Magazine - Cottingham High School

Magazine - Cottingham High School

In this issue: Cottingham Latest News • Events • Arts • Trips • Sports • Q&A Magazine Spring Edition 2017 HEADLINE

Some real highlights you will be able to read about in this edition include a vast array of enrichment opportunities which have been offered to our High Starters; the now annual ski trip; the fantastic performances of Grease, and several information and celebration events. On 12 December 2016, Ofsted published their findings from their monitoring visit. Students were a credit to you and to the school and Ofsted were very positive about the findings, underlining the journey the school has been on over the last few years.

Our visitors commented that: “Across the day, the school is typically calm and orderly. Lessons begin quickly and pupils immediately settle to their work. They are highly respectful of the teacher’s authority and follow instructions readily. Relationships between members of staff and pupils are warm and friendly. Pupils are consistently respectful and keen to please.” I hope you will also enjoy reading about the outstanding results at Post-16. Year on year we are proud of the achievements of our sixth formers, not only their outcomes, but their destinations and the manner in which they represent us as our best ambassadors.

It was a great accolade to have the strongest outcomes in Hull and East Riding. Past and present students always comment that the unique and community feeling of our sixth form and individual guidance and support they receive has played a significant part in their success and that our involvement in The Consortium, which has been an essential part of sixth form life at Cottingham for 25 years, enhances their Post-16 experience.

WELCOME TO THE LATEST COTTINGHAM HEADLINE... HEADLINE NEWS On that note, in January, I wrote to you as part of the consultation about plans to formalise our relationship with our Consortium partners, Hessle and Wolfreton schools. Feedback from the parents I have spoken to about these plans was universally positive and the formal consultation period has now ended. As a result, we continue to plan to establish The Consortium as a formal Multi Academy Trust in the coming months although there is still much legal and financial due diligence to complete before Governors of all three schools make a final decision.

However, it is hoped that this will be in time for 1 September 2017. The frequently Asked Questions are still available on the website.

As ever, the commitment and energy from both staff and students is a crucial factor in ensuring that students are as well prepared as possible for external examinations in the summer. I am extremely grateful for the way staff freely give of their time, allowing us to have such a comprehensive programme of study support after school each day. We also have an extensive Easter holiday programme running and I know large numbers of our students will take the very best advantage of these events and will, in turn, make us all extremely proud on those results days in August.

Thank you for all your support.

Best wishes Scott Ratheram ■ 2 As I write, we are in the midst of a busy and crucial period of the school year. The students are, as ever, rising to the challenge and still find time to take part in and enjoy a plethora of exciting opportunities. 3 YEAR 11 I f you live with a Year 11 student you will be more than aware that momentum is increasing for them. Over the past few months, we have organised a series of opportunities for our students and parents to prepare for the summer exams.

We were delighted at the number of parents who attended a ‘study skills’ presentation after our students had spent the day learning new study techniques and stress and time management strategies. Our Year 11s are really taking their studying seriously with a high number volunteering to stay behind after school for extra support from staff, or using our resources to work independently. We want our Year 11s to keep accessing all the opportunities offered to them in the run up to the exams, including Period 6, the Night Club, ELS and May half term sessions. I want to say well done to all those students who are working so hard.

Good luck in your exams, you deserve success!

Mr Rogers Assistant Headteacher ■ We are very proud of our Year 7 students. They have made a very successful transition to secondary school and there has been so much to celebrate. We are very grateful to all those parents who were able to join us for our Year 7 Celebration Assemblies on 16 September and on 9 December 2016. Both events were very well attended and we were delighted to be able to showcase some amazing talent from across the curriculum, artistic, musical, literary, linguistic, scientific and mathematical. We know that this year group will continue to shine. Ms Jordan Deputy Headteacher ■ YEAR 7 Cottingham High School

4 5 HEADLINE NEWS Cottingham High School Cottingham High School Experiences from Alumni HEADLINE NEWS O nce again the Headline magazine is packed with articles celebrating the best of Cottingham High School. The School and its pupils are very much at the centre of Cottingham bringing much to the village, and I am becoming less surprised the longer I live here how many children’s parents also attended the school – in fact one of the Governors is an “old boy”. Due to the hard work of many the School continues to achieve strong results, the A level grades being the best ever in 2016, without in any way losing excellence in drama, sport and music.

