BORLASE NEWS 13th June 2014
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WHAT’S ON Bags2School Tuesday 24th June Junior Concert Thursday 26th June Junior Musical 8th, 9th, 10th July 2014/15 Hockey Registration Evening 12th September
Miss M Smith
The Poppy Appeal
School Uniform Shop
Thanks from the Royal Britsish Legion for the £200 raised by SWBGS through the Poppy Appeal.
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The Return to the Forbidden Planet NEXT NEWSLETTER Friday 27th June
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This year's Junior Musical is Bob Carlton's The Return to the Forbidden Planet. Combining Shakespeare’s Tempest with classic Rock and Roll tunes, set against a backdrop of a space age adventure. Join Captain Tempest and his crew as they battle monsters and explore the far reaches of outer space. Performances are scheduled for the 8th, 9th and 10th of July with a 7pm start. All of the students involved have worked incredibly hard, whether on stage or behind the scenes. It would be fantastic to have you there to show your support. Tickets will be available from Posi Tickets on Friday the 13th of June. Mr M Glen
Year 12 Open Day visits Friday 20th June Details of departure and return are being finalised and will be sent to you soon. You will have received a letter requesting payment to cover the transport costs. Please could you ensure that the payment has been made by Monday 16th June at the latest.
Year 11 Introductory Days for the sixth form: Wednesday 25th June – Friday 27th June This is a reminder that all year 11 students intending to join the sixth form in September must attend school on the above dates. During these days, students will be engaged in team building activities and will have 2 taught lessons in each of their chosen AS subjects. Full details will follow shortly. Mrs Bungey
Radio 2’s 500 Word Competition
Junior Concert: 26 June 2014, 6:30 pm
Congratulations to Callum Kunchur (7C) for getting through to the next round of Radio 2’s 500 Word Competition. His story Over the Top has been shortlisted and is now within the Top 50. We wish you the best of luck, Callum!
This popular concert is a showcase for the many achievements of our younger musicians this year. The programme will feature performances from the Junior Orchestra, Wind Band, String Orchestra, and Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs. There will also be solo, band, and chamber music items. Tickets are available through positickets. I am very proud of the continued high musical achievements of our younger students. I look forward to sharing and celebrating their talents and hard work with you at this important event.
Miss M Smith
Dr B Parsons
Overdue Library Books Please return all overdue Library books to the big blue box in the Literacy Room. We will be raising invoices for the cost of replacement books for any books not returned by Thursday 26 June. Thank you, the LRC staff
Waiting Staff Required Would you like to earn some extra money? Wanted - waiters/waitresses aged 16+ to work at the Marlow Sports Club Ball on Saturday 21st June : Timings : 6.30pm to 10.30pm Pay : £5/hour + tips Dress : White shirt & black trousers/skirt You will need to be available to meet beforehand for no more than an hour for training/ briefing on Thursday 12th June at 7pm in the club house at Marlow Sports Club . Please contact either Karine McDonald (email@example.com ) or Jacquie Rollett ( firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or have any questions.
LAMDA lessons (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) There will be spaces available from September 2014 for LAMDA lessons. Lessons are available to pupils in year 7 and 8 and this year, to GCSE and A-level Drama students who wish to supplement their studies. LAMDA Examinations are a nationally recognised qualification, the higher grades accounting for UCAS points. There are many fields of performance that students can take their examinations in, such as Verse and Prose, Acting and Musical Theatre. Lessons will be offered as a peripatetic arrangement and due to teacher availability, will be on a first come first serve basis. Lessons can be taken individually or as part of a duologue and pupils are encouraged to prepare for at least one examination per year. Letters can be obtained from Mrs.Garrow in reception. If you would like further information, please contact Miss Long.
Miss N Long
Year 12 Masterclass Days—“Interesting, informative and inspiring!” We were delighted to welcome more than 35 speakers to our Masterclass session this week. Designed to inspire year 12 students as they embark on their A2 courses and on their post-Borlase plans, professionals from fields as varied as law, engineering, journalism and music production gave generously of their time. It proved to be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the diverse career options available and of the qualifications, skills and experience that might best help them to achieve their ambitions. In addition, a prime objective of the Masterclass Days was to encourage students to open their minds to possibilities they may not yet have considered. In making our appeal for speakers, the response was very impressive from both Old Borlasians and from Borlase parents. Each day began with a Key Note speech by an eminent exBorlasian: Michael Acton Smith, the inventor and CEO of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters and Dr Paul Hawkins, Inventor of Hawk-Eye Innovations. Students were able to choose from a range of talks. Where possible, year 10 students were also invited to join sessions as they approach some important decision making about their future A level choices. Each hourly session was led by a professional who talked about their career and the academic path or training that led them to it. Students participated in a half hour challenge or activity designed to offer an insight into problem solving, teamwork or other skills that might be involved in the relevant profession. It is the students themselves who can best sum up the Masterclass experience: The Key Note speakers undoubtedly inspired me and proved that hard work and perseverance really pay off!
