We were delighted to welcome back song writer and musician Rich Cottell today who has been performing to Year 9. Pupils enjoyed listening, dancing and singing along to Rich's great tunes. Pupils also had the chance to get up on stage before Rich gave an engaging talk about discrimination, British values and embracing people's differences. Thank you to Rich (and Lucy) who gave up their time today to visit us. Find out more about Rich - Rich Cottell Music
Year 10 enjoyed a high impact day thanks to Steve Cunningham of Blind Vision and CragRats.
Steve met with pupils and gave an inspirational and motivating speech which showed them how to break down barriers to learning and progress to enable them to become confident in their own ability. Pupils took part enthusiastically and were stirred by Steve's positivity and achievements in life, showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
CragRats ran an excellent interactive session for pupils who worked in teams in a Brexit themed activity. This great session was aimed at improving pupils' understanding and awareness of Brexit and how it impacts them.
Thank you so much to Steve and the CragRats team for coming to visit today!
Dear Year 11 leavers 2016/parents/carers of Year 11 leavers
Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a delay in the receipt of some GCSE Certificates therefore we are having to delay Certificate Evening until Wednesday, 9th November 2016. Times will remain at 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Controlled Assessment work can be collected on the same evening. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Becky Millar, Examinations Officer
To all Year 9 parents/carers.
The Year 9 Information Evening scheduled for Tuesday 1st November has unfortunately been postponed.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Thank you to Professor Stephen Heppell and his colleagues for visiting Springfield School yesterday. Professor Heppell, who is Chair in Media Environments at Bournemouth University and also the Chair of Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo Jose Cela (Madrid), was discussing the development of an innovative professional development and research programme for school staff with Ms Spivey and other Headteachers from schools and colleges in Portsmouth. Professor Heppell was extremely complimentary about Springfield and its community; feedback which, from a Professor who travels the world visiting great schools, was 'praise indeed'!
Please find below a copy of the presentation given at the Work Experience evenings this week.
Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise & Personal Development Learning
In light of the recent ‘Clown Craze’, please see the message below from Hampshire Police.
Ms Spivey, Headteacher
Unfortunately Hampshire is starting to see incidents reported linked to the international clown craze. We are not alone and most police forces have been called to incidents where pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people. With Halloween just around the corner this craze is unlikely to disappear before then. Schools are clearly a place which pranksters may target and we have had a number of incidents reported by schools. Please be assured that Hampshire Constabulary is taking any reports of incidents seriously and all information is collated centrally.
In order to respond to this current craze our Neighbourhood Police Teams have also been asked to increase their patrol activities in the vicinity of schools to provide reassurance. We would, however, also like to ask that parents remain vigilant in the areas where children walk to and from school. If you witness an incident which requires a response normal reporting systems would apply, namely 999 for an emergency or 101 in other circumstances or if you have information to share with us.
In addition to increasing our presence around schools our staff have also been tasked to engage with young people to discourage them from taking part in this craze as we have had occasions where the perpetrators have been young people. The police will proactively deal with any offences relating to people dressed as clowns who are deliberately seeking to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of our communities.
Young people also need to be aware that they may put themselves at risk if they decide to take part in any such activity. There have been reports nationally of people dressed as clowns being assaulted as a result of their actions and on one occasion a young person was hit by a car when jumping out into traffic dressed as a clown.
Likewise, young people should be advised that if they are subject to a prank they should not challenge or retaliate, but should leave the area and inform an adult as soon as possible for onward passing to police.
For the attention of Year 11 parents/carers and pupils. Maths mock revision timetables can be found in pupil homework books. Electronic copies are also available below.
Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance are leading the way for more school-led teacher training in the city. This route into teaching is called School Direct and it is really important because it means the very best talent is chosen and developed into outstanding teachers. The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance has School Direct vacancies from September 2017.
If you are thinking of becoming a teacher, or know someone who is, they are looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. To find out more, come along to one of their Train to Teach information events held at the Teaching and Learning Centre (The Portsmouth Academy) on the following dates: 7th December, 16th January 2017, 8th February 2017, 29th March 2017 from 16.30 -18.30. 100% of Portsmouth’s School Direct trainee teachers, passed their course and are now working in local schools. The excellent results have led to almost an 80% increase in recruitment this September!
For those parents/carers who were unable to attend the Curriculum and Options Evening yesterday, please find below a copy of the Powerpoint given which gives details of what was discussed.
If you have any queries or questions please contact Mr Wharton, Deputy Headteacher.
On Friday Miss Pierre, Teacher of Languages took four Year 9 pupils to Fratton Park to celebrate the European Day of Languages. One of the challenges that they had was to produce a video promoting Portsmouth and the football club in order to lure a player to the club. Below is the link to the video made. The team whose video has the most views by 20th October will win tickets for a football match. Good luck team Springfield!