BSW Blog – 9th November 2018

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Dear Parents/Carers

Each term we will focus on one our three core values of Enjoy, Respect, Achieve. Since September our theme has been Respect and the past two weeks have been extremely special, reflective and poignant at BSW as students and teachers have undertaken a range of activities to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
It has been incredibly powerful to see how thoughtfully and empathetically our students have responded to this anniversary. Students across the school have been enthusiastic to understand, learn from and express their gratitude for the actions of a generation that so fundamentally impacted on the world we live in today. Commemoration and learning have taken place through participation in lessons; contributions to commemorative wreaths; fundraising for the British Legion; volunteering for School Assembly; attending the BET Memorial Service in Portsmouth or being part of the parade and wreath laying this Sunday in Worthing. These last two weeks have been a really clear demonstration of how invested young people are not just in their future but also their past, highlighting the desire to use their energy, education and vision to contribute positively to wider society.
Very best wishes,

Adam Whitehead


On Wednesday 31st October, students in Year 8 took part in an exciting and challenging STEM day focusing on engineering. The students were given a simple but deceptively tricky brief in the form of a Desert Island Survival Challenge. Tasked with working as a team to design and build turbines, water pumps and rain collectors, the students were given only basic resources and had to use their ingenuity and teamwork skills to devise sustainable, effective and long-lasting designs. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils in Year 8 to develop their understanding of engineering while also working closely together under time limits. The work that they put in meant that some of the students were able to gain a CREST Discovery Award, recognising excellence in teamwork and engineering.

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This is the first year in which we have a cohort of GCSE Business Studies students. This exciting new subject for the school teaches students important skills in business and teamwork and offers some very interesting practical elements. Our students will have their first chance to prove their entrepreneurial skills on Wednesday 28th November when they run a market in the main hall offering a range of goods and services. The twist is that they are only given £1 investment, from which they have to create a money-making idea! The scheme is called Micro-Tyco, and is a unique business challenge. The money that is raised will then be invested by WildHearts in micro-loans to help the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty with integrity and respect. Students are busy working on innovative and business-savvy ideas and we wish them the best of luck! We look forward to reporting on this soon!

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and all Bohunt Schools have been marking the occasion over the last two weeks. Bohunt Remembers is a cross-trust project aimed at commemorating all of those who served in and lived through the war and ties in with the Royal British Legion’s memorial theme of giving our thanks for the sacrifices made by that generation. On Friday 2nd November pupils took part in a non-uniform day, each bringing in £1 to raise funds for the British Legion charity. From Monday 5th November, students across all year groups took part in tutor time activities, creating individual ‘hand poppies’ giving their personal messages of thanks. These were collected together to create a BSW memorial wreath which will be laid at the war memorial in Worthing town on Sunday 11 November. Alongside this, students have been creating presentations in their History lessons, looking at the men, women and children from around the world whose lives were changed by the war. The school week culminated in a whole-school assembly led by Mr Withington which paid tribute to the First World War generation. The Priory School will be running a Trust Remembrance Service on Friday 9th November from 4pm, recognising the Centenary. Poignantly, Priory School served as a military hospital throughout the war. The service will run for approximately one hour and will be attended by some staff and students from BSW who will be doing readings and playing music.

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October’s Black History Month is an important time of year in History education, emphasising the important role of black people in shaping British and world history. A whole-school assembly was held to mark the end of the month, with a school pledge being made to treat each other with respect, be a caring and polite through our choice of words and actions and to work together to eliminate discrimination.


We are delighted to announce that Ms Ayling has been appointed as the Headteacher of the new Bohunt Education Trust School in Horsham in September 2019. Ms Ayling will be a hard act to follow and has played a fundamental role in our leadership team since opening in 2015. We are hugely grateful for all the hard work, commitment and passion she has put into Bohunt Worthing and her influence can be seen throughout our glowing Ofsted report. She takes up her new role in January but will continue working with us over the next two terms to ensure a smooth transition. We are already building strong links with the new Horsham school and look forward to working with them further as they begin what we know from personal experience is an incredibly exciting journey.


We are very proud to report that 5 of our talented students have contributed art work to the Worthing Museum Open 18 Art Exhibition. Congratulations to Thomas Steggall 11GWE, Lucas Dickinson 10JPA, Ruby Robinson-Wright 8ACA, Finn Rolfe 11TBA and Flo Chalk 11HCH whose work is on display at the Worthing Museum (next to the Town Hall). Flo Chalk won the Museum’s Young Artist prize!, an absolutely incredible achievement. The exhibition opened on Saturday 3rd November and runs until 30 March 2019 – so please go and see their work!

Flo Chalk - Under 18 prize winner - 'Bella' in gouache Ruby Robinson-Wright 'The Siren' woodburning and ink Thomas Stegall 'Long Eared Owl' woodburning and ink

On Tuesday 6th November the BSW Under 14 girls football team put in an amazing performance against Shoreham Academy, achieving a 3-2 victory. All goals were courtesy of Olivia Waller, while player of the match Hannah Zammit showed great control in mid field.

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The Year 8 boys football team made their way to the League final played at Worthing FC ground on Wednesday 31st October. They played a really tough side and sadly didn’t come home with the trophy, but have made a huge leap in progress and their win rate over this season! We’re immensely proud of them.

Y8 football league at Worthing FC against SRWA 31 10 18

We are thrilled with of our Y7 Girls Football team at Littlehampton Academy also on the 31st October. The girls played amazingly with great spirit, teamwork and enthusiasm and really did themselves proud. Player of the tournament was Jasmine Levins.

Y8 Girls football

General notices
We are advertising for teaching staff roles, please check the vacancies on our website for further information, click here to go directly to them.

Key dates:

Monday 12 November – Y11 Mocks – week 2
Tuesday 13 November – KS3 Information Evening for Y7 Parents 6 to 7pm. Please register your interest through your School Gateway account
Friday 16th November – Children in Need Telethon after school 5 to 6pm
Monday 19 November – Inset Day – school closed to all students
Friday 23rd November – Worthing Churches Homeless Project Wrapathon – more details to follow
Tuesday 27 November – BET Inset Day – school closed to all students
Wednesday 5 December – Y10 Parents’ Evening
Thursday 13 December – Y11 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 19 December – Whole school Christmas lunch
Thursday 20 December – Last day of term NB. Early closure at 1.40pm.