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One of the key challenges for any school is the issue of trying to keep parents as well informed as possible, without over-burdening them and in a manner that is both manageable and understandable. We use a variety of methods, including the organ of “Contact” itself, which every month provides you with details of events past and future and shares news and information with you regarding the development of the school and our provision for your children. In addition, we communicate at the very simplest and personal of levels through your child’s planner, e-mail communication on specific emerging issues, the sending out of detailed information at key points in a student’s time at the school such as admission, options and the start of GCSEs, letters home relating to specific concerns, our annual reporting system and parents evenings and the regular programme of Parents’ Forums, which provide parents with information on specific issues such as the future development of the school, the curriculum, Willingdon Community School

e-safety, bullying etc. Our last Parents’ Forum on the curriculum, in November, was attended by over 90 parents who were very appreciative of the information provided by Joan Jordan and Les Naylor. However, despite all of the above we are aware that communication between an organisation as large and complex as ours, with approximately 1000 different families to inform is never going to be perfect. I am confident that we are keeping you informed of the key things that matter but am less confident that the messages always get through or that they are necessarily clear enough. I am equally confident that most parents feel comfortable contacting the school to discuss the issues and concerns that inevitably arise during their time with us, whether it be with a teacher, tutor, Director of Student Progress or any of my senior team or myself. So how do we improve that communication? Contact 133 December 2011


We have recently started to use e-mail much more often, including the sending out of “Contact”. We realise that sometimes important items may get lost in “Contact” and that you may not always have time to read it thoroughly. We are therefore, from January 2012, introducing a monthly e-mail communication to parents entitled, ”Keeping Parents Informed” . This will be issued at the start of each month, or as near to it as the term allows, and will be very brief, just outlining key events or short messages we feel that some, many or all of you will need to know. The first message will come out in the first week of January. “Contact” and all other communication will continue as normal but from now on, all key information or events which provide information to parents will

come under the, “Keeping Parents Informed “ banner. If you feel there are other ways we can improve our communication then please do let us know but for the time being I ask you to note anything that comes out under this banner as being something that may be of importance to you and your child. Finally, I should like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope I may see you at the Arts’ Showcase on Thursday but if not, then do have a very restful Christmas and I look forward to seeing your child back at school on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012. Ian Jungius Headteacher

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t c i r t s i D e n r u o b t s a E Cross-Country Championships Willingdon students competed in the annual Eastbourne District Cross-Country Championships on Tuesday 8th November at the Eastbourne Sports Park. All 23 students that competed in the event demonstrated excellent effort and determination to succeed in their races. Willingdon were very successful winning three of the six races in the event.

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Results

Year 7 Girls

Year 7 Boys

1st Amy Miles 3rd Eleanor Chapman 13th Abi Hughes 20th Maia Buckthorpe 27th Lucy Worrall

1st Ellis Cormack 23rd Max Scarbrow 32nd Bryn Smith 34th Sam Avery 42nd Tyler Pearson

Year 8/9 Girls

Year 8/9 Boys

13th Milly Pamment 19th Emily Martin 32nd Deanna Cornell 39th Mischa Lemoine

8th Jack Buchanan 18th Tyler Downton 24th Jamie Barber 28th Zach Morgan 31st Tyler Scrafton 32nd Harry Ducatel

Year 10/11 Girls Year 10/11 Boys 1st Kellie Larkin 5th Ellen Humphries

19th Callum Camille

Table Tennis Champions! Congratulations to Jack Bennett, Joshua Bennett, Sam Marchant and Dan Riegler who were recently crowned East Sussex Champions. This is a fantastic achievement and the boys now go on to play in the zone finals in London. We wish them all the best of luck in the next round. Miss Leonard

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APPLE TRAINING CENTRE November was a busy time for the Regional Apple Training Centre, based here at Willingdon Community School. This month has seen four events. We kicked off with a newcomers to animation workshop led by our in house expert, Mrs Dryer. Participants learnt cell animation, claymation and general stop frame techniques. We were able to share some of the outreach projects with our various primary colleagues. Willingdon leads the way in animation skills and techniques and is looking forward to furthering its expertise over the coming months. We are delighted that Oscar Stringer, an Apple Trainer will be running an animation masterclass in mid December. In the middle of the month, we ran an audio recording session. This was aimed at supporting students in developing their podcasting and audio production skills, great for Willingdon Radio! with a view to giving staff and students confidence to be able to post revision techniques and audio blogs on the VLE and the web. Events three and four were based around the logic software. Logic is a digital music production programme used in the music industry. The first of these sessions was attended by thirty five year 11 students who wanted to explore the skills needed to be a club DJ. They all finished the session by successfully completing a rave track. Some are coming back for more training to allow them Willingdon Community School

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to excel. Training this month culminated with a similar session for music teachers and those who were simply interested in furthering their software awareness. It was equally as noisey and equally as productive. The Apple RTC looks forward to offering training across the town and county. Our future events will include extended animation training, iPad training and using the iPad to support children with Special Needs with accessibility issues. Mr Wilson, Mr King and Mr Healey.

