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Worthing High School July 2013 We also say goodbye to two members of staff who have given unstinting service to the school over a very long period of time. Paul Kaczmarek retires this summer after an Dear Parents and Carers, incredible 35 years. As we enjoy a warm and sunny I know many parents end of term it is worth reflecting just will remember their how far we have come over the last time at Worthing High six months. There has been a as students under the tremendous sense of purpose and care of Paul and many positivity from staff, students and will have taken part in parents towards the work that we his legendary school trips. We wish needed to, and continue to, undertake Paul all the very best in his retirement. in order to move the school to a Matt Garrad also leaves this summer position of success. I give my very having been with us heartfelt thanks to you all for the for 19 years, latterly support and commitment you give to as Community Leader the school on a daily basis. for Salvington, Leader We now await the next HMI of Business and monitoring visit which is due in early Teacher of ICT. Matt September, the visit could be as early very excitingly leaves as September 5th, however I think us to fulfil a lifelong it will be more likely to take place ambition to go travelling; we look in the week of September 9th. As forward to following Matt on his travels soon as we hear from Ofsted that the around the world. monitoring visit is imminent we shall We also say goodbye to Torie Norton, inform parents and carers and of Leader of Broadwater, and Teacher course communicate the outcome of of Design Technology who leaves us this visit as soon as possible. to get married and move to the West This term has been extremely busy Country with her husband. with both public and internal exams, Also in the DT department we say trips and visits for all year groups, a goodbye to Jules Smith who leaves very successful Active8 Day (sports us to take up a part time post at The day) and extremely well attended PE Angmering School. Achievement Evening. I again thank I am delighted to welcome Jacqui you all for the support you have given Blendell on to our permanent staff; your children in their preparation for Jacqui has been working in the DT exams, as you know we have had a department for the past two terms. strong focus on literacy and ensuring We also welcome Jo Tyrell-Baldwin that all students are appropriately who joins us on a one term contract. equipped for school. This has paid In Geography Dave Newman leaves dividends in the quality of written work to take up the role of Leader of produced by all students, reading and Geography at Steyning Grammar book loans have risen enormously and School and will be replaced by Lee we await now the results of the Yr. 11 Hardwick who joins us from The GCSE’s. Forest School, Horsham. I am very pleased to say that we As we say goodbye to Rosie O’Leary are fully staffed for September. We and Laura Perrott in English, we have three new Leadership Team welcome Alice Griffiths, Stacey Cullen, members Matthew Hillier who joins us Cait Gilman and Holly O’Sullivan from The Weald School, Billingshurst into the English Department. Alice as Deputy Headteacher; Sam Ayres will take up the role of Second in from Farringdon Community College, Department and Holly will cover the Oxford and Tom Flower from St. maternity leave of Abi Whitehead. Wilfrid’s Catholic School, Crawley, In Maths we say goodbye to Michael both join as Core Hedley who leaves to take up a post Assistant Heads. at Sackville School, East Grinstead, We do say goodbye and in ICT we say goodbye to Rory to Steve Lyons who Matthews who leaves us to take up a has worked tirelessly post at Woodland Meads School. this year as Acting We also say goodbye to Douglas Baird Deputy Headteacher. who moves to Bucklers Mead School Steve has always put in Yeovil and welcome back Melanie the students and staff of Worthing Aylward into the MFL Department. High first and over his time with us Melanie was an outstanding has taught ICT, Business Studies, trainee with us and returns having Leisure and Hospitality, Health and successfully completed her NQT year Social Care and Food Technology, at The Weald School. Steve leaves us to enjoy a well earned retirement.


Katie Hunwick, Leader of Drama, departed on maternity leave recently, slightly earlier than planned, and we have been fortunate to appoint Eileen McCarthy to cover Katie’s maternity leave. I am also delighted to report that Katie has given birth to Ella and they are both extremely well. John Rhodie leaves us this term to join the Behaviour team at Varndean School, Brighton. John has had the most incredible success with some very difficult students over the years and will be greatly missed by both students and staff. We also say goodbye to Gary Smith who has been an excellent Cover Supervisor over the last year and in addition given tirelessly of his time to help build the basketball teams in the school. Gary leaves us to take up a Basketball Leader post at Sir Robert Woodard Academy. Finally, we are delighted to welcome back Inari Karonen, Annie Brown and Lorna Sinsbury, all of whom return from maternity leave. September will be both an exciting and busy time as we continue our drive for improvement. In order to keep channels of communication as open as possible with yourselves I shall be introducing a monthly ‘talk with the Head’ opportunity, this will operate on a drop-in basis and run from 4.30pm to 8.30pm; I shall publish the dates at the beginning of term. I do wish you all a lovely summer and very much look forward to welcoming students back to school in September. Kind regards Carolyn Dickinson

