1. A SPECIALIST SCIENCE COLLEGE FEBRUARY 2007
Issue No. 3
Eggar‛s is the 7th most improved school in
T h e G o v e r n m e n t r e c e n t l y The Government has looked at this
announced their new version of the criteria applied to schools over the
GCSE league tables which made last four years and compiled a list of
headline news in the National the top 100 schools in the country.
Eggar’s School was ranked 7th in
This year there is a new ‘Gold the whole country and can be found
Standard’ for measuring a school’s right there at the top of the most
performance. Historically this has improved schools list on the BBC
just been 5 or more A* C grades at website. This most recent success
GCSE. This year this statistic now follows another National accolade
includes English and Mathematics. for Eggar’s School.
2. Happy New year to you all! I would also like to welcome to
Eggar's School four new member
I have again got good news and of Year 10. Welcome to Robert
congratulations to hand out. MacKay 10MR, Darryn Lewis
10MKc, Sara Maxwell 10SKi and
Year 10 have now completed Hannah Moss10SKi.
some of their Science Module
Examinations and I was I am certain that you will be as
extremely pleased to be informed successful as the year group you
by Mr Carter, Head of Science are joining.
Department, that the results have
been very good. In fact, he told
me that the overall grades were Nicki Curtis
an improvement on last Year Head of Year 10
10's achievements. English Curriculum Leader
So congratulations to Year 10 on
yet another academic success,
following so closely on the heels
of the SATs achievements!
3. Year 8 have had a busy start to the There are still places available on
spring term and I have been very either half of the week for the Year 8
pleased with the progress they are all Calshot Trip in May. If you are
making. interested please could your son/
daughter collect a letter from the
As you know we provide you with school office.
information on your child showing
their termly progress reviews. I was This trip is a thoroughly enjoyable and
delighted to see that Year 8 are a very active two and half days.
making excellent progress in their
lessons and that all teachers are May I remind everyone that while the
pleased with the attitude they are weather is still very cold you can buy
displaying. green Eggar’s jumpers and stylish
black coats. Pupils are not allowed to
Year 8 Exam Week was a success wear nonschool uniform tops under
as all pupils showed they had spent their blazers or trainers in school.
t i m e r e v i s i n g a n d b e h a v e d
impeccably throughout their exams. I hope you all have a well deserved
I look forward to seeing all of their rest at half term ready for a busy next
More Year 8 News
A huge congratulation to Declan
Russell 8SMo, James Bevis 8REo
and Stuart Sharpe 8REo for achieving
a superb 1 place trampoling out of all
the students representing Under 13’s
in the South.
The competition took place on the Isle
of Wight. Miss L Rogers
Head of Year 8
4. The Government announced their new version of the GCSE league tables
which recently made headline news in the National Press.
This year there is a new ‘Gold Standard’ for measuring a school’s perform
ance. Historically this has just been 5 or more A*C grades at GCSE. This
year this statistic now includes English and Mathematics.
The Government has looked at this criteria applied to schools over the last four
years and compiled a list of the top 100 schools in the country. The key to in
clusion in this table is consistency, and a school’s results have had to have im
proved each year.
5. Head Teacher, Mrs Felicity Martin said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for us to cele
brate. Over the past year we have achieved many successes and we are particularly de
lighted to have secured this latest accolade. We have received a letter of congratulations
from the Minister of State for Schools, Mr Jim Knight and we have shared his comments
with our excellent team of staff and Governors.’
In September 2006 the National College for School Leadership announced the first wave
of ‘National Leaders for Education.’ Mrs Felicity Martin was successful in becoming one of
the first 50 Head Teachers in the country to achieve this status, and Eggar’s thereby be
comes a National Support School sharing the good practice which has taken the school to
local and now National success.
