Newsletter - Pershore High School
Work Experience, 2011Information for ParentsA version of the following letter is available on all Year9 students' email from July 2010 and on paper inSeptember, 2010. We rely on the support of parentsfor new placements and we are grateful for all yoursupport in the past.September 2010Dear Parent/GuardianYear 10 (Bredon) Work Experience:17 th - 21 st January 2011:Year 10 (Malvern) Work Experience:24 th - 28 th January 2011:Students in Year 10 are due to take part in PershoreHigh School‟s Work Experience Programme duringthe weeks indicated above. Students will have beentold, via tutors, whether they are in Bredon or Malverncohorts before the end of this term. Work Experienceis a vital part of the preparation of students towardsadult life, and our programme has been verysuccessful in the past.All placements are required by law to be covered byEmployers Liability Insurance which is normally £10million and they must conform to safety standards laiddown by the Local Authority.We do our best to ensure that students are placed inareas of employment in which they have an interestand to which they can travel reasonably easily. I needto point out that although we make every effort toaccommodate our students, there may be cases whenstudents are unable to take up a placement, or we areunable to provide a placement in a particular area ofinterest.We welcome suggestions of placement from studentsand parents. If you, as a parent, feel you are able tooffer a placement, or can contact an employer on yourchild‟s behalf, please let me know. This is not meant tosuggest you must find a placement for your child.As a matter of course we contact the employer whilestudents are on placement so, where possible,placements should be restricted to the local area.(Placements cannot take place outside England andWales.)The Local Authority insists on at least six weeksnotice of placement within the County and atleast twelve weeks if the placement is outsideWorcestershire. With these placements we have tomake arrangements with other authorities and sothere is no guarantee that we can authorise them.Our students have a well-deserved reputation ofexcellence on Work Experience. Employers have a„Gold Form‟ reference for students, which forms part oftheir end-of-year Progress Files, as does their officialcertificate, received when they complete theirplacement satisfactorily.Please do not hesitate to contact me at school or byemail with any queries.Yours sincerelyJOHN REES, Work Experience Cofirstname.lastname@example.orgSupport Staff AwardsPictured: Learning support assistant, Jacqueline Griffin,and ICT technician, Andrew King, have been nominatedfor awards.PHS support staff are celebrating after receivingrecognition for “going the extra mile”.Claire Rushton, finance manager, Jackie Griffin,teaching assistant, and Andrew King, IT technician,were nominated in the Administrator of the Year,Learning Support Assistant of the Year andTechnician of the Year categories respectively inthe National Awards for School Support Staff.All three sailed through the regional finals to thenationals, with Jackie and Andrew making it to thefinal three in each of their categories. They will findout the result at an awards ceremony at the SASRadisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on Saturday,9th October.Mr Clive Corbett said: “I am very proud of all thestaff at Pershore High School and I am especiallydelighted when their efforts are recognised.“To be nominated is one thing, but to gain nationalrecognition shows the calibre of staff at the school.“I am overjoyed at the accolade that all three of themtruly deserve.”Congratulations toHelen Watsonon achieving BA(Hons) Degreein Youth and Childhood Studies6
ArtGold Artsmark AwardPHS is celebrating afterreceiving a Gold Artsmark Awardin recognition of the high levels ofarts provision available tostudents.It is hoped that the award will leadto further development in the artsand strengthen access to the arts within thecommunity.A celebration showcase is planned for later in theyear.Extra-curricular music has now started. There is a lotto get involved in so come along…MondayTuesdayThursdayFridayHairspray- Choir- Singing Club- Orchestra- Senior Orchestra- Tuesdays and Thursdays after schoolInstrument and Vocal lessons have also begun.Applications received already are being processed asquickly as possible and we appreciate your patience inwaiting for lessons to begin. Application forms forthose who would like to begin lessons can be collectedfrom Mr Walden in the Music Department (PA3)Pershore's Got Talent auditions have recently takenplace and we have an extremely talented line-up ofcontestants. Congratulations to all those who took part– the standard was extremely high – and a big welldone to those who did not quite make it this time…Keep trying!Add Wednesday October 13 th to your diary and comealong to see the best talent Pershore High has to offer.Congratulations to Chantelle Cain of Year 12 who haspassed her Saxophone exam, Grade 4 with aDistinction and also had a successful audition to get aplace in the Worcestershire Youth IntermediateOrchestra.Please let us know of any other successes in exams orif you are successful in gaining a place in an Orchestra.Business StudiesCIPFA Midlands 6th Form Management Team GameOn 14th July two teams from Pershore High Schoolattended the CIPFA Midlands 6th Form ManagementTeam Game, run by the Chartered Institute of PublicFinance and Accountancy at the University of Worcester.The students were given information about a fictionalHealth Authority and had to process and understanddata relating to population size, health needs and lifeexpectancy.A range of potential development opportunities weregiven and a budget set. They were given the job ofdeciding how best to spend the money, giving maximumbenefit to the population of their town.At the end of a full day, the teams had to present theirplans to the Trust Board, justifying their ideas.Throughout the process they were interrupted, givenfresh information, forced to write press releases and hadtheir budgets cut. Our students rose to the challengeand impressed the judges with their team work,presentation skills and ability to think on their feet, inresponse to some pretty gruelling questioning.When the results came in, our two teams were delightedto have won both first and second place. Top prize was£10 for each team member, plus £50 for the school, andsecond prize was another £20 for the school. In addition,Amreetha Ojalae and Fred Papworth won an additional7£10 each for being the star contributors of their team.Business Studies teacher, Mrs Taylor said: ‟Theteams were a credit to themselves and the school,and their professional approach to the day made usvery proud.‟Winning team: Thomas Neal, William Hill, RebeccaGilmore, Laura Nash, Melanie Higgins and Fred Papworth.Runners up: Amreetha Ojalae, Michael Bluck, RyanFarquharson, Jade Jordan, Jack Clutterbuck and ThomasFincher.