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Letter from the Head


Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of a year it is always good to take time, look back and reflect. I went through previous Parklife editions and It was lovely to read about all the things we were planning to do, knowing they are now a reality and happening. The building programme has started with planning permission submitted for larger projects to begin next year. The planned work will have a significant impact on the learning environment and student access to high quality facilities, but it will be sequenced in a way so as not to cause too much disruption to the normal timetable and school routines.

Hove Park continues to grow and develop and at the same time holds true to our vision to provide a whole education for each and every student. This Parklife once again demonstrates that vision showcasing the breadth and range of experiences that students have been involved in over the last term.

We have also had to demonstrate our resilience, compassion and care following the sad news I shared with the school community earlier in the term. I continue to be very proud of the way the school, parents, carers and wider community responded and looked after each other during this very difficult time.

Time now to have a break with family and friends. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Best wishes,

Jim Roberts - Head Teacher


New canteen update


Our new Nevill Canteen is really taking shape! As we write, the structure has been built and the cladding is going on. This new student facility is due for completion February 2020.


New solar panels


Continuing our partnership with Brighton Energy Co-operative and the installation of solar panels to our Valley Campus, we are now having panels installed at our Nevill Campus. This is a rent a roof scheme with Brighton and Hove City Council where we receive a share of the energy generated.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty


As a Sport and Creative Arts Faculty, our aim is to enrich the experience of students at Hove Park School. We also aim to support our students to become creative, independent and confident learners. Throughout this edition of Parklife we have included a taste of some of the curricular and extracurricular opportunities that have been offered to our students this term.


Christmas Market 2019


What a wonderful evening!

Hove Park School hosted our now annual Christmas Market to raise much-needed funds for local mental health charities - Grassroots, Samaritans and Winston's Wish. It was a delightful community evening, with plenty of festive cheer.

Many thanks to all those who helped organise the market, to the sellers and your amazing stalls, and the local community who came to support us and grab a bargain or two!


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Photoworks


Year 10 photography students were given the exciting opportunity to work with Photoworks, a contemporary photography and events organisation. The aim of the trip is to develop understanding of Photography and Design as a possible career path. The session introduced photography as a contemporary art practice, and provided an insight into different arts management roles. It included practical photography taster workshops, interviews with members of the Photoworks team about their jobs and career paths, and a chance to meet undergraduates from the University of Brighton who are currently studying for a Photography Degree.


Jr. STEM update


Balloon Rockets

The session started with a discussion about rockets, forces and one of the most influential scientists of all time; Sir Isaac Newton. The focus then turned to pressure and Newton’s third law ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’. Students learnt how balloon rockets work and It was then time to design and build their own. Students worked really well in small teams with the winning rocket travelling over 5 metres!

The session finished with the classic ‘whoosh bottle’ demo to show a combustion reaction. Only this time the drum was attached to a trolley!

Well done to all and we hope to see more Year 7 students next time.

Mr Hamblin and Mrs McCutcheon


Recently Year 8 Jr STEM club topic was the exploration of microscopy. Students looked at stomata, salt and copper sulphate crystals. They then investigated the effect of caffeine on the heart rate of Daphnia, a common water flea.

Bridge Building

We are really pleased to announce that after the success of last year, Jr STEM club has grown and we now have a separate club for Years 7 and 8 students. Year 7 club will be run by Mr Hamblin and Mrs McCutcheon and the Year 8 will be run by Mr Alexander and Miss Buckingham.

Year 8s have explored the topic of bridges. The session started with a look at some spectacular bridges from around the world. Then it was time for teams to design and build their own bridges with the brief of making the strongest possible bridge from the resources available. Students showed resilience and good teamwork.

Well done to all involved.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Miss School Miss Out


Year 9 art students helped Brighton and Hove City Council this term in making a film as part of their Miss School Miss Out campaign. The students were tasked with creating a mural, while the team from the council filmed them. Find out more about the campaign here >




Year 11 Revision Webinars


Year 11 students have been able to access Hove Park School’s first ever webinar!

