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«ECO GREEN FLAG AWARD! CALVERTON SCHOOL GETS IT’S SECOND TOP ECO-SCHOOL AWARD Colonel Frank Seely School in Calverton received its second top ...»

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Colonel Frank

CFS NEWS Seely School

Issue : 34


A Specialist College for Excellence in Mathematics & Computing 2011



Colonel Frank Seely School in Calverton

received its second top environmental award –

which is uncommon for secondary schools,

especially in this region.

The school was assessed on 1st July and has now been awarded the top Eco-Schools Green Flag Award for the second time in three years by the environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

Eco-Schools have a pupil committee that measures the school’s environmental performance and encourages the whole school to make changes. To achieve the Green Flag, schools have to cover environmental issues in The Eco Team at CFS at least three subjects, be working on at least three environmental projects, have little or no litter and have good internal and external communications about environmental matters. To gain a second Green Flag, schools have to show a sustained commitment to environmental projects both in and out of school.

Vondra Mays, Headteacher at Colonel Frank Seely said: “We are very proud of the work that pupils and staff have put into achieving their second Green Flag Award. Working on the eco themes has provided the opportunity to improve our school campus, the community and introduced new learning opportunities into the curriculum. I am positive our pupils will continue to build on the success of this award”.


A top Sixth Form team from Colonel Frank Seely which consisted of Jamie Lynch, Rhys Jones, Emily Blatherwick, Holly Joyce, Luke Richardson, Adam Ashfield and Jessica Bereznyckyj, recently took part in the Sixth Form Management Game organised by CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting).

The event was held at Nottingham Trent University and by the end of the day our team had left the others outstanding. The organisers were very impressed by our team’s ability to handle the financial challenges facing public organisations, their planning and organisation, mathematical ability and teamwork skills.

The team members were all presented with a gift voucher in recognition of their achievement.

Congratulations and well done to them all!

Mrs Saunders


On Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June, 150 Year 5 pupils from our partner primary schools in Calverton, Woodborough, Lambley and Lowdham attended a Numeracy Day at Colonel Frank Seely.

There were two main aims of the day. Firstly, it gave pupils an opportunity to experience secondary school life and secondly to see Maths as an interactive and fun subject to study. During the day the pupils took part in four different lessons.

The first lesson involved learning mathematical skills through using ICT, which was taught in the Mathematics Department ICT suite. The pupils used activities from the MyMaths website. This is an excellent resource that can be used by all pupils at Colonel Frank Seely to improve their Mathematics.

Secondly, there was a ‘shape based’ Maths lesson where pupils used nets to make a variety of solid shapes which also doubled as calendars.

A puzzle based lesson provided the third instalment and was eagerly attempted by all. Pupils attempted a problem called ‘Frogs’ which can also be found on the MyMaths website. Finally, Ms Holmes taught a numeracy lesson in German which incorporated the popular game ‘The Weakest Link’, ably assisted by some of our Year 10 and 12 pupils. Despite having no prior knowledge of German the pupils really enjoyed the session and could all count to 12 by the end.

To complete the experience, pupils were provided with a healthy lunch, provided inhouse by the catering team as the school is involved in the healthy eating project and has been awarded Gold status.

Special thanks go to staff from the Maths, Learning Support and Catering departments, as well as Ms Holmes and to the Year 7, 10 and 12 helpers.

The two days were a big success with all pupils having a great time and thoroughly enjoying studying different aspects of Numeracy in a new environment.

We look forward to continued good relationships with our partner primary schools and to delivering the Year 5 Numeracy Days again next year.

Mr. Freestone


Two hundered Year 5 and 6 pupils from Lambley, Woodborough and Calverton have been hard at work for the past 5 weeks producing amazing interactive computer presentations using PowerPoint, as part of the annual computer competition run by Colonel Frank Seely School.

The competition has attracted entries from almost 50 teams from Woodborough Woods Foundation, Lambley Primary, St. Wilfrids C of E Primary and Sir John Sherbrooke schools. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Things that help us’, and in a nail-biting finish a team of 4 from Woodborough Woods proved to be the eventual winners. They won a Kindle e-book reader each, whilst the runners up from St. Wilfrids school each won a mini digital radio and all members of the winning teams from each school won customised USB memory bracelets.

Woodborough Woods’ entry was a stunning mixture of interactive slides, information, music and a quiz to test the judges. They used the theme of ‘Flowers and Plants that help us’, including a garden full of information about medicinal plants and food plants.

The runners up from St. Wilfrids had a very clever idea of having their top ten things that help us, ending up with ‘Family and Friends’ as their number one! All of the pupils had a great day out at CFS, and were treated to a healthy lunch in the Colonel’s Café.

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Throughout the spring term, Mr Ward and Mr Emery ran a ‘Superstars’ event for the Learning Support Sports club.

The events included kwik cricket, penalty shoot outs, boccia, curling, short tennis and athletics.

The points were awarded on a formula one basis but unlike the real thing there was not a runaway leader like Sebastian Vettel! Incredibly there was a three way tie and the joint winners were Lennon Green, Bryn Jones and Oliver Dwyer.

Congratulations to them, and to all the other competitors who showed superb levels of sportsmanship.

Mr Ward and Mr Emery THE CILIP CARNEGIE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2011 The Carnegie Medal is a national award presented annually to the writer of an outstanding fiction book for children. To win, a book must meet certain criteria which include a well constructed plot, convincing and credible characters and a reading experience that stays in the mind well after the book has been finished.

