Growing up in the IT rich world of today presents a range of issues to young people (and adults) that we as parents are unlikely to have faced in our younger years. The decision to use iPads for all in school is an important strand of our teaching and learning and preparation for adult life. I am often asked whether having these devices increases the chance of cyber bullying, inappropriate internet use or interferes with social development. My view is the absolute opposite; most students’ phones have the same capabilities as an iPad. Therefore we as a school work in much the same way that you as parent/carers do to teach responsible and safe use of these devices. The devices themselves do not create the issues; it is the prevalence of IT in society and the boundaries around its usage that do.
Positioning ourselves as an ‘iPad school’ means we have to teach students safe and appropriate use as well as providing them with an understanding that these are hugely powerful devices which can enhance our students’ knowledge of the world, their education, independence, creativity and potential. We see evidence of this daily in school. The iPads are so much more than tools for social media, watching videos or playing games – pastimes no different to those of my youth, in a new format. Becoming a responsible user is not an overnight event and is only possible with clear boundaries that change over time. Our website offers some advice on this in the online safety section at http://www.bohuntworthing.com/parents/emotional-health-wellbeing/ We also regularly revisit the issues with students and support this with parental events through coffee mornings and wellbeing evenings.
On Wednesday 25 April our Year 8 students went off to London to see the hit musical Matilda performed at the Cambridge Theatre. This was a great opportunity for students to enjoy the musical version of a beloved children’s classic while also enhancing their studies in Drama.
Several of our GCSE students headed over to TPS to take part in a Cross Trust Dance and Drama Performance. As well as being an opportunity for our students to show off their fantastic performing skills this also gave them the chance to meet and perform with students at other Bohunt schools.
We are very excited about our upcoming ERA week, the second time we have run a whole week of activities both in school and off-site, giving pupils inspiring experiences that go above and beyond the curriculum. After last year’s inaugural ERA week we have grown as a school, both in number of pupils and in staff, and as such have a new selection of exciting activities and trips which will be announced very soon. ERA week will take place from 20th-25th May.
Our Duke of Edinburgh students had their first practice expedition in the South Downs on the weekend April 21-22. This was a really important milestone in the students’ journey to their final expedition, giving them a first taste of the challenges they will face as they guide themselves and their teams through a self-organised expedition. Mr Imbert praised students for their hard work and positive attitudes. The kit provided for students came courtesy of the funds raised through the bursary gained through Tesco customer donations in local stores.
The school received a visit from local MP Tim Loughton on Friday 30 April, speaking to our Year 9 students about the importance of local politics and getting your voice heard, before meeting pupils on the Student Council. This was a brilliant chance for our fantastic student councillors to gain some insight from an experienced politician as well as for them to share their experiences of representing our students.
As a school we are continuing to raise funds to support the T.E.A Project, with the goal of collecting £2900 help renovate an education centre in Sri Lanka. A team of dedicated and intrepid students will head to Sri Lanka next year to work on the project and have already raised money through initiatives such as the Easter Disco event and tea and cake sales at parent evenings. As part of ERA week, all students based in school will be taking part in the school’s first ever sponsored walk on Friday 25 May.
Some of our finest Year 8 mathematicians took part in a Cross Trust Maths Challenge, competing against teams from other schools in the Bohunt Trust. The team took part in a series of competitive numerical challenges and while they did not finish in 1st place the team did the school proud. A big well done to the following students who took part: Aaron Cooper, Toby Ellwood, Oliver Rozario, Jo Durbin Smith, Reuben Waldon, Jack Pond, Finn Banner, Dexter Brown, Than Swain and Charlie Coden.
Speakerfreak’s Jude Reid and Max Stevens played at Skoolfest last year and won the opportunity to record an EP with MET students at Northbrook’s Durrington campus. Mr Withington will photographing them for a cover for their EP later today! Jude and Max will playing again at this year’s Skoolfest on 23 May at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing. Joining them will be Elle Brooker and Issy Walker and their bands. You can find out more and book tickets here.
A big congratulations to our Year 8 boys’ football team who beat Shoreham Academy 5-3 in the semi-final of the Shield Cup. Goals were scored by Bailey Smith and Oli Rozario and the whole team put in a fantastic performance.
On Saturday 28 April, Mrs Day took part in a sewing workshop held at St Paul’s Worthing, to join the team of organisers for Worthing Artists Open Houses (WAOH). There are 57 art venues and you’ll recognise each one by the red, blue and grey bunting hanging outside each venue during the Artists Open Houses events in June. We are joining this fabulous event for the first time this year on Saturday 23 June from 11am to 3pm for an Art Festival. We’ll send more info out nearer the time as the creativity steps up a pace but we can share that joining our creative students, will be West Sussex Music, two local primary schools and K Arts group. We’ll have many forms of art, photography, live drama performances, music and more!
Our Learning Resources Manager Mrs Ridsdale is supported by a team of students daily who help to run the library and guide other students to our excellent resources. A big thank you to the following pupils for the hard work that they put in to helping the LRC run at break and lunchtimes: Josh Simpson, Lily McKernan, Chris Minton, Sam Brown, Leala Craggs and Tierney Lipscombe.
The Bohunt Times is a daily update that is sent to all students giving them vital information on events, clubs and news around school. Written and edited by students Louis Gregg, Louie Rowe, Oliver Chandley, Adam Scott, Chris Minton and Aidan Williamson, the Bohunt Times is carefully put together, with lots of hard work going in to each instalment. This is a great example of our pupils going beyond what is expected and creating their own resources for their fellow students to use. This week will see the very first Bohunt Times Live released on Friday 4 May, a video blog giving students the latest stories from around school.
Our singing teacher Ms Bolton still 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@
Many thanks to all who have already completed the Parent Survey click here to go to Ofsted Parent View Survey – if you have not done this before you will need to register.
Wednesday 9 May Bohunt Talent Concert, 5 – 6pm – tickets available from the office, £2 with funds going towards the Sri Lanka project.
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 soon.
We have successfully recruited staff in a number of new subjects. There are vacancies currently advertised on our website.