Heathfield Headlines



Heathfield Headlines

Issue 20

Friday 30 September 2016

Students’ debate education on a national stage at SSAT

Annual Lecture!

“What is the purpose of education?” - a question designed to

spark debate and a topic guaranteed to provoke conflicting views. This

was the topic of this year’s SSAT Annual Lecture on Wednesday 21 st

September, an annual educational event drawing many prominent

figures from education, politics and business, which this year saw two

Heathfield Community College students present and engage with

debate alongside government and national figures.

Milly Dawson and Lukas Hogg, Year 13 students, were invited to speak

at the Annual Lecture at the request of CEO of the SSAT Sue Williamson.

They took differing views in their approaches, exploring the economic

purpose and value of education as well as the need for individual talent

and creativity to be developed for the wider benefit of society.

Presenting and speaking on the same stage were Neil Carmichael MP,

chair of the Education Select Committee, Stephen Leahy Principal of

The Leigh University Technical College (UTC), Dartford and Martin

Robinson educational writer and speaker, author of The Trivium. It was

esteemed company to be keeping and the Heathfield students not only

held their own but at times took debate to the speakers and challenged

their views! They spoke in their own right on the topic in question but

then also took part in panel debate, adeptly responding to questions

from the floor.

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SSAT Annual Lecture continued…

Both Lukas and Milly’s contributions were received to great acclaim. It was rewarding to see

so many professionals, head teachers and consultants come up to congratulate them after the

event. Teacher Alex Sugden who accompanied them to the event said, “They really felt like

their views had been heard and mattered. I was particularly proud of them fielding

questions on the panel discussion which they couldn’t have prepared for.”

Feedback from professionals was glowing for the pair including comments such as, “Lukas

from Heathfield School is giving a witty, thought-provoking input on the purpose of

education.” Sue Williamson CEO of SSAT

Director of Education with SSAT Anne-Marie Duguid tweeted “Milly Dawson exposes faults in

education system from a student perspective “we are not passive cogs.””

Both students were exhilarated about what they had achieved on such a prestigious stage.

Headteacher Caroline Barlow, also present at the Lecture said, “Both Milly and Lukas were

well informed and eloquent in their delivery and ideas. I was very proud to see them

represent Heathfield so admirably and show what our students are capable of achieving

on a national stage.”

Message from the Headteacher, Caroline Barlow

What a wonderful week it has been at Heathfield Community College this week!

Our day to day experience in lessons and at social time has been a joy, seeing students focused

and committed to their learning, relishing the obvious challenge being set down by their

teachers as well as enjoying the beautiful mild autumn weather outside in a multitude of our

informal sports at lunchtime. We will soon launch a range of lunchtime inter-form activities

which will allow for some healthy friendly competition.

Year 11’s assembly this week set the reality of their task this year and how they will be

supported to ensure they do their very best. There is no doubt that hard work lies ahead of them

but, as is true for all year groups, their commitment to that hard work will bring the very best

rewards. As our students said in their speech at Open Evening last night, “Every day I hear of and

see students take great strides towards success because here, at this outstanding College, that

is what we strive to do”

My email inbox is filling up today with wonderful feedback for our staff and students following

our very busy Open Evening. As well as the high quality of experiences that were clearly

available to students, visitors also commented on the passion of our staff and above anything

else the magnificent students who were there as guides and helpers. We are very grateful to all

who helped and allowed those visiting to see why we believe so strongly in our College and our

students. The most common comment, of which I am particularly proud, was how the College

had a real family and community feel to it which sets it apart.

On Friday our staff INSET day was focused exclusively on Teaching and Learning – titled “Planning

for Excellence” it allowed staff the time to focus on how they want to develop and perfect their

professional craft. All of us here at Heathfield are committed to a journey of continual

improvement and more importantly we believe that our collaborative effort can, will and is

already creating the excellent environment that benefits everyone who works within it.

