PSA Pamper Evening 10th May 2013 - Littleover Community School

PSA Pamper Evening 10th May 2013 - Littleover Community School

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.

DUX Award

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


Student Research

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.

"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.


Phase 2

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!

Chris Simmons

Assistant Headteacher


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


Football News

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

Basketball Summary

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.

Golf News

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

78 th.

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

much praise.

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


Congratulations to-

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

school on

Tuesday 4th June.

Monday 3rd June is an

INSET day.

School finishes for the

Summer on Tuesday 23rd

July and re-opens on

Thursday 5th September.


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