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Dear Parents and Carers, ‘In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.’ Marianne Williamson What is a community? The Cambridge Dictionary definition is ‘the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality.’ At The Grove our school community consists of students, teachers, parents, associate staff, governors, trustees, mentors, businesses and many other partners who work with the school because we all have a common interest of ensuring that our students have a mind set to succeed. The opening quotation states that ‘there is work to be done in every community and that in every heart there is the power to do it.’ This is true of The Grove community. In order to give our students the very best life chances we all need to join together to support them in finding their self-belief that they can achieve excellence by demonstrating the highest standards, not only in school, but in all aspects of their life. This begins with the basics of what image is portrayed and how individuals: present themselves, speak to others, behave towards others, develop positive relationships, react when faced with feedback, present opposing viewpoints and consider others’ feelings. First impressions last and we want those impressions to be the best for each one of our students.


Issue 25 September 2019

Top ATL Performers ATL's (Attitude for Learning) are given to students in every lesson. ATL's are graded 1-4, with 1 being outstanding and 4 being inadequate. At The Grove, students are expected to (Aim for Excellence) and aim for ATL 1 or 2 in every lesson. Our Rewards programme is based on ATL scores, highest attendance and the best progress made. More information on ATL's and our Rewards Programme can be found in each student’s planner. A huge congratulations to the following students who are our top ATL performers from last week: Position



1 2

Zara Cailan Harvey Imogen Ryan Tabby


Number of ATL 1's 14 13 13 13 13 13

Birks Trip Our Year 8 students recently enjoyed the annual trip to our field centre in the Lake District, 'The Birks'. The students spent time away in a completely rural environment and became self-sufficient, working together to prepare meals and enjoyed many beautiful walks among the mountains.

Education is about the whole child and helping them to grow personally, socially, emotionally and academically. This cannot be achieved by one part of a community. It must be a collective effort. Every member of our community is a role model to the children of Market Drayton and beyond. By joining together and focussing on the end goal of ensuring that every child has a mindset to succeed we can achieve great things. The Grove School is your community school and I look forward to working with all of you to provide the best opportunities for your children.

Mrs Sonia Taylor, Headteacher

Grove School and Sixth Form

Newcastle Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1HF T: 01630 652121 | E: office@groveschool.net | W: www.groveschoolmarketdrayton.co.uk



Introducing GCSEPod – This fantastic programme gives your child access to thousands of subject specific podcasts (Pods) that will help them develop their subject knowledge and get ahead with their revision. They are all 3-5 minute videos designed by subject experts to squeeze all the right content into manageable chunks. These can be accessed easily on tablets, phones or PC’s all you need to do is follow the instructions on the ‘Quick Start Guide’ and they will be ready to go.

The whole school has been embracing DEAR - Drop Everything and Read. It has been amazing to walk around the school after lunch with the school in complete silence whilst everyone (staff included) are reading! DEAR happens every day after lunch. Evidence suggests that reading for pleasure leads to increased attainment and those students who read more are better readers.

Please click here for further information.

Children that read for 20 minutes a day access approximately 1.8 million words a year compared with 8000 words for those that only read for a minute. We know that many of our students do not read regularly and this will impact on their breadth of vocabulary.

Wem Carnival Last weekend, The Grove School Ambassadors were making slime, launching rockets, eating insects, testing flames and detecting the presence of carbon dioxide with the people of Wem, with help from Miss Hardy, Mr Burton and volunteer Jill Hardy. The Ambassadors were fantastic at talking to the members of the public at Wem Carnival, they were engaging, helpful and passionate. We are so proud to call them our Ambassadors and we are very lucky to have them as students at The Grove School. The group were busy all day and would love to go back again next year.

Please Go and Support! This fantastic celebration of artwork is taking place at The Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton.

Clubs & Enrichment VoiceBox The Grove School Choir have rehearsals every Monday during lunchtime in DO7. Valor Precision Combat Club Started up again from Tuesday 10th September 3:10pm – 4:10pm in the Gymnasium. The club offers an opportunity to have fun while learning selfdefense. For further information click here. The Grove School Band Come together on Thursdays after school 3:00-4:00pm in DO7. See Miss Brundett for information. Click here to view club and enrichment opportunities.

Hairspray Open Evening We look forward to welcoming parents, carers and prospective students to our Open Evening, please register here.

Some of our very talented students are taking part in Hairspray! Please go and support them if you can.

Grove School and Sixth Form

Newcastle Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1HF T: 01630 652121 | E: office@groveschool.net | W: www.groveschoolmarketdrayton.co.uk

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The Grove School Parent Bulletin 13.09.19  

The Grove School Parent Bulletin 13.09.19