happyeaster - Bishop Fox's School

happyeaster - Bishop Fox's School

NEWSletter happy easter Dear Parents/Guardians “This school continues to be good” Ofsted February 2017 – we knew that already! days, matches, orch...

2MB Sizes 0 Downloads 17 Views




Dear Parents/Guardians

“This school continues to be good” Ofsted February 2017 – we knew that already! days, matches, orchestra, choir, creative writing competitions, World Book Day events ... the list goes on and on. These are examples of those excellent opportunities that the staff at Bishop Fox’s offer and help build positive relationships within the school community. There is no such thing as a quiet week at Fox’s, this all adds to the flavour of the school and I thank everyone involved for their continued commitment.

The Spring Term is a very busy time in the school’s calendar and, as the new Headteacher, has been a ‘baptism of fire’, with Ofsted arriving only six weeks into my new job. We already knew that Bishop Fox’s is a good school, and in many ways better than good; and I was pleased when the inspection team found sufficient evidence to confidently judge us accordingly. Any Ofsted visit to any school brings its stress. I would like to formally thank all members of the Senior Leadership Team, Governors, teachers, support staff and students who were directly involved in meetings with the inspection team. Also I would like to thank all parents, students and staff who completed the various Ofsted questionnaires and showed the inspection team of the tremendous support that the school has within our local community. I am rightfully proud of the whole school and I am heartened that the lead inspector stated that he thought that we had all the ingredients to be outstanding in the future. There is a copy of the Ofsted letter available on the website for all parents to read and I strongly suggest that you do. We know that we are not perfect and we know that there are still areas for us to work on; but the inspectors didn’t find anything that we weren’t already aware of through our own self-evaluation processes. This term has been packed with opportunities for students to excel at in a range of activities within and beyond the classroom. The Maths challenge, dance workshops, school council, the MFL trip to Bath University, a more able trip to Oxford University, a visit to watch the Exeter Chiefs, STEM days, Sports Leaders festivals, Intra Sport, the dance show, curriculum immersion

Since becoming Headteacher I have also encouraged staff to recognise academic and extra-curricular success through Headteacher Commendations. I am proud of the work that I have seen and I have enjoyed meeting such confident and charming young people who are doing exceptionally well. I was also thrilled to give out so many Excellence Awards in assemblies last week. So many students achieving certificates, badges and ties to recognise the academic successes across the whole curriculum. A special recognition needs to go to Emma Canavan and Catherine Kellow who achieved the highest accolade of Academic Excellence (awarded for Full Excellence Awards in three different subject areas) at the beginning of Year 10 – an impressive achievement. I wish all students in all year groups every success in the forthcoming exams season. We have been working hard in school to get them as prepared as we can. It is important that students take the advice from the exam experts, work hard at home on active revision techniques and keep testing their own knowledge, skills and understanding throughout the process so that they are aware of areas that need more attention. Parents please support them through this difficult time and reward your son or daughter when it is deserved. We all want the same thing – exam success for each student, it doesn’t come down to luck but to hard work and a determination to succeed. The harder we work the luckier we get. I very much hope that you have a restful and pleasant Easter break. Thank you for your continued support for the school.

Kerry Tonkin, Headteacher

High Standards & High Expectations

As part of World Book Day celebrations, acclaimed author Melvin Burgess visited Bishop Fox’s School to deliver talks and workshops. Melvin has won the Carnegie Medal for Literature, as well as the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award, and is a huge name in teen fiction. He spoke to Years 7 and 8 about his books and the writing process, and took a range of searching questions from both groups of students. He also ran a creative writing workshop with some Year 10 students as well as holding a book signing at lunchtime for all students. Ms Harvey, Literacy Coordinator at the school, who arranged the visit said: “Melvin Burgess’ visit was fantastic. The students were enthralled by his talks and they were queuing out of the door for the book signing event. There was a real buzz around school and it was great to see the students so engaged with books and reading.”

High Standards & High Expectations


In DT Product Design the Year 11 students have recently finished their GCSE lighting projects. Together with the design folder these projects are worth 60% of the final grade. Students are now preparing for the final exam which will be in June  where they will be tested on designing and theory knowledge .


