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REDESIGNATION The year started with the school being redesignated as a Specialist Sports & Science College; this was a welcome and welldeserved recognition of our College s vision and drive to provide the best possible education for all our learners and the Community. Our Vision as a Specialist Sports and Science College is to use the ethos of sport to develop and prepare our young people to lead fulfilling lives in the future in their work and leisure. Our highly-qualified and committed staff encourage high standards in everything we do, and our students flourish in our well ordered and caring environment. We continue to provide them with the opportunities to achieve their personal goals and experience success, and celebrate all successes whether this is academic, in the Arts or through Sport. Our redesignation will continue to allow Balby Carr students to contribute to their own futures as skilled members of Tomorrow s society. In all our actions we place the best interests of all our students first and one of our core values has always been to create a community in which lifelong learning for all is valued and Being your Best is reward and provides Success for All . Balby Carr Premier Partners with Doncaster Rovers Balby Carr has become the first School in Doncaster to develop a premier partnership with Doncaster Rovers. The values and goals the Rovers have set themselves are very much in tune with the values we uphold at Balby Carr. The partnership will bring great rewards for the students allowing them opportunities to attend matches as a reward for their commitment and individual successes. New Academy of Sport Our Sixth form Academy of Sport goes from strength to strength. We started with the girl s Football Academy which has been a great success and we have introduced the Golf Academy for the next academic year with rowing and boxing to start later next year. The academy structure allows very good sportspeople the opportunity to continue with their academic studies whilst receiving elite coaching alongside their studies. Excellent Results once again Our results in 2007 were the best the College has ever achieved. KS3 and A Level results were very good with 97% of our sixth form getting into their first choice University. Our Year 11 s were very successful and achieved 44.5% 5A* - C at GCSE, a massive 18.5% rise in two years. The class of 2008 was going to have to work very hard to better this but we are pleased to say that early indications highlight once again good results both at KS3, GCSE and A Level. There were many outstanding individual results and we have included photographs of some of the students receiving their GCSE results on August 21st. Not all the results are in for our GCSE but at the time of going to press the indicative results show that the students have achieved 45% A*-C. A fantastic recognition of the outstanding work of the students, staff and parents of Balby and Hexthorpe.

We look forward to enjoying, contributing to and sharing in the future successes of Balby Carr students and families over the year to come. Martin Craig Proud to be the Head teacher of Balby Carr Specialist Sports and Science College

The Science Department


We have had a very busy year in the Science Department with lots of events taking place. The BA Festival of Science at York The Christmas Lecture at Hull Physics and Guitars at NDT College Teachers TV s Ready to Learn? The Experiment at the National Space Centre Leicester Body Worlds at Manchester The BP Carbon College Challenge which was a visit from BP involving calculation of the school s carbon footprint Taecanet - a revolutionary e-learning tool to accompany the National Curriculum for schools which the Science Department are eager to begin using with the students for homework and revision. In December 2007 there was a visit to Pegler Ltd and a tour around the workplace for some of our Year 11 students (picture above) In June 2008 there was the Cosmonauts Visit to The Dome and some of our students attended this event. Two of the cosmonauts gave a 90 minute show about space missions, including satellite photography of the earth (picture above) The students were given a creature feature day which allowed them a hands on opportunity to meet and learn about a variety of unusual pets. Some students were braver than others (picture above) This year the Science Department has development an Environmental Area which consists of a wildlife pond, natural area, vegetable patch and flower garden. These have been set up by and for the benefit of all students and staff (picture below)



Y8 Normandy Trip 14th to 18th July 2008 Very soon 40 year Y8 students will be taking a week s trip to Normandy in France to stay in the PGL-run Château du Tertre. We will be doing the Language Detectives course which gives us the opportunity to practise our French in a real-life context; for example, ordering a drink in a café, buying stamps from the post office and shopping for food in a real French market. We will be visiting some beautiful towns and seeing what life is really like in France. Other favourite activities are butter-making at the local farm, making croissants (and eating them!) at the village s bakery and even having a go at trapeze and archery. The PGL staff make sure we re busy from getting up to going to bed, with a full range of evening games and events, finishing with a chance to strut our stuff at the disco on the last night. This is a trip run every year in Y8 so if you are interested you can find out more details from French teacher Mrs Lee. Foreign Language Assistants

KS4 Paris Trip

Easter 2008

We had an awesome trip to Paris this Easter with thirty Y10 and 11 students. We stayed in the PGL-run Château des Grandes Romaines just outside Paris where the PGL reps made sure we had a brilliant time. We had a day sight-seeing in Paris (the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur and Monmartre district and a great bus tour of all the key sites), and a day at EuroDisney. It s hard to say which was the best bit Paris, EuroDisney, the wacky evening games, or the mass SingStar session? A massive amount of fun was had by all students and staff alike and the PGL staff were really impressed how great our students were. Can t wait till the next time!

Every year we are fortunate at Balby Carr to have real French and German assistants who come to work with our language classes. They take small groups of students from their language lessons to play language games and give them the chance to practise their spoken French or German. It also enables them to find out from a real French (or German) person what life is like in their country. This is something that most other schools no longer offer so we are particularly proud to be able to provide students with this opportunity.

A Pause sex and relationship education.


Congratulations to 6th form students who successfully completed their sex education peer mentoring course run by the University of Exeter. Students subsequently worked with Year 9 students to deliver sessions on relationships and contraception advice. The College continues to be held in high regard for the excellence of the Health Education Programme. This element is an essential part of the Healthy Schools Award which we proudly hold. Our sex and relationship programme is currently the subject of a doctorate thesis by Keely Windle Sheffield University, over two years. Halfway through the programme Keeley has expressed her admiration of the quality of provision and teaching strategies that are to be seen in PSHE.

