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College The Governors wish to advise parents that Mr Wall has been offered, and accepted, leave of absence for compassionate reasons until the end of Term 6.  Mr Wall has the full support of the Governing Body and during his absence Mr Alsop will be Acting Head assisted by Mr Bazen, as Acting Deputy and the Senior Management Team.  The Governors would like to reassure parents that there will be no disruption to the education of the students and that the College will continue to move forward.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Wall and his family at this time.

Golden Book Nominees for March 2009 Yr 7 Yr 8 Yr 9 Yr 10 Yr 11

Adam Jarvis for the effort he has made with his History homework throughout this year Benjamin Hardy-Phillips or passing his brown & double white belt in Karate Peter Laverick for being selected to train and play with the Bath & North East Somerset County Rugby side. Ayesha Burke for her overall positive attitude and her contribution to the Music Department Nathalie Corless for winning the St Augustine’s Young Musician of the Year competition Thomas Corbishley for being the Runner Up and Harry Clarke for achieving Most Promising Performance

CONGRATULATIONS Our congratulations go to Kim Porter on her recent marriage to James.

April 2009

News Charles Bannister and Jamie Saunders were both key extras in a WWI film shot during the Easter holiday for Battlefield History TV. They acted the part of soldiers in the trenches of the Great War and their WW1 studies with Mrs Taylor clearly helped them with their characterisation.

SPORTS NEWS CONGRATULATIONS Elias Baynham for achieving a Silver Medal at the BMNAA European Championships

Sports Council To the following students who have been selected to serve on the Sports Council for 2009-2010: Daniel Down (President), Alice Bowerbank (Vice President) supported by Alexandra Blenkinsopp, Rebecca Holland and James Godwin (Media), Samuel Otto (Youth Sports Trust/Sports College), Joseph Burrows, Oliver Clarke and Lucy Wright (Intra-Schools Competition), Oliver Emmitt, Jack Hiscock and Amy McRae (Sponsorship and Kit).


Phillipa and Phillipi Villarba-Clarke have been selected to represent Wiltshire County Under 15 Girls cricket for the 2009 season.


Jessica Wright represented Wiltshire in Volleyball with her team achieving third place out of 9 teams.


Antonia Bates has been selected for the English Gymnastic squad and represented the country in Belgium.

Swimming The swimming team participated in the West Wiltshire swimming gala coming second out of six schools.  All students who won their races will represent West Wiltshire in the County Finals.

Netball The Yr 8 netball team are the county champions as they came first in the Wiltshire Netball championships for the second year running. The Yr 7 team played well and it was a good experience for them. 


BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE GIFTED & TALENTED PROJECT Michael Flack, Poppy Hayward and Laura Kendrick visited Bath University as winners of the St Augustine’s heat of the ‘Ethical Dragon’s Den’ competition. Alongside representatives from other local schools, they participated in a variety of business games and presented their idea for a ‘Little Green Dome’  - an educational ‘toy’ aimed at getting children interested in growing their own fruit and veg.  Although they were just beaten into second place in the overall competition, their presentation was highly professional and the judges were very impressed with the originality of their idea.

Alessandro Buckingham, Oliver Bullock, Andrew Burns, William Carson, Luke Hale, William Hinton, Philip Kilcoyne, Leo Kovacs, Alexander Ladner, Aaron Maxwell, Luke McCraith, Jack Miluk, Sam O’Connor, Thomas The Yr 11 GCSE Drama students have now Ryzocki and Ashley Stainer represented the performed their devised pieces with all of the College as ball boys at Wembley Stadium for the students performing to an exceptional standard. Johnstones Paint Trophy. Thanks are given to the Yr 12 students who


supported the event working front of house and serving refreshments.   The Drama and Theatre Studies students in Yr 13 performed their pieces recently and were commended as highly professional and mature. Congratulations to the students for all of their hard work and to Simon Stafford who worked with the students as their lighting designer as part of his RE Extended Project. 

MUSIC County Youth Orchestra Congratulations to the following students who represented the College in the County Youth Orchestra, giving performances in Malmesbury Abbey and the Wiltshire Music Centre - James Louca (double bass); Alice O’Mahony, Emily Pieczko and Tobias Tripp (violin). Some of our past students also performed - Michael Cobb and Lucy Hallam (cello); Ben James (percussion) and Rachel Cooper (violin). Catherine Cavan (Violin) lead the orchestra in the second half of both concerts.

