Portsmouth Parent Voice is a service run by parents for parents of children and young people with additional needs or disability. Each month they publish a news letter "Impacting On You" containing information on a variety of subjects. Please find below December's copy.
Mrs Rooks, SENDCO
Springfield Science department have been very lucky to receive one of the SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) plates of which there are very few. An SDSS plate is an aluminium plate into which tiny holes are drilled. Each hole has an optical fibre plugged into it (by hand). Each hole corresponds to the sky location where there is an object (a star or a galaxy) which SDSS wants to measure a spectrum for. During SDSS spectroscopic observations, between six and nine of these are used every night. Each plate is custom drilled for a special part of the sky (about the size of your palm stretched out at arms length), and once all the data is collected for the astronomical objects in that plate, it becomes surplus to requirements. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the universe ever made, with deep multi-color images of one third of the sky, and spectra for more than three million astronomical objects! The Science department are thinking of the perfect place to display the plate. For more details and some examples of how the plates have been used elsewhere please follow the link below.
We were delighted to welcome the education charity Talk The Talk to Springfield today. Representatives from Talk The Talk spent the day with Year 9, focusing on improving the pupils' communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations. The pupils participated in this exciting, confidence boosting and engaging master-class gaining essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment. Pupils learned how to use persuasive language techniques to get their message across. The day highlighted and nutured pupils' employability skills, gave interview techniques and key presentation skills. Year 9 concluded the day by delivering a structured two minute presentation on a topic that they have a passion for to their peers. Well done to all the pupils for participating and rising to the challenge and a huge thank you to all the Talk The Talk coaches for taking the time to visit us today.
Well done to Harry Stoneman, 9S who represented Springfield at the Council of Portsmouth Students' meeting on Monday 21st November at Portsmouth College for what was a very productive meeting. The chosen leaders for the CoPs Forum met with Portsmouth College Principal, Steve Frampton who offered his support to with very important research aimed at improving learning within our schools and colleges.
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Our DofE Co-ordinator, Mrs Whitelock visited Churchers College yesterday for a DofE Managers Meeting and was delighted to be presented with a certificate confirming that Springfield DofE pupils completed 390 hours of volunteering in their local community between April 2015 and March 2016 and that the social value of those hours is £1,450.80! Well done to all the current Year 11 pupils who have contributed to this.
We welcomed Young Engineers back to Springfield this morning who presented an upbeat, informative and practical 'Energy Quest' session to some of our Year 8 pupils. Pupils learnt about the jobs that scientists and engineers do and participated in some great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) themed activities intended to inspire young people into engineering careers. Some of the topics highlighted were the effects of a growing world population, the global energy mix including renewable and non-renewable energy, kinetic energy and looking at what engineers do and routes into engineering careers. Pupils were engaged and especially enjoyed the practical projects given including making a wind turbine. Thank you to the team from Young Engineers for giving up your time to visit us today.
Congratulations to Austin-Slade Jeffery, 9S who represented Springfield at the Hampshire County Schools Championship on the weekend of 12th November. Austin-Slade competed against top swimmers across the county in the Year 9/10 category. He is now the proud title holder of the Hampshire County Schools Champion for 100 metre breast stroke (gold medalist). He also won silver for the 200 metres breast stroke. Austin-Slade also competed at the Guildford City, Level 2 Meet on the weekend of 19th November. Austin-Slade achieved gold for the 50 metres breast stroke in the 13 year old boys' category, silver for 100 metres breast stroke 13 year old boys' category and bronze for the 50 metres fly 13 year old boys' category. Austin-Slade also came 4th in the Junior (under 15) 100 metres breast stroke final and broke 4 club 13 year old records. Well done Austin-Slade on your continued swimming successes!
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 15 to 17 year olds, that helps them build skills for work and life, whie taking on new challenges and making new friends. NCS takes place over several weeks, out of school time, in the summer and autumn. It features a short time away from home, and a project in the local community. Springfield School has been part of the NCS programme since 2013. Congratulations to 2016 leavers Emily Cross, William Dallas, Toby Elliott, Anaya Ellis, Rosie Fitzgibbons, Abbie Green, Delyth Hartley, Lauren Toms, Cara Tudgay and Amelia Whittingham on completing their NCS! For more information about NCS please visit http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/
Hampshire Constabulary have been running a competition open to local schools to innovate and inspire them to help stop sexting ruining young people's lives. Students were encouraged to submit ideas for a public campaign that could communicate and educate the importance of safer behaviour on smartphones and online devices. The competition was open to secondary schools as part of Hampshire Constabulary's established Police Apprentice Initiative as part of its Safe4me education programme. Dozens of local schools expressed interest in taking part and we were delighted that Springfield School were chosen one of the six finalists. The final took place at Hampshire Constablulary's southern support and training headquarters on Friday, 18th November and students from each of the six schools were invited to make presentations to a panel of professional judges. A huge well done to Springfield pupil Leona Bryant, 9G whose idea was picked as the Springfield entry. Leona gave a first class presentation to the panel of judges of her web-based solution - www.tbus.com (Think Before You Send) which linked to Twitter and promotes and provides information on the dangers of sending explicit messages online. Unfortunately Springfield did not win on this occasion but we look forward to the Hampshire Constabulary's 'Is It Worth It?' road show coming to the school next term.
Our annual awards evening took place yesterday (Thursday 17th November) when we celebrated the success of the 2016 leavers. Ex-pupil Lottie Kale commenced the celebrations with a superb piano rendition of La Valse D'Amelie (Yann Tiersen). Pupils were then presented with an array of awards and certificates sponsored very kindly by a host of local businesses. 3 members of current (and ex) Springfield staff also received special appreciation awards for the role they play(ed) at Springfield over the years. Our guest of honour this year was double world champion and four time european champion para-triathlete Lauren Steadman who gave a motivating speech about her experiences and dedication to training, determination, overcoming barriers and most importantly not giving up. The 2016 senior prefect team also gave an upbeat speech about their time at Springfield and how it has equipped them with life-long skills. A special thank you to Lauren for sharing in our celebrations and to all our sponsors for your support!
We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Springfield production of 'Annie' are now on sale from the Drama Office at break time and lunch time. The production will take place on Tuesday, 13th December and Wednesday, 14th December 2016 in the Drama Studios. Please see the poster below for more information.