This half term probably goes down as our busiest ever. From the Y11s completing their exams and having their prom, our most comprehensive ERA week yet, taster mornings for Y5 primary students, transition day for our new Y7, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, Worthing Arts Festival open house, Careers events for Y10 and our first MEP trip to China for 2 weeks, whilst also hosting visiting Chinese students for a week, to name but some of the events.
A really important part of my message to prospective new parents whether on tours or through our formal events such as taster mornings is to emphasise how our vision of education above and beyond the classroom, as exemplified in this blog, helps our young people become the confident resilient individuals who can handle exams, work experience and whatever life has to throw at them.
As this blog shows school is not a rehearsal and we are really proud of the way students say ‘why not’ when offered an opportunity and wholeheartedly throw themselves into our extracurricular offer.
Ofsted back in September seems a distant memory now and I recommend, if you have the time, that you glance through our blogs to see how much has happened this year and the range of opportunities and successes students have taken part in.
Thank you for all your help and support throughout the year and I wish you all a relaxing and active summer.
Very best wishes,
This year’s ERA Week (June 25-29) was filled with more exciting opportunities, visits and experiences than ever before. Students across Year 7-9 spent the week engaging in an amazing range of extra-curricular activities, from residential trips to community charity projects. Meanwhile our Year 10 students became the first BSW year group to complete work experience, taking on a diverse range of roles in local organisations and businesses. The school received some excellent feedback from employers in the area, praising the hard work, maturity and respectful attitudes shown by our Year 10s, and some of our pupils have even been offered further experience or paid placements for the future. A massive well done and thanks must also go to Ms Ridsdale who coordinated both the work experience placements and the ERA week activities.
Many of our Year 7 students spent the week on a residential trip to Normandy, France, enjoying a series cultural and historical sites and experiences. From sampling the finest French cuisine to visiting the battlefields of World War Two, pupils had a brilliant time and were praised by staff for their exceptional conduct and enthusiasm throughout. A particularly moving moment was the laying of our BSW wreath at the D-Day Memorial Garden, remembering those who lost their lives serving in WW2.
Those students in Year 7 who were on site back at BSW completed a range of whole-school activities as well as encountering some exotic creatures and spending the day at Arundel Wetlands getting close to nature.
Year 8 pupils had an action-packed week of visits and in-school experiences, starting with a trip to Southwater Water Sports to have a go at kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing. Later in the week, a trip to London provided opportunities to ride the famous London Eye, visit the incredible Aquarium and see a range of fantastic sites throughout the day. Year 8 students also dedicated a day of their ERA week to supporting Turning Tides. Students made food for homeless people around Worthing, creating hundreds of sandwiches and packed lunches, which were then donated to people in our community who are in need. Students also created some brilliant campaign adverts to raise awareness of the Turning Tides 10K.
Mr Staples led an exciting Year 9 residential visit to the beautiful Sorrento in Italy, the first time such a trip has been run at BSW. Students visited a range of sites from ancient Roman ruins to beautiful beaches, taking in the unique culture of Southern Italy as well as sampling some of the greatest food in the world!
Though they ventured a little closer to home, other Year 9 students set off into the wild for a three-night Bushcraft experience. Led by Mr Imbert, Ms Warrington and Mr Ruiz, students set up camp in the beautiful woodlands of Knebworth, trying their hand a range of outdoor skills and challenging themselves in tough new situations. From axe throwing and fire building to preparing fish and creating bivouac shelters, our Year 9’s got a taste of the wilder life.
Saturday 22nd June saw the school open its gates to the community as an official venue of the Worthing Artists Open Houses event. Celebrating the school and local community’s achievements in the arts, there was everything from painting and sculpture to dance and drama on display. This year we were delighted to invite special guest David Henty, considered to the best copyist artist in the world today. He demonstrated his uncanny ability to replicate artistic works and met with visitors to discuss his work. The school was also delighted to welcome Councillor Hazel Thorpe, the Mayor of Worthing, to open the event and also help judge the all-important charity bake sale!
