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NEWS UPDATE - 17 JULY 2017
The Year 12 Higher Education days went very well with visits from representatives of universities including two of our ex-students who are studying at Cambridge. The Year 10 Art group had a great day working with ceramics. We will see the finished work in September once the clay has been fired. The D of E Bronze groups had mixed weather on their final expeditions. Although they were tired they had a great time.
The latest edition of The Knowledge is out with great photos of our brass band, D of E Diamond and Gold awards and our fantastic football teams. There is also a half page article about school trips ranging from Quarry Bank Mill to Berlin. Copies are available from reception.
This week is a week of trips. As well as Activities Day trips on Monday there are a number of our music centre pupils travelling to Lake Garda on Tuesday; we wish them a great time. Tuesday is sports day and currently the weather looks good. For this if it is sunny pupils will need sun cream. Wednesday and Thursday are normal teaching days and we have Lower School Prize Giving on Thursday afternoon for prize winners from Years 7-9. On Friday we have end of term Communions and rewards assembly when we will be saying farewell to some staff.
We look forward to seeing Year 13 at 8am and Year 12 at 10am on Thursday 17 August for their exam results and Year 11 from 8am on Thursday 24 August.
School restarts on Wednesday 6 September at 8.35 am for pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 and Thursday 7 September for Sixth Form students. We wish all parents and students a great holiday.
NEWS UPDATE - 10 JULY 2017
It was great to see the new Year 7 pupils for their induction days. Everything seemed to go very smoothly and we hope that they are feeling more confident about starting at Crompton House in September.
The musicians were very busy last week with an excellent summer concert at St James’ Church, Derker on Tuesday. Over 100 pupils performed brilliantly to make this a very enjoyable evening. We said goodbye to Year 13 students Eleanor Makinson, Abigail Bailey, Rhiannon Ogden-Jones, Freya Upton, Rebekah Harrison, Rachel Sinclair, Anuszka Wrigley and Hannah Wrigley who have worked very hard for the department over the last 7 years. On Thursday the Brass Band played excellently at the NFMY finals in Birmingham. The adjudication was very positive; “You played with great style”, “a well-crafted performance”, “witty introduction, superbly done”. The full adjudication was tweeted last Thursday.
This week we have our Year 12 Higher Education days; Year 10 artists have a ceramic day and on Thursday there is an Art exhibition in the school hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. All parents are welcome to attend. This will be of particular interest to parents of students who are planning to take GCSE or A level Art. Also this week the D of E Bronze groups have their final expeditions and the Gold D of E group leave on Friday for their final assessment. On Friday we have a non-uniform day in aid of Mission Direct and We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
In the final week of term we have Activities Day on Monday 17 July. The only lunch available in school will be packed lunches for those students on free school meals. All other pupils including those in school will need to bring a packed lunch. Tuesday 18 July is Sports Day and some of our Oldham Music Centre musicians will be off to Lake Garda. On Thursday 20 July the Lower School Prize Giving takes place in the afternoon. The guest speaker is Mr Stephen Hill MBE. On Friday 21 July we have our end of term Communions and Rewards Assembly. School finishes at 12.25pm and buses have been arranged to collect students at this time. School restarts on Wednesday 6 September for Years 7 to 11 and on Thursday 7 September for Years 12 and 13.
NEWS UPDATE - 03 JULY 2017
Last week all classes visited the prayer spaces in school to think about their concerns both personal and worldwide. This was very moving and visitors commented on the mature approach of the pupils.
The Year 7 Music taster day was very successful with a lovely joint concert at the end of the day for parents and carers. Judging by the quality of the music our high standards are going to be maintained next year. The Year 7 Fun and Friendship Day for solo pupils was very successful and many new friends were made. Year 8 had their “Our Day Out” trip to Conway which was a most enjoyable day for pupils and staff and the weather did not dampen their spirits.
Dominie Smith Scott of Year 12 talked about downs syndrome in our whole school assembly. She spoke about how she had found out about the condition and that she had set up a support group for brothers and sisters of children who have downs syndrome. Dominie’s talk was very well received by pupils and staff alike.
Year 13 had their leavers’ prom at the Midland Hotel on Thursday last week. It was a very enjoyable evening and we look forward to them returning in August for their A level results.
Oliver, the lower school musical, was a great success with over 100 pupils from Year 7 and Year 8 showing their talent for singing, dancing and acting. Many thanks to Mrs Nixon, Miss Warburton, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Hammond and Ms Bacon who put tremendous amounts of work to make the show a great success. Thanks also to the older pupils who supported the production in the orchestra and back stage.
This week the last Silver D of E group finish their expedition and the Gold groups have done their practice expedition in Yorkshire ready for the final expedition later in July.
On Tuesday 4 July we have a summer concert at St James’ Church, Derker at 7pm and on Thursday our brass band play at the NFMY finals in Birmingham. This is a huge achievement and they will play under the baton of Jonathan Leedale from the Oldham Music Service.
Year 12 have their Higher Education Days on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 July. The Art exhibition is on Thursday 13 July from 6.30pm to 8pm in the school hall. This is well worth a visit for parents and pupils not just in exam years but also in lower school years to see what standards can be achieved. Friday 14 July is a non-uniform day.
On the school website there are new blogs of the Year 13 leavers’ events, more music successes and reports of our wonderful season of football. There are more photographs on all three blogs which have not been seen before.
The last day of term is Friday 21 July with school closing at 12.25pm and buses have been arranged.
NEWS UPDATE - 26 JUNE 2017
The school’s participation in the Oldham Schools Music Festival was fantastic. We had five groups performing all with very good adjudications. We were awarded the Jacques Stromberg award for outstanding contribution by a secondary school. Many congratulations also to St Mary’s High Crompton, Buckstones Primary, Thornham St James, Ruschroft Primary, Delph Primary and Diggle Primary School who also received awards and we look forward to seeing many of their musicians coming up to us in September.
On Wednesday the school signed the Oldham Peace Pledge and our prayer space week is being used to think how we can promote peace in school. We are planning to get a peace pole early next term to go at the front of school.
On Friday Jack Grennan organised a charity concert for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. It was a great evening, was very well attended and raised over £400. Congratulations to Jack and all his musical friends from Years 7 to 13.
Year 11 had their 6th Form taster day on Wednesday last week and their comments were all very positive. Their prom on Thursday was a really good evening from when the first pupil arrived in his little Tykes coupe car to when the last left at 11.15pm in a very luxurious stretch hummer. The pupils were excellently behaved and had a lot of fun with lots of dancing. The speeches were good and short and everyone enjoyed the table magician provided by the PTFA.
The D of E Silver group have had a very good expedition in Clitheroe. The Bronze and Gold groups’ expeditions are in the last two weeks of term.
This week we have the Year 13 prom at the Midland Hotel and Oliver is being performed by lower school on Friday 30 June at 7pm and Saturday 1 July at 2pm in the school hall. Tickets are available to buy from the Finance Office; adults £5 and children £3.
Our summer concert is at St James’ Church, Derker on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm and the brass band is performing at the NFMY finals in Birmingham on Thursday 6 July. Our new entrants to Year 7 had their music induction day on Tuesday 27 June and the induction for all the new Year 7 pupils is on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July.
NEWS UPDATE - 19 JUNE 2017
It is good to see Year 12 back in school starting their A2 courses although there are still a few AS exams to be sat. The 2 New Intake evenings went very well and it was great to see smiles on all of the Year 6 children’s face as they got to learn more about the school. We look forward to seeing them back in school on 5 and 6 July.
The Year 11 leavers’ assembly and valedictory service went very well and there are some photographs on our twitter account. Many congratulations to the four girls who have achieved 100% attendance in all 5 years; Niamh Spivey, Roheema Yasmin, Chloe Hames and Elizabeth Helme. There were many other pupils with excellent attendance, many congratulations to all of these also. The Silver and Bronze D of E groups were out last week, the weather may have been a little too hot for some of them.
This week Year 11 have a 6th form taster day on Wednesday and Year 10 have a 6th form taster day on Thursday. The Year 11 prom is on Thursday at Rochdale Town Hall. A number of our music groups are playing in the Oldham Schools Music Festival on Tuesday morning and Jack Grennan has organised a charity concert for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice on Friday evening starting at 7pm.
On Tuesday 27 June we have a primary music transition day. Year 8 are on a trip to Conway on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June. Also on Thursday 29 we have a Year 6 fun and friendship day for ‘solo’ pupils and Year 13 have their leavers’ prom at the Midland Hotel. On Friday 30 June at 7pm and Saturday 1 July at 2pm we have our lower school musical ‘Oliver’.
We have accumulated a large amount of unlabelled lost property over the spring and summer term, and would like to invite parents in to school to check for their child’s lost items on Monday 26 June. Anything remaining after this date will be disposed of or donated to a local charity shop. Lost property will also be available for pupils to look through over the coming week. If you would like to come in to school to look through the items, please telephone the school number and request an appointment with Miss Barrett on extension 299.
NEWS UPDATE - 12 JUNE 2017
With all the talk of the General Election over the weekend our result at Crompton House School was very interesting. The voting was 50% Labour, 21% Conservative, 14% Green Party, 8% UKIP and 6% Liberal Democrats with an 87% turnout. This may have given us a more strong and stable result, perhaps we will have another one in a few months’ time!
It was great to see many of our students processing in the Saddleworth Whit Walks on Whit Friday and also playing in the band contests in the evening. Many congratulations to Oldham Music Centre Youth Band who won a number of competitions.
On Tuesday this week at school we have a Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening about post 16 choices at 6.15pm and the PTFA meeting at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. On Wednesday and Thursday we have the Intake Evening for the new children starting in Year 7 in September. Talks will start at 5.30pm.
Year 12 are now back in school after their AS exams, there are just a few Maths papers to be sat. Year 11 are on the last week of their exams and Year 13 are now fully immersed in their A2 exams. We have Silver and Bronze D of E practice expeditions taking place this week.
On Tuesday 20 June the school’s musicians will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the morning for the Oldham Schools Music Festival. Year 11 6th Form Taster Day is on Wednesday 21 June and the Year 11 Leavers’ Prom is on Thursday 22 June at Rochdale Town Hall.
NEWS UPDATE - 05 JUNE 2017
Year 9 and Year 13 start their exams this week so school is very busy with pupils either doing exams or revising. On Thursday this week pupils will get the chance to vote in our school election.
On Tuesday 13 June there is a Parent Information Evening for Year 10 parents regarding Post 16 Choices at 6.15pm in the Hall and the monthly PTFA meeting is on at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. On Wednesday 14 June and Thursday 15 June we have the Intake Evening for our new Year 7 pupils. Also on Thursday 15 June we have the Year 11 Leavers’ assembly and valedictory service.
D of E expeditions for all stages are now coming up and we hope the weather holds good for all of them.
NEWS UPDATE - 22 May 2017
Many thanks to the parents who bought plants; we hope to have raised over £500 for school funds. The Year 13 leavers’ assembly and valedictory took place last Friday. Mr Newell and Mr Upton talked about their achievements and trips that have taken place during their last two years at school. In the valedictory the students read from Dr Seuss “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” There were speeches made by the Head Boy and Head Girl and Mrs Howarth. Wilson Chung played a lovely medley of pop songs on the piano.
School ends this week with a non-uniform day for Years 7-10 on Friday and restarts on Monday 5 June. Year 10 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in the school hall.
Best wishes to the eight Crompton House School students who are collecting their Gold D of E certificates on Wednesday this week in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Parking around school
A reminder to parents to park with consideration to our neighbours. It is much better if they park well away from school if they need to pick their child up. There is plenty of spaces on the buses for students to get home.
Congratulations to our 500 Club winners:
March 2017 1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 61 Victoria Finnerty (Dylan 7CO2)
March 2017 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 11 Victoria Hollard (Jacob 7RI2)
March 2017 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 391 Paul Hindle (Naomi Jade 8CR1)
April 2017 1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 142 Julia Turrell (Isabella Despositos 10CO2)
April 2017 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 380 Lisa J Thorpe (Eliza 10OR2)
April 2017 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 340 Joanne Whitworth (Max & Sam 10RI2 & ALUMNI)
May 2017 1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 90 Jane Henson (Sadie 7RI2)
May 2017 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 95 Tina Astley (Emma 7CR2)
May 2017 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 291 Carol Powell (Matthew 11OR1)
Thank you so much for supporting the PTFA; although the 500 Club only has 283 members, we manage to donate around £2,200 every year. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the pupils if more people joined our lottery.
The Spring Ball was a real success and raised £2,456.62, which is lower than previous years but we are confident that we will do better next year. The £200 cash prize was won by our school’s Site Manager John Brierley and we thank him along with all the parents, carers, staff and governors who took part in the Spring Ball’s fundraising efforts. We now have enough money to buy a laser cutter for our Design and Technology Department and as soon as a few quotes are provided, we will finally be able to purchase it.
Date for your diary: Spring Ball 2018 – Saturday the 24th February 2018
500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 15 May 2017
Best wishes to all pupils taking exams. There are lots of revision sessions planned for Year 11. Year 12 and Year 13 teachers are available during their normal 6th Form lesson time to help AS and A Level students with their revision.
Many congratulations to the girls’ U13 water polo team who despite the lack of a swimming pool came 3rd at the National Finals beaten only by two London independent schools.
We have a number of individual sporting successes that have been highlighted on twitter including Zachary Woodward who is the North West Fencing Champion and 3rd in Great Britain; Joshua Barnett who has been selected for a HO Soccer Training Day in London with Chelsea and West Ham goalkeepers and Harry Payton who won a double gold and silver at the ITF Scotland Taekwondo Championships. Congratulations to the U14 and U16 girls’ futsal teams who both narrowly missed out on the final at their futsal tournaments last week.
Our Year 13 students confused lots of people around school on Friday last week by wearing their uniform from their Year 11 days. It was interesting to see lots of uniform from other Oldham and Rochdale schools. They have their leavers’ assembly and valedictory on Friday 19 May.
The Bronze D of E Spring Group had a good day on Saddleworth Moor on Saturday and some of the Silver D of E students are out later in the week in the Peak District. The big football picture due to be taken on Tuesday 16 May had to be postponed because of the weather and will now be taken on Tuesday 23 May.
Year 10 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 25 May from 4.30p to 7.30pm and on the last day of this half term, Friday 26 May, there is a non-uniform day for pupils in Years 7 – 10. Proceeds will go to Prostrate Cancer UK and Salt Cellar Youth Project.
School restarts after half term on Monday 5 June with Year 9 exam week although there are some Year 11 revision sessions taking place during the half term holiday.
NEWS UPDATE - 08 May 2017
What a fantastic week for our footballers as four of our teams Years 7, 8, 10 and 6th Form won their finals at Boundary Park. The Year 11 team are County Cup runners up and Year 9 are the Oldham Cup Champions. This is our most successful year ever in football. Many congratulations to all the pupils who have played so well and a huge thanks to all the staff who have coached the teams. At the time of writing our Year 10 have their County Cup final to play, Monday 8 May, so we could have even more great news later in the week.
Many thanks to all the pupils who helped at New Intake Evening they were brilliant in their interviews, talks and dance and music performances. The new parents spoke very highly of our pupils.
At the weekend the Bronze D of E had a good walk over Pots and Pans in Saddleworth on Saturday and on Sunday one of the Silver groups were out in the Peak District.
Week beginning 8 May is Year 8 exam week and Year 7 assessments start on 15 May. The Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly and Valedictory is on Friday 19 May and on Friday 12 May they will be in school in their old school uniforms if they still fit! Year 12 have their last day in lessons on Friday 12 May before they start their exam on Monday 15 May.
The plants have all been ordered and they will be in school on Tuesday 16 May. They will be available for collection from 1.30pm-5.30pm. Please note that this is a week earlier than originally stated.
NEWS UPDATE - 02 May 2017
There were some great sports results last week. The Year 9 and Year 10 boys’ football teams both won their Oldham Cup Finals; Year 11 came runners up in the County Cup Final and Year 7 and Year 8 both narrowly lost their Oldham Cup Finals. The football teams in Years 7, 8, 10 and 6th form are all playing in the Boundary Park Finals on Wednesday 3 May. Supporters are very welcome to come and watch and times are on the home page of the school website. The Year 9 rugby team won their North West semi-final and the U13 girls’ water polo team won the North West competition to qualify for the National Finals on Monday 15 May.
Four of our school nominees for the Oldham Rotary student of the year award attended the Civic Centre last week and were presented with a certificate by the Mayor, Derek Heffernan. Two of our 6th Form students raised £160 for Gap Medics at their cake sale. Many thanks to Alex Woods for playing his guitar and singing.
Advance notice that the plant sale collection will now be on Tuesday 16 May and not 23 May. The plants will be available from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Year 8 assessment week starts on 8 May and the next PTFA meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9 May in the 6th Form Centre.
NEWS UPDATE - 18 April 2017
The last week of term was very busy with D of E presentations on Monday evening with a very interesting talk by Professor Damian Hughes. It was good to see so many bronze, silver, gold and diamond awards being presented. On Wednesday we had the second of our Easter concerts with some excellent solos and group performances. On the last day of term we had very moving Communions led by Reverend Tim Wickham of St Mary’s Church Balderstone as well as rewards assemblies. James Slater had his head shaved for Cancer Research and the collection together with a Year 11 cake sale raised over £270 in school and an additional £1,000 was raised by James from sources outside of school.
Over the Easter holiday there was a Year 12 Geography field trip to Uppermill and a number of revision sessions for Years 11 to 13. The boys’ Easter weekend football trip to Holland was very successful with Year 8 winning their age group; Year 7 came second and Year 9 came third in their respective age groups; Year 10 also played very well. Congratulations to all the teams and many thanks to the staff who accompanied them.
This week there are a number of GCSE and A level practical exams taking place as well as silver and gold D of E training days.
NEWS UPDATE - 27 March 2017
An obituary to Mr Charles Whitehead who died recently is on the home page of the school website. If any parents or ex-pupils wish to add a piece for the book of remembrance please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also any photographs would be appreciated.
There were some really good football results last week; the 6th Form reached the Oldham cup final, Year 11 reached the county cup final and Year 8 are in the Oldham cup semi-final. Our U15 girls’ team still remain at the top of the Oldham league and the Year 8 girls came third in the Manchester handball games.
The Red Nose non-uniform day was a great success with a cake sale and face painting in the hall at lunchtime. Many thanks to the 6th Form team who organised the event and the brave members of staff who volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them. Well done to Eleanor Howarth who raised £111 with her Year 11 friends on Thursday for Maggie’s Cancer Centre.
The PTFA plant order form is on the home page of our website. These are always fantastic plants and will be delivered to school in May. Please get your orders in as soon as possible.
A reminder to parents to park legally and with consideration outside school. The single yellow lines on Rochdale Road outside school are enforced up to 6pm. Parents who wait at the end of school along this road are adding to the danger of pupils crossing the road. Please also remember that the side road next to the main school gate is a private road and therefore is not a road for parents to drive through or park on.
This week we have the D of E presentation evening at 7pm on Monday, the second Easter concert at 7pm on Wednesday and a Year 13 Higher Education and Finance Evening on Thursday at 6.15pm.
The last day of term is on Friday 31 March with school finishing at 12.25pm. Buses have been arranged for this time but parents must not park on Rochdale Road outside school as this caused traffic congestion at the end of last term. If parents have to collect their children please arrange to do it well away from the school.
Over the Easter holiday there are a number of revision sessions as well as the Holland football weekend from 13-17 April. School restarts for the summer term on Tuesday 18 April at 8.35am.
NEWS UPDATE - 20 March 2017
Last week was national finals week for the senior water polo girls’ team and senior girls’ netball team. On Thursday the water polo team defended their National Champions’ title from last year and in a very close and very competitive tournament lost 2-1 in the final to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, the team they have played in the final for the last two years. The netball girls played a series of very close matches in their national final and finished 7th. Both teams have done really well to get to their finals and were a credit to themselves and the school in their playing. It is brilliant that we have so many high standard sports people in the school. In both of the competitions we had players who play for England.
Students in Year 12 attended the UCAS Convention last week and got lots of ideas for their university applications.
Many thanks to the parents who came to the PTFA AGM. The committee has been reformed and we are looking forward to increasing the profile of the PTFA in school. Orders for the plant sale should be in as soon as possible and an order form is attached to this update.
This week the non-uniform day for Comic Relief is on Friday and there will be activities in the Hall organised by the 6th form.
In the last week of term we have our D of E Presentation Evening at 7pm on Monday 27 March; the second Easter concert is on Wednesday 29 March at 7pm and on Thursday 30 March Year 13 have an Higher Education & Finance Evening at 6.15pm. Communions and rewards assemblies are on Friday 31 March with school finishing at 12.25pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 13 March 2017
The first of our two Easter concerts was very successful. There were some lovely solos and it was great to hear the training band who are becoming proficient in their playing. The brass band played brilliantly and it was good to hear the choirs singing the pieces that they had learned for the Woodard 1000 Voices in Birmingham.
The U15 water polo team came 3rd in the regional finals but many of the girls are competing in the U18 team in the finals this Thursday at Northampton. We had great results in the Oldham swimming gala with the boys coming 2nd and the girls not only becoming Oldham Champions again but also bringing back the coveted Brown Shield.
The Year 8 planetarium talks were fantastic. The inflatable planetarium in the gym worked brilliantly and the pupils had an excellent introduction to their Science space module.
The 90th Anniversary Spring Ball on Saturday was a great success. Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time; many thanks to Sylviane, Yvonne, Tim and Wilson, our 6th Form magician.
This week and next week we have Year 10 mock exams and there are a number of other assessments going on including PE, Art and Music. A reminder that the PTFA committee meeting and AGM is on Tuesday 14 March in the 6th Form Centre at 7.30pm. Our 6th Form netball team are in the National Finals in Hertfordshire on Saturday; we wish them good luck.
In the last 2 weeks of term we have an Oxbridge Conference and a Drama trip to see Woman in Black on Monday 20 March and the second Easter concert is on Wednesday 29 March. This term’s non-uniform day is combined with Comic Relief. Term finishes on Friday 31 March at 12.25pm and the school buses have been rescheduled to collect students at this time
NEWS UPDATE - 06 March 2017
All the music groups at the Rochdale Regional Finals of MFY played really well and got very good adjudications. Well done to all the pupils who gave up their Sunday for this and many thanks to the conductors, Mrs Nixon, Mr Meaden and Mr Leedale.
World Book Day was a great success with 150 pupils and staff dressed as book characters. The Oldham Chronicle used three photographs from Crompton House in their Friday edition. The 6th form cake sale for Prostate UK went well and they raised £271.71.
There are lots of revision sessions taking place. On Monday Grade Boosters are on from 2.40pm to 3.30pm and other times during the week. Final reminder that it is the Spring Ball this Saturday starting at 7pm at the White Hart, Lydgate.
We now have the order forms for the annual plant sale. These are always very good quality plants. They will be delivered on Tuesday 23 May but all plants have to be ordered. The closing date for orders is Tuesday 18 April. The order form will be on the school website shortly.
The autumn edition of the school newsletter, all 43 pages, is now on the school website under CHS News. There are articles about school trips, D of E Gold presentations, sporting successes, Christmas music and talented pupils.
Year 10 mock exams start on Monday 13 March and the senior girls’ water polo team are taking part in the regional finals at Northampton on Thursday 16 March. On Tuesday 14 March all of Year 12 are at the Manchester UCAS Convention and the coaches leave school at 8.40am.
NEWS UPDATE - 27 February 2017
The Year 12 Geography trip to North Wales included Storm Doris which restricted the activities slightly but they still got a lot of work done.
Many thanks to all the parents who helped at recent evening events at school. The response to the email sent requesting help was very encouraging. It is really good that we have parents who will volunteer freely their time to help the school in so many ways.
