Sports’ Tour (Rugby, Hockey and Netball) to South Africa 2017
Thank you very much to all the parents and students who attended the recent meeting about our proposal to organise a Sports Tour to South Africa in 2017. We hope that you found the evening useful and now have all the information you need to make a decision with your family.
The proposed trip will comprise of a 16 day/14 night tour, which will incorporate time spent in Cape Town and Durban. The tour will be focussed primarily around the experience of touring as a multi-sports squad, but will also enable players to explore and experience the sites and culture of the host nation. We are hoping to take a full playing squad for Rugby, Hockey and Netball, which will be playing in approximately five fixtures organised against representative South African teams.
More information about the trip can be found in the following letter and PowerPoint presentation.
If you would like your son/daughter to take part on this trip please pay a deposit of £250 into the Finance Office by
no later than Friday 3rd July 2015.
Staff Art Exhibition 2015
We recently held our first ever Staff Art & Craft Exhibition within the Art Department. We received an amazing variety of exciting and high quality work from teachers, learning support staff, counsellors, cleaners and care takers. The best part about holding this exhibition was hearing students in the corridor trying to guess whose work belonged to which member of staff and the really positive remarks they made relating to the work. The aim of the exhibition was to show the students how creative the staff who work with them are and that was certainly achieved!
Chip Lit Fest Youth Poetry Competition
All students in Key Stage 3 were encouraged to take part in this year’s competition and we were proud to enter close to 150 poems. The theme was ‘Survival’ and entries dealt with a huge range of topics, ranging from the moving (a recreation of the first moments of the Battle of the Somme) to the hilarious (a moon-landing rescue mission starring a mole). All had in common the attention to detail and delight in language that typifies the work of our creative writers. Other schools across the region entered similar numbers of poems and we were very proud to have three of our poets make the shortlist: Freya Hopcroft, Oliver Tailby and Jaspar Burchill. Jaspar’s poem was named the overall winner.
The Word Project
The Word Project is a new club that takes place after school every Thursday. It is run by Mr Long (English) and Mrs Coles (Governor) and encourages students who have a love of writing (and reading) to develop their own ideas and hone their writing skills. The aim of most of the members is to have their own work published and despite the club being relatively new, some members have already enjoyed success with their writing. A monologue by Zoe Allan is to be published in a collection of Mini Monologues and one of her poems, along with poems by Jodie Hackland and Beth Summers, will be published in Poetopia – an anthology of utopian/dystopian poetry written by young writers.
The Word Project will be publishing their own newspaper featuring book and film reviews and original writing from the members. The first edition is included in this term’s school newsletter. We hope that you enjoy reading it.
Members of The Word Project club recently had a great visit to Jaffé and Neale Bookshop. Whilst enjoying a delicious hot chocolate the students were able to browse through the fantastic selection of children’s books and talked with ex-CNS student Tanya about lots of great current fiction published for young people. They heard about lots of interesting author talks and events that go on at the bookshop throughout the year. At the end of the visit the bookshop generously donated four books for the students to take away, read and review.
Dance Showcase 2015
On the 25th and 26th of March, the Dance students at Chipping Norton School were busy preparing for and performing in the Sixth Form Showcase and the Dance Showcase. Rehearsals resulted in bruises and tired muscles; however it was clear from the audience's reaction that all of the hard work, time and effort paid off. The atmosphere was extremely lively because of the adrenaline that radiated from the performers, as well as the cheers from the friends and family that came to support us. The students were all extremely supportive, encouraging and proud of each other, and are look forward to the Dance Jam later in the year.