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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 3

    Published 26/05/22

    26th May 2022

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

    We seemed to have crammed a great deal into a 5-week half of term. Year 11 have begun their GCSE exams and we are very proud of the way in which they have approached these exams. It will be a tough few weeks for them but we have the Leavers’ celebrations to look forward to at the end of June. A huge thank you too to all my colleagues for the hours of extra work they have taken on to provide additional revision lessons for the year group. This will continue over half term and into June.

    We say goodbye to Mrs Lewis this week, after sixteen years at The Henry Beaufort School.  Her knowledge and skills in working with our students has had such a positive impact on the school community, along with her ability to put a smile to anyone’s face.  Although we are sad to see Mrs Lewis head off into retirement, we are pleased to welcome Miss Borwick as her successor.  Miss Borwick has been working closely with Mrs Lewis over the past couple of weeks and is already building relationships with our young people.  Miss Borwick takes on the role as Support and Guidance Manager.

    As the end of the year approaches could I please ask for parents to check uniform ready for the autumn term. I appreciate that you will not want to buy new uniform so close to the end of the year but there are students who will need a new skirt for the autumn term.

    A full list of appropriate shoes and uniform stockists is available on the school website.

    We seem to have a new fashion trend for ripped tights to accompany skirts. This is not appropriate for school and after half term we will be addressing this with those students concerned.

    Please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance if you have concerns about being able to replace school uniform items.

    We are now in the final stages of preparation for the school’s 50th Anniversary service in the cathedral on the 7th of July. I am delighted with the number of students who have become involved in the service. We hope to see as many of our community as possible at the event.

    Congratulations to Luke and Paolo in Year 11 who have successfully graduated from the 14-16 course in Motor Vehicle mechanics at Sparsholt!

    Well done and congratulations to Ethan in Year 7 who took part in the finals of the National Ice Hockey championships with his team coming second. The silver medal position means that the team is ranked second in the England under 12 division. Amazing!

    I am taking this opportunity to record my thanks to Year 8 who by half term will have received more Headteachers Awards than any other year group! It has been such a pleasure to talk to them about their extraordinary range of activities and successes in the last 5 weeks. Keep up the great work Year 8!

    We have attached our Autumn Open Events to this newsletter for prospective students and their parents. If you know of anyone who is interested in joining our school, please pass on these details. All information is on our school website.

    News from the Sustainability WSSC Group

    Big Plastic Count:  Henry Beaufort is joining a nationwide project to collect evidence on our household use of plastic for a week (May 17th-23rd) . The information collected will help inform people on what happens with their waste and provide evidence to the government about single use plastic. This information can help shape policies for the UKs plastic use.

    Gardening:  We also have loads growing in the OLC garden - courgettes, onions, beans, tomatoes, herbs, and we have won 2 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. 

    Miss McNamara

     

    The Scholars’ Programme

    On Wednesday 18th May, eleven Year 8 students visited Jesus College, Oxford University to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme. The students had undertaken a challenging course of university-style tutorials on the topic of “What is Money”, culminating in a 500-word essay about a currency they had designed. They impressed their PhD tutor with their skills of critical thinking, creativity and the new knowledge they had gained. In Oxford they attended a Q&A session about going to University, had a tour of Jesus College, and finally graduated from the Scholars’ Programme in their very own graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, Jazmine, Isaac and Blessing also presented to three other schools about their experience, representing Henry Beaufort brilliantly. We hope they will remember the day for a long time to come.
    Well done to Isaac, Madison, Olly, Kai, Jazmine, Blessing, Evelyn, Max, Matthew, Mya, and Josh!
    Mrs Naylor-Teece

     

    GCSE Business Trip

    On Friday, the Year 9 and 10 Business Studies students were taken on a trip to Cadburys World in Bourneville to help deepen their knowledge of Business Studies. Students were able to participate in a 1-hour workshop which enabled them to take an in-depth look at Cadburys business and discover how Cadburys became part of Mondelez International.  Students were also given the opportunity to tour the Factory and spend time in the world’s largest Cadburys Chocolate shop!  Many students and staff were seen leaving laden with goody bags of chocolate.  The weather was wonderful, and the students were an absolute delight, a real credit to the school. 

    Mrs Chalke and Mr Naisbitt

     

    Sporting Success This Term

    Year 10 Handball Team returned to Bournemouth after progressing from the district competition to go and represent the school in the regional competition and play against all the other schools from Hampshire, Dorset and Wilshire who progressed forward in their competitions. The level of performance and standard was very high from all the schools and the boys played fantastically well and were a credit to the school. Unfortunately they didn’t progress to the next round but learnt a lot from this experience. Well done boys!