The vision of the school remains at the forefront of Governors’ minds: “A school that provides all students with exciting opportunities that build confidence, develop skills and promote academic excellence” (emphasis mine).

The proposed development of a Multi-Academy Trust with Hessle and Wolfreton, based on the longstanding sixth form Consortium is being carefully progressed with full involvement from Governors at Cottingham. One of the reasons we believe this is a good partnership is that the Schools share many core values, wanting the best for the communities they serve. We will keep parents/carers up to date as things progress. It is a real privilege to be part of the Governing body, with each person bringing a different set of skills and viewpoint, but all sharing the common goal of wanting to see Cottingham High School continue to flourish.

If others would be interested in joining the Governors, please do contact me via email: and we can discuss things further. Best wishes Professor John Greenman Chair of Governors ■ Music Concert O n Thursday 15 December, the annual School Music Concert took place showcasing the musical talents of students from Year 7 to 13. It was a seasonal evening full of all the music you would expect at Christmas time with music and song from our Swing Band, Concert Band and Choir. Further enriching the programme was music provided by students who enjoy weekly music lessons with peripatetic teachers.

Mr Hilton Area Improvement Leader Arts and Technology ■ J emma Purfield, an ex Cottingham High School student, recently wrote about her time studying in America: My time in Alabama so far has been fantastic - as a team we have won the league and cup in both seasons I have been here and on a personal note I was Freshman of the Year in my first year and was made captain (the first English girl to have this honour in University of South Alabama history.) We have just finished our second season and have received several awards this year including Overall League Player and Defensive Player in the Sunbelt conference.

I have also been honoured as an ‘All -American’ this season - being in the top forty players in the country in the USA Division 1 system. I am hoping to attend the award ceremony that takes place in January in Los Angeles. I may be looking to transfer to Arizona State in the summer to a much bigger college that still plays Division 1 football but is a higher standard league. Academic life is very different over in the USA compared with the UK , but I enjoy the variety of classes and am achieving great results. At times I hear about the high standards that are being achieved at Cottingham High and always look back at my time there with fond memories.

Jemma Purfield ex Cottingham High School student ■ W e’re lucky. Very lucky. We turn on the tap, and water comes pouring out. But for 52% of the population of rural Tanzania, it isn’t quite that easy. I’m Lawrence Reynolds, a first year Chemical Engineering student at University of Nottingham and ex Cottingham High student. This summer, from 23 June to 1 September 2017, I have been selected to travel to Tanzania with Raleigh International and ICS (International Citizen Service) to take part in ten weeks of volunteering on a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project.

ICS is a partially government funded initiative that works with young people aged 18-25 to create positive, sustainable and lasting change in the communities that it operates.

Since 2011, over 10,00 young people have been able to take part. Tanzania, despite being politically stable, has a population in which 30% of people live on less than £7 a month, 67.9% live below the income poverty line and 30% of those are in extreme poverty. I will be living with an indigenous family in a rural village whilst working to increase the awareness of the benefits of good hygiene practice and change the attitudes within the communities. We will be working with the community to understand their needs and complete a community development project. This may be building an eco-toilet at a school, gravity fed water systems or community demonstration of latrines.

Before leaving, we hope that we will have improved access to safe water and will have aided the improvement of the overall health within the village. It is hoped that by working with members of the community the effects of our work will still be noticed after we leave.

