Wheatley Park School
As another busy term draws to a close, it’s hard to believe a full year has passed since I started at WPS. In this time, your support for the school as parents and carers has been nothing short of amazing.
Thank you for backing our behaviour, attendance and Chromebook initiatives in particular this academic year. Our significantly raised expectations based around students being Ready, Respectful and Responsible, have led to a much calmer and safer learning environment. Our approach, rooted in visible adult care and consistency, is providing a really solid foundation for ‘Everyone Learning’. Meanwhile, attendance continues to improve with a major reduction in persistent absence compared to this time last year. Finally, students, parents and staff have fully embraced our Chromebook initiative. These devices really came into their own during the recent closures for snow and ice. Once again, I must thank you for your tolerance during that difficult period.
At the same time, the school has continued to offer a truly rich experience to students this term true to our vision of providing a sustainably outstanding education in the broadest sense. You will read more amongst these pages, but as an example during just one week in late November WPS students: presented at an anti-bullying conference; visited Lille in France; participated in a ‘construction challenge’ with a local business; visited the Tate Britain gallery; competed in the WorldWise geography quiz; played with the Band of the Household Cavalry; and took on their teachers at paintballing! Our Year 11 students and their teachers also deserve ongoing credit for already logging up a significant number of hours at after-school revision sessions. The Year 11 mock exam results may spur on even more to join them!
With such a packed school-life, everyone is now in need of a chance to recharge and I will close by wishing all members of our community a restful Christmas break. I look forward to catching up with many of you in the new year.
'Hot Chocolate' with the Headteacher
The following students were invited to have 'hot chocolate' with the Headteacher:
YEAR 7: Kacie Naylor (2), Maddie Oretagu, Rory Byrne, Sahana Shibu, Libby Hearn, Alex Barlow, Tim Wolstenholme, Elaina Koshy, Reilly Martin, Emma Ansty
YEAR 8: Lucian Cooper, Oliver Fox, Toby Cook, Laethan Afeku, Daisie Byerley, Lukas Yendole, Ben Vollstedt, Ida Hesketh, Kelvin Nobrega, Dominic Wetton, Marianne Shepherd
YEAR 9: Lucy Block (2), Holli Clarke, Josh Thacker, Alan Kuzanga, Tabitha Greenhow, Hannah Bhatti, Frieda Kramer, Izzy Barrett, Lily Taylor, Emma Lamont, Amy Anderson, Phoebe Coleman, Esther Davies
YEAR 10: Ocean Down, Bridey Shepherd, Tariq Saeed, Ella Gray, Jack Dickson, Lucy Day, Jo Hume, Ben Wolstenholme, Daisy Palmer
YEAR 11: Shannon Kerley, Ella Burden, Joe Steane, Joe Watson
YEAR 12: Chloe Gaul, Helena Beel, Amber Potter, Ruby Pierce
Goodbye to Mr Clark
You may be aware that one of our Assistant Headteachers, James Clark, is leaving at the end of this term to step into his family business. James has had an enormous positive impact on all aspects of school life at Wheatley Park and his departure is a genuine loss to both the school and education in general. Before joining us 4.5 years ago, James was Head of Geography at Henry Box School in Witney after his early career as Head of Year at Fitzharry’s in Abingdon. Some years prior to that, he was himself a student at Wheatley Park School and we are really going to miss his rich network of connections with the local community. As well as being the architect of many of our day-to-day school systems, James has worked tirelessly to promote a positive school culture. Without him, we would not have had Purple Postcards, reward experiences, whole-school celebration assemblies or warm handshakes at the classroom door. Added to this, James is highly respected by staff and students alike for his friendly and positive personality, principled decision making and determination to make things happen, even when there are not quite enough hours in the day! It goes without saying that he is also a first class teacher.
On behalf of the Wheatley Park community and all of James’s students, past and present, we thank him for dedicating so much of his life to young people in Oxfordshire and wish him all the very best with his new venture.