6. School Calendar 2007 Dates for your diary
February 26 Return to School following HalfTerm
28 17:3018:30 Parents dropin session in LRC
March 1 Y10 Citizenship Day
3 Dress/technical rehearsal for musical production
4 Dress/technical rehearsal for musical production
5 Evening performances of musical this week to include dress
reheasal to primary schools
6 Y10 Art trip to Tate Britain, Tate Modern & River Cruise (TBC)
7 Y11 Science repeat modules
Alton College Open Evening 19:00 21:00
12 Y10 Modular Science exams
Y11 MFL orals
KS3 Y9 Mock SATS week
14 Y7 Science Big Bug Show (postponed)
15 Y8 Science Trip to Natural History Museum (Group X)
16 Y8 Science Trip to Natural History Museum (Group Y)
19 Y11 Science special event – Shock, Awe & Inspire
22 Spring Concert 19:00 hrs
23 Academic Review Day—1 to 1 reviews with pupils, tutors and
26 Y7 Exam week
Y10 visit to Pertuis
28 Y8 reports to parents
April 2 13 EASTER HOLIDAYS
16 INSET DAY
19 Y7 Geography/Art trip to Living Rainforest (Group X)
20 Y7 Geography/Art trip to Living Rainforest (Group Y)
23 Y10 Geography Calshot trip departs
25 Y10 Geography Calshot trip returns
26 Y7 Science Reptile Day (TBC)
Y10 Art Full GCSE
Y8 Parents Evening
27 Y10 Art Full GCSE
30 Y10 Exam week
May 3 Y11 Full GCSE Art
4 Y11 Full GCSE Art
7 MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY
9 Y10 Drama GCSE
11 Y10 Science special event Shock, Awe & Inspire
14 Y10 Work experience begins (2 weeks)
Y8 Geography Calshot trip 1st half departs
16 Y8 Geography Calshot 1st half returns/2nd half departs
17 Y11 Leavers Dinner at The Grange
18 GCSE Music
Y8 Geography Calshot 2nd half return
23 Y7 Reports to Parents
24 Y9 Trip to Barcelona return May 28th
28 HALF TERM
7. Eggar’s Achieves Healthy Schools Award
Mr Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Head Teacher receiving Eggar’s
National Healthy Schools Awards
An Ofsted Inspector recently visited Mr Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Head
Eggar’s to consider the school’s Teacher expressed his delight. He
submission for the National Healthy said ‘With the Government’s agenda
Schools Award. During her visit she focussed on the principle that Every
interviewed students, staff, parents Child Matters, this has become a very
and Governors and scrutinised a important National award for schools.
detailed submission and a wide We are pleased to have been
variety of evidence. She walked the awarded the standard which confirms
site, and joined pupils for lunch, what we know, that Eggar’s
choosing from the full range of recognises and cares for every indi
healthy options always on offer at vidual child.’
mealtimes. The Inspector said that
she was pleased to confirm that
Eggar’s is a healthy school and the
8. “Anything Goes”
Rehearsals are well underway
for the Eggar‛s production of
‘ A ny th in g Go e s' . Mo s t
departments in school are
involved in some way and over
70 pupils have been working
hard to ensure that the show
Tickets are now on sale daily Learning the script of ‘Anything
from Reception, please ensure Goes‛, Katie Brook 10SL, Ben Lynn
cheques are made payable to 11AS, Tristan Norris 11AS and
Charlie Yarrow 8REo.
‘Eggar‛s School‛ and have your
son/daughters name and tutor
group on the reverse. Ticket
prices are £7.50 for Adults Opening night is on Tuesday
and £5.00 for OAP‛s and 6th March with curtains up at
Children under 16 years. 7.30pm prompt - further
performances are on the
nights of Wednesday 7th,
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th
If you would like to be part of
the experience, please ensure
you purchase your tickets
soon, as they are selling
Some of our talented Year 8 and
Year 11 students busy
rehearsing ‘Anything Goes‛.
9. Badminton Success for Kieron Riley 10SW
I am currently taking GCSE PE and The observation team were impressed
was encouraged by Mr Eost to take with my playing and have offered me
my badmington playing further by the opportunity to take part in the
entering me into a competition at Hampshire Badmington Development
Westgate Badmington Centre. School, where I will have County
training and a chance to represent
the County team.
I will keep you updated with my
progress and results.
Kieron Riley 10SW
FUNDRAISING FOR S.U.D.E.P
BY RUBY CLARKE 10SW
I have been fundraising again for Overall I raised £71.00 and in total
Epilepsy Bereaved, but this time I I have now raised £398.00.
held a ‘Guess The Number of
Chocolate Heroes in a Stocking‛ Thank you to everyone who
competition at Christmas. supported me with this fundraising.
The competition was 50p a go and I
also sold blue ‘In Memory‛ wrist
bands for £1.00. Ruby Clarke 10SW
10. RAISE THE ROOF
BY VANESSA ANDERSON 8KN
Miss Hampson received a letter The day finally arrived and we
from Jane, the Vicar of All set off to All Saints Church.
