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Willingdon Community School and the Future Parents may well have noticed, in the local press recently, that there are a number of proposed changes to the nature of some of the schools in the town. There is talk of 6th Forms, primary schools linked to secondary schools, academies, trusts and multi-academy trusts. Combine these with the arrival of the Free School and you can see that there is a degree of turmoil in the town. You may wonder how these proposals might impact upon Willingdon and how we are going to respond. In short we are going to carry on doing what we do now because we know it is successful. The evidence for a statement like that comes from the fact that, of the 6 schools in the town which have been long established, we are the only school that is currently over-subscribed. We will start Year 7 in September Willingdon Community School

with our full quota of 200 students and more clamouring at our door to get in. We are taking from all areas of the town. We are the highest achieving school in East Sussex, with students of all levels of ability achieving well above the national average rates of progress for each ability group. In other words, the value we add to each student is amongst the best in the country. We consistently produce results like that year in and year out. We have a proven track record which cannot be said by a school that has not yet produced any results. We believe we work hard to make children feel safe and happy which is largely borne out by the responses we get from both parents and students who like what we do. In addition the local authority turns to us to support other schools and lead on many of Contact 149 March 2014


the key developments in education both locally and nationally. Please do not read this as complacency. We know we can always improve and that there are things that we get wrong but we will always be open about that and work hard to get even better. For all of the above reasons we do not feel that we need to take any form of drastic action to change our character, structure or approach. We are very strong, successful and popular and intend to keep going as we are, always with an eye to improvements here and there. We are still looking at some of the 6th Form issues with our local schools and Sussex Downs College but not with a view to creating something that we need in order to be successful. We will look at those options and where we see potential benefits will explore them closely but only if they do not put our current provision and quality at risk. Options within the primary sector may also come our way in time as our catchment area becomes more populous. Nothing that is going on in the town is seen by us as a threat, Willingdon Community School

in fact we feel it will play to our strengths. If any parents wish to discuss this further with me then I would be very happy to meet with them, or just give me a call if you would like a chat. Parents’ Forum 8th May - SEN Reform As those of you with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) may know, there are a number of SEN reforms being introduced nationally from this coming September, including some changes to aspects of funding. In order to talk some of these changes through with interested parents, Mel Brown (Assistant Headteacher) will be running a Parents’ Forum, on the 8th May at 6.30 in the Community Suite. All parents are welcome but it is of particular relevance to those with children with SEN. We shall be sending out a reminder nearer the time but wanted to flag it up for you now. Year 11 and Exam Preparation We are fast approaching GCSE examination time, which starts fairly early in May and runs through to quite late in June. The Contact 149 March 2014


examination period is now a very intense one so it is increasingly important that students plan and prepare their revision early and maintain a steady, organised pattern of revision right the way through the period. Revision should already be well underway and the Easter period is time which should be used effectively. Year 11 students are working very hard at the moment, with most of them attending after-school sessions until late afternoon every day of the week. There are also additional weekend and holiday sessions being arranged so that they are as well prepared as possible. They are receiving all the advice we can give them but your support is also key. They really do need to use planned time to prepare themselves, actively engaging with their revision, not just sitting there reading through notes. Two to three hours a night during termtime is not unreasonable, with weekend time also being planned.

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When they are revising they should break it up into small chunks of time as that is the most effective way to take in information. During the holiday, a number of days should be earmarked as revision or preparation days when they should be spending a more significant amount of time on work. Teachers will have set them work to do over that period so do support them in planning how and when they are going to do the work. However, it is also important for them to build in time/days of relaxation, other activities, family time etc. They need to stay fresh whilst at the same time working at a consistent pace which keeps them on top of what they need to do. We wish them all well. …and finally, I should like to wish you all a very Happy Easter holiday. Ian Jungius Headteacher

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Payments Payments into School The vast majority of our parents/carers have been using the ParentPay facility for some time now on a wide range of school activities, including payment for uniform, school trips, contributions as well as for school meal items. This is overwhelmingly the preferred and safest option for payment of these items, and due to increasing instances of bounced cheques (and the administration involved in then recovering these amounts) we are no longer accepting payment by cheque. We are of course, still happy to receive cash payments, as an alternative to ParentPay, plus there is also the “PayPoint� facility for parents/carers who do not have access to the internet (if you wish to use this particular method, please contact the school).