The next PTFA meeting is the AGM and this is on Tuesday 14 March at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. Congratulations to our February 2017 500 Club winners:
1st Prize £60 – Judith Taylor (Katie Taylor – 8 RI1)
2nd Prize £30 – Louise Barrett-Dean (Oliver Barrett 7CR1)
3rd Prize £20 – Carmel Hobbis (Emily Hobbis 9CR1)
Despite only having 288 members, the 500 Club managed to donate £200 at the last meeting. The PTFA agreed to give £400 towards our U-18 Netball Team’s expenses to take part in the National Championships in March, £350 for a Photo Booth to the Year 13’s prom and £150 for a table Magician at the Year 11 Prom.
The 90th Anniversary Emerald Ball preparations are going well and we still have two tables available; please check out the website for more information. A letter will be going out by email, asking parents for potential auction prizes and/or to take part in our £200 Cash Prize lottery which will be drawn after the ball.
We are in the final stage of raising money to buy a £6,000 laser-cutter for the Design and Technology Department to inspire, educate and enhance the role of young designers, model makers, engineers to make high quality products, to give the pupils the opportunity to reach the top marks in the development and making sections of the design portfolio and to be able to cover specific parts of the new Design and Technology specification. It will also benefit:
- Pupils of all ages from simple CAD/CAM projects in year 7 to more complicated designs in Years 11,12 and 13
- Exam groups – boosting engagement and developmental grades
- Enterprise initiatives with the CAD/CAM club
- Joint Art/DT projects
- STEM Club
- The school as a whole – making door signs/key fobs with Crompton House logo etc.
- Local community/primary schools – inviting local primary schools to work on projects during the summer term.
Thank you for your continued support.
500 Club Secretary
This week we have World Book Day on Thursday 2 March. Pupils in Years 7-9 may come dressed as a character from a book with a payment of £1 for this to Book Aid International. All other pupils not dressing as a book character must come in full uniform. On Friday there is a cake sale at lunchtime in the Hall for Prostate Cancer UK. 6th form students are in non-uniform with a blue theme also on this day.
On Sunday our musicians are at Rochdale Town Hall for MFY Regional Festival; we wish them every success in this.
On Monday 6 March we have our first of two Easter concerts. This is for brass and choir groups and starts at 7pm. Also on this day there is a Year 8 netball rally at Newman College and the U15 girls’ water polo team are in the regional finals at Manchester Aquatic Centre. On Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March an inflatable planetarium will be coming in to school for Year 8 pupils and on Thursday 9 March we have our Year 9 Parents’ Evening from 4.30pm -7.30pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 20 February 2017
Over half term we learned of the very sad passing of Nick Varney who taught Chemistry at Crompton House School from 1988 to 2014. Nick retired in 2014, and left Crompton House on his 56th birthday. He joined the school as teacher of Chemistry in 1988 after teaching at Breezehill and Failsworth schools. He had a great sense of humour and was well known for his unpredictable Chemistry demonstrations! He will be remembered by many for his untiring work backstage on many school productions, as well as supporting the Music Department, particularly driving all the instruments to Tuscany for a school orchestra trip in 2010. Nick was also a very active supporter of the PTFA and was treasurer for nearly 20 years. Nick learnt he had pancreatic cancer late in 2016 and he and his wife Sue retired to South Wales earlier this year. All who knew Nick will be thinking and praying for his family, Sue, Tristan, Jonathan and Christopher (Kit). We will be taking a book of remembrance to the funeral on Friday 24 February. If anyone would like to send a message and/or photograph please send them to Mr Upton at email@example.com by Wednesday 22 February.
The ski trip to Austria, Geography trip to Iceland and Year 12 exchange trip to Sweden all went very well. Many thanks to all the staff who gave up their time to make these trips so successful.
The Woodard Schools 1000 Voices at Birmingham Symphony Hall was a great success with over 50 pupils and Crompton House staff joining many other schools for a day’s workshop with Dominic Peckham. The day culminated with a concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall with some excellent traditional and contemporary music. The workshop was particularly amazing especially the first 30 minutes involving no speaking at all from Dominic. Many thanks to the Music teachers for organising this.
Also in the last week before half term we had Naked Truth talks on internet safety and assemblies on issues around mental health.
A reminder to all parents about parking on the single yellow lines outside the school on Rochdale Road. Although this is legal after 6.15 pm, parked cars add to the dangers for other traffic. It makes it really hard for drivers coming out of the school gates as they cannot see what traffic is coming past the school. There was also a bad accident just before half-term in the evening when a driver coming from Rochdale hit another car travelling in the opposite direction. Again the cars parked outside the school made it difficult for the drivers to see each other. This accident did not involve any school pupils, but one of the drivers was in hospital for a few days afterwards.
Also I have been asked to remind parents that the roads near school can be very slippy in the mornings, and there have been some “near-misses” on the side streets, especially when the roads have been icy. Please do take care when driving and parking.
NEWS UPDATE - 14 February 2017
Nick Varney’s Funeral
This will be at Llanelli Crematorium on Friday 24th February at 10am. Family flowers only, donations to Ty Bryngwyn Hospice. Some Crompton House staff will be attending.
We will be putting together a Book of Remembrance: memories / photographs, which will be taken to the service. If you wish to add something please email your contribution to J.Upton@cromptonhouse.org, and the pages will go in an A4 book. This is for anyone connected to Crompton House (past & present pupils, colleagues, parents, etc).
Any donations can be handed in to the school finance office.
Please pass this message on to anyone who knew Nick.
Senior Deputy Head
NEWS UPDATE - 06 February 2017
Guys & Dolls was a fantastic success; three nights of excellent acting, singing and dancing with over 70 pupils of all ages involved. To put on a show of this standard in just four weeks is amazing. There are more details and some photographs on the home page blog and more photos will be added later. Many congratulations to all the pupils and many thanks to Mrs Bacon, Mrs Hammond, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Nixon, Miss Warburton and all the staff who helped.
The Year 8 careers and options evening went very well. We had many positive comments from parents and business representatives; again there are more details and photographs on the home page blog.
Congratulations to the Year 11 boys’ football team who beat St Ambrose 3-1 and are now in the semi-final of the County Cup and to our Year 9 team who beat Waterhead in the Oldham Cup. Congratulations to the U14 boys’ basketball team who have now qualified for the North West finals.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening for Cocker and Crompton houses is tonight, Monday, 06 February 2017, from 4.30pm to 7pm. On Tuesday this week we have our regular PTFA meeting at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. This is preceded by a Parents’ Information Evening by Naked Truth about internet safety. Over the next 2 weeks all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 will have a talk about it.
We have three overseas trips departing this week; on Tuesday the Year 12 Swedish exchange leave until Tuesday 14 February, on Thursday the Year 11 Iceland trip leave until Thursday 16 February and on Friday the ski trip to Austria departs until Saturday 18 February.
On Saturday 11 February 50 pupils from Crompton House will be singing at the Woodard 1000 voices concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. On Friday 17 February there is a Year 11 half term revision day from 9.00-3.30pm.
The U15 girls’ water polo team play at the regional tournament at the Manchester Aquatic Centre on Monday 6th March. Please note the change of date.
School restarts on Monday 20 February at the normal time.
NEWS UPDATE - 30 January 2017
The Oldham Chronicle Knowledge supplement was published last week and is now in a magazine format. Crompton House has articles in it about the Year 8 Manchester Airport trip, the visit of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, 6th form student Freya Upton’s fund raising effort to attend the World Scout Moot 2017 and an autumn term photo diary. We have copies at reception that are available for parents.
Thanks to all parents who attended the Year 8 Parents’ Evening. We had a 91% attendance which is very pleasing and over 70 responses to the online questionnaire. The responses were very helpful. A reminder that the Year 8 Careers Fair is on Wednesday 1 February is from 5-7pm. There will be businesses represented as well as GCSE subject stands.
Thanks to the parents who attended the Year 11 consultation evening last Wednesday, the comments were very useful.
The Year 12 Psychology trip to Chester Zoo was enjoyed by all. They attended workshops about animal behaviour and took part in an ‘out and about’ session observing the behaviour of animals in real life. Over 50 pupils and staff enjoyed the production of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ at the Lowry Theatre on Thursday evening. The D of E Bronze had a wet walk around Ogden on Saturday. They had a good practice for their walking and navigation skills.
We had a very successful week of sports last week with the Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 boys’ football teams qualifying for the County Cup quarter finals and the 6th form girls qualifying for the national netball finals in March. Many thanks to all the staff who helped in all the activities during the week in particularly those who braved the rain and mist for the Ogden walk.
This week is full steam ahead for Guys & Dolls. Pupils and staff have put in hours of rehearsals over the last few months and the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday should be terrific. Tickets are going fast and are available from the Finance Office.
Year 11 have their revision and study day at Oldham Athletic football ground on Friday. There is also a trip on Thursday for those in Year 11 thinking of applying to Oxford or Cambridge universities.
On Monday 6 February it will be 11 weeks before the external exams start fully (15 May) for Years 11 to Year 13. Year 11 Parents’ Evening for Cocker and Crompton Houses is on Monday evening from 4.30pm to 7pm. Also on 6 February the U18 girls’ water polo team start their defence of their national title at the North West finals at the Manchester Aquatic Centre and the girls’ futsal team are playing at Sheffield. On Tuesday 7 February the Year 12 Swedish exchange starts with our students travelling to Norrkoping. On Thursday 9 February the Year 11 Geography trip to Iceland departs and on Friday 10 February the ski trip to Austria leaves. On Saturday 11 February 50 pupils will be taking part in a Woodard Schools choir day at Birmingham Symphony Hall. There are talks this week about safe use of the internet for pupils in Years 8 and 9, this is continued the week after half term.
There is a Year 11 Science mock exam on Wednesday 8 February and Friday 10 February is a non-uniform day, more details later. School closes at 3.30pm on Friday 10 February and restarts on Monday 20 February.
NEWS UPDATE - 23 January 2017
Thank you to the parents who have offered their services for PTFA refreshments; the response has been very good.
Guys & Dolls is looking really good. There were over 50 pupils, staff and staff spouses all working in the hall on Sunday. Tickets are available from the Finance Office; £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions. There are 3 performances on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February.
It has been really good meeting our prospective Year 12 students from Crompton House and other local secondary schools. It is looking like that we should have a good cohort for September 2017.
Look out for the Oldham Chronicle Knowledge this week. It is now in a magazine format and will be available at local supermarkets and from school.
This week is the Year 13 mocks week; Year 8 Band 2 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday from 4.30pm to 7pm; Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening at 6.15pm on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday is a parents and residents drop in concerning the proposed extension of the school from 4.30pm to 6pm. On Saturday there is the Bronze D of E practice expedition walk around Ogden for the spring group.
NEWS UPDATE - 16 January 2017
Many congratulations to all the 120 pupils who took part in the Dance Show, it was absolutely brilliant. There are pictures for sale which are on display in the Learning Zone. Many thanks to Mrs Ashton-Smith, Mrs Harvey and their team of helpers.
Rehearsals for Guys & Dolls are now well in progress. There are short video clips on the school twitter account. The performances are on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February; we guarantee you will have a great time.
Year 11 had a great taster day on Friday and we are looking forward to seeing them join our 6th Form in September. The motivational talk for Year 11 was also very well received and leads nicely in to the Year 11 Study Skills Day at Boundary Park on Friday 3rd February; more details later.
Over the next few weeks we have a lot of evening events on and volunteers to help with refreshments are still needed, thanks to those who have already offered their services.
Tuesday 17th January 4.30pm-7.00 pm – Year 8 Band 1 Parents’ Evening
Tuesday 24th January 4.30pm-7.00 pm – Year 8 Band 2 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 25th January 4.30pm-6.00 pm – proposed school expansion plan public drop in session
Wednesday 25th January 6.15 pm – Year 11 Parent Information Evening
Wednesday 1st February 5.00p-7.00 pm – Year 8 Options Evening
Thursday 2nd February 7.00 pm – Guys & Dolls
Friday 3rd February 7.00 pm – Guys & Dolls
Saturday 4th February 7.00 pm – Guys & Dolls
Monday 6th February 4.30pm-7.00pm – Year 11 Co & Cr Parents’ Evening
Monday 20th February 4.30pm-7.00pm – Year 11 Or & Ri Parents’ Evening
This week Year 12 have their mocks followed by Year 13 on week commencing 23rd January. On 26th January there is a Drama trip to The Lowry Theatre to see Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and on 28th January the D of E Bronze Spring Group are on the Ogden walk.
500 Club December 16 and January 17 winners
Congratulations to our December 2016 and January 2017 winners; your cheques are in the post:
Dec-16 1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 203 – Shaunagh Katrycz (Jimmy Katrycz)
Dec-16 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 472 – Catherine Makinson (Arianne Makinson)
Dec-16 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 214 – Claire and Niall Harding (Freya Harding)
Jan-17 1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 98 – Andrea Knott (Isabelle Knott)
Jan-17 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 436 – Jayne Dixon (Sam Dixon)
Jan-17 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 208 – Julie Morris (Heath Simmonds)
Thank you so much for supporting the PTFA; although the 500 Club only has 291 members, we have managed to donate £2,200 in the last 12 months. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the pupils if more people joined our lottery.
At our last meeting, we finally managed to buy much needed new comfy chairs for the Year 10 Common Room to the value of £1,500 and contributed £600 towards the group ‘Naked Truth’ who will talk to pupils and parents about safety on the internet in the next few weeks. Presently, we are actively raising money to purchase a laser cutter for our Design and Technology department; we are nearly there and hope to raise enough money with the Spring Ball to finally achieve our goal. Our next event is the Emerald 90th Anniversary Spring Ball, which will be held on Saturday the 11th March 2017 at The White Hart Inn, Lydgate and we still have four tables for sale. It’s a great night out where parents, teachers, governors and friends get together to enjoy fantastic food, fun and friendship whilst raising much needed funds to benefit all the children at Crompton House School.
If you can’t join us, please take part in our £200 cash prize which will be advertised closer to the time. To know more about our events, please consult our PTFA section of the website.
500 Club and Social Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEWS UPDATE - 09 January 2017
We have had a great start to the spring term. A reminder that all pupils should have the correct equipment for school. Please check your child’s planner and pencil case to make sure that they do.
Year 9 attended a launch for the Oldham Pledge. If parents go to @OldhamPledge twitter account they can find out more about this “passport to success”. By September all pupils in school will be involved in this “exciting” adventure which will include all 14 pledges.
We have welcomed four new members of staff to school; Ms Hegarty – Head of MFL and Curriculum Team Leader, Ms Sharif – RS teacher, Mr Welch – Maths teacher and Mr Shabaz – Science teacher. We hope that they have an enjoyable experience teaching at Crompton House.
Rehearsals for the Dance Show have been going really well and tickets are available for the performances on Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm.
On Tuesday there is a Parent Information Evening for Year 12 regarding competitive and prestigious universities at 6.15pm in the school Hall. At 7.30pm there is the January PTFA meeting in the 6th Form Centre, please attend if you can. On Friday Year 12 have a study day before their mock week and Year 11 have a 6th form taster day.
Year 8 Parents’ Evenings are on Tuesday 17 January for band 1 and Tuesday 24 January for band 2 from 4.30-7.00pm. Year 13 mock week starts on Monday 23 January.
NEWS UPDATE - 19 December 2016
Congratulations to Year 11 on their work experience. We have had very good reports about them. The Drama trip to Billy Elliot was very successful. The Christmas lunch and staff and 6th form jumper day went well and raised £266 for Text Santa. The mini brass ensemble was very well received when they played carols on Thursday at Hopwood Court. The Christmas parties on Friday afternoon went very well followed with good singing of Christmas carols and songs.
The survey for the Year 7 Parents’ Evening has had a very good response. It will remain open until Wednesday 21 December if you wish to record your comments.
A reminder to all parents that mobile phones are not allowed to be used at any time during the school day and they will be confiscated for 7 days. Smart watches are not allowed in school at all and will also be confiscated for 7 days. The letter that was sent earlier this term giving information about the use of mobile phones, smart watches MP3 players and cameras has been emailed to all parents again this week.
Our total for the Christmas fair is currently at £3,400. This is a fantastic amount, many thanks to everyone who helped. We still have a few Christmas puddings on sale at £5.50. Please send your money in to reception.
School finishes at 12.25pm on Tuesday 20 December and the school buses have been rescheduled to collect students at this time. School restarts on Wednesday 4 January and this will be a GREEN WEEK. There will be a Christingle service for Year 7 on Friday 6 January at the start of the day. The school dance show is on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 January at 7pm.
Advice that school has received regarding the norovirus has been emailed to all parents as there has been a national surge in reported cases of the winter bug.
We wish all parents and pupils a very happy Christmas and a successful 2017.
NEWS UPDATE - 12 December2016
Many thanks to all the parents and students who came to the Christmas Fair on Saturday. It was very well attended and we estimate that we have raised over
£3, 000 which is fantastic. Thanks also to the many parents who gave up their time before, during and after the fair to make sure it was such a success.
Our musicians were very busy last week playing at the Oldham Chronicle Festival of Carols. It was reported in Friday’s paper that they were note perfect and have already been asked to play again next year. Our swing band played at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday evening, this for many of our pupils was the second concert of the day as they had been rehearsing and playing all day with Oldham Music Centre. Some of our musicians are busy again this Thursday playing at Hopwood Court, opposite school.
Also this week we have Year 7 band 2 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday from 4.30pm to 7pm and a Drama trip to see Billy Elliot. Our Christmas celebrations start this week including the school’s Christmas lunch on Wednesday. Friday 16 December is a non-uniform day with the Christmas parties in the afternoon. There are lessons in the morning so students should dress accordingly with this in mind.
The final week of term starts with Year 11 getting their GCSE mock results at the start of the day on Monday 19 December and our musicians will be preparing for the Christmas concert which starts at 7pm. During the morning of Tuesday 20 December we will be celebrating Holy Communion followed by rewards assemblies. School finishes at 12.25pm and the school buses have been rescheduled.
School restarts on Wednesday 4 January 2017 and the Year 7 Christingle Service is on Friday 6 January (Epiphany) at the start of the day.
The school photos have now arrived. All parents who have placed an order will be emailed with details of when they can collect them. The framed and mounted pictures are not suited to go home on the bus!
There a still some Christmas puddings available. If you would like to buy any for your Christmas lunch/dinner please send in £5.50 to Mr Upton.
NEWS UPDATE - 05 December2016
The Dance Show auditions last Wednesday looked very good so we should have an excellent Dance Show on 11 and 12 January 2017. The brass ensemble played really well at Thornham St James’ School on Thursday night. The brass band played very well at the Oldham Rotary Carol Service on Saturday.
This week we have Year 7 band 1 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday from 4.30pm to 7.00pm which is followed by the PTFA meeting at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. The Year 7 band 2 Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday 14 December from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.
On Saturday we have our Christmas Fair from 11am to 2pm. We are looking forward to seeing as many parents and pupils at this event as possible. It is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. We would be grateful for any more donations and they can be sent into school this week. Don’t forget that draw ticket stubs need to be in by Friday this week. If you can help at the Christmas Fair please contact Julie Atkins at email@example.com or 01706 847451 extension 269.
Year 11 are on work experience for the week commencing 12 to 16 December. Year 12 and Year 13 are going to the Trafford Centre in the afternoon of Friday 16 December when the rest of the school will be having their party afternoon. This is a non-uniform day. The Christmas concert is on Monday 19 December at 7pm.
School finishes at 12.25pm on Tuesday 20 December with Communions and Rewards Assemblies in the morning. School restarts on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 8.35am.
NEWS UPDATE - 28 November2016
The Year 13 Parents’ Evening was very well attended. Parents are asked to complete the parent survey which they were sent details about on Wednesday of last week. The 6th Form ‘Safe Driving Presentation’ was well received by all the students that attended the event at Middleton on Tuesday last week. This week Year 12 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.
The Music Department is going to be very busy over the next few weeks. On Saturday 3 December the Brass Band is playing at the Oldham Rotary Carol Service at St James’ Church, Derker and at the Oldham Chronicle Carol Service at Oldham Parish Church on Thursday 8 December. The Swing Band are at Holy Trinity Church with the Oldham Choir on Sunday 11 December. Our Christmas concert is on Monday 19 December at 7pm in the school Hall.
Our PTFA Christmas Fair is on Saturday 10 December, doors open at 11am. Items are coming in well. Please send your donations in to school as soon as possible. Bottles and alcohol can be brought in to the Parents’ Evening or to reception after school.
A reminder that school finishes at 12.25pm on Tuesday 20 December and restarts on Wednesday 4 January 2017 on a green week.
90th Anniversary Emerald Ball – Saturday 11 March 2017
Dear Parents, Governors, Teachers and Friends
Please could you send your reservation forms and monies to the Finance Office before the 20 December at the latest; forms can be downloaded from the PTFA section on the school’s website.
If you wish to pay via bank transfer or have a problem with the deadline, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support.
PTFA Social Secretary
Changes to the start times for the 794 and 795 school buses
Following recent communications with Transport for Greater Manchester due to the late arrival at school of the 794 and 795 buses from Middleton the start time for these buses has now been brought forward with effect from Monday 5 December. Please see the new timetable on the school website via the transport section under ‘School Life’ tab for further details.
Please can we remind you of the expectation regarding coats, scarves and hoodies?
Hoodies, cardigans, track suit tops (anything other than the non-compulsory plain black, v-neck jumper) should not be worn at any time on school premises. If these items are worn, uniform cards will be signed and the item will be confiscated for the day and returned to the students at 3.30pm in the hub.
We would ask parents to encourage students to wear sensible coats and plain black v-neck jumpers during cold and wet weather.
Coats are allowed to be worn to and from school and during lunch times and break times outside the school buildings.
Coats and scarves should not be worn in school. During lesson times we expect coats and scarves to be kept in bags, lockers or cloak rooms. Can we also remind parents that all items of school wear and sports kit must be labelled with your child’s name?
Please continue to support the school in maintaining standards of uniform and general student appearance during the remainder of the year. Your strong partnership in this respect will ensure that students continue to be excellent ambassadors for the school. Our uniform guidelines are on the school website and you may wish to refer to these. Some of our girls have grown taller and their skirts may now need to be replaced with a longer one. Boys should refer to our rules before visiting the barber. We are very pleased overall with the quality of uniform and thank you once again for supporting the school.
Mr D Dunkley Mr C Raynerd
Assistant Head Teacher Assistant Head Teacher
Head of Year 7 Head of Year 11
NEWS UPDATE - 21 November2016
Wednesday’s Presentation Evening and Friday’s Speech Night were lovely occasions. Both Stephen Hill MBE and Bishop Mark Davies spoke very interestingly and it was good to see many of our ex-students back at Crompton House. The music on Friday was lovely and particular praise to James Kelly who played the organ on both evenings.
The Year 10 Drama trip to see Blood Brothers was enjoyed by all. The Year 13 Biology trip to Malham Tarm was wet, cold and good for the soul! They got a lot of work done for their A Level.
Many thanks to the 6th Form and some Year 8 girls who did a brilliant job raising money for Children In Need on Tuesday. It was good to see Mr Newell, Mr Holt, Mr Wroe and Mr Raynerd having their legs waxed. The pupils all enjoyed seeing their pained faces! It was great to see a picture of Mr Newell on the front page of the Oldham Evening Chronicle. In total we raised £840 to date (Monday).
90 shoe boxes were sent off to Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse appeal. This is a fantastic achievement and is more than last year. Many thanks to everyone in school who helped to contribute and Mrs S Ward and her form for co-ordinating it all.
This week we have Year 11 mock exams and Sixth Form students are going to Middleton for an illustrated talk on ‘Safe Driving’. Year 13 Parents Evening is on Wednesday 23 November 4.30pm to 7.00 pm. The Year 12 Parents Evening is on Thursday 1 December 4.30pm to 7.00 pm.
