PRS Remembers - Princes Risborough School

PRS Remembers - Princes Risborough School

PRS Remembers - Princes Risborough School

1 PRINCES RISBOROUGH SCHOOL Newsletter Newsletter Volume 11 Number 4—17th December 2015 PRS Remembers... Dear Parents and Carers, liberté égalité fraternité...Solidarity Je Suis Paris. Our Newsletter perfectly mirrors and mimics the daily, weekly and monthly ebb and flow of school activities, progress and rhythm; the vast majority of which are fun, carefree and positive in nature; but sometimes it is also important to pause and reflect on events that reverberate across the globe. Friday 13th November 2015 was one such event; its enormity and devastation affected many at PRS. Not just because we have colleagues and friends at the school who are French or indeed its proximity to the UK, but because it galvanised a powerful and positive ‘reaction’ from our students.

It is therefore, not surprising that our senior students and Interact members (as mentioned by the Headmaster in a recent letter home) led the way in responding to these tragic and utterly pointless events. Ordinarily, thoughts would lead to a fundraising activity, but it was considered that something ‘deeper’ and seminal would be appropriate. Led by our Head Student (Alesia Montinaro) and guided by Barry Tomkins, Mark Instone and her fellow Interactors, a Book of Condolence was created and recently for- warded to the French embassy in London. November also saw PRS pause and reflect in a different, but no less important way: Remembrance Day.

Both events have shown and continue to show our students doing ‘things right’ and proving that they are fulfilling one of our key tenets and aims: being ‘Responsible Citizens’.

Remembrance Day The PRS Book of Condolence - created by the PRS community, for the people of France. Seen here are Katy Simms, Alesia Montinaro (Head Student) and Erina Kabang more inside... Chairs ‘build bridges’ for PRS students Page 26 ‘Kop Hill climb returns for its 7th year’ Page 4-5 ‘Risboro’ Rugby team shows heart’ Page 19 ‘Student wins Peace Award’ Page 22 Inside this Edition…. Inside this Edition…. ...and much more… ‘Catch them being good!’ is the title of a Bucks Free Press article I was asked to write a couple of weeks ago. This Newsletter is overflowing with examples of our youngsters being absolutely wonderful.

I hope you are all as proud as we are of all the students who appear in this edition. Please don’t forget to drop individual members of staff the occasional ‘Thank you’ for creating the opportunities for these lovely events to have occurred as well as for teaching with such enthusiasm and dedication each and every day. I do wish you and yours an enjoyable and restful Christmas. Ho Ho Ho! Pete Rowe, Executive Headteacher

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2 On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, the school became shrouded in silence. PRS paid its respects in a very calm, serene and respectful way; a simple parade, followed by a few words from Mr Rowe and the British Legion Chairman for the Risborough area. Indeed, few words need to be spoken in such circumstances, as the silence is more than adequate to set the scene. School cadets from all 3 services were represented and paraded in the school playground. They were also joined by student representatives of the St John’s Ambulance and the Scouts Asso- ciation. Leading up to the day, staff and students managed to raise and collect £89.57 for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies in the week preceding Remembrance Day.

A little background: Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. A two minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. A message from our French Department ‘In view of the tragic events that took place in Paris on November 13th, the French Department are very proud of the initiative taken by the Sixth Form Interact group to demonstrate their solidarity to the victims of the terrorist attacks. Not only did Alessia and her team organise a Book of Condolences that all members of staff and students alike were encouraged to sign before it was sent to the French Embassy in London but one of them, Rachel Murdoch also chose to use her singing talents to rally a number of adults and students to record a PRS version of Les Misérables.

All of us at PRS and especially the French Department wanted to publicly express our gratitude to those involved in the two initiatives which reflect the true community spirit of PRS. Lastly, we have sadly had to cancel our Paris trip this December but Paris, we will be back!! Mme Robson on behalf of the French Department. Do you hear the people sing…?

By Rachel Gardner - Sixth Form The tragedies in Paris affected the whole world deeply. Person- ally, in times of struggle, pain and worry, I find music the best comfort. Since a very young age I have been involved in the world of musical theatre. One of the most world renowned musi- cals of all time and one of my personal favourites is Les Misera- bles. I was listening to the sound track when I realised how rele- vant the song ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ is in relation to such a recent tragedy. I thought about Band Aid and how they galvanised people in such an uplifting way. Was it too ambitious to think we could pull that off in school and produce a music video? Probably.

Was I going to try anyway? Of course. With the support of the incredible Music Department, Mr Instone, Mr Rowe and many more I was able to make my idea, actual reality and I asked for the support of teachers, students and 6th formers. The response to my little idea was overwhelming and I am still shocked at how well everything has come together. I am so grateful to everyone who gave up their lunch time to come and rehearse, to everyone who supported me through the very stressful moments, and finally, to everyone who has helped behind the scenes.

The video is a different way of showing solidarity and considera- tion for Paris. I am so glad that I was able to come up with something quite different and exciting to show support and love. Thank you so much to everyone who persuaded me to bring this idea to life – and I hope that you choose to hear us sing!" In all, I had the whole of Chequers and 20 other students and staff participate — the video will be uploaded and available on You Tube shortly. PRS Remembers... Rachel Murdoch with other members of her team Remembrance Day Laying a wreath at the Market Square War Memorial Parade in the playground

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3 Artist of the Week The artist of the Week has been running for a few months now. Mr Carberry and Miss Barton review the art work produced from the previous week. This can be sketches from sketchbooks or finished pieces and the student chosen is judged to have demonstrated that they have put in a high level of effort and produced a competent piece of art. The lucky winner has their art work framed and displayed in the new sixth form/library and a copy is also placed on the school website and twitter feed for all to see what great talent the Art Department produces at PRS.

Ed Raybould—Year 13 Molly Hitchcock Alessio Zucchi Year 10 Nicola Ford - Year 8 Jamie Lee Van Der Heide Alexandra Foster Year 13 Georgie Davis—Year 10

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4 PRS at the Kop Hill Climb By Mr Moss The 19th and 20th of September saw what has become a massively successful event for the local community. Hundreds of classic and vintage cars assembled on our sports field for the 7th revival of Kop Hill Climb. Over the two days of the event, over 16 000 visitors attended, including members of the school photography club, who were on hand to record the event. Rachel Murdoch (Yr13), Joanne Walker (Yr10), Amy Price (Yr10), Sophie Hughe (Yr10), Charlotte Woods (Yr10) and Calum Collins (Yr10) gave up their weekend to see what it was like covering a large sporting event.

Many miles were walked, ice creams and pizza were eaten, sun-tans were gained and over three thousand brilliant photographs were taken. The pupils were given access to the Rotary Club stand overlooking the hill so they could take photographs that the public could not get, and Rachel was even allowed on the start-line to photograph the cars as they began their runs. The highlight of the weekend was the enormously generous offer of a ride up the hill for Calum in an Audi Quattro. After the event the students collectively entered 8 photos in the Risborough Youth Photo competition with great success, out of three prize winners and four highly commended, our kids were named five times in total: The results: Second place - Rachel Murdoch, Third place - Calum Collins; Highly Commended: Calum Collins, Sophie Hughes and Amy Price.

Next year the pupils hope to be further involved in photographing the Climb. A car waits to set off from the start line Rachel’s second place picture in the Risborough Youth Photo Competition entitled ‘Timeless’ Crowds at Kop Hill Rachel Murdoch with her second place certificate

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5 My weekend at the Kop Hill Climb By Calum Collins — IN1 This year, Mr Moss’ photography group were lucky to be invited to take photos of the cars and motorbikes taking part in the annual Kop Hill Climb. Revived in 2009, this event raises money for local charities and gives car enthusiasts the chance to see some truly special cars.

A static paddock display showcased pre-war vehicles and early classics, along with stands from all of the major sports and performance car manufacturers. Highlights this year included a Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Murciélago and a Mercedes-AMG GT.

It was great to be able to get up close to these cars and the rows of classics on display to take shots of both the design detailing and engineering elements. A Ford Mustang GT500, a favourite of mine, combined both of these and the chrome trim and iconic logos were great for photos. Over the weekend we took thousands of pictures, many of which were available online for owners and visitors to buy. The money which we raised added to this year’s event total of £75,000. Taking photos of these fantastic cars was a great way to spend a weekend, but it got even better when I had the chance to join the race in a 1989 Audi Quattro.

The number of hill slots is limited and only 7 later classics can take part, so there was a lot of interest and support for this car from the crowd. The speed and power from this 2.2 litre rally car was impressive and we definitely beat the fire engine which followed us up.

Amnesty International Youth Awards By Mr Moss PRS students have been entering the photography section of the Amnesty International Youth Awards for two years now. In 2014, Rachel Murdoch had a stunning result, coming second overall out of nine thousand entries. A number of our talented pupils entered again this year. Although no major prizes were won, both Joanne Walker and Sophie Hughes were short-listed to the final ten in their age group (out of over three thousand entries in the KS3 age category). PRS is not only the most successful school in the competition in recent years, but with other competition successes, our photographers have become one of the most successful school clubs in the country.

