Term 5 Newsletter - Now Available04/06/18
Available now is our new look newsletter, celebrating all the great things that are happening at CCW.
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Available now is our new look newsletter, celebrating all the great things that are happening at CCW.
The Community College Whitstable was recently subject to a Section 5 Ofsted inspection. We are delighted to announce to all stakeholders that we are now judged ‘Good’ in every category. This represents tremendous progress from the school’s previous Ofsted report of March 2015 and we are obviously delighted.
The final inspection report will be published on the Ofsted website on Wednesday 14th March 2018, at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk
The successful outcome of the report is due to the hard work of pupils, teachers and the wider school community, including support staff, parents and governors.
Year 10 pupils are entering their mock exams week, starting on Tuesday 9th January 2018. We wish them the very best of luck with these. Parents/carers will have the opportunity to discuss progress and attainment at the forthcoming Parents’ Evening, on Thursday 1st February 2018. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Shakespeare by the Sea Company
Open auditions will take place the week beginning 8th January 2018. There will be an opportunity to work through this piece in pairs or small groups as well as audition independently.
Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Think about any gestures you would make?
Is your voice going to be the same or do some words need emphasis?
Is there a rhythm that you want to follow?
Will the pace be the same throughout? Will you say some bits fast or slow?
The Summer 2017 exam certificates are ready for collection between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm, daily.
Please note that if you are sending someone to collect certificates on your behalf, please ensure that you provide written confirmation at the point of collection.
Certificates are kept on file for 12 months and are then destroyed.
Great news for Year 7 who, between them, have read for over 1 million minutes this term
This booklet aims to describe the elements of the curriculum which students who are currently in Year 11 will study as KS5 Qualifications during Years 12 and 13 (September 2018 to June 2020). Don’t forget to come along to our Sixth Form open evening on Thursday 23rd November to discuss your options further with a subject specialist.
Are you considering your options for post 16 study? If so, then come along to our Sixth Form open evening.
CCW has joined forces with the Royal Shakespeare Associate School’s programme to celebrate and engage with the works of William Shakespeare.
Staff at the school will undergo training to deliver lessons on Shakespeare that are exciting, relevant and most of all active. “We believe”, said Ms Gee – Assistant Headteacher and Literacy Lead – “that the only way to teach Shakespeare is to actively engage with his words and ideas. Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed, to be heard, to be seen. We want to give our students the same experience so that they might fully enjoy and appreciate his works”.
The school is also excited that students will be able to take their knowledge and active approaches out into the community – performing at local venues and alongside other local schools. The school hopes to share its long-standing passion and commitment to the arts with the wider community.
Furthermore, students at The Community College Whitstable will soon be treading the boards of the internationally acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as they will have the opportunity to audition for a headline role in a schools’ production of Shakespeare’s supernatural Scottish play – Macbeth. Rehearsals in the school’s Shakespeare Club, named “Shakespeare by the Sea”, will also allow students to collaborate with local partners and earn a number of opportunities to perform as part of the wider RSC Associate School network.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is, arguably, the most famous modern producer of Shakespeare’s plays, having played host to a whole scope of British talent: from Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench to Tom Hiddleston and David Tennant. The Community College Whitstable are incredibly proud that some of its students might have the same opportunities!
An open evening will take place on the 27th of September 2017, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be three speeches, at 6:00pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm.
There will also be Open Mornings, which will take place every weekday morning from the 2nd to the 13th of October 2017, between 9:00am and 11:00am. Please book at the reception due to demand – 01227 272362.
A Sixth Form Open Evening will also take place on the 23rd of November, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Post 16 Enrolment
Post 16 Enrolment for new and returning students will take place on Wednesday 30th August. Please see the schedule for your blocked time.
We were pleased to see that so many pupils performed exceptionally well and rose to the challenge of the new ‘harder’ GCSEs in English and maths. A number of pupils achieved grade 8s in maths , there were also grade 7s and 8s in English Language and Literature. As in previous years, creative arts have secured remarkable results with 100% in textiles, 95% in fine art and 94% Cs and above in photography.
Headteacher, Ana Gibson was especially delighted, demonstrating that the school is moving in the right direction and has a solid platform for further improvement.
