Weekly Message 60 – 14 February 2020


14th February 2020

Weekly Message – Issue 60

Credit Averages for this week

Year 7              8.20
Year 8              6.10
Year 9              5.81
Year 10            2.94
Year 11            3.02


Thank you to all parents and carers who were able to join us for the Year 9 Parents’ Subject Evening this week.


The week has concluded with a staff training and development day with a sharp focus on school improvement priorities and teaching and learning to maximise the progress of pupils. These days are always incredibly productive as we shape and progress the provision for all our pupils in the classroom.


As we run up to the half-term holiday, with the coronavirus in mind, we advise parents and carers that we are following the guidance as provided by the Department for Education click here for the link and we are promoting basic hygiene practices, such as washing hands regularly and sneezing into a tissue to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.


We wish our readers a restful half-term holiday and remind parents and carers that school will re-open to pupils on 24 February 2020. Parents and carers have also been advised of an early closure on Friday 28 February 2020, with pupils going home at 1445.


Year 9 Crime Prevention

On Monday, Year 9 participated in a ‘Crime Prevention Day’ delivered by the fantastic team from ‘Prison Me No Way’. Pupils learned about life in prison, about topics such as knife crime, county lines, domestic abuse and listened to an ex-convict speaking about the poor choices that people make that can lead to a stay in prison. Pupils found the day informative, fun and impactful.


Maths Challenge at Portchester School

Last week three teams headed to Portchester School to take part in the Maths Challenge with one of our teams taking the winning spot. Pupils will be invited to take part in the national heats later this term.


Sport Relief 2020

We very much like our Cams Hill Community to get involved in a ‘Big Draw Raffle’ to help raise money for Sport Relief 2020.  Cams Hill School warmly welcomes any donations, prizes or experiences for our Big Draw Raffle and we are proud to acknowledge companies or businesses in recognition of their generosity.


We would like to thank you for your ongoing support of Cams Hill’s charity initiatives, and for the money we raise as a community to help local projects.


If you feel that you are able to contribute, please contact Miss Noble via office@camshill.com by 29 February 2020.


Recycling Stamps, Notes and Old Coins

Cams Hill are proud to be supporting Solent Mind with their recent campaign to recycle stamps, notes and old coins. If you have any used stamps, old coins or old notes, please send them in and we’ll gladly pass them on to the collection point. This is not only a recycling initiative but will also help Solent Mind raise valuable funds.


Please just make sure the stamp is cut out of your envelope with a margin of about a 1 cm! Thank you!


Accepted Stamps / Coins

Any stamp – foreign or British of any age.

Stamp books and/albums.


Little Red Riding Hood – Year 7

On 16 January 2020, Year 7 were treated to a fantastic performance of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by the touring theatre company Bumblefly Theatre. As part of Drama’s House Competition, pupils were asked to submit a theatre style review of the performance they saw. Out of the many reviews the Drama Department read, we have selected two winners whose work is published below:


Little Red Riding Hood Review by Poppy Janowicz


I thought that the performance was really funny because of the jokes they put into it. The set was good because they could pull things down and open parts up to change the set. I like the windows that they had because it made it look more like a house. The costumes did show the different characters, especially the Squirrel because the attached string made the tail stand up. The best part was when they made Miss Emery come up and be Little Red Riding Hood’s mum. They used things like guitars, baskets and things like that as props to improve the performance. I liked that they added songs into the performance because it made the show funny and entertaining. Also, when the actors made small jokes and ran down the aisle was one of the best things about the show.


Review of Little Red Riding Hood by Billi Walker


I really enjoyed Little Red Riding Hood because of the different elements of different fairy tales as well as Little Red Riding Hood. I thought they changed their roles well as there were only 3 actors. They could improve how much Little Red Riding Hood is in the performance, I thought this because it wasn’t until halfway through when they started to focus on Little Red Riding Hood. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I hope to see more shows by Bumblefly Theatre.


Are you able to donate personal hiking equipment for Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions


The school is in need of personal hiking equipment for pupils to use on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.  We have enough tents and cooking equipment and only require the items listed below.

If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Mr Townsend via office@camshill.com.  Thank you in advance for your support.


Items needed

  • Waterproof jackets
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Walking boots
  • Rucksacks


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



Key Dates

February 2020
Monday 17Spring half-term holiday
Year 11: Art & Photography catch up session
Tuesday 18Spring half-term holiday
Wednesday 19Spring half-term holiday
Thursday 20Spring half-term holiday
Friday 21Spring half-term holiday
Monday 24Year 11: Mocks
Year 9: Mathematics In-Class Assessments
Tuesday 25Year 8 Boys: Hampshire RFU Schools Rugby Festival (Southampton RFC)
Wednesday 26Acting Academy
Thursday 27
Friday 28School closes at 1445 for the Celebration of Life




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