Bishop David Brown

Bishop David Brown

Bishop David Brown “ To be an outstanding school, providing a stimulating educational environment enabling students to achieve their full potential.” ...

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Bishop David Brown “ To be an outstanding school, providing a stimulating educational environment enabling students to achieve their full potential.” Vision Statement.

2012-13

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Headteacher’s Statement Welcome to the Highlights at Bishop David Brown 2012-13. The staff and students have had another action packed year both within school, in Surrey and much further afield. We are great believers that the students will lead BDB being confident individuals who live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to the community. Many of these additional activities allow students to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve. This year the school has engaged with many local companies and institutions. Our link with ISS gets stronger and stronger. Not only did they engage with the lunchtime career talks, but for the first time, very successfully, had 10 Year 10 students on work experience. As you will see, the school has benefitted from significant investment providing new windows and the magnificent new entrance. We are now looking forward to the coming year with its challenges and successes.

Stuart Shephard

“ Students are positive that the school helps them to acquire the skills they need for their future chosen routes.”

OFSTED October 2012

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Trips Rome Trip October 2012

Ski Trip – Risoul, France March 2013

During October 2012 students were lucky enough to visit the ancient city of Rome. So many exciting sights and sounds filled the senses. Students visited the magnificent Colosseum and were told about the fierce gladiator battles that took place there and were able to visualise what it would have been like in its heyday!

Spending a week in the beautiful French Alps was quite awesome. The weather was perfect with glorious bright sunshine and lots of snow in the village of Risoul.

From Trevi Fountain, to the awe inspiring Pantheon, to the Vatican. Students witnessed the Pope conducting a service at St Peters square – this was a once in a lifetime experience for most if not all, so those moments were savoured! Rome by night was magical with the whole city lit up. Students had the opportunity to go inside St. Peters Basilica, their reactions said it all. The students were fascinated by the sheer size of the Basilica, the gold decoration and the story behind the golden foot of St. Peter. All in all, it was an excellent trip that was enjoyed by all. The weather was great, the sights fantastic and the ice-cream bellisimo!

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The students time on the slopes was a great success, all gaining in confidence over the week and making impressive progress. The ski lifts provided magical views of snow-capped mountains The hotel was outstanding, providing continental style breakfast and 3 course evening meals. After a long day on the slopes students had time to unwind with the evening activities at the hotel including; bum boarding, karaoke night, crepe night, movie night, pizza night and luge. All of which was thoroughly enjoyable, giving the group time to unwind after a long days skiing.

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Overall France 2013 was enjoyable with students and staff enjoying the week spent together, skiing and experiencing the French culture.

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Year 10 Enterprise Day October 2012 During October 2012 all Year 10 students took part in a day of business enterprise. The day was aimed at promoting enterprise skills by setting up a business. All students were asked to dress in business style clothes, most took up the challenge and looked marvellous!

Hazel Owen from the Natwest Bank who hosted the event was impressed by the whole Year Groups attitude and smart appearance. In all it was a very successful event that both the students and staff enjoyed participating in. 1

The students spent the whole day in the hall working in small groups. Each member of the group decided on whether they would take the role of Project Manager, Catering Consultant, Finance Officer or Marketing Executive and then competed against the other teams for a chance to supply the schools catering for the forthcoming Year 11 prom. The event turned out to be a great success, students were challenged by obscure events that they had to solve. All students excelled in the challenge, with the overall winners being Roshna Abdoullahi, Seerat Parvez, Christine Njoroge, Aisha Majid and Sarah Hussain, who received some memory sticks and prizes.

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Senior Citizen Christmas Show and Lunch – 6th December 2012 BDB is very proud of its long tradition of offering local senior residents from Sheerwater and Maybury the opportunity to come into school to see our students perform their Christmas Show and then enjoy a full Christmas dinner. This much anticipated annual event took place during December 2012. Over the years Mrs Bryan has built an invitation list of local senior citizens – many of whom have strong links with the school.

