Issue 63 - 28 February 2013

Welcome from Mr Locke

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back after the half-term break.  Although this is a very short half-term with Easter coming so early this year, there seem to be just as many activities and events crammed in.

We were glad to see our students arriving back safely from Canada and Switzerland this week.  Our Canadian travellers visited our partner school, Riverdale High in Montreal, and enjoyed a wonderful cultural experience which included lots of maple syrup and some snowboarding!  Our Swiss ski-trip was also very successful with over 70 students and staff travelling to Leysin where they enjoyed perfect conditions for at least four of the days.  In both cases staff reported that students behaved superbly well and had a fantastic time.  We also waved off our Year 8 students who travelled to Santander, Spain, on Monday and we hear that all is going well there too.  I would like to thank all of the staff involved in organising and running these trips.  They are always hard work and place a great deal of responsibility on the staff.  However, the memories, skills and friendships that the students consequently build are invaluable.

In the past month staff have taken part in two very successful training sessions; one on 6th February and one yesterday evening.  Both sessions focussed on us sharing our best teaching and learning practice in our continual drive to improve what we do in the classroom.  In one session, staff involved in action research projects into teaching and learning, explained how they have been trialling ways of engaging students in wider reading and developing collaborative online work.  This aims to deepen students’ understanding of their subjects and is already increasing student engagement, developing wider learning skills and encouraging teamwork.  Staff are trialling the use of twitter for a variety of purposes as well as some other online applications to help students to work more effectively.  Mrs Lovewell, our SENCO, ran a whole staff session on the ways we should support students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.  This provided us all with a good reminder of how we need to address the multiple needs of the students in our classrooms.  I am delighted that we have such a positive team of staff who are open and willing to new ideas, these two most recent examples demonstrating that we fully understand that we need to continually seek improvements in the way we teach our students.

Finally, I wanted to publically congratulate one of our Sixth Form students, Sophie Rees, following her visit to Aston University on one of their Masterclass days.  I received a wonderful email from the Law Course Director of Learning, Dr Ryan Murphy, who wanted to bring to my attention to how impressed he had been with Sophie.  In his letter he said:

”Sophie was an excellent ambassador for your school.  She was polite, well-mannered and extremely engaged.  Moreover, and more importantly, she participated fully in the activities and demonstrated a clear analytical mind.  She made sensible suggestions and asked clear and intelligent questions.  She worked extremely well in the Group tasks, particularly considering that she was put with groups of students who knew each other and that she had travelled such a long way to be with us.  I seldom write to schools in this way but felt on this occasion I should.  Sophie is a credit to Leventhorpe and it was a pleasure having her involved in the sessions.”

Have a good half-term.

Jon Locke

Latest News and Events

Charity Week 2013

It's that time of year again when the Sixth Form Community Group organises a series of fun and entertaining events to raise money for charity.  All students are invited to come along and enjoy - and sometimes take part in - the different events providing they make a small contribution of £1 for breaktime events, £2 for lunchtime events or £3 for the Talent Show.   Alternatively, students can purchase a weekly pass for £8 and gain access to everything going on throughout the week. 

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The charities which will benefit from the weeks' fun and games are Shelter, Send a Cow, Teenage Cancer Trust, and the Ghana school.  Look out for lots of photos in the Newsletter following Charity Week!

Leysin Ski Trip

On the 15th of February sixty-six students and six very brave staff members started the 23-hour journey to Leysin in Switzerland. By the time we arrived, the beautiful surroundings and friendly welcoming party at the hotel made no difference to us as we were all very concentrated on finding our long awaited beds. Despite getting up early the following day we were raring to get on the slopes, especially as this was a new experience for some of the students and staff.

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The rest of the week was full of laughs, falls and excitement and we all thoroughly enjoyed the skiing and other activities.  In the evenings entertainment was provided by the Sixth Form team and the staff and, on the final evening, by the collective ski instructors who had put up with our whining and moaning (mostly from staff members) for the week. We also wrapped up warm and made our way to snow tubing one evening. This is where most of the screaming and shouting occurred during the week, as students and teachers fly down the ice slides gripping onto their rubber rings for dear life.

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Having been on the ski trip before many of the Sixth Form group where dreading the food, but to our pleasant surprise the food was both filling and delicious with meals ranging from roast chicken to tacos and by the end of the week we had all learnt and shared tricks to make sure our sandwiches at lunch stayed dry and unsquished. 

