Issue 96 - 27 November 2014

Welcome from Mr Locke

Dear Parents and Students,

I know it seems impossible but we have only three school weeks to go before our Christmas break.  This is always an extremely busy and fun time in school but it is good to see that students and staff are continuing to work hard.  Our annual Christmas Concert is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday 4th December.  Mrs Oliver has planned the usual interactive experience so I really look forward to joining in!  Tickets are on sale from school reception so if you have not already done so, I recommend that you buy a ticket and come along.  Our school Christmas lunch takes place next Thursday and is always very popular due to the fantastic value it offers.  If your son or daughter has not already bought a ticket please remind them that tomorrow is the final opportunity.  Finally, we will be announcing a new Christmas Sweater Competition which will take place during the final week of term, so I look forward to seeing students and staff joining in with the Christmas spirit.

In the past fortnight students and staff have been just as busy as always.  There have been a number of trips and activities:

  • Year 11 students attended an ‘Expectations Evening’ where we provided advice and guidance for the forthcoming year;
  • Year 9 and 10 students have had their individual Academic Mentoring meetings with their tutors which will hopefully help them to understand how well they are doing and how they can further improve;
  • All Year 11 technology students enjoyed a very productive ‘Technology Coursework Day’.  I visited all of the groups during the day and was incredibly impressed with the drive and determination demonstrated by all of the students;
  • 49 female Year 10 and 11 students visited Cambridge to see a performance of ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’;
  • 20 different students took part in our Chamber Concert with performances ranging from Grade 1 trumpet to grade 8 piano.  It was a lovely opportunity to see how much some of the younger students have developed;
  • Over 40 rugby players and staff went to Twickenham to see England beat Western Samoa.  I particularly enjoyed this trip!
  • Year 12 Biology students went on their AS field trip to Epping Forrest which was very successful;
  • Last Monday all of our Year 7 students took part in an Arts Award Young Shakespeare day, involving Art, Drama and Musical activities.  The students seemed to thoroughly enjoy this somewhat different experience.

As always, these activities take a great deal of time to organise so I would like to thank all of the staff involved for showing such great commitment.

I would also like to thank all of the staff and students who were involved in our recent Sixth Form Open Evening.  As always the school looked fantastic but the most impressive aspect was the way our Sixth Form students conducted themselves.  We have received a great deal of positive feedback and it is heartening to see how proud the students are of their school.  We will review how the evening went by taking views from staff and students.  I would also welcome any views of parents who visited on that evening.  So if you attended and feel any aspect of the evening was particularly successful or not up to scratch, please email me using the school email address.

Friday will be Mrs Bravo’s final day in school before starting her maternity leave.  Her replacement, Mrs Fish, will be starting on Monday but in the mean time we all wish Mrs Bravo well and look forward to her news.

Finally, at this stage of the year, every year, we prepare ourselves for the possibility of adverse weather, especially snow,  so I would like to clarify our procedure in the event that we need to close the school.

  1. Presume we are open unless you hear otherwise.  We will always aim to open.
  2. Check the school website for the latest information.  We will aim to update these before 7.00am if we intend to close the school.  You can also check the Herts County Council website, but this may not be as frequently updated as our website.
  3. We will send a ‘schoolcomms’ message to all parents for whom we have contact details.  This may be an email, a text message – or both.  We will aim to do this before 7.00am on the day we need to close and we will only send a message if we are closing.

If you do not receive Schoolcomms messages it is likely to be because we do not have your correct contact information.  If this is the case please contact the main office so that we can update our database with your current email address and mobile telephone number.

Jon Locke

Latest News & Events

Christmas Lunch 2014

This year's Christmas Lunch will be held on Thursday 4th December.  The last chance to buy a lunch ticket is tomorrow, Friday 28th November and on this day the Dining Room will be serving Christmas Lunch only.  A small selection of sandwiches and baguettes will be available from the Food Cube and the Sixth Form Café.