Thank you for organising this brilliant weekend Mr Moss. Calum in the drivers seat of the Audi Quattro Racing up the hill in a vintage car Joanne Walker’s short-listed 2015 entry

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6 Executive Headmaster Executive Headmaster - - Message Message Pete Rowe Statement of Intent Instil pride in the school through: 1) A relentless pursuit of the highest quality classroom practice 2) Consistency in the management of student engagement and behaviour 3) Rigorous systemic accountability at every level On our journey to achieving ‘Excellence’, it is vital that you assist the school with:  Attendance at school.

Please aim for your child to be in school for 98% of the time. The national ‘average’ is 95% - we have higher expectations at PRS!

 Uniform and appearance. The school uniform requirements are VERY clearly set out on the website. Please make sure that in September your child has exactly the right set of clothes to wear. Could you also make sure that any ‘extreme’ hairstyles and colours that might have been indulged in over the summer have grown out and that any piercings are ‘healed’ – I do not want to have any discussions about ‘needing to keep it in otherwise the hole will seal’! The item will be confiscated.

Year 9 Business Fair — by Mr Corcoran The Year 9 Business fair was a massive success again this year.

There were 12 groups who have all spent the past 6 weeks running around tirelessly, preparing and organising everything that goes into running a successful business. Each student in their own unique way has played a hugely significant role in making the fair the success it has been. Even though for the development of any business is to make as high a profit as possible this fair is about more than that (even though the stu- dents themselves might not think it). Building up communication skills to sell their products, organisation and planning skills to make sure every- thing from the products to the presentation of their stalls was in order and teamwork skills to get everything in order before the fair kicked off.

These are skills some may only have developed while for others it will have improved the skills they already had. Learning in a way they probably didn’t think was possible - ‘Enjoying and Achieving’.

To the fair itself; the products were in a large supply and in even greater demand. Everything that was bought in was sold out twice as quick. The overall profit made by the 12 groups was over £280 pound and a special mention to the Appocoliptic team consisting of Eloise Taylor, Ali Kayani, Logan Findlay, Alex Muspratt and Abbie Bedford-Orchart who made over £50 profit of the overall total in what was a hugely impressive display of selling by each member of the group. I would like to finish by commending each group and each student individually for the hard work, effort and dedication they have put in into making this year’s fair a huge success.

Year 9 — prospective business leaders of the future!

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7 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LESSONS We currently offer musical tuition in the following: Piano/Keyboard Singing Strings (Violin/Cello/Viola) Woodwind (Clarinet/Flute/Bassoon/Oboe) Brass Drum Kit Electric Guitar Classical Guitar Tuition in any other instrument can also be arranged if necessary. Please contact Miss Radford for more information. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (Laptop, Tablet) A few reminders... - This is not compulsory….however, we are encouraging children to use ‘technology’ to enhance their skill-sets, whenever and wherever we can.

So, we would like you to encourage your children to enter into this idea—we live in a technologically advanced, fast paced world and the use of such devices are linked and integral to everything we do. Note: The school may be able to assist if you find the purchase of such a device cost prohibitive . Please speak with your Form Tutor if this si the case.

Students are solely responsible for their equipment. This includes protecting it from damage or losing it, and ensuring that it is fully charged at the beginning of the day. We strongly suggest that if your child is going to bring in a device that it is well protected by a durable cover or case. Not all lessons will permit use of the device. Whilst having access to the internet will offer enhanced learning opportunities, there will be times where it can detract from the learning. Individual teachers will decide whether it is acceptable for a device to be used or not. Permis- sion must be sought before using it in class.

- Improper use may result in the device being confiscated. The device should not have 3G/4G connectivity and should only be con- nected to our network. Any student found using their device inappro- priately should expect it to be confiscated and collected by a parent. It is worth noting that in lessons where IT provision is essential, the teacher will ensure that all students will have access to IT. In this instance, some students may wish to use their own device, which is great. Rest assured that your son or daughter will not be disadvan- taged in their learning by this move.

We are confident that this latest initiative will have a positive impact upon learning within the classroom and whilst at home.

This fast- moving Technology is becoming increasingly common in the work- place, and being a digitally literate learner is an attribute that modern employers find hugely desirable. We are aware that students may already have a variety of different devices, and as a result are not going to be prescriptive in our device requirements. A device could be anything from a 7” tablet to a Mac- Book Air, so long as it has wireless connectivity and a battery life to sustain a school day’s usage. Devices with 3g/4g connectivity (e.g. mobile phones) will not be necessary or allowed in lessons. We oper- ate a strict web filtering service so access to social networking, gaming sites etc.

will be blocked whilst they are in school. The Day Breakers Here at PRS we have a Morning Club, from 8.00am to 8.30am in S11. Students from all the year groups are welcome. We provide a happy relaxed start to the school day. Time to chat to staff and each other, help and advise on school issues. Support with personal organisation, daily papers, games and competitions. Fun projects and craft activities. All in a warm caring environment Illness Please notify the school, with a phone call, or email message on each day your child is absent from school. On your child’s return we must have a letter explaining their absence.

Dental/Medical Appointments Please send in a letter either prior to or on the day of the appointment. All students must sign out with Mrs Crane in Reception. No student will be allowed to leave school without written permission from a parent to do so. Late Arrival If your son/daughter is late to school they must sign in the late book in Reception. If they have attended a dental/medical appointment then a letter must be sent in explaining this. WE ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO KEEP A RECORD OF ALL ABSENCES.

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8 Following on from my adventures in Baku in June, the chance to step out of the Reprographics office and work in Press Operations came calling again.

This time it was to be a little closer to home, in the shape of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, reprising my role as Photo Supervisor. So on the 7th September just after term began, I headed off to Twickenham to get started. There was an initial training session to find my feet, but then it was straight into getting everything organised for the tournament. Just imagine how many tickets, parking passes and photographer bibs were needed for all the media at all thirteen of the venues across England and Wales. This mammoth task fell into my hands and with the help of some of the other photo supervisors, we somehow managed to get everything sorted and in the right place.

I was assigned to work in two different match venues: the Community Stadium in Brighton on the opening weekend, and then onto Sandy Park in Exeter for a further three group games. As cycling to Brighton and Exeter would have been a bit too much. even for me; at the end of the first week I collected a car to get me around. Sadly all the Rugby World Cup branded Land Rovers had already been taken, so I bravely took one for the team and settled for a brand new Jaguar for the month! First stop was Brighton, and there wasn’t much time to transition the venue for the rugby. The stadium was being used for a Brighton and Hove Albion home fixture on the Tuesday night and the opening RWC match was due to take place on the following Saturday afternoon.

I needed to make sure that by then, the photographers working positions, power and Internet connections were all in place. There was also a team of volunteer staff to manage and on match day, I was there to distribute the photographers’ match tickets, help them with questions or problems, and generally keep an eye on them.

Once everything was ready, it would be fair to say that I was not expecting much in the way of excitement from the matches, as group games at the RWC often result in one- sided affairs. Oh, how wrong I was……….. The opening match in Brighton produced what was possibly the biggest shock in world sport, and currently the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Japan stunned us all to beat the former two times World Champions South Africa 34- 32, with Karne Hesketh scoring the winning try in the last minute of the game. All of this provided a massive story for the world’s media to cover and brought focus on our operation.

Only the 16,000+ media tickets for the group matches to sort, I’ll put the kettle on! The uniform was a big improvement this time, I’m still wearing some of it! Working at the Rugby World Cup 2015 by Mr Tingle

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9 Rugby World Cup 2015...continued... The photographers were able to capture some fantastic pictures of the winning try and the subsequent celebrations, which dominated the front and back pages of the Sunday papers the following morning. After the final whistle I found myself escorting the official photographer into the away dressing room, to witness the Japan team in a state of total shock at what had just happened.

I left the stadium later that evening still trying to come to terms with what we had all witnessed on yet another amazing day working for Press Operations that I will never forget. A second match between Samoa and the USA the following day kept us busy, but proved to be something of an anti- climax after Saturday’s events. Brighton as a venue was now done, next stop Exeter.

Strangely Sandy park in Exeter was one of only two club rugby stadiums being used (Gloucester being the other) and it was the tournament’s smallest ground with a capacity of just 12,000. It played host to some of the tournament’s tier 2 nations with Namibia, Tonga, Georgia, Italy and Romania, all having group games here. It was a great little venue and full of atmosphere come game time, due to the locals being big rugby fans and supporters of local side the Exeter Chiefs. It was here that I helped organise the photographers to cover a visit from Prince Harry to one of the games. This was a big highlight, as were the kind comments from the media about the facilities and service we offered.

Sadly this brought my time at the Rugby World Cup to an end, or so I thought.

