Consultation for Trust Status
Following the Consultation Day held on 15th May to which students, staff, parents and public contributed their views, the Governors of Peacehaven Community School decided to move forward into a statutory period of consultation which began on Thursday 13th June 2013. Should you wish to see all the relevant documentation please click below. The statutory notice has been circulated and published in today’s Argus. Governors would welcome your views and opinions during this period which ends at noon on the 11th July 2013.
Please click on the links below for further details:
|Peacehaven Statutory Proposal|
|Statutory Notice||Information Letter|
|Consultation Leaflet||Consultation Questionnaire|
|Booklet 1||Booklet 2|
Latin Dance Marathon
We are excited to be able to share with you an exciting opportunity for all students studying Spanish at PCS to immerse themselves fully into a fun aspect of Spanish and South American culture.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 26th June your child will be taking part in a Latin Dance class, led entirely in Spanish by an outside visitor. They will be taught how to perform in a variety of different Latin American dance styles.
The afternoon will conclude with a carnival show and presentation at 3.15pm which we would like to invite you to come along to, either to participate in, or simply watch. The latest that the event will finish is approximately 4pm. Please click on this link for full details and the participation slip.
Newhaven Tennis club offering coaching sessions to PCS students in all year groups, on Mondays after school 3.15-4.15pm
£12.50 for a block of 5 sessions starting Monday 24th June.
Please contact PCS if interested or email Miss Barry - email@example.com
After a VERY early start on Friday 7th June, 50 students and 6 staff arrived excitedly in Boulogne ready for a fun, packed day of activities. First stop the Nausicaa Sealife Centre, where we received a warm welcome from the sea lions, penguins, jellyfish and some enormous sharks. The weather was kind to us and we spent a leisurely lunch picnicking in the ‘Jardins de Nausicaa’. A brisk stroll around the port took us into the main shopping stretch, where students were able to try out some French in the local shops. Before we knew it, we were back on the coach making our weary, way home. What a fantastic day out to sample a taste of France. Thank you to all staff for taking us: Mr Flint, Mrs Mitchell, Mr Pannett, Mrs Selves, Mr Thomsett and Ms Turner.
On June 22 at the Sports Park, Peacehaven will be staging its first ever music festival. The headline act is the 1980s mod revival band The Lambrettas. The festival also features a host of other local acts and bands. As well as music, the fesival will also feature workshops, a skate jam, funfair, stalls, dancers, food from around the world and much more.....
Tickets are available in the Library at a cost of £5. Buy 4 tickets and get a 5th one free!
Springtime in Paris!
59 students in Y8 were lucky enough to enjoy the delights of Paris. A great time was had by all and some of the highlights included a breathtaking trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, to take in the sights and sounds of Paris, and a visit to Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre, where many students took the opportunity to have a souvenir caricature. These created much fun and laughter. Students also enjoyed a boat trip along the Seine and a day in Disneyland and Disney Studios. Students were a real credit to PCS and their families, and will have memories that will last a life time. Thank you so much to staff who accompanied them. Ms Bassett has organised this trip for PCS students for the last 11 years, so in her new role she will be passing on the baton. Watch this space for details of Paris 2014!
10 Little Ducklings
You Two Can Make a Difference
Seahaven Storehouse is a new resource set up in February this year within the Seahaven area to provide necessary basic food supplies for individuals and families within our area who are in need. There is a collection box in the main reception area and any donations of basic non-perishable food items would be gratefully received and then distributed to families in need of support. Anything you can spare will be wonderful – and remember just “Two-Cans” can make all the difference! To find out how you can donate needed food items contact Dawn on 07921 844930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Wallace Visits Parliament
Ellie suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, a lifelong, unpreventable and incurable condition, diagnosed in childhood. She has to take life saving injections of insulin 5-8 times a day in order to keep her alive – without them she would not survive. In the UK just 6% of Diabetics suffer from Type 1and 94% from Type 2. Along with her family she works closely with Diabetes UK raising money for research into curing her and the other 26,000 sufferers in the UK.
On Wednesday 5th June, Ellie was invited to attend a Lobby with Members of Parliament in the House of Commons in a bid to highlight the fact that just 7% of Type 1 Children in the UK receive all of the Vital 10 Type 1”Checks” and support they are supposed to get. A large part of the day was also spent highlighting the need to support Schools like ours with Care plans on understanding and how to help children with the condition.
It was an excellent day where she got to meet other children who suffer from Type 1, and was also invited to visit the House of Commons to see just where the Prime Minister and his Cabinet do their work. She was their nominated Flag Bearer for the day and had the opportunity to speak directly to MP’s about what it is like living with her condition.
Congratulations to 21 Year 7 students whose ‘Around the World in 80 Words ’ stories have been selected to be published in a forthcoming anthology by the publishing organisation Young Writers.
