After school music lessons will recommence for Miss Gray's guitar pupils from Wednesday this week. Pupils will receive a note stating their allocated time/day. Pupils can also go and see Miss Gray in MR2 straight after school on Wednesday to find out.
Mrs Latif, Head of Music
We were pleased to invite Steve Frampton the Principal of Portsmouth College to present at our Year 11 Study Skills evening last week. 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 a link to a copy of the powerpoint below. Many thanks.
Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL
We were delighted to receive a letter (shown below) from a local resident praising two Springfield pupils who assisted her recently with her shopping. Commendations to the two pupils to whom she refers. We also received a telephone call from another local resident this week praising one of our pupils (who we later discovered was Eddie Davies, 11E). Whilst cycling past, Eddie noticed a gentleman had fallen over in his garden and stopped to offer his help. His compassion and assistance was greatly appreciated. By offering thoughtful assistance to local residents in need these pupils are a real credit to our school and their families - well done to you all!
As the nights are drawing in we are again asking parents and carers to remind their child/children how to stay safe when using their bicycle, and not to take unnecessary risks that may endanger themselves or others.
We have listed some useful tips below which may be of help:
• stress the need to concentrate and be careful at all times
• buy and encourage your child to wear a bicycle helmet, and something fluorescent/reflective to improve their visibility
• regularly check that your child’s bicycle is in good working order
• ensure that your child’s bicycle has working lights if they are cycling during or after dusk
• encourage your child never to take lifts on the back of a friend’s bicycle
• ask your child never to listen to music or look at their mobile ‘phone while they are cycling
• make sure your child knows that cyclists must obey all traffic signs, traffic light signals etc
We ask that all pupils cycling to school are provided with a bicycle helmet. Cycling is not permitted on the school site and so we ask that cyclists dismount and walk their bicycles to and from the bicycle sheds. Bicycles can be locked in the bicycle racks (sheds) provided, but are left at the owner’s own risk.
Through the Personal Development Learning programme we frequently remind pupils about how to stay safe. This includes guest presenters (e.g. Headspace, PCSOs, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, PCC Road Safety Officers and South Central Ambulance Service) who regularly share their experience and expertise with pupils. Information about the Department for Transport’s ‘bikeability’ scheme can be found via: https://bikeability.org.uk/
For those parents/carers who were not able to attend the Year 10 Information Evening yesterday please find enclosed the powerpoint presentation which will give a summary of what was discussed along with a link to the work experience letter that was also handed out.
Mr Wharton, Deputy Headteacher
Work experience letter - https://goo.gl/M8LN6t
On Saturday 16th September 2017, 26 Year 11 students travelled to the New Forest for the final part of their expedition section. They met with their assessors and set off for the 2 days. After a few navigational errors all groups arrived safely at the finish point on Sunday afternoon to be told they had passed their Bronze expedition. Well done to all involved - if you could complete the other three sections on EDofE we can get your awards finished!
Springfield’s annual Open Evening will be held at 6pm on Thursday 5th October 2017. During the evening visitors will have the opportunity to take a tour of the school campus guided by one of our prefects, this is a great chance to meet students and staff who will be showcasing each subject area. Year 6 pupils/parents/carers can also attend a brief presentation given by Ms Spivey, the Headteacher and some of our students. 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 5th, the school will be offering three Open Mornings on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th 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; spaces are now 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.
As reported at the end of the summer term, the Geography department held a selfie summer competition. Pupils and staff were asked to take a picture of themselves with some geography! We had lots of entries but we are delighted to announce the winners of the geography selfie summer competition are:
-Oliver Wells, 10R and Harriet Wells, 8R (pictured with their brother 2017 leaver Lewis Wells)
-Eleanor Duffy, 8E (thank you to Patrick Duffy, 11N for submitting),
-Faith Williams 8R with Niamh Foley 8N
The staff winners are team Kenya.
All the submitted entries will be on display in my classroom in a few weeks time. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners!
Mrs Whitelock, Head of Geography
Well done to Year 11 GCSE Photography pupil Oliver Sanger, 11D who produced this great video footage. Oliver produced the video based on the theme 'Landscape and Environment'. Pupils were asked to go on a walk and document the route with a series of images. Oliver decided to make a video and used his drone and GoPro to film the footage.