Saints Church, informing us of a When we arrived Jane was sat
sponsored sing to raise money at the piano playing. We were
for a new church roof. the first to perform as not
many other participants had
I asked some friends if they arrived yet.
wanted to come and sing with
me but unfortunately they all I was ready to start but Angel‛s
had other commitments and nerves got the better of her
could not join me so I decided and said she was sorry but could
to volunteer my sister Angel. At not go through with it. Jane,
first Angel was enthusiastic but Mary and I talked her round and
as the day got closer nerves set in the end she stood behind me
in! to sing.
We both practiced at night It went well and Mary was very
after school and sometimes in proud of us.
the mornings if we had time.
The Church needs to raise
£75,000 for the new roof; so
far they have raised over
£35,000. I‛m not sure how
much they raised on ‘Raise The
Roof‛ day but I feel glad I did
my bit for All Saints Church.
Vanessa Anderson 8KN
11. KEEPING PARENTS BETTER INFORMED
At Eggar’s we pride ourselves on our careful Annual Subject Report
monitoring of student progress. This year we
have added to the information that parents An annual subject report for every pupil is also
receive. produced this will contain information about
achievements your son/daughter has made in
Eggar’s Assessment and Reporting each subject area and suggest strategies that
Cycle 20062007 they can follow to help them achieve their target
grades. A subject consultation evening will
Termly Progress Review (TPR’s) follow which will give you an opportunity to
discuss the progress of your son/daughter with
These will be produced for every pupil at the their subject teachers.
end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer
terms. An Academic Review Day will also
follow at the end of the Autumn and Spring
Terms so you can discuss the progress of
your son/daughter with your child’s tutor.
Sainsbury‛s Active Kids 2007
Once again our school will be taking part in the Your support and commitment will again be crucial
Sainsbury‛s Active Kids campaign. and there a number of additional ways in which
you can support the school throughout the Active
We are one of over 31,000 schools that have Kids campaign:
registered for this scheme in the last two
years, benefiting from a share of an incredible ¨ You will receive a bonus voucher for every
£34 million worth of active equipment and £10 you spend on fresh fruit and vegetables
experiences. and all products with the healthy apple
Last year, with your help, we collected 22344
Active Kids vouchers, so thank you for your ¨ Convert your Nectar points into Active Kids
support. Of course we want to aim even vouchers by visiting nectar.com - simply
higher this year to take advantage of a range select the school from the drop down list
of new and innovative equipment for in and out and follow the instructions on the screen.
of the classroom.
Remember, all you need to do is post the vouchers
Active Kids will run from 7 February to 29 into the Active Kids collection box, located in the
May 2007, during which time you will receive school.
one Active Kids voucher for every £10 you
spend at Sainsbury‛s. Thank you for your continued
12. Keeping Parents better informed
At Eggar’s we pride ourselves on our care
ful monitoring of student progress. This
year we have added to the information that
Eggar’s Assessment and Reporting
Termly Progress Review (TPR’s)
These will be produced for every pupil at
the end of the Autumn, Spring and Sum
mer terms. An Academic Review Day will
also follow at the end of the Autumn and
Spring Terms so you can discuss the pro
gress of your son/daughter with your
Annual Subject Report
An annual subject report for every pupil is
also produced this will contain information
about achievements your son/daughter
has made in each subject area and sug
gest strategies that they can follow to help
them achieve their target grades. A sub
ject consultation evening will follow which
will give you an opportunity to discuss the
progress of your son/daughter with their
13. DRAMA CLUB
Drama club has taken off with a Drama Club is open to all pupils in
flying start this term after a Years 7, 8 & 9 located in the
short break. Drama room on Thursday after
school from 3.25pm - 4.35pm.
We were lucky to have secured
the services of drama
practitioner, who has experience
of a range of drama projects.
Laura Dymock has taken on the
role of encouraging pupils to
develop confidence and drama
skills, and has many exciting
ideas which, with the help of her
committed band, we hope to see
coming to fruition over the Please see Mrs Walker if you
coming months. would like further information.
Drama note from Cameron Reid 7JW
As a member of the Phoenix Kids The next production will be ‘Mary
Drama Group at the Phoenix Poppins’, the auditions are already
Theatre in Bordon, I have been complete, but please come and
involved in several productions. support the group by buying
Last term I played the starring role tickets!
of Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’. If you fancy getting involved,
please talk to Cameron Reid.