    Athletics Success:

    In the first round of the District Athletics Team Knock out we have had a wide range of students represent the school and come away with some fantastic individual moments. In the under 13s the boys came 4/7 so unfortunately missed qualifying for the next round by 1 place but the girls came 3rd and have qualified for the next round. In the under 15s the boys qualified for the next round but unfortunately the girls just missed out. For the under 15 and 17s we had 13 students representing the school for the district athletics team trials and we are waiting for the results to see if any of our fantastic athletes will represent the district team across the competitions. This is just the start of the athletics season and there are a lot more team and individual competitions coming up over the term.

    Year 11 v 10 Football Game:

    We held a final football game for our Year 11 boys football team to sign off their playing careers as Henry Beaufort Students, going up against the Year 10 boys football team. The game was played in a great spirit and was extremely competitive between both teams. The level of football played was brilliant and there was only 1 goal scored in the match and this came from a corner with Year 11 scoring and allowing them to take the win. As a PE department we wish all these Year 11 pupils all the best in their next steps in education as well as with their football.

    Mr S Donaldson

     

    Environment Club News

    Our wonderful new sculpture situated in the school grounds has been created by our Environmental group run by Miss McNamara. The students have been attending the Environment Club and have spent their time creating Ecobricks from recycled donated plastic and these have been put together with reclaimed railway sleepers, kindly donated by Romsey Reclamation. We think it’s wonderful! Teacher Miss McNamara commented “This is a project that was started to highlight our overreliance on plastic consumption and to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill. All the Ecobricks used were donated from the community and we have successfully turned ‘trash into treasure’. Hopefully, this sculpture can act as a catalyst for other ideas on upcycling and repurposing plastics.”

    Thank you to all our students for their magnificent contribution to our school.

     

    As half-term beckons, I wish you a happy long bank holiday weekend.

    With my best wishes to you and your families.

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • Environmental Group create wonderful sculpture

    Published 25/05/22

    Our wonderful new sculpture situated in the school grounds has been created by our Environmental group run by Miss McNamara.  The students have been attending the Environment Club and have spent their time creating Ecobricks from recycled donated plastic and these have been put together with reclaimed railway sleepers, kindly donated by Romsey Reclamation. We think it’s wonderful!

     

    Teacher Miss McNamara commented ~“This is a project that was started to highlight our overreliance on plastic consumption and to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill. All of the Ecobricks used were donated from the community and we have successfully turned ‘trash into treasure’. Hopefully this sculpture can act as a catalyst for other ideas on upcycling and repurposing plastics.”

     

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  • SAVE THE DATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 07.07.2022

    Published 08/04/22

    EVENSONG - WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 07.07.2022

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  • Spring Concert 2022

    Published 07/04/22

     

    Everyone in the Music Department is feeling overjoyed and extremely proud of the achievement of all students during the Spring Term. Due to the disruption of Covid we haven’t put on a concert since March 2020. I honestly don’t think any of us realised how much we have missed live music until we started back with our ensembles in September 2021.

    The Spring Concert itself was our usual eclectic mix of music with the orchestral music of Elgar, the emotive Emelie Sande piece ‘Read All About It’ and Jazz Band ending the concert with the foot tapping ‘Birdland’.   We had some beautifully musical and poignant solos from Year 11 students and wonderful ensembles from Year 9 Djembe, the Year 9 Adele piece, Year 10 Rock Band, Year 11 Samba Band, Brass Ensemble and String Ensemble. We are certainly looking forward to more live music making in the future.

    Many Year 11’s are also an integral part of Music Department which they showcased so brilliantly at the Spring Concert through providing professional support for stage management and sound production. Alongside performing at an extremely high standard themselves, they are also excellent role models to younger students and wonderful ambassadors for the school.

    We have been delighted to have so many Year 7 and 8 students involved in this concert despite them never having seen a Henry Beaufort concert before. They really impressed with their singing, concentration and from watching their faces during the rest of the concert they seemed to really enjoy watching their peers. I hope that they have been inspired to continue with and build on their musical contributions at school.

    Getting back to rehearsals has been key to the life of the department and we are incredibly grateful that despite all the challenges of Covid it’s been another creative, productive, busy, and happy term in the Music Department. Year 11 students have been working hard on their final performances and compositions for their GCSE Music. They have produced an impressive collection of work - I hope that they are proud of their achievements. It's now the final push with the Non-Examined Assessments and then working hard through to the listening exam in June! Mrs Saunders and I are so grateful for all they that have given to the Music Department over the years and of course wish them every success with their exams and future – we hope they will keep in touch.

    In the summer term we are very much looking forward to Japanese Taiko workshops for all GCSE students in Year 9-11. We then have the 50th Anniversary of The Henry Beaufort School celebration at Winchester Cathedral on 7th July. We are very privileged to be performing at such a prestigious venue.

    The energies of the Expressive Arts staff and students will now be fully dominated with our production of Matilda. Please do spread the word and encourage your friends and family to come and watch at least one performance. We are putting this production on at the Theatre Royal in Winchester. Please watch this space for details about tickets.

