PITTVILLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Our Year 7 students have settled into school life. They are integrating well into the school and the Year 7 Tutor Evening was a huge success.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make Open Evening such a good showcase for the school. This includes our teachers, support staff and all the students who came in to work in departments, act as guides or help in other ways, and you as parents for giving them lifts to and from school.
The school calendar is now available to be viewed on the school website. This is a live calendar and will keep parents up to date with all the events that take place at Pittville. It also has important term dates such as the end of term and INSET days, as well as trip dates and exam dates.
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Parents of students in all year groups should report an absence by leaving a message on the Attendance Office phone, 01242 548717. Parents should contact the attendance office on the first day of absence. Any students arriving at school after registration must sign in with reception indicating the reason why they are signing in late. Thank you.
Monday 7th October 2013 proved to be another fantastic reward trip day out at Drayton Manor Park and Zoo. Students earned a place on the trip through their hard work and effort last year. They needed to have earned at least 100 house points, have 95% attendance and zero behaviour points. We had to take 3 coaches to carry the 187 students who went on the trip. Staff and students always look forward to the annual trip to Staffordshire where the theme park offers rollercoasters for the braver ones and Thomas Land for the younger (and some older!!) less brave ones! Some of our students and staff also took a break from the noise of the rides and looked around the Zoo. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time, going many times on a variety of rides so that they got full value out of their day. It was particularly noticeable that the biggest queue was for the dodgems where Mr Watkins was targeted!! I would like to thank the staff who went on the trip for all their help, the staff who helped organise things behind the scenes at school and of course our children for making the day a huge success!
Cricket Opening Ceremony
The Cricket Opening Ceremony was a great success! Students supported the event by paying to watch and money was also raised from selling scones with jam and cream, face painting and a nail bar. As a school, we raised just under £400.
Our new term has seen all of the tutor groups in the school taking part in a democratic vote to elect their new MP to represent them in Pittville Parliament this year. Miss Addison and Miss Davis, who lead student voice in the school, were delighted with the enthusiasm with which students took part in this process. In their first meeting, our MP's looked at the themes and topics which they will be discussing and debating this year. A quick start to assisting vital decisions in the school was made, with a vote on lunchtime arrangements. MP's also went back to discuss this with their tutor groups and our tutors kindly documented these discussions for us. Our MP's have made a superb start to the new term. Follow their progress by looking at the updates on the website.
On Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Miss Addison took a group of our Pittville Parliament MP's to the Houses of Parliament in London. The students from years 8-11 were given a tour of Parliament and learnt a lot about how Parliament functions. Students were allowed to stand in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. However we were told very firmly that there was no sitting allowed on the MP's benches! All of the students, and Miss Addison, found it very exciting to be stood exactly where our Prime Minister stands and where such important decisions are made. The Pittville Parliament MP's then participated in an ‘election and voting workshop’ in the afternoon. Our MP's learnt a great deal about government and politics in general which they will be able to apply to their own roles in school.
The new school year saw the arrival of several new staff into the Abbott House team. Miss Addison took over from Mr Poole as acting Head of House, with Miss Guinan starting as Assistant Head of House. They will be working with Miss Davies the pastoral manager. Abbott House welcomes Mr Hackman, Miss Wheelwright and Miss Underhill. Abbott House students have been busy this term working with their tutors to nominate our house charity for the year. In addition to this Abbott House launched their ‘ethos project’ this half term. All of our tutor groups are working together to devise a motto or phrase which encapsulates the ethos of Abbott House. We have already had some fantastic ideas and the house team looks forward to seeing what else the students can devise!
A super successful end to the last school year, where we witnessed some amazing performances at sports day from Aston House, which nearly saw a clean sweep of winning every year group. I was immensely proud and I would like to say ‘well done’ to all who took part and made it such a successful day. At the end of last term we waved goodbye to Miss Storey our Assistant Head of House, however Miss Davis has been appointed into this position and has already been busy, organising the “buddy reading scheme” and training up our new House Captains, Kerry Ann Johnson and Natasha Chinyowa. The new school year has seen us say hello to new staff joining the house, Miss Brown, Miss Purnell and Miss Stewart. At a recent assembly Morgan Gordon, a local PCSO, came to speak to us about our house charity, the ‘Aston Project’. This was a really interesting assembly and evidently it inspired many of you to sign up and join. I look forward to hearing all about the fun things you get up to! Aston students ran a stall at Pittville’s Christmas Craft fair where they raised over £85 selling hand-made bunting and freshly baked mince pies. A group of dedicated year 9 students spent two weeks giving up their lunchtime to make all of the Christmas themed bunting, and all of the money they made will go towards Aston House’s charity.
On behalf of Livingstone House I would like to welcome our new Year 7 students. 7Li1 have settled in really well with their tutor Miss James. I would also like to welcome Miss Bury who has taken over from Miss Addison as my Assistant Head of Livingstone House. I would like to thank Miss Addison for all her support and hard work as my assistant since the re-introduction of the house system here at Pittville. Livingstone House students have been busy this term working with their tutors to win the first house competition. Livingstone also won the ‘Rotary Club Mile of Coins’ competition, well done everyone! We are now looking forward to the house cross country competition. My house captains, Sophie Brewer and Charis Pardoe have settled into their role well, assisting in uniform checks and coming up with great new ideas for our house so that every student has the chance to be recognised. The ‘Spirit of Livingstone’ is an idea, from my house captains, where students and staff can nominate students for something they have seen or been impressed with and place their nominations in tutor boxes for me to award a certificate (and chocolate!) to the winners.
