Weekly updates

Friday 25 November 2022

Cycle Safety - please remind your child, if they use a bike to get to school, to wear a high-vis strap or a bright jacket whilst cycling, turn on a front and back light, as well as wearing their bike helmet.  Safety on the roads is paramount and with the darkness being earlier after school, responsibility lies with the cyclist for ensuring that they can be easily seen whilst on the road and at junctions.

College & Careers support - a reminder that there is careers support for Year 11 students if they need it, particularly in relation to college applications.  Please contact Ms Wayman for any help with this (b.wayman@cps.hants.sch.uk).

See this link for details of the Holiday Activities and Food scheme funded by the Department for Education for eligible students.  This shows sites delivering these schemes locally over the Christmas holidays.

Library News includes details about Readathon, opening times and books of the week.

CPSA Fundraising - with the recent installation of more canopies around school creating shelter for students we are continuing with our campaign to raise money for benches to be used in these areas.  Although the campaign has been running for some time, we have only just reached the half way point, with another £3000 still to raise.  With a small donation from every family at school, we could easily meet this target and are always grateful for your continued support.  The link for donations is here.

Friday 11 November 2022

On 17 November, Year 7 will follow their timetabled lessons but their teacher will be delivering a lesson focussing on this years OutRight campaign, "The right to the best possible health care" (Article 24 of the UNCRC).  REaL3 have put together six lessons on an area of this topic about which they felt strongly.  This date has been chosen to coincide with World Children's Day 2022 (18 November).  CPS and REaL3 are looking forward to supporting children and young people to learn about children's rights and ensure their voices are heard by decision makers.

Year 11 students applying for college should be aware that some college deadlines are imminent, please check via the college website and ensure your application is completed and submitted in time.  Farnborough 6th Form interviews will take place in school during the week beginning 16 January 2023, with details and appointment times to follow.  Please contact Ms Wayman with any queries (b.wayman@cps.hants.sch.uk).

See this link for Library news, including Remembrance Day, Readathon for Year 7 and Books of the Week.

Positive Calthorpe Points - at this point in the Autumn Term, the average amount of House or Achievement points allocated to students is 55.

Two events will be taking place in the next few weeks - the ESU public speaking competition on 28 November and the Year 10 Dragons' Den on 6 December.

Details from English about two external competitions:
1. For those Year 11 students who are/will be 16 by the close of the competition on 24 February 2023, they might like the opportunity to write a poem of up to 48 lines on the theme of "The Planets".  First prize = £5000, second prize = £3000, third prize = £1500 and 10 commended awards of £500 each.  Find out more at this link.
2. KSCPP are holding their second essay contest for UK schools.  The essay topic is based on the publication Chung Hyo Ye, a book of traditional tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea.  A free download and full contest details are available here.

Hampshire Teen Project are running a week of free activities/workshops/hot meals for students aged 11-16 who are eligible under the Pupil Premium Scheme during the first week of the Christmas Holidays.  See this letter for details.

Friday 4 November 2022

Each year our assembly programme changes to reflect topical issues, events and themes that embody our shared values.  Our students have the benefit of having these delivered to them within their House, in the formal setting of our main Hall.  To ensure that our students really engage with the messages that we deliver, an "all-in" activity is delivered by each of their tutors that supports each assembly theme.  See this link for more details.

There are a number of trips open for application this week, with the deadline on Monday at 9pm.  See this link for the full list of trips.

There are further college open evenings taking place this month - Alton on the 9th, Sparsholt on the 12th, Lord Wandsworth on the 22nd, FCoT on the 23rd and BCoT on the 29th.  See this page for details.

The PE team are looking for donations of second-hand, good condition PE tops, shorts or leggings.  Please could these be taken to the PE Office.

Click here for news from the school Library, including Book of the Week.  Also from Hampshire Libraries see these links about their general service, a coat exchange and bring a mug

Positive Calthorpe Points - at this point in the Autumn Term, the average amount of House or Achievement points allocated to students is 50.

See the Community Events notice on our website which currently contains details of two sports clubs that take place here, rugby taster sessions for girls at Camberley Rugby Club this Sunday, a girls football club in Hartley Wintney and the restart of Hype on 9 December.

Friday 21 October 2022

Please see this link for our Newsletter this half term.

