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Weekly Mailing Friday 30 June 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Please find below my usual information, letters and updates on events that have taken place this week.  

 

Ms Jo Butler

Headteacher

 

Next week (Week commencing Monday 3 July) is WEEK B

 
 
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS

 
 
 

Somali Parents’ Coffee Morning

Monday 3 July at 9:30am.

We will have a representative from SPAN talking about the support services that they can provide.

Safeguarding session for parents on Wednesday 5 July 6-7pm in the Main Hall.

The last safeguarding session on understanding the use of drugs in young people today, supported by Alex from the Bristol Drugs Project, was very well attended. At that meeting, the overwhelming suggestion was for a workshop on online safety. Therefore, we will be running another parent session on the topic of online safety on Wednesday 5 July 6-7pm in the Main Hall. Everyone is welcome. The workshop will cover: awareness of the range of dangers relating to online safety; what we do in schools to educate students about this; what you can do at home to protect your children further.

School Lockdown Procedures 

As part of Safeguarding procedures, all schools are required to plan and prepare staff and students for a “lockdown procedure” in anticipation that there might be a circumstance where the “lockdown” of the school is necessary.

Click here to read about the “lockdown” simulation which will happen in school on 12 July 2017

School fire safety update

The government has instructed councils and academy trusts to carry out fire safety checks on school buildings to identify any that may need further investigation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Following receipt of questions from the DfE the school has completed a return which states that buildings in the school estate are unaffected by the fire risks associated with tower blocks. The school does not have any insulation of the type used on tower blocks.

Regardless of the above, the school takes fire safety very seriously and has current, annually reviewed Fire Risk Assessments and full fire evacuation plans in place. The fire alarm on site is tested weekly and maintained/tested bi-annually as is required.  Regular fire drills are held on the school premises and we are confident that staff and students are aware of how to respond to a fire alarm appropriately.

In recent years the school has benefited from a new building housing its Science Labs, Food Technology, Design Technology and Art rooms. The entire new building has a sprinkler system installed. Installation of a sprinkler system in the new building was considered reasonable at the time as the building houses the departments that present the highest risk of fire due to use of combustible materials and devices (e.g. bunsen burners and ovens).  

Whilst older buildings on site do not have sprinklers these buildings are considered at low risk of fire. The entire school has full fire detection and fire compartmentalisation by design to ensure the safety of its occupants is of the highest standard available.

Post-16 Vaccinations

The 2017 school leaver cohort (teenagers born between 01/09/1998-31/08/1999) is now eligible for urgent catch-up with MenACWY vaccination. These young people should be invited by their GP practice for vaccination over the coming months.

Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW infection, so need to get vaccinated. The vaccine also helps protect others around them. These students may have had a MenC vaccination before but still require the MenACWY vaccine as this gives the extra protection needed. The vaccination is free and may save their life.

Please click here to view the information recently given by Public Health England

School Rail Season Tickets

Our partnership with GWR and the Severnside Community Rail continues and families are being offered a fantastic discount on rail fares to and from school. School Rail Season Tickets for the whole 2017/2018 academic year can be purchased for just £40 which is a significant saving on the daily fare.  

For those families with a number of children travelling by train there is an option to buy the ticket in instalments.  

Cotham ‘Tower of Strength’ - Race for Life Team 

The Cotham team of staff, girls and mums will be running in the 5k on the Downs this Sunday to raise money for Cancer Research UK.    

 
 
 

CONGRATULATIONS

 
 
 

Talk to us  

If you would like to tell us about any student achievements outside of school, or to promote a community event etc via our weekly mailing please do not hesitate to contact us with details

Swimming achievement 

Congratulations to Reuben West (8KBO) who took part in the UBSW Summer Sprints Gala at Horfield Leisure Centre on Saturday 24 June. He achieved personal bests in all the disciplines including the Individual Medley, and finished with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and a Bronze medal. Well done Reuben!

German Exchange 

Year 9 German students have just enjoyed a 7 day exchange with our partner school in Hannover. We enjoyed; lovely weather, meeting the Mayor of Hannover at the town hall, visiting Hamelin, Berlin and Wolfsburg, eating lots of Currywurst, as well as living life as a German student.  Great experiences, making new friends and wonderful memories for those who took part.  A huge thank you to Frau Heiberg and Frau Elwell for organising this trip.  Click here for photo

Music achievement

Congratulations to Jonah Weisselberg who has achieved a Distinction in his Grade 6 guitar examination.

 
 
 

INFORMATION FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS

 
 
 

American Independence Day Lunch

The School Kitchen will be offering a themed menu for staff and students on Tuesday 4 July.

Tuesday 11 July - Inter House Lunch-Time Savoury Social

Students are encouraged to bring in savoury items eg, samosas, cheese straws, pizza wheels/slices, savoury scones etc for this event. Donations of 20p - 50p for food items. For more information please email Mrs Brock or Mrs Arnold 

Cotham ‘Tower of Strength’ - Race for Life Team

The Cotham team of staff, girls and mums will be running in the 5k on the Downs this Sunday to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored us. We have already raised over £500.00 which is fantastic. We would love to raise even more. 

