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Wednesday 19 December 2012 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 Year 7 Update Well done Year 7 – you have made it! It has been a long first term, but you are to be congratulated on how well you have coped with settling in to your new school. We have seen some astonishing performances in a while variety of activities, from the French / German Pantomime and Winter Concert to any number of sports – swimming, netball and cross country, to name but a few; and, of course, the Interform Bench Ball Challenge. The recent visits to the Space Centre and Pantomime also proved to be very successful. Overall Attendance for Year 7 since the start of term is 96.0% - a fantastic achievement! The Best Form Attendance and the Best Form Effort for the term have been hard fought battles and results are as follows: Best Attendance: 7H with 97.4% Best Effort: 7U with 617 points It has been a pleasure working with you Year 7 – well done! Ms Begum, your form tutors and I are very proud of what you have achieved in such a short space of time. I hope you all enjoy a well-earned rest and come back refreshed in the New Year – ready to ‘do it all again’. Happy Christmas! Mrs K Howden, Head of Year 7 Year 8 News A fantastic ice-skating trip was enjoyed by 123 Year 8 students – and some very nervous staff – at Solihull Ice Rink on Friday 14 December. The atmosphere was fantastic and the event was thoroughly enjoyed. By the time you receive this newsletter the Year 8 ‘X Factor’ Finals will have taken place. Thank you to the Year 8 students who have entered the competition and thoroughly entertained Mrs Lynch, Mrs Cooke, form tutors and the rest of their year group. Congratulations all Year 8 students. Mrs Cooke, Head of Year 8 Kielder Challenge 2012 For the second year running, Langley pupils won a place in the Fieldfare (Kielder) Challenge finals after winning their heat earlier in the year. The Fieldfare Challenge is an inclusive national outdoor adventure competition which has been running for over 26 years. It involves outdoor problem solving activities that test the

skills of a team to work together, communicate, plan and evaluate. Most importantly, the Challenge is fully inclusive and open to all young people. The activities challenge teams of eight 13 to 16 year olds, four with and four without disabilities. All team members can play an active role in solving the challenges and the inclusion of all is a key goal for each team. This year the finals were moved from their usual location in the Kielder Forest, Northumberland to Wolverhampton. Although they didn’t win the final, the team members: Sarah, Lizzie, Alice, Ryan, Aaron, Mason, Luke and Fraser had a brilliant weekend (as did the staff) and Sarah won second place in a talent show! Congratulations to everyone involved. Year 11 Update Year 11 students have now completed their Mock Examination period and two 'Life After Langley' Days and I would like to express my thanks to them all for their maturity and hard work throughout this time. As a year group, they have really 'risen to the challenge' and shown the great deal of potential they have. This will hopefully be reflected in their results for these examinations and their further success in the Summer. Miss L Byrne, Head of Year 11 Careers/Post 16 – urgent information We have been informed that the closing date for the Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeship scheme has been brought forward to 31st January 2013. To apply or further information please visit Mrs S Guest, Careers Progression Co-ordinator Mr Sambhi’s [final] Autumn Term Maths Puzzle A 1 K 11 U 21

B 2 L 12 V 22

C 3 M 13 W 23

D 4 N 14 X 24

E 5 O 15 Y 25

F 6 P 16 Z 26

G 7 Q 17

H 8 R 18

I 9 S 19

J 10 T 20

20 8 1 14 11 25 15 21 12 1 14 7 12 5 25 – 7 15 15 4 2 25 5 The solution reads: Thank you Langley – Goodbye [Mr Sambhi is leaving us at the end of term to move to pastures new]. There were a record 213 responses and as it is the last puzzle of my series, I have awarded two winners, who are Olivia Taylor Year 10 and Billy Lewis Year 11. Thank you to all parents / carers and students who have tried my maths puzzles over the past 4 years. Mr Sambhi, Mathematics Teacher Finally, at the end of term, may I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Yours sincerely Mr P Talbot, Headteacher

Langley Weekly News  

Weekly news from Langley School, Solihull.

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