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Hewett Highlights Friday 25th October 2013

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Year 11 Next Year’s Planning Day - “very worthwhile” On Tuesday 22nd October, twenty five business mentors from the local community worked alongside small groups of our Year 11 students focussing on choices and pathways post 16. This year, students were asked to Post 16 education and to workdress as if they were attending based training providers as well an interview. Mr Anthony said, as taking part in mock interviews. “the students all “The purpose of looked fantastic the day is to equip and had really our students with made an effort to the skills they will impress, which need in the next they did.” Each phase of their life, student received whether it is a booklet and applying for a place worked on in the sixth form with their individual career Students working or trying to get mentors aspirations, a job,” said Ms completed a CV Atherton. “We are and a letter of application and always grateful that companies took part in a short interview in are willing to send us mentors to the afternoon with a mentor. The help our Year 11 students.” Jo day involved mentors from Tuttle, mentor for the day, said businesses, charities and public "I was very impressed with the service bodies and all of the amount of thought that my group mentors worked with a small put into what they wanted to group of Year 11 students. do and their goals and Together they looked at creating aspirations; it was a very CVs, filling in application forms to worthwhile day."

Cashless Catering Following on from the launch of cashless catering at the start of term the pasta counter in the school restaurant will no longer be able to accept cash after half term. If you are not already using the new system you will need to activate your ParentPay

accounts so that your son/daughter can purchase food, snacks, drinks etc. ParentPay activation letters have previously been sent to all parents, if you would like another copy or have any queries please contact




Fundraising Concert On Saturday 9th November, come to the Walter Roy Theatre for a night of music from the musicals. The purpose of the concert is to raise funds for next term’s school production of Hairspray. Entrance is free but there will be a collection on the night.

Clocks and Smoke Alarms At this time of year, to coincide with turning the clocks back, the Fire Service encourage everyone to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms. This makes sure that, should the worst happen, the alarm is still working and everyone can get out safely. If you haven’t already done so, please change the batteries.

What should I do if my child is ill? We all get ill from time to time and students are no exception. However it is important to know what to do if your child is ill. Parents must inform us every day a child is absent from school. It is not enough to phone just on the first day – please phone every day to confirm that they are still ill and will not be at school. Failure to do this will result in a truancy call being made home. If we have no response to this we will not be able to authorise the absence. On-going unauthorised absences may result in parents having to attend an Attendance Panel

meeting in school or for more serious cases the intervention of the Local Authority which, ultimately can lead to legal proceedings being taken against parents. Assistant Headteacher Mrs Hawthorn says ‘This is not something we take lightly so it is important that we are aware of reasons for absences and work with parents to support students where attendance or on-going illness is an issue’ To report an illness please call (01603) 463110. We would like to thank all parents for their cooperation with this.

Year 8 Football Match The Year 8 boys had an entertaining encounter with Thorpe on Monday 21st October. Although the final score was a disappointing loss of 4-2, Bradley Mitchell had this to say about the match, “Hewett were full of life and created chances but just couldn't get the

finishing touch. Man of the match was Harry March who hardly gave the ball away all game.” Mr Goodwin said, “It was the most encouraging performance of the season and training seems to be making a difference.” Well done to all students who played!

After School Homework Club Starting after half term the Library will be offering a homework club after school. The Library is a quiet place where students can go and work in a calm environment and staff are always on hand to help with any queries. Homework is an important part of learning and

helps students to understand further what they have been taught in lessons and to broaden their knowledge with self study. Homework Club will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays till 5pm. Remember, the library is open at lunchtime and break time as well, so there are no excuses!

Calendar 4th - 8th November is Week 1 Word of the week: Ascertain Monday 4th November Back to school Thursday 14th November Year 13 PTI Friday 22nd November Year 8 HPV Vaccinations Tuesday 3rd December Year 10 PTI Tuesday 10th December START in the Forum Tuesday 17th December Spirit of Christmas Friday 20th December Last day of school Monday 6th January Training day Tuesday 7th January Back to school

Keeping in touch Website: Twitter: @HewettSchoolUK Facebook:

Email: Phone: (01603) 628181

If your child is ill and has to miss a day of school, it is really important that you let us know on the day by phoning our attendance hotline number.

(01603) 463110

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