PSA Pamper Evening
10th May 2013
The PSA delivered their first Pamper Evening on Friday 10th
May 2013, timed to fit with the Year 11 leavers. It was well attended by pupils from all year
groups, staff, family and friends.
From 5pm stallholders arrived and soon the Assembly Hall was buzzing with activity. Beauty
treatments were on offer at cut prices including; nail art, eye lash extensions, manicures,
threading, waxing, henna tattoos, facials, massage, reflexology and thought field therapy. We
also organised a shopper’s haven, the stalls were packed with bags, scarves, jewellery,
sweets, cards, beauty products, clothing and trinkets. This treasure trove was a shopper’s
paradise at reduced prices. In the foyer there was a lively atmosphere, with people
purchasing a variety of refreshments, delicious snacks and platters. In the hall there was a
place to sit, relax, chat and be entertained by the Belly and Zumba dancers who swayed,
twisted and turned to rehearsed mesmerising routines and rhythms. It was a stunning night!
The evening was rounded off with a raffle draw of 35 prizes, kindly donated by all stallholders.
The detail in the planning was a crucial element to the success of the evening and we have
had fantastic feedback from both stallholders and attendees, asking for more of the same.
So ....roll on 2014...
In the back of our minds we are already planning for this and the PSA will book a slot in the
school diary for the same time next year, so we hope you will join us then.
On behalf of the PSA I wanted to say a very huge thank you to all those that supported our
event which made it such a success. In particular a warm heartfelt thanks to Tryna Doxey our
Treasurer who has been the brains behind the planning and organisation and also to Lauren
Wilson, our vital link with the school. If you wish, you can also feedback to us on our website
We are always looking for new people to join the PSA, we meet once a month on a Monday
night. Please see the PSA section of the school website for more information.
Jagdeep Dosanjh-Badwal – Chair of the PSA
Gifted and Talented
At the risk of repeating myself, I would like again to draw parents’ attention to the following:
Parents and pupils may be interested in becoming members of the International Gateway for
Gifted Youth (IGGY) which has been running successfully now for several years out of the
University of Warwick.
See below, extracts taken from the parents section of their website.
IGGY is an international social network created by the University of Warwick
to support and encourage gifted young people from anywhere and everywhere in the world. It
encourages gifted students between the ages of 13 and 18, to realise their full potential by
giving them access to high quality content and the opportunity to collaborate with other gifted
young people and internationally renowned academics.
As an organisation, we’re looking to give our members the challenges that they might be
missing out on in traditional education - providing that extra bit of stimulation to help them attain
everything that they are capable of.
IGGY is a not for profit organisation. We want to ensure that all gifted students, wherever
they’re from, can access our community. So although IGGY membership requires a subscription
fee (now at a much reduced price), we offer sponsored free memberships so the cost doesn’t
bar any gifted student from reaching their potential with us.
Register your interest with IGGY to keep up to date with our latest news and events.
IGGY will offer a wide range of interactive resources and content alongside challenges, debates
and competitions. Our initial content offer includes Maths, Creative Writing, Sciences, History
and Politics, but we are asking students to tell us what they want and need and we will respond
rapidly with new content. IGGY’s content team will provide new tasks and challenges every
week, with topical content and debates linking academic disciplines to what is happening in the
If any pupil does take up membership, I would welcome any feedback about the activities in
which you took part.
This Government initiative recognises and rewards high achieving and hard-working Year 9
pupils. It aims to ‘encourage higher aspirations by funding one or two Year 9 pupils from each
secondary school to visit a Russell Group university during the Summer term, accompanied by
a teacher from their school’.
As a result of their hard work and progress over the last several months, Ryan Jarvis (NLT) and
Alex Opacic (JLF) were nominated by the Year 9 Pastoral Team and spent a day at Nottingham
University on Wednesday 15th May. Activities during the day included a sample lecture and a
guided tour of the university by a current student.
Mr Bisset (Coordinator for Gifted and Talented pupils
into Gifted and Talented
Students from Nottingham University are
currently carrying out an investigation into
provision for gifted and talented pupils at
Littleover and beyond. Parents of such children
should have received a brief questionnaire to
complete, which will enable us to monitor and
hopefully improve the effectiveness of our
provision. Please return the questionnaires via
your child to either Pupil Support or Mr Bisset
directly. If you have any queries regarding the questionnaire or any aspect of gifted and
talented provision, please do not hesitate to contact me. D.Bisset@littleover.derby.sch.uk
"The Awesome Animal Man"
The animal man came in to see Year 7 and
it was amazing. He brought in lots of exotic
animals including a variety of snakes,
tarantulas, a rat, scorpions, lizards and lots
more. All the animals were awesome and
we got to hold them and stroke the cute
ones! The animal man was really funny and
made an average Science lesson really fun!
