Welcome to our new blog for parents and the community which replaces BSW News. Our aim is to more regularly publish information through this medium in an easily accessible form. The link for each edition will be featured in the news section of the website, emailed to parents and tweeted. Improving our home school communication and keeping you aware of events that are happening or have taken place is really important. Much has already happened this term with our ERA day of activities for all year groups, Year 8 options, recognition as a Confucius Classroom and sporting success to name just a few. I hope you enjoy this new format and as always we are happy to receive any feedback you might have.
Mr Adam Whitehead, Headteacher
ERA day took place on 19 January, providing students across all year groups with a day off timetable to enjoy a variety of activities and workshops. Year 7 headed to the Science Museum to explore a range of exciting exhibits. Back at school, Years 8 and 9 enjoyed a series of workshops on careers and wellbeing respectively, with visits from Tender Arts, L’Aroma Therapies and Terrence Higgins Trust. Year 10 students received a visit from the Worthing Rotary Club, helping them with the spoken language element of their English GCSE. The WRC members who attended on the day spoke of the impressive ‘eloquence and teamwork’ demonstrated by our students. Photos from all ERA day events can be viewed here.
Auditions for the latest BSW Drama production were held on 18 January, with students hoping to perform in Cross Fire, an exciting play. Students visited the Knockhatch Ski Centre on 25 January, warming up for the upcoming trip to France. The 100 Days of Happiness photography project continues to be a success with some fantastic entries from our students. Keep your brilliant entries coming to the usual address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, a big thanks goes out to parents who have helped Mr Imbert and his staff team to plan and train our Year 10 students in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh award.
From Monday 22 to Friday 26 January, students were recognised for respectful and generous behaviour in class and around school through Miss Robbins’ Good Deeds Boot Camp. All week staff made a note of those times when students went out of their way to do the right thing. The response was huge, and while hundreds of good deeds were identified, a special mention must go to Year 7 students Heaven Kinchington and Hibah Khan who received a Headteacher Award.
BSW is proud to have achieved the Skilled Teacher section of the Rainbow Flag Award, recognising a commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBT students. Applications for student representatives to support this initiative are currently open. On Thursday 1 February the school will be supporting the Time to Talk day run by local charity Coastal Mind. Students from Mr MacInnis’ buddy group have produced a video to raise awareness of Mental Health issues and will be supporting their fellow students in drop-in sessions on the day. Any parents with concerns regarding mental health issues should contact their child’s Achievement Coordinator.
The school commemorated two global events last week, namely Martin Luther King Day and Holocaust Memorial Day, with excellent assemblies delivered by tutor groups 8GIM, 9PHA and 10TBA and Miss Palmer. The school is engaged with a project to remember David Berger, a victim of the Holocaust, with students completing activities in their PSRE lessons.
We’re delighted to announce the opening of the Confucius Classroom, an exciting link with the Confucius Institute at Southampton University, providing incredible expertise and opportunities to our students in their Mandarin studies. Dr Ying Zheng was met by Mr Whitehead and Miss Nai, while Year 10 students presented readings, songs, a VR tour and calligraphy, introduced by Bryn Clements and Yin Yin Lin. The event was covered in this week’s Worthing Herald.
Current House Cup holders Franklin with Joe Hennings, Lennee King and Heaven Kinchington (all Year 7) leading with over 100 ERAs each. Over in Turing, Year 8 students Kameron Hall and Micah Lavadia have also hit their ERA centenary and Mandela have a strong showing from Maisie Chandler (Year 7) and Lucy Poole (Year 10). The Year 7 girls’ football team has reached the final in their league, while in Year 8 the boys’ athletics team came 3rd overall with standout performances from Noah Grant-Barwis and Bailey Smith. Victory at the Albion Cup was secured by the Year 8 boys’ football team on 26 January. Well done to our students!
We are thrilled to have made it into the pages of the Guardian, with coverage of Bohunt Schools’ innovative use of technology in the classroom. Staff and students from BSW showcased the use of virtual reality apps, Desmos, Google Drive and many other impressive applications, with students proudly demonstrating their learning and work. Click here to read the full story.
The deadline for returning Year 8 GCSE Options forms is 21 February.
Year 9 parents’ evening is on 8 February. Click here to book appointments.
Year 7 parents’ evening is on 27 February with booking opening next week.
World Book Day is coming up on 1 March with more details to follow.
We are currently recruiting. Please click here for details of vacancies.