notesThis Month 2013NEWS FROM WOODROFFE
F O L L O W U S O N@woodroffeschoolOne of the most strikingfeatures of a visit toWoodroffe is the sheerquantity of art work displayedon the walls of classrooms andcorridors. This has always symbolisedour commitment to the arts – not justvisual art but the arts in general. Whenwe originally applied to become aSpecialist School ten years ago, VisualArt was the obvious choice, even thoughwe knew we had outstanding practicein music and drama too. Later, whenwe first entered for the Artsmark GoldAward, it was made clear to us by theassessors that we were miles aheadof other schools both in terms of thequality of our work and the range ofopportunities on offer.The educational climate is changing,however, and it is becoming increasinglydifficult to promote the arts. The artsare undoubtedly being marginalisedin schools by the intense focus onEnglish, Maths and Science, and, morerecently, the eBac. Moreover, theRussell Group of Universities’ list of‘facilitating subjects’ – i.e. the subjectsthey consider most useful for entry intotop universities – has led many to seeArts subjects at A-Level as somehowsecond best.The huge irony in all this is that the artsrepresent an increasingly significantpart of the economy of the countryand offer a huge range of employmentopportunities for young people. TheUK currently has the largest creativeindustry sector in Europe, employing 1.5million people and generating exportsworth £8.9bn a year. The arts contribute6% of GDP with £16bn worth ofexports annually. Creative and culturalindustries contribute £33.3bn to the UKeconomy. I could go on. The point isthat the arts are a vital part of the lifeof our country and it would be a terribleshame if schools were to turn away fromthe arts towards a more rigid traditionalcurriculum.Of course, we appreciate the importanceof English, Maths and Science – andwe have a strong curriculum offer whichencourages every student capable of theeBac to be entered for subjects whichqualify. We also have a good record ofexcellence in the ‘traditional’ subjects.There is no reason, however, to supportthe eBac at the expense of the arts andwe are therefore doing everything wecan to protect our arts courses and topromote extra-curricular opportunitiesin the arts. At KS3 all students studyDrama, Art and Music; at KS4 there isa very wide range of GCSE choices increative subjects available including Art,Music, Drama, Graphics, Textiles andDance; and in the sixth form we offereven more with A-Levels in Art, AppliedArt, History of Art, Drama, Music, MusicTechnology, Graphics, Photography andTextiles. We also offer the Arts Awardand a huge range of trips and visitsaimed at broadening students’ horizonsand developing their cultural awareness.Recently students have exhibited theirwork in the Town Mill and in the MarleGallery in Axminster; over a hundredtook part in the Music concert and manymore are preparing for another oneof our fabulous musical productions –Bugsy Malone. Students will shortlybe singing in the Albert Hall and moreand more of them are taking up musicalinstruments. In addition, there havebeen theatre companies in school, tripsto the theatre, art trips, visiting artistsetc. etc.As a Teaching School we have beenselected to be one of only two NationalLead schools for Cultural Education andwe are delighted to have been awardeda £50k grant to develop our ideas andencourage others in the pursuit of thearts and culture in general. We are nowworking closely with the Arts Council todevelop a range of exciting projects bothin school and across the region – sowatch this space.The arts are flourishing at Woodroffe –as a glance through the pages of thisnewsletter makes clear – and we haveevery intention of ensuring that weprotect our arts provision and continueto give students a genuine culturaleducation.RPS
Photos:Gaby Gilchrist & Megan Bailey (Year 10)Spring Concert 2013Last Thursday saw the annual springconcert in the school hall.All the school ensembles performedto a full hall. Junior Jazz Band, JuniorChoir, Early Music Orchestra, RecorderConsort, String Group, Chamber Choir,Junior and Senior Saxophone Choirs,Wind Band and Senior Jazz Band alltotalling over 200 performers, nearly a5th of the school population across allyear groups as well as some very seniormembers from the school staff!It was great to see so many people forwhat was a fantastic evening of music,all the students performed extremelywell. MIss Webb and I are incrediblyproud of their achievements.Our congratulations to all involved.Future events:Bugsy Malone 25th - 28th JuneSummer Jazz Evening: 12th JulyMr Cullimore
25th Anniversary Red Nose DayRaises Record Amount at WoodroffeStudents and staff were delighted toraise over £1,500 for Comic Reliefon Red Nose Day (Friday 15 March).Students paid for the privilege ofwearing non school uniform, with thecolour red dominating including redwigs, red noses and red onesys! Rednoses had been on sale during theprevious week and were sold out wellin advance. Both Year 10 and the sixthform students had been baking for daysand were successful in raising over£250 on each of their cake stalls – aWoodroffe record on cake sales!Georgiana Day, Year 7, said “We weremoved by all the stories about wherethe money would be used and we allwanted to do something to help thoseless fortunate”.Mr Thomas, Head of Sixth Form, said“There was a great atmosphere inschool with real energy on Friday. I wasdelighted with the positive contributionsmade by so many of our students. Theyalways continue to surprise me.”Some of the younger students raisedmoney through sponsored silences¬although the school did not appear tobe any quieter than usual.The much awaited sixth form versusstaff five a side game in the Sports Halltook place on Thursday17 march. Areally competitive tussle resulted in awell deserved 10-4 victory for the sixthform, well marshalled by Sam Jones.Assemblies during the week hadbeen led by the sixth form studentsand helped the younger students tounderstand how the money raisedwould be used to improve the livesof those less fortunate in some areasof Africa. They also explained howComic Relief supported organisationsin the UK working with problemssuch as addiction, depression andpersecution. As a result of the Year 7assembly, Georgiana Day, Maddie-Grace Dare, Maisy-Jane Spong andCharlotte Chadwick were inspired to doa sponsored run on Friday evening. Thefour girls have raised an additional £25towards the school’s total.
