Christmas Jumper day is in full swing! Our students and staff have already raised over £430 for our chosen charity Save the Children. Thank you to all that took part and entered into the spirit of the season.
We have seen some amazing jumpers and, from our Sixth Form, some truly amazing suits!
Don’t forget that we will be having our Christmas Lunch on the 18th!
Thank you to all the parents that came to the presentation evening last night. It was good to see so many of you and to be able to answer as many of your questions as we could. Below are the handouts and presentation. As always we welcome prospective parents getting in touch – please either call us or use the contact page on our website.
A big thank you to all who took part in our Restart a Heart event today. We were supported by professionals from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue as well as South Central Ambulance Service. Lessons learnt today by our students could one day save lives in our local community. Well done Mr Moore.
For more information on Restart a Heart please visit the British Heart Foundation Website
We at Carterton Community College would like to invite you to an evening of celebrating the creativity and effort of our young artists and musicians. We in the Art and Music department have put on exhibitions and a concert that we would love to share with all the local community, parents, students and our patrons, to showcase the outstanding work our young people do day in and day out at CCC.
We would love for you to join us at this year’s Summer Showcase.
Tuesday 4th July 2017 5pm – 8pm
Please join us as we open up all the art rooms for the end of year exhibition, showing the best of GCSE Fine Art & Photography, Level 2 BTEC Art & Design and the A Level Fine Art course.
We are very proud of all their efforts and the support of family and friends and would love to share their efforts with you all.
Wednesday 5th July 2017 5pm – 8pm
The Music department’s Summer Concert will be showcasing a variety of performances from many students from all year groups. There will be music recitals, solo and small group. The students have been hard at work rehearsing and are looking forward to putting on this show for the public. We would love you to join us in this celebration of talent. Performances will start promptly at 6pm in the music room.
The End of Year Art Exhibition rooms will also be open to the public before the show, during the interval and after the concert is finished.
This term Year 9 Cope students decided they wanted to help the elderly at Christmas. However they decided that it should be a joint project that involved the local community. With this in mind they wrote letters to Morrisons, Asda and Aldi.
Not only did Morrisons reply to the letter but they donated a whole trolley of food to the student’s charity. The contents of the trolley included: canned food; packets of biscuits; dried rice and pasta, hot chocolate and tea bags.
The Cope students would like this opportunity to thank Morrisons for their generosity and help with this project.
We have also been contacted by Asda who have kindly offered to donate some food after the 1st of December.
Robery Courts and David Cameron meeting with Mr Slater (Assistant Headteacher), Mr Almgill (Business Manager) and Mr Booth (Executive Headteacher)
We recently welcomed Robert Courts, the Conservative candidate in the Witney by-election, and former Prime Minister David Cameron on their fact finding visit to the College.
Robert Courts and David Cameron met Mr Surrall and his Computing class and our year 9 students working with the Royal Navy Youth Engagement Team before meeting privately with the College leadership team to discuss the pressures and recent successes of the College and our federation as well as issues facing Carterton that a future MP would face.
After the visit, Mr Booth said
“We were delighted to host David Cameron and the Conservative candidate for Witney and West Oxfordshire, Robert Courts, at Carterton Community College this morning. We were really pleased they took such an interest in our expanding Sixth Form. I was impressed by the high quality of engagement and questions posed by our students to David and Robert. They visited our new Computer Science lab and dropped in on the Youth Engagement Team from the Royal Navy, who were leading a session on team building. We pride ourselves in providing our students with the opportunity to interact with high quality successful professionals, in this case, politicians and personnel from our armed forces, as part of our ongoing drive to inspire high standards and high aspirations”.
Did you know we are the first school in Oxfordshire to be working in partnership with the Jon Egging Trust. The trust was set up in 2011 following the tragic death of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging during the Bournemouth Air Show.
14 of our students, have been selected using set criteria for the Blue Skies Programme. The aim of the programme is to increase skills and confidence which in turn will hopefully help them to achieve higher in school and then reach their future goals.
It is a fantastic opportunity for these students – they will be involved in all kinds of on and off site activities such as Team Building, Low Ropes, Navigation Exercises, Communication Games, Dinghy Drills, Parachute Training and Flight Sim, as well as presenting their work to an audience of VIP guests at the end of January.
We were delighted to welcome parents from the Bampton, Brize Norton, Carterton and Clanfield communities to our annual Open Evening which took place on Thursday, 30th September. This highly successful event gave prospective parents and pupils the opportunity to look around our outstanding facilities and meet and talk with the staff, students and members of the Leadership Team and Governing Body.
Along with presentations from Mr Booth, students captivated the audience with their eloquent and entertaining stories of their experiences at Carterton Community College, highlighting the special balance between academic achievements and developing responsible citizens at our school. We celebrated the exceptional successes of students of all abilities.
Judging by the visitors and numbers of cars in the car park, it was our busiest evening ever as we were inundated with very excitable year 5 and 6 children who were treated to a wonderful array of experiences from our college and community. From testing their strength and agility on our climbing wall, stimulating and exploding science experiments, maths puzzles and Computer Science facilities to seeing the amazing new 3D printer in action in Design Technology. Poetry and Star Wars were on the menu in English/Media and visitors were also entertained in the Music and Art departments. The Languages department delighted guests with cheese and there was also the opportunity to answer some big philosophical questions in the Humanities Faculty. Not forgetting the SEND department and award-winning Library/ Learning Resources centre, our Open Evening and Open Mornings gave an excellent opportunity to find out more about subjects and meet our very friendly staff and helpful students. The smell of students cooking from the Food department made them very busy all night!
Our vision for
High standards, high aspirations
Inspiring excellence in a safe and happy environment”
was evident and commented on by so many parents and feedback was very appreciative of our values and the variety of activities on show. Social Media comments were extremely complimentary.
As our reputation in our community and surrounding villages continues to go from strength to strength, and 60 ‘in-year admissions’ over the last academic year shows our school is filling up fast! Our popular Post-16 courses now make us a true 11-19 inclusive school.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who made the event such a success.
Mr Iain Bilton
Head of School
Our final Open Morning is Tuesday, 4th October from 9 – 11am but if you’ve missed or can’t attend one of our Open events, you can contact the school directly to arrange an appointment to visit the school on another date.
Primary school pupils from all the schools in Carterton will be taking part in an enrichment week from 20-23rd June this year. Pupils in year 5 will have a Science focus day (“Whizz, Bang, Flash Whallop”) Year 6 will be taking part in an organised activities day (Adventure Plus), Year 4 will be using our new Raspberry Pi’s to do some “Creative Coding” and years 1-4 will be taking part in an Olympics event run by our Year 5 sports leaders on the Thursday. Year 5 sports day will follow on Friday 1st July. All these events will hopefully spark curiosity and further the high quality experiential learning that is taking place already in our partner schools. I’m sure they will relish the opportunity to complete Science experiments in a dedicated labratory or unlock the potential of coding technology whilst learning to collaborate as a year group ready for when they come to Carterton Community College in September. I am looking foward to seeing those excited faces and identifying our future leaders in the fields of Creativity, Science, Maths and Technology.
Damian Booth- Executive Headteacher Carterton Community Schools Federation