Monday 14 July
Tuesday 15 July
Wednesday 16 July
Year 8 District Cricket Finals at Scarborough with Mr Hopper.
Thursday 17 July
Whole School Reading
Friday 18 July
3.30pm SCHOOL CLOSES FOR SUMMER
Year 9 Leavers' Prom
The Prom this year was fantastic and all the money raised went to the chosen charity, Cancer Research. The evening was a total success, everyone looked amazing and there was a fabulous atmosphere throughout the evening. A big thank you to all staff, parents, pupils and Home and School Association members who helped to make the event such a success. The photos below are courtesy of Mr B Croke.
Parent Governor Vacancies
Caedmon School will have three Parent Governor vacancies in September/October 2013. You may not have previously considered becoming a Parent Governor, but the school needs parents/carers of current students as part of our team to drive the school forward in the coming years. For more information please see the attached letter.
We will be holding the Caedmon School Awards Presentation at the Spa Pavilion, Whitby on Friday 19 July 2013 from 9.30am – 12.30pm. On this occasion the staff and members of the Governing Body will proudly present certificates, subject badges and specific awards or trophies to our students. For more details see the letter attached.
Caedmon School's performance of Bugsy Malone was a great success. Many thanks to Miss Fewster, Mr Maltby and all pupils and staff who took part in the production, both on stage and behind the scenes. Thank you to parents for their support and to all who helped in any way to ensure the success of the three evening performances.
Caedmon Crowned County Cup Champions
Caedmon U14 Girls have been crowned County Champions after beating Easingwold in the county cup final. See Sports News for a full report.
In an event supported by the Home and School Association we had a visit by bestselling author Malcolm Rose. Pupils from four local primary schools joined Year 7 for a morning presentation about the author's "Jordan Stryker" novels and listened as Malcolm (a former chemistry lecturer) explained how he developed his characters and plots. Video clips of robotic limbs in action were soon eclipsed by the actual bionic hand Malcolm produced to demonstrate the technology. Many pupils then had the opportunity to shake the hand and feel the texture of the synthetic skin.
In the second session of the day a group of Year 8 pupils joined Malcolm for a writer's workshop where they experimented with different ways of developing characters and plots – techniques they then put into practice writing their own short stories which they shared with the group at the end of the session.
The final session of the day, for Years 8 & 9, was based on the "Traces" series and involved pupils having to think as forensic scientists and piece together clues the writer was leaving behind such as fibres, fingerprints and DNA from a "used" tissue. One pupil said "That was so clever, how all the clues fitted together".
Both pupils and staff enjoyed the day and it was fascinating to see how the developments in science and technology can be the starting point for amazing stories.
"The Big Read" Challenge
Caedmon School's annual inter-house Reading Challenge this year took place during the spring half term. Following the introduction of the Accelerated Reader programme at the end of last year, pupils completed an online quiz after reading their books and their words were added to their house totals. After a tense battle between the houses it was Resolution who emerged victorious, eventually beating their nearest rivals, Discovery, by almost 200,000 words. As well as the house rivalry there was also friendly competition between groups of friends which led to lots of recommendations of fantastic reads – Robert Muchamore's "Cherub" and the "Henderson Boy" series proving the most popular books in school.
Year 8 pupil Will Shaw said "It gives you a feeling of achievement after every quiz you pass". Thanks to publishers Egmont, Scholastic, Penguin, Harper Collins and Macmillan Children's Books who supported the school. Every pupil who participated in the challenge received a prize.
Visit to Larpool Care Home
On Wednesday 23rd January Mrs Locker took two pupils, Beth and India, to Larpool Care Home to present two blankets that had been made in Knitting Club. Beth's mum very kindly sewed them together and crocheted around the edges. Mrs Locker also brought one that she had crocheted when she was a girl so three were presented. On arrival at the Home the staff showed the group around and three ladies were chosen to receive the blankets for them to wear across their knees or shoulders – or just to make the back of their chair or bed look nicer. One of the residents said they had some knitted squares and she is going to ask her daughter to bring them to school and the Knitting Club will sew them up. Beth and India would like to thank the staff at Larpool for being so kind and helpful, the residents for making us so welcome and Mrs Locker for accompanying them.
At the end of November a team of Year 8 pupils from Caedmon School competed against teams from Eskdale and Fylinghall School in the Intermediate class of the 'Youth Speaks' competition organised by Whitby Rotary Club.
The purpose of the competition is to promote the importance of public speaking and to encourage young people to develop these skills. The competition was very close but the A Team from Caedmon School, consisting of Will Shaw, Ellie Dyer Brown and Lewis Stephenson came out the eventual winners. The winning speech was based around the theme that torture can never be justified. This speech began with an introduction from Will Shaw which balanced humour with his comments about his fellow team mates and seriousness when he introduced the topic. Following Will was the eloquent Ellie Dyer Brown, who presented her arguments about how torture can never be justified, with clarity and sincerity. Finally it was down to Lewis to draw all the threads together, a task made more poignant when he included a quotation from the human rights museum in New York, a place he had recently visited. This was a very impressive performance and the team did themselves proud.
