9th November 2018

Friday, 09 November 2018

A number of staff will be growing their Movember moustaches this month and the aim will be that
students will vote on the best one grown by the end of the month.
Movember is an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide. Therefore, we will also set up a ‘Just Giving’ page to raise money for this.

Well done to our Catering Team
we are extremely proud that our catering team achieved their 5th Grade 5 in a row for food

Visits to the school Medical Room
I am sorry to say that the number of students coming down to our Pastoral Office for low level
medical issues has become unsustainable.
In one hour alone yesterday 14 students came. Of that number, one went home and the other 13 were eventually returned to lessons.
This meant valuable staff time was wasted achieving this and 13 students missed valuable learning.

New Medical Procedures
As a result of the high volume of students visiting the medical room the following procedure will now be put in place.
From now on, if you send your child into school we will assume you have decided that they are well enough to stay in lessons for the whole day.
It is as easy for students who are feeling slightly unwell to sit in class as it for them to sit in a medical room – the key difference is that in lessons they will still be learning.
Therefore our medical room will now only be accessible to students who need actual, direct medical attention e.g. are bleeding, have been sick, need to be collected, need to go to A&E or who require an ambulance.

Enrichment Activities
Some of our students enjoyed two special trips organised recently – one to Portsmouth Naval Base and the other to Hollywood Bowl. Both resulted in a great day out where students did us proud.

Parents Evenings
We held our 6th Form Parents Evening last week and our Year 11 one this week.
Both evenings were really well attended and I hope that parents left with a clear idea of the following:
1. skills which need to be focussed upon,
2. most effective ways to revise and
3. topics that need to be revised / practised in particular.

Year 11 Key Dates
5th November – NCFE Engineering Exam
7th November – NCFE PE Exam
9th November – Financial Capability Exam
14th November – Financial Capability Exam
22nd – 30th November Mock Exams, all subjects
14th December – Textiles coursework day
21st December – Last day of term, 12.10 finish

PE News
The Year 9 Netball Team have been back in action again playing three matches this week at Parkstone Grammar School as part of a local school league. They are doing brilliantly in the league, remaining undefeated having won 3 of their matches and drawn the other 3. They have just two games left to play on Thursday 15th November. The girls that played on Thursday 1st November were:
Isobel Bailey (Captain), Sophie Toy, Isobel Tuley, Sydney Tabor, Leah Penn, Imogen Simonot and Rei Tarrant.
Results were
They beat Parkstone Grammar ‘B’ 9-0.

They beat Corfe Hills 6-3.

They drew with Lytchett 6-6.

A note for diaries regarding Netball – Training for all years will be on after school on Thursday 8th November.

Congratulations to Abi Dearlove
Abigail has been growing her hair for a number of years so that she can donate it to the Little Princess Trust. She set up a just giving page with a target of £200.00, she has now exceeded that amount and to date is at £370.00. She has now had her hair cut off.
Abigail has supported many fundraising events while at Ferndown including the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and more recently the Ferndown Big Sleep for the homeless.

Nathaniel Galton is also planning to shave his hair for charity!
On the 9th November, Nathaniel will be shaving his head to raise awareness for a charity known as CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
CALM is a charity that mainly focuses on male suicide prevention but also offers a wide range of support for both males and females of all ages.

Ferndown Students in Award Winning Podcast
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Careers Event – Engineering at Bournemouth Airport