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St Martin’s Newsletter - Autumn

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Autumn 2011

Focus on personal development and academic excellence in a happy school

St Martin’s Day Service Father Colin led the St Martin’s day service with deputy headteacher Mr James, standing in for Mr O’Sullivan. We invited the Mayor to be our guest dignitary at this important event in the school calendar and she graciously accepted. Pictured below is our Chair of Governors Mr Plume, head boy and head girl of sixth form and our choir. Year 7 parents watched with pride as their children, for the first time publically represented St Martin’s school – which they did with dignity and maturity. The day was moving with the sermons touching some part in the lives of the congregation, the students then went onto brighten the day and deliver the gifts of plants to the local elderly residents whom were delighted.

Hero Lance Corp Marc returns Lance Corporal Marc Anthony Reader an ex pupil of St Martin’s, returned to the school in quite a different uniform. Only last year Lance Corporal Reader was awarded the Military Cross for bravery he had displayed whist standing in the line of fire to help his comrades. He visited St Martin’s and spoke to the students about the different routes and choices they have in life. Sharing his experiences showed the students that there are many options that follow school and if you stay focused you can achieve your goals. A motivational speaker, the students left the talk inspired and with a sense of ambition.


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Five sets of twins in Year 7 Mike O’Sullivan Headteacher is pictured here with our new Year 7 twins. This year we have had the unusually large number of 5 sets of twins. The twins are pictured looking very smart in their uniform standing in reception. This picture may be one to keep for prosperity. The twins pictured to the left are: Charles and Emily Burridge (bottom right), Harry and Hannah Josse (middle right),Rauri and Sean Smart (back right), Harry and Bethany Wilkins (front left), and Hollie and Lauren Parker (back left).

Mrs Stretch, Head of Year 7, with the twins. “With such a large intake, there is more chance of having twins, but to have 5 sets is quite unusual. It is not the largest number of twins that have attended in one school year. In my first year at St Martin’s, 9 years ago, we also had 5 sets, but that was beaten some years before when the record was set with 7. None of the twins this year are identical, which has been the case previously, and most of them get on with their other halves”. BOOKED UP St Martin’s English Department believe regular reading is a crucial part of any school curriculum and use every opportunity in order to promote this. The new ‘Accelerated Reader’ scheme (implemented enthusiastically by the school Librarian Instructor Tracey Peters) has been a great success so far with students improving their comprehension through reading 10 minutes a day and completing regular quizzes to check their understanding. In order to support this reading improvement and to engage students into reading different genres, all students in year 7 were privileged to be presented with a free book from the National Reading Scheme ‘Booked Up,’ (a scheme designed to enthuse children to enjoy reading books). They were allowed to choose their book from an extensive choice of 12 books, written in a myriad of different styles and genres, and on a variety of interesting subjects. In order to make an informed choice, students were shown clips from both the author and other teenage readers - discussing the focus of the books and their

opinion after reading. All students were extremely happy with their choices and the library lit up with exciting discussion about the blurbs and front covers.

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St Martin’s Day by Louise Jones, Year 13 As you enter the last year at St Martin’s, it’s the big school events that make you realise that you’re growing up, especially on St Martin’s Day. Only years 7 and 13 go to St Thomas’ Church for the service, and seeing the tiny first years sitting in the seats you were in six years ago is just, well, odd. However, I like that we have our own day there. It makes us different from the other schools, in a way that not only shows us as a considerate school as a whole, but allows students to disprove the stereotype of teenagers not respecting and showing no care or consideration for others. Delivering flowers to local sheltered housing complexes is a perfect way to promote this, and seeing all students click and be in full blown conversations with residents shortens the space considerably between the generations. Year 7s were gathered around a couple’s feet, listening to stories of their 65 years marriage, eating biscuits and being genuinely captivated by stories from the war. The prospect of visiting these residents was quite daunting at first, for some reason. Ironic as part of the message of St Martin’s Day is to be courageous, but it ended up being a really lovely thing to be part of and not just because of their generosity in providing drinks and snacks which were greatly appreciated. The two years involved are like the two ends of a lace, tying the school together, and the year 13s are passing on what they’ve learned in their time here onto the younger ones. Now I’m just imagining the year 7s in six year’s time doing it all again, when I’m, er, 24!

