Thursday, 19 July 2018

End of Term


Mass for Saints Peter and Paul and Awards Assembly
The Mass and awards assembly on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul went extremely well. A huge number of people contributed to its success but particular thanks go to the music department and, of course, to our chaplain, Mandy Baker, and to Monsignor Liam Slattery.

Natasha Burch, year 12, performed her A Level composition at both the Mass and the year 6 welcome liturgy. Sofia Hensley and Bethan Brito, year 7, sang ‘A Million Dreams’ from 'The Greatest Showman' in the awards ceremony. The year 9 band (Seb Rowe, David Copestake, Cyril Carvajal, Keyan Littleton, Josh Riches) performed ‘Some Might Say’ by Oasis during the awards ceremony. The music department collaborated with the PE Department to perform Stormzy’s ‘Blinded by your Grace’ featuring soloist Harry Matthews, rappers Hansen Castaneda and Pearse O’Neill alongside Mrs Donovan’s gymnasts during the awards ceremony.

All students in Year 8 spent 6 weeks designing and creating banners for the Mass and awards assembly. Each class made one banner using a quotation from the parable of the Sheep and the Goats.

This year’s banners were colourful and spread the message of God’s love into our community.



Other Chaplaincy News
The Year 7 Emmaus First Communion Group celebrated their First Holy Communion with Mgr Liam at St Peter’s Church.

Students having been walking a mile supporting the 'Share the Journey' CAFOD campaign, highlighting the experiences of refugees.

We have had Liturgies for Year 11 and Year 6 as they both prepare for the next stage of their future.

Year 9 shared their annual retreat days together with the theme ‘Stronger Together'.

At Sports Day the CAFOD group sold refreshments and raised £300 for the Help Madina charity in Sierra Leone.

We are preparing for our next IGNITE evening with 5 time world record holding football freestyler Daniel Cutting on Friday Sept 28th at 6.30pm in the school hall. Tickets: £2.


The St Peter’s High School Jazz Band played at the Tuffley Festival - Saturday 7th July 2018.
David Copestake – Year 9 Student and Jazz Band Bass Guitarist - writes:
Tuffley Festival took place at Tuffley Rovers F.C. on Saturday 7th July 2018. Families came to enjoy the sun whilst watching a dog show, browsing pop up stalls and enjoying performances from dance troops, primary school choirs, scouts and guides and, of course, the St Peter’s High School Jazz Band.

The band features a range of amazing saxophonists, a fabulous trumpeter, a great pianist, some noisy electric guitarists, two incredible bass guitarists and a loud drummer! With our very important conductor, Mrs Perfect, we performed some jazzy tunes along with some popular songs like Havana, sung by year 11 student Avygayle Smith. Band members range from students in year 8, all the way up to year 13. We also have teachers in our band. It’s great to have so much musical talent packed into a band and we have a lot of fun doing what we do.

Even though we all missed the first five minutes of the football, it was a fabulous event with a lovely audience cheering us on.


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ABRSM Exam Results
Congratulations to year 13 student Hannah Soares for achieving Grade 8 Singing with Distinction this term. This follows a Distinction on Grade 8 Piano in the previous term! This completes another year of a 100% pass rate in our ABRSM Music exams for students in all years groups. Other notable results: Jessica Smith (year 13) and Robyn Marment (year 13) both achieved Grade 8 singing with merit.



Art Show
The end of year art show was a great success, showcasing the excellent work of students from year 7 to year 13.  Parents, guardians, governors, staff and students seized the opportunity to come and have a look at the work on display and were impressed by the skill, creativity and hard work of students this year.  The KS3 Best in show 2018 was won by Zuzanna Watorska for her detailed study of Francoise Nielly’s work.











The Schools Award in the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards
We are delighted that St Peter’s won the Schools Award in the recent Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards. This is due to the hard work of our careers officer, Sarah Beeton, and her assistant Georgina Blackburn.





KS5 Educational visits

The Year 12 Politics trip to Westminster was a great success. The students were excellent and visited the Supreme Court as well as the Houses of Parliament. They also took part in an elections workshop in parliament which proved to be good fun for all.




The technology department took students to the New Designers Show in London.