    Mrs Seddon

    Head of Music

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 1 2022​​​​​​​

    Published 15/02/22

    Dear Parents and Students,


    Welcome to the first edition of Hello from Henry B! for 2022.

    We have many exciting events and activities to share with you in this edition.

    I am pleased to tell you that the new walk through canteen is on site and the intention is for a grand opening early March. More details to follow after half-term.

    Please find uploaded below a poster advertising the Spring Concert in March.

    I was pleased to be able to meet with our EARA ambassadors earlier this term. The students  discussed with me what they had been working on, and we reflected on the importance of diversity being part of the fabric of the school. This included an honest and frank discussion about how we as adults can support people in our school community and improve our knowledge and understanding of the way in which language is used to undermine and humiliate people.

    Our EARA group has carried out very important  work for several years now, but we all felt that they needed a higher profile in school. I have asked them to take on a number of actions including reviewing the schools’ vision statement to consider if it is fit for purpose in terms of diversity and equality.

    We explored how many of the adults in our community grew up in a different world and sometimes do not know or understand the derogatory terminology/words that are used to undermine and bully people.  We are addressing this through training and I asked the group to consider what they felt we need to know, how we can empower colleagues to tackle inappropriate language and embed a culture of proactive responses and awareness.

    I shared with them that the school is also looking at diversity in terms of recruitment, and our Governing Body of the school is considering how it reflects diversity within the Governing Body.

    We also intend to go ahead with the following:

    • Create a mural on the side of the Sports Hall reflecting diversity.  EARA will be launching a competition for the design.
    • Start by educating the younger year groups about inappropriate language and behaviour, so that we have a programme of awareness that will be carried through to all year groups.
    • Meet with me on a half termly basis
    • Explain to students who join the school from another country what is not appropriate and where they can get help and support if they experience discrimination
    • Create an EARA page in the student and staff handbook
    • Establish Equality Ambassadors as part of the student body

     

    Visits from Primary Schools

    We have really enjoyed hosting students from Weeke and Harestock Primary schools this term and thank you to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Harris and Mr Webber for making this possible.

    The students joined us for a music workshop as well as for science using equipment in the science labs not available at primary school. It was a pleasure to  work with such polite and enthusiastic students.

     

    Autism Ambassadors at HB
    Our Autism Ambassadors are spreading the understanding of autism around The Henry Beaufort School to friends and peers. The group of enthusiastic young people meet once a month to support each other and discuss how they will bring awareness to the school community. 

    So far, our young people have delivered talks to their tutor groups, which have been fantastic in helping others to have an insight into how information may be processed, or situations that can cause a change in behaviour. One year group has been lucky enough to have received an assembly prepared and delivered by members of the group – with the aim for all year groups to be given this superb knowledge.

    Every person with autism has their own strengths and challenges, and with support from their peers, their time at The Henry Beaufort School will be an inclusive and positive experience.

     

     

    Hares of Hampshire Project

    The Henry Beaufort Schools is proud to be involved in the Hares of Hampshire Project. As a school we are extremely grateful to receive and be donated a Hare sculpture – the Leveret - from Stagecoach.

    The whole school student council will be working in partnership with Miss Colebourn and the Art team to get creative in creating a leveret design and then transferring this into a 3D masterpiece which will be apart of an art trail in Winchester in Summer 2022.  For more information please have a look at the website https://haresofhampshire.co.uk/learning-programme/

    It will be great to have as many students in involved in this programme and it will be launched in tutor time to all students.

    Thank you to Stagecoach who have donated their hare to the school and funded the sponsorship.

    The challenge has been taken up by our Whole School Student Council and we are looking forward to seeing what emerges!

     

    A message from the Expressive Arts Team

     

    Our whole school production has been launched again! We began with a wonderful audition in which 85 students demonstrated their creative abilities! The support they showed for each other’s effort was fantastic to see. With so much talent, casting was a challenge, but we now have our cast of 50+ students. Huge congratulations to all who took part.

    Matilda Jr. HB will take to the stage in October 2022!

     

     

    Year 11 Geography fieldwork to Southampton

    25th & 26th January 2022

    Over two blustery days in January we took our Year 11 Geographers to Southampton to carry out the urban fieldwork element of their GCSE course. The group on the first day had the added benefit of “Applin-Taggart Tours” – Mr Applin and Mrs Taggart sharing their insight on the coach journey, through Bevois Valley on the way in and Shirley High Street on the way out of Southampton. The group on the second day got Mrs Legg and Mrs Taggart’s commentary instead.

    Our primary data collection focused on the environmental quality and traffic in two regenerated areas of the city – Centenary Quay (used to be Vospers Dockyard) and Ocean Village (used to be the Outer Dock). We are currently presenting and analysing this data in class. Our Year 11 Geographers engaged well, worked hard, and had a great – if chilly – day.