A webinar is a live, educational event that is delivered online and includes audio and visual communication between a speaker and attendees.

Our first webinar was for Year 11 students taking the maths higher paper mock exam, to help them with their revision. It was delivered by Ms Boraster, with technical support from Ms Hunt and Ms Mulvenna, who answered the questions sent in by students during the live broadcast.

Our next webinar was delivered by Ms Martin on Thursday 5th December. This one provided revision support for the English Literature mock exam. 

One bit of feedback from a student: ‘Why wasn’t it longer - it was fun!’.

Head Teacher, Mr Roberts said ‘I think it has the potential to make a significant difference to students in helping them to prepare for their exams’.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Valley music update


Students in Key Stage 3 on the Valley Campus have enjoyed using their iPads to program music as well as using the many instruments on offer in the practice rooms. Year 7 students have enjoyed learning about chords and melody with the Simpsons Theme Tune and Riptide. Year 8 students have been studying Urban Music. Many students chose to practice at break time and lunchtime to preparing for this year’s Winter Concert.




Young Writer’s competition


Two of our students are to be published in a book after entering a poem for the Young Writer’s competition, Through Their Eyes!! Congratulations to Winni, Year 7 & Leila, Year 9.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Silent Movies


Year 8 have been working on Melodrama which led to the making of their own Silent Movies. These were filmed on location around the school, edited with vintage filters and music added. Many students brought in vintage costumes to enhance the filming.


An Inspector Calls


100 Year 11 students travelled to see ‘An Inspector Calls’ at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Students reported it was an excellent production and very useful for seeing characters and quotations brought to life! Wednesday’s trip went well without any problems. However Thursday’s trip hit a slight snag when the coach’s tyre burst after the show, leaving 50 students and 5 teachers to sit in KFC for three hours whilst they waited for the mechanic to fix the problem. Mrs Bevan applauded the students’ patience and high spirits despite the delay and they were soon back on the road and back home for 9pm. Thank you very much Ms Schofield and Ms Bevan!


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Sports Leaders


On Wednesday 20th November some of our Sports Leaders assisted with running the Brighton, Hove and Portslade schools Cross Country Championships at Waterhall.

From the event staff, to the volunteers, from the local athletics clubs to the primary school teachers and their children, everyone was full of praise for the Year 10 girls.

The girls marshalled the course and supported the 1,197 children from 43 different primary schools to complete the course safely and with lots of smiles on their faces! They all did a great job making sure that all these children got round safely and enjoying cross country!

Well done to Maddie C, Maddie R, Rotana N, Charlotte K, Molly K, Georgina C, Linda D, Emily F, Flo D, Iona H and Eloisa L.


Charity Week’s Annual Dinner


On Saturday, 9th November, Faizah & Anikah attended Charity Week’s Annual Dinner, representing Hove Park Sixth Form. The young ladies won an award at the evening being recognized for their hard work successfully fundraising in their first year for the Charity Week organisation.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Sports Roundup


This half term our PE teams have gone from strength to strength. The U14s girls travelled to Cardinal Newman for their 2nd round Town Cup tie, the Year 8 boys were in action with the Brighton Schools Rugby festivals, the Year 9 boys return to winning ways, the Year 7 rugby team took part in a city-wide rugby tournament, the Year 7 girls team beat local rivals Cardinal Newman 3-0 and the Year 11 girls netball team played Downlands in a friendly game, to name but a few. To read all our PE news follow this link.


Imperial War Museum


On the 7th November, a group of Year 9 students visited the Imperial War Museum where they saw a vast array of sources related to WW1, WW2 and the Cold War. They were also taught the key skills needed to create a documentary before creating their own. For some of our students it was their first time visiting the museum who said they would definitely be returning.