As part of the ICS challenge I am required to raise awareness of the programme and the work of Raleigh International whilst having a fundraising target of £800. If you would like to find out anything more about my project, Raleigh International or to even help my journey by donating visit You can even donate as little as £2 by texting LARY70 £2 to 70070. Any support is gratefully appreciated. Lawrence Reynolds ex Cottingham High School student ■ School Uniform If anyone has any school uniform that is no longer required, and which is in good condition, please drop it off at the school as it can be put to good use.

Many thanks.

6 HEADLINE NEWS Cottingham High School Cottingham High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club HEADLINE NEWS T his club meets on a Thursday after school and completes a range of projects covering all aspects of STEM. The current project is mechanical systems and we will be covering sustainable energy, rocket power and programming throughout the spring and summer term. These are just some of the STEM activities that have taken place, or are due to take place this year: 15 December - Faraday Challenge run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

36 Year 8 students took part in this day which saw them become real-life engineers for the day researching, designing and building solutions to real engineering problems.

Six teams had to race against the clock to solve real-life engineering problems based on those actually faced on a daily basis by the Land Rover BAR team during training, as part of the IET’s partnership with the 1851 Trust and STEM Crew. The event aims to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills. Many students commented that they really enjoyed coding and were considering engineering in the future.

All of the students who took part rose to the challenge and worked fantastically. The winning team included Charlotte Rogers, Katy May, Molly Sleight, Ben Warner, Thomas Pearson and Jamie Mears-Chilver. They were awarded a prize and a trophy for the school. Humber Teen Tech event on 6 July sponsored by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers at the KC Stadium BAE Systems STEM Road Show with all of Year 7 and 8 with an interactive demonstration of drone technology, fundamentals of programming and the BAE systems A.I. robot on 27 February BAE systems aeroplane cockpit design competition launching on 15 February F1 in Schools Competition (April 2017) Hydrogen Car Challenge (summer term 2017) The Big Bang Fair 2017 on 16 March Drax Re-invent Challenge on 28 April These activities offer some fantastic opportunities for our students.

If any student requires more information please contact Mr Baker. Mr Baker Head of Technology ■ BFI Residential Participant J essica Brigham, a Year 13 BTC Media Production student was selected for a British Film Industry Documentary Residential. Out of hundreds of applications from all over the country, only forty students were selected to participate, of which she was one. She is the second Cottingham Media student to be selected for this residential scheme. The first student was Emily Richardson in 2013. Jessica spent the week at a venue in Essex making a documentary entitled ‘Culture’, which covered the subject of people moving to this country and adapting to a new culture.

The course included practical film-making and training, Q&As and masterclasses with high level industry professionals, trips and a screening of the film to friends and relatives. The film is now available to view on Vimeo, an online video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos. Mrs Lister Media Teacher ■ BTEC Media Production Y12 T he Year 12 Media Production students welcomed a very special visitor, fresh from the set of Star Wars! As part of the BTEC Creative Media Production course alumni student Aleysha Minns visited the Year 12 group to support their coursework and talk about her experiences in the film and TV industry.

She discussed her life at university, shared experiences and work expectations as well as offering advice about getting into the industry and career development. She also spoke about her work in various production roles on film sets including I.D. Shadwell Army and Star Wars Episode VIII. She was even able to share personal experiences of the cast: “Carrie Fisher was lovely, she was always singing.” “Mark Hamill is so nice, he likes talking to the crew and was very friendly” Students were very appreciative of this visit: “Meeting Aleysha really helped me. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do anymore; I was a bit off track.

After listening to all the job roles and her experiences I realised this is the direction I want to go.” Mrs Lister Media Teacher ■ 7 Student Library Assistants P ictured are some of this year’s intake of Student Library Assistants. SLAs perform a vital service in the Library at breaks and lunchtimes. They are trained in the use of the Library computer system so that they can check out and return books. They also help run the busy Rewards Shop where students can spend their well-earned Achievement Stamps. SLAs serve an apprenticeship period after which they are presented with their Librarian badge and a book of their choice.