     

    St Swithuns lecture programme

    Our partnership working with St Swithun’s has seen our students joining in with a range of on line lectures. 

    On the 3rd  of February our students attended an on line lecture from Dr James Hodkinson from the University of Warwick  who presented on the value of languages at GCSE, A’level and beyond and how this helps in the current job market.

    Last week we were able to access the University ‘take over’ week with the University of Winchester and their History and Archaeology Departments. The theme was ‘Recovery and Transformation’ and there were 4 talks and seminars for us to access.

    Thank you to St Swithun’s for these opportunities.

     

    The Brilliant Club

    This year’s first round of Brilliant Club scholars are about to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme with flying colours. After five university-style tutorials they have produced excellent final assignments about literary theory and using it to analyse texts. You can read some samples below. The Programme will culminate in a celebration at Reading University on the 11th February where students will attend a graduation to celebrate their efforts. They have all done very well and we are proud of their achievements. Well done to Alfie H, Benny B, Douglas N, Emily A-F, Nikisha R, Jenna B, Evie-Rose M, Joseph S, Julia C, Ky W, Matthew, W, and Thomas E, all in Year 8. Great work!

    Meanwhile, the next round is well underway with students having attended a live launch event streamed from St Anne’s College, Oxford on Monday 17th January. Students will begin their tutorials on the subject of “What is Money” on Wednesday 26th January. Congratulations to those who have been selected for this competitive programme.

    Here is a selection from the essays which shows the standard of work that our Year 8 students have produced.


    A feminist mindset will be used to criticize and evaluate the extract from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In the extract: “in sleep my mother looks younger” there is a nod to sexism, as it is saying that women should be beautiful and there is something wrong with Katniss’s mother as she does not look “beautiful” when she is not asleep. The adjective ‘beautiful’ means something or someone that is extremely pretty or good looking. The word beautiful tends to relate to women, so this means that women are expected to be attractive and when they are not, they are imperfect or there is something wrong with them. The text also states “my mother used to be very beautiful once, too. Or so they say.” The phrase ‘or so they say’ could mean that beautiful is young and if you are not young you are not beautiful. The writer could have put this word in the text because she wanted to use a bit of dramatic irony, because there could be something related to this thought later in the story and it builds up on the reader’s knowledge of Katniss’s world as it is very different to ours.

    Emily 

    The feminism theory is clear in this extract because Meena tells us her father hardly recognises how hard her mom works and her efforts are not even appreciated by him. There is no equality in this man-woman relationship. Her mother is underrated while her father holds power. Meena is deciding that the life her mother has led is not the life she wants to lead and she is trying to find her own way. She is standing up for woman. She is resentful and rebels against the expectations placed on her to behave in a stereotypical way.

    Jenna 


    Finally, I will analyse the character of Little Red Riding Hood. In the beginning, Little Red Riding Hood comes across as small and scared which we find in the stereotypical gender roles. We could assume that from lines like “In came the little girl in red”[i]. The word “little” shows us that Little Red Riding Hood is seen to be small and is not as powerful as the wolf. However, she turns the tables and becomes the one in charge, and has then become the confident and brave one, as we see in the lines “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.”[ii] She called the wolfs’ bluff and shot him. This meant that she ended up at the top of the food chain. Little Red Riding Hood turned out to be extremely confident and brave after this. “She said “Hello, and please do note my lovely furry wolfskin coat”[iii]. Little Red Riding Hood ends up being the second archetypal character, ranking above the wolf. She appears the bravest and is on top of the food chain.

    Ky 

     

    On Friday 11th February, twelve year 8 students went to Reading University to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme. The trip included a campus tour and graduation ceremony. It was a well-deserved celebration of their amazing achievements on the programme which is now running again for twelve more of our students. Thank you to Mrs Eckett for her support of the trip.

    Over the past few weeks 12 people were picked to be a part of a club where we studied different literary theories. We used them on different texts and looked at them from a different point of view than what we'd usually do.

    Each week we had a tutorial with our PhD tutor and expanded our knowledge on the literary theories which helped us work towards our final assignment. The final assignment was to write a 1500-word essay explaining the different theories and how different people would think of them in a piece of writing. We then got our feedback and graduated on the 11th of February at Reading University, we got a tour of the university and had a Q&A with some of the students that were in their 3rd year there. It was a great opportunity! 

    Nikisha, Year 8

     

    Mrs Naylor-Teece

    Aspirations Coordinator


    It has been a long half-term for our students, but they have worked hard and embraced the return to activities beyond the classroom and the school day. Congratulations to all students who have received postcards home and Headteacher Awards. They have been well deserved.

    Hopefully we will have a calm and uninterrupted second half of the term!