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Year 7 Accelerated Reader Leaders! Students across Year 7 are showing off their reading skills with the new web-based Accelerated Reader system. All students in Year 7 are reading individually-targeted library books, which link to the Accelerated Reader quiz system, allowing them to take quizzes on their books after reading. Books in the library have recently been updated, upgraded and augmented to create an expanded selection of reading books for students, largely aimed at increasing the selection for Accelerated Reader. Students can choose books within their own personal reading range, take quizzes on what they have read, and earn rewards for their reading. Everyone scoring over 85% on quizzes will earn Reward points and be added to the Leader Board in the Library – with more prizes coming soon! If you have a child in Year 7, please encourage them to read for at least 30 minutes a day and discuss their AR books with you. Congratulations to the following students, who have shown excellent participation in AR this term: Bethany Moreton-Woodward - 7 quizzes, average 90% Ben Morris – 6 quizzes, average 96.7% Charlie Shoesmith - 7 quizzes, average 91.4% Well done! Ms S Willow Literacy Progress Teacher / Accelerated Reader Willingdon Community School

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East Sussex Secondary Schools’ Prom Concert – Winter Garden Theatre I would like to say a very big “thank you” to everyone who took part in the East Sussex Secondary Schools’ Prom concert on Tuesday 15th November at the Winter Garden Theatre. We were on first which is quite daunting, but Harry Plant announced our items with great gusto and got the evening off to a great start! The School Band performed “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and Match of the Day, and Matt Ginno sang “Cry me a River”. Everyone performed brilliantly and there were many compliments from audience members at the end. Well done to everyone who was involved. Miss Broomfield

Ecospace Wish List

The Ecospace is desperately in need of re-equipping and as such we are looking for donations of second han d tools. Our wish list includes: • Trowels • Hand forks • Forks • Spades • Shovels • Rakes • Hoes • broom • Wheelbarrow In addition, we are looking for any spare vegetable seed you may have as well as cuttings of garden plants. If you can help, please leave your don ations at reception. Mr Morris Willingdon Community School

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free school meals

A recent survey from the School Food Trust suggests that one in five families likely to qualify for free school meals were unaware whether they would be eligible. The School Food Trust, which promotes healthier school meals, says this means that families are missing out on benefits worth about £700 per year.

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following: • Income Support (IS); • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA); • An income-related employment and support allowance; • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190; • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. How to apply: You can download the free school meals application form via http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/ schools/meals/free/form.htm

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On The Directgov website helps you to find out information on the application process in your area. Simply enter your post code and follow the link to your Local Authority: http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/index.jsp?LGSL=4&LGIL=0

Alternatively, contact the school reception, who will be able to give you an application form. For information on the menu options for the school week, you can access this information via the school website www. willingdon.e-sussex.sch.uk/news/canteen/canteen_menu <http://www.willingdon.e-sussex.sch.uk/news/canteen/ canteen_menu> which shows the options available each day, over a three week cycle. If you are ever unsure as to which week the menu cycle happens to be, then do check the front page of the school website, (the week number is to be found on the right hand side). In January, as part of the Target, Setting and Mentoring Day, the Chartwells catering staff will again be providing parents/ carers with the opportunity to sample a taste of just some of the items available from the school meals service, as part of their commitment to keeping you informed and involved in the way the service is being run. Finally, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that we run a breakfast club here between 8.00am and 8.30am every day with a wide range of early morning options available. Start the day the right way! If you have any further questions or comments regarding the school meals service please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Breach, Chartwells Cook supervisor, or via staff at the school.

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On-line payments for school meals with ParentPay! The LACA/ParentPay Survey Report on School Meals . Throughout September 2011, over 10,000 parents nationally responded to the joint Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA)/ ParentPay survey. The goal of this research was to get a comprehensive insight into parent and carers current views of school meals and their children’s daily life issues, the survey results informed an independent report authored by a respected expert in school meals research. Willingdon Community School

The good news included:89% of parents and carers said their overall impression of a school meal was good and 74% stated that they were very happy with the quality of the meals served at their child’s school. 94% find it easier to pay online for school meals – helping ensure that money is spent on school meals in school not on unsuitable snacks and drinks outside of the school day. Food for thought:• 12% of Secondary school Contact 133 December 2011


parents/carers DO NOT take up their entitlement to Free School Meals • 43% of parents do not feel they receive enough information about school meals – such as the weekly menu options - many want to see this information available via email or online • 12% of children are going to school without eating breakfast – potentially detrimental to children’s learning and health Download the full research report <http://Download%20 the%20full%20research%20 report> via www.parentpay.com In response to the feedback in the Survey, we would like to actively encourage our parents/carers to register with “ParentPay” in order to easily manage the payment of items from the Dining Hall. If you previously have Willingdon Community School

received an activation code and password letter for your child’s account, but have mislaid it and have not yet registered for on-line payments, the Reception staff can easily run another form off for you which contains the activation/password details unique to the student. You can request this information via admin@willingdon.esussex.sch.uk or you can visit or ring Main Reception and they will run the details off for you. As well as the benefits that Parentpay offers to our parents/carers, this online facility further reduces the requirement for our students to carry money into school and the need for them to have to load the money at the “revaluation” units, located within school. Mr Webb