Mrs Garbutt Librarian ■

9 HEADLINE EVENTS Cottingham High School Cottingham High School High Starters Events HEADLINE EVENTS 8 Macbeth Drama Workshop Thursday 13 October 2016 - Year 9 On Alternative Curriculum Day Year 9 students were involved in an interactive performance of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies ‘Macbeth’. The performance highlights the main characters, their relationships and the influences surrounding Macbeth’s journey. In the afternoon our High Starters worked with Miss Wright to bring to life a scene of play.

RSC Live Schools’ Broadcast – Hamlet - Thursday 10 November 2016 and King Lear - Thursday 9 February 2017 Year 7 and 9 High Starters were involved in the Royal Shakespeare Live Schools’ Broadcast.

The RSC live streamed two of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear’. They joined hundreds of other schools around the country as they logged on to watch a live performance and had the opportunity to tweet the actors their questions. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to see Shakespeare work come to life and engage with his language, themes and ideas.

Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses Fleur Young and Will Harrison were nominated by the Maths department as two of our brightest and most enthusiastic Year 9 students to take part in Maths workshops on Saturday mornings at Hull University. They have tackled masterclasses such as Maths’ Greatest Unsolved Puzzles and Prime Numbers, Secret Codes and How to Rob a Bank! Fleur Young commented that ‘It’s very interactive and really helped you to consider Maths in more depth’. Year 11 Intervention Lesson 6.5 Our Year 11 students aiming for a Grade 9 in Maths have been attending lesson 6.5 with Mrs Carlisle.

Students are tackling problem solving style questions that require higher level thinking skills to prepare them for their upcoming exams.

Cott Scholars Our high achieving Year 12 and 13 students have attended a range of events to help them plan their future pathways. They have attended talks from Mansfield College Oxford, Hull York Medical School and attended a HE+ launch run by Cambridge University designed to support students who have the potential to apply to top UK universities such as Oxford, Cambridge or the Russell Group. Mathematics Enrichment Event (Further Mathematics Support Programme) - Wednesday 9 November 2016 Ten of our best Year 8 mathematicians (Jessica Greensalde, Joe Pastalev, Thomas Pearson, Adam Rimmington, Ben Warner, Tom Fardell, Kelham Hillier, Amy Kitching, Jemima Robinson and Max Howlett) attended a Mathematics Enrichment event run by the Further Mathematics Support Programme at Hull University.

The event gave students a great opportunity to experience Maths in a way they had not seen before and encouraged them to develop their problem solving skills. 500 words - Monday 6 February 2017 – Year 7 Year 7 High Starters took part in the Radio Two 500 word challenge. Started seven years ago by Chris Evans to get children excited about reading and writing, 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story; that’s over 277 MILLION words!

Students took part in a live lesson hosted by Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood and BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, and the lesson featured acclaimed authors Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce. It also starred some very special guests including Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Revolting Rhymes) and Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, who make games such as LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. The live lesson allowed students to explore setting, character and plot. Students had to then plan and write their own original story on any subject or theme in 500 words or fewer and submit it online.

There were some fantastic ideas especially Eliza Holdsworth’s fantastic story entitled ‘The Other World’. Good luck to all the students who entered!

Upcoming Events Friday 7 March 2017 – Year 10 – Cambridge University Talk A representative from Cambridge University will be delivering a presentation to twenty five Year 10 students about what it is like to apply to and study at Cambridge University. The enrichment event is designed to raise aspirations and encourage students to consider their future career pathways. Thursday 30 March 2017 –Year 8 - RSC Live Schools Broadcast The Tempest Year 8 students have studied The Tempest this term and our High Starters will be joining schools around the country to watch the RSC perform The Tempest.

Friday 7 April - Oxford Outreach Oxford University will be delivering a presentation to some of our Year 9 and Year 11 students about what it is like to study at a Russell Group University.