Just short of 3 weeks later, I received a surprise call up to lend the Press Operations team support at the Bronze Medal match between South Africa and Argentina. This was played at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, and it was really interesting to see how the stadium had changed from the last time I was there over 3 years ago for the Paralympics. Almost as much had been spent on its reconfiguration as was spent on the original Olympic build. The capacity had been reduced and a new roof added, along with some hospitality boxes and the crowd was now much closer to the pitch. At fulltime I helped manage the access of 83 photographers to the medal presentation and then followed the South Africa team on their lap of honour after their 32 - 13 win, making sure that the photographers stayed behind the advertising boards and off the pitch.

I really enjoyed the evening and what finally proved to be the last act of my Rugby World Cup 2015.

Settling down to watch the final on TV at home the following day seemed somewhat strange, a little sad not to have been part of it, but extremely grateful once again to have had the chance to live a Press Operations ‘life less ordinary’ for a while. Photographers shooting the winning Japan team on that crazy afternoon in Brighton Teams walk out to plenty of media attention at the Rugby World Cup Perks of the job, taking in the Bronze Final from the stands at the Olympic Stadium, Stratford

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10 Rotary Club of High Wycombe’s Young Chef’s Competition Food Technology students from Y7 to Y11 cooked to win in the first round of the Rotary Club of High Wycombe’s Young Chef’s Competition 2015/16.

Participants worked hard to show their technical skills in just one hour by creating a two course meal with dishes such as steak with dauphinoise potatoes, stuffed chicken on a bed of green beans, spaghetti with home-made pesto, chocolate mousse, prune chocolate pot and raspberry fool. Taking part in the competition were: Connor Bacchus (Y8), Charlotte Bird (Y9), Zak Knights (Y9), Dakota Pyne (Y10), Amber Reynolds (Y7), Finley Reynolds (Y11), Holly Wright (Y7).

The standard and variety meant that the judges had some difficulty in deciding on a winner to take forward to the next round. But finally they chose two Year 7 students, Amber Reynolds (RW2), who stormed the judges’ palates with her squid accompanied with home-made hummus and courgette salad and Holly Wright (RW6) who won their hearts with her elegant, melt-in-the-mouth Pineapple Up- Side Down Cake and cream. Holly and Amber will be competing against students from other schools in the area early in 2016.

PRS and the Design & Technology Department would like to say: “well done” to all the contestants who worked so hard after a long day at school and a big “thank you” to parents for supplying the ingredients and to the judges from the Rotary Club of High Wycombe for giving us the opportunity to take part in this long running annual competition.

Design & Technology and the Year 6 Open Evening The Year 6 Open Evening was a great success for the Design & Technology Department with many visitors keen to try out the various facilities and pick up a freebie or two on the way including Product Design’s pencils engraved with the school name and crest and making bunting in Textiles. Along with the very popular Hazard Kitchen, free cakes were the order of the day in T23. Over one hundred cakes were made by our four chefs, and two visitors in particular showed that you don’t have to be in KS3 or KS4 to have a good time in Food Tech!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Askeys, a local business based in Aylesbury, for sponsoring the cornets for the ice-cream cupcakes, and the chefs’ parents for providing the ingredients. Charlotte Bird & Madelaine Caine Mr Rowe enjoys a cone! Winners Amber Reynolds & Holly Wright

11 During September and October a group of Y12 students, including the House Captains joined those in Y13 to swell the ranks of the School Interact Club to over 20 members. Then under the very capable leadership of the Y13 President the Interactors set about planning their activities for the Autumn Term.

The Club is now in its sixth year. In September a large group of interactors supported Princes Risborough Rotarians by helping to run the famous Kop Hill Climb event. They did this by distributing programmes to the general public over the whole of the weekend. The Interactors collected over £5,000 in donations and as a reward for their splendid efforts they are to receive a substantial donation towards their Interact charity fund.

For the Community Bonfire Night, organised by Princes Risborough Rotary Club on 31st October, a group of Interactors got together and made a Guy for the bonfire and a few of them helped build the bonfire and acted as ushers on the night. Again, these willing Interactors are to receive a small donation towards Interact funds. The manager of the Princes Day Centre recently introduced the new Interactors to the ‘Forget-me- not’ Café, which Interactors have run one morning per month for the elderly and disabled clients over the past three years. During 2014/15 the Interactors won the National Best Interact Project of the Year for this support and recently were presented with a special trophy from Rotary to display permanently in the school.

Soon after the recent terrorist shootings in Paris with such tragic results, on their own initiative the Interactors organised a School Book of Condolence. It was signed with appropriate comments by students and staff, and sent to the French Embassy in London as a strong mark of respect, solidari- ty and sympathy for the citizens of France. The Interactors are now organising an end of term mufti day for the whole school. This has been planned as part of the Save the Children’s seasonal fund raising project called, ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. The idea will be for students and staff to attend school casually dressed for the day, with those willing dressed in Festive Jumpers and hopefully also willing to donate money towards Save the Children Fund.

All contributions collected will go towards supporting needy children in the UK suffering a wide range of debilitating conditions and circumstances, and also to those abroad affect- ed by devastating events such as famine, natural disasters and wars.

Two of the Interactors have generously volunteered to help Rotarians run the Young Carers Christ- mas Party in Aylesbury. Having supported both National and International events this term, during the New Year the Interac- tors are to concentrate on supporting a local charity by raising money from a Y7 Disco and a Family Quiz Night in February or March. Six Interactors representing Princes Risborough School alongside the same number of Interact representatives from the Boys Grammar School, High Wycombe, attended a Rotary Dinner on the evening of 30th November when the two Upper Sixth Form Presidents stood up and explained to a gathering of sixty Rotarians and guests what the Interactors had already achieved this year and what they aimed to do in the future.

The two schools can be very proud of their performance and those of the other Interactors who were excellent ambassadors for their respective schools. For those readers not familiar with the concept of Interact it is a Youth Wing of Rotary International that encourages service above self. Support and guidance is provided by the local Rotary Club in partnership with the participating school and strong support from its senior staff. Members of an Interact Club decide for themselves how and what good causes in communities at home and over- seas they wish to help. This in turn as a shared aim with the school encourages students to develop team work, greater decision making and leadership skills, and at the same time boosting their self- confidence and maturity levels.

Finally, Rotary Certificates of Appreciation are presented to school leavers that clearly illustrate their participation in Interact activities. They look impressive on CVs and can enhance future individual successes.

Some charities supported by Rotary Interact Action By Barry Tomkins

12 News from @PRSsport, @PRSFootball & @PRSDance @PRSFootball Dec 4: Staff beat Sixth Form 20-6!!! Raising £120 for @macmillancancer @PRSsport Nov 17: Looking forward to the PRSSP Year 1&2 Uni-hoc festival tomorrow,in our fabulous sports hall....not like today! #rain @PRSDance Nov 12: New dance kit has arrived! @PRSsport Nov 7: Yr 7 Boys B'ball squad, from last week's development day @PRSsport Nov 7: Great time at the Bucks B'ball Development Day, loads of PRS students experienced competitive B'ball for 1st time.

@PRSFootball Oct 23: and the winners of the PRS GCSE table tennis Trophy. Alex Keen and Charlie King

13 @PRSsport Oct 22: Year 7 PE lesson with Mr Tuffin!#videoanalysis #RugbyWorldCup2015 #englandvwales #spoiltwrottenwithsuchamazingict ##PRS @PRSDance Oct 21: #danceselfie #Danceselfieday @PRSsport Oct 20: U14 Basketball team start the season with a 41-13 win vs Amersham @PRSsport Sep 19: Kop Hill Run: 1st place T. Swindlehurst with a new school record 4:02secs @PRSsport Oct 18: Year 11 Rugby squad!! @PRSsport Nov 25: Our Badminton Superstars!!! #topqualityenjoyment #bringonthenextfixture #prsssprsprswearethebest @PRSsport Oct 22: What an amazing day,with our new sports leaders at the Year 1&2 multi skills festival!Well done to all who attended

14 My House of Lords debate 2015 By Phoebe Moon—Year 11, CH-5 My name is Phoebe Moon, I went to the House of Lords on the 4th of December to debate about how we can create a more diverse parlia- ment to represent a broader spectrum of people in the U.K, and make parliament more inclusive. At present many people’s view is that we are governed by (my particularly favourite phrase from the floor speakers) those who are ‘male, pale and stale’! This year's event was only the ninth time in its history that the Lords has opened up its chamber to give members of the public the oppor- tunity to debate from its red benches.

There were a good mix of people in the room, all of different races and religions and gender identities all with strongly held opinions about all the points brought up by the main speakers. The speeches were a maximum of three minutes long and were about their view on how we should tackle this inequality. The first argument for getting people of different backgrounds into parliament was to (in essence) do nothing to make people change. The organic and natural change was best and outside pressure was the best way forward, for example, the suffragettes movement. The second argument made was to do something.

