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  • Statement in Response to Incident - 10th September 2020

    Published 10/09/20

    Date 10th September 2020

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher at The Henry Beaufort School

    This is a distressing incident and we are extremely relieved that it wasn’t more serious.

    With help from Hampshire Country Council’s home to school transport and Educational Psychology teams we will be supporting all the pupils involved and their families.

    I do not want to speculate on the circumstances leading up to the incident but our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected.

    The Senior Leadership Team was on site within minutes. I’d like to personally say how proud I am of the response of our children and their families.

    Thank you, I have no further comment at this time. I am sure you appreciate there is still a lot of work that all services involved need to do.

    Any further information that you require please contact the press office at Hampshire County Council.

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  • Virtual Open Events

    Published 07/09/20

    Dear Parents,

    Regretfully with the on-going CV-19 situation we have made the decision to cancel our Open events in September and October. I am sure you appreciate that with over 1000 students on the school site operating in year group bubbles, it would be impossible to operate our usual Open morning and Evening events.

    However, we do appreciate how important it is for you to be informed about how our school community works so we have replaced the Open events with a virtual, on line tour of our school which includes contributions from all subject areas as well as from some of our students. There will also be a filmed version of the Headteacher presentation to parents. We intend to make this an interactive event for you and your child/children to enjoy.

    We are currently working on creating this event and we anticipate that it will be available to coincide with what would have been our Open Event Dates on the 10th and 11th September 2020. Please check on our school website nearer the time.

    If you have any questions that you would like us to answer  that you believe have not been covered in the presentations please contact the school using the following email address.

    I do hope that we will be able to resume our Open Events in 2021. In the meantime we are happy to assist in any way that we can through email- admin@staff.beaufort.hants.sch.uk

    Yours sincerely,

    Miss Hearle

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  • The Henry Beaufort School Examination Results 2020

    Published 20/08/20

    The Henry Beaufort School has maintained consistently high academic outcomes and for the sixth year in a row results have continued to rise.  All three core subjects of English, Maths and Science achieved over 85% at grade 4 and above. Both English and Maths achieved 87% at grade 4 and above.  We are also celebrating that 7% of all grades achieved across the 20 GCSE subjects are at grade 9.  

     

    Four students achieved an average of grade 9 across their GCSE subjects. Congratulations to Sarina, Johan, Laura and Maisie.

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘this has been an incredibly stressful year for our students, particularly so in the last week. I am relieved and delighted that our young people have received the outcomes they deserve, outcomes that are in line with our rising results over the last 6 years.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their consummate professionalism in the face of unprecedented challenges, undertaking an honest, fair and transparent process in producing centre assessed grades.

     

    Congratulations to all of our students, we are so pleased for you.’

    Sue Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 17

    Published 15/07/20

    15 July 2020

    Dear Parents and Students,

    This will be my last newsletter before we go into the summer holidays. I am currently putting together all the information that you will need for the whole school return in September and this will be published to you by the end of the week. This will be followed up by year group emails from your Head of Year.  I have been informed that there might be more information from the government to follow later in the summer holidays and if this does happen I will make sure this is published to you as soon as possible.

    This week’s recipe is for pizza, a recipe I followed when Year 7 and I made pizza in their food technology lesson earlier in the year. It’s a recipe I still use now (no more shop bought pizza for me!) and I love it.

    Your hbX challenge takes you over the summer (if you wish to do so- it’s not compulsory!) and involves new hobbies.

    There are also 3 online resources that may be of interest to parents as I appreciate it is not as easy to book places to visit over the summer as it has been in the past. As always I would ask parents to check out the websites to make sure you are happy with the content before sharing with your child.

