End of term newsletter May, 2008
CELEBRATING SUCCESS The Summer Term focuses attention on the examination cycle and we hope that all the students at Churston achieve a level of success that accurately reflects their ability and their hard work. However it is also a timely reminder that success is not just confined to examination results. Several students have achieved outstanding success in recent national chemistry competitions. Harriet Maxwell, Katherine Richards and Toby Spittle won the regional round of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst Competition and we wish them well for the next round. Callista John and Rebecca Lee were highly commended in the International Chemistry Olympiad. However pride of place goes to Tom Hartland who achieved silver and Nathan Chant who achieved gold in the International Chemistry Olympiad, beating students from Eton School on their way to success. Congratulations also go to Victoria Philips who won a competition organised by the National Geographic Junior Magazine.
Victoria will now have the opportunity to perform a science experiment in front of the Queen! Students have also gained success in music and art. The School Orchestra were a commendable third in the recent Torbay and South West Music Festival while the String Group was just beaten into second place. However first place was achieved by the School Choir for their rendition of ; this is only the second time that the School Choir has won this prestigious award and congratulations go to all the students who took part in the event. Several students were chosen to display their art work in Torre Abbey while Amelia Cole, Chelsea Cramer, Abbie Dring, Siobhan Murphy and Michael Trewern were selected for a gifted and talented residential at the Beaford Centre on Dartmoor. Not to be out-done our sports teams have had a highly successful Summer Term. The U14 Boys Basketball Team won the South Devon Cup and the U15 Boys Football Team also won the South
Devon Cup. We added a new sport to our extensive repertoire in the form of mountain biking and duly won first place in the team competition. In addition to the above several students competed in the Ten Tors event and dozens of students experienced the joys of camping in very wet conditions for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. All of the above requires students, staff and parents to give up additional time so that these activities can take place. At this time of year, with revision high on the list of priorities, time is a very valuable commodity. However I am convinced that examination success and extra-curricular opportunities are very closely linked and I know that some of the very best results this summer will be achieved by students who have made the most of the additional opportunities available to them. R Owers Headteacher
End of term newsletter May, 2008
st nd TORBAY AND S.W. ENGLAND On 1 and 2 May the school competed in the Torbay & S.W. England Festival. There were performances from the FESTIVAL SUCCESS!
Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra and String Group.
The Choir and Chamber Choir sang in their class against the Girls’ Grammar School Choir and the Stover School Choir. The Choir sang “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers and “Now is the Month of Maying” by Thomas Morley and the Close Harmony Choir sang “Rhythm of Life” and “Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountain” by Fellix Mendelssohn. After professional performances from both groups the adjudicator, Fiona Chryssides, gave her verdict and awarded the Choir a total of 84 and the Chamber Choir a score of 82. The Choir won the class with their mark and were presented with the Paignton Zoo cup for the best Schools’ Choir. It is the second time that the Choir have won - the last time being in 2005 so we were over the moon to be successful again. The Orchestra and the String Group both performed on the Friday against groups from the Girls’ Grammar and Stover. The Orchestra played “Wallace and Gromit” and “Dr Who” and the String Group played “Pavane & Basse Danse”. We were awarded marks of 84 for the Orchestra, kindly conducted by Mr. Allnutt, and 81 for the String Group. The groups came 3rd and 2nd in their classes which was a fantastic achievement. Many individual students also took part in the event on piano, violin, voice and flute – proving yet again the level of talent that we have at Churston. All the groups and the Jazz Band and Percussion group will be performing in the Summer Concert on 5th June, 7.00 in the school hall. We hope to see you there. Mrs. N. Allnutt Acting Head of Music
Wh2ose Water Science Fair Year 8 Science visit to Paignton Zoo Earlier this term, fifteen Year 8 Churston students joined other students from across the county on a Wh2ose Water Science Fair. The day consisted of a practical session with The Royal Society of Chemistry, demonstrations on Solids and Liquids, Typhoo Tea to Purity by South west Water and a Science and Bubbles Show by the University of Plymouth. The first presentation was a very interactive series of experiments on solids, liquids and gases; one of the experiments involved mixing PVA glue with a Borax solution to make a rubbery substance, FUN! The next presentation was held by South West Water and explained how microbes can be used to clean water. Here students viewed different bacteria and protoctists under light microscopes and saw the process of purifying. Another highlight was seeing how easily bacteria spread by skin contact, hence the importance of washing hands, by using simulated germs. The final presentation, Science with Bubbles, was both interesting and unusual, as students learnt how nature and mankind use bubbles, the maths behind bubbles and why bubbles are round! Before this final presentation; students had a chance to look around the zoo and have some lunch. Students thought that the Wh2ose Water Science Fair was an educational and enjoyable experience and were all glad that they had the chance to participate in the interactive workshops that made Science more fun!
