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Letter from the head

 
 

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a busy start to the year with lots going on across the school. In the last week alone we have had our fantastic school show, Legally Blonde, Peer tutors supporting learning in several of our partner primary schools and a group of our Digital Leaders pitching their ideas to the board of executives at Legal and General.

In other exciting news we also set up OurProm fund to help ensure the Year 11 Prom is accessible to all students, irrespective of postcode or family income. The link is below and already we have raised over £900.

https://uk.gofundme.com/hp-ourprom

Over the half term break we have a full programme of revision and support sessions for students preparing for external exams. I would encourage all students to make use of this time to reinforce their learning, which I am sure will help give them greater confidence going into their final term and exams.

Wishing you all a restful break.

 
     
 
 
 

Hove Park School student connect with their MP through ‘digital surgery’

 
 

Year 11 students at Hove Park School were treated to a unique form of political engagement on Friday 8th February, taking part in a ‘digital surgery’ with their MP Peter Kyle via a video conference that brought him directly into their classroom.

They discussed topics as wide ranging as what inspired Kyle to be an MP, his lifelong struggles with dyslexia, and his views on Brexit.

Digital Surgeries are 45 minutes to one hour long, video conferences between politicians and their student constituents, and are one of the key components of social enterprise The Politics Project’s Digital Surgeries programme.

The Digital Surgeries programme is a political literacy initiative run in schools across the UK that equips students with knowledge, skills and confidence to engage in politics and in their local communities. The programme is designed to build trust between young people and politicians through letting them cut through the noise and have direct conversations about issues that matter.

Politicians taking part in the programme include Mayor of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Nicky Morgan MP, and Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson, as well as over 70 politicians from every UK-wide political party. In Brighton and Hove, The Politics Project also works with Caroline Lucas MP and Lloyd-Russell-Moyle MP in addition to Peter Kyle MP.

Digital Surgeries allow politicians to connect with their student constituents wherever they are, meaning that MPs, councillors, mayors and MEPs are able to connect with the young people they represent, even if sometimes hundreds of miles away from them when working in Westminster or Brussels.

Alongside their first digital surgery with Peter Kyle MP, students at Hove Park School will also be taking part in a surgery with John Howarth MEP, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the South East region next month.

Students at Hove Park School had taken part in several hours of preparatory workshops in advance of the digital surgery with Kyle, which focussed on improving their understanding of formal politics, ability to construct powerful questions, and their public speaking skills.

Reflecting on the digital surgery, Shannon, aged 16 said: “I thought it was really good and gave me a proper insight into what politics is - I actually felt involved.” Varsha, aged 15, said “I liked how it was direct and there were no barriers - I liked the way it was just us talking directly to him and it wasn’t going through anyone, so we could find out exactly what his opinion was.”

Jim Roberts, Head Teacher at Hove Park School said “Now more than ever, it is so important that students connect with politics and politicians. I am hoping that the experience this morning will inspire them to keep asking those important questions of those elected to represent them.”

Peter Kyle MP commented “I love visiting local schools, meeting students, and bringing them up to parliament. But all of that takes a lot of organising. So being beamed into a classroom and having a fantastic chat with students at Hove Park was perfect. Students were brilliantly engaged and asked some really tough and insightful questions. The conversation felt really natural despite it being electronic. I’d love to make this a regular part of how an MP makes themselves accessible. I’ll certainly jump at the chance to make it a regular part of the way I engage with our community.”

Harriet Andrews, Director of the Politics Project, added "Massive thanks to Hove Park School and Peter Kyle MP for being prepared to engage in a new way through this programme. The students were really well prepared by their teachers and had fantastic questions that kept Peter Kyle MP on his toes. We want to make sure that during their time at school every young person can have the chance to have a meaningful conversation with a politician and build positive relationships. We need to start the process of rebuilding trust in our politics."

 
   
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The verdict is in:
Legally Blonde is a smash hit!

