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LANGLEY SCHOOL A SPECIALIST COLLEGE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LANGUAGES AND TRAINING Tel: 0121 706 9771 WEBSITE: www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk

Friday 9 December 2011 Langley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DF

Dear Parents and Care Givers

Year 11 - Prom 2012 Update The extended deadline for payment is now Friday 20th January!! This is to ensure we have sufficient numbers to allow this event to proceed Please be aware that the ‘Masquerade’ theme simply helps the Prom Committee and Miss Isaac decorate the venue. Whilst some students will enjoy taking handheld masks, it is not compulsory that students wear a mask! Friday 29th June 2012, National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill 7.00pm for 7.30pm – 11.30pm Tickets £34 per head – to include: Drink on arrival, 3-course meal, ‘Masquerade themed room and official souvenir photograph taken at the start of the evening. Any queries – please speak to Miss Isaac. Given the extended deadline, we are hopeful that the Prom will go ahead. If for any reason it does not, you would of course receive a full refund.

Reminder - End of Term Arrangements - Friday 16 December On Friday 16December, please be aware that the students will be dismissed from 1.30pm onwards by their Heads of Year. If there are any concerns regarding this arrangement please contact your child’s Head of Year. Final Reminder for the Langley PTA Christmas Raffle A final call for your tickets and monies to be handed in at the office in support of the PTA’s fundraising endeavours to provide valued resources around the school. Our range of amazing prizes includes: £150 Touchwood Voucher £75 Amazon Voucher. £50 iTunes Voucher Retail vouchers & designer label accessories Meal Vouchers A day with Mr. Useful-Bathrooms Free Entrance to Solihull Ice Rink, Laser Quest or Acocks Green Bowling


Y10 / Y11 Science Revision – important information / reminders! The first GCSE exam [B1C1P1] for Y10 Core Science students [not Triple or BTec] is the morning of Thursday 12 January. The Y11Additional Science GCSE exam [B3C3P3] is on the morning of Thursday 26th January. Year 11 Resits are as follows: Unit 1from Y10 (B1C1P1) – Tues 24 January [am] Unit 2 from Y10 (B2C2P2) – Mon 30 January [pm] Triple Biology from Y10 (B1B2B3) – Tues 24 Jan [am] Triple Chemistry from Y10 (C1C2C3) – Thur 26 Jan [am] Triple Physics from Y10 (P1P2P3) – Mon 30 Jan [pm] Please note that these examinations make up 33% of the GCSE for Y11 students and 35% for Y10 students [new syllabus this year]. It is therefore really important that students spend time over the holidays revising for them. In fact it is only the BTec / Y10 Triple Scientists who should not be revising! Mrs L Garratt, 2nd in Science Faculty Important Information for Year 11 and Apprenticeships Further to our recent Apprenticeship Evening for Year 11 students and their parents, we would like to summarise and clarify the school’s advice regarding applying for apprenticeships: •

Any Y11 interested in apprenticeship should register as soon as possible on the website of the National Apprenticeship Service – www.apprenticeships.org.uk

You can then search for apprenticeships on the site in your area of interest and apply for current vacancies as soon as they become available.

Some apprenticeships will be advertised right up until the summer, but it is important that you apply for vacancies you are interested in as soon as they are advertised on the site!

As was said at the meeting local colleges and other learning providers will be happy to supply you with more information.

It is very important to apply for a college place as a ‘back up’ if you don’t get the apprenticeship you want at this stage.

Mr Ollier, Careers Adviser Year 7 News Congratulations to 7K, whose attendance was 98.6% for the week of 28 November – 2 December. Also well done to 7K for being ‘Form of the Month’ for November – well done to all. Unfortunately, due to lack of interest the Year 7 Disco has been cancelled. Everyone will receive a full refund in due course. Mrs S Cooke, Head of Year 7