Aspiring Young Chefs Help ServeUp at a Treat at the Natural HistoryMuseumOn Wednesday 06 March, Mrs Wood,Director of Arts, and three students(Lucy Pearson, Emma Paige and HollyWear) travelled to London for a threeday visit to assist in the Moving Venueskitchen at an event held at the NaturalHistory Museum. The event, which wasan exclusive reception for 50 speciallyinvited guests, was hosted by the LymeRegis Development Trust to raiseawareness and funds for the JurassicCoast Studies Centre.The students had been selectedby teachers after submitting videoapplications to prove their skills in thekitchen.Read one students account of herexperience below:Lucy Pearson, Year 11, said “Afterbeing in London a day already it was thebig day! After catching a few tubes wearrived at Canada Water tube stationwhere we were picked up by one ofMoving Venues drivers. We were drivento their base in Deptford. On arrival wecould see how big their facilities wereand it all seemed fairly daunting. Oncewe were inside we were introduced toone of Moving Venues Event Managers,Roya Shafiei, who would be lookingafter us throughout the day. After a shortintroduction and tour of the offices wedonned the white coats ready to enterthe kitchens. As soon as we enteredthe very professional kitchens we wereintroduced to the chef who would beour mentor. We were given a shorttour of the kitchen and shown severalaspects such as the different fridges,cold rooms and freezers which weremuch larger than those we were usedtoo! Our tour also included us beingshown the different areas to the kitchensincluding the canapé section and pastrysection. We were soon under way withfood preparation after all the necessaryhealth and safety talks. To start with wedid food preparation including preparinggreen beans, fennel and peeling cherrytomatoes. After the first few hours ofkitchen work we had a lunch breakwhere we were treated to some pastaprepared by the one of the chefs. Thiswas an interesting time as we got to talkto many different people from differentareas within the company. This gaveus a really good insight into how thecompany runs as a whole. After thebreak we were back into the kitchen.During the second half we were ableto prepare a whole aspect of one ofthe dishes on our own. This includedchopping baby lettuces into quartersand preparing a dressing made up of aninfused olive oil and white wine. Oncethe lettuce and dressing were preparedand after we had seasoned it with salt,pepper and rosemary we braised themin the oven for around seven minutes.This opportunity was amazing; it showedwe were trusted to prepare a wholeelement of a dish which would be usedat one of their major events. We alsodid tasks including putting parsnip puréeinto piping bags and helping in thepastry section for a short while cuttingand shaping cakes. By this time ourfeet were really starting to suffer as wehad been on them all day, we definitelylearnt the importance of comfortableshoes! Unfortunately our time in thekitchens had come to an end; howeverwe only had a few hours until we wouldbe helping with the final push towardsthe evenings banquet.We left the Moving Venues base in aslightly less enthusiastic way than wehad arrived. After a few tubes we wereat the National History Museum, thevenue for the banquet. We had a shortwhile to look around the museum beforeall the general public had to leave. Wetook a short walk round the side of themuseum were we were met by Roya.We took the staff route into the museum.This experience was rather unusual asthe museum was now silent, dark andempty. Before long the silence was goneas everyone was in action preparing thekitchens, dining hall and drinks area.The kitchen staff have to set up a makeshift kitchen in the museum along withthe front of house team who set up theexquisite dining area. Hence the nameMoving Venues! During this time therewas an amazing transformation in theFossil Hall. It was transformed intoan elegant and sophisticated diningarea. As quickly as the transformationhad begun it was all over again, it wasamazing how quickly and efficiently itwas transformed. By this time we wereall getting rather tired, however we stillhad a long night ahead of us.All the food is prepared at the MovingVenues facility in Deptford andtransported to the venue; this meantthat there was a lot of organising andunpacking to do.After this we were presented to the 50prestigious guests by Marcus Dixonfrom the Lyme Regis DevelopmentTrust. We quickly found our placesback in the kitchen and began helpingwith the service of the starter. We eachhad an element of the starter we wereresponsible for; these included thePollock fish cakes, poached quail’s eggand rocket garnish. This time was fairlystressful as we had to work quickly butcarefully insuring that the plate lookedfantastic and the food got out quickenough so it was hot. Luckily, after thehard work of platting up the starters, wewere each able to try it. We were thenonto the main course which worked ina similar way, we were each given anelement and before we knew it the