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    • Issue No. 4  April 2008  Eggar‛s celebrates a visit to 10 Downing Street for ‘Exceptional School Leadership‛ Picture courtesy of The Herald Newspaper On Thursday 6th March, Mrs Martin was other school leaders is an amazing one of 90 school leaders invited to a experience - it is all about partnership reception at 10 Downing Street in working and sharing good practice.” recognition of her role in supporting Eggar‛s continued success has opened up a struggling schools, as a National Leader of wide variety of opportunities. Among Education (NLE). Mrs Martin was them was a recent visit to Eggar‛s by delighted to have the opportunity to meet National Consultant Educationalist, David Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who was Potter, who took time to observe lessons there with Ed Balls (Secretary of State and talked to teachers and listened to for Children Schools and Families) to pupils. At the end of Mr Potter‛s visit we greet the NLEs, along with senior staff were delighted by his comments of from the National College for School Eggar‛s being “like a stick of rock – Leadership (NCSL). whichever way you broke it, it would be For the last 18 months Mrs Martin has outstanding, it is like an extended family been working with Head Teachers in seven full of individuals who care about learning Isle of Wight Schools. “Working with and each other.” 
    • Yours sincerely  Felicity Martin  Head Teacher
    • Congratulations on another outstanding term at Eggar’s School. It is wonderful to see how well you have settled and the progress you are making! Year 7 Exam week has been a huge success with teachers being impressed with the maturity and focus that was The dance club at Eggar‛s is really fun. apparent during this important time. I We have made a dance routine already am sure this is a sign of what Year 7 will be achieving in future examinations over and we now have some Year 8 pupils the next few years. joining us. Our teachers, Miss McCready On a sporty note, the Year 7 and Miss Masterman, are just brilliant netball team have continued and are always happy for new people to their success from the join. We are always open to new ideas beginning of the year by winning a recent tournament and would be really interested in anyone between local schools. Congratulations that has taken part in any dance festivals to all the regular players in the team and or already dances for a club. Please come let’s keep winning! along and share your ideas and dance Interform sports are still keeping all of moves as we can then incorporate new the form Tutors busy at lunchtimes on techniques into our routines. Tuesday’s, with a very close Danish Longball competition looking to end soon. As the results stand at the moment, any one of the six Tutor groups could win the whole years competition – it is excellent to see such a closely fought event. Make sure you continue to support your groups at every match! Here are just some quotes from some of The rewards for Year 7 this half term the Dance club girls: have again been outstanding and I am ‘I enjoy the Dance Club because of the certain that we as a Year Group have now fab moves and ideas that people have put exceeded all of the past records for merit into them‛. Ciara Fearn 7CMc totals! Each of the tutor groups has the ability to win with the most merits, so ‘I think it is fun because of the fact that keep working hard and trying your best. you can make up any dance moves and I have been taking a close look at they will be included somewhere in the everyone’s attendance as to achieve your dance routine.‛ Phoebe Anderson 7CMc full potential it is important your atten- ‘I enjoy dance because it is a great way dance is high. I would really like to be to improve your skills and in a fun way able to give Year 7s as many 100% attendance certificates as possible. too, I love the routines I have put for- Well done on all of your achievements so ward so far. I would recommend this to far Year 7! anyone who likes dancing or just having Mr J Wordsworth some fun.‛ Year 7, Year Leader By Zoe Bennett 7CMc
