1. Issue No. 5  May 2008
Eggar‛s celebrate with Year 11
Tuesday 13th May 2008 will stay in the gathering reflected on the many
memory of many at Eggar‛s as this was achievements by Year 11 at Eggar‛s,
the last day in school for Year 11. which brought lots of laughter and a
After many months of preparation for few tears to many.
their GCSE‛s which finish in June, the We wish Year 11 the best of luck in
Year 11 were able to celebrate their their exams and look forward to seeing
final day with a Leavers Assembly. them at their Leavers Dinner on
With Senior Staff, Tutors and Thursday 3rd July and celebrating their
Teachers in attendance, this special exam results in August.
2. It is always nice to experience something The students looked at
new and for me this happened twice in one the properties of these
day! As not only did I accompany the Y-half species many of which
of Year 7 on a school trip for the first time, produce timber, fruits,
but also made my first visit, and hope not spices, fibres,
last, to Kew Gardens. perfumes and
Despite the appalling weather, which didn‛t medicines.
dampen our spirits, we arrived at Kew This magnificent
Gardens to visit two of the glasshouses. The glasshouse houses some
purpose of this trip was to enable the enormous palms which
students to gather information about now reach the top of the roof, which we
eco-systems for their Geography studies and were able to view from a roof top walkway
also have the opportunity of drawing some of reached via an iron spiral staircase. A
the many plants for their Art lessons. second spiral staircase takes you to the
Our morning was spent in the Palm House, basement which houses four important
which is a very impressive marine habitats, complete with fish, crabs,
and beautiful glasshouse corals and marine plants.
built in 1844-48 and is After a busy morning, lunchtime soon arrived
classed as the world‛s most and we joined the rest of the Year 7 groups
important surviving for a quick break.
Victorian glass and iron After lunch we swapped topics and venues
structure. with the rest of the year group and visited
We were quite pleased to escape the wet, the Princess of Wales Conservatory. This
grey weather outside and enter the warm glasshouse commemorates both Diana,
and humid atmosphere in this glasshouse. Princess of Wales, and one of her
The Year 7‛s immediately started their predecessors, Princess Augusta, the mother
Geography work to study the many different of George III, who founded the botantic
palm species, which would normally be found gardens at Kew in 1759.
in tropical rainforests and plants of great Within this new house there are ten
economic significance which included rubber, different environmental zones. Here, under
banana, mango, coconut, Ylang Ylang, pepper the guidance of Art Teacher, Mr Colburn-
and cocoa to name just a few. Jackson, our Year 7‛s had the opportunity to
study and choose where and what they
wished to draw
using oil pastels.
Th ere w er e
to choose from
i n c l u d i n g
b r i g h t l y
c o l o u r e d
orchids, cactus against desert backdrops,
waterfalls and huge lily pads.
3. The students produced some wonderful artwork
with many Kew visitors stopping to admire and
comment on how good they were.
Unfortunately the afternoon went all too quickly
and we were soon on our way back to school.
I have to say this day was made all the more
enjoyable due to my group of George Burton,
Joshua Cockram, William Chong, Ben Hannon,
Madeleine Anderson and Carmella Faithfull of
7JM, as they were really good company and their
behaviour was excellent throughout the day.
Mrs N Headleand
4. We have had another really successful few To finish, I would like to
weeks in school with Year 7, and the congratulate the following pupils
brilliant weather recently bringing out the on achieving some outstanding
best in everyone! I hope it lasts… merit totals – Alice Ilsley and
I‛m still chuffed to bits with the Bill Baker of 7NS, Lydia Wang, Rebecca
enthusiasm and motivation Year 7 are Hawkes and Sam Wood of 7JM, Alex
showing across the whole school, which will Holmes and Stan Burrows of 7SD, Doug
be of great importance with next year‛s Lowe, Alissa Kirkwood and Tyrone Girling-
new Year 7 coming to visit us very soon. I Florio 7CMc.
