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Grease rehearsals - look out for a full report in the Christmas issue! Newport Pagnell Campus: The Grove, Newport Pagnell, Bucks, MK16 0BJ Tel: 01908 210203 | Fax: 01908 216574 Olney Campus: Aspreys, Olney, Bucks, MK46 5LF Tel: 01234 717480 | Fax: 01908 717509 E-Mail: Website:

October 2010

Dear Parents/Carers As the first half term of my Headship draws to a close and I reflect on my first few months in the post I must say I am absolutely delighted with what has been achieved. The students are calm, focused and keen to succeed - not only in lessons but through participating in a broad range of sporting and musical activities - Grease this week has been out of this world and a complete sell out. In this edition of Ousenews you can also read about some of our outstanding sporting successes this half term. Extra-curricular activities are so important in a school and I shall do everything possible to support the staff in enhancing our programme over the next few years. Standards are obviously also important to us and, visiting a large number of lessons, the senior team and middle leaders have watched some very good and sometimes outstanding lessons: Years 10 and 11 are coping well with the pressure of controlled assessments; the lower school are working hard and our new Year 7 have made an outstanding start and the 6th form are integrating well and working closely together to establish a new 6th Form Council. All the students continue to look smart, but we still have some work to do to ensure shirts are kept tucked in - we shall be renewing our efforts after half term! Finally, we have just received some excellent news that our 6th form has retained the number one position in Milton Keynes, and further afield - we are this year placed in the top 25% of comprehensive schools in the country. A fantastic achievement. Thank you once again for your many letters, e-mails and words of support including the very enthusiastic mother who insisted on thanking me for improving the uniform by kissing me on the cheek, it is very much appreciated. Sue Carbert


SIMS Learning Gateway The SIMS Learning Gateway will allow parents to log onto a webpage from home that will display live data and information about their child/children. For example, parents will have access to live attendance data, commendations issued and any concerns registered, assessment data including that which is used to produce school reports and progress reviews. Apologies again to those Year 7 parents who hoped to get their log-in details at the recent parents’ evening. We are still waiting on a technical solution to arrive from the people at SIMS. Once that happens we will advise parents via a message on the school website, and via your son/daughter’s register, that your log-in details are available to collect from the school. We shall issue details for parents designated as ‘first contact’. Andy Burton Deputy Head

ParentPay – Information for parents of all new students

2010 - 2011 AUTUMN TERM Monday, 6th September To Friday, 22nd October Monday, 1st November To Friday, 17th December* *Note: school closes 1:20pm SPRING TERM Tuesday, 4th January To Friday, 18th February Monday, 28th February To Friday, 8th April SUMMER TERM Tuesday, 26th April To Friday, 27th May Monday, 6th June To Friday, 22nd July STAFF TRAINING DAYS Monday, 14th March Wednesday, 6th July Monday, 25th July BANK HOLIDAY Monday, 2nd May Excellent Canteen

Shortly we shall be issuing ParentPay details to all parents of new Ousedale students. Please excuse the delay which has been due to the dreaded ‘technical gremlins’. Information will be in a letter distributed via your son/daughter’s register.

Parent Focus Group - Improving our Communication with You The New School Website, Thursday 9th December 2010, 6.30pm - Newport Pagnell Campus As part of my Headship at Ousedale I want to increase and improve the opportunities for dialogue between the school and parents. To achieve this, one of the methods I am introducing is to hold a ‘Parent Consultation Evening’ once per school term. The first of these will be on the 9th December where we shall be asking parents for their ideas and input on our proposed new school website; its content, look, ease of use etc. If you would be interested in attending please go to our website and click on the link. The closing date to register your interest is 24th November 2010. We will email people shortly after though unfortunately we may not be able to invite everyone depending on levels of interest. We shall also endeavour to ensure that those who do attend are as representative as possible of the wider school community.

I am pleased to announce our canteen at Newport Pagnell has been given the prestigious accolade of 5 stars for Food Hygiene. I thank the staff for ensuring our standards are always maintained - the kitchen was inspected with only a very short period of notice.

Sue Carbert Headteacher

Sue Carbert

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Science Quiz 1.

What process generates most of the heat within the Earth?


Which contributes the greatest amount of methane to the atmosphere; cow burps or cow flatulence?


What do scientists call the change of shape in an object due to the gravitational pull of a nearby object?


What is closer to Saturn – its moons or its rings?


What does turbidity refer to?


