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Thank you to Year 9 students Barny W, Olivia W, Alex T and Paige G, for being excellent Student Guides this week.

 

R Woodland

Visit Details for Armed Forces Week 2018

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre – 25th June to 28th June inclusive

Location: All tours operate from Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, Vivid Approach, (via Granby Way), PL1 4RW.

Age Range: Suitable for primary and secondary students.

Morning visits: Tour starts at 10.30am prompt. Tour concludes 12.15pm. Packed lunches may be eaten in the café on site, if required.

Maximum number – 30 children/young people plus 4 staff. Total numbers of those visiting required in advance.

Afternoon visits: Tour starts at 12.30pm prompt. Tour concludes by 2.15pm. Packed lunches may be eaten in the café on site if required before tour (12 noon – 12.30pm).

Maximum number – 30 children/young people plus 4 staff. Total numbers of those visiting required in advance.

HMS Courageous Submarine – 25th June to 28th June inclusive

Location: All tours operate from Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, Vivid Approach, (via Granby Way), PL1 4RW.

Age Range: Suitable for KS2 and secondary students (see height and age restrictions below).

Morning visits: arrive at the Heritage Centre by 10.20am. Transport from the Heritage Site to the submarine will be provided. Tour starts at 10.30am and concludes by 12.15pm. Packed lunches may be eaten in the café on site if required.

Maximum number – 24 children/young people (this includes supervising adults).

Restrictions – Minimum height 4ft or 122cm tall. Minimum age eight years.

Afternoon visits: arrive at the Heritage Centre by 12.20pm. Transport from the Heritage Site to the submarine will be provided. Tour starts at 12.30pm and concludes by 2.15pm. Packed lunches may be eaten in the café on site before tour if required (12 noon – 12.30pm).

Maximum number – 24 children/young people (this includes supervising adults).

Restrictions – Minimum height 4ft or 122cm tall. Minimum age eight years.
Sensible footwear and trousers must be worn. On Courageous, the tours will be taken in one or two sub-groups, each of no more than 12 persons. Please ensure adult cover of at least two persons.

For HMS Courageous we will need at least two weeks’ notice of the following details for ALL attendees:
Surname, first name, title, date of birth, nationality and, for any non-UK citizens, passport number.
All adults should be prepared to show some form of Government issued photographic ID on the day (eg passport, driving licence).

165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC (Derriford, Plymouth) 28th June

Location: Derriford Army Reserve Centre, Brest Road, Plymouth, PL6 5EW

Age range: Suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.

Morning visits: arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start. Activities conclude at approximately 12 noon.

Maximum number of children per group is 30 to be broken down into three groups of ten. Accompanying adults’ names required.
Afternoon visits: arrive at 12.45pm for a 1pm start. Activities conclude at approximately 3pm.

Maximum number of children per group is 30 to be broken down into three groups of ten. Accompanying adults’ names required.

The visit will include six activities of approximately 15/20 minutes each, led by members of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC. Classes of 30 children / young people (max). Children will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Please note: some stands will display firearms / weapons.

Express your interest via Mrs Cunningham in Inclusion, as soon as possible.

 

S Cunningham

Ten Tors Challenge 2018

12th and 13th May

This year, Coombe Dean had three Ten Tors teams participating in the challenge – one 55 mile team and two 35 mile teams. We train each year with Devonport High for Girls, who entered the same number of teams – all doing the same distances as us.

On Friday 11th May, the teams were driven to Okehampton Camp to prepare for the challenge on Saturday. They spent the day having a final kit check, attending a safety briefing and preparing their route cards for the two day walk. By 9pm the teams were ready to get some much needed sleep before their 4.30am start on Saturday morning.

Saturday morning began with good visibility and a slight coolness, which would be great for walking. Despite the nerves, the teams ate a hearty breakfast. By 6am we made our way to the start, just beyond Anthony Stile. What a fantastic sight to see so many teams of young people, ready to take up the challenge of two days of walking and camping independently. We were treated to a freefall parachute display at 6.30am, and then at 7am, the cannon sounded and all the teams set off! We returned to base camp to wait nervously, and watch the display boards to track how each of the teams were doing. In the evening, it was reassuring to know that all teams had passed through their last check points of the day – and were settling down for the night.

Sunday morning was even better than Saturday, and the leaders started to pack away the mess tent and get ready to walk up to the finish to welcome the teams in. The day grew hotter, and so did the anticipation of trying to guess when each team would come in. We welcomed in each team from both Coombe Dean and Devonport High for Girls, and were pleased that not one member of any team had dropped out. The teams came in happy and still friends, with the participants of the 35 mile routes already thinking about doing 45 miles next year. By 4pm, all teams were back and eating their pasties.

What a fabulous bunch of teenagers we had this year from both schools. They were a pleasure to train, and we were all proud of what they achieved. Well done to all who took part, and we will soon be planning for next year!

 

S Hodges

Important Message from the Headteacher Regarding Changes to School Timings

Dear Parent / Carer,

From September 2018, we would like to introduce a 10 minute morning registration period.

This would provide students with a consistent, daily first point-of-contact with their Tutor – giving them an opportunity to prepare for the day ahead.

Supporting excellent attendance by all students is a priority for us, and underpins every aspect of the school ethos of “Success built around positive relationships”.

Put simply, if students are not here, they cannot benefit from the fantastic opportunities we provide for them.

Research shows that good attendance promotes better academic progress and attainment. We believe that introducing a morning registration period has a part to play in this.

Two models for how the timings of our school day may be altered, are shown below:

Model A – maintain current overall timings of the day, but shorten lunch hour:

AM registration 0840 – 0850
Period 1 0850 – 0950
Period 2 0950 – 1050
Break 1050 – 1110
Period 3 1110 – 1210
Period 4 1210 – 1310
Y7 & Y8 Lunch
Y9 – Y11 Tutor/Assembly
1310 – 1330
Y7 – Y11 Lunch 1330-1340
Y7 7 Y8 Tutor/Assembly
Y9 – Y11 Lunch
1340 – 1400
Period 5 (include PM reg) 1400 – 1500

Model B – maintain current lunchtime arrangements but lengthen school day by 10 minutes

AM registration 0840 – 0850
Period 1 0850 – 0950
Period 2 0950 – 1050
Break 1050 – 1110
Period 3 1110 – 1210
Period 4 1210 – 1310
Y7 & Y8 Lunch
Y9 – Y11 Tutor/Assembly
1310 – 1330
Y7 – Y11 Lunch 1330-1350
Y7 & Y8 Tutor/Assembly
Y9 – Y11 Lunch
1350 – 1410
Period 5 (include PM reg) 1410 – 1510

All views from Parents / Carers, staff and students will be taken into consideration by the school’s Leadership Team and Governors, before a final decision is made about which model to introduce.

If you would like to make a comment, or express a preference about either of the two models, please email the address below. Include within the subject header ‘Registration Consultation’.
The consultation period will be open until Friday 25th May, 2018.

Consultation email address: office@coombedean.co.uk

Yours faithfully,

R Woodland – Headteacher

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Refreshments!

Refreshments will be available during the evening, Wednesday 16th May.

The coffee shop will be open from 3.30pm – 6.15pm, serving hot and cold drinks, panini’s, cakes and biscuits.

We look forward to welcoming you all on the night.

 

Cafe Coombe Dean