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School Term and Holiday Dates

Dear Parents/Guardians

You may be aware of the national move by schools and local authorities towards a school year that
is more evenly divided into six blocks of roughly equal length. The aim is to develop six terms each
of as close to six weeks in length as possible. This, more even, structure encourages optimum
learning and avoids exhausting students. The college already operates six week learning blocks
within the curriculum despite the present length of terms. Devon and Plymouth schools have
already started the move towards such a model. Cornwall at the moment has not changed the term
structure of its schools.

The present pattern of the school year was established over a century ago and is widely
considered to be inappropriate to learning in the 21st Century. The present uneven system of term
dates disrupts the curriculum and the learning of students.
The current situation means that some terms are as short as four weeks and others are as long as
eight weeks - mainly because the moon determines when Easter takes place. This is particularly a
problem in the spring and summer where an early Easter can lead to very short terms in the spring,
when learning time in preparation for exams is at a premium, and long terms at the end of the
summer term, when some students have finished their exams and have left school. Hence, as the
present situation is not ideal, there is the national move to rationalise the term dates. It is not only
the moon that creates a constraint: the Whitsun half-term has to be where it is due to external
examinations and the new school year cannot, contractually, start before September 1st!
What are the advantages of more even length terms?
- More educationally ideal length learning blocks, reducing tiredness and stress in students
- More learning time before the exams
- The terms each year would be consistent making planning for schools and parents easier
- Availability of cheaper Easter holidays for parents as the school Easter holiday would be away
from the Bank Holiday weekend
- For Callington, the term dates would be more in line with schools in Devon and Plymouth

The Callington Proposal:
Schools in Devon and Plymouth have started to move towards the national model for a more
evenly spaced school year. Cornwall Local Authority is considering a change and may well fall in
line with other counties in the future. Callington Community College as a Foundation School has
the right, unlike other schools, to set its own term dates. As a result the Governors at the College
consider that the national proposals for more even school terms are much better for the delivery of
effective education than the present situation. The College is therefore proposing to change its
term dates and holidays from the published Cornwall Local Authority dates in order to move more
in line with the Devon and Plymouth dates for the 2007/08 school year. It must be stressed that the
proposed dates outlined below are still very much a proposal and we are actively seeking
the views of parents both positive and negative. No final decision will be made until the end of
the consultation period.
In our view there is only one major disadvantage:
One week of the Easter holidays would be out of line with our feeder primary schools, the rest
of the holiday dates are very similar. This may cause some child care issues.
A comparison of the College term date proposals with those of Cornwall, Devon and Plymouth is
attached to this letter. If you have any views on the Colleges proposed dates please either write to
me or e-mail me (head@callington-comm.cornwall.sch.uk) no later than Friday 20th April 2007.

Yours faithfully

S C Kenning
Headteacher

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Science Revision Program for Years 9, 10 and 11 for 2007 exams

In order to help students prepare for their exams, the Science department will offer revision sessions on the following dates. The sessions will begin at 3.15pm and run for approximately 1 hour. All students are welcome to attend. In addition students are always encouraged to ask any member of the Science department for help even if they do not teach the student

- Year 11

Held on a Tuesday after college

17th April Biology

24th April Chemistry

1st May Physics

8th May All Subjects

15th May All Subjects

Subjects may put on extra sessions and inform students
In addition there are revision sessions during the Easter holidays and during study leave.

- Year 9

Held on a Wednesday after college

2nd May Biology and Chemistry

9th May Biology and Chemistry

17th May All subjects (held on Thursday as the previous day, the college closes early)

Students take their exam on 21st May

- Year 9 and 10

Both Years are sitting the same exam and so we will hold joint revision sessions.

Tuesday 22nd May Biology
Wednesday 23rd May Chemistry
5th and 6th June all three subjects.

Again extra sessions may be run by subjects who will inform students.

Red nose day 'The big one'

16th of March 2007

Mufti Day with a red theme for Comic Relief, students must wear at least one item of red clothing for participating students donations of at least £1 must be made.

Advising of college closure

As you will be aware the college is holding its annual Student Progress Review Day on Friday 2nd March.

