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Goodbye to SATs!
Pupils and teachers are celebrating the news that
the Government has cancelled the Key Stage 3
Tests or SATs which Year 9 pupils were due to take
in May 2009, in English, Maths and Science. This is
because of the fiasco with last summer’s tests which
confirmed the view held by many teachers and
parents that the system had become unmanageable
and irrelevant. We have still not received our final
results for the English tests and have been told to expect them by
We are pleased that this decision has been taken, even though it is
rather late in the year to make such a major change. I have spoken to
all Year 9 pupils about this issue in assembly and have assured them
that they will benefit from the changes, but I have also explained that
this does not mean that the work they do in the
core subjects this year will be any less
Important or demanding. Our teachers are now
planning how best to take advantage of the
opportunity to reinvigorate the Year 9 curriculum
and to focus on preparation for GCSE work.
We shall also carry out our own assessment of
pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 3 and
report this to parents. I have every confidence that our teachers are
more than competent to carry out a professional assessment of each
pupil. We already do this every year in all subjects and, for Summer
2008, this was the Attainment Level which was reported to
parents of our current Year 10 in place of the missing English Levels.
During Enterprise Week in November, twelve of our Year 10 and 11 Business Studies
students will take part in the “Make Your Mark Challenge”. This is a National competition
promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. Our students got through to the regional finals
last time we entered, so we have high hopes for this year. Further updates in the next
Mrs k Scudder
Co-ordinator of Enterprise
GCSE Business Studies Trip to Cadbury World
On Wednesday 15 th October, 84 students from Year 11 took part in a visit to Cadbury World
at Bournville in Birmingham.
The trip was organised to give students first hand experience in how a multinational
company organises and executes its marketing activities. This can be used by students to
improve the marketing aspects of their GCSE coursework.
The talk took place in the education centre next door to the museum. It covered a lot of
ground in a relatively short time but our students listened attentively and asked a number of
detailed questions at the end. They were reintroduced to the drum playing gorilla and had a
sneak preview of two new flavours that are to be launched shortly, both of which will
probably sell well in Littleover. The new graphics on the packaging of these bars held a
surprise message which fascinated our students when they were able to decipher it.
Once the talk was finished there was a factory tour showing: where chocolate came from,
the ethical conditions which Cadbury World hold as core values, how a Dairy Milk bar is
manufactured and finally the packaging plant. Most students expressed surprise at how few
people were working on the automated packaging line and at just how many chocolate bars
could be processed at one time. If we had let them into the processing area there may have
been a shortage on deliveries that day.
However, it was not all work; there was the odd chance to have a small sample of chocolate
at various point during the visit. Indeed some needed to be restrained at the sight of so
The visit was a great success. Cadbury World personnel commented on how well behaved
our students were and also at the end of the talk a number thanked the lecturer personally;
something which does not usually happen with other visitors.
A good educational experience for both our students and Cadbury World personnel!
Mr M Downward
Head of KS4 ICT
CADBURYS WORLD PICCIES!
Immobilise—Protect Your Property
Help us return your stolen property: that is the message that Derbyshire Constabulary is
sending to mobile phone users with the re-launch of the ”Immobilise” campaign.
Immobilise is a nationwide security database system that allows you to protect your property,
by registering on-line any valuables that have a unique serial number such as mobile
phones, laptops, ipods, bicycles and cameras.
Registering is free, quick and the Immobilise site is surprisingly easy to use. Immobilise aims
to help reduce mobile phone crime and robbery and reunite you with your property.
To find your unique International Mobile Equipment Identification (IMEI) number just enter
*#06# into the mobile phone and the number will appear. Once a phone is registered, should
the phone be lost or stolen, it can be reported online and the phone immobilised immediately
by all service providers.
To protect your property visit http://www.immobilise .com and register your valuables free
For further information, contact Chief Inspector Sunita Gamblin, Community Safety, Police
Headquarters -Telephone Number: 01773 572819.
Wishing all pupils a safe and happy half-term break.
Pupils return to school on Tuesday 4th November and
then break up for Christmas on Friday 19th December.
There is an INSET day on Monday 8th December 2008.
