15th July 2016

Headteacher’s Newsletter 15.7.16

We are sadly saying goodbye to the following staff who leave us this summer;
Name Length of Service Position
Jeremy Baines 31 Business & Economics
Leonora Vincent 17 Head of Physics
Nick Jarvis 14 Chemistry
Nigel Harris 11 Deputy Head
Andrea Ridge 8 Head of CACHE
Wai Ling Mak 7 Teaching Assistant
Sian Stephens 6 Head of KS5 English
Jane Hammond-Bowell 3 French
Diane Simpson 2 Teaching Assistant
Karen Harris 2 Head of Psychology

I would just like to thank them all for their many years of dedication to the school, particularly Mr Baines who has been with us for 31 years and is probably the most positive person I have ever worked with.

New Staff
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the following new staff to FUS; Mrs Bothamley (Head of Physics) and Mr Osborne (Deputy Director of Science) as well as Mrs Boston-Mammah, Miss Jones, Mr Piper, Mr Ponchaud, Mrs Webb, Miss Williams and Mrs Williams all as new Teaching Assistants.

School Start Dates
The school is open for staff on Friday 2nd September, Y9 and Y12 on Monday 5th September and then everyone is in school on Tuesday 6th September.

Chernobyl Childrens’ Life Line Charity Visit
We had 17 young students from Chernobyl in school today, they are over for a month (which I have been told increases their life expectancy by five years) and we are delighted that they have chosen to visit us to spend a day cooking in Catering rooms with Mrs Houghton.

Community Day
We held our annual Community Day last Tuesday and what a day it was. The activities were very varied and worthwhile, with the students working together to achieve successful outcomes. The activities ranged from Mrs Dymond taking a group of students to musically re-create and perform an ancient Burmese legend called “The Cucumber King”. The students wrote all the lyrics themselves as well as all the musical parts, which then culminated in the recording of the entire mini musical. Other students created a ‘slum’ community to experience what life can be like for those less fortunate then themselves.
Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at creating a play in a day and then performing to a group of Ferndown First School students.

Students were also able to make their own pizzas from scratch as well as making soaps and bath bombs. There was also a community litter pick, clearing up the local area and pond clearing, where students and staff cleared the pond in Harmont Community Woods to provide a better habitat for the local community. Students also braved the chill at Rockley Water Sports Complex to try all manner of water sports and others spent an equally chilly and exciting day at Silverstone on an F1 Track Day. There was an “own a pony for the day” session and students could even try flamenco dancing, train as mini tennis coaches or learn how to face paint. Finally, others created a magazine in a day by filming and interviewing many of the activities taking place and then producing a magazine to showcase it all.

I am very glad to report that due to a very late and large donation to Mr Harris’s charity bucket, he was the ‘winner’ of the gunging contest, rather than myself. The school raised over £90 for charity and there was only 40p between the amount in Mr Harris’s bucket and my own at the final count. Luckily for Mr Harris, he ‘won’ and his prize was to be gunged, which he took with very good grace. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Harris for everything that he has done for Ferndown over the last eleven years, it is the school it is today because of the hard work that he put in.

Last Day of the Summer Term
Remember that school finishes for Year 12 next Monday at 14.40 (although Y12 may come in on Tuesday to speak with their teachers if they would like extra support) and at 12.10 next Tuesday for Years 9 and 10.