The Prom 2013
Our annual Prom is being held on Thursday 27th June, from 7.30-11-30pm, at Pelham house in Lewes. Prom tickets will be available for collection, once paid for, from reception on Monday 3rd June. If you have any inquiries regarding the Prom then please contact Ms Newman - email@example.com
On the 24th April Toby Hewson, the founder and Director of the charity Just Different, visited PCS to speak to the students in year 9. Toby spoke about what life is like when you live with a disability, Toby has Cerebral Palsy, and all of his achievements. Some of the students were keen to write and thank Toby for his speech and to let him know what an impression meeting him has made on them, here are some quotes from their letters:
‘When I walked in and saw you sitting there I felt sorry for you. But when you started to talk about all the adventurous things you have achieved it shocked me and put a smile on my face. You have made me want to be the best I can be.’ Ella Woods
‘I really enjoyed your talk about your life. It has made me realise that I need to work hard to reach my goal. Also you made me realise I need to pay more attention to people with disabilities. I would like to raise money for Just Different.’ Tom Clark
‘As soon as I walked into the hall I knew that I was about to learn something new and very interesting. I can honestly say it is an experience that I will never forget.’ Alice Tobin ‘You have shown us that you can do whatever you want despite a disability.’ Brandon Carpenter
‘It really showed me that people with disabilities don’t need someone helping them with every single encounter.’ Aiden Briffett
‘I found your talk very inspirational and I can honestly say it went to my heart. The thing that inspired me the most was that you have a disability, but that it doesn’t get you down and you still do everything someone without Cerebral Palsy does. You told us not to feel sorry for you and I don’t because I know that you are proud to be who you are. What you said has greatly impacted on myself and many others.’ Tom Evans
‘I think that you are a very successful man who is a role model for many.’ Jasmin Mirti
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On Friday 3rd May, 60 PCS students travelled up to London for what was to be a very eventful and interesting day. Once we arrived in London, we found ourselves very lucky to have very warm and bright weather for the day ahead and took a bit in outside the Ministry of Defence before going to the Houses of Parliament. We split into groups and took a tour of Parliament, going to the House of Commons, House of Lords and even the Queen’s throne prepared for her visit for the state opening. The tour was remarkably interesting and we learnt a lot about the history, traditions and systems in Parliament. After the tour we were entertained by the education service, who had prepared some fun activities around voting and elections, leading us to campaign on issues of our choice, before voting for some new MPs and eventually electing Ali Fawzi as our Prime Minister in my group.
Soon after our tour and elections we made our way to Jubilee Gardens to enjoy lunch in the sun, right next to the enormous London Eye, which was to be our next port of call. The group were lucky to jump to the front of the queue at the famous landmark and go straight into three private pods, with a tour guide in each one. As the wheel turned we started to take in the spectacular views over the city of London and were able to see for miles over the clear skies. We then hopped straight onto a boat on the Thames and as the sun beamed down on us we toured the river, passing under the great bridges and learning about the history of our capital city.
To conclude the day, we made our final stop at St Paul’s Cathedral, a holy and sacred place to people from London and across the world. The inside of the Cathedral was fantastic and we were privileged to be able to roam the crypt underneath, amazed by its beauty. Overall, the students at PCS felt very lucky and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, a special thanks to all of the staff on the trip for making it happen. Written by Tom Evans.
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What an absolutely superb afternoon for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at PCS on Wednesday 8th May. We held our very first Selection Event for students wishing to undertake the Bronze Award. Sadly, places in this our first year have to be limited to 28 students: we were very impressed with the enthusiasm of Year 9 though as over 60 students completed the Selection Event.
In small teams, they moved from station to station undertaking such tasks as constructing a frame out of poles and rope to take the weight of three team members; erecting a tent and trangia stove; packing a rucksack, and planning a route using map and compass. Members of staff were extremely impressed by the ethic of enthusiasm and teamwork displayed by each and every participant. Those selected will be notified in due course.
Of considerable significance to the success of D of E here at PCS, our first Headteacher Fiona Wright returned in her present role as Assistant Director: Schools, Youth and Inclusion Support to receive from Geoff Hurst, the South East Region D of E Operations Manager, the D of E Charter which is awarded to those organizations found suitable to offer this prestigious award. Ms Wright concluded the ceremonials by presenting Mrs Cryer with Peacehaven Community School D of E Centre Certificate. PCS now joins schools nationwide and internationally who support the award.
Finally we would like to thank all pupils and parents who acted in the spirit of the award and brought in so many bags of Jumble on Wednesday morning, that we can donate to raise funds for our equipment.
Children's Centre Visit
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Sam Gillam (Lewes District Admin Team Coordinator) kindly organised a visit for Mrs Clifton's Year 10 class on the 23rd April. Sam explained about the different services that a children's centre provides and then we had a tour of the Centre. There was also a talk about how they work with parents who might have difficulties maybe regarding housing, finances or might be isolated from the community as well as a range of different problems. Students really enjoyed seeing twin baby boys having their healthy snacks and playing in the garden and another girl dressing up as a princess. The students were shown a range of resources that the centre staff use to engage the children and help them with their social and educational development. Some of the Y10 students enjoyed sitting in the little den!
The students have written thank you letters to the staff at the Children's Centre. One wrote "The tour around the centre helped me to see the different toys and equipment that children enjoy. Thanks to the visit I now understand Children's Centres more". Another "When I am old enough I would love to volunteer to work at the Children's Centre because my dream job is to be a nursery teacher and I think helping out at the centre would help me to reach my goal".
Race For Life
Georgia Doyle in Y11 is running in this year’s Race For Life in memory of Leanne Peace. If anyone would like to sponsor her, you can do this through her sponsorship page www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/georgiadoyle
Approach to Learning (A2L)
This term we are having a fresh focus on how students approach their learning. This has been shared with all students in YTMs, mentoring and lessons. At the next data point, teachers will report a ‘Working At’ level and an ‘Approach to Learning’ level.
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