am very excited at the prospect of us Very well done Year 7 – have a great final
becoming the ‘new‛ Year 8 and the new term!
challenges this will bring. Mr Wordsworth
Year 11 are currently sitting their GCSE Year Leader, Year 7
exam, so I would appreciate students
continuing to move around the Hall area and
other designated exam areas as quietly as
possible at this important time. It won‛t be
too long before you are sitting in those
seats, which is a scary thought! With her love of dance and music,
Parents and pupils will now have received Justine Jerrold of 7JM, is setting
her sights high.
their Year 7 Reports, which will give you a Justine excels in Ballroom and Latin
good indication of the progress being made dance and her ambition is to become a
at school. We would like to invite you to professional dancer or instructor and
Parent‛s Evening to discuss these reports perhaps one day performing on the
further on Thursday 5th June, where you television sh ow ‘Strict ly Come
will get the chance to meet your child‛s
Luckily, her new dance partner Bradley
teachers. Parent‛s Evenings are incredibly Evans (aged 12) has the same passion
important and I would urge that you attend and commitment when it comes to
to ensure that staff, parents and pupils can dancing, and this is certainly shown in
work together to maximise the progress of the distance they have to travel to
every child at the school. You will shortly practice, as Bradley lives in Crewe and
attends a dan ce sch ool in
receive a letter home with details of this Wolverhampton!
evening and your child will have the This dancing duo are currently
opportunity to make individual appointments t r ain in g h ar d for th e ir fi r st
on your behalf with their teachers from competition ‘Stars of the Future’ which
4pm until 7pm. will be held at Brentwood, Essex on
7th June. These talented dancers also
Year 7 are still achieving a great
h ave th e ‘Nor t h of En g l an d’
attendance of 95% but I would love to see competition to compete in too.
this improve and finish the year with 100% - We wish Justine the very best of luck
remember, you cannot learn unless you are and look forward to hearing about the
in school! competitions.
5. June Open Mornings for
Years 3, 4 and 5
Once  again  this  Summer  we  open  our
doors to welcome parents and pupils of
our  primary  feeder  schools  to  come
and visit our school.
We  are  always  happy  and  proud  to
As we still occasionally have show  visitors  the  excellent  facilities
queries from parents as to how and where and  opportunities  on  offer  at  Eggar’s
they can purchase school uniform, we would School.
Please  come  along  between  9.00am
confirm our current school uniform supplier
and 12.00pm on either Tuesday 24th or
is 1st Grade and we have order forms Wednesday 25th June.
available from the School Office.
To place your order please return the
completed form to the school office with We  have  recently
your payment by cheque to ‘1st Grade‛. All received  complaints
orders are collected on a Friday and if the regarding the dropping­off
item is in stock, they will be delivered to the of  children  at  the  school
school office the following Friday for entrance  with  the  driver
collection. If you wish to order by credit then turning around in the
card please telephone 1st Grade direct on entrance  to  depart,  or  drivers  coming
01252 795559. into the front car parking  area  and not
As we are sure you will appreciate, with the pulling  over  to  the  left  handside,
new intake of Year 7 in September, 1st instead they are stopping in the middle
Grade is inundated with uniform orders and therefore blocking through­traffic.
during July. We would advise our current We would appreciate all drivers having
parents to order any uniform consideration  for  other  drivers  and
before the end of term to avoid pedestrians.  Please  use  the  school
the rush and allow the supplier entrance and exit from the Holybourne
to have plenty of size options in
Road  junction  –  this  will  ensure  the
safety of all drivers and  pedestrians.
