Very best wishes for the coming half term holiday. I hope the weather holds for us all and look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 25 February. I have heard some excellent reviews today for last night’s opening night of the Wizard of Oz. I am very much looking forward to seeing it myself this evening. Thanks to all of the students for their hard work and dedication to rehearsals and to my Drama, Music and Dance staff for bring it all together.
A reminder to Year 8 that options deadline is Monday 25 February. If a form is late it may mean subject choices will be full by the time your form is submitted.
Mr Dom Kenrick, Headteacher
Our Sports Leaders and Miss Turner have recently run two events for local primary schools, with over 260 pupils involved. The 2 festivals included Year 6 Basketball where 16 local primary schools came and KS1 Multi Skills where 6 schools attended.
The pupils were acquainted with the rules of Basketball and were involved in some really exciting and fun drills devised by our Sports Leaders.
All the pupils that attended had a fantastic afternoon and are keen to continue Basketball in the future.
Our primary colleagues were very impressed with our Sports Leaders and said they would love to come to more events. We look forward to welcoming back our local primary schools for more events in the future Watch this space!
Both Year 11 Food classes have completed their assessed practical exam, over the last couple of weeks. This involved the students selecting, preparing and presenting three dishes, which showed off their technical skills. All of the students did really well, and should be very proud of themselves.
Miss Potenza, Technology Department
The Sussex Heart Charity have part funded the replacement for the unit stolen from Whitemans Green Playing fields, the remaining funds required have been raised by residents on a Just Giving Page, and with a donation from Divas and Dusters a local company owned by Claire Bellamy,.
The replacement defibrillator when placed back at Whitemans Green playing fields with have increased security by way of a stronger, locked cabinet CCTV and sensor light.
The second New defibrillator has been funded by The Independent State of Cuckfield under the new Major Leanne Knapmann, we hope to locate this at the Coop at Whitemans Green, a central and known location for Cuckfield residents.
Fundraising: Donations can still be made at the coop Whitemans Green, the original stolen unit has been handed into the council, we are working on raising money so we can get it refurbished with a view to relocating it at the Old School, we will need our communities help again to raise money in the future to pay for replacement pads and batteries to ensure they stay operational when our community need them.
Why are they so Important? The NHS are overstretched, Nationally here is a campaign to have more public access units and to register them on a national database, which means 999 call handlers can tell you where the nearest defibrillator is located. 80% of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in at home, 20% occur in public places and without immediate treatment 90-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die. If a defib is used and effective CPR given within 3-5 minutes their chance of survival increases fom 6% to 74%
Training Sessions. We will be running some hands on sessions at Warden Park using training units – statistics say the only 20% of public are confident in using a defibrillator even though training is not needed. Please check Cuckfield Facebook and school newsletter for dates you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
The U12 Girls Football team have progressed into the County cup final after a fantastic performance against Tanbridge House. Our girls have been in the last 4 County cup finals at U16 level, winning in 2017, 2018, however this is the first time the U12's have progressed to the final in 5 years.
Girls football has progressed hugely over the last 5 years, hence every game is difficult. Warden Park had beaten a strong Varndean side to progress to the last 16. Victories over Oathall and Stringer set up a semi final against local rivals, Tanbridge. The 2 teams know each other well as Tanbridge girls play for Southwater Royals and the Park girls play for Cuckfield Cosmos. These teams have met twice this season.
There was little to choose between the two teams and Tanbridge almost scored in the first minute after a defensive mix up. Neither team kept the ball well, however Turner almost broke the deadlock before half time after good work down the flank from Meaden.
The defensive unit of Ryder, Johnson and Kaynes, helped by the outstanding keeper Eustace meant that Park were not troubled in the second half. Dobson started to run the show and chances started to be created with Dobson hitting an excellent volley straight at the keeper. Parks dominance was reward after Ryder was fouled in the box, she duly scored the penalty to put Park 1-0. The team continued to press with Turner nearly scoring. The game was won when Tite calmly scored after her pace led to a defensive mistake. Park will play Millais in the cup final after Easter.