Term Dates Autumn Term Tuesday 3 September to Friday 20 December 2013 Tuesday 3 September - INSET Wednesday 4 September – Year 8 only Thursday 5 September – All Year Groups Half term break Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2013

STUDENT LEADERS 2013/14 After a rigorous application and selection process involving interviews with Headteacher and Community Leaders the following students have been elected as Senior Students for the forthcoming academic year – although their duties and commitments have already started! Head Girl: Neath Champion-Weeks HDB Head Boy: Tom Branch HJH Deputy Head Girl: Xene Aucock TCR Deputy Head Boy: Michael Shields BCO Broadwater Community Student Leaders: Jessica Jackman BLP; Jenny Brown BGS Senior Prefects: Jurgen Forster BLE; Shaki Sikder BHN Heene Community Student Leaders: Senior Prefects:

Luke Scattergood HDB; Holly Hopkins HDC Jack Boswell HDB; Emily D’Agostino HDC

Salvington Community Student Leaders: Rachel Thomas SSO; Molly Vigor SRT Senior Prefects: Nola Wakeham SRR; Kim Logan SJT Tarring Community Student Leaders: Senior Prefects:

Head Boy Tom Branch Head Girl Neath Champion-Weeks

Jacob Mansfield TFI; Matthew Leitch TRM Jacob Mattocks TDS; Natasha Poland TAT

However, it hasn’t been all hard work – after the recent Activ8 Day (Sports Day) the student leaders and prefects had some training led by Mr Lyons and this was followed by an informal get together and barbecue. Thanks to Mr Garrad, Mr Jeffery and Miss Norton for their support and help –particularly the cooking!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH July – Students of the Month Rewards Each month one of our Business Partners donates prizes to students who have gone over and above in a particular area of school. This month’s rewards have gone to four students who excelled on their Work Experience placements. The feedback from their placement employers has ranged from “I’ll don’t know what we will do without him – he arrived early every day and in quiet periods


tidied and organised the office. He has applied to be a volunteer on Saturdays.” – Worthing Shopmobility; “We want her to come back again – she has entertained the pupils with magic tricks and helped with sports.” – English Martyrs Primary School; “Extremely hard working.” – Halfords Autocars.

We would like to thank Sally Stewart from Leaders, who came into school to present the students with their prizes.

LEAVERS PROM 2013 The biggest social event in the schools calendar took place on Friday 12th July, and what a perfect evening it was as the sun shone on the beautifully turned out students of Worthing High. This year was the year of the classic car, we did have the usual limos, bus, camper vans, sports cars, but it was the huge number of classic cars that

stole the show that is until, the HELICOPTER arrived! Amber Blaney, Josie Rhodes and Izzy Roozbehan were whisked in and certainly added even more glamour to the fantastic location of the Avisford Park Hotel. The students were greeted by The Milestone Collective, a local Jazz band, on the lawns before going inside for drinks and their three course meal. Chris Nicholson, a young

Magician from Worthing, circled the tables with his close up magic which included an amazing trick where he makes a £5 note disappear and then cuts a lemon in half to find it again! Mr Lyons presented his much sought after prestigious OSWALD’S Awards, much to the amusement of both students and teachers! Finally the DJ cranked up the music and the students partied on the dance floor for the rest of the night. A great night was had by all the students who looked fantastic and behaved with such dignity and maturity. The staff all felt very proud but also very sad to say goodbye. We wish them all the very best in the future.

for only £5, please pop in to the school to pay and order. Jamie Peacock

A CD with around 300 photos from the evening is available

SKY SPORTS-LIVING FOR SPORT PROJECT Pete Waterfield visited the school for a third time on Tuesday 30th April 2013. He worked throughout the day with 15 year 8 students on their “Sky Sports - Living for Sport Project” - ‘Transition’. Students were inspired when listening to Pete’s story and were wowed by his trampolining prowess. Worthing High welcomed Pete back in July when he presented the Sports Awards at the Presentation Evening, which you can read about in the PE Newsletter. Miss Field Leader of Physical Education


James Hart 8HAB You have recently achieved a position on the Worthing Youth Council. Can you tell us why you applied for a role in the council? I applied for this role because I have always enjoyed debating issues and following politics. In my previous school, I did work on the school council there and I thought it would be good to develop this experience further and apply what I have learned but on a whole-town level.

