Weekly Message 166 – 18 November 2022


18th November 2022

Credit Averages Per Pupil for This Week


Year 7                  7.78

Year 8                  6.48

Year 9                  7.30

Year 10                5.07

Year 11                3.63


Thank you to parents/carers for joining us at the Year 8 and 9 Parents’ Tutor Evening on Tuesday 15 November 2022 and for your feedback. Tutors value the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss how your child has settled into the academic year.


We remind parents and carers that the school is closed to pupils on Monday 21 November as it is an INSET Day. Teachers will be involved in moderation and standardisation activities following the mock exams which contributes to the determination of the Assessment Tracker (3) data – this will be shared with Year 11 pupils and parents/carers in early December 2022.



Parent View November 2022


Feedback from stakeholders is important to us for quality assurance purposes and to inform further development. We therefore invite our parents and carers to complete a Parent View questionnaire. A letter has been sent to all parents/carers today which includes a link to Parent View and further details. We thank you in anticipation.



Anti-Bullying Week



This week was Anti-Bullying Week, and the theme was Reach Out. Pupils had assemblies with Miss Robinson (Head of Year 10) and Miss Kendall (Assistant Head of Year 11) to launch the initiative and to discuss what bullying is.


During tutor time, pupils have been discussing what it means to ‘Reach Out’ to others and what they would like Anti-Bullying at Cams Hill School to look like. We are in the process of relaunching our Anti-Bullying Collective (ABC) which is a pupil-led group and have asked for pupils to express an interest in joining us – they can do this through their tutors.



Class of 2022 Certificate Collection


Calling all ex-Year 11 pupils of Class of 2022. We are pleased to invite you to school to collect your GCSE certificates on Tuesday 29 November 2022 between 1530 and 1730.  Coursework for Art, Photography and Graphics will also be available for collection on the evening. We ask that you make your way into school via reception.


A letter with the specific details has been sent to parents/carers dated 18 November 2022 – this includes information on what to do if you would like a sibling/parent/carer to pick up the certificates on your behalf. Please be advised that collection of either work and/or certificates after 29 November 2022 can only be arranged by prior appointment and that we are required to retain certificates for 12 months; thereafter they may be disposed of by the school.


We very much hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you and hearing about what you have been up to since leaving Cams Hill School.



Cross Country Success


On Monday Cams Hill School hosted the Fareham and Gosport District Cross Country Championships. In what can only be described as horrendous weather conditions we had 19 pupils qualify to represent the district in the Hampshire Championships next year. Congratulations to all who competed and represented the school.



World Cup Maths House Challenge



Yes, it has finally arrived, and it was worth the wait …. Here is the eagerly anticipated, (drum roll please) … World Cup Maths House Challenge!!!


Participants will need to select a team from each group without exceeding the set budget.  Points will be scored for winning or drawing games, goals scored and progression to latter rounds, but points will be deducted for games lost, goals conceded and red cards.


This competition is open to all pupils as well as Cams Hill Staff and Governors.  Pupils will have received an email with a link to complete a Microsoft Form with the information required to enter.


All entries need to be submitted by the end of Saturday 19 November 2022.  Entries received after the first game will not count! If you don’t follow all the rules, you won’t be able to compete!


We hope your child will get involved and score some House points along the way!



Maths Assessments


Dates for your diary:


Year 10

Week beginning 28 November 2022 – two papers with calculator needed for the second paper

Year 9

Week beginning 5 December 2022 – two papers with calculator needed for the second paper

Year 7 & 8

Week beginning 12 December 2022 – calculator paper


Pupils need to make sure they bring all their equipment for these assessments and watch out for revision lists and MathsWatch tasks nearer the time.



Dungeons and Dragons/Warhammer Club




Our ‘Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer’ clubs are going fantastically well this term. With Warhammer, pupils are enjoying working together to paint and make their own miniature army. In Dungeons and Dragons, pupils enjoy playing through their campaigns and imagining the situations that their characters are going through and roleplaying as the characters they have created. They have regularly visited the ‘shop’ and have bought helpful potions and weapons. Unfortunately, their characters are currently in the middle of surviving a group of orcs!



Art Competition Update




We would like to thank all our artists who entered the ‘My Coat of Arms’ Art Competition. We had over 30 entrants across all the categories in Years 7-10. There were designs of all sizes and styles in various mediums and formats. Our entries will be judged shortly by Ms Oswald-Cutler (Curriculum Leader of Art) and Ms Noble (Assistant Headteacher), with the results and prizes given out soon, as well as a certificate for everyone who took part.


The entries will be sent forward to the Hampshire CAMHS ‘Coat of Arms Project’ where they will be on exhibition at Winchester School of Art (SO23 8DL) from 9-12 December. Please do take the time to visit this free public exhibition to see pupils’ artwork on show. See the linked PDF document for further information.


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Young Carers


At Cams Hill School we are aware that some pupils are Young Carers. A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.


Children may engage in:


  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate


Cams Hill School can support Young Carers. If you or a family member needs support, please contact either Miss Allen or your child’s Head of Year. All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.





As a reminder and signposting, please see the link below re CHATHEALTH. Available 0830-1630 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) CHATHEALTH is a free text service for school age children and parents/carers should there be any concern.


The link details what the service offers and contact numbers www.hampshirehealthyfamilies.org.uk/chathealth


ChatHealth allows young people in Hampshire to send text messages to a dedicated number 07507 332160; the messages are then delivered to a secure website. Once received, the school nurse will respond to the text within one working day.

ChatHealth allows parents/carers in Hampshire to send text messages to a dedicated number 07507 332417; the messages are then delivered to a secure website. Once received, the school nurse will respond to the text within one working day.



Mental Health


Please also see the attached flyer re 10 conversation starters for parents/carers to talk about mental health.


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Online Safety


National Online Safety have published a colourful graphic in relation to the new release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare II

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