CONGRATULATIONS TO SALLY CONWAY

Congratulations to Sally Conway ex Marlwood student on her Bronze Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.




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The Newsletter for Term 6 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.

ACCELERATED READER
Year 7s celebrated the end of a terrific year for Accelerated Reader on Wednesday.  They have been working together to read as many words as they can, with each 5 million words earning them a class prize.  There has obviously been some extra effort towards the end of this school year as 7A were presented with their prize for reaching 10 million words and 7C received their prize (equalling the school record) for 20 million words read since September.

It was a pleasure to present Caleb Jefferis with a certificate marking his phenomenal achievement of reading 7,096,605 words since September (98 books) and therefore taking the title for another school record.  He was presented with a bronze Word Millionaire badge for this achievement.  Four new millionaires were presented with their badges, namely Jimi Bennett, Abigail Bridgewater, Maisie Harrison and Samuel Kitson.  Samuel received a bronze badge for becoming a Word Millionaire in two consecutive years.

Megan Handover, Jamie Reid and Samantha Drake each received certificates for making in excess of 3 years progress in their reading age over this school year. 
Samuel Kitson, Annabelle Leicester and Abigail Bridgewater (all 12 years old) each received certificates for attaining the highest reading age measured on the scheme, namely 16 years and 6 months.  This brings the total number of students in KS3 reading at 16 years and 6 months to 30 - another school record this year.

Throughout the school certificates were also handed out to students in years 8 and 9.  In all 25 students achieved Millionaire status this year, 12 of them coming from Year 7.  A staggering 3,826 books have been quizzed in school since September, amounting to 138,790,843 words!

House Championship Day

The yellow ribbons have been taken off the House Championship Cup today ready for new ribbons to be attached when the winning House has been announced.

Students gathered in the hall at lunchtime today to review the competitions which have taken place this year to find the winning House.  The atmosphere was electric and the noise of 500+ chanting students was deafening to say the least.

I was pleased to announce that Berkeley are the winning House for academic year 2015/2016 and all the members of Berkeley House are now enjoying the fun fair set up on the field as their reward.

Well done Berkeley


SCHOOL CATERING SERVICE

From September Aspens will be taking over the catering for the school.  This is an exciting new change and more information can be found through the link below: - https://www.aspens-services.co.uk/schools/sec-marlwood.php

RADIO CONTROL CAR ASSOCIATION
This year has been a very successful year for the Marlwood Radio Controlled Car Association.  It has been a very competitive year with some monumental accidents causing damage to the radio controlled cars, some might say adding to the fun!  Over 15 different events have taken place and the scores overall for the year are: -

Position
House
Points
1st Place
Holt
140
2nd Place
Kingsley
104
3rd Place
Witton
102
4th Place
Berkeley
100

 WELL DONE HOLT!

GOLD!!
Congratulations to Hannah Mills from Year 10 for achieving GOLD at an international gymnastics competition in Italy last week.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE

Whilst our younger students were on Enrichment Days, our Year 10 students were gaining first-hand experience of the world of work and taking up placements within the wider community last week.  Many worked in areas to support their career choices further down the line, whilst others explored new skills and ideas which may help their subject choices later.  We are very grateful to business partners who invested their time and experience in our students. 

We have had positive feedback from business, of which some examples are:

“I am writing to let you know that Charlie was an absolute asset to your school! She was fantastic and fitted in to the team like a dream, it is very rare to find a 15 year old as switched on and willing to work as hard as she did. Although she was only with us for a short period of time she will be sorely missed and the only thing we regret is that she doesn’t live closer.

We hope Charlie all the best for the future and that if she ever needs a job we would happily take her on.”

“Megan was an absolute delight and a pleasure to work with.  She was so enthusiastic and loved working with the many artists - who gave her lots of tips.  She certainly grew in confidence as the week went on and came in for an extra day, on the Thursday, to work with our photographer.  She produced some great photos, which I have managed to email to her school account so that she can use them for a project at school. She is always welcome back and we hope to see her at our future Young@Art workshops.  We look forward to welcoming any of your students in the future and hope to hear from both the school and Megan soon.”

Well done to those involved and thank you to local businesses for your ongoing support.

ARTS WEEK AT CHRIST THE KING PRIMARY SCHOOL, THORNBURY
Marlwood students have been helping younger students with their Art Week at Christ the King Primary School in Thornbury. 