What would you like to change about our town of Worthing? I would like to see more activities provided for children. Currently, I think there needs to be greater opportunities for children in Worthing – more things to see and do that make our town more attractive. I believe that Worthing could be the kind of place that people travel to visit. Currently, this may not be so. I did think that the new swimming pool may have been a fabulous attraction, but after seeing the pool, it seems to be set up for adults and I will continue to visit the Triangle in Burgess Hill as this is set up for people of all ages.

You obviously have a certain level of confidence which has enabled you to apply for the Youth Council position and successfully achieve a post. Where does that confidence come from? When I was attending West Park Middle School, I auditioned for a part in the school production.


I was really nervous, but encouraged myself to really go for it. Playing “Grandpa Joe” in the production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was a wonderful experience and my confidence really grew through this experience.

What have been your biggest achievements since joining Worthing School in 2012? I have to mention the recent visit to the Ferring Country Centre where we met with HRH Princess Anne. It really hit me that I was meeting the daughter of our queen. I have seen members of the Royal Family on television and many people see members of royalty from behind a barrier. I was very privileged to have the opportunity meet her faceto-face and to speak with her. This opportunity came about because of the charity work that older students at Worthing High School had carried out before I even got to this school. This legacy is still so positive and I want to be part of continuing this good work and being a positive ambassador of my school. I have recently been awarded the “Enterprising Student of the Month” prize for my work in setting up a student “E-Magazine”. My ideas are currently being explored and developed and the “E-Magazine” is in its embryonic stage. I am currently coordinating a team of interested students in developing articles and columns that we hope our fellow students will find engaging and interesting.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I have always wanted to work in medicine. My current dream is to work as a paediatric surgeon. If this does not work out, I would quite like to own a sweet shop with amazing products like those I remember from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I would love this so much. I am going to work very hard at school to reach the grades I need for a career in medicine, so the sweet shop idea is “Plan B”!

James, what do you like most about being a student at Worthing High? I am so pleased with the friends I have made. I have managed to make more friends here than I did in my previous school. The teachers can be strict, but at the same time, they are very nice and I know they are working hard for me and I want to thank them by working as hard as I can myself.

S Jeffery Assistant Headteacher

MARWELL TRIP On Friday 7th June, a group of 40 students visited Marwell Zoo for the day. The students took part in either a conservation or an art-based workshop in the morning. During the conservation workshop, the students had a talk for part of this hour based on the okapi and the threats it faces. They worked in groups putting themselves in the places of different people / organisations who use the okapi’s habitat for their own uses such as hunting and growing crops and debated what damage each group was doing and why the okapi is a threatened species. During the art workshop students drew from artefacts that were confiscated from poachers. Not only could they observe the amazing qualities of these creatures, but they also could see, first-hand, the damage illegal trading in animal products can cause. We also got to meet some of the zoos live residents close up. After the workshops, due to torrential June rain, we visited the Tropical World where the students observed a dwarf crocodile, lizards, piranha and a bird-eating spider. Fortunately after this brief interlude, the skies began to clear so we walked around the Park watching the animals

emerge into lovely sunshine. All students had a thoroughly enjoyable day, allowing them to observe animals in re-created natural habitats and make detailed observations of skin patterns, animal anatomy and take photographs as reference for further drawings.

J Hlynianski

WORK EXPERIENCE 2013 The Year 10 students have just returned from a brilliant work experience week which took place this year between Monday 8 and Friday 12 July. Virtually all of the students were placed in local and national businesses, and on Monday 15 July, students reflected on their experiences and the valuable lessons that they learnt in the world of work The students went to a wide variety of placements from Lab technicians at Glaxosmithkline, game designing in Hove, accountants, garage mechanics, poodle parlours, schools and nurseries, sporting venues and

working at Sealife in Brighton, to name but a few.

offered either Saturday or summer jobs, with also the offer of full-time work when they are We are extremely grateful to all of old enough. our employers who give up their So well done to all Year 10 time, for free, to supervise and students! look after the students while they are with them. Staff that visited the students in their work placements reported on the maturity and commitment that the students were showing and a large number of employers said what a great credit they had been to themselves and the school. A few students have even been