It has been brought to our
TESCO  attention that many students are
COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS  not bringing a drink to school
with them each day. It is very
If  you  have  any  ‘Computer  for
important that all students have
Schools’  vouchers  at  home,  then  plenty to drink throughout the
please  bring  to  school  as  this  day and following sports
scheme has now finished.  activities. There are water dispensers in
Thank you for your support.  school for use during break and lunch
6. During the week of 12th May, Year 8 attended The Year 8 homework project is now in full flow,
a residential activity centre at Fairthorne and as you are reading this
Manor near Botley, Southampton. newsletter, the History
This trip was an excellent success and all of project deadline has just
the students who went had a great time. For been passed.
some of the students, it To re-emphasise, the Year 8
was their first time students should use the
sleeping in a tent. After projects as an opportunity to
the first night, many of sharpen up their organisational skills, arranging
them understood the their time management and to show off their
importance of wearing knowledge. The Humanities and Art staff are
many layers! really looking forward to seeing the completed
Fairthorne Manor has projects.
many organised activities on offer, ranging
from kayaking to orienteering, from climbing
to an aerial runway. These activities gave
students the opportunity to try something
new, take on their fears such as heights and
perhaps even spark an interest in a new
The trip was blessed with great weather,
particularly at the start of the week. Even
Our congratulations go to Emily Bailey of
though the sun was out, the
8PJ for her recent success at the
water was still cold especially
for those students who
Hampshire Schools Swimming Championships
capsized. I am still trying to 2008. Emily took part in the Girls Junior
work out how Alice Easton, 100m and 200m Butterfly and came in
Chloe Chandler, Izzy Dymock and Lauren fourth and first place!! In the Girls Junior
Connor capsized their four person canoe!!?? 200m Individual Medley Emily came sixth
After a very busy and rewarding week, I would and in the 100m Freestyle she came in
like to thank the school staff who accompanied eighth place.
the students to Fairthorne, as without them it
would not have been possible.
Congratulations to all the students. The Keep up the good work Year 8, I look
Fairthorne staff were impressed with their forward to seeing your completed projects
attitude, effort and behaviour. over the next few weeks.
A more detailed report by students and Have good half term break!
photographs will appear in the next Mr A Wheeler
Year Leader, Year 8
Some of our Year 9 and 10 students were selected
to represent Eggar’s at the District Athletics, HOMEWORK
Basingstoke on Wednesday 21st May. Our sporting
students should be congratulated on their
achievement against 14 other schools from across
We  are  becoming  increasingly  concerned
about  the  use  of  the    internet  for
Although we support the use of the internet
for  research  and  in  helping  the
understanding  of  concepts,  we  are
increasingly  finding  that  the  internet  is
being used as a short cut in the production
of homework across all year groups.
Year 9 Girls
Student Event Position As I am sure you will agree printed internet
Megan Aitchinson 200m 1st pages  do  not  promote  good  learning  and
Long Jump 2nd are  not  themselves  acceptable  for  school
Beth Burns High Jump 2nd
Year 9 Boys homework,  just  as  it  would  not  be
Antony Beard 400m 1st acceptable  for  college  or    university  work.
James Bevis Long Jump 4th This  type  of    response  gives  no  indication
Mark Linegar Shot 5th of  a    student’s  progress  in  the  subject
Year 10 Girls apart  from  the  fact  that  they  are  able  to
Jess Hoare 100m 2nd locate an informative web site.
Amira Saharoui 200m 4th
High Jump 4th In the Upper School the use of the internet
Hannah Gray Long Jump 6th to  research  information  is    entirely
Beth Dickinson Long Jump 2nd
Year 10 Boys acceptable  and  recommended.    However,
Sean Smith Shot 4th plagiarism  is not acceptable and no credit
Ollie Jenner Shot 6th can be given by the Examination Board for
any  part  of  the  work  directly  copied  from
Anthony the internet.
and Megan Please  can  you  remind  your  child  about
Aitchinison this issue.
Thank you for your
Well done everyone! continued support.
