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News Warlingham School

ISSUE 2 2014-2015 DECEMBER 2014

In this edition From the headteacher

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

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Winning Articles

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Senior maths challenge

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The B&E Christmas quiz

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House reports

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Does your maths teacher juggle?

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French exchange trip to Bordeaux

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A Win at Oxted School

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Careers Convention

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District Trampoline Competition

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Sixty-Three Toothbrushes

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Law trip to Parliament & The Supreme Court

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Code Club

38-39

Science Club

40-43

The Geography Pages

46-49

Art Club

50-51

Primary Swimming Gala

54-57

In the Hot Seat

58-61

Dates for your Diary

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Widening Horizons Raising Aspirations

Christmas Concert

Year 12 Photography Trip to Brighton

Featured Work: Poppies

Maths at Kempton Park Racecourse Community Sports Leadership Award


From the Headteacher... Dear Parents One of the key priorities of the School Development Plan this year is the improvement of literacy skills across the school to enable all our students to maximise their progress. One term into this new initiative I am delighted to report on a great deal of progress. All teachers have been making sure that lesson aims and objectives are clearly explained and broken down to ensure students have a clear understanding. Key words from the lesson objectives are highlighted and explained. Staff have also been using a common marking code to make it easier for students to identify errors. Students have been allocated literacy targets and have stickers on the front of their exercise books to remind them of their main literacy area for improvement. As many of you will be aware, secondary schools are no longer expected to report on National Curriculum Levels at the end of Key Stage 3. The old National Curriculum Levels are, in fact, no longer compatible with the new National Curriculum. The Department for Education and Ofsted expect schools to develop new assessment and reporting systems that are more effective in informing students and Page 2

parents about progress. One of the main criticisms of the old National Curriculum Levels is that students changed to a completely different assessment and reporting system when they started their GCSEs in Year 10. The fact that National Curriculum Levels did not correlate to GCSE grades was also felt to be confusing. This opportunity to design a new system in Years 7, 8 and 9 presents an ideal opportunity to link the way we assess and report in Key Stage 3 to GCSE attainment. From September next year, students starting their English and Maths GCSEs will have them graded 1 to 9 instead of G to A*. This new system of grading will become the norm for all GCSEs, from September 2016. Our proposal at Warlingham is to develop a system that uses the new 1 to 9 grading from Year 7 through to Year 11. This would enable students, parents, teachers and support staff to see a clear correlation between performance in Key Stage 3 and GCSE. We will be working hard over the next few months to introduce a new assessment and reporting system in September 2015 for Key Stage 3 students. Our current Year 10 and 11 students will be unaffacted as their GCSEs will still be graded from G to A*. The new Year 10 in September


2015 will be in the confusing situation of having their English and Maths GCSE graded 1 to 9, whilst all their other GCSE subjects will remain on the G to A* system. On the 20th of November, we held a Parents’ Forum to discuss our proposals for a new Key Stage 3 assessment and reporting system planned for September 2015. This also gave us an opportunity to obtain parent views on our new proposals and incorporate those views into our policy. I would like to thank those parents who attended for their contribution to this important topic. There is still more work to do but our intention is to further consult with parents next term. Mr Duffy is leaving at the end of this term to take up a new post in Reading;

we all wish him well in his new school. Meanwhile, after 15 years of service, our Site Manager, Ken Leppard is retiring on January 9th. We are very grateful to him for staying on an additional month to help ease in his replacement, Lawrence Mutti. Ken has seen the school through many changes and some significant projects. We hope that he will enjoy his leisure time. As this term draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students, staff and their families an enjoyable Christmas break and look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready for the challenges of the New Year on Tuesday 6th January. Mr N Bradwell Headteacher Page 3


Important Information for Parents

In the last few days, the school has received the RAISEonline report, which is an analysis of the school’s GCSE performance in 2014, produced by OFSTED and the DfE. The report highlights outstanding progress in exam resuts of Warlingham School students, compared with the performance of all school’s nationally. The report shows Warlingham School as being in the top 30% of all schools, nationally, for progress. More detailed information will follow in the next newsletter.

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for 2016-17 Warlingham School is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for 2016-17. The consultation period runs until 1st March 2015. Warlingham School proposes to add an extra priority relating to the children of staff at the school. This would apply to the children of staff where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years by 31st October in the year preceding that for which admission is being sought or where the member of staff has been employed at the school to fill a vacant post, for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. To read the letter to parents/carers, click here. To view the proposed Admissions Policy 2016, click here. To view the proposed Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2016, click here. Page 4


Congratulations to the following students, who have all won a book of their choice from the Reading List: Charlie Wickings in 9A who has chosen ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾’ by Sue Townsend Daisy Millington in 9W who has chosen a book from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series by Cassandra Clare Harriet Preston in 8L who has chosen ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

Book Review Competition

David Stevens in 9N who has chosen ‘Shadow’ by Michael Morpugo

A reminder about the Book Review Competition

Molly Hartnett in 8H who has chosen a book from ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket

Having read one of the books on the reading list, students should write a short book review. Each half term, the writer of the best review receives a £5 voucher and house points, as well as being published in the next newsletter. All book reviews will be displayed on the reading list noticeboard.

These students were chosen from all the students who wrote articles in the previous newsletter. Well done to all of them!

Mr Seward Assistant Headteacher

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Senior Maths Challenge On Wednesday 26th November four sixth formers went to the senior maths challenge competing against 35 other schools to win a place in the national final. Lewis Nash, Aaron Adekoya, Andrew Scullane and myself all competed in three round of complicated maths problems. The first round consisted of 10 problems and as a team we had to complete them in 40 minutes. We decided to divide them up between us but worked together on the more difficult ones! The second round consisted of a crossword type problem where we were split into two’s to complete the across and

down clues separately. This was fairly challenging as the answers were dependent on one another! Yet we still completed it with full marks bar 2. The final round was again working in your pairs and involved maths questions where the answer to the first question was needed for the second (like a baton relay) and so on! Warlingham came 20th in the South East with very tough opposition. We would like to thank Mrs Scott for taking us to the competition and supporting us all the way.

Charlie Knight (12A)

A Typical Question The 26 pupils in a class are labelled A, B, C, …, Z. They sit in order in a circle and, starting with pupil A, count from 1 to 156, each pupil saying the number that is one more than the previous pupil’s number. As well as saying their number, pupils must follow these rules: • For each factor of 3 in a pupil’s number, they say ‘fizz’. • For each factor of 5 in a pupil’s number, they say ‘buzz’. • Each time a digit 3 appears in a pupil’s number, they say ‘dizz’. • Each time a digit 5 appears in a pupil’s number, they say ‘fuzz’. e.g. Pupil W says ‘153 fizz, fizz, dizz, fuzz’ as 153 = 3 x 3 x 17 Which pupil will say the number that generates the most ‘zz’s ? Page 6


The annual B&E Christmas Quiz took place on Tuesday 16th December in the Main Hall. Year 12 students competed in teams and against other forms in a quiz that covered trivia, music, film, TV and they also had to solve some ‘Dingbats’.

