Weekly Newsletter 20 April 2018


20th April 2018

Weekly Message

The warm weather has made this a pleasant first week back at Cams Hill School. As we are now in the summer term, the PE department are running an exciting range of extra-curricular clubs, including cricket, badminton and rounders. Details will be on the school website next week, or talk to one of the PE staff for further details.

We haven’t been able to open up the main fields at break and lunchtime this week because they are still a little damp. However, as long as the weather holds, we will be opening them up next week. Please remind your child to bring in sunscreen if necessary and ensure that he or she remains hydrated during the school day. There are water fountains in school that can be accessed during break and lunchtimes.

Finally, if you have ever considered becoming a governor or are just interested in learning what the governing body do, please come along to the “Meet the Governors” evening which is being held on Tuesday 24 April from 1800 to 2000. For further details, please see the main bulletin, where you can also read a message from Mrs Wendy Druce, Governor, on the importance of careers advice.

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




Kangaroo & Olympiad Maths Challenge Results

We have had the results back from the follow-on rounds of the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Joe Davies, Joe Townsend-Bilton (both Year 10), David Chen (Year 11) and Shayne Wood (Year 7) performed exceptionally well to even qualify for the next rounds of this competition – Shayne and David, in particular, coming in the top 500 for their age categories. Shayne Wood has achieved an OUTSTANDING result in this final stage of the competition. He only dropped 4 marks out of the 60 available which not only put him in the top 25% giving him a Distinction, but also placed him in the top 100 for a medal … and also the top 50 for a book prize!!! This is a phenomenal achievement.

Mr C Fairhead, Maths Teacher


Liverpool University Maths Open Challenge

The results from the Liverpool University Maths Open Challenge have also now been published. Three pupils from our school participated in this challenge open to all pupils up to Year 13. Unfortunately, there will be no hat-trick for Harry Collins (Year 11), who has been successful in the previous two years of entry! However, David Chen and Shayne Wood are both listed as certificate winners.

The results from these competitions for our Most Able mathematicians in Year 11 will be the last prior to their final GCSE exams. I’d like to take this opportunity to praise the efforts of three particular pupils, who have regularly featured in the success articles published. They are David Chen, Harry Collins and Alex Thomas. They make organising events worthwhile with the full commitment they dedicate to each challenge and it has been a privilege working with them.

Our Year 11 pupils have been working well with their preparation towards their GCSE Maths exams, many attending weekly revision sessions since the start of the year. Keep up the good work all of you, it will pay off in the end!

Mr C Fairhead, Maths Teacher


Easter Pupil Charity Work

Over Easter Jamie Wise in 8C cut her extremely long hair and donated it to The Children’s Cancer charity to make wigs for children who lose their hair during chemotherapy.


London Marathon Charity Run

On Sunday 22 April, Mrs Coles will be running The London Marathon. She has raised £1500 for CLIC Sargent, the charity that supports children and their families during cancer treatment.


Meet the Governors


Year 9 Guided Choices

This final term of the school year is significant, not only for the Year 11 pupils who are rapidly approaching their GCSE exams, but also for the Year 9s who have recently had their guided choices evening.

For some, choosing the subjects they will sit in their own GCSE exams in two years’ time may have been the first steps to thinking about their future career aspirations and post 16 pathways. This is a difficult decision for many pupils. It is important they choose subjects that will not only be useful for them but that they will enjoy. This will enable pupils to access a broad and balanced curriculum and be able to make the most of choices they have made.

Between now and the end of Year 11, there is lots of help available to enable pupils to be more informed about further education, apprenticeship training and career opportunities open to them in readiness for their next steps. By talking to teachers about their subject areas and links to careers, engaging in the school’s CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) programme and undertaking activities such as the guided choices evening, college visits, employer talks, work experience placements, students can start to research careers they may be interested in.

Mrs W Druce, Governor


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 16 April 2018
There are no results to report this week.


w/c 23 April 2018
Fixtures will be updated next week



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


Please check with the Medical Room for this week’s lost property.

A polite reminder to parents/carers – please ensure that all property is clearly named with the pupil’s 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 10 History GCSE Trip to Berlin – July 2018
Fourth and final instalment of £100.00 due by Monday 30 April

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
Eight and final instalment of £55.00 due by Monday 30 April

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
Third instalment of £75.00 due by Monday 30 April

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)


Barton Peveril Events


Peter Symonds Open Evening


Itchen College Information Evening


St Vincent Open Evenings

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