    • Recently 94 of our students from Years 9, 10 and Jennifer Saunders, with Bronze going to and 11 took part in the exacting Intermediate Luke Millard, Cameron Alexander, Chris Mathematics Challenge. This challenge is a test Capper, Kathryn Whitehead, Rhys Lloyd and of logic and mathematical skill without the use Sophia Kelly. Our Year 9 pupils did equally well of a calculator. The pupils rose to the test with with Silver being awarded to Laura 37 receiving certificates! Fitzgibbon, Thomas Joy, Louise Macnaghten There was just one ‘gold‛ which was awarded to and Travis Richmond with Bronze going to Peter Allen of 11SW, congratulations and well Charley Pugh, Eleanor Sorsby, Jacob White, done Peter! Silver awards went to Year 11 pupils Claudia Vogt, Alice Pearson, Jessica Lock and Rosie Croft, James Luff, Max Madgwick, Olivia Walton. Cameron James and Hayley Ward and Bronze Well done to all those who took part and good was awarded to James Flanagan, Jonathan Cook, luck to our Year 7 and 8 pupils who will be Olivia MacCallum, Lyssa Badger, Kimberley entered for the Junior Mathematics Brigdale, Lee Washington, Isobel Reid, Heather Challenge in May. Can they match the Upper Rowland and Connor West. School‛s success? Year 10 students receiving Silver awards were Mrs S Woodward Hanna Gilbert, Victoria Minett, Thomas Fabian Mathematics Teacher
    • Just before half-term, our Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed an Indian cookery demonstration by Mr Anil Sharma (Indiacallingcuisine.com). Mr Sharma visited our Food Technology Department to give our Year 10 Students the experience of watching and taking part in a professional cookery demonstration. Mr Sharma cooked a 4 course meal for the students which they enjoyed for their lunch! This was a fantastic experience for the students, which allowed them to broaden their knowledge of multi cultural cuisine. Thank you for supporting this event. Mrs A Roy and Ms R Hey Food Technology Department
    • School Calendar 2008 ­  Dates for your diary  April  7 ­ 18  Easter Holiday  SUMMER TERM  21  INSET DAY— No pupils in school  21  Y10 GCSE Geography trip to Calshot departs  23  Y10 GCSE Geography trip returns from Calshot  Y7 ‘Dr Dolittle’ trip to New Victoria Theatre, Woking from 18:00­23:15  24  Trip to ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre, London 17:00­12:00  28  Y10 Exam week  29  Y7 X­half Geography/Art trip to Kew Gardens  30  Y7 Y­half Geography/Art trip to Kew Gardens  Farnham College Y10 Opening Evening 18:00­21:00  1  Junior Maths Challenge  May  Y11 Music Showcase at 19:00  Bank Holiday  5  School closed  6  Y9 KS3 SATs tests begin  12  Y10 Work Experience begins  Y8 depart for residential trip to Fairthorne Manor, Botley  14  Y11 GCSEs begin  Richard Robinson lectures for:­  Y7/8 – Sense and sensibility  Y10 – Why the one you fancy never fancies you?  Community Lecture from 19:00 – Why toast always lands butter side down?  16  Y8 Return from Fairthorne Manor, Botley  20  Y5 Wootey Primary pupils visit for the day  21  Y5 Andrews Endowed primary pupils visit for the day  Y7 reports to parents  22  Y5 Bentley primary pupils visit for the day  26 ­30  HALF­TERM  June  2  Return to school  5  Y7 Parents Evening from 16:00 in the hall  6  Y10 Drama exams  9  Y9 Field studies all week  Y10 Leisure & Tourism students visit to Guildford Spectrum  Y10 Health & Social Care students  visit to Treloars College this week  10  Y7 Art experience  11  Y7 Art experience  13  Y10 Imperial War Museum  trip 16  Y9 Field Studies  Y9 Non core exam week  18  Y10 Reports to parents  19  Y6 Induction Evening  20  Y10 Drama exams  21  Eggar’s School Fete  24  09:15 Open morning for Ys 3­5  25  09:15 Open morning for Ys 3­5  26  Y10 Parents evening from 16:00 in the hall  27  Evening with the Big Band from 19:30 in the hall  30  Y10 Modular Science exams  July  1  Y11 Repeat module Science exams  2  Sports Day  3  Y11 Leaver’s Dinner at The Grange Hotel  8  Y7 X­half Geography/History trip to Winchester  9  Y7 Y­half Geography/History trip to Winchester  Holocaust Survivor visiting Y9  10  Awards Evening from 18:30 in the hall  11  Y9 GCSE History trip to Ypres, Belgium  Y6 Induction Day  Reserve Sports Day  16  6th Great Music Challenge from 19:00 in the hall  22  Y9 Reports to parents  23  Last Day of Term 
