LANGLEY SCHOOL A SPECIALIST COLLEGE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LANGUAGES AND TRAINING Tel: 0121 706 9771 WEBSITE: www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk
Friday 22 July 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 GCSE examination results Students from Year 11 can collect their GCSE results on Thursday 25th August between 10.00 – 12.00 midday. Students who are unable to come into school in person may request a relative to collect them on their behalf, providing they have some ID and a signed letter of authorisation from the student. NB - Year 9 and 10 students will get their results on return to school in September – please do not come into school or telephone on 25th August. Arrangements for return to school - Wednesday 7 September School will re-open to students on Wednesday 7 September. Students joining Langley School in Year 7 are asked to report to the main Hall at 8.35am, whilst Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 are asked to report for registration at 10.45am. Preparation for September - Uniform & Equipment Many thanks for your continued support in helping us to maintain our high expectations regarding uniform. In order to ensure that all are fully prepared for the return to school in September, please ensure that: • • • •
All students are wearing black leather shoes – no canvas or ‘trainer’ styles will be permitted Girls’ skirts are not made of stretch lycra and are a suitable length, ie no shorter than just above the knee Only the school grey v-neck jumper is permitted Blazers must have a Langley School badge
In terms of equipment for school, please ensure that students have the following items as a minimum: • Pen • Pencil • Ruler A supply of replacement items at home may be a good idea. Checks on all of the above will be made on the first day back. Any students not meeting our standards will be asked to rectify the situation immediately. Thank you for your support. Wishing you a great summer! Mr Evans, Assistant Headteacher i/c Pastoral
Academy Update Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the consultation process. The Chair of Governors and Mr Talbot met with representatives from School Council this week to answer students’ questions. We now await signature of the final documents during the course of next week, following which our final application will go to Ministers. If successful, we will become an academy on 1st August. ParentPay - coming soon - our new online payment service! As indicated last week, we are hoping that most parents will use our new and very easy to use e-payment system to pay for dinner money, trips and all other school activities, either online through a secure website called ParentPay or through local stores where you see the PayPoint logo. Letters with individual usernames and passwords for each child will be posted out before the end of this week. Parents wishing to pay cash at local convenience stores and newsagents should contact the school office in September to request a list of shops that provide this facility. Further information and helpful ‘how to’ videos will also appear on our school website, www.langley-sec.solihull.sch,uk in due course. Reminder - Changes to Finance System! All cheques received in school for payment after 1st September should be made payable to ‘Langley School’ and not ‘SMBC’. Thank you
Calling all staff and pupils! Summer Reading Challenge! 6 books for 6 weeks… We would like to challenge you over the summer holidays to read six books in six weeks! Here are some books you might enjoy…
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Mr Stink by David Walliams
Double Cross by Sophie McKenzie
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
To take part in this challenge you need to read any six books. They can be books you have at home or borrow from the library or books you read to younger children. Make a list of the titles you read on the chart on the back of the school leaflet and take it to Mrs Beck in the library in September, where you will receive a prize if you have read six books, or more!
Staffing Changes at Langley School As you may well be aware, we have several members of staff who are leaving Langley this summer. After seven years as our Deputy Headteacher, Miss Fellowes becomes the Headteacher of Lyndon School in September and we wish her every success in this promotion. In addition, Mrs Watts [History teacher] and Mrs Brodie [Head of Food & Technology] are both leaving us after many years stalwart service for Langley School. We wish them each a long and happy retirement. We say ‘Farewell’ to Miss Richmond who has been a wonderfully hard-working, competent and cheerful Art Teacher during Ms Bates’ maternity leave. We wish Mr Dawes, SSA every success in his PGCE course in September. Congratulations are also due to Mrs Hopper in Finance Department who has a promotion to Bursar at Hazel Oak School and to Miss Pigott, temporary Clerical Assistant who is to be an Administrator at Smith’s Wood Sports College. We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all the above-mentioned staff for the dedication and commitment they have brought to Langley School. Finally, we send our congratulations and best wishes to Miss Crossey who gets married during the school summer holidays and will return as Mrs E Lynch. We will introduce you to our new staff in September. Is your son or daughter in Year 11 in September? Something to look forward to – early in the new school year you will receive a “Life After Langley” letter from Mr Ollier, packed with information about college open days, application procedures, ‘how to get an apprenticeship’ etc. This is something we ask you to keep for reference – when you receive it you may want to find a place for it under a fridge magnet! Work Experience Langley has just had one of its best years for work experience! The comments and feedback we have received about Year 10 students have made everyone at school very proud. We believe that work experience is invaluable in improving a young person’s employability and teaches other skills valued by further and higher education providers. Parents of next year’s Year 10 students will receive a letter in September outlining next year’s work experience programme. We would recommend that current Y9 students and parents start their search for a suitable placement as soon as possible. Next year’s Work Experience week will be Mon 9 July – Fri 13 July 2012. Finally, two of our Y11 students have just completed a very successful ‘taster week’ at local universities and we send our congratulations to them. Mr R Ollier and Mrs S Guest, Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinators Funky Friday Summer Fête ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported Year 7 with their Funky Friday event, whether beforehand or on the day itself. The current total is just over £1,200 with more money coming in! Congratulations to all Year 7 children who got so thoroughly immersed [some quite literally] in the activities. Our thanks and appreciation to Mr Affleck and his team of supporters for a great afternoon and some fantastic fundraising – fuller update after the holidays - well done!