We aim to appoint a permanent successor to Mr Clark to start in September 2018. For the rest of the year, his role will be shared out amongst several staff with Mr Higgs taking on the majority of Mr Clark’s day-to-day responsibilities alongside his role as Head of Year 10.
We are still on track to introduce a new and more formal uniform next year. The student council have narrowed down to two options which are being presented to all students for a vote. Parents will be consulted further early in the new year. We look forward to a smart new look from September 2018.
Newsletter- Autumn Term 2
Congratulations to all students that have achieved over 97% attendance in Term 1 or have made significant improvements from the last academic year!
Across Years 7 to 11 we are pleased to report that in Term 1:
55% of students achieved over 97%
75% of students achieved over 95%
Special congratulations must also go to Year 7 students with over 70% of students achieving over 97% attendance.
These achievements have been recognised in recent assemblies. The parent’s role in supporting this, is not underestimated and we would like to pass on our thanks for your continued efforts during this academic year.
Attendance: Everyone Learning, Every Day
Consultation on changes to our Published Admissions Policy
Governors are proposing a change in the admissions policy from 2018. The details are set out in the proposed admission rules and arrangements document on the school website. The website also contains details of how to respond.
The deadline is 19.01.2018. You may fill in the online form, email: email@example.com or write to the school.
Children in Need
The Sixth Form students enjoyed taking part to raise funds for Children in Need by wearing pyjamas and onesies. The total raised was £172.00. A tremendous effort and up over £30 from last year.
Safe Drive Stay Alive
Over 70 of our Year 12 students attended the Safe Drive Stay Alive talk in Oxford on Wednesday 29th November.
The aim of the Safe Drive Stay Alive production is to help young people understand that they are not invincible on the roads and that they can make choices that can save their lives and the lives of others. The film and presentations are intended to bring home the reality of being in a road traffic collision and to teach young people that even an apparent minute lapse in concentration can have far reaching consequences.
Talk by Oliver Miles - CMG (Order of St Michael and St George)
We were visited by Oliver Miles who is a retired British Ambassador and a former head of the near east and north African departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During his career, he was British ambassador to Libya when Police Officer Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead in London by someone inside the Libyan Embassy. This was one of the most shocking murders of a police officer in Britain. He was responsible for breaking off diplomatic relations and withdrawing the British Embassy from Tripoli. He spoke about his experiences of working in the diplomatic service and gave an insight into what a career in this area would be like. Oliver then took a number of questions from Sixth Formers covering a wide variety of different topics.
Sixth Form Open Evening - Thursday 9th November
This is our annual event, where we invite our current Year 11 and external students to see all aspects of the Sixth Form. Teachers were showing what subjects the School offers.
Mr Tim Martin - Headteacher, Mr Graham West - Head of Sixth Form and our new Head Boy/Girl team of Will Hale and Lauren Bell all talked about life in the School and Sixth Form. Music was played by Oscar Lindenbaum.
Christmas Ball - Friday 8th December
This year the Christmas Ball took place at Studley Wood Golf Club. Over 100 students attended.
The students enjoyed a three course Christmas dinner meal. We had Mr Ken Heathcote, owner of the Golf Club, entertain us with games and singing. The students also had their awards to hand out. Always great fun!
Date for your Diary - Friday 16th March 2018
Our Annual Fashion Show will be taking place on Friday 16th March from 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Main School Hall. This event has been a huge success in previous years raising money for our local charity ROSY (Respite Nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters).
I was given the opportunity to ride for Team GB and England in Australia at the beginning of November. The school were kind enough to grant me the 4 weeks off school to fulfil this amazing life experience.
I was thrown straight into the action 3 days after we had arrived in Adelaide as I was named in the 8-man GB Junior Squad that was going to be racing against Australia in one of the three scheduled test matches against them. I went on to have a very successful début in the GB shirt, dropping just 1 point in the meeting; helping the lads push on to a somewhat hard fought win to make the series 1-0 Team GB.