The events at BSW provided young people of all age groups to attend a series of free workshops throughout the day. Music, drama, art and sports activities were all available and the day included an extract from the school’s upcoming musical, Oliver! Elsewhere West Sussex Music students put on a brilliant performance while a Steel Pan Drum workshop, Indonesian Gamelan sessions and the opportunity to try traditional Chinese instruments and dances provided unforgettable musical experiences for visitors. A Drama workshop run by Helen O’Grady gave visitors of all ages a chance to try out their expressive and acting skills.
As well as proudly showcasing the fantastic GCSE art works of our Year 11 students in a brilliantly curated exhibition by Miss Chapman, there were displays from Downsbrook and Thomas A Becket primary schools and a showcase of art by BSW staff. The school’s Photography Club also displayed students’ work and there were Origami bird making and clay and paper sculpture workshops. These are just some of the excellent displays and events on show at the BSW Worthing Artists Open Houses event. A big thank you to all of our contributors and visitors and a huge thank you to Ms Palmer for organising the day’s events. The icing on the cake (literally) was the announcing of the winner of this year’s BSW Cake Baking competition, which raised £170 for charity. The winner was Eden Brownlee for her amazing Mad Hatter cake!
On the weekends of June 8-9 and 15-16 respectively, the Year 9 and 10 Duke of Edinburgh students completed their Bronze qualification expeditions around the Brighton and Hove South Downs. A total of 74 students trekked across beautiful countryside often against the elements to reach their camping destinations, before returning after a night in tents and making the long journey back to base. Year 10 students in particular braved high winds and torrential rain, but maintained a positive and focused attitude. The expedition also passed the historic Chattri Memorial, which commemorates troops from India who gave their lives fighting for Britain in the First World War. A huge well done to all those students who took part, and we wish them the best of luck with future expeditions. Mr Imbert commented on the excellent standard of teamwork on display as well as the individual commitment of each student.
On Friday 29th June our intrepid students set off on a sponsored walk on the stunning South Downs, trekking from BSW up to Cissbury Ring and back via the footpaths around the Ham Manor golf course. Students have been raising money for a Community Defibrillator, with every penny raised going towards the purchase of one of these vital pieces of equipment. As well as benefiting the school, the defibrillator will benefit the local community in emergency situations. All students who took part completed the walk, which was manned at checkpoints by Duke of Edinburgh students in Year 9, and the glorious weather made it a lovely, if very hot day! We were also very proud to receive praise from members of the public about how BSW students conducted themselves on the walk, with comments praising the jovial and polite nature of the pupils they encountered!
We take immense pride in the hard work that our students put in everyday at BSW and it is particularly special when pupils go above and beyond expectations and take on leadership roles subject areas or extra-curricular clubs. As a way of recognising the amazing work many students already do and to challenge them to extend these responsibilities, the school has teamed with SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network) to launch the new Student Leadership programme at BSW. The programme aims to recognise achievements by offering bronze, silver and gold awards to those students who demonstrate excellent leadership. This could be by organising activities at an after-school club or even making contact with local organisations to get them involved in school projects. Mr White introduced the scheme to students in an assembly on Monday 17th June. We are excited to see as many students as possible take up this fantastic opportunity.
We were delighted to hold our first Year 5 taster mornings this year during the first two weeks in July, giving children in local primary schools and their parents and carers the chance to come and see BSW in advance of making their option choices next year. We welcomed hundreds of students to partake in tours of the school as well as getting a taste of the lessons they might expect by completing iPad-based and Mandarin language tasks led by teaching staff. We also hosted next year’s Year 7 cohort on our Year 6 Transfer Day, with our new pupils orienting themselves around and meeting their tutors as well as getting to know their new peers before they join us in September.
On Monday 15th July we were very excited to welcome a cohort of students and staff visiting us from Guangxi and Yunnan in China. Experiencing lessons and day-to-day life at Bohunt, this will form an important part of the cultural exchange that we are lucky to have with China. Our visitors were given a welcome assembly before pupils were paired with buddy students at BSW, who will guide them around the school during the week and introduce them to their peers and teachers.