Staff and students from Marlwood gave learners opportunities to write their own lyrics and dancing lessons.  Also some students worked with the Marlwood Samba Band, whilst others learnt about stage costumes and make-up.

Lots of fun and learning took place and both students and staff from Marlwood really enjoyed their time supporting the younger students at Christ the King.

Thank you for making Marlwood so welcome

THORNBURY CARNIVAL

The sun shone on Saturday, 2nd July as over 9,000 people flocked to Thornbury to watch the carnival procession and then enjoy time at the Munday Playing Fields.

Students and staff from the PEPA faculty wowed the crowd with music from the popular Samba Band.

 

 

Well done to those who took part!

 

YEAR 9 SKILLS SHOW AT UWE
Year 9 students visited the Skills show at UWE on Tuesday 5th July.   The students really enjoyed themselves with lots of interactive and hands on exhibitions and activities from a variety of employers and training institutions.   Feedback from students and staff was very positive that this was an excellent learning experience.



FOUNDER’S DAY – THANK YOU TO PERFORMERS
 
Last week Year 7 and Year 13 students, the youngest and oldest at Marlwood School travelled to St Mary’s Church to celebrate Founder’s Day.

The congregation were treated to readings from Samuel Kitson and Liberty Lessiter from Year 7 and also addressed by the School Captains Devini De Alwis, Thom Harris Lee, Ella Cottle and Dominic Webb.

We also had musical interludes from Liam Green and Emily Draper singing Any Dream will Do (Lloyd-Webber) and If You Wait (London Grammar)  was sung by Ella Cottle.  Also Emily Davies, Grace Down, Jenna Nunn, Larragh Nunn and Jessie Smale played Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas (Alan Schwartz) on their flutes accompanied by Mr Humphries.

Thank you for your contributions

YEAR 8 TEAM BUILDING AFTERNOON




A selection of Year 8, 9 and 10 students enjoyed an afternoon of team building with the Rifles Regiment.  This involved strategic planning and working as a team to achieve their goals.  Also judging by the photos – the camouflage painting was a favourite!

PARENT CONSULTATION EVENT 3

Thursday 23rd June

We have started preparing for the third of our Parent Consultation events.  The first event in November 2015 was very successful with the feedback from parents overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

As we have listened to parent, staff and student feedback, you will see some subtle changes compared to the first and second event.

As we move towards the next meeting the priority will be ensuring that our students have made progress as learners and in their levels/grades.  To help them with this we would ask that you continue to check with them to ensure they are working within the targets for development that they set themselves in their meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 23rd June.


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The Newsletter for Term 5 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE


Mr Gallop, Assistant Headteacher and our four Year 10 Student Leaders, Joe Wisby, Chloe Fowler, Rachel Millard and Ben Herbert join other local schools, The Mayor of Thornbury, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester and other invited guests at the Memorial Woodlands yesterday to commemorate service men and women who have lost their lives since the turn of the millennium.

STUDENTS WORKING WITH ESSILOR
 
A group of students from The Castle School and Marlwood School were presented with their work and certificates at a celebratory event held at Essilor in Thornbury.

The students spent half a day a week, over the course of six weeks, working with experts from the company’s laboratory on the Thornbury Industrial Estate to design and produce a telescope, microscope, spyglass, handmade specs and a focimeter.

Essilor MD Mike Kirkley was joined by Thornbury Mayor Cllr Helen Harrison to present the students with the certificates and models in front of a crowd of parents and teachers.

 Mr Kirkley said:  “Working with the Castle School and Marlwood, we have a fantastic opportunity to help make a difference to these young and talented individuals.

 "We hope they have also learnt about the importance of teamwork, effective communication and problem-solving. Bringing together these skills, they have designed and built these wonderful precision instruments, which we are very pleased to hand over to the schools today.”

This partnership is a real success story. It embraces Essilor, the schools, parents and the community.

 

ROALD DAHL LITERACY DAY

On the 17th May, fourteen students chosen from Severn Beach and Almondsbury Primary Schools, came to join us to help celebrate the work of Roald Dahl. Working with some of our Year 10 students they created their entries for the Blue Peter Big Dream Competition. In addition they rehearsed and performed some brilliant pieces of drama based on dreams and the tricks that Mr and Mrs Twit may play on each other at breakfast time.