Improve the current process: Political parties and groups should ensure candidates are representative of the diversity of the popula- tion with additional seats to provide MPs and peers to represent under-represented groups. For example introducing quotas for di- verse people to enter parliament. This would create an instant in- volvement of people from different backgrounds and for them to not feel like they aren’t being heard or be given importance. III. Make it happen: The House of Commons and the House of Lords should be ‘topped up’ and put extra seats in parliament to give to minorities so they will have a place in parliament.

My personal belief is that we should do something like option two to create more inclusion for parliament because as much as organic protest has helped our government and older issues; it has taken a long time to do this. Doing something will make it happen quicker. I want to see a diverse government in my lifetime. Option three is a bit forceful and general. What I mean by this is that by adding extra seats for just diverse minorities, this can create an unfair advantage for these people and we would be forcing oth- ers to want it. If you force change on people, there will always be some resistance, and it could be perceived as giving unfair advantage to some minorities.

Not only this but it means that only a select few people will be involved. This makes people believe that, for example; one black person could represent all the black people when this isn’t true for white people in parlia- ment..

The debate lasted over two hours. There was a lot of passion from many of the people around the room, each chosen by the lord speaker to talk. Many made good points about the fact we need to change. We need to make a more equal and diverse parliament so more people vote and feel that they are repre- sented in politics. At the moment many people think that politics are just for privileged, white people when that isn’t the case. Many people also think that there isn’t anyone in parliament that could speak with experience about diverse issues and inequality on their behalf. These reasons are mostly why people don’t vote.

This can be changed.

I am very proud to have been part of this debate; I was part of something which could be the beginning of a change for every- one in the U.K. To be able to have more choice about who rep- resents us in politics would mean a more democratic parliament and a parliament that shows all the different minorities in the U.K. and is something I am passionate about. I am proud to Be The Change. Blast from the past An aerial photograph of Princes Risborough School taken in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Note the missing Science and English blocks, no Comms Base, the lack of car park and the rugby pitch on the site of what is now the new CSC

15 In the summer this year I went on an Earthwatch trip to Malay- sian Borneo, which was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a life changing time and it will stay with me forever be- cause it showed me another world and it showed me how different parts of the world can be. In my trip we went to lots of places in Malaysi- an Borneo for example we went to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of this area which was a vast city, and when we arrived and walked through the heat was the first thing you noticed, and then the bright- ness of the sunshine, and how much difference there was to the cities in the western world.

We then took a bus ride and ate food in KK, which showed just how different but similar it was, with the low buildings differing from the UK with cities like London, but with brands like Burger King and KFC still present. After time in the city we then flew to La- had Datu, and after the flight we got onto old 4by4s, which we then took for a 2 and a half an hour journey into the Jun- gle to get to our camp name Malua, where we met the workers, the PhD sci- entists and all the others at the camp, we then settled in and had our first meal, which throughout the entire trip was accompanied by rice, and we usually had a choice of either beef or chicken and fish.

During most days we would spend the days trekking through and working in the rainforest which would be done in 2 groups of 6 of us and one of the groups would be measuring soil erosion by taking measurements of the soil levels and the other group would take recordings of the growth of Dipterocarp saplings which were planted by looking at their height, width and the amount On Wednesday 4th November, Princes Risborough School welcomed Squadron Leader Fell from the Royal Air Force Outreach Teach team at RAF Halton. PRS were honoured and proud to receive the prestigious Royal Air Force Plati- num Award for Recruitment.

This is the top award of its kind and is presented to schools who are ranked by the RAF as one of the top 50 schools for students who have left school and gone on to apply for the RAF.

The South East region currently consists of 1,710 schools that meet the criteria for this award, so it is no mean feat for PRS to appear within the top 3%. Mr Rowe went on to say ‘how delighted he was to receive this accolade on be- half of the school and that it reflects the diversity and ongoing commitment of our children to go on and do great things!’ Squadron Leader Fell presenting the award to our Executive Headmaster, During the afternoon after lunch we would stay at the at the table and talk for large amounts of time, all of the students would be talking or playing cards or plenty of other things, which would entertain us, and then at usually around 6 pm we would have dinner and an hour after that we would go up to the fields at the top of the camp and play volleyball or badmin- ton with the guys who were there, and would be there all year around.

We had two competitions towards the end of the week of both volleyball and badminton, the volleyball would be played with teams of a mix of the locals and students, and the badminton would be done with cou- ples of one student and one local. When the trip came to an end the locals hosted a party which was a good opportunity for us all to talk and joke and it was the last night so we were treated to a barbecue which was a good night and was a large ‘The restoration of Borneo's remain- ing rainforest is essential—but the science guiding and underpinning the practice of rainforest restoration is woefully incomplete’ Earthwatch trip to Borneo By Joshua Kent Year 13 PRS wins top Royal Air Force platinum recruiting award

16 A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN OUR GUILD OF PARENTS GUILD OF PARENTS GUILD OF PARENTS The main aim of the PRS Guild of Parents is to help raise money to fund projects or equipment at the school which will enhance our children’s education. We are currently raising funds to contribute towards the cost of a new school mini bus and to help with the school’s main hall refurbishment. Unlike a junior school PTA, the majority of our fundraising is generated by providing refreshments at many of the school’s events (we don’t organise jumble sales or quiz nights). So, if you think you can commit to attending the occasional informal committee meeting (usually one or two per term) and helping to serve refreshments at a few events per year, then ...

IF YOU’D BE INTERESTED IN JOINING US, PLEASE CONTACT: Samantha Owen on 07748 694024 or email her at Every Wednesday lunchtime in ‘The Annex’ Any takers for this Waldberg Piano? If so, please speak with Elle Radford, Head of Music Staff Badminton Staff Badminton 1545 — 1700 Every Friday Staff Zumba Staff Zumba ClasseshavestartedinthedancestudioonTuesdays4:30– 5:15pm,stafffromalldepartmentsarecomingalongtoSalsa, MerengueandCalypsotheirwayintotheweek.

17 PRS to grow seeds from space! Students at PRS are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. PRS will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks.

The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Mrs Summerfield who runs the gardening enrichment says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school”.

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s principal mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience Year 7 and 8 Trip to Harry Potter World At the end of the 2014-15 school year the top 25 students in each year group were rewarded with a trip. The students invited had received the highest amount of conduct points during the three terms. So back in July a group of year 7 and 8 students headed off to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour near Watford and entered the world of Harry Potter.

Below are three pictures from their day out.

18 By Jacob Gosling (Year 7) It was 14th July at 10.00am that the Communications Base from Princes Risborough Secondary School arrived at RAF Hendon Museum. Some arrived in a minibus, some arrived in a car. We all went into reception and got to go in to see the first ever prototype of a plane. It was said that the first plane was invented in 1900/1901 by two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. Since we went to the next exhibit its shows through time how planes were improved during the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

The most busiest time planes were improving was the second world war 1939-1945.

During that time loads of different types of planes were invented: Hurricanes, Spitfires, Jets, etc. We were separated into groups and we went round different parts of the Museum. It was all rather fascinating to see 70/80 year old aeroplanes, some burned and rotted during WW2 others survived and were put into the museum. We had lunch and went to the gift shop and after than went back to the school in time for the 3.00pm bell. By Lily Matthews (Year 8) I enjoyed looking at all the parts of the aeroplane. I found the controls very confusing!

By Chidozie Ahynanya (Year 7) It took an hour to get to RAF Hendon. We looked at some planes and it was OK! Jacob and Ed and me went in Mrs Fitzsimon’s car and we overtook Mrs Bowers because we were the faster car! I bought a stickman at the gift shop as well as some sweets and a wiggly green thing, a helicopter and some more sweets. By David Turner (Year 11) We went to the RAF Museum at Hendon. It wasn’t the first time I have been but it did look rather different. It showed many aircrafts mainly from the 1940s. It also showed many missiles and bombs as well as a Red Arrow simulator. The museum also managed to include several interesting parts of history of the planes and helicopters.

The Base trip to the RAF Museum, Hendon

19 Last month the Buckinghamshire RFU kindly invested in a mobile defibrillator for all of the county’s registered clubs. We have recently played teams in our league who have sadly lost players to heart attacks on the pitch, so this is a fantastic step for- ward to help reduce this unfortunate risk. The unit was handed to us at the county clubs meeting on 9th November and was ready for immediate use. After careful consideration and discussions with the school the decision was taken to house the unit in the entrance foyer of the Community Sports Centre. Not only does this achieve the technical requirements for storage, but it also offers immediate accessibility for the Rugby Club, the Junior Football Club, the School and the numerous other sports teams that use the facility.

A combined meeting of School, Rugby and Junior Football representa- tives took place and the operation and upkeep was discussed. Alt- hough we hope the unit is never needed, it is stored in the entrance lobby of the Sports Centre, directly above the red emergency tele- phone, should anyone require it .

