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Write4 Kicks! Years 7, 8 and 9 Gifted and Talented pupils took part in a successful Creative Writing workshop last year organised by Write4Kicks. These sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils and were found very useful in developing their creative writing skills. Rebecca Pickering (Year 12), pictured right, was also lucky enough to attend a Write4Kicks summer school where she successfully won ‘The Most Promising Writer Award’ which was presented to her by the famous author Fay Weldon. Rebecca has also been involved with the Write4Kicks online forum, which is funded by Aimhigher. Rebecca was asked to run one of the live forum sessions.

All Tupton students are welcome to join the ‘Young Writers’ forum, which is a free service. Download a registration form from their website:

Sixth Form Prizegiving A Level certificates and special prizes were presented in December to our successful A Level students from last summer. Many are now at University but were able to return home for this event. Prizes were presented by Mr. D. Skinner, Chair of Governors and Mrs. E. Lovell, Vice Chair. A former student, Nathan Sims, gave an interesting speech on life after Tupton.

New Deputy Heads In the summer Mr D. Smith is retiring from his post as Deputy Head after 27 years at the school. Although he will be a hard act to follow, the Governors are delighted to have appointed not one, but two, new Deputy Heads from April 2008. Mrs S. Day is already an Assistant Head at Tupton and will take responsibility for Educational Programmes. Mr Martin Ebbage is currently a Deputy Head at Handsworth Grange School in Sheffield and will take responsibility for Student Services. Both Deputy Heads will also have a key role in the programmes for improving behaviour and raising achievement.

Oxford success Congratulations to Nicola Wood who has been offered a place at Oriel College, Oxford to read History, and Emily Collins who has been offered a place to read Maths and Physics at Queen’s College, Oxford.

Suessical the Musical ... story and photos inside.

INSIDE: ICT Update • Trips • Fundraising • Netball & Rugby • Democracy Week

Suessical the Musical by Jess Law

Tupton Drama department created one of the most extravagant productions ever to be seen at the school – Suessical the Musical. JoJo is a girl who has an amazing imagination and whose thoughts come to life. Along with the Cat in The Hat they tell the story of how Horton The Elephant finds a tiny planet on a speck of dust. Seeing as Horton was the only one to hear the little Whos, all of the other creatures in the Jungle of Nool thought that he was crazy and a little cuckoo. But in the end with a little help from a bird called Gertrude they save the planet Who from being boiled. The show was a great success and was performed to local Primary schools prior to the evening performances. So many students took part in the musical including younger students, who we hope to see much more of in other performances. For some of the older students from sixth form, it was their last performance with us. We will be sad to see them go.

Trips to Nigeria... by Rachael Lloyd Robyn Goulding, Daniella Smith, Tom Biggs, Tom Bestwick and I went out to Nigeria’s Aguda Grammar School in October, along with three members of staff, Miss Lowe, Miss Roberts and Mrs Watson. Our aim was to learn about their culture and their Dreams and Teams scheme, which encourages students to get involved with coaching and teaching sport to younger students. We were treated like students at the school and wore their uniform and took part in their lessons. It was a strange experience being in a class of one hundred students, with barely any room to sit but at the same time it was exciting and lively. During our time in Nigeria we visited the Ministry of Education, where we met the Deputy Governor of Education.

We also worked with the young leaders in hosting a sports festival for the local primary children. It was a great way to introduce the students in Nigeria to sports, such as tag rugby and SAQ work, which they hadn’t played before. They taught us Nigerian games that we will teach students in our school. The whole experience was amazing and one we will never forget. It was so interesting to see the difference in culture and their way of life, but at the same time made us very appreciative of how lucky we are over here. We are really looking forward to Aguda students coming to visit Tupton in the Spring and we hope you will get involved in making their visit a fun and enjoyable one as they are extremely excited about meeting everyone. Once again thank you for your fundraising support and we hope to continue building our friendship with Aguda through sport.

...and Birmingham The Y13 Travel and Tourism Group organised a trip for Y7 pupils and their parents to Cadbury World and Birmingham City centre in November. This was part of the Event Management unit of their A Level Travel and Tourism course. Customers enjoyed free chocolate and a visit from Santa at Cadburys, a lovely Christmas atmosphere at the German Christmas market in Birmingham and lots of opportunities to buy Christmas presents! The students organised a free raffle on the journey home, which was enjoyed by all. Parents, pupils, students and staff had a great day – well done and thank you to the Travel and Tourism team for organising it so well!

Students organise party

ICT update Two computer rooms have been equipped with 60 new PCs, the network now runs XP instead of Windows 2000, and extra clusters of PCs are being installed across the school. We have introduced industry standard Macromedia software including Dreamweaver (web design) and Flash (games and animation). We have a wireless network in one part of the school. If the trial is successful, we intend to extend this to the whole school. Finally, parents can now access the school database via e-portal for attendance, assessment details, good and bad incidents, etc. Details will follow in the next few weeks.

