Easter Bulletin: April 2019

Last Day of Term – Friday 5th April
Please note school finishes at the usual time of 3.10pm this Friday 5th April. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing Easter break. We return to school on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.45am.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Student Recognition
Congratulations to Amy Hersey-Dodd of 12CO who came second in the 16 to 17 year old age group of the prestigious Young Financial Journalist of the Year competition sponsored by the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Her article on the impact of a ‘cashless society’ was commended by the chief judge, Iona Bain who said: “This writer packs an awful lot into this weighty, measured and insightful piece. The next stage for them is to take a few more risks but its technical content is hard to fault, and I love the way they’ve thrown themselves into this subject to really get to the bottom of it – a great quality in any financial journalist.”
Mrs H Witty – Teacher of Financial Studies

Jack Petchey Award Winners
February – Congratulations to February’s winner Nicole Storey who was nominated by Miss Diss for “assisting with lessons in her own free time and being consistently happy to help in the PE department. She has recently set up her own football club on a Friday after school for Year 7 and 8, which using her football expertise and role model status as a female footballer, has raised the participation level in this school. The club continues to keep growing and she has now started attracting the older year groups as well to the club. The girls absolutely love it, and Nicole is a shining beacon in coaching them. She brings all her own equipment in, having planned fully professional sessions, with medium term plans. She is inspirational to the younger students. We will definitely miss her when she leaves in the summer.”

March – Congratulations to March’s winner Alice Cooper who was nominated by Mrs Stewart for always being so passionate about Drama (and Dance) and for working really hard. During Open Mornings she has played many roles such as The Grand High Witch and the Inspector in The Play That Goes Wrong. She is a G&T Drama and Dance student. She played Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, but also took on the role of a pirate when we needed her to. Mrs Stewart said “She is a real asset to this school and will do well in her GCSEs.” Alice’s £250 award money will be used in the Drama department.

We have 36 lockers available to rent for the summer term on a first come basis. The cost will be £8.50 for the term plus a refundable deposit of £15. This will be refunded on return of the key and once the locker has been inspected for damage. Photographs will be taken of all lockers prior to allocation to ensure that the assessment of damage is fair.

The locker charge will be live on ParentPay from Saturday 6th April. Successful students will be notified and will be able to collect their key from the main office during the first week of term.
Mrs Liz Evans-Barlow – Business Manager

Lost Property
We have an abundance of coats, bags, PE bags, keys etc. our Lost Property. If items are not claimed by the first week back after Easter they will be disposed of.
Student Reception

Attendance information
Students will be reminded in assembly next term about the school’s expectations on punctuality to school and lessons. The information below can be found in the Attendance Policy on our school website.

Registration and Lateness
1. The school day starts at 8.45am, pupils should be in their classroom at this time when the register will be taken.
The register closes at 9.30 am pupils will receive a mark of absence if they do not attend school before this time without a valid reason, i.e. a medical appointment.
2. Attendance after the register closes will receive a mark coded U to show that they are on site, but will count as an absent mark if the lateness is not for a valid reason.
3. Penalty notices may be issued where there has been at least 10 sessions of unauthorised absence coded O during the previous ten school weeks. This includes unauthorised late arrivals coded U which count as unauthorised absence for the whole session, and unauthorised holidays coded G.

Mr S McLauchlan Senior Leader for Attendance/Mrs A Jenkins Attendance Officer

Year 11 French
I would like to remind you that Mrs Winchester and I will be running a French revision class on Wednesday 10 April in D 206 and D 205. I will be present from 9am to 3pm and I will run a revision session for Foundation candidates in the morning and another session in the afternoon for Higher candidates. Mrs Winchester will work in the morning with Foundation and Higher candidates. I also want to take this opportunity to mention the fact that the real speaking exam is fast approaching and will probably take place on 7 May. The last French exam is on 17 May, very early in the exam season, and students should bear this in mind as they plan their revision schedule. Students have a yellow booklet in their exercise book to help them with revision. Some listening papers will also be set on SMHW.
Mrs S Roy – Head of French

GCSE Spanish Easter Revision
These revision sessions will take place on Monday 8th April (Foundation) and Tuesday 9th April (Higher). In the morning of each session, one hour will be spent on each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with 1:1 support being offered during the afternoon session. Students are welcome to “dip” in and out during the day. Please ask your child to see Mrs Newell to sign up, or turn up on the day.

Spanish GCSE Text Books/Year 11
Your child has had use of a Spanish GCSE textbook and this now needs to be returned by Friday 10th May. Teachers will be collecting these in before students begin study leave. If your child does not return the textbook which was issued to him/her or returns it in such poor condition that it cannot be re-used, then the cost to replace the book is £25.00. Please talk to your child to confirm that they have returned their book in good condition. If they are not able to do this, then please note that payment of the £25.00 can be made via Parent Pay.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

Salamanca Spanish Trip
A reminder that 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.

GCSE Spanish Speaking exams
All Year 11 students studying GCSE Spanish have now been given the date and time for their speaking exam. These will take place immediately after the Easter holiday.

It would be helpful if you could check this with your child and remind them to attend.

This is a real exam and it is NOT possible to re-schedule a missed exam, unless the child is absent for a serious medical condition substantiated by a hospital/consultant’s letter; please note that absence for a “minor” illness certified by a GP will not be acceptable to the exam board.
Mrs V Newell – Head of Spanish

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