    • The Photographer’s Gallery has developed a series of talks, events and workshops aimed at students 14+: thephotographysgallery.org.uk
    • The Royal Albert Hall has a range of activities from music to maths to meeting the orchestra: royalalberthall.com
    • On the National Galleries site there is a section called ‘home is where the art is’ allowing children to explore the work of artists: nationalgalleries.org

    It is never easy trying to keep an entire PE curriculum going on line but as well as our thanks to team PE for their amazing contribution to the work at home resources, I am delighted to inform you we have been awarded a certificate from the North Eastleigh and Winchester School Games Organisers in recognition of the school’s support and commitment to keeping children active during lock down!

    We will be saying farewell to a number of our colleagues next week via video link, another first for the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues who are moving on for their commitment to their work at Henry B. They will all be greatly missed and we wish them well with the new adventures that await them.

    We wish Miss Jenkins, Hearing Resource Base, every success for the future.

    Mr May joined us just after October half term of this academic year. He quickly settled into life at The Henry Beaufort School and is highly thought of by students and staff. He leaves us to begin studying for a Master’s degree.

    Miss McDougall joined the Learning Support team in January of this year. Though her time with us has been relatively short, she has made a very positive impact on the students that she has worked with. She leaves us to begin training to become a teacher.

    Mr Stott joined us in September 2018 and leaves us after two years to train to become a teacher. In his time at The Henry Beaufort School Mr Stott has shown himself to be an LSA that students and staff can rely on. He has been a valued and dependable member of the team and will be greatly missed by students, parents and teachers.

    Whilst we are sorry to see such valued members of the team leave us, we wish them the very best of luck with their studies next year.

    Mr Leighton joined The Henry Beaufort School as SENDCO and teacher of English in January 2018.

    Mr Leighton has worked tirelessly to support our students, he has streamlined our SEND register, line managed the team of LSAs and ensured all of our SEND students have been properly supported. He leaves us to move to a school which is much closer to his home and will mean a shorter commute and therefore more family time. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that family time is precious and should be preserved at all costs.

    Mr Leighton we thank you for all that you have done to support our staff and students and we wish you all of the very best in your new role.

    Miss Offord has been with us for this academic year - and what a year it has been! Miss Offord has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with her students and to create fantastically imaginative and exciting lessons. During the ‘Work from Home’ period, Miss Offord has taken charge of the Year 7 tasks and has put together some truly inspiring resources: from poetry lessons on wildlife haikus and mystical ballads; to a hugely inventive Shakespearean ‘Villains’ scheme of learning for these final few weeks. Within the English team Miss Offord has created strong friendships and I know will be much missed by us all. We wish her the best of luck on her exciting adventure to Switzerland where Miss Offord is taking up a new English teaching post.

    Ms Balcombe has been with us for the last five years; for four of these years Ms Balcombe has undertaken the role of Assistant Academic Leader in English.  Ms Balcombe has been a passionate and inspiring English teacher, always putting her students first and creating a range of innovative and exciting teaching resources across different year groups and modules to ensure students make progress with English. Ms Balcombe has also led and coordinated a range of external English trips and visits to enhance and enrich students’ studies of their texts in English. This has included a trip to ‘The Globe Theatre’ in London; the ‘Poetry Live’ workshop in Reading and ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ performances with travelling theatre companies. As well as this, Ms Balcombe successfully launched the ‘Let’s Think’ programme in English - a discussion based series of lessons for Years 7-9 which have been highly effective in helping students to develop their ability to think critically and perceptively in English. We wish Ms Balcombe the best of luck with her new role as a Head of English.

    Mr Mordecai has been at The Henry Beaufort School since 1996. He is now retiring from his post as Science teacher but alongside this has undertaken many roles of responsibility within the school including Pastoral Leader of Warsaw, Oversight of enrichment activities, Staff Governor and coaching rugby to name a few.  He was also responsible for the school taking part in the annual Movember charity initiative which saw the appearance of a number of very imaginative and sculptural moustaches during the month!

    He has positively impacted the lives of Henry Beaufort students and colleagues for over two decades and will be greatly missed by the current Science team. We wish him a happy retirement.