On Thursday 24 January, Year 9 pupils received the results of their examinations in a GCSE style. This involved pupils collecting their results in sealed envelopes from members of staff and then pouring over the results in order to see how they had done and how the results they had received compared to the ones they were expecting. Adding to the interest was the information their results provided about their potential achievement at Key Stage 4. The timing of this formed a crucial part of the planning, as it took place immediately before the pupils had to submit their Key Stage 4 option choices to Whitby Community College. Once the results had been handed out, pupils attended an assembly led by former Caedmon pupil Chris Colebrooke, who was able to explain what it was like to receive examination results 'for real' and the importance of exams for their future choices.
Handing out the exam results in this way was a really good opportunity for the pupils to be aware of the importance of their results in relation to the choices they were about to make and, in the case of those pupils who did not achieve the level they had hoped, it gave them an opportunity to realise what they need to do, before experiencing their GCSEs for real.
A member of staff said 'I was really impressed by the mature way in which the pupils treated this way of receiving results. It was great to see them thinking about what they had achieved and what this meant in terms of their targets for the future. The sensible way in which they sat together in groups, discussing their results and option choices reminded me of results day in a Key Stage 4 school.' As far as the pupils themselves were concerned, the overall view was 'it really made me think about my results and what they mean for my future.'
University Here We Come!
As part of the curriculum year 9 pupils were given the chance to experience first hand, what life would be like at university. Pupils were taken to one of 3 local universities: University of Hull at Scarborough, York University and the University College of Ripon and York St John and given the chance to experience life as a student. The day began with an orienteering exercise based in the university grounds – enabling the pupils to explore what life on a university campus has to offer. Following on from the orienteering was a lesson on finances – where pupils learned about the importance of balancing your finances and making sure you have a part time job to help you along. Finally, the high point of the day – a late lunch and the chance to experience life on campus. The day was organised and led by students from the individual universities one of whom, Connor Clennan was an ex pupil from the school. This was a great opportunity for pupils to get a first hand experience of what going to university actually means and will hopefully help them in making the appropriate choices for their future.
Willow Lantern Workshop
In an event organised by Jenny Tennant of Whitby Youth Services and a guest artist, pupils and staff had great fun learning how to make willow lanterns. The task was to form the willow into three-dimensional lantern structures and create a 'skin' using tissue and glue. The pupils said it was great fun and enjoyed working alongside a practising artist. The lanterns were decorated and will form part of the Festival of Light due to take place on the evening of 14th December (weather permitting). The parade will start at 7.00pm from the Market Square and finish up at the Abbey where there will be activities and refreshments.
Pupils and staff would like to extend their thanks to Jenny for organising the workshop and making it such fun.
On Wednesday 28th November the Year 9 Art option pupils enjoyed an afternoon working up at Whitby's Green Lane Centre with Batik artist Heather Gatt. The pupils were introduced to the process of Batik and then given the time to develop their own ideas and outcomes. Pupils found the process both fascinating and rewarding and were particularly impressed by the beautiful qualities they were able to achieve in their work. At the end of the session pupils were invited into Heather's studio for a talk about her work and practise. Many of the pupils will be using the workshop as part of their Bronze or Silver Arts Award.
Caedmon would like to say a very big thank you to Heather Gatt and the Green Lane Centre.
'Kids Take Over Whitby Museum' Day
Recently, 16 pupils from Caedmon School had the opportunity to be trainee museum registrars for a day as part of a national museum's initiative to get young people more involved in local conservation and to promote interest in local heritage. This is the first time such a national project has been undertaken and a new experience for Museum Registrar, Dee Gildroy and her committed team of unpaid volunteers.
During the morning session, the pupils were asked to look through boxes of newly delivered artefacts kindly donated by local members of the public. These could be anything from 1970s 'Beano' comics to jet cameos from the mid 19th Century. They then were asked to make very detailed descriptions for museum records and finally produce information display cards for each while also arranging them in cabinets for viewing by the public.
All the pupils worked really hard and found the tasks challenging especially when it came to researching artefacts for which they was given no information. For example, Matthew Kaz had a cameo jet broach with an image which he thought looked like Charles Dickens but he couldn't be 100% sure despite viewing images of the famous writer on the internet. In such situations, the pupils agreed that the best way to record the more mysterious artefacts is to also photograph them.
The museum staff were very pleased with the standard of the work done by the pupils and stated that records produced for individual artefacts that reach the required standard expected for museum databases will be retained for future use. Their work is currently on display in the museum's conference/meetings room.
The pupils then had lunch in the very smart and well equipped museum cafe, run by the mother of Caedmon's own PE teacher Mr Hopper, where they also received free ice lollies each. After lunch, the pupils were given a very detailed guided visit of the whole museum. During this time, the pupils also had to act as 'mystery shoppers' by observing and recording any problems with the museum's displays while also recommending solutions. They even got to see the storage areas for clothing, photographs, maps, paintings and work areas for conservation and cleaning; where they witnessed the near to completed renovation of the legendary Mr Merryweather's Tempest Prognosticator (a not pocket sized mechanism where leeches were used for predicting stormy weather, no home should be without one especially with the recent weather!) They also learned how spiders, moths and other bugs can become a serious threat in museum storage areas.
