SALESIAN COLLEGE FARNBOROUGH
Spring mid term newsletter Welcome from the Headmaster Dear Parents The Spring Term began with a large number of boys sitting the entrance examination on Monday 7 January. The standard of entries was very high and offers of places in Year 7 for September have now been made. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of students to the two induction days and the activity week in the summer, before their start to Salesian Life in September 2013. The College celebrations for the feast of St John Bosco this year were made more special as they coincided with the Pilgrimage of his Relics to the United Kingdom. Our College Mass began with a re-enactment of St John Bosco writing his famous letter in 1883. In this letter he reminded the Salesian educators in Turin of the need for any Salesian school to be a family, a home that welcomes and a playground, alongside a place where young people are educated for life. Tickets for the Salesian College Theatre Company Production of We Will Rock You are selling out fast. Please ensure you order your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. I look forward to meeting with you at one of the performances of We Will Rock You and at the Bollywood Ball on Saturday 20 April, for which a few tickets are still available. I hope that you all enjoy a safe and happy half term.
Patrick A Wilson
The Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco On Monday 14 January, a group of staff and students travelled to Southwark Cathedral to take part in a special Salesian Schools' Mass to celebrate the final stage of the Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco in the UK. It was a unique event and a special experience for all who attended. The Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco is a significant event in the life of our Salesian family in the UK and is part of a world-wide pilgrimage, building up to the 200th anniversary of Don Bosco’s birth in 2015. The Pilgrimage began on 31 January 2009 and as this event moves around the world it is raising awareness of Don Bosco’s spirituality and the importance of young people in the Church.
Messages for Parents College Dates 2013/14 Enclosed with this newsletter are the College Dates for 2013/14. Please avoid booking holidays during term time. Any requests for absence must be made to the Headmaster in writing. Lower Sixth Higher Education Evening All members of the Lower Sixth and their parents should attend the Higher Education Evening on Tuesday 19 March at 7.30pm. It is important to understand the process of deciding upon the best choice of University, course of study and UCAS application. A presentation will be given on these three areas. PTA Bollywood Ball The PTA Spring Ball which is to be held on Saturday 20 April is always a special and memorable event. The champagne reception, live band and fine dining make this one of the key social events of the year for parents. New parents are particularly welcome to share this special evening. Application for tickets can be made to the School Office for the attention of the PTA and marked Bollywood Ball. Open Morning On Saturday 11 May, the College is holding an Open Morning for prospective students and their parents from 9.15am to 12.30pm. Current parents are also warmly invited to attend to see some of the work your son/daughter has undertaken. Italian Club An Italian Club will take place every Thursday lunchtime in Spanish 2 from 1.00 to 1.25pm. 16 students have already enrolled and we would warmly welcome more beginners. The lessons are taught by a native Italian speaker Mrs Agnese Lyne and the club will run until the end of June. Uniform Shop The next uniform shop will be held on Saturday 16 March from 9.30 to 11.30am. The shop is located in the Business Studies corridor under the Gym.
College Events & Trips 10th Spanish Exchange with Salesian College Sarrià in Barcelona From the 14 to 21 December 2012, Mr Wilson, Mrs Cardona and the Lower VI Spanish students went on the annual exchange trip to the Salesian School in Sarrià, Barcelona. Our students truly benefited from a weekly programme of linguistic and cultural activities including lessons at Salesian College Sarrià, the Spanish Cookery Day as well as a trip to the Holy Monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. This year it was even more special as it was our 10th Spanish Exchange Anniversary with one of our partner Salesian schools. Congratulations to Mrs Isabel Cardona for organising another successful and memorable Exchange.
A Level French Trip to Paris On 31 January to 3 February, twelve A Level students, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Stone travelled to Paris. The students had a very busy time attending two conferences on Friday and Saturday. The students enjoyed visiting the Eiffel Tower and visiting La Tour Montparnasse with its beautiful view of Paris from the 56th floor. They also went to the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre museum and the Père Lachaise cemetery where they saw the grave of Oscar Wilde. They also enjoyed eating frog legs and snails in the Latin Quarter area, a nice and lively area of Paris. The students were also very impressed by the beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral which celebrates its 850 years anniversary in 2013.
Thank you to Mr Michael Stone and Mrs Gwenola Stone for organising the trip to Paris and accompanying the students.
