UKMT Junior Maths Challenge Results
A huge congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge.
This competition was entered by over 20,000 students around the UK. Congratulations to those students who achieved a score high enough to be recognised with a bronze, silver, or gold certificate. The students with the top 5000 scores are also awarded a “Pink Kangaroo” and invited to attempt the next round of the UKMT Challenges.
Pink Kangaroo Qualifier
Adrian Lee Cheong
Adrian Lee Cheong (Best in School and Best in Year 8)
Casey Turner (Best in Year 7)
Welcome back from a beautiful Easter break, everyone, and to a summer term which sees the weather holding so far. I have tried, to no avail, to not be envious of those fortunate pupils and teachers returning from Italy and Spain but am absolutely delighted that both trips went so well.
In Italy, the pupils explored Pompeii and Herculaneum – very useful for those taking Classical Studies GCSE – after which they travelled north to the Eternal City and spent two days walking in the ancient Forum, marvelling at the Colosseum and enjoying the occasional gelato by the Trevi Fountain. In Spain, the footballers spent the week in Valencia as guests of Valencia CF. They had lots of training opportunities and met some of the world-class players as they arrived in an array of extremely impressive cars! At the end of the week, the boys signed a football and gave it to their reps as a thank you which I thought was a really nice touch.
Just before Easter, we enjoyed great success at the South Lakes Music Festival. Our Junior guitar ensemble was awarded a Commendation and we also had nine winners in the Poetry and Reading categories. Many congratulations to:
Poetry Yr 4 Winner – Nathan Lee Cheong, Poetry Yr 5 Winner – Fiona Manoharan, Creative Writing Yrs 5-6 Winner – Thomas Nussbaum-Richman, Acting Yrs 5-6 Winner – Phoebe Lever, Reading Yr 5 Winner – Fiona Manoharan, Poetry Yrs 7-9 Winner – Shubham Kukreti, Creative Writing Yrs 7-9 Winner – Lydia Hetherington, Bible Reading Winner – Subhash Chatterjee, Reading Yrs 7-9 Winner – Shubham Kukreti
Some of our senior students are enjoying a new initiative this term as part of their extended studies. Alec, Ollie, Leah, Amy, Callum and Cavan are travelling to the Cowran Estate farm every Friday afternoon where they are learning all about animal welfare and husbandry in preparation for an eventual Btec course. Although this course is only in its very early stages at the moment, the pupils are clearly absolutely thrilled with the experience so far. Many thanks to Anne and Mike Diss of the Cowran Estate for all of their help and support in helping Mrs Hinton develop this branch of their studies.
Also just before Easter, the senior school held its very first Spelling Bee. The theatre was packed to the rafters with the three hundred Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils as they watched twelve of their friends battle it out on behalf of the four Houses; Spartan, Sceptre, Vanguard and Valiant. The words selected were extremely difficult and if we add to that the experience of standing on the stage in front of a packed house with floodlights highlighting every bead of sweat and a microphone broadcasting every tremor of the voice, I was not alone in being full of admiration for those twelve brave volunteers. Well done to everyone who participated, for the audience for being so quiet and attentive and for the English department and Mr Clarke for the organisation. A victory for Sceptre House!
And last but by no means least…the BAE Systems Science and Maths Competition, otherwise known as Top of the Form. The trophy was won by Chetwynde last year so Mrs Berry was extremely keen to not allow any other local team to take it away this year. Our team comprised Liam Edgley, Heather Aitken, Amy Spry and Jack Roberts with Antoni Kudelski and Sophie Ward as reserves and they sailed through the Semi-finals, beating Ulverston Victoria in an extremely commanding performance, leading from the very first. The Finals were held at Forum 28 in the full glare of the media, many supporting parents and staff and some high-ranking management from BAE. It is no exaggeration when I say that it was one of the most nail-biting two hours of my teaching career. The team were up against an extremely confident and bright Academy squad who took the lead early on and who dominated in the first half, knocking the confidence of our four who knew the answers but who were beaten time and time again to the buzzer. As we went into the half-time practical component, we were trailing by 100 points or so. The practical was fiendishly difficult; four very complicated Maths or Science-based challenges which would reveal a four digit code to unlock a safe. Twice we thought that the Academy had the code but twice, they had one number wrong. Our team were confident with three but desperately needed the fourth. The tension in the room was quite unbearable with teachers and parents looking on but unable to help or even encourage. Finally, it was over. Chetwynde had the four digits, the safe opened and we were back in the running for the second half.