A & AS Level Recitals Yr 13 students - Nathan England-Jones (drum kit), Michael Chisnall (electric guitar), Owain Coleman (piano), Edward Jones (cello), Michelle Kaczmarek (saxophone) Sarah Minns (flute) and Tanya Stockting (piano) gave evening recitals as part of their A level examination at Edington Priory. The Yr 12 students - Emma Jones (flute), Alexander Mercer (clarinet and acoustic guitar), Kit Pearson (trumpet and piano), Emily Pieczko (violin and piano), Poppy Sturgess (flute) and Tobias Tripp (violin and piano) performed during the afternoon.

Music College Three Yr 13 students have been offered places at music college for next year - Owain Coleman at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Michael Chisnall and Sarah Minns at Leeds College of Music.

Young Musician of the Year Last month we congratulated the winners of this competition and we now give congratulations to the rest of the finalists for this year’s competition - Michael Chisnall, Owain Coleman, Bryony Cox, Alexander Mercer, Sarah Minns, Thomas Perrett and Tobias Tripp. Mention is also made of all the competitors to the competition Brass & Percussion - Abbie Bygrave, Nathan England-Jones, Megan Gompels, James Harris, Karla Mawby, Kit Nisbet, Kit Pearson and Zoe Welch Piano - Bethany Alsbury, Samuel Alsbury, Hannah Aylott, James Chappell, Michael Chisnall, Teresa Coupland, Adam Darts, Alice Dixon, Oliver Foster, Megan Gompels, Lucy Hayball, Joseph Krige, William Megill, Kit Pearson, Emily Pieczko, Tanya Stockting, Hugh Tanner, Tobias Tripp Fabio Van Loon and Luciano Williamson Strings - Callum Bryce, Laurence de Bruxelles, Samuel Dixon, Callum Friel, Megan Gompels, Alan Hynes, Joanna Joyce, Edward Jones, James Louca, Alexander Mercer, James Moss, Angus Nisbet, Alice O’Mahony, Imogen O’Mahony, Emily Pieczko, Jack Roberts and Joseph Rutter Vocal - Bethany Alsbury, Vivienne Barrow, Emily Beer, Kay Binder, Ashleigh Brennan, Jacqueline Brown, Ayesha Burke, Ruth Butler, Michael Chisnall, Owain Coleman, Niamh Dunne, Timothy Durant, Nicola Eedle, Megan Gompels, Miamph Hanlon, Daniel Henry, Matthew James, James Louca, Sophie Morris, Sophie O’Donnell, Samuel Otto, Francesca Scott, Erin Simpson, Victoria Slingo, Tanya Stockting, Poppy Sturgess, Claire Thomas, Tobie Tripp and Hannah Vaughan Woodwind - Alexandra Baker, Tiffany Burnett, Thomas Clare, Teresa Coupland, Sian de Groot, Marianne Devoy, Emily Dixon, Emily Fitzgerald, Daniel Henry, Eleanor Jones, Emma Jones, Michelle Kaczmarek, Clare Krige, Joseph Louca, Sorcha Rudgley, Andrew Stevenson, Poppy Sturgess and Harley Wye.

PROGRESS DAY On Thursday we held our second Progress Day of the year. Thanks are given to parents for supporting this event by taking time out of your normal routine to discuss the progress of your son/ daughter and attending some of the workshops which were offered. St. Augustine’s Catholic College



CARDIFF CONFERENCE FOR OXBRIDGE CANDIDATES Some of our Yr 12 students attended the national Oxbridge conference in Cardiff. The day enabled them to learn, first hand, about potential courses, entry requirements, student life, meet subject admission tutors/lectures and ask lots of probing questions! The accompanying teachers, Miss Porter and Mrs Dixon, were fortunate enough to witness a ‘mock’ interview by Oxford university and glean new information regarding the admissions process for the next cohort.  


Three of our former students now in their second year at Oxford and Cambridge presented to aspiring Yr 12 Oxbridge candidates offering wise words of advice and encouragement and sharing valuable experiences. Catherine Connor, Rebecca Darts and Daniel Pieczko also offered to act as mentors to our Yr 12 students. It is impressive to see the way our former students continue to support St Augustine’s and give back to the students of the college.

PARENTS WITH OXBRIDGE CREDENTIALS If you have qualifications from either Oxford or Cambridge and would be interested in enhancing the preparation for our potential Oxbridge candidates please contact with Ms Porter or Mrs Rukin

SEN Parents may not be aware that changes have occurred within the Special Educational Needs department. The department has grown considerably since September and responsibilities have changed. One of those changes in September was the appointment of Louise Pyper as our SENCO with Mrs Osborn looking after specific students in Yrs 10 and 12. Could I therefore ask that if parents have any matter relating to Special Educational Needs, their enquiry is directed to Ms Pyper.

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St Augustine's Catholic College - April 2009 Newsletter