 
 

“Omigod you guys!” From the opening number, students of Hove Park got its audience in the pink with their vibrant, all-singing, all-dancing infectious production of the musical “Legally Blonde”. The romantic comedy with an edge was just the ticket for Valentine’s week.

The show, which played to a packed house for three nights, tells the story of a college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods (Keira) who does not take no for an answer. When her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Ollie), dumps her for someone more ‘serious’ she follows him to Harvard Law School to win him back. While at Harvard she realises she has her own interests and intelligence and is actually an impressive and very capable person in her own right.

The musical opens on a high note with the irresistible and sassy sorority sisters (Alicia, Grace, Francesca, Sofia) sashaying around the stage singing the catchy number “Omigod you guys!” Keira plays an engaging bubbly, Elle Woods, whose strikingly powerful vocals bring depth and quality to the role. It is her ability, however, to convince the audience of Elle’s transformation from a ditsy airhead to a formidable lawyer that shows the extraordinary quality of her acting ability.

Alfie’s excellent comic timing is well cast as Emmett Forrest, the quirky, sensitive law student who takes Elle under his wing. Daisy as Paulette, the funny owner of the local “Hair Affair” gave a polished performance and was able to belt out a powerful rendition of ‘Ireland’ which matched her personality. Ollie has the charm and charisma needed for the role of Warner Huntington III. Mai is an assured and strong intellectually driven stuck-up, wealthy law student Vivienne Kensington.

There are also many other outstanding individual performances too, including Ronan who is aptly cast as the handsome Kyle B O’Boyle the smooth-talking, Irish dancing, hunk of a UPS deliveryman. Toby a very believable pompous and manipulative Professor Callahan who is able to turn from charismatic academic to a shark in a flash. Aimie is dynamic in her role as Brooke Wyndham, leading a clear voiced energetic troop of skipping prisoners in an aerobic tour de force.

The Geek Chorus, Delta Nus, Harvard Gang and the People of Boston ensured the staged buzzed with energy and colour.

Special canine guests Tetley Cash as the cute ‘Rufus’ and Ollie as adorable, beastly “Bruiser”.

Jim Roberts, Head Teacher said: “This was an amazing and uplifting performance by a talented cast and crew - and dogs - which was full of fun and a powerful reminder that ‘staying true to yourself never goes out of style’.”

The production, directed by Drama Teacher, Ms Chloe Holt, who “Whipped [the cast] in to Shape”, paid dividends on stage as the performance was tightly polished, with brilliantly-slick choreographed numbers.

Full of upbeat, catchy songs, jaw-dropping dance moves and a wardrobe of vibrant costumes, backstage support, lighting and sound made this school production a real stage spectacular worthy of the West End.

Reporter: Mia, Head Girl

View all the photos on our Facebook page, and don't forget to like us!

 
   
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Messy play at Goldstone Primary School

 
 

A messy play Wednesday in Year 1 at Goldstone Primary School is just what the Year 9’s needed yesterday! Most of the group of Year 9’s are getting their Duke of Edinburgh skills ticked off and having a great time doing it too. Not sure the aprons were long enough though...

 
   
 
 

Year 8 Peer Tutors - Diversity of Ethnicities

 
 

The newly trained Year 8 Peer Tutors had their first trip. They went to Iford & Kingston Primary School to run the Diversity Project for the 4th year in a row. They ran presentations on the diversity of ethnicities at Hove Park School. Ihsan talked about speaking Pashto, Zoran talked about his family from Hungary, Linda did a presentation and word search on Latvia, Wala and Laurelle did a joint presentation on Italy, Jamaica and being a Muslim and Olivier, Elsie and Tay opened the morning with a presentation about our school and how proud we are of the diversity of cultures we have here at Hove Park.

It was an incredible morning and every student was a credit to the school. Wow! What a great start to your time as Peer Tutors year 8!

 

 
   
 
 

OurProm 2019

 
 

Over the last eighteen months, we have demonstrated that our vision for the school is more than just words. The Big Camp and Together at Christmas events amongst others, are about providing opportunities and experiences for our students and ensuring we show care and concern for the community we serve.

