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Sir Robert Woodard Academy “Performing Arts and Mathematics”

July 2010 Newsletter

From the Principal Dear Parent/Guardian As I write the introduction to this, the final newsletter of the year, you will, I am sure, agree that it has been an action packed half-term. This term has seen the completion of the external examinations for the students in years 10 – 13, the introduction of the first learning days, our chapter activity experiences, residential offsite and onsite enrichment learning opportunities and much more besides. I continue to be indebted to my staff for their commitment for providing the widest possible experience for our students, and I have been delighted with students’ appreciation and enjoyment of their learning this half-term. This is a time in the year when we often say farewell to valued colleagues. This term the following staff are retiring:- Mr Swift; Mr Rose, Mr Fitzgerald, Mrs Olsen, Mr Haestier; Mr Pinner; Miss Horn and Mrs Tod. Between them these colleagues have offered a total of 187 years of service to the young people of Sompting and Lancing. Other staff are moving on to new positions elsewhere; Mr McQuade; Mr Chitty; Mr A Thomas, Mrs Hardy-Stewart; Mr Sheldon; Dr Bellingham; Miss Morris; Mr Parsons; Mr Jordan; and Mrs Burgess. We are thankful to all these staff for their contribution and wish them every success and happiness with their future plans. This term will conclude on Friday 23rd July. This will be a non-uniform day in support of our chapter charities. Students who wish to wear non-uniform are asked to contribute £1 to the chapter charities. Students will be dismissed from the academy at 12.30pm on this day.

I thank all parents for your continued support in this our first year. We have had an excellent first year with much progress being made. Our plans for the future continue to blossom, the new build is on track for us to occupy in September 2011, and I look forward to leading the academy into our second year. A reminder to all students who have sat external exams that AS, A level and level 3 results are out on Thursday 19th August, and GCSE level 2 results on Tuesday 24th August. Students may collect their results from student services on these days after 10.00am. The autumn term for students commences on Monday 6th September and we will, on this first day, be operating a staggered arrival. Students in years 7, 11, 12 and 13 should arrive at the normal time of 8.55am (year 7 students reporting to the year 7 chapter). Students in years 8, 9 and 10 in September should arrive at 11.30am. Information regarding tutor group venues will be prominently displayed. Finally, I should like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families an enjoyable summer break. Yours sincerely Mrs C Bailey Principal

Our Chaplain

Reverend Wendy, the academy chaplain joined us mid June. “I’ve had a fantastic first few weeks and been made to feel really welcome by students and staff,” Revd Wendy says, “and now I have comfy bean bags in my room I feel at home!” Students can drop in to the chaplaincy room, next to Student Services, any break time for a chat about anything or to ask to see Revd Wendy via their tutors. Parents/guardians are also welcome to make an appointment to see the chaplain either through phoning the main switchboard or by emailing Revd Wendy direct: wdalrymple@srwa.woodard. “I hope you will find in me a friendly, non-judgmental and confidential ear,” comments Revd Wendy. The Bishop of Horsham will lead a special service with music from our own talented academy students to formally welcome Revd Wendy to the academy at the start of the new academic year. Letters will be sent out inviting parents/guardians in the first week of term but please make a note of the date in your diary now. Friday 10th September 2:30pm.

Africa days

The 8th and 9th of July saw the academy learning in a way that enabled students of all ages to be in groups from their chapters. The academy was full of vibrantly coloured t-shirts as the 40 different groups competed for team points.

Students experienced learning through the themes of South Africa and the world cup, with staff beginning work on the lesson plans and resources just after Christmas. Additional sessions were provided by expert teachers. African jewellery making, African dance, African drumming and spoken word workshops were amongst the sessions delivered by people who are now friends of the academy.

The academy came together for the first time ever for a celebration assembly that saw students rewarded for their effort and leadership. The overall chapter winners, Roddick, collected the first ever chapter trophy and we all enjoyed the performance of African drumming and dancing.