The geography department took 22 A-Level Geographers to Snowdonia and the Quantock Hills to complete their physical geography fieldwork.  Students studied glacial landforms, compared glacial and fluvial sediments and tested the infiltration rates of the soil surrounding a river.  The students worked exceptionally hard, and members of the public commented that they were a credit to the school.  A-Level geography students are required to undertake 4 days of fieldwork; they also visit the suburbs of Gloucester and Brockenhurst in the New Forest for their human geography fieldwork.





The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
The Silver DofE groups made a fantastic effort on their qualifying expedition in the Brecons, despite very hot weather and insect attacks. They showed great resilience and teamwork. We were delighted that their assessor said they were one of the most impressive groups he had assessed.

The Gold group completed their practice expedition in style at the same time and are well-prepared for the qualifying expedition, which they will do in Snowdonia next summer, when they return to school as Year 12 students. As always, a huge thank you to the staff who give up their weekends for the expeditions.







Summer schools
Well done to a number of our Year 12 students who have successfully secured prestigious university summer schools and other placements which will be of enormous value in themselves and also in applying to universities next year:

Megan Cameron will attend a summer school at Cambridge University and at John Locke summer school in France;
Orla Sheehan will attend summer school at Cambridge University;
Sam Harte will attend a summer school at Bristol University with the Sutton Trust;
Jordan Topping Allsopp will attend a STEM course with Liverpool University;
George Greaves has secured a week's placement in the UK parliament;
Paul Pellissery will be attending an UNIQ course with Oxford University.

Several students have also received invitations to a medical skills event at Cheltenham General Hospital.


The Brilliant Club
Last week saw twelve of our year 8 pupils graduate from the Scholars Programme in the Wills Memorial Hall at the University of Bristol. They each produced a university style essay on literary theories and all achieved a 2:1 or a first! They have worked above their academic level and have shown tremendous resilience and commitment. They have also discovered what university entails and been inspired by the experience.




The Institute of Physics
We are delighted that Mr Jones-Parry has been seconded by the Institute of Physics to conduct training which will benefit students from St Peter's as well as in other schools.


KS3 Elite History awards evening
Once again, students from across Key Stage Three amazed the history department with their incredible projects this summer. The selected students were given a local history project, investigating in Year 7 ‘The Death of Edward II’, in Year 8 the ‘Treatment of Heretics in Early Modern Gloucester’ and in Year 9 the ‘Involvement of Gloucester Soldiers in the First and Second World War.’ 
The work was showcased on Monday 16th July, with the following students selected as winners:

Elite historian of year 7- Fergus O’Grady
Elite Historian for Year 8- Bethany Smart
Elite historian for year 9- Mary McAteer.


Overall winner of the Elite History project for Key Stage three- Benjamin Robinson-Baber.







Run to Wales
Year 9 students took part in a sponsored Run to Wales, raising funds for CAFOD. They were joined by former student, George Lloyd, who plays for Cheltenham Town. The students ran 126.6km, the equivalent to running from Gloucester to Swansea and raised £1, 500 for CAFOD. The whole event was a great team effort.

National success in tennis
The boys' tennis team again made the national finals in Nottingham and came 11th in the country. Thank you to Keiran Montagu and the other coaches for all their work with our tennis teams.

Sports Day

Sports Day on Monday was a great success. Thank you to students, staff and parents for their support.  There was a lovely atmosphere and it was delightful to see so many young people participating and displaying their talents. A big thank you to the PE department for all this work.

Year 10 news
Congratulations to the sixteen year 7 mentors who have been appointed and who helped our new year 7 students on their induction day.

After rigorous interview 5 students were chosen to participate in an accredited  STEM work placement.

The whole year group also participated in a STEM day. The students were guided by professionals within leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math vocations as to how they might best access employment within these areas of work.


EAL
On Tuesday 10th July 2018, the EAL COPE class planted a tree as part of their environment module of their qualification. They have been working on a variety of topics within the module and this week moved on to look at trees. Mrs Lange kindly donated the cherry tree to the class. The group had a lot of fun digging the hole and planting the tree into the ground. They have set up a rota between themselves and have been watering it daily. 



Insight
You can securely access your son or daughter's assessments, attendance, achievements, behaviour and other information, including exam timetables, updated in real time, through the web service Insight.  If you do not already have an account, email insight@sphs.uk.com 


Summer CampsThe annual Clifton Diocese Summer Camps have launched for 2018 and bookings are now being taken. This year, the camps have moved to a new location in Viney Hill in the Forest of Dean and are being held between 13-17 August (ages 7-11) and 20-24 August (ages 12-16). The camps promise to be weeks full of fun, faith and friendship. If you are interested in finding out more, or to book a place for your child, please visit http://livingyourfaith.co.uk or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk.