Letters will be sent out this week to parents of Year 7 pupils regarding Parents’ Evenings which will be held on Tuesday 6 December from 4.30pm to 7.00 pm for pupils in Band 1 and Tuesday 13 December from 4.30pm to 7.00pm for pupils in Band 2.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday 30 November from 3.30pm for the Dance Show in the school hall. On Saturday 3 December the brass band is playing at the Rotary Christmas concert at St James’ Church, Derker.
Don’t forget it is the school’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 10 December. Orders for Christmas puddings are still being taken and any donations for the Christmas Fair can be sent in to school this week. If you are planning to send in any bottles to school you can leave them at one of the Parents’ Evenings or at reception.
There is lots of information available on the parent portal including the school calendar, copies of emails sent home from school, vivo totals, attendance, student timetables and school reports. Access to the parent portal can be made via the parents section on the school website. If you are logging in for the first time enter the email address that is registered in school and click on ‘forgot your password’.
Changes to 794 school bus
From Monday 5 December the 794 school bus from Middleton has been retimed in order for the bus to arrive at school on time. The bus will now depart from Manchester New Road from 07.33 am. A copy of the new timetable will be available soon to view on the website.
Parking around school
Parents are reminded to park legally and with consideration and courtesy to our neighbours when dropping off or picking up their children or attending school events. Parking on the yellow lines is a big safety issue for your children and other road users. It is also particularly important near the road-works between the Post Office and St Mary’s Primary School, where the road is more congested.
Congratulations to our 500 Club November winners:
1st Prize £60 – Lottery number 69 – Cathy Orchard (Emily – year 7)
2nd Prize £30 – Lottery number 303 – Barbara Crick (Olivia – Year 10) – also a winner in August 2014
3rd Prize £20 – Lottery number 12 – Lisa Mottram (Beth – Year 11) – also a winner in February 2016
Thank you so much for supporting the PTFA; although the 500 Club only has 291 members, we have managed to donate another £200 this term, which brings it up to £2,200 this academic year. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the pupils if more people joined our lottery. We are actively raising money to purchase a laser cutter for our Design and Technology department, a new science laboratory and much needed new chairs for the Year 10 Common Room so please watch out for our future PTFA events:
Christmas Fair (10th December from 11.00 til 14.00)
Spring Ball (11 March 2017 – Please return your forms as soon as possible)
Support us as best you can because it really makes a difference to all the children.
If you know any member of your family or friends who wishes to get a number, please download a form on the PTFA section of the website.
Sylviane Lawrence 500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 14 November2016
A letter requesting items for the Christmas Fair (11am-2pm on Saturday 10 December) has been emailed to parents. Not only do we need lots of different gifts we also need people to help for it to be a success. Please think how you can help and please contact Julie Atkins on extension 269.
The highlight of last week was Macbeth at the Bolton Octagon Theatre. This was a fantastic production. The cast was brilliant and the presentation was quite amazing. The students were really were a great credit to Crompton House School. Everyone in the audience was moved by the performance.
The Social Science students had a great time in London finding out about Victorian London and visiting a variety of museums and places of interests.
Our brass musicians played the last post on Friday 11 November with the whole school standing in lessons in silence. James Kelly of Year 12 played the last post at the Spindles for the silence there. The Art Department commemorated the remembrance with a poppy display at the crossroads inside school.
Congratulations to ex-student Matthew Walls who had his first senior international cycling event at the weekend. He came 5th in the men’s cycling pursuit in Holland.
This week we have two presentation evenings. The first is on Wednesday for the current Year 11 and Year 12 with guest speaker Mr Stephen Hill MBE from St Joseph’s RC Primary School. The second is on Friday when we have Bishop Mark Davies.
Year 11 start their GCSE Mock exams on Monday 21 November. On Friday 25 November we are hosting a PTFA Lucy Cobb Fashion Show in the Hall at 7.00 pm. Please buy your tickets in advance. They are £5 including a complimentary glass of Prosecco or Orange Juice.
Over the next few weeks we have a number of Parents Evenings. If any parents can help the PTFA with the refreshments for these please email Jim Upton on email@example.com.
Year 13 Parents Evening – Wednesday 23 November 4.30pm to 7.00 pm
Year 12 Parents Evening – Thursday 1 December 4.30pm to 7.00 pm
Year 7 Band 1 Parents Evening – Tuesday 6 December 4.30pm to 7.00 pm
Year 7 Band 2 Parents Evening – Tuesday 13 December 4.30pm to 7.00pm
Many pupils are losing PE kit in the changing rooms; can we remind parents (and pupils) that the changing rooms are often used by more than one class and it’s very easy for one student to pick up somebody else’s property without realising. It’s therefore extremely important that ALL items of PE kit (and school uniform) are clearly labelled with your child’s full name, this includes rugby shirts and trainers. With this in mind, can we please ask that parents check their child’s PE kit (and any other school uniform) to ensure they don’t have someone else’s clothing? If you find items with somebody else’s name in, please send it to the Hub so that it can be returned. We have had some trainers in lost property since half term which have yet to be claimed, if your son has lost his trainers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description.
NEWS UPDATE - 07 November2016
Last week the Year 7 animal handling workshops went very well with snakes, millipedes and other creatures. The talks were all about how animals adapt to their environment. The Year 7 and Year 8 girls’ choir had a very good afternoon in Manchester singing with other schools in the Greater Manchester Hub. The 6th Form Open Evening was very successful with lots of Crompton House School students and pupils from other schools finding out about our 6th Form courses.
On Tuesday this week we have a PTFA meeting at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre and on Thursday the school is taking part in the Shakespeare School Festival at Bolton Octagon at 7pm with their performance of Macbeth. Other schools are performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and Romeo & Juliet.
On Friday 25 November we have the Lucy Cobb fashion show from 7pm. Tickets are £5 including a complimentary glass of Prosecco and are available from the Finance Office. .
The Christmas Fair is on Saturday 10 December from 11am to 2pm. Christmas draw tickets were sent out last week and should be returned to school as soon as possible. The order form for the Christmas puddings was also sent with the tickets.
As we get closer to winter parents should familiarise themselves with our arrangements of school closure due to adverse weather conditions. These can be found by clicking the following link http://cromptonhouse.org/parent-portal/ and scrolling down to the section marked ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. There have been a number of updates to this section including information regarding mobile phones, smart watches, watching football matches on the 3G pitch and wearing coats and parents are advised to have a look.
Lockers & Lost Property
A number of unlabelled items were found in the lockers that were opened over the half term and pupils will have lost equipment. Clothing should check at the hub this week as anything left after this Friday will be disposed of.
We have had information from Top Form that the Oldham shop is only open as a pop up shop for just a few weeks a year. The Rochdale shop is open as normal.
Detentions & Isolations
Detentions and isolations have changed with effect from this week. Please refer to the email sent on Friday 4 November regarding the changes.
NEWS UPDATE - 31 October 2016
The Lower School Concert before half term was fantastic. Over two hundred pupils took part in class groups, choirs, small ensembles as well as the Junior Orchestra and Training Band. It was very pleasing to see that we have some excellent musicians in Year 7. The Chetham’s School Orchestra Day on Wednesday of the last week was excellent. It was really good for our pupils to see such a high quality young orchestra.
Also before half term our Year 10 GCSE musicians had a day at Oldham Music Centre where they extended their GCSE work and also had a workshop with a performance from STOMP.
We now have a proof copy of the school photograph at the pupils’ entrance and there is also a copy at reception. The quality looks really good. All pupils will be receiving an envelope with a details of how to buy a copy. The version in school is framed J. Prices are from £31. The separate 6th Form photograph cost from £16.50 and is also on display at reception.
Pupils will also be receiving an envelope containing school Christmas draw tickets. They are £1 each and come in a book of five. Parents are asked to return them back to school with £5 or the whole tickets before the school Christmas Fair which is on Saturday 10 December.
The 6th Form Open Evening is on Thursday 3 November from 5-8pm with talks at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm in the school Hall. Also this week we have a non-uniform day on Friday in aid of Oldham Mountain Rescue and Shelter Box. The Year 7 & 8 girls’ choir are at St Michael’s, Ancoats, the home of the Halle Orchestra on Tuesday afternoon. Year 7 have an animal handling workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Week commencing Monday 7 November there is a Year 13 Social Science trip to London; Year 12 have an EPQ talk on Wednesday morning and the School Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth is on Thursday 11 November at Bolton Octagon. Tickets are going fast and are available from the theatre’s box office. Three other schools are performing on the same evening.
On Friday 11 November, Armistice Day, we will have two minutes silence at 11am and the Last Post will be played around the school by our brass musicians.
The school lockers have now been cleared out; all property removed before half term is available for pupils to view during break and lunchtime. Items which are labelled will be returned to pupils during this week. Unlabelled and unclaimed property remaining in school on Friday 11 November will be disposed of. Parents wishing to view lost property should email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
NEWS UPDATE - 17 October 2016
The joint Spanish and Art trip to Madrid was very successful and all pupils behaved excellently. They saw a lot of Spanish Art and experienced Spanish culture.
The Year 8 Castleton trips went very well. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who accompanied the trips and without their help these trips would not be possible.
There were lots of great sports results last week with netball and football teams going through to the next round of competitions.
The Year 7 ‘The School of the Future’ competition had some excellent entries; it certainly seemed to inspire our new pupils. Many thanks to Mr Taylor for organising this event.
This week the Lower School Concert is at 7pm on Tuesday in the Hall and Chetham’s School Orchestra are with us all day on Wednesday. The Year 7 Communions due to take place this week has been postponed. Friday 21 October is a staff inset day. School restarts on Monday 31 October.
Over the half term all lockers are being emptied. This will allow us to have more lockers in use after the holiday. Pupils must empty their lockers this week and leave them unlocked. The new lockers will be available after half term.
We are still taking parents and pupils views on the proposed changes to the school day Parents should email firstname.lastname@example.org and pupils should email email@example.com. We do value your input on this.
A reminder that we are holding the 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday 3 November with talks at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Students from all schools are welcome. The first non-uniform day for the school year is on Friday 4 November in aid of Oldham Mountain Rescue and Shelter Box.
Congratulations to our 500 Club October winners:
1st Prize £60 – Beverley Ramadhin (Natalie – ALUMNI)
2nd Prize £30 – Suzanne Brown (Niamh – Year 13)
3rd Prize £20 – John Tudor (Imogen – Year 7)
Thank you so much for supporting the PTFA; although the 500 Club only has 283 members, we have managed to donate another £200 at the last PTFA meeting which brings it up to £2,200 this academic year. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the pupils if more people joined our lottery.
We are actively raising money to purchase a laser cutter for our Design and Technology Department and a new Science laboratory so please watch out for our future PTFA events: Lucy Cobb Fashion Show (25th November), the Christmas Fair (10th December) and our very popular Spring Ball (11 March). Support us as best you can because it really makes a difference to all the children. If you know any member of your family or friends who wishes to get a number, please download a form on the PTFA section of the website.
500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 10 October 2016
The whole school photograph on Tuesday went very smoothly. Fortunately the weather was quite good but it was quite cold for those people who were on the pitch for an hour. The behaviour of students was excellent and they were complimented by the Tempest photographers. We are looking forward to seeing the finished photographs; prices start at £28. We will let you know when the proof copy comes to school.
The Year 8 Geography trip to Castleton on Friday last week went very well. Year 11 Art groups had a really good day on Friday with a ceramic artist learning lots and getting some good work done.
Our Swedish visitors left school at 6.30am on Wednesday last week after a very hectic week involving lots of shopping, a trip to Blackpool and many other activities with their host families. The Macbeth cast had a really good day at Bolton Octagon Theatre in preparation for their performance on Tuesday 10 November. Tickets for the performance are available from the Octagon’s box office.
On Wednesday we started the consultation with pupils concerning the possible changing of the timings of the school day. Pupils will have some assembly time to hear more details, and can then email firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of this half-term.
In the last week before half term we have a Lower School Concert on Tuesday 18 October at 7pm. Chetham’s School Orchestra are in school on Wednesday 19 October to perform to Crompton House pupils and primary school pupils. Year 7 have their Welcome Communions period 5 on Thursday 20 October and Friday 21 October is a staff inset day so all students will start their half term early!
A reminder that the 6th Form Open Evening is on Thursday 3 November with talks at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. We welcome students from all schools.
The first non-uniform day for the school year is on Friday 4 November in aid of Oldham Mountain Rescue and Shelter Box.
Last week we disposed of a several sacks of unlabelled clothing found in school last term. All labelled items found were returned to their owner.
Parents need to ensure that every item of school clothing, including coats and jackets, trainers and boots are labelled with the child’s name. (Trainers & boots are best labelled under the tongue or on the insole.) Similarly school bags, sports bags and book bags all need to be labelled as so many are identical.
Any unlabelled items handed in to lost property will be kept until the end of term and then disposed of, as we don’t have enough space to store them in school. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
NEWS UPDATE - 03 October 2016
The Year 8 pupils had a great time at Manchester Airport looking at the terminals and behind the scenes. Many thanks to the parents of Year 9 who attended the Parent Information Evening – Welcome to GCSE – on Tuesday; thanks for the positive feedback.
Founders Day on Friday was a very special occasion. Many thanks to the Reverend Derek Palmer for the use of Oldham Parish Church. It was great place to hold our services; they were lovely. The Macmillan coffee morning raised £560. There is a report and photographs on the home page of the school website.
Also last week as part of our 90th Anniversary the school was visited by two pupils in the uniform of 1926. They were photographed with many classes and more details about “The Spirit of 1926” are on the home page of the school website. On Tuesday 4 October we have a whole school photograph taking place during the morning which parents can buy copies of later this term.
Our Swedish exchange visitors have been with us since Wednesday 28 September and they have visited the National Football Museum, The Central Library, Jump Nation, The Trafford Centre and Blackpool. They certainly brought good weather with them!
On Tuesday this week there is a Parent Information Evening for Year 11 regarding GCSE Information. On Wednesday the cast of Macbeth have a rehearsal at the Bolton Octagon Theatre in preparation for their performance on Thursday 10 November and we have a ceramist working with Year 11 Art students on Friday.
On Monday 10 October we have a Parent Information Evening at 6.30pm to consult with parents to review timings of the school day. Also next week there is a Year 8 Geography visit to Castleton and a combined Art and Spanish trip to Madrid for Years 10 and 11. On Tuesday 11 October there is a PTFA Welcome Meeting with refreshments at 7pm and the meeting starting at 7.30pm. All parents are invited especially those who are new to the school.
NEWS UPDATE - 26 September 2016
The Year 11 History trip to Quarry Bank Mill last week went really well and the pupils gained a lot of understanding of life in a Victorian mill ready for their coursework. The Year 8 Parent Information Evening regarding Year 8 options was very well attended and details of the evening will be on the website very shortly.
The Open Evening on Thursday last week was one of our busiest ever. Many thanks to the 100 plus student guides who showed parents round with enthusiasm and knowledge. We had lots of comments on the returned evaluation forms saying how good the students were. Parents also commented on how welcoming everyone in the school was. There will be two mornings in October when parents can see the school in action.
The Year 11 and Year 12 Careers Day on Friday was very well received by the students. The motivational talk was by Andrew Walker of ‘Live Your Dream’. Students were fascinated by his story and are up for the challenge of living their dream. More details about Andrew Walker can be found at http://www.lydc.info/
This week Year 8 pupils are at Manchester Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have a Year 9 Parent Information Evening – Welcome to GCSE – on Tuesday. On Friday we have Founders Day Service at Oldham Parish Church. We will also be holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday. Pupils will be given a metal pin badge commemorating the opening of the school in 1926. To commemorate Founders Day we also have a whole school photograph on the morning of Tuesday 4 October, weather permitting. We will need all pupils to be smartly dressed for this occasion! Photographs will be on sale later this term.
During the next week we will have visitors from Sweden in school with their Year 13 hosts and they will be going to Blackpool on Monday 3 October. On Tuesday 4 October there is Parent Information Evening for Year 11 regarding GCSE Information. On Wednesday 5 October the cast and directors of Macbeth are rehearsing at the Bolton Octagon Theatre for their performance in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. On Friday 7 October Year 11 Art students will be working with ceramics with a local
NEWS UPDATE - 19 September 2016
Thank you to those who came to the Parent Information Evening last week, we hope that you found this useful. On Tuesday we hosted a 6th Form event for those students thinking of applying to Oxbridge. Students from Crompton House School, Blue Coat School, Hulme Grammar School and Oldham 6th Form College spent the morning learning about the 6th form process, applications and interview hints. Eight academics from Oxford and Cambridge were present and all the students found the morning useful in preparation for their applications.
Assemblies last week were about radicalisation using the themes of the Star Wars films!
On Tuesday this week we have a Parent Information Evening for Year 8 options and the Year 11 History pupils are off to Quarry Bank Mill as part of their GCSE course work. On Friday Year 11 and Year 12 have careers talks.
On Thursday we have our Open Evening for prospective Year 7 pupils with the first talk at 5.30pm. School closes at 1.50pm and the school buses have been re-arranged for this time. Pupils who have volunteered to act as guides can stay on and they will need to be collected at 8.45pm. If any pupils wish to volunteer to be a guide they should collect a form from the hub as soon as possible. We are in need of parents to help with refreshments. If you can help please email Mr Upton at email@example.com
Next week we have a Year 8 trip to Manchester Airport. Our exchange students from Sweden arrive on Thursday and on Friday we have Founders Day services at Oldham Parish Church
The site team have gathered up a large amount of lost property during the summer holidays. There is a substantial amount of clothing, coats, trainers/football boots, etc without name labels, these items will be available for parents to view on Tuesday 4 October from 4.30-6.30pm please make a note of this date in your calendar. Anything which remains after this date will either be donated or disposed of.
Congratulations to our July, August and September winners:
1st Prize Lottery number 378 – £60 Deborah Kelly (Olivia – Year 10)
2nd Prize Lottery number 427 – £30 Sharon Hall (Samuel – Alumni)
3rd Prize Lottery number 18 – £20 Ken Mottram (Beth – Year 11)
1st Prize Lottery number 84 – £60 Ann Hall (Samuel – Alumni)
2nd Prize Lottery number 180 – £30 Nicky Main (Will – Year 12)
3rd Prize Lottery number 92 – £20 Paul Benson (Jasmine Marie – Year 7)
1st Prize Lottery number 116 – £60 Beverley Chipchase (Sarah and Ryan – Years 12 and 9)
2nd Prize Lottery number 112 – £30 Karen Crossman (Freya – Year 7)
3rd Prize Lottery number 272 – £20 Jackie Wood (Jordan – Year 13)
Thank you for your continued support; it is very much appreciated as the PTFA is able to provide items for the students that the school’s ever tightening budget couldn’t otherwise afford. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining, please download a membership form from the PTFA pages on the website.
500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 12 September 2016
Welcome back to Crompton House School. The summer exam results were excellent and there are lots of pictures and articles on the home page of the school website. Also over the summer the Year 9 water sports trip took place in the South of France and this was enjoyed by everyone involved. A number of our pupils took part in the NCS Challenge and this is continuing on Saturdays during September.
We are very pleased to see our new Year 7’s in school. They look very smart and are eager to learn. 6th Form numbers are up again. We have more Crompton House School students coming back as well as a good number of students from other schools.
Well done to our Year 9/Year 10 cricket team who are now Champions of Oldham.
The first PTFA meeting of the school term is on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre.
On Tuesday 20 September and Wednesday 21 September Year 11 History pupils are visiting Quarry Bank Mill as part of their GCSE coursework. Also on Tuesday there is a Year 8 Parent Information Evening at 6.15pm to start the options process. Parking is available on site.
Thursday 22 September is Open Evening for prospective Year 7 pupils. Parents will need to make an appointment for one of the talks at 5.30pm, 6.30pm or 7.30pm via the school’s website http://cromptonhouse.org/. There will be no parking for parents on site and visitors are asked to park with consideration to our neighbours. There are car parks available in Shaw with a short walk to school. School finishes for students at 1.50pm to allow time to prepare for the event. The school buses have been rescheduled to collect students at the earlier time.
On Friday 23 September there is a Year 11 and Year 12 Careers Day. Year 7 and Year 12 Meet and Greet sessions will take place on Monday 26 September and Monday 3 October from 3 pm to 4.45pm. The sessions will be by appointment and we will be sending out appointment times in due course.
NEWS UPDATE - 11 July 2016
The concert at St James’ Church, Derker was an excellent evening of musical celebration. There is a blog on the home page of the school website by Emily Wong and also pictures of the evening including Year 13 performers in their last school concert. There is also a blog of the brass band at the NFMY in Birmingham again with lots of pictures of our brass musicians in different groups including family and year groups. On both days the quality of music was excellent and all the students and staff are thanked for the work that they have put in this year.
Activities and sports days went very well although traffic on the motorway on Thursday caused a few groups to be back later than planned.
Many congratulations to our U13 girls’ football team who are now Greater Manchester School Champions. They had a great time at the opening ceremony to the Greater Manchester Games followed by matches at Wright Robinson School.
Congratulations to Marcus Dey who had his first win in the British Youth Triathlon Series at the weekend and also to Oliver Makinson who came 9th in the same race. Congratulations also to Isabel Larder and Niamh Campbell-O’Donnell who have been selected for the England water polo team to play in Malta in October.
In this last week of term we have over 100 Year 10 Geography students at Swanage working on their Geography course work, 15 6th form students in New York and 11 students are on their way to Nepal. It will be great to read all their reports when they return. On Tuesday we have a Maths puzzle day for Year 8 pupils. Wednesday is a non-uniform day for the Nepal charity and Year 11 have organised a cake sale for one of our pupils who is in hospital. On Thursday afternoon it is the Lower School Prize Giving with guest speaker Matthew Milburn and on Friday we have Communions and Rewards Assemblies. School closes at 12.25pm and the school buses have been rescheduled for this time.
A level results day is on Thursday 18 August and GCSE results day is Thursday 25 August. School restarts for Years 7 to 11 pupils on Wednesday 7 September and Thursday 8 September for students in Years 12 and 13.
From September the bus number for the school bus service from Norden will be known as 442 for the journey to Rochdale bus station but for the journey from the bus station to school the number will change to 435.
NEWS UPDATE - 04 July 2016
Congratulations to all of our athletes who took part in the Oldham Schools’ track and field events. There were some fantastic individual and team performances.
The transfer days for our new Year 7 pupils went very well although the weather on the Wednesday could have been better! We hope that the pupils are now feeling more comfortable about their start at Crompton House in September.
All three of the D of E sections were out at some point last week. At the Bronze expedition at Castleshaw the school was presented with a glass plaque from Oldham Mountain Rescue for our annual non-uniform donations. The pupils also had a search and rescue dog demonstration which found two of our pupils in the bushes! They also had a tour of one of the team Land Rovers. The Year 11 Silver catch-up group from last year did well in the Lake District and there is a picture on our twitter account of a very happy, relieved and damp Year 12 Gold pupils who successfully completed their expedition last week.
The Berlin trip enjoyed the Germany v Italy football match and Berlin was quite noisy that evening! Many thanks to all the staff, parents and partners of staff who volunteered in all of the activities last week. To run these activities Crompton House School relies on staff’s good will and parent volunteers for them to take place. If you can help please respond to the letter sent on Monday. All of the extra activities play an important role in the quality of education which we offer your children.
On Wednesday 6 July we have our instrumental concert at St James’ Church, Derker at 7pm. Timetables will be suspended for Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July when there will be two main activities as follows:
|Day||Year 7 & Year 8||Year 9 & Year 10|
|Thursday 7 July||Trips||Sports Day|
|Friday 8 July||Sports Day||Trips|
On Thursday the brass band are playing at the Music for Youth at Birmingham Symphony Hall. This should be a great day for our brass musicians.
In the final week of term we have a Year 10 Geography field trip to Swanage, 6th form trip to New York and a trip to Nepal! Year 8 are taking part in a Maths Day on Tuesday 12 July. There is a non-uniform day on Wednesday 13 July for a Nepal charity and in the afternoon of Thursday 14 July it is the Lower School Prize Giving. On Friday 15 July we have Communions and Rewards Assemblies. School closes at 12.25pm and the school buses have been rescheduled for this time.
