News Warlingham School
ISSUE 6 2015-2016 JULY 2016
In this edition FROM the headteacher
Important Information for Parents
Villarreal Football Tour 2016
Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front
Visit to Portsmouth University
Warlingham Educational TRust
Sharman House Charity Report
News from the LRC
Exchange with Zambia
Extra English Lessons
FEATURE: Villarreal Football Tour
FEATURE: Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front
FEATURE: Visit to Portsmouth University
FEATURE: Exchange with Zambia
Widening Horizons Raising Aspirations
FEATURE: Extra English Lessons
From the Headteacher...
Dear Parents, As another academic year draws to a close it seems that the educational landscape continues to change at a rapid pace. We welcome a new Minister for Education (Justine Greening â€“ the 11th since 2000) and I think I speak for all of us working in the sector that I hope Ms Greening will bring some stability and certainty to the key issues of funding for schools and the training and recruitment of new teachers. Over the last few years we have seen the growth of academies and the decline in the role of Local Authorities. This seems set to continue with Page 2
Local Authorities likely to have little role in helping school improvement by September 2017. Despite a recent softening of the stance from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding forced academisation it is clear that the overall direction of travel for the government is towards academisation and Multi-Academy Trusts. As a result more and more schools have been working in partnerships within Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) to share expertise and best practice to raise educational standards. I am sure that I will return to this subject in future newsletters.
During the summer holiday there will be a range of building projects taking place in the school: the re-roofing of B block, the kitchen, A3 and the PE area will continue, the area vacated by the SRW huts will be landscaped and the new canteen kiosk facility will be installed outside the rear of the front hall. All of these projects will continue to improve the school’s facilities.
up with three words they would use to describe the school to a prospective parent. The Wordles on the next page are the outcome of the research. Further work was then done to try to explain our strapline and summarise the research into three key values that captured the essence of all the feedback and would be meaningful in the everyday running of the school.
Over the last six months staff, governors and students have been doing a lot of work on creating a set of values that best captures what this school is all about. Those of you who visit the website will know that we have an Aims and Ethos webpage that refers to our strapline of ‘Widening Horizons, Raising Aspirations’ but there is nothing that clearly outlines the values that we wish to develop in our young people. Over the years many parents and staff have spoken to me about the importance of the values of our school and how they played a significant role in them choosing to send their children to the school, or work at the school. Yet strangely we have never written down these values. As a result we set about trying to define what these key values were. The students were asked what three words they would use to best describe the school to a Year 5 or 6 student whilst the adults were asked to come
On the next page is the full version of the strapline and our Key Values: Commitment, Courage and Kindness. Commitment, because our students need to show dedication, hard work, effort and willingness to give time and energy to be successful. Courage is required for students to overcome difficulties and face up to the challenges of school life. Courage also involves an element of confidence, resilience and grit – qualities we endeavour to instil in our students. Finally, Kindness, because we want our children to be considerate, supportive, friendly and generous to all in our community. We hope you agree that these three words capture the values that make Warlingham School such an excellent school. I would like to thank all those members of staff who are moving on to new jobs this year (details at the back of the newsletter) for their outstanding contributions to Warlingham School. Page 3
From the Headteacher... Many of you will be aware that last Friday, Mr Paul Derrett, our school caretaker, died shortly after starting work that morning. Paul had worked at the school for 17 years and was highly regarded and much loved by all his colleagues. He was always there to support staff, students and parents and will be missed greatly. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Finally, I hope you are all able to relax and hopefully enjoy some summer sunshine during the summer holiday. We look forward to welcoming back the students on Wednesday 7 September – Year 7 students at 8.35am and Years 8-11 students at 11.00am. Mr N Bradwell Headteacher
Staff values represented as a ‘wordle’
Warlingham School is a caring, supportive environment, where children and staff are happy, where we work with integrity and respect, and where everyone is challenged to reach their highest possible achievement.
Our key values are: Commitment, Courage and Kindness Warlingham School’s strapline is:
Wide horizons: ‘Be inspired to experience more than you thought possible’. High aspirations: ‘Be the best you can be’.
Student views represented as a ‘wordle’
On Monday 20th June our trained antibullying team visited Hamsey Green Primary School to give a presentation to the Year 5 and Year 6 students on bullying, the effects it can have and what we can do to solve it.
us to gain confidence and to raise awareness to the younger students. By running a workshop, it was evident that the students were knowledgeable on what to do in these situations. We all enjoyed the trip and hope to do something similar in other schools.