On behalf of all the students I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the staff that gave up so much time and did all the planning for the trip. We would also like to say thank you for giving up your half term to come with us and leaving us with unforgettable memories.

Charlotte Thornton, 12L

Canadian Cultural Exchange Trip 

Wow! What a fantastic time we had! This was a trip of a lifetime!

In the very short week that we stayed in Montreal we were engaged in several activities: visiting Ottawa City, the Museum of Civilization, skating on the canal and skiing on Ski Bromount.

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Being a cultural exchange, it is not surprising that the highlight of the trip was the friendships we made. This was only made possible because of the bonds formed prior to going to Montreal via social media and being cemented by staying with different families in Canada. They were wonderful hosts who treated us as members of their families. From ski slopes to sleepovers, we could see friendships developing that could stand the test of time.

Overall, this was a very successful trip; now for part two when the Canadians from Riverdale High arrive on March 3rd 2013. Watch this space!

Mrs Ball, Head of Business

For Sale: A Quiz the Whole Family Can Help With! 

In aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

It is a Food & Drink Quiz – just think of phrases, song titles, books, pop bands or anything that includes a food or drink:

As Red As A Beetroot? Cider With Rosie? Go To Work On An Egg?
 The Black Eyed Peas? The Lady of Shallot? 
Cabbage Patch Doll? Lord Sugar? That Takes The Biscuit?

Quizzes in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust are on sale for £2 each from Jane Johnson on 01279-865483, Leventhorpe reception or from The Tuck Shop in Bell Street.  Cheques payable to Leventhorpe Trust please.  Closing date for quiz is 24th May 2013.

Les Violons de Bry in Concert

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Sawbridgeworth Town Twinning Association, twinned with Bry-sur-Marne, presents a concert given by

Les Violons de Bry and Leventhorpe

Saturday 16th March 2013
Great St Mary’s Church, Sawbridgeworth
Commencing at 6pm

Tickets are £3.00 each, schoolchildren free
Obtainable from Sally Pribul (Wheelgate, Knight Street, 724482/, Full of Beans, Church Street, and Town Council Offices, Sayesbury Manor, Bell Street

Oliver! Photos

If you would like to view photos from the Oliver! production take a look at the Gallery section of the website where you will find images from the cast on stage, of the musicians and a glimpse of life behind the scenes both before and after the show...


Quiz Night

The PTFA are raising money for a new school minibus.  If any parent has any connections with a minibus companies, please let the PTFA Chair Bev Crout know.

To raise money for this the PTFA will be holding a quiz night here at Leventhorpe on Friday 19th April at 7.30. Tickets can be purchased from the Front Office for £3 per person or £20 per table (up to 8 people per table).  Please bring your own refreshments.

We are also looking for a new Refreshments Coordinator. If this is something that might interest you please contact Bev Crout on 07747 637727 or via her email.

Student News

Zoe Austin in Easter Performance

lost dragon_harlowplayhouseCongratulations and good luck to Zoe in Year 8B who has been invited to perform in the Harlow Playhouse Easter production of The Lost Dragon following a successful run in the panto Jack and the Beanstalk also at the Playhouse.  Zoe attends the performing arts academy Pauline Quirk Academy every Saturday morning.

The Lost Dragon will run from Tuesday 2nd April through to Sunday 7th April.  According to the Harlow Playhouse website the show is "packed with great tunes and amazing special effects" and is "a musical adventure for all the family". 



Aaron Humphrey's Hair-raising Fundraising

Well done to Aaron who has raised the fantastic amount of £1,361 for Teenage Cancer Trust by recently having his hair shaved off.


English & Library News

Brilliant Book Reviews

books with pen 3Year 7 and 8 students have been reading their hearts out this term and writing book reviews on the Moodle forum.  Year 7 have finished their Free books producing quiz questions which have sparked off some lively debate in library lessons and encouraged further reading.  The favourite book was Shadow Forest by Matt Haig. 

For the Year 8 students some especially good reviews for Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden and Stolen by Christopher Lucy will encourage others to read these titles. 

Miss Carter said that  “All the English teachers have commented what a joy they have been to read” and
Miss Nathan, whole school Literacy Co-ordinator, commented that she "was quite over-whelmed by the effort put into the reviews".

