BSW Blog 24th May 2019


Dear Parents/Carers

During the last two terms we have shared our intention to change next year’s school week by ending the school day at 1:40pm on Friday.  This kind of decision is never one which is likely to have the outright support or opposition of everybody.  We have, through surveys and events, tried to explain why we want to make this change, the benefits we think it brings and canvass the opinion of stakeholders to get an understanding of any significant concerns or questions people might have.

The key outcomes of this process have been shared with parents previously and a final update be found on the website at:

We see this change as very exciting and beneficial to both students and staff.  Our focus next half term will be on getting the structures and systems set up for a smooth start in September.  It would be unrealistic to say we will have developed the full potential of this change particularly the extracurricular offer by the start of next year however I guarantee we will address the major concern of younger students not having to leave school if parents do not wish them too.

On a separate note we had our first Y11 leaver’s assembly this week.  They have been the most amazing, engaging, talented and charismatic group of students through their four years with us.  We are immensely proud of the young adults they have become and their aspirations for the future.  It is sad to see them preparing to move on but we know they have the ability to go out there and change the world.   We wish them well.

Very best wishes,

Adam Whitehead



On Saturday 11th May our intrepid Y10 Duke of Edinburgh students set off into the Arundel area for the practice expedition part of their Bronze Award. Students spent the day and night in their teams, demonstrating their skills and teamwork. The following weekend the Year 11 pupils took to the Beachy Head and Eastbourne area to complete their Silver Award practice expedition. Mr Imbert, who leads the Duke of Edinburgh programme at BSW commented on the commitment and hard work of the students, describing them as ‘intrepid and dedicated’. The final expedition will be the ‘icing on the cake’ of the students’ Year 11 experience, and we are excited to report on their upcoming achievements. 


On Wednesday 15th May students from Bohunt took part in the S’koolsFest concert, organised by Northbrook College and held at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing. Year 11 musicians and singers played with external local bands and delivered an excellent show. The star of the evening however was Year 7’s Lilly Wolfe who demonstrated her incredible rapping skills. Dealing with issues of poverty, gender inequality and racism, Lilly’s lyrics are heartfelt and wonderfully written. Backed by an original composition by Mr Imbert and mentored by Mr Doughty, Lilly shows us what students are capable of when they put themselves out there. Lilly’s performance was so impressive that she received a three day recording session at Northbrook studios. A great achievement.

We are very excited about the school’s involvement in the Worthing Artists Open Houses event on Saturday 22nd June, 11am to 2pm. On that day the school will open its gates to the public and showcase the very best of creativity at BSW. Last year’s event was very well attended and demonstrated the excellent work that our students and staff do in everything from painting to dance. Miranda Palmer, our Head of Expressive Arts is organising the event and is working hard with the school community to put on an even more impressive showcase than last year. Below she outlines what can be expected at the 2019 event;

‘It is a huge privilege and a pleasure to be involved with Worthing Artists Open Houses by organising an Art Festival to celebrate the school and local community’s achievements in the arts. This year we are delighted to invite special guest David Henty who is considered to be the best copyist artist in the world today, don’t miss the fantastic opportunity of meeting him and seeing his work. We will be providing young people of all age groups a range of free workshops in music, drama, art and a range of sports activities to participate in, no need to sign up, just come along, all ages welcome. There will be a showcase of our students’ talents in drama, dance and music; including an extract from our up and coming Musical ‘Oliver’. We hope you are inspired to come along and join us for what promises to be a fantastic celebration of the arts.’

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To mark the annual Mental Health Awareness week and to raise money for Young Minds UK, a charity that helps you people dealing with mental health issues, the school put on it’s second Gunge the Teacher event on 17th May. After seeing Mr Jones get covered in gunge last year, students placed their votes to decide which teacher they wanted to see on the dreaded stool. Votes were available at 50p each or 3 for £1, and it was clear early on who the favourites were. There were minimal votes between Mr Harding and Mr Cochlin, with the gap being so close that in the end there was only one way to go…. double gungeing! A huge thanks to Mr MacInnis and the pastoral team for organising the event and well done to Mr Cochlin and Mr Harding for being such good sports!

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On Friday 17th May, Mr. Carter took a team of four Year 8 girls to the Museum of London to compete in the London and South East regional finals of the Solutions For The Planet competition. The competition is to design a product, service or campaign that promotes environmentalism and sustainability. The Bohunt team of Emily, Ruby, Lucia and Poppy were presenting Palm Project; their campaign to reduce the amount of unsustainable Palm Oil used in the food at Bohunt and local and national retailers. Whilst the girls did not win their final, they received a special commendation from the head judge, who encouraged them to keep working on an important issue. The girls had a fantastic day hearing about other projects as well as spreading the word about Palm Project.  Mr Carter said: “the girls did fantastically well and were up against some teams that had competed many times before. We were the only school from Sussex that made it to this stage so they have done amazingly. We are really proud of them”. The school hopes to compete again next year and we look forward to seeing the progress of Palm Project.