The tides tugging on the crust of Jupiter's moon, Io, lifts its surface by up to how many metres? a) 5, b) 50, c) 100, d) more than a kilometre.


What does the 'H' in 'pH' stand for?


The most poisonous vertebrate in the world is an: a) amphibian, b) reptile, c) fish, d) marsupial?


Modern parachutes have a hole in the centre. Why?


Rank the following in terms of longest to shortest gestation period: possum, elephant, whale, baboon, mice.

 Parents may assist. Answers to be written on paper, together with the full name and tutor group of the student. Submissions are to be on a single sheet of paper folded in half and deposited in the box provided in Reception at both campuses. The closing date for entries is Thursday 2nd December. Answers will be adjudicated by Dr Rae and a prize will be awarded to the first correct entry drawn. Answers will be published in the next edition of Ousenews. Good Luck!

Hands on History - NP Campus Following the success of Hands on History last year, the after school club for Key Stage 3 students started up again this term. The club’s purpose is to give students the opportunity to participate in ‘hands on’ activities outside the classroom which help to develop student’s historical skills in a fun and challenging environment. Last years activities included the building of castles, the replication of the Berlin Wall in the History Corridor and a documentary investigating the assassination of JFK. The first project this year is to recreate iconic propaganda posters throughout history. Future projects include writing a piece of historical fiction and recreating fun family games with a History twist! Hands on History is every Wednesday at 3.15-4.15 in H28, NP campus. For further information please speak to Miss Casey or Miss Presland.

An example of some of the work produced in this weeks club.

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Staff and sixth form students at Ousedale School worked as a team, providing a fantastic opportunity for students and schools within Buckinghamshire, to compete in the first round of the ESAA cross country cup. A number of school teams from as far afield as Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Chesham High School and Wycombe High School, competed in the Junior boys, Junior Girls (Year 7/8), Inter boys and Inter girls (Year 9/10) events. The course was challenging and made accessible by the grounds staff at Newport Pagnell campus who helped to create a route that included the surrounding area of Tongwell Lake. It was nice to hear positive comments from the local community such as: “it was wonderful to see students’ active and taking part in events around Newport Pagnell”. The level of effort from Ousedale Students was fantastic. The competition was a team event with up to 6 runners from every school in each event, with the top 4 finishers score counting. Individually there were outstanding performances with Toby Herdman-Smith (JB) and Jasmine Finlay (IG) finishing 1st in their race, closely followed in the same events by Owen Seamark (JB) finishing 3rd and Emily Bousfield (IG) coming in 4th. When the results were counted we were delighted to see that the Junior Boys and Inter Girls have qualified for the 2nd round at Lincroft School on Saturday 13th November 2010. Please can I take this opportunity to thank all the helpers and say a big well done to all the runners involved and visiting schools. Ousedale runners were as followed: Junior Boys; Toby Herdman-Smith (1), Owen Seamark (3), Ollie Thomas (12), Matt Delaney (26) and Tyler Prain (Inj) Junior Girls; Amy Mundye (22), Charley Bennett (23), Antonia Lawrence (33), Imogen Lawrence (36) and Katrina Inness (Inj) Inter Boys: Harry Morton (9), Harry Chapman (16), Tom Revitt (21) and Cameron Agnew (Inj). Inter Girls: Jasmine Finlay (1), Emily Bousfield (4), Leah Williamson (8), Jess Swanston (18) and Harriet Edmunds (24). We were very successful in this competition last year taking the Inter girls to Newquay for the final round, so fingers crossed we reach the same level again this year. Miss Jo Green PE Department

Isabelle Ferrada BMX Racing Champion Year 10 student and BMX champion, Isobel Ferrada, has had another successful year. Izzy is South West Champion, East Anglian Champion, Midlands Champion and National Champion 2008/2009. In the British Championships 2010, Izzy was 1st in all three motos and 1st in the semi-final. Unfortunately she crashed in the final but is the British No.7 for 2010. Izzy normally races 13-14 girls in the national series but this year she raced with the over 17s. She was racing the World Champion and made it into 11 finals out of 12, making her the national No.7 for the 2010 series. In July, Izzy raced in the European Championships in Norway and finished 9th. She hopes to be competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. We would like to congratulate Izzy on all of her achievements so far and wish her all the best in future races.

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Leah Williamson England Football Player Year 9 student Leah Williamson has achieved her ultimate dream to represent England in Ladies football. She was selected for her first international during the summer for England U15’s v Rep of Ireland U15’s.

