Year 7 and 8 pupils have been taking part in 'No Pens Day' today. The spirit of the day is to focus on learning by speaking and listening and using tools other than pens to communicate thoughts and ideas. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of speaking, language and communication and should be of benefit to all pupils. Below are some great action shots of pupils re-enacting the Battle of Hastings in their History classes this morning.
Dear Parents / Carers
Evacuation of the school buildings - Tuesday, 04th October 2016
Due to a small fire in a garden adjacent to the school car park, pupils and staff were evacuated to the 'muster point' for an extended period of time this afternoon. The fire brigade were called and they promptly extinguished the fire. There was some minor damage to the immediate area only.
Due to a highly efficient evacuation, pupils, staff and visitors were kept safe. I would like to commend the pupils for following the evacuation drill correctly and waiting patiently until the 'all clear' was given to return to the buildings, which pupils did in a calm and sensible fashion - well done Springfield!
Kindly note that the timing of the incident meant that the canteen was unable to run the lunchtime service; however, you will appreciate that the physical safety of the school community must come first in these incidences.
The car park remains in use as normal.
40 Year 11 DofE students arrived on Saturday morning at a car park in the New Forest to commence their assessed expeditions. It was pouring with rain with thunder and lightening as well when they set off but this did not hinder them. Despite some navigational errors early on, all 40 impressed their assessors and passed. Congratulations Year 11 on your successful expeditions and a huge thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to assist.
Mrs Whitelock, DofE Co-ordinator
We were pleased to invite Steve Frampton the Principle of Portsmouth College to present at our Year 11 Study Skills evening last night. He is a former Chief Examiner and Ofsted Inspector and gives presentations to large audiences all around Europe. Thank you to all of you who came along and for those who could not please find below a copy of the powerpoint below. If any parents have questions or would like the opportunity to talk to Steve he will be available at the Portsmouth College Open Evenings and is happy to talk then.
Many thanks. Mr Lomas
We are thrilled to announce that our new Springfield Film is now live on the school website. The short film runs alongside our prospectus and gives a snap shot of the school and pupils here. As you may remember filming took place at the end of the summer term and uses special green filming techniques that have really captured the Springfield ethos. Special thanks to all the pupils who have enthusiastically taken part and to Shadric and Bip of Toop Studio for their hard work in creating our vision.
To view the video please follow this link - http://springfield.uk.net/index.php/2013-12-19-08-03-40/springfield-film or view it by linking the quick link on the right hand side of our home page.
Year 11 Geographers have been surveying and learning about the coastal management at West Wittering and East Head for their controlled assessments this week. It stayed dry but it was a little windy!
Mrs Lawler, Teacher of Geography
Springfield’s annual Open Evening will be held at 6pm on 6th October 2016. During the evening you will be able to look around the school campus and meet students and staff. There will also be the opportunity for Year 6 pupils/parents/carers to attend a brief presentation given by Ms Spivey, the Headteacher. Our Open Evening is undoubtedly the best way in which to find out more about the opportunities that Springfield has to offer. However, if you are unable to attend on the 6th, the school will be offering three Open Mornings on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October. These will run from 10.35am to 11.15am and consist of a tour of the campus with a senior member of staff. Places for the Open Mornings are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis; tickets are limited to one per family. If you are unable to attend the Open Evening and would like to attend an Open Morning, please telephone Alison Norum at the school to reserve a place as soon as possible.
The school has received notice from Hampshire Police of a suspicious male in the North End area. There have been two incidents where a male has exposed himself to school age children in Shadwell Road and Ophir Road over the past few days. The police will be increasing patrols in the area. Please discuss with your child(ren) the usual security around safety to and from school.
Year 10 pupils were delighted to receive a surprise visit yesterday from the Capital FM South Coast's breakfast show team and representatives from Portsmouth City Council. They were introduced to a great 'Get Involved Portsmouth' competition. Portsmouth City Council in conjunction with Capital FM South Coast are offering Year 10 pupils across Portsmouth the chance to win an exclusive gig with the singer Anne-Marie just by attending school! Year 10 tutor groups will be competiting against each other - the tutor group with the best overall attendance will win. This is a great incentive to improve attendance not only in the school but across the city.
We were delighted to welcome Christian Scott, Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award South East to Springfield today. Some of our Year 10 pupils who are hoping to partake in the DofE activities this year were presented with a certificate confirming that Springfield School is now a directly licenced centre of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We were also presented with a plaque confirming our new status. This year DofE has been very popular, with only thirty spaces available the Year 10 DofE hopefuls have been preparing presentations over the summer. The presentations portray why and how they want to achieve their DofE award. Mrs Whitelock, the teacher who oversees DofE at Springfield will be deciding on who the lucky thirty pupils will be shortly. Thank you to Christian for taking the time to visit us today.
Pictured above: Christian Scott and Ms Spivey, Headteacher along with DofE hopefuls Mia Lyndon, 10R, Tegan Williams, 10R, Oliver Martin, 10L, Alex Marriott, 10R and Annabelle Gregson, 10S
Pictured above: Annabelle Gregson's imaginative poster presentation
Pictured above: Christain Scott presenting the plaque to Ms Spivey, Headteacher and Mrs Whitelock, DofE Co-ordinator at Springfield