Amber Logan feeding ‘Lulu’ a Loggerhead Turtle at Sealife Brighton


EX STUDENTS REQUIRED Worthing High are looking for ex students! Our new Year 11 Student Leaders are looking to develop a program whereby ex-students are invited back to the school to support careers provision and help students with their choices for further education. Ex students will be given the opportunity to talk to our current students about their Higher/ Further/ or Vocational experiences. This would provide our current students with more first-hand information when looking to make important decisions during their education, for example when making their year 9 option choices or choosing their pathways for higher education. We would be very grateful if students who left over 2/3 years ago could consider giving up a

small amount of their time to aid our students as we believe that it would be hugely beneficial to them. It would also be a good opportunity for you to catch up with some of your old teachers and have a nose around your old school! If you would like some more information about the project then please contact Karen Hayler at khayler@ Also the school will be celebrating its100th anniversary in 2014 and is looking to set up a small project team to oversee the co-ordination of a programme of events. If you would like to get involved or would merely like to register your interest to participate in whatever events the school organises please email your contact details to Karen Hayler –

APPRECIATION TEA Back in May the WHSA organised an ‘Appreciation Tea’ for all staff at Worthing High. Staff were invited to have a slice of cake and a cup of tea prior to their community meetings that same afternoon. Lots of parents and carers made some fantastic cakes and the afternoon was a great success. Staff and WHSA members discussed ways they could work together and also started to plan the proposed Summer Music Festival event being held later in July. A staff member attending said “ I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in this afternoon’s tea party; it was a little overwhelming to see and hearKnott the &appreciation for the Sue Fran Fisher ( LSA’s)


WHS team. It was clear that a huge amount of time, thought, energy, and personal cost was gifted by a large number of people. How lucky we are to have such support.” If you would like to find out more about the WHSA or get involved please email the team at whsa@

Karen Hayler said: “We would love to hear from any exstudents of Worthing High, West Tarring Secondary School for Boys and Gaisford High School for Girls as we are very keen to speak to a wide variety of ex-students as part of the preparations.”

Head Boy Tom Branch and Head Girl Neath Champion-Weeks

WARHORSE WORKSHOP WITH JAMES KENNA West End actor Jamie Kenna delivered a fantastic drama workshop for students at Worthing High School. Jamie who has just joined the cast of ‘War Horse’ in the West End is currently playing the role of Ted . Our students went to see the show at the end of April in preparation for the exams. Jamie kindly agreed to come into school and deliver a face to face experience for them to help them prepare as fully as possible. The students asked Jamie why he thought Ted Naracott’s back story changed from the book of the play to the stage version they saw. In Nick Stafford’s adaptation of the novel, Rose explains that Ted is the way he is because he was in the Boer War, however, in the version that we saw she says that Ted had to look after the family farm and couldn’t go to war!

The students felt they therefore had less sympathy for Ted as his drunkeness and quick temper couldn’t be blamed on his experiences in the war.

experiences. Jamie discussed how the cast formed relationships with the puppets and how the puppets carried the weight of the actors when they rode the horses.

They also found out how long actors have to rehearse for. They heard all about the audition process for Warhorse and about Jamie’s previous acting

It was a great experience for our students and we are very grateful to Jamie for taking the time to visit our school. ke

WORTHING HIGH STAFF (38) Vs SUSSEX BEARS BASKETBALL CLUB (32) The first of an annual basketball game played at the end of term in the sports hall between the staff and players from WHS who play for the Bears Basketball Club. It was played in good spirit between the WHS staff and the students. The players were split into 4 teams which were mixed in ages from year 8/9/10 and 11’s. The highlights of the game were Miss Guirey not being too sure about this basketball game (She had never played it before) and then NOT wanting to come off the court as a sub. Another highlight was Mr Rhodie actually turning out to be a really good Coach Smith basketball player!

A LESSON IN NETBALL! The Year 11 netball team challenged the unbeaten elite staff team last Friday. Students played with grace, enthusiasm and impeccable politeness but still could not match the strength and talents of the staff team. Final result 7 v 0 to WHS Staff.


LEARNING RESOURCES CENTRE 21 Schools, 350 students all across West Sussex, more than 200 books read, the second Annual Amazing Book Awards Ceremony celebrated in style on 5th July… And what a fantastic evening it was! Students along with their family and friends met the authors and congratulated the winners. Authors were a wonderful inspiration to the students who enjoyed chatting to them about their books. Every year we have a special guest speaker and a special awards presenter. This year we had Jane McLoughlin (Author of At Yellow Lake) and last year’s Gold Award winner, Mike Lancaster (author of 0.4 and 1.4).

