Y7 DC3 Effort Awards – May 2019

Well done to our Y7 students in our data collection 3 effort awards.

Eman, Veronika , Aiysha, Maryam, Piper, Lucy, Lailaa, Sophie, Ester, Anna, Sienna, Mohja, Sofia, Gejza, Hamna, Phoebe, Ruksaar, Zahrah, Kiya, Caitlyn and Amie-Lea.

Translation Bee TRIUMPH!

Yesterday afternoon Tehreem (y9) and Tehmeed  (y8) competed in the Translation Bee Regional final at Sheffield Hallam University.

This competition is similar to Spelling Bee but this time students are expected to translate entire sentences in three tenses in one minute. 

The talent was incredible and standards were so high and consequently there were tie breakers at every stage. Despite this, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our girls placed 2nd (Tehmeed, y8) and 4th (Tehreem, y9) out of 4440 students!!!

They will both go onto represent our school at Cambridge University. 

Y10 DC3 Effort Awards

Well done to our Y10 students in our data collection 3 effort awards.


Salina, Demi-Leigh, Ellie, Habibah, Abigail,  Alex, Monea, Cristiana-Ana, Sabeehah, Aleesha, Lauren, Ameerah, Haris

TOP 20!

Dylan, Christopher, Mahien, Kamil, Ihtishaam, Diana, Jennie, Vanesa, Amelia

University of Sheffield Celebration Event

Earlier this month, a celebration event was held at the University of Sheffield to mark the end of the 2018/19 US in Schools Mentoring programme in which 24 of our Y10 pupils have taken part in weekly sessions with university students. Parents attended to see all children receive a certificate as well as two awards presented for ‘Best Mentee’ and ‘Runner-up Mentee’ of the year – well done Lauren and Ellie!

Success at the Clifton Soapbox Derby

On Saturday 18th May, we had the privilege of taking some students to compete in the Soapbox Derby for the 3rd year running. This year’s event had been scaled up massively with the amount of teams increasing from 26 to 41 teams, the majority of these being big name engineering manufacturing companies and experienced enthusiasts.

This year entering our youngest team yet (as well as by far the youngest in the competition) with Brad Bean (driver) and Luke Steane taking the lead and putting the hard work in on the kart in the weeks running up to the event. After some initial nerves before the race, Brad had two excellent drives, refusing to touch the breaks or let up for any of the jumps, obstacles, or corners. This driving led to his excellent average time of 48 seconds putting him 4th overall, with the top 3 (and most of the top half of the table) being experienced large engineering companies.

Praise also has to be given to Luke, who after all the hard work he had done, and wanting to see the task through managed to persuade his family to let him miss a family birthday to come and take part on the day. Lastly, the support from the Clifton family of parents, staff, and students past and present was overwhelming on the day, with them chatting with and cheering on the team.

Special note has to be given to the group of students who came of their own back without being asked to help push the kart and support the team in their free time. Showing people around them the true meaning of the Clifton way.

Rotherham Schools Athletics Trials

On Wednesday 16th May, the PE department had the pleasure of taking some of our elite athletes up to Herringthorpe for the Rotherham Schools Athletics trials. Noticeable performances included;

Jamie winning the Inter boys 800m

Ellie-Mae taking a brief break from revision to come 2nd in the 100m

Fernando coming 2nd in the 100m, against Year 11 lads

Iby placing 3rd in the 1500m, whilst fasting

Well done to everyone who took part!

The Young Shakespeare Company’s performance of Macbeth: magnificent, mind-blowing and mesmerising.

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Laid out like a theatre in the round, Clifton school’s Performance Hall hosted an exceptional version of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth on Friday 3rd May.  It was an incredibly humourous performance, which kept the Year 10 audience riveted from start to finish.  It didn’t disappoint any of us, inter-mingling comedic moments with the challenging language of Macbeth and transporting all of us to the valleys of Jacobean Scotland.  

Highlights of the performance were the truly enthralling Fresh Prince of Bel Air Rap, which was generated from student ideas and brought to life the story of Macbeth in rap style.  The talented actor shouted, ‘Drop me a fat beat!’ and then dazzled all of us with his outstanding rap. We were all impressed with how quickly he created a Macbeth rap, which has stuck in people’s heads – great preparation for our end of Year 10 exams.  

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In addition, we all enjoyed the insight into the tricks of stage fighting and another helpful part of the performance was the translation of Macbeth’s soliloquy into modern English.  The actors from the Young Shakespeare Company also used a clap to stop the action during key scenes and allow characters to express their thoughts and motivations. This was particularly helpful and informative, reinforcing our understanding of characters.  Now we can really relate to what Macbeth meant when he said, ‘vaulting ambition which o’er leaps itself’ and we have been encouraged to consider how the witches should be presented. In the performance, they were portrayed as children, playing games with Macbeth and gradually growing in evil throughout the play.

Alongside the entertainment, this production encouraged audience interaction, so we were all glued to the action on stage.  We were hit with a long list of key quotes (which we need for our exams) but this was not overwhelming, as the actors chose to focus on important scenes from the play, which could be easily remembered.

Overall, this bundle of laughter and enjoyment was a great conclusion to the week and has kept our knowledge of Macbeth really fresh.  The play was educational, inspiring and informative; we would recommend that this is an annual event for Year 10. ‘When shall we three meet again, in thunder lightening or in rain? When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battles lost and won!’  If every group of students get a chance to see this performance, we are certain that they will win the battle to achieve good GCSE grades and be able to do a brilliant response to the Macbeth question. This performance by the Young Shakespeare Company was an amazing experience that the Year 10 class of 2019 will never forget!

Written by 10En1

Rother Armed Forces Poster Competition

Clifton Community School was contacted by the Mayor of Rotherham to participate in the Rotherham Armed Forces Annual Poster Competition. Rotherham’s Armed Forces Day is Saturday 29th June 2019.  2019 is the 9th year this event has been held in the town and each year they aim to make the event bigger and better than the previous event. 2019 also marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and the end of the Second World War, one of the most historic events in British History.

Armed Forces Day this year will also include activities and exhibitions to commemorate the contribution of our armed forces to the Second World War. We ran the competition in Art, and we have had many entries across Year 7 to Year 9 Here are some examples that are being sent off. The students that have produced this work are:

Harvey-Lee Davies

Holly Parkinson

Jenifer Lazarova

Alinah Aksar

Vanesa Galyasova

Natalie Racova

Fatima Iqbal

Monika Curejova

Spelling Bee Final at Sheffield Hallam

On Tuesday 30th April 2019 our Spelling Bee finalists visited Sheffield Hallam to compete in the Regional final.

The students performed excellently and despite being very nervous placed 5th, 8th and 9th out a whopping 1916 students!

This year the students have participated in the Spelling Bee as an extracurricular club which has taken huge dedication to learn 150 words in their own time and also to practise during their breaks throughout the week. This shows huge dedication to their learning. 

The students were such a credit to our school and were extremely encouraging to other contestants by cheering them on, complementing them and congratulating them on their success. Adults commented on how cheerful, polite and friendly our girls were. They were really genuinely pleased for the winners and were desperate to have another go! They are already asking about if they can take part in heat eight. A pleasure to watch them compete.

Well done to the students who took part!