Traditional Roast Turkey
with Homemade Stuffing & Sausages in Bacon
Leek Fondue Tart with Mustard Seeds
Roast Potatoes & Honey Roast Parsnips
Peas & Carrots / Spiced Red Cabbage / Brussels Sprouts
Homemade Bread Sauce

Christmas Pudding with Custard
Homemade Banoffee Pie
£3.25 (price held from 2010)

Year 7 Day of Art Activities

On Monday 24th November Year 7 students took part in a morning of arts activities to launch their participation in the Bronze Arts Award scheme. They attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet by visiting theatre company The Young Shakespeare Company and also took part in a creative workshop in which they developed their drama skills and made beautiful masks inspired by the Venice Carnival. They will complete their Arts Award over the course of Year 7.

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Non Uniform Day

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We will be holding a Non Uniform Day on Friday 5th December in support of Children in Need and JDRF - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  All students are allowed to come to school in their own clothes on this day if they bring in a donation of £2, which will go to these two charities.

'Nearly New Uniform Sale'

The PTFA will be holding a Nearly New Uniform Sale from 3-4pm on Thursday 4th December in the Dining Hall.  On sale will be lots of PE kit in excellent condition in all sizes, as well as a range of skirts, blazers, jumpers, winter coats, jackets, tracksuits, shirts, blouses, shin pads, trainers and boots! All clothing is washed and in good or excellent condition.

Uniform in Colder Weather

With winter upon us I thought it would be useful to remind students and parents that the wearing of outside clothing such as coats, scarves, gloves or hats is not permitted inside the school building. Every student can have their own locker at school to save them carrying these items around with them. Students just need to talk to their form tutor who will arrange a locker for them.

Mr Harvey, Assistant Headteacher

Ski Trip Meeting: New Date


Please note that the Ski Trip Meeting is now taking place at 7pm on Tuesday 9th December in the school hall.

Student News

Rosie's Work for Grove Cottage

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Rosie Dyball in 11F participated in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award last year. As part of her award she needed to gain voluntary work experience, and chose to volunteer at Grove Cottage in Bishop's Stortford which provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disability. Rosie thoroughly enjoyed her experience and they loved her too which is why she decided to continue working with them each week. Rosie gets involved with their Get Active Club, encouraging their members to have fun through lots of energising and varied activities.

Ben Wins Judo Gold

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Congratulations to Ben George in 8B, who represented Leventhorpe at the London Area Schools Judo Competition at the UEL London Sports Dock on Saturday 22nd November.  Ben won gold in the year 8-9 group,a great achievement as all the best clubs in the London area attended.

LRC News

Scholastic Book Fair in the LRC

I am delighted to announce that the Leventhorpe Scholastic Book Fair was a resounding success!  The Year 12 Business and Enterprise Group did a fabulous job of promoting and running the fair and there was a buzz around the school for the whole week that it ran.  This year, we have sold more books than ever before which means there will be even more new titles in the LRC from the commission made during this event.  Many thanks to students and staff who came and supported the fair last week. 

Year 12 student Joe Neve was our financial manager and did a fabulous job of keeping on top of the finances, while Sarah Jonas’ efforts (making cakes and sweets for the fair) made the event even more enjoyable and celebratory.  However, the whole Business and Enterprise Group really stepped up to the mark and turned up for every break and lunchtime to run and support the fair.  Thank you all for your enormous efforts in helping make our 2014 Book Fair such a resounding success.  Below are some reflections from the Business and Enterprise Group on their experience and contribution to the event:

‘I felt that playing a main role in the book fair showed my skills in leading the other members of my class.  Also, being the accountant, gave me experience in counting money and also handing it.  This will help me in the future.  Also, as I was selling some of the stock, I feel that my confidence gave a real advantage and led to many sales during the book fair week.’  Joe Neve

‘The book fair was an enjoyable time for one and all, as we learned to contribute to an extremely efficient team and pull off such an extraordinary event for our wonderful school.’  Oscar Hollington

‘I feel that the book fair gave me an insight into how a book fair is run.  It also gave me the knowledge that I need in order to sell products for the future.  Selling cupcakes and sweets at this event made me realise the demand for bakery products is high.  Without the support of my group, I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do as well as I did.’ Sarah Jonas

‘I learnt a lot from running the book fair – how to set up a basic business and manage it and also how to sell products effectively.  I also learnt the importance of working as a team.’ Rawley Babb

‘This year’s Book Fair was a complete success even though it was the first time that the Business and Enterprise Group had run it.  It was a terrific event and a very worthwhile business experience.’ Bipasha Ahmed

Guardian Children's Fiction Award

On the 13th November the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award was announced:  ‘The Dark Wild’ by Piers Torday.  Why not pop into the LRC and borrow the book to see for yourself why it was chosen by the author judges?  Here is a short synopsis to tickle your curiosity!