    • Eggar’s Music Department proudly took the The Rhythmatists exploded on the stage Chamber Choir, Big Band and the with a loud and confident performance, Rhythmatists to perform at the National expertly showing how 26 percussionists Music for Youth Regional Festival on can perform together with great accu­ Thursday 13th March. The Regional Festival racy. Selected groups from the Regional of this National series was held at Taunton’s Festivals held all around the country, are College in Southampton. All three groups invited to perform again at the National performed exceptionally well and made a Festival in Birmingham in July. However, it real impact on the audience and the will not be until the end of April before we judges. Positive comments were plentiful find out if Eggar’s has been chosen! What­ about the musical performances given by ever happens, fun was had by all and each of the ensembles. The Chamber Choir we are looking forward to performing in performed three pieces including a jazzy the Festival again next year. arrangement of the song Fever famously sung by Peggy Lee. The Big Band performed two pieces with soloists Kati Whitehead, Chris Capper and Mr M Farris and Mr N Smith Talie Burkitt­Jones being very well received Music Department by the judges and audience alike.
    • GCSE MUSIC SHOWCASE CHANGE OF DATE... This year‛s GCSE Music Showcase has been moved to Thursday 1st of May, a change Congratulations  to  all  of  the  performers  who  from the original calendared date. This will participated in the Spring Concert on Thursday  th  be the second showcase following last year‛s 27  March.  The  evening  was  very  well  very entertaining concert and is a chance for attended by parents who were entertained by  all of the school’s groups and ensembles, with  you to hear compositions and performance well over 100 pupils performing in total.  submitted as part of the GCSE course. The event is free and will start at 7.00pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you! EGGAR‛S 6TH GREAT MUSIC CHALLENGE Wednesday 16th July After a crisp and polished performance by the  Big  Band,  hot  from  their  performance  at  the  Regional  Music  For  Youth  Festival  a  couple  of  weeks  ago,  the  evening  continued  with  a  whole  host  of  musical  styles  from  different  The Great Music Challenge is now in its 6th parts  of  the  world.  Notable  performances  year and has established itself as one of the came from the newly formed barbershop ‘The  musical highlights of the year. The beginning Blue  Notes’  singing  ‘Goodnight  Sweetheart’  of the summer term will see the launch of this and  ‘Blue  Moon’,  the  Rhythmatists  performing  annual competition to hunt out the most ‘Nanamba’ written by our drum teacher Simon  talented performers in the school, as pupils Mellish  and  the  concert  band  ending  the  sign up for their chance to wow the judges at evening  with  a  rousing  selection  of  pieces  by  the audition stage. Henry Mancini.  Successful acts will then perform live to a After  such  a  busy  term,  all  of  the  ensembles  packed hall on Wednesday 16th July in the will  enjoy  a  well  deserved  rest  over  the  Grand Final. holiday  before  the  hard  work  starts  once  again.  Is  it  too  early  to  start  rehearsal  for  When tickets go on sale for this popular event, Christmas?!?  snap them up quickly as every year has been sold out by the first week of release. Mr M Farris  Mr M Farris and Mr N Smith Music Curriculum Leader Music Department
    • Finally,  all  of  the  hard  work  put  in  to  this  amazing  project  involving  nearly  300  pupils from Alton was put into action.  th  On  Sunday  30  March  the  performers  played to a packed audience at The Anvil  Theatre in  Basingstoke.  If  you  were lucky  enough to  get  a  ticket  for  this  event,  then  you will know how spectacular the concert  was  –  a  once  in  a  lifetime  opportunity  to  perform  with  some  of  the  country’s  greatest jazz musicians!  I  am  sure  that  this  major  event  will  get  excellent  press  coverage  and  a  full report  will appear in the next newsletter.  Congratulations  to  all  of  the  performers  involved from Eggar’s.