Staffing
The following members of staff are retiring at the end of term:

Mrs Eileen Lewis (maths)
Mrs Helen Stenson (data manager)
Mrs Mary Lally (maths)
Mr Jonathan Soar (teaching assistant)
Mrs Foster (teaching assistant)
Mr Gibbons (mental health nurse)

The following members of staff are leaving at the end of term:

Mrs Fernandez (MFL)
Mr Dill (P.E.)
Mr Rouffet (science)
Mrs George (MFL / ICT)
Mrs Larkin-Lawton (technology)
Ms Fearn (politics)
Ms Main (MFL)
Mrs O'Donnell (English)
Ms Brookes (science)
Mr Lawless (MFL).

We thank all staff who are leaving for their hard work at St Peter's and wish them well in the future.


Homework and assessment points next academic year
Thank you to those parents who completed the online survey on homework and assessment. Next year students in years 7, 8 and 9 will have an overview of homework stuck in to their planners to help them to manage their time. Further details of how each subject is setting homework can also be seen via a link on this page of the school website: https://www.stpetershighschool.org.uk/Teaching--Learning/Homework/  

We have made some changes to our assessment system for next year but assessment letters will still be sent home three times a year and will reflect assessments completed in class in test conditions, attitude to learning and whether or not students are making expected progress. The system will continue to use the new numerical GCSE system with final gradings from 9 (high) to 1 (low).  Staff will be assessing whether students have the age appropriate skills to progress to the GCSE grade range suggested by their KS2 results.  The target grade range is based on performance at primary school and is used to suggest the potential GCSE grade your son or daughter may attain.  We will be able to discuss this in more details at the September information evenings.


Uniform and hair styles
Please check the school website before allowing your sons or daughters to dye their hair, have tramlines cut in or extremely short hair and before purchasing new items of uniform.  In particular, trousers must not be skinny or clingy, socks should be black and at least ankle length (not trainer socks) and we have a specific school skirt which can be purchased at the uniform shops. 


Parking
May I remind you not to try to enter the bus bay at the end of school until 4pm after which there is no problem at all.  We have again experienced problems with some parents blocking driveways of local residents so I ask all parents and guardians to be sensitive to our neighbours.



We have had an extremely positive and challenging year and I am sure you would like to echo my thanks to all the staff for their hard work and commitment to your children. Thank you also for your support. We hope your sons and daughters enjoy the summer break and look forward to seeing them again in September.



Monday, 25 June 2018

June news

It's been another action packed half term so far and here are some of the highlights.

Music Department News
The Junior Concert took place on Wednesday 13 June. It featured a fantastic range of quality performances from our very talented KS3 musicians. One of the performers, Edward Cutting (Year 8), described the concert as ‘…an amazing event to perform in. It was an opportunity for any student from Year 7, 8 or 9 to perform a solo on their musical instrument, or as part of a larger ensemble. Before I began to play I was very nervous, but when I got up on stage and played my first note, I felt very relaxed and enjoyed every second of it! It was great to see all of the musical talent that we have at St Peter's showcased in one evening of entertainment. I can't wait until next year!






 
Our boys’ a capella group ‘Frontline’ performed at the G15 Celebration of Success evening on Friday 22 June at Gloucester Cathedral. They performed two songs which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the First World War: ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. The performance was excellent and a tribute to the work done by Mrs Perfect and the rest of the music department.


 

The Jazz Band will be performing at the Tuffley Festival on Saturday 7 July, 3pm at Tuffley Rovers FC; any support would be greatly appreciated. You can also follow the St Peter’s High School Music Department on Twitter @musicstpeters or via the school website www.stpetershighschool.org.uk/music for the latest news, photos, videos and more.

 
Year 10 Maths visit to the University of Bristol

Last week fifteen Year 10 mathematicians were entertained by two lectures from leading academics and then participated in an exciting maths team challenge with students from 12 different schools.
The lecturers were: Dr Jennifer Roger of Oxford University, who took great pleasure in de-bunking alarmist statistics quoted in the press, and Dr Katie Steckles of Manchester University, who taught them how to square root cube numbers in their heads as a party trick and delved into the hidden maths of technology. Thank you to the maths department for organising this.




