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Get set for 2012!

Y9 Options 6th February (All week) – Joanne Bury has arranged for Blackburn College to come in to the RE lessons all week to talk to Year 9 and tell them about the Options Process – choices and what they lead on to. 8th February (Wednesday) – Assembly: Miss Martin to check up on Options progress – Make sure all students know she is available to discuss/solve any problems.

February 2012


6th March (Tuesday) – Options Afternoon – we will have an information session for the students (and parents if they can attend). Mr Trickett will give a talk to the students in the Arts Centre during period 6; they will then talk to subject specialists about option choices. Colleges will be there to give advice. 6th March – 20th March – All Year 9 students to have a short interview with Joanne Bury and one of their Pastoral Leaders. 21st March (Wednesday) – Y9 Parents’ Evening – Parents will have the opportunity to talk to staff about Options; Colleges will be in. Miss Martin will keep students informed of any changes to the above programme. This is a long process, no need for panic or worry! If you have any questions come straight to her!

In January, 60 Year 7s and 30 Year 8s were involved in 3 days of film-making workshops with Dan Rowbottom in conjunction with National Heritage Lottery Fund. The focus was local history - life as child mill workers - and during the day they learnt how to spin cotton by hand, researched mill life, wrote scripts and made short

Rhyddings has been accepted as a member of London 2012’s UK-wide reward scheme, the Get Set network. We are now eligible for a number of exciting rewards from TEAM 118: - Bobby Erangey, London 2012. Mr Scott & Brad Morton open the Get Set (london2012. Rhyddings 2012 Olympic Games! com/getset) is the official London 2012 education programme, and through this programme, our students have been learning about the Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Values. We have also been doing work linked to London 2012 and the Olympic and Paralympic Values such as our inter-form Rhyddings Olympics for Key Stage 3. Each form is currently battling it out in a variety of sports after school, all aiming for those gold medals! We have now been recognised by the London 2012 Organising Committee as a school that is demonstrating its commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values, and have become a member of the Get Set network. This means that we are now guaranteed free tickets to London 2012!

Digital Champions A Digital Champion is someone who pledges their time to show others all the benefits that the internet can bring. They can inspire people to take their first steps online by telling them about a site that matches their interests, showing them how to use the web and improve their ICT skills. Several of our students have signed up and are now actively seeking family, friends and members of the community who would like help getting online at our first Digital Champion sessions on Tuesday 21st February at 3pm and 6pm. For more details, contact Mrs Cunliffe on 01254 231051.

films. It was a joint English and Drama project with Yr7s (Miss Bamber, Ms Edmonson, Mrs Evans and Mrs Nuttall), and Yr8s were doing it as part of their history work (Ms Prescott).Year 7s had also been down to the Bubble Factory to see Brian, a 71 year old ex-Rhyddings student, switch on the loom for a very noisy demo!

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2012/13 SPRING TERM 2012 Mid-term closure – Mon 13 – Fri 17 February 2012 (inclusive) Closure after school on - Friday 30 March 2012 SUMMER TERM 2012 Re-open on - Monday 16 April 2012 Teacher Training Day - Friday 4 May 2012 (students not in school) May Day Holiday – Monday 7 May 2012 Mid-term closure – Mon 4 – Friday 8 June 2012 (inclusive) Closure after school on - Friday 20 July 2012 Teacher Training Day - Monday 23 July 2012 g4r4tgtrg (students not in school) AUTUMN TERM 2012 Teacher Training Day - Monday 3 September 2012 (students not in school) Re-open on - Tuesday 4 September 2012 Teacher Training Day - Friday 28 September 2012 (students not in school) Mid-term closure - Mon 29 Oct to Fri 2 Nov 2012 (inclusive) Closure after school on - Friday 21 Dec 2012 SPRING TERM 2013 Re-open on - Monday 7 January 2013 Mid-term closure - Mon 18 – Fri 22 February 2013 (inclusive) Closure after school on Wed 27 March 2013 Teacher Training Day - Thursday 28 March 2013 (students not in school) SUMMER TERM 2013 Re-open on - Monday 15 April 2013 May Day Holiday - Monday 6 May 2013 Mid-term closure - Mon 27 – Friday 31 May 2013 (inclusive) Closure after school on - Friday 19 July 2013 Teacher Training Day - Monday 22 July 2013 (students not in school) Teacher Training Day - Tuesday 23 July 2013 (students not in school)

Focus on Site Safety Recent Key Stage 3 assemblies have focused on the theme of safety on building sites. We are currently undergoing some construction work and scaffolding is in place on various buildings. Dave from Seddon Group, the company

undertaking the work, kindly came in to to speak to students about being safe on site, personal protective equipment and some of the unseen dangers of construction.

School Announcements School will close for the half term break on Friday 10th February at 3pm. We will re-open on Monday 20th February. From September, Year 11 will wear a grey V neck jumper with black detailing around the V. This is a colour reversal of the jumper worn by Years 7 to 10 and will help to give Year 11 their own identity while at the same time ensuring they look smart. Jumpers will be available from our uniform retailers over the Summer holidays. On the theme of looking smart, parents and carers are reminded that only natural haircolours are acceptable in school and that hairstyles should not be extreme. Guidance on our uniform is on the school website, but please contact your child’s Year Leader if would like any further clarification. Our Bag2school collection in October raised over £340. The second collection, in March is hoping to raise a similar amount. For more information about what items you can send, please visit our website. Following the recent Parent Governor election we received one nomination. We therefore declare that Mrs C Duxbury has been elected to serve on the Governing Body for the next four years.

Australia Day! January 26th was Australia Day, and all week Year 7s have been celebrating with the Australia Day Curriculum Olympics. The staff ate various Australian food including lamingtons, ANZAC biscuits, pavlovas and vegemite! Students also made posters about Australian animals and the “flip flop throw”, and had to put up with Miss Bedwell boasting all day about the Ashes results from the last 30 years (Eng 5 – Aus 10!).

Year 8 Pendle Adventures As part of Elective Learning Year 8 have had the opportunity to plan and carry out their own expedition to Pendle Hill. They have worked really hard and produced some excellent pieces of work to accompany their expedition! We’ve had a great time on the trips themselves - we’ve encountered all types of weather since the first trip in October - sun, rain, wind, hail and snow! But Year 8 were prepared for any weather - layering up with fleeces, hats, gloves, coats and even bringing flasks of hot chocolate! The walk that we planned took us up to the Ogden Reservoirs and we saw some fantastic scenery... not to mention less spectacular sights - such as delivery vans precariously making their way across parts of Pendle, lots and lots of sausage rolls and random people walking in the snow in shorts!

Rhyddings News February 2012  

News round up for Rhyddings Business & Enterprise School - February 2012