As we reach the end of our third year there is so much to look back on and be proud of. One of our targets this year was to increase the flow of information on what is happening in school day to day to those in our school community and this blog represents a significant improvement in this area. This term we have been talking to different stakeholder groups to better understand our position in the local community and, as a result, one outcome is that we have built parent forums into the school improvement plan for next year.
This edition of the blog shows we have had fantastic events and opportunities right to the end of term, I would like to thank you as parents for your ongoing support as we continue to grow and develop our practice. Education is going through some uncertain times nationally but inside the Trust and the School we are very clear on what we believe is important. We know what we value, we know what we are good at and we know what we still need to do. Next year will be a very exciting year for us all.
I wish you all a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday and look forward to us all returning refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead in September.
Very best wishes,
On Thursday 12th July the school held its annual Sports Day, with students in every tutor group across all years taking part in a variety of events. During the morning each year group took part in events and heats including track sprinting, discus, javelin and tug of war. The top athletes in each event then competed in the finals during the afternoon when the whole school went over to the Manor Sports Ground to cheer on their friends and peers. There was also a tutor-relay event and a staff tug of war. The day was a fantastic success, with the wonderful weather and brilliant sportsmanship contributing to the enjoyment of the events. Students were praised by staff for their sporting efforts, positive competitiveness and good behaviour. A huge thanks should go to Mrs Palmer and the P.E department for their hard work in organising the day. Results from each event went towards the totals that contributed to this year’s overall House Cup winners.
On Friday 13th July, twelve Y10 design and technology students were invited to attend a series of lectures on engineering, as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The lectures included a talk on virtual reality, vertical take off and space exploration. In the afternoon, students spent time looking around the festival of speed. The photos show students enjoying some of the exhibits. Bradley Vaughan-Game (10SNA) is next to a Lamborghini Reventón – this vehicle is the only one of its kind ever built in the UK. Will Haddock (10GML) is next to an Aston Martin Project Vantage prototype – a one off created by Aston Martin in 1998 to showcase their engineering and styling for the new millennium.
The school is delighted to have acquired a brand new minibus! This exciting delivery was taken on Friday 6th July and will mean that our staff will be able to take students easily and efficiently on visits and fixtures.
On Friday 13th July, a day of fundraising was held for PSDS, a charity working with children with Down Syndrome and their parents to provide support such as after school clubs, pre-nursery clubs, educational support, one-to-one meetings with families and social events. There was a non-school uniform day, a fundraising fete in the afternoon (including the very popular Pie the Teacher) and a quiz in the evening, won by the Bohunt staff team. In all, we raised approximately £700 for the charity, which we are all really proud of. A big well done to our students who helped create and run the fete stalls. Thanks too to all the staff who got involved, whether it was answering questions in the quiz or spending 25 minutes trying to get whipped cream out of your ear!
On Wednesday 4th July Year 10 students visited Worthing College for a taster day, thinking about their futures beyond BSW and the possible routes they might take once they complete their GCSEs. The day was an opportunity to meet staff and students from the College and get an exciting sense of what opportunities may be ahead for them. Kevin Harman from the MET College Northbrook praised our students for their politeness and hardwork and called them a ‘credit to the school’.
On Thursday 5th July, food and cookery students were lucky to have a day at MET Northbrook to enjoy a day of cooking with industry professionals. The students were supported by chefs in the preparation and cooking of a three course meal, which they were later allowed to enjoy while learning about further education opportunities. Mr Staples reports; “the day was hot, the environment was dynamic, and the pressure was on. All the students rose to the challenge, really enjoyed the experience and were a credit to the school, some demonstrating a real flair for the cooking environment.”
We are very proud to announce that the school has achieved the Rainbow Flag Award, as well as being recognised as being outstanding in four of the six areas; skilled teacher, effective policies, pastoral support and pupil voice, we also received standard status for supportive parents and governors and inclusive curriculum. The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBTU inclusion, as well as developing strategies to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic, (HBT), bullying. This is a brilliant achievement as it recognises the school’s commitment to supporting LGBTU students, parents and staff and their families as well as creating a more positive environment for all pupils.