As part of the Geography Departments enrichment programme, a trip was organised for 50 of our Year 7 students to attend the DEEP aquarium in HULL. Students were able to see and explore marine life and ecosystems in action. Their learning was consolidated by a session in the DEEP s learning suite where students investigated threats to coral ecosystems and how these can be sustainably managed. Students and staff had a thoroughly enjoyable day out. They were great ambassadors for the school as their attitude and conduct was exemplary. This was enrichment of the Geography curriculum at its best. The Geography department would like to thank all students involved for a truly wonderful day in which we were all proud to represent Balby Carr.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Good day to all readers, In what I hope will be the first of many inputs to this newsletter, I would like to take this opportunity and introduce myself to parents, guardians, teachers and students at Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College. In April this year I was posted to the Doncaster Safer Neighborhood Team, performing the role of Community Beat Manager with responsibility for Community Policing in parts of the Balby area. One aspect of this role includes working in partnership with the school addressing anti social conduct and harassment involving students both in and outside of school grounds, both during and outside school hours.

Palaeontology Expedition


It is my intention to continue the hard work put in by the school and previous Police officers to help make the school a safe and effective environment for learning and developing social skills. I hope to bring you up to date with future initiatives and news from our community area in future letters. For now let me say to all, enjoy the summer and I hope to see you next term. John McHale PC2163 Urban Safer Neighbourhood Team for Balby. Doncaster

Dean Lomax a 6th form student has always had an interest in Dinosaurs and Palaeontology. This year he plans a trip of a lifetime that will enable him to fulfil one of his dreams. Through determination and fund raising he will be embarking on a very special journey, this is what he has to say: All my life I have wanted to be a palaeontologist and in the U.K there are not a lot of opportunities to enter the field of palaeontology. I looked into searching for placements abroad and I have been offered a place as a volunteer at the Big Horn Basin Foundation working at the `Wyoming Dinosaur Centre` in America during July to September. Whilst in America I will be working in the museum showing customers around and explaining what is what, and answering any questions. I will also be digging up dinosaurs and preparing them in the laboratory. I hope to actually gain from this long trip is to of course learn a large amount of knowledge on how to use specialist equipment to actually dig and prepare the dinosaurs. . Of course I will be receiving comprehensive training to enable me to do these projects. I also will get certificates which are world renowned at basic and intermediate field and preparation work. and much more... I see this as a starting point and opening in what I hope will be a long and successful career in palaeontology. I would really like the chance of being offered a job out there, if not they will look into other companies to help find me a possible job. If you would like to know any more information about what I am doing or any information on where it is I am going check out there website it is Thank you to all the people who have contributed to help fund my expedition it is much appreciated.

Technology Department Update

Aunees Choudry

Adam Chambers

Bilal Hatab

Jordan Fletcher

Technology Logo is launched. Y8 and Y11 students put forward their designs over the term. A Design Company Touch Systems produced feedback on the shortlist. The chosen design was created by Y8 students Charlotte Cork and Scott Blagden who worked well together to combine their individual ideas. Winners: Charlotte Cork and Scott Blagden (Y8)

Technology Challenge for Resistant Materials. There were no challengers, consequently Balby Carr won again. Our construction students were outstanding on the outdoor project for Technology. The students were: Tyree Mills, Liam Morris and Aaron Qualter. Three students did their Trident experience in the Technology Department. They worked extremely hard with every task they were given. The students were: Aaron Qualter, Bradley Wrathall and Thomas Shillito

Tom Thorpe Year 10 Textiles Technology Challenge. Linked with John Smedley. Our students produced exemplar work.

Lee Tinkler GTP Trainee Mr North has done some sterling work and shown excellent dedication throughout the year. Mr North also did freelance revision sessions for a range of Y11 classes. Y10 Food Technology Challenge. We was robbed! We stuck to the brief and did the College proud. The link was with King Asia Foods. The brief was to design and make a pastry product for the Olympics.

3G Opening

PE / Literacy

On 30th November we officially opened our 3G football pitch with ex-liverpool star Ray Clemence, a goalkeeper who had a career that span over 20 years. This busy person has took the time to come down here, to open our brand new facilities. He did this because our original guest Sir Trevor Brooking was unable to attend due to a funeral . This ex-liverpool player now spends his days as the goalkeeping coach for the england national team. Unfortunately Ray did not have enough time for an interview. Ray and group of people including the schools parent governers as special guests for the opening, went for a tour round the school showing what exellent facilities balby carr has to offer. We showed Ray and our other guests how talented the students of Balby Carr are. Mr Clemence said It s not all about winning it s about taking part. This 3rd Generation football pitch is a fanastic new facility. I hope alot of Wayne Roney s, Steven Gerrards and Michael Owen come from these new facilities here at Balby Carr. before he cut the ribbon to the 3G.

Students from Balby Carr went to Hexthorpe Primary recently to deliver the 1st session of PE / Literacy work. It was a fantastic success and the staff involved were extremely proud of all the students who took part. The students planned and created resources for the entire session and worked with the younger students engaging them throughout. Theteaching staff at Hexthorpe Primary were very pleased with the leadership skills of the students and were very keen to get them on board for some future work. The students involved were Grant Hill, Jonathan Jones, Aden Butterfield and Danny Jones and they were all a credit to the College. They showed themselves capeable of stepping up their game when given responsibility.

BTEC year 12 CSLA Students.

Throughout the year the BTEC yr 12 students have taken their Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA). The students involved are: Niall Horstead, Richard Bratby, Philip Baker, David Stewart, Tom Wright, Aaron Gill, Steven Donald Daniel Hoy. Throughout the course they have really developed their leadership skills. They started off as reserved students but are now confident at planning, delivering and evaluating their work that they pass onto to youngsters from both our school and others in the local are. They have supported in the feeder schools as well as helping on Doncaster wide activities. Here is a sample list of their achievements this year: school based Cross Country Championships; Doncaster Schools primary & secondary Indoor Athletics officiated at the Doncaster Schools Athletics Championships, planned; delivered and evaluated the Doncaster Schools Rounders Championships; born to Win in the primary schools; Official opening of our 3G pitch. Added to this they have taken many coaching qualifications that has help to support them in the delivery of their sessions. Overall they have been a real credit to their families and the College.

