|Parent Advice from Dept of Health on Parents Page - Thursday, June 06, 2013|
Please click on the Parents tab at the top of the page to access urgent advice and information from Dorset County Council and Dept. of Health concerning the recent measles outbreak in Wales.
|Great Bake Weekend - Monday, June 03, 2013|
Thank you everyone who supported our PTA at the Food Festival's Great Bake Weekend in May. The PTA, staff and students sold plants, helped at the bouncy slide and helter skelter, ran the Bash the Rat, Hoop La, Beat the Goalie, Guess the Sweets and many more stalls, rasing over £1,277 during the weekend. A fantastic effort by all involved, well done!
|Year 6 Parents Information Evening - Thursday, May 16, 2013|
Parents, and Yr 6 students who will be starting The Grange in September, are invited to an information evening at 6pm on Monday 1st July in our school hall. Registration and medical forms will be distributed as well as important information regarding the day the children will spend here on Wednesday 3rd July.
School uniform will be available to try on and purchase on 1st July in our gym from 4.00 until 5.30pm.
There will be another chance to buy on Tuesday 2nd May at 4pm; any orders placed will be available for collection from the school on 17th and 18th July or 2nd September.
We are sorry, but these are the only times and dates that uniform will be sold from school; you may buy it at other times from the School Uniform shop in New Milton
|Exams timetable - Wednesday, May 01, 2013|
Students will be sitting GCSEs from Monday 13th May until Friday 21st June. A complete list of times and dates can be found on the 'Parents' page - please note two of the examination times have been altered from the published times.
|Asda Bag Pack - Monday, April 29, 2013|
Seating 4 Eating
On Sunday 28th April staff and students gave their time to help shoppers at Asda, Castlepoint, pack away their groceries. Generous shoppers gave £558 to support our PTA as they aim to raise money for a covered outdoor seating area at our school.
Thank you to all the Asda staff and customers who kindly donated to our school!
|Kids Zone at the Great Christchurch Bake Weekend - Friday, April 26, 2013|
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May Christchurch Quay.
Come along to Christchurch Quay on 18th and 19th May to enjoy the English village fete event, part of the Great Christchurch Bake Weekend. Students, staff and PTA will be running the Kids Zone activity area next to the splash park where you can enjoy traditional fair games such as Bash the Rat, Hoop-La, and Helter-Skelter. There will be a bouncy castle and slide, a climbing wall and face painting, too.
Try your luck at our teddy tombola, treasure hunt, beat the goalie, pick-a-bottle and guess how many sweets in the jar or buy some plants from our stalls. The event is on during both days from 10am until 6pm so come along to support us if you can.
All money raised will be going directly to our 'Seating 4 Eating' project which aims to provide a covered outdoor seating area for our students to enjoy their lunch in all weathers.
|Food Festival Junior Cook Competition - Wednesday, April 24, 2013|
Our Food Technology room was fragrant with the delicious aroma of gourmet cooking on Monday when Food Festival President, Mary Reader, celebrity chef and author, Lesley Waters, head chef from The Kings Hotel, Ian Gibbs and Christchurch Rotary president Dr David Rogers came to school to judge our Junior Cook competition.
GCSE catering students from Yr 10 were invited to take part in the annual schools' cookery competition which had as its theme this year 'a celebrator meal for 2 school leavers'. The students had a budget of £10 to prepare and cook their 2-course meal, whilst giving a reason for choice, designing a menu and presenting the costs and method to the judges. Dishes prepared by the students included hake in pancetta, chocolate fondant, lemon and lime meringue pots, chicken with mushroom sauce and chicken brochettes. After a tense afternoon of cooking the students had a long wait whilst the judges deliberated.
Declaring the dishes 'of an execptionally high standard' and some of which the chefs judging would be glad to have on their menus, Mary Reader announced our winner. Tom N is to cook his dish of pan-fried duck with a passion fruit jus and a chocolate pot on Friday 10th May when he goes head to head with the winner from Twynham and Highcliffe. The cook-off is to be held in the marquee behind the Regent Centre from 9.30am which is in situ for the weekend for the Food Festival.
|Red Nose Day 2013 - Monday, March 25, 2013|
A giant red nose, vast quantities of cakes, a fun run and mufti day all contributed to our most successful Red Nose day ever. Throughout the week students and staff took part in various sporting challenges including a penalty shoot out and volleyball match, Luke G baked dozens of cakes each evening to sell during break the following day, Tom C organised a talent show at lunch time and on Friday we held a whole-school mufti day which saw some staff don school uniform whilst students came in fancy dress. The event culminated in a fun run around the school's playing fields on Friday after school.
In our most successful collection to date we raised £1,352.59, many thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause.
|BBC School Report - Thursday, March 21, 2013|
Today BBC Radio Solent will be broadcasting live from our school library at 4pm. Our Year 8 media students are taking part in the BBC School Report event and have been interviewing staff, students and local people for the programme. Listen in on 103.8 to Steve Harris from 4pm and click here to go to the website.
|Year 9 Options Evening - Monday, March 18, 2013|
Year 9 students and their parents / carers are invited to school on Wednesday 20th March at 5pm or at 6pm for an information event concerning Year 9 Options. There will be an opportunity to talk to subject specific teachers and tour our vocational block. No appointments are necessary however we would urge you to attend either of the sessions from the start to obain all the information you need.
|Governors Elected - Monday, March 18, 2013|
The Governors would like to welcome Mr Bruce Hart, Mr Greg Lyons and Ms Ellen Stammas, the three newly elected Parent Governors, to the Governing Body.
