BORLASE NEWS 14th March 2014
Volume 19: Issue 12
WHAT’S ON Yoga by Candlelight Saturday 15th March Borlase Rocks Saturday 22nd March Rowing Quiz Night Saturday 29th March Save The Date Hockey BBQ April 2nd PA Murder Mystery Saturday 10th May Borlase Golf Day June 4th Marlow Sports Club Ball Saturday 21st June 2014/15 Hockey Registration Evening September 12th HOMEWORK CLUB Monday-Friday 3.40-5.00 pm in the Learning Resource Centre Supervised by: Mon: Miss Irving (Yr 10) Tues: Mrs Davis (Yr 7) Wed: Miss Barrett (Yr 9) Thu: Miss Maffey (Yr 11) Fri: Mr Ng (Yr 8)
NEXT NEWSLETTER Friday 28th March
Squid to ParentPay As previously announced, following the successful introduction of ParentPay and Positickets to the school, we are now in a position to move our cashless catering across from sQuid to ParentPay, thereby simplifying payment methods for parents. We are using this halfterm to get ourselves ready to make the required technical changes over the Easter period. Our caterers have successfully made the same transition at other schools so are versed in their processes and are providing advice to us. sQuid has been asked to close access to new credits as of 28 March 2014, leaving any outstanding credit on your child’s account accessible for the last week of the term. ParentPay is making arrangements to be able to take credits to children's accounts as of 7 April 2014, ready for pupils return after Easter. Any outstanding credit on pupil sQuid accounts as at 7 April 2014 will be transferred across to our caterers for them to add to the new pupil catering accounts but please note that this process may not be fully completed over Easter - please do not top up sQuid assuming funds will then be available after Easter. If you have not yet accessed ParentPay you may wish to take the opportunity to do so over the coming weeks, ahead of Easter. If you require a re-transmission of your parental log-on please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange this. We welcome those of you who wish to get ahead of the game now as we move along the pathway to greater use of cashless payments into the school. Thank you to all who have embraced this method to date. Mr J Clegg
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KFarquhar@SWBGS.com Year 12 and 10 Masterclass Days: can you help? Post AS examinations, year 12 will have 2 days off timetable during which we aim to inspire them and open their eyes to the diverse and exciting careers available. To this effect, we have already booked a keynote speaker for each day and we are now appealing for volunteers from a wide range of professions to help in the delivery of the workshop sessions. On each day, students will be invited to choose three workshops, each lasting one hour. The workshops will take place between 9:40am and 1:40pm. If you are able to assist, we would be delighted to hear from you. The brief: each hourly session will be led by a professional who will talk about their career and the academic path or training that led them to it. In order to make these sessions interactive, we would like the students to be given a half hour challenge or activity which will also offer an insight into problem solving, teamwork or other skills that might be involved in your profession. It is anticipated that the groups will be around 25 students and a teacher will also be present to assist. Ideally you would consider committing to repeating your workshop session 3 times on your chosen day – but any time you might offer would be very much appreciated. We also hope to offer some sessions to year 10 students who are beginning to research careers and the subjects required/preferred at A level. For further details please contact Miss Kettlewell on email@example.com or 01628 816572.
Girls Sport Report
Boys Sport Report
Girls Netball Congratulations to both senior netball teams who competed in the District tournament last week. Both the A and B team reached the District finals which pitted them against teams such as Great Marlow, Wycombe High, Wycombe Abbey, Pipers Corner A and Pipers Corner B as well as having to play each other. Both teams did well, with the A team winning every match apart from against Wycombe Abbey. Overall, Borlase A team came 2nd with the B team coming 6th. Well done to all involved.
With the floods and the darkness both receding, sport at SWBGS was able to get underway once more. The main results from the last week are as follows:
As well as senior netball success there was also a successful district tournament for the year 9â€™s. The girls first played St Michaels, losing 4-1, however after the first match they played Wycombe High which, in a close match, they won 4-3. After their first win of the tournament, the girls went on to play Great Marlow, and gained another win, 6-1. Wycombe Abbey was the next match and was a lot tougher; unfortunately they lost 9-0 to a strong team. The final game of the tournament against Pipers Corner was tense; if the girls had won, the team would have come third. Sadly, however Pipers won 6-3, meaning that the team came 4th overall. Players of the tournament were awarded to Jade Patel and Joanna Tuthill. Well done! Girls Hockey Both U13 girlsâ€™ teams had great games which saw them really put the effort in as teams. The girls U13A team had a very close fought game against Wycombe High which resulted in a 2-2 draw. As well as this, the B team also played Wycombe High. Tireless effort from the whole team and a great attack from Olivia McCrorie paid off with a goal, with Talia Bayliss later netting a goal after some great movement. The game ended 8-2. Well done to both teams who fought for their results. Girls Football Borlase saw history being made as the year 7 girls football went on to win a tournament at Great Marlow against many local schools. Indoor Athletics Success for Bilsland A huge congratulations to Ellie Bilsland who competed in the U17 60m hurdles event at the indoor national athletics championships this month. Ellie went into the championships with a best of 9.23 seconds, but smashed her own time leaving the competition having recorded times of 8.89 seconds and 8.98 seconds, taking her UK ranking from 23rd to 7th. Rowing Ex-Borlase Rowing member Amber De Vere has just been picked for the women's Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race on 30th March in Henley on Thames. Alicia Povey
Football 1st XI beat Chesham Grammar 2-1 with goals from Oli T and Charlie Bull. They lost 4-0 to The Misbourne. Year 10 beat Sir William Ramsey 10, goal from Jerry Niccosa, beat St Michaels 7-0 but lost to Great Marlow 3-2! Year 9 lost to St Michaels and Great Marlow 1-0 and 3-2 Year 8 beat Great Marlow 5-2 Year 7 lost to Great Marlow 3-2 Hockey 1st XV beat Kent College 4-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the National Cup
Weightlifting News Congratulations to Hassan Mahmood who is now British champion for the full power lift which consists of bench press (85kg), squat (125kg), deadlift (165kg) totalling 375kg which is the British Record. Hassan is through to the European championships in June. World championships in August!