As well as being a fun and interesting experience, this visit also went towards The Anti-Bullying Mentors are: part of a Bronze Youth Accreditation Tracy Owonta & Isobelle Wallbank - 8M for the mentors. Lucy Keane & Mia Sloane - 9A Shleena Coulson & Jessica Robinson Overall, this trip was very good for all of the Anti-Bullying Mentors. It allowed 9N Page 6
Bradley Cummings & Shannon Moloney - 9G Kaira Miller, Grace Pike & Alexandra Towers - 9M Georgia Jones - 11G As ambassadors for Bullies Out, we strive to make sure that everyone is feeling happy, safe and welcome at all times â€“ without fear of being bullied.
Tutor or Head of House, or a trained student Anti-Bullying Mentor at lunchtimes. Rememberâ€Ś At Warlingham School, we want to BEAT BULLYING TOGETHER!
Shleena Coulson (9N)
If you or someone you know is being bullied, you can talk about this with a member of staff such as your Form Page 7
Important Information for Parents Aerosol Sprays
We would like to make parents aware that all aerosols, perfumes etc. are banned from school, in line with our uniform policy. If found or seen, these items will be confiscated. This decision has been made due to a number of staff and students who suffer severe allergic reactions to such sprays.
Warlingham Schoolâ€™s attendance remains higher than it has been for several years at over 95%. Congratulations to all students who have tried really hard to keep their attendance at a high level and all they have achieved as a result. Particular congratulations to the 154 who have achieved 100% attendance for the whole year who will be recognised at Prizegiving. This is a large increase on last year. The number of students achieving 100% attendance by year is: Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
37 Students 25 Students 25 Students 31 Students 36 Students
We are always striving to improve attendance and work very closely Page 8
with those students and families who have issues around attending School regularly, supporting them in a variety of ways to enable them to improve their attendance and reach their potential.
Changes to local bus transport
Surrey County Council has written to the school about changes to the local bus transport from September 2016. Service 409 will be incorporated into the network of services operated by Southdown and will no longer be operated by Metrobus. This does mean any Warlingham students currently using the Metrobus Key Card payment system will not be able to use this on service 409 from September. Students will be required to purchase a Southdown saver ticket or pay the bus driver daily. Students currently travelling from Nutfield and Bletchingley will be required to catch Metrobus service 400 (as they currently do) but then change buses at Caterham Station to Southdown service 409. The Metrobus through fare from Nutfield / Bletchingley will be available so students will not be required to pay two fares. In the morning, service 400 will arrive at Caterham Station at 07:33
and connect with service 409 arriving 07:40. In the afternoon, service 409 will arrive at Caterham Station at 15:50 and service 400 will depart at 16:14 back towards Bletchingley and Nutfield.
Student Services from September 2016, please send any medication to be stored along with an Authorisation for Medication form. Parents are also reminded that they are responsible for ensuring that their childâ€™s medical details, emergency contact numbers Students travelling from Whyteleafe and trip consent information is kept up South and Marden Lodge will be to date. This must be done at the start required to wait on the opposite side of the road for service 409. There will of each term. All this information can be a 409 journey starting at Whyteleafe be reviewed and updated online via the Parent Portal section of the school South Station at 07:30 and operating via Marden Lodge, Caterham Station, website under the Data Collection tab. Caterham on the Hill, Buxton Lane Lost property and Whyteleafe Station to Warlingham Every term we end up with a lot of lost School. Alternatively these students could catch service 407 to Whyteleafe property in Student Services. When this property is named we can return Station and await the 409. it to the students but unfortunately a Timetables will be available on the lot is unnamed. We have expensive operatorâ€™s websites and the County jackets and coats, keys, glasses, Council website during August. pencil cases, various items of uniform www.metrobus.co.uk and PE kits to name only some of the things that end up with us! In order www.southdownpsv.co.uk to try and reunite each lost item with surreycc.gov.uk/buses its owner, we will put lost property on display in the school hall for the Medication last week of each half term so that Please remember that all medication students can go along and retrieve that has been stored for your child at their property. Any items that have Student Services has to be collected not been claimed will be disposed of. by 22nd July 2016. Any medication Please remind your child to check for that is not collected by this date will anything they may have lost. be disposed of. Should you wish your child to keep medication at Thank you for your support. Page 9
Villarreal Football Tour 2016
to our first training session at the recently opened 1st team training complex. The sun was out as were Mr Robins guns. Some keep ball ensued to learn the Villarreal way which involves plenty of Rondoâ€™s (google it!). The session finished with a little game in which Mr Robins After arriving, to gorgeous weather too, we met our inspiresport tour rep, was fully involved, knocking over a bewildered Michael Chippington in Nacho, who led us to the coach to the process and scoring. Back at travel from Valencia airport to Intur the hotel the students were fed and Orange our 4* hotel. watered before chilling out in their Once checked in, we ventured off rooms ready for tomorrowâ€™s training. After the initial stress of getting 26 students through passport control and security at the airport, Mr Ashdown, Miss Bradley and Mr Robins were happy bunnies with the rest of the students excited for the annual football tour.