    • Homework Project Launch! Year 9 excelling again!  After the Easter holiday, the Year 8’s will face a It has been a busy time recently for the Year new challenge with the launch of ’Project 9‛s after completing their Mock SATs which Homework’. The departments setting projects will be Art, Geography, History and Religious Studies. lead to the real thing in May. Each project covers a four week timetable. Some Mr Eost is extremely impressed with the of the projects overlap, but that will be part of the quality, determination and sheer enthusiasm challenge for the Year 8’s to organise themselves. shown by the Year 9 Girls PE groups. They just We believe this project style homework will give keep going when most would falter and are students the opportunity to take more performing better than any other Year group responsibility and develop their independent learning skills in terms of meeting deadlines, he has seen before! similar to those they will face during Key Stage 4. I have had a similar report from Mr Rabani These projects offer students exciting tasks and his BTEC Science group as their work is involving research, investigation and planning. to a very high standard and this would Also importantly, students will have the normally not be tackled until Year 11. Mr opportunity to express themselves in a variety of Wordsworth was highly complimentary of different ways and capture their imagination. Each department will launch their projects during those pupils sitting the GCSE Science paper, lessons, with students being required to carry out showing a most mature attitude towards the their own research. They can make use of the exam. internet and Learning Resource Centre at school Recently some of our Year 9 boys formed a which holds invaluable resources. From past ‘Practical Project‛ group which has begun work projects completed, as an example the recent on an outdoor problem solving course. Already excellent work on Japan for Geography, students clearly benefit from this type of challenge. All they have demonstrated their considerable departments are looking forward to seeing the skills at fencing, ground preparation and level results in the summer! setting of constr uction mater ials. The Learning Challenge! Mr Campbell, who is overseeing and guiding At the beginning of the summer term Year 8 the students, is very impressed with the hard Tutor groups will be taking on the Learning work and excellent attitude that the boys Challenge. The aim of the Learning Challenge is have shown. to help students improve the organisation of Laura Fitzgibbon 9RCo and Harriet Granville- themselves and of their learning. The Learning Jones 9KM have got the Year 9 notice board Challenge is a flexible ‘little and often’ scheme, up and running for which we are all very which is broken down into eight themes, these will be : grateful. It will have a range of information Organisation Challenge, Memory Challenge, including exam details, the latest in the Revision Challenge, Working Challenge, Subject competitions, future events and photos of Challenge, Thinking Challenge and the Reflection trips. If there is something which you think Challenge. should be on the notice board then please let Within each theme there are short activities to Laura, Harriet or myself know. complete during Tutor Time. Each tutor group will do one or two of the themes during the Summer So a big ‘pat on the back‛ to Year 9, keep up term and this will help students gain new skills or the great work, keep collecting those improve on existing ones. ‘oranges‛ and lets see just what you are ALL Have a safe and relaxing Easter holiday and keep capable of! up the good work! Mr J Foley Mr A Wheeler Year 9, Year Leader Year 8, Year Leader
    • Critical Thinking It  is  with  amazement,  bemusement  and  even a touch of sadness that I write this, as  Conference it  will  be  my  last  official  entry  in  a  Thirteen of our AS Level Critical Thinking newsletter as your Year Leader prior to you  Students joined 600 other students, mostly all leaving on  13th May.  from sixth form colleges, at a conference in It  seems  only  yesterday  that  I  took  over  a  fresh  faced  and  still  so  new  Year  7  group  London to prepare for their three hour exam from  Miss  Yabsley!  Then  we  had  the  ‘marathon‛ in a few weeks time. The venue excitement of Calshot in Year 8, moving on  was the Conway Hall in Holborn. The day to  a  very  successful  SATs  in  Year  9  which  comprised of six intensive sessions where led  to  all  the  challenges  of  Year  leading examination officers from OCR took 10.  