Weekly Message 142 – 25 March 2022


25th March 2022

Credit Averages for This Week

Year 7                  7.14

Year 8                  7.47

Year 9                  4.68

Year 10                4.11

Year 11                3.19


Thank you to all parents/carers of Year 9 who were able to attend the Guided Choices Evening on Tuesday.

This week was the official start of the Guided Choices process for pupils. Pupils, parents and careers were invited into school to talk with subject teachers about the courses pupils would like to go on to study in Years 10 and 11. Local colleges were also present to support the event. Pupils and parents alike were really positive about their experience; teachers and the colleges commented on how engaged our young people were with planning and thinking about their futures.

Guided Choices Forms will be available to the pupils from next week for completion by 27 April 2022.

There was also a good attendance to the colleges afternoon for Year 10 pupils, parents and carers where pupils had the opportunity to interact with representatives from local colleges, enquire about courses on offer, consider future careers and find out about open days and the application process.

We appreciate that this opportunity was offered at short notice; there will be another opportunity to meet the colleges in September for those who were unable to attend.


Year 11 Parents’ Subject Evening 29 March 2022

Next Tuesday we have the second Year 11 Parents’ Subject evening of this academic year.

This is an on site, face to face parents’ evening and teachers very much looking forward to meeting with pupils and parents/carers to discuss how they can support their child between now and the final exam series in the Summer Term.

Details about how to book an appointment have been previously shared with parents/carers. The booking system will remain open until 1200 on Monday 28 March 2022 if this is something that you still need to do.


Jazz Café

We are so pleased to be able to invite parents/carers back into school to enjoy the most wonderful evening of musical entertainment that is the Jazz Café. This is one of the most looked forward to events on our musical calendar owing to the enjoyment it brings to those participating as well as to those that come along to see and hear our talented pupils and staff perform in an informal atmosphere. A letter has already been sent to members of the school community with details on how to purchase tickets; there will be no further ticket sales after Monday 28 March 2022.



Please see below attendance figures for our pupil cohort this past week.

This week (w/e 25 March)                       91.6%
Last week (w/e 18 March)                       91.6%
National Average year to date               89.7%


Globe Theatre Trip

On Wednesday 23 March, 40 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils had the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, world-renowned and located on the banks of the River Thames, to watch a superb performance of Macbeth. The sun was shining and as the theatre has no roof, this was well received! All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance and their own 16th century theatre experience.


Year 9 Trip to Marwell Zoo

Half of our Year 9 cohort conducted fieldwork at Marwell Zoo on Monday as part of their Geography studies. Pupils enjoyed a fun, sunny day working in groups to collect and interpret data to respond to an enquiry question “Is Marwell Zoo a sustainable site?”

Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography GCSE curriculum, so it was a great opportunity for prospective geographers to consider their options! We look forward to taking the other half of the year group to take part in their fieldwork activity at Marwell next week.


Year 10 Photography Trip

On Tuesday 22 March, Year 10 pupils studying GCSE Photography met professional photographer Paul Gonella from the Strong Island company for a photoshoot at Fareham Creek.  Paul shared many practical tips to help the pupils take incredible images from both smart phones and DSLR cameras.

We were blessed with glorious spring sunshine, friendly swans and boundless enthusiasm from the group.  Well done to all pupils involved.  We can’t wait to see their edited images!


Fareham Schools Debating Competition 2022

Our two pupils took second place in the Fareham Schools Debating Competition, hosted by the Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP at Fareham College.

They presented fantastic arguments in support of the motion: “This House Believes That Controversial Statues Should Be Removed”.

Our congratulations to them both on this amazing achievement; they were an absolute credit to the school.


Cross Country Success

Huge congratulations to T Jennings (Year 10) who represented Hampshire in the Inter Counties Cross country last weekend in his age category.  He was placed 63rd out of over 300 competitors. This is a phenomenal achievement, and we wish him continued success.


Year 7 Boys’ Football

Congratulations to the Year 7 boys’ football team who represented Cams Hill School for the first time on Thursday. They played in a local schools’ tournament and were unbeaten. We played three games, winning two and drawing one. Good luck for next Thursday when they compete for the school again.


Years 7/8 Girls’ Football

More football success, this time for the girls. They also played in a local schools’ competition in which they played some excellent football, drawing praise from other teachers in the area. The girls also played three fixtures, winning two and drawing one. Good luck for next Monday.


Morning Basketball Club

Morning Basketball Club continues to be a great success with over 20 participants every week. Just a reminder that this is available to all and runs in the Sports Hall from 0745 to 0830 every Thursday morning.


Morning Badminton Club

Badminton Club runs every Tuesday morning from 0745 to 0830.


Fixtures Next Week

Monday – Year 7/8 girls – local schools’ football tournament

Thursday – Year 7 boys – local schools’ football tournament


Pi Day Bake-Off Winners Announced on Monday

We had just under 10 entries (30 to be precise!), from Year 7 to Year 10.  Congratulations to all those who took part. Having organised the event, I felt justified in picking an additional favourite!  It has become tradition for the winners to get a mug with the winning cakes featured as a memento of the competition.  What better way to celebrate than with a slice of cake and a nice cup of tea!

Mr Fairhead


Puzzle of the Week

Pupils, parents and carers can enter.  To do so, go to:  https://www.puzzleoftheweek.com/home and register.  Pupils need to use their school email address.  You will be sent a User Code to submit your answer each week.


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