On Friday 26th September 2014 Year 9 Springfield pupils visited Pompey Football Club for the European Day of Languages. Here are two pupil accounts of the day:-
On Friday, 26th September 10 pupils from 9X1 French went to a languages day at Fratton Park. Our challenge was to persuade a French player to join Pompey FC. Once split into groups we got a tour of the club and some even met the Pompey FC team. We had to make a short video and presentation for the play. Each group had an IT and language student to help us work to our best ability. Overall the day was great fun and everyone really enjoyed themselves and faced every challenge with great enthusiasm. The videos that we made will be put on youtube on Wednesday 1st October 2014 and the video with the most views will win group tickets to the next Pompey match. Everyone that went increased their knowledge in the French language and their IT skills. As well as that we also learnt a lot about Pompley FCs heritage amd the club's trophy collection. All teams, without a doubt, really enjoyed the day and are all hoping for the best in Pompey FCs future.
On Friday, 26th September, 9 others and I went on a school trip to Fratton Park where we took part in 2 challenges. These challenges were built around the scenario of Portsmouth Football Club wanting to sign a French striker for their team. The first challenge was to create a short video presentation persuading the footballer to sign, we had to include information about the city, the supporters, education and the football club as a whole. This was then edited by 2 of the 5 members of our group. We had access to the stands and seats, the tunnel, the managers seats and many other interesting areas of the football club. Our second challenge was to wirte and then pitch a verbal presentation convincing the striker to join in front of 4 judges and an audience of 12 groups from various schools across Portsmouth. We had to memorise our speech and show passion during the presentation. Both challenges were done in French and so we have gained a huge amount of knowledge on the language which will help us in our French GCSE assessments in the future. All of the groups were lead by trainee teachers from Portsmouth University and ours was a great teacher and leader for all of us. Overall we really enjoyed the trip and are massively grateful for the opportunity.
Please view Springfield's two presentations (Springfield and Springfield 2) https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101496920965611459786/101496920965611459786/videos - the video with the most views by 12 midday on Wednesday 8th October will win!
Please note that the Year 11 pupil and parent GCSE exam support evening is taking place on Wednesday, 1st October from 7pm to 8pm in the Drama Studio.
Steve Frampton, Principal of Portsmouth College will be leading pupils, parents/carers through tried and tested techniques.
Please try and attend this worthwhile support evening which is deliberately designed to get pupils ready for the important mock exams in December.
Please can you sign and return the GCSE exam support letter confirming your attendance. If you do not have a copy please follow the link - http://goo.gl/lXnlgy
Portsmouth Opps Fair will be taking place again this year on Saturday 18th October 2014 at The Guildhall Portsmouth from 10am to 3pm. The Opportunities fair gives the chance to find out what careers there are in the City at a fun and interactive day. For more information visit - www.oppsfair.com
Pupils in 9X1 have been enjoying the newly refurbished Science laboratory A03, working hard to research renewable energies on the tablets.
As many of you may already know, Springfield undertook an ambitious refurbishment programme during the summer holidays. The reception area was completely refurbished and we commissioned Shadric Toop of Sphere Design Associates to design and install an inspiring feature wall. The wall begins with a diverse range of inspirational quotes from iconic figures such as Plato and Oprah Winfrey. The design is based around the phrase 'The future depends on what you do today' and sets out a pictorial historical journey within the word 'future'. The letter 'F' is the starting point with images such as the 'big bang' and erupting volcanos, each letter portrays a different era moving chronologically through history finishing with 'E' depicting 21st century images including the Facebook logo, inspirational books and films, i-pods and 9/11. The wall has been not only a talking point for staff, visitors and pupils; but it has already been used as a learning tool in Year 7 History lessons.
During the summer the canteen area has also been up-graded and a new queuing system put in place to cut down queuing times. One of our A-block classrooms has also been refurbished into a state-of-the-art Science laboratory.
We were pleased to host an official 'Grand Opening' of these newly refurbished areas on Wednesday, 17th September. Over 40 guests were given the opportunity to explore the new 'FUTURE wall', up-graded canteen area and Science laboratory. Jenny Carter-Smith (Senior Prefect) and Rosie Wilson (Deputy Head Girl) gave a confident speech to guests about their views on the new refurbishments and what they mean to students. They also thanked formally the many people involved in the projects. All agreed that the new wall not only has the 'wow factor' but also embodies Springfield's ethos of aspirational innovation.
We are also featured in the Portsmouth News - http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/feature-wall-opens-to-inspire-drayton-students-1-6305942
The Duke of Edinburgh Practice expedition took place on 13th and 14th September at Tile Barn Brockenhurst.
Well done to the talented 32 Year 11 pupils who all succeeded in this practice expedition. They showed great map reading skills and camp craft as well as unusual wood carvings by some. Lots of tired limbs and blisters later the group ended their challenge late on Sunday afternoon with a great sense of achievement. Special thanks goes to the commitment of the staff who lead this expedition to make such success happen.
We respectfully remind parents that all uniform and PE kits should be clearly named. The school cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Portsmouth City Council, the University of Portsmouth and the Royal Navy are working together to submit a bid to open a University Technical College (UTC) in Portsmouth. To help develop their bid they need evidence that parents and pupils in the city and the wider area would be interested in attending the UTC.
The UTC will be a specialist engineering / technical school for 14 to 19 year olds that will allow students to study for their core curriculum alongside engineering / technical qualifications, work experience and leadership training. The students will have the opportunity to conduct work experience and have projects supervised by local employers as part of their curriculum.
If you are a local parent or pupil they would really like to hear your views. They would be incredibly grateful if you could take 10 minutes, before 30 September, to complete a questionnaire by following one of the links below:
Parent survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UTCPARENT
Pupil survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UTCSTUDENTS
Calling all parents of asthmatic pupils. Please ensure you supply us with a spare inhaler. This should be clearly marked with the pupil's name and tutor group and handed in to Welfare as soon as possible.
Many thanks for your assistance.
Mrs Evans, School Nurse
Mrs Argyle welcomed back the new Year 11s today at their weekly Assembly. We took the opportunity to photograph the newly appointed prefect team who will be supporting duty staff at break and lunchtimes and assisting at school meetings and events. We look forward to working with you all and thank you for giving up your time!