NEWS UPDATE - 27 June 2016
The Year 6 Music Transition Day was very successful with a lovely concert at the end of the day involving pupils from Year 6 to Year 13.
The Drama visit to 39 Steps at the Lowry Theatre was enjoyed by all. The Year 8 visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park was in lovely weather and a lot of drawings of interesting sculptures were made. Year 9 had a Geography trip to Manchester on Friday but the weather was not so kind to them.
The Year 11 Prom on Thursday evening was a fantastic occasion with all the pupils looking amazing. There are lots of pictures on the twitter account and a blog on the home page of the school website.
D of E is coming to a close this week with Gold in the Lake District and the Bronze groups out in Saddleworth. The Year 10 trip to Berlin leaves on Friday 1 July and returns on Monday 4 July.
Year 12 have preparation for university days on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 July. The Instrumental Concert at St James’ Church, Derker is at 7pm on Wednesday 6 July and the brass band are at the National Music for Youth in Birmingham on Thursday 7 July. Activities and Sports Days are on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July.
NEWS UPDATE - 20 June 2016
Year 11 had a great finish to their five years at Crompton House with a very emotional valedictory service on Monday and a most enjoyable leavers’ assembly on Thursday when the students were clapped out by the rest of the school.
The Music department was very busy all week with five groups at the Oldham Schools’ Music Festival on Wednesday. The adjudications were very positive and will be on the school website shortly. The Joseph performances on Friday and Saturday were brilliant, the students were so professional in everything that they did. Mr Upton made a guest appearance as Jacob, he said that he enjoyed it after the performance. Also on Friday we had the vocal concert with both choirs and soloists performing; it was good to see so many students taking part.
The two Intake Evenings were very successful and it was very good to see our new pupils finding out more about the school.
We have our visiting students from Sweden with us and they had a lovely afternoon tea in the library.
The Summer Fete went very well on Saturday with over £2,500 raised. Many thanks to parents, students and staff that helped and also to Bobby Ball who opened the fete.
This week we have our Music transition day on Tuesday and on Thursday it is the Year 11 Prom at Rochdale Town Hall which should be a fantastic evening. Friday is a non-uniform day for Mission Direct and Levana School Partnership and there is a Year 9 Geography trip to Manchester.
NEWS UPDATE - 13 June 2016
The Year 8 ‘Our Day Out’ trip to Conway Castle and Llandudno on Monday and Friday last week was very successful despite the traffic holdups. Congratulations to the Year 8 rugby players who are Oldham Borough Champions.
Many thanks to the parents who came to the Year 10 Parents’ Evening, there were many useful discussing taking place. Year 10 parents are asked to complete the parents’ evening survey that was sent to them last week.
There are many D of E trips out this week; Gold are on their practice expedition at the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and one of the Silver groups is out on their final expedition at Pendle.
Rehearsals for Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat are going very well. The performances are at 7pm on Friday 17 June and 2pm on Saturday 18 June. The Saturday performance follows the summer fete which will be opened by TV and former Crompton House pupil Bobby Ball.
On Tuesday this week we have a Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening about post 16 options followed by the PTFA meeting at 7.30pm. Wednesday and Thursday is the new intake evenings at 5.30-7.30pm for pupils starting at Crompton House in September. Also on Wednesday this week we welcome some of the Swedish students on the return leg of the Year 12 exchange visit.
On Thursday afternoon period 5 lessons will be cancelled so that pupils can watch the second half of the England v Wales match. They will be able to see the highlights of the first half and all of the second half. Pupils who do not wish to watch the football can do homework or read a book in the hall.
On Friday there is a Parents’ Information Evening at 5.15pm for the parents of students that are going on the MFL trip to Berlin.
Non-uniform day is on Friday 24 June in aid of Mission Direct & Levana School Partnership.
NEWS UPDATE - 06 June 2016
Congratulations to the U15 handball team who played very well in the North West Finals on the Thursday before the end of term.
On the last day of term we said goodbye to Jackie Bolton, the afternoon receptionist, who has been at the school for seven years and has done a sterling job dealing with pupils and parents’ queries; we wish her well in her new job.
This week Year 9 have exams and Year 8 pupils are in Wales for an English day trip. On Thursday there is a Year 10 parents’ evening from 4.30-7.30pm and on Friday Year 10 dual science pupils have their GCSE exam.
The week commencing 13 June is a very busy week with Year 12 back from study and Year 11 have their valedictory on Monday and their leavers’ assembly on Wednesday. On Tuesday there is a Year 10 parents’ information evening concerning post 16 options at 6.15pm and at 7.30pm we have our PTFA meeting in the 6th form centre. At this meeting we shall be putting the finishing touches to the summer fete.
On Wednesday 15 June the music groups are at the Oldham Music Festival. The intake evenings for the new Year 7 pupils are on Wednesday and Thursday. Pupils and parents will attend one of the evenings according to which house they have been allocated to.
On Saturday 18 June we have our 90th anniversary celebration summer fete and this will be opened by ex-pupil Bobby Ball. There are lots of attractions. This is followed by a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat in the school hall at 2pm. There is also a performance of Joseph in the school hall at 7pm on Friday 17 June.
From Monday 6 June reception will be staffed until 5pm, any phone calls after this time will go to voicemail. If your child has a medical appointment during the school day please send in the medical card or a letter with your child to sign out of school with.
NEWS UPDATE - 23 May 2016
Many thanks to the parents who collected their plants on Thursday.
Congratulations to the Year 8 boys who came 2nd in the North West finals for handball. Year 7 and Year 9 boys had success in their County Cup cricket matches and Year 7 and Year 8 girls had a narrow defeat in their rounders matches versus Saddleworth School. The D of E Bronze group had mixed weather in their practice expedition in Saddleworth.
It was great to see many Crompton House School musicians taking part in the Saddleworth whit walks and band contests on Friday. The Oldham Borough Youth Band picked up a number of awards. Congratulations to Matthew Hall who played with Oberburg Band from Switzerland at very short notice on Sunday evening.
Many congratulations to eight Crompton House members of staff who did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge at the weekend for their D of E Diamond Challenge. The weather for the Saturday group was quite damp but the Sunday group had better weather. Congratulations to Callum Morrison who swam 60 lengths of Royton pool in 32 minutes also for the Diamond Challenge.
A date for your diary. The school’s Summer Fair is on Saturday 18 June from 11 am to 2pm with an official opening by ex-Crompton House pupil Bobby Ball! There is more PTFA news on the PTFA section of the website.
The next non-uniform day planned for Friday 27 May has been moved to Friday 24 June due to public exams. The charities involved are Mission Direct and Levana School Partnership and more details can be found at http://www.missiondirect.org and http://nellbanfield.com/levana/index.html
The Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 9 June is the day before the Year 10 Dual Science exam so pupils are not expected to attend the parent’s evening.
NEWS UPDATE - 16 May 2016
Many congratulations to our Year 8 and Year 9 football teams who won their Oldham Cup matches at Boundary Park both winning 1-0 against Failsworth School. Our 6th form team lost 2-0 in their final at Boundary Park but played very well. The U13 girls’ water polo team came 5th in the National Championships, an excellent result for them.
Year 13 leavers’ assembly and valedictory service both went very well. At the leavers’ assembly 5 students were presented with attendance awards for having over 97% attendance in Year 13. Lydia Harvey, Jack McKie, and Anna Lord were presented with Rotary Student of the Year certificates for their work in charity, boys’ sport and water polo. At the valedictory service Jack and Lizzie both spoke well to their year group and Lizzie performed a lovely dance. There was also music by Ryan, Brad, Alan, Sam and Emily. Mrs Howarth spoke fondly of the students and wished them all the best in their exams and in their future lives.
This week we have more D of E groups out; Year 8 boys are in the National handball finals and many of our staff are doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Diamond Challenge on Saturday.
Friday 27 May is a non-uniform day in aid of Mission Direct and Levana School Partnership. Students who are sitting GCSE and A level exams must be in their school uniform. School will finish at the normal time of 3.30pm on 27 May for the half term holiday.
NEWS UPDATE - 09 May 2016
The lovely weather at the weekend was great for all of our D of E groups. The Silver group had a great practice expedition in the Peak District, the Bronze group had a really lovely time on the Crompton Circuit and the Gold group were practising for their expedition in school. Many thanks to all staff and parents who helped on these activities. The Nepal group made a good ascent of Snowdon although the rain came when they were heading back from the summit.
The New Intake Evening on Thursday went really well. It’s the pupils that make these events and they all did a brilliant job singing, playing, acting or being interviewed and they all came over really well. It was very pleasant to talk to our new parents in a less formal atmosphere.
The English Super Learning morning for Year 11 was well received by the pupils. The Maths Super Learning morning is on Wednesday 25 May during periods 2 and 3.
A reminder to parents about parking legally and with consideration to our neighbours. This is particularly important when we have big events on in the school. Also parking on the yellow lines outside school at home time makes it more dangerous for pupils and staff when leaving through the main gates.
NEWS UPDATE - 03 May 2016
The Destiny Africa lunchtime and evening concerts last week were really enjoyable. The children sang and danced brilliantly and £800 was raised for the Orphanage in Kampala. Many thanks to Lydia Harvey who organised the day; Mrs Nixon and the Crompton House choirs for singing in the evening and to everyone who gave so generously.
This week we have the new intake evening for parents on Thursday 5 May at 6pm. We have a number of D of E training sessions over the next few weeks.
On Tuesday 10 May the U13 girls’ water polo team are playing in the National Finals at Northampton and the 6th Form boys’ football team are playing in the Oldham Schools Final at Boundary Park.
Year 13 students have their leavers’ assembly and valedictory service on Friday 13 May and wish them and Year 12 all the very best in their AS and A2 exams.
The next PTFA meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May in the 6th Form Centre when we will be finalising the arrangements for the school’s summer fete which is on Saturday 18 June at 11am until 2pm.
Watching sports fixtures on the school site
Attendance of CHS parents can only be allowed if there is a member of staff to supervise them, this could be the coach, but only if not refereeing.
If a school match is taking place during the normal school day parents will be advised by the PE staff concerning the time they can come onto the school site to watch. For safeguarding reasons parents have to be accompanied from reception to the pitch by a member of staff and this can only happen at set times during the afternoon. This may mean that for some matches parents will only be allowed on site to watch the match after 3.40pm.
D of E Diamond Challenge
A reminder to any parents considering taking up the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge to register on the D of E website, and please let school know so we can record all the Crompton House achievements. If parents are planning to do the challenge with a group of 10 or more young people (under 25) they can register as a group and only pay one registration fee. You only receive one Challenger Kit and T shirt, everyone in the group is eligible for a DofE Diamond Challenge pin and certificate when they complete the challenge and when each raises a minimum of £60. After registering at DofEDiamondChallenge.org, the adult organising the challenge should send their JustGiving page address and the names of the people taking part to: Diamond.Challenge@DofE.org.
This option is available to groups with ten or more young people (under 25). If you have any questions about registering large groups please contact Diamond.Challenge@DofE.org.
NEWS UPDATE - 25 APRIL 2016
We are delighted to learn that our brass band has been invited to play at the NFMY finals in Birmingham on Thursday 7 July. This is a great achievement for the school. Many of the musicians will be at Birmingham later in the same week with the Oldham Youth Orchestra.
The brass ensemble played really well at the Mayor’s flag raising ceremony for the Queen’s birthday on Thursday last week. Everyone was very complimentary about the students’ standard of music and how smart they all looked.
This week the 6th form football team have 2 matches; the first is at 2.30pm on Wednesday on the 3G pitch against Sale Grammar in the County Cup Quarter Final and the second match is on Friday at Wellacre College, Altrincham, in The England Schools Cup, kick off is at 2.30pm. The Year 10 football team have their Oldham School’s Cup Final on Wednesday at Failsworth, kick off is at 5.15pm. We wish both teams every success. Good luck to the U14 and U16 girls who are playing the futsal finals on Wednesday 4 May at Trafford.
The school is becoming more focused on exams for all years over the next few weeks. Year 8 exams are on week commencing Monday 9 May, Year 7 are on week commencing 16 May and Year 9 are on week commencing 6 June, more details about these will be out shortly.
NEWS UPDATE - 18 APRIL 2016
It was another cold Saturday evening for the D of E groups at Friezland with snow on the tops when they woke up, however, their walk on Sunday was in the bright sunshine.
Many congratulations to Year 8 and Year 9 boys’ football teams who both won their Oldham Cup football finals. Commiserations to the Year 10 football team who lost their final on penalties after extra time.
Many congratulations to Eleanor Makinson in Year 12 who organised a concert for the Nepal trip at her local church in Crompton Fold on Friday evening. Many thanks to all the students that took part.
There are a number of articles about Crompton House School in the Oldham Chronicle’s ‘The Knowledge’ and copies are available at the school’s reception.
This week there are Year 11 Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Additional Science mocks. Year 12 and Year 13 have a General Studies Super Learning Day next week.
On Wednesday 27 April at 7pm we are hosting a concert for Destiny Africa Children’s Choir with our Senior Girls’ Choir and Senior Choir also taking part. Tickets are available from the Finance Office £6 for adults and £4 for children. Destiny Africa are a great bunch and their concerts are always very uplifting.
On Saturday 23 April pupils and parents are invited to find out more about bell ringing. There are a number of churches ringing from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Bell ringing could be a D of E activity.
NEWS UPDATE - 11 APRIL 2016
The Easter term finished with communions and rewards assemblies. The 6th Form rewards assembly was postponed until this term.
At the end of the term we said goodbye to Mrs Berry Business Manager for 13 years; Judith Hurst who joined the school in 1953 as a pupil and has been with us since 1977 as a cleaner; Ms Shad, Humanities teacher; Mr James, Maths teacher; Mr Connor, Maths CTL and Ms Galloway and Mrs Kan who are both now on maternity leave. We welcome Miss Titterington (Social Science teacher), Mr Milnes (Maths teacher), Mrs Workman (English teacher), and Mr Varney (Science teacher) as their replacements and Mrs Borthwick as our Maths CTL.
Over the Easter holidays there were a lot of revision sessions in school which were well attended. The boys’ football trip to Holland was very successful and in the second week of the holidays half of the Silver D of E group had their first overnight camp which was cold and snowy!
This week at school Year 11 have mock exams in English Literature, Art and Physics. At the weekend the Gold D of E and the remaining Silver D of E have their first overnight camp. During week commencing 18 April there are Year 11 mocks in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Science and Year 12 and Year 13 exams in Art and Music. On Tuesday 19 April there is a Parents Information Evening for Year 7 about the new parent portal and other school information systems.
NEWS UPDATE - 21 MARCH 2016
Many congratulations to the boy swimmers who were champions in every age group and won the overall trophy at the Oldham Swimming Gala on Wednesday. The girls’ water polo teams went to Northampton on Tuesday. The U18 team are National Champions for the third year and the U15 team were runners up. They all played excellently and it was a really great occasion.
The Monday afternoon grade booster sessions for Years 10 to 13 have been going very well and parents are sent an email to let them know which subject their child has been prioritised for.
Many congratulations to the U13 boys’ handball team who became the Greater Manchester Handball Champions last week. They are now in the North West Regional Finals on 12 May. Our Year 8 girls’ football team had a great day at the Manchester City Football complex on Wednesday last week playing some really good football and enjoying the facilities there.
Sport Relief on Friday was very successful and thanks to the 6th Form organisers over £470 was raised in the hall with another £600 form non-uniform funds. Many thanks to the 6th Form and staff who competed against each other in a number of gym tests. Also on Friday the Debating Society discussed the European referendum and lots of good points were made by each side. Overall they voted to stay in Europe.
On Saturday the Senior Orchestra, Brass Band and Senior Wind Band played at Rochdale Town Hall in the MFY Regional Finals and received very positive adjudications. Many thanks to all the pupils and staff who gave up their time for the school. Also on Saturday there were a number of football fixtures versus St Monica’s and the D of E Gold group were training in the morning.
This week the Year 10 mocks continue until Wednesday. On Thursday we have our Easter Communions and Rewards Assemblies and school finishes at 12.25pm, the school buses have been informed.
A reminder that mobile phones will be confiscated for one week if they are seen or heard during the school day. We do not wish mobile phones to get in the way of education and discussions by parents with teachers about phone confiscation takes up valuable teaching time.
There are a number of revision sessions for exam groups over the Easter holiday and school restarts on Monday 11 April.
Over the Easter holiday it would be really useful if parents could check that their children have the correct equipment. A list of the equipment required is in the student planner.
The first PTFA of the summer term in on Tuesday 12 April at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. This is also the last day for the plant sale order forms to be returned to the school’s Finance Office. A copy of the order form is available to download from the PTFA section on the school website.
NEWS UPDATE - 14 MARCH 2016
Many thanks to Pam Sleigh, D of E North of England Operations Officer, who spoke and presented the awards on Monday evening. It was a great event and it was lovely to see Mr Bradley back to introduce the gold award holders.
The parent portal information evening was attend by over 60 parents who all thought that the information that we are providing was very accessible and useful.
Wednesday’s Easter concert was a great success with groups ranging from the training band to the senior orchestra and a mass choir item with over 100 students involved. The evening finished with ‘The Best Day of My Life’ which involved all musicians seated all around the Hall. It was real surround sound! Well done to all the musicians and to the music staff for organising another wonderful event. The Year 9 parents’ evening was very busy with lots of productive conversations taking place.
Congratulations to the girls’ swimming team who did brilliantly at the Oldham schools’ swimming gala; Year 7 2nd, Year 8 2nd, Y9 1st, Y10 & Y11 1st and 1st overall. Well done to all the girls taking part. Well done to the U15 rugby team who are through to the next round of the Lancs Rose Shield. Well done also to the U12 girls’ football team who were narrowly beaten in the English Schools FA Cup.
On Tuesday this week the U15 and U18 girls’ water polo teams are taking part in the National Finals at Northamptonshire and our handball team is in the Greater Manchester Finals; best wishes to both teams. The boys’ swimming team are taking part in the Oldham swimming gala on Wednesday. Many of our musicians are taking part in the Oldham Music Centre concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall this week. On Friday we have a non-uniform day for Sports Relief and pupils are encouraged to come in sportswear but it is not compulsory. On Saturday we have a Gold D of E training day and our musicians are in the MFY Regional Finals at Rochdale Town Hall.
School closes at 12.25pm on Thursday 24 March after communions and rewards assemblies. . Also on Thursday the boys’ football trip leaves for a football tournament in Holland.
The PTFA plant sale order form is now available to download from the PTFA section of the school’s website. Please place as many orders as you can; the plants are very high quality. Order forms need to be returned by Tuesday 12 April and the plants will be available to collect from Thursday 19 May.
NEWS UPDATE - 07 MARCH 2016
Seven ex Crompton House School students were at St James’ Palace on Tuesday last week to receive their D of E gold certificate which was presented by Greg Davies and they also got to meet the Duke of Edinburgh.
Our U13 girls’ water polo team had their first competition on Wednesday last week and are now North West Champions and will be taking part in the national finals in May. Our U18 and U15 girls go to Northampton next week for their national finals. We are very grateful to parents Mr Darlington and Mrs Lord for coaching and organising the girls.
Well done to the pupils who got into school despite the snow on Friday and thank you to those who sent photos which show that they were having a good time later. We have a great picture of a snowwoman in Crompton House School uniform.
Events for this week:
Monday 7 March D of E Award presentation evening 7.30pm
Tuesday 8 March Year 11 English Language Mock 1.00pm
Tuesday 8 March Parent Portal Information Evening 6.15pm in the Hall
Tuesday 8 March PTFA Meeting 7.30pm in Sixth Form Centre
Wednesday 9 March Easter Concert 7.00pm in the Hall
Thursday 10 March Year 9 Parents Evening 4.30 to 7.30pm in the Hall
Friday 11 March Ridley leg shave for Springhill Hospice 12.30pm
Year 10 mocks start on Monday 14 March
New York visit parents’ information evening on Thursday 17 March
Non-uniform day for Sports Relief
NEWS UPDATE - 29 FEBRUARY 2016
Everyone agreed that The Little Shop of Horrors was one of the best shows that school has done. The acting, the music and the technical all went brilliantly on all three evenings. It was a delight to see over 50 Year 7 to Year 13 students working together with so much enthusiasm and talent. They have put in so much time for the past four months and everyone was delighted with the show. Congratulations to Ms Bacon, Mrs Hammond, Mrs Nixon, Miss Warburton and Mrs Harvey who also put in a tremendous amount of time and effort. On the day after The Little Shop of Horrors 120 pupils also from Year 7 to Year 13 sang as a combined choir at Huddersfield Town Hall. They sang really well and they were praised for their dynamics and clarity of words. Their actions for ‘sitting down your rocking the boat’ worked really well.
On Saturday we had seven teams participating in the football at King’s School, Chester with great performances. Our Year 9 football team narrowly lost the quarter final in the English Schools’ Cup versus Thomas Telford School. It was 0-0 in extra time with Thomas Telford scoring with two minutes to go. Year 9 are a fantastic team and to be in the top eight in the country is something that they should be proud of. The Year 10 football team are in the Oldham Schools’ final.
The PTFA Spring Ball on Saturday was a great success. Many thanks to Sylviane and Angela who helped organise the team. Many thanks also to parents who were so generous with their gifts for the raffle.
This week we have parent information evenings for the parent portal on Monday at 6.15 pm and on Thursday for the football trip to Holland at 5.15pm followed by ‘Encouraging Reading’ parent information evening at 6.15pm. Thursday is World Book Day and Year 7 pupils are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a book. On Wednesday the U13 water polo team are playing in the regional final at Manchester High School for Girls and Year 12 students are at a UCAS conference in the morning.
Next week we have the annual D of E Presentation Evening on Monday at 7.30pm. There is a repeat parent information evening for the new parent portal at 6.15pm on Tuesday 8 March which is followed by the March PTFA meeting in the 6th Form Centre. The Easter concert is on Wednesday 9 March at 7pm and on Thursday it is the Year 9 Parents’ Evening from 4.30-7.30pm. On Friday 11 March we have a leg wax organised by Ridley House in aid of Springhill Hospice. Year 10 mocks start on Monday 14 March and Friday 18 March is non-uniform day for Sports Relief.
NEWS UPDATE - 22 FEBRUARY 2016
This week we have three performances of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm and looking at the recent rehearsals it’s going to be fantastic. Tickets are available from the finance office £4 for children/concessions and £6 for adults.
All our trips are now back home safely. The Iceland trip had the best weather they have had in February for a long time and the Food trip to Italy went to various traditional Italian restaurants so they could see how pizza, pasta and ice-cream were made. The ski trip to Austria also enjoyed great weather and there is a great video on twitter of the ‘beginners’ group on their final day skiing down the mountain. The Year 12 exchange visit to Sweden also went well with the students enjoying a taste of real Swedish life.
The 6th Form Nepal non-uniform day and cake bake was very successful.
As well as ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ on Friday our combined choirs are taking part in the Mrs Sunderland’s choir competition at Huddersfield Town Hall in the evening. On Saturday it is our 10th PTFA Spring Ball, ‘Putting on the Ritz’. This should be a great evening and many thanks go to our team of parent volunteers doing so much work for this.
On Wednesday 2 March the U13 water polo team take part in the North West Championships at Manchester High School for Girls. On Thursday 3 March we are celebrating World Book Day with Year 7 taking part in a ‘dress as a character day’. There will be a Parents Information Evening about encouraging reading at 6.15pm to 7.15pm also on the 3 March.
On Monday 29 February and Tuesday 8 March we are holding introductory sessions to our new ‘parent portal’ from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Monday 7 March is the Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening at 7.30pm; Wednesday 9 March we are holding our Easter Concert; Thursday 10 March is the Year 9 Parents’ Evening from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Friday 11 March Ridley House are holding a lunchtime leg wax in aid of Springhill Hospice. Year 10 mock exams start on Monday 14 March.
