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BSW Blog – 07 02 2020

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Dear Parents/Carers

Cultural Capital is viewed as the essential knowledge that young people need to prepare them for their future success. It is made up of the social assets of a person (their level of education, intellect, style of speech, manners etc.). Research shows that a culturally competent person has higher aspirations and a better chance of being successful in achieving their goals. It is an element of education that takes place at home as much as at school and we strive through our wider curriculum to offer students a wide range of opportunities to enhance their cultural capital.

This includes our range of extracurricular clubs, participation in recognised schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh, entry into competitions, school trips and experiences. A flavour of this extensive offer is demonstrated through the articles in our newsletters. Another important vehicle is Assemblies. We are unusual as a secondary school and very fortunate in that we have a weekly whole school Assembly that brings together the whole community. It provides the opportunity to celebrate successes, pick up issues that need addressing and share a message on a common theme very often with links to Cultural Capital.

Our assemblies are delivered by a wide range of staff, and sometimes students, to keep the messages varied and fresh. In the past few weeks topics covered have included Tolerance, the Holocaust, Chinese New Year and Rule of Law. The messages given are often further supported by house or year assemblies, wider school activities and tutor time work. This year we have also invested in a weekly package that allows students in tutor groups to debate and vote on a topical issue. Doing this improves their oracy, ability to listen to others viewpoints and understand that there are differing ways to look at things. This package gathers votes from schools across the country on the key question each week and the outcome is shared with students. As the year has gone on the company have also used direct quotes from our students in some of their resources.

There is a famous African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”. We are honoured and proud to be part of the partnership between home, school and the wider community that is so critical in turning out confident, successful, empathetic young people and take great pleasure in celebrating their many and varied successes as demonstrated in the articles that follow.

Very best wishes,

Adam Whitehead

 

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On Monday 20th January the school kicked off its Chinese New Year celebrations with a fantastic assembly lead by Ms Nai and students from the Mandarin Excellent Programme. Ms Nai shared her own experiences of the New Year celebrations of her childhood and explained the significance of this time of year to our students. After a celebratory song performed entirely in Mandarin by MEP students we were treated to the spectacle of not one, but two Chinese dragon dances which moved their way through the excited audience of pupils. On Wednesday 27th January students from seven BET schools met and took part in a variety of activities including dumpling making and kung-fu workshops. On Saturday 25th students travelled to Brighton to sing a traditional Chinese song as part of the celebrations the Clarendon Centre. Well done to Tom Rayland who won a Mandarin Speaking Competition trophy for being a finalist. Back at school, all students have had the opportunity to win a small red envelope with a treat inside. All they had to do was wish a member of staff a happy new year… in Mandarin of course!

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GCSE students went to Goodwood on a Food and Cookery trip with Mr Staples on Tuesday 4th February, supporting their studies as they learned about the sourcing quality food from farm to table and new techniques and kitchen skills. Mr Staples said, ”It was a brilliant day. I’ve been amazed at how engaged they have been. Many of them want to become chefs, so this kind of experience is really important

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On Thursday 6th February Year 11 Drama students went to see a production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at the Theatre Royal Brighton. As part of their GCSE students are studying the classic play and so this gave them a brilliant opportunity to see a professional production.

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On Monday 27th January BSW marked the annual Holocaust Memorial Day with a moving assembly led by Mr Withington. The theme of this year’s HMD was ‘Stand Together’, and students were reminded about the awful consequences of when hatred and discrimination go unchecked. James Colcombe shared his experiences of the recent Year 11 History trip to Berlin where students visited the Holocaust Memorial and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, while students also watched a clip of Holocaust survivor Max Eisen sending his message of tolerance and respect to younger generations.

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We’re proud to announce that the Year 8 Boys Basketball team won the final of the Year 8 District Basketball tournament. A great game was played with high intensity, tremendous skill and excellent spirit, with Bohunt finishing 64-61 against the formidable Steyning Grammar. Well done to the boys on this brilliant achievement.

 

Well done to the BSW students who came third in the Under-16 Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament! Some excellent batting and bowling by all. The girls displayed excellent teamwork and dedication throughout.