    After leaving Henry Beaufort as a student herself, Mrs Humphrys just couldn’t stay away and joined the Maths Department as a teacher in 1996. Twenty four years later, Mrs Humphrys has sadly made the decision to retire. Fortunately, we have managed to convince her to return to us in September two days a week, so we will not be losing her entirely. Throughout her time here, Mrs Humphrys has been an incredible teacher, tutor and colleague and we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for everything she has contributed to the school. We will miss having her around so often, but are absolutely looking forward to continuing to work with her!

    As we near the end of term and look back on the strangest time (so far) in my teaching career, I want to take this opportunity to thank all parents and our young people for their tremendous efforts over the last 4 months to keep going with the school work, work that has allowed you to follow as closely as possible the curriculum you would have studied if you had been on the school site. We all know that there will be work to do in the autumn to make sure that you are making the progress you should be at this time in your secondary school education, but I also know that you will make this happen. Our emphasis on shaping resilient learners is not without good reason and never more so than in the last few months. Parents, please consider yourself in receipt of a Headteacher Award. I know, like many of my colleagues, you have juggled work and supervising home schooling, no mean feat!

    We will all have to work hard and stay focused in the new school year but I know you can do this and more importantly I know you will want to do this and that means the battle is won before we begin! I am so looking forward to seeing you all in September in your school uniform and ready to take on next academic year’s challenges. You have taken on the challenges brought about by this lockdown and shown that you are a truly remarkable group of young people.

    Take care over the summer (do some reading, it really will help!!) and we will be there on your first day back to greet you.

    With my warmest wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • GCSE RESULTS 2019

    Published 22/08/19

    The Henry Beaufort School Examination Results 2019

    The Henry Beaufort School is delighted to announce that we have maintained our consistently high academic outcomes and for the fifth year in a row results have continued to rise.  All three core subjects achieved over 80% at grade 4 and above. 83% of students attained a grade 4 or above in Maths and 82% attained a grade 4 or above in English. Students achieving a grade 4 or above in both Maths and English is 78%, a 2% increase on this time last year. Grade 9’s in Maths and English were over 5% of the cohort, which is a considerable achievement.

    Science results, with students achieving two GCSEs at grade 4 or above are at 81%.  An increase of 11% of the year group [in comparison to 2018] took Triple Science and these results rose by 3% on 2018 figures.

    Spanish results at 9-4 rose from 88% to 100% with 23% of the students achieving a Grade 9!

    Other notable achievements at grade 4 or above are Food Technology who attained 86%, PE 86% [a 6% rise on last year], Art at 88% and Drama at 83%. History and Geography results were 76% and 75% respectively with Geography results at grades 9-7 at 38% and History at 26%.

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their determined approach to their studies as well as the outstanding commitment of all of my colleagues who were relentless in their pursuit of success for our young people. I am privileged to work with an exceptional group of professionals. 

    Congratulations to all of our students, we are very proud of you.

    Sue Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Headteacher Newsletter - 23rd October 2020

    Published 23/10/20

     

    23 October 2020 

    Dear Parents, 

    As we near the end of the first half of the autumn term I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you to say thank you for all your support this half term. This thank you also extends to our young people for the way in which they have handled the changes to the school site and our daily routines. 

    We have maintained very tight restrictions on visitors to site and cancelled all community bookings for the foreseeable future. Although this is a cost both to community users and to the school in terms of additional income, we are convinced that this has made a significant, positive impact on our response to Covid-19. The DFES have published attendance figures for all secondary schools nationally. For the first half of the autumn term this stands at 87% nationally. Our attendance figure for the Henry Beaufort School is 94%. A figure that is 7% above the national average is in no small part down to the work being undertaken by my colleagues. 

    I would like to thank our site and cleaning team for their hard work and commitment to keeping the site clean and hygienic. Three hours of deep cleaning takes place every night of the school week as well as additional cleaning throughout the day. I would also like to thank all my colleagues, who are required to leave the school site at 4.15 to enable all team areas to benefit from this deep clean during the working hours of the cleaning team. None of us like to have to leave at a specified time but the sacrifices they are making are also a significant contributory factor to keeping our community and our families safe. 

