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Round One Update Team Round One (Yasmine Burton, Shannon Unsworth, Megan Churchill, Kate Nelson and Eden Rochester), with support from the Police, gave out over 3,000 T-shirts at Northampton University Fresher's fair to make students aware of low level violence in Northampton. The girls also visited Wellingborough Police Station to experience first hand what a police cell is really like. This Christmas on 22 December the Northampton Town Football Club will be supporting the One Punch campaign by wearing the T-shirts during the warm up.

Weavers Sport

Dear Parents and Carers Please see the Extra Curricular notice board for details on all sporting clubs being held either before school, lunchtime or after school.

Year 9 Boys Basketball Weavers Year 9 boys are County Basketball Champions following some outstanding performances at the recent County Championships. Some tough games on paper were made to look easy with the team playing some inspirational basketball. Their best result came against Northampton School for Boys with a 67–39 victory. Huge congratulations to those involved. The team:- Hayden Alcindor, Danny Clark, Ailbhe Cooper, Joseph Howie, Lukas Neviadomskis, Billy Olrod, Elvis Ringisai, Keenan Salmon, Daniel Sims and Tom Tomkins. Mr P Reynolds

District Champions at U18 level Weavers once again showed their dominance at district level by winning the U18 competition hosted at Weavers School.

House Scores

1st Dragon & Phoenix

The team shown below ran out winners against Wollaston and then beat Wrenn in the final game by 4 points at 24-28 in the 10 minute running clock game. It was refreshing to see a number of squad players getting their chance to shine and everyone played an important role in the victory. Well done boys. Mr M Higgins

3rd Unicorn

4th Griffin

WEAVERS SCHOOL

Wellingborough and East Northants District Cross Country On a frightfully cold afternoon in late November we took 24 confident young runners from Years 7-10 to Croyland Park for the Wellingborough and East Northants District Cross Country. The students were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to themselves and the school. There were some exceptional performances specifically in the younger age groups and special mentions go to Mia Hopkins who came 1st in the Year 7 girls race and Jake Garner (4th) and Luke Costello (6th) in the Year 7 boys race. Every athlete completed the course with the majority finishing in the top 20 and all athletes in the top 15 will be selected to race in the Northants Cross Country due to take place in January. Well done. Mr M Higgins

National Cup basketball U18 Boys V NSB Weavers 72 – 68 NSB Weavers started off their 2012-13 U18 National Cup campaign with a home tie against Northampton School for Boys and it was a very tight game. The boys worked hard and with a few new additions to the team from the Post 16 team they were able to build upon the foundations from last year. Also playing for the U18s were Keenan Salmon, Hayden Alcindor and Keiran Cox. It was another dominant display from Luke Lewis and Terrell Salmon that once again led to Weavers running out victorious. The return leg is scheduled for after Christmas with a home and away leg also scheduled against The Gateway School from Leicestershire. Mr M Higgins

Brickhill Road Wellingborough Northants NN8 3JH Telephone: 01933 222830 Fax: 01933 276347 E-Mail: mainoffice@weaversschool.co.uk

December 2012

Firstly, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas. Whatever you are doing over the break, I hope that you find the opportunity to spend some quality time together with your family. It’s been a busy term, full of events, activities, lessons and learning. As we have updated our assessment software you will have seen that we have upgraded our ‘GREAT’ reports by colour coding students’ achievements against the good progress that we are setting out to achieve. This has clearly had impact and it has been very encouraging to see an increase in the number of conversations between school and home about how we as teachers and you as parents can work together to encourage and support better progress where it is needed. With the next GREAT report you will receive a new ‘Guide to GREAT’ which will help explain in more detail. As you know, Ofsted visited us very recently. The report is available to read or download from the Ofsted website. Thank you to those of you who took the opportunity to complete the Parent view questionnaire. One of the main focus areas for Ofsted inspection is the accuracy our own self-evaluation against the Ofsted inspection framework criteria. We know that we have more work to do in order to be consistently good in all aspects of school life. This is what we told Ofsted and this is what they reflected back to us. The report rightly points out that our drive for academic improvement has resulted in our best examination results (ever) in 2012, that we are committed to permanent solutions and not ‘quick fixes’, that staff and students share collective pride in the school, that our pastoral support systems are a strength and that spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is good, supporting our ‘respect’ agenda and helping us celebrate diversity. The report sits well against our English subject inspection report from May. Actions are already in place to address our weaker areas and we look forward to demonstrating, at the next inspection, that we are good, hopefully with outstanding features. Have a peaceful and safe holiday, school restarts for students on Monday 7 January 2013. Jon Davis Headteacher

