Hello from Henry B! Edition 3
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.
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!
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!
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.