In the words of one student, “I was nervous about working with people I didn’t know, but after the first lesson, our group was enjoying being together. It was fun and we learnt about new things as well.” The appearance of the academy was transformed by the construction of three huts at the front of the academy in which students learnt about different creation beliefs. Other classrooms were changed into shanty towns, business premises and hot kitchens producing the most delicious foods.

Physical Education

season. It is also great news that James Miller and Sam Gunn are now playing for the Manor Cricket Club with James Francis looking to play too.

Rounders Round Up: Yr 10: The Year 10 rounders team has been an absolute pleasure to take to fixtures this year. Even though they have had limited success, they have greatly improved in all aspects of the game and have really enjoyed participating for the Academy. Players – Chloe Hubbard (captain), Shelby Hardy (vice captain), Beth Sayers, Hollie O’Brien, Megan Harris, Hannah May, Zoe Gravett, Natalie Powell and Danielle Matten. Yr 9: The Year 9 Rounders club have had success against some teams in their league, with their most surprising and exciting victory being against Our Lady of Sion School. This is most definitely a team to watch out for and a team for the future. Players – Harleigh Williams (captain), Elanor Francis (vice captain), Emma Bullen, Georgia Deacon, Laura Still, Daisy Chalcraft, Rachel Luff, Chanel Wilson, Zoe Furlong, Holly Wiseman, Harriet Banwell, Ellie Doubtfire and Paige Nash. Yr 8: The Year 8 rounders team have gone from strength to strength this year and have shown increasing commitment. They came second in their pool in the league. As a result they got through to the District finals and were placed sixth overall. Players – Anna Short (captain), Abi Phillips (vice captain), Caitlin Beech, Amber Saunders, Katie Ball, Nina Day, Bryony Phillips, Hannah Cosham, Katie Druhan and Shannon Eade. Yr 7: The year 7s experienced their first secondary school rounders matches against Thomas ABecket Middle School and Sion. Both were very tough matches to play but good team work when fielding managed to ensure they stayed close to their opponents score. Players— Chelsea Rutter (captain), Anezka Hall, Lauren Sinfield, Sarah Ford, Alisha Williams, Katie Shelley, Annie Rolf, Chloe Leggat, and Jess Harvey

The Year 10 Cricket Team Yr 9: The Yr 9 boys have played some difficult games this season and I must credit them with their attitude and the way in which they have conducted themselves in every match. Their fielding and bowling have improved with every ball. There have also been many highlights; in particular Branden Fearn scoring 3 boundaries in one over against Ardingley College, and Callum Bester taking 3 wickets. I have very much enjoyed working with them this year and hope to see more out for practice as I anticipate some close matches next season! Mr Fox Team Manager. Yr 8: This year has been a steep learning curve for the team. From the first goes with the hard ball and full equipment the individual players and team have made great strides. The majority of players have turned up to training regularly and changed from a bunch of sportsmen trying out cricket to a team of developing cricketers. Next year now looks to be very promising! Mr Blower Team Manager. Yr7: All the boys made a positive start to their cricket season. All players have worked well over the past couple of months to listen to advice and hone their batting and fielding skill. The overall standard of bowling is very promising indeed. They played two competitive games, the high-point being a very sound win against Shoreham Academy. The aim now is to get a solid squad of players together and work with them between now and next season to create a prepared team for Year 8. If you are interested, please see Mr Hill! Athletics Round Up:

Cricket Round Up: Yr 10: The Yr 10s played Shoreham Academy and St Andrews but lost both of these games despite a heroic effort. However, we did win some points from Steyning who conceded the match twice. Scott Ridley’s very good performance taking three wickets all bowled at St Andrews was the highlight of the

District Athletics Held at the Worthing Athletics Centre, 30 SRWA students represented the Academy at the annual District Athletics event. All the SRWA athletes who competed worked hard and gave a good account of themselves. Some outstanding performances were from Anna Short, who won her heat and came second in the 100m and 200m finals, Jordan Prior who came 4th in the 1500m final and Nina Day who came 3rd in the javelin event.