I am writing jointly with our Head Girl, Mia and Head Boy, Alfie, to ask for your support in ensuring that our annual Year 11 Prom is open and accessible to all students, irrespective of their postcode or family income.

The Year 11 Prom has become a wonderful celebration of a student’s time at Hove Park. Pangdean Barn https://www.pangdean.com is the perfect location for this special event to take place, which is why we have gone back there for the last few years.

However, we are fully aware that the ticket price together with everything else that goes with it, will sometimes make the total cost a barrier to attending for some students.

I have therefore challenged our Senior Students to work together to raise money for an OurProm fund. We will use this fund to subsidise the ticket cost to ensure that all students are able to attend and/or allow families to access the fund to help pay for the additional extras including; suit/dress, hair, makeup and transport.

Our Senior Students will be coordinating a number of events over the next few months, but essentially we are looking for support by:

  • A contribution to the OurProm fund https://www.gofundme.com/hovepark-ourprom
  • If you know / own a business that would be willing to offer a discount for students, that we could advertise as part of an OurProm Package.
  • - Hairdresser
  • - Nail Bar
  • - Transport
  • - Dress / Suit hire
  • Anonymously sponsoring a student to attend (the ticket price is £35).
  • The Year 7 Big Camp is a free to all event, that every student is able to come and enjoy at the start of their time at Hove Park. It would seem only right to make their final experience something open to all, in the same spirit of community and support.

    Best wishes,

    Jim Roberts, Head Teacher

    Mia, Head Girl

    Alfie, Head Boy

 
   
 
 

Be the Change programme

 
 

This half term a group of Year 9 students attended a conference at the AMEX Community Stadium, for Be the Change programme, organised by LoveLocalJobs.com.

This programme of events runs until May and is aimed at raising future aspirations and overcoming barriers in young people.

The start-up conference was a great experience for our students and we are looking forward to other exciting events which are included in this programme.

These start next week when we welcome local business mentors into school, for 1:1 student mentoring.

Other events include Stepping Up Conference at Brighton Racecourse, further in school 1:1 sessions, workplace visits and finally an Awards Celebration at i360, Brighton.

 
   
 
 

Dragons’ Den at Legal & General

 
 

Pupils from Hove Park School got involved in a Dragons’ Den style event hosted by financial services company Legal & General.

The pupils were tasked with coming up with an idea using robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) and creating a business plan for it.

After initially pitching their plans to teachers, five groups of pupils were shortlisted to take part in the event at L&G’s offices in Hove on Thursday.

The panel included two robotics experts, Paul Buckle and Mark Wilkinson, and a learning and development consultant Gary Shewan from L&G, Tom Druitt, CEO and founder of The Big Lemon, and Jenny Day, owner of business Body Happy.

The winner was ‘Snooze u Looze’ which is an alarm clock which will not turn off until a puzzle is completed to prevent people from hitting the snooze button. The idea uses AI technology because the level of the puzzle is determined by how the user gets on with the puzzle daily, adjusting its difficulty.

The team consisted of four students, Alice, Maddie, Maddie and Isabella.

The Dragons’ Den event was organised as part of the community partnership between Hove Park School and L&G.

Alice, from the winning team, said: “We’re really pleased to win and also grateful for this opportunity. We worked very hard as a team but all the teams did well.”

Teacher Phil Sumner added: “The Dragons’ Den challenge has given our students the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills, creativity and critical thinking. Seeing Year 9 students confidently pitch their ideas to the dragons shows how talented they are.”

Lucy Pearce, Colleague and Community Engagement Manager for L&G, said: “It has been fantastic working with Hove Park School in recent months and we look forward to offering more opportunities like this in the future.

For this event, the pupils came up with some really creative ideas which was great to see and so it was hard for our dragons to choose a winner.”