The Brilliant Club update
Our twelve Year 8 students who are part of the Brilliant Club have all achieved a 2:1 or higher on their final assignment, an excellent achievement. They have worked extremely hard on this challenging extra-curricular assignment and have impressed the PhD tutor they worked with. They will be “graduating” at the University of Bristol on 4th July and photos will follow. Thanks to Mrs Barker for her work with this group of students.

GROW / GAP Scheme
As part of the GROWS project, some of our Year 10 pupils made the most of their half term by taking part in a 4 day STEM and Cyber Experience delivered by The Gloucester Aspiration Programme (GROWS). Activities included programming a robot to carry out a challenge and a technology teardown – stripping apart common household technology to explore and discover its components and breaking into an iPad to decipher cryptic messages. All this culminated in a trip to the Cheltenham Science festival to listen to industry experts talk about careers in STEM, followed by time in the Discovery Zone getting ‘hands on’ with virtual reality, aeronautical engineering and much more!




Year 10 pupils (with others from the county) also took part in a 3 day Sports Science Experience delivered by The Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP). Human performance and nutrition was delivered at Hartpury College’s sports laboratories. Here students got their hands on and investigated their own lung function, muscular systems and exhausted themselves through the Wingate test. Biometric investigations at the University of Gloucestershire saw students compare the difference in forces produced by bare footed runners versus those wearing trainers and measure their own speed using Brower gates.
All this culminated in at trip the home of English rugby, Twickenham, where students took part in a session exploring the use of technology in today’s game, identifying different player positions by their GPS track, as well as viewing the pitch from the royal box!


 

GROWS are offering more taster experiences, this time in Crime Scene Investigation (Dead on Time), and Engineering (Engineer IT) for current Year 9 students during the summer holidays. More details can be found at grows.ac.uk or Facebook.com/growsgloucestershire.


EAL department Strawberry Tea and awards ceremony

On the 20th June the EAL department held the Annual Strawberry Tea Party and EAL Award ceremony to celebrate the success of the students whose second language is English. The ASDAN course students made about 100 scones and cream teas in school that day as part of their course and then we invited all to join in, lower school and sixth form students alike.
For some students it marked the end of their time at St Peters before they move on to college courses next year. It gave them a chance to say thank you to their teachers and friends for all their help. Everyone enjoyed the sun soaked, warm  hearted event, marking the real successes and progress of these hard working and enthusiastic  students from all corners of the world. Thank you to the EAL staff for organising the event and for all they do with our students.







 

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme has been really successful this year.  46 students in year 9 successfully completed the expedition section of their Bronze Award. They completed a challenging two-day expedition in the Cotswolds. 36 students from years 9 to 11 have completed their Bronze Award this academic year.

Former student Alice Davies has completed her Gold Award and is looking forward to receiving it at St James’ Palace. Thanks to the staff who give up so much of their time at weekends to ensure that the scheme runs and benefits so many students.

 
Year 9 Run to Wales
On Friday 22nd June, a group of year 9 students ran 126.6km in nine hours, the equivalent of running from Gloucester to the outskirts of Swansea. There were representatives from all eight year 9 forms and, on a hot day, they showed each lots of respect and support, were constantly upbeat and optimistic about the challenge, felt the enjoyment of coming together as a community and displayed their kindness by raising over £1500 for CAFOD. Thank you to head of year 9, Mr Hudson, for organising this challenge.




This Friday, 29th June, is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul and we will celebrate with a whole school Mass to which parents and friends are invited. In the afternoon will be our awards presentations followed by an early finish at 2.30. All buses other than the John Dix ones are able to collect students at 2.30. Students on the John Dix buses - and students whose parents wish them to remain in school until normal time - will of course be supervised. We are looking forward to another memorable day.
 

 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Happy Easter


Chaplaincy news

The recent Ignite evening was an occasion to ‘live, love, laugh and believe!’ We were amazed by the wonderful tricks and inspired by the testimony of our special guest, magician Tom Elliott, and we shared prayer and worship together.


We heard from Joanna Fajkowska and Fred Ma’a about the latest fundraiser to come from Year 9: the hour long ‘Run to Wales’.
The next IGNITE evening is on Friday 6th July.

Lenten reconciliation services: once again we had a tremendous response from our students at our reconciliation services where we reflected on the theme ‘Be Opened’ to God’s love and forgiveness. Thank you to the priests of Gloucester and Stroud Deaneries for their care and support.