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Determined & Reflective

Bronze crest awards presented to the Robotics Team

The British Science Association’s Bronze Crest Award was presented to the Heathfield Robotics

Challenge team in recognition of the research and space challenges completed when working

on the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

During the project, students displayed excellent team working and communication skills to

successfully complete challenges. This involved working to a brief to research, design, plan,

implement and present their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem, developed by

LEGO Education with NASA. The final presentation was to an audience of professional

engineers and scientists who gave valuable feedback to the students on presentation skills and

how to make their solutions more efficient. The Space challenges required students to create

and programme robots to complete missions in timed conditions.

The Heathfield Team successfully won the regional heat held at Brighton and were

magnificent in the National finals held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The level of competition

was very high and some valuable lessons were learnt. We have the opportunity of entering the

competition again this year and our trusty team will support a newly appointed team by

providing mentoring and programming knowledge.

Our success in the EEP Robotics Challenge has meant that the school has been automatically

entered into the FIRST LEGO League. This is a global science and technology challenge for

teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are

crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic (this

year: animals) and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series

of missions. You can find details and videos about the programme at

www.firstlegoleague.co.uk. It’s an ideal next step for our students following their involvement

in the Tomorrow’s Engineers challenge.

National finalists have received full funding to enter the competition and an extra Mindstorm

EV3 set to complete the space challenges.

Congratulations to the team and well done for providing a legacy to support our younger

students to get involved!

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Determined & Reflective

This Girl Can…

Last weekend, Year 9 student Eloise Matthews absolutely smashed the

Under-16 Sussex County Badminton Championships at Falmer Sports

Centre. Eloise is now the champion in singles, doubles and mixed


Eloise’s brother and Year 7 student, Cameron Matthews, also did really

well in the Championships as he made it through to the semis of U14

against the eventual winner and was runner-up in doubles.

Congratulations to both Eloise and Cameron!

Students selected to play for Sussex!

Year 11 student Freddie Clark and Year 10 student Meghann Wingsutton attended the Sussex

Football trials last weekend at Lancing College. Freddie was successful in retaining his place in

the U16 squad for a second season and Meghann secured a place in the U16 girls team.

Over the weekend 500 players attempted to gain one of the 22 places in each squad, U12 to U16

age groups.

This represents a fantastic effort and we wish them both luck for the coming season!

Year 8 enjoy ‘Rugby Development Day’

On Wednesday 28th September our Year 8 rugby squad were fortunate enough to be invited

to a rugby development day at Hurstpierpoint College. The day consisted of a morning

session where they received coaching on six different key parts of the game, with each

session lead by a different Harlequins RFC Academy coach. Lunch was then provided, which

was followed by a festival of matches against the other schools attending. This gave the boys

a chance to put the skills they had learned over the morning in to practice, which they did

brilliantly. Their performance was perhaps even more impressive, considering that they had

played a tough cup match less than 24 hours before, beating Bexhill Academy 42-21. It was

also great for the team to meet ex-England

International Players Jordan Turner-Hall

(Back row, second in from right) and Noah

Cato (Front left).

"It was a brilliant day. The coaching was

really good and it was great to get the

chance to practice what we had learned in

the morning in the games in the afternoon!"

(Year 8 student)

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Open Evening

A fantastic evening was had by all last night at our Main School Open Evening. We would like to

thank everyone who attended the event and extend a special thanks to our staff and students

who helped make the evening a success.

We have had some lovely feedback so far. Parents said, “There was so much going on for my

daughter to see and get involved in – she LOVED it! The College looked lovely and had a

friendly, welcoming atmosphere.” and “We were very impressed with the school and

students and my daughter loved it.” One student said "I really enjoyed myself tonight,

Heathfield seems academic, a place where you want to learn."

If you visited the college on our Open Evening and would like to offer some feedback we would

love to hear from you – please email transition@heathfieldcc.co.uk

To see the College in action, please visit us on one of our Open Mornings. Dates can be found

on page 8 (last page) of this issue of Heathfield Headlines.

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Engaged & Enthusiastic

Students light the town up at Mayfield Bonfire

Members of Carnival Club represented the College at

Mayfield Bonfire in the torch-lit parade on Saturday 17th

September. On arrival in Mayfield, our students, adorned

with twinkling lights and glow sticks, immediately got into

the spirit of Sussex Bonfire and proudly carried their

carnival banners aloft, processing to music from The

Heathfield Silver Band. There was a great atmosphere

throughout the evening with many of the onlookers

cheering and offering applause as we passed by.