He gave us lots of information about the
animals and their habitats and how they
adapted to them. Overall it was a great
experience as we wouldn’t normally have
the opportunity to see these animals during
the school day. Having the chance to hold
the scary creatures allowed us the
opportunity to face our fears whilst enjoying
ourselves. Thank you to the animal man and
to all those staff who made it possible for us
to see the animals!
Eloise Bryard - 7BKV
Buildings Development Update
The building of Phase 1 is progressing well, despite the challenges the weather has
presented. We are only two weeks behind schedule. The contractor’s, Cleggs, are confident
it will still be completed in August.
All the block and brick walls are very nearly completed and doors and windows are being
installed. The first fix for mechanical and electrical work inside has commenced. We are
starting to see the final cast detail on the exterior.
The Plans for Phase 2 have been submitted for planning approval and we hope to hear the
outcome at the end of May. Long may the better weather continue!
Talented young gymnasts from Derby were given the opportunity to learn from the best when
an Olympic medal winning Team GB gymnast came to the City.
Kristian Thomas was a key member of the men’s gymnastics team that took bronze at the
London 2012 Games. He visited Derby to provide a ‘masterclass’ for the most talented
gymnasts from secondary schools across Derby.
Littleover Community School gymnasts Zoe Green (Year 11), Lucie Betteridge and Abby King
(Year 7) were selected to attend this event.
Thomas talked about his career and inspirations, as well as outlining his gruelling training
regime before the young gymnasts got the chance to show off their own skills. Gymnasts were
taken through warm-up routines and put through a strength and conditioning session, before
demonstrating their own expertise on the gymnastic apparatus.
The afternoon finished with the pupils quizzing Thomas about his achievements and the work
needed to become a medal-winning gymnast, before an opportunity for photographs with
Thomas and his Olympic medal.
Kristian Thomas, said, ‘being able to work with these talented young gymnasts is a great perk
of being of a professional gymnast. Hopefully, with Team GB winning the medal last summer
we can inspire many more gymnasts to take up, continue with and succeed in the sport. There
are clearly some talented gymnasts in Derby and it would be great to think today might help
some towards competing in future Olympic Games’.
Kristian with Zoe, Lucie and Abby
Schools from across Derby made the Assembly
Rooms bounce for the annual Derby City SSP
Celebration of Dance.
The 2013 event saw more than 1050 dancers
from 55 schools perform dances from a wide
range of styles.
Littleover Community School entered two groups
into the festival dancing Street Dance and Salsa.
35 girls from Years 7-9 worked really hard
preparing for the event, committing to regular
lunchtime and after school rehearsals. Some girls
were experienced dancers but for some, this was
their first opportunity to perform at such a big
venue in front of a full auditorium.
Both performances went really well and
demonstrated what can be achieved with hard
work and dedication.
The excited cheers of each group as they left
the stage showed the impact that the event
can have on young people and the inspiration
they gain from performing at such a large venue
in front of big audiences.
Mrs J Oversby - Teacher of PE
After a long and arduous season we have finally concluded the remaining fixtures which have
resulted in a season without silverware. This has not been for the lack of effort, dedication and
high levels of effort the boys and staff have put in throughout the year. A big thanks to Mr Buck
for the invaluable work he has put in with the Year 7, 8 and 10 teams and to Mr Nicol for his
assistance at the start of the year with the Year 7 team. Below is a summary of the
achievements this season:
Year 7 – (Manager Mr Buck/Mr Nicol) - the boys have struggled this year in a very competitive
Year 7 A league. Towards the end of the season, the boys started to show signs of developing
into a side which will hopefully put them in good stead next year in the B league.
Year 8 – (Manager Mr Buck) – the Year 8 team started slow, but finished on a high in the A
league this season, which culminated in a great victory over John Port who were the eventual
cup winners. This is an encouraging sign for next year, and if the boys show the same level of
commitment and team spirit it could result in silverware next season.
Year 9 – (Manager Mr Wilson) – a positive season with no reward sums up the year 9 team. A
high finish in the A league coupled with a defeat in the cup final demonstrated the boys have the
ability to compete for trophies. The boys now have to come back next year with the same
commitment, greater belief and a winning mentality and hope that success comes.
Year 10 – (Manager Mr Buck/Mr Wilson) – another tale of what could have been. A disrupted
season due to weather and boys having other commitments meant that the team was not at full
strength in every game. A fit and full strength team next year will more than definitely put them in
the position to win trophies.
Year 11 – (Manager Mr Wilson) – A disappointing end to the Year 11 season brought a semi
final loss and a mid table finish. The Year 11 team were never at full strength this year, coupled
with a strong A league meant that the boys found it tough competition, but perseverance got
them through their quota of games.