VISIT TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON BY THE
On Friday the 2 February the Year 8’s
visited the National Gallery in London as part
of a scheme of work created by the English
Department, which looks at how literature,
media and art combine to reveal the best and
the worst in human nature.
At 9:00 am an excited group of 139 Year 8
pupils boarded the coaches and set off for
the art gallery. Once they arrived at Trafalgar
Square, the pupils and accompanying staff
were divided into two groups and then
subdivided into tutor groups so that they
could taken on a lecture tour by the staff of
the gallery’s Education Centre. The first half
of the Year Group began their lecture tour An Experiment on a Bird with the Air Pump
immediately while the other half spent some by Joseph Wright of Derby
time in the gallery shop buying souvenirs.
The paintings which they were shown had been
selected in advance by the gallery staff who had
been informed about theme the Year 8s were
studying and had been given copies of the
poems so the focus of these discussions was
“The Nature of Man”.
Pupils were able to see great artists’
interpretations of love; war and peace; the
seven ages of man – from birth to death; the
quest for knowledge; beauty and the
grotesque and the excellence as well as the
A Gortesque Old Woman folly of humankind.
By Quinten Massys
After an informative and inspiring hour in which
each group examined and discussed three
The lecture tours were absolutely fascinating paintings which had been specifically selected
and the pupils were encouraged to share their by their own tour guide, the Year 8s headed for
insights and explore the various elements of the food halls to have their lunch before
the paintings they were shown. Our pupils boarding the coaches for the return journey to
were enthralled and participated with Eggar’s.
enthusiasm in these discussions.
Miss K Mitchell
15. There have been a few responses to You will be invited to a preliminary
my request in the December meeting where questions can be
Newsletter for parents who are answered and a more specific guide to
interested in finding out more about the Award Scheme provided. You
the Duke of Edinburgh Award, should then complete the confidential
which is an exciting opportunity for Criminal Records Bureau forms and we
our pupils. can begin.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award has
been developed to offer Young Just to remind you of the benefits of
People between the ages of 14 and volunteering:
25 an enjoyable, challenging and
rewarding programme of personal Share the satisfaction and enjoyment of
development that is recognised to be young people’s achievement
an outstanding achievement by Improve your relationship with young
employers and further educational people
establishments in many countries. Work alongside pupils in informal
It’s not too late to consider finding out Get involved in your local community
about offering to mentor a group of up Enhance your career prospects
to six keen youngsters so that they Work with other volunteers in a team,
can complete the Duke of Edinburgh sharing common objectives
Award. Make new friends
Enhance your organisational and
Regardless of whether you have any professional skills
particular qualifications, the Eggar’s
Award Team needs volunteers. If you would like further information
This could include helping out please contact me at school.
generally, being a group leader, or
perhaps instructing in a certain sport Many thanks to those who have already
or skill. Some volunteers could help volunteered and for your continued
in the administration or fundraising support.
activities to help support our Award
Group. It could be as simple as you Jill Sandeman
offering to provide assistance with
transport. All roles are equally
16. Year Seven
Members of 7CG are hoping to add to The tubes are going to be collected in
the fantastic fundraising efforts for the at the end of January so we will let
Kware project by filling empty Smartie everyone know the total we raised as
tubes with twenty pence pieces. soon as possible!” Fund raising has
never been so tasty!
Charity representatives for the Tutor
Group – Jake Benstead and Naomi Well done to the whole of Year 7 for
Hide reported “We all agreed to buy a embracing the Kware Charity Project
tube of Smarties before Christmas, so with such enthusiasm!
we enjoyed eating the contents knowing
that we would be raising money for
such a good cause.
7OW SPONSORED SILENCE shhhhh...
Some of our pupils from 7OW took part Thank you to all those who supported
in a sponsored silence for a day. There this fundraiser.
were one or two slip ups along the way
which were overlooked of course.
From left to right Kelsie Hunter, Libby Spong, Ben Watts and Hugh
Wheatley(7OW) taking part in the Sponsored Silence.
17. Poet In The Making!
Hannah Smith (7JW)
has recently had one of her
Here is her poem for you all to read.
Ice and snow like a blanket,
Over the cold, dark Antarctica,
Penguins looking for food,
In freezing water keeping an eye
For an attacking seal,
Powerful, ravenous blizzards,
Blowing and swirling around,
North and South Poles,
Never warm or hot.
Well done Hannah!