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Letter from the head

 
 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Shaping Our Future

You will have received a letter from me this week, setting out the plans to change the way we use our two sites, from September 2019. We will be organising parent/carer evenings during the summer term to provide further information. We will also use Parklife and our website to regularly update everyone. You can see the leaflet by clicking here.

Academic Structure of the School

I have highlighted in a previous Parklife the changes to the academic structure of the school and our move to 6 faculties each led by an Assistant Head Teacher. As part of the next 2 ParkLife editions Heads of Faculty have been asked to share their vision and plans. This month is the turn of our Science and Technology faculty, led by Chantal Warrick and our English faculty led by Nansi Mellor.


 
 

 
 

School Council

Our first whole school council meeting took place before half term. It was great to hear the students discuss issues including; equalities, mental health and wellbeing, fundraising and plans for a student survey to take place later this academic year. School Council representatives have been tasked with feeding back the information and bringing new items to the agenda for our meeting on Tuesday 27th March 2018. 

Governor elections

I am pleased to confirm Clare Roberts and Roland Marden were elected onto the governing body at the end of last term. I am really looking forward to working with them and know they are committed to supporting our future development.

The Big Camp – Friday 6th July 2018 

I wrote to all parents and carers at the beginning of the year with further information about ‘The Big Camp.’ Anyone wishing to support this event can either donate on our Just Caring page or e-mail Jenna Eastlake (jeastlake@hovepark.ork.uk) to be part of the parent/carer contact list that we have started.

 
   
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News from English faculty

 
 

Our vision statement

The study of English is not only about basic literacy. Here at Hove Park we believe that words are a source of power and that, as such, they can be used to help empower young people.

We aim for all our students to feel enthusiastic about what they study and to develop creativity and fluency in both written and spoken word.
Words are used to process emotions and language is the key to unlocking and understanding new and exciting experiences. They help make sense of a changing and challenging world.

At Hove Park we strive to encourage critical and creative thinking and to inspire all students in every lesson to understand themselves and the world around them.

Nansi Mellor – Head of English

 
   
 

English trip to Poetry Live

 
 

Earlier this term a group of year 11 students went to the Dome in Brighton to take part in Poetry Live 2018. The students heard a variety of poets reading their work – from Simon Armitage to the ever popular John Agard. It was a great opportunity for the students to hear aloud the GCSE poems they are studying for English Literature. The poets also gave an insight into what influences them when they are writing and some of the historical and social factors that come into play with their poetry. The students also participated in the afternoon session where they heard about practical ideas on how to answer questions in the exam and how to respond to unseen poems.

 
     
 
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News from Science and Technology faculty

 
 

Our vision statement

Expand Outlook : Bring Creativity : Create an appetite for Challenge

The aim of the faculty is to expand and excite the mindset of each generation and ensure that the role science and technology play in our modern society, today, is just the starting point for their ambitions and aspirations for their future.

We prepare our students to become 21st Century leaders; knowledgeable, scientifically literate and technologically capable problem-solvers; proficient in comprehending and analysing global issues.

Our responsibility is to equip them by fostering a spirit of enquiry, nurturing their curiosity and bringing current, relevant and real-world science and technology into the classroom experience.

Most young people now entering the education system will eventually take up jobs that have yet to be invented; and most of them will change jobs between 12 and 20 times in their working lives.

Within the Faculty we intend to create an appetite for challenge and bring creativity to the table. We look to the range of subjects within to draw on the best each has to offer for students to achieve their full potential in this rapidly changing environment.

The roles of the seven subjects are to teach the right skills and attributes for students to excel :– creative resourcefulness, the ability to make connections, intuition, reflection and a readiness to take risk.

Chantal Warwick – Head of Science and Technology

 
   
 

Brighton Science Festival

 
 

This February our intrepid Science team, Jan Cottingham, Cheryll Reynolds and Mary Wong presented to about 500 children at the annual Brighton Science festival’s flagship event.

The festival saw an exciting array of activities for children and their parents with over 50 stalls, stands and shows across two days.

Our scientific trio showed local children how to make their own Troll Hair-do using chromatography paper.

 



 
 

Greenpower F24 Race

 
 

This year KS3 students will go to Goodwood again to race a Formula-24 electric car against other schools and teams from the South East. The Greenpower club will start in the summer term, where students will spend months leading up to the race building a fully functioning electric car!

 

Sparks Conference

Girls in Years 8,9 & 10 are attending a Sparks Conference in STEM careers events at the University of Chichester in Bognor on Tuesday 6th March 2018. The aim of the trip is to inspire and motivate students to consider the widest range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) career possibilities and students will be taking part in networking activities with Industry Ambassadors and a coding workshop delivered by STEMettes.



 
     
 
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Sports Leaders deliver sessions to year 6 pupils

 
 

This week our year 10 Sports Leaders put theory into practice and successfully ran their own sports activities, delivering sessions to year 6 pupils at Aldrington Primary School. The Hove Park students have been learning about how to lead and run different sporting activities and the characteristics needed to be a successful leader. The students have demonstrated great dedication and a fantastic attitude since starting the course and this was evident throughout the 1 hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday. The pupils at Aldrington said the sessions were ‘ really fun’ and our students have been asked back to deliver further sessions over the next few weeks.

