Students and staff have returned from an enjoyable and well deserved half term refreshed and are working hard this week. I would particularly like to commend Y11 who are collectively responding brilliantly, both in and out of the classroom, to their GCSE preparations and revision.
‘Enjoy’ is one of the three key values that underpin our ethos and it is always fantastic to hear from students how wider school opportunities, whether individual, small group or whole cohort, enrich and enhance their education. ‘Character’ education is an important part of growing up. To us at Bohunt School Worthing, building character means helping young people to be resilient, ambitious, confident, honest and independent. Our school offer, in terms of the curriculum and the extra-curricular opportunities demonstrates our commitment to building the character of our students. We to provide a continuous wide and diverse range of possibilities, secure in the knowledge that lessons learnt in these less formal contexts enable the acquisition of life skills that are as important as those demonstrated through exams.
This week I spent time talking to the students who participated in this year’s ski trip to Sestriere, these students experienced the highs and lows of learning a new skill from scratch and have built confidence and resilience as a result. We offer opportunities for students to take on positions of responsibility and leadership in areas such as digital learning, the LRC, sports, fund raising and peer support programmes and this range of opportunities highlights and reinforces our commitment to ensuring we engage and develop the whole child.
This newsletter certainly celebrates many such successes.
Very best wishes,
On Friday 25th January students across all year groups enjoyed a range of activities for the first ERA Day of 2019. The day provided a range of opportunities and new experiences as well as helping students develop skills and knowledge in key subject areas. Year 7 students visited the Science Museum in London for day of interactive science experiences. Pupils experienced hands-on physics in the Wonderlab, watched a brilliant demonstration exploring the wonder of mathematics and took a stroll through the Flight Gallery to take in the history of aviation.
Year 8 students were based in the main hall at school, working with members of the Science department on a series of activities in conjunction with Solutions for the Planet, an organisation that inspires young people to use their creativity and teamwork skills to come up with ideas for sustaining our planet’s resources. Students worked in small groups on a range of challenges aimed at testing their problem-solving abilities while also promoting an important ecological message.
Pupils in Year 9 worked on their presentation and speaking skills with the English department, an essential part of their English GCSE but also helping them build their confidence and learn techniques that will help them across all subjects as well as their professional lives.
On Monday 4th February 6 Year 7 students represented the school at the Tomorrow’s Engineers LEGO Robotics event at the Greater Brighton MET College. The students had prepared for the event by programming their robots for both the robotics and speed challenges, preparing and practising their presentation all about how robots can support humanitarian aid and learning how to build the robot and the different uses of each sensor.
Students delivered their presentation to a panel of judges, Layla Brooker and Luc De Jager stood out and delivered their parts very well. The judges and myself were impressed with the level of maturity shown and the knowledge they were able to deliver. Unfortunately we did not make it through to the national finals this time around however each student said they had a great experience and encouraged them to think about choosing a STEM subject in the future.
The school celebrated Chinese New Year on the week beginning 4th February, kicking off with a fantastic assembly featuring singing and percussion performances from students on the Mandarin Excellence Programme, readings and a dazzling dragon display. We were also delighted to host Confucius classroom teacher Mr Wang from Bohunt Liphook playing a traditional poetic melody titled ‘Pearl Curtains’ on the beautiful-sounding Chinese Bamboo Flute. On Tuesday 5th February, Mandarin teacher Ms Ren led lunchtime celebrations in G16, transforming the room into a hive of Chinese New Year activities, from calligraphy to chopstick skills.
As a school we are proud of the range of brilliant extra-curricular clubs offered by our staff to students, and it is always exciting to announce new opportunities. We now have an Origami Club running on Thursday lunchtimes, led by Ms Parsons. We have some very talented Origami artists among our students, as evidenced by the very first session of this immediately popular club!
On Tuesday 12th February a number of GCSE Music students headed to London to watch the London Sinfonietta perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and other pieces at the Royal Festival Hall. Mr Imbert who led the trip reported that pupils were excited to see such amazingly talented musicians live, an inspiring opportunity to enrich their GCSE Music course.
A number of students in Year 8 and 10 went off to Italy for the school’s annual Ski Trip during the February half-term. Louis Rowe, Y10, was one of the students on this trip and wrote this report for the blog:
‘In the half term, 47 students embarked on the long 22 hour coach journey to a sleepy village in the Italian Alps called Sestriere. A town that part-hosted the Winter Olympic in 2006 and swells to a population of 20,000 during the skiing season. With one of the biggest purpose built ski resorts in the Europe, it attracts people from far and wide to race down the daring slopes. With the students leaving BSW at 7pm on Friday, 15th February, we boarded a swanky 81 seat coach and set off for Dover. We got on the ferry and drove through the night and following day and arrived at sunset on Saturday. Weaving round the snowy mountains, students got their skis fitted ready for an action packed week of skiing!
The students woke up at 8:00am and we were on the coach at 9:30am on their way to the resort. We put our ski boots on and made our way down to the slopes for the first time. We put on skis and tried to walk up the nursery slope. This didn’t go well and took about 40 mins to do 20 ft. Some students excelled and some took a little longer to grasp the concept but all improved vastly within the first day. Over the next few days, students slowly progressed up the slopes with all students making it to the button lift by day 2 and the chair lift by Day 4. We had amazing weather with blue skies and bright sunshine throughout the week and temperatures reaching 12°! All of the students had a fantastic time and learnt so much over the week. Thank you to all of the teachers who gave up their half term to come with to Italy and make the trip amazing.’