End of term newsletter May, 2008
Music April 2008 Drum Examination Results Jo Giblin: Merit - Grade 5 Drum Kit Adam Bolt: Distinction - Grade 5 Drum Kit Charlotte Gardner: Distinction - Grade 5 Drum Kit
ART EXHIBITION Yr 12 & 13 A level Art students have recently exhibited a selection of their work in the Schools Art Exhibition in the Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay. The work on display showed the wide ranging talents of the students and the high standard of work they produce.
Miss Matthews and Mrs Haigh are taking part in a sprint triathlon on June 7th to raise money for Macmillan nurses and cancer support in Torbay. This is the first triathlon that the ladies have attempted and they have been training very hard. The event comprises a 750m swim in a very cold lake, a 20 km bike ride and a 5 km run and it will be a big challenge. If anyone would like to sponsor this crazy duo please send a cheque to school, made out to Macmillan Cancer Support. Your support is greatly appreciated.
CHURSTON FERRERS GRAMMAR SCHOOL STUDENTS RETURN TO ALTON TOWERS! Students from the school and sixth form were given the opportunity to spend Saturday 29th March 2008 at Alton Towers, travelling by executive coach. In total nearly 100 students and voluntary staff turned up on a cold and dark Saturday morning at 5.00am to board the transport. After a five hour comfortable coach journey we arrived ready for an action packed day. Unfortunately, the weather gradually turned colder and wetter as the day progressed; which could be said to be an advantage, as the queues for the rides were short and sweet, enabling everybody to have the opportunity to try all the attractions. Not everybody though took that advantage; Mr Johnston, Business Studies Teacher, stood as an onlooker whilst Miss Hepburn, English Teacher, enjoyed her experience to the max! The day was a huge success as every year was represented, thanks to Mrs Mills, Head of Years 9-11 who organised the trip from beginning to end. It was a pleasure to see students so well behaved, enjoying the day and not letting the weather spoil their fun! We all look forward to next year!
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End of term newsletter May, 2008
The PTA continues to thrive and will be making a generous donation of £4,500 for the purchase of video conferencing equipment for the new Learning Resource Centre. Fundraising events organised by the PTA are going from strength to strength and the support from parents, students and staff is greatly appreciated. DONATE-A-BOOK- APPEAL has been busy again this year. Working in sketchbooks under the theme of ‘Cartoons’, students have produced images developed from an initial pencil drawing using various different media such as gouache If you have any good quality books at home that you paint, magazine collage, felt tips patterns. Very well done have read and enjoyed that you feel you could part with to members for their creativity, talent and enthusiasm!: The CUBE at Churston can make good use of them! Chelsea Cramer, Siobhan Murphy, Sydney Voisey, Sophie Wolf, Christopher Yates, Celeste Powell, Katerina A survey for students to complete has been put on the school intranet to Pourikkou-James, Amy Marsden, Michael Trewern, Caitlin focus on what areas Muckian, Lewis Bayley, Samara Poole, Celsey Baker, Alice the school needs to Martin, Gabriella Witts, Amelia Cole Abisha Coombe, Daisy make provisions in White, Charlotte Houcke, Abbie Dring, Amelia Byrne, Amy but in addition to this we would ask Caswell, Chloe Inness, Corey Pierce and Nadia Ahmed. Through expert workmanship The CUBE is nearing completion and we are seeking your help with donations of books to fill the shelves.
for your support by donating a book personal to you. Your support will be gratefully received and acknowledged on a book plate inserted in every book contributed during this Appeal. (Please write the date, your name and your tutor group in pencil on the inside cover as a record of your donation). These can then be handed in to Mrs Jeffs who is present in the school hall from 8.40 until 8.50 each school day or if this is not convenient please contact the school on 01803 842289 and ask to speak to Mrs Rider ext 225. Thank you for your help
Congratulations to those talented students in Year 8 who took part in the Gifted and Talented Art residential course during the last half term. Students Amelia Cole, Chelsea Cramer, Abbie Dring, Siobhan Murphy and Michael Trewern attended a three day residential stay, along with several other Devon students, at the Beaford Centre on Dartmoor. Having studied the work of the early 20th century French painter, Pierre Bonnard, they produced large-scale drawings and collage pieces showing the interior of the residential centre. These then informed the bright and colourful final paintings that can be seen in the photograph. Very well done!