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Ski Trip 2014 As many of you know, our ski trip didn’t exactly get off to a smooth start! With a broken down coach and an unplanned sleepover at the school it wasn’t exactly what we’d all been hoping for. However, none of us let this dampen our moods. After waiting for the coach for several hours, watching films in the community suite and eating a Chinese take-away in the gym all we wanted to do was leave for Austria, and get a good night’s sleep and, although the staff room wasn’t exactly ideal, we made the best of a bad situation. Looking back on it now, we’ve decided that it was actually quite funny and in a way brought us all together before the trip had even started and it definitely won’t be Willingdon Community School

something that we’ll be forgetting anytime soon! After a long and tiring 18 hour journey we finally reached our destination on Sunday afternoon and once again spirits were high and everyone was excited about the week ahead. Our first evening activity was bowling at a traditional Austrian guesthouse, which did the best ice cream and milkshakes ever! After a few funny games of bowling it was back to our accommodation and getting to bed making sure that we were wide awake for our first day of skiing! The next morning everyone was eager to get on the slopes and start the week! This was my first time skiing and, although there were a few tearful Contact 149 March 2014


moments (ask Mr Brennan!), I can safely say that I loved it. Everyone from Snowslippers (the ski company) was great and all the instructors were so friendly and so supportive. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of people. But, the trip wasn’t just about the skiing, we did some great evening activities as well; bowling, swimming, a disco and an awards evening! All the evening activities were so much fun and it was so nice to spend time with everyone and hearing about their day on the slopes! My favourite activity was swimming, we went to the most amazing pool ever and it was so nice just to relax with everyone after a day on the snow covered slopes. Although the skiing was tiring, it was so worth it! Austria is the most beautiful place I have ever visited and I didn’t want to leave. Some of the views that we saw from the mountains were breath taking, and I never got bored of seeing the views each day! The ‘disco bus’ was also something you will never get bored of. Every time we got on the bus to go anywhere there was music playing, without fail! You will come away from the ski trip and songs will be permanently engraved in your mind as “ski trip songs” - I think of this as a positive because it reminds me of Mr Brennan’s, Mr Gordon’s and Miss Attrill’s great dancing at the disco! The journey home was a lot less eventful and went according to plan. We arrived back at school on the Willingdon Community School

Saturday morning. We were all very tired and glad to be home. However, when I got home I instantly just started missing everyone! The ski trip is a great opportunity to spend time with people that you wouldn’t usually get to spend time with, you make new friends and have some amazing memories that you’ll never ever forget! I can honestly say that, without a doubt, going on the ski trip has been my highlight of my 5 years at Willingdon! Anyone who is thinking about going, just go! You will not regret it! It’s so nice just to take a step back and relax for a week without worrying or stressing about the everyday school pressures! You will have the best week, with the best group of people. I wish I could do it all over again because it was simply amazing; I have never laughed or smiled so much in one week! A massive thank you to all the teachers that made the trip happen and to anyone who went on the ski trip, thank you! Because, you made it the best trip I could’ve asked for! Gemma Welling 11BP The 2015 Willingdon ski trip will be departing on Friday 13th February 2015 and returning on Saturday 21st February. The trip is open to students currently in Years 10 and 11 (Year 10 and 11 next academic year). Letters can be collected from Mr Brennan in PE 1. Contact 149 March 2014


As a result of the Mufti Day in February we have raised £400 for UNICEF and £400 for Childline. UNICEF will be using this money to improve education in poor countries. Due to war, poverty and poor facilities many children are unable to attend school. For many, education is the key to ending poverty. It is a basic human right. Your donations will help the lives of many children to provide something that we take for granted. Thank you for your support. The £400 raised for Childline will support their appeal to send a trained support worker into every primary school in the country to talk about abuse, giving children the confidence to talk about it, the knowledge to prevent it and the courage to find help if they ever need it. Child abuse can take many forms, including online bullying or grooming. Children are now vulnerable to this from a much younger age. Our students feel strongly that this is wrong and want to try to help stop it.

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CHARITY BOOK SALE At break and lunch time on World Book Day, 7SSW held a book sale in the LRC to raise money for the Year 7 charity – Demelza House. Lots of people donated books and there was plenty to choose from. The wide range of books for sale included adventure, comedy, sci-fi and non-fiction, all on sale for 50p each. Altogether, we raised £24.50 for Demelza House. Thank you to everyone who donated or bought books. Happy World Book Day! Katherine Archer 7SSW Willingdon Community School

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Success for Young Enterprise 2014 On Saturday the 8th February, three groups of students took part in the Young Enterprise Trade Fair at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne, the first time Willingdon has taken part. The three companies are Longman Logic, specializing in home dĂŠcor, Longman Products, who provide digital accessories and Emerge Design who have designed and created their own product which recycles vinyl records. Willingdon Community School

Each group had the responsibility of designing and setting up their own stall at the fair and manning it throughout the day. The stalls were judged by the manager of the Arndale Centre, who was looking for display, customer service and many other features of a successful business. There were three prizes to be awarded at the end of the day; Best Trade Stand, Best Customer Service and the Mystery Shopper award. It Contact 149 March 2014


was a very long day but all the students who participated said that it had been very rewarding and an excellent chance to learn new skills. At the end of the day, Emerge Design were awarded the Mystery Shopper Award and Longman Logic won the Best Trade Stand, much to their delight. The trophies are on display in the Library.