The senior boys started this season well, with a win over local Milton Keynes Schools in this year’s annual tournament hosted here at Ousedale. A 100% recorded throughout, whilst only conceding two tries, was more than enough to win with Denbigh finishing runners up. Noticeable performances were from skipper S. Peach and T. O’Connor, and try of the tournament went to W. Wimmer who through multiple outrageous dummies managed a 60 yard break to score in the corner. In the Daily Mail National Cup the 1st XV had an early exit to a well drilled John Hampden Grammar School, but have since progressed to round two of the Daily Mail Trophy, where we hope to repeat some of the success from last year. A number of Year 11 students have already represented the 1st XV; students such as S. Livesey, O.Lee, S.Read and A. Eagen have coped extremely well despite playing up an age group.

ASDAN Tea Party As part of their ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness course, Mr Burton’s Year 10 ASDAN group organised a tea party for honoured staff guests. The students had to plan the event (including arguing over who would do the washing up!), go shopping for the tea, coffee and biscuits, entertain the staff and tidy up afterwards. The students were excellent and impressed the staff with their organisation and good manners. Future ASDAN events will include the writing of a children’s short-story which will then be read out to a group of younger children at one of our primary feeder schools. A Burton Deputy Head and proud ASDAN teacher!

Leah was extremely proud to be part of the team playing a year above her own age group. On the 13th August after a week’s intense training her family were ecstatic to see that the team sheet had Leah as wearing the No.4 which meant she was starting. As she came out she exceeded all expectations wearing the Captain’s band. Leah, who is presently training and playing with Arsenal Ladies, hopes to continue to play for her country on a regular basis.

Investors in Education Award Mrs Carbert, Mrs Bottoms and Mrs Thompson attended the Investors in Education Award Ceremony at the Ramada Encore in late July. 3 of our students were recognised: Specialised Placement Student of the Year Winner – Katie Collins 10RHA Runner up – Ryan Mason 10BR Young Enterprise Achiever Winner – Sam Peach 12SL I hope you will join me in congratulating Katie, Ryan and Sam who were up against all the other schools in Milton Keynes. They did fantastically well and we can be very proud of them. Mrs Julie Thompson Work Experience and Careers co-ordinator

Concert in the Courtyard

Pictured right - Louise Close and Julie Thompson, two of the honoured guests.

In July 2010 we held our second Concert in the Courtyard at the Olney Campus. Unfortunately, the wet weather meant we had to decamp into the hall. However, it was a lovely evening with students entertaining family and friends with a variety of songs, music, poetry, dance, drama and comedy. We hope that this year we will have some sunshine so that we can be outside otherwise we may have to change the title of the evening! Thank you to all students and staff involved.

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NOVEMBER EXAMS All Year 10 and Year 11 students sitting exams in November will have received their individual exam timetables. If students have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Office. Year 10 Maths Module – Tuesday 9th November at 9.00am Year 10/11 Science Module(s) – Thursday 11th November at 1.00pm Please remember to be at your venue ten minutes before the start time of each exam with all the correct materials. Please bring your timetable with you so you know where to sit and make sure you do not have your mobile phone/iPod/ MP3’s in your pocket!! They must be switched off and kept in your bags. All exam rules have been emailed to students, don’t forget to print these off and read them!! This can also be downloaded from the exams page on the Ousedale website.

Year 11 Awards Evening On Thursday, 23rd September, parents, students and staff from both campuses joined together to recognise the achievements of a large number of our Year 11 students. Music and performance were a key feature of the evening. Guests were greeted to the sounds of music played by a number of soloists. They delighted the audience with excellent performances on a range of instruments including electrical guitar, flute, trumpet, piano and drums. The audience were also given a preview of two of the songs from Grease, our school production. Awards were presented to students for outstanding achievement and effort. It was uplifting to see the number of students who had scored so well in their modules from last year, a testimony to the efforts made by students and staff, working in partnership. Community awards to recognise the work of students both within, and outside of, the school community were presented to individuals who had made a difference to other people, either through their work with others, or because of the really positive contribution they have made within the school community. The newly appointed Student Representatives were also recognised; they are our 31 official ambassadors for the school, who have a role to play in helping at events, representing the year group and helping to organise key events for Year 11 students. This was the first of a number of achievement awards that we have planned for the year, as we want to be able to celebrate the great things that our students do. It was lovely to be able to do this in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with so many people sharing in the celebrations.