Steyning Novices At the Steyning athletics, SRWA students again gave strong performances, and competed in all disciplines, improving our overall team position from that achieved in the District event. Some outstanding performances were Anna Short in the 100m and 200m who came second, Laura Still who came second in the javelin, Daniel Smith who came second in the long jump, and Greg Powell who stepped up a year group to compete. Littlehampton Invitation This is a unique event which is only for Yr 7 to Yr 10 girls from all schools in the district. It is an event which we normally host, but due to the build, Littlehampton academy have kindly agreed to host it for the next couple of years. We had some very good individual results with Nina Day finally achieving a gold medal in the javelin event! Alice Ford in Yr 8 performed extremely well in the sprint events to help the Yr 9/10 team get into the relay finals. Libby Upton in Yr 8 and Kanisha Stapley in Yr 7 both performed well in the long jump to come away with second place. National Sports Week: Football Tournament This week saw the introduction of a new idea to the academy. A 5-a-side football league. Not that novel you may think BUT, Each player in year 7 to 10 was given a points value, then teams were organised with each team having a maximum value. Every lunchtime there was some very competitive football played culminating in the finals on Friday. Following the event every player in the winning teams will have their values increased so that their team value is above the acceptable total team value and will lead to teams being reorganised. The aim is to have a lunchtime league run every half term, with the winning teams being champions for half a term. Winning teams this time were: Yr7: Nagle’s, Yr8: Bromers’ Army, Yr9: Frog Munchers, Yr10: Rangers. National Sports Week: Pentathlon Event @ Knights academy On Friday 2nd July, 22 Yr 9 and 2 Yr 8 students went to Knights academy in London to complete against other Academies from the South East in a Pentathlon event. We consistently performed well to come away with an overall position of 3rd place and only 3 points behind 2nd!

In the boy’s football, Frank Raynsford and Callum Bester both scored from the halfway line, but excellent goalkeeping from Dan Smith ensured we conceded few goals to win silver! Sussex rugby player Heather Clegg took command of the tag rugby team to help the rest of the girls pick up the rules and work their way to victory against Ladywells academy. In the basketball, the boys outplayed everyone to win this event. Well done to Simon Bisrat, Conor Mountfield, Aaron Veal, Jordon Prior, Connor Laker and Dan Smith. In the Chess event SRWA outwit all of their opponents to come away with another 1st place. Rachel Luff and Emma Bullen won all of their matches in the knockout tournament. The day then ended with Athletics, we had victories go to Jordon Prior and Anna Short and silver medals go to the girls relay team (Shannon Bailey, Harleigh Williams, Anna Short and Chanel Wilson). All the staff of the host school was very impressed with SRWA students saying they were a credit to the academy. Well done to you all! Miss Hammersley and Mr Bromley Team Managers

BTEC Sport Well done to all of our Yr 11 BTEC Sport students who have successfully completed their course. A special well done goes to Emma Hughes, Michael Henley, Chelsea Saunders, James Phelan, Lauren Harwood, Sam Taylor, Summer Ford, Johannes Asmussen and Gina Koroknai who all achieved the top grade of Distinction* which is equivalent to 2 A* grades! Sir Robert Woodard Academy launched its own film club in association with the national organisation. Our film club is called ‘Reel Flicks’ and is open to all year groups. Once students have joined the club, they are able to come and watch a range of films at the end of the Academy day on Wednesdays, discuss their opinions and then log into the Filmclub website to write a review. We have over 4000 films to choose from, such as low budget films to Hollywood blockbusters and world cinema – the aim is to build on students’ love of film and to enable them to experience films they may not be aware of. There are also opportunities to invite various members of the film industry to visit the Academy to work with students. For further details, students should contact Mrs Prince – Director of English and Literacy Development. Competition: Design a logo for Reel Flicks – the winning logo will be displayed on our page of the Filmclub website. Be part of something big! Mrs E Prince, English Department