Test matches 2 & 3 later on in the tour, were just as successful with a strong personal performance by me, but most importantly, coming out of both of them with wins making the overall score for the series 3-0 to Team GB. Test match 2 was probably the toughest meeting of the whole tour. It was held further inland at Murray Bridge, which saw the temperatures for the day average out to about 37 degrees, making fluid intake crucial and the sun having draining effects whilst on the track.
The day after the first test match saw me having to switch my team racing head over to individual's as I was racing in the Senior Elimination round. This saw me qualify on 12 points which was an amazing achievement considering I was one of the youngest competing in the Seniors and I was riding against some world class riders. The following day saw me race in the Junior pre-qualifier and qualify comfortably into the Junior semi-final later on in the tour. The next day I had no racing, which meant that I spent most of the day in recovery, in preparation for the World Cup the following day. I was honoured to be selected to ride for England in the Junior World Cup against Wales, Australia and Poland, which gave an excellent meeting of close racing and, after a number of nervy moments, we finally managed to seal the deal in the last race to take the win and bring the World Cup back to England.
A couple of days after I raced individually again in the Senior quarter finals. Making it this far was already a massive achievement, but unfortunately I missed out on the semi finals by just 1 point.
The following day saw me again race for GB in the Federation Cup. This time it was a competition between GB, Poland and Australia. With an extremely below par performance at the start of the meeting seeing us 10 points down on the leaders Poland and 5 points behind Australia going into the half time interval. Strong words were said in our half time team talk from the management, however, it seemed to work as we managed to claw back the advantage a clinch the victory in the very last heat.
The following Wednesday saw me race in the Junior semi final and I went comfortably through to the final qualifying on 17 points (joint highest).
A two day break of full recovery mode was to follow, as the world finals day was next on the list. This was the biggest day of the tour and what all of the individuals boil down to. First off, I raced at 12 noon in the u16 boys world final. I had a very good match seeing me going into my last ride on 14 points. If I was to win my last ride I would've finished on 18 points securing me the silver medal. However, my last race saw me out of the unfavoured gate 4. I was in 2nd the whole race causing me to do a 'do or die' last bend dive on the final lap as I needed the win. Unfortunately, this didn't pay off, and I ended up finishing 3rd in that race, only giving 4th overall, which I guess is something to be proud of; however, knowing you could've had so much more made the situation feel a lot worse.
I then rode again that day at 6pm in the Junior world final. This meeting was always going to be a hard one and so it was. However, a strong performance from me help secured 6th place overall, which again is something I can be very proud of.
To cap the whole tour off, on the last morning we were out there, we all had a tour de-brief at breakfast and I was awarded by all the staff and management the Junior rider of the tour, which I was very honoured to receive in such a high standard of racing.
Overall, the tour was a great success and was a big reflection of the hard work that I had put in throughout the year in preparation.
Sixth Form News
Sixth Form News cont
Prize Giving for Years 11, 12 and 13 was an evening of great celebration as over 100 students received recognition for their hard work and determination over the last year. Our special guest of the evening was Simon Biltcliffe, the founder of Webmart, a £30 million company. Simon gave a very engaging and uplifting talk which was very well received.
The evening also consisted of two superb musical performances from Izy Edwards and Amber Potter, as well as Ruby Pierce reading her own moving piece of poetry.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our kind and generous sponsors once again.
This is just a very small selection of photographs from the event:
Prize Giving - 19th October 2017
It has been great to welcome and get to know a fantastic Year 7 cohort to Wheatley Park School.
In October students visited Blenheim Palace and Woodstock on the annual Maths/Geography trip. During their time on the maths trail students used and applied their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills outside the classroom and in Woodstock they looked at the impact tourism has on the local community.
