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July 24th, 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
Celebration of Achievement
What a fantastic way to draw the very long and busy summer term to a close.
Today was our opportunity to celebrate Budehaven success and for our students to be proud of what they have achieved, as I am proud of them. Students who have contributed positively to our school and have therefore made the school a better place, were celebrated in two assemblies where we awarded prizes, and listened to music performances.
We recognised those who have demonstrated the Budehaven Way, the characteristics that we value: We finish what we start – Abby-Jane and Mia; We are ambitious – Finley and Emily; We are self-improving – Asfiya and Lucy; We are explorers and we are curious – Harry and Caja; We create opportunities and make connections – Tom and Edward; We are kind – Louie and Daniel; We are knowledgeable citizens – Millie and James. Congratulations to those students.
Our school improvement this year has been focused on developing a knowledge rich curriculum and implementing successful strategies so that students may become more expert in their academic subject areas, retaining this knowledge and skill so that they make greater progress. The students recognised by our Subject Leaders today have demonstrated that they have achieved this.
In Year 7 and 8 we recognised several students: Young Writer – Kofi; Young Reader – Jude; Young Mathematician – Fern; Young Scientist – Dan; Young Geographer – James; Young Historian – Isaac; Young Linguist – Marlo; Young Artist – Arne; Young Musician – Bea; Young Actor – Isla.
Our older students were presented with awards for their subject expertise: Hannah received the Maya Angelou Award for English; Felicity received the Charles Babbage Award for Maths; Raily was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award for Science; the Margaret Hamilton Award for Computing was awarded to Abby; Charlotte received the Len Tozer Award for Geography; Abby achieved the Rosa Parks Award for History;
Hannah was awarded the Coco Chanel Award for French and Kate received the Salvador Dali Award for Spanish; the Anita Roddick Award for Business was awarded to Emily; Jack achieved the Sir Ben Ainslie Award for PE; Connor was awarded the Steve Jobs Award for DT; The Dalai Lama Award for RE was awarded to Jessie and the Malala Yousafzai Award for PSHE to Ashton; Freya received the Kurt Jackson Award for Art; Molly was awarded the David Barton Award for Music and Holly received the Robin Williams Award for Drama.
The assemblies were interspersed with musical performances from our very talented students. We are incredibly fortunate to have such accomplished students. A huge well done to everyone who participated and received an award today.
In the senior assembly for Years 9 and 10, we also appointed our new senior students, the Budehaven Prefect Team. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader Twenty-one students who will be in Year 10 next year wrote letters of application in June, and today were
issued with their prefect badge. They will be role models for younger students, work with our older students such as the Sixth Form President, support the day to day running of the school, lead school events, contribute ideas about what works best in the school and how we can make it better and represent the school in our community. Well done to Beth, Reuben, Sydney, Zoe, Mia, Rayna, Indigo, Ruby, Mollie, Emily, Georgia, Freya, Dylan, Georgia, Heather, Amber, Henry, Hannah, Samuel, Nathan and Oliver. I am looking forward to working with you all next year.
Out with the old…
Our students have been very generous today and the classroom designated as the old uniform store has been filling up throughout the day. We have collected many items of our old uniform that will now be used to make a difference to disadvantaged children in our wider global community. As Mr O’Dwyer informed you last week, he has been in contact with a number of charitable organisations, including Bude Refugee Support Group, with the ultimate goal of providing our old school uniform to displaced and impoverished communities. As he commented, “Today we have not only celebrated our students individual successes at Budehaven, but also the uniform collection will have a marked impact on other young people; children who cannot help the situation they find themselves in”.
So, thank you to parents for supporting us to make great use of the old uniform.
We are very much looking forward to seeing all of our students in their new uniform in
Budehaven Staff Learners
We encourage our students to be life-long learners and believe that our staff act as role models for this. Ms Potier is studying for her PhD whilst also being joint Head of Art and you will hear more about her work next year which I believe will be of benefit to Budehaven students. Mr Barnes, Mrs Leverton, Ms Byrne and Ms Jenkins have carried out research this year as part of their middle leadership development with Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance. This will help us to target particular areas of improvement such as boys’ literacy, strategies to support higher level skills in history and geography, and how to support students to learn languages more effectively. Our school will also benefit from Mr Tyrell’s appointment as Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) again with the Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance. Although he will continue as Director of EBacc subjects at Budehaven he will also support colleagues in other schools and bring good practice back into school. Both myself and Mrs Pride have trained with Ofsted this year which has provided us with great insight into school effectiveness and we are able to bring up to the minute training, research and effective practice back into our school. Mr O’ Dwyer is now taking part in a qualification for senior leadership (NPQSL), along with Miss Hughes who begins the qualification for middle leadership (NPQML). Staff have also been keen to hone their skills in preparing our students for their public examinations such as GCSEs and A Levels, and they have achieved this by becoming examiners. These skills are then shared in school through training of their subject teams so that all have a good understanding of exactly what students must do to secure the best possible grades in their examinations.
We also said farewell to several staff today and some students too who leave us to move onto other parts of the country and abroad to Cyprus. I would like to thank our staff leavers for their contribution to the well being and success of our students in their time working at Budehaven. Mrs Walter who has been a learning support assistant and sports coach at the school for many years; Mrs White who has led our drama department for several years and has organised many school productions; Mrs Jenkins leaves our English department after teaching English and being a House Leader for several years; Mr Reynolds has worked for many years supporting our students in the ARB; Ms Hardy who has been with our maths department for two years and will now begin her travels; Mr Mitchell who has worked in the computing department this year and now moves on to Bideford; Ms Riddell from our MFL department is moving to Surrey and Mrs Thomas who has been our Parent Support Adviser moves to a new role with Bude Federation. We wish them all the very best for the future.
Examination results will be available to collect from school on the morning of Thursday 16th August (A Levels) and Thursday 23rd August (GCSEs).
We then have Sixth Form Enrolment Day on Thursday 30th August from 9am.
Students in Year 7 and Year 12 return to school on Wednesday 5th September and students in all other year groups will return on Thursday 6th September.
Finally, thank you for your continued support of Budehaven Community School. Your encouragement of your children to attend school every day to take advantage of the teaching and learning that we provide, and to develop the values that will strengthen our school community, is very much appreciated my myself, staff and governors.
I wish you all a very relaxing summer break.
Tracey Reynolds, Headteacher