    Face masks have become a part of our daily routine but we have found in the last few weeks that a growing number of students are forgetting to bring these and this is becoming a financial burden for the school as we are handing out disposable masks on a daily basis. With half term looming this would be a good time for students to check their bags and make sure they have a mask ready and packed for the school day. 

    As of the 2nd of November we will be charging 50p for each disposable mask that is requested. 

    Lunchtime 

    The school has ordered additional outdoor seating for students and we hope that this will arrive shortly. In wet weather indoor areas or classrooms are available for all year groups. We are also making a few changes to lunchtime provision. After half term Year 9 will have access to the Bistro and the Tardis at the start of their lunchtime and Year 8 will go to lunch in the second half of the 30 minute beak. This is a direct swap so that each of these year groups who are on the second half of lunch have the opportunity to benefit from a slightly earlier lunch over the course of a half term. We have also asked the Bistro to put aside food items that are popular so that all year groups have the opportunity to purchase a favourite snack. 

    This will be reviewed again at the end of this term. 

    An additional water fountain for bottles will be installed over the half term. Details will be published to students after half term. 

    I am delighted to inform you that the contract work to build an additional food technology room is on target to be completed over the half term. The food technology room is being built to the standard and look of a professional kitchen. We will be sharing with you pictures of the new room on our website and Facebook page after half term. 

    We look forward to giving our young people the opportunity to experience a professional food preparation environment. Thank you to our contracted builder, T Coleborn and Son who have been fantastic throughout the build. 

    Although we have not been able to run our usual on site events this term, we are where possible putting together virtual presentations on the school website. We will let you know if this applies to your child. 

    Last week the Senior Leadership team took part in a live Q and A event with prospective parents. A recording of this event is now available on our website and Facebook page. If you know of anyone who is looking for a secondary school placement for Year 7 2021 please do mention this to them. 

    I do hope that you are able to enjoy some time as a family over the half term despite the restrictions on our daily lives. 

    I am ridiculously excited because I have managed to book a slot at my local recycling centre. Some extreme garden pruning has been diarised for the weekend! 

    I look forward to being in contact with you again after the half term break. 

    With my best wishes, 

    Miss Hearle 

    Headteacher 

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  • The Henry Beaufort STEM students meet The Princess Royal

    Published 27/09/19

     

    The Henry Beaufort STEM Club attended the STEM Engagement Event at Sandhurst Military College today 27th September 2019  and were fortunate to meet The Princess Royal whilst she was visiting the event. The photograph above shows students Charlie and Ellie introducing themselves and explaining the tasks they were completing in this workshop. The photograph below a further group shot of the event.

     

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 11 2021​​​​​​​

    Published 22/07/21

     

     

    20th of July  2021

    Dear Parents and Students,

    As we approach the end of another eventful and complex year for our school community I wanted to update you on our plans for September.

    Now that we have reached the 19th of July and the removal of covid restrictions, along with the government’s  commitment to allowing schools to return to normal school working practices from the 16th of August, it is time to look to the future of our school. Next academic year marks the school’s 50th anniversary and whilst some plans may have to be altered, we have booked our Celebration Service in Winchester Cathedral  next summer. This will take place as part of an Evensong Service. We hope that we can get as many of our young people involved as possible. More details will follow next academic year.

    I am anticipating  some covid measures will remain in September, most significantly the continuation of lateral flow testing and stringent hygiene practices, but now is the time to look positively towards the new academic year and a return to the way in which our school works according to our ethos of inclusivity and community.

    We are, as you will be aware, returning to Vertical Tutoring [VT] from September.  A great deal of work is going on in order to ensure that students are comfortable with the groups they will be in and I would like to thank our Heads of Year for the enormous amount of time and effort they are spending on getting this right for our young people. On the first day back on Wednesday the 8th of September there will be an extended  tutor time and an opportunity  for our young people to meet or re meet the  members of their VT group.  

