World Book Day 2019

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

Each year the bar is raised to support World Book Day, keep the profile of reading high and provide good quality books for all our students.   This year it certainly didn’t disappoint and neither did our students, staff and parents. Showing their strength of support the Parent HUB redesigned the day to incorporate book donations with the competitive element there was a much greater focus on the tutor groups working together.

Well over 1000 excellent quality books were donated to be given a new lease of life for the next reader; they were brought in by students, dropped off by parents and some even arrived by delivery driver!  The Parent HUB followed this up by a number of parents coming into school over 3 days to help gather the books into the library, organise and sort them ready to be entered onto this system, onto the shelves and into our pupils’ hands.

Year 7 romped home in the lead with 7PSC the winning tutor group with 174 donations and 7TL a close (but not too close) second with 127 donations.   It appears the donations are not yet over with more books coming in daily!  While there was so much effort made from everyone involved from many departments I’d like to make special mention to the Maths and Science for sweeping the top spots in fancy dress…again!  Well done to Miss Ladd, Mr Flower and Mr Turner for their first to third podium positions.

In enhancing our library for all and engaging readers we need to stock it with the right range and ability of high quality books for our diverse audiences.  What we’re really short on at the moment is middle years; non-fiction for boys (If you know Accelerated Reader this is book colour Orange).  For example this might be books for 12 -14 year olds, levels 4 -6, non-fiction.  Themes of sport, space travel, science, dangerous animals and cars are all very popular.

If you have any to donate please drop into reception or send in with your child. It’s easy to find out how and what to donate; simply head over the Parent HUB section of the school website here Parent HUB and click on ‘Accelerated Reader – Donate Books’.  Thanks again to everyone involved.  A fabulous day and collaborative effort.

Mr Talarico

Summer Performing Arts Soirée

Students are busy planning their music and dance pieces for our summer Performing Arts Soirée. It promises to be a great evening’s entertainment so please come along. Entry is by voluntary donation towards our lighting fund and doors open at 6.30pm. We would love to see you there!



Hot Chocolate with the Head

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Calum who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Mrs Hancock to acknowledge that he created his own questions and answers on bearings for an up-to-date Fortnite map – something that can be used in other lessons with pupils.  An excellent resource and above expectation.
Well done!

Vive La Matinée Française!

Year 5 pupils from Ashton Gate, Compass Point and Southville Primary Schools spent the morning at Ashton Park School on Thursday 24th January 2019 as part of a French-themed morning, organised to coincide with the two-week visit of French assistants from Bordeaux.

The children played French-themed games in the sports hall, practicing counting and adding in French, as well as identifying colours and using vocabulary associated with shopping and animals. We were then helped by Claire Healey, a PGCE student, in running a French quiz whilst the children enjoyed refreshments in Le Petit Café. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to experience life at a secondary school and to work with pupils from other primary schools in readiness for their transition into Key Stage 3.

The French assistants, together with young leaders from years 9 & 10 at Ashton Park helped run the event. The young leaders were chosen for their aptitude and behavior in French lessons and were all very impressive, both in their organisation and willingness to help. As one leader said “I thought it would be boring but actually it was really good fun. Can I do it again next year?” It’s a great opportunity for our leaders to gain confidence in speaking French alongside organising small groups of younger students.

We were pleased Josette Lebrat, the Consul Honoraire in Bristol, was able to attend the event again, lending her expert ear to the proceedings!

Thanks go to the Long Ashton branch of the Co-operative food group for their generosity in donating the refreshments served in Le Petit Café, which were enjoyed by all.

A Royal Appointment

Ashton Park School was proudly represented today (even though the school was closed for snow) by Year 9 Future Quest pupils whom took to the stage to perform for royalty. Meghan and Harry’s visit to Bristol included coming to see Ashton Park’s talented students perform extracts from King Lear at Bristol Old Vic.

Pupils demonstrated sound effect machines and had the opportunity to chat with the royal couple and explain their rewarding work with South Bristol Youth.

They all were fantastic ambassadors for the Arts and indeed, Ashton Park School. We’re proud of their dedication and greatful of the support of our parents in making this amazing opportunity come to fruition.

What a great day!

Sara Berry & Paul Talarico

Year 11 Exams in the Snow

Well done to all those Year 11 students who fought the elements and came into school to sit their BTEC Health and Social Care exam this morning. True dedication.

We felt it was important that students who had been preparing for this external exam had the opportunity to sit it, if they were able to make their way in to school. We were not disappointed as there was a 75% turn out, even though the snow continued to fall all morning.

A big thank you to Mr Finch and Mr Butt from our Facilities Team who came in to open up and clear a path to the main entrance. Also to Mrs Hurrell, our Exams Officer, and Miss Berry who walked in to set up and help invigilate the exam.

A great team effort and we wish all students the very best of luck with the paper.

Fantastic commitment all round.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Billy who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Mr Corker for helping out and acting as a good Samaritan when a member of the public collapsed in Grevillie Smythe park last week. Billy phoned an ambulance and stayed to help out until they arrived.

In thinking of the needs of others, he set a fantastic example of how we would expect our pupils to support each other in and around the community.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Grace who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Miss Hutchinson for completing an excellent piece of History homework on Bristol Docks.

Community Choir sings for Julian Trust & Caring at Christmas

Our Handfuls of Harmony choir, set by up South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust performed their Christmas concert on Sunday 18th November at St Paul’s Church, Southville. The adult community choir was joined by children from our local Primary Schools to entertain the audience with rousing joyous voices. This intergenerational choir always remembers those who are less fortunate than themselves at Christmas and the proceeds from the raffle have been donated to Julian’s Trust & Caring at Christmas Appeal, which is one of the charities that Achilles House supports.

The Community Choir always welcomes new members. We practise on Thursdays at Southville Primary School, Myrtle Street site, BS3 1JG from 7pm to 9pm. The new terms dates are: 7th March to 9th May with a break for Easter. Our concert will be on Saturday 11th May at St Paul’s Church.

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