Places are disappearing fast for the masterclasses being held during the Easter Holidays! If you would like you child/children to attend please complete a booking form (available from the school office) and return to Lisa Tosdevine as soon as possible.
Second Form pupils from Ditcham made the news for real on Wednesday 6th March 2019 as they took part once again in the BBC Schools News Report, this year called: ‘Young Reporter’. They successfully adhered to the deadline and published their report by 1400 GMT on the News Day.
This yearly event took place on the 15th of February 2019. The South Downs Hall was packed! Full of excited seniors, crying out with enormous enthusiasm as the brilliant bands took to the stage and left, showered with applause.
During the vibrant afternoon senior forms 1-5 gathered to attend what seemed one of the most enjoyable events of the year. Upper Juniors attended as news reporters for their English topic linked to Newspaper report writing. The bands were amazing! The songs were catchy and perfectly picked, The South Downs Hall isn’t an easy place to perform but they sounded awesome!
All of the teachers enjoyed the occasion massively, they were laughing, cheering and just having a great time! Just being there made you smile like you were at a real concert. The crowd was very pleased when the winners were announced – BLACKOUT!!! (Although our favourite band was 2 shoes and a Pineapple) all of the other bands pleased the crowds. Mr Spawforth was overheard saying, “The band Spawforth Extreme are my favourite – outstanding band name!”
It was amazing to attend, and I expect all of Upper Juniors are really looking forward to coming next year – they may even be performing in a band themselves.
A huge thank you to all of the music department for putting together this amazing event!
By Téa Bennett and Umi Johnston
On Wednesday 13th February, the Ditcham Park School Scuba Diving Team completed an inaugural field trip to the national dive equipment servicing centre, Obsequio Dive Services, at Fareham. The trip was part of their Advanced Diver Programme and the divers participated in a range of workshops to learn in depth marine engineering procedures to successfully identify and fix personal scuba equipment. They also learnt the importance of hydrostatic pressure testing and understanding the processes behind air compression with the industry’s best engineers.
The workshop provided divers with a high level understanding of the equipment the team use for their underwater explorative adventures and will improve their personal responsibility as they continue their marine ecology development. The students are learning the skill of scuba diving as part of their DofE programme, which is a very popular extra-curricular activity at Ditcham Park.
The festive season has begun at school! Last week our Senior Choir, wind band and soloists performed with poise and confidence at the Save the Children Christmas Concert hosted by Churcher’s College.
Large numbers of pupils and parents attended The Friends of Ditcham Park School Christmas Fayre which was a tremendous success with a magical Santa’s Grotto, attractive Christmas stalls and delicious home baked cakes and edibles. Thank you to all parents and staff who organised and worked on the Christmas Fayre.
The festive season continued with Juniors Carols when parents and friends enjoyed carols and musical performances, accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies. Further Christmas fun was to be had at the Nativity Play performed brilliantly by all members of Nursery, Reception, Pre-Prep and Prep. Donkeys from the Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary made a guest appearance and were a very special addition to the nativity.
The last few days of term involve discos, parties and traditional Christmas lunch, followed by the school Christmas carol service at St James’ Church, Emsworth – a very busy festive and fun time for all!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Ditcham Park School’s talented artists have received national recognition in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Art Competition.
The exhibition, which took place in Coventry, awarded Madeline Walker-Moffitt’s ceramic face Winner in class and Charlie Pay’s sculpture Highly Commended.
The success at the National Final followed a very successful showing at the London West Regional Art Exhibition in October at which we were awarded three Winners in Class and several ‘highly commended’.
This is the second year in a row we have won awards at the ISA National Art Exhibition. Congratulations to all students on their impressive achievement and to the Art Department.
Ditcham Park School has been shortlisted for a National Award for its STEM Programme by the Independent Schools Association (ISA).