    With my best wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

    [i] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

    [ii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

    [iii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf


     
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  • Spring Concert - 10th March 2022

    Published 11/02/22
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  • School Age NHS Flu Clinics

    Published 28/01/22

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 3 Autumn Term 2021

    Published 15/12/21

    15th December 2021

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Despite the turbulence of the last two weeks we have been able to share with you a wide range of activities, sporting events and extra-curricular opportunities that have taken place this term both through the newsletter and on our website page.

    I have included in this newsletter some of the more recent events that our young people have taken part in.

    Thank you to all of you who were able to donate for our food bank collection last Friday as part of our festive themed non-uniform day. It was lovely to see so many festive outfits in school. I am sorry that we didn’t quite make it to our Christmas performance. Thank you to all of our students who were planning and rehearsing for this event.

    Thank you too to Hillier’s in Winchester for donating the lovely Christmas tree in reception. It has kept us all going the last few weeks!

    Thank you too to all of our students who were required to have a PCR test at school. The Mobile Unit team were very complimentary about your exemplary behaviour. We were described as one of the best schools they have been to in terms of our students and the organisation of the two-day visit.

    On occasions such as this the information we send outcomes directly from the UK Health Security Agency and I am aware that some of it has been contradictory; frustrating for you as well as for us.

    We hope to be able to return to school as normal on the 4th of January 2022.

    A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start and one in which we will be focusing on smart, appropriate uniform and a focus on punctuality! This will be shared with students in Whole School Assembly on Friday and with you through a school communication.

    Consistent standards and expectations will be the focus for the new term. If there are reasons why you would not be able to purchase uniform please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.

    I have been delighted to see 52 students over the course of this term to award a Headteacher Special recognition award, including 3 gold awards. Well done to everyone who received this award and I look forward to handing out many more next term.

    We have some exciting news in team English, Miss Brown’s first novel (which she wrote whilst she was undertaking her teacher training and studying for her Master’s degree!) has won an award:

     

    ‘H Brown has won the 2021 Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award for her historical suspense novel My Name Is Emma

    Each year editors at Sphere choose the best novel by a graduating student.

    My Name Is Emma follows the arrival of the eponymous servant into the home of widowed mother Mrs Jackson, building up to a terrible crime based on a true story. 

    Chair of judges, Sphere publishing director Ed Wood, said: “My Name is Emma is a wholly coherent first step into the world of historical mystery writing, a tale that slowly reveals its secrets as it moves towards a genuinely shocking conclusion. H Brown has a confident, effortless voice that gripped us from the first page’.

    How proud are we to have a published author in our team!

     

    COP26

    I am a part of an Eco choir that were invited to perform in the green zone at COP26 and some of us were even invited to the blue zone (area for significant people) which was such an honour and an unbelievable opportunity.

    • What was it like being at COP26?

    I loved every second of it! There was so much to do and so much to explore. I wasn’t worried about performing because everybody at the conference cared about the same thing: Climate change.

    • What is the message COP26 is trying to bring across?

    COP26 is trying to tell people that its not to late yet, if we start right now and work together we can do it. The outcome of the conference or parties wasn’t what we hoped for but I’m still optimistic!

    • If you could say one thing to get people to do something about climate change, what would it be?

    Personally I would say, listen to the science, it’s not lying and if you want to turn this around, I would pay attention to the scientists.

    Cullayn Year 8

     

    Eco News

    The second batch of over 400 trees has arrived from The Woodland Trust and are heeled in ready for planting.

    I was delighted to be invited to The Environment Club last week to watch a presentation on the ideas and projects that the members of the club would like to undertake at HB.

    I was very impressed with the professionalism of the presentation and the thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas that were presented.

    I will be taking forward these ideas to colleagues in school and the Governing Body. Many of these ideas were both practical and possible with a little logistical planning and some consultation work with the whole school community.

     

    The Brilliant Club

    The Scholars’ Programme is in full swing now with weekly seminars taking place for twelve ambitious Year 8 students. In the seminars, which are led by English Literature PhD tutor, Dr Lian, we have been discussing how literary texts can be viewed through different lenses, ranging from ecocriticism, to feminism, to post-colonialism. We have discussed texts ranging from Noughts and Crosses to Robinson Crusoe. It has been amazing to see these students explore ideas beyond the curriculum and come up with fascinating new perspectives. They have really risen to the challenge and done our school proud. Next up: a final, 1,500 word, university-level assignment. We hope to visit a University campus in the Spring term to see what University life is like, and graduate from the programme in a well-deserved celebration event.

     

    Well done and good luck for this year’s programme to: Jenna, Alfie, Nikisha, Joseph, Kyrese, Matthew, Emily, Bernard, Julia, Thomas, Evie-Rose and Douglas.