I was also delighted to witness how enthusiastic and committed the students were to ‘Big Learning Day.’ Year 7 acted as eco-warriors creating some wonderful posters about reducing litter and promoting recycling around the school.
There are many changes to be faced when transitioning from primary to secondary school, I have been impressed with the way Year 7 has risen to the challenges during their first two terms. They have demonstrated resilience and determination in all their new subjects, been punctual to lessons and managed the increased demands of homework. I hope they will enjoy our festive trip to Pegasus Theatre and have a restful break over the holiday.
Looking forward to the new year, we have Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 8th February and I look forward to seeing you all there. As well as the opportunity to continue to represent the school in numerous sporting fixtures, Year 7 also have the camp to look forward to at the end of the year.
Thank you to all the pupils, the dedicated Year 7 tutor team and all the teachers who have supported the Year 7s in settling in to WPS.
Miss E Vear and Mrs J Jones
Head of Year 7 and the Assistant Head of Year 7
Blenheim Trip - October 2017
The trip to Blenheim Palace was yet another successful trip that saw Year 7 students enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the palace, whilst finding out how Mathematics that is learnt in lessons can be used to solve problems outside the classroom. They used skills including estimation, measure, arithmetic, conversion and comparison to answer a range of questions in their booklet. The students worked in small teams to answer questions based on a Maths trail that took them around the lake and over the bridge leading up to the palace. It was a great day enjoyed by students and teachers, whilst we all got to know each other a little better.
Sixth Form News cont.
Visit to Tate Britain
On 23rd November the Art department took the Year 10 Art students to the Tate Britain for the day. Students were able to find artists as inspiration for their Portait and Landscape projects, many making small sketches and taking photos of original works. The visit will make a valuable contribution to their GCSE art coursework.
Beauty and the Beast
Please come and enjoy our latest school production of 'Beauty and the Beast' which will run from Wednesday 31st January to Saturday 3rd February 2018.
This promises to be a spectacular event and tickets will be on sale at reception in January .
We look forwards to seeing you there!
Year 10 Drama
The Year 10 GCSE Drama groups have been working with the Oxford Cultural Education Partnership on a devised project exploring the theme of ‘Decisions’.
Working separately the two drama groups have created one short performance telling two sides of one story; exploring how decisions made in a moment, can have long term consequences.
They performed it in the Court Room of Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 28 th November.
Band of the Household Cavalry
On Thursday 23d November we were very privileged to have The Band of the Household Cavalry visit us as here at Wheatley Park School. A 28 strong band, complete with conductor, arrived to deliver a workshop to our budding musicians; with a range of music from traditional marching band pieces through to current film sound tracks, there was something to appeal to everyone!
Wheatley Park students worked tirelessly, along with a number of visiting students from Lord Bills, to perfect these new pieces in time for a concert in the evening. At 5pm, the band appeared, looking incredibly smart, wearing their full military uniform. Joined by the students, they performed the pieces that had been work-shopped during the afternoon, followed by 30 minutes worth of material on their own. This allowed the students the opportunity to join the audience and appreciate how incredibly inspiring the band really were.
Well done to all students that took part and to all that came to the evening concert to further their musical appreciation and support the event.
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Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Carers,
Another year will shortly be coming to an end and with it the opportunity to not only look back but also importantly to look forward. There is a saying that a ‘week is a long time in politics’, in other words much can change in a short time and this also rings true for WPS.
It's been almost exactly a year since Tim Martin started as Headteacher at Wheatley Park School and we hope that you have begun to appreciate some of the changes that have been introduced to date. These include the 'Chromebooks for All' initiative and, the focus on "Everyone Learning and Everyone Caring".
