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Changes in the Exam System Add Extra Pressure to Students. Increased Importance of Homework. Many of you will be aware that the government is changing the examination system. What you may not be aware of is they are changing much of it immediately, with the full changes being in place by 2015. This has a very real impact upon students taking their examinations next summer as changes have been introduced since the start of their current courses. The key change is that an increasing focus is placed upon the terminal examination, taken at the end of year 11. This is best illustrated by the fact that this year, Year 11 sat approximately 10 examinations in the exam hall during May and June. Next year, that figure will be around the 20+ mark. This requires a complete re-focus of the way we prepare students and places much greater emphasis on time being given to revision and examination practice at the end of the courses. Willingdon Community School

All parents need to be aware of this shift and the increasing focus that will be placed on students’ self-discipline with regard to homework. You will notice much greater emphasis on this aspect of work next year and for those in Year 10, a fairly heavy homework programme for the summer holidays. We realise that this does add pressure to students who already have a full workload but feel it is important to adopt this approach to ease the pressure towards the end of the courses when there is already considerable pressure. The key for parents is to keep an eye on their child’s homework programme; help them plan it so that it is done well and in a timely fashion and ensure that, despite there being much to do, there is a good balance between ‘work and play’. For those of you with younger children, it is the importance of instilling in them, as Contact 144 July 2013


early as possible, good work habits and an expectation of having to do school work at home. We realise there will be some concerns about these changes and are happy to talk with you about any of your concerns but for those of you who will have children in KS4 there will be a parents’ evening early next term to explain and talk through these issues.

Dave Fielding – Maths, leaves to take up a post at Cavendish. Carmen Creasey – Spanish, parttime, leaves at the end of her contract. Ursula Duffy – Food, leaves at the end of her temporary contract. Philip Reynolds – Science, leaves at the end of his temporary contract. Rupert Shortt – English, leaves at the end of his temporary contract. Julie Bruncher – French Assistante, leaves at the end of her year’s placement with us. Liz Cheeseman – SEN TA, leaves to take up a post at Claverham. Ginette Ellis – SEN TA has left to work in a different sector. Jake Lambert –History GTP teacher, leaves to take up his first teaching post in West Sussex. I thank them all for their contribution to the school and their total commitment to the students, their welfare and their learning and wish them all every success for the future. I can confirm that we have made some excellent appointments to the above posts and will inform you of the details in the first edition of ‘Contact’ in the new academic year.

Farewell to Staff At this time of year we always have to say goodbye to a few members of the Willingdon team. It is always sad to see staff leave but balanced by seeing them move on in their career or stage of life. The following staff will be leaving at the end of term: Caroline Towner – Cover Manager, is retiring after 26 years at the school. Many of you will remember her as our receptionist and being very much the front of house for the school. More recently she has taken on her current role as Cover Manager. Caroline has been a consistent and essential presence at the very heart (in both senses of the word) of the school, always with an eye to the welfare of all who work here and to the school’s smooth running. We wish her well Staff - Further Information Today I have informed all the and a long and active retirement. Willingdon Community School

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students in the school about a sensitive matter relating to a member of staff. Miss Thorley, who works as a Teaching Assistant in the SEN department, is ‘transgender’. This means that she has decided from now on, to live her life as a man and from September will be known as Mr Thorley. We are very comfortable and supportive of her decision and her work will continue as normal. We are very proud of the work that Mr Thorley does within the school and of the way that students accept and demonstrate the values that underpin equal opportunities legislation. We realise that there may be some initial interest by

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students in this and where it arises will try to explain the situation sensitively and without prejudice. I am sure you are able to support us in this approach but should you wish to discuss the matter with me then please do feel free to contact me. …and finally I should like to thank you all for your support over the year and I look forward to continuing to work together for your children over the coming year. In the meantime I wish you a very good summer holiday. Ian Jungius Headteacher

