Students have returned from their half term break refreshed and, as this edition of the BSW Blog shows, enriched by the success of our second ERA week. We will be asking students to complete a review of the week in order to identify which opportunities they most appreciated and the areas that we need to work on to continue to improve this experience year on year. ERA week is a huge undertaking to organise but the benefits I outlined in the last blog and saw in students during the week make it worth all the effort.
It is hugely important to our students that we celebrate their successes and the opportunities they have taken, this celebration builds their motivation and confidence. On a day to day basis we recognise the positives at school through our ERA point system; the ratio of these awards compared to behaviour points has remained well above 3:1 all year. This means that the school always has a very positive atmosphere.
Rewards and praise help with extrinsic motivation but more effective is developing intrinsic motivation in our students, this refers to behaviour driven by internal rewards which are therefore naturally satisfying to you. Intrinsic motivation means we do something because we like to, we enjoy it, it makes us feel happy and we see it as an opportunity to explore, learn and develop our potential. Successfully developing intrinsic motivation comes with its own rewards, creating positive emotions within the individual. Our teaching at Bohunt is based around four key pillars: Engagement, Challenge, Independence and Feedback. We focus our teaching practice on these areas because research shows these features create environments that are intrinsically rewarding, whether that be in the classroom or wider school life such as ERA week. I hope you enjoy reading the snapshots from the week.
Students in Year 7 set off to France’s Opal Coast to enjoy an exciting week of activities, visiting some fantastic locations to enjoy an wide variety of experiences. Pupils visited the Nausicaa Aquarium, learned how to make French pastries and visited a World War 1 cemetery.
On their return students were full of excitement and enthusiasm for the trip. Staff who attended the trip were impressed with how our students represented the school.
Many of our Year 7 pupils enjoyed a week of activities in school, with an emphasis on environments and the natural world. Students visited the Arundel Wetlands Centre, getting their hands dirty as they learned all about local ecosystems. We were also thrilled to invite a host of beautiful and exotic creatures to the school, as Phil from Jaws ‘n’ Claws provided some incredible animal encounters for our Year 7’s.
Year 8 pupils spent a brilliant day out in Brighton, visiting the historic Sea Life Aquarium, travelling up the i360 for some stunning views and experiencing the many delights of Brighton Pier. Students were praised for their exceptionally good behaviour by members of the public and staff at the i360. A trip to the Ardingly Activity Centre gave our Year 8’s the chance to try their hand at watersports including kayaking during a wet and wonderful day out.
Year 10 students were taken to London to see the incredible sights of the capital, taking in an open-top bus ride and the London Eye. A visit to the Amex Stadium gave Year 10 pupils a chance to learn about Brighton & Hove Albion’s amazing ground as well the work that the club does in the community. Staff at the ground gave the students a behind-the-scenes tour of the ground, granting access to the boardroom, locker rooms and the pitch itself!
Pupils in Year 7 and 9 took part in a beach clean in Worthing, heading down to our sunny shores to pick up litter and make it look lovely. Once they had cleared the area, students were free to enjoy the beach, playing games and sitting on the shingle for a picnic. A brilliant opportunity for our students to give back to the community.
An intrepid group of Year 9 pupils ventured to an area of woodland near Oxford for Bushcraft activities. Learning a range of outdoor skills including fire building and preparing pigeons for eating, the students camped out for three nights. Upon returning to civilisation and school, the grizzled students had some great stories and some expert new knowledge.
The Army Cadets from the Worthing detachment of the ACF visited our Year 9 students, giving them the opportunity to take part in a military drill and to practice firing at targets. The cadets who visited were a mixture of older experienced leaders and younger students, and our pupils really got stuck into the activities that they ran.
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 helped out in the school’s ever-developing garden area, working on an exciting new water feature and planting a variety of luscious plants. The difference the pupils have made is astounding and helps the school on its way to achieving not just a brilliant outdoor space for pupils to enjoy but a nationally-recognised Green Flag Award.
During ERA week a number of in-school activities run by staff took place, with students from all year groups taking part and producing some excellent work. From cereal box challenges and silent movie making to business pitches and forensic science, pupils showed their willingness to try something different and learn new skills.
On Friday 25 May the school ran its first ever sponsored walk. Students across all year groups set off to trek from the school up to Cissbury Ring and back, covering a distance of roughly 8 miles. The walk took in some beautiful countryside as pupils wandered through the downs. Pupils have been raising money for the Sri Lanka T.E.A Project. Funds raised to date for the Whole School sponsored walk are at £765 and you can still donate through the justgiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bswsponsoredwalk
IN OTHER NEWS:
Tomorrow, Friday 8th June, we go ‘live at five’ with the Bohunt Times Healthy Eating Week Live Cook Along! I hope you’ve got your ingredients and equipment organised, if not there’s a reminder of what you need on the Bohunt Times Live Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/
This link is also where we will be broadcasting tomorrow at 5pm to cook along with Mr Staples, the Bohunt Times Live news team and a panel of special guests. We hope to see lots of you tuning in to our first ever live cook along!
