Happy New Year!
I hope that you had an enjoyable break. The pupils and students have returned with a very positive attitude and it has been lovely seeing them so focussed and on task as I have called in to lessons over the last week.
We welcomed our first primary visitors from Ivy Lane last Thursday and St Paul’s this week. They have reported enjoyable visits, picking out the opportunity to try different subjects such as Science and DT along with meeting the sheep as their highlights.
The Year 9 Options process is now well under way and I am looking forward to Key Stage 4 Options Evening on 25 January when pupils and parents will have the opportunity to discuss their GCSE options.
Good luck to Year 8, who start their exams next week.
National Youth Wind Orchestra Success
We’d like to offer congratulations to Year 13 students Katie Bunney and Kathryn Titcomb who have been selected, for the second year running, to be part of this prestigious orchestra. In addition, Katie has also been appointed lead of the saxophone section. Only the very best from the country get accepted into the orchestra so we are very proud of both girls.
Music Exam News
Congratulations to the following who have all passed music exams recently:
Piano: Margaret Oatley Grade 2; Fiorella Scarpino Grade 2; Ethan Oatley Grade 4 Jazz Piano, Freya Arrowsmith Grade 4 (merit); Chloe Doggett Grade 3 (merit); Sophia Doggett Grade 5; Jennifer Sykes Grade 5 theory (distinction) and Tala Eagling-Vose Grade 5 (merit)
Violin: Thomas Beresford Smith Grade 6 (merit) and Jerana Henly Grade 5 (merit)
Flute: Chloe Bell Grade 8 (distinction); Chloe Ditte Grade 6; Lizzie Fidament Grade 6 (merit); Sophie Fife-Faulkner Grade 3 (merit); Amy Gibbons Grade 6 (merit); Katherine Stone Grade 4 (distinction) and theory Grade 5 (merit) and Ed Blyth Theory Grade 5
Clarinet: Pierre-Marie Semichon Grade 8 (merit)
Drums: David Clarke Grade 1
We hope you enjoyed the concert at the end of last term. Well done to all our fantastic performers on the night. A total of £377.71 was raised for Doorway in the retiring collection.
Cross-country success for Megan and James Wright
Following on from the Inter Counties at Bath University on a bleak snowy Sunday in December 2017, James and Megan competed in the EA South West Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Sunday 7 January 2018 at Aldon Hill, Yeovil.
It was an extremely bitter, cold day but fortunately it stayed dry and wasn’t too muddy, considering all the rain we had recently experienced. Being a new venue for 2018 the course was unknown, previously being held at Exeter, but the competitors soon discovered it had several hills and inclines over their 2 laps, which made it more of a challenge, to say the least. They gave it their all against tough competition, negotiating the course to the best of their ability, achieving the following fantastic results:
Megan finished 11th overall, out of 59 U15 Girls, gaining 3rd place within Wiltshire. This also helped Wiltshire to win the County Team Silver medals, which she proudly received on the day.
James finished 13th overall, out of 48 U17 Men, gaining 2nd place within Wiltshire, missing out on 1st place by just 1 second, but beating the current champion by 19 seconds.
Excellent performances yet again, a huge well done to both Megan and James, we are all incredibly proud of them.
The next round is The Nationals on 10th March at Loughborough – we wish them the best of luck.
ECB U13 Indoor Cricket Tournament 2018 by Mr Craig
Well done to the squad of Year 8 Cricketers who took part in this tournament, at The Dome, Chippenham, on Thursday 11 January.
We won our group by winning our 3 matches as follows: John Bentley, a win by 47 runs. Ridgeway, a win by 40 runs and Lavington, a win by 34 runs.
This meant that we took on Sheldon School in our “Final” match. Sheldon batted first, and with our best bowling and fielding display of the day, they were all out for 33 runs. We then achieved our target in five overs, getting 37-2, to win the tournament, and, in the process, progress to the County Finals on Thursday 22 February 2018. Great teamwork, tremendous spirit, a delight to behold. Very proud!
What’s On Information Week Beginning:
15 January 2018
Year 8 Exams – all week
Tuesday 16 January
Year 12 & Year 13 A Level Physics Live – Birmingham – 7.45 am
Thursday 18 January
Year 9 Green Band Parent, Pupil Consultation Evening – Peter Thompson Hall – Appointments from 3.45 pm