    The finish time of school will revert to 2.40pm for all students but we do intend to retain the staggered exit of the buses as this has worked well and ensured a safe and calm exit of students at the end of the day.

    We have a number of exciting projects happening over the summer holiday period.

    An increase in parking spaces behind the Beacon Arts Centre [ BAC] means that we can retain the social area in front of the BAC as a space for all students. This will be particularly useful when the wet weather sets in and we can no longer use the field as social space at break and lunchtime.

    We are also  installing automatic gates at the top and bottom of the school site to increase on site safety and security for our school community.   More details will be published to you in September if you are due to visit the school site outside of the start and finish times for the main school.

    As well as keeping the top area of the school as a social area, we are working with HSC3 our food provider to position a walk through kiosk serving snacks in this area. This will mean that students who are at the top of the school site at the start of  break and on lunch at 11.50am, will no longer have to walk to the Bistro at the bottom of the site to purchase food.  

    This will mean a reduced queuing time for our young people which we know has always been problematic.

    Year group bubbles will not be in place, so students will be free to use the site as a whole.

    There will be some restrictions as to what can be served so the main hot meal will still only be served from the Bistro.

    We hope to have this in place by  the end of October.

    We will still have a split lunch but this will be divided into teams rather than year groups. In order to maintain efficiency, there will be staggered  Bistro times for each year group over each split lunchtime. This will be explained to the students on the first day back.

    Further work will take place in the technology block over the holiday period with some refurbishment of the food technology room, R6. A new laser cutter is being purchased for use by the students in design and technology  and R4 will be furnished  with additional computers so that it is fully accessible for a whole class of students.

    As you will be aware we are holding our Year 7 transition days on Monday the 6th and Tuesday the 7th of September with the help and support of our Student Leaders.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Year 10 students who applied for this position. I was privileged to be part of some of the interview process and I and my colleagues were very impressed with the quality and maturity of the answers given by the Year 10 applicants.

    Well done to all of you!

    On Tuesday 29th June 177 Year 10 students spent the day thrill seeking at Thorpe Park to celebrate the end of Year 10. The students were absolutely fantastic and a brilliant day was had by all.

    You will also find attached to this school communication an article on the Year 10  art trip to Roche Court.

    Last week’s enrichment activities took a slightly different approach for a number of our students  who accessed an on line option. The feedback from these on line activities has been very positive and thank you to my colleagues who put together activities  at the 11th hour. A particular thank you to the professional support team for all the work they have done behind the scenes in order for these activities to take place.

    Look out for photos of our activities for Years 7-9 on the school website and our facebook page.

    Hopefully next year we can get back to a full week of activities and a return to residential trips in both this country and abroad.

    I have been very impressed by the number of students who colleagues have recommended for a Headteacher Special Recognition Badge this half term. A number of students have now reached their star badges with two students obtaining a gold award. Well done to all of you who have received badges this year!

    We are saying a farewell to a number of colleagues at the end of this term.  Thank you to Mr Harrison, who has been with us whilst Mrs Bruins has been on maternity leave, and Mr Davison in PE. We wish them every success in their new posts. Thank you too to Mrs Poustie for her work in the Humanities department this term.

    We will still be seeing Mr Wilson next year as he supports with peri work in the music team  but we say a huge thank you for covering Mrs Saunders maternity leave.

    Mr Priest and Mrs Patterson, our wonderful science technicians  retire this term.  We thank them both for their amazing service to the science team and the school as a whole.

    We wish  the very best for the future to members of the SEND team;  Mrs Motte,who is taking up a position at another school  and Mrs Lewis-Vidler who is starting her teacher training.

    Mr Smyth, who has been sharing the responsibility of leading the Maths team this year, is moving on to lead a maths department in another school in Hampshire. We wish him every success.

