It has been a short but very busy term. I would like to update you on the many events that have taken place. The new term begins on Monday 8 April 2013.
Mr Davis will be leaving the school at the end of this term to take up an appointment as Headteacher of a school in Birmingham. The Governing Body would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Davis for his service and loyalty to the school over the past 9 years. On behalf of all the students, staff and governors we wish Mr Davis every success in his new role.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Miss Karen Foster, as the new Deputy Headteacher, who will be joining the school on 1st June 2013. Miss Foster is currently head of the science department at Balcarras School and previous to that worked at Chipping Campden School. Miss Foster has worked closely with the school for many years and I am sure you will join me in extending a very warm welcome to Pittville.
We were all shocked and saddened to hear the news of the tragic death of Scott who left Pittville last year. Scott was a popular student who worked exceptionally hard. He was simply a terrific young man. Our thoughts continue to be with Scott’s sister, Megan, who is in Year 10, his family and his many friends.
Year 11 Easter Revision
There are a number of revision sessions taking place for Year 11 students during the school holidays. I know that these will be well attended by students. Year 11 students need to keep up the hard work as we move closer to their final examinations this summer.
We continue to work hard as a school to raise the profile of attendance and the link between good attendance and excellent performance at GCSE. It is vitally important that we work in partnership with parents to ensure that our students’ attendance remains high so that they continue to make excellent progress at Pittville.
Medical Room Protocol
Can I remind parents/carers that they should only collect their children from school due to a medical reason if they have been contacted by a member of staff. Students must not contact parents themselves and arrange to be collected.
We were delighted with the attendance at the Year 9 Options Evening and also with how positive the students were. There was much well informed discussion taking place between parents/carers, students and staff. Well done to all who attended.
Y11 BTEC Concert
On Wednesday, 16th January 2013, the BTEC music group's hard work paid off when they successfully staged a concert as part of their coursework. They were completely responsible for organising the concert - from initial planning meetings to choosing the acts, advertising the concert to setting up the equipment, performances, selling tickets and hosting the event. A variety of acts were performed, including solos, duets and band. The audience were treated to some of the finest talent Pittville has to offer. The support for the event was fantastic and the BTEC music group raised nearly £60 towards the Year 11 Prom.
On Thursday 17th January 2013 we took a small group of students to Pates Grammar School. They attended an Information, Advice and Guidance session given by an outside speaker and then spent time in the lessons for subjects they are considering studying at sixth form.
Year 11 High Achievers’ Workshops
Thank you to Mr Davis for organising workshops for students working towards the highest grades at GCSE. The students have been involved in workshops delivered by Vicky Taylor, an outside consultant. The workshops have offered the students advice on study skills and revision techniques.
Developing The School – Parent’s Views
The Headteacher and the Governing Body are constantly working together to improve the school. We take account of the views of everyone involved in the school including the staff, students and parents. Members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body are meeting on the 10th April 2013 to plan the next steps towards making Pittville an outstanding school and we would be delighted if any parents would like to join us in the afternoon to share their views and be part of this forward planning. If you are interested please contact Linda Ferrabee on 01242 548755 by Monday 8th April 2013.
Maths and English results
We are delighted with the progress our Year 11 students are making. Students have taken GCSEs in maths and English; the results are very promising and indicate just how hard the students are working as they approach their final exams. Keep up the good work. A reminder to Year 11 that they cannot afford to miss any time from school at the moment.
French Theatre Company
On Monday 25th February 2013, the language department was pleased to welcome a French play performed by two actors from the professional Onati Company. All Year 7 and Year 8 pupils had the amazing opportunity to enjoy a funny and interactive play performed mostly in French. Beth Hatten, Year 8 said, ‘it was amazing and I would love to see another one again if I was able to.’
On Wednesday 6th March 2013 we played host to 41 Japanese students from the Reitaku High School in Tokyo. They were part of a 60 strong party on a visit to England organised by Inlingua of Cheltenham. The Japanese students met their Year 10 student 'hosts' and were given a tour of the school. They then took part in a question and answer session where both sets of students found out about each other's school and culture. The visiting students then spent two lessons in various faculties to get a taste of what an English school is like. At the end of the day the visitors performed to Year 7 students and their hosts. They did a speech, sang two songs and performed a traditional Japanese fisherman's dance from Hokkaido. Students were then able to try various cultural games such as Shuji (Japanese Calligraphy), Origami (paper craft) and Hanetsuki (badminton with wooden paddles and a shuttlecock).
Science trip to Balcarras
The science department ran a trip to Balcarras School on Tuesday 19th March 2013. This was a valuable opportunity to take part in two exciting science events. These were a one hour Physical Science Workshop followed by a Robotics Workshop.
Science trip to London
On Friday 15th March 2013 a group of students attended the ‘Big Bang Fair’ in London. The ‘Big Bang Fair’ consisted of an exciting array of stalls and events with a science theme. The trip was organized by the Design and Technology department at our partner school, Balcarras.