The form results were as follows:

Form 12G

Average Score 51

Position 8

12W

56.25

7

12A

58.5

6

12R

58.875

5

The quiz was out of a possible 100 points.

12N

60.375

4

In third place came the Ghastly Grinches (one of the teams formed from the Form Tutors) with 75. If their score is disregarded, Team Tinsel (from 12M) take third place with 74 points.

12M

60.75

3

12H

62.25

2

12L

62.875

1

It was a real pleasure to run the quiz this year; the Year 12 students were really enthusiastic and there was no cheating (using phones)!

In second place came the Grotty Santas (from 12L) with 75.5 points. In first place and winning a £15 iTunes voucher for each member of the team was the Ditzy Donnas (from 12R) with 77 points. (So not ‘ditzy’ at all!!)

Congratulations to 12 L who won a big box of Quality Street chocolates and took the form crown!

Melanie Filmer B&E / Marketing Manager Page 7


Mr Moore reported that 7W has had a good start to life at Warlingham. The boys came second in the Inter-House Rugby, losing out in the penalty kicks. The girls intend to match the boys by doing well in the Inter-House Netball. Meanwhile, the boys in 7A, Mr Hellier’s form, won their conversion shootout, to help win the Inter-House Rugby with 7W for the house. The 7A girls also intend to match that achievement on the 15th December when they strut their netball stuff… Mr Gibbons’ form, 8W, has had an eventful start of the Academic Year. A plethora of students have taken part in a variety of activities from the Christmas concert and debating, to trampoline competitions and swimming galas. His form is also at the top of the merit leader board in the whole school too because - according to Mr Gibbons - 8W is the best form at everything. Keep up the good work! In Miss Bouilloux’s form, Nick Jones and Nicole Miles took part in the InterHouse Debating; Nick got a special mention/praise from Mr Toop for his great debating skills. Some of 9W also took part in a Secret Santa event that was organised by Year 12 students: four of them donated some money to the charity. Page 8

This year is a crucial year for Miss Owens’ form as they begin to think of their options for GCSE. In preparation, they have been introduced to the careers area in the LRC and likewise completed an enjoyable (and somewhat surprising in some of their outcomes) lesson investigating potential career choices. Earlier in the term the boys in 9A gloriously brought home a secure second place in the Inter-House Rugby. Likewise, Dylan and Harun argued their way into second place for the recent debating competition. For the girls, Katie C and Charlie recently represented Warlingham School in the District Cross Country. Miss Owens also congratulates Eve, who is steaming ahead in her achievement with merits and keeping her cause for concerns at zero. Well done to Will and Charis, who are closely chasing Eve in her reign. Miss Powell is delighted that the boys in 10W were on the winning team for the Inter- House Rugby competition. Mr Rumsey reports that the boys in 10A have made a sterling effort in winning the Inter-House Rugby for Johnson House this term. Hopefully we’ll see the same result for the InterHouse Football. Commendation


should also go to Daniel Lazenby who distinguished himself during the InterHouse Debating competition. Credit should also go to the entire form for being top in the year group for percentage of at least 5 GCSE’s based on their latest Autumn tracking results. 11A have been working hard towards their mock exams with plenty of coursework deadlines to boot. They have coped well so far with only one or two students not managing to keep up with the pressure and the work. Mr Ashdown notes that this will be rectified with additional support. he has been very impressed with the camaraderie shown by the group; they have been supporting each other during this stressful time. He wishes them all a very relaxing Christmas. Page 9

This academic year has had a good start and has continued to gather momentum as the term has progressed. Students have been enjoying various lessons as well as participating in many InterHouse competitions and activities, doing extremely well. It has been an exhausting term for staff and students alike. I would like to thank all of the tutors for their ongoing hard work and to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, refreshed, raring to go and ready to thrash the other Houses at next term’s Inter-House competitions.

Mr Polyviou Head of Johnson Page Page 99


Mrs Billing’s form has had a brilliant start, winning the Rugby Inter-House (leading Chichester to 2nd place), winning the Learning Habits trophy and receiving the highest number of merits across the whole school, as well as some fantastic participation in the debating competition. The girls in 7L are gearing up to show off their netball skills before Christmas. Miss Dewey reports that 8R have worked very hard this term and that has been reflected in their Merits total. Daisy Calthorpe organised a successful cake sale to raise money for Movember and Michael Peckett and Darren Mensah-Etsi represented the school in the District Cross Country competition. Well done! 8L have been very excited this term to support the Chichester House charity (see article on pages 22-23) and very enthusiastically wrote an individual Christmas card to each of the 32 boys living at Arklow House. The form was also able to field a strong team, Lily and Will, in the Inter-House Debating competition. Mrs Christie and Mrs Langley are very proud of these two students, who put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the competition and worked extremely well as a team. Mr Oscoz says that when 9R works Page 10

together, the form can achieve success, for example in Inter-House competitions, open evenings, tutor competitions and sports day. The form is very competitive against other houses and works well to get to its goal. Mrs Smales would like to say well done to Ben and Tasmin for representing 10R in the debate competition, and also to Adam, Ciaran, Jasper, Harvey and Alex for taking part in the Rugby House competition and to Izzie and Tilda for coming to watch and encourage them. 10R has had two


new students join and they would like to extend a warm welcome to both Tilda and Hannah. Miss Hurst has been really impressed with the start that 10L has made to their GCSE’s. They have got a mature and pragmatic outlook on the next two years and most are knuckling down with their workload. The form is planning to get involved in raising money for Chichester House’s charity, ’63 toothbrushes’. Also, the boys in 10L have been avidly preparing for the Inter-Form Football tournament. Miss Hurst is confident that the boys can go Page 11

out and get a good result for the form and the house. I would like to congratulate the house for all their hard work over this term and I am very excited to be finishing the term in 2nd Place in the House Competition. I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and I hope you all come back refreshed and ready to win the House Competition.

Miss Wallis Head of Chichester Page Page 11 11


has been enjoying doing the weekly Sharman quiz competition. The form is now turning its attention to preparing for its assembly at the end of term. On behalf of 8G, Miss Terry would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mrs Gordon and Mrs Evans jointly look after 8N. They’ve reported that the form has been completing silent reading on a Monday morning and have been preparing well for the Inter-House Debating competition. In particular, Adam Dunn was praised for his exceptional performance and made a significant contribution to Sharman winning first place amongst all the Year 8s. Miss Terry‘s form, 8G, has also been busy this half term preparing for the Inter-House Debating competition. The form selected Ayca Suer and Jessica Dartnell to represent the form. They worked hard on their speech and contributed to the success of Sharman House - which came 1st overall. Well done girls! In a different area, Oliver McGowan and Joshua Sills represented Warlingham at the District Cross Country competition - good effort boys! During form time, 8G Page 12

9N have enjoyed a good first term, particularly enjoying the debating session and quizzes every week. Miss Bradley reports that the whole form are trying to gain as many merits for Sharman as possible, with special mentions to Rae Billings and Nathan Skelton for being part of the Rugby 7s team that secured a vital draw against Mallory, despite only having three players in the team. The students in 9G have had a fantastic Autumn Term. The recent house debating competition saw Faith Keywood leading the way, with Ed Webb stepping up to support her, in the absence of her debating partner Marcus Skelton. Carla Stephens has had great success with the Shirley Display Squad, travelling to Liverpool to take part in a Gymnastics competition, where her group were ranked 4th overall for their routine. Dylan Tahirovic was very proud to achieve a Silver Certificate in the recent Maths Challenge and finally,