    Mrs Naylor- Teece

     

    Partnership working with Southampton Football Club

    We were fortunate enough to have two under 18 players from Southampton football club attend a Teams meeting with a number of our students who play for our school football teams.  We had arranged for them to come into school for a Q and A session, but sadly due to COVID this could not happen. The students were able to discuss issues surrounding race, discrimination, mental health and respect with the players, who in turn explained the importance of learning and studying hard to enable them to have more choices if their careers took a different path. The players also talked about the importance of learning to be respectful in life and how to deal with life’s pitfalls and how you overcome them.

    Mrs Lewis

     

    It’s Panto Season!

    Year 9 GCSE Drama students returned to school in September to begin their new 3 year GCSE Drama journey together. Their first project – Pantomime! Year 9 Drama students were challenged with creating a brand new pantomime style story aimed for a target audience of primary school aged children. Characters, storylines, audience interaction, riddles and rhymes were created and scripted from scratch by the students. This Year 9 class devised a pantomime called ‘Friendship Reigns’. The story explores the stock pantomime characters, but the moral focuses very much on how we increasingly must value each for what we bring to the world rather than the place we are born into. The best and most trusted friend is eventually crowned as the one who should lead the community.

    Until only a week or so ago performances were set to go ahead in the Drama studio for our primary visitors. Pandemic restrictions meant that these performances could no longer happen live and so to ensure we could continue, we took the decision to move the performances via Microsoft Teams. Our primary schools have helped us make this adjustments with such positivity and encouragement. The students have been superb, not only in their ability to adjust performance aspects to work online, but also in the face of the pandemic challenges and restrictions, and have made every effort to be their very best, including standing in last minute for students who faced unavoidable absence.

    The Year 9 Drama students are brave, creative and in the face of adversity have been quite frankly - invincible! Well done Year 9!

    Mrs Miles

     

    Year 7 Letter Exchange with France

    This year, we have partnered up again with France to exchange cards, letters and selfie sheets! Year Seven have been writing to two sixième (6eme) classes at Collège Pierre Mendes, near Angoulême, France. Their website is  http://etab.ac-poitiers.fr/coll-mendes-france-soyaux/  

    Christmas cards are not a huge tradition in France, but cards (Les cartes de voeux) are more commonly exchanged in January. Therefore, our friends in France have created their own beautiful letters and cards to exchange with our students. We are so excited to be writing to our penpals again at Easter.

    Mrs Hallett

     

     

    Dates for the Student Handbook!

    Our whole school production is booked for October 2022.

    The Henry Beaufort School Musical Production Audition dates are:

    Wednesday 19th January 14:45-15:45 Year 7 and 8

    Thursday 20th January 14:45-15:45 Year 9 and 10

    Thank you for all of your support over the term. Our students and my colleagues have worked so hard to make sure that this term has been successful for everyone in our school community.

    Thank you too to Mrs Golding for providing a holiday treat for us to bake! Please see the recipe uploaded below.

    We return to school on Tuesday the 4th of January 2022.

    I do hope that the Festive season is a kind and happy time for us all.

     

    With my best wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Winchester Basics Bank Donations

    Published 10/12/21

    A ‘HUGE’ thank you to students and parents for their generosity in supporting Winchester Basics Bank by bringing in their donations in exchange for wearing Christmas Jumpers today!

    If you would like further information on Winchester Basics Bank or are need of their assistance please click on the link below:

    https://winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk/

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  • Hello from Henry B!

    Published 24/05/21

    24th May 2021

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

    A whole half term back in school - how wonderful it has been to have all of our young people on the school site for this first half of the summer term.

    We are maintaining a cautious approach to the lifting of restrictions to ensure that the school continues to move forward but I am so pleased that we have been able to reintroduce year group PE activities after school.

    After half term, in the week beginning the 14th June, Year 10 Clinics and Home Learning Club for Years 7, 8 and 9 will start. A Schoolcomms will be sent out to all parents to explain the details. Year group bubbles will be maintained.

    Despite the restrictions on activities and events over the last few months we have followed Covid guidelines to provide the following.

     

    Year 8 Students are Brilliant!

    Twelve lucky Year 8 students embarked on the Scholars Programme, delivered by The Brilliant Club, a charity which aims to widen access for outstanding students in non-selective state schools to the United Kingdom’s most selective universities.

    The students underwent a rigorous process in the spring term, attending multiple university-style tutorials led by PhD tutors. The tutorials and learning were based around the French Revolution and were all at a very high level. All twelve students produced a final assessment which was a 1500 word essay and we are thrilled that they all passed with the following grades:

    2 x firsts, 2 x 2:1, 4 x 2:2 and 2 x thirds, which has been a wonderful achievement for all of our students.

    Mrs Naylor-Teece, Science Teacher and in school coordinator of this programme said:

    “It has been a real pleasure to watch these young people rise to the challenge of the Scholars’ Programme. I have been overwhelmed by their dedication and resilience in tackling such a difficult topic – even throughout lockdown. They have done us and themselves proud!”