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We were delighted to entertain over 70 guests. The school offered an amazing programme of talent – from the Alternative Orchestra, the Glee Clubs, Gumboot Dancing and some exceptional dance pieces to name a few, all was thoroughly enjoyed by our guests. Guests enjoyed a sherry, raffle and tombola. This was a great way to bring young and old together. The students serving and assisting with the dinner all had performed earlier in the morning and were chosen especially to wait on tables. All of our guests left with a present each kindly provided by The Sheerwater and Maybury Partnership. Local companies supported the raffle but special mention must be made of ISS, based in Sheerwater Business Park, who provided cash prizes for the raffle.

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Japanese Day March 2013 Saibi Heisei School

さいび へいせい がっこう

Konnichiwa On 7th March BDB opened its doors to welcome 115 students and their staff from the Saibi Heisei School in Japan for our eighth annual Japanese Day.

Sayonara This was a fantastic opportunity to extend a welcome to students and staff from across the globe and share experiences to develop an understanding of aspects of these different cultures.

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Arigatou Throughout the morning, students took part in typical lessons, including Maths, Science, P.E. Music and Design & Technology. They worked alongside BDB students, learning ideas and developing their communication skills. It was clear that lack of language wasn’t a barrier to understanding and making friends. In the afternoon, students took part in performances and cultural workshops, including calligraphy, origami and Bo-zu Mekuri (a traditional game). One of the highlights of the day was a musical demonstration from Saibi Heisei School and the impressive performances from the BDB Gumboot dancing and Blue Man Group.

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The success of the day was due to the hard work of staff here at BDB and the enthusiasm and courtesy of the students.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award – May 2013 This year’s Expedition was as always a great success. Students trained for many months beforehand and were determined to do their best. Students created a great atmosphere whilst camping, it was a new experience for some students, cooking in the great outdoors and toasting marshmellows! Teamwork and determination was very evident amongst students. They created so many amazing memories and greatly improved their skills of working as a team. Well done to all of our students who successfully completed the Duke of Edinburgh award! 5

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Sports Day Sport Day 2013, was an amazing success with a number of records broken.

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Inspirational and Motivational Speakers As a school we firmly believe in exposing our students to individuals from outside of the school who can have a positive effect. We try as often as possible to invite select individuals into school who have an inspiring story to tell or are great motivators. We were very privileged during January, to welcome Adam Crozier, Head of ITV, into school. Adam spent the whole morning at BDB, touring the classrooms and then gave an Inspirational Talk to approximately 40 of our year 10 and 11 Media Students. We have a number of outside individuals come in to school throughout the year and we are always on the look-out for Inspiring individuals to provide talks or workshops for our students. Most recently we invited Kevin Patrick World’s Youngest Entrepreneur, as awarded, by Barclays when setting up his first business account aged 14. Today Kevin is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, business advisor and mentor… aged just 18.

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Adam Crozier with some Media Students

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Kevin Patrick

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Kevin is also a university student studying International Business Studies. Kevin gave a truly inspiring talk and emphasised the importance of having a clear vision in order to reach your goals and to ultimately succeed in whatever you choose to do in life. Both students and staff were gripped by Kevin’s insight and inspiring words.

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Lunchtime Career Talks

McLaren Manufacturing Challenge – November 2013

This will be our 3rd year running the Lunchtime Careers Insight Talks. They have been hugely successful and popular with students across all year groups.

During November, Mr Whittington and Mr Oxenham took 5 students to McLaren to compete in the 'McLaren Manufacturing Challenge'. It was part of the 'See inside Manufacturing' initiative started by the Government to increase awareness and promote interest in careers in manufacturing. The competition is a vehicle to get local students into McLaren to see the magic they perform there, and be inspired by some of their staff, notably their Chief Designer, Frank Stephenson and 2 dynamic young engineers. Of the 2 engineers, one was male, the other female, one worked on systems development the other on gearbox design respectively. Both were fantastic adverts for engineering and determination, the girls were particularly impressed with Bernie (female) the gearbox design engineer.