Amir Pandya will be performing with SESAW (South East Surrey Area Wind Band) playing drums and percussion over the Christmas period. It has been a very busy term and Miss Crampton is immensely proud of 9G for all they have achieved. Mr Janalli reports that 10N have had a very successful term. Taylor Leech and Olivia Kavanagh led the form to victory in the debating competition. Nick Wilson finished a gruelling cross country race in a very respectable 16th place. Moreover, the form as a whole are working really hard in their subjects giving themselves the best possible opportunity for GCSE success. Mr John’s form have been excelling and working extremely well in lessons. All students in 10G contributed to getting the highest scores in the Year 10 Progress Assembly – which made Mr Johns very proud! It has been a very busy term, preparing assemblies and working towards chasing the leaders in our Sharman House Quiz. Progress and attainment review week was very successful, allowing us to write some targets for this term at a very important time in our GCSE courses. The form has had lots of discussions about work experience in July and can’t wait to get a taste of the real world for two weeks. Mr Johns says he’ll miss them! Page 13

Mr Toop’s form has been focussing on revision – doing revision timetables. They’ve also been working on their applications for Sixth Form. They’re even already thinking about the prom! The Inter-House Rugby, which the form usually wins, was a disappointment, so the subject is banned in 11N. Mr Toop has noticed that a lot of his form have been breaking bones in their activities outside of school and he would very much like them to stop doing that! Mr Gardner, who has re-named his form “The Mighty 11G” after Mr Weston’s inspiring words from the recent Year 11 Tracking Assembly (thanks to currently leading the way in Year 11’s statistics) – have had a great start to the year. In a dark world of Controlled Assessments and Mock Examinations, all heads are up and morale is high going into the Christmas break. According to Mr Gardner, strong performances in the Sharman House Quiz simply confirm 11G’s status as “the form to beat”! He wishes all his students a great holiday and looks forward to seeing them all in the New Year! And I would also like to wish all members of Sharman House a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Miss Frayne Head of Sharman Page Page 13 13


Mr Cole reports that his form have enjoyed two cake mornings so far this year; they’ve enjoyed the opportunity to talk to others that they would not do normally. 7H also had the highest turnout of boys in the Inter-House Rugby competition. The whole form is now preparing for its Secret Santa at the end of term. Mr Sheil is pleased that so many of 7M excelled in the 7M class debate, Katie Burn and Ollie Creed were Page 14

eventually selected to represent 7M in the Inter-House Debating competition, where they performed with the same enthusiastic and positive attitude that teachers of 7M encounter each lesson. It was this attitude allied with their quick wit and oratory skills led to them helping Mallory win the Year 7 Debating Competition. The musical ability of the form helped to make the Christmas Concert a roaring success, with many students taking part.


Miss Clewley reports that 8M raised £35 for the MacMillan Cancer charity by holding a cake sale during registration. She says that many of the form take part in extracurricular activities and have represented the school for rugby, cross country and multi-sports. Mr Duffy is sorry to be leaving his form as he moves to a new school in January. He says that 9H have been a real pleasure to have as his form this term. They are a thoughtful and fun group of students and have contributed to both house and whole school events, ranging from sporting activities to the Interhouse Debating. He wishes them much success in the future. Miss Lynch and Miss Fakun report that 9M have had another successful term, participating in the Inter-House Debating competition and helping Mallory House take the Year 9 title. Rhianna Patel was highlighted as an outstanding debater. In registration, the students have started researching different careers in order to help choose options for next year. They also continue to enjoy doing the weekly quiz, prepared for Mallory by Megan Brown and Lucy Kay in 9M. We are excited to welcome a new student to our tutor group and we all hope that she will enjoy her time at Warlingham School. The form is Page 15

looking forward to Christmas and would like to wish Alfie King good luck in his Christmas drama production at the ARC. It has been a very busy time for 11H with busy preparation for their mock exams taking place. Mr Powell says that everyone has had their heads down revising but this hasn’t stopped some form members from being active in other areas. School Council Members, Nathaniel and Mary, have been discussing how to improve A3 for the students at breaktime while Annelise, Beth, Esme and Finley have been helping design the hoodies and Yearbook for the Year 11 Leavers. Beth and Dominic are also actively involved with their D of E awards. With the end of school looming for the Year 11s, there’s little time for reflection as in recent weeks they’ve been involved in deciding their futures with career interviews and sixth-form applications coming thick and fast. Many thanks to all tutors for their support and hard work, in particular Mr Kinder and Mrs Gates supporting the house behind the scenes. I hope all members of Mallory House have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mr Bruce Head of Mallory Page Page 15 15


Christmas Concert

On Thursday 4th December, over 100 students ranging from Year 7 up to Sixth Form took part in the annual Christmas Concert. It was a fantastic celebration of all of the hard work that each of the extra-curricular clubs had undertaken this term as they performed the pieces they had been working on. A number of these pieces had been chosen by the students themselves. The standard of performances was Page 16

incredibly high, and all of the students who took part should feel very proud of themselves. The concert was also the culmination of the Music House Competition. All Year 7 students had been learning songs in their Music lessons and were all invited to participate in a big Year 7 choir in the concert; the house that had the most students participating would be the winners. It was fantastic to see so many students take up


this offer and to see them thoroughly enjoying the experience of being up on stage and singing. For a large number of them it was the first time they had taken part in anything like this. It was the closest competition we have ever had, with three houses tying for the top spot (Mallory, Sharman and Chichester), with Johnson only two students behind. The choir performed amazingly and went down a storm with the sold-out audience.

Congratulations to all the students who took part, and many thanks to everyone who came to watch it. The students were a credit to themselves and also to the school and they kicked off the festive season in great style! The Music Department wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mr Duffy Head of Music Page 17


Does your Maths teacher juggle? ‘Making Maths fun’, that’s the aim of Maths Inspiration, the largest maths enrichment programme for teenagers in the UK. So, on Monday, 24th November 2014, a select sceptical group of fourteen Year 10’s, under the auspices of Mrs. Billings, set out on a Maths Field Trip which promised to be exciting, innovative, invigorating and entertaining. Are we really talking about Maths? Whilst other subjects take us venturing

