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BSW Blog 20th April 2018

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AWH sq - smallDear parent/carer,

The start of our third term has gone very smoothly with students clearly refreshed from the two week break.  For about 40 students it began a day early on Sunday 15 April when they took leadership of the 19th mile water station at the Brighton Marathon.  Our volunteers were in place by 7.30 am and worked solidly through until 3.30 pm remaining positive throughout and cheering on all athletes from the elite to the fun runners.

There was a mix of all years on the water station who worked together as one team to manage the provision of 11,000 cups of water and entertaining and encouraging the runners whilst problem solving as issues arose.  On Twitter we were quoted as, ‘The best drinks station on the course.’ and the organisers said, ‘One of the cleanest’, after our clear up.  The whole event was an excellent representation of the opportunities we want to give our students and of their ability to take such responsibility in their stride whatever their age.  I look forward to being part of more examples taking place this term and in the future.

One event we know that will happen this term is a visit from Ofsted and we are fully prepared to welcome them.  A really important part of their visit is the parental survey.  The questions are the same as those we surveyed you with in term 1 and can be filled in any time.  Please take a few minutes after you have read the blog to follow the link at the end and enter your views.

Finally, we have included some important practical information for the term with this edition and I would ask that you take note of the key dates and information included in this mailing.

ENJOY

On Wednesday 21 March students across all year groups enjoyed an ERA Day, featuring a wide variety of activities and experiences outside of the usual school timetable. Year 7 students took part in a mixture of activities aimed at raising awareness of disability in society. As part of a day that included poetry, artwork, drama and sports, Year 7 were lucky to be visited by representatives from Brighton Albion Football Club who demonstrated wheelchair sports.

IMG_1369Year 8 meanwhile went off to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to learn all about Britain’s naval history and our place as in island nation. Students discovered what life was like on board the H.M.S Victory during the famous Battle of Trafalgar and explored the wreckage of the Mary Rose, a Tudor warship from Henry VIII’s fleet. The beautiful sunny weather was another bonus!

38211A6D-4E40-4BEF-9AB0-F4B4F7455021Pupils in Year 9 demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit during a Young Enterprise Day held at school. Challenged with creating and then promoting a new product, the students were judged on their ability to form original concepts and communicate their ideas. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn about business and be inspired.

IMG_1375Year 10 were visited by a team from the University of Sussex who delivered sessions on Science and Engineering. Students were able to try their hand an exciting array of practical challenges, testing their capability while enhancing their Science studies in GCSE.

IMG_0142During the Easter break a group of our students went on BSW’s first ever Ski Strip. On Saturday 31 March, pupils and staff embarked on an adventure to the stunning slopes of Sestriere in the Italian Alps, close to the French border. The students had an incredible time skiing in the Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area, one of Europe’s biggest. The pupils were praised by both school staff and their hosts for their excellent behaviour and positive attitudes, with Mr Jones commenting that they were ‘one of the best groups I’ve ever been away with’.

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We are proud to report on a very successful BSW water station at this year’s Brighton Marathon. On Sunday 15 April, pupils from BSW voluntarily ran Mile 19 of the Brighton Marathon. After a very early start, students arrived to take responsibility for handing out drinks, cheering on runners and setting up and packing away the water station. Their efforts helped to promote the school as well as contributing to the wider community. A huge well done to all those involved.

20180415_112223With more and more awareness of the damaging impact of plastics to our planet’s ecosystems, it is important to remember our duty to protect our local environment by taking measures to reduce our waste in school. As part of this initiative Ms James has launched an challenge to cut our weekly landfill waste by 40% by implementing more recycling deposits in classrooms and around school. Eco reps from each form group will help to promote this and assist our premises team in the excellent work they do. Mr Bateup is also encouraging the school community to reflect on how they travel to school and to consider greener alternatives as part of the school’s application for the Green Flag Award.

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Mr Bateup’s Gardening Club continues to do an incredible job of creating a garden environment for the school, clearing a previously overgrown and unused and area and transforming it into a beautiful and inspiring space.

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We were proud to end the Spring Term by looking at the everyday achievements of our brilliant students. It was clear from looking at the data that there has been an overall increase in the number of ERA points being awarded to pupils by their teachers, recognising both hard work and academic achievement as well respectful and considerate conduct in school. The winners of the House Cup are decided after looking at a range of achievements, including attendance and behaviour, weekly quiz scores and the number of books borrowed from our brilliantly stocked library. While all 3 houses showed strength in a range of achievements, ultimately the cup for Spring Term went to… (drumroll)… Mandela! Well done to all students in Mandela and their brilliant Achievement Coordinator Mr Minor.

IMG_1447Big congratulations to our gymnasts who took part in the inter-school Gymnastics Competition. Participation was excellent with Mrs Poole commenting on the excellent performances and work put in by our students.

On Monday 16 April a group of our Year 10 students visited Warner Brothers Studio to learn about careers in the film industry, from production through to acting. The students had a fantastic day, with Branden Turner (10TBA) saying that, ‘It was great to get an insight into the film industry, particularly as a big fan of the Harry Potter series.’

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This coming weekend (21-22 April) sees our Duke of Edinburgh Award students carrying out their first independent expedition. Their route starts in Piddinghoe and finishes at Devil’s Dyke, with students walking 6 hours a day over a 2 day period. They will be carrying all of their own equipment and testing their navigation and orienteering skills. Good luck to our intrepid students!

Our singing teacher Ms Bolton currently has some availability to take on new singers! Experienced or not, shy or bold, it is also time to consider whether Music GCSE is on the horizon and could do with some extra help. Your chosen instrument for GCSE must perform a piece of at least grade 3 standard so now is the time to start! For any questions or queries, or to book a FREE taster lesson please email charley.bolton@westsussexmusic.co.uk . To sign up, go straight to; https://www.westsussexmusic.co.uk/page.cfm?title=music-lessons-at-school. If your child is in receipt of Pupil Premium there may be help with fees.

In the meantime we would like to invite ALL school pupils to join the school choir, this term we shall be looking at some numbers from The Greatest Showman and an acapella version of Uptown Funk – can you beatbox!? If so, we need you too! ERA’s are also up for grabs! Any questions feel free to get in contact with Ms Bolton or Mr Imbert.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To complete the Parent Survey click here to go to Ofsted Parent View Survey – if you have not done this before you will need to register.

The date of the upcoming School Talent Show has changed. The event will now take place one Wednesday 9 May at the stated time of 5pm. We look forward to seeing our talented performers. Tickets are available from the school office for £2, with funds going towards the Sri Lanka project.

UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday 9 May Bohunt Talent Concert, 5 – 6pm – tickets available from the office, £2

Thursday 10 May rescheduled Parents’ Coffee Morning 9am to 10.30am (presentation starts at 9.30am). ‘Questions about sexuality and gender identity’. All existings bookings stand, new bookings can be made via the school gateway.

Monday 21 to Friday 25 May ERA Week; all students off timetable and various events organised both in and out of school. More info to follow next week.

RECRUITMENT

We have successfully recruited staff in a number of new subjects. There are vacancies currently advertised on our website.