|ROTARY YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER 2013
Entries from Sheldon were judged by Anthony Milner of AKM Photography.
Claudia May is studying AS Photography and her entry came a very commendable second amongst some tough competition. Here theme was peace.
Her photos, along with all other entries, will be on exhibition at "Art in the Park" in Monkton Park, Chippenham on Saturday 13 July 2013.
SAVILE ROW TAILOR BRINGS MICHAEL JACKSON'S JACKET TO SHELDON
Textiles students met with ex-student Matt Crocker who is a successful tailor for Savile Row’s Gieves & Hawkes.
Over the years, Gieves & Hawkes have successfully designed bespoke suits for clients such as David Beckham, Jeremy Clarkson, Stephen Fry and the Royal family. Matt spoke with students about his career in textiles and fashion and explained how textiles is not ‘just for girls’. As part of his visit, Crocker brought a range of suits including fox fur jackets and an original suit made and worn for the late Michael Jackson as part of 1996 ‘damage’ tour.
Faye Fraser-Allden and her students were in awe of the garment estimated to cost over £76,000 and made using real gold embroidery work and bespoke cloth.
Design and Technology students at Sheldon were using their Year9 Industry Day to help them choose their GCSE course. This experience has certainly enthused pupils to seriously consider textiles.
ROTARY CLUB YOUTH SPEAKS COMPETITION
Year 10 and Year 12 students performed brilliantly during tense competition against teams from Hardenhuish, Abbeyfield, Stonar, Melksham Oak and St Laurence. Our Year 12 teams came first (for the third year in a row) and third.
Adam Baker was outstanding and won Best Speaker of the night. The Year 10 team also came up trumps, providing strong competition for the winners. Congratulations to all the students who took part and to Mr Perry who always does such a remarkable job of preparing them for the competition.
1st Place Y12 Team: Adam Baker, Zoe Walters, Joe Coombs
3rd Place Team: Amy Waller, Ed Holland, Isabella Smith
Year 10 Team: James Barrett, Andrew Collins, Danny Bennett
All our entrants did extremely well and Jamie Wrigley won Best Speaker in the Intermediate and our Year 11 team, Alice Robinson, Sophie Cutler and Martha McCarron came second. They go through to the Semi-Final.
ORGANISE A PLAY PARTNER PARTY
If you are aged 13 to 16 and are interested in helping young people with disabilites, you may be interested in this initiative, run by Wiltshire Council. Read more...
What are Play Partner Parties?
Play Partner Parties are parties that are hosted by young people from mainstream secondary schools for children with disabilities.
What is the point of a Play Partner Party?
The point is to enable children and young people with disabilities, who may be isolated outside of school hours, to
meet, play and have fun with able, mainstream children who live in the community.
Who might be a Play Partner?
Play Partner is a sensible, reliable caring young person aged 13-16 years from a mainstream school, who is offering time to befriend a child or teenager with disabilities. Play Partners are given a small reward for offering their time at parties, in recognition of their efforts.
What are the benefits of joining the Play Partner Scheme?
Children and their parents will be invited to attend 4 parties where disabled children will be introduced to mainstream young people and their families. The children will be entertained with activities and a tea party. If families get on well then they can, of course, continue with a relationship privately, outside of the parties.
Forms need to be supported by a teacher or other professional in line with the local authority's responsibility to safeguarding.
If you have any queries about this scheme or would like to talk to someone about this in more detail, call Naomi Defriend at Wiltshire Council on tel:07785 578147
DUNCAN HAMES OPENS NEW MEDICAL AND LEARNING SUPPORT FACILITIES
Sheldon School was delighted to welcome local Liberal Democrat MP, Duncan Hames, to formally open its latest new facility.
The school has had extensive building work carried out during the latter half of 2012, resulting in a new and improved reception area for pupils and visitors, a much needed medical facility for Sheldon’s full time nurse, which provides an office and three treatment rooms, and two new classrooms in the Learning Support Faculty. Both rooms have been equipped with the latest technology and also benefit from acoustic treatment, which make them particularly suitable for use by the special needs and hearing impaired children at Sheldon School.
Mrs McKenna, Staff Governor and Senior Teaching Assistant working with the hearing impaired students said, ‘Sheldon School is the designated school in North Wiltshire for hearing impaired children and this will make a real difference to the Learning Support Faculty and all of the pupils who are taught here.’
Some of the cost for the new rooms and acoustic improvements to other existing classrooms around the school was provided by Wiltshire Council. Mr Spurdell, Headteacher, expressed that he was very grateful for the contribution, but added that the school had chosen to allocate significant finances to the project itself because it knew that the improvements would significantly enhance the environment for so many at Sheldon.
|THE ALBERT BANDURA PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
The FIRST lecture on 29th November will be held in the 6th form study area. It is open to all students in years 10, 11, 12, 13, parents and staff. Refreshments will be provided by the Namibia team.
