The last week of November was Road Safety Week and with the nights closing in it seems an opportune time to ask you to take a moment and discuss with your child their journey to school and their conduct during that journey. Road incidents are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury among children and young people whilst conversely cycling is one of the healthiest, cheapest and most environmentally-friendly forms of transport available with the benefits to public health, congestion and the economy widely acknowledged.
With our distinctive uniform we do have members of the public contacting us from time to time with both positive and negative messages. In recent weeks issues raised have been around cycling on the pavements close to school and our students stepping out into the road without due care and attention particularly on Queen Street and Broadwater Road.
We have a very effective park and stride scheme https://www.bohuntworthing.com/parents/transport/ and also significant numbers of students using bikes and scooters. In order to improve road safety for all local road users please could I ask that you remind your child/children of the following:
- Those walking need to vigilant with their heads up observing what’s around them, not on their mobile phones. They should only cross roads at the designated crossings on Broadwater Road and at sensible points on Queen Street away from parked cars.
- All cyclists are expected to wear a helmet.
- If not using the road, cyclists and scooter users should walk their bikes/scooters on the pavements near to school (Queen Street, Broadwater Road, South Farm Road and Carnegie Road) as they are narrow and busy with school children of all ages, parents and other pedestrians during school start and finish times. They should not be cycling on the pavements near to school.
- Northbrook MET have also asked that parents do not drop off students on Carnegie Road in the area by their car park as this is very busy and difficult to turn around in. There was a near miss with a student recently. Please could parents stop further down the road to let students out before the turning to Cortis Avenue.
The roads around us are busy and dangerous. When incidents occur the consequences can be far reaching not just for the injured party but others involved as well, so it is important we are all alert to our responsibilities to travel safely.
Very best wishes,
On the 21st November, some of our students attended a creativity workshop at Worthing College. This visit was led by Ms Langford, and was part of the anxiety workshop that the pastoral team has been running. The session was aimed at exploring ideas around character, scene and dialogue using the Tragedy and Comedy masks as a stimulus for ideas. The overall aim of the workshop is to encourage students to use their imaginations when they are having a difficult day, and to use this as a distraction from their thoughts. This is a really positive and important way for these students to feel more able to cope with their anxiety at school.
On 21st and 28th November, students in Year 9 GCSE Business Studies groups ran a market in the main hall as part of their Micro-Tyco projects to raise money for the Wild Hearts Foundation. Student teams had just a £1 budget to start with, from which they had to make their businesses grow. On sale at the market was a range of tasty snacks as well as homemade crafts, enjoyed by student and staff visitors. In total the students managed to raise hundreds of pounds for the Wild Hearts Foundation, helping to fund projects by female entrepreneurs globally.
On Thursday 29th November, students auditioned for the Bohunt Winter Talent Show after school in F07. Mr Imbert, Ms Palmer and Ms Wood were judges at the auditions as pupils showcased their skills and talents in the hope of performing at the show on Wednesday 19th December.
On Friday 14th December, from 4.30pm to 6pm we open our doors to parent/carers, students and staff for a Quiz night. The evening has been organised by students who are attending the charity Sri Lanka trip in the Summer of 2019. They are using the event to help raise funds for the trip. The Quiz night will be held in the main school hall. There will be a 5 round quiz with a Christmas hamper up for grabs for the winning team. It costs £1 per person to enter the quiz, and groups of 4-8 people may enter. Tickets can be purchased from reception or paid for on the door the night of the quiz.
We are very proud to be supporting Turning Tides, the Worthing-based homeless charity, this year. Turning Tides was previously known as the Worthing Churches Homeless Project, and we have worked with the organisation over the last few years, raising funds and collecting items to help those who face the difficulty of life on the streets at Christmas. On Friday 23rd November students and staff gathered in the school’s atrium to take part in the Bohunt Wrapathon, wrapping hundreds of gifts that will be sent to Turning Tides and distributed to homeless people this Christmas. Our amazing wrappers worked hard from 3.30 to 5.30pm, cutting, sticking and wrapping gifts while enjoying some classic Christmas tunes and some tasty edibles to keep them going.
The following week, students in each house attended special assemblies led by Mr Pearson and Mrs Ridsdale, the assemblies educated our students about the vital work that Turning Tides does in our community and there was a moving and inspiring first-hand account given by Sam of the incredible difference the charity can make. Turning Tides Community Fundraiser Charlie Chesman explained to our students how their donations and contributions will change lives this Christmas.
As a school we are looking to improve our ecological impact and to look after our site and local environment. It is also important that we understand the global impact of our actions, and an important current issue is our consumption of plastic and the effect this has on our oceans in particular. We were very honoured to welcome Dr Claire Petros from the Olive Ridley Project to speak to our GCSE Geography students on Tuesday 20th November. The Olive Ridley Project aims to protect sea turtle populations in the world’s oceans by removing ‘ghost’ fishing nets that are left beneath the waves, accumulating plastic waste and destroying sea life. Dr Petros spoke to our pupils about the perilous situation faced by marine animals, and the decline in turtle populations in particular. Students were engaged and enthused by the presentation and many stayed to speak with Dr Petros afterwards.
Our Year 11 students have to completed their mock examinations, and after an intense two weeks we can look back with pride at this milestone in their final year at BSW. Students sat a total of 24 exams across 12 school days and had worked hard in preparatory lessons and revision sessions beforehand. While their is still some way to go before their final exams in the summer, we are immensely proud of the students for completing this important stage. Miss Palmer, Assistant Headteacher for Performance said “‘we were hugely proud of our year 11 students who completed their first Mock examinations in school over the two weeks, a first for Bohunt Worthing. We believe that the mock exams are not only highly beneficial for students in helping them to start early revision they also help direct students in areas for improvement. On Tuesday we look forward to celebrating the results with our students in their Mock Results Day. Students will receive their results, in a similar way to how they will receive their Summer examination results, and our parents are invited in on Thursday 13th November for our Year 11 Parents’ Evening”. The final mock examination was taken on 21st November by GCSE Art students, and the incredible work they produced marked a fitting end to the mock exam period. A big well done to all of our Year 11 pupils.
On Tuesday 20th November and Friday 23rd November the school opened to visitors for the Bohunt Horsham Open Mornings. Bohunt Horsham will be a co-educational, all-through school catering for four to 16 year old students across the local area. It will open in September 2019, with 1,620 students when full in 2025. The school will form part of the growing, high-performing Trust which already has a highly effective presence in West Sussex. Prospective students, parents and carers visited BSW to see what life at a Bohunt School is like, being shown around by our students and talking to pupils and staff. The open mornings were very well attended and visitors gave some very positive feedback about their experiences.
On Wednesday 28th November the BSW Under 14 Girls Football Team took on Steyning Grammar School and secured a brilliant 4-2 win. Player of the match went to Olivia Waller, who scored 2 goals, while Olive Stocks and Shona Rozario each scored a goal. A brilliant effort from the whole team!
Thursday 13 December – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4pm to 7pm
Friday 14 December – Quiz night 4.30 to 6pm – raising funds for Sri Lanka trip.
Wednesday 19 December – Christmas lunch – please book by Monday 10 December on the school gateway.
Wednesday 19 December – Christmas jumper day – students may wear a Christmas jumper, in replace of uniform jumper, for a £1 donation to Turning Tides.
Wednesday 19 December – Winter Concert 5.30 to 6.30pm – more details to follow
Thursday 20 December – last day of term NB. early closure at 1.40pm
Thursday 3 January 2019 – first day back for Spring term