John Hanson Weekly News 25th January 2019
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Welcome to the weekly Newsletter for parents and carers of students attending John Hanson Community School.

Inspire - Care - Succeed
‘HEAD’ Lines

‘27 minutes on, 27 minutes off’
Dear parents/carers

Depending on what you read and who you listen to there will be a myriad of advice regarding how long secondary school students should spend revising and/or doing homework.

However, there is plenty of research based evidence to suggest short, well focused (no phones or music!) sessions punctuated by other activities works best.

Indeed, 27 minutes seems to be the ultimate amount of time both to spend on focused study as well as on a break.

Thus, 27 minutes of revision on a specific topic followed by a 27 minute break, followed by a second 27 revision session works far better than an hour and a half of questionable focus and thus questionable output

Therefore, if you have a year 11 child preparing for exams or a child in other year groups completing homework, supporting them in sticking to this structure will help them focus on the tasks at hand.

Enjoy the weekend with your children 


Russell Stevens
PSHE day 3
On Wednesday 30th January we have our third annual PSHE day where we’ll take all students off timetable for alternative lessons on various subject areas with visitors from around Andover and beyond.
Year 7 Culture Day: our first ever Culture Day is here! With Year 7 exploring all things Indian.  Their day will include making a chickpea curry,  creating mandalas, and exploring slums.  They will all also learn a Bharakanatymn dance and explore Buddhism with some practise at mindfulness.
Year 8 Well-being: the School Nurse Service will deliver an assembly at the start of the day followed by a carousel of activities including: Anti-bullying and Tolerance, Cannabis, LGBTIQ+ and Peer Pressure.  Stacey Miller also returns to share her work on the Wise Up project– helped by some Year 9s who worked with her last year.
Year 9 Your Future: we have sessions based around GCSE Options, Apprenticeships and understanding what their own character is best suited to, job-wise in the future.  We are also very lucky to have secured representatives from Andover College to give our students a taster of their Art, Media, Acting, English, Psychology and Sociology departments work, and what lessons would be like if they chose those subjects at A-level.
Year 10 Fundamental British Values: the day begins with a carousel of short sessions covering what is going on with Brexit (does anyone really know?!), Tolerance, Gambling, the safe use Social Media and the perils of Sexting.  The day ends with the charity Teenage Cancer Trust talking to the entire year group around their work and how as young people they can support others.
Year 11 the Future!: this day is about preparing them for life after school; it will include a rotation of learning about the core revision skills across English, Maths and Science.  It’s proven that if students can revise in these three subjects, the tools they pick up, will enable them to revise across the breadth of their GCSE subjects and beyond.  They’ll also explore how their online Digital Footprint is something they need to be cautious about, look at the consequences of being an unsafe driver, and explore the minefield that is Student Finance.

We look forward to sharing their day with you in next week’s newsletter…
Combined GCSE Art and textile trip 19th January
Under dank grey skies once again the GCSE art crew ventured to the capital to launch the Art exam in the heart of Britain’s premier art collection the National Gallery, accompanied by a cohort of textiles students who disembarked at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Following a seamless journey, we arrived to the last vestiges of the Christmas excess, the winter ice rink outside the Science Museum, the giant snowman above the Waterstones entrance and the windows dressed to entice shopper out of the gloom in Kensington, from Fortnum and Masons and Harrods to Harvey Nic’s.

After a short walk to the Royal Academy we admired the Renzo Piano exhibition (designer of the Shard amongst others). The architectural models were truly inspirational in their complexity, juxtaposed by Bob and Rita Smiths wonderfully quirky paintings exploring the secrets to a good life; excellent sources material for the message themed question on the exam paper. As were the sketches by Turner and Constable.
We then embarked towards Piccadilly Circus and the heart of theatre land, turning south towards the Haymarket and the into Trafalgar Square, which was quiet for a Saturday afternoon. Lunching amongst the pigeons and the street performers, it suddenly became obvious that a large procession was approaching, a female rights protest meandered its way into the square as we gathered to enter the National Gallery, passing yet more demonstrators (this time animal rights protestors)

Its fair to say that our students experienced a full spectrum of very organised and thoroughly British protesting on the day, a demonstration outside of the embassies, and somewhat unsurprisingly, a Brexit March. That being said this is a very cosmopolitan capital, and what may seem alien to Andover is part and parcel of visiting the heart of our democracy.