By the last round, we were just ahead but the questions were coming thick and fast, each one worth a crucial ten points. Time up, Chetwynde ahead by twenty! The winners! But…a complaint from the audience, a stewards’ enquiry!! Ten minutes of silence, the poor teams sat upon the stage not knowing what to do. The complaint upheld! The quiz-master had been inconsistent in the rules to the Academy’s disadvantage! Ten points to the Academy, ten points away from Chetwynde! Both teams on 490 points. Tiebreak.
By this time, my head is buried in Mrs Aitken’s sleeve, Mrs Ainsbury’s face is in her hands, the two teams were…well, they look quite composed and stoical actually. Both teams answer…both teams wrong. Second tiebreak. Audible moans of genuine pain and anguish are drifting up from the audience but still the eight teenagers look calm. The question; how fast does sound travel under water? Silence. Everyone looking rather blank. The teams looking terrifyingly blank! Mrs Ainsbury’s face now buried in her knees, Mrs Berry gnawing at her lips. Miss Hicks, Mrs Nicholls and myself staring blankly at each other, wondering where all the questions on Lord Capulet’s relationship with Juliet had got to. Both teams answer. 350,000 miles per second say the Academy. 345,000 miles per second say Chetwynde. Both wrong. Both atrociously wrong!!! But Chetwynde 5,000 m/s closer to the actual answer so Chetwynde declared the winners! Again. (And of course, for all of you shouting out at home, sound travels at 1,484 miles per second under water, so now you know.)
Well done to our team. Well done to Mrs Berry for spending so much of her free time coaching. No pressure, but wouldn’t it be nice to win it three times in a row…?
(A very nice moment… Round 4 was Dodgeball. The teams all stand, if a contestant answers a question correctly they can eliminate an opponent or bring an eliminated colleague back from the dead. The team with at least one contestant still standing wins the round. Lots of excited audience participation in this one. After fifteen minutes, three of our team are standing, only one Academy contestant on her feet. Liam gets the question right! Eliminate her! shout the otherwise extremely kind and caring Chetwynde teachers and parents, Kill her! Take her out! Eliminate! Eliminate! We had turned into Daleks, baying for blood. But Liam chooses instead to bring Heather back from the dead. Noooo, howl the Chetwynde fans, heads in hands, what have you done? But Liam knows what’s right and what’s right is to win as a team. He gets the next question right, he eliminates the final Academy opponent and Chetwynde takes the points as a team. Winning competitions is great but standing by your mates is what life is all about.)
Ms. S. Jeffreys
Head of School
The next Friends of Chetwynde event will be a coffee morning held at the Coronation hall on Saturday 20th May from 9:00am to 12 noon. Donations
of Bric a Brac and books can be left at the school office.
Donations of lovely cakes can be made on the day or left at the office on Friday 19th
2017 South Cumbria Music Festival
Monday 3rd April
Poetry Yr 4
Winner – Nathan Lee Cheong
Poetry Yr 5
Winner – Fiona Manoharan
Iona Harvey – second
Maya Greenall and Phoebe Lever – tied third
Creative Writing Yrs 5-6
Winner – Thomas Nussbaum-Richman
Tilly Greenall – second
Acting Yrs 5-6
Winner – Phoebe Lever
Thomas Nussbaum-Richman – second
Imogen Stoker – third
Reading Yr 5
Winner – Fiona Manoharan
Second – Rose Cropley
Poetry – Yrs 7-9
Winner – Shubham Kukreti
Subhash – third
Creative Writing Yrs 7-9
Winner – Lydia Hetherington
Winner – Subhash Chatterjee
Adrian Lee Cheong – second
Reading Yrs 7-9
Winner – Shubham Kukreti
Jasmine Newby – second
Adrian Lee Cheong and Aman Kshetrapal – tied third
Tuesday 4th April
Novice Piano Solo
Wilson Bartlett Yr 3 – second
Piano Solo up to Year 3
Wilson Bartlett Y 3 – second
Wednesday 5th April
The Junior Guitar ensemble came second in their class with lovely performances from:
Mahiya and Ishana Mohan, Imogen Jones, Jamie Leigh Tyson, Tilly and Maya Greenall, Fraser Chambers, Will and Ella Denby, Nishanth Arun, Max Worrall and George Thompson
Colin Garnett and Mike Hingley plan to get saddle sore on 29th April as they take on the Majorca 312 sportive, which is a 312km, (194 mile) cycle challenge around the closed roads of Majorca. If you think it sounds like a holiday, think again, as the duo will have to climb over 5000m of ascent, which is higher than Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
The duo are using the event to raise money for a new nurture room at Chetwynde School as they both have children attending the Primary School and heard that they were raising funds for this much needed facility.