We would like invite speakers for 2013/2014 lunchtime career insight talks. Could you, a colleague or friend come into school and provide a 15-20 minute careers talk? We are looking for employees of all levels and from organisations of all sectors who can help to inspire the future of a young person. The session can be as formal or informal as you wish. Just 20 minutes out of your year to talk about your job can make a huge difference to a students’ decision making process. We will do everything we can to assist speakers as we really do appreciate the efforts of people volunteering their time to come in and talk, we can also be as flexible as you like. Last year’s speakers were full of praise for students who attended and found their session personally very fulfilling. We are hoping to recruit as many speakers as possible and produce a timetable for the coming months and so would appreciate all offers. If you would like more information or have any questions please contact me: Safia Eljamaly email: [email protected] tel: 01932 349646

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Mr Oxenham had run a homestudy challenge for all of KS3 to design a vehicle capable of entering the McLaren Challenge (to carry an egg 10 metres as fast as possible). From this a team was chosen who developed the best idea and ran it against local schools. Our students certainly did not embarrass themselves! A number of the students have already got ideas for a better vehicle which I hope will be developed throughout the year so we are victorious upon our return next year.

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The Steel Band The Steel Band has had an enormously successful season. With a main band of 15 students and a selection of new pans, the Band hit the road in April with their now annual performance at the London Marathon – this year positioned in Canary Wharf. Since that time the band has been kept busy with fetes, school performances, the Woking Bikeathon and various charity events to name a few. 2013 is a Tour year and so the theory is the band have a quieter lead up to this week, however, demand precluded this intention and indeed not only was the diary as busy as ever but on average the band are turning down four enquiries to every weekend in June/July! The band members comprise of students from Year 7 through to Year 11, they are very committed, rehearsing all year round. This summer sees us losing two stalwart members of the Band, Joseph Shandley and Roisin Crowley who have now finished at the school. We wish them well. Meanwhile the Training Steel Band remains strong and so we look forward to new recruits joining the main band in September. The Steel Band Tour this year was to Shropshire and North Wales. Alas, we missed the hot weather by a week and so encountered a fair amount of rain which had a knock on effect on our audiences. However, those that did see us were most impressed with the band and the commitment of our students. On the tour the students had a great time, working so well as a team and enjoying other aspects such as a day out at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum, a ‘Ben Steven’s Quiz (not to be missed!) and a very competitive rounders challenge to name a few.

Now back from tour and as the term draws to a close, students have not had time to rest and recently performed at a large charity event, Picnic to Music in Farnborough where they had a crowd of over a thousand and without doubt the hottest night of year to perform on. The Steel Band performed prior to the headline acts of Counterfeit Quo and Killer Queen! The last gig this school year is performing at Wisley RHS for the Staff Summer Party. All in all, a great way to end a truly memorable year 2

Performance at the Times Musical Festival, Wellington College, Berkshire

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Woking Bikeathon

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Steel Band Tour – performing at Llandudno

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Performing on the platform at Bleanu Ffestiniogg Railway

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Band members aboard the Bleanu Ffestiniogg Railway

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Final Picture at end of Tour – taken after performing at Porthmadog

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Arts Award In April nineteen Yr 7/8/9 students passed their Bronze Award along with nine Yr 9/10 students who achieved their Silver Award. Students started in September and since that time have worked with their two Arts Award Advisors, Stephanie Bryan and Bev Howard. Students have been encouraged to liaise closely with both Advisors to ensure the work submitted was of a suitable standard. Both Bronze and Silver students had to either assist an Arts Leader or run a course of Workshops. A variety of Dance, Drama and Musical workshops took us to St John’s Primary, Pyrford School, Ripley Court, Byfleet Primary, Barnsbury and New Haw Junior School. On each occasion BDB worked with year 5 children and we took the opportunity of explaining the award and the role of the BDB student.

Awards Evening

In future we hope to explore cross curricular opportunities for Arts Award within school and encourage as many students as possible. The 2013-14 Arts Award group will commence in September. If your child is interested please contact Mrs Bryan/Mrs Howard on 01932 359112.

