Weekly Newsletter 15 December 2017

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15th December 2017


Weekly Message

Week 14 – ‘Some people are worth melting for.’ Olaf

What an incredibly busy time of year this is for us all at Cams Hill. Busy but utterly amazing too with the number of celebration activities and events happening for us and our wider school community.

We’ve taken part this Year in Wave 105 Mission Christmas https://planetradio.co.uk/wave-105/charity/events/wave-mission-christmas/ and are so grateful to all who contributed presents for us to deliver to their centre earlier this week. Mrs Holden and a wonderful group of pupils represented Cams Hill School with incredible positivity and generosity.

This week it’s been Christmas dinner and our two Christmas concerts. The Senior Leadership Team along with prefects served up Christmas Dinner to over 350 pupils in a fabulously festive atmosphere! It was so lovely to see so many pupils sitting and eating together. Our two concerts have been the first show-case event for our completely new music department. What events they have been! Spectacular singing, brilliant participation from huge numbers of pupils and an atmosphere of merriment and celebration that all involved have been so very proud of. Well done to all pupils involved and thank you to all parents and carers who came to support them.

A few key messages to clarify a couple of frequently asked questions from over the past week.

End of term arrangements – we finish next Thursday, 21 December 2017, which you will already be aware is a non-uniform day in aid of Rock Challenge. You can find out more about Rock Challenge by visiting www.rockchallenge.co.uk.  Pupils are asked to bring in £1.00 to wear non-school uniform. Tutors will be accepting this money from the beginning of the week and ideally we would like this in by Wednesday 20 December 2017; however, pupils will be able to make payment on the day.

  1. Pupils will be leaving site between 1215 and 1230 depending on when their specific tutor group is authorised to go by senior staff in a staggered exit.
  2. We welcome all pupils and staff back to school on Thursday 04 January 2018 on a Week A. This is a change to the published calendar. There are reasons around teaching and curriculum time which mean that if we come back on the same week as we finish next week, we are able to ensure coverage of all subjects within the two week timetable appropriately.
  3. Pupils will have an ‘extraordinary’ tutor time from 0830-0840 on Thursday 04 January 2018 to receive new timetables. There have been some curriculum changes due to staff roles and responsibility changes which come into effect from January 2018 which may affect timetables.

Thank you in anticipation of your continued support. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The weekly Headteacher’s blog is also available via the following link https://camsheadteacher.wordpress.com/


Christmas Concert



Over 100 pupils took part in the Christmas Concert performances this week at Cams Hill. Performances ranged from vocal and instrumental solos to small ensembles, concert band and the Year 7 Choir, Show Choir and Upper School Singers. The Hall had been decorated beautifully with lights, tinsel and sparkling snowflakes, produced by the Art Department.

There was a very festive feel to each performance which included a sing-a-long of Merry Christmas by Slade, sung by and enjoyed by many parents and staff!

The solo performances were performed brilliantly by pupils from Years 9 to 11. Hameem Khan treated us to an exciting Jewish Dance on the violin and David Chen joined Mr Cleary in a piano duet. The singers, Ella White,  Kimberly Chitifa, Amelia Burgess, Ruby Jermyn, Rem Rem Ceballo, Ellie Pound, Katie Wilson, Jessica Fox, Lily Carter, Lewis Gunter and Zoe Elliott all gave confident, expressive and fantastic performances which were really appreciated by the audience. Also, huge thanks to the house band, Tom Keeping (drums), David Chen (piano) and Joe Garland-Johnson (guitar).  The massed choir added particular energy to the end of the concert, sending the audience off in full festive mood and covered in snow!!

Happy Christmas
Mr A Cleary – Head of Music




Matilda Tucker Charity Skydive

Matilda Tucker (11H) completed a charity skydive in aid of the Rowans Hospice. She raised approximately £1500 for the cause!



Book Buzz and Cams Hill School – 2017


(7L2 receive their Book Buzz choices!)