To prepare its pupils for the future, Ditcham Park School has developed a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or STEM Programme which is intended to provide its pupils with the
technological and creative skills increasingly needed in this Digital Age. The STEM programme, which was started last year, provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, problem solving, critical thinkers and designers in a carousel of workshops all taught by specialist teachers. The Programme includes visits to the Big Bang STEM Fair and visiting speakers who are at the forefront of technology such as a Director from Google UK who talked to students about Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Headmaster, Graham Spawforth, says “We are delighted that our outstanding STEM Programme has been shortlisted for a National Award. Our pupils are developing the skills and technological awareness that are increasingly needed in this Digital Age.”
The criteria the judges were looking for was evidence of innovation and outstanding provision in one or more STEM disciplines, including innovative teaching methods, extra-curricular provision, or engagement with the wider community.
The ISA Awards is an annual event that celebrates success in the Members’ schools, and recognises the breadth of quality and provision in independent education across the country. The Awards cover everything from Early Years provision, to innovation in Performing Arts or STEM.
Judging took place over the Summer and the winners will be revealed at a prestigious Awards Ceremony in November, hosted by Paralympic Gold Medallist, Danny Crates. Ditcham eagerly awaits the results!
Pupils and staff at Ditcham Park School are celebrating today’s very good GCSE results. Nearly 40% of all grades achieved were the new 7/8/9 grades which are equivalent to the old A*& A grades. A quarter of the year group achieved at least 7 x 7/8/9 grades. As this is the first set of results for the new, more demanding, GCSEs our students have done really well. One of our students, Matthew Bryan, has achieved an exceptional set of results with 9 grade 9s and a top grade in Further Maths. As it is more difficult to gain a grade 9 than the old A*, educational journalists have speculated that only about 200 students in the whole country will achieve 9 or more grade 9s. This puts Matthew’s brilliant achievement in context.
Headmaster Graham Spawforth commented.“‘Congratulations to our students and staff for their efforts in achieving these very good results. Students are leaving Ditcham Park with the qualifications, skills and self-confidence to succeed in the next stage of their education at their College or Sixth Form of choice.”
This Summer 3 former pupils gained places at Oxford and Cambridge after completing their A levels. Matthew Bryan is aiming to follow in their footsteps.
If you would like additional information about this topic please contact Nicky Corrigan, at Ditcham Park School.
Contact: Nicky Corrigan
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Pupils from Ditcham Park School got their hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites at an exciting and awe inspiring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Fair held at the school this week.
The youngsters were given the unique opportunity to actually touch a piece of space rock not of this Earth as they were allowed to handle some genuine meteorites. These rare samples were provide by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and included a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old meteorite. The lunar samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon.
The students were entertained by a fantastic rockets, fire and explosions show by ‘Wonderstruck’ and toured an exhibition hall full of top names in STEM businesses such as Google, Estee Lauder, BOC, the Royal Navy, Morgan Innovation and Siemens. The students were impressed by the technology of two Tesla cars which were on display and enjoyed interactive exhibits such as a Spitfire simulator courtesy of the defence company DSTL. Over the course of the day students also enjoyed workshops such as Winchester Science Centre’s mobile planetarium and Roaming Robots, who work on the hugely successful Robot Wars.
The event was part of a STEM themed week which was an exciting climax to the school’s STEM programme this year. Other activities during the week included taking part in a CREST Award project designed by the Royal Society of Chemistry and visiting the Science Museum and Winchester Science Centre.
Form 5 pupils successfully completed a tough hiking expedition in Brecon Beacons, Wales, last weekend. In soaring temperatures, they hiked in the Black Mountains between Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye. Every day they climbed to around 600m before descending to camp in the valley overnight. The teams were self-sufficient as they carried all their camping gear and cooked all their own food. Congratulations to Abbie Beaumont, Maddie Walker-Moffitt, Alice Payne, Sophie Fifield, Ellie Farrow, Matt Bryan, Josh Turnbull, past pupil Ollie Eames as well Saskia and Pheobe ftom neighbouring schools. Thanks to our hard-working leaders for supervising the teams Richard Rainbow ML, Paul Flint ML, Roessa Marks MLt, and Anne Harris HML.