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off on field trips to France, Spain and Norfolk, our chosen venue, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford did not seem the most promising destination. In fact, you could even dare say ‘boring’. Let’s face it; Maths and ‘boring’ often do go hand in hand. But this was the scene … swarms of other students arriving from across the country, a buzzing crowd and a packed theatre, note theatre, not boring classroom or lecture hall. Cue


on stage Matt Parker, mathematician/ Edinburgh Fringe comedian to host and engage the fidgety audience with some sarcastic wit (“I hear rustling; I know it’s Christmas but you don’t have to bring your shopping in!”) and suddenly this was a fun place to be - where a whole afternoon of Maths was genuinely destined to become enjoyable. ‘Pourquoi les bus arrivent-ils toujours par trois’ or ‘Why do buses come in threes?’, and ‘How many socks make a pair?’ otherwise ‘Quaunti calzini fanno un paio? in Italian are just two of the world-wide bestsellers written by the first speaker Rob Eastaway, Director of Maths Inspiration. He

connects hidden mathematics to everyday life and situations we might all experience. We were invited to think about ‘Maths on the Back of an Envelope’, apparently very useful in an interview situation when you might be asked a random question like ‘How heavy is a pyramid in Egypt’ to test your ability to think outside the box (or pyramid!). Rather than answer ‘I don’t know’, we learned how to show initiative and have a go by scribbling down a quick estimate based on something we knew the weight of, use this to estimate the weight of one stone and then x by number of stones in a pyramid to find an answer. Message? Always have a go! Page 19


Does your Maths teacher juggle? (CONTINUED)

Coralie Colmez, a Cambridge graduate, took us on a journey into the criminal underworld showing us the possibilities of mathematical mistakes made in court with ‘Maths on Trial’ featuring real cases. Robbery and murder became topics connected to chance, probability and variance. Sometimes evidence involves comparing identity, DNA samples or the causes of sudden death; the judge and jury are presented with information showing the likelihood of a match or possible cause. In a murder case for example, if the likelihood of someone dying of natural causes is shown to be 1 in 100,000, a jury may be convinced into believing that an innocent person is guilty of murder based on this persuasive numerical information. Figures do not present real evidence, only probability but they are useful in addition to other hard evidence.

Colin Wright (he’d left his unicycle and fire-breathing equipment at home!). Suddenly, four coloured balls being thrown up and down making mesmerising patterns became a lesson in ‘Patterns, Predictions and Juggling’. Okay, so the theory of got a bit complicated and even more puzzling when we discovered this guy not only juggles but also specialises in software for marine radar and he started explaining what can only be called boat traffic control; protecting ships from each other in ‘no-go’ areas at sea - circle theorem in action to you and me. Challenging? Yes. Entertaining? Yes.

Ripped from gripping courtroom dramas, we then joined the lighter atmosphere of circus entertainment provided by the juggling antics of

Were we inspired? Afterwards, Rebecca described the event as “really engaging and fun”. The mathematics was challenging, but because it

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Finally, questions from the audience that had been put into a box at the front during the interval were answered by all the speakers in a lively and interesting session helping to clarify all the tricky bits.


was presented in such different surroundings and in a much more interactive way than we are used to in lessons, it was a great experience. For an afternoon, Maths became cool and we were able to understand why this subject is so important in the real-life

world beyond school. Can I find a trick recalling pi easily? Look carefully at the last seven words and you will find the answer! If not, buy your teacher a set of juggling balls‌

Ross George & Joe Moore (10N)

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French Exchange Trip to Bordeaux On 27th September to 4th October sixteen of us experienced the life of the French. We went to Bordeaux and spent a week with a French family. Getting off the plane and waiting to meet our families was really nerve racking because we didn’t know what to expect. We spent Saturday and Sunday getting to know our families and we visited places with them. On Monday we reunited with all our friends at the French school and later on in the day we went on a cycle ride in a beautiful woodland area. Despite

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a few crashes the cycling was an overall fantastic activity that everyone enjoyed. On Tuesday we had a few lessons at school, none of which we understood! We then went to Bordeaux to look around and do a quiz. Wednesday came and we had more lessons in the morning (one of which we didn’t understand what subject we were in). Afterwards some of us went shopping in Bordeaux with our French Exchange partners because French schools finish half way through the day on Wednesday.


Thursday was another brilliant day, this was the day when we climbed the sand dune. A sand dune is a massive pile of sand near the ocean. Once we had clambered and finally reached the top we saw how incredibly beautiful the view was. To get back down we ran as fast as we could down an enormous hill. Some people fell over; it was hilarious. Friday was surfing day. We woke up early for another morning of school but we soon headed off to the beach to do some body boarding. The waves were extremely large and strong and we travelled far and fast on them. At one point a wave flooded the whole beach

and drowned all our towels and bags! The final day arrived and sadly it was time to say good bye to all the friends we had made which we all found really hard.

Izzy Bates & Tom Easton (10R)

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Debate Club and Careers Convention A win at Oxted School!

On the 17th of November 2014, Charlie and I went to Oxted School for a debate. As part of the Russell Group, we attend the Debating Club that is run by Mr Toop and Year 13s. The motion of the debate was “Foodbanks encourage scroungers.” Our reaction was probably similar to yours – How on earth do we debate this?! After much discussion, we decided that we would like to oppose the motion. Over the course of a Page 24

couple of weeks, with many hours of research and rehearsal, we managed to put together a confident and very strong argument. The day finally arrived! We dressed up in our suits, did some last minute planning, had a pep talk from Mr Toop – and were ready to go. Oxted School were very welcoming and provided us with refreshments and a selection of biscuits. Once the judges had arrived, the debate began.


Oxted (proposition) were the first to speak, and had good arguments up their sleeve. Once both sides spoke, the audience were invited to ask questions. We were asked lots of questions, some of which were challenging, however, we successfully answered all with assured confidence. After the questions and summing up, it was down to the judges to make a decision. When the judges had come to a decision they critiqued both sides on our arguments. This was useful to us as it meant we would know where we should improve in future debates. Then they announced the results. Oxted 66, Warlingham 68. We won! It was very close, but we had managed to pull through. We shook hands with the opposition, thanked them for their great hospitality and then left on a high. We would like to thank the other members of our debating club for their support and also Oxted for hosting the debate. Although, the biggest thank you must go to Mr Toop. We most definitely would not have been able to construct such a strong argument, present so well and have the confidence if it were not for him. We are looking forward to round two the next stage in the competition!

Sally Morritt (12H)

Careers Convention On Wednesday November 26, Year 13 students went to the Big Careers Fair in Camden to give themselves as many opportunities to consider their options beyond Warlingham School. Last year was our first venture to Camden Town Hall for this event and this year it was even more popular with twice as many Warlingham students joining the trip. Of the 27 students, there were potential lawyers, pilots, accountants and entrepreneurs and some who had little idea where they were heading. Some students listened to Yasmina from The Apprentice talk about setting up your own business, whilst others made their way to a variety of other seminars run by a wide range of London--based companies such as Arsenal Football Club and Deloitte. There were exhibitions from a broad range of companies and career outlets such as Barratt Homes, Travelodge, Army Recruitment and those offering Apprenticeship opportunities. The students returned to Warlingham with plenty of ideas and hopefully a number of possibilities to continue their next stage of life after leaving Warlingham Sixth Form.

Mr Knott Sixth Form Academic Tutor Page 25


District Trampoline Competition

The District Trampoline Competition took place this term. Many students from Year 7 and Year 8 worked very hard to prepare their routines. Fifteen students travelled to Oakwood to compete against several other schools. Each student had to learn and perform two routines with outstanding control and fluency. I would like to congratulate Amy Hodgetts who took first place in the

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Year 7 competition. I would also like to congratulate Eden Anderson, who achieved a Gold medal in the Year 8 competition, Katie Rogers and Naomi Bexley who achieved a Silver medal and Chanade Henry who achieved a Bronze medal. Well done girls for all your hard work this term.

