Weekly Message 176 – 10 February 2023


10th February 2023

House Point Averages Per Pupil for This Week

Year 7              4.62 points

Year 8              5.67 points

Year 9              4.47 points

Year 10            2.98 points

Year 11            2.91 points


This half-term has flown by but with so much achieved in the six weeks since Christmas both in the classroom and across the school. The purpose of the Weekly Message is to celebrate as much as we can at the end of each week, so we do hope you have enjoyed reading each instalment.


As we break up for the half-term holiday, here are a few signposts for the next half term. Year 11 will return to school for their second round of mocks. Information has already been shared with pupils, parents, and carers about the format of these. We wish all Year 11 pupils the very best with their revision and their exams.


We expect pupils to come to school ‘Ready’ to learn with all equipment needed for the day – as a minimum, a pen, pencil, and ruler. To help with this, we have opened a stationery shop from the hatch on the North Courts where pupils can use their Scopay account to purchase items should they need to. All items are recyclable.


Preparing pupils for their next steps post 16 is an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Year 10 pupils have been preparing with their tutors for their ‘Mock Interview Day’ with employers from the local area conducting the interviews. Feedback from past pupils tells us that this experience is extremely beneficial. Later in the year, Year 10 pupils will also be taking part in work experience.


For Year 9, next half-term will see the launch of their Guided Choices programme when they will consider and choose their subjects for Key Stage 4. As part of the broad and balanced curriculum in Key Stage 3, pupils will have studied many of the subjects available but will be able to find out about the other subjects on offer to inform their choices. Rest assured, there will be plenty of support for pupils, parents, and carers throughout the process.


Finally, a reminder that the next INSET Day is scheduled to take place on 10 March 2023 with the Spring Term concluding on Friday 31 March 2023.


We thank our parents and carers for their continued support in making Cams Hill School the school it is for the pupils and the staff who learn and work here and we wish our entire school community a good half-term break.


IT Disruption

The school experienced a significant interruption to its IT systems on Thursday 9 February 2023 and 10 February 2023. In this event the school operates back-up systems. In the Dining Hall, pupils were able to ‘purchase’ food and their names and the items bought were recorded. The catering team will be uploading these purchases onto Tucasi over the coming days so we advise parents and carers that any transactions on Thursday and Friday will appear in accounts shortly.  We thank parents and carers for their patience.




This week has seen the hallways being roamed by T-Birds and pink ladies, more make-up than I’m sure is allowed in the Uniform Policy, and plenty of coffee cups. What a week it has been! The positive reaction from staff, parents and carers about the production has been overwhelming to say the least. We are so incredibly proud of all the pupils and staff involved in the production – it really has been a joy.

Look out for photos in the next weekly message.



Years 10 and 11 Volleyball Success

The pupils below placed 2nd in the National Junior Volleyball Cup this weekend.

D Jones, N Illingworth, N Patter, H Tullett, J Russell, O Carter, S Whiting

Each game was best of three sets, with all three of our matches going the distance. Cams Hill have never beaten New Forest, and this weekend it was their chance to turn the tide.

21:16 to Cams Hill in the first set.

14:21 to New Forest in the second.

The final set is played first to 15 points, or two points clear if the scores are close.

New Forest pulled away and claimed the game after a thrilling finale 16:14.

A huge well done to the team.





Combined English and Languages House Challenge

Pupils need to have attempted at least eight challenges from three different subject areas to possibly qualify for the Rewards Day.  This could be a good one to have a go at.

The deadline is 27 February 2023.




Staff Cook Club – Viennese Whirls

 Super effort from all the staff who attended the Viennese Whirl Cook Club. Some great results from such a technical challenge as this! Hope they tasted as good as they looked.




Children’s Mental Health Week

For this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week the school signed up to participate in fun challenges designed by the creators of the TV show Taskmaster. Pupils participated in different set tasks each day. These activities included challenges such as creating the best rainbow, making the best hat and completing various cryptic word challenges. The aim of the tasks was to work as a team, have fun and support their wellbeing.  There were some amazing conversations from pupils and tutors about the fun they have had. They have made some great memories.



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