FRENCH CLUB This term students have been creating quiz puzzles in French – they have created 25 questions on French Language or culture over the term which they have then put onto jigsaw puzzle pieces. This will form part of their end of term party – racing to win the jigsaw pieces by answering the questions correctly – first to complete their puzzle wins! The best puzzles will be used on a visit to a local Primary School next term to do French preparation with Year 6 students. Spanish Club: Weds 1.20-1.55 in L1

KS4 SPANISH: HUCKLEBERRY FINN - JANUARY Key Stage 4 MFL students had the opportunity to watch Huckleberry Finn entirely in Spanish at Wellington School on 19th January. The play was performed by a cast of just two from the Firewalk Theatre – at times it seemed a bit of a challenge understanding what was happening but Gianpaolo Morelli-Thompson impressed us all by being ‘dragged’ on stage by the cast and bombarded with questions in Spanish which he did very well to answer after only a term of learning the language!

SPANISH CLUB Students have been putting their cultural knowledge from last term into practice this term by undertaking a project on a different cultural event or festival. La Tomatina, Castellers and Bullfighting are some of the events being studied – successful projects will be awarded Language Half Colours. Spanish Club: Weds 1.20-1.55 in L1

YEAR 8 OPTIONS EVENT ! Keen Year 8 linguists had the opportunity to talk about Languages with Year 9 GCSE students as well as with a group of Year 13 students from Richard Huish College on the 9th March. They took part in a taster Italian session, found out about Japanese enrichment lessons and had the chance to ask questions about the students’ GCSE and A-Level language experiences first hand – many thanks to all students involved. KS4 FRENCH An exciting opportunity to practise spontaneous speaking skills took place at Bath Spa University on 29th March for students of French who will be taking their final GCSE exam in the next academic year. They practised this skill using a range of innovative activities which support the new GCSE specification and covered all the main exam boards' criteria. KS4 students enjoyed the opportunity to practice their speaking and to improve their confidence in this skill.

YEAR 11 Congratulations to Year 11 GCSE MFL students who have this term undertaken both Speaking Controlled Assessments - each assessment is worth 15% of their final grade – well done! Revision tasks will be given over the Easter Break with practical activities to help prepare for the final Listening & Reading Exams which are some of the first in the exam period – happy revising!

Bonne chance!/ Buena Suerte!

High Standards & High Expectations

s w e sN


t r o Sp

Capture the flag tactics with Sam Ponter. “Being   a sports leader improves lead   ership skills which  could help with confidence”.

A word o f advice from Caedmo n Emery .


Team Briefing with SASP


. “Being a Harry Johnston and David Hellyer             can build your leadership leader sports skills” Harry Johnston.

are There s ring. “ e P p y y t p t p n iffere nd Po a d . e a na c k en s cK n  ow    experie   o Holly M ka. en Knight and Szwajk   to ajk ws Abbi Parr, Laur ship skills by  Mart a p por tunities ” Marta Szw er ad le g in in yed ga   es   Festiv  al ”.  lots o f o   festivals    “We have enjo  s and the Year 6 Gam t at  r ll ba o nd p Ha s g of runnin  



 Celebrations with Oliver Dummett, Jamie Nicholson and co. “I’ve enjoyed getting to do more sport and James El lis-Ta  his  ts  ylor pu helping out at primaries” Oliver Dummett.  t  do wn.   foo   “I have en joy     ever yth  ing      ed  so far and loved       leading at festivals       ” 




Player of the Season

Most Improved

Most Committed


Milly McKenna

Emily Benham

Millie Durkin

Gugu Mlotshwa

Evie Fielder

Annabel Harris


Lauren Knight



Ella Hooper-Bleeks Abbey Bailey

Lucy Robinson

Lorien Quinby

Megan Sawyer

Izzy Benham

Chloe Cross-Henley 

Lauren Hill 









y Turner and Cosgrove. “The Evie festivals are re al ly and I have lear fun    ned ho  w  to be a  good   leader  ” Amy Tu rner. 