NEWS UPDATE - 08 FEBRUARY 2016
The next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 9 February at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. Friday 12 February is a non-uniform day in aid of Papyrus.
Tickets for the school production of Little Shop of Horrors are now available from the Finance Office, £4 for children/concessions and £6 for adults. Performances are from 7pm to approximately 9pm on Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February. On Friday 26th February the choirs are singing at Huddersfield Town Hall in the Mrs Sunderland Festival and the Spring Ball is on Saturday 27th February at the White Hart Inn.
The Year 12 students are having a great time in Sweden with lots of activities as a group and with their families. Well done to the U15 girls’ water polo team who won all their matches last week in the North West Finals and qualified for the National Finals in March. The Year 8 Options and Careers Evening was very well attended with lots of positive comments from parents about the evening. The Year 11 study skills and revision day at Oldham Athletic football ground also went very well. The facilities at the ground were excellent and the pupils all said that the day was very useful.
The Harry Potter evening was very successful and the students that attended the evening enjoyed it. The Library looked like Hogwarts! There were lots of trips last week including a Year 12 Law trip to Manchester Crown Court, Year 13 Geography trip to Saddleworth and a lecture at Manchester University. Other trips included a Year 10 Business trip to a local business, a Year 13 Social Science Criminology Conference in Manchester, Year 13 Drama trip to see Macbeth at the new Home Theatre and two students visited Oxford University about a choral scholarship. The Year 8 girls’ football team played in a tournament at the Cliff training ground at Carrington. Many thanks to all the staff involved with these events.
NEWS UPDATE - 01 FEBRUARY 2016
There were some great football results last week with Year 9 progressing to the quarter finals of the English Schools Cup having won 3-2 in a much delayed fixture; Year 10 are also through to two semi-finals. The Year 11 Science trip with Professor Robert Winston was excellent. Between lectures there were hints and tips from a chief Science examiner. The booklet that pupils brought home has some very useful revision suggestions. Between now and half term we have trips to Sweden (Year 12), Food trip to Italy (Year 9 & Year 10), Geography trip to Iceland (Year 11) and a PE trip skiing in Austria. This week we have a Year 12 Law trip to Manchester Crown Court, a Year 13 Geography trip to Saddleworth, a Year 10 Business trip to a local business, a Year 13 Social Science Criminology Conference in Manchester, Year 13 Drama trip to see Macbeth and two students are visiting Oxford University regarding a choir scholarship. On Wednesday this week the U15 girls’ water polo team are in the regional finals at Tyldesley. Also on Wednesday there is a Year 8 Options Evening from 5-7pm. On Thursday there is a Harry Potter Evening from 5-8pm and on Friday Year 11 are on a study skills day at Boundary Park. Year 11 Parents’ Evenings are on Monday 8 February (Cocker and Crompton) and Monday 22 February (Ormerod and Ridley) from 4.30-7pm. The next non-uniform day is on Friday 12 February. Rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors are gathering momentum with some all day practices taking place before and during the half term break. The school closes at 3.30pm on Friday 12 for half term. A reminder to all parents about pupils’ use of mobile phones. The policy is strictly adhered to in school and pupils and parents are reminded that mobile phones are confiscated for 7 days if they are seen or heard in school any time up to 3.30pm. Boys’ haircuts are becoming an issue. A reminder to parents that the school rules state that hair must be no shorter than “4 on the top and 2 on the sides”. When boys have their hair cut please make sure that the barber is aware. Could we please ask parents to check their child’s PE kit to ensure they haven’t brought home somebody else’s kit by mistake? If you have the wrong kit, please send it in to the Student Hub so that we can return it. .
NEWS UPDATE - 25 JANUARY 2016
It was good to see the Bronze D of E Spring groups out at Ogden reservoir on Saturday morning in good weather. Many thanks to all the staff that helped. Congratulations to the 6th form netball team who came third in the Greater Manchester County Tournament. This was an excellent result for the team who have not been playing together for very long. Rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors are underway; the performances are in the first week back after the half term break. There are a number of overseas residential trips over the next fortnight including the 6th Form Swedish exchange, a Food trip to Italy, the ski trip to Austria and a Geography trip to Iceland. We hope that the pupils have a great experience on these trips. A reminder to all parents about being considerate to our neighbours if they have to wait for their children at the end of school. Parking on the school side of Rochdale Road makes it very dangerous for traffic leaving the school site as drivers cannot see if traffic is coming from Rochdale. Could parents of children travelling on school buses please remind them that they must always sit down with seatbelts if provided. Pupils misbehaving can distract the driver which could lead to an accident. Pupils who cause a distraction may have to find another way home for the safety of everyone. A reminder to parents to use the new telephone numbers for texting absences. If you wish to report a child’s absence please use the following numbers: Years 7-11 Via text 07537416907 (please do not telephone this number) Via email firstname.lastname@example.org Via the absence line – please dial 01706 847451 option 1 Year 12 & 13 Via text 07537416825 (please do not telephone this number) If you would prefer to call the absence line instead please dial 01706 847451 extension 279 for Year 12 extension 269 for Year 13
NEWS UPDATE - 18 JANUARY 2016
The Disney Dance Show was fantastic with nearly 100 girls and boys performing a variety of styles of dance to Disney music, they were brilliant. Many thanks to Mrs Ashton-Smith and Miss Lucy for their hard work that they put in and congratulations to all the students involved. The 6th Form Physics trip to Cern was excellent although the weather was wet. The students said that they got a lot out of the museums that they visited as well as all the Science on offer at Cern. It was an inspiring trip. Also last week there was a Media trip to Bradford Media Museum and a Sociology trip to Oldham Magistrates Court. Year 11 had their A Level Taster Day on Friday and we have received very good reports about this. This week we have Year 8 (band 1) Parents’ Evening on Tuesday and band 2 is on Tuesday 26 January; both are at 4.30-7.00pm. The PTFA meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the 6th Form Centre. The Spring D of E group are out walking on Saturday 23 January at Ogden. Year 11 Separate Science pupils are going to GCSE Science Live! on Monday 25 January which includes a lecture by Professor Robert Winston, a world leader in Medicine. In last week’s assembly Mr Upton launched Crompton House School’s participation in the D of E Diamond Challenge which is open to pupils and parents of any age to celebrate 60 years of the D of E Award and to raise funds for disadvantaged children to follow the schemes. The aim of the scheme is for participants to raise £60 for the D of E through their own challenge. Mr Upton’s challenge is to learn to play the ukulele and Mr Newell’s is to cycle 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool. If parents or pupils do take part please let Mr Upton know so we can promote the challenge around school. We have an iPhone 4 and an Alcatel One Touch phone which have been in the Hub since before Christmas, still unclaimed despite reminders in the pupil bulletin. If you think it may belong to your son/daughter please send him/her to the Hub with a charger, if they know the code to unlock the phone it can be returned.
NEWS UPDATE - 11 JANUARY 2016
The Jaguar Landrover trip was very interesting for the Business Studies and Technology students in Years 11 and 12 last week. At the end of last term we said farewell to Mrs Ashworth (formerly Mrs Platt) who is replaced by Mrs Anwar; Miss Kent and Miss Hall have been replaced by Mr James and Miss Savell. Miss Smith has gone on maternity leave and is replaced by Mr Beere. We also said farewell to our Cleaning Manager, Mrs Boswell, who is retiring after 10 years’ service at Crompton House School. On Wednesday 13 January there is an Iceland trip information evening taking place at 5.15pm which is followed by a Year 11 parents’ information evening ‘Working Together’ at 6.15pm (this is for parents only). On Thursday 14 January there is a Parents’ Information Evening for competitive universities entry at 6.15pm. On Friday 15 January there is an A level taster day for Year 11 and Year 12 are on study leave this day. Year 12 have their mock exams from Monday 18 to Friday 22 January. There is no PTFA meeting on Tuesday 12 January. The next PTFA meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 January. The Year 8 Parents’ Evening for band 1 students is from 4.30pm to 7pm also on 19 January. Can parents please remind their children to be very careful when crossing the roads near school? We have had a message that a child stepped out in front of a vehicle at the end of last term. Please remind your child to be ultra-observant when crossing the roads. Change in telephone numbers for texting absences Please see below for the options available to report a child’s absence from school. If you wish to report a child’s absence by text please use the following new numbers Years 7-11 Via text 07537416907 (please do not telephone this number) Via email email@example.com Via the absence line – please dial 01706 847451 option 1 Year 12 & 13 Via text 07537416825 (please do not telephone this number) If you would prefer to call the absence line instead please dial 01706 847451 extension 279 for Year 12 extension 269 for Year 13
NEWS UPDATE - 04 JANUARY 2016
It was good to see everyone back for the new term and hope that all parents and students had a lovely break. In the last week of the Christmas term the school was presented with the Sainsbury’s School Games Award. The presentation was made by international inline skater Jenna Downing. The school Christmas concert was a lovely evening with high quality music with high numbers of students taking part. On Wednesday 6th Form students and staff wore Christmas jumpers and raised over £350 for Text Santa. On the last day of term we had Christmas Communion Services with music from over 40 students. Many thanks to the Reverend Mark Coleman of St Chads Church, Rochdale for presiding of the service. The Year 12 and Year 13 Physics students leave this Sunday to visit Cern. On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January we have our annual Dance Show starting at 7pm and tickets are available from the Finance Office, £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions. On Wednesday 13 January there is a Year 11 Iceland Parents’ Information Evening at 5.15pm and this is followed at 6.15pm for a Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening for all Year 11 parents concerning English, Maths and Science. On Thursday 14 January there is a Year 12 Parents’ Information Evening concerning applications to competitive universities. On Friday 15 January Year 11 have their A level taster day and Year 12 start their study leave ready for their mocks which start week commencing Monday 18 January. Finally a reminder to all parents that “smart watches” are not allowed in school. More details are in Mr Newell’s December letter emailed to parents at the end of last term. Change in telephone numbers for texting absences Please see below for the options available to report a child’s absence from school. If you wish to report a child’s absence by text please use the following new numbers Years 7-11 Via text 07537416907 (please do not telephone this number) Via email firstname.lastname@example.org Via the absence line – please dial 01706 847451 option 1 Year 12 & 13 Via text 07537416825 (please do not telephone this number) If you would prefer to call the absence line instead please dial 01706 847451 extension 279 for Year 12 extension 269 for Year 13 The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) CEOP have created a new parents and carers website for all aspects of child internet safety. It allows parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse on and off line. There is guidance on topics as diverse as: Challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours;
- Helping a child with autism negotiate life online;
- Supporting a child who has been sexually abused;
- Dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography.
Parents will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to additional support. This can be found using the following link https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ . .
NEWS UPDATE - 14 DECEMBER 2015
Emails have now been sent to all parents to inform them of the change of email provider that will be taking place in the New Year. If any parent has not received this message and would like to receive emails please contact school at email@example.com giving details of their name, email address and their child’s name and year group. The lower school Christmas celebration was excellent with over 200 children singing and playing a variety of Christmas music. There was lots of enthusiasm and great promise for the future. The main Christmas concert is on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm and tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for children from the Finance Office. The Food Department have had a number of activities for Christmas including cake decorating, a trip to the Christmas markets in Manchester and Year 7 have made some great Christmas food after school on Thursdays. The 6th Form Bronte trip to Haworth last week was very successful and gave students an insight of life in the Wuthering Heights era. There was also a Year 13 Geography conference. Five Year 12 students hoping to study medicine had a very interesting day at Manchester University to find out more about the courses. Our musicians have been very busy during the week. The brass band played excellently at the Oldham Chronicle Festival of Carols and many took part in the Oldham Music Centre Christmas concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. On Wednesday 6th Form students and staff are wearing Christmas jumpers for Save the Children and on Thursday students are in non-uniform. On Friday we have Communion Services and Rewards Assemblies before school closes at 12.25 and the buses have been re-arranged for this time. School restarts on Monday 4 January 2016 (green week). The Disney Dance Show takes place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January at 7pm. The next PTFA meeting has been moved from Tuesday 12 to Tuesday 19 January. Many thanks to the parents who came along to our December PTFA meeting. It was a very useful meeting and more information is below. PTFA News – December 2015 500 Club Draw Congratulations to this month’s winners: 1st Prize – Lottery nb 421 – £60 Whittaker – also won in August. 2nd Prize – Lottery nb 201 – £30 B Eagleton 3rd Prize – Lottery nb 289 – £20 V Wild – Also won in October 2012, August 2013 and June 2014. The cheques are in the post. Since January 2015, we have been able to donate £2,800 to the PTFA and yet we only have 331 members. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the children if more people joined, plus the prize money would go up. If you know anyone who wishes to join, please download a form on the website from the PTFA page. To see previous winners and all our contributions, go to our website cromptonhouse.org School Requests The Multimedia department has asked for a new digital camera and accessories to the value of £1,000, which the PTFA has agreed to pay for. Discussion Christmas Fair: we discussed how the Christmas Fair went and how we could improve it for next year. Any comments are welcome and can be passed on to our Chair firstname.lastname@example.org Spring Ball: the invitations and reservation forms have been sent via Parentmail and are now also available to download on our PTFA pages. We have already sold 11 out of 18 tables, which is fantastic. Please check our website to view last year’s photo gallery. It is a night not to miss especially as the Ball celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be held at the White Hart Inn on Saturday the 27th February 2016. The theme is ‘Putting on the Glitz”. If you have any queries about the ball, please contact me on email@example.com. A great way to keep in touch with what is going on in school is by subscribing to our blogs, all you need to do is to log onto our website, then select News & Events menu where you will be asked to subscribe to the CHS blog via e-mail. You can unsubscribe at any time. To consult our minutes and Accounts, please go to the website on the PTFA pages. Please keep supporting all your PTFA events; it makes a huge difference to our children’s learning experience. On behalf of the PTFA, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
NEWS UPDATE - 07 DECEMBER 2015
The Christmas fair was a great success and despite the weather outside lots of people came. The music was lovely and it looks like we should have raised £4,000. We still have some Christmas puddings for sale and they can be purchased from the Finance Office for £5.50. The Year 7 pantomime trip went down well will with all the pupils last week. The brass musicians had a very busy weekend; some played at the Christmas fair, some played in Oldham Town Centre and in the evening the band played at the Oldham Metro Rotary Concert at St James’ Church in Derker; great music in a great venue. As well as the brass band the choir from St Mary’s Primary School sang excellently. Our musicians are busy this week with borough concerts and on Wednesday 16 December in the school’s Christmas concert at 7pm in the Hall. The Year 11 pupils are on work experience this week and if they have any photographs of them in their work place they should email them to Mr Upton or Mr Raynerd. On Wednesday this week we have a Parents’ Information Evening on students’ mental health and wellbeing. This is specifically aimed at parents and not students. The talk is given by Oldham and Tameside Mind. In the paper recently there have been some articles about parking generally outside schools and although Crompton House School was not mentioned there is a problem with parking around the school. There has been some very inconsiderate parking as well as parents waiting very close to junctions making it impossible for buses and other traffic to get past. As well as it being illegal this puts pupils in considerable danger when trying to walk on pavements and crossing roads. We have also received a complaint from residents of The Brock apartments on Rochdale Road opposite the Post Office. We are informed that this is a private road maintained by residents. It should not be used for turning around in or as a collection point for children. There has been damage caused to the flower beds and grass area. We ask that if parents have to drive their children to and from school that they park legally and with consideration to our neighbours and other road users. We have already accumulated a large amount of unclaimed lost property and are running out of space to store it. Please ask your son/daughter to check at the Hub if they have recently lost trainers, coats, pencil cases, PE kits, etc. Thursday 17 December is a non-uniform day. There are lessons in the morning so students should dress accordingly with this in mind. Term closes with Communion Services and Rewards Assemblies on Friday 18 December at 12.25 and the buses have been re-arranged for this time.
NEWS UPDATE - 30 NOVEMBER 2015
The 6th Form Art trip to London went very well with visits to the Tate Modern and The National Portrait Gallery. The Year 8 Work Related Learning Group who took part in the ‘Make It Challenge’ had a really good day at The Norton Grange Hotel. Although they did not win we had the best team leader, well done to Romario! Nearly all of Year 7 pupils are off to the pantomime at Middleton Arena this week to see Peter Pan. This Saturday is the Christmas fair and we look forward to seeing as many parents in school from 11am to 2pm as possible. This year visitors will be serenaded by the school choirs as the brass and wind players have a lot of concerts coming up before Christmas. On Thursday 10 December the brass band is playing at the Oldham Chronicle Festival of Carols in Oldham Parish Church from 7.30pm; the Year 7 and Year 8 Christmas Music Celebration is on Tuesday 8 December from 2pm in the school hall and there is a Christmas concert in the evening of Wednesday 16 December from 7pm also in the school hall. It is really good that we have so many music groups that we need two Christmas concerts! School finishes on Friday 18 December at 12.25pm and the school buses have been rescheduled to collect students.
NEWS UPDATE - 23 NOVEMBER 2015
Both Presentation Evening and Speech Night went very well and guest speakers Frankie Bunn and Canon Maurice Smith were very interesting and informative. It was really good to see our student leavers’ who came back for their certificates and awards. The Senior Wind Band played excellently at Speech Night and photos of the evening will be available shortly. The Year 13 Biology trip to Malham Tarn was damp but enjoyable. They got a lot of work done but whether they can read their sodden notes is another matter! The cross country results from the Oldham Schools Cross Country Championships were the best we have achieved with both boys and girls winning overall. There will be some photos and individual results on the school website shortly. The D of E Gold group had their first training session on Saturday, this was indoors fortunately as there was snow outside. The Mark Lees Football Tournament on Sunday was very well attended despite the freezing conditions. It was great to see Mark, his friends, parents and teachers. From the money raised Mark is also making a donation to ‘Paul’s Fund, a charitable trust supporting young adults and their families. The Year 11 mocks have now started and continue until Friday 4 December. Year 12 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 26 November at 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Next week Year 7 are going to see the pantomime Peter Pan at the Middleton Arena and some of our pupils are taking part in this. Saturday 5 December we have our Christmas Fair from 11am to 2pm. If you can help on a stall or in any way please contact Julie Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or on extension 269.
NEWS UPDATE - 16 NOVEMBER 2015
On Wednesday 11 November school stood in silence to remember those killed in World War 1, World War 2 and other conflicts since then. On Monday 16 November we also stood in silence to remember those killed in Paris. Outside the school we have a display of over 100 poppies made by pupils in Year 7 and Year 8. Last week there was a Science trip to Ponderosa Rare Breeds Farm by some of our Year 11 pupils. On Friday the 6th Form organised a number of Children In Need activities which raised over £800. Many thanks to Mr Hardman, Mr Robinson and Mr Dunkley for volunteering to be gunged The Year 9 Parents Information Evening was very well attended and parents were sent a link for an evaluation of the evening via email. All Year 13 parents were sent a link for evaluation of their Parents’ Evening and we would be very grateful if they could complete this survey; it should only take five minutes. This week we have a Year 13 Biology trip to Malham Tarn in Settle, North Yorkshire. On Wednesday we have KS4 Presentation Evening for current and past Year 11 students with guest speaker Frank Bunn. Speech Night is on Friday with guest speaker Canon Maurice Smith for past and present Year 13 students. On Sunday there is a benefit football tournament from 2.30pm at school for Mark Lees a former pupil of the school. Next week there are vegetarian food demonstrations in some food classes; 6th form Art trip to London; Year 13 Sociology trip to Manchester Crown Court; Year 8 Make It Challenge at Norton Grange on Thursday. A reminder that the Christmas Fair is on Saturday 5 December. All parents should have been sent details of this and draw tickets via pupil post. If you can help in any way please contact Julie Atkins at email@example.com or on extension 269. Please see below for the PTFA Newsletter with more details of what happened at the last meeting. PTFA News – November 2015 500 Club Draw Congratulations to this month’s winners: 1st Prize – No 431 – £60 C Smith (Tilly Smith CO SKA – Year 7) 2nd Prize – No 62 – £30 S Hoyle (Amany Hopkinson CR NSM – Year 8) 3rd Prize – No 259 – £20 D Howarth (Eleanor Rose CO SWT – Year 10) – Also won in December 2011 and October 2014. The cheques are in the post. Since January 2015, we have been able to donate £2,800 from the PTFA and yet we only have 328 members. Imagine how much more of a difference we could make to the children if more people joined, plus the prize money would go up. If you know anyone who wishes to join, please download a form on the website from the PTFA page. To see previous winners and all our contributions, go to our website cromptonhouse.org School Requests Work has started on the Year 11 Common Room; the snowplough has been ordered in the form of a Quad Bike, to which a trailer can be attached so that it will be useful all through the year; the sublimation printer has been ordered for the DT Department. The PTFA also agreed to stock up on more lion key-rings, which are one of the gifts that are available for the recipients of the Headteacher’s Award to choose from. They are very popular among the pupils, especially the Sixth Formers. Discussion Christmas Fair: we discussed the staffing of the stalls, finalised catering needs and stuffed envelopes with this year’s raffle tickets. One of our new mums is able to donate the bread, cakes, water and coke cans; thank you so much… that’s very generous – If you have any last minute ideas or wish to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Spring Ball: the invitations and reservation forms have been sent via email and we have already sold a table, which is fantastic. Please check our website to view last year’s photo gallery. It is a night not to miss especially as the Ball celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be held at the White Hart Inn on Saturday the 27th February 2016. The theme is ‘Putting on the Glitz”. If you have any queries about the ball, please contact me on email@example.com Our Chair, Mr Upton thanked all the volunteers, who helped with refreshments at the Sixth Form Open Evening and Year 13 Parents’ Evening and more volunteers are on the list to help out at the forthcoming Year 12 and 7 Parents’ Evenings as well as the Christmas Music Evening. It is really appreciated. To consult our minutes and Accounts, please go to the website on the PTFA pages. Please keep supporting all your PTFA events; it makes a huge difference to our children’s learning experience. Kind regards Sylviane Lawrence 500 Club and Social Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 09 NOVEMBER 2015
We are delighted that our Governors have achieved recognition through the Governor Mark; this is a national quality award. For more details click here The Christmas Fair is on Saturday 5 December from 11am to 2pm. Parents will be getting more details about this this week including Christmas draw tickets and forms for the Christmas puddings. Please support this event if at all possible. Please see http://cromptonhouse.org/policies/ for the latest letter regarding the use of mobile phones in school. We would be grateful if parents and carers could read this and support the school. We do not want the use of mobiles to detract from the learning that is going on within school. Thanks to all the 6th Form students who worked hard at the 6th Form Open Evening. There were over 300 students with parents/carers attending. Photographs and more details are on the 6th Form website please click here. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the performance of Hamlet in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Thursday at the Contact Theatre in Manchester. This was absolutely fantastic and the hard work put in by students and staff was rewarded with great comments from the adjudicator. click here for photos and more details. The French/Music trip to Paris was very successful and pupils seemed to visit nearly all of Paris in the four days! Year 13 Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday this week from 4.30pm to 7.30pm; students as well as parents are encouraged to attend. The PTFA meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Conference Room and not the 6th Form Centre. On Thursday there is a Year 9 Working Together Evening starting at 6pm in the Hall.