    All of our students enjoyed the unique experience, summed up by one of our students who wrote:

    ‘I think the best part of the Scholars programme was taking part in the tutorials in general and learning about something I knew nothing of previously. At first, I found the course hard to understand since there was so much to know and I wasn’t used to university style work, but after a while of taking part in tutorials I overcame the challenge and the information seemed easier to understand instead. I truly had an incredible time and thank you for letting me take part.’

    Having read all of the essays I am in awe of the work that our young people in Year 8 have produced. It is a delight to see them explore the complexities of the factors impacting on the French revolution, demonstrating their in-depth thinking and ability to articulate a response to university standards. I am very proud of them all.

     

    Whole School Student Council

    A big thank you to all the students in Years7, 8 and 9 who have applied for the Whole School Student Council. We have had over 50 applications from students all of whom are enthusiastic about making a positive impact to the wider Henry Beaufort School community.

    Students had the opportunity to express an interest in a particular satellite group that they were passionate about. The ‘Satellite Groups’ are:

    • School Life
    • Equality
    • Sustainability
    • Curriculum
    • Cultural Capital

    The first meeting of each group will take place the first week back after half term during tutor time so that the students can begin making plans about the impact they can have. We will keep you regularly updated on their progress.

    Miss Coleborn

     

    News from the Science team

    Two Year 8 classes have taken part in the EACH-B randomised research trial for Lifelab (based at Southampton General Hospital) and Southampton University. Students have filled out online questionnaires and worn an activity tracker for a week. It involves 50 schools, over 2000 students and repeat data will be collected in a year’s time to feed into the study.  A detailed article will be submitted to the local paper as well as being put on line through our own social media sites.

     

    News for the Maths team

    Our Years 7 and 8 year groups have been participating in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. This has given students an opportunity to take part in a national competition designed to really test students’ mathematical understanding by posing tricky questions to think in a different way than normal.

    This is wonderful opportunity for them to develop their mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques by solving these interesting problems.

    We are hoping for some of our students to qualify for the follow up rounds! Finger Crossed!

    Some of our students were able to watch and participate in a maths inspiration show all about structural engineering. This was especially encouraging for our female mathematicians hearing from a very successful female engineer.

    Fun maths fact: “Eleven plus two” is an anagram of “twelve plus one” which is pretty fitting as the answer to both equations is 13.

     

    We said farewell to on site working for our Year 11 students last Friday with our traditional celebration of the last 5 years of school. An assembly (which started with a walk around the school so that all other year groups could show their appreciation to the Year 11 students) was followed by shirt signing, goodie bags for all and ice cream!

    Year 11 made a significant contribution to the assembly with a range of musical interludes as follows:

    Musical Interlude 1

    1. Clarinet Duet: ‘Allegro’ by C.A.Goepfer, performed by Abigail and Mrs Seddon
    2. Vocal Solo: ‘Lost Without You’ performed by Eve  
    3. Jazz Ensemble:  ‘Love is Beautiful Thing’ by Vulfpeck performed by Charlotte  and Jake
    4. Vocal Duet: ‘Don’t You Remember’ by Adele, arranged and performed by Rosie and Linea

    A beautiful piece of music written and performed by Rosie Wilson entitled ‘What do I do’ was played over the photo slideshow of the students when they were in Year 7 - to an equal mixture of delight and horror!

    At the assembly we acknowledged the hard work and resilience that Year 11 had shown throughout these difficult two years interrupted by lockdowns and restrictions.

    Referring to their ‘stickability’ which has been demonstrated time and time again throughout the pandemic we recognised that whilst our students last two years may have been shaped by the pandemic it has not, or ever will, define them.

    As we approach the final half term of the year a reminder that we have a school closure for an INSET day on the 25th of June when we will be starting our preparations for the academic year 2021/22 - our 50th Anniversary year!

    Our last day of term on Friday the 23rd of July is a half day; students departing at midday.

    Thank you to Mrs Denman for providing a delicious cake recipe below for a spot of baking over the half term break.

    With my best wishes for the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

    Chocolate loaf cake:

    Ingredients:

    125g plain flour
    125 caster sugar
    100soft light brown sugar
    50g cocoa powered
    1stb bicarbonate of soda
    60 butter, plus extra for greasing
    125g yogurt
    1 egg
    150ml water

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 160 fan/ gas 4, then grease the loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
    2. Combine the flour, sugars, cocoa powder and bicarbonate in a large bowl.
    3. Melt the butter. Whisk the yogurt, egg and water with the melted butter.
    4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until a smooth batter has formed. The mixture will be very runny- this is okay.
    5. Place in the loaf tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Insert a skewer or knife to check it has cooked.
    6. Let it cool then enjoy.
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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 9 2021

    Published 29/03/21

    29th March 2021

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

    As the last week of term comes into sight I am reflecting on what has been another unusual term for the school. It has been so good to get back to teaching on the school site for all of our young people. They have as always been magnificent and appreciated that being back also comes with the challenges of Covid rules and regulations. The challenges were certainly put to the test last week when we did have to respond to a positive Lateral Flow test but again I want to commend our young people for the way in which they approached this situation.

