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Weekly Mailing Friday 7 April 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

Please find below my usual information, letters and updates on events that have taken place this week.  This is a smaller than usual mailing as we have produced our termly newsletter this week.  Click here to view

Ms Jo Butler
Headteacher

 
 
 

IMPORTANT INFO

 
 
 

Stoke Lodge Playing Fields Update

Why the school has resisted the application to register Stoke Lodge Playing Fields as a Town or Village Green

Cotham School has used Stoke Lodge Playing Fields for its off-site sports provision since approximately 2002. The playing fields are vital to the School’s long term provision of physical education. However, due to the School’s safeguarding duties to protect its students from harm, if the playing fields are registered as a town or village green then we will not be able to continue to use Stoke Lodge.

In a bid to find a solution to the issues the School actively sought to find alternative off site sports facilities (via the Local Authority), prior to and beyond conversion to Academy status. Unfortunately no suitable alternative sites have been identified. We have therefore been forced to defend our position at Stoke Lodge Playing Fields in order to ensure that the school can continue to provide its core charitable purpose of education.

During the Inquiry into whether Stoke Lodge Playing Fields should be registered as a Town or Village Green in June 2016, the inspector accepted that village green registration will prevent the school from using the site, Bristol City Council also accepted the finding of the inspector on this.  The inspector’s recommendation following the 9 day Town or Village Green Inquiry was that the land should not be registered as a Town or Village Green, Bristol City Council chose to register the land against this recommendation.

For these reasons, and having taken advice, the school considers it has a continued duty to challenge the decision of Bristol City Council to register the site as a Town Green, in the courts, by Judicial Review.

How has the school engaged with the community

The school has no desire to prevent public access to the site when it is not being used by the school; the school is open to a solution that genuinely works for all. However, in order to ensure our students (and staff) are safeguarded, we must be able to restrict access to the playing fields during school (and community club) use. The only way to achieve this is by fencing the site.

The school have met with the community and proposed a compromise that the school considers works for all but this was rejected.

The costs of resisting the application

To protect the school’s ability to provide physical education in the long term, the school took the difficult decision that it needed to instruct barristers to put its case to the public inquiry as several difficult points of law arose from the application, in making this decision the School’s governors acknowledged that there would be a significant cost. However, it is considered that this expense is justified in the long term as the school is trying to avoid a situation where it faces much higher costs associated with using commercial facilities. Furthermore, commercial facilities would not have the security of tenure that we have at Stoke Lodge playing fields, putting the delivery of our PE curriculum at risk each year.

The cost of professional services has been met from the schools accumulated cash balances, in accordance with the school’s funding agreement. All spending has been approved in accordance with Cotham School’s scheme of financial delegation and the Academies Financial Handbook and recorded accurately within our accounts which have been externally audited and filed with the Department for Education and Companies House. Copies of the school’s annual report and financial statements are available from the school’s website.

Our costs to date amount to £91,933 and whilst it is unfortunate that the school has been forced to use some of its cash reserves for this purpose we fully believe that this investment is in the best interest of the school and its present and future students.

 
 
 

GOOD NEWS!

 
 
 

Congratulations to Freddie Bass of 7GC who received his grade 1 piano with a merit score this week.

 

 
 
 

SCHOOL NEWS

 
 
 

First week back after Easter (Week commencing Monday 24 April) is a WEEK B

 

Bristol Healthy Schools Young Chef, Young Baker and Young Gardener 2017

Bristol Healthy Schools is running its competition again this year to seek the best Bristol Young Chefs and Bristol Young Bakers and Young Gardeners of the Year.

This exciting competition is in partnership with Bristol Food Connections and is open to all school aged children from across Bristol schools. We have overall several years been very successful in this competition with students invited to the final at Bordeaux Quay at the Harbourside and the Square Food Foundation in Knowle.  Previous students from Cotham who were in the final were even on television for the local news.  We are very keen to ensure that Cotham continues with its success with this competition.  Click here to access the entry forms.  Students can be encouraged to start to practise over the holiday!  The department will speak to all students in assembly after the holidays and will run an after school session to support students with their entries. Each entry from students will also earn house points. All entries need to be in by Monday June 26.

School Catering Menu and Pricing

The school operates a six week menu rotation.  Please click here to view the menu to view the menu and click here for pricing information.  When we return to school after the Easter break (w/c 24 April) it will be Week 4.

Junk Food ban

As you will have read in last weeks mailing, we have become increasingly concerned about students bringing ‘junk’ food and drinks into school.  The cheapness of large ‘family size’ bags of crisps, sweets and bars/ 4 packs of chocolate and large bottles/ cartons of sugary and fizzy drinks has led to an increase in such items being brought into school.  It is recognised that the impact on children’s long term health is considerable. In addition the increase in litter being created is phenomenal and represents a huge burden on our site team.

The bringing in and consumption of such items is to be completely banned at Cotham and we will be speaking to students about this over the next few weeks to complement the education work on healthy choices and care of the school environment already done as part of the curriculum. When we return to school after the Easter break any such items will be confiscated and routinely disposed of.

In order to support the school with encouraging healthy eating in our young people, and to prevent the purchase of junk food on the way and from school; please provide a packed lunch or pre- pay their cards via WISEpay and please don’t give them cash!  The school catering facilities are unable to accept cash payment.