The nurture room project is being managed by Annali Bimpson (Primary SENDco) who told us, “The Nurture Room will act as a place for pupils to go when they are feeling upset or worried. The idea is to buy a log cabin or similar to put within the school grounds so pupils can have a quiet place to gather their thoughts. The room will be furnished with comfy sofas and beans bags to give it a relaxed and calming atmosphere and will be open to any child who needs some time either in a group or 1:1 with a teacher to discuss their worries or upset. The school would also use the room for nurture groups when supporting children with social or emotional difficulties and for play times for those children who struggle to cope with lack of structure outside of the classroom.”
As keen cyclists and members of the Barrow Central Wheelers Cycling Club, Mike and Colin felt that the Majorca 312 event was tough enough for people to support them and help raise money for the school project. They understand that at this time of year lots of local people are taking on personal challenges to raise money for charities and having completed the Fred Whitton themselves, they have the utmost respect for everyone doing ‘The Fred’ or the Keswick to Barrow challenges. This year Colin and Mike wanted to push themselves further and do something different. As Colin puts it, “It’s like doing ‘The Fred’ and then deciding to do another 80 miles!”
If you would like to support Colin and Mike on their challenge and help raise funds for a new Nurture Room at Chetwynde School, please visit their Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chetwynde312
It’s a beautiful beginning to April and I am only slightly envious of Mrs Williams, Mrs Coull and Mr Salton who together with thirty-two of our seniors are at this very moment wandering around the sun-drenched streets of Rome. They may well be enjoying gelato and the Colosseum but at least this very kind Spring is bringing out the best in our own grounds.
It’s been a very busy and successful month since I last wrote. As any of you coming on site will have noticed our new fencing is in place to further safeguard all our children. I am very pleased to say that after a full first day of building and 100 metres in place, such was the subtle colour and positioning that a huge number of staff and pupils had not even noticed that it was there. As soon as the gate locks are in place and functioning then we shall of course let all parents know the procedures for entering and exiting the site. I was extremely pleased with the efficiency and professionalism of the fencing team and extend thanks to SafeSite and Colin Dixon of the EFA on behalf of the school.
Our non-uniform day this term was a great success, coinciding as it did with World Book Day. Many of the students and staff came dressed as their favourite literary character and those who did not quite have the nerve came in their own clothes and were happy to pay £1 towards the chosen charity. (A few enterprising young souls tried to get away with saying that they had come as ‘the main character in their own autobiography‘ which I thought was pretty clever until I heard it for the twenty-seventh time! Next year, please!) The runaway winner for his Mad Hatter outfit was Josh Wilcox-Davies who actually travelled to school on the train and presumably walked up Abbey Road in his outfit!
The Poppy Appeal
Our benefiting charity for non-uniform day was our new Poppy Appeal. Poppy Smith is the sister of Elisha in Year 10. She was born on the 17th Dec 2014, 11 weeks early and weighing only 2lb. She was rushed straight to Preston’s neonatal unit and spent 10 days there before being transferred to Alder Hey with bowel and lung problems and a small bleed to the brain with a cyst showing on the CT scan. This naturally was very scary for the family and they were told that Poppy’s chances of survival were not great. Poppy however is clearly a little fighter and slowly made her way back to FGH after a 3 week stay at Lancaster neonatal ward. The family finally brought Poppy home in March 2015, still weighing only 4lb 6oz .
After further investigations and an MRI at Manchester, Poppy was diagnosed with Moëbius Syndrome, a rare form of facial palsy with other complications that are connected to it. The healthcare professionals warned the family that Poppy would probably never walk or talk but she started walking at 15 months and was saying basic words. Poppy tragically then had a setback in June 2015, suffering a cardiac arrest and was rushed to Manchester, then developing whooping cough, a collapsed lung and pneumonia. The family and healthcare professionals worked tirelessly to increase Poppy’s strength and she began to make progress through 2016. Unfortunately on the 14th Dec 2016 they found Poppy unconscious with respiratory arrest, she was immediately rushed to Alder Hey. An MRI scan on the 20th confirmed she had suffered severe hypoxic brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen to her brain. The family were utterly devastated as it seemed that all of their and Poppy’s hard work had been in vain. The consultant and neurosurgeon feared she wouldn’t be able to tolerate being off the ventilator but she showed the fighting spirit she has shown from birth, baffling everybody by firstly, coming off the ventilator and then astonishingly, regaining consciousness. Poppy has now had a gastrostomy peg fitted and her adenoids, tonsils and airways opened up which has made a massive difference to her breathing. Despite all she has gone through, this little girl still always has a smile on her face but sadly has lost her mobility. The family and friends are therefore campaigning to raise funds to get the specialist physiotherapy she needs.