Friday 12th July was BSW’s annual Sports Day, with pupils in the three houses competing in a selection of track and field events. There were some incredible individual achievements on the day, but what really stood out was the brilliant camaraderie and teamwork on display. Year 10 Sports Leaders worked with the PE Department to put together a brilliant day of sport. While each house saw victory in different events, it was Turing that came out on top with both Year 8 and 10 groups bringing in victorious results.
The results from Sports Day were just one factor that contributed to overall success in the academic year’s House Cup Prize, closely fought by Mandela, Franklin and Turing. As always, our key values or Enjoy, Respect and Achieve were the markers of success and as total ERAs, attendance, reading, quiz results and behaviour were all considered in deciding this year’s winning house. Ultimately it was Franklin who came out on top, so a huge congratulations to Mr Goldberg and the tutors and of course students in Franklin House who enjoyed an afternoon off timetable with inflatable fun, games and ice cream to reward their efforts.
On Wednesday 19th June, Year 11 students celebrated the end of their GCSE exams and their time at BSW with their end of year Prom event. The event was held at Field Place Manor House, with students arriving from 6pm to greet one another and catch up. A sit down meal was hosted with speeches by key members of staff and some students. Pupils were then treated to a brilliant performance by Mr White and Mr Imbert, performing a selection of indie classics to get the party started before spending their final evening together as a year group dancing and bidding farewell in style.
On Thursday 20th June students in Year 9 taking the Hospitality and Catering course put on their first ever Bohunt Afternoon Tea. As part of the course, students are required to respond to set project scenarios, researching, planning and cooking dishes that demonstrate a range of skills and show an understanding of their clients dietary needs. This was a great opportunity for the students to put their learning into practice and experience the realities of working in the Hospitality sector whilst celebrating their developing skills. Mr Staples wishes to thank all those who donated towards our crockery for the event, and looks forward to hosting bigger and more ambitious events in the future with the excellent students in Hospitality and Catering.
We look forward to sharing news of our expeditions to China and Tanzania with you in our first blog when we return in September!
End of year news: We are sad to say goodbye to the following staff that leave us at the end of this year and we wish them all the very best in their new endeavours: Miss Chapman (Geography) and Miss Chapman (Art), Mr Doughty, Miss Henry, Mr Imbert, Mrs Menon, Ms Ren, Mrs Rose and Mr Ruiz. In September we will welcome new members of staff to the school and we look forward to sharing their details with you when we return.
Community Notice Board:
FREE swim safe lessons in Littlehampton. A fantastic opportunity this summer for 7-14 year old children to take part in FREE Swim Safe sessions at Littlehampton East Beach. These sessions are run in partnership between the RNLI and Swim England aiming to teach children some key skills and knowledge to help keep them safe in and around water. Click on this link to read the poster and for more information.
Unwanted Books? ACC Trust is a charity which is rebuilding schools and homes after the 2017 Nepal earthquake by collecting donated books. Mukesh Shah received an MBE on the Queen’s 2017 New Year List for his Charitable Work at Home and Abroad. You can read further details about the charity and more information explains where the books will go here. Please collect any books – in whatever condition – you wish to donate over the summer and drop them in to us when we return in September. They will be collected for shipment on Friday 13 September.
A gentle reminder that you may be purchasing new uniform over the summer, please make sure you label all items with your child’s name. This year we were left with 5 boxes of unnamed jumpers, blazers and shoes, that we have been unable to reunite with their owners.
Friday 19th July – last day of term 1.40pm finish
From 1st September – A REMINDER for all new Y7 parents to sign up to Classcharts, Study Bugs and Schoolcomms NOW if you haven’t already
Tuesday 3rd September – 8.40am start for Year 7 and Y11 students only
Wednesday 4th September – 8.40am start for whole school
Thursday 5th September – School photographer in to take individual school photographs
Wednesday 11th September – 3.30 to 6pm Y7 Meet the Tutor Evening
Wednesday 11th September – 6 to 7pm Y11 Berlin Information Evening
Thursday 19th September – school closes at 1.40pm to prepare for Open Evening
Thursday 19th September – 6 – 9pm Open Evening for joining in September 2020
Friday 20th September – Inset Day; school closed to all students
We hope you’ve enjoyed following our news over this academic year and we wish you a wonderful summer – see you in September!