    Taking early retirement this term is Ms Murphy in the science team.  Ms Murphy has been at The Henry Beaufort school for 28 years of her teaching career.  We thank her for her dedication to her students over this time both in her role as a teacher of science and as a tutor.

    Thank you too to Miss Bean who has been Acting Head of Year 10 since Christmas whilst  Mrs Briggs has been on maternity leave. Miss Bean moves to a new pastoral post in school from September. Mrs Naylor-Teece also takes up a new post in school as our Aspirations Co-ordinator  supporting  a group of students, building on this year’s work with The Brilliant Club.

    We welcome back from maternity leave, Mrs Saunders [Music], Miss Bartlam[ Art], Mrs Briggs [Head of Year 11], Mrs Bruins[ AL for Humanities]  Mrs Fradley [ English] and later in the autumn term Mrs Harris [ Science] returns from her maternity leave.

    Mrs Ireland will  be on maternity leave next year and Miss Sergeant will be covering the librarian position in her absence.

    In September we welcome a number of new colleagues:

     

    Member of staff

    Department

    Ms Brodie​

    Drama ​

    Mr Miller​

    PE

    Ms  O'Hagan​

    Technology

    Ms Digweed​

    English

    Mr Vickerage​

    Maths

    Miss Brown​

    English

    Mrs Harwood​

    Maths

    Miss Potter​

    English

    Mrs Legg​

    Geography Subject Leader​

    Mr Hintze​

    Science ​

    Mr Macleod​

    Science​

    Ms Deacon​

    Science Technician​

    Mr Evans​

    Senior Science Technician​

     

     

    Finally I would like to take this opportunity to  record my personal thanks to my colleagues. They have been amazing this year.  The pandemic has brought so many  complexities and challenges into all of our lives and yet they have continued to offer high quality  teaching and exemplary support beyond the classroom, despite lockdowns and  constantly changing government guidance for schools.

    I sincerely hope that they will be able to get the rest and relaxation they  deserve this summer.

    Our young people have shown such resilience throughout the last 18 months, I do hope they get a summer break that allows them safe and enjoyable freedoms.

    Thank you too for your continuing support and active involvement in your child’s education.  You have lived this eventful time in education with us every step of the way.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

    With my very best wishes to you all,

    Miss S Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 8 2021 ​​​​​​​

    Published 03/03/21

    3rd March 2021

     

    Dear Parents and Students,


    You should by now have received the communication from school regarding return to on site learning. We are really looking forward to the return of all of our students to on site learning, despite the continuing restrictions that we will need to follow. The students who have been on site throughout the lockdown are to be congratulated for the way in which they have approached being in school, in full uniform for these 8 weeks. I am sure they will also be pleased to see all of their friends although perhaps not so much the return to a longer queue for the Bistro!

     

    They are of course well used to the routine of preparing for the school day and setting the alarm clock. It may be a bit more difficult for those of you who have not been in for the last 8 weeks. It is unlike the last time we were in this position, when you came back at the start of a term, which meant you had time to prepare for the fresh start of a new year. I would strongly recommend that you do some preparation now. Check the alarm clock works and maybe test it out on Thursday and Friday morning. Check your uniform and school bag and have everything ready by the weekend so that Monday is not a scramble to get yourself ready and out of the door! Remember those water bottles too!

     

    In the next few days we will be sending out welcome letters to the families who will be joining us in September 2021 as part of our new Year 7 intake. The Henry Beaufort School was a very popular choice again this year and we have a waiting list for places.

     

    I have seen some wonderful photos of hobbies that you have taken up over the last 9 weeks and Mr Jane’s is busy putting together a montage of these photos to share on the screen in reception. It is not too late to send in a photo!

     

    A message from Mrs Chalke

    Here is a reminder that on Sunday March 14th (3.14) it is International Pi Day.  Each year the Moscow department celebrate by having fun, in-class activities involving Pi as well as holding a cake baking competition.