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On Wednesday 5th January we celebrated the outstanding achievements of BSW students who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Across Bronze, Silver and Gold students in Years 10, 11 and last years GCSE cohort collected their awards, with parents, carers and staff in the audience. Completing the awards takes huge dedication and hard work from our students and it was brilliant to see this recognised. School DofE lead Mr Staples commented on the great atmosphere of the evening. We look forward to seeing our next round of students collect their awards in the future.

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This half term Year 7 have been studying the iconic Pop Art movement that became popular in the 1960s. Students have recreated artworks from artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Kieth Harring & Yayoi Kusama. Their work is fantastic and a credit to our brilliant Art department.

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The Find It Out Plus service in Worthing is a project delivered in partnership by West Sussex County Council and YMCA DownsLink Group. The service offers information, advice, and guidance to 11-25 year-olds on a wide range of wellbeing issues and currently runs out of the Find It Out centre on Marine Place, however it will be moving to the Community Hub which is being developed at Worthing Library in late 2020. They recently put out a Survey asking the community in Worthing to give their feedback on the developments to the Find It Out Plus service. BSW student Gayatri Menon answered the survey and out of the 1200 respondents who left their details and were happy to be contacted, was the lucky winner of their £50 prize draw! Eleanor and Joe from YMCA Downlink visited the school to award Gayatri her prize.

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Our Year 11 students are getting closer to their final exams by the day and as the pressure mounts we are keen to remind them of the excellent work they do everyday on their path to success. We also want to reward their efforts in attending extra revision sessions and going the extra mile in school and so have launched this year’s Prom Passports. Students can collect points from teachers and other staff for demonstrating dedication to achieving their best. By collecting 80 Prom Points they can confirm their place at the 2020 Year 11 Leaver’s Prom on Thursday 18th June.

On Wednesday 22nd January Year 11 students and parents/carers attended a series of workshops led by heads of departments in core subjects. After an initial talk by Mr Whitehead students were given guidance and advice on how to prepare for their upcoming exams and to ensure they achieve the best they can. We were delighted to receive some very positive feedback from those in attendance who remarked on the excellent support being provided to students as the move through this challenging final year.

We are excited to share with all our parents, carers and students that the nominations for the Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards are now open! The deadline for nominations is noon on Sunday 1 March 2020. Organised by educational children’s charity Inspire Schools, the awards recognise and celebrates school staff’s expertise, achievements, dedication and vital contribution to the community. At this early stage we already have two members of Bohunt School Worthing who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution and we would love to celebrate more!

There are separate categories for primary and secondary education and for school leaders, senior and newly qualified teachers, support staff and volunteers. If you would like to nominate a member of staff that you feel makes a stand-out contribution to the education and wellbeing of our students, just visit http://www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/sussex-teacher-year/. Nominations opened on January 2 and the deadline is March 1. The judging panel meets in April and the award winners will be announced in June.

We really do believe that day in day out, our Bohunt Worthing staff go the extra mile to maximise life opportunities for all our young people, so on behalf of anyone you do nominate – thank you!

General notices

Do you know someone who would be interested in teaching? New Year, new career? The TESLA Teaching School Alliance (based at Bohunt in Liphook) receive countless requests from teaching colleagues to speak to their friends and family about navigating the different routes into teaching. If you know someone who would be perfect – whether they want to find out more, or simply dip their toe in the water – please share this flyer advertising TESLA school experience days in March.

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Key dates:

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February – half term
Tuesday 25 February – Y8 Parents’ and Options Evening from 4pm to 7.30pm. Presentations take place 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm
Monday 2 March – Y11 Mock exams commence for two weeks
Wednesday 11 March – Y9 Parents’ Evening from 4pm to 7.30pm
Tuesday 17 March – ERA Day; full school uniform Y7, Y8, Y10, Y11. Y9 should wear suitable clothes for outdoor activities
Wednesday 18 March – Y8 Options after school Drop In session from 4pm to 6pm
Tuesday 24 March – Y11 Prepare to Perform Evening 2: Options Subjects 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 26 March – Y6 Welcome Evening for parents of September 2021 Y7 4pm to 6pm
Friday 27 March – Y8 Options final deadline for online form submission.