Every year, Cams Hill Library invites Year 7 pupils to choose a brand new book for Christmas, from a list of fantastic, quality titles. As Christmas draws near, English teachers bring their Year 7 pupils to the Library for a special lesson where they receive their new book and settle down for a lovely read! Our present to Year 7 pupils helps to promote a love of reading for pleasure, which will improve their attainment across the school.



Christmas Reading List



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



Puzzle Corner

Puzzle Corner will return in the New Year.



Sports News


Year 8 Girls’ Basketball lost against Brune Park 18-16

Year 9 Boys’ Basketball lost against Bridgemary 19-11

Year 7 Development Game lost against Fareham Academy 7-6

Year 10 Girls’ Basketball won against Portchester 25-12

Year 8 Boys’ Basketball won against Portchester 31-9



There are no fixtures until the New Year



Latest Menu



Lost Property

If items are not found on the day they are lost, please keep checking with the Medical Room as they can often take a couple of weeks to reach us.



Monday 11 December 2017 – Friday 15 December 2017

Pupils should visit the Medical Room to check this week’s lost property.


Various keys, watches and pairs of spectacles are kept in the Medical Room when handed into lost property. When named items are handed in to the Medical Room Form Tutors are notified by e-mail or printed slips, which are sent in school registers, to ask pupils to come and collect the items.



School Trips Update

You may pay online for the majority of trips at https://www.scopay.com/camshill-hants



Year 9 History Trip to the Battlefields – March 2018
Third and final instalment of £30.00 due by Thursday 21 December

Battlefields 2018Payment byAmountTotal
Non-refundable deposit29 September 2017£70.00£70.00
First instalment31 October 2017£50.00£120.00
Second instalment30 November 2017£50.00£170.00
Third and final instalment21 December 2017£30.00£200.00


Year 10 History GCSE Trip to Berlin – July 2018
Second deposit of £100.00 due by Friday 15 December

History Trip to Berlin 2018Payment ByAmountTotal
First non-refundable depositMonday 27 November 2017£150.00£150.00
Second non-refundable depositFriday 15 December 2017£100.00£250.00
First instalmentWednesday 31 January 2018£50.00£300.00
Second instalmentWednesday 28 February 2018£100.00£400.00
Third instalmentThursday 29 March 2018£100.00£500.00
Fourth and final instalmentMonday 30 April 2018£100.00£600.00


Water Sports Trip to the Ardeche – July/August 2018
Fifth instalment of £55.00 due by Wednesday 31 January

Ardeche 2018Payment byAmountTotal
First non-refundable deposit24 May 2017£100.00£100.00
Second non-refundable deposit30 June 2017£100.00£200.00
First instalment21 July 2017£60.00£260.00
Second instalment29 September 2017£60.00£320.00
Third instalment31 October 2017£60.00£380.00
Fourth instalment30 November 2017£60.00£440.00
Fifth instalment31 January 2018£55.00£495.00
Sixth instalment28 February 2018£55.00£550.00
Seventh instalment29 March 2018£55.00£605.00
Eighth and final instalment30 April 2018£55.00£660.00


Ski Trip 2019 (Years 7-9) – April 2019
First instalment of £95.00 due by Wednesday 28 February

Ski Trip 2019Payment byAmountTotal
First non-refundable deposit20 October 2017£100.00£100.00
Second non-refundable deposit24 November 2017£100.00£200.00
First instalment28 February 2018£95.00£295.00
Second instalment29 March 2018£75.00£370.00
Third instalment30 April 2018£75.00£445.00
Fourth instalment25 May 2018£75.00£520.00
Fifth instalment29 June 2018£75.00£595.00
Sixth instalment28 September 2018£75.00£670.00
Seventh instalment31 October 2018£75.00£745.00
Eighth instalment30 November 2018£75.00£820.00
Ninth and final instalment14 December 2018£65.00£885.00




Miscellaneous News Items

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The Frog Prince

Coming to Cams Hill School for Year 7 on Thursday 18 January




Art & Design


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