Villarreal Football Tour 2016
Due to the excellent attitude in training (and one or two silky skills), Josh Corvaglia and Dan Hughes were awarded the captain’s armbands for the day as we journeyed to the main Villarreal training complex. Another intense session, including more Rondo’s with our coach Xabi meant the students were increasing their touch and ball retention in the glorious sunshine. Once back at the hotel a good pool session was required with the students feeling like professionals in the basking sunshine, Page 12
cooling down after their training. The evening saw Warlingham travel to Villarreal’s Europa league game against Sparta Prague where they won 2-1 with a goal from now Barcelona man Denis Saurez. It was interesting to see the Villarreal style of football being employed by the 1st team in the same way the Warlingham students were being taught. The captain’s armbands changed hands again with Leo Hood and Ollie Creed taking the leadership
roles into a packed day. Another training session, the stadium tour of Estadio El Madrigal, a visit to the club shop and matches against Spanish opposition. The boys got to sit in the dugout, go into the home and away dressing rooms as well as have pictures pitch side. The club shop was another highlight with many students opting to get shirts with their favourite players on the back, Jaden Spencer going all out with Bakambu on the back of his. The games against the Spanish opposition
have their own reports, but it was interesting to see the different styles of play from both an English side and a Spanish one. The raw power of Dan Simpson knocking a Spanish boy off his feet and into the usual foreign rolling around and play acting. When he finally got up with tears in his eyes, we realised he may have actually been a little hurt! Our final day of training had arrived and after some head/volley tennis and some heading drills, the boys got to play in their own mini tournament. Page 13
Villarreal Football Tour 2016 The students did not hold back either and there were some good skills on display as well as some good passing that had been worked on in the skills. Certificates were handed out, handshakes were exchanged and some good team photos were taken. Rather than venturing straight back, we watched the U13 Villarreal side play and saw what level you need to be at to make a professional side. The touch of the players, pace of the game and clear tactical awareness was an eye opener for the students.
The afternoon was spent at the pool, Soccer Manager (!!) and then the local beach and for the second time on the Page 14
trip, many locals were flabbergasted by the stupid English people going into the sea in 20 degree heat!! This was a gorgeous summerâ€™s day for us, but the locals were dressed in coats and rather shocked by our antics! Jake Facey was buried in the sand but fortunately we remembered to dig him out and bring him back.
It was a fantastic trip with the students and their behaviour was impeccable one of the EasyJet stewardesses even praised them for their good nature and polite attitude.
A shot came in and Jake couldnâ€™t get to it and Warlingham went 1-nil down. Warlingham played the ball into the midfield before playing it to Ryan who had a lot of pace. He played it into Jack who tried to shoot but the keeper got there before him. Josh showed little bits of skill whilst running at their defence (Ronaldo chop, fake shot and step over) and even played a back heel pass to Alex but the keeper made an excellent save. The ball eventually went out for a corner which Ryan took. The corner was whipped in causing a massive scramble in the box but Owen managed to bury it and it was 1-1. Unfortunately after a lot of battling in the 2nd half, Drac Castellon scored and Warlingham lost 2-1. I spotted one of my heroes of Valencia FC football legend Gaizka Mendieta at the airport and managed to get a snap with him along with a few of the students - a great way to end an awesome trip.
Mr Ashdown Head of PE Warlingham School vs. Drac Castellon The Spanish side, Drac Castellon, played very good football while Warlingham were pressuring them really hard. Drac Castellon ran down the line and played it across the goal.
Josh Corvaglia (8H) Warlingham School vs Costa Azahar We were excited as we travelled the short distance by coach from our hotel to the venue, the sun was blazing and we were ready to take on the Spanish side. The team warmed up together and tensions ran high for the game, we had been told that the side were good and we were more than ready to take on the challenge. Walking on to the pitch, we could see that it was surrounded by spectators Page 15
Villarreal Football Tour 2016
but there was no sound as the whistle blew for the first half. The game kicks off, Warlingham spring into life, with crisp passing and aggressive play. We caught Costa Azahar off guard, they were surprised by our fitness and skill levels, Costa never really looked like scoring against our team in the first half. Harry Bee and Taylor Jones controlled the ball well in midfield, dominating the play. The defence was well organised and disciplined with Dan Simpson, Jack Honeygreen, Codie Oâ€™Connell and Ollie Creed, ensuring that Costa Azahar would not score. We looked strong up front with Jayden Spencer alert and looking dangerous on goal. The wingers Page Page1616
Daniel Hughes, Ryan Deffries and Stanley Stammers were strong and reliable in midfield and Jake Jennings our goalie was not ready to concede. We dominated the first half with the game being played mostly in Costaâ€™s half however by half time the score was still 0-0. A few changes were made to the squad and we came out fighting, controlling the play once more. Unfortunately Costa Azahar got through our defence somehow and scored. We were not perturbed however and came back fighting, after a good passage of play in midfield, Jayden received the ball and turned, Ollie made an arced run around the defence, Jayden then
played a crisp ball through Costas defence and Ollie picked it up, he then runs on goal and places the ball into the bottom right hand corner, 1-1!
and unluckily the ball landed at a Costa Azahar player’s feet and the score becomes 2-2.