Tom Druitt said: “It was great to see how engaged the pupils were with the project. They came up with fantastic ideas using AI and robotics technology in a game changing way.”

Jenny Day also added: “It was fascinating to hear the students' ideas and exciting to see what technology could be brought from that age group and the next generation.”

 
   
 
 

Courageous Child of the Year Award

 
 

Hove Park student, Oscar, was one of three children who shared The Argus' Courageous Child of the Year Award.

The award, which recognises local children and their outstanding bravery, was part of the Argus' community stars award held at The Grand Hotel.

Well done Oscar! To find out more about Oscar's story click here >

Read all about Oscars big evening here!

 
   
 
 

Albion in the Community

 
 

Hove Park have again been lucky enough to secure the services of Albion in the Community to deliver high quality Indoor Futsal sessions.

Ex Brighton & Hove Albion star Danny Cullip & Development Officer Chris Day, delivered a first class session of Futsal to our Year 10 students on Tuesday 29th January. The good news is that Hove Park have managed to now secure more sessions with Albion in the Community, giving as many of our students as possible the opportunity to develop their skills at Futsal, led by ex-professional footballers.

Well done to all who took part, and many thanks to Chris and Danny. We look forward to seeing them again soon.

Mr Lowrie

 
   
 
 

Peer Tutors at Goldstone

 
 

This half term Year 9 Peer Tutors have been helping with guided reading, maths games on the ipad, building super hero cities with cereal boxes and have made up super hero stories! We discussed the impact of Peer Tutoring on their own learning and they said: ‘it’s helping to build my confidence because I have to explain activities really clearly’-Molly, ‘it has really improved my maths as I have to learn skills that I haven’t learnt before’- Georgina, ‘I always sleep better on a Wednesday!’ Ren, ‘its’ helping me to complete my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’- Chiara, Ren, Alice and Maddie R. The staff at Goldstone have said how helpful they are being too!

Mrs Hunt

 
   
 
 

jr. STEM update

 
 

This half term at jr. STEM club, students were treated to an exciting Chemistry session based around the Harry Potter theme. They also investigated the properties of non-Newtonian substances and explored the world of homopolar motors!

For the Harry Potter session, Dumbledore had been poisoned and it was up to the students to find out who the culprit was by investigating colours of metal salts.

Students worked in teams and had to do flame tests to determine the colour of the metal salt that was used. They then had to match the colour with the culprits powder on their shoe.

To everybody’s shock the culprit was Hagrid. Poor Hagrid had been making a nice wine for Dumbledore to drink but at the same time he had also been making a cough medicine potion for his dragons. Clumsy Hagrid mixed the two potions up and poor Dumbledore drank the cough medicine which was poisonous to humans.

Luckily Dumbledore survived and Hagrid did not end up in Azkaban.

Well done all.

Mrs Thomas and Mr Hamblin

 
   
 
 

Sports update

 
 

Since our last Parklife, Hove Park has seen some great successes from our PE teams. The Year 8 cricketers have been in action, The year 10/11 basketball team did an amazing job, we have had girls football team successes and we participated in the Brighton & Hove Schools Cross Country event to name but a few. To read all our PE news follow this link

 
   
 
 

Together at Christmas - A community comes together on Christmas Day

 
 

Young and old were side-by-side for lots of laughter, company and fun at the inaugural Together at Christmas event held on Christmas Day at Hove Park School. School staff and volunteers were on hand to provide food, entertainment and conversation for dozens of the local community, in conjunction with the charity Time to Talk Befriending. A pupil from Hove Park even walked for more than an hour to volunteer their time and help out.

The idea came from a group of staff at Hove Park and over a few months they worked hard to make it happen. An 18 year old past pupil at Hove Park said : "I've really enjoyed talking with people I otherwise would never have met. Christmas at home is nice, but it's always the same. This was a different experience for me and it felt really special to be part of the first Hove Park Together at Christmas."

