Weekly News Bulletin: 1 April 2019

Harry Potter Event
Forty-two Year 8 students selected by their form tutors were invited to a Harry Potter themed event in the Learning Zone on Wednesday.

Students were ‘sorted’ by the Sorting Hat and treated to some amazing Magic from Mr McGrath, they then rotated to one of four activities arranged for them:
Flying key and wand making; sweet wand & biscuit decoration; Harry Potter drawing game and science experiments with Mr Lill.

Thank you to all the support staff that made the event possible.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Training Day – Saturday 30th March
Students to arrive at 8.30am at the school gym, using the rear school entrance in B block by the gym/PE office to register. Payment should be made in advance using ParentPay.

Students need a packed lunch and a daysack to carry waterproofs/water on the walking section. Outdoor clothing is needed, as all sessions are outside except for the First Aid. Please note that the cooking session is outside but under cover.
Mr J Pearson – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Student Recognition
Well done to Year 7 students Ryan Johnson, Callum Fisher, Bradley Millward-Harris and Harley Krywoskzej for their honesty and respect in the community last week. A member of the public lost her new mobile phone, along with two bank cards and the four Year 7 boys found it and handed it in to Student Reception so that the owner could be identified and the items returned to her. The owner was extremely grateful to the boys for acting so responsibly. The boys have been awarded credits and phone calls were made home to ensure parents were aware of their actions.
Mrs L Evans-Barlow – Business Manager

ICT Easter Revision
An ICT revision session will take place on the Tuesday 16th April 2019 in room A04 at 11.00am . This is for Year 11 students taking the website design exam in May.
Mrs B Kuhnell – ICT

Salamanca Spanish Trip
The briefing meeting for this trip will take place on Wednesday 1st May at 6pm in the Main Hall. Students who are participating in the trip are invited to attend with parents/carers in order to find out more details about the trip, what to pack etc. and to ask any questions they may have.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Sorrento Geography Trip October 2019
The total trip cost now stands at a reduced cost of £539. The deposit of £100 has already been paid by all Year 10 students who have previously signed up.

Please note that the second instalment of £150 due by Friday 26th April on Parent Pay and the final instalment of £289 is due by Friday 19th July.
Miss F Gardner – Teacher of Geography

Science GCSE Exam Preparation Day – Wednesday 17th April
The programme for the Year 11 GCSE exam preparation day on 17th April has now been finalised and sent out via email. In summary, the following topics will be covered during the day:

• Biology – Producing excellent answers in exams
• Physics – Answering exam questions with confidence
• Chemistry – How to do excellent data analysis
• High Level responses for students aiming for Grades 7-9

Please note the day is capped at 100 students and a contribution of £10 should be made through ParentPay as soon as possible to secure a place for your son/daughter.

Students will need to register at 9.30am for a prompt start at 9.45am and they will need to bring a packed lunch and a drink with them.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Head of Science (Head of Chemistry)

Year 11 GCSE Art Exam
The Year 11 GCSE exam is on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May. All art students should arrive in the art department at 8:45am to set up their tables. Please note, as per exam board rules, students MUST bring in their sketchbooks and all equipment needed as no new equipment can be brought into/taken out of the exam once it has started. Water bottles should have the label removed, students must be silent once they enter the exam room and bags should not be within reach.

Thank you for your continued support throughout the years, I wish them all the best and if anyone needs anything please let the teacher know in good time.
Good luck Year 11!
Mrs J Duke – Head of Art and Photography

Supporting Your Child during Exam Time
If your son/daughter is taking exams this summer, please click on the following link to take you to a useful guide for parents/carers to support your children through exams.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/?mc_cid=9a9a546e44&mc_eid=3a8e3cd228
Mrs L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

News from Careers
National Healthcare Weekend
This is an opportunity for students in Years 10 – 12 interested in a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary.

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Weston Homes Open Day
Weston Homes Open Day is fast approaching this Saturday 30th March 2019 between 10:00am – 2:30pm.

They will be running a short presentation on the business and on their apprenticeship programmes every hour from 10:30am – 1:30pm. All are welcome to attend including parents, teachers and students of all years (it’s never too early to think about your career!)

Please see a link and a flyer attached for further information and for those to register their attendance if interested. Please note walk-ins are welcome so registration is not essential!

https://www.weston-homes.com/careers/open-day/

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