The nation has been voting for the books that changed their lives. Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, will announce the final list of 50 books on World Book Day, Thursday 6th March. www.worldbookday.com/writes-of-passage
PCS is also creating its our own list. This week students in their mentor groups are compiling their own Top Ten of books that have changed the way they think, have transported them to another time or place, have made them laugh, have made them cry …
At PCS we will be holding our customary ‘Drop Everything and Read’. This will take place in mentoring time on 6th March and students are encouraged to bring in their own reading material or borrow a book from the library.
Each student will be receiving a £1 World Book Day (WBD) voucher in their English lesson. These can be used to buy the special £1 WBD books available in bookshops or to receive £1 off any book worth £2.99. These can also be used towards the purchase of a book from the book club leaflets which are available in the school library.
- Red forest floor by Ernest
- Squirrel by Jake
- Fir tree branch by Ermest
- Puppy close up by Jessica
- Puppy in hand by Gail
- Sunset by Brittney
- The Lions by Amy
- The Lions by Amy
- Christmas bauble by Chloe
The Art department set the challenge of taking a photograph that summed up the idea of either New Beginnings or Festivities. The standard was very high and choosing a winner was a difficult task.
Congratulations go to Ernest Godden whose work was highly commended and Jake Shipton who won with his picture of the squirrel.
Ella's Amazing Illustrations
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Above is a selection of the outstanding History homework produced by Ella in year 7. She has really pushed herself and shown excellent initiative and pride in her work to produce an superb profile of King John, a highly creative sign to explain the symptoms of the Black Death and a stunning independent research page on the life of William Wallace. Ella’s motivation and creativity has really shone through and she has taken huge pride in her work to produce something really exceptional each time. Well done Ella! Perhaps a future in illustration and design beckons!?
Vocab Express Global Challenge
Runs from 8am on Thursday 6th March until 3:30pm Wednesday 12th March 2014
Join us and get as many points as you can !!!
We need your help to win !!!
Y11 After School Intervention Sessions
Intervention sessions are continue to run after school. Please see table below for the subject / days that these will be running. Each year 11 student has a personalised timetable of sessions they should be attending. Sessions start at 3.15pm.
u16 girls football tournament
Well done, PCS won the U16 girls tournament. We beat Lewes Priory 4-0, Seaford Head 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Ratton.
Ella - Sussex Schools Champion
Congratulations to Ella who represented PCS in the Sussex schools Championships on Saturday 15th February.She competed in the 100 Fly and swam in the intermediate category which is school years 10 & 11 and not only won her race but beat all the other girls in the Senior category (years 12 & 13) too.
She is now Sussex Schools champion for the second year running and will go through to the next round which is the South East Regional round where she will be competing against swimmers from Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Kent. This takes place on March 30th in the Surrey Sports Park in Guilford. Well done Ella!
PCS SKI Blog 2014
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The ski trip has been probably the best holiday that I've ever been on, not just because you get to ski all day and hang around with your friends, but because you also get to experience having the freedom of learning a new skill in less than a week. Today our group went on a blue slope which in ski terms means second easiest, however about half the group fell over as well as one of us almost losing a ski.
In the evenings we have been doing lots of different activities like spot the logo and group competition games such as quizzes. Yesterday we did something that nearly every single person enjoyed - ice skating! It was so weird coming off the snow and straight onto complete ice. I think that more of us fell over on the ice than we did skiing.
It is the best trip in the school and I would highly recommend it to any younger years or to any students that can to go on this trip! Written by Jake.
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World Premiere Play at PCS
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Well respected local author Stephen Plaice has written a play especially for year 11 students at Peacehaven Community School. They will be performing ‘The White Cat’ on March 26th and 27th as their final performance for their GCSE drama exams. The play is set in 1614 in Dallington, East Sussex and focuses on the witchcraft trials that took place there.
Stephen has written extensively for television, theatre and Opera. He recently received great acclaim for his production ‘Imago’ at Glyndebourne opera house. Head of Drama at Peacehaven Community School, Jenny Alborough said “We are thrilled that Stephen has written this play specifically for our group, it is a fantastic opportunity for them and not only that they will be performing in a World Premiere!”