End of term newsletter May, 2008
Having met each other last year in a tight semi-final where Churston came out winners, it was obvious both teams would have to be on top form. The game kicked off at a high tempo, with both teams battling for possession. South Dartmoor’s attacks were repelled by a resilient defence, and when on the attack Churston looked more threatening, with efforts from Tom Cadman and Tom Dunlop just wide, and Sam Robson hitting the bar. At half time it was level pegging with both teams unable to make the breakthrough. Churston attacked straight from the whistle, with Alex Kassis down the left proving more than a handful for the South Dartmoor defence. Not long into the second half it was Alex Kassis that got down the wing and set up Tom Dunlop for the first goal. Once on top, Churston didn’t let it slip and it wasn’t long before the lead was doubled, once again Tom Dunlop converting his chance well to make it 2-0 Churston. The team settled into playing a confident passing game, and when South Dartmoor attacked, they were met by a Churston defence led by a solid Declan Hinchcliffe. A good passage of play led to another goal, this time from substitution Sam Wood. The end result being a 3-0 victory for Churston, a third South Devon cup win in four years. Coach Mr.Swannell described it as an “exceptional team performance, the best from them all season,”, with Captain Alfie Jackson adding, “A deserved victory for the team who played the best football, and gave 110% all game.” There were exceptional performances from every player for Churston and it was a fantastic end to a successful season.
Back Row – Mr Swannell, Alex Kassis, Jack Ellis, Tom Cadman, Declan Hinchcliffe, William Hodgson, Sam Robson, Tom Dunlop Front Row – Jack Barton, Sam Wood, Alfie Jackson, James Beech, Michael Tilley Written by Alfie Jackson (Under 15 Team Captain)
End of term newsletter May, 2008
Pupils provide help for HOPE For the 23rd year pupils at Churston Ferrers Grammar School supported children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. . They handed over a cheque for £1,347.51 to Martin John Nicholls, South-West manager for Christian Aid. . The money was raised for THE HOPE CENTRE in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This centre gives hope to children orphaned by the horrible killer disease HIV/AIDS The pupils raised this wonderful amount in different ways. Some did the traditional 24-hour fast, others did sponsored silences, sponsored cycle rides, runs and swims. There were cake stalls and a nail painting session, bucket collections and a large number of pupils contributed by coming to school in non-uniform. In thanking the pupils, Martin said what a huge difference they would make by taking a day out and going without or putting themselves through some other hardship. He spoke of the luxury of choices that the pupils take for granted, like, “what will I eat, what will I wear” etc. He contrasted this life-style with the huge proportion of children of their age with no control over their lives, poverty strips them bare of all the control over their lives that we take for granted. He said the human spirit is so strong that there is a great compulsion to survive. Poverty dictates only one thing to do - fighting to survive on the land growing food and in urban situation many are often reduced to begging. There are 850 pupils in Churston Grammar School and Martin pointed out that twice that number die every day as a consequence of AIDS, that is one a minute, innocent, precious lives being lost and often dying in pain because of lack of drugs. He asked the pupils to imagine going home and finding four more children in their family. This is what happens in Ethiopia on a regular basis as more and more children become orphans. Christian Aid partners at The HOPE CENTRE are paying school fees for orphans and running clubs for them. As well as getting help with homework, the young people are trained to tell others about HIV and how to avoid becoming ill. Martin spoke of the huge stigma, the shadow of suspicion, that accompanies the disease because people are so ignorant about it. People are ostracised from their communities like “lepers”. Some of Christian Aid’s courageous partners in Addis Ababa wear t-shirts advertising that they are HIV positive and that is tragic and sad, but they are part of the community and people should be embraced not shunned. It costs just £7 a month for drugs to save a precious life in Ethiopia, nothing by our standards, what an impact the money from Churston will have! Mary Fallon, Christian Aid volunteer teacher, in adding her thanks said it can be invidious to mention names but, the fund-raising would not have taken place this year without the help of the deputy head Mr. Barry Goldsmith, Mrs. Cheryl Rider (resources) and Mrs. Suzanne Jeffs (finance) and Mr Dave Barratt, ICT who inspired the pupils by doing a 28 mile sponsored cycle-ride and made sure that there was first-class technical support for the many assemblies Mr. Goldsmith, ended the assembly by saying the pupils should feel very proud of themselves.