Balby Carr Community Sports College Sports Day 2008

Wednesday 9th July 2008 was Balby Carr s sports day and saw hundreds of pupils participating in a fantastic day of sport. Many school athletics records were smashed with some pupils showing the potential to become high standard athletes. The whole school descended on the track for the afternoon events and each and every student displayed the pride and enthusiasm that has become synonymous with Balby Carr. Our next sports day is planned to take place at the Keepmoat Stadium to continue to build links with the community and display our student s achievements.


Year 8 This year has seen the introduction of rugby league at Balby Carr and the boys have taken to it like ducks to water. The game has allowed each player to show individual strengths which have been combined throughout the team to produce a 100% league win record. Every week Joe Bambrough, has been homing in on many opponents in order to stop any oncoming attack. This was soon taken on board by Keith Musson and Jamie Booker as they produced some big hitting performances along the way. Other areas that stood out during the season included some phenomenal attacking runs by Jack Summers, Jay Chambers and Lewis Hallam, although Lewis is still recovering from his full pitch length sprint 4 months ago! The dancers amongst the team have also worked hard at side stepping opponents and creating many opportunity for others to score, Jake Armitage, Matt Clarke, Josh Monahan and Ross Stevenson have all used theirs skills well to avoid tackles and confuse opponents. As previously mentioned rugby is a game for all sizes, Wallace Brown and Oliver Marshall have both proved this by punching above their weight in order to mix it with all sizes on the field. Hard work and dedication has been exceptional from the team, in particular Sam Morrow, Mario Hoxha and Joe Bennet who have attended training session after session in order to improve their skills, which have clearly been shown as the season has progressed. The game has also unravelled another potential star in Liam Chadwick, 7 tries in his first game caused chaos amongst the Ridgewood team to leave their players muttering 'not him again.....can anyone catch him!' so a big well done to Liam. Overall a fantastic season for the first year of rugby league, targets for next year include further progression in the national cup, continuation of league record Well done to you all, you have done yourselves proud this year.

There s Nothing Like the Sound of a Broken Record!!!

Balby Carr studnets have shown off their talents in athletics this summer by producing some of the best results the school has ever seen. Records are being broken during every PE lesson, and they just keep on getting better and better! Both on the track and in the field pupils are excelling in all the major athletics events and should be proud of their superb achievements! It is absolutely fantastic that in this Olympic year Balby studnets can now jump higher, run faster, throw further and leap longer! All pupils have worked really hard in response to the athletics topic this year, and even if they haven t beaten the school record, they have beaten their own personal bests to make them all incredible athletes. Special congratulations go out to all Balby Athletics Record Breakers for 2008. Record Breakers Role of Honour Track 100-metres Year 7 Ryan Parker 13.5 seconds Year 7 Kerry Tsang 15 seconds Year 8 Liam Chadwick 12.3 seconds Year 9 Megan Wilson 13.45 seconds Year 9 Benedict Zvakore 11.9 seconds Year 10 Josh Walker 12.1 seconds 400-metres Year 10 Paige Sells 800-metres Year 7 Chelsea Terry 1500-metres Year 8 Chloe Craven Field Triple Jump Year 8 Liam Chadwick Long Jump Year 7 Alice Gilbert 1 min 15 seconds 3.22 minutes 6 mins 15 seconds Year 8 Year 8 Year 8 Liam Chadwick Liam Chadwick Liam Chadwick 55.06 seconds 2 mins 14 seconds 5 mins 45 seconds

11.40 metres 3.50 metres Year 9 Year10 Year 8 Megan Wilson Ryan Dickerson Billy Litherland 3.92 metres 1.71 metres 1.60 metres

High Jump Year10 Shelly Oats 1.45 metres Year10 Karl Peebles 1.71 metres Year 9 Wesley Thompson 1.60 metres Javelin Year 7 Year 9 Shot Putt Year 8 Year 10 Discus Year 9 Katy McGarry Liam Hancock 12.60 metres 39.50 metres 8.40 metres 11.70 metres 29.35 metres

Year 10

Becky Smith

18.70 metres

Jane Phiri Tyrone Watson Liam Hancock

Year 10

Tom Shillito

11.70 metres

Year 10

Sarah Warner

19.41 metres

Physical Education and Science

This year has seen the first sports science enrichment day at Balby Carr Community Sports College. 200 This has involved 150 students taking part in activities that aimed to improve scientific knowledge within a sporting context. Activities included identifying the forces involved in trampolining, calorie counting in different foods, researching the impact food has on sports performance and testing reaction times against maximum heart rate, plus working with Sheffield Hallam University Sports Science specialists. There are lots of ways that sport and science can be related, all we have to do is think about it. Students from Balby Carr are now thinking in a practical way and recognising how certain school subjects can be linked in order to solve problems and so on. The link between science and PE is all about getting students learning through an active style of teaching. Why sit and read about it when students can learn doing it, other examples of how students have achieved this include learning about the heart rate and breathing rate when exercising, whilst thinking about the effects exercise has on the body, both short term and long term. Overall students are now engaging into learning through different experiences and the vision that science and PE has will only help develop teaching and learning.

Balby Rugby League Football Club

This year has seen the development of Balby Rugby League Club, organised and run by the Doncaster Rugby League Community Coaches. Students from Balby Carr have experienced Rugby League within the school and taken their potential to the next level. Currently 20 yr 7 students are regularly training and will soon be competing throughout the summer representing Balby against other local teams. This new initiative is hoping for a great success in its first year in order to build up the numbers for future year groups.