Comic Relief – Red Nose Day
To show our support for this charity we hosted an inter-house competition giving our students the opportunity to wear their own clothes to school. The focus for Comic Relief this year was improving the life of people in slum/shanty town areas across the globe. To give the students an understanding of the challenges facing these people, the geography department ran sessions throughout the week during tutor time. This culminated with a competition in which each house was given the task of building their own shelter using materials provided; materials which would be used in real slum areas. In addition, the students considered how we are connected to people across the world. Students were asked to wear an item or items of clothing that have been manufactured in another country with a label indicating where they were manufactured.
New Cricket Wicket
Our thanks go to Jane Tetley, the clerk to the Governing Body, who has been busy bidding for money to fund projects here at Pittville. We are delighted to announce that the school has been granted £6,000 towards a new cricket wicket. This will be a tremendous resource to inspire both boys and girls to emulate their cricketing heroes.
Help the Heroes
The school held a ‘Help the Heroes’ Day to raise money for charity. Students dressed up as their favourite heroes and ate red, white and blue biscuits during the day. The students organised the event themselves as part of their BTEC vocational studies course and raised £350 for the Help the Heroes Charity.
Student Parliament meet Martin Horwood
On 1st February 2013 we held another meeting of the Pittville Parliament. The meeting was particularly special as the guest speaker was the MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood. Mr Horwood was invited into school to tell students about what his job as an MP entails. Students had worked together in their last parliament meeting to think about some interesting and challenging questions to pose to Mr Horwood and by all accounts they put Mr Horwood through his paces. Mr Horwood was very interested in how the roles and duties of a Pittville MP compared to those of his own. Pittville Parliament is very grateful to Mr Horwood for giving up his time to come and visit us. Well done to all.
Pittville is the only school in Cheltenham to have all three age groups (U12, U14 and U16’s) qualify for the Girls' County Football Finals. Pittville had an outstanding run of results coming 2nd in the Year 11 and Year 7 district tournaments and 1st in the Year 9 category. Special mention must go to the Year 8 girls who played a year above themselves and won the tournament. Pittville are fast becoming a school to be reckoned with and we hope this success will be replicated in the summer term with the girls’ rounders fixtures.
Thank you to all students who took part in this event. We raised £758.07 for the British Heart Foundation.
The house netball match for staff was a great success. The year 11 BTEC students ran the competition on 7th February 2013. Although it rained almost non-stop the competitive spirit was a determined one and saw three very hard fought games being played. Over 100 pupils came to watch and the pupils raised over £70.00 for the prom from a cake sale and entry fees. Although Abbott and Livingstone were good contenders, there was no beating the experience and organisation of Aston House. Aston won both their matches convincingly, congratulations to all who took part and to the pupils for organising such a great event.
- Inter-house Football Competition
Aston House won the inter-house football competition. It was a very tightly fought battle with Aston and Livingstone both finishing on 220 points. Aston then won the competition on goal difference.
A plea from our PTFA:
“If you have uniform that your sons and daughters have grown out of (blazers, trousers, skirts) please don’t throw them out but bring them to reception. We can make excellent use of them in school”.
Pittville has officially become a “Bike It” participant (as has our Partner School Balcarras). We have a Bike It group of students who will be organising events to encourage students and staff to bike to school. Watch this space!
The summer polo shirts are now available to purchase from ‘Schooltogs’, the company that have taken over from ‘The Famous’. They cost £7.50 for ages 9-15 and £9.95 for small, medium and large. They can be worn after the Easter holidays.
Following on from our new kitchen, this summer we are delighted to announce the arrival of our new dining room ‘servery’. We are sure students will love the bright modern feel to the cafe where they will be able to select from a wide variety of freshly made healthy food. We can now add to our existing hot food counters with a new deli counter, chilled salad bar & freshly filled sandwich & baguette bar.
We shall be offering cooked breakfasts every morning and a selection of savouries and brunch items at break. Students will still be able to buy a ‘meal deal’ from any counter at just £2.15 which includes a drink & free salad. If you require any information regarding meals or paying online, please contact Mrs McDougall, Catering Manager on 01242 548705.
We say goodbye to Mrs Rolfe from the Art Department. We would like to thank her for all her hard work and wish her all the best for the future.
We also say goodbye to Mrs Smith who is starting her maternity leave. We wish her all the best for the coming weeks and look forward to hearing the news of her new arrival. Mrs Smith will return in January 2014.
A big thank you from Mr Gilpin
I have been so impressed with the number of students who have helped with our interview processes, touring candidates and interviewing. They have also helped with visiting parents of Year 6 students who will be joining Pittville in September. They have all proved to be superb ambassadors for the school and I have been very proud of all of them.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and would like to wish everyone a happy Easter break. See you next term.