The winner of the coveted House Cup was revealed in a special assembly on Friday 20th July. Through the year the cup has changed hands as each of the houses, Mandela, Turing and Franklin have competed for the ultimate prize. The House Cup recognises the achievements of our students based on a variety of factors, from ERA points and behaviour to Sports Day, quiz results and borrowing of library books. While each of the houses scored brilliant results in various categories. There could be only one winner, and this time it went to… Mandela! A huge well done to students and tutors in Mandela House and their excellent Achievement Coordinator Mr Minor. As well as the glory of the trophy, students in Mandela enjoyed an afternoon off lessons and out of uniform on Monday 23rd July. A range of exciting activities, from inflatable fun to karaoke was put on, all enjoyed with a generous helping of delicious ice cream!
It is always a pleasure to recognise and reward the hard work and good behaviour of individual students and this year a huge number of our pupils received certificates and badges for achieving exceptionally high numbers of ERA points. Initially three categories of award were created; Bronze, Silver and Gold, but with some students exceeding even this, a Platinum Award was created. This award is for students achieving more than 190 ERAs, which equates to one ERA for every single school day this year. An amazing accolade. These students were awarded with a celebration breakfast on Thursday 19th July, enjoying a selection of delicious pastries, fruits and juices. Well done to them!
Attendance and behaviour in school make a real difference to how our students enjoy and achieve during their time at Bohunt. When students work hard to ensure that they are coming to school every day and conducting themselves excellently, this has a hugely positive affect on their success. As a way of rewarding all students with 100% attendance this year and those who have not obtained any negative behaviour points, Mr Pearson led a trip to the Worthing Dome Cinema where pupils enjoyed an afternoon screening of The Incredibles 2.
As we look ahead to next year we are excited to welcome our new cohort of Year 7 students who will arrive in September. To initiate these students and welcome them to Bohunt, the school held a Year 6 Transition Day on Wednesday 4th July. Students rated their excitement and nervousness in an assembly at the start of the day and then again at the end of the day – the majority reported much less nervousness and much more excitement by the end of the day. We look forward to seeing them again after the summer break as our school continues to grow into a full student body.
On Friday 6 July the school hosted a pioneering technology event, attended by a representative from Apple Education, following the success of our student Digital Leaders initiative. The event included an introduction to the senior digital leader team and a full briefing on the achievements of the digital leaders to date. The team were keen to receive professional advice and guidance regarding the quality and professionalism of their daily news articles, live broadcasts via Youtube and plans for the future of The Bohunt Times. Mr Jones said, “We are extremely proud of our digital leaders and their innovative use of technology to inspire other students at the school. We pride ourselves on developing game-changers who are willing to take risks and take iPad use to a new level as an educational tool.”
A big well done to Ellie Sparkes (9JWH) who won the 14 and Under Girls Tennis Champion July 2018 on Saturday 21st July, winning each of the 5 matches that she played.
On Thursday 19th July, Bohunt staff took on Worthing High staff for a friendly neighbourhood football match. The match took place after school on Worthing High School’s sports field. Dylan Jackson (10SNA) fairly refereed the match and we won 7-4! The Bohunt Times team were also at the match and able to broadcast the news as it happened!
Monday 3 September – INSET DAY – school closed to all students
Tuesday 4 September – start of new year for Y7 and Y11 only
Wednesday 5 September – start of new year for Y8, 9 and 10.
Thursday 6 September – school photographers in to photograph all students
Friday 21 September – BET INSET DAY – school closed to all students
Thursday 27 September – early closure at 1.40pm in preparation for BSW Open Evening at 6 – 9pm.
Have a fantastic summer break and we look forward to seeing you again in September!