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BSW Blog 29th March 2019

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Dear Parents/Carers

Our assembly next week will be the termly house cup.  Win or lose this is always a really positive event that allows us to unpick and celebrate our values of enjoy, respect achieve at both an individual and group level. The three houses at Bohunt School Worthing; Mandela, Turing and Franklin are small schools within our school. They are cohesive communities ably led by their Achievement Coordinator, each has an identity and each have their areas of strength. Whilst it’s important that all three come together and we are also a cohesive whole school community, a healthy level of competition is encouraged between the three. At no point in the term is this competition more present than at the end of term house cup assembly. In these assemblies we celebrate successes for each house in key areas such as conduct, attendance, progress, attitude to learning and also participatory areas such as library loans, our weekly current events quiz and much more.

Celebrating success is at the heart of what we do. This isn’t just something we do at the end of each term but something that is embedded in our whole school day; hundreds of ERA points for enjoy respect achieve are awarded every day in lessons, during tutor time, in break and lunch time and as part of our extra-curricular offer. This blog is an important opportunity to share just some of our biggest successes with you, our parent and carer community. I trust you will enjoy reading about our latest exploits and wish you all a restful and positive Easter break.

Very best wishes,

Adam Whitehead

Enjoy

On Thursday 7th March, BSW celebrated World Book Day in style as students and staff came into school dressed as some of their favourite book characters. The imagination and creativity on display was truly impressive as an array of fictional heroes and villains wandered the corridors!

As well as fancy dress there was a host of World Book Day related events taking place through the week. Special tutor time activities and readings were enjoyed by students in all year groups, while Ms Ridsdale launched the second annual Book Mark design competition, inviting students to design the new official BSW Book Mark. The English department hosted a brilliant assembly in which they discussed their personal favourite books, encouraging students to take on some new and challenging reads.

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From Monday 11th – Friday 15th March we have marked this year’s Red Nose Day with a series of Beat the Teacher events. Organised by Mr Pearson, students have been invited to take on their teachers in a wide variety of challenges, from physical feats to brain-teasing puzzles. Costing £1 per entry, each event raised money for Comic Relief, while spectating pupils also made some generous donations. The variety of sports events was impressive, with Tennis, Table Tennis, Free Throws, Badminton, Skipping, Frisbee, Keepy Ups and even Planking! Alongside this were some excellent brain-busters including a team quiz, Harry Potter Mastermind, Spelling Bee and Name That Tune. Some fantastic games of Mario Kart, Super Mario Speedrunning, Connect Four, Guess Who, Pictionary and Name that Tune were played, as well as the hilarious Chubby Bunnies and the most intense game of Snap! we have ever seen. While some teachers remained champions of their skills and arts, others suffered humiliating defeats! To raise further funds for Comic Relief the school held a non-uniform day on Friday 15th March. We are proud to announce that a total of over £800!

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Respect

On Tuesday 19th March the school delivered its Spring Term ERA Day, giving students a wide range of enriching experiences that complimented both their academic studies and personal well-being. Year 7 students took part in a day of performance and creative art, producing drama pieces, movie trailers, ink and wax pictures and storyboards all centered around A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, the novel they have been enjoying in English lessons. Students created some excellent work inspired by the story, themes and characters in the book.

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Year 8 students took part in a series of Careers, Life Skills and Finance workshops, exploring career opportunities and professions available through different qualifications as well as the financial realities of life beyond school. The day was designed to support students’ recent GCSE option choices, highlighting the links between school and future opportunities.

Pupils in Year 9 headed off to the Lodge Hill outdoor activity centre, taking on physical challenges that enhanced personal development and team-building skills in the stunning South Downs National Park.From orienteering to climbing, the activities pushed students out of their comfort zones and provided lasting memories. Students on the trip returned to school excited to tell their stories while staff praised their excellent behaviour and conduct.

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Some of Year 9 students helped out in the school’s Eco Garden, creating some incredible displays using recycled materials and tidying up the garden area to develop an amazing outdoor space on BSW grounds. Ms Robbins, who led the students, commented on their hard work and creativity and praised the determination to muck in and get the job done!

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Year 10 pupils focused on personal, social and health issues during the day. All pupils were given vital first aid training by our own Ms Stacey, while PSRE teachers delivered sessions on Brexit, drug abuse and online safety. Students enjoyed a performance of a short drama called Alphabet of Teenager in the main hall and also listened to the inspiring and moving story told by Sam from Turning Tides, explaining his experience of homelessness in Worthing and how the charity supported him.