Miss Wallis PE Teacher / Head of Chichester House


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Year 12 Photography Trip to Brighton On the 23rd of October, the Year 12 Photography class went on a trip to Brighton. We had two tasks to complete. The first task was about looking at the environment of Brighton such as the rust, the pier and the beach. The second task was to take photos of the streets in Brighton.

Graffiti

The creative aspect of Brighton This included taking pictures of the graffiti, signposts and the people. We aimed to take about 50 photos for both tasks. By the end of the trip we had all taken lots of amazing photos to use in our project.

Boy looking at old pier

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We believe this was an excellent opportunity to get the best photo for our project.

Carla Theobald (12N) & Clare Colbran (12G)


The Burnt-out Pier

The use of negative space shows the emptiness around the pier

Celling of station black and white

Use of line and contrast to emphasise the man-made structure which represents environment

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Sixty-three Toothbrushes In Chichester House this year our charity is called Sixty-three Toothbrushes. Their strapline is “improving the lives of orphaned children through projects big and small, love and care, fun and games , outings and parties.� Sixty-three toothbrushes is a charity, based in London that works to improve the lives of the boys living at an orphanage, Arklow Boys Home, in Sri Lanka. The story began in 2012 when the two founders, Sophie and Joe, visited the home for a week. Since then, Sophie and Joe have visited the home twice a year and have been joined by another couple, Steve and Hannah. They fundraise throughout the whole year and every penny they raise is given to the charity. They even pay for their own flights! Projects that they have already completed include: complete renovation of the kitchen, dormitories and bathrooms; replacing all the windows; servicing and repairing the minibus and designing and building a covered drying area. They have also taken the boys on their first camping Page 30

trip which included a 100ft zipwire and jumping into a 400ft deep lake. We were fortunate enough to have two of the directors of the charity, Steve and Hannah, come to talk to us during a Chichester House assembly. They showed us a video of Joe in action talking about the charity and explaining where the name came from. The name came from their first visit, when they took sixty-three toothbrushes in their suitcases for the boys in the home. We were shown a PowerPoint presentation about the charity that included lots of photos of the home and the boys. It was good to see these as it was interesting to see the way the boys are living, the hardships they face daily and how the charity is


working to improve their quality of life. Seeing the boys’ lives being changed and how happy it made them in the photos made us feel very privileged and gave us a sense of how lucky we are. It also made us feel more determined to do everything we can to help them. Then we got the chance to ask Steve and Hannah some questions and earn ourselves a ‘Sixty-three Toothbrushes’ badge. There was a wide variety of questions from how much money has been raised by the charity so far to questions all about the boys that live in Arklow Boys Home. As a house, we are now collecting presents and cards to send over there for the boys for Christmas, things like pens and pencils, socks and footballs. All the Tutor groups are also going to organise and run a charity event before the end of the school year. In 8L we are thinking about doing a football and netball shootout event, a pyjama mufti day or even spongethe-teacher. We are also going to be writing letters to the boys to tell them about ourselves and how we are going to help and we’ll encourage them to

write back and become pen pals. We have heard that the boys are very excited about this as they really want to improve their English. If you would like to find out more about the charity you can read their blog on http://sixtythreetoothbrushes. wordpress.com. This includes a blog post they wrote about their visit here, under the title of New Supporters On Board! You can also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/ sixtythreetoothbrushes and on Twitter @63toothbrushes where they have also tweeted about us!

Jessie Burden, Katie Stanford and Sascha Webber (8L)

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Law Trip to Parliament and the Supreme Court On Wednesday 8th October 2014, Year 12’s law class escaped the four walls of C4 to set out on our political excursion to London’s infamous Houses of Parliament. Despite the struggle of awakening at the crack of dawn to meet our 8:45 meeting point, even if some of us did detour to have a McDonald’s breakfast, we were able to arrive at Parliament promptly and ready with our conservative mind set. Firstly, after having to withdraw from our beloved phones and leave them behind for the tour, we were divided into two groups and taken on a tour of the two ‘houses’ by our very kind and informative guides. They told us about the traditions of the houses: Green being the House of Commons and Red being the House of Lords, which were depicted in the central lobby. The tours of both the houses enabled us to gain an insight into how Parliament operates and who sits where and does what. This was very informative and allowed us to not only refresh our super parliamentary law-making knowledge, but also to develop this knowledge further. We swiftly moved on to our workshop which was delivered by an extremely humorous man who somehow developed the tedious Page 32

legislation procedures into a fun, engaging lecture in which everyone was eager to participate. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from our local MP, Sam Gyimah’s Senior Parliamentary Researcher, Luke Webster, who was able to answer our inquisitive questions. After this workshop we moved on to The Supreme Courts; Rosie was disheartened as she had not yet fulfilled her lifetime dream of meeting Mr. Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, himself. At The Supreme Courts, the highest judicial court in a country, we explored and got an insight into how this court operates and the type of cases that are introduced to the court. The highest justices work here; we were privileged enough to sit in the President of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon. the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury’s, court case about a dispute over trust funds. You probably would have no idea what this means, and nor did those who sat in on the case. The complex vocabulary and constant referrals to clauses was all too much to follow, so a bow and a swift exit was made by the students. However, it allowed us to gain experience on what working in courts as high as this would be like for


all the future barristers and advocates in the class. This was very valuable. Overall, the trip gave us a lot of valuable lessons and experience that benefited us and gave us a taster of

what working in Parliament and Law would be like. We would like to say a big thank you to Ms Benjamin and Mr Sheil for taking us on this trip!

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Maths at Kempton Park Racecourse We were really lucky to get a day out of school to go to Kempton Park Racecourse to put into practice our maths skills learnt in class. When we arrived, we gathered in the Royal Box where we were greeted by a retired jockey. He took us to the race course and spoke to us about all the different jumps and told us about the different types of horse racing: flat and jump. He showed us what the jumps were made out of and the point where the horses took off in order to jump over the fence. Firstly, he told us to stand where we thought the horses took off and then he showed us that actually, most of us were wrong! We had stood too far forward obviously not realising how big a horse’s leap over a jump is. Within the arc created by the horse’s jump there is a diameter of seven to nine metres.

Diameter = 7 to 9 metres

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We were then taken to the weighing room where they weigh the jockeys. Our jockey guide explained to us about the imperial system of weighing which is done in pounds and ounces rather than the metric system we know of grams and kilograms. For different races the jockeys and all their equipment i.e. themselves and their saddle, have to weigh a specific amount. A flat jockey (a jockey that races on a course without jumps) has to weigh a minimum of 10 stone and a maximum of 12 stone. Sometimes if they are not quite heavy enough, they have weights, made out of lead, attached to their saddle to achieve the appropriate weight. The slabs of lead weigh 1lb each. We then went on to estimating our own weights in pounds


and ounces and then, if we wanted to, we were able to weigh ourselves to see how close we were. Did you know the measure of pounds is written as lb because it comes from the Greek word Libra which is present in the Zodiac star signs as a set of scales?