We are pleased to announce that the Year 11 Leavers' Prom will be held on Friday 30th June 2023 at Warbrook House in Eversley.  An assembly giving details will be held for Year 11 students on 31 October, with further information being sent out to parents in the new year.

Safeguarding matter - we have been made aware that young people in the area are making plans to host a large gathering over half term.  We understand that over 100 students have been invited from a range of local schools.  Information suggests that quantities of alcohol and controlled drugs may be available.  The police are aware of such plans and we feel it is sensible to share this information with our parents so that if you are aware that your child has received such an invitation you can exercise caution as appropriate.

We are holding a Stay Safe Information Evening for parents of students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 on Tuesday 1 November, from 6-7.30pm, with a specific focus on Child Criminal Exploitation.  For further details and to book a place, please see this link.

Attendance Matters - we are pleased to inform you that our most recent attendance figures put us at 93.4% which is above the national average of 92.4%.  We want to exceed our target and aim for at least 96% across the whole school - please can you help us reach our target?

See this link for the latest Library news.

PS Catering have planned new menus in the Restaurant and Café starting after half term - see this link on the website for details.

The UKMT Intermediate Club for Years 9, 10 and 11 starts on Mondays after school until 4pm in X1.

Science are very grateful for all the recycling donations so far!  Due to regular use, they would welcome further donations of empty aluminium soft drinks cans.  Please can students take these to the second floor science prep room after half term.

Hampshire Libraries are inclusive, non-judgemental spaces where everyone can expect a warm welcome from staff and volunteers.  See this link which explains in more detail their facilities, free activities and service.

Wishing you all a good half term break - school reopens on Monday 31 October.

Friday 14 October 2022

Please find attached a letter from Mr Borkowski about uniform expectations.  You can also see this letter on our website here.

On Monday 10 October, Year 11 received an assembly about the different 'Revision Skills' and how to prepare for their mock examinations.  The CPS Extra Programme starts next week and students will attend subject specific revision sessions to prepare them for the mocks.  In addition, a Year 11 formal mocks assembly will take place on Monday 17 October to explain the processes and students will receive a 'Mocks Revision Booklet'.

There is a Year 7 Meet the Tutor virtual event for Year 7 parents on Tuesday 18 October - see this letter for details about booking your appointment.

The UKMT Maths Challenge Intermediate Club for Years 9, 10 and 11 starts again after half term on Mondays after school.  It would help if students would register their interest either with Mrs Powell in X1 or their Maths teacher.

Science - as mentioned last week please could students drop the requested recycling items off at the second floor Science prep room.  These items are empty, uncrushed soft drinks cans, food can lids (without sharp edges), empty ice cream tubs/takeaway containers, old bath towels - thanks for your support. 

Library News - see this link for details of Black History Month, timings and Book Club.

College Open Evenings for Year 11 students are taking place next week as follows:
Farnborough 6th Form - Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, 4-6pm or 6.30-8.30pm
(book tickets at this link or see their website here - please note that the later time has now sold out for all days)
Peter Symonds - Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, 5.30-8.30pm
You can see the College Open Evenings page on our website here

Finally, we are always very grateful when you take the time to make contact with us to celebrate the dedication of school staff in supporting and educating your children.  The Pearson Education Awards have now opened their nominations for 2023.  If you or your child would like to recognise a teacher for their dedication, creativity and support, then please do see this link and submit a nomination.

Friday 7 October 2022

This week, the Y11 Parents' Information Evening presentation was sent out and this can be viewed by Year 11 parents and students at this link.  Next week, students will attend a seminar on revision skills to prepare them for their mock exams in November.

We are holding the 21st Model United Nations event on Friday 14 October with participants from Years 10 and 11.  Each country has a representative for each of the three committees - Security, Social and Economic.  On the evening of Wednesday 12 October, the delegates from each country will visit their relevant committee, giving the delegates the chance to vote on resolutions and to ask for support from their allies.

We are excited to see the return of this event after a hiatus of three years due to covid.  This year, we have decided to keep the event for Calthorpe students only, but we are looking forward to inviting participants from other schools and colleges next year.

Medical - with the cold/flu season approaching and with covid still in the community, we would request that all students bring in their own tissues and hand sanitiser.  This is for the protection of students and staff.  Please could you also remind your children to regularly wash their hands.  To ensure students stay hydrated, please ensure students bring in their own water bottle daily.

