Kent Teacher of the Year
Schools have been invited to showcase our top teams, teachers, staff and volunteers by putting them forward for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award.
The awards event is now open to nominations and these can be made by anyone passionate about our school including staff, parents and pupils.
Nominations can be made for individuals or teams of staff no matter their role - from teachers to support staff, volunteers to senior management - as there is a category appropriate for anyone making a difference in our school.
A panel of judges will select winners for each local authority and the results will be announced at a prestigious awards dinner at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel in May. There are top prizes on offer in addition to a limited edition trophy for each overall champion deemed the county’s best.
Please use the link below to make a nomination as we have many members of staff that should be recognisedfor their excellent contribution to our students.
YEAR 8 INTO YEAR 9 OPTIONS EVENING
YEAR 8 INTO YEAR 9 OPTIONS EVENING – Monday 21st January
Parents of all current Year 8 students who will be moving up to Year 9 in July, are invited to a meeting to discuss the new curriculum that your son/daughter will be starting in the next academic year.
It is important that you attend, with your Year 8 child as the process of choosing their options will be explained and you will receive a booklet to help you make informed choices about their future.
The evening will consist of a presentation from Mr Southall which will run at two different times;
3:30pm - Presentation by Deputy Headteacher – Mr Southall
4:00- 4:45pm – Options Fayre - opportunity to speak to subject leaders
4:45 – 5:30pm - Options Fayre - opportunity to speak to subject leaders
5:30pm – Presentation by Deputy Headteacher – Mr Southall
This will provide you with an opportunity to speak to subject teachers about the individual subjects available to your son/daughter. We would encourage you to attend one of these sessions with your child.
If you have any questions following the Options Evening, please contact your child’s Learning Leader. We look forward to seeing you at one of the meetings.
Newsletter - Issue 6 - Term 2 2018
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Trip to Richard Alston Dance Company
On the 13th November, Post 16 students (and 3 year 10 students) had the opportunity to see the world renowned Richard Alston Dance Company performing in Dartford.
After a pre-show talk with the choreographer himself, students were wowed by the skill, technique and performance of the incredible dancers, performing a range of pieces spanning Alston's 50 year career.
Poppy Parade at Ypres
On Sunday 11 November, 3 Year 9 students were given a once in a lifetime opportunity, to take part in the Poppy Parade at Ypres, on the centenary of the end of World War I.
There were around 20,000 people in the parade and tens of thousands more in the crowd. It was a very surreal experience which was broadcast all over the world. Our students marched proudly behind veterans from around the commonwealth who had all come to show their appreciation and gratitude to those who fought in World War I.
The Poppy Parade took us under the Menin Gate which was built to commemorate 50,000 commonwealth soldiers who have no grave. At the end of the service thousands of poppy petals were dropped through the gate as the crowd were silent. It was a very moving moment.
After the service and after exploring Ypres, the students visited a commonwealth war grave and a German war grave, looking at the contrast between the two ways that the soldiers were remembered.
The students were given this wonderful opportunity to be part of the trip because of the excellent independent learning projects they handed in.
Students at The Sittingbourne Community College have been working tirelessly to honour those who fought and died in the First World War in order to commemorate 100 years since its end. All students were asked to contribute a piece of work to show their appreciation of those who sacrificed themselves during the Great War and all wars since.
In their English classes, our students have read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts about World War One, studied and analysed a range of war poetry, and have expressed their personal responses through a range of artistic mediums.
A large selection of the work produced by the students has been put on display in Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue. The work will be displayed until the end of November and will be added to throughout the month. We hope that visitors enjoy reading the passionate and well-crafted responses produced by the students.
The staff at The Sittingbourne Community College would like to thank Sittingbourne Library for displaying the work and Karen Hollands, David Johns and Axminster Power Tools for their contributions and support with this project.
ParentPay and the Canteen Facilities
We would like to clarify some important information with regards to ParentPay and the canteen facilities.
Please ensure that when you load money on to ParentPay that it is allocated to the school dinners section, please also allow sufficient time for the money to reach your child’s account, this can take up to 3 hours. You would have received your log in details via post.
