We were thrilled to receive some great feedback from the Assistant Manager of Dream Catchers' After School Club. She commented 'I was delighted to read about pupils who have been volunteering their time at the Helping Hands Charity as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. It not only promoted the highly worthy cause of the Charity itself, but acknowledged the children's kind efforts and dedication. I have a number of students from schools around the city who undertake the volunteering element of their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Dream Catchers' After-School Club.'
'Dream Catchers would like to thank Springfield pupils, Isabella Lee-Gibbons (10R), for her hard work and enthusiastic attitude at the setting and Mia Brennan (10R) who has regularly been supporting children aged four to eleven in the homework area. Mia has also been made an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for the club. Both pupils have been making a real difference to the children who attend Dream Catchers.'
Well done Isabella and Mia on your hard work.
This week two groups of Year 8 pupils enjoyed a Geography trip to the Sustainability Centre in East Meon. The trips, which took place on Tuesday 20th February and Thursday 22nd February, gave pupils the opportunity to experience a day at the Sustainability Centre's stunning 55 acre woodland site and get involved in sustainability in action. The pupils engaged in exciting hands on activities including looking at renewable energy and water treatment sustainability in building & biomimicry design food, farming & permaculture woodland management, forest skills & eco art team building. The Sustainability Centre is an independent learning and study centre, it is a beacon for sustainability and an award-winning social enterprise charity in the heart of Hampshire's South Downs. With a holistic, practical and creative approach to education the Sustainability Centre explores how pupils can make greener, healthier and more ethical choices.
Springfield pupils are participating in a national UKMT Maths Challenge again this year. Years 9, 10, and 11 completed the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge on 1st February 2018; Year 7 and 8 will be completing the Junior Challenge in April. The UKMT is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of young people in mathematics. THE UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year olds. They were established in 1996 and during the last academic year over 650,000 pupils from 4,500 schools have taken part in the three individual challenges, the UK’s biggest national maths competitions. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round. UKMT also run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training the team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad. We are delighted that so many of our Year 9,10 and 11 pupils achieved awards for the challenge on 1st February. These award winners are listed below:
GOLD: Kayley Fan, Max Heslop, George Mardle
SILVER: Charlie Duffy, Ashley Woolger, Gemma Andrews, Jack Ancell, Leah Rees, Ryan Rahimikia, John Pimlott, Samuel Barnes, Olivia Beynon, Caitlin Collier and Imran Hamza
BRONZE: Zakaria Ahmed, Kieran Alcock, Amber Harris, Ryan Betts, Liam Wrigglesworth, Isobel Wright, Robyn Moore, Joe Wingham, Thomas Stowell, Aleisha Kingswell, Taylor Davies, Tom Murphy, Mia Blake, Charlie Cole, Jack Scribbins and Eleanor Barratt
SILVER: Paul Erwich, Anna Matthews, Tulsa Dawkins, Isabelle West and Lauren Culliford
BRONZE: Jacob Evans-McBride, Leona Bryant, Joshua Marston, Olivia Shaw, Jessica Hatton, Jazmin Choudhury, Lilli Butler-Waite, James Large, James Kite-Powell, Imogen Grears, Bailey Luff, Charlie Wedge and Benjamin Hayward
SILVER: Libby Kale and Michal Rajzer
BRONZE: Joel Bassil, Poppy Savory, Charlie Collis, Honey Moore and Jude McMaster
Well done to all the pupils who took part. We will publish Year 7 and 8 award winners later in the school year.
Ms Spivey was delighted to receive a most complimentary email from the Chair and Founder of Helping Hands Portsmouth praising two of our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh pupils...
'I wanted to let you know about the positive contribution that two of your pupils are making to our work with Portsmouth's homeless. As part of their Duke of Edinburgh award, Rosie Hayman and Rachel Shepherd have been regularly making up packed lunches for homeless men and women, to be handed out at our breakfast runs. The research, care, kindness and attention to detail they have shown has been a pleasure to witness. They are lovely young women and a credit to their school. Kind regards, Chair and Founder of Helping Hands Portsmouth'.
Well done to Rosie (10R) and Rachel (10D) and keep up the great work!
For more information about Helping Hands Portsmouth and the work they do please follow the link to their website - https://hhportsmouth.com/
Well done to Sarah Carr, 9F (pictured on the left) and Jack Parkes, 9L (pictured on the right) who produced these great Valentines Day themed photos at the end of last half term during their photography lessons.
Mrs Millington, Teacher of Photography
Please find attached the latest Portsmouth Parent Voice 'Impacting on You' February 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 ISSUU: https://issuu.com/barbaramcdougall4/docs/ioy_feb_2018_c0741cd46454ae
Many thanks to QA Hospital, Manpower, Civil Service, EBP and our own De Curci Trust in supporting a Year 10 careers networking event on Friday 9th February. It is great to be face to face instead of screen to screen! Mr Lomas, Head of Enterprise and PDL
If you have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) background and would like to learn more about training to teach (or returning to teaching following a career break), please contact the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance or the DFE: https://portsmouthtsa.org/ https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/
STEM Returners Programme - Hampshire - Have you left a career in STEM and struggled to return? IMAREST are currently looking for candidates with an engineering or technology background for programmes based in Hampshire. The programme is fully paid and includes confidence to return training, and mentoring workshops, followed by a 13 week internship. The aim is that all candidates going through the programme are offered a permanent role at the end. For more information or to register for a programme please visit www.stemreturners.com (Natalie Desty - Director, Workforce Development IMAREST)
We welcomed back the charity 'Prison Me No Way' from Hull who took over the Year 9 timetable for the day and wowed the pupils with the impact Prison has on people's lives, how to stay safe and the consequences of poor decision making. Ranging from their street scene, 'Confrontation street' to an actual cell based in the back of a truck, from presenters such as domestic abuse experts and ex-offenders to the prison wardens themselves. Prison Me No Way commented that we were one of the most polite, organised and friendly schools they had been in! Thank you to Prison Me No Way for a fun, informative and engaging day.
'It was great having 'Prison Me No Way' come into our school. It was really interesting to learn what daily life is like within prison and the possible consequences that could happen if we make the wrong choices. The stories were facinating to hear and Anthony (an ex-offender) in particular was inspiring to listen to as he told his story of how he had turned his life around after his prison sentence. Overall the focus day was a very positive experience.' - Libby Kale, 9D
Head of Enterprise and PDL
Well done Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition pupils who have worked so hard this week on their controlled assessments, this makes up 35% of their final mark. The standard was extremely high and we were very impressed with the imaginative creations that were professionally displayed.
Below is a montage of just some of the dishes produced.
On Thursday 1st February 2018 twenty five of our Year 8 pupils spent the day at Portsmouth Guildhall at an event called 'Get Inspired Portsmouth'. The event was organised by EBP South and the aim was to inspire and open pupils' eyes to possible future career opportunities in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The pupils really enjoyed themselves, taking part in many hands on activities provided by local colleges and employers. In the afternoon they were honoured to receive a personal tour led by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth (Councillor Ellcombe) of the Council Chamber and the second largest silver collection in England which is housed in the Guildhall. Thank you to everyone involved in organising and hosting this event.