Weekly Message 27 – 05 April 2019


5th April 2019

Weekly Message – Issue 27

Credit Averages For This Week

Year 7:   8.50      Year 8:   13.60       Year 9:   10.46       Year 10:   on work experience       Year 11:   14.72


So that was the Spring Term – with so much achieved and by so many!

Pupils have worked extremely hard in lessons, participated in the many events and activities on offer to enrich the curriculum with all celebrated in our Celebration Assemblies held over the past two weeks.  These offer us the opportunity to acknowledge pupils for their dedication, achievement and commitment as well as their contribution to the school as a community.

Letters have been sent home to parents/carers of Year 11 pupils regarding the various revision sessions taking place over the Easter break; we encourage pupils to attend the sessions that they have been invited to and make the most of the time left with their teachers ahead of the exams.

We have a group of pupils and staff heading off to Austria for a week’s skiing this afternoon – a long journey but a fun-packed itinerary awaits and we wish them a fabulous trip.

We bid farewell to two colleagues as we conclude the term, Mr Pink, Teacher of English and Mr Sedgwick, Teacher in charge of Key Stage 4 Music.  We thank them for their contribution and wish them well in their new ventures.

We are so proud of all our pupils and staff here at Cams Hill School and we wish everyone a restful Easter break.


Year 10 Work Experience

This week has seen a hugely successful week for Year 10 pupils who have been participating in work experience.  Whilst the majority of the year group have been enjoying the world of work, a number of pupils have spent the week in school enjoying a variety of work-related activities with visiting companies.  On Monday, the pupils worked with representatives from a board game company ‘DICE’ based in Southsea, learning about successful business, playing board games and designing a board game based on either Brexit, knife crime or social media.  Pupils rose to the challenge and did a fabulous job.


Pupils visited Fareham College on Tuesday with taster sessions in business, computing and games, sport studies, health and social care, construction, travel and tourism with cabin crew training and specialist make-up and worked with representatives from Portsmouth College on Wednesday.  Despite the threat of wet and cold weather, a visit from the army on Thursday took pupils to the field for physical activity and presentations led by the military.  A day where the calories were definitely burned!


And finally, Friday brought to school Operating Theatre Live, the UK’s leading dissection-based surgical experience; a must for future medics and offering a curriculum linked learning experience based around the dissection of real anatomical specimens in a real operating theatre.


Storm Netball

On Monday 1 April 2019, pupils from Years 8 and 9 attended Surrey Sports Park for a 1.5-hour training session with Emily Gulvin, Storm’s WA.

It was amazing!  Our Changing room was placed next door to Team Bath’s Super League Team and all pupils walked past the England ‘Centre’ Serena Guthrie, which was a little surreal.

We then took seats to watch the game at 7.30pm. A fantastic, high energy game, which unfortunately didn’t go Storm’s way. They lost to a very strong Team Bath 57-48. At the end of the game we met the storm players briefly. A fantastic opportunity and a lovely evening spent with lovely pupils. Well done to all.


Drugs Awareness Evening

On 2 April 2019, parents/carers attended a presentation hosted by Bob Tait Who worked as a Royal Navy Policeman dealing with drug-related issues, including undercover work in Drugs Intelligence.  Since 2004 he has worked with young drug users, young offenders and school pupils, giving powerful and well-informed presentations.

The aim of the presentation was to raise awareness of the risks and prevalence of the misuse of drugs, including key information about drugs, solvents, tobacco and alcohol.  Bob speaks to pupils and parents/carers alike and they are left in no doubt about the risks of substance abuse in all its forms.  The presentation also signals where to find help.

Parents found the talk informative and engaging and Bob will be back with us again next year.


Maths GCSE Revision Trail

During Enrichment Day on Tuesday, over a hundred of our Year 11 pupils took part in the Maths GCSE Revision Trail.  The pupils were really engaged in solving the problems either individually or in teams.  They demonstrated excellent knowledge and understanding, solving problems under challenging time periods before moving on to a new room full of questions.  Well done to all our winners, several of whom are pictured below.

Many congratulations also to these two pupils below, who were awarded certificates for their achievement in the Liverpool University Maths Challenges.  They were the best in each category from our school (Year 10 and below and Year 8 and below respectively).  Well done!


Coming up

Year 11 House Rewards Day Tuesday 23 April 2019

Over the past two weeks Year 11 have been given four challenges: dodgeball, basketball, foodbank and spare change raised for their charity.  The winning house will be rewarded on 23 April from 1100 to 1415.  Pupils will enjoy Domino’s pizza, a huge inflatable laser quest and a selection of sweets at lunch and tutor time but may also be given the opportunity to pop in during lesson time.  The winning house will be announced during Tuesday 23 April morning registration.


The Headteacher’s blog contains more informal reflections and is available here:


Key Dates

June 2019
Monday 17Year 11: GCSE German Paper 4 (AM 1h/1h 15m)
Year 11: GCSE Certificate in Further Mathematics (calculator) (PM 2h)
Year 8 & 9: Design and Technology Upcycling Competition
Tuesday 18Year 11: GCSE Additional Mathematics (AM 2h)
Year 11: GCSE Hospitality and Catering Spec A - Unit 1 (on screen) (AM 1h 45m)
Year 7: Parents Evening
Wednesday 19Year 10 Mock Exam: Statistics Paper 1 10C
Year 10 Mock Exam: PE Paper 2 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Drama 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Catering 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Combined Science Biology Paper 1 (am)
Year 10 Mock Exam: Biology Paper 1
Year 7: Gosport and Fareham Track and Field Athletics Championships Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth
Thursday 20Year 8: Design and Technology Upcycling Competition Entries DEADLINE
Year 10 Mock Exam: Maths Paper 1 (non-calculator)
Year 10 Mock Exam: Business Paper 1
Friday 21Year 10 Mock Exam: Chemistry Paper 1
Year 10 Mock Exam: Combined Science Chemistry Paper 1
Year 10 Mock Exam: Geography Paper 1
TBC Year 9: Stem Event

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