Horse Racing Maths Facts (And a few general horse racing facts thrown in) • In horse racing, the distance of the races are quoted in imperial measures: miles, furlongs and yards. There are 8 furlongs to a mile. A furlong is the equivalent of 200 metres. • All jockeys get the same basic pay for each race in which they ride. If they win the race they will also earn 10% of the owner’s winnings. • The Derby is named after the first horse racing winner, Lord Derby. • The first Derby took place in 1780 which is 234 years ago. • Prior to World War II, Gatwick Airport was a horse racecourse. It was in use from 1891 to 1940; it was closed at the start of WW2. • From 1916 to 1918, The Grand National was held at Gatwick Racecourse, whilst Aintree Racecourse was taken over for World War I’s war office. • There is a ‘head teacher’ in horse racing called The Steward, who you have to see if you break the rules! • A horse lives with its trainers NOT its owners. A trainer could have 100+ horses at their yard all in training for horse racing. For one trainer, at the Kempton Park event, they had 4 horses racing that day. • A jockey may have to be five or six different weights depending on the class of the race. • UK and USA are the only countries to use imperial measures in horse racing. Everywhere else now uses metric units. • Foals (baby horses) are born with their legs at 90% of the length they will be when fully grown. • A jockey will be told the day before a race if he is riding. Page 35


Maths at Kempton Park Racecourse

The jockey explained to us how they, themselves, got to the correct weight so that they could race. He said they have light clothes as well as heavier, thicker clothes so that they can put on the appropriate clothing to reach the correct weight. Sometimes, if they are overweight and cannot do anything about it, they go to the sauna in the changing rooms where they try to sweat out some water, to make them lighter. In a 30 minute session in the sauna they could lose 1lb – 70% of your body is water, which makes them VERY dehydrated and thirsty!!! We were then ushered outside to the Page 36

parade ring where the horses were taken prior to their race to warm up and to show them off to the crowds. They walk around the perimeter of the ring which is 125 metres around.


horse is 2.5 metres and they are supposed to be kept at least 2.5 metres apart from the next horse, so they effectively take up 5 metres. We worked out that you could therefore have up to 25 horses parading in the ring at a time. We were then able to watch three races and choose who we thought was going to win based on their previous wins. Unfortunately luck was not on my side; thankfully we were not allowed to bet money! We worked this out ourselves by measuring the ring using a trundle wheel. The average length of a race

I had a great day and I think all the others did too!

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Code Club

Code Club runs every Thursday after school, and at lunchtimes on Wednesday Week 1 and Tuesday Week 2. We have been attending since early in Year 7. In Code Club, we learn how to program using a variety of software and programming languages. For example, We have learnt to program in HTML and Javascript. We have used web resources to learn the principles of programming, which are used regardless of the programming language. These work well because they are visually fun and they start with the simple things and build up your skills and confidence bit Page 38

by bit. You repeat exercises to get comfortable with the learning. When you move onto specific programming languages they are easier to learn after using the skills exercises. We have also used graphical programming packages for children, such as Scratch and Kodu. We like these because you can create games early on in your learning, and Kodu especially enables you to create 3D terrains and worlds and the objects in it are fun and cute in a cartoon style. It allows you to create whatever you can imagine and there’s no limit to what you can do; all you have to do is work out how to do it. Once you get the


hang of it is relatively simple to achieve really good things.

Katie Bentley (8N) & Caitlin Duggan (8H) The latest thing I have been learning is Flash animation. This is a bit like Flip Notes Studio on Nintendo DSI in some ways. You do not have to be good at drawing, which is amazing, and again, it allows you to use your imagination and gives you the challenge of making it real. I like Code Club because I have always liked computers and I can learn, make then share my creations with others. We are allowed to discover different activities and develop our interests in any direction. If I need them, Mr Holder provides resources for me to work with, but I also like not having them, so that I have to explore and work things out for myself. You don’t feel like you are in a lesson because you do not have set work to be done in a time limit, you don’t have any boundaries so you can take things in whatever direction you want to. It is fun to attend with friends, and you meet people that you don’t necessarily have anything to do with during the rest of the day. I like helping others, and we can exchange ideas; this is better than a teacher helping. Mr Holder lets you get on with things, and just gives ideas which you can take or leave; he only cares that you are taking

something and going somewhere. He also likes it when you learn to do something he can’t do and show him how! I like being smarter too! This year Mr Sheil is there to help too, so now we have two teachers to show off to!

Caitlin Duggan (8H) I have been attending Code Club for about a year. I have learnt loads; I came in knowing nothing about coding and programming and now I know loads. I like the free choice of what I can learn and make; I can now use Kodu, Flash, Python, Scratch and other things. At the moment I am learning to use Flash to make animations. I like it because you can create anything and make it do what you want it to do. I just need to learn how to do it! It is good to have an alternative to sports clubs because not everyone likes physical activity; some prefer to exercise their brains! I have recently been awarded my Computing Colours badge for regular attendance and achievements such as making good programs and helping others. Having a badge for something other than sport enables more people to get colours. I want to become more and more skilled with coding so that I can be a Computing leader and help younger students and Primary School students.

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Science Club

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Throughout this term there have been two science clubs for Year 8 after school on a Thursday run by Mr Moore, Miss Terry, Miss Starr and Mr Gibbons. Page 41


Science Club Science Club so far has been thoroughly enjoyable. The sessions have been ‘hands-on’ and are packed with exciting activities.

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Most of the time, the sessions have a certain theme, such as when it was Halloween we made slime, or when it was Bonfire Night we made our


own gunpowder and tested it! For this particular experiment we used a range of ratios of materials that made up gunpowder and tested which one would burn the quickest. A couple of weeks ago in Science Club, we did something extremely special: a rat dissection. We got into groups of four and got given a rat which had been preserved. It’s remarkable how much a rat’s body

structure resembles ours! Once Mr Moore had shown us how to use the scalpel and scissors, we managed to get the organs out and name them. It was extremely interesting and a different experience to our usual science lessons! I am always looking forward to the next science club as you never know what you’re going to learn next!

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Poppies

Glinting off the pale face of the moon; Rosy red leaves stand proud among the ruby river of devastation; 100 years have passed and yet we still remember. Page 44

Silence falls upon the country, as we remember the petrifying time that war must have been.


The scar inflicted upon people’s lives will never fade, never waver, and neither will the memories of the brave-hearted soldiers who fought for our future.

Surrounding the popular Tower of London is a flash flood of symbolic poppies, which represents all those people who died in the raging war that happened all those years ago.