We would like to focus briefly on the River Learning Trust (RLT), the multi-academy trust (MAT) of which we are a member. There are now three other local secondary schools in this MAT, with another joining in the first half of 2018. Additionally, there are nine primaries, including two of our feeder schools, with more to follow in 2018. Currently there are approximately 7000 students being taught under the umbrella of RLT whose ethos and values are closely aligned to those of Wheatley Park. Unlike some MATs you may have read about in the media, the RLT is very hands-on and provides the school with a professional support particularly on the quality of education available at Wheatley Park. For this the RLT uses what are termed 'support and challenge partners' and ours is the Chief Executive of the RLT, Paul James, who was previously Headteacher of The Cherwell School.
We would also like to make a special mention of the reinvigorated Parent-Teacher Association led by Yaima Bacallao and her team. They recently organised the splendid Christmas Fair. The considerable efforts to help raise funds for Wheatley Park are really helpful because like many schools across the country, there are significant financial pressures. Across the RLT new ways of working are being actively considered. Funding for schools is not going to increase in the near future, and therefore the money that is available has to be used with creative imagination and this will take up much of Governor business in 2018. Governors are always looking for ways to generate income so if you have any good ideas, please do step forward and let us or the PTA know.
With best wishes for the festive season and a very happy New Year.
Philip Baillieu & Tessa Shaw
Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors
You will be pleased to know that the WPS PTA Charity Christmas Fair was a success. We raised an amazing £3,000 we can now use to buy resources and fund opportunities for the benefit of WPS students. For the latest news on what your PTA Charity is up to and forthcoming social events please follow us on https://www.facebook.com/WPSPTACharity
Thank you to all who attended the fair, it was great to see you there.
Thank you to all the donors, we are very grateful for your support.
Thank you to all the helpers on the night - you know who you are and without you the event couldn’t have happened.
Thank you to the music teacher and the talented musicians and singers - having you performing enhanced the evening and created a very unique atmosphere.
Thank you to our Facebook co-ordinator - it makes a huge difference to have information about the WPS PTA Charity and our events out there on the World Wide Web.
Thank you Turner Properties Ltd for their continuing support. It is fantastic to have you board.
And last but not least thank you to the Christmas PTA sub-committee - your time and devotion allowed the community to come together to start the festive period and raise much needed funds for our school.
Happy Christmas everybody!
We love to hear from you. If you would like to know more about the WPS PTA Charity please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your friendly WPS PTA Charity Committee
Two groups of Year 9 Wheatley Park students went to the Oxford University museum to watch a series of Science lectures. Our students were truly amazing and great advocates for the school.
On 17th November a small group of Year 10 students attended the Oxfordshire Anti-Bullying Conference, representing Wheatley Park School. The conference had a particular focus on LGBT+ students, who are the students most at risk of bullying in schools and in society. The students gave a presentation to the 100 or so representatives from other Oxfordshire schools about some of the things Wheatley Park School has been doing to tackle bullying and support vulnerable groups. In particular, we discussed the LGBT support group - The Gay-Straight Alliance - that has been running at Wheatley Park for the last three years to provide a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to go and to provide a point of contact for support. The students also discussed other ways that bullying could be prevented and how students could be supported and came back with a list of ideas that they discussed with Mr Martin. I was very proud of the way these students represented Wheatley Park and with their contributions to the conference.
Oxfordshire Anti-Bullying Conference
Three Wheatley Park Students received their Gold Awards in the presence of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex on 29th November at St James Palace. Ellie Bowley, Rose Emiku and Tom Goetz all completed their awards in the last academic year.
The awards were presented by Dermot Murnaghan, Sky News presenter. Mr Nixon also received a long service award.
Five students from last year's Year 13 have also completed their Gold Award, Dominic Arkell, John Foster, Ethan Green, Tara Jones and Amber Stokes. We also have an active Bronze Award in Years 9 and 10 with 16 completed awards to date.
DoE - St James' Palace
The Young Enterprise journey, where a group of our students have come together to create and run a business, has begun once more. This year we have a team of around twenty Year 10 students as our representatives, who have agreed on the company name of ‘Marbelous’ and are extremely busy producing their product a fine selection of marbled mugs. The team were going to have their first taste of trading at our school fayre but due to some circumstances the team decided against it as there was insufficient time, however, they will be ready for the forthcoming trading events in the new year with the opening event on the 27th of January in Templars Square. So come down, show your support and make some purchases!
