OFSTED OUTSTANDING SINCE 2008 GCSE 2012: Average Points Score per student is at the 8th percentile of all schools in England. Outstanding.
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Newsletter 33 - June 2013
facts, news, achievements
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Many thanks to all the students who have contributed 9,882 Vivo miles to Cancer Research, which in monetary terms is £98 82.
Focus on Year 10:
Focus on German:
As we are already in exam season for our Y11s can I wish the Year 10s all the very best for their forthcoming exams. Remember to stay calm and read all the questions carefully. I am sure you will be successful.
No focus on German would be appropriate without mention of the departure of one of our German teacher’s, Mr Deegan. Mr Deegan has been an inspirational teacher of German here at FCC for the past 5 years, having done much to further attainment and promote interest in the subject. His sharp sense of humour and tireless support will be fondly missed by both colleagues and students alike. Mr Deegan is pursuing a business venture with his wife and we wish them both every success.
Thank you once again to the very talented students who have been courageous enough to perform in the gym in front of the whole year group on a Tuesday morning. I have really enjoyed our assemblies and do feel that there is a really positive atmosphere. We have had a variety of ‘talents’ on show including an excellent band, keyboard player, vocalist/guitar player, a unicyclist and a brilliant bodypop artist. I found all those taking part to be inspirational. Well done! I now look forward to seeing more of the girls taking part, as they have been under represented so far.
Y7 students have recently been extending their ability to communicate on the topic of Family and Friends. Their enthusiasm has resulted in very good progress this year with the majority of students on course to attain or exceed their target levels by the end of the year. The next topic of study is Leisure Time. Y8 have also been working hard, learning additional tenses and gradually incorporating these into their work. They have also risen to the challenge of learning the accusative and dative cases in order to master the particular idiosyncrasies of German prepositions. This has been excellent preparation for their FCSE course next year. Y9 have now completed the FCSE modular course and we are once again anticipating excellent results. The FCSE is a national qualification, transitional to the uptake of GCSE in Y10. Many students are on track to achieve Level 6, the equivalent of a Distinction. Certificates will arrive in school during the summer break and students will receive them early next academic year.
As well as wishing the Y10s well for their exams can I also pass on everyone’s best wishes at FCC to all Y10s taking part in work experience next month. Remember that you are representing FCC in what is a massive PR exercise for all concerned. Timekeeping, dress code, manners and willingness to work hard will all be under scrutiny. I look forward to visiting some of you. There are many challenges ahead Year 10 and I am totalling confident in your ability to deal with them successfully. Good luck!
Y10 have very successfully made the transition from FCSE to GCSE this year. Last year they had a very impressive 100% pass rate in FCSE. They have also applied themselves extremely well this year and many students have exceeded their target grades by a significant margin. We have every expectation that they will do equally well in the final year of their GCSE too. Y11 have also worked hard since Christmas on completing their remaining writing and speaking tasks as well as improving their reading/listening skills and revision of all topic areas. We are looking forward to their results this summer. To all of our German students, well done this year and keep up your good work! Mr Deegan, hier sind wir sehr traurig ohne dich! Viel Glück!