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The Geography Pages Christmas.... Finally! And the end of another cracking term for the Geographers of Warlingham School. September began with the amazing news of our departing Year 11s’ performance in their GCSE exams: a whopping 14% increase on the previous year has left a very impressive A*-C% pass rate for the department. To add to this, a recent report released on the school’s results shows a favourable picture on the value that we add to student attainment in Geography. This is all a HUGE testament to the tireless efforts of the staff down the B-Block corridor. I would like to extend a massive thanks to all of the Geography teachers! The Year 7/8 and Year 9 Geography Clubs are back in full swing, and students are already working on some interesting projects under the guidance of Mr Fraser and Ms Eveleigh. The focus of the page this edition is on work that our Year 9 students have been doing in recent weeks. The topic of Rivers & Flooding has almost run its course (pardon the pun!) and we are fast approaching the final assessment. Unbelievably, one of our students, Luke Caruna, has just had a very real experience in this area and he was kind enough to write a report for us Page 46

to describe his story. Having such a real-life event (what we’d refer to as a “Case Study” from Key Stage 4!) is an amazing opportunity and really makes the theory we learn in lessons come to life. This, added to the floods down on the A22 last year, really show us that there are many natural hazards that we sometimes forget we’re exposed to. Luke’s report All that is left for me to do is wish you all a cracking holiday – you have all thoroughly deserved it – and a reminder to bring the department back some photos and interesting facts from where you have been lucky enough to visit over the Christmas break!

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How my house was flooded On the 25th of November 2014 I woke up to a school day like any other. Normally in the week I come straight home after school but on this day for no particular reason I decided that I would go back to my dad’s house. The plan was for my mum to pick me up later. Once I had finished my lessons at school and headed back to my dad’s, I ate dinner and called my mum asking her what time she would


pick me up. She said she was going to stop by our house first, so around six. Shortly after I got a call from my mum, I expected her to tell me she was on her way but instead I heard distress in her voice. I asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ She told me she had bad news, our house had been flooded. Mum told me that there was an accident and the water company had drilled through a water main outside our house. My first reaction was shock, as I had no idea what the extent of the flood was. Once I got off the phone I remember thinking, ‘how ironic, we’re learning about floods in Geography!’

The next day after school I got a text from mum to say that I could come home and see the damage. On my way to the house I didn’t know what to think, I didn’t know whether to expect the worst and hope for the best or to tell myself not to worry and that

everything would be okay. When I got home, 24 hours after the flood had taken place I could see the floor only had a little water on it so it didn’t really look so bad, but then my step-dad started to go through everything we had lost. Pretty much everything on the ground floor had to be thrown away, from the floors to the TV and everything in between. Guess it’s not so bad when you think that we have three floors. When I looked through all the boxes of stuff that had to be thrown away, all the DVD’s, all our games it seemed were gone. We wrote down everything so that when the insurance people came around we had a list of everything we needed to replace. The water had come up eight bricks inside our house! We’re definitely not the worst affected, surrounding us were five flats who were all on the ground floor, all of their worldly possessions were gone. They were forced to move out instantly. Page 47


The Geography Pages But what now? Well, eventually we had to resign ourselves and leave our home, the building work destined to take at least three months, leaving us without a kitchen. My mum found a nice flat literally three minutes away that we can rent. Our insurance company will pay because obviously it wasn’t our fault that we are in this position. To get rid of the water they are going to drill out our floors and take it back to the concrete so that they can dry it quicker then rebuild everything on the ground floor again, kitchen, bathroom and living room. Hopefully we will be able to move back in again by March. Never, since the flood have I sat through my Geography lessons the same way! It’s weird how whenever you hear or see these terrible things that happen to people you instinctively feel bad, but it’s only when you have experienced something like this or been told a real life account that you truly stop and take the time to understand. In Geography we are learning about floods, as I already said, but this isn’t only irony, it can also be useful. Why learn about what people lost in Boscastle five years ago during floods when something like this is happening on our doorstep? I know for certain Page 48

that it isn’t just me who has had real world experiences of things which we learn about in school. It’s more engaging for people to learn about something that has happened to somebody they know rather than a bunch of random strangers. I believe this approach could be used in all subjects and not just Geography. I believe you learn so much more this way. Hopefully everything with my house will be okay. I know and trust that it is in very good hands, my mum and step-dad. Our rented flat is very nice anyway so it isn’t a problem to live there. The main thing wherever you live is family and being together, especially over Christmas. Merry Christmas to everyone!

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ICELAND 2016! Due to some students pulling out of the Iceland trip planned for Easter 2015, the excursion has been postponed until the following year. Mr Fraser has already been in contact with our chosen travel company about going in Easter 2016, and details will follow shortly in the New Year. As before, the trip will be open, initially,


to those students taking A2 and AS Geography but as this now includes the current Year 11 students - some of whom were very disappointed that they wouldn’t be able to go next year - we’re hoping that demand will be much higher this time!

It’s also worth noting that, although the trip will be around the same price (circa £750), students now have that much longer to save their pennies!

Mr Gardner Head of Geography

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Art Club

Since the start of November, the Sixth Formers now have their own Art/ Textiles and Photography studio which is a new space that new gives them the freedom to work in a larger format and during their lunch breaks, study periods and after school. It is already is a very popular space, and the quality of the work they are producing in there is outstanding. Jack Gandolf said, “The new Art studio is brilliant; I now feel like an Artist, it’s great to have the kind of studio space that I will get at university.” Page 50

Meanwhile, students of all ages attend Art Club during lunch time and after school. GCSE students are busily working on their coursework portfolios; a group of hard working Year 9 accelerator students are producing A1 self-portraits. Key Stage 3 students are either working on homework or creating their own independent work. It is a pleasure to see such a wide range of age groups working harmoniously together. The club is so popular that we often have to open several art studios, so that all the students can be accommodated.

Mrs Sula, Head of Art


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Community Sports Leadership Award

At the beginning of the year we were able to congratulate last year’s cohort on the successful completion of their course. They were a vibrant group who did much to enrich the sporting experience of many primary school children. Congratulations should go to: Liam Harrower, James Jenden, Harry Spall, Dan Pogson, Harry Ward, Stevie Lawrence Wrist, Becky Moore, Rebecca Moore and Sandra Tetteh. Following in their footsteps are our new group of students comprising of: Jack Collins, Josh Cox, Emma Fossett, Adam Ledger, Daniel Luke, Oliver Page 52

Meadows, Francesca Onslow, Jodie Payne, Ross Pizzey, Daniel Roberts, Marcelle Rowe, Maisie Stock, Lydia Turner, Abigayle Warner & Alex Stoica. In addition to developing their own leadership skills within the school setting, they have been out in the local primary schools coaching a variety of activities as well as officiating and running our annual primary swimming gala on the 25th November 2014. The local primary schools have been pleased to have the support in engaging their students in physical activity and we have been pleased


that the primary schools have provided regular leadership opportunities for our sixth form students. Here is a selection of photographs of our sixth formers in action to show you what they have been doing this term.

Mrs Salem PE Teacher

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Primary Swimming Gala It was wonderful to see over one hundred swimmers at our eighth annual primary gala, which was held on Tuesday 25th November. Six local primary schools competed this year. These were: Audley, Hillcroft, St. Francis, St. John’s, Woodlea and Whyteleafe. The children compete against each other in the traditional strokes of freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke in distances ranging between 25 and 50 metres. There is also the opportunity to swim in the Medley

relay or Freestyle relay. The nature of this event caters for a wide range of abilities, from those who have never swum in a gala before to those who swim regularly at a swimming club. The competitors ranged from as young as Year 4 to as old as Year 6. The purpose of this primary gala is to encourage a love of swimming, provide a competitive environment and advertise the possibilities of club links for those children who may decide to take swimming more seriously.

