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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

18 February 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

Dear Parents and Care Givers Drugs Policy Information As you will be aware from our Induction Handbook and as outlined in our Drugs Policy, the School and Governors are mindful of the growing problems in society regarding the availability of illegal drugs. It is always our intention to ensure that Langley remains a ‘drug free environment’. Please be aware that the Drugs Policy states: “Any student found bringing in, being in possession of or using illegal drugs in school will be excluded. This exclusion will almost certainly be PERMANENT.” We will continue to provide drugs education for all through PSHE, Science and through other curricular areas. Support and further guidance for individuals can also be provided if it is felt that a drugs related problem is affecting their health and general progress. We would welcome any specific feedback you have regarding our policy either via letter or e-mail. Students have been regularly reminded of our policy through assemblies and a cross section will also be consulted. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your anticipated support and feedback regarding this matter. Mr D Evans Assistant Headteacher [i/c Pastoral] Langley’s own Bird Watchers! The long awaited return of our resident kingfisher was witnessed this week. The school pond is hidden behind a wooden fence but this did not prevent 'eagle' eyed Year 7 students spotting the brilliance of this bird fishing for sticklebacks on the pond. The kingfisher has been seen catching fish twice and on each occasion it has given a magnificent flying and diving display here at Langley. Mr Axe, Deputy Headteacher & Mrs L Rooksby, Joint Head of SpLD Unit


World Book Day – Thursday 3 March At Langley we are celebrating World Book Day with a series of activities: Year 7 will be asked to design the front cover of a book-themed book mark on an A4 sheet. As this is a national competition, Book Token prizes are available for the school, the student and the teacher, in addition to Langley’s Easter egg prizes for the top three entries. Year 8 will be asked to design and re-write the synopsis for their favourite book – with Easter egg prizes for the top three entries. Year 9 will be asked to write a book review on the book they are currently reading. The following Y9 students will assist by taking photographs of each contributor: Justin McGibbon Oliver Bickerton David Rose Luke Thomas Rohaan Illyas-Uddin Elliott Goddard All students will receive a £1 voucher which can be exchanged for one of the special issue £1 books. Alternatively, students may choose to take a £1 reduction in the price of a book, via all participating stores or supermarkets or our own School Book Fair, which runs from Thursday 31st March – Thursday 7th April. Year 9 Rugby Success! Congratulations to Year 9 students Niall Carew, Joseph Miller and Dan Millichap who have all been selected for the 30-strong rugby squad for Greater Birmingham U14's. All three boys have been picked to play in the first two matches. They wear their school uniform before and after a match and represent Langley with pride. Badminton Triumphs! Langley KS3 team are through to the regional round of the Center Parcs InterSchools Tournament and will be playing on 10th March at Nechells Sports Centre. We wish them every success! The team will be: Zak Razak

Rishi Patel

George Rees

Tom McHugh

Matt Revell

On Sunday 13th February, Langley 1 won their Division One match 5-0 and in Division Two of the Solihull Junior League, Langley 2 won their match on games. The teams were: Langley 1 Langley 2 Will Kitching Tom McHugh Zak Razak Luke Carroll Rishi Patel Matt Plenty Luke Styler Gursevak Singh December update – Zak Razak beat a ‘Gold’ player in Leicester and was in the team which beat Northampton 18-2 Well done to all of you! Mrs S Smith, Badminton Co-ordinator


“Your Solihull” publication – Spring 2011 We are delighted to see Langley students amongst Solihull athletes featured in an article in SMBC’s publication, “Your Solihull” entitled “Reach for the STARS”. Badminton player, Will Kitching and high jumper, Josh Hill [both Y10 students] are amongst Solihull’s STARS [Solihull Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme] pictured. The STARS scheme offers regional standard Solihull athletes a year of free access to training facilities at both Tudor Grange and North Solihull Leisure Centre. For more information, visit www.solihullactive.co.uk/stars Theft of Vehicle Badges Over recent weeks a number of badges have been reported stolen from vehicles. The Police believe children are stealing these as part of a new collection craze. Children may be unaware they are actually committing criminal offences of theft and vandalism and these types of crimes can carry serious punishments. Please contact your local neighbourhood policing team on 0345 113 5000 Ext 7923 6206. Sainsbury’s ‘Active Kids’ initiative With your support, we are hoping to collect vouchers issued by Sainsbury’s stores to provide sports equipment at Langley School. Last year, with your help, we were able to purchase badminton equipment. The initiative runs from 9th February – 31st May and vouchers can be handed in via your child’s form tutor or placed in a box in the main Reception. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support. Continued Request to Parents for Plastic Bottles Mr Tustain’s Funky Friday group need 1,500 2-litre plastic bottles to build Langley’s first ever eco-greenhouse! Please send pre-washed lemonade or pop bottles to Room 25, or hand them in at the main office FAO Mr Tustain. Thank you to everyone who has helped to supply bottles so far! Mr Sambhi’s Maths Puzzle – Spring term Question: Mr Sambhi knows that an item costing £20 will cost £20.43 after the VAT rise from 17.5% to 20%. He wants a quick way to work out the new cost of any item with the applied 2.5% increase in VAT. Mr Sambhi finds there is a top heavy fraction he can multiply any value by, which will give the cost with the new VAT applied. What is this top heavy fraction? [Give your answer in its simplest terms]. Solution: Divide by 117.5 to find 1% then multiply by 120 to find 120% (the price including 20% V.A.T) i.e. 120/117.5 or 48/47 in its simplest terms. Also to find out how much something costed with the old V.A.T rate, just multiply by 47/48! Well done to Alex Lloyd in Y11 who gave the only correct solution from a student! Guess this question was a little too difficult....not for Alex though! Please see Mr Talbot for your prize.

Holy Souls Foxes Girls Football Club – 2011 – New & Old Players Wanted This club urgently need new players to build up their teams for this season, plus younger players for next year. No previous football experience is required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Teams play in the new Birmingham District


Girls Football League, which caters for all teams wishing to play small sided football locally in Birmingham. Matches are each fortnight alternately in B14 or B75. Please view the website on www.clubwebsite.co.uk/holysoulsfoxesgirlsfc/ or contact Steve Derham on 0121 778 1668 (8am-8pm - goes to answerphone first) or 07757 151 754 (anytime). Royal Wedding Bank Holiday and Term Dates for 2011-12 We have now received confirmation from the Local Authority that Friday 29th April is a public holiday and the number of pupil days in this academic year has been reduced accordingly. Half Term Last day of term for students INSET Day [Staff only attend] Good Friday Easter Monday

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Monday 21 - Friday 25 February Thursday 7April Friday 8 April Friday 22 April Monday 25 April

Summer Term 2011 Term Starts for staff & students Royal Wedding Bank Holiday May Bank Holiday Half Term Last day of term

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Tuesday 26 April Friday 29 April Monday 2 May Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June Friday 22 July

Academic Year 2011-2012 [NB – No INSET dates set for this academic year as yet] Autumn Term 2011 Term Starts Monday 5th September 2011 Half Term Monday 24th October 2011- Friday 28th October 2011 Term Ends Friday 16th December 2011 Spring Term 2012 Term Starts Wednesday 4th January 2012 Half Term Monday 13th February 2012- Friday 17th February 2012 Term Ends Thursday 5th April 2012 Summer Term 2012 Term Starts Monday 23rd April 2012 Half Term Monday 4th June 2012- Friday 8th June 2012 Term Ends Wednesday 25th July 2012 I wish parents, students and staff a much deserved and restful half-term holiday. Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot Headteacher


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