During the week a group of our students were away in Belgium on a residential trip visiting battlefields and places of World War 1 history including Ypres, Hooge, Lijssenthoek and Brandenhoek. Students were encouraged to discuss ways in which lessons from the past could be used today to improve personal development, community integration and citizenship whilst promoting awareness and understanding of the modern Army. For some of our students this was their first experience of an oversees trip, experiencing not just the incredible historical sites they visited but also the fantastic food and culture of the Belgian towns they visited.

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On Friday 8th March a group of BSW students took part in the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate. The theme of the debate was around International Women’s Day. The team comprised of Nikola Osinska, Ben Waterer, Emma Hill, Emily Rusbridge, Talia Karchewski and Ruby Robinson-Wright. They had the privilege of debating current issues against three other local schools in the Council Chambers, just like our local Councillors!  BSW was the overall team winner of the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate! This is particularly impressive considering we entered the youngest team! Our students should feel very proud of the superb effort they put in and this fantastic achievement. What a wonderful first debate.

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Achieve

While are are in the very midst of our current academic year we already look forward to next year and the new opportunities, challenges and faces we will meet. On Friday 1st March we sent out 180 offer letters to our prospective Year 7 students for 2019-20. We very much look forwarding to welcoming our new students and their parents/carers. On Tuesday 26th March we will be delighted to host parents and carers of our new cohort at our Welcome Evening.

Our Year 11 students have just completed their second round of mock exams and are just a couple of months away from taking their GCSE exams in the summer term. As they reach this most crucial point in their challenging final year at BSW we have been encouraging them along with a series of motivational and congratulatory rewards. In recognition of their excellent, Year 11 Pupils have been given ‘You are Awesome’ cards with personalised greetings from staff, wishing them the best and congratulating them on their achievements so far. Those students who have demonstrated perfect attendance at extra revision sessions have been entered into prize draws to win canteen queue jumps and goodie bags. Alongside this, Prom Points are awarded to any of those students who go the extra mile in lessons and who attend the extra sessions offered to them. These contribute to their Prom Passports, which will give them the opportunity to attend a Prom at the end of their exams. Once again we wish our Year 11s the very best as they approach their exams.

Tuesday 26th March saw a team of Year 10 students head to Bohunt Liphook to take part in a public speaking competition. Going up against teams from other Bohunt Schools, Toby Dingwall, Ellen Gregory, Tom Sellens, Jamie Redman, Louie Rowe and Aidan Williamson demonstrated their hard work, confidence and skill in public speaking. The team picked up an award for best use of media thanks to an excellent presentation.

On Friday 15th March Y10 Food and Cookery students transformed a classroom into a 5 Star eatery, producing a delicious selection of dishes and then serving them to parents and carers as part of their Hospitality and Catering assessment. Mr Staples said that visitors were treated to carefully crafted meals by hardworking students who impressed with their culinary skills and fantastic table service.

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We are delighted to announce that each month we will be announcing some spectacular achievements of our students during regular celebration assemblies. The everyday achievements of pupils both in and out of school are immensely important to us. Be it sporting, academic or showing kindness and respect, we are very proud to report on the following examples of excellence at BSW.

Patrick Box, Joe Morgan and Kai Searle were winners of Overwatch eSports Competition and are through to Regionals.

In football, Bailey Smith has recently signed for Brighton and Hove Albion FC, an incredible achievement. Olivia Waller now plays for Worthing Atoms FC and won the final of the Saywell International Cup with them, being the only girl on the team as well as the whole tournament.

Lewis Unsworth, Joel Jackson, Josh Simpson and James Colcombe came 3rd in the Badminton Southern Area Finals while Olivia Venditto, Ellie Sparks, Olive Stocks and Izzy Lane came 2nd in Badminton Southern Area Finals and Lily Wingrove, Ellie Sparkes, Maria Mihai and Olivia Venditto won the Badminton tournament.

In Rugby, the Under 15 Girls Rugby 7s team won the Sussex School Invitational Girls 7s Plate; Harvey Hunt, played for Worthing Rugby FC U12s, winning the Harlequins Land Rover Cup and Ethan Clarke and Alex Jefferiss were both selected for Sussex Rugby Team.

Eden Brownlee,  who showed outstanding consideration of another student during the recent fire alarm, helped an anxious friend feel safe during the whole process.

We were also very proud and delighted to honour those students who have scored a staggering 220 ERAs or more in the current academic year. This is no mean feat, and demonstrates amazing hard work, respect and independence from those pupils.

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General notices

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Key dates:
Friday 5 April – Last day of school before Easter holiday – normal end of day finish time.
Monday 8 to Monday 22 April – Easter Holiday
Tuesday 23 April – first day of Summer term