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Heathfield Reads

Issue 26

Friday 27 th January 2017

Monday 23 January saw the launch of a very

exciting new scheme in the College:

Heathfield Reads.

We know how important reading is for

students; both our own experience and the

plethora of research that exists shows

exactly the same thing: students who read

the most, achieve the most. It is important

to note that we also know that reading brings

a whole host of well-being benefits to

students and adults alike.

Student Voice shows us that at Heathfield CC,

boys are less likely to read than girls so we

have created a campaign to let our students

know that reading really matters

and they might be surprised at who reads.

We have posters around the College of P.E.

staff reading, as well as Year 12 and 9

students, who people may not have realised

read books. If students hold their ipads over

the posters, using the Aurasma app, they

will be taken to a video of the person on the

poster reading their books.

However, there is much more to Heathfield

Reads than just this. You can find out all the

details by visiting our website. Under the

‘Events’ tab there is a page for Heathfield

Reads. You can watch a video to find out

how exactly students can get involved.

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Message from the Headteacher, Caroline Barlow

The student response to the Reading Scheme this week has been brilliant and we hope all Issue 23

parents will be able to encourage a habit of reading out of school. Whilst Friday some 25 students November have 2016

an easy love of reading, others need more encouragement and support to develop a habit of

regular reading. Every encouragement is important as we know “those who read, achieve”.

As exam groups settle into their “journey to success”, post mocks, they are enjoying the full

support of teaching staff with intervention planned to take them onto the next steps. Across

the College we all take time at this point in the year to evaluate where we are and celebrate

the achievements we have secured and also recognise the areas where we are “not there yet”.

“YET” is a very powerful word; for students when we use the words “not yet” we show that we

absolutely believe they can and will get there. For all of us on the journey to achieving

something, it is important that we are clear on what we have done well, what the next steps

need to be and that we show the determination to put in the hard work to get there. This

applies to all of us; students and staff.

There is great satisfaction and pride to be gained from working hard towards a goal that is

challenging and aspirational. Now is the time that we ensure the improvements are made that

will bring us the individual and collective outcomes that we are seeking. It is empowering and

exciting to be part of that collective effort. I am very proud of all students and staff for what

we have achieved so far and for what I am sure we will go on to achieve this year.

Heathfield Reads Continued…

In short, we’d like students to:

• Submit at least two book reviews

• Send an image of themselves ‘extreme


They then stand a chance of winning a £10 gift

voucher. The reviews can be written or recorded

and on the webpage there is a structure to help

students create their review if they are not sure

how to write one.

They should email their reviews and image to HeathfieldReads@heathfieldcc.co.uk.

We are also delighted to say that in conjunction with University College London, Scholastic

have awarded Heathfield Community College ‘Reading Charter’ status for our Heathfield

Reads campaign “actively supporting reading for pleasure at the heart of school life”.

“We are delighted to have this recognition of our commitment to students’ reading and

literacy. We know an ability to read at all levels and an enjoyment of reading unlocks

not only a world of adventure and enjoyment for children but is also the key to greater

success. This particular campaign is part of a long term commitment to increased levels

of literacy and reading for all our students. We can’t wait to see the outcomes of this

campaign, their reviews and their photographs, and to celebrate the students’ success

with them.” Headteacher, Caroline Barlow

Heathfield Reads

College Website

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Compassionate & Considerate

Raising awareness of The Holocaust

For this week, we have planned and delivered assemblies to each year group about raising

awareness of the Holocaust, as Holocaust Memorial Day is Friday. We have focused our

themes around who is to blame and the relevance today, as we feel that the Holocaust is

something we should never forget and never stop learning from. This year, the theme of

Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘How can life go on?’ and this is particularly important because,

whilst it is crucial to learn from the past, we should also be able to take the message

forward and continue living.

After our trip to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust, we both felt an obligation

to bring awareness of what happened 75 years ago from the perspective of the individuals

involved and the loss to the world. It really brought home to us that there is evil in this

world but we all share the responsibility to stand up, even if it is on your own, and make

your voice heard when you are a witness to injustice.

Amy Bigwood and Sophie Pope

Your views matter – Please get involved!

To help with the development of certain areas of the

school, we are looking for parents to get involved with

our current Parent Forums. Current Forums to get

involved with are:

• E-Safety

• Communication


• Boys Achievement

• Response to Concerns

Issue 23

Friday 25 November 2016

We want to involve parents in both the ways we are seeking to improve the College and

also the ways in which parents have told us we need to improve. Please consider a small

amount of time to help us become the best we can be.

Please email office@heathfieldcc.co.uk stating the forum you would like to join or call

the school Reception.

Your views matter…..