foodhad been served. We were soon ontothe dessert and nearly at the end of thevery exciting day. The majority of thedessert had already been put on theplate however we each helped with thefinishing touched. We were all allowedto try the meal which cost £75 per head,including the starter, main course anddessert. It really was a superb menu andthe food was delightful. We all found ita great experience to be able to try themeal as it included many new flavoursand textures we would otherwise nothave tried. Sadly this was the end ofour very exciting day, we all came awayinspired and with many new tips andideas to try out in our own kitchens athome! It was a fantastic experiencewhich gave us a great insight into thecatering industry.”Mrs Wood said “We are so appreciativeof the support and time the MovingVenues staff gave to us whilst we werein London. They were brilliant with thestudents and I was particularly proudof them. We all thought it was veryinformative and a fantastic experience.Well done.”
Beaford House Arts ResidentialDuring the February Half Term 12 giftedand talented artists took part in a threeday Residential Art Course in BeafordHouse, North Devon.Mrs Wood, Director of Arts, visited thestudents at the end of the course andsaw the exhibition of work they hadproduced in the three days they hadbeen there. All of the students hadproduced a full body of exciting andcreative work and the theme ‘Paintingin Layers’ allowed them to use oil paintson large canvasses to produce nonfigurative work based on the landscapeand rivers that surround Beaford House.Mrs Wood was particularly impressed inthe free expressive style of painting thatthe students had produced and the tutorBridport Art SceneLast month eight of Woodroffe’s mostable creative Sixth Form studentsattended the Bridport Art Centre’s andthe Lyrical Theatres Creative CareersDay.As part of the day the students attendeda lecture on the Creative Industries andCreative Career Pathways by speakerRosie Russell, Editor of DepARTureTimes (Dorset’s Art EducationPartnership) and a session by BridportArt Centre Programme Manager, MargieBarbour on Programming Arts Events.For the remainder of the day the groupsplit into two halves and two separateworkshops. The first half worked withThe Stuff and Nonsense TheatreCompany where they learnt about andtook part in practical sessions on puppetmaking, animation and film production.had been extremely impressed by thetalent, attitude and enthusiasm of all theWoodroffe contingency.The following students took part in thecourse:From Year 9 Chloe Harris, Izzy Brown,Lindsey Johnson, Ryan Smith andAurelia Welch.From Year 8 Anna Brent, Georgia SivierVoller, Ellen Croften, Katie Mcgoran,Mia Cawthorne, Iona Adair and LottieRouse.Beaford House are running anotherresidential course during the May halfterm for Years 7 and 8. If parents areinterested in knowing more about theseart courses please look at the BeafordHouse web site for further details.The second half joined a team fromthe University of Bournemouth in asession based on advice and guidancefor setting up, organising and runningan Arts Festival. The two group thenchanged places and experienced theother workshop before returning homeat the end of a very productive andinformative day.Mrs Wood, Director of Art, said “Thiswas a really good experience for thestudents and I am delighted that theyall enjoyed the sessions Bridport ArtCentre and the Lyrical Theatre put on. Itwas a good insight for them into Art as acareer.”Budding DJ’s Learn How to Producea Radio ShowDebra Hearne from Windrose RuralMedia Trust has been working witha small team of History students tointerview Lyme residents who havestories about living in Lyme throughthe 1930’s and 1940’s. The studentsattended a morning workshop in theMarine Parade shelters during half termand then went with Ms Hearne to workwith the interviewees. The interviewsare now in the process of being editedand the Windrose Rural Media Trustwill return to school in June to show thestudents how they will be incorporatedinto an oral History Radio programme.The students who took part in theproject were:Polly Rodin and Brianna CurryMaisie Dascombe, Eleanor Ohlsen,Rory Townsend and Ruth BonserHenry Cornish, Eddie Beardwood, HarryRobson, and Reuben Heeler-FroodEllie Gillan and Daisy ParsonsBasher Merrett, Holly Ware and ChrisLancashire .Year 6 Curriculum DayOn Wednesday 06 March over 40children from across the five feederprimary schools attended a CurriculumTaster Day at Woodroffe.The monring started with a talk from theHead in the Dinning Hall before goingoff to the first of three activities that hadbeen planned for the excited Year 6’s.The three activities were organised andrun by the Woodroffe Exeter Traineesand consisted of Science, PE and aclassroom lesson based on Flags fromaround the world.The children especially enjoyed theGlangland Style PE routine that hadbeen choreographed by Mr Capone andMiss Flannery and the Chemistryexperiments.The children left Woodroffe excited andeager to start Year 7 after the summerholidays.