     

    This year we have had to slightly modify what we are doing.  Instead of a student cake baking competition where they bring their cakes into school, we will be holding a ‘Virtual Pi Cake Baking Competition’ where they submit their photos via email.  The deadline for entry is by Friday 12th March. You can send photos of your entry to: Samantha.chalke@staff.beaufort.hants.sch.uk

     

    Please find attached all details.

     

    A message from Miss Bean

    I am really pleased to announce that we have sponsored a commemorative plaque in remembrance of Private John Bennett of the Hampshire Regiment. Like many soldiers John Bennett suffered from shell shock, but as it wasn’t a recognised illness he was one of 306 British soldiers shot at dawn for cowardice. Whilst on the WW1 Battlefields trip students learn about John Bennett and are read extracts from his trial as we visit the cells in Poperinge where he spent his last night.

     

    He was officially pardoned by the Queen in 2006 and we have chosen to commemorate him by sponsoring a plaque at the Lochnagar Crater, which students visit on the WW1 Battlefields trip.

     

    3/4071 Pte

    JOHN BENNETT

    1st Bn Hampshire Regiment

    1897 – 1916

    The Henry Beaufort School

    Lochnagar Crater

     

     

    Message from Mrs Ireland

     

    World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

    As you know we are sadly unable to celebrate World Book Day in school this year but we aren’t going to let that stop us. From Thursday there will be a variety of competitions and activities that all students will be able to access and complete, including ‘Guess the Quote’ and ‘Redesign a Book Cover’. All competitions will be open until Friday 12th March and there will be prizes up for grabs for the winners. I will also post links to some brilliant workshops, videos and activities that are on offer online so that everyone can enjoy World Book Day at home. I will be sending an email to all students with all the details on how to access all of our World Book Day resources so keep an eye on your inbox! This year the World Book Day £1 token will also be digital, each student will be sent this by email along with information on how to redeem the tokens. Happy reading everyone – I look forward to welcoming you back to our library very soon!

     

    Our final lockdown recipe sees us preparing for Easter with Easter crispy cakes. Thank you Mrs Golding.

     

    I hope that you have found these newsletters useful. We will send out one more before the end of term and then we are going to trial a short newsletter every two to three weeks in the summer term so that we can send out information that is up to date and relevant.  We feel that this would be a good way to stay in touch with you all. We will be asking you for feedback on this initiative later in the summer term.

     

    As my last newsletter during lockdown learning (and I really hope it is the last in a lockdown) I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the kind thoughts and messages of support you have sent into us over the last couple of months.

     

    You have all been amazing.

     

    Thank you to our young people for the commitment you have made to your studies and to parents for supporting us with their learning at home.

     

    Enjoy the peace and quiet at home on Monday. We strangely, are looking forward to breaking the silence!!

     

    With my best wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 5 2021

    Published 03/02/21

    3rd February 2021

     

    Dear Parent and Students,

    We now have a potential date to work towards a return to on site learning, although there are no guarantees at present. We do need to be cautious about this date (as much as we want everyone back as soon as we can) because we know that in the past there has been a difference in return times for primary and secondary schools as a result of rates of age related transmission.

    Nonetheless we will begin our planning and as soon as we have a confirmed date of return we will send out further information including how we will return students to school so that they start by having a lateral flow test within their year group bubbles.

    If you are planning to give consent to your child undertaking this test please make sure you have returned the consent form by the deadline date. This is a voluntary consent form. No child will be asked to take a test without your consent.

    We have also written a Lateral Flow Test FAQ which you will find at:

    https://www.beaufort.hants.sch.uk/faq-covid-testing

    As a school we have learnt a great deal about the positive use of technology in order to support learning. None more so than the use of online lessons. However, we all appreciate that typing work into an assignment or a quiz is not necessarily straightforward. Whilst I would hope that we will never find ourselves in this situation again, we are exploring ways that we could support our young people in the future and to this end we have included in the work at home section of the website information on how to access a free touch typing course through a website called www.typingclub.com.