There will be no lessons on this day and all students will be set work to complete at home in each of their normal Friday lessons.

If you have any concerns about Student Progress Review Day then please do not hesitate to contact me at the college.

Year 8 Choices

Your child is now two-thirds of the way through their two-year Key Stage 3 programme. The acceleration of Key Stage 3 into two rather than the usual three years does, from all viewpoints, appear to be going very well. Our present Year 9 have started GCSE courses and are also progressing extremely well. There are a couple of very important stages in your childs education coming up shortly:

1) On Wednesday 31st January (not Thursday 1st February as previously published) at 7pm in the main hall there will be an information evening about the Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) three year programme that your child will be starting in September 2007. We have developed a very interesting, relevant and challenging three year programme. Students will follow a number of GCSE courses which will be examined at the end of Year 10, and others which will be examined at the end of Year 11. It is also important that Key Stage 4 is seen to be a three year programme as there are subject choices to be made for Years 9 and 10 and also for Year 11. The new Key Stage 4 programme is quite complex but we will explain it thoroughly on the evening of Wednesday 31st January. During this evening there will also be the opportunity to talk about the Key Stage 4 courses with specialist subject teachers.

2) SATs - as Key Stage 3 is being completed by Year 8 students this year all students will sit their Maths and English SATs in the first week of May this year. The Science SATs will be taken in May 2008 as there are elements in the Year 9 GCSE course which need to be covered for the SATs exam. The SATs will take place between 8th and 11th May 2007 and so it is important not to book any holiday during this period.

This is a very exciting time for our Year 8 students who we believe will benefit greatly from the new Key Stage 4 programme we have developed. I do hope you can make the information evening on the 31st January.

Parents’ Forum Year 10 Tuesday 13th February 2007 

Please note some of these points are the same as for Y9 and Y11 as the same things were discussed. However there are points that are specific to each year group.

Present: Sally Humphries and 10 parents.

We discussed a number of issues and came up with some very sensible and easy action points to help all of us.

Sally fed back on action taken after the last forums.

  • We had got in contact with an organisation that delivers Drug awareness sessions. The website is: www.dreduk.co.uk . They seem to be able to deliver some very useful sessions. To that end we are looking for a date in the calendar where they can present to not only parents but all our students and staff as well. Because this promises to be a big event it could be we have to put it on in the Autumn term 2007. Paula Ramsden is looking into this.
  • We have won a contract with SCHOOLCOMMS. This will enable us to e-mail parents with letters etc, rather than sending them home with students. Parents will be asked on SPRD to let us know which way they would like to receive the information. Those choosing to be e-mailed will be asked for their e-mail addresses. There is also a texting facility, though this will be used sparingly as this system costs 6p a text whereas the e-mail is free. Parents welcomed the idea that letters about school trips could be e-mailed to parents. The question of reply slips was raised but it was suggested that these could be printed out and sent back as we do nowadays.

 

We then discussed the following issues:

  • The Website. As with previous forums parents did not like the website. They too felt it lacked clarity and needed to be made easier to navigate. Just as with previous forums they would like to see bullet points, titles, drop down list, dates, subject information, coursework deadlines and information, and the links that departments have put on the intranet for students. Year 10 parents also wanted site maps of both the web and the actual college, any letters or general e-mails to parents and a version for partially sighted people. It was felt there was too much information on each page and that the front page needed to be eye catching and clear. Parents also wanted more visuals e.g. photographs or art work etc.
  • A school trips’ timetable had been suggested by e-mail. Parents at the meeting felt that it was fine as it was at the moment but that perhaps when the website is up and running Trips that usually happen each year (exchanges, Christmas market etc) could be put on a list at the beginning of the year so that parents (especially new ones) could see what they may have to budget for in that academic year (approximate cost etc). It is also important to make sure all information gets to all the students potentially involved.
  •  We discussed the rewards systems. Parents in general like the praise postcards and the letters home, though there were some reservations. Vouchers were perceived as good rewards. It was suggested to give attitude rewards at the Celebration evenings. These could be for all sorts of categories. Perhaps parents could help organise rewards evenings. There also needs to be parity of communication with home across the year groups.
  • Y10 parents would really like to know in advance details of core subject coursework content/process and deadlines and also exam dates/necessary revision. Just as for Year 9 this had come about after the recent Science coursework on cannabis. Several parents felt that neither they nor their children were really clear on what to do/how to help.