Mr S Laycock
PE Curriculum Leader
8. School Calendar 2008 ­  Dates for your diary
May  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
10  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
Current Y8 Information Evening for September 2008 Y9 Sicily
Trip at 19:30 in the hall
3  Y11 Leaver’s Dinner at The Grange Hotel
7  Y7 X­half Geography/History trip to Winchester — date change
8  Y7 Y­half Geography/History trip to Winchester — date change
9  Holocaust Survivor visiting Y9
10  Awards Evening from 18:30 in the hall
11  Y9  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
September  3  Inset Day
4  Y7 + Prefects in school only
5  Y7 Bonding Day
Y8 to Y11 return to school
Some dates are subject to change, please check by visiting out website at
www.eggars.net/calendar or by contacting the
school office on 01420 541194
On  Thursday  24  April  we  took  50  students  to
London to see the award winning show The Lion
King  at  the  Lyceum  theatre.  Luckily  our  seats
had  a  really  good  view  of  the  stage.      We  all
thoroughly  enjoyed  the  performance  and  were
particularly  impressed  with  the  costume  designs
and  the  232  puppets  which  included  rod
puppets, shadow puppets and full sized puppets.
Apparently  it  took  37,000  hours  to  build  the  Yes it’s back, ‘the’ talent show
many masks and puppets.  open to any live music act.
Do you have the talent, skill,
and ‘WOW’ factor?
Auditions will be held during
the first 2 weeks back
At  one  point  in  the  performance  a  whole  after half term.
procession  of  animals  came  down  the  aisles
which  allowed  us  to  see  the costumes  up  close.
The music included some popular songs from the
original Disney film as well as some new for the
musical.  The  choreography  was  lively  and  The successful acts will perform on
enthusiastically performed with precision.  A fun  Wednesday 16th July from 7.00pm
time  was  had  by  all  and  we  look  forward  to
Tickets on sale soon!
experiencing  another  musical  again  soon.
Perhaps  Hairspray,  Billy  Elliot  or  We  Will  Rock
You? We are spoilt for choice!
Mr N Smith  Music For Youth 2008
Music Teacher  Earlier in the year the Big Band, Chamber
Choir and percussion ensemble ‘The
Rhythmatists‛ travelled to Southampton to
compete in the Regional Festival of Music
Friday 27th June at 7.30pm For Youth. We received some excellent
This has become the annual showcase event feedback from the judges on the day and
for the Big Band to host an entire evening of
have been awaiting news as to whether any
musical entertainment. The audience is
of the groups had progressed to the National
encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy whilst
the band provide the music. No need to worry
Finals in July. Unfortunately, we were not
about washing up as plastic plates and cutlery selected this time and will just have to try
will be available! again next year!
Tickets will be on sale from the school Mr M Farris
office shortly. Music Curriculum Leader
10. ABRSM SUCCESS!
Congratulations  to  the  following
pupils  for  passing  their  recent
Associated Board Music Exams:
Florence  Clarke  7SD  Grade  3  Flute
On the evening of Thursday 1st May we
were entertained by Year 11 GCSE Chris  Capper  10HR  Grade  4  Alto
Music students. This was the second Saxophone
Eggar‛s Showcase evening and was
attended by an enthusiastic audience. Henry Harrison 8JH Grade 1 Piano
The evening was dedicated to the work
of the students who performed Rosanna Stewart 7NS Grade 2 Piano
compositions and pieces which they had
prepared for their coursework. Rebecca  Hawkes  7JM  Grade  2  Piano
The evening was hosted by the students with Distinction
involved and as they stepped forward,
they shared with the audience the Nick Love 10DW Grade 3 Trumpet
reasons for their choice of piece, or the
brief to which they had composed to. Andrew  Townsend  10AV  Grade  3
Memorable performances came from Cornet with Merit
Katie Brook 11SL with a powerful
performance of the Eva Cassidy classic Michael Bissett 10HR Grade 3 Cornet
‘Wade In The Water‛, Emily Denton
11SKi singing ‘Realise‛ and Mike Ashmore
11SKi and his band performing a
rendition of ‘Hunting for Witches‛ by
As with last year, a good number of Eggar‛s Big Band have been chosen to
Year 10 music students attended the represent the South East Area at the
concert to hear the standard expected Artsmark Awards ceremony which will take
of them and have already been informed place at the Corn Exchange Brighton on
that it will be their turn next year! Friday 20th June. This is a very
Thank you to everyone who attended prestigious event as it showcases the very
and supported our students. best in the South East area. The band will
be performing in front of representatives
Mr M Farris and Mr N Smith from hundreds of schools in the area.