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Kester, a 12-year-old with a rare gift for understanding animals, thought he had saved the animals from his cruel world where nature has been all but destroyed. But now, buried deep under the shiny city of Premium, Kester finds a new animal kingdom. Down in their dark wild, these animals are not looking to be loved or cherished by humans - they are looking for revenge, poised to bring wholesale destruction unless someone can stop them. Kester loves animals and is sympathetic to them, but whatever the wrongs caused by his fellow humans he knows he must do everything he can to prevent this all-out disaster.

The short list for this award was very strong so if you’re struggling to find inspiration for your next read, why not choose one of the following novels and see what you think of the judges’ choice.  All these books can be found in the LRC:

  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • We Were Liars by E Lockhart
  • Phoenix by SF Said
  • Flora in love – Natasha Farrant
  • Shine – Candy Gourlay
  • The Lost Gods – Francesca Simon
  • She is not invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

LRC Prefects Needed

Finally, the LRC is looking to appoint six LRC Prefects to help support the LRC Manager in the running of the library.  Notices are up in the LRC and have been circulated to tutor groups so if you are interested in working as part of a friendly and supportive team, please come and speak to Miss Truman, the LRC Manager, to find out more information.

Happy reading!

Ms Truman, LRC Manager


Design & Technology News

Technology Day

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Year 11 Technology students were off timetable on Thursday 20th November for Technology Day, which enabled them to focus on the making of the final products for their major projects. There was a hive of activity in the D&T Faculty, with all students working incredibly hard throughout the day and achieving some terrific results.

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All the Technology teachers would like to congratulate the students who took part in the day for their level of focus, enthusiasm and level of achievement. Very well done.

Ms Pagram, Food Technology

Performing Arts News

Chamber Music Concert

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Our first Chamber Concert of the year was held on Wednesday 19th November, with a full programme of performances from a variety of year groups. Members of the audience commented how impressive every performance was and how lovely it was to have a range of instruments and a range of students - from beginners to Grade 8!

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Congratulations to all the students for their excellent performances:

  • Lucy Hamp 9N – Voice
  • Maddie Kayani 7R – Piano
  • Kalani Bassi 7N – Saxophone
  • Lucy Askew 13R – Flute
  • David Kelly 8R – Trombone
  • Ellie Forrow 13N – Piano
  • Tiger Goldsmith 9F – Clarinet
  • Edward Oakes 7N – Trumpet
  • David Evans 12R – Piano
  • Faye Balcombe 13B – Flute
  • Francis Watling 8C – Saxophone
  • Sophie Kelsell 7C - Trumpet 
  • Angus Moore 8R – Drums
  • David Kelly 8R – Piano
  • Elly Barrall 8R – Cello
  • Max Eldridge 10C – Drums
  • Lucy Askew 13R and Paul Uncle 12R - Flute and Piano
  • Libby Oakman 10 – Cello

Clarinet/Sax Ensemble

  • Abigail Allen 9B
  • Emily Coombes 9F
  • Tiger Goldsmith 9F
  • Ella Warwick 9B
  • James Rayner 11C
  • Faye Balcombe 13B
  • Lauren Campbell 13F
  • Sam Kirby 13B 

Our next Chamber Concert will be held on 4th March 2015.

Mrs Ball, Music Teacher

Choir to Sing at Switching on of Christmas Lights


Our Year 7 and 8 Choir will be singing this Friday, 28th November, at the annual Christmas Light Switch On at Bell Street car park in Sawbridgeworth.  If you would like to hear the choir, they will be singing at 5.30pm.