In June the year 12 drama and theatre studies students took part in a trip to Stratford Upon Avon for the weekend. The students were involved in a number of exciting workshops, including a director’s talk, street theatre and watched two plays performed by the RSC. This trip helped support the students with information relating to their course, which involved studying contemporary pieces and the comparison of how it was originally performed.

Drama goes to Stratford Upon Avon

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GCSE results day 2011

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GCSE results day 2011 This year St Martin’s students celebrated their best ever GCSE results. The headline figure of 77% of students attaining five A* - C grades with English and Mathematics up 2% on last year’s figure. It means that St Martin’s School maintains its position as one of the highest performing schools in Essex and the country. All of the hard work put in by students and teachers certainly paid off, with many happy faces on the day.

Appointment of Sixth Form Head Boy and Head Girl At the end of the last academic year students from Year 12 were invited to apply for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl. After short listing from a large number of application letters, the strongest candidates were invited to an interview to discuss why they were the best person for the role. After much deliberation due to the exceptionally high standard of this year’s applicants the 4 students, pictured to the right, were appointed. This is a serious role that involves mature leadership qualities, they will form part of the sixth form council and help maintain high standards within the sixth form by liaising with the student body and staff management teams. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them and wish them luck in their new roles.

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Perry Hughes ( Head Boy), Jessie Gibson (Head Girl), Ellie Steadman ( Deputy Head Girl), Tobi Oduntan ( Deputy Head Boy) with Mr S Clarke (Head of Sixth Form)


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YOUNG SPORTING STARS HONOURED AT AWARDS EVENING The achievements of our young sporting stars at St Martin’s School were recognised at the recent Lower School Sports Awards evening. Proud families watched as some 300 pupils were honoured in the presentations. The commitment from students and staff has resulted in another exceptional sporting year. Some of the highlights included the Year 8 Girls’ basketball team winning the National Cup whilst the U14 boys’ finished runners up. The U14 mixed team also reached the national rounders finals. In total St Martin’s won 8 county finals in 5 different sports and finished runners up in another 4 finals. The school also clinched over 20 district titles in various sports. Over 450 competitive matches were played against other schools, both locally and nationally. PIPs –The year 11 Pips shown to the right with Headteacher Mike O’Sullivan and SEALs co-ordinator Mrs Wilson,were pictured on the first day of term before meeting the Year 7 forms they were assigned to. The Year 11 pips have since made a huge contribution in helping to settle in the Year 7 students to school. The transition from primary to secondary school is an emotional and physically demanding step and is always easier if you have someone you know by name to help you with things that are unfamiliar. Mrs Wilson carefully interviews and hand picks the students who are the most suitable.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD All KS3 forms are involved in this very worthwhile project. PIPs assist Year 7’s in preparing their boxes to send overseas for the Samaritans Purse International Campaign. Every year students in years 7,8 9 &12 prepare boxes and collect money to fund the transport to deliver over 80 boxes to children in difficult circumstances so they know that others care.

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Open evening

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Open Evening 2011- Presenting our school St Martin’s open evening was a great success with many prospective parents and students coming to explore the school and its departments. The guests were welcomed with a presentation in the South Hall which included hearing some of our Year 7 students speak of their experiences in the first year of attending the school.

The Art Department showcased a variety of techniques and materials with the help of pupils from all year groups. Prospective students were able to see hands-on examples of 3D clay, mono printing, batik and painting whilst being inspired by stunning surroundings of the displays throughout the rooms and corridors. As you can see the current and some prospective students created some fantastic clay pieces, fully enjoying the experience.

