Dear Parents / Carers
Evacuation of the school buildings - Tuesday, 04th October 2016
Due to a small fire in a garden adjacent to the school car park, pupils and staff were evacuated to the 'muster point' for an extended period of time this afternoon. The fire brigade were called and they promptly extinguished the fire. There was some minor damage to the immediate area only.
Due to a highly efficient evacuation, pupils, staff and visitors were kept safe. I would like to commend the pupils for following the evacuation drill correctly and waiting patiently until the 'all clear' was given to return to the buildings, which pupils did in a calm and sensible fashion - well done Springfield!
Kindly note that the timing of the incident meant that the canteen was unable to run the lunchtime service; however, you will appreciate that the physical safety of the school community must come first in these incidences.
The car park remains in use as normal.
40 Year 11 DofE students arrived on Saturday morning at a car park in the New Forest to commence their assessed expeditions. It was pouring with rain with thunder and lightening as well when they set off but this did not hinder them. Despite some navigational errors early on, all 40 impressed their assessors and passed. Congratulations Year 11 on your successful expeditions and a huge thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to assist.
Mrs Whitelock, DofE Co-ordinator
We were pleased to invite Steve Frampton the Principle of Portsmouth College to present at our Year 11 Study Skills evening last night. He is a former Chief Examiner and Ofsted Inspector and gives presentations to large audiences all around Europe. Thank you to all of you who came along and for those who could not please find below a copy of the powerpoint below. If any parents have questions or would like the opportunity to talk to Steve he will be available at the Portsmouth College Open Evenings and is happy to talk then.
Many thanks. Mr Lomas
We are thrilled to announce that our new Springfield Film is now live on the school website. The short film runs alongside our prospectus and gives a snap shot of the school and pupils here. As you may remember filming took place at the end of the summer term and uses special green filming techniques that have really captured the Springfield ethos. Special thanks to all the pupils who have enthusiastically taken part and to Shadric and Bip of Toop Studio for their hard work in creating our vision.
To view the video please follow this link - http://springfield.uk.net/index.php/2013-12-19-08-03-40/springfield-film or view it by linking the quick link on the right hand side of our home page.
Year 11 Geographers have been surveying and learning about the coastal management at West Wittering and East Head for their controlled assessments this week. It stayed dry but it was a little windy!
Mrs Lawler, Teacher of Geography
Springfield’s annual Open Evening will be held at 6pm on 6th October 2016. During the evening you will be able to look around the school campus and meet students and staff. There will also be the opportunity for Year 6 pupils/parents/carers to attend a brief presentation given by Ms Spivey, the Headteacher. Our Open Evening is undoubtedly the best way in which to find out more about the opportunities that Springfield has to offer. However, if you are unable to attend on the 6th, the school will be offering three Open Mornings on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October. These will run from 10.35am to 11.15am and consist of a tour of the campus with a senior member of staff. Places for the Open Mornings are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis; tickets are limited to one per family. If you are unable to attend the Open Evening and would like to attend an Open Morning, please telephone Alison Norum at the school to reserve a place as soon as possible.
The school has received notice from Hampshire Police of a suspicious male in the North End area. There have been two incidents where a male has exposed himself to school age children in Shadwell Road and Ophir Road over the past few days. The police will be increasing patrols in the area. Please discuss with your child(ren) the usual security around safety to and from school.
Year 10 pupils were delighted to receive a surprise visit yesterday from the Capital FM South Coast's breakfast show team and representatives from Portsmouth City Council. They were introduced to a great 'Get Involved Portsmouth' competition. Portsmouth City Council in conjunction with Capital FM South Coast are offering Year 10 pupils across Portsmouth the chance to win an exclusive gig with the singer Anne-Marie just by attending school! Year 10 tutor groups will be competiting against each other - the tutor group with the best overall attendance will win. This is a great incentive to improve attendance not only in the school but across the city.