Christmas Concert 2014

hollytopleft3Come to our Christmas Concert on Thursday 4th December to hear performances by our wonderful young musicians. We have the new and brilliant funk band, old and fantastic folk band, small and perfect orchestra, massive and harmonious choirs, noisy Year 7 ukuleles and a really ‘twisty and shouty’ Year 9 band. We also have a host of solos and small groups playing and we will give you  the chance to join in with some festive carols. For the first time we also welcome Drama Club to the event, with some short Christmas scenes.

The students have been working hard on their repertoire and it would be great to see as many people as hollybottomrightpossible support the students. The concert starts at 7pm.  Tickets are £5 adults, £4 concessions, £2 under 19s, £1 under 12s and can be bought on the door.


ICT & Computing News

Curriculum News

  • Year 7 students have just learnt about e-safety, the history of computers and how computers communicate in binary. Students will soon be moving on to creating a range of business documents. 
  • Year 8 students are currently using Macromedia Dreamweaver to make a basic website using graphic design from Macromedia Fireworks to improve their websites. 
  • Year 9 students have been making a range of mobile applications using the program AppInventor made by MIT. Soon students will have the option to design, create and evaluate their own mobile applications. 
  • Year 10 and 11 Computing students are preparing for their controlled assessments in programming using Python by completing a series of small programming projects. The following programming concepts will be required from students in their controlled assessments: strings, maths, IF, ELIF, ELSE, For, While, Lists, Dictionaries, Functions.

Star Students

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star220Morgan Griffiths, 7N, for an outstanding binary lesson and achieving the highest score in the class in the binary competition.

star221Cade Clark, 9B, and Rajapriyian Murugaiyan, 9F, who have been programming well and supporting each other in class as a pair.

star222Daniel Heath,9N, and Freddie Baker, 9R, for excellent work in their Year 9 computing class.

star223Kartik Pamar, 10N, has been showing great determination and progression in computing.

star224Emma Shannon, 8N, for an impressive first ten weeks of the year. Always working to the best of her ability. 


A cat is at the bottom of a 20 foot well.  (Don't worry, there’s lots of food and water down there!).
Each day, he climbs up 5 feet...
But each night, he slides down 4 feet. How many days will it take him to reach the top of the well?


Answers to Mr Jones please.


Previous quiz winners:

  • Dominic Driver, Year 9
  • Maddie Kayani, Year 7
  • Dylan Rudy, Year 8
  • Connor Crout, Year 10

Useful links/resources:


A huge thank you to Josh Bradbury, 12R, who supported the Faculty with the Sixth form Open Evening. Josh spoke to potential students and their parents about the current A-Level Computing course.


For more information and news from the faculty, follow us on Twitter, LeventhorpeICT

Maths News

Inter-House Maths Competition



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Where Is It Happening:  Maths Block
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Who Is It For: Years 7, 8 and 9


When Is It Happening: 11th DECEMBER 2014 at 12:35 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:30
(You can bring your lunch along with you)

We need two (2) students from each house and in the same year group to compete.



Senior Maths Challenge

Thirty-nine Sixth Form students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge on Thursday 6th November. Achieving an award in this competition is an impressive achievement as the Maths Challenge puts the students in competition with the top students of A Level Mathematics across the country. 

Three students achieved Gold Awards, nine achieved Silver Awards and twelve students achieved a Bronze Award. There were also some excellent performances from individual students. Ben Clark in Year 13 achieved the highest mark in the school closely followed by Joe Bailey in Year 12, both scoring highly enough to be invited to take part in the Senior Olympiad on Friday 28th November, a competition designed for the top 1% of performers nationally. Sam Kirby in Year 13 was the other student to achieve a Gold award, narrowly missing the required score to be entered into the Olympiad.

Congratulations to all students who took part and especially to those who achieved awards.

Mr Frost, Maths Teacher

MFL News

Study Spanish in Spain

Following a great deal of interest expressed by students in Years 12 and 13, there is a great opportunity for students to be able to study independently in Salamanca, Spain. Courses take place during holiday time and students can travel on their own or with a group of friends. The courses are tailored towards students who are studying AS and A2 and are guaranteed to make a difference to their confidence in Spanish.  Salamanca is an incredibly beautiful and safe university city and the host families are friendly and welcoming.