Most Committed

Will Cooper

Ryan Davis

Jamie Nicholson

Aron Johnson

David Berecz

Sam Ponter

Charlie Brogden

Luke Jones

Josh Thomas

Jonah Billington

Owen Mitchell

Joe Sawyer

Liam Phillips

Tom Higham

Most Improved

Gabriel Billington

DON’T FORGET: Our Summer   Extra Curricular activities term after Easter. Look out  will begin   for the new timetables for Cricket, Rounders and Athletics.

Player of the Season



    Beth Sh  ipway  , Am


High Standards & High Expectations



Joe Ponter


U14 Cross Country Somerset Champion What is your sporting ambition? To become a professional runner. What is your most memorable sporting moment? Qualifying in the London mini marathon. What advice would you give to someone in sport? ! If you don’t make it first time don’t give up, try and try again. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Country Somerset RunningU14 at aCross professional level. Champion Who is your sporting idol/role model? Mo Farah If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be? " The Olympics.


Tejah Mossman

! England Volleyball Cadets What is your sporting ambition? I would like to play International Volleyball and represent England. What is your most memorable sporting moment? Standing and singing the National Anthem when representing England at the National School Games and hitting amazing smashes that land in court and everyone cheers for you and your country. What advice would you give to someone in sport? Try something new because anyone can achieve greatness Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?        Studying Sports Science at university and playing volleyball. Who is your sporting idol/role model? My England Cadets coach Maria as she inspires me to set goals for myself. She also played in the London Olympics in 2012. Also my Taunton volleyball coach Jurek who is really supportive of our team and he also played for Poland and England. If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be? I would love to watch USA women v Poland live.



On Saturday 25th February, 40 students and 6 members of staff braved the winds of Storm Doris to watch an enthralling Aviva Premiership encounter between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons. Chiefs gave the home crowd a fantastic show of freeflowing rugby in a well-earned bonus point victory. Some members of the group found some fame of their own, being tweeted by the official Premiership Rugby account.


! Year 8 Rugby It’s been a mixed season for results, but as the season progressed the team got back to the standards they set whilst Year 7 Area Champions.

SUmmER PE UNIFORm The summer PE curriculum is all based outside due to the Sports Hall being used for exams. It is essential that students are prepared with the appropriate kit especially with the unpredictable weather. The summer kit is • white polo shirt, •plain navy skort, shorts or tracksuit/joggers/leggings • white socks. I strongly advise that students also have a white under armour or a Bishop Fox’s training jacket (purchased from Taunton Uniforms).

County Finalists The following teams are off to the Spring Games U15 Netball Squad U16 Girls Futsal U13 & U15 boys and girls Handball Parallel Rackets & Wheelchair Basketball

REmINDER A reminder also of the school policy for non-participation. We request that all students change for PE and are encouraged to take part either as an active player (within their limits) or as a passive umpire or coach. We appreciate communication from parents but still request that students bring their kit and change.

Earlier this term over 40 students played a part in the Parallel Games Indoor Athletics held in Richard Huish College’s brand hall. The athletes and sports leaders represented  new  sports    the school with dignity and were showered with praise from the organisers; SASP. It was an extremely successful day with Fox’s athletes finishing 4th, 2nd and 1st.

High Standards & High Expectations




On 9th February some of Bishop Fox's GCSE Dance students went to THE SPACE to explore further education in dance and performing arts. Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 had a fantastic time in a dance workshop learning movement from the most recent performance 'Dance to Dust', followed by an evening spent watching the performance.

‘shake it up’ dance production

boys dance This year’s boys dance workshop took place on 22nd March. 30 boys from Years 7 - 10 spent the day working with Joe Garbett, a professional male dancer, choreographer and co-founder of AKA Dance Theatre Company. The group had a fantastic experience learning new skills and created an exciting new piece for our whole school dance show 'Shake it Up'.