 
   
 
 

Ski trip to Folgaria

 
 

The annual ski trip visited Folgaria in Italy during half term for a week of thrilling alpine skiing. The 63 students from Years 9 and 11 made the long journey to Italy before beginning their ski school instruction. The advanced group quickly made their way up the mountain exploring the resort, quickly followed by the intermediate group. It was fantastic to see that the four beginner groups all progressed off the nursery slope by the 2nd afternoon. All the students made excellent progress during the week, learning to parallel turn with some attempting the resort’s three black runs. The week included some exciting apres-ski activities, including tubing, ice-skating, swimming and the famous quiz night. A midweek trip to Verona was made to rest weary legs which also gave us the chance to sample a traditional Italian pizza from a pizzeria in the heart of Verona. The trip ended with the Fancy dress party where all students dressed up as film or TV characters and got into the spirit of the trip. Despite a lengthy journey home, the trip was a huge success. Thank you to the students for being well behaved and also to the staff that supported the trip. Next up is Folgarida in 2019!

 
   
 
 

Art in Amsterdam!

 
 

40 students from year 9, 10 & 11 set off for a 3 day visit to Amsterdam. Armed with art packs and drawing equipment they set off to explore the museums, sites and architecture.

After an 11 hour coach journey they started with a guided tour of The Van Gogh Museum, which features the world’s largest collection of works by post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Some of the highlights included the masterpieces 'Sunflowers' and 'The Potato Eaters.'

Additionally, students got to discover what inspired Van Gogh in his art through an interesting exposition about his life.

A cruise through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, to admire the city from a splendidly unique perspective rounded up the end of a very long day 1!

The weather held out for a visit to the Kroller muller museum, located in the "Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe" which has an amazing sculpture garden with a variety of modern sculptures.

From here we went back in to Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank House. Anne Frank went into hiding with her family in this 17th century canal house when the Netherlands was occupied by the Nazis during WWII. She and her family managed to hide here for over 2 years before they were discovered and then deported to concentration camps. After the discovery of Anne's diaries, the house was turned into a museum, which tells the story of Anne and her family through an exhibit of historical documents and documentaries. Truly a memorable and profound experience to have when in Amsterdam!

The trip ended with a group photo at the iamsterdam sign and a visit to the Rijksmuseum. After a lengthy 10-year renovation, the majestic Rijksmuseum opened its doors again in 2013. The museum focuses on history and art from the Middle Ages to present day, and its impressive collection includes many masterpieces by world-renown painters, such as 'The Night Watch' by Rembrandt and 'The Milk Maid' by Vermeer.

 
   
 
 

Chinese immersion project

 
 

Students from Years 7, 8 an 9 enjoyed a 2 week visit from Chinese students as part of an immersion project in school. Buddies learning Chinese looked after our visitors, all of whom were very smart and well focused in classes. Great friendships were formed and the many cultural exchanges both in class and outside will have contributed greatly to understanding and global awareness. A huge thank you to the buddies and staff for the successful visit.

 
   
 
 

Albion in the Community

 
 

Hove Park school were lucky enough to have Albion in the Community come to the lower school in January to deliver two year 9 boys classes the game of Futsal.

Futsal is an indoor version of football designed to develop technique and control, it is played with a heavy ball to keep it on the ground.

Ex Brighton and Hove Albion Legend Danny Cullip arrived with Chris Day, Head of the Programme to deliver a very exciting session. The classes were run through the history of the sport, the rules of the game and then given practices to help them learn and develop their ball skills.

The students were then organised into teams and took part in a very competitive Futsal tournament that was refereed by the Albion coaches. It was a fantastic experience for our students.

Albion in the community are now being booked in to deliver these session to our GCSE classes.

A huge thank you to Albion in the Community for offering their time. The students had a memorable experience.

 
   
 
 

PE round-up

 
 

This month has seen some great successes from our PE teams. The U14 girl's football team continue their undefeated league run and our Year 7 boys played in a heartbreaking Semi Final County Cup game! To read all our PE news follow this link.

 
   
 
 

Living with Gods

 
 

On Saturday 3rd February nine year-9 students went on a day trip to London with the Philosophy, Religion and Ethics department (PRE) to see a special exhibition 'Living with Gods' at the British Museum. They also saw other treasures of the fantastic collection, such as the Parthenon marbles, the Assyrian and Egyptian collections and the Rosetta Stone, the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics. The trip was organised to give students in year 9 the opportunity to find out more about the GCSE in Religious Studies, as students choose their options. It was an interesting day and the special exhibition had all sorts of artefacts from religions across the world. Students found the rituals around childbirth and the stages of life interesting, as well as some of the pilgrims' clothing.

The photo show the students outside the exhibition space on the stairway around the historic Reading Room and in the Greek antiquities with statues of the Greek graces.

 
   
 

Building an alumni community to inspire our students

 
 

We are delighted to inform you that Hove Park School is working with the education charity Future First to build a thriving alumni community. Amongst our former students is a whole host of talented role models who we want to connect with in order to celebrate their success and inspire our current students. Alumni can be brought back to offer careers and education advice, mentor students, provide work experience placements and much more besides.

We need you

Please help us reach out to our former students using your own networks. From doctors to dancers, pilots to plumbers, we need alumni from a range of careers to open our students’ eyes to what’s possible.

If you are a former student or know of any who’d like to stay in touch and give back to their old school, ask them to sign up at:

https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/hove

 
   
 
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What's On 

March 6-7th - School show, Hairspray (moved from 27th and 28th Feb)  March 8th - Y9 Parent/ Carer Teacher Consultations (moved from 1st March)

March 12th - Y9 Options Request form deadlines

March 22nd - Y7 Parent/ Carer Subject Teacher Consultation Evening

March 29th - Last day of spring term

 

Notices

Can you save money on your childcare bills?

There are a wide range of funding options that parents can access to help them save money on their childcare costs, including:

- two government schemes for working parents: Tax Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare
- free childcare for some two year olds
- PACE (Providing Access to Childcare and Employment), our European funded project which provides support for parents with a funded two year old to get into work, training or volunteering.

A copy of the Family Information Service Team leaflets can be downloaded here that will give an overview of the main funding options that are available.


 
 
 
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