Warwick University Young Researchers Project On Monday 28 November a number of Y10 students and parents from Langley and Light Hall School attended the Warwick University Young Researchers Project presentation evening. This was a celebration of the work that all of the students produced and to announce the overall winner of the best piece of fictional writing. The writing was based upon historical research that the students completed independently and had written during the summer holidays. As part of the evening, students from both schools read their work and explained how they had carried out their research. The stories “Moscow to the Moon” written by Ben Crowton and “Sanitation” by Rohaan Ilyas-Uddin were read out to the audience and Riya Rana gave a speech explaining the process that she went through in researching and writing her story. The stories submitted by Rohaan and Riya were shortlisted from the Langley students’ submissions for the overall award for the best piece of writing. The man responsible for making the shortlist and the final selection was writer of historical fiction, Paul Dowswell. Although neither of these stories won the overall prize, these and all of the other stories entered for the project were commented on positively by Mr Dowswell for their depth of historical research and the skill in using this to create a very high standard of writing. The advice that he had previously given of “show, don’t tell”, seems to have been put to good effect. Congratulations to Riya, Rohaan, Ben and the following students: Abigail Semple Adam Donohoe

Jessica Holder Elliot Goddard

Chris Shepheard Matt Revell

Shauna Fallon

All of the students’ writing is available to read on the school website and Paul Dowswell’s novels are available to read in the school library. Mr N Harrison, Head of English faculty Book Review - Emily Bache 9O “Echoes of Love” by Rosie Rushton – 208 Pages “This is a great read, a very gripping story and based on a Jane Austen classic ‘Persuasion’. There are lots more books based on the Jane Austin Classics by Rosie Rushton which I am looking to read very soon. I would say that this book would be suitable for about 10/11+. The main character Anna Elliot adored the fantastically gorgeous Felix Wentworth but still dumped him. During the novel Anna wonders whether prejudice, parents and interfering friends had more to do with it than she thought. But when Felix comes back, injured and a local hero after fighting in Afghanistan, will he give her a second chance? Or will the past be too hard to overcome? When I first read the blurb I thought that it would be a soppy love story, but I was so wrong. ‘Echoes of Love’ is a great book full of determination, love and prejudice. This book enables you to read the fabulous plot of a Jane Austin book without the complication of the tricky language and historical times - which is great! Other Books in the series include; Love, Lies and Lizzie (based on Pride and Prejudice) Secret Schemes, Daring Dreams (based on Emma) Summer of Secrets (based on Northanger Abbey) The Secrets of Love (based on Sense and Sensibility)”


Breaking PE News! Congratulations to Jack Price of 11L, who has been selected to represent the Midlands in their forthcoming Rugby fixtures. They will take place in the New Year. This is a fantastic achievement and we are extremely proud of you. Solihull Swimming Gala On Monday 5th December 24 students attended the Solihull Swimming Gala. As always, the standard across the borough was very high. As always, the Langley Team tried their very best and we are very proud of them. Congratulations to everyone who was involved and a special “thank you” to Sarah Bishop, Zoe Rhodes and Nic Panaser for being in charge of the girls’ and boys’ teams. Congratulations also to Nic Panaser for his gold medal success in the Year 10 Boys’ Individual Freestyle event – well done! The Joseph Foote Trust The Joseph Foote Trust, a brain tumour research charity based in the Solihull area would like to help spread awareness of the problem. Diagnosis times in the UK are over three times longer than in much of mainland Europe. Please access their website (www.josephfoote.co.uk) and that of the national brain tumour early diagnosis initiative HeadSmart (http://www.headsmart.org.uk/) for information to very quickly alert parents to the problem and start improving UK diagnosis times. Mr Sambhi's special Christmas mathematical challenge 10 elves each made 10 xylophones. Each xylophone had 10 keys. They did this for 10 days. How many keys were made by elves? Give your answer as a power of 10. As it is Christmas there will be 15 winners to this competition each receiving a Cadbury's selection box from Mr Talbot. Please submit your answer to mrsambhi@mrmaths.com Collection of GCSE Artwork in school We need to remind ex-Y11 GCSE students from last year to collect their final piece artwork and sketchbooks from the Art Department – ideally at the end of the school day. Sadly, any work not collected will have to be disposed of, as we have insufficient storage space to keep this. Please spread the word to ex-students via siblings and friends. Thank you. Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot, Headteacher


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