As a way of trying to widen parent response we are piloting the use of online surveys for

specific enquiries using Google Forms.

The first pilot we are carrying out is around Communication, focusing particularly on

this e-newsletter, Headlines; its frequency and content. We would appreciate your


Communication – Headlines Survey

Google Forms

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Compassionate & Considerate

Y7 raise funds for Cancer Research UK

Following a student vote, Year 7 decided

to support Cancer Research UK as their

chosen charity this year. The first event of

the year and indeed their first ever

student-led event took place in the main

hall over a lunch time and raised just over

£100 (£100.71!) for this fantastic cause.

Each form group set up a stall which was

run by students over the entire lunch

break. Some stalls were more traditional –

with a chocolate raffle and ‘guess the

number of sweets in the jar’ stall, while

others were a bit more unusual, with a

treasure hunt, Nerf target range and a

bottle flip competition. Well done to all

the students involved!

Engaged & Enthusiastic

Charleston Workshop

On Wednesday 18 January, artists from

Charleston Farmhouse in Firle came to

Heathfield Community College for a full day

art workshop in Bloomsbury style.

The seventeen Year 8 students created two

pieces of work involving collage, inking,

bleaching and frottage.

The children responded really well to the

tasks being offered and produced thoughtprovoking,

challenging and highly skilled


Ms Johnson stated that it was: “a superb

experience for the pupils involved as

they really got a chance to explore the

subject with high quality, complex


Charleston Farmhouse is currently

undergoing a £9 million Centenary project

and this workshop was funded through the

Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Determined & Reflective

Sussex School’s Cross-Country Running


It was another bumper year for Sussex

School's cross-country running when the

Championships were held at the Waterhall

course in Brighton on Wednesday 18 January.

Although it was probably the coldest day so

far this year, the non-stop sunshine was

almost perfect for the runners, though

underfoot the hard ground became a little

slippery as the afternoon progressed. The

sunshine however did not produce much

heat and it was a bitterly cold afternoon for


In the u14 girls’ 3K race, with over 170

taking part, the start line was busy. The girls

struggled to get away quickly on the gun,

but ended up finishing in respectable

positions considering the numbers taking

part. Rose Chaplain came in 22 nd just

missing out on qualification; Macy Ring, with

a twisted ankle sustained on the hill climb,

managed to run through the pain to finish

46 th ; Olivia Cochran 98th & Elise Fulwell

151. This meant the team finished in overall

15 th place out of 27.

to win in 26 minutes 23seconds.

Dan now qualifies for both the South East

Schools Inter-counties Cross Country and

(with the first four in from each race

gaining automatic selection) for the

English Schools Cross Country

Championships at Norwich, 18 March


All students are welcome to attend the

current cross country club on a Tuesday

afterschool whether for competition or fun

and fitness. A year 7 & 8 event will be

taking place on the 2 nd March for anyone

wanting to take it more seriously.

In the u14 boys’ 4.3k race, they had learned

from the girls and got to the front of the

start line with both Sam Horn (13 th ) and

Hector Ellis (17 th ) qualifying for South East

Schools Inter-counties Cross Country to be

held at Bexhill in early Feb, representing

Sussex. Seb Stovell finished 96 th , Zakk Dunn

97 th , Tom Harmer 111 th & Ben Wyatt 120 th .

This resulted in the boys finishing in 11 th

place in the team event out of 27.

In the u16 boys’ 6k race Archie Hunter came

40 th & Elliot Gore 59 th . Our greatest success

was had in the u18 boys’ 7.1k race this was

a run-a-way victory with Heathfield’s Dan

Stidder, who had won the County U20 title a

couple of weeks back, galloping away from

the nearest challenger.

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Determined & Reflective

North Wealden Badminton Partnership Competition

The Junior girls’ and boys’ badminton teams played against Uckfield in the North Wealden

partnership competition on Thursday 19 January. The teams have to play in two singles and

three doubles matches, with the team taking three strings the winners. With all HCC

players playing at club and East Sussex or full county level (with Eloise the reigning U15

Sussex singles and doubles champion), the college did extremely well, with the girls

winning 4-1 and the boys 5-0.

The results for all the games were:

1 Singles: Eloise 21 V Scarlett 6, Cameron 21 v Troy 11

3 & 4 Doubles: Beth & Lara 20 V Lucy & Alive 21, Fraser & Finlay 21 v Oliver & Evan 17

2 Singles: Grade 21 V Stephanie 13, Mark 21 V Charlie 11

1&3 Doubles: Eloise & Beth 21 V Scarlett & Alice 6, Cameron & Fraser 21 V Troy & Oliver 20

2&4 Doubles: Grace & Lara 21 V Lucy & Stephanie 20, Mark & Finlay 21 V Charlie & Evan 18

Both teams now represent the North Wealden area at the county event held at the Dolphin

Leisure centre on the 8 February. We wish all the players well in this next event. Team:

Eloise Matthews, Grace Tye, Lara Hammond and Beth Montgomery, Cameron Matthews,

Mark Saunders, Finlay Roberts and Fraser Kent.