I am delighted to say that we have directed half the non-uniform day proceeds to Poppy’s mobility campaign and a cake sale held last week on Red Nose Day brought in some more much-needed funds. Many thanks to the Year 8 girls and to Elisha and Holly for organising this. For me, one of the most inspirational moments was when all the boys in the Year 10 cloakroom – completely unsolicited – emptied out their blazer pockets and poured every penny they had into my hands, raising another £15! Our total now stands at approximately £300 and we will continuing raising money throughout the summer.
Towards the end of the month I had the privilege of seeing Elisha in action again, this time representing the school in the annual Rotary Club Design Technology competition. This is a fiercely contested day with all the senior schools from the South Lakes area entering two teams each. Our Key Stage 4 team comprised Antoni Kudelski, Elisha Smith, Harvey Wilding and Lois Morrell and our Key Stage 3 team comprised Subhash Chatterjee, Adrian Lee Cheong, Agata Kudelska and Rebecca Salton. The task was to build a small train which would self-propel along a pipe, clear the debris from the track and then reverse back along the pipe. The judges were engineers and designers from our local industries including BAE and were extremely impressed both our teams’ ingenuity, teamwork and ‘outside of the box’ thinking. When it came to the crunch, our KS4 team went first. Their train started, travelled the length of the track, cleared the debris and then merrily went back down the pipe. Eleven seconds. Job done. It wasn’t until I watched the other twenty or so attempts that I realised what an incredible job our Year 10s had done. The other teams’ trains stuttered, they stopped, they fell over, they got jammed, if they finished the task at all, it was in sixty seconds, two minutes, four minutes, five minutes… Our team were the undoubted and very well-deserving champions and have the trophy to defend next year. Our KS3 team created a very fine little machine which worked perfectly well in trials and then…well, there is certainly truth in the old adage ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!‘
Congratulations to Antoni Kudelski again and to the entire Year 9 and 10 rugby squad who are now County Champions! What a fantastic achievement for such a small senior school. Well done to Antoni, Mikee, Archie, Will, Saul, Jerome, Sam, Josh B, Ben, Connor K, Leon, Josh T, Connor O, Jack, George and Fraser. We are all very proud of you.
Lastly I would like to say a very big thank you and good luck to Mr Colin Garnett and Mr Mike Hingley who plan to get saddle sore on 29th April as they take on the Majorca 312 sportive, which is a 312km, (194 mile) cycle challenge around the closed roads of Majorca. If you think it sounds like a holiday, think again, as the duo will have to climb over 5000m of ascent, which is higher than Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. The duo are using the event to raise money for a new nurture room at Chetwynde School as they both have children attending the Primary School and heard that they were raising funds for this much needed facility. The nurture room project is being managed by Annali Bimpson (Primary SENDCo); “The Nurture Room will act as a place for pupils to go when they are feeling upset or worried. The idea is to buy a log cabin or similar to put within the school grounds so pupils can have a quiet place to gather their thoughts. The room will be furnished with comfy sofas and beans bags to give it a relaxed and calming atmosphere and will be open to any child who needs some time either in a group or 1:1 with a teacher to discuss their worries or upset. The school would also use the room for nurture groups when supporting children with social or emotional difficulties and for play times for those children who struggle to cope with lack of structure outside of the classroom.”
As keen cyclists and members of the Barrow Central Wheelers Cycling Club, Mike and Colin felt that the Majorca 312 event was tough enough for people to support them and help raise money for the school project. They understand that at this time of year lots of local people are taking on personal challenges to raise money for charities and they have the upmost respect for everyone attempting the Fred Whitton and the Keswick to Barrow challenges and wish them good luck, but wanted to do something different. As Colin puts it, “It’s like doing ‘The Fred’ and then deciding to do another 80 miles!” If you would like to support Colin and Mike on their challenge and help raise funds for a new Nurture Room at Chetwynde School, please visit their Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chetwynde312
I wish everyone a very productive end of term and a peaceful Easter, especially to those footballers travelling with Mr Swainson and Mr Jefferson to Valencia. My thoughts go out also to the Year 11s and Sixth Form for whom the exam season is very close indeed!
Ms Sian Jeffreys
Head of School
Following the AGM on 1st March here are some Friends of Chetwynde events scheduled for the coming term