Thursday 29th November - Dr Gillmore
Clinical psychologist lecture on Obsessive Compuslive Disorder and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Thursday 13th December - Dr Horner-Baggs
Careers in psychology with an additional focus on clinical psychology.
Thursday 7th March - Dr Nixon
Human and safety in an engineering and workplace environment.
More lecture dates will be announced soon.
AWARDS EVENING 2012
Thursday 11th October saw Sheldon’s 24th annual Awards’ Evening, celebrating the achievements of students in Years 7 – 12 from the past academic year. A packed hall witnessed a wonderful occasion in front of selected local dignitaries, staff, governors and very proud parents.
UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2012
Eight pupils were lucky enough to be invited to become involved in the United Nations Climate Conference in July 2012.
The event spanned over three days and our students thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
They spent the first day focussing their minds on the big picture of climate change. Dr Jonny Williams, a climate researcher from Bristol University discussed climate data. Present day figures were considered and future impacts were predicted for a range of scenarios using computer based mathematical models.
WAITROSE DONATION TO SHELDON SCHOOL
Each month our local Waitrose branch donates £500 to three local good causes. We would like to say a BIG thank you to our anonymous parent who nominated Sheldon School Parent Enrichment Fund as a good cause during the summer months. This resulted in a donation of £190 and Caroline Fowke, a Trustee was delighted to collect the cheque in August. Sheldon's Enrichment Fund is committed to funding a wide range of activities for pupils out of school hours and hundreds of pupils have benefitted since it was set up in 2006. It meets twice a year to make decisions about how it can support pupil enrichment. An extra £190 will be very welcome.
SHELDON'S FLAUTISTS WIN AGAIN
The Sheldon School Flute Ensemble has again won a prestigious Mid-Somerset Festival competition under the direction of Mr Tim Fosker.
They played two movements from the Pink Panther Suite (Village Inn & Shades of Sennett) by Henry Mancini, wowing both the audience and the adjudicator (acclaimed composer Sarah Watts).
They were winners of the 'Instrumental Ensemble (up to Year 13)' class for the second year in a row and were presented with a beautiful silver trophy.
SHELDON HAS THE BEST A LEVEL RESULTS IN THE SOUTH WEST
Sheldon's 2011 A level results were once again the best in the South West region.
The Department for Education's league tables show that Sheldon was 24th in the country.
The students average A level point score was 957, the highest ever achieved at Sheldon. The points scale used by the Department for Education gives 270 points for an A level A grade and 240 points for a B. So the Sheldon points score is equivalent to an average student achievement of about four B grades at A level.
The Independent newspaper published a table of the Top 100 comprehensive schools on Thursday 26 January 2012.
THE PEEL LECTURES BEGIN
Sheldon's new lecture series begins on February 1 2012. They are called The Peel Lectures after Sir Robert Peel, former Chippenham MP and Prime Minister. The naming of the series was the result of a pupil vote.
The first lecture in in the series is called "Community in the 21st Century: We Honour Those Who Serve". Canon Thomas Woodhouse will talk about his experience of community action in Royal Wootton Bassett where the town that has led the country in showing respect for fallen soldiers.
The lecture is in Sheldon Sixth Form Centre at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012. Everyone is welcome: students, parents and friends. You can collect a free ticket from the school reception in advance.
The lectures are organised by Mrs Kerry McCullach, Sheldon's head of history.
MATT DAWSON OPENS OUR REFECTORY
Matt Dawson came to Sheldon on Thursday 3rd November to lead the formal opening of our new refectory.
During the afternoon he took part in lots of interesting activities with pupils including lunch in the refectory, a health, food and fitness question time, a rugby half-back clinic and judging a Year 8 MasterChef competition.
Matt Dawson had only just returned from New Zealand after the Rugby World Cup. He is first and foremost a rugby player and was part of the World Cup winning team in 2003, but he has enjoyed even wider fame on the BBC’s Question of Sport, by winning Celebrity Master Chef and by coming runner up in Strictly Come Dancing.
QUIZ NIGHT FOR BORNEO
Would you like to bring a quiz team of up to eight to compete against the cream of Sheldon's sixth formers and teachers?
Would you like to help the Year 13 students raise money for their expedition to Borneo?
The quiz night is on Thursday 17 November 7pm to 9.30pm.
DO YOU SWIM AND RUN?
SHELDON IS ONE OF THE FIRST 100 TEACHING SCHOOLS
Sheldon has become one of the first in the country to be selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards.
Sheldon is one of only 100 schools in England to be granted teaching school status – a new designation entitling it to lead the training and professional development for staff.