Matthew Votta and Gold Award winner Teri Terry

For more information:

Well done to all the students who have already received Accelerated Reader badges since we started AR in January. Some students are well on their way to Gold, which is an amazing achievement of 5,000,000 words read! Keep up the good work everyone. We will be continuing with the monthly prizes for points scored in Reading Practice Quizzes.

The British Library Trip

Design a Bookmark Competition Congratulations to Amelia Smith, Connor Wilson and Zoe Carter. Their designs will be on the new LRC bookmarks in September Designed by: Amelia Smith

Designed by: Connor Wilson

This month we took a group of students to the British Library. It was a fantastic day out and we took part in two workshops, Politics and Propaganda and Mapping the World. We then had time to explore some of the Treasures of the Library.

Have a wonderful summer everyone, I can’t wait to hear what you have been reading over the holidays. We will commence reading the Southern Schools Book Award titles in book club when we return in September. Mrs A Phelan Learning Resources Manager


You can now follow us on Twitter - @worthinghighLRC

Designed by: Zoe Carter

WORTHING HIGH SCHOOL STANDARDS At the beginning of this term we surveyed parents and students asking opinions on a range of issues concerning standards in and around the school. Thank you for your responses, one common theme that arose was the need for consistency of applying and maintaining our standards and sanctions. Next term we will be having a focus on some key areas to help address these issues and would ask for your help supporting us.

Attendance and Punctuality

The National average for attendance in a secondary school is 94%. We are therefore aiming to achieve if not exceed this target. Please try to send your child in to school at all times and contact our absence line if necessary. We are duty bound to tackle and challenge if a child’s attendance drops below 90%, in some cases this may lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 or even prosecution in extreme circumstances. If there is a problem with attendance please contact your child’s Community or Pastoral Leader who will be happy to discuss strategies with you.

The student may collect the phone at 3:15 from the main school office. If there is an emergency and you need a message to be sent to your child please contact the school on 01903 237864 and we will pass it on. Students should aim to be in school at 8:30 am and in family tutor rooms at 8:40 am for their register to be taken. If students arrive late we issue a 15 minute detention that day, for persistent offenders we will be contacting home for support and further sanctions.

Food and Drink

We have a zero tolerance on energy and non-healthy fizzy drinks. This is part of our drive to promote healthy living. Unfortunately some of

Mobile Phones

The school accepts that students bring mobile phones into school but they do so at their own risk and phones should be out of sight. Mobile phones are confiscated if seen in lessons or corridors.

our students bring to school energy and other unhealthy drinks. The impact of these drinks results in a fluctuation their energy levels and often has an adverse effect on their attention and behaviour later in the day. If a teacher sees a student with banned drinks the items will be confiscated.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2013 to 2014 Term Dates Autumn Term Tuesday 3 September to Friday 20 December 2013 Tuesday 3 September - INSET Wednesday 4 September – Year 8 only Thursday 5 September – All Year Groups Half term break Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2013 Christmas break Monday 23 December 2013 to Friday 3 January 2014 Spring Term Monday 6 January to Friday 4 April 2014 Half term break Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2014 Easter break Monday 7 April to Monday 21 April 2014 Summer Term Tuesday 22 April to Wednesday 23 July 2014

Half term break

Monday 26 May to Friday 30 May 2014

Summer break

Thursday 24 July to Tuesday 2 September 2014

INSET DAYS Tuesday 3 September 2013 Friday 4 October 2013 Monday 4 November 2013 Monday 24 February 2014 Tuesday 6 May 2014


CANTEEN ACCOUNTS We are now able to email parents when the balance of your child’s canteen account falls below a certain level. From September we will be issuing an email once a week. Every account with a live email address will be sent the message if their child’s account is below £1 in credit. If you don’t wish to receive the weekly messages please can you log into “My Account Details” in Wisepay and tick the box to say NO to emails.

TWITTER AND SCHOOL WEBSITE Be the first to read all the news about Worthing High by following us on Twitter @worthinghigh and also by visiting our school website regularly at

WHSA 200 Club The results of the July and August draws are on the school website HERE.