Music Department  Eggar‛s won the Artsmark Silver award for
the previous year.
11. Saturday 21st June 2008
Come along and enjoy the fun of the fete!
Stalls, competitions, sports, beer tent, BBQ and
Information on how you can be involved will follow after
12. For  this  Newsletter,  we  decided  to  try  Just after Christmas, Year 9 entered into a
something a little different!  We have visited all  SamLearning competition to help them prepare
the Year 7 Tutor Groups and collected data on  for their SATs. The idea was that the Tutor
the types of music that the Year Group prefers.  Group with the most collective hours on
We asked four multiple choice questions which  SamLearning would win a prize of a tin of
chocolates - how‛s that for motivation!
So they started in earnest and over the last
two terms gradually built up their hours. The
1. What is your favourite type of music?
result is that at the close of the competition,
the cohort as a whole had amassed over 1200
A. Pop    B. Rock   C. Urban/rap   D. Classical  hours - roughly 7 hours per student. Some of
course did more and some a bit less, but overall
Overall  ‘Rock’  was  the  most  popular  choice  it is a stunning achievement.
with 50 votes.
2. Which of the following male artists do
A.  Robbie Williams   B.  Ronan Keating
C.  Justin Timberlake  D. Other
Overall  we  got  ‘Other’  as  the  most  popular  The winning Tutor Group was 9AN with 250
choice hours between them and a very well deserved
tin, two tins in fact, of chocolates was handed
3. Which of the following female artists do over to their Form Captain at a recent
you prefer?  assembly.
I would like to congratulate them all for their
hard work and excellent mature attitude
A. Britany Spears  B.  Rhianna  C. Madonna
towards their studies and preparation for the
SATs. By the time you read this they will have
completed the SATs and I am confident that
Overall the result was ‘Other’ as most popular they will have done themselves proud.
The two weeks prior to half-term also brought
4. What is your favourite song?  added responsibility to Year 9, as it is a time
for them to experience being the senior year
A.  Flo­rider   B. Now You’re Gone   C. Mercy  group in school. With our Year 10 attending
D. Other  their two week work experience placements
and Year 11 leaving school for study leave prior
Overall ‘Flo­rider won with 33 votes. to their GCSEs, it has given Year 9 an insight
of what will be expected of them in September
By Lettie Buxton, Alissa Kirkwood and when they return as Year 10.
Rebecca Drury of 7CMc Mr J Foley
Year Leader, Year 9
13. Although this has been a short half term, our Many congratulations to four Year 11 students
who have all completed a two year course at
Year 10 students have certainly been very Sparsholt College and on Wednesday 14th
busy! Firstly, many were organising the final May received their certificate of attendance
arrangements for work experience from the Vice Principal to an audience of
Parents and Tutors.
placements and attending their interviews,
and of course they had their Year 10 exams. Building Craft Operation City & Guilds Level 2
I was extremely pleased with the focus on awarded to:
revision and I am looking forward to the full Ed Barney 11SW
results, which I know will be good. Jake Barney 11SW
An important stage in the lives of Year 10 Dan Bollman 11SL
students at this time of year is the
NVQ2 awarded to:
opportunity for them to apply for prefect Chris Hiscock 11KM
positions in Year 11. I would personally like
to congratulate all of the applicants and the
now nominated prefects. It was a very
difficult process in trying to create a
senior team as we had over 60 applications.