Chapter Activities

PGL Barton Hall – Brunel Written by Louise Etheridge 10MJ We were all up looking rather tired at 6am on Wednesday morning. We arrived at Barton Hall in Torquay, Devon at about midday. After moving into our rooms and meeting our fantastic PGL leaders, we went on to to the amazing activities. All six groups did the same 8 sessions, which were: aeroball; abseiling; raft-building; quad-biking; challenge course; climbing; archery and giant swing. Everybody enjoyed all the activities and personally I enjoyed the giant swing which helped me to face my fear of heights. It was also enjoyable thanks to the bubbly and fun-loving instructors who never failed to crack a smile. I think one of the best parts of the trip was getting to know and work with the younger children in the school who were so enthusiastic throughout the trip. I can’t find a negative from the trip as every minute was fantastic. I think PGL is the best thing I have done all year and I would suggest that everyone should go if offered the opportunity in the future. On Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 14/15 & 16th July, 24 students on each day rotated through a range of activities at the local leisure centre. Thanks goes to the Manager, Andi Dunston and his staff who have helped plan the day. Following this, it is hoped that the students look to become junior members and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Learning Resource Centre Carnegie Medal It was the culmination of eight weeks hard reading, when at 12.30 precisely on June 24th; the postman delivered the envelope with the name of the winner… Back in April some twenty pupils from the Sir Robert Woodard academy began meeting; just before the shortlisted eight books for the 2010 Carnegie Medal – awarded to the best teenage fiction of the year – were announced. At our first meeting, we recorded a podcast all about the process of choosing our favourite title, which was put onto the academy website. We then met weekly and adapted our Carnegie webpage with a blog, a reading barometer and everyone posted their reviews online as they read each book. We ended up with over 60 reviews altogether! As a group we visited the Carnegie readers at Davisons in Worthing and they came to join us for one of our meetings, where the discussion got quite heated as different pupils championed their favourite book! We then met to vote, and pupils at SRWA chose ‘The Ask and the Answer’ by Patrick Ness as their overall favourite, with Terry Pratchett’s ‘Nation’ a close second and ‘Chains’ by Laure Halse Anderson, a story about slavery set in 19th century New York their third placed book.

Davison Girls visit SRWA to champion their favourite book

On the day the National winner was to be announced, the LRC hosted a Literary Luncheon and invited a mystery guest to come and reveal the winner for 2010. All the pupils who had read the shortlisted books were invited and the academy catering ladies put on a magnificent spread. Our Mystery Guest, local sporting hero James Braime, Captain of Worthing Thunder basketball team was delighted to come and join us for lunch and to announce the winner as Neil Gaiman, for his book ‘The Graveyard

Book’. Some of the pupils were delighted and others disappointed with the national winner and James talked with the students about their favourite books and told them about his. He reads a lot when the team are travelling on tour or to away fixtures and his top read was ‘The Life of a Coach’ by Dean Smith, the story of Michael Jordan’s coach. ‘Books can be inspirational and all of our Carnegie readers are keen to take part again next year.’ Mrs Waton.


Investors in Careers Award We are pleased to announce our intention to achieve the nationally recognised Investor in Careers Award. Achievement of the award will identify the Academy as an outstanding provider of careers education, information, advice and guidance to our students. The Academy will be working in partnership with Connexions meaning that students will benefit from guidance provided by our two Personal Advisers; Paula Kerekes and Sarah Cawston. The Connexions PAs will offer group and individual sessions to support students to prepare to make choices at 14, 16 and 18. The Academy has recently appointed Mrs Morley, as its Careers Mentor,

Year 7 Creativity.

who will be based in the Post 16 Chapter Building. Her role will be to provide careers related mentoring to a number of students across the Academy and to ensure that students are receiving the best possible careers experience. Students who feel they would like a Connexions interview and/or an informal meeting with Mrs Morley, perhaps to discuss issues regarding further education, college, or work should speak to their tutors.