First Aiders Can CopeMrs Russell, ASDAN Leader, and 13Year 11 students took part in a first aidtraining day on Friday 15 February ledby the British Red Cross.As part of their learning the group weretaught: how to administer CPR; clearingthe airways; the recovery position andvarious types of bandaging.All of the students passed the coursewill flying colours and are now certifiedfirst aiders for three years.The group enjoyed the day especiallyusing Mrs Walker, Head of Year 11,who had popped into the session to seehow things were going, as a dummy topractice their newly acquired skills.The pass will go towards the groupsLevel 2 certificate in the summer as aKey Skill – Improving your own learning.Mrs Russell, ASDAN Leader, said “Welldone to everyone. They all worked reallyhard and had great fun in the process.I would like to give special mention toEthan Knight, Sam Bearpark and JodieLomax for their excellent efforts on theday.”Life DrawingArt students have recently completed a four session life drawing course designed to improve their mark making andobservational skills and support their GCSE and A level studies.15 Students attended these classes which complement their curriculum studies and provide them with the opportunity toimpress upon admissions tutors at university interviews their dedication to learning within the subject.Students made great progress with their drawing skills and a further four sessions are planned due to popular demand.Mr Vine, Head of Art
CCF Visit to PortlandThe Navy section of the CCF were recently welcomed aboard HMS Lancaster, atype 23 Frigate, which was berthed in Portland Harbour. A huge thank you to ourRoyal Navy hosts for their hospitality.
Lunch is Now ServedAs I am sure you are all aware, the kitchens at Woodroffe have been undergoing extensive renovations this year and they arenow, at last, back in regular use. The kitchen staff, led by Tracy Dare, have been doing an amazing job, providing a fantasticinterim service from one of our DT rooms, transporting everything right across the school to the main hall. Even when theweather was at its worst, they pushed heavy trollies laden with food across the front of the school and up into the hall. We areall grateful for their dedication.The refurbished kitchens are a dramatic improvement on what was there before. We have much more space, new storageareas and a brand new servery, which, once students get used to using it, should allow us to provide a much more effectiveservice. The outside ‘hatch’ has also been upgraded and even includes a canopy to stop students getting wet in badweather.Now that the kitchen is finished, we can turn our attention to the hall and perhaps get rid of those dreadfully uncomfortablechairs!Dr Steward, HeadteacherMangahighThree Woodroffe students haveplayed a very large part in raising theWoodroffe School from a typical 150th inthe country to an amazing 11th place inthe National Mangahigh League Table.Mangahigh is a fairly new maths websitesponsored by Professor Marcus DuSautoy (of Oxford University and Dara’sSchool of Hard Sums fame). It providesa combination of games and timedlesson type activities for which medalsare awarded, and there are also periodicinter-school competitions.We have purchased a licence for aspecial feature of the website calledA+ Quest. This facilitates independentlearning. When a student completes amaths game or activity on the websitethen the website records how well thestudent has got on and sets furtheractivities at an appropriate level ofchallenge. It is proving an excellenttool for students to use for revisionand for those wishing to extend theirunderstanding independent to work setin lessons.Barnaby Down and Charlie Rudkin (fromYear 9) and Niamh Kiernan (from Year8) have recently been engaged in aferocious medal battle which has hadthe effect of rocketing the school up theNational Medal Table. Niamh has gaineda total of 105 medals, Barnaby, 104 andCharlie, 60. Anybody who has playedon Mangahigh will know that they musthave shown serious commitment anddone a lot of extra homework!Well done to these three students. If youhave not yet had a look at Mangahigh,please do ask your maths teacheror come along to maths clinic on aWednesday to collect a password.Dr Kelly, Mathematics
Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges‘Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges’ is a play that explores the pros and cons of neuroscience. Y Touring Theatre Companyperformed to all of Year 10 on Wednesday 20 March. The play was set in future London 2017 and explored the life of atroubled young man called Emerson who gets into a fight which gets out of hand and lands Emerson in court. In the futureneuroscience is being used to help convict suspected criminals. It was a very powerful play that made the audience aware ofthe human consequences of using this sort of science apart from the medical aspect of neuroscience. After the performancethere was an interactive workshop, allowing the audience to express their own ides with electronic voting technology. Thefour characters all had very different points of view that were made clear throughout the play. A big question they exploredwas what a ‘normal’ brain really is and if there even is such a thing as one. This was a very interesting play and many peopleenjoyed it and learnt a lot about neuroscience. It wasn’t just a very good play it was also very educational as well.The play was one hour long and was followed by a fifty minute debate about neuroscience and what we think it is really likeand the characters ideas. The play really made the audience think about what our futures could be like with so much possibleintervention from neuroscience.“Staging was simple but very effective; I liked the screen as the back drop” Nicole Parkinson-Ward“The characters used the set very well with good spacing and lots of levels” Harvey Causley“Very educational and entertaining” Devon FosterSophie Tansley, year 10 GCSE Drama student.Bugsy Malone Props RequestThe school production of Bugsy is fastapproaching now and I am hopingparents, friends or family might be ableto help by providing any of the following.The following need to have a 1920’s/ 30’s feel. The play is set in theProhibition period, USA.• 4 x round café tables + 10chairs• Barber chair• Soda syphon• Decanter• Boxing gloves, traditionalcolours• Crates• Barber pole• Desk• Side board• Old fashioned phoneAlso needed are cardboard tubes (innerfoil / cling-wrap / wrapping paper etc)Please get in touch with Mrs. Rees(drama): email@example.comThank youMrs Rees, Drama
Torso ChallengeRecently, the Year 10 BTEC Sciencestudents challenged the U6 Biologists toreassemble the human torso model inthe fastest time. To the delight of all thestudents taking part they won!Mrs Walker, Head of Year 10Mud, Mud Glorious Mud!With a brisk easterly wind and a morningmist swirling around their heads, theWoodroffe Ten Tors’ teams set off fortheir first big weekend of expeditiontraining. But instead of the wildexpanses of Dartmoor the setting wasa rather chilly East Devon and WestDorset. 13 students from Year’s 10 and12 walked from Woodroffe to Charmouththen up towards Chard Junction andMembury.Men In WhiteAs part of Science Week, 15 Year 9students visited the Peninsula MedicalSchool Research Laboratories at theUniversity of Exeter to take part in theMen in White programme on Thursday20 March.The students took part in a numberof laboratory based activities workingwith PhD students and Lecturers.The scenario involved investigatinga possible link between diabetes-likesymptoms and some old bananas thatmay have been infected by geneticallymodified algae. The students carried outpractical work that involved extractingDNA from the bananas, microscopicidentification of algae and freezingbiological tissue (carnations) with liquidnitrogen (and then smashing them!).The group working with nurses fromthe Royal Devon and Exeter HospitalDiabetes team, also measured theirblood pressure, BMI and blood sugarlevels. The feedback on the day wasvery positive after a very engagingprogram; Fergal Hughes said the bestpart of the day was “smashing theflower” and the least enjoyable was “notbeing allowed to smash another flower”.Dr Ruffle, Second i/c ScienceAfter spending the night at AndrewHayes Campsite they carried onto Axmouth and then the infamousUndercliff slog back to Woodroffe. Allthe students worked well as a team andcertainly pushed themselves to the limit.All in all it was a great (if rather muddy)weekend, and thank you to Mr Mould forsacrificing his Sunday morning lie in, DrRuffle for fixing his stove, Mr Brown forproviding cake and tea when neededand Mr Thomas for taking photos whenthe students looked at their best! Thetraining continues with the ten Torsevent coming up in May. Now bring onthe moor!Mr Loveland, Head of Geography