Poetry By Heart Cole Green, Eve Hibbert, Joshua Fry, Rebecca Noyes and Charlotte Duffus will be taking part in Poetry By Heart. It is an inspiring competition for students in England to learn and to recite poems by heart. Junior Maths Challenge Some of High Starters in Year 8 and Year 7 will be taking part in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenge. It involves intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in Maths. Students will sit the exam paper in school, and throughout the country those in the top 40% receive certificates, and if they score highly may be invited to participate in the next round.

Miss Ireland English Teacher ■

10 HEADLINE NEWS Cottingham High School Grease D uring 14-17 February, Cottingham High School students performed to packed audiences showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talents in the stage musical Grease. In doing so, the students from Years 7 to 13 clearly defined the cult characters live on stage, from the too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” stealing hub-caps and acting tough to their gum-snapping hot-to-trot “Pink Ladies” in their bobby sox and pedal pushers. This 1950s high school musical was electrifying as the actors perfectly paid homage to the idealism of the fifties and satire of a high schoolers’ age-old desire to be cool, provocative and rebellious.

The whole gang sang and danced through such hit songs as “Greased Lightnin’”, “We Go Together”, and “Mooning”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, all of which became the soundtrack for the generation.

Mr Hilton Area Improvement Leader Arts and Technology ■ 11

13 HEADLINE THE ARTS Cottingham High School Cottingham High School HEADLINE THE ARTS APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAYS EVENT Widening Participation Performance for Year 8 O n Monday 30 January, Performance in Education Theatre Company came into school to perform ‘Steps to Success’, a widening participation production. Raising achievement and developing aspirations are crucial to enabling students to make the most of their opportunities in education. Through a lively combination of drama, comedy, music and dance the play ‘Steps to Success’ explores the variety of options available to students after GCSEs.

The aim is to demystify the array of courses and qualifications and signpost directions for help, support and guidance. Whether a student’s future lies in vocational learning, higher education or in seeking a job with training the play offers the opportunity to explore solutions and make informed choices.

The main objectives of the play are to: • Re-enforce the importance of lifelong learning within education and training for students’ lives now and in the future • Explore and dispel myths and preconceptions about Further Education and Higher Education • Create awareness of all the post-16 options available and the routes into higher education • Promote university as being available to all, regardless of background, gender and financial circumstances • Motivate all students to fulfil their potential Mrs Dimmack IAG Co-ordinator ■ IAG O n 1 February, 30 students from Years 11 and 13 attended the annual Apprenticeship Pathways event held at Bishop Burton College.

The event is aimed at those students who have expressed an interest in apprenticeships, and is an opportunity for those who are undecided about their post-16 or post-18 pathway to find out more about what is available to them, where to look for vacancies and how to apply for them. The event also provides an opportunity for students to discuss apprenticeships available with the range of training providers and their partner employers.

The event is a collaboration between the East Riding Education and Skills Partnership members including the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Humber LEP, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP, Bishop Burton College, local careers advisors and secondary schools in the East Riding. A broad selection of apprenticeship providers and employers attend the event covering a wide range of careers. Mrs Dimmack IAG Co-ordinator ■ 12 World Book Day Thursday 2 March M any of our students took advantage of a fantastic freebie on this worldwide celebration of reading. Every student received a £1 voucher which they were able to exchange for one of the World Book Day books at a special event in the Library.

The staff of Hessle Bookshop brought a fine selection of the £1 books into school, and students helped distribute the books at a busy lunchtime session. Students who didn’t want one of the books could take their voucher to a bookshop and put it towards a book costing more than £2.99. Mrs Garbutt Librarian ■ Cottingham High Christmas Fair By Melissa Brownrigg & Jade Fuller O n Wednesday 14 December 2016, Cottingham High School Year 13 Business class hosted a Christmas themed craft fair, to raise money for RSPCA, Sue Ryder and Dove House Hospice charities. The fair included various activities for Years 7 and 8 to participate in, such as decorating Christmas decorations, fair games and different stalls from where the children could buy a range of handmade gifts.