On November 30th, we took seven of our students to join in the Kids' Lit Quiz at Cokethorpe School. Our students faced off against schools from all over Oxfordshire and did brilliantly. Though we didn't win the event, one team did win a book each. Both our teams were great representatives of the school and their efforts and enthusiasm were fantastic to watch.
Our students got to see a number of famous authors, get their books signed and show off their impressive knowledge on a wide range of crazy themes. It was a great event, and some of them are already looking ahead to next year's challenge!
The students who took part were Laethan Afeku and Anton Lake from Year 8, and Xavier Fernandez, Tim Wolstenholme, Kayla Helsby, Kacie Naylor and Reuben Hinks from Year 7. They all had a great time, and absolutely did us proud. Here are some photos of them getting ready to face the quiz:
French students visit to WPS
My personal experience of being shadowed by a French student was great. Even today I am in contact with her, and discussing travelling to France to meet her again and visiting her school.
It was fun communicating in a different language, it helped me understand French in a different way to learning it in class.
We spoke about our interests and what sports we enjoy. Similarly, we both enjoy running and badminton which was convenient during GCSE PE.
It was also nice meeting her friends and comparing what they do at the weekends to what my friends and I do. Their idea of a typical weekend is shopping and clubs, like mine. However, they don't have a shopping centre like Westgate, which they really enjoyed.
I'm looking forward to visiting their school and comparing our lifestyle with theirs.
As winners of the regional final of the Geographical Association Worldwise Quiz last year, Wheatley Park School hosted the finals this year on 23rd November. We were competing against three other local teams: Magdalen College School, Oxford High School and the Dragon School.
Questions ranged from geography in the news to global brands, as well as fieldwork skills, famous (or not so famous) landmarks, OS map work and Google Earth. There were 11 gruelling rounds and for much of the competition we were ahead, albeit narrowly. However, in one particular round on places in the world, Magdalen College stole the show and by a very small margin became this years winners.
Wheatley Park were ably represented by Ben Wolstenholme, Wilfred Steane and Tariq Saeed who put on a great show and were a credit to the school.
Geography - Worldwise Quiz
Primary Netball Tournament
At the start of term 2 we hosted a netball tournament for our Wheatley Area Partnership Sports Schools. Year 5 & Year 6 students came to WPS to take part in a coaching session followed by a tournament ably hosted by our Year 9 Netball Leaders. Students had the opportunity to develop their passing, attacking, defending and shooting skills and made great progress when applying these to a competitive situation. Our Netball Leaders did us proud and we received some lovely feedback from schools - “The Wheatley Park children were excellent. They had a lovely manner with the Year 5 children and organised a good range of interesting drills. I was impressed by the way they took control of each group and made an effort to learn everyone's names”.
Congratulations and thank you to all involved.
We were excited to host a week of planned Interform competition for Year 7 & Year 8 students, culminating in a lunchtime final for the winning teams on each half of the year. All teams were competitive, fair, supportive and keen to represent their tutor group in the right manner.
After some close (and contested) competition, 7KBO and 8JGR were crowned netball champions with fantastic support from their peers and tutors. For rugby the winning groups were 7DBA due to some controversial awarding of points by Mr Barnes, and 8JGR who took the title in a fiercely competitive competition.
Congratulations all, keep an eye out for the next one!
Year 9 Interform football
Term 2 has seen some intensely contested and fiercely supported group games so far, with all forms providing a large turnout of both players and supporters.
In Group A, after draws in the opening 4 games, it was HCO and EDE who progressed, after each winning in their final round. Group B saw some higher scoring fixtures, but the miserly LKA topped the group after two 1-0 wins, and will play HCO in one semi-final, with MPL due to face EDE.