Tonga’uiha Shoebox Appeal Students and Staff from Weavers School entered into the spirit of Christmas early this year by supporting Northampton Saints Player Soane Tonga’uiha’s Shoebox Appeal for Primary Schools in Tonga. A quote from his website www.tinytestimonial.com read ‘I am asking the Northampton community which has shown me such warmth, and support during my time at the Saints, to extend this to the children of my home village in Tonga’. Students and Staff have been collecting small gifts to put in the shoeboxes, items included stationery, books, toys, wash items etc. Sixth Form students also held some fund raising events so they could buy new items to fill the shoeboxes. Local firms NPS shoes, Dr Martens and Barkers generously donated shoeboxes. Students who spent spare time filling the boxes were excited to meet Soane Tonga’uiha himself when he came to Weavers to say thank you and collect the fantastic amount of 106 boxes. Further information can be found on his website and the boxes are not being shipped until early next year so further donations can be made.

Term Dates 2012 Christmas 2012 Close at 3.10 pm

Wed 19 Dec

2013 Teacher Day Teacher Day Re-open to students

Thurs 3 Jan Fri 4 Jan Mon 7 Jan

Spring Half Term Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Fri 8 Feb Mon 18 Feb

Easter Close to students Teacher Day Good Friday Easter Monday Re-open

Wed 27 Mar Thurs 28 Mar Fri 29 Mar Mon 1 Apr Mon 15 Apr

May Day Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Fri 3 May Tues 7 May

Summer Half Term Close at 3.10 pm Re-open

Fri 24 May Mon 3 June

Summer 2013 Close at 3.10 pm

Tues 23 Jul

Please note the school will close to students for Christmas on Wednesday 19 December at 3.10 pm and re-open Monday 7 January. Thursday 3 and Friday 4 January are Teacher Training Days.

raising aspirations…raising achievements


Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Winner of the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize

Up to one in four families living in our County are eligible.

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce The novel is based on the true story of a young girl who the author met on a primary school visit called Misheel being deported to Mongolia . The writer collaborated with Danny Boyle on the Olympics Opening Ceremony and his contribution included the Queen and James Bond parachute sequence, Mary Poppins’ duel with Voldemort and children bouncing on hospital beds. His book was written for charity and 50,000 copies were given away by the Liverpool based Readers Organisation.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 Winner of the 7 to 14 age group Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson Illustrated by Freya Hartas A book about a dark lord who unwittingly inhabits the body of a chubby teenager

Winner of the 6 years and under group My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson This story is about Bella who wakes up in a bad mood and shouts and complains all day.

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out. The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for Free School Meals, the school gets £488 extra funding.

At Weavers School we are constantly striving to move the school forward to raise achievement. Staff and students share a collective pride in what the school is doing to ensure a good education for all. After Christmas we will be introducing a Pastoral detention which will run alongside the current detention system. Detentions will be issued by the Pastoral team for failure to meet S4S around the school. As the detention is issued the students will be given a card informing them of the detention the next day, which they should bring home to you. In addition, a phone call will be made to inform you that a detention has been issued and the reasons for it. These detentions will be until 4.00 pm and students will be expected to complete work from a range of subjects. In rare cases we have had students who have failed to attend detentions and if this happens we will contact home to inform you of this and re-arrange the date. I am always grateful for your support as we introduce these new systems and know you recognise that as we embed these detentions I expect to see a rapid decrease in the numbers as students respond to S4S and strive to achieve and attain their targets and S4S in all areas of school life. Should you have any further questions please contact the relevant Key Stage Leader, Mrs Stephanie Adam, Key Stage 3 Leader (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Mr Dan Gay, Key Stage 4 Leader (Years 10 and 11). Miss S Ryle - Assistant Headteacher