If students would like top up classes but cannot make it to Spain there is also the opportunity to participate in Skype lessons.

Anyone interested in this exciting opportunity should email Amanda Wiggert McCarthy from the ISLA academy team.   Alternatively you can contact her by phone on 0034 923210394.   You can also view the above posters more clearly by clicking on the links: poster 1, poster 2.

Mrs Fernandez, 2nd in MFL, Spanish Teacher

PE News

England Cricket Star Coaches Leventhorpe Girls

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England Women's International Cricket player Lydia Greenway, came to Leventhorpe on Wednesday 19th November to lead a cricket workshop for girls in Years 7-10. Lydia's visit was particularly exciting as PE teacher Mrs Brown has just recently set up a girls’ cricket club here at Leventhorpe, in association with Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club.  In the workshop Lydia ran through some of the basic cricket skills with the girls and set them off on a number of exercises to practise the different skills, including batting and throwing.  The following girls took part in the workshop:

  • Year 7 
    Chloe White, Ella Winborn, Bethany Alderman, Amalie Powell, 
  • Year 8
    Sophie Collins, Olivia Steele, Claudia Alsport-Diaz, Louise Owen, Shannon Pugh, Libby Riddell, Maddie Lucas, Elise Rivett, Marnie Claridge, Scarlett Jemmett, 
  • Year 9
    Nia Powell , Hannah Alcock, Megan Learmonth, Izzie Johnston, Maddie Dudson, Abbie Norris, Abbie Taylor, Teigan Claridge, Amelia Taylor, Emma Soley, Lucy Evans, 
  • Year 10
    Lauren Powell, Kate Boggas, Emily Sharpe, Fleur Pritchard


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Mrs Brown said: "A massive thank you to all the girls who came along to the cricket workshop. It was a great session where new skills were leant and it was such a privilege to meet such an inspirational player and for her to give her time up for us. She even let the girls take a few selfies afterwards which was great! Keep up the good work at Monday cricket club girls….we have a tournament in March to aim for!!!

Mrs Brown, PE Teacher

House Rugby and Hockey

Well done to all the students who played rugby and hockey for their Houses throughout last week. There was a fantastic atmosphere both at the astro and the field and all students put in a tremendous effort.

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PE Faculty

Science News

Erupting Volcanos in Science Club


Students attending Science Club on Wednesday 26th November had fun trying to create volcanic eruptions by pouring vinegar onto a solution of water, dishwashing liquid and baking soda.  Although the eruptions created were small the students clearly enjoyed creating the effect.

Sparkling Science Club

Students attending Science Club had a go at making their own fireworks during lunch on Wednesday 19th November.  After brushing a small layer of starch solution onto a wooden splint and sprinkling on some powdered metal and powdered metal salt and then allowing this to dry, students put the end of the sparklers in a Bunsen burner flame to allow the splint to light up and sparkle.  Students were equally fascinated by how the Bunsen burner flame turned a different colour by squirting solutions, including potassium chloride, onto the flame to produce stunning results. 



A Level Chemistry Students Coursework Days

A Level Chemistry students spent Monday and Tuesday this week looking rather professional in white lab coats, working on their coursework. 


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Science Faculty

Social Sciences News

Psychologist Visit to Leventhorpe


Dr Anne Sheeran is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who came to Leventhorpe earlier on in November to discuss the work that psychologists and others do in the mental health and prison services. Her talk covered areas that were really useful to Psychology and Sociology students such as the opportunity to discuss how psychological and sociological theories might apply in these settings. She was also able to offer her expertise to help some students who were interested in working in these sectors in the future. Anne was very impressed by Leventhorpe students and the questions you asked so very well done!
Miss Scarlett, Sociology Teacher

Community Events

Christmas Soccer School at Leventhorpe


Pro-Elite Soccer will be hosting a Christmas Soccer School here at Leventhorpe from Saturday 20th - Tuesday 23rd December from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  If interested, please click here for more information.

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