We were delighted to welcome Christian Scott, Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award South East to Springfield today. Some of our Year 10 pupils who are hoping to partake in the DofE activities this year were presented with a certificate confirming that Springfield School is now a directly licenced centre of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We were also presented with a plaque confirming our new status. This year DofE has been very popular, with only thirty spaces available the Year 10 DofE hopefuls have been preparing presentations over the summer. The presentations portray why and how they want to achieve their DofE award. Mrs Whitelock, the teacher who oversees DofE at Springfield will be deciding on who the lucky thirty pupils will be shortly. Thank you to Christian for taking the time to visit us today.
Pictured above: Christian Scott and Ms Spivey, Headteacher along with DofE hopefuls Mia Lyndon, 10R, Tegan Williams, 10R, Oliver Martin, 10L, Alex Marriott, 10R and Annabelle Gregson, 10S
Pictured above: Annabelle Gregson's imaginative poster presentation
Pictured above: Christain Scott presenting the plaque to Ms Spivey, Headteacher and Mrs Whitelock, DofE Co-ordinator at Springfield
During the last academic year Mr Lomas wrote a testimony about Springfield’s work in Kenya and how it enhances our pupils’ personal development, enterprise and global awareness. This was picked up by various organisations and we were delighted to have been nominated for a national award in recognition of our work. Springfield School was shortlisted for the Educational Visits Award at the Education Business Awards in July. Mr Jethwa, Springfield Governor along with Mrs Hallsworth, Clerk to the Governors proudly represented Springfield at the ceremony held on 13th July 2016 at the Grange Hotel, St Pauls, London. The Awards have an established reputation for showcasing the success stories within schools. The event was hosted by Konnie Huq, best known for her work with Blue Peter. Unfortunately, on this occasion we did not win but we were pleased to get the nomination!
Below is the original testimony written by Mr Lomas:
40-60 Year 10 & 11 pupils from Springfield school spend 12 days every other August, with the charity African Adventures, working in shanty town schools of Nakuru, the 4th largest city in Kenya.
Volunteering trips are becoming a bullet point on people’s ‘bucket list’ and schools look at challenging expeditions for pupils’ personal development. The whole experience from fund raising to the impact the groups have had on the Kenyan schools (and Kenya on the groups) has been incredible. The school returns every two years to continue the work started from the previous visit. This began in 2013, continued in 2015 & we are gearing up for 2017. The school community values this trip very highly due to the enterprise culture that develops in the year leading up to the visits and the mind blowing impact of the poverty our pupils experience as well as the huge difference they make to over 700 Kenyan children’s lives each time. This is aid going direct to the source of the problem with no intermediaries taking their cut. Many continue to contribute to the African Adventures’ foundation fund after the trip is over. One girl has arranged to take her family back to Nakuru this summer. The rationale behind the experience is for pupils to realise the linkages our country has with other parts of the world and that they are global citizens. The impact the whole experience has had on our pupils has been profound in many cases and a question that is often posed is ‘Will there actually be a lasting impact’? Pupils are able to make a tangible difference at the projects that they work on and very often their mind-sets have shifted as a result of their volunteering experience. For some pupils it appears that the whole experience can to be the making of them. One pupil threw herself straight into fundraising for her trip and, through innovative individual and group fundraising activities; she had managed to fundraise the entire amount needed for her journey six months early. She didn’t stop there, however; this was to be just the start. This pupil now runs her own little business dressing as Elsa from Frozen and doing face painting at children’s parties and fetes. Her mother cannot believe the transformation in her daughter and credits everything involved in her trip to Kenya as the reason. “The fundraising and her Africa experience has really changed her attitude to money and brought out a strong work ethic. Whereas before she would often not rise from bed until noon, on fundraising days she’d be up and out by 8am without complaint!" The local community is very proud of the links we have made and every year I am invited by the Lord Major of Portsmouth to update civic dignitaries under the flag of Kenya as part of the city’s Commonwealth Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Guildhall Square.
I believe that our work does promote inclusiveness and integrates diversity amongst cultures with over 150 pupils able to act as advocates to their peers. The ‘adventure’ will continue every 2 years and the number of pupils able to have this opportunity will grow.