After Costa kicked off, we were looking to score more goals, another ball from defence is passed to Harry Bee. Again Ollie moves round the defence, Harry then plays a superbly placed ball through Costa’s defence to the space in front of Ollie, Ollie picks the ball up. Costa’s goalie comes out, but too late, he sees that Ollie is running at speed, Ollie passes the goalie and then the second goal for Warlingham is scored. 2-1!!
The whole of the Warlingham Team had a brilliant game and enjoyed the opportunity to play against Costa Azahar.
Both teams fought up until the final whistle and the score finished 2-2.
Ollie Creed (8M)
From a throw in, Costa had a fluke shot which was parried by the goalie Page Page 1717
Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front
uncovers a fresh perspective on the battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme; and well-known characters such as Lord Kitchener and Manfred von Richthofen, later known as the infamous ‘Red Baron’. In contrast, Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, on both the Western The exhibition is a major new collection and Home fronts; ordinary people with extraordinary lives. These lives, events telling the story of a pivotal year of and themes of 1916 are illustrated by the First World War through a unique more than 600 original artefacts, many series of personal stories. It follows of which have never been on public the fascinating personal testimony display before. of those on both sides of war and On Wednesday 29th June a collection of fourteen keen Historians who form the Humanities club - a group that meets weekly to discuss all things Geography and History - undertook the short, five mile trip to Whitgift School to experience their outstanding exhibition “Remembering 1916– Life on the Western Front”.
The students were shown around the exhibits that included a series of trails, hands-on displays and special activities by none other than the Whitgift Head of History himself Mr K.A.Smith who kindly gave up his time to lead the personal tour. The students greatly enjoyed the day and wanted to thank Mr Leay who organises the Humanities club for arranging the visit. It was a fantastic day but one that served as a real reminder of the sacrifices made by so many 100 years ago. Emily Franks shares her thoughts about the trip below and to the right.
Mr Kinder Deputy Headteacher Recently, a small group of students went on a history trip to Whitgift School to see the World War One museum.
The trip lasted from the beginning of period four and ended at the end of the day. At the museum we saw several different exhibits,such as a replica of two trenches. One was of a British trench and another was a German trench. A clear fact was that the German trenches were better constructed as they had more time to build them. We also saw an exhibit on women during the war. This was very interesting as women weren’t in most history books. There was a women’s division of the RAF known as the WAF. (Women’s Air Force) Some weapons that we saw included hand grenades, guns, knives and even flamethrowers. Most of the museum contained detailed wax figures, wearing uniform, and one even showed a woman after receiving a letter informing her that her husband had died. This museum was very interactive and it had different exhibits on home life during the war. One of the exhibits covered what people used to move around (bicycles). Towards the end of the day we saw an exhibit on the battle of the Somme and the poppy. Overall, I think the museum was interesting and should be visited again.
Emily Franks (7R) Page 19
Visit to Portsmouth University On the 6th of July, many Warlingham Sixth Form students had the pleasure of visiting the Portsmouth University Open Day. They had an early start, arriving at school at 7:30 to be there by 10, and when they got there they were launched straight into a talk about student accommodation, outlining the different options surrounding where they would be living at university. They were also given lots of freebies and food, so the long journey definitely wasnâ€™t wasted! They had lots of free time to explore the university and visit the specific departments they wished to see, and grab lunch. Next there was a talk on
student finance covering loans, tuition fees and budgeting which was a useful experience no matter which university they choose to go to. The students then broke off into subject specific groups and attended talks and tours in their chosen subjects. Shauna Burke, 12H, attended a Fashion and Textiles session and was shown the printing studios and the advanced technology on offer in Portsmouth; they were also shown the amazing work of current students. Page 20
This experience was beneficial to all the students who went. Shauna remarked, “Portsmouth was the first open day I’d attended and it showed me what to expect from university life”. Joy Tarre, 12N, noted that it was “a great experience”. Mary, 12H, commented “Although I didn’t like the uni, I liked the fact it was near the city centre so it gave me a really good taste of university life”. Attending open days is an important
part of researching which courses and universities are right for you. Portsmouth was useful for showing students one example of a higher education institution and what a city university is like. Students have also been visiting universities in their own time in preparation for finalising their UCAS applications at the start of Year 13.