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Prom 2013

Willingdon Community School held their annual school prom on Friday 28th June at the Cavendish hotel and a great time was had by all. Over one hundred and sixty students attended the formal event and had the time of their lives. As ever the event brought the seafront to a standstill as parents, families, friends and passers-by all gathered to watch the students arrive in style. The students have worked extremely hard over their five years and the school would like to wish them all the best of luck for their exam results and their future adult life after Willingdon. The exam results will be available on Thursday 22nd August. Mr Brennan

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Celebration of Success 2013 Wednesday 3rd July Parents and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of students in years 7-10 on a hot July night. Guests were treated to music as they entered, played by Miss Christine Broomfield and Mr Simon Gower from the music department. The evening began with an introduction from Mr. Jungius and then awards were presented for each academic subject. Also included were winners nominated by the Directors Willingdon Community School

of Student Progress, for Most Improved Student and Service to the Community. New to the awards this year was the Headteacher’s Award for Personal Excellence, which reflects the individual students’ dedication to doing as well as they possibly can in school. Two musical interludes were provided, the first by Will Read, Harrison Poll and Max Salisbury, who played a Maroon 5 song. Later, Will also played while Abbie Contact 144 July 2013


Russell sang ‘I won’t give up’. After the main event, parents and guests were invited to a buffet, where they were again entertained by Miss Broomfield and Mr Gower. There was also a chance to ‘follow the purple footprints’ to the Inspire

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exhibition, showing the very best of the art and media work produced in school this year. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which was appreciated by parents and students alike. Mrs Skilton

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Young Chefs Create Summer Holiday Menus – Results Years 7/8 Winner; Thomas Poole, Willingdon Community School Years 9/10 Winner, Georgina Callaghan, Bede’s Upper School Students from Ratton, Willingdon, Causeway and Bede’s Upper schools competed at the finals of Eastbourne Young Chef at Ratton School on Thursday 4th July.

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The competition, now in its eighteenth year, was organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in conjunction with The Grand Hotel. The finalists, who each designed a 3-course menu based on a ‘Summer Holiday’ theme, had ninety minutes in which to prepare their main dish for judging.

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“The standard and variety of entries this year was incredibly high which was a real credit to the finalists and their teachers. This made the job of judging a real challenge but very enjoyable”, commented Keith Mitchell, Executive Chef at The Grand Hotel, who supervised the judging.

The two winners both received a special cup, prizes and lunch at the Grand Hotel. The remaining finalists each received a certificate and prizes ‘in recognition of achievement’. For further information please contact Tim Sorensen on 07890 388624

Andy Johnson, represented the Eastbourne Hospitality Association and Mark Fagan represented the Institute of Hospitality, whose two organisations had sponsored the event, also assisted Keith with judging. Mentor chefs had previously supported the schools during their individual school heats. This provided a work-related dimension to the competition and additional support for the students and their teachers. Willingdon Community School

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Willingdon Cricket Trip to Lord’s Thirty students from Willingdon enjoyed going to watch day three of the first test match between England and New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Saturday 18th May. Students were able to meet and get the autographs of all the top players like Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day watching lots of wickets fall and England making great progress towards eventually winning the first test match.

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Town Sports Athletics Competition 2013 Congratulations to all the students who represented the school at the annual Town Sports Athletics Competition held at the Sports Park in Eastbourne on Friday 28th June. Willingdon finished in fourth place overall. The Year 8 team won their year group competition and the Year 7 team finished second. The students had to battle the challenging weather conditions when competing but a number of Willingdon students set new competition records. New competition records were set by Kerris Senior Year 7 300m (51.66secs), Maia Buckthorpe Year 8 300m (48.95secs), Abi Hughes Year 8 800m (2.50 mins) and 1500m (5.44 mins), Caitlin Knight, Kerris Senior, Kyah Ovenden and Alex Spillett Year 7 4x100m relay (61.99secs), Milly Pamment Year 10 1500m (5.49 mins) and Josh Putland Year 8 1500m (5.06 mins). Willingdon Community School

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Sports Person of the Term Jasmine Watson

Lucy Worrall

James Blackmore Sasha Aghabala

Mathematician of the Term Ella Roberts

Harry Kendall

Mikaela White

Lauren Neal

Scientist of the Term Annabel Davies

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Ben Morris

Katie Allan

Luke Cross

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English Student of the Term Chloe Mackleworth