We now go back to the drawing board, get our pre-season plans in order and hope the
Headteacher gives us a big transfer kitty to allow us to buy some big name players in the
Signing off for this season, Mr Wilson - Director of Football
Once again, Littleover Community School competed in the City basketball leagues
and County cups. As with the Football teams, the season failed to bring
silverware, but showed signs of progress in a year of transition.
The Year 7 team, managed by Mr Buck showed good promise, with a good run in the County
cup reaching the semi-final, coupled with encouraging displays in the 3 city tournaments. The
Year 9 team competed well in the City leagues and County cup with numerous victories, but
missed out on silverware this year. If the boys continue to practise and stay together as a squad
next year, they should do well.
The Year 10 team never really got going this year. A couple of victories early on in the season
brought hope, but the failure to close out games meant defeats in the County cup and important
league games. The boys have one more year to regain the County cup trophy they won in Year
A big well done to all the boys that showed commitment throughout the year, with early morning,
lunchtime and after school practices.
Congratulations to Matthew Bedford in Year 8 who won the Don Lamb Cup for
the best Year 8 golfer at the Derbyshire Schools Golf Competition.
Cross Country News
It has been a very successful year for the cross country teams this year. Earlier on in the year,
both boys and girls teams competed in 3 events at local city schools. This led to a final event at
the City championships at Moorways. Results are below:
Year 7 Boys - City Championships Results
Luke Ward 1st + league winner for winning 4 races out of 4
Keir Shepperd 4th
Luke Harrison 5th
Josh Harrison 9th
Kyle Smith 13th
Alistair Oldroyd 27th
Joseph Hodgson 28th
James McCloughlin 29th
Matthew Davis 34th
Michael Sankey 35th
Year 7 team boys City champions
Year 8/9 Girls City Championships Results
Jade Sandhu 3rd + league winner for winning 3 races out of 4
Zoe Percival 14th + league 2nd place for consistent finishes in the 4 races
Year 8/9 Boys City Championships
Hugo Milner 1st + league winner year 9 for winning 4 races out of 4
Dylan Garbett 2nd + league 2nd place year 9 for coming 2nd place in all 4 races
Connor Jacob 3rd + league 3rd place year 9 for coming 3rd place in all 4 races
Dan Tidmarsh 4th + league winner year 8
Gabriel McCallum Archer 7th
Josh Holland 8th
Matt Chan 25th
Joe Gallimore 28th
Matt Bedford 29th
Year 8/9 boys City champions and league winners
Year 10/11 Boys City Championships
Matt Ward 2nd + League winner year 10 for winning 2 out of 4 races.
Sam Hassall 3rd.
These results lead to a number of competitors competing for Derby West at the County
Championships at Caton Park.
Year 7 – Luke Ward 1 st , Luke Harrison 13 th , Josh Harrison 17 th , Kier Shepperd 32 nd , Kyle Smith
Year 8/9 – Hugo Milner 1 st , Dylan Garbett 6 th , Gabriel McCallum Archer, Matt Chan.
Year 10/11 – Matt Ward 2 nd , Sam Hassall 4 th.
This then resulted in Hugo Milner, Dylan Garbett, Matt Ward and Sam Hassall representing
Derbyshire at the National Cross Country Championships.
Hugo Milner’s 3 rd place finish resulted in his selection for England Cross Country Team. A big
well done Hugo!
Hugo in his England Kit
Mr Wilson – Deputy Coordinator of PE
PSHE,Citizenship and Careers News
National Competition Success!
As reported in an earlier Newsletter Amar Dhariwal in 7 BKV was placed third in the country in
the Show Racism the Red Card Competition in the Creative Writing Category. Amar went with
his family to London to Chelsea’s ground to collect his award last month. Here is his account
of the day:
Show Racism the Red Card Awards Ceremony
The day started with a challenging trek up to London, where we arrived at Chelsea Football
Club’s stadium, Stamford Bridge. The time was around 12:30 and we entered the Champions
Club area which is located at the north side on the Matthew Harding Stand.
As we entered my name was taken down and we headed up the stairs towards the
presentation area where there was a meet and greet with some football players such as
Luther Blisset. Soon, once I had got an autograph, the time approached 1:00 and it was time
to take a tour of the stadium.
My dad and I went and the first place we visited was the changing rooms; there was a
substantial difference in the quality from the home dressing room (full of showers, massage
tables and a big changing area) and the away one (small area and small cupboards). Next we
went to the Press Room where everyone on tour sat in the conferencing seat and then we all
went to the dugouts and sat in the manager’s/substitute players’ seats. Finally, for the last
part of the tour we travelled to the away stand and the guide talked to us about the stadium
and how it was built.
Next we went back to the presentation area and when it was 2:00 the presentation began.