The club is thriving at the moment, with a senior team and various ladies teams (over 17 years of age) and at various levels of rugby experience, if you would like to know more please visit our website here princesrisborough Princes Risborough Rugby Team provides Defibrillator for PRS By Andrew Emmett (Rugby Club Chairman) Chairman of PR rugby team handing defibrillator to Pete Rowe Princes Risborough Rugby Team 2014/15 Carbon Capture with Premier Paper and the Woodland Trust by Mr Jacob On Thursday 19th of November, 5 students went to ‘The tree planting day of action’ which was held on the 19th November at the Woodland Trust-owned Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire.

The native tree species that were planted included; Hawthorn, small leaved lime, alder, grey sallow, common oak, downy birch, silver birch, wild cherry, dog rose, blackthorn, aspen, field maple, crab apple, rowan and hornbeam amongst others. Over the day the students helped to plant some of the 2,500 trees. This went towards the total 55,000 trees this year, capturing 11,000 tonnes of CO2 . A Level Geography Day - Oxford University by Mr Jacob On the 6th October the year 13 geography group went to Oxford University for the annu- al A Level geography day. The Students had lectures from some of the lecturers from the university on topics ranging from Climate change in the Arctic to water conflict on the river Nile. They also got to meet the researchers from London Volcano and chat about the work they are doing to mitigate the impacts of volcanic eruptions.

20 SCHOOL UNIFORM – Princes Risborough School - 2015/2016 We believe that our students should look smart and professional.

They will take pride in their appearance and in their school. Wearing of the uniform will be enforced and we ask parents for their complete sup- port. The list below is intended to help parents/carers know what is permitted in school and what is not. If ever parents/carers are in any doubt about items relating to the school dress policy – please telephone and clarify the query before purchasing.

The school uniform suppliers are: PMG Retail Ltd, 5 Church Square, Town Centre, High Wycombe HP11 2BN Tel: 01494 529 693 Bucks Schoolwear Plus (BSP), 48-52 Kingsbury, Aylesbury HP20 2JE Tel: 01296 422 120 Boys’ Uniform Black single breasted boys’ blazer with PRS badge on breast pocket. Black tailored trousers – no ‘low slung’ trousers, no skinny, skin tight, or ‘drain pipe’ trousers, no turn ups, no denim. Plain black belt – no oversize buckles. White shirt, either long or short sleeved. Neck size to allow top button to be done up comfortably - no button down collars.

PRS clip on tie.

Black socks. Black shoes – no boots, trainers, suede or canvas shoes. Plain white ‘T’ shirt under shirt (optional). Black PRS jumper with school logo. The jumper is optional but it MUST come from the uniform supplier. Girls’ Uniform Black single breasted girls’ blazer with PRS badge on breast pocket. Black tailored trousers – no ‘low slung’ trousers, no exposed zips or rows of buttons, no skinny, skin tight, ‘drain pipe’ or overly wide trousers, no turn ups, no denim.

Black knee length skirt either straight or A-line, fully pleated/ half pleated – tube skirts are not acceptable. Slits in skirts must be short and to the back or side. White blouse, either long or short sleeved, which must button up to the collar. PRS clip on tie. Black socks with trousers, black tights or short white socks with skirts – no trainer liners. Black shoes with a maximum heel height of 4cm – no boots, trainers, ‘kitten’ heels, suede or canvas shoes. For protection, shoes should cover the top of the foot.

Plain white ‘T’ shirt under shirt (optional). Black PRS jumper with school logo.

The jumper is optional but it MUST come from the uniform supplier. Summer Uniform – when allowed White PRS polo shirt replaces shirt, tie and blazer. Plain white ‘T’ shirt under shirt (optional). Outer Garment No outer garments such as ‘hoodies’ should be worn at any time of the year. When the weather is cold or wet, a plain, dark suita- ble waterproof coat should be worn. PE Uniform Black PE shorts*. Green and black socks, knee high for outdoors. White ankle high for indoors.* Green and black PE polo shirt with embroidered school badge* - only available from PMG and BSP. Green and black Rugby shirt with embroidered school badge* (optional for girls) – only available from PMG and BSP.

Green and black PE track jacket with embroidered school badge – only available from PMG and BSP. Black PE track pants with embroidered school badge – only available from PMG and BSP. Green and black wet weather jacket with embroidered school badge (optional) – only available from PMG and BSP. Hair, make up and jewellery Dress Code Hair should be a presentable style avoiding extremes of fashion or colour. Hair that is dyed or highlighted must look ‘natural’. Hair extensions must be natural in colour. No hair ‘wraps’. Long hair must be tied back (this is for safety reasons in practical lessons and to encourage eye contact in other lessons).

Hair bands/scrunchies must be plain black or green. No other hair decoration is allowed. Religious headwear must be plain black or white.

Makeup is not allowed for students in Yr7-9. Students in Yr10-11 may wear subtle makeup. Nail extensions and coloured nail polish are not allowed. Clear nail polish may be worn. Only one small plain stud allowed in the lobe of each ear. No other piercings allowed. No jewellery other than a wrist watch. For safety and security no other jewellery should be worn. A condition of entry to classes at PRS is the correct wearing of full school uniform

21 Community Sports Centre (CSC) Community Sports Centre (CSC) David Chignall Tom Adams Ben Bentley Eryn Morton The CSC’s primary role is to provide a dynamic, secure and capa- ble sporting environment for our children.

The secondary function is to offer the venue for community use outside of school hours; this ensures that the CSC will not only pay for itself, but hopefully ensure any extra revenue will be reinvested, for the benefit of the school. The CSC has proved extremely popular with the local com- munity and very little marketing has been required—word of mouth is a wonderful thing! The Sports Centre is a multi-sport complex and can facilitate:  5 Badminton Courts  One Basketball Pitch  10 Basketball Practice Hoops  5 a-side football  2 x Volleyball Courts  One full size Netball Court  100m² Dance Studio, for Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics and Zumba  Small Fitness Suite, with rowers, running and cycling ma- chines and elliptical trainer  Electronic Scoreboard  Four changing rooms: 2 interior and 2 exterior; including coded lockers and 2 exterior; including coded lockers.

 Under-floor heating.

 Flat screen monitors throughout the facility.  Disabled Access: Shower, Toilet, Lift, Ramp and Emergen- cy Phone.  Terrace Café equipped with Free WiFi, TV monitors, for viewing activities, coaching techniques using video, presentation and team meeting area or simply used as a viewing gallery. The school currently hosts: seven local cricket teams (including Bucks CB); a national premiere league netball team (Clan Netball), England Rounder's; a thriving Badminton Club (in excess of 90 members); Princes Risborough Rugby Team; local Girl Guides and Sunday School Associations; U3A; London United Basketball and many more.

For further information Contact the Business Development Officer, Paul O’Connell at: or call 01844 345496 option 2 Urban Strides is a Street Dance Specialist established in 1999 who prides itself on its motivational and dynamic approach. Our aim is to provide inspi- rational teaching methods alongside the most innovative, fresh and original choreography. We create a supportive and fun environment to let young people develop their confidence and self-esteem. As well as running dance classes, we provide motivational talks to school and colleges on themes such as “Consistent Positive Action” and we also have a two Performance Crews.

Any of you who were involved with a Pri- mary School that attended the annual Young Voices concerts will have already experienced Urban Strides!

URBAN STRIDES—every Monday in the Dance Studio of the COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE (CSC)! In September, we will be starting new classes at Princes Risborough Com- munity Sports Centre for all ages. Dance is a great route to exercise for everyone whatever their age or ability. We will be offering classes for Jun- iors (Years 3 – 6), Seniors (Years 7-11) and Adults (17 plus with no upper age limit). To find out more about us, take a look at our website, call us on 08448 488825 or email clas-

Come and join us (remember to call and book first!) You won’t be disappointed – that is a promise! CSC Staff - Meet the Team!

22 Deputy Head’s Message Deputy Head’s Message By Nicholas Simms Dear Parents and Carers, December marks a significant event for me: it will be the end of the first year since I joined the team at Princes Risborough School. I haven’t for one moment regretted starting at the school and have been welcomed by students, staff, governors and parents alike. It has been a wonderful and fascinating year, not without its challenges, but always enjoyable. The highlights for me this term have been when I have seen our students showcase their talents so well. I was privileged to watch Year 9 English students debating complex, mor- al issues such as organ donation – the thought that went into their speeches and the confidence with which they spoke was inspiring.

I also saw a class act out a courtroom drama based on Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess” (if you haven’t read it, you should!). I have seen students in Year 9 and 10 coaching much younger children from primary schools in a wide variety of sports and activities, bringing their own joy of sport to a younger generation. I really enjoy seeing the new artwork around school, in the reception area and beyond. Finally, I was blown away by the performances students gave in the Christmas Concert. There is such a broad range of talents in the school! Education is not always about what goes on in the classroom and I have seen some wonderful examples of students “learning” in different and novel ways.