    The team of staff at our testing station have asked me to pass onto you that it was a pleasure to be working with our students over the last 3 weeks. ‘Polite, cooperative, calm and good humoured‘ were just some of the compliments that were passed back to me.

    Thank you to our team of staff to for making this experience so straightforward for the students and the school. The schedule (thank you Mr Applin!) meant that there was minimal disruption to learning. A particular thanks must go to the two team leaders Mrs Williams and Mrs Goodwill. It has taken a great deal of work to organise, train and undertake the tests and I am very grateful to them and the team as a whole.

    I do appreciate that the self-isolation rule is frustrating for parents and puts additional pressure on parents when students are required to self-isolate. I have included below new information from the DfE that may be of support to you if you are in this situation.

    Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents

    Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

    Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

    are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.

    To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:

    • they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
    • they are employed or self-employed
    • they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
    • they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment.

    That their child or young person:

    • is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
    • has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate. Please contact the school using the admin email address if you require this letter.

    Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place. The letter you give to parents and carers should explain to them that their local authority will conduct a check with their child’s setting if they apply for a payment.

     

    Pi Cake Baking Competition

    Many congratulations to the winner of our Students ‘Pi Cake Baking Competition’ who is

    David in Year 7 and we have included a picture of his winning entry.

     

    Congratulations also goes to Mrs Denman, winner of the staff Pi Cake baking competition.

    I was also delighted to hear about the amazing feat of Danica in Year 9 who, with her sister took part in a virtual Toughmudder Equinox. This comprised of doing a 5 mile circuit, and when arriving back at home they then had further challenges to complete. Danica completed 25 miles and 5 challenges and together with her sister they have raised over £900.

    They did this to raise money for Mind.org (Halton) in Liverpool which is the local charity supported by Loop Radio where dad is a DJ.

    This is an extraordinary accomplishment and a well-deserved Headteacher Gold Award badge has been presented to Danica.

    A message from Miss Brown- English Department

    Congratulations go to students at The Henry Beaufort School, who entered their 100 word short stories into a nationwide competition and have been published in an anthology, called “Trapped: Thrilling Tales”. The competition encouraged them to think outside the box around the theme of ‘trapped’ and we had a great variety of creative ideas exploring this

    idea. We would like to say a huge congratulations to these talented young writers! A copy of the anthology will be available in the library.

    The Summer Term

    I sincerely hope that we will be able to move back to vertical tutor groups before the end of the summer term but, as we have been for the past year, we are dependent on what the guidance will be once we reach the magical date when lockdown restrictions are lifted. Having spoken to both colleagues and our young people, this is a move that they are really looking forward to achieving. We are aware that this will feel very different for students in Year 7 so we will ensure that we prepare them for this move with a few taster opportunities before September if we are allowed to do so. I know that many of our students in other years really look forward to being able to support and work with Year 7 in tutor time. We will retain a year group tutor time on the Friday of each week.

    As the country is data dependent on the lifting of restrictions we are still uncertain as to what we can do or offer for our traditional enrichment week activities in July. We are looking at a number of possibilities but as yet there are no guarantees. We anticipate more guidance from the government after the Easter break. There will be no overseas residential trips this year.

    Sports club will start up after Easter operating in Year group bubbles and late buses will run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening so that students can attend these sporting opportunities. Miss Colebourn will send more information in a Schoolcomm this week.

    The Whole School Student council will be launched after Easter to Years 7, 8 and 9. The Whole School Student Council (WSSC) plays an important role in making sure that students views and ideas are expressed, and plays a crucial role in contributing to important decisions that impact on the whole school. The WSSC represents the student body and as a school we take pride in listening and taking on board the ideas and views of the students so that a positive impact is made. Miss Colebourn is looking forward to launching this with students during tutor time when we return after Easter.

    Once again can I thank you for your support of the school and my colleagues during this term. It has been a complex and difficult time for all us who are a part of The Henry Beaufort Community.

    As Year 11 approach their final term with us I want to take the opportunity to commend them as a year group. Their year has involved so many twists and turns as a result of ever-changing government guidance; from September when we were informed it was to be full GCSE’s, then a move to a later date for exams in June and July, then to cancelling them completely and finally to a late exam board decision to put in place assessments to inform Teacher Assessed Grades. Add to this three changes to the GCSE results date this coming summer.

    They have shown remarkable resilience and we all wish that they had not been put in this position. I am so proud of the way they have dealt with every turn in their final year story.

    We have the 12th of April in our sights and for me a longed for haircut!

    With my best wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

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