TIME TO TAKE UP AN INSTRUMENT A new school year is a great time to think of meeting a new challenge. If you would like your child to learn to play an instrument or have singing lessons from September, please email Mr. Martin dmartin@

and he will arrange for one of our tutors to contact you with further details. Mr D Martin Leader of Music

Activ8 Day – Friday 5th July Worthing High School held its annual Activ8 Day on Friday 5th July. 40 tutor groups, representing each of the four communities took part in a carousel of activities including bench ball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey, handball, table tennis, rowing, basketball, dodge ball, 5-a-side football, ultimate Frisbee, Football, Tchoukball and tennis. Tutor groups were looking to earn as many points as they could for their community through team work, participation, effort and competition. Students also had the opportunity to work for separate certificates based on the legacy of London 2012. These included Passion, Belief, Respect, Honesty, Teamwork and Determination. There was a real sense of community ethos throughout the school which created a great atmosphere for students and staff alike and kept spirits high despite the wet weather! All four communities were fantastic and it was hard to announce a winner. The honours this year for the first time went to TARRING. Overall Results: Tarring – 1st, Heene 2nd, Broadwater – 3rd and Salvington – 4th Individual community tutor group results Position Broadwater Heene Salvington Tarring 1st BDH HAB SRR TRM 2nd BKL & BLE HAL & HNI SKE & SJT TMR 3rd BLP HJH & HJM SJS TIK A fantastic day enjoyed by all. Well done. Miss M Field Leader of PE


THE ACOUSTIC CAFE agreed that the Acoustic Café will be open one Sunday each month and we are thrilled that Green Cuisine is helping us in this way.

The Music Department at Worthing High School has just started a new initiative called “The Acoustic Café”. Steve Jeffery writes, “I am aware that so many of our students are working hard to develop their performance skills and I thought that it would be really nice to have regular sessions where we could perform to each other and our families in the relaxed environment of a town-centre café”. The Acoustic Cafe sessions are open to all musicians at Worthing High and all styles of music, as long as it fits into the notion of acoustic music. Parents, siblings and members of the extended family are also invited to perform! Green Cuisine Café is a very popular place in Worthing. Owner, Clare McIvor, has a heart for the community and her food,

On Sunday 9th June, I had the pleasure of listening to confident and professional musical performances from so many of our young musicians. We had a full-house (standing room in fact!) which far exceeded our expectations. Well over 50 parents and friends came to support the event and these students: coffee and cakes are often said to be amongst the finest in Worthing! Clare has thrown open her place to be available for the Acoustic Café sessions whenever we want to use it. After the huge success of the first event, performers and parents have asked for a regular opportunity. We have now

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Toby Sivyer Finley Bailey Luke Brown Star McFarlane Isobel Hansell Kim Logan Nancy O’Melia Milo Liau Jack Boswell Zara Goldsmith

Mr Steve Jeffery Assistant Head

YEAR 10 HISTORIANS VISIT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM IN LONDON The GCSE year 10 History students recently visited the Science Museum as part of their studies of “Medicine through Time”. The journey was an adventure in itself as we went by train and then tackled the underground along with tourists and commuters. The students were fantastic and a credit to Worthing High. The tasks allowed the students to investigate many objects used in the practise of medicine. They could then compare these objects from different periods of History and make judgements on the changes and continuity of methods and ideas. The chance to actually see the

real objects and to see the bigger picture brought the subject alive for the students and so many fed back that it was a very useful and enjoyable day out. It was also a great opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other outside of the classroom environment. My thanks to Steve Cooper in the History Dept for

organising such a successful trip. Jules Grindel Leader of History

The WHSA committee have been very busy this term with two very successful “firsts” for the school. In May we organised an ‘Appreciation Tea’ for staff at the school. We were delighted with the response from parents and carers who made some fantastic cakes and the afternoon was a great success. Our second new event was the Summer Fayre and Music Festival attended by over 400 students, staff and families last Friday evening. Entertainment was provided by local band High Tyde (below), as well as other bands consisting of current and former Worthing High pupils and a highly talented staff band! We were of course blessed with wonderful weather which added to the success of the evening.

We are grateful to Leaders, 5Rings and Steve Gladman Guitar School for their sponsorship of the event. Students from each of the Communities were involved in planning and promoting the event and setting up and running their own stalls. We were very impressed with their enthusiasm and look forward to working with students on other events in the future. We hope that the Summer Music Festival will become annual event as a fantastic way of celebrating the end of the school year. If you would like get involved with the WHSA, either as a committee member or occasional helper please email the team at Alternatively come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 10th September at 6.30pm. All welcome!

COMMUNITY AWARDS HEENE SUMMER REWARD Mr Williams, braved the heat to cook a Barbie served to Heene Students who were celebrating academic success or 100% attendance. Students were joined by Heene Staff to make the most of the sunshine in the tranquil

surroundings of the peace garden during lunchtime on Monday and Tuesday. Jayne Fillery, Pastoral Leader for Heene said ‘it was a lovely time to celebrate the success of the students in Heene, who deserved the recognition for all their hard work during the past year’.