NEWS UPDATE - 02 NOVEMBER 2015
The lower school concert was a great success ranging from Year 7 classroom music to individual soloists showing the wide variety of music at Crompton House School. There are pictures and more details on the home page of the school website. It was really good to see our 6th form students helping during the evening. 6th form musicians also provided the music for the Year 7 Welcome Communion on the last Wednesday before the end of half term. Many thanks to Reverends Tony and Tim from St Mary’s C of E Church, Balderstones and to the Gideon Society for their donation of bibles for the Year 7 pupils. This week we have the 6th Form Open Evening on Wednesday with talks at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Visitors are asked to park with care and consideration to our neighbours. The roads around Crompton House are quiet narrow and if possible visitors should park in the car parks in Shaw and walk up Rochdale Road. The Shakespeare Schools Festival takes place this Thursday at the Contact Theatre in Manchester. Crompton House students will perform a 30 minute version of Hamlet at 7pm. Tickets are available but probably need to be booked with the theatre beforehand. Other plays include Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On Friday there is a cake sale to raise funds for Samaritans Purse Christmas Box Appeal. Completed boxes need to be in school by Monday 16 November. More details can be found on the home page of the school website. Pupils from Years 10-13 are on a French/Music trip at the end of this week to Paris. Paris in autumn should be fantastic! Year 13 Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday 10 November from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. The PTFA meeting follows this in the Conference Room.
NEWS UPDATE - 19 OCTOBER 2015
Our two field trips went well last week, the Year 10 Science visit to the Lake District and the Year 12 Geography visit to North Wales. Sporting successes last week includes the U14 girls’ football team who are now through to the 3rd round of the ESFA cup following their 5-4 win at Haslingden; the Year 8 & Year 9 boys’ football teams beat Newman College, the Year 10 rugby union team beat Siddal 53-19 and Year 7 beat Saddleworth School. On Saturday over 50 pupils went out on the D of E Bronze walk at Ogden, many thanks to the 13 staff who gave up their Saturday morning to accompany the students. This week lower school musicians are busy rehearsing for their concert on Thursday at 7pm in the school hall. Year 12 Law students are off to Manchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday and Thursday and Year 7 pupils have their Welcome Communion on Wednesday during period 5. School finishes for pupils at 3.30pm on Thursday as it is a staff training day on Friday 23 October. School restarts on Monday 2 November at 8.40 which will be a red week. The 6th Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 4 November from 5pm to 8pm. Visitors are advised to park on car parks in Shaw and walk up to school as the roads around Crompton House are quiet narrow. Arnie Marsden, the school’s lollipop man who retired in the summer, has been nominated for a Pride in Oldham Award. If you wish to vote for him you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating ‘I wish to vote for Arnie Marsden number 26’. Nominations close on Wednesday 21 October.
NEWS UPDATE - 12 OCTOBER 2015
A group of Year 11 pupils went to Oxford last week visiting colleges and finding out more about the application procedures. Year 8 had mixed weather on the Geography visit to Castleton in Derbyshire. The Wednesday group came back very wet and the Friday group came back tanned! The Year 8 Music trip to see BBC Ten Pieces was enjoyed by all. A number of our Science students and staff went to the Brian Cox lecture in Oldham – The Centre of the Universe. We had some great sports results last week which are on the PE twitter account. A number of Year 12 students “graduated” the NCS Challenge Event in Manchester on Saturday. They all gained great experience from doing this and recommend this for our Year 11 pupils to try. This week there is a Year 10 Science trip to Blencathra and a Year 12 Geography trip to North Wales. On Monday next week there is a non-uniform day for Oldham Mountain Rescue and the Lower School concert is at 7pm on Thursday. The half term holiday starts for pupils on Friday 23 October as this is a staff inset day. The 6th Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 4 November with talks at 5, 6 and 7pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 05 OCTOBER 2015
We are having a Welcome Evening in the 6th Form Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 October. There will be refreshments and a light hearted Crompton House quiz followed by discussion about the Christmas fair (Saturday 5 December) and other school topics of general interest. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible especially parents of Year 7 who are new to the school. We have had some great sporting results this week including the Year 9 rugby team winning a local championship and boys and girls’ football teams making good progress in cup competitions. This week there is a trip to Oxford for Year 11 pupils considering studying at Oxford or Cambridge University. Year 8 pupils are on a Geography trip to Castleton in Derbyshire and a Music trip to Rochdale. Next week Year 10 Biology pupils are at Blencathra and Year 12 Geography students are in North Wales. Monday 19 October is a non-uniform day in aid of Oldham Mountain Rescue. A reminder that school finishes on Thursday 22 October with the Lower School Music Concert. Pupils are not in school on Friday 23 October as this is a staff inset day. We have received some reports of parents being less than cooperative with our neighbours when waiting in cars for their children at the end of school. The best arrangement is for pupils to make their own way home either by walking or on the public transport. If parents have to pick up their children they should park in a public car-park such as at the bottom of Rochdale Road, or at New Barn Playing Fields. The yellow lines outside school are there for a purpose; to keep children who are entering or leaving school safe. I have witnessed many near-accidents in the mornings when parents drop off their children outside the school, and show a complete disregard to the Highway Code. Similarly parents parking outside the school at 3.30 create congestion on an already busy road, and make it unsafe for vehicles leaving the site. It is very hard to see up Rochdale Road when illegally parked cars are blocking the view. Lots of cars waiting on the roads on the Orchards Estate or on the roads at the rear of the school causes congestion for our neighbours and parking on pavements makes it really hard for pedestrians. Please be considerate to children’s safety, our neighbours, other road-users and the environment by acting on the points made above.
NEWS UPDATE - 28 SEPTEMBER 2015
There were a lot of meetings in school last week with a Year 7 and Year 12 Meet and Greet, D of E Bronze, Year 8 Options Evening, and a Year 12 Information Evening. There are surveys for most of these which we would like parents to complete, details were sent via email last week. Also last week there was a very successful Year 13 trip to find out more about Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a Year 11 trip to Quarry Bank Mill for History controlled assessments. We received very good reports of them from the Quarry Bank Mill staff. House Crompton organised a very successful cake sale for OSCA (Oldham Support group for Carers in Autism) which raised £419. Founders Day was a lovely celebration which started with a service in the Hall led by Rev Richard Hawkins of St John the Baptist, Hey. This was followed by everyone taking part in the Macmillan Coffee morning. In the afternoon the Senior Choir went to Manchester Cathedral to sing choral evensong. A number of the congregation commented on how well the students and staff had sung. Many of the events listed for last week have been blogged on the school website. This week we have our exchange students from Sweden and they will be visiting the highlights of the North West including Blackpool. Twenty of the 6th Form students are going to a competitive universities conference in Salford on Tuesday and on Friday there is a Year 12 History and Law trip to Westminster. Also on Friday there is a cake sale for the Nepal trip which takes place in July. A reminder if you are buying a lock for a school locker the shackle needs to be over 5mm in diameter to ensure security.
NEWS UPDATE - 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
Our Open Evening was very successful with over 1000 visitors to the school on Thursday evening; apologies to anyone who was affected by the increased traffic. The feedback from our visitors was very positive especially regarding the student guides. There are pictures of the event on the school website. Our German exchange visitors have had a really good week visiting Manchester, Alton Towers and a variety of lessons. On Wednesday they enjoyed an English afternoon tea in the Library prepared by Year 9 Hospitality and Catering group which was excellent. Year 11 and Year 12 students had a careers day on Tuesday last week with many positive comments especially regarding the inspirational speaker. Also on Tuesday Year 10 Geography pupils visited Blackpool. This week some Year 13 students are finding out more about Oxbridge and Year 9 and Year 12 Art students are visiting Manchester Museum. On Tuesday and Wednesday Year 11 History pupils are visiting Quarry Bank Mill for their coursework. On Thursday we are celebrating the European Day of Languages and on Friday we have our Founders Day service in school in conjunction with the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Pupils are asked to bring a £1 donation for a drink and a biscuit to support this very worthwhile charity. The senior choir will be singing choral evensong at Manchester Cathedral at 5.30pm, parents are welcome to attend. There is a Year 8 Parent Information Evening for Year 8 options on Tuesday and Year 12 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday there is a Year 10 Blencathra trip information evening. Can parents please check their children are bringing home the correct clothing, particularly PE kit? Can we also remind parents that ALL items of clothing should be labelled, this helps in ensuring lost property is returned promptly.
NEWS UPDATE - 14 SEPTEMBER 2015
Pupils are looking particularly smart in the first few weeks of term. Please continue to ensure that your child sets off to school in this year’s school uniform rather than a skirt which was the correct length 2 years ago! Can I remind parents to park with consideration for our neighbours? A number of parents are still parking on the pavements which is making it very hard to get prams and buggies past. Thanks to the many students who have volunteered to be guides and helpers at Open Evening on Thursday. Please note that school will finish at 1.50pm and the school buses have been brought forward to collect students at the earlier time. This week we have the exchange students in school from Germany which is followed in two weeks’ time with the Swedish exchange students. Next week there is a History visit to Quarry Bank Mill and an Art trip to Manchester Museum. Dates for 2015/2016 are on the school website. Please note that the staff inset has now been fixed for 23 October and school will not be open to students on this day.
NEWS UPDATE - 07 SEPTEMBER 2015
It is really good to see all our 6th Form in school now. The new Year 12 look very smart and are already getting down to understanding the challenges of 6th Form education. Year 7 are settling in very nicely and there are lots of smiling faces around school. A reminder to parents that the roads around school are very busy both morning and afternoon and we ask that you do not park on Rochdale Road or drop off or pick up your child on Rochdale Road as this adds to the congestion with the school buses. Similarly the residential street near the school are not suitable for parents to wait or park and we would much prefer if your child walked to school or used the school buses. Please note that some of the school buses have to turn round via The Orchards and parents parking along here make it very dangerous for pupils walking home. If you feel that you must park on the local road please park legally and with consideration to our neighbours. The Oldham traffic camera car has already been outside school and the fines can be as high as £70. Events this week include the first PTFA meeting of the school term on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre; on Thursday 10 September there is a Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening at 6.15 pm. Please let us know if you are coming by registering on the school website. Open Evening is on Thursday 17 September and school closes at 1.50pm to prepare for this. The school buses have been re-arranged for the early finish. Those attending the Open Evening should park with care and consideration to our neighbours. There are talks at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm and appointments should be booked via the school website.
NEWS UPDATE - 02 SEPTEMBER 2015
It was great see lots of smiling faces at Crompton House. School started in bright sunshine with the new Year 7 pupils settling in well to their new school. Over the summer we celebrated fantastic exam results at GCSE and A Level. Many of our Year 13 students are now getting ready to go to their first choice university. There are lots of photographs and more details on the blogs on the school website. The Year 9 water sports trip was very successful and again more information is available on the school website. To help our Year 11 with the pressures of GCSE we have created Year 11 tutor groups. They are still in their original houses but they will register in 12 new tutor groups. We are also extending the Year 11 common room to give the pupils more space at break and lunch times. It was good to see lots of smart pupils on Wednesday morning with many having taken the uniform advice at the end of last term. Shirts should be worn properly, i.e. tucked in and the top button fastened. Girls must have knee length skirts and of course they must not be rolled up. Your help in maintaining our high standards is very important to the school. Year 12 students start at Crompton House on Monday 7 September at 8.40 am in uniform for their induction day. They will start lessons on Tuesday 8 September after their 8.40 am assembly with Year 13. The first PTFA meeting of the school term is on Tuesday 8 September at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. On Thursday 10 September there is a Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening at 6.15 pm. Please let us know if you are coming by registering on the school website. At the end of last term we said goodbye to a number of teachers and there is a blog with photographs on the school website. We start this term fully staffed and will put more details regarding the new staff on the website shortly. Open Evening is on Thursday 17 September and school closes at 1.50pm to prepare for this. The school buses have been re-arranged for the early finish. Those attending the Open Evening should park with care and consideration to our neighbours. There are talks at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm and appointments should be booked via the school website.
NEWS UPDATE - 13 JULY 2015
The Year 6 transition days were very well received by pupils and we hope that they now have a better idea of the layout of the buildings as we realise that we are a lot bigger site than the local primary schools! The Year 10 trip to Swanage was very successful with great weather. There are a number of blogs on the home page of the website showing what all the pupils were doing. Many congratulations to the Year 8 handball team who became Greater Manchester Champions and the Year 8 cricket team who became Oldham Champions. In the Oldham Schools Athletics Championships there were many excellent performances and these can all be found on the PE twitter account. The school’s musicians were incredibly busy last week performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. Their performances were excellent although the days were very long and tiring due to the traffic on the M6. The school’s summer concert on Friday evening was excellent and the acoustics in St James’ Church really suited our groups especially the senior choir who sang Locus Iste by Bruckner and the senior orchestra who played melodies from Carmen. Many of the Year 13 students performed solos or in ensembles and it was a lovely way for them to finish their seven years of music at Crompton House. This week the D of E Gold and Bronze groups are on their final expeditions; activities days and sports days are on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lower School Prize Giving is at 2pm on Thursday. There will be no parking on site and parents are advised to park in the car parks in Shaw and walk or bus up to school. On Friday we have communions and rewards assemblies; school finishes at 12.25pm. The school buses have been rescheduled to take pupils home. School reopens at 8.40 am on Wednesday 2 September for students in Years 7 to 11; Thursday 3 September for students in Year 13 and Monday 7 September for students in Year 12.
NEWS UPDATE - 06 JULY 2015
Evensong at York Minster on Monday this week was a very moving occasion and it was particularly pleasing to see Jack Pickford in the congregation. There is more music this week with the wind band at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Thursday at 2.30pm and the orchestra are at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham at 10.50am on Friday before they return for the summer concert at St James’ Church, Derker at 7.30pm. We have our new Year 7 pupils in school for two days on Wednesday and Thursday this week; it is really good to see them getting to know their way around the school. Monday 13 July is a non-uniform day in aid of Nepal Earthquake Appeal and Mission Direct. Pupils must come to school dressed for school and not the beach; no midriffs and shoulders should be covered and shorts should be no shorter that PE shorts. The next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 14 July when we will be looking forward to events in the next school year. Timetables will be suspended for Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 July when there will be two main activities as follows:
|Day||Year 7 & Year 8||Year 9 & Year 10|
|Tuesday 14 July||Trips||Sports Day|
|Wednesday 15 July||Sports Day||Trips|
Lower School Prize Giving is at 2pm on Thursday 16 July with guest speaker Gerard Booth, Head of Oldham Music Service. There will be no parking on site and parents are advised to park in the car parks in Shaw and walk or bus up to school. On Friday 17 July we will be having Communions and rewards assemblies before school finishes at 12.25pm. The school buses have been rescheduled to take pupils home. On the homepage of the school website are blogs about trips to Taize, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hull and Swanage; many thanks to the teachers who have organised these trips and many thanks to all staff who have been involved in the Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E expeditions. The Bronze and Gold final expeditions take place next week. School reopens at 8.40 am on Wednesday 2 September for students in Years 7 to 11; Thursday 3 September for students in Year 13 and Monday 7 September for students in Year 12.
NEWS UPDATE - 29 JUNE 2015
Thank you to all the parents who supported our Summer Fair on Saturday. It was a lovely day with lots of activities and great music from the brass band. We will know how much we have raised later this week. The D of E Bronze had a good practice expedition at the start of last week. The Year 11 6th Form Welcome Morning was a great success. It was good to see so many students from other Oldham schools and we hope that they enjoyed the morning. The Year 10 German exchange pupils returned having spoken so much German some of them sound like natives! The Year 11 Leavers’ Dinner at Rochdale Town Hall on Thursday was fantastic with everyone looking wonderful whether they arrived by caravan, campervan, motorbike, Ferrari, Bentley or dad’s taxi. The students all enjoyed Tony Ward, table magician, who was funded by the PTFA. Also on Thursday Year 10 had an introduction to 6th Form life with taster lessons and sessions on completing application forms and CV’s. It is hoped that Year 10 can now start making informed choices for when they leave Year 11. On Friday Year 9 pupils watched the play ‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’ as part of their safeguarding training. In the evening the vocal/musical theatre concert was very well received and the pupils were full of talent and enthusiasm. Many thanks to the students in the accompanying band and of course to Mrs Nixon, Miss Warburton, Miss Pearson (OMC Year 8 and Year 9 girls’ choir) and Ellie Knott (Year 7 girls’ choir). This week we have primary transition days; Year 9 Parent Information Evening for students who will be going on the water sports trip; Year 7 poetry visit to Marsden and a Year 8 Art visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Friday. On Monday next week the Senior Choir is singing choral evensong at York Minster. The service starts at 5.15pm. A reminder to parents and pupils that hair must be of a natural colour and without the addition of any strong or obvious colours. Dip dyed or unnatural colours including Ombre are not allowed in school.
NEWS UPDATE - 22 JUNE 2015
We are very pleased to learn that we have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark. This is a prestigious award and demonstrates our commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the community. In connection with this many congratulations to our senior rounders team who are Regional Champions and now take part in the National Championships on Friday 10 July. The D of E season is in full swing with Gold, Silver and Bronze groups out; many thanks to staff and parents who are helping to supervise these. Our Swedish exchange visitors had a really good time finishing with a day of northern culture in Blackpool. Our Year 10 German exchange pupils are having a good time at Melle, they return on Wednesday. Many congratulations to our music groups who had very positive adjudications at the Oldham Schools’ Music Festival last week. The music groups are all very busy rehearsing. They have Summer Concert 1 on Friday 26 June at 7pm in the school hall. The Senior Choir is singing Evensong at York Minster on Monday 6 July; the Wind Band is at the NMFY in Birmingham on Thursday 9 July and the Orchestra is at the NMFY on Friday 10 July. Also on 10 July the Summer Concert 2 is taking place at St James’ Church, Derker at 7.30pm. The Year 10 6th Form Taster Day is on Thursday 25 June and the Year 11 Prom is also on 25 June at Rochdale Town Hall. The Summer Fair is on Saturday 27 June from 11am to 3pm, this should be a great day. Please come and support your school. Congratulations to this month’s 500 Club winners: 1st prize £60 – V Wild (Charlotte – Year 8 COSWA) Mrs Wild is a third time winner, she won 3rd prize in October 2012 and 2nd prize in August 2013. 2nd prize £30 – K Housley (Megan – Year 9 ORAHA) 3rd prize £20 – S Harrison (Katelyn – New September 15 intake) At this month’s meeting, the PTFA agreed to donate £5000 towards the refurbishment of one of the Science labs and Art room. If you know anyone who might be interested to support the 500 Club, please download a form from the PTFA pages on the school website. The more we are, the higher the prize money and the more difference we can make to our children’s learning experience. It’s only £1 per month. Student reminders The deadline for Year 10 prefect applications is Monday 29 June. Please be reminded the only drink that should be brought into school is water. Anything else will be confiscated if spotted by staff.
NEWS UPDATE - 15 JUNE 2015
Congratulations to the senior rounders team who are through to the National Finals at Corby on 10 July; they are Oldham Champions, Regional Champions and by 10 July could be National Champions. We wish them every success in this competition. All the D of E groups have been out during the past week with more expeditions coming up in the near future. Thanks to the many staff who are giving up their time to make sure that our students have brilliant D of E experiences. The Music groups are all in rehearsal at the moment for various events that are taking place over the coming term. They include the Oldham Schools’ Music Festival this week and the Summer Vocal Concert on Friday 26 June from 7pm in the school hall. The Senior Choir is singing Choral Evensong at York Minster on Monday 6 July; the Senior Wind Band and Orchestra are both playing at NMFY in Birmingham on 9 and 10 July respectively. Also on 10 July the Summer Concert is at St James Church, Derker at 7.30pm. We are looking forward to our Intake Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday this week from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. There is an option for parents to buy school uniform from 4.45pm. Last week there was a Year 7 Geography trip to Daisy Nook to study rivers; the Year 8 & Year 9 French trip left on Friday. The Year 10 German exchange visit leaves this Wednesday for one week. Our Swedish exchange students are currently with us and on Tuesday they will be visiting Blackpool. On Friday 19 June Year 12 are not in lessons so that they can attend university open days at Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds. Congratulations to Year 11 for their excellent behaviour and attitude in their exams; both the invigilators and older students have commented on the way that they settled down to their exams. We hope that as many as possible can attend the 6th Form Open Day on Tuesday 23 June. We are all looking forward to the Leavers’ Dinner on Thursday 25 June at Rochdale Town Hall. Also on 25 June there is a Year 10 6th Form taster day when pupils will gain insight into 6th Form lessons. A reminder to parents that if you are parking on the streets around school to park with care and consideration to our neighbours. Please do not make it hard for the neighbours to access their driveways or double park on the narrow streets. Student reminders The deadline for Year 10 prefect applications is Monday 29 June. Please be reminded the only drink that should be brought into school is water. Anything else will be confiscated if spotted by staff.
NEWS UPDATE - 08 JUNE 2015
The new website is now live and has had thousands of hits already! It is the same address as before (www.cromptonhouse.org) and we hope that you will find it easier to navigate with more information and regular updates. There are already blogs about an asthma award, Year 9 trip to York University, Year 10 half colours, 100% attendance awards, sport successes and much more. School was recently presented with an award by the Epilepsy Action for our support of a Year 11 pupil, Victoria Slater. The award recognises not only the work of our Matron, first aiders and teaching support in supporting Victoria but also the help of pupils during her five years at school. There have been lots of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions at all levels and this will continue right up to the end of the term; many thanks to all staff who have helped in these. The Year 7 trips to Manchester Airport were a great success with the pupils finding out more about the airport and planes and how this fitted in to their IT studies; many thanks to Mrs Rasool for organising these. This week Year 12 students are at the UCAS convention in Liverpool to find out more about university choices; Year 7 are at Daisy Nook investigating rivers; 4 Year 9 scientists are going to the Salters Festival at Manchester University and the trip to Chateau du Broutel in France leaves on Friday. On Wednesday there is a Parents Information Evening for Year 10 at 6.15pm concerning choices after Year 11. Can we please remind parents to ensure any amendments to contact details are emailed to email@example.com as soon as there are any changes? Mobile numbers are particularly important for our absence alerts and emergency school closures. Advance notice of 2 summer term concerts coming up; Friday 26 June is the summer vocal concert at 7pm and Friday 10 July is the instrumental summer concert at St James’ Church, Barry Street, Derker from 7.30pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 01 JUNE 2015
Public exams are now well under way for Years 11, 12 and 13. This week Year 9 are also doing their exams and Year 10 have some GCSE Science exams so a lot of revision should be taking place for all these. The Ofsted report came out just before half term. Crompton House School is officially Good with outstanding behaviour and safety. The report is available on the school website as well as on the Ofsted website. It was particularly pleasing to see the students praised for their excellent behaviour and their desire to learn. They also said that pupils of all ages demonstrated a real pride in their school. Many thanks to all the parents who collected their plants for the plant sale; we will know how much money was made at the next PTFA meeting on Tuesday 9 June. At the meeting we will also be discussing the school’s Summer Fair which is on Saturday 27 June from 11am to 3pm; if you have any suggestions or wish to volunteer for anything please do not hesitate to contact Jackie Young at firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to the 500 club winners for April and May: April 2015 1st Prize – Lottery number 96 – Philip Farr (Johnny Lawrence – CR DLE Year 9) 2nd Prize – Lottery number 163 – Helen Hibbert (Jessica Hibbert – RI PCL Year 7) 3rd Prize – Lottery number 343 – Andreja Malesev-Walsh (Alexander Malesev-Walsh – CO SKA Year 8) May 2015 1st Prize – Lottery number 256 – Susan Worrall (Nathan Worrall – 6F GBR) 2nd Prize – Lottery number 155 – Patricia Hayes (Rebecca Hayes – OR AWT Year 11) 3rd Prize – Lottery number 12 – Bridget Batty (Alice Batty – OR APR Year 7) If you wish to become a member or know anybody who might like to join the PTFA, please download a membership form which is available from the school website on the PARENTS tab. All the money we raise is used on items that will benefit all the children in the school and it’s only £1 per month. The recycled benches have now been ordered. On Monday 8 June we are holding a non-uniform day for Nepal Earthquake Appeal, Downs Syndrome, Clic Sargent and Mission Direct. All pupils taking public exams should wear full school uniform on this day. There is a Year 10 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 10 June at 6.15pm concerning post 16 choices; there will be lots of useful information about choices for Year 12. There are a number of trips coming up in the next few weeks, Year 7 visit to Manchester Airport (ICT) and Daisy Nook (Geography); Years 8 & 9 trip to France (MFL) and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Year 12 will soon be hosting students who are part of the Swedish exchange. Year 12 are back in lessons on Monday 8 June.