Mr Knott Academic Tutor Sixth Form Page 21
Warlingham School Educational Trust
The Warlingham School Educational Trust is a charity set up to provide financial support to Warlingham School. It is wholly funded by voluntary contributions and gives every penny it receives for the benefit of the students of Warlingham School. As a result of the Gift Aid Scheme the Government automatically adds 25% to any money given to us – so for every £10,000 donated we actually get £12,500 to spend. Government funding of education is extremely tight and all schools are currently facing this financial pressure. With the kind donations of parents,
the Warlingham Educational Trust has been able to fund facilities and equipment to enhance the enjoyment and experience of our students as well as providing them with opportunities not usually available in schools. Providing such opportunities will become increasingly difficult without this support. The money we receive funds projects, additional curriculum resources, modern technology and specialist equipment that the school would not normally be able to afford. We currently have a number of whole
school projects on our ‘shopping list’ for the future: • Outdoor covered seating area for students to use at break and lunchtime (to go in the area vacated by the recently demolished SRW huts). This new recreational area has been designed by the students. • Increase the number of four-room tents to enable more students to attend the Year 7 Summer Camp. • A new minibus to take students on school trips and to sporting fixtures. By supporting the Warlingham School Educational Trust, you would be
investing in your son or daughter’s future and helping to ensure that Warlingham School is not simply a good school but a great one that provides opportunities and experiences that make an important difference in the development of our students. We urge you to continue the tradition of support by contributing as much as you can. For a form and brochure, please contact the Finance Department by email (finance@warlinghamschool) or by phoning the school switchboard 01883 624067 and selecting Option 4.
Sharman House Charity Report
This year, the Sharman House Charity Committee has been working hard to raise money for Shooting Star Chase. This is a charity that supports children or young adults that have life limiting conditions which is close to the heart of Sharman House. The charity gives the children and parents a chance of freedom.
Bonanza and a Bake Sale in order to raise money for this charity. We have raised a great sum of money The support of Warlingham School with every event being successful, students has been very impressive excluding money raised by the and has helped enable the charity 5p bottles, we have raised an to continue the vital work they do amazing ÂŁ625! for families. Our most successful event was This year, we have held three our Summer Bake Sale. We events: Candy cane sale, Fun-fair Page 24
managed to raise about £130 from the event which went incredibly well. We sold over 175 cakes and About Shooting Star Chase brownies that day! Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity We have also collected money on the way out of assemblies and caring for babies, children and through ‘5p bottles’ given to each young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Sharman form. These bottles were filled pretty quickly and are The charity supports families waiting to be sent off. from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with With your help, you have helped a range of nursing, practical, a family who are going through emotional and medical care. a tough time. You have also supported families who needed a Its bespoke support is free of hand to hold on to. charge to families and is available 365 days a year. Its care service We look forward to another successful year, and being able to includes short breaks at its two hospices (Shooting Star House see that we have helped people in Hampton and Christopher’s in and made a change towards Guildford), Hospice at Home, day their life. We have enjoyed every care, symptom management, moment knowing that we are end-of-life care, bereavement benefiting other people. care and a comprehensive range We would like to thank all of of therapies and support groups the members of the Charity for the whole family. Committee and in particular Miss For more information, visit the Terry for all her help and support. Shooting Star Chase website:
Oriana Wermig (7N) & Samantha Manton (8N)
www.shootingstarchase.org.uk Page 25
News from the LRC The LRC has had an extremely successful year, with both student and staff uptake increasing steadily. We have recently completed a full stock-take to ensure that Eclipse, our library management system, holds the most accurate information possible regarding available resources.
loans (890 girls, 538 boys)
Book loans have increased substantially, as has the number of students borrowing books as we continue to encourage reading for pleasure across the whole school. We are also delighted that the gap in loans to girls and boys has dimished significantly as well.
Kyrese Parkes 8W (Boys’ Winner)
01/09/2015 – 30/06/2016 loans (1261 girls, 1037 boys)
These figures give us a clear indication that our efforts so far have been met with enthusiasm from the students.
During the end of year achievement assemblies the LRC rewarded some We have purchased over 470 new fiction resources covering many genres of our most prolific readers and reviewers. The students below are this this year, taking inspiration from our students as well as a number of book year’s winners and have been given sellers, and now have a healthy stock WH Smith vouchers as their reward. The rewards were issued based on the of some 12,000 physical resources number of books borrowed excluding available to students and staff and a renewals or the number of published further 12,000 web based resources reviews on Eclipse. available via Eclipse. These web resources have proved particularly Top Reader popular during the exam season with Amira Hartley 8H (Girls’ Winner) many students using them for revision Morgan Rousseau 8G (Girls’ Runnerpurposes. Up)
01/09/2013 – 30/06/2014 loans (677 girls, 334 boys)
01/09/2014 – 30/06/2015
Toby Burton 7A and Liam Denny 7N (Joint Boys’ Runners-Up)
Top Published Book Reviewer Megan Scott 7W and Sarah Bradshaw 7H (Girls’ Joint Winners) Harry Liu 7N (Boys’ Winner) A number of seasonal/celebratory displays have been created in the LRC this year, covering Saints days,
religious festivals and some national celebratory/fun days. A recent display was created for Armed Forces Day. We showed how the ethos of these groups can be attributed to that of the school environment. In the same way that our armed forces have people from all different backgrounds, beliefs working together for a set of common values, so do we in a school.