BROADWATER SUMMER REWARD Broadwater considered students who over the academic year had achieved above and beyond. To celebrate their achievement we decided to provide them with a lunch, so we ordered a variety of Domino’s pizza and had a very enjoyable lunch together.


PHIL’ THE BAG! Phil’ the bag comes to Worthing High School. Over the last week of term students and staff have been clearing out their wardrobes and cupboards searching for any old and unwanted clothes and shoes. Phil’ the bag is a free clothing and textile recycling, initiative which the India team has joined to help raise funds for their forthcoming work in India with the CRED foundation. At the time of writing, the team are eagerly waiting to hear the combined weight of the two hundred plus bags bought into the school and what that will convert to in terms of monies raised. On behalf of the team, I would like to say a BIG thank you to the students, parents, carers and staff who have supported this scheme as well as our many other fundraising events throughout the year. S Williams India Trip Team

ROUNDERS Well done to ALL teams and players for a fantastic season, participating in both the District Leagues and Tournaments – despite the often unpredictable British weather causing some fixtures to be cancelled and/or re-arranged. Each Year Group Team had their individual successes and ‘ups and downs’; however, I am extremely proud of their achievements, commitment and enthusiasm for every game – team spirit remained high and fair play was displayed throughout. Thank you!

Year 8 Squad

Year 9 Squad

Year 10 Squad

Year 11 Squad

Ms Stevenson

MFL RESTAURANT VISITS Year 10 GCSE students visit French and Spanish restaurants during their Options Week. Food is a big and important part of any culture so we decided to plan the options days around this theme for our new year 10 GCSE groups. Each day started with some language work, related to the topic ‘Food’ at school. It is a topic that annually appears in the exam papers as well as one that you are very likely to need when you travel. Students did some research about typical French and


Spanish foods and learned how within one country you still have a wide range of regional specialities depending on location and local traditions. In the afternoon each group did a lunch visit to one of the local restaurant; Indigo, La Difference or Picasso where they tasted and enjoyed a variety of dishes as well as socialising with each other in a very polite manner. Other customers commented on how nice and well behaved our students were and myself, as well as the rest

of the department also really enjoyed their company. Miss Karonen –Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages

NICK OXLEY Year 9/10 cricketer Nick Oxley has been selected in the 13-man squad to represent the South East of England at the prestigious Bunbury Cricket Festival up in Durham at the end of July. He follows in the footsteps of over 300 players who have gone on to play first class cricket, including 60 who have represented England, including current England Test captain Alastair Cook amongst other England internationals such as Ian Bell, Andrew Flintoff, Graeme Swann and Matt Prior, to name a few. The tournament takes place between the 21st and 26th July at Durham University and the best eleven players will compete for the Bunbury XI against an MCC Schools XI. The Bunbury XI is widely regarded as an unofficial England under 15 side and a huge stepping stone to a future career in the game as is participation in the festival itself. The Bunbury Cricket Club has raised over £15 million for charity during its 27 years existence and has been championed by current England coach

Andy Flower. It is a huge honour for Nick to be selected and vindicates all the hard work he has put in as part of Sussex Emerging Player Programme and during his rise through the senior teams at Worthing Cricket Club, culminating in his debut for the first XI this season in the Sussex Premier League, one of the youngest players at the club ever to do so. Everyone at Worthing High School wishes him the best of luck in a competition where spinners have regularly done extremely well! A Lutwyche Sports Journalist

JAMES COLBURN James Colburn, 20 year old ex-Worthing High student, came back to the school with his Brands Hatch winning Renault Clio. James races in the British Touring Car Champions (BTCC). He races in the UK Renault Clio Cup and recently won at Brands Hatch. James is currently fourth in the championship with two more meetings to go. Year 10 students were treated to a 30 minute talk from James who spoke with great confidence and clarity about his whole journey, from when he started racing Karts and his desire to get to his goal of becoming BTCC champion. He spoke about the importance of working hard at school, telling students of how he revised for his GCSE’s whilst being driven to the race meetings and even between races. James was an excellent student at Worthing High and left with very good exam results to his credit, which when you consider he was racing every weekend is an astonishing achievement. When he went on to college he took his foot of the gas (sorry) and slipped into bad ways by having a little too much fun initially. He soon realised his mistake and got himself back on track to get the grades he wanted. Students were allowed to sit in the car and a few allowed to rev the engine as well as ask questions. James’s car cost £33,000 but he is getting a new one next year, a 1.6 turbo that will cost him £40,000. James drives for Westbourne Motors, a vehicle recovery service. His parents have been running the company for over 20 years, starting off with just two recovery vans to now working with Green Flag and have over 200 vehicles! Westbourne Motors now have three cars in the BTCC and have a whole team of mechanic and body workers on board. It costs £70,000 per driver per season so the team are constantly looking for sponsorship, but his dream is to move away from the Clio Cup and become British Touring Car Champion for which he will need £500,000 a season. We would like to thank James and his Mum for taking time out and coming in, we wish him all the very best for the rest of the season and for getting the sponsorship in the future to move up to the next level. James has a younger brother Ben who will start racing when he turns 14, so watch this space, Worthing could have another champion on its hands.