The biometric scan of your child’s thumb print is the safest way for your child to purchase items from the canteen, if you have not yet authorised your child to have this done, a 4 digit pin code will be issued instead. We recommend students either write this number on a piece of card or into their phones so they can show canteen staff, the pin number will then be checked against the students name and photograph as a security measure. However, pin codes can be lost and forgotten so we highly recommend the biometric thumb print system is used.
There is a limit of £5 per day for all students, staff cannot override this at the tills. If a student spends their limit at breakfast and/or break time it will mean they will be unable to purchase anything at lunch.
All students have an account regardless of whether they have had their thumb print scanned or been issued a pin code, this includes free school meal students. All students at SCC can claim a daily free breakfast of two slices of toast in the canteen. Students entitled to free school meals are unable to purchase anything at break time, they can purchase their full entitlement at lunchtime only.
If your child has any issues at all, please tell them to speak to a member of the canteen staff or their Pastoral Support Manager.
You are able to view how much your child has spent and what they have bought via your ParentPay account.
Nourish Catering Supplies on behalf of The Sittingbourne Community College
ParentPay: Frequently Asked Questions
For help with ParentPay and our cashless canteen please see the frequently asked questions and help guide below.
Parents help guide for ParentPay July 2018
Collaborate Cross Trust Visual Art Exhibition
Year 11 students are invited to attend with their friends and family. We are running a shuttle bus leaving SCC at 3.15pm and returning by 6.30pm. If you would like to book seats on the bus, please email [email protected] by 6 July.
Swale Academies Trust Archery Festival
The Sittingbourne Community College recently hosted its first archery event as part of Swale Academies Trust and in the process celebrated being awarded Archery GB’s Junior Club of the Year. It was fitting, given the momentous nature of this award, that when schools from across Swale Academies Trust took part in the Archery Festival, their coaching and supervision was led by junior members of the archery club Emily Axten, Jack Summers, Rebecca Stevenson and Harry Stew.
Long journeys from Sussex were undertaken by staff and students from Eastbourne Academy and Causeway School, as well as from The North School in Ashford, Community College Whitstable and the school’s closer neighbours Westlands. The Sittingbourne Community College did not compete because of their national champion status being deemed an unfair advantage. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Archery at SCC whilst exposing the family of schools to the joys of the sport.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the schools that sent older students dominated the leaderboard but the Sussex schools deserve special mention for their undertaking to attend, compete and, like all schools involved, commit to future events led by SCC archers.
Swale Academies Trust Junior Lady Champion
Swale Academies Trust Junior Gentleman Champion
Swale Academies Trust Junior Team Champion
Tom Probert, Kate Osman, Sam Mitchell, Dan Bernard, Megan Hawkes and Beth Jarvis
Swale Academies Trust Senior Lady Champion
Swale Academies Trust Senior Gentleman Champion
The Coaches Award for Sportsmanship
Technology Department welcomes Lansdowne Primary School
The technology department (Mrs Arculus-Pennells, Mr Webb, Mr Judd & Miss Willis) were joined by 13 students from Lansdowne Primary School on Thursday 15 March. The students ranged from Year 3 to Year 6. The visit was based around their healthy eating week at the school. The students independently made a healthy granola bar from scratch to enjoy, including using various seeds and fruits. They did a great job at following a recipe, using the hob and oven, creating a product and successfully cleaning up (better than some of our Year 11 students). They could identify hazards and risks in a kitchen and showed how mature they were when cooking. Overall we all had a very enjoyable morning.
Year 7 Trip to Canterbury
On 4 and 11 December 2017, The English department took two hundred of the Year 7s to Canterbury to visit the cathedral and The Canterbury Tales. The Darwin community went first; many had never been to Canterbury before and so we took them via the city’s most famous landmarks (including the oldest building and the witches’ ducking stool) on the way to the venues.
Unfortunately, on the second week, it was pouring down with rain and so we made a mad dash through the backstreets.
At The Canterbury Tales, pupils experienced what it was like to go on a pilgrimage and went with Chaucer’s pilgrims from London listening to some of the stories they told. Also, the gift shop was a popular stop here.