Thankfully the National Gallery did not disappoint (after the recent strikes) and all the exhibits were open.

The textiles team had an equally stimulating day, culminating in an afternoon trip to Harrods ( a step up from Mrs Dawes usual M&S shop), before we all met up outside the National History Museum.

My thanks to all the staff who gave up their time, and it has been great to see students already using the art they saw to start their exam preparation.         Mr Brown

Book Fair coming soon
The Book Fair will be arriving in the LRC on Tuesday, 29th January. 

There will be loads of new titles on the shelves, special offers and a competition to win a book pack and a Fire 7 tablet.  All you have to do is answer the following question:  Who is your personal hero and why? 
Please support our Book Fair, every book you buy will mean more free books for our school.
Gill Coward,
LRC Manager.
Week  14- CyberFirst Girls Competition
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago The GCHQ (the governments lead agency on cyber security) have launched a competition aimed at year 8 girls across the UK and Northern Ireland. This competition has been launched to try and encourage girls to think about cyber security as a career. The competition launched this week  and involves a series of online challenges that the girls will need to solve in teams.
There are for categories that will be covered:
  • Networking
  • Logic & Coding
  • Cyber Security
  • Cryptography
This has been a lovely event to manage and all girls have worked tremendously hard over the last week to complete challenges during breaks, lunches, after school and in their own time at home. The competition runs until mid-day on Monday. Please can your daughter a huge pat on the back and encourage her to work on the challenges over the weekend.
I am very proud of each and every one of them for the commitment they have shown.
We hope the above information is useful.
John Hanson Community School Computing Faculty

John Hanson Community School Production
Rehearsals are well underway for our production of the musical 'Matilda' based on the story by Roald Dahl. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin. It is important that all members of the cast and choir attend reherasals each week as required.

Wednesdays - Choir for Matilda - soloists and chorus from 3 - 4 pm PA1

Thursdays - Drama reahearsals - cast from 3 to 4.30 pm

All students are invited to attend if they wish to sing in the show - we are especially keen to involve our new Year 7 students - so please encourage your son/daughter to come along.
No audition - just come along and join in!


The show will be on stage for two nights
May 15th and 16th 2019
   Look out for our new app . . . .

                       SPORTS RESULTS    and   FIXTURES                       

You can also follow our activities via the Sports Twitter - visit sports on the website
Year 11 rugby make it back to back County plate successes.

After drawing last years County Plate final 0-0 with Salesian the year 11 team produced a convincing 17-0 victory against the same opponents in the semi-final to set up what proved to be a thrilling final against Mountbatten.
Mountbatten started the match strongly and dominated possession in the first 15 minutes, however John Hanson’s excellent defence led by Connor Burdock and Finn Killick proved hard to break down. Eventually Mountbatten were awarded a penalty for offside which was converted to see them lead 3-0. John Hanson then grew into the game and started to dominate the collision areas with strong carries from James Ayres and Dan Marquiss. Their pressure eventually created the first try of the game as Connor Hayward crashed over with Ryan Corney converting to make the score 7-3. They then struck again quickly this time through Lloyd Wakeham who muscled his way over the line under the posts and Corney converting again to make the score 14-3. From the resulting kick off a John Hanson error gifted Mountbatten a scrum on the 22 and quick hands from their back resulted in a try making the score 14-10 at half time.

The second half started well before Hayward threw a speculative pass which was picked off by the Mountbatten winger on halfway who ran in under the sticks to make the score 17-14. John Hanson then dominated the next portion of the game, continuously threatening their opponents line with Josh Jeffrey coming close to scoring in the corner and Dan Marquiss being held up over the line. Corney then missed a straight forwarded penalty to level the game before a moment of individual brilliance from Jack Harvey changed the game. Following a turnover around halfway by Freddie Horner the ball was shipped out to Harvey who danced down the touchline beating numerous defenders before muscling over in the corner to score. Corney nailed a difficult conversion to make the score 21-17 with 8 minutes to play. Just minutes later a defensive mix up gifted Mountbatten another try which was unconverted meaning John Hanson trailed by 1 point with just minutes remaining. The team then went into overdrive with big lines breaks by Corney, Louis Davies and Frankie Stoten. The ball then made its way to Freddie Horner 10m from the line and he got within a metre of the line before being tackled but managed to free his arms and offload to man of the match Connor Burdock, who crashed over to score the match winning try in the final seconds.

The try was unconverted to make the final score 26-22 to John Hanson.  

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