NEWS UPDATE - 18 MAY 2015
Our Year 8 topped off a fantastic football season on Friday by winning the Oldham Schools’ Cup at Boundary Park. They have had a very successful season and are to be congratulated on their fine playing and sportsmanship throughout the year. Our Year 13 had their final assembly and Valedictory Service last Thursday. These were both very moving with lots of participation from the students. Many congratulations to Jack Hicklin who has achieved 100% attendance for 8 years at secondary school; 1500 days without absence is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to our U14 water polo team. To be National finalists in their first year is a great achievement continuing the great reputation the school has for playing water polo without a swimming pool! At the weekend all three D of E groups were busy with the Gold group on their planning for their practice expedition, the second of the Silver groups on their practice expedition and one of the Bronze groups on the Crompton circuit. The weather was much better this weekend than the groups had the previous weekend; many thanks to the 15+ staff who gave up their time over the weekend to make these possible. Planning for the summer fair on Saturday 27 June is going well, any queries or offers of help to Mrs J Young, Assistant Business Manager, at email@example.com The plant sale collection is this Thursday and orders will be ready for 3.30pm. Please try to get to school before 5.30pm at the latest. Also on Thursday at 6.30pm there is a meeting for parents concerning the French trip which is leaving on 12 June. School finishes at 3.30pm on Friday 22 May and starts with a red week on Monday 1 June. Please note that we are still looking for a School Crossing Patrol. Please click here for further details.
NEWS UPDATE - 11 MAY 2015
Many congratulations to our Year 7 football team who won the Manchester County Cup final 4-2 against Audenshaw School in very wet conditions, however, playing on our 3G pitch meant that the quality of play was still excellent. On Friday this week the Year 8 team are in the Oldham final at Boundary Park, kick-off is at 11am. On Tuesday the U14 girls’ water polo team play in the national finals at Northampton and we wish all the best to both teams. It was great to see so many new intake parents at our Intake Evening last Thursday and I am sure that they will all agree that our pupils were all great ambassadors for the school. The next important dates for our new intake are the Intake Evening on 17 and 18 June from 5.30pm – 7.00pm. We are currently in the Year 7 assessment week; this is followed by Year 8 week beginning 18 May and Year 9 week beginning 1 June. As Years 11, 12 and 13 are on public exams school is a quieter place than usual! Pre exam sessions have been organised for Year 11 pupils during the next two weeks and the valedictory service is on Monday 1 June. Year 13 valedictory service is on Thursday 14 May at 11.20am, they leave school after this service and we wish them and all the other years good luck in their exams. The plants ordered from the plant sale will be in school for collection on Thursday 21 May from 3pm onwards. We have a number of vacancies in school at the moment including a teacher of Chemistry and teacher of Mathematics, they are MPS, full time permanent posts and both come with a retention allowance of £2,587, more details are available on the school website www.cromptonhouse.org We are also looking for a Midday Supervisor and there will be an advert out shortly for a School Crossing Patrol. Reminder – the next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 12 May when we will be discussing the summer fete which is on Saturday 27 June.
News Update 5th May 2015
Many thanks to all the parents who responded so positively to the Ofsted parent survey. Parents can view the results of the survey by going on to the Ofsted parent view website https://parentview.
News Update 27th April 2015
Congratulations to the school orchestra and senior wind band who have both got through to the MFY finals in Birmingham, this will be a very busy week early in July for our musicians. Congratulations to Marcus Dey who ran in the London mini marathon at the weekend and finished 42 in a class where he was one of the younger runners and improved on his time from last year. Congratulations also to Tom Upton who left Crompton House School last year on receiving his Queen’s scout award at Windsor at the St George’s Day parade; he is the first Queen’s scout in Oldham for 20 years. Reminder that Monday 4 May is a bank holiday. We will be having an election in school in the week of Monday 4 May. Our Welcome Evening for new intake parents is on Thursday 7 May with talks starting at 6pm. Parking will be available on site; if parking on local streets please do so with consideration to our neighbours. Duke of Edinburgh practices are continuing over the next few weeks and students need to check their diaries. After 5 years of very loyal service our crossing patrol, Arnie Marsden, is retiring this Friday; School Crossing is looking for a replacement. Arnie has been brilliant helping pupils cross the road and we wish him all the best for his retirement.
News Update 20th April 2015
School finished Thursday 2 April with Easter Communions and Rewards Assemblies, all went very well. It was really good to see Father Tony Mills from Failsworth conducting our services. The boys’ football trip to Holland went really well and there were many positive comments on our Twitter account from grateful parents and children. The Disney trip with over 80 pupils also went really well. They enjoyed great weather and had a very packed time in Paris and at the Disney Parks. The Silver and Gold D of E groups had very good weather at Castleshaw doing team building and navigational exercises. Many thanks to all the staff who gave up their holiday time to run these trips. Over the next few weeks the practical subjects are having their exams and on Wednesday 22 April Year 13 Music students have their assessed performances at 7pm in L19. On Thursday we have pupils in the South East Lancs Regional Golf Championships. Congratulations to Jess Fullalove who won a bronze medal for back stroke in the British Swimming Championships at The London Olympic Pool last Saturday.
News Update 31st March 2015
It has been a great week for Crompton House School. On Monday 23 March we had a presentation evening for the Duke of Edinburgh awards. It was an evening of presentations in which over 100 pupils were presented with gold, silver and bronze badges. The school was presented with a certificate for having over 200 pupils who had completed all levels of D of E in the previous year. Our guest of honour was Peter Hyde of Oldham Mountain Rescue who was presented with a framed certificate by his mountain rescue team for 50 years of service. The next day we had our Easter concert with the junior and senior orchestras, training band, senior wind band, Year 7 girls, senior girls and boys choirs. There was a Year 7 music class group who performed a devised piece based on Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ and solos from James Kelly on trumpet, Rachel Emmott on bassoon and Evie Turner on vocals; not only was the quality of music of a very high level but the level of participation was also very high. The Spring Ball on Saturday was a lovely evening with lots of Crompton House parents, friends and staff enjoying good company and excellent entertainment. It was great to see so many people dressing for the 1940’s! Over £3,660 was raised for PTFA funds, and many thanks must go to parents Sylviane Lawrence and Angela Russell who worked tirelessly for the past months and on the night to ensure the evening went so well.
‘Party Like It’s 1945’ – Crompton House’s 9th Spring Ball
The PTFA would like to thank the following for their contribution to this evening:
Dawson Precision Components for their generous £100 donation.
David Taylor and Fred Hollingworth (Crompton House Governors)
D.J. Paul Melia ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Vintage Vocalist ( email@example.com.
David Asher (www.starphotobooths.co.uk)
The White Hart Inn
J&H Decorators ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for kindly helping us to hang up the bunting 🙂
The many business who have generously donated items for the raffle:
Catherine Florence Reiki Therapies
Ripon Races Co Ltd
Strike Ten Bowl
Swithins, Ladies and Gents Hairdressers
The White Hart Inn
Rochdale Football Association
Tymbuktu Health & Beauty Clinic
A Carey & Sons
Set Produce Limited
The date for 2016 is Saturday 27th February, so put this in your diary now!
This Monday Paul Scholes came to open the Leon Ashton Pitch. Amazingly the sun shone on the proceedings and the wind band played a variety of pieces as the pupils all assembled. The footballing boys and girls teams formed a guard of honour to Paul Scholes and other guests as they processed down the pitch. After the unveiling of the plaque the pupils went into the Sports Hall when 15 pupils and staff asked Paul Scholes a series of questions ranging from ‘Who was the best player you played against?’ to ‘Are you available to play for the staff football team?’ It was a lovely occasion and we are very grateful to Paul who was willingly to perform the opening. Our guests included members of the construction team, local councillors and representatives from Oldham Council, The Football Foundation and Heyside FC. Wednesday 1 April is not a non-uniform day as we have had this term’s non-uniform day on Red Nose Day. Please be aware that after the Easter break the 408 bus will leave Oldham bus station at 7.27am, five minutes earlier. Can students please make sure that they take home all belongings when school finishes for Easter on Thursday? The site staff will be carrying out a full sweep of the school during the holidays; any property found will be treated as lost property and displayed to pupils and parents from 3.30pm on Tuesday 28 April. Any property remaining after that date will be donated to a local charity. School closes at 12.25pm on Thursday 2 April and the school buses have been rescheduled to collect students at this time. Best wishes to students and staff on the football trip to Holland and Disney Paris trip. School restarts on Monday 20 April.
NEWS UPDATE - 23 February 2015
Our girls U16 water polo team retained their North West trophy and are now in National Finals on Wednesday 11 March at Oundle, Northamptonshire, our girls U18 team have their regional competition this Wednesday at Tyldesley. The Food trip to Morocco was really good and there are lots of photos on the Food twitter account at CHS_Food. They had a really nice email from a passenger on the return flight complementing the pupils on their behaviour. The skiers came back safely and sound from Austria having had a good week and there are lots of pictures on the PE twitter account. Thanks to all the parents who have tweeted really positive comments about the trip. The Year 11 Iceland trip returns late on Tuesday evening, they had a great view of the Northern Lights on Friday but were snowed in on Sunday. Grease is well into its final rehearsals and is looking really good. The performances are on Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March at 7pm, tickets are available from the Finance Office £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions. Year 12 Geography students are at Plas Menai, North Wales for their field trip from Wednesday to Friday this week and some of our choirs are taking part in a competition on Friday at Huddersfield Town Hall, we wish them every success. Reminder that from Monday 23 February the 408 bus in the afternoon will use the stop just before Thornham Road, near the Post Office, and will no longer stop outside school. Due to the increasing volume of voicemail messages we have received recently the school has been asking parents to notify their child’s absence by texting 07624814055 if they prefer and the charge would be at the standard network rate. It has been brought to our attention that 3 and T-mobile networks will charge 26p per text (International rate), parents using these networks may prefer to report their child’s absence by email email@example.com or leave a voicemail on the attendance line. Congratulations to our 500 Club winners for February 2015: 1st prize £60 – Lottery number 93 – Nichole Radcliffe (Abbie – RI SRA 10) 2nd prize £30 – Lottery number 205 – Jackie Watson (Ryan – OR AHA 7) 3rd prize £20 – Lottery number 372 – Mrs Crooks (Amour – CR CJE 7) Thanks to your support the PTFA has managed to donate the following items to school since January 2015:
- Headteacher’s Award gifts (50 lion keyring, 130 monogrammed school pens and 150 monogrammed torch keyring)
- 13 Water Polo helmets and shirts
- 3 guitar stands for our Music Department
- 28 girls’ football tops and 2 keepers’ jerseys
- 1 display cloth to showcase our school at prize giving and other events and 20 pop up stands.
Our hope is for every family to be a member of the 500 Club so that we can make an even bigger difference to our children’s education experience. If you are interested, please download a form from the PTFA pages on the school’s website Thank you for supporting your PTFA. Kind regards Sylviane Lawrence 500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 09 FEBRUARY 2015
We have had great reports from the pupils who went on the Swedish exchange visit and Spanish trip to Andalucía; they all had great experiences. Over 130 Year 7 pupils went to see the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall last Tuesday and they all gained lots from this event. The boys’ cross-country team got their best result ever at King Henry VIII School National Championships in Coventry, they finished 15th with a much younger team than some of the other competitors. The Year 8 Options and Careers event was a great success with over 30 stands in the careers section and every subject represented in the options room. There were some really good conversations taking place between pupils and the career representatives. The Ormerod cake sale on Friday raised £232 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. This week we have the PTFA meeting on Tuesday from 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. The girls’ U16 water polo team start the defence of their national title at Tyldesley. The food trip to Morocco leaves on Thursday, the ski trip to Austria leaves on Friday and the Iceland trip leaves on Friday 20 February. We hope that they all have a great time. Year 11 Parents’ Evening is on Wednesday from 5-8pm. Year 8 option guidance interviews are on Thursday from 1.30-4.30pm for pupils in Crompton and Ormerod houses. Non-uniform day is on Friday and is in aid of Shelterbox and The Royal Oldham Hospital Maternity Unit; they are both brilliant charities that really do deserve our support. Rehearsals for Grease are going really well, the performances are on Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March from 7pm. Due to the increasing volume of voicemail messages we receive, the school would like to encourage parents to text to notify us of any absence. (Text messages will be charged at standard network rate.) If you would prefer this method of notification please text on the following number 07624814055 and leave the following details,
- Name of Child
- Reason for absence
- Date of return
If you are unable to give a date of return we do ask that a daily message is left for safe guarding reasons. You are still able to call school and leave a voicemail on the attendance line if you prefer or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your co-operation with this matter. ‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’ We have been asked to let parents know about a community performance of the play ‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’. This is a powerful drama about sexual exploitation and street grooming, aimed at young people aged 14 upwards and adults. GW Theatre Company developed the play in partnership with Oldham, Rochdale and Oxfordshire Councils and the Oxford Foundation, with support from ACE Awards for All. The production is based on research with young people and professionals. GW Theatre Company has delivered performances in all Oldham’s secondary schools and colleges, where it has had an extremely positive response. This will provide an opportunity to extend the invitation to the wider community. Parents with children in school from Year 10 and onwards are welcome to bring them along. Children under 14 will not be allowed admission. The performance will take place on Monday 23rd February 2015 at Hathershaw College, Bellfield Avenue, Oldham, OL8 3EP from 6:00pm – 7:45pm. Places are free, and can be reserved through: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/oldham-council-7523048271?s=32740219
NEWS UPDATE - 02 FEBRUARY 2015
Rehearsals are going very well for the school production of Grease. The show is on Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 March. We have had great reports of the Swedish exchange, they return on Wednesday and the Year 9 to Year 12 Spanish trip to Andalucía is leaving on Thursday. There are two big music events this week; most of Year 7 is going to the Bridgewater Hall to sing with the Halle Orchestra. This links in with the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ initiative; there are links to this on the BBC website. On Thursday a lot of our male singers are at a workshop at Chetham’s School of Music. On Friday Ormerod House is holding a cake sale in aid of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. There are talks to current Year 11 and Year 12 students this week about a proposed trip to Ecuador and there is a meeting for the parents of any interested students on Monday 9 February at 6pm to obtain more information. Year 10 Post 16 Information Evening that was due to take place on Thursday 5 February from 6.15pm in the Hall has been postponed until the summer term. The next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 10 February at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre and Year 11 Parents’ Evening is on Wednesday 11 February from 5-8pm. Friday 13 February is a non-uniform day in aid of Shelterbox and Royal Oldham Hospital Maternity Unit. There are a couple of sporting events coming up; the cross-country runners are at Coventry for an invitation event on Wednesday 4 February and the girls’ water polo team begin the defence of their national championship title at Tyldesley on Wednesday 11 February.
NEWS UPDATE - 26 JANUARY 2015
Many thanks to all the students that acted maturely with all the snow around school last week; the Year 11 interviews are going well, it’s good to see so many students from other Oldham and Rochdale schools and we wish them all well in their GCSE exams and look forward to seeing them in September. Maths Masterclasses for Years 6 and 9 start on Saturday from 9-11.30 for Year 6 and 9.30-12.00 for Year 9. It is always really good to see pupils enjoying a variety of different mathematical activities. Year 12 law students have been visiting Manchester Crown Court this week and on Wednesday the Swedish exchange for some Year 12 students begins. They should have a really good time enjoying a Scandinavian winter as well as experiencing a different education system. When they return the Years 10-12 language students are off to Andalucia. Most of Year 7 pupils are off to the Bridgewater Hall to spend a morning with the Halle Orchestra on Tuesday 3 February and they have been learning some songs to sing at the event; members of the boys’ choir have a day at Chetham’s School of Music later in the week. Cross-country runners are at Coventry for an invitation event on Wednesday 4 February. Also on 4 February there is an Options Evening and Careers Fair for the current Year 8 students from 5.30-7.30pm in the Hall and Gym where there will be stalls for the options subjects as well as exhibitors from different businesses to give careers advice. On Thursday 5 February Year 13 Geography students will be in Saddleworth and there is a Year 10 Post 16 Information Evening from 6.15pm in the Hall. Parents of all years should look at ‘Applying to University’ on the 6th Form website to see where our previous students have gone to after 6th Form. School Equipment Can parents please check that their child has the equipment required for school from list below? It’s disruptive if pupils have to be lent the basics at the start of a lesson.
Pencil Calculator (Scientific) Glue Stick
Eraser Pencil Case Scissors
Ruler Reading Book Optional:
Protractor Coloured Pencils Dictionary
The vast majority of our pupils stick to the uniform code and look really smart. However some let the rest down by deliberately ignoring the rules. The two biggest issues are shoes, mainly boys, and girls’ skirts. Shoes must be smart sensible plain flat black school shoes – traditional style shoes must be worn – no trainers or boots. Skirts should be grey pleated and knee length. Some girls are getting into trouble for rolling their skirts up, and some are wearing a skirt from an earlier school year which is too short. We take the smart appearance of our pupils very seriously and ask that you will support us by ensuring that your child has the correct uniform.
NEWS UPDATE - 19 January 2015
The Year 11 6th Form taster lessons went very well and we have had lots of positive comments on the student/parents survey. Congratulations to our girls’ football teams; our 6th Form team beat Oldham 6th Form College 3-2 and our younger girls were runners up in two tournaments. We have just started our review meetings for Year 11 pupils who have applied to join the 6th Form. We are looking forward to discussing options and also meeting pupils from other schools. Thank you to the parents who attended the PTFA meeting last Tuesday it was very useful and productive. The 500 Club winners for January 2015 are: 1st prize – Lot number 125 – £60 – Philip Maloney (William Maloney ORKBU-9) 2nd prize – Lot number 119 – £30 – John & Susan Brierley (ALUMNI) – Also a winner in February 2012 3rd prize – Lot number 66 – £20 – Catherine Travis (Alexander Travis CRCJE-11) This financial year, thanks to your support, the 500 Club managed to donate £3,200 to the PTFA, who will spend the money carefully to benefit ALL the children in the school. Thank you so much for supporting the PTFA. There are still some tickets available for The Spring Ball on Saturday 28 March. The theme is ‘Party Like It’s 1945’ at the White Hart Inn, Lydgate. Tickets are £50 per person; this includes a 4-course meal, entertainment, Photo Booth and entry into the raffle. Reminder: Year 8 Parents’ Evenings for Cocker and Crompton houses are on Tuesday 20 January and Tuesday 27 January for students in Ormerod and Ridley houses, both are from 5-7.30pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 12 January 2015
The Drama and Theatre group had a really interesting time at the Lowry Theatre to watch ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ on Tuesday last week. The 6th Form Psychology trip to Chester Zoo on Thursday was a great success. Students looked at the behaviour of snakes, rats, cockroaches and monkeys. The Business Studies to Jaguar Land Rover was also very interesting with pupils finding out about production needs and assembly lines. There are photos of the Chester Zoo and Jaguar Land Rover trips on the 6th Form website blog. The Year 11 Working Together Evening was very well attended and judging by the replies to the questionnaires it was much appreciated by the parents. We will use the responses from the questionnaires in our planning for our next information evenings. Year 11 will get their reports and a list of important dates later this week. The Post 16 Information Day for Year 11 pupils is on Friday 16 January. Pupils should register as normal and then go to the Hall for information talks. Pupils do not need to wear school uniform although clothing has to be suitable for learning. Pupils will have use of the 6th Form block and canteen at break and lunchtime. There will be some normal lessons for those pupils not intending to join the 6th Form as well as sessions focussing on other options. The next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 13 January in the 6th Form Centre from 7.30pm, please come if you can. Also on Tuesday there is a Year 12 Competitive & Prestigious Universities Evening. On Wednesday this week there is a meeting at 6.15pm for parents of students who will be visiting Iceland and Thursday evening there is a Parents’ Information Evening regarding the Spanish trip from 5.30pm. Year 8 Parents’ Evenings are on Tuesday 20 January for students in Cocker and Crompton houses and Tuesday 27 January for students in Ormerod and Ridley houses, both are from 5-7.30pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 15 January 2015
In the last week of term the Christmas concert was a great success with over 200 students taking part, there will be photographs in the next newsletter. The Year 11 Maths trip to Manchester University was very successful with girls looking a Maths at A level and beyond. On the last day of term we said farewell to Mrs Weir who is retiring to the North East and Mr Sheridan and Mrs Murphy who have teaching posts elsewhere. Also on the last day of term the advent communions were led by Reverend Nick Andrews and the rewards assemblies were a very fitting end to a very busy term. On Tuesday 6 January there is a trip to see ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ at the Lowry Theatre; on Wednesday there is a Year 11 Working Together Evening at 6.15pm in the school hall and on Thursday there is a Year 12 Psychology trip to Chester Zoo. On Tuesday 13 January there is a Year 12 Competitive & Prestigious Universities Information Evening at 6.15pm and the PTFA meeting is at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. Wednesday 14 January there is a meeting for the parents of students going to Iceland from 6pm and there is a Spanish trip meeting starting at 5.30pm on Thursday 15 January. Year 13 Geography students are on field trips on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 January. Also on 16 January Year 11 have 6th Form taster lessons and Year 12 will be on study leave this day in preparation for mocks week starting 19 January. Year 13 mocks week starts on Monday 26 January. Year 8 Parents’ Evenings are on Tuesday 20 January for students in Cocker and Crompton houses and Tuesday 27 January for students in Ormerod and Ridley houses, both are from 5-7.30pm.
NEWS UPDATE - 15 December 2014
It was great to see lots of our pupils taking part in the Oldham Music Centre Christmas concerts last week. Crompton House School provides about one third of the musicians for the Music Centre which is great for the school and pupils. The school brass band played really well at the Oldham Chronicle Festival of Carols at the Oldham Parish Church last Thursday. This week we have our own Christmas concert ‘A Christmas Feast’ which will have a mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. We have our Christmas communions and rewards assemblies on the last day of term and there will be Christmas celebrations on the Thursday afternoon. We have had a number of cake sales recently for the scouts, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and the Morocco trip. We have also had the 6th Form Christmas jumper day which raised £94 and the staff raised £115 for Save the Children Fund. We had great rugby results last week with a good win for the Year 7 team. Our chess team had their first tournament and put up a very good show; congratulations to Alex Senelle from Year 10 who won all of his 5 games, hopefully there will be more chess fixtures in the future. 120 boys played football at Kings School, Chester at the weekend. School closes at 12.25pm on Friday 19 December and the school buses have been rescheduled. School will reopen at the normal time on Monday 5 January. If there is snow over the Christmas holidays please check the school twitter account and on the school website for updates.
NEWS UPDATE - 8 December 2014
The Christmas Fair has now raised £4,500 which is £1,000 more than last year; many thanks to everyone who helped to achieve this. The next PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 9 December from 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre, it is hoped as many parents as possible can attend. The Year 7 trip to the pantomime went well last week as did the Year 9 Chemistry trip to Bolton School. The Christmas workshop organised by the Food Department was successful with lots of edible Christmas decorations made. After 2 weeks of mock exams Year 11 pupils are now on work experience at a variety of places ranging from Sheffield to Liverpool as well as closer to home. The wind band had a very good concert at Thornham St James’ School last week and on Thursday this week the brass band are playing at the Festival of Carols Service at Oldham Parish Church. On Friday staff and 6th Form students are taking part in a Christmas jumper day for Save the Children Fund. The Christmas concert is on Tuesday 16 December from 7pm. There is a varied programme with traditional and contemporary music, something to suit everyone. We have the school Christmas lunch also on 16 December. School closes at 12.25pm on Friday 19 December and the school buses have been rescheduled. School will reopen on Monday 5 January. In the event of school closing due to bad weather parents will be informed by twitter, email and on the school website. There are more details on the school website about the closure under the parents section – Info for New Parents – Adverse Weather Conditions.