At the Cathedral, pupils were taken on a guided tour around the venue. They were told the story of the cathedral and key details were identified. The main focus of the tour was the gruesome murder of Thomas Becket and the miracles that followed his bloody death. Our pupils were so well behaved and respectful. They recognised that it was an active place of worship and were exceptional. The tour guides were very complimentary and said that they were the best group they have had the pleasure of working with.
Overall, the pupils had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Even on the second day, as the soaked Chaucer pupils boarded the bus, they all exclaimed how they had the best day and found it extremely interesting.
The English staff returned home very pleased and proud with the students. Many of whom were still talking about it and what they had learnt weeks later.
After each visit, we received letters and emails from the tour guides at the cathedral congratulating the pupils on their ‘remarkable insight’ and their ‘stimulating and challenging’ questions. One guide was a retired teacher who said that she ‘would have been pleased to have had them in her classes at school, and would have been proud of their behaviour’.
SCC National Archery Champions
Following last year’s National on Target Junior Club of the Year Award, the Archery Club welcomed twelve new members at the start of the new school year for their beginners course.
Archers were coached by our home grown Level 1 student and staff coaches and progressed rapidly, soon becoming fully fledged club members and eligible to be considered for competition. Meanwhile, the installation of the Danage wall was completed in the main sports hall which has enabled the club to have a permanent target wall for shooting indoors. This fixture was sponsored by WW Martin, Swale and Clickers Archery to whom we are really grateful.
The school hosted the annual inter-county indoor competition on 25 November 2017 between Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex and the club was invited to field a team in all the bow type categories. Ten students formed the team and represented the school shooting really well up against the county team members and coming third overall.
This was a warm up for the next big competition event held in Warwickshire on 2 December 2017. The club sent a twenty-one strong team to compete in the Archery GB Junior Indoor National Championships at Stoneleigh Park National Agricultural Exhibition Centre. This event needed a 3.20am start to travel to the competition ready to start shooting at 9.00am. It was worth the early alarm call as the team returned with eight medals and the following National Champions:
U14 Ladies Barebow – Lily Warner.
U16 Ladies Longbow – Rayelle Ennels-Smith and overall Ladies Longbow Champion.
U18 Barebow – Harry Stew.
U18 Longbow – Samuel Homewood and Overall Gents Longbow Champions fifth year running.
The next major event for the club will be the Kent County Indoor Championships held in Tenterden on Sunday 28 January 2018, where we will send thirty competitors, representing the largest junior club in the country. The club and school are also playing host to the Archery GB Level 2 coaching course which gives junior archers the chance to benefit from additional coaching opportunities.
If you are interested in joining the club please speak to Mr Kenyon.
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Early closure on Wednesday 4th October
SCC will close at 12.20pm for Open Day on Wednesday 4th October.
Students on FSM will be able to pick up a packed lunch at break time and school buses have been asked to collect students at 12.30pm. Other students will need to make their own way home.
Award winning playwright Simon Stephens visits drama students
Yesterday, Simon Stephens, an award winning playwright, visited drama students at Sittingbourne Community College to support in their theatrical education. Year 10 are studying his play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, as one of next year’s GCSE texts. They were given the opportunity to work in small groups with the playwright, receiving first-hand tips and advice on how to present the characters in the play, whilst post-16 students were given directorial ideas on their BTEC devised production of Grimm Tales.
Simon has taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, and he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. His adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, has won 7 Olivier Awards, and it is currently on stage in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.
Everyone Has a Story to Tell
On Wednesday 21st June, every student in English lessons at Sittingbourne Community College was let loose to write for pleasure, without the pressure of assessment or marking. All English lessons celebrated National Writing Day, which recognises that ‘everyone has a story to tell’ and is supported by authors such as Michael Rosen and Michael Morpurgo. Students of all ages created engaging and imaginative texts, ranging from mythical fables to autobiographical recounts to poetry. Selected pieces will be published by the national educational charity, English & Media Centre which can be followed @EngMediaCentre Twitter feed, and under #EMCLetThemLoose.
Collaborate Art Show
We invite you to join us in celebrating the work of our art, textiles and photography students at the inter-trust visual-arts show ‘Collaborate’.
The show will take place on Thursday 13th July from 4-6pm at the Community College Whitstable.