Netball - Year 7 and 8
The Year 7 and 8 netball teams have been dedicated to training. They have started to perform well as teams. If you would like to join them please turn up on a Wednesday after school in the sports hall.
Football - Year 8 boys
Year 8 boys football have marched into the Semi finals of the County Cup. Having beaten Wallingford 5-2 in the first round, they were drawn against defending champions Oxford Spires in the 2nd. The away game didn't start too well with goalkeeper Zach Plested spraining his ankle in the warm up. Spires took the lead at the end of the first half, but great character and the ability to tactically adapt, meant that Wheatley equalised in the second half. Under constant pressure, and as the game seemed to be heading towards extra time, an opposing defender handled the ball in the box - Dom Enwonwu confidently converted the penalty and the team held out for the last minute to progress. In the quarter final they played Larkmead school. Larkmead started quickly and broke through the defence to hit the bar, but this was their only real chance of note. The team retained possession well throughout the game camping in the opposition half. After numerous saves from the Larkmead goalkeeper, a half cleared cross fell to Dom who shot past the keeper. The team continued to apply pressure but without scoring. They progressed through to face Gosford Hill in the semi final.
Year 7 and 8 girls continued their dominant footballing streak and comfortably recorded wins against St Greg's and Cherwell to reach the semi-finals of the County Cup. Unfortunately they came up against a really strong Wood Green team and eventually lost 3-0. The result flattered the opposition in what was a very tight game with Wood Green scoring two goals in the last minute as WPS chased the game. Congratulations to all those who were involved. Training will start on Thursdays after school and Tuesday lunchtimes.
Year 7 and 8 Rugby
The Year 7 rugby team have continued to develop this year and have built on some of the success they achieved in term one. The highlights this term have included playing against some strong opposition in the South Oxfordshire Schools Cup and finishing third on points difference. Just days after this the boys thrashed Cherwell in their most convincing display of the year. Training continues after Christmas in preparation for the All Schools Tournament in March.
The Year 8 Boys team put in some really good displays at the All Schools Tournament and managed to comfortably top their group by beating Sibford and Gosford. This moved them into a much tougher group against Cherwell and The Warriner School. Despite losing against The Warriner School the boys then rallied against Cherwell and were unlucky to only draw. Training also continues for them after Christmas.
Sport News cont.
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Change of Dates
In order to maximise the effectiveness of a small number of events we have taken the decision to change the dates on which they will take place. Further information will follow in advance of each event but please make a note of the new dates:
Year 8 Guided Choices Evening - 22nd February 2018
Year 12/13 Parents' Evening - 8th March 2018
END OF AUTUMN TERM 2, 12.15
BEGINNING OF SPRING TERM 1, WEEK 1
Year 9 Parents' Evening, 4.30-7.30pm
Sixth Form application deadline
Yr 11 Drama - Dr Jekyll and Hyde Production, 8.30-11.30am
Geography Society Lectures trip, 4.30-6.30pm
Computing Your Future 2018 KS3 trip, Didcot, 8.30am-4.30pm
Full Governing Body, 6-8pm
PTA Parent Talk, Sixth Form Common Room, 7.30-9.30pm
Battlefields trip meeting for parents and students, 6.30-7.30pm
Parents meeting for Spanish trip, Farndell Library, 6-7pm
Wed 31.1.18-Sat 03.02.18
School Production, Beauty and the Beast
Intermediate Maths Challenge, Years 9,10,11
Tue 06 - Wed 07.02.18
Indoor Rowing Challenge
Year 11 Careers Fest 2018 visit, 8.30-11.10am
Year 7 Parents' Evening, 4.30-7.30pm
Year 11 Elevate Education: Ace Your Exams, 8.30-9.50am
END OF SPRING TERM 1
Sun 18-Tue 20.02.18
BEGINNING OF SPRING TERM 2, week 1