Both days were very insightful and helped me to expand my horizons when it came to my plans postBorlase. Through the sessions, I was also able to find out about opportunities that I was not even aware of. I cannot thank the speakers enough for giving up their time to impart their knowledge to us. It has been so interesting to listen to the variety of careers that people have. I feel like I have learnt so much from this experience and I may have potentially found the job I would like to have which is very exciting! It was reassuring to hear that many speakers didn’t necessarily have set career choices at our age either, and that a variety of degrees can get you to the same job. The speakers all gave honest and realistic portrayals of their careers, which was refreshing and inspiring. I felt privileged to be given the opportunity to listen in on some of the fascinating careers out there. Having gained an insight into the numerous paths post-A levels, I am excited about the future! Interactive activities opened my mind to other ideas and perspectives, particularly in Human Resources where I did not know much about the expectations of that career. Masterclass helped deliver universal truths for all jobs: that it is hard work, and you often fail but this is OK. Ultimately reassuring! It confirmed my career path for the future and was hugely satisfying to have the specific career and university questions I needed answering from somebody who has experience. I would definitely recommend doing the same sort of programme for year 12's next year. All students involved embraced the opportunities offered and their attitude, initiative and engagement has been commended by the visiting speakers both verbally and in writing: It was a real pleasure to spend time with the students discussing career options and difficult human rights scenarios - I was very impressed by their engagement and by the level of questions that came from them - it was inspiring for me to see the next generation tackle these issues with such maturity and interest. Thank you to all who helped to provide such a diverse programme for the students. If any additional parents would like to be involved in the future, we would be delighted to hear from you. Mrs J Bungey
Head Boy and Head Girl Akil Hashmi Georgina Whitaker Deputy Head Boy/Girl Tommy Gale Kallie Townsend
Will Baldwin Pask
Enrichment & Extension
Front of House
Ella Capel Smith
HOUSE CAPTAINS Danes
National Schools Regatta Borlase Boat Club headed up to Nottingham the weekend before half term to National Schools Regatta, the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain. The Club won two gold, three silver and three bronze medals including for the first time ever, two in girls Championship Eights, making us the top state school rowing club in the country. Gold Junior 17 boys single scull (The Politzer Trophy) – Fraser Russell Junior 16 girls pair (The Headington Cup) – Katie Bruce, Ellen Roberts Silver Championship Quadruple Sculls – Rufus Biggs, Hugo Coussens, Chris Lawrie, Fraser Russell Junior 17 boys single scull – Rufus Biggs Junior 16 boys pair – Simon Jones, Joel Watson Bronze Championship boys single scull – Chris Lawrie Championship girls eight – Emma Barnes, Megan Barry, Grace Bolton, Ella Capel-Smith, Georgia Mulraine, Olivia Radcliffe, Ellen Roberts, Kelsey Stoddart, Akil Hashmi Junior 15 Championship girls eight - Ella Kennedy, Molly Brown, Ella Reike, Alex Dust, Amber Bray, Rhianna Cross, Yasmin Ryman-King, Grace Harding, Emma Brune Robin Dowell, Director of Rowing commented, “An outstanding team performance with many crews hitting their targets or better. A positive attitude and sheer hard work have been the key ingredients behind such a solid performance. I am delighted with the medals and very happy with the outcome, especially two in Championship Eights as this is the first time the club has won medals in this category. The Club would like to thank everyone for their support especially the parents, school staff and our wider community”. Melissa Wood