The standard of the letters was amazing and
if I were an employer I would have given
them all a job! I very much look forward to
seeing the prefects develop their roles and
responsibilities. Our sincere congratulations
We wish you every success in the future.
go to go to our new Head Boy, Taliesin
Burkitt-Jones and Head Girl, Eleanor Mrs C Priddle
Boardman both of 10HR, Deputy Head Boy,
Cameron Alexander 10DW and Deputy Head
Girl Jenny Happell 10HR.
As we approach our final half term, there will
be lots of energy going into coursework as it
is important this is completed by the end of Imprisoned by my own mind
Depression sweeps over me
Year 10, which takes the pressure off Year Holding me captive
11. I will however, be organising a I feel the last decrepit defences of my brain
coursework catch up week following the half collapsing
term break which will take place after Bound in a thick black veil of pain and
school. These sessions will be compulsory for But wait… Light
all students that have not met the Pulsating, shimmering, glowing
coursework deadlines. Cutting a path through the veil of anguish
Then I see something beautiful
I hope you have all enjoyed your work I see hope
experience placements and experiences and I see you
wish you a good half term break.
By Charlie Groves 11CB
Mr R Eost
Year Leader, Year 10
14. I think Club Mundo is the best club in Club Mundo is a really cool club and is the
the school! best Geography club that you could go to
You may think Geography is boring but and no, it is not only for smart people as
you call them (geeks) it is for all years and it
it isn’t, and it is something to do on a
is for normal people as well!
Friday afternoon as well! In Club Mundo
When you go to Club
you learn a lot about all of the countries
Mundo you get to
and animals in the world.
chat to your friends
We have also sponsored a mountain and test your
gorilla and have called it MUNDO! knowledge in quizzes
and you can win a
prize. Club Mundo is a
really fun club which
runs every Friday after
school in G2.
By Emily Button 7KG
At  the  moment  we  are  adopting  a
Virunga  mountain  gorilla  called
Mundo, the club is named after him.
Since  we  adopted  him  the
population  has  increased  from  230
to    250.  We  are  saving  Mundo  and
many  others.  It  all  started  when
Jamie  Hannah  7NS  became  a
member  of  the  The  Dian  Fossey
Gorilla  Fund,  which  is  a  UK
registered  charity    founded in 1989.
Its  overall  mission  is  to  secure  the
Miss Whiting makes up lots of quizzes survival  of  gorillas  in  their  natural
for u s to en joy. We e ven do habitats  within  Rwanda,  Uganda
presentations to help us learn more
and  the  Democratic  Republic  of
about the world and share the places we
have been with our friends. So that is Congo.
pretty much it, but the best part is when
we get biscuits and drinks but it is loads By Gemma Boylan and
of fun, so come along and join our Jamie Hannah  7NS
By Amy Whiley and
Bethany Fellows 7HW
15. On Monday 21st April, the Year 10 GCSE
Geography students set off for a three day
trip to Calshot Field Centre (part of the
Calshot Activities Centre) as part of their
Geography GCSE Coursework.
Once the coursework
had been completed
we were able to use
the remaining time to
relax and take part in
some of the many
Although the weather was changeable we activities available at
were well equipped for our ‘fieldwork‛, Calshot some of
which involved working on and learning which included
about the New Forest area and riverbeds archery, climbing and
at Ocknell Plain; one of the highest points dry slope skiing.
of the New Forest and the source of the
This proved an extremely useful visit
During the day the students set about providing students with plenty of data for
collecting data on the river including use in their coursework on return to school.
velocity, depth, width and wetted All the students were exceptionally well
perimeter. They were then able to use the behaved and were a credit to themselves
start of the evenings to collate the results and Eggar‛s school.
and work on cross-sectional profiles of the Mrs A Sutehall
river. Geography Curriculum Leader