Cultural Experience for SpanishExchange StudentsIt was a late arrival for 20 Spanishstudents and two teachers, from ourexchange school in Baeza, in Andalusiaon the 14 March. They stayed withtheir partners from Years 9 and 10 andas usual the week has been highlysuccessful.The group spent two days in school,attended lessons and were treated to aJurassic Coast Art day, led by Dot Woodwhich included learning about Kandinskyand spending an afternoon paintingabstract expressionist compositionsinspired by Pink Floyds Dark Side of theMoon.After a busy weekend with their hostfamilies, they visited Bath and Exeter,taking advantage of the historical sitesand the excellent shopping! We wouldlike to thank the Woodroffe families whohave been generous with both their timeand hospitality. Our students are nowlooking forward to the return visit in Aprilwhere they hopefully will enjoy somewarmer weather!Jackie Fletcher, Sophie Coudert
All Things ScienceThe whole school spent the week of 18– 22 March on all things science.!Martin Ballam of Xtreme Falconryamazed and entertained Year 11 andlater 150 primary school visitors witha variety of birds of prey. Mr Ballam’srecently acquired Barn Owl kepteveryone entertained with the obedienceof the average teenager. The Kestrelflew low across their heads and theHarris Hawk clearlydemonstrated how birdslock onto their prey.Further at lunchtime30 key stage 3 pupilssigned-up for a privateviewing. A big thank youto Martin for his supportscience week once again.Professor Bill Leevisited Woodroffe duringscience week from TheImperial College London.Professor Lee introducedGCSE and A’level pupils to thewonderful world of Materials Science.An inspiring talk on career possibilitiesthat were novel to most in the audience.how there is more to a career in sciencethan lab coats and test tubes and thatthere a more routes into science thansimply doing a degree.Fiona Christie returned to ‘BrainstormMemory’.We were delighted to welcome backAugusta Westland to Woodroffe. Fourapprentices, one of them an ex-pupil,ran a hugely engaging bridge buildingactivity for two Year 10 classes. Usingjust paper and sellotape, teams of sixhad just 30 minutes to build a structureto span 50cm that would support asmuch weight as possible.fuel or dissect a rat. We also looked forinsect life around the school and didsome whiz bang chemistry. This year’sCSI Woodroffe had Dr Ruffle as themurderer with the sodium chloride. LottieRuse, harriett Gibbs, Lauren Boggan,Maeve Hankin and Mia Musto were allsuccessful in solving the mystery.All KS3 tutor groups took part in ascience quiz challenge. Following asudden death playoff the top sciencetutor group in in Year 8 it was MrsDingle’ tutees and inYear 9 it was MissCozens’ tutees.142 Year 9 and Year10 pupils took part inthe Biology challengecompetition. 31,000students from 538schools national widehave taken part. LilyWhitehead is our Year9 champion and overallschool winner, DylanYoung is our Year 10champion. We will find out in a fewweeks whether any Woodroffe pupilshave earned bronze, silver or even goldcertificates for their biology knowledge.An exhibition of inventions anddiscoveries was assembled in thelibrary. Pupils were intrigued to handleobjects that were common place to theirparents. Slide rules, microfiche readersand the first computers were fascinatingbut nothing received quite as muchattention as the early games; Pac Mananyone?Mrs Wills, ScienceWe were very fortunate to secure theYoung Healthcare Scientist 2012 tospeak at this year’s science week.Dr Tim McDonald, Principal ClinicalBiochemist at the Royal Devon andExeter Hospital, spoke to GCSE andA’level pupils about what it is like to bea research scientist and his discoveryof a simple treatment for a rare form ofinherited diabetes.Phil Winton and James Tuck from Lab21in Bridport gave a talk on the world ofcommercial science. They showed usWe are grateful to Victoria Vincent anda colleague from Dorset Wildlife Trusthelped a Year 7 and a Year 8 classdesign a wildlife reserve. A particularlypopular task was ‘whose poo?’; a topicof conversation children never seemto quite grow out of! They also learnthow herbicides can concentrate in theenvironment and about predator-preyrelationships through games.Pupils had the opportunity to sign-upfor lunchtime activities as varied asbuild a telescope, make some rocketYear 8 Rockin’ Crystals scienceclub completed their British ScienceAssociation CREST bronze awardduring science week communicatingwhat they have been doing through a‘lesson’ about crystals for a group ofgifted Year 6 pupils. Somer Horsfield,Millie Pearce, Lauren Shepherd, JessWood, Isla Lorenzo, Luke Johnson,Will Forshaw, Ryan Goldsworthy andHarry Goodwin led pupils to make theirown hand warmers, recover salt anddemonstrated the amazing properties ofshape memory metals.