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Supporting students on Open Evening Open evening was buzzing in R103. Mrs Cox and several Learning Support Assistants provided a warm, welcoming environment with a selection of activities for prospective newcomers to St Martin’s. Young visitors (and some adults) tried their hand at the craft table, playing table games and using the My Maths web site on the computers. LSAs were able to speak with parents about the Special Educational Needs team, giving examples of the support that is available and equipment that is provided to pupils within the school. Parents were then able, if they wished to spend more comprehensive time with Mrs Cox discussing their child’s individual needs. Open evening provides a relaxed opportunity to meet new pupils and parents. The occasion The harmonious music department allowed visitors to share the warmth and professionalism of the team together with all that R103 provides for the SEN There was a lot going on in the music pupils. department for the open evening. Pictured to the left are Miss Buckler and some members of the ‘Close Harmony’ group, who were performing together in one of the music classrooms. There were also performances from the ‘Popular Vocal Group’ who sing a variety of songs including songs from the charts. They are accompanied by the school’s ‘Studio Orchestra’, a band formed from students across all year groups. A definite highlight of the evening was the performances from the ‘Steel Pan Group’, showcasing their new repertoire, including some 1970s music, ready for the Upper School Production of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ – dates to be announced soon. Overall the evening was a resounding success and prompted many positive comments from the visitors. Silence is Golden but our books speak volumes St Martin’s has employed a new Library/ Instructor who has re-stocked our library with books that will encourage students of all ages and tastes to get involved and enjoy reading again. It is now used as a timetabled reading area as the correlation between reading and successful education/exam grades is proven.

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Open Evening in the P.E department

The PE department was very busy on open evening, facilitating fun and games. St Martin’s is known for its sporting achievements and has a great reputation in national, regional and county competitions. One of the highlights was the trampoline teams in the North Gym, performing their skills in front of the two Olympic Mural walls that the St Martin’s art students produced. The students assisted in the gym showing great enthusiasm and it created a fun friendly atmosphere. St Martin’s PE Department had a variety of activities going on for the visiting primary school students to take part in. The Concepts 2 Rowing races were popular with both pupils and parents alike, as they raced each other from a virtual display screen set up on the wall facing them. Pupils also had competitions with team games that the some of our armed forces often use, stepping through ladders, table tennis, netball shooting and lateral jumps.

The PE Department also put on a variety of displays using the St Martin’s school pupil teams for the Badminton, Basketball and a mix of year 7 teams.

The pictures show prospective students and their parents participating in some of the different activities on display.

Heptathlete’s International Call Up Holly Pattie-Belleli in Year 13 represented Essex in the English Schools Athletics Final in Exeter this September. She was the fastest of all the girls in the 100m hurdles achieving a personal best time. She finished overall in fourth position only 13 points behind 3rd place and will go on to represent England in the International Combined Events Championships later this year. We wish Holly all the best for her International championship. Good luck!

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Open Evening in the Science department As usual Science attracted a lot of attention on Open Evening this year. A large number of parents and children saw a wide range of exciting practicals covering KS3, KS4 and A level work as they walked through two of our laboratories. Physics, chemistry and biology were all showing examples of practices used from burning chemicals with the Bunsen burner to looking at nature and wildlife through microscopes. Over 40 of our students gave up their time to show our guests what we do in our science lessons. A number of parents commented on how polite and knowledgeable our students were. We like to think this is the behaviour we help instil and our students know this is what is expected of them. The staff are very proud that the students volunteered so readily to showcase the science department and the school in general.

Pictured to the left are some of our sixth form students showing interested parents and prospective students how to dissect an ox heart. Above right are Year 10 students demonstrating some of the practical techniques used in their chemistry coursework.

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Beijing 2012

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Beijing adventure 2012

In April 2012 the English department are taking a group of 34 students from years 9, 10 and 11 to Beijing. This is the first time we are making this exciting trip and we are looking forward to visiting such a culturally rich country. As part of our adventure we will be exploring many of the temples in Beijing; taking a stroll around the gardens in the Summer Palace; scouting out treasures in the Forbidden City; being wowed by the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium and not forgetting one of the great wonders of the world - The Great Wall of China!

