Weekly Newsletter 2 February 2018


2nd February 2018

Weekly Message

We are very proud of our broad and balanced curriculum at Cams Hill School. This week, pupils have had opportunities to take part in exciting challenges which stretched their abilities to apply knowledge and think creatively in a range of subject areas.

On Tuesday, over 80 pupils from Years 7 and 8, and 30 Year 5 pupils from Wicor, Castle and Harrison took part in a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) challenge. They worked in small teams to generate solutions or ‘Big Ideas’ to tackle sustainability issues that are impacting our environment. Thank you to Mrs Gains in the Science department for organising.

On Wednesday 31 January, pupils studying GCSE Business took part in the ‘Tenner Challenge Masterclass.’ This was a fantastic event and the feedback from the organisers and pupils was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to Mrs Lubbe for organising.

Next week, Year 9 pupils have a Guided Choices Evening on Thursday 8 February from 1800 to 2000. We hope to see as many pupils and parents as possible.

Finally, outdoor sporting fixtures finally started again after weeks of inclement weather. On Thursday, the Year 10 rugby won a thrilling match 38-33 against Toynbee in the Hampshire Bowl final. Congratulations to the boys and to Mr Worthy, Head of PE. The Under-14 girls’ football team lost narrowly to Mountbatten School and the Year 7 girls’ netball team finished the season with a good win against Henry Cort.


The weekly Headteacher’s blog contains more informal reflections from the week and is available here: https://camsheadteacher.wordpress.com/



Year 10 Business GCSE – The Tenner Challenge

On Wednesday 31st January, the Year 10 Business GCSE pupils took part in the ‘Tenner Challenge Masterclass.’ The session used fun and interactive activities to challenge the pupils to think about entrepreneurship, employability and social impact.

Feedback from Masterclass Mentor, Victoria Leese, was extremely positive ‘It was a pleasure working with the pupils today. It’s lovely to see such an intelligent, polite and confident group of young people.’ Pupils also gave glowing feedback:

‘Over the course of the day we got to learn how to negotiate and how to handle and make profit so we are prepared for when we set up our own mini businesses. I am looking forward to the actual challenge, as using the money that we are given, we have to come up with a business idea that we will put into action and try to make a profit out of. We will have to give back the £10 and a £1 legacy and get to keep any money we make! This is a great opportunity for our business classes because we get to really see what making a business is like rather than doing little projects in class that we don’t really get to see in real life.’ Hallie-May Walter 10M

‘It was a great experience. I have a good understanding of the challenge. I would recommend this.’ James Geogeghan 10C

‘Good day, learnt a lot.’ Blue Singleton 10A

‘I liked the negotiation, as it taught me to haggle with money and not just accept.’ Bradley Evans 10L2

‘Exciting experience! I enjoyed the activities, especially the beads business exercise.’ Michael Symes 10I

The Masterclass was a prelude for the main event which commences Monday 19th February. The Tenner Challenge is a National Competition for young people aged 11- 19 and helps young people develop key skills including creativity, positivity, resilience and problem solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business.

The pupils are pledged £10 from the Tenner Bank which they use as start-up capital to get their business off the ground. They have one month to set up a business – coming up with the idea of a product or service that they can sell and then journey the experience of what it is like to be a young entrepreneur and transform the original £10 into as much profit as they can.


‘Will the budding entrepreneurs rise to the challenge?’ Watch this space…



Miss Allen and Mrs Lubbe
Business and Computing Department




Congratulations Catrin Gibbard (7C), Patrick Slee (7C), Haiden White (7H), Joshua Stanning (7M) and Charlie Trafford (7H). As part of Team AgileStorm, we were overall runners up in the First Lego League Tournament held at the University of Portsmouth and won the Project Presentation.

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of ten students aged 9 to 16 years, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and make a presentation as well as design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.

This year our ten-person team called Agile Storm coached by Robot Liz-ii, was sponsored by Agile ICT and met on Saturday mornings from mid-September 2017 to prepare for the Tournament.
The University of Portsmouth is our regional Tournament venue and the winners compete against other teams in the final. From there the UK winners head for Tournaments across the world including USA, Estonia and Hungary.