Luke Hay

Callum McQueen

Lucy Bassett

Achievers of Term 5 Young Designer of the Term Louise Whittle

Doha Abu Baker Rachelle Anam-Anam Lydia Fellows

ICT Student of the Term Tom Pullinger

Olivia Langford

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Joe Errey

Bronwyn Sheppard

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Musician of the Term Fleur Green

Max Salisbury

Deanna Cornell Jonathan Burton

Drama Student of the Term Dean Ford

Jade Bruton

Callum Thompson Gemma Welling

Modern Foreign Languages Student of the Term Eloise Barnes

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Geographer of the Term Alfie Clarke

Bobby Hopkins

Ben Twine

Tom Melling

Artist of the Term Beth Ellenger

Chris Richmond Naomi Haffenden Amy Gammon

Ethics Student of the Term Kyah Ovenden

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Erin McKee

Lauren Allaway

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Historian of the Term Olivia Birt

Lucy Worrall

Abigail Hughes

Jasper Godin

Citizenship Student of the Term Lydia Waters

Sam Reigler

Ellie Earing

Sociologist of the Term

Media Student of the Term

Connor Slade

Amy Gammon

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WILLINGDON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Our first year‌ and onto the next one! During Autumn 2012 The Friends of Willingdon re-launched with a keen group of parents/carers wanting to provide an additional link between school and home. After a number of events during the academic year we have been pleased to see our Friends events well attended as well as our presence as an Association, to be warmly welcomed by both parents/carers and school alike. We have been careful in our first year not to be too unrealistic with peoples time and resources, both those on the committee or who attend the meetings, nor those who support our events. That continues to be our approach in aiming to provide fun, inexpensive and popular Willingdon Community School

fund raising events, that don’t involve huge amounts of effort on behalf of those organising them. As we enter into our second year as an Association (we are called a Friends Association so anyone can join in, rather than a Parent Teacher Association which can only include parents and teachers) we are looking for your ideas with regard to future fund raising events and activities/ functions that you would like to see the Friends get more involved with. Please use the email address friends@willingdonschool.org. uk to provide any feedback, or alternatively call the school on 01323 481101. We have set our first date in Contact 144 July 2013


the diary for Autumn which is Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm. Chartwells, the schools catering provider are very kindly offering to provide nibbles at this meeting, so please do come along!. Liz Fellows, Chair of the Friends of Willingdon Community School Donations of School Uniform – Recycle!

that would be incredibly helpful as we could help people be prepared for September. If you do find that you have unwanted uniform over the summer holiday then please could your son/daughter bring those items in on the first day of term. For your information we are holding a second hand uniform sale in the school Dining Hall on the Friday 19th July between 3 and 4pm with examples of prices at £2 for recycled polo shirts and £5 for sweatshirts. We expect to hold similar sale events periodically throughout the next academic year. We would like to thank you for your support and hope that this will be beneficial to many families as well as a way of recycling old uniform.

The Friends of Willingdon are aware that uniform can be expensive for many parents/carers and we would therefore, be very grateful if you could donate any uniform that your son/daughter has now grown out of. This would need to be uniform in qood condition, with the Willingdon logo on it, unless it were the regulation skirt or trousers of Yours sincerely course. In particular we would like any uniform from our Year 11 The Friends of Willingdon leavers, again the usual items, Community School sweatshirts/polo shirts/school trousers/skirts etc. Please hand to Reception any suitable uniform in a bag marked for the attention of the Friends. If you do have any items that can be brought in before the end of term Willingdon Community School

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Last June, 18 Year 7 and 16 Year 8 students were selected by their MFL teachers to enter a French competition. The level was very high but the participants achieved fantastic results. Well done to all the participants. I was really impressed by your scores! Madame Kubinec

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The Year 7 winners are: • • •

3rd Hannah Taylor 2nd Joseph Coode and Thomas Poole 1st Joseph Scott Jones

The Year 8 winners are: • • •

3rd Connie Breach 2nd Beatrice Frias Del Rio 1st Olivia Langford and Emily Hughes