Over 50 delighted elderly residents celebrated the festive season at Tupton Hall School’s Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, organised by Rebecca Pickering and hosted by the school’s sixth form students. Students and staff brought along elderly neighbours and relatives, and invites were also delivered to local residents, care homes and retired staff. The afternoon of fun and games ended with a buffet served by students. Talented pupils of all ages provided entertainment; with

performances from singers, musicians, poets, and even a juggling Santa! Staff and students had previously demonstrated their showbiz qualities in a ‘Tupton’s Got Talent’ show held one lunchtime, which raised over £600 to fund the party. Headteacher Patrick Cook said; “Students have re-established an old tradition at the school, nice food and great fun was had by all.” The event was a huge success and we hope to repeat it next year.

Fund raising The Y7 Christmas raffle draw was a big success with pupils working hard over several weeks to sell over £1400 worth of tickets. Luke Scott sold 52 books alone and 7HA sold £232 worth. Mrs J. Bradley won the £100 first prize and altogether 30 prizes were distributed, many kindly donated by families and local companies. The pupils chose to donate the proceeds to the MacMillan Nurses, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and to a Rumanian charity that works with street children.

ICT Mark We have been awarded the ICT Mark for an initial period. We find out in March if we receive the three-year accreditation. (We are confident of doing so!). This award recognises our planned ICT strategy in areas such as the Curriculum, Finance, use as a tool for learning, and administration.

E-portfolios Students now have their own e-portfolio space where they can store files, create individual homepages, communicate with staff and students, upload homework, or contribute to school forums.

SAM Learning or follow the link from the school homepage The number of hours students revised on SAM continues to grow, and the more hours put in; the greater the chance of improving exam scores! As a reminder, the login details are: Centre ID User ID


S42 TH Student date of birth plus their initials; e.g, 171295as, for Anthony Smith EXACTLY the same as their User ID

To talk about any ICT issues, email:

U14 Netball Tournament

Local Democracy Week

by Melissa Hobson, Y9 Tupton Hall School hosted the Derbyshire Schools U14 Netball Tournament in November. Sixteen teams participated and Tupton won their group section and then went on to beat Ecclesbourne in a hard fought semi final. We played outstandingly well to beat Repton 11-0 in the final for the third consecutive time. The team now go on to represent the county at the regional competition in January.

Five politics students went to the North East Derbyshire District Council building in Chesterfield to attend the Local Democracy Week 2007 activity in November. After visiting numerous stalls and being interviewed by a TV crew, we were invited into a council chamber, from where six panellists answered various questions from the young audience from many different schools. The evening was very interesting and issues such as university fees and global warming were addressed by various groups such as Oxfam and Amnesty International and by local MP, Natasha Engel.

Harsh refereeing steals glory! No, I’m not talking about the World Cup Final, but the French Year 9 tag rugby event at the University of Birmingham. The talented squad was a mixed rugby group, and all took part in at least one of the games. Having demolished the opposition in our pool games, displaying flair and good command of the French language (all chants, calls and on field communication were conducted in French), we found ourselves up against the eventual winners of the Coupe de l’Ovalie cup in the semi-final. When we conceded an injury time try to level the scores, the referee inexplicably awarded the match to our opponents, claiming one of our previous tries (which he had awarded) would not count. Despite our appeal, the referee’s decision was upheld. Nevertheless, the team enjoyed the day, competed superbly and represented the school really well. Many thanks to: Lewis Bassett, Beth Clarke, Russ Cullum, Ella Davidson, Matt Fox, Rob Fern, Paige Goucher, Andy Hodgson, Phil Hubbard, James Jenkinson, Jack Kimmins, Ryan Lindley, Poppy Marriott, Tom Pickering, Marcus Walker and also 1st team coach Mr. Alex Hughes.

Mr. John Ford (directeur de rugby et chauffeur de minibus!)

British team star Helen Solly has won through to be in the British national fencing team and now represents GB all over Europe.

Activity weekend by Lilly Hammond and Beth Clarke Beth and I were invited to an activity weekend at Whitehall, where we could try out some new outdoor activities and take part in a discussion forum on the type of outdoor education courses offered to youngsters in Derbyshire. When we first arrived it was a little bit awkward as we didn’t know anyone – but we were soon put into groups for our first activity. I went caving, and we were in the dark and mud for over three hours. Beth had to lead the group for a part of the activity – we had to crawl through really small spaces and go through lots of deep puddles. During the Saturday evening we all went to the top of the hill in Buxton and watched the fireworks. On Sunday we were put into discussion groups to talk about what we though teenagers across Derbyshire would like to see happening at Whitehall. We both had a great weekend, made a lot of new friends and learnt how to crawl on our tummies in the cold, wet and dark!

Tupton Hall School, Old Tupton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6LG Tel: 01246 863127 email: design & print •

Aspire Jan 2008  

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