Liz Stoneham
AKA “Robot Liz-ii”


Year 10 Rugby

“On the 1st of February 2018 the Cams Hill year 10 rugby team played Toynbee School in the final of The Hampshire Bowl. It was a fast-moving and competitive game of rugby with some great tackles and fantastic trys. In the first half of the game, Cams had a strong start scoring 38 to Toynbee’s 15. However, Toynbee fought back in the second half scoring a further 18 points, despite this Cams Hill’s defence held strong when under pressure winning Cams a well-deserved victory of 38 to 33. It was a great performance by the whole of the Cams Hill team, especially those who played for Cams for the first time. A big well done to all those who played, also I would like to thank Mr Worthy and those who helped organise the game, on behalf of the team.”

– James Geoghegan, 10C


Science Shout-out

Toby Pitt (7H) and Eloise Meads (7L1) sung solos of the Periodic Table song for their entire respective classes, brilliantly!


Mrs C. Ives, Science Teacher



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



Sports News


w/c 22 January 2018
Year 9, 10 & 11 Table Tennis won against Portchester 38-30
Year 7 Girls Netball lost against Brookfield 13-9
Year 9, 10 & 11 Badminton lost against Fareham Academy 42-38
Year 7/8 Table Tennis won against Portchester 38-32
Year 7 Girls Netball won against Bay House 11-8

w/c 29 January 2018
Year 7 Girls Netball won against Bridgemary 7-2
Year 9, 10 & 11 Volleyball lost against Bay House 12-3
Year 7 Netball won against Henry Cort 12-7
Year 7 & 8 Table Tennis won against Fareham Academy 32-28




Latest Menu

From 15 January MEAL DEALS have the option of flavoured water.

From 12 January baguettes will be reduced to 55p (was 60p), but if butter is required the cost will be increased to 65p.

Free school meals must only use the dining hall at lunch time, and have either a MEAL DEAL or MAIN MEAL.



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 09 July 2018 - Friday 13 July 2018
Padded Beige hoodie uk 18-20 Ayacucho
Black Mountain Warehouse Coat size M
White NB trainers size 7.5
Black/white adidas football boots size 11
Black plimsoles size 5
Nike trainers Blue speckled size 5
White/Green Nike football boots size 7
Various keys, glasses, jewellery
White Headphones
PE kit in White bag
White Cedar Wood State Hoodie size S
Grey Hoodie “I’m so freaking cold” size S
Light Grey Next hoodie size 13 years
Green Next Sun cap 7-10 years
Various Water bottles
Grey Hype jumper size 11-12 years
PE Kit in Navy Bag (Bottoms size 20, Top size L)
Black Clarks shoes size 9G
Black Capsule trainers size 8
Black laced plimsoles size 4
1 Black Slazenger plimsole size 3
Fox Head purse with Yellow wrist band


A polite reminder to Parents/Carers please ensure that all pupils property is clearly named with the pupils name and tutor group.

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 11 Geography GCSE Trip to Iceland – February 2018
Medical forms now overdue (Monday 22 January). Passports and EHICs due by Thursday 1 February.


Year 9 History Trip to the Battlefields – March 2018
All payments now overdue (due Thursday 21 December 2017)
Presentation Evening Thursday 22 February at 6.00pm in Events Hall
Medical form due by Monday 19 February


Year 10 History GCSE Trip to Berlin – July 2018
Second instalment of £100.00 due by Wednesday 28 February

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
Sixth instalment of £55.00 due by Wednesday 28 February

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

Disclaimer: Cams Hill School is not recommending the following services, simply providing information that may be of interest. We cannot vouch for safeguarding, insurance or health and safety aspects of these companies so please access their websites for further information. 


Immunisations Leaflet

Please find a download link for the full leaflet here (.pdf)


Fareham College & CEMAST Open Events


Charity Fun Run


Barton Peveril Events


Highbury College Open Event


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