get involved in the Christmas Concert! ... see Mrs Timms for details!

Is lack of money stopping you from doing stuff after school and at the weekend? Would you love to try something new but just haven’t got the cash?


is available from April to provide financial support for out of school activities for children and young people who are entitled to Free School Meals.

Want to find out more? Call Jo Hudson on 07984 013043


Diary / Whats-On NOVEMBER 3rd Football/Netball Fixture (Home v. Redmoor) 11th Voice in a Million - Liverpool 18th Year Council Meeting 19th Children in Need 23rd Tutor Group X-Country 25th School Council Meeting 30th Theme Day DECEMBER 2nd Parents Evening (all years) 15th Christmas Concert 16th Rewards Afternoon 21st Break up for Christmas Break JANUARY 6th Back to School! 20th Year Council Meeting 27th School Council Meeting

~ Pink Day ~

Once again the ‘Wear it Pink’ day was a huge success, raising over £400 for the Breast Cancer Charity. An Item of school uniform was substituted for something pink! Well Done everyone! ...Watch out for ‘Children in Need’ - 19th November 2010!



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Christmas Concert


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on Wednesday 15th December at 7pm Christmas Refreshments ~ Tickets £2.75 (Available Soon) ~ Support your Children Support your School!


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