Meeting of the Year 7 Parents’ Forum

Tuesday 6th February

 

Mr Dew and Mr Moore welcomed everyone to the second of this year’s Parents’ Forums.  Issues discussed – a brief summary.

Communication

  • Schoolcomms: a service that facilitates communication with parents taking full advantage of email will be trialled for one year.  Further information will be provided to all parents on SPR Day.

 

  • School Website:  most parents were unhappy about the new site; finding it unhelpful and lacking useful information.  The site is currently being developed and hopefully will be improved by our next meeting.
  • Information Evening on Foreign Languages requested.  Mr Dew to contact Mrs Masters, H.O.D.  Parents thanked Mr Whitehouse for the Maths Information Evening – informative and entertaining.

 

  • DRED.UK:  an agency which provides drugs information to schools and parents.  Miss Ramsden has offered an information evening for parents.  More details to follow.
  • Planners:  inconsistency of use discussed.  Many Year 7 students using planners effectively, however some unaware of the benefits or how best to use them.  Inconsistent use of planners by tutors and teaching staff discussed.

 

  • PXS discussed:  deadline for new topic 17th May.  Feedback on marking to be given to parents/students by 4th June.
  • School Bags:  Damage to childrens’ backs discussed.  Request from parents that the college invest time in educating students about potential long-term damage.

 

  • Overcrowding in Café at 2nd break:  Nigel Kerr to visit Café and report back next meeting.
  • PE:  several concerns raised:

 

  1. Theft from changing rooms
  2. Quantity of ‘lost property’ left behind by students.
  3. Lessons not completed on time.  Students have insufficient time to change, visit Café, order and eat hot food before next term.
  • Mobile Phones:  College policy discussed.

 

  • Lost Property:  To be discussed at next meeting.

Mr Dew and Mr Moore thanked parents for attending and requested agenda items for the next meeting on Tuesday 12th June.  These should be emailed to Mr Moore at nm@callington-comm.cornwall.sch.uk
 


Meeting of the Year 8 Parents’ Forum

Tuesday 6th February 2007

 

Mr Dew and Mr Moore welcomed everyone to the second of this year’s Parents’ Forums.  Issues discussed – a brief summary:

Communications

  • Schoolcomms:  a service that facilitates communication with parents taking full advantage of email will be trialled for one year.  Further information will be provided to all parents on SPR day.

 

  • School website:   most parents were unhappy about the new site; finding it unhelpful, and lacking useful information.  The site is currently being developed and hopefully will be improved by our next meeting.
  • DRED.UK: an agency which provides drug information to schools and parents.  Miss Ramsden has offered an information evening for parents.  More details to follow.

 

  • First day reporting of student absence discussed.  Please telephone our Attendance Officer.
  • Tutoring:  Training of tutors discussed.  Tutor involvement in the KS4 Curriculum choices explained.  Inconsistent approach by some tutors discussed. 

 

  • PXS:  Marking of projects and feedback of grades discussed.  Homework policy, and the recording of homework in student planners discussed.
  • Reports:  Increased frequency of the new style reports generally welcomed.  Lack of written comments regretted. 

 

  • SPR Day:  Advantages and disadvantages of SPR day and parents’ evenings discussed.

Mr Dew and Mr Moore thanked parents for attending and requested agenda items for the next meeting on Tuesday 12th June.  These should be emailed to Mr Dew at pd@callington-comm.cornwall.sch.uk   

Parents’ Forum Year 9 Tuesday 6th February 2007

Please note some of these points are the same for Y9 and Y11 as the same things were discussed. However there are points that are specific to each year group.

Present: Sally Humphries, Pete Jenkins and 10 parents.

We discussed a number of issues and came up with some very sensible and easy action points to help all of us.

Sally fed back on action taken after the last forums.