In an exciting finish to the Parent Governor election finally concluded on 18th December 2012, the number of votes cast for each candidate was as follows:
Name Number of votes
Mr Bruce Hart 46
Mrs Rebecca Johnson 37*
Mr Greg Lyons 38
Ms Ellen Stammas 37*
Mr Garry Taylor 10
With three vacancies for Parent Governor to be filled, Mr Bruce Hart and Mr Greg Lyons were duly elected with the most votes. But the dead heat between the number of votes cast for Mrs Rebecca Johnson and Ms Ellen Stammas for the third position* was decided on the toss of a coin, attended by both the candidates; Ms Ellen Stammas won the toss and was also elected.
Many thanks to each of the candidates who kindly stood for election, and to all parents and carers who voted.
The Governors also wish to thank Mr Michael Lane, who, on expiry of his term as a Parent Governor earlier in the year, kindly agreed to continue to offer the Governing Body the benefit of his many years of experience as an Associate Member, and to congratulate, and thank, Mr Michael Turvey on his reappointment as an Authority Governor for a further term of office, and for continuing as our distinguished Chair of Governors.
Details of the full Governing Body are available on the School’s website, or on request from the Clerk.
Karen Harrison (Miss)
Clerk to the Governors
|Year 10 Parent Evening - Thursday, March 14, 2013|
Year 10 Parent Evening will be on Wednesday 27th March at 4.30 - 6.30pm. Requests to see teachers must be made by Monday 18th by returning the form to school either via your child or by post. Appointments will be sent home later in the week confirming your appointment time.
|Red Nose Day - Tuesday, March 05, 2013|
To show our support for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day we will be holding a variety of sporting challenges during the week leading up to 15th March. On Friday 15th we will be holding a cake bake sale, a Mufti Day (wear something RED) and a fun run after school.
|Easter Holidays - Tuesday, March 05, 2013|
A reminder that we have a staff inset day on Thursday 28th March and commence our Easter break on Friday 29th March. Students will complete a full day in school on Wednesday 27th March and return at normal time on Monday 15th April.
|Dorset Anti-Bullying Strategy - Thursday, February 14, 2013|
Parents, carers and members of the public are invited to take part in Dorset's Anti-Bullying Strategy consultation by clicking on this link. The Consultation tracker page is to be viewed here. This survey has no paper equivalent available through the school.
|Ofsted's Parent View - Wednesday, February 13, 2013|
Following changes to the Ofsted Parent View service you are invited to submit your views about our school online by following this link. You will be emailed a password to use once you have registered, this is to prevent misuse of the service. This service is managed by Ofsted and The Grange School has no control over any external websites.
|Active Kids Vouchers - Monday, February 04, 2013|
Once again we are collecting Sainsbury's Active Vouchers. We would be grateful to receive any vouchers that you may have collected and urge that you ask your friends and family to support us. The voucher collection box is in the library. Thank you.
|Step into Sport Day - Friday, January 25, 2013|
The Grange hosted Step into Sport on Wednesday 23rd January as part of our role as lead school in Dorset for leadership, coaching and volunteering. The event gave 25 disabled and 25 non-disabled students from 8 schools across Dorset the opportunity to learn about inclusive leadership. Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey opened the event and led sessions in Communication and Organisation and team challenge games. In the afternoon students took part in wheelchair basketball, Boccia, table tennis and disability athletics.
We would like to thank the following schools for taking part in this inspirational day -
Due to the snowy conditions in North Dorset a further 4 schools could not attend; we look forward to welcoming them next time!
|Home / School Communication - Wednesday, January 16, 2013|
A message for all parents and carers:- from today all whole-school letters will only be available on this website and will not be sent home unless you specifically request a paper copy. Letters may be found under the 'Parents' tab on this page.
Letters and information which are specific to Year groups and subject groups or trips and visits will continue to be sent home either via the postal system or with your child.
|Winter Closure Information - Wednesday, January 16, 2013|
In case of adverse weather conditions please check our website to see notification of closure, listen to the local radio station or visit http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/closedservices
If the school needs to close during the day parents will be contacted by text.
|Waitrose Green Token scheme - Friday, January 11, 2013|
Many thanks to everyone who placed a green token in our collection box over Christmas at Waitrose. We have been given £466 as our share of the tokens.
Thank you to Waitrose for supporting us!
|Textiles Recycle Bin - Friday, January 11, 2013|
We have placed a large metal container next to the cycle shed to collect textiles for recyling. Please bring clothing, underwear, paired shoes tied together, handbags, ties and belts, soft toys, blankets and other household linen to school for us to recycle.