NEWS UPDATE - 1 December 2014
The Christmas Fair was a great success with more people, more stalls, and more games and over £4,200 raised an increase of £700 on last year. Many thanks to everyone who supported the event; a particular thanks to all members of the PTFA who have given up a lot of their time over the past few weeks working hard to make the fair so successful. All the money will go back to help the pupils in school. Christmas puddings are still available to buy for £5.50 from reception. Last week we had the first match on the new 3G pitch and everyone said how great it is. The inaugural match was Year 11 versus 6th Form which the 6th Form narrowly won 3-2. The official opening of the pitch will take place in April. Over the next few months the usage of the pitch will increase with lettings open until 9pm on Monday to Friday and 6pm at weekends. We are very pleased to be in partnership with Heyside FC (Heyside Juniors and Heyside Angels) our local club who have a great history at promoting football in the community. There are a lot of CHS pupils who play for Heyside teams so this is a positive link with our local community. This week Year 7 have their visit to see Aladdin at the Oldham Coliseum; some pupils are taking part in a chess tournament at Hulme Grammar School; Year 9 Chemistry pupils have a visit to The Christmas Flash Bang Show at Bolton School on Thursday and on Friday school is hosting the Oldham Music Centre Intermediate Christmas concert. Please park in the school car park rather than on the local streets. The school Christmas concert is on Tuesday 16 December. If your child needs to leave school during the school day to attend an appointment please ask them to leave their lesson 5 minutes before they are due to meet their parent/guardian at reception. Pupils must sign out at the student hub with a note in their planner or an appointment card. Advance notice – school will close at 12.25pm on Friday 19 December and the school buses have been rescheduled.
NEWS UPDATE - 24 November 2014
The two presentation evenings were very successful, both Father Peter McEvitt and the Right Reverend Dr David S Walker, Bishop of Manchester, spoke very well to the pupils, parents and staff. It was great to see so many of our leavers come back to school to collect their certificates and catch up on the latest news. The Year 13 Biology trip to Malham Tarn was very successful; it was cold but mainly dry. There was lots of sporting events last week including the Year 10 netball victory (23-9) at Hulme Grammar School. It is our PTFA Christmas Fair on Saturday 29 November from 11am to 2pm and with your help we can make this a fantastic day. Father Christmas will be visiting and there will be lots of stalls to buy your Christmas gifts. Parents are asked to read previous email messages sent regarding donations. For the next two weeks Year 11 are sitting their GCSE mock exams; Year 12 & Year 13 Theatre Studies students are seeing Othello at the Lowry Theatre on Tuesday 25 November. There is a meeting at 6pm on Thursday 27 November for the parents of students who will be going on the ski trip to Austria and Year 13 Geography students will be visiting Manchester on Friday as part of their field work. Next week all pupils in Year 7 will be visiting the Oldham Coliseum to see the pantomime Aladdin; Year 9 Chemistry pupils have a visit to The Christmas Flash Bang Show at Bolton School and the cross country boys and girls are competing in the Oldham Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Chadderton Hall Park on Tuesday 2 December.
NEWS UPDATE - 17 November 2014
Donations are coming in well for the Christmas Fair. A flyer has been emailed to parents concerning donations for the stalls please try and help to make this one of the best Christmas fairs ever. Entries for the Great Crompton House Bake Off competition should be received in school by Friday 28 November. We still have some Christmas puddings for sale. The stubs for the Christmas draw tickets and money should be returned to the Finance Office by Friday 28 November. The new 3G pitch will start to come into use in the next few days. This has a high quality surface that is going to be of great benefit to all of our students. It is vital that we keep it in good condition and therefore students will not be allowed to use the pitch if they are not wearing the correct footwear. Studded football boots, multi- studded trainers and bladed trainers are all allowed on the pitch, however, flat-soled trainers and spikes are not permitted. PE staff will be checking footwear this week so pupils must bring in their trainers and boots for checking. We have our presentation evenings this week with Year 11 and Year 12 on Wednesday with guest speaker Father Peter McEvitt. On Friday we welcome back our Year 13 leavers together with our current Year 13 students who will receive their awards from Rt Revd Dr David S Walker, Bishop of Manchester. Last week there were a number of trips to the courts, the highlight was the Year 12 Law students taking part in mock trials at Manchester Crown Court. The students did very well winning two cases but did not get through to the final. The Dance Show was a great celebration of dance with pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. It was especially pleasing to see many Year 7 pupils taking part which bodes well for the dance shows of the future. We had a number of Children In Need events organised by the 6th Form and Mr Sheridan’s form (CR GOW), we are expecting a total of over £400. The Art students had a really good trip to Barcelona seeing work by Picasso, Gaudi and Miro; it is so good to see the Art at close quarters. Recent main school activities have been put on twitter and 6th form events are on the 6th form website (sixthform.cromptonhouse.org). If you click on the blog page you will see photographs and articles about the many recent 6th form activities. This week Year 13 Biologists are at Malham Tarn. Also this week Year 11 Drama students are visiting some primary schools to perform theatre-in-education pieces for their Drama GCSE assessments; a group of Year 9 pupils are taking part in ‘Make-it-Challenge’ as part of their Business Studies course at the Norton Grange Hotel. We have had some great football successes with a number of our teams going through to the next round of cup competitions. Year 11 have a very busy few weeks starting with mock fortnight on Monday 24 November followed by work experience week from 8 to 12 December. Congratulation to our November 500 Club winners: 1st prize £60 – Lee Gratton (Ellie Gratton RIPRI- Year10) 2nd prize £30 – Sara Flatley (Jaid Flatley – ORCBR- Year 9) 3rd prize £20 – Jayne Lewis (Amie Lewis – CRAWA- Year 10) At this month’s meeting, the PTFA’s main topic for discussion was the Christmas Fair (29th November). The Spring Ball (‘Party Like It’s 1945) only has 42 spaces left out of a maximum of 188 so please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Thank you for your support. Kind regards Sylviane Lawrence 500 Club Secretary
NEWS UPDATE - 10 November 2014
The rearranged 6th Form Open Evening went very well, many thanks to all pupils who came in as guides and subject prefects. The evening seemed to go very well. The Lower School Concert on Thursday was a great success with over 200 pupils taking part. We have had a number of messages saying how parents enjoyed the evening. The next concert is the Christmas Celebration on Tuesday 16 December. The Shakespeare Schools Festival at Bolton Octagon Theatre was excellent. The version of Midsummer Night’s Dream was appreciated by everyone including Teresa Brockway, Venue Director. She said that the pupils’ performances were energetic and confident with great interaction with the audience. The Sociology trips to the magistrates and crown courts over the past week have been very useful. This week the Dance Show is on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7-9pm, pupils and staff have been working very hard to make sure this will be an excellent evening’s entertainment. Art pupils from Years 10-13 are in Barcelona from Wednesday to Saturday to look at the very distinctive Art work in the city. On Friday the 6th Form are organising a number of fundraising events for Children In Need, pupils are encouraged to bring in any spare change if they can. Reminder that the rearranged PTFA meeting takes place at 7.30pm Tuesday 11 November in the Conference Room, opposite the main school reception. Also on Tuesday is the Year 13 Parents’ Evening from 5-8pm. Next week the Year 13 Biology students are at Malham Tarn for 3 days and we have a cake sale for Bart’s Bash (Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation) on Thursday. Our prospective Oxbridge students and medics will have practice interviews on Friday 21 November in preparation for their university applications. On Wednesday 19 November the GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening for past and present Year 11 students with guest speaker Father Peter McEvitt and on Friday we have Speech Night for past and present Year 13 students with the Bishop of Manchester, Rt Reverend Dr David S Walker, both events start at 7pm. Reminder The Christmas Fair is on Saturday 29 November. Donations of the following items can be taken to the Hub:
CHOCOLATE TOMBOLA – any chocolates, unwrapped and in date.
RIDLEY – cream or brown face cloths, soap, whisky, brown sugar, mince pies, homemade goodies, serviettes
COCKER – Plain baubles, chocolate for prizes, mulled wine
CROMPTON – bottles of wine, wrapped gifts with value on between £1 and £5
ORMEROD – red parcels £2 value. Please send any donations of books, bric-a-brac, jewellery, bottles and gift tombola items to reception. Christmas draw tickets should be returned to the Finance Office. Thank you for your support.
NEWS UPDATE - 04 November 2014
In the week before half term Crompton had a cake sale for Vascular Dementia and raised £116; Year 7 had their Welcome Communion and were presented with a bible from The Gideon Society; Years 10 and 11 did very well in the indoor athletics at Sports City and the 6th Form Open Evening had to be postponed until Tuesday 4 November due to a gas leak. This week the Lower School concert is on Thursday starting at 7pm. Also on Thursday evening the older pupils are performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Bolton Octagon Theatre as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival, both events should be excellent and parents are welcome to both events when two aspects of our school Arts will be on show. Year 12 English students are at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday for an English Language course. Next week a World War 1 display is on in the Learning Zone to coincide with our Remembrance assemblies on Tuesday 11 November. As well as the Remembrance assemblies the school will be observing the two minutes silence at 11am with the last post being played by our brass musicians. On Wednesday 12 November a group of senior Art students are going to study Art in Barcelona and the Oxbridge students have practice interviews also on Wednesday. The annual Dance Show is on at 7pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, wristbands can be purchased from the Finance Office, £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. On Friday 14 November the 6th Form are organising a lunchtime event for Children In Need. Boys’ sport for week commencing Monday 4 November 2014 Monday Basketball training – Year 7 – lunchtime Sports Hall Tuesday Table tennis – lunch time – Gym (Inclusion team) Year 8 football v Culcheth High School Community Campus, Warrington, kick off 3.00pm, leaving school at 1.30pm, returning 6.00pm approx. – Mr C Dean Year 7 football practice – all students – 3.30 – 5.00pm – Mr S Deane Wednesday Sixth form football – lunch time – sports hall (Mr Burns/ Mr Robinson) Year 11 football v Ribbersdale – ESFA Cup at Newbarn (Home) – 3.00pm start (Mr S Deane) Rugby training – Year 9/10 – Mr Taylor – lunch time Thursday Year 7 rugby training – lunch time – rugby pitch (Mr Collins) Year 10 football training – tennis courts – lunch time (Mr Goodall/Mr Stephenson) Goalkeeper training – all year groups with Jack McKie (sixth former) – lunch time (Mr S Deane) Year 7 A team football v Parrswood – A team – GMCSFA – pupils leave lessons at 2.00 – kick off 3.15, returning at 5.30 approx. (Mr S Deane) Year 7 B team football v Clitheroe HS – ESFA Cup – pupils leave lessons at 2.30, returning at 6.30pm approx. Year 9 football training – Sports Hall – Mr Lord and Mr Sellers Friday Year 7 football training – Mr Deane – lunch time Saturday Cross Country Championships – Leverhulme Park, Bolton – Year 9/10 inter team – Mr Burns Hulme Grammar School – Home – 2nd XI, U14, U13 Away – 1st, U15, U12
NEWS UPDATE - 20 October 2014
The talk to parents about E-Safety by Collette Morris on Tuesday last week was very interesting and informative. The PTFA meeting that followed was very useful and we now have some very good ideas for the Christmas fair. We also discussed the need for more outdoor benches that will be ordered in spring time; the next PTFA meeting in on Tuesday 4 November at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. Congratulations to this month’s 500 Club winners: 1st Prize £60 – Lottery no. 7 – Patricia Benton (Rebecca Hayes – OR AWT Year 7) 2nd Prize £30 – Lottery no. 40 – Jasmine Whittle (William Maloney – OR KBU Year 9) 3rd Prize £20 – Lottery no. 259 – Deborah Jayne Howarth (Emily Rebekah – CO DPL Year 11 & Eleanor Rose – CO MHK Year 9). Mrs Howarth also won 3rd prize in December 2011. Booking forms for our ninth Spring Ball, which will be held on Saturday the 28th March at The White Hart Inn Lydgate are now available. It’s one of our popular fundraisers and a great night of entertainment, fun and fine food. Please support our PTFA as every penny is spent on items that benefit all the children in the school. The Year 10 Biology students had a great trip in the Lake District last week. The highlight was the Ghyll scrambling and lots of good work was done as well. The Language Department had a very busy two days with an MFL Apprentice Day for Year 11 students on Thursday. We also had pupils and staff from Hollingworth Academy and Hulme Grammar School, language students from MMU, foreign language assistants, and Crompton House 6th Form students. The day was a mix of target language, speaking presentations, quizzes and a cup cake decoration event. Everyone said what a great and productive day it had been. The Oktoberfest on Friday was equally as successful with lots of German fun, food and drink, again enjoyed by everyone; many thanks to Mrs Raho and the Language Department for their hard work over the two days. This week House Crompton is having a cake sale for Vascular Dementia at lunch time on Monday. The Year 7 Welcome Communions are on Tuesday; Dance Show auditions are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on Tuesday there is a talk for parents and any students in Year 10 to Year 13 who are thinking of taking medicine at university. Year 10 and Year 11 pupils are taking part in indoor athletics at Sports City on Friday afternoon. On Thursday this week we have our 6th Form Open Evening from 6pm to 8pm with talks at 6pm and 7pm in the Hall. If travelling by car it is best to park in Shaw and either catch the bus or walk up to Crompton House School. Parking on the streets near school creates congestion and is not recommended. School closes at 3.30pm on Friday 24 October and re-opens at 8.35am on Monday 3 November. Reminder – Friday is a non-uniform day for Oldham Mountain Rescue. Message from Matron There is still a lot of clothing, trainers and bags in lost property. None of it has a name in. Anything left unclaimed by Friday 24 October will be either sent to a charity or disposed of. Message from Crompton House Science Department The Science Department has purchased some exciting Science software which students from Year 7 to Year 13 can use to help them with their Science studies at school and at home. Students can access the resources by visiting http://www.focuselearning.co.uk Username: please enquire if you require this information Advance notice On Thursday 6 November we have the lower school concert entitled ‘Postcards from around the World’. Also on Thursday pupils from Years 9 to 13 are performing Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bolton Octagon Theatre as part of the Shakespeare School Festival.
NEWS UPDATE - 13 October 2014
We had some great rugby results last week with Year 7 winning the Oldham Schools’ Tournament and Year 8 who are North West Champions. There were also some excellent football results with Year 8 beating Parrs Wood High School and the First XI beating Blue Coat School. The Year 8 B team also won their inter school tournament on Monday. Congratulations to Olivia Boswell who became European U16 Slalom Ski Champion in Dublin last weekend and Jess Fullalove who has been nominated for the Daily Mail Pride of Sport Award. Niamh Campbell O’Donnell has been included on the “long list” of athletes for the first ever European Olympics for Water Polo. This will be held in June 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was a very busy week for our musicians last week. On Wednesday the brass band played at Dr Kershaw’s 25th anniversary celebrations and some of the band spoke to HRH Duchess of Gloucester who unveiled a commemorative stone. The senior choir sang choral evensong at Manchester Cathedral on Friday, the sound was lovely, and it was nice to see past pupils and staff who sang with us. The Year 8 Geography trips on Wednesday and Thursday to Castleton, Derbyshire, went very well, mostly enjoying good weather. The staff training on Friday with Paul Ginnis was very interesting and gave us lots of ideas for stimulating lessons. Saturday was very busy with football fixtures against Manchester Grammar School. This week Year 10 Separate Science pupils are at Keswick in the Lake District as part of their Biology studies. There are trips to Manchester Magistrates Courts for Year 12 Law students on Monday and Tuesday. The Language Department are very busy with “Apprentice Day” on Thursday for Year 11 and Oktoberfest on Friday evening starting at 6.30pm in the Hall. For parents we have a Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday at 6.15pm concerning E-Safety. This is followed by the PTFA Welcome Evening at 7.30pm in the 6th Form Centre. We hope as many parents as possible can attend this meeting. On Thursday there is “Working Together” evening on Thursday for parents of Year 9 at 5.45pm and Year 10 parents at 7.00pm. In the week before half term Crompton are organising a cake sale for their chosen charity Vascular Dementia during Monday lunchtime. The Year 7 Welcome Communions are during period 2 on Tuesday 21 October. Also on Tuesday there is an information evening at 5-6pm in the 6th Form Centre for students in Years 10-13 who wish to study medicine as a career and their parents. The 6th Form Open Evening is on Thursday 23 October from 5.30-8.30pm with talks at 6pm and 7pm. Friday 24 October is a non-uniform day for Oldham Mountain Rescue and school finishes at the normal time of 3.30pm. Memory sticks regularly go missing in school; if they turn up in the Hub we check work for names to enable a quick return. Unfortunately, the majority are not named and some remain in our lost property box. Instead of using (easily lost) memory sticks, we strongly recommend students save their documents to Drop Box or Google Drive which provides free cloud storage and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. Data Collection sheets have gone out to all Year 7 pupils. Years 8 to 11 will receive their data sheets on Tuesday 14 October, once checked and signed they should be returned to the Student Hub no later than Friday 24 October.
NEWS UPDATE - 06 OCTOBER 2014
Last week On Tuesday Year 11 had talks from HMPS about antisocial behaviour. The talks were very entertaining with a powerful message. Year 12 had a very good trip to see ‘Journey’s End’ at Bolton Octagon Theatre on Thursday evening. This was a very good introduction to the play for their A Level studies. We had some sporting success with netball and football matches taking place and it was particularly pleasing to see the girls’ football match on Friday. The Founders’ Day services were inspiring on Friday. They were led by Father Graham Hollowood with an address by Mr Holt. The theme was “Who Am I?” At the same time the Macmillan Coffee Morning took place with nearly £1,000 raised so far. This week we have boys and girls teams taking part in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Bolton. The brass band is playing at Dr Kershaw’s 25th Anniversary celebrations on Wednesday. They have been rehearsing a new repertoire over the past few weeks and continue to be led by Seth Livingstone who is now a student at the RNCM. Year 8 pupils are in Castleton on Wednesday or Thursday for Geography field work. This is a really useful addition to their coursework. There is a cake bake on Thursday lunchtime for Jireh Women; more information can be found at www.jirehwomen.org On Friday the senior choir are singing choral evensong at Manchester Cathedral. Friday is also a staff training day so no pupils are in school except for the senior choir in the afternoon. Next week The PTFA Welcome Evening is on Tuesday 14 October from 7.30pm, all parents are welcome to attend and items for discussion will include the school’s Christmas Fair. The Year 9 and Year 10 Working Together Parents’ Information Evening is on Thursday 16 October and appointments can be made via the school website; Year 9 from 5.45pm and Year 10 from 7pm. Don’t forget the Oktoberfest on Friday 17 October from 6.30pm in the Hall. Advance notice School finishes for half term at 3.30pm on Friday 24 October.
NEWS UPDATE - 29 September 2014
Many thanks to the parents who attended the Year 12 Information Evening and Year 10 Blencathra meeting; we hope that they found the meetings useful. Many congratulations to Tom Hulme who raised over £500 in the Hall on Friday for having his head shaved. This is in addition to the £687 that has been raised on the Just Giving site for Christie Hospital. This is a fantastic achievement and we hope that the giving will continue. Our Swedish visitors arrived last week and had a lovely English afternoon tea prepared for them by the Year 10 Hospitality and Catering group. They have had a great time going round the North West of England which will finish with a trip to Blackpool on Tuesday. This Friday we celebrate Founders Day with services in school. This is traditionally combined with the MacMillan Coffee Morning when pupils get a chance to have a hot or cold drink with a biscuit and support this very worthwhile charity. The choir will be singing Choral Evensong at Manchester Cathedral on Friday 10 October and the school brass band has been invited to play at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice on Wednesday 8 October as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Hospice. Reminder – school is closed to students on Friday 10 October for staff training.
NEWS UPDATE - 22 September 2014
The Year 11 and Year 12 Oxford trip was very successful. The pupils enjoyed seeing the colleges and it gave them a good insight into university life. The Drama trip to see War Horse was according to pupils and staff “an absolutely brilliant production”. At our Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday we had 1000 visitors to school and we have received a lot of very positive comments about the school and in particular the pupil guides. Parking however was a big issue and parents and visitors are asked either to walk or come to school by public transport or to park so as not to restrict the access for local residents. Parking on the pavement and double parking is really anti-social and reflects badly on the school. We try and have a positive relationship with our local residents and the actions of some parents and visitors do not help this matter. CHS football teams won 6 of their matches against Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Bolton on Saturday; more details are available on the CHS updates twitter account. These were in addition to some great performances earlier in the week by the Year 7, Year 8 and Y11 B teams. This week we welcome our visitors from Sweden for an insight into English life. They will be seeing lessons, enjoying an English afternoon tea as well as a trip to Blackpool. On Wednesday we have a Year 12 Parents’ Information Evening ‘Life in the 6th Form’ at 6.15pm in the Hall. Also on Wednesday there is a meeting at 5.30pm in the Learning Zone for parents of pupils in Year 10 who are going on the Science visit to Blencathra. On Thursday at 6.15pm there is an Information Evening for parents of Year 8 pupils concerning the options process. On Friday Tom Hulme of Year 11 is having his hair shaved off for Christies at lunchtime in the Hall. This is combined with a cake sale organised by Ridley House. Next week we celebrate Founders Day on Friday 3 October and we combine this with a MacMillan coffee morning; these events take place in the morning in school. Advance notice School is closed to pupils on Friday 10 October for a staff inset day.
NEWS UPDATE - 15 September 2014
Year 11 Geography pupils had a great time in Swanage last week. The weather was brilliant and although they worked hard into the evening everyone said that they had a great time. Many thanks to the parents that attended the PTFA meeting on Tuesday last week, all the committee posts have now been filled. The Welcome to the PTFA Evening is on Tuesday 14 October at 7.30pm and we hope to see as many parents as possible at this meeting. On Wednesday all the Year 7 pupils found out about all the clubs available to them and a list is now on the school website under the pupils drop down menu. It was good to see lots of boys out playing football for the school on Saturday. There was some great play and enthusiasm from all the boys. This week A group of students from Year 11 and Year 12 are on a visit to Oxford University on Monday to enable them to make good choices in the future. Tuesday evening is very busy; there is a trip to the Lowry Theatre to see War Horse, a meeting in the Learning Zone at 6pm for parents of pupils going on the Morocco trip and a Year 11 Information Evening concerning exam boards for GCSE Science at 6.15pm in the Hall. Thursday is Open Evening from 5.30pm and parents are advised that parking on the streets around school will be difficult. If you have to come by car please park legally and with consideration to our neighbours. On Friday the Year 7 pupils need to look at their best for their school photograph in the afternoon and Year 11 and Year 12 have a day about careers and aspirations. There is also a Year 10 Art trip to Manchester Museum. On Saturday morning the football teams will be playing against Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.
NEWS UPDATE - 08 SEPTEMBER 2014
School has started well with lots of smiling faces in Year 7 and Year 12; we hope that they are settling in well. We were very pleased with the GCSE and A level results and wish all our 6th form students who are off to university in the next few weeks all the very best in their studies. We had some great personal achievements over the holidays including Jess Fullalove winning three silver medals in the Youth Olympic Games in China and Matthew Walls winning at the British Points Cycling Championships. The first PTFA meeting is on Tuesday 9 September at 7.30pm and we hope that as many parents as possible can attend this. The football fixtures start on Saturday 13 September versus St Margaret’s School, Liverpool. We wish all the football teams success in the forthcoming season. On Monday 15 September a group of Year 11 & Year 12 students are visiting Oxford to look at the universities there and on Tuesday 16 September there is a Drama visit to see War Horse at the Lowry Theatre. On Friday September 19 the Year 7 pupils have their photos taken and Year 11 and Year 12 have a careers day in school with a variety of speakers. Open Evening is on Thursday 18 September and school closes at 1.50pm to prepare for this. The school buses have been re-arranged for the early finish. Those attending the Open Evening should park with care and consideration to our neighbours. There are talks at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm and appointments should be booked via the school website. The evening will finish at 8.30pm.