  • We had got in contact with an organisation that delivers Drug awareness sessions. The website is: www.dreduk.co.uk . They seem to be able to deliver some very useful sessions. To that end we are looking for a date in the calendar where they can present to not only parents but all our students and staff as well. Because this promises to be a big event it could be we have to put it on in the Autumn term 2007. Paula Ramsden is looking into this.
  • We have won a contract with SCHOOLCOMMS. This will enable us to e-mail parents with letters etc, rather than sending them home with students. Parents will be asked on SPRD to let us know which way they would like to receive the information. Those choosing to be e-mailed will be asked for their e-mail addresses. It was suggested at the Y11 forum that this happen while waiting for the appointments rather than in the 15 minute slot with the tutor. There is also a texting facility, though this will be used sparingly as this system costs 6p a text whereas the e-mail is free.

 

We then discussed the following issues:

  • The Website. It was felt that at the moment the website is not easy for parents to navigate. There seems to be no real order to the information yet. Parents have found the following useful in the past: bullet points, titles, drop down lists. They also feel the colour of the website at the moment does not help. One or two parents also did not really like the drama logo at the bottom, although they did say this was a personal viewpoint. Parents also want calendar dates, subject information, coursework deadlines and information, and the links that departments have put on the intranet for students.
  • A school trips’ timetable had been suggested by e-mail. Parents at the meeting felt that it was fine as it was at the moment but that perhaps as the website/e-mail gets up and running information could be sent out on trips more easily. Maybe we could have an e-mail flash or something to look at the website when a trip is announced.
  • We discussed the rewards systems. Parents like the praise postcards and the letters home. They feel there should be a student voice in the process. Sally and Pete assured them that that does happen.
  • Sally explained the Y9 review that was coming up. We are monitoring the whole process of the accelerated curriculum VERY closely. She explained that Mr Plunkett was doing an evaluation with students and would be doing one with parents. Those parents present were asked if they would like to be part of the process and almost all said they would. Sally will pass their names and contact details to Mr Plunkett.
  • One issue that came from this discussion is that Y9 parents would really like to know in advance details of core subject coursework content/process and deadlines and also exam dates/necessary revision. This had come about after the recent Science coursework on cannabis. Several parents felt that neither they nor their children were really clear on what to do/how to help. They would also like to know what level class their children are in for Maths and how the papers equate to achievable grades.

Parents’ Forum Year 11 Tuesday 6th February 2007

Please note some of these points are the same for Y9 and Y11 as the same things were discussed. However there are points that are specific to each year group.

Present: Sally Humphries, Jason Wood and 7 parents.

We discussed a number of issues and came up with some very sensible and easy action points to help all of us.

Sally fed back on action taken after the last forums.

  • We had got in contact with an organisation that delivers Drug awareness sessions. The website is: www.dreduk.co.uk . They seem to be able to deliver some very useful sessions. To that end we are looking for a date in the calendar where they can present to not only parents but all our students and staff as well. Because this promises to be a big event it could be we have to put it on in the autumn term 2007. Paula Ramsden is looking into this.
  • We have won a contract with SCHOOLCOMMS. This will enable us to e-mail parents with letters etc, rather than sending them home with students. Parents will be asked on SPRD to let us know which way they would like to receive the information. Those choosing to be e-mailed will be asked for their e-mail addresses. It was suggested at that this happen while waiting for the appointments rather than in the 15 minute slot with the tutor. There is also a texting facility, though this will be used sparingly as this system costs 6p a text whereas the e-mail is free.

 

We then discussed the following issues:

  • The Website. It was felt that at the moment the website is not easy for parents to navigate. It was felt that it is muddled and lacks clarity. The last site was more logical. There seems to be no real order to the information yet. Parents have found the following useful in the past:  a list of main events, bullet points, titles, drop down lists. They also feel the colour of the website at the moment does not help. One or two parents also did not really like the drama logo at the bottom, although they did say this was a personal viewpoint. Parents also want calendar dates, subject information, coursework deadlines and information, and the links that departments have put on the intranet for students.
  • Two parents also offered to help sort out the problem of the spam e-mail. Jason will pass on the necessary details.
  • A school trips’ timetable had been suggested by e-mail. Parents at the meeting felt that it was fine as it was at the moment but that perhaps as the website/e-mail gets up and running information could be sent out on trips more easily.
  • We discussed the rewards systems. Parents like the praise postcards and the letters home. There was a suggestion to contact Budehaven where they have a scheme called Community Action Through Sport. This has won a National Award and is done in partnership with the Police and Social Services. It was also suggested we contact parents and see if they can offer any rewards that we could give to our students. It could be a bit like an ‘auction of promises’ where all kinds of things could be offered. Parents like the tokens too.
  • We discussed coursework. We looked at pros and cons, advantages and pitfalls. However we did not really come up with any helpful tips for either students or parents!