Mikey has created the incredible 'Croc Dock'. It's a docking station speaker that he made in Design Technology. Well done Mikey!
PCS dancers during their dress rehearsal.
Intense rehearsals took place weekly in preparation for the Dance show at the Congress Theatre. I wanted the girls to have a positive and memorable experience of Dance even if they had never danced previously. One of my aims as a teacher is to provide opportunities for all even if they may not aspire to be a professional dancer/athlete, what they learn through the joy of movement will hopefully stay with them forever.
In this case most of the girls had never danced before so it was a big challenge but the girl's passion for dance, determination and obvious raw talent allowed me to have such high expectations. The girls have worked so hard and are a credit to PCS. I am very proud of what they have achieved, it was a special day for us all. A special thanks to Miss Saunders for all her help with everything.
The Dance performed at the Congress Theatre was called Motive Power. Motive power meaning the power and ability to move. The dancers portray how man has evolved over time reflecting the different progressive stages of evolution. Written by Miss Tomlinson. Congratulations to all the girls involved.
“For such inexperienced dancers they performed with discipline and integrity”
“The crowd went wild after they performed”
“Definitely one of the standout pieces”
Holocaust Memorial Day 2014
On Monday 27th of January we held our annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony. Students and staff from PCS, Meridian School, Peacehaven Heights School and representatives of the local community gathered around our memorial tree to express remembrance through poems, prayers and life stories. Students read and placed messages of remembrance on the tree.
Click here to watch a video about HMD called Learning from the Past
East Sussex Parent and Carers Council has been working alongside Professionals and other Parent and Carer Forums throughout the Country to test a new way of working to support Children and Young People with SEN or disabilities. The hope is to develop an SEND system that is fairer to everyone, and to help families achieve appropriate outcomes for their Children and Young People. The new system will be in place from September 2014.
For more details and information about SEN Reforms roadshow for Parents please click here.
Former PCS student Haydn Francis has won a place at Pembroke College, part of the University of Cambridge. He is currently studying a broad range of subjects for a International Baccalaureate at Varndean.
Varndean College Oxbridge Co-ordinator Dr Sean McEvoy was delighted with the students’ achievements. ‘We understand that this was the most competitive year ever for applications to these two universities, and more than one of three of our applicants, all from local state schools, was successful'.
Please click on one of the links or the images above to see larger versions of the photos:
Lizard - www.viewbug.com/photo/2927750
Els - www.viewbug.com/photo/2927822
Flower - www.viewbug.com/photo/2927821
Jake has won some photography awards this week, he obtained them against other photographers worldwide of all ages.
Along with winning the competitions he has had several peer recognitions and a message from the owner of Canon. Congratulations Jake!
Downland Court Visit
On Monday 13th January Mrs Rodgers' Year 11 Drama group visited Downland's Court to interview a panel of the residents there about their memories of Peacehaven in the past. The group are currently preparing for their performance of the play "Pack up your Troubles" about the famous Peacehaven residents, Felix Powell and his brother George who wrote the WW1 marching song.
The anecdotes shared by the residents about the history of the performing arts in Peacehaven (including memories of the Lureland Dance Hall, the Peacehaven Hotel and the town's cinema as well as Felix himself) provided a fascinating insight for the members of the towns' younger generation of performers. They will certainly prove invaluable in helping them to develop the characters that they will be playing in the show.
We look forward to inviting our friends from Downlands Court to visit PCS to watch the finished performance in March!
Amy - "It was really interesting learning about the past of Peacehaven. I found it especially interesting that some famous musicians were from Peacehaven such as Gracie Fields"
Nepheli - "It was a wonderful experience to get the opportunity to witness Peacehaven in the past through the eyes of people who were actually there"
Borrow an ebook for free
Ebooks borrowed through PCS Library can be read on any PC, tablet (including Kindle Fire), or mobile phone and on any ebook reader except Kindle. You will need to log on to your account using your PCS library log on - phcs.lib.overdrive. If you need a reminder of this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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