Mrs Millington, Teacher of Photography
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service worked with our Year 8 PDL groups today and covered issues such as fire safety, arson and evacuation procedures as part of staying safe in the community. As you can see the pupils got really wrapped up in it! Thank you to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for taking the time to visit.
Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL
As you may recall, at the beginning of August some of our Year 10 (now Year 11) and Year 11 (now 2017 leavers) journeyed to Nakuru, Kenya to volunteer at project schools assisting with teaching, sports coaching and building work. They were also accompanied by a team of Springfield staff. The trip was organised through African Adventures who are a charitable organisation that offer affordable school expeditions providing a challenging and rewarding learning experience.
Mr Lomas, Head of PDL and Enterprise who co-ordinated the trip said "This is a challenging expedition enhancing pupils’ personal development. The whole experience from fund raising to the impact the Year 10 and 11 pupils have had on the Kenyan schools (and Kenya on the groups) has been incredible. The school returns to Nakuru every two years to continue the work started from the previous visit. This began in 2013, continued in 2015 and 2017. Planning for 2019 will begin in April 2018. Our school community values this trip very highly due to the enterprise culture that develops in the year leading up to the visits and the mind blowing impact of the poverty our pupils experience as well as the huge difference they make to over 700 Kenyan children’s lives each time. They teach, repair and make classrooms, make desks, paint and above all embrace the culture of this country. This is aid going direct to the source of the problem."
Year 11 pupil Olivia Beynon comments "First of all I would like to thank Mr Lomas and the other Springfield staff for organising this eye-opening trip and making it possible for me to attend. The whole experience truly began with the fundraising where I soon realised that if I really wanted to go, I must work for it. As a teenager, I feel this motivated me to do something other than using my phone! I will admit that, at first, the money needed seemed unmanageable and too much to raise. However I was happily proven wrong as I succeeded in raising the whole amount. Throughout fundraising, I kept an excel spreadsheet to keep track of the money needed which greatly improved my IT and organisation skills. One of the best fundraisers was bag packing which helped me grow in confidence when speaking to the public as well as make new friends and work in a team. Even before I set foot in Kenya I was already becoming a better person. I can honestly say Kenya has been the best experience of my life. It was truly inspiring to see how people who, in our eyes, have so little can be so happy and strong. Such things that we take for granted: pencils, pens, a large classroom to work in or even just a school are things a Kenyan child are so grateful for. We gave many gifts like stationery, clothes and balls and I will never forgot the look on the children's faces when they got to play with the beach balls - they were ecstatic! However the most precious gift I gave was simply spending time with the children and making them feel loved and special. This time is invaluable and, although I am not there now, will continue to enrich their education - the effects are everlasting. The most inspiring thing I saw was their attitude to learning; it was their holidays yet they continued to teach themselves every single day. I know that when I was ten I never valued my education the way they do and my African Adventure has shown me just how fortunate I am- I will always value my education. Having the opportunity to repair buildings and paint was brilliant. I loved the fact that what I was doing would help in years to come and wouldn't end when I had to leave. I have never built mud walls before so it was exciting to learn the ways of Kenyan culture and experience a very different building style of a country much poorer than my own. I also got the opportunity to help make chapatis one lunch time and it was very interesting to see another culture's style of cooking. That same day we served the children food and we saw how they didn't waste anything which made me very aware that as a nation we should be much more mindful of our waste. The most difficult part of the trip was the home visits we did part way through the week. I was shocked that seven people lived in a room much smaller than an average room of an English home. Upon seeing this, it made the value and importance of helping the children even more real. Actually being there in a Kenyan home was surreal. I feel like the situation so many families are in is something my whole generation knows about yet are in denial of the facts. It is one of those taboo topics that is even joked about and it doesn't get the thought it deserves. It was an enlightening experience to be there knowing you were doing so much in a such difficult situation- a situation that is unimaginable unless witnessed first hand. I can genuinely say that this trip is an experience I am so fortunate to have had. It is rewarding in every way possible because not only does Kenya and its children benefit, it has enhanced my outlook on life in a way that never would have been possible without first hand experience. Thank you!"
Thank you to Mr Lomas, African Adventures and all the staff who gave up their time to volunteer for the trip.