Special mention should be given to Holly Andrews, who secured grade 6s and 7s with the new more challenging GCSEs. Courtney Firminger secured grade 7 and 8s for her core subjects and A & A* grades for fine art, science, ICT and food technology. Dylan Small performed exceptionally well in Maths (grade 8) English (grade 6) and the triple sciences achieving AAA grades. Oscar Jackson also secured grade 8 in maths and an A for computer science.
Pupils, teachers and parents have all worked intensely for this moment and their hard work has paid off. An ice cream van was on site to provide cool refreshments as a ‘thank you’ to all.
Best Results Ever!
Students in the Sixth Form at The Community College Whitstable collected their exam results on Thursday 17th August 2017 and joined staff in celebrating their achievements in their A Level, AS Level and BTEC level 3 courses. Standards at the school continue to improve, highlighted by substantial progress in academic A Levels and excellent vocational results.
Improvements in academic A Levels are a result of the school ‘Putting Learning First’, with an increase in the percentage of students not only achieving their grades but also achieving higher grades in comparison with recent years. Vocational courses continue to be a real strength with an average grade of a Distinction being achieved by students across all subjects.
As well as improving results for the whole cohort, there were some outstanding individual achievements. Hasita Haider, will be the first in her family to attend University, she achieved a Distinction* in all of her chosen subjects and has accepted a place at the University of Kent to study Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology. Chantelle Lloyd is another student who achieved Distinction* in all her courses and is now pursuing level 4 apprenticeship opportunities in Business. Logan Dean-Edwards is also blazing a trail to the University of Kent to study Computer Science, he achieved an impressive B grade in his A Level English Literature and Distinction* grades in his vocational subjects. Ruby Abercrombie is another student whose hard work resulted in excellent final outcomes, achieving a B grade in her A Level Textiles and Film Studies and a C grade in her English Literature course.
All students achieved good results, which is especially impressive given that the exams were more challenging than before. The hard work and achievements of the students have led to a range of options and progression routes for students with some opting for university whilst others are undertaking apprenticeships and taking on employment traineeships.
Results can be collected from the school on Thursday 24th August between 10:00am and 11:30am. As well as collecting results, pupils will need to provide information about their confirmed destination for next year based on their results. Staff will be available to discuss options and provide support in ensuring that an appropriate pathway is available. Appointments will be available on the Thursday and Friday for any pupils that are uncertain about their destination. If your son/daughter is unable to make results day in person, their results can be posted home if a stamped addressed envelope has been provided in advance of the day. A responsible adult who is able to provide written permission from the pupil and valid ID, can also collect results.
Please click here to access the Year 11 Half Term Revision/Out of School Learning schedule.
Pupils should meet their teachers promptly at the main reception entrance at the start of the sessions.
My Maths – questions and lessons: www.mymaths.co.uk
Sam Learning: www.samlearning.com
Center ID: CT5 CCW
User ID: DOB and Initials eg - 27052002KP
Password: DOB and Initials eg - 27052002KP
Stuck for Schools – Maths Video Lessons: www.stuckforschools.com
Username: surnamefirstname eg – beckhamdavid
Years 7 – 10
Username: firstnamesurname eg- davidbeckham
Edexcel Past Papers:
Kesh GCSE Maths Takeaway – GCSE Exam questions by topic:
Emaths – KS3 Past papers:
The main revision for students studying Languages is to use the Revision Booklet issued to each student.
'Louis de Bernières, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli's Mandolin winning the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994. His sixth novel, the acclaimed Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004., A Partisan's Daughter (2008) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village was published in Autumn 2009, followed by de Bernieres’ first collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of Constantinos Cavafis, in 2013; it is also available in audio, read by the author. Publication of his major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, was in July 2015, and his new collection of poems, OF LOVE AND DESIRE, is out in February 2016.
As well as writing, de Bernieres plays the flute, mandolin and guitar. He was born in London in 1954.'
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I have pleasure in inviting you to the second Parent Feedback Forum. The event will be on the 8th March from at 5:45pm to 6:45pm. After the huge success of the first event we are looking forward to second event which will focus on supporting parents with revision and learning at home, especially for the exams. At this time of year there is a lot of pressure upon students and particularly those taking exams. Parents often feel isolated, unsure of how to help or simply worried that their child is doing enough. During the feedback forum we will share some of the revision and learning strategies proven to have a positive impact on learning. You will gain an understanding of what works and how it can be achieved at home to support you child through revision, learning and exams.
Due to popularity please contact reception to reserve your place.
I look forward to seeing you on the 8th March.