School Library Info

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.  Medal holders include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Sally Gardner.  The short-list for the Carnegie Medal has now been announced and

These books are available from the library. Please speak to Miss Davies if you are interested in shadowing the awards and writing a short review for our shadowing page (especially anyone who is up for the challenge of reading all eight books). The winner will be announced on June 19.

For more information see: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/carnegie-current-shortlist.php

 
 
 

KEY STAGE 3 (KS3) INFORMATION

 
 
 

YEAR 7

Exams

Year 7 Exams take place during the weeks commencing 2 May 17 and 8 May 17.  Details of the content being covered in the exams can be found here.

Food Tech Practical

Mrs Brock’s class have practicals the first week of Term 5.  They will be making Enchiladas on Monday 24 April.  Students have been informed in class and ingredient lists have been issued in class but are also on Google Classroom.

YEAR 8

Easter Holiday Homework

All students will have Independent Learning and Revision over Easter.  Some of this will take the form of preparation for their end of year exams.  Year 8 Easter homework can be found by clicking here.

Food Tech Practical

The following classes have practicals the first week of Term 5:  Mrs Brock’s class on Tuesday 25 April, Mrs Quinton’s class on Friday 28 April - Both will be making Cottage Pie twist.  Students have been informed in class and ingredient lists have been issued in class but are also on Google Classroom.

YEAR 9

Easter Holiday Homework

All students will have Independent Learning and Revision over Easter.  Some of this will take the form of preparation for their end of year exams. Year 9 Easter homework can be found by clicking here.

Year 9 Exams

Exams will continue during the week commencing 24 April 17.  Details of the content being covered in the exams can be found here.

 
 
 

KEY STAGE 4 (KS4) INFORMATION

 
 
 

YEAR 10

Easter Holiday Homework

All students will have Independent Learning and Revision over Easter.  Some of this will take the form of preparation for their end of year exams.   Year 10 Easter homework can be found by clicking here.

Work Experience (WEX)

Work Experience Week takes place from Monday 3 July.  Well done to those students who have secured and confirmed their placements for the week.

There are still a large number of students who have not secured or confirmed their placements for the week and who now need to do so urgently.  Work Experience is an important part of Year 10 and is compulsory for all students. Please can we ask all parents and carers to support the school and ask your child where they are with their Work Experience application. Once a placement is confirmed, the employer will need to complete the WEX form, this then needs to be returned to school.

The WEX agreement form and the web page "Learn about Work" can be found on the school website under both the parent and student section. This section enables students to view companies that offer placements. Contact details can also be found on this page.

 

YEAR 11

Year 11 GCSE Independent Learning and Revision over Easter

Please click here to view subject specific tasks that students should be completing over the Easter holiday.  All students should be engaged in completing lots of revision and independent learning over this period.  Students should be reviewing content from both Year 10 and Year 11 to ensure that they prepared for their GCSE exams.

Post-16 Open Event

South Glos. & Stroud College - all sites - Thursday 27 April, 17.30 - 20.00.

Do go along if you're still unsure of what to do after GCSEs.  SGSC's newest site, Berkeley Green, will also be open: it offers courses in engineering, construction, welding, cyber and digital technologies.

 
 
 

KEY STAGE 5 (KS5) INFORMATION

 
 
 

TECH UPDATE

Bristol Healthy Schools Young Chef, Young Baker and Young Gardener 2017

Bristol Healthy Schools is running its competition again this year to seek the best Bristol Young Chefs and Bristol Young Bakers and Young Gardeners of the Year.

This exciting competition is in partnership with Bristol Food Connections and is open to all school aged children from across Bristol schools. We have overall several years been very successful in this competition with students invited to the final at Bordeaux Quay at the Harbourside and the Square Food Foundation in Knowle.  Previous students from Cotham who were in the final were even on television for the local news.  We are very keen to ensure that Cotham continues with its success with this competition. Click here to access the entry forms.  Students can be encouraged to start to practice over the holiday!  The department will speak to all students in assembly after the holidays and will run an after school session to support students with their entries. Each entry from students will also earn house points. All entries need to be in by Tuesday 6 June.

GCSE Catering Revision Guides

There is an additional revision guide available to buy from the department.  These complement the revision guide issued to students but also have additional revision notes. These are available in the department at £3.25.

GCSE Child Development

Congratulations to Leah Brice 10RA who looked after one of our electronic babies last weekend. Leah's care was fantastic achieving a 99% performance score. Leah ensured correct positioning of the baby in order to support its head and also ensured that feeding, changing and care of the baby was conducting efficiently and promptly.  Leah cared for the baby from Friday evening until Monday morning and also would have had to get up several times during the night!

We encourage students to take the babies out in the local community so you may see our babies. Students who are studying the subject and still wish to care for the baby for the weekend should hand in their form to the department.

GCSE Catering

Year 11 students had a look behind the scenes of the school catering kitchen this was in order for students to see how the kitchens are run and the industrial equipment which is used.  Students asked relevant questions which linked to their forthcoming examination in June. Students asked Ms Cotton some relevant questions with regards the healthy eating, how supplies are ordered and how equipment such as the blast chiller, bratt pan, hobart mixer are used.  The Department would like to think Ms Cotton for giving up her time to accommodate our visit.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Chef and student of the week is awarded to Leon Hartl for his excellent piping skills when making Mary Berry's Easter Lemon Pavlova.  Students in this lesson learned about foam formation from egg whites. Click here to view a picture of Leon's pavlova

 
 
 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 
 
 

St Paul’s Adventure Playground are running a range of activities and events for children aged 8 to 13. See the full programme here.