Y11 Rugby Success

Our Year 11 rugby team recently

competed in a local 7's tournament. 7's

rugby is an incredibly demanding game,

requiring speed, power and a great deal

of endurance. The boys displayed all of

these characteristics in abundance, as

they won the competition. Strong wins

against Uplands and Uckfield meant that even a narrow defeat to Beacon couldn't stop

them taking the victory on the amount of tries scored. It's been a good season for this set

of players, with many of them being involved in the

School's successful 1st XV programme, often playing

against opposition two years older than


We have also had success lower down the school

years: the newly-formed Year 7 rugby team

performed brilliantly in their first ever district

tournament, losing narrowly in the final to finish

second out of six teams. The year 8's are hoping to

go one better in their big game next week against

St Andrews from Worthing. Should they win, they

will win the Sussex State School Cup, having won

all five of their games in the competition in the run

up to this one. Good luck boys!

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Determined & Reflective

North Wealden Sportshall Athletics Event

The North Wealden Sportshall Athletics

event was held at Beacon on Tuesday 24

January, with Heathfield and Uckfield taking

part in a variety of adapted athletics events

including an obstacle course, varied

distance lap runs, shot putt throw, speed

bouncing, and standing jumps.

The Year 8 team event was hotly contested

and very even in competition with the girls

ending up with exactly the same points, the

boys’ team had only one point difference

and unfortunately Heathfield ended up as

the runners-up overall. Heathfield year 7’s

however, were victorious and have

progressed to the Level 3 county round to

be held in March at Tanbridge House in


Well done to all those students who took

part on the day: Elise Fulwell, Mattae

Rendell, Lucie Miller, Harriet Peek, Katie

Wood, Olivia Russell, Berry Robertson,

Amelia Bowerman, Martha Bonsall, Seb

Stovell, Dan Wates, Dan Sutton, James

Taylor, Zakk Dunn, Fin Smith, Fraya Henry,

Megan Wyatt, Amalie Reeves, Maya

Champion, Olivia Irwin, Rosie Moon,

Bethany Cassé, Guy Moore, Cameron

Matthews, Monty Simmonds, Dylan Parsons,

Josh Wilshire and Ollie Thornton.

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Sixth Form

Unconditional University Offers

Kieran Groves, Year 13 Media, Film and Photography student, has

secured not just one, but two, unconditional offers from his

preferred university!

This reflects the hard work Kieran has put into his studies and into

completing a range of work experiences in media industries. He

has the enviable position of being able to choose from either BA

Media or Film Production. To be made an unconditional offer from

a university is unusual, but to have been made two from the same

institution is almost unheard of! Well done Kieran


Please accept our apologies for generalising diabetes in the following sentence in the

previous issue of Headlines ‘When it comes to young adults, we are constantly being

reminded by the media that being overweight can affect your child's self-esteem and can

increase the risk of diabetes’. We were in fact talking about diabetes type 2, not type 1,

which is not caused by unhealthy eating or bad diet. Below is a brief overview of both

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes from Diabetes UK. Click on the below link to find out more.

About Diabetes

Diabetes UK Website

Events & Notices

Lost Property

Please can we remind all parents and students of the importance of clearly naming

equipment, uniform and PE Kit (including boots and trainers).

It is perfectly normal that items sometimes go astray or are picked up by others in error –

however it is only possible to return items to their rightful owner if they are named clearly.

Any items that are found but not named are kept in our Lost Property Store next to the

Exams and Data Office. Students seeking to reclaim items should ask permission to access

this store from Mrs Millis in Student Services.

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Events & Notices

Calendar Dates

Photography Calendar












Broadbridges Uniform Sales – Main


Open Morning

Y9/10/11 Maths Challenges

Y12 Parents Evening

End of Term 3

TRIP: College Ski Trip Y8-11

Y10 Normandy Trip (History)

Term 4

Open Mornings







2 February

17 March

25 April

10 May

14 June

7 July

It is essential to book for these tours as

places are limited

Opportunities For School


If you have a business locally and have

opportunities for school leavers please let us

know by emailing office@heathfieldcc.co.uk

as we may be able to promote to students.


Did you know… how criminals attempt to

clone debit and credit cards so they can steal

from your bank accounts? The BBC has a

good explanation at the following link:

How do criminals clone your card?

BBC News Website

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