Norma, aged in her sixties, thought the whole day was "absolutely wonderful. This school is doing something really marvellous for me and others like me. I could tell this school and the people who work here were amazing as soon as I walked in the door. The lovely carols sung by the staff, the fresh greenery, the lights, all the beautiful food and stimulating conversation made me feel instantly welcomed. I was a theatrical costumer so I have an eye for detail...everything was so well planned and there was so much of everything. It was obvious everyone loved being involved from their warmth and enthusiasm. I feel lucky to have been here today".

Walter, who is in his early seventies, was equally enthusiastic. " I've had a fantastic day. Not only did I hear lovely music (which took me back to my days in the school choir!), I had a huge meal with the added bonus of a sprout-eating competition with Julie, who also provided outstanding waitress service at my table. Not only did I get a really nice raffle prize, I'm also going home with a hamper full of things I really need and like. Everyone got an equally large hamper. I'm quite overwhelmed...I would have been on my own today otherwise and it would have just have been an ordinary day. Hove Park School has made my day extraordinary and I can't thank them enough for their kindness and generosity".

Head Teacher Jim Roberts is clear that the school should be centre to the wider community they serve: ‘A community is about looking out for each other and looking after each other. Our Together at Christmas event was about supporting members of our community that would otherwise have been on their own. Students and staff have come together and worked incredibly hard over the last few months to make this happen. I also need to recognise the contribution local businesses have made. They recognised the value and importance of what we were trying to achieve and were incredible in their generosity and kindness.’

We are already looking forward to ensuring this remains an important fixture in our schools calendar for years to come.

"It was a very moving experience seeing so many faces I recognised from the local community coming together and being welcomed into our school. I have never sung so many Christmas songs in one day and it was lovely that the choir we formed were able to do requests for our visitors. The effort made by everyone made me very proud of our school."

Mr Sandford

"Well Christmas this year was pretty different from any other I’ve had, but volunteering for Time to Talk was an amazing experience and one I’m so glad I took part in. If I wasn’t spending my time with people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone, I would have only eaten too much, drank too much, and slept too much. The time I took out of my usual Christmas made such a huge difference to some absolute diamonds today. This time of year is really difficult for lots of people. It was so special to be part of what would have be a lonely day; a much happier day for all invited. Let’s spend this time of year enjoying the company of our loved ones we are lucky enough to have."

Hollie Greener, volunteer.

 
   
 
 

Bilingual Primary School training programme

 
 

Recently our Year 10 Peer Tutors started a really amazing project with the Bilingual Primary School. They embarked on a four week training programme to train up some Year 5 students to be Peer Tutors at their own school. They trained the children to understand what makes a good Peer Tutor and tried out drama games to learn the best way to Peer Tutor younger children. It was an amazing afternoon and we are very much looking forward to going back to continue the training. Watch this space!

 
   
 
 

University of Brighton mentoring programme

 
 

Thirteen students from Years 10 and 11 who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background recently took part in a six week mentoring programme, run in conjunction with the University of Brighton, and we have seen some fantastic results supporting our students to meet their academic targets and take steps towards their career aspirations and increased confidence. Brighton and Hove is not as diverse as a lot of places in the United Kingdom, which is something BAME students noticed immediately when they came here for their studies. It was very valuable for our students to spend time with peers and role models to explore their experiences as a young person from a black or minority background in Brighton and Hove.

 
   
 
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What's On 

Feb 28th - Y7 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

Mch 4th-8th - Sixth Form Mock Exams

Mch 20th-23rd -Silver Duke of Edinburgh New Forest

Mch 28th - Yr 10 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

April 3rd - 5K Challenge

April 4th - Awards Evening

April 5th-13th - Ski Trip

April 5th - Last day of Spring Term

 

Notices

Year 11 Half Term Holiday Study Programme

We are running a revision programme for Year 11 students at Hove Park School, Nevill Campus, during the half-term holiday.

More info >

GCSE Options 2019

Year 8 Options Application Form Due Friday 1st March

Year 9 Options Application Form Due Friday 8th March

 

 
 
 
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