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Some of our Year 11 students were due to go to Sri Lanka this Summer, performing charitable duties for the T.E.A. project, a group engaged with empowering Sri Lankan organisations to help children rise out of poverty. Following the tragic recent bombings in the country, under the recommendation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the trip to Sri Lanka has been reorganised.
Instead, it is hoped that the students will now be going to Tanzania to work with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust (LTT). The LTT is a highly regarded and well respected charity, carrying out empowering projects for the communities of the country. The T.E.A project will still receive funds raised by students. A non-school uniform day has been arranged to help raise money for both the LTT and T.E.A. We wish our fundraisers and students the very best and thank parents and carers for their continued support.

On Tuesday 7th May the school marked the beginning of Ramadan with a special assembly presented by Mr White, explaining the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and also the experience of young people undertaking the fast. Mr White was joined by Jasmine El Samad (Y11) and Mumina Akhtar (Y10) who discussed the rewards and challenges they experience during Ramadan and explaining its significance to our students.

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Exam season is now officially underway for our Year 11s who have completed their first full week of GCSE exams. Thursday 23rd May also marked their last official day, with a special assembly held to mark the occasion and wish Year 11 the very best with their remaining exams and beyond. Mr White led the assembly which bid an emotional farewell to our amazing Year 11 students and reminding them of the incredible journey they have been on during their time at Bohunt. It also emphasised that this is just the beginning for them as they embark on the next stage of their lives. A beautiful piano performance by Eddie Hutchence who played pieces by Erik Satie and a brilliant rendition of Make You Feel my Love by the student band (Elle Brooker, Lucy Poole, Henry Francis and Issy Walker.

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On Friday 10th May the Science department took twelve Year 10 students to participate in the Oxford University outreach programme. The day started with a presentation introducing Oxford, the collegiate system, its courses and opportunities. The students then had a chance to grill some current undergraduates about their life at Oxford University. They then had an introduction to critical thinking and help approaching the tough questions you might face in an Oxford interview. After lunch the students then had a tour of the college (founded in 1555!).  Finally they then had a tour of the Oxford Botanic gardens and found out about how scientists are still using plants to produce medicines and useful materials.

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On Wednesday 22nd May a group of our students took part in the Southern Area District Athletics tournament, competing in a range of events from sprinting to shot put. With the sun shining all day, our students demonstrated their athletic excellence and great teamwork. Some great results came in, including a 3rd place for girls’ runior relay, 3rd for Daniel Edwards in intermediate shot put, 3rd for Noah Grant-Barwis in junior boys 200m, 3rd place for Maddie Booker in junior girls 200m final, 2nd in 800m for Charlie Coden and 1st place for Olivia Venditto in the intermediate girls 800m! A huge well done to all students who took part.

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On Monday 13th May the Year 7 boys cricket team made a winning start against Shoreham Academy, putting on 75 and winning by 12 runs after the opposition put on a strong chase. A big well done to the team and a huge thanks to Shoreham for being such great hosts.

General notices

On Saturday 6th July Electric Youth and the Boston Show Band will performing a live show at BSW and also providing creative performance workshops. This is an exciting one–off opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed Directors from the USA, following on from their Disneyworld and European tour. Workshop: 5-6pm £5 per person – Juniors 11 – 13 years and Senior 14 – 18 years workshops *Comfortable Clothing and soft shoes or no shoes. (School clothes acceptable). Please collect your children after the workshop at 5pm or stay and watch the workshop! Evening Performance: Adults £8 and Children £5 (15 and under) Doors open at 7.00pm, Show starts at 7.30pm ending by 9.15pm. Read the attached flyer for more details here

Y11 School Photographs – order closing date Tuesday 4 June
Please be advised if you have NOT yet placed your Y11 school photograph order, the order closing date is Tuesday 4 June.  Please either return your order to the school reception or visit using the passwords on the proof card.

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Key dates:

Monday 27th to Friday 31st May – half term
Tuesday 4th June – last day to order Y11 photographs
Wednesday 19th June – Inset Day
Wednesday 19th June – Y11 Prom 6.30 – 10.30pm
Saturday 22nd June – BSW Art Festival  11am to 2pm – as part of Worthing Artists Open Houses 2019. Our first ever GCSE art exhibition, a famous artist, workshops to join and lots more!
Monday 24th to Friday 28th June – ERA Week
Wednesday 3rd July – Transition Day for Y6 students joining us in September 19
Thursday 4th July – Inset Day
Friday 6th July – Electric Youth and the Boston Show Band – workshop 5- 6pm and performance 7.30pm
Friday 12th July – Sports Day
Friday 19th July – last day of term 1.40pm finish