The event took place over two hours in the afternoon, during which teachers brought their classes to spend an hour going around the stalls and taking part in what was on offer to them. The event was part of the Business students Year 13 coursework in which they had to plan and host a charity event of their choice to display teamwork and organisational skills. The stalls were set up by us in the morning in the school’s main hall. The fair could not have been a success without the work of the students as well as the generous support of others. Lazaats Hotel and Restaurant, Orange Blossom, Willerby Manor Hotel and Mr Smith’s Deli all kindly donated prizes to be included in the teachers’ raffle.

We would also like to thank Mrs Drew, Miss Harrop and Ms Welsh’s mum who each contributed some of their handmade crafts and gifts to be sold at the fair. On the day of the event the school’s Nurture Group gave a helping hand in selling gifts and running the stalls, giving them the opportunity to experience a different environment whilst learning different skills. After weeks of preparation and hard work the fair was a great success and we raised a grand total of £526 for our chosen charities.

Thank you!

14 HEADLINE NEWS Cottingham High School SkiTrip On Friday 17 February a party of 64 pupils and nine staff left the school, and headed for the annual Ski Trip, this time to Muhlbach in Austria.

For the entire week we were blessed with glorious weather and a little bit of snow, giving some interesting and challenging conditions to both the beginner and advanced skier. 15 O n the first day, the beginners mastered the ‘snow pizza’ on the nursery slope and slowly made their way to bigger and more challenging slopes.

The advanced skiers were up, up and away to the more challenging ‘red’ slopes. They were taught the Alpine position throughout the week and mastered the techniques used by downhill skiers. At the start of the week there were many falls, but by the end of the week all advanced skiers made it down black (the most challenging) slopes without falling. One aspect of the trip I enjoy the most is watching the progress made by our students. On day one, I had the privilege of skiing with a complete beginner group and again on the fifth day; and I was amazed by the progress these students had made. Hurtling down the slopes, it was a far cry from their ‘snow pizza’ on day one.

After a morning of skiing, students were treated to a hot lunch on the mountain.

Students had the opportunity to taste local delicacies and try the infamous ‘Ski Water’ (a blackcurrant drink that is marketed as the water taken from skis!). Throughout the trip, all the students were commended for their excellent behaviour. The rep, hotel owner and ski instructors were astounded by the respect and enthusiasm shown throughout the week. Our students were a real credit to our school. We are now looking forward to the 2018 ski trip to Austria. Mr White Ski Trip Leader ■

HEADLINE SIXTH FORM Getting to Know Bailey Hairsine from the sixth form magazine Creators of the magazine: Oliver Bradley and Charlie Blanshard.

C ottingham High has been confirmed as Top Performing Sixth Form in Hull and East Riding. Department for Education League tables showing the performance of English secondary schools in A-level and equivalent qualifications at more than 3,000 schools published on 19 January 2017, confirm the exceptional results achieved by Cottingham High students in 2016. Mrs Westcott Head of 6th Form ■ R ecently I sat down with Bailey to talk to him about his love for swimming. In this interview we discussed his aims for representing Team GB. Hopefully one day we will see him on the grandest stage of them all.

Q. How long have you been swimming and what was your original motivation for getting involved? I’ve been swimming for the majority of my life but competitively I’ve only been swimming for ten years. My family wanted me to be safe around water when I was young so that was the original reason I started lessons. I started swimming for Hull after I found myself really enjoying swimming and wanting to do it more. Q. What are your aims in this sport? Can we hope to see you representing Team GB in Tokyo 2020?

My aims are high but hopefully achievable as I wish to represent GB not only at Tokyo but at many other international competitions after that.

I also aim to not only qualify for the Olympics but to make other finals and possibly get a medal. Q. So far, what is your proudest moment in swimming? My proudest moment in swimming would be when I won a medal in the 1500m freestyle at the National Championships this year, while also getting into two other finals, placing 5th and 7th. I would also say representing Yorkshire on training camps in Mallorca is another proud moment of mine.