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EMERGENCY CLOSURE NOTIFICATIONS Just a reminder of the email “alert” facility available from the County Council, (which proved useful for the industrial action closure recently) enabling parents/carers who, by registering their email address, receive an automatic email sent to them informing them if their child’s school is closed, as soon as the County Council receive notification from the school itself, of the emergency closure. This email states why the school is closed, or partially closed and can also provide further details for parents/carers, such as when the school would be expected to re-open etc. To register your email address for this facility you should log on to the County Council website via www.eastsussex.gov.uk/ educationandlearning/schools <http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/ educationandlearning/schools> This notification facility is available for all East Sussex primary and secondary schools, so if you have children at other schools, this email alert system can be set up for those schools as well.

Parent Survey Don’t forget the Parent Survey is available on the website until the end of term. We have had 156 responses so far and would welcome more.

Reminder TSM day is now 17th January instead of 18th January as previously published. You should already have received an email or letter regarding TSM day 2012. I apologise for the change of date which is due to the exam timetable. Willingdon Community School

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Parent Informtion Contact

As this is the last column from me before Christmas I would like to thank everyone who has been in contact with me over the last year. I hope all the new students have settled in and are looking forward to the forthcoming events and Christmas lunch at school before the term ending in December 16th.

etc. The police advise if you are going out over the holidays, leave a light on but draw the curtains and if you can leave a radio on. Also be careful where you leave spare keys. If you need to contact the Police the new non-emergency telephone number for Sussex Police is 101 which is easier to use than the old 0845 number. An I also serve on the local emergency service is still Police Panel and they have 999. reminded me that around Christmas time there I hope you have a safe and can be an increase in enjoyable Christmas and I burglaries and they have look forward to speaking given me some tips to to you again in 2012. pass on how to minimise this risk. Whilst itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice Jayne Bigsby to show off Christmas pic@willingdon.eLights it can give people sussex.sch.uk an opportunity to look into your front rooms and see presents under the tree. Leaving packaging outside for collection can tell people what expensive presents you have had, or maybe a new 3D HD TV, Laptop, X-Box

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Sussex Basketball Development Program For players from 10 to 14 year olds 2011-2012 DATES AND VENUES

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Venue in East Sussex TBC soon UoB Brighton 10am-12.30pm* Battle Sports Centre ** Venue in East Sussex TBC soon UoB Brighton 10am-12.30pm* Battle Sports Centre ** Venue in East Sussex TBC soon UoB Brighton 10am-12.30pm* Battle Sports Centre ** UoB Brighton 10am-12.30pm* Venue in East Sussex TBC soon Battle Sports Centre

*University of Brighton Sports Centre Village Way, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH

** Claverham community College, North Trade Road,Battle, East Sussex TN33 0HT

£35 for 4 session pack Or

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Registration form and payment details on: www.basketballsussex.co.uk/SBDP.aspx Information Contact (Miguel Tello): 07826526061 or mtello@activesussex.org

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Dates for the Diary DECEMBER: Wednesday 14th Year 7 Panto Trip Thursday 15th Prefect Xmas lunch / Year 8 French trip to Lille /Art Showcase 5pm in Drama Studio Friday 16th Year 7 Reward Disco Period 4 & 5 (Hall) / End of term 2 JANUARY: Tuesday 3rd Start of term 3 Friday 6th Year 11 Reports to tutors / 15 Year 9 Gifted & Talented students visit to University of Brighton Tuesday 17th TSM Day / Year 11 Reports issued Wednesday 18th Eastbourne Inclusion School Games / LEPP visit Thursday 19th Federation Meeting (Polegate) 2pm Monday 23rd INSET DAY - School closed to students

Wednesday 25th Year 11 Parents Evening Thursday 26th Year 9 Holocaust / Discrimination Day (1st Half ) / Personal Development and Well-being Governors Meeting 4.30pm Friday 27th Year 9 Holocaust / Discrimination Day (2nd Half ) FEBRUARY: Friday 3rd Production - Drama Studio Monday 6th Contact Issued / Year 11 Humanities CA Tuesday 7th Production Dress Rehearsal / We Will Rock You (evening) Wednesday 8th We Will Rock You (evening) Thursday 9th Achievements & Standards Governors meeting 4.30pm / We Will Rock You (evening) Friday 10th Year 8 Citizenship Day / End of Term 3

Editorial & Production Team, Elizabeth McCabe, Matthew Healey, Barbara Negus Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 9QX

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