Summer Technology days

During the summer term the Technology Department hosted three Technology Days for pupils from Ingrave Johnstone, Willowbrook and St Mary’s Primary schools. The day was designed to help year 6 pupils feel less daunted when starting secondary school and give them an insight into Technology at St Martin’s. The students started their day in Food Technology making healthy pretzels and then moved to Graphics where they made packaging boxes and learnt about CAD/CAM. The boxes were decorated and then used to take their pretzels home in. All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day and said that they had learnt a lot about areas of Technology that they had not previously experienced.

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Year 9 students teach German in primary schools In June and July 2011 fourteen Year 9 pupils from St. Martin’s School visited Ingrave Johnstone School, Long Ridings Primary School and Hutton All Saints School to teach some German to primary pupils. This was part of the MFL department’s initiative to establish links with other local schools and to support Primary MFL. Mrs Beardsworth and Ms Fenner, who organised and accompanied the visits, would like to thank the staff and pupils at the local primary schools for their very warm welcome. We would also like to thank and congratulate all of the Year 9 pupils involved in the Primary MFL project for their fantastic contribution and outstanding effort in planning and leading the German taster lessons. The pupils who took part were a credit to St Martin’s School and their lessons were received with enthusiasm by the primary pupils. Mrs Beardsworth said “We are thrilled with the success of the Primary MFL project and the benefits that it has brought to everyone involved. We have seen the confidence of our Year 9 pupils soar in the past few weeks. As a result of these visits, our pupils have a clearer understanding of language learning methodology as they embark upon their GCSE German studies and there will be lots of primary children very excited about learning German at St Martin’s in the future.” Here are a few comments from some Year 9 pupils who took part: “I had really good fun. It was FANTASTIC. The children were engaged, excited and had fun learning German. Their understanding was great.” “I really enjoyed doing this as it has built my confidence a lot. I have also learned to plan a lot more and to be well prepared.”

Playground to Podium On Wednesday 5th October, six Special Educational Needs pupils (pictured bottom left) supported by two Learning Support Assistants took part in the national initiative Playground to Podium activity day which was co-ordinated by Sportessex in partnership with English Federation of Disability Sport. This project aims to give young people a route to maximise their potential in sport. During the day the pupils took part in activities such as table tennis, wheelchair basketball, shot putt, football and javelin throwing. It was a busy, challenging day, providing the opportunity for children to gain confidence in tackling different activities alongside others from various local schools. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day, and commented positively on the activities. It was lovely to see them so exuberant throughout the day; they all arrived back at school exhausted!

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Ben Petty’s charity race night In September 2009 Ben's cousin (Jack) had an accident and his life was saved by GOSH. He has since made an almost full recovery. Because of GOSH's amazing work George (Ben's 12 year old brother at the time) decided to hold a race night and along with Ben and other close family who helped out the night was a huge success, raising over £4,000. George got lots of recognition for this, even winning the Pride of Brentwood Award, Overall Young Person of the Year 2010. When George decided to hold another race night this year of course we were all behind him. However, Ben took a much bigger part in helping George this year. He has helped with organising paperwork, sending out tickets, sorting raffle prizes etc, and he came along and set up the hall during the day on Saturday which took a few hours. On the evening itself he sold jackpot tickets, sorted the food when it arrived and basically ran the raffle - getting up on stage and calling out the winners which takes some doing in front of 111 people, and took over half an hour!! It was a very long day indeed and extremely tiring, yet he still managed to fit in his homework!!! St Martin’s are very proud of Ben and his brother for creating such a successful charity night.

Community spirit These pictures capture the great sense of community spirit here at St Martin’s. The year 10 and 11 boys were enjoying the sun whilst arranging their own lunch time fun. It is great to see the student’s outside using their own initiative in their free time to organise and play a range of games. Team games help to create a positive and friendly learning environment inside and outside of the classroom whist displaying skills both socially and productively. We count ourselves lucky to have such wonderful facilities giving student the opportunity to express themselves in their own free time.

