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Collection of Year 11 GCSE Exam Certificates

06/12/2018


We still have GCSE Exam certificates to be collected by last year's Year 11. Before calling in to Reception please email our Exams Office on: exams@devizes.wilts.sch.uk so we can have them ready for you.

Note, these are important documents and you CANNOT get copies!

Mrs A Wright
Exams Officer

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Passports for the Boulogne Trip

06/12/2018

 

A reminder from Mr Ross that students on the Boulogne trip need to bring in their passports on Friday 7th December. Any that have already failed to bring them in to school MUST bring them on this day.

Please note that the trip is leaving at 5am not 5.30am as previously mentioned.

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Year 7 Netball and Rugby Tournament 2018

03/12/2018

On a wet Saturday in November the Year 7 netball tournament got underway, 7 teams in the A team tournament and 4 in the B team competition.  The competition emphasised fair play and skills of footwork, replayed ball and marking distances.

Our year 7 netball players have a fantastic attitude, they attend all the training sessions and are really developing into strong netballers.  We have looked forward to this tournament and the girls did us really proud again this year.  

The Devizes A team won 3, lost 3 and drew one finishing 3rd overall.  All the players developed their playing styles during the tournament, picking up their markers to make passing challenging.  There was some fantastic shooting and strong defending. The Devizes B team finished 4th, playing everyone twice; all the players worked well and played a number of positions.  

We had many volunteers, the netball, Condover trip girls selling refreshments to all the parents and students and Year 10 girls running the table of results and refereeing the matches.  We wouldn't be able to run this tournament without the amazing support of all these volunteers. 

Mrs N Strickland
Deputy Head of PS & Health

 

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GSUS Live Visit

03/12/2018

 

This week we have the GSUS Live van visiting school. Students will visit and have lessons throughout the week. The van, a mobile, multi- media interactive classroom explores the lives of 3 fictional characters, looking at issue of fear, rejection and forgiveness and resolutions to these problems.

For more information go to gsuslive.co.uk.

We also have a free film night on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm; ‘I can Only Imagine’, an inspiring and unknown true story featured.

For more details on this contact Rob Jackson at St James Church on 0758 1049 846.

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Sixth Form Open Evening 2018

30/11/2018

 

It was great to see so many visitors last night at our Annual 6th Form Open Evening. Around 300 guests including students and parents packed the Main Hall for an introduction by Head of 6th Form Clare Dale and Vice Principal, Sue Marshall.  We were also delighted to welcome Headteacher of Lavington School Sarah Lowkis and Head of Lavington 6th Form Zoe Telford who also presented. 

Devizes School are excited to be working in partnership with Lavington School under the 'Devizes 6th Form' name. Many Lavington students are already studying at Devizes School and will continue to do so in 2019.

During the evening visitors had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers and listen to presentations on their preferred subjects. Tours of the 6th Form were also available. A hugely successful evening.

Head of 6th Form Miss Dale says: "What a pleasure it was to be involved in Open Evening this year. So many visitors, so many of our own fantastic students taking part, incredible site and support staff rallying together,  and yet again, so rewarding to see what our brilliant KS5 subject teams do best! And the cherry on the cake? The amazing collaboration between Devizes and Lavington which shone through all evening.  Nights like that make my job a genuine privilege."

Anyone wishing to apply to Devizes 6th Form should do so by Friday January 18th 2019.  More information on how to join and for a copy of our new prospectus go to our website,  6th Form 'join us' area.

More open evening photos are available on our twitter page @DevizesSchool.

Pictured above left to right: Head of 6th Form Clare Dale, Head of Lavington 6th Form Zoe Telford, Principal Phil Bevan and Headteacher of Lavington School Sarah Lowkis.

 

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Year 7 Rugby Festival 24th November 2018

29/11/2018

The annual year 7 Rugby and Netball festivals continue to attract large numbers of schools and are enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike. Despite a movement away from schools running Saturday morning sport in recent years, the Devizes event continues to remain an important part of the Mid Wilts sporting calendar and it was gratifying to see an increased number of West Wilts schools participating.

The Rugby festival saw 13 sides from 9 different schools playing some excellent Rugby despite the damp conditions. In the B team event, the format saw a series of coached games between 4 teams (including a ‘Barbarian’ mixed schools team). Sheldon were the eventual winners. Coaches were pleased with the levels of skill, competitiveness and fitness that players displayed. The Devizes team came 3rd overall which was a pleasing outcome considering most players were new to contact Rugby this year.

 

The A team event saw 9 sides split into 3 groups to play 2 group matches. Teams were then split into 3 further groups depending on their first round results.

Group winners went into the Shield competition

Group 2nd place teams went into the Cup competition

Group 3rd place teams went into the Plate competition

The Devizes A team had enjoyed a good season in the inter school fixtures and were eagerly anticipating the festival. They came through a tough group defeating Lavington 2-1 and St Laurence 3-1. This placed them in the Shield competition and a chance of coming out on top.

