Visitors often ask ‘What subjects do you specialise in delivering?’ I tend not to answer the question directly preferring instead to point to the offers in every department which enrich the learning of those students for whom a particular subject is their passion.
Our Community Art Festival, as part of the Worthing Artists’ Open Houses, provided the perfect showcase for our students to demonstrate the impressive depth of talent we support and develop across Art, Drama, Music and Spoken Word. Over 70 students took part in some form of performance and many more came to support their friends or lend a helping hand. We had over 500 visitors during the day, many not directly linked to the school, and the range of talent on display was of the highest standard.
The decline of Arts in secondary schools has been the subject of much national debate. The press has recently run a number of stories showing that GCSE uptake in certain subjects has dropped by up to 20%. It is really pleasing that high quality teaching and our offer of four option subjects at GCSE supports a very strong uptake of the Arts at Bohunt. This reflects our belief that students need a broad and balanced curriculum so that the unique skills and confidence developed through a wide range of subjects contribute to a fully rounded individual.
Saturday 23 June saw BSW burst into creative life as the school became a venue in the first ever Worthing Artists Open Houses weekend. This was a unique and fantastic opportunity for our students to demonstrate their artistic talent and skill as well as the astonishing hard work they put in. Offering everything from painting and sculpture to drama and spoken word performances, the school was visited by parents, staff and members of the public, all hugely impressed with what they saw.
Running from 11am to 3pm, the sunny Saturday at school saw a packed schedule of activities, exhibitions and performances, featuring the very best of creative talent at Bohunt. Throughout the day art teacher Ms Chapman led collaborative project to create an triptych for the school’s atrium featuring the faces of Mandela, Turing and Franklin. Every visitor as well as our students and staff will create a polystyrene print of an image, which is then dipped in paint and transferred to the triptych.
There was more artwork by Bohunt students on display around school, with a selection of brilliant GCSE art from our Year 9 and 10 students sitting alongside exhibits by our younger pupils. Drawing, painting and sculpture were all demonstrated with a particularly striking exhibition of ‘Day of the Dead’ themed pieces bringing a rainbow of colour to the atrium. BSW was also thrilled to host Thomas A Becket School’s exhibition of their students’ excellent artwork. Elsewhere, Mr Withington’s Camera Club had put on an exhibition of their finest photography, taken around school on a selection of different cameras, old and new.
The day was a feast for the ears as well as the eyes as the school filled with the sounds of talented and dedicated musicians from both the school and West Sussex Music. Bohunt students performed live renditions of modern songs from the likes of Amy Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys. There was also a solo set in the stairwell from the incredibly talented Tilly Smith (10TBA). Later in the day there was singing and sunshine as the school choir stepped outside and performed some beautiful renditions outside the building. At 12:15 the atrium was treated to a Grease Medley by some of the lead cast of this years BSW Drama production.
To raise money for the T.E.A Project the school hosted a BSW Bake Off Competition, and the entries were on sale all day to hungry visitors. The theme for the Bake Off was ‘icons’ and students and staff alike entered their finest culinary creations, iced with people, places or causes that are important to them. The winning cake was baked by Maisie Chandler (7CCH) and featured an underwater scene. Some other delicious treats were on offer, with food and refreshments were provided by some of Worthing’s tastiest eateries, including Don Quijote, Happy Crepes and Guiseppes Lite ice cream. Lovely!
As well as art and music there was some excellent dramatic and spoken word poetry to be seen, with a performance of Alain Presencer’s Crossfire by BSW students in the school’s drama studio. The studio was packed out with a full audience who saw some incredible performances from our gifted pupils. There was also a drama workshop by Helen O’Grady offering an opportunity to learn some performance techniques. In the library there was a spoken word performance, featuring students from Year 9 and 10.
From Monday 11 – Friday 15 June BSW celebrated Healthy Eating Week by offering students a healthy start to the day. Mr Staples and students created some delicious smoothies, and laid on yoghurt, granola and juice for pupils as they came to school each day. This followed on from the brilliant Cook-a-Long on Friday 8 June. If you missed it you can still watch the recording and cook up a succulent stir-fry here. On the theme of healthy living, pupils were also able to take part in a lunchtime aerobics class on Wednesday 13 June led Mrs Palmer in the main hall. Students got themselves moving to music and had great fun keeping up!
The school’s recycling push continues to go strong and is having a marked affect on the amount of waste we are producing. Students are taking a proactive approach, using the green boxes in classrooms and being more mindful of what they are throwing away. Each tutor group is also being monitored on the number of green boxes being emptied, with points going towards the House Cup.
Mr Franklin ran a series gaming tournaments to raise money for the Cybersmile Foundation in support of Stop Cyberbullying Day on June 15th. Some of our finest gamers took part in the tournament, playing games such as FIFA 18, Rocket League and Mario Kart, fighting it out for the brilliant trophies and spending £2 to enter. Students had great fun and raised money for an excellent cause.
A huge thank you again to all students, parents, carers and staff who have helped us raise money through the recent sponsored walk. The total raised now stands at almost £1600 and will go towards the T.E.A Project in Sri Lanka.
As football fever grips the nation we have some of our own sporting excellence to report on. Both the Year 7 and Y8 cricket teams had victories over Durrington High and narrow losses to Angmering. A big well done to them. Jack Fowle (7KFR) competed in the Southern Area Judo competition held in Worthing. Jack achieved the silver medal after winning all but one of the fights he competed in. A brilliant achievement. We’re also happy to announce that Ellen Gregory (9MNE) was awarded Coach’s Player of the Season for Worthing Rugby, they praised her strength and ability to put the opposition under immense pressure.
We are very proud to report that Kira Macdonald (9MNE) had her artwork selected to promote the Saturday Club End of Year Exhibition at Somerset House. This is an amazing accolade as the Kira’s stunning portrait will be seen by over 1500 students from around the country who attend the workshops there. Kira also collected a certificate on Saturday 23 June when the Club had its end of year awards ceremony. Flo Chalk (10HCH) also collected a certificate for her excellent work.
As we near the end of the academic year we look forward to rewarding students for their hard work, positive conduct and excellent behaviour throughout the year. The winners of this year’s House Cup will be revealed in an assembly very soon, and those students who have achieved 100% attendance or no behaviour points will be treated to an afternoon at the cinema. More news on this next time! Attendance as a whole has increased so we are delighted with our students, parents and carers for their efforts in getting to school each day.
Whole school Sports Day – Thursday 12 July – Tutors to advise further details to students next week
Last day of term – Tuesday 24 July NB students dismissed at 1.40pm for the summer!