European Day of Languages
26 th September 2008
The Languages Faculty once again celebrated
European Day of Languages last
week with a range of activities to promote
language learning and encourage interest
in other cultures and languages.
On Wednesday, with the help of Lauren Steadman, one of our
A level German students, we ran a Keep Fit session in German which certainly took
everyone’s breath away!
Thursday lunchtime was more relaxing with pupils enjoying “Les Simpsons” in French on
one of our big screens.
Friday was the big day and staff and students alike sported stickers with Hello in one of
over 30 different languages. Year 7s in particular had a vested interest in saying hello to
as many teachers as possible in their foreign language: they took part in a competition to
record as many different “hellos” in one day to win a prize. Congratulations went to the
winners Charlotte Ley and Sahiba Kalsi in 7LSP.
Language lessons for all year groups involved a range of different games and activities to
celebrate the event and many pupils are now a lot more knowledgeable about the
language and culture of others.
At break time language teachers frantically tried to serve to the swarm of hungry teenagers
croissants, pain au chocolate, samosas, Russian blinis and Spanish tortilla after their
To cap it all, pupils and staff took part in taster language sessions at lunchtime with
Estonian, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Welsh on offer! It wasn’t always that easy to
pronounce but there was lots of amusement at the attempts!
It was a very successful day and we hope everyone learned something new over the week!
Thanks go to all staff who participated and especially the Languages Faculty who worked
very hard to make it happen.
Co-ordinator of Languages
Creative Arts Department
The department is busy planning the exciting biennial M.A.D.D. Arts Fest Fortnight for Year
Starting on Monday November 14 th , the Year 8 students will be experiencing a variety of
artistic experiences provided both by the teachers in schools, but also by invited artists and
experts who will share their passion, skills and expertise with the pupils in curriculum time.
A sample of the activities planned are African dance and story-telling, cheerleading,
capoeira dance/martial arts, circus skills, mosaic making, shadow-puppetry, music of the
Andes, dhol drumming, batik-making, collograph art, origami…………
So that other years do not feel left out, there will be artistic activities going on every lunch
time in the entrance hall for all to enjoy. We have sessions in Tai Chi and Bollywood dance;
a barn dance is booked in and we have visual artists demonstrating water-colours and pointillism.
Pupils will have the opportunity to make festive cards and bracelets and to watch poetry
As a parent and friend of the Arts, you may have an artistic skill that you would like to
demonstrate or display during our lunch hour. If so, please contact any of the Creative Arts
We hope that school will be buzzing with the sounds and sights of the Arts!
The whole Fest starts just before the half term holiday with a cake decorating competition
for Year 8s on the theme of the Arts and a grand cake sale to help raise money for the
event! If any parent or friend of the school would like to sponsor any part of the Fest, we
would love to hear from you.
Seeing live theatre is a vital part of the Drama course:-
On Wednesday October 1 st , the Year 12 AS Level Drama students went to Nottingham
Theatre Royal to see the London touring company of Cabaret. The production was
exciting ,vibrant and thought-provoking.
On Thursday October 9 th the same students went to see “Neville’s Island” at the Guildhall
On October 22 nd Maison Foo Theatre Company present s“The World’s Wife” to A Level
Drama and English students in school. A devising workshop follows for the Drama students.
Mrs M Bucknell
Co-ordinator of Creative Arts
The football season has started with a bang for some of Littleover’s teams. The Year 9 and 11
teams have a 100% record with 3 and 2 wins respectively up to date. The Year 7 team under the
guidance of new manager Mr. Cassidy have won, lost and drawn their first 3 games and are still
getting to grips with the new manager’s way of football (he is an Everton fan!!!). The Year 8 and
10 teams are still awaiting their first win, however it is a long season and I am sure they will
overcome their initial disappointments.
Vs Landau Forte Won 7-1
Vs Derby Moor Drew 2-2
Vs Murray Park Lost 1-5
Vs Landau Forte Lost 0-5
Vs Derby Moor Lost 0-10
Vs Woodlands Won 5-1
Vs West Park Won 3-0
Vs Da Vinci Won 6-0
Vs Ecclesbourne Lost 1-2
Vs Murray Park Lost 2-4
Vs St Benedicts Won 5-3
Vs Woodlands Won 4-2
The Year 8 tennis team from last year won the Derbyshire League
section of the National Cup. This now moves into the regional
stages with their next opponents Redhill School from Arnold.