As per Ms Jones email sent during the summer term, this is a reminder that students are not allowed to carry medication in their school bags with the exception of diabetic medication, inhalers and epipens.  If medication is required during the school day, it needs to be stored in the medical room.  This is for the safety of students - a local school has had an overdose case due to students obtaining medication from others.

Female students are welcome to come to medical for supplies of sanitary products which are readily available free of charge.

Restaurant payments - we are keen to make sure our students are always able to purchase food/drink, and not end up being hungry.  With the re-launch of our restaurant, new café and our new catering team, PS Catering, in September 2021, we have trialled the use of student overdraft facilities as a mechanism to make sure students are able to purchase food/drink on the odd occasion parents forget to top up their accounts.  If you wish your child to have a £5 overdraft facility, please complete this form.

Science need the following items - please could you collect over the next week and then we'll advise where they can be dropped off during the week of 17 October:
- Uncrushed, empty aluminium soft drinks cans
- Food can lids removed by can openers that leave a lip on the lid (no lids with sharp edges)
- 1 and 2 litre ice cream tubs/food tubs with lids
- Empty plastic takeaway food containers with lids
- Old or unwanted large bath towels

Library News - see this link for details of the National Poetry Day, lunchtimes, opening times and Book Club.

College Open Evenings over the next fortnight for Year 11 students - see this page on our website for details:
Farnham - Saturday 8 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Sparsholt - Saturday 8 October, 10am-2pm
Basingstoke College of Technology - Saturday 8 (10am-12.30pm) and Monday 10 October, 4.30-7pm
Farnborough College of Technology - Wednesday 12 October, 4-7.30pm
Guildford - Wednesday 12 October, 4.30-7.30pm
Alton - Thursday 13 October, 5-8pm
Peter Symonds - Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, 5.30-8.30pm
Farnborough 6th Form - Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, 4-6pm or 6.30-8.30pm (book tickets at this link or see their website here)

Friday 30 September 2022

We would like to inform you that we are running a "push on punctuality and attendance programme" over the next two weeks.

Whilst the overwhelming majority of our students have excellent attendance records, we know that for some arriving on time is a challenge and this can sometimes be due to complex circumstances.  However, excellent attendance and punctuality has repeatedly been shown to have a positive impact on progress and attainment.  In addition, we want to encourage good routines and promote being on time as an important life skill.

Starting on Monday 3 October, if your son or daughter is late to school in the morning, you will receive an Edulink message advising you of their lateness and offering support to improve this.  This is not intended to be a punitive initiative, rather a way to be transparent with our parents and to identify students who might need our support.

Southampton University Cipher Challenge - this club is starting on Thursdays from 6 October.  Numbers are limited to 25 students and can be individual entries or as a team.  Students should see Mrs Powell in X1 or Mrs Jones in X3 if interested.  More information about this club can be found here.  Our full clubs list is also here.

The Maths weekly puzzle has restarted.  An email is sent each week from Mr Marzetti to all students with two types of questions.  All responses get house points, with more if correct, plus the fastest response gets five house points!  Please encourage your children to take part.

Library News - see this link giving details of opening times, Y7/8 Book Club, the book amnesty and National Poetry Day.

College Open Evenings for Year 11 students - there are a number of college open evenings taking place over the next 10 days as follows:

Farnborough College of Technology - online information meeting for parents/students living in Fleet - Monday 3 October, 7.30pm
Queen Mary's College - Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October, 5-8pm
Merrist Wood - Wednesday 5 October, 4.30-7.30pm
Salesian - Wednesday 5 October, 6.45-9pm
Yateley - Thursday 6 October, 7-9pm
Farnham - Saturday 8 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Sparsholt - Saturday 8 October, 10am-2pm
Basingstoke College of Technology - Saturday 8 (10am-12.30pm) and Monday 10 October, 4.30-7pm

See this page on our website and visit the college websites to book places where relevant.

