I write to you all at the end of a busy, but hugely productive term. I know that staff and students have worked incredibly hard this term, and I think that we’ve put in place an awful lot of groundwork for the year ahead. Our achievements have been many and varied, as highlighted in our blogs since September, and there is much to be proud of.
I know that, unfortunately, Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone, and for some people this holiday can be difficult. Through our curriculum, our whole school and house assemblies and activities throughout the term we try to help students understand that it is important to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. Once again this festive season our school community has shown enormous generosity in supporting our local charity Turning Tides (formerly Worthing Churches Homelessness Project). As well as hundreds of donated items, we also had an after-school Wrapathon at the start of the month. These events are just some of the ways in which our students demonstrate their empathy for and understanding of others. When focused and combined with the incredible energy that teenagers possess, empathy and understanding become a formidable force for good. Thank you for your donations. Through this Bohunt School Worthing Christmas tradition we aim to contribute something directly to our local community, a community that we are proud to serve.
There are still a few events left before the end of the year; we have our Winter Talent Concert to celebrate the end of term, an event that is very much in tune with our ethos of Enjoy, Respect, Achieve. The Winter Talent Concert is led and energised by students demonstrating their wide and varied talents and is a fitting send off into the upcoming holiday. On behalf of the staff at Bohunt, I wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. This time with families is incredibly precious to us all. I hope that you are all able to find the time and space to rest and to celebrate.
Very best wishes,
On Tuesday 4th December, Bohunt Worthing celebrated the completion of the school’s very first Bronze Award cohort, seeing 28 of the school’s Year 11s accepting their certificates. The awards recognised the hard work they carried out to complete not only their 2 day expedition, but also their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections. Dylan Jackson and Lucy Poole spoke about their experience of carrying out the Award, with Lucy talking about how she was planning and looking ahead to her silver award this academic year.
Mr Imbert, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, also took the time to recognise the hard work that the staff and parents who have volunteered to help run the award have put in this year. Mr Imbert spoke of the event with great pride in the students:
“I couldn’t speak highly enough about how fabulous Year 11s were during their Award, particularly on the expedition weekends. The way that they have conducted themselves in regards to the Award, along with the outstanding work the school staff and parent volunteers have done, has contributed to a huge interest in the DofE and a massive uptake amongst year 9 and 10 pupils completing Bronze. We now have 70 pupils in Year 9 completing their Bronze Award, with a further 37 pupils in Year 10. I hope this year is as fun and challenging as our inaugural year running the DofE Bronze, and that we find some exciting new opportunities for expeditions when looking to the silver participants.”
Parents who are looking for further training dates for their child should check updates from the school or follow the BSW DofE account @BSW_DofE.
On Friday 14th December the school hosted a Christmas Quiz Night for students and staff. Organised by Year 10 student Christopher Minton and overseen by Mr Imbert, the evening was organised to raise money for the T.E.A Project in Sri Lanka. The night saw 6 teams face off against each other in a battle of knowledge, with quiz rounds devised by students. All in all it was a highly enjoyable event and helped raise more money for an important cause.
Wednesday 19th December saw our kitchen serve a delicious Christmas lunch to students, with tutor groups eating together and celebrating Christmas in true Bohunt style. The atrium and main hall were decked out and students enjoyed a selection of Christmas hits as they ate their festive meal.
students came to school wearing Christmas jumpers, bringing a lot of festive colour to classrooms and corridors. In exchange, pupils brought in £1, with all proceeds going to our annual charity collection for Turning Tides, helping the homeless in Worthing.
On Wednesday 19th December the school hosted the Winter Talent Concert. This was an amazing showcase of student talent with singing, dancing, comedy, dramatic performances and monologues. As well as the incredible acts from our pupils, the staff band also graced the stage. Overseen by Mrs Palmer and Mr Imbert, the event was a great success and attended by students, parents and carers and staff. What a fantastic showcase of our pupils’ talents and a great end to the year.
Students in each of the three houses have been donating items to support Turning Tides, a charity that provides help and supplies to homeless people in and around Worthing. With everything from warm winter clothing to essentials such as toothbrushes and shampoo, the items donated will make a real difference to people this Christmas. We are very proud to support this vital charity in our area.
The Rainbow Flag is one of our proudest achievements in school and we were happy to receive a formal certificate recognising our commitment to LGBTU issues across Bohunt. In 2019 we will continue to, alongside the excellent LGBTU ambassadors, make sure that Bohunt is an inclusive environment that all students feel safe and happy to come to.
The Anxiety and Worry Management Workshop was a thirteen week workshop, run and designed by Ms Langford. It aimed to help students look at what anxiety is and give them the tools to be able to cope better. Over the course of the workshop, there was a healthy eating session where students looked at how what we eat can affect our mood, and the group made some delicious and healthy fajitas. The workshops also sent students to Worthing College, where they participated in a number of activities encouraging them to use their creativity as a distraction and confidence builder. As part of the workshop pupils also produced a number of coping cards and positive affirmations, aimed at focusing on positive ways to deal with daily anxieties.
After a long and momentous term it has come to that time of year again when we announce which house has won the House Cup for December. With ERAs awarded for hard work, respect, active participation and considerate behaviour to name just a few, it is always a pleasure to recognise which of the three houses has achieved the greatest number of ERA points. This time around it is Turing House who takes the prize. Mr Pearson picked up the award in the final assembly of term.
On Wednesday day, 5th December, Paige Kinchington and Nani Mladenova, accompanied by Miss Fu travelled to London on an early train to take part in the prestigious HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition. The girls spoke about their school life to an audience of 50 and to the judges from the British Council and Newcastle university’s Mandarin department. Completing against Schools such as Wellington and the UCL Hampstead, the girls equipped themselves well and were not overawed by the occasion.
On Tuesday 11th December our Year 11 students received their mock exam results. This was an important day for them and marked a significant milestone on their journey towards their summer exams. Students had worked hard on their mock exams and their results will be of vital importance for them and their teachers in guiding them through the challenges ahead. For many students this was a time to celebrate the success of going through their first exam experiences, while for all of them this will be a chance to reflect on what needs to be done in preparation for the real thing. A parents/carers evening on Thursday 13th December provided an opportunity for students and their parents/carers to meet with teachers and discuss the results.
The U14 girls football have now come to the end of their campaign which has seen them progress much further than previous years. The girls put in some great performances and showed their gritty determination, playing in some terrible conditions. Our first and last matches were played against two very different Shoreham Academy sides. The first saw us take a 3-2 victory and with some heavy loses due to injury, the last a 5-0 defeat. Our best performance by far was against Steyning Grammar School where we ended the victors with a clean sheet and 6 goals to our name. I am incredibly proud of how well the girls played and conducted themselves throughout the league and hope to build on our 4th place finish next year.
Thursday 3 January 2019 – First day back for Spring Term 2019
Friday 11 January – INSET DAY school closed to all students for staff training
Thursday 24 January– Y11 KS4 Information Evening at 6pm to 7.30pm
Friday 25 January – ERA Day. All students off timetable and involved in various activities on and off site
Wednesday 5 February – Achievement Coordinator drop in session – more info to follow in the New Year
Friday 15 to Friday 22 February 2019 – Y8 and Y10 Ski Trip students to Sestriere, Italy.
Monday 18 to Friday 22 February 2019 – Half Term.
Tuesday 26 February – Early closure for students at 1.40pm for Y7 Parents’ Evening at 2pm to 7pm.