Aim Higher

It was good to see the picture of our winning Y9 Suitable Boy team in the Lancing Herald on May 27th. Team members are Ryan Woolmer, Jake West, Sam Jordan, Bradley Gravestock, Ethan Driscoll, Connor Laker, Robin Fonteneau, Zach Fitzpatrick, Joe Thompson, Lewis Moore. Their

All year the year 7 students have been doing brilliant work in their creativity sessions with SRWA’s resident C&T drama animateur. This term they have been working on a project about water, thinking about what it means to us and where it comes from. The H2O project has been running in schools across the country, with young people collaborating to share their ideas.

rewards trip to the Emirates Stadium is on July 20th. Our Y10 Aimhigher students enjoyed a fascinating lecture on the Psychology of Luck which included an experiment on thought transference in which Harley Atkins showed either great luck or great skill! Seven Y9 students attended a University of Chichester Music Summer School entitled “Chi Rocks” from July 6th to 8th. They worked with University ambassadors and teams of students from other schools to compose songs which were performed by the University Rock Band, including a rather younger but no less skilful trombonist, namely Ryan Williams. Students also had to set up a music company and congratulations are due to Ryan and Shannon Boiling, whose team won the Dragon’s Den competition.


This term the extended day lipsync group worked to create a curtain-raiser to accompany the Random Theatrical production. Combining drama, music and more than a little creative flair, the lipsync group produced a live lipsync to “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. Members of the group are now working on a music hall inspired lipsync to take to Poland on the Performing Arts tour.

Public Speaking

The first of our Inter Chapter Competitions took place on June 23rd. Teams from Brunel, Nightingale, Roddick and Mandela competed for vouchers and also a new shield which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony in September. There were 4 students in each team: a Chair, Main Speaker, Vote of Thanks and Reserve. The topics discussed were: “Should there be a Curfew for Teenagers?” “Should Homophobic Abuse be Tolerated?” and “Are Books Old Fashioned?” We were pleased to welcome a prestigious judging panel which included governors and local business people as well as the Principal of the academy. After a very tight contest watched attentively by two tutor groups from each Chapter, the Roddick team of Tacita, Shu Hua, Charlotte and George was declared the winner. Further public speaking competitions are planned, perhaps including participation in regional and national events.

Gifted & Talented

34 of our most able students have attended Saturday County Enrichment courses this term in subjects as diverse as Landscape Painting, Shakespearean Tragedy, Making a Metal Robot and Journalism.

Breaking News

There is a new online enhanced newsletter available from the website which includes some extra content and multi-media


In September, we welcome a number of new staff to the academy and I am pleased to inform parents that we have specialist teachers in all areas. The following staff will join us in the autumn term: Mr Williams, Director of Performing Arts; Miss Cohen, Assistant Director of Learning:English; Mrs Knight, Curriculum Team Leader:Textiles; Mr Marsh Curriculum Team Leader:History; Miss Quarton, teacher of History; Mr Heery, teacher of Geography; Miss Stankovich, teacher of Science and Psychology;

Mrs Wimble, teacher of Science; Miss McCaig, teacher of Science; Miss Wiggin, teacher of Ceramics; Mr Chattell, teacher of ICT; Mr Carter, teacher of ICT; Ms Harrison, teacher of English; Ms Harmer, teacher of English.

Performing Arts

Performing arts had a hugely successful ‘Random Theatrical’ this year where 45 students from Years 7-13 performed two plays for three nights to completely sold out audiences. It is the annual show from the Drama Club. This year there were two action adventure plays each lasting an hour which was a huge task for the New Year 7 members of the Drama Club, especially as many of them took on leading roles. The first play was Freydis and the Raiders by Geoff Bamber, about a Norse Village and a feisty young girl who wishes to break with tradition and become a Norse warrior in order to save her village from the evil Thorbrand. The second was written by Annabel Venn and was called Diana Scones and the Tree of Life, Diana and her father Doctor Scones, helped by her daughter Myfanwy have to save the world from Ignor Amos and his gang who have set off the Clock of Doom. Both plays were a huge success and it is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the students. Year 12 students have completed their Theatre for children Unit for their BTEC National Award. They went to Sompting Primary and performed a purpose made production on challenging issues to the Year 6 students. They also held a 40 minute workshop. The teachers were very impressed by their attitude and commitment and ability to engage the Year 6 students; they said the Yr 12s were a credit to the academy and excellent ambassadors, and that they would like them back to teach permanently! The BTEC Year 10 First Certificate in Acting students performed extracts from “Blue Remembered Hills” on July 8th from. They worked exceptionally hard to get this ready even though they have been busy with exams. They should be congratulated for their commitment and hard work.