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Year 13 Outstanding Achievement by Becky Iles an overall Distinction (Grade A at A Level) for her OCR Nationals Level 3 in ICT. She got a distinction in every one of the 6 units she completed. Brilliant work, commitment and achievement! Mrs Sherriff and Mr Spoors
BRIGHT FUTURE IN ENGINEERING FOR PATRICK Well done to Patrick Andrews in Year 13 who has just heard that he will be taken on by local design engineering company, QODA as an apprentice starting in August. Tina Belcher Careers Adviser
VALE ROWING COMPETITION Congratulations to Jake Thacker-Pugsley, Will Crisp, Ogi Balac, Tom Bird, Kasia Micklem, Martha Drew, Deanna Stamp and Jenni Hay who won the Vale Rowing Competition through sheer strength of character, determination and teamwork. The team will now take part in the County School Games in July – Good luck. Mrs Kenyon
Y11 Study Success Tips for students and parents to ensure exam success. Exams are underway!! Week 27 – Practising exam questions Returning to school after the half term break is never easy, even less so when returning to a number of important exams. I hope that the half term break was purposeful yet relaxing for all Y11 students and that you are now ready for the final run in of exams. Realistically, many students may only have 4 or 5 exams remaining (depending on what subjects you study) but it is important that revision is maintained. In fact, revision can be intensified for the final few subjects as there is now less to learn and remember! As always, completing past exam papers and questions should be incorporated into the revision process. Practising exam questions is a very good use of your time as: • Exam questions help you to remember important points in your revision • Examiners have a limited number of ways of asking questions, so the more practices you get the less likely you are to be caught out by an unfamiliar style of question. • Practice helps you to understand how many questions to answer on each paper and how many marks each part carries. • Practising questions helps you to time how long different types take to answer • Practising longer style questions, such as essays, will help you to score the best marks. Most exam boards have numerous past papers on their websites for students to download and use. Alternatively, subject teachers will have a wealth of papers available if you would like to collect them. Remember – practice makes perfect! Good luck! GCSE Exams for the week ahead Mo 10/6/13 History – Germany 1918-1939 Tu 11/6/13 Maths (linear exam only) Tu 11/6/13 DT Graphics We 12/6/13 Geography U2 resits Fr 14/6/13 Maths (linear amd U2 resits) Fr 14/6/13 RE - Philosophy
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Please note – students should consult their own exam timetable to check whether attendance is required. Mr J Winter, Assistant Headteacher JOWinter@fcc.oxon.sch.uk I hope you like the ‘new style’ newsletter. Our aim is to keep you much more informed about what the students are learning and, alongside this, be more up front in the celebration of individual student achievements. If you have any comments about the ‘new style’, please email them to the school. email@example.com
VACANCY DATA ADMINISTRATOR Grade 6 £8.89 per hour (£11,420 per annum) 30 hours per week (term time only) Some additional hours would be required in the school holidays, to be discussed at interview. Purpose of job: To manage the collation of all data relating to students, their progress and performance in the school, to carry out detailed analysis; to maintain the timetable and set lists during the academic year; to manage the Post 16 learning aims for the school census and statutory returns such as teacher assessment.
Major areas of responsibility: * Assessment Manager - Manage systems to collect
assessment data * Analysis - Carry out in-depth analysis for Senior Leadership Team including exam analysis * Pupil data - Maintain assessment data, the Gifted & Talented pupil data and Reading Age data for Data Seating Plan * Timetable - Liaise with Subject Managers in order to keep students’ timetables up to date * School Census - Responsible for Post 16 Learning aims, linking awards with courses in Course Manager * Statutory Return - Responsible for the submission of the End of KS3 Teacher Assessment
Skills and abilities: * Working knowledge of SIMS.net in particular
Assessment Manager, Exams Organiser would be an advantage * Be able to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative * Ability to work under pressure * Excellent software skills in particular Microsoft Excel
To apply visit our website, www.fcc.oxon.sch.uk where you can download an application form. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date: 19th June 2013 Interview: week commencing 24th June 2013 Faringdon Community College, Fernham Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7LB Tel: 01367 240375 Due to this post having access to children, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Engineering Alive Y7, Y8 and Y9 If you have not yet signed up for Engineering Alive please collect your letter from Student Services.