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Swiss visit In June, eleven sixth formers made the first visit by St Martin’s students to our Partner School in Basel, Switzerland. The visit was intended to establish the ‘return leg’ of the exchange which has seen two groups of Swiss students visit Brentwood in the past eighteen months. The students were all hosted by Swiss families for the five days of the visit, while Mr Stock and Miss Coates were hosted by Swiss teachers; the teachers have developed a good relationship dn hope to continue this exchange trip in the future. The trip is not a subject-specific and is therefore, open to all interested students in Year 12. We are hoping it will run once more but very much depends on the goodwill of the Brentwood parents to host the students.

Above you can see Students making cosmetics in the Novartis Schools Lab.

During the visit, the students and their Swiss hosts participated in a range of activities, which included joint lessons on the Geography of Switzerland, conversational German and a volleyball match. The group also experienced a detective trail round the city centre designed to visit some of the main landmarks, they visited the headquarters of the pharmaceuticals giant Novartis where they undertook experiments in their Schools Lab, the tour ended with a presentation on the work of the transnational company. One day involved a hike through the Swiss countryside, first by train and post bus, then on foot up to a 4000-feet viewpoint in the Jura Mountains where they had a traditional Swiss campfire lunch. There were numerous social events throughout the stay, this included students having one free day with their host families during which some visited the Swiss capital, Bern. Our Head, Mr. O’Sullivan joined the party on the Friday and met his Swiss counterpart, Frau Anna-Katharina Schmid to establish top-level links between the two schools. The partnership exchange will run again in 2011-2, with Swiss students visiting Brentwood in late January and the return leg again happening after ‘AS’ exams in late June. Further details are available on request. We count ourselves very lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity.. The far left picture shows the Headteachers and staff of the two schools enjoying a meal. Near left you can see English and Swiss students sharing a task on the geography of Switzerland, during the first morning of the visit.

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Celebration of 30 Years of Exchange Trips St Martin’s students were invited by the Mayor of Brentwood to attend a presentation on the 19 September 2011 at Brentwood Town Hall chambers. For over 30 years the school has been involved with a German student exchange programme with Gynnasium, Roth Town Twinning Association. The German school Gynnasium sent a certificate to acknowledge this exchange and the Mayor very kindly invited Mike O’Sullivan and some of the past exchange students to be present at the ceremony .

The pictures show the students joined by the Headteacher and Mayor in the Town Hall

Year 10 Calzone Year 10 food technology students were recently learning how to make Calzones which are a baked or fried Italian turnover of pizza dough filled with vegetables, meat and/or cheese. The students demonstrated their skills in making bread dough as well as how to make a fresh pizza sauce. Students selected and prepared their own range of fillings or toppings, some chose to make a pizza with a stuffed crust whilst others produced a Calzone. The techniques, skills and ideas learnt from this practical will help the students with their GCSE coursework in developing a range of new Italian savory products. The students were very pleased with the results and enjoyed tasting and sharing them with friends.

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St Martin’s goes to Hollywood On 11th April the first week of the Easter holidays, 30 year 11 and 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students accompanied by four members of staff visited Hollywood, Los Angeles in California. The students were involved in four Stella Adler Conservatory for Actors workshops; a tour around Sony Picture Studios; the Kodak Theatre – home of the Oscars; a Hollywood behind the scenes tour; admission to Universal Studios Hollywood; an excursion to Santa Monica and Venice Beach with cycle rental and a movie at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre. Students stayed in the Hollywood Heights Hotel which was a 10 minute walk from the Hollywood walk of fame. They enjoyed the food, time by the pool and being woken up at 6.30am every morning! - so as not to miss a minute of this fantastic trip. The trip was led by drama teacher Mrs Page and accompanied by Miss Moriaty and Mr Wilkinson. This was their second adventure across the Atlantic with a school party and they had a good measure of the best spots in town. The students had a fantastic time and built lasting friendships with happy memories. Compliments were regularly made regarding the excellent behaviour of the pupils from the airport staff to the tour guides. Many photos were taken and a movie made of their holiday for the students to remind them of this wonderful experience, they were a pleasure to spend time with representing St Martin’s and England at its.

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