The Year 8 Netball Team have continued their fantastic success from last year with 3 of the team being selected to represent the U14 South Yorkshire Netball Team which train in at EIS in Sheffield. The girls along with 14 others were chosen from over 50 other players from the Doncaster area which reflects their hard work and dedication over the past year. The three girls are: Casey Daniels Jane Phiri Leanna Dawson

Year 6 Trampolining

Year 6 students from Woodfield Primary have had a real treat. They have been attending Balby Carr for trampolining lessons! Mrs Gray has led the sessions with help from Mr Mawson and sixth form students Leanne Cantrell and Lauren Camm. The children have learnt about how to stay safe on the trampoline, how to perform basic shapes and drops and have had the chance to choreograph their own routines. This has been a really rewarding experience for staff and students and has given year 6 the chance to meet members of the PE department and use the excellent facilities at Balby Carr. We hope to see many of these students at the trampolining club in September

Leeds Carnegie v Celtic Dragons Netball EIS Sheffield Trip

The Year 8 Netball team travelled to English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to watch a Super League Netball Game between Leeds Carnegie and Celtic Dragons. The girls had a fantastic time cheering on Leeds Carnegie who won the game and even managed to get their faces on Sky Sports! featured Noel and Monaghan, who regularly won four out of four games. Biting at their heels in terrier fashion came Calver and Gaylor with a string of top performances. Final Comment - Badminton can be big for this year group. However it requires practice, practice, practice. We ve seen the standard set by Hungerhill. We can WIN that title! It s about how much YOU want it!


Year 9 A truly memorable season and a massive big up shout out to the lads who have performed this year. With the teams split into two groups Balby swept aside the challenges of Northcliffe (11-5) and Edlington (12-4) in dominant fashion. The final game saw the boys travel to group favourites Campsmount. In a thrilling encounter the boys edged home by 9 games to 7 to top the group. On to the semi-finals where Balby came up against a resilient McAuley team. However, with Noel, Monaghan, Murray, Gaylor and Calver all finding top form Balby powered into the final (10-6) with games to spare. Unfortunately the boys came up against an awesome Hungerhill side in the final ending 13-3. The pick of the season s partnerships


Throughout the school year Maths has appearing within PE lessons and vice versa with encouraging results so far. Three dart boards sit in a PE classroom which have been used by form groups and PE classes to encourage and increase students mental maths. A Nintendo WII machine has been utilised on several occasions with KS4 students combining active classroom activities with mathematical sums. The innovative rowing room is a hot bed for mathematical data through the medium of rowing. Students are can personalise their own maths data whilst being active at the same time. In a recent enrichment day both PE and Maths departments joined forces to create a spectacular day of learning for both Y9 and Y7 students. The day was geared towards individual pupil ability and as such was a huge success. PE specialists were able to take on board key Maths concepts while Maths practitioners were able to experience the active side of learning. However the most important element came from the students themselves, whose positive feedback made the day a huge success. The outcome of experiencing lessons in; darts, video gaming, rowing, orienteering, basketball, golf and endurance training while investigating aspects of; percentages, data capture, statistics, graphs, averages, distances and times demonstrated the enormous importance which Maths plays in PE and sport. Students loved it and wanted more. It is our responsibility to provide this. The aim now is to move forward on what has been accomplished so far by developing sustainable engaging delivery of Maths in PE and PE in Maths. Customising a curriculum which suits the needs of our learners is the key. With the work of students and teachers together we can achieve a better future for all!

BTEC year 12 CSLA Students.

Throughout the year the BTEC yr 12 students have taken their Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA). The students involved are: Niall Horstead, Richard Bratby, Philip Baker, David Stewart, Tom Wright, Aaron Gill, Steven Donald and Daniel Hoy. Throughout the course they have really developed their leadership skills. They started off as reserved students but are now confident at planning, delivering and evaluating their work that they pass onto to youngsters from both our school and others in the local are. They have supported in the feeder schools as well as helping on Doncaster wide activities. Here is a sample list of their achievements this year: school based Cross Country Championships; Doncaster Schools primary & secondary Indoor Athletics; officiated at the Doncaster Schools Athletics Championships, planned; delivered and evaluated the Doncaster Schools Rounders Championships; born to Win in the primary schools; Official opening of our 3G pitch. Added to this they have taken many coaching qualifications that has help to support them in the delivery of their sessions. Overall they have been a real credit to their families and the College.

Balby Fliers Trampoline Club

2008 has seen the creation of Doncaster s only official British Gymnastics affiliated trampoline club. The club will open on September 25th and will run on a Thursday evening and Sunday morning. The club is based at Balby Carr Community Sports College and has state of the art facilities, including two new Eurotramp trampolines and a somersault rig. This club has been set up to give young people and adults from the community the opportunity to take up the exciting sport and provide links into competition. If you are interested in joining the club please contact Balby Carr or visit

BTEC multi skills club at Waverley Primary

In order to increase the amount of time young children spend taking part in physical activity, Balby Carr BTEC students have been running a year 4 multi skills club at Waverley Primary. Students from Balby Carr have worked in pairs to plan and deliver sessions based around fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, kicking and striking; skills which can be transferred into any type of physical activity as they get older and make decisions about the types of activity that they would like to take part in regularly. There have been up to 20 students attending the sessions and they have taken part in a whole range of activities with the emphasis upon FUN! Well done and thank you to the BTEC students for leading on this project.

Trampoline Club

This year Balby Carr's Trampoline Club members have shone through, displaying an eagerness to achieve and perform to the best they can. With the arrival of two new trampolines back in the winter, the bouncers were nearly wearing me out with chants of 'are they here yet?!?' Rumours of 'you'll jump through the gym ceiling' didn't deter all and after school clubs were full to brimming point. We've had a group of regular bouncers and have had our first advanced club which was attended by invite only students. These students have proved they are worthy of being in the advanced club and will be attending the all new Balby Fliers Trampoline Club when it opens in September. The club's finest moments this year have been Megan Archer suspended in the new rig and the Trampoline Festival held in April which saw nearly all of Balby Carr's entrants pick up winning certificates!! Well done to all those in the club this year, I look forward to seeing your new skills next year!