Easter liturgies during Holy Week: all students have attended Easter Liturgies during Holy Week this week; these have brought together the mission of Jesus in the dance of salvation through his death and resurrection. Students shared how they are serving others following in the footsteps of the Servant King.

Year 10 CAFOD DAY: Year 10 CAFOD leaders spent a day at St Joseph’s Catholic College, Swindon, with other schools in the diocese as part of their CAFOD Young Volunteers course. They shared all the wonderful things they have been doing to raise awareness and funds for CAFOD.

Easter Eggs for Gloucester Feed the Hungry project: we were delighted with the response to this appeal. 201 Easter Eeggs and 2 Easter bunnies were collected and distributed to the children at Milestones school.




Links with the Catholic primary schools: our chaplain, Mandy Baker, led the students at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School in preparation for their reconciliation service. They reflected on the commandment of Jesus to ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’.


Thank you to our chaplain, Mandy Baker, for all her work on the above events.


Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts
This year the St Peter's Choral Society joined with a professional big band, tap dancers and two soprano soloists, one of whom was our own former student, Willow Burden, to perform Sacred Concert by Duke Ellington at Blackfriars, Gloucester, and at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud. Nearly fifty students and several members of staff and former members of staff were involved in these fabulous concerts. The choir were directed by head of music, Catherine Perfect, and our thanks go to all the students and staff who participated to make these evenings such memorable occasions.


RE News
During this half term, students in KS3 have been learning about other world faiths as it forms an important part of Religious Education at St Peter'. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.”

Years 7, 8 and 9 have spent homework time producing and then presenting an outstanding array of creative, and thought provoking project work. We have seen carefully crafted and detailed models, media videos, paintings, posters, textile work, powerpoint presentations and quite a number of delicious cakes and other foods, all of which were connected with the religions of Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. It has been our pleasure to see the creative nature of our children come to life and see the fruits of their work. Below are some images of what has been produced, but they really are just a small sample of what our students created.

We thank every pupil for their dedication and effort in making this research project such a wonderful success.




The Brilliant Club

Last Thursday saw the launch of the Brilliant Club for a selected number of year 8 pupils. They began their Brilliant Club experience with a visit to the University of Cardiff where they met their PhD tutor and set out to study literary theories. They will complete a series of assignments leading to a final piece of 1,500 words. All pupils were outstanding on their launch trip and have made a great start to what promises to be a wonderful journey for them.


The Duke of Edinburgh award
Congratulations to Luke Fullard, Mariella Rosato, Ava Bunce, Hannah Dawkins, Lena Thomas, Nathaniel Baruela, Maria Pieszko and Grace Adams who have recently completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards. There are currently 50 students in year 9 looking forward to their Bronze expeditions to the Cotswolds and 14 students across years 11, 12 and 13 looking forward to their Silver expeditions in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Thank you to Mr Edwards, Mr McAteer and to the other staff who enable so many students to take part in this highly acclaimed scheme.


The English Speaking Union
Well done to Charlotte Ellis and Debbie Watkins from year 8 who made it to the South West regional finals of the ESU Shakespeare competition with their performance as Helena and Hermia from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ This was our first entry to the competition and the girls performed with great professionalism on the night. Sadly, we didn’t make the London final this time but we hope to enter again next year.

Group Maths Challenge
Congratulations to Amelia King, Mary McAteer, Chris Thomas and Benji Witherington who came 7th out of 24 schools in the recent Group Maths Challenge They were beaten by Pates, Cheltenham Ladies College, Katherine Lady Berkeley, Monmouth Boys School, Monmouth Girls School and John Masefield School.

The International Food Party 2018 
The International Food Party is now in its 14th year and has become an annually anticipated event, hosted by the EAL students and teachers in the department, with delicious dishes to tempt  tastebuds  from far and wide across the globe.  Dishes from Vietnam, China, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Spain , India, Gujarat, Poland, Bulgaria, Myanmar and Syria adorned the tables in the Pavilion last week. 

The students organise the event as part of a module for their ASDAN course and as a way of joining the community together to say thank you to teachers and other professionals involved in their lives for  their time, care and effort.  This year we catered for around 100 people,  with the additional dishes from Lyn Smith from the school's catering team, which was very much appreciated.  Sainsbury’s supported the students by giving £30.00 towards ingredients as a charitable donation. A further £30.00 was raised for GARAS who support the students outside school. It was lovely to see so many students from previous years continuing to support the school and bringing food to share. It  was also great to have the families of students at the event. Thank you to the EAL department and to all who cooked, set up the room and cleared at the end.