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As part of the weekly Gifted and Talented ICT club there has been a big drive this year to get the students programming. They have been hugely successful in developing their own games, Apps, animations and websites, using programs such as Alice, Kodu, Scratch and Appshed. The students have found this great fun and have

produced some fantastic work. A big thank you to Joe Errey in year 9 who has helped students in the lower school and has been a part of getting the Rasberry Pi up and running. Our plan next year is to develop fun projects for the Rasberry Pi and Arduino to get students involved with. Any students interested please come to IT3, you are more than welcome. We had a visitor, Andy Tyrell an expert programmer, and an ex student of Willingdon Community School who came in to assist us in setting up building circuits using the Arduino. A piece of hardware that allows you to build almost anything!. The students really enjoyed this, as they got a hands on approach, connecting up the Arduino to build circuits to control various inputs and outputs. Andy has kindly agreed to help out in the future.

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Willingdon gets coding! For students interested in coding there is a: YOUNG REWIRED STATE FESTIVAL OF CODE taking place in the Enterprise Centre in Eastbourne. This is a week long design and coding challenge where under 18s will, level up their coding skills, work with professional programmers and open government data. Build digital prototypes to solve real world problems. This is taking place on the. 5th — 11th August 2013 9th — 11th will be held in Birmingham’s Custard Factory. Some basic coding skills are required. This program is completely free to attend. For more information, or to sign up, go to youngrewiredstate.org@ youngrewired Alternatively you can contact Miss Rowe, Willingdon Community School to find out more.

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SUSSEX ROCKS! and there is always an opportunity to try an instrument you have not previously played. In fact last year one of our acoustic guitarists was playing bass by the end of the week. Participants will perform in small groups and play the music they want to play and if they are interested they can write and perform their own music. We cover all styles of music from rock, pop, We understand that there are folk, blues, electric and acoustic. many youngsters out there who all have their individual weekly music Throughout the week we offer lessons but many of them never several masterclasses in various get the opportunity to perform techniques and students can with other musicians as part of a choose to participate in all or just live band. This is such an important those which interest them. Details aspect of learning any instrument of these can been seen on our as being with others not only gives website www.sussexrocks.org.uk. confidence but greatly improves their playing as they bounce ideas We always have a fantastic end of between each other and learn to week gig for family and friends so make group decisions. We find the that the youngsters can show off advantage of having the 10-18 age their skills. range is that the younger members get really inspired by the older The cost is £150 for the whole week. members who themselves are more Contact us for more information. than willing to give a helping hand or a word of advice This makes for a great atmosphere throughout the week. Sussex Rocks is a family owned organisation whose aim is to bring together youngsters from the ages of 10 – 18 for a week of music making and fun. It is open to guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, vocalists, and keyboard players in the main but other musicians are most welcome. Last year we had an amazing young sax player and a violinist.

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School Term and Holidays Dates 2013-2014 SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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JANUARY

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MAY

JUNE

JULY 30

AUGUST

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Bank and Public Holidays 2013-2014 Christmas Day

- Wednesday 25 December

Easter Monday

- Monday 21 April

Boxing Day

- Thursday 26 December

May Day Bank Holiday

- Monday 5 May

New Years Day

- Wednesday 1 January

Spring Bank Holiday

- Monday 26 May

Good Friday

- Friday 18 April

Summer Bank Holiday

- Monday 25 August

Key

Term Lengths (Days)

Staff Training / INSET Day

Term 1 October Break Term 2

Start of Term for Pupils

3 Sept - 25 Oct

39 days

4 Nov - 20 Dec

35 days

6 Jan - 14 Feb

30 days

24 Feb – 4 Apr

30 days

22 Apr - 23 May

23 days

2 Jun - 23 Jul

38 days

Total

195 days

Christmas Break End of Term

Term 3 February Break Term 4 April Break Term 5 May Break Term 6 Summer Holiday

Public Holidays School Holidays

Editorial & Production Team, Elizabeth McCabe & Barbara Negus

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