On Friday 29th March we hold our first Ceilidh and Raffle Evening charity fundraising event. Open to all Parents, Carers and Staff (age 16+ only) from 7pm-10pm in the school’s main hall. Ceilidh is a traditional Scottish and Irish social dance, and we have booked a fantastic ceilidh band with a dance caller to perform the music for the night called the Brighton Ceilidh Collective. The event requires everybody to get involved in the fun, no matter how confident you are on your dancing feet! The aim for the night is to not only help bring the long Spring term to a close, but to also help raise funds for The TEA Project. The event will also host a raffle, tickets of which can be bought from reception and cost £1 for a strip of 4 and will also be available on the night. There will also be a refreshment stand during the night selling drinks. Tickets for the event will cost £20 per head and are available via School Gateway. Please comment on how many tickets you require and adjust your payment accordingly. We really hope to see you at the Ceilidh and Raffle night, as it’s an extremely fun social opportunity and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
As a school we were very proud of having achieved the Rainbow Flag Award last year and we continue to support LGBTU students in school, striving to ensure that our pupils feel safe and comfortable in tolerant and open environment. We’re very pleased to be supporting a new local initiative by the Allsorts Youth Project, with the opening of a new Youth Support Service in Worthing. Training and Education Project Worker Reuben Davidson visited the school on Monday 28th January to deliver an assembly all about tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in school. The assembly also outlined the excellent work that Allsorts will be doing in our area and the support available to LGBTU students.
To mark the important Time to Talk Day, the school’s pastoral team gave special assemblies on the importance of speaking out about mental health and helping those who we think might need to talk. As well as this, students helped decorate the school with bunting and info flyers, while activities in school promoted the importance of starting conversations and supporting one another.
Ms Ayling, Mr Ruiz and Ms Drury took a group of students off to Jamie’s Farm from Monday 4th – Friday 8th February. The aim of the trip was to help students improve their resilience, motivation and self-control by working together and with the site’s farmers on a range of challenging and enjoyable tasks. Doing everything from feeding and cleaning animals to cooking meals from scratch, the students who attended had an unforgettable week of pushing themselves to achieve things they may not have previously imagined.
On Monday 18th March, West Sussex Community Safety and Wellbeing Team are holding a Stay Safe session in partnership with Barnardo’s. The session is being held at Elm Grove Primary School from 6 to 8pm. To register email email@example.com referencing ‘Stay Safe 18th March Elm Grove School’ with your name, and how many spaces you’d like.
The everyday achievements of our students are at the very heart of what makes us successful as a school. We recognise the hundreds of positive things that students do each day, from academic accomplishments to demonstrations of compassion and respect. ERAs are given to pupils in every lesson, every single day and are the school’s way of recognising excellence. Students who achieve significant numbers of ERAs are awarded with Bronze, Silver, Gold and even Platinum awards. A Platinum award is given to students who collect over 220 ERAs in an academic year and we are very proud to see that some of our pupils have already achieved this award half way through! A huge well done to Lily Roberts, Harry Searle, Ben Waterer, Liz Price, Luca Venditto, Alby Sharp, Micah Lavadia, Aaron Cooper, Heaven Kinchington, Joseph Zheng and Imogen Turner.
On Thursday 24th January, parents and carers of Year 11 students were invited to school to join students in a Prepare to Perform evening. The event provided invaluable advice and guidance to support students as they enter the second part of their final GCSE Year.
On Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th February some of our Year 11 GCSE PE students completed part of the individual sports element of their course in rock climbing. The group were hosted by E3 Adventures, a Sussex-based outdoor activities company.
Congratulations to the Year 9 boys basketball team who reached the semi-finals of the District Tournament on Wednesday 6th February. A narrow loss to Sir Robert Woodard Academy 6-2 saw them eliminated at the last hurdle.
A big well done to the Year 7 girls football team who put in a great performance against Angmering School on 6th February. Players of the match were Shona Rozario and Tiani Newman.
Finally, we are very proud to announce that Asha Andrews 11HCH featured on BBC1 South East evening news on Thursday 28th February for her achievements with the Sevenoaks Suns basketball team. Asha has played for the Sevenoaks Suns under 16’s girls team for the last seven years and has also played for the women’s basketball team for the WBBL. She was featured in the article talking about her basketball future plans.
We are looking for parent/carer volunteers to help out with our upcoming school production of Oliver! From costumes and makeup to backstage support, if you can help we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch to register your interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The production is set to take place in the Summer Term with an exact date to be confirmed.
Illness/absence reminder: whilst we understand that sometimes students are too unwell to attend school, periods of absence can soon start to add up and seriously affect your child’s attendance. If your child is suffering from cold symptoms we are able to provide paracetamol here at school which can help ease headaches and temperatures. If your child is likely to be absent for longer than two days we would advise visiting your GP for advice as to whether they need to be staying at home. 5 days of illness will require evidence of a medical appointment in order for us to be able to authorise the absence.
Road safety: please support us with reinforcing the important message that all students cycling to school should be wearing a helmet.
Parking on site: a polite reminder that in line with our council planning application agreement, the school front gates are shut between 3.20pm and 3.45pm to ensure safe travel on the Broadwater Road at this busy time.
w/c 3rd March for two weeks – Year 11 Mocks
Tuesday 19th March – ERA Day for all students
Thursday 28th March – Year 11 Parents’ Evening – from 6pm to 7.30pm
Friday 29th March – Ceilidh and Raffle Night Charity Event – from 7pm to 10.00pm
Monday 8th April to Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday