Weekly Mailing - Friday 13 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Please find below this week’s important information for Parents/Carers and students as well as updates on School events, activities and opportunities for your reference. I wish you a very relaxing weekend
Ms Jo Butler
Please click this link to view a copy of the Headteacher’s letter sent to Parents/Carers to update regarding the Coronavirus. This letter is following the Government’s confirmation that the United Kingdom has moved from “Containment” to “Delay” in regards to the Coronavirus.
Can you offer a Year 10 student work experience?
We are currently seeking Work Experience placements for Year 10 students in summer 2020 Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July.
In previous years we have secured some fantastic opportunities across a wide range of industries via some of our wonderful parents/ carers and we are once again looking to make new connections. If you think you may be able to offer a placement to one of our students, please contact our Work Experience Coordinator, Nicola Dutton, email@example.com
INSET Day Reminders
A reminder that Wednesday 18 March 2020 and Friday 3 April are INSET days. The School will be closed to students for staff training on these dates.
We have noticed a 'fashion' amongst students wearing jogging bottoms under school trousers and then pulling trousers down low to reveal them. This is not acceptable school attire and any student wearing their uniform in this way will be asked to remove their jogging bottoms (in a suitable and private place) should this be noticed. Only tailored school uniform trousers may be worn to school.
New Prefect Teams for 2020/2021
In the most eagerly anticipated assembly of the year, the Heads of House came together to reveal the new prefect team for each respective house for the 2020/2021 academic year. Mrs Arnold did some calculations and worked out that over 25% of the cohort applied for the prestigious position, which is a testament to the year group to show their enthusiasm and desire to be leaders in our school community. Miss Madge and Mr Nunn both agonised over the decision making process, highlighting that all of the candidates who were invited to interview would have been worthy of the role.
In the assembly Miss McDonagh shared what it means to be a prefect in our school, including:
- Being a role model to all
- Motivating students in your house
- Representing our school
- Supporting with Y6 Transition
- Promoting the work of the house
- Organising and leading events
As a house team we are confident and delighted with the new appointments and are looking forward to working with the students in the coming year. Students were presented with their new Prefect badge and certificate and Ms Butler shared her congratulations to all students appointed. One of the most notable highlights was the way in which students were recognised with such warmth from their peers with many of them passing on their congratulations at the end of the assembly. Great job year 10!
Freddy in Year 10 has been selected to attend a prestigious residential National Mathematics Summer School following his recent Maths Challenge result where he came in the top 1.5% of students in the country. This is a fantastic personal achievement, we hope Freddy decides to take up this opportunity for the summer school. Thank you for being such a fantastic ambassador for Cotham School.
Congratulations team Cotham at the Charity Swimathonon Sunday 8 March
Congratulations to Team Cotham who took part in the Charity Swimathon on Sunday. Thank you to The Clifton Rotary Club who organised the event and gave Team Cotham the opportunity to raise funds for The Rainbow Centre for Children. The event was opened by The Right Hourary Lord Mayor of Bristol, councilor Jos Clark and David Addison, President of the Clifton Rotary Club.
Between them Team Cotham swam an impressive 668 lengths in one hour. An amazing achievement. There is still time to support them and the charity please click here to donate the just giving page.
A massive well done to the following students for taking part:
Max Year 9
Oscar Year 9
Inez Year 7
Emily Year 9
Liang Year 10
Luke Year 10
Adam Year 8
Anand Year 7
Oscar Year 7
World Book Day 2020
World Book Day 2020 saw many Cotham students, and staff, dress as book characters. Winning costume awards this year went to Adrianna in Year 8 and Lugmaan in Year 7.
Students in Year 7 and 8 made characters out of potatoes in their tutor groups. Click here to see some of the entries including the winning spuds from 8KBK for "A Tale of Two Cities" and 7KMA for "The Cat in the Hat".
Our free book give away, in the library, was also a huge success as students queued out of the door for books.
Former Cotham Student Jess Thompson, founder of Migrateful recognised for her work on International Women’s Day
Jess Thompson was recognised by the Evening Standard Newspaper as being one the exceptional Londoners (who just happen to be women) for the incredible work she is doing. This year’s IWD theme was ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’ , with an aim to bring together people of every age, gender, race, country, ethnicity and religion to create true equality.
A discussion with a group of refugee women in 2017 sparked something in Jess Thompson. These women, who were overqualified, were unemployed due to restrictions, language barriers and unrecognised qualifications in the UK. This led to Jess setting up Migrateful – the refugee-led cooking classes helping migrants find their feet. To view the whole article please click here.
Pay it Forward Campaign - Easyfundraising
Good News, we have hit the 46 supporters mark and these supporters have raised £250.00 to date for Cotham School through their shopping activities. Thank you for your support, it's much appreciated.
It's very easy to register, new people are registering all the time, let's make the last big push to have 50 supporters and then aim beyond that, if you haven't registered yet please do.
What is Easyfundraising?
When you shop with the 4,000 retailers registered with Easyfundraising, each retailer pays the school a small donation to say ‘thank you’. The donation is sent to the school with no cost or deduction. We can use this to help our students.
This is a simple and free way to help us with our campaign! Please remember anyone can register, friends and family. Help us, don’t delay, register today!
For more information or to sign up please click here
Pay it Forward Campaign - An update
We are pleased to thank you for getting behind the Pay it Forward Campaign and donating so generously.
Since September we have received £11,680.00 in donations. We also are receiving a constant stream of generous donations in the form of pre-loved uniform and equipment, books, GCSE and A Level Revision Guides, office equipment and pledges from volunteers who are helping with maths, music lessons, science and grant applications.
We have been very fortunate recently to receive a box of several hundred Graphic Comics
including Batman, Star Wars and many more Comic heroes. These were donated by Henry Arnold, he had seen a collection like this in Clifton Library and wanted students at Cotham to have the opportunity to read and enjoy his comics.
These generous donations are really making a difference to our students and how we can support them in their learning journey.
If you have not heard of our campaign yet, it's not too late to get involved, this is continuing for the rest of this school year!
Pay it Forward’ is an international movement which promotes the undertaking of random (or not so random) acts of kindness. Using the ethos of ‘Pay it Forward’, the Governors and I felt that this was exactly the sort of campaign that we wanted to launch.
Here’s the many ways you can Pay it Forward today!
It's really easy to donate, to make a single donation, all you need to do is click here. For those that would like to make a regular donation, please set up a regular payment with your bank. Our details are: Lloyds Bank plc Sort code: 309483 Account number: 41658468.
To donate your pre-loved items, please call into the school, main reception, Cotham Lawn Road and if you have time to spare and would like to volunteer, please ring the main school number on 0117 919 8000 or email into firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep us posted
It would be great if parents/carers could let the school know of any student achievements outside of school. It is sometimes only at parents’ evenings that we find out what students are doing in their own time. Email us: email@example.com
Maybe- Therapeutic art groups for young people
Maybe runs Therapeutic art groups for young people. They are running groups for students in Years 7 to 9 who are experiencing difficulties associated with mental health, such as anxiety, low mood, shyness, trauma or self-harm.
Please find details here about some art groups that are being run. These are free groups and the next group starts on Thursday 7 May. Details of where the course will take place and how parents/ carers can self refer are on the flyer.
Off the Record monthly Newsletter - March
Please click here to view this month's newsletter from Off the Record.
Important Information for Parents/Carers
School opening times
Please can we remind parents/carers that students should not be present on the school site before 8am in the morning.
Correct footwear for PE
Please can all students ensure that they have the correct PE kit, including a separate pair of sport shoes.
Students are unable to wear their school shoes for PE due to the muddy conditions on our playing fields at this time of year. Muddy shoes are not allowed to be worn on the coaches or around school, which explains the need for a pair of sport shoes that can be used during the lesson and then put in a plastic bag after PE.
New Polo shirt for PE Kit
The school’s PE kit is being updated to the current school logo. From September 2020 our new Year 7 students will be sporting the new PE kit which is very similar to the current one but will have the new school logo on the garments. At the moment we have different coloured polo shirts; purple for KS3 and green for KS4. We have decided there is no need for a different colour for the different Key Stages therefore we have chosen purple as the school colour. Students currently in Years 7 - 10 will still be able to wear the green polo shirt until they grow out of it or until our uniform suppliers run out of stock so there is no need for parents to have to purchase the new style polo shirt immediately. We wanted to make you aware of the change just in case the uniform suppliers run out of the old stock and you are now directed to the new stock. Famous Branches (Henleaze) will be supplying the new purple polo shirt for PE - all other uniform items are still available from both suppliers except shorts which again can be obtained from Famous Branches.
Places remaining on the 2021 Easter ski trip to Vallnord, Andorra Saturday 3 April to Saturday 10 April 2021
There are still some places remaining on the 2021 Ski trip, if your child is interested in going please ask them to speak to Mr Collin.
Into our forests with Keith Scholey 11am - 12 noon Saturday 28 March 2020 in the Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR
Keith Scholey has offered to give a talk aimed at children sharing some of his film video clips from his documentaries. Tickets will be £5 and details can be found here.
Dr Keith Scholey has been making nature documentaries since completing his PhD at Bristol university in 1982. These have included David Attenborough’s series ‘The Living Planet’ and ‘The Private Life of Plants’. He series produced Wildlife on One and created Big Cat Diary. He was head of the BBC Natural History Unit from 1998 – 2002 and later became the Controller of BBC Factual Productions. He is now a director of Silverback Films which recently made ‘Our Planet’ for Netflix: a multi award winning series that included 2 Emmy Awards. His next production is ‘David Attenborough – A Life on Our Planet’, which premiers on 16 April in The Royal Albert Hall with a simultaneous cinema release across the UK. The talk will last about an hour and will be perfect for children in KS1 and 2 (and their parents as well!)
Word of the week
Each week at Cotham we promote a Word of the Week. This is to help students expand the range of vocabulary they use. Please find the word for the week after half term by clicking here.
Online Safety Newsletter- March Edition
Subject Area News
Physical Education (PE)
Fixtures week commencing 16 March 2020
There are no fixtures this week.
Parental Consent for Sports Fixtures 2019- 2020
Please complete the parental consent form which can be found here and return to school as soon as possible if your child is taking part in school fixtures this year. Once on file we can then select your child for these fixtures and we will confirm by email or text the details nearer the date that these are taking place.
Updated- Extra-Curricular Clubs
Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 4.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department
Work of the Week
Please click here to view a stunning photograph from one of our GCSE Photography students, using layers and multiple exposures.
Key Stage 3 News
Year 8 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 2 April 4.00pm - 6.30pm
This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teachers to review their progress and discuss their learning.
Booking opens on Monday 9 March at 6.30am.
Please click here to access the online appointment booking system. If you encounter any difficulties with booking your appointments please contact the admin team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0117 919 8000.
Year 9 Exams Monday 16 March - Friday 27 March
- Be prepared - put the timetable in their planner
- Have the correct equipment
- Plenty of rest the night before
- Eat breakfast
- Stay hydrated
- Turn your phone off, put away for the evening
Key Stage 4 News
Year 10 Work Experience Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July 2020
Three weeks left to organise WEX! Students should now be finalising their Work Experience placements. The final deadline to return completed WEX forms is Friday 3 April. If your child has not yet secured a placement please can you support and assist them to do so.
All Year 10 students are expected to organise a work experience placement.
Any students who require additional support can drop in to see Ms Dutton, Work Experience Coordinator, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtimes.
A copy of the work experience letter can be found here.
A copy of the WEX form can be found here. This form must be completed and returned for a placement to go ahead.
Year 11 Exam Preparation
If you are worried that your child is not revising enough at home then the following may be helpful resources:
- Support your child in preparing a summer exam preparation schedule so that they complete revision tasks - a template revision schedule can be found here
- Ensure that all homework assignments are completed
- Ensure your child has revision guides that can help to support their learning - a list of these is enclosed and attached here along with details of useful revision websites for each subject
- Read and discuss the Examination Command Words document attached here with your child
- See the Top Tips for Parents sheet attached here which contains useful reminders about ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’
- The Year 11 January mock exams can be accessed here. There is value in students re-completing these and demonstrating that they can recall knowledge previously assessed, and act on feedback already given to them to improve their original raw mark. Our school challenge is for all students to increase their recent mock exam result by 10 or 15 or 20 marks over the February Revision week break.
- Use the Subject ‘to do’ sheets which highlight the type of acts that students should be completing as part of their revision.
Academic Monitoring Reports will be sent home in the week commencing 24 February. However all students will know their mock exam grade now so please do ask them about their grades and marks and plans for revision.
Thank you to those parents that attended the Parent Post Mock Information Session this week. The presentation contains lots of useful links to many of the resources designed to support Year 11 students with their revision.
GCSE Provisional Examination Timetable Summer 2020
Please find the provisional summer exam timetable here. Please note that all students must be available up to Wednesday 24 June 2020 to complete any GCSE exam that may need to be cancelled as a result of national emergency or disaster.
Year 11 Prom Date
The group of parents who are kindly arranging the Year 11 Prom have set a date. It will be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. Please click link here to see information on the Year 11 Prom and how to obtain tickets.
Post 16 News
This week Year 12 students had a presentation from PWC which focussed on the huge variety of career opportunities available to school leavers and graduates. Many thanks to PWC for such an informative presentation which gave the students a great insight to the range of career options within the organisation. Further information can be found via this link.
Some key dates for this term include:
- INSET days are taking place on Wednesday 18 March and Friday 3 April. This applies to Cotham based lessons only, Redland Green lessons will continue as normal
- Year 12 parents evening is on 26 March from 4.30pm - 7pm at Redland Green. Ms Paice will be available to give individual careers information, advice and guidance. Students can book a time to see Ms Paice by email at email@example.com or they can drop in and see her on the night.
- Summer exam timetables are now available from Charnwood reception. Timetables are for Year 12 students who are sitting formal BTEC exams and Year 13 students. Please encourage students to check through these and talk to their tutors if there are any issues with them
- The Oxbridge conference is taking place on the 24 March in Birmingham, the coach leaves Redland Green and 7am prompt. Please can all students who have expressed a wish to go make sure they have returned their completed permission slip. This trip is now full so we are unable to accept any further bookings
Year 12 Update
Year 12 work experience will take place this year between 29 June - 1 July and is compulsory for all Year 12 students. Please encourage students to start seeking placements as soon as possible. If any student in Year 12 has already completed a work experience placement or is planning to do so prior to the 29 June please let Ms Beaver know so she can see if this can be counted as compulsory work experience. All students have access to ‘Springpod’ which shows work experience vacancies and helpful tips for securing placements.
Year 13 Update
Year 13 Exam timetable
A reminder that the Year 13 exam timetable is available here. Please also be aware that the 24 June is an exam contingency day so this needs to be kept free.
Congratulations to all the Year 13 students who have completed their UCAS applications. Please contact Marie Beaver if anyone requires help in managing their offers or still wishes to apply for university.
We take your child's wellbeing very seriously - we have many avenues of support available. Further information can be found via this link.
Creative Youth Network
Creative Youth Network also offers a lot of support and one to one therapy - please ask your child to see Mrs Beaver for more information a link to their website can be found here.
Off the Record (OTR)
OTR are offering weekly Resilience Lab drop in sessions on Perry Road there is no waiting list and all students are very welcome. More information can be found here.
A reminder that Ms Paice is available every Wednesday in G402 at Charnwood to meet students and all Year 12 students should have signed up to SpringPod which is a work experience platform.
Here is the link to our Careers Bulletin which is updated weekly.
Cotham School is currently recruiting new members of staff to work with us at the school. We are currently looking to hire an Assistant IT Services Manager, Senior Finance Assistant, Cover Supervisor, Science Technician,Humanities Teacher, English Teacher, Business Studies Teacher and an Academic Mentor.
For more information about school roles please click here.
Student Careers Update
Jobs Fair coming up in Bristol- Friday 3 April at the Colston Hall
The Bristol Jobs Fair is on Friday 3 April between 10.00am - 2.00pm at the Colston Hall, please click here for more information and take your CV with you.
Junior Saunders Event at Ashton Gate- Saturday 9 May
Junior Saunders is putting on an event at Ashton Gate to inspire Year 11 students just before they take their GCSEs. "GCSE boost" is now in full swing. The date is Saturday 9 May 2020 11.30am-2.30pm please see the flyers here and here regarding the event.
Tickets to attend the event are FREE and available on Eventbrite - on a first come first served basis - here is the link to secure your place.
Junior is a Bristolian businessman, TV presenter, educator and motivational speaker who gives inspirational talks to students ahead of their exams has launched an appeal to stage the biggest school assembly in Bristol.
GCSE Boost will bring together hundreds of pupils who are about to embark on their GCSEs this year, with a two-hour TedX-style seminar featuring four key speakers from their field - including confidence-building, mental health, nutrition and attitude.
Junior said his goal is to hire out the Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate for 500 students and 500 of their parents and carers to give the city’s Year 11s a pep-talk ahead of the weeks and months of revision and exams.
Fundraising to cover the cost of the venue - Ashton Gate - is being organised through "go fund me" website. If you would like to make a donation please click here. If you are or know any person/s that be able to sponsor the event please contact Junior Saunders direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can also be seen here from the Bristol live story.
NCSC Trailblazer and Adventurers
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides free short courses designed to introduce the younger generation to the world of cyber security.
There are two courses taking place at UWE, Bristol on Saturday 28 March. Each lasts for 3 ½ hours. All young people are invited to attend. Parents and carers are welcome to accompany them.
Trailblazers (9.00am - 12.30pm). This event is for students in Year 8
Adventurers (1.30pm – 5.00pm). This event is for students in Year 9
Both events are free to attend. Further details can also be found here.
Trailblazers – Year 8 morning session (9am – 12.30pm)
Adventurers – Year 9 afternoon session (1.30pm – 5pm)
Energus Cyber Security Apprenticeships Available in Bristol
Energus are inviting people to apply for their Cyber Security Apprenticeships. These positions are available in Bristol, Cumbria and Oxford.
Entry requirements for this Cyber Security Level 4 Apprenticeship include at least five GCSEs grades A – C (9 – 4) and Level 3 qualifications, including A-levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3 or a BTEC National – ideally in IT, Cyber Security, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) or other relevant subject.
The deadline for Bristol applications is Friday 1 May.
For further details click here.
City of Bristol College Apprenticeship Bulletin and South West Apprenticeship Company have apprenticeship vacancies here and here.
Other apprenticeships can be found through the Gov website here, Target Careers, Success at School , Get My First Job and Not Going to Uni.
Bristol Education Partnership Events
Talk for Parents with Dr Dominique Thompson, Monday 16 March, 18:00 – 19:00, Chatterton Hall, Colston’s School, Bell Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1BJ
Dominique Thompson is an award winning national student health expert and regular commentator on student health matters, having appeared on the Today programme (BBC Radio 4), Sky TV and in The Guardian, The Times and The Financial Times. She set up Buzz Consulting after working for almost 20 years as a student health GP, with a special interest in mental health. Her most recent book, How to grow a grown up, reveals what parents can do to support teenagers and young adults – and how to manage problems along the way. Free tickets are available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/colstons-school/t-gmexxr
Bristol Learning Festival, 30 March – 5 April
60+ local organisations. 200+ FREE learning activities. For all ages and communities, right across Bristol. Come to Underfall Yard, BS1 6XG Monday 30 March between 11:00 and 14:00 for the launch of the festival and to see what’s on offer. http://www.bristollearningcity.com/events/ @BristolLearning #Learningfest2020 #LoveLearning
Reminder: Easter Family Show - Stella and the Star Shiners, Thursday 9 April, 11:00 and 14:00, 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, BS3 1SJ
1532 is hosting Stella and the Star Shiners during the Easter holidays and is offering a 20% discount for any parents of children at BEP schools. Age Recommendation 4+; under 1's go free. To access the Bristol Education Partnership parents’ discount follow the link below, book the number of tickets required, then log on if you have booked tickets with 1532 before, or set up an account: the next page will have promo code box: type BSPP into this box to gain discount.
To book tickets, follow the link here.
Reminder: Year 12 Higher Ed Evening – Monday 8 June, 18:30, Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Rd, Bristol BS9 3AW
An information evening for students in Year 11 and above about higher education options. Students may attend unaccompanied, but names should be advised in advance. Please book places with Alice England: email@example.com
HappyMaps Website- Providing resources for Parents and Carers around Children's mental health
HappyMaps is a website providing a one stop shop of resources around children's mental health from babies to young adults and includes websites, videos, books, Apps and links to ways to find counselling and other support. The website was funded by NHS England with input from specialist services (CAMHS) and local charities and is supported by Bristol Mind. Please click here to view the website.
Useful quick links
Please click here to view the Key Dates by year group for the 2019-20 academic year. You will be notified of any significant changes/additions, but please can we ask that you check the dates for your year group regularly as they are subject to change.
Parents’ Evening Booking System (PES)
Please click here to access the online appointment booking system for Parents Evenings/Family Consultation Day. Please note this is only available if an event is due. We will email you to let you know when booking opens. If you encounter any difficulties with booking your appointments please contact the admin team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0117 919 8000
Assessment Calendars for KS3
We have created Assessment Calendars for 2019/20. Each Assessment Calendar contains details of the class assessments that will take place in their subjects. The final column contains a link which gives information about each of the assessments.
To see the Year 7 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 8 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 9 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 10 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 11 Assessment Calendar click here
Parents Information Sessions
KS3 Parent Information Session 3 October 2019 - click here
Year 10 Parent Information Session 7 November 2019 - click here
Year 11 Parent Information Session 14 November 2019 - click here
Homework and Independent Learning timetables
Please see the attached link describing our Homework Guidelines for students in the school.
In KS3 we do not have homework timetables.
Homework and Independent Learning Timetable for Year 10
Homework and Independent Learning Timetable for Year 11
Click here to access GCSEpod which contains lots of revision resources for most GCSEs. Students self register through the website using their name and school details.
Click here to access. This site contains self marking quizzes with lots of templates including some from a range of exam boards. It’s easy to make your own questions in Microsoft PowerPoint too. Students sign up with their school Google account using the G+ button to automatically create a school account
Edmodo is an application that can be used on both mobile devices and in the web environment to create an online community of practice. Edmodo is a free social learning platform that allows students to access the course content uploaded by their teachers.
All students and teachers now have free access to Seneca - a revision and homework platform making studying more fun. Seneca is an interactive way to learn official course content. Their web app covers 150+ exam board specific courses condensing what students need to know for their exams. The software is able to identify gaps in learning. For instance, when you get a question wrong, the platform will repeat the topic in different formats and their smart algorithm has proven to make students remember topics 2x faster. Seneca is totally free for students, teachers and parents. You can sign up via senecalearning.com
Free School Meals
To apply or check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals please click on this link.
If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hopkins at Student Reception.
WisePay is the Online Payment Service at Cotham School which allows you to pay for trips and visits as well as to add credit to your child’s Cashless Catering account. Click here to access your account now. If you have any queries about your account please contact the support team by email to email@example.com
Please click here to view the compulsory uniform requirements of Cotham School, along with visual examples of uniform and details of our uniform suppliers.
Please note the following contact numbers and email addresses if you need to contact the school:
Main Reception - 0117 919 8000/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Reception - 0117 919 8013 / email@example.com
Absence - 0117 919 8019/ firstname.lastname@example.org
NBP16C - 0117 919 8100/ email@example.com
Finance - 0117 919 8016/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Exams - 0117 919 8024/ email@example.com
Admin Office - 01179198053/ firstname.lastname@example.org