SPONSORED WALK 2013 Sponsored Walk in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

It’s hard to believe that we only do this walk every other year. It seems to come around so soon. With all the planning and preparation we’re really quite glad it’s a biennial event! Did you know that we have to ask permission from landowners to walk across their paths? Did you know that we ask supermarkets to donate 125 litres of bottled drinking water or that approximately 20 voluntary personnel from Sussex Search and Rescue take time off from their jobs to help us on the day? 1000 people, walking twelve miles in September, starts being organised by 3 people in April. But it’s worth it!

Worth it, because our students have managed to raise a staggering £30,000 from our recent walks, and when you think that it takes £6,850.00 just to provide hospice care for ONE DAY, our contribution is vital. Our students have always been mindful of those less fortunate than themselves and this year we expect that characteristic to come shining through again. 12 miles is a long way to walk

for some of us who enjoy being taxied around in cars or who live locally to the school, but the blisters will be a small price to pay as we help Chestnut Tree House care for life-limited young people and their families. Please be generous and help our cause. If each student collected £15, we would reach our £12,000 target. Oh, and if you could supply some sunshine too...!

WEST WITTERING GEOGRAPHY TRIP GCSE geography students were taken to West Wittering for a rewarding day looking at how a sand dune changes and the threats a coastal habitat faces. Students spent the day climbing across sand

dunes, using a variety of equipment to test the hypothesis ‘the further you travel from the open sea, the greater the bio-diversity’; this provides students with a real case study they can refer to in their GCSE exam.

The weather was glorious throughout the trips, helping to make it a real success. “It was great working independently out in the sunshine” Jess Nicholas, Year 10. “It was fun. A day to study Geography on a nice day.” Josh Teear In groups, students climbed across the sand dunes documenting the changes in the natural environment along with problems due to human interference. The trip

allows students to evaluate whether real examples always match the ‘textbook’ examples, helping to prepare students for the controlled assessment, worth 25% of their final GCSE grade. Students really made the school proud with their outstanding behaviour and lasting enthusiasm throughout the day. Mark Leswell Geography Department

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED On Friday 12th July as part of Enrichment week, 13 Product Design students visited the Festival of Speed at Goodwood Park. After some excellent traffic negotiating by Mrs Bayford,

students had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most stunning and

Students were inspired by the range of tasks undertaken to produce cutting edge thinking. We arrived back happy and thinking we had a suntan on our legs – it was sadly just dirt!

expensive cars as well as the familiar Formula 1 and racing cars; Sterling Moss gave us a wave! After lunch we were privileged to be part of a seminar addressed by Richard Powell, one of the world’s lead designers of modern day poducts.

CHICHESTER COLLEGE EXPERIENCE At Worthing High School our aim is to prepare our students for the choices they will make at 16 and beyond. On Thursday 4th July all year 9 students travelled to Chichester College for an experience of further education. The aim was to show them what a college is like and how it is different to a school. All students had chosen a course area that they were interested in ranging from A levels to Hair and Beauty. We witnessed students removing car wheels, making profiteroles from scratch and giving manicures to each other. The students had thoroughly enjoyable day and the feedback from the college was how maturely Worthing High School students had performed.

This visit is in preparation for all year 11 students applying to College. The school will be supporting students in their choices and this will start with the Post 16 and Careers Fair in October. This visit is in preparation for all year 11 students applying to College. The school will be supporting students in their choices and this will start with the Post 16 and Careers Fair in October.

On the 3rd July, Worthing Schools had their transition day when all students move up to the next level in their schooling. Our year11 students attended Northbrook College. They were able to visit all the subject areas to see which one they may be interested in. In the afternoon they experienced a course of their choosing, to see if this is type of course they would like to apply to next year.

Tel: 01903 237864

Worthing High School Newsletter July13  
Worthing High School Newsletter July13  

All the latest news, information and events from the summer term.