Hopes are high again for success, with new recruit Jack Crompton
replacing Curtis Clarke who has moved on to another school.
The boys were fortunate enough to play Redhill School at Nottingham Tennis Centre last week.
The team came back from some early setbacks to win the singles 3-1 with just the two doubles
matches remaining. The boys held strong to win the 2 matches to win the tie
5-1. The team now play Knibworth School from Leicestershire in the next round.
Although the basketball teams have yet to start their season, there has been a bit of great news
regarding one of the Year 9 players. Kingsley Okoroh has been selected to represent his region
at the ESBBA Inter Regional Tournament at Lilleshall, Shropshire at the end of October. A good
performance at this tournament could see Kingsley being selected
for the National team.
Good Luck Kingsley!
Mr G Wilson
Deputy Co-ordinator of Boys P.E.
2008 British Championships Freestyle - Junior Kayak Women
A massive “Well Done” to Gabrielle Bates in Year 11
for winning the British Championships
Girls Cross Country Results 2008 Season
Year 7 West Park Noel Baker Bemrose Derby Moor
Emily Waldron 9 6 6 3
Emma Mulvany 42 32 33 30
Noky Simbani 45 43 47 58
Olivia Chambers 20 -- 17 --
Runners in each race 50 48 57 61
Susanna Elks(8) 5 9 6 11
Demi Parker(8) 48 33 -- 46
Beth Cliffe(8) 61 -- -- 49
Beth Jones(8) 57 -- -- 39
Holly Atkin(8) 49 -- -- --
Philippa Cox(9) 62 32 53 --
Runners in each race 78 56 66 67
Hannah Falgate 1 -- -- --
Evie Keene -- -- 1 1
The number of runners in each race was between 20 and 25 which is a reasonable turnout for
Well done to all pupils for training regularly and turning up for the races. There have been some
excellent results and all have tried really hard, even when the weather has not been very
pleasant! Improvements have happened and higher finishing positions have been achieved by
everyone in at least one of their races. So again well done!!
The next race will be the City Championships at Moorways on Wednesday 12 th November.
Miss J Poulton
Teacher of P.E.
LITTLEOVER COMMUNITY SCHOOL
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES—AUTUMN AUTUMN 2008
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Do you have any available time? Could you spare a couple of hours a day to
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at Littleover Community School?
We are always looking for friendly, outgoing individuals, who can work
as part of a team, for this varied, interesting position.
If you are interested or would like further details,
please contact Mrs. J. Page on the above number.
WORK EXPERIENCE 2008
This was a huge success and a real eye
opener about the realities of life in the
world of work for Year 11 pupils. 248
young people participated in the
programme and secured placements as
diverse as Derby University, milk shake
and smoothie bars, ICT and design
based companies, nurseries, solicitors’
offices, shops and schools. They
brought back some excellent and well
deserved reports from their employers
and were described frequently as being
a credit to themselves, their families and
The benefits of the week in the workplace are readily apparent. The pupils themselves have
identified experience of a real working environment, being treated as adults, getting first hand
careers information and the chance to match themselves against a future career as amongst the
most important. As teachers, we see them focusing on their exam work to a greater extent as
the realisation that the best possible grades are essential to their future plans,finally sinks in!
We’d like to thank all parents who made such encouraging comments in the pupils’ work
experience log books. You can feel as proud of your sons and daughters as we are at school.
Huge thanks also go to all of the local employers who gave unstintingly of their time to offer such
a positive experience to Year 11.
If you know of anyone able to offer to a work placement to next year’s Year 11 in September
2009, or could take a pupil in your own place of work, please contact us or, alternatively,
Mrs Dyg in Pupil Support.
Mrs Butler and Miss Simpson
Co-ordinators of Work Experience
Stay and enjoy unlimited refreshments
throughout the morning.
All proceeds to