This was our last event of what has been an exciting year

for Carnival Club members. A team of Year 8 students

worked together to make an ice cream van; older students

created a giant Prince Regent puppet; a Year 8 student

designed our costume accessories and led the screen

printing of the fabric design; others made individual ice

cream sculptures, all of which have been celebrated in

Brighton and at local events. Maya Warren in Year 11 has

completed her Future Leaders apprenticeship and is

working towards gaining her Silver Arts award. We also

have some students currently working on portfolios for

their Bronze Arts award and developing their leadership

skills through running activities and sharing skills with the

club members.

This term new members are involved in a project marking

the 350 th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Year 7

students made a fantastic start on this project at the

taster sessions last week. Looking ahead, in November we

will be taking some students to the Brighton Festival

launch meeting for the Children's parade, where we will

find out next year's theme and the students will begin

planning for the 2017 Carnival season. New members are

always welcome to join us on Thursdays after school until

4.30pm in Art 1.

Sixth Form

Open Evening

Reminder to Year 11 students and parents that our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 17

November 5:30-8pm. We hope to see you there!

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Events & Notices

Students with peanut allergies

Allergies to foods are probably the most frightening forms of allergic reaction, with symptoms

ranging from very mild irritation to the severest form, anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction the extreme end of the allergic spectrum – and is lifethreatening.

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency, and requires immediate treatment.

Parents and carers are requested not to send food in packed lunches that contain nuts

(especially peanuts). This includes peanut paste/butter, Nutella, as well as foods containing


One way system

Please ensure that you use our voluntary one way system during busy dropping off and picking

up periods to allow the traffic to flow.

Uniform Sales

As a result of listening to parent voice and raising issues with our uniform supplier, we have

decided to change the location in which our uniform is sold. Uniform sales during term time

will now take place in the College Main Hall. Due to venue availability, we have had to change

some of the Uniform sale dates. The next sale date is on 17 October. Please check the

website Calendar for any further updates.

Cashless Catering

Thank you to all parents who have supported cashless catering during the first weeks of term

and we hope that you are experiencing the benefits of the system as we are.

Please remember to top up your child’s account. You can do this by logging onto

Schoolgateway, selecting ‘Lunch Money’ and then clicking on the ‘Top up lunch money’

button. Please be aware that any top up made during service times i.e. Break (10:55 to 11:15)

and Lunch (13:15 to 14:55) will not reach the students account until at least 30 minutes after

the end of the service time, so please ensure you avoid these times if the balance on the

account is low as this may lead to your child not having enough money on the account to

cover any purchases.

As you are aware, there is a daily limit on each account and this is set to £5:00 unless you

have informed the college of an alternative amount. Please ensure that your child is aware of

the limit as we have had some students exceeding their limit by spending the majority of their

money at break time and not leaving enough for lunch.

A final note to say that we no longer take any cash at the tills so if you have not yet given

permission for your child to have their thumb print taken or you are experiencing problems

with Schoolgateway then please contact the Finance Office by email

financeoffice@heathfieldccc.o.uk or by telephone on ext 1245.

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E-Safety Date Event

Did you know that you can find out important

e-safety related information about the online

services and apps that you or your child are

using? You can also find extra information on

our website e-safety page or find out more on

the net-aware website (links below).

HeathfieldCC Website

E-Safety Page

Guide to Social Networks

Net-aware website

Calendar Dates














Wealden Works Careers Fair -

Sussex National

TRIP: Y11 Coastal Trip

E-Safety Information Evening for Y7


Y7 Road Safety Event from Sussex

Safer Roads

Governors Meeting (Governors Only)

Open Mornings












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17 October

18 October

19 October

20 October

21 October

It is essential to book for these tours as places

are limited





Quick Links

HPV Vaccinations Y8

Tutor Evening – Y7 & Y12

Clubs & After School Sessions

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Governors’ page

Information about our Governors

Sussex PPC Newsletter

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner News

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