Tennis Coaching with Marlow and Windsor Tennis Academies Marlow and Windsor Tennis Academies are a coaching school that we have used for 3 years to deliver tennis to a range of pupils during curriculum time. They come highly recommended. They also offer coaching hours throughout the Summer term on Thursday's at Court Gardens in Marlow. If you wish to take advantage and gain some tennis coaching this summer please go to their website: www.thamestennis.co.uk
GCSE Drama On Sunday the 9th of March the Year 11's had their final GCSE Drama examination, performing to an audience of parents from 10am-4pm. There was a wide range of performances, from the comedic The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter to plays with much darker overtones such as The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Mr. M. Glen
Sports Relief Mile. Next Friday 21st March, we are aiming for over 1000 participants to complete the Sport Relief Mile. So far, 350 pupils have signed up. Please sign your son/daughter up on ParentPay and go the extra mile by sponsoring them a little more to raise additional funds for the charity. There will be desks open on the afternoon of the mile for cash entry (£5 entry fee). Remember it is fancy dress so we're really looking for some wonderful costumes!
Engineering Society’s Website Revamped for 2014 Akil Hashmi has continued to revamp the Engineering Society’s website. The website hopes to pool together resources for students to learn more about engineering. Unlike other sciences, students are formally taught engineering for the first time at university. The website aims to help students understand the breadth of engineering – from rockets to computers to bioengineering. It also keeps a log of what the Society have been up to and what their discussions have been about. The website can be found through the school’s Google network on Borlase Aspire (https:// sites.google.com/a/swbgs.com/borlaseengineering/).
eBay Auction Success – thank you from the PA The PA eBay auction finished with a flurry of last minute bids, with many winners from the Marlow area! The 10 day auction raised a fantastic £1,200. Thank you to all who donated the 100+ items that were auctioned. Thank you also to everyone who placed bids. If you are selling on eBay in the future, you can now select the Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School Charity and choose to donate anything from 10% to 100% of your sale to the school. Any amount is welcomed as it all goes towards whole school initiatives.
Invigilators Required The invigilation team at Borlase are looking to recruit another member of staff.Training will be provided, however experience of invigilating examinations would be advantageous. Invigilators will need excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to understand and apply the JCQ regulations.If you are interested please apply with an outline of your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Transport Consultation Buckinghamshire County Council would like to hear your views about home to school transport services. “To date, we have been able to subsidise the cost of school transport for many children – going above and beyond what many other councils do to meet their legal requirements – but we can no longer afford to do so at the same level. We are therefore considering a package of measures to reduce costs, but cannot avoid proposing to increase fares. We want to hear from parents/carers and young people who are likely to be affected by these changes. This includes users of home to school transport of all ages, under and over 16 year olds. Please visit our website (www.buckscc.gov.uk/ haveyoursay) for more information and our online survey.” There will also be a public meeting so you can find out more information and ask questions about the proposals on Wednesday 19th March at 7pm at Borlase in A5U.
Above and Beyond Fund 2013/14
Please join us in supporting the Above and Beyond Fund to benefit all our students. Thank you to those already donating. To find out more about the funds, contact Celia or Kate in the Development Office on 01628 816519 or email@example.com www.friends.swbgs.com Registered Charity No: 1096750
Would you like to advertise? If you would like to advertise in the annual Dance Show, the Autumn Concert programmes, or the annual Borlasian magazine, please contact: Celia Blakeway-Phillips, Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org /01628 816519
New Changing Rooms Are Open! We now have three new changing rooms for boys, and a further three for girls, with access from the theatre foyer area. Many thanks to Tom Russell (architect and Borlase parent) and his business partner, Bob Bradshaw, for their professional support, along with all the parents who have supported the changing rooms project through the Above and Beyond Fund. Also, many thanks go to the Parents Association. "In a school where everyone does so much sport, the new changing rooms will make sure everyone has plenty of space. It's great to get more facilities for everyone to use". Alicia Povey, Sports Captain, year 13 "The new changing rooms at Borlase will benefit the school immeasurably. It will facilitate a less crowded environment in which to prepare for sport which every student will appreciate and look forward to using. I only wish I was around for longer to enjoy them" Robbie Stewart, Sports Captain, year 13 You can still support the funding of the changing rooms project by donating through the Above and Beyond Fund. Either use your smart phone to click on the QR code to find out how to donate, or contact Celia Blakeway-Phillips or Kate Farquhar on 01628 816519/ email@example.com