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25June 2010 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 Congratulations Mr Clarke, MBE! You may have read that Oscar winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, playwright, author and critic Bonnie Greer and motor racing legend David Coulthard were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List – but did you also hear that our very own long-serving Assistant Headteacher and Director of Arts at Langley School, Mr Clarke received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Education and will visit Buckingham Palace in the autumn! This is a fabulous way to recognise Mr Clarke’s 36 years teaching at Langley School, huge amounts of energy and dedication to teaching students in firstly PE and then the Arts, and creation of the Langley Arts Award which was then adopted nationally. Congratulations Mr Clarke! Y7 Academic Mentoring – Friday 2nd July The final session of review mornings, the programme for 1:1 academic mentoring, will take place on Friday 2nd July. We have been extremely pleased with the way the system has run and have appreciated the support from other students and parents to enable it to take place. Many students have reported it as a positive and beneficial experience and we hope this morning will be equally valuable for our Year 7 students, who will be asked to provide feedback afterwards. Thank you in anticipation of your support. •

Year 7 students will be given an allotted time to meet their mentors between 8.40 - 9.25am

Years 8, 9 and 10 will register with form tutors at 9.25am

INSET Dates Academic Year 2010-2011 Please note that the five INSET dates for the next academic year will be:• • • • •

Wednesday 1 September Friday 22 October Wednesday 24 November 2010 Tuesday 4th January Friday 8th April 2011

Academies You may well have heard about the Government’s recent invitation to “Outstanding” secondary schools across the country to become academies. Langley has received such an invitation and, at this stage, we have registered an interest in order to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of academy status. This does not commit the school in any way and we will keep you informed of any further developments. Badminton – Premier Accreditation Congratulations are also due to Mrs S Smith who has recently achieved Premier School accreditation for Langley School from Badminton England!

Funky Friday Summer Fête – Friday 16th July – fun for all the family! As a climax to this year’s Funky Friday activities and as part of the Ethical Enterprise module, the Year 7 students are organising a Funky Friday Summer Fête, to be held at Langley School on Friday 16th July between 3.15 – 5.30pm. There will be a wide range of stalls, prizes to be won and food to be eaten, including a tea/coffee shop for the more sophisticated amongst you. Entrance is free of charge! If the weather is fair, the majority of the activities will take place on the front field, with others on the playground next to the theatre entrance, which is where the café will be situated. All proceeds from the fête, and from the other businesses that have been running this term, will be going to the charity ‘Educaid’.

STUDENTS’ SPORTING SUCCESS Badminton Team The KS3 Boys’ Badminton team have been awarded special commendation for Solihull School Sports Partnerships’ “School team of the Year” Award for 2010 for their achievements in the Schools’ National Badminton Championship. Congratulations to the Badminton team members: Zach Razak Rishi Patel

Will Kitching Alex Heaton

Luke Styler

Chloe Dale Congratulations to Chloe, who has been awarded a ‘Special Commendation’ in the Solihull School Sports Partnerships’ “Secondary School Sportsperson of the Year Award” for 2010 for her footballing achievements this year. West Midlands Success – an update Congratulations are due to Becky Bonder, 9O and Josh Hill, Y9G, who competed in the Masons Inter Counties Championship on Saturday for the West Midlands.

Becky Bonder came 4th in an extremely close Javelin competition – less than 2m away from the eventual winner! Joshua Hill once again managed a Personal Best of 1m 83cm and won his age category in the High Jump. This is his 6th personal best over the season and we have just heard of his selection to compete in the English Schools Championship in Birmingham. Congratulations Josh – we wish you every success. With his current achievements he is ranked 2nd in England! Josh has also met the criteria under the Stars Scheme as a regional winning athlete to receive the benefits of local facilities to assist him in reaching his full potential. Mr McCallum, Head of PE Department + ECM Faculty SEAL [Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning] Workshop – 27th May Thank you to all the parents, including those from the primary schools, who joined our summer evening event. A series of useful workshops took place, which proved very popular. Our thanks go to our colleagues from the Health Service and the Police, as well as our Local Authority expert and our own teachers, who ran workshops and hosted the evening. Demand was high and we intend to run the event twice each year in future. Mr S Barrett, SEAL Co-ordinator

MUSIC NOTES Summer Concert – Thursday 1st July Tickets are now available for the Langley School ‘Summer Concert’ which will be held in the Dovehouse Theatre on Thursday 1st July at 7pm. The evening will feature a variety of bands, orchestra, choir and individual performers who will be showcasing their talents. Tickets are available at £4 each via the Box Office on Tel. No. 706 7139. Music Lessons Could all students who wish to continue with their instrumental lessons in September, please collect the appropriate form from the school office or from Mr Scholey. Lessons are available for new starters on: drums, voice, classical and electrical guitars, bass, keyboards, brass, woodwind [including saxophone] and strings [including double bass].

Summer School 2010 There are a few places left for our Summer Schools 24th – 27th July - for children aged 8 to 16 years – whatever school they attend. Interested students may choose from Drama, Art or Stage Technology, as follows: •

‘Teen Queens and Swinging Blue Jeans’ - rock ‘n’ roll musical. 4 fun-packed days of acting, singing and dancing. You won’t stop singing the tunes!

Art - A truly creative experience! Learn and develop new techniques – let your artistic talents blossom.

Stage Technology - Ever wondered what the techies do? Learn all the special effects, help build and paint the set, control the sound, lighting and cameras for the final show!

Call 706 7139 or 708 1390 for details, or pick up a leaflet from the school office or the Box Office. Non-Uniform Days The Non-Uniform days this year have raised an amazing grand total of £1,759.43 for the four charities we are supporting! Years 7 and 8 have raised Year 9 have raised Year 10 have raised: Year 11 have raised:

£791.00 for Educaid £326.15 for Macmillan Nurses £323.14 for Solihull Hospital’s Newborns in Need £319.14 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Congratulations – we are sure the charities will be very grateful for the money. Overdue Library Books Can students check bags, lockers and at home for overdue library books and return them to the library, as a matter of urgency please! Thank you. KS4 Trip to Aachen – October 2010 I would like to remind you that the final payment of £200 is due by Monday 28th June. Please note that every pupil must have their own, individual Passport and European Health Card for this trip! I will be in touch in the near future with further information about this trip. Many thanks, in advance. Miss Isaac, MFL Faculty Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot Headteacher

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