At the very end of this term on the 29th and 30th March, Bishop Fox's students celebrated all things dance in our annual whole school dance show, 'Shake it Up'. All students worked really hard to prepare dances, with many students contributing to the choreography. We are also extremely lucky to have such a great student tech team and back stage team who work independently to run this part of the show. My thanks to Mr Ledger and Mr Comley who lead and support the student tech team, and all the staff who support back stage. Thank you to all who came to see the performance, I hope you had a great time and will join us again next year.

e k a Sh p it U

High Standards & High Expectations



♬♩♪ ♪♪

WELCOME! It has been a truly busy spring term here in the Music department. With the majority of the Music department’s efforts focused on the Oscar worthy Summer Concert in June. Choir rehearsals are every Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime and Orchestra Tuesday after school, it is sure to be a cinematic two nights. Be sure to buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale - they will be sure to sell out quickly! The concert will also star ukulele group / brass group / chamber choir / samba band / barbershop and the staff choir.

EXTRA CURRICULAR For the past year we have been lucky to provide extra provision for brass after school, all students involved are loving it. Watch out for their performances in the summer concert next term. Brass lessons are available in school if you are interested. On Thursdays we run a free samba drumming class. This is a fantastic opportunity for budding drummers out there to participate in a class that will inspire them to learn an international drum style. Come down to talk to Miss Wride about this amazing opportunity. If you are interested in starting instrumental or singing lessons then please come to the Music department for a letter. Currently we offer brass, woodwind, string, percussion and vocal lessons!

TRIPS As always here in Music we are fortunate to put on some exciting trips. This time it was a trip to Bristol to watch the iconic stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The outstanding cast that included Jason Manford and Phil Jupitus, provided the magic of the original film. With the car moving on stage and flying it was certainly a trip to remember. Next term we are excited for the end of term Music activities trip to London’s West End. With a magic carpet ride to Aladdin and rocking out to the School of Rock it will surely be a fantastic two days.

ROTARY YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION This is a four-stage National competition to support and encourage development of cookery skills. The competition task is to prepare, in two hours, a three course healthy meal (starter, main and dessert) for two people costing less than £15. The local heat was held on Thursday 19th January at The Quantock Restaurant at Bridgwater and Somerset College. Winners go on to District and potentially Regional and National finals. Autumn Millard and Josh Cannon (both Year 8 students) took part on the 19th, they were competing against students from Queen’s College and Courtfields School. They planned and organised themselves totally independently, with only a little advice and support from the food department should they want it, and the option of borrowing equipment. Their planning, organisation and enthusiasm was outstanding!

From all of us at the Music te am have an Eggcellent Easter break and we will see you in the Summer Term!

The night was a great event, if slightly nerve-wracking for competitors and supporters. Students were given a tour of the professional kitchen and were introduced to the judges. They were then given time to set their table and get their ingredients out before the timer started. Parents and supporters were looked after in the main restaurant with drinks and nibbles prepared by the college students. They were also able to watch parts of the kitchen on a live feed. Gradually the first dishes were brought out - one plate for the judges, one for everyone else to try. There was incredible support for all the entrants and all of the food was delicious. Unfortunately Josh and Autumn didn’t win but I think they would agree it was a very exciting opportunity and a great evening all round, definitely worth taking part in again.

High Standards & High Expectations

Communications: If you haven't yet signed up to receive school communications by email, please contact the school office as soon as possible with your email address.

Student Absence: Please ring the ABSENCE line on 255019 not the main switchboard when reporting student absences.


Students, if leaving school during the school day, should always sign out at Student Services. This ensures that everyone can be accounted for should the fire alarm go.


If you’re not already, get following our social media accounts for all the latest news, photographs and events. Facebook: Bishop Fox’s School Twitter: @BishopFoxs

Instagram: Bishopfoxstaunton

Lost property: Please collect from Reprographics before the end of term, before it is disposed of!

CHILDLINE LAUNCHES NEW APP 'For Me' is the first app to counsel young people via smartphone. Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app, which was created by young people, has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed. This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone they can't tell it's a Childline service.

FREE DOWNLOAD The app, developed in partnership with Barclays, is now available as a free download so young people can easily access Childline's online services.

These include: • 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor •'Ask Sam' problem pages • Private locker - a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts

High Standards & High Expectations