Of the 100 elite schools to receive this designation, Sheldon is one of only 56 secondary schools, with only three others in the South West region.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “The best education systems around the world recruit the highest calibre of graduates, and train and develop them rigorously throughout their career. I am delighted we have the first hundred of the best schools in the country, led by the best heads, becoming teaching schools from this September.”
BETH AND RHIANNA DESIGN SHELDON'S GORILLA
The winners of Sheldon's design a gorilla competition are Rhianna Holtom and Beth Meehan, both in 9ECT.
Their winning entry was a Keith Haring inspired design. The girls have been studying Haring’s work in their art lessons and have adapted the style to create a truly unique design.
Our gorilla, who is yet to be officially named (there’s a poll on the final five choices) will be one of thirteen gorillas to be found on a gorilla trail around Chippenham from July through to September.
Our gorilla can be viewed in Waterstone’s in Chippenham from 4th July.
IS YOUR CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
It has never been easier, or more confidential, to get a free school meal at Sheldon. With the new Refectory opening next term, it is a good time to register. You may be surprised to learn that your child is eligible. Find out more ... | |
Order your copy of the DVD from Mrs Wakefield at £2 each. All proceeds will go to Comic Relief 2013.
Savour the moment and raise even more cash for Comic Relief. There are some fantastic photographs available online:
Each one bought will have at least £2 contributed towards Comic Relief.
SHELDON DOES STRICTLY
Buy your tickets from the Sixth Form office at £5 each.
The glitterball is up and ready to go. Get your tickets now for what promises to be a fantastic evening of fun and laughter. Come to see Mr Spurdell, Mrs Hatwood, Mrs Barton, Mr Humphreys, Mrs Lewis, Mr Jenkins, Mr Orlans, Miss Cole, Mr Sparrow and a lot more staff and Sixth Form students strutting their stuff for Comic Relief.
A bar and refreshments will be available during the evening.
If you cannot get to the Sixth Form office for tickets, telephone Carolyn Wakefield on 01249 766036 to book your seat and then collect ticket before the event.
PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION
There is a vacancy for a Parent Governor on Sheldon’s Governing Body and we would like to invite parents, foster parents and guardians to put their names forward.
If there are more nominees offering to serve than there are vacancies there will be an election by secret ballot.
Nominations should be returned to school reception addressed to Mrs Hawtin, Clerk to the Governors, by midday on Friday 15 March.
DESIGN MARK FOR SHELDON
We have been celebrating recent success in the design and technology faculty, following their award of Design Mark by the Design Council, DATA (design and technology association) and the DCSF. This is a rare event, with only ten or so schools in the country having been accredited in this way. It is a deserved achievement for the faculty who have a strong history of really good results with students producing some outstanding work right across the age and ability range. In addition to recognising the excellent DT practice at Sheldon, this award will also enable colleagues in other schools to benefit from the good work going on at Sheldon through collaborative training projects.
FIRST AIDERS GO TO LONDON FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS
Three Sheldon School teams entered the First Aid regional competition in Swindon on Friday 15th June. All three teams did extremely well and despite them being the youngest teams in the senior competition, one of the teams won. They were faced with two scenarios that required first aid treatment. The casualties were carried out by 'actors' and after the treatment was selected, they had to answer a series of questions specifically linked to the scenario. Congratulations to Danielle Gibbs, Hannah Malpass, Francesca Bentley and Bradley Sandford. They all performed very well and deserved their win.
Daniell, Hannah, Francesca and Bradley will now go to London on Wednesday 27th June to take part in the National Finals. They will compete against teams from all over the country that have won the regional competition.
SHELDON'S ICE HOCKEY STAR
Sheldon's Matt Hawkes has been chosen to represent the South West U15s Conference in the international hockey tournament that takes place in Belgium in April.
In May, he will take part in the UK Conference finals at Hull, where five conferences from around the UK compete and players are assessed for the England team.
SHELDON ARE SOUTH WEST RUGBY CHAMPIONS
The rugby First XV has won the south west final to reach the quarter final stage of the Daily Mail RBS Rugby U18 Vase. The prestigious national competition includes all the top state and independent schools.
The quarter final will be at home to Ravens Wood School from Kent. The match will be played on Wednesday 1st February at Chippenham RFC, kick off at 2.00pm
The team's route to the last eight began with a walkover against Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne. The next two rounds were closely fought, with a 15-11 win away at Poole High School and a 22-5 win away at Gillingham School, Dorset. The south west semi-final saw a convincing victory by 50 points to 3 against Prior park College in Bath.
Sheldon went on to defeat Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire with a 12-8 victory at Stroud RFC. The team took at 12-0 lead thanks to tries from Huw Campbell and Ed Suttle. They were pegged back to 12-8 at half time and held on valiantly against the wind in the scoreless second half.