All the students had a brilliant day and came up with some excellent ideas for their dream stories with fantastical characters and make believe lands. We look forward to celebrating National Roald Dahl 100 Day with them on September 13th 2016.

A DAY IN COURT!
A group of aspiring barristers, solicitors and policemen visited Bristol for a very special visit to the Crown Courts. Accompanied by Mrs Clark, after going through bag and personal security, they were able to visit a court room, ask a crown court judge questions about his role and then play the role of both jury and witness as the judge talked them through assessing credibility of witnesses on the stand.

The students were then privileged to witness sentencing, bail hearing and preliminary sentencing in the public gallery.
It was an exciting and interesting visit which gave the students plenty to talk about as well as witness the realities of court and the impact on families of crime.

We are hoping this visit will run again so that more Marlwood students can benefit from this experience.

THE BIG FRIENDLY READ

(Summer Reading Challenge 2016)

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for enthusiastic and Friendly Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers to inspire children to read this summer!

You will be working as part of the team running The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 for primary school aged children.  You will spend your time engaging with children taking part in the challenge, participating in a range of activities with them and encouraging their reading.

This is your chance to have some fun and make new friends this summer as you develop your skills in communication, team work and creative projects.

To find out more speak to Mrs Carrington in the LRC or follow the link below:
 

 
READING HACK

Get involved in South Gloucestershire Libraries’ exciting new volunteering scheme for young people.
Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 – 24, who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks to gain skills and experience:
·         Meet new friends
·         Make a difference
·         Learn new skills including:
o   Marketing and promotion
o   Team working
o   Creative skills
o   Communication and many more
 
For more information contact Mrs Carrington in the LRC or follow the links below:


 

YEAR 10 AND 11 EXAMS

Year 10 are currently sitting their pre public exams and Year 11 public exams start on Monday 16th May 2016.  Both Year 10 and Year 11 have access to GCSE Pod which is an excellent revision aid for both year groups.  More information for can be found on the Marlwood School website.  Please follow the link below:-
 

PREMIUM PARTNERS

Just a quick reminder that Premium Partners now have a page dedicated to Apprenticeships and Saturday/summer jobs.  The link to this web page is below:-
 

THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Four students and I had the pleasure of attending a service at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury for a formal celebration of The Queen’s 90th Birthday for the whole of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, with a number of dignitaries from the two counties in attendance.
Also on the guest list for the invite-only event were 90 residents of the county who have reached the landmark age of 90.
Reverend Jan van der Lely, St Mary’s vicar who led the service, described it as “an uplifting and inspiring experience.”
The service will feature in an episode of Songs of Praise which will be broadcast on June 12.

YOUTH POLITICAL FORUM

More than 30 students from Castle School and Marlwood School, ranging from Year 7 all the way to sixth form, discussed topics including the EU Referendum, Trident, and whether prisoners should have the ability to vote, in the political forum set-up by Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall.

Throughout the session, the students would hear presentations and talks from guests on their pre-selected topics, before breaking off into groups to debate the issue, and then taking it to a ballot to vote.   “It is really impressive to see how interested these young people are,” said Mr Hall.

Well done to all students who took part.

NEWS FROM WITHIN THE CSET CLUSTER

Who says employability skills are only for older children? At Charfield Primary school, Premium Partners have been working with Year 5 and 6 students as they produce a newspaper. They have had illustrators, photographers, journalists and even an advertising team who have managed to sell more space than that paper had originally allocated.

Now after several months of writing, designing, selling advertising and editing, Charfield Chatter is finally on the newstands! 14th April sees it in all the editions of the Gazette newspaper.  This story was picked up by BBC Points West so there was excitement in the playground at Charfield as this means over 46,000 people would have heard about their newspaper.

If you would like to see the BBC Points West interview please click on the link http://youtu.be/6wsqXjrAoys

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
On Monday 22nd February Key Stage 3 students took part in an attempt to break the World Record for the most people taking part in Simultaneous Literature Quizzes.  This was a venture undertaken with other schools in multiple venues.

The current record was 2,679 people quizzing, but we are very excited to announce that, in news just in, a whopping 11,828 took part.  That is nearly four and a half times the record we needed to beat!!

Congratulations to all those who took part!