Borlase Golf Day The 12th Borlase School Golf Day was held at Henley Golf Club, Harpsden on Wednesday 4 th June. The day got off to a very shaky start with 15mm of rain falling in two hours first thing and forcing the course to close! However the green keeping staff did a miraculous job in sweeping the rain off the greens and allowing the event to go ahead. 80 players took part in the day, all friends/parents/staff of the school in West Street in Marlow. Gordons Solicitors based in Marlow were the main sponsors and all the other holes were sponsored by local businesses for £50 a hole. A total of £5,000 was raised with all monies going to support hockey at the school and Marlow Sports Club. The team of ‘Arthritic Artefacts’ ably captained by Peter Knott a Maidenhead based architect, won the day with 95 points – best 2 Stableford points counting on each hole. Local solicitor Patrick Land won Nearest the Pin and Phil McGuire, an old boy of the school and former Olympic hockey player won the Longest Drive. Jenna Woolven won Longest Drive for the ladies and Sue Little Nearest the Pin. Event organiser Sally Woolven, a past governor at Borlase said ‘we have always been so lucky with the weather but this year really did cause concern but somehow the rain just held off for most of the round and we had a great day!’ Steve Rider presented the prizes and as always, entertained the guests with his stories about the world of golf. Jacquie Rollett
SWBGS Pipers WHS GMS Wye Valley SWR St Michaels
208 150 103 62 23 19 17
SWBGS JHGS GMS Wye Valley SWR St Michaels
161 137 116 53 52 46
Year 9/10 Athletics League Results Alongside are the final tables for the 2014 year 9/10 Tuesday night athletics league. The Borlase athletes performed outstandingly over the 12 event competition and topped both tables. There was notable commitment and exceptional performances from Ellie Bilsland, Natasha Taylor, Freya Bull, Anna Jones, Jade Patel, Eden Hudson,Kate Cumming, Izzie Peplow, Joanna Tuthill, Alex Lane, Nick Sanger, Oli Cooke, Joe Wolfin, Robbie Tuckermann and Ollie Lawrie. Mr C Robertson
Rounders Our year 9 girls A team managed to book themselves a place in the School Games Finals by placing second in their District Qualifier. They played 5 matches and won four. Best of luck in the finals girls! Team was Captain: Hannah Peperell, Rosie Atkinson, Kate Cumming, Holly Broyhill-Fogg, Bronte Ford, Alys Ramm, Alex Lane, Ella Brown. The year 10 rounders team won an epic match against Wycombe High School in a 2 innings thriller. The final score was 10 to 9 1/2 with Ella Tidy managing to hit a half rounder off the very last ball of the match. Captain Grace Whitehead said "it was the perfect balance between performance and enjoyment". TEAM: Grace Whitehead, Ella Tidy, Millie Lowings, Grace Harding, Rhianna Cross, Hannah Jackson, Hattie Slater, Ellie Bilsland and Freya Bull. Mr C Robertson
Borlase Equestrian competed at the inter schools show jumping challenge at Royal Windsor Horse Show last Saturday. The team of Kate Wallace, Ocean Allen, Emily Martin and Hannah Martin had a very tough task on their hands, the Horse of the Year Show course builder had built a big and technically challenging track and both Hannah and Emily were on borrowed horses. Kate was our pathfinder and rode a super-fast clear round, Ocean followed just rolling one pole on the first fence, Hannah in third slot worked hard but just clipped the last fence. Emily in the anchor position then had to go clear which she managed, to the delight of the crowd. The team finished in 8th place out of 30 which was a fantastic achievement and we are looking forward to going to the championships at Hickstead in the summer. Emily Martin, Equestrian Captain
Above and Beyond Fund 2013/14. Investing in your children's future A communication has been sent via your daughter/son inviting you to support the Above and Beyond Fund. Thank you to those already donating. To find out more contact Celia or Kate in the Development Office on 01628 816519 or email@example.com
Reg Charity No: 1096750
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Borlase Trophy Mystery Anybody spotted this trophy lately - do you know where it came from and its story? Read about it in the next issue of this newsletter.
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The Chairman and Trustees of Riley Park Trust cordially invite you, your work colleagues, family and friends to attend
THE RILEY PARK TRUST CENTENARY CELEBRATION SATURDAY 19TH JULY, 2014 AND THE OPENING OF THE EIGHT UNIT HERITAGE TRAIL IN HONOUR OF MR EDWARD RILEY F.I.C. AND HIS WIFE EMMA WHO FOUNDED THE TRUST IN JULY 1914
VENUE: RILEY PARK TRUST OUTLINE PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY
Open at 12 noon - Wycombe Steel Orchestra 12.30 p.m. Official opening and unveiling of Heritage Trail 12.50 p.m.
Football teams take to the pitch for presentation to V.I.Ps
Wycombe Steel Orchestra play the National Anthem 1 p.m. Match kick-off Englandfans F.C. v Rest of the World XI. 1.45 p.m. Half time with Wycombe Steel Orchestra playing during the interval 2.45 p.m. Match ends with presentations of medals 3 p.m.
3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment BAR & FOOD REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE EVENT
Borlase does feature as one of the 8 boards from the heritage trail, so anyone who can get along would be welcome.