Thanks to the Friends of Downsbrook and Mr and Mrs Sutherland for organising our fantastic Quiz Night.
It was great to see all who came along, we had an amazing night and can't wait for the next one!
We would like to wish all our families a very happy Easter and hope that you have a fantastic and relaxing holiday.
We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 22 April 2014.
Those children in Year 7 who are going to France please remember to be on time
as coaches will be leaving from school at 7am.
Everyone at Downsbrook Middle School works hard to ensure that we are a happy and caring school where every child and their future matters. We have excellent teachers who deliver a vibrant and exciting curriculum using our diverse environment. We want you to make the right choice for your child and hope that you will take the time to visit our school or contact us with any questions or queries you may have.
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'The Year Six football squad finished their incredibly successful season with a final 'Champions League' style six-a-side tournament held at the Littlehampton Academy. The tournament, played in warm and mostly sunny conditions pitted the top 10 Year Six teams from the whole of the Southern region against each other; Downsbrook qualifying by virtue of being runners up to West Park in the recent Worthing six-a-side competition.
All games were played on the astro-turf which took some getting used to by all sides - a nil-nil opening group game that was littered with miss-hits and unexpectedly high bouncing footballs a testament to this fact. Two further groups games also ended in draws - 1-1 with Steyning (who equalised late on) and another 1-1 versus Georgian Gardens, who were fielding an exceptionally gifted young player currently on the books at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The final group game was a must win for both Downsbrook and Summerlea, and it was the side from Rustington that, very much against the run of play, eventually won 1-0 despite the Downsbrook boys hitting the bar and blazing over from close range late on. This loss (the only one of the whole tournament) was to be decisive and they fell short of the semi-finals. A playoff game to decide 7th and 8th was the final action of the tournament and in fact the season and ended nil nil with both sides sharing seventh place on the day and 7th out of the original 64 schools that entered the competition across the whole region.
It has been a pleasure for Mr Sutherland and Mr Goodwin to take the pupils for this year's football season and wish the team further successes in Year 7'.
Talented choirs raise the roof
CHORAL groups produced a ‘high standard’ of performance when they took to the stage at Worthing Assembly Hall as part of the Worthing Music and Arts Festival (WMAAF) last Thursday (13th March 2014).
Jan Spooner-Swabey, WMAAF secretary, said: “Every choir did something that made you think that’s really good. There was some wonderful phrasing. “Thanks to all the people on the committee who have done lots of work.”
Mayor of Worthing Bob Smytherman watched every one of the evening performances. He spoke of his parents’ enjoyment of choral singing and his own experience at Boundstone Community College during his school years. “It was a really brilliant event with a really high standard – I didn’t envy the adjudicators. “It’s a really important part of the town’s calendar and I was glad to be there,” said Mr Smytherman.
The adjudicator on the evening, David Lawrence, Guinness World Record holder for conducting the largest choir in the UK and prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, was ‘impressed that Worthing could produce such varied choirs of a consistently high standard’, according to Mrs Spooner-Swabey.
Downsbrook Glee Club took home the show choir trophy for their performances of DNA and Titanium.
Article and photograph reproduced and used with kind permission of the Worthing Herald
and Johnston Publishing Ltd. Full article available by clicking here.
Please remember that if you buy yourself a shiny new mobile phone and change your telephone number it is your responsibility to update the personal records held in the Parentmail 2 system. Whilst the school office personnel can and will update phone numbers in our School Management system on your advice we do not have access to amend certain details in the Parentmail 2 system.
So to avoid missing important SMS messages relating to your child please login to Parentmail 2 and check to make sure all your details are correct and up to date. If you need any assistance the office staff will be happy to help you out, give them a call on 01903 230467. To go to the Parentmail 2 login screen click the image to be redirected.
The sun has produced energy for billions of years. Solar energy is the sun’s rays (solar radiation) that reach the Earth. This energy can be converted into other forms of energy, such as heat and electricity. Radiant energy from the sun has powered life on Earth for many millions of years.
In the 1830's, the British astronomer John Herschel famously used a solar thermal collector box (a device that absorbs sunlight to collect heat) to cook food during an expedition to Africa.
Here at Downsbrook we've been converting solar energy into electricity for six months now using Photovoltaic (PV devices) or “solar cells” which change sunlight directly into electricity. These individual PV cells are grouped into panels and arrays of panels which are located on our school roof.
The main benefits of solar energy are:
- Solar energy systems do not produce air pollutants or carbon-dioxide
- When located on buildings, such as our school, there is minimal impact on the environment
Two limitations of solar energy are:
- The amount of sunlight that arrives at the Earth's surface is not constant. It varies depending on location, time of day, time of year, and weather conditions.
- Because the sun doesn't deliver that much energy to any one place at any one time, a large surface area is required to collect the energy at a useful rate.
You can click on the picture of the Sun to see how our Solar Plant is performing.
We recently received a document from our Liaison Officer at Sussex Police concerning E-Safety and specifically Xbox Live accounts.
He asked is we could distribute the attached document to all our Parents/Carers for information purposes.