A memorable moment in Year 10 that I  students through various ways to prepare for cannot leave out is the prefect process and  interviews  for  the  head  boy  and  head  girl  the exam. As Critical Thinking is skills led positions.  I think our current  prefects and  rather than content centred, students were our  Senior  Team,  including  head  boy  urged to practice by listening to all kinds of Richard  Hibbert,  head  girl  Hayley  Ward,  arguments, watching good news bulletins as deputy head boy Richard Jarvis and deputy  well as reading plenty of newspapers. Most head  girl  Rosie  Croft  have  all  done  us  found that the day was helpful. Alison proud.  Thank you and well done to you all!  Overton 10HR reported “Everything that was And now, unbelievably, it is ‘the final count  down’ for us all in Year 11.  I am confident  said was really useful.” Catie Davis 10AV that you are all studiously preparing for the  added “the whole experience was truly approaching  exams  and  also  looking  amazing, I think that I‛ve learnt a lot, so this forward  to  your  Leaver's  Assembly  and  will help me with the exams.” A final then, we have the finale of the Prom! How  comment by Chris Best 10HR of “I thought exciting it all sounds.  that the speeches were mesmerising and I I would like to thank you all for some of the  most  challenging,  memorable  and  exciting  am sure this will improve my grades” is teaching  years  to  date.  I  wish  you  all  the  evidence that this trip was an excellent best of luck in the exams and look forward  opportunity for our promising AS students. to  seeing  you  all  dressed  to  the  nines  for  Mrs C Gerlach the Prom!  Critical Thinking Teacher Here's  to  a  successful  end  to  your  Eggar's  Academic career.  Miss N Curtis  Congratulations and best of luck Year 11, Year Leader  to Charlie Bonner of 10DS We would all like to wish Charlie the best of luck in May, when he captains the Under 15s England Roller Hockey Louise  Small  of  11SKi  must  be  Team in Germany! This is a fantastic congratulated  for  coming  second  over­  achievement and opportunity and we wish all  in  the  National  Cross  Country  Charlie and his team every success at this international tournament. Championships  last  week…  fantastic  Mrs D Smith news… well done Louise! 10DS Tutor
    • On 18th March our Year 10 and 11 GCSE Science and Geography students went to Southampton University to attend a conference specifically designed to enhance their studies. We were joined by schools from all over the South East, with an audience of approximately 200 students. The day started with the Keynote Speech by TV Presenter, Chris Packham, who spoke very passionately about the worries and fears he has for the wildlife in our oceans and how they can be affected in particular, by our use of plastics. One example he gave However, the poor old female dog whelk is strangely affected by this chemical in the sea and even a tiny amount can mean that the female dog whelk grows male genitals. This prevents the dog whelk from breeding and can wipe out whole populations! The last lecture was on giant waves and we learned about Tsunamis and how waves can be our friend as well as our enemy. Following lunch there was a question and answer session with a panel that included was when he attended an autopsy of a giant lecturers from the Schools of Geography, turtle that was found on a beach in Spain. Civil Engineering, Ocean & Earth Science as When the animal‛s stomach was examined well as Chris Packham. There were lots of they pulled out 100‛s of plastic carrier bags. questions asked and answered, but in my This turtle was probably born 100-120 years opinion, the best question was from Jenny ago, before plastics had been invented, and Saunders of 10JS, who asked a question of this was the cause of his death. shopping locally against buying Fair Trade Following Chris Packham, there were three goods from abroad. Well done Jenny! more extremely interesting lectures It was an extremely interesting day and all including giant floods and ice dams covering the students enjoyed the experience. 15,000 years ago, environmental impacts of Once again they were all a credit to Eggar‛s shipping, where we learned that the humble School. dog whelk has an extremely difficult time at sea due to the chemical Tributyltin (TBT). TBT is used as an anti-fouling agent on the Mrs A Sutehall bottom of ships to stop barnacles attaching Geography Curriculum Leader themselves.