Holiday Cycle Training Courses 2011 Your child is invited to take part in a Bikeability cycle safety course at one of the following venues: Widney School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull, B91 3LQ 1000 – 1130 on 1,2,3,4&5 August 2011 Marston Green Junior School, Station Road, Marston Green, Birmingham, B37 7BA 1000 – 1130 on 8,9.10,11&12 August 2011 Arden School, Station Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0PT 1000 – 1130 on 24,25,26,27 &28 October 2011 The courses focus on the need to cycle safely, with instruction carried out by Road Safety Instructors on relatively quiet, local roads. Your child will need to bring: 1. A roadworthy bicycle and a correctly fitting cycle helmet 2. Suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities 3. A bag to carry booklets, provided at the start of the course 4. A Parental Consent Card, signed on the back Please reserve your child’s place with the Road Safety Team by phoning Sam Purchase on 0121 704 6334 School Nurse Advice Some of the school nurses will be working over the summer holidays and offering drop-in sessions for parents to access for advice and support about their child’s health and wellbeing: Monday 25th July Smithswood Children’s Centre – 11am-12 midday. Thursday 28th July Langley Children’s Centre (Langley Primary School) – 11am-12 midday. Monday 1st August Shirley Heath Children’s Centre (Shirley Heath Junior School) – 9.30-10.30am. Tuesday 2nd August Lyndon Children’s Centre (Ulverley Primary School) – 11am-12 midday. Monday 8th August Langley Children’s Centre (Langley Primary School) – 11am-12 midday. Monday 15th August Mill Lodge Children’s Centre (Mill Lodge Primary School) – 1-2pm. Thursday 18th August Smithswood Children’s Centre – 11am-12 midday. Wednesday 31st August Shirley Heath Children’s Centre (Shirley Heath Junior School) – 1-2pm. Summer Activities If you are looking for things to do this summer with your children, then look no further than the Family Information Service Summer Activity Guide. It gives information on park and library events, children’s centre activities, local attractions, clubs and groups, holiday schemes and specialist schemes for children with disabilities. Visit: www.solihull.gov.uk/summeractivities
Mr Sambhi’s Mathematical Challenge The Question: What is the next term in the sequence? 1 11 21 1211 111221 312211 13112221
The Solution: 1113213211 As requested, the explanation is that this is a description of the digits in the previous term, ie One 1, One 3, Two 1s, Three 2s, One 1. Congratulations David Rose of 9H Mr Sambhi’s ‘Holiday Headscratcher’: Simplify the 26 bracket expansion of (x-a)(x-b)(x-c)...(x-y)(x-z) Hint : Write all the brackets out if you're stuck Advance Notice – ‘The Year of Reading’ September is the launch of 'The Year of Reading' and we would like to put 'book boxes' in every classroom and get everyone reading at Langley! Please help us by donating books that you no longer want. These can be adult’s or children’s books of fact or fiction, whether of interest now, or much loved older books read in primary school, as all will be carefully selected and placed in the appropriate form box. Books can be placed in a 'book donation box' in Reception or handed to Mrs Beck in the library or Mrs Thorpe in English. Thank you! The Langley PTA Car Boot and Table Top Sale - Saturday 24th September 2011 The rescheduled Langley Car Boot will take place on Saturday 24th September. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to sell those items that you haven’t used for years and haven’t quite got around to getting rid of. You can make a tidy sum in the process – and help the school raise funds! Pitches are available for £8.00. There will also be a table top sale for pupils inside the school. Table top pitches are available to pupils at £5. Refreshments (in the form of tea, coffee, soft drinks, bacon and sausage sandwiches) will be available in the school. Pitches can be set up from 8.30 am and gates will officially open at 9.30 am. The sale will end at 1 pm. Tickets for the Car Boot pitches are available from the School Box Office 0121 706 7139 (Cheques made payable to Langley PTA). Table Top Pitches can pay on the day. Help make this a great school event. If you have nothing to sell, then please come on the day and pick up some great bargains and help your school. Open Day / Open Evening – September Just advance notice that the date for our usual Open Evening will be Thursday 22nd September and our Open Day is Friday 23rd September 9-10.30 and 11-12. These events are for parents of current Y5 students considering which secondary school they wish their children to attend in September 2012.
Uniform update: Langley School uniform is available from a variety of reliable uniform suppliers, eg Early Years, Midland Schoolwear and Clive Marks. John Lewis have made changes to their system and much of their Langley School specific uniform is now available to order online at johnlewis.com with general schoolwear items available in store. A Message for Parents / Care Givers Once again, at the end of another very successful year at Langley School, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sustained support. I continue to feel proud and privileged to be Headteacher of Langley School. It is hard to actually identify and quantify what it is that makes Langley so special, although I feel that a huge part of Langley’s success lies in the strong and caring links between school and home and the fact that both parties work together towards the same goal – providing the best possible opportunities for our young people to learn and grow. I often say that our students are our best advertisement; they are a credit to you as their parents and supporters, to Langley and, most importantly, to themselves. One of the best times of my day is a visit from a student who is thrilled with the acquisition of a ‘personal best’ in a sporting, academic or individual interest field or who has been recognised by his or her teacher for their outstanding work. Students and staff work hard in collaboration to make Langley a vibrant and exciting environment to work in and I am amazed by the range of ability, enthusiasm, fortitude and commitment to learning that your children show us every day. This is a great testament to you, your children, our Governors and my colleagues. Thank you to the PTA for their sustained fund-raising, with their current goal of outdoor seating for students. The enthusiasm and commitment this small committee bring to very many events during the school year is nothing short of amazing and they earn both my respect and sincere gratitude. It has been a very busy year for everyone and I am sure that we all look forward to a change from the usual school routine, with time to rest and relax with family and friends. I hope you have an enjoyable, safe and peaceful summer break and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Langley on Wednesday 7th September. Yours sincerely
Mr P Talbot Headteacher