If you will allow me to be prosaic and practical for a moment, I want to mention “attendance” and “uniform” – two issues that will always be with us! Attendance to school is critical for successful and consistent learning. Parents are great at getting students into school, and on time, yet I suspect there are still a few occasions where children stay at home when they could be in school learning. Please be firm but fair with your children over this: “firm” in not letting them take time off unnecessarily, but fair in that if they are genuinely ill a day off will help them recover. Help us work with your children by getting them back into school quickly once they are well enough!

As for uniform… some of you need to buy new uniform over the Christmas break. Please remember we do expect you to follow the school uniform code, not the fashion whims of your children, when buying uniform. Please refer to our uniform policy before buying any items of uniform clothing - you probably have noticed we are paying closer attention to uniform standards and are contacting parents if there is an issue. Clothes are expensive and it is better (and cheaper) to get it right the first time! Our uniform code can be found here: (

Increasingly, I have meet more and more of you and it is always a pleasure to get to know you and your families a bit better. Parent/ Teacher Consultation Evenings and the Year 10 “Supporting Success Event” in January will, no doubt, give me a chance to meet more of you. In the meantime, I hope that you and your families have a restful and enjoyable Christmas Holiday. Whatever your faith or belief, Christmas is a time for family and friendship and a time for giving; not just giving presents to each other but giving love and peace and even (students, this is directed at YOU) giving time to help around the house! Students: do not forget how much hard work Christmas is for adults; please make sure you set aside some time each day to help the grown-ups around the house! Happy Christmas to you all!

Well done to Gemma Warburton in Year 8 PS3! Gemma won the ‘Peace Poster in PRS’ competition against 49 other post- ers. She then went on to win against 14 other schools in the district and has gone through to the multi district final against another 12 other districts in the UK. Gemma will receive a cheque from the District for £100 for winning the Dis- trict Quiz final and date of MD Final not yet available but she is on to the next stage. If Gemma wins again she will go to New York for the international final. Well done Gemma, from the Art department and all staff at PRS! PRS Student wins peace poster award!

23 ‘Inspiring Our Community’ PRINCES RISBOROUGH SCHOOL An Academy School – Enjoy and Achieve CommunitySportsCentre (CSC) For enquiries or bookings: 01844 345496 or 07525630206 Netball Court (Premiere) Netball Court (Premiere) Dance Studio (100m Dance Studio (100m2 2 ) ) 4 Indoor Cricket Nets 4 Indoor Cricket Nets 5 Badminton Courts 5 Badminton Courts 4 Changing Rooms 4 Changing Rooms 5 5- -a a- -side football side football Basketball Court Basketball Court Volleyball Court Volleyball Court Free Parking Free Parking Table Tennis Table Tennis Terrace Café Terrace Café Free WiFi Free WiFi @PrincesRis- *Introductory Offers *Introductory Offers *Introductory Offers *Open 7 Days a Week *Open 7 Days a Week *Open 7 Days a Week *Affiliate Rates available *Affiliate Rates available *Affiliate Rates available *Open during term holidays *Open during term holidays *Open during term holidays *Sat *Sat *Sat - - -Sun 0830 Sun 0830 Sun 0830 - - - 2200 2200 2200 *Mon *Mon *Mon - - - Fri 18 Fri 18 Fri 18 - - - 2200 2200 2200

24 My Frankenstein Homework by David Howard Year 10 The Task In English we have been studying the novel ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. Before the summer holidays we were set a creative task to either make a mood board, a model or free choice on the theme of ‘Frankenstein’. I however chose to make a model which is on display in the LRC. The idea behind the model I created I was adamant that I wanted to make a model, but with so many possibilities I had to narrow it down. So I began to read through the book to find something interesting to make and that’s when chapter 5 grabbed my attention.

This is the scene the monster is brought to life. I started to build my idea, using the book as my back drop. I had the thought of the Monster coming to life out of the page. Then I photocopied the pages from chapter 5 being the first time he comes to life and used that as the white sheet covering the Monster. While I was watching TV, the news came on talking about refugee’s and how they were being treated like monsters. All they wanted was a better life because they had been forced out of their country by war and the local people did not want them. I felt their story resembled that of the Monster in ‘Frankenstein’, so I wanted to demonstrate the similarities between the two in my model.

I came up with the idea to incorpo- rate old vs new, book vs technology and Monster vs refugees. I brought all the things I needed from the local charity shops or found them from around my house and began work on my model.

Other people’s models One model that particularly caught my eye was Joshua Jones’s who had made a display with so much information on it. He had made a list of all the main characters and all of the locations in the book. It clearly had had a lot of planning and thought put into it and the rea- son I liked it was because it was very informative. The Challenge: to swim the equivalent distance of the English channel (1,280 lengths) in the Aquavale Swimming pool in Aylesbury. All proceeds raised from this challenge will go to the local charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Miss Baldwin has currently swam 800 lengths, so only another 480 to go! She hopes to complete this challenge by the beginning of Janu- ary.

Good luck!

PRS member of staff swims English channel (well...not quite..!) What do they do? • We train clever dogs to help deaf people • Hearing dogs bring independence, companionship and confidence • Our dogs have saved lives • We've helped thousands of people so far • There are five breeds of hearing dog: Labradors, Cocker Spaniels, Poo- dles, Golden Retrievers and cross breads like cockapoos

25 Governors Message By Chair of Governors — Peg Hulse Dear Students, Parents and Friends of the School After such a busy term, the Governors want to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We have enjoyed meeting parents at parents’ evenings this term and hope that it is useful to have us there if you have any issues you wish to discuss. Of course, we are delighted to hear if you’re pleased with your son’s or daughter’s experience of the school but we also wish to hear of ways in which you feel the school can improve. Don’t forget that you can contact us at any time by emailing or by filling in the Parent Communication Form in the Parents’ section of the school website.

Many of us have been able to come into school in the last few weeks - and will continue to do so - either to hold meetings with staff or to join members of the senior leadership team on their learning walks. This has provided us with an ideal opportunity to visit lessons and to observe students at work. The school’s determination to ensure the consistency of good teaching, learning and behaviour has led to this new initiative and provides a chance to monitor the standards of the school and to identify areas that need attention. Gover- nors continue to challenge and support the Head and his staff so that, together, we can be worthy of that “Good” grading when Ofsted next visit.

We are aware of a more purposeful atmosphere around the school: students are taking more pride in their work, their behaviour and their appearance and we would like to thank parents and students for your efforts in these areas. We hope that students will return in January even more determined to show everyone what they can do. So, a happy holiday to you all and thanks for all your hard work and support over the last few months. With best wishes On behalf of the Governors Link: ‘Meet the Governors’ PERSONNEL Chair: Fiona WATERHOUSE Vice Chair: TBA Leadership Member: Pete ROWE Members: Marilyn ANTROBUS Esther COLEMAN Geraldine HODGES Peg HULSE Louis NOTLEY Sam OWEN (Clerk) Andrew RYSDALE Barry TOMKINS FINANCE Chair: Peter CLARK Vice Chair: Andrew RYSDALE Leadership Members: Nev KEEP Pete ROWE Nick SIMMS (observer) Members: Marilyn ANTROBUS Geraldine HODGES Peg HULSE Louis NOTLEY Sam OWEN Caroline RUSSELL PUPIL WELFARE Chair: Antony PASKIN Vice Chair: Kate NICOLLE Leadership Members: Jacky DUNFORD Nick SIMMS Members: Marilyn ANTROBUS Esther COLEMAN Rachel GRAY Gary HALL Peg HULSE Paul O’CONNELL Sam OWEN (Clerk) Elle RADFORD CURRICULUM Chair: Rachel GRAY Vice Chair: Barry TOMKINS Leadership Member: Nick SIMMS Members: Peter CLARK Peg HULSE Paul O’CONNELL Sam OWEN (Clerk) Antony PASKIN Elle RADFORD Caroline RUSSELL Gerald SWAIN Fiona WATERHOUSE FULL GOVERNING BODY Chair: Peg Hulse.

Vice Chair: TBA

26 A little known fact that you may or may not be aware of….High Wycombe is famous for building chair arches! The first known chair arch was put up in 1877 to mark a visit Queen Victoria paid to Prime Minister Disraeli at Hughenden Manor. This arch at- tracted great admiration from Her Majesty as she returned from Hughenden and had the coach stopped to enable her to carefully examine it. However, the largest chair arch contained about 400 chairs and was erected at the Guildhall in 1884 to mark the visit of the Prince of Wales.

Then in 2000, the council decided to build another arch and called it the ’Millennium Chair Arch’.

The structure was over 9 metres (30 feet) high and it was constructed from more than 150 chairs. The businesses and the chairs were designed to traditional standards and produced by the town's furni- ture firms. It signifies the contribu- tion High Wycombe has made to the furniture industry and you can find out more on High Wycombe’s long history of furniture making on the Wycombe District Council website.