SPRING 2013 A Level Physics Trip to CERN On Thursday 31 January 2013, eighteen Sixth Form physicists flew out to Geneva on a trip to visit the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN). On a very damp Friday, the visit to the United Nations Office at the Palais Des Nations provided the students with a very informative tour. This was followed by a short walk to the Science History Museum to view the exhibition on the Probability of Gambling which captivated the group’s interest for the afternoon. The group arrived at CERN on the Saturday in plenty of time for the “Universe of Particules” presentation in The Globe of Science and Innovation. A lecture and a workshop on cryogenics and superconducting electromagnets rounded off a very enlightening day. The visit to CERN was a very successful trip which complements the A2 Particle Physics unit in Year 13, helping bring what can be a very abstract topic to life. Thanks to Mr Neil Raftery, Mr Paul Nazir and Mrs Susan Styles for accompanying the students.
Sixth Form Sleepout to support for local homeless young people After the Festival of Readings and Carols, a total of 45 students slept out on a wet and cold night, to raise money for the local homeless charity Step by Step. Students came with cardboard and sleeping bags and slept on the concrete in and around the Sean Devereux Sixth Form Centre accompanied by four members of staff. The experience of cold and getting enough rest to actually enjoy a meaningful last day at College on the Friday is the annual challenge. Mr Richard Maher, Head of Sixth Form said, “Experience is something very different from speculation; by sleeping in similar conditions to a surprising number of local young people, our students’ perspective is changed and the practical support makes a huge difference to Step by Step.” The current total raised is just over £4,500. Well done to all.
SALESIAN COLLEGE Festival of Readings and Carols On Thursday 13 December, the College held its annual Festival of Readings and Carols. The evening is always a very special occasion and this year was no exception with the girls’ choir singing alongside the schola, senior boys’ choir and senior choir. Particular thanks go to Dr Anthony Noble, Director of Music for his tireless work and effort and to Mr Steve Burnett, Mr Geoffrey Tuson and Hamish Dustagheer whose musical support was invaluable. Thank you also to Mrs Jane Desmidt for preparing the Readers and to the PTA for the mulled wine and mince pies.
747kg of food donated to Foodbank valued at £1200! Following the tremendous School Council end of term charity initiative, we were very pleased to donate a fantastic assortment of cans and packets of food to the Farnborough Foodbank. Every Form from Years 7 to 11 had a large plastic crate which they filled to the brim with food. Everyone did a fantastic job and it was impossible to say which Form did the 'best' but the Sixth Form students who carried the crates down for collection awarded the heaviest crate title to Form 10 St Aidan's! The total amount collected weighed 747kg and was valued by the Foodbank at over £1200. This was distributed to local families who hopefully enjoyed Christmas a little more this year because of our efforts. Thank you and well done to everyone.
SPRINGÂ 2013Â Enjoying Christmas Lunch During the last week of the Autumn Term, students enjoyed the annual Christmas lunch. Thank you to Mr Mick Ogden, College Chef and all the catering staff who helped to make the event a most enjoyable Christmas celebration for the students and staff.
SALESIAN COLLEGE Prospective Sixth Form Students hear from Ben Boyne, Antarctic Explorer On Wednesday 6 February, over 100 young men and women, who had registered an interest in our Sixth Form, attended a social evening centred around Salesian Sixth Form Life. The evening commenced in the Sean Devereux Centre, followed by a light supper in the Refectory. Current Sixth Form students presented informally on how Sixth Form Life was different to Year 11 and what it is like coming from an all-girls school into a co-educational Sixth Form. The College was pleased to welcome back a former student and Antarctic Explorer, Ben Boyne as the guest speaker for the evening. Ben enthralled the audience with his story of how he battled the elements in Antarctica whilst taking part in an 800 km race to the South Pole. Ben was in a team of three raising money for the young people’s homeless charity Centrepoint in London and had a tough time doing so. They were delayed getting into Antartica because of bad weather, causing a few teams to drop out of the race. One of their team, Andrew, broke his arm and was struggling to pull the 70Kg pulk, so they had to share the weight between them. With winds up to 80mph and temperatures as low as -40C, it was the ultimate extreme endurance race set in one of the coldest, driest and highest deserts on earth. However, Ben and his team-mates overcame adversity and made it to the South Pole raising almost £200k for Centrepoint. Ben is now planning to row across the Atlantic in 2014! School Captain, Joseph Byrne assisted Ben in demonstrating some of the specialist equipment that was required for the expedition!
SPRING 2013 PTA News PTA Quiz Night On Saturday 9 February, the Salesian PTA held their famous Quiz Night hosted by our fantastic in-house Quizmaster, Mr Crean. This is not only an excellent fund-raiser, but an extremely enjoyable social event, where a number of team members had never met before the evening itself (but hopefully now become good friends). We had nearly 300 players spread over 32 teams, with around a third being Salesian students. Even though the Staff entered two teams this year, they were narrowly beaten by the overall winners Great Minds Think Alike. Amazingly the winning student team Universally Challenged were only six points behind the staff!