A titanic first game against Sheldon saw some exciting and hard fought Rugby which could have gone either way but Sheldon eventually scored a late try and held on to win by a solitary try. The 2nd game against Kingdown saw Devizes play their best Rugby of the morning and were convincing 4-1 winners.

This meant that Devizes were 2nd in the Shield competition and along with Sheldon will represent Mid Wilts in the county Rugby event at Dauntseys in March.

Thanks to Devizes coaches, Mr Traylor and Mr Burgan.

 

Mr P Wickens
School Games Organiser

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Winner of the Christmas Card Competition 2018

28/11/2018

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to Pugalaruvi in 7GXG who won this year's Christmas Card competition. Today she was awarded her prize (a huge advent calendar full of goodies!) and a copy of the card showing her amazing artwork.

Absolutely brilliant work and very well deserved.

In second place was Lisa in 7PXJ and 3rd Lilli in 7MTT. Both won bars of chocolate.

Pugalaruvi pictured left with her tutor Mr Gaynor.

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Spelling Bee 2018

23/11/2018

 

After an amazing week of spelling quizzes in the LRC, the 'Spelling Bee' event came to an end today. Over the course of the week tutor groups entered teams to challenge for the title. Monday saw winners 7MTT take the crown. Tuesday was the turn of 8DXR and Wednesday 9MXC were victorious.

Today (Friday) the finals took place and the atmosphere was tense. Alongside the winners from earlier in the week were two staff teams to challenge for the title. After a battle which took place over the lunch break it was announced that 8DXR were champions, beating both staff teams!

 

A great event which has now become an annual competition. Looking forward to Spelling Bee 2019 already!

Pictured 8DXR who are overall champions.

 

For more photos of these events please go to our twitter page @DevizesSchool.

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BBC Children In Need 2018

19/11/2018

 

 

 

Following a long tradition, students and staff from Devizes 6th Form wore onesies and pyjamas on Friday in aid of Children In Need. All donated £1 to the charity.

A grand total of £117 was raised!

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Lavington School Letters

12/11/2018

 

For parents and other interested parties please see attached two letters which form two separate consultations.

The first is from Devizes School with reference to working in collaboration with Lavington School regarding Sixth Form provision.

The second letter is from Lavington School, which we are sharing for them, regarding them setting up a Multi Academy Trust.

I hope that you find them of interest, details of how you can feedback or find out more are included in the letters.

Mr Phil Bevan
Principal
Devizes School

 

Letter 1 Devizes School

Letter 2 Lavington School

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Leading the Battle Against Bullies

11/11/2018

Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Devizes School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing and eradicating bullying.

 

Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.

 

Currently, Devizes School has a comprehensive framework in place to prevent, counteract, and punish bullying. Throughout this week, students will be taking part in lessons and activities that raise awareness of bullying, discuss how to identify it, and advise how to deal with it.

 

The theme for this year’s Anti-bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying. This was determined following a consultation with more than 800 children, teachers, and members of the ABA. During the conversations, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

 

The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents, and other professionals who work with children to understand:

 

— The definition of respect.

— That bullying is a behaviour choice.

— That we can respectfully disagree with each other.

— That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online.

 

Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.

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2019 Calendar for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

09/11/2018

 

Why not buy one of our Radio Club Tribute Calendars for just £3!

In Aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Well done to all students who have taken part in this charity fundraising project and to Mr Bevan who stars on the December page!

Calendars available to purchase from school. If you would like one please contact Mrs Sims in Finance on 01380 724886.

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Remembrance Day 2018

09/11/2018

 

Today the whole school took part in an Annual Remembrance Ceremony.

Poppies were planted on the quad by students  followed by assemblies by our fantastic history teachers. Over fifty invited guests joined us along with students from various local primary schools.

At 11am all students and staff observed a 2 minute silence on the quad, the ceremony ably assisted by our amazing student Army and Air Cadets.

Always a proud moment for our school.

For more photos of this event, go to our twitter page @DevizesSchool.

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Safe Drive Stay Alive 2018

19/10/2018

For the 9th consecutive year the Safe Drive Stay Alive Roadshow visited us at Devizes School to speak with Year 11 students about being aware of the dangers on the road when driving.  In addition to our own Year 11 we also welcomed 75 students from John Bentley School for the presentation.

Safe Drive Stay Alive is a Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety initiative coordinated by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of a partnership which includes Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swift Medics.  It is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of driving for young people because statistically there is a significant increase in road traffic related fatalities for 15 - 24 year olds.

As well as real-life stories and essential advice from the professionals, the roadshow also featured a car which had been involved in a fatal accident as a way of bringing home the real consequences of dangerous driving to the students. The students found it a sobering experience which allowed them to consider their vulnerabilities and accountability as they embark on learning to drive.

 

For more information go to the Safe Drive Stay Alive website:

http://www.safedrive.org.uk/

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Non Uniform Day Donations 2018

17/10/2018

 

We are currently working with students to re vamp the school's House system. Part of the decisions that students make will be which House Charities we support.

Once decided we can tell you where today's charity money will be donated for non uniform day.

Mrs C Stevens

House Coordinator

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