general LRC advertising around the school and some more artwork in the LRC. For me itâ€™s been a hectic but extremely rewarding year in the LRC. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the students and looking after this fantastic space for them. Iâ€™d like to remind you that the door is always open if you would like to make an appointment to visit the LRC with your children after school. Please email me at l.ferguson@warlinghamschool. co.uk if you would like to make an appointment. In the meantime, I wish you all a restful summer break.
We invited the Student Council to hold a meeting in the LRC recently, which I found extremely helpful. I asked them to give me some ideas of how to improve the services we provide for their benefit and will be putting their ideas to good use in the new academic year. Their suggestions Happy Reading! included having more reading Mrs Ferguson competitions or challenges, advertising L RC Co-Ordinator celebrity endorsement of books, more
Exchange with Zambia
In the second half of the Spring Term, Warlingham School took part in a foreign exchange programme for overseas African-based teaching staff. The programme was set-up and managed by a former Headteacher at Lingfield Primary School. We acted as a host school for one of eight individuals flying over as part of the programme. Page 28
As part of the scheme, we were delighted to welcome a Zambian IT teacher who stayed with us for three days, observing a variety of computing lessons in order to watch teaching practice, speak with students about their experiences and scrutinise examples of studentsâ€™ work. At the conclusion of his visit, we were happy to provide a range of resources
and materials for him to take back to Zambia in order to enhance the learning of his students in the school in which he taught. The teacher who visited us has since been in contact and has let us know that it was an eye-opening experience for him and he was overwhelmed by the kindness offered to him. With the experience he had during his time in
the UK, he has assured everyone at Warlingham School that the impact on his ICT department will be amazing! We plan to maintain links to the Zambian school and to help where we can to enhance the educational experience of students both within our local and international community.
Mr Kinder Deputy Headteacher
Extra English Lessons The Year 7 More Able sessions ran every Tuesday morning from 8.158.55am. The students focused on their language analysis skills, and then moved on to reading and writing non-fiction. Exposing the students to GCSE material at Key Stage 3 means that the skills needed can be identified and improved on in time for the exams in Year 11. The students were very attentive, and were willing to put in the extra effort needed to benefit their latest KAP.
Miss Clewley English Teacher
the day. This was beneficial because what we had to do was clear in our minds. In the next two weeks (on a Tuesday morning) we did another comprehension, a spelling test and writing this review! I didn’t mind coming a bit earlier; I thought these lessons were fun because we did new and challenging activities. Some people liked to talk a lot though!
Matthew Woodgate (7N)
This year Miss Clewley has run an extra English class in the morning for some students in set one English. In I did extra English with Miss Clewley at the classes we have done many GCSE 8:15 once a week, with other selected writing tasks to improve our English skills. A lot of the tasks were to help people in the Y block in Year 7. us achieve a high grade in our end In the Spring Term, we did it every of year exam. This year we have also Wednesday morning. We were given learnt new phrases and techniques part of an old GCSE paper; we were for our writing to be more interesting. given help on how to complete it. I In a lot of the lessons we did some found it beneficial because they were exam questions in the lesson and the sort of questions which would at home (for homework). If I heard appear in our exams in June. that someone had been offered to In the Summer Term, we started on participate I would tell them to say Tuesday 7th June, the day of our yes as the lessons are extra work but exam. On that session, we were given still fun and give you a high grade, to a comprehension, which had the help improve your future. The lessons type of questions in our exam later in are also a good bonding experience Page 30
questions on the passages! I also felt that the sessions helped me the most on my punctuation and layout. We have also answered GCSE questions to prepare us and we completed a Thank you, Miss Clewley. booklet that Year 10s have also been Madeline Lincoln (7H) studying. On the other hand, I feel that It also helped me get to know people I wouldn’t normally mix with and help Every Tuesday at 8:15 we had to go to me get to know them more. (In the C28 to have our extra English sessions last session we even got to bring in to help us develop our understanding snacks and drinks to have during the classes e.g. Sweets and biscuits.) of English and get us ready and prepared for end of year exams. I feel that the sessions have thoroughly improved my understanding of These sessions consisted of reading complex English and has shown in my through textbooks and reading exam results. passages, including answering hard as you spend time with new people. Because of these morning sessions in C28 I have improved in English and made new friends.
Extra English Lessons / Working Together I would like to say thank you to Miss Clewley who has run our sessions and helped us a lot.
Jack Alexander Nelson (7N)
You get biscuits at the end of term as well!