This year’s Awards Evening attracted a full house of parents. Ged Horn, a director of ISS UK & Ireland, gave the awards to deserving students from Year 7 through to the Year 11 leavers. The evening ended with the Head Girl, Lily Ball, Head Boy, Matthew Groves, and the other prefects being presented with their blazers in recognition of their position.

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A selection of award winners

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Lily Ball receiving her prefect blazer

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Matthew Groves receiving his prefect blazer

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Patricia Castelo, Kayleigh Vaughan, Ged Horn, Lily Ball, Matthew Groves

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Business Enterprise Challenge After months of hard graft, our four students Dean Mailes, Kayleigh Vaughan, Maryam Jan and Francessa Castello (team name ‘Space Makers’) outshone the competitors, Gordons, West End in the Business Enterprise Final held at the HGWells Suite on Thursday 11th July, with a flawless performance. BDB students were outstanding, no cue cards and well within the 3 minute slot! Mike Harvey the mentor attached to BDB was our magic touch, guiding ‘Space Makers’ with the Cloud technology business concept, supporting every Tuesday lunch time with our very own inspirational drama teacher. ‘SPACE MAKERS’ the tag name for the group was derived from the whole concept of creating a cleaner, fluent, environment with the technology to allow students and staff to communicate and work more efficiently. So now being the welldeserved and proud school, the four ‘Space Makers’ will work to help develop the business idea with the prize money of £1000.

Work Experience For the last full week of the summer term, just over 100 year 10 students experienced a week of working at local businesses and retail outlets. This gives the students the opportunity to experience the work environment, often for the first time, and get a better understanding of the workplace.

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A particular success was the 10 students who spent the week at ISS UK Ltd., a multi-national Facilities Management company with its head office in Woking. The students worked in various departments including Finance, Human Resources, PR and Marketing and Corporate Communications. They worked alongside the ISS staff with the week culminating in them preparing CVs and then being given a mock interview for the role they had fulfilled during the week. The feedback from ISS was very positive with Jed Horn (UK & Ireland Group HR Director) commenting “It is a great start for work experiences at our Head office, ISS staff who worked alongside your students were extremely complimentary and we look forward to having future students with us.”

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Dean Mailes, Kayleigh Vaughan, Maryam Jan and Francesca Castelo receiving the Mosaic Business Enterprise Award and cheque

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ISS work experience students

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2012/13 BDB PE department Achievements Athletics Lewis Takaravasha was chosen to represent North West Surrey in the Surrey Championships this year. Lewis finished 6th in the shot putt. At the district athletics this year we had 5 pupils finish in medal positions these were; Y7 – Guy Tucker 2nd in the 1500m; Sean Belbin 3rd in the Javelin; Y8 –

Daniel Collett 3rd in the javelin;

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Victor Dos Santos 3rd in the Long Jump; Lewis Takaravasha 2nd in the Discus.

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Cricket We have 3 out of the 4 teams qualify for the district final this year. The Y7 team convincingly beat Woking High in their District Final.

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The Y8 team narrowly lost to Heathside in their final. The Y10 team will play their final when we return in September due to the other semi-final not being played yet. 3

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Basketball The Y11 basketball team finished 2nd in the district league and reached the district cup final this year, narrowly losing to Woking High.

Cross Country Guy Tucker qualified to represent North West Surrey at the Surrey Championships this year having finished 10th in the district trials.

Football The Y9 and the Y11 Football teams both qualified for the district semi-finals this year.

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There are seven pupils playing for the Woking Academy this year. These are; Y8 –

Max Ling and Daniel Collett.

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Victor Dos Santos, Leonardo Santos and Gustavo Silva.

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Joe Kendall and Ben Tyler.

Rounders The Y10 rounders’ team finished 2nd overall in their district championships having won one of the three competitions. 5

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Swimming Guy Tucker won the District Championships this year in the 50m backstroke and came second in the 100m freestyle.

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Bishop David Brown School Albert Drive, Woking, Surrey GU21 5RF Telephone: 01932 349696 Facsimile: 01932 349175 E-mail: [email protected] www.bdb.surrey.sch.uk