When my piece of work came up I walked to the stage and shook hands with some of the
campaign directors and then read my short story out. My prizes consisted of an English club
shirt, which I chose to be
Liverpool’s, two tickets to see
a Sheffield United home
game and also a photo of the
full squad of Liverpool FC.
Finally, the presentation was
over and we had more time
to meet the players. We had
a few more photographs with
my certificate and then the
day was over.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time
at this presentation and
would strongly urge you to
relay the message of Show
Racism the Red Card.
More National Success!
Amnesty Protest Song National Competition
As we reported last time four girls in Year 9 were longlisted for a
National prize in the Amnesty International Protest Song Competition.
All pupils in Year Nine entered this as part of their Citizenship work on Human Rights. We
were very pleased to hear that the girls were then shortlisted and invited to Amnesty HQ in
London for a prestigious ceremony last month. Here is their report:
On 30 th April 2013 we went to the Amnesty Headquarters in London after being shortlisted for
the Amnesty Protest Song Competition. When we arrived at the headquarters we were greeted
by a representative from Amnesty who gave us a name badge and then took us to be interviewed
for Radio 1 by Ricky Norwood who plays Fatboy from Eastenders. We were all really
excited because we met a celebrity. He asked us a few questions about our song and we got
to talk to him about Amnesty as he is a big supporter. Afterwards we got shown to a room,
where all the parents and other people from different schools, so we could eat our ceremonial
lunch. We all thought it would be really fancy, but it turns out it was a lot of boxes full of Pizza
Express. There must have been at least 100 boxes full of different kinds of pizza, yummy!!
After lunch we were told to go to a room upstairs where we were then interviewed for a short
film the Amnesty workers were making. Once again they asked us about why and how we
came up with the piece. We were a bit nervous though, after all we were going to be in a film!
After about half an hour it was time for the ceremony to start. We were all seated in specific
places next to more of the shortlisted competitors while the parents and our PSHE teacher;
Ms Wilson were at the back. The ceremony was presented by Sonali Shah, a presenter from
Newsround. One by one the winners were announced, there were around 5-10 sections
including a Young Journalism competition and the Protest Song performance category. During
announcing each winner the performers went up on stage and performed their songs. All of
them were very good; we would all find it hard just to choose one winner. Around an hour later
there was a short break. During this break we met Kate Tempest, a rapper and poet who
works with Amnesty and has recently become the youngest person to have been awarded the
Ted Hughes Award. We were all really happy about this because we’d learnt about her in
class and thought she was really good. Soon we went back in and after one or two more categories
it was time for ours.
They announced all the different shortlisted entries along with a picture of the competitors and
a short video. We were all really embarrassed when ours came on. They told us all to go onto
the stage and when we did we all were handed a gift bag. In it there was a CD of all the long
listed songs, stickers, a balloon, badges, an Amnesty T-shirt and some more things. We then
had a picture with Sonali and waited at the side of the stage for them to announce the winner.
At this point all of us were so nervous! We couldn’t believe it was actually happening, to come
in the top three out of over 700 hundred entries! They then said the winning entry, but
unfortunately it wasn’t ours, it was a 16 year old girl called Isla Ratcliffe. She was definitely a
worthy winner, her song was amazing. We then clapped and sat back down. We were quite
disappointed, but then we realised how far we’d actually come and seeing how proud
everyone was with what we’d done lifted our spirits.
After the ceremony was over we were given an envelope which contained the information of
where we had come. Slowly and anxiously we opened it and it turned out we had got second
runner up! We were all so delighted and all the parents and our teacher kept saying how
proud and happy they were.
Now it was time to go home. We went back to the train station and got on the train. Once
everyone in Derby found out how well we’d done they were all so happy for us and we received
Overall we had such an amazing day in London and couldn’t have been more pleased with how
it all turned out. We could never have wished for more supportive family and friends and if you
were thinking of entering next year, we all say go for it! You never know, you might win, and
even if you don’t, you tried your best and that’s a great achievement too.
Well done girls we are very proud of you!
Ms L Wilson
Head of PSHE and Citizenship
Francesca Britten, Amarpreet Mann
Valeria Ferguson - Muti, and Chloe Donahue
Year 10 pupils who have recently completed their Silver DoE practice expedition; 3 days
walking and camping near Flagg.
Year 9 pupils who have done their Bronze DoE day walks, near Carsington.
The Year 12 Gold group have their training weekend in Wales at the beginning of June.
Many thanks to all the staff and sixth form students who prepare pupils and give up their
weekends to supervise the expeditions.
Mrs J Bunting - Deputy Headteacher
School breaks up on Friday
24th May at the usual time.
Pupils are due back in
Tuesday 4th June.
Monday 3rd June is an
School finishes for the
Summer on Tuesday 23rd
July and re-opens on
Thursday 5th September.