On Thursday 17 May, the Year 8 cricket team took on Durrington High, winning with three balls spare. Elliot Keys-Wright (8GIM) hit a six in the last over. A big congratulations to the team, who represented the school brilliantly.
On Wednesday 23 May, during half term, some of our talented students took part in SkoolFest18 in collaboration with Northbrook MET College. Jude Reid (10TBA) and Max Stevens (10SNA) ‘SpeakerFreak’, Elle Brooker (10TBA) and other pupils from Northbrook School Rock, Caspian Archer (10GML), Issy Walker (10GML), Alex Miller (10TBA) and Cydney Hall (10SNA) ‘Hypothetical Two Minutes’, and Aaron Cooper (8GIM) , Lucy Poole (10HCH), and Henry Francis (10HCH) ‘Bohunt Band’ played at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing. They all received outstanding feedback, including ‘Very original to have a violin on the lead, great tone on vocals, and best use of dynamics and best use of a classical instrument’ for ‘Hypothetical Two Minutes’. ‘Great charisma, tight musically, very well written, overall great band, front man is a star’ for ‘SpeakerFreak’ and ‘Tight as a band with good presence on stage, loving the bass! on point!! good tone on vocals, good mic control’ for the Bohunt house band. The Bohunt Band also won the ‘most live potential’ prize. All students have the opportunity to record their music at Northbrook MET studios this Saturday.
On Monday 4 June, Mrs Palmer launched the Bake Off! challenge to students. Quite simply students can bake a cake and bring it in at 10.30am on Saturday 23 June, for judging by our elite panel of judges (Mr Whitehead et al). The judging will take place at 11.15am on Saturday 23 June as part of the art festival. The delicious cakes will then be sold off to art festival visitors to raise funds for the Sri Lankan charity ‘The Tea Project’. We hope to see you all on Saturday 23 June – make a note in your diary and we’ll be sharing more info about this exciting Art Festival in the next few weeks.
Students attended a Worthing schools athletics tournament at Steyning Grammar on Wednesday 6th June, with some fantastic results for our athletes. Ethan Clarke (9JWH) came 1st in Year 9 discus, Felicity Poole (7KFR) came first in Y7 girls javelin and also smashed her 100m heat in 13 seconds flat. Olivia Venditto (9CMU) came 1st in Y9 girls 800m, Izzy Lane (7CCH) came 4th in the 800m and Olive Stocks (7CCH) was a 200m finalist.
We are very proud to tell you about some incredible fundraising by one of our students. Darcey Lipscombe in Year 7 is having all of her hair cut off this week to raise money for the Childhood Tumour Trust, a charity that supports children, and their families, who suffer from Neurofibromatosis (NF). The hair is then being donated to The Little Princess Trust which makes wigs from real hair for children that may have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other medical conditions. Darcey’s sister Tierney, also a Bohunt student, lives with NF, making this an especially touching gesture. Darcey has already raised a whopping £1370. Donations can be made via the Facebook page.
Over the final half term of 2018 we will be hosting a series of gaming tournaments as part of Bohunt eSports to raise awareness and money for the Cybersmile Foundation in support of Stop Cyberbullying Day on June 15th. Students can sign up for any tournaments they wish with a minimum of a £2 donation. All proceeds go to the Cybersmile Foundation. Sign up forms open on the 11th June and close on the 15th June. All money for sign ups should be paid by the 15th June so that the matches can be organised and times can be given to students who are competing. The games available for sign up are: Mariokart 8, Super Smash Bros, Pokken Tournament, FIFA and Rocket League.
Bohunt Times Live – Cooking at Five! Friday 8 June 5pm to 6pm BSW Cook-along with Mr Staples and Louis Rowe (Bohunt Times) and cook a stir fry LIVE on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgyq2FxQpqkM2VuW3C4BsHQ
Healthy Eating Week – Monday 11 to Friday 15 June 2018
BET Inset Day – Thursday 14 June – school closed to all students
Parents’ Coffee Morning – Healthy Eating Week ‘supporting your child to make healthy choices, learning to cook healthy meals together’ on Friday 15th June from 9 to 11am. All existing bookings still stand, please do feel free to come along even if you haven’t booked. Presentation starts at 9am.
Inset Day – Tuesday 19 June – school closed to all students
Saturday 23 June 11am to 3pm – BSW and local community Mini Art Festival for Worthing Artists’ Open Houses
Y6 Transition Day – Wednesday 4 July – Y6 students due to join us in September visit for the day
Y6 Parent’s Transition Evening – Thursday 5 July 4.30 – 6.30pm – parents (and students) join us for a Headteacher presentation and more information about joining in September.
Whole school Sports Day – Thursday 12 July