Weekly Message 169 – 9 December 2022


9th December 2022

House Point Averages Per Pupil for This Week


Year 7                    6.76 points

Year 8                    6.55 points

Year 9                    4.70 points

Year 10                 3.81 points

Year 11                 2.35 points


Thank you to parents/carers who joined us at the Year 11 Parents’ Subject Evening on Tuesday. We hope that you were able to gain useful insight from teachers to help support your child at home in the run-up to the final exams.  There will be a second Parents’ Subject Evening taking place on 28 March 2023 as per the school’s calendar.

Next week we will be celebrating this term’s achievements with pupils in their Celebration Assemblies as well as enjoying some festive fun with our Christmas Lunch taking place on Wednesday 14 December 2022.

We have also invited pupils to wear non-uniform on Thursday and Friday in exchange for a donation to three local charities this academic year: Sophie’s Legacy, Music Fusion and The Eight Foundation – this was communicated to parents/carers in a letter dated 13 October 2022. Pupils who wish to wear non-uniform but have not yet donated, can do so via the ScoPay ‘Charity Dress Down’ button between now and Friday 16 December.

We remind parents/carers that the school closes to all pupils for the Christmas break on Friday 16 December 2022 at 1230 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2023



Science Live



On Friday 1 December, 49 Year 10 and 11 pupils and five staff headed to the Aldwych Theatre in London for GCSE Science Live 2022. It was our chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.

We had a brilliant and inspiring time, listening to:

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a space scientist and a lecturer who is the presenter of the BBC’s iconic astronomy programme The Sky At Night;

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who is Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey and is also chair in the Public Engagement of Science talking about the possibilities and issues regarding time travel, both forwards and backwards, and the use of ‘worm holes’ in space!

Professor Lord Robert Winston, a well-known TV scientist and presenter, kept us completely enthralled with his tales of how his interest in science started at a young age and why he is now fascinated by the area of human fertility;

Professor Andreas Sella entertained us using chemicals on the stage to illustrate his ideas about several chemical processes and their application;

Professor Alice Roberts, another familiar face from TV, showed us how her interests and understanding of evolution and the people of early Britain have been enhanced by new scientific and technological techniques and procedures regarding the analysis of DNA.



Key Stage 3 Design and Technology Cook Club




Christmas had most definitely arrived in the Food Room this week as Key Stage 3 pupils attended our annual ‘cool yule’ decorating session. The final pupil outcomes were super impressive with a rich chocolatey buttercream ‘bark’ and dainty fondant icing finishing touches.

Well done to all; I hope it tasted as good it looked! We know that this session was oversubscribed so if you would like to have a go at home, please send us a picture of your efforts and we will reward you with a credit and post your outcome on our D&T Instagram.

Please do look out for our next seasonal cook in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.



Geography Trip to Gunwharf Quay


Geography fieldwork is an important element of the GCSE course. This week the department organised another fabulous trip to Gunwharf Quays, led by the Mr Annison (Geography and Economics Teacher), to help Year 10 pupils gain an understanding of urban regeneration.  This included a trip up the Spinnaker Tower to soak up the view of the local area.

We looked at how sustainable the centre is. This covered content for Paper 3 and also some of Paper 2 as we recapped what they have been looking at in Urban Issues with the challenges and opportunities of Portsmouth.



Christmas Concer



It officially felt like Christmas had begun at Cams Hill on Thursday evening. The audience at our annual Christmas Concert enjoyed an evening of Christmas themed songs and readings. It was a pleasure to hear so many of our talented pupils showcase their musical skills.

The concert was closed with a rousing rendition of the Slade classic, ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ sung by all the performers and the audience. It was a fabulous evening brought about by fabulous pupils and staff – a huge thank you to all involved.



Fareham and Gosport Food Basics – Last day for donations is Monday 12 December 2022



Monday is the last day for donations. If parents/carers drop items off, don’t forget to inform your child’s tutor so they get the valuable House points. 😊

We have already dropped off an entire boot full of donations! The person in charge was incredibly grateful and was blown away by everyone’s generosity. I asked if there was anything they needed, and he said, “Everything is needed; however, we are low on tinned fruit and tinned custard.” Below is a list of items they require:

Jars of jam • Chocolate and sweets • Jars of pasta sauce • Jars of sauce to go with rice • Tins of minced beef, stewed steak etc • Tins of chicken in white sauce, chicken curry etc • Tins of peas, carrots, sweetcorn • Tins of corned beef, ham, spam • Tins of potatoes • Tins of meatballs, hotdogs • Tins of spaghetti • Tins of tuna and other fish • Bags of rice • Tins or cartons of custard • Tins of rice pudding • Tins of fruit • UHT milk (semi skimmed and full fat) • Shower gel • Shampoo • Deodorant – women’s and men’s • Toilet rolls

Thank you so much for your support.


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