Year 4 & 5 Girls Year 4 & 5 Boys Year 5 & 6 Girls Year 5 & 6 Boys TOTAL FINAL POSITION Page 54

Woodlea 20 28 32 13 93 2nd


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Our representatives from Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club are a great contact to have to explore the possibilities of swimming outside of a school environment. I have included a final set of results which has been completed by Penny Stock, from Warlingham School, who has done much to support this event for the last eight years. For the eighth successive year we have continued to have a wide range of volunteers and students who have been prepared to give of their time to make this event a success.

Hillcroft 15 12 15 12 54 6th

Audley 22 14 14 20 70 5th

Our Sixth form CSLA students: Jack Collins, Emma Fossett, Adam Ledger, Daniel Luke, Oliver Meadows, Francesca Onslow, Jodie Payne, Ross Pizzey, Daniel Roberts, Marcelle Rowe, Maisie Stock (Life Guard), Lydia Turner, and Abigayle Warner all took responsibility for a range of officiating duties from time keeping, recording results, stroke judging to numerous other roles such as car-parking duty. Their enrichment course on leadership enabled them to deliver this event with confidence and they were super representatives of our Sixth Formers at Warlingham School.

St Francis 15 25 21 27 88 3rd

St Johns 29 15 13 22 79 4th

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Primary Swimming Gala As expressed on the day, so many people contribute to an event of this nature before the day, during the event and afterwards which really help to make the gala a special occasion. It also illustrates the importance of community and the power of volunteers, which we are very fortunate to be able to tap into at this school.

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The enthusiasm and commitment of staff, parents and students at the participating primary schools are key to the success of the event, together with the following people who know what they have done to ensure a positive experience for the swimmers: Tina Cornelius, Assistant Head Coach – Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club, Steve Hinton – Starter, Swimming


Coach at Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club, Lynn Banwell, SSCo at de Stafford, Warlingham School PE Department, Penny Stock - results, Maisie Stock- Life Guard, Gary Brown – Sports Facilities Manager, Site Staff, Nicki Clark – sound technician,

Jeanette Atkins – Photographer, Melanie Filmer, Pam Mutter and Bill Candler. The winning team, Whyteleafe, enjoyed being presented with their medals and certificates by Headteacher, Mr Bradwell.

Mrs Salem PE Teacher

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Mr Glover - Assistant Headteacher I have spent loads of time decorating my house and re-landscaping my garden, something I really enjoy.

It’s been a great start for me at Warlingham. I was delighted to get the job here and am really enjoying the role. Staff and students have been very welcoming and have helped me to settle in. I live locally so my journey time to work has been drastically reduced, which is a real bonus! Since moving to the area, Page 58

I have been a Maths Teacher and Director of Maths at a successful school in the London Borough of Sutton before joining Warlingham School in September. During my working time, I’m an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about Maths and teaching / learning as a whole. My role as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Data and Reporting represents my belief that by assessing and analysing the data produced, students can be supported in areas in which they need it the most. It also helps the school analyse their strengths and weaknesses with a view to improving. I support the school’s drive to move away from National Curriculum levels, as the government are advising. Throughout these changes, I will have a large role in the redevelopment of reporting systems so that the information that is sent home is even more useful to parents. I also have responsibility for developing the iPad project in the Sixth Form,


something I am enthusiastic about due to the strange love of gadgets that I have.

Also, as a continuation of something I did in my previous school, I am working with a company called PiXL to support their Maths associate team. PiXL is a company who supports over 1,000 schools across the country with training conferences and resources. I regularly produce resources and deliver presentations at conferences to Heads of Maths which I find is a really rewarding job as I get to meet so many different teachers from all sorts of schools. Outside of school, when I’m not

decorating or landscaping the garden, I spend time with my family, including my one year-old son. On the rare occasion that I have time for myself, I am a keen sportsman and love playing basketball and football. I have played at a National League level at basketball but now just play at a local league level. I love animals, especially reptiles. I used to own several snakes but since we had children, we don’t tend to have the time or space anymore. To add to that, my wife got a bit fed up with me when I let the snakes loose in the house by accident!! One day I hope to have a mini-zoo in a big shed in the bottom of the garden - I’m not sure the neighbours would be too impressed.

Mr Glover Assistant Headteacher Page 59


Mrs Sula - Head of Art I am delighted to join Warlingham School and such a talented Art and Design Team. I am already impressed with the high standards that both the staff and students set for themselves in the Art department and in the school as a whole.

but also as a practicing Artist and so I spend much of my free time - when our children are asleep - working with my husband in our studio at home. I believe that this helps me bring into the classroom my enthusiasm and passion for the subject.

I truly believe that Art is a subject in which all students can flourish; as Picasso said “Every child is an artist�. My job is to ensure they retain their enthusiasm for and enjoyment of Art as they move up through the school. My previous job was Curriculum Leader in a mixed ability comprehensive school in Eastbourne, were I ran an Outstanding Art Department and an enthusiastic Art and Textiles team. We were recognised as a hub of excellence in the South East and I was passionate about my job, but after commuting from Surrey to the South Coast for six years, I felt I was spending too much time in the car. When I was offered the job at Warlingham, I was so happy to cut my travelling time, whilst being welcomed into a similarly enthusiastic environment. I do not see myself as just a teacher Page 60

I have a passion for travelling and rather an adventurous spirit; several years ago, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro while traveling through Africa. I also have a passion for extreme sports such as windsurfing, rock climbing and coast steering and a few years ago I learnt how to parachute-jump with my little sister. My latest adventurous ambition is to scale the highest points of each country in Europe during the holidays with my husband and two


small children. We started this during the Summer holiday, while driving to Albania, and managed to complete our first three countries - in only two days! (As you can probably guess, these peaks were not very high, being in Belgium, Luxemburg and Holland but as my children grow, so will the mountains.)

I feel honoured to be working at Warlingham School and I look forward to growing the department under my leadership. If you have not already met me, I am the oldest member of the team and I often have a few pencils in my hair!

Mrs Sula Head of Art Page 61


Dates for your diary

Friday 19th December 2014 Last Day of Autumn Term - Early Closure: 1.30pm

Monday 5th January 2015 Staff In-Service Training Day

Tuesday 6th January 2015 First Dau of Spring Term for Students

Friday 16th January 2015 Year 11 Mock Results Ceremony

Monday 19th January 2015 Year 11 Progress Review Week

Friday 23rd January 2015 Year 11 Reports Home

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Wednesday 4th February 2015 Year 9 Options Evening

Friday 6th February 2015 Year 9 Reports Home

Monday 9th - Friday 13th February 2015 Year 9 Progress Review Week Year 10 Exam Week

Wednesday 11th February 2015 Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Monday 16th - Friday 20th February 2015 Half Term

Please note that the Summer Half Term break in 2016 is Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June 2016 inclusive, not 25th to 29th May 2016 which was on the website from September, but has now been corrected. Page Page63 63


Widening Horizons Raising Aspirations

Warlingham School Address: Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9YB Tel: 01883 624067 Fax: 01883 624026 Email: info@warlinghamschool.co.uk Website: www.warlinghamschool.co.uk

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Newsletter - December 2014  

Newsletter - December 2014