Thurs 6 June, 7pm – 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!

See poster below.

Students brave Storm Hannah for their DofE practise expedition

Last weekend saw the first of 6 Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Despite Storm Hannah trying its hardest to disrupt proceedings, the pupils completed their 6 hour training walk on Saturday with staff helping in navigation. On Sunday it was an early morning start at 04:30, to cook breakfast and pack their tents before taking a different route, this time with no teachers to support them. All the teams did really well and have set a high standard for the remaining teams!

Yr 7 Boys win the South Gloucestershire Schools Cup Final

Congratulations to our Year 7 boys’ football team who won the South Gloucestershire schools cup final yesterday afternoon, beating Winterbourne 3-1 on penalties!

The boys will now play the champions of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud schools next Thursday.

Well done Ben, Harry, Tom, Billy, Bobby, Jake, Charlie, Sam, Lukah, Louie, Louis, Trey and Jaydon. You did the school and yourselves proud.

Students receive the John Muir Award

A group of our students have been spending time outside planting trees donated to us by the Woodland Trust. They have been working with local Woodland Trust officer and Forest School Leader Jon Atwood and they also undertook the John Muir Award. This is an initiative which encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for our wild places. The students did a fantastic job and were presented with their certificates over hot chocolate with Mr John.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting some of our finest young leaders from year 7 – 9 who have been nominated by the School Sport Partnership for their dedication to leadership and volunteering this year. Iris, Edie and Olwen have assisted after school with the SSP KS1 dance group Fizzle since last October and  Erinn and Eva have been over at Luckwell leading a primary dance group since January. Matt has turned up to referee for every one of the primary football league sessions this year and been outstanding, whilst Dylan and Elif have not only been involved in many events, but go that extra mile to help out and are proving to be extremely capable leaders. Well Done to all of you!

They were nominated by Cherry Kraus and Debbie Scroggs.

Y7 Bristol schools champions 2019

Following the recent success at the Year 7 Bristol schools 5-a-side tournament, the Year 7 boys continued their unbeaten run, this time in the 9-a-side cup, where the team finished as champions after a 2-0 victory against Bedminster Down.

Congratulations to all the boys involved. Year 7 football has been a pleasure to run this academic year, with up to 43 boys attending football training on a regular basis!
The next match versus South Gloucestershire champions will take place after the Easter holidays.
Mr. Poole

Girls – Play rugby!

Inviting, exciting, FUN! All years welcome. Take a friend along too.  BROADPLAIN RUGBY CLUB. Let’s have an Ashton Park ‘Team’ C’mon girls – if not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?

See the poster below for more information.


Snowtastic – Ski Trip a great success!

40 students and 4 staff returned from the French resort of Alpe D’Huez last week after a fab week skiing.

We couldn’t have wished for better conditions, a fresh layer of snow at the start of the week followed by five days of sunshine with just enough of a nip in the air to keep the snow in good condition.

Our four French ski instructors were lovely, Manu, Francois, Martine and Sylvie, and by the end of the week all our groups had improved beyond recognition, the staff felt very proud!

Some of the more experienced skiers got to ski the famous La Sarenne black piste which at 16km is the longest in Europe from Pic Blanc at 3300m. All the group got to get a view from this altitude of the majestic Alps in all their glory, truly spectacular.

One of the benefits of going out of holiday time is the pistes are relatively quiet, giving much more time to learn without wasting time in lift queues or dodging the crowds, we were blessed.

Our stay in the Hotel Valle Blanche was great and the group were an absolute credit to the school with their ‘get up and go’ attitude both in the day and during our evening entertainment, so much so the instructors gave us their emails so we could ask for them specifically again next year, now there’s a great endorsement!

We heard a smattering of French being attempted although these days the French seem to always want to reply in English, that’s where perseverance is required!!

Our group made us proud to be from Ashton Park School, it was one of the best trips we’ve had and we will definitely be going to the same resort next year.

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Isobel who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Ms Nicholls to acknowledge that she produced an excellent assessment on creative writing.

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