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Modern Foreign Languages Competition The MFL department would like to extend a warm welcome to our French, German and Spanish assistants who joined us this term. Please read below to find out a little more about them; details of the competition can also be found below.


¡Hola a todos!

Ich heiße Sabine Weitzel und ich bin die neue Fremdsprachenassistentin im Fach Deutsch. Ich bin 21 Jahre alt. Ich komme aus Köln. Das ist eine Stadt in Nordrhein-Westfalen, im Westen von Deutschland. Köln ist bekannt für seinen großen Dom und den Karneval. Zu Hause studiere ich Deutsch, Englisch und katholische Religion an der Universität zu Köln. Nach dem Studium möchte ich Lehrerin an einem Gymnasium werden. An England mag ich besonders, dass die Menschen so

Me llamo Laura y soy la nueva asistente de lengua española en Ousedale School. Vengo del norte de España, de una región que se llama Galicia. Galicia no se parece mucho a lo que los turistas conocen de España: llueve mucho y es una región muy verde, ¡muy parecida a Inglaterra! Me gusta mucho leer, salir con mis amigos y bailar, pero lo que más me gusta son los idiomas, por eso he estudiado Traducción y aprovecho siempre que puedo para viajar. He vivido en Francia y ahora espero disfrufreundlich und hilfsbereit sind. Ich freue mich darauf, die tar mucho de mi experiencia en Inglaterra. ¡Hasta pronto! Kultur näher kennen zu lernen und, die vielen schönen Städte zu besuchen.


Bonjour! Je m’appelle Pénélope et je suis assistante de Français à Ousedale. Je suis née en Suisse, mais je suis allée habiter dans le sud de la France à Juan-les-Pins. Il y avait beaucoup de soleil et l’on pouvait nager dans la mer Méditerranée, c’était fantastique ! Je parle Français et Anglais car je suis bilingue et je travaille comme interprète et comme traductrice, c’est très intéressant! J’aime aussi les pains au chocolat et les croissants, et toi ?

The competition is available to all Year groups (parents are welcome to assist). After reading the transcripts choose one interview to write about. On a single sheet of A4 paper (write your name and tutor group at the top) list key points (in English) from your chosen interview. Students are invited to visit the MFL Department during break and lunchtime on Monday 1st November to deposit their entries. The deadline for entries is 3:15pm when Mrs Davis and Mr Allsop will judge the competition and select the overall winner in each section. There will be one prize available for each language and at each campus. Good Luck!

Spanish and German Clubs


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Spanish and German clubs (details left and right) are run at the Newport Pagnell campus on a Wednesday. A bus from Olney campus is available for students.


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Wicked! At the Olney Campus Last year we decided we would like to do a musical. We got permission from Mrs. Upton and Mrs. Murray and we performed our version of “Wicked the Musical (The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz)” on a Friday evening in July. With Mrs Upton’s help we organised auditions and rehearsals and had lots of fun. If anyone has seen Wicked it was a bit different because Elphaba was a boy and we had no Fiyero. Overall we had a really great time and we raised £53 for the NSPCC. We would like to say well done and thank you to the other cast members: Georgia Barnaby, Evie Edmondson and Charlotte Wood. You all did really well. We are looking forward to being able to perform our version of Annie in December this year so make sure to read the next issue of Ousenews to see us dressed as Annie and Mr Warbucks! By Jermaine Murrihy and Rebecca Jenner-Martin

Jermaine and Rebecca before and after the show

Ousedale Students filmed for BBC News Programme A group of Ousedale ICT students were filmed by the BBC taking part in programming lessons at Bletchley Park. Mr Abrams took the A-level students to The National Museum of Computing to programme old computers. The museum has a collection of BBC micro computers which it made available to the students. These machines from the 1980’s are slow enough to display each instruction as the code is painstakingly typed in. Modern computers are too fast to practise the programming skills required for the A-level course. One of the tasks the group were given was to create a simple 8 bit game from a rough version of battleships; 100 lines of code were provided by Mr Abrams. While being filmed and interviewed by News correspondent Ellie Gibson the students got to work on refining the game by adding different elements to it like a scoring system and a hunter-killer submarine. In the 3 hours given the group overcame the bugs and the unforgiving programming environment to successfully complete the task.

The full BBC News article and film of the lessons can be viewed here: technology-10951040

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