    • On Friday 15th February 41 eager students set off on a 22 hour coach trip to Nassfeld in Austria for the Eggar‛s annual ski trip. Although the journey was very long it was all part of the holiday experience. After a hard (but fantastic) four hours of We were extremely lucky as most days the skiing we had hot chocolate, with cream, at weather conditions were superb with great snow après ski to soothe our muscles. and sunshine. Each day of skiing proved to be just as much fun as the first! Our holiday would not have been complete without the evening activities which included swimming, skittles and speed dating... The days were filled with a handful of crashes and other crazy incidents such as skiing straight into piste markers, making yellow snow and hugging trees!
    • Nice hair Mr Laycock! Pictured above are the ‘speed dating‛ winners Emma Young & Jamie Rawlings …. better luck next time Mr Laycock! I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this trip especially Mr Laycock, for giving us one of the most enjoyable weeks of our lives! Leo Rossiter 8JH
    • We  are  pleased  to  announce  a  new  link  on  the  If you need help with homework then check the  Eggar’s  School  website  www.eggars.net  under  links, if you cannot remember when your school  services, the Science Microsite.  trip is, then check the calendar.  This  will  give  information  on  dates  of  This service is continually updated and  this is a  examinations,  pictures of trips, competitions and  new  way  to  find  out  more  about  the  Science  lecturer visits.  There is a vast amount to see and  Department, the Specialist Status and everything  read.  Please use the site and we would welcome  scientific in‐between.  any feedback.  Miss McAulay  Teacher of Science and OLC Co‐ordinator
    • Year 11 Art students have come to the end of their Art course this week. They have worked incredibly hard for ten hours, the equivalent of two days in the classroom, in order to make their 'Final Designs'. There will be an exhibition of their work in the summer term. Mrs S Kinteh Charlie Hughes 11SW & Emily Hatcher 11SKI Anna Youngs 11SL Emily Brown 11MR Charlotte Withams 11KMc By Jack Burcham 11SL
    • Ed Barney 11SW Josh Brown & Hamish Hewitt 11MR Jack Barney 11SW Alex Drinkall 11KMc Eddie Barney 11SW Jack Burcham 11SL & Mrs Brohier Isobel Reid 11SL
    • As you know we are continuously looking for We would appreciate the support of parents ways to raise the achievements of our in encouraging their child to use SAM students. One of the ways we do this is by Learning Secondary and take part in the 10 subscribing to SAM Learning Secondary, Hour Challenge. an eLearning service used by over 800,000 Our students should know how everything students. works and this may be of interest to parents, During the Easter Holiday we are encouraging especially the area that reports on their our Year 11 students to take up the SAM progress and shows their marks! Learning Secondary 10 Hour Challenge. This In addition to this we also suggest a couple of challenge will remind them that they have useful revision websites: access to this online service which will help them to improve their attainment in the GCSE www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize examinations. www.eggars.net and follow SAM The main initiative of this challenge for SAM Learning or OLC links to subject Learning Secondary is to raise attainment. revision and information. SAM Learning Secondary is proven to improve GCSE results with 10+ hours of use, therefore we are challenging students to use it for at least 10 hours across all subjects. To access the service at www.samlearning.com, students will need the following three details: Centre ID:  GU34ES  User ID:  Date of birth followed by two initials; first name then last name.  Example: 010895DJ is the User ID for David Jones born 1st August 1995  Password:  Initially same as User ID, Learners are encouraged to change this to  something difficult to guess or work out.  Mr A Carter Miss N Curtis Assistant Head Teacher Year 11, Year Leader Science Curriculum Leader