Mrs Lee, our Library Assistant, has been reading all the reviews and replying to all the Year 7 and 8 students, a new job which she is enjoying very much.   The best reviews, written by the following students who have also been awarded a house merit, have been added to Oliver, our library database:

  • Hannah Alcock 7B
  • Nicole Kitchen 7R
  • Chhaya Shah 7R
  • Eleanor Boxall 8B
  • Olivia Dominiczak 8B
  • Joe Jenkins 8B
  • Paige Wilkinson 8B
  • Matthew Runciman 8F
  • Emma Hoy 8R

Well done to everyone who contributed and remember to keep blogging!

World Book Day

world book dayThursday 7th March is World Book Day.  Come and collect your £1 book token from the Library!

Ms Carter, English Faculty and Mrs Grange, Librarian

Food Tech News

Electric Blending Techniques

Year 8 have been making soup this week and enjoyed using the electric hand blender to create a smooth product. They all tasted their efforts and were surprised at how delicious they all were. Very well done!

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Ms Pagram, Head of Food Technology


Music News

Musical Opportunities

Young Musician of the Year

Don’t forget the Young Musician of the Year 2013 (Bishop’s Stortford College) is on the 20th April, closing date the 22nd March. See Mrs Oliver for further details!

The Britten Sinfonia Academy

logo1The Britten Sinfonia (a world-class chamber orchestra, who are brilliant!) are running auditions for its Academy. They are looking for talented young musicians from the East of England. The Academy organises intensive weekend courses that are run by its members.

They are looking for advanced level, committed musicians of secondary school age. Is that you? For further information, please see Mrs Oliver, and visit their website.

Mrs Oliver, Head of Music

PE News

House Football and Netball

House football and netball matches are taking place throughout this week.  Look out for the results in our next Newsletter.

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Year 7

Rowing into the County Finals

During the early weeks of the spring term, four teams of four students from Years 9 and 10 competed in the District Indoor Rowing Championships.  Teams were split into Year 9 Girls, Year 9 Boys, Year 10 Girls and Year 10 Boys.

Within their teams, students had to row a total of 2,000m in relay fashion, changing every 500m.  Following the completion of the event, times for each team were submitted into the district competition.  As a result, the PE Department are thrilled to announce that thanks to the times that were achieved, all four Leventhorpe teams have qualified for the Herts Schools County Finals. The event will be held at Wodson Park in Ware on the 19th March and will feature teams from across the county. 

Congratulations to all competitors and good luck in the County Finals.

Times achieved by each of the teams were:

  • Yr 9 Boys: 7:52
  • Yr9 Girls: 8:32
  • Yr 10 Boys: 7:25
  • Yr 10 Girls: 8:30

All competitors should come and see Mr Hore for further details of the finals.

Leventhorpe PE goes Live

twitter1To make it easier for students to keep up to date with the goings on in the PE Department, students can now ‘Follow’ the PE Department on Twitter by searching for @LeventhorpePE. Whilst students will not be able to directly contact staff through the site, fixtures, results and upcoming house competitions will all be featured on the feed.

In addition to this, students who will are currently undertaking GCSE PE in Year 10 or 11 can also search for the GCSE PE feeds that are also up and running. For Year 10 students, you are able to search for @Lev_10GCSEPE  and for those in Year 11, @Lev_11GCSEPE..

Through these two additional feeds, students will be able to pick up some tips and practice questions for their GCSE PE theory areas as well as keeping up to date on deadlines for GCSE practical activities.

If you have a Twitter account, why not give us a follow!!!

Triathlon Update

Continuing their quest to complete an Olympic sized triathlon, Mrs Castle and Mr Judge’s athletes are well on track, having recently completed their swimming leg of the event.

The next stage of the challenge sees students attempting to cycle 27miles (43km) on the exercise bikes, based in the Leisure Centre. Students will be based in the Gym for three weeks before then having to complete their running phase of 6.2 miles (10km).

Remember, parents are allowed to participate in the event as well!  Please feel free to submit your times to Mrs Castle! Should students wish to carry on with the swimming they are more than welcome to do so as part of the Swimming Club that takes place in the pool every Thursday lunchtime.