Change of dates to published calendar Sports Day - Monday 15th July Sponsored Walk – Thursday 18th July ECO COMPETITION Create an A4 size poster, including drawings and words demonstrating what Eco means to you and Faringdon Community College. Computer or handwritten entries are acceptable. PRIZE - 500 Vivo Miles. Competition Deadline - 7th June Send entries to Mrs Kenyon, either by e-mail or via Student Services. Theme for the week commencing 10th June POSITIVE PEER PRESSURE
REMINDER IT IS SCHOOL AND COUNTY POLICY THAT ALL STUDENTS TRAVELLING ON A SCHOOL BUS SHOULD CARRY A VALID BUS PASS. STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY TRAVEL ON THE BUS THEY ARE ALLOCATED TO. NO PASS – NO TRAVEL
PARKOUR WORKSHOP To coincide with the new ‘Pump House Parkour’ project getting off the ground Faringdon Community College will be holding a Parkour workshop for interested students. It will be run by the company Parkour Generations on Monday 24th June 3.15-5.15 in FCC gym and outside at a cost of £5. Places will be limited so please get forms and money back to Mrs Kenyon ASAP – a first come, first served basis will be used. Letters can be obtained from form tutors, the PE office or Mrs Kenyon. Check out the website for ‘Pump House Parkour’ www.thepumphouseproject.co.uk
EXAM RESULT DAYS A LEVEL AND AS RESULTS - 15th August GCSE RESULTS - 22nd August
Author Event – Bali Rai Children’s author Bali Rai will be coming to Faringdon Community College library on Thursday 13th June 2013 to talk to Year 7s about his books and writing. Born in Leicester in 1971, Bali grew up in a multicultural, multi-racial community close to the city centre, dreaming about three things: playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley and becoming a writer. He has now written seven young adult novels for Random House, and been shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. He also writes the popular Soccer Squad series for younger readers. Bali’s authentic voice, accessible writing style and deadpan humour give his books real credibility. His books include: Soccer Squad Series Fun, action-packed series for younger readers, with football action and fast-paced descriptions of the matches. Titles include: Starting Eleven, Missing!, Stars and Glory. Devana High Series Trouble - Two stories from the Devana High School series includes ‘Concrete Chips’ and ‘Sold As Seen’ about a group of friends at High School as they start to push the limits and break a few school rules . . . which leads them all into a bit of trouble. Other books for older readers: (Un)arranged Marriage – Manny wants to be a footballer or a pop star. He doesn’t want to get married. This is a fresh, bitingly perceptive look at one young man's fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune. The Crew - Meet Ellie, Jas, Della, Will and Billy. They're tough. They're street-smart. They're the Crew, and they live in ‘the Ghetto’ - the estate where everyone is skint and it's important to stick together. A new, contemporary novel for today's teenagers. Rani and Sukh – In 1950s Punjab, a secret affair goes terribly wrong…two families part in violence and terror. In Leicester, 2004 Rani and Sukh fall in love, unaware of the terrible legacy of the past and the conflict between their two families. Can tragedy be averted and will the two young people be able to draw the families together? Bali Rai will be speaking during lessons and there will be the opportunity to purchase copies of Bali’s books and get them signed at the end. He will also be in the library during the lunch break when students from any years can talk to him and buy books. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If your child would like to purchase any of Bali Rai’s books, please could you make sure they bring their money on the day. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Mostly Books’. Soccer Squad Series • Starting Eleven • Missing! • Glory! • Stars!
£4.99 £4.99 £4.99 £4.99
Devana High Series • Trouble
Stand-alone Titles • (Un)arranged Marriage • The Crew • Rani and Sukh
£6.99 £5.99 £6.99
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Apprentice Dental Nurse Gloucester Street Practice, Faringdon A great opportunity has arisen for an Apprentice Dental Nurse to join a large dental organisation based in Faringdon. Duties will include: • Sterilise all Equipment & Instruments • Provide chair side assistance • Ensure the care and welfare of patients • Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed • Develop and file radiographs and change radiographic solutions • Ensure adequate stocks of materials are within the surgery • Ensure computer/written records are accurately maintained • Liase with reception to ensure smooth patient communication • Undergo training Requirements: • Enthusiasm • Keen • Willing to learn • Proactive Qualifications Required Minimum 4 GCSE's A* - C or equivalent To find out more or to apply go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk If you need any help please see me. Tina Belcher Careers Adviser CLOSING DATE 30TH JUNE
Carillion PLC Catering & Cleaning Assistants Local areas Monday to Friday Hours of work: Flexible/various £7.43 per hour (includes holiday pay) Experience not essential As training will be provided Successful candidate subject to CRB checks (at no cost to candidate) For more information and an application form please contact Robin King on 07920 497 065 Carillion PLC have been awarded a contract to manage facilities for Oxfordshire County Council. We are committed to employing Oxfordshire people into work, and we have openings for facilities staff at zero hours in County Council establishments. Zero hour contracts allow flexibility for students who have commitments with timetables for study. We are looking for cleaning and catering staff to join our bank of workers. The staff would be employed and paid by Carillion PLC, this is not an agency. Staff will be placed locally in areas easily accessible to them. This could lead to more permanent positions for those that are interested in the future.