We offer our thanks to everyone who took part in the quiz, everyone who helped set up, take down, man the bar, serve the food and to the students who contributed enormously to the efficient running of the event on the night. Particular thanks go to Jo Williams for yet another successful event. Most of our events really do take months to prepare for, so if you have any spare time and would like to contribute, please do let the PTA know, as we would love to have more helpers on board. The PTA are delighted that with your support, the event raised over £1400!
The Bollywood Ball Preparations are well under way for the annual PTA Ball which is to be held on Saturday 20 April 2013. The theme this year is Bollywood and guests will be amazed to see the hall transformed into an extravaganza of colour. Our meal will be prepared by Mr Andrew Walker, the Executive Chef from Chartwells. Entertainment will be provided by authentic dancers followed by a disco. Tickets are selling out fast, so please book your ticket as soon as you can. For further details contact Anita Welch firstname.lastname@example.org
The PTA look forward to welcoming you to the Theatre Bar during the College Production of We Will Rock You. The Bar will not only be open during the interval, but prior to each performance, orders can be placed for interval drinks. The Theatre Bar will be located in the Drama Studio. There will be access to it directly from the car park.
Awards and Certificates Swimming Awards - 7 St Aidan’s
Swimming Awards - 7 St Bede’s
St Dunstan’s win Inter-House Chess
Christian Tepper wins Gold medal in British Judo National Championships
SPRING 2013 Year 7 Don Bosco Project Winners
Alex Berryman wins RSPCA Young Photographer Award
Year 10 Business Challenge Winners
British Physics Olympiad Winners
SALESIAN COLLEGE Fr Martin Coyle, Provincial, Miss Amii Steele & Mr Michael Stone congratulate the Year 7 Anthropod Cell Model Winners
Mrs Leforte congratulates Year 7 History Impenetrable Castle Model Project Winners
SPRING 2013 Inter-House Badminton Winners
Public Speaking Awards
Cross Country Winners U14 Boys Team Winners & Individual 3rd Place
U16 Boys Team Winners & Individual 3rd Place
Senior 16 Boys Team Runners Up & Individual Winner
Rugby 1st XV Ties
SALESIAN COLLEGE We Will Rock You Rehearsals continue to progress well for the College production of We Will Rock You at the end of the Spring Term. The production is always sold out for all three performances, so please book your tickets as soon as possible. At the time of going to press, there are plenty of tickets available for the Thursday evening performance but limited availability for the Friday and Saturday performances.
As part of the College’s external communications we are pleased to let you know that you can now follow us on Twitter @SalesianFboro. We will be updating the account regularly to let you know about important events at the College and our latest news. For the latest sports news, information and results, please follow the Salesian College PE Department on Twitter @SalesianFboroPE
College Catering At this time there is genuine concern with regard to the possible contamination of meat products in the UK. We have discussed the situation with Chartwells, our College Caterers who are part of Compass Group UK & Ireland and have received the following reassurance: "In light of recent events, we have asked all of our meat suppliers to re-confirm their compliance with the required traceability, testing and hygiene processes to ensure the integrity of their products is maintained. We have received this confirmation from all of our core meat suppliers, who have also confirmed that no contaminated products have been supplied to Compass Group UK & Ireland." UK Communications Compass Group UK & Ireland
Diary Dates Sunday 17 February
Spanish Trip/Rugby Tour departs for Barcelona
Thursday 21 February
Salesian High School New York arrive in Farnborough
Monday 25 February
Term re-starts at 8.40am
Wednesday 27 February
Sixth Form Conference at Alton Convent
Friday 1 March
Year 13 Biology Department visit to Wakehurst Place
Thursday 7 March
7 St Aidan’s & 7 St Bede’s Science Trip to Intech, Winchester
Friday 8 March
7 St Dunstan’s & 7 St Hugh’s Science Trip to Intech, Winchester
Thursday 14 March
1.00pm College Theatre Company - We Will Rock You Matinee 7.30pm College Theatre Company - We Will Rock You
Friday 15 March
Salesian Schools’ Leadership Conference 7.30pm College Theatre Company - We Will Rock You
Saturday 16 March
Uniform Shop Open 9.30 - 11.30am 7.30pm College Theatre Company - We Will Rock You
Tuesday 19 March
Year 12 Higher Education Evening 7.30pm
Friday 22 March
Sixth Form Reports issued Term ends at 3.50pm
Saturday 23 March
Ski trip departs to France
Sunday 31 March
HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage departs
Monday 15 April
Summer Term begins at 8.40am
Saturday 20 April
The Bollywood Ball