Josh Hardy (7N)
Extra English with Miss Clewley was Every Tuesday morning a group of Year very fun and interesting. We did many different GCSE writing tasks which 7s had extra English sessions doing GCSE work, for example: reading helped us improve our English skills. A lot of these tasks helped us get a passages and answering questions on them. Miss Clewley (the teacher) is higher grade. It also helped us be able really nice so that makes the sessions to answer big exam questions and get most of the marks for it, this helped us more fun. Also you are allowed to sit wherever and you don’t have to work with the end of year exams - not just in English but in other subjects as well. in silence so you can ask the person next to you, or work with them. It took place in the morning once every week before school, which was ok I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions as as it wasn’t that early and I am glad I they were hard however fun at the same time and it is worth it. My exam went, even if it was earlier, because it results were better as I knew how to was really worth as I have learnt a lot. I was very lucky to get chosen to go answer the questions and what the to these lessons as I have made many exam techniques are to get higher grades. new friends and learnt a lot. I enjoy getting up a bit earlier, and even if you don’t, if you get asked to do it, you should... it’s really worth it! English is a lot more fun and the exams are a lot easier if you do these sessions. Also it prepares you for the future and gives you a better chance of doing well in your future exams. Page 32
Miss Clewley has helped me a lot and has put a lot of effort into these lessons, so I would like to say thank you as she is an amazing English Teacher. If you get chosen to go you really go because it benefits your grades and is also fun.
Emily Hunn (7H)
Working Together As part of our Healthy School initiative we are trying to educate students on how to lead healthy lifestyles. A recent study has shown that people who spend more than three hours a day on social media are significantly more likely to experience mental illness. We would like to ask all parents to monitor the hours children spend on social media and think about setting clear rules about time-limits. One of the issues we face at school is the need to help children who have sleep deficit due to either being on the computer or phone until late at night or anxiety caused by 24 hour social pressures from the social media. It is really important that children learn to be able to separate themselves from their social lives. This is something that is best practised at home. Think of it as a wellbeing homework! It allows them to become calmer, more focused and less anxious. Why not try having rules in the family about leaving everyone’s phones (it is important for all of us to model good practice) “out of bounds”, on the table or charging in a specific location from a certain time in the evening? You might also like to try banning the phones/i-pad etc from your children’s bedroom? This may not be the most popular decision we as parents ever get to make, but the scientific evidence linking excessive social media to mental illness is now becoming really clear. It might be worth giving this a try. You can always blame me!
Mr Toop Head of S RW Page 33
This year we attempted to host our annual Primary Multiskill events for Year 3 & 4 and Year 1 & 2. I think it would be an understatement to say that the two events were days of contrast. On the 7th June we were all set to welcome the Year 3 & 4 students from the following primary Page 34
schools: Audley, Marden Lodge, St. Francis, St. Johnâ€™s , Woodlea and Whyteleafe. All six schools arrived on time for a prompt start for 1.30pm. As soon as the students arrived on the Astroturf to start their competition, the heavens opened. Not only did the heavens open, but
there was a terrible thunderstorm, incredible lightening and freak floods, resulting in Caterham being mentioned on the news! For all of us at the event, huddled under the Warlingham gazebo, I think it will be an experience that we will never forget. In the nine years of
running these events, this has never happened before on such a scale. However, on a positive note, I would like to personally thank all the primary staff, students and their parents for bringing their teams and for their support and understanding when we had no choice but to abort the Page 35
event. Equally impressive were our Warlingham Young Ambassadors who not only volunteered their time during exam week but showed fantastic leadership, initiative and determination to get the primary visitors safely off the Astroturf, together with the quickthinking help and support of Miss Wallis, Head of Chichester House and Miss Crowhurst, one of our cover supervisors. Our Young Ambassadors on that memorable occasion were Lucy Kay, Connie Hill, Mia Batters, Charlie Wicking, Harry Brimble, Will Fellows, Megan Quinn- Edwards in Year 10 and Katie Stanford, Shannon Doherty, Marnie Ekins and Daisy Calthorpe in Year 9.
4th Place – St. Francis – 203 points 5th Place (Joint) Woodlea – 199 points 5th Place (Joint) Marden Lodge – 199 points 6th Place Warlingham Village – 178 points 7th Place Hamsey Green – 177 points Audley School retain the Year 3 & 4 Cup as the event did not take place on the 7th June and they are now proud winners of the Year 1 & 2 trophy which was presented by Mr Paul Kinder, Deputy Headteacher.