Do you qualify? You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

Illness-

January Exam Timetable

If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get other benefits e.g. help with costs of music lessons, club subscriptions, equipment, residential trips

Fri 11 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Biology Unit 4

GCE

Fri 11 Jan

13:15

1 hour

GCE

Fri 11 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Physics on the GO

GCE

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please telephone the absence / illness line 01933 278103 every day your child is off school. There is a message recording facility on this line should you call outside the hours of 8.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Fri 18 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Statistics S1

GCE

Medical appointments-

Date

Start

Length

Exam Title Sociology Unit 1

Level

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Fri 18 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Statistics S2

GCE

The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Fri 25 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Mechanics M2

GCE

Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16190

Fri 25 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Core Mathematics C3

GCE

Mon 14 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Global Challenges

GCE

Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ - the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Mon 21 Jan

09:00

1 hour 30 mins Psychology A Unit 2

GCE

Thu 10 Jan

09:00

1 hour 15 mins Chemistry for Life

GCE

Thu 10 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Psychology A Unit 1

GCE

How does it work?

Thu 17 Jan

13:15

GCE

1. 2.

Tue 15 Jan

09:00

Tue 29 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Sociology Unit 3 French: 2 hours 30 mins Listen/Read/Write 1 Citizenship Studies 1 hour 30 mins Unit 3

Wed 09 Jan

09:00

Wed 16 Jan

Students can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves. Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

First check if you qualify Registering is really quick and easy - if you think you qualify text ‘FSM’ followed by your full name, national insurance number, your child’s name and school name to 60622, telephone 01604 236656 or apply on-line at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals. For further information please email freeschoolmeals@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephone 01604 236656. If you want your child to have a free healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great - they get a free meal (saving you more than £250 a year) plus extra benefits and the school gets £488 extra. If you don’t want you child to have the school meal they can continue as normal - as long as you qualify and are registered the school still gets £488 extra.

3. 4.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Website of the Month This month the website to visit is the2steves.net Comedy writers Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore met over 20 years ago when they were teachers and together they have now written over 150 books. The website features their latest creations Action Dogs and the iHero eBook series. Follow their blog, learn how to draw Vernon Bright or download for free Colin the Barbarian or The Barbarian Returns onto an iphone, ipod touch or ipad.

If your child has to attend a medical appointment during school hours please ensure he/she brings an appointment card or note from home to the Student Office before leaving the school site.

WEAVERS SCHOOL Brickhill Road, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 3JH Tel: [01933]222830 mainoffice@weaversschool.co.uk Headteacher: Jon Davis

GCE

11-18 Mixed Comprehensive Number on roll 800 approx

GCE

EXAM INVIGILATORS

1 hour 15 mins Biology Unit 1

GCE

£7.19 per hour (variable hours)

09:00

1 hour 30 mins Psychology A Unit 3

GCE

Wed 16 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Physics on the Move

GCE

Wed 23 Jan

09:00

GCE

Wed 23 Jan

13:15

1 hour 30 mins Mechanics M1 Geographical 1 hour 30 mins Research

Date

Start

Length

GCE

Exam Title

Level

Thu 10 Jan

09:00

1 hour

English Unit 1 Higher

GCSE

Thu 10 Jan

09:00

1 hour

English Unit 2 Higher

GCSE

Tue 15 Jan

13:15

1 hour

Maths Unit A [Fnd]

GCSE

Tue 15 Jan

13:15

1 hour

Maths Unit A [Hgh]

GCSE

Tue 15 Jan

13:15

1 hour

Maths Unit B [Fnd]

GCSE

Tue 15 Jan

13:15

1 hour

Maths Unit B [Hgh]

GCSE

Invigilators are required to support the school in the running of external GCSE and AS/AS exams for the morning and afternoon sessions through the academic year. Applicants should be reliable, flexible and able to use their own initiative. Closing date: 21 January 2013 For further details and an application form please contact Mrs S Cirelli, HR & Office Manager We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a full enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure and references


Weavers School Newsletter Dec 2012