MARLWOOD SCHOOL - TIME FOR READING
Marlwood School receives the Time For Reading - Silver Award.

Marlwood School's commitment to reading continues.  The Time For Reading scheme was set up by the Local Authority to promote an enjoyment of reading.  There were a number of criteria the school had to meet in order to achieve this award, needless to say we successfully met them! The benefits of a high level of reading for our young learners are obvious and we use the Accelerated Reader system to track our students' progress with their reading.  Huge congratulations to all involved and thanks to you as parents for supporting us from home.  We have the Gold Award firmly in our sights!




AIRBUS AEROSPACE DAY

Mrs Seymour took nine Year 8 girls to Airbus last week where the Engineering giant, joined forces with Bristol University to hold its inaugural Aerospace Day.

Hosted by the university's Faculty of Engineering, dozens of Year 8 girls from five secondary schools came together to learn about the benefits of STEM subjects and the jobs which they can lead to.

During the day the students learnt about aeronautics, aeroplane design and leant to fly a plane in a in a static flight simulator.

Professor Ian Lane, Airbus senior technical expert and university ambassador said: "The day went really well. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students on the day as well giving them the chance to meet women engineers from Airbus who were excellent ambassadors for the business and for engineering as a career choice."

Mrs Seymour has said that this was a rewarding and challenging day for the girls, with two Marlwood students winning the design challenge.

Well done to all who attended.
 
 

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The Newsletter for Term 4 gives you an insight into activities which have taken place during the term and also lists future events for your information.
 
 

MARLWOOD SPELLING BEE 2016

The Second Marlwood Spelling Bee has been won by Scott Smith from Year 10 and Berkeley House. It was a closely contested affair with the three other finalists pushing him all the way.   As always, everyone is a winner and each contestant received a certificate and a prize for taking part.  It was also lovely to have last year’s winner (Yolanda Joseph-Guy) present to pass the cup to Scott. His name will now join hers on the permanent trophy. All the finalists took home fantastic prizes donated by our preferred partners: Linela Ltd, NFU Mutual and The Thornbury Lions Club. There was music from some of our very talented musicians to entertain the audience and, between heats, parents and guests were able to take part in a difficult spelling quiz, purchase young adult fiction from a book stall and try their luck with a raffle for a huge box of Easter chocolate. Delicious refreshments were provided by Year 11 pupils, raising money for their trip to Peru.  Two sixth formers, Jai Das and Megan Edwards, ably presented the evening.

A key ingredient for the success of this event grows from the collaboration of the English and Literacy Faculty, the Science Faculty, the Music, Art and Drama Departments, Ms Carrington (Library Resource Manager), sixth form students and all the technical teams, working together for excellence, and we are already beginning to plan for next year.


FUTURE OF MARLWOOD AND SEVERN BEACH PRIMARY SCHOOL

We are pleased to announce an exciting development in regards to the futures of Marlwood and Severn Beach schools.

From September 2016 the two schools will work together to provide an excellent education for young people aged 4 – 18 in our community.

This development builds upon the excellent relationship between the two schools as partners within the Marlwood School cluster and Castle School Education Trust (CSET).

Severn Beach will remain a distinct and separate school but will have a much closer working relationship with Marlwood School. The aim of this development is to improve the experience for all children. Mr Pope will become Executive Headteacher overseeing both schools.

There will be opportunities through the summer term for the community to come together with the staff of the school in preparation for the beginning of the next academic year.

We are sure that these exciting developments will be received positively by our communities.

CONCORD BOOK AWARD

On Tuesday Mrs Gill and Mrs Carrington took 15 students to the Concorde Book Awards which was held in Emersons Green.  The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

The shortlisted books for the awards are listed below and are highly recommended reads: 

·         The Fearless, Emma Pass
·         Apple and Rain, Sarah Crossen
·         Terror Kid, Benjamin Zephaniah
·         Wild Boy, Rob Lloyd Jones
·         She is not Invisible, Marcus Sedgewick 
·         Would the real Stanley Carrot please stand up?

The winner of this year's award was Emma Pass for The Fearless - a gripping dystopian tale.