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Name: Alex Walker

Role: AS Level PE, Senior Football Team, Senior Rugby Team

Sports/ Activities: Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football, Cricket

Representation: London Broncos RL Academy, National League, Sawbridgeworth Town FC, Various School Teams

Touring Parties

The PE Department is pleased to announce that there will be two UK based sports tours for Leventhorpe students scheduled for later in the year:

Netball girls in Years  9 & 10 are off to Bognor Regis during June and the Year 7 Rugby students are scheduled to head off to Camber Sands near Hastings .

Students who are involved in the touring parties should make sure that they speak to the tour party leaders, Mrs Castle and Mr Hore to make sure they are up to date with any details. 

Recent Results of Major Games


  • Year 7 Vs Stewards 27-5 (W)
  • Year 10 Vs Birchwood 35-0 (L)


  • Year 10 Vs St Mary’s  4-1 (W)
  • Year 7 Vs Ralph Sadlier 5-1 (L)


  • Year 10 Vs Birchwood (40-13 (W)
  • Year 10 vs Freman 36-6 (W)
  • Yr 10 Vs St Mary’s 29-21 (W)


  • Senior lst to H & E  (13-9) in the District Semi Final

House Basketball, Football and Netball results to come in the next newsletter

Mr Hore, PE

Psychology News

Chelmsford Prison Trip

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On Tuesday the 25th of February ten Sixth Form students embarked on a once-in-a life time trip to HMP Chelmsford prison. The day began with the nervous students standing just within the walls of the prison going through the rigorous security of metal detectors and ID. Once inside, everything had suddenly become very real with a quick visit to a ‘Serco’ van in which the prisoners are transported. Several students had a very sobering experience when the door in the van swung shut, giving us all a true realisation of what prison means. After this we ventured further into the prison touring round all of the different blocks from drug addiction to the vulnerable prisoners wing - or ‘VP’ - and even to solitary confinement.  With each new place the students were encouraged to fully experience the situation by going into cells to understand how it really feels when you are shut in and to always be surrounded by prisoners roaming about either talking to us or yelling at us.

Many misconceptions of prison were dismissed, such as 23 hour lock up in a cell. The prisoners also have access to a multi-million pound gym and AstroTurf as well as many opportunities to become educated and earn qualifications such as cooking, cleaning or even weightlifting, as the students witnessed. However one very clear lesson that was made clear through the day by both our wonderful guide Carl and the prisoners themselves was ‘don’t go to jail!’ as one of the prisoners bellowed from his cell window.

The entire day gave everyone who was lucky enough to attend, both teachers and students, an eye-opening experience into a world otherwise concealed from the public. It was fascinating, shocking and educating and I speak on behalf of all of the students when I say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wayde Coetzer (Year 12)

Science News

Science News on Twitter

twitter2Follow @LevSci on twitter for up to date information about trips, events, competitions, department news, coursework, and Scientific news!

February Scientists Of The Month!

We have some brand new pens in stock in different colours for our Scientists of the Month!  There are six to collect!

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  • Lewis Peacham
    Nominated by Miss Dean for excellent participation during lessons.
  • Jacob Hume
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for his enthusiasm in lessons.
  • Elouise Kneller
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for the effort that she puts into her work and her fantastic participation in lessons.
  • Ella McGuinness
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for all the hard work and helping others.
  • Isobel Parker
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for always completing the work set and making sure that others have done it as well!
  • Sam Redwood
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for the effort that he puts into his work and his participation in lessons.
  • Lauren Powell and Zoe Foster
    Nominated by Mrs Cunningham for thoroughness in practical work.
  • Luke Dolan and Rajapriyian Murugaiyan
    Nominated by Mr Barr for excellent commitment and effort in lessons.
  • Tommy Weimold, Aimee LeBrun, Emily Chrysostomou
    Nominated by Mr Oakley for beating their target grade by a whole level in an assessment.
  • Joey Robinson
    Nominated by Mr Oakley for an excellent result in his test.
  • Hannah Alcock
    Nominated by Miss Parnell for excellent improvement to her resilience and perserverance.