Q. What is the biggest challenge so far and how have you overcome it? Thankfully I haven’t faced any major challenges so the biggest challenge I have faced would be the quality of the other people around the country. To overcome this I just try to work harder than them. Q. How many times a week do you train? Sports wise, could you describe a typical week? I currently train nine times a week plus three gym sessions every week as well. I train at all different times ranging from 4.00am to late at night. Q. What has been the best bit of advice you have received?

The best bit of advice that I have received is ‘nothing behind you matters’.

Interviewed by Charlie Blanshard O n Tuesday 14 November 2017 our Cluster Primary Schools, affiliated with the Schools’ Sports Partnership participated in the annual orienteering competition hosted by Cottingham High School. Five of our cluster primary schools, Little Weighton, Dunswell, Hallgate, Westfield and Croxby attended. The conditions were very good for this time of the year, being a sunny day with the terrain slightly soft underfoot. Seventy pupils participated and Neil Harvatt, the Chairman of the Humberside and Lincolnshire orienteers who organised the event, commented that it was a very impressive turn out this year.

This year’s winners are Westfield Years 3 and 4, Westfield Year 5 and Croxby Year 6. The Year 5 and 6 winners have qualified for the East Riding Schools Final on Tuesday 16 May at Cottingham High School. We congratulate and wish them future success. I would also like to thank and acknowledge our School Sports Leaders Harry Mountain, Ellie Trowsdale, Cheryl Coe, Nathan Shaw, Jenna Ellis and Sharla Cone. All were fantastic volunteers on the day using the most up to date technology in recording and presenting results.

Mr A Kernaghan School Sports Co-ordinator & PE Teacher ■ Indoor Athletics O n the 25 and 26 February two of our talented athletes in Year11 Venus Morgan and Libby Wheeler competed in the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield. Venus competed in the 60 metres and 60 metres hurdles while Libby competed in the triple jump. Venus came 2nd in the semi- final to qualify for the final. Libby came 3rd in her triple achieving a bronze medal in a distance of 11.41metres. Well done and good luck for all your future events which includes Venus participating in an indoor Pentathlon on Saturday 11 March Mr Naylor Head of PE Department ■ Cottingham High School Primary Competition Years 3/4, 5 and 6 Orienteering Competition 2017 Cottingham High School HEADLINE SPORT 16 17

18 19 HEADLINE SPORT Cottingham High School Cottingham High School HEADLINE SPORT Rugby T hree of our Year 10 Rugby players have achieved representative honours. Jordan Train, Jack Bailey and Jack Cone all represented East Yorkshire in Yorkshire Carnegie English Rugby Player Development group festival. Well done boys. Jack Cone has gone on to further represent Yorkshire under 15s playing against Cheshire and in the Battle of the Roses against Lancashire, in which Yorkshire were victorious in both games. Jack has also been selected into Yorkshire Carnegie Academy through the Junior Development Squad where he has to attend training in Leeds every Friday evening.

Mr Naylor Head of PE Department ■ We have now completed three inter-house events since the start of the academic year: bench ball for girls and football for boys in October; dodge ball for all in December and indoor athletics and tug of war in February. In addition to this, Year 8 and 9 students have taken part in inter-house quizzes which have also contributed to overall House scores. T here was a fantastic turnout for the East Riding SSP (West) Secondary Sportshall Athletics Competition held at Cottingham High School in February. Schools brought their top athletes to compete in a range of indoor track and field events.

With over twenty teams of boys and girls from across Years 7 and 8 it really was a sight to behold seeing everyone participating, with some superb individual performances throughout the event. A huge thank you to Cottingham High School who not only provided the facilities and equipment but also drafted in a team of Young Leaders who collected all the results for each event - without them the competition could not have taken place.