The 2015 Chair Arch was a col- laborative project between our year 9, 10 and 11 construction boys, students from Bucks New University and various community volunteers. The projects was supported by two com- panies: ‘Public Works and Mas- terclasses in Sitting’. In its entire- ty the whole project involved the combined efforts of designers, engineers, craftsmen and lots of hard work! The final masterpiece, sadly, was always going to be a temporary structure, but to hon- our the arches of the past and the efforts of those craftsmen. The real beauty of this activity is that it was achieved by ‘volunteers’ coming together to complete a community project and as a thanks, the boys were allowed to keep a chair each! More photos of the PRS team and the project: Princes Risborough School…making history… 1877 1884 2000 Mayor of High Wycombe Mohmmed Hanif 2015

27 PRS Students make National Enterprise Final Caitlin Hancock, Sam Hollier, Sam Johnson, Hassan Haider and Jack Thomson’s entry has successfully reached the R U Different? National Enterprise Final, along with 7 other schools. They chose an idea with bullying as a message to focus on. They sketched out a comic strip depicting the story of a student who witnesses a fellow pupil being picked on and then tells a teacher who deals with the situation. What makes this campaign so special is how personal it is to the school, even including red bricked ‘The House’, a real area within the school grounds where students can go for advice and support, complete with its own pet chickens! Good luck!

Princes Risborough School Sports Awards 10th September 2015 As we embrace the new academic year, we once again invite parents and students to celebrate the sporting achievements of 2014/5. As can be seen from the list of successes to the right we have a great many students who are building on the previous years’ achievements, most of these achievements are for representing PRS; however we are also keen to recognise our student’s talents out of school. We are in exciting times here at PRS, with the completion of the Sports Hall we are in our first full year with this tremendous facility. We have seen our extra curricular programme go through the roof, with over 3 times as many students staying for after school fixtures and clubs! And the department are now able to offer a much wider range of activities including Cheerleading, Table Tennis, Badminton, Fitness club and Winter Cricket Nets.

The community has also been able to benefit from the facility, with many new clubs being formed. Many of these clubs have a good number of our students as members, in the long term we see this as being beneficial to the standard of sport here at PRS. 2014/15 Achievements District Athletics 1st place finish: Kirsten Stilwell, Max Nicolle. U13 Girls Basketball District League Winners U13 Boys Basketball District League Winners U15 Girls Basketball District League Winners U15 Cricket County Trophy Winners Will Gray, 3rd in National Trampolining Championships Phoebe Cotes, 1st on Floor, 2nd on Bars & 2nd Overall International Gymnastics Competition (USA) U12 Boys Football District League Winners U14 Boys Football District League Winners U14 Boys Football District Cup Runners Up Riva Casley-Frost, Oxford Utd & England U16 Brett Tucker, Bucks U16 County Hockey/Regional trialist U12 Netball District League 3rd U13 Netball District League Winners Zak Dadswell—2nd County Orienteering Championships James Cook—Polocrosse England U13 District Rounders Runners Up U15 District Rounders Runners Up Ben Simon, National Champion Rowing & GB Squad Amber Simon National Champion, 1st Place at Henley Regatta & GB Trialist (Rowing) Evan Davies, PRS Golf Open Winner Bucks School Games Touch Rugby Winners Mr Tuffin, Head of PE “Winners never quit and quitters never win”

28 Princes Risborough School was chosen as 1 of 20 schools nationally to be involved with the ‘Student Choice’ aspect of the BBC National Short Story 2015 competition. It involved our 6th form students shadow judging the award. 5 Shortlisted stories were chosen from 438 entries this year. Among the short listed authors were Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) and Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall). Our 6th formers were all given a booklet containing the 5 shortlisted stories. Once they had read them they got to vote on who they thought should win. Their favourite was Mark Haddon and his short story Bunny: Bunny A man dangerously over-eats; just as seriously he lives at home in fear of the outdoors.

Until Leah calls and his life takes a dramatic turn.

However the winner of the award, announced on BBC 4's Front Row programme was Jonathan Buckley for Briar Road. Briar Road When their daughter goes missing, a desperate family enlist the help of a clairvoyant to shed light on her fate. Yet their en- counter with this visitor puts them all under immense strain. To find out more about the award and to read the short stories follow this link: tional-short-story-award-shortlist-2015 Reading For Gold — Year 7 For the 5th year running our years 7’s have been working on the Reading for Gold scheme.

Students have been given the chance to complete three awards, Bronze then Silver and then Gold. A couple of years ago 2 new awards, Platinum and Diamond, were added to push our gifted and talented readers. To complete the awards all students need to read a set number of books. Once the students have started the reading, they can set about to complete the tasks in the award booklet. House points, certificates and prizes are awarded to students as they complete each level and in the library there is a display which is populated with student’s names as they complete each award.

The aim of the Reading for Gold scheme is to improve literacy and encourage a wider reading for pleasure.

It also helps to develop a greater appreciation of different genres and styles of writing. It is true to say that students who read, generally perform better as it is a wonderful way to engage and spark the imagination. 54 additional students have completed their Bronze Award. The Reading for Gold scheme is continually running so every Year 7 should be able to complete their Bronze award this year. Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Activities By Sue Gough Molly Lyon Chiltern-1 Platinum Mollie Gray Whiteleaf-5 Gold Hatty Daly Pyrtle Spring-6 Gold Jamie Cremin Chequers-5 Gold Isabelle Holden Chequers-1 Gold Emma Bourton Icknield-1 Silver Lily Rawson Whiteleaf-1 Silver Ellie Watson Whiteleaf-4 Silver Katie Burrows Ridgeway-6 Silver Jemima Draper Icknield-6 Silver Josh Etherington Icknield-5 Silver Peyush Gurung Ridgeway-4 Silver Emma Smith Ridgeway-2 Silver Delta Creese Whiteleaf-4 Silver Keeley Huggins-Kelly Ridgeway-2 Silver Ellie Jenkins Icknield-6 Silver Eve Chapman Pyrtle Spring-1 Silver Megan Hodder Pyrtle Spring-1 Silver Allyce Luetchford Pyrtle Spring-5 Silver Holly Spittles Chequers-2 Silver Sean Boddington Chiltern-4 Silver Jack Fordham Pyrtle Spring-4 Silver Caylyn McGrath Chiltern-1 Silver Crystal Plumridge Chequers-3 Silver Michael Shaw Chiltern-3 Silver

29 Year 9 — The great debate: student experiences By Mr O’Neill Below are some short pieces of writing by my winners of the “Year 9 Great Debate” a few weeks back. After the students won, we asked them to write about their experiences during the Great Debate. Winning the debating competition was a huge achievement for the students and a fantastic experience for all involved. Soriya McDowell Despite being one of the winners of the Year 9 “The Great Debate”, I had never encountered any previous debating experiences. Before the first debate, I felt very anxious and stressed but within the first few minutes of the debate I eased into it.

Overall, the hardest part of debating is the preparation beforehand due to the fact that you don’t know what the proposing team’s points are and how to counteract them. In summary, my debating experience was enjoyable. Zafar Shah The Great Debate was intense to say the least. Our first debate was “Should animal experimentation be abolished”. To prepare for this debate, I laid out the cons, and researched responses. Then I wrote the pros. If I didn’t prepare I wouldn’t know anything about my topic. As well as doing preparation of my own, my classmates gave notes and feedback to us and this helped a lot.

After closely winning the debate I improved on my weak-points which were the organisation of my speech and to not read off my sheet. If I didn’t improve on these I knew that I would let my team down. I made sure I did this. Luckily we won, we all maintained eye contact with our opponents and we did not read our speeches off our sheets. Jack Doyle I have always enjoyed arguing and debating is the best way to do it. Debating is the best way to have a controlled argument that has enough rules to make sure I can argue without getting into any trouble. And so, when my classmates nominated me, Zafar and Soriya to debate for the class I was honoured and excited.

I spent the next few days preparing for the debate in class with my classmates.

I became confident that me and my team would win the heats when my class got told the motion “This house believes that animals should not be tested on”. My team were opposing this which made me feel extremely confident because I agreed with my team’s argument. This made me feel a lot more enthusiastic and I instantly knew that we had to try our best to win and that’s what we did. Soon afterwards, the finals were announced with the motion “This house believes that science is a threat to humanity.’ By this time I knew I had something to prove. Last academic year I was consistently in Isolation and detention, so I knew that at the start of this year I had to change.

I learned to show respect to my teachers and I have stopped arguing with teachers which has completely changed teachers’ attitudes towards me. Of course, this wasn’t enough and so I intended on proving all of the teachers wrong and that in itself was enough to persuade me that I had to work my hardest for this debate. For my fellow debaters, for my teacher, and for my class.

Me and my team had done extensive research for the debate and had spent hours in lessons preparing. We had practised many times and we were ready. As we sat at the desk and made the opening speeches I could tell that this would be a great debate. Points were proven, rebuttals were used and finally the judges made up their minds. I fell proud and ecstatic when we had won. Now when someone tells me I can’t do something I look back at this and it reminds me of what I can achieve. I just want to say thank you to Mr O’Neill and all of my classmates for the constructive criticism and the help. Also, thank you to my fellow debaters and the opposition.

