Weekly Message 226 – 17 May 2024


17th May 2024



Maximising the learning time for pupils is of paramount importance. An interruption free environment, in the classroom and around the school means that everyone can focus on the core purpose of learning – whether that is learning subject related skills and knowledge or general life skills for the future.


As members of our school community, we adhere to the values of being: ‘Ready, Respectful, Resilient’ We believe that promoting good behaviour and rewarding success, coupled with having clear rules that are fair and easily understood, helps pupils to do this. More information can be found in The Good Behaviour Policy available on the school’s website.


Westbound Pathway Along the A27


The pathway has re-opened, and pupils are appreciating no longer having to take the deviation to and from school. We ask that pupils familiarise themselves with the new layout, which includes a cycle lane and that cyclists use the right side of the lane for their direction of travel. All pupils will continue to enter the school site in the morning using the main entrance on Shearwater Avenue but can leave at the end of the day via the side gate onto the A27 or the main exit.


Life of Pi Theatre Trip



56 Year 8 and 9 pupils had an amazing time at The Mayflower in Southampton watching Life of Pi on Thursday night. They were in awe of the female Pi and the incredibly realistic animal puppets. It was a fantastic performance and a fantastic night.


Steve Willis Apprenticeship Taster Session


On Wednesday a group of Year 10 pupils attended a Steve Willis Apprenticeship Taster Session. During this session pupils listened to a presentation about the gas and electrical industry in the UK and how with an aging workforce, the industry will be looking for many more skilled engineers in the next ten years.  They also had a hands-on experience of working in teams to create a gas pipe circuit and found out about how apprenticeships work.  All those who attended were extremely engaged and worked brilliantly in their teams to achieve a perfect circuit.


Sports Results






Eight schools competed in this athletics event on 16 May 2024. The girls placed 2nd overall and the boys placed 3rd overall.


Track events boys.

G Knobel placed 3rd in 800m

O Knipe placed 1st in 1500m


Field events  

B Tidbury placed 2nd in pole volt

O Stacey placed 3rd in Discus


Track events girls

A Cupid placed 2nd in 100m

R Savage placed 1st in 200m

C Heaysman placed 2nd in 1500m

H Barty placed 3rd in 1500m


Field events  

D Smith placed 3rd in Discus


Year 7 boys’ football lost to Henry Cort 5-0.

The teacher at Henry Cort complimented the team’s attitude and behaviour and stated that N Raynor played an excellent game.


Years 7-8 girls’ football lost to Henry Cort 3-1

The girls conducted themselves well during the game but unfortunately could not secure the goals to win.



Library House Challenge – Design a Bookmark – deadline 7 June 2024



The Library house challenge is to design a bookmark for Year 6 pupils when they come for their transition sessions.

Pupils should see their tutors for a template – entries to be handed to tutors by Friday 7 June 2024.


Drama House Challenge – Theatre Evaluation – deadline 3 June 2024



Pupils have been asked to create a poster evaluation of a piece of theatre they have seen; about their favourite parts of the show and why those parts particularly appealed to them.


Pupils could use a filmed version of a production on Netflix or Disney+.


Entries to be with Mrs Collins in Dr 1 or the Drama office by Monday 3 June 2024.


Attendance Spotlight – What Parents/Carers Should Do If Their Child Is Absent


A child not attending school is considered a safeguarding matter. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required. If a child is absent, parents/carers must contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence. Calls should be made to our absence line – 01329 800901, or an email should be sent to office@camshill.com, or parents/carers can call into school and report to Main Reception.


If your child is absent, we will:


  • code their absence appropriately.
  • invite parents/carers into school to discuss the situation with their Head of Year and/or the Attendance Home School Link Worker if absence is going to be prolonged.
  • communicate with parents/carers regularly if their child’s attendance moves below 95%.
  • arrange a meeting to discuss an attendance plan if a child’s attendance is persistently below 95%.
  • refer the matter to Hampshire’s Attendance Legal Panel if absence is unauthorised and remains below 95%.


Please note: If a child is not seen and contact has not been established with any of the named parents/carers after three days of absence, the Attendance Home School Link Worker is required to make a home visit, to ascertain the well-being of the child and the reason for absence.



Week 3 Menu 2023 NEW


Next week’s features:

  • Friday BBQ! Yes, we will be firing up the *BBQ serving hot dogs/burgers with a self-serve salad bar and will include an ice lolly. A vegetarian option will be available as well as filled jacket potatoes.
  • *The bbq takes the place of world food day/theme day on the menu. Pupils will need to purchase a ticket at the till then proceed outside to the kiosk to pick up their food.  The kiosk will only be serving the bbq and jacket potatoes.  There will be no ‘mains’ section on these days but ‘Grab and Go’ and ‘wrap and roll’ options as well as cakes, biscuits and drinks will be available as usual


  • Watermelon. In addition to our strawberry pots, we will be offering watermelon pots too in response to pupils’ requests


  • Iced drinks. With the warm weather approaching, we will be featuring lots of new *iced drinks including- Boba Tea, Decaf Iced Caramel Latte, Decaf Ice Cream Cola Float, Fresh Milkshakes to name a few!


  • *These may take the place of Chefs Pod and Grab and Go features (such as hot dogs) on occasion especially when the weather is warm. All other ‘Grab and Go’ options will be available.


  • Omelette. At the Chefs Pod.





House Points Averages per Pupil for This Week


Year 7                         5.30 points

Year 8                         4.30 points

Year 9                         8.20 points

Year 10                       4.26 points


MathsWatch and Educake


These are two online resources that we expect pupils to be accessing routinely with homework set by teachers and independently to support their progress in Maths, Science and other subjects. We ask parents to check in with their child to see whether they are accessing these resources routinely and to encourage best use of them.



Average number of questions answered per pupil this week

Year 7            8.1 questions

Year 8            11.7 questions

Year 9            5.7 questions

Year 10          6.2 questions

Year 11           13.4 questions


Highest number of questions answered by one pupil this week

Year 7              112 questions

Year 8              138 questions

Year 9              97 questions

Year 10            108 questions

Year 11             140 questions


Not all Maths homework is set on MathsWatch, which is likely to affect the averages.  


We are currently running a trial on a website called Maths Kitchen for KS4 classes.


Highest number of marks achieved by one pupil this week on Maths Kitchen

Year 8         59 marks

Year 9         27 marks

Year 10       100 marks

Year 11       100 marks



Year 7 w/b 24 June 2024
Year 8 w/b 24 June 2024
Year 9 w/b 10 June 2024
Year 10 w/b 17 June 2024
Year 11

Monday 3 June 2024

GCSE Paper 2 (calculator)

Educake – Science


Average number of questions answered per pupil this week

Year 7               28.32 questions

Year 8               18.64 questions

Year 9               16.80 questions

Year 10             53.83 questions

Year 11              91.32 questions


Highest number of questions answered by one pupil this week

Year 7                   236 questions

Year 8                   234 questions

Year 9                   221 questions

Year 10                 624 questions

Year 11                  1976 questions





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