Year 8 What a fantastic year it has been for the Year 8 Netball team who have firmly put Balby carr back on the netball map in Doncaster. They won the Doncaster league this year and were runners up in the tournament only losing by one goal. Arriving at every game with their netball jackets and other teams looking worried when they realised they were playing Balby as they all knew how strong the team had become. Their hard work and dedication to netball has been amazing and they should all be extremely proud of themselves. Special mentions go to Jane , leanna and Casey who have played a season for Doncaster in the South Yorkshire league with hopefully more of the team being selected for the Doncaster squad in September

Boys Football

Year 7 It is the end of a very closely contended season for the Balby Carr year 7 football team. The team narrowly missed out on reaching the final and achieved some fantastic results along the way. The results table shows the great achievements of the team and highlights the emphatic victories. Balby played some excellent football throughout the season and stood out with their pace and flair. Unfortunately the defeat against Campsmount meant that the year 7 s couldn t progress through to the final, disappointing as most results showed that Balby were a real force to be reckoned with. Due to the dedication of the 2 assistant managers, Callum Barton & Aaron Gill over 40 year 7 boys were able to play competitive football in both the A & B team squads. Mr Lindley and Aaron Gill. Year 8 This year the football team have yet again been outstanding. They have won their league games in convincing style in order to top their league and reach the Doncaster boys final for the second year running. Each member of the squad has played a vital role throughout, this ranges from the captain (Jake Armitage) with his non stop, never say die attitude to the goal keeper (Liam Crump) who at times we had to wake up as he often had very little to do!! Other mentions must include the goal of season from Joe Bambrough; his over head kick that found the top corner stunned everyone including himself..... and that is hard to do! Keith Musson who has been solid as a rock all year round working hard and hacking down any one who tried to pass him, this often included his fellow defenders Jon Walstow, Matt Clarke and Ross Stevenson, Super sub Josh Monahan who came on to score the winning goal that got the team to the final, his trusty right foot combined with keeping his nerve managed to steer the ball into the net. Other players that have worked extremely hard this year include konnor Slack, Wallace Brown, Jordan Hoff, Jonathon Hincliffe and Adam Dawson. These players have managed to boss the midfield switching amongst themselves throughout the year in order to provide the opportunities for the strikers to pounce. Finally the goal scorers themselves, Grant Smith, Mario Hoxha and Tom Donohughe, each has had a great season, although at times managing to hit everything except the target.... the post, the bar, the keeper and in Mario s case the corner flag! Overall a big well done to everyone who has taken part this year, yet again showing that commitment and hard work does pay off. Let s hope next year we can repeat this and go one step further by winning the trophy once again. Mr Pickersgill. Year 10 'A year to be proud' is how I would sum up the season for the year 10 football team, out of the previous 3 seasons the side had ended up Doncaster Champions, however they knew that this would be their toughest season to date. The side also had a decent run in the national cup this year, eventually losing in the 3rd round to a very strong physical side from Dewsbury, although having said that with a full strength side to operate from i'm sure we would have beaten them. We have operated on a very limited squad this season, hence when we have had injuries e.g. Josh Walker, Grant Hill and Chris Hart (injured every game) we have struggled to fill these places. However to reach the Doncaster final for the 4th consecutive year was a truly outstanding achievement, The side were looking to create History as the first team ever from Balby Carr to become Doncaster Eventually we arrived in the final to face our old foes McAuley, and although it was a close encounter they narrowly overcame us, we will gain revenge next year.

Balby Carr Community Sports College sporting successes

The Football Academy girls. A new chapter unfolded in Balby Carr s history with the development of the Girls football team with 9 talented and committed girls starting the programme with high expectations. A largely demanding training programme over 3 different school days has seen the greatest gain in the girl s game technically and the improvements in touch and technique have been fantastic. Without any doubt for me the best part of the season has been watching the girls grow and flourish as confident individuals through being together daily as part of a team. As they look forward to a busy season with the ECFA next year, we can look back and see how this season has prepared the team for problems they may encounter, not only in next seasons games, but any hurdle they meet. Girls, it s been a pleasure. All the girls deserve a special mention and lots of credit for their commitment throughout a difficult year with very few fixtures and not much to keep them motivated in terms of football. The girls have continued to show a high standard on the field and more importantly in the classroom. They have started to see just rewards in recent weeks with renewed enthusiasm from the intake of new girls and the amount of games they have played, producing some very positive results. I am certain that these girls will develop even more next year and welcome the new girls into there strong, tight knitted group. Well done Girls it s been a pleasure.


The Last place you might find a rowing centre set up at a school would be in Doncaster. But last year Balby Carr Community Sports College opened the first indoor rowing centre in Doncaster. The centre was opened on the 2nd March by MP Rosie Winterton and ARA deputy chairman Ann Marie Phelps. The project started at the school, as part of the project Oarsome scheme. The aim of the project was to increase participation of rowing in Doncaster, under the umbrella of Doncaster Rowing club. The idea was to increase participation from different schools that would then help to get children involved at the rowing club. The club saw participation from children in after school clubs and on the weekends. But now thanks to the work at the school the children are able to take part in rowing in there P.E lessons. This has had a fantastic effect on the number of people now using the new facilities from the rowing room to the new rowing club in Hexthorpe park. The work at Balby Carr has also seen the project hit large minority groups, which is helping to engage children in Doncaster, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in the sport. The feed back has been one of great satisfaction and an excellent addition to their regular sports. The rowing at the school has also helped to increase the amount of participation from females. This has been down to the work being done at the school which has also seen an increase in participation in non curriculum time at the club. A few of the female members have also gone on to compete at local regattas. Pupils from one year 11 fast track P.E group has also been involved in working with the Primary Health Care Trust. The pupils have been working at the UKI building in Doncaster, which deals with Tesco and Royal bank of Scotland telecoms. The project is to get people active and exercising while at work, which is helping people to exercise during there breaks at work for introducing a health initiative while at work, so people could do some exercise while they are there, whilst been taught to do the correct technique by the pupils. The link between Doncaster Rowing club has been such a success that in December the club and school was awarded the Building Capacity - Improving the workforce award, by Sport England. This was for the excellent work being done to improve the quality and quantity of coaches and leaders at the club, and the link with Balby Carr Community Sports College.