Poland A group of 70 students and staff from the academy have embarked on the 2010 Performing Arts Tour with Poland as their destination. Żywiec (pronounced Jiv-ee-etch) was twinned with the Adur District in August 2000 with the two areas celebrating 10 years of partnership this year. Żywiec – a background Żywiec, called the capital of the Beskidy Mountains is more than 700 years old. It is situated at the centre of the Żywiecka Valley where the Rivers Sola and Koszarawa converge at a height of 345-255 metres. The town is a bustling centre of cultural life. Every year in July / August the amphitheatre holds the Beskidian Culture Week, Polish Mountaineers Festival and International Folk Sessions together with accompanying shows. Żywiec is also interesting for its historic architecture, of which the most important is the Old Castle with its 15 century arcaded courtyard.

The Habsburg’s Palace was built in the second half of the 19th century and has a unique garden landscaped to resemble an English park. During their stay as guest of the Mayor of Żywiec, the students will be performing in a number of locations around the town and beyond, including the Old Castle, the Cultural Centre and Town Square. Students will also get the opportunity to learn some traditional Polish folk music and dancing and visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Funding support The students have been supported for this tour with funding from an Adur District Council Community Grant and from the Adur Twinning Association for which they are very grateful. A very successful pre-tour performance was held at Southwick Methodist Church with the students performing to their home audience for the last time before their trip. Mrs L Cole Acting Director of Specialism (Performing Arts)

Summer home learning

Students will be coming home with a home learning booklet for the summer. This contains tasks set by each department that give students the opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills across the curriculum over the summer break. These booklets will also be available on FROG and the website at: This is not in any way supposed to be a burden upon students, but a way of avoiding the “dip” that often occurs during the long break from learning, that can take the first half-term to recover from. Students should try to complete a little and often, rather than completing the work in the last week. Those that do complete the work will not only find


themselves better prepared for September, but will be rewarded for work that is completed to a standard that reflects their best effort. Completed work should be given in to their new subject teachers in the first week back. The most important task that students can undertake to prepare for their learning in September, is reading. Ideally students should have a reading book. However, reading newspapers, instruction booklets and magazines can also help to maintain and develop reading skills and speed. Please note our online games based revision system ‘I Am Learning’ will be available to all students via Frog throughout the Summer and is updated regularly.



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Coming in September

Term Dates 2010 - 2011

Following a review of our current curriculum the academy will be moving from 5 x 60 minute lessons to 3 x 100 minute lessons in September. Lessons will continue to be spread across a two week period, and there will no change to the start and end times of each day. A number of other schools and academies have adopted this model and have found that it enhances learning in that it allows for longer periods of settled time to focus more deeply into each subject - this is especially true in practical subjects where time can often be wasted in preparations / clearing away. Students and staff will focus on fewer periods / changes each day but more intensely, and with a wider range of learning activities within the subject, hence enhancing concentration and progress. During the summer term staff and students have been preparing for this change.

Autumn Term 2010 Monday 6th September - Friday 17th December Half Term Monday 25th - Friday 29th October

New academy Day from September 2010 8.50 am AM Registration and Assembly 9.10 am Period 1 10.50 am Mid morning break 11.10 am Period 2 12.50 pm Lunch Break 13.25 pm Period 3 15.05 pm End of formal academy day

Spring Term 2011 Tuesday 4th January - Friday 8th April Half Term Monday 21st - Friday 25th Febuary Easter Break Monday 11th April - Thursday 21st April Summer Term 2011 Tuesday 26th April - Friday 22nd July Half Term Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June

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