The team are still in the National cup,the last 32 in the country after a dramatic win on penalties against Bishop of Justice from Purley. The team now face Kingston school; luckily it is a home tie.
Mr Gentry, Curriculum Leader PE & Sport
A small group of year 11 students attended a lecture at BHASVIC with Dr Ockelford on the changing global water balance.
The lecture covered a wide range of information from water use to impact of sediment movement on shipping during flood events.
Dr Ockelford's research is focused on the measurement and modelling of sediment movement during floods. Dr Ockelford is also researching microplastics and how flood events can mobilise and transport land based plastics into the oceans
Ms Willows, Teacher of Geography
Easter 2019 courses now available to book! Click each link below for details and pricing.
Good quality books needed for our LRC.
Use the Book Swap Bookcase - you can exchange like for like books but FICTION ONLY please.
Modern literature and recent books for KS3 and KS4.
This initiative is being led by a Year 8 student, Lewis H and he will be overseeing the book swap. Well done Lewis!
Mrs Targett, LRC & Student Futures Manager
Exam Boards have amended some dates and sessions.
4 March 2019 - Year 11 Parents Revision Evening - 6 pm onwards
7 March 2019 - Year 7 Reporting Evening (4.45 pm onwards by appointment)
28 March 2019 - Year 9 Reporting Evening (4.45 pm onwards by appointment)
2, 3, 4 April 2019 - Dance Show
5 April 2019 - End of Spring Term - students dismissed at 1 pm
23 April 2019 - Start of Summer Term
9 May 2019 - Year 10 Reporting Evening (4.45 pm onwards by appointment)
27 to 31 May 2019 inclusive - half term
28 June 2019 - Leavers Ball (Prom)
4 July 2019 - Summer Concert
5 July 2019 - Sports Day (reserve day 15 July 2019)
8 to 12 July 2019 - enrichment/work experience week
19 July 2019 - End of Summer Term, students dismissed at 1 pm
22 and 22 July - Inset Days (Academy closed to students)
Apprenticeships have come a long way.....a must read for all parents to be updated on the fantastic opportunities that are out there now for 16+, 18+ and instead of/alongside/or after University Click here to find out more!
Wednesday 14 March 2019 - 5 pm to 7 pm
Thursday 21 March 2019 - 4.30 pm to 7 pm
Saturday 2 March - 10 am to 1 pm
We will be holding a variety of events to students reading and literacy.
Do you fancy seeing a book token that you designed in the shops this Christmas?
Well, get designing then and you can have your moment of fame and glory as well as help your school win some fabulous new books.......
Carina was invited to tell them all about the world of Cyber Security at a global organisation and the skills and qualities needed to become part of this ever growing industry where there are quoted to be 3 jobs to every person and a predicted global shortage of 2 million cyber security professionals by the end of this year.
They saw how quickly a cyber attack can take hold and the damage it can do to businesses and communities and the exciting work of investigating potential hackers and working in a close knit team ensuring a super fast incident response.
Carina is determined to change any outdated concepts of working in computing as back room and boring - it certainly isn't and if I could tell a byte from a bit I may have been tempted myself.
Mrs Targett,LRC and Student Futures Manager
Congratulations to the January winners of the 300Club draw: first prize: Tania Maitland, second prize Hester Dunstan-Lee and third prize Suzy Abbott – your cheques will be with you shortly. To join 300Club and a chance to win cash prizes each month, please email email@example.com
Money for nothing – got to be worth doing!
If you buy online, please use the easyfundraising link for Friends:
Then shop through this “gateway” to your online retailers (Next, M&S, Amazon, Asda, John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsburys etc). This costs you absolutely nothing – you pay exactly the same amount as going directly to the shop website – BUT each transaction you make gives Friends a donation from your online spend. It may be pennies each time, but when everyone’s donations are added together this could be a significant income for school projects. See Facebook – Parents of Warden Park – All Welcome for a video on how to sign up and use this facility.
Wishing everyone a happy half term break
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Click on the link below for a useful source for parents about Digital Safety & Wellbeing.
Mr D Thomas, Director of E-Learning and Digital Services
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