We have met as a reading group once a week since October, diligently reading the six shortlisted books for the award.  We also made numerous contributions to the Concorde Blog during this time.  Our efforts were rewarded last night, when we were presented with the Blogging Award (A Bristol Blue Glass paperweight) at the event.  It was chosen for the quality of the blogs written, including how we interacted with other schools, our opinions on language used in books and how we compared some of the books to others we had read.  The award was collected from guest author Cavan Scott by Bethan Jenkinson and Melodi Bending.

Concorde Book Award Blog link http://concorde2016.edublogs.org/

Congratulations to all involved!

PARENT CONSULTATION EVENT 2
Thank you to all parents/carers who attended Parent Consultation 2 on Thursday 3rd March.  Many of you commented on how valuable you found the conversation in helping you to understand your child as a learner.  We have since had a steady supply of feedback by e-mail with the majority reinforcing the view that the event was very useful.  You have made a number of suggestions that you feel would develop the evening further.  These will be taken into consideration by the staff working party.

Information was available to parents in the LRC when they signed in and is also available via the links below if you would like to take a closer look:



THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
 
The Guinness World Record attempt Marlwood took part in achieved a new World Record with 6,388 participants taking book quizzes simultaneously (from 62 schools, libraries, publishers and bookshops). 
 
Well done to students in Year’s 7, 8 and 9 for their participation and Mrs Carrington for organising the event!!

WORLD BOOK DAY
 
Parent Consultation Day was held on World Book Day this year, so parents were invited to "Take the Pledge" to encourage their children to read for 20 minutes every day.  There are many published reports showing the benefits of regular reading, including increased vocabulary, motivation, imagination, and greater success in all subjects, including maths.  We would like to encourage ALL of our students to read for pleasure for 20 minutes every day.

READ XV FESTIVAL
 
Jamie Curtis was the lucky winner of tickets for Bristol Rugby -v- Cornish Pirates game at Ashton Gate on Sunday.  He has also been invited to the Fanzone to meet some of the players and join in the Reading Passport celebrations for this year's Read XV Festival of Rugby.  His name was selected from a hardworking group who have achieved 100% attendance this year to date and consistently show a good attitude to their work.

MARLWOOD SPELLING BEE

On the evening of 9th March 2016, Marlwood School will hold its second ever Spelling Bee.  This promises to be a really exciting event and is being supported by members of the local business community.  Students took part in tutor competitions in order to find a worthy winner from each group who will then take part in a series of heats during the evening until we have our Marlwood Spelling Champion.  As well, there will be performances from some of our talented musicians and a display of ‘spelling bees’ from a DART Faculty competition.   Our Literacy Leaders and Ambassadors will be delighted to welcome parents, friends and family who are all invited to attend this annual celebration of spelling excellence at Marlwood.

Growth Mindset at Marlwood












For the past few months we have been exploring the ideas around this simple but positive approach to improving learning.  In our lessons, assemblies and displays we have been promoting effort as a personal quality, building resilience in learners and celebrating mistakes as excellent learning opportunities.  Recent research studies have shown that consistently emphasising these qualities assists in developing more independent and resilient learners.
We shared some of these thoughts at our Parents' Consultation Evening and we offer these links for those of you who wish to know more.
Here are a number of short articles explaining the origins of Growth Mindset
This site attempts to use some graphics to separate Fixed Mindset thinking from that of Growth Mindset
Here is a summary of the precepts behind Growth Mindset thinking

THE PAULINE QUIRKE ACADEMY
Kira Lambert in Year 8 and Fraser Stone in Year 7, both from Holt House, recently had a fantastic experience with their Performing Arts  group 'The Pauline Quirke Academy',  when they travelled to London's West End to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre in a musical show called  'Lazy Ace' with the three other best PQA's in the country.  As a result of this Kira, Fraser and their friends have passed their Trinity Exam in Musical Theatre with flying colours and will be receiving a certificate very soon. We were also delighted to hear that ex pupil now young adult - James Millward starred in this piece too.

We follow their careers with interest!

 
SPORTS UPDATE

Commiserations to our Year 11 Rugby team as they narrowly lost to Chew Valley in the Super 8 Quarter final by 3 tries to 2.
Well done to our Year 8 and Year 11 Football teams for progressing to the next stage of the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Cup 2016.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

On Monday 22nd February Key Stage 3 students took part in an attempt to break the World Record for the most people taking part in Simultaneous Literature Quizzes.  This was a venture undertaken with other schools in multiple venues.