The event came to a close with some dynamic relay races and then it was time for the results to be collated. They are as follows:- Year 7 Girls 1st South Hunsley School - 148 2nd Cottingham High School – 122 3rd Howden School – 120 4th The Snaith School – 108 5th Hessle High School – 95 Year 7 Boys 1st Cottingham High School – 145 2nd The Snaith School – 130 3rd South Hunsley School – 128 4th Hessle High School – 100 5th Howden School – 92 Year 8 Girls 1st South Hunsley School - 174 2nd Cottingham High School – 156 3rd The Snaith School – 147 4th Wolfreton School– 139 5th Hessle High School - 115 6th Howden School – 114 Year 8 Boys 1st Cottingham High School – 161 2nd Wolfreton School – 154 3rd Howden School – 151 4th The Snaith School – 146 5th South Hunsley School – 142 6th Hessle High School – 95 As you can see there were only a few points between some positions so it really shows how closely fought the competition was.

Huge congratulations to everyone on their performance and in particular the winning teams who will now go on and represent the partnership in the area final on Wednesday 22 March in Scunthorpe. Good luck to everyone! Mrs D’Arcy School Sports Partnership Development Manager ■ Sportshall Athletics Competition C All competitions have been fiercely fought and the results have been close but the results as they stand after three inter-house competitions are: Well done to all involved! The next activity is basketball the week before the Easter holidays. Mrs Jenkins Head of Girls PE ■ UPDATE ON HOUSE COMPETITIONS: 1 2 3 Trott House 92 points 1 2 3 4 Brownlee House 75 points 1 2 3 4 Farah House 67 points 1 2 3 4 Ennis-Hill House 66 points Brownlee: Rachel Harrison and Joshua Naylor Ennis-Hill: Will Blake and Jasmine Lowe Farah: Edie Spencer and Matty Hewitt Trott: Jamie Hall and Izzie Russell In December we selected our Year 7 Sports House Captains as follows:

KEY DATES HEADLINE NEWS Cottingham High School Cottingham High School, Harland Way, Cottingham, HU16 5PX Tel: 01482 847 498 • Fax: 01482 841 053 • Email: We always try to respond constructively to suggestions from our parents; working in partnership with them is very important to us because we know that this is the very best way of supporting the young people in our care. Here are some of the ways we have responded to parental requests: Ms Jordan Deputy Headteacher ■ You said… we did Can the school improve communication with home? The Student Planner is used for immediately notifying parents and carers about rewards and sanctions.

Our website is regularly updated and the SDP and milestones are updated each term.

Y7 are struggling with the demands of homework at secondary school- can we have facilities to help them? We have introduced a Y7 lunchtime Homework Club in the Peer Mentor Room in addition to our KS3 lunchtime Homework Club. Easter Holidays 10 April – 21 April 2017 Training Day 24 April 2017 Induction Year 6 Induction Evening – 21 June 2017 Induction Day – 22 June 2017 Summer Holidays School closes 21 July 2017 Students return to school on 5 September 2017 Half-term 29 May – 2 June 2017 Key Dates External exams 15 May – 29 June 2017 Year 11 Prom 7 July 2017 Year 13 Prom 30 June 2017 Sports Day 4 July 2017 Reserve Sports Day 5 July 2017 School Uniform Purchasing Events 18 May & 6 July Summer Concert 12 July Can we focus more on those students whose attitudes to learning are positive rather than focusing on those whose attitudes to learning are negative?

Positive Discipline system introduced September 2016 to focus on rewards. Can the school improve its contact with home about successes? Website/texts/emails/tweets now keep our community regularly updated with events and successes. Can we book our Parents’ Evening appointments online? On-line booking system introduced 2015-16 Can we have clearer instructions about homework tasks so that we can better support our children at home? We provided an Introduction to Doddle event for Y7 parents. Can you improve the fabric of the school buildings to make the environment more conducive to effective learning? We have initiated a programme of improvements and refurbishments.

Can the school offer further support for students outside of lessons?

We offer Period 6 lessons and February half term, Easter and May half term workshop and revision programmes. Can we have greater clarity of information on reports to parents? We have added further information on the reports to more clearly explain the judgements made about progress and attitudes to learning.

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