The United Nations Arrive in TauntonOn Saturday 16th March two teams ofWoodroffe students took part in a ModelUnited Nations Conference at QueensSchool, Taunton. Over 200 studentsfrom 15 schools were in attendanceat the conference which is designedto simulate the real United Nations interms of structure, organisation anddiscussion.Head Boy and GirlWe are delighted to announce theappointment of our new Senior PrefectTeam:Ellie PringTom GaterAlice JenkinTom KiernamHead GirlHead BoyDeputy Head GirlDeputy Head BoyPhotos in the MistOn a damp and misty Friday in early March, the Year 11 and Upper Sixth students gathered for their final year group andindividual photographs.Due to work on the new kitchens, the group photographs had to take place outside. The bad weather just about held off anddidn’t dampen spirits.Mrs Robson, Sixth Form Administrator, was celebrating her birthday on the same day so the Upper Sixth whilst all togethergave her a sterling rendition of Happy Birthday.The aim is to develop discussion anddebating skills, whilst providing a realinsight into the world of diplomacyand international politics. Before theconference each team was designatedas a country to research prior to the16th. The teams then participatedin the debates as representativesfrom that country. The standard wasparticularly high, with some teams beingcoached by Exeter University students!However, as first time delegates, theWoodroffe students from Years 9 and11 represented themselves very well,with Reuben Heeler-Frood achieving aHighly Commended certificate for hiscontributions towards the DisarmamentCommittee.Mrs Walker, Head of Year 11Sixth FormUCASMost of the Lower Sixth A Levelstudents made the most of a valuableday at the UCAS Convention in Exeterrecently.With over 140 exhibitors they had plentyof opportunity to question some ofthe University representatives. Somestudents attended seminars whichincluded topics such as Studying inLondon, Sports Science, Preparing aPortfolio for Art and Design, Studying forOxbridge and Student Life and Finance.This event is very useful for informationgathering. It enables the students tomake informed choices about theirfuture education and/or employment.Mr Thomas, Head of Sixth FormTheir duties will include representing thestudents at both school and communityevents, leading the prefect teams andliaising with staff and students as well asorganising sixth form activities such asthe Upper Sixth Leavers Tea, Year Bookand Leavers Prom.The new team were chosen as part of afair and open voting system. Candidateswishing to be considered wrote apersonal statement explaining what theycould offer the position and why theywould be a good choice. A ballot wasthen held with their fellow students andteaching staff. The new team will starttheir duties after Easter.Well done to Scarlett, James, Michaeland Sophie who have all done awonderful job and are leaving the role insafe hands.Mr Thomas, Head of Sixth Form
Dorset Girls Cricket Indoor CountyFinalsThe Woodroffe Girls Cricket Teamtravelled to Christchurch earlier thismonth with high hopes of adding theIndoor title to the Dorset School Gamesoutdoor title they won last summer.Their first game was against StEdward’s. Batting first the girls startednervously and Izzy Helston wasneedlessly run out without scoring.However captain Megan Bailey andwicketkeeper Verity Fuller took the scoreup to 42 off four overs before Meganwas bowled out. The run rate increasedwhen Lottie Rouse came to the crease.She scored 16 to take the score up to 86for four at the end of the allotted eightovers. The St Edward’s girls startedconfidently and got to 17 before Izzytook the first of her two wickets. Lottiethen bowled two overs for a paltry sevenruns. Frieda Hall Hickman and Megancopied her standards and the oppositionwas dismissed for 66 runs. LeavingWoodroffe the victors by 20 runs!Their second game was against oldrivals Gillingham School. This timeopting to field first, the bowlers restrictedGillingham to 67 for three in the eightovers. Izzy took one for 11 whilstFrieda took two for 16. Lydia Brookingtook two catches. In reply Megan andIzzy showed more confidence andunderstanding in their running betweenthe wickets and scored 13 and 21 notout respectively. It remained for Lottie toonce again take the team to a winningtotal of 76 for two with a score of 11.The final match was played againstFerndown who had already defeatedParkstone Grammar and St Aldhelm’searlier in the day. Woodroffe got off toa fine start with Izzy and Lottie takingthree early wickets, but Ferndowncontinued to bat aggressively and notwithout risk. Woodroffe failed to convertsome close run out calls and to theircredit Ferndown reached 95 for six atthe end of the allotted overs. Woodroffecame out with all guns blazing andreached 54 without loss at the half waystage. Megan scored 19 before beingcaught and Izzy reached 20 and had toretire. Lydia Brooking continued the fightand smashed a fine six down the hall.With three overs to go 30 runs wererequired and Frieda and Izzy matchedthe required rate with ten runs offthe sixth over. The seventh over onlyyielded six runs and in the last overWoodroffe’s final batsman Izzy wasbowled for 28 as she tried another