Answers to some common questions about measles and the MMR vaccine
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O Measles is in the news again. There have been serious outbreaks in Wales and England and the number of children catching measles is rising. O Measles can be a very serious disease, leading to ear and chest infections, ﬁts, diarrhoea, and damage to the brain. Measles can kill. O Your child is at risk of measles if he or she hasn’t had the MMR vaccination. O Two doses of MMR vaccine are needed to get the best protection.
O If your child is due to have had two doses of MMR but has not yet received them, no matter what age they are, you should contact your GP to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.* O If you can’t remember if your child has had any, one or two doses of MMR vaccine, check his or her personal child health record (the Red Book). If this doesn’t help, speak to your GP. O If you don’t know how many doses your child has had, it’s better to have two doses of MMR vaccine now rather than risk leaving them unprotected.
*In response to a local outbreak then the two doses can be given one month apart from the age of 18 months.
When are the MMR vaccinations usually given? The best times are between 12 and 13 months of age and again at three years and four months, with one dose on each occasion. But, if your child wasn’t vaccinated then, they can be vaccinated at any age with two doses one month apart.
Should parents in outbreak areas get vaccinated against measles? As with many diseases, once you have had measles, you don’t catch it again because you have built up a natural resistance to it. So, if you’ve had measles or two doses of MMR vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated now. Back in 1994, a large part of the population aged 5 to 16 was immunised against measles and rubella so people in this age group are almost certainly immune and therefore they too don’t need to get vaccinated now. For more information about measles and MMR go to: www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/ Pages/Introduction.aspx
Some common questions about measles and the MMR vaccine are listed on the back of this leaﬂet
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National Citizen Service
Learn new skills to enhance your CV
If you are in year 11/12 or will soon be aged 16 - 17, NCS is a once in a lifetime experience.
General information NCS runs for four weeks and you can take part in either July OR August 2013. There will be 7 NCS groups throughout Oxfordshire and each will be made up of 15 young people.
Along with thousands of other people your age, you’ll take part in different outdoor activities, develop skills you didn’t even know you had, learn new things, help your local community and best of all make a load of new friends. You’ll also be given the opportunity to create a project you really care about and bring it to life in your local area.
Meet celebrity ambassadors
Because of the scare some years ago, I gave my child a single measles vaccination, can they have the two doses of MMR? Yes; it’s recommended your child has two doses of MMR. You will also be protecting them against rubella and mumps.
Will there be any side effects to the vaccination? Your child may get the symptoms of measles, mumps and rubella for up to six weeks after the vaccination but in a very much milder form. This proves that the vaccine is working and your child is building up resistance to future contact with the viruses that cause the three diseases. Not all children show these symptoms but that doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t working.
The groups will run at the Early Intervention Hubs in Littlemore, East Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot, Witney, Bicester and Banbury but involve travel to lots of other locations. There are only 210 places available through Oxfordshire County Council so sign up right away!
When’s it happening There’s two summer programmes to choose from:
Wave 1: 1st July - 27th July
5 days away at an outdoor activities residential – climbing, surfing, caving, team building and much more.
Wave 2: 29th July - 23rd August
5 day community residential – learn new skills by taking part in fun and unique workshops run by different local businesses and organisations.
Just let us know which wave you want to do when you sign up on the phone or say on the application form
2 week social action phase – make a difference to the local community by creating a project you’re passionate about. Graduation – celebrate with friends, family and dignitaries all that you have achieved and receive a nationally recognised certificate.
Sam’s NCS Story “NCS opened me up to new activities and helped me become a better leader. It made me who I am now.”
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Raise money and volunteer
Take on new challenges and learn new skills Make a difference while making new friends
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Grow your confidence and your CV
How to apply
Experience something new as you help out your community
Call the NCS Hotline on 0800 027 9111 (quoting Oxfordshire County Council)
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Or apply online and find out more information at www.ncsyes.co.uk You can also like us on Facebook at Oxfordshire NCS and National Citizen Service
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Why are we seeing these outbreaks of measles? Measles is a highly infectious disease, spreading quickly from person to person, especially in schools. A child with measles will infect almost all unprotected children they have contact with. Although we have high rates of vaccination in the UK, the levels dropped some years ago when the MMR vaccine was mistakenly associated with autism. This led to some mothers not getting their children vaccinated and so measles is now spreading rapidly among these children.