The current record is 2,679 people quizzing simultaneously.  The paper work has been sent to Guinness World Records for verification, and we will know the outcome on World Book Day on the 3rd of March if we have met their very strict criteria to break the record.

We had 263 very excited students taking part on Monday, which was also turned into a House Competition.  Kingsley won the House Competition and we will update you when we hear the outcome from the Guinness World Record Team.


MARLWOOD TRIP TO BRISTOL UNIVERSITY
Marlwood School Year 10 and selected Year 9 students experienced a unique opportunity today as they visited Bristol University to discover what it is like to attend university and live as a full time university student. Nearly 130 students were able to sit in the Great Hall of the Wills’ building for an in depth presentation on all aspects of university life. As many students appeared to confuse the location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts they learnt about all aspects of study and life in such prestigious surroundings. Students were also given a tour of Bristol University by student ambassadors, provided with lunch in the university refectory and sampled a Science Lecture on ice cream making and a Law Lecture debating teenager medical rights.
Student verbal feedback and information collated in a questionnaire of the day was extremely positive with lots of discussions shared in regards to applying to university and seeking to achieve the grades at GCSE and A Level which would make this dream a reality.
Well done to all those who took part and they will now hopefully challenge their own aspirations for higher education.


RETURN TO A CAREER IN TEACHING AND GET BACK TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, returning to teaching gives you the chance to make a difference every day.  Bring your skills back to the classroom and we’ll support you at every step to ensure your return is smooth and tailored to meet your needs.

Groups of schools will be running a new initiative to help teachers return to the classroom.  Each school taking part will be able to provide a free package of bespoke support to help qualified teachers return in a way that best suits them.

The support provided by the Return to Teaching programme could include subject knowledge and classroom training, behaviour management advice, a guide to assessment frameworks and current initiatives, as well as one to one mentoring.  You can apply until the end of March 2016.

Visit education.gov.uk/returners to receive more information about how to apply for the programme.

HELP US TO SAFEGUARD SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S CHILDREN

We are raising awareness of how parents/carers of children can help to keep children safe, happy and well if they are ‘privately fostered’.

It is the public’s shared duty to help their local council identify children and young people who are living away from home.

Parents, carers and professionals should inform South Gloucestershire Council if:
·         They know of a child who is living with someone other than a parent of close relative
·         They are looking after someone else’s child.
 
If this arrangement involves a child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled) and lasts for 28 days or more, it is a known private fostering.  Close relatives are defined at step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts.  For example this could be:
·         A child living with family friends because parents have separated or are unwell
·         A teenager living with the family of a boy/girlfriend
·         A child from overseas, in this country for education or healthcare reasons

It is a priority of South Gloucestershire’s Safeguarding Board to work with these children and their carers to make sure they don’t miss out on the support available to them, including essential welfare checks.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE SUPPORT GROUP

Supportive Parents is a charity providing information, advice and support to parents, children and young people with any type of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). 
The next support groups are at:
Brimsham Green Secondary School, Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Broad Lane, Yate, BS37 7 LB (first building after school Reception on Tuesday 15th March and Tuesday 17th May from 7.30 pm – 9pm
Kingswood Children’s Centre, Hollow Road, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, BS15 9TP on Tuesday 16th February and Tuesday 19th April from 7.30 – 9 pm.
For more details contact their Information, Advice and Support Line on 0117 989 7725 or www.supportiveparents.org.uk

THE RUFF GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE

The Performing Arts and English Faculties hosted a very special performance on Friday 5th February for the whole of Year 8.

Students from the world renowned Bristol Old Vic Theatre School joined us on their current tour of 'The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare', a play that has been especially written to mark the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

We enjoyed silly sketches, toe-tapping songs, daft dance routines and extracts from all the famous and some less well known plays.  This 'Horrible Histories' style show was perfect for a Year 8 audience, who were a superb audience, firing interesting and thought provoking questions at the cast afterwards. None of us could believe the energy and skill of the performers, who played multiple musical instruments as well as acting, singing and dancing.

Years 8 were inspired and several spoke out about their desire to follow their dreams in the future and pursue career paths in the performing and creative arts. Our congratulations to Toby Hulse, the director, who came along and treated local teachers to a superb training session afterwards.

A great occasion and a big treat for old and young alike!