We have had a successful term this year with the girls’ fixtures. The Year 8/9 football team are currently undefeated, having won all of their matches so far in the league. Results of these matches were; Cleeve 1-0, Bournside 5-0, All Saints 3-0. A special mention goes to Naomi Price for scoring a hatrick in the match against Bournside. Four netball matches have been played so far, resulting in two wins and two defeats. Unfortunately due to the rain last term, not as many netball fixtures have been played, all of these have been rearranged for this term. The girls have had two block fixtures of hockey against Bournside and played 5, winning four of their 5 games. The girls' success rate is increasing every year, currently we have won 80% of all our fixtures. We look forward to matches against Tewkesbury, Cotswold, Winchcombe, St. Edwards, King's and Balcarras in the weeks to come. Well done to all students who have taken part in fixtures!!
Year 7 have made a massive amount of progress considering this is their first season of contact rugby. They competed well at the Balcarras Tournament with three narrow defeats, all within 5 points. A special mention for Sam Meredith (Year 7) who has led the team brilliantly and has also played for the Year 8 team. The Year 8 team have had an exceptional season. They won the Emerging Schools Rugby Tournament at the Prince of Wales Stadium, playing Winchcombe, Pates, All Saints and Chosen Hill in the group stages and beating Cleeve 15-10 in the final. Special mention to Scott Crombie and Marian Vu for their outstanding performances. Year 9 have had a topsy turvy season, putting in some brave performances against some very rugby traditional schools, especially Churchdown who knocked us out of the EDF Cup. Special mention to Josh Daniel who led by example, never gave up and wore his heart on his sleeve.
Year 8 Geography Trip
As part of the geography course we visited Southam to undertake an enquiry into whether a wind farm should be built at Southam. Students spent time collecting data which was then analysed when they returned to school.
PTFA Christmas Craft Fair
This took place on Wednesday 27th November 2013 6.00 – 9.00pm and raised approximately £500.
European Languages Day
This took place on Thursday 26th September 2013. All lessons began with a 5-10 minute starter activity as well as activities during tutor time. The canteen menu for that day was devised with a ‘world food’ theme. A very successful day.
Maths Trip to Racecourse
As part of our on-going partnership with Cheltenham Racecourse, we were given the opportunity to take a group of Year 7 maths students to visit the racecourse on Friday 18th October 2013. ‘Maths in Action’ gave the students the opportunity to experience a variety of activities related to maths in connection with horse racing.
Year 11 Information Evenings
Last term we held two Year 11 information evenings. One targeting high achievers and the other the C/D borderline students. Both evenings were a great success and very informative for both parents and students.
This was held on Tuesday 22nd October 2013. Over 60 students, past and present, won awards for achievement and progress at KS3 and KS4 in each subject area. There were also special house awards, sports awards and a number of surprise awards which were presented by Justice Williams MBE.
Wear it Pink Day
On Friday 25th November 2013 staff and students alike wore the colour pink for ‘Wear it Pink Day’. £450 was raised for Cancer Research and the award for the funniest costume must go to Miss Underhill for wearing a pink pig costume and tutu!
Mock Interviews – Year 11
On Wednesday 27th November 2013 Year 11 had a 15 minute mock interview with Enterprise Business Partnership. They received feedback on their interview and application form.
Students meet Prince Charles
Two Students from Pittville School were delighted to meet HRH Prince of Wales during a Royal visit to the region. The Prince spent time discussing the benefits of BITC’s (Business in the Community’s) Business Class scheme where local business support students through developing their employability skills, providing work placements and running mock interview sessions.
Thank you so much to those people that came along to support the art auction on 4th December 2013. The support and generosity that people have shown is incredible. We raised an incredible £277.44 for the three house charities! What a fantastic amount! The total raised will be split between the charities selected by each of the houses.
Nine Pittville students entered a competition called ‘The Poetry Games’ a national poetry competition, and were lucky enough to have their poems published. James Lambert, Liam Seabright and Sophie Overton, along with Miss Wheelwright, were interviewed by Winchcombe Radio. They had the opportunity to read out their poems and this was broadcast on Saturday 16th November 2013.
Able, Gifted and Talented STEM day – 24th October 2013
A group of Year 9 students attended Winchcombe School for a STEM Challenge Day. The task was to design and build a system for sending a secret message. Students each had to work on a specific task and were given three hours to construct and test their systems before presenting them to the whole group.
British Ballet Organisation
Lauren Cresswell in Year 8 attended the British Ballet Organisation on the 10th November 2013 for an audition and has been offered a place to start in 2014. Very well done!
We say goodbye to Carly Newman who starts her maternity leave and wish her well for the new arrival. We also say goodbye to Jamie McLaren (science technician) and wish him well for the future.
On Friday 13th December 2013 we held a very successful Christmas Concert and our Year 7’s also held their carol service on Wednesday 18th December 2013.
Please note that school will finish at 12.15pm on Friday the 20th December 2013, buses have been booked for 12.30pm.
May I take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support this term. Have a lovely safe Christmas break. School re-opens on Tuesday 7th January 2014.