bigshot, leaving the team 14 short of theirtarget.Mr Clarke, PE Teacher, said “Althoughthe girls didn’t win the Dorset Indoortitle they can be proud of the cricketskills they have developed andthe contribution they made to anentertaining and exciting county final. Iam very proud of them. Well done to all.”Woodroffe Girls Meet England’sCricket Captain.Charlotte Edwards the England LadiesCricket Captain was on hand at CanfordSchool earlier this month, to inspire theWoodroffe U13 Girls team into achievingthird place in the County IndoorChampionships.A record 31 teams entered thecompetition and Woodroffe won throughto the finals after beating Sir John Colfoxin the regional round.In their opening match of thetournament they overcame a side fromAvonbourne by 30 runs. In the eightovers available Woodroffe scored animpressive 90 with not out scores of 20from Sophie Simpson and Captain LottieRouse. In reply Avonbourne reached 62in their allotted overs with Lottie takingtwo wickets for seven runs.The result saw Woodroffe throughto the semi finals where they facedBournemouth School for Girls. Battingfirst the Woodroffe girls founds runsharder to make against a formidablebowling attack. Only Abby Smithreached double figures. Her score of 13included a fine six hit down the hall. Theteam finished on a below par total of 55.In reply Bournemouth were up with therun rate and despite two more wicketsfor Lottie, Bournemouth reached theirtarget with one over to spare.In the 3rd/4th position playoff matchagainst Lockyer’s School Sophie andLottie again put on an opening stand of36 runs. But the latter part of the inningsfaltered and ended on 65. However,with the England Captain a spectatorthe Woodroffe bowlers set about theirtask with determination and effort. GraceCroucher and Jess Jeffries both tookvital wickets. Kelsey Ellis took a finecatch. All the team fielded accuratelyand affected a number of run outs tofinally dismiss Lockyers for 37 and takethe bronze medal.The tournament was won by ParkstoneSchool who beat Bournemouth Schoolfor Girls in the final. All of the playersreceived medals, certificates and wordsof encouragement from Miss Edwardswho urged them to continue practicingtheir skills, to keep playing the game andstrive to become the best they possiblecould.Mr E Clarke, PE
PTAQuackers for the Easter MondayDuck Racepta@woodroffe.dorset.sch.ukThe Woodroffe School PTANOTICESBus BayThe RNLI will drop 1,000 individuallynumbered yellow plastic ducks into theRiver Lym at midday on Easter Monday(01 April) for the annual Woodroffe PTADuck Race. Please come and join in thefun.The Lyme Regis Town Crier will startthe race at Higher Mill Flats, nearWoodmead Bridge at midday. It willfinish further down the river at JordanFlats.Please come and join in the fun andcheer on the Ducks - if you’ve boughta ticket it could be your Duck that wins!Cash prizes on the day: 1st / £30, 2nd/ £15, 3rd / £10 and the last Duck overthe line will get an Easter Egg.There are still a few tickets available -each numbered ticket corresponds toa numbered yellow plastic Duck in therace - please contact Chrissie on 07715816363 or try Rinky Tinks.Ragnhild First in Her ClassSuper mum Ragnhild Richards hasreturned jubilant from Gran Canariawhere she came first in her age groupin the gruelling off road North FaceTransgrancanaria Marathon. Her runhas raised more than £400 for theWoodroffe PTA.If you are participating in any events thatcould raise funds for the PTA pleaselet us know. You can email the PTA at:200 Club WinnersCongratulations to our March 2013Woodroffe PTA 200 Club winners:Deborah Staples, Mrs C E Young andLydia Sweetland. Cheques will be withyou shortly.Fat Sam’s Bar - Helpers NeededWe’re looking for volunteers to helprun the PTA bar at the school summerproduction of Bugsy Malone. Thereare four evening performances fromWednesday 26th - Saturday 29th June.If you can spare a few hours, fancymeeting some other parents and joiningin the fun please, get in touch by emailat: firstname.lastname@example.orgDuckRaceMidday Easter Monday - 1st April 2013Race starts - Higher Mill Flats, (near Woodmead Bridge)Finishes - Jordan Flats1st Prize£30 2nd Prize£153rd Prize£10Last DuckEaster Egg£1 per duckto enterPlease come and watch and join in the fun!Available from:The school from Yr 7 students or the PTARinky TinksOn the day around the townThe lines on the road at the bottom ofthe drive indicate that the right of wayis for the drivers exiting the school driveand drivers on the Uplyme road shouldstop/slow down to make sure there isno one coming before entering the BusBay.This is the fourth reminder regarding thisissue. Before too long this is going tocause an accident! For the safety of ourstudents and staff please be mindful atthe start and end of day.Dropping Off ReminderWhen dropping off and picking up couldyou please not continue up the drive asthe site is extremely congested in boththe mornings and afternoons.Thank you.Mrs G Sleigh, Health and Safety OfficerLogs AvailableAfter the felling of a large tree atthe front of school we have logsavailable in exchange for a donationto the school funds. If you areinterested please contact Mat Daly,Site Manager, on 01297 446820
notesMarch 2013NEWS FROM WOODROFFE