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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Community Spirit making things run smoothly!

Ashton Park School hosted the County Primary Cross Country event on Saturday 24th November. Organised by our School Sport Partnership, 260 youngsters braved the wind and the rain to run for medals and to do their personal best for their team.
Our fantastic leaders across all year groups gave up their Saturday morning to assist at the event. The early morning start and poor weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm and willingness to act as race officials, marshals and presenters of medals. It was fantastic to see them encouraging all the children and even running alongside some of the tail-enders!
The Ashton Park Parental Hub joined in the fun and made a great profit of £300 selling hot food and scrummy cakes to hungry athletes and supporters. Their brilliant effort and hard work will contribute towards the stage lighting fund for the school hall. Well done to Sally, Cathy and the team!!
The Bristol and West Athletics Club also made a great contribution with their time, loan of equipment to mark out the course and their expertise in collating the results.
All in all a wonderfully organised event for the best young runners from South Bristol, North Bristol, Central and East Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. It just shows what the power of community spirit can achieve!
A big Thank you from The School Sport Partnership to all who made the event such a great success!

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