            

Business Studies news
Well done to the business studies students who made profits during the 'tenner challenge'. The winners - o made £160 profit - were Kayone Weir-Roberts, Zidiane Watson and Kynan Murchison.

The department also have a team through to the final round of the BASE game, a national business and accounting challenge. An accountant from a local firm will be coming in to work with the group on the final pitch which they will deliver by video link. The group are led by Lewis Vanstone and include Daiyaan Janodien, Joe Langbridge, Rohan Parry, Justin Varney and Monika Panyotova.


Geography news
During the recent Geography and Business Faculty Focus week 60 students from Year 9 were invited to take part in an earthquake science seminar. During the seminar, students learned about the impacts of the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and witnessed CCTV footage of buildings collapsing and some miraculous stories of survival.  The students were then tasked with creating their own earthquake building, made from straws, sticky tape and blu-tac.  In small groups, students had to design, build and eventually test their buildings' structure on the specially made shaker table.  Of the 14 different models, only 4 managed to survive 20 seconds of shaking, most crumbling or toppling over.  All students who took part were a credit to Year 9 and the school and through great communication and teamwork managed to create some exceptional designs.





Sports news

Congratulations to Charleigh Garrot in year 7 who goes on to represent the South West in    gymnastics after she won gold at a recent event.

Congratulations to former student, Grace Riglar, who has been selected for the English colleges FA national squad.

Congratulations to Mary McAteer who played for Wales in an international football tournament last weekend.

Congratulations to the Year 9 netball team who won the recent Wycliffe School tournament:


Congratulations to the gymnastics team who came 17th in the country at the recent British Schools Gymnastics Milano Team National Finals in Stoke-on-Trent. They also contributed to the South West region coming 10th overall.
Football news

The year 7 girls football team won the County tournament and will now progress on to the South West stage. 

Our year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 teams all won the Gloucester Schools District cup football finals this week - an amazing achievement. The students played extremely well and were a credit to the school. Well done to them and to their coaches!







Under the leadership of Adam Scott in Year 12 the sixth form boys’ basketball team have done extremely well in the county league. They have won most of their fixtures and finished as runners up overall. The success of the team is the result of the effort of sixth form students, with a minimum of support from teaching staff.  Practices and fitness training have been  organised by the boys themselves. They are an excellent example to others.


Exam classes and revision
Staff have been extremely generous with their time and have put on lots of extra revision sessions. There are also several revision sessions taking place during the holidays for which staff have volunteered their own time. All of this needs to be supported by students' private revision. Students in exam years should spend a good proportion of the Easter break revising but will need to balance this with regular breaks for relaxation and exercise. It is a good idea for them to check that they have all the necessary notes and materials and to work backwards from their exam timetable to ensure all topics will be covered. A quiet indoor space without distraction, including music, is important too.

Research has found that 'spaced learning' (when students revise one subject for a period of time followed by a completely different subject and then a third etc) helps rather than hinders the recall of information. Ebbinghaus's 'Curve of Forgetting' is also interesting as it shows that we need to revise things several times before information is fully retained. He found that memory decays the most rapidly in the first hour after learning and then continues to decline until it levels off after one month. Therefore, through regular revision, forgetting will decline and more information will be retained.

Staffing updates

Mrs Wintle is leaving St Peter’s after many years of teaching English here. She is looking forward to the challenge of working with a different age group as she is joining Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham.

Mrs Lovett joined the maths department in September and is leaving to run the cafĂ© attached to her daughter’s beauty salon in Shurdington.
Mrs Piva joined us as a teaching assistant in September. She qualified as a teacher in Italy and wishes to qualify to teach languages in the UK next academic year.

We wish all three members of staff every success in the future and thank them for all they have done at St Peter's. Mrs Baker, head of art, commences her maternity leave after Easter and we wish her well also. She was spoilt by her form this morning who very thoughtfully organised beautiful gifts and cards.


We look forward to seeing the students back in school on Monday 16th April. Students will be wearing their summer uniform of polo shirts but will need jumpers and coats also! Year 9 students will not wear blazers after Easter and have been asked to donate them to second hand uniform.

We hope you and your families have a happy and holy Easter.