  • Toby Stacey
    Nominated by Mrs Cunningham for consistent effort and high achievement.
  • Ellie Forrow and Kim Snooks
    Nominated by Mrs Cunningham for excellent work on electricity calculations.
  • Lois Coella
    Nominated by Miss Dean for always trying her best and producing great work.
  • Tom Blaney
    Nominated by Miss Dean for achieving an excellent grade in his Biology exam.
  • Lucy Burr
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for always producing fantastic work and participation.
  • Finn Antrobus
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for his great participation in lessons.
  • Jamie Rowe
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for his enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Adam Seely
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for really upping his game recently.
  • Lauren Kyobe
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for the fantastic work she has been producing.
  • Elizabeth Setterfield
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for her effort in lessons.
  • Amber Thomson
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for her effort in lessons.
  • Ciara Spong
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for her effort and participation.
  • Anyes Rogers
    Nominated by Mr Xavier for her effort and participation.
  • Lucy Harman
    Nominated by Miss Parnell for showing why hard work and revision really pays off with a great ISA score.
  • Harry Phillips
    Nominated by Miss Parnell for fabulous effort and commitment with the ISA.


  • Rhys Francis
    Nominated by Miss Parnell for consistent effort, contribution and commitment to all pieces of work.
  • Ben Whaley
    Nominated by Mrs Cunningham for consistent effort and high quality homework.
  • Zac Blair
    Nominated by Mrs Cunningham for consistent effort and high quality homework.
  • Jack Alexander
    Nominated by Miss Dean for continued hardwork and dedication in Biology.
  • Sebastian Showell-Westrip
    Nominated by Miss Parnell for working in a highly committed way on his coursework. 

Ms Parnell, Science

Sociology News

9/11 National Schools Competition 2013

14-16 year olds can enter this competition with the chance to win a trip to New York.  You need to write a 1200 word essay on 'How did 9/11 change the world?'  by the Leventhorpe deadline of 1st May 2013 and hand in your essay to Mrs Jackson.  The sooner the better!  You can find out more by visiting the 9/11 Education Programme website but please remember to submit entries directly to Mrs Jackson.

Meet the Sociology Degree Student: Hailey Bird, 20

hailey bird1Having completed one year of a social work degree and sadly failed one of the modules by just 1%, I was really pleased to start a degree here at Leventhorpe.  Now I am studying a BSc Sociology degree with London School of Economics. This is two evenings a week at Leventhorpe with Mrs Jackson and is good a way to gain relevant work experience, paid or unpaid, while studying for a degree. I have recently been working as a client support worker in a drug and alcohol rehab/detox unit, and am now searching for work within schools or family and children services. In the current climate it is important to have experience and qualifications. I am really enjoying this way of learning and find it much easier to do exams at the end of the year rather than assignments.

Mrs Jackson, Head of Sociology

Leventhorpe Alumni

Nicholas Dale

Nicholas Dale, who finished his A Levels at Leventhorpe in 2012, has been in touch with Mrs Jackson; he is currently working for an estate agent as a Sales negotiator and very much enjoying it. 

Futures & Careers News

National Apprenticeship Week

imagesCAKD8X78111th - 15th March is National Apprenticeship Week.  Please click here to find out more about the Apprenticeship Fair taking place at Harlow College during this time.



Making an Appointment

youth connexions logo1If you would like to speak to our Connexions representative please ask Mr Bowen who will arrange an appointment.  If you would like to speak to a Personal Adviser out of school:

Contact Connexions Direct on 080 800 13 2 19 or text 077664 13 2 19 or go to:

Or call into your local Connexions Centre:

North Herts: 01462 640340 East Herts: 01992 903232
South Herts: 01923 231132 West Herts: 01442 261511

Mr Bowen, Careers Adviser

Community Courses


A New Year - A New Challenge!

New Classes Starting in April:

  • Holiday Spanish - a 9 week course. Thursdays 12.30pm - 1.30pm.  Starts 18th April.
  • Print Making

New learners are still welcome to enrol part way through our Language classes.  We are also taking names of those interested in Creative Writing, for which we hope to start a class in late Spring.

Details and enrolment forms are available below in both Pdf and Word format so please ensure that you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, if not click here to download adobe reader:

Course List February 2013 (Word)Course List February 2013 (Pdf)

Course Enrolment Information 2013 (Word)Course Enrolment Information 2013 (Pdf)

Enrolment Form Language and Art Courses (Word)Enrolment Form Language and Art Courses (Pdf)

All enquiries welcome. Please phone Mrs Jane Johnson on 01279-836633 or email for more information.

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