Term and Holiday Dates 2007-2008 Summer Term 2008 Monday 21 April Summer Term begins Monday 5 May Bank Holiday Monday 26 May to Friday 30 May Half Term Thursday 24 July End of Summer Term Students dismissed at 1.30pm
NEW DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Fri 20th June -Pre-sports day Mon 23rd June - Pre-sports day reserve date Tues 24th June - Sports Day Fri 27th June - Sports Day reserve date Mon 23rd June - Pre-sports day reserve date Tues 24th June - Sports Day Fri 27th June - Sports Day reserve date
End of term newsletter May, 2008
Double Chemistry Success Churston students have been successful in two prestigious National Chemistry competitions. For the second year running, year 12 Churston students have beat all-comers from Devon and Cornwall to win a regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst competition. The team of Harriet Maxwell, Katherine Richards and Toby Spittle completed a complex and demanding set of practical challenges, attaining excellent results. The students had practised some advanced skills with Dr Hall in school, and despite using new equipment at the University of Plymouth, were able to apply their knowledge and teamwork to achieve success. The Churston team will now progress to the UK national final at the University of Bangor in Wales, where they will compete for a Royal Society of Chemistry Challenge Shield and significant cash prizes for themselves and their school. Year 13 students have been outstandingly successful in the Chemistry Olympiad Competition this year. Four Churston students tackled the paper, which included a variety of strange and complicated chemical problems, including one on a peculiar family of molecules resembling nanometre sized humans (see below)! Callista John and Rebecca Lee were highly commended by the judges. Tom Hartland was awarded a silver certificate, equalling the previous best performance by a Churston student. Nathan Chant gained a gold certificate, an accolade accorded to the top fifty students in the country. The overall team performance was outstanding, placing them ahead of Colyton Grammar School and Eton! Congratulations to all these students, their achievements illustrate the very high standard of Science in the Churston 6th Form.
Much Ado About Shakespeare Everyone agrees that by about March Year 9 students are overcooked on hearing about SATs and wish that English lessons would move on. Their teachers agree! That’s why it comes as a relief to welcome some active and enthusiastic experiences of Shakespeare with “Box Clever” Theatre and from our own highly talented Year 10 Drama GCSE students. Both initiatives were very interactive events for Year 9 students who rose to the challenge as well as finding out how much they really do know; certainly anything but “Nothing”! First up, “Box Clever” lived up to their name by transforming the set “Much Ado About Nothing” extracts into both a play rehearsal and a “play within a play”! Their performance in the round had everyone on their feet speaking lines and matching extravagant gestures to key phrases. Some students even had walk on parts: Steph we never knew you were fluent in Italian! For those not currently in Year 9 “Much Ado” boasts two feisty characters, Beatrice and Benedick, who constantly cross swords and berate each other but are secretly drawn to one another. Cut to the rehearsing crew of “Box Clever” where Vinny and Ems also obviously have a “past”. Their exchanges were used to mirror the emotions of Shakespeare’s protagonists and cleverly explored the gender divide too! It’s true to say that in a brief hour or so “Box Clever” helped us explore the changes gone through by Benedick and Beatrice and also enjoy the sound and feel of the text. And after the rehearsal, the play itself and questions finished our exploration: we knew all there was to know. Or did we? Enter Year 10 Drama students who led two excellent workshops enabling Year 9 students to pick up and explore the art of directing a performance! Beginning with warm ups focusing on gender and power and then progressing to exploring the text using stereotypes and modern language, Year 10s led and guided our responses. Then they stood back and let our ideas take over to produce arresting tableaux to highlight the flow of Shakespeare’s narrative and offer more solid understanding of the play’s key characters and themes. No chance of that strange language upsetting us now, thanks to Year 10 and “the legend that is Mr Scott”! SATs? Bring it on! Ms Drummond
End of term newsletter May, 2008
The Tower competition is open to all sixth-form students in UK secondary schools and colleges. This year’s theme was ‘Change’
Perfection was how she described her life, She had just turned sweet sixteen, To go to new places, and learn things, Quite deluded, but extremely keen. It could have been the summer of fun, Freedom, no limits, no care, The possibilities which stood before her, And a fate that she could dare. Without realising what was to come, She was rushing to see him die, The fact that she had thought he was fine, Had all been a protective lie. No-one could offer enough comfort, Not through empty hugs or well wishing, Thoughtless strangers trying to avoid it, Like it was always happening. The pain she endured, the internal strife, The tears fell down like lead, She just wanted to hide alone forever, And realise that he was dead. Shrunk into the leather seat of the funeral car, Like a chariot of depression and despair, Could anyone cry as much as she did that moment? Unjustness hung clinging to the air. A hole has been burnt in her young troubled heart, A void you would fail to repair, Nothing can change that heartache feeling, Everyday she demands it’s not fair.
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Two years on with a less than perfect life, She likes to think he’s watching from above, But she knows that he is simply irreplaceable, She could never give someone as much love. Imperfect is how I describe my life, I have just turned the big ‘one-eight’, Even though I keep going to make him proud, I curse the ruthlessness of life’s fate. Stephanie J.Fox.