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Southfields Community College Weekly News Bulletin Week commencing Monday 12th July 2010 Ethos statement: We believe that through individual commitment, self discipline, integrity and respect for others, we inspire everyone to learn.

Year 11 Leavers’ Ceremony Last Thursday saw the final event for our current Year 11 group. The girls looked absolutely stunning and the boys wonderfully dapper as they arrived for their NRA ceremony and final ‘disco’. The evening was a huge success and the students made us proud! Proceedings kicked off with performances by piano man Gino De Guzman and the beautiful voice of Nicola Rowland followed by the light feet of dancer Yitshaq Pinnock and the sultry tones of Toni Peacock ended the ceremony. Students received their NRA folders, special awards and a teary farewell from me before heading out for photos, nibbles and the start of the student-only party. A great night was had by all and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the evening in any way. I am sure it will be a treasured memory for years to come! Jacqui Floyd, Head of Year 11

New Year 7 Dates for your diary th

12 July 2010 – Activities Fortnight 12th July Year 9 Bright Futures Day 13th July 2010 – Gifted & Talented Conference 14th July 2010 – Gifted & Talented Conference 16th July 2010 – KS3 Sports Day

Parent Champion For advice, help and support please contact Carole Gray, ‘Parent Champion’ at: carole.gray@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk or, telephone: 020 8870 6474

On Monday 5th July the new Year 7s joined us for their induction day. Parents and students congregated in the hall for assembly with a mixture of excitement and nerves. Once parents had left the students went on a tour of the college, had their class photograph taken, met their tutor and tutor group and experienced a lesson here at Southfields. All the students made a very positive start here and I was very impressed with their attitude and the first impression they made. At the end of the day they were still smiling. The students were helped by some peer buddies from the current year 7 and some year 9 students on a work shadowing day, all of whom were extremely helpful. Ms Sillwood, Head of Year 7


Thought for the Week We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

Southfields Triumph at Silverstone.

The Cold War at Southfields

The year 9 Students who took part were:

As Year 9 come to the end of studying history at KS3, students have been learning about the rivalry between the USA and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They have been involved in innovative lessons which included turning the classroom into 1980s Berlin with a wall down the middle patrolled by guards. Miss Hendricks devised the lesson and students on the Eastern side had to decide whether to escape to the West. The students have also learnt about the space race, and even made rival USSR/NASA rockets and with some help from the science technicians attempted lift off on the school field! Over 75 of the current Year 9 students have chosen to study history at GCSE next academic year.

Haris Kekic, Jake Dancer, Samuel Ige, Ibtasam Ahmad, Shehroz Mahmood, Yasser Amiri. On a very wet Tuesday 8th June 2010 six students from Southfields Community College, Team SCC, take on students from 50 other UK schools at Silverstone race circuit to compete in the Formula Schools IC and electric radio control car racing. The students have, in their own time, studied the science behind motor racing, they have built their own model race car and practised driving and servicing the cars at “pit stops” and now all their hard work is about to be rewarded. We had a set back at the very start of the first electric race, the car in front, with too much power, completed a “180” and promptly rammed us head on pushing the body shell down onto the wheels, a problem that would stay with us for the rest of the day, but through perseverance and careful driving we got through the 3 heats and secured a place in the 20 minute final which included a pit stop to change the battery and driver. The IC or diesel engine car faired better, with the constant rain and being the only front wheel drive car we were able to drive around while many skidded into each other, Team SCC survived the 2, 20 car heats unscathed to claim a position in the final. The final saw the rain stop for a while and our advantage lessened. With a drying track and rising excitement mayhem was released at the sound of the starting horn; we were lucky to come through the carnage with just a dragging front bumper. The 2 pit stops for fuel and a driver change, kept the pit crew busy while the drivers did their best at avoiding the debris scattered around the track. By the end of the 20 minutes only 4 . of the 10 starters were running, one on only 3 wheels! Out of 50 UK schools Team SCC came 6th & 3rd, 6th in the Electric final, 3rd in the IC heats and 3rd in the IC final, not bad for an “Inner City Sports college science project”. We would like to thank “Hoverfly models” of Queenstown Road, Battersea and “ACE Fusion” restaurant St Johns Hill, Clapham Junction for their assistance and support of this year’s project, and last but not least our minibus driver, without whom Silverstone wouldn’t have happened, Dani Boyce.

Jonathan Boulton, Head of History

National Sports Week 28th June – 2nd July Congratulations to all pupils and staff that helped make our National Sports Week such a huge success. During the course of the week pupils participated in a range of activities ranging from cycling proficiency to the South Africa fund raising football tournament. A special well done to Year 9 whose behaviour and attitude was excellent during their panathalon. It was a hard fought encounter for first place but the results are as follows: 1 - BAN 2 - KNS 3 - RDS. Jason Kearins - PE

Southfields goes for Academy Status As an Outstanding school Southfields Community College has been invited to apply for Academy Status. Each Academy specialises in one or more areas of the curriculum. Southfields’ specialisms are Sport with Geography and Applied Learning. Southfields Community College’s Governing Body, which includes the Parent Governors who represent parents and carers, is currently considering this proposal. If you would like further information about Academy Status please contact: info@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk

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