Half Day Closure for Professional Development (INSET) – Thursday 22nd March 2018
As you may be aware from 'Springfield News' and the school calendar, a half day closure for professional development will be taking place next week on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
Pupils will be dismissed to go home at the end of the morning session on that day i.e. at 12.25pm. All pupils entitled to free school meals or those wishing to purchase food should make use of the canteen at break time, as it will be closed thereafter.
Mrs Latif, Head of Music
Congratulations to Mrs White who will be stepping into the role of Head of Achievement (Year 9) while Mrs Goldsmith is on maternity leave. She will be managing the Year 9 Office with Mrs Forrest, Pastoral Manager.
Calling all Year 11 pupils (and Year 10 ECDL pupils), there are revision workshops running this Easter holiday (please see the grid below). All pupils are welcome to attend any of the subject workshops but some specific pupils (who will be notified in writing) will be required to attend certain workshops. Many thanks. This workshop grid will also be available under the links section on our 'EXAMINATIONS' page on the school website. Please select the 'LEARNING' tab and then select 'EXAMINATIONS'.
Please find attached the latest Portsmouth Parent Voice 'Impacting on You' March 2018 newsletter. There are a range of articles covering training, information, advice and support available to families in the city. You can also access the newsletter online via https://issuu.com/barbaramcdougall4/docs/ioy_march_2018
Years 7, 8 and 9 have been competing in World Maths Day games today. The maths games are available through the World Maths Day website and pupils have been competing against other pupils from schools across the world. Maths games are offered to all ability levels so everyone has had the chance to participate. Medals and trophies will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed students in each year group and certificates awarded to the 4th to 10th placed students. Trophies will also be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed school year group. Springfield pupils will also have the opportunity to win house points.
We have received an updated factsheet from the Department of Education giving details on the new grading scale for GCSEs, please follow this link which will take you to the factsheet - https://goo.gl/Cfth2A
This is also available on our 'Examinations' page (click on 'Learning' tab and select the 'Examinations' from the drop down menu).
Calling all Year 10 and 11 pupils studying Macbeth for English Literature GCSE! This app is free for the next six weeks only and contains many excellent examples of vocabulary you can include in your essays. Clear and easy to use, it is arranged into sections for characters, themes and ideas. Click on the area you are writing about, for example, ambition vs morality and a list of relevant vocabulary is given which you can then click on to see a definition, sentence starters and examples. Please note - after the six week period it is likely that there will be a charge for downloading the app.
Many thanks, the English Department
Despite it being officially the first day of spring, we are certainly feeling the chill here at Springfield!
We are inviting pupils to compose their own poem on the theme 'cold'; all submissions to Ms Spivey (via reception) by 8th March. House points will be awarded for every entry and a small prize for the most impressive poem.
For inspiration, we have chosen the poem below to be our 'poem of the day'. Enjoy ...
The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy
I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.
The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.
At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.
So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.
Calling all Year 11 pupils, please find below a copy of the GCSE Examination and Revision Timetable for 2018.
Mr Wharton, Deputy Headteacher
Springfield teachers Mrs Mandrill and Ms Byerley (Head of Achievement for Year 7) assisted by Mrs Holbrook (Pastoral Manager for Year 7) presented interesting and informative sessions today in our TCC to our Year 7 pupils. The sessions highlighted the impact of bullying and the detrimental effect, not only on the victim(s) of the bullying, but also the bully(ies). It was a time for pupils to reflect and value the importance of positivity and respect towards each other; this is an essential part of the Springfield School ethos. Thank you to Mrs Mandrill, Ms Byerley and Mrs Holbrook.