23rd February 2018

FUS is Full

I am very pleased to announce that the school is already full for next year’s new Year 9 intake. We even have a waiting list of parents wanting their children to come to FUS. In fact, apart from one student, we filled the whole of Year 9 with first choices, with those parents who had placed us as a second choice not gaining a place. So news of our success must be spreading.

STEM Community Garden

Our new STEM Community garden is now finished and looks great.

Options Evening

We had standing room only in the hall last night for our Year 9 options evening. Thank you to all of the staff involved for their excellent contributions.

Ferndown Students Are Published in Record Numbers

Thank you to Mr McVeigh for arranging Ferndown’s entries for the National Young Writer competition. We have had a record number of students published as a result.

Fire Drill and Lock Down

We held a fire drill this week and the students behaved impeccably. At some point in the future, we will practice a ‘lockdown’. This sounds alarming but should not concern you, we do not expect to have any intruders on site but we just feel that it is always good to be prepared. So if your child comes home at a later point talking about being locked into their classroom, you should not be concerned, it is merely part of the school’s lockdown practice.

Harry Wilson is Published

Congratulations to Harry Wilson for being selected to be published in the book, Stranger Sagas Dorset with his piece entitled, ‘Beyond Death’.

First Aid Practice for Our Duke of Edinburgh Students

Thank you to Mrs Lynch for arranging the first aid training for our Y10 Duke of Edinburgh students. After three intensive sessions, the students will then be certified in the following areas; RQF emergency first aid at work, D of E outdoor first aid, automated external defibrillator training, auto adrenaline injection and heart start training.

Lessons from Auschwitz Project

Two of our Year 12 students, Ryan Wilson and Eleanor Saunders have been chosen to take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s groundbreaking ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project. This four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today.

Eleanor and Ryan will visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland next week along with 250 other students from the South West of England.

Upon their return, the project requires them to disseminate what they have learned to their peers and wider community so look out for an article about their experience in a forthcoming newsletter.