We were pleased to invite Steve Frampton, Association of Colleges President and Simon Barrable the Principal of Portsmouth College to present at our Year 11 Study Skills evening last night. 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.
Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL
Thank you to the hundreds of prospective pupils and families who came along to our annual Open Evening last week, it was an extremely well attended event and we were proud to showcase our wonderful pupils, facilities and opportunities offered at Springfield. Visitors got a real taste of Springfield including live rehearsals of our upcoming drama production 'The School of Rock', musical entertainment, indoor sports, cooking and textiles demonstrations. We were also proud to include a display giving more information about our new House system this year. ISS were also on hand to give out samples of the food offered at Springfield and some of our Kenya pupils raised funds by selling tasty refreshments during the evening. Visitors were able to view a huge variety of work on display in each of our subject departments. Our helpful Prefects and TGAs gave thorough tours of the school showcasing each subject area. Thank you to all the pupils and staff involved you did a fantastic job.
We were delighted to receive this feedback from a parent:
'I just wanted to say, from a parent's perspective, how good the open evening was yesterday. All pupils (and staff) that I spoke to were polite and informative and, I feel, did the school proud. The four children that spoke in the Head's presentation were brilliant - so confident! Well done to all involved.'
This week sees the launch of a two year school attendance campaign across Portsmouth. The new Miss School, Miss Out campaign aims to improve school attendance levels in the city by highlighting to pupils/parents and carers what pupils can achieve if they have good attendance and reach their full potential as well as illustrating how missing school can limit their future lives. For more information, please go to the Council's website: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/attendance<http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/attendance>
The campaign has also featured in The News: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/council-targets-families-in-campaign-to-get-portsmouth-truants-into-school-1-8661433
Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director for Children, Families and Education
A reminder that the Art Trip on Monday 8th October has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience caused. (A new date for the trip will be found so that it can go ahead in due course.)
For those parents/carers who were not able to attend the Year 10 Information Evening yesterday please find enclosed links to the powerpoint presentation which will give a summary of what was discussed. Please also find below a list of all the local college open evenings for the coming year.
Mr Wharton, Deputy Headteacher
We are delighted to welcome you to our annual Open Evening on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to look around the school campus and meet students and staff. 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 3rd, the school will be offering Open Mornings on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October 2018. These will run from 10.35am to 11.15am and will 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. If you are unable to attend the Open Evening and would like to attend an Open Morning, please telephone Alison Norum, Marketing and Support Assistant, at the school to reserve your place as soon as possible.
As a follow up to their Year 7 safety Focus Day in July earlier in the year Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service (HFRS) visited to run hard hitting sessions with the Year 8 PDL classes today. The pupils learned how well over half their call outs are for Road Traffic Collisions and discussed the possible distractions that can lead to such tragic outcomes (the distraction of mobile phones being a leading one). Gary Sloan of HFRS also brought in the car wreck of a real incident for pupils to realise how these events are real and happening now. Parents should expect to pestered by their Springfield children if they become distracted behind the wheel. We would like everyone in our extended community to be well informed and stay safe.
John Lomas (Head of Enterprise and PDL)
If any pupil would like to learn a new musical skill, we still have some spaces with our woodwind teacher. Flute, clarinet and saxophone tuition are offered. The cost is £38 per term and lessons are held after school on Wednesdays. Please contact Mrs Latif at the school to arrange or find out more.
Congratulations to ex-pupil Adam Lowe who achieved three A*s and one A in his Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science A Levels. Adam is going on to study Mathematics at the University of Warwick. What an achievement! We wish Adam all the best.
Firstly, we are excited to welcome all our pupils back tomorrow for their first day of term and look forward to an exciting new academic year! May we take this opportunity to remind parents/carers of the letter sent home at the end of last term regarding mobile phone use on the school site (this can be viewed by following this link https://bit.ly/2Lt8FaK). We do hope that we will not be confiscating too many mobile phones, however if your child's mobile is confiscated please call the school the following day to arrange a convenient time to collect it.