    The Typing Club is for anyone who wants to improve their touch typing, no matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced typist. Thank you very much to the Learning Support team for signposting us to this opportunity.

    Thank you to the Year 10 students who joined me on Monday for the Student Voice Forum. They gave me some very helpful information on the pros and cons of online earning as well as discussing with me what would be a useful focus on their return to onsite learning. I will be passing this onto my colleagues. I look forward to ‘meeting’ with Year 8 this coming Friday.

    A message from Mr Janes to Year 7

    I am running a challenge for Year 7 students to send me photos of them learning something new away from their screens. I have already had a few entrants but would like many more!  So far I have had examples of students baking for the first time, creating models for the first time and trying a new sport for the first time.

    A message from the Maths team

    Moscow are excited to announce that we will be holding our UKMT Maths Challenge competition this week for selected students in Years 9, 10 and 11. 

    There is also an opportunity for some of our groups to participate in a ‘What's the Point Quadratic Equations’ live show during their maths lessons.  This is being run by StandupMaths and allows students an insight into why Quadratics are important.

    Information for Year 11 and Year 10

    Open events at Eastleigh College - the hyperlinks are included.

    ‘We will be holding an online open event next week – Thursday, 11 February with a focus on apprenticeships for National Apprenticeship Week – 8-14 February 2021.

    Pupils can:

    • View upcoming dates here. (Thursday, 11 February, Thursday, 18 March and Thursday, 22 April)
    • Book a place at an open event here.
    • Apply for a course via our website here.’

    How are you doing with your new hobbies? I have been so impressed with the details and photos of the hobbies you have sent in so far. Do keep sending them in! I have managed to prepare enough patchwork pieces to start the next phase of the quilt this coming weekend. Looking at the weather forecast I think it will be a useful way of spending a wet Sunday afternoon!

    Thank you to Mrs Denman for providing this week’s recipe which is for caramel sauce (in the recipe section of the work at home area of the website). I have been looking back at all the other recipes we have in this area which go all the way back to Lockdown One. I am going to try out the Brownies recipe at the weekend and I think the caramel sauce might just be the finishing touch. 

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Winter Reading Challenge which is being run by the Hampshire Library service. This week I have details of a competition being run for all you budding (and already published) writers out there.

    The Daily Telegraph have announced The Telegraph Teen Writing Challenge for students aged 13-18. The theme is ‘Lockdown’. You will need to submit 500 words or fewer that ‘creatively capture the spirit of the time, whether you draw on your own experiences of three lockdowns or plunder your imagination’.

    The written form can be a letter, a poem, a piece of fiction or ‘any word form that leads you where you want to go’.

    The deadline for submission of work is Monday the 22nd of February , so you have half term to complete this.

    Full details of the competition are available at telegraph.co.uk/teenwritingcomp and entries need to be submitted to the following email address: story.comp@telegraph.co.uk.

    Good luck!

    As I was sitting writing this newsletter yesterday I heard the very sad news about Captain Sir Tom Moore. There have been and will continue to be many tributes paid to this wonderful man but for me amongst many of the qualities that made him such a positive role model, it was his discretion that stood out. In a world where social media encourages the over sharing of information and images, here was a man who knew the value of keeping your own counsel.

    With my best wishes to you and your family,

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • The Hampshire Library’s audiobook/digital service

    Published 14/01/21

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Further to the information on accessing library books, I am very grateful  to Ms Gregory for sharing the following information with us.

    It is also worth mentioning the library services free audiobook/ebook service which can be accessed from a mobile phone and the books downloaded onto phones or tablets instantly. 

    It is really well organised and you can browse by genre, search by title or author, and then listen as you walk/run/rest. They have a teen section and pretty much all the classics.

    I wanted to mention it as teens might find it easier to download onto their smartphones and it is definitely free. I can’t recommend it highly enough. 

    https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/services/digitallibrary

    Kind regards,

    Miss Hearle

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