Balby Carr Sports & Science College Golf Academy

After a very successful open evening on Wednesday 2nd July 08 our Golf Academy has been successfully launched and will start in September. The Academy is a joint partnership between the college and Retford Golf Club in North Nottinghamshire. This will give local talented golfers the chance to unlock their potential and develop their golfing abilities to the highest levels. It is aimed at post 16 students who want to continue their academic studies along side of the opportunity to develop their golf skills. It is where both sport and academic studies can support and compliment one another. Their academic abilities will be catered for with a BTEC level 3 qualification in Sport in performance & excellence. The course also takes into account the whole of the golfing industry and will equip the students to work anywhere in this booming industry. The students will be taking many coaching qualifications that include the PGA level 1 award, Tri-golf, Extreme Golf as well as the generic Community Sports Leaders Award and then the Higher Sports Leaders Award. This will enable the students to coach in local schools and golf clubs and pass on there expertise to other aspiring golfers. The main success criteria will be to get a player to turn professional, either as a player on tour or to work at a Golf Club, to secure a scholarship to an American University or a place at a UK university to continue their studies on a golf related course or to secure a job within the golf industry. The course will include visits to top golfing venues such as Woodhall Spa the English Golf Union headquarters, the Ping factory at pings own course in Gainsborough and the chances to play top quality courses. Also there will be an opportunity to test their golfing abilities abroad with a warm weather training camp. Overall as you can see this is a very exciting and innovative venture that will allow any local golfing talent to be stretched to its maximum ability to ensure that we do not miss any talent that we have in this country in the world of Golf.

Sports Awards Evening

To celebrate the sporting success of Balby Carr s Students this academic year, Balby Carr is hosting a formal Sports Awards Dinner at Castle Park stadium, the home of Doncaster Rugby Club, on the 17th July 2008. Students across all Key Stages will be invited to join in the celebration of their individual and team achievements. A total of 59 Trophies will be handed out and over 160 certificates!!! As a school we are very proud of our sports performers and wanted to provide our students with a special event to show them just how much they have achieved this year. It is very clear that we have a lot of outstanding sports performers at Balby Carr, these students have shown a fantastic attitude, amazing ability and dedication to sport and this evening is a way for the PE department and the school to show the students just how important they are.


Nine students from Balby Carr Community Sports College have successfully completed their 1st Year as Young Apprentices working in collaboration with Dearne Valley College. The students are the 1st in Doncaster to be part of the Young Apprentice Scheme where they are successfully completing a BTEC Level 2 Sports diploma and developing their coaching and Leadership Skills.

High Adventure GCSE Residential

April 2008 saw the return of the annual GCSE residential which is now in its 7th year of success. 28 Year 10 GCSE fast track PE students travelled up to the North Yorkshire moors to begin 5 intense days of work that most students spend a year doing. Students covered three activities: Orienteering, Canoeing and Rock Climbing. A range of theoretical and practical skills on each activity were graded against the GCSE criteria which were put forward towards their final GCSE grade. Although the Balby Carr students worked incredibly hard to gain the highest possible grades, there was still time for some fun activities with students completing a number of problem solving and team building games. The students were a credit to themselves and the school and hopefully the hard work will have paid off when they receive their GCSE in PE a year ahead of schedule.

Girls Rounders

Year 8 I can honestly say the only downside to this team is trying to pick the strongest team out of so many talented players. Unbeaten for over a year with the perfect finish at the end of year 7 completing the double as League and Tournament Champions. A great start to year 8 with immediate wins under our belt to stand us in good stead for another successful season. Most notable performances go out to Casie Daniels and Jodie Oliver the big hitters of the team! Vanessa 'nothings getting past me' Shilito backstop extraordinaire. Alza 'bullet' Hassan making her debut as bowler, and Hannah 'cool and calm' Down the brains behind the fielding team controlling some outstanding performances from bowling position. Congratulations to the whole team for in my opinion consistently being the most talented and successful team collectively I have ever seen at Balby Carr WELL DONE GIRLS'. Miss Grace Year 10 well done to all of you! You have achieved so much in the past 4 Years. You have won the DDGGA tournament and were semi- finalists this year and one of the strongest teams in Doncaster. Your commitment and dedication over the last 5 years has been outstanding, you have all contributed to the success of the team in your own unique way! Thank you for making it such a pleasure to watch you play! Sixth Form Well done to the girls who were crowned Doncaster Champions this year. Some outstanding batting from Leanne Cantrell and inspirational motivation from Jo Murray to her fielding The team: Leanne Cantrell, Jo Murray, Michelle Marsh, Chelsea Baker, Lauren Camm, Linzi Humphries

Dance Club

Balby Carr s first Dance Committee was created in November 2007. Two representatives from each year group were selected due to their enthusiasm and commitment to dance club. BCCSC first dance competition took place in Jan 2008. The dance committee organised a year 7 dance competition which was open to all year 7 students. They had to form their own groups, select their own music and choreograph their own dances before performing them on stage to a panel of judges. The evening was so successful, other year groups asked if they could do the same. The dance committee organised two separate evenings for a year 8/9 competition and a year 9/10 competition. Both were equally successful, with some surprising and outstanding performances. Enthusiasm for the summer dance show began here and students worked hard for months to perfect their performances Mrs Gray Dance A Night at the Movies