The students had lots to say about the experience:

“The Imperial War Museum was such a positive experience and we had a brilliant day. We learnt about art and music at the time of WW1 and also many facts about a modern battle and the Cold War. Although it was a long journey it was worth every minute. A particularly exciting activity was creating a documentary on an artefact from WW1. This allowed us to be creative and interpret the theme in our own way. If you ever get the opportunity to do a similar trip you must jump at the chance as it really is an incredible experience. Although you are not in usual lessons you learn so many intriguing facts.”

Year 9 Students- Tay and Bebel


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Rugby Round-Up


The year started off with a Rugby ‘up skill’ tournament in Years 7-10, where all schools came to take part in a skills session in preparation to play competitively again after the summer break. This was well attended in all years and an opportunity to sharpen skills before the start of the season. Since then our lower years have been in action with Year 8 beating Kings, losing narrowly to Cardinal Newman and drawing against Dorothy Stringer and BACA. The Year 7 team have been competitive right from their first game but, after a few narrow losses and a draw, are still hunting the first win of the season. Senior year groups games and tournaments start immediately after Christmas with Years 9 to 11 due to play in the first two weeks in January.


Sixth Form end of term Awards assembly


Sixth Form held their end of term Awards assembly in December with party nibbles, cake and soft drinks. Students were awarded for progress and achievement in subject courses, charity work in the community, work done with KS3 students as Reading Mentors and for their help during Year 6 and Sixth Form Open Evenings. Winners received Gift Vouchers and a tube of sweets.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Sea Swimming Advert


Sea Swimming will again be running in 2020 alongside Brighton and Hove lifeguards. The annual event will be held in June, if you are interested in attending contact:


Amsterdam trip


50 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 spent the first weekend of half term exploring the art and culture of Amsterdam. After driving through the night, staff and students arrived in Amsterdam at midday on Friday 25th October; straight into a whistle stop tour of the Van Gogh Museum, where we got to see some of his most iconic paintings, followed by a canal cruise of the city for some perspective before finally making it to the hotel for some much needed sleep!

Day 2 was spent at The Kröller-Müller Museum, a national art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands. The weather was glorious, the sun was shining, it was the perfect place for us to stretch our legs, admire the art and get some group photos! From there, we went back to Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank House. One student said that it was “an incredibly enlightening and moving experience.”

Our last day began with a visit to the MOCO Museum, an independent museum located in Amsterdam dedicated to exhibiting modern and contemporary art. The museum was founded with the mission of attracting broader and younger audiences, and of making art accessible to the public.

We then had some time for waffles and shopping before the coach trip home.

Many thanks to all the students that came on the trip for being such positive role models for the school and to the staff that helped provide this opportunity.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Winter Music Concert


A great night to end the term this week with the Winter Music Concert and so many amazing performances. Well done to Mr Barbour, Miss Hinze and Mr Miles for giving so many talented performers a stage! Miss Hinze from the music department said “We are so pleased with how the evening turned out. Thanks to all the effort put in by all involved. I have not worked with such enthusiastic music students ever before, so I’m super excited about what 2020 has in store.”


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - Girls Football


Year 7 / Under 12

The Year 7 girls have made a great start to secondary school football. They were runners up in the Brighton and Hove Schools football tournament and are through to the 3rd round of the National Cup.

Under 13

The Under 13 girls came 3rd in the Brighton and Hove Schools Futsal tournament and were unfortunately knocked out of the National Cup in the second round.

Under 14

The Under 14 girls team are going strong in the league but were knocked out of the County Cup in the second round.

Under 15

The Under 15s have only played one game against PACA where they won 7-2.


Sport & Creative Arts Faculty - 9 to 5 the Musical


We have over 45 students performing in our production of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 this year, ranging from Year 9 to Year 11. Rehearsals are a massive time commitment, running on Mondays and Thursdays from 3.15pm to 5pm and our students are working incredibly hard learning lines and choreography as well as some really tricky songs. The cast are having a great time and establishing some really solid relationships.

The show runs from Tuesday February 11th until Thursday February 13th at 7pm at the Nevill Campus with a sneak peak performance at the music department's Christmas Concert.

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