Friday 23 September 2022

Social Media – It has come to our attention that a small number of our students have not been using social media, including Snapchat and Whatsapp, wisely or indeed legally. Please could we request that parents check mobile devices and social media accounts regularly for inappropriate content? It would be incredibly helpful to our efforts to safeguard our young people if you could remind them that:

- Filming people without consent is a criminal offence
- Circulating footage or images of people without consent is an offence
- Engaging in online abuse or inciting others to victimise peers represents child-on-child abuse and it will not be tolerated
- Sending or sharing indecent images received is illegal
- Befriending strangers that are unknown to them is unwise and could result in them being targeted by those wishing to groom young people

Should you have any concerns, please do contact us directly, and should you wish to learn more about online safety please consult this link

Year 11 Geography Field Trip, Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 September - students are reminded that meet time is 7.45am in the Restaurant next to Geography in non-school uniform, with a packed lunch and appropriate wet weather layers.

Free School Meals - Calthorpe Park School are mindful that financial circumstances may change rapidly in light of the current cost of living crisis.  Your child may be eligible for ‘free school meals’ and support through ‘pupil premium’ funding.  Details can be found on the website under Information/Pupil Premium here and to check the criteria for eligibility here.

Please complete this Form if you would like to be contacted to discuss further.

Fleet 5k & 10k – see this link if students would like to take part in these events on 30 October.

Year 10 Health and Social Care revision sessions begin next Thursday after school in Mu3 for 4 weeks in preparation for their first formal assignment. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning – this takes place on Friday 30 September and we’d be very grateful for donations of cakes next week for this event.  Further details will be sent out next week.

Library News – see this link for Library news, a book amnesty, the Y7/8 book club and student librarians.

Friday 16 September 2022

Next Thursday 22 September, school will close early at 2.10pm in preparation for our annual Open Evening for Year 6 children.  Provision will be made for students who normally catch the bus at 3pm - if your child does need to stay on site up to 3pm, please contact Reception.  Thank you to all students who have volunteered as Tour Guides and to help in departments during the evening - we are looking forward to a great event!

On Tuesday 20th September, Year 11 will have a Relationships and Sex Education Workshop with It Happens Education.  The workshop will focus on consent and healthy relationships.  We look forward to welcoming our speaker to CPS.

School photographs are taking place next week - see this link for the timings for each year group and for sibling photos.

There have been some updates to the lunchtime and after school clubs list - here is the latest version.  The Diana Award will run on Wednesday lunchtimes, Y7/8 Photography Club after school on Wednesdays, and the Southampton University Cipher Challenge on Thursdays after school (from 6 October).

Library News this week - see this link for details about opening times, a book amnesty, a Reading Line, student librarians and Book Club.

The main college open evenings are about to take place over the next few weeks and we have collated details of these dates and timings on the website here.  There are still some timings to be confirmed so we recommend that Year 11 students/parents also check the college websites prior to visiting.

Finally, as a reminder, school will be closed on Monday, observing the bank holiday for the State Funeral.

Friday 9 September 2022

Welcome back to the first term of the new academic year!

Today we remembered the Queen during our morning briefing and students were shown a presentation during tutor time.  We include this link from Winston's Wish with advice and guidance on how to support young people.

The Library is now open and our new Librarian, Mrs Eastlake, is looking forward to meeting students.  Please see her introduction and details about opening hours here.

Our clubs list has been updated showing activities taking place at lunchtime and after school.  It can be found on the website under Students/Clubs here.  It will be updated at regular intervals each half term so please check the page on a regular basis.  Most clubs will be starting during the week of 12 September.  One new club is the Social Sport club on a Tuesday after school.  Students can turn up and book an allocated sports area for their own use with friends, providing a great way to be active, build confidence and fitness, and enjoy sport with friends.  See this link for details.

Permit - Traffic Management System: Following the Permit Application Letter (Y6 into Y7) and the Renewal Invitation Letter (Y8-11) issued in July and the permit checks and conversations that have taken place this week, please be aware that from Wednesday 14 September there will be no access to the site for non-permit holders at the end of the day, during pick-up.  Any parent who has not yet made an application or renewal request and is eligible for a permit (see here for eligible postcodes and additional information regarding extenuating circumstances), should email permits@cps.hants.sch.uk to request an Edulink application form and may need to make alternative collection arrangements until they receive their permit (where eligible).

Our careers page can be found on the website here.  This includes a link to request a careers appointment for Year 11 students.

Two letters have been issued this week - one about trips and one for Year 9 about options.  They can be found on this page.