The opposition put our skills to the test and I would also like to congratulate all of the other debating teams.

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30 PRS in the news! Bucks Free Press article by Executive Headteacher, Pete Rowe Too often adults descend into simple stereotypes when talking about young people; ‘The youth of today are all illiterate yobs!’, ‘It wasn’t like that in my day!, ‘No respect for …!’ etc.

At Princes Risborough School (PRS) we like to challenge these unfair clichés and give our youngsters both planned opportunities and space to be ‘caught doing it right’. PRS’s motto is ‘Enjoy and Achieve’ and underneath this are three basic tenets. We aim to create, ‘Success Learners’ – academic outcomes, ‘Confident Individ- uals’ – personal qualities and ‘’Responsible Citizens’ – social and moral depth. The third of these, being a responsible citizen, is much more than simply ticking the government’s agenda to inculcate ‘British values’; although some interesting debate has been had about which particular values we should be upholding.

At PRS we believe we have a moral imperative to challenge our young people to aspire to be the very best they can be. Five times a year we report on their academic progress and set them ever more stretching targets. We also cele- brate their successes and model behaviours, attitudes and actions which we believe inspire them.

After the Paris bombings we, of course, spent time with the students exploring the issues and addressing the complex history and potential ramifications of the event. What was wonderful though was the spontaneous decision of a number of students to create a Book of Condolence for the victims and their families. In the past we have raised significant amounts of money for many causes – the Nepal earthquake, the Ebola crisis - but our young people realised that it was not money that was needed but rather empathy and sympathy that was appropriate in this case.

The book was ‘open’ for a week in our Library and many students, staff and Governors took the opportunity to express their thoughts within it.

We have sent it to the French Embassy with a video of a number of our talented students singing a song from Les Miserables. Ofsted won’t notice this gesture, the Government won’t acknowledge that schools are about more than just statistics but our students and their families know that, in addition to their very important examination results, which we all pursue with such rigour, it is important to hear, Well done!’ when young people are ‘caught doing it right!’ To see the Bucks Free Press article Online, please click on the following link: catch_young_people____doing_it_right___/?ref=rss Inter House Dance Competition By Mrs Woodley On Wednesday 9th December PRS held its first ever Inter house dance competition.

Students from all years choreographed and performed dances to some of the teachers’ favourite songs. There was a mix of styles and costumes galore!

The evening was an amazing showcase of the variety of the students talents and the standard was extremely high. The winning performance was performed by ‘Constellation’, Georgia Gay, Charlotte Day and Emily Willis, to Drops of Jupiter which was chosen by Miss O’Donnell. The winning house was Whiteleaf with the highest number of participants. The Winners were presented with the House trophy by our special guest judge Kevin Zwierzchaczewski from the Royal Academy of Dance. A selection of performances taken from the evening's programme: D.I.S.C.O by Ottawan. Chosen by Miss Radford performed by Black Illusion: Niamh Kelly, Ellie Winnen, Ellie Jenkins, Katie Baker and Abi Allbrook If your getting down by 5ive.

Chosen by Miss Bushell performed by Sophie’s group: Sophie Male and Lydia Dark Jai Ho! By Pussy Cat Dolls. Chosen by Mrs Gough performed by Shimmer, The year 7 dance club: Ellie Winnen, Katie Baker, Grace Quigley, Niamh, Kelly, Lucy Medhurst, Kirsten Hill, Maisie Lewis and Hannah Wheaton Hey Ya! By Outkast. Chosen by Mrs Remington performed by the Enrichment group: Katie Baker, Abigail Bedford-Orchart, Martha Bixley, Harriet Daly, Maria Dumitriu, Amber Evans, Darcey, Harber, Talia – Harrison Hey, Charlotte Hickey, Mehvish Hussain, Lucy Medhurst, Alana Rixon, Jamie-Louise Spittles, Jessica Swindlehurst, Ruby Walden and Bethany wright Georgia Gay and Charlotte Day – winners of the Inter House Dance Competition

31 PRS Sport and what it means to me… By Ciaran Kearney— Whiteleaf 2 Throughout my time at Princes Risborough School, sport has been a major factor of my life, including both the pupils and P.E staff. When I first started at PRS I figured that the sports will be completely different to the ones in primary school and I was not wrong, from the start it was going to be tough to get into the football team. A lot more competitive to get into the teams as I didn’t quite realise the extent of people competing for a place.

Year 7 was a big year for football and sport when I first started, it was the chance to make new friends and discover and try new sports.

I also entered the football trials in Year 7. Never did I realise how tough the competition would be and how nerve racking it was to impress Mr. Wallington to try and get your place on the team! Other than being so nervous, the most memorable part of that day was Rhys Langley’s bicycle kick goal that stunned us all, that most definitely guaranteed his place on the team. Luckily I managed to get a place on the team. Most of the boys who turned up were either ones who I played with on my team or players who I regularly played against. The competition was immense and Mr Wallington had a tough decision to make but I think in the long term he made the right choice as now the whole football team has become a group of friends who work well as a team.

As a result of this we are undefeated in the league for 4 years and counting, and we nearly made it to the semi finals in the County Cup for two years running! Luckily enough I was able to go with the school on the football tour to Holland, I was able to see how the different styles and methods of Coaching from the Feyenoord legend Ben Wijnstekers and his son. I learnt a lot from the tour and it was a chance to interact with all the people going of all ages from the school, all who enjoy football. We did so much with the time we had there and unfortunately I cannot go on the next one, which seems even better than the last one.

The most memorable part of the trip would have to be the game against a local club. It was an experience I shall IN-6’s Jack O’Brien has been picked to go elite training with top coaches in Basingstoke on the pathway for youth Olympics. He is very excited about this amazing opportunity.

PRS’s Tumbler Jack O’Brien gets elite training call up! never forget. As when you play another team, usually you’re able to outwit them by hearing and listening to their plans. However, with them speaking Dutch we were una- ble to do hey were going to be a very tough team, but we set out to win and luckily we won 8-2 so it was a good way to round the tour off. Unfortunately I was injured earlier this year and last year. I suffered a dislocated knee which happened to take place in one of our school games. The amount of pain I was in was excruciating, and the support and immediate reaction of the whole P.E staff that happened to be there luckily kept me going till the ambulance came and reduced the pain massively.

Watching P.E lessons and football games became the norm for several months and it was so irritat- ing watching and not being able to get involved and play. But luckily enough I was welcomed back into the team with over 5 months of recovery and now I am back enjoy- ing all sports and especially football, whilst also enjoying the new facilities that the school has given us, and hope- fully soon being able to start an indoor football team! @PRSsport @PRSFootball Ben Wijnstekers

32 Published by: Princes Risborough School, Merton Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0DR Tel: (01844) 345496 Fax: (01844) 341477 For enquiries, regarding editorial content, please contact: or Private adverts and some articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the school. Does pigeon post seem too slow to tell us your child is absent? Do you find the letters you wrote us, at the bottom of your child’s school bag weeks later?

Would you like to be able to just drop us a line explaining why your child is absent? Then this could be the answer for you, an email account for the reporting of student absence: Please note that this isn’t a general enquiries address: it is purely for the reporting of a child’s absence.

If you want to email about anything else please use the usual school address: You may continue to phone us if you wish, but many parents have requested that we make available the option to email. We are happy to do this.

SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP NOW OPEN The PRS good quality second-hand school uniform shop, is now open. If your child has grown out of their current uniform and you would like to donate any of the following:  Princes Risborough School Blazer  Princes Risborough Polo shirt (summer uniform)  Cardigan, jumper or slipover with the school logo  Princes Risborough PE kit  School tie Please bring any of the above items washed, clean and in a carrier bag to the school reception office, for the attention of Mrs E. Walker.

Any money raised will go towards the Trustees fund and local charities.

If you would like to purchase any items contact the school and make an appointment. Thank you for your support Mrs E. Walker We would like to remind all Students, Parents and Carers that fizzy drinks are not allowed in school. Please do not bring them to school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter which is for the benefit of our students. SCHOOL NOTICES SCHOOL NOTICES ‘Enjoy and Achieve’ Enjoy and Achieve’ Don’t forget that you can follow these departments on twitter.- @PRS_Science @PRSCSC @MrTWhiteboard @PRSMFL @PRSConstruct @PRSEnglish1 @PRSsport @PRSLRC @Depheadprs @PRSMaths @prsprom @MissRidley1 @PRSFootball @PRSGEOG @PRS Dance @headteacherprs PRS MOMENTS As you can see from this issue of our newsletter PRS run many trips and visits throughout the school year.

They are very popular and it is advisable to reply early in order to make sure your child is able to take part. Bucks Schoolwear Plus Christmas Closing /Opening Times Closed 5pm Wednesday 16th December Open 9am Tuesday 29th December Closed Friday 1st January 2016