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On 16th March the three companies attempted to repeat their success at the Brighton Marina Trade Fair. Trade was brisk but this time the awards went elsewhere. Well done to all the groups taking part and the best of luck for future enterprises. Mrs Skilton

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WILLINGDON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

News from the Friends of Willingdon Community School It’s been a busy period for the Friends since the start of the year with both a Quiz night, and a Saturday Coffee Morning event held, during the months of January and March respectively. The Coffee Morning event, (which included a Year 7/8 cake sale proceeds of which went to each of the year group’s nominated charity), was part of a range of suggestions in offering different types of Friends events, over and above our tried and tested Quiz and Bingo evenings, that our parents/ carers and the local community might also be interested in attending. As you are probably already aware through a number of our past events we have successfully raised funds for a Defibrillator which is situated outside the main entrance and are currently providing offering training to staff and students. Our next project is to raise funds for the drama department and Willingdon Community School

their future productions and we have some opportunities for you below to help us achieve this. We had a really positive reaction in terms of funds raised via parents/ carers in the lead up to Christmas and New Year in respect of their use of the “Easyfundraising” website, where as you will recall, any supporters of the “Friends” can raise funds through their on line purchases, just from the comfort of their armchair with no effort involved! This website facility is available all year round and details are shown below.

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every time you shop, you’ll earn a donation for the Friends of Willingdon Community School, at no additional cost to you. Just visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ pta search for Friends of Willingdon Community School and follow the simple steps to sign up. It’s completely free and by doing so, for very little effort involved, you can be adding to the funds already being raised in this way, for your school!. We would also be very interested to hear from anyone who works for a company that provides “match funding” for charities. A number of large employers, supermarkets, banks etc have a matched funding scheme in place and The Friends of Willingdon Community School, as a registered charity, would be very grateful if your employers might like to help in this way. Next Friends Event: As part of those more unusual suggestions the next Friends event is a “Ramble across the Downs” which is a guided walk led by a member of the Friends who is also a Downland Ranger. This free to join event is scheduled for the Saturday 26th April (see flyer in this edition for further details) and as usual everyone of all different ages (and fitness levels!), families, friends etc are very welcome, but we do need you to book your place on the Walk in advance please, via the usual contact details friends@willingdonschool.org. uk Willingdon Community School

Next Friends Meeting: Our next Meeting is on Tuesday 1st April at 7.00pm. We aim to make the meeting as timely as possible as, following on from the arrival of the defibrillator at the end of last year we have arranged for a Defibrillator Training session to be offered to parents/carers/community etc straight after the Friends meeting, which again is offered to anyone who wishes to come along to this! Spread the word and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the evening. Looking into the near future beyond the “Ramble” event in April, we have, by popular demand, arranged another Friends Bingo Night on the 20th June, so look out for more details on this nearer the time. We will also be holding a second hand uniform sale in the summer term and a specific date will be circulated leading up to this, but in the meantime if you have any quality, clean second hand uniform that can be donated back to the Friends, please do bring this in, bagged up and marked for the attention of the Friends. Once again, can I thank you for your continued support of the Friends! If you have a fund raising idea or activity that you feel the Friends can play a part in, please do share it with us. Liz Fellows - Chair On behalf of the Friends of Willingdon Community School

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Exam Timetables Edexcel

French/ Spanish speaking

AQA

Art exams

French (Listening)

KFRO 01

French (Reading)

KFRO 02

All day

Monday 31st March/ Wed 2nd April

All day

Monday 31st March/ Wed 2nd April

0h 40m

Monday 12th May

13:45

1h 30m

Monday 12th May

14:30

Science Biology (J243) B1, B2, B3 A161

1h 00m

Tuesday 13th May

08:45

Core Science (J241)

A161

1h 00m

Tuesday 13th May

08:45

Geography A Written Unit 1

40301

1h 30m

Tuesday 13th May

13:45

ICT resits

R001

1h 00m

Wednesday 14th May

08:45

Sociology

41901

1h 30m

Wednesday 14th May

13:45

Spanish (Listening)

KSPO 01

0h 40m

Wednesday 14th May

13:45

Spanish (Reading/Writing)

KSPO 02

1h 30m

Wednesday 14th May

14:30

Science Chemistry (J244) C1, C2, C3

A171

1h 00m

Thursday 15th May

08:45

Core Science (J241)

A171

1h 00m

Thursday 15th May

08:45

1h 30m

Thursday 15th May

13:45

Religious Studies - Religion & Life 40552 Issues Willingdon Community School

KFRO 03

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History B (Modern World):Paper 1 (Core content with The USA)