School Rail Season Tickets 

Our partnership with GWR and the Severnside Community Rail continues and families are being offered a fantastic discount on rail fares to and from school. School Rail Season Tickets for the whole 2017/2018 academic year can be purchased for just£40 which is a significant saving on the daily fare.

For those families with a number of children travelling by train there is an option to buy the ticket in instalments.  

Click here to read about the scheme and to download the application form. If you are unable to print the form, students can obtain one from either the Finance Office or the Main Reception. Signed and completed forms must be returned with payment to the Finance Office by Monday 17 July so that ID passes can be issued on Friday 21 July ready for students to use at the beginning of September. Forms received after Monday 17 July will be processed at the start of the new academic year.

Make sure you take advantage of this fantastic offer.   

Please click here if you would like to make a donation. It doesn't matter which team member you donate to - it all goes in the same pot! Any contribution, no matter how small, will be very gratefully accepted and will go to a fantastic and important charity. THANK YOU.

Nose Studs

Please remember that nose studs and/or any kind of facial piercing are banned at Cotham School.

School Uniform

A reminder to all parents/carers when buying new uniform for the new school year - please see our uniform requirements here. Uniform is available from Harris Sports and Famous Branches. Unfortunately it has been noted that standards have recently been slipping with many students wearing trainers to school. Trainers are not acceptable footwear and students will be asked to change into regulation footwear. Please see a link to acceptable shoes here.

 
 
 

HOUSE ACTIVITIES NEWS

 
 
 

Monday 10 July - Inter House Competition

Please can we ask all students to bring in tins of food eg; baked beans, tuna, sweetcorn, soup etc which will be laid out in a line and measured. The house with the longest line will be the winner. All food will be donated to a charity, food banks, homeless shelter etc. This event will take place in the sports hall during lunch and tutor time. Please inform students that they should bring their tins (tins only please no other packaging will be accepted!) to the sports hall during lunch time.

Tuesday 11 July - Inter House Lunch-Time Savoury Social

Students are encouraged to bring in savoury items eg, samosas, cheese straws, pizza wheels/slices, savoury scones etc for this event.  Donations of 20p - 50p for food items. For more information please email Mrs Brock or Mrs Arnold

SIGMA

Friday 14 July - Sigma WWF Charity Day

Sigma will sell ice-lollies at lunch time to raise money for WWF. "Help support your friends in the Arctic and buy frozen Ice lollies"   50p per lolly

We will also be face painting Sigma Tutors as animals in the Hub at break time. We have three wonderful tutors who are happy to be painted as an animal, if any other tutor would like volunteer to be painted or wear an animal mask for the day please let me know. Students can bring in a donation to see their tutor face painted or wear an animal mask for the day.

 
 
 

KEY STAGE 3 (KS3) INFORMATION

 
 
 

Year 8

“World of Work” Event – Tuesday 4 July 2017

Next Tuesday, all Year 8 students will be taking part in a “World of Work” event delivered by 17 Cotham School Alumni and Future First, the organisation that is helping us to connect with our former students. Year 8 will be off-timetable all morning, taking part in a variety of interactive sessions to improve their awareness of the options open to them in the world beyond school and the range of skills needed to be successful alongside formal qualifications. We hope they will enjoy learning about the successful careers people have after leaving Cotham and will report back on this event next week!

 
 
 

KEY STAGE 4 (KS4) INFORMATION

 
 
 

Year 10

Work Experience 3-7 July

Good luck to the Year 10 students who are out on work experience next week.  Smile, Be Polite and Work Hard!  You are ambassadors for your school. Be professional and most of all enjoy your placement. (don’t forget that you will need to take your WEX Diary with you every day).

 
 
 

SUBJECT AREA NEWS

 
 
 

PE/SPORTS UPDATE

Please click here to view all of the results, congratulations and upcoming fixtures.

Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department

It would be great if parents/carers could let the school/PE department know of any students achievements outside of school please. It is sometimes only at subject evenings that we find out what students are doing outside of school! Email us: info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk

 

PERFORMING ARTS UPDATE

"3 Plays in search of an Audience" 2017

This year's "3 plays..." is rapidly approaching us. For those uninitiated with the format, "3 plays" is the name given to our Summer Lower School shows where 3 thirty minute plays are performed by Year 7, 8 and 9.

This year, Year 7 are performing an adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Me Fox". Year 8 are performing an interpretation of the children's classic "The Witches" and Year 9 are performing a version of Margaret Atwood's "The Penelopiad".  Please click here for more information and click here to book your tickets via you Wisepay account.

Summer Music Review

The 2017 Summer Music Review will take place on Wednesday 12 July 6-8pm in the Dance Studio. (Or outside if the sun is shining!) Click here to view poster or buy your tickets now via your wisepay account.

Pulse Auditions

Pulse is an extracurricular Dance group, with members from schools throughout Bristol, that rehearse every Monday in the Dance studio and perform at events, both inside and outside of school, throughout the year. All students (from any Bristol School) from Year 6 to Year 8 are invited to audition for the Pulse dance company on Monday 3 July, at 4pm - 5.30pm in the Dance Studio. Click here to view poster.

To register to audition please email your name and tutor group to pulse@cotham.bristol.sch.uk    

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extra Curricular activities - Click on the link below to find out more:

 
 
 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 
 
 

What's happening in your local library?

Click here to view the July 2017 Local Library newsletter.