We are also collecting brand named ink cartridges which should be wrapped in a plastic bag and then placed in the recyling container in reception.
|Waitrose Green Tokens - Thursday, November 29, 2012|
The Grange School's PTA has been nominated as one of the charities which will receive a share of £3000 this December as part of Waitrose' Green Token scheme. Next time you shop at Waitrose in December please think about our PTA and the great work that they do for our students, including breakfast club and providing costumes and scenery for The Circle of Life. Thank you.
|Paralympian Open New Sports Hall - Monday, November 26, 2012|
Our new sports hall was officially opened on 22nd November by Paralympic silver medal winner Bethany Woodward. The £800,000 sports facility was constructed during 2012 by contractors Morgan Sindall. Jon Daines of Morgan Sindall said, ' We know how important sport is to The Grange School, so to handover this new venue makes it all the more satisfying as the hall will enable the school to continue to excell'.
|Vocational Open Mornings - Friday, November 09, 2012|
Book your place on our Vocational Open mornings by visiting www.twynhamvocational.com Open mornings are on 12th, 14th and 22nd November and 8th and 14th January when you will have the chance to tour the new facilities and meet the staff. We offer 6 courses from September 2013:-
Level 3 courses (2 year qualifications) - Business Retail, Public Services, Travel and Tourism
Level 2 courses (1 year qualification) - Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle studies, Construction
|School Crossing Patrol - Somerford Road - Thursday, October 18, 2012|
Please be aware that there will be no school crossing patrol person at Somerford Road (junction with Somerford Way) from Monday 22nd October. Please be vigilant when crossing the road.
|The Grange Skills Centre - Thursday, October 18, 2012|
The Grange Skills Centre was officially opened in October by Steve Dossett and Twynham Head, Dr Fish. The Skills Centre offers BTECs in Hairdressing, Motors Vehicle and Business and Retail to students from Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole. To find out more about courses on offer here please look at the Twynham Vocational page on our website.
|Letter from Mr Dossett Re. GCSE Results - Tuesday, September 18, 2012|
Please read the letter from our Headteacher regarding this year's GCSE resultshere. If you cannot open the link or would like a paper copy please contact reception. Click here to read the letter from Dr Fish, Headteacher at Twynham School.
|New Admissions 2013 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012|
Is your child due to start school in 2013? Please read the attached letter which gives you information about how to apply for a place for your child at the school of your choice.
|School Sports Awards - Monday, July 02, 2012|
A wealth of young sporting talent gathered at The Grange School on Tuesday 26th June 2012 for the Christchurch School’s Sports Awards. Students from The Grange, Twynham, Highcliffe, Somerford, The Priory, Highcliffe St. Marks, St. Josephs and Christchurch Junior were nominated by their schools to receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award to celebrate their Outstanding Sporting Achievement.
Guest of honour was Campbell Walsh who won a silver medal in slalom canoe at the 2004 Beijing Olympics. Mr Walsh talked about the sport he loves, getting started at the age of 11 and taking part in the Games. He brought along his medal which he showed to parents and students after the ceremony.
During this year School Games Organiser, Dan Moody, who is based at The Grange has arranged sports tournaments between the Christchurch primary schools in football, volleyball, girls football, athletics and golf (The Big Swing). The teams were assembled at the awards ceremony to collect trophies and certificates on behalf of their schools. Winning teams were Christchurch Junior School for Indoor Athletics, Yr 5 & 6 Football and Golf (The Big Swing); The Grange for Volleyball and St. Josephs for Yr 5 & 6 Girls Football.
The 3 Gold award winners from The Grange, Twynham and Highcliffe were Chloe Sansom, Joel Roberts and Anthony Harris. Ann Brown and James Taylor from the event’s sponsor Twynham Sovereign had to choose an overall Olympian winner. It was a difficult choice;
Chloe Sansom – multi talented performer, passionate about football and has played for Dorset County. She has represented the school in netball, rounders, volleyball, tennis and athletics and Javelin for the County. She has excelled at the Sports Leadership course and runs the School Sports Council
Joel Roberts – Has competed at international level at Volleyball representing England in Austria earlier this year. He has recently won Bournemouth school’s long jump event and gained 1st place at the County Championships. He is an exceptional and enthusiastic athlete
Anthony Harris – Passionate about football, he has been playing since he was 4 years old and was scouted by AFC Bournemouth at the age of 7. He is about to start a 2 year scholarship in the youth team and hopes to get a professional contract with Bournemouth at the end of it.
Ann Brown and James Taylor presented the winner, Chloe Sansom, with a certificate, glass trophy, voucher for Sports Direct and a bouquet.
|Christchurch School's Olympic Torch - Thursday, June 14, 2012|
Students from Christchurch Learning Centre have designed an Olympic Torch which will be relayed to all the schools in Christchurch. It began its journey from the Learning Centre on 11th June and arrived at The Grange on Wednesday 20th June at 12pm from Mudeford Junior School to coincide with our Olympic Sports Day. The torch was carried by Joey C who handed over the flame to Craig D and Cameron T.
On Thursday 21st it travels to our neighbouring school St. Joseph's before returning here on 26th to celebrate the Christchurch Schools Sports Awards.