Balby Carr students from year 7 to year 13 demonstrated their talent in the annual dance show this June. Girls and boys of all ages strutted their stuff to songs from the movies, to a full house of spectators. Familiar tunes like Eye of the Tiger from Rocky allowed the year 9 girls to demonstrate their feminine side in bright pink boxing gloves and still left room for the year 9 boys to perform a choreographed boxing sequence. Songs from Honey, Step Up and Stomp the Yard allowed the street dancers to perform with real street style and the improvement that the students have made over the year was really evident. Year 10 boys, during their dance off with year 10 girls, proved that boys really can dance! Year 7 girls made their debut in the show as cheerleaders and there were a few new cheerleading stunts which wowed the audience Laura and Abbey you are very brave (although Mrs Gray and Jess Corish were very bruised after rehearsals!) A big THANK YOU goes out to ex student Natasha Walstow and Year 13 Jessica Corish for their assistance with the choreography, as well as for their excellent performance. With a bit of Irish dancing, ballet and rock and roll, plus a performance from the PE department and their mini-me s, there was something for everyone. The dancers and the audience were fantastic and a great night was had by all.


Easter 2008 saw Balby Carr Community Sports College students travel to Barcelona to take part in a football and netball tour. Over 60 students and staff from the PE dept took part in the tour. Students had done various fund raising initiatives over the year to help fund their tour T shirts which were personalised with their very own name and number on the back, examples included an 8 hour none stop 5 a side football tournament. The tour included the year 8 and 9 football teams and the year 8 and 9 girl s netball teams, all students were very excited, as some had never been on a plane before. We flew from Doncaster to Girona airport to be picked up and transported to our bases at Club Aire Libre at Tossa De Mar. The complex was amazing and had its own pool, football pitches and its very own disco, which the Balby team enjoyed every evening. Other schools were also on the complex, which give the students a chance to meet other students from all over Europe. All the team played a couple of fixtures against local and British opposition, they came out roughly even, but performed in a superb manner, again displaying outstanding sportsmanship and an excellent professional manner. They were a credit to Doncaster and Balby. Activities undertaken included the Crossbar Challenge, which was easily won by Mr Dodd whose skill was a cut above the rest, even though he was followed close by Tom Walker (year 9). Midway through the week, we embarked on a tour of Barcelona and the famous Nou Camp stadium, the students could not believe the size of the stadium, they were in awe of the massive 90,000 capacity and the museum was full of their history. Most students spent a few of their euros in the club shop. We then headed towards Las Ramblas, the main street in Barcelona. Quite an amazing sight, full of street entertainers, stalls and excellent shops. The last night at the complex was amazing as Balby Carr took the disco by storm, we simple just could not get them off the dance floor. The trip was so popular that the department have already decided to run another trip in May next year to Malta, which believe it or not is full already

Army Careers


I Learner series

The school has strong links with Major Bruce the College s Liaison Officer with the British Army. Our partnership has seen Year 11 students involved in a one day look at life courses @ Batley, West Yorkshire where a range of problem solving tasks were set for the students. This was followed by a residential experience at Sleaford Barracks Lincolnshire. Over four days students were put through their paces, their stamina tested and also their enthusiasm. Well done to all the students who survived the course with smiles still intact. Key stage 3 students across Years 7, 8 and 9 have benefitted from the implementation of a new initiative centred upon brain based learning techniques. The I Learner soft wear package is designed to help students understand how they learn, what methods best suit them and how it applies to their studies.


Balby TV Cam

Enterprise Log Book and Tracking Systems.

The College has been at the forefront of enterprise education within the Doncaster Authority. Our excellent practice being highlighted at Sedum House, Potteric Carr Enterprise Conference and Mr Old speaking at a National Conference in London. The Enterprise programme is lead by Business Studies and the sterling efforts of Miss Baxter and her team. The school results highlights the work undertaken. The College was part of a £40,000 consortium partnership with Hayfield, Edlington and Mexborough to deliver a range of activities including the Apodo System.

Student will be highlighting the TV project as part of the Hothouse festival.

Speed Dating

As part of the Enrichment Day programme the PSHE department held a very successful careers speed dating event in conjunction with the Business Studies Department. Over Twenty employers and training providers were involved in the event in which year 10 students gathered labour market information and career profiles. The employers involved on the day included: Select Services Partners UK Limited DMBC HR department customer services Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS trust Balby Central Primary School Bridge Sanderson Munro Solicitors Club Motivation Holiday Inn Doncaster Knights Adrian Welch Glass and Glazing South Yorkshire Police South Yorkshire Fire Service Strata Construction UKI Partnerships Adwick Leisure Centre The Army Engage Training

Performing Arts Update

This year started with a completely refurbished Music Department with individual instrumental teaching rooms. Since then the Music Department has put the new surrounds to good use rehearsing for extensive concerts and shows.

November saw the show Our Day Out by Willy Russell which ran for four very successful nights. Not only did it showcase the talents of our actors and actresses in some very moving roles, it also featured the school band accompanying the singing.

December was a hive of activity with the Christmas Concert featuring bands, ensembles, soloists and singers. But Christmas wouldn t be Christmas without the Staff Pantomime and who could forget Mr Clark and his err skirt! Mrs Reed was a radiant Cinderella and Mrs Sumner a very dashing Prince Charming. The Ugly Sisters saw Mr Patterson, Mr Clark and Mr Credland in dresses .. again (it happens every year).

April gave way to Talent Quest and a huge variety of Dance, Vocal and Drama Acts battled it out to qualify for the Final. A panel of teacher and student judges decided that 4 students were worthy winners for Best Drama Act Emma Gullon, Best Singer Sarah Jones, Best Dancer - Avtaar Singh and Overall Winner - Shelby Straw. As part of her Prize Shelby got to record 3 tracks to CD, which were very professionally edited by Mr Boswell.

May Mr Bonaccorsi entertained staff and parents in the Cabaret Evening . A wide range off songs from Rock n Roll favourites like Blue suede Shoes to Ballads like Lady in Red featured on a packed line up. Also featured were dance items Y10 students all featuring Y7 choreographed by Mrs Reed who also performed a solo dance.

