Weekly News Bulletin: 16 September 2019

News from the Learning Zone
The Learning Zone is resplendent in Bunting created by our Year 7 students for their form competition to celebrate Roald Dahl Day, September 13th. We have food (not for eating, sadly) created by the Learning Zone Team from Roald Dahl’s cookbook and a display of information about the author.

Mr Gee judged the bunting and the winning form 7AJG received a prize in assembly.  Thank you to all the form tutors and students for all your hard work.

We have launched the BookBuzz initiative Book Trust with our Year 7 students, every student can choose a book from a selection for the subsidised price of £3, we hope the books will be delivered by the half term break.

Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Open Morning Student Guides and Helpers
If your son/daughter would like to help out on our Open Morning on Saturday 28th  September 2019 they can collect a guide letter from their form tutors or a faculty helper letter from their subject teachers.  Please remind your child to return their reply slips to Mrs B Louth in the Main Office by Friday 20th September.
Thank you.
Mrs B Louth – Admissions Secretary

Year 12 Roadster Event – Tuesday 17th September 2019
Year 12 students will be taking part in our annual Roadster event where they will have the opportunity to attend various road-safety work-shops organised by Essex Highways.

This is a very challenging but exciting event as students are made aware of, and witness, all the joys of driving as well as the dangers.  Students will also take part in some general car maintenance skills which is now part of their Driving Test.
Mrs D Wright – Head of Sixth Form

Colours’ Evening
There is a rehearsal in the sports hall from 2.10pm to 3.10pm on Wednesday 18th September for all students attending the Colours’ evening.
Miss L Booth – Head of PE

Show My Homework
Show My Homework is an online homework calendar showing homework information, deadlines and attachments for students.  All homework set by our teachers will be displayed online using Show My Homework.

Xpressions APP
This App updates parents on attendance and absences, achievement, behaviour and timetables.
Mrs K Hennessy – Administration SIMS Manager

Year 8 Update
The Year 8’s have settled well into their new forms and are making a real effort to focus on Learning.  The response from the Year 8 Form tutors and teachers has been very positive and all are enthused by the engagement to learning and positive attitude present in all lessons.  Thank you for your ongoing support with the changes.  I have met with the Form representatives for Student voice and they also reported back an improved learning environment in lesson.  This is a very encouraging start to the academic year and I look forward to celebrating your child’s success with you during the year.
Thank you.
Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning for Year 8

Homework Club
Homework Club is open to all students and takes place every lunchtime from 1.40pm to 2.00pm in D03.  A board game club is also held every Tuesday lunchtime in CD1.
Extended Learning Department

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training commences next Tuesday 24th September from 3.20pm to 4.20pm.  Bronze training for Year 9 students will be held in A06 and Silver training for Year 10 students will be held in A05.

ParentPay has been set up for both the Bronze and Silver awards.  Registration costs £55 per student. There are 49 places available for the Bronze Award on a first come first served basis and there are five places left for the Silver Award, as many signed up at the end of Bronze.

Registration forms will be available for completion at the first meeting.
John Pearson – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader 

Early School Closure – Friday 27th September 2019
A reminder that school will be closing early on the afternoon of Friday 27th September 2019.  Lessons will finish at 1.25pm and school transport will leave the school by 1.40pm. Food will be available for students at morning break.  This is to enable members of staff to prepare for our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September.

 For the Attention of Parents/Carers of children with Asthma
Please see the following link for information from the NHS as asthma season begins:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/09/nhs-warning-to-parents-as-asthma-season-hits/iss Miss H Ellis – First Aid

Labelling Items
Please may we remind parents/carers to label as much of your son/daughter’s uniform and equipment as possible, particularly PE kits including the PE bag, ties, pencil cases and school bags.  A black laundry pen to write the surname on these items would be ideal.  We had a lot of unnamed lost property last year which could easily have been reunited with its owner if it had been labelled.
Thank you.
Student Reception