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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 15 March 2013 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 Y9 Academic Mentoring / Review Morning – Friday 22 March The next 1:1 academic mentoring morning will be for Year 9 students on Friday 22nd March. This will mean that the Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students will not need to be in until the later time of 9.25am. Year 9 students will be given an allotted time to meet their mentors between 8.40 - 9.25am on Friday 22 March. All other year groups, ie Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 should please register with form tutors at 9.25am on Friday 22 March. Thank you in anticipation of your support. Year 9 Parents’ Evening – Tues 26 March / Biometric Information Update + Consent As advised recently, from September 2013, under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 26 to 28) we are required to notify each parent of a child and obtain the written consent of at least one parent before being able to use a child’s biometric information for an automated system. A copy of the form can be found on our website and is also attached with this email. We currently use biometric information in our dining room. If you are happy for us to continue to use the measurements taken from your child’s fingerprint, we would be grateful if you could sign and return the consent form to us. We will be collecting these in at Parents’ Evenings. We should be grateful if parents of Year 9 students could hand in your completed form when you sign in on Tuesday 26 March. Thank you in anticipation of your support. Mrs R Cotton Academy Business Manager Comic Relief / Red Nose Day A variety of challenging and fun fundraising events will take place in school today or over the weekend – amongst which will be Ella Gayle of 7U who is bravely having a ‘No 2’ hair cut – which has generated almost £300 in sponsorship!


Book of the Week The book for the week beginning Monday 18 March is: Secret Breakers - Orphan of Flames by HL Dennis The team of code-crackers face a new code that has never been solved. Brodie, Hunter and Tusia are back at Station X, the secret code-cracking station at Bletchley Park. And they are still wrestling with the great unanswered question: what secret lies behind the ancient, coded Voynich Manuscript? Their first adventure left them with a musical box that plays a tune by the composer, Elgar, who loved codes. At once they are off on a new search which takes them to the stories behind Elgar's famous music and a coded letter he wrote to a young friend, Dorabella. The 'Dorabella Cipher' has never, ever been solved. Now our team of code-breakers are on a twisting trail via medieval book burnings in Florence, a mysterious boy known as the Orphan of the Flames, and a one-time famous prisoner in London's Newgate Prison who wrote about King Arthur. Where is it all leading? And will they survive, when hot on their trail is a secret organisation that has always thwarted the search for truth and is prepared to kill to stop them ... The second story in this highly original puzzle-solving series - a Da Vinci Code for kids. The reader races along with the Secret Breakers team to break the code ….. Enter the world of the Secret Breakers at http://hldennis.com/ Urgent Request for Return of Library Books! Please ensure that Langley School library books are regularly returned, to ensure that students have a good stock of titles to choose from. There are currently many books which are overdue for return. In particular, we would be grateful for the return of books from our current Year 11 students, who need to return all their books before they leave Congratulations to Tom Rees – 9E Following trials, Tom Rees (9E) has been selected for U14 Warwickshire County Rugby Squad. Well done Tom! Year 9 Football – 7 March 2013 – Solihull Cup In conditions more suited to cross country, the team visited Lyndon for the quarter finals of the Solihull Cup. After an early goal against us, we suddenly woke up and competed for everything! We broke away before half-time and Alex Shaw slotted in a superb goal. In the second half, both teams had chances before a Lyndon shot was struck in the only place in the goal that Jordan Murphy could not reach. In a tense finish, Charlie Lakin’s overhead shot hit the cross bar and Lyndon managed to clear after a goal mouth scramble. Well done boys – I am really proud of you all! Mr McCallum, PE Teacher and Head of ECM Faculty Addendum Apologies to Oliver Kitching for a mistype – the exciting Y10 Football report by Danny May should have mentioned Olly Kitching, not his elder brother. Yours sincerely Mr P Talbot Headteacher


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