Fortunately, our second Multiskills with Year 1 & 2 on the 21st June was able to take place. This was a highlycompetitive event as eight schools were able to join us in a range of fundamental skills that particularly tested the throwing, catching, running, jumping and agility of the primary The Young Ambassadors from Year children. 9 and Year 10 were a credit to the The results this year for the Year 1 & 2 school as they showed excellent competition were as follows: leadership skills and they were quickly able to engage the interest and trust of 1st Place – Audley – 291 points the five and six year olds. A big thank 2nd Place – Hillcroft – 242 points you should go to these students for 3rd Place – Whyteleafe – 218 points Page 36
running the event: Connie Hill, Faith Keywood, Mia Batters, Lucy Kay, Harry Brimble, Will Fellows, Megan Quinn Edwards, Charlie Wicking in Year 10 and Eden Anderson, Ylenia Priest, Katie Stanford, Holly Clark, Shanon Doherty, Marnie Ekins, Hanah Dawson, Andrew Dearden, Ben Goodhand, Lewis Kelly, Charlie Payne, Josh Sills, Will Standen, Henry Still, Marnie Ekins, Daisy Calthorpe and Harriet Preston in Year 9 and our superb sixth former (who we will be very sorry to lose) Maisy Stock. A big part of these primary events is not only for the primary children to be competitive and physically active but to also provide a vehicle for our Young Ambassadors to gain leadership skills and show responsibility. This is what a few of our students said after being involved as a Young Ambassador: ‘I think that being a Young Ambassador is good because it enhances our ability to communicate with younger children and furthers our leadership skills.’ - Charlie Wicking (10A) “The experience improved my leadership and organisation skills.” Harry Brimble (10M) “During this experience, I learned lots of new skills and techniques so the
children can learn and have fun.” Josh Sills (9G) “I enjoyed working as a team and helping the children do the activities whether they were sporty or not.” - Will Standen (9L) “As a Young Ambassador, I learnt how to be responsible and to look after children of a younger age. Multiskills has made me more confident in myself.” - Daisy Calthorpe (9R) “It was really fun as the children were lovely and we all had a good time learning new leadership skills in the process.” - Eden Anderson (9W) Teamwork is a valuable asset in any community. Pam Mutter, Cheryl Thomas, Jo Crowhurst, Katie Wallis, the Site Team, the PE department, the Primary staff and their parents all played their part in helping to deliver these events to the local primary schools. It is important to inspire at a young age so that we can look to the future. With Rio 2016 just round the corner, let’s hope that it continues to inspire future generations to take part and immerse themselves in the love of sport.
Vanessa Salem PE Teacher Page 37
Inevitably, at the end of the Summer Term, we have to say farewell to members of staff who are leaving the school.
There are two members of staff who are leaving the teaching profession:
The following are all leaving us to take up positions in other schools:
• Chris Noyle (Science) who has been with us since 2015.
• Jim Burdett (Head of ICT) who has been with us since 2007, and
• Christina April (Business Studies and Head of Year 13) who has been Colin Barker (MFL) was employed on a maternity cover contract which is with the school since 2004, coming to an end as Justine Bouilloux • Lucy Wernham (English and Drama) is returning from maternity leave. who has been here since 2006, • Mercedes Brown (English) who has We would like to thank all of these staff members for their contributions been here since 2007, to the school during their service and • Christina Hubbard (Head of English) we wish them all the best in their future who has been here since 2009, lives. • Natalie Gordon (SRW) who has As we say farewell to all the departing been here since 2010, and staff, we also have the opportunity • Aimee Rance (MFL) who has been to welcome new members of staff in here since 2014. September: We also have some staff leaving who are moving abroad or to other parts of the UK: • Anne-Marie Ryan (Head of MFL) who has been here since 2012,
• Lucie White, Matt Allen & Philippa Wilson (Science) • Catherine Forde, Elisabeth Ollier & Andrea Tattersall (English), • Stephen Tipton (P.E.),
• Abigail Terry (Science) who has been • here since 2013, and • • Maria Dalmas (Maths) and who has been with us since January this year. • • Page 38
Zoe Haylock (Design Technology), Zoe Coates (MFL), Sian Sparks (Maths), and Susannah Obmann (SRW)
We also have Saleha Salahudin (IT) and Sophie Williams (English) joining us under the School Direct scheme. Omar Ellis has been with us for a year as a supply teacher and accepted a permanent position with us from June 2016 onwards. We would also like to welcome two members of support staff who joined us this term: • Steve Tosen (Saturday Sports Facilities Assistant), and
who have been promoted, effective September: • Jack Jennings & Laura Clewley (Raising Standards Leaders), • Michael Sheil (Key Stage 4 Coordinator ICT), • Scott Moore (Head of Key Stage 3) since half term, • Alex Hill (Head of RE ), • Elaine Benjamin (Head of Citizenship), • Frank Holder (Acting Head of ICT),
• Tracy Rayner (Cleaning Manager)
• Brigitte Smales (Head of MFL), and
Lastly, we would like to extend congratulations to the following staff
• Charlotte Christie (Head of English).
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