June has seen the culmination of a year s hard work and a huge amount of progress from individuals and groups. The three extravaganza concerts began with a Music Concert featuring bands, ensembles, soloists and singers as usual but the standard of the performances by the students was outstanding and Joanna Mather s rendition of Orange Juice as it s named in the film Brassed Off (Adagio from Concerto De Aranjuez) left barely a dry eye in the house. This was followed by the Dance Extravaganza A Night at the Movies which was packed full of stunning dances with music from well-known films. The final concert was a joint music and dance concert featuring a wide variety of acts and involving students from Y7 Y13, as well as some staff.

Throughout the year students have also been showcasing their talent in assemblies and celebration assemblies proving that Balby has Talent . We are looking forward to next year - watch out for Wizard of Oz in November as well as the Christmas Concert and Talent Show.

The World s Biggest Lesson

St Leger Homes

The Bridge students and staff took part in the World's Biggest lesson on 23rd April 2008. This was organised by the Global Campaign for Education to remind governments of their promises to get all of the world's children into school by 2015 and was part of a Guinness Book of Records attempt to get as many learners from all over the world to take part in the same lesson. The record was broken as over 7.5 million learners took part that day and The Bridge staff and students are proud to say they were part of it.

St Leger Homes worked with Year 8 students as part of their citizenship lessons and discussed a wide range of issues including hate crime. Emily Craig won first prize in a St Leger Homes of Doncaster poster campaign and received £30 of vouchers. Sadie Parish and Courtney Bowes were the two runner ups and they each received £15 of vouchers. Julie Jablonski, of St Leger Homes said, We were only too happy to work with the school and the students because we work in the Balby Community. The young people did a fantastic job and my colleague Mahroof Hussain had a really tough job picking the winners

Career Pathways

Key Stage 4 Students completing their career pathway are benefitting from the partnership involvement of Success Doncaster, in particular local training providers. One such provider has been Tony Ward of Recruitment Force 10 who helped students with the application process for jobs. Students have undertaken tasks relating to CVs interview question and letters of application.

RA3 Project

The RA3 project is a 3 year initiative to encourage young students in primary and secondary schools to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A key element of the project is working in family groups to stimulate learning and to raise aspirations, attitudes and achievements through STEM The project has been running since February 2007 and since then following events have taken place: Build a mechanical Robot at Balby Carr CSC Design a Robot at Balby Carr CSC Johnny Ball Christmas Lecture Grand Day Out Science Lecture at Sheffield Hallam University Build It Grand day Out at Magna Drax Power station Grand Day Out National Railway Museum Grand Day Out There will be many more events and activities taking place in the near future.


As part of the A2 course 9 of our Year 13 students attended a 4 day residential fieldwork course to Grange over Sands in Cumbria in the Lake District, staying at the Castle Head Field Centre. Students conducted primary research into; coastal protection along the Furness Peninsular, changes in the River Eea from its source to mouth and the CBD of Kendal. We all got completely soaked on the coast on the first day, but Geography trips wouldn t be the same without a good drenching. Luckily the weather was warm and sunny for the river fieldwork. The students involved worked very hard, not only with the data collection during the day, but also in the study sessions in the evening. There conduct was excellent throughout the entire trip. It was an excellent team building experience for students as well as an educational one. Everyone involved in the event had a thoroughly enjoyable experience, even though both staff and students returned to school completely shattered.

Prom Fashion Show

Work Experience

Over 170 Year 10 students have just returned from their two week placement in industry. Whilst there, they have developed their key skills of communication, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork and ICT. The vast majority of employers have been quick to compliment students on their positive work ethic, willingness to learn and positive relationships with staff.

Some of our Year 12 students organised a Prom Fashion show as part of their Asdan Cope Level 3 Module: Working With Others. The event provided a collaboration of Year 11 and 12 students working together with local Hairdressers, Florists, Fashion Shops and Limousine companies in order to promote their products and raise money towards the Year 11 and Sixth Form Prom

Students are now more appreciative of the adult working environment and the expectations of employers. Many thanks to Wendy Trout for all her hard work behind the scenes to support our students.

Raising Money for our Local Artis Pet Sanctuary. Building an Artistic Future

Thanks to links the College has with business, two of our 6th form students are looking to develop a bright future in the art-world! Emma Bratby and Kayleigh Hawksworth have had their Artwork framed and sold to the Property Company Westbridge Homes. The 2 students will be presented with a cheque for £50 at the Creative Arts evening annual event at the end of term. The artwork has pride of place in Westbridge Homes offices in Kingston upon Hull. Hopefully this will be an on-going collaboration. Two of our 6th form Students, Duane Bowland and Iain Batty raised £259.00 from their fun run for Artis Pet Sanctuary. The cheque was presented to Mrs Coley

FOUR BALBY CARR STUDENTS RECEIVE THE DIANA AWARD Four of our students were chosen to receive The Diana Award, for their outstanding contribution to the College. Aimee Bee, Vanessa Brown, Katie Gibson and Sarah Levitt who are all Year 10 students have recently received this award in recognition of their inspirational qualities that they have demonstrated through their commitment to the peer mentoring programme in which they have given their own time to support other students in overcoming adverse circumstances and for their selfless service to others. Aimee, Katie, Vanessa and Sarah have been working selflessly to help others so they can head towards achieving their own potential. They have performed many duties between them, which includes helping others and actively working with needy students. Giving up their own time to help others get on better in school. Sometimes they join mentoring staff on the playgrounds to assist or speak to students who are standing on their own. They have supported a number of year 7 students since completing their peer mentoring training last June, helping to raise confidence and self esteem. They have given 1-2-1 support at lunchtime, several times a week. They are patient, enthusiastic, warm, natural, thoughtful and caring towards younger students as well as being committed and dedicated to the role.


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