A971

2h 00m

Friday 16th May

08:45

PE Unit 1

5PE01

1h 30m

Friday 16th May

13:45

Sociology

41902

1h 30m

Monday 19th May

08:45

Science Physics (J245) P1, P2, P3

A181

1h 00m

Monday 19th May

13:45

Core Science (J241)

A181

1h 00m

Monday 19th May

13:45

English Literature Modern Drama

A662

0h 45m

Tuesday 20th May

08:45

English Literature Prose from Different Cultures

A663

0h 45m

Tuesday 20th May

09:45

Geography A Written Unit 2

40302

1h 30m

Thursday 22nd May

08:45

English Literature J360 Literary Heritage Prose and Contemporary Poetry

A664

1h 30m

Thursday 22nd May

13:45

History B (Modern World):Paper 2

A972

1h 30m

Friday 23rd May

08:45

Drama

42401

1h 30m

Friday 23rd May

13:45

Music Listening

42701

1h 00m

Monday 2nd June 08:45

English (J350)/English Language (J355): Information and Ideas

A680

2h 00m

Tuesday 3rd June

08:45

Religious Studies

40554

1h 30m

Wednesday 4th June

08:45

Home Economics

430101

1h 30m

Thursday 5th June

08:45

Science Biology (J243) B4, B5, B6 A162

1h 00m

Friday 6th June

13:45

Additional Science (J242) Unit 1

1h 00m

Friday 6th June

13:45

Mathematics 2 Tier Linear (NON- 1MA0/1F/H 1h 45m CALC)

Monday 9th June

08:45

Design and Technology (Resistant Materials)

45601

2h 00m

Tuesday 10th June

08:45

Science Chemistry (J244) C4, C5, C6

A172

1h 00m

Tuesday 10th June

13:45

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Additional Science (J242) Unit 2

A172

1h 00m

Tuesday 10th June

13:45

Media

48101

1h 30m

Wednesday 11th June

08:45

Science Physics (J245) P4, P5, P6

A182

1h 00m

Thursday 12th June

08:45

Additional Science (J242) Unit 3

A182

1h 00m

Thursday 12th June

08:45

Mathematics 2 Tier Linear (CALC)

1MA0/2F/H 1h 45m

Friday 13th June

08:45

OCR

Science Biology (J243) B7

A163

1h 00m

18th June

OCR

Science Chemistry (J244) C7

A173

1h 00m

20th June

OCR

Science Physics (J245) P7

A183

1h 00m

24th June

AQA

Design & Technology Product Design

45551

2h 00m

Friday 13th June

OCR

Science Biology (J243) B7

A163

1h 00m

Monday 16th June

Science Chemistry (J244) C7

A173

Science Physics (J245) P7

A183

OCR

OCR

Triple Science 1h 00m Triple Science 1h 00m Triple Science

Thursday 19th June Monday 23rd June

All students will have been sent their individual seating timetable.

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help us celebrate Megan’s 21st to commemorate her special day, please join us for a...

Choir Concert Willingdon Community School Sunday 11th May | 7pm | £5 Entry

ticket price includes canapes and a glass of fizz

The Archway Group Choir will be performing from 7.30pm. Entry is £5 and includes canapés and a glass of fizz! Reserve tickets from Jane Brooks via email jane.brooks@youraisemeup.co.uk or 07828 015711

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Thinking of teaching?

Are you a graduate or due to graduate in 2014? The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of Secondary PGCE and School Direct courses in partnership with schools in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey for September 2014. Secondary subject specialisms include: Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Geography, Economics, Law, Computer Studies and RE. Mathematics is also offered at KS2/3. You could be eligible for a tax free bursary of up to ÂŁ25,000, or a training salary of around ÂŁ16,000 while you train to teach, depending on your subject and qualifications.

Free Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Modern Foreign Languages are also available prior to training. Want to know more? Join us at our recruitment event to discuss applying for School Direct and PGCE places with university tutors and our partner schools. Date Monday 24 March 2014 Time 6-7.30pm Location Hove Park School, Nevill Road Site, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN Register by email iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk Find us at www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ITE www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching Talk to us on 01273 873238 or email iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk Apply now via UCAS Teacher Training www.UCAS.com/apply/teacher-training

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Willingdon Community School Yearbook 2009 - 2014

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Dates for the Diary March: Friday 28th - Contact Issued April: Tuesday 1st - Year 8 Progress Reports Issued Wednesday 2nd - Year 7 Parents Evening Friday 4th - End of Term 4 Tuesday 22nd - Start of Term 5 Wednesday 23rd - HPV Vaccinations / Year 8 Parents Evening

May: Thursday 1st - Years 7 & 8 Maths Challenge Monday 5th - Bank Holiday / School Closed Tuesday 6th - Year 10 Reports Issued Thursday 8th - Parent Forum Wednesday 14th - Year 10 Parents Evening Friday 23rd - End of Term June: Monday 2nd - Start of Term 6

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