All the pupils enjoyed their day and agreed that the experience was very rewarding. Most didn't realise how much work and dedication goes into the organisation and running of a museum and would like to thank the museum's staff for giving up their valuable time and making them so welcome.
Pearl of Africa Childrens' Choir
The internationally acclaimed 'Pearl of Africa Children's Choir' visited Caedmon School as part of their tour of the UK. Their annual tour raises much needed funds for the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation in Uganda who currently have over 2,200 children in their care. The funds help to run seven schools and homes. The aim of the Foundation is to improve the health, education and welfare of people suffering through disease, war and poverty in Uganda and since its inception they have provided a better start in life to many thousands of orphaned and destitute children.
The choir spent the day in school performing for our students in the morning and doing drumming and singing workshops in the afternoon. They also brought in a selection of their handmade crafts, which included jewellery, bags, candle holders and drums, to sell to raise funds. In the evening they performed a concert of their mix of traditional African music, dance and drumming. Many of the pupils returned to school in the evening to attend the concert and it was a great success.
The school has been informed that over £1,400 was raised and the charity has sent their thanks. It has since been decided that Caedmon will sponsor a child – a little boy of six called Elvis. We will keep you informed of his progress. For more information about the charity visit www.pearlofafrica.org.uk
Visit by Students from St Hilda's School, Argentina
In September a group of pupils from St Hilda’s School, Buenos Aires visited Caedmon School. They have been visiting Caedmon now for over 15 years. The language department (Monseur Keraven) welcomed two of the Argentinean teachers. During the first two lessons pupils taught each other some simple Spanish and French phrases so that they could give a short presentation. For the rest of the morning the St Hilda’s pupils went into other lessons and experience a wide range of the Caedmon curriculum.
During the afternoon – all the pupils met in the Drama Studio and the Senior Student Leaders gave a presentation about Caedmon School and Whitby. St Hilda’s School had given a concert last June based on music by the Beatles. Mr Maltby has been teaching the Caedmon pupils some of the same songs so we could all sing a selection of them together. Some of the Caedmon pupils were invited to Sneaton Castle (St Hilda’s were staying there) in the evening for further socializing. Many pupils from both schools have remained in touch via e-mail, facebook and twitter.
On Wednesday 20th June, a group of Year 9 pupils, members of the Food Technology Option Group held a restaurant evening at Caedmon School. The area outside the new science area was turned into a professional looking restaurant and parents and teachers were invited to admire their culinary skills.
Supervised and guided by Food Technology teacher Mrs. Carter, the pupils came up with a menu to rival that of any professional restaurant . Once the menu had been agreed, it was then down to the pupils to put their skills in both cooking and service to the test.
The menu consisted of a choice of starters from: Tomato and Basil Soup, Fishcakes and Garlic Mushrooms; a choice of main courses from: Lasagne or Salmon, finishing off with Lemon Meringue Pie or Summer Fruit Trifle. Who could resist it? Everything was made by the pupils themselves in their food technology lesson on the Wednesday afternoon and they returned to school later than evening to serve the food to their invited guests.
With a lot of help from Mrs Carter, Mrs Spilman, Mrs Thomson and Mrs Wood, the evening was a great success and the pupils received rave reviews both for their food and the professional manner in which it was served.
Mr Keraven said 'I used to work in the hospitality industry and I was really impressed both by the food and the standard of service, both were excellent. It was amazing to see pupils whom I taught every day to be able to produce work of such a professional standard, they have truly done an excellent job.'
It will now be down to the next Food Technology group to see what they can produce for the next event at 'Chez Caedmon.'
The pupils would like to thank Radfords Butchers, Sandgate Seafoods and the Co-op for their help with the evening.
Multicultural Trip to Bradford
On Tuesday 27th March, as part of Caedmon School's enrichment programme, Year 8 went to Bradford in West Yorkshire, with the aim being to experience the multi-culture of a major city. Mr Kershaw, through the Interfaith Education Centre Bradford, organised for pupils to visit an Islamic and Sikh centre of worship. Pupils visited the Madni Jamia Masjid Mosque and the Ramgarhia Gurdwara. In each there was a faith tutor who explained about their particular beliefs and showed pupils the various aspects of their mosque and temple. This was a real learning experience for both pupils and staff ,as living in places like Whitby and Scarborough, we are not exposed to cultures and peoples from other parts of the world and this was the perfect opportunity for us to do so.
Year 9 African Drumming
As part of our Multi-cultural day, Year 9 pupils were given the opportunity to take part in an African Drumming Workshop led by musicians from The Sage outreach at Gateshead. Fanuel (from Zimbabwe ) brought a selection of djembe drums and talked about the culture of drums in African society. He introduced to pupils to other instruments such as the 'thumb piano' and differing types of xylophones and encouraged them to experiment with the different sounds. The pupils then had a chance to play and he taught them various patterns from a range of different countries Ghanian to South Africa Zulu, which at last, gave them the chance to get their hands on the rather impressive djembe drums. Judging by both the enthusiasm that the pupils showed and even the standard of their drumming, this is clearly an activity that we will repeat next year.