As in previous years, we formed a CFS Carnegie Shadowing Group in April to read all six shortlisted books. This year we had 20 members, a mixture of pupils and staff, male and female. We set about rising to the very real challenge of completing the reading of all the books before the winner was announced on 23 June 2011. Special mention in this regard must be given to Cavan King of Year 7 who managed to read all the books in record time and complete interesting book reviews.

Our group met regularly at lunchtimes in the Library where we enjoyed many lively discussions around our very varied opinions of the books, our favourite characters and which titles we felt were contenders for the Medal. Group members actively contributed to the design and content of the CFS Carnegie Group page on the national Carnegie website and created our reading poll quiz asking readers nationally which book they preferred so far.

As each of us completed the reading of a book we wrote a book review. These were posted both on the website and added to our Carnegie review folder in the Library. We held our final vote by secret ballot shortly before the official result was announced on 23 June 2011.

The CFS winner was ‘White Crow’ by Marcus Sedgwick. The national winner was ‘Monsters of Men’ by Patrick Ness.

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Further information regarding the Carnegie award, the shortlisted books and all the book reviews can be found on the Carnegie website at: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk All the books are available to borrow in the School Library Resource Centre.

As always, it was hugely enjoyable running our Carnegie Reading Group. The enthusiasm and varied viewpoints of the pupils participating was once again most impressive. As a school, we look forward to taking part again next year.

Mrs D Staszkiewicz, Library Resource Centre Manager CFS BATTLEFIELDS VISIT 2011 On Thursday 23rd June a party of 45 Year 9 pupils and 5 staff from Colonel Frank Seely School enjoyed a relaxing start to this year’s Battlefields trip on board the ‘Pride of Bruges’. The good food and the entertainment (disco and cinema) kept everyone happy until it was time to settle down in the cabins.

The first day focused on the Battle of the Somme. By visiting four different sites - Newfoundland Memorial Park, the Ulster Tower, the Thiepval Memorial and the huge Lochnagar Crater - the pupils began to gain an understanding of the horrors and futility of war. They were then driven to their hotel in Ypres, well situated right next to the Menin Gate. After a long and tiring day, everyone was happy to spend the evening relaxing.

On Saturday, the pupils awoke to pouring rain so the itinerary had to be amended. A visit to the excellent ‘In Flanders Field’ museum helped to explain some of the events which had taken place and how the war affected so many people. By the time everyone emerged from the museum the rain had stopped and they were able to continue with the programme. Next the group visited 3 cemeteries - Essex Farm, the German cemetery at Langemarck and the huge Commonwealth cemetery at Tyne Cot. Here, the pupils carried out some research to find out more about the casualties of war, and held a short ceremony during which two pupils laid a wreath on behalf of CFS. After this sombre morning the pupils really enjoyed exploring the trenches at Sanctuary Wood.

There was a lot of time to look around the centre of Ypres before the evening meal and everyone also managed to fit in the obligatory chocolate shop visit. They then went to the Menin Gate ceremony at 8 o’clock, although large crowds mean that unfortunately most pupils could not see a great deal. Some went back later to have a better look at the impressive memorial to thousands of soldiers whose bodies have never been found.

The very competent driver, Stan, took them all to the beach at Calais before they caught the ferry back to England.

This was a very worthwhile and enjoyable trip for all concerned. A huge thank you to Mr Robinson for all his planning and organisation.

Mrs Saunders GREEN’S WINDMILL As part of our Dimensions of Learning ‘Creative and Technological World’ topic, 16 Year 8 pupils visited one of Nottingham’s unique landmarks - Green’s Windmill and Science Centre.

They learned about the scientist and mathematician George Green and had a guided tour of the working mill, where grain is still being ground today - 203 years since it was built. The mill was originally built by George Green’s father, a miller, when Sneinton was a village one mile from the centre of the village of Nottingham.

The pupils were a credit to the school; they asked relevant questions and showed interest in the workings of the mill.

As part of this topic they will be constructing a 3D windmill and village.

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STEM DAY 2011 Once again, the combination of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering came together to provide Year 8 pupils with a day to remember.

As you will see from the photographs the day revolved around the use of STEM disciplines to solve real world problems such as building shelters for disaster struck countries, transporting goods over rough terrain, launching rockets, building towers and using local sourced produce for sustainable food.

Year 8 pupils finished the day by combining their efforts to produce two 25 foot high pyramids showing what can be achieved in such a small time by a group of students. Each Tutor Group constructed 1.2 metre pyramids that were transported into the sports gym and assembled on top each other into the giant pyramids. I’m sure you will agree an amazing achievement in 30 minutes.

Special thanks for the contributions by the staff of Futures, Construction Skills, Woodborough Hall and Jackson Civil Engineering who made this day a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience for all involved.

Mr Lakritz


On Tuesday 24th May a group of gifted and talented children from Year 7 interviewed former pupil Richard Whitehead.

He is a double above the knee amputee who has a condition called congenital amputee - he has had this since he was born and since the age of 18 months he has worn prosthetic limbs. After moving from Lowdham C of E primary school to Colonel Frank Seely, Richard said that it felt like lots of doors began to open for him. He said that sport has always been one of his strong points and that he wasn’t really that great at lessons, though he also added that he does wish he had concentrated a little more in French as it would probably help him when he is travelling. Amazingly Richard didn’t have a choice of running until the age of 28 and he only started marathon running because he needed a challenge to show off his skills. Richard was inspired by a person whose legs had been amputated because of cancer.

This man was so determined he ran 5,500 km from west to east of Canada for charity. He raised so much because he charged one dollar for every person that saw him run.

Sadly, he never finished as his cancer re-emerged again.

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