Year 8 Choices Booklet

KS4 Year 8 Curriculum Guide 2007-2010

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Foundation Status  

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Schedule 8 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 that the Governing Body of Callington Community College propose the college shall change category and have made the following proposals for that purpose:

● That with effect from 1st April 2007 the school will change category from Community to Foundation.

● The school will not have a Foundation or belong to a group of schools for which a foundation body acts.

● If the school changes its category to Foundation, the land will transfer to the Governing Body of Callington Community College.

Within four weeks after the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by sending the representations to Mr P. Lee, Chair of Governors, Callington Community College, Launceston Road, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 7DR.

Parent Forums    

The next meetings for the Parents' Forums will be on the 6th February at 7pm for Years 8 and 11 and at 8pm for Years 7 and 9.
The Year 10 Parents' Forum will be on the following Tuesday 13th February at 7pm. We will aim to be in the same rooms as last time, U38 and U39 at the top of the stairs by the main hall.

As last time this is an opportunity to discuss specific Year group issues with the Head of Year and the Learning Managers. if you would like to know more please e-mail Sally Humphries on the address below or phone her at the College.

If there are any agenda items you wish discussed please can you e-mail them to Sally Humphries at e-mail by January 29th.

Year 7, 8 and 9 PEP     

Students in Years 7,8 and 9 are placed into Personal Enhancement Programme classes in accordance with their ten PEP choices. Each student will go through six PEP activities in an
academic year, including one Wider Curriculum activity if chosen.
Every effort is made to give every student their top six choices throughout the year. Of course, this is not possible in every case because a student's combination of choices may not fit the blocking pattern determined by the majority of students. Reserve choices are then used to enable the students to fit into the pre-set blocking patterns.

I hope this answers some of the questions posed during the Years 7 and 8 Parent Forums. For any enquiries contact Karen Gold, Wider Curriculum Co-ordinator at e-mail

Year 9 and 10 Coursework Deadlines     

Year 9 and 10 Coursework Deadlines availble to download.

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Year 9 and 10 Coursework Deadlines     

The Year 10 Citizenship students are hosting an event in support of Children in Need and as part of a citizenship course, in result of this Callington Community College will be holding an 'Accessorise Day' for Children In Need on Friday 17th of November, called Pudsey Bling Day.

Please can students pay a donation of 50p each at registration to wear their choice of shoes and makeup. They will also be allowed to customise their school uniform with badges, ribbons, sequins, jewellery ...GO WILD!!!
In the spirit of Children In Need can students please try and wear at least one red item, for any enquiries please contact at e-mail

Subject Consultation     

As part of our support for our students in the GCSE courses we are holding a subject consultation evening on Tuesday 14 November from 18.00 - 20.00. Subject teachers who teach Year 11 will be available to be seen on an appointment system.

This evening is really intended for students who need a bit of extra help or support in certain areas of the curriculum, and I must stress that this is not a parents evening in the traditional sense of the word.  It is very much aimed at specific issues relating to specific students, more like a clinic in fact, and with 230 students in this year group some staff will be very busy during this evening. Thus we have invited in parents of students identified by their teachers for specific reasons and we will be contacting them by letter later this week. However, we realise some parents of other students might have an issue they wish to raise with a specific member of staff. With this in mind we are writing to ask you to contact either Mrs Humphries or Mr Wood, Head of Year 11 at the College, so that you can discuss any issues you may have and if we cannot resolve them we will make appointments for you with